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McKENZIE
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VETERAN
prosecutor Cheryl
Grant-Bethell
declared a victory
yesterday in clear-
ing her reputation
despite a judge’s
decision not to
overturn Jamaican
attorney Vinette
Graham-Allen’s appoint-
ment to the post of Director
of Public Prosecutions.

Mrs Grant-Bethell filed
an application for judicial
review after being passed
over for the post of DPP.
She was instead appointed
Deputy Law Reform Com-
missioner. In a 68-page
judgment handed down yes-
terday, Senior Justice Jon
Isaacs refused to grant the
relief sought by Mrs Grant-
Bethell in her application
for judicial review. She and
her attorneys however not-
ed that the judge, although
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orders and declarations



PROSECUTOR |
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sought, had ruled in
her favour on sever-
al points.

Following the rul-
ing, Mrs Grant-
Bethell told
reporters: “I feel
like my reputation
today was cleared.
| That is why I came.
Ihave given 20 long
years of clean, com-
petent and patriotic
service and I was
extremely aggrieved
by the actions that
were taken and
today I feel that my reputa-
tion was cleared and for me
that is a victory.”

She added: “In terms of
my future career path, as
my lawyers say, that is a
matter which we will now
review.”

Mrs Grant-Bethell had
sought to have the judge
quash the decision of the
Judicial and Legal Services
Commission (JLSC) pur-
porting to appoint her to
the post of Deputy Law
Reform Commissioner. She
had also sought a declara-
tion that she remain in her

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‘MISCONSTRUED’

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham clarified comments made
in the House of Assembly Thursday night, which he said The

Tribune had “misconstrued.”

Prime Minister Ingraham said he “did not say nor did he infer
that the Baha Mar project was halted because of the PLP
stance on Taiwan during the 1990s.”

He explained that his comments spoke to the fact that “Baha
Mar was able to proceed now because the Chinese Government
approved the Chinese Export Import Bank granting the nec-

essary funding.”

In his presentation, the Prime Minister said the Progressive
Liberal Party “never wanted any business dealing with the
Chinese Government — they recognised Taiwan”.

“Tn fact, that’s how the leader of the opposition got back in
the PLP. The PLP made a deal with the Taiwanese Government

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HOTEL UNION
OPPOSES PLAN
TO LAY OFF 174
OF ITS MEMBERS

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The hotel
union opposes the plan to lay
off 174 of its members from
Our Lucaya Resort.

Elliot Thompson, first vice
president of the Bahamas Hotel
Catering Allied Workers
Union, said the union was
reportedly told by hotel execu-
tives that the resort was not
doing well and would not
reopen the Reef Hotel.

“The hotel...will make 200
persons redundant and 174 are
line staff and members of the

SEE page seven

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schools took part
yesterday in a cooking
competition at

the Expo.

Tribune Staff
Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

EXCITING tech-
nology and initiatives
were showcased yes-
terday at the third
annual National
Agribusiness Expo
hosted by the Ministry
of Agriculture and
Marine Resources at
the Gladstone Road
Agricultural Centre.
Sustainable agricul-
ture and farming was
at the centre of the
three-day expo.
Highland Farms
showcased its back-
yard innovative green
house technology with
the use of wood and
plastic building mate-
rials, a first for the
Bahamas, the objec-
























Operational for
almost year, the farm
produces tomatoes,
lettuce and finger
peppers.

Erecting a 25 by 20
Greenhouse on site
using PBC piping in
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By CELESTE NIXON | _}





MP SAYS TURNQUEST COMMENTS ON BIC

PROTESTERS WERE ‘POLITICAL PROPAGANDA’

OPPOSITION
MP Ryan Pinder
yesterday criticised
National Security
Minister Tommy
Turnquest for sug-
gesting that some
protesters at the anti-
BTC demonstration
were “too danger-
ous” for the Prime
Minister to walk
into.

Calling Minister
Turnquest’s state-
ment “political pro-
paganda and spin,”
Mr Pinder said the
logic of Mr Turn-
quest’s remarks “just

Minister, but it’s not dangerous
for the general public? We have
a legal institution where
Bahamians are presumed inno-
cent until proven guilty in a
court of law. So to say that
someone who theoretically is
out on bail, and I’m not saying
that persons were, but even if



RYAN PINDER:
The MP criticised
National Security
Minister Tommy

said.
Speaking

connection with a num-

such as murder, rape,

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cost tunnel green “According to emonstration in Raw- ;
i Minister Turnquest, son Square last }

ae it’s dangerous for the Prime Wednesday. i

Mr Turnquest said that while }
the majority of these persons }
who the police identified in the }
crowd were out on bail, some }
of them were convicted crimi- }

nals.

prove this fact.

Highland Farm ene were, ee they have the Mr Turnquest told The Tri-
right to protest’ :
SEE page two “Having not been convicted SEE page seven

NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS’ LEADING NEWSPAPER

of any crimes this }
seems illogical to me. }
And for a government }
that is allegedly about }
good governance, they }
should know better }
than that,” Mr Pinder }

in the }
House of Assembly on
Thursday, Minister }
Turnquest said individ- }
uals known to police in }

ber of serious crimes }

armed robbery, assault }
with a deadly weapon }
and shop-breaking were }
“clearly identifiable” in }

The Minister added that
police have the photographs to :







PETROL RETAILERS
WILL GET CHANCE
TO PRESENT THEIR
CASE FOR ‘RELIEF’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

PETROL retailers will
have a chance to present
their case for “relief” to the
government next week, said
Phenton Neymour, Minister
of State for the Environ-

SEE page seven

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
TIME 2011

DAYLIGHT Savings Time
begins on March 13, the second
Sunday in March, at 2 am when
clocks are turned ahead by one
hour, ideally at bedtime on the
Saturday night before. Any time-
pieces and timekeeping devices
that do not automatically adjust
should be manually adjusted.

The return to Standard time
begins at 2 am on Sunday,
November 6, at 2 am when
clocks are turned back by one
hour, ideally at bedtime on the
Saturday night before.



PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



ALLEGED SUICIDE |

INVESTIGATED

POLICE are investigat- }
ing an alleged suicide at
Crown Haven, Abaco. }
Police were alerted to the }
incident around 7am on Fri- }

day.

around his neck .

The 34-year-old man was }
pronounced dead by a local }
doctor. He was wearing a }
black shirt, a pair of short ;
black jeans and a pair of }

Nike slippers at the time.

Police are also investigat- :
ing two armed robberies in }
Nassau that occurred on }
Friday. Burns House, John }
F. Kennedy Drive, reported }
being robbed by an armed :
man with dreadlocks, wear- }
ing a red jacket, blue jeans }

and a base ball cap.

The man entered the :
establishment armed witha
handgun and demanded :
cash. An undetermined }
amount of cash was stolen, }
according to the police }
report. The man fled the :
area in a westerly direction }
in a white two-door Honda }

Civic on JFK Drive.

A Touch of Class Cloth- }
ing Store on Market Street }
and Poinciana Avenue was
the site of the second rob- }
bery. Police reported that a }
man wearing dark blue :
clothing, with a blue tam }
entered the clothing store :
pretending to purchase i

clothes.

On arrival at the cash reg- }
ister the culprit pulled out a :
handgun, tied the hands of }
the woman attendant and }
robbed the store of an}
undetermined amount of }
cash and clothing, along }
with a laptop and a cell }
phone. The culprit fled the :
area in an unknown direc- :

tion.

FIREFIGHTERS
MONITOR LARGE
BUSH FIRE

A LARGE bush fire was :
raging near the Industrial }
Park and Garden Hills area }

yesterday.

Fire Services told The Tri- :
bune that calls came in }
around 1pm on Thursday }

reporting smoke in the area.

Firefighters responded and }
are currently monitoring the ;
fire in “hopes that it will burn }
out on its own,” said a Fire }

Services spokesperson.

In the area of the fish }
stand at Crown Have they }
discovered the body of a }
man with a rope tied }



RNAS RD



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SCENES from
the third annual
National Agribusi-
ness Expo hosted
by the Ministry of
Agriculture and
Marine Resources
at the Gladstone
Road Agricultural
Centre, which
included a cook-
off between
schools from the
Family Islands
(above and right).

Tim Clarke/
Tribune staff

ordinator Dr Leroy Santiago
of Ovatech Genetics, who
advised the government, said

FROM page one

demonstrated farming is pos-
sible in limited areas using
simplistic designs that anyone
can adopt.

First generation offspring
from the first embryo
implanted sheep and goats in
the Bahamas were featured
at the poultry outlet farm.

Gladstone Road Agricul-
ture Centre (GRAC) made
history as the first Bahamian
agency to place cryogenically
frozen fertilised embryos into
surrogate local sheep and
goats in 2008.

Project consultant and co-

that the project had been
extremely successful with the
births of 125 South African
Boer goats and Dorper sheep,
a 89 per cent success rate.

Dr Santiago said: "We
moved genetic material from
one country to another with
the idea of upgrading the
genetic make-up of the ani-
mals for the country’s farm-
ers."

Andrew Pinder, Ministry
of Agriculture officer in
charge of livestock, said the
"objective of the project was
to make sheep and goats



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more profitable to farmers by
reducing the cost of animals
from an improved breading
stock."

He said that the offspring
are up to 200 per cent meatier
than native goats.

According to Mr Pinder
the first generation offspring
are currently reproducing nat-
urally with each other and
while the process takes longer
than the use of frozen
embryos, he hopes they will
soon be made available to a
wide range of farmers
throughout the country.

The Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute (CEI) was present show-
casing its sustainable devel-
opment research and out-
reach programmes.

The unique facility at CEI
adopts a holistic approach to
address environmental and
socio-economic issues that
face the Bahamas.

Tropical marine ecology
such as shark ecology and
conservation, reef ecology,
and invasive species research,
including evaluating the
impact of lionfish are at the
forefront of the marine
research.

Research into sustainable
resources and food are also
important components of
work facilitated at the insti-
tute, investigating environ-
mentally sustainable
approaches to raising fish,
methods of producing low
cost environmentally friendly
foods and researching new
ways for communities to sup-
port and regenerate itself.

CEI partners with Island
School in the Deep Creek
Middle School in South
Eleuthera that offers a host
of programmes concerning
environmental conservation
and sustainable use of
resources for all ages from
middle school through to the
university level.

The CEI campus is pow-
ered 100 per cent by alterna-
tive energy, built from nearly
75 per cent of local material
and has the largest solar array
in the Bahamas.

A wide variety of fruits,
vegetables, plants, handcrafts
and products were featured
and for sale at the expo. Culi-
nary demonstrations and
cooking competitions were
also conducted while infor-
mation stalls were spread
throughout the site providing
education on the environ-
ment, conservation and sus-
tainable development pro-
grammes. The expo will close
today at 2.15pm with an
awards ceremony.



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 3



MP: govt must address resort layoffs

TURNQUEST
COMMENDS PM
FOR ‘GUIDING —
THE BAHAMAS
THROUGH
DOWNTURN’

MINISTER of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turn-
quest commended Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
for guiding the Bahamas
through a precarious eco-
nomic downturn over the
last few years.

Speaking in the House
of Assembly during the
2010/11 mid-year budget
review, Mr Turnquest said
the Prime Minister, who is
also Minister of Finance,
has displayed “stellar stew-
ardship” during the worst
recession to hit the
Bahamas and the world in
80 years.

He said: “There can be
no doubt, regardless of the
naysayers, that the
Bahamas has been a mod-
el developing country in
providing a stimulus pack-
age to address the reces-
sion. We took some hard
decisions, but unlike many
countries around the
world, we were able to
maintain jobs. I know that
Bahamians read and watch
television and would have
noted how many persons
lost their jobs around the
world — even in Cuba
where 500,000 government
workers were fired.

“But here in the
Bahamas, the FNM gov-
ernment remained stead-
fast and true to our Trust
Agenda. A _ notable
achievement during the
recession was the infra-
structural work that was
undertaken. This was done
to ensure that we had
something to show after
the recession and also to
keep the economy pump-
ing.”

Mr Turnquest noted
that the government did a
number of other things to
cushion the impact of the
recession, including: pro-
viding increased social ser-
vice benefits; introducing
unemployment benefits
through NIB for the first
time; and initiating a tem-
porary employment pro-
gramme to hire 2,500 per-
sons.

“The object of this exer-
cise was not just to employ
people, but also to address
areas in which short-term
employment would be
beneficial to national
development, and would
focus on functional pro-
jects.

“No matter what the
opposition says, I am cer-
tain that the Bahamian
people know the econom-
ic challenges faced by
countries around the
world, and know that their
FNM government came to
the assistance of thousands
in need,” Mr Turnquest
said.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell believes that the
layoff of hundreds of hotel work-
ers on Grand Bahama is a “seri-
ous” situation especially as the
island is already reeling eco-
nomically.

Mr Mitchell, who was in
Grand Bahama on Thursday,
said that the loss of possibly 200
jobs at that Our Lucaya Resort is
very significant and the govern-
ment must step forward and
address the situation.

He indicated that the PLP par-
ty is very concerned about the
economic situation on Grand
Bahama.

“T spoke with Mr (Obie)
Wilchcombe, leader for govern-
ment business, and he asked me
to monitor what is going on with
the situation here because, again,
we as a party are extremely con-
cerned about the economic situ-
ation in this island,” he said.

Golden Gates MP Shane Gib-
son criticized FNM MPs from
Grand Bahama during his con-
tribution to the budget debate in
the House on Thursday for their
silence regarding the layoffs at
the hotel in Lucaya.

“Both of them got up in this
place and talked all kind of what
I considered to be nonsense and
things that matter to people like
unemployment, they refused to
address it. They continue to
insult the people of Grand
Bahama over and again. They
have not been able to do any-
thing to turn around the island of
Grand Bahama. And just when

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

RELATIVES of a man
accused of murder who failed to
show up to court this week have
been ordered to pay $20,000.

Miriam Bain and Louise
McPhee, sisters of Livingston
Taylor, were ordered by Senior
Justice Jon Isaacs to forfeit
$20,000. The two women had
signed as suretors for their broth-
er, who was granted $30,000 bail
in August of 2008. His attorney
Jerone Roberts noted that while
Taylor had been arraigned on the
murder charge in February of
that year, he had been released
on bail for medical reasons.

Taylor, 46, is accused of the
October 2007 murder of Sylvia
Agnes Cates. A trial into her
death was scheduled to begin on
Monday. Mrs Cates was report-
edly found bludgeoned to death
in the bedroom of her Rock
Sound, Eleuthera home on Sun-
day, October 7, 2007.

Taylor is also charged with
armed robbery and housebreak-
ing. It is alleged that he broke
into Mrs Cates’ Williams Lane
home with the intent to commit a
felony. A warrant has been issued
for his arrest.

Taylor’s sisters informed the
court that they had put up their
homes as securities for his bail.
Mts Bain said that she had given
her brother $25 to get his clothes
pressed, hair cut and to catch the
bus to court on Monday. She told
the court that she had brought
her brother to Mr Roberts’ office



FRED MITCHELL: The MP spoke
out about the layoff of hotel
workers on Grand Bahama.

they decide to open their mouths
and look like fools and say the
economy is not getting worse,
we have this big announcement
now, and mums the word from
all MPs on Grand Bahama on
the government side,” said Mr
Gibson.

Mr Mitchell said even though
there are five FNM MPs, the
island’s economy continues to go
south, despite their protestation
to the contrary.

“There does not appear to be
any concerted effort by the gov-
ernment and these five repre-
sentatives to make sure the econ-
omy of this island turns around.

“And so the news of the lay
offs of these people is quite
alarming, and the government
needs to step forward now and

on Sunday afternoon and when
he didn’t show up for court on
Monday, she and other family
members went in search of him.

She claimed that they got a tip
concerning his whereabouts and
informed the police. When asked
by Mr Roberts if she knew her
brother’s whereabouts she
replied, “If I had known he
would have been here this morn-
ing.”

According to Mrs McPhee, her
brother lives in Nassau Village
and occasionally does construc-
tion work. She said that her
brother informed her that he
would be in court on Monday.
Mrs McPhee told the court that
she and her sister were living
from paycheck to paycheck.

Mr Roberts told the court that
the two women had done all that
they reasonably could do to
ensure that Taylor was at court
and had fulfilled their obligations
as suretors. He submitted that
the order for forfeiture not be
made and suggested that the
women be made to pay the
Crown’s expenses.

Prosecutor Jillian Williams
submitted that the Crown was
not suggesting that the securities
be paid because of expenses
incurred by the Crown but
because Taylor did not appear in
court. Ms Williams said that while
she symphatises with the women,
the forfeiture order should be
made.

Senior Justice Isaacs noted that
signing as a surety is a serious
obligation. “The obligation is to
have the accused man appear in
court on time.

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Nes areal

‘Fabric under Zydsi

say what measures they are going
to take and try to settle this com-
munity down so that the bottom
does not fall out and that people
can continue to be here and
make a living in this city,” he
said.

MP Mitchell said that the
union and the employer were in
meetings at the Department of
Labour regarding the matter of
layoffs at the resort.

“TI gather that the employer
and employees’ union are far
apart on how this is going to take
place. The employer sees it as a
purely economic decision and
the union sees it otherwise.

“Tn a situation where you have
some 800 employees and the
workforce is going to be reduced
by 200 that is going to be signifi-
cant for that property.

“But the loss of 200 paychecks
in this city that is already reel-
ing from economic issues is going
to be a serious matter and it can’t
be taken lightly,” he stated.

The last interim labour survey
conducted in The Bahamas in
May 2009 found the unemploy-
ment rate at 17.4 per cent on
Grand Bahama.

“People are just saying to
themselves: “How much more of
this are we going to take?

When is the downward spiral
in the economy of Grand
Bahama going to stop and
whether our elected representa-
tives, five of whom are members
of the governing party and three
of whom are ministers of the gov-
ernment, when are steps going
to be taken to turn this situation
around?’ ”

Mr Mitchell stated that while
the Grand Bahama Port Author-

| Murder accused’s relatives ordered
| to pay $20,000 after court absence



“The court is not satisfied that
the suretors did all they should
have done,” he said.

Mr Roberts told the court that
the women did not have the mon-
ey and after speaking with them
briefly, suggested that the court
give them time to speak with oth-
er family members for assistance.
The women are expected back
im court on March 11.

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has to operate in concert with
GBPA.

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ments by the Prime Minister with
regards to the GBPA are also
hostile. So, again, one does not
see how these two bodies are
supposed to work together, how
this hostile situation is actually
going to endure to the benefit of
the island.

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needs to be more effort put by
the GBPA in promoting this city
in trying to get businesses here,
but the bottom line responsibili-
ty for development and move-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Conservative EU leaders struggle for crisis unity

HELSINKI — Europe's centre-right
leaders struggled Friday to show a united
front amid stark divisions on how to tack-
le the debt crisis that has rocked the con-
tinent for more than a year.

At asummit of the conservative Euro-
pean People's Party in Helsinki, some of
Europe's most powerful decision makers
made some progress on lowering the inter-
est rates on Ireland's bailout and reiterat-
ed previous commitments to coordinate
their economic policies more closely.

But they failed to agree on more press-
ing issues that have preoccupied financial
markets for the past months.

