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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Final farewell to Marco Archer Volume: 107 No.314MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY, T-STORMS HIGH 86F LOW 75F By CHESTER ROBARDS T ribune Senior Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MORE than one month a fter his abduction and brutal murder, 11-yearold Marco Archer was laid to rest on Saturday at Lakeview Cemetery. At his graveside one of his three sisters was so overcome with grief she was almosti nconsolable. During Marcos memorial service at Mount Calvary Baptist Cathedral, his sisters, brother and mother had to be comforted by friends and family as they wept through the beginning of service and through a musical selection performed by some of Mar cos schoolmates. His sister, Lasummer Archer, explained during her tribute to Marco that she had cried over her little brother so much that she had no tears left. Dozens of people attended the funeral, however, the church was not filled to capacity. Family says g oodb y e to m urdered son TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE MOTHER of Marco Archer, Tryphiema Meadows, at the funeral service Photo: Chester Robards /Tribune Staff S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 2 2 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SCRAP metal dealers who were eagerly waiting to resume business will have to wait longer as the government will be extending the export ban which was set to expire this week, according to a cabinet minister. Speaking with the Tribune yesterday, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said the 90-day ban on the export of scrap metal will have be extended to accommodate the passage the Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers Act through the Sen ate. Mr Laing could not confirm how long the ban will remain in place but said it should be announced sometime this week. In July, the government placed the temporary ban on the scrap metal trade, while By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org MORE than 100 illegal Haitian immigrants were sent back to Haiti at the weekend by the Department of Immigration. According to a press release sent by the Department, officers repatriated 111 Haitian nationals to Port-auPrince via a Bahamasair jet on Saturday at 10am. By DANA SMITH email@example.com POLICE are investigat ing three incidents on Friday, consisting of two shootings which left two men in hospital, and a car accident in which a man was killed. A 37-year-old man died TWO MEN SHOT IN ONE DAY INSIGHT T T I I M M E E T T O O T T A A C C K K L L E E P P O O L L I I C C E E B B R R U U T T A A L L I I T T Y Y SEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B PANAMERICANGAMES:BOXING V V A A L L E E N N T T I I N N O O K K N N O O W W L L E E S S W W I I N N S S S S I I L L V V E E R R SEESPORTSSECTIONE im lovin it S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 SCRAPMETAL BAN EXTENDED 1 1 1 IMMIGRANTS SENT B A CK T O HAITI MARCOARCHER, who was murdered, aged 11
Dr Bernard Nottage, MP f or Bain and Grants Town, a ttended the funeral and brought condolences on behalf of his constituency. D r Nottage assured Marcos family that he would fight for more stringent child pro-t ection laws in the House of Assembly. He said he would fight for a child protection law that carries the name of the s lain boy Marcos law. Marcos body was found in bushes behind an apartmentc omplex at Cable Beach a lmost one week after he was reported missing. It is believed he was molested then murdered. Since his killing, the government has taken a second look at laws regarding child safety and childrens rights int he Bahamas, even calling for a inquiry into how the police handled the investigation into t he abduction and murder. D r Nottage, who championed the call for the inquiry, said during the memorial ser-v ice that the Bahamas needs new policies and legislation that will protect the rights ofc hildren. F ormer Progressive Liberal P arty minister Leslie Miller also attended the funeral and h it out at the Free National Movement for not having any of its members attend thef uneral. As a politician myself, I thought it was disgraceful and a slap in the face to human decency that with such a heinous crime taking place in the country and with such ano utpouring of concern (throughout the country members of parliament did n ot attend, Mr Miller said. I was shocked that other members saw no reason toa ttend. He added that he was also disappointed with the number of people who attendedt he funeral, because there was m ass public interest and disc ourse over Marcos murder. I was disappointed with the turnout because those Bahamians ranted and raved in newspapers and on the radio and all we get is hollowr hetoric, he said. This is a clear example of the inhumanity that exists in this country. During his sermon, Rev Dr Philip McPhee, who officiated o ver Marcos memorial serv ice, lambasted both political parties for not amending the countrys child protectionl aws sooner. Both parties have failed the children of this country, he said. The children of theB ahamas have little to nobody fighting on their behalf. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 0U%HQ$OEXU\ MP FOR Bain and Grants Town Dr Bernard Nottage andF ormer PLP MP L eslie Miller attend the funeral of Marco Archer FINAL FAREWELL FOR MARCO ARCHER f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e T HECASKET a t the funeral of Marco Archer THECASKET is carried from c hurch
By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org P RIME Minister Hubert Ingraham called for Bahamians to promote a culture of peace in hiss peech yesterday at the o pening of the new head quarters of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of SeventhD ay Adventists. He said material wealth has had a debilitating influence on Bahamians, stat i ng: Far too many among us in the Bahamas have forgotten the true purpose of our lives, to love God and our neighbours as ourselves. We must rediscover and strengthen positive attitudes w hich earlier typified our people, and reinforce the spirit of volunteerism andg iving among our people. Mr Ingraham claimed the Bahamian people have a mission to promote a cul t ure of peace and non-viol ence, a culture of mutual w ell-being and fellowship, (and respect for the Giver ofL ife. The Prime Minister said the Seventh Day Adventist church has long been ab eacon of faithful service a nd Christian stewardship i n our country, praising the church for its "support of healthy family life andh ealthy lifestyles. He applauded its members, stating: Seventh Day Adventists in The Bahamasc ontinue to live model lives o f service and integrity. