NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Tourism writers hit by thieves Volume: 108 No.66WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 80F LOW 69F By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org TWO American writers for an influential travel magazine are threatening to exposew hat they believe is a theft racket at a local resort, after losing hundreds of dollars in vacation money. Californian Sharon Cum mings said her visit to Nassau quickly turned into a nightmare after $900 was stolen from a safe in the room she shared with her husband at the Nassau Palm Hotel on West Bay Street. The couple visit various Caribbean countries and submit articles to Budget Travel Magazine, an authoritative guide to inexpensive lodgings in vacation destinations. The magazine, owned by world renowned travel expert Arthur Frommer, has a strong online following and the print edition reaches more than 600,000 Americans a month. Mrs Cummings explained that their ordeal began soon after they arrived in the Bahamas. She said: We checked in and went to Atlantis. Them oney was left in the safe because we figured it probably wasnt smart to take so much money with us. Upon returning from Atlantis to their hotel, Mrs Cummings said she and her husband grew suspicious after their keys would not unlock the room door. Those keys almost always work properly, I knew something was not right when we tried for a while to get into the room. As soon as I got in there, I tried to check the safe. Mrs Cummings said her attempts to unlock the safe were not successful, and she would only get an error message. Influential jour nalists to tell of cr ime C HICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MOTORISTS are being warned to be vigilant when visiting the pumps after sev eral people were allegedly scammed while getting petrol. One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Tribune she was robbed of her fuel money when visit ing the Texaco StarMart on Robinson Road. She said: I pulled up at the pump and gave a guy in a red shirt and a black jacket the money for my gas. He opened my tank and put the nozzle in and walked away. I assumed he went to pay for my gas. So I waited. I didnt suspect anything was wrong until I noticed someone else pulled up to the gas station and got served and I still hadnt got my gas. So I called another pump attendant and told him what happened. He called the manager and I repeated the story again. Turns out the guy did nt work there and had just basically walked away with my money. POLICE are investigating the death of a woman tourist who drowned in waters off Exuma yesterday morning Police say the woman, who has not yet been identified, was with a group in the High Burn Cay area around 9am, on a diving exploration, when the first mate noticed she was attached to the tug line of the boat. By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com A BAHAMIAN woman who worked as a volunteer with the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Louisiana yes terday claimed she was barred from the US after immigration officers said she had over stayed her time. Wanting to maintain anonymity, the woman insisted that extreme circumstances prevented her return from New Orleans, which should not have warranted a 10-year denial from the US. In the wake of the August 29, 2005, category three hur ricane, which ultimately caused more than 1,400 deaths in Louisiana and millions of dollars in damage, the woman said she could find no immediate escape. When we found out that Katrina was headed for New Orleans, the governor declared it an emergency and ordered everyone to get out, she said. T OURIS T DROWNS OFF EXUMA HURRICANE VOLUNTEER KICKED OUT OF NATION S PECIALSUPPLEMENTINSIDETODAY K K E E E E P P I I N N G G C C H H I I L L D D R R E E N N S S M M I I L L I I N N G G ITS CHILDRENS DENTAL HEALTH MONTH NASSAUDARTSASSOCIATION R R O O U U N N D D U U P P H H I I T T S S T T H H E E B B U U L L L L S S E E Y Y E E SEE SPORTS SECTION E T h e T r i b u n eW e d n e s d a y F e b r u a r y 1 5 2 0 1 2B A H A M A S D E N T A L A S S O C I A T I O N S S m m i i l l e eI t s N I t s N a t i o n a l C h i l d r e n a t i o n a l C h i l d r e n s s D e n t a l H D e n t a l H e a l t h M o n t h e a l t h M o n t h By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter US EMBASSY Charg dAffaires John Dinkelman said it is the responsibility of state leaders to ensure their country is prepared for any disaster before one strikes. Speaking at the launch of the 2012 Southern Disaster Conference yesterday, Mr Dinkelman said it is crucial that mitigation, response and recovery plans are in place for By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Darlin Jean was convicted this week in the Supreme Court of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Jean, 27, was charged with having unlawful sex with a young girl on August 30, S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 MAN GUILTY OF SEX WITH GIRL BEWARE OF PETROL SCAM LEADERS MUS T BE READ Y FOR WORST SHARONCUMMINGS, right, and her husband, who say they were the victims of thieves at the Nassau Palm Resort on West Bay Street who took $900 from a safe in their room. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff im lovin it
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Make a big difference for your business by attending the Benets of Bookkeeping Workshop. Youll also have an opportunity to network with other owners and Scotiabanks Small Business Banking experts.. Location:British Colonial Hilton on:Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at:6:00 p.m. Seating is limited, so register today! Email: email@example.com or call 242-356-1684SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR SERIESJOIN US AT THE BENEFITS OF BOOKKEPING WORKSHOP*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable). Discover whats possible both man-made and natural disasters "Recent events across the globe and here at home highlight the urgent need to ensure our citizens American and Bahamian are prep ared to deal with the harsh r eality of disaster striking our c ommunities," he said. This three-day bilateral conference is an example of the US governments commitment to partnering with the Bahamas and helping local communities strengthen their preparedness and response capabilities, he said. Minister of State for Local Government Byran Woodside also addressed the opening of the conference, which is b eing held at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. He said: Hurricane Irene reminded us of how vital disaster mitigation and preparedness are to ensuring that the Bahamas remains diligent in its response to natural or man-made disasters. Mr Woodside said the storm, which caused extensive damage in several southern islands, made the Bahamas painfully aware that hurricanes and other disasters have increased in frequency over the years. He said being prepared is t he key to ensuring that injury and loss of life are kept to a minimum. Mr Woodside also thanked the US government for taking part in the conference, and helping ensure the Bahamas has the capability to deal with various kinds of disaster. Under the theme Building Disaster Resilient Communities through Mitigation, Preparedness and Effective Recovery, the objective of the 2012 conference is to strengthen the level of disaster preparedness and response not only in the southern Bahamas, but throughout the country. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA Embassy, the Pacific Disaster Centre, and the United States Northern Command are collaborating to host the conference from February 14 to 16. Over the next two days, the existing mitigation and response plans will be reviewed in light of the lessons learned from Hurricane Irene. Those attending included representatives from Great Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Cay. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A WOMAN has been arraigned in Magistrates Court in connection with a $45,000 cocaine seizure at the main Nassau airport. Shakera Cox, 25, was remanded to Her Majestys Prison after being arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Nassau Street, on charges of drug possession with intent to supply and taking steps to export drugs. It is alleged that while at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on Friday, February 10, she was in possession of nearly five pounds of cocaine valued at $45,000. It is further claimed that she tried to smuggle the drugs to the United States. Cox denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethell told the accused she was not eligible for bail due to the nature of the charge. Cox will return to Magistrates Court on June 11 and 12 for trial. She is represented by attorney Bernard Ferguson. WOMAN IN COURT OVER COCAINE Leaders must beready for worst MINISTER of State for Lands and Local Government Bryan Woodside addresses the audience alongside John Dinkelman, right, Charg dAffaires for the US Embassy.
