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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.176MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTIAL SUNSHINE HIGH 90F LOW 81F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE12B Education: We deserve to know the ugly truth By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter AN ongoing government audit of the Education Loan Authority has revealed a num-ber of questionable practices, which in the opinion of Tribune sources, could be considered white collar crime at its best. Documents seen by The Tri bune reveal an ELA official being paid a $10,000 per diem by the authority without clear authorisation, over $300,000 being spent in a day without supporting documentation and meeting and parties organisedby the ELA having been held a t a business owned by a family member of one of its senior o fficials. Sources claim some members of government have been advised on the explosive find ings of the audit, and were appalled. However, government officials are refusing to comment, stating the audit is not complete. Several ELA board members, on the other hand, denied knowledge of the auditor generals activities altogether. Desmond Bannister, Minis ter of Education, said: I have spoken with the auditor gener al who has indicated to me that he has not seen or signed off on any reports which relate to the department in question and so he is unable to provide any commentary whatsoever on it with respect to any allegations which may be made. Anita Bernard, secretary to Cabinet, confirmed there is an audit in progress. However, shes aid: I would not be privy to the findings until I have the report. I have not seen an audit as yet. Documents seen by The Tri bune detail several transactions that sources claim reveal a lack transparency. The documents note, for example, an official was paid a per diem of $10,000 without any clear authorisation. Tribune sources claim this was done on several occasions. In several instances, investigators note the organisation lacks the required financial controls to ensure transparency and accountability. In April 2010, for example, the findings note over $300,000 was spent in one day without any supporting documentation. It is claimed by Tribune sources that ELA funds were TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INTOMORROWTRIBUNE: GETYOUR 2011 HURRICANE SUPPLEMENT I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , J J U U N N E E 2 2 7 7 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 B y P A C O N U N E Z T r i b u n e N e w s E d i t o rTh e p i c t u r e e m e r g i n g o u t o f T h e T r i b u n e s o n g o i n g p r o b e i n t o t h e s t a t e o f p u b l i c s c h o o l i n g i s n t p a r t i c u l a r l y f l a t t e r i n g I t s q u i t e s c a n d a l o u s a c t u a l l y I t s u g g e s t s i n a n u t s h e l l t h a t a t h u s f a r i n c a l c u l a b l e f o r t u n e c e r t a i n l y i n t h e t e n s p e r h a p s e v e n i n t h e h u n d r e d s o f m i l l i o n s h a s b e e n w a s t e d a w a y b e c a u s e c o r r u p t i o n a n d i n c o m p e t e n c e h a v e b e e n a l l o w e d t o f e s t e r i n t h e M i n i s t r y o f E d u c a t i o n o v e r t h e l a s t t h r e e d e c a d e s o r s o S o f a r w e h a v e d i s c o v e r e d t h a t : t h e f i n a n c i a l r e c o r d s o f m a n y s c h o o l s a r e e i t h e r i n a m e s s o r l a r g e l y n o n e x i s t e n t b e c a u s e f o r y e a r s p r i n c i p a l s d o u b l e d a s a c c o u n t a n t s e v e n t h o u g h s o m e c o u l d n t b a l a n c e t h e i r o w n c h e q u e b o o k s a s o n e s o u r c e p u t i t f u n d s r a i s e d o n c a m p u s f o r e x a m p l e f r o m s n a c k s h o p s a l e s h a v e g o n e c o m p l e t e l y u n a c c o u n t e d f o r T h i s m o n e y w h i c h f o r s o m e s c h o o l s r e p r e s e n t s a s m u c h a s $ 2 0 0 0 0 0 a y e a r w a s u s e d o n t h i n g s l i k e t e a c h e r s l u n c h e s o r b u y i n g c e l l p h o n e s f o r p r i n c i p a l s d e s p i t e t h e f a c t t h a t e d u c a t i o n i s t h e g r e e d i e s t o f a l l g o v e r n m e n t e n t i t i e s r e g u l a r l y e a t i n g t h r o u g h u p t o $ 2 0 0 m i l l i o n a y e a r s t u d e n t s a r e s e r v e d t e r r i b l y w h e n i t c o m e s t o c r u c i a l a r e a s l i k e i n f o r m a t i o n t e c h n o l o g y O n l y a b o u t s i x p e r c e n t o f s c h o o l s e v e n h a v e I T l a b s ( n o t t h a t i n c r e a s i n g t h i s n u m b e r w o u l d l i k e l y m a k e m u c h d i f f e r e n c e i t t u r n s o u t m a n y t e a c h e r s d o n t k n o w h o w t o u s e a c o m p u t e r t h e m s e l v e s ) m i n i s t r y o f f i c i a l s h a v e p o u r e d m i l l i o n s i n t o p u r c h a s i n g e q u i p m e n t a n d s e r v i c e s t h a t e i t h e r d o n t w o r k p r o p e r l y o r a r e n t b e i n g u s e d T h e p u b l i c i s s t i l l p a y i n g h u n d r e d s o f t h o u s a n d s a y e a r i n l i c e n s i n g f e e s o n c e r t a i n s y s t e m s w i t h o u t s e e i n g a n y s u b s t a n t i a l b e n e f i t s W e a l s o l e a r n e d t h a t d e t a i l s o f t h e a b o v e h a v e n e v e r r e a c h e d t h e p u b l i c b e c a u s e o f a s e e n o e v i l h e a r n o e v i l c u l t u r e o f c o w a r d i c e p e r m e a t i n g t h e m i n i s t r y a n d a n e n t r e n c h e d n e t w o r k o f c o c o n s p i r a t o r s s o m e o f w h o m o n l y p r o t e c t t h e o t h e r s o u t o f f e a r t h a t t u r n i n g w h i s t l e b l o w e r m i g h t l e a d t o a f i n g e r b e i n g p o i n t e d a t t h e m B u t w h i l e t h e p u b l i c h a s b e e n i n t h e d a r k i t t u r n s o u t w e d i d n t u n c o v e r m u c h t h a t w a s n e w s t o t h e g o v e r n m e n t T i m e a f t e r t i m e w e c a m e u p o n w h a t w e b e l i e v e d w a s a w e l l c o n c e a l e d d i r t y l i t t l e s e c r e t o n l y t o f i n d a n o f f i c i a l t h o u g h q u i e t i n v e s t i g a t i o n a l r e a d y u n d e r w a y T h e a c c o u n t i n g m e s s h a s l e d t o a f u l l a u d i t o f a l l h i g h s c h o o l s a n d t h e a s s i g n i n g o f a p r o f e s s i o n a l b u r s a r t o e a c h o n e ; 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E m a i l c o m m e n t s t o : p n u n e z @ t r i b u n e m e d i a n e tE d u c a t i o n : W e d e s e r v e t o k n o w t h e u g l y t r u t h Explosive findings in Education Loan audit SEE page 12 MINISTRYOFEDUCATIONSPECIALREPORT By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter A RETIRED police investigator and attorney accused the Minister of National Security of interfering in the police force to have two officers charged before a disciplinary tribunal after they executed a search warrant on the home of one of the Ministers close relatives. Former police superintendent Keith Bell contends the two police officers did everything SEE page 13 MINISTER ACCUSED O F INTERFERING IN POLICE FORCE AFTER RELATIVES HOME SEARCHED By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter SURROUNDED by her loved ones, just as in Big Happy Family her favourite Madea play, Consuela Faye Thurston, mother of seven, died from cancer-related complica tions Friday afternoon. True to form by all who knew her, she died with a smile on her face. Mrs Thurston drew her last breath at her sisters home in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. We kept them (children in the back but they saw when the hearse was taking her out, said her younger sister, Olive Cox. They really cried, they cried. They just lost their daddy and now they taking away their mommy. So we did a lot of crying. The Thurstons two boys and three girls will stay in Eight Mile Rock with their aunt, a decision that was mutually agreed by all the siblings. Mrs Thurston had two daughters before her marriage, Sasha, 16, will also stay in Grand Bahama, while Johnnese, By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter SANDALS resort General Manager has indicated the hotels intention to continue expanding the property while increasing its presence and work in the Exuma community. With the recent completion of a 62-room expan sion Sandals Emerald Bay Exuma General Manager Jeremy Mutton said there is room for further development, not only within the resort, but in the com munity. Currently at 90 per cent occupancy, Mr Mutton said there is still room for expansion on resort and we want to continue and do more work in the comBy CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are currently investigating a fire that destroyed a block of classrooms at the All Age Inagua School. According to police reports the fire started around 9:30pm on Friday and was contained to two class rooms and a bath room. With the assistance of local residents, the police and the Bahamas Defence Force were able to bring the fire under control. Speaking with TheTribune yesterday Education Minister Desmond Bannister said that teams from his ministry and the Ministry of Works were dispatched to Inagua yester day to conduct a full evaluation of the damage. MOTHER OF SEVEN DIES JUST MONTHS AFTER HER HUSB AND SANDALS PLANS TO EXPAND IN EXUMA SEE page 13 SEE page 12 INVESTIGATION AFTER CLASSROOMS DESTROYED IN FIRE SEE page two O NTHEMARCHFORDRUGAWARENESS THIS YOUNG BAND was one of many participating yesterday in a Four Point Solidarity March. The Ministry of National Security along with a multi-sectoral committee organised the event, which culminated in a drug awareness rally at Windsor Park. CONSUELA FAYE THURSTON died on Friday afternoon Sour ce c laims govt members told of the f indings ar e appalled TRIBUNE EXCLUSIVE FAMILY PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONSUELA THURSTON


19, will return to New Providence. That was one of her wishes, that they never separate if she could have controlled it, and to never ever go in the childrens home, said Ms Cox. We (sisters as long as breath is in our bodies that none of our children would ever go into the childrens h ome, she said. Then a family of eight, The Thurstons first appeared on the front page of The Tribune in December. Still reeling from the shock of her husbands diagnosis advanced stage lymphoma, cancer of the immune system Mrs Thurston flung open the doors to the emotional and financial devastation wrought by the disease. In less than two years, Mrs Thurstons breast cancer already at stage four when she was diagnosed had permeated nearly every part of her body. In that initial interview, the family faced eviction and dire need, owing the landlord of their former Joans Heights apart ment nearly $5,000 in unpaid rent. Throughout the interview, Mrs Thurston was upbeat, posi tive and admittedly noisy, as she burst into laughter despite reprimands from her eldest daughter, Johnnese. Patricia Pratt, Mrs Thurstons elder sister, said: She inspired me a whole lot. She made me feel like I could take on any thing. Ms Pratt recalled how Mrs Thurston was the first person she saw when she was hospitalized in a serious bus accident. I was like girl how did you get here? She had only recently been released from the hospital herself. She was shaking, barely could stand up straight, and she said girl I had to come, I had to come and be here where you is. said youre a strong woman, with everything youre going through you put your whole self aside to deal with it, Ms Pratt added. Over the new few months, Mrs Thurston kept TheTribune and its readers, informed as the disease continued its debilitating course. The death of Mr Thurston in February, at 42, had crushed her hopes for his rehabilitation and eventual return as the sole caregiver for her children, in the event of her death. In the interview following her husband, Peters death, Mrs Thurston was overcome with grief. However, even in her darkest hour that brief moment of flagging optimism, she never gave up on her spiritual faith. Before he died, said Ms Cox, she would go and change his pampers everyday. When I saw her trying to lift her husband, I said no Faye! You forget if you lift heavy loads you will break your spine. I hugged her and I said you cant handle him, hes too heavy, and she told me but only me one to do it. Aint nobody coming to help me. That was one strong little woman, said her younger sister, she inspired so many people, she gave them strength. I looked at her when her husband died and I saw how she had to gather herself to get everything done. Mrs Thurstons case was admittedly a difficult one, according to Nurse Charlene McPhee, co-founder of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer support group. In an interview before Mr Thurstons death, Nurse McPhee marvelled at Mrs Thurstons drive to provide for her children regardless of the mounting obstacles. At that time, Mrs Thurstons kidneys were operating at 32 per cent and doctors told her that her tumours had become numerous. By April, the Thurston family had been reduced to living on hand-outs. A terrifying reality brought on by Mrs Thurstons inability to continue working at Solomons Super Centre, where she had been employed for the past 15 years after moving to Nassau in 1995. (Solomons and only job in Nassau, said Ms Cox. That was one of the best places she could have been working, they stuck with her to the end. Her boundless optimism did not falter during the April interview, even as she explained that she now had to choose between continuing her treatments and her familys future. In the end, her ailing health forced relocation earlier this month to Grand Bahama, her childhood home. Speaking with The Tribune on Saturday, the family remi nisced on her remarkable cancer journey that transformed her from a quiet, God-fearing woman into an outspoken and unashamed praiser. It was so hard, said Ms Cox, they told me I was selfish, but it was hard for me to say okay go. I just didnt want her to leave me. She put up a good fight, I admire her thats one strong woman, added her sister. She gave me strength, she made me feel like I could take on anything. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Mrs Thurstons sup porters and many financial donors, most of whom were anonymous. Persons wishing to reach the family can contact Ms Cox in Grand Bahama at (242 2815, or Ms Pratt in New Providence at 636-8457. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE SIBLING BOND: From left,Peter Jr, 9; Brittiny, 10, Sasha (seated Johnnese, 19; Sarah, 8; Brianna, 3; and Justin, 6, on Saturday. SISTERS Olive Cox (left sent to Ms Pratt from Consuela. It was the last gift she received from Mrs Thurston before her sight, speech and memory began to deteriorate. The sisters are smiling in memory of Consuelas unflagging optimism and positive spirit. IN THIS PHOTO taken in February, the youngest Thurston child, Brianna, points to a photo of her parents as her sisters Sarah and Brittiny, and her mother Consuela, look on. MOTHER OF SEVEN DIES JUST MONTHS AFTER HER HUSBAND FROM page one


