N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER PLPsparks row at straw market Volume: 108 No.87THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND ASHOWER HIGH 81F LOW 72F By DANA SMITH d firstname.lastname@example.org A VISIT to the Straw Mar k et by PLP leaders descended into chaos yesterday as a heated row was sparked between vendors. A few who announced themselves as FNM support ers questioned the motive behind the PLP visit, calling it political, while the others accused them of jealousy. One quarreling vendor had to be pulled away from another by her colleagues as shocked tourists and shoppers looked on. Some party officials seemed taken aback by the reactions as the market is commonly thought of as a PLP strong hold. Party chairman Bradley Roberts, deputy leader and MP Philip Brave Davis, and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell were invited there on factfinding mission after receiving complaints from vendors a bout problems in the market, according to Mr Mitchell. Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder w as also there, but not a part of the official delegation. Flanked by PLP figures, vendor Laverne Crawley, vice president of the Straw Business Persons Society, said malfunctioning toilets and vendors still waiting for stalls are two of several issues and concerns that are still not being addressed. She said vendors were told the bathrooms are suffering from a structural issue. Were told that they have a holding tank. The tank for example has 100 gallons of water, theyre reserving 80 gallons of the water in case theres a fire and 20 to assist with the toilets. So around one or two oclock, everything is backed up. Its clogged up, backed up, and we have no Vendors turn on leader s during visit TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pinder, front, and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell speaks to members of the media yes terday in Rawson Square following the visit to the Straw Market that erupted in a row. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff FORMER Tribune publisher the late Sir Etienne Dupuch has been recognised as the worlds longest serv ing editor after a 54-year career, and his daughter Eileen Carron is following i n his footsteps as she enters her 50th year in the profes sion. A fter returning from university in 1962, Mrs Carron became The Tribunes assistant editor, taking up the posts of managing editor and publisher in 1972. Throughout Mrs Carrons accomplished career, she has been presented with numer ous awards for her contribu tion to not only Bahamian journalism, but to the progress of the country. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s email@example.com T HE $129 million the Inter American Development Bank provided for the NewP rovidence Road Improve ment Project will be depleted by the end of the month,a ccording to a report released b y the lending institution. The report, posted on the banks website, said a cash f low shortfall will essentially bring the road works to a halt leaving the countrys roadsa nd transportation worse than before. To prevent the stoppage, t he report said the IDB will provide $13 million in retroactive financing to keep the project going. By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham said the practice of taxi and bus franchise owners leasing their licence plates for thousands of dollars a year will be banned if his party is re-elected. And, he told all those currently paying up to $500 a month for the plates, when By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com OFFICERS from a special unit within the police force tasked with investigating the campaigning practices of opposition candidates were assigned to watch DNA leader Branville McCartney, a party supporter alleged yesterday. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the officer was hand-picked for the political investigations unit and admitted to the special assignment months ago. We were at an initial meeting for the DNA at the home of Branville McCartney when I saw a man whom I knew to be a police officer lurking around the periphery of the house, he said. I then saw him at another N OW HELPUS TOREACH T O FIND OUT HOW Y OU CAN HELP OUR BREAST C AN CER C AMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $205,500 I NSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE WOMENSBASKETBALL O O P P E E N N I I N N G G W W I I N N F F O O R R C C H H E E E E T T A A H H S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE TRIBUNE PUBLISHER AN INSPIRATION S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 2 2 BANK:ROAD MONEY IS RUNNING OUT POLICE OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO WATCH DNALEADER PMWILL END LICEN CELEASING im lovin it
Retroactive financing is c ontemplated up to $13 mill ion to facilitate continued seamless implementation with t his proposed project. Retroactive financing is justified so as to avert a shortfalli n cash flow, leaving the countrys roads and transportationw orse than before. D espite the cash flow shortf all, State Minister for Finance Zhivargo Laing said the roadworks will not stop. H e said the government has requested the retroactive loanf rom the IDB to cover e xpenses that will occur b etween the time the current funding depletes and the new loan is approved. We expect that there will be billables associated with the project between February and the time we expect to gett he loan, which is in May. We just want to be able to pay those bills. This is not new money, this is all a part of the $65 million the government expects to borrow for over-a ges, he