By DANA SMITH email@example.com P LP leaders have hit out at Labour and Social Develop ment Minister Dion Foulkes, c alling him a seasoned loser who failed to fight for Bahamian jobs. B oth deputy leader Philip Brave Davis and chairman Bradley Roberts spoke on Monday at the opening of the P LPs Yamacraw constituenc y headquarters. They c laimed that as the minister responsible, Mr Foulkes must a nswer for the high unem ployment rate and other social ills. M r Davis told constituents the FNM sent their most sea soned loser of a candidate t o run in the constituency. After getting sacked by the people of Blue Hills in 2002, and rejected by MICAL i n the last election, Dion F oulkes got plenty nerve to c ome up against a five-star general like Melanie, he said, r eferring to the PLP incum bent Melanie Griffin. Mr Roberts said: While t housands of young people could not find a job, (Prime Minister) Hubert Ingraham,D ion Foulkes and the FNM were all over the country planting foreigners at URCA, Baha Mar, at the commercial b anks, on the roads project, a t the airport, and the list goes o n and on. While FNM deputy leader B rent Symonette was busy granting permit after permit to foreign workers, MrF oulkes sat like a church mouse inhaling incense while Bahamians suffered and weret old they need not apply, he said. According to Mr Davis, during its five years in office t he FNM delivered nothing b ut a failed student loan prog ramme, high taxes, a large budget deficit, a lack of new i nvestments, and unemploy ment. That is the record of Dion F oulkes, the man who was supposed to protect Bahami an jobs, but was seen shipping t hem out of the back door, Mr Davis said. Dion Foulkes sat right in the Cabinet and supported t he contracts to a foreign c ompany to build this poorly m anaged road construction. He knew full well Bahamians c ould build roads. But he did nothing, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012, PAGE 3 By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org FNM Yamacraw candid ate and Labour and Social D evelopment Minister Dion Foulkes said the opposition is the party of self-entitlement and its members use politics to pursue their own e conomic interests. S peaking in the Senate on M onday, Mr Foulkes also branded PLP leader Perry Christie as indecisive. He cant say no to foreign interests... and he cant s ay no to his own special interests when they want to m ake a killing at the expense of the Bahamian people, he said. When the PLP talk about taking care of Bahamians, they really mean taking c are of their own special i nterest group, Mr Foulkes s aid. They want to transfer wealth into their pockets. C onversely, the FNM believes that whenever possible we should make itp ossible for thousands of B ahamians to get a piece of the pie, Mr Foulkes said. He said that is why the FNM made it possible for Bahamians to be the owners of the Arawak Port Devel o pment and buy shares in Cable Bahamas, the Heineken Brewery, and the Bank of the Bahamas. When the FNM government privatised BTC, wed idn't do a secret Bluewater d eal to benefit the few, Mr Foulkes said. We didnt give the whole thing to one group of special interests with no track r ecord so they could strip t he countrys assets and m ake a bundle. We entered into an agreement with a reputable international group of communications providers andw e made arrangements for the Bahamian public to be o wners. The PLP kept at least 15 development agreements secret, he said including the heads of agreement for Baha Mar. Refusing to b ring those agreements to P arliament, they kept B ahamians in the dark. Mr Foulkes said the PLP did this because the agree-m ents put foreigners first and the interests of the Bahamian people last. It is the sad legacy of the P LP that they are the party of self-entitlement. They believe that they are more entitled to political power and economic advancement than others. The Bahami a ns that they put first are fellow PLPs, he said. PLPlashes out at seasoned loser FOULKES FIRES SHOT ACROSS RIVALS BOW LABOUR and Social Development Minister Dion Foulkes has called PLPleader Perry C hristie indecisive. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Grand Bahama record ed its first traffic death for the year when a 39-year-old businessman was killed in an accident on East Sunrise Highway late Monday evening. Alexander Dean, the owner of a water depot and car rental business, was thrown from the rental car he was driving when it hit a utility pole. He died at the scene. According to police reports, the accident occurred shortly before 11pm, just east of Kennedy Circle. Mr Dean was driving a gray 2002 Ford Taurus when it crashed into a concrete utility pole in the median. When traffic police arrived at the scene, they found Mr Dean lying on the road with severe head injuries caused bythe falling pole. Family and close friends of the victim were devastated. Mr Dean, also known as Big Al, was well known in the Freeport community. He owned the water depot in the Sunrise Shopping Centre, which is only about 150 meters from where the accident occurred. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police are continuing their investigation into the accident. She said no official identification has been released and police are awaiting the results of an autopsy which will be performed at Rand Memorial Hospital on Wednesday. Ms Mackey said police are urging drivers to buckle up and refrain from using cell phones while driving. Driving while under the influence of alcohol, when tired, or while on medica tion should also be avoided, she said. FIRS T TRAFFIC DEATH OF YEAR IN GRAND BAHAMA EMERGENCYcrews at the scene, where Alexander Dean, a 39-year-old businessman, was killed in a traffic accident.