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011, PAGE 3 BEGINNING today, the eastbound lane of RobinsonRoad between Baillou Hill Road and First Street will be closed to allow the installation of underground utilities at the junction of First Street and Robinson Road. Motorists traveling eastbound are advised to use Palm Tree Avenue or Coconut Grove Avenue as alternative routes. It is anticipated this closure will last five to seven days. LANE CLOSED ON ROBINSON ROAD B y CHESTER ROBARDS T ribune Senior Reporter c email@example.com THE Progressive Liberal Party (PLP able to have a democratic vote for leadership becauseof the number of stalwart c ouncillors appointed by p arty leader Perry Christie, according to the Free National Movement (FNM However, the FNM contended that any shift in p ower within the PLP w ould inevitably rip the party apart in the end. Mr Christie has stacked t he deck by appointing hundreds of stalwart coun-c illors who can easily outv ote elected delegates and councilors, an FNM press release said. Opposition and its Leader are caught in a cleft stick, a classic catch-22 sit uation in which the party isf loundering and Perry C hristie is flailing about as if his political life is in j eopardy which it is. T he FNM also contend t hat the PLPs constant attempts to blame the depressed state of thee conomy on the FNM, is a last ditch effort at turning the political tide. His strategy is to i mpress those hundreds of stalwarts who keep him in office, the release said. From the very beginn ing of the global economi c downturn, Mr Christie and his colleagues soughtt o convince the Bahamian p eople that the FNM Government was to blame by stopping, reviewing and canceling all those wonderful projects they said they h ad on the drawing board. The partys prospects f or winning the next election are quite slim and there is little the leadership can do to change things. The FNM touted its own accomplishments undert aken during its term in office in the release, citing n ew road corridors, new utility lines, the new airport, the new Straw Market, Baha Mar and the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Sports C entre, as projects the PLP could not get done d uring its five-year term in office. Mr Christie has simply changed his tack and is looking somewhere else for resonance. Now he has d one an about-face and is in essence complaining a bout all projects that the FNM has undertaken which has added to the national debt. But the countrys affairs are being well-managed a nd the country is not insolvent as was foolishly a nd irresponsibly proclaimed by Mr Christies Finance-Minister-in-waiting Ryan Pinder. PMCALLS FOR CULTURE OF PEACE FNMQUESTIONS PLP LEADERSHIP VOTE ANYCHANGE of leader in the PLPfrom incumbent Perry Christie, pictured, could rip the party apart, rivals FNMhave suggested, due to the way Christie has appointed stalwart c ouncillors.
EDITOR, The Tribune. The leader of the Opposition speaks well to what isn eeded for this country, and h is recent remark that policymakers understand the link between the reform of young people and the economy could have been commenda ble; however his utterances a re about 30 years late. I dont like to kick dead h orses but to imply that governments can fulfil their obligation to a neglected categoryo f persons by giving money away must be questioned. And these are persons who h ave been systematically marg inalised for an entire generation. Some politicians have short o r bad memories and open their mouths at inconvenient times just to make a point thati s not needed; especially in this time-frame. Mr Christie has conveniently forgotten that some of the turmoil this nation is experiencing can be linked to his organisations handling oft he legal and education ministries in this nation, and dur ing their last term in office, the fact that these two portfolios were the responsibility of a single minister is a highl ight. P erhaps, he does not see the long-term implications, but if your people are note ducated, you have to import skills and this importation causes economic, social and cultural displacement, and wec an add the fact that most expatriates who come dont want to leave and will not l eave, even if there is a Bahamian qualified for that job. S o when we talk about econ omics and jobs, there are many problems that could be corrected at the local level ifw e become proper stewards. Landscapers, engineers, lab-technicians, nurses, con t ractors, etc, etc, etc. Most of these persons are here because the national educa tion component has not been c ompetently handled over the last 40 years. Another dilemma is that, w hen you have qualified Bahamians, they have to struggle to get a job in theiro wn country; it is as if their qualifications mean nothing. Degrees that required extended sacrifices, not only by families, but by successive governments. Call it what you wish, in this culture, political sincerity and common sense just does not seem to go together. W e are seeing the fruits of our indiscretions to the point where politicians are freely expressing the view that it is governments responsibility t o look after the people w hen their role is to govern. But there is a spark. I hope the leaders of the Oppositionl istened to the tone of their younger members as they presented their views on theC rime bill. M ost of them have become m oderates and they are expressing a new-found wisdom; they are seeing the situation for what it is, but it is ironic that the persons in their safe seats are slinging fortht he same garbage of too litt le, too late, and the persons they represent have not seen significant changes in their communities, just a gradual deterioration over the d ecades. I guess, since they are not in charge the leadership of the O pposition, they do not see what the Bahamian people are going through as theirp roblem, so they are only prepared to do something about it if they are elected; if they a re elected it will truly be too l ittle, too late. EDWARD HUTCHESON N assau, October 20, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 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 A recent article in The Tribune John Issa of Breezes warned that the Bahamas, and more particularly Nassau and Freeport, will have to put more effort into developing and promoting our other resort attractions because gambling will be less of a drawt han it was in years past. Also, he said, the c ost of doing business in the Bahamas w ould have to come down, if this country h oped to compete internationally. On Friday, Kerzner Internationals Bahamas Managing Director George Markantonis also warned the Bahamas to expect a big hit on its tourism product if the three massive casinos proposed forM iami-Dade and Broward counties are b uilt next year. A s Mr Issa wrote: Since the birth of Las Vegas over 60 years ago, casinos were c onsidered, during the earlier decades, a s ufficient attraction to be the main draw for a resort or destination. When gambling was legalised in the B ahamas over the loud objection of the Baptists the fact that these islands were only a 30-minute flight from Miami set theg ambling addicts heart aflutter. Regular c harter flights from the US were provided weekly by the Lucayan casino to fill