N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.192SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY, T-STORMS HIGH 91F LOW 80F n P aperwork lost in w ak e of disaster n Underground mar k et in f or geries TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P ETOFTHEWEEK M M E E E E T T B B U U S S T T E E R R , T T H H E E G G E E N N T T L L E E G G I I A A N N T T FIBAAMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIPS T T E E A A M M B B A A H H A A M M A A S S S S T T I I L L L L W W I I N N L L E E S S S S SEEPAGETWO SEESPORTSSECTION CHARGED: Twenty-five-year-old murder accused Prince Kenneth Fernander leaving court yesterday. By SANCHESKA BROWN A NUMBER of Atlantis workers have been sacked after bosses at the resort allegedly uncovered a major stealing ring. It is believed 16 members of staff were fired after being accused by hotel chiefs of stealing by reason of employ ment. It is claimed that hotel guests would be offered a room upgrade but instead of charging the difference on a credit card, those running the scam would take cash and pocket it instead of turning it over to the hotel. A source said: What they did was go to a guest and ask them if they wanted a better room. If the guest did, they would charge them a fraction of what an upgrade would nor mally cost, but tell them they would have to pay cash. By LAMECH JOHNSON A 25-YEAR-OLD man was arraigned in Mag istrates Court yesterday on a murder charge. Prince Kenneth Fernander, of Gambier Vil lage, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court 1, Bank Lane. He has been charged with stabbing Oswald Hall to death on Tuesday, July 12. Police reports indicated that Mr Hall was stabbed around 10.30pm at Fifth Street and Poinciana Avenue, The Grove. Fernander, whose attorney was not present during the arraignment, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. Bail was also denied. Prosecutors expected to proceed with a vol untary bill of indictment, which will be presented on December 20 by the Attorney Generals office. The case will then be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court. Fernander was remanded to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill, until September 20 for a bail hearing. MAN ARRAIGNED ON MURDER CHAR GE TIM CLARKE /TRIBUNE STAFF B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org D OCUMENTS lost after the devastating earthquake in Haiti have caused some difficulty for the Department of Immigration,s aid government officials, who are also contending with the underground market in forged documents. S ince the earthquake, the department has received applications from individuals who claim their records were destroyed. These records include birth certificates for a mother or father, school records and even health records. Brent Symonette, Minister of Immigration, said a lot of people are saying they cant get the documents because of the earthquake. However, the department says it is able to use other means of authenticating the identity of an individual or establishing their presence in the Bahamas. SEE page six MORE than 160 e mployees at BTC who applied for voluntary separation packages will be let g o at the end of this m onth, The Tribune was t old. They will make up the first wave of BTC employ-e es to leave through the voluntary severance offers since the company was bought by Cable & Wire l ess Communications. A well-placed source inside the Bahamas Com munications and Public O fficers Union, which rep resents line staff at BTC, said the group learned thisw eek by letter that their a pplications for the sever ance offers had been accepted. "Persons have been r eceiving letters over the last week or so and by the end of this month thosep ersons will disengage themselves from BTC," said the source, who did not want to be named. T he group is made up of a cross-section of BTC employees, including those FIRSTWAVEOF VOLUNTARY SEPARATION BTC STAFF SETTOLEAVE Immigration turmoil following Haiti quake CUSTOMS and Immigration Officers overwhelming voted in favour of a new collective bargain ing agent, according to unofficial results from a poll yesterday. John Pinder, head of the Bahamas Public Services Union, yesterday conceded defeat to the newly formed Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU He chalked the loss up to promotion freezes within the public service which were just lifted by Govern ment during the debate on the 2011/2012 budget and promises by the new union to address the vexing shift system under their watch. Some 1,000 Customs and Immigration officers voted yesterday. The new union secured more than 700 votes according to an unofficial count, said Mr Pinder. "They win that hands down with well over 51 per cent of the vote," said Mr Pinder, who added that he was not upset at the loss. Although he expressed confidence in a win earlier SEE page six SEE page six NEW UNION WINS RIGHT T O REPRESENT CUS T OMS, IMMIGRA TION OFFICERS SEE page six LANDMARK: The Atlantis resort. BRENT SYMONETTE JOHN PINDER W ORKERS SACKED IN ATLANTIS ROOM SCAM
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NEW STRAW MARKET TAKINGSHAPE GENTLE: Buster NEARING C OMPLETION: These photos show the straw market off Bay Street becoming a reality. The photos r ight and below s how some of the merchandise on display at the olds traw market. By LAMECH JOHNSON A RE YOU looking for a dog that wont bark at any and everything he sees humans and fellow canines included? Do you want a pet that will lis ten to your commands the moment you give them and still love you afterwards? Is so Buster, The Tribunes Pet of the Week, is just the dog youre looking for. Unfortunately, he is already taken and there is no doubt why. Dont be fooled by his intimidating size this furry tan and white mixed dog (half potcake, half Great Pyrenean Hes usually very calm and laid back and hes very gentle, said owner Estelle Leville. Buster always enjoys affection from others and he doesnt bark or bite anyone he comes in contact with. Buster visited the Bahamas Humane Society for a check-up yes terday morning and immediately made contact with another dog less than a third his size. Thats just his personality. Ive had him since he was a puppy for three years and hes always been like that. Hes a lover and not a fighter, she said. Buster may be taken, but Humane Society staff have many oth er lovable dogs and cats sorely in need of a new home. PET OF THE WEEK BUSTER, THE GENTLE GIANT P H O T O S : S h a w n H a n n a
