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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Publication Date: 11-10-2011
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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Five key seats to 2012 victory Volume: 107 No.321THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZY, CLOUDY HIGH 85F LOW 71F By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter p turnquest@tribunemedia.net THE 2012 general election will be determined by the results of five key con stituencies, party insiders have predicted. According to information gleaned from the recently revealed Boundaries Commission report, it is believed that a victory by either the PLP or the FNM can only come with a victory in what will be the new Elizabeth, Sea Breeze, Bamboo Town, Carmichael, and the as yet unnamed constituency 21 in the South of New Providence. Of the 38 seats being recommended by the Commission for the 2012 election, the PLP believe that they are p oised to win 10 or 11 out of the 23 in New Providence, two out of the five in GrandB ahama, and possibly six out of the 10 seats in the Family Islands. H owever, when it comes to these five coin toss seats in New Providence, party insiders said the results can go either way. As it currently stands, constituency 21, which will be created out of polling divisions from the old Golden Isles, South Beach, and Blue Hills constituencies will comprise of some 4020 voters. A look at the 2007 general election results of these respective polling divisions, which now make up Constituency P ar ty insider s a gree on key battle zones TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5('8&(<285:(5%,//'$ 67$57$9,1*: 5('8&(+($7 $1'*/$5( 67250)5$0(:,1'2:6 LEADER OF DNA Branville McCartney, surrounded by members of his party, speaks to members of the media yesterday in a press conference. For full story, see page 3. He also said yesterday that he was not worried by proposed boundary changes ahead of the coming election, and that people would make an informed choice. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff C ORRECTION AN ARTICLE published in Wednesday's Tribune under the headline Hospi tal blames damage on hur ricane incorrectly stated that repairs to the ambulatory care block will start in 10 days and work on the medical block to begin in another two weeks. In fact, repairs to the ambulatory care block will be completed in the next 10 days and work on the med ical block will be completed within two weeks. By KHRISNA VIRGIL A TEENAGER was wounded in a drive-by shooting as he stood on the front porch of a friend's home in the Golden Gates subdivision. The 16-year-old was standing outside a house on Sisal Road at 10pm on Tuesday when a gunman in a black Honda opened fire on him, shooting him several times in the shoul der. Police said that minutes before the shooting, an unidentified boy was seen walking in the area. The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in stable condition. 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 1 1 BOY, 16, IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING EXCLUSIVEBy PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor pnunez@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas has an incredible opportu nity to improve on energy security while also increasing the safety of its citizens, a top US offi cial said. Acting Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said the entire Caribbean is well posi tioned to get involved in the energy industry whether in terms of pursuing renewable energy or developing traditional hydrocarbon products. This potential can in turn be used to create economic opportunities that erode the underlyENERGY IS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE NEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TV MUSIC ONSALEEVERYSATURDAY R R E E M M E E M M B B E E R R , D D O O N N T T M M I I S S S S . . . A HELICOPTER rescue mission was launched last n ight after rough seas drove a mail boat carrying 17 persons a ground off Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Early reports suggested the 150-foot Legacy was break i ng apart as it was pummelled by 20-foot swells, but owner Earnest Dean said hed heard the vessel was damaged but i ntact. The incident took place at a round 7pm and within two h ours, a helicopter was on the scene, pulling passengers from the vessel. A lthough unconfirmed, RESCUE MISSION AS SHIP RUNS AGROUND S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 i m lovin it CONSTITUENCY CHANGES REVEAL... EXCLUSIVE T HE POLICEissued an appeal last night to find a missing 15-year-old girl. S ylvanna Marshall, of Cow pen Road, has not been seen for a month. She is slim, and 5ft 6in, and was last seen wearing a white blouse and gray pants. Anyone with information is asked to call 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit on 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime stopers at 328-TIPS. SEARCH FOR MISSING GIRL, 15 SYLVANNAMARSHALL, missing

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W OMAN Marine Aniska B onaby has earned the dist inction of becoming the first woman of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to successfullyc omplete the Defence Forces Military Dive Course. The nine-week course was con-d ucted at Coral Harbour Base and proved to be both physically and mentally demanding. The Military Dive Course h as a success passing rate of 20 per cent, hence making this unit an elite training experi e nce. Woman Marine Bonaby s aid she was humbled to have been afforded the opportunity to train with the men. There are many females within the force who have accomplished great feats, nev e rtheless, Im just a new addi tion to the first of many accom plishments that other females have made to the Force, said M arine Bonaby. The instruc tors treated me as a partici pant, rather than a female and b ecause of this I became more competitive and motivated to complete my tasks. Woman Marine Bonaby enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in J anuary, 2009 as a member of New Entry 46 and Woman Entry 16. Her dedication and determination earned her the distinction of Best Female Recruit of her squad. She is presently attached to HMBS Nassau, where she serves as a radio operator. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Defence force welcomes first female diver A niska Bonaby receives her dive pin, above, and is pictured during one of her dives, right.

