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A NEW airline
service which, for
the first time, opens
up the Bahamas to
the South and Cen-
tral American mar-
kets is projected to
bring more than
14,500 visitors to the
islands and generate
more than $17 mil-
lion for the local

The Ministry of
Tourism and Avia-
tion this week announced that
Copa Airlines will begin non-
stop service from Panama to
Nassau as of June 15, with
departing and return flights
scheduled for travellers every
Monday, Wednesday, Thurs-
day and Saturday.

Tourism officials are hail-
ing this new service as a posi-
tive sign of growth in the
industry.

It is estimated the Pana-
ma/Nassau service will gener-
ate 37,000 room nights which

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could boost hotel rev-
enues by more than
$7 million during the
first year.

Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, the
Minister of Tourism,
said: “The new Copa
Airlines service will
attract more visitors
from the Latin Amer-
ican region with

Bahamas. Expanding
airlift with Copa,
whose powerful Panama city
hub provides leisure and busi-
ness travellers from some 20
Latin American destinations,
gives direct access to the
islands of the Bahamas, while
featuring the most modern
fleet of jet aircraft in the
entire region.

“This service will be a
boost not only to our tourism
sector but also our financial

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HAITI'S FORMER DICTATOR Jean-Claude Duvaliercentre, and
his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as
Louis-Jodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE “hype” over President Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duva-
lier’s return to Haiti is “mainly from the outside,” said Dr
Eugene Newry, former Ambassador to Haiti and Dominican

Republic.

There has been an international media frenzy over President
Duvalier’s return after 25 years of self-imposed exile in France.
Although he was welcomed by some supporters, in reality, Dr
Newry said, Duvalier did not receive a “hero’s welcome.”
From the Haitian government, he received the “cold-shoulder.”

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ALLEGES SEX
CASE TEACHER

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

TEACHER Andre Birbal
told the Supreme Court yes-
terday that one of the stu-

; dents he is accused of having

? sex with told him he loved
i i him and made sexual
? advances toward him.

Birbal took the witness

? stand, denying he had sexual

: intercourse with the two for-

? mer male students when they
? attended the Eight Mile Rock
? High School.

The 48-year-old former art

? teacher is charged with eight

|} : counts of unnatural sexual





PLP to set up two committees
amid continuing party unrest

DUE to continuing unrest
within the party, the National
General Council of the PLP
voted last night to establish
two committees to review the
nominations of Nurses Union
President Cleola Hamilton in
South Beach, and attorney
Dion Smith in the Kennedy
constituency.

These committees, com-
prised of 10 persons each, will

meet with the branches in
both areas and compile a
report to present to the NGC.

If either committee is
unable to reach a consensus
on the genesis of the discon-
tent being voiced, the NGC, it
is reported, will have to step
in and either re-establish the
previous candidate named, or
pick a new person to run in
the area.

Beach and Kennedy respec-
tively.

SEE page seven





NASSAU AND!) BAHAMA

ISLANDS” LEADING NEWSPAPER

i? intercourse with two minors
; under the age of 18 from 2002
: to 2007.

After the prosecution

i closed its case, Justice Hart-

? man Longley read the long list
: of charges against Birbal and

? advised him he had three

? choices: to go in the witness

? box and give a statement

? under oath; make an unsworn
i? statement where he was

i standing, or remain silent.

Birbal chose to give evi-

i dence from the witness box.

During his testimony, he

: told the court he left his

? native homeland of Trinidad
? with his family and moved to
? the Bahamas. He has been

SEE page seven

TEEN CHARGED

IN CONNECTION

WITH MURDER

A 19 year old was arrest-

ed and charged by police in
: connection with a murder
; last September.

Police arrested the

: teenager in the Soldier

: Road area for questioning
? in connection with house-

? breaking during a Tuesday
i evening operation.

He was subsequently

i questioned by detectives in
? connection with the murder
: of a 17-year-old boy on Sol-
| : dier Road last September.

Cost Right supermarket

| § in Town Centre Mall faced

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Felipé Major/Tribune staff :
KEEP THE TROUGHS CLEAN! Surrey drivers have voiced concern about the lack of drinking water for their horses at i
the downtown holding area. They complain that garbage is regularly dumped into the drinking troughs and the area :

"WAJOR RAID ON CAR

SEE page seven

PARTS THEFT RING

OFFICERS from the Cen-

; tral Detective Unit made a

Therefore, as it currently } MOF raid on a car parts theft

stands, neither Ms Hamilton } "8 yesterday.
nor Mr Smith are the party’s }

standard bearers for South warrant on a building locat-

? ed in the Marathon Road
i area, officers recovered

Speaking with The Tribune } Mmerous car parts, including
yesterday, Ms Hamilton said i radiators, assorted car doors,
che wae well awatedwt this ? windshields, hoods, bumpers,
? and the like.

After executing a search

Six men were taken into

; custody. Police investigations
? continue.



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LOCAL NEWS

ANNUAL NATIONAL EXAM AWARDS



First ever three-way win

for top national award
EACH EARNED EIGHT As IN BGCSEs

By LAMECH JOHNSON

A TRIO of young men made
history when they produced the
first three-way tie for the cov-
eted top spot in the Ministry of
Education's Annual National
Exam Awards.

Miguel Cartwright of
Queen’s College, Abhishek
Jacob of St Augustine’s Col-
lege and Dante Delaney of the
Bahamas Home Schooling
Association each earned eight
As in their BGCSEs. This has
never happened before in the
16-year history of the exam.

These young men also shared
top spot for best overall per-
formance in independent
schools.

The young men were hon-
oured at a presentation cere-
mony at the Church of God
Auditorium on Joe Farrington
Road yesterday.

Special presentations were
also made to five other out-
standing performers in this
year’s BJC and BGSCE exams.

Davina Adderley of the
North End Long Island High
School, who aims to become a
paediatric neurosurgeon, won
the award for Best Overall Per-
formace in the BJCs for gov-
ernment school students, with
nine As. She edged out Sheryl
Evans of Temple Christian
High Schools, who got seven
As and one B - the best overall
performance in an independent
school.

The best overall BGCSE
performer in a government
school with seven As and one B
was Tamara Robinson of CR
Walker Senior High. She is now
majoring in biology at Philan-
der Smith College in Arkansas.

Not to be outdone by their
female counterparts in the
BGSCE division, Long Island's
John Cartwright of NGM
Major High and New Provi-
dence’s Rajahl Moxey of HO
Nash Junior High shared the
BJC top spot for male students
in a government school.

The Minister of Education
was clearly impressed with the
students’ achievements.

Desmond Bannister greeted
the audience of family mem-
bers, distinguished guests and
award recipients, saying: "As I
look around this hall, I'm excit-
ed because I see excellence
everywhere — excellent educa-
tors and policy makers, stu-

drop

MIGUEL CARTWRIGHT

SHERYL EVANS

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dents, school administrators,
teachers, parents and guardians
and business persons who are
themselves excellent parents."

Mr Bannister emphasised the
important role education plays
in the development of the
Bahamas, and highlighted the
ambitions of a few outstanding
graduating students.

He said Bernique Pinder,
Gabrielle Russell, Garvin Han-
na and Noelle Sawyer all aim to
succeed in areas where the

ABHISHEK JACOB

DANTE DELANEY

BJC TOP SPOT FOR MALE STUDENT IN GOVT SCHOOL

JOHN CARTWRIGHT

country is particularly lacking in
expertise.

Bernique's goal is to become
a special education teacher
while Gabrielle and Noelle
want to teach physics and math-
ematics. Garvin wants to be an
entrepreneur and run several
bed-and-breakfasts, as well as a
tour company.

Mr Bannister said: "I am
very proud to be able to stand
here this morning and declare

SALES MANAGER

unequivocally that our invest-
ment in the children of the
Bahamas is garnering high
returns. The proof is right here
in front of me."

In this year’s BGCSE exams,
61 students from 20 schools,
both independent and govern-
ment, achieved at least five As.
In the BJCs, 79 students from
29 independent and govern-
ment schools also achieved at
least five As. In closing his

ical

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address, Mr Bannister encour-
aged the students to make the
most of their abilities.

He said: "Make a habit of
using your God-given talents
and skills in positive ways, so
that you fulfil your personal
ambitions and contribute to the
achievement of our national
goals.”

The Royal Bank of Canada
and Custom Computers Ltd
sponsored the awards.

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motorists and pedestrians downtown yesterday.



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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



DEFENCE FORCE
BOSS ISSUES
STERN WARNING
TO LAW BREAKERS

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

Commodore Roderick
Bowe of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force has warned
all those who engage in ille-
gal activity to beware.

After a year in the top
position, the forth Bahamian
Commander of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) held press confer-
ence yesterday morning to
assure the public “that the
RDDF along with its nation-
al and regional partners will
use all the resources avail-
able to liberate this country
of illegitimate behaviors.”

With almost 100,000
square miles to patrol, the
Bahamas “is by no means a
small piece of real estate,”
Commodore Bowe noted,
adding that its geographic
location also creates a num-
ber of challenges.

He said: “The Bahamas is
at a crossroads, where those
involved in criminal ven-
tures desire greatly to use
our sea lanes of communica-
tion and our islands to con-
duct their illicit trades of
gun and drug running, inclu-
sive of human smuggling
and trafficking”.

In order to better tackle
the various challenges of its
mandate, the force has spent
the last year ensuring that
all its procedures are
accountable, professional
and transparent, Com-
modore Bowe said.

He said this included cre-
ating a number of boards to
facilitate various necessary
changes.

Giving something of an
end of year report, Com-
modore Bowe noted that
during 2010, there were
many reports of Dominicans
illegally entering Bahamian
waters and plundering the
country’s marine resources.

In response, he said, the
force stepped up operations
and captured three Domini-
can vessels.

“One major focus of the
administration was the
restructuring of the manage-
ment team for efficacy”
Commodore Bowe added,
noting that a Deputy Com-
mander position was creat-
ed, and other posts such as
Commander of Operations
and Commander of Admin-
istration, were introduced.

According to Commodore
Bowe, one of the Defence
Force’s biggest achievement
in 2010 was the establish-
ment of a Human Resources
Department.

This civilian led depart-
ment “will be responsible
for ensuring that persons are
able to follow a more struc-
tured career path and should
improve overall upward
mobility and accountabili-
ty,” he said.

Reduction of deployment
times, in some cases from 12
months to two months, as
well as the creation of a wel-
fare and morale section, will
help improve the quality of
life for Defence Force offi-
cers, he added.

“Education and re-educa-
tion our personnel has also
been one of the force’s focal
points” said Commodore
Bowe.

Defence force staff have
continued to receive training
and educational opportuni-
ties that have been made
available by a wide spectrum
of countries such as the
United States, Jamaica,
Trinidad, the United King-
dom, Germany, Belize and
Singapore.

The RBDF Rangers youth
programme experienced
major growth last year, reg-
istering an estimated 700
junior and high school stu-
dents from New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Abaco.

In response to this growth,
a Rangers section staffed by
seven permanent managers
was created. They will
instruct young women and
men on nation building,
mutual respect and commu-
nity service.

The youth programme
was created “in the hopes of
creating a responsible, patri-
otic Bahamian citizen,” said
Commodore Bowe.

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2011 INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM



Bahamas: 46th in list of
world’s freest economies

‘Poor trade regime’, ‘intrusive bureaucracy’ said to hold country back

A “poor trade regime” and
“intrusive” bureaucracy pre-
vented the Bahamas from
ranking higher on this year’s
Index of Economic Freedom.

The Bahamas’ economy
ranked 46th in a listing of the
world's freest economies
according to the Heritage
Foundation's 2011 Index of
Economic Freedom.

The Bahamas also ranked
eighth out of 29 countries in
the South and Central Amer-
ica/Caribbean region with its
overall score, coming in high-
er than the regional and world
averages, said the website.

The country's overall score
— or economic freedom —
came in at 68 "due primarily
to higher scores in fiscal free-
dom, government spending,
and monetary freedom",
according to data collected by
the research and educational
institution.

However a "poor trade
regime remains one of the
most cumbersome chal-
lenges,” said the think tank.

The report added that “an
abundance of tariff and non-
tariff barriers continues to cre-
ate a costly trade burden.”

“Intrusively bureaucratic
approval processes hinder
investment freedom and
undermine development of a
more vibrant private sector,”



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Violent crime has escalated

sharply. Even though internet
gambling is illegal, many online gam-
bling sites are reportedly based in the
Bahamas, sometimes using internet
cafés as fronts. The Bahamas has nei-
ther signed nor ratified the UN Con-
vention Against Corruption."



the organisation said.

The Bahamas scored 55 in
freedom from corruption due
to ongoing software, music
and movie piracy, and reports
that drug trafficking and mon-
ey laundering involve police,
coast guard, and other gov-
ernment employees.

"Violent crime has escalat-
ed sharply. Even though inter-
net gambling is illegal, many
online gambling sites are
reportedly based in the
Bahamas, sometimes using
internet cafés as fronts. The
Bahamas has neither signed
nor ratified the UN Conven-
tion Against Corruption,” not-
ed the survey.

Business freedom was
ranked at 72.5 out of 100, and
while the report said that the
Bahamas’ regulatory environ-
ment is advantageous to pri-

vate-sector development, "the
process for obtaining a busi-
ness licence is not always
transparent and straightfor-
ward, and officials have con-
siderable discretionary pow-
er". Government recently
passed a new Business
Licence Act — which came into
force on January 1 — aimed at
streamlining the process for
applying for a business licence
and removing the red tape
involved.

Trade freedom and invest-
ment freedom scored the low-
est coming in at 42.2 and 30
respectively.

"High tariffs and a stamp
tax on most imports, high
duties that protect a few agri-
cultural items and consumer
goods, occasional import bans,
and some import licencing and
permits add to the cost of

trade," noted the report. "Ten i in the area after midnight
points were deducted from the }
Bahamas’ trade freedom score }

to account for non-tariff bar- man wearing a black jack-

riers.”

Investment freedom got the :
lowest scoring due to the } armed with a handgun and
many areas of business ;
reserved solely for Bahami- }

ans and the barriers for inter- } :
? medical personnel where

national investors.

The Heritage Foundation is }
a think-tank based in Wash- }
ington, DC which defines eco- ;
nomic freedom as "the funda- ;
mental right of every human }
to control his or her own labor }

and property”.

imum freedom.

country.

Hong Kong, Singapore and }
Australia were the top three }
countries respectively, while :
the United States placed ninth }

with an overall score of 77.8.

Health experts join with Seventh-Day

PTT ESO UTTAR

LOCAL health experts have joined with
the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to found
the Bahamas Healthy Lifestyle Centre.

The centre is styled as the Bahamian ver-
sion of the world-renowned centres for health
and healing, Uchee Pines in Alabama and
the Weimar Institute of California.

Drs Alvira Higgs and Idamae Hanna, co-
founders and directors of Healthy Lifestyle
Centre and Deli, and Better Living Health
Centre and Deli, have joined forces with a
group of Seventh-day Adventist professionals
from the business, law and education sectors,
to establish the BHLC as an “oasis for the
body, mind and spirit.”

The centre has been in the making for two
years, and is now at the point of official
launch. It is described by its founders as a
“supporting ministry” of the Seventh-day
Adventist (SDA) Church.

They explained that the private health edu-
cation facility operates substantively accord-
ing to the SDA principles of health and edu-
cation as propounded by SDA pioneer Ellen
G White.

The vision of the BHLC is: “To transform
society through healthy lifestyles, thus restor-
ing the image of God in man.”

Drs Hanna and Higgs said the centre is a
comprehensive, full-service facility, special-
ising in “restoring the body, renewing the
mind and reviving the spirit of people,
whether local, national or international.

“Our revolutionary (but not new) method-
ology focuses on the physical, mental, emo-
tional, social and spiritual well-being of our
clients, as directed by The Creator, resulting
in healthy and disease-free life in this world in
preparation for occupying the world to come.”



The board of directors includes: Drs Higgs
and Hanna; urologist and prostate specialist
Dr Joseph I Evans; Dr John Carter; podiatrist
Dr Monique Mitchell; wellness expert Nathe-
lyn LaCroix; Minister and health enthusiast
Pastor Edward St Fleur; religious educator
Delthony Gordon; entrepreneurs Kenneth
Williams, Mark Hanna and Andrew Hanna;
attorneys Tanya R Hanna and Michael Dean;
Pastor Paul Scavella and founder of the Aba-
co Long Bay School Isaac Collie.

The chairman of the board is deputy gen-
eral manager of the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Don
Major.

Gospel

Mr Major said: “While we are not a church,
nor a school of evangelism, we aim to utilise
‘the right arm of the gospel’ — the unique
health message of the Seventh-day Adven-
tist Church, to transform lives so that people
here and elsewhere can live better and live
longer.”

The inaugural event for the centre was the
Fresh Start Programme, which began on Jan-
uary 17 and will continue for another two
weeks.

Mr Major said: “We’re in the body repair
and maintenance business. So just as you take
your auto to the auto shop when it breaks
down, when your body breaks down bring it
to the BHLC body shop; just as you take your
auto — after it’s fixed — for servicing and or
tune-ups to the auto shop, in the same way
you should bring your body to the BHLC
body shop for body maintenance and/tune-

up.”



HEALTHY LIVING: Front row:
health expert Nathelyn LaCroix;

Dr Alvira Hanna, and Dr Idamae

Hanna. Back row: Pastor
Edward St Fleur;
contractor/entrepreneur
Andrew Hanna; chairman Don
Major; attorney Michael Dean;

contractor Mark Hanna; plumb-

ing contractor Kenneth
Williams; Dr John Carter; edu-
cator Delthony Gordon, Pastor
Paul Scavella.

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Teenage hoy
Shot in thigh

¢ A 15-year-old boy was

: shot in his thigh as he was

: walking west on Peter

: Street in the early hours of
? the morning.

The victim was walking

on Thursday when he was
approached by a masked

et. The masked man was

shot the teen in the leg.
The victim was taken to
hospital by emergency

he is detained in stable
condition. Police investiga-
tions continue.

¢ POLICE arrested a 19-
year-old woman at the

: ? Lynden Pindling Interna-

The Foundation measures }
ten components of economic }
freedom — business freedom, } was found in her suitcase.
trade freedom, fiscal freedom, }
government spending, mone- } oF Millennium Gardens
tary freedom, investment free- ; :
dom, financial freedom, prop- }
erty rights, freedom from cor- }
ruption, and labour freedom — }
using a scale from 0 to 100, ducted a search of her lug-
where 100 represents the max- i
: suspected drugs.

These scores are then aver- }
aged to give an overall eco- }

nomic freedom score for each }

tional Airport after a quan-
tity of suspected cocaine

The woman, a resident

was in the pre-clearance
area at around 6pm on
Thursday when police con-

gage and discovered the

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say he has not accomplished much on two
top goals — fixing the sluggish economy and
changing how Washington works, according
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Half of those surveyed say he deserves a
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"I don't dislike Obama. I like him as a per-
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The AP-GfK poll is a snapshot in time,
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ployment rate. But, in a polarized nation, the
findings portend a competitive presidential
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The numbers are similar to the ones Pres-
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¢ Fifty-one per cent of independents
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on taxes — in a new era of divided govern-
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Some points

on proposed
sale of BTC

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Debate over the proposed
sale of BTC continues, and I
should like to add a few
points in this regard.

1) Philosophy. I cannot dis-
cern any coherent philosophy
in the present government’s
position in this matter. Their
position seems to be that BTC
will be sold, and it will be sold
to foreigners.

This troubles me. And for
several reasons. Not because
BTC does not have problems,
but because the problems at
BTC have nothing to do with
its Bahamian ownership.
What is wrong at BTC arises
from its management, and this
is where privatisation is nec-
essary.

Changing the management
of BTC to the highest private
standards should be the objec-
tive, and this can be achieved
without handing over owner-
ship of the company to for-
eigners.

Indeed, there is a com-
pelling argument against sell-
ing the national telecommu-
nications infrastructure of the
Bahamas to anyone but
Bahamians.

This is no trivial considera-
tion, as the passing of control
to a company like Cable &
Wireless will reduce BTC to
nothing but a portfolio hold-
ing of that company.

BTC will not receive the
attention that it requires in
the context of the Bahamas,
where it is the communica-
tions backbone of the nation,
and therefore decisions affect-
ing long-term interests of the
Bahamas will not receive the
priority that we require. This
seems curiously schizophrenic
to me, given this country’s
economic mix. Tourism and
finance are the principal
engines of the Bahamian
economy and both depend on
the communications infra-
structure controlled by BTC.
It is therefore imperative that
we ensure that any decisions
taken concerning BTC will be
about what the Bahamas
needs, and not someone else
in the region. Having foreign
owners in control of the com-
pany cannot assure this.

With regard to ownership,
Bahamians have little strate-
gic ownership interest in
tourism. Yet, because of the
potential impact on employ-
ment and employees in the
sector, the Prime Minister felt
it necessary to insert himself
into the development and
staging plans of the proposed
Baha Mar project now
unfolding on Cable Beach. In
banking, there is now some
Bahamian ownership in the

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domestic sector, including one
of the most outstanding suc-
cess stories in the business —
Commonwealth Bank. (This
company is wholly owned and
operated by Bahamians and
its exceptional success really
accelerated when Bahamians
bought out their foreign part-
ners. To be sure, the bank
needs foreign help in certain
areas (like technology), but
they buy that assistance as
needed. And I would dare say
that the Bahamian share-
holders of CB would never
consider selling control of
their bank to foreigners in
order to further improve its
performance. I am quite sur-
prised that T B Donaldson,
who had the pleasure of chair-
ing CB for more than a
decade, and who saw the
manner in which this compa-
ny has integrated foreign
expertise with its Bahamian
talent, now heads the govern-
ment’s BTC privatisation
committee and has support-
ed the proposed sale to C&W.
Bahamian ownership in bank-
ing has materialised because
previous governments, quite
rightly, pursued a policy that
encouraged such ownership
in this important sector of our
economy. And the owners of
CB are today the great bene-
ficiaries of this foresight.

Now we come to BTC,
which is today wholly in
Bahamian hands — and has a
virtual monopoly on telecom-
munications in this nation.
And what is this government
planning to do? Sell control
of the largest Bahamian tech-
nology company, this strategic
national asset, to foreigners?
Am I the crazy one?

BTC’s issues are about
management, not Bahamian
ownership. And the compa-
ny is large enough to be able
to hire the talent and forge
the alliances it needs to fix
itself for the benefit of the
Bahamian people. This is the
course that should be pur-
sued. And I believe that there
are enough talented and seri-
ous Bahamians, and enough
capital around, to get a local
group in place who will
improve the fortunes of BTC
— where the government has
been unable to do so. Selling
to outsiders is the last option.
Because once sold, it is gone
forever. And the government
will lose the ability to invite
small strategic participations
in the company as a sweeten-
er in future.

Lastly, the occasion of
including private participation
in the capital of BTC repre-
sents a unique and historic
occasion to create a true eco-
nomic partnership between
the government, private cap-
ital and labour. In fact, the
government should be over-
joyed by this opportunity to
bring the employees in
(through the pension fund) at
the pre-IPO price, as a means
of curing any potential deficit
in the pension fund (for which
it is proposing to take respon-
sibility in the C&W transac-
tion). Having the employees
as part owners of the compa-
ny will make them more
accountable and help to rein-
force the understanding that
their fortunes rise and fall
with the company’s. But I do
not hear this kind of philo-
sophical message or objective
in the public pronouncements
of the government and its rep-
resentatives. Instead, there is
vitriol and insults, and talk of
shaming and untrustworthi-
ness from people that we
expect to exercise a consider-
able amount of restraint in
these circumstances. The men
at whom these comments
were directed (Mr Evans and
Mr Williams) do not strike
me as outrageous in their
positions, and certainly do not
deserve this kind of contempt
because their ideas on how
BTC should be handled differ
from those of the govern-

ment. Indeed, I believe that
both agree that BTC should
be privatised, but as Bahami-
ans, and telecommunications
professionals, their approach
toit would be different. They
are entitled to communicate
their ideas to the public, and,
personally, I welcome the
opportunity to hear them ful-
ly.

2) Pricing. The proposed
price for BTC’s sale to C&W
does not seem to make sense.

Firstly, in the face of more
than $4 billion in national
debt, the proposed $210 mil-
lion price is negligible. This
amount will pass through the
government’s bank accounts
like water through a sieve.
Indeed, this amount has
almost been spent on the var-
ious consulting fees, “right-
sizing” exercise and many
other ill-conceived payouts
over the past years. And from
this price, we must deduct any
unfunded liabilities of BTC’s
pension fund for which the
government is proposing to
take responsibility.

Secondly, on the basis of
recent reports, the price rep-
resents only something
between four and five times
BTC’s annual earnings. Sure-
ly, if this is correct, this price is
a substantial discount to
BTC’s true value. Further-
more, given BTC’s monop-
oly, it should fetch a premi-
um to normal valuations.
Instead it is being marked-
down.

Thirdly, the cash flow (for-
eign reserve) impact from this
transaction will be massively
negative. By selling control to
a foreign company, the
Bahamas will first receive the
$210 million inflow, but there-
after will pay out half of the
profits of the company forev-
er.