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A LOCAL pastor has declared the Bahamas support for a United Nations gay rights resolution inconsistent with the countrys constitution. During his independence sermon, senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI spoke out about the governments decision to support a UN Human Rights Council resolution, which passed in June, affirming equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT Pastor Munroe said the resolution is at odds with the Bahamas constitution, which holds that the countrys foundation be built on Christian morals. Our constitution clearly states that the Bahamas is founded on Christian values and beliefs and this (resolution is not a decision the government of the Bahamas should support, said Pastor Munroe. He further stated that this UN resolution must be deemed inconsistent with our constitutional national commitment to an abiding respect for Christian values, the rule of law, the supremacy of God and a nation founded on spiritual values. The resolution, which was narrowly passed in the council in Geneva, Switzerland, expressed "grave concern" about discrimination against gays throughout the world and affirmed that freedom to choose sexuality is a human right. Twenty-three countries on the human rights council supported the resolution, 19 voted against it and three countries abstained. As an observer on the council the Bahamas was not eligible to vote, but Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette said the country supports the principle behind the resolution. Careful Pastor Munroe said while he does not believe any human should be subjected to violence based on their beliefs or sexual orientation, he does think the United Nations should be careful when it comes to the domestic affairs of a nation. Quoting directly from the constitution which states that the people of the Bahamas recognise that the preservation of their freedom will be guaranteed by a national commitment to self-discipline, industry, loyalty, unity and an abiding respect for Christian values and the rule of law Pastor Munroe said any law, international or otherwise, which is inconsistent with this should not be considered valid. He said that the government is obligated to obey and follow the constitutional law and wheni t is violated, it is a step in the direction of committing national treason. The UN resolution did not change the law of the Bahamas or any other country in any way. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011, PAGE 3 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Boundary Commission is likely to meet before Parliament is back in session, a Cabinet Minister told The Tribune. Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said while the Boundary Commission has yet to be appointed, he expects that it will happen soon and that the commission is likely to meet during parliaments summer break. Mr Maynard said that just prior to the close of the last session of the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham indi cated that the Boundary Commission would be selected short ly and that he would like them to start the process of setting the boundary lines. The Boundary Commission will be mandated to evaluate constituency boundaries and determine if any borders need to be changed based on the num ber of voters in each area. It will also consider whether the creation of any new con stituencies has become necessary as a result of population movement since the last election. According to the Bahamas government website, the Commis sion meets every five years and makes recommendations to the Governor General as to how many seats should be in the House of Assembly. In heavily populated areas, commission members consider the number of persons in each constituency and try to create a population balance. In sparsely populated areas, the geographical make-up and expanse of the area is also taken into consideration. The boundary commission will consist of a Jus tice of the Supreme Court rec ommended by the chief justice, two members of parliament rec ommended by the prime minister and one MP recommended by the leader of the opposition. The commission will be chaired by House Speaker Alvin Smith. DOZENS of Atlantis guests were treated to a special grill demonstration by Virgils Chef Neal Corman last week that included a sam pling of the restaurants barbecue fare. Overlooking the Royal Towers, Chef Neal was joined by Atlantis Food and Beverage staff as they spent the day preparing grilled shrimp skewers and pulled chicken sandwiches for hungry onlookers. The event served as teaser to the November opening of the Times Square favourite soon to move into the former Waters Edge location. Virgils Real BBQ is a part of the Alicart Restaurant Group that opened Carmines Family Style Italian restaurant in Marina Village in 2005. Virgil's, the original New York City barbecue restaurant, has evolved over the years and has become known for much more than just barbecued ribs, chicken, brisket, lamb, and pork. Its menu now features a wide array of culinary styles, from Mexican, Creole and Cajun cuisine, to soul and comfort food. "Last weekend's grilling demonstration was a great success. It really gave our guests a taste of what can be expected later this year when we open Virgil's Real BBQ. Our team has a lot of experience working with the Alicart group out of New York City, who brought the successful Carmine's brand to Marina Village, so this is a logical continuation of a very successful partnership, said Ian Reid, senior vice-president of Food and Beverage at Atlantis. "Our staff and guests alike were thrilled to be able to sample a vari ety of barbecue items as we prepare for this new concept to take the place of a long-standing favourite, Water's Edge. We look forward to opening a completely rebuilt, exciting and vibrant restaurant in November; one that is going to prove to be appealing, not only to Atlantis guests, but to the local community as well. The Virgil's crew has been elated from the start to come to Atlantis, Paradise Island. From the demonstration to the fun we had at Kid's Kitchen at Atlantis Kids Adventure, the team at the resort have been helpful and a pleasure to work with. All events that Virgil's was a part of went well and hopefully excited guests for the coming of Virgil's Real BBQ in November, said Chef Corman. THE community of Fresh Creek, Andros became the second Family Island location to get telemedicine capability following the launch of the tele-dermatology clinic yesterday. The launch came five months after officials from the Ministry of Health, the Public Hospitals Authority and the Department of Public Health performed a site inspection at the Fresh Creek Community Clinic now the site of the new tele-medicine facility. Fresh Creek follows Marsh Harbour, Abaco, which was the first Family Island location in which the programme is offered. Health officials are busily preparing to launch the programme in Deadmans Cay, Long Island next month as part of the ongoing construction of a telemedicine network by the government. Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said the expansion of the telemedicine programme into Fresh Creek is part of the governments determined efforts to truly bridge the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in terms of medical care standards. The programme allows specialist physicians of the Acci dent and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital to assess, examine and help treat patients in the Family Islands in real time. Dr Minnis said the feature not only allows public health officials to ensure that patients on the Family Islands receive the same kind of specialist healthcare as their brothers and sisters in New Providence, but also cutsd own on the costs associated with travel into New Provi dence for care and treatment. Dr Minnis was accompa nied to Fresh Creek by South Andros MP Picewell Forbes, Director of Public Health Dr Pearl McMillan, Director of Emergency Medical ServicesD r Colin Bullard and other senior public health officials. We ran trials over the pre vious two weeks before the launch and they were very effective and today five patients here in Andros will be seen by our specialist in New Providence, Dr Minniss aid. Prior to today those indi viduals if they wanted to see the specialists would have had to fly to Nassau, book accom modation, and try to organisean appointment, but that will now be a thing of the past because they can remain here in Fresh Creek and be assessed by specialist physicians in New Providence. Dr Minnis said the telemedicine infrastructure will also allow physicians at the Princess Margaret Hospital to assess, diagnose and prescribe treatment in multiple loca tions in a single day. For example, after the dermatology clinic is completed here, the programme will automatically shift to Abaco, allowing patients at the Marsh Harbour Clinic to be assessed. This can also happen once other islands come on stream, he said. Dr Minnis said telemedi cine is the future and will help to expand the economyof the Bahamas and create jobs and educational and other opportunities for young Bahamians. There is no reason why we cannot extend the programme into Turks Island and other Caribbean islands that are short of specialist care, he said. That would afford us the opportunity to make the Bahamas the health magnet of the Caribbean. Dr Minnis said the expansion into Caribbean countries and other Bahamian Family Islands will create additional employment and education and training opportunities for Bahamians all over. We must have trained technicians and IT personnel which means that there are opportunities for young people from the various Family Islands to play pivotal roles in the programmes in those islands, he said. Then, there will be opportunities for further learning and training in the United States of America and Cana da in order for them to remain on the cutting-edge of technology and so that will present another set of opportunities for our people. Local pastor lashes out at Bahamas support for UN gay rights resolution ANDROS GETS TELEMEDICINE CAPABILITY WITH DERMATOLOGY CLINIC LAUNCH TIMES SQUARE BBQ RESTAURANT TO OPEN AT ATLANTIS BOUNDARY COMMISSION LIKELY TO MEET BEFORE PARLIAMENT BACK The Virgil's crew has been elated from the start to come to Atlantis, Paradise Island. Chef Neal Corman DR. MUNROE
EDITOR, The Tribune. Dj vu is the experience of feeling sure that one has already w itnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain and were perhaps imagined. My fellow Bahamians, whether you are PLP, FNM, DNA, PDP, NDP, whatever, you are a voter in this, the greate st little country on the earth. This letter may serve as a source of information to many, seeing that many of us are toilet voters. A toilet voter is a unique individual that surfaces every five years. Let us explain as children many of us were not blessed w ith modern indoor facilities; we used what we knew as outhouses. Even though we frown at the thought of using outhouses, we were a proud people and kept these facilities as you would your indoor units. But, unfortunately, there were those who were downright nasty, they would dispose of their waste w ithout consideration to others. My fellow Bahamians, a toilet voter is one who is kept away from the in crowd, for a great deal of the time. But now, he is the best thing since sliced bread. He is permitted just crumbs that fall from the rich mans table, u ntil the Crazy Season comes to fruition. Then, he is invited to sit at that very same table. All along, he is Mr Insignificant, now he has a name and needs that everyone miraculously remembers. Unfortunately, he is so mesmerized with this new found, but temporary popularity, he lives in the midst of a well thought out illusion; hence dj vu. My fellow Bahamians, the truth hurts, but it is the truth nonetheless. As of today, your vote counts......really. But you must ensure that you are not compromised in the process. Remember, there are those who are genuinely honourable in their words and actions, these are the ones who are likened to those that have kept their out houses well, despite the fact that they are outside. But then there are those who intentionally miss the outhouses and carelessly and callously subject all of us to their nastiness. Listen, we area proud people; we still regard matters of decency and order. Please, do not let the few dictate to you and give the wrong impression as to our true worth. Register now. See this as an awesome enablement that is bestowed to you. Therefore, think carefully and prayerfully before you exercise that precious right. Dj vu in Fox Hill: A few years ago, Mrs J Dorsette was unsuccessful in her bid to be elected. The next time, she won and retired after her term. It is so sad that she appeared to be abandoned by her party and was seemingly incapable of doing anything of significance for her people and conceded the victory to Mr Mitchell. Mr Mitchell was successful against Dr Higgs the last election and so, the saga continues; Dr Higgs, a formidable candidate, suf fered because she seemed to be abandoned by her party. Is it the plans of the powers that be, to tell us that another one of our own is incapable? We most certainly hope not because Bamm we would be forced to take a DNA and like Maury find out who is our real papa. Its time to get it right, Fox Hillians have intelligent life amongst them, dont be fooled. Many explanations