said. We pay our bills retroactively, which means todayw e are making payments for November and we will noth ave to make payments for M arch before we expect the l oan to be approved. Clearly the money is running out, that is why we have to borrow additional money. We have exhausted the money w e already borrowed but we h ave no doubt that the loan f or the additional money will not be approved. There is nothing to worry about,t he road works will not stop. In any event, we aret he government, if we are r equired to fund a payment u ntil we get the loan we will do it from our cash reserve. M r Laing said the govern ment has not yet submitted the documents for the $65m illion loan but the request h as already been made. The IDB report also revealed that as of November2 011, 75 per cent of the NPRIP was completed and 95 per cent of the time hade lapsed. Last week, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced the government will borrow an additional $65 million from the IDB to complete thea lready over-budget road works project. Addressing the House of A ssembly, Mr Ingraham said the projected total cost of theI DB funded portion of the p roject is now estimated at $ 206 million. He said: To date the IDB has provided some $129 million in two loans leaving a funding gap of $77 million, $ 30 million in respect to fuel e scalation, $19 million in cont ingencies, $14 million of variations and modifications, $9 million due to delay in pro-j ect completion and $5 million in professional and engi-n eering fees. The Governm ent is now seeking a further l oan from the IDB in the amount of $65 million to meet a funding gap. T he NPIIP was expected to be completed by the end of January 2012, however due toc hallenges and complexities o f the project, the Prime Min ster said the government is currently negotiating a revisedc ompletion date. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE BANK:ROAD MONEY IS RUNNING OUT T HEINTER-AMERICAN D evelopment Bank building in Nassau. Photo: F elip Major / Tribune Staff f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e
THE Ministry of Environ ment has issued a list of the companies granted licenses to search for oil in the Bahamasand their current status in response to continuing claims that the moratorium on exploratory drilling is being v iolated. Releasing the list, Environment Minister Earl Deveaux reiterated that the govern ment told all licensees to hold off on drilling in 2008 due to boundary talks with Cuba, and the moratoriumwas extended following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr Deveaux said the moratorium is very much still in place and will continue to be until extensive study and consultation is carried out. He said: The way of life in the Bahamas is defined and inextricably bound to its environment. Any significant deci sion with the potential to dra matically alter our environment should only be made after the widest possible consultation. Petroleum exploitation is one such decision. The companies granted oil exploration licenses were: Liberty Oil & Refinery Associates approved for two licences in 1995 for explo ration north of Grand Bahama, South of the EEZ Line. Their licence was suspended pending the removal of a sunken vessel. Liberty Oil's director is listed as Ker mit Water and the resident manager as Edward Darville. BPC (Bahamas Offshore Petroleum) was issued six licences in June 2006 for exploration south of Andros and south of Grand Bahama with five of the licences expiring in 2009 and one approval rescinded. The directors listed on the applications include Adrian Collin, Dursley Scott, Simon Potter and Steven Weyel. Attorneys for BPC are Graham Thompson & Co, Davis & Co and Higgs & Johnson, with Jerome Gomez listed as the resident manager. Proposals still awaiting approval include: NPT (Island Exploration Ltd) for exploration north of Grand Bahama/south of the E EZ line BPC (Privateer Petrole um Limited) for exploration in Cay Sal. Columbus Pillow for exploration in North Long Island (near the settlement of Seymours). B oth NPT and BPC were approved to conduct Environmental Impact Assessments with NPT submitting an EIA and EMP for approval. Columbus Pillow was issued a permit to conduct non-invasive scientific research onshore. P OLICE have no leads as y et into the carjacking of Tribune journalist Chester R obards who was brutally a ttacked at the streetlight at Wulff and Parkgate Roads over the weekend. Receiving numerous i njuries to his face, Mr R obards had his cellular phone, laptop, iPod touch,and his white Honda Civic stolen in the attack. Yesterday, he issued a s tatement to all his well-wishers who called, emailed, or visited him at his home, thanking them for their kindness and concern. Im doing fine and I am proud of the camaraderie that I have felt from everyone. I hope my story is a lesson to everyone who reads it and continues to see it. And I h ope all Bahamians take heed, watch your backs and most of all take care of each o ther, he said. Mr Robards added that he is also appreciative of the criticism that he has received f rom this ordeal and the fact t hat it has been made public will help others to be careful a nd aware of their surroundi ngs. My situation didnt have to occur the way it did, or the time it did, or the area it dido r in the country it did but it h appened. As a journalist, I have reported on many heinous acts exacted upon innocent Bahamians by desperateB ahamians some of whom simply do not have the civility to care about the people they brutalise. I hope that we can come together and help each other. This means help even f rom the