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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 10-10-2011
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THE governments Freedom of Information Bill leaves much to be desired as it relates to dispensing public information to anyone desiring it, Member of Parliament for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday. Mr Mitchell contended that the Bill affords a government minister who controls a public portfolio too much veto power over a request for information. The Commissioner for Information cant overrule the Ministers certificate granted in section 25, he said. Section 47 provides for an appeal of the decisions of the commissioner but not of the minister. Something is wrong there. Section 25 of the Bill mandates that if a minister determines that a public record qualifies as exempt under the Freedom of Infor mation Act, and he issues a certificate to the person requesting the information stating that the information is exempt, the ministers decision cannot be overturned not even by a court. Where a certificate is issued under subsection one, under the hand of the Minister, it shall be conclusive that the record is exempt and no judicial proceedings or quasi-judicial proceedings of any kind shall be entertained in relation thereto, the bill states. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Boy drowns in pond Volume: 107 No.300MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 89F LOW 79F By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net S OFTBALL enthusiasts struggled in vain to save the life of a 10-year-old boy, w ho is believed to have drowned in Big Pond on Baillou Hill Road. According to reports, T yrese LaFleur was pronounced dead by para medics after it was reported that he had gone swimming near Baillou Hills playing field on Saturday. T he tragic incident shocked players and supporters at a Bankers League softball playoffsg ame as they rushed to assist the child sometime around 2.30pm. Last night, witnesses regretted the possibility that the young victim could have been saved if emergency m edical care had been alert ed sooner. Marvin Wood, a player w ith the Island Luck Truck ers, said: We were playing a game and there was a homerun that got hit. I was playing outfield. I saw three y oung men coming from the b ack of the bush from the Big Pond area and I saw one of the guys toting a young b oy that was literally life less. Mr Wood, 36, added: When I saw that I didn't h ave time to react. I just jumped the fence quickly, me and another of my teammates. I could see something was wrong with the boy. I said to everyone else to callt he ambulance. That was a sad day. As he ran to the children, Mr Wood said the teenager p ut down the childs body on a bench as if overcome by its weight. At that time, M r Wood said Tyrese was foaming at the mouth. They panicked, all of t hem being young, they did n't know what to do. I went to (Tyrese at the mouth and one of my teammates went to perform CPR until a nurse came and took over. We asked the boy what Bystanders tried to save 10-year-old TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WEEK 5 R R O O U U N N D D U U P P O O F F N N F F L L A A C C T T I I O O N N SEEUSATODAY INSECTIONE PARENTS OF the drowned 10-year-old boy sit beside his body on Saturday. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net ENVIRONMENT Minis ter Earl Deveaux fired back at PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgeralds criticisms of the Bell Island development claiming his words cannot be trusted. Mr Deveaux said the Bell Island dredging is constantly monitored and the implementation of the Environmental Management Plan continues to ensure the highest environmental standards. Last week, Senator Fitzgerald held a press conference urgently calling on the government to monitor S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 W AR OF WORDS OVER BELL ISLAND THE TRIBUNES BIGT SELLSOUTAGAIN THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKYI NSIDETODAY: MINISTRYOFNATIONALSECURITY PARLIAMENTARY R EGISTRATIONDEPARTMENT SUPPLEMENT SEE 7B im lovin it By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE CHRISTIAN council has thrown its support behind the creation of a national sex offenders register. Council president Rev Ranford Patterson said his members support many of the governments ideas for tackling crime particularly its willingness to discuss tracking persons con victed of sexual crimes. We support all efforts to protect our children from sick sexual predators, be they heterosexuals or homosexuals, said Rev Patter son. We call on family and friends to blow the whistle on known predators who need counselling and must be kept away from civil society. According to Bishop Simeon Hall, the pub lic tends to be more concerned about the rights of murderers and child molesters than the vic tims of crime. He said: When we talk about publishing a national sex offenders list, people seem to sympathise with the perpetrator instead of the little boy. Rev Patterson said he believes it is important for the public to know the location of convictBy CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net POLICE are currently investigating two separate Family Island traffic fatali ties. According to police reports the first incident occurred around 7:15 Friday evening on the Queens Highway in Cat Island when a motorcycle travel ling west ran into the rear of white Ford F-350 truck. The 18-year-old motorcyclist of Zonicle Hill, Cat Island suffered serious injuries and was taken to the local clinic where he later died. The second incident occurred around 7:30 the same evening at the intersection of Ashwood and East Streets in Mathew Town, Inagua. Police said a white Ford TWO MEN KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 MITCHELL CRITICISES INFORMATION BILL S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 CHRIS TIAN COUNCIL BACKS SEX REGISTER

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POLICE are requesting t he publics help in locating the culprits responsible for three separate shooting i ncidents that left three men hospitalised. The first incident occurred sometime around 7:15pm on Friday at Cocomoos on Collins Avenue when a security officer was shot. A ccording to police reports a man was inside his car at Collins Avenue w hen he was confronted by two men armed with handguns demanding cash. The driver ran from the car and the culprits opened fire, a Security Officer was subsequently hit by a bullet and was taken to the hospital where he is currently listed to be in stable condition. The second incident occurred around 9:30pm on Friday in Pinewood Gar den when a man, who standing outside his Chest nut Street home, was shot in the foot. He was taken to hospital and is in stable condition. The third shooting inci dent occurred around 2:45am on Saturday at K ing Street and Hospital Lane. While police say the cir c umstances surrounding this incident are unclear on arrival at the scene officers discovered a man who had been shot in his upper body. The victim was taken to hospital where he is detained in serious, but stable condition. Active police investigations into all matters con tinue. Anyone with any infor mation regarding any of these incidents or any other incident is asked to contact police at 911 919 322-3333 the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 502-9910 or CRIME STOPPERS at 328-TIPS LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE happened, he said they were i n the pond in the back just swimming and the young man started to freak out,M r Wood said. He said he l eft him there and ran for help. Huge crowds gathered to a ssist Tyrese, who was said have had a pulse when he was discovered by the play-e rs. Tyreses companion r eportedly ran to his familys home in Yellow Elder and r eturned with an older relative. It was unfortunate, said M r Wood. He was young, he panicked. He just went to call help, I guess he went to call the guy's bigger brother. Another softball player s aid: We saw one of the b oys running through the track, but he didnt stop, he just ran through. Nobody took any notice of it, until at least half an hour after that, when we came out to the front, wes aw the crowd trying to resuscitate this boy. We were on the southern side of the complex, this h appened on the northern side between the Banker's softball field and the Roscoe Davies soccer field. No foul play is suspected a t this time as police investig ations into the matter continue. Its really unfortunate, M r Wood said. That's been going on for years, when I was a little boy growing up I would gos wimming up there. Thats a norm for boys, wandering and exploring (the pond THE POND on Balilou Hill Road, where the boy drownedPhoto: Felip Major /Tribune Staff f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP AFTER THREE MEN SHOT BOY, 10, DROWNS IN POND