were offered and we are preparing to embark upon an election season that appears to be primed as exciting and interesting. Will this be another dj vu experience? Many promises will be made and many toilet voters will be approached, with the hope that they forget the past, for just a moment and pay attention to this new found popularity; hence dj vu. It is high time that we are not taken for granted. Listen, please, paving roads and maintaining infrastructure is no reason to attempt to persuade us that you are supernatural. Fox Hillians appreciate these things, but we elected you to do this for us. You know what? We have talked about a proper sporting complex, other thant he traditional Freedom Park venue. U nfortunately, Freedom Park is synonymous with so much that is negative and is believed to be a breeding ground for crime and other negative activities, we need a wholesome, positive and com-m unity owned and operated venue that can contribute to the positive mentoring programmes in Fox Hill. Heaven knows, we do not need another housing project without any attached recreational facility. This time, we need a Government that truly cares in action more so than in words. So this time, please do not let dj vu prevail. Dj vu in Haitianville. Loftus Roker, Shane Gibson, Branville McCartney, what do they have in common? They had the support of Bahamians and the fear of foreigners, yet they were all removed and replaced by personalities who did not manifest the gumption to be effective in what this country truly needed. Ironically, Mr McCartney is about to vie for t he top post in this country. Sir, all the best to you as you represent definite and positive change. Please stay focused as third parties seem to belly up to those political giants and fall short on delivering what we need to see; politicians who have the testicular matter to do w hat needs to be done. Isnt it just amazing that our neighbours to the south command such attention at this time? We have had some notables who have served as Immigration Ministers. Is it not just amazing that we are viewed as toilet voters when we are expected to b elieve that the mention of their names appears to swing the outcome of the elections in their partys favour? No, my fellow Bahamians, we must arise and show that we can think; we are more than puppets that are waiting to be directed and placed as spectacles before the world. I n closing we send a shout out to all political and social leaders if the Bahamas is to be counted along with the first class nations, we can no longer treat our people as second class citizens; even if some of our spiritual leaders appear to take sides. P lease take the words to our national anthem seriously. It is five years since our last opportunity to express our constitutional privilege; we need to make this time count. Thank you once again for allowing us space in your most valuable column to voice what is not only a provocative topic in Fox Hill but in the entire Bahamas. Happy Independence Bahamas! KHARLOS ROMERO Nassau, July 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. Cable Bahamas Rev TV in my opinion is a big embarrassment, especially to families with small kids and teens living at home. Prior to Rev TV I just had basic cable, no set top box and no subscription to movie channels. My home went digital this week and consequently opened up a whole can of worms with having the capability to preview rated-X channels. Perhaps this is an advertisement tactic to entice adults to purchase. I felt powerless to guard my kids from this kind of sexual content on June 14th about 6:30 pm as my kids played carelessly in the living room while I innocently flipped through the 800 channels. Thank God they were not facing the television and I was able to quickly change the channel without them seeing it. But the images and sounds just appeared right there on the big screen. A black male and white female were engaged in sexual activities. This was a paper view channel and to my knowledge I shouldnt be able to watch this unless I made a purchase. This is apparently one of the new fea tures Rev TV provides its con sumers. You no longer need to have a set top box or even sub scribe to additional channels to preview, that is watch a few minutes of a paper view movie. Of course some paper view movies are regular action or drama type movies that may not be rated for kids either; but in no way compares to a triple X movie. A few minutes into a triple X movie is quite an eye full and an ear full especially for little toddlers. Why havent the brilliant minds at cable Bahamas figured this out and remedied it? No one can erase what the eyes have seen; therefore we must take preventative measures. We cannot risk our young children being influenced by adult behaviour; as if we do not have enough social ills in our society today. While I can now appreciate the need to use the parental control feature on televisions in the home where kids reside; with the old service basic cable meant no access to any adult content whether preview or paper view ultimately there was no real risk. Cable Bahamas has definitely failed to adequately educate the public on the safety issues the cons. This is a big deal to many mothers and fathers who are careful to protect their kids from this kind of exposure. There are so many means by which this information could be disseminated, through frequent television media as they currently do to promote their new product and new look, by direct mail or a flyer could be included with the new boxes being distributed to advise and direct consumers on how they can censor these chan nels. They needed to raise the awareness in a big way to ensure that these kinds of programmes remain off limits to kids and teens alike. No one should suffer like me and accidentally stumble over these kinds of channels where the names of these movies being listed in the guide are as graphic as the movie itself and to some folks may be described as dirty, trashy programmes. It was definitely a jaw drop ping moment for me and has made me reluctant to watch TV in the presence of my kids. Had I been made aware this would not have happened. CONCERNED PARENT Nassau, July 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JULY 16, 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 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm LONDON The U.N. agency regul ating international shipping decided Friday that the global merchant marine, which ferries most of the world's trade, must meet energy efficiency standards and cut carbon pollution. The decision by a powerful committee of the International Maritime Organiza t ion attacks a growing source