The most crucial of these is a promised
overhaul of the euro zone's bailout fund,
which could see it get more powers such as
buying government bonds on the open
market to stabilize struggling countries’
funding costs and potentially save them
from having to seek multi-billion euro res-
cue loans.

"We don't have an EPP opinion of
that,” said Finnish Finance Minister Jyrki
Katainen, who hosted Friday's meeting.

The Helsinki summit kicked off three
weeks that will decide whether the euro
zone can finally get a grip on the crisis
that has already pushed Greece and Ire-
land into international bailout.

The debate will culminate on March
25, when heads of state and government
hope to seal the "comprehensive solution"
to the region's debt and banking troubles.

But with even members of the same
party failing to find a common position,
analysts are increasingly pessimistic that
that solution will turn out to be the
promised turning point in the currency
union's struggles.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
remained reluctant to put up more money
to help less disciplined countries.

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister-
in-waiting found some open ears for his
demands for lower interest rates on Ire-
land's 67.5 billion ($93.7 billion) rescue
loan, which average some 5.8 per cent, but
fell short off a clear commitment.

"There was no voice against it,” EPP
President Wilfried Martens said of giving
Ireland some more room on its bailout
deal.

European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso, meanwhile, received no
clear support for his calls to equip the

region's bailout fund with more money
and broader powers.

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi —
whose country's debt stands at 120 per
cent of economic output — spent some
time trying to iron out a years-old gaffe on
Finnish food. "Tonight an extraordinary
reindeer filet was served and I asked for a
second serving,” he told reporters.

Friday's talks centred on the so-called
"pact for competitiveness” — an attempt at
closer economic and fiscal coordination
between the 17 states that share the euro
but have widely differing economies.

The pact was championed by Ger-
many's Merkel, who amid troubles at
home is desperate to have something to
show in return for being the region's pay-
master.

"Tt will always have to be a give and
take," Merkel said, adding that support
for the pact was growing.

However, Friday's statement made no
mention of concrete indicators, let alone
how they would be enforced.

Originally, Berlin had demanded euro
zone countries improve their economic
performance through unpopular measures
such as getting rid of automatic inflation-
linked wage increases and coming up with
a common base for corporate taxation.

Such steps, the Germans argued, would
make countries like Ireland, Greece and
Portugal more solvent and their companies
more competitive in international mar-
Kets.

Katainen said the conservative leaders
found common ground on some princi-
ples of the competitiveness pact but
acknowledged that "there may be some
differences and changes” before it can be
adopted.

Finland's National Coalition Party
heads into elections on April 17, and
Katainen, a leading candidate for prime
minister, had invited his conservative col-
leagues to give himself a home-showing
on the international stage.

Although he did not get a deal, the out-
come of the election was one of the few
topics that everyone agreed on.

"T hope he wins,” said Ireland's Kenny,
whose own Fine Gael party just toppled its
opponents amid popular frustration over
the country's economic woes.

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Distinguishing
between our
wants and needs

EDITOR, The Tribune.

WHEN the present we
live is all clogged up with
the “rhetoric of want” it
will be difficult to have a
proper perspective on
what our needs are. An
additional difficulty aris-
es when those who speak
for us have an agenda that
addresses want and not
need. It is clever to sepa-
rate persons from think-
ing about what they know
is best, even if you get
them to think about what
is better; but, better is
always about the short
term prospects. It can be
likened to the promises
that politicians spew out
every four years as they
attempt to do something
for you or give you some-
thing that you will be pay-
ing for anyway. We forget
that everything a politi-
cian “does for us” is paid
for by us, eventually.

Our problem as con-
stituents is that the politi-
cal process has been
hijacked and prostituted
to such an extent that
most of the population
hold the opinion that
when a Member of Parlia-
ment does what he or she
is supposed to do we are
amazed; we are not
informed enough to even
think that he is doing what
he was elected to do.

I have been often
accused of speaking out
on behalf a particular
political party by close
friends who seem to go
missing every four years
and six months.

Whether they are in
Christian ministry with me
or elsewhere, it does not
matter.

This time period usually
happens couple of months
before and after an elec-
tion.

It gets so nasty that a
person cannot attend
church in a particular
colour if he or she wants
to maintain certain friend-
ships over the prescribed
period.

My Pastor can be walk-
ing from his office into
church to participate in a
worship service and he
would be stopped and
“exhorted” as to what he
should and should not
preach from the pulpit;
even though he is notori-
ously known for telling it
like it is to all and sundry
and feared equally on
both sides of the political
divide.

It all comes down to us
distinguishing what we
need from what we want.

The present has some of
us selling our souls to the
highest bidder, because
we refuse to be responsi-
ble for the nation that
God gave us; He did not
give it to a political party
or special interest group.

Those of us who are
“possessed” by what we
think our entitlement
should be have to consider
the fact that most of our
entitlements have been
provided by numerous
foreign investors who are
prepared to pay the price
to come to this country,
because they know that if
they are patient enough
they will get more than
they paid for.

Why can’t we exercise
that same patience with
each other?

We have allowed our-
selves to be so demonised
by our wants that we go
to court for everything
and anything, and what we
are getting to live these
lifestyles has no real foun-
dation. We may use
threats and social disorder
to get our point across,

LETTERS

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but we are living with the
possibility that one day we
may take it too far and we
will have a “middle east
experience”, urged on by
those who have no inter-
est in working for any-
thing that a politician can-
not give them.

If we do not come to
our senses, there is a pos-
sibility, that the magnifi-
cent LPIA that many of
us toured this weekend
will be empty for a while.
I will admit right here that
the past and present
Prime Ministers and
myself do not share all of
the same views, but we
agreed on what the vision
for the Bahamas should
be for Bahamians, and my
prayer is that as we
approach a time that can
be feast or famine, those
of us who claim to be
Bahamian have to put that
belief, front and centre.

The first Prime Minis-
ter of this nation had a lot
to deal with as he led this
nation through some very
trying times.

Many of us, including
myself did not agree with
all that he did; but we do
not have the absolute view
whereby we are able to
make certain judgments;
or even to think about
what we would have done
if that responsibility and
authority was ours. I did
not like how some of his
policies affected persons
who were near and dear
to me, but what is done in
the name of politics is not
always nice.

However, the here and
now requires some hard
choices and I can hear him
asking, “You mean yinna
can’t work that out?”

I do not know if we get
the symbolism here.

When the LPIA is com-
pleted it will become the
major gateway for us and
it will not be so much
about us going to other
countries, because we
know better than most
how to take our Bahamian
identity with us.

It will be about people
from all over this world
coming to this place of
providence to see what all
of the fuss is about.

Do we know who we
are? We are the best lit-
tle nation on the face of
the earth, but we are too
busy fighting among our-
selves over stuff that any-
body can pay for, or work
hard enough to get, maybe
that is why the persons
who come here to work,
never want to leave. They
see what we take for
granted.

A visiting Pastor gave
me an insight this week-
end. He is here for a cou-
ple of days and when he
arrived his room was not
ready, it was occupied.
But, he says that it was
never a problem because
the level of service he got
from the bellman and the
manager of the hotel
made the inconvenience a
non-issue.

He has been all over the
world and he has placed
that experience at the top
of his list, but being an
American he was wonder-
ing if it was all a fluke, but
then he began to meet the
people and the Bahamas
is becoming real to him as
a place where vacations
can really happen.

I think we are going to
be all right, even though
the years ahead, prosper-
ous though they be, have
to be seen for what they
are.

We have been gifted as
a place of providence.

We are the land masses,
the islands in the stream
chosen to be the birth-
place of the New World
and that reality is con-
nected to the fact that
there are some things
about us and what we do,
naturally, that everyone
else in the world is
amazed about, and they
cannot stop coming here.

It is like everyone has
to return home at some
time or other.

New Providence is more
than just a name.

It is an attitude that a
blessed place and its peo-
ple need to have, espe-
cially if our estimation of
a bad day is having to set-
tle for what we need if we
cannot get what we want.

But, shouldn’t that be
enough?

EDWARD
HUTCHESON
Nassau,

February 28, 2011.

Fix our roads after
underground work

EDITOR, The Tribune.

An open letter to: Cable Bahamas, BTC, BEC, Water and
Sewerage Corporation and other guilty parties.
Please print the following open letter to the various util-

ity companies.

Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen:

We the people of New Providence are greatly disap-
pointed in your cold-hearted inability to restore our roads to
favourable conditions after you would have installed your

business underground.

It’s criminal for example, to see and feel your uncaring
actions on Windsor Field and the Western roads. There
are about eight open trenches just on those two thorough-
fares. A few of them are dangerous to public travel, and
there is no notice for motorists before approaching them.

This is heartless and reflects a corporate culture of: We
don’t care about the general public and we are intent on
proving it whenever the opportunity presents.

I call on all utility companies who have nasty open trench-
es across our roads to do the honourable and caring thing,
and fix them with us hardworking citizens in mind.

Things are rough for many of us, and we do not have the
funds to repair our vehicles after damage from your wicked
drops. You have a public duty to be responsible, and who-
ever is now to be blamed for the lack of repair is guilty of
being negligent in their duties right. Shame on you all!

DENNIS ARTHUR DAMES

Nassau,
March 2, 2011.



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

NEWS eC
Dolphin Cay rescues and transports
stranded dolphin to rehabilitation

ATLANTIS has reported
the successful rescue and
transport of a beached dol-
phin from West Andros to
the resort’s Dolphin Cay for
medical care and rehabilita-
tion.

This live stranded dolphin
rescue is the first for Dol-
phin Cay, home to the most
advanced marine mammal
rescue and rehabilitation
centre in the Bahamas and a
member of the Bahamas
Marine Mammal Stranding
Network.

After two members of the
Atlantis Dolphin Cay team,
staff veterinarian Dr Charles
Manire and Jim Horton,
were flown to Andros to
evaluate the dolphin (named
“Miss Turner” after her
stranding location - Turner
Sound), they were able to
determine she was an older
female bottlenose dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus) that
had severe sunburn on the
dorsal surface and lateral
scoliosis (spinal curvature).

Due to the severity of the
dolphin’s conditions, it was
obvious the animal needed
further medical attention.

Andros resident Charles
Bethell, who had reported
the stranding, offered to fly
the dolphin and crew back
to Paradise Island in his sea
plane, so she was transferred
immediately to Dolphin Cay
at Atlantis for further care
and rehabilitation.

After a 25-minute flight
from Andros and a 25-
minute transfer by truck,
Miss Turner arrived on Par-
adise Island and was placed
in water at Atlantis’ quar-
antine facility for testing.

Test results revealed she
was severely dehydrated,
had gastritis (stomach infec-
tion) and low calcium lev-
els.

Furthermore, she required
full in-water support 24-
hours a day to prevent
drowning. The Dolphin Cay
marine mammal specialists
have started Miss Turner on



UNLOADING MISS TURNER in Nassau.

THE ATLANTIS TEAM Semon physical therapy on Miss Trek

fluids and antibiotics along
with beginning physical
therapy sessions on her
spine — which have, so far,
reduced the scoliosis from
about a 90 degree curvature
to 45 degree curvature.

Because of that response,
Dr Manire is hopeful that
they may be able to greatly
or completely reduce the
scoliosis over time.

Ongoing blood tests also
prove that her health is
improving commensurate
with the care she is receiv-
ing.

“We plan to utilise our
state-of-the-art facility and
experienced staff to reha-
bilitate Miss Turner in
hopes of her returning to
the wild to live out the
remainder of her life,” said
Dr Manire.

During the short period
of time Miss Turner has
been living at Atlantis, she
has started eating fish on
her own and showing pro-
gressive swimming move-
ments, but still requiring

$400,000 GIFT T0 COB TO SUPPORT ART STUDENTS

HELEN Astarita and her
husband, Ben, came to the
Bahamas quite by accident
more than 50 years ago. But
her extraordinary donation of
$400,000 to the College of the
Bahamas’ School of Commu-
nication and Creative Arts to
support budding artists in a
thriving art programme is any-
thing but happenstance.

The largest single gift to the
college specifically directed
toward funding the study of art,
this recent gift is deliberate; a
tangible means of helping
young, brilliant artists who want
to fuel their passions while
earning a higher education
degree in art.

COB said the $400,000 gift
will be used to establish the
Astarita Art Endowment to
fund two merit based scholar-
ships — the Astarita Nassauvian
Art Scholarship and the Astari-
ta Family Islander Art Schol-
arship — in perpetuity for full
time students entering the col-
lege and pursuing a degree in
art. The scholarships will be
awarded every two years, with
the first recipients being select-
ed from among the Fall 2011
first year class.

“A dream come true for for-
tunate art students, both awards
cover tuition and expenses for
art supplies, while the scholar-
ship for the Family Islander
also provides for housing
allowance,” COB said.

Mrs Astarita was for many
years the creative genius behind
Bahama Handprints, by both
conceiving the native designs
and manipulating the machines
to bring the fabric patterns to
life. She started the company
in 1966 with partner Berta
Sands.

Now, Mrs Astarita’s gift to
the College will further posi-
tion aspiring artists to earn a
formal degree in higher educa-
tion while breathing life into
their own creations.

An opportunity to run an
advertising agency lured the
Astaritas to the Bahamas over
five decades ago. Following the
interview, the New Yorkers
were immediately hired. Even
as a youngster, good fortune
favoured Helen. As a child she
attended the Bayside High
School in New York, which had
a thriving art programme.

“T didn’t take my lunch peri-
od or study period,” she
recalled. “I was in the art room.
When I graduated I had the
equivalent of six years of art
courses in all facets.” With the
help of a dedicated teacher who
helped her take her portfolio

$ 400, 000. 00



AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT — seated: Donor Mrs Helen Astarita and COB
president Dr Betsy V Boze. Standing from left: Audrey Dean-Wright, Head
of Visual and Performing Arts; Dr Earla Carey-Baines, Dean of the Facul-
ty of Liberal and Fine Arts; Davinia Blair, Director of Development, Alum-
ni Relations and Development and John Cox, Assistant Professor of Art.



SIGNING THE MOU — Helen Astarita and COB president Dr Betsy V Boze
sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Astarita Art Endow-
ment at the college.

into Manhattan, New York,
Mrs Astarita successfully won
two scholarships to study art.
She said she now feels com-
pelled to pass on that good for-
tune.

Asked what motivated her
generous act of philanthropy to
COB, Mrs Astarita said:
“Because I won a scholarship;
I’m just passing it on.”

College president Dr Betsy
V Boze recognised the poten-
tial impact of the donation.

“The college is thrilled to
receive such a wonderful gift
from Mrs Helen Astarita. This
is the kind of generosity that
helps us to empower and culti-
vate future leaders and stimu-
lates ingenuity. The arts awak-
en in us creativity and imagi-
nation, unlocking mysteries,
fueling innovation and creating
solutions. Mrs Astarita has
been a trailblazer in the artistic
community and we hope that
the beneficiaries of these schol-
arships will also be inspired by
her example and investment in

the leaders of tomorrow,” said
Dr Boze.

Dean of Faculty of Liberal
and Fine Arts Dr Earla Carey
Baines said COB will be forev-
er grateful for this generous
donation which reflects a
tremendous investment in the
development of the visual arts
in the Bahamas.

“Ben and Helen Astarita will
always be known for their
vibrant, larger-than-life per-
sonalities and their steadfast
commitment to the well-being
of Bahamians and_ the
Bahamas,” she said.

“The Astarita Endowment is
yet another example of their
belief that each of us has a
responsibility to make a posi-
tive impact on the community
in which we live and to provide
for future generations.

“This gift will ensure that a
deserving Bahamian student is
afforded the opportunity to
develop his or her talent and,
by so doing, enrich all of our
lives.”

MISS TURNER in Andros

continuous support, includ-
ing the full in-water support.
The marine specialist team
will continue monitoring,
testing and treatment in
hopes of a successful out-
come from her rehabilita-
tion.

Atlantis is the home of
world’s largest open-air
marine habitat with over
50,000 marine animals in
lagoons and displays as well
as Dolphin Cay, the state-
of-the-art dolphin interac-
tion and education centre.

Dolphin Cay and Atlantis
are accredited members of
both the Association of





Zoos and Aquariums and
the Alliance of Marine
Mammal Parks and Aquar-
iums.

Both the marine habitat
and Dolphin Cay were cre-
ated with the goal of
enlightening visitors about
the wonders of these
remarkable ocean inhabi-
tants. Dolphin Cay is also
the residence of the 16 Kat-
rina Dolphins, some of
whom were swept to sea
during Hurricane Katrina
from their previous habitat
at the Marine Life Ocea-
narium in Gulfport, Missis-

sippi.

_ ARRESTS AFTER
POLICE FIND GUNS
_ AND AMMUNITION

i THREE men were tak-
i en into police custody in
? connection with illegal

i firearm and ammunition
i possession.

i Around 8pm on Thurs-
i day, officers of the

: mobile division were on

? routine patrol in the area
: of Carmichael Road and
i McKinney Avenue when
? they observed a man

: wearing an orange shirt

i and blue jeans acting sus-
i? piciously.

i The officers conducted
i asearch of the man and

i recovered a handgun.

i The 36-year-old man of

? London Avenue, off

i Carmichael Road, was

i taken into custody.

: A few hours later, at

i around 11.30pm, officers
i of the Rapid Strike unit

i were on routine patrol in
i the area of Cowpen and

i Spikenard Roads when

? they observed two men in
i a yard acting suspicious-
i ly. The men ran as the

i officers proceeded

: towards them.

i The officers gave

? chase, caught up with the
? men and conducted a

i search of the area.

i They recovered a mag-
? azine with ammunition

i along with a shotgun and
i shotgun shells.

: The men, ages 27 and

? 28 of Rupert Dean Lane,
i were taken into custody.
i Police investigations

: continue.

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Turnquest |

comments —
FROM page one :

bune that he raised the issue
after opposition members
suggested that Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham “ran
out” the back door of the
House of Assembly in an
attempt to avoid the crowd
after last week’s parliamen-
tary session.

Speaking in the House,
the National Security Minis-
ter said: “If someone asks
me, what do I do in terms of
ensuring the safety of the
chief executive of the coun-
try, it is surely not to walk
toward that crowd.”

However, the PLP’s MP
for West End and Bimini
Obie Wilchcombe told the
House that his party was not
responsible for any unsavory
characters who turned up in
Rawson Square.

“At no time was it our
intention to put the PM’s life
in jeopardy.

“We believe in freedom of
speech and the right to
assembly, but at no time
would we put life in jeop-
ardy,” he said.

Hotel union
FROM page one

union,” he told The Tribune
Friday morning after meet-
ing with hotel executives at
the Department of Labour.

Hotel executives were in
meetings with labour and
union officials since Thurs-
day.

Mr Thompson said hotel
general manger Michael
Weber informed them that
significant cutbacks, includ-
ing the layoffs of 200 work-
ers, were necessary to keep
the resort open.

The Our Lucaya Beach
and Golf Resort is made up
of the Radisson and Reef
Hotels. It is owned by
Hutchison Whampoa of
Hong Kong.

Mr Thompson said that the
union has asked management
to abide by the contract.

“Our position is that we do
not agree with the layoffs and
have asked them to follow
the contract regarding rota-
tion of workers and layoffs,
and we will do whatever we
need to do to make sure our
position is heard,” he said.

“We had a meeting with
our members last night and
their instruction to us is make
sure the hotel follows the
contract regarding rotation,
layoffs and redundancies.”