people who may not know the victims of crimes but personally know the people who commit them. If my blood splattered shirt and bruised face, or the stiffened bodies of the murd ered who make the news almost daily, do not appeal to your sense of compassion, then take a second look at yourself as a human being. My ordeal could have been worse my situation did not have to occur at all. I t hank God for my life and for you guys who are an import ant part of it. I hope the freedoms inherent in us all are able to be. Despite the constant downgrade of our crime problem, this country is in fact under siege. But, if we take care of e ach other all of us we will eventually be the One B ahamas that has recently become a popular sales pitch, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012, PAGE 3 THE COUNTRY'S 25th murder victim for the year has been identified as 29-year-old Stefanno Murphy. Murphy was found dead T uesday night in the P inewood Gardens area. Police say the victim was standing outside a home on St Johns Avenue when he was approached by a man and shot several times. H e died at the scene. P olice are still uncertain about the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing to anyone who may have relevant information toc ontact them by calling 919, the Central Detective Unit on 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS. 2 5TH MURDER V ICTIM NAMED Journalists thanks for support after brutal attack CHESTERROBARDS in the w ake of the robberty that saw his car and various other items of property stolen. He has now issued a message of thanks to those who have wished him w ell. Police are continuing to hunt those responsible for the crime. As a journalist, I have reported on many heinous acts exacted upon innocent Bahamians by desperate Bahamians some of whom simply do not have the civility to care about the people they brutalise. I hope that we can come together and help each other Chester Robards LISTOF OILFIRMS SEAR CHING FOROILIN B AHAMAS RELEASED ENVIRONMENT M INISTER Earl Deveaux reiterated details of them oratorium on oil drilling.
EDITOR, The Tribune. QUEEN ELIZABETH II of England and the people oft he 54 Commonwealth of n ations are presently commemorating her Diamond Jubilee. This year marks her 60th anniversary on the throne of E ngland. She became Queen i n 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI on F ebruary 6. Her televised coronation was held on June 2, 1953. Hers is the secondl ongest reign for a British monarch. Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years and seven m onths is the longest of any o ther British monarch or any female monarch in history for that matter. Celebrations forH er Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Silver Jubilee were held in 1977 and for her GoldenJ ubilee in 2002. Prince Harry, the second son of Prince Charles, visited The Bahamas amid much fanfare over the past weekend. The young prince was well received by hundreds ofe nthusiastic Bahamians in Rawson and Parliament Squares on Bay Street at the opening of the Queens Jubilee exhibition and at Christ Church Cathedral on S unday. He also met Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, OppositionL eader Perry G Christie; the governor general, members of Parliament, senators and other government officials.T he welcoming ceremony at Odyssey Aviation Bahamas at the Lynden Pindling Intern ational Airport in Nassau on Saturday evening was a show case of pomp and pageantry. T he government of The B ahamas literally rolled out the red carpet for Prince Har ry. This is an indication that t he Royal Family is still very popular in The Bahamas. Princes Harry and William a re the sons of the late Princess Diana. During her lifetime the Princess of Wales was the most famous and b eloved of the Royal Family. Fourteen years after her untimely passing at the young a ge of 36, Princess Diana still remains very popular in Britain. D espite the reception Prince Harry has received in this country, I believe that the British Monarchy is a shadow of its former self. I understand that the Prince will also visit Jamaica; which is also a member of the Commonwealth. However, Jamaica P rime Minister Portia Simps on Miller has repeatedly e xpressed the desire to sever ties with the Royal Family. Unfortunately for Prince Harry, the British Monarchyh as been for many years largely irrelevant to many British people. It has beens aid by British writer Michelle Wilkinson that since the sev-e nteenth century parliament h as been regarded as sovere ign, and so any duties the monarch does carry out are largely ceremonial. Wilkinson a lso added that, For the inhabitants of newer countries like America, all the pompa nd ceremony associated with the Royal Family may be attractive, representing part of Britains illustrious history, but all of this has little to do with the actual functiona lity of the legislature. I t has been suggested by many that the government of Britain has chosen not toa bolish the monarchy because it is a great tourist attraction. Many people go to England t o see Buckingham Palace, t he changing of the Royal Guardsmen at the Queen's residence and more impor t antly the Royal Family. In a word, members of the Royal Family are celebrities much like Hollywood celebrities. T hey are treated like rock stars who are bombarded by loyal fans for their autog raphs. But there are many Britons who have repeatedlyb emoaned the fact that the Royal Family is a financial burden on the British taxpay ers. Members of the Royal F amily are able to live in the lap of luxury due to the gen erosity of the British govern-m