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By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net The DNA is calling on government to execute the Volunteer Bahamas programme properly and not use it as ane lection tactic. At a press conference held yesterday at the DNA headquarters, while commending t he FNM government for the volunteer initiative, DNA leader and Bamboo Town M P Branville McCartney said the initiative is politically motivated and lacks the prop e r infrastructure for successful implementation. While Volunteer Bahamas is a commendable effort,u nfortunately it appears its motive may be more political than admirable since l aunching this effort the government has invested very lit tle resources into ensuring its s uccess and achieved lacklust er results. In keeping with the prime minister's call for a new erao f volunteerism, the government launched Volunteer Bahamas on November 1, ani nnovative programme geared towards harnessing the generosity of Bahamians and res i dents. Central to the programme is the idea that in order to decrease crime and create safer, healthier and more nonviolent communities, we need partnerships between gov ernment, faith and communi ty-based organisations, corporate citizens, philanthropic groups and individuals. Among his criticisms, Mr McCartney said the programme has poor infrastructure and management, as well a s no measurable goals to monitor the initiatives p rogress. Further, with less than 100 Bahamians signing up for the programme in the first week Mr McCartney said it is a pparent the government has done little to engage the pub lic as there is no plan for vol u nteers to begin until next year, closer to when the elec t ion will be called. The Bahamian people are expected to come to the government to seek solutions too ur challenges and once again w e are met with inadequate, poorly executed policies, said Mr McCartney. In an effort to embrace the initiative and further engage Bahamians, Mr McCartney s aid DNA candidates have collected almost 500 volun teer applications that include submissions from PLP, FNM and DNA supporters who a re all prepared to rise above their party and do what is r ight for their country. According to the DNA, the government needs to invest the resources required to train as well as deploy volunteers a nd should engage them immediately. Mr McCartney said the g overnment should not politicize the programme by wait i ng until the election to exec ute it. He added that a comprehensive plan should be for m ulated that includes measurable goals and ways to monitor progress. W ith a country as small as the Bahamas it is possible to m ake a difference, but people must stand together, said Mr McCartney. The DNA, he said, believes that while our chall enges are great, the united will of our people is even g reater and that together there is nothing that we cannot overcome. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, PAGE 3 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The decomposed body discovered in bushes in Lewis Yard has been identified by police as 47-year-old John Charles. According to reports, Charles was homeless. His body was discovered on Sunday in bushes, just west of the Lewis Yard Primary School. Foul play is not suspected and police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death. VISION AIRLINES plans to start running flights between five US cities and the Bahamas. Bryan Glazer, a spokesman for the Georgia-based, lowfare airline, said the new flights started Thursday. They will fly to Freeport International Airport on Grand Bahama Island from Baltimore-Washington Thur good Marshall Ianternational Airport, Md.; Fort Laud erdale-Hollywood Interna tional Airport, Fla.; RaleighDurham International Airport, N.C.; Richmond International Airport, Va. and Louisville International Air port, Ky. Glazer says the new flights are part of a strategy to revi talize the tourism economy in the Bahamas and to fill gaps at some US airports in the wake of airline consolidation. LEADER OF THE DNA Barnville McCartney shows 500 volunteer applications including submissions from the PLP, the FNMand the DNA. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff NEARLY 50 Haitians w ere apprehended in waters near Exuma hours before 51 illegal immigrants were repatriatedy esterday. Immigration Director Jack Thompson confirmedthe immigrants were picked up, but could not g ive a break down in the r atio of men versus w omen. At this point I am not s ure how many are men or w omen, but I do know they have all been tested and c leared and are on their way t o the capital for processing, he said. T his latest group of immigrants comes after a repat riation exercise was carried out in the capital yesterday a fternoon. M r Thompson said the department of immigration sent 51 Haitians home on a B ahamasair flight. You may remember we c arried out an exercise in H arbour Island last week w here we apprehended s ome 40 illegal immigrants who had no status. :Those people were since s ent to the capital and they, a long with some others who were at the detention centre, were repatriated, he said. M r Thompson said the 100 Haitian immigrants who w ere discovered in waters o ff Harbour Island have been processed and clearedo f any diseases. He also said that there is o ne case of suspected tuberculosis at the C armichael Road Detention Centre, but the manh as already been trans ferred from the centre for treatment. The man was isolated for evaluation after he showed symptoms compatible with the disease. Mr Thompson also refuted earlier reports of cholera cases at the deten t ion centre, explaining that there are currently no sus pected cases of the dis ease. olunteers should not be used as election tactic VISION AIRLINES TO OFFER FLIGHTS MAN FOUND DEAD IN BUSHES N AMED HAITIANS STOPPED CLOSE TO EXUMA

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MANY SUPPORTERS of the governing Free National Movement (FNM members of the Press have rightly criticised the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Perry G Christie over the huge debt that the party owes the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB ing to the Press, the PLP owes the broadcasting corporation a whopping $248,000. Until the PLP pays off this debt to the broadcasting corporation, the party should not be given any air time on ZNS. For reasons unknown to the Bahamian public, the PLP appears to be unwilling to satisfy the outstanding debt. No one is naive enough to believe that the PLP is unable to pay off the debt. The Opposition has many multimillionaires, so why has the party not paid its bill to ZNS? Incredibly, several Members of Parliament and other high ranking officials of the PLP had criticised the Ingraham administration for the downsizing exercise at ZNS in 2010. The broadcasti ng corporation had been subsidised by the taxpayers of this country for decades. In fact, the financially strapped corporation had been receiving up to $11 million each y ear from the Treasury. Obvi ously the financial haemorrhaging had to be stopped. Corporations like ZNS have been bleeding the Treasury for decades. One of the main reasons why ZNS has been unable to stand on its own two feet is because organisations like theP LP simply refuse to pay their bills at the struggling corpora tion. This can explain why the executives at the broadcasting corporation always have to go with their hats in their handst o the government for subsidies every year. The situation at ZNS just could not go on for ever. Opposition MPs have argued that the downsizing exercise at ZNS is further proof that the FNM is anti-Bahamian. This is simply untrue. As it stands right now, the civil service is grossly overstaffed. Over 60 to 70 per cent of what the government makes each year is used to meet its massive payroll. This is why the FNM government has borrowed so much money from foreign lending institutions over the past four-and-a-half years. I see why The Bahamas is up to its neck in debt. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham made the very difficult decision to trim staff levels at ZNS because the country could not afford to hand out millions each year to the broad casting corporation. I am sorry that Bahamians were laid off. I too have family members who have lost jobs. I know what it feels like. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Ingraham did what any other sensible, prudent leader would have done under similar circumstances. The broadcasting corporation had become too costly to the taxpayers of this country. The Opposition used this unfortunate episode to gain political mileage. This was wrong. Political observers will continue to debate the issue surrounding the massive debt that the PLP owes to ZNS. The PLP debt isnt my main concern, however. I am concerned about the Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, Michael Moss. I would like to know what the PLP, if elected to power, intends to do with the chairman. Michael Moss is a very courageous man. He has chided a very powerful political organi sation for its unwillingness to pay its bill. If Perry Christie becomes the next Prime Minister, I hope he, or any member of his government, does not retaliate against Moss or his family for this embarrassing disclosure to the Press. The chairman did nothing wrong. He was only doing his job. In fact, had he not challenged the Opposition to pay its bill, then one could argue that the chairman was just as negligent as the PLP. I believe Moss was appointed to his position by the present government. Perhaps he may be a supporter of the FNM. One would think that Moss would resign from the chairmanship of the broadcasting corporation if the FNM loses the general election. That would be expected of him, I think. I have raise the issue of political victimisation because of allegations that former PLP administrations had victimised those who did not toe the party line during the 1970s and 1980s. B ahamians who supported the then Opposition Free National Movement were treated shab bily by diehard PLP supporters. However, I believe that Mr Christie has tried to dis tance himself and his party from the practices of former PLP administrations. Perhaps the PLP has truly turned over a new leaf under the leadership of Perry Christie. Be that as it may, whatever happens in 2012, one thing is clear, Michael Moss should not be harmed or vilified by any member of the PLP. He should be treated with dignity. He should be treated as a fellow Bahamian. Supporters of the PLP must remember this one thing: Michael Moss is a human being just like them. The way the government carried on in this country during the 1980s, one is almost tempted to believe that they had forgotten that their political opponents were people. There were persons in this country who were treated as subhuman. The late Francis A Schaeffer pointed out in his book, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? that eventually every nation in every age must be judged by this one test: how did it treat people? I am not writing to impugn or cast aspersions on the PLP or its leadership. I am not writing to dig up the unsavory past of the PLP. I am writing because I fear that certain persons in this country hold a vendetta against supporters of the FNM and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. These persons might want to take revenge on supporters of the prime minister if the PLP wins the next general election. I l isten to radio talk shows every week, and it sounds as if some supporters of the Opposition are anxious for their party to win the election in order to take revenge on the FNM and its supp orters. I have even heard calls for a commission of inquiry by Opposition supporters. Christie must warn his party supporters that no political victimisation will be tolerated under his watch as Prime Minister. If Christie wins in 2012, and someone in his administrationv ictimises an opposition sup porter, then Christie should move heaven and earth in order to punish the culprit This nations democracy has progressed steadily over thep ast 19 years. Most Bahami ans, especially the younger generation, will not tolerate a return to the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, when FNM supporters, who voiced their opposition to the sitting government, were persecuted. In summation, if the PLP is successful in winning the upcoming general election, the new government must see to it that Michael Moss is treated like a fellow Bahamian. He should not be subjected to political victimisation or ridicule due to his political persuasion. Moss has done nothing wrong in going after the $248,000 that the PLP owes to ZNS. Perry Christie and his supporters must remember this. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, November 8, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 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 TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 R EPUBLICAN presidential candidates rejected US intervention in the E uropean financial crisis as they used a debate Wednesday to shift the spotlight from the sexual harassment allegations made against Herman Cain. They also warned that failing to cut b udget deficits at home would doom the US to the same sort of crisis that now p lagues Greece and Italy. T he eight-candidate debate in hard-hit Michigan was the first since the scandal rocked Cains upstart campaign early l ast week. Cain, a political novice and b usinessman, has been at the top of polls alongside former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. C ain's troubles have dominated US politics, sidetracking attention from the economy the issue seen as PresidentB arack Obama's greatest vulnerability. B ut the debate, focusing on the econom y, offered candidates a chance to offer their proposals less than two months b efore the Iowa caucuses, the party's first nominating contest. Moderators from the business news c hannel CNBC asked if the United States should join in a bailout of Italy. Europe's third-largest economy is deal-i ng with massive government debt. Romney said there will be an effort to draw the US in, but Europe is able to take care of their own problems. We d on't want to step in and bail out their banks and their economies. Even so, he said the United States s hould continue contributing to organi zations like the International Monetary Fund that are working to prevent a melt d