Mr Thompson said the
morale of employees at Our
Lucaya Resort has hit rock
bottom.

He said that only the laid
off workers will get salary
increases in their severance
package.

“Morale has been very low
for the past two years, but it
is worse now,” he said.

Mr Thompson could not
say whether the union would
take industrial action. He said
BHCAWU president Nicole
Martin is expected to travel
to Freeport.

54 students make the

Petrol retailers will get chance

FROM page one

ment.

He confirmed receipt of a com-
munication from the Bahamas
Petroleum Retailers Association
(BPRA), and said he made himself
available for a meeting early next
week.

“It has been some time ago since
the price control was adjusted. We
have to listen to their case. I know
that one of the issues they are faced
with is the increase in the cost of
petroleum. They need significant
more funding to buy their products,
so there may be some increase in
financing costs. Iam aware of that,”
said Mr Neymour.

“The magnitude of their financ-
ing costs is dependent on the vol-
ume that they purchase and sell and
on the profitability of their business.
That varies significantly. There are
some service stations in New Provi-
dence that may do as little as 10,000
gallons while other purchase 100,000
gallon. The variability is large and
the margins must cover all of the
service stations. So like I say, it is
important that they present their

case,” he said.

The BPRA met on Wednesday to
discuss their concerns. Bernard
Dorsett, owner of Porky's Texaco
Service Centre and member of the
BPRA steering committee, said
retailers are trying their best not to
resort to “self service” at the pumps,
understanding that strategy would
only be “a bandaid.”

But times are hard and retailers
are swamped in debt. Mr Dorsett
said, “I don’t know how long we will
be able to do it.” The price of diesel
rose by 31 cents per gallon this
week, said Mr Dorsett. That was the
third increase over the last month.

“They are trying to control the
price of gas for consumers, but they
are putting the business man who
has hundreds of thousands invest-
ed out of business. There are dealers
in this country who pay in excess of
$20,000 per month rent to oil com-
panies. I own my station, but if I
had to pay rent there is no way I
would be in business. Sometimes I
wonder how my competitors sur-
vive,” said Mr Dorsett.

Times were not always so hard,
he said, but fuel prices continue to
escalate and the government’s price

control strategy continues to fix
retailer margins. He said he has been
encouraging his workers to put in
the extra effort to earn tips, so they
could gather extra savings.

Despite rumours of a strike, Mr
Dorsett said as far as he knows the
retailers are “not discussing a
strike.” He said: “Striking can’t solve
our problems.”

“Tt is all about economics right
now. I can buy peanuts and make
more money than diesel today and
that is not right. I have to spend
$4000 to make $180. That doesn’t
make sense,” said Mr Dorsett.

“The government earns a 17 per
cent margin on diesel and 27 per
cent on gasoline. We are earning 4.5
per cent and nine per cent, before
staff, light and other. You don’t have
to be a rocket scientist to figure that
out. You cannot run a business like
that,” he said.

With banks charging 18 per cent
interest on overdraft facilities, he
said the mathematics was insur-
mountable. “Obviously that bill is
never going to pay off.”

PHENTON NEYMOUR, Minister of
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Victory ruling in law job row

FROM page one

substantive post as Deputy
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions; a declaration that she
having acted as DDPP for
the requisite period be enti-
tled to the substantive post
and a declaration that any
appointment to the post of
DPP in the circumstances
be null and void.

In the prologue to his
judgment Senior Justice
Isaacs noted: “There has
been much interest gener-
ated by this case. I think it
is So because it evokes fears
of qualified Bahamians
being overlooked when
high offices become avail-
able while invasive hordes
of foreigners seemed poised
to overwhelm the indige-
nous population.”

Senior Justice Isaacs in
his judgment stated that he
“did not intend to interfere
with the JLSC’s decision to
appoint Mrs Graham-Allen
as DPP. For the reasons I
would have expressed in
Maurice Glinton v the
Prime Minister and the
Attorney General, there are
certain decisions which are
not capable of being
reviewed judicially among
them are those concerned

honour roll at LW Young

TEACHERS, parents and
students this week gathered
to celebrate the achievements
of 54 students at the L W
Young Junior High School.

The students, predomi-
nantly from grades seven and
eight, achieved at least 3.0
averages in their last report
cards. The students were
recognised for their out-
standing performances dur-
ing a special assembly held at
the school on Tuesday under
the theme “Celebrating
Excellence”.

Making the principal’s list
with the highest grade point
average (GPA) was Shenard
Gray, an eighth grade student
with a GPA of 3.63. Following
closely behind were Letore
Basden (3.55 GPA) and Kari-
na Davila (3.55 GPA)

Delivering the keynote
address was Northeastern
Superintendent Dressler
Sherman, who congratulated
the honour students and
encouraged the rest of the stu-
dent population to ‘perse-
vere.’

“You only have one thing
to focus on and that is to stay
in school and do your very

best, that’s all,” said Ms Sher-
man. “It’s that easy. I want
you to promise me and your-
selves that you will do the
best that you can while you
are in school because this is
your main job right now,
nothing else.”

Also in attendance was
Member of Parliament for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, who
presented Shenard Gray with
an electronic notebook. All
the students received tokens
donated by private organisa-
tions in partnership with the
Ministry of Education. In
addition, all of the honourees
were given trophies and will
be treated to an evening out-
ing at Mario’s Bowling Alley
as well as a day-away at Dol-
phin Encounters.

“You see what you can get
when you do well in school?
We love to show our appreci-
ation in a big way to students
who do their very best,” said
L W Young principal Janet
Nixon.

Mrs Nixon said the school
was recently given a $2,000
donation by Bahamas Fast
Ferries for “good behaviour”
during an event.

with judicial appointments
and appointments as
Qucen’s Counsel.”

In his judgment, Senior
Justice Isaacs also high-
lighted the Security Intelli-
gence Branch reports sub-
mitted to the JLSC that
purportedly contained alle-
gations against Mrs Grant-
Bethell which may have led
to her being side-stepped to
the post of DPP. Her attor-
neys had argued she was
not afforded the opportu-
nity to defend herself
against those allegations.

Senior Justice Isaacs stat-
ed: “It was requested by the
Commission for its evalua-
tion of the applicant’s suit-
ability to be appointed as
the DPP. It appears SIB
provided the report to the
OAG. This is highly
improper and is a breach of
Regulation 7 if the argu-
ments of counsel for the
respondents are accepted
that disclosure of any
reports may constitute a
criminal offence.” He fur-
ther stated: “Although the
commission may use other
agencies of the state to
assist it in carrying out its
functions, those agencies
are expected to erect a ‘Chi-
nese Wall’ and treat those
matters as confidential to

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tal responsibilities. It is
unfortunate that matters
meant for limited publica-
tion and which ought to
have been of little concern
to the world at large have
become fodder for med-
dlers.”

The judge also noted that
Mrs Grant-Bethell’s repu-
tation had been besmirched
in the process of denying
her the DDPP position and
by her transfer for the
DDPP post.

Following the ruling yes-
terday Mrs Grant-Bethell’s
attorney Maurice Glinton
said: “This goes a long way
to vindicating the right of
Mrs Grant-Bethell. What
he did and we will have to
confirm this when we read
the ruling, was to find in
several parts in her favour
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lar relief she was claiming.

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says they were
‘misconstrued’

FROM page one

to recognise them and not the People’s Republic of China.
Ervin Knowles, who was the Minister, got fired, Christie got
hired and Ervin Knowles was appointed Ambassador to Tai-
wan,” said the Prime Minister in parliament.

He recalled that it was the FNM government that had estab-
lished diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of Chi-
na severing ties with Taiwan.

“The only reason we have relations with the People’s Repub-
lic of China is because the FNM did that and the Chinese
regard us as an old friend and they are supporting us in the
Baha Mar project,” said Prime Minister Ingraham.

“Baha Mar is going ahead because the Chinese government
is providing the money. There was no possibility of Baha Mar
being able to get a loan from the Chinese unless The Bahamas
government said ‘yes, please do it’,” he said.

The China Export Import Bank is providing funding for the
$2.6 billion Baha Mar project. The loan required the approval
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another long story, taking sec- With Williams continuing to

ond place again. work with their programme,

“One thousand points, but they can definitely make arm

just three hundreds points at the top two next year.

HERE’S a look at the final behind,” he reflected. Yesterday’s final day of

team scores from the “There’s some tremendous competition saw four record

Bahamas Association of Inde- athletes out there on both breaking performances and

pendent Secondary Schools’ sides. But you have to hand it four went under the qualifying

Track and Field Champi- to the opposition, they are standards for the Carifta

onships that wrapped up yes-

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extremely strong. Games. ;

“The senior girls (SAC) __ St. Anne’s Pedrya Seymour
have some world class ath- im the intermediate girls’ 300
letes, so we will compete and hurdes m 43.52 seconds, eras-
we will continue to compete mg the previous time of 43.93
until we get there. We havea Set by Shaunae Miller last year,
new stadium next year,so SAC’s Kinard Rolle in the
maybe next year willbe anew Jumlor boys 800 in 2:11.48, sur-
day for us.” passing the old mark of 2:11.51

Markham said his Comets by Michael Bethel in 2004 and
squad won't change much,so QC’s Gerrio | Rahming threw
they will continue to tug at it —_ the intermediate boys’ javelin
and hopefully they will even- 56.33 metres to eclipse God-
tually dethrone the Big Red __ frey Ellis’ mark of 51.96m that
Machine. he set back in 1997.

“We closed the gap three The other record came from
years ago, but they opened it sensational senior girls 4x 400
up last year and we closed it relay team of Rachante Cole-
again this year,” he quipped. brooke, Shaunae Miller,
“So we're very pleased. Our Courtney Thompson and
team was solid. We performed Anthonique Strachan, who Tan
well across the board.” 3:55.97 to replace QC’s time

1 Saint Augustine's College
5 SAC 1418

2 Queens College

11 ac 1102

3 Saint John's College

6 SJC 426.5

4 Saint Anne's

14 SAS 424

5 Temple Christian Schools
TCS 283

6 Saint Andrews School

13 SA 278

7 Jordan Prince William

12 PWH = 192

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10 Charles W. Saunders he’s a bit disappointed that, year. :
cws 101 once again, it came down to a Attaining the Carifta stan-
11 Faith Temple Academy showdown between just two dards for the games in Mon-
FTA 76 schools - SAC and QC. tego Bay, Jamaica over the

St John’s coach Chicovie Easter holiday weekend were
Wells said despite the fact QC’s Katrina Seymour in the
that they were 991.50 behind senior girls’ 400 hurdles in
St. Augustine’s College and 1:02.43 (QT was 1:05.40);
675.50 behind QC, they were D’Mitry Charlton in the inter-
pleased with their effort this mediate boys 400 hurdles in
year. 57.19 (QT was 57.75) and

“We got some help from SAC’s Ashley Oembler in the
(alumni) Tonique Williams in senior girls discus with a heave

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

NOTHER year, another Bahamas
Association of Independent Sec-
ndary Schools’ Track and Field
Championships for the St. Augustine’s
College Big Red Machine.
If you’re counting, the Big Red Machine
rolled out of the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium yesterday with their 23rd
consecutive victory.
After three intense days of competition, St.
Augustine’s accumulated a total of 1,418 points,
carting seven of the eight divisional titles. They
only lost the junior girls, which went to their
arch-rivals Queen’s College Comets.
Once again, the Comets had to settle for sec-





ond place, closing the gap from last year as they
ended up with 1,102 points, well ahead of third
place St. John’s Giants, who finished in third
with 426.50.

“Every one feels better than the year before,”
said SAC’s head coach William ‘Knucklehead’
Johnson as he tried to put their triumph in per-
spective.

“We're not getting tired, we’re not becom-
ing complacent. We just come out here and do
everything to the best of our ability.”

Even though Queen’s College made a dent in
SAC’s lead, Johnson said every time they win,
they realise that “there’s room for improve-
ment, so we will go back to the drawing board
and improve on those events that we fell down
in and next year we will be ready.”

Johnson said while the athletes have been
working hard from August, he has to credit the
Big Red Machine’s scoring staff that includes

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twin sisters Dianne Woodside and Dawn John-
son, Tito Moss, John Todd.

“We have about seven to eight coaches who
share the load from start to finish,” he said.

‘Woodside, whose Monica Track Club play a
big part in SAC’s success, said the goal is to
achieve championship number 25, so they have
two more years to continue to build on their
legacy.

“T think we will have a grand celebration at
25,” Woodside stated.

Having developed the winning tradition from.
attending St. Augustine’s College back in the
1980s, Woodside said there’s a lot of pride in the
athletes and that has been the key to their suc-
cess.

QC’s coach Gary Markham admitted that it’s

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CHAMPIONS ON PARADE: Members of St. Augustine’s College rush onto the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium in celebration of their 23rd consecutive BAISS Track and Field Championship title.

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keeps DPP post, as
Grant-Bethell says
reputation cleared

By NATARIO
McKENZIE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
nmckenzie@t
ribunemedia.net

VETERAN
prosecutor Cheryl
Grant-Bethell
declared a victory
yesterday in clear-
ing her reputation
despite a judge’s
decision not to
overturn Jamaican
attorney Vinette
Graham-Allen’s appoint-
ment to the post of Director
of Public Prosecutions.

Mrs Grant-Bethell filed
an application for judicial
review after being passed
over for the post of DPP.
She was instead appointed
Deputy Law Reform Com-
missioner. In a 68-page
judgment handed down yes-
terday, Senior Justice Jon
Isaacs refused to grant the
relief sought by Mrs Grant-
Bethell in her application
for judicial review. She and
her attorneys however not-
ed that the judge, although
he had not granted the
orders and declarations



PROSECUTOR |
Cheryl
Grant-Bethel

sought, had ruled in
her favour on sever-
al points.

Following the rul-
ing, Mrs Grant-
Bethell told
reporters: “I feel
like my reputation
today was cleared.
| That is why I came.
Ihave given 20 long
years of clean, com-
petent and patriotic
service and I was
extremely aggrieved
by the actions that
were taken and
today I feel that my reputa-
tion was cleared and for me
that is a victory.”

She added: “In terms of
my future career path, as
my lawyers say, that is a
matter which we will now
review.”

Mrs Grant-Bethell had
sought to have the judge
quash the decision of the
Judicial and Legal Services
Commission (JLSC) pur-
porting to appoint her to
the post of Deputy Law
Reform Commissioner. She
had also sought a declara-
tion that she remain in her

SEE page seven

a RGU a ame UM GUT TRS

SAYS THEY WERE



‘MISCONSTRUED’

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham clarified comments made
in the House of Assembly Thursday night, which he said The

Tribune had “misconstrued.”

Prime Minister Ingraham said he “did not say nor did he infer
that the Baha Mar project was halted because of the PLP
stance on Taiwan during the 1990s.”

He explained that his comments spoke to the fact that “Baha
Mar was able to proceed now because the Chinese Government
approved the Chinese Export Import Bank granting the nec-

essary funding.”

In his presentation, the Prime Minister said the Progressive
Liberal Party “never wanted any business dealing with the
Chinese Government — they recognised Taiwan”.

“Tn fact, that’s how the leader of the opposition got back in
the PLP. The PLP made a deal with the Taiwanese Government

SEE page seven















Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

+] COOK OFF: Four

HOTEL UNION
OPPOSES PLAN
TO LAY OFF 174
OF ITS MEMBERS

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The hotel
union opposes the plan to lay
off 174 of its members from
Our Lucaya Resort.

Elliot Thompson, first vice
president of the Bahamas Hotel
Catering Allied Workers
Union, said the union was
reportedly told by hotel execu-
tives that the resort was not
doing well and would not
reopen the Reef Hotel.

“The hotel...will make 200
persons redundant and 174 are
line staff and members of the

SEE page seven

ee es eee aT eRe

schools took part
yesterday in a cooking
competition at

the Expo.

Tribune Staff
Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

EXCITING tech-
nology and initiatives
were showcased yes-
terday at the third
annual National
Agribusiness Expo
hosted by the Ministry
of Agriculture and
Marine Resources at
the Gladstone Road
Agricultural Centre.
Sustainable agricul-
ture and farming was
at the centre of the
three-day expo.
Highland Farms
showcased its back-
yard innovative green
house technology with
the use of wood and
plastic building mate-
rials, a first for the
Bahamas, the objec-
























Operational for
almost year, the farm
produces tomatoes,
lettuce and finger
peppers.

Erecting a 25 by 20
Greenhouse on site
using PBC piping in
just a few hours,













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MP SAYS TURNQUEST COMMENTS ON BIC

PROTESTERS WERE ‘POLITICAL PROPAGANDA’

OPPOSITION
MP Ryan Pinder
yesterday criticised
National Security
Minister Tommy
Turnquest for sug-
gesting that some
protesters at the anti-
BTC demonstration
were “too danger-
ous” for the Prime
Minister to walk
into.

Calling Minister
Turnquest’s state-
ment “political pro-
paganda and spin,”
Mr Pinder said the
logic of Mr Turn-
quest’s remarks “just

Minister, but it’s not dangerous
for the general public? We have
a legal institution where
Bahamians are presumed inno-
cent until proven guilty in a
court of law. So to say that
someone who theoretically is
out on bail, and I’m not saying
that persons were, but even if



RYAN PINDER:
The MP criticised
National Security
Minister Tommy

said.
Speaking

connection with a num-

such as murder, rape,

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cost tunnel green “According to emonstration in Raw- ;
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ae it’s dangerous for the Prime Wednesday. i

Mr Turnquest said that while }
the majority of these persons }
who the police identified in the }
crowd were out on bail, some }
of them were convicted crimi- }

nals.

prove this fact.

Highland Farm ene were, ee they have the Mr Turnquest told The Tri-
right to protest’ :
SEE page two “Having not been convicted SEE page seven

NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS’ LEADING NEWSPAPER

of any crimes this }
seems illogical to me. }
And for a government }
that is allegedly about }
good governance, they }
should know better }
than that,” Mr Pinder }

in the }
House of Assembly on
Thursday, Minister }
Turnquest said individ- }
uals known to police in }

ber of serious crimes }

armed robbery, assault }
with a deadly weapon }
and shop-breaking were }
“clearly identifiable” in }

The Minister added that
police have the photographs to :







PETROL RETAILERS
WILL GET CHANCE
TO PRESENT THEIR
CASE FOR ‘RELIEF’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

PETROL retailers will
have a chance to present
their case for “relief” to the
government next week, said
Phenton Neymour, Minister
of State for the Environ-

SEE page seven

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
TIME 2011

DAYLIGHT Savings Time
begins on March 13, the second
Sunday in March, at 2 am when
clocks are turned ahead by one
hour, ideally at bedtime on the
Saturday night before. Any time-
pieces and timekeeping devices
that do not automatically adjust
should be manually adjusted.

The return to Standard time
begins at 2 am on Sunday,
November 6, at 2 am when
clocks are turned back by one
hour, ideally at bedtime on the
Saturday night before.
PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



ALLEGED SUICIDE |

INVESTIGATED

POLICE are investigat- }
ing an alleged suicide at
Crown Haven, Abaco. }
Police were alerted to the }
incident around 7am on Fri- }

day.

around his neck .

