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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Man killed, prisoner on work release shot C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.256MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, SUN, T-STORM HIGH 91F LOW 78F I N S I D E By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter A BRAZEN daylight murder and double shooting of a brother and sister, which took place within a short distance of each other on Saturday afternoon, were the subject of an intense police probe yes terday. Also being investigated is the shooting of a prison inmate who should have been under supervision at a work release programme, but instead, it was claimed, was with his friend who was shot and killed n Ridgeland Park. At the time, it was alleged, the two were together when they were ambushed by two men on bicycles. While police were not available to verify these details up to press time yesterday, The Tribune understands that the two crimes the killing at Ridgeland Park and the laters hooting in Yellow Elder could be connected. The shooting in Yellow Elder, which resulted in a Honda Accord being hit by as many as seven bullets sometime shortly before 4pm, i s suspected to have been in r etaliation for the earlier shooting which took the life of the young man in Ridgeland Park. The Honda was driven by a man with his sister at his side. Both were hit by the bul lets fired at their car. It is reported that the asyet unidentified Ridgeland Park man and his friend, the prisoner on the work release programme, had stopped for something to eat on Colleton Street, Ridgeland Park west, at around 2pm when they were ambushed by two men on bicycles. The Ridgeland Park man, who is reported to Brother and sister also injured and under police guard The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST B AHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W NORTH Andros High School is suffering from a shortage of seven teach ers, 120 chairs and 50 desks, its local MP has claimed. Vincent Peet said a promise on September from Minister of Educa tion Desmond Bannister that steps would be tak en to ensure the teachers would be in place within a week has not been fol lowed through. He called on Mr Bannister on behalf of the students, teachers and parents of the North Andros High School in particular, and all other schools to ensure MP: Sc hool short of teachers, fur nitur I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate CRABSFORCOMPUTERS: HARDWORKPAYSOFF SEEPAGENINE SEE page 12 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are hunting a hit-and-run driver whose vehicle struck and killed a man on Fox Hill road in the early hours of Saturday m orning. Police press liaison offi cer Sergeant Skippings said Police hunt hit-and-run driver after man killed SEE page 13 DAYLIGHT SHOOTINGS: Grief at the scene of Saturdays fatal shooting (left outside the hospital (right By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter A FAMILY of six will continue the search through the remains of their home today, still shell-shocked after it was demolished, they say, without warning on Friday. The family believe the building, which took them eight years to complete, may have been knocked down by Arawak Homes after security guards presented them with a ruling bearing the name of the company and purported them selves as employees of its owner Franklyn Wilson. However, the companys involvement could not be confirmed up to press time. Describing themselves as an honest and hardworking Bahamian family, Frederick Wood, a 44-year-old auto mechanic, and his wife Maria SEE page 13 DEMOLITION: Maria Gibson-Wood is emotional as her family helps her look under the rubble. Felip Major /Tribune staff FAMILYHOMEDEMOLISHED WITHOUTWARNING SEE page 14 Felip Major /Tribune staff PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE T O TECHNIC AL ISSUES, THERE WILL BE NO USATODAY IN TODAYS TRIBUNE


By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n AN officer stationed with the Long Island police, said the emergency runway lighting system at the Deadmans Cay Airport is in working condition, contrary to reports that they were not functioning. A delegation of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP that recently visited Long Island, said it was brought to their attention that the lights were not working. Report In a statement released to the media, the PLP accused the government of being negligent, and called for a full report on the operational status of all Family Island emergency runway lighting systems. The PLP also called the government to immediately repair any runway lighting systems that may not be working, and to implement a proper preventative maintenance program. Assistant Superintendent Walter Evans, officer in charge of the Long Island District, could not be reached for comment. The Long Island Police oversee the operation of the Deadmans Cay Airport. Another officer, who asked not to be quoted, said: As far as I am aware I dont know of the lights having any problems. He was not able to confirm the date of the last maintenance test, but said they were usually tested monthly. Problems are reported at that time. The emergency flight log did not indicate there were any emergencies in the past week, according to the officer. The PLP statement did not say when the lights had allegedly malfunctioned. The runway lights are not kept on 24 hours a day. The lights are only utilised when there is an emergency. We dont have that many emergencies that require the lights to be turned on, said the officer. It would be too expensive to run them with complete power all the time. Flights There are no scheduled flights after sunset in most islands in the southern Bahamas, including Deadmans Cay. Only Air Traffic Control can authorise a night flight to land, and in those instances the local police station has to be informed. They are the authority responsible for turning on the emergency lighting system, and inspecting the flights to ensure it is not a drug run, said the officer. After sunset, solar powered lights are used to power the runway. They are not programmed to run at full capacity, but they are programmed to turn on automatically. No one can just call an emergency. If it is a police matter or medical situation an emergency is called. Even then, communication has be made with the Air Traffic Controller. They would have to notify us, he said. In the case of an emergency, or some other specially autho rised night landing, the emergency lights have be turned on from a centralised control system, according to the officer. Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation was not available for comment. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PRIMARYand seco ndary students from five different institutions on Grand Bahama Island gathered to assist zone captains Gail Woon and Cecilia Bodie with the Xanadu Beach International C oastal Cleanup (ICC D ay (ICC d ay morning. Hugh W. Campbell Prim ary School, Mary Star of t he Sea Catholic School, Sunland Baptist Academy, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama Catholic High School, EARTHCARE and the B ahamas National Trust participated in the Xanadu Beach ICC Day. A grand total of 300 pounds of marine debris was collected, recorded and bagged for collection by S anitation Services for the X anadu Beach zone. P ast participants noted that the beach was cleanert his year than in prior years. M ost of the marine debris found was debris from fast food, beach-goers, sports/games, celebrations and litter from streets. CLEANING UP XANADU BEACH CLEAN-UP: Getting to work on Xanadu Beach. Emergency runway lighting in working condition at Deadmans Cay Airport


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed 3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed 1 pc Dresser 1 pc Dresser 1 pc Mirror 1 pc Mirror 2 pc Nightstands 2 pc Nightstands 1 pc 5 Drawer Chest 1 pc 5 Drawer Chest Queen 8 Pc Queen 8 Pc $3,730 $3,730 King 8 Pc Set King 8 Pc Set $3,940 $3,940Solid Wood Solid WoodT T h h e e T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Wongs Plaza Madeira Street Madeira Street (242 (242 2335 2335Financing Available Through Commonwealth Bank L L a a F F r r o o n n t t e e r r a a L L a a F F r r o o n n t t e e r r a a INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News..............................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9 Local News.................................P12,13,14,20 Editorial/Letters..........................................P4 Sports.......................................P15,16,17,18 Advt................................................P10,11,19 BUSINESS SECTION Business...................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,8 Advt.............................................................P7 INSIGHT SECTION Insight............................................P1,2,3,7,8 Advts.........................................................P4,5 Comics.....................................................P6 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES REAL ESTATE GUIDE 20 PAGES USA TODAY MAIN/SPORTS 12 PAGES ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officersa pprehended 150 suspect ed illegal immigrants, believed to be Haitians, int he Exuma chain on Fri day morning. T heir overcrowded sailing sloop was boarded by the RBDFs HMBS Yel-l ow Elder at around 1 0.35am around 18 miles off Normans Cay, and the undocumented migrants were transferred to the defence force vessel. A release from the force stated the migrants, whoa ll appeared to be in fair health, were expected to arrive in Nassau yesterdaye vening for processing. Their apprehension b rings number of immi grants captured in Bahami an waters this year by the R BDF to more than 600. 150 suspected illegal immigrants apprehended by Defence Force APPREHENDED: The RBDFs HMBS Yellow Elder brings in the suspected illegal imigrants on Friday morning. Photos/ Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic A DOMINICAN foreman allegedly fatally shot a Haitian worker during an argument over pay, touching off racial clashes Sunday at a construction site that killed a Dominican worker and injured another, police said, according to Associated Press. The flare-up happened near the beach resorts of Bavaro-Punta Cana, an area in the east of the Dominican Republic that is popular with foreign tourists. According to a police statement, Haitians working on the residential project were demanding unpaid wages Saturday when the foreman, whose identity was not released, drew a pistol and fired, killing 32-year-old Issac Louis. The next day, Haitian workers attacked their Dominican supervisors with rocks and wooden poles, beating 34-year-old Maximiliano Hierro to death and wounding 36-year-old William Leonel de la Cruz, police said. Police said they were searching for both the foreman and the Haitian workers accused in Sunday's attack while stepping up patrols in the area to guard against fur ther violence. Dominican and Haitian killed in race-fueled dispute


