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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Career criminal killed in shootout Volume: 107 No.323MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 86F LOW 76F By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com a nd NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter A CAREER criminal was k illed and two others wound ed during an early morning shoot-out outside a bar onK emp Road. Randino Dinghy Pratt, 29, had been celebrating with friends at a nightspot on StJ ames Road during the early hours of Saturday morning. Police got an emergency call at 2.18am, and when officers arrived at the scene they found the body of known criminal Pratt. Superintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit (CDU The Tri bune yesterday: We know that there was an argument inside a club and that argument spilled to the outside. Shots were fired and three persons were struck, one fatally. S upt Rolle, while not r eleasing the identity of the victim, told The Tribune : He is known to police. He was unable to confirm whether the victim was on bail for an offence at the timeo f his death. It is believed the two men who were wounded duringt he shooting were not involved in the altercation at the club. One of them was allowed home on Saturdayw hile the other remains in hospital. Pratt and Deslin Nichols, alias Limbo who was killed earlier this year, were previously charged with murder in 2005 after being on the run for nearly three years. The two men were accused of the 2002 murder of Kirk Tank Dog Ferguson which is believed to have sparked the retaliation killing of Pratts mother and her son. Ferguson, 30, was gunned Two others left w ounded outside bar TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FLOWERS SURROUND the Cenotaph in the garden of remembrance as tribute is paid yesterday to fallen soldiers. See more pictures on page 2.Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff INSIGHT 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 : : O O F F F F I I C C E E R R S S V V I I E E W W SEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B NFLACTION:WEEK10 D D O O L L P P H H I I N N S S E E A A R R N N H H O O M M E E W W I I N N SEESPORTSSECTIONE By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Constituencies Com mission has reportedly rec ommended separating Ragged Island from the Long Island constituency and attaching it to Exuma, The Tribune understands. This recommendation was made during the commissions most recent meeting on Friday. A well-placed source said this could be another move by the Free National Movement to decimate seats cur rently held by the Progressive Liberal Party. I presume that was done to help out the (FNMs didate in Exuma, said the source. Currently, Agricultural Minister Larry Cartwright holds the Long Island and Ragged Island seat while PLP MP Anthony Moss represents Exuma and its cays. Mr Moss yesterday said he would be prepared to fight to retain his seat in the House of Assembly regardless of any new changes in the parameters of the areas he represents. Im sure there will be support for both parties on that island (Ragged Island is the case, Ive just got to work with it. When contacted for comment yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symon ette, who sits on the commission, did not confirm or deny PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham thanked leaders of the Church of God for their commitment to Christian values, unwavering support of the poor and contribution to society yesterday. The nations chief said the Church of God is special to me and recalled it as his childhood place of worship while growing up in Cooper's Town, Abaco. He said he was very happy to join the congregation as they dedicated a monument to honour, and in memoriam of the late Bishop William M Johnson, the first National Overseer of the Church of God in the Bahamas. BY NATARIO MCKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com P OLICE are hunting for three men who shot a 65-yearold man at his farm on Marshall Road yesterday. The shooting is part of a bloody weekend that left five p eople in hospital in separate g un attacks. At 12.30pm yesterday, three men described as ofd ark complexion went to the victims farm. Although details were s ketchy up to last night, police said that, at some point, one of the suspects shot the farmer in his upper right thigh b efore all three escaped. Last night, police said they were still trying to put thep ieces of the incident together and issued an appeal for anyone with information ont he shooting to come forward. Were still trying to unravel it, were trying to put it together now, said Superin t endent Stephen Dean. He said nothing was stolen from the victim, who was left in