The 34-year-old man was }
pronounced dead by a local }
doctor. He was wearing a }
black shirt, a pair of short ;
black jeans and a pair of }

Nike slippers at the time.

Police are also investigat- :
ing two armed robberies in }
Nassau that occurred on }
Friday. Burns House, John }
F. Kennedy Drive, reported }
being robbed by an armed :
man with dreadlocks, wear- }
ing a red jacket, blue jeans }

and a base ball cap.

The man entered the :
establishment armed witha
handgun and demanded :
cash. An undetermined }
amount of cash was stolen, }
according to the police }
report. The man fled the :
area in a westerly direction }
in a white two-door Honda }

Civic on JFK Drive.

A Touch of Class Cloth- }
ing Store on Market Street }
and Poinciana Avenue was
the site of the second rob- }
bery. Police reported that a }
man wearing dark blue :
clothing, with a blue tam }
entered the clothing store :
pretending to purchase i

clothes.

On arrival at the cash reg- }
ister the culprit pulled out a :
handgun, tied the hands of }
the woman attendant and }
robbed the store of an}
undetermined amount of }
cash and clothing, along }
with a laptop and a cell }
phone. The culprit fled the :
area in an unknown direc- :

tion.

FIREFIGHTERS
MONITOR LARGE
BUSH FIRE

A LARGE bush fire was :
raging near the Industrial }
Park and Garden Hills area }

yesterday.

Fire Services told The Tri- :
bune that calls came in }
around 1pm on Thursday }

reporting smoke in the area.

Firefighters responded and }
are currently monitoring the ;
fire in “hopes that it will burn }
out on its own,” said a Fire }

Services spokesperson.

In the area of the fish }
stand at Crown Have they }
discovered the body of a }
man with a rope tied }



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*

SCENES from
the third annual
National Agribusi-
ness Expo hosted
by the Ministry of
Agriculture and
Marine Resources
at the Gladstone
Road Agricultural
Centre, which
included a cook-
off between
schools from the
Family Islands
(above and right).

Tim Clarke/
Tribune staff

ordinator Dr Leroy Santiago
of Ovatech Genetics, who
advised the government, said

FROM page one

demonstrated farming is pos-
sible in limited areas using
simplistic designs that anyone
can adopt.

First generation offspring
from the first embryo
implanted sheep and goats in
the Bahamas were featured
at the poultry outlet farm.

Gladstone Road Agricul-
ture Centre (GRAC) made
history as the first Bahamian
agency to place cryogenically
frozen fertilised embryos into
surrogate local sheep and
goats in 2008.

Project consultant and co-

that the project had been
extremely successful with the
births of 125 South African
Boer goats and Dorper sheep,
a 89 per cent success rate.

Dr Santiago said: "We
moved genetic material from
one country to another with
the idea of upgrading the
genetic make-up of the ani-
mals for the country’s farm-
ers."

Andrew Pinder, Ministry
of Agriculture officer in
charge of livestock, said the
"objective of the project was
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more profitable to farmers by
reducing the cost of animals
from an improved breading
stock."

He said that the offspring
are up to 200 per cent meatier
than native goats.

According to Mr Pinder
the first generation offspring
are currently reproducing nat-
urally with each other and
while the process takes longer
than the use of frozen
embryos, he hopes they will
soon be made available to a
wide range of farmers
throughout the country.

The Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute (CEI) was present show-
casing its sustainable devel-
opment research and out-
reach programmes.

The unique facility at CEI
adopts a holistic approach to
address environmental and
socio-economic issues that
face the Bahamas.

Tropical marine ecology
such as shark ecology and
conservation, reef ecology,
and invasive species research,
including evaluating the
impact of lionfish are at the
forefront of the marine
research.

Research into sustainable
resources and food are also
important components of
work facilitated at the insti-
tute, investigating environ-
mentally sustainable
approaches to raising fish,
methods of producing low
cost environmentally friendly
foods and researching new
ways for communities to sup-
port and regenerate itself.

CEI partners with Island
School in the Deep Creek
Middle School in South
Eleuthera that offers a host
of programmes concerning
environmental conservation
and sustainable use of
resources for all ages from
middle school through to the
university level.

The CEI campus is pow-
ered 100 per cent by alterna-
tive energy, built from nearly
75 per cent of local material
and has the largest solar array
in the Bahamas.

A wide variety of fruits,
vegetables, plants, handcrafts
and products were featured
and for sale at the expo. Culi-
nary demonstrations and
cooking competitions were
also conducted while infor-
mation stalls were spread
throughout the site providing
education on the environ-
ment, conservation and sus-
tainable development pro-
grammes. The expo will close
today at 2.15pm with an
awards ceremony.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 3



MP: govt must address resort layoffs

TURNQUEST
COMMENDS PM
FOR ‘GUIDING —
THE BAHAMAS
THROUGH
DOWNTURN’

MINISTER of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turn-
quest commended Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
for guiding the Bahamas
through a precarious eco-
nomic downturn over the
last few years.

Speaking in the House
of Assembly during the
2010/11 mid-year budget
review, Mr Turnquest said
the Prime Minister, who is
also Minister of Finance,
has displayed “stellar stew-
ardship” during the worst
recession to hit the
Bahamas and the world in
80 years.

He said: “There can be
no doubt, regardless of the
naysayers, that the
Bahamas has been a mod-
el developing country in
providing a stimulus pack-
age to address the reces-
sion. We took some hard
decisions, but unlike many
countries around the
world, we were able to
maintain jobs. I know that
Bahamians read and watch
television and would have
noted how many persons
lost their jobs around the
world — even in Cuba
where 500,000 government
workers were fired.

“But here in the
Bahamas, the FNM gov-
ernment remained stead-
fast and true to our Trust
Agenda. A _ notable
achievement during the
recession was the infra-
structural work that was
undertaken. This was done
to ensure that we had
something to show after
the recession and also to
keep the economy pump-
ing.”

Mr Turnquest noted
that the government did a
number of other things to
cushion the impact of the
recession, including: pro-
viding increased social ser-
vice benefits; introducing
unemployment benefits
through NIB for the first
time; and initiating a tem-
porary employment pro-
gramme to hire 2,500 per-
sons.

“The object of this exer-
cise was not just to employ
people, but also to address
areas in which short-term
employment would be
beneficial to national
development, and would
focus on functional pro-
jects.

“No matter what the
opposition says, I am cer-
tain that the Bahamian
people know the econom-
ic challenges faced by
countries around the
world, and know that their
FNM government came to
the assistance of thousands
in need,” Mr Turnquest
said.

NDI Pac TODAY!

cat

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell believes that the
layoff of hundreds of hotel work-
ers on Grand Bahama is a “seri-
ous” situation especially as the
island is already reeling eco-
nomically.

Mr Mitchell, who was in
Grand Bahama on Thursday,
said that the loss of possibly 200
jobs at that Our Lucaya Resort is
very significant and the govern-
ment must step forward and
address the situation.

He indicated that the PLP par-
ty is very concerned about the
economic situation on Grand
Bahama.

“T spoke with Mr (Obie)
Wilchcombe, leader for govern-
ment business, and he asked me
to monitor what is going on with
the situation here because, again,
we as a party are extremely con-
cerned about the economic situ-
ation in this island,” he said.

Golden Gates MP Shane Gib-
son criticized FNM MPs from
Grand Bahama during his con-
tribution to the budget debate in
the House on Thursday for their
silence regarding the layoffs at
the hotel in Lucaya.

“Both of them got up in this
place and talked all kind of what
I considered to be nonsense and
things that matter to people like
unemployment, they refused to
address it. They continue to
insult the people of Grand
Bahama over and again. They
have not been able to do any-
thing to turn around the island of
Grand Bahama. And just when

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

RELATIVES of a man
accused of murder who failed to
show up to court this week have
been ordered to pay $20,000.

Miriam Bain and Louise
McPhee, sisters of Livingston
Taylor, were ordered by Senior
Justice Jon Isaacs to forfeit
$20,000. The two women had
signed as suretors for their broth-
er, who was granted $30,000 bail
in August of 2008. His attorney
Jerone Roberts noted that while
Taylor had been arraigned on the
murder charge in February of
that year, he had been released
on bail for medical reasons.

Taylor, 46, is accused of the
October 2007 murder of Sylvia
Agnes Cates. A trial into her
death was scheduled to begin on
Monday. Mrs Cates was report-
edly found bludgeoned to death
in the bedroom of her Rock
Sound, Eleuthera home on Sun-
day, October 7, 2007.

Taylor is also charged with
armed robbery and housebreak-
ing. It is alleged that he broke
into Mrs Cates’ Williams Lane
home with the intent to commit a
felony. A warrant has been issued
for his arrest.

Taylor’s sisters informed the
court that they had put up their
homes as securities for his bail.
Mts Bain said that she had given
her brother $25 to get his clothes
pressed, hair cut and to catch the
bus to court on Monday. She told
the court that she had brought
her brother to Mr Roberts’ office



FRED MITCHELL: The MP spoke
out about the layoff of hotel
workers on Grand Bahama.

they decide to open their mouths
and look like fools and say the
economy is not getting worse,
we have this big announcement
now, and mums the word from
all MPs on Grand Bahama on
the government side,” said Mr
Gibson.

Mr Mitchell said even though
there are five FNM MPs, the
island’s economy continues to go
south, despite their protestation
to the contrary.

“There does not appear to be
any concerted effort by the gov-
ernment and these five repre-
sentatives to make sure the econ-
omy of this island turns around.

“And so the news of the lay
offs of these people is quite
alarming, and the government
needs to step forward now and

on Sunday afternoon and when
he didn’t show up for court on
Monday, she and other family
members went in search of him.

She claimed that they got a tip
concerning his whereabouts and
informed the police. When asked
by Mr Roberts if she knew her
brother’s whereabouts she
replied, “If I had known he
would have been here this morn-
ing.”

According to Mrs McPhee, her
brother lives in Nassau Village
and occasionally does construc-
tion work. She said that her
brother informed her that he
would be in court on Monday.
Mrs McPhee told the court that
she and her sister were living
from paycheck to paycheck.

Mr Roberts told the court that
the two women had done all that
they reasonably could do to
ensure that Taylor was at court
and had fulfilled their obligations
as suretors. He submitted that
the order for forfeiture not be
made and suggested that the
women be made to pay the
Crown’s expenses.

Prosecutor Jillian Williams
submitted that the Crown was
not suggesting that the securities
be paid because of expenses
incurred by the Crown but
because Taylor did not appear in
court. Ms Williams said that while
she symphatises with the women,
the forfeiture order should be
made.

Senior Justice Isaacs noted that
signing as a surety is a serious
obligation. “The obligation is to
have the accused man appear in
court on time.

UG

Nes areal

‘Fabric under Zydsi

say what measures they are going
to take and try to settle this com-
munity down so that the bottom
does not fall out and that people
can continue to be here and
make a living in this city,” he
said.

MP Mitchell said that the
union and the employer were in
meetings at the Department of
Labour regarding the matter of
layoffs at the resort.

“TI gather that the employer
and employees’ union are far
apart on how this is going to take
place. The employer sees it as a
purely economic decision and
the union sees it otherwise.

“Tn a situation where you have
some 800 employees and the
workforce is going to be reduced
by 200 that is going to be signifi-
cant for that property.

“But the loss of 200 paychecks
in this city that is already reel-
ing from economic issues is going
to be a serious matter and it can’t
be taken lightly,” he stated.

The last interim labour survey
conducted in The Bahamas in
May 2009 found the unemploy-
ment rate at 17.4 per cent on
Grand Bahama.

“People are just saying to
themselves: “How much more of
this are we going to take?

When is the downward spiral
in the economy of Grand
Bahama going to stop and
whether our elected representa-
tives, five of whom are members
of the governing party and three
of whom are ministers of the gov-
ernment, when are steps going
to be taken to turn this situation
around?’ ”

Mr Mitchell stated that while
the Grand Bahama Port Author-

| Murder accused’s relatives ordered
| to pay $20,000 after court absence



“The court is not satisfied that
the suretors did all they should
have done,” he said.

Mr Roberts told the court that
the women did not have the mon-
ey and after speaking with them
briefly, suggested that the court
give them time to speak with oth-
er family members for assistance.
The women are expected back
im court on March 11.

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Conservative EU leaders struggle for crisis unity

HELSINKI — Europe's centre-right
leaders struggled Friday to show a united
front amid stark divisions on how to tack-
le the debt crisis that has rocked the con-
tinent for more than a year.

At asummit of the conservative Euro-
pean People's Party in Helsinki, some of
Europe's most powerful decision makers
made some progress on lowering the inter-
est rates on Ireland's bailout and reiterat-
ed previous commitments to coordinate
their economic policies more closely.

But they failed to agree on more press-
ing issues that have preoccupied financial
markets for the past months.

The most crucial of these is a promised
overhaul of the euro zone's bailout fund,
which could see it get more powers such as
buying government bonds on the open
market to stabilize struggling countries’
funding costs and potentially save them
from having to seek multi-billion euro res-
cue loans.

"We don't have an EPP opinion of
that,” said Finnish Finance Minister Jyrki
Katainen, who hosted Friday's meeting.

The Helsinki summit kicked off three
weeks that will decide whether the euro
zone can finally get a grip on the crisis
that has already pushed Greece and Ire-
land into international bailout.

The debate will culminate on March
25, when heads of state and government
hope to seal the "comprehensive solution"
to the region's debt and banking troubles.

But with even members of the same
party failing to find a common position,
analysts are increasingly pessimistic that
that solution will turn out to be the
promised turning point in the currency
union's struggles.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
remained reluctant to put up more money
to help less disciplined countries.

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister-
in-waiting found some open ears for his
demands for lower interest rates on Ire-
land's 67.5 billion ($93.7 billion) rescue
loan, which average some 5.8 per cent, but
fell short off a clear commitment.

"There was no voice against it,” EPP
President Wilfried Martens said of giving
Ireland some more room on its bailout
deal.

European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso, meanwhile, received no
clear support for his calls to equip the

region's bailout fund with more money
and broader powers.

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi —
whose country's debt stands at 120 per
cent of economic output — spent some
time trying to iron out a years-old gaffe on
Finnish food. "Tonight an extraordinary
reindeer filet was served and I asked for a
second serving,” he told reporters.

Friday's talks centred on the so-called
"pact for competitiveness” — an attempt at
closer economic and fiscal coordination
between the 17 states that share the euro
but have widely differing economies.

The pact was championed by Ger-
many's Merkel, who amid troubles at
home is desperate to have something to
show in return for being the region's pay-
master.

"Tt will always have to be a give and
take," Merkel said, adding that support
for the pact was growing.

However, Friday's statement made no
mention of concrete indicators, let alone
how they would be enforced.

Originally, Berlin had demanded euro
zone countries improve their economic
performance through unpopular measures
such as getting rid of automatic inflation-
linked wage increases and coming up with
a common base for corporate taxation.

Such steps, the Germans argued, would
make countries like Ireland, Greece and
Portugal more solvent and their companies
more competitive in international mar-
Kets.

Katainen said the conservative leaders
found common ground on some princi-
ples of the competitiveness pact but
acknowledged that "there may be some
differences and changes” before it can be
adopted.

Finland's National Coalition Party
heads into elections on April 17, and
Katainen, a leading candidate for prime
minister, had invited his conservative col-
leagues to give himself a home-showing
on the international stage.

Although he did not get a deal, the out-
come of the election was one of the few
topics that everyone agreed on.

"T hope he wins,” said Ireland's Kenny,
whose own Fine Gael party just toppled its
opponents amid popular frustration over
the country's economic woes.

(This article was written by Gabriele
Steinhauser, of the Associated Press)

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Distinguishing
between our
wants and needs

EDITOR, The Tribune.

WHEN the present we
live is all clogged up with
the “rhetoric of want” it
will be difficult to have a
proper perspective on
what our needs are. An
additional difficulty aris-
es when those who speak
for us have an agenda that
addresses want and not
need. It is clever to sepa-
rate persons from think-
ing about what they know
is best, even if you get
them to think about what
is better; but, better is
always about the short
term prospects. It can be
likened to the promises
that politicians spew out
every four years as they
attempt to do something
for you or give you some-
thing that you will be pay-
ing for anyway. We forget
that everything a politi-
cian “does for us” is paid
for by us, eventually.

Our problem as con-
stituents is that the politi-
cal process has been
hijacked and prostituted
to such an extent that
most of the population
hold the opinion that
when a Member of Parlia-
ment does what he or she
is supposed to do we are
amazed; we are not
informed enough to even
think that he is doing what
he was elected to do.

I have been often
accused of speaking out
on behalf a particular
political party by close
friends who seem to go
missing every four years
and six months.

Whether they are in
Christian ministry with me
or elsewhere, it does not
matter.

This time period usually
happens couple of months
before and after an elec-
tion.

It gets so nasty that a
person cannot attend
church in a particular
colour if he or she wants
to maintain certain friend-
ships over the prescribed
period.

My Pastor can be walk-
ing from his office into
church to participate in a
worship service and he
would be stopped and
“exhorted” as to what he
should and should not
preach from the pulpit;
even though he is notori-
ously known for telling it
like it is to all and sundry
and feared equally on
both sides of the political
divide.

It all comes down to us
distinguishing what we
need from what we want.

The present has some of
us selling our souls to the
highest bidder, because
we refuse to be responsi-
ble for the nation that
God gave us; He did not
give it to a political party
or special interest group.

Those of us who are
“possessed” by what we
think our entitlement
should be have to consider
the fact that most of our
entitlements have been
provided by numerous
foreign investors who are
prepared to pay the price
to come to this country,
because they know that if
they are patient enough
they will get more than
they paid for.

Why can’t we exercise
that same patience with
each other?

We have allowed our-
selves to be so demonised
by our wants that we go
to court for everything
and anything, and what we
are getting to live these
lifestyles has no real foun-
dation. We may use
threats and social disorder
to get our point across,

LETTERS

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but we are living with the
possibility that one day we
may take it too far and we
will have a “middle east
experience”, urged on by
those who have no inter-
est in working for any-
thing that a politician can-
not give them.

If we do not come to
our senses, there is a pos-
sibility, that the magnifi-
cent LPIA that many of
us toured this weekend
will be empty for a while.
I will admit right here that
the past and present
Prime Ministers and
myself do not share all of
the same views, but we
agreed on what the vision
for the Bahamas should
be for Bahamians, and my
prayer is that as we
approach a time that can
be feast or famine, those
of us who claim to be
Bahamian have to put that
belief, front and centre.

The first Prime Minis-
ter of this nation had a lot
to deal with as he led this
nation through some very
trying times.

Many of us, including
myself did not agree with
all that he did; but we do
not have the absolute view
whereby we are able to
make certain judgments;
or even to think about
what we would have done
if that responsibility and
authority was ours. I did
not like how some of his
policies affected persons
who were near and dear
to me, but what is done in
the name of politics is not
always nice.

However, the here and
now requires some hard
choices and I can hear him
asking, “You mean yinna
can’t work that out?”

I do not know if we get
the symbolism here.

When the LPIA is com-
pleted it will become the
major gateway for us and
it will not be so much
about us going to other
countries, because we
know better than most
how to take our Bahamian
identity with us.

It will be about people
from all over this world
coming to this place of
providence to see what all
of the fuss is about.