Furthermore, by having
C&W in control, there will be
“double dipping” into BTC’s
income.

First, they will reduce top
line revenues through a series
of “management” and “tech-
nical” fees which will be
charged to the company by
the parent, then they will be
entitled to 51 pwe cent of
whatever falls to the bottom
line.

If this sale were to a local
group, the result would be the
opposite, even if foreign bor-
rowing were necessary to
complete the transaction.
Once such borrowing would
have been repaid, the entire
profit of the company would
remain in the Bahamas. In the
public statements by the gov-
ernment on this matter, I have
not heard a comment from
the Central Bank on this
aspect of the proposal.

3) Stop the madness. The
unions, workers and manage-
ment of BTC must be tired
of the parade of politicians
and their appointees passing
through BTC pretending to
be communications and man-
agement experts. Every few
years another group arrives,
and they do nothing but cre-
ate havoc in the affairs of the
company. The trained and
qualified staff at BTC must
be sick of it. And I can’t
blame them. They must be
anxious for the company to
pass into private hands — if
for no other reason than to
end this infernal “privatisa-
tion exercise.” Imagine the
monstrous number of man-
hours that this has consumed
since it began in the mid-
1990’s. It has been a massive
intrusion and distraction to
the managers and workers at
the company, and it is time to
bring it to an end. Someone
must restore sanity to the
company’s environment
where people have been in a
state of constant agitation for
far too long. It is time to stop
the process, send the foreign
consultants home and instead
sit down with the union, local
private interests and bankers
in order to get a deal done
that will serve the Bahamas’
interests first.

SHAYNE DAVIS
Nassau,
January 10, 2011.



THE TRIBUNE

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LOCAL NEWS

"IT done vex an' mad
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good, tiefing, jonesing
scumbags jumps my high-
topped with six-strand
barb wire fence the night
when it was cold and I
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couldn't hear them an’
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hose, rake an’ big blue
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Uing to do.”

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"IT vex ‘cause the police
have introduced ‘Rapid
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whereas I would have pre-
ferred ‘Rapid Strike to

enforce Zero Tolerance’ so ;

that the dark tints, motor-
bike 'wheelie poppers’,
three-lane jitney drivers,
etc, are also dealt with and
the police do not drive
right past them or don't
stop them.

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Lecturer claims lack of

certified project manager's gays he is

is hurting the country

By LAMECH JOHNSON

AFTER a decade of

? research in the Bahamas, Dr
i Cornell Collins says he has
? come to the conclusion that
? many projects fail and sig-
: nificant resources are lost
i because of a shortage of
i competent project man-
i agers.

Dr Collins, chairman and

i lecturer at the Lignum Insti-
? tute of Technology, told The
: Tribune this is also the rea-
i son that many government
? and private sector develop-
i ments take longer and cost

i more

than originally

: planned.

He said: "In all the com-

i pleted and ongoing projects
i in the Bahamas over a 10
year period, only 17 per cent
? of them were successful as
: far as project management is
i: concerned. This means that
: 83 per cent of the projects
i failed in that regard."

Dr Collins said his

i research on the Caribbean
i and the rest of the world
i over the same period
i showed better performance.

"I'm vex with all the law-

less drivers an’ particularly
motorcyclists who keep
running the red lights on
Shirley Street and in par-
ticular the motorbike rider
who ran the red light by
Mackey Street and had the
audacity to ride up next to
me to row.

"He was lucky I was not
any quicker to start off

after waiting on the light to

exit Mackey Street."
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"Tam vex with the fool
in the green pickup blow-
ing his horn for people to
speed through the yellow
light so he can speed
through also. Yinna
mussey had a fake licence
‘cause red light is to stop,
green is to go and ya dumb
if ya think yellow is to
speed up an’ go.

"Fool, get a real licence.
People like you cause acci-
dents."

— Licenced Motorist.

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"Tam happy with the

reports by police press offi-

cer Sgt Chrislyn Kemp-
Skippings because she
gives the crime reports for
the public to be correctly
and properly informed so
as not to get any widely
exaggerated and 'sip sip’
rumour transmitted and
distorted stories particular-
ly in times like these.”

— Joe Public.

Monthly meeting

of writers today

The Monthly meeting of i
the Commonwealth Writers }
of the Bahamas Will be held
on Saturday, January 22nd, }
2011 at Chapter One Book
Store at the College of the }

Bahamas.

Parents of students who }
participated in the Fifth }
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"The Caribbean averaged a success rate of 27 :
per cent while the rest of the world averaged :
between 53 and 66 per cent. So outside the }
Bahamas, the failure percentage decreases, :

even in tough times like these."
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"The Caribbean averaged
asuccess rate of 27 per cent
while the rest of the world
averaged between 53 and 66
per cent. So outside the
Bahamas, the failure per-
centage decreases, even in
tough times like these."

He explained that success
and failure in project man-
agement is determined by a
company’s or government's
ability to complete their
objective within a given
timeframe and budget.

"If a ministry for example
is given two years and a bud-
get of $10 million to make
infrastructural improve-
ments and they go over that
by a few days or dollars,
they have failed,” Dr Collins
said.

"I get annoyed when I
see workers from the Min-
istry of Works and Trans-
port take dig up or repave a
road only for Water and
Sewerage persons to dig it
up two or three weeks later
just to lay or check a pipe.

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That’s a ton of money down
the pipe.”

funds and priorities is keep-
in the world, he said.

Dr Collins said there is an
urgent need to train more

project managers so this }
? from his cell on Thursday that he is confident "divine justice will

‘ ? prevail" and he will eventually be freed. He is being prosecuted on
Momoned thar Tagiutl : ae stemming from a ie he helped oe that tem-
: : : porarily paralyzed the country's state-run iron mining company in
in project management that ? 2009, and his case is drawing condemnation from international
? labor and human rights organizations.

It is taught by Dr Collins :

trend can be reversed.
Technologies offers a course
is internationally recognised.

himself, who is a member of

and advisor to the Ameri- }
: year anniversary of his imprisonment. But he said he does not
Management, the Project ? expect the judge to reach a verdict anytime soon, noting that he has
M t 1 Heute: th : already appeared in court more than a dozen times over the past

anapeMent MSHihte, (Ne | 15 months, and that hearings have also repeatedly been post-
? poned. Gonzalez is charged with crimes including unlawful assem-
? bly, public incitement to commit crimes and violation of a gov-
the British Association of :

? Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera.

can Academy of Project

International Project Man-
agement Association and

Project Management.

The 10-week course can i | ; » ees
take three career paths, and Rights Foundation, said Gonzalez is being prosecuted as part of a
ands in a final teat. If = fidi 3 wider government effort to curb the power of labor unions, par-
dates pass this they will be ; ticularly at state-operated firms like Ferrominera.

Certified Project Managers

ject Manangers (CIPMs).
one can benefit from this

is project management if
you think about it. "

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ACCUSED OF INTOLERANCE: Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez,
? waves to supporters as he arrives to the National Assembly to give
? his annual state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela, Sat-

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Ml OVERSEAS NEWS
Venezuelan union leader
unjustly jailed




AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Union leader Ruben Gonzalez once admired and supported

? President Hugo Chavez. Nowadays, he is jailed in a police station
? in eastern Venezuela, and says his yearlong imprisonment shows
? the government's intolerance for labor protests.

Gonzalez told The Associated Press in a telephone interview

"The government is criminalizing protests," Gonzalez said by cell

: phone, which he is allowed to use in the jail.

Gonzalez was scheduled to appear in court Friday, the one-

ernment security zone during the strike at CVG Ferrominera

Thor Halvorssen, president of the New York-based Human

"The Chavez government claims to be in favor of workers’

h i rights, but these do not include the rights of the tens of thousands
(CPMs), Project Manager : of Venezuelans working in state-owned corporations," Halvorssen

Professionals (PMPs) or }

Certified International Pro-
? the local human rights group Provea, more than 2,200 Venezuelans
Dr Collins said: "Every- ? who have participated in protests have been charged with a vari-

f ? ety of crimes over the past five years — and some have been pro-
: i hibited from speaking publicly about their cases or banned from
course. Our everyday lives : participating in protests while their cases are pending. Many of

? those arrested were public employees involved in labor disputes.

said in a statement sent to the AP.
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? authorities are using the courts and prosecutors to limit labor dis-
? putes or curb protests. The president has repeatedly said his social-
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? previous administrations, and has said he has union interests at
? heart. Prosecutors handling the case could not be reached for
? comment. Before his arrest, Gonzalez never got into trouble with
? management during nearly three decades working and partici-
? pating in union activities. As the leader of Ferrominera's largest
? union, he was optimistic the government would support workers in
i their efforts to secure higher salaries, better benefits and improved
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By KATHRYN CAMPBELL

THE final paving of Bail-
lou Hill Road from Robin-
son Road to Wulff Road will
take place on the weekend
of January 27, the Ministry
of Public Works and Trans-
port has announced.

Phase one of a one-way
system for Baillou Hill Road
and Market Street was
implemented in March of
last year.

Traffic now travels one
way northbound on Baillou
Hill Road from Robinson
Road to Wulff Road and
one way southbound on
Market Street from Wulff
Road to Robinson Road

“The roads will be closed
for one day for road paving
and we are asking the gen-
eral public to use First Street
as an alternate,” said Char-
lene Collie, project engineer
and public relations repre-
sentative.

Paving is from Robinson

Road to Bahama Avenue
and the side verges.

Ms Collie said work on
Baillou Hill Road is pro-
gressing as expected despite
the unknown underground
utilities discovered after an
investigation.

The first section (from
Robinson Road to Wulff
Road) is expected be com-
pleted by March.

“We’ve partnered with all
utility companies to ensure
that installation of the work
is meeting specifications.
The intention of the work is
to build an internationally
acceptable roadway and not
just to accommodate what
we have here,” she said.

The original sidewalks on
Baillou Hill Road were a
cause for concern because
they were not handicap
accessible and were not up
to international standards,
Ms Collie said.

“We have a heavy urban
area and as a result of high

LOCAL NEWS

Baillou Hill Road to close for final paving

pedestrian traffic from the
neighbourhood and the
schools we had to improve
the sidewalks.

“The new sidewalks can
accommodate heavy pedes-
trian traffic and are handi-
cap accessible,” she said.

She explained that the
width of Baillou Hill Road
has been made narrower by
two feet to assist with reduc-
ing the speed of traffic.

“Baillou Hill Road was
originally 22ft from the
pavement. It is now 20ft
from curb to curb. The lanes
are 10ft wide but those lanes
are designed for one lane of
traffic on both sides and are
to assist with reducing the
speed of traffic.

“We are aware of the con-
cerns about the two lanes
travelling in one direction
and that speed could
increase, but that is a design
measure to assist with speed
along the roadway,” Ms Col-
lie said.



Patrick Hanna/BI$ photo

FINAL STAGES: Charlene Collie, project engineer and public relations representative for the New Prov-
idence Road Improvement Project, talks about the progress of the construction of Baillou Hill Road.



Ministers meet Bain and Grants Town Advancement Association

SENATOR Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of
Labour and Social Development and Loret-
ta Butler-Turner, Minister of State, met with
the Bain and Grants Town Advancement
Association (BGTAA) on Thursday at the
Ministry's office. The recent unrest in Bain
Town was discussed and additional measures
to assist the community with counseling and
other services were suggested. The group
will meet again on February 7.

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Bullard, Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal
Centre Manager; Zoe Powell, Ministry of Educa-
tion; Clevette Gibson, Department of Education;
Rev. Randy Hanna; Jensel Watkins, Guidance
Counselor, Albury Sayles; Iris Strachan, Min-
istry of Education; Muriel Lightbourn; Sandra
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LOCAL NEWS



Panama air link-up
offers $17m booster.

FROM page one

services and other business sectors.”

Copa Airlines corporate executives
made the announcement that Latin
American passengers will now be able
to have immediate connections to and
from the Bahamas at a press conference
on Thursday.

Copa Airlines said not only does Nas-
sau serve as one of the principal financial
and business centres in the Caribbean,
but it is also “the hub of the Bahamas,”
providing direct access for travellers to
visit and explore many of the destina-
tion’s 700 islands. Visas are not required
of Bahamians visiting Central and South
America; or for residents of those regions
bound for the Bahamas.

The Ministry of Tourism said the Nas-



AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT: Lynden Pindling International Airport is being expanded. The addi-
tion of Copa Airlines is seen as a positive beginning for the expanded airport.





sau/Paradise Island Promotion Board
played a significant role in securing the
new carrier.

Tourism director-general David John-
son advised they are working aggres-
sively to increase airlift in key markets
they feel will be stimulated with new
non-stop or convenient, one-stop direct
service.

The addition of the Copa Airlines ser-
vice is evidence of progress in this regard,

to every major South and Central Amer-
ican market, including Mexico, the Min-
istry said.

Copa Airlines will fly the Embraer
E190 jet aircraft on this new route, which
has a capacity to carry 94 passengers.

The new flights will depart Panama
City at 9.18am, arriving in Nassau at
1.03pm, and return flights will depart
Nassau at 3.25pm, arriving in Panama
City at 5.02pm.

The new service will offer both busi-

seats offered in economy and 10 seats in

the premium president class section of }

the aircraft.

“The addition of Copa Airlines and
their extensive network is a positive
beginning for the new and expanded

the Caribbean and access point to the
Americas,”



opening up for the first time the Bahamas

DUVALIER HYPE “MAINLY FROM —
QUTSIDE’, SAYS EX-AMBASSADOR -

FROM page one

Duvalier was not arrested on arrival, as some say he should
have been, but he was later taken into police custody and
questioned by investigators.

Beyond the hype, Dr Newry said: “His return for me, will
have no impact on the political or economic situation.”

Duvalier is being investigated on charges of corruption and
embezzlement from his 1971-86 reign as “president for life”, a
title inherited from his father, President Francois “Papa Doc”
Duvalier.

His passport was confiscated, but he is not under arrest. A
judge has three months to decide if there is enough evidence to
proceed to trial.

The Duvaliers, father and son, in successive administrations,
presided over the infamous police force known as the Tonton
Macoute, said to have tortured and killed tens of thousands.

International observers also claim the pair looted millions of
dollars from the Haitian treasury, $900 million by some esti-
mates.

Successive Haitian governments have attempted to recover
the allegedly pilfered millions. Most recently, they are attempt-
ing to claim a near $6 million Duvalier deposit in a frozen
Swiss bank account.

The Swiss courts ordered the money released to Duvalier ear-
ly last year because the statute of limitations on his alleged
crimes had expired. But before being released, the money was
frozen again, with anticipation of a new Swiss law, the Lex
Duvalier Law, that came into effect on February 1.

The law is intended to assist the process of countries recov-
ering the assets of criminals. Under the new law, Haiti has
renewed its efforts to claim a “moral victory” by recovering a
fraction of the money they claim the Duvaliers took.

With politics swarming around Duvalier’s Swiss millions
and around Haiti’s unresolved November-28 elections, there has
been widespread speculation about Baby Doc’s intentions for
returning to Haiti. Observers have questioned whether Duva-
lier has a scheme concocted to recover his millions; whether he
intends to dabble in politics again; whether he simply wants to
help rebuild the nation; or settle on his final resting place.

Whatever the reason, some Haitians in the local community
are joining counterparts in Haiti to celebrate his homecoming.

“There is nothing wrong with him coming back. He gave us
plenty money and he still sends money to help the Haitian
people. Some people don’t understand, but most Haitian peo-
ple who live in the Bahamas, we love Jean Claude,” said Celin-
er St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of
Gospel Assembly.

“In 25 years what can the government say to Jean Claude.
Even the government today has done bad for Haitian people.
They don’t want to look at what they do. (President Rene)
Preval has had almost 15 years and he didn’t do anything. All
presidents who came used what Jean Claude did,” said Mr St
Louis.

A Haitian-Bahamian resident of 20 years said: “When he was
in power we didn’t have the problems we have now. I don’t
think it is necessary to put him in jail. I think it is necessary to
negotiate with him to get some of the money he has to rebuild.

“He should build something with his money, schools, hospi-
tal, factory. He can help the country go forward because he has
money. He is not poor,” he said.

Barring the Swiss millions, international observers say it is
questionable how much money Duvalier really has.

“The man does not have no money,” said Antoine St Louis,
president of the United Haitian-Bahamian Association
(UAHB).

Dr Newry said he does not know if President Duvalier is
“broke,” but he knows the people who believe the few millions
he might have “can solve the problems of the country,” are
thinking in “relatively small amounts.”

In a 2003 interview, reported in the Wall Street Journal,
Duvalier scoffed at the idea of being a multi-millionaire. At the
time, friends and family claimed he was “broke,” partly because
of a messy 1993 divorce from former wife Michele Bennett and
French back taxes.

As for political aspirations, Dr Newry said it is “not plausible
and illogical” to think Duvalier would somehow try to capitalise
on Haiti’s current electoral standoff.

Next month, front runners Mirlande Maniga and Michel
Martelly will be in a presidential run off, said Dr Newry. There
is no way for Duvalier to enter the race.

If he chooses to endorse a candidate, Dr Newry said that is
his right, but even still, “I do not think he will be a major fac-
tor” in determining the election outcome.

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said the Ministry.

PLP to set up two committees

amid continuing party unrest
FROM page one

possibility, as she had been forewarned in December of last year
i that such an action would be coming.

She said that if she was not reinstated as the party’s standard

bearer for the South Beach constituency, she would still serve
i her party well.

“T am a PLP. Whatever decisions are made I will still be

! working with the PLP. That is it.

“This is something I knew about from December 22. When

I got nominated, I got nominated knowing this would hap-
pen,”

she said.











TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER

FROM page one

Early Friday morning, the supermarket was broken into

by some unknown persons. The culprits stole a number of
: electronic appliances and the company’s safe containing
; an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police reports.



i area. I jumped off the bed and looked at him.

know you like that’.”





BOY MADE ADVANCES TOWARDS
ME, CLAIMS SEX CASE TEACHER

a page one

| teaching in the Bahamas for 20 years and resides in the country
as a permanent resident.

He first resided in Abaco before moving, in 1989, to Grand
i Bahama, where he was employed as an art teacher at the Eight
i Mile Rock High for 18 years.

According to Birbal, he stopped teaching at the school in
: 2009 after receiving certain information from Mr (Hezekiah)
Den the district school superintendent.

He then left Grand Bahama and went to Nassau, where he
? was required to report daily to Mr Sands (at the Ministry of
i aa
: Birbal testified that he later resigned in January of 2009.

: While living in Nassau, he said he left the country to visit his son
? in the United States where he was arrested for extradition to the
? Bahamas.

“When you left the Bahamas to visit your son, were you run-

i ning away?” asked Birbal’s attorney Carlson Shurland.

“No, I wasn’t. I purchased a round trip ticket,” he replied.
Mr Shurland asked Birbal how long the accusers were stu-

; dents in his class.

Birbal said he taught one of the young men for five years,

; and the second for only one term, which is a period of six weeks.

The two former students testified that Birbal had sex with

‘ them in his art classroom during school hours, and at his apartment.

One of the boys also testified that Birbal had sex with him in his

i car in the Deadman’s Reef area. The other said the teacher also had
? sex with him in his son’s bedroom at his home.

“T never sexually molested the students,” Birbal said.
During his testimony, however, Birbal told jurors that one of the

i former students had made sexual advances toward him while at his

: ? apartment at the Coral Beach Hotel.
ness and economy classes with some 84

Birbal lived at the apartment during the end of 2005, or early
2006, after separating from his wife.
According to Birbal’s testimony, the young man had lost his job

and had called him to take him to a job interview at the Our
: Lucaya Resort.

“He said to wait for him ... it would not take long because he

EOL : ‘ : was dropping off an application form,” the teacher recalled.
Lynden Pindling International Airport }

(LPIA), which has set a long-term goal of wanted to use the bathroom, so he stopped and let him out near

establishing Nassau as a major air hub for } some shrubs.

As they were leaving, Birbal said the young man told him he

After returning to the car, Birbal said the young man then told

him he wanted to do “number 2” so he took him to his apartment
? to use the bathroom.

Birbal said: “I was on the bed watching television and he came

and sat close to me on the bed. I was wearing gym clothes and he
} touched my stomach and said ‘you got some abs’.

“T continued watching television and he grabbed my groin

“He said, ‘I love you, do you love me too?’ I said: ‘I don’t

Birbal said he learned of the allegations of sexual misconduct

against him while attending a PTA meeting in 2008.

The young men testified the art teacher would give them mon-

ey after having sex with them, but Birbal denied giving the students
? money. Birbal said he was involved in the outreach programme at
? the Lucaya Presbyterian Church.

He noted that the church had assisted one of the students in get-

ting braces for his teeth, and the family of the second student
: after their home had been damaged during a hurricane.

He was only responsible for taking the student to his dentist

appointments.

During cross-examination by Ambrose Armbrister, Birbal was

asked whether he had a camera at school.

Birbal said he took a digital camera to the school because he was

the photographer for the school magazine.

“You would take pictures of the students?” asked Mr Arm-

brister. “Yes,” Birbal replied.

Mr Armbrister asked Birbal if he took pictures of the young

i man’s mouth while he was in the seventh grade so that he could get
i braces for his mouth.

Mr Armbrister suggested to Birbal that after taking pictures of

i the young man’s mouth, he also took naked pictures after taking off
: month after it was targeted by three men armed with “high :
; powered weapons.” ;

the young’s man clothing.
Birbal admitted taking pictures of the student’s mouth to take

to his church, but denied taking nude pictures of him.

Mr Armbrister then asked whether he kept items such as a tool

: belt, hammer, and hard hat in his classroom.

Birbal recalled having a hammer, but could not recall whether
there was a tool belt and hard hat.

i Police are also investigating an armed robbery at the
i Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza yesterday.

: A woman reported she was robbed by a man armed with :
: a handgun wearing a red shirt, while she was sitting inside

: her grey 2007 Honda CRV L/P 224854.
i Police reports indicate the gunman forced the woman
? out of her jeep and fled the area towards Shirley Street.

i Police are investigating and appealing to members of the
: public who have any information regarding this or any oth-
i er matter to contact 919, CDU 502-9991, or crime stoppers }
at 328-TIPS. i

ROYAL FIDELITY

orice an Werk

: The prosecutor asked Birbal whether he had also taken a sec-
? ond student to church so members could see his braces, and then
? to his apartment.
: Birbal said he had taken him to church, but never to his apart-
i ment.
“Do you know that the description you gave of your apartment
i is the same description that the young man gave in his testimony?”
? asked Mr Armbrister.
: “The reason why he gave the same description of the apartment
was because you took him there,” Mr Armbrister suggested.
“No, that is not true,” Birbal answered.
The trial resumes on Monday with further testimony from Bir-

i bal.
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BAD NEWS: BAAA's president Mike Sands (center)

inney.

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Mm) SATURDAY, JANUARY 22,

2011





, is flanked by treasurer Laura Charlton, special projects Linda Thompson and Harrison Petty and Council Member Ralf McK-

BAAA: Money for 2011 Carifta
Games could not be guaranteed

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations said because
they could not be guaranteed the
$500,000 needed they have instruct-
ed North, American and Central
American and Caribbean (NACAC)
that they will not be able to host the
2011 Carifta Games.

BAAA’s president Mike Sands
said as they were asked by NACAC
to fill in for St. Kitts, who were
unable to fulfill their original com-
mitment, they didn’t want to jeop-
ardise the integrity of the Bahamas
by trying to hold the April 23-25
regional track and field meet.

“We were waiting word on



“We couldn’t guarantee the government the
requirements, so we have withdrawn our-
selves from hosting the games”



NACAC, which was never forth-
coming, so we had to take the posi-
tion (and as much as we regret doing
so) that we would not host the Carif-
ta Games under the circumstances,”
Sands said.

“We couldn’t guarantee the gov-
ernment the requirements, so we
have withdrawn ourselves from host-
ing the games.”

After St. Kitts opted out on their

Mike Sands

original commitment, Sands said
they were advised at the NACAC
meeting in Mirimar, Florida in July
that Jamaica would step in and host
it.

But after they withdrew, Trinidad
& Tobago was approached and they
also withdrew. Sands said the
BAAA was then approached in
November and every effort was
made to stage the 40th anniversary

of the games that was started in
Bridgetown, Barbados in 1972 by
Austin Sealy.

“Right now, time is against us
because we will have to do a lot of
logistical things like securing the
hotel rooms that can’t be guaran-
teed just by making a phone call,”
Sands pointed out.

“So from our stand point, to main-
tain the integrity of our association,
the integrity of the games and cer-
tainly the integrity of the Bahamas,
we find it necessary to withdraw our-
selves from hosting it.”

Sands maintained NACAC presi-
dent Neville McCook said they were
still looking at other venues that
they could host the games, if they

SEE page 10



Atkins hack home, makes
fonation to track clubs

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AS he continues his return to the
form that enabled him to win the men’s
100 metres silver medal at the 2007
World Championships in Osaka, Japan,
Derrick Atkins came back home to
make a contribution to some of the
future athletes.