serious condition in hospi tal. It was speculated that the man was shot because he had POLICE have confirmed that a dead man found burned beyond recognition in the back of a car in July is convicted drug dealer Teron Fowler. Police were awaiting the results of DNA tests before they could confirm the former Gaming Board casino inspectors death, although circumstantial evidence had tentatively identified him as the dead man. On July 18, Fowler's body was found inside a burning vehicle on Hanna Road. He had been shot a number of times before his car was set on fire, said police. Residents of Joe Farring ton Road told police they had heard gunshots just after 3pm on that day. When they went to investigate, they found a car engulfed in flames. Firefighters were called. When the blaze was put out, they found a mans body in the car. A discussion over Fowler was at the centre of the infa mous fight in the Cabinet room between former ProA MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE MANHUNT AS F ARMER IS SHOT S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 PM THANKS CHUR CH LEADERS EXUMA B OUND ARY MOVE? B ODY FOUND IN CAR WAS DR UG DEALER im lovin it
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE C OMMODORE o f the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Roderick Bowe lays his wreath during the service of remembrance. A YOUNG girl takes part in the Remembrance Parade with the Red Cross. GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur F oulkes lays his wreath. Remembering the DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Brent Symonette lays a wreath yesterday at the Cenotaph. MUSICIANS in full uniform at the Remembrance Service at the Ceno taph in the Nassau Gardens of Remembrance. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff ROYALNAVYVETERAN Chester Thompson salutes at the ceremony. FALLEN
POLICE have concluded their investigations into the death of the newborn baby found earlier this month andt he matter has now been forwarded to the Coroner's Court. The partially decomposed body of the infant was found inside a home on McQuay Street on October 14. A n autopsy of the child has b een completed and the mother has been released after being questioned. Central Detective Unit head Superintendent Paul Rolle said: She is no longer in police custody and we aren ot at liberty at this time to discuss the outcome of that procedure. The child was found dead by the mother's sister when she smelled a foul odour coming from the bedroom. A fter searching the room, t he decomposing remains of the baby boy were found in a plastic bag in the trash can. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011, PAGE 3 THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended 43 Haitian men in the northern Bahamas after their vessel ran aground. HMBS P43 received information that a Haitian freighter had run aground off Pelican Point, nine miles south of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, on Saturday. W hen officers arrived at the scene shortly after noon, they found the 75-ft vessel with 43 undocumented Haitian men o nboard. The illegal immigrants were removed from their distressed v essel with the assistance of B ASRA officials and handed over to police and immi gration authorities in Marsh H arbour for further process ing. Investigation into this mat ter continues. The Department of Immigration has stepped up patrols for illegal immigrants in anticipation of a busy season for illegal migration over the next few months. Last weekend, immigration officials picked up 101 illegal migrants. Immigration Director Jack T hompson said 2,784 persons have been sent to their home countries so far this year 2,117 of them being H aitian. He added that Jamaicans, followed by Dominicans, were t he second and third largest g roups of foreigners to be repatriated. For the 2011/2012 fiscal y ear, Government has spent $193,533 out of its $1m budget for repatriation efforts. QUICK-ACTING police caught a pair of suspecteda rmed robbers shortly after they made off with cash froma Shell Service Station. The gas station in Oakes Field was robbed just before 3am yesterday, with cash ando ther items stolen. The two robbers escaped in a gray Chevy S-10 truck, license plate 23515. Police caught up with two men driving in a car fitting the description of the getaway vehicle as they drove along Wulff Road. Cash and other items believed to be stolen from the gas station were also found in the car. Two men, aged 23 and 44, were arrested. Police investigations continue. Meanwhile, officers of the Selective Enforcement Team (SET Trail Road area. On Friday morning, a father and his teenage son were arrested for alleged marijuana possession. The 16-year-old boy was arrested at 11am Friday after police saw him acting suspiciously