Do we know who we
are? We are the best lit-
tle nation on the face of
the earth, but we are too
busy fighting among our-
selves over stuff that any-
body can pay for, or work
hard enough to get, maybe
that is why the persons
who come here to work,
never want to leave. They
see what we take for
granted.

A visiting Pastor gave
me an insight this week-
end. He is here for a cou-
ple of days and when he
arrived his room was not
ready, it was occupied.
But, he says that it was
never a problem because
the level of service he got
from the bellman and the
manager of the hotel
made the inconvenience a
non-issue.

He has been all over the
world and he has placed
that experience at the top
of his list, but being an
American he was wonder-
ing if it was all a fluke, but
then he began to meet the
people and the Bahamas
is becoming real to him as
a place where vacations
can really happen.

I think we are going to
be all right, even though
the years ahead, prosper-
ous though they be, have
to be seen for what they
are.

We have been gifted as
a place of providence.

We are the land masses,
the islands in the stream
chosen to be the birth-
place of the New World
and that reality is con-
nected to the fact that
there are some things
about us and what we do,
naturally, that everyone
else in the world is
amazed about, and they
cannot stop coming here.

It is like everyone has
to return home at some
time or other.

New Providence is more
than just a name.

It is an attitude that a
blessed place and its peo-
ple need to have, espe-
cially if our estimation of
a bad day is having to set-
tle for what we need if we
cannot get what we want.

But, shouldn’t that be
enough?

EDWARD
HUTCHESON
Nassau,

February 28, 2011.

Fix our roads after
underground work

EDITOR, The Tribune.

An open letter to: Cable Bahamas, BTC, BEC, Water and
Sewerage Corporation and other guilty parties.
Please print the following open letter to the various util-

ity companies.

Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen:

We the people of New Providence are greatly disap-
pointed in your cold-hearted inability to restore our roads to
favourable conditions after you would have installed your

business underground.

It’s criminal for example, to see and feel your uncaring
actions on Windsor Field and the Western roads. There
are about eight open trenches just on those two thorough-
fares. A few of them are dangerous to public travel, and
there is no notice for motorists before approaching them.

This is heartless and reflects a corporate culture of: We
don’t care about the general public and we are intent on
proving it whenever the opportunity presents.

I call on all utility companies who have nasty open trench-
es across our roads to do the honourable and caring thing,
and fix them with us hardworking citizens in mind.

Things are rough for many of us, and we do not have the
funds to repair our vehicles after damage from your wicked
drops. You have a public duty to be responsible, and who-
ever is now to be blamed for the lack of repair is guilty of
being negligent in their duties right. Shame on you all!

DENNIS ARTHUR DAMES

Nassau,
March 2, 2011.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

NEWS eC
Dolphin Cay rescues and transports
stranded dolphin to rehabilitation

ATLANTIS has reported
the successful rescue and
transport of a beached dol-
phin from West Andros to
the resort’s Dolphin Cay for
medical care and rehabilita-
tion.

This live stranded dolphin
rescue is the first for Dol-
phin Cay, home to the most
advanced marine mammal
rescue and rehabilitation
centre in the Bahamas and a
member of the Bahamas
Marine Mammal Stranding
Network.

After two members of the
Atlantis Dolphin Cay team,
staff veterinarian Dr Charles
Manire and Jim Horton,
were flown to Andros to
evaluate the dolphin (named
“Miss Turner” after her
stranding location - Turner
Sound), they were able to
determine she was an older
female bottlenose dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus) that
had severe sunburn on the
dorsal surface and lateral
scoliosis (spinal curvature).

Due to the severity of the
dolphin’s conditions, it was
obvious the animal needed
further medical attention.

Andros resident Charles
Bethell, who had reported
the stranding, offered to fly
the dolphin and crew back
to Paradise Island in his sea
plane, so she was transferred
immediately to Dolphin Cay
at Atlantis for further care
and rehabilitation.

After a 25-minute flight
from Andros and a 25-
minute transfer by truck,
Miss Turner arrived on Par-
adise Island and was placed
in water at Atlantis’ quar-
antine facility for testing.

Test results revealed she
was severely dehydrated,
had gastritis (stomach infec-
tion) and low calcium lev-
els.

Furthermore, she required
full in-water support 24-
hours a day to prevent
drowning. The Dolphin Cay
marine mammal specialists
have started Miss Turner on



UNLOADING MISS TURNER in Nassau.

THE ATLANTIS TEAM Semon physical therapy on Miss Trek

fluids and antibiotics along
with beginning physical
therapy sessions on her
spine — which have, so far,
reduced the scoliosis from
about a 90 degree curvature
to 45 degree curvature.

Because of that response,
Dr Manire is hopeful that
they may be able to greatly
or completely reduce the
scoliosis over time.

Ongoing blood tests also
prove that her health is
improving commensurate
with the care she is receiv-
ing.

“We plan to utilise our
state-of-the-art facility and
experienced staff to reha-
bilitate Miss Turner in
hopes of her returning to
the wild to live out the
remainder of her life,” said
Dr Manire.

During the short period
of time Miss Turner has
been living at Atlantis, she
has started eating fish on
her own and showing pro-
gressive swimming move-
ments, but still requiring

$400,000 GIFT T0 COB TO SUPPORT ART STUDENTS

HELEN Astarita and her
husband, Ben, came to the
Bahamas quite by accident
more than 50 years ago. But
her extraordinary donation of
$400,000 to the College of the
Bahamas’ School of Commu-
nication and Creative Arts to
support budding artists in a
thriving art programme is any-
thing but happenstance.

The largest single gift to the
college specifically directed
toward funding the study of art,
this recent gift is deliberate; a
tangible means of helping
young, brilliant artists who want
to fuel their passions while
earning a higher education
degree in art.

COB said the $400,000 gift
will be used to establish the
Astarita Art Endowment to
fund two merit based scholar-
ships — the Astarita Nassauvian
Art Scholarship and the Astari-
ta Family Islander Art Schol-
arship — in perpetuity for full
time students entering the col-
lege and pursuing a degree in
art. The scholarships will be
awarded every two years, with
the first recipients being select-
ed from among the Fall 2011
first year class.

“A dream come true for for-
tunate art students, both awards
cover tuition and expenses for
art supplies, while the scholar-
ship for the Family Islander
also provides for housing
allowance,” COB said.

Mrs Astarita was for many
years the creative genius behind
Bahama Handprints, by both
conceiving the native designs
and manipulating the machines
to bring the fabric patterns to
life. She started the company
in 1966 with partner Berta
Sands.

Now, Mrs Astarita’s gift to
the College will further posi-
tion aspiring artists to earn a
formal degree in higher educa-
tion while breathing life into
their own creations.

An opportunity to run an
advertising agency lured the
Astaritas to the Bahamas over
five decades ago. Following the
interview, the New Yorkers
were immediately hired. Even
as a youngster, good fortune
favoured Helen. As a child she
attended the Bayside High
School in New York, which had
a thriving art programme.

“T didn’t take my lunch peri-
od or study period,” she
recalled. “I was in the art room.
When I graduated I had the
equivalent of six years of art
courses in all facets.” With the
help of a dedicated teacher who
helped her take her portfolio

$ 400, 000. 00



AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT — seated: Donor Mrs Helen Astarita and COB
president Dr Betsy V Boze. Standing from left: Audrey Dean-Wright, Head
of Visual and Performing Arts; Dr Earla Carey-Baines, Dean of the Facul-
ty of Liberal and Fine Arts; Davinia Blair, Director of Development, Alum-
ni Relations and Development and John Cox, Assistant Professor of Art.



SIGNING THE MOU — Helen Astarita and COB president Dr Betsy V Boze
sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Astarita Art Endow-
ment at the college.

into Manhattan, New York,
Mrs Astarita successfully won
two scholarships to study art.
She said she now feels com-
pelled to pass on that good for-
tune.

Asked what motivated her
generous act of philanthropy to
COB, Mrs Astarita said:
“Because I won a scholarship;
I’m just passing it on.”

College president Dr Betsy
V Boze recognised the poten-
tial impact of the donation.

“The college is thrilled to
receive such a wonderful gift
from Mrs Helen Astarita. This
is the kind of generosity that
helps us to empower and culti-
vate future leaders and stimu-
lates ingenuity. The arts awak-
en in us creativity and imagi-
nation, unlocking mysteries,
fueling innovation and creating
solutions. Mrs Astarita has
been a trailblazer in the artistic
community and we hope that
the beneficiaries of these schol-
arships will also be inspired by
her example and investment in

the leaders of tomorrow,” said
Dr Boze.

Dean of Faculty of Liberal
and Fine Arts Dr Earla Carey
Baines said COB will be forev-
er grateful for this generous
donation which reflects a
tremendous investment in the
development of the visual arts
in the Bahamas.

“Ben and Helen Astarita will
always be known for their
vibrant, larger-than-life per-
sonalities and their steadfast
commitment to the well-being
of Bahamians and_ the
Bahamas,” she said.

“The Astarita Endowment is
yet another example of their
belief that each of us has a
responsibility to make a posi-
tive impact on the community
in which we live and to provide
for future generations.

“This gift will ensure that a
deserving Bahamian student is
afforded the opportunity to
develop his or her talent and,
by so doing, enrich all of our
lives.”

MISS TURNER in Andros

continuous support, includ-
ing the full in-water support.
The marine specialist team
will continue monitoring,
testing and treatment in
hopes of a successful out-
come from her rehabilita-
tion.

Atlantis is the home of
world’s largest open-air
marine habitat with over
50,000 marine animals in
lagoons and displays as well
as Dolphin Cay, the state-
of-the-art dolphin interac-
tion and education centre.

Dolphin Cay and Atlantis
are accredited members of
both the Association of





Zoos and Aquariums and
the Alliance of Marine
Mammal Parks and Aquar-
iums.

Both the marine habitat
and Dolphin Cay were cre-
ated with the goal of
enlightening visitors about
the wonders of these
remarkable ocean inhabi-
tants. Dolphin Cay is also
the residence of the 16 Kat-
rina Dolphins, some of
whom were swept to sea
during Hurricane Katrina
from their previous habitat
at the Marine Life Ocea-
narium in Gulfport, Missis-

sippi.

_ ARRESTS AFTER
POLICE FIND GUNS
_ AND AMMUNITION

i THREE men were tak-
i en into police custody in
? connection with illegal

i firearm and ammunition
i possession.

i Around 8pm on Thurs-
i day, officers of the

: mobile division were on

? routine patrol in the area
: of Carmichael Road and
i McKinney Avenue when
? they observed a man

: wearing an orange shirt

i and blue jeans acting sus-
i? piciously.

i The officers conducted
i asearch of the man and

i recovered a handgun.

i The 36-year-old man of

? London Avenue, off

i Carmichael Road, was

i taken into custody.

: A few hours later, at

i around 11.30pm, officers
i of the Rapid Strike unit

i were on routine patrol in
i the area of Cowpen and

i Spikenard Roads when

? they observed two men in
i a yard acting suspicious-
i ly. The men ran as the

i officers proceeded

: towards them.

i The officers gave

? chase, caught up with the
? men and conducted a

i search of the area.

i They recovered a mag-
? azine with ammunition

i along with a shotgun and
i shotgun shells.

: The men, ages 27 and

? 28 of Rupert Dean Lane,
i were taken into custody.
i Police investigations

: continue.

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comments —
FROM page one :

bune that he raised the issue
after opposition members
suggested that Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham “ran
out” the back door of the
House of Assembly in an
attempt to avoid the crowd
after last week’s parliamen-
tary session.

Speaking in the House,
the National Security Minis-
ter said: “If someone asks
me, what do I do in terms of
ensuring the safety of the
chief executive of the coun-
try, it is surely not to walk
toward that crowd.”

However, the PLP’s MP
for West End and Bimini
Obie Wilchcombe told the
House that his party was not
responsible for any unsavory
characters who turned up in
Rawson Square.

“At no time was it our
intention to put the PM’s life
in jeopardy.

“We believe in freedom of
speech and the right to
assembly, but at no time
would we put life in jeop-
ardy,” he said.

Hotel union
FROM page one

union,” he told The Tribune
Friday morning after meet-
ing with hotel executives at
the Department of Labour.

Hotel executives were in
meetings with labour and
union officials since Thurs-
day.

Mr Thompson said hotel
general manger Michael
Weber informed them that
significant cutbacks, includ-
ing the layoffs of 200 work-
ers, were necessary to keep
the resort open.

The Our Lucaya Beach
and Golf Resort is made up
of the Radisson and Reef
Hotels. It is owned by
Hutchison Whampoa of
Hong Kong.

Mr Thompson said that the
union has asked management
to abide by the contract.

“Our position is that we do
not agree with the layoffs and
have asked them to follow
the contract regarding rota-
tion of workers and layoffs,
and we will do whatever we
need to do to make sure our
position is heard,” he said.

“We had a meeting with
our members last night and
their instruction to us is make
sure the hotel follows the
contract regarding rotation,
layoffs and redundancies.”

Mr Thompson said the
morale of employees at Our
Lucaya Resort has hit rock
bottom.

He said that only the laid
off workers will get salary
increases in their severance
package.

“Morale has been very low
for the past two years, but it
is worse now,” he said.

Mr Thompson could not
say whether the union would
take industrial action. He said
BHCAWU president Nicole
Martin is expected to travel
to Freeport.

54 students make the

Petrol retailers will get chance

FROM page one

ment.

He confirmed receipt of a com-
munication from the Bahamas
Petroleum Retailers Association
(BPRA), and said he made himself
available for a meeting early next
week.

“It has been some time ago since
the price control was adjusted. We
have to listen to their case. I know
that one of the issues they are faced
with is the increase in the cost of
petroleum. They need significant
more funding to buy their products,
so there may be some increase in
financing costs. Iam aware of that,”
said Mr Neymour.

“The magnitude of their financ-
ing costs is dependent on the vol-
ume that they purchase and sell and
on the profitability of their business.
That varies significantly. There are
some service stations in New Provi-
dence that may do as little as 10,000
gallons while other purchase 100,000
gallon. The variability is large and
the margins must cover all of the
service stations. So like I say, it is
important that they present their

case,” he said.

The BPRA met on Wednesday to
discuss their concerns. Bernard
Dorsett, owner of Porky's Texaco
Service Centre and member of the
BPRA steering committee, said
retailers are trying their best not to
resort to “self service” at the pumps,
understanding that strategy would
only be “a bandaid.”

But times are hard and retailers
are swamped in debt. Mr Dorsett
said, “I don’t know how long we will
be able to do it.” The price of diesel
rose by 31 cents per gallon this
week, said Mr Dorsett. That was the
third increase over the last month.

“They are trying to control the
price of gas for consumers, but they
are putting the business man who
has hundreds of thousands invest-
ed out of business. There are dealers
in this country who pay in excess of
$20,000 per month rent to oil com-
panies. I own my station, but if I
had to pay rent there is no way I
would be in business. Sometimes I
wonder how my competitors sur-
vive,” said Mr Dorsett.

Times were not always so hard,
he said, but fuel prices continue to
escalate and the government’s price

control strategy continues to fix
retailer margins. He said he has been
encouraging his workers to put in
the extra effort to earn tips, so they
could gather extra savings.

Despite rumours of a strike, Mr
Dorsett said as far as he knows the
retailers are “not discussing a
strike.” He said: “Striking can’t solve
our problems.”

“Tt is all about economics right
now. I can buy peanuts and make
more money than diesel today and
that is not right. I have to spend
$4000 to make $180. That doesn’t
make sense,” said Mr Dorsett.

“The government earns a 17 per
cent margin on diesel and 27 per
cent on gasoline. We are earning 4.5
per cent and nine per cent, before
staff, light and other. You don’t have
to be a rocket scientist to figure that
out. You cannot run a business like
that,” he said.

With banks charging 18 per cent
interest on overdraft facilities, he
said the mathematics was insur-
mountable. “Obviously that bill is
never going to pay off.”

PHENTON NEYMOUR, Minister of
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Victory ruling in law job row

FROM page one

substantive post as Deputy
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions; a declaration that she
having acted as DDPP for
the requisite period be enti-
tled to the substantive post
and a declaration that any
appointment to the post of
DPP in the circumstances
be null and void.

In the prologue to his
judgment Senior Justice
Isaacs noted: “There has
been much interest gener-
ated by this case. I think it
is So because it evokes fears
of qualified Bahamians
being overlooked when
high offices become avail-
able while invasive hordes
of foreigners seemed poised
to overwhelm the indige-
nous population.”

Senior Justice Isaacs in
his judgment stated that he
“did not intend to interfere
with the JLSC’s decision to
appoint Mrs Graham-Allen
as DPP. For the reasons I
would have expressed in
Maurice Glinton v the
Prime Minister and the
Attorney General, there are
certain decisions which are
not capable of being
reviewed judicially among
them are those concerned

honour roll at LW Young

TEACHERS, parents and
students this week gathered
to celebrate the achievements
of 54 students at the L W
Young Junior High School.

The students, predomi-
nantly from grades seven and
eight, achieved at least 3.0
averages in their last report
cards. The students were
recognised for their out-
standing performances dur-
ing a special assembly held at
the school on Tuesday under
the theme “Celebrating
Excellence”.

Making the principal’s list
with the highest grade point
average (GPA) was Shenard
Gray, an eighth grade student
with a GPA of 3.63. Following
closely behind were Letore
Basden (3.55 GPA) and Kari-
na Davila (3.55 GPA)

Delivering the keynote
address was Northeastern
Superintendent Dressler
Sherman, who congratulated
the honour students and
encouraged the rest of the stu-
dent population to ‘perse-
vere.’

“You only have one thing
to focus on and that is to stay
in school and do your very

best, that’s all,” said Ms Sher-
man. “It’s that easy. I want
you to promise me and your-
selves that you will do the
best that you can while you
are in school because this is
your main job right now,
nothing else.”

Also in attendance was
Member of Parliament for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, who
presented Shenard Gray with
an electronic notebook. All
the students received tokens
donated by private organisa-
tions in partnership with the
Ministry of Education. In
addition, all of the honourees
were given trophies and will
be treated to an evening out-
ing at Mario’s Bowling Alley
as well as a day-away at Dol-
phin Encounters.

“You see what you can get
when you do well in school?
We love to show our appreci-
ation in a big way to students
who do their very best,” said
L W Young principal Janet
Nixon.

Mrs Nixon said the school
was recently given a $2,000
donation by Bahamas Fast
Ferries for “good behaviour”
during an event.

with judicial appointments
and appointments as
Qucen’s Counsel.”

In his judgment, Senior
Justice Isaacs also high-
lighted the Security Intelli-
gence Branch reports sub-
mitted to the JLSC that
purportedly contained alle-
gations against Mrs Grant-
Bethell which may have led
to her being side-stepped to
the post of DPP. Her attor-
neys had argued she was
not afforded the opportu-
nity to defend herself
against those allegations.

Senior Justice Isaacs stat-
ed: “It was requested by the
Commission for its evalua-
tion of the applicant’s suit-
ability to be appointed as
the DPP. It appears SIB
provided the report to the
OAG. This is highly
improper and is a breach of
Regulation 7 if the argu-
ments of counsel for the
respondents are accepted
that disclosure of any
reports may constitute a
criminal offence.” He fur-
ther stated: “Although the
commission may use other
agencies of the state to
assist it in carrying out its
functions, those agencies
are expected to erect a ‘Chi-
nese Wall’ and treat those
matters as confidential to

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rate from their governmen-
tal responsibilities. It is
unfortunate that matters
meant for limited publica-
tion and which ought to
have been of little concern
to the world at large have
become fodder for med-
dlers.”