its g ambling tables. It proved a good business a nd was certainly a revenue spinner for t he Public Treasury. It eventually spread to Nassau and fairly r ecent legislation provided that any hotel w ith a certain number of rooms constructed o n any of the Family Islands could include a gaming room as a part of its attractions. W hile it lasted, it brought in good busi n ess. In those days, committed gamblers and there were many had to travel many thousands of miles to find a casino. There were the casinos of Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Maau, Baden Baden, Havana and Nassau. These were the areas that rolled the dice. Today, there is such a proliferation of casinos that one no longer has to travel a ny distance. A player can even stay at h ome and indulge in online betting. That i ndeed is the rub for the Bahamas. No one h as to book a charter any more to get to the gaming tables. B aha Mars 1,000-acre, $3.5 billion C able Beach resort, which aims for a 2014 o pening, boasts that with a 100,000sq ft space it will have the largest casino in the Caribbean. It says that it will be twice the size of Atlantis, which when it was opened on Paradise Island by Resorts International boasted that it was the largest casi no complex in the Bahamas. In those days, that was indeed a proud boast it h ad put Freeport in the shadows. A nd now comes Florida just a half h our away threatening all of them with the worlds largest casinos. T he obvious difference between Atlantis and Baha Mar is that the Cable Beach venture misreading the market trend is banking on attracting the convention and gambling crowd. Atlantis although it too went for conventions in a big way just before conventions were being curtailed in the US, and nurtured its casino business decided to create a family-oriented resort. In the end, it might find itself with itsm agnificent display of marine life and w ater attractions in the best position to w eather the resort storm when the need f or offshore gambling starts to fade. Tempting Florida, which was hard hit by the collapse of the housing market, and high employment, is an offer by Genting Corporation, a Malaysian company, to build three lavish $2 billion casinos in South Florida. And with the promise of tens of thous ands of sorely needed jobs and many mill ions of dollars in tax revenue, Florida politicians are recalibrating their posit ions, reported Lizette Alvarez of the N ew York Times on Friday. The artists drawings of the three casinos are indeed surreal as they point skyward on what a ppears to be layer upon layer of large saucers. Obviously, they have not been designed with hurricanes in mind. A lready Genting, according to The N ew York Times, has paid $236 million cash for The Miami Heralds headquart ers on Biscayne Bay. It has also bought n eighbouring properties to make up 30 a cres for one of the casinos. In addition, Genting has promised F lorida the world and more besides to get i ts commercial heart beating again. It is an o ffer considering the economic times t hat will be hard to refuse. I n January, a casino bill will be debated i n the Tallahassee legislature. It will have to change Floridas position on gambling if the Genting project is to get off the ground. And this is where the future of the Bahamas tourism hangs in the balance. Although there is a strong lobby supporting the Genting proposal, Disney, Floridas most powerful corporation, is t otally against. Disney claims that casinos certainly casinos on such a large scale w ill destroy Floridas theme park image. D isney is backed by the Chamber of Commerce. Expanding casino gambling in Florida w ould never make sense in a good econo m y, said Mark A Wilson, the president and chief executive of the Florida Cham ber of Commerce. And the only reason they are even targeting Florida is that they are hoping that desperate people will reach for desperate measures. There is never a good time to push a bad idea. Not only does Floridas future hang in t he balance, but come January so does the B ahamas. As Mr Issa and Mr Markanton is have said, it is now up to the Bahamas to improve its product. Mr Markantonis p ointed out that the advantage that Florida has over the Bahamas is that it has drive traffic and we have airlift. Airlift is another sad story for another day. Opposition remarks are too late LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org A threat to the Bahamas tourism industry E DITOR, The Tribune. The heading, DNA Not R eady to Govern, appeared i n the Opinion section of The Nassau Guardian on Friday, October 21, 2011. This con-t ained a well-written article by Mr Kevin Evans. W hile the writer in my opinion appears to be welll earned, I must humbly dis a gree with his assumptions. Experience is the best teacher, but we must rememb er that experience is not the only teacher. T he writer rightly said that t he last two prime ministers h ave over 70 years of parlia m entary experience or an average of more than 35 years each. This fact cannot be refuted and it is indeed impressive. H e said that with Mr Ingra h am and Mr Christie at the helm, at least the Bahamian people know what they are getting. This reminds me of the say i ng, The lesser of two evils. I would ask the writer to please advise what effective national policies regarding immigration, crime, education and finance have been implemented in the Bahamas under this 70 plus years of parlia-m entary experience? The writer also rightly said that running a law firm and the country are two totally different things. I would not argue that point either. Government is big business and running a law firm is chicken feed when the two are compared. But arent the basic principles the same. Law firms, just like governments, h ave to pay staff, light bills, water bills and they need to keep their infrastructurei ntact. What happens if the l aw firm cant pay its utility bills? Eventually, the firm inherits bad credit and wheny ou start defaulting on your expenses, you run the risk of g oing out of business. Wouldnt being able to manage youro wn affairs first, be a good p rerequisite before offering yourself to become a member of parliament and/or runn ing the government? In summation, the writer s aid that the DNA candidates a re totally out of their league a nd suggested that they get i nvolved in local government. I would like to know what the writer thinks are the qualifi cations needed to become a member of parliament. On w hat basis are these assump t ions made? Should the House of Assembly be only for PLP or FNM members? Dont we need more average citizens in parliament? Dont w e need more parliamentari ans who fully understand the peoples plight? I am inter ested to know what the writer would say about Cassius Stuart and Renward Wells. The present and former prime ministers have offereda lifetime of service to our country. Their contributions are well recorded and etched in history. But suggesting that the DNA is not ready to gov ern based on experience alone is a conclusion that I cannot support. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, October, 2011. DNAnot ready to govern a rebuttal