By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter A MAN who says he was raised in the US to believe he was American, and went on to serve with distinction in that countrys Army and Navy, is now facing deportation to The Bahamas after being accused of lying on a passport application five years ago. Leo Dawkins, 26, has spent the last month in a federal detention centre in Jacksonville, Florida. His military service in the US dates back to 2003 when he enrolled using a birth certificate issued by the State of Florida a few months earlier. The former soldier, who was training to become a registered nurse at the time of his arrest in March, is said to have been taken from The Bahamas to the US as an infant and was raised by relatives in the US and led to believe he was a citizen. Military records show that Mr Dawkins, whose specialty was army combat photography, was honorably discharged from the force as a specialist in 2008 after receiving the Iraq Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism medal and Combat Action badge, among other honours. He immediately enlisted in the Navy, who sent him to serve at the Guantanamo military compounds public relations unit. He was a petty officer in the reserves at the time of his arrest. He had been discharged from active duty in April, 2011. The New York Times reports that records show he received glowing evaluations while serving in the Navy, which noted his exceptional work ethic. Mr Dawkins contends he always believed he was a citizen, and his lawyer, Clark Mervis, notes that state and federal authorities treated him as such during his seven years of service in the Army and Navy. He received secret security clearance during the stint serving at the Guantanamo base. The former Petty Office was even issued a passport in 2006. However, he is now charged with the crime of lying on that 2006 passport application when asked if he had ever applied for a passport before. Mr Dawkins checked no, but the US government said the answer is yes. Had he not already received his passport, Mr Dawkins would also have been eligible for one based on his military service to date. He would be disqualified for such eligibility if he receives a criminal conviction for the offence for which he is now charged. It is unclear why the former soldier was indicted in March for the alleged offence, five years after he received his passport and while he was still in the Navy. Mr Mervis said his client never knowingly and wilfully deceived the government and wishes to get out of jail, go back to Jacksonville, and continue his work there as a nurse. He condemned the move to prosecute his client, stating, We dont often incarcerate warhero-type people for making a false statement on a passport application. Its a case that should never have been prosecuted criminally. This is just wrong. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 3 A NEWstrategic busin ess plan which will crea te a role for the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas as a buffer between commerciallydriven private media and the public, was a nnounced yesterday by t he BCBs general manager, Edwin Lightbourne. The 2012-2014 Strategic Business Plan is designed to improve the lives of Bahamians t hrough the promotion of c ultural and educational enrichment programmes in an independent broadcast environment, said a statement from the BCB. D eveloped following a n operational review by t he Management team and the Board of Directors, the plan provides considered guidelinesf or the attainment of the Corporations public service objectives over at hree-year period and is said to take into accountt he recent restructuring e xercise that saw the d eparture of 80 staff members. The new strategic busin ess plan requires the Corporation to live within its means, effi c iently manage scarce resources and operate professionally. A new governance structure to support the Corporations transformation into an indepen d ent public service broadcaster is currently under active review byt he Government. The need for the corporation to become the b uffer between private m edia and the public comes about in light of industry developmentss ince the mid-1990s, which have created a diverse and highly com petitive marketplace, said t he BCB. Radio A mong the plans out lined in the new docu ment, are the intention to c onsolidate radio operations into a single public service radio entity by simulcasting ZNS 1 programming on both the AM and FM bands (1540AM and 104.5FM n ationally over time. Separate programming on 104.5FM has been discon tinued. ZNS 1 program ming is currently available on the AM and FM bands in New Provid ence and Grand Bahama. Additional FM transm itters are set to be installed throughout the islands to offer both AM and FM signals nationwide. In television, the Corporation is pursuing two key and interrelated initiatives the digitaliza tion of equipment, increased production of local programming and enhancement of its online website presence at The digital transformation of television will enhance the ZNS brand identity and provide a significant improvementin productivity, workflow, creativity and pro fessionalism, suggests the plan. The Corporation will place more emphasis on manpower development through in-service training opportunities in all areas. RODNEY M ONCUR (centre l ies of Murder Victims g roup marched through the streets of Nassau on Saturday on a prohanging demonstration. Tim Clarke / T ribune staff PRO-HANGING GROUP MARCH THR OUGH NASSAU O NTHEMARCH Former USsoldier faces deportation to Bahamas BCB ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN Man accused of lying on a passport a pplication says he believed he was American


EDITOR, The Tribune. I WILLbe most grateful if you would allow me a little space to express my disappointment in the consecutive governments, as far as it relates to their treatment of Mayagua-n a. W hile living in Freeport persons often told me in jest that Mayaguana was behind Gods back and my response generally was, thats a good place to be, because it meant He was leading and we were followingH im. However, thats something I can no longer take lightly, not even in jest, because it is patently clear that both of the two major political parties, w hich formed consecutive governments have failed and neglected the people ofM ayaguana. It seems for the m ost part as if the people of Mayaguana just dont matter t o the powers that be. If we would go back in time a nd list the accomplishments of t he two major parties as it r elates to Mayaguana, we could f ind specific things for which they both should receive credit. H owever, their record of neglect and failure to follow through caused their accom p lishments to fade in comparison. The Progressive Liberal Party, which formed consecutive governments for the longest p eriod, during its early days did nothing of any significance in M ayaguana. During their latter term, they were responsible for bringing the Fiber Opticc able and the I. Group to the Island, which was supposed toh ave been the catalysts for an i mproved economy and the g eneral development of the island. This project seems to have been on track and the res i dents were very optimistic, many of whom were employed. Then the I. Group went on hol iday break, came back in a lim i ted capacity for a brief period. The government changed then they ceased operation and after four years cant seem to get going again. There has been and still is much talk about thea mount of land which was supp osed to have been a part of the deal with government. Per sonally, I have no problem with t he amount if the ten thousand acres were to be developed in an orderly fashion, with the right kind of development, and if Bahamians were given com parable considerations, which we all know was not the case. H owever, I had a problem when government seemed to have exercised no or little con trol or restrictions on where they could have those acreages, based on their overall plan and category of development; but left the company to hop and skip all over the island, wherever there was prime beach front property and annexed it. P lease understand, I dont b lame the I. Group, as I would h ave done the same had I been in their position. I believe our water situation is the worst in the entire Bahamas. The people on thei sland, particularly Pirates Well a nd Betsy Bay, are totally reliant upon the rain water, or purchase drinking water at a cost of $2.25 to $2.70 per gallon (depending on who is selling it in order to get some fresh water. The existing water sup-p ly has been for many years just a little fresher than the water from the sea. If you wash an aluminum u tensil with it and let it dry, the u tensil turns white from the salt. If by chance you cook with it you dare not use any other seas oning with salt contents; not to mention the rapid deterioration of the kitchen and bath r oom fixtures. W e were told that as a part of the I. Group agreement with government, they were to provide a reverse Osmosis system t hat would have supplied the entire island community with p otable water. Even this was problematic (which is a topic for a different time); but from information received, the I. Groups plan was for a twent y-year development and I u nderstand there was no stipul ated time frame in which they w ere supposed to have provid ed the potable water. A s for the I. Group it is my understanding that part of thea greement with the previous government, was, that they w ould have paved the runway and built a new terminal among other things. Well, in this r egard, they put half of the usable runway (which was already in poor condition) outo f use, causing excessive stress o n the remaining portion in use; they began paving and that came to an abrupt halt (leav-i ng what could truly be d escribed as a mess). In came the current adminis tration, who told the Bahamian people, (including Mayaguanians) in so many words, trust us, we would fix whatever mess the o ther party made. While the MICAL constituency did not elect their candidate, the Bahamian people elected them the government of all the peo ple (including Mayaguana expected them to make every effort to do what they promised. Well, lets look at what they dida s far as it relates to Mayaguana, In their previous term, they e lectrified the island, which was very important and I would dare say essential to the island. However, during the current term, I am more than just disappointed in their performance as it relates to Mayaguana. Hav ing taken over the airport and being fully aware of its condition, they just let it deteriorate to an extent that the NationaI Flag Carrier, had to cease send ing their aircraft to the island because of the hazard the run way posed. As a Mayaguanian, I am incensed that any government in this country would knowingly allow such a thing to happen.I say knowingly, because no one can claim ignorance of the condition the airport was in four y ears ago and to allow it to just c ontinue and deteriorate to such an extent, without doing anything is inexcusable, under any circumstances. I have been in conversations with a number of persons ont his issue and there are those w ho said, the I. Group was supposed to fix it, and others refer to the economic situation as the root cause. Well, the I. Group might have had an agreement, but they are not the government oft his country and if they didnt pave it as agreed, then it was the governments responsibility to do something about it, even if the economic situation prev ented the full paving (which I dont accept) then at the very least carry out the necessaryr epairs to ensure that it r emained in good enough condition to serve the residents and v isitor of the island, until it could be properly resurfaced. W ould you believe that, in 2 011, if an emergency flight had t o airlift someone at night, resi dents have to park their pri vate vehicles in strategic areas o n the runway with their lights on to assist the aircraft in locating the airport and runway?E ven though we have electricity supply coming right to the airport; which consecutive governments seem to have ignored (unbelievable, but true A nother sore point for me is our government office complex. V isit Mayaguana and go to the sorry excuse for an Adminis trators office. Its a closet which s erves also as the post office, court, Immigration and otherg overnment departments. W hen I visit that office and find v isitors standing in front trying to submit or fill out documents, I often engage them in conver s ation to make them feel welcome to the island of Mayaguana, but inside I often felt ashamed that what they weree xperiencing was a representa tion of Mayaguana. I am sure there are persons on both sides of the political divide who would take excep tion to my letter and attempt t o list additional accomplishm ents of both administrations. Without fear of contradiction there are other achievementsa nd failures or neglects which I choose not to expound upon in this letter; such as the paving of roads (which now for the most part, is in a terrible state); the fiber optic cable (which was brought into the island more t han five years ago, and still as of the end of this month my phone has been out of order for one year) and the list goes on. But in closing, any well thinking Mayaguanian, who can put petty politics aside, and examine the facts as they are, have to agree that Mayaguana has been neglected to a great extent by both administrations over the years. Finally, as a Mayaguanian, I am grateful to and thank Mr Larry Brown, a son of the soil, who agreed to send his aircraft (Lee Air Mayaguanians airlift service, otherwise, we probably would have no other choice than to pray the mail boat comes and travel by boat (God help us HUEL A WILLIAMSON Pirates Well, Mayaguana June 23, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 PRIME Minister Ingraham resurrected the issue of womens rights at a luncheon given last week to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Bureau of Womens Affairs. Mr Ingraham seems more concerned about womens rights than many Bahamian women, who appear quite content to continue to walk a few paces behind their men. Although women are no longer as they once were classified on our statute books with children and lunatics their children still cannot claim Bahamian nationality if their husband is not a Bahamian. However, the irony of the matter is that illegitimate children of a Bahamian woman are Bahamian citizens even though the childrens natural father might be a foreigner and even though they might be born outside the Bahamas. So any child who wants Bahamian citizenship is better off if his mother is unmarried. Also, as in Common Law a childs nationality follows that of the father, children of Bahamian men married to foreign women, are also Bahamian regardless of where they are born. The only children left out in the cold and at the discretion of the whim of a politician are the legitimate children of a Bahamian mother and a non-Bahamian father. Make sense? Not to us, but if the rejection of the referendum to right an obvious wrong is to be the yardstick, its seems that illegitimacy has more status in this country than legitimacy. And given a chance by the Ingraham government in a free vote on February 27, 2002 it was the women themselves who rejected the referendum, and decided to remain unequal. Of course, it was the PLP Opposition that muddied the waters and confused the elec torate. The PLP apparently thought that the defeat of the referendum would be a defeat of the Ingraham government at the polls which it eventually was. On the floor of the House and led by then Opposition leader Perry Christie the PLP did a most interesting two-foot shuf fle. Having had an inordinate amount of time to consult with the government on the proposed referendum, which Prime Minister Ingraham assured them would not include any issue with which they disagreed, and after a five-day debate in the House on the proposed referendum, 39 of the 40 MPs voted yes to the referendum. All questions that were to go to the public for its vote, the Opposition on the floor of the House had agreed. However, when it came time for the pub lic to vote, the PLP again led by Mr Christie ordered their supporters to vote Surprisingly Mrs Alyson Maynard Gibson, at that time PLP MP for Pinewood, threw out the red herring that a yes vote for the referendum, which would make Bahamian women equal to their menfolk, would create a marriage of convenience market in the Bahamas. Why should it be more of a marriage of convenience for Bahamian women than for Bahamian men? Apparently she had no answer. If Mrs Gibson had looked carefully at the 1973 Constitution and the proposed change, she would have known that this was not true. The nationality amendments to the Constitution were to make Bahamian women equal, not give them more rights than Bahamian men. But all that did not matter. We have never seen or heard such jiggery-pokery as the PLP pulled during that referendum. It had become so political PLP vs FNM that in the end the real issue was lost. As a result Bahamian women remain second class citizens and they have only themselves to blame. We put in our Constitution, Mr Ingraham said at the time, a provision that gave to Bahamian women who had children outside of a marriage more rights than a Bahamian woman who was in fact married. And so it remains today. Its now up to Bahamian women to do something about it. About a year later by now Mr Ingraham had lost the 2002 election and Mr Christie was Prime Minister we attendeda wedding at which Mr Christie was also present. The date was May 30, 2003. The place St Anselms Church, Fox Hill. Outside of the church we introduced Mr Christie to a Bahamian woman from an old and respected Bahamian family who had married a foreigner and whose children were left out in the cold by the defeated referendum. We brought the matter to his attention. He gave her his most affable smile, and, never at a loss for words, assured her that on his watch all wrongs would be made right. He said he knew that Mr Ingraham could not get the referendum through, but he, Perry Christie, certainly could. As Prime Minister he intended to do so. That conversation took place eight years ago. Since then the young Bahamian man and his foreign wife, whose wedding we attended, have had four handsome Bahami an boys one of them born in England. Mr Christie was prime minister for five years and today the children of Bahamian women, whose husbands are foreign, are still out in the cold. From the day of that conversation no more was heard from Mr Christies quarter about womens rights, nor about doing something about the referendum that he helped scuttle. Disappointment with treatment of Mayaguana LETTERS Women through their own vote remain second class