The judge also noted that
Mrs Grant-Bethell’s repu-
tation had been besmirched
in the process of denying
her the DDPP position and
by her transfer for the
DDPP post.

Following the ruling yes-
terday Mrs Grant-Bethell’s
attorney Maurice Glinton
said: “This goes a long way
to vindicating the right of
Mrs Grant-Bethell. What
he did and we will have to
confirm this when we read
the ruling, was to find in
several parts in her favour
but staying his hand in so
far as granting the particu-
lar relief she was claiming.

“We have no reason at
this time to be critical of the
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haven’t read it. We are
encouraged for our client
because after taking instruc-
tions we might determine
whether there is something
which he pointed out in the
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‘misconstrued’

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to recognise them and not the People’s Republic of China.
Ervin Knowles, who was the Minister, got fired, Christie got
hired and Ervin Knowles was appointed Ambassador to Tai-
wan,” said the Prime Minister in parliament.

He recalled that it was the FNM government that had estab-
lished diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of Chi-
na severing ties with Taiwan.

“The only reason we have relations with the People’s Repub-
lic of China is because the FNM did that and the Chinese
regard us as an old friend and they are supporting us in the
Baha Mar project,” said Prime Minister Ingraham.

“Baha Mar is going ahead because the Chinese government
is providing the money. There was no possibility of Baha Mar
being able to get a loan from the Chinese unless The Bahamas
government said ‘yes, please do it’,” he said.

The China Export Import Bank is providing funding for the
$2.6 billion Baha Mar project. The loan required the approval
of the Chinese and Bahamian Governments.

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another long story, taking sec- With Williams continuing to

ond place again. work with their programme,

“One thousand points, but they can definitely make arm

just three hundreds points at the top two next year.

HERE’S a look at the final behind,” he reflected. Yesterday’s final day of

team scores from the “There’s some tremendous competition saw four record

Bahamas Association of Inde- athletes out there on both breaking performances and

pendent Secondary Schools’ sides. But you have to hand it four went under the qualifying

Track and Field Champi- to the opposition, they are standards for the Carifta

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extremely strong. Games. ;

“The senior girls (SAC) __ St. Anne’s Pedrya Seymour
have some world class ath- im the intermediate girls’ 300
letes, so we will compete and hurdes m 43.52 seconds, eras-
we will continue to compete mg the previous time of 43.93
until we get there. We havea Set by Shaunae Miller last year,
new stadium next year,so SAC’s Kinard Rolle in the
maybe next year willbe anew Jumlor boys 800 in 2:11.48, sur-
day for us.” passing the old mark of 2:11.51

Markham said his Comets by Michael Bethel in 2004 and
squad won't change much,so QC’s Gerrio | Rahming threw
they will continue to tug at it —_ the intermediate boys’ javelin
and hopefully they will even- 56.33 metres to eclipse God-
tually dethrone the Big Red __ frey Ellis’ mark of 51.96m that
Machine. he set back in 1997.

“We closed the gap three The other record came from
years ago, but they opened it sensational senior girls 4x 400
up last year and we closed it relay team of Rachante Cole-
again this year,” he quipped. brooke, Shaunae Miller,
“So we're very pleased. Our Courtney Thompson and
team was solid. We performed Anthonique Strachan, who Tan
well across the board.” 3:55.97 to replace QC’s time

1 Saint Augustine's College
5 SAC 1418

2 Queens College

11 ac 1102

3 Saint John's College

6 SJC 426.5

4 Saint Anne's

14 SAS 424

5 Temple Christian Schools
TCS 283

6 Saint Andrews School

13 SA 278

7 Jordan Prince William

12 PWH = 192

4 Nassau Christian Academy
9 Aquinas College

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10 Charles W. Saunders he’s a bit disappointed that, year. :
cws 101 once again, it came down to a Attaining the Carifta stan-
11 Faith Temple Academy showdown between just two dards for the games in Mon-
FTA 76 schools - SAC and QC. tego Bay, Jamaica over the

St John’s coach Chicovie Easter holiday weekend were
Wells said despite the fact QC’s Katrina Seymour in the
that they were 991.50 behind senior girls’ 400 hurdles in
St. Augustine’s College and 1:02.43 (QT was 1:05.40);
675.50 behind QC, they were D’Mitry Charlton in the inter-
pleased with their effort this mediate boys 400 hurdles in
year. 57.19 (QT was 57.75) and

“We got some help from SAC’s Ashley Oembler in the
(alumni) Tonique Williams in senior girls discus with a heave

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

NOTHER year, another Bahamas
Association of Independent Sec-
ndary Schools’ Track and Field
Championships for the St. Augustine’s
College Big Red Machine.
If you’re counting, the Big Red Machine
rolled out of the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium yesterday with their 23rd
consecutive victory.
After three intense days of competition, St.
Augustine’s accumulated a total of 1,418 points,
carting seven of the eight divisional titles. They
only lost the junior girls, which went to their
arch-rivals Queen’s College Comets.
Once again, the Comets had to settle for sec-





ond place, closing the gap from last year as they
ended up with 1,102 points, well ahead of third
place St. John’s Giants, who finished in third
with 426.50.

“Every one feels better than the year before,”
said SAC’s head coach William ‘Knucklehead’
Johnson as he tried to put their triumph in per-
spective.

“We're not getting tired, we’re not becom-
ing complacent. We just come out here and do
everything to the best of our ability.”

Even though Queen’s College made a dent in
SAC’s lead, Johnson said every time they win,
they realise that “there’s room for improve-
ment, so we will go back to the drawing board
and improve on those events that we fell down
in and next year we will be ready.”

Johnson said while the athletes have been
working hard from August, he has to credit the
Big Red Machine’s scoring staff that includes

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twin sisters Dianne Woodside and Dawn John-
son, Tito Moss, John Todd.

“We have about seven to eight coaches who
share the load from start to finish,” he said.

‘Woodside, whose Monica Track Club play a
big part in SAC’s success, said the goal is to
achieve championship number 25, so they have
two more years to continue to build on their
legacy.

“T think we will have a grand celebration at
25,” Woodside stated.

Having developed the winning tradition from.
attending St. Augustine’s College back in the
1980s, Woodside said there’s a lot of pride in the
athletes and that has been the key to their suc-
cess.

QC’s coach Gary Markham admitted that it’s

SEE page 10

CHAMPIONS ON PARADE: Members of St. Augustine’s College rush onto the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium in celebration of their 23rd consecutive BAISS Track and Field Championship title.

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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER ictory ruling in law job row V olume: 107 No.87SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 80F LOW 70F S P O R T S SEESECTIONE Big Red Machine are champions I N S I D E SEE YOUNGMANSVIEW ONPAGESIX High time for a sex offenders database By NATARIO McKENZIET ribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@t ribunemedia.net VETERAN prosecutor Cheryl Grant-Bethell declared a victory yesterday in clear ing her reputation despite a judges decision not to overturn Jamaican attorney Vinette Graham-Allens appoint ment to the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an application for judicial review after being passed over for the post of DPP. She was instead appointed Deputy Law Reform Com missioner. In a 68-page judgment handed down yesterday, Senior Justice Jon Isaacs refused to grant the relief sought by Mrs GrantBethell in her application for judicial review. 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She had also sought a declaration that she remain in her Jamaican attorney keeps DPP post, as Grant-Bethell says reputation cleared M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page seven By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net EXCITING tech nology and initiatives were showcased yesterday at the third annual National Agribusiness Expo hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre. Sustainable agricul ture and farming was at the centre of the three-day expo. Highland Farms showcased its backyard innovative green house technology with the use of wood and plastic building materials, a first for the Bahamas, the objec tive of creating low cost tunnel green houses. Operational for almost year, the farm produces tomatoes, lettuce and finger peppers. Erecting a 25 by 20 Greenhouse on site using PBC piping in just a few hours, Highland Farm PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham clarified comments made in the House of Assembly Thursday night, which he said The Tribune had misconstrued. Prime Minister Ingraham said he did not say nor did he infer that the Baha Mar project was halted because of the PLP stance on Taiwan during the 1990s. He explained that his comments spoke to the fact that Baha Mar was able to proceed now because the Chinese Government approved the Chinese Export Import Bank granting the necessary funding. In his presentation, the Prime Minister said the Progressive Liberal Party never wanted any business dealing with the Chinese Government they recognised Taiwan. In fact, thats how the leader of the opposition got back in the PLP. The PLP made a deal with the Taiwanese Government PM CL ARIFIES HOUSE COMMENTS, S A YS THEY WERE MISCONSTRUED SEE page seven OPPOSITION MP Ryan Pinder yesterday criticised National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest for suggesting that some protesters at the antiBTC demonstration were too danger ous for the Prime Minister to walk into. Calling Minister Turnquests statement political pro paganda and spin, Mr Pinder said the logic of Mr Turnquests remarks just dont add up. According to Minister Turnquest, its dangerous for the Prime Minister, but its not dangerous for the general public? We have a legal institution where Bahamians are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. So to say that someone who theoretically is out on bail, and Im not saying that persons were, but even if they were, dont they have the right to protest? Having not been convicted of any crimes this seems illogical to me. And for a government that is allegedly about good governance, they should know better than that, Mr Pinder said. Speaking in the House of Assembly on Thursday, Minister Turnquest said individuals known to police in connection with a number of serious crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and shop-breaking were clearly identifiable in the anti-BTC sale demonstration in Raw son Square last Wednesday. Mr Turnquest said that while the majority of these persons who the police identified in the crowd were out on bail, some of them were convicted criminals. The Minister added that police have the photographs to prove this fact. Mr Turnquest told The Tri By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The hotel union opposes the plan to lay off 174 of its members from Our Lucaya Resort. Elliot Thompson, first vice president of the Bahamas Hotel Catering Allied Workers Union, said the union was reportedly told by hotel executives that the resort was not doing well and would not reopen the Reef Hotel. The hotelwill make 200 persons redundant and 174 are line staff and members of the HOTEL UNION OPPOSES PLAN TO LAY OFF 174 OF ITS MEMBERS SEE page seven By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net PETROL retailers will have a chance to present their case for relief to the government next week, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the EnvironSEE page seven PETROL RETAILERS WILL GET CHANCE TO PRESENT THEIR C ASE FOR RELIEF DAYLIGHTSavings Time begins on March 13, the second Sunday in March, at 2 am when clocks are turned ahead by one hour, ideally at bedtime on the Saturday night before. Any timepieces and timekeeping devices that do not automatically adjust should be manually adjusted. The return to Standard time begins at 2 am on Sunday, November 6, at 2 am when clocks are turned back by one hour, ideally at bedtime on the Saturday night before. D AYLIGHT S AVIN GS TIME 20 11 RYAN PINDER: The MP criticised National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest. SEE page seven SEE page two A GRIBUSINESS EXPO SER VES UP F OOD AND TECHN OLOGY COOKOFF: Four schools took part yesterday in a cooking competition at the Expo. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f PROSECUTOR Cheryl Grant-Bethel MP SAYS TURNQUEST COMMENTS ON BTC PROTESTERS WERE POLITICAL PROPAGAND

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d emonstrated farming is possible in limited areas using simplistic designs that anyone can adopt. F irst generation offspring from the first embryo implanted sheep and goats in t he Bahamas were featured at the poultry outlet farm. Gladstone Road Agricult ure Centre (GRAC h istory as the first Bahamian agency to place cryogenically frozen fertilised embryos intos urrogate local sheep and goats in 2008. Project consultant and coordinator Dr Leroy Santiago o f Ovatech Genetics, who advised the government, said that the project had been extremely successful with the births of 125 South African Boer goats and Dorper sheep,a 89 per cent success rate. D r Santiago said: "We moved genetic material from one country to another witht he idea of upgrading the g enetic make-up of the ani mals for the countrys farmers." Andrew Pinder, Ministry of Agriculture officer in charge of livestock, said the" objective of the project was to make sheep and goats more profitable to farmers by r educing the cost of animals from an improved breading stock." He said that the offspring are up to 200 per cent meatier than native goats. A ccording to Mr Pinder t he first generation offspring are currently reproducing nat urally with each other and w hile the process takes longer t han the use of frozen embryos, he hopes they will soon be made available to a wide range of farmers throughout the country. The Cape Eleuthera Instit ute (CEI casing its sustainable devel opment research and outr each programmes. The unique facility at CEI adopts a holistic approach to address environmental ands ocio-economic issues that face the Bahamas. Tropical marine ecology such as shark ecology and conservation, reef ecology, and invasive species research, including evaluating the impact of lionfish are at the forefront of the marine research. Research into sustainable resources and food are also important components of work facilitated at the institute, investigating environmentally sustainable approaches to raising fish, methods of producing low cost environmentally friendly foods and researching new ways for communities to sup port and regenerate itself. CEI partners with Island School in the Deep Creek Middle School in South Eleuthera that offers a host of programmes concerning environmental conservation and sustainable use of resources for all ages from middle school through to the university level. The CEI campus is powered 100 per cent by alterna tive energy, built from nearly 75 per cent of local material and has the largest solar array in the Bahamas. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, plants, handcrafts and products were featured and for sale at the expo. Culinary demonstrations and cooking competitions were also conducted while infor mation stalls were spread throughout the site providing education on the environment, conservation and sustainable development programmes. The expo will close today at 2.15pm with an awards ceremony. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE P OLICE are investigati ng an alleged suicide at C rown Haven, Abaco. Police were alerted to the incident around 7am on Friday. In the area of the fish s tand at Crown Have they discovered the body of a man with a rope tied around his neck The 34-year-old man was pronounced dead by a local doctor. He was wearing ab lack shirt, a pair of short black jeans and a pair of Nike slippers at the time. Police are also investigating two armed robberies in Nassau that occurred on Friday. Burns House, JohnF Kennedy Drive, reported being robbed by an armed man with dreadlocks, wearing a red jacket, blue jeansa nd a base ball cap. T he man entered the establishment armed with a handgun and demanded cash. An undetermineda mount of cash was stolen, according to the police report. The man fled thea rea in a westerly direction in a white two-door Honda Civic on JFK Drive. A Touch of Class Clothi ng Store on Market Street a nd Poinciana Avenue was the site of the second robbery. Police reported that a man wearing dark blue clothing, with a blue tame ntered the clothing store pretending to purchase clothes. On arrival at the cash register the culprit pulled out a handgun, tied the hands of t he woman attendant and r obbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash and clothing, alongw ith a laptop and a cell phone. The culprit fled the area in an unknown direc t ion. A LARGE bush fire was raging near the Industrial Park and Garden Hills area yesterday. Fire Services told The Tri bune that calls came in around 1pm on Thursday reporting smoke in the area. Firefighters responded and are currently monitoring the fire in hopes that it will burn out on its own, said a Fire Services spokesperson. FIREFIGHTERS MONITOR LARGE BUSH FIRE ALLEGED SUICIDE I NVESTIGATED AGRIBUSINESS EXPO SERVES UP FOOD AND TECHNOLOGY FROM page one SCENES from the third annual National Agribusiness Expo hosted b y the Ministry of A griculture and Marine Resources at the GladstoneR oad Agricultural Centre, which included a cooko ff between s chools from the Family Islands (above and right Tim Clarke / Tribune staff