By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT: Bahamian Ambassador to Washington C A Smith visited Grand Bahama with 100 travel e xperts from Richmond, Virg inia, on board Vision Airlines as part of a series of planned familiarisation trips to the island. M r Smith and the group w ere met by tourism officials on arrival at the Grand Bahama International Airp ort around noon and were hosted to a welcome reception. T his trip marks the end of a four-week Familiarisation Tour by Vision Airlines to promote the new service to Grand Bahama. The Grand Lucayan Resort and Golf Resort has partnered with thea irline. Vision will commence direct non-stop service on November 3 from five US cities, including Fort Lauderdale, FL; Baltimore/Washi ngton, Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Louisville, KY. The rotations will operate daily, except on Wednesdays. O ver the past several weeks, the airline has flown in groups, comprising media planners, dive specialists, and travel agents from the various cities to experienceB ahamian culture and attractions. M r Smith believes the serv ice provided by Vision will significantly benefit the island, which has suffered as a result o f the impact on leisure trave l by the global recession. He urged all stakeholders on the island to do their partt o ensure the partnership is successful. Mr Smith said the Richm ond flight will able to cater to millions of visitors from the e ntire area, including Delaware and Washington. There is a potential of million of people of which to draw from. It is a great poten t ial, a great opportunity for Grand Bahama, he said. Gary Gilbert, CEO of Hutchinson Port Holding Ltd, operators of the airport, said Visions new air services are g ood news for Grand Bahama and has already generated a lot interest from several US cities. A mini-trade show and des tination presentation was held for participants at the Manor H ouse at the Radisson Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort. T he group was then taken o n a ferry ride and treated to lunch at the Junkanoo Beach Club at Taino Beach. Theya lso went on a number of excursions LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011, PAGE 5 0HHWLQJSHFLFHHGV TOURISM EXPERTS ARE WELCOMED BY AMBASSADOR THEBAHAMIANambassador to the US, CASmith, welcomed 100t ravel experts from Virginia as part of a series of familiarisation trips that it is hoped will help to benefit tourism.
B y SIR RONALD SANDERS A VISITOR to Perth in Australia during the week ending 30th October wouldbe forgiven in believing that t he City revolves around the 54-nation Commonwealth. The entire city is festooned with banners highlighting CHOGM 2011 as Presi-d ents, Prime Ministers, Ministers and hundreds of repres entatives from every Commonwealth country have gathered here for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM with several important sidee vents. Among the side events are a Commonwealth Business Forum which, on this occasion brought together businesspeople from many Commonwealth countries, and aP eoples Forum a meeting o f many of the 90 civil socie ty organisations that exist under the Commonwealth banner. Perth has certainly been a great host and its people have reacted well to the disruption of their lives with closed-off streets, restricted areas and armed police alongt he main routes from hotels to the impressive Perth Convention Centre where the CHOGM is taking place, and for which Queen Elizabeth1 1 came as Head of the Commonwealth. P edestrians are pleased to be helpful to Commonwealth delegates seeking direction on the streets, and vehicular traffic even buses have been ready to stop to allow visit-i ng Commonwealth pedestrians to take precedence on the streets. While there is no doubt that Perth has successfully hosted the Commonwealth meeting and all the activitiesa ssociated with it, judgment o f the success of the actual H eads of Government Conference will have to await the end of what Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said he believed w ould be a landmark e vent that would raise the b ar for future such gatheri ngs. The Conference has before i t two seminal documents: a report from an Eminent Per-s ons Group (EPG s ets out a road map of urgent r eform for the association if it is to remain relevant to its time and its people now and in the future; and another report from the Commonwealth Ministerial ActionG roup (CMAG body charged with ensuring that Commonwealth mem-b er governments behave in a manner consistent with C ommonwealth values and p rinciples related to democr acy, the rule of law and human rights. CMAG, too, is recommending reform ofi tself to make it more effec tive. T he EPG has submitted a 200-page report to the Comm onwealth leaders with 106 recommendations. The Report entitled: A Comm onwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Reform is the centrepiece of the Con f erence and it warns that the C ommonwealth is in danger of losing its relevance unless significant changes arem ade. The report speaks directly to Heads of Government, and declares: Now is the time for t he Perth CHOGM to authorise the urgent reform this report recommends and tom andate a concrete implementation plan. Among those reforms is the a ppointment of a Commiss ioner for Democracy, the R ule of Law and Human Rights that would investigate a nd verify claims of violations by governments of Commonwealth values set out in sev-e ral declarations between 1 971 and 2009. T he Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and t he Royal Commonwealth Society united to call on leaders to back the EPGr eforms. So, too, has the Commonwealth Civil Society, which, i n a statement issued at the Peoples Forum, called on Heads of Government to build on the recommenda t ion from the EPG to con vene a Commonwealth Ministers of Foreign Trade Meet ing and mandate the Commonwealth Secretariat to convene a joint meeting with C ommonwealth Ministers of Finance to develop a joint approach to engagement ini nternational trade and finance processes underpinned by consultation with c ivil society and a rights based a pproach to economic develo pment. The Civil Society statement w as issued by more than 250 civil society representatives from every region of theC ommonwealth. I n an encounter with Comm onwealth Foreign Ministers on the eve of CHOGM, the C ivil Society leaders criticised a decision not to publish the EPG report ahead of theC ommonwealth Summit even though the EPG had requested that it be released to allow f or the broadest consultation and responses. Prior to the meeting sev eral governments had indi c ated their objection to the creation of the post of Commissioner, believing that itw ould be intrusive and punitive. Among the gov ernments that indicated this u nease publicly were India and Sri Lanka. The latter country has been fingered