BLACKOUTS in New Providence are expected toend this week as repairs to a nother failed generator at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation have been completed. BECs spokesperson Arnette Wilson-Ingraham confirmed that electricity supply should be consistent nowt hat two of the three generators that shut down at BECs Blue Hill Road and CliftonPier plants have been restored. T he power outages were s aid to have signaled the gove rnments financial mismanagement and lack of visionary leadership at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, according to the PLP. In a press statement yesterday, the opposition party crit-i cised the rolling sequences of outages affecting widespreada reas in New Providence over the past week. T he statement read: The F NM Government engaged a cadre of consultants whose r eports have never seen the light of day in the House ofA ssembly. The FNM borr owed hundreds of millions of dollars and have not been able t o resolve BEC's problems which they engendered. Despite the numerous p romises of minister after m inister, it added, they h ave failed miserablyat ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply to residents and businesses alikeof the Bahamas. Last week, thousands of customers experienced rolling blackouts after three company generators shut down. Repairs to the remaining g enerator is expected to be completed this week, with al arger overhauled generator also expected to come on stream. The Progressive Liberal Party, said the statement, reminds the Prime Ministert hat a critical part of being w orld-class means providing uninterrupted electricity. The PLP reminds the Prime Mini ster that it was he who told t he Bahamas that his Government was modernizing and expanding public infrastruc-t ure that will give New Providence a modern city and make it hugely attractive and envir onmentally sustainable. T he statement criticised assurances that major overhauls on BEC generators weree xpected to take place during the winter season of 2010/2011, when the demand for electricity was lowest. Minister Phenton Neymour gave a very strong and firm undertaking to the Bahamian people around mid2010 that a major overhaul would be undertaken on BEC generators, the statement continued. This did not materialize and here residents are into thed og days of summer and BEC is just now scrambling to execute long overdue maintenance on generators without a firm date when these works will be completed. A ccording to BEC, the o verhauled unit is expected to return to service with an even greater capacity. P aired with additional powe r sourced through 20 megawatts of portable gener ators, to be acquired in the n ext few weeks, the corporation advised that further outages are not expected t hroughout the summer. A ccording to the PLP statement, BEC had been functioning without load sheddingw hen control was assumed by the Free National Movement in 2007. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 5 *RGVHRSOH$UH&RPIRUWHG A 53-YEAR-OLD American woman drowned in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera, o n Saturday. The unidentified woman from Well Circle, Houston, T exas, was with family mem bers at Double Bay beach when the incident occurred ata round 2.30pm. She was taken to the local clinic where she was pro nounced dead. Police are i nvestigating. AMERICAN WOMAN DROWNS IN ELEUTHERA Blackouts expected to end this week Two of three generators have now been restored


By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE officers taking a zero tolerance approach to crime conducted a five hour sweep on Friday downtown and in the surrounding areas, which resulted in 55 people being cited for traffic infractions. Operation Safe Harbour was conducted by officers from the Central Division between 4pm and 9pm, police said in a statement released yesterday. At the end of the operation, fifty-five people were cit ed for various traffic infractions such as: Failure to have windows of transparent view, or having either one or no head lights, rear lights or brake lights. Additionally, six people were arrested, three of whom were arrested on outstanding warrants of arrest and four motorbikes were confiscated after they were found not licensed, inspected or insured, said the statement. Officers of the Central Division said they would like to encourage members of the public who work or reside within the Central Division to partner with them as together we can create a safer Bahamas for all. In other crime news, a 16year-old boy was taken into custody on Wulff Road on Fri day after being found in possession of a handgun and ammunition. Officers of the polices Mobile Division made the arrest at around 11.15pm. Meanwhile, officers of the Mobile Division arrested a 20 year-old Bahama Avenue resi dent at Market Street after he was found in possession of a large quantity of ammunition whilst in the area of Market Street and Bahama Avenue on Saturday at around 11.30pm. In Grand Bahama, two men were held on Saturday after a police search of a gold 1997 Buick Century car on East Mall Drive at around 4pm revealed a handgun, ammunition and a quantity of suspect ed cocaine. The men are aged 27 and 37 years old and were said to be of Bahamian Arms and Hunters, in Grand Bahama. Police investigations contin ue. B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter SANDALS Exuma spearheads numerous training programmes to continue developing the skills of employees and create employment opportunities for y oung Exumians. The Sandals Resort Emerald Bay Exuma held a lavish ceremony on Friday to mark the first Tri-Annual Masterclass Graduation, just one of the resorts training and development programmes launched this year. The Masterclass 2011 training p rogramme is a self development programme to nurture the industrys future leaders from within the Sandals family. During the four-month programme the 15 graduates, now called the "fabulous 15", experienced the workings of various key management positions, i ncluding Financial and IT Management, People Management, Communication Skills, Customer Service, Human Resources Development and Leadership. Jeremy Mutton, General Manager of Sandals Emerald Bay, said the Masterclass 2011 isp art of the resorts ongoing people development strategy, in w hich you take an existing workforce and give them the necessary skills they need to move on to supervisory positions. He said "it made sense to us that we needed to play an active role in growing tomorrow's leaders within our resort we are committed to attracting and developing the very best in industry talent and our Masterclass 2011 Programme is fundamental to maintaining this caliber of Supervisory and Management excellence within our resorts. Industry Ceremony guest speaker, Education Minister Desmond Bannister, congratulated the graduates and said that this programme has prepared them for a leaders hip position in the most critical industry in the country. In the ceremonys programme message from Mr Bannister, he said the graduates should all feel a sense of pride having taken the initiative to further develop yourselves so that you may provide an improved level of products and services to your customers. He added that a lot is expected of them and they should continue to improve upon what is already a wonderful product. Speaking with the media just prior to the graduation ceremony Mr Mutton said that the Masterclass programme is just one of the few training programmes that Sandals has undertaken this year to provide further training for not only Sandals employees, but also opportunities for the larger Exuma community. We employ just over 500 persons at the resort, the largest employer on the island and that brings with it a certain amount of responsibility. As an employer you have to make sure you are doing the right thing to train persons to the standard we need, said Mr Mutton. According to Mr Mutton the resort recently launched the Hospitality Training Programme (HTP gramme, that targets young Exumians between the ages 17 to 20 who have graduated from high school without qualifications. Mr Mutton said a group of 10 experienced eight weeks of interactive training in the areas of food and beverage and housekeeping and while employment is not guaranteed after completion of the course it will give them necessary skills to be employed in the hospitality industry. We hope, he said, that this will allow them an opportunity that they wouldnt have had before, they receive a certificate for their training and if we cannot take them on at Sandals then I hope another employer will be able to. Graduates The first HTP group graduates next month and at least five of them have been offered e mployment with Sandals Emerald Bay, said Mr Mutton. I was beyond impressed with the group they have been the most bright, energetic and fun team to work with and thats what you need in the hospitality industry, said Mr Mutton. Sandals has also partnered w ith L.N Coakley School in Exuma to launch an annual apprenticeship programme for three persons in the areas of engineering, dive and watersports and culinary. The programme will begin in September and there will be guaranteed employment for participants who successfully complete the initiative, said Mr Mutton. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FOUR men were taken into custody after a man was robbed by another wielding a screwdriver. Three men, ages 20, 19 and 17 of Winton Meadows, and a 28-year-old of Meeting Street, were held following the inci-d ent, which took place on Montgomery Avenue off Bahamas B oulevard, near Carmichael Road at 6.35pm on Saturday. T he victim was robbed of a cell phone and an undisclosed amount of cash. Arrests were made after a quick response from officers of the Southwestern Division, said police in a statement. Officers recovered a cell phone along with an undisclosed a mount of cash, believed to be the property of the victim. A ctive police investigations continue, said the statement. A MAN, shot by men driving in a passing car as he sat under a tree near the City Market food store on East Street south, died of his injuries on Friday morning, a week after the incident. The man, who has yet to be formally identified by police, w as just a few blocks from the southern police station when he was shot at around 1pm on Friday, June 17. T wo people were reported to have been seen in the white, right hand drive Honda Prelude from which the bullets, which struck him in his left, upper arm and abdomen, were fired. The victim was a phone card vendor. He was taken to h ospital by ambulance following the shooting. Police continue t o investigate. FOUR IN CUSTODY AFTER MAN ROBBED P OLICENEWS Sandals Emerald Bay Resort marks Masterclass Graduation Lavish ceremony in Exuma AS THE AQUINAS COLLEGE CLASS OF 1971 celebrated its 40th reunion, Norman Pottinger, a member of the class, donat e d a historical treasure to the school. Mr Pottinger presented an Ampeg Baby Bass a valuable antique to the music department. The instrument was his fathers, Leonard A Pot tinger, who used it to play in the first performance of theB ahamas national anthem. Mr Pottinger is pictured presenting the bass to the school. Pictured (from left principal; Mr Pottinger, Jacob McPhee, music teacher and Archbishop Patrick Pinder. ANTIQUE INSTRUMENT PRESENTED TO SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCT FIVE HOUR SWEEP AGAINST CRIME


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT About 130 high school students on Grand Bahama have participated in al eadership programme implemented by Marco City MP Zhivargo Laing. The Marco City Youth Leadership Institute was officially closed on Saturday morning at Pelican Bay Hotel, where Mr Laing addressed participants and presented certificates t o 34 graduates of the programme. The programme provided students with practical and theoretical exposure to leadership issues and training. It was open to all students, not only those from the Marco City Constituency. A ccording to Mr Laing, only 15 per cent of the participants were from Marco City. It was my intention to offer this programme not only to students in the high schools in my area, but given my view about how much of an impact it could h ave, I decided to offer it to every high school, he said. B ahamas Consulate to Atlanta Kay Forbes-Smith was present and also spoke to the participants. MP Laing has assisted many young people, providing some $23,000 in scholarships to stud ents from his constituency who are attending college. He has also purchased dozens of computers for public schools in the area; made donations for students to participate in cultural and sporting events; and established a computer centre and lending library. M r Laing felt that establishing the Youth Leadership Institute would also benefit students, particularly in the high schools. I thought about the fact that our 11th and 12th grade students would be leaving school soon and I considered aproblem that I had observed for years. The problem is that while our schools do a fine job trying to prepare their minds academically for life and the world of work, they have less oppor tunity to prepare them in a way that also makes a huge differ ence, sometimes even more of a difference. That is, they do not have as much opportunity to prepare them in terms of their leadership, he explained. Mr Laing designed a pro gramme that could within a rea sonable period of time enhance the leadership skills of students, raising their potential and improving their prospects for succeeding. Students enrolled in the Youth Leadership Institute attended sessions every month for a period of nine months. T hey were exposed to training and instruction in the art of visioning, goal setting and planning; inter-personal skills; developing emotional intelligence; improving brain performance; effective communication; effective decision making; successful schooling; succ essful college pursuit; successful job hunting and work performance and practical financial management. Mr Laing said the group also went on corporate tours of Nassau and Freeport and some will visit Atlanta in about two weeks to c ontinue their exposure. These tours were especially helpful to them as it gave them g reat insight into the world of work and the options out there for their pursuits, he noted. Women participants outnumbered the men. Mr Laing reported that 68 per cent were women and 32 per cent w ere men. I hope this gender imbalance improves going forward, but I am not bothered by it because being in this programme is just like succeeding i n life, it is a choice, he said. Mr Laing made another observation, noting that the public schools had 59 per cent representation in the programme while the private schools accounted for 41 per cent. Additionally, he revealed t hat students in the 12th grade made up 62 per cent of the participants while students in the 11th grade made up 38 per cent. While I was pleased with the exposure they got in the seminars and visits, what I was really elated about was the way these young people bonded f rom day one. They became a group that shattered their prejudices about their differences and worked together to make this programme work for them, Mr Laing said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 7 Students show leadership in Zhivargo Laings programme MARCO CITY MP Z hivargo Laing


By SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) THE Global Commission on d rugs has declared that the global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. The members of this Commission include four former Heads of Government, one serving Prime Minister and a f ormer Secretary-General of the United Nations. Former high serving officials of US governments are also among the Commissioners. They include Paul Volcker, former head of the Federal Reserve; and George Shultz, former Secretary of State. T he Commission issued its report earlier this month, and it prompted an immediate reaction from former US President Jimmy Carter who stated that to make drug policies more humane and more effective, the American government should support and enact the reforms laid out by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Carter was correct to single out his countrys government. For, no other government has done more to lock the world into a so-called war on drugs that has patently failed. Through its infamous annual International Narcotics Control Report, by which the US grades countries by US criteria and certifies them for US assistance, the US has bullied countries all over the world into complying with US dictates whether they make sense or not. For a long time, many of the US requirements have been wrong for many regions of the world including the Caribbean. Complying with regimes devised by the US, Caribbean jails are full of most ly young people who ought not to be there, but who have fallen afoul of the law because unem ployment in their countries is high and the drug trade, because of its illegality, pays well. If marijuana production, distribution and sales were legalised and regulated like alcohol which is far more addic tive and dangerous far fewer people would be in jails, the police would be able to concentrate scarce resources on protecting the public, governments would earn steady revenue, and a serious campaign to stop marijuana use voluntari ly could be launched. Similar campaigns have been launched worldwide against smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol. Of course, the US government was also in the forefront of pushing the United Nations to adopt the Convention on Narcotic Drugs. It was and r emains an imposition of a completely US governmentcentric position on the rest of the world. Even within the US, the Convention commands no great support outside of the corridors of government departments. But, it succeeded in bending the rest of the world t o US will. Over the last 50 years, all countries have had to adopt the same rigid approach to drug policy the same laws, and the same tough approach to their enforcement. Now, however, the Global Commission on Drugs has declared that: Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the US governments war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed. The Commission makes the point that, vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption. While the Commission accepts that it is a reasonable starting point that all governments should work together to tackle drug markets and related problems, it emphasizes that the idea of shared responsibility has too often become a straitjacket that inhibits policy development and experimentation. It offers the example, which it says may be described as drug control imperialism, of Bolivia. The government there proposed to remove the practice of coca leaf chewing from the sections of the 1961 Convention that prohibit all non-medical uses. However, despite the fact that successive studies have shown that the indigenous practice of coca leaf chewing is associated with none of the harms of international cocaine markets, and that a clear majority of the Bolivian population (and neighbouring countries) support this change,t he US has formally objected to the amendment. The US has objected to the government of Bolivias proposal because it can do so, and by doing so, intimidate Bolivia away from what that countrys a uthorities considered sensible. It is the same reason why Caribbean governments have slavishly stayed with the US position despite a major study that shows that decriminalization of marijuana would make for less crime and better regulation. They are simply scared of being certified by the US as non-cooperative or as a promoter of drugs. So, the US failed policies continue. But, not so in parts of Europe: Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland in particular. The Commission report also shows that in all three of these countries where laws were relaxed and provision made to treat addicts as patients and victims rather than criminals, drug use declined as did involvement in trafficking. The US has designed its drug policy on a basis of stopping supply and doing little about demand except to outlaw it. And, this is the regime that they impose on as many countries as they can. But, as the Commis-s ion says: The idea that the international drug control system is immutable, and that any amendment however reason able or slight is a threat to the integrity of the entire system, is short-sighted. National governments must be enabled to exercise the freedom to experi m ent with responses more suited to their circumstances. This analysis and exchange of experiences is a crucial element of the process of learning about the relative effectiveness of dif ferent approaches, but the belief that we all need to have exactly the same laws, restrictions andp rogrammes has been an unhelpful restriction. Caribbean governments should accept the advice given to the US government by for mer President Jimmy Carter and enact the reforms recom mended by the Commission. PAGE 8, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Global drugs war strategy has failed overhaul it S IR RONALD SANDERS WORLDVIEW SEE page nine


By LINDSAY THOMPSON Bahamas Information Services T HE contribution women make to the overall development of the country was recognised by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Bureau of Womens Affairs. A luncheon Promoting the Advancement of Women was h eld Thursday, June 23, at the British Colonial Hilton when two women were honoured for their outstanding efforts towardnation building. Those honoured were Mrs Pauline Allen-Dean, a 35-year v eteran in commercial and offshore banking. She is the first w oman manager of a commercial bank, the first Bahamian woman to complete the Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers in London in 1973, and the first to be elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, 1983. She holdsa Masters degree in Business Administration from the Uni versity of Miami. Mrs Dean was the founding president of The Bahamas Consumer Protection Association, served the Bahamas Red Cross for over 30 years and is a mem ber of the Bahamas Public Ser vice Commission. She retired as managing director of the Bank of the Bahamas Ltd in Decem ber 2000 and has since formed a Project Financing Consultancy Company. She is an active member of St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church and her hobbies include reading, jogging, and travelling with her husband, Thomas Dean, an architect. Assistant Commissioner Juanita Colebrooke is the first woman to serve in this capacity in the history of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. She b egan her career 42 years ago. Her first postings were to the Central Division in 1967 and the Traffic Division in 1968. Her last posting was Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for complaints and corruption. Ms Colebrooke not only d eveloped in all areas of polic ing, but in leadership as well, having studied management courses in Nassau, England and Canada. She is an active member of the New Covenant Bap tist Church and is an avid traveller and sports enthusiast. Prime Minister Ingraham note d that The Bahamas participated in early meetings and conferences the First World Conference of Women in Mexico City, which resulted in the declaration of the First Decade for Women 1975-1985. Amongst issues singled out were equality, employment, education, health a nd legislation. The Bahamas participated at these meetings and conferences and was represented by an icon of the struggle for womens rights, Dame Dr Doris Johnson, he said. It is an unfortunate and a painful reality that when ones eeks to equalise conditions that are glaringly offensive, the effort sometimes fail to attract support from those who would benefit, the Prime Minister said. This was demonstrated during the recent governments ini tiative to extend protection in law to married women whom ight be abused by their husbands, he said. Indeed, it appears that many in our society both male and female, are not yet convinced that women are equal; instead stubbornly holding on to outmoded and long discredited 19th century social mores and lawsw hich regarded women as chat tel, incapable of making their o wn decisions and unqualified to vote, own property or defend themselves against the decisions of male relatives, the Prime Minister said. He deemed it only appropriate that on this anniversary, to acknowledge the Womens D esk efforts joining regional and international initiatives meant to improve the status of women. The Bureau also recognised students who participated in essay and poetry competitions. First place winner Laronda Gibson, grade 11S2 of the Government High School wrote on the t opic: Teen Pregnancy A Critical Look at the Problem and Effective ways to Address It; second place finisher Beinka Rolle, grade 12 of Arthurs Town High School, Cat Island wrote on the topic; My Silent Pain; and third place finisher Olamide Olawoyin, grade 11 N o f St Johns College also wrote on the topic: My Silent Pain. The Poetry participants were: Rodericka Collie, grade 10 of the L N Coakley High School, Exuma who wrote on the topic: My Silent Pain; second place went to Devereau King, grade 11 of Aquinas College whow rote on Family Island Woman; and third place finisher Khadijah Andrews, grade 12 of Doris Johnson Senior High School also wrote on My Silent Pain. Honourable Mention: Ashley Robin Williams, grade eight of the Mangrove Cay High School, Andros who wrote on My Silent Pain. 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Responses and previous commentaries at: FROM page eight Global drugs war strategy AT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY of the Bureau of Womens Affairs celebration luncheon, two women were honoured for their contribution to nation building. Pictured from left are retired banker Pauline Allen-Dean, Minist er of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner; and retired Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Juanita Colebrooke. The event was held at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday. TWO HONOURED FOR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AT BUREAU OF WOMENS AFFAIRS LUNCHEON P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S C ONTRIBUTIONOF WOMEN TO NATIONS DEVELOPMENT RECOGNISED


B y RICK LOWE C O NDITIONS reportedly remain so bad in Haiti that the UN asked several countries, The Bahamas included, if they would stop sending illegal Haitian immigrants b ack home for a while. A pparently The Bahamas Government's p osition is to continue with r epatriation efforts until f urther consultation with Haitian officials. Every time an issue with Haitians comes up it reminds us all how lackadaisical we've been over the years with finding a permanent solution. It seems impossible to prevent illegal landings with our limited resources.A nd our vast area of open water doesn't help. It's easy enough for intercep-t or vessels to pass sloops and other boats with loads of people looking for a better life entering our terri-t orial waters without seei ng each other out there. So we have two problems. Illegal immigrants arriving on a daily basis and those many Haitians that have lived here, and in many instances, con t ributed to our country that h ave no status. Now comes the hard part. How do we solve these issues? It's very easy to say we'll stop the boats coming here. But how realistic is that? It seems we have to do a more effective and consistent job of "rounding the recent entrants up" and sending them back. And this is also easier said than done. The Immigration Department can circulate photos of their "raids" every day, but details of the entire process and its effectiveness is what's important. Not press releases. W ith regard to those i llegal Haitians who have been here for generations w e must consider giving t hem status and property r ights of some sort. And they do not have to have the right to vote initially. W e were fortunate to be born in a relatively rich country where opportunity is available for advancement as a general rule. At least the majority of our poor population still seem t o live better than most of H aiti's population. So s omehow, we have to get past the emotions of thiss ubject, even if only for a s hort while to arrive at s ome useful positions to move this issue from the s talemate it has become. S o here are a few reco mmendations as thought starters: Policing of illegal immig rants that are here must be improved. Legalise the status of many of the Haitians who have been here for generations. Provide property rights f or the squatters and, F igure out how to phase t heir status in so they can eventually become full cit-i zens or leave voluntarily. PAGE 10, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE UN ASKS THE BAHAMAS TO HALT HAITIAN DEPORTATION FOR A WHILE HAITIWAS HIT by the devastating earthquake in January 2010. (AP Y OUR S AY By MIKE LIGHTBOURN THEREis concern that the Treasury, in many instances, is calculating stamp t ax on property transactions based on past tax valuations, but not the current market price. As we all know, prices, in some i nstances, have adjusted downwards in recent times. This is particularly so on higher priced properties and particular l y in the Out Islands. So yesterdays tax valuation may not be an accurate reflec tion of todays market price. Z hivargo Laing, the Minister of State for Finance, responded to public concerns, saying the use of past property tax calculations is the exception, not ther ule. In a nutshell, he said the Ministry was aware of people who had listed properties for sale, say at $2 mil lion, but then produced conveyances for stamping that reflected a much lower purchase price. Obviously, the Ministry wants to protect itself against any a buses that may dilute its tax revenue. On the flip side, a significant number of properties are often grossly overpriced in the first place and end up selling for the true market value or even less if the Vendor is in a rush to sell. (Weve seen this happen this time and again, and this is why I continue to stress that if you dont want your property to languish on the market, you need to price it correctly at the time it is put up for sale). Both parties have legitimate concerns. The question then, is how to avoid this conflict? Get an appraisal. An up to date appraisal from a BREA licensed Appraiser will certainly help your case. Your appraiser will factor in all the elements to place a realistic market value on the property in question. This will include sales data, which analyses prices on the most recent sales of comparable properties. Ask your bank for their list of approved appraisers on their list or go on the BREA website (bahamasrealestateassocia for a list of BREA licensed appraisers. When borrowing, make sure you check with the bank you are doing business with to ensure the appraisal is carried out by an appraiser acceptable to them. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty). HOW MUCH WILL YOU PAY IN STAMP TAX? REAL ESTATE


used to purchase such personal items as birthday cakes and f lowers; that board meetings and Christmas parties were held at a business owned by a family member of a senior ELA official; and that ELA bonds were issued privately to a company without a competitive process. Under the Education Loan A uthority Act, the ELA is responsible for raising money for the educational loan guarantee scheme. It administers bonds in excess of $100 million, with an operating annual budget of over $2.5 million. Persons knowledgeable about the claims say they fear there is a huge danger persons may be thwarting the efforts of the auditors. They believe the government should place all individuals implicated in the preliminary findings on s econdment, to make sure they do not get in the way of the investigation. There is so much wastage going on. At least they should let them stay home while the investigation is going on. They could start shredding evidence and covering up. Because you h ave found so much so far, there may be attempts to cover up and further frustrate the audit trail, said a Tribune source. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham did not respond to an e-mail communication requesting clarification. S everal ELA board members denied knowledge of the auditor generals activities. Chartered accountant Hubert Chipman, deputy chairman, s aid he is not aware of the audit. He is noted as having been persistently absent from board meetings in the unpublished findings of the audit, according to Tribune sources. His absences are documented in minutes for several board m eetings. Mr Chipman directed The Tribune to speak to Chairman Lowell Mortimer to address all of these issues. When asked about claims of unethical practices within the organisation, Mr Chipman said he has not received any complaints. M r Mortimer was not available up to press time, and did not respond to e-mail commuLOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE M r Bannister said in total two classrooms that were unused and undergoing repairs as well as two classrooms used by students were destroyed by the blaze. The block was later bulldozed to stop the spread of the fire to other school buildings nearby. He added that a bathroom may need to be replaced as a result of structural damage. After making an assessment of the damage, Mr Bannister said it will be determined what work is r equired. He assured the public that the classrooms will be ready for the start of the new school term. From the evaluation we will determine what needs to be done, but no matter what the damage classrooms will be ready for school in September, he said. While Mr Bannister could not comment on the cause of the fire, he said fire investigators from New Providence were on site and looking into the matter. Local Mathew Town resident Kervin Hanchell said the classrooms destroyed were part of the senior high school block. Mr Hanchell said he was at home when he heard the fire trucks sirens. He followed them to the scene where he saw a big blaze of smoke coming from the school. From what I have heard the police responded to the fire very quickly and were able to get it under control, said Mr Hanchell. Mr Hanchell also said that residents with Defence Force officers were able to secure computers, books and other items from being destroyed. FROM page one F ROM page one INVESTIGATION AFTER CLASSROOMS DESTROYED IN FIRE nication or a telephone message left for him. Board memb er Yvonne Isaacs hung up the phone on The Tribune, after denying knowledge of any claims. According to Deborah Jackson, chief administrative officer, the auditor general is not doing an active audit; not to my knowledge, not at present. S he said she is not the person to speak to on behalf of the loan authority, and directed all comments to the chairman. The only board member reached by The Tribune who w as aware of the audit was Phaedra Knowles, the sitting representative from the National Insurance Board. The last time the ELA completed an internal audit was 2007, according to Tribune sources. That audit, conducted by P rice Waterhouse Coopers, was qualified. The statute governing the ELA mandates the organisation conduct an annual audit. Mr Chipman confirmed there is supposed to be an annual audit. He said: There are a number of reasons why there has not been, which I do not want t o get into. Tribune sources claim the government is pushing to deal with the audit after the next general election, because the findings could be damaging. The audit covers the period of January 2007 to January 2011. With no one pushing the p rocess forward, Tribune sources claim, they have been putting it of, putting it off, putting it off, and the auditors cannot get the documents they have asked for. Government officials would not comment on when they expect the auditor general to sign off on the findings and complete the audit. Explosive findings in Education Loan audit