At a press conference yesterday in
the VIP Lounge of the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Stadium,
Atkins displayed the track outfits and
tennis shores that will be presented to
the Moores Island Track Club, Ricky
Moxey Track Club in Exuma and his
alma mater, CR Walker Secondary
School.

Atkins, who turned 27 on January
5, said the equipment, worth about
$1,500 each, is his way of giving back to
the people who have helped him.

More importantly, he said he decid-
ed to help two of the Family Islands
because they are less fortunate than
those in New Providence and he
encouraged the other senior athletes

to share their “time and experience” as
well.

The three-time National Association
of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
national 100 champion while attend-
ing Dickinson State said over the years
he’s been very success and so he want
to help out as much as he could.

Williams, whose Moores Island ben-
efited from their success at the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations’ National High School Cham-
pionships to travel to the Penn Relays
last year, said the gesture will go a long
way to continue the growth and devel-
opment of their programme.

“When we come to the High School
Relays and the Nationals, we will def-
initely make him proud,” said Williams,
in response to receiving his package of
sporting goods.

Atkins, the national 100 metre
record holder at 9.91 seconds, said he’s
hoping to put his sub-par 2010 season
that ended with an injury behind him
and he wants to concentrate on being a
medal contender again at the IAAF
World Championships in Daegu, South
Korea from August 27 to September 4.







CONTRIBUTION: Derrick Atkins (center) displays the adidas uniform that he presented.
At left is Harrison Petty and at right is coach Anthony Williams from Moores Island.

“T’m just trying to get ready for
Daegu and most important London,
England,” said Atkins, referring to the
latter at the Olympic Games in 2012.

When asked how his preparation
being going, Atkins noted: “Up and
down. I’m just trying to get back at 100
percent.”

Having ran a season’s best of 10.12
last year, Atkins said once he can get

back to the world class level where he
can run the 10.0’s, the 9’s will come.

“It’s going to be an uphill climb to
getting back to ‘07, but it’s just a matter
of getting back there and staying
there,” he said. “Mentally, I’m exhaust-
ed.

“Injuries is a part of every sport, but

SEE page 10

LADY
ANGELS
ROUT
LADY
CARIBS

SEE PAGE 10



Sherman ‘the Tank’ Williams

Williams
completes
weigh-in for
Holyfield fight

SHERMAN ‘the Tank’
Williams out-weighed former
undisputed world heavy-
weight champion Evander
‘Real Deal’ Holyfield during
the weigh-in yesterday for
their World Boxing Federa-
tion championship bout.

At the Greenbrier Casino
Clun in White Sulhurt Spring,
West Virginia, Williams
topped the scale at 258
pounds, while Holyfield came
in at 224. The duo will clash in
the main event tonight at the
same venue.

The fight, scheduled for 12
rounds, is deubbed:
“Redemption in America”
and will be live on Pay Per
View, starting at 11 p.m.
tonight.

Holyfield sports a 43-10-2
win-loss-draw record with 28
knockouts, compared to
Williams’ 34-11 record with
19 KOs.

Knowles ousted
in Australian Open

IT was deju vu for Mark
Knowles and his new partner
Michal Mertinak.

For the second straight
tournament this year, the
Bahamian-Solvenia duo got
ousted in the second round,
this time at the Australian
Open in Melbourne, Aus-
tralia.

Knowles and Mertinak,
seeded at number 12, were
stunned as they suffered a 7-6
(3), 6-0 loss to the team of
Eric Butorac of the United
States and Jean-Julien Rojer
from the Netherland Antilles.

Prior to the Australian
Open, Knowles and Mertinek
kicked off their partnership
by getting to the second
round at the Medibank Inter-
national in Sydney, Australia
where they got eliminated by
the American duo of Bob and
Mike Bryan, who eventually
lost in the final ot the team
of Lukas Dlouhy from the
Czech Republic and Paul
Hanley from Australia.

Today, Knowles will switch
his attention to the mixed
doubles where he is teaming
up with Elena Vesnina from
Russia. The unseeded duo,
however, will have their
hands full as they face the top
seeded team of Liezel Huber
and Bob Bryan from the
United States.



Bahamas granted NCAA exempt status

The

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

OVER a year of lobbying
and the hosting of a land-
mark basketball event in the
country has led to the
Bahamas being granted
exempt status by the Nation-
al Collegiate Athletic Asso-
ciation.

The NCAA's Division I
Board of Directors approved
the Bahamas’ proposal last
weekend and the legislation
will go into effect, August 1.

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newly awarded
exempt status will give the
Bahamas the authority to
host a tournament which will
count towards a team's 30
game schedule.

According to George
Markantonis, President and
Managing Director of Kerzn-
er International Bahamas,
tentative plans to host the
tournament are scheduled
for the Thanksgiving Holi-
day weekend, November 23-
21

Lofty expectations loom
for the revamped and

expanded "Battle At
Atlantis” which organisers
hope to eventually challenge
the NCAA's most well
known tournament outside
the continental United
States, the EA Sports Maui
Invitational.

"We, of course, are very
delighted the vote went in
favour of the Bahamas.That
enables entities in this coun-
try and certainly in our case,
Atlantis, to go ahead with
their plans for a monster pre-
season tournament in
November. It [November] is

not a particularly strong
month for us, so with eight
teams visiting over the five
day period, people will be
employed and it will create a
great trickle down in the
community," Markantonis
said, "We are going to
expand from the 2500-2600
seats we hosted in Decem-
ber to about 4500 seats in the
same facility moving for-
ward. There will also be a
second indoor court for prac-
tice games only."
Markantonis added that
Atlantis plans to diversify its

sports tourism portfolio into
hosting other events, and a
possible extension from col-
legiate to professional bas-
ketball.

"We are not stopping at
basketball and there are
indeed other sports we will
look to become involved
with. There is a major ten-
nis event we will announce
in the near future and there
is also a PGA sanctioned
event on the horizon so
expect much more to come
from us on our side,” he said,
"We have also been

approached by three NBA
(National Basketball Asso-
ciation) teams at this point,
but we have postponed those
conversations for right now."

The world renowned
resort hosted the "Battle At
Atlantis" double header
night which featured Georgia
Tech with a 67-54 win over
Richmond and Virginia Tech
with an 88-57 win over Mis-
sissippi State.

The event saw the resort
unveil the new 4,500-seat
arena, a segment of the
60,000 square-foot convert-
ed conference center now
known as the Imperial Are-
na.

SEE page 10





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SPORTS



Lady Angels rout Lady Carihs 69-4

THE New Providence
Women’s Basketball Asso-
ciation continued its regular
season on Thursday night at
the DW Davis Gymnasium
with the Bomer G Lady
Angels rebounding from
their loss to the Four J’s
Lady Cheetahs.

The Lady Angels avenged
their loss by routng the Col-
lege of the Bahamas Lady
Caribs 69-46 to improve their
second place win-loss record
to 11-2.

Kaylicia Laing, shooting 7-
of-10 from the field, scored a
game high 14 points with
three rebounds, two steals
and an assist in 19 minutes
of play to lead the attack.

Ashley Moss, who shot 6-
of-16 from the field, had 13
points, 11 rebounds, four
block shots and two steals in
32 minutes to help out.



Four J’s Cheeters 11
Boomer G. Angles 11
Johnson Lady’s Truckers 6
Cybots Queens 4
COB Lady Caribs 3
Sentinel All-Stars 0

QUICK FEET: College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs’ Natiska Silver drib-
bles around the defense of Boomer G Lady Angels’ Chrysantha Strachan.

Bahamas Football
Association set to
host Coaching Course

THE Bahamas Football Association will
be offering a Coaching Course over the
weekend of January 28-29 at the National
Training Center at the Baillou Hills Sporting

Complex.

The clinic will be held on Friday from 7-9
p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Diasti Delancy, Felicia
Cartwright and Kissie
McDonald all had nine
points and Sharrelle Cash
added seven.

Boomer G led 19-8 at the
end of the first quarter and
extended their lead to 34-19
at the half. They went on to
increase their lead to 54-34
after three quarters.

In a losing effort for the
College of the Bahamas,
Deandra Williams scored 12
points with four rebounds in
34 minutrs. Giovanna Gor-
don had nine points and
three rebounds and Shandell
Williams chipped in with
eight points, 10 rebounds
and four assists.

With the loss, the Lady
Caribs dropped to 3-8.

e Going into tonight’s
action, here’s how the stand-
ings look:



I — WORKING THE DEFENSE: Boomer G Lady Angels’ Kaylicia Laing goes to Hak ean the defense of
1 917 - the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs’ Deandra Williams and Gabrielle McKinney.

2 846 1/2 -

5 045 41/2

8 333 7

8 272 7

12 .000 11

The featured lecturer is Stephen Payne, an
internationally renowned coach, who is hold-
er of the UEFA Pro License, the UEFA A
License, the Brazilian A License and a FIFA
Futuro III Instructor.

Payne was recently named as the Head
Coach for the Ottawa Fury, PDL Team for

Atkins
FROM page nine

you have to deal with it and bounce
back. So right now, I’m getting there.”

After winning a silver medal at the
Central American and Caribbean
Games in 2006 in Cartagena de
Indias, Atkins produced his best inter-
national campaign in 2007 when he
trailed American Tyson Gay through
the finish line at the World’s and
ahead of his cousin, Asafa Powell
from Jamaica.

But in 2008, Atkins went to the
Summer Olympic Games in Beijing
where he got to the semifinal before
bowing out with his best time of 10.13.

He’s not been able to regain his
top form since.

But he said his expectations are to
“get back to top form. I want to be
able to compete for a medal (again).
Track and field is a sport where there

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are a lot more people running faster
than ever.

“There’s a lot of sub 9.8s, so at the
end of the day, it’s going to be who’s
mentally tough and who’s physically
prepared,” he proclaimed, as if to say
that he intend to achieve both this
year.

Now based in Gainsville, Florida,
Atkins said he would also like to see
the Bahamas produce a men’s 4x 100
metre relay team that compete at the
World’s and Olympics just like the
men’s 4x 4 and the women’s 4x 1.

“We’ve been trying to geta 4x 1
team together, but we have to be able
to pull everybody together at the
same time,” he pointed out. “You
have to have a flow and you have to
be cohesive. It has to be a consistent
flow.”

If all goes well, Atkins said he will
continue to give back to the local
community as he continue his quest to
excel at the top like he did at his last
World’s appearance.

TAR,
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DRIVING THROUGH: COB Lady Caribs’ Shandell Williams drives to the basket against Bommer G Lady
Angels’ Sharelle Cash.

TRAPPED: College
of the Bahamas
Lady Caribs’
Natiska Silver is
trapped by three
Boomer G Lady
Angels’ players,
including Sharrelle
Cash and Chrysan-
tha Strachan.

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the 2011 Soccer Season. Prior to that, he
served as the Technical Director of the Tan-
zania Football Federation. He also worked
six years as a Senior Coach with Bryst Acad-
emy, one of the top player development
organisations in Toronto.

Payne is a coach that believes in a techni-

cal, possession game based around speed,
aggression and surprise. He was born in
Northamption, England and as a schoolboy
played briefly for Charlton Athletic, and

amnateur stints with Hitchin Town and

NCAA

FROM page nine

Lawrence Hepburn, President of
the Bahamas Basketball Federation,
said the exempt status is yet another
vital stepping stone in the growth
and development of the game of bas-
ketball in country.

"We want to sincerely thank the
Atlantis team for a job well done.
For many years we have been trying
to achieve exempt status and that
never came to fruition. With the full
corporation of all the Ministries and
groups involved today is a dream
come true and the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation could not be
more pleased and excited with the
result," he said, "Atlantis did an
absolutely splendid job at the Battle
at Atlantis and that put everything
over the top. The Federation has
already been connected by a number

Stevenage Athletic.

He will share the benefits of his experi-
ence and knowledge with the BFA coaches
in the two day programme. The BFA is invit-
ing all of their clubs to send as many repre-
sentatives as possible to take advantage of
the opportunity.

of top flight universities interested in
coming down so expectations are
high for what opportunities will arise
from this exempt status. This means
great things for the federation but it
means much more to the game of
basketball in the Bahamas."

Charles Maynard, Minister of
Youth Sports and Culture, noted
the growing sector of sports tourism
and speculated that it could over-
take the convention hosting field as
the main attraction for visitors who
would not normally visit the
Bahamas.

"The Bahamas being granted this
exempt status opens up possibilities
for us to further the market for other
disciplines to follow suit,” he said,
"With the National Stadium under
construction and other facilities it will
be a wonderful thing for the Bahamas
overall. 2010 was a great year for
sports tourism but all indications sug-
gest that 2011 will trump that."





CROSS COUNTRY
ALBURY SAYLE

CROSS COUNTRY

e THE Albury Sayle Pri-
mary School will hold their
annual Cross Country Cham-
pionahips today at Fort Char-
lotte, starting at 9:30 a.m. The
event is designed for both pri-
mary and junior high schools.

BOXING
CHAMPION
BOXING

CLUB SHOW

e CHAMPION Boxing
Club will kick off the 2011
season with its first amateur
boxing show tonight at the
First Class Promotions venue
on Wulff Road.

A number of bouts, featur-
ing the rising young stars, will
get underway at 6 p.m. The
public is invited to attend.

BASKETBALL

GSSSA RESULTS

e RESULTS of junior divi-
sional games played on Thurs-
day at the CI Gibson Gym-
nasium are as follows:

CH Reeves 17, LW Young
5: Cyntese Cooper scored
eight points to lead the junior
girls to victory.

TA Thompson 44, SC
McPherson 30: Rashad Davis
scored 12 points in this junior
boys contest. Quemen Gib-
son had a game high 14 in the
loss.

DW Davis 81, CH Reeves
31: Rohaan Adderley and
Nigel Rolle both had game
high honours with 19 points
each in their junior boys win.
Brandon Stubbs had 11 in the
loss.

CAA

FROM page nine

can secure the necessary
funding.

But in the event that the
games are cancelled, Sands
said he’s been in contact with
the various federation presi-
dents in the other countries
with the view of staging some
type of meet to allow the
junior athletes to compete
around that time.

“We're not going to be pre-
mature to say that this is what
will happen, but we have had
some discussion on what
could be done,” Sands said.
“In 40 years, Carifta has been
the bedrock for all of the
regional stars to come
through.

“So we’re hoping that the
games will still come off.”

Sands said they wanted to
advise the public that the
Bahamas and the BAAA
were in no way not prepared
to step in and host the games.
But he said neither are pre-
pared to do so without having
secured the necessary fund-
ing.

“IT take it back to the
doorsteps of the president of
NACAC, who brought it to
our attention,” Sands said.
“There was no written guar-
antee from him or from spon-
sor A (and or) sponsor B that
we could present to our min-
istry, our government.

“Tf you decided that you
want to have a party and you
want to have it to my house
and you have agreed to pro-
vide everything, I still have
to decide if I want to have it
at my house. So at the end of
the day, we have to get the
government support.”

Sands said he was aware
that Cable and Wire, who
have an agreement with
NACAC after hosting the
games last year in George-
town, Cayman Islands, were
interested in sponsoring the
games again this year.

But he denied that they
doesn’t have any affiliation
with Cable and Wireless and
as a result, they are unaware
of any agreement that they
have in sponsoring the games.

Sands said in order to host
the games, the country must
have a written guarantee
from their government to
support the games as a pre-
requisite by NACAC.



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MOVING PIPES: Pipes pumping water to New Providence water reserves will be removed and relocated further inland on Arawak Cay in order to make room for the marine work to be completed to facilitate the high
security commercial container port. This site is the area where the daily water barge from Andros delivers fresh water to supply New Providence.

Arawak Cay Port Development to
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By GENA GIBBS

RAWAK Port

Development

is nearing
completion of the
marine works and
apron for the new
international con-
tainer port, sched-
uled for completion
by the end of 2011.

Individual mailboat ser-
vices will still operate from
Potters Cay Dock for inter-
island marine freight trans-
port.

The Potters Cay location
will also facilitate services

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for local wholesale agencies
to ship smaller palleted ship-
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international container
freight transportation and
storage.

The 40-acre development
will be the new home for
local shipping companies,
such as Betty K and Tropi-
cal Shipping, that transport
and store international
freight.

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New service likely
to bring over 14,500
visitors in first year



A NEW airline
service which, for
the first time, opens
up the Bahamas to
the South and Cen-
tral American mar-
kets is projected to
bring more than
14,500 visitors to the
islands and generate
more than $17 mil-
lion for the local

The Ministry of
Tourism and Avia-
tion this week announced that
Copa Airlines will begin non-
stop service from Panama to
Nassau as of June 15, with
departing and return flights
scheduled for travellers every
Monday, Wednesday, Thurs-
day and Saturday.

Tourism officials are hail-
ing this new service as a posi-
tive sign of growth in the
industry.

It is estimated the Pana-
ma/Nassau service will gener-
ate 37,000 room nights which

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ee a eae. VANDERPOOL- tions to and from the
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could boost hotel rev-
enues by more than
$7 million during the
first year.

Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, the
Minister of Tourism,
said: “The new Copa
Airlines service will
attract more visitors
from the Latin Amer-
ican region with

Bahamas. Expanding
airlift with Copa,
whose powerful Panama city
hub provides leisure and busi-
ness travellers from some 20
Latin American destinations,
gives direct access to the
islands of the Bahamas, while
featuring the most modern
fleet of jet aircraft in the
entire region.

“This service will be a
boost not only to our tourism
sector but also our financial

SEE page seven

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OUTSIDE’ os EX- AMBASSADOR }



HAITI'S FORMER DICTATOR Jean-Claude Duvaliercentre, and
his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as
Louis-Jodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE “hype” over President Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duva-
lier’s return to Haiti is “mainly from the outside,” said Dr
Eugene Newry, former Ambassador to Haiti and Dominican

Republic.

There has been an international media frenzy over President
Duvalier’s return after 25 years of self-imposed exile in France.
Although he was welcomed by some supporters, in reality, Dr
Newry said, Duvalier did not receive a “hero’s welcome.”
From the Haitian government, he received the “cold-shoulder.”

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

TEACHER Andre Birbal
told the Supreme Court yes-
terday that one of the stu-

; dents he is accused of having

? sex with told him he loved
i i him and made sexual
? advances toward him.

Birbal took the witness

? stand, denying he had sexual

: intercourse with the two for-

? mer male students when they
? attended the Eight Mile Rock
? High School.

The 48-year-old former art

? teacher is charged with eight

|} : counts of unnatural sexual





PLP to set up two committees
amid continuing party unrest

DUE to continuing unrest
within the party, the National
General Council of the PLP
voted last night to establish
two committees to review the
nominations of Nurses Union
President Cleola Hamilton in
South Beach, and attorney
Dion Smith in the Kennedy
constituency.

These committees, com-
prised of 10 persons each, will

meet with the branches in
both areas and compile a
report to present to the NGC.

If either committee is
unable to reach a consensus
on the genesis of the discon-
tent being voiced, the NGC, it
is reported, will have to step
in and either re-establish the
previous candidate named, or
pick a new person to run in
the area.

Beach and Kennedy respec-
tively.

SEE page seven





NASSAU AND!) BAHAMA

ISLANDS” LEADING NEWSPAPER

i? intercourse with two minors
; under the age of 18 from 2002
: to 2007.

After the prosecution

i closed its case, Justice Hart-

? man Longley read the long list
: of charges against Birbal and

? advised him he had three

? choices: to go in the witness

? box and give a statement

? under oath; make an unsworn
i? statement where he was

i standing, or remain silent.

Birbal chose to give evi-

i dence from the witness box.

During his testimony, he

: told the court he left his

? native homeland of Trinidad
? with his family and moved to
? the Bahamas. He has been

SEE page seven

TEEN CHARGED

IN CONNECTION

WITH MURDER

A 19 year old was arrest-

ed and charged by police in
: connection with a murder
; last September.

Police arrested the

: teenager in the Soldier

: Road area for questioning
? in connection with house-

? breaking during a Tuesday
i evening operation.

He was subsequently

i questioned by detectives in
? connection with the murder
: of a 17-year-old boy on Sol-
| : dier Road last September.

Cost Right supermarket

| § in Town Centre Mall faced

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the downtown holding area. They complain that garbage is regularly dumped into the drinking troughs and the area :

"WAJOR RAID ON CAR

SEE page seven

PARTS THEFT RING

OFFICERS from the Cen-

; tral Detective Unit made a

Therefore, as it currently } MOF raid on a car parts theft

stands, neither Ms Hamilton } "8 yesterday.
nor Mr Smith are the party’s }

standard bearers for South warrant on a building locat-

? ed in the Marathon Road
i area, officers recovered

Speaking with The Tribune } Mmerous car parts, including
yesterday, Ms Hamilton said i radiators, assorted car doors,
che wae well awatedwt this ? windshields, hoods, bumpers,
? and the like.

After executing a search

Six men were taken into

; custody. Police investigations
? continue.
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ANNUAL NATIONAL EXAM AWARDS



First ever three-way win

for top national award
EACH EARNED EIGHT As IN BGCSEs

By LAMECH JOHNSON

A TRIO of young men made
history when they produced the
first three-way tie for the cov-
eted top spot in the Ministry of
Education's Annual National
Exam Awards.

Miguel Cartwright of
Queen’s College, Abhishek
Jacob of St Augustine’s Col-
lege and Dante Delaney of the
Bahamas Home Schooling
Association each earned eight
As in their BGCSEs. This has
never happened before in the
16-year history of the exam.

These young men also shared
top spot for best overall per-
formance in independent
schools.

The young men were hon-
oured at a presentation cere-
mony at the Church of God
Auditorium on Joe Farrington
Road yesterday.

Special presentations were
also made to five other out-
standing performers in this
year’s BJC and BGSCE exams.

Davina Adderley of the
North End Long Island High
School, who aims to become a
paediatric neurosurgeon, won
the award for Best Overall Per-
formace in the BJCs for gov-
ernment school students, with
nine As. She edged out Sheryl
Evans of Temple Christian
High Schools, who got seven
As and one B - the best overall
performance in an independent
school.

The best overall BGCSE
performer in a government
school with seven As and one B
was Tamara Robinson of CR
Walker Senior High. She is now
majoring in biology at Philan-
der Smith College in Arkansas.

Not to be outdone by their
female counterparts in the
BGSCE division, Long Island's
John Cartwright of NGM
Major High and New Provi-
dence’s Rajahl Moxey of HO
Nash Junior High shared the
BJC top spot for male students
in a government school.

The Minister of Education
was clearly impressed with the
students’ achievements.

Desmond Bannister greeted
the audience of family mem-
bers, distinguished guests and
award recipients, saying: "As I
look around this hall, I'm excit-
ed because I see excellence
everywhere — excellent educa-
tors and policy makers, stu-

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dents, school administrators,
teachers, parents and guardians
and business persons who are
themselves excellent parents."

Mr Bannister emphasised the
important role education plays
in the development of the
Bahamas, and highlighted the
ambitions of a few outstanding
graduating students.

He said Bernique Pinder,
Gabrielle Russell, Garvin Han-
na and Noelle Sawyer all aim to
succeed in areas where the

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country is particularly lacking in
expertise.

Bernique's goal is to become
a special education teacher
while Gabrielle and Noelle
want to teach physics and math-
ematics. Garvin wants to be an
entrepreneur and run several
bed-and-breakfasts, as well as a
tour company.

Mr Bannister said: "I am
very proud to be able to stand
here this morning and declare

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unequivocally that our invest-
ment in the children of the
Bahamas is garnering high
returns. The proof is right here
in front of me."

In this year’s BGCSE exams,
61 students from 20 schools,
both independent and govern-
ment, achieved at least five As.
In the BJCs, 79 students from
29 independent and govern-
ment schools also achieved at
least five As. In closing his

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address, Mr Bannister encour-
aged the students to make the
most of their abilities.

He said: "Make a habit of
using your God-given talents
and skills in positive ways, so
that you fulfil your personal
ambitions and contribute to the
achievement of our national
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LOCAL NEWS



DEFENCE FORCE
BOSS ISSUES
STERN WARNING
TO LAW BREAKERS

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

Commodore Roderick
Bowe of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force has warned
all those who engage in ille-
gal activity to beware.

After a year in the top
position, the forth Bahamian
Commander of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) held press confer-
ence yesterday morning to
assure the public “that the
RDDF along with its nation-
al and regional partners will
use all the resources avail-
able to liberate this country
of illegitimate behaviors.”

With almost 100,000
square miles to patrol, the
Bahamas “is by no means a
small piece of real estate,”
Commodore Bowe noted,
adding that its geographic
location also creates a num-
ber of challenges.

He said: “The Bahamas is
at a crossroads, where those
involved in criminal ven-
tures desire greatly to use
our sea lanes of communica-
tion and our islands to con-
duct their illicit trades of
gun and drug running, inclu-
sive of human smuggling
and trafficking”.

In order to better tackle
the various challenges of its
mandate, the force has spent
the last year ensuring that
all its procedures are
accountable, professional
and transparent, Com-
modore Bowe said.

He said this included cre-
ating a number of boards to
facilitate various necessary
changes.

Giving something of an
end of year report, Com-
modore Bowe noted that
during 2010, there were
many reports of Dominicans
illegally entering Bahamian
waters and plundering the
country’s marine resources.