ent. According to the antimonarchy group called Republic, the cost of them onarchy is anywhere from 134 to million per year. Neither the Queen nor the Prince of Wales pay taxes.H owever, the other members of the Royal Family pay taxes like the ordinary citizens ofG reat Britain. However, some have argued that the Royal Family is an affordable bur-d en. The Queen remains The Bahamas Head of State, but that position is mainly ceremonial. In other words, the Queen is only a figurehead. The governor general is her representative. The Bahamas is governed by the prime minister and the members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Like The Bahamas, the system of government in Great Britain is a parliamentary democracy with a constitu-t ional monarch. P erhaps the British Monarchy had reached its pinnacle of glory during the lengthy reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. That era has b een called the Victorian age. I t was an age of scientific, economic, social and industrial g rowth. It was also the age of the famous Pax Britannica (British peacet he empire. Incidentally, slavery was abolished in America during this period. I think A merican abolitionists were i nspired by British abolitionists to end the evil practice of slavery in the U.S. The Vic-t orian age was good to not only the African slaves throughout the BritishE mpire, but also to the slaves living in America. My point is this, the monarchy of the 20th century cannot even begin to compare with monarchy of the glorious Victorian era. Nevertheless, the Victoriane ra was also an age where thousands of under-aged chil dren were exploited by greedy industrialists throughout the massive empire. To be sure, laws were passed to amelior ate working conditions of t hose who were being exploited. Despite its merits, Queen V ictoria's reign had its share of flaws. There are historians who are of the view that Great Britain was the world'su ndisputed superpower dur ing that period of world history. Perhaps they are correct. I ts naval army in the 18th and 19th centuries was the largest in the world. Also, even dur i ng the first half of the 20th c entury Britain's army was a force to reckon with. Howev er, after World War Two the p ower of the army, just like the monarchy, has been great ly diminished during the past 6 0-plus years. Great Britain can no longer flex its muscle the way it used to. She no longer instills fear in other n ations around the world the way she used to. It was often said by many d uring the 18th and 19th centuries that the sun will never set on the British Empireb ecause of its extensive influ ence around the globe. I think history has proven them wrong. As far as its former world superpower status is concerned, the sun has indeed set on the empire. In fact, I think it has set on the British Monarchy also. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, March 4, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 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 THIS is the economy election in the US, right? Tell that to the world. President Barack Obama is getting another dose of the reality of his job: the out-of-his-control events that shapew hether he will keep it. He is lobbying Israel not to launch an attack on Iran that could set the MiddleE ast on fire and pull the United States into another war. He is struggling to get worldp owers to unite on halting a massacre in Syria. He is on the defensive about staying i n Afghanistan after a US soldier allegedly went on a killing spree against civilians. And back home, where the economy is k ing, everyone is talking about the price of gasoline. Which, as Obama cannot saye nough, no one can control right now. T he Republican presidential candidates d ont have to worry as much about all this because they dont have the responsibility of governing a luxury Obama likes to note. F or Obama, whose re-election bid looks rosier with every good month of job creation, the political risk in the least is thath e gets knocked off message. That happ ened Monday when Obama and the White House spent a lot of effort trying to focus on energy, but the dominant news was the horrific rampage in Afghanistan. Americans have turned against the war in Afghanistan, with most of them sayingt he fight isnt worth it anymore. The bigger worry for Obama is that all the outside events conspire to sour the pub lic mood, give people more to worry about a nd create an opening for Republicans. There are so many of them now, and dire ones, said Barbara Perry, a scholar of t he American presidency at the University of Virginias Miller Centre. People may not care much about what I srael is doing, or even what Iran is doing, b ut given American dependence on Mideast oil, that has a direct impact on the pocketbook. Do these things inevitablyh ave an impact on the campaign? Absolutely, because they will be the ques tions put to the presidential candidates. A s one example, the price at the pump carries political risk for Obama, who is taking a pounding over the issue in the polls. The average price for a gallon of gasol ine is now about $3.80, the highest ever for this time of year. The White House says anyone suggesting a quick fix is lying to voters. Instead, Obama pushes energy exploration across the board and reminds Americans he championed a payroll tax cut that kept money in their pockets. The reality is that the oil prices and the gas prices that we pay here in theU nited States are set on the global market, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters Monday. We dont set them, and we don't control them. This president and this