EDITOR, The Tribune. I T IS with great disgust that I write this letter that I was driven to write after having a horrible experience with my a ccount at BTC in Grand Bahama. I am a customer with an account at BTC, consisting of two Vibe lines, internet serv ice and a land line at one flat rate of $122.21 per month which is a good price. On December 31, 2009, even though I didnt get a bill in the mail, because of knowing the bill doesnt change, I went to BTC with the $122.21 and the person at the window said the b ill was only $62.23. I asked how come, she said she didnt know but that was the amount on the computera nd that was all I needed to pay. I told her I would pay the amount that I was accustomed to in case it was a mistake. Just as I suspected, the bill for Feb-r uary totalled $182.19 but it was already paid and the systemh ad not picked it up by that time. B TC has a web site that you could go on line and see your bill and you have the option of whether you want your billm ailed or not and you also have t he option of paying on line and that site, went out of whack from early this year and to make matters worse, the phone b ills were not being mailed in a timely manner and sometimesn ot at all and if personnel at BTC want to be honest they w ould admit that their billing system is the pits and their web site was not posting bills like it did when the Vibe was first set up and as we all know (out of s ight, out of mind) and when you do get the bill, the due dateh as already passed. The March bill came in A pril, totalling $62.23 again. I told the person at the pay window about my experience with being billed that amount but it really should be $122.21 but because of being unemployed, I was barely able to pay the $ 62.23 not to mention the right amount, so I paid the $62.23. A pril bill came in May and the same thing happened. I continued paying the $62.23 because like I said earlier I was unemployed. The person at the pay window told me to continue paying t he posted amount until it was sorted out which I continued d oing. I tried to keep up with the payments by paying the $62.23 without receiving a bill. I went to BTC on June 18th to make a payment and after paying the $62.23, the person in the pay window said my balance was $313.14 because the computer dropped my Vibe account for months and it was now sorted out. I made another payment of $62.23 on June 21st and another on June 29, 2010. I was temporally employed and it e nded on the 25th of June. I got no bill in July which was no surprise. I went to BTC on August 26th at which time I could only afford to pay $50.00 that left a balance of $322.46.I explained my situation to the person in the pay window who told me that was not sufficient a nd I would need to make another payment before the next bill. I was unable to make a payment, and my phone was disconnected on Tuesday September 7, 2010. I went to BTC and spoke to an agent who told m e I had to pay at least $160.00 in order to have the phone t urned back on. I told her the bill being out of hand was notm y fault and I boasted of my r ecord with BTC as not one of b eing a delinquent customer a nd in a situation where they (BTC b e an exception for my phone to be left on with a payment p lan instead of my being treated like someone who justa llowed the bill to get out of hand. I was turned over to the p erson in charge of credit and collection to whom I repeated the same words that I said to t he agent that I had spoken to earlier. I was told by that individ ual, that I knew what my bill w as supposed to be and I should not have only paid the $62.23 and she had even worse news. To my surprise I was told the system was not showing my Vibe account for August and S eptember bill was already posted so it was obvious thes ystem had dropped my Vibe account for those months again a nd my new total was $502.48 and if I wanted the phone turned back on, I would have to come up with no less than $250. I went on about my payment h istory and what ought to have been considered, but to no avail. Again I say, if BTCs f aulty computer system d ropped a customers account causing them to be billed partially, resulting in the customer being in arrears totalling hund reds of dollars; dont you, the general public, feel as if a payment plan should have been put in place instead of the customer b eing cut off as if they were delinquent? The problem with us Bahamians is the fact that we complain to each other instead of using the print media and the internet to expose whatever injustice we face in this country. I say that mainly because everyo ne that I met who told me they were trying to contact me but was unable to because the recording on my phone said then umber had been temporarily disconnected had either the same experience where they received an astronomical bill because of their Vibe accountb eing dropped from the computer, not receiving a bill at allo r some other horror story about their experienced with B TC and they were all willing to run BTC down to the ground to me who can do absolutely nothing instead of exposingt hem like I choose to do in this l etter. My phone is still disconnected, and I may never get the satisfaction I am looking for, but I w ill have the pleasure of exposing BTC. There are some ofy ou out there who had the same experience and your p hone is off also or maybe you were able to come up with the amount that was required to keep the phone on, or you just went ahead and paid the entire b ill and saw no need to complain, but I trust that I wouldm otivated some of you who are out there griping among yours elves over the exact experi ence or some other problem with BTC or some other estab lishment to speak out through the print media and the internet. D EREK B RUSSELL Sr Freeport, G rand Bahama, September 22, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE updated daily at 2pm KABUL, Afghanistan (AP NATO base in Kabul, a five-member team isr ethinking the war in Afghanistan and questioning some of the basic assumptions behind t he effort to clean up corruption and gain the upper hand over the Taliban. A mong the ideas this so-called "Red Team" is generating: Accept that Afghanistan's entrenched system of graft won't change overnight, so pick your battles. Recognise that for Afghans, some corruption is worse than others, so tackle whata ffects them day-to-day first. Study how the Taliban won power by e xploiting Afghanistan's system of payoffs and patronage in the 1990s, and borrow t hose tactics. The Red Team's studies are part of an evolution of thinking among diplomats, commanders and analysts alike that applying Western standards to combat corruption has not produced results fast enough. Further, concentrating on what is most i mportant to Americans such as raiding Afghan government offices over large-scalea buses has served only to alienate the government of President Hamid Karzai. S uch raids have done little to erase the nick el-and-dime bribes Afghans have to pay to drive down a highway, or see a government doctor the daily shakedowns that drive the people into the arms of the insurgents, w ho provide similar services without the graft. T he Taliban, meanwhile, have used the Afghan government's behavior, and N ATO's paralysis over the issue, to their advantage. The militants are seen as providing "cleaner" government in areas they control. And they pay off or intimidate local leaders and warlords behind the scenes, as they did the last time they took power. Net result: NATO is losing this fight. I t's unwelcome news that presents no easy answers for those trying to craft a new strate gy to combat corruption. But the Red Team's job is to challenge the status quo, at the direction of the day-to-day comman der of operations, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez. The Red Team itself is a concept that was developed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was used effectively in Iraq. T hey call themselves "cognitive insur gents," fighting the established system with brainpower rather than firepower. Team leader Lt. Col. Brian Hammerness says they spend "a lot of time balancing" their analy sis so commanders on the receiving end don't shoot the messenger. Hammerness often approaches his bosses saying, "I want to pre sent this information to you, and you might not take this well." For instance, if a local leader is lining his pockets but also cooperating with the NATO-led force, getting him fired may leave a void for the Taliban to fill, says senior analyst Lt. Col. Michael McGee. Sometimes there's a trade-off there," he said. "Initially, you think you are doing the r ight thing, but it turns out to be much worse than if you'd just left the situation alone." S ome of the Red team's ideas seem to be getting attention. Its report on how the Tali ban seized power in the 1990s by building a network of dependencies with public officials is required reading for commanders who want to re-evaluate how U.S. troops are prosecuting the war, and how a Westerns trategy can be tailored to Afghan culture. The team studied how the Taliban first o rganised, as a motley crew of locals and returned refugees who had studied at relig ious schools in Pakistan led by Mullah Omar, the future Taliban leader. Taliban members then worked their way into territory of the Pashtuns, Afghanistan's largest ethnic group, by expanding their influence until they were strong enough to take and hold Kabul by force, in 1996. T he Taliban capitalised on local anger at the violent excesses of feudal warlords, offer-i ng similar, often superior government-like services, explained lead report author Capt. J effrey Marrs. "They would co-opt regional power-brokers by ... going to their power-base, which is the people," added team member Lt. Col. Bruce Ferrell. "They would sever the link of p atronage." In short, the Taliban gradually supplanted t he local chiefs and became the go-to guys for the public's needs. A nd they are doing it again now, accord ing to intelligence reports from territory under Taliban control. Afghans can see a Taliban official within half a day, no bribes paid, to settle something like a land dispute, whereas a visit to an Afghan government office can take up to three days, with multip le bribes dispensed. Not all warlords or local chiefs take well to b eing sidelined, so the Taliban uses either violence or payoffs to deal with resisters. As the payoffs happen out of sight of locals, they are less likely to offend. Afghans are also more likely to look the other way, as long as their day-to-day needs are taken care of, the Red Team found. S o the officers recommend U.S. com manders do the same monitor the graft and warn the local Afghan officials when their greed is driving the populace to the Taliban. The NATO equivalent of the bribe comes in the form of U.S. military and development aid. The ultimate goal is to teach the Afghan leaders to co-opt the locals better than the Taliban can. (This article is by Kimberly Dozier of the Associated Press) Horrible experience with BTCaccount on Grand Bahama LETTERS US strategists seek Afghan fixes outside the box NOTICE is hereby given that MATIAS FLORVILof JOHN STREET, P.O. BOX GT-2935, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20th day of September, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE EDITOR, The Tribune. PLEASEallow me space in your column to congratulate Administrator Gilbert Kemp and the students and residents of Mangrove Cay, Andros, for the huge success of the Crabs for Computers Initiative. It was extremely refreshing to witness a programme such as this, which has undoubtedly instilled in the youth of that small community the value and reward of hard work. This is espe cially so in the context of what we now see around us, where so many of our youth find themselves involved in negative activ ities and a life of crime. Of equal importance, the Crabs for Computers initiative has shown that with a small bit of ingenuity and imagination, the resources that we so often take for granted can be used to steer our people down positive and obviously lucrative paths. Having been a vehicle driving the youth in a positive and rewarding direction, this programme has afforded the students of Mangrove Cay a commodity absent from so many other island communities personal laptops, and by extension, a gateway to the evolving and advancing technological world. Administrator Kemp, the entire programme committee and the students of Mangrove Cay have shown us all through the Crabs for Computers theme that Determination brings Progress. Congratulations. KRISTOPH FOX Nassau, September 26, 2010. Congratulations over the Crabs for Computers Initiative


By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE police officer who shot and killed a man outside the Straw Market last week was giv-en time off after meeting with the force chaplain. Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenn Miller directed all comments as to the status of the investigation to the Commissioner of Police, Elliston Greenslade, who was unable to be contacted. ASP Miller was not sure how long the officer would be off for. With respect to any further action, such as administrative leave, he said a determination has not been made as yet. And that the Commissioner would have to review the matter first. As for the name of the officer, who is stationed with the mobile patrol unit, APS Miller said: The commissioner, at his discretion, would have to release the name. Police confirmed the man shot and killed on Thursday was Reginald Smith, 57, of Bay Geranium Avenue, Pinewood Gardens. T he shooting was reported to have taken place just before 4pm outside the Straw Market on Bay Street. Police allege Mr Smith brandished a box cutter at the male officer, which resulted in him being shot in his upper thigh. T his followed a verbal exchange with a female officer, who asked Mr Smith to leave the area of the Colony Place building on Bay Street, wherehe was said to be hanging around. Police reports differ considerably from that of eyewitnesses, who claim the officer kicked Mr Smith in his back and had a scuffle before the shooting. Eye witnesses also claim the man was allowed to bleed to death, when a simple tourniquet would have been enough to save his life. There has been no official confirmation as to the cause of death. One downtown worker, said she saw so many police on the scene doing nothing, before and after the ambulance arrived. She questioned whether none of them had any emergency first response training. A tourniquet is a basic tool in first responding, according toa n emergency medical services (EMS any device, such as a bandage wrapped tightly around a persons leg, used to prevent severe blood loss by forcibly compressing a blood vessel. The EMS worker said she believes police officers are sup posed to be trained, but she did not know if that happened in practice. Mr Smith was shot in the leg. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, after being transported by EMS. Concerns were also raised at the scene about the timeliness of EMS. Angered pedestrians, some claiming to have witnessed the shooting, accused the police of mishandling the incident, claiming it has further tarnished the reputation of the police. Some Tribune242 readers agreed. (The police the public believe that Mr Smith was a criminal. You need to get rid of your criminal police officers. We have some good police officers like Mr Greenslade and others, but we certainly have a lot of corrupt officers, who youllc ontinue to protect. We will never respect the police until we see you weeding out these criminals, said Denise, a Tribune242 reader. A 76-year-old woman, who commented under the title All that glitters is not gold, said: This family will not get justice for their fathers death, because he was killed by the police. So you people out there be very careful when you say you have information on the police, because you may not live to tell the tale. If you think you only have to be afraid of the criminal, think again, because some of them are on the police force. Be careful who you talk to. Me give information to the Police, you must be crazy. That police may just be one of the criminals.W hen it is all said and done, we also have some great police officers who keep us safe, but keep your eyes open. Dont let that uniform fool you. Officers in the mobile division have been the subject of several recent investigations. Earlier this month, a woman claimed twoo fficers from the mobile division extorted money from her. When asked about the reports, Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna con firmed that two officers from the mobile division were subjects of an investigation. However, he declined to confirm or reject the details of the allegations. It is unclear what was the outcome of that investigation. F ormer assistant commissioner Paul Thompson said the latest police shooting is a reminder that the police need to invest in non-lethal weapons, such as tasers. For years since Commissioner Bernard Bonamy was in office I had been recommending p olice consider getting the taser. Its an enforcement weapon thats not deadly but immobilises the person on whom it is used. I feel in many instances in the Bahamas where we have problems and officers are in fear of danger or life that instead of going for the gun they should g o for a taser, said Mr Thompson. It would help to avoid instances where people are killed needlessly, or where excessive force is used, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Police officer given time off after downtown shooting S HOOTINGSCENE: R eginald Smith is taken to hospital.