In response, he said, the
force stepped up operations
and captured three Domini-
can vessels.

“One major focus of the
administration was the
restructuring of the manage-
ment team for efficacy”
Commodore Bowe added,
noting that a Deputy Com-
mander position was creat-
ed, and other posts such as
Commander of Operations
and Commander of Admin-
istration, were introduced.

According to Commodore
Bowe, one of the Defence
Force’s biggest achievement
in 2010 was the establish-
ment of a Human Resources
Department.

This civilian led depart-
ment “will be responsible
for ensuring that persons are
able to follow a more struc-
tured career path and should
improve overall upward
mobility and accountabili-
ty,” he said.

Reduction of deployment
times, in some cases from 12
months to two months, as
well as the creation of a wel-
fare and morale section, will
help improve the quality of
life for Defence Force offi-
cers, he added.

“Education and re-educa-
tion our personnel has also
been one of the force’s focal
points” said Commodore
Bowe.

Defence force staff have
continued to receive training
and educational opportuni-
ties that have been made
available by a wide spectrum
of countries such as the
United States, Jamaica,
Trinidad, the United King-
dom, Germany, Belize and
Singapore.

The RBDF Rangers youth
programme experienced
major growth last year, reg-
istering an estimated 700
junior and high school stu-
dents from New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Abaco.

In response to this growth,
a Rangers section staffed by
seven permanent managers
was created. They will
instruct young women and
men on nation building,
mutual respect and commu-
nity service.

The youth programme
was created “in the hopes of
creating a responsible, patri-
otic Bahamian citizen,” said
Commodore Bowe.

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2011 INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM



Bahamas: 46th in list of
world’s freest economies

‘Poor trade regime’, ‘intrusive bureaucracy’ said to hold country back

A “poor trade regime” and
“intrusive” bureaucracy pre-
vented the Bahamas from
ranking higher on this year’s
Index of Economic Freedom.

The Bahamas’ economy
ranked 46th in a listing of the
world's freest economies
according to the Heritage
Foundation's 2011 Index of
Economic Freedom.

The Bahamas also ranked
eighth out of 29 countries in
the South and Central Amer-
ica/Caribbean region with its
overall score, coming in high-
er than the regional and world
averages, said the website.

The country's overall score
— or economic freedom —
came in at 68 "due primarily
to higher scores in fiscal free-
dom, government spending,
and monetary freedom",
according to data collected by
the research and educational
institution.

However a "poor trade
regime remains one of the
most cumbersome chal-
lenges,” said the think tank.

The report added that “an
abundance of tariff and non-
tariff barriers continues to cre-
ate a costly trade burden.”

“Intrusively bureaucratic
approval processes hinder
investment freedom and
undermine development of a
more vibrant private sector,”



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Violent crime has escalated

sharply. Even though internet
gambling is illegal, many online gam-
bling sites are reportedly based in the
Bahamas, sometimes using internet
cafés as fronts. The Bahamas has nei-
ther signed nor ratified the UN Con-
vention Against Corruption."



the organisation said.

The Bahamas scored 55 in
freedom from corruption due
to ongoing software, music
and movie piracy, and reports
that drug trafficking and mon-
ey laundering involve police,
coast guard, and other gov-
ernment employees.

"Violent crime has escalat-
ed sharply. Even though inter-
net gambling is illegal, many
online gambling sites are
reportedly based in the
Bahamas, sometimes using
internet cafés as fronts. The
Bahamas has neither signed
nor ratified the UN Conven-
tion Against Corruption,” not-
ed the survey.

Business freedom was
ranked at 72.5 out of 100, and
while the report said that the
Bahamas’ regulatory environ-
ment is advantageous to pri-

vate-sector development, "the
process for obtaining a busi-
ness licence is not always
transparent and straightfor-
ward, and officials have con-
siderable discretionary pow-
er". Government recently
passed a new Business
Licence Act — which came into
force on January 1 — aimed at
streamlining the process for
applying for a business licence
and removing the red tape
involved.

Trade freedom and invest-
ment freedom scored the low-
est coming in at 42.2 and 30
respectively.

"High tariffs and a stamp
tax on most imports, high
duties that protect a few agri-
cultural items and consumer
goods, occasional import bans,
and some import licencing and
permits add to the cost of

trade," noted the report. "Ten i in the area after midnight
points were deducted from the }
Bahamas’ trade freedom score }

to account for non-tariff bar- man wearing a black jack-

riers.”

Investment freedom got the :
lowest scoring due to the } armed with a handgun and
many areas of business ;
reserved solely for Bahami- }

ans and the barriers for inter- } :
? medical personnel where

national investors.

The Heritage Foundation is }
a think-tank based in Wash- }
ington, DC which defines eco- ;
nomic freedom as "the funda- ;
mental right of every human }
to control his or her own labor }

and property”.

imum freedom.

country.

Hong Kong, Singapore and }
Australia were the top three }
countries respectively, while :
the United States placed ninth }

with an overall score of 77.8.

Health experts join with Seventh-Day

PTT ESO UTTAR

LOCAL health experts have joined with
the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to found
the Bahamas Healthy Lifestyle Centre.

The centre is styled as the Bahamian ver-
sion of the world-renowned centres for health
and healing, Uchee Pines in Alabama and
the Weimar Institute of California.

Drs Alvira Higgs and Idamae Hanna, co-
founders and directors of Healthy Lifestyle
Centre and Deli, and Better Living Health
Centre and Deli, have joined forces with a
group of Seventh-day Adventist professionals
from the business, law and education sectors,
to establish the BHLC as an “oasis for the
body, mind and spirit.”

The centre has been in the making for two
years, and is now at the point of official
launch. It is described by its founders as a
“supporting ministry” of the Seventh-day
Adventist (SDA) Church.

They explained that the private health edu-
cation facility operates substantively accord-
ing to the SDA principles of health and edu-
cation as propounded by SDA pioneer Ellen
G White.

The vision of the BHLC is: “To transform
society through healthy lifestyles, thus restor-
ing the image of God in man.”

Drs Hanna and Higgs said the centre is a
comprehensive, full-service facility, special-
ising in “restoring the body, renewing the
mind and reviving the spirit of people,
whether local, national or international.

“Our revolutionary (but not new) method-
ology focuses on the physical, mental, emo-
tional, social and spiritual well-being of our
clients, as directed by The Creator, resulting
in healthy and disease-free life in this world in
preparation for occupying the world to come.”



The board of directors includes: Drs Higgs
and Hanna; urologist and prostate specialist
Dr Joseph I Evans; Dr John Carter; podiatrist
Dr Monique Mitchell; wellness expert Nathe-
lyn LaCroix; Minister and health enthusiast
Pastor Edward St Fleur; religious educator
Delthony Gordon; entrepreneurs Kenneth
Williams, Mark Hanna and Andrew Hanna;
attorneys Tanya R Hanna and Michael Dean;
Pastor Paul Scavella and founder of the Aba-
co Long Bay School Isaac Collie.

The chairman of the board is deputy gen-
eral manager of the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Don
Major.

Gospel

Mr Major said: “While we are not a church,
nor a school of evangelism, we aim to utilise
‘the right arm of the gospel’ — the unique
health message of the Seventh-day Adven-
tist Church, to transform lives so that people
here and elsewhere can live better and live
longer.”

The inaugural event for the centre was the
Fresh Start Programme, which began on Jan-
uary 17 and will continue for another two
weeks.

Mr Major said: “We’re in the body repair
and maintenance business. So just as you take
your auto to the auto shop when it breaks
down, when your body breaks down bring it
to the BHLC body shop; just as you take your
auto — after it’s fixed — for servicing and or
tune-ups to the auto shop, in the same way
you should bring your body to the BHLC
body shop for body maintenance and/tune-

up.”



HEALTHY LIVING: Front row:
health expert Nathelyn LaCroix;

Dr Alvira Hanna, and Dr Idamae

Hanna. Back row: Pastor
Edward St Fleur;
contractor/entrepreneur
Andrew Hanna; chairman Don
Major; attorney Michael Dean;

contractor Mark Hanna; plumb-

ing contractor Kenneth
Williams; Dr John Carter; edu-
cator Delthony Gordon, Pastor
Paul Scavella.

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: walking west on Peter

: Street in the early hours of
? the morning.

The victim was walking

on Thursday when he was
approached by a masked

et. The masked man was

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he is detained in stable
condition. Police investiga-
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¢ POLICE arrested a 19-
year-old woman at the

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freedom — business freedom, } was found in her suitcase.
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tity of suspected cocaine

The woman, a resident

was in the pre-clearance
area at around 6pm on
Thursday when police con-

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Obama popular but doubts on progress

WASHINGTON — An overwhelming
majority of Americans like Obama, but most
say he has not accomplished much on two
top goals — fixing the sluggish economy and
changing how Washington works, according
to anew Associated Press-GfK poll midway
through the first term of his presidency.

Half of those surveyed say he deserves a
second term, and independents, whose sup-
port will be critical in 2012, are evenly divid-
ed on that question. Obama is getting the
benefit of the doubt despite concerns about
his policies, a reflection based in large part on
his likability.

"He's doing a pretty good job,” says Alan
Bliven, 54, of Tucson, Arizona. "I'm not all
sold on him," but the president's performance
is good enough that he should be re-elected.

Joanne Abbott, 46, of Sebring, Florida,
disagrees.

"I don't dislike Obama. I like him as a per-
son," she says, but adds, "I don't think he's
accomplished much. ... I wish the economy
would come back."

The AP-GfK poll is a snapshot in time,
and plenty could happen between now and
November 2012, including an economic
upturn that could cut the 9.4 per cent unem-
ployment rate. But, in a polarized nation, the
findings portend a competitive presidential
race no matter who the Republican candi-
date is. Although beating an incumbent is
tough, Republicans sense an opening, given
the sluggish economic recovery and Obama's
acknowledged failure to fulfil his promise of
doing business differently in a partisan Wash-
ington.

Overall, 53 per cent of Americans approve
of how Obama is governing, putting him
roughly in the middle when compared with
his modern-day predecessors halfway through
their first terms.

Almost as many people rate Obama's
presidency below average (34 per cent) as
call it above average (38 per cent). Forty-
one per cent overall — and 30 per cent among
independents — say he understands the
important issues the nation will face in the
next two years. Only 26 per cent say he's
kept most of his campaign promises.

Americans diverge over whether Obama's
prescriptions are best.

"He's too much of a socialist, he wants
too big of a government, and he shouldn't
get re-elected," said 72-year-old Tom Wilkin-
son of Sparland, linois.

Art Winstanley, 58, of Key West, Florida,
says Obama deserves more time. "Some
things he's done are taking time to kick in
with the public. He's got two years before
people go 'Holy smoke, this guy did a lot of
good stuff!'"

Despite his lukewarm policy marks, Oba-
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83 per cent call him likable, and 59 per cent
view him favourably. Majorities also consid-
er him empathetic (63 per cent), a strong
leader (62 per cent), and in-touch with ordi-
nary Americans (61 per cent).

The numbers are similar to the ones Pres-
ident Ronald Reagan faced before winning a
second term in 1984.

Still, the AP-GfK poll shows areas of vul-
nerability as Obama governs and campaigns:

¢ More than half disapprove of how he's
handled the economy. Just 35 per cent say it's
improved on his watch; 40 per cent said that
a year ago. It's driven largely by lower-income
people as well as those in the Northeast and
the West who are losing faith in Obama's
ability to orchestrate a turnaround. Three-
quarters do say it's unrealistic to expect
noticeable improvements after two years;
they say it will take longer.

¢ Roughly a third — 34 per cent — say
Obama hasn't lived up to his promise of
change, an increase from 27 per cent last Jan-
uary. More Democrats argue he's kept that
pledge, while more Republicans say he's bro-
ken it. Overall, 42 per cent say it's too soon to
tell. People are split over his pace of change:
36 per cent say too much, too quickly, 32 per
cent say it's about right, 31 per cent say he's
not moving fast enough. More independents
want to see Obama move quicker than not.

¢ Fifty-one per cent of independents
approve of his job performance, an uptick
since November as Obama reached out to
Republicans — and compromised with them
on taxes — in a new era of divided govern-
ment. But just 30 per cent score his presi-
dency above average or better, a slippage
from 37 per cent a year ago. And indepen-
dents divide about evenly on whether he
deserves to be re-elected: 46 per cent say yes,
43 per cent no. He still has trouble with sup-
port among men and whites; they are more
apt than women and non-whites to want him
fired.

¢ Despite vocal complaints from the left,
the poll shows evidence that Obama's base
isn't nearly as fractured as it has seemed.
Democrats overwhelmingly give him high
marks. Liberal Democrats are more likely to
call Obama's presidency outstanding or above
average than even moderate Democrats. And
there's no difference between the two groups
over whether Obama should face a primary
challenge; majorities of both groups say no.
It's largely a moot point as no serious chal-
lenger has emerged.

The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Jan. 5-10
by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate
Communications. It involved landline and
cell phone interviews with 1,001 adults nation-
wide, and has a margin of sampling error of
plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

(This article was written by Liz Sidoti,
AP National Political Writer).



Some points

on proposed
sale of BTC

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Debate over the proposed
sale of BTC continues, and I
should like to add a few
points in this regard.

1) Philosophy. I cannot dis-
cern any coherent philosophy
in the present government’s
position in this matter. Their
position seems to be that BTC
will be sold, and it will be sold
to foreigners.

This troubles me. And for
several reasons. Not because
BTC does not have problems,
but because the problems at
BTC have nothing to do with
its Bahamian ownership.
What is wrong at BTC arises
from its management, and this
is where privatisation is nec-
essary.

Changing the management
of BTC to the highest private
standards should be the objec-
tive, and this can be achieved
without handing over owner-
ship of the company to for-
eigners.

Indeed, there is a com-
pelling argument against sell-
ing the national telecommu-
nications infrastructure of the
Bahamas to anyone but
Bahamians.

This is no trivial considera-
tion, as the passing of control
to a company like Cable &
Wireless will reduce BTC to
nothing but a portfolio hold-
ing of that company.

BTC will not receive the
attention that it requires in
the context of the Bahamas,
where it is the communica-
tions backbone of the nation,
and therefore decisions affect-
ing long-term interests of the
Bahamas will not receive the
priority that we require. This
seems curiously schizophrenic
to me, given this country’s
economic mix. Tourism and
finance are the principal
engines of the Bahamian
economy and both depend on
the communications infra-
structure controlled by BTC.
It is therefore imperative that
we ensure that any decisions
taken concerning BTC will be
about what the Bahamas
needs, and not someone else
in the region. Having foreign
owners in control of the com-
pany cannot assure this.

With regard to ownership,
Bahamians have little strate-
gic ownership interest in
tourism. Yet, because of the
potential impact on employ-
ment and employees in the
sector, the Prime Minister felt
it necessary to insert himself
into the development and
staging plans of the proposed
Baha Mar project now
unfolding on Cable Beach. In
banking, there is now some
Bahamian ownership in the

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domestic sector, including one
of the most outstanding suc-
cess stories in the business —
Commonwealth Bank. (This
company is wholly owned and
operated by Bahamians and
its exceptional success really
accelerated when Bahamians
bought out their foreign part-
ners. To be sure, the bank
needs foreign help in certain
areas (like technology), but
they buy that assistance as
needed. And I would dare say
that the Bahamian share-
holders of CB would never
consider selling control of
their bank to foreigners in
order to further improve its
performance. I am quite sur-
prised that T B Donaldson,
who had the pleasure of chair-
ing CB for more than a
decade, and who saw the
manner in which this compa-
ny has integrated foreign
expertise with its Bahamian
talent, now heads the govern-
ment’s BTC privatisation
committee and has support-
ed the proposed sale to C&W.
Bahamian ownership in bank-
ing has materialised because
previous governments, quite
rightly, pursued a policy that
encouraged such ownership
in this important sector of our
economy. And the owners of
CB are today the great bene-
ficiaries of this foresight.

Now we come to BTC,
which is today wholly in
Bahamian hands — and has a
virtual monopoly on telecom-
munications in this nation.
And what is this government
planning to do? Sell control
of the largest Bahamian tech-
nology company, this strategic
national asset, to foreigners?
Am I the crazy one?

BTC’s issues are about
management, not Bahamian
ownership. And the compa-
ny is large enough to be able
to hire the talent and forge
the alliances it needs to fix
itself for the benefit of the
Bahamian people. This is the
course that should be pur-
sued. And I believe that there
are enough talented and seri-
ous Bahamians, and enough
capital around, to get a local
group in place who will
improve the fortunes of BTC
— where the government has
been unable to do so. Selling
to outsiders is the last option.
Because once sold, it is gone
forever. And the government
will lose the ability to invite
small strategic participations
in the company as a sweeten-
er in future.

Lastly, the occasion of
including private participation
in the capital of BTC repre-
sents a unique and historic
occasion to create a true eco-
nomic partnership between
the government, private cap-
ital and labour. In fact, the
government should be over-
joyed by this opportunity to
bring the employees in
(through the pension fund) at
the pre-IPO price, as a means
of curing any potential deficit
in the pension fund (for which
it is proposing to take respon-
sibility in the C&W transac-
tion). Having the employees
as part owners of the compa-
ny will make them more
accountable and help to rein-
force the understanding that
their fortunes rise and fall
with the company’s. But I do
not hear this kind of philo-
sophical message or objective
in the public pronouncements
of the government and its rep-
resentatives. Instead, there is
vitriol and insults, and talk of
shaming and untrustworthi-
ness from people that we
expect to exercise a consider-
able amount of restraint in
these circumstances. The men
at whom these comments
were directed (Mr Evans and
Mr Williams) do not strike
me as outrageous in their
positions, and certainly do not
deserve this kind of contempt
because their ideas on how
BTC should be handled differ
from those of the govern-

ment. Indeed, I believe that
both agree that BTC should
be privatised, but as Bahami-
ans, and telecommunications
professionals, their approach
toit would be different. They
are entitled to communicate
their ideas to the public, and,
personally, I welcome the
opportunity to hear them ful-
ly.

2) Pricing. The proposed
price for BTC’s sale to C&W
does not seem to make sense.

Firstly, in the face of more
than $4 billion in national
debt, the proposed $210 mil-
lion price is negligible. This
amount will pass through the
government’s bank accounts
like water through a sieve.
Indeed, this amount has
almost been spent on the var-
ious consulting fees, “right-
sizing” exercise and many
other ill-conceived payouts
over the past years. And from
this price, we must deduct any
unfunded liabilities of BTC’s
pension fund for which the
government is proposing to
take responsibility.

Secondly, on the basis of
recent reports, the price rep-
resents only something
between four and five times
BTC’s annual earnings. Sure-
ly, if this is correct, this price is
a substantial discount to
BTC’s true value. Further-
more, given BTC’s monop-
oly, it should fetch a premi-
um to normal valuations.
Instead it is being marked-
down.

Thirdly, the cash flow (for-
eign reserve) impact from this
transaction will be massively
negative. By selling control to
a foreign company, the
Bahamas will first receive the
$210 million inflow, but there-
after will pay out half of the
profits of the company forev-
er.

Furthermore, by having
C&W in control, there will be
“double dipping” into BTC’s
income.

First, they will reduce top
line revenues through a series
of “management” and “tech-
nical” fees which will be
charged to the company by
the parent, then they will be
entitled to 51 pwe cent of
whatever falls to the bottom
line.

If this sale were to a local
group, the result would be the
opposite, even if foreign bor-
rowing were necessary to
complete the transaction.
Once such borrowing would
have been repaid, the entire
profit of the company would
remain in the Bahamas. In the
public statements by the gov-
ernment on this matter, I have
not heard a comment from
the Central Bank on this
aspect of the proposal.

3) Stop the madness. The
unions, workers and manage-
ment of BTC must be tired
of the parade of politicians
and their appointees passing
through BTC pretending to
be communications and man-
agement experts. Every few
years another group arrives,
and they do nothing but cre-
ate havoc in the affairs of the
company. The trained and
qualified staff at BTC must
be sick of it. And I can’t
blame them. They must be
anxious for the company to
pass into private hands — if
for no other reason than to
end this infernal “privatisa-
tion exercise.” Imagine the
monstrous number of man-
hours that this has consumed
since it began in the mid-
1990’s. It has been a massive
intrusion and distraction to
the managers and workers at
the company, and it is time to
bring it to an end. Someone
must restore sanity to the
company’s environment
where people have been in a
state of constant agitation for
far too long. It is time to stop
the process, send the foreign
consultants home and instead
sit down with the union, local
private interests and bankers
in order to get a deal done
that will serve the Bahamas’
interests first.

SHAYNE DAVIS
Nassau,
January 10, 2011.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

"IT done vex an' mad
‘cause them wutless, no
good, tiefing, jonesing
scumbags jumps my high-
topped with six-strand
barb wire fence the night
when it was cold and I
close my windows an’ I
couldn't hear them an’
they tiefed my garden
hose, rake an’ big blue
push broom. I vex 'cause
this tiefing ain't a manly
Uing to do.”

— Fed Up by Shirlea

"IT vex ‘cause the police
have introduced ‘Rapid
Strike’ policy to crime
whereas I would have pre-
ferred ‘Rapid Strike to

enforce Zero Tolerance’ so ;

that the dark tints, motor-
bike 'wheelie poppers’,
three-lane jitney drivers,
etc, are also dealt with and
the police do not drive
right past them or don't
stop them.

"You still have my full
support with your new
campaign."

— Average Citizen



Lecturer claims lack of

certified project manager's gays he is

is hurting the country

By LAMECH JOHNSON

AFTER a decade of

? research in the Bahamas, Dr
i Cornell Collins says he has
? come to the conclusion that
? many projects fail and sig-
: nificant resources are lost
i because of a shortage of
i competent project man-
i agers.

Dr Collins, chairman and

i lecturer at the Lignum Insti-
? tute of Technology, told The
: Tribune this is also the rea-
i son that many government
? and private sector develop-
i ments take longer and cost

i more

than originally

: planned.

He said: "In all the com-

i pleted and ongoing projects
i in the Bahamas over a 10
year period, only 17 per cent
? of them were successful as
: far as project management is
i: concerned. This means that
: 83 per cent of the projects
i failed in that regard."

Dr Collins said his

i research on the Caribbean
i and the rest of the world
i over the same period
i showed better performance.

"I'm vex with all the law-

less drivers an’ particularly
motorcyclists who keep
running the red lights on
Shirley Street and in par-
ticular the motorbike rider
who ran the red light by
Mackey Street and had the
audacity to ride up next to
me to row.

"He was lucky I was not
any quicker to start off

after waiting on the light to

exit Mackey Street."
— Jesus lives! He saves!

"Tam vex with the fool
in the green pickup blow-
ing his horn for people to
speed through the yellow
light so he can speed
through also. Yinna
mussey had a fake licence
‘cause red light is to stop,
green is to go and ya dumb
if ya think yellow is to
speed up an’ go.

"Fool, get a real licence.
People like you cause acci-
dents."

— Licenced Motorist.

WHY YOU HAPPY?
"Tam happy with the

reports by police press offi-

cer Sgt Chrislyn Kemp-
Skippings because she
gives the crime reports for
the public to be correctly
and properly informed so
as not to get any widely
exaggerated and 'sip sip’
rumour transmitted and
distorted stories particular-
ly in times like these.”

— Joe Public.

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"The Caribbean averaged a success rate of 27 :
per cent while the rest of the world averaged :
between 53 and 66 per cent. So outside the }
Bahamas, the failure percentage decreases, :

even in tough times like these."
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"The Caribbean averaged
asuccess rate of 27 per cent
while the rest of the world
averaged between 53 and 66
per cent. So outside the
Bahamas, the failure per-
centage decreases, even in
tough times like these."

He explained that success
and failure in project man-
agement is determined by a
company’s or government's
ability to complete their
objective within a given
timeframe and budget.

"If a ministry for example
is given two years and a bud-
get of $10 million to make
infrastructural improve-
ments and they go over that
by a few days or dollars,
they have failed,” Dr Collins
said.

"I get annoyed when I
see workers from the Min-
istry of Works and Trans-
port take dig up or repave a
road only for Water and
Sewerage persons to dig it
up two or three weeks later
just to lay or check a pipe.

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That’s a ton of money down
the pipe.”

funds and priorities is keep-
in the world, he said.

Dr Collins said there is an
urgent need to train more

project managers so this }
? from his cell on Thursday that he is confident "divine justice will

‘ ? prevail" and he will eventually be freed. He is being prosecuted on
Momoned thar Tagiutl : ae stemming from a ie he helped oe that tem-
: : : porarily paralyzed the country's state-run iron mining company in
in project management that ? 2009, and his case is drawing condemnation from international
? labor and human rights organizations.

It is taught by Dr Collins :

trend can be reversed.
Technologies offers a course
is internationally recognised.

himself, who is a member of

and advisor to the Ameri- }
: year anniversary of his imprisonment. But he said he does not
Management, the Project ? expect the judge to reach a verdict anytime soon, noting that he has
M t 1 Heute: th : already appeared in court more than a dozen times over the past

anapeMent MSHihte, (Ne | 15 months, and that hearings have also repeatedly been post-
? poned. Gonzalez is charged with crimes including unlawful assem-
? bly, public incitement to commit crimes and violation of a gov-
the British Association of :

? Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera.

can Academy of Project

International Project Man-
agement Association and

Project Management.