EDITOR, The Tribune. SO FAR, there has been much jabbering back andf orth by the leaders of the t hree major political parties. However, there are many Bahamians who are not caught up in the partying type frenzy and are waiting with g reat anticipation for a prop osed sense of direction going forward into the future. Too m uch precious time is being spent on who did what and who did not do squat. T he two major parties are appearing to be like a bull dog attempting to intimidate a cat. T hose who have had the privi lege to observe such an encounter know that while the bull dog may be thef avourite to win, the cat can hold its own to a great degree. The prancing, growling,m eowing, skinning of teeth, biting and clawing can go on for quite awhile. Time is precious. The developing major party on the other hand is endeavouring to show-up thes hort-comings of the other two. Thus far, all the people have heard is what we have done and what we started. Come on leaders, there are so many issues, that are a dversely affecting the peop les lives, this is no time for posturing. You all are not showing enough respect toy our prospective employers (not your constituents deserve more, much more than what you are offeringt hem. A call was made for a debate and certainly such w ould help the electorate to hear the views and vision of the various party leaders int he country. S uch debates give firsthand, straight from the proverbial horses mouth, thev ision and projections which in the main, would help the electorate to make informed d ecisions. One would hate to think that a leader is void of a vision and ideas for the coun try. T he other possibility that may cause one of the leaders to refuse to participate may b e due to the fact that the request did not originate from one of the media houses. As most of us would be aware the request for a debate originated from a perceived upstart who in some shallow brains does not count. M ost of us would conclude t hat a man who does no w rong has nothing to fear. When you know that you h ave been fair and honest, no matter whom you are standing or sitting before, you can speak with authority, fearing n o man or woman, for that m atter. Looking at the current p olitical landscape, all of the p arties have issues and short comings in a number of areas. W hat one party is accusing the other of, if you delve al ittle deeper you would find t hat all have shortcomings in the very same areas. All make promises and fail to fulfil them, all, like the United B ahamian Party of the past, s tep up road and infrastructural works; pay out monies f rom the Treasury to facilitate hiring more potential voters; increase granting of citizenship; make promises to the electorate which they h ave no intentions of fulfilling. All of the mentioned a ctions and more are done to i nfluence the masses to cast the vote in the governing par ties favour. Only the racec ard of late has been significantly beaten to death, so that is a no-brainer. Many persons have e xpressed their disgust regarding the situation involving the confusing messages f rom the various parties. Many are saying they refused to register due to no clearc hoice of those offering to g overn. Others have regis tered but indicated that they would not vote basically fort he same or similar reason ing. It is amazing that while B ahamians are losing their homes, cannot find employ ment, electricity is being cut off, and insufficient food on t he table, the principals of the two major parties are engaged in talking baloney about who did and didnt do what. Both major parties are hypocritical in their actions and toa great extent they have a dopted the bad and deceptive ways of the United Bahamian Party: which offered groceries, came among the masses (in their c ommunities) and scraped the r oads and put down a thin layer of hot tar and spread some s and on top and paved roads. This happened on numerous occasions when the vote oft he masses was being sought. Today it is a bit more sophisticated roads are being fixed, f acilities are opened and none xistent jobs suddenly become available. The Bahamian electorate f or many years, have been duped and the practice continues even to this presentt ime. Another sad reality is that Bahamians like to boogie down and party, therefore most of those at the rallies are hardly aware of what is going on in those functions, much less the country. P lease party leaders, you are not dealing with Bahami ans of yesteryear mentality. Give credit for us being a little more informed and intelligent. We can read between t he lines and see through the s moke screen. We are therefore asking that you brush aside the clutter and comec lean with facts and plans for the future. To borrow a line from Mar vin Gaye, lets get it on, l eaders. This is no time for showboating. This is the time to show and tell us where you i ntend to lead over the next five years. You are all still leaders in the making and his t ory will judge your strengths a nd weaknesses. Give us the opportunity to assess your suitability to govern in thise ra, through these perilous times. All and sundry should be r eminded that this election is very crucial, it is not about any personal ego, but more so the advancement of the B ahamian people. MICHAEL E TURNER N assau, February 6, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 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 W HEN the Greek government presents i ts debt-relief proposal to bondholders in t he next week, it could lead to one of the largest debt restructurings in history. It could also be the last one for a while, i f European leaders have their way. European officials want Greece to be s een as a special case, to assure global i nvestors and lenders that other weak e conomies in the euro currency union will not eventually need their own debt writedowns. Otherwise, officials worry that f ears of other debt renegotiations will pro long the sense of uncertainty and crisis that has plagued the eurozone financials ystem for nearly three years. I f the majority of the Greek government's private creditors accept the deal, 100 billion euros of debt (about $132 billion) will be struck from Athenss pile of IOUs, which now total more than one and a half times the size of the Greek economy. B ut if a large enough faction spurns the offer a debt swap that would result in a nearly 70 per cent loss for investors the deal will fall apart. T hat would jeopardise the 130-billioneuro bailout Athens hopes to receive from the European Union and the International M onetary Fund. And it would raise the prospect of default by Greece and could prompt its exit from the euro union ad eparture whose regional consequences a re hard to predict. Eurozone finance ministers on Tues day turned up the pressure on Greece to k eep its budgetary promises, cancelling a planned Wednesday meeting in Brussels and deciding instead to convene by tele-c onference. Jean-Claude Juncker, of Luxembourg, the chairman of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, said Tuesday that the conf erence's format had been changed because he was still waiting for assurances from Greek leaders about enacting budget cuts and other promised measures. Other technical work remains to be done before the