according to accepted procedure when they sought to search the home of the relative of National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. However, they were charged with Conduct of a Major Nature contrary to the Police Disciplinary Regulations an offence that could have led them to be immediately dismissed from the police force if they were found guilty. Mr Bell, who raised the matter on Love 97 FMs Jones and Company radio talk show yesterday, claims the disciplinary tribunal ultimately found the two officershad no case to answer in relation to the matter. It became apparent that the whole process was a farce, said Mr Bell in a report he wrote about the case, which was also posted online on a political website prior to the former police officer appearing on the radio talk show. Mr Bell was closely connected to the case, having represented the two police officers in the disciplinary matter. His full time job is in-house attorney for Arawak Homes/Sunshine Insurance and he is a prospective candidate for the PLP in the next general election. He retired from the police force in 2008 after 23 years service. Yesterday Mr Turnquest denied any interference to cause the two officers to face disciplinary proceedings and in fact said he was not aware that any officers associated with (Mrs GrantTaylor) were made to face such proceedings. He did say he was aware of the i ncident from which Mr Bell said the disciplinary proceedings stemmed, but added: The Police Force Act is very clear on discipline. Its in the purview of the deputy commissioner of police, so wherever he got this information from, he should go back and check his sources. A ccording to Mr Bell, the two officers went to the woman relatives home in Cable Beach after receiving information that dan gerous drugs and firearms were being kept there. They were directed to the home by a trusted source whose information had netted success in the past, Mr Bell said in his report. Leaving their police car outside with its lights flashing, the officers approached the house with a search warrant at 6.15am on September 1, 2010. After allegedly not being permitted to enter the house, the police were instructed by a police Inspector to breach entry to the home. Inside, they met the womans son and daughter, and a Jamaican housekeeper. They were said to have identified themselves as police officers and conducted the search, which came back negative. Having been told that the owner of the home was out walking on Goodmans Bay, the officers went to find her to advise her of the occurrence, claimed Mr Bells report. When the patrol car arrived at Goodmans Bay, West Bay Street, they found (the relative along with attorney Carol Lashley, sister of Minister Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security. They quickly returned to the residence and were advised of the police action. It was revealed that (name withheld) was a close relative of the Minister who frequented the residence and all their children played and stayed at this residence. Hence, the commencement of direct interference in police matters. Information received is that Minister Turnquest was called immediately and informed of the incident. He and his family were outraged and he promised swift action against the officers, Mr Bell claimed. The former police officer said in his report on the incident that the woman was advised to make a complaint to police, which she did, and an internal investigation was conducted. During this investigation Mr Bell said that the facts were revealed that the police officers were acting on information; armed with a properly sworn search warrant; followed all protocols and exercised extreme patience in seeking to have the occupants open the door; contacted the police control room and advised the duty officer before proceeding any further; acted on the instructions of the duty officer to breach the door to the residence and properly document every action that was taken. Speaking with Jones and Company host, Wendell Jones, Mr Bell said that the incident was an example of how police officers are regularly put under pressure from politicians not to do their jobs. He suggested that officers up to the level of the Commissioner of Police are politically influenced in their actions. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 13 munity being the largest employer in Exuma brings about a certain responsibility. Along with the ongoing training p rogrammes available to graduates Mr Mutton announced that Sandals has secured funds to build a comp lete new dining area at the L.N C oakley School this summer. Its not just looking on the resort, but also looking at what we can do in terms of the community as we have ar esponsibility, he said. Along with the recent 62 rooms, additional facilities and dining options were opened, which includedt wo new restaurants and a pastry cafe. It has been quite a busy few months for us in terms of expansion, s aid Mr Mutton. In the last six weeks Sandals has h ired an additional 60 employees to w ork in the new restaurants and villas and has provided intensive training courses in their respective areas of hospitality, said Mr Mutton. According to Mr Mutton, Sandals is known world wide for its range of dining options and it was important t o continue that trend in the expansion, spending some $400,000 on the new dining facilities. While most guests are from North A merica, Mr Mutton said he hopes w ith the expansion and new airlift from South America provided by Copa Airlines that not will New Providence benefit from this new market, but also the Family Islands. T he renovations took just over two months to complete and were car-r ied out by local contractors, Mr Mutt on said. P OLICE arrested three men last night a fter a handgun and ammunition were found during a vehicle search. According to police reports, a routine p atrol on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway saw the three men in a Honda Accord acting suspiciously. F ollowing the search, two men from Fox Hill aged 27 and 29 and a 38-year-old from Danottage Estates were taken intoc ustody. ARRESTS AFTER HANDGUN AND AMMUNITION FOUND FROM page one SANDALS PLANS TO EXPAND IN EXUMA FROM page one MINISTER ACCUSED OF INTERFERING IN POLICE FORCE DENYINGINTERFERENCE: T ommy Turnquest


INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T RIPOLI, Libya Associated Press REBELSin Libya's western mountains said they havea dvanced and are battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a strategic town southwest of the capital, ramping up pressure against government troops on a second front. The rebels' claim of an a dvance into the outskirts of t he town of Bair al-Ghanam, some 50 miles (80 kilometers from Tripoli, follows weeks of intense fighting in the Nafusa mountains in which opposition forces have slowly pushed Gadhafi troops back toward Tripoli. L ibya's rebels control the eastern third of the country and pockets, including a num-b er of Nafusa mountain towns, in the west. T he bulk of the fighting in r ecent months has been f ocused on front lines to the east of Tripoli. But a push by rebels from the Nafusa moun-t ains could force Gadhafi to commit more troops to thes outhern and eastern approaches to the capital. A rebel military spokesman in the Nafusa mountains, Gomaa Ibrahim, said opposi-t ion fighters and government troops have been fighting sincee arly Sunday on the perifery of B air al-Ghanam. G uma el-Gamaty, a s pokesman for the rebels' National Transitional council, s aid the town is significant because it is only 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of the city of Zawiya, a key western gate w ay to the capital and home to a crucial oil refinery. Opposition fighters seized control of Zawiya in March b efore government troops crushed rebel forces there to r etake the city. Fighting broke out in the city again earlier this month, briefly cutting access to the vital coastal highwayt hat passes through Zawiya. The route links Tripoli with the Tunisian border and is one of Gadhafi's last main supply lines. In Tripoli, Gadhafi's gove rnment remained defiant. G overnment spokesman M oussa Ibrahim said Gadhafi is in "high spirits" and remains i n day-to-day control of the country. He insisted Gadhafi will remain in Libya, butw ouldn't confirm that the leader is still in the capital. "Gadhafi is here, he is staying. He is leading the country. He will not leave. He will not step down," Ibrahim told reporters in Tripoli, challeng-i ng the rebels and the NATOled coalition giving them air support. "If they want to continue the fight, we are ready. We will fight street to street, house to house." A s he spoke, deafening bursts of automatic rifle fire shot into the air by female sol diers and fresh civilian trainees r ang out at a pro-government event in central Tripoli. Moussa told reporters that the government so far has distributed 1.2 million weapons to sup-p orters in the west of the country to defend themselves. Just over 100 Libyans arrived in Tripoli by ship from the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi early Sunday. The f erry was operated by the I nternational Committee of t he Red Cross, which transported about 300 people in the o pposite direction, to Beng hazi from Tripoli, on Friday. Many of those arriving a board the blue-and-white "Ionis" ferry on Sunday appeared to be families with small children and elderly people. While a small number of passengers waved green Libyan flags and chanted pro-G adhafi slogans, others said they were returning simply to be reunited with loved ones in the west. Mohammed Saad Aziz said he was returning to Tripoli tob e with family following the recent death of his mother. He called on NATO to stop its daily bombing runs to giveL ibyans a chance to resolve the conflict on their own. LIBYAN REBELS CLAIM MOUNTAIN ADVANCES FIGHTINGINSTRATEGICTOWN SOUTHWESTOFCAPITAL LIBYAN DEMONSTRATORS make the V-victory sign as their shadows are cast onto a rebel flag during a protest against Moammar Gadhafi i n the rebel-held capital Benghazi, Libya, Saturday. (AP


INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 15 LONDON Associated Press A CLOSE FRIENDof t he British prime minister w as found dead in a p ortable toilet at one of the c ountry's leading music fest ivals Sunday, authorities s aid. Christopher Shale died in unexplained circumstances in the VIP area of the Glastonbury Festival, an entertainment extravaganza that's one of the fixt ures of Britain's music cale ndar. Constituency S hale, who was in his 50s, c haired the Conservative A ssociation in David Cameron's West Oxfordshire constituency, and ina statement Cameron said he and his wife Samantha were devastated by thenews. He was a great friend and has been a huge support over the last decade," C ameron said. "A big rock i n my life has suddenly been rolled away ... like so many others Sam and Ihave lost a close and valu ed friend." Shale was staying in a restricted, celebrity-packed area of the festival, which is held on a farm in southw estern England and has d rawn some 170,000 people. He was discovered by police shortly after 9 a.m. Festival organiser Michael Eavis said he was told the incident was "a suicide situation" but police have yet t o confirm that. It is only a couple of h ours ago," Inspector Chris M organ said. "We are still w orking on establishing a c ause of death." News of the death comes the same day as Shale was quoted in a national newspaper as describing the weakness of his associationin unusually frank terms. Over the years we have come across as graceless, voracious, crass, always on t he take," the Mail on Sund ay quoted him as saying i n a strategy document which the paper said it hads een. A ccording to the Mail, he added that people w eren't joining his group because they "think we'llb eg and steal from them. A nd they're right." Shale worked as the chief executive of OxfordR esources Ltd., a cost reduction company. BRITISH PMS FRIEND FOUND DEAD AT UK MUSIC FESTIVAL A PRIVATE AMBULANCE reverses into the VIP backstage area of Hospitality at Glastonbury Music Festival, after Christopher Shale wasf ound dead in a portable toilet, Sunday. (AP DAVIDCAMERONDEVASTATED BYTHENEWS