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By CHESTER ROBARDS ZHIVARGO LAING, State Minister for Finance, urged Bahamian men yesterday to focus on working with urban males who are pre-d ominantly responsible for t he challenges confronting the n ation by using the $1 mill ion set aside by the government for community programmes. Mr Laing, speaking at the N ational Mens Empowerment Rally in Rawson Square, encouraged men and women to sign up to volunteer with community outreach programmes and to develop new programmes that will h elp at-risk youth in the B ahamas. Bring your programme a nd we will seek to fund that p rogramme, Mr Laing said. There is a great need in t his nation for young people t o be mentored. We have many programmes that could be possible, but the problem is they dont have the manp ower to help them along. The government said lets register to volunteer because what we will do is match need w ith abilities and we will be able to cause thousands and thousands of us to fill this great need in the nation. More than 100 gathered in Rawson Square yesterday a fternoon to support the rally w hich was hosted by Dr Myles Munroe and Real Men M inistry International. Other speakers at the rally included leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Branville McCartney, Minister of Youth Sports and Cult ure Charles Maynard and P resident of Bahamas Against Crime, Rev Dr C. B. Moss. M r McCartney insisted during his contribution that a fundamental issue plaguing the country and contributing to the degradation of society is parenting. H e said that one of the s olutions to social ills in the c ountry lies in the early stages o f the development of children. When two parents are pre sent and active in their childrens lives, the framework for success is reinforced and t he shared responsibility cre a tes a nucleus of self-worth, M r McCartney said. Parents are fully responsible for creating the environment that is conducive to preparing children to be productive members of society. Rev Moss contended that t he Bahamas is still not ready t o confront the crime problem plaguing the country. He c ited the murder of 11-yearold Marco Archer as the reason for his believing that not enough is being done by each and every one of us in taking a stance against crime. In 2005 six years ago B ahamas Against Crime began to try to alert this n ation to the impending crisis, he said. But we could not get the major stakehold ers in this country to respond. Rev Moss said between 2 005 and 2011 more than 500 m urders occurred in the B ahamas and he blamed it on t he inaction of society at large. The thought that tortures my mind every night is that if we had responded appropri ately, dozens, perhaps scores, o f lives that were wasted w ould have been saved, he s aid. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011, PAGE 3 HUNDREDS OF men came out to Rawson Square on Sunday for a national mens Empowerment Event and rally hosted by Dr Myles Munroe and Real Men Ministry International THE RALLY included music and speeches with the aim of bring-i ng together men and leaders f rom ever sector of society in a public demonstration of unity and commitment to restoring peace and discipline within Bahamas society By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net A HOUSE fire has claimed the life of a 75-year-old man. The body of a man, said to be burnt beyond recogni tion, was discovered by firefighters over the weekend. According to police, a house fire was reported at St Vincent Road off Faith Avenue around 1:30am on Saturday. Firefighters responded and on arrival found a four-room single story structure com pletely destroyed by fire. Officers extinguished the blaze and upon further exami nation discovered the human remains of a 75-year-old man. The possible cause of the fire has yet to be released. MAN 75, DIES IN HOUSE FIRE MEN ARE URGED TO TAKE A STAND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WATCHINGWITH keen interest were adults and youngsters ALARGE crowd gathers for the National Mens Empowerment Event and Rally in Rawson Square yesterdayPhotos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff

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EDITOR, The Tribune. O pen letter to the Parliamentarians Empty vessels make the most noise. Every time I had had cause t o look on the Parliamentary c hannel or look in on Parliament I got sick to the stomach. I saw one bunch of boysa nd girls adorned in gym shorts and short skirts with the appropriate pompp umps, red and yellow, carrying on stupid. Go Lakers,g o Celtics, go Celtics, go Lake rs. T he players and actors s eem completely oblivious that the cameras eyes were u pon them, that the child rens eyes were upon them, that the youths eyes were u pon them, that the young, the middle aged and the old eyes were upon them. Yes, indeed, the nations eyes anda bove all Gods eyes were upon them. It is sad that this national board of directors carry onl ike immature juveniles, right i n front of the impressionable eyes of our next generat ion, the next leaders. Half of these actors dont make one sensible contribution a y ear, some for the full term, to the betterment of the n ation, cases in point. The road mess. Not one pretender on both sides of t he divide posed the question as to the completeness of the plans, as to how much impact these works would have on business in general and small b usinesses in particular. Not one went out and did their homework so that he could ask the right questions. No one went outside perhaps to the US to study how they do it. Having ruined practically all the busi n esses on Blue Hill Road in the first debacle, now BEC is saying lets do it again. T hese severely damaged businesses are now doomed. D oomed because actors, these little children sit on their fat wallets, overflowingf rom the public purse, bangi ng on tables, contributing to the noise in the marketplace, g o Lakers, go Celtics, instead of doing the research they are being paid to do in order to avoid this kind of foolishness. Last I looked I saw mem ber after member reading their contributions on the budget into the record. I am limited, but I have never nor can I conceived that a mem-b er of these hallowed halls a nywhere cannot take a point o r two and argue the pros and cons through to their logical conclusion with the helpo f a note or two. What kind of leaders do w e have when they put up b ig mouth children to repres ent us and when the chips a re down they can only read what they do not unders tand? Grow up, my leaders, g row up, so the country can grow along with you. Constituency funds and annual declaration. It appears that moneys paid for con-s tituency offices are not being u sed for that purpose. Instead of go Lakers, go Celtics, no one cares to police themselves. A ll parliamentarians, by law passed by them, are sup-p osed to make annual decla r ations as to their net worth. However, the leader, the leader of opposition et al just simply disregards this lawa nd then somehow asks the c itizen to obey the laws. How hypocritical! One former parliamentarian, after reading the book,Y es You Can, said that all the living members of parliam ent, past and present, should be carried to Rawson S quare and flogged. I asked, i ncluding you? He replied, including me. So to you parliamentarians, in a country where 33,000 of 105,000 households a re making less than $20,000 a year, and equal numbers m aking less than $5,000, $ 10,000, $15,000 and $20,000 per year, where crime is out of control, where murders are in three digits (should bel ess than 15), where the murder by suicide is at an alltime high, where people are suffering beyond your wildest dreams and you d ont have the common s ense, oh, oh common sense to act in a manner where your own children would bep roud of you, the children of the nation, the people of the nation and above allG od. By the end of October all o f you will be getting a book f rom me. Presently this count ry is the most mismanaged, b est described as grossly mis managed. T he original edition proved t his and the upcoming will prove it without a shadow of a doubt. The only plea all of you have is ignorance. I am ignorant of the resources oft he land. The delivery of this book precludes you from this plea. The pillars of thisb ook are the same used by A merica, the most developed country on earth, a cross a time span of more than 235 years. You are now stepping into a period of i ntentional mismanagement, a criminal offence. W hat kind of behaviour does it takes to get a parliamentarian fired? Fighting? N o, I dont think so, corrup tion, no, country embarrassment, of course not. We have a country to build, build it. There is far t oo much nonsense out there for you to be carrying on stupid and leading the pack. If this is the best you can do then you need to justresign. MILFORD LOCKHART N assau, October 5, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama IN THIS column on Friday, we broke o ne of our own cardinal rules. We commented on a statement before checking whether the person making the statement had his facts correct. In this particularc ase, he did not. Our mistake was to assume that he did. And so we wastedm any words arguing a problem that did n ot exist. I n Fridays Tribune, lawyer Damian Gomez said that Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams proposed amendment to theC riminal Procedure Code to allow the police to told a suspect for questioningf rom 48 to 72 hours not only violated the C onstitution but also allowed corrupt offic ers more time to coerce confessions out of suspects. Mr Gomez went on to explain that this w ould be challengeable because you are allowed to hold someone for 48 hours, after that you have to request for an exten-s ion from the court. This is done to prevent people from losing their liberties at the whim of the executive. Mr Gomez wrongly assumed that the police could arbitrarily extend the holding time without a magistrates approval. Mr Gomez, starting with an incorrect p remise, arrived at the wrong conclusion. Although the time that the police can hold a suspect has been extended from 48 to 72 hours, the police still have to a pply to the courts for such an extension. Mr Gomez made his mistake by assuming that this extension could be made arbi-t rarily by the police without an application to the courts. This is not true. Under our present law now to be a mended the police can hold a suspect for questioning for 48 hours. Should they need more time for investigations, they can apply to a magistrate for an exten s ion. The magistrate in turn can approve an extension up to 48 hours. This