B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT: As invest igations continue into the cause of a fire at the for mer Princess Tower Hotel, former employees have e xpressed mixed feelings a bout the incident. A s flames consumed seve ral floors of the resort on T hursday, former employees gathered at the northern parking lot of the property near Goombay Park a nd watched as smoke p oured out of the broken w indows of the high-rise b uilding. T he blaze was extinguished by firemen fromt he Royal Bahamas Police F orce and Grand Bahama International Airport Company. Operators T he former Princess R esort properties were purc hased by the Driftwood G roup, operators of the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort. The company invested $40million to refurbish the property, which was renamed Royal Oasis R esort. Amid financial troubles, the resort closed in 2004 after sustaining s evere hurricane damage. A bout 1,000 workers w ere laid off. The property was then sold for $33million to the H arcourt Group, an Irish d evelopment company. A lthough the company a nnounced plans to reopen a nd redevelop the property, nothing has transpired att he property. Due to global f inancial crisis, the company has had to further postpone its developmental plan. A former employee was in a state of disbelief to see the once iconic tower resort e ngulfed in a cloud of black smoke. When I learned of fire I c ame out to see how bad the situation was. I was e mployed at this resort for 19 years. This place helped me purchase my house, she said. Another worker said the v acant property is a magnet for undesirables and v agrants. They need to decide if they are going to open the r esort back up, or demoli shed the building, he said. It has deteriorated and is an eyesore in the center of Freeport City. Highway Some people want the portion of West Sunrise H ighway which passed t hrough the resort property t o be reopened. The road was closed to accommodate the opening the Royal Oasis, and it should be reopened again and allow for the ease of traffic flow for residents, he said. T he issue of security was a lso concern and some residents feel that vagrants m ay have cut the fence to g ain access to the property. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n THE Department of Marine Resources is prepar i ng to launch a control experiment in three islands to effectively measure the i mpact of lionfish on native fish communities. A multi-departmental Lionfish Task Team was formally e stablished, after team mem bers participated in a certification programme with thei nternational research group, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF The week-long training i ncluded theory based and practical training in fish iden tification. Based on the final a ssessment, each member of t he Bahamian Task Team was able to identify 100 native fish species with a 93 per cent average score to attain a level three or novice surveyor sta t us. They are expected to acquire the level 4 expert surveyor status next year after a series of monthly proficiency fish surveys, according toL akeshia Anderson, National Project Coordinator for the Regional Invasive Alien Species (IAS Assistant Fisheries Officer with The Department of Marine Resources. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF ed Nations Environment Programme (UNEP I am pleased with the team assigned to conduct the data collection over the twoyear course of the experiment. I am excited to be working closely with the task team while building capacity amongst the partner organizations, said Ms Ander son. The experiments final goal is to determine which removal schedule is most effective in minimizing lion fish populations on patch reefs, mangrove estuaries and submerged artificial struc tures, she said. Sites are to be selected around New Providence, South Eleuthera and the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. It was a great week of fish ids. I feel like the groupl earned a lot and really came together well. We certainly met our goals with everyone passing the level 2 and 3 exams, said Lad Akins, Director of Operations at REEF, who instructed the team. REEF is a Florida-based volunteer organisation that maintains a database of fish species and fish abundance on coral reefs in the Western and Mid-North Atlantic and Tropical Eastern Pacific Oceans. Members trained in the prescribed survey method log on to REEFs website, or send in survey reports with their fish ID and abundance data. Data is regularly entered into REEFs database, and is accessible online. The Task Team consists of technical officers from The Department of Marine Resources, The Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Bahamas Environment Science and Technology (BEST mission and The Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Property fire prompts mixed feelings from former employees Lionfish team to launch control experiment P h o t o / L a d A k i n s FORMERPRINCESSTOWERHOTEL: The fire was tackled by fireman last week.


B y SIR RONALD S ANDERS ( The Writer is a Consultant a nd former Caribbean D iplomat ) AS I write this commentary, the media of the big Commonwealth countries are lambasting India over the preparations for the C ommonwealth Games due to start in New Delhi on O ctober 3. M uch of the criticism is unfair and unhelpful. I ndia has just endured a dreadful monsoon season w hich delayed construction work. That was followed by an o utbreak of dengue fever in Delhi, the Indian capital and t he location for the games. There are, therefore, some good reasons for thep oor state of part of the accommodation for athletes f rom 54 independent Commonwealth countries and dependencies such as B ermuda and the British Virgin Islands. Not enough attention has been paid by the critics to these circum-s tances. M uch has been made of the collapse of a footbridge under construction near theJ awaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main Games venue. Yet, the collapse was due to an engineering issue and it hasn o impact on the games' m ain venues. The state of the athletes' Village has also been heavily criticised with complaints of flooding, rooms soiled with excrement and stray dogs found on some beds. Little account was taken of the recent monsoons and flooding that occurred carr ying waste in the Village, a nd, importantly, that these are problems that could be fixed. I t is worth remembering that India is home to some of the worlds most luxurious hotels, where cleanli ness, hygiene and excellent service have received inter national acclaim. Some commentators have gone further to suggest that the problems India faces are good reasons why major sporting events should not be held in developing coun tries. They seem to have forgotten, conveniently, Chinas breathtaking showing as host of the 2008 Olympic Games and South Africas marvelous performance as host of the 2010 Football World Cup Tournament. They have also overlooked that India has spent $3 billion preparing for the games. Among the things it has successfully done are installing new infrastructure at the international airportin Delhi and a new metro. This is not to say that the organizers of the Games ought not to have been more vigilant and that the government of India, recognizing that the eyes of sports lovers all over the world would be upon them, should not have more zealously overseen the arrangements. But, the Indians themselves have been alive to delays in construction and poor work in some places. The vigorously indepen dent Indian media has regularly dispensed its own shareof harsh criticism of the organizers and the government. Both the Times of India and the Hindustani Times showed that the majority of Indians are deeply embarrassed by r eports of poor preparation of athletes accommodation. The newspapers themselves took a hard line. For i nstance, The Times of India headlined one story: Commonwealth Games, Indias s hame. O bviously, since India t ook on the obligation of hosting the CommonwealthG ames, Indians wanted the b est possible portrayal of t heir country to the world. T he widespread sense of embarrassment is understandable; it should be treat e d sympathetically and encouragement given to Indias desire to display itself in the best possible light. The government has responded to the complaints with decisive action. P rime Minister Manmoh an Singh summoned the S ports Minister, M S Gill, and the Urban Develop-m ent Minister, Jaipal Red d y, to a meeting whose consequence was the deployment of even morer esources to ensure that all problems with the athletes accommodation are correct ed on time. S ecurity concerns have also been raised particularly about the safety of athletes.Y et, the security arrangem ents fully measure up to international standards. They include: a three-tier security around all competi t ion venues, helicopter sur veillance, over 2,000 Close Circuit Televisions to moni t or every movement around important locations and special vehicles to transport guests. Athletes will bel ooked after by a team of d edicated security person nel drawn from the Delhi Police Force and the para m ilitary forces, and the vehic les transporting them will undergo mandatory antisabotage clearance every morning. Indian security forces are also accustomed to handling large crowds. Some events in India attract up to 60 mil lion people. No other country in the world can make a similar claim. For these reasons, the athletes who have pulled out of the games have shown extremely feint hearts. If they fear terrorists, they would have better reason to harbour such fears in London at the 2012 Olympic Games which will undoubt edly be a target for extremists. On the other hand, if it is h ygiene that is the issue, t hey also face that problem i n any number of restaurants around the world whose kitchens occasionally lapse. F ears were also expressed about South Africas readiness to hold the 2010 World Cup Football Tournament. Today, few have reason to criticize South Africa. In the end, India will corr ect the deficiencies and get i t right. T he country has more t han enough organizationa l, technological, and cre a tive talent to ensure the success of the Games. What the government must do now is to pull all that talent together to showcase the countrys capacity. These Commonwealth G ames are significant to India as host, but they are also important to the Com m onwealth as an association o f 54 states that have valued their close relations for over 60 years, and who believe that, collectively, they have au nique contribution to make to global understanding. The Commonwealth rep r esents one-third of all mankind and it straddles every continent in the world; its people are of all racesa nd religions; and its coun t ries are large and small, rich and poor. The Games are a tradit ional celebration by its athl etes of their fierce but friendly competition. It is also beneficial preparation for the Olympics. It would be good if Jamaicas Usain Bolt would reconsider his decision not to participate in the Games. His presence would be a vote of confidence in the capacity of developing countries such as those in his native Caribbean. It would be a gesture that India would greatly appreciate and remember. Whether Bolt reconsiders or not, all Commonwealth countries should give every support and encouragement to India, stop the undignified carping and let the Games begin. Responses and previous commentaries at: C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Stop carping: Let the Commonwealth Games begin GAMESVILLAGE: Malaysian team members in the recreational area at the Commonwealth Games village in New Delhi, India, Sunday. Gurinder Osan /AP WORLDVIEW S IRRONALDSANDERS


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Centrum Performance has higher levels of energy essential/enhancing nutrients (including B vitamins, ginseng/ginko) than ordinary multivitamins. During periods of physical stress you need extra nutrients. Provides essential nutrients to help your body deal with physical stress. Helps restore physical and mental energy; helps energize your mind and body.Consult your doctor or pharmacist.These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (U.S.treat, cure, or prevent any disease. B y LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES (AP A pain-management doct or testified Wednesday that A nna Nicole Smith was not a drug addict, rebuffing a prosecutor who suggested the model's prescriptions for 1,500 pills in a single month amounted to an addiction. "It speaks to potential d anger and risk to the patient, but it doesn't speak to addiction," Dr. Perry G.F ine told jurors in the drug conspiracy trial. Fine, who testified as a defence witness, said there m ight be a toxicity risk if Smith took all the drugs but added that her medical r ecords showed no indicat ion of actual harm. T he definition of an addict is central to the case against Dr. Sandeep K apoor, Dr. Khristine Eros hevich and Howard K. S tern, who have pleaded not guilty to providing drugs to an addict and other charges. They are not charged in Smith's drug overdose death in 2007. Stern is a lawyer who was t he late celebrity model's b oyfriend. Records Fine said he believed Smith had a high tolerance f or drugs but was not a ddicted. He said medical r ecords showed she had suffered fractured ribs and wass eeking relief from chronic pain. She woke up and functioned from day to day," F ine said. "She was in recovery from rib fractures, and anyone's function w ould be highly limited." D eputy District Attorney D avid Barkhurst had asked Fine whether Smith's prescriptions for 1,500 drug tablets in June 2004 might help determine if Smith was an addict. Fine agreed with Superio r Court Judge Robert Perr y that it was a lot of drugs b ut said it was antiquated thinking to equate the number of pills with addiction. The pills included various o piates, muscle relaxants a nd other drugs. "The disease of addiction i s viewed as largely present i n genetic factors, and it t akes social and environmental factors to bring it out," he said. F ine said a typical addict would be driven to compulsive drug use to seek a sense of euphoria, but he had reviewed many records of S mith's medical treatment a nd saw no mention of her s eeking euphoria. He said he saw many reports of her seeking relief from pain. Video Later in the day, prosecut ors showed jurors a 15m inute video of Smith in a bathtub with her baby, D anielynn, while she was living in the Bahamas. The video was pixilated to hide S mith's nakedness. P rosecutors contend the v ideo supports their theory that Smith was drugged dur-i ng that time and unable to function normally. The j udge told jurors to evaluate whether the actions on s creen were relevant to testimony they have heard. Stern, operating the camera for the home movie, could be heard talking to Smith and to the infant. Smith's speech was slow a nd somewhat slurred, but s he communicated with S tern, asking for a bottle of b aby soap, waving the b aby's hand at Stern and blowing kisses. At one point the baby howls, but she eventually settles down on Smith's stomach as the new mother scoops water over her. F or a brief moment, Smith s ings a little song to the i nfant who appeared to be a bout 2 to 3 months old. Doctor: 1,500 pills dont prove Smith was addicted THIS IMAGE provided by the Los Angeles County Superior Court shows Anna Nicole Smith and her daughter, Dannielynn. Los Angeles County Superior Court /AP B y MIKE LIGHTBOURN WE ALL know the mantra of r eal estate: location, location, locat ion. The neighbourhood is usually t he most critical factor in determining a homes value. When youb egin your home search, you should c reate a list of criteria for the neighbourhood in which you want to live, work, and play. Ask yourself questions like how long is the commute to your workplace? Is an urban setting or a rural area m ore suited to your lifestyle? What is the c rime profile for the neighbourhoods that interest you? Is there an active crime watch g roup? H ow convenient is it to get to shopping centres, churches, schools? Even if you dont have or plan to have children, the quality of the school district isa nother significant factor that determines the homes future value, which will be important when the time comes to reselly our house. I f you find that youre priced out of the neighbourhood you really love, try to locate fixer-uppers in t he area. They may need work, yes, b ut youll get your foot in the door, s o to speak, and can expect your property value to rise along witht he other neighbourhood propert ies and your improvements and repairs. A real estate agent will help you locate a suitable neighbourhood and home, and protect your best interests. Make your list and make a call today. T ip of the Week Prepare a Punch List, outlining what you are looking for in a h ome. This would include location, number o f bedrooms and bathrooms, environment and any special requests, such as a pool or beachfront property. ( Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) Questions or comments? Email me at a REAL ESTATE:QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes flew to Andros on Wednesday to present 20 students with their hard earned computers and complement Mangrove Cays administrator for teaching them an important lesson there is no free lunch in life. Mangrove Cay administrator Gilbert Kemp conceived the novel idea of having students collect land crabs for sale to raise money to purchase much needed lap top computers for their studies. At Thursdays ceremony 20 computers were presented. Five more are awaiting promised funds before they can be purchased. Mr Kemp, who flew the children to Nassau earlier this year to sell their bags of crabs the Governor General being one of the purchasers said at the time that there were two major objectives to the innovative scheme: to teach the islands children that there is a reward for hardwork, and to enable them to be in a position to remain a part of the global village and hone theirIT skills despite their isolation on the island. While the immediate and physical reward for the students are these beautiful and hi-tech laptops here today, Sir Arthur said, let there be no doubt in your minds that an even greater reward has been achieved here today, being that hard work indeed brings a just reward. These young and budding entrepreneurs sitting before us today will undeniably benefit from their efforts, with the potential to build future capacity in an ever-growing, continuously changing, and technological world. Whether it be in the work place, in their school environment or simply just their casual undertakings, these students will be better prepared, immensely equipped and vastly skilled to become productive members ofour community. The ability to put in a period of work, and at the end of the day receive a fair compensation is a value that must be echoed throughout the shoals and shores of our Bahamaland, said Sir Arthur. We are ever faced with a challenging time, in our nations history, where individuals are opting to resort to a deceitful and illegal means ofgain. Yet, today, we see 20 young men and women, who have decided that, within them selves they intend to work hard at achieving their goals, and for that they should be commended. Who would have known, he said, that an indigenous item, like the land crab, that are so familiar to us in New Providence throughout the summer months, on every street corner ... who would have thought, that this product would be used for such an advantageous endeavour? Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes were hosted to a banquet Wednesday evening, hosted by the Mangrove Cay District Council and the Crabs for Computers Committee. Entertainment was provided by the local band, Foxies and the Boys, and Corporal Portia Bain of the Royal Bahamas Police Force was soloist. Pastors and officials from the 10 churches on Mangrove Cay welcomed the governor general and his wife. One of the senior pastors told Sir Arthur that history was in the making as it marked the first time that a sitting governorgeneral would spend the night at Mangrove Cay. He was grateful that the governor thought so much of the Crabs for Computers initiative and the people of Mangrove Cay to stay for such a period. Sir Arthur thanked the community for their invitation. He said he was pleased to be back at Mangrove Cay, mentioning that the first time that he was there was in 1929 when his late father, Dr Foulkes, was posted there as resident physician. At noon on Thursday before the official presentation ceremony at the Administrators Complex in Little Harbour, the governor and his wife visited the Mangrove Cay High School where the students displayed their talents through trib utes and song. He then visited the Mangrove Cay Community Clinic, where Nursing OfficerG ina Bennett-Rolle gave him a tour of the facilities. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes M-Class. Beauty, brains and brawn. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your Mercedes-Benz M-Class at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667W hen you think of the average SUV on the road today, you think of roadhogging, air-polluting gas guzzlers t hat wouldnt know the meaning of high precision and fuel efficiency if it were emblazoned on their windshields. But there is an alternative. The refined M-Class from Mercedes-Benz. W ithits superior German styling utilising only high-grade materials, its robust engine power delivering exemplary t urn-on-a-dime performance whilst still being frugal on fuel and its handling of pot-holed roads and 1.5 ft. flooded streets, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is clearly the best choice in SUVs. .,'=&,7< bRIIWRUHZLGH bRII&UHGLWFDUGV $OVRFKHFNRXWRXUGLVFRXQWHGUDFNV 6DOHVWDUWV7KXUVGD\HSWHPEHUUGDWXUGD\FWREHUQG6725(:,'( BFSB will present the completed business model research showcasing potential business The Bahamas. The Interim Report on the Research Project was presented at the July 7 Workshop. Contact BFSB at: Tel:Business Opportunities in Financial Services >>> Monday, September 27 1:00 p.m. (light lunch >>> Tuesday, September 28 9:00 a.m>>> Tuesday, September, 28 1:00 p.m. (light lunchJoin us at one of three (3 Strategy & Business Case StudiesWorkshopsExcellent & The research really Venue: British Colonial Hilton Hotel Governor General makes presentation to Crabs for Computers students Sir Arthur Foulkes says hard work brings reward HARDWORKPAYSOFF: Students receive their computers from Lady Foulkes (above Sir Arthur Foulkes (top rightright P h o t o / G i l b e r t K e m p