By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor W IND ENERGY wouldnt be economically feasible in New Providence due to lack of speed, a renewable e nergy specialist has told Tribune Business, although its d eployment could make sense i n the remoter south-eastern Bahamas. Guilden Gilbert, president of Alternative Power Sources (Bahamas which provided t raining and installation services for the solar water heaters and solar PV systems championed last week by Phenton Neymour, minister of state for the environment,t old Tribune Business that w hile wind turbines normally r equired speeds of 14 miles per hour (mph electricity, the average for New Providence was just 8-9 mph. I know theres been talk of wind technology, but most t urbines require average daily wind speeds of 14 mph, Mr Gilbert said. In Nassau, you get an average of 8-9 mph, so wind turbines wouldnt be economically feasible. I believe that in the southeastern Bahamas they may be feasible. Were actively working on a project now with a client in the south-eastern Bahamas. Where he is now, no BEC is available; he has to generate his own power and not with a generator. One option were looking at for him is the use of wind, and weve installed a test for six months to make sure its a viable investment, because we do not want to sell something he will not see a return on investment from. Mr Gilbert said Alternative Power Sources had done more than 300 solar Photovoltaic (PV between the Bahamas and Jamaica, where it is head quartered, and had nearly exhausted the container load of solar water heaters it had brought into this nation. Before we design a system, we do the energy usage audit, and from that we recommend as to how the client makes their home as energy efficient as possible, Mr Gilbert said, adding that Alternative Power Sources recommended the use of LED (Light Emitting Diode as opposed to incandescents, or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL Using his home as an example, Mr Gilbert said he ended up replacing 65 watt incende scent bulbs with seven watt LEDs on his dimmer light ing. While acknowledging that LEDs were not for everyone, he added that six to seven LED bulbs use less energy than one incendescent, and do not give off heat. They have a 30,000 to 50,000 hour lifespan, he said. In a residential home, youre l ooking at the average bulb lasting for 13-15 years. As part of the renewable energy project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB ronment Fund (GEF Alter native Power Sources ( Bahamas) last week gave both theoretical and practical training on the installation of solar water heaters and solar PV systems to staff from the Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Works and the Department of Environmental Health. Apart from the two solar water heaters already installed, a further 17 are to $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.29 $5.27 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netMONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a PLANSfor the sale of t wo Nassau hotels to conclude by months end are likely to be further delayed, as the Governm ent revealed it has yet to be convinced that the would-be investors have t he necessary financing t o complete the deal. V ianna Gardiner, acting director of investments in the Office of the P rime Minister, said the Government is not yet s atisfied as it relates to the financing of the intended acquisition of the Paradise Island Harbour Resort and the Nass au Palm Hotel by B enisasia Investments and Properties. I t is normal for the G overnment to check the b ackground of potential foreign investors and their status, particularly whether they have the financial wherewithal to conclude any transaction,b efore granting approval f or the sale of a major property or company. Earlier this month, Valentine Grimes, attor n ey for the seller of one resort, Genwood Paradise Ltd, said he antici p ated the sale of the two properties to be finalised by the end of this month. The date had already b een pushed back. E mployees at the Paradise Island Harbour Resort were informed inan April 12, 2011, letter by Scott Cornelius, the company's regional director and general manag e r, that the resort would b e sold by May 12 to Benisasia Investments and Properties. The entity which owns the Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Genwood Paradise, is an investment vehicle thought to be owned by Driftwood, the former operator of Freeport's still-closed Royal Oasis resort. Drift-wood is thought to own the Nassau Palm Resort through a separate investment vehicle. Driftwood has been on an initiative to liquidate all its Bahamas-based resort and tourism investments for some time. Apart from selling the Royal Oasis for $33 million to Irish-based developer, Harcourt Develop ments, it also sold the Hurricane Hole Marina and surrounding timeshare facilities to Kerzner International. Driftwood's last remaining Bahamian interests are its two Nassau/Paradise Island By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A RESORTproject involvi ng a Phase I investment of $ 900 million and 600-700 permanent jobs is planning to f ormally apply for government approvals in July, as it a ims to establish a cruise port a nd five-six star hotel facilities in south Eleuthera. D aniel Evans, chief executive of Beka Development,t he developer of the South P oint Resort project, told Trib une Business that Phase 1 w as likely to employ between 500-1,000 Bahamian cons truction workers under d irect contract and, when c ompleted, the development w ould provide visitors with hours of amenities and 3 00 hours of activities. Telling this newspaper that b ringing the South Point R esort development to this stage had taken up the last 1 2 years of my life, Mr Evans s aid the project required no Crown or Treasury land targeting only privately-owned land for development and w ould be constructed to the h ighest environmental stand ards. H e described Bekas vision for the resort as being a fives ix star property, with quality amenities and high standards of service, phenomenal golfc ourses with water views and a residential community. We anticipate doing on a s eparate parcel a cruise port, entertainment and retail district, Mr Evans told Tribune Business. We anticipate that there w ill be somewhere between 5 00-1,000 Bahamians e mployed on the construction phase under direct contract, a nd with support services and suppliers, there will be signifBy NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor GROUP bookings are l ikely to return to pre-reces sion levels by year-end 2011, the Bahamas Hotel Associa-t ions (BHA t old Tribune Business, amid signs that leisure demand is stiffening albeit slowly -d espite gloom US economic By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A BAHAMIAN CHAP TERof the regional management consultants Institute is set to be established next month, in a bid to keep more of the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the sector at home, plus provide better protection and exploit opportunities resulting from trade agreements. Don Demeritte, who is spearheading the initiative from the Bahamas side, told Tribune Business that the proposed FINANCE CONCERNS DELAY SALE OF RESORTS GROUP BOOKINGS BACK TO PRE-CRASH LEVEL B Y YEAR-END WIND POWER WOULD NOT BE EC ONOMICALLY FEASIBLE IN NASSAU Bahamian resort industry bullish on Copa, and 200 employees now tr ained in Spanish ADRs increase in May, and sector e xpects to maintain last summer s increases at minimum in 2011 STUART BOWE SEE page 6B MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS IN HOME BASE PROTECTION Bahamas Chapter of Caribbean Institute t o be established next month Targeting uniform standards, and greater share of hundreds of millions inc ontracts Aiming for EPA protection/opportunities Don Demeritte SEE page 7B SEE page 6B SEE page 7B But could be in south-easter n Bahamas $900m resort project eyes 700 full-time jobs South Eleuthera-based project eyes fivesix star resorts and cruise port, together with retail and entertainment complex Set to apply for government approvals in coming month Between 500-1,000 Bahamian construction jobs would be created By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THEdevelopers behind a proposed south Eleuthera r esort project involving a $900 million first phase investment have pledged to create a $500,000 incubator fund to help that islands residents own and operate their o wn business, and provide them with the necessary t raining, too. Daniel Evans, chief executive of Beka Development, the developer that is poised to seek governmenta pprovals for its proposed Sound Point Resort project, told Tribune Business that apart from supportingE leutheran entrepreneurs, their incubator fund also a imed to improve the quality of life for all residents. A part from boosting entrepreneurship and employment on Eleuthera, Mr Evans said Beka was also com DEVELOPERS PLAN $500K FUND TO AID ENTREPRENEURS SEE page 6B S EE page 4B


By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a More than 220 Atlantis employees could see their w ork schedules increased from "one to two days" to a full work-week this fall as ar esult of an "experimental" promotional being put into action by the resort, which hasa ready led to "markedly increased bookings" com pared to last year. T he new strategy will see Kerzner International keep the Beach Tower open in this fall season late August to early November and sell ter race rooms within it for a nightly rate of just $99. The approach, said Kerzner International (Bahamas president and managing director, George Markanto nis, is something "quite simi lar to what was done in Las Vegas over the past 10-plus years during their summer months, which prior to that generated traditionally low occupancy rates. For many years rooms in the Beach Tower have not been sold in the fall season, while last year, only 20 per cent of the room inventory was made available for sale. Mr Markantonis said: "We are now of the view that accepting that fall will be alow occupancy period is a selffulfilling prophecy, and hence we have embarked on an experimental channelled pro motional campaign aimed at increasing occupancy through better value. Hence we went out with a lead rate of $99 for Beach Tower Terrace rooms for a limited time period and a short booking window. These rates are not available anywhere except through some very specific channels.As a result of this approach, we have seen markedly increased bookings during the period of the offer over the same period last year, said Mr Markantonis. He added that Atlantis will not engage in any additional hiring to staff the Beach Tow-ers, but anticipates current staff hours may be increasedto service the additional guests. In addition to those 220 staff who may see their work weeks boosted as a direct result of the towers staffingn eeds, Mr Markantonis said he would "like to believe" the move will have a "spill over e ffect on the work schedules of other employees in restau rants, entertainment venues a nd guest amenities. For instance, normally we would see Aura nightclub open only on Friday and Saturday nights during the fall. We now may be able to see it open for the standard fourd ays," he said. The managing director added that if the strategy of k eeping the Beach Towers open in the fall, combined with the discount rates, workst o boost visitor numbers the h otel will be keeping it as a "model for the future" going forward. I T WAS a moderate week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded six out of the 24 listed securities, with one advancer and two decliners. E QUITY MARKET A total of 42,263 shares changed hands, representingan increase of 18,770 shares compared to last week's trading volume of 23,493. Commonwealth Brewery ( CBB) advanced for the week, trading a volume of 24,194 shares to see its stock price close at a 52-week high of $8.37. Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN largest decliner for the week, trading a volume of 2,100 shares to see its stock close at a 52-week low of $5.40. Colina Holdings (CHL declined for the week, tradi ng a volume of 5,616 shares t o close at $2.55. C able Bahamas (CAB t raded a volume of 1,200 s hares, remaining unchanged a t $8.48. Freeport Oil Holdings (FOCOL 5,153 shares, remaining unchanged at $5.50. Abaco Markets (AML traded a volume of 4,000 s hares, remaining unchanged a t $1.18. B OND MARKET No bonds traded this week. COMPANY NEWS Dividend Notes: CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (CIBd eclared a dividend of $0.03 per share, payable on June 30, 2011, t o all ordinary shareholders of record date June 8, 2011. Commonwealth Bank Bahamas (CBL dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on June 30, 2011, to all ordinary shareholders of record date June 15, 2011. Cable Bahamas (BOB declared a dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on June 30, 2011, to all ordinary shareholders of record date June 17, 2011. C aribbean Crossings will redeem its Series B 7 per centP reference Shares, which mature on July 1, 2011, to shareholders of record date June 15, 2011. AGM Notices: Cable Bahamas (CAB a nnounced its AGM will be held i n the Governors Room One at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on June 30, 2011, at 6pm. A baco Markets (AML a nnounced its AGM will be held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, on July 13, 2011, at 10am. F idelity Bank (Bahamas (FBB w ill be held in the Victoria R oom at the British Colonial H ilton Hotel on July 28, 2011, a t 6pm. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 3B ROYALFIDELITY MARKET WRAP By ROYALFIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS EQUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 24.06.11 B ISX SYMBOL. . . CLOSING PRICE............WKLY PRICE CHANGE....................VOLUME.............YTD PRICE CHANGE A ML. . . . . . . . . . . $ 1.18................................................$-.................................4000.....................................21.65% BBL. . . . . . . . . . . $ 0.18................................................$-.......................................0.......................................0.00% BOB. . . . . . . . . . . $ 6.94................................................$-.......................................0.........................................41.63 BPF. . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.63...............................................$-.......................................0.......................................0.00% BSL. . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A................................................$-.......................................0.......................................0.00% BWL. . . . . . . . . . . $ 2.70................................................$-.......................................0.......................................0.00% C AB. . . . . . . . . . . $ 8.48...............................................$-................................1,200...................................-18.93% CBB. . . . . . . . . . . $ 8.37.........................................$+0.04..............................24,194.......................................0.00% CBL. . . . . . . . . . . $ 6.88................................................$-.......................................0......................................-1.71% CHL. . . . . . . . . . . $ 2.55.........................................$-0.25................................5,616.......................................6.25% CIB. . . . . . . . . . . . $ 8.60................................................$-.......................................0......................................-8.41% CWCB. . . . . . . . . . . $1.83.........................................$+0.11.......................................0......................................-2.14%D HS. . . . . . . . . . . $ 1.38................................................$-.......................................0....................................-13.75% F AM. . . . . . . . . . . $ 5.40................................................$-.......................................0....................................-11.04% FBB. . . . . . . . . . . $ 1.77................................................$-.......................................0....................................-18.43% FCL. . . . . . . . . . . $ 5.50................................................$-................................5,153.......................................0.73%F CLB. . . . . . . . . . . $ 1.00................................................$-.......................................0.......................................0.00% F IN. . . . . . . . . . . $ 5.40.........................................$-0.60................................2,100....................................-25.31% ICD . . . . . . . . . . . $ 7.30................................................$-.......................................0.....................................30.59% JSJ. . . . . . . . . . . $ 9.82................................................$-.......................................0......................................0.00% PRE. . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.00................................................$-.......................................0.......................................0.00% THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at One Bookstore, Thompson Boulevard, w ill be closed from Monday,June 27th to Friday, July 1st, 2011 for the year-end inventory. The bookstore will r e-open at 7a.m. on Saturday,July 2nd, 2011.We apologize for any inconvenience caused. A TL ANTIS EXPERIMENT MA Y BOOST 220 STAFF


By ALISON LOWE Business Reportera NASSAU, Freeport, Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Bimini are all to receive a boost in airlift from Florida this summer, as four airlines havei ncreased or announced plans t o increase the service they provide from the sunshine state. The additional service should increase visitor arrivals t o this nation, possibly cause l ower ticket prices as more a irlines seek to compete against each other as well as provide increased convenience to Bahamians wishing to travel to the US. A mong those adding service i nto Nassau are Spirit Airlines a nd Jet Blue. Spirit will introduce a new five-days-a-week morning flight from Fort LauderdaleHollywood International toN assau this Thursday, while last Thursday Jet Blue began offering a third daily flight f rom the same airport into L ynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA IBC Travel, a Fort Lauderdale-based public charter company and marketing armo f IBC Airways, recently l aunched scheduled weekly s ervice from Fort Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour and Bimini earlier this month. It also recently launched thrice-weekly scheduled service from PalmB each International Airport (PBI Richard Rose, IBC Airways director of business development for the Caribbean, said the company saw a good market for the new airlift. T he need in Marsh Harbour in particular was "very significant," as some operators had pulled out in the economic downturn, Mr Rose told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. IBC offers a different type of s ervice into the Family Islands to that which has been offered b y the likes of Gulfstream, with its 30-seater Saab 340 turbop rop planes equipped with r estrooms and offering additional amenities such as free in-flight snacks. Mr Rose projects this will give the airline a competitivea dvantage and boost visitor n umbers to the islands overa ll. Fort Lauderdale-based Gulfstream International Airlines, which operates as Continental Connection to the Bahamas,p lans to increase its schedule from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay during the June 29 through August 22 period. It will offer four, three and two daily flights to the desti-n ations respectively. The airline is also looking to add at least 10 turboprop 30-45 seater planes to its fleet, as it seeks to expand its overall service levels to the Bahamas by 50 per cent. Gulfstream cameo ut of Chapter 11 restructuring in March, at the same time p ulling its service out of Nassau due to enhanced competition. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 0$1 $*(5&25325$7('(3$570(17 7KH VXFFHVVIXODSSOLFDQWVKRXOGSRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJ P LQLPXPUHTXLUHPHQWV $WOHDVW)LYHf\HDUVZRUNLQJZLWK F RUSRUDWHDQGFRPSDQ\DGPLQLVWUDWLRQ ([SHULHQFHLQDOODVSHFWVRIWKH DGPLQLVWUDWLRQRI&RPSDQLHVLQFOXGLQJ SUDFWLFDOFRPSOLDQFHZLWKDOOUHOHYDQW OHJLVODWLRQODZV 0XVWEHIDPLOLDUZLWK .QRZ