Congress can't control those prices. Clearly. Obama has got used to this dynamic. Good news has come before on the economy, only to be suffocated by outside events. Just a few months ago, Obamaa ttributed a slowing economy to the Japanese tsunami, the Arab Spring and the European debt crisis (not to mentionh is ugly showdown with Congress over a near-government default). N ow sizable job growth has taken hold by the month, but that pattern is hardly a ssured through November 6 Election Day. Obama still has a wary eye on Europes economic stability, a slowdowni n China could undermine the United States, and the turmoil surrounding Irana nd Israel that could further jolt gas prices a nd, perhaps, lead to war. I t was a telling sign when Obama held his first news conference of the year last week and got not one question on the e conomy writ large. Still, the general election campaign is expected to come down to which con-t ender has better answers for people looki ng for a job, a better career, a way to keep their house, a sense of security. The three most important issues of the election are the economy, the economy and the economy, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said. I ndeed, an Associated Press-GfK poll of issues last month found 91 per cent of people said the economy was highly important to them. T he White House is not out to make this election about foreign policy, but Gibbs said I dont think it hurts if the c onversation turns that way. Obama has a story to tell on the killing of Osama bin Laden, the ending of thew ar in Iraq, the squeezing of Iran through s anctions. The direction of the war in Afghanistan has been on that list too. But now its aq uestion, and Obama has to answer. Afghanistan is raging with anti-Ameri canism after US troops burned Qurans l ast month and, over the weekend, a sol dier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians and burned many of the bodies. Obama was questioned about the horr ific incident by television reporters from around the nation. They had been invited to the White House to talk about energy, but they pushed him on when the US will be getting out of Afghanistan too. Obama said the United States must not rush to the exits. So the timetable remains: the end of 2014, at the latest, for Americans to geto ut of a combat role in Afghanistan. And this one: a little under nine months left for any issue in the world to rock Obamas re-election bid. This article is by Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent Monarchy a shadow of its past LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Obama tested by events outside control
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com A S T he Tribunes c ampaign to reform public transportation rolls on, the Royal Bahamas Police Force is weighing in on the debate. M embers of the public who t ook part in last weeks trib une242.com poll voted overwhelmingly for more training and certification of drivers asthe most important change n eeded, but the police say passengers have a vital rolet o play too. A ccording to a survey carr ied out by Southwestern Division officers, more awareness on the part oft hose who use jitneys can help create and maintain an atmosphere of tranquilitya nd orderliness. I n particular, the study said, passengers must take responsibility for their own safety w hile on the bus, and can do so by heeding the following tips: Find an aisle seat, avoid sitting right next to the door. Avoid displaying expensive looking watches, rings, necklaces, or other jewelleryw hile riding the bus. This only invites trouble. Pay attention to the behaviour of others around you. If you feel uneasy or threatened, change your seat, and/ or alert the driver. Beware of noisy passengers arguing or causing a commotion. This could be ad iversion to distract you while others try to steal your valuables. Keep your purse, shopping bags, backpack, packa ges or other belongings in y our lap, on your arm, or between your feet. Do not l eave them on an empty seat. Do not fall asleep or get too distracted by other things. Lack of attentionc an make you a victim of crime. Have the exact money for your fare, so you will not have to fumble around with your money when the time comes t o pay. Pay attention to everyone getting off at your bus stop. Plan your trip properly, a nd let a close friend or family member know where you are going. The study said these tips should help both drivers andp assengers experience a r elaxed ride, but everyone using public transportation should still remain alert at allt imes. Members of the public a greed that passenger safety on buses must be i mproved, 107 people voti ng for this as the biggest concern in the trib une242.com poll. However, they were outvoted by the 220 who said the attitude and skills of bus drivers is the factor most in needo f improvement. In addition, 91 voters thought something should be done about the high number of bus companies in operation, and 47 voters thought t he road worthiness of vehic les should be the top priority. The majority of readers commenting on the polle xpressed their support for far-reaching changes to the public transportation system. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012, PAGE 5 PASSENGERS travelling from Nassau to the US should arrive at the Lynden Pindling International Airport three hours before their flight, airp ort officials said yesterday. A statement by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD and through LPIA is very robust at the moment. This means that passeng ers departing on flights from L PIA to markets in the United States, especially on peak departure days of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, are strongly encouraged to arrivee arly three hours before their scheduled departuret ime in order to allow themselves adequate time to check-in, and to be processed through security, thent hrough United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP Once they have completed all protocols, passengers can enjoy the new departure lounge, which features a number of amenities including f ree wifi, the statement said. As we approach other peak travel periods such as St Patricks Day, Easter, Passover, Memorial Day, leading into the traditionally busy summer period, it will b e important for passengers t o plan accordingly for the most efficient and enjoyable airport experience. All hotels are advised to inform their guests of then eed for the early departure from their hotel, allowing fort raffic as well, so that guests are given every opportunity to travel stress-free. Residents of the Bahamas a re strongly encouraged to abide by the same guidelines, NAD said. AIRPASSENGERSSHOULD ARRIVETHREEHOURS BEFOREUSFLIGHTS Police force joins debate over safety on citys jitneys
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE CUSTOMER NOTICEABM Service Upgrade Thompson BoulevardWe wish to advise that due to system upgrades, ABM service at Scotiabank Thompson Boulevard will be interrupted from March 15-26, 2012 We apologize for any inconvenience caused and invite you to visit our ATMs at Texaco, Thompson Boulevard or Scotiabank Wulff Road & East Street. Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better.*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable) Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a goodc ause, campaigning for i mprovements in the area or h ave won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The Democratic National Alliance hasc riticised both the FNM and PLP for not implementing fixed election dates in the Bahamas during their term in office. T he DNA said both gove rnments have made no effort t o truly deepen the countrys democracy by causing a fixed election date to become law. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the party responded to remarks madeb y the Prime Minister in an a rticle that appeared in T he Nassau Guardian on March 7. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he has chosena date for the next election, which will be made public, notm uch longer from now. Mr I ngraham also said, I always k new when Election Day was g oing to come. Its not a quest ion of making up my mind. Y oull know soon. This will be the 10th gen eral election since Majority R ule in 1967 and the fact that s uccessive governments have n ot seen fit to implement a f ixed election date is one of the greatest tragedies that currently exists in our democracy today, the statement said. The Bahamas has had t hree prime ministers, who all achieved law degrees, but to date neither the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Free National Movement (FNM ly deepen our democracy by causing a fixed election datet o become law. DNA leader Branville McCartney said the current leadership of the PLP and the FNM have proven time againt hat they do not have the will t o make the fundamental c hanges that will cause democracy to flourish in The Bahamas. He said no government past or present has made a concerted effort to sanctions tate-governed debates, perm anent constituencies, campaign finance disclosure, a fixed term for the prime minister and a fixed election date. According to the party, Mr McCartney made a call for an ational debate in a letter on J anuary 17th to leaders of the P LP and the FNM. When asked by a G uardian reporter in a Janua ry 24th article if the FNM r eceived the letter, FNM Chairman Carl Bethel said it w as received and noted. He said: The policy of the F NM is that we do not engage i n debates. We do not engage in debates with aspirants. Mr Ingraham responded a short time later and said in his abrupt tone that he debates i n the House of Assembly every day. The party said Mr McCartney believes that this type of governance inclusive of arrogance and a lack of appreciation for the democratic process is a continuing assaulto n democracy, and that this assault continues to be perpetuated by Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham. Mr McCartney said that an e lected DNA government will e nsure that the electorate has a ll the information at their disposal to make informed decisions. If elected as the next government of the Bahamas, he said the DNA would intro-d uce election reform within t he first year of governance. The statement said the reform would provide: (1 every five years The DNAbelieve Bahamia ns should have a right to part icipate in the electoral p rocess and to prepare for an e lection without being held h ostage by one mans a bsolute power to determ ine. (2 s tituencies T he DNAsay Bahamians have a right to convene local g overnment and to develop relationships with their representatives without being politically displaced to support one partys interest. ( 3). State-governed debate Bahamians should have a right to question aspiring political leaders on the merit of their policies and record of service to their country, say the DNA. (4 c losure Bahamians have a right to know the source of all campaign funds, say the DNA, especially those from speciali nterest groups, adding that t hese groups historically have i nfluenced the governance of the Bahamas. (5 limit Bahamians have a right to be protected from the uncom-p romising authority of a bsolute power, say the DNA, adding:History has proven that our leaders will not relinquish power willingly and we believe that this has stifled our progress. T he DNA categorically a sserts that democracy has b een stifled by a lack of vision f rom our current and former p rime ministers to ensure that v oters rights are improved. T he time has come for all Bahamian voters to be fully e ngaged in the electoral p rocess. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012, PAGE 7 DNAseeks fixed election date DNA LEADER Branville McCartney has criticised both the FNMand P LP for not implementing fixed election dates during their terms in office.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE f b r r t )%" ) %"##$" A TEAM of paramedics g ave third and fourth g raders at Centreville Primary School a lesson in how to respond if ever they find themselves in an emergency situation. Members of Doctors Hospitals Emergency Trans-p ort Services Department provided students participating in the hospitals eight-week Health and Wellness education initiat ive with a visual demons tration and lecture on emergency preparation and safety awareness. The students and some parents learned about the paramedics critical role in responding to emergencyc alls and transporting patients in an ambulance, and were also taught about vital signs like heart rate, temperature, blood press ure, breathing and oxygen s aturation, which the paramedics monitor when responding to an emergency. Students were placed in real-life scenarios, where they learned how to respondt o an emergency and call ETS at Doctors Hospital to assist if they or a loved one gets hurt. Alesson from paramedics PARAMEDICS Terez Nairn and Bianca Minnis demonstrate ane mergency r esponse with the help of one of the students.
A LMOST a month of filming on Eleuthera with 30 cast and crew will result in Shark W eek another film made in t he Bahamas by a Los Angeles production team. Craig Woods, Bahamas F ilm and Television Commissioner, pointed out that the Bahamas has had success ina ttracting many large-scale studio films. However, he said, this latest production demonstrated that smaller, independent films can also be valuable to the c ountry. D irector Christopher Ray said the interesting caves in Eleuthera first attracted his t eam to the island. But once we got here, we realised the ocean, the peo-p le, everything else has been a g reat experience, he said. Although the production presented several unexpecte d challenges, Mr Ray was certain that the final film would be a good one. Weve seen some of the footage already, and the place is gorgeous, he said. So it is going to pay off for us in the end. The film, by Asylum Prod uctions, stars Peter Bergin ( S leeping with the Enemy, Patriot Games ) and Yancy Butler ( Lake Place 3, Drop Z one, Hard Target ) The story centres on a madman who imprisons a group of peopleo n an island and places them t hrough a series of challenges involving dangerous sharks. Josh Williams, Shark Weeks l ine producer, pointed out that the beauty of the beaches and the water turned out to be ab onus in addition to the fascinating caves they knew they would find on Eleuthera. Apart from filming, he also enjoyed snorkeling while taking a break from work. I went over to Rainbow B ay and jumped in the water and went snorkeling, he said. Normally, in most places youg o, you have to take a boat and go out to the reefs. But we were able to snorkel right a round the cliffs. We saw c oral, all kinds of different species of fish and grouper and stingrays and lobsters, a nd it was just amasing. Mr Williams said the team also ended up filming a scenea t the bar at the Rainbow Inn o n Eleuthera. It is a scene that Eleutherans can look forward to seeing in the movie, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 S ANDYPORT, 6 Coral BeachBeautiful 6450 squarefeet canal front residential lot to be sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, 43 foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, tennis courts, swimming pools, childrens playgrounds, restaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right to accept or reject any or all offers.B id closing date 27th March, 2012.Toview and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425. BAHAMAS Film and Television Commissioner Craig Woods with actress Meredith Thomas during the filmi ng of Shark Week. FILMING on Eleuthera. Shark movie filmed in Eleuthera
persons really dealing with it. Ms Crawley also said as many as 30 vendors are still waiting for stalls, calling it the main issue. They are saying that there are no more stalls available and we believe that there are more stalls available, she said. Following her interview, vendor Celestine Eanes, pres-i dent of the Straw Vendors Advancement Association, insisted on speaking to the press on behalf of the grateful vendors. We realise we might have a little problem with our plumbing, yes of course, but that has been rectified. I want to thank the Bahamas gov-e rnment publicly for allowing u s ... we are not getting wet a nymore in the rain and its been a long time coming, she said. We were under the tent for at least about 15 years, if Ic an remember correctly. The PLP was in power for f ive years they draw a plan which went to naught. They did nothing within five years and its a crying shame that they just comen ow to see about the people. W here were they all the while? It is political, this is a political move this morning. S he added: The Prime Minster of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas w hich we call Papa, send a m an to be stationed in here s o that our concerns can be heard and rectified