as they patrolled Moonshine Drive in SunshineP ark. A search of the teenager revealed suspected marijua na. Police then executed a search warrant at the boy'sh ome at Fire Trail Road and found an additional amount of suspected marijuana. The boy and his 38-year-old father were taken in for questioning. About 45 minutes later, police arrested an 18-year-old man on Moonshine Drive after he was allegedly found with marijuana. Police, acting on information, then executed a search warrant on the sus pects residence in Fire Trail Road and discovered an additional amount of suspected marijuana. Police later took a 19-yearold male into custody as a result of that search. At 2pm on Friday, SET searched another home at Fire Trail Road where they found ammunition. Two women, ages 68 and 23, were taken into custody. Investigations continue. POLICE ARRES T ROBBERY SUSPECTS B ABYDEATHPROBECOMPLETE A 22-YEAROLD man is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg. Police say around 1pm on T hursday, the victim was walking on Apache Alley off Kemp Road when he was approached by a man who shot him in the right leg. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he isd etained in stable condition. MANSHOT INLEG 43 Haitians picked up as vessel runs aground T HE MIGRANTS o nboard the Defence Force patrol craft after they were apprehended in the northern Bahamas on Saturday. HAITIAN MIGRANTS onboard the distressed vessel in the northern Bahamas on Saturday afternoon.
E DITOR, The Tribune. Re: Montagu Foreshore Redevelopment Project The Tribune, September 23, 2011 T here is an officially desig nated scenic View Point for tourists, next to the Montagu Fort. It affords a wonderful view of the harbour as well as one of the most architecturallyr epulsive buildings in The Bahamas Ocean Place condos on P I. O nce the redevelopment of the Montagu Foreshore is a reality, why not also greatly improve the view of PI by demolishing the totally outof-place eyesore known as O cean Place. P erhaps the monstrosity could be shipped to Miami Beach where its ugliness would probably blend in very nicely. If the architects were B ahamian, consideration could also be given to sending them into exile along with it before they defile our scenery any further. KEN W KNOWLES, MD N assau, October 18, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. It is so disheartening when those who are responsible to be lead agencies of the Government assigned to prevent, control and/or deal with the adverse social effects in society, seem to vacillate on issues which can prove detrimental to the health, safety and life of Bahamians. In many instances, each r elated ministry comes out with a plan or strategy with little or no interaction orc ollaboration with other agencies that have to do with some aspect of the same issue. Thism ode of operation leads to waste of resources, inclusive o f time and energy. From all indications, it would appear that there is s ome underlying concern that Bahamians have in general and the politicians have in particular as to who initiated a p rogramme or project. W hether the matter will t ake off or obtain support s eems to be predicated on w ho is going to get the recognition. A number of programmes were brought ons tream each with some posit ive elements to assist in resolving the crime issue faci ng the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. P rogrammes which have impacted young people in a p ositive way include, but are not limited to: the various Cadet Programmes, Urban Renewal Programme, Bahamas against Crime (BAC I am not in possession of any empirical data, but I would venture to say that approximately 85 per cent of t he crimes against the person a nd property are committed b y young black youth in society. At a recent visit to Her Majestys Fox Hill Prison, I was amazed that all of the males were black men, noto ne white man was seen. This s hould tell us something very s erious is going on in our society and no band-aid approachc an solve the problem. The resolution to this dilemma c alls for genuine and deliberate effort to stem the tide of c rime, which in short order c an result in serious economi c consequences. When the clarion call is made for true action with a specific goal and objectives clearly stipulated, some unprecedented action will be taken by those who call on all B ahamians to get involved. T he church and other civic o rganisations indeed should b e asked to take an active part. T he black youth needs guidance and special bonding from infancy through the for mative years, adolescence and late teens. It may be that some single moms cannot offer the guidance and discipline that todays young boys in particular need. This should help us to recognise that the presence of the male figure may be needed in the home, not