by human rights groups, the UNS ecretary-General, and even some Commonwealth gov ernments over human rights abuses. The EPG has argued that countries accused of violatingC ommonwealth values should e mbrace the Commissioner and utilise the expertise of the office to remedy situationsq uickly and in their own interest. The Group has said that a country that works with the Commissioner would be in a good position to ward off criticism and demonstrate in a credible way that it is working to maintain Commonwealth values. It has also been pointed out that false or exaggerated allegations against a government could be exposed and dismissed by the Com missioner who would work as a link between the Commonwealth Secretary-General and CMAG. H owever, some governments have maintained oppo s ition to the creation of the post, even though it is obvious that it is a missing linkb etween CMAG, which has censorial powers, and theS ecretary-General who must t ry his best, by diplomatic means, to ensure that gove rnments rectify violations quickly. H aving received over 330 written submissions from organisations all over the Commonwealth that point tot he need for the Commonwealth to act in defence of the values for which it says its stands, or lose its moral a uthority and global influence, the EPG report stresses t hat the creation of the post b y whatever appropriate name Commissioner or Spe cial Representative will be a l itmus test for the Common wealths future. By focusing on this one issue over which fears are expressed, some governments have stopped discussion and acceptance of the EPGs 105 o ther recommendations which include urgent action on the harmful effects of glob-a l warming; securing a voice f or small and vulnerable countries in the worlds deci sion-making bodies; improving inter-Commonwealth trade and investment; job cre ation; providing funds for youth entrepreneurial schemes; ending discrimina tion against women; and improving knowledge of the Commonwealth. Hopefully wise heads will prevail at the Commonwealth Summit. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sir ronaldsanders.com. The writer is a member of the Eminent Persons Group that has produced a report on reform of the Commonwealth PAGE 6, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LOCAL NEWS ILJKWLQJDQGKROGLQJRQ ILJKWLQJDQGKROGLQJRQ GHILQLWHO\RYHUFRPH a a By MIKE LIGHTBOURN MOST HOMES need some fix-up and repairs to prepare them for buyers, but when should they be done? Should an open house for agents be delayed until the house is in model-home condition? For the answers, consider a scenario of a department store during renovations that puts up Excuse Our Dust signs. Which would impress you most: 1) shopping at a store that promises to look better in the future, 2) shopping at one in the midst of actually improving their looks, or 3) waiting to shop until the store reopens, brightly illuminated with spacious aisles and decorated to get your attention? Can you see the difference? Most buyers want to purchasea home matching their mental picture of their dream home now. BREA agents want to show homes that will please their buyers now. Once you decide to sell your home, get sound advice from your BREA agent about needed repairs. Prepare a written list, and try and complete every item before the "For Sale" sign goes up. Now you can showcase your home to potential pur chasers and ask your agent to invite other BREA profes sionals to preview your home. They will see only the positives, and you will benefit from an early sale at the best possible price. Avoid shortcuts and low offers when preparing your home for sale. Ask your BREA agent for advice. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) THE COMMONWEALTH:WILL WISE HEADS PREVAIL? BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH II, sitting second left, is joined by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, sitting left, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, sitting second right, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, sitting right, and leaders from other Commonwealth nations for the official photo of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM Oct. 28, 2011. Photo:Torsten Blackwood, AP W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W EXCUSE OUR DUST Responses and previous commentaries at www.sirronaldsanders.com
SUPERCLUBS Breezes r e-opens at full occupancy this week after being closed for two months for repairs and renovations following Hurricane Irene. Chairman John Issa said t he all-inclusive Cable Beach r esort spent approximately $ 3million on the restoration. Throughthehardworkof fourBahamiancontractors, MrIssasaidrepairshavebeen carriedoutandtheresortwillb eabletore-openontime. S uperClubs Breezes announced in late August it would be closed from September 1 to October 30, 2011, to carry out roof repairs. T he hotel said it had sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Irene, resulting in w ater leaks in many of the g uest rooms. Mr Issa said the resorts 3 00 Bahamian employees will return to work this week. It is an historic event for the Bahamas, said Mr Issa. This is the only hotel of this size that has run for an extended period with a 100 per cent Bahamian team. W ith hotel occupancy l ooking good for November, Mr Issa said the resort is hoping for a good winters eason. Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace s aid while SuperClubs B reezes is an all-inclusive h otel, it still stimulates the economy by employing hundreds of Bahamians. H e said: It is an enorm ous contribution to the economy. We have a large number of people comingf rom elsewhere to enjoy this facility, as a result of that employing a large number ofB ahamians. W ith full occupancy, and a hotel that is not only managed and operated by Bahamians but also employs local contractors, SuperC lubs Breezes should be s een as an example of how the tourism industry can be further developed, said MrV anderpool-Wallace. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011, PAGE 7 BREEZES REOPENS AFTER HURRICANE DAMAGE REPAIRS THE CHAIRMAN of Breezes, John Issa, shows Minister for Tourism Vincent VanderpoolWallace around the refurbishedr esort THE BREEZES resort, w hich has reopened f ollowing repairs to hurricane damage. THE TEAM at the re-opened Breezes, including chairman John Issa, p ictured left