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM have served a prison term, was shot in the head. The men on bicycles disappeared. In what was described by eye witnesses as a hit-type killing, a man with dreadlocks is said to have shot at the victim with a handgun, resulting in him falling to the ground in front ofa house and later being pronounced dead at the scene by Emergency Medical Services personnel. Police confirmed that a man was seen leaving the area on a bicycle and called on members of the public who may have seen this individual or heard anything else relating to the incident which could be of use to police to make contact with officers as soon as possible. Any little bit of information is helpful. We want to bring a quick resolution to this, said Police Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. This newspaper further understands that stemming from these and other incidents there may be concern among prison officers about the integrity of the prisons workrelease or extra mural programme specifically with regard to an alleged lack of supervision over inmates who leave the prison to participate in the programme and the selection of individuals who are approved to take part in it. This opinion was expressed after a man on an armed robbery charge who was involved in the programme which sees inmates known for good behaviour released to an offcompound work site during work hours and returned to the prison in the afternoon is also said to be suspected of involvement in the shooting of the Honda. Again, police detectives and Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming did not return mes sages seeking comment on the claim and Sgt Skippings could not confirm the allegations, but sources allege the prisoner showed up at Princess Margaret Hospital shortly after the brother and sister arrived seeking treatment for a gunshot injury to one of his legs Saturday afternoon. He was then taken into custody and returned to the prison. The Tribune understands that the prisoner, who was sup p osed to be at his extra-mural w ork site at the time, was a friend of the man who was k illed on Colleton Street also an ex-convict who had recently been released from Fox Hill prison. The inmate was alleged to have been on the scene at the time his friend was killed and is suspected to have had s ome involvement in the subsequent shooting in Yellow E lder. There is an unconfirmed report that the inmate had already served nine and a half years of a 15-year sentence for armed robbery and was due to be released from prison next year. He is now in the prison h ospital where his wounded leg is being treated. M eanwhile, Duty Nurse Joanne Oliver yesterday con firmed that the public hospital was placed on lockdown on Saturday for around two and a half hours beginning at around 4.45pm. While not confirmingt he circumstances surrounding the decision to take this step, Nurse Oliver said it was because of security concerns following the arrival of a num ber of individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. Two of these people, believed to be the brother and sister who had been shot, had driven themselves to the hospital in a grey Honda Accord which was left parked outside the Emergency Room. The carh ad been damaged by a hail of b ullets to its rear trunk area and windshield. It was reported t he shooting at the car only stopped when the driver turned into the hospital compound. The brother and sister who suffered non-life threatening injuries, are reported to be under heavy police guard in h ospital. Sgt Skippings appealed to the p ublic yesterday to assist the police in this latest homicide and shooting investigation, which brings the countrys murder toll to 70 for the year. We are appealing to anyone who may have heard somet hing with regards to these incidents to kindly contact our p olice emergency number on 919, Central Detective Unit on 502 9991 or make an anonymous call to Crimestoppers on 328 TIPS. Its not just the responsibil ity of the police but of each per-s on residing in this country to play a role in this fight against crime and we appeal to you to come forward and help us preserve this country for our chil dren for the future of our coun try, said the police officer. THEBODY of the man is removed from the scene on Saturday. FROM page one Man killed, prisoner on work release shot


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM immediate relief is brought to the school. According to the MP, the school is missing teachers in English language, maths, music, technical drawing, social studies, religious knowledge and physical education. Mr Bannister toured the government schools in central and north Andros on Septembe 9 and 10. Students are entering their fifth week of classes and are nearing mid term without these critical posts being filled. The frustration level at North Andros H igh School is extremely high, said Mr Peet. R eferring to the shortage of desks and chairs, the MP said some students at the s chool have been forced to sit on the floor d uring classes. H e said this shortfall in equipment is also affecting Lowe Sound Primary, Red BaysP rimary, Nicholls Town Primary Mastic Point P rimary. e ye witness reports indicate that the driver of the silver o r gray year 2000 type Honda Accord alleged to have been involved in the incident is a white male. M embers of the public have been warned to keep an eye out for the vehicle, which is suspected to have sustained extensive damage to the windshield and/or front enda s a result of the collision and to contact police if they have any information which could assist in their investigation into the traffic death. The hit and run occurred a t around 1.15am on Saturday morning on Fox Hill Road near Sugar Hill Road. The victim was found lifeless by police, having suffered injuries to his head and extremities. T he mans age and identity have yet to be released. Any one with information is a dvised to call the police Emergency Room on 919 Traffic Division at 3937 204...393 7713/4 or Crime Stoppers on 328 TIPS. Another man lost his life this weekend in a traffic accident shortly after midnight onS unday morning. According to Sgt Skippings the victim was riding a blue 2007 Suzuki 1300, license plate number 4225 south on Gladstone Road when he collided with a Ford Explorer. T he motorbike rider was taken to hospital by Emer gency Medical Services but d ied of his injuries soon after. The driver of the Ford E xplorer was not reported to have been injured. MP says school short of teachers and furniture FROM page one S CHOOLCONCERNS: V incent Peet Police hunt hit-and-run driver after man killed F ROM page one


G ibson-Wood, a selfemployed interior decorator, said they put every cent they had into purchasing land on the new subdivision being developed south of Charles W Saunders Highway and building a home they could callt heir own. Mr Wood said: You know what it makes me feel like? The aftermath in Haiti I just go there and pick out myp ieces. On Saturday I was t here from eight in the morni ng just picking out pieces and pieces out of the rubble. I see what those people went through in Haiti now, thats how I feel in this country. We need justice in our people, thiss houldnt be. I bought this land, this is my land. We need to come to a conclusion with justice in this country. Neighbours say the demolit ion began on the Woods h ome at around 7am, and with both his parents at work, Mr W oods eldest son was the f irst to the scene. M r Woods said by the time h e and his wife were able to get to their home, which was a fter noon, the house was said completely flattened. M r Wood said: Right now m y son keep crying, he say Daddy this cant be happeni ng, this is a dream, this cant be real. I had to comfort my son, talk with my son, all of them we havent slept yet, every night we just comforto ne another, they crying, they crying. Its wrong how theyre d oing the poor people, with all of my furnitures there in the house, they are going to tell me nothing was in there? We didnt been to court or n othing, and they just knock the building down with all our furniture in it. Everything weo wned was in there. This morning we had to buy sani tary cups and plates to eat and d rink out of. His wife, Mrs Gibson-Wood added: I say this to the people who he used, the man in t he coat suit he never dirty his hands he goes to the poor and those who just want to drink o r smoke and he use them, but yall I dont blame yall I blame him. If yall know andh ave God in your heart get d own and pray because guess what me and my family out here even the ones that aren ot out here we doing some tall praying. When he got the call from h is son that people were d emolishing his home, Mr Gibson said he immediately called the police, who he saida rrived at the already demolished site around the same time as he did. Mr Gibson saidt he police told him that the demolition should not have happened without police presence or some sort of court notice. In the presence of officers, the security guards handed Mr Gibson a copy of a Supreme Court ruling showing Arawak Homes Limited as a plaintiff, John Sands as the first defen dant, and Smith, Smith & Co (sued as a firm defendant. Mr Gibson said all the names listed in the ruling were meaningless to him and also noted the document did not bear any official stamp. Mr Wood added: I built this out of my pocket, everyd ime out of my pocket, out of my pocket, me and my wife. Friday night and Saturday night would have been our last set of stuff we just bringing in.T his house was completed a f ew weeks ago but we were j ust running the last set of wires for the meter box to go put in to town planning for electricity. We were sleeping in here temporarily using the generator, starting up thel ights the house was already light up. We built this out of our pocket, every dime of this. I guess only the poor people could suffer in this count ry, its hard, they are trying to c reate more criminals in this country. Thats why these s chool children today, their g rowing up and doing the t hings their doing today. They n eed to stop, its coming from the head what you think a bout the bottom. When the security guards s aw Mrs Gibson-Wood taking d own licensing information, s he said they told her you are w asting your time, this is Arawak Homes company vehicle. Mrs Gibson-Wood said: They say a building, it was ah ome. This light will continue to shine, I tell my children c ry, cry children cry, the weeping may endure for a night, but the joy cometh in the morning. We gotta weep, we gotta release, we gotta cry u nto God because its only him, dont look to man, unless God sent that man to help us. Y esterday, the mother of four stood on the cleared foundation where her homeh ad stood, Bible clutched tightly in hand, and proclaimed to the people responsible and all in earshot that h er faith was unshaken and her family would put all trust in God rather than seek v engeance. Mrs Gibson-Wood said: My son was two years oldw hen he pulled the first w eed, and he said to me mommy we are going to enjoy Christmas in here, thatw as in 2002. When we got this land, we went through all the right procedures, n obody never approach us a bout it, no one. We got our permit number, weve been to BEC, Ministry of Works the ministry has the map, with everything thats laid out, so you know you cantj ust get a permit number, you cant thief that. The Gibsons pointed out that the remains of their home were not simply pushed aside or dumped in one place, but scattered several yards away from their home and almost all of their appliances are gone. Mr Wood said: I did every thing the right way, the honest way, and this is what I get today, for being righteous. I might as well have been crooked. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A FAMILY member is shown assisting Mrs Gibson-Woodw ith some of her fabric which w as found unscathed beneath a pile of rubble yesterday. Home demolished without warning FROM page one