own in troubled economies. Cain said there wasn't much the United States could do directly to help Italy at present because the economy there is i n such difficult shape. For Cain, the question at the start of the debate appeared to be a welcome c hange from the nonstop attention to the harassment allegations. Four women say Cain sexually harassed them while heh eaded a restaurant trade association in t he 1990s. He has adamantly denied any wrongdoing. The audience booed when moderators a sked Cain about whether the allegations should be a consideration in whether he is qualified to be president. Cain said the American people deserve b etter than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations. Romney, a former venture capitalist, w as asked if he would keep Cain on the job as a CEO given the accusations. He r esponded: Herman Cain is the person to respond to these questions. He just did. Cains rivals have approached his troubles cautiously. In an earlier interview with ABC News, Romney said the alle g ations were particularly disturbing and needed to be addressed. O ne of the four women has said Cain g roped her after a dinner meeting to discuss a possible job, but she never filed a complaint. Two of the other women had c omplained to the trade group and later r eceived payments. They have not disclosed details of their allegations. Cain has attacked the credibility and m otivations of his accusers. He has repeatedly tried to put the controversy to rest, doing interview after interviewa nd finally holding a news conference T uesday insisting that he would continue t o stand alongside his rivals despite the accusations. The controversy has made it d ifficult for the other Republicans to campaign as usual and keep the focus on beating President Obama. B ut at the debate, the candidates stuck to the theme of the economy. There were few if any early sparks among rivals whoo ften spar energetically. They all called for a smaller role for government. Not surprisingly, none of the contenders found much to like in Obamas economic stewardship. T here was disagreement on US eco nomic relations with China. Romney accused China of unfair trade practices a nd said he would designate it as a cur rency manipulator. But Jon Huntsman, a former ambassador to China who is neart he bottom of the presidential polls, warned this could set off a trade war. Michigan offered a good location to discuss America's economic problems.I ts unemployment rate is 11.1 per cent even higher than the national rate of 9 per cent. But there was only scant m ention of the Michigan auto industry, which benefited in 2008 and 2009 from a federal bailout that both PresidentG eorge W Bush and Obama backed. A ll eight Republicans on the debate stage say they wouldnt have offered government assistance. N ot so President Obama, who stood outside a factory not far from the debate site recently and said government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler were a s uccess that saved thousands of American jobs. President Obama is counting on the bailout to help him win Michigan, a state critical to his re-election hopes. PLPshould not victimise Michael Moss LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Republicans shift from scandal to Europe Distributed throughout the Bahamas byBWABahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd. East West Highway, Nassau Tel: 242-394-1759 1 Milton Street, Freeport Tel: 242-351-2201 If itsFLOURs OKAY!A favourite of The Bahamas for many years! OK Flour is a Patent Flour-the highest quality flour available Enriched and versatile, OK Flour is well suited to many baking and cooking applications OK Flourbetter value per pound A T f OK OK OK F F F l lo ur i s a Patent Flo u

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B y DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net IMPROPER disposal of c ompact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs ardous to health. C FLs contain the heavy metal, mercury. If the bulb is not properly disposed of, they stand the risk of ending up int he local landfill, broken, and s pilling mercury into soil and ground water. E xposure to mercury can r esult in poisoning and a vast number of health problems. T his has prompted governm ent officials to organise a CFL disposal programme w here consumers can bring u sed CFLs to drop-off points for proper and safe disposal. More than 200,000 CFLs h ave been distributed freely to the public by the government since May of this year in a n effort to reduce household energy costs. Zendel Forbes, president of First Derivatives Consult-i ng Limited and a project coordinator in the disposal p roject, unveiled the new prog ramme yesterday at the Department of Environment al Services on Farrington R oad. In conjunction with the programme are the Bahamas Electric Company, and the D epartment of Environmental Health Services (DEHS Given the potential health hazards of mercury, a disposal programme is of paramount importance, a pre-s entation handed out at the c onference stated. CFLs are safe to use, howe ver they do contain a small bit of mercury, Mr Forbes said. With the increased use of CFLs, we need to manage that risk. CFLs must be disposed of in the proper manner. Mr Forbes stressed the usage of CFLs in residential homes is safe, but they can not be thrown into the garbage with the rest of the household trash. We want to make sure t hat they dont break because that is the problem with CFLs, they can break and release the mercury, MrF orbes said. You shouldn't just take these things and toss them in t he trash. We don't want the public to be afraid of CFLs, but dis pose of them properly. Don't just throw them in the garbage, utilise one of the proposed drop-off points, he said. A s a part of the prog ramme, consumers will be encouraged to take their b urned-out CFLs to drop-off p oints which will be the store t hey originally bought the light-bulb from. S tore managers from Kell y's, Henry F Store Electric, AG Electric, and Super Val ue, were present at the con ference, having all agreed tob ecome a drop-off point for used CFLs. People will bring them to us, anyway, said Alex Store, manager of Henry F Store Electric. We've been selling them for over 10 years and unfortunately right now people arej ust throwing them in the t rash. Thomasina Wilson, Deputy D irector of DEHS said the D EHS is on board with the p rogramme and explained the role DEHS will have in the p roject. The bulbs do contain some contaminants and it can contaminate our water table if improperly disposed, Ms W ilson said. Our role is to collect, dispose, and ship out the bulbs for recycling. Its just something were doing from an environmental perspective. Were trying to get the Bahamian people into them indset of recycling in gene ral. The used CFLs will be col l ected from the drop-off p oints by DEHS and then s hipped to a recycling centre in Florida for safe disp osal. The danger is not just in one bulb, Mr Forbes said. But collectively when you h ave 100,000 or 200,000 disposed bulbs in the landfill, that mercury can seep into the water table. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, PAGE 5 5LFKSSUHVVRUV:LOO%H-XGJHG &RPHQRZ\RXULFKZHHSDQGKRZO IRU\RXUPLVHULHVWKDWDUFRPLQJXSRQ \ RX < RXUULFKHVDUFRUUXSWHGDQG\RXU JDUPHQWVDUPRWKHDWHQ