The 10-week course can i | ; » ees
take three career paths, and Rights Foundation, said Gonzalez is being prosecuted as part of a
ands in a final teat. If = fidi 3 wider government effort to curb the power of labor unions, par-
dates pass this they will be ; ticularly at state-operated firms like Ferrominera.

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ject Manangers (CIPMs).
one can benefit from this

is project management if
you think about it. "

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ACCUSED OF INTOLERANCE: Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez,
? waves to supporters as he arrives to the National Assembly to give
? his annual state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela, Sat-

; urday, Jan. 15, 2011.
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Ml OVERSEAS NEWS
Venezuelan union leader
unjustly jailed




AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Union leader Ruben Gonzalez once admired and supported

? President Hugo Chavez. Nowadays, he is jailed in a police station
? in eastern Venezuela, and says his yearlong imprisonment shows
? the government's intolerance for labor protests.

Gonzalez told The Associated Press in a telephone interview

"The government is criminalizing protests," Gonzalez said by cell

: phone, which he is allowed to use in the jail.

Gonzalez was scheduled to appear in court Friday, the one-

ernment security zone during the strike at CVG Ferrominera

Thor Halvorssen, president of the New York-based Human

"The Chavez government claims to be in favor of workers’

h i rights, but these do not include the rights of the tens of thousands
(CPMs), Project Manager : of Venezuelans working in state-owned corporations," Halvorssen

Professionals (PMPs) or }

Certified International Pro-
? the local human rights group Provea, more than 2,200 Venezuelans
Dr Collins said: "Every- ? who have participated in protests have been charged with a vari-

f ? ety of crimes over the past five years — and some have been pro-
: i hibited from speaking publicly about their cases or banned from
course. Our everyday lives : participating in protests while their cases are pending. Many of

? those arrested were public employees involved in labor disputes.

said in a statement sent to the AP.
The Human Rights Foundation said that according to a tally by

Chavez has not publicly commented on accusations that the

? authorities are using the courts and prosecutors to limit labor dis-
? putes or curb protests. The president has repeatedly said his social-
: ist-oriented government has done more for the working class than
? previous administrations, and has said he has union interests at
? heart. Prosecutors handling the case could not be reached for
? comment. Before his arrest, Gonzalez never got into trouble with
? management during nearly three decades working and partici-
? pating in union activities. As the leader of Ferrominera's largest
? union, he was optimistic the government would support workers in
i their efforts to secure higher salaries, better benefits and improved
? working conditions.

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By KATHRYN CAMPBELL

THE final paving of Bail-
lou Hill Road from Robin-
son Road to Wulff Road will
take place on the weekend
of January 27, the Ministry
of Public Works and Trans-
port has announced.

Phase one of a one-way
system for Baillou Hill Road
and Market Street was
implemented in March of
last year.

Traffic now travels one
way northbound on Baillou
Hill Road from Robinson
Road to Wulff Road and
one way southbound on
Market Street from Wulff
Road to Robinson Road

“The roads will be closed
for one day for road paving
and we are asking the gen-
eral public to use First Street
as an alternate,” said Char-
lene Collie, project engineer
and public relations repre-
sentative.

Paving is from Robinson

Road to Bahama Avenue
and the side verges.

Ms Collie said work on
Baillou Hill Road is pro-
gressing as expected despite
the unknown underground
utilities discovered after an
investigation.

The first section (from
Robinson Road to Wulff
Road) is expected be com-
pleted by March.

“We’ve partnered with all
utility companies to ensure
that installation of the work
is meeting specifications.
The intention of the work is
to build an internationally
acceptable roadway and not
just to accommodate what
we have here,” she said.

The original sidewalks on
Baillou Hill Road were a
cause for concern because
they were not handicap
accessible and were not up
to international standards,
Ms Collie said.

“We have a heavy urban
area and as a result of high

LOCAL NEWS

Baillou Hill Road to close for final paving

pedestrian traffic from the
neighbourhood and the
schools we had to improve
the sidewalks.

“The new sidewalks can
accommodate heavy pedes-
trian traffic and are handi-
cap accessible,” she said.

She explained that the
width of Baillou Hill Road
has been made narrower by
two feet to assist with reduc-
ing the speed of traffic.

“Baillou Hill Road was
originally 22ft from the
pavement. It is now 20ft
from curb to curb. The lanes
are 10ft wide but those lanes
are designed for one lane of
traffic on both sides and are
to assist with reducing the
speed of traffic.

“We are aware of the con-
cerns about the two lanes
travelling in one direction
and that speed could
increase, but that is a design
measure to assist with speed
along the roadway,” Ms Col-
lie said.



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FINAL STAGES: Charlene Collie, project engineer and public relations representative for the New Prov-
idence Road Improvement Project, talks about the progress of the construction of Baillou Hill Road.



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Labour and Social Development and Loret-
ta Butler-Turner, Minister of State, met with
the Bain and Grants Town Advancement
Association (BGTAA) on Thursday at the
Ministry's office. The recent unrest in Bain
Town was discussed and additional measures
to assist the community with counseling and
other services were suggested. The group
will meet again on February 7.

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Bullard, Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal
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Rev. Randy Hanna; Jensel Watkins, Guidance
Counselor, Albury Sayles; Iris Strachan, Min-
istry of Education; Muriel Lightbourn; Sandra
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LOCAL NEWS



Panama air link-up
offers $17m booster.

FROM page one

services and other business sectors.”

Copa Airlines corporate executives
made the announcement that Latin
American passengers will now be able
to have immediate connections to and
from the Bahamas at a press conference
on Thursday.

Copa Airlines said not only does Nas-
sau serve as one of the principal financial
and business centres in the Caribbean,
but it is also “the hub of the Bahamas,”
providing direct access for travellers to
visit and explore many of the destina-
tion’s 700 islands. Visas are not required
of Bahamians visiting Central and South
America; or for residents of those regions
bound for the Bahamas.

The Ministry of Tourism said the Nas-



AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT: Lynden Pindling International Airport is being expanded. The addi-
tion of Copa Airlines is seen as a positive beginning for the expanded airport.





sau/Paradise Island Promotion Board
played a significant role in securing the
new carrier.

Tourism director-general David John-
son advised they are working aggres-
sively to increase airlift in key markets
they feel will be stimulated with new
non-stop or convenient, one-stop direct
service.

The addition of the Copa Airlines ser-
vice is evidence of progress in this regard,

to every major South and Central Amer-
ican market, including Mexico, the Min-
istry said.

Copa Airlines will fly the Embraer
E190 jet aircraft on this new route, which
has a capacity to carry 94 passengers.

The new flights will depart Panama
City at 9.18am, arriving in Nassau at
1.03pm, and return flights will depart
Nassau at 3.25pm, arriving in Panama
City at 5.02pm.

The new service will offer both busi-

seats offered in economy and 10 seats in

the premium president class section of }

the aircraft.

“The addition of Copa Airlines and
their extensive network is a positive
beginning for the new and expanded

the Caribbean and access point to the
Americas,”



opening up for the first time the Bahamas

DUVALIER HYPE “MAINLY FROM —
QUTSIDE’, SAYS EX-AMBASSADOR -

FROM page one

Duvalier was not arrested on arrival, as some say he should
have been, but he was later taken into police custody and
questioned by investigators.

Beyond the hype, Dr Newry said: “His return for me, will
have no impact on the political or economic situation.”

Duvalier is being investigated on charges of corruption and
embezzlement from his 1971-86 reign as “president for life”, a
title inherited from his father, President Francois “Papa Doc”
Duvalier.

His passport was confiscated, but he is not under arrest. A
judge has three months to decide if there is enough evidence to
proceed to trial.

The Duvaliers, father and son, in successive administrations,
presided over the infamous police force known as the Tonton
Macoute, said to have tortured and killed tens of thousands.

International observers also claim the pair looted millions of
dollars from the Haitian treasury, $900 million by some esti-
mates.

Successive Haitian governments have attempted to recover
the allegedly pilfered millions. Most recently, they are attempt-
ing to claim a near $6 million Duvalier deposit in a frozen
Swiss bank account.

The Swiss courts ordered the money released to Duvalier ear-
ly last year because the statute of limitations on his alleged
crimes had expired. But before being released, the money was
frozen again, with anticipation of a new Swiss law, the Lex
Duvalier Law, that came into effect on February 1.

The law is intended to assist the process of countries recov-
ering the assets of criminals. Under the new law, Haiti has
renewed its efforts to claim a “moral victory” by recovering a
fraction of the money they claim the Duvaliers took.

With politics swarming around Duvalier’s Swiss millions
and around Haiti’s unresolved November-28 elections, there has
been widespread speculation about Baby Doc’s intentions for
returning to Haiti. Observers have questioned whether Duva-
lier has a scheme concocted to recover his millions; whether he
intends to dabble in politics again; whether he simply wants to
help rebuild the nation; or settle on his final resting place.

Whatever the reason, some Haitians in the local community
are joining counterparts in Haiti to celebrate his homecoming.

“There is nothing wrong with him coming back. He gave us
plenty money and he still sends money to help the Haitian
people. Some people don’t understand, but most Haitian peo-
ple who live in the Bahamas, we love Jean Claude,” said Celin-
er St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of
Gospel Assembly.

“In 25 years what can the government say to Jean Claude.
Even the government today has done bad for Haitian people.
They don’t want to look at what they do. (President Rene)
Preval has had almost 15 years and he didn’t do anything. All
presidents who came used what Jean Claude did,” said Mr St
Louis.

A Haitian-Bahamian resident of 20 years said: “When he was
in power we didn’t have the problems we have now. I don’t
think it is necessary to put him in jail. I think it is necessary to
negotiate with him to get some of the money he has to rebuild.

“He should build something with his money, schools, hospi-
tal, factory. He can help the country go forward because he has
money. He is not poor,” he said.

Barring the Swiss millions, international observers say it is
questionable how much money Duvalier really has.

“The man does not have no money,” said Antoine St Louis,
president of the United Haitian-Bahamian Association
(UAHB).

Dr Newry said he does not know if President Duvalier is
“broke,” but he knows the people who believe the few millions
he might have “can solve the problems of the country,” are
thinking in “relatively small amounts.”

In a 2003 interview, reported in the Wall Street Journal,
Duvalier scoffed at the idea of being a multi-millionaire. At the
time, friends and family claimed he was “broke,” partly because
of a messy 1993 divorce from former wife Michele Bennett and
French back taxes.

As for political aspirations, Dr Newry said it is “not plausible
and illogical” to think Duvalier would somehow try to capitalise
on Haiti’s current electoral standoff.

Next month, front runners Mirlande Maniga and Michel
Martelly will be in a presidential run off, said Dr Newry. There
is no way for Duvalier to enter the race.

If he chooses to endorse a candidate, Dr Newry said that is
his right, but even still, “I do not think he will be a major fac-
tor” in determining the election outcome.

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said the Ministry.

PLP to set up two committees

amid continuing party unrest
FROM page one

possibility, as she had been forewarned in December of last year
i that such an action would be coming.

She said that if she was not reinstated as the party’s standard

bearer for the South Beach constituency, she would still serve
i her party well.

“T am a PLP. Whatever decisions are made I will still be

! working with the PLP. That is it.

“This is something I knew about from December 22. When

I got nominated, I got nominated knowing this would hap-
pen,”

she said.











TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER

FROM page one

Early Friday morning, the supermarket was broken into

by some unknown persons. The culprits stole a number of
: electronic appliances and the company’s safe containing
; an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police reports.



i area. I jumped off the bed and looked at him.

know you like that’.”





BOY MADE ADVANCES TOWARDS
ME, CLAIMS SEX CASE TEACHER

a page one

| teaching in the Bahamas for 20 years and resides in the country
as a permanent resident.

He first resided in Abaco before moving, in 1989, to Grand
i Bahama, where he was employed as an art teacher at the Eight
i Mile Rock High for 18 years.

According to Birbal, he stopped teaching at the school in
: 2009 after receiving certain information from Mr (Hezekiah)
Den the district school superintendent.

He then left Grand Bahama and went to Nassau, where he
? was required to report daily to Mr Sands (at the Ministry of
i aa
: Birbal testified that he later resigned in January of 2009.

: While living in Nassau, he said he left the country to visit his son
? in the United States where he was arrested for extradition to the
? Bahamas.

“When you left the Bahamas to visit your son, were you run-

i ning away?” asked Birbal’s attorney Carlson Shurland.

“No, I wasn’t. I purchased a round trip ticket,” he replied.
Mr Shurland asked Birbal how long the accusers were stu-

; dents in his class.

Birbal said he taught one of the young men for five years,

; and the second for only one term, which is a period of six weeks.

The two former students testified that Birbal had sex with

‘ them in his art classroom during school hours, and at his apartment.

One of the boys also testified that Birbal had sex with him in his

i car in the Deadman’s Reef area. The other said the teacher also had
? sex with him in his son’s bedroom at his home.

“T never sexually molested the students,” Birbal said.
During his testimony, however, Birbal told jurors that one of the

i former students had made sexual advances toward him while at his

: ? apartment at the Coral Beach Hotel.
ness and economy classes with some 84

Birbal lived at the apartment during the end of 2005, or early
2006, after separating from his wife.
According to Birbal’s testimony, the young man had lost his job

and had called him to take him to a job interview at the Our
: Lucaya Resort.

“He said to wait for him ... it would not take long because he

EOL : ‘ : was dropping off an application form,” the teacher recalled.
Lynden Pindling International Airport }

(LPIA), which has set a long-term goal of wanted to use the bathroom, so he stopped and let him out near

establishing Nassau as a major air hub for } some shrubs.

As they were leaving, Birbal said the young man told him he

After returning to the car, Birbal said the young man then told

him he wanted to do “number 2” so he took him to his apartment
? to use the bathroom.

Birbal said: “I was on the bed watching television and he came

and sat close to me on the bed. I was wearing gym clothes and he
} touched my stomach and said ‘you got some abs’.

“T continued watching television and he grabbed my groin

“He said, ‘I love you, do you love me too?’ I said: ‘I don’t

Birbal said he learned of the allegations of sexual misconduct

against him while attending a PTA meeting in 2008.

The young men testified the art teacher would give them mon-

ey after having sex with them, but Birbal denied giving the students
? money. Birbal said he was involved in the outreach programme at
? the Lucaya Presbyterian Church.

He noted that the church had assisted one of the students in get-

ting braces for his teeth, and the family of the second student
: after their home had been damaged during a hurricane.

He was only responsible for taking the student to his dentist

appointments.

During cross-examination by Ambrose Armbrister, Birbal was

asked whether he had a camera at school.

Birbal said he took a digital camera to the school because he was

the photographer for the school magazine.

“You would take pictures of the students?” asked Mr Arm-

brister. “Yes,” Birbal replied.

Mr Armbrister asked Birbal if he took pictures of the young

i man’s mouth while he was in the seventh grade so that he could get
i braces for his mouth.

Mr Armbrister suggested to Birbal that after taking pictures of

i the young man’s mouth, he also took naked pictures after taking off
: month after it was targeted by three men armed with “high :
; powered weapons.” ;

the young’s man clothing.
Birbal admitted taking pictures of the student’s mouth to take

to his church, but denied taking nude pictures of him.

Mr Armbrister then asked whether he kept items such as a tool

: belt, hammer, and hard hat in his classroom.

Birbal recalled having a hammer, but could not recall whether
there was a tool belt and hard hat.

i Police are also investigating an armed robbery at the
i Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza yesterday.

: A woman reported she was robbed by a man armed with :
: a handgun wearing a red shirt, while she was sitting inside

: her grey 2007 Honda CRV L/P 224854.
i Police reports indicate the gunman forced the woman
? out of her jeep and fled the area towards Shirley Street.

i Police are investigating and appealing to members of the
: public who have any information regarding this or any oth-
i er matter to contact 919, CDU 502-9991, or crime stoppers }
at 328-TIPS. i

ROYAL FIDELITY

orice an Werk

: The prosecutor asked Birbal whether he had also taken a sec-
? ond student to church so members could see his braces, and then
? to his apartment.
: Birbal said he had taken him to church, but never to his apart-
i ment.
“Do you know that the description you gave of your apartment
i is the same description that the young man gave in his testimony?”
? asked Mr Armbrister.
: “The reason why he gave the same description of the apartment
was because you took him there,” Mr Armbrister suggested.
“No, that is not true,” Birbal answered.
The trial resumes on Monday with further testimony from Bir-

i bal.
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BAD NEWS: BAAA's president Mike Sands (center)

inney.

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Mm) SATURDAY, JANUARY 22,

2011





, is flanked by treasurer Laura Charlton, special projects Linda Thompson and Harrison Petty and Council Member Ralf McK-

BAAA: Money for 2011 Carifta
Games could not be guaranteed

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations said because
they could not be guaranteed the
$500,000 needed they have instruct-
ed North, American and Central
American and Caribbean (NACAC)
that they will not be able to host the
2011 Carifta Games.

BAAA’s president Mike Sands
said as they were asked by NACAC
to fill in for St. Kitts, who were
unable to fulfill their original com-
mitment, they didn’t want to jeop-
ardise the integrity of the Bahamas
by trying to hold the April 23-25
regional track and field meet.

“We were waiting word on



“We couldn’t guarantee the government the
requirements, so we have withdrawn our-
selves from hosting the games”



NACAC, which was never forth-
coming, so we had to take the posi-
tion (and as much as we regret doing
so) that we would not host the Carif-
ta Games under the circumstances,”
Sands said.

“We couldn’t guarantee the gov-
ernment the requirements, so we
have withdrawn ourselves from host-
ing the games.”

After St. Kitts opted out on their

Mike Sands

original commitment, Sands said
they were advised at the NACAC
meeting in Mirimar, Florida in July
that Jamaica would step in and host
it.

But after they withdrew, Trinidad
& Tobago was approached and they
also withdrew. Sands said the
BAAA was then approached in
November and every effort was
made to stage the 40th anniversary

of the games that was started in
Bridgetown, Barbados in 1972 by
Austin Sealy.

“Right now, time is against us
because we will have to do a lot of
logistical things like securing the
hotel rooms that can’t be guaran-
teed just by making a phone call,”
Sands pointed out.

“So from our stand point, to main-
tain the integrity of our association,
the integrity of the games and cer-
tainly the integrity of the Bahamas,
we find it necessary to withdraw our-
selves from hosting it.”

Sands maintained NACAC presi-
dent Neville McCook said they were
still looking at other venues that
they could host the games, if they

SEE page 10



Atkins hack home, makes
fonation to track clubs

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AS he continues his return to the
form that enabled him to win the men’s
100 metres silver medal at the 2007
World Championships in Osaka, Japan,
Derrick Atkins came back home to
make a contribution to some of the
future athletes.

At a press conference yesterday in
the VIP Lounge of the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Stadium,
Atkins displayed the track outfits and
tennis shores that will be presented to
the Moores Island Track Club, Ricky
Moxey Track Club in Exuma and his
alma mater, CR Walker Secondary
School.

Atkins, who turned 27 on January
5, said the equipment, worth about
$1,500 each, is his way of giving back to
the people who have helped him.

More importantly, he said he decid-
ed to help two of the Family Islands
because they are less fortunate than
those in New Providence and he
encouraged the other senior athletes

to share their “time and experience” as
well.

The three-time National Association
of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
national 100 champion while attend-
ing Dickinson State said over the years
he’s been very success and so he want
to help out as much as he could.

Williams, whose Moores Island ben-
efited from their success at the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations’ National High School Cham-
pionships to travel to the Penn Relays
last year, said the gesture will go a long
way to continue the growth and devel-
opment of their programme.

“When we come to the High School
Relays and the Nationals, we will def-
initely make him proud,” said Williams,
in response to receiving his package of
sporting goods.

Atkins, the national 100 metre
record holder at 9.91 seconds, said he’s
hoping to put his sub-par 2010 season
that ended with an injury behind him
and he wants to concentrate on being a
medal contender again at the IAAF
World Championships in Daegu, South
Korea from August 27 to September 4.







CONTRIBUTION: Derrick Atkins (center) displays the adidas uniform that he presented.
At left is Harrison Petty and at right is coach Anthony Williams from Moores Island.

“T’m just trying to get ready for
Daegu and most important London,
England,” said Atkins, referring to the
latter at the Olympic Games in 2012.

When asked how his preparation
being going, Atkins noted: “Up and
down. I’m just trying to get back at 100
percent.”

Having ran a season’s best of 10.12
last year, Atkins said once he can get

back to the world class level where he
can run the 10.0’s, the 9’s will come.

“It’s going to be an uphill climb to
getting back to ‘07, but it’s just a matter
of getting back there and staying
there,” he said. “Mentally, I’m exhaust-
ed.

“Injuries is a part of every sport, but

SEE page 10

LADY
ANGELS
ROUT
LADY
CARIBS

SEE PAGE 10



Sherman ‘the Tank’ Williams

Williams
completes
weigh-in for
Holyfield fight

SHERMAN ‘the Tank’
Williams out-weighed former
undisputed world heavy-
weight champion Evander
‘Real Deal’ Holyfield during
the weigh-in yesterday for
their World Boxing Federa-
tion championship bout.

At the Greenbrier Casino
Clun in White Sulhurt Spring,
West Virginia, Williams
topped the scale at 258
pounds, while Holyfield came
in at 224. The duo will clash in
the main event tonight at the
same venue.

The fight, scheduled for 12
rounds, is deubbed:
“Redemption in America”
and will be live on Pay Per
View, starting at 11 p.m.
tonight.

Holyfield sports a 43-10-2
win-loss-draw record with 28
knockouts, compared to
Williams’ 34-11 record with
19 KOs.

Knowles ousted
in Australian Open

IT was deju vu for Mark
Knowles and his new partner
Michal Mertinak.

For the second straight
tournament this year, the
Bahamian-Solvenia duo got
ousted in the second round,
this time at the Australian
Open in Melbourne, Aus-
tralia.

Knowles and Mertinak,
seeded at number 12, were
stunned as they suffered a 7-6
(3), 6-0 loss to the team of
Eric Butorac of the United
States and Jean-Julien Rojer
from the Netherland Antilles.

Prior to the Australian
Open, Knowles and Mertinek
kicked off their partnership
by getting to the second
round at the Medibank Inter-
national in Sydney, Australia
where they got eliminated by
the American duo of Bob and
Mike Bryan, who eventually
lost in the final ot the team
of Lukas Dlouhy from the
Czech Republic and Paul
Hanley from Australia.

Today, Knowles will switch
his attention to the mixed
doubles where he is teaming
up with Elena Vesnina from
Russia. The unseeded duo,
however, will have their
hands full as they face the top
seeded team of Liezel Huber
and Bob Bryan from the
United States.



Bahamas granted NCAA exempt status

The

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

OVER a year of lobbying
and the hosting of a land-
mark basketball event in the
country has led to the
Bahamas being granted
exempt status by the Nation-
al Collegiate Athletic Asso-
ciation.

The NCAA's Division I
Board of Directors approved
the Bahamas’ proposal last
weekend and the legislation
will go into effect, August 1.

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newly awarded
exempt status will give the
Bahamas the authority to
host a tournament which will
count towards a team's 30
game schedule.

According to George
Markantonis, President and
Managing Director of Kerzn-
er International Bahamas,
tentative plans to host the
tournament are scheduled
for the Thanksgiving Holi-
day weekend, November 23-
21

Lofty expectations loom
for the revamped and

expanded "Battle At
Atlantis” which organisers
hope to eventually challenge
the NCAA's most well
known tournament outside
the continental United
States, the EA Sports Maui
Invitational.

"We, of course, are very
delighted the vote went in
favour of the Bahamas.That
enables entities in this coun-
try and certainly in our case,
Atlantis, to go ahead with
their plans for a monster pre-
season tournament in
November. It [November] is

not a particularly strong
month for us, so with eight
teams visiting over the five
day period, people will be
employed and it will create a
great trickle down in the
community," Markantonis
said, "We are going to
expand from the 2500-2600
seats we hosted in Decem-
ber to about 4500 seats in the
same facility moving for-
ward. There will also be a
second indoor court for prac-
tice games only."
Markantonis added that
Atlantis plans to diversify its

sports tourism portfolio into
hosting other events, and a
possible extension from col-
legiate to professional bas-
ketball.

"We are not stopping at
basketball and there are
indeed other sports we will
look to become involved
with. There is a major ten-
nis event we will announce
in the near future and there
is also a PGA sanctioned
event on the horizon so
expect much more to come
from us on our side,” he said,
"We have also been

approached by three NBA
(National Basketball Asso-
ciation) teams at this point,
but we have postponed those
conversations for right now."

The world renowned
resort hosted the "Battle At
Atlantis" double header
night which featured Georgia
Tech with a 67-54 win over
Richmond and Virginia Tech
with an 88-57 win over Mis-
sissippi State.

The event saw the resort
unveil the new 4,500-seat
arena, a segment of the
60,000 square-foot convert-
ed conference center now
known as the Imperial Are-
na.