By RASHAD ROLLE T HE 150th anniversary of the City of Nassau and the A nglican Diocese of the B ahamas and the Turks & Caicos will be celebrated through a series of spectacu lar events, according to the organisers. A t a press conference in Rawson Square Friday h eld in front of the statue of Q ueen Victoria as tribute to the monarch who ordained Christ Church a Cathedral in 1861 Secretary to the Cabinet Anita Bernardc alled on Bahamians to learn about the history of their c apital city. S he said that while it would take the whole after noon to explain the events that led to the City of Nas sau, Queen Victorias decree w as the main factor. The public ought to make t hemselves aware because to m y understanding, very few Bahamians are aware that the city couldn't have been estab l ished without a cathedral, s he said. Mrs Bernard was accompa nied by other members of the National Events Committee, including Linda Stubbs, the interior designer who will t ransform Bay Street ahead of the celebrations; secretary to the committee Janice Knowles; police band direc tor Valentino Rolle; and band deputy director AndrewH unter. Archdeacon of the Anglic an Church Keith Cartwright s poke about the religious sig nificance of the celebrations. Its a time for us to search i nward and see how we can d evelop ourselves as a peo ple for the future, he said. The celebrations started on Sunday in Rawson Square with a Beat Retreat band performance featuring the Royal B ahamas Police Force Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band. The celebrations will con tinue on Sunday, November 4, at 3pm with a mass oft hanksgiving at Christ Church Cathedral on George Street, f ollowed by a candlelight proc ession to Rawson Square for the blessing of the city. Janice Knowles said the s tate will be represented by p olice cadets and Customs and Immigration officers. Thirteen visiting bishops will attend the event, including representatives from the Turks & Caicos Islands, she s aid. All members of the public are invited, and seating and parking will be available. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A LOCAL company is using hurricane debris to create a useful, Bahamian-made product. G rand Bahama-based Care M aintenance Ltd is taking dead trees and other wooden refuse and turning it intoa ffordable and environmentally friendly landscaping m ulch. In December 2009, the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Care Maintenance began removing more than2 000 acres of dead pine forest in Freeport. Starting at Lucayan Harb our and moving east, they tagged trees destroyed by hurricanes and began clearingt hem. T he company soon realised t hat the dead wood could be recycled into a useful produ ct. Our initial aim was to clear away dead pine treest hat had become an eyesore, s aid GBPA president Ian Rolle. In this regard, Desmond deGregory, proprietor ofC are Maintenance, saw an opportunity to develop a locally-made product thatw ould be easily accessible and affordable for consumers on the island. A fter importing the necess ary machinery, Care Maint enance was able to convert dead trees, wooden pallets a nd even cardboard into mulch. Mr deGregory said the p lan makes use of the Three R s reduce, reuse and recycle. Our intention is to produce a cheaper and more environmentally friendly product. Were reducing the landf ill by using these pallets and any other suitable materials. So its basically looking o ut for the environment, recycling and going green, as well as trying to cut costsd own on everything, he said. This month marks one year s ince the company experie nced a devastating fire at its G rand Bahama Highway headquarters. A ccording to Mr deGrego ry, the fire was a huge setback. Over the past 38 years of b eing in business, weve experienced a lot of hurdles, he said. Although we had to reduce our staff complement slightly, were still employingo ver 20 local workers and h ave diversified to meet the needs of the public. He said Care Maintenance is excited about their forayi nto the mulch business. Imported bags of mulch are sold for between $3.90 and$ 4.75 in local stores. But, Care Maintenances Bahama Mulch can be purchased for o nly $2.50 a bag from the G rand Bahama Highway p lant. The Port Authority has g iven us great support, using our products and expertise in their downtown beautificatione fforts and were very gratef ul, Mr deGregory said. At the same time we would like to encourage local residents and contractors to take advantage of our quality, homegrown product, and buyB ahamian. SERIES OF SPECTACULAR EVENTS PLANNED FOR 150TH ANNIVERSARY AN ILL WIND BLOWS GOOD AS HURRICANE DEBRIS TURNED TO USE CARE MAINTENANCE diversifies into mulch production. B AHAMIAN-MADE m ulch bagged for purchase.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux is in Oslo, Norway, attending theB ahamas Shipowners Assoc iation annual general meeti ng. The Shipowners Association, established in London in 1997, is comprised of owners from various nations ands hipping sectors ferry and s hortsea vessels, cruise ships, high quality tankers and dry bulk carriers. The principle objective of the BSA is to promote the interests of owners ofB ahamian registered vessels a nd to facilitate dialogue between the Bahamas Maritime Authority and shipowners. The minister will address the Bahamas ShipownersA ssociation AGM on N ovember 2. W hile in Norway, he will also meet with officials from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, including Acting Minister PerR une Henriksen, to discuss N orways legal and regulatory framework for petroleum, environmental issues and the Sovereign Fund. Mr Deveaux will also visit Statoil facilities inS tavenger. N orway is considered among the worlds leaders in the petroleum industry, supported by a very strong regulatory framework, and the minister will engage in dis-c ussions with officials with a v iew to informing the process o f regulatory reform in the Bahamas. Mr Deveaux will also sign the book of condolences for the terror attacks in Norwayt his summer. H e will be accompanied by Undersecretary Peter Deveaux-Isaacs, Bahamas High Commissioner Paul Farquharson and Bahamas Maritime Authorities Ian Fair,P eter Goulandris, and Davy R olle. Mr Deveaux will return on Friday November 4. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 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 THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs NORWAY VISIT FOR ENVIRONMENT MINISTER E NVIRONMENT MINISTER E arl Deveaux is in Norway attending a shipowners meeting. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Fridays Question Fridays Answer Fridays Winners Which government and private entities are taking the largest ever Bahamian delegation the the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show? The Mi nis try of To uri sm, Ba ham as Out I sland P rom otion B oard and t he Mari ne Oper ators of the B aham as. T HE21st annual Wine and Art Festival was held on Saturday. T he Bahamas National T rust hosted the event, which this year featured more than 50 artists, a selection of moret han 50 wines from Bristol Wines and Spirits and a new feature a wine and food pair-i ng area sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism's Culin ary Tourism Division. On Friday, BNT members got a special preview of the art and a chance to bid on unique, marine-themed silenta uction items at the Wishing Fish Auction, sponsored by Gourmet Market, Food Art By Cacique and Bristol Wines and Spirits. Eric Carey, BNT executive d irector, said: The Wishing Fish Auction provides artists with the opportunity to design and decorate wooden fish int heir own unique style. All proceeds from the auction will be used in support of the B NTs marine conservation ARTAND WINE TAKE CENTRE P ETER OTIM ANGOLE w as among the artists TEAM CACIQUE offered food through the day THE BRISTOL Wines and Spirits stall CHEF Jamal Small, of the National Culinary team A RTIST C andis Marshall was a newcomer to the festival T ASTING D uval Leroy Champagne during the 21st Wine and Art Festival