gives the police a total of 96 hours to do their forensic work. The proposed amendment retains the same principle, it only lengthens the mag-i strates approval time from 48 to 72 hours, t hus adding an extra 24 hours, or a full day, for a police investigation. Instead of having 96 hours with the approval of am agistrate, the police, under the amendment, will now have 120 hours also with a magistrates approval. In his Communication to the House of Assembly last week on the anti-crime legislation, Prime Minister Ingraham clearlys tated the position. He said: Increase the maximum perio d of extended time that a magistrate may allow the police to hold a person being investigated for a serious crime from 48 hours to 72 hours. The Police are still only able to hold a person for 48 hours without the authority of a magis trate. It is good to know that we have at least o ne high court judge who believes that bail should be made more difficult for persons accused of murder, armed robbery and rape. A ppeal Court Judge Christopher Blackman of Barbados told a reportert hat in the jurisdiction from which he c omes, he is accustomed to bail not norm ally being granted for murder until some time has elapsed and the trial has been started. T his is the way it was not too long ago in the Bahamas. Bail was unheard of form urder charges. T here is also an amendment that the p ublic will welcome. The amendment provides for magistrates to have no jurisdiction to grant bail in these cases that is, murder, armed robbery and rape. This is an excellent move, although, a ccording to a statement by former Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson, the magistrates were the ones pointing accusing fingers at the Supreme Court judges for being too generous with the g ranting of bail. Anyway, it has been stopped altogether a t the magistrate courts level and strict rules will be instituted for Supreme Court judges to follow before bail in these cases can be granted. I t is also stipulated that where a Judge is so satisfied and grants bail, the reasons for doing so must be put in writing. And,t he Attorney General may appeal such a decision, and if he does so, the accused is not to be released on bail until the appeali s heard and determined by the Court of Appeal. We hope that this provision is strictly adhered to. We recall trying to discovero n what grounds the person accused of the murder of a Tribune staff member had been remanded in custody only to be released on bail a short 14 months lat er. Despite our drawing the case to the a ttention of each attorney general who h as held office since her murder, we have been unable to get a reply. We were told by one of them that it was possible get aw ritten explanation from the magistrate as to the reason for his granting bail. But nothing came of that. We are still waiting. It is not a case that should occupy much of the courts time because the victim hadb een murdered in front of her home and in full view of several eyewitnesses. H owever, the chief witness is elderly and if they wait much longer might not be available. This case is a disgrace. It is now five years old. We know that there are cases older than this, but with this one the witnesses are still intact and avail able. Parliament filled with empty vessels LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Correcting information on matter of bail RECEPTIONIST/OFFICE CLERKResponsibilities include, but not limited to: Must have a pleasant telephone voice with a good command of the English Language and be customer service oriented. Good working knowledge of general oce procedures. Computer literate, knowledge of Accpac software working with A/Cs Receivable an asset. Scheduling customer work. Typing customer proposals and letters on Microsoft Oe. Filling new quotes and work completed. Credit stop lists and collections. Updating customer data base.ONLY APPLICANTS AGE 35 YEARS AND OLDER NEED APPLY.Please send resume to the following: Fax: 322-3969 or email jholm_tropex@coralwave.com P.O.Box N-1388, Nassau, Bahamas 6&+('8/($(59,&(2'$ LQIR#PVLEDKDPDVFRP 7 $,5&21',7,21,1* (/(&75,&$/ %/'*$,17(1$1&( EDITOR, The Tribune. T he MoE is to be commended for planning to teach ESL for primarily Haitian-C reole immigrants. However, this might ensure that those Bahamian students who are only familiar with dialect remain disadvantaged. So why not ESL for Bahami a ns as well? F urthermore, improving their English may also help their skills in other sub-j ects. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, October 5, 2011. Plans for English Second Language programme for immigrant students

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011, PAGE 5 7 KHHULORIRWURJUHVVLQJ 5DLQ 7KHUHIRUOHDYLQJWKHGLVFXVVLRQRIWKH HOHPHQWDU\SULQFLSOHVRI&KULVWOHWXVJRRQWR SHUIHFWLRQQRWOD\LQJDJDLQWKHIRXQGDWLRQRI UHSHQWDQFHIURPGHDGZRUNVDQGRIIDLWKWRZDU RIWKHGRFWULQHRIEDSWLVPVRIOD\LQJRQRI KDQGVRIUHVXUUHFWLRQRIWKHGHDGDQGRIHWHUQDO MXGJPHQW$QGWKLVZHZLOO GRL*RGSHUPL )RULLVLPSRVVLEOHIRUWKRVHZKRZHURQFH HQOLJKWHQHGDQGKDYWDVWHGWKHKHDYHQO\JL DQGKDYEHFRPHSDUWDNHUVRIWKH+RO\6SLUL DQGKDYWDVWHGWKHJRRGZRURI*RGDQGWKH SRZHUVRIWKHDJHWRFRPHLWKH\IDODZD\ WRUHQHZWKHPDJDLQWRUHSHQWDQFHVLQFHWKH\ FUXFLIDJDLQIRUWKHPVHOYHVWKH6RQRI DQGSXW+LPWRDQRSHQVKDPH)RUWKHHDUWK ZKLFKGULQNVLQWKHUDLQWKDWRIWHQFRPHVXSRQ LDQGEHDUVKHUEVXVHIXOIRUWKRVHEZKRPL LVFXOWLYDWHGUHFHLYHVEOHVVLQJIURPEXWLL EHDUVWKRUQVDQGEULHUVLLVUHMHFWHGDQGQHDUWR EHLQJFXUVHGZKRVHHQGLVWREHEXUQHG By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT A meter audit being conducted by the Grand Bahama Power Company has found that while there were several cases of over billing and underb illing, there have been disc overies of theft in over 1,000 accounts. According to a press release issued by the company, some 11,534 meters have been audited to date. T he Power Company c ommenced an island wide meter audit in order to ensure the accuracy and integrity of its system, following public protests over the high electricity costs. In addition to high fuel surcharge, residents raisedc oncerns over the estimation of power bills compared to actual meter readings. T he company has conducted a review of all com-m ercial and industrial cust omers and approximately 6 4 per cent of residential customers to date. Of the 11,534 meters a udited, the company has found 1,227 accounts of theft, and 16 cases of underb illing. The audit also revealed five cases of over-billing which did result in repayments but in an amount significantly less than what has been reported in thep ress. We have informed those customers, whom for confidentiality reasons we will not name, of our findings and have resolved those i ssues, the statement read. T he company has stated t hat as a result of the audit it is confident about the security and accuracy of its meters. We will continue with o ur ongoing meter audit p rogramme with industrial customers being audited annually, commercial customers on a three year cycle and residential customers ona n ongoing basis. We understand that our customers have concerns,e specially with so much misi nformation being circulate d, and we will continue to communicate on a regular b asis. In response to comparisons between GBPC andF lorida Power & Light (FPL that FPL not only has 4.4m illion customers in Florida with generation assets in 20 states, but also incorporates t he use of nuclear power which is not an option for GBPC. The company also revealed that it recently conducted a cost comparison ofe lectric utilities in the C aribbean, which is an accurate benchmark based on size and geography. The company said GBPC electricity prices are at the m edian or the middle of all t hese utilities. While admittedly GBPC does not have the lowest electricity costs, we are certainly not the highest. Our team remains f ocused and working dilig ently on making the responsible and sustainable decisions needed to improve reliability and reduce costs to our customers, the state-m ent said. Operation Justice has secured some 5,000 signa-t ures on a petition against t he power company to file a f ormal complaint with the Utilities Regulation and C ompetition Authority (URCA The civic group led by c ommunity activist Troy Garvey and local attorney Osman Johnson has ledp ublic protests and town meetings opposing the high cost of electricity on the i sland. METER AUDIT FINDS THEFT IN OVER 1,000 ACCOUNTS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A teenager was killed in a car accident early Friday morning, pushing the traffic fatality count on Grand Bahama to seven for the year. According to police, the accident occurred just after 1am on the Warren Levarity Highway and involved a 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara. The victim, 19-year-old Sherice Burrows, was taken to hospital but died shortly after 2pm. Asst Supt Loretta Mack ey, press liaison officer, said the victim was the only person in the vehicle. The vehicle left the road, slammed into several trees and overturned. Investigations continue. TEENDIESINCRASH

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A SPECIAL WELCOME FOR YOUNGSTERS SPLASHDOWN as someone drops into the dunk tank AMBASSADOR Nicole Avant laughs after one of her employees was dumped i nto the water PLAYING TENNIS at the event AMONG THE activities on offer during the day was face painting MINISTER OF Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard plays a little bocce as US ambassador Nicole Avant looks onPhotos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff Y OUNGSTERSaiming to t ake part in the Special O lympics were hosted by the US Ambassador to the Bahamas at her residence on Saturday. A host of events took place o n the day to encourage participation in sport. Among those present was t he Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard.