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TRIBUNE SPORTS



SPORTS



Lady Angels rout Lady Carihs 69-4

THE New Providence
Women’s Basketball Asso-
ciation continued its regular
season on Thursday night at
the DW Davis Gymnasium
with the Bomer G Lady
Angels rebounding from
their loss to the Four J’s
Lady Cheetahs.

The Lady Angels avenged
their loss by routng the Col-
lege of the Bahamas Lady
Caribs 69-46 to improve their
second place win-loss record
to 11-2.

Kaylicia Laing, shooting 7-
of-10 from the field, scored a
game high 14 points with
three rebounds, two steals
and an assist in 19 minutes
of play to lead the attack.

Ashley Moss, who shot 6-
of-16 from the field, had 13
points, 11 rebounds, four
block shots and two steals in
32 minutes to help out.



Four J’s Cheeters 11
Boomer G. Angles 11
Johnson Lady’s Truckers 6
Cybots Queens 4
COB Lady Caribs 3
Sentinel All-Stars 0

QUICK FEET: College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs’ Natiska Silver drib-
bles around the defense of Boomer G Lady Angels’ Chrysantha Strachan.

Bahamas Football
Association set to
host Coaching Course

THE Bahamas Football Association will
be offering a Coaching Course over the
weekend of January 28-29 at the National
Training Center at the Baillou Hills Sporting

Complex.

The clinic will be held on Friday from 7-9
p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Diasti Delancy, Felicia
Cartwright and Kissie
McDonald all had nine
points and Sharrelle Cash
added seven.

Boomer G led 19-8 at the
end of the first quarter and
extended their lead to 34-19
at the half. They went on to
increase their lead to 54-34
after three quarters.

In a losing effort for the
College of the Bahamas,
Deandra Williams scored 12
points with four rebounds in
34 minutrs. Giovanna Gor-
don had nine points and
three rebounds and Shandell
Williams chipped in with
eight points, 10 rebounds
and four assists.

With the loss, the Lady
Caribs dropped to 3-8.

e Going into tonight’s
action, here’s how the stand-
ings look:



I — WORKING THE DEFENSE: Boomer G Lady Angels’ Kaylicia Laing goes to Hak ean the defense of
1 917 - the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs’ Deandra Williams and Gabrielle McKinney.

2 846 1/2 -

5 045 41/2

8 333 7

8 272 7

12 .000 11

The featured lecturer is Stephen Payne, an
internationally renowned coach, who is hold-
er of the UEFA Pro License, the UEFA A
License, the Brazilian A License and a FIFA
Futuro III Instructor.

Payne was recently named as the Head
Coach for the Ottawa Fury, PDL Team for

Atkins
FROM page nine

you have to deal with it and bounce
back. So right now, I’m getting there.”

After winning a silver medal at the
Central American and Caribbean
Games in 2006 in Cartagena de
Indias, Atkins produced his best inter-
national campaign in 2007 when he
trailed American Tyson Gay through
the finish line at the World’s and
ahead of his cousin, Asafa Powell
from Jamaica.

But in 2008, Atkins went to the
Summer Olympic Games in Beijing
where he got to the semifinal before
bowing out with his best time of 10.13.

He’s not been able to regain his
top form since.

But he said his expectations are to
“get back to top form. I want to be
able to compete for a medal (again).
Track and field is a sport where there

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are a lot more people running faster
than ever.

“There’s a lot of sub 9.8s, so at the
end of the day, it’s going to be who’s
mentally tough and who’s physically
prepared,” he proclaimed, as if to say
that he intend to achieve both this
year.

Now based in Gainsville, Florida,
Atkins said he would also like to see
the Bahamas produce a men’s 4x 100
metre relay team that compete at the
World’s and Olympics just like the
men’s 4x 4 and the women’s 4x 1.

“We’ve been trying to geta 4x 1
team together, but we have to be able
to pull everybody together at the
same time,” he pointed out. “You
have to have a flow and you have to
be cohesive. It has to be a consistent
flow.”

If all goes well, Atkins said he will
continue to give back to the local
community as he continue his quest to
excel at the top like he did at his last
World’s appearance.

TAR,
(? UARIBY S





DRIVING THROUGH: COB Lady Caribs’ Shandell Williams drives to the basket against Bommer G Lady
Angels’ Sharelle Cash.

TRAPPED: College
of the Bahamas
Lady Caribs’
Natiska Silver is
trapped by three
Boomer G Lady
Angels’ players,
including Sharrelle
Cash and Chrysan-
tha Strachan.

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

the 2011 Soccer Season. Prior to that, he
served as the Technical Director of the Tan-
zania Football Federation. He also worked
six years as a Senior Coach with Bryst Acad-
emy, one of the top player development
organisations in Toronto.

Payne is a coach that believes in a techni-

cal, possession game based around speed,
aggression and surprise. He was born in
Northamption, England and as a schoolboy
played briefly for Charlton Athletic, and

amnateur stints with Hitchin Town and

NCAA

FROM page nine

Lawrence Hepburn, President of
the Bahamas Basketball Federation,
said the exempt status is yet another
vital stepping stone in the growth
and development of the game of bas-
ketball in country.

"We want to sincerely thank the
Atlantis team for a job well done.
For many years we have been trying
to achieve exempt status and that
never came to fruition. With the full
corporation of all the Ministries and
groups involved today is a dream
come true and the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation could not be
more pleased and excited with the
result," he said, "Atlantis did an
absolutely splendid job at the Battle
at Atlantis and that put everything
over the top. The Federation has
already been connected by a number

Stevenage Athletic.

He will share the benefits of his experi-
ence and knowledge with the BFA coaches
in the two day programme. The BFA is invit-
ing all of their clubs to send as many repre-
sentatives as possible to take advantage of
the opportunity.

of top flight universities interested in
coming down so expectations are
high for what opportunities will arise
from this exempt status. This means
great things for the federation but it
means much more to the game of
basketball in the Bahamas."

Charles Maynard, Minister of
Youth Sports and Culture, noted
the growing sector of sports tourism
and speculated that it could over-
take the convention hosting field as
the main attraction for visitors who
would not normally visit the
Bahamas.

"The Bahamas being granted this
exempt status opens up possibilities
for us to further the market for other
disciplines to follow suit,” he said,
"With the National Stadium under
construction and other facilities it will
be a wonderful thing for the Bahamas
overall. 2010 was a great year for
sports tourism but all indications sug-
gest that 2011 will trump that."





CROSS COUNTRY
ALBURY SAYLE

CROSS COUNTRY

e THE Albury Sayle Pri-
mary School will hold their
annual Cross Country Cham-
pionahips today at Fort Char-
lotte, starting at 9:30 a.m. The
event is designed for both pri-
mary and junior high schools.

BOXING
CHAMPION
BOXING

CLUB SHOW

e CHAMPION Boxing
Club will kick off the 2011
season with its first amateur
boxing show tonight at the
First Class Promotions venue
on Wulff Road.

A number of bouts, featur-
ing the rising young stars, will
get underway at 6 p.m. The
public is invited to attend.

BASKETBALL

GSSSA RESULTS

e RESULTS of junior divi-
sional games played on Thurs-
day at the CI Gibson Gym-
nasium are as follows:

CH Reeves 17, LW Young
5: Cyntese Cooper scored
eight points to lead the junior
girls to victory.

TA Thompson 44, SC
McPherson 30: Rashad Davis
scored 12 points in this junior
boys contest. Quemen Gib-
son had a game high 14 in the
loss.

DW Davis 81, CH Reeves
31: Rohaan Adderley and
Nigel Rolle both had game
high honours with 19 points
each in their junior boys win.
Brandon Stubbs had 11 in the
loss.

CAA

FROM page nine

can secure the necessary
funding.

But in the event that the
games are cancelled, Sands
said he’s been in contact with
the various federation presi-
dents in the other countries
with the view of staging some
type of meet to allow the
junior athletes to compete
around that time.

“We're not going to be pre-
mature to say that this is what
will happen, but we have had
some discussion on what
could be done,” Sands said.
“In 40 years, Carifta has been
the bedrock for all of the
regional stars to come
through.

“So we’re hoping that the
games will still come off.”

Sands said they wanted to
advise the public that the
Bahamas and the BAAA
were in no way not prepared
to step in and host the games.
But he said neither are pre-
pared to do so without having
secured the necessary fund-
ing.

“IT take it back to the
doorsteps of the president of
NACAC, who brought it to
our attention,” Sands said.
“There was no written guar-
antee from him or from spon-
sor A (and or) sponsor B that
we could present to our min-
istry, our government.

“Tf you decided that you
want to have a party and you
want to have it to my house
and you have agreed to pro-
vide everything, I still have
to decide if I want to have it
at my house. So at the end of
the day, we have to get the
government support.”

Sands said he was aware
that Cable and Wire, who
have an agreement with
NACAC after hosting the
games last year in George-
town, Cayman Islands, were
interested in sponsoring the
games again this year.

But he denied that they
doesn’t have any affiliation
with Cable and Wireless and
as a result, they are unaware
of any agreement that they
have in sponsoring the games.

Sands said in order to host
the games, the country must
have a written guarantee
from their government to
support the games as a pre-
requisite by NACAC.



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MOVING PIPES: Pipes pumping water to New Providence water reserves will be removed and relocated further inland on Arawak Cay in order to make room for the marine work to be completed to facilitate the high
security commercial container port. This site is the area where the daily water barge from Andros delivers fresh water to supply New Providence.

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is nearing
completion of the
marine works and
apron for the new
international con-
tainer port, sched-
uled for completion
by the end of 2011.

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vices will still operate from
Potters Cay Dock for inter-
island marine freight trans-
port.

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to ship smaller palleted ship-
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international container
freight transportation and
storage.

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will be the new home for
local shipping companies,
such as Betty K and Tropi-
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and store international
freight.

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Harbour. customs brokers and receivers. construction taking place at Arawak Cay.

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LOCAL and international Artist participate in the Love My Bahamas DownTown art expreience. Pictured is the work of Nassau artist Kishan Munroe. THE work of Chantal Bethel and Claudette Dean.

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Panama air link-up offers $17m booster Volume: 107 No.50SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY, ASHOWER HIGH 78F L OW 63F I N S I D E SEE PAGETWO S P O R T S Grade A students awarded SEE PAGENINE Williams completes weigh-in New service likely to br ing o v er 14,500 visitors in first year McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E BAHAMASBIGGEST HAITI'S FORMER DICTATOR Jean-Claude Duvalier centre and his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as Louis-Jodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Felip Major /Tribune staff KEEP THETROUGHS CLEAN! Surrey drivers have voiced concern about the lack of drinking water for their horses at the downtown holding area. They complain that garbage is regularly dumped into the drinking troughs and the area constantly smells of urine. A NEW airline service which, for the first time, opens up the Bahamas to the South and Cen tral American markets is projected to bring more than 14,500 visitors to the islands and generate more than $17 million for the local economy in its first year. The Ministry of Tourism and Avia tion this week announced that Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service from Panama to Nassau as of June 15, with departing and return flights scheduled for travellers every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tourism officials are hailing this new service as a posi tive sign of growth in the industry. It is estimated the Pana ma/Nassau service will generate 37,000 room nights which could boost hotel revenues by more than $7 million during the first year. Vincent Vander pool-Wallace, the Minister of Tourism, said: The new Copa Airlines service will attract more visitors from the Latin Amer ican region with immediate connections to and from the Bahamas. Expanding airlift with Copa, whose powerful Panama city hub provides leisure and business travellers from some 20 Latin American destinations, gives direct access to the islands of the Bahamas, while featuring the most modern fleet of jet aircraft in the entire region. This service will be a boost not only to our tourism sector but also our financial POLLUTION WORRYOVERHORSES DRINKINGWATER SEE page seven By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net TEACHER Andre Birbal t old the Supreme Court yesterday that one of the stu dents he is accused of having sex with told him he loved him and made sexual a dvances toward him. Birbal took the witness s tand, denying he had sexual intercourse with the two form er male students when they attended the Eight Mile Rock High School. The 48-year-old former art teacher is charged with eight c ounts of unnatural sexual intercourse with two minors u nder the age of 18 from 2002 to 2007. A fter the prosecution closed its case, Justice Hart man Longley read the long list of charges against Birbal and advised him he had three c hoices: to go in the witness box and give a statement u nder oath; make an unsworn statement where he was s tanding, or remain silent. Birbal chose to give evi d ence from the witness box. During his testimony, he told the court he left his native homeland of Trinidad with his family and moved to the Bahamas. He has been BOY MADE ADVANCES TOWARDS ME, ALLEGES SEX CASE TEACHER SEE page seven By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE hype over President Jean Claude Baby Doc Duvaliers return to Haiti is mainly from the outside, said Dr Eugene Newry, former Ambassador to Haiti and Dominican Republic. There has been an international media frenzy over President Duvaliers return after 25 years of self-imposed exile in France. Although he was welcomed by some supporters, in reality, Dr Newry said, Duvalier did not receive a heros welcome. From the Haitian government, he received the cold-shoulder. SEE page seven DUVALIER HYPE MAINLY FROM OUT SIDE, SAYS EX-AMBASSADOR A P P h o t o DUE to continuing unrest within the party, the National General Council of the PLP voted last night to establish two committees to review the nominations of Nurses Union President Cleola Hamilton in South Beach, and attorney Dion Smith in the Kennedy constituency. These committees, comprised of 10 persons each, will meet with the branches in both areas and compile a report to present to the NGC. If either committee is unable to reach a consensus on the genesis of the discontent being voiced, the NGC, it is reported, will have to step in and either re-establish the previous candidate named, or pick a new person to run in the area. Therefore, as it currently stands, neither Ms Hamilton nor Mr Smith are the partys standard bearers for South Beach and Kennedy respectively. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Ms Hamilton said she was well aware of this PLP to set up two committees amid continuing party unrest SEE page seven TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER A 19 year old was arrested and charged by police in connection with a murder last September. Police arrested the teenager in the Soldier Road area for questioning in connection with housebreaking during a Tuesday evening operation. He was subsequently questioned by detectives in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old boy on Soldier Road last September. Cost Right supermarket in Town Centre Mall faced another setback just one SEE page seven VINCENT VANDERPOOLWALLACE OFFICERS from the Cen tral Detective Unit made a major raid on a car parts theft ring yesterday. After executing a search warrant on a building located in the Marathon Road area, officers recovered numerous car parts, including radiators, assorted car doors, windshields, hoods, bumpers, and the like. Six men were taken into custody. Police investigations continue. MAJOR RAID ON CAR PARTS THEFT RING