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By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net ACCORDING to a statem ent read by a police officer i n a Supreme Court murder t rial yesterday afternoon, the defendant was not aware he had struck another man when he hit a wall while driving in October 2009. P rosecution witness Sgt T errel Forbes, of the Central Detective Unit, told a 12member jury that on the early morning of October 10, 2009 being in the Homicides division at the time he had t aken a statement and recorde d an interview with Tyroe Francis Jr, the man accused of killing Jonathan Linden. Francis faces the charge of m urder and the prosecution alleges that on the night in question the accused intentionally drove his 2002 H yundai Accent into the deceased, who died of his injuries as a result of the colli-s ion. However, in his statement to police, he mentioned no knowledge of striking someone until it was mentioned to h im after he was arrested in the Central Police Station. Before that revelation was m ade further into his testimony, the detective told the court that the accused had been cautioned regarding his purpose for being questioned about the incident and his alleged action in it before asking if her equired to have an attorney present during questioning. After that was completed w ith Francis indicating that he had no attorney and did not need one the officer told the court that he had taken a s tatement from the accused while asking questions about the events leading up to thec ollision and subsequent death of Mr Linden. The accused told the offi cer that he and a friend T yrone Roberts were at Royal Castle Restaurant around 2am getting food to eat. While waiting, he said that three men were calling him names because they alleged that he had caused o ne of their boys to get lock up. He said in his statement that he was being threatened. After leaving the restaurant and heading south on Baillou Hill Road, he said he saw three men walking. One of them threw an object in front of his car, causing him to swerve left and hit a wall. He told the officer that he got out of the car, fearing that persons were coming after him, and went to con-t act the police when he realised he was not being followed. A fter arriving at the Central Police Station to report the incident, he was told by officers that he was being tak-e n in for questioning regarding the death of a person. He w as later informed that he h ad hit a person. While this account was being given by the accused, a d etective had given him more i nformation. He responded that his information noted that he and Roberts had been carrying on at the restaurant to the point that an officer had to tell them to behave. T he officer also told the a ccused that hed received r eports that Francis was the aggressor in a verbal exchange b etween himself and three men after the police had left. Sgt Forbes suggested that hisi nformation revealed that the accused had followed the three men with the intention of attempting to kill one of them. The accused replied, No, sir, to the suggestions. Before the officer testified a bout the recorded statements, prosecutor Eucal Bonaby asked the officer a bout his investigation of the scene in question. Sgt Forbes said he had r eceived a tip from a colleague about an incident that had occurred on Baillou Hill Road. He said that he received the tip around .40am and as a result of that information, I went to Baillou Hill Road and K ing Street where I saw a male lying lifeless. The detective said that the deceased, who was lying on his side in a small pool of blood between a wall and a 2001 Hyundai Accent, was wearing a white shirt, grey pants and black and white tennis shoes. After noting the extensive damage to the car and discovering whose name the vehicle was registered in T yrone Francis Sr the officer told the court that hec alled another officer to photograph the scene and to provide additional information. Murrio Ducille, defence a ttorney for the accused, asked the officer if his client had c ooperated with the police, g one to the police of his own free will and given statements without the presence of a l awyer. The officer replied, Yes, sir, to all the questions. He then questioned if the officer had included in hisr eport his unsuccessful finding of any objects at the scene in question because of theo fficers statement mentioni ng a search. The officer r eplied, No, sir. Elvardo Johnson, a relative o f the deceased, and Tyrone Roberts, a passenger in the car at the time of the incident also testified yesterday. Johnson said that after he, the deceased and another friend were hit by the car, which he said happened f ast, he and Jerome Charlton ran after the passenger and got into a scuffle to prevent him from getting away. Lawyer Ducille suggested that the two had beat up Roberts, but the witness said that it was a fight where blows were traded from both sides. Mr Ducille suggested it was a two on one fight and he replied, Yes. Roberts told the court that h e had fallen asleep while in the car with Francis the dri-v er because he had a few beers from a bar, a pint of alcohol that night prior to awakening to find the cars werving and colliding into a wall. H e said that Francis got out o n his side of the car and when he did the same, men came up to him and told him n ot to go anywhere. After s tating that he couldnt go anywhere, he said that the two men had attacked him. W hen cross-examined by Mr Ducille, he said that he had to be taken to the hospi-t al to receive stitches to his l eft eye. T he trial resumes today at 10am. Justice Vera Watkins i s the presiding judge. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE www.rdicaribbean.com www.rdicaribbean.com ITS TIME TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS YOUR REALITY UKdistance learning from RDI Caribbean Low study costs, exible paymentsDevelop your career while studying Tutor and student support included Free membership of International Management Academy plus benets No attendance requirement. . PROGRAMMES OFFERED INCLUDEBachelors/Masters degrees in Business, Hospitality, Law, Computing and many more. Now recruiting for January intake Murder accused was not aware that he had struck another man