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E ARLY Saturday morning, mobile patrol officers a rrested three men after they were found in pos-s ession of a handgun, a large quantity of ammunit ion, and suspected Ecstasy. T he incident occurred at a residence at Woodes A lley off Market Street shortly after 6.30am. POLICE a re questioning a 3 0-year-old Windsor Lane m an in connection with an armed robbery at Lullaby Baby Store, Rosetta and M ackey Streets. The suspect is accused of robbing the store and flee-i ng the scene in an employe es car around 4pm. H owever, police were able to recover the white 1998 Lexus after the robber ditched the car at K enilworth Street off Mount Royal Avenue. The suspect was caught at Wulff Road andC ollins Avenue with an u ndisclosed amount of cash and an imitation firearm. ON SATURDAY e vening, D rug Enforcement Unit o fficers arrested a 21-yearold Johnson Road man after they recovered a handgun and ammunitiond uring a search of his gold c oloured 2000 Honda Accord. T he search was conducted at Johnson Road, FoxH ill, sometime around 10.30pm. Less than an hour e arlier, police recovered a handgun after a high speed c hase on Rupert Dean Lane. T wo men reportedly got into a heavily tinted greenH onda Accord after they noticed police officers at Rupert Dean Lane and Scott Street sometimea round 10pm. A ccording to reports, an object was thrown from the vehicle as it fled south onR upert Dean Lane. The men evaded police; however, the handgun wasr ecovered after a search of t he area. ON FRIDAY, police a rrested seven men found in possession of a large quantity suspected mari juana and cocaine. T he men, three of whom w ere Haitians, were apprehended near the Crossing at Great Inagua shortly after 6pm. The other four men were Bahamians. P olice recovered 57 pounds of suspected mari j uana and two kilos of sus p ected cocaine with an estimated total street value of $89,000. Investigations are cont inuing in all matters. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011, PAGE 7 OCTOBER 9 th -11 th 2011JOIN HANDS AND UNIFYwith political, religious and civic leaders and men from every sector of Bahamian society to make a positive statement of hope for the Bahamas!Mr. Ethan MossPresidentRealMenMin.Event Coordinator MONDAY, 10thOCTOBER 9:00am-11:30am YOUNGMEN&BOYSEMPOWERMENTSESSIONfor Senior Boys from Public Schools 7:30pm-9:30pmMEN ONLYADVANCEMENT & ACTION EVENTTUESDAY, 11thOCTOBER 9:00am-11:30amMENINCRISISEMPOWERMENTSESSIONfor Institutionalized Men and Boys/ At-Risk School Boys/ Gang Leaders, Reformed Gang Members 7:30pm-9:30pmMEN ONLYADVANCEMENT & ACTION EVENT MEN ONLYADVANCEMENT EVENTS Venue: The Diplomat Center, Carmichael Road Tel.461-6442/5or461-6471FAX341-6936Email:bfmadmin@bfmmm.comSCHEDULEOFEVENTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONSUNDAY, 9TH OCTOBER 4:00pm1) MARCH from Southern Recreational Grounds to Rawson Square for MISSION OUTREACH & RALLY 2) NATIONALADDRESS by Government, Church, Police & Civic Leaders in Rawson Square 127,&( 1HZWRUHKRXUVIRU 67$5'867'58*6 %OXH+LOOG HIIHFWLYH By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A MT PLEASANT Village m an was charged in Magist rates Court Thursday in connection with the countrys 96th murder for the year. Anthony Jerome Clarke, 45, appeared before ChiefM agistrate Roger Gomez, a ccused of a murder which o ccurred near Love Beach nearly a month ago. The prosecution alleges that on Friday, September 16, Clarke shot and killed Aleus Tilius near Nirvana, Love Beach. Clarke, who had no legal r epresentation during the arraignment, was not required to enter a plea to the charge due to the nature of the offence. Chief Magistrate Gomez told the accused that a Vol-u ntary Bill of Indictment will be served against him in Court One, Bank Lane on Thursday, December 8 at 10am. This, he explained, will forward the case directly to the Supreme Court for trial,b ypassing a preliminary inquiry in the Magistrate's Court. Meanwhile, you will be remanded into custody at Her Majestys Prison until completion of your hearings, thec hief magistrate said. There are 15 witnesses listed on the court dockets. MAN CHARGED WITH LOVE BEACH MURDER ANTHONY CLARKE T WO men will face charges after they were caught digging up m etal pipes at Water and Sewerage well fields. T he alleged thieves were found digging up metal pipes using a backhoe at well fields off Frank Watson Boulevard shortly after 10am. A ccording to reports, police have filed charges against the two men, ages 38 and 26. T WO FACE CHARGES OVER PIPE THEFTS POLICE QUIZ MAN OVER BABY STORE ROBBERY CRIMENEWS

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE :LQ )5((D PPRJU DP IRU OLIH By SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter S brown@tribunemedia.net T HE NEW Straw Market is a profound disappoint-m ent that Bahamians cann ot be proud of, according to the Progressive Liberal Party. After touring the newlyc onstructed market, PLP l eader Perry Christie said the FNM mishandled the p roject from the beginning. From the onset, this straw market has been a disappointment, he said. Today, as the vendors pre p are to move into the mar ket, we note that is not a d estination worthy of the vendors and their historic and cultural contribution to tourism. M r Christie also said the market is too small and cramped and cannot possibly hold the more than 600v endors waiting to occupy i t. Our design for the straw market was more than1 65,000 sq ft and would have cost $23 million. Thisb uilding size is 37,000 sq ft a nd cost $28 million to b uild, he said. The final cost is five million more than our design w ould have cost and includes the penalty the government was forced top ay as a result of playing petty politics (by cancelling the initial contract signed under a PLP gove rnment). M r Christie said the build ing has structural problems a nd the vendors are con cerned about the size of their stalls. He said: The size of the stalls in our design was 48 sq feet. Apparently the sizeo f the stalls in this market i s a mere 12 sq ft. The vendors are also concerned about the size oft he aisles, which makes it uncomfortable for touristst o walk through the market a nd for straw vendors to disp lay their work. Mr Christie also criticised the government for not cons ulting with the vendors on the Straw Market Authority Act. H e said the government will have a lot of explaining to do when debate on the Act begins on Mond ay. P rime Minister Ingraham announced in parliament on W ednesday that the market will be open for business after October 17. He did not give an exact date. NEW STRAW MARKET IS A PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT T HE NEW S traw Market building has been criticised by the PLP Photo: S teve Hunt / Tribune Staff

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T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 By CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER CHILD MOLESTERSare far more common than most parents realise as well as very clever both at manipulating children and at disguising their i ntentions from parents or the childs guardian. Child molesters can have adult sexual partners. They may be married and the marriage may come across as a happy, successful union. The molester may even love his wife, but he uses his role as the h appy family man to build trust and gain access to children. Women also molest children and they too can use their roles to hide their crimes. Child molesters try to create lifestyles that allow them access to children. They have jobs that involve children, they volunt eer in child organisations, they go to church, and they will go wherever they possibly can to find a victim. Child molesters target specific ages and genders. They will use manipulation to con fuse the child; this confusiong ives the molester more control. They may threaten their victims, bribe them, or convince them that they are in love with their molester. Child molesters network with other molesters and they enjoy child pornography. They may show achild the offensive material. C hild molesters do not stop and they will continue to find victims if they are not penalised. Like a cat unable to resist its natural impulse to catch birds, child molesters (paedophiles who have been released on bail, constantly struggle to control a ravenous craving for children while living freely among them. Child molesters endear themselves to trusting families to get at their children. They molest again and again when children aren't believed. Parents doubt that someone so nice could be doing something so horrible. Parents must war ily regard anyone with access to their child just in case, for your childs safety. And a single mother should beware of her b oyfriend; molesters often charm a woman to get at her children especially adolescent girls. We must all take precautionary steps to protect our children. Therefore listed below are a few safety tips that can be helpful to both parents a nd children. ALWAYS TEACH YOUR CHILDREN: The proper name of their body parts. Teach them that certain parts of their bodies are private. Nobody has a right to t ouch them without your permission. Use the example of a bathing suit to help your child understand what the private parts of the body are. Discuss sexual abuse in an open and sincere manner with your child in the same way as you would discuss other safety guidelines. This way you will bring this subject to your child's attention without causing any unnecessary fear. Use family activities such as "what if" games that help your child think about new kinds of situations that could occur and make your child more confident of his abilities to handle those situations. Continually reinforce your love and concern for your child, regardless of things that may happen to them or things they might do. This applies equally to the child's general safety and any incidence of sexual abuse. WHEN YOU TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT SEXUAL MOLESTATION, ALWAYS TELL THEM "Your body is your own and you don't have to let ANYONE touch you or hurt you."If someone does this say "NO" or "you are not my par ent" and "always tell me who touched or tries to touch you." "You have my permission to say "NO" or "don't touch me that way" to any person e specially if that person wants to do something that makes you uncomfortable." "If you get uncomfortable FEELINGS when someone does something to you or asks you to do something to them, come and tell me." "Sometimes nice peoplepeople you know-do things that are not nice. Respecting and "Obeying" adults does not mean that you have to do everything they ask. If you think what they are doing or asking is wrong, come and tell m e." "Some secrets-like surprise parties-are fun, but a secret that another adult says only the two of you can know is not right-come and tell me." "Always tell me if these things happen to you, because I love you and I want you to be safe." IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED, LET YOUR CHILD KNOW You know what he or she tells you is the truth. You are not angry with him or her and display your continued love for them. He or she is not responsible for the incident, regardless of the circumstances. You will do everything you can to protect him or her from further abuse by the offender. Should you need more information on Child Molestation or if you have information pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to contact the police at or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Provi dence), 1-300-8476 (Family Island or if you know of individuals who may be inneed of counselling and emotional sup port please contact the Department of Social Services hotline number at 322-2763. Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office: Child molestation prevention