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By LAMECH JOHNSON A TRIO of young men made h istory when they produced the first three-way tie for the coveted top spot in the Ministry of E ducation's Annual National Exam Awards. Miguel Cartwright of Q ueens College, Abhishek Jacob of St Augustines College and Dante Delaney of the Bahamas Home Schooling Association each earned eight As in their BGCSEs. This has never happened before in the 16-year history of the exam. T hese young men also shared top spot for best overall performance in independent schools. T he young men were hono ured at a presentation ceremony at the Church of God A uditorium on Joe Farrington R oad yesterday. S pecial presentations were also made to five other out standing performers in this y ears BJC and BGSCE exams. Davina Adderley of the North End Long Island High S chool, who aims to become a paediatric neurosurgeon, won the award for Best Overall Perf ormace in the BJCs for gove rnment school students, with nine As. She edged out Sheryl Evans of Temple Christian H igh Schools, who got seven A s and one B the best overall performance in an independents chool. T he best overall BGCSE performer in a government school with seven As and one B w as Tamara Robinson of CR W alker Senior High. She is now majoring in biology at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. N ot to be outdone by their female counterparts in the BGSCE division, Long Island's J ohn Cartwright of NGM M ajor High and New Provi dences Rajahl Moxey of HO Nash Junior High shared the B JC top spot for male students i n a government school. The Minister of Education w as clearly impressed with the s tudents achievements. Desmond Bannister greeted the audience of family mem b ers, distinguished guests and award recipients, saying: "As I look around this hall, I'm excit ed because I see excellence everywhere excellent educa tors and policy makers, students, school administrators, teachers, parents and guardians and business persons who are t hemselves excellent parents." Mr Bannister emphasised the i mportant role education plays in the development of the B ahamas, and highlighted the ambitions of a few outstanding graduating students. He said Bernique Pinder, Gabrielle Russell, Garvin Hanna and Noelle Sawyer all aim to succeed in areas where the country is particularly lacking in e xpertise. Bernique's goal is to become a special education teacher while Gabrielle and Noelle want to teach physics and mathematics. Garvin wants to be an entrepreneur and run several bed-and-breakfasts, as well as a tour company. M r Bannister said: "I am very proud to be able to stand here this morning and declare unequivocally that our investm ent in the children of the Bahamas is garnering high returns. The proof is right here in front of me." In this years BGCSE exams, 61 students from 20 schools, both independent and government, achieved at least five As. In the BJCs, 79 students from 2 9 independent and govern ment schools also achieved at least five As. In closing his address, Mr Bannister encoura ged the students to make the most of their abilities. He said: "Make a habit of using your God-given talents and skills in positive ways, so that you fulfil your personal ambitions and contribute to the achievement of our national goals. T he Royal Bank of Canada and Custom Computers Ltd sponsored the awards. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MIGUEL CARTWRIGHT RAJAHL MOXEY JOHN CARTWRIGHT DANTE DELANEY ABHISHEK JACOB First ever three-way win for top national award MINISTRYOFEDUCATION: ANNUALNATIONAL EXAM AWARDS BJCTOPSPOTFORMALESTUDENT INGOVTSCHOOL BESTOVERALL BGCSE PERFORMANCE INGOVTSCHOOL BESTOVERALL PERFORMANCEIN BJCS F OR GOV T SCHOOL S TUDENT S BES T OVERALL PERFORMANCEIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL EACHEARNEDEIGHT As IN BGCSEs TAMARA ROBINSON DAVINA ADDERLEY S HERYL EVANS CONFLICTRESOLUTION PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff MESSAGEOFPEACE: Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Staff Association pass out Conflict Resolution handbooks to motorists and pedestrians downtown yesterday.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %2$7IRU$/('RQ]LZHHW LOCAL health experts have joined with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to found the Bahamas Healthy Lifestyle Centre. The centre is styled as the Bahamian ver sion of the world-renowned centres for health and healing, Uchee Pines in Alabama and the Weimar Institute of California. Drs Alvira Higgs and Idamae Hanna, cofounders and directors of Healthy Lifestyle Centre and Deli, and Better Living Health Centre and Deli, have joined forces with a group of Seventh-day Adventist professionals from the business, law and education sectors, to establish the BHLC as an oasis for the body, mind and spirit. The centre has been in the making for two years, and is now at the point of official launch. It is described by its founders as a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA They explained that the private health education facility operates substantively according to the SDA principles of health and edu cation as propounded by SDA pioneer Ellen G White. The vision of the BHLC is: To transform society through healthy lifestyles, thus restoring the image of God in man. Drs Hanna and Higgs said the centre is a comprehensive, full-service facility, special ising in restoring the body, renewing the mind and reviving the spirit of people, whether local, national or international. Our revolutionary (but not new ology focuses on the physical, mental, emo tional, social and spiritual well-being of our clients, as directed by The Creator, resulting in healthy and disease-free life in this world in preparation for occupying the world to come. The board of directors includes: Drs Higgs and Hanna; urologist and prostate specialist Dr Joseph I Evans; Dr John Carter; podiatrist Dr Monique Mitchell; wellness expert Nathe lyn LaCroix; Minister and health enthusiast Pastor Edward St Fleur; religious educator Delthony Gordon; entrepreneurs Kenneth Williams, Mark Hanna and Andrew Hanna; attorneys Tanya R Hanna and Michael Dean; Pastor Paul Scavella and founder of the Abaco Long Bay School Isaac Collie. The chairman of the board is deputy general manager of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC Major. Gospel Mr Major said: While we are not a church, nor a school of evangelism, we aim to utilise the right arm of the gospel the unique health message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to transform lives so that people here and elsewhere can live better and live longer. The inaugural event for the centre was the Fresh Start Programme, which began on January 17 and will continue for another two weeks. Mr Major said: Were in the body repair and maintenance business. So just as you take your auto to the auto shop when it breaks down, when your body breaks down bring it to the BHLC body shop; just as you take your auto after its fixed for servicing and or tune-ups to the auto shop, in the same way you should bring your body to the BHLC body shop for body maintenance and/tuneup. Health experts join with Seventh-Day Adventists to found healthy lifestyle centre A 15-year-old boy was s hot in his thigh as he was walking west on Peter Street in the early hours of the morning. The victim was walking in the area after midnighto n Thursday when he was approached by a masked m an wearing a black jacket. The masked man was armed with a handgun and s hot the teen in the leg. T he victim was taken to hospital by emergency medical personnel where h e is detained in stable condition. Police investigations continue. POLICE arrested a 19year-old woman at the Lynden Pindling Internat ional Airport after a quantity of suspected cocainew as found in her suitcase. The woman, a resident of Millennium Gardens, w as in the pre-clearance a rea at around 6pm on Thursday when police conducted a search of her lug-g age and discovered the suspected drugs. Teenage boy shot in thigh crime NEWS A poor trade regime and intrusive bureaucracy prevented the Bahamas from ranking higher on this years Index of Economic Freedom. The Bahamas' economy ranked 46th in a listing of the world's freest economies according to the Heritage Foundation's 2011 Index of Economic Freedom. The Bahamas also ranked eighth out of 29 countries in the South and Central America/Caribbean region with its overall score, coming in higher than the regional and world averages, said the website. The country's overall score or economic freedom came in at 68 "due primarily to higher scores in fiscal freedom, government spending, and monetary freedom", according to data collected by the research and educational institution. However a "poor trade regime remains one of the most cumbersome challenges," said the think tank. T he report added that "an abundance of tariff and nontariff barriers continues to cre ate a costly trade burden. Intrusively bureaucratic approval processes hinder i nvestment freedom and undermine development of a more vibrant private sector, the organisation said. The Bahamas scored 55 in freedom from corruption due to ongoing software, music and movie piracy, and reports that drug trafficking and money laundering involve police, coast guard, and other gov ernment employees. "Violent crime has escalated sharply. Even though internet gambling is illegal, many online gambling sites are reportedly based in the Bahamas, sometimes using internet cafs as fronts. The Bahamas has neither signed nor ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption," not ed the survey. Business freedom was ranked at 72.5 out of 100, and while the report said that the B ahamas' regulatory environment is advantageous to private-sector development, "the process for obtaining a business licence is not always transparent and straightforward, and officials have considerable discretionary power". Government recently passed a new Business Licence Act which came into force on January 1 aimed at streamlining the process for applying for a business licence and removing the red tape involved. Trade freedom and investment freedom scored the lowest coming in at 42.2 and 30 respectively. "High tariffs and a stamp tax on most imports, high duties that protect a few agricultural items and consumer goods, occasional import bans, a nd some import licencing and permits add to the cost of trade," noted the report. "Ten points were deducted from the Bahamas trade freedom score to account for non-tariff barriers. Investment freedom got the lowest scoring due to the many areas of business reserved solely for Bahamians and the barriers for international investors. The Heritage Foundation is a think-tank based in Washington, DC which defines economic freedom as "the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property". The Foundation measures ten components of economic freedom business freedom, trade freedom, fiscal freedom, government spending, monetary freedom, investment free dom, financial freedom, prop erty rights, freedom from corruption, and labour freedom using a scale from 0 to 100,w here 100 represents the maximum freedom. These scores are then avera ged to give an overall economic freedom score for each country. Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia were the top three countries respectively, while the United States placed ninth with an overall score of 77.8. Bahamas: 46th in list of worlds freest economies 2011 INDEXOFECONOMICFREEDOM Poor trade regime, intrusive bureaucracy said to hold country back H EALTHY LIVING: F ront row: health expert Nathelyn LaCroix; Dr Alvira Hanna, and Dr Idamae Hanna. Back row: Pastor Edward St Fleur; contractor/entrepreneur Andrew Hanna; chairman Don Major; attorney Michael Dean; contractor Mark Hanna; plumbing contractor Kenneth Williams; Dr John Carter; edu cator Delthony Gordon, Pastor Paul Scavella. Violent crime has escalated sharply. Even though internet g ambling is illegal, many online gambling sites are reportedly based in the Bahamas, sometimes using internet c afs as fronts. The Bahamas has neither signed nor ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption." B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net Commodore Roderick Bowe of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has warned all those who engage in illegal activity to beware. After a year in the top position, the forth Bahamian Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF ence yesterday morning to assure the public that the RDDF along with its national and regional partners will use all the resources available to liberate this country of illegitimate behaviors. With almost 100,000 square miles to patrol, the Bahamas is by no means a small piece of real estate, Commodore Bowe noted, adding that its geographic location also creates a number of challenges. He said: The Bahamas is at a crossroads, where those involved in criminal ventures desire greatly to use our sea lanes of communication and our islands to conduct their illicit trades of gun and drug running, inclusive of human smuggling and trafficking. In order to better tackle the various challenges of its mandate, the force has spent the last year ensuring that all its procedures are accountable, professional and transparent, Commodore Bowe said. He said this included creating a number of boards to facilitate various necessary changes. Giving something of an end of year report, Commodore Bowe noted that during 2010, there were many reports of Dominicans illegally entering Bahamian waters and plundering the countrys marine resources. In response, he said, the force stepped up operations and captured three Dominican vessels. One major focus of the a dministration was the r estructuring of the management team for efficacy Commodore Bowe added, noting that a Deputy Com mander position was created, and other posts such as Commander of Operationsa nd Commander of Admin istration, were introduced. According to Commodore Bowe, one of the Defence Forces biggest achievement in 2010 was the establish ment of a Human Resources Department. This civilian led department will be responsible for ensuring that persons are able to follow a more structured career path and should improve overall upward mobility and accountability, he said. Reduction of deployment times, in some cases from 12 months to two months, as well as the creation of a wel fare and morale section, will help improve the quality of life for Defence Force officers, he added. Education and re-education our personnel has also been one of the forces focal points said Commodore Bowe. Defence force staff have continued to receive training and educational opportunities that have been made available by a wide spectrum of countries such as the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belize and Singapore. The RBDF Rangers youth programme experienced major growth last year, reg istering an estimated 700 junior and high school stu dents from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. In response to this growth, a Rangers section staffed by seven permanent managers was created. They will instruct young women and men on nation building, mutual respect and commu nity service. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. Debate over the proposed sale of BTC continues, and I should like to add a few points in this regard. 1) Philosophy. I cannot discern any coherent philosophy in the present governments position in this matter. Their position seems to be that BTC will be sold, and it will be sold to foreigners. This troubles me. And for several reasons. Not because BTC does not have problems, but because the problems at BTC have nothing to do with its Bahamian ownership. What is wrong at BTC arises from its management, and this is where privatisation is necessary. Changing the management of BTC to the highest private standards should be the objective, and this can be achieved without handing over ownership of the company to foreigners. Indeed, there is a compelling argument against selling the national telecommunications infrastructure of the Bahamas to anyone but Bahamians. This is no trivial consideration, as the passing of control to a company like Cable & Wireless will reduce BTC to nothing but a portfolio holding of that company. BTC will not receive the attention that it requires in the context of the Bahamas, where it is the communications backbone of the nation, and therefore decisions affect ing long-term interests of the Bahamas will not receive the priority that we require. This seems curiously schizophrenic to me, given this countrys economic mix. Tourism and finance are the principal engines of the Bahamian economy and both depend on the communications infrastructure controlled by BTC. It is therefore imperative thatw e ensure that any decisions t aken concerning BTC will be about what the Bahamas needs, and not someone else in the region. Having foreign owners in control of the com pany cannot assure this. With regard to ownership, B ahamians have little strateg ic ownership interest in tourism. Yet, because of the potential impact on employ ment and employees in the sector, the Prime Minister felt it necessary to insert himself into the development and staging plans of the proposed Baha Mar project now unfolding on Cable Beach. In banking, there is now some Bahamian ownership in the domestic sector, including one of the most outstanding success stories in the business Commonwealth Bank. (This company is wholly owned and operated by Bahamians and its exceptional success really a ccelerated when Bahamians b ought out their foreign partners. To be sure, the bank needs foreign help in certain areas (like technology they buy that assistance as needed. And I would dare say that the Bahamian share holders of CB would never consider selling control of their bank to foreigners in order to further improve its performance. I am quite surprised that T B Donaldson, who had the pleasure of chairing CB for more than a decade, and who saw the manner in which this company has integrated foreign expertise with its Bahamian talent, now heads the govern ments BTC privatisation committee and has supported the proposed sale to C&W. Bahamian ownership in bank ing has materialised because previous governments, quite rightly, pursued a policy that encouraged such ownership in this important sector of our economy. And the owners of CB are today the great beneficiaries of this foresight. Now we come to BTC, which is today wholly in Bahamian hands and has a virtual monopoly on telecommunications in this nation. And what is this government planning to do? Sell control of the largest Bahamian technology company, this strategic national asset, to foreigners? Am I the crazy one? BTCs issues are about management, not Bahamian ownership. And the company is large enough to be able to hire the talent and forge the alliances it needs to fix itself for the benefit of the Bahamian people. This is the course that should be pursued. And I believe that there are enough talented and serious Bahamians, and enough capital around, to get a local group in place who will improve the fortunes of BTC where the government has been unable to do so. Selling to outsiders is the last option. Because once sold, it is gone forever. And the government will lose the ability to invite small strategic participations in the company as a sweetener in future. Lastly, the occasion of including private participation in the capital of BTC represents a unique and historic occasion to create a true eco nomic partnership between the government, private cap ital and labour. In fact, the government should be overjoyed by this opportunity to bring the employees in (through the pension fund the pre-IPO price, as a means of curing any potential deficit in the pension fund (for which it is proposing to take responsibility in the C&W transaction). Having the employees as part owners of the company will make them more accountable and help to reinforce the understanding that their fortunes rise and fall with the companys. But I do not hear this kind of philosophical message or objective in the public pronouncements of the government and its representatives. Instead, there is vitriol and insults, and talk of shaming and untrustworthi ness from people that we expect to exercise a considerable amount of restraint in these circumstances. The men at whom these comments were directed (Mr Evans and Mr Williams) do not strike me as outrageous in their positions, and certainly do not deserve this kind of contempt because their ideas on how BTC should be handled differ from those of the government. Indeed, I believe that b oth agree that BTC should be privatised, but as Bahamians, and telecommunications professionals, their approach to it would be different. They are entitled to communicate their ideas to the public, and, personally, I welcome the opportunity to hear them ful-l y. 2) Pricing. The proposed price for BTCs sale to C&W does not seem to make sense. Firstly, in the face of more than $4 billion in national debt, the proposed $210 million price is negligible. This amount will pass through the governments bank accounts like water through a sieve. Indeed, this amount has a lmost been spent on the various consulting fees, rightsizing exercise and many other ill-conceived payouts over the past years. And from this price, we must deduct any unfunded liabilities of BTCs pension fund for which the government is proposing to take responsibility. S econdly, on the basis of recent reports, the price represents only something between four and five times BTCs annual earnings. Sure ly, if this is correct, this price is a substantial discount to BTCs true value. Furthermore, given BTCs monopoly, it should fetch a premium to normal valuations. Instead it is being markeddown. Thirdly, the cash flow (foreign reserve) impact from this transaction will be massively negative. By selling control to a foreign company, the Bahamas will first receive the $210 million inflow, but thereafter will pay out half of the profits of the company forev er. Furthermore, by having C&W in control, there will be double dipping into BTCs income. First, they will reduce top line revenues through a series of management and tech nical fees which will be charged to the company by the parent, then they will be entitled to 51 pwe cent of whatever falls to the bottom line. If this sale were to a local group, the result would be the opposite, even if foreign bor rowing were necessary to complete the transaction. Once such borrowing would have been repaid, the entire profit of the company would remain in the Bahamas. In the public statements by the government on this matter, I have not heard a comment from the Central Bank on this aspect of the proposal. 3) Stop the madness. The unions, workers and management of BTC must be tired of the parade of politicians and their appointees passing through BTC pretending to be communications and management experts. Every few years another group arrives, and they do nothing but create havoc in the affairs of the company. The trained and qualified staff at BTC must be sick of it. And I cant blame them. They must be anxious for the company to pass into private hands if for no other reason than to end this infernal privatisation exercise. Imagine the monstrous number of manhours that this has consumed since it began in the mid1990s. It has been a massive intrusion and distraction to the managers and workers at the company, and it is time to bring it to an end. Someone must restore sanity to the companys environment where people have been in a state of constant agitation for far too long. It is time to stop the process, send the foreign consultants home and instead sit down with the union, local private interests and bankers in order to get a deal done that will serve the Bahamas interests first. SHAYNE DAVIS Nassau, January 10, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing 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. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON An overwhelming m ajority of Americans like Obama, but most say he has not accomplished much on twot op goals fixing the sluggish economy and changing how Washington works, according t o a new Associated Press-GfK poll midway through the first term of his presidency. Half of those surveyed say he deserves a second term, and independents, whose sup-p ort will be critical in 2012, are evenly divide d on that question. Obama is getting the benefit of the doubt despite concerns about his policies, a reflection based in large part on his likability. He's doing a pretty good job," says Alan Bliven, 54, of Tucson, Arizona. "I'm not all sold on him," but the president's performance is good enough that he should be re-elected. J oanne Abbott, 46, of Sebring, Florida, disagrees. "I don't dislike Obama. I like him as a person," she says, but adds, "I don't think he's accomplished much. ... I wish the economy w ould come back." The AP-GfK poll is a snapshot in time, a nd plenty could happen between now and November 2012, including an economic u pturn that could cut the 9.4 per cent unemployment rate. But, in a polarized nation, the findings portend a competitive presidential race no matter who the Republican candi date is. Although beating an incumbent is t ough, Republicans sense an opening, given the sluggish economic recovery and Obama's a cknowledged failure to fulfil his promise of doing business differently in a partisan Washi ngton. Overall, 53 per cent of Americans approve of how Obama is governing, putting him roughly in the middle when compared with his modern-day predecessors halfway through t heir first terms. Almost as many people rate Obama's p residency below average (34 per cent call it above average (38 per cent o ne per cent overall and 30 per cent among independents say he understands the important issues the nation will face in thenext two years. Only 26 per cent say he's kept most of his campaign promises. Americans diverge over whether Obama's prescriptions are best. He's too much of a socialist, he wants too big of a government, and he shouldn't g et re-elected," said 72-year-old Tom Wilkin son of Sparland, Illinois. Art Winstanley, 58, of Key West, Florida, says Obama deserves more time. "Some things he's done are taking time to kick in with the public. He's got two years before people go 'Holy smoke, this guy did a lot of good stuff!'" Despite his lukewarm policy marks, Oba ma has an enormous advantage because of how people see him personally; a whopping 83 per cent call him likable, and 59 per cent v iew him favourably. Majorities also consider him empathetic (63 per centl eader (62 per cent nary Americans (61 per cent T he numbers are similar to the ones President Ronald Reagan faced before winning a second term in 1984. Still, the AP-GfK poll shows areas of vuln erability as Obama governs and campaigns: More than half disapprove of how he's handled the economy. Just 35 per cent say it's improved on his watch; 40 per cent said that a year ago. It's driven largely by lower-income p eople as well as those in the Northeast and the West who are losing faith in Obama's ability to orchestrate a turnaround. Threequarters do say it's unrealistic to expectn oticeable improvements after two years; they say it will take longer. Roughly a third 34 per cent say Obama hasn't lived up to his promise of change, an increase from 27 per cent last Janu ary. More Democrats argue he's kept that pledge, while more Republicans say he's bro k en it. Overall, 42 per cent say it's too soon to tell. People are split over his pace of change: 3 6 per cent say too much, too quickly, 32 per cent say it's about right, 31 per cent say he's not moving fast enough. More independents want to see Obama move quicker than not. Fifty-one per cent of independents a pprove of his job performance, an uptick since November as Obama reached out toR epublicans and compromised with them on taxes in a new era of divided governm ent. But just 30 per cent score his presidency above average or better, a slippage from 37 per cent a year ago. And independents divide about evenly on whether he deserves to be re-elected: 46 per cent say yes, 4 3 per cent no. He still has trouble with sup port among men and whites; they are morea pt than women and non-whites to want him fired. Despite vocal complaints from the left, the poll shows evidence that Obama's base isn't nearly as fractured as it has seemed. Democrats overwhelmingly give him high marks. Liberal Democrats are more likely to call Obama's presidency outstanding or above average than even moderate Democrats. And t here's no difference between the two groups over whether Obama should face a primary c hallenge; majorities of both groups say no. It's largely a moot point as no serious chal lenger has emerged. The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Jan. 5-10 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,001 adults nation wide, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. (This article was written by Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer). Some points on proposed sale of BTC LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Obama popular but doubts on progress

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By LAMECH JOHNSON AFTER a decade of r esearch in the Bahamas, Dr Cornell Collins says he has come to the conclusion that many projects fail and significant resources are lost b ecause of a shortage of competent project managers. Dr Collins, chairman and lecturer at the Lignum Insti-t ute of Technology, told The Tribune this is also the reason that many government a nd private sector developm ents take longer and cost more than originally planned. He said: "In all the comp leted and ongoing projects in the Bahamas over a 10 year period, only 17 per cent o f them were successful as far as project management is concerned. This means that 83 per cent of the projects failed in that regard." D r Collins said his research on the Caribbean and the rest of the world o ver the same period showed better performance. The Caribbean averaged a success rate of 27 per cent w hile the rest of the world averaged between 53 and 66 per cent. So outside the Bahamas, the failure perc entage decreases, even in tough times like these." H e explained that success a nd failure in project mana gement is determined by a c ompanys or government's ability to complete their objective within a given timeframe and budget. If a ministry for example i s given two years and a budg et of $10 million to make i nfrastructural improvem ents and they go over that b y a few days or dollars, t hey have failed, Dr Collins said. "I get annoyed when I s ee workers from the Min istry of Works and Transp ort take dig up or repave a road only for Water and Sewerage persons to dig it u p two or three weeks later j ust to lay or check a pipe. T hats a ton of money down the pipe. P oor management of funds and priorities is keeping the Bahamas from being one of the richest countriesi n the world, he said. Dr Collins said there is an urgent need to train more project managers so this trend can be reversed. He noted that Lignum T echnologies offers a course in project management that i s internationally recognised. It is taught by Dr Collins h imself, who is a member of a nd advisor to the American Academy of Project Management, the Project M anagement Institute, the International Project Man-a gement Association and t he British Association of Project Management. The 10-week course can t ake three career paths, and e nds in a final test. If candidates pass this, they will be C ertified Project Managers ( CPMs), Project Manager Professionals (PMPs Certified International Pro ject Manangers (CIPMs D r Collins said: "Everyone can benefit from this course. Our everyday lives i s project management if you think about it. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I done vex an' mad cause them wutless, no good, tiefing, jonesing scumbags jumps my hightopped with six-strand barb wire fence the night when it was cold and I c lose my windows an' I couldn't hear them an' they tiefed my gardenh ose, rake an' big blue push broom. I vex 'cause t his tiefing ain't a manly t'ing to do. Fed Up by Shirlea "I vex 'cause the police have introduced 'Rapid Strike' policy to crime whereas I would have preferred Rapid Strike to enforce Zero Tolerance sot hat the dark tints, motorbike 'wheelie poppers', three-lane jitney drivers, etc, are also dealt with and the police do not driver ight past them or don't stop them. "You still have my full s upport with your new campaign." A verage Citizen "I'm vex with all the lawl ess drivers an' particularly motorcyclists who keep running the red lights on Shirley Street and in par ticular the motorbike rider w ho ran the red light by Mackey Street and had the audacity to ride up next to me to row. "He was lucky I was not a ny quicker to start off after waiting on the light to exit Mackey Street." Jesus lives! He saves! I am vex with the fool in the green pickup blow ing his horn for people to speed through the yellow light so he can speed through also. Yinna mussey had a fake licence 'cause red light is to stop, green is to go and ya dumb if ya think yellow is to speed up an' go. "Fool, get a real licence. People like you cause accidents." Licenced Motorist. WHY Y OU HAPPY? "I am happy with the reports by police press offi cer Sgt Chrislyn KempSkippings because she gives the crime reports for the public to be correctly and properly informed so as not to get any widely exaggerated and 'sip sip' rumour transmitted and distorted stories particular ly in times like these. J oe Public. WHY YOU VEX? Lecturer claims lack of certified project managers is hurting the country The Monthly meeting of the Commonwealth Writers of the Bahamas Will be held on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at Chapter One Book Store at the College of the Bahamas. Parents of students who participated in the Fifth Annual Writing Competition at Government House are asked to ensure that these Students attend. Junior Writers Meeting 2pm to 3pm Adults from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Monthly meeting of writers today C HRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela Union leader Ruben Gonzalez once admired and supported President Hugo Chavez. Nowadays, he is jailed in a police station in eastern Venezuela, and says his yearlong imprisonment shows the government's intolerance for labor protests. Gonzalez told The Associated Press in a telephone interview f rom his cell on Thursday that he is confident "divine justice will p revail" and he will eventually be freed. He is being prosecuted on charges stemming from a strike he helped organize that tem-p orarily paralyzed the country's state-run iron mining company in 2009, and his case is drawing condemnation from international l abor and human rights organizations. "The government is criminalizing protests," Gonzalez said by cell phone, which he is allowed to use in the jail. Gonzalez was scheduled to appear in court Friday, the oneyear anniversary of his imprisonment. But he said he does note xpect the judge to reach a verdict anytime soon, noting that he has already appeared in court more than a dozen times over the past1 5 months, and that hearings have also repeatedly been postponed. Gonzalez is charged with crimes including unlawful assemb ly, public incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security zone during the strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera. Thor Halvorssen, president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, said Gonzalez is being prosecuted as part of aw ider government effort to curb the power of labor unions, particularly at state-operated firms like Ferrominera. The Chavez government claims to be in favor of workers' rights, but these do not include the rights of the tens of thousands of Venezuelans working in state-owned corporations," Halvorssen said in a statement sent to the AP. The Human Rights Foundation said that according to a tally by t he local human rights group Provea, more than 2,200 Venezuelans who have participated in protests have been charged with a vari e ty of crimes over the past five years and some have been prohibited from speaking publicly about their cases or banned from p articipating in protests while their cases are pending. Many of those arrested were public employees involved in labor disputes. Chavez has not publicly commented on accusations that the authorities are using the courts and prosecutors to limit labor dis putes or curb protests. The president has repeatedly said his sociali st-oriented government has done more for the working class than previous administrations, and has said he has union interests ath eart. Prosecutors handling the case could not be reached for comment. Before his arrest, Gonzalez never got into trouble with m anagement during nearly three decades working and partici pating in union activities. As the leader of Ferrominera's largest union, he was optimistic the government would support workers in their efforts to secure higher salaries, better benefits and improved working conditions. Venezuelan union leader says he is unjustly jailed n OVERSEASNEWS ACCUSEDOFINTOLERANCE: Venezuelas President Hugo Chavez, waves to supporters as he arrives to the National Assembly to give his annual state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. A P P h o t o / A r i a n a C u b i l l o s "The Caribbean averaged a success rate of 27 per cent while the rest of the world averaged between 53 and 66 per cent. So outside the Bahamas, the failure percentage decreases, even in tough times like these."

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LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, SA TURDA Y JANUAR Y 22, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM B y K A TH R Y N C A M P B E L L T HE fi n a l pavi ng of Bai llou Hill Road from Robin s o n Ro a d t o W ul f f R o a d w i l l take place on the weekend of January 27, the Ministry of P ubl ic Work s a n d T r ansport has announced. Phase one of a one-way s y st e m f o r B a i l l o u H i l l R oa d a n d M a r k e t S t r e e t w a s i m p le m e n t e d i n M a r c h o f last year. T r a f f i c n o w t r a v e l s o n e way northbound on Baillou H ill R o ad f r o m R o b i n s o n R o a d t o W u l f f R o a d a n d o n e w a y s o u t h b o u n d o n M a r ke t S tr e et fr o m Wu lf f Road to Robinson Road "The roads will be closed for one day for road paving and we are asking the gen e r a l p u b l i c t o u se Fi rs t S t r e e t as an alternate," said Char l e ne Co l l i e pr oj e ct en g i ne er and pu bli c r el ations r e p resentative. Paving is from Robinson R o a d to B a h am a A v en u e and the side verges. M s Co lli e s aid wo rk o n B a i l l o u H i l l R o a d i s p r o gr essi ng a s ex pe c t ed des pi te the unkn own und e r groun d utilities discovered after an investigation. T h e f i r s t s e c t i o n ( f r o m R o b i n s o n R o a d t o W u l f f Road) is expected be com pleted by March. W e' v e par tne re d w it h a l l utility companies to ensure tha t i nstal l ati on of the work i s m e e t i n g s p e c i f i c a t i o n s The i nten ti on of t he w ork is to bu ild an in ter nat ion ally acce pt abl e roa dwa y and not ju st to ac c o mmod ate wh at we have here," she said. T he orig inal si d e wal k s o n B a i l l o u H i l l R o a d w e r e a c au se f or co n c ern bec a us e t h e y w e r e n o t h a n d i c a p accessible and were not up to inte rn atio na l s tan da rd s, Ms Collie said. "We have a heavy urban area and as a result of high ped estr i an tr affic fr om th e n e i g h b o u r h o o d a n d t h e schools we had to improve the sidewalks. "Th e ne w sid ew alk s c a n acc om modate hea vy pedestrian traffic and are handi cap accessible," she said. S h e e x p l a i n e d t h a t t h e width of Baillou Hill Road has bee n ma d e narrower by t wo f e e t to a ss i st w i t h re du cing the speed of traffic. B a i l lo u H i ll R o a d w a s o r i g i n a l l y 2 2 f t f r o m t h e p a v e m e n t I t i s n o w 2 0 f t f ro m cu rb t o c ur b. T he l a n e s a re 1 0 f t w i de b u t t h os e l a n e s are desi g ned f or one l a ne of tra ffi c on bot h si des a nd are to a ss i s t with r ed uc ing th e speed of traffic. W e a re a w a re o f t h e co nc e r n s ab o u t th e t w o la n es t ra ve llin g in o n e di re c t io n a n d t h a t s p e e d c o u l d i ncrea se, but tha t is a desi gn m ea su re to a ssi st w it h spe ed a l o n g t he r oa dw a y M s C o l l ie sa id. Baillou Hill Road to close for final paving SE N A T O R D i o n A F o ul k es M i n i s t e r o f L a b ou r a nd S o c i a l D e v e l o pm en t an d L o r et t a B ut l erT urn er, M i n i st er o f S t at e m e t wi t h t h e B a i n a n d G r a n t s T o w n A d v a n c e m e n t A s s oc i a t i o n ( B G T A A ) on T h ur sd a y a t t he M i n i st ry s o f f i c e T h e r e ce n t u n r es t i n B a i n T ow n was d i scussed and a ddi t i on al me asure s t o a ss i s t t h e c o m m u n i t y w i t h c ou n se l i ng a nd o t h e r s e r v i c e s w e r e s u g g e s t e d T h e g r o u p w i l l m ee t ag a i n o n F e b ru ar y 7 Ministers meet Bain and Grants T own Advancement Association F INA L ST AG ES : Ch a rle n e C ol l ie p ro je c t e ng i ne e r a nd pu bl i c re l a ti on s r e pre s e n ta ti v e f or th e Ne w P rov idence Road Improvement Project, talks about the progress of the construction of Baillou Hill Road. IN THE T RIBU NE NE XT S A TURD A Y . G E T Y OU R FREE KIDS SC OO P MA G A Z I NE PICTURE (L -R) are : Ministe r Lo retta B u tler T urn er; Barb ara B u rro ws, Perm ane nt Sec reta ry; Ma vis Da rl in g Hill a nd Ma rva Ru ss ell M i n n s, Dep u t y Di r ecto rs o f the De pa rtmen t of So cial Serv ices ; Ca rl Bre nn en Un de r Secre tary ; Dian n a Bullar d, Bain a nd G r an t s To wn Urb an Ren ewal Cen tre Ma na ge r; Zo e Powe ll Min istry o f Ed uc ation ; Cl e vette Gi b so n, Dep ar t m en t of E du ca t io n; Rev R a nd y Han n a; Je ns el Watk ins Gu idan ce Cou n selo r, A lb ury S a yles ; Ir i s S tra ch an M inistry of E du ca ti o n; M uriel L i g h tbo urn ; S a nd ra W alke r, BGT A A; Ta ma ra Seym ou r; Minis ter Dion Fo ulk es; Rev Dr. Sam my Sau n der s an d Rev D r C. B M os s, P r esid en t o f BG T AA.