next bailout can be released, Juncker said. One unresolved issue is how the European Central Bank plans to handle its holdings of 55 billion euros in Greek bonds. T he working assumption is that the European bank, or possibly individual national central banks within the euroz one, might contribute to Greece's debt r elief by exchanging their current Greek b onds for new ones. Under that swap, the central bank or banks would forgo profits on their bonds, but would not have any a ctual losses. Complicating all this is the latest grim n ews on the Greek economy, which p lunged 7 per cent in the fourth quarter, a ccording to data released Tuesday. That meant Greece's economy shrank by 6.8 per cent in 2011 worse than the gove rnments previous estimate of 6 per cent. The new data is the latest sign that Greece may not be able to grow faste nough to pay down its debt, raising fears t hat even the latest terms won from investors will not be sufficient for its longterm recovery. The final offer to Greeces private creditors is expected to be a swap for bonds that have an interest rate of around 3.5 perc ent down from the 4 per cent or higher rate that investors originally demanded. Those bonds are expected to carry a cash component that actually would no longerb e pure cash but, instead, involve less attractive short-term bonds issued by Europes bailout fund. T hrough gritted teeth, most private creditors have said they are inclined to accept the offer. T hey have little choice. Greeces threat t o attach so-called collective action claus es to the bonds they currently hold would force all investors to take a loss. Any hold-o uts on the deal would be stuck with nearly worthless bonds that offered no pro tection if Greece eventually needed to r estructure its debt yet again. I think if there are no more changes, 75 to 80 per cent of investors will participate, said Hans Humes, president of G reylock Capital in New York, who is a member of the steering committee of the Institute of International Finance, the banking group that is representing bondholders in the talks. But Humes warned that the number of potential holdouts had increased in the last few weeks, a response to the seeming take-it-or-leave-it attitude of the Euro p ean leaders involved in the negotiations. By Landon Thomas Jr of The New York Times Too much chatter from party leaders LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Historys largest debt restructuring EDITOR, The Tribune. ZNS Zephyr Nassau Sunshine, The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas is a national disgrace Bahamians cant help but feel ashamed of. I would even go as far as saying that ZNS is perhaps the worst television station on the planet. Why? Because their programming is just plain awful. Really. Now that most Bahamians have worthy options in the form of Cable Bahamas and satellite television, what pur pose does ZNS serve? Why watch ZNS at all, other than to see the evening news, junkanoo, election rallies, and probably the Hugh Campbell basketball tourna ment? In fact, with Cable 12 and JCN Jones Communication Network, cable channel 14 why would anyone watch ZNS, period? I am currently one of the few people in this country who doesnt have cable ser vice, and as a result, Ive had to either buy DVDs or bear watching ZNS to keep myself entertained. Watching ZNS on Sundays or any other day for that matter is comparable to torture. I can understand that it is Sunday, and we are indeed a Christian nation (really? but theres only so much church services featuring bad singing and pastors screaming to the top of their lungs despite having a microphone (or rather, because of it can take before it becomes an annoyance. ZNS realises this, or claims to realise this, which is why they also put on movies on Sundays. But these movies arent any better, because theyre either a) movies youve already seen a thousand times; b) extremely boring; or c) an extremely boring movie youve already seen a thousand times that was made in the 1980s or very early 1990s. ZNS has made showing the same thing over and over again an art form. This Sunday, I witnessed ZNSs legendary awfulness at its finest: After waiting a whole week to see the continuation of a fact-based late night movie where a US gov ernment agent was about to shoot a dog belonging to an anti-government extremist, instead of showing what happened, ZNS played The Same Episode all over again! I decided to watch the same episode, hoping that maybe this time theyll show what happened. They didnt. They just did the to be continued thing for the second straight week. Whoever wins the upcoming general election, please, please do something about this Looney Tunes TV sta tion. Either start over, or just break the whole thing down and put a school or hospital there. SANDILANDS VILLAGE STRIDER Nassau, February 13, 2012. ZNS tele vision station is a national disgrace
CONSIDERED one of the single most significant transformations in Grand Bahama in the last six months, the new BTC Pioneers Way retail experience opened its doorsw ith a new look, new products and new opportunities. Fridays launch event was w ell attended by key individuals, including executive members of the Grand B ahama Port Authority and M inister of Public Works and MP for Lucaya, Neko Grant. We are grateful that this p roject by BTC to demolish and rebuild has resulted in the creation of various job oppor tunities on Grand Bahama, s aid Mr Grant. I am told that during the l ife of the project to recreate t his area now occupied by the store, approximately one hun dred Grand Bahamians in the c onstruction industry were e mployed to complete neces sary works. As Minister of Public Works, I have been impressed by the reports regarding the efficiency of the work schedule of this project t o renovate this 2,000 square foot space. Beyond employment for construction, the renovation p roject provided an opportu nity for a local artist and graphics company to producea life-size mural, a significant design element featured in the store. L amaro Smith and FDK Laminators and Graphic Design were commissioned to produce the 216-square foot mural of fishermen, entitled B onefishing in the West. More persons were hired to serve as event hosts, host-e sses, caterers, performers, security and customer service representatives during theg rand opening weekend. BTC says its new retail strategies will result in the cre ation of more small business o pportunities by allowing qualified entrepreneurs to operate outlets that sell theirp roducts. As you know BTC has said that as it moves around t he archipelago updating out dated stores and upgrading the network, it will makem any of those stores and many smaller retail outlets available to qualified entre-p reneurs, said Geoff Hous ton, CEO of BTC. The company has announced that it will opena s many as 50 stores through out the Bahamas, most of them to be owned and oper-a ted by local entrepreneurs. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FOLLOWING an increase in the number of complaints from the public, police are warning that they intend to crack down on loud parties and other public nuisances. At a press conference at Police Headquarters yester day, Asst Commissioner Leon Bethel said police are concerned about the growing number of large functions and public parties being held in residential areas until the ear ly morning hours. He said: Many affected citizens have complained of loud noises emanating from these outdoor and indoor functions due to high volume speakers. Divisional police commanders are committed to monitoring neighbourhoods for signs of nuisances and will take appropriate action to bring violators to justice. Police intend to enforce all laws covering loud music and the sale of alcohol to minors, Mr Bethel said. He said police will not grant licenses for outdoor music and dancing events in neigh bourhoods, and are encouraging applicants and promoters to move their events to properly regulated indoor venues, such as hotels and conference centres. While permits are not required for private functions in residential areas, Mr Bethel said the public should be aware that any party which draws complaints can be shut down. He explained that any time whether in the middle of the day or at night a loud noise is reported to be disturbing other citizens, an offence has been committed. However, Mr Bethel said, this law will primarily be enforced at night. Those found guilty of a creating a public nuisance can be fined up to $150, or in extreme cases, even face a short time in prison. Mr Bethel said members of the public are encouraged to come forward immediately when they feel they are the victim of such an offence, so the matter can be dealt with swiftly. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012, PAGE 5 IN JUST four days, the 5th Routes Americas forum willt ake place on Nassau and P aradise Island. T he industry networking event will be hosted by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD Atlantis Resort and the Nas-s au Paradise Island Promot ion Bureau. This years Routes Americas event will be attended by more airlines and airports than any previous event, confirming Routes Americas position as the largest com-m ercial aviation event for the e ntire Americas region, said t he organisers in a statement. Sixty airlines have registered to attend, including many US carriers such as American Airlines, US Air-w ays, and United Airlines, as w ell as top low-cost carriers such as JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit. The three largest airlines in Latin America, GOL, LAN, and TAM, have also confirmed they will be in Nas-s au for the event, along with a s trong Canadian presence w hich includes Westjet, Air Transat, and Sunwing. Airlines from other parts of the world will also be represented, including British Airways,T UI and Monarch Airlines. R outes representative Nigel Mayes said: The growth of this event mirrors the growth in the economic climate within the Americas and the demand from the air service development commu-n ity to meet at one event for t he entire region. Routes Americas is the most significant platform where air links both within and across continents can be discussed and new air servicesa re born. N AD president and CEO Stewart Steeves said: Nassau Airport Development Company is delighted to be the host airport for Routes Americas 2012. As an airport that is buildi ng for the future, we are e specially pleased to be able t o have approximately 60 airlines from around the world see first-hand how we are building to meet the demands of the destination and tos erve their needs. D avid Johnson, Bahamas director general of Tourism and Aviation said: The importance of Nassau as the gateway or hub for the islands of the Bahamas cannot be overstated. The fact that this is an A mericas forum is important t o note, because we can now claim to be firmly connected to the Americas with the addition of the COPA service from Panama City, directlyc onnecting the islands of the B ahamas to South America, Central America and closing the circle around the United States of America, Canada and the Caribbean. NASSAU TO HOST FORUM FOR AVIATION INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES P ARTY TOO LOUD AND IT COULD COST Y OU $1 50 OR EVEN TIME IN PRISON BTC CEO Geoff Houston (left ( right) look on as graphic artist Lamaro Smith signs the 27x8 mural he designed inside the newly renovated BTC Pioneers Way retail experience. PIONEERS BLAZING A TRAIL FOR THE RETAIL SECTOR
THE Bahamas has reaffirmed its commitment to the Campaign to Protect Planet Earth a peoples accord agreed during the 2010 World Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes renewed the pledge during the presenta tion of credentials by Diego Pary Rodriguez, Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia at Government House on February 9. Sir Arthur told the ambassador: Of particular note is your governments stalwart campaign to create a generation of global citizens cog nisant of their impact upon and responsibility for the environment. As a small island state, Sir Arthur said, the Bahamas also understands the critical nature of its relationship with the planet and the potentially cat astrophic impact of global warming and consequent sea level rise. Bolivia can be assured of the co-operation of the Bahamas in the campaign to protect our planet, Sir Arthur said. Bolivia is located in central South America; bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest and Peru to the west. Though rich in mineral and energy resources, its 10 million strong multi-ethnic pop ulation is regarded as the poorest in South America. I note with great interest the cultural diversity of your country with the unprecedented recognition of more than 36 indigenous peoples in the Constitution of Bolivia along with those of European heritage, all living harmo niously and serving as an example of the power of amicable co-operation to which all states aspire, Sir Arthur said. He also noted that the Bahamas and Bolivia share a common heritage of coloni sation with all its negative consequences, but have been able to overcome these challenges and today pursue col lective prosperity for all citi zens of the world. Like the Bahamas, Bolivia places significance on respect for the rule of law, the sovereignty and equality of states, the right of a people to self-determination, respect for human rights and the furtherance of international co-operation, Sir Arthur said. Bolivias educational system is regarded by international bodies as exemplary, evidenced by the numerous types of universities both public and private, the first of which was established in 1624. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisa tion, Bolivia was declared free of illiteracy in 2008. Mr Rodriquez is also Ambassador of Bolivia to the Organisation of American States in Washington, and Bolivia is scheduled to host the 42nd Regular Session of the OAS in June. He is Bolivias vice minister for Higher Education and Professional Formation; and co-ordinator of the Intercul tural Indigenous University of Latin America and the Caribbean (International Indigenous Fund). Ambassador Rodriquez has a masters degree in higher education, and is a certified expert in indigenous people, human rights, governance and international co-operation. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE T HE contract signing for t he construction of a concrete dock to replace the wooden dock in Coopers Town was greeted with applause by res-i dents of this North Abaco c ommunity. The government signed a $460,100 contract on Friday w ith Calvin E Parker Con struction for the reconstruction of the dock, which was damaged during Hurricane Irene in 2011. P ublic Works and Transp ort Minister Neko Grant said the dock, used by fisher men, pleasure boaters and those visiting neighbouring S panish Cay, has previously undergone repairs. Unfortunately, the dock w as again severely damaged l ast year during Hurricane Irene, Mr Grant said. It has n ow been determined that t here is a need for complete r econstruction of the timber portion of the dock along with extension of the existing conc rete abutment. Braving high winds, chilly temperatures and the occasional rain shower to witness t he event, residents gathered under a tent near the dock. Also present was the MP for North Eleuthera Alvin Smith, senior Ministry of Works officials, local engineer John Schaefer, and adminis t rators Theophilus Cox and C ephas Cooper. The Coopers Town Primary School provided music for t he ceremony. M r Grant said five contractors from Abaco were invited to submit bids, and a review r evealed that Calvin Parker Construction submitted the lowest qualifying bid. It was therefore agreed by t he Tenders Board and Cabinet that the contract in the amount of $460,100 should be a warded to Calvin Parker Construction Company, Mr Grant said. It is to be notedt hat this company has succ essfully completed many government construction projects in North Abaco in thep ast. The work is expected to begin in three weeks ands hould be completed in six months. Fifteen persons are to be employed on the pro ject. M r Grant thanked Mr Schaefer and other Ministry of Works technical staff for t heir help in planning the pro ject. BRENT SYMONETTE, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomes Diego Pary Rodriguez, Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on February 8. Photo: Kris Ingraham /BIS S TUDENTS o f Coopers Town Primary School perf orm a medley of songs during the contract signing ceremony for the Coopers Town Dock in Abaco. Photos: Letisha Henderson /BIS CALVIN E PARKER (left struct the Coopers Town Dock in Abaco as Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport, looks on. NEKO GRANT, Minister of Public Works and Transport congratulates Calvin E Parker on the award of a c ontract to reconstruct the Coopers Town Dock in Abaco. Also pictured is Colin Higgs, permanent secretary (5th from left CLIMATE CHANGE PLEDGE MADE AT CONFERENCE Dock contract signed
Not long after, all ports of e ntry were closed. We were told to go to the New Orleans Super Dome. Furthermore, the house she s hared with a friend for eight c onsecutive summers was about 10 blocks away from t he left side of the levee. The levee, which controlled water flowing through the G ulf of Mexico, eventually broke, causing many persons to be stranded on roof tops. U pon arriving at the Super Dome, the woman said she became quickly aware the shelter would be filled witht housands of people relocat ing from government housing complexes. The line was so long and we could tell that the majori ty of the people were from the projects. I knew that not s o good things would take place once a military officer told me we would be sealedi n. I told my friend I didnt want to go in. W ith housing options thin, she said they resorted to returning home. I went back, trying to have f aith that I would make it through. By the end, a part of the roof had been torn offand other condos around us were totally destroyed. I found shelter in the bathroom, where I prayed my way through. A while later, her friend died, leaving her not only alone, but to settle his estate. I engulfed myself into volunteering to take my mind off of his death and off of my o wn blood condition. The woman said she helped to gut buildings, feed hungry p eople, and saved many lives. Almost two years later, when she could see a clearw ay out, the woman said she r eturned home. Two weeks later, while trying to get back to NewO rleans to recover her belongings, the woman said she was told by US immigration she would not be allowed r e-entrance to the US. The officer told me that he did not care what I did inA merica. He said I over stayed my time, and I would not be allowed back. They are treating me like a terrorist. Bahamians are not that way and we've played a role in American history. Not to mention, I was there, helping people who were far worse than I was, she said. Last night, US Embassys spokesperson Erica Thibault issued the following statement in response to the womans claims. Although the applicants volunteer efforts following Hurricane Katrina are laudable, if she remained in the US beyond the terms of her visa she accrued unlawful p resence in the United S tates. Applicants with unlawful presence after 1997 regard-l ess of the reason are ineligi ble under Section 212(a9B tion and Nationality Act ( INA). This ineligibility applies to those applying for non-immigrant (tourists and s tudents) as well as those for immigrant visas. Applicants with unlawful p resence between 180 days a nd one year are inadmissi ble for three years after departure from the US.A pplicants unlawfully present in the US for more than one year are inadmissible for 10y ears after their departure. Depending on the circum stances, there are waivers available for these ineligibili t ies. Additional information on ineligibilities and waivers can be found at www.travel. state.gov It is important to note that there are options for extendings tays in the US. Applicants entering the US with a visa can apply to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS to adjust or extend their stay by submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status before the authorised stay expires. Additional information on this process can be found at www.uscis.gov. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012, PAGE 7 The Bahamas own street philosopher f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Hurricane relief volunteer kicked out of United States By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MAN accused of sexual ly assaulting a woman last weekend was remanded to prison following his arraignment in Magistrates Court yesterday. David Turnquest, 30, of Laird Street, appeared before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street, facing a rape charge. It is claimed that on Satur day, February 11, he raped a 21-year-old woman. He was not required to enter a plea due to the nature of the charge. Turnquest, who was not represented by an attorney, returns to court April 24. He was denied bail and remanded to Her Majestys Prison until the completion of the trial. Seven witnesses are expected to give evidence. MAN A CCUSED OF RAPING WOMAN THEAFTERMATH of Hurricane Katrina, which saw swathes of the UScoastline hit, but particularly hardest hit was New Orleans, leading to calls for support for the region as it began to rebuild after the natural disaster. SURVIVORS of the disaster were left to mourn those they had lost and the devastation wrought by t he hurricane on their homes. SURVIVORS were forced to gather in community centres and even the New Orleans Super Dome.