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BY SIR RONALD SANDERS TACKLING the probl ems of climate change, b urdensome debt and r eform of the international financial system to take account of the grave challenges that confront developing countries, particularly small states, lie at the h eart of the recommendat ions being made to Comm onwealth Heads of Government by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG appointed last July to advise on reform of the Commonwealth. W hile recent attention h as focused on a misunders tanding of the role of a Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and H uman Rights that the E PG has also recommende d, very important recommendations on the devel-o pment issues faced by developing countries have r eceived little attention. T here are two reasons f or this. First, so far, it has been decided not to releaset he EPG report publicly b efore the Heads of Government of the 53-nation Commonwealth meet in Australia from 28 to 30 October. Consequently, details of the report are known only t o specific government d epartments in Common w ealth countries. T his absence of comprehensive information has led to misinterpretations. Second, a handful of government representatives have chosen to focus on the Commissioner for D emocracy, the Rule of L aw, and Human Rights w rongly suggesting that the holder of the post will be a policeman playing a punitive role. In fact, the post is meant to be co-operative and to be used as a tool to remedys ituations before they escalate to serious or persistent violations of Common w ealth values. There is a precedent for the EPG report to be released publicly beforet he Heads of Government m eeting. When the first EPG report was delivered to theC ommonwealth SecretaryGeneral twenty-five years ago, it was published four months ahead of the Sum m it meeting, allowing for a full discourse throughout the Commonwealth on its findings about Apartheid in South Africa. At the time, there may have been governments that would have preferredt he report not to be made p ublic, but in the end it was released in the interest of transparency. There is little doubt that public discussion of that report in the Commonwealth and beyond helped to mobilize strong sentiment against the A partheid regime in South A frica. O n September 29, the Commonwealth Secretary-G eneral, Kamalesh Sharma, making a statement o f results of his stewards hip of the Commonwealth i n his first term, said of the EPG: It is encouraging tom e that the Group has prop osed a range of recommendations, and that they have paid close attention to the need for balance between the democracy, development and diversity pillars around which our a ssociation is built. T he Secretary-General s ummed up succinctly what t he EPG did in its report. A total of 106 recommendations were made. The recommendation on the appointment of a Commis sioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights, while very impor-t ant, is only one of those r ecommendations. The EPG was very conscious of the enormous financial constraints now being faced by every Com monwealth country without exception. The Group was acutely aware that this is not the time to ask governments to put up more money to implement all the recom mendations in its report. For this very good reason, while the Group ful filled its mandate to recommend urgent reforms that would make the Com monwealth relevant to its times and its people, as it was requested to do, no new funding was proposed. Instead, the EPG called for the retirement of some programmes in which the Commonwealth has no comparative advantage, which are duplicative of the work of other agencies, and which have displayed no particular benefit. It was calculated that, if these programmes are retired, the Commonwealths existing budget should allow all of the EPGs recommendations for reform to be implement ed over a phased period. Without these reforms, including the Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights, the Common wealth will decline as an instrument of value to its member states and as an influencer for better in the international community. The choice before Heads of Government is stark. Either reform the 62-year old organisation to make it more respect ed, more effective and more dynamic, or preside o ver its slow death. T he proposed reforms w ere informed by over 330 w ritten submissions made by governments, trade unions, professional organ-i sations and civil society groups that have been deeply involved with, and committed to, the Comm onwealth. Many years of collective experience contributed to t he final recommendations. None of this is to say t hat the Commonwealth Secretariat is adequately resourced. It is not. A s the EPG points out in its report, the staff complem ent at the Secretariat is smaller than the staff of the canteen at the United N ations. And, as the SecretaryG eneral told the Board of Governors on September 29, the Secretariat is struggling to recruit and retain international talent. W e are paying around 40 per cent lower than the UN at professional and diplomatic grades, which isa t the low end of the international market. In a better international f inancial environment, t here is no doubt that the EPG would have recommended more money for the Secretariat to carry outb oth the recommended reforms and the increasing work given to it by govern m ents. Among the 106 recom mendations that the EPG has made, the greatest pri o rity has been placed on o ne of them the urgent issue of the damaging effects of climate changeo n small island states and coastal states. The Group has recom m ended that Heads of G overnment authorise the S ecretary-General to convene an expert group to determine which countries are worst affected, in what ways, and how to deal with the issue including locating the money to do so. Recognising that the Commonwealth, by itself, does not have the resources, the Group recommended the creation of strategic partnerships with international agencies and philanthropic organisations to tackle this crucial matter that threatens the very existence of some coun tries. Beyond this, the EPG has also made firm recommendations on: helping developing countries to deal with debt; reforming processes in the World Bank that wrongly graduate small states from concessional financing on the basis of their per capita income only; practical methods to fund entrepre neurial schemes for youth and to tackle youth unemployment; and investment and job creation. Throughout its report, the EPG makes the point that the Commonwealth is at the crossroads. Its credi bility and its effectiveness are at stake. It is an indispensable instrument for small states in particular to get international action on national development and improve ment in the lives of their people. It is time for urgent reform. Responses and previous commentaries at www. sirronaldsanders.com. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Deveral Capps is the Director of Strategic Development at Northumbria Law School and was the leader of the Bar Course for over 10 years. He teaches on U ndergraduate and Postgraduate programmes advocacy and e-commerce l aw. He would like to speak to anyone who would like to study for a UK law d egree (either in the Bahamas by distance learning or on campus in the UK o r qualify as a UK Barrister.O ne-to-One Information Sessions1 3th 15th October British Colonial Hilton, Nassau 16th 17th October Grand Lucayan, FreeportN orthumbria Law School Alumni ReceptionsFriday 14th October Bullion Bar, British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, Bahamas from 6.00pm Sunday 16th October Churchills, Grand Lucayan, Freeport, Bahamas from 5.00pm Courses availableLLB (Honsull-time and by distance learning MLaw Barristers Exempting Law Degree LLM Full-time and by distance learningB PTC Bar Professional Training Course Study Law in the UKT o make an appointment with Deveral or attend an alumni reception please email la.marketingenquiries@northumbria.ac.uk www.northumbria.ac.uk/lawvisits URGENT DEBT, DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT ISSUES AT HEART OF COMMONWEALTH REPORT WORLDVIEW The choice before Heads of Government is stark. Either reform the 62year old organisation to make it more respected, more effective and more dynamic, or pr eside o ver its slow death. S S i i r r R R o o n n a a l l d d S S a a n n d d e e r r s s