By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THEPrime Minister and m inister of state for finance have been urged to immedi ately intervene over what one leading attorney described as Customs attempt to hold businesses hostage in Freeport over demands for the submission of monthly bonded goods sales reports. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney and p artner who has won numerous Supreme Court verdicts against the Customs Department for violating the Hawksbill Creek Agreements pro visions, confirmed that there were no provisions in that treaty or the Customs Man agement Act requiring the submission of such reports. Racing to the defence of Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA had seen their business oper ations and wider economy thrown into confusion by Customs latest demand, Mr Smith said: I am shocked that Customs should be acting in such an arbitrary, heavyhanded manner towards licencees in Freeport. Customs does not have the right to hold businesses hostage by refusing to clear their trailers because the licencees may or may not be doing something else incorrect. The Hawksbill Creek Agreement and Customs Management Act provide for appropriate processes for the way something should be done, and the powers Cus toms has or does not have. Holding licencees to ransomby not clearing their trailers is a dictatorial abuse of their powers, and simply unaccept able. I call on the Minister of Finance, the Prime Minister, and Zhivargo Laing to immediately intervene to stop this flagrant abuse of power, and call upon the Port Authority and Ian Rolle, its president, to intervene on behalf of the licencees. This is no way to conduct business or enforce powers. Mr Rolle did not return a call to Tribune Business seeking comment. Mr Smith, meanwhile, said he had been called by three separate Port Authority licencees asking w hether Customs had the power to withhold release of their imported trailer ship-m ents unless they submitted reports on bonded goods sales to it. Despite clarifying that CusC M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.38 $4.37 $4.22 B ahamian small and medium-sized businessesa re failing at the rate of f ive per week, a leading c onsultant to the sector estimates in todays Tri bune Business, arguing that the sectors contribution to the overall econom y has shrunk by two perc entage points over the p ast three years to just 3 p er cent. Mark A. Turnquest, of M ark A. Turnquest Consulting, writes on Page 3Bt hat Bahamian small and m edium-sized companies (SMEs roads, with their contribution to overall Bahamia n gross domestic product ( GDP) having fallen from 5 per cent in 2007. A lso calling for a plan to encourage 80,000 Bahamians to return to the Family Islands, enticed by succ essful business developm ent in those locations, Mr Turnquest said: All stake h olders that cater to SMEs need to do more if our country wants to diversify our economy, reduce our n ational debt and increase By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune B usiness Editor T HEMinistry of Tourisms plans to develop an electronic booking engine for all Bahamian hotel accom modation have been lauded as the most significant piece of infrastructure for the tourism sector for a long time, the minister of tourism and aviation describing it as key to converting latent demand for this nation into reality. Vincent VanderpoolWallace said that even without promotional and marketing campaigns worldwide demand for a Bahamian vacation was strong, but without a universal booking engine that enabled potential visitors to reserve their airline tick ets and rooms from anywhere in the world, at anytime, those prospects would not become true customers. Describing the creation of an electronic booking engine for all the accom B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THEBahamas Maritime Authoritys (BMA a mendments will have a reve nue neutral impact on its r evenue streams, despite b eing designed to prevent it being priced out of the mark et for first-time registrants, as it bids to make ship regis tration a lot cleaner and m ore efficient. Earl Deveaux, minister of t he environment, told Tribune B usiness that the BMAs decis ion to waive the registration fee for new shipowners, and provide incentives ranging f rom a one-third to 60 per cent reduction in fees for owners registering multiple ships, was a response to the creative things being doneb y the Bahamas chief ship B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A LEADING Bahamian l aw firm has moved to dis miss a legal action filed against it in relation to a dis p ute over an alleged $14 million Bahamas-based account, arguing that the plaintiff had been unable to prove her interests had been damaged by its 16-day representation. G raham, Thompson & Companys September 13, 2010, filing of a motion tod ismiss is part of wider complaint brought against it, and Bahamas-based Corner B ank, in the Columbia Dist rict Court by a US citizen, Tonya Day, who is allegedl y acting as trustee/administrator for the estate of her late mother. Day is alleging that her mother, Lavera Foelgner,a ccumulated some $14 million in either an account or trust at Corner Bank (Over-s eas), and filed the action in an attempt to gain control over those assets and h ave them transferred to h er. Days Utah-based attor ney initially hired Graham, T hompson & Company to represent her, and the US resident is alleging mal-p ractice and breach of fiduPM urged to intervene in Freeport Customs row Leading QC accuses g o v er t department of seeking to hold businesses hosta ge o ver demand that has no basis in la w SHOCKED: Fred Smith SEE page 5B Top law firm wants $14 million action claim thrown out Graham, Thompson & Co moves to dismiss action by US citizen, arguing no harm done during 16-day legal representation Bahamian bank and its chief also moving to respond to allegations by purported accounth olde SEE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B AHAMAS Waste is hoping to begin trial production of biodiesel at its new $750,000 facility this week, its managing director has told Tribune Business, as itl ooks to double shipments of recycled c ardboard with its third load for export. Francisco de Cardenas said everyone has stepped up to the plate in terms of t he Gladstone Road-based facilitys con s truction, adding that the use of biodiesel as a fuel for the companys 50-60-strong vehicle fleet would enable it to control operational costs by acting as a hedge against global oil price volatility. The technicians are back and have been here the entire part of last week, he told Tribune Business. The electricity and all that will be finished today, and everybody is putting the finishing touches on the build i ng. All the plumbing is being finished today, and as soon as we hook up the last tanks we should be ready to go through some trials next week. The sodium hydroxide is here, the methanol is on the dock. Everyone has stepped up to the place and done what they are supposed to do, so were looking OK. Mr de Cardenas told Tribune Business that Bahamas Waste had been approached t o showcase its biodiesel facility, which c ould generate one million gallons per year if run as a /7 facility, at the October Revenue neutral BMA fee clean-up Maritime Authority fee amendments ensure it is not priced out of the market, with 1/3-60% d iscounts for owners registering multiple vessels Minister says registration process a lot cleaner and more efficient, as BMA strengthens client links in p artner with Ministry and Hong Kong/Greece offices Yacht code adopted, making fees competitive a nd taking dollars out the equation, as Commission tidies legislation to go to Parliament R ESPONSE: E arl Deveaux SEE page 6B Five firms collapsing per week Sector consultant says small businessesa t crossroads, with sector contribution at just 3% of GDP SEE page 6B Bahamas Waste biodiesel tr ials star t this w eek BISX-listed compan y seeking to doub le r ecyc led car dboard e xports with five container, 110-tonne shipment SEE page 6B T ourisms most significant bit of infrastructure Vincent VanderpoolWallace SEE page 4B


ROYALFIDELITY MARKET WRAP C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS P AGE 2B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE $69 PARADISE ISLANDBAHAMAS By ROYALFIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS IT WASa moderate week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in six out of the 24 listed securities, with all securities remaining unchanged. EQUITY MARKET A total of 101,032 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 95,529 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 5,503 shares. Colina Holdings (CHL the volume leader last week, trading a volume of 100,000 shares to see its stock close unchanged at $2.50. BOND MARKET No notes traded in the bond market last week. COMPANY NEWS Earnings Releases: First Caribbean International Bank (BahamasCIB released its unaudited financials for the quarter ended July 31, 2 010. Net income attributable to equity holders for the quarter, of $12.2 million, declined by $6.3 million from $18.5 million in the same period in the prior year, or by 34 per cent quarterover quarter (QoQ Net interest income fell by $ 3.5 million QoQ, from $35.3 million to $31.8 million, while operating income of $12.1 million increased by $4.3 million or 54 per cent in the quarter. CIB's operating expenses increased marginally QoQ by $1.1 million, from $17.5 million to $18.6 million, while loan loss e xpense doubled from $6.2 million to $12.5 million in the quarter. Management indicated they are continuing to work with their clients to manage their debt, but depressed economic conditions continue to negatively impacted losses on the b ank's credit portfolio. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.11, compared to $0.16 in the comparative q uarter. Total assets and liabilities at July 31, 2010, were $3.6 billion and $3 billion respectively, compared to $3.8 billion and $3.1 billion at the previous fiscal year-end. DIVIDENDS NOTES: C ommonwealth Bank (CBL has declared a dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on September 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders of record date September 15, 2010. Cable Bahamas (CAB declared a dividend of $0.08 per s hare, payable on September 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders of record date September 15, 2010. Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems (DHS dividend of $0.02 per share, payable on September 30, 2010, t o all ordinary shareholders of record date September 23, 2010. BISX SYMBOLCLOSING PRICEWKLY PRICE CHANGEVOLUMEYTD PRICE CHANGE AML$1.01$-0-13.68% B BL$0.18$-0-71.43% BOB$4.90$-0-16.95% B PF$10.63$-0-1.02% B SL$5.01$-0-50.20% BWL$3.15$-1500.00% CAB$10.77$-2707.92% C BL$6.28$-300-10.29% C HL$2.50$-100,000-8.09% C IB$9.74$-37-2.50% CWCB$1.88$0.250-34.04% D HS $1.90$-0-25.49% FAM$6.07$-0-6.47% FBB$2.17$-0-8.44%F CC$0.27$-00.00% F CL$5.46$-014.47% F CLB$1.00$-00.00% FIN$8.50$-0-8.41% ICD$5.59$-00.00% JSJ$9.92$-275-0.30% PRE $10.00 $0 0.00% B OND MARKET TRADING S T A TISTICS B ISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13 FBB Series C Notes Due 2013 0 $1,000 FBB15FBB Series D Notes Due 20150$1,000 F BB17FBB Series A Notes Due 20170$1,000 FBB22FBB Series B Notes Due 20220$1,000 EQUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 24.09.10


THEBahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB cooperation with industry partners, hosted a one-day C aptive Insurance Seminar l ast week to build awareness o f the industry, and as a business solution. C aptive insurance is an a lternative form of risk management that is becoming more popular, as companies can protect themselves financially while having more control over how they are insured. The sector has u ndergone significant changes, and the global market for captive insurance companies has become dynamic and sophisticated, w ith ongoing development o f concepts and tools. Capt ives can be domiciled and l icensed in a growing numb er of domiciles both o nshore and offshore. Captivei insurance companies that are formed outside the US or offshore can make an IRC section 953(d election to be taxed as a domestic US corporation for U S tax purposes. This allows a foreign-based captive insurance company to receive the same US tax benefits and treatment as a c aptive formed in any of the U S states with captive insura nce legislation. A foreign-based captive g enerally has much lower c osts of ownership and a far higher degree of flexibility for its US owners, compared to a captive which is formed in the US. For this reason most small captive insurance companies with annual prem iums below $1.2 million are formed offshore. Several presenters outl ined the development of a s kills base and business opportunities arising from the diverse role of managing captives, including requirements for corporate l aw, accounting, claims mana gement, underwriting capab ility, and expert knowledge o f the regulatory environm ent. S imon Townend, Partner at KPMG Nassau, served as moderator. He pointed out that a key element of BFSBs insurance outreach is to ensure that market participants understand the busin ess. It is anticipated that the orientation session today will be the first of a series o f business seminars going f orward. 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We are now at the stage of exploring some real options, he said. There is very high demand for the Bahamas, and it is key that we enable such demand to be booked very easily and inexpensively. The latent demand for the Bahamas is very strong, but if we do not enable people to book those reservationsday and night, we will not convert that demand into a ctive travel. That is the most significant piece of infrastructure r olling out into the tourism sector for a long time, so were excited about the prospects for the next 10 days and into the future. M eanwhile, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace cautioned that while charter airline, Air Transat, had been given approval to operate air services between Canada and the Bahamas, much remained to be done before this happ ened. Given the Canadian markets reliance on tour operators as a distribution network, the minister said it was critical that prices and a product were developed that worked for all the airline, tourist and the Bahamas. This n ation, he pointed out, was relatively high-priced compared to other favoured Canadian destinations in the Caribbean, such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and C uba. T he Companion Fly Free promotion, Mr VanderpoolW allace said, was giving and having the proximity of the Bahamas reflected in the cost to come here, and hisM inistry was set to explore more options in this area. H e added that while more carriers were being encouraged to service the Bahamas, initiatives such as Companion Fly Free also brought the magic combination of lower air fares and better value for stopover visitors. BFSB focuses on captive markets SPONSORS AND SEMINAR PRESENTERS Front Row, left to right Annie Chinafat, KPMG; Tanya N. Rahming, BICA; Nadine Frazier, IIB; and Wendy Warren, BFSB. Back Row: Lennox McCartney, ICB superintendent; Ron Sulisz, Strategic Risk Solutions (Cayman sader International Management (Cayman Townend, KPMG; and Benno Raeber, Prime Advisory Group. Missing from the Photo is T.C. Leshikar, KPMG Cayman Islands. Tourisms most significant bit of infrastructure FROM page one


toms did not possess such powers, Mr Smith added: Unfortunately, three of them are non-Bahamian citizens who operate these business-e s, so they are terrified of gove rnment because they are foreign, and do not wish to take action. Customs is banking on people caving in to this behaviour, and I do hope that the Comptroller of Customs, the Port Authority and relevant Ministry will intervene urgently to prevent this abuse. Asked about the impact Customs moves would have on the Freeport economy, M r Smith told Tribune Business: It sends everything into confusion once again. I t demonstrates that the h eavy hand of government abuse can be visited upon l icencees at any time, and b ecause it affects the econom y and financial interests are involved, they [thel icencees] simply put up with the abuse. By the time theyve gone t o court, it costs a lot of time and money, and often business comes to a halt because they cant clear their goods. And the noted QC added: It is unacceptable in a democratic country that C ustoms continues to b ehave in this blatant fashi on. It is so unnecessary, as Customs have the powers, as stated in the Supreme Court decisions and the H awksbill Creek Agreem ent, to conduct audits. There is no provision for t hese demands for monthly r eports. A s previously revealed by Tribune Business, Customs initially wrote to GBPAl icencees threatening to withdraw their bonded g oods rights unless they submitted reports on their sales to it. A copy of the undated letter, signed by assistant comptroller of customs Lincoln Strachan, said: As you a re aware, the over-thec ounter sale of bonded g oods is conditioned upon the submission of monthly bonded sales reports. A perusal of our records i ndicates that your company h as been delinquent in this regard. This, therefore, s erves as a reminder that y our monthly bonded goods s ales report must be submitted to this office by the 15th of each month. Failure toc omply may result in this c oncession being withdrawn. P lease be guided accordingly. Customs Comptroller Glenn Gomez agreed with Tribune Business that this letter went too far, as his department had no powers t o withdraw licencee rights e nshrined in the Hawksbill C reek Agreement, so it appears that Customs in Freeport moved to a different tack threatening to stop c learing trailers unless bonde d goods sales reports were obtained. A ll GBPA licencees subm it to Customs on the 15th o f each subsequent month a report on product sales where duties were post-paid,s omething that is totally diff erent from the information now being requested. A duty-paid sales report has always been furnished as supporting documentation for a duty-paid salese ntry, along with the remittance of the duty collected, just as invoices are furnished with an entry for import clearance, Christopher Lowe, operations manager at Kellys (Freeport e xplained last week. The two reports, duty p aid and bonded, are not the same, and serve different purposes. This is a new and unprecedented demand, asking for proprietary and confidential business information, and furthermore is a new approach for the audit [ of GBPA licencees] that t he Supreme Court ruled to be unlawful. B onded goods sales is a practice whereby Freeportbased wholesalers, such as Dolly Madison, Kellys (Freeport Business Depot, are able tos ell products to other GBPA licencees solely for use in their respective businesses, without any duty being paid to Customs/Government on their sale. It is a report on this activity that Customs is s eeking, but Mr Lowe said t his has never been required b efore. It is like a fishing expedition and audit in a different form. This is something new. It doesnt exist. I dont know whats in it and what they want. We dont know the format of it, Mr Lowe t old Tribune Business. This i s another crushing blow to the legitimate trade. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .261.00AML Foods Limited1. 1 0.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.001500.1680.09018.82.86% 2 .152.14Fidelity Bank2. 1 2.509.62Cable Bahamas10.7710.770.001701.2120.3108.92.88% 2 .842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.00100,0000.7810.0403.21.60% 7 .005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.811.880.070.1110.05216.92.77% 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital1.901.900.000.1990.1109.55.79% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 1 0.208.50Finco8.508.500.000.2870.52029.66.12% 1 1.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.6450.35015.13.59% 5 .513.75Focol (S 5.465.460.000.3660.17014.93.11% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. S. Johnson9.929.920.000.8830.64011.26.45% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.3550.80028.28.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7 %RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)2 9 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029FRIDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2010B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,500.57 | CHG 0.07 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -64.81 | YTD % -4.14BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%3 0 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.49041.4005CFAL Bond Fund1.49043.59%6.42%1.475244 2.92652.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91150.85%0.23%2.926483 1.55431.4920CFAL Money Market Fund1.55433.11%4.36%1.533976 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.42860.46%2.40% 109.3929101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund109.39295.20%7.60%107.570620 105.779593.1998CFAL Global Equity Fund100.1833-1.52%3.56%105.779543 1.12231.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.12723.43%5.28% 1.09171.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09482.51%6.10% 1.11981.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.12753.37%5.64% 9.59559.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.59552.71%5.96% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.3734-3.69%3.38% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.1708-8.29%-8.29% 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.5827-1.74%11.58% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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registry competitors. And he added that the Bahamas had also approved and adopted a code for registering yachts, ensur-ing they would no longer have to pay fees under the Merchant Ship-p ing Act and ensuring the dollar e lement was no longer a factor for owners and their advisers when it came to choosing a jurisdiction for their vessel. Explaining that the BMA had cleaned up the fees to make themm ore competitive with other jurisd ictions, Mr Deveaux said: We essentially waived the registration fee and then, for the various categories of ships, sought to ensure they matched the competitors fees so wew ere not priced out of the market. Between Panama, Liberia and t he Marshall Islands, they were doing a number of creative things that, in the short-term, made it appear that their registries were attractive, certainly for someonel ooking to register for the first time. So the initial fee is free, as opposed to putting a price on it, as they would not otherwise come here. And the minister added: The same thing is true with respect tot he different classes of ship. Were very competitive in the large tonnage classes, no to in the other classes. The BMA looked at its revenue s treams, the efficiency of getting a s hip registered, and did a complete revamp of fees to make them competitive. Mr Deveaux said the outcome of the fee incentives and waiving ofo thers would be revenue neutral f or the BMA, whose ship registry h ad around 1,650-1,700 vessels on it. Describing this as a very dynamic number, with the Bahamas also oscillating between having the thirda nd fourth-largest tonnage on its registry, the minister said that when i t came to the BMAs ship registration, the whole process is a lotc leaner and more efficient for the c lient. The BMA has always emphasised quality over quantity when it comes to the ship registry, seeking highe nd vessels and owners such as the m ajor cruise lines, Carnival and RoyalCaribbean, and Mr Deveaux said efforts were directed at fostering current client relationships, in addition to building bridges to new own-e rs and shipbuilders. T he opening of new BMA offices i n Hong Kong and Greece, he added, a restructuring of its New York office and strengthened ties with the Ministry of Tourisms efforts in south Florida (home to them ajor cruise lines) all played into this strategy. We will shortly be opening the office in Hong Kong, and shortlyo pening the office in Greece, and t hat will put us in a position where most ship builders and owners reside, Mr Deveaux explained. That will give us a direct relations hip with the client base. We are streamlining the New York office, and the BMA is working towards a closer relationship with the Ministry of Tourism in south Florida. In essence, we are putting aB MA presence in front of the major c ustomers as often as possible. M r Deveaux said this was similar to the contact between financial services relationship managers and their clients, and said it would enable the BMA to respond quickly to theirc oncerns. Meanwhile, the BMA continues t o make progress on developing a Bahamian yacht registry, with theL aw Reform and Review Commiss ion now in the process of tidying up draft legislation to create it, so this can be brought to Parliament. Mr Deveaux said the code for the y acht registry had already been a dopted, and the fee schedule embedded in this allowed the BMA to treat these vessels differently from the heavy-duty ships on its main registry. Were now in a position where if s omeone wants to register their y acht in the Bahamas, we have a code to accommodate that, the minister said. We structured that fee to make us more competitive. Now, you wont depart the B ahamas just on the basis of money, although many of those decisions a re not based on a dollar figure, other things being equal. But we dontw ant decisions made on a dollar figu re. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C aribbean Renewable Ener gy Forum (CREF ence at Atlantis on Paradise Island. H e added that some of the bigger players in the Bahamian restaurant indus try were already on board i n terms of supplying waste cooking oil to Bahamas Waste, its facility aiming to convert some 300,000-4 00,000 gallons of the esti mated 500,000 gallons in waste generated in this nation per year. S ome two permanent jobs had already been created by the facility, with possibly three more to follow, with Mr de Cardenas describing it as one of the first of its kind in this part of the C aribbean. Bahamas Waste was meeting today, he said, to determine the density of biodiesel blend it would pro-d uce, plus how many vehi cles in its fleet would use it. I think its important in a c ouple of senses, the Bahamas Waste managing director said of the biodiesel facility. Number one, theG overnment and the B ahamian people need to know Bahamas Waste is committed to our environment, and just as important, that we can produce this biodiesel. No matter what blend we u se, we should be able to c ontrol operating costs. If we get those wild swings in oil prices, we can use biodiesel as a hedge against this and pass the savings on to consumers. A s for Bahamas Wastes cardboard recycling, Mr de Cardenas said: We are collecting more and more. Wep robably have about five container loads now, and are looking at scheduling a ship-m ent. Thatll be the third shipment, and will double every thing weve done so far. W eve done five container l oads to date, and this will be at least a 110-tonne shipment of cardboard. Describing the two pro jects as quite demanding, Mr de Cardenas said: We cant lose sight of the exist-i ng services and customers, a nd its important to maintain this high level of service going forward. We are real ly stressing it to the operational staff and drivers, and cant lose sight of that. our GDP. Conversely, the only way that our economy i s going to grow is to reduce borrowing, focus m ore on SME development and increase the countrys production levels via new entrepre neurial (innovation, manufacturing, commerce e tc) activities. Stakeholders who focus on small business development have been unsuccessful in creating strategies/policies on how to mitigate the negative impact of the recession with regards t o small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs in the Bahamas. F ROM page one Bahamas Waste biodiesel trials start this week Five firms collapsing per week FROM page one Revenue neutral BMA fee clean-up FROM page one