By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter F ORMERBahamian e mployees of Gulfstream Airlines are crying foul after it allegedly defaulted on an obligation to pay them severance monies owed while now under new ownership after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcyp rotection it expands its operations in this nation. Ex-assistant general manager for Gulfstream in Nassau, Ian Hutchinson, said he was told by the Department of Labour t here was nothing they could do to make the company pay u p the money it still owes. He w as told the only option he would have would be to seek to recover the money through a legal action. It will cost me money to get m oney owed to me. Its not f air, said Mr Hutchinson, a dding that after 22 years of service he is owed around $ 30,000 by the company in seve rance. H e suggested that the Gove rnment should require foreign companies to place bonds in t he Bahamas, so as to ensure ex-employees do not lose out w hen companies leave the c ountry abruptly or fail to follow through on financial obliga tions. He compared the situation to that of the employees of the Royal Oasis resort in Freeport. Mr Hutchinson is one of a round seven staffers who were told in a March 2011 letter from Gulfstream that they would bel et go as the airline was closing its doors in the Bahamas. They were told they would receives everance payments in installments. The former assistant general manager said the other staffa ffected had each been with the company between five and 10 y ears. T he payments then started a nd were paid for the following t wo months, before coming to an end in May without any n otice, said Mr Hutchinson in a letter signed by both he and f ormer Gulfstream Airlines a gent for Cat Island, Melissa D orsette. On June 8, 2011, a letter was given to some of the former e mployees by the station man a ger stating in effect that if anyone had claims against Gulfs tream Airlines it would have to be made in the United States to a credit and debit agency on or before June 8, 2011. Highly impossible to respond to a claims court by June 8 if you only received the letter on June8 This letter was dated one m onth earlier, he added. Since closing its doors in March, Gulfstream has come under new ownership and leadership, and is now expandingi ts service in the Bahamas, w hich it operates as Continent al Connection. Mr Hutchinson claimed this is all the more reason why Gulfstream should settle the debt owed. This airline continues to use the same name, and is still paying other bills under that name. I f they can pay these bills, what is the reason for not paying the few employees it owes? Is Gulf-s tream Airlines setting a precedent for future foreign companies to come in and take advan-t age of honest, hardworking Bahamians, Mr Hutchinson s aid. With employees having accepted their redundancy payment plan in good faith, without a choice in the matter, Mr Hutchinson said they would like to see some good faith on the part of this foreign carrier. We would like to move for ward and can only do so after we have received what is rightf ully ours, he added. T he company had previously severed ties with the other 60 per cent of its staff in theB ahamas in February 2010. Those staff received all money owed to them. A message left for Gulfstream Airlines seeking comment was not returned up top ress time on Friday. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 5B Airline staffer cries foul over severance deal I I t t w w i i l l l l c c o o s s t t m m e e m m o o n n e e y y t t o o g g e e t t m m o o n n e e y y o o w w e e d d t t o o m m e e . I I t t s s n n o o t t f f a a i i r r . Ian Hutchinson, ex-assistant general m anager for Gulfstream in Nassau Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who arem aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


n ews. Responding to Tribune B usinesss questions, Stuart Bowe said the Bahamian resort industrys projections for summer 2011 point to usat the minimum maintaining t he increases we had last year. The sectors average daily room rate (ADR in May, a sign that some demand and pricing power is returning to the market, event hough visitors especially l eisure travellers are continuing to exploit the soft environment by pushing for deals and discounts. This is evidenced by promotions such as Atlantiss fourth night free and kids e at free, but emphasising the positive, Mr Bowe told Tribune Business the Bahamian hotel industry was bullish on the opportunities presented by Copa Airlines beginning direct flights to this n ation from Panama. E mphasising that this opened up a 500 millionstrong tourism market, inw hich some 50 million people had joined the ranks of the Latin American middle class over the past 10 years, Mr Bowe said some 200 front-line employees in the r esort industry had passed through their Spanish classes. Just as promising for the sector are the signs of group business the conferences, conventions and seminarsm arket returning in full f orce. Group bookings are approaching pre-recession levels, and we anticipate a return to those levels by thee nd of the year, Mr Bowe t old Tribune Business. Group rates will continue to be below pre-recession levels, although they, too, continue to increase. Group bookings, especially f or resorts with well-establ ished convention centres s uch as Atlantis and Baha Mar, normally account for between 25 per cent to onethird of business. They provide a solid block of occu-p ancies, often booked well in advance, around which l eisure travellers can be fitt ed. However, group business dropped off alarmingly in thew ake of the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse and the full-fledged credit crunch andr ecession. Bahamian convent ions were among the first t hings trimmed from budgets, while negative stigma also attached itself to firms looking at exotic getaways. Meanwhile, in line with International Monetary Fund (IMFR eserve projections for the U S economy, Mr Bowe said any growth for the Bahamian resort industry would be marginal although continuing to move in the rightd irection. Our ADR increased in M ay, Mr Bowe added. We are taking a conservative approach going forward through the summer, knowing that last summer wes howed good improvements o ver summer 2009 and, at the m inimum, expect to maintain those increases. From an airlift perspective, the BHA president said the arrival of Copa Airlines ser-v ice to Nassau from Panama City would open up the burg eoning Latin American mark et to us in ways weve not seen before. He added: With over 500 m illion people and a rapidly growing middle class over 50 million joined the ranks oft he middle class during the p ast 10 years we are bullish on Copa. The load factors for the first several months are meeting expectations. All partners h ave been on deck in ensuri ng its success. Weve offered attractive packages which are r esonating with the Latin market. Likewise, all stakeholders have worked together over the past six months to prepare our people for these new opportunities. Well over 200 front-line e mployees have gone through Spanish-speaking classes. Inroom materials have been printed in Spanish as well. Several of our hotels havee mployees meeting on a regu lar basis to practice their S panish. Mr Bowe said the private sector, together with the Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau Airport DevelopmentC ompany (NAD t inuing to work on attracting e xtra airlift. For successes to date, he pointed to Sky Bahamas beginning direct services to the US, Jet Blue expandingi ts airlift, and Gulfstream Airlines emerging from Chapter 1 1 bankruptcy protection to e xpand airlift to the Family Islands. Both the public and priv ate sectors continue to place emphasis on value and proximity, and based on customerr esponses in exit surveys, our w ork is being noted, Mr Bowe said. Customer satisfaction levels have improved, our physical infrastructure continues t o improve, and weve taken a number of promotional approaches to add value to t he overall cost of a Bahamas vacation fly free, stay free, eat free. These are all aimed at addressing the consumers appetite for value. Our market share of the leisure market during the past t wo-three years attests to our success with this. Where weve really suffered during the recession is the loss of the group business, which has nearly recovered. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ;\)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH m itted to building a quality school that all nearby students could attend, and providing a computer to every second year high school pupil both to incentivise them to stay in school, and develop much-needed technology skills essential in todays workforce. One of the things we commit to is a plan to build a school, a quality school, and we plan on letting any student living in p roximity to our development access to the school, Mr Evans told Tribune Business. Dave [Gunter, Bekas chief financial officer] and I feel very passionately about reaching out to kids and giving them a basis of stability in a world of technology. We feel very com-p elled about this effort. Once we open our doors, we anticipate starting a programme, in the second year of high school, where every studento n the island has a computer to give them an incentive to stay in school and build the basis of technology for the next generation. Were passionate about good quality education ande ncouraging kids to stay in school. When it came to assisting Eleutheras budding entrepreneurs, Mr Evans added: We would like to even before ther esort opens initiate a programme that would be a year-long e ducation programme for anyone to attend. South Point Resort management, and outside experts in fields such as technology, would provide entrepreneurial skills t raining, and give someone the foundation for owning and operating a business. We will set up a $500,000 incubator fund to help Bahamians s tart their own business, Mr Evans added. It will be an incubator fund, and as time goes on there will be more........ The intent here is to build a foundation so people can start and be successful in their own business. Its designed not only to support these entrepreneurial visions, but our belief is that it will support the quality of life for e veryone on this island. P ointing out that all Eleutherans would benefit from the creation of businesses such as a dry cleaners, Mr Evans said: We believe greatly in this premise that people have theirg reatest level of self-esteem when theyre closest to God, and are creating something for themselves. These are the core pro-j ects we feel passionately about, and would like to implement. T he Beka team said they also planned, once South Point R esort was operational, to pay for Eleutherans to attend church camps in the US and elsewhere. resorts. Its investments in t his nation were financed by the private equity arm of now-bankrupt LehmannB rothers. M ost recently, Tribune B usiness was informed that staff were not expected to be affected should the deal go ahead as the new owners intended to keep the resorts operational. FROM page one FIN AN CE C ONCERNS DEL AY SALE OF RESORTS FROM page one DEVELOPERS PLAN $500K FUND GROUP BOOKINGS BACK TO PRE-CRASH LEVEL BY YEAR-END F ROM page one


BASEL, Switzerland Associated Press I NVESTORSshould prepare themselves for smallerp rofit margins as banks stash away more capital to avoid another global financial crisis, the world's majorc entral bankers cautioned Sunday. T hey also advised central b anks around the world that interest rates might need to rise soon to bring inflation under control. T he Bank for International Settlements said new rules for banks to graduallyi ncrease their capital cushions would likely result in more predictable and smalle r returns. But the bank, an u mbrella organization for t he world's major central banks, also said in its annua l report that bank man agers and shareholders haven't adjusted expecta-t ions accordingly. I t said rates might have to be raised because "tighter global monetary policy is needed in order to contain inflation pressures and ward off financial stability risks." J aime Caruana, the bank's general manager, said the global financial crisis of 2 008-2009 still casts long shadows, but already there are signs of a return toe xcessive risk-taking. H e warned of threats posed by unsustainable pub lic debt, soaring energy and c ommodity prices and infla t ion that is already hitting many countries and threat e ning others. "While encouraging investors to take some risk was part of crisis manage m ent, there are signs that, in some areas, investors may be going too far again," he said. Caruana said that while fiscal problems are most visi ble in heavily indebted e urozone nations like G reece, Ireland and Portugal, other major economies also must be careful and q uickly improve their stand ing to avoid triggering another big global crisis. I nterest rates, he suggeste d, might need to rise. "There is a need to normalize monetary policy," Caruana told reporters in Basel. "Globally, real shortterm interest rates, alreadyn egative, fell further over the past year. Normalizing rates would reduce the incentives to take excessiver isk and would support necessary structural and balance-sheet adjustments." T he so-called Basel III rules for requiring larger cash buffers are intended top revent another shock to t he global financial system like the one in 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed. H olding more capital would cut into the money that banks can lend and i nvest but improve their ability to withstand the blow if loans or investments go sour. T he bank also said in its a nnual report that nations s hould speed up complying w ith the rules if banks are profitable and credit flows won't be restricted. O n Saturday, one of the Basel-based institution's committees proposed rulesr equiring the world's biggest b anks to hold an extra 1 percent to 2.5 percent of capital on their balance sheets, depending on their size. The aim is to discourage banks from becoming so bigt hat their failure would destabilize global financial systems. The cash buffers that g iant global banks would have to hold would be in addition to an existing r equirement that all banks hold 7 percent of their assets in reserve. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, PAGE 9B 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1. 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2130.10032.61.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0470.09057.43.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.48Cable Bahamas8.488.480.008001.0580.3108.03.66% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.378.33Commonwealth Brewery8.378.370.003000.7400.00011.30.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.831.830.000.1110.04516.52.46% 2 .541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4460.24012.14.44% 8.805.40Finco5.405.400.001000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. BUDAPEST, Hungary Associated Press CHINESE PRIME MINISTER Wen Jiabao on Saturday offered his country's support for Europe and its common currency amid the eurozone's debt crisis. Wen said China is a long-term investor in the European sovereign debt market and has purchased a "not small" amount of eurodenominated bonds in the past years. "China will consistently support Europe and the euro," Wen said after a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Wen is on a five-day tour that takes him to Hungary, Britain and Germany, just as Europe hammers out a plan to battle the eurozone debt crisis. "Europe's debt crisis is expanding," Wen said. "Trust is more important than currency and gold and now, during the debt crisis, we again bring trust to Europe." "I have total trust in Europe's economic development," Wen said. Wen also said China would be willing to purchase Hungarian bonds the country does not yet use the euro and offered Hungary a loan of euro1 billion ($1.4 billion). For years Hungary has been striving to attract more Chinese investment and hopes China will make use of Hungary's infrastructure and the advantages of its geographical location in Central Europe as a hub for its expanding business ventures on the rest of continent. CHINESE PRIME MINISTER OFFERS SUPPORT FOR EURO