AMENDMENTS to the Freedom of Information Bill, 2011 were presented to the Senate recently by AttorneyGeneral John Delaney. The debate is expected when the House of Assembly meets on February 20. I n addition to typographical corrections, the amendmentsr estrict application rights to B ahamian citizens and perm anent residents; and provide for the appointment of an information commissioner, who will also act as data protection commissioner a post created by another law that was passed in 2003. The amendments also confirm that the Official SecretsA ct will still apply to the grant of official documents inc ontravention of (the freedom o f information) act. Presuma bly, this means that everyt hing in government is officially top secret, unless the information commissioner says otherwise. S o far as I am aware, no c onsultative process ever took place for this Bill. The Trib une n ever officially received a draft and was never asked for input, so it is fair to a ssume that no other media group was consulted. However, the Bill is a close copy of the Cayman Islands law w hich was years in the mak i ng. T he Official Secrets Act is a colonial-era law that makes it an offence for public officers to communicate, retain or fail to take reasonable care of i nformation received during or after their government serv ice. Offences are punishable by a two-year prison sentence, a $500 fine, or both. P erhaps the most interesti ng amendment is the one that effectively combines two seemingly incompatible posts, presumably as a cost-saving m easure. T he data protection com missioner is supposed to safeguard the privacy rights of individuals. The office was l egislated almost a decade ago to comply with international standards on the processing of personal information by both the private and public sectors, but few Bahamians k now it exists. G eorge Rodgers was n amed data commissioner in 2006, but he has little to keep him occupied. His 2010 report mentions only two relevant complaints, a handful of inquiries, and a number of awareness visits to local agencies. Regulations are apparently still under develo pment. The Data Protection Act gives individuals a right of access to personal informa tion collected by public or private bodies. They also have the right to rectification or erasure of inaccurate data, as well as the right to prohibitthe use of personal data for marketing purposes. Offences u nder the act are subject to fines of up to $100,000. Both the data protection c ommissioner and the infor mation commissioner are supposed to be independent and n on-political, appointed by t he governor-general on the recommendation of the prime minister after consultation w ith the leader of the opposition. The data commissioners o ffice is likely to be conside red inconsequential by most Bahamians. But the appointment of an information commissioner is an important step towards more transparency and accountability in govern-m ent. So there should be some measure of public input in the selection process, whichs hould seek a high-profile, independent-minded individual, who is both interested in t he issues and who can stand up to political pressure. Are there any candidates out therew ho fit this bill? Colleg e of the Bahamas R epor t After I was inexplicably unable to obtain a copy of anyr ecent College of the Bahamas annual report to research last week's article on the Colleges transition to uni-v ersity status, Education Min ister Desmond Bannister belatedly provided me with the 2010-2011 edition. Lest we forget, these reports are required by law to be produced annually, tabled in parliament, and made available to the public in a timely fashion. They account for the dis posal of public funds and the stewardship of public officers. But the performance of most government bodies in this regard is mixed at best. In an apparent nod to current political correctness, the w ord university is not mentioned anywhere in the 201011 report, although there are references to the Colleges mission which explicitlya ssumes the development of a university of the Bahamas. For example, the College is on target and on course to write the next remarkable chapter in its history with ar enewed commitment to its m ission, wrote Council C hairman T Baswell Donaldson in his introduction. T he report puts total revenues for the fiscal year June 2010 to June 2011 at just over $ 43 million comprised of a $24.7 million government subvention, $15.8 million in tuition fees, $1.8 million in sales, $450,000 in donations and grants, and $378,000 ino ther income. O utgo includes $30 million i n salaries and benefits, $5.7 million in operating costs, $$3.5 million in depreciation costs, $768,000 in educational expenses, $1.1 million in cost o f sales, and almost $1 mil lion in maintenance costs p roducing a surplus of $ 816,000. Since 2007, the College has also received $1 million annually from the government for financial aid to some 400 students. And about 2600 students a re taking advantage of a deferred payment plan for tuition expenses. L ast May, the College graduated 442 students from degree and certificate programmes 65 per cent receiv ing bachelor degrees. And there are currently 600 stu d ents enrolled at the new Grand Bahama campus, out o f a total College enrolment of just over 5,000, almost half of which are full-time. The College now offers six bachelor degrees in over 60 majors, and two associated egrees. It also facilitates the Uni versity of the West Indies law p rogramme and the University of Technology (in Jamaica) bachelor degree inp harmacy. A business degree was launched in 2010 with 18 students, and the College also facilitates Kent State Univer sitys master of education degree. Other graduate degree prog rammes include a master of science in reading, and a mas ter of social work in conjunction with Floridas Barry University. What do you think? Send comments to email@example.com or visit www.bahamapundit.com. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Data commissioner role will prove vital for information bill Thinkin' I'm new to this b ecause i'm younger where I'll only leave you suspicious and to wonder Sweet Mickey SWEET Mickey was Haitian President Michel Martel l ys stage name as a Compas singer until he won last years presidential election with some 60 per cent of the vote. His inauguration marked the first time a democratically elected Haitian president (Rene Preval, a supporter of former president JeanBertrande Aristide) handed over power to a freely elected leader from the opposition. Over the past year, Martel ly has made official visits to Europe, Cuba, Venezula, Panama and the Caribbean. His most recent regional tour included a two-day stopover in Nassau, where he held talks with government officials on immigration, trade and tourism issues. Controversially, he also urged thousands of HaitianBahamians at a public meeting in Nassau to use the democratic political process to advance their own interests. I told them to organise and identify in the upcoming elections who is on their side, Martelly told reporters. That way they can become a force. By being (unified the elections, they might have people taking care of them t his is the democratic way. He pointed out that children born in the Bahamas tof