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT The Carnival Magic the newest addition to Carnival Cruise Lines fleet made an inaugural voy-a ge to Grand Bahama on W ednesday. State Minister for Finance Zhivargo Laing was present for the ships arrival at L ucayan Harbour around 9am. At a brief welcome reception and exchange of plaques ceremony on board the ship, Mr Laing noted that Carniv als contribution has been s ignificant to the countrys overall tourism sector. We appreciate the contrib ution that Carnival m akesin this country, he said. The cruise business is o ur fastest growing segment in tourism in the country, and C arnival is a big part of that. C arnival Magic is a new brand ship, with a passenger c apacity of 4,700 and a crew of 1,400, according to Capt Giovanni Cutugno. He said the vessel was built in Italy in April, and started its first season of cruising in the Mediterranean Sea during t he summer from its European h ome port of Barcelona, Spain. Capt Cutugno said the vess el is making its first Atlantic crossing, onto its home port in Galveston, Texas. He said they will sail from G alveston with weekly cruises t o various ports, and will call at Freeport twice a month. Carnival has many vessels cruising to Freeport. We havea long tradition of coming h ere to this beautiful island, he said. The ship will remain in port until 4pm Thursday when it w ill then sail onto Texas. Mr Laing believes that Carnival Magic will help generate much needed economic activity here on Grand Bahama. At the Ministry of Finance w e watch revenue very closely and nothing helps revenue l ike economic activity, and so h aving this ship call on us h ere in Grand Bahama today is an absolute delight. I want to say to you, whether by accident or delibe rate, however often you w ant to come to Grand Bahama we will welcome you e ach and every time. We are extremely appreciative of your coming. I have a prediction that in the not too distant future, I believe this already good jurisdiction will become an even better jurisd iction, Mr Laing said. A fter an exchange of plaques, the media was take n on a tour of the ship. The vessel, which is 1,004 feet in length and a full 130,000 tons, has a water park complete with two water slides, and a SkyCourse, the first ropes course at sea. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, PAGE 7 Upgrade valid from intermediate to full-size car, on rentals of 4 days or more. Offer ends December 10, 2011 and is subjectto availability. Rates, terms and conditions subject to change without notice.C DW + taxes + fees +unlimited miles + free double upgradea lamo.com IN FLORIDA w hen using the upgrade coupon Full-Size car as low as$199US WEEKLYF or reservations please contact: G oing Places Travel at (242 | (786 | 1.800.468.3334. Be sure to request rate code RC1 and coupon code AU4368BJZ. CONGRATULATIONS YOU JUST GOT A AS part of its development of the new m arkets appealing to the international h igh-spending traveller, the Bahamas Tourist Office will attend the Internat ional Luxury Travel Market (ILTM held in Cannes, France in December. David Johnson, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & A viation, said: Our first experience of ILTM in 2010 proved very positive and w e are keen to build upon those, and n ew, relationships in 2012 and beyond to deliver the luxury traveller best suite d to a large part of our Bahamian product. The Bahamas is hosting the 30th anniversary Caribbean Marketplace in N assau in January 2012, giving the coun try the opportunity to display its capital c ity while uniting international contract ors with local and regional suppliers. The Bahamas tourist offices in Italy a nd Germany will continue to concen trate their energies on regular communications with their industry partners in these growing markets although they w ill not attend ITB and BIT in 2012. BAHAMAS TOURIST OFFICE TO VISIT CANNES EVENT Minister welcomes ship on Grand Bahama debut MINISTER FOR FINANCE Zhivargo Laing was present for the arrival o f the Carnival Magic on its inaugural voyage to Grand Bahama on Wednesday

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A ROUND this time of year, plant enthusiasts look forward to one of the best plant sales in New Providence. T he Camperdown Plant S ale always takes place in the beautiful garden of Sarah L obosky on the corner of Sour Sop Street and Pigeon Pea Lane in Camperdown. Four keen gardeners who live in the immediate area gett ogether every fall to pool t heir resources and make their home-grown plants a vailable for sale to the public. On offer each year are a wide assortment of palms, shrubs, ferns and pottedp lants including bromeliads a nd orchids, plus hanging baskets. These four ladies all boast of beautiful gardens, and several years ago, decided to share some of their excessp lants and trees by holding the sale. As the first sale was popular beyond all expectations, they decided to make this an annual event. This year, the sale will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 9am until noon, andt here will be a large table of plants priced at $5 or less, so those on a restricted budget will find plenty of items in this price range. Also featured are free refreshments and a small table of wonderful homemade pepper jelly, plus some beautiful hand made, embroidered tote bags anda prons. Those interested will be able to follow the signs on Eastern Road and Prince Charles Drive. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 3RVLWLRQ$YDLODEOH'DWDEDVH$GPLQLVWUDWRU $UH\RXLQWHUHVWHGLQMRLQLQJWKH,7GHSDUWPHQWRIDOHDGLQJQDQFLDO LQVWLWXWLRQ"XURUJDQL]DWLRQLVFXUUHQWO\FRQVLGHULQJDSSOLFDWLRQVIRU D 'DWDEDVH$GPLQLVWUDWRU7KHSRVLWLRQLVRSHQWRFDQGLGDWHVZLWKWKH IROORZLQJPLQLPXPUHTXLUHPHQWV 4XDOLFDWLRQV %DFKHORUV'HJUHH%$fIURPDIRXU\HDU&ROOHJHRUQLYHUVLW\ 0XVWKDYHDPLQLPXPRI\HDUVRIH[SHULHQFHZLWK/ 6HUYHUGDWDEDVHV 3URFLHQF\ZLWKXVHRI/HUYHUGDWDEDVH7/ SURJUDPPLQJ/VFULSWLQJ ([SHULHQFHZLWKFOXVWHULQJDQGUHSOLFDWLRQWHFKQRORJ\ ([SHULHQFHZLWKLFURVRIWHWLVDSOXV 0&6(DQGRU&,663FHUWLFDWLRQLVDSOXV 5HVSRQVLELOLWLHV 64/HUYHUGDWDEDVH7/SURJUDPPLQJ/VFULSWLQJ 'HVLJQGHYHORSDQGPDLQWDLQUHODWLRQDOGDWDEDVHV ,QVWDOODQGPDLQWDLQGDWDEDVHVRIWZDUH ,GHQWLI\SHUIRUPDQFHLVVXHVDQGWXQHWKHGDWDEDVHV\VWHPV 6HWXSGHYHORSDQGLPSOHPHQWEDFNXSSURFHVVHVIRUWKH GDWDEDVHV 7URXEOHVKRRWGDWDEDVHFRQQHFWLYLW\LVVXHV $QDO\]HGHVLJQDQGGHYHORS/HUYHUGDWDEDVHVWRPHHW EXVLQHVVUHTXLUHPHQWV ,PSOHPHQWQHFHVVDU\DGPLQLVWUDWLYHSURFHGXUHVWRPRQLWRU GDWDEDVHV\VWHPV 5HVHDUFKQHZGDWDEDVHWHFKQRORJ\DQGPDNH UHFRPPHQGDWLRQVWRXSSHUPDQDJHPHQWWKDWZLOODOORZ EHWWHUGDWDEDVHSHUIRUPDQFH 7XQHWKHGDWDEDVHVIRURSWLPDOSHUIRUPDQFH 5HFRPPHQGWKHEHVWSUDFWLFHVWRWKHGHYHORSHUVIRUJHWWLQJ WKHH[SHFWHGSHUIRUPDQFH $QDO\]HGHVLJQGHYHORSLPSOHPHQWDQGPRQLWRUWKH EDFNXSV\VWHPVIRUHQWHUSULVHGDWDEDVHV 0LJUDWHWKHGDWDEDVHIURPGHYHORSPHQWWRSURGXFWLRQDQG PLJUDWHWKHGDWDEHWZHHQWKHGDWDEDVHV 3HUVRQDOXDOLWLHV ([FHOOHQWRUJDQL]DWLRQDOLQWHUSHUVRQDODQGFRPPXQLFDWLRQVNLOOV *RRGWHFKQLFDODQGSUREOHPVROYLQJVNLOOVDQGH[SHULHQFH $ELOLW\WRZRUNXQGHUSUHVVXUHDQGZLWKPLQLPXPVXSHUYLVLRQ (QWKXVLDVPDSRVLWLYHDWWLWXGHDQGDZLOOLQJQHVVWRZRUNH[LEOH KRXUVDVRYHUWLPHLVUHTXLUHG *RRGWHFKQLFDODQGWURXEOHVKRRWLQJVNLOOVDQGH[SHULHQFH ,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVVKRXOGHPDLODQXSGDWHGFRS\RIWKHLUUHVXPHWR UHFUXLWLQJEDKDPDV#\PDLOFRP WK 1RYHPEHU By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A 38-yearo ld Bahamian man was taken i nto police custody following the discovery of some $50,000 worth of illegal drugs on Grand Bahama. Asst Supt Clarence Reckley, press liaison officer,r eported that Drug Enforcem ent Unit officers executed a search warrant around 6am on Wednesday at a residence on Churchill Drive. While searching the residence, officers discovered eight pounds o f suspected cocaine with an e stimated street value of $50,000, as well as two-anda-quarter ounces of suspected marijuana worth $300. ASP Reckley said police a lso discovered and seized a l arge amount of cash. T he male occupant was arrested. MANARRESTED AFTERDRUGSFIND Plant ladies of Camperdown to host sale CAMPERDOWN PLANT LADIES, (l to r Joanna Robertson and Sarah Lobosky will be on hand to answer ques-t ions.