just to sleep, but to spend quality time and helping to rear the boys in particular. While we verbally expressed that there is the need for the male figure toh elp at home we do nothing to make this a reality, instead there is a consistent prolifer-a tion of liquor establishments which draw more and more males away from home. Y es, in many instances the home suffers lack of the basic n ecessities as a result. This proliferation is so significant that areas (inhabited mostly b y blacks) and zoned as residential are in short order encroached upon by these type of facilities which are g ranted licenses to operate. W hat is interesting is that a reas occupied by whites or a mixture in so-called more e lite areas do not have this problem of encroachment. Why is this so? I would suggest that a part o f a comprehensive plan to combat crime include a morat orium on the granting of licenses on alcoholic bevera ges throughout the island of New Providence in particular. MICHAEL E TURNER Nassau, November 18, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 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 L AST WEEK,the talk in some quarters was that dengue fever had been banished forever from the Caymans. Of course, the next rumble was: If the Caymans can do it, why not the Bahamas? Thats where we should slow down and do some thinking. T he Caymans is now undergoing a controlled scientific experiment that shows great promise that is if there is no adverse fall-out from mans attempt once again to tweak nature. W hile the Bahamas had more than 1,500 persons with dengue-like symptoms t his summer, last month the Caymans reported its first local case, explaining that it was most probably imported from the Bahamas by a returning resident. Although the dengue carrying mosquit o (aedes aegyptii h as not been active. It is said that dengue f ever is not endemic to those islands. Up until last month, according to the Pan American Health Organisation,C aribbean countries reported 47 confirmed dengue fever cases, with the Bahamas andA ruba on the very high end of the scale. A ccording to a Wall Street Journal article researchers in 2010 released 3.3 million male mosquitoes that had been genetically altered so that they were born sterile. T hese mated with females in a small test area, passing on their defect. In turn, this killed their offspring at the larval stage. This, it was reported, triggered a popula t ion collapse. However, scientists hailed the success with a great deal of caution. They are onlyt oo aware that every time an attempt is made to alter the natural state of the ecosystem there can be adverse reactions.T his brings us to Newtons third law of physics that states that for every action there is a reaction of equal magnitude, but in the opposite direction. T here is perfect balance in nature, when that balance is upset there are consequences. What if, say some scientists, the DNA from the genetically altered mos quito gets into other bugs or even man. They could cause even more harm. So this government when offered to be a part of the experiment took a wait-andsee attitude before exposing the Bahamas to the results of a test-tube experiment. Environment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux s aid the company conducting the trial had approached the Bahamas government. However, at the time the Governmentwas not convinced that it was a viable option as there were too many unknown factors associated with it. Wisely, the government declined, with the Minister continuing to hold a watching brief. O ne only has to understand the threat of the quickly multiplying lion fish in our waters a threat to our marine ecosystem with no natural predator to control its population to understand Dr Deveauxs caution. In their natural habitat the Pacific nature has provided a preda-t or to control lion fish schools. However, this colourful fish has been thoughtlessly introduced to our waters. With no natural population control in place, they threaten our very way of life. T o control skin cancer, scientists have created skin creams to block the suns d amaging rays. However, in the US, when one goes for an annual physical, a blood test usually given only in the north, has now been introduced to the south the land of sunshine because it was found t hat southerners using the sunblockers, w ere, like their northern brothers, no l onger getting enough vitamin D. Vitamin D is the natural gift of the sun. And so vitamin D supplements are the answer tow hat has been removed from nature. In 1872, a few Jamaican sugar planters w ere scratching their heads as to how to c ontrol the rat population that was decimating their sugar cane fields. A man by the name of W B Espeut got the bright idea of importing the Indian mongoose t o eat the rats. The experiment was