right away. These comments were met with both raucous jeers anda pplause. I t wasnt long before vend ors identified which political party they supported and started arguing among themselves. One woman said of Ms E anes: All she has to do is t ell the FNM to come see about they people. Another woman shouted out: They are late again. P LP, you are late again. P apa done got it, we straight. They didnt check for t he Straw Vendors when they was in power, we dont need them now. Latea gain. V endor Velma Thompson said of the row: After the PLP ministers came in here, t he FNMs have a problem with that thats basically it. Thats how they carryo n. Another vendor, Tiffany Smith stated: The PLPd one take it by storm, honey. You cant see the bell already rang? PLP all the w ay. They are jealous of us, t he FNMs are jealous of us. Ms Crawley appeared conf used by the loud disagreements, speaking to the press, again, in the middle of the c onfusion. I dont know why the situation had to turn out like this, she said. The PLPs in the Straw Market are very grateful to the government of TheB ahamas, we are dealing with c oncerns and issues not pol itics. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE SANDYPORT, 5 Royal Palm CayBeautiful 7402 square feet canal front residential lot to be sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, 43 foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, tennis courts, swimming pools, childrensplaygrounds, restaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right to accept or reject any or all offers.B id closing date 27th March, 2012.To view and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425. event where he told me that he had gotten orders to do surveillance of the residence and to monitor who was going and coming. This account follows Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchells claim on Wednesday that according to his information, several officers from other areas of the force were reassigned to a political police unit. While FNM chairman Carl B ethel denied the claims when the story broke, a police officer told The Tribune he was recently assigned to the new unit. Mr Mitchell said the creation of such a unit would support his party's long-held belief that the government, through the Ministry of National Security, has long used security information in the political arena. People have been calling us behind the scenes saying that they have seen the deployment of police officers in areas that they should not be, involved in matters that they should not be concerned about, said Mr Mitchell. Given an out of control crime rate, Mr Mitchell said, it is alarming the government w ould use the police for unrelated matters. The criticism is directed at the political directorate andt hat they should resist using the police for things other than what they should be concerned about and that is fight-i ng crime. However, ex-Assistant Commissioner Paul Thompson, who served on the force for 25 years, issued a press statement refuting Mr Mitchells allegations. He said: Throughout my service it was always the policy when a general election approaches the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation would select special personnel, who are prepared to deal with complaints of contraventions of the Parliamentary Elections Act where there are a large n umber of offences. Mr Thompson added there is no reason for Mr Mitchell to believe that police officersh ave been reassigned to dabble in political matters on behalf of the government. National Security Minister T ommy Turnquest did not respond to our phone calls for the second day. PLPsparks row at straw market POLICE OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO WATCH DNALEADER 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
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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 THE TRIBUNE the FNM wins, we will give you your plate. His comments came at the S t Annes constituency office o pening for FNM incumbent Hubert Chipman on Tuesday evening. Mr Ingraham said he intends to free taxi and bus d rivers from all these peop le who are sitting down coll ecting. But president of the Taxi Cab Union Leon Griffin said he is disappointed that no prior mention of the plan wasm ade to the union. H e said: Mr Ingraham is the PM and he can do whatever he wants to do, but we should have been told before the announcement, so that wec ould have sat with the PM and discussed the right way to do it. A change like that could h ave a devastating affect on the 1,135 taxi franchise licenses and those running taxis h ere. Saying he agrees that some regulation of the sector isn eeded, Mr Griffin pointed in particular to the way plates are passed on after their owner has died. He said: In situations where a husband or wife passes their privileges on, I woulda llow the next of kin to keep the franchise until they would have died. When that hap-p ens, then the plates can be taken back by the government. However, there are some p eople who have never been apart of the taxi arena who have franchises, and theys hould not. For years, the industry was looked at as a market that people didn't want to get intou ntil times got hard. Then they get in, and the first thing t hey want to do is get a taxi f ranchise, when there are peo ple who have been in the area for 20-plus years and have not gotten the go-ahead to do the same. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e PMWILL ENDLICENCELEASING PRIME M INISTER Hubert Ingraham has pledged to bring an end to the leasing out of licences for buses and taxis.