oreign parents do not auto matically get citizenship. So until theyre 18, they dont belong anywhere.This c ould be considered a crime. Be responsible, be humans and see how to better assist these Haitians. Martellys remarks have been decried by some as insulting interference in Bahamian politics. I thought it was an insult to the Bahamian people that a foreigner would come here and instruct Bahamian citizens to vote one way or the other, said PLP chairman Bradley Roberts. DNA leader Bran McCartney said Martellys remarks were a direct attack on Bahamian democracy and all Bahamians those of foreign descent or otherwise. He suggested that prime minister Ingraham had arranged the visit for political reasons and called for his resignation. Former prime minister Perry Christie has acknowledged in the past that both PLP and FNM governments have been reluctant to take a firm stand against illegal Haitian immigration because they fear a voting bloc of Haitian-Bahamians. The PLP backroom propagandists are necessarily con f licted over this issue. On the one hand, they want to accuse the FNM andM artelly of manipulating the Haitian-Bahamian vote against the PLP. On the other, they don't want to imply t hat it is in the interest of Haitian-Bahamians to vote for the FNM. On the one hand, they want to exploit the fear and loathing many Bahamians have for Haitians. On the other, they dont want to turn off Haitian-Bahamian voters. On the one hand, they accept the reality of immigration, and particularly of Haitian immigration. On the other, they have to pander to Bahamian nationalism and xenophobia. Its a tough call for them. The bottom line is, there was nothing wrong in substance with what Martelly had to say. But it was clearly wrong, in my view, for Roberts and McCartney to demagogue the issue. American leaders have often made unwelcome political comments during visits to countries like China, and I think Martelly had every reason to make those comments here. To avert a future social explosion, we need to deal with the very real issues posed by Haitian migration intelligently and reasonably. MAR TELL S BAD RAP H AITIAN PRESIDENT M ichel Martelly pictured during his visit to the Bahamas during which he urged Haitians who have the right to vote to organise and choose a party to vote for that will best serve their interests, prompting a row between the main three parties. A TTORNEY-GENERAL J ohn D elaney.
She said a hotel employee t old her she was putting the wrong code, and with the help of staff, it was eventually opened but all their money w as gone. Mrs Cummings claims some staff members tried toc onvince the couple they had never put the money in the safe in the first place. I've woken up at 3am every morning thinking what are we going to do with no money, when we have to headb ack to Florida tomorrow and then back to California," she said. Mrs Cummings said a per son or group that has easy access to the hotel eithert hrough lax security or by s ome other means must be responsible for the theft. "I emailed Crown, the manu facturers of the safe, who t old me that had I entered the wrong code into the safe, it w ould have told me to try a gain. "But because it said error, the company said that some o ne had erased the code that was originally set, she said. Mrs Cummings added that s he and her husband are outraged that nothing has been done to tighten security as this is not the first theft fromt he hotel room. "After someone came in here and took our money, the p olice told us they have on numerous occasions come in and told management thatt heir security system is not up t o par, she said. In 2007, The Tribune reported that a guest of the Royal Palm told police her j ewellery and cell phone had b een stolen from her room by three men seen walking casu a lly from the hotel. I n 2005, Ervin Virgill, 34, pleaded guilty to breaking into hotel rooms at theR oyal Palm, after he was seen by some visitors leav ing the rooms with their b elongings. Mrs Cummings said: "You can bet that we will write an article telling people whatk ind of place this is." She claimed insult was added to injury when hotel m anagement "attempted to hush our complaints in ways that could not compensatet heir loss. They offered to take us to Atlantis for food and to give us taxi fare to get us to the airport tomorrow. That does n ot add up to $900, she said. W hen T he Tribune attempted to contact the h otels general manager, he w as said to be in a meeting. He did not return the call, despite promises to the con t rary. When asked to comment, Ministry of Tourism publicr elations officer Clarence Rolle said: "The general manager should have told you to c all the officer in charge of t he case. I will not be commenting on what happened o r how they are being h elped." The officer in charge of the Fort Charlotte PoliceS tation could not be contacted last night. The Tri bune was told to call back in t he morning. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012, PAGE 9 When he swam to her, he n oticed she was unconscious and placed her onboard theb oat where he administered C PR. She was also supplied w ith oxygen but did not regain consciousness. She was pronounced dead. T he woman was taken to Normans Cay and then flown to the Lynden Pindling Inter-n ational Airport on a private p lane where her body was col lected by a local funeral home. T he boat originally left from the Nassau Yacht Club. Police say the US embassy h as been informed of the womans death. 2010. He was represented by Nassau attorney Raquel Huyler. The trial opened on Monday before Senior Justice H artman Longley. Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch of the Attorney Generals Officea ppeared on behalf of the Crown. As the prosecution called its first witness to the stand, J ean decided to change his plea to guilty. Justice Longley remanded J ean to Her Majestys Prison until March 26 for sentenc ing. The manager was very nice and she explained to me that this sort of thing has happened before. She gave me the gas anyway and apologised. T he woman said despite gett ing her fuel, it was still an ordeal she shouldn't have to go through if gas stations would supply their pump attendants with proper uniforms ore ven identification cards. W hen contacted, the day manager of StarMart, who did not give her name, said she knew nothing of the incident but did admit this kind of thing happened before. S he said: It happens at all t he gas stations, mainly in the night when people arent paying close attention. Most of the stations are self serve so pump attendants wouldnt think it weird to see a strangem an around the station. The only thing I can say is, m otorists should be a little more attentive when pulling up to the pumps. Oswald Moore, chairman o f the Bahamas Petroleum Dealers Association, said he has not received any com-p laints from customers or gas station owners. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Tourism writers hit by thieves MAN GUILTY OF SEX WITH GIRL S HARONCUMMINGS, r ight, and her husband, who say they were the victims of thieves at the Nassau Palm Resort on West Bay Street who took $900 from a safe in their room. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff BEWARE OF PETROL SCAM TOURIST DROWNS OFF EXUMA