so successful that Hawaii heard of the magical mongoose and soon Espeut was in the mongoose export business. In 1883, a gainst the wishes of some Hawaiian farm ers, 72 mongoose were ordered from Jamaica. It did the job all right, but the lit-t le critters ate more than rats, it ate everything it could sink its sharp teeth into. It also carried several diseases, includingr abies and leptospirosis. In Hawaii, without a natural predator, the mongoose, even today, is a menace in those islands. Even Egypts Aswan Dam on the Nile the worlds longest river has been a tremendous boon in one sense, but a menace in another. It created more land for farmers, it was used for irrigation, it cre ated a large fishing industry and a hydro electric plant. But for farmers downstream it has radically changed their lives. With o ut the annual flooding of the river to deposit fertile soil from upstream, farmers have to buy fertilisers making farming more expensive. Today, the soil on moret han half of Egypts farmland is rated from medium to poor. It is reported that the parasitic disease schistosomiasis has been associated with the stagnant water of the fields and reservoir. And so Dr Deveaux was wise to wait and see, because for every action there is always an opposite reaction. We must steer young from crime LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org A bid to neutralise the dengue mosquito ,1,675<:25.6t 75$163257 38%/,&,&( %$<((7'5$,1$*( 3$9,1*.(5%-(&7 ($67((77+ 'UDLQDJHHKDELOLWDWLRQ (DVWWUHHWRUWKRDGZD\&ORVXUH 'XHWRWKHRQJRLQJURDGZD\FRQVWUXFWLRQRQ WKHSURMHFWWKH*HQHUDO3XEOLFDUHDGYLVHGRI WKHWHPSRUDU\URDGZD\FORVXUHDORQJ(DVW 6WUHHW1RUWKDQGDUHHQFRXUDJHGWRIROORZWKH GLVSOD\HGWUDIFPDQDJHPHQWVLJQDJHDWDOO WLPHV 7HPSRUDU\FORVXUHZLOOEHLPSOHPHQWHGRQWKH WK :GRDSRORJL]HIRUDQ\LQFRQYHQLHQFHFDXVHG DQGZHORRNIRUZDUGWRWKHFRRSHUDWLRQRI WKHPRWRULQJSXEOLFVRWKDWWKHZRUNVPD\EH H[SHGLWHG Demolish Ocean Place Helen Blocker-Adams E DITOR, The Tribune. Reference your letter today November 7th penned by H elen Blocker-Adams. She really is an inspirational speaker as she managed tow rite a letter dated Novemb er 1st about her visit to the Bahamas on November 24th. Not only is she inspirationalb ut she also must be clairvoyant! P ATRICK THOMSON Nassau, November 7, 2011. 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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT: The attorney for Eric Oneil Strachan, the man convicted of raping an elderly woman, has requesteda mental evaluation of his client before sentence is passed. A t a sentence hearing in t he Supreme Court, attorney D evard Williams told Justice Hartman Longley that based on the findings in a probationary report he felt psychological and psychiatric reports were also necessary. Strachan, 26, was found guilty on September 21 ofr ape, two counts of attempted r ape, and one of indecent assault of a 69-year-old w oman last December. The victim had been staying at a residence with family in Andros Town, Eight Mile R ock, on December 10, 2010, w hen she was dragged from a sofa into Strachans bedroom and raped. While addressing the court, M r Williams stated there a ppears to be some indication h is client is not the correct frame of mind, and may require mental treatment. After reading the report, I am compelled to make a r equest for psychological and p sychiatric reports, he said. In the probation report, Mr W illiams said Strachan had b een involved in juvenile i ncest with a cousin. He also noted his client had been sent to Sandilands sixt imes for drug treatment due to an addiction to cocaine and crack, but never completedt he programme. A dditionally, he said Strac han has committed a number of crimes including house b reak-ins, and shop break-ins a nd stealing. M r Williams noted that his mother had also indicated that Strachan was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD He further noted that Strachan cannot read or write, and has a mental capacity b elow that of an adult man h is age. P rosecutor Olivia Blatch said the Crown did not object to the psychological and psychiatric reports. Mr Williams also expressed concerns about a prison report dismissing alleged complaints of brutality against hisc lient in prison. H e said the officer accused of slapping Strachan was on l eave when investigations were conducted into abuse complaints. Strachan told Justice Longl ey he has been referred to as a snitch and fears retaliat ion from prison officers. Justice Longley assured Strachan his concerns wouldb e documented and sent to t he prison superintendent. He a lso said a proper investigation would be ordered into the complaints. J ustice Longley adjourned sentencing to November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sychiatric reports for man who raped 69-year-old E RIC ONEIL STRACHAN, w ho was