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THE governments Freedom of Information Bill leaves much to be desired as it relates to dispensing public information to anyone desiring it, Member of Parliament for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday. Mr Mitchell contended that the Bill affords a government minister who controls a public portfolio too much veto power over a request for information. The Commissioner for Information cant overrule the Ministers certificate granted in section 25, he said. Section 47 provides for an appeal of the decisions of the commissioner but not of the minister. Something is wrong there. Section 25 of the Bill mandates that if a minister determines that a public record qualifies as exempt under the Freedom of Infor mation Act, and he issues a certificate to the person requesting the information stating that the information is exempt, the ministers decision cannot be overturned not even by a court. Where a certificate is issued under subsection one, under the hand of the Minister, it shall be conclusive that the record is exempt and no judicial proceedings or quasi-judicial proceedings of any kind shall be entertained in relation thereto, the bill states. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Boy drowns in pond Volume: 107 No.300MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 89F LOW 79F By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net S OFTBALL enthusiasts struggled in vain to save the life of a 10-year-old boy, w ho is believed to have drowned in Big Pond on Baillou Hill Road. According to reports, T yrese LaFleur was pronounced dead by para medics after it was reported that he had gone swimming near Baillou Hills playing field on Saturday. T he tragic incident shocked players and supporters at a Bankers League softball playoffsg ame as they rushed to assist the child sometime around 2.30pm. Last night, witnesses regretted the possibility that the young victim could have been saved if emergency m edical care had been alert ed sooner. Marvin Wood, a player w ith the Island Luck Truck ers, said: We were playing a game and there was a homerun that got hit. I was playing outfield. I saw three y oung men coming from the b ack of the bush from the Big Pond area and I saw one of the guys toting a young b oy that was literally life less. Mr Wood, 36, added: When I saw that I didn't h ave time to react. I just jumped the fence quickly, me and another of my teammates. I could see something was wrong with the boy. I said to everyone else to callt he ambulance. That was a sad day. As he ran to the children, Mr Wood said the teenager p ut down the childs body on a bench as if overcome by its weight. At that time, M r Wood said Tyrese was foaming at the mouth. They panicked, all of t hem being young, they did n't know what to do. I went to (Tyrese at the mouth and one of my teammates went to perform CPR until a nurse came and took over. We asked the boy what Bystanders tried to save 10-year-old TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WEEK 5 R R O O U U N N D D U U P P O O F F N N F F L L A A C C T T I I O O N N SEEUSATODAY INSECTIONE PARENTS OF the drowned 10-year-old boy sit beside his body on Saturday. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net ENVIRONMENT Minis ter Earl Deveaux fired back at PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgeralds criticisms of the Bell Island development claiming his words cannot be trusted. Mr Deveaux said the Bell Island dredging is constantly monitored and the implementation of the Environmental Management Plan continues to ensure the highest environmental standards. Last week, Senator Fitzgerald held a press conference urgently calling on the government to monitor S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 W AR OF WORDS OVER BELL ISLAND THE TRIBUNES BIGT SELLSOUTAGAIN THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKYI NSIDETODAY: MINISTRYOFNATIONALSECURITY PARLIAMENTARY R EGISTRATIONDEPARTMENT SUPPLEMENT SEE 7B im lovin it By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE CHRISTIAN council has thrown its support behind the creation of a national sex offenders register. Council president Rev Ranford Patterson said his members support many of the governments ideas for tackling crime particularly its willingness to discuss tracking persons con victed of sexual crimes. We support all efforts to protect our children from sick sexual predators, be they heterosexuals or homosexuals, said Rev Patter son. We call on family and friends to blow the whistle on known predators who need counselling and must be kept away from civil society. According to Bishop Simeon Hall, the pub lic tends to be more concerned about the rights of murderers and child molesters than the vic tims of crime. He said: When we talk about publishing a national sex offenders list, people seem to sympathise with the perpetrator instead of the little boy. Rev Patterson said he believes it is important for the public to know the location of convictBy CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net POLICE are currently investigating two separate Family Island traffic fatali ties. According to police reports the first incident occurred around 7:15 Friday evening on the Queens Highway in Cat Island when a motorcycle travel ling west ran into the rear of white Ford F-350 truck. The 18-year-old motorcyclist of Zonicle Hill, Cat Island suffered serious injuries and was taken to the local clinic where he later died. The second incident occurred around 7:30 the same evening at the intersection of Ashwood and East Streets in Mathew Town, Inagua. Police said a white Ford TWO MEN KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 MITCHELL CRITICISES INFORMATION BILL S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 CHRIS TIAN COUNCIL BACKS SEX REGISTER

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However, in section 47 of the bill, a request for information that is denied by the Information Commissioner can be appealed in the Supreme Court by way of judicial review. In any appeal from a decision pursuant to section 43, the burden of proof shall be on the public authority to show that it acted in accordance with its obligations under the Act, the bill explains. Mr Mitchell insisted that the clause in section 25 of the bill denying a judicial review of a ministers decision to withhold requested information will not stand judicial scrutiny. Courts loathe to accept ouster clauses, he said. You cannot stop judicial scrutiny since under judicial review procedures, the public authority must always act reasonably and it is the court who determines it. The Bahamas has been awaiting a Freedom of Infor mation Act since the Free National Movement (FNM promised it would enact one four years ago. In the US, the media, gen eral public and government watchdog groups maintain the country's strong democracy using the Freedom of Information Act to expose infor mation of national interest. Mr Mitchell said the Bahamas Freedom of Information Bill as presented to Parliament last Wednesday, needs to be amended in order to comply with the public's right to know. He agreed that some information crucial to the security of individuals, the state and to the judicial process should be exempt from dissemination. However, he found the expiration date that would end the exempt status of some types of information too long. Section 22(2 ciple right that I am speaking about but 75 years is too long, Mr Mitchell said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE dredging around Bell Island to limit the destruction he claims it is causing in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. According to Mr Fitzgera ld some 13 acres, or 600,000 s q ft of the sea bed has been excavated from Conch Cut south of Bell Island, to make way for the inland marina, destroying the habitats of numerous marine animals, including lobster and conch. H owever, in his statement Mr Deveaux said Mr Fitzgeralds estimates are far wrong and that less thanf ive acres of natural area is being affected by excavat ions. He added that areas for the yacht basin and barge landing are a third of what Mr Fitzgerald claims is beingd estroyed. Similar to the senators crit icisms of Saunders Beach last year, which were proven wrong, he is again using emotive and incendiary words to inflame the public,M r Deveaux said. Last year Mr Fitzgerald blamed the destructive erosion of Saunders Beach on the excavations being done for the Arawak Cay extension. Mr Deveaux argued that thee rosion had been caused by the usual weather pattern at t hat time of year and had nothing to do with the excavations. When the winter weather changed, and the poundingw aves, driven by high winds ceased, the sand would return, the Minister had said. Mr Fitzgerald replied that if the beach did not return by June 30 of that year the publicw ould expect Mr Deveaux to r esign. The beach returned as p redicted. A s for Bell Island, said Mr Deveaux, activity is constantly monitored by an on site E nvironmental Manager. The m anager produces daily reports and is fully empowe red to stop works that are n ot in compliance with the projects Environmental Management Plan (EMP Further, Mr Deveaux said, t he Exuma Parks Warden is a f requent visitor to the island a long with senior government officials led by the BEST Commission who maintaino ngoing interactive input on the works. In addition to a native plant nursery in charge of regenerating and replanting indige-n ous plant species, Mr Deveaux said employees as w ell as divers from Black Point find, identify and relocate conch impacted by dredging. In response to Mr D eveauxs statement Mr Fitzgerald issued a press release defending his comments on what he described as irrefutable facts and visual evidence of the undeniable and large scale destruc-t ion being wreaked on the e nvironment at and around B ell Island. T he Dredging Permit given by the Department of Physical Planning on Sept ember 23, 2010 allows for the d eveloper of Bell Island to dredge 13.1 acres said Mr F itzgerald. H e said: The uncertainty in each and every statement proved either he (Mr Deveaux) doesnt really know w hat is going on at Bell Island o r he doesnt care. R eiterating his previous statement Mr Fitzgerald claims the development is notb eing monitored properly, nor is it complying with EIA and the EMP. I n his statement, Mr Fitzgerald challenged the government to make public e vidence of the size of curr ent excavations, permits and other documents pertaining t o the project. I again implore the government, the Minister and the r elevant environmental agenc ies to get a handle on the environmental destruction w hich is taking place at Bell Island due to lack of safeguards mandated by the B EST Commission and prov ided for in the EMP, said Mr Fitzgerald. WAR OF WORDS OVER BELL ISLAND Ranger truck travelling south on East Street collided with a four wheel ATV. The 21-year-old ATV driver of Maud Street, Inagua received serious injuries and was taken to the local clinic where he was reported to have died sometime later that evening. Active police investiga tions into both matters con tinue. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e T WO MEN KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ed sex offenders and others who might pose a danger to s ociety, so parents can better protect their children. Prime Minister Ingraham addressed the public on Mon d ay evening on his govern m ent's strategic plan to com bat what he described as the c ountry's growing criminal e lement. Along with amendments to t he Bail Act, the laws governing the death penalty, and the Firearms and Dangerous D rugs Act, Mr Ingraham said the government would be willing to debate a sex offend ers registry. He also said the governm ent intends to introduce new legislation for the con trol and regulation of pawn brokers and second-hand d ealers, such as "cash for gold and scrap-metal operators" to b lock the onward sale of stolen property. In addition, Mr Ingraham said, efforts will be made to crack down on illegal firearms and weapons smuggling, and harsher penalties will be meted out to persons f ound in possession of illegal w eapons. Mr Ingraham also empha sised the need for greater c ommunity involvement in w hat he hopes will be a "new era of national volun teerism." T he council said it is extremely pleased with the crack-down on illegal firearms a nd the National Programme of Volunteerism, which will encourage Bahamians everywhere to get involved. R ev Patterson said the prime ministers speech was a sign that the government is serious about crime, and should be taken as a strong message to would-be crimi n als that no one is above the law. We are anxious to see the implementation of all those things raised, and we shall monitor them to ensure they a re implemented, said Rev P atterson. The council warned all per sons prone to angry confrontation, robbery, jealous rage and gun toting, that all criminal offences will be punished, and called on them to reconsider their behaviour. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e SOME OF the development work on Exuma as pictured from the air CHRISTIAN COUNCIL BACKS SEX REGISTER MITCHELL CRITICISES INF ORMATION BILL

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T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011, PAGE 7B MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY PARLIAMENTARY REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT Form of Notice of Nomination in a Contested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS F OR PALMDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND N OTICE OF POLL N OTICE i s hereby given that the candidates named below stand nominated in the above mentioned election and NOTICE is hereby given that the Poll will take place on Friday 28 th day of O ctober, 2011 b etween the hours of 8 :00am i n the morning and 6 :00 pm i n the afternoonin the following polling place: Polling Place: Palmdale Primary School C andidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence ADDERLEY Tamica AntheaNassauTeacher ARMBRISTER TaraMackey St.House-wife C AREY R icardoMcKinney Dr.Security Officer CARTWRIGHT Dexter Delonn J.South Beach Est.Security/Businessman GLINTON KatieMaranatha CloseClaims Examiner MOSS CedricRolling Hills Est.Sales Manager D ate: 7 th O ctober, 2011 Signed: Mary Mortimer ( for) PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER F orm of Notice of Nomination in a Contested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR BARTLETT HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS A ND N OTICE OF POLL NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below stand nominated in the above mentioned election and NOTICE is hereby given that the Poll will take place on Friday 28 th day of October, 2011 between the hours of 8:00am in the morning and 6:00 pm in the afternoonin the following polling place: P olling Place: B artlett Hill Primary School C andidates O ther names Place of Occupation surnamein fullResidence BARTLETT Whyland Leon Martin TownContractor BETHELL Crystal Hanna Hill Student Teacher F ARRINGTON B ridgetteFreeportTeacher HARVEY Gretal B artlett Hill Retired Teacher JACK Jackiely Hepburn Town Janitress R AHMING P aulineHanna HillWaitress Date: 7 th October, 2011 Signed: Jacqueline Pinder (for Form of Notice of Nomination in a Contested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR FREEPORT PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND NOTICE OF POLL NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below stand nominated in the above men tioned election and NOTICE is hereby given that the Poll will take place on Friday 28 th day of October, 2011 between the hours of 8:00am in the morning and 6:00 pm in the afternoonin the following polling place: Polling Place: Freeport Primary School CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surname in fullResidence BARNETT Ivan GeorgePearl Ave.Warehouse Asst. EDGECOMBE James Peter Imperial Park Security Supervisor HIELD Eleanor EvangelineCoral Reef LoopJanitress JOHNSON Reginald EdneySunrise Sub.Div.Sr. Security Officer LEWIS Pamela Claudia Easter Ave.Teacher MISSICK Verona BernadineSamoa Dr.Teacher MORRIS Shirley Mae Trotter Ave Retired Teacher ROBERTS Debbie YvonneSunset SubdivisionSecretary Asst. RUSSELL LatoyaTarrey TownCustoms Broker STUBBS Kenry Alexander Lakeview Dr.Police Officer Date: 7 th October, 2011 Signed: Barbara Thompson (for Form of Notice of Nomination in a Contested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS F OR MARTIN TOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL N OTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND NOTICE OF POLL NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below stand nominated in the above mentioned election and NOTICE is hereby given that the Poll will take place on Friday 28 t h day of October, 2011 between the hours of 8:00am in the morning and 6:00 pm in the afternoonin the following polling place: P olling Place: M artin Town Primary School CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence COX Eunice L.Sea GrapeSecurity Officer GRANT Howard RomardoHanna HillMotivational Speaker ROLLE Rudolph V.Jones TownContractor ROLLE Shonae MichelleJones TownSelf-employed S ANDS C annis DouglasDeadmans ReefBanker S TUART R ita M.Martin Town Church Administrator D ate: 7 th O ctober, 2011 S igned: Mary Russell (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR ALBURY/SAYLE PRIMARY SCHOOL N OTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT N OTICE i s hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. Candidates O ther names P lace ofOccupation surname in full Residence C OLLIE-RUSSELL J uffure AzaniaStudent AvenueTeacher HUNTER Sophia EldicaAugusta StreetLoan Officer LEWIS Branishka BradiaMillennium GardensRegistered Nurse MOORE Mia Michelle Quarry Mission RoadClerk MCFORD William M illennium Gardens Teacher D ate: 7 th O ctober, 2011 Signed: Kathrine Rose (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election E LECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR MABEL WALKER PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT N OTICE i s hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence JEAN PIERRE Elvis DoaneEden EstatesCroupier MORTIMER Lisa CathyCarmichael RdEducator RODGERS Samantha Taneisha Sea Breeze Est. Educator ROLLE Kay Jennifer Water St. Executive Assistant TAYLOR Dezree Terra Royal Palm GardensEducator Date: 7 th October, 2011 Signed: Deanne Hyler (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR WOODCOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence BROWN Margaret Edward Close Retired KNOWLES Sandra Kathleen Franklyn Ave.Teacher PICKERING Kingsley Thompson LaneSecurity Officer SANDS FrederickHospital LanePolice Officer Date: 7 th October, 2011 Signed: Willamae Bridgewater (for

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PAGE 8B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE F orm of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election E LECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR OAKES FIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND D ECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence BAIN Roger DorringtonStapledon GardensDefence Force Officer C LEARE B radick AndersonFlamingo GardensDirector KNOWLES Karen MoniqueGladstone RoadTeacher KEMP ValdarineCoral LakesTeacher K NOWLES-TURNQUEST J oanBethel Ave.Teacher LEWIS Darlene MariaMary Outten Cres.Teacher ROLLE Keenya Shickiera E.Warren StTeacher Date: 7th October, 2011 Signed: Beryl Gray ( for) PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election E LECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR H O. NASH JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND D ECLARATION OF RESULT N OTICE i s hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence ALLEN Jacqueline DeborahTayoo EndTeacher A NDREWS K ennethMillennium GardenBanker BULLARD William Marcus Sunset Dr. Electrician/Businessman DARVILLE Shavanna CookieHigh Vista Dr.Vice Principal K ING A rlington GerumeOxford DriveTeacher S ANDS F ranklyn E.Fox HillSelf-employed SAMUELS Cheryl ClaudetteCastor StreetVice Principal S YMONETTE-GALANIS A lamanda Louise S tevenson Subdivision T eacher D ate: 7th October, 2011 Signed: T. Nicola McKay (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS F OR URIAH MCPHEE PRIMARY SCHOOL N OTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence H EPBURN C ynthia MarieKennedy SubdivisionSecretary MCKENZIE Orinthea Rochelle Ferdinand Dr. O ffice Administrator MILLER Tamara CleoNassau, BahamasTour Representative ROLLE Portia MichelleMoncur AlleyPre-School Teacher TAYLOR Charles M.Winton EstatesBuilder/Developer TAYLOR Laura Theresa Annastacia Sutton StreetReligious Minister/JP TAYLOR Phillippa Clarice Winton Estates Sales Representative THOMPSON Mary Aretha Abraham Street Office Administrator Date: 7th October, 2011 Signed: Lauretta Smith (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR D. W. DAVIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. Candidates Other names Place ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence CHIPMAN Reece Dean Mt. Vernon Chartered Accountant CRAWLEY Bradley Thomas Yamacraw Beach Est.Investment Advisor FORBES Michael EnriqueCarmichael RdBanker JOHNSON Darisha Lavette Lakeview Rd Manager ROLLE Melissa Charmayne Sir Lynden Pindling Est. Teacher SMITH Bridget ValerieColony VillageTeacher SMITH Shannelle SharmaineCable BeachAttorney-At-Law SYMONETTE Sharon DeniseSunset ParkTeacher TAYLOR VanessaAllen Dr.Teacher Date: 7th October, 2011 Signed: Nicolette Brown (for F orm of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election E LECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR RIDGELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. C andidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence BOWLEG Priscilla DarleneRidgeland Park WestLegal Assistant GIBSON Bernadette AgathaGarden Hills #2Teachers Aide SANDS Tenneil Judith Whites CourtRadio Announcer THOMPSON Theodore R. Q.Acklins St.Defence Force Officer WILLIAMS Rudell ReneldaVictoria GardensTeacher D ate: 7th October, 2011 S igned: Deborah E. Stuart (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR L W. YOUNG JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL N OTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND D ECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surnamein fullResidence ADDERLEY DarnellGolden Gates Teacher B ODIE-HEPBURN J uanita Yamacraw BeachAccounts Supervisor DAMES Elkino Firetrail Rd.Teacher D EMERITTE W endell LivingstoneSpringfield RdTelephonist M ILLER R ose Maureen Elizabeth EstatesCook POITIER Inga Mary S andilands VillageMedical Office Asst. RAHMING GlenwoodArmbrister St.Plumber R OLLE R emildaBernard RdHouse Wife THOMPSON Michael Andrew S pencer CloseSelf-employed D ate: 7th October, 2011 Signed: Janet Nixon (for F orm of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR C. I. GIBSON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL N OTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND D ECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. Candidates Other namesPlace ofOccupation s urname in fullResidence CARTER-GITTENS Florence LouiseAlbermarle Rd. Teacher DEAN Audrey G.Majors AvenueSales Assistant HANNA Charmaine Jacinta Center Dr. Teacher HUTCHESON Kirtland Gary Coral Harbour Private Investigator MAJOR Glen Whitfield P.Nassau East SouthTeacher MILLER Arlington L.Carmichael Rd.Industrial Consultant MOSS Vanda MaldeanNew ProvidenceTeacher STRACHAN Cecilia Marathon Rd. Deputy Permanent Secretary TAYLOR Arthur WendallElizabeth Est.Revising Officer Date: 7th October, 2011 Signed: Elaine Williams (for Form of Notice of Nominations in an Uncontested Election ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR DORIS JOHNSON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS AND DECLARATION OF RESULT NOTICE is hereby given that the candidates named below, being the only candidates standing in the above mentioned election, ARE HEREBY DECLARED elected to serve as members of the mentioned School Board. CandidatesOther namesPlace ofOccupation surname in full Residence BUTLER Elaine Winton MeadowsTeacher HUMES Stella AnnetteJohnson RdComputer Tech. NOUGUEZ Nina MoniqueYamacraw Est.Croupier PICKSTOCK Edney Oscar Hillside Park Store Manager ROLLE Deidre Pandora San Sousi Secretary STURRUP Dennis BasilNassau East Police Officer SWEETING Caroline MariaKool AcresClerk TRACEY Kenneth RandolYamacraw Est.Contractor Date: 7th October, 2011 Signed: Linda Major (for

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By HUGH SEGAL T hese days, when alliances are under stress, monetary unions confront their own dysfunction, and financial indicators are angstridden, the Commonwealth retains its potential as an organization for global good, but only just. Voluntary, historic, multifaith, multiracial and multi cultural, this association, which spans every part of the world, this network of networks, has worked in a multitude of ways to make life better for its 2.1 billion citizens in 53 member states. The world's largest democracy, India, population 1.2 billion, co-exists with the small Pacif ic island state of Tuvalu, population 10,000. Scholarships, distance learning, parliamentary co-operation and education, agricultural support, development, trade advocacy, anti-poverty programmes, and health and democracy promotion have characterized this network of principled cooperation. However, in recent time, it began to lose its credibility and relevance in a world that desperately needs the healing touch it had brought to conflict and dis parity in the past. When Commonwealth leaders met in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 2009, they publicly acknowledged that any organization, decades old, needs such reform from time to time. They agreed on two measures. The first was the establishment of an "Eminent Persons Group" (EPG look at how the Commonwealth might be updated and made more relevant, impact ful and influential in the 21st century. Second, they man dated the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, established by Commonwealth heads of government in 1995 to deal with serious or persistent violations of Commonwealth fundamental values, to consider how its actions might be made more effective when core principles of democracy, human rights and rule of law are violated by member states. Commonwealth heads of government are meeting in Perth, Australia, in three weeks time to consider these reports that were submitted to them four weeks ago after 13 months of work, in the case of the EPG. Inexplicably, current chairin-office, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, decided that the reports should be kept secret. The host of the meeting, Australia's prime minister, has indi cated that while her national position is that the reports should be made public before the summit meeting, she is constrained to join the Trinidadian prime minister to keep the reports from being made public in the interest of "consensus." As a result, helpful suggestions around more work on HIV/AIDS, a stronger and supportive presence on human rights, democracy and rule of law, a Commonwealth Youth Corps, focused disaster-relief preparations, economic and trade support for smaller states, achieving development goals, work on climate change, addressing the needs of women, and modernizing the secretariat's communications strategies to the benefit of all member states are left in the dark. Instead, some recommendations have been subject to distortion and misinterpreta tion by representatives of a few governments that mistakenly believe there is some marginal benefit to them in stifling progress on these issues. From the outset, EPG members committed to openness and transparency in the process that would lead to their conclusions and recommendations. To this end, regular updates and news releases were issued after each of the five meetings more than 300 civil society groups and many governments and individuals made submissions a nd feedback was always solicited. EPG members organized input sessions and made themselves available for con sultation in their own coun tries and, when invited, travelled widely to brief, but more importantly to listen to opinions on the reforms that the Commonwealth needs if it is to continue to be relevant to its people and its times. Keep ing the report secret is harmful to informed, open and transparent debate about the organization's future. At the end of the fourth meeting in London this past March, having read hundreds of submissions and listened to people throughout the Commonwealth, the group concluded: "The Commonwealth is in danger of becoming irrelevant and unconvincing as a values-based associa tion" and "to safeguard against this danger, we will recommend to leaders the adoption of proposals that will strengthen the Commonwealth, both as an association of governments and of peoples." The last Eminent Persons Group was established by the then Secretary-General, Shri dath Ramphal with the strong support of prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi, Brian Mulroney and Bob Hawke of I ndia, Canada and Australia respectively, and its 1986 report dealt with the issue of apartheid. The report was made public four months before the historic London Commonwealth summit. That report, the publicity it received, the support it garnered, and the pressure placed on South Africa in the years following, is credited with being a catalyst to the end of legal racism and segregation in that country. The report of the current EPG, "A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Reform," may not result in such an historic, life-altering transformation, but it does offer essential and practical ways to make better the lives of one-third of the world's population. Leadership is about the courage to engage freely on ideas that serve the public interest. Advocates of keeping the reports secret are really advocates of weakening the Commonwealth one of the great and historic associations that still has the potential to embody and reflect the best of the human spirit. ( ( S S e e n n a a t t o o r r H H u u g g h h S S e e g g a a l l i i s s t t h h e e C C a a n n a a d d i i a a n n r r e e p p r r e e s s e e n n t t a a t t i i v v e e o o n n t t h h e e 1 1 0 0 m m e e m m b b e e r r C C o o m m m m o o n n w w e e a a l l t t h h E E m m i i n n e e n n t t P P e e r r s s o o n n s s G G r r o o u u p p ) ) T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , O O C C T T O O B B E E R R 1 1 0 0 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 Time to reboot Commonwealth HUGH Segal joined the Canadian Senate in 2005, after four decades of public service which included Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Cabinet Secretary (Ontario and Priorities, Legislative Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition (Ottawa for Research on Public Policy. Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, he is a former Chair and present member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. He headed a NATO par liamentary delegation to Washington and is a former Chair (Calgary 2004 A University of Ottawa graduate in history, he is a Senior Fellow at the Queens Schools of Policy Studies and Business, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the Working Group on National Security at Cranfield Universitys Centre for Security Sector Management. He chaired the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies and was the founding Vice-Chair (Research Canadian International Council. He sits on the Council of the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (Stockholmn ational Institute of Strategic Studies (London H e was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003 and holds honorary doctorates from his alma mater and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is now one of the 10 members of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group. About Hugh Segal CHAIR of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, Hugh Segal is a former chair and present mem ber of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.