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By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net RELATIVES of a man accused of murder who failed to show up to court this week have been ordered to pay $20,000. M iriam Bain and Louise McPhee, sisters of Livingston Taylor, were ordered by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to forfeit $20,000. The two women had signed as suretors for their broth er, who was granted $30,000 bail in August of 2008. His attorney Jerone Roberts noted that whileT aylor had been arraigned on the murder charge in February of that year, he had been released on bail for medical reasons. Taylor, 46, is accused of the October 2007 murder of Sylvia Agnes Cates. A trial into her death was scheduled to begin on Monday. Mrs Cates was report-e dly found bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of her Rock Sound, Eleuthera home on Sunday, October 7, 2007. Taylor is also charged with armed robbery and housebreaking. It is alleged that he broke into Mrs Cates Williams Lane home with the intent to commit a f elony. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Taylors sisters informed the court that they had put up their homes as securities for his bail. Mrs Bain said that she had given her brother $25 to get his clothes pressed, hair cut and to catch the bus to court on Monday. She told the court that she had brought her brother to Mr Roberts office on Sunday afternoon and when he didnt show up for court on Monday, she and other family members went in search of him. She claimed that they got a tip concerning his whereabouts and informed the police. When asked by Mr Roberts if she knew her brothers whereabouts she replied, If I had known he would have been here this morn ing. According to Mrs McPhee, her brother lives in Nassau Village and occasionally does construction work. She said that her brother informed her that he would be in court on Monday. Mrs McPhee told the court that she and her sister were living from paycheck to paycheck. Mr Roberts told the court that the two women had done all that they reasonably could do to ensure that Taylor was at court and had fulfilled their obligations as suretors. He submitted that the order for forfeiture not be made and suggested that the women be made to pay the Crowns expenses. Prosecutor Jillian Williams submitted that the Crown was not suggesting that the securities be paid because of expenses incurred by the Crown but because Taylor did not appear in court. Ms Williams said that while she symphatises with the women, the forfeiture order should be made. Senior Justice Isaacs noted that signing as a surety is a serious obligation. The obligation is to have the accused man appear in court on time. The court is not satisfied that the suretors did all they should have done, he said. Mr Roberts told the court that the women did not have the mon ey and after speaking with them briefly, suggested that the court give them time to speak with other family members for assistance. The women are expected back in court on March 11. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell believes that the layoff of hundreds of hotel workers on Grand Bahama is a serious situation especially as the island is already reeling economically. Mr Mitchell, who was in Grand Bahama on Thursday, said that the loss of possibly 200 jobs at that Our Lucaya Resort is very significant and the government must step forward and address the situation. He indicated that the PLP party is very concerned about the economic situation on Grand Bahama. I spoke with Mr (Obie Wilchcombe, leader for government business, and he asked me to monitor what is going on with the situation here because, again, we as a party are extremely concerned about the economic situation in this island, he said. Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson criticized FNM MPs from Grand Bahama during his contribution to the budget debate in t he House on Thursday for their silence regarding the layoffs at the hotel in Lucaya. Both of them got up in this place and talked all kind of whatI considered to be nonsense and things that matter to people like unemployment, they refused to address it. They continue to i nsult the people of Grand Bahama over and again. They have not been able to do anything to turn around the island of Grand Bahama. And just when they decide to open their mouths and look like fools and say the economy is not getting worse, we have this big announcement now, and mums the word from all MPs on Grand Bahama on the government side, said Mr Gibson. Mr Mitchell said even though there are five FNM MPs, the islands economy continues to go south, despite their protestation to the contrary. There does not appear to be any concerted effort by the government and these five representatives to make sure the economy of this island turns around. And so the news of the lay offs of these people is quite alarming, and the government needs to step forward now and say what measures they are going to take and try to settle this community down so that the bottom d oes not fall out and that people can continue to be here and make a living in this city, he said. MP Mitchell said that the union and the employer were in meetings at the Department of Labour regarding the matter of layoffs at the resort. I gather that the employer and employees union are far apart on how this is going to take place. The employer sees it as a purely economic decision and the union sees it otherwise. In a situation where you have some 800 employees and the workforce is going to be reduced b y 200 that is going to be significant for that property. But the loss of 200 paychecks in this city that is already reeling from economic issues is going to be a serious matter and it cant be taken lightly, he stated. The last interim labour survey conducted in The Bahamas in M ay 2009 found the unemployment rate at 17.4 per cent on Grand Bahama. People are just saying to themselves: How much more of this are we going to take? When is the downward spiral in the economy of GrandB ahama going to stop and whether our elected representatives, five of whom are members of the governing party and three of whom are ministers of the government, when are steps going to be taken to turn this situation around? Mr Mitchell stated that while t he Grand Bahama Port Authority is responsible for promoting Freeport, the government has the real responsibility for what h appens. As you know the government when it operates in the city, has to operate in concert with GBPA. The most recent announcements by the Prime Minister with regards to the GBPA are also hostile. So, again, one does not s ee how these two bodies are supposed to work together, how this hostile situation is actually going to endure to the benefit of the island. So speaking to the principal of Port, I am sure they are very concerned about it. Clearly, there needs to be more effort put by the GBPA in promoting this city i n trying to get businesses here, but the bottom line responsibility for development and movement of this island is the government, Mr Mitchell said. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 3 M INISTER of Nationa l Security Tommy Turnquest commended Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for guiding the Bahamas through a precarious economic downturn over thel ast few years. S peaking in the House of Assembly during the 2010/11 mid-year budget review, Mr Turnquest said the Prime Minister, who is a lso Minister of Finance, h as displayed stellar stewardship during the worst r ecession to hit the Bahamas and the world in 80 years. H e said: There can be no doubt, regardless of the naysayers, that the B ahamas has been a mode l developing country in providing a stimulus package to address the reces-s ion. We took some hard decisions, but unlike many countries around the w orld, we were able to m aintain jobs. I know that Bahamians read and watch television and would haven oted how many persons lost their jobs around the world even in Cuba w here 500,000 government w orkers were fired. But here in the Bahamas, the FNM gove rnment remained stead fast and true to our Trust Agenda. A notablea chievement during the r ecession was the infra structural work that was undertaken. This was done t o ensure that we had something to show after the recession and also tok eep the economy pumping. Mr Turnquest noted that the government did an umber of other things to cushion the impact of the recession, including: prov iding increased social ser vice benefits; introducing unemployment benefitst hrough NIB for the first t ime; and initiating a temporary employment pro gramme to hire 2,500 per s ons. The object of this exercise was not just to employ p eople, but also to address areas in which short-term employment would beb eneficial to national development, and would focus on functional pro jects. No matter what the opposition says, I am certain that the Bahamian people know the econom ic challenges faced by countries around the world, and know that their FNM government came to the assistance of thousands in need, Mr Turnquest said. Murder accuseds relatives ordered to pay $20,000 after court absence TURNQUEST COMMENDS PM FOR GUIDING THE BAHAMAS THROUGH DOWNTURN MP:govt must address resort layoffs FREDMITCHELL: The MP spoke out about the layoff of hotel workers on Grand Bahama.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. W HENthe present we l ive is all clogged up with t he rhetoric of want it w ill be difficult to have a proper perspective on what our needs are. An additional difficulty arises when those who speak for us have an agenda that addresses want and not n eed. It is clever to separ ate persons from thinking about what they know i s best, even if you get them to think about what i s better; but, better is always about the short term prospects. It can be l ikened to the promises that politicians spew out e very four years as they attempt to do something for you or give you something that you will be paying for anyway. We forgett hat everything a politician does for us is paid f or by us, eventually. O ur problem as constituents is that the politic al process has been hijacked and prostituted t o such an extent that most of the populationh old the opinion that w hen a Member of Parlia ment does what he or she i s supposed to do we are a mazed; we are not informed enough to even think that he is doing what he was elected to do. I have been often accused of speaking out on behalf a particularp olitical party by close friends who seem to go missing every four years and six months. W hether they are in C hristian ministry with me or elsewhere, it does not matter. This time period usually happens couple of months before and after an election. I t gets so nasty that a p erson cannot attend church in a particular colour if he or she wants to maintain certain friend ships over the prescribed period. My Pastor can be walking from his office into church to participate in a worship service and he would be stopped and exhorted as to what he should and should not preach from the pulpit; even though he is notoriously known for telling it like it is to all and sundry and feared equally on both sides of the political divide. It all comes down to us distinguishing what we need from what we want. The present has some of us selling our souls to the highest bidder, because we refuse to be responsible for the nation that God gave us; He did not give it to a political party or special interest group. Those of us who are possessed by what we think our entitlement should be have to consider the fact that most of our entitlements have been provided by numerous foreign investors who are prepared to pay the price to come to this country, because they know that if they are patient enough they will get more than they paid for. Why cant we exercise that same patience with each other? We have allowed ourselves to be so demonised by our wants that we go to court for everything and anything, and what we are getting to live these lifestyles has no real foundation. We may use threats and social disorder to get our point across, but we are living with the possibility that one day we m ay take it too far and we will have a middle east experience, urged on by t hose who have no intere st in working for anyt hing that a politician cann ot give them. I f we do not come to o ur senses, there is a possibility, that the magnific ent LPIA that many of us toured this weekend will be empty for a while. I will admit right here that the past and present P rime Ministers and m yself do not share all of the same views, but we a greed on what the vision f or the Bahamas should b e for Bahamians, and my prayer is that as we approach a time that canb e feast or famine, those of us who claim to be Bahamian have to put that belief, front and centre. T he first Prime Minis ter of this nation had a lot to deal with as he led this nation through some veryt rying times. Many of us, including myself did not agree witha ll that he did; but we do not have the absolute view whereby we are able to make certain judgments;o r even to think about w hat we would have done if that responsibility and authority was ours. I didn ot like how some of his policies affected persons who were near and dear to me, but what is done int he name of politics is not always nice. However, the here and now requires some hardc hoices and I can hear him asking, You mean yinna cant work that out? I do not know if we get the symbolism here. When the LPIA is com pleted it will become the major gateway for us and it will not be so much about us going to other countries, because we know better than most how to take our Bahamian identity with us. It will be about people from all over this world coming to this place of providence to see what all of the fuss is about. Do we know who we are? We are the best lit-t le nation on the face of t he earth, but we are too b usy fighting among ours elves over stuff that anybody can pay for, or work hard enough to get, maybe that is why the persons who come here to work, never want to leave. They see what we take for g ranted. A visiting Pastor gave me an insight this weeke nd. He is here for a couple of days and when he a rrived his room was not ready, it was occupied. But, he says that it was n ever a problem because the level of service he got f rom the bellman and the manager of the hotel made the inconvenience a non-issue. He has been all over the w orld and he has placed that experience at the top o f his list, but being an A merican he was wondering if it was all a fluke, but t hen he began to meet the people and the Bahamas i s becoming real to him as a place where vacations c an really happen. I think we are going to be all right, even thought he years ahead, prospero us though they be, have to be seen for what they are. We have been gifted as a place of providence. We are the land masses, the islands in the streamc hosen to be the birth place of the New World and that reality is con nected to the fact that t here are some things a bout us and what we do, naturally, that everyone else in the world is amazed about, and they cannot stop coming here. It is like everyone has to return home at somet ime or other. N ew Providence is more than just a name. It is an attitude that a blessed place and its peo ple need to have, especially if our estimation ofa bad day is having to settle for what we need if we cannot get what we want. But, shouldnt that be enough? EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, February 28, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 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. Publisher/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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm HELSINKI Europe's centre-right l eaders struggled Friday to show a united front amid stark divisions on how to tackle the debt crisis that has rocked the con-t inent for more than a year. A t a summit of the conservative European People's Party in Helsinki, some of Europe's most powerful decision makers made some progress on lowering the interest rates on Ireland's bailout and reiterated previous commitments to coordinatet heir economic policies more closely. But they failed to agree on more pressing issues that have preoccupied financial markets for the past months. The most crucial of these is a promised overhaul of the euro zone's bailout fund,w hich could see it get more powers such as b uying government bonds on the open market to stabilize struggling countries' funding costs and potentially save themf rom having to seek multi-billion euro rescue loans. "We don't have an EPP opinion of t hat," said Finnish Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen, who hosted Friday's meeting. The Helsinki summit kicked off three weeks that will decide whether the euro z one can finally get a grip on the crisis that has already pushed Greece and Ire land into international bailout. The debate will culminate on March 25, when heads of state and government hope to seal the "comprehensive solution"t o the region's debt and banking troubles. B ut with even members of the same party failing to find a common position, analysts are increasingly pessimistic thatt hat solution will turn out to be the promised turning point in the currency union's struggles. G erman Chancellor Angela Merkel r emained reluctant to put up more money to help less disciplined countries. Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime ministeri n-waiting found some open ears for his demands for lower interest rates on Ireland's 67.5 billion ($93.7 billion loan, which average some 5.8 per cent, but fell short off a clear commitment. "There was no voice against it," EPP President Wilfried Martens said of giving Ireland some more room on its bailout deal. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, meanwhile, received no clear support for his calls to equip the region's bailout fund with more money a nd broader powers. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi whose country's debt stands at 120 perc ent of economic output spent some t ime trying to iron out a years-old gaffe on Finnish food. "Tonight an extraordinary reindeer filet was served and I asked for a second serving," he told reporters. Friday's talks centred on the so-called "pact for competitiveness" an attempt atc loser economic and fiscal coordination between the 17 states that share the euro but have widely differing economies. The pact was championed by Germany's Merkel, who amid troubles at home is desperate to have something tos how in return for being the region's paym aster. "It will always have to be a give and take," Merkel said, adding that supportf or the pact was growing. However, Friday's statement made no mention of concrete indicators, let aloneh ow they would be enforced. Originally, Berlin had demanded euro zone countries improve their economic performance through unpopular measures s uch as getting rid of automatic inflationlinked wage increases and coming up with a common base for corporate taxation. Such steps, the Germans argued, would make countries like Ireland, Greece and Portugal more solvent and their companiesm ore competitive in international mark ets. Katainen said the conservative leaders found common ground on some princi p les of the competitiveness pact but acknowledged that "there may be some differences and changes" before it can bea dopted. F inland's National Coalition Party heads into elections on April 17, and Katainen, a leading candidate for primem inister, had invited his conservative colleagues to give himself a home-showing on the international stage. Although he did not get a deal, the out come of the election was one of the few topics that everyone agreed on. "I hope he wins," said Ireland's Kenny, whose own Fine Gael party just toppled its opponents amid popular frustration over the country's economic woes. (This article was written by Gabriele Steinhauser, of the Associated Press) LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Conservative EU leaders struggle for crisis unity EDITOR, The Tribune. An open letter to: Cable Bahamas, BTC, BEC, Water and Sewerage Corporation and other guilty parties. Please print the following open letter to the various utility companies. Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen: We the people of New Providence are greatly disap pointed in your cold-hearted inability to restore our roads to favourable conditions after you would have installed your business underground. Its criminal for example, to see and feel your uncaring actions on Windsor Field and the Western roads. There are about eight open trenches just on those two thorough fares. A few of them are dangerous to public travel, and there is no notice for motorists before approaching them. This is heartless and reflects a corporate culture of: We dont care about the general public and we are intent on proving it whenever the opportunity presents. I call on all utility companies who have nasty open trench es across our roads to do the honourable and caring thing, and fix them with us hardworking citizens in mind. Things are rough for many of us, and we do not have the funds to repair our vehicles after damage from your wicked drops. You have a public duty to be responsible, and who ever is now to be blamed for the lack of repair is guilty of being negligent in their duties right. Shame on you all! DENNIS ARTHUR DAMES Nassau, March 2, 2011. Fix our roads after underground work Distinguishing between our wants and needs

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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 5 HELEN Astarita and her husband, Ben, came to the Bahamas quite by accident more than 50 years ago. But her extraordinary donation of $400,000 to the College of the Bahamas School of Commu n ication and Creative Arts to support budding artists in a thriving art programme is any thing but happenstance. The largest single gift to the college specifically directed toward funding the study of art, this recent gift is deliberate; a tangible means of helping young, brilliant artists who want to fuel their passions while earning a higher education degree in art. COB said the $400,000 gift will be used to establish the Astarita Art Endowment to fund two merit based scholarships the Astarita Nassauvian Art Scholarship and the Astarita Family Islander Art Scholarship in perpetuity for full time students entering the college and pursuing a degree in art. The scholarships will be awarded every two years, with the first recipients being select ed from among the Fall 2011 first year class. dream come true for fortunate art students, both awards cover tuition and expenses for art supplies, while the scholarship for the Family Islander also provides for housing allowance, COB said. Mrs Astarita was for many years the creative genius behind Bahama Handprints, by both conceiving the native designs and manipulating the machines to bring the fabric patterns to life. She started the company in 1966 with partner Berta Sands. Now, Mrs Astaritas gift to the College will further posi tion aspiring artists to earn a formal degree in higher educa tion while breathing life into their own creations. An opportunity to run an advertising agency lured the Astaritas to the Bahamas over five decades ago. Following the interview, the New Yorkers were immediately hired. Even as a youngster, good fortune favoured Helen. As a child she attended the Bayside High School in New York, which had a thriving art programme. I didnt take my lunch peri od or study period, she recalled. I was in the art room. When I graduated I had the equivalent of six years of art courses in all facets. With the help of a dedicated teacher who helped her take her portfolio into Manhattan, New York, Mrs Astarita successfully won two scholarships to study art. She said she now feels com pelled to pass on that good for tune. Asked what motivated her generous act of philanthropy to COB, Mrs Astarita said: Because I won a scholarship; Im just passing it on. College president Dr Betsy V Boze recognised the poten tial impact of the donation. The college is thrilled to receive such a wonderful gift from Mrs Helen Astarita. This is the kind of generosity that helps us to empower and cultivate future leaders and stimulates ingenuity. The arts awak en in us creativity and imagination, unlocking mysteries, fueling innovation and creating solutions. Mrs Astarita has been a trailblazer in the artistic community and we hope that the beneficiaries of these schol arships will also be inspired by her example and investment in the leaders of tomorrow, said Dr Boze. Dean of Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts Dr Earla Carey Baines said COB will be forev er grateful for this generous donation which reflects a tremendous investment in the development of the visual arts in the Bahamas. Ben and Helen Astarita will always be known for their vibrant, larger-than-life per sonalities and their steadfast commitment to the well-being of Bahamians and the Bahamas, she said. The Astarita Endowment is yet another example of their belief that each of us has a responsibility to make a posi tive impact on the community in which we live and to provide for future generations. This gift will ensure that a deserving Bahamian student is afforded the opportunity to develop his or her talent and, by so doing, enrich all of our lives. A TLANTIS has reported the successful rescue and transport of a beached dolphin from West Andros to the resorts Dolphin Cay for medical care and rehabilitation. T his live stranded dolphin r escue is the first for Dolp hin Cay, home to the most advanced marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Bahamas and a m ember of the Bahamas M arine Mammal Stranding N etwork. A fter two members of the A tlantis Dolphin Cay team, s taff veterinarian Dr Charles Manire and Jim Horton, were flown to Andros to evaluate the dolphin (named Miss Turner after her stranding location Turner Sound), they were able to d etermine she was an older f emale bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus h ad severe sunburn on the d orsal surface and lateral s coliosis (spinal curvature D ue to the severity of the dolphins conditions, it was obvious the animal needed further medical attention. Andros resident Charles Bethell, who had reported the stranding, offered to fly t he dolphin and crew back t o Paradise Island in his sea p lane, so she was transferred immediately to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis for further care and rehabilitation. A fter a 25-minute flight f rom Andros and a 25m inute transfer by truck, M iss Turner arrived on Para dise Island and was placed i n water at Atlantis quarantine facility for testing. Test results revealed she was severely dehydrated, had gastritis (stomach infection) and low calcium levels. F urthermore, she required f ull in-water support 24hours a day to prevent d rowning. The Dolphin Cay m arine mammal specialists h ave started Miss Turner on fluids and antibiotics along w ith beginning physical t herapy sessions on her s pine which have, so far, r educed the scoliosis from a bout a 90 degree curvature t o 45 degree curvature. Because of that response, Dr Manire is hopeful that they may be able to greatly or completely reduce the scoliosis over time. Ongoing blood tests also p rove that her health is improving commensurate with the care she is receivi ng. We plan to utilise our s tate-of-the-art facility and experienced staff to rehabilitate Miss Turner inh opes of her returning to the wild to live out the remainder of her life, said Dr Manire. D uring the short period of time Miss Turner has been living at Atlantis, she has started eating fish onh er own and showing progressive swimming move ments, but still requiring continuous support, including the full in-water support. T he marine specialist team w ill continue monitoring, t esting and treatment in hopes of a successful out-c ome from her rehabilitat ion. Atlantis is the home of w orlds largest open-air marine habitat with over5 0,000 marine animals in l agoons and displays as well as Dolphin Cay, the stateof-the-art dolphin interac-t ion and education centre. Dolphin Cay and Atlantis are accredited members of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine M ammal Parks and Aquari ums. B oth the marine habitat and Dolphin Cay were cre-a ted with the goal of e nlightening visitors about the wonders of these r emarkable ocean inhabitants. Dolphin Cay is alsot he residence of the 16 Katr ina Dolphins, some of whom were swept to sea during Hurricane Katrinaf rom their previous habitat at the Marine Life Ocea narium in Gulfport, Mississippi. THREE men were taken into police custody in connection with illegal f irearm and ammunition p ossession. Around 8pm on Thursday, officers of the mobile division were on routine patrol in the area of Carmichael Road and M cKinney Avenue when t hey observed a man w earing an orange shirt and blue jeans acting suspiciously. T he officers conducted a search of the man and r ecovered a handgun. T he 36-year-old man of London Avenue, off Carmichael Road, wast aken into custody. A few hours later, at around 11.30pm, officers of the Rapid Strike unit w ere on routine patrol in the area of Cowpen and Spikenard Roads when t hey observed two men in a yard acting suspiciousl y. The men ran as the officers proceededt owards them. The officers gave chase, caught up with the m en and conducted a search of the area. They recovered a maga zine with ammunition a long with a shotgun and s hotgun shells. The men, ages 27 and 2 8 of Rupert Dean Lane, w ere taken into custody. Police investigations c ontinue. ARRESTS AFTER POLICE FIND GUNSA ND AMMUNITION Dolphin Cay rescues and transports stranded dolphin to rehabilitation AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT seated: Donor Mrs Helen Astarita and COB president Dr Betsy V Boze. Standing from left: Audrey Dean-Wright, Head of Visual and Performing Arts; Dr Earla Carey-Baines, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts; Davinia Blair, Director of Development, Alum ni Relations and Development and John Cox, Assistant Professor of Art. SIGNING THE MOU Helen Astarita and COB president Dr Betsy V Boze sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Astarita Art Endow ment at the college. $400,000 GIFT TO COB TO SUPPORT ART STUDENTS THEATLANTIS TEAM performing physical therapy on Miss Turner. MISS TURNER in Andros U NLOADING MISS TURNER i n Nassau.