convicted of raping a 69year-old woman, is led away in handcuffs on Friday after his sentence hearing was adjourned. P hoto: Vandyke Hepburn B y LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org T HE Supreme Court trial o f a man accused of murder will resume today when three prosecution witnesses aree xpected to give evidence. The prosecution has already presented four witnesses who have given evidence about the O ctober 10, 2009, killing of Jonathan Linden. T he prosecution has alleged t hat Tyrone Francis Jr inten tionally drove his 2002 Hyundai Accent into Mr Lin-d en, who died of his injuries. Three more witnesses are expected to give evidence before judge Justice VeraW atkins and a 12-member jury. One is Dr Caryn Sands,a pathologist at the Princess M argaret Hospital Rand lab oratory. The other witnesses are police officers. The trialr esumes at 10am. MURDER TRIAL TO RESUME TODAY
FREEPORT Around 30 students from various high schools were inducted in the Royal Bahamas Police CadetC orps programme on Grand Bahama. An induction ceremony w as held last week at Police Headquarters for 29 young l aw enforcement hopefuls. Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seym our commended the students for their interest in law e nforcement, especially at s uch a critical time in the fight against crime. Mr Seymour told the first group of cadets that they will serve as pace-setters for the programme, and challenged them to put their best foot forward. This is the first time the two-year programme hasb een undertaken in Grand Bahama. W ork on the Grand B ahama branch of the programme began in May under the leadership of then Senior Assistant Commissioner of P olice Quinn McCartney. H e said that, through the initiative, cadets will receivee ducational, physical, social a nd spiritual training. S ergeant Terry Barry and C orporal Natasha Stuart visited high schools throughout t he island to speak to students about becoming cadets. Cadets must be 16 years old and entering grade 10 or 11. They must also have five or m ore BJCs of grade C or above, including mathematics and English, and a grade point a verage of 2.5 or above. The cadets will spend 18 hours a week in the programme andw ill receive a small stipend. The Police Cadet Corps was f irst introduced to the Royal Bahamas Police Force in 1969. It was suspended in 1971 and r einstated on September 28, 1 988 in New Providence. While the focus is on encouraging talented young m en and women to join the R oyal Bahamas Police Force, there is no obligation to join the organisation. The Cadet Corps pro gramme also allows students to continue taking part while they are in college. Those who remain in the programme and wish to attend the College of the B ahamas will have their fees paid, however they arer equired to re-pay the force i f they do not join. A ccording to a senior police officer, persons who pass through the programme usual-l y make better police officers. In September, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said that crime and its impact on public safety are among the major challenges facing Bahamian society t oday. M r Turnquest stressed that the government sees the fight against crime as a priority and intends to keep it at the forefront of the agenda. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE WR VXUYLYH WR WKHP/HWWKHRWKHUVJR a a BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT Royal B ahamas Police Force offic ers presented a donation to the Grand Bahama Home for the Aged. Emrick Seymour, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the force has been staging Police in Concert events to raise money for local charitable organisations o n the island. T he first to be aided was t he Cancer Association. Mr Seymour said they also promised to make a donation to the Grand Bahama Home for the Aged and last week, made good on that pledge. Today, we have come to make good on our promise t o the Home for the Aged, w hich is celebrating its 21st a nniversary this year. We want to encourage Ms Agatha Thompson and her team for the work they are doing in taking care of the elderly in the community. We hope this donation will assist in meeting the needs of the elderly residents a nd we want to encourage o ther members of the comm unity who can assist to make similar contributions. GBHA administrator Agatha Thompson commended the force for putting on a spectacular concert last week. She also thanked Police Commissioner Ellison G reenslade and his wife, who w ere in attendance and made a pledge to match the funds raised. Mrs Thompson said Mr Greenslade and his wife were always supporters of the home when they lived in Grand Bahama. He leads a fine group of talented, caring men who h ave the big task of keeping t he nation safe while finding t he time to raise funds for various charities on the island and I salute the police force for what they are doing, she said. GRAND BAHAMA HOME FOR THE AGED BENEFITS FROM FORCES CONCERT FUNDRAISING Police cadets challenged to put best foot forward E MRICKSEYMOUR