C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ciary duty against the Bahamian law firm because, while representing her for 16d ays, it failed to disclose it h ad represented Corner Bank ( Overseas) on other matters something that eventually prompted the firm itself to withdraw, to avoid any potential conflict of interest. The failure to disclose that p otential conflict upfront forms the basis of Days allegations and complaint against Graham, Thompson & Company, but the Bahamian law firm is vehemently denying all allegations and moved tod ismiss the claim against it. According to documents obtained by Tribune Business, apart from arguing that theC olumbia District is the wrong forum to hear the matter, and that it has no jurisdiction over it, Graham, T hompson & Co also alleged t hat Day had not proven she had suffered damage as a r esult of its representation. This action arises from Graham Thompsons short 16-day (June 16-July 2, 2008 legal representation in the B ahamas of plaintiff Tonya D ay, a Nevada citizen, in w hich it wrote a letter to a B ahamian bank inquiring about an account number that a llegedly belonged to Days l ate mother, the Bahamian l aw firm and its attorneys said. After the letter was prepared, the law firm withdrew and recommended another Bahamian law firm to represent Day. Graham Thompsont ransferred the complete client file and the full retainer t o this other law firm. Arguing that a retainer contract with Day did not exist, Graham, Thompson & Cos aid it was first contacted by D ays Utah lawyers, Stanford A. Graham, on June 16, 2008, to help her gain access to herm others alleged Bahamian bank account. A $5,000 retainer was wired from the U S law firm to its Bahamian c ounterpart the next day. Graham Thompson prepared a letter to Corner Bank requesting that the bank provide all the information it hadw ith respect to an account n umber that was provided by Stanford Graham, and that was believed to be associated with Foelgner and Day, the Bahamian law firm said. On Thursday, June 26, 2 008, Day, who was in Nass au, Bahamas, requested that Cheryl Whyms, an attorney at Graham Thompson, accompany her to Corner Bank the next day to hand deliver the letter. AlthoughW hyms did not accompany D ay to the bank, she provided Day with a copy of the letter dated June 27, 2008. On July 2, 2008, Graham Thompson informed Stanford A. Graham that it had discontinued its representation of Day because it representedC orner Bank in unrelated matters. Graham Thompson recommended Genell Sandso f McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes to represent Day. As a result, the complete f ile and $5,000 retainer were t ransferred to McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes on June 21, 2008, and Graham T hompson & Company said that it did not represent Corner Bank in any mattersi nvolving Day. Sixteen days of delay in 2008 did not operate to deprive Day of anything of value, the Bahamian law firm added. The complaint does not allege any injuriesf rom Graham Thompsons legal representation. Although the complaint asserts that Graham Thompson was privy to confidential information, it does not allege that any injury occurred as ar esult. Second, the complaint does not allege any injury as a result of the change in legalr epresentation........ The only tangible injury alleged in the complaint is that Day is being denieda ccess to alleged funds in h er mothers alleged account. Graham Thompsons actions did not cause this injury. Corner Bank and Mr R oberts have sought extra t ime to file their response to Days allegations, having argued that they were not properly served when, on August 23, 2010, two persons entered the banks 308 EastB ay Street premises attempte d to do this. Mr Roberts allegedly refused to accept any documents, although photocopies of the document were left. The content of Days claims s eems odd, given that Renee K emp, Corner Bank (Overseas) compliance officer, in an affidavit seen by Tribune Business, said the bank had no US clients. She said: Corner Bank has no depositors who are United States citizens or corpora t ions, trusts or other entities with United States citizens as beneficiaries. As a matter ofp olicy, Corner Bank does not accept deposits from US citizens. That, no doubt, is duet o the exceedingly costly comp liance burden US clients bring with them, plus regulatory risk. I n her complaint, Day alleged that her late mother accumulated the $14 millionf rom her familys participat ion in the oil industry. Her mother, she claimed, told her in several conversations that she had set certain savings aside in an account in Nassau, the Bahamas. U ltimately, Day said her mother showed her during a July 3, 2006, visit, the account number on a painting. Although Day did not realise at the time that the word Corner referred not tos ome street address, but was actually the banks name, Foelgner orally repeatedlyn amed that bank, Corner Bank, saying that at least $14 million had accumulated on account at that bank, shea lleged. Top law firm wants $14m action claim thrown out FROM page one


INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 The stories behind the news By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter Much has been made about the reform agenda at Her Majestys Prison and claims by Superintendent Dr Elliston Rahming that his team has successfully taken a genuine philosophical shift from revenge and punishment to rehabilitation and reintegration. S o it was baffling to me when weeks after Dr Rahmings grand publication of his five-year prison reform report card, the Prison Staffers Associa tion (PSA opposition to his reappointment. His contract expires in about five months. In the process, they aired a long list of complaints about the management of the prison, with Dr Rahmings leadership being their chief complaint, according to PSA president Gregory Archer. What exactly is the leadership problem is unclear to me. However, various executives of the PSA are adamant that such a problem exists. They claim Dr Rahmings leadership has demoralised senior offi cers, and the rank and file. The PSA treasurer claims Dr Rahming is straight up ineffective in prison reform, despite his boasted success. With such a categorical claim, the PSA has a tall order to prove its accusations, but irrespective of their validity, the fact of such a discrepancy is enough to make you won der. I gather there is a perception amongst some in the prison that Dr Rahming is self-centred, and perhaps consumed with what he has accomplished. This has to be weighed against the real possibility that there are potential leadership candidates setting the stage to vie for Dr Rahmings post. And the claim by others that public state ments by the PSA only represent the views of a small percentage of its members. The prison is bigger than one person. No one man can accomplish anything in an organisation without the help of the staff, said an officer. The public launch of the prison reform progress report, covering the five-year period of Dr Rahmings leadership, would have certainly fuelled the perception held by those officers. From my first interaction with Dr Rahming, I was struck by his ability to command attention. Many government officials do not have such a talent. As a former journalist himself, strategic communication is a skill he has mastered. With a doc torate title in front of his name, and the backing of two successive and opposing governments, a lack of confidence or self-esteem is proba bly not something he suffers from. Not to mention his ability to fill a 26-page book with a list of prison accomplishments achieved under his watch. When the issue of his appointment in 2005 arose, there was a lot of bickering about the salary he would be paid. A union boss at the time said the special contract appointment of Dr Rahming could create certain pay anomalies that (would on the morale of civil servants. Dr Rahmings response reveals something about how he feels about himself. No one would question my pay if I were a foreign criminol ogist earning $100,000 a year with a BA degree from a second rate uni versity, with a government paid condo out west and my kids school fees paid for in St Andrews. Not a soul would question it. Here I am with 20 years experience in research, education, and administration and a PhD degree from a university that US News and World Report ranks in the top 10 among 700 colleges and universities in the United States, and I am being subjected to public utterings about my salary. Has anyone stopped to think what Id be earning had I chosen to remain in the United States? It doesnt seem farfetched that some people perceive him to be self-absorbed. But does that make him a poor leader, or manager? Should that undermine his achieve ments as the leader of the pack? Some may draw that conclusion, but I dont think it necessarily fol lows. The PSA itself agrees that Dr Rahming has brought a lot to the table and implemented beneficial changes; and they would support him being an adviser to the government. But on the matter of leadership they part ways. If the prison progress report is anything to judge by then prison reform has been immensely suc cessful. The report lists the creation of the following as some of the prisons achievements: Central Intake Facility with standardized inmate classification system; security processing centre complete with baggage and hand-held scanners; state of the art Health Diagnostic Unit, Faith-Based and Character Devel opment Programme; annual jobs fair; proper laundry facilities; Inmate Enterprises, Inmate Activities and Pre-Release Services Unit; Officer Dependents Fund; renovated Female Correctional Centre; renovated Canine Unit, and the list goes on. The 26-page document lists achievements in infrastructure development, staff enrichment and advancement, inmate services and activities, community outreach ser vices, budget performance and regional leadership. It is reasonable to assume, even if only by virtue of the progress report that much has happened in five years. If Dr Rahming opts to request a renewal of contract, the government should investigate the value of these accomplishments. They should test the claim asserted by attorney Paul Moss, found ing member of Relief for Inmates and Prison Officers of our Prison (RIPOP appointment was the single greatest appointment done by Prime Minister Perry Christie. This view must have been shared to some degree by the Free National Movement, when they reappointed him in 2007. The PSA is arguing that Dr Rah ming had five years to prove his worth, and having seen what he has to offer they want change. There are family members of inmates who might agree. Minutes after leaving the prison compound, where I covered the ceremonial release of the report card, I ran into family members who had no short age of choice words to describe the prison authorities. The problem is, I dont think the angst was specific to Dr Rahming. When I inquired about him specifically they claimed to have little knowledge of who he was, or his so-called reform agenda. They knew only that their chil dren were being starved of water, forced to live in inhumane conditions, and that the authorities in their minds had no respect or regard for their cries. I participated in an extensive tour of the prison with other media per sonnel after the report launch, and after the tour I did not really feel more qualified to confirm or discredit much of the accusations hurled at the prison. According to Dr Rahming, the tour originally planned was a virtual tour. However, the projector malfunctioned and the virtual tour was cancelled. The physical tour was facilitated on the insistence of the media, which had always assumed there would have been a real tour. Dr Rahming was certain to remind us that the physical tour was not originally planned, so there was no time to fix up the prison for the media. The cynics out there, ofw hich there are many, would say that was a ruse. I took him at his word, but then Im not a cynic. At the time of the tour, the remand facility, known to be filled to capacity, was closed down to visitors because prisoners were beingp repared for court. Having only walked past the facility, I can hardly verify any of the claims that are frequently asserted by inmates and family members. While walking through the cell blocks of Central Intake, on the oth-e r hand, certain things were immed iately noticeable, fore example inmates were sleeping on beds made of wooden planks in the place of mattresses. The explanation given by the officers was that the inmates at Central Intake tear them up. Replace ment mattresses were said to be on order. I could only take the Superintendent at his word. The cells were very dark inside; they were cooled by large rusted fans inside the hallway, and venti lation from windows lining the exterior walls. This was the standard setup in all of the prisons we visited, including Maximum Security. I have heard family members complain that there is no ventilation inside the prison and it is too hot in there. I sympathise with them, even though I did not feel any hotter inside the prison than I do on an average day in my home. Because the fans are stationed on the walls and in the hallways outside the cells, some oscillating, others not, I can say the air probably is not equally distributed to all of the cells, but that is about it. Was it unreasonably hot inside the cells, where there were two, sometimes three inmates, in a space not much larger than two office cubicles? I cannot say. There were no repulsive smells or striking odours inside the prison, except maybe the rawness of a locker room that lingers even after it is cleaned. We walked through several blocks, including death row, and saw a few cells fitted with the con troversial composting toilets. According to the PSA, the real story of the toilets is this: The ventilation system for them was installed wrong, it gives off a horrible odour throughout the prison. So now we are faced with not only the odour, but the inmates have to deal with bugs and flies being bred in these toilets, and we all know flies breed diseases. That I did not observe any flies or bugs emanating from the toilets does not negate the claims of the A genuine shift to rehabilitation, reintegration at Fox Hill prison REFORM AGENDA: Dr Elliston Rahming, superintendent of Her Majestys Prisons, Fox Hill... S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 C C