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THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, PAGE 9 Where will your vote G OVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes began their first offi-c ial visit on Monday, enjoyi ng an exuberant welcome at t he Treasure Cay International Airport, including an honour guard of Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers. T hey were welcomed by North Abaco Administrator Theophilus Cox and other government officials along with civic and religious readers. The warm welcome e xtended to a joint assembly o f SC Bootle High School and Coopers Town Primary under the theme, GivingH onour. Following entertainment by students from both s chools, including a soulful interpretive dance by Grade 3 student AJoya Sands, choral speaking, an acrostic and m usic, Sir Arthur continued the One Bahamas theme he has relayed on all official visits. His message of celebrating the unique history of eachF amily Island as an integral part of the archipelago of opportunities which consti tutes the Bahamian experie nce, was warmly received by school administrators, teach ers, parents and students. I n his address, Sir Arthur s aid: With deference to Andros being the largest island in our chain and thef ifth largest in the Caribbean, may I say that Abaco is also big and, indeed, strong. From Little Abaco to Marsh Harbour to Southwest Point to Man O War Cay and indeed the length and breadth of the Abacos, your ancestors and now you have forged unique chapters in that unique history that is the Bahamian story. For centuries, you have contributed to the economic and political life and the social history of The Bahamas through Abaconian ingenu ity, commercial enterprise and love of things Bahamian. Their Excellencies also participated in an assembly at Fox Town Primary School w here he shared a similar message and enjoyed the entertainment which includ-e d a medley of Bahamian m usic. Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes visited the Coopers Town Community Clinic and t he Government Clinic in Fox Town. They were hosted to lunch by the Little AbacoT ownship at the Valley R estaurant in Fox Town. L OCAL NEWS The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexibler esponse is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes chats with these youngsters at the Fox Town Primary School November 7. Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes are on their first official visit to Abaco. Official visit by Governor General S IR ARTHUR FOULKES s hakes the hand of a Fox Town Primary S chool student after receiving a gift on November 7. Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes are on their first official visit to Abaco.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011, PAGE 11 Now through Sat Nov 12 on Mackey StDURING NASSAU GLASS COMPANYSART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREPre~Christmas SaleA M O S F E R G U S O N O R I G I N A L ST a k e a d v a n t a g e o f t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y t o s a v e !L i m i t e ds u p p l y o fA m o sp a i n t i n g sa vailab le.D o n tm i s s o u to n own i n g ac h e ri s h e dA m o s O ri g i n a l By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net M ASKED men broke into a branch of Scotiabank early y esterday morning, started a small fire and destroyed an automated cash machineb efore leaving empty handed. T he would-be thieves broke i nto the banks Marsh Harb our, Abaco, location around 6am and tried in vain to gain entry into the vault. P olice said the suspects did not steal any cash but started a small fire inside the bank b efore they escaped. S uperintendent Stephen Dean said police believe the men were attempting to break i nto the vault. We believe they were trying to get the money out oft he vault, but they were unsuccessful. They didnt break any of the windows to get in the bank but they did put a large hole in the wall. After they got in they triedto break into the ATM but t hat was also unsuccessful, he said. They also set a small fire, but luckily it was confined and n othing was damaged. We are looking at the surveillance footage and we feel good thatw e will have this case wrapped up shortly. No one has been arrested. Police investigations contin ue. T he bank was closed yesterday, however operations are expected to resume today. I n a statement, Scotiabank s aid: Bank management have confirmed that there were no injuries sustained to a ny staff or customers. Due to the nature of our business, a robbery is always a possib ility but we assure the public of our commitment to security and to the safety of oure mployees. We are working with the police into the investigation and would not like to s ay anything further to comp romise their work. Anyone with information on the break in are asked toc ontact police at 911 or 919, CDU at 502-9991/9990, Crime stoppers anonymously at 328T IPS or contact your nearest p olice station. In May, 2010, Scotiabank's Emerald Bay branch was r obbed just after 9.30am. Police said a masked gun man went into the bank while a nother man waited behind t he building in a white car which police said was stolen e arlier that morning. After stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, the pair fled the area. BANKHITBYMASKEDRAIDERS When The Tribune visited the crime scene yesterday, am an claiming to be the owner o f the home where the boy was shot could not provide details on the shooting, and said he did not know the victim. T he homeowner did say the v ictim is a friend of another b oy who lives in the home where he was shot. Up to last night, The Tribune was not able to confirm if any suspects were in policec ustody. M eanwhile, police are questioning another 16-year-old boy for alleged possession of an unlicensed gun and numerous armed robberies. A t 3pm on Tuesday, officers of "Southern Storm" received information abouth idden weapons in bushes on L ily of the Valley corner, off E ast Street. Police said a search of the area revealed a shotgun and shells. Just a couple of hours later, four men were taken into custody in two separate arrests. The first arrest was at 4.30pm when officers of the Mobile Division were on patrol of Garden View Roadw hen they saw the driver of a heavily tinted brown Honda Accord acting suspiciously. Police searched the vehicle and found a handgun with ammunition. The second arrest was made at 8.45pm. P olice were on patrol at Fifth Street and Coconut Grove when they saw the occupants of a white Honda Torneo acting suspiciously. Officers searched the vehicle and found a handgun with ammunition, They took theo ccupants of the car into custody. A baco residents said it was probably a US Coast Guard helicopter from the AUTEC naval base in Andros. At last count, 11 people had reportedly been rescued. Legacy had attempted to enter Marsh Harbour during huge seas churned up by Tropical Storm Sean. One Abaco resident said: Its a terrible rage. People w ho have lived here for 50, 60 years have never seen a rage like this. The boat should never have left Nassau. After reports that the vessel was in danger reached the mainland, several boats were launched from Hope Town to try to help. B ut, the Abaco resident said, If Legacy cant get in, they probably couldnt get out. It seems the passengers and crew were very lucky, she said running aground on a sand b ar instead of the nearby reef. At around 8.30pm, Mr Dean said he had yet to speakt o the captain, but had heard t hat the vessel was still in one piece and that no passengers were injured. On Monday, a huge wave swept a man off a 40-foot cliffi n Marsh Harbour, presuma bly to his death. BASRA suspended the search for his remains on Wednesday. 