C LIMATE change is expected to reduce South Beach into a flooded district by 2050, should local residents not actively participate in reducing their high electricityb ills, said State Environment M inister Phenton Neymour. During the 2011 Energy Awareness Week, senior class students of Anatol Rodgers and CV Bethel high schools were t old about the serious consequences of global warming. Energy and energy conservation is a matter of life and death for Bahamians. Its real-ly about the fact that throughout the world we are burninge ither petroleum or coal products, which emit carbon dioxide, and its causing what they call global warming. Its from using oil to generate electricity, burning coal for heating,a nd also burning gasoline in our cars, said Mr Neymour. If the world increases in t emperature by just about two d egrees Celsius, we can expect the sea level to rise up to five feet or thats 15 feet. Now, w hen you look around the Bahamas, 80 per cent of the Bahamas lies below 10 feet ofs ea level. So, when it is expecte d to rise 15 feet and 80 per cent is below 10 feet, what that means is by the year 2050, t heres a possibility that the v ast majority of The Bahamas will be under water. M r Neymour told the students the world is getting warmer and ice caps are melting in the north and south Arctic circles. He also advised b oth student bodies about how the deterioration of the w eather would sink the South Beach community below sea level, along with 80 per cent of the Bahamas. H e advised the students to conserve as much energy as possible to lower the consumption of fossil fuels. We must reduce the amount of oil we are consumi ng every day. A lot of it is u sed to move cars, your par ents cars. And so you have a d irect impact on your future a nd its critical you understand this, said Mr Neymour. In the Bahamas, we consume about a million gallons of petroleum, gasoline and diesel per day. The majority of it is used to generate electricity at BEC. Young mena nd ladies, where do you think y ou burn the most electricity in your house? It is in fact your water heater. A lot of us,i n our homes, turn the hot water on, and then we use cold water to cool it down.W hy do we heat it up, and t hen cool it back down? The problem is that we have the thermostat set too high. He said Anatol Rodgers and C.V. Bethel schools are only a couple of feet aboves ea level and the sea is just down the street. When it rains hard, you flood. If the sea level continues to rise, Anatol Rodgers School will be no more. The vast m ajority of you are expected to be around, still alive, in the y ear 2050. What I am talking a bout are the consequences that you are expected to experience, said Mr. Neymour. Minister Neymour advised the students their job is to help their parents reduce energy consumption. We need to ask our parents t o turn the thermostat down. W e need to tell our parents to change the heating element at the bottom of that heater,e very two to three years. They also need to flush out the water heater every year. Theres ad rain at the bottom you can h ook your garden hose to it. That will help them save electricity, said Mr Neymour. That water heater represents between one fifth and one third of your electricityb ill. So, go home and look at your water heater first. Make sure your water heater is not oversized. Your mummy and daddy have this big huge water heater. That, too, is causing t he bill to be too high. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011, PAGE 7 South Beach to be flooded by 2050 ENVIRONMENT STATE MINISTER Phenton Neymour speaks at Anatol Rodgers School on the energy conservation.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE startled the gunman. Mr Dean urged anyone w ho might have seen the susp ects one of whom was wearing blue trousers or who knows more about the shooting, to contact the police. Police are also investigat i ng an attack on a man and a woman who were left in hospital after they were shot at a p arty in Wilson Track at 1.30am yesterday. The partygoers, both 20, r eported hearing gunshots. T hey later realised that they had been shot. The woman was wounded i n her buttocks and the man w as shot in his legs. They were both taken in a private vehicle to hospital where they remain in stablec ondition. Police are also investigating another shooting which left a 25-year-old man in hospital. At 3.30am yesterday, the m an was walking down a t rack road off Brougham Street when he was approached by another man,w ho shot him in his shoulder. The victim was taken to h ospital where