PSA. It makes me speculate that they may have embellished their claims, but it could very well be that the most problematic toilets were not the ones we happened to walk past. Aside from the feeling of an aged facility, by virtue of the flaking paint on some walls and the rusted fans, the facility was clean. We viewed the infamous Block F, sort of. Block-F has a reputation inside and outside the prison for housing homosexuals, mentally unstable inmates and violent convicts. Despite the accusations, Dr Rahming has denied such a block exists. They call F-Block, the block for fools. It has homosexuals, people who have AIDs and tuberculosis, mentally unstable people, people who cant live around other people, because they always cursing and carrying on, saida recently released inmate. All they want is cigarettes. They take their stool buckets and throw it through the doors at the officers or at inmates. The officers have to carry cigarettes with them or else they can't travel through F-Block, he said. During the prison tour I asked to be taken to Block F. The immediate response from Assistant Superintendent Wilfred Ferguson, chief of Maximum Security, was to suggestI might not want to go there, because I might have something thrown at me. I would like to believe that ASP Ferguson felt I was a responsible journalist, so he would be inclined to tell the truth, but maybe this was a slip of the tongue, because he was reprimanded by Dr Rahming no sooner than the words came out of his mouth. Dr Rahming insisted he should not say things like that. There was a debate about what was appropriate to say, and an insistence that I couldw alk though there, to which A SP Ferguson also agreed. So did I walk through the infamous Block-F? No. Due to time constraints, we were only allowed to stand behind the grilled door at the end of the hallway. The hallway looked like any other, there were no shouts and groans of mad people, but my vantage point was limited. There was nothing alarming to me about the condition of the prison. Unfortunately, this view is only based on cursory glances and sneak peaks. It certainly looked like a place I would not want to live. It had a still and lifeless feel, even though there were people everywhere. I was sometimes reluctant to stare inside the cells, it invoked dark images, reminiscent of slave blocks at an auction house, where I imagine black men made impotent would be held. The reality is, unless I was to spend 23 hours a day like the inmates do in their caged boxes, I might never know what prison life is really like. And even then, when I might dare to speak, I would be discredited as a spiteful criminal. When I spoke to an insider, he said the real story behind prison reform is that infrastructure development has taken place, but nothing systematic and consistent as it relates to rehabilitation (has occurred). He said there is a fight in the prison between those wanting resources to be channeled into custodial care, or security related matters, and those wanting resources for programmes and services, such as rehabilitation. He claims the PSA supports the move towards a focus on rehabilitation and reintegration, but they believe Dr Rah ming is not equipping them with the skills to actually manifest real change. I f the country wants true r eform, he agrees, officers need to be rehabilitated themselves before they can C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 2C, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Colonial Group International:Insurance,Health,Pensions,LifeIf you protect your lifestyle with a CGI company,you can pay less for motor and home insurance,and enjoy firstrate business cover too.From health insurance,rich in benefits and offering global coverage,to pensions and family protection,CGI companies offer flexible products to make the most of your budget.Insurance326-7100 for an agent Health326-8191* Pensions502-7526 Life* Freeport 351-3960 Colonial Group International is rated A-(Excellentby AM Best. Lifestyle ProtectionHealth,wealth and happiness cover.Insurance,Health,Pensions,Life Colonial Pension Services (Bahamas Tel.502-7526 Atlantic Medical Insurance Tel.326-8191 Freeport Tel.351-3960 Security & General Insurance Tel.326-7100 Presented by: Do you know that your favourite teachers can WIN $1000!Nominate them today f or the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers Awards F ill out a nomination form today available W inners will receive:$1000 & will be inducted into the NDTA Hall of Fame! You can nominate for any one of the following categories!2Pre-school Teachers 2 Primary School Teachers 2 Junior High Teachers 2 High School Teachers 1 All Age School Teacher 1 Special Needs Educator N ominations close on October 15, 2010th A genuine shift to rehabilitation, reintegration at Fox Hill prison F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 C C S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 C C


By MIKE MELIA Associated Press Writer SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP fying enough a nightclub owner, hacked to death with a machete, was found buried in pieces. But what really outraged people was that the accused killer had been deported from the US to his native Grenada as a convicted felon. As a foreign-bred criminal, the suspect never should have returned to the close-knit tropical nation, relatives of the victim and others said. Islanders called for more vigilance over deportees by the government, which says it needs help from Washington to handle the return of hardened convicts. "I hope that my brother did not die in vain and something can be done to monitor these criminal deportees," said Gemma Raeburn-Baynes, a sister of the nightclub owner, Michael Raeburn-Delfish. The United States has deported thousands of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996, when Congress mandated that every non-citizen sentenced to a year or more in prison be kicked out of the country upon release. In all, the US is responsible for about three-quartersof the region's returning criminal deportees, with the Unit-ed Kingdom and Canada accounting for most of the other ex-cons arriving in the islands. It's a phenomenon that also afflicts many parts of Central America, where street gangs that grew out of Los Angeles spread to the region through massive deportations. Brutal and powerful, the "Maras" are blamed for rampant violent crime, extortion and more recently acting as enforcers for drug cartels. In the Caribbean, govern ments say deportees are exac erbating crime in nations with high levels of violence such as Jamaica. On the smaller islands such as Grenada, once considered idyllic havens from gang violence, officials say ther eturning deportees are partl y to blame for increasingly bold and sophisticated crimes and homicide rates soaring to record levels. The United States is attempting to defuse tensions w ith island governments by e xploring programmes to help them reintegrate deportees. During a visit to Barbados in June, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the US is no longer ignoring complaints that have topped the Caribbean's diplomatic agenda for more than a decade. US officials say privately that the deportations cannotbe blamed for the increase in violent crime, but declined to discuss the issue on the record, saying the US does not want to hurt relations with Caribbean governments with which it cooperates on other issues. The man accused in the machete attack in Grenada, Ronald Michael Phillip, 55, was deported from the United States on July 6, 2000, the day after leaving a state prison in Uncasville, Connecticut, where he had spent more t han six years. I sland police know only the r ough outline of his life abroad: Phillip moved overseas in 1986 and lived in Canada and Brooklyn, New York, before moving to New London, Connecticut. He wasa rrested in December 1993 on a ssault and drug charges. But the officer who found Raeburn-Delfish's severed head and limbs in three shallow pits on September 5 said the nature of the murder led him to believe the suspect wasa practiced killer. "He had a level of experience with dealing with dead people or animals," forensics expert Trevor Modeste said. "We don't usually have crime like that. We don't usually have planned and executed murders." Modeste said his suspicions were confirmed when Phillip, known locally as Ronald de Ally, boasted to police that he killed and buried two people in the United States who were never found. Grenada police spokesman Troy Garvey said that claim has not been verified. Garvey said investigators' focus is on solving Raeburn-Delfish's slaying, but they will pass anything they learn about crimes in the US to the appropriate jurisdiction. Raeburn-Delfish was Phillip's landlord, but no motive has been established in the slaying. Phillip, who is charged with murder, did not have an attorney at his first court appearance. At the heart of the problem is the disparity of wealth between the United States, where migrants often learn their criminal ways, and their poor homelands, where jobs are scarce and police resources are limited. Moreover, islanders who often left their native lands as children return to countries they barely recognize, with no remaining family. Jean Nemorin, 47, who returned to Haiti in 2008, more than three decades after he arrived in the United States with his family at age 11, said there is a stigma attached to people like him when locals learn of their criminal past, making it tough to find work or a place to live. "I struggled to feed myself for the first six months," Nemorin said. He declined to describe his conviction in the United States but said he is c rime-free today, operating a m oto-taxi in Port-au-Prince t hat he bought with money from relatives overseas. The biggest impact has been in heavily populated countries like Jamaica, where deportees are suspected in several violent crimes each week, according to Leslie Green, an assistant police commissioner. But smaller islands are increasingly leading the calls for help from Washington. A G renada government s pokesman, Richard Simon, said they lack the counseling, monitoring and housing services needed to absorb deportees with serious criminal records. In Dominica, at least one criminal deportee is suspected in a recent pair of brazen, daylight robberies by masked men, Security Minister Charles Savarin said. In St Lucia, an island of 170,000 people that received 18 criminal deportees from the US last year, Security Minister Guy Mayers said some of the convicts were apparently recruited into local drug rings that exploit their contacts from overseas prisons. "We are not responsible for them becoming monsters," Mayers said. "We need support to be able to rehabilitate these people." In 2007, the US launched a pilot programme managed by the United Nations' International Organisation for Migration to help reintegrate depor tees. The $3 million project provided services including career counseling and housing assistance in Haiti, Guyana and the Bahamas. US officials say they hope that effort will be the starting point for a regional discussion, but no money has been assigned so far to keep the programme going. Island governments say the deportee issue will remain a sticking point with Washington until they see more action. "I raise this with US authorities every chance I get," Mayers said. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The superbly balanced proportions of the Toyota Yaris reflect the inherent intelligence of its design and the spacious comfort that it offers. Features include: 1.3 litre engine, automatic transmission, ABS brakes, power steering, air conditioning, drivers side airbag, and CD player. 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C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM implement programmes and best practices that truly reflect a transition from punishment to corrections. He said the o fficers currently staffed at t he prison are really under t rained as it relates to rehabilitation and corrections. Furthermore, the government would have to hire at least 50 to 100 more officers, as the prison is understaffed. There will always be a fight between security and programmes, said the insider. That fight is bigger than Dr Rahming and the prison staffers, he said. And resources are finite. His budget is not sufficient, but he is trying, said the source of Dr Rahming. This got me thinking about the prison progress report. It states, there has been a genuine philosophical shift from r evenge and punishment to r ehabilitation and reintegrat ion. I hate to nit-pick, but I think Dr Rahming is someone who uses words purposefully. The report said there has been a philosophical shift. My source claims that prominent members of the PSA are staffed in areas that deal with rehabilitation, like pre release, case management, and education. H e said of the 98 officers w ho were sent on training over the past five years, very few were trained in areas related to rehabilitation. In my analysis of the progress report, only 12 per cent of the training opportunities were related to rehabilitation. That represented less than 10 per c ent of the 98 officers that w ere trained. An example of t his category is the Cuban tour of prison industries and trade schools. Most of the training (36 per cent) was geared towards general exposure and networking courses, such as a Women in Corrections Conference, a Study Tour or an Officer Exchange Programme. Next to that was administrative courses, such as a computer upgrade conference, or a prison health services conf erence, which constituted 32 per cent. Custodial care courses, such as prison riot control course accounted for 20 per cent of the courses. So perhaps the report is right, there has only been a philosophical shift, and the real deal is yet to be seen. But o ne might say, at least the p rison is on the right road, if t hats where it genuinely wants to go. From the standpoint of rhetoric, it would seem that inmate services and activities, ultimately aimed at reducing the rate of recidivism, has been the priority area of the reform agenda. But it is still unclear if this mirrors the way that resources have been managed at the prison. Aside from rhetoric, the p roof is in the pudding. W here did the money go and what were the results? The progress report states that the recidivism rate among admissions has been lowered to 19 per cent, but it fails to mention what figure it was lowered from. If the vast majority of the p risons budget was spent o ver the past five years on i nfrastructure, and the vast majority of the changes were administrative and not programmatic, then one might question whether sufficient resources were allocated to rehabilitation and reintegration efforts. Clearly the prison is a hard nut to crack, and for any management team it must be a tall order to keep staffers happy, prisoners comfortable, i nmates family members a ppeased and government officials satisfied. In my best judgment, I think time will show that Dr Rahming played an instrumental role in prison reform, and that there are accomplishments to brag about over the past five years. At the s ame time, I highly doubt t here has been full disclosure w ith the public about the realities of prison life. Prison officials are quick to discount the cries of prisoners, but I give former inmates more credit than they would be prepared to. And even though the looming prison leadership race makes me suspect of the PSA, it would be foolhardy to discount their claims without a critical analysis. I t is evident that prison poli tics is heating up, and in my opinion the impending release of the draft Department of Corrections Bill will only spice things up further. A genuine shift to rehabilitation, reintegration at Fox Hill prison F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 2 2 C C

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