of greenhouse gases and is the first measure on climate change to apply equally to countries regardless of whether they are from the industrial or developing world. About 50,000 cargo ships carry 90 per c ent of world trade, and most ships are p owered by heavily polluting oil known as bunker fuels. The IMO says shipping was responsible for 2.7 per cent of global car-b on emissions in 2007, but that would double or even triple by mid-century if no action is taken. C oncluding a weeklong meeting, the IMO's Environment Protection Committee resolved that all ships built in thef uture must reduce pollution from today's a verage, according to an efficiency index for ships of varying sizes and types. The new regulations say it will be up to t he ship builders to decide how they would m eet the new standards. "As long as the required energy-efficiency level is attained, ship designers and builders would be free to use the most cost-efficient solutions for the ship to comply with the regulations," the resolution s aid. But in a concession to developing coun tries, it deferred the measure for at least four years after it takes effect, probably next year or 2013. In a further step to win support, it included a provision to promote the transf er of clean ship building technology to developing countries. The committee also approved a new m echanism to monitor fleet performance to ensure compliance. The IMO has 169 members, but fewer t han half were eligible to vote on the poll ution measures, which were adopted by 48-5 with several abstentions. "This is a very positive and important first step for a truly global, binding measure to reduce CO2 emissions," Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner on climate action, said from Brussels. The European Commission said the new standards would apply to about 70 per cent of all emissions from new ships. Some environmentalists were lukew arm about the accord. The vote was "bittersweet," said Jacqueline Savitz, of the nonprofit Oceana. "There will be no change to existing ships, which are currently pumping a billion tonnes of CO2 each year," she said, and it will take another dozen years before the agreement deliv e rs benefits with new ships. Mark Lutes, who observed the proceedings for the Worldwide Fund for Nature, or WWF, said industrial countries and most developing countries favoured the measures, but a hoped-for consensus p roved elusive with objections from major c ountries like Brazil, China and India. Small island states that lend their flags to merchant ships also were reluctant,s ince one way toward greater efficiency is to build larger ships that could prove too big for their port facilities. This is the first globally applied rule that the international community has come up with that regulates greenhouseg as emissions," said Lutes. But some c ountries were concerned that the uni versal application of the shipping rules undermined a cardinal principle of cli m ate change negotiations that assigns g reater responsibility to the wealthy coun tries whose industries created the global warming problem in the first place. Under the new rules, ships contracted in the first five years after 2015 would have to improve fuel efficiency by 10 per c ent, and the standard would be tightened every subsequent five years. By 2030, a 30 per cent reduction rate would be set for most types of ships, based on the average of those built between 1999 to 2009. The committee also debated measures to charge ships for carbon emissions for s hipping, but delegations differed on how the tax would be used and whether it would apply to all countries. The prob l em is compounded by the fact that many ships fly flags of convenience and true ownership often is difficult to trace. J o Espinoza-Ferry, the IMO's policy p lanning chief, says any financial measure would probably add less than 1 per cent to transportation costs. He said on the sidelines of a climate conference in Germany in April that several market-based options were being considered, including a direct tax, an emissions trading scheme or a combination of incentives. (By Arthur Max and Thomas Wagner of the Associated Press). Dj vu; its election time LETTERS l email@example.com UN shipping agencys new rules on emissions NOTICE is hereby given that ISLAND DELVA, of GODET AVE. off, CARMICHAELRd., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/ naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twentyeight days from the 9th dayof July, 2011to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE +(/3:$17('&$6+,(5t 6$/(6(56216QHHGHGIRUUHWDLOVWRUHRQ3DUDGLVH,VODQG0DWXUHDQGUHOLDEOHSHUVRQVRQO\ :LOOLQJWRWUDLQWKHULJKWLQGLYLGXDO 0XVWEHDEOHWRZRUNQLJKWVGD\VLQFOXGLQJ 6XQGD\VDQG+ROLGD\V INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays REV TV IS A BIG EMB ARRASSMENT
AN increasing number of persons in the Bahamas are being terminated from their jobs because of medical reasons, according to a human resources executive. Speaking at the recent monthly meeting of the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association (BHRDAg eneral manager of human r esources Antoinette Turnquest, who is also an attorney by profession, addressed the issue of managing terminations for persons who are medically unable to continue employment. She said more and more employees are being terminated because of medical reasons and that these workers are also becoming more knowledgeable about the Employment Act and common law. Ms Turnquest noted that while an organisation can let someone go for medical reasons, many are reluctant to, and when it is the option decided upon, it must be done in a humane manner. The process must meet the requirements laid out in the Employment Act and the employee needs to know they can claim under the Employment Act or common law whichever will provide them with greater benefits, she said. Ms Turnquest implored BHRDA members to look beyond just the tenure requirements stipulated in the Employment Act but also consider oth-e r things like age, training, and experience amongst other factors. She further elaborated that traditionally the Industrial Tri bunal rules in relation to the Employment Act specifically, but from her experience, more and more consideration is being given to common law as well. The employee is realising that there are greater rights and benefits under common law. For example, employees have claimed duty meals as a benefit in considering total compensation and benefits, she said. As human resources and business professionals, consider what a reasonable amount of compensation is and create a standard formula for compensation allocations upon termi nation so there is no question