T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , J J U U N N E E 2 2 7 7 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor T h e picture emerging out of The Tribunes ongoing probe into the s tate of public school ing isn't particularly flattering. It's quite scandalous,a ctually. It suggests, in a nutshell, that a thus far incalculable fortune cer tainly in the tens, perhaps even in the hundreds of millions has been wasted away becausecorruption and incompetence have been allowed to fester in the Ministry of Education over the last three decades or so. So far, we have discovered that: the financial records of many schools are either in a mess or largely non-existent because for yearsprincipals doubled as accountants, even though some "couldn't balance their own cheque books," as one source put it. funds raised on campus, for example from snack shop sales, have gone completely unaccount ed for. This money, which for some schools represents as much as $200,000 a year, was used on things like teachers' lunches or buying cell phones for principals. despite the fact that education is the greediest of all government entities, regularly eating through up to $200 million a year, students are served terribly when it comes to crucial areas like information tech nology. Only about six per cent of schools even have IT labs (not that increasing this number would likely make much difference it turns out m any teachers don't know how to u se a computer themselves). ministry officials have poured millions into purchasing equipment and services that either don't work properly or aren't being used. The public is still paying hundreds oft housands a year in licensing fees on certain systems, without seeing any substantial benefits. We also learned that details of t he above have never reached the public because of a see no evil, hear no evil culture of cowardice permeating the ministry, and an entrenched network of co-conspirators some of whom only protect the others out of fear that turning whistleblower might lead to a finger being pointed at them. But while the public has been in the dark, it turns out we didn't uncover much that was news to the government. Time after time, we came upon what we believed was a well con cealed dirty little secret, only to find an official, though quiet, investigation already underway. The accounting mess has led to a full audit of all high schools and the assigning of a professional bursar to each one; officials are looking into the spending of tens of thousands of dollars on pieces of equip ment known as interactive whiteboards, many of which are now gathering dust for various reasons; and another probe has led to the removal of several ministry employees from their posts on suspicion of corruption and theft. There is also an official audit tak ing place in relation to the next phase of The Tribune's investiga t ion, the activities of the Education L oan Authority, the first instalment of which appears on today's front page. Obviously then, the current government c ares about setting educa tion to rights and is making a con c erted effort to do so. But if these investigations are all going to be conducted behind closed doors, how effective can they be? S enior officials will tell you they are waiting for the results before they say anything, but it's difficult to put faith in such assertions when you know the traditional response to public sector crime is to try and change the system so it won't happen again, then quietly transfer the offenders to other departments rather than taking real action against them a strategy virtually guaranteed to encourage yet more corruption. And, what happens if the government changes in the next elec tions, and the new administration feels the investigations should be discontinued? Then, there is the problem of certain senior officials who, though not implicated in any wrongdoing, are constantly working to protect the ministry's reputation as a method of protecting their own. How effective these individuals can be at subverting the govern ment's "covert" investigations can be seen inthe case of those ministry workers suspected of corruption. It turns outthat although they were removed, within the space of a few months some of them had been reinstated and some even pro m oted. A nd, despite being accused of having sticky fingers, sources claim that one of them has been transferred to the department overseeing the allocation of more than $11 mil lion soon to be gifted to the min i stryby the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB How could this happen? Simple: the employees' contract s tipulates that if a senior ministry official recommends promotion, the government would have to produce hard evidence of wrongdoing to block it evidence that is still being compiled because the investigation is ongoing. The solution could also be simple: the government could conduct its investigations in the open, admit it suspects that certain parts of the ministry are woefully inept or completely corrupt, and expose officials who recommend promotions for staff who are under suspicion. And it could get a respected independent agency to conduct its audits and publish the results. In other words, they could just tell us the whole truth.The wave of public anger likely to follow would all but kill off interference from mischievous bureaucrats or future administrations. This, of course, is unlikely to happen. All governments have a vested interest in projecting the image that all's well on their watch. They fear that in exposing the truth, they may become identified with the wreckage even if it isn't their fault. There is also a concern about opening the floodgates: how many other ministries and government d epartments are in just as much of a s hambles? Then there's the question of con sequences for the public school system itself. The Tribune's investigation has already led to one rep utable US firm expressing concern it m ay be caught up in a scandal because of its dealings with the ministry. If the full picture emerges, will it affect the ministry's relationshipw ith its best friend, the IDB, which has propped up our public schools over the last few decades to the tune of more than $70 million? Nevertheless, all those working to keep the public in the dark about how its money has been wasted whether ministry employees, senior officials, or politicians (and notice how quiet the opposition has been on this particular issue) should remember exactly who suffers because of all this, and what is really at stake. There are 50,000 children in the public school system. Each instance of incompetence or impropriety represents a little piece of their future being thrown away. Failing schools fuel crime and contribute yet more under-skilled individuals to an already woefully inept labour force. And, considering our problem with expanding national debt, throwing $200 million every year at a corrupt and ineffective institution doesn't seem like a good idea either. In short, it is all of us who are the victims in this scenario, and we have a right to know what's going on. W W h h a a t t d d o o y y o o u u t t h h i i n n k k ? ? E E m m a a i i l l c c o o m m m m e e n n t t s s t t o o : : p p n n u u n n e e z z @ @ t t r r i i b b u u n n e e m m e e d d i i a a . n n e e t t Education: W e deser ve to know the ugly tr uth


THETRIBUNE SECTIONEMONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . ANDRE RODGERS: CHAMPIONS CROWNED ALLYSON FELIX WINS THE 4OO TITLE AT NATIONALS SPANIARD LARRAZABAL WINS THE BMW OPEN WIMBLEDON: TOP PLA YERS STILL AROUND FOR WEEK 2 GERMANY, FRANCE WIN ON OPENING DA Y RAMPONE LEADS US INTO WCUP GOLD CUP: MEXICO RALLIES TO BEA T US T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 6 6 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 6 6 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter IT was an early exit for Mark Knowles at the All England Club in the latest Grand Slam on the ATP tour. After a series of delays which halt ed play over the course of two days, Knowles and Lukasz Kubot of Poland fell in three sets to Chris Guccione of Australia and Canadian Adil Shamasdin, 6-1, 6-7, 4-6. They will advance to play Carsten Ball of Australia and Santiago Gon zalez of Mexico in the second round after they defeated Dustin Brown and Michael Kohlmann of Germany 5-7, 6-3, 13-11. Knowles is still alive in mixed doubles play with Nadia Petrova of Russia, ranked as the 11th seeded team in the draw. After a buy in the opening round, they will face Jamie Del gado and Melanie South of Great Britain. The pair advanced after Carlos Berlocq and Maria Konratieva retired following the opening. On the first day of the match, inclement weather wreaked havoc on Knowles and Kubot's plans to close out the team of Guccione and Shamasdin in their mens doubles first-round match. Playing on court six, the match was delayed several times due of the rain before organisers finally halted play for the rest of the day as a result of the darkness. When they resumed play, the No.10 ranked Knowles and Kubot played one set as the match was reduced from the best-of-five to best-of-three sets, due to time. Knowles and Kubot easily won the first set 6-1 over the AustralianCanadian team, but they lost the second 7-6 (5 after leading 5-2, failing to close the door on the match down the stretch. "We played pretty solid today and won the first set kind of easily," Knowles said. "It was kind of tricky in the second set. We had a couple of rain delays and finished in the dark. "We were a little unlucky that we didn't finish the match in the tie breaker. We were playing in the dark and just couldn't put the points together as we did in the first set." Before they completed their doubles match, Kubot was also played his third round singles match against No.9 seed Gael Monfils of France on court three. Knowles said they were forced to adjust to the "constant rain delays" that have been commonplace at Wimbledon. "We were two points away from the match and things just unfolded. That's what tie breakers do," said Knowles about their collapse after leading 5-2. "It was right in our hands, but it just slipped right out. I don't know how much of it had to do with darkness, but either way we didn't get the job finished. We're disappointed that we didn't end it there, but we're feeling good going into the final set." Early exit for Knowles and Kubot B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Rising young star Ryan Ingraham, quartermilers Shaunae Miller andD emetrius Pinder, along with vete ran sprinter Debbie FergusonM cKenzie all found themselves in a unique position on Saturday. They all stood atop the medal p odium as the most outstanding j unior and senior male and female athletes at the Bahamas Association o f Athletic Associations BTC N ational Championships at Grand Bahama Sports Complex. For their efforts as the top junior male and female competitors, Ingrah am and Miller were both awarded w ith the BTCs CEO award by Marl on Johnson and they collected a S amsung Tablet and a plaque. Pinder and Ferguson-McKenzie, o n the other hand, collected a p laque, a cheque of $1,000 each and a Blackberry Torch cell phone from J ohnson, who noted that he was delighted to make the presentations to some awesome performers at the two-day meet. Not only are these athletes great, b ut I had a chance to interact with some of them and they were just g ood people too. Excellent role models, Johnson said. I just want the Bahamian public to know what type of athletes weh ave in this country. We had a mixt ure of the young and the old. Deb bie has already accomplished a lot of things and the other athletes are upa nd coming, so its going to be interesting to see how they will perform in the future. J ohnson said they have been impressed, not just with the performances during the meet, with the tremendous support of the crowd o n both days. Grand Bahama has been super. They supported and we are happy w ith the performances of all ath letes, including the Grand Bahamian athletes, he added. BTC was veryh appy to be a part of this and we are looking forward to our continued support of athletics in the Bahamas. C ompeting against the top two high jumpers in the country in a thrilling showdown in one of the highlight events of the meet, Ingrah am cleared 2.23 metres to win the mens under-20 title and placed third overall. I n the process, he erased the national junior record of 2.21m that was held by Stephen Wray and Jamal Wilson and he also surpassed the Pan American Junior Championships qualifying standard of 1.70m and even the Senior Central American and Caribbean Championships mark of 2.20m. The shy but confident CI Gibson Secondary High standout was pleased with his feat. It was all right. I wasnt surprised. I did well, so I think I deserve it, stated the 6foot-5 former basketball player. Im going to try and use it. Miller, the 2010 World Junior 400 metre champion, was spectacular. Not only did she destroy the field in easily winning the open womens 400 metres, but she also showed that she is on course for another sensa tional showing on the world stage as she prepares for the trip to the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, next month. The St Augustines College 11th grader clocked a blistering 51.85 sec onds to win the national title. It low ered her national junior record time of 53.45 that she posted in winningt he junior word title in Moncton, C anada, on July 20, 2010. But more importantly, it booked her ticket to the IAAF WorldC hampionships in Daegu, South Korea, in August as she surpassed the B qualifying time of 52.30. She also packed trips to the Senior CAC Championships and the Pan American Games. It feels pretty good. Im very happy that I won it, said a modest Miller, who at 6-1 has all the tools to be a world beater at the senior level in the future. Im thankful for the gift. Now going to see how it works. This year, the BAAA changed the venue for the championships from the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium to the Grand Bahama Sports Complex. And the hundreds of spectators who certainly out-numbered the crowd normally in attendance in Nassau werent disappointed. Pinder was one of the home-based athletes who gave them their moneys worth when he ran the perfect race to repeat as the national cham Debbie still doin it INSET: High jumper Donald Thomas encourages the crowd. ABOVE: Demetrius Pinder in action. TOP: Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie receives a medal. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E


PAGE 2E, MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS SPORTS pion, winning the hotly contested mens 400m in 44.78 seconds. Fresh off his disappointing fourth place finish at the close o f his collegiate career with Texas A&M at the NCAA Championships, Pinder morethan made up for it with his seasons best time that once again took him under theW orld Championships A standard of 45.25. It was a surprise, but I worked for it, so Im very happy, said Pinder, who is now preparing for his quest on the international circuit this sum-m er as a professional athlete. I just want to stick with what I m doing. Im very proud of my achievement today. The crowd was tremendous. They made us all perform even bet-t er. Pinder was putting in a plug for his Grand Bahamian 4 x4 00 team of LaToy Williams, Andrae Williams and Michael Mathieu, who clocked 3:02.56 a World Championship A s tandard to avoid the upset f rom Trinidad & Tobago (3:04.31 A s she gets closer and clos er to completing her career, Ferguson-McKenzie provedt hat experience still makes a d ifference as she held off the s trong challenge from her younger foes to secure a womens double sprint championship feat. First, she ran 11.34 on Fri d ay night ahead of Sheniqua Q Ferguson (11.38 c entury, then on Saturday, her 23.09 in the 200 was enough to give her the edge over Grand Bahamian native Nivea Smith (23.13t hird in the 100 in 11.56. Both times were just shy of the World Championships A standards (11.29 and 23.00 respectively), but having already qualified, FergusonMcKenzie admitted that theg oal was really to come out on top of the rising young stallions. Its definitely an honour. Im very thankful, to God be the glory, she said. But Im so excited about this Blackb erry Torch. I think Im more excited about it than the $ 1,000 cash prize. Im very thankful. B ut looking back at the p erformances that earned t hem for her, FergusonM cKenzie said she has to be pleased because last year at I w as hurt at trials and to come back here and do it in the two events is fantastic. I wanted to run faster in t he 100, but I think a heat w ould have helped them. In t he 200, it wasnt that fast, but I just wanted to win. I was really tired and exhausted, but i t was a good two days of c ompletion. Q and Nivea and Anthonique Strachan all performed well. I was just glad Iw on. When it was all said and done, Ferguson-McKenzie a cknowledged that they are c oming, but not yet. Debbie still doin it F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E ON TRACK: Hughnique Rolle (toptop lefttop rightabove at Grand Bahama Sports Complex over the weekend.