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 SHIP RUNS AGROUND Boy, 16, injured in drive-by shooting T HE SCENE o f the shooting, pictured yesterday. Photo: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011THE TRIBUNE ing causes of crime and violence, she said. Ms Jacobson, who is in Nassau to take p art in the second Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSIt hat while combating the trafficking of drugs, guns and people is a cornerstone of the initiative, true regional security can only be attained if citizens feel their everyday lives have been impacted. She said: One of the reasons we talk now about citizen security and consid-e rably less about just counter-narcotics is because its so obvious that the phen omenon is broader than just drugs. It is in fact about whether people feel personally safe, secure, and we all know that in many respects thats a governments first duty to keep its citizens safe. But when you start to look at the problem a nd you disaggregate it, it isnt just about where drugs or gangs may come from and t he supply, it isnt just about the demand its about the socio-economic causes that underlie crime and criminality. If you go about fixing it only by trying to attack the symptoms and not the u nderlying causes, youre never going to g et more than half way there. A lack of economic opportunities p articularly for young men is often significant among these root factors, andt his is where energy diversification can c ome in, Ms Jacobson said. It isnt just economic opportunity, she said, there are other things that h ave to come with it, but certainly if people dont feel they have an opportunity to progress economically, to have a life that holds promise for them, it makes it easier for gangs, for drug cartels to recruit. Once a country accepts that crime prevention starts with social and economico pportunity, Ms Jacobson said, the next step is to identify the emerging fields t hat Bahamians can be prepared for. Obviously, theres a lot thats going on in the Bahamas that speaks to some of the, perhaps, more traditional areas of economic growth there are building p rojects for new hotels, there are lots of industries related to tourism but the fact of the matter is, as you look ahead, the issue of energy production, energy self-sufficiency, is also one in which you can really significantly generate jobs. Now, the kinds of jobs you are going to generate are also going to be fairly w ell paying jobs, but they may also be j obs where fairly specialised training is necessary. I n recognition of the regions potential, Ms Jacobson said, President Obama l aunched the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA Caribbean at the Summit of the Ameri cas in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. T he ECPA, a relatively small agency, helps create pilot projects in countries where either private or public sector entit ies are interested in breaking into the energy industry. Our focus, she said, has been heavily on how we work with countries on energy security, on clean energy, on renewables. At the moment, the ECPA is involved i n around 40 projects throughout the hemisphere. A sked how the Bahamas could qualify for an ECPA pilot project, Ms Jacobson said: The way that you have to look at that is, how do we develop the market for renewable energies? Because until t hose are really economically viable and there is a structure in place for those industries, theyre not going to be developed by the private sector. I think in the end, obviously, every government has to make its own decis ion on how they proceed on this, but I think the more you look towards diverse s ources of energy, the more governments a re going to realise that they need expertise from those in the private sector and, h opefully, will work in partnership with them. See part 2 of our exclusive inter view with Acting Assistant Secretary J acobson in tomorrows Tribune. 2 1, reveals a slight lead in the favour of the FNM with 1695 v otes to the PLPs 1670. T he new Elizabeth, which essentially will encompass the old boundary lines of the 1997 Yamacraw constituency, shows from the 2007 election results that the FNM will yet again have as light edge over the PLP having secured 1689 votes to the P LPs 1630. Sea Breeze, although cur r ently represented by the FNMs chairman Carl Bethel is being reported to be a seatt hat will be up for grabs c ome 2012. However, even P LP party officials have admitted that it is likely that t his seat would not go to either the PLP or the FNM, but rather to the DNAs Chris Mortimer. B amboo Town, yet another s eat that will be up for grabs is currently represented by the DNAs leader B ranville McCartney, who is expected to face a tremendous challenge from both the PLP and the FNM. As for Carmichael curr ently represented by the FNM in its Minister of Education Desmond Bannister it is unknown who will returnt o carry the partys banner in the 2012 election as it is b elieved that Mr Bannister will be the partys next candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands. Y esterday, it was revealed that the Boundaries Commission had recommended that three seats should be cut from t he current 41-member Parl iament, bringing the new total for the 2012 general election to 38. T he seats proposed to be eliminated at that time were Eight Mile Rock, Kennedy, and Clifton. However it is understood that while the K ennedy constituency might remain, the constituency of Montagu and Englerston have been eliminated in NewP rovidence to make way for larger inner-city seats, and a n ew seat (constituency 21 in the south of New Providence. Speaking to The Tribune y esterday on the reports of the possibility of Kennedys elimination, the areas current MP Kenyatta Gibson said t hat he generally had no comm ent as the reports are only recommendations at this time. However, notwithstanding that, I will run wherever my leader and my party decide for me to run in the next general election, Mr Gibson s aid. Other changes to the current make-up of the constituencies show that drasticc uts have been made to many of the inner city areas, such a s Farm Road and Centreville, Mount Moriah, and St Cecilia. C ONSTITUENCY CHANGES REVEAL FIVE KEY SEATS TO 2012 VICTORY 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 Energy security is an incredible opportunity