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011, PAGE 11 i nitiatives. One of the special features of the festival was that guests f rom participating wineries w ere on hand to discuss their p roducts. This years wine expert was Julian Inarra, from the Trivento Winery in Argentina. T he food and wine pairing demonstration featured three of the finest chefs in the Bahamas, Jamal Small, captain of the National Culinary team, Ocean Club chef E mmanuel gibson, and A lexandra Mallis Lynch, of Alexandras Catering, all members of the BahamasC ulinary Association. New artists participating this year were Judith Papil l on, Tori Hermann, Kandice Eldon, Candis Marshall and Shelby Knowles. T he event took place at T he Retreat on Village Road. All proceeds support the national park system of theB ahamas. STAGE AT FESTIVAL Clifford Fernander was among the artists at the festival HAPPY PATRONS relax and enjoy the event JENNIFER MARBURY at the festival A RTDUO N adia Marie Smith and Rosemarie Laing D AVE LOWE s hows his work at the festival
T HE Bahamas Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Disabled Persons Organization and Yes We Can Products teamed up to assist its members toa cquire much-needed adapt ive technology and assistive aids at cheaper prices during these tough economic times. Mr Antoine Munroe, P resident of the Bahamas A lliance for the Blind (BABVI aids can be very expensive. This service, he said, was designed some years ago to assist our members ina cquiring affordable assistive aids and devices for t heir home use, on the job, a nd also in the classroom. Mr Munroe said that with the teaming up of the three o rganizations, we were able to reduce the cost by as much as 60 per cent to ourm embers on every day produ cts such as talking watches and clocks, talking calculators and caller IDs, voice guided digital recorders/MP3 players, telephones, radios, canes for theb lind and visually impaired, talking weight scales along with kitchen accessories and bathroom aids. There were also health monitoring products, like t alking blood sugar and b lood pressure monitors. Mr Drexel Deal, Presi dent of Disabled Persons o rganisaton (DPO that assistive technology is the term used to described evices and modifications m ade to everyday products, a llowing them to be accessible for use by persons with disabilities. A simple example of an every day product that has been modified to accommo-d ate its use by persons who a re blind is the telephone. T he number 5 key has a raised dot, to make dialing easier for persons who areb lind or have low vision. This simple raised dot has been proven to be so effec-t ive, that it is on almost all d evices with a numeric keypad such as calculators, computers and cellular p hones worldwide. Mr Deal said that this particular order stood out fromp revious orders, and not just for the shared volume of aids we were able to assist our members in purchasing.W e were also able to bring in some 60 GoBibles on MP3 players with the entire B ible pre-recorded on them. He pointed out that when a person with a disability has q uick and easy access to the Bible, it builds faith and confidence in Gods worda nd leads to wholesome activities. This is how integration s tarts, he said, enabling us to participate in church services, as well as Bible studies and many other spir i tual activities. Mr William Lightbourne, Chairman of BABVI Adaptive Aids and Devices Ordering Service, added that he often wondered whatl ife for persons with disabilit ies would be like in todays world without the advances in computer technology. He noted that affordable and accessible technologies,a daptive aids and devices h ave levelled the playing field and opened many windows of opportunity for persons with disabilities, enabling them to carry out everyday tasks relative top ersonal and home management, educational and e mployment pursuits, and r ecreational activities. Recognising these advantages, he concluded that m any persons with disabilities cannot envisage life without adaptive technolo-g ies. We are extremely grateful for the many individuals who made this day possible, Mr Deal said, through their financial assistance our members were able to pur c hase these much needed assistive aids at a greatly reduced cost. Such persons like Sir Durward Knowles, Mr Frank Crothers, Mr Godfrey Kelly, M r Felix Stubbs from IBM, M s Vernice Walkine from NAD and The Rotary Club of East Nassau were amongt he donors. We are also thankful for the many churches that a ssisted our members in purc hasing their own personal GoBible such as Pastor Gary Curry from Evangelis t ic Temple, Pastor Mario Moxey from Bahamas Harvest Church, Rev BrynM acPhail from St Andrews P resbyterian Church, Bish op Laish Boyd at The Angli can Diocese and Rev Emily A Demeritte of the BTC Methodist Church. We are also thankful to t he Government through the Ministry of Finance, which allowed us to bring in nearly $8,000 worth of adap t ive technology/assistive aids duty free. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE in Abaco after his vehicle crashed into a tree. The driver, of Crockett Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, was headed south on S.C. Bootle Highway in the areaof Joes Creek and Leisure Lee Waterways when he reportedly lost control of his truck shortly after 11pm. T he driver received serious i njuries and was pronounced d ead at the scene. A second man was also injured and was taken to a local clinic where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Also on Friday, two men were shot in two separate incidents. T he first occurred shortly b efore 3pm at a construction s ite on Love Beach. The victim was approached by a man armed with a high-powered weapon, demanding cash. A s he tried to flee, the victim was shot in his buttocks by the gunman. The thug then fled the area, w ithout cash, in a champagnec oloured Cherokee SUV. The second shooting o ccurred around 10.30pm on B aillou Hill Road in the area o f Milton Street. The 26-yearold victim was walking when he heard gunshots and realised he had been shot in the back. Both victims were taken to hospital, where they are stable. P olice are appealing for a nyone with information to c ontact them at 919, 911, the Central Detective Unit at 5029991, 502-9910, or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. imposing a permanent ban on all copper exports in an effort curb theft and destruction of property which has been said to be linked with the industry. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham tabled the Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers Bill 2011 in the House of Assembly earlier this month which sets out operational guidelines and regulations for pawn brokers, cash for gold operators and scrap metal dealers. During his communication in Parliament, Mr Ingraham said the bill seeks to address the challenges being expe rienced as a result of the unregulated cash for gold and scrap metal businesses by providing a regulatory regime to protect legitimate businesses, while maintain ing safeguards for the public. 106 immigrants were apprehended in waters off the Exumas by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, last Tuesday. They were spotted in a vessel 15 nautical miles off Wardrick Wells Cay before being escorted to immigration authorities in the capital by 10.30pm. An additional five immigrants were found in an undis closed location in the northern Bahamas. Authorities will not state how they found the immigrants, only that they were found without immigra tion status. The Department of Immi gration is committed to the timely and orderly repatriation of persons who breach the immigration laws of The Bahamas, the release stated. 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 1 1 1 IMMIGRANT S SENT BACK TO HAITI TWO MEN SHOT IN ONE DAY SCRAPMETAL BAN EXTENDED HIGH-TECH GIFTS HANDED OVER TO HELP THOSE WITH DISABILITIES ITEMS OF technology are handed over to help those with disabilities. Pictured from left to right are H annah McPhee, William Lightbourne, Wendy Bonaby, Sheri Fountain, Drexel Deal, Tamina Grant and Antoine Munroe. e w ere able to reduce the cost by as much as 60 per cent to our members one very day products such as talking w atches and clocks, talking calculators and caller IDs, voice guided digital recorders/MP3 players, telephones,r adios, canes for the blind and visually impaired, talking weight scales along with kitc hen accessories and bathroom aids. There were also health monitoring products, lik e talking b lood sugar and blood pressure monitors. Antoine Munroe, president of BABVI
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Using safety tips and some common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween, keeping it as enjoyable for your kids as it is fory ou! However, the excitement of children and adults during this time of year can sometimes make them not as careful as they would normally be. Simple common sense ideas can do a lot to stop tragedies from happening. By keeping Halloween a f un, safe and happy day for y ou and your kids, you'll look f orward to many happy years of Halloween fun! By keeping good memories for your kids, they'll be more likely to carry on the traditions that you have taught to them with their own families some day! Therefore, parents/ guardians, please be mindful and pass along these safety tips toyour children when trick-or-treating this Halloween. If you wear dark colored clothing, stay on sidewalks whenever possible and carry a flashlight or a light of some type to help identify you. Do not play in piles of leaves while out walking. Reckless drivers may not see you when they drive through the piles of leaves. If wearing a costume or mask, be sure that you are able to see well enough and that the costume fits appropriately to enable you to walk or run if necessary. Choose one that is flame resistant and one that is reflective for dark er areas. Have your food and treats checked by an adult p rior to eating them and never eat open or unwrapped treats. Avoid visiting homes that are not well lighted, use only the front door, and never go inside the home. Travel in groups whenever possible. Allow children to carry cell phones if they are respon-s ible enough. Never accept rides from people that are not your family unless pre-arranged by your parents, i.e. riding with a parent of a friend. Notify your parents of the area(s going. Set a time when children are to be home. Stay alert to cars, people, s urroundings, etc. If it seems w rong, strange, or suspicious t hen it probably is. Do not cut through yards, driveways, or alleys. Stay away from strange animals and do not pet them without the owners permission. Ensure that face paint or makeup is non-toxic. Ensure that children know traffic safety as it pertains to crossing the street, using sidewalks, walking against the flow of traffic, etc. Emergency identification information should be discreetly placed inside the clothing of small children in case of accidental separation. Avoid allowing children wearing their names out wardly on clothing or jewelry, which may enable strangers to call them by name, appearing to know them. As always, children should be cautious to avoid strangers. The Royal Bahamas Police Force would like to wish you and your children a safe and Happy Halloween. T OURISM is not recognised as an export industryi n our region. T his may be explained because our customers come t o our shores to collect the product which they havep urchased. When they depart they take their Holiday Experience, the product which we are selling, with them. This i s the same as an export of f ood from Florida being collected at a Florida port and brought to the Bahamas bya Bahamian ship. When a cruise passenger b uys a watch or straw hat on Bay Street to take home w ith them, those products h ave been exported. There is, of course, domestic tourism but it is a relatively small part of the industry. If the facts are as I h ave described, why is it that t his self-evident reality has not informed the policies ofr egional governments. I n fact, in the Jamaican elections in 2007, the succ essful party stated in its election manifesto that should they win the election, t he hotel industry would be treated as an export indus try. You guess what hap pened after its success at the polls four years ago. O ne example of the treat ment of export industries is that export industries aren ot normally taxed on their imported inputs. T his is done so as to allow t hem to be competitive when they sell their productsi n the markets of the world. B ut rather to going into more specifics, may I sugg est an overriding concept which could guide policy. Consider economic activit y which competes on the open world market and earns foreign exchange, such as Tourism and Off Shore Financial Services as supplyi ng the fuel which allows the trading, local manufacturing, local services industries too perate. Should we accept this con cept, then the economy s hould be so structured as to a llow the suppliers of the fuel to grow and prosper because without them the engine of the local economy shuts down. V IEWFROM A FAR J OHN I SSA TOURISM IS THE BAHAMAS GREATEST EXPORT INDUSTRY Extra cruise ships pictured last week, pulling into the Bahamas to steer clear of Hurricane Rina, bringing more visitors who will take their Holiday Experience with them when they depart.Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff R oyal Bahamas Police Force N ational Crime Prevention Office Halloween safety tips