that compensation packages are not based on individuals but rather a documented proce dure, she said. The recent BHRDA meeting was held in a participatory manner and dubbed open mic night. It allowed best practices and other business ideas to be shared on industrial relation matters, group medical plans, training and development, and recruitment. In addition to Ms Turnquest, the evenings presenters included Bonnie Nyguen, group human resources manager at Bahamas First Insurance; Adrilla Horton-Wallace, direc tor of training and organisational development at Kerzner, and Tanya Woodside of Woodside Brokerage. At its next meeting on Thursday, July 28, BHRDA will discuss the topic Effectively Handling and Managing Terminations. As part of this discussion, the Employment Act requirements for terminations and a case study will be presented. The Bahamas Human Resources Development Asso ciation is a national, non-profit organisation and an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011, PAGE 5 "I am vex because the h uman trafficker who caused one of his passengers to be drowned is looking at the death penalty by o ur Florida neighbour s ome 60 miles from our coast while it appears our s ystem cannot decide on m any murders and we have t o refer the decision maki ng to some more learned p ersons some 4,000 miles a way." Independent "I vex 'cause one politician is claiming to be guide d by God, whichin nothing wrong 'bout that, but the problem arises in not mentioning who is guiding t he others." Christian Native I somewhere between v ex and mad when I hears t hat the illegal squatters whose illegal shanty townb urnt down will now be r ewarded with land and homes. Really, they shouldbe in jail for polluting the l and, illegal squatting, aidi ng and abetting other ille gals, repay the Treasury for the cost of clean up, and services provided.A fter that then, they should join the long line of Bahamians who have beenw aiting for cheap land and government house. Or, preferably they can pay rent to live in governmentp rovided high rise housing a partments to be built to save land space." N o Line Jumping! "I vex that people wanti ng to change their names can place notices without ap hoto ID in the papers, asking for the public who may have issues to reportto the Passport Office. D at's so comical now, as if half of us Bahamians know people by their full proper names, cause we is say Who you is?' half the time. "What next, yinna might gone give passports with out pictures hey?" Slam Bam "Everything cool, I just vex a little when I hears them people now talking out about crime because they is getting robbed. Reminds me of a famous saying which goes something like this, 'When they came for some others, I did nothing because I was not affected; when all others were affected I did nothingand now I affected there is no one left to do anything for me." Join the Crowd "I am happy that a new Immigration official, Jack Thompson, has realised that the illegal economic migrants intentionally have as many children as possi ble so as to get to stay and make it difficult to be uprooted. If parents are repatriated, the children are always left behind. I applaud his efforts to deport the entire family to keep them together, as do the first world nations. "Children belong to parents albeit illegal. Wrongdoing must not be reward ed because it is perpetually repeated. Please give Mr Thompson the National Award for duty to our sovereign nation, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas." Bahamian Send complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org More and more job losses linked to medical matters By SANCHESKA BROWN US EMBASSY officials are seeking to set the record straight regarding how much money a person or a group of persons can take into the United States legally. Embassy spokeswoman Erica Thibault said despite what some people may think, it is not illegal to carry more than $10,000 into the United States as long as you declare it on a customs form. She said: While it is legal to transport any amount of currency or other monetary instruments into or out the Untied States, a traveller entering or exiting the US with an amount exceeding $10,000, or its foreign equivalent, must file a report of international transportation of currency or monetary instruments with customs prior to departure. Mrs Thibaults comments came after three American tourists and six Bahamians were arrested and charged in separate incidents this month, for failing to declare they were travelling with more than $10,000. In all the cases, none of the individuals had more than $10,000 in their possession, but rather as a group their money exceeded the $10,000 limit. Group Mrs Thibault explained yesterday that it is still illegal to carry the money, even if you disburse it among a group, if you do not declare it to a customs officer. According to the Currency and Foreign Transaction Reporting Act, if a traveller asks someone else to carry the currency on his/her behalf and the full amount exceeds $10,000, then that traveller is required to report the total amount to Customs and Border Protection (CBP She said that due to privacy laws, she is not able to discuss spe cific cases, but in general the reason people get caught is because they tell on themselves. We have trained CBP officers who know what questions to ask and what signs to look for. We do not have scanners that magically count money or secret cameras. The truth is most people when they know they are doing something wrong, usually tell on themselves, whether they know it or not, when they are being questioned. Ms Thibault said the process of declaring the money is actually quite simple: it involves a separate one page form that you complete and give to a CBP officer. It takes about five minutes, but can save an individual years of legal problems, she said. Under the United States of America and the Bahamas PreClearance Agreement Act, a traveller departing on a pre-cleared flight from the Lynden Pindling International Airport in New Providence or the Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, must declare to US Customs and Border Protection anything contained in his/her baggage using the Customs declaration form, Mrs Thibault said. WHY YOU VEX? O PENMICNIGHT: T he recent BHRDA meeting was held in a participatory manner and dubbed open mic night. BHRDA members were urged to look beyond just the tenure requirements stipulated in the Employment Act but also consider other things like age, training, and experience amongst other factors. BAHAMAS HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (BHRDA) TRA VELLERS REMINDED AB OUT US CURRENCY LAW USEMBASSYSTATEMENT FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida Officials say a cruise ship rescued six people after their boat caught fire and sunk near the Bahamas. Discovery Cruise Line reports that an aircraft reported a boat exploding and catching fire Monday night about 16 miles from Freeport, Grand Bahama. The Discovery Sun, which had been heading to Port Everglades, got to the scene within about 30 min utes. Discovery Sun crew members used a lifeboat to retrieve the two women and four men out of the water. Officials say the rescued boaters were Jamaican, Haitian and Cuban. Discovery Sun officials notified the US Coast Guard, who sent a boat to pick up the six people. Cr uise ship r escues 6 after boat sinks