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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-Dec-10 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 30-Nov-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.919946 1.538692TO 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-Dec-10 31-Dec-10 31-Dec-10MARKET TERMS30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)30-Nov-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 Panama air link-up offers $17m booster services and other business sectors. Copa Airlines corporate executives made the announcement that Latin American passengers will now be able to have immediate connections to and from the Bahamas at a press conference on Thursday. Copa Airlines said not only does Nassau serve as one of the principal financial and business centres in the Caribbean, but it is also the hub of the Bahamas, p roviding direct access for travellers to visit and explore many of the destinations 700 islands. Visas are not required of Bahamians visiting Central and South America; or for residents of those regions bound for the Bahamas. The Ministry of Tourism said the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board played a significant role in securing the new carrier. Tourism director-general David Johnson advised they are working aggressively to increase airlift in key markets they feel will be stimulated with new non-stop or convenient, one-stop direct service. T he addition of the Copa Airlines service is evidence of progress in this regard, opening up for the first time the Bahamas to every major South and Central American market, including Mexico, the Ministry said. Copa Airlines will fly the Embraer E190 jet aircraft on this new route, which has a capacity to carry 94 passengers. The new flights will depart Panama City at 9.18am, arriving in Nassau at 1 .03pm, and return flights will depart N assau at 3.25pm, arriving in Panama C ity at 5.02pm. The new service will offer both business and economy classes with some 84 seats offered in economy and 10 seats in the premium president class section of the aircraft. The addition of Copa Airlines and their extensive network is a positive beginning for the new and expanded Lynden Pindling International Airport ( LPIA), which has set a long-term goal of e stablishing Nassau as a major air hub for t he Caribbean and access point to the Americas, said the Ministry. F ROM page one t eaching in the Bahamas for 20 years and resides in the country as a permanent resident. H e first resided in Abaco before moving, in 1989, to Grand Bahama, where he was employed as an art teacher at the Eight M ile Rock High for 18 years. According to Birbal, he stopped teaching at the school in 2009 after receiving certain information from Mr (Hezekiah Dean, the district school superintendent. He then left Grand Bahama and went to Nassau, where he was required to report daily to Mr Sands (at the Ministry of Education). B irbal testified that he later resigned in January of 2009. While living in Nassau, he said he left the country to visit his son i n the United States where he was arrested for extradition to the Bahamas. When you left the Bahamas to visit your son, were you running away? asked Birbals attorney Carlson Shurland. No, I wasnt. I purchased a round trip ticket, he replied. Mr Shurland asked Birbal how long the accusers were stud ents in his class. Birbal said he taught one of the young men for five years, a nd the second for only one term, which is a period of six weeks. The two former students testified that Birbal had sex with them in his art classroom during school hours, and at his apartment. One of the boys also testified that Birbal had sex with him in his car in the Deadmans Reef area. The other said the teacher also had sex with him in his sons bedroom at his home. I never sexually molested the students, Birbal said. During his testimony, however, Birbal told jurors that one of the former students had made sexual advances toward him while at his apartment at the Coral Beach Hotel. Birbal lived at the apartment during the end of 2005, or early 2006, after separating from his wife. According to Birbals testimony, the young man had lost his job and had called him to take him to a job interview at the Our Lucaya Resort. He said to wait for him it would not take long because he w as dropping off an application form, the teacher recalled. As they were leaving, Birbal said the young man told him he w anted to use the bathroom, so he stopped and let him out near s ome shrubs. A fter returning to the car, Birbal said the young man then told h im he wanted to do number 2 so he took him to his apartment t o use the bathroom. Birbal said: I was on the bed watching television and he came and sat close to me on the bed. I was wearing gym clothes and he touched my stomach and said you got some abs. I continued watching television and he grabbed my groin area. I jumped off the bed and looked at him. He said, I love you, do you love me too? I said: I dont know you like that. Birbal said he learned of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him while attending a PTA meeting in 2008. The young men testified the art teacher would give them mon e y after having sex with them, but Birbal denied giving the students m oney. Birbal said he was involved in the outreach programme at t he Lucaya Presbyterian Church. H e noted that the church had assisted one of the students in gett ing braces for his teeth, and the family of the second student after their home had been damaged during a hurricane. He was only responsible for taking the student to his dentist appointments. During cross-examination by Ambrose Armbrister, Birbal was asked whether he had a camera at school. Birbal said he took a digital camera to the school because he was the photographer for the school magazine. You would take pictures of the students? asked Mr Arm brister. Yes, Birbal replied. Mr Armbrister asked Birbal if he took pictures of the young mans mouth while he was in the seventh grade so that he could getb races for his mouth. M r Armbrister suggested to Birbal that after taking pictures of t he young mans mouth, he also took naked pictures after taking off the youngs man clothing. Birbal admitted taking pictures of the students mouth to take to his church, but denied taking nude pictures of him. Mr Armbrister then asked whether he kept items such as a tool belt, hammer, and hard hat in his classroom. Birbal recalled having a hammer, but could not recall whether there was a tool belt and hard hat. The prosecutor asked Birbal whether he had also taken a sec ond student to church so members could see his braces, and then to his apartment. Birbal said he had taken him to church, but never to his apartment. Do you know that the description you gave of your apartment i s the same description that the young man gave in his testimony? asked Mr Armbrister. The reason why he gave the same description of the apartment was because you took him there, Mr Armbrister suggested. No, that is not true, Birbal answered. The trial resumes on Monday with further testimony from Birbal. BOY MADE ADVANCES TOWARDS ME, CLAIMS SEX CASE TEACHER F ROM page one DUVALIER HYPE MAINLY FROM OUT SIDE, SAYS EX-AMBASSADOR Duvalier was not arrested on arrival, as some say he should have been, but he was later taken into police custody and questioned by investigators. Beyond the hype, Dr Newry said: His return for me, will have no impact on the political or economic situation. D uvalier is being investigated on charges of corruption and e mbezzlement from his 1971-86 reign as president for life, a title inherited from his father, President Franois Papa Doc Duvalier. His passport was confiscated, but he is not under arrest. A judge has three months to decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. The Duvaliers, father and son, in successive administrations, p resided over the infamous police force known as the Tonton Macoute, said to have tortured and killed tens of thousands. International observers also claim the pair looted millions of dollars from the Haitian treasury, $900 million by some esti mates. Successive Haitian governments have attempted to recover the allegedly pilfered millions. Most recently, they are attempting to claim a near $6 million Duvalier deposit in a frozen Swiss bank account. The Swiss courts ordered the money released to Duvalier early last year because the statute of limitations on his alleged crimes had expired. But before being released, the money was frozen again, with anticipation of a new Swiss law, the Lex Duvalier Law, that came into effect on February 1. The law is intended to assist the process of countries recov ering the assets of criminals. Under the new law, Haiti has renewed its efforts to claim a moral victory by recovering a fraction of the money they claim the Duvaliers took. With politics swarming around Duvaliers Swiss millions and around Haitis unresolved November-28 elections, there has been widespread speculation about Baby Docs intentions for returning to Haiti. Observers have questioned whether Duvalier has a scheme concocted to recover his millions; whether he intends to dabble in politics again; whether he simply wants to help rebuild the nation; or settle on his final resting place. Whatever the reason, some Haitians in the local community are joining counterparts in Haiti to celebrate his homecoming. There is nothing wrong with him coming back. He gave us plenty money and he still sends money to help the Haitian people. Some people dont understand, but most Haitian people who live in the Bahamas, we love Jean Claude, said Celiner St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of Gospel Assembly. In 25 years what can the government say to Jean Claude. Even the government today has done bad for Haitian people. They dont want to look at what they do. (President Rene Preval has had almost 15 years and he didnt do anything. All presidents who came used what Jean Claude did, said Mr St Louis. A Haitian-Bahamian resident of 20 years said: When he was in power we didnt have the problems we have now. I dont think it is necessary to put him in jail. I think it is necessary to negotiate with him to get some of the money he has to rebuild. He should build something with his money, schools, hospital, factory. He can help the country go forward because he has money. He is not poor, he said. Barring the Swiss millions, international observers say it is questionable how much money Duvalier really has. The man does not have no money, said Antoine St Louis, president of the United Haitian-Bahamian Association (UAHB Dr Newry said he does not know if President Duvalier is broke, but he knows the people who believe the few millions he might have can solve the problems of the country, are thinking in relatively small amounts. In a 2003 interview, reported in the Wall Street Journal, Duvalier scoffed at the idea of being a multi-millionaire. At the time, friends and family claimed he was broke, partly because of a messy 1993 divorce from former wife Michele Bennett and French back taxes. As for political aspirations, Dr Newry said it is not plausible and illogical to think Duvalier would somehow try to capitalise on Haitis current electoral standoff. Next month, front runners Mirlande Maniga and Michel Martelly will be in a presidential run off, said Dr Newry. There is no way for Duvalier to enter the race. If he chooses to endorse a candidate, Dr Newry said that is his right, but even still, I do not think he will be a major factor in determining the election outcome. PLP to set up two committees amid continuing party unrest possibility, as she had been forewarned in December of last year that such an action would be coming. She said that if she was not reinstated as the partys standard bearer for the South Beach constituency, she would still serve her party well. I am a PLP. Whatever decisions are made I will still be working with the PLP. That is it. This is something I knew about from December 22. When I got nominated, I got nominated knowing this would happen, she said. FROM page one POLICE NEWS TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER month after it was targeted by three men armed with high powered weapons. Early Friday morning, the supermarket was broken into by some unknown persons. The culprits stole a number ofe lectronic appliances and the companys safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police reports. Police are also investigating an armed robbery at the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza yesterday. A woman reported she was robbed by a man armed with a handgun wearing a red shirt, while she was sitting inside her grey 2007 Honda CRV L/P 224854. Police reports indicate the gunman forced the woman out of her jeep and fled the area towards Shirley Street. Police are investigating and appealing to members of the public who have any information regarding this or any other matter to contact 919, CDU 502-9991, or crime stoppers at 328-TIPS. FROM page one AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT: Lynden Pindling International Airport is being expanded. The addition of Copa Airlines is seen as a positive beginning for the expanded airport. F ROM page one

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 I I N N S S I I D D E E Local sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S HERMAN the Tank W illiams out-weighed former u ndisputed world heavyw eight champion Evander Real Deal Holyfield during t he weigh-in yesterday for their World Boxing Federation championship bout. A t the Greenbrier Casino C lun in White Sulhurt Spring, W est Virginia, Williams topped the scale at 258 pounds, while Holyfield came in at 224. The duo will clash in the main event tonight at the s ame venue. The fight, scheduled for 12 rounds, is deubbed: Redemption in America and will be live on Pay Per View, starting at 11 p.m.t onight. Holyfield sports a 43-10-2 win-loss-draw record with 28 knockouts, compared toW illiams 34-11 record with 19 KOs. Williams completes weigh-in for Holyfield fight S herman the Tank Williams IT was deju vu for Mark K nowles and his new partner Michal Mertinak. For the second straight t ournament this year, the Bahamian-Solvenia duo got ousted in the second round, this time at the AustralianO pen in Melbourne, Australia. Knowles and Mertinak, seeded at number 12, were stunned as they suffered a 7-6 (3 Eric Butorac of the United States and Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherland Antilles. Prior to the Australian Open, Knowles and Mertinek kicked off their partnership by getting to the second round at the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia where they got eliminated by the American duo of Bob and Mike Bryan, who eventually lost in the final ot the team of Lukas Dlouhy from the Czech Republic and Paul Hanley from Australia. Today, Knowles will switch his attention to the mixed doubles where he is teaming up with Elena Vesnina from Russia. The unseeded duo, however, will have their hands full as they face the top seeded team of Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan from the United States. Knowles ousted in Australian Open By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net OVER a year of lobbying and the hosting of a land mark basketball event in the country has led to the Bahamas being granted exempt status by the National Collegiate Athletic Asso ciation. The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors approved the Bahamas' proposal last weekend and the legislation will go into effect, August 1. The newly awarded exempt status will give the Bahamas the authority to host a tournament which will count towards a team's 30 game schedule. According to George Markantonis, President and Managing Director of Kerzner International Bahamas, tentative plans to host the tournament are scheduled for the Thanksgiving Holi day weekend, November 2327. Lofty expectations loom for the revamped and expanded "Battle At Atlantis" which organisers hope to eventually challenge the NCAA's most well known tournament outside the continental United States, the EA Sports Maui Invitational. "We, of course, are very delighted the vote went in favour of the Bahamas.That enables entities in this country and certainly in our case, Atlantis, to go ahead with their plans for a monster pre season tournament in November. It [November] is not a particularly strong month for us, so with eight teams visiting over the five day period, people will be employed and it will create a great trickle down in the community," Markantonis said, "We are going to expand from the 2500-2600 seats we hosted in Decem ber to about 4500 seats in the same facility moving forward. There will also be a second indoor court for practice games only." Markantonis added that Atlantis plans to diversify its sports tourism portfolio into hosting other events, and a possible extension from collegiate to professional basketball. "We are not stopping at basketball and there are indeed other sports we will look to become involved with. There is a major ten nis event we will announce in the near future and there is also a PGA sanctioned event on the horizon so expect much more to come from us on our side," he said, "We have also been approached by three NBA (National Basketball Asso ciation) teams at this point, but we have postponed those conversations for right now." The world renowned resort hosted the "Battle At Atlantis" double header night which featured Georgia Tech with a 67-54 win over Richmond and Virginia Tech with an 88-57 win over Mis sissippi State. The event saw the resort unveil the new 4,500-seat arena, a segment of the 60,000 square-foot converted conference center now known as the Imperial Arena. Bahamas granted NCAA exempt status BAD NEWS: BAAA's president Mike Sands (centerinney. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations said because t hey could not be guaranteed the $ 500,000 needed they have instructed North, American and Central American and Caribbean (NACAC that they will not be able to host the 2011 Carifta Games. BAAAs president Mike Sands said as they were asked by NACAC t o fill in for St. Kitts, who were unable to fulfill their original commitment, they didnt want to jeop ardise the integrity of the Bahamas b y trying to hold the April 23-25 regional track and field meet. We were waiting word on NACAC, which was never forthc oming, so we had to take the position (and as much as we regret doing s o) that we would not host the Carif ta Games under the circumstances, Sands said. We couldnt guarantee the gov e rnment the requirements, so we have withdrawn ourselves from host ing the games. After St. Kitts opted out on their original commitment, Sands said t hey were advised at the NACAC meeting in Mirimar, Florida in July t hat Jamaica would step in and host it. But after they withdrew, Trinidad & Tobago was approached and they a lso withdrew. Sands said the BAAA was then approached in November and every effort was made to stage the 40th anniversary of the games that was started in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1972 by A ustin Sealy. Right now, time is against us because we will have to do a lot of l ogistical things like securing the h otel rooms that cant be guaranteed just by making a phone call, Sands pointed out. So from our stand point, to main t ain the integrity of our association, t he integrity of the games and certainly the integrity of the Bahamas, we find it necessary to withdraw ourselves from hosting it. Sands maintained NACAC presi dent Neville McCook said they were s till looking at other venues that they could host the games, if they BAAA: Money for 2011 Carifta Games could not be guaranteed W e could n t guarantee the government the r e quirements, so we have withdrawn ourselves from hosting the games Mike Sands S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AS he continues his return to the form that enabled him to win the mens 100 metres silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, Derrick Atkins came back home to make a contribution to some of the future athletes. At a press conference yesterday in the VIP Lounge of the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, Atkins displayed the track outfits and tennis shores that will be presented to the Moores Island Track Club, Ricky Moxey Track Club in Exuma and his alma mater, CR Walker Secondary School. Atkins, who turned 27 on January 5, said the equipment, worth about $1,500 each, is his way of giving back to the people who have helped him. More importantly, he said he decided to help two of the Family Islands because they are less fortunate than those in New Providence and he encouraged the other senior athletes to share their time and experience as well. The three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA national 100 champion while attending Dickinson State said over the years hes been very success and so he want to help out as much as he could. Williams, whose Moores Island ben efited from their success at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations National High School Championships to travel to the Penn Relays last year, said the gesture will go a long way to continue the growth and development of their programme. When we come to the High School Relays and the Nationals, we will definitely make him proud, said Williams, in response to receiving his package of sporting goods. Atkins, the national 100 metre record holder at 9.91 seconds, said hes hoping to put his sub-par 2010 season that ended with an injury behind him and he wants to concentrate on being a medal contender again at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4. Im just trying to get ready for Daegu and most important London, England, said Atkins, referring to the latter at the Olympic Games in 2012. When asked how his preparation being going, Atkins noted: Up and down. Im just trying to get back at 100 percent. Having ran a seasons best of 10.12 last year, Atkins said once he can get back to the world class level where he can run the 10.0s, the 9s will come. Its going to be an uphill climb to getting back to but its just a matter of getting back there and staying there, he said. Mentally, Im exhausted. Injuries is a part of every sport, but Atkins back home, makes donation to track clubs CONTRIBUTION: Derrick Atkins (center At left is Harrison Petty and at right is coach Anthony Williams from Moores Island. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 LADY ANGELS ROUT LADY C ARIBS SEE PAGE 10

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SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CROSS COUNTRY ALBURY SAYLE C ROSS COUNTRY THE Albury Sayle Prim ary School will hold their annual Cross Country Championahips today at Fort Charlotte, starting at 9:30 a.m. The event is designed for both pri-m ary and junior high schools. BOXING CHAMPION B OXING CLUB SHOW CHAMPION Boxing C lub will kick off the 2011 season with its first amateurb oxing show tonight at the First Class Promotions venue on Wulff Road. A number of bouts, featuri ng the rising young stars, will get underway at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. B ASKETBALL GSSSA RESULTS RESULTS of junior divisional games played on Thursd ay at the CI Gibson Gymnasium are as follows: C H Reeves 17, LW Young 5: Cyntese Cooper scored eight points to lead the junior girls to victory. TA Thompson 44, SC M cPherson 30: Rashad Davis s cored 12 points in this junior b oys contest. Quemen Gibs on had a game high 14 in the loss. D W Davis 81, CH Reeves 31: Rohaan Adderley andN igel Rolle both had game h igh honours with 19 points each in their junior boys win. Brandon Stubbs had 11 in the loss. sports NOTES c an secure the necessary f unding. But in the event that the g ames are cancelled, Sands s aid hes been in contact with the various federation presi dents in the other countries with the view of staging somet ype of meet to allow the j unior athletes to compete around that time. Were not going to be prem ature to say that this is what will happen, but we have had some discussion on what c ould be done, Sands said. In 40 years, Carifta has been the bedrock for all of the regional stars to comet hrough. So were hoping that the games will still come off. Sands said they wanted to advise the public that theB ahamas and the BAAA were in no way not prepared to step in and host the games. But he said neither are pre pared to do so without having secured the necessary funding. I take it back to the doorsteps of the president of NACAC, who brought it to our attention, Sands said. There was no written guarantee from him or from sponsor A (and or we could present to our ministry, our government. If you decided that you want to have a party and you want to have it to my house and you have agreed to pro vide everything, I still have to decide if I want to have it at my house. So at the end of the day, we have to get the government support. Sands said he was aware that Cable and Wire, who have an agreement with NACAC after hosting the games last year in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, were interested in sponsoring the games again this year. But he denied that they doesnt have any affiliation with Cable and Wireless and as a result, they are unaware of any agreement that they have in sponsoring the games. Sands said in order to host the games, the country must have a written guarantee from their government to support the games as a prerequisite by NACAC. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e BAAA INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays T HE New Providence Womens Basketball Asso-c iation continued its regular season on Thursday night at the DW Davis Gymnasium with the Bomer G Lady Angels rebounding fromt heir loss to the Four Js Lady Cheetahs. The Lady Angels avenged their loss by routng the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs 69-46 to improve their second place win-loss recordt o 11-2. Kaylicia Laing, shooting 7of-10 from the field, scored a game high 14 points with three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 19 minutes of play to lead the attack. A shley Moss, who shot 6of-16 from the field, had 13 p oints, 11 rebounds, four block shots and two steals in 3 2 minutes to help out. D iasti Delancy, Felicia Cartwright and KissieM cDonald all had nine points and Sharrelle Cash added seven. Boomer G led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter ande xtended their lead to 34-19 at the half. They went on to increase their lead to 54-34 after three quarters. In a losing effort for the College of the Bahamas, Deandra Williams scored 12p oints with four rebounds in 34 minutrs. Giovanna Gordon had nine points and three rebounds and Shandell Williams chipped in with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. W ith the loss, the Lady Caribs dropped to 3-8. Going into tonights action, heres how the standi ngs look: Lady Angels rout Lady Caribs 69-46 T EAMS W L PCT. GB F our Js Cheeters 11 1 .917 Boomer G. Angles 112 .8461/2J ohnson Ladys Truckers 65.54541/2 C ybots Queens48.3337 COB Lady Caribs38.2727 Sentinel AllStars012.00011 THE Bahamas Football Association will be offering a Coaching Course over the weekend of January 28-29 at the National Training Center at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The clinic will be held on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The featured lecturer is Stephen Payne, an internationally renowned coach, who is hold er of the UEFA Pro License, the UEFA A License, the Brazilian A License and a FIFA Futuro III Instructor. Payne was recently named as the Head Coach for the Ottawa Fury, PDL Team for the 2011 Soccer Season. Prior to that, he served as the Technical Director of the Tanzania Football Federation. He also worked six years as a Senior Coach with Bryst Academy, one of the top player development organisations in Toronto. Payne is a coach that believes in a technical, possession game based around speed, aggression and surprise. He was born in Northamption, England and as a schoolboy played briefly for Charlton Athletic, and amnateur stints with Hitchin Town and Stevenage Athletic. He will share the benefits of his experi ence and knowledge with the BFA coaches in the two day programme. The BFA is inviting all of their clubs to send as many representatives as possible to take advantage of the opportunity. Bahamas Football Association set to host Coaching Course WORKING THE DEFENSE: Boomer G Lady Angels Kaylicia Laing goes to work against the defense of the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs Deandra Williams and Gabrielle McKinney. D RIVING THROUGH: C OB Lady Caribs Shandell Williams drives to the basket against Bommer G Lady Angels Sharelle Cash. TRAPPED: College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs Natiska Silver is trapped by three Boomer G Lady Angels players, including Sharrelle Cash and Chrysan t ha Strachan. QUICK FEET: College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs Natiska Silver drib bles around the defense of Boomer G Lady Angels Chrysantha Strachan. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f you have to deal with it and bounce back. So right now, Im getting there. After winning a silver medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006 in Cartagena de Indias, Atkins produced his best international campaign in 2007 when he trailed American Tyson Gay through the finish line at the Worlds and ahead of his cousin, Asafa Powell from Jamaica. But in 2008, Atkins went to the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing where he got to the semifinal before bowing out with his best time of 10.13. Hes not been able to regain his top form since. But he said his expectations are to get back to top form. I want to be able to compete for a medal (again Track and field is a sport where there are a lot more people running faster than ever. Theres a lot of sub 9.8s, so at the end of the day, its going to be whos mentally tough and whos physically prepared, he proclaimed, as if to say that he intend to achieve both this year. Now based in Gainsville, Florida, Atkins said he would also like to see the Bahamas produce a mens 4 x 100 metre relay team that compete at the Worlds and Olympics just like the mens 4 x 4 and the womens 4 x 1. Weve been trying to get a 4 x 1 team together, but we have to be able to pull everybody together at the same time, he pointed out. You have to have a flow and you have to be cohesive. It has to be a consistent flow. If all goes well, Atkins said he will continue to give back to the local community as he continue his quest to excel at the top like he did at his last Worlds appearance. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e Atkins Lawrence Hepburn, President of the Bahamas Basketball Federation, said the exempt status is yet another vital stepping stone in the growth and development of the game of basketball in country. "We want to sincerely thank the Atlantis team for a job well done. For many years we have been trying to achieve exempt status and that never came to fruition. With the full corporation of all the Ministries and groups involved today is a dream come true and the Bahamas Bas ketball Federation could not be more pleased and excited with the result," he said, "Atlantis did an absolutely splendid job at the Battle at Atlantis and that put everything over the top. The Federation has already been connected by a number of top flight universities interested in coming down so expectations are high for what opportunities will arise from this exempt status. This means great things for the federation but it means much more to the game of basketball in the Bahamas." Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, noted the growing sector of sports tourism and speculated that it could overtake the convention hosting field as the main attraction for visitors who would not normally visit the Bahamas. "The Bahamas being granted this exempt status opens up possibilities for us to further the market for other disciplines to follow suit," he said, "With the National Stadium under construction and other facilities it will be a wonderful thing for the Bahamas overall. 2010 was a great year for sports tourism but all indications suggest that 2011 will trump that." F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e NCAA

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y GENA GIBBS A RAWAK Port Development is nearing completion of the marine works and apron for the new international con tainer port, sched uled for completion by the end of 2011. Individual mailboat services will still operate fromP otters Cay Dock for interisland marine freight trans port. The Potters Cay location w ill also facilitate services for local wholesale agencies to ship smaller palleted ship ments to the Family Islands. However, the Arawak Cay Port will handle all international container freight transportation and storage. The 40-acre development will be the new home for local shipping companies, such as Betty K and Tropi cal Shipping, that transport and store international freight. The port relocation is expected to ease heavy Bay Street container traffic and allow shipping companies to operate from one location at the mouth of the Nassau Harbour. Arawak Cay Port Development to be completed b y the end of 2011 DOWNTOWN ART PHOT OS BY TIM CLARKE LOCAL and international Artist participate in the Love My Bahamas DownTown art expreience. Pictured is the work of Nassau artist Kishan Munroe. THE work of Chantal Bethel and Claudette Dean. M OVING PIPES: P ipes pumping water to New Providence water reserves will be removed and relocated further inland on Arawak Cay in order to make room for the marine work to be completed to facilitate the high security commercial container port. This site is the area where the daily water barge from Andros delivers fresh water to supply New Providence. LIFTING HEAVY: APD will facilitate international commercial shipping activity in a ISPS port environment. Cranes will remove 20 to 40 foot containers from vessels and store them in customs storage facilities until they are claimed by customs brokers and receivers. ACLOSER LOOK: A worker surveys the water reserve area. MAKING PROGRESS: Mike Maura, the CEO of the Arawak Port Development (APD the marine work for the new commercial container port construction taking place at Arawak Cay. G e n a G i b b s / B I S P h o t o s