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L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 7 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.130.95AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.504.500.005000.1530.10029.42.22% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.44Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04%2 .852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.806.800.000.4880.26013.93.82% 2 .861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.202.230.030.1110.04520.12.02% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.505.25Famguard5.255.250.000.3570.24014.74.57% 9 .275.88Finco5.885.880.000.6820.0008.60.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.485.480.000.4520.16012.12.92% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.50ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52%1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029FRIDAY, 4 MARCH 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,457.70 | CHG 0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -41.81 | YTD % -2.79B ISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 1 0.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.95272.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.95270.18%1.61%2.918697 1.58371.5141CFAL Money Market Fund1.58370.61%4.59%1.564030 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7049-0.56%-15.54% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.41640.44%-0.10% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14651.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14655.20%5.20% 1.11851.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11854.73%4.73% 1.14911.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14915.35%5.35% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.12669.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.12661.27%1.27% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.45100.72%9.95% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.545071TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Jan-11 11-Feb-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 TEACHERS, parents and students this week gatheredto celebrate the achievements of 54 students at the L W Young Junior High School. The students, predomi nantly from grades seven and eight, achieved at least 3.0 averages in their last report cards. The students were recognised for their outstanding performances during a special assembly held at the school on Tuesday under the theme Celebrating Excellence. Making the principals list with the highest grade point average (GPA Gray, an eighth grade student with a GPA of 3.63. Following closely behind were Letore Basden (3.55 GPA na Davila (3.55 GPA Delivering the keynote address was Northeastern Superintendent Dressler Sherman, who congratulated the honour students and encouraged the rest of the student population to perse vere. You only have one thing to focus on and that is to stay in school and do your very best, thats all, said Ms Sher man. Its that easy. I want you to promise me and yourselves that you will do the best that you can while you are in school because this is your main job right now, nothing else. Also in attendance was Member of Parliament for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, who presented Shenard Gray with an electronic notebook. All the students received tokens donated by private organisations in partnership with the Ministry of Education. In addition, all of the honourees were given trophies and will be treated to an evening outing at Marios Bowling Alley as well as a day-away at Dol phin Encounters. You see what you can get when you do well in school? We love to show our appreciation in a big way to students who do their very best, saidL W Young principal Janet Nixon. Mrs Nixon said the school was recently given a $2,000 donation by Bahamas Fast Ferries for good behaviour during an event. 54 students make the honour roll at LW Young s ubstantive post as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions; a declaration that she having acted as DDPP fort he requisite period be entitled to the substantive post and a declaration that anya ppointment to the post of D PP in the circumstances be null and void. In the prologue to his judgment Senior JusticeI saacs noted: There has been much interest generated by this case. I think iti s so because it evokes fears of qualified Bahamians being overlooked when high offices become avail a ble while invasive hordes o f foreigners seemed poised to overwhelm the indigenous population. S enior Justice Isaacs in his judgment stated that he did not intend to interfere with the JLSCs decision to appoint Mrs Graham-Allen as DPP. For the reasons I would have expressed in Maurice Glinton v the Prime Minister and the Attorney General, there are certain decisions which are not capable of being reviewed judicially among them are those concerned with judicial appointments a nd appointments as Queens Counsel. I n his judgment, Senior J ustice Isaacs also highlighted the Security Intelli gence Branch reports submitted to the JLSC thatp urportedly contained allegations against Mrs GrantBethell which may have led to her being side-stepped to the post of DPP. Her attorneys had argued she was not afforded the opportu-n ity to defend herself a gainst those allegations. Senior Justice Isaacs stat ed: It was requested by the Commission for its evaluation of the applicants suitability to be appointed as the DPP. It appears SIBp rovided the report to the OAG. This is highly improper and is a breach of Regulation 7 if the argu ments of counsel for the respondents are accepted that disclosure of any reports may constitute a criminal offence. He further stated: Although the commission may use other agencies of the state to assist it in carrying out its functions, those agencies are expected to erect a Chi nese Wall and treat those matters as confidential to the commission and separ ate from their governmental responsibilities. It isu nfortunate that matters m eant for limited publication and which ought to have been of little concern to the world at large haveb ecome fodder for meddlers. The judge also noted that Mrs Grant-Bethells reputation had been besmirched in the process of denying her the DDPP position andb y her transfer for the D DPP post. Following the ruling yes terday Mrs Grant-Bethells attorney Maurice Glinton said: This goes a long way to vindicating the right of Mrs Grant-Bethell. Whath e did and we will have to confirm this when we read the ruling, was to find in several parts in her favour but staying his hand in so far as granting the particular relief she was claiming. We have no reason at this time to be critical of the judgment because we havent read it. We are encouraged for our client because after taking instruc tions we might determine whether there is something which he pointed out in the judgment which is still left for us to do, in so far as t here is a further step. We are reluctant really to con sider it as an option but t here is always the right of appeal. to recognise them and not the Peoples Republic of China. Ervin Knowles, who was the Minister, got fired, Christie got hired and Ervin Knowles was appointed Ambassador to Tai wan, said the Prime Minister in parliament. He recalled that it was the FNM government that had establ ished diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of Chi na severing ties with Taiwan. The only reason we have relations with the Peoples Republ ic of China is because the FNM did that and the Chinese regard us as an old friend and they are supporting us in the Baha Mar project, said Prime Minister Ingraham. Baha Mar is going ahead because the Chinese government is providing the money. There was no possibility of Baha Mar being able to get a loan from the Chinese unless The Bahamas government said yes, please do it, he said. The China Export Import Bank is providing funding for the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project. The loan required the approval of the Chinese and Bahamian Governments. bune that he raised the issue after opposition members suggested that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham ran out the back door of the H ouse of Assembly in an attempt to avoid the crowd after last weeks parliamentary session. Speaking in the House, the National Security Minister said: If someone asks me, what do I do in terms of ensuring the safety of the chief executive of the country, it is surely not to walk toward that crowd. However, the PLPs MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe told the House that his party was not responsible for any unsavory characters who turned up in Rawson Square. At no time was it our intention to put the PMs life in jeopardy. We believe in freedom of speech and the right to assembly, but at no time would we put life in jeopardy, he said. union, he told The Tribune Friday morning after meeting with hotel executives at the Department of Labour. Hotel executives were in meetings with labour and union officials since Thursday. Mr Thompson said hotel general manger Michael Weber informed them that significant cutbacks, including the layoffs of 200 workers, were necessary to keep the resort open. The Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort is made up of the Radisson and Reef Hotels. It is owned by Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong. Mr Thompson said that the union has asked management to abide by the contract. Our position is that we do not agree with the layoffs and have asked them to follow the contract regarding rota tion of workers and layoffs, and we will do whatever we need to do to make sure our position is heard, he said. We had a meeting with our members last night and their instruction to us is make sure the hotel follows the contract regarding rotation, layoffs and redundancies. Mr Thompson said the morale of employees at Our Lucaya Resort has hit rock bottom. He said that only the laid off workers will get salary increases in their severance package. Morale has been very low for the past two years, but it is worse now, he said. Mr Thompson could not say whether the union would take industrial action. He said BHCAWU president Nicole Martin is expected to travel to Freeport. ment. H e confirmed receipt of a comm unication from the Bahamas P etroleum Retailers Association (BPRAa vailable for a meeting early next w eek. It has been some time ago since t he price control was adjusted. We h ave to listen to their case. I know that one of the issues they are faced with is the increase in the cost ofp etroleum. They need significant more funding to buy their products, so there may be some increase in financing costs. I am aware of that, s aid Mr Neymour. The magnitude of their financing costs is dependent on the volu me that they purchase and sell and o n the profitability of their business. T hat varies significantly. There are some service stations in New Provi-d ence that may do as little as 10,000 g allons while other purchase 100,000 gallon. The variability is large and the margins must cover all of the service stations. So like I say, it is important that they present their c ase, he said. T he BPRA met on Wednesday to discuss their concerns. Bernard Dorsett, owner of Porky's Texaco Service Centre and member of the BPRA steering committee, said retailers are trying their best not to resort to self service at the pumps, u nderstanding that strategy would o nly be a bandaid. B ut times are hard and retailers are swamped in debt. Mr Dorsett said, I dont know how long we will be able to do it. The price of diesel rose by 31 cents per gallon this week, said Mr Dorsett. That was the third increase over the last month. They are trying to control the p rice of gas for consumers, but they are putting the business man who h as hundreds of thousands investe d out of business. There are dealers i n this country who pay in excess of $20,000 per month rent to oil companies. I own my station, but if Ih ad to pay rent there is no way I would be in business. Sometimes I wonder how my competitors sur vive, said Mr Dorsett. Times were not always so hard, he said, but fuel prices continue to escalate and the governments price c ontrol strategy continues to fix r etailer margins. He said he has been encouraging his workers to put in the extra effort to earn tips, so they could gather extra savings. Despite rumours of a strike, Mr Dorsett said as far as he knows the retailers are not discussing a s trike. He said: Striking cant solve o ur problems. It is all about economics right now. I can buy peanuts and make more money than diesel today and that is not right. I have to spend $4000 to make $180. That doesnt make sense, said Mr Dorsett. The government earns a 17 per c ent margin on diesel and 27 per c ent on gasoline. We are earning 4.5 per cent and nine per cent, before s taff, light and other. You dont have t o be a rocket scientist to figure that o ut. You cannot run a business like that, he said. With banks charging 18 per cent i nterest on overdraft facilities, he said the mathematics was insurmountable. Obviously that bill is never going to pay off. F ROM page one Hotel union Turnquest comments F ROM page one FROM page one PM clarifies House comments, says they were misconstrued ictory ruling in law job row FROM page one Petrol retailers will get chance to present their case for relief FROM page one PHENTON NEYMOUR Minister of S tate for the Environment

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TRIBUNE SPOR TS SA TURDA Y MARCH 5, 201 1, P AGE 1 1 N ASSA U AND B AHAMA ISLANDS' LEADING NEWSP APER SPORTS H ER E' S a l oo k a t the fi na l t e a m s c o r e s f r o m t h e B a h a m a s A s s o c i a t i o n o f I n d e pendent Secon dary Sch ools' T r a c k a n d F i e l d C h a m p i on ships that wr appe d u p ye st e r d a y a t t h e T h o m s A R o b i n s o n T r a c k a n d F i e l d Stadium: 1 Saint Augustine's College 5 SAC 1418 2 Queens College 11 QC 1102 3 Saint John's College 6 SJC 426.5 4 Saint Anne's 14 SAS 424 5 Temple Christian Schools TCS 283 6 Saint Andrews School 13 SA 278 7 Jordan Prince William 12 PWH 192 8 Nassau Christian Academy 9 NC 183 9 Aquinas College 10 AQ 127.5 10 Charles W. Saunders CWS 101 11 Faith Temple Academy FTA 76 12 Kingsway Academy KA 55 13 Bahamas Academy 4 BA 53 FIN A L TEA M S C O R E S FO R B AISS INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays a n o t h e r l o n g s t o r y t a k i n g s e c on d p l a ce a g a i n "O ne thou sa n d poi nts bu t j u s t t h r e e h u n d r e d s p o i n t s b e h i n d h e r e f l e c t e d T h e r e s s o m e t r e m e n d o u s a t h l e t e s o u t t h e r e o n b o t h si d e s Bu t y o u ha v e to ha n d i t t o t h e o p p o s i t i o n t h e y a r e ex tr e me ly str on g T h e s e n i o r g i r l s ( S A C ) h a v e s o m e w o r l d c l a s s a t h le te s, so we wil l co mp ete a nd we wil l co nti nue to com pe te unti l we g e t the r e W e ha v e a n e w s t a d i u m n e x t y e a r s o m a y b e n e x t y e a r w i l l b e a n e w da y fo r us ." Ma r kha m s a id h is Co me ts sq ua d won 't c ha ng e m uch so the y wi ll c onti nu e to tug a t i t an d hop e ful ly th e y wi ll e ve n tual ly d ethr one the Bi g R ed M a c h i n e We c lo se d t h e gap t hr ee ye a r s a g o, bu t the y op e ne d i t up l a st y e a r an d we c los e d i t ag a in th is y ea r ," he qu ip pe d. "S o we 'r e v e ry pl ea s e d. O ur t e a m w a s s o l i d W e p e r f o r m e d we ll a cr os s the bo ar d. H o w e v e r M a r k h a m s a i d h e s a bi t d isappoi nted that on ce a g a i n, i t c a m e d o wn t o a showdown be twee n just t wo sch oo ls SAC a nd Q C. S t J o h n s c o a c h C h i c o v i e W e l l s s a i d d e s p i t e t h e f a c t that they were 991.50 behind S t A ugu st in e's C ol lege an d 675.50 behind QC, they were pleased with their effort this year. W e g o t s o m e h e l p f r o m ( a l u m n i ) T o n i q u e Wi l l i a m s i n tr a in in g ou r s p ri n te r s a n d o ur j u m p e r s s o w e c a m e o u t t h e r e a n d w e d i d s e c u r e d t h i r d p l a c e a g a i n W e l l s s a i d c o m i n g t h i r d t h i s y e a r w a s e n c o u r a g i n g a n d w i t h W il li am s co n t in u in g t o work wi t h the ir p rog ra mm e, t h e y c a n d e f i n i t e l y m a k e a r u n at th e top tw o ne x t y e a r. Y e s t e r d a y s f i n a l d a y o f com pe t i tion s a w fo ur r ec ord b r e a k i n g p e r f o r m a n c e s a n d f o u r w e n t u n d e r t h e q u a l i f y i n g s t a n d a r d s f o r t h e C a r i f t a G a m e s S t A n n e s P e d r y a S e y m o u r i n t h e i n te r m e d i a te g i r l s 3 0 0 h u r d e s i n 4 3 5 2 s e c o n d s e r a s i n g t h e p r e v i o u s t i m e o f 4 3 9 3 s e t b y S h a u n a e M i l l e r l a s t y e a r ; S A C s K i n a r d R o l l e i n t h e j u n i o r b o y s 8 0 0 i n 2 : 1 1 4 8 s u r p a s s i n g t h e o l d m a r k o f 2 : 1 1 5 1 b y M i c h a e l B e t h e l i n 2 0 0 4 a n d Q C' s G e r r i o R a h mi n g th r e w t h e i n te r m e d i a t e b o y s j a v e l i n 5 6 3 3 m e tr e s to e cl i p s e G o d f r e y E l l i s m a r k o f 5 1 9 6 m t h a t h e s e t b a c k i n 1 9 9 7 T h e o t h e r r e c o r d c a m e f r o m s e n s a t i o n a l s e n i o r g i r l s 4 x 4 0 0 r e l a y te a m o f R a ch a n te C o l e b r o o k e S h a u n a e M i l l e r C o u r t n e y T h o m p s o n a n d A n t h o n i q u e S t r a c h a n w h o r a n 3 :5 5 9 7 to r e pl a ce Q C' s tim e o f 4 :0 0. 43 t h at t h ey r an l a st y e a r At ta i n i ng t he C a r i ft a s t a n da r ds fo r th e g a m e s i n M o n t e g o B a y J a m a i c a o v e r t h e Ea s te r h ol i d a y w e e k e n d w e r e Q C' s K a t r in a S e y m o u r i n th e s e n i o r g i r l s 4 0 0 h u r d l e s i n 1 : 0 2 4 3 ( Q T w a s 1 : 0 5 4 0 ) ; D M i t r y C h a r l t o n i n t h e i n t e r media t e boys 4 00 hurdles in 5 7 1 9 ( Q T w a s 5 7 7 5 ) a n d S A C s As h l e y O e m b l e r i n t h e s e n i o r g i r l s d i s c u s w i t h a h e a v e of 3 4 7 1 m (Q M w a s 3 3 .8 0 m) a n d t e a m m a t e A n t o n i q u e B u t l e r i n t h e s e n i o r g i r l s t r i p l e j ump wi th 12.12m (QM w as 1 2 0 0 m ) B IG R ED MA CH INE FROM page 12 NO MA T CH: St Jo hn s Ste ph en Newb o l d reac ts aft er h e h ea ds to t h e fi n i sh l i n e ah ea d of h i s Qu ee n' s Co l lege rival, who got disqualified in the senior boys 4 x 400 relay when he breached the pathway of New bold on the home stretch.

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RECORD BREAKER: SAC's Anthonique Strachan raises the baton in the air after anchoring their senior girls 4 x 400 relay team to a record breaking performance. See more pictures on pg 10 S A T U R D A Y M A R C H 5 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 1 2 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM CHAMPIONS ON PARADE: Members of St. Augustine's College rush onto the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium in celebration of their 23rd consecutive BAISS Track and Field Championship title. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net A NOTHER year, another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools' Track and Field Championships for the St. Augustine's College Big Red Machine. I f y o u r e c o u n t i n g t h e B i g R e d M a c h i n e rolled out of the Thomas A. Robinson Track a n d F i e l d S t a d i u m ye s t e rd ay w i t h t h e i r 23 r d consecutive victory. After three intense days of competition, St. Au g u s t in e s a cc u m u la te d a to t a l o f 1 4 1 8 p o i n ts car t i ng s ev en of the eig ht div isio nal t i t le s. The y on ly lo st th e jun ior g i rls, w hich w e n t to t heir arch-rivals Queen's College Comets. Once ag ain, t he Come t s had t o se t tle f o r se con d pl a c e cl o s in g t he g a p f r om l a s t y e a r a s th e y ended up with 1,102 points, well ahead of third pl a ce St. John' s Giants, who f inishe d in t hird with 426.50. E v e r y o n e f e e l s b e t te r t h a n t h e y e a r b e f o r e said SAC's head coach William Knucklehead' Johnson a s he tried t o p ut the ir triumph in per spective. "We're not ge t ti ng t ire d, we're not becoming complacent. We just come out here and do everything to the best of our ability." Ev e n th o ug h Q u e e n s C ol l e g e m a de a d e n t in SAC's lead, Johnson said every time they win, t h e y r e al i s e t h at "t h e r e' s r o o m f o r i m p r o v ement, so we will go back to the drawing board and improve on those events that we fell down in and next year we will be ready." J o h n s o n s ai d w h i l e t h e at h l e t e s h a ve b ee n working har d from Aug ust, he ha s to cre dit the Big Red Machine's scoring staff that includes t win sister s Dia nne Woodside and Dawn Joh nson, Tito Moss, John Todd. "We have about seven to eight coaches who share the load from start to finish," he said. Woodside, whose Monica Track Club play a b i g p ar t i n S A C' s su c ces s, s aid t he go al i s t o achie ve cha mpion ship n umbe r 2 5, so the y hav e t wo m ore years to c ont inu e t o bui ld on t heir legacy. "I think we will have a grand celebration at 25," Woodside stated. Ha v i n g d e v e lo p e d the wi nn i ng tr a di ti o n f r om attending St. Augustine's College back in the 1 9 8 0 s W o o d s i d e s a i d t h e r e s a l o t o f p r i d e i n t h e athletes and that has been the key to their suc cess. QC s co a c h G a r y M a r k h a m a d m it te d t ha t i t' s BIG RED MA CHINE R OLL S ON TO 2 3R D CHA M PIO NSHIP SEE page 10 COMETS SETTLE FOR SECOND PLACE RUSSELL AND CARTWRIGHT GAIN ENTRY TO BAHAMAS W O M E N S O P E N See Story on pg 10 INSIDE Local sports news