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, JULY 17TH, 2011 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 a.m. SpeakerLionel K. SandsAssociate Pastor, Christ Community Church Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY JULY 17TH, 2011Theme: "Like Good Stewards of The Manifold Grace of God, Serve One Another With Whatever Gift Each of You Have Received."7:00 A.M. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Rosemary Williams 11:00 A.M. Rev. Carla Culmer/Summer School Participants 7:00 P.M. Bro. Jamicko Forde/Board of Children, Youth &Young Adults If the guest agreed, the employee would pocket the money and split it between the maids and the bell men fort heir silence. Everyone was happy, the guests got better rooms and everyone got paid, except for Atlantis. They had the whole thing worked out. This has been going on for a long time, it was claimed. High-ranking I t is understood more terminations are expected next week as executives uncover further details about the ring. Among those believed to be fired was a person in a highranking position, several front desk employees and a handful of maids. Linda Moxey, the officer in charge of the Paradise Island police station, said she has no knowledge of the terminations. H owever she admitted the company usually deals with their matters internally and rarely file police reports. Ed Fields, Atlantis senior vice president of public affairs, s aid he had no comment. Workers sacked in Atlantis room scam F ROM page one IMMIGRATIONTURMOILAFTERHAITIEARTHQUAKE Mr Symonette said the Bahamas recently had informal discussions with a senior Haitian official about accessing a database of some four million Haitian n ationals that was compiled with the assistance of the Organisation of American States (OAS l y-held elections. The intent is to negotiate a cooperative arrangement for accessing the data bank in order to authenticate the identity of Haitian nationals presented in the Bahamas. Also of serious concern for the d epartment is forged documents. J ust two days ago, the minister said he came across a file where a letter looked much too neat for the year in w hich it was supposed to have been written. Mr Symonette said the stamp was even wet. Some of the forgeries are very good. Some are very clumsy. We are aware that there are forgeries, b ut I dont want to portray that there are massive amounts of forged documents. Forgeries exist and we have to safeguard against them, said Mr Symone tte. The Department of Immigration r eports matters of suspected fraud to t he police for investigation and further p rosecution. M r Symonette said the electronic s ystem should make the practice more difficult. The new electronic system should also help prevent a new backlog from accumulating, said Mr Symon e tte, because no applications are a ccepted by the electronic system u nless all of the required documentat ion is there. Revealing the departments statistics, Mr Symonette said 1,144 applic ants were granted citizenship between May 2, 2007 and June 30, 2010. In that same time, 1,165 permanent residence applications were approved; 1,506 spousal permits and 10,012 permits to reside. Between May 2, 2002 and May 2, 2007, under the former administration, Mr Symonette said the government granted 2,083 citizenship r equests; 1,582 permanent residence, 2 ,286 spousal permits and 22,839 r equests for permits to reside. He said the department does not have collated statistics on the number of rejected a pplications. FROM page one stationed in Family Island offices. Another large wave of employees will most likely leave the company in Augusta nd staff departures should continue in smaller numbers until the end of the year, the source added. Overall, staff at BTC seem happy about the transition a nd many of them have visited union offices to plan for t heir financial futures, said the source. "From where I sit persons appear to be fairly happy, (people pension." The severance packages vary from employee to employee and are calculated based on the length of ser vice and salary. It is estimated that about 400 employees, or 30 per cent, of BTC's staff will be cut. Earlier this week, BTC CEO Geoff Houston confirmed that the company was still sifting through nearly 500 sev erance package applications as it worked to finalise the company's restructuring programme. It has been speculated that the company intends to let go older workers and recruit younger employees. V OL UNT ARY SEPARATION BTC STAFF SETTOLEAVE NEW UNION WINS RIGHT TO REPRESENT CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION OFFICERS i n the week, he said talks with Customs and Immigration staff over the last two days revealed their discontent over internal issues. T he BCIAWU has said it intends to immediately begin negotiations on several issues, including: wages, the shift sys-t em, the ethics code, and insurance for all clerical workers. A ttempts to reach the BCIAWU for comment were unsuccessful up to press time last night. FROM page one FROM page one RUBBLE: A scene of devastation after the Haiti earthquake. 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Baha Mar has not given nor p r omised to give any funds to the BNT THE recidivism rate at Her M ajestys Prison, Fox Hill has hovered at around the 20 per cent or lower in threeo f the last four years, prison r ecords show. The exception was in 2007 when the rate stood at 21 per cent. Recidivism the rate at which ex-inmates have reoffended and been convicted is often seen as an indicator of whether a prison facility is effectively rehabilitating inmates. Local prison officials say 20 per cent is above the international average, but Minister of National Secu rity Tommy Turnquest said the government has been working assiduously on its Prison Reform Initiative to ensure that ex-inmates leave the prison as productive members of our communities. Addressing the three-day National LEAD Institutes Project Re-Entry Confer ence, Mr Turnquest said: The prison is required by law to ensure that all suitable inmates are taught a trade and that they are exposed to educational opportunities, particularly those inmates who are in need of remedial education. In the case of Her Majestys Prison, we have observed significant decreas es in the rate of recidivismover the past several years. Mr Turnquest said officials at Her Majestys Pris ons will implement a number of new measures designed to increase the educational opportunities provided to inmates. These include the expan sion of the education curriculum to facilitate the introduction of distancelearning education; expansion of horticultural and agricultural programmes; expansion of educational opportunities for persons on remand and efforts to ensure that certificates awarded by the Prisons Correctional Training Insti tute are endorsed by the B ahamas Technical and Vocational Training Institute (BTVI The rehabilitation and e ducational thrusts at Her Majestys Prison are ongoing and wide in scope, he said. M r Turnquest commend e d the National LEAD Institute for its vision and determined efforts to a ddress crime and criminali ty in the Bahamas. LEAD is a non-government/non-profit organisation established to provide programmes for at-risk young men and released inmates. Responsibility Mr Turnquest said while the government accepts its responsibility to take the lead in the fight against crime, it also recognises that no amount of resources expended by the govern ment will have the intended effect on reducing and marginalising crime to the maximum possible extent without the committed assistance of its citizens, the religious community, civic groups and non-govern mental organisations. The National LEAD Institutes programmes, by their very nature, compli ment those offered by gov ernment agencies and oth er social partner agencies. As such, they buttress our efforts towards building stronger, more caring and safer communities. What is particularly important about the work of the National LEAD Institute is the focus that it gives to addressing the needs of at-risk males in our society prior to them finding them selves detained in our penal institutions. Our primary thrust must always be preventative, he said. Mr Turnquest also applauded the institutes partnership with the Criminal Justice Department of the Northwest Piedmont Council of Carolina, which he said should augur well to the mutual benefit of the Bahamas and North Carolina. The government recognises that there must be sev eral complementary approaches and multiple interventions with which to address crime and criminality. The involvement of civil society organisations where much of the exper tise resides is crucial. The government therefore welcomes the National LEAD Institute in augmenting and enhancing the programmes already offered at the prison. It allows for collaboration and information sharing with Her Majestys Prison while avoiding duplication of efforts, he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011, PAGE 7 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2300.10030.21.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.4380.0405.71.60% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.871.82-0.050.1110.04516.42.47% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.40Finco5.405.400.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.58Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029TUESDAY, 12 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,409.96 | CHG -0.05 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -89.55 | YTD % -5.97BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.680613.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.19701.31%11.59% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.15251.27%8.82% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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H e said: Baha Mar has not given nor promised to give anyf unds to the BNT. Mr Sands added that Baha M ar has agreed to fund the infrastructure and enhancement of the wetland sanctuary area at the resort to the tune of $1 million, and once the wetland sanctua ry is complete with boardwalks and signs, an additional $1 million will be placed in a trust to support the ongoing maintenance a nd management of the area. T he referenced trust will be determined once the improvements are completed. Experience T he statement said Baha Mar a cknowledges the vast institutional and individual knowledge and experience of the BNT in the protection, development and management of protected areas. M r Sands said the proposed c ollaboration would therefore be a great benefit to ensuring the viable wildlife habitat will bep rotected while also allowing the p ublic to enjoy the wildlife experience. A team of Baha Mar officials has visited Harrold and Wilson P onds National Park and Bonef ish Pond National Park on New P rovidence, wetland areas where the BNT has recently installed boardwalks, viewing platforms and interpretive signage. We were very impressed with the infrastructure at these parks. What the BNT has done at these parks is very much what we have c onceptually envisioned for the sanctuary area, said Brent Creary, architect at Baha Mar. B NT president Neil McKinney, said: Baha Mar has put together an excellent team. We are impressed with their environmentally friendly develo pment protocols and we do encourage them to continue to f ocus on taking all steps possib le to be a green development and to minimise their carbon footprint. Tom Dunlap, Baha Mar executive vice president for development and construction, said: We are excited to meetw ith BNT to discuss how we can collaborate to plan the develop-m ent of the sanctuary area in an environmentally sustainable manner. We are pleased that the Baha Mar team for the sanctuary will be lead by our newly appointed director of environmental affairs, G ary Larson, who was executive director of the BNT for 20 y ears. BNT executives Eric Carey a nd Lynn Gape said they look forward to developing a closew orking relationship with Baha M ar in planning the future of the 7 1.4 acre wildlife and wetland sanctuary. Trust and Baha Mar in positive talks about wetlands sanctuary Patrick Hanna /BIS A DDRESS: M inister of National Security Tommy Turnquest speaking during the Project Lead Re-Entry Conference on July 13 at the Paul H Farquharson Conference Centre, Police Headquarters. ROBERT SANDS RECIDIVISM RATE HOVERS A T 20 PER CENT IN THREE OF PAST FOUR YEARS n Possible collaboration over 71.4 acre area n Reports of $1m donation to BNT are refuted n NATIONAL LEAD INSTITUTES PROJECT RE-ENTRY CONFERENCE