he is detained in stable condition. An 18-year-old youth of Sunset Park is also in hospital a fter he was held up by a gun man. The incident occurred shortly after 8pm on Friday at Seven Hills off Baillou Hill Road south. P olice said the victim and two men were inside a Nissan Sentra when they were approached by a man wearing a hooded jacket. The gunman opened fire on t he men resulting in the driver b eing shot in his side. The victim was taken to hospital where he is detainedi n stable condition. Police investigations continue. A nyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact police at 911, 919, 322-3333, the Central D etective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. gressive Liberal Party Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson and then PLP Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith. F owler spent time behind bars in the US on charges ofi mporting and attempting to distribute cocaine. He was arrested in November 2007 on a sealed indictment dating back to Novem-b er 2006. At the time of his arrest, he was travelling on af raudulent passport. The married father of two was released from prison last December after serving a drug-related sentence. After Fowlers death, West End and Bimini MP ObieW ilchcombe revealed that the drug dealer had ordered a hit man to kill him. Fowler was a casino inspector when Mr Wilchcombes erved as minister of tourism w ith responsibility for the G aming Board. Mr Wilchcombe said Fowler had taken photographs of a cage in the casino, a serious breach, and was subsequently fired. Fowler reportedly hired Grand Bahama resident Sylvano American Boy Yasmin to carry out the assassination. He too is dead. M r Wilchcombe said he was alerted to the threat to his life in 2007 by the Ministry of National Security, and was provided with armed guards. P olice are appealing to anyo ne with information regardi ng Fowlers death to contact them at 911 or 919, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328TIPS or the nearest police station. the report. Im not going to conduct it (the work of the commissiont hrough the press, if the other side wants to thats their business, said Mr Symonette. Last week, The Tribune revealed that the Constituencies Commission had recommended reducing the numbero f House of Assembly seats from 41 to 38 Clifton, Kennedy and Eight Mile Rock are said to be on the chopping block. These seats are held by t hree sitting FNM members o f Parliament Kendal Wright, Kenyatta Gibson and Verna Grant respectively. Other changes to the makeup of the constituencies shows drastic cuts will be made tom any of the inner city a reas, such as Mount Moriah, St Cecilia, Farm Road, and Englerston. Elizabeth, Yamacraw, Sea B reeze, Pinewood, and Bamb oo Town have also seen the removal of a number of their p olling divisions as the Com m ission moves to reduce the n umber of seats in New Provi dence to 23 and five in Grand Bahama. A ccording to well-placed sources within the PLP, it is believed the government,t hrough this report, is trying to place as many PLP supporters into one seat therefore allowing the loss of one, rather than the possibility oft wo or three seats. The commission meets again on Wednesday. Exuma boundary move? BODY FOUND IN CAR WAS DRUG DEALER MANHUNT AS FARMER IS SHOT 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 L ARRYCARTWRIGHTMP, w hose Long Island and Ragged Island constituency could be divided up in boundary changes.
Not only was the Church of God the church of his childh ood, but so was Bishop Johnson, whose memory I cherish. Mr Ingraham said the hist ory of the Church of God is r eplete with examples of Christian charity. His comments came as he spoke at a dedication ceremony for new offices at the churchs Joe Farrington Road location. Mr Ingraham said: Since its earliest days, the Church o f God has been involved in bringing comfort, relief ands upport to those in need, especially during periods of h ardship. The counseling and guidance you provide serve as a spiritual and moral compass to your members hip as well as the wider community. He added: Like many in our community, I ami mpressed with the emphasis y ou place on developing a strong family life. Your promotion and encouragement of responsibility, within the family, the community and indeed the nation is both t imeless and urgently needed today. Your many programmes a nd initiatives have encoura ged many people to live healthier lifestyles and to e mbrace other wholesome ways to benefit their own lives and that of their families and indeed our nation. Mr Ingraham added that his Government is conscious of the need to reinforce the spirit of volunteerism in the c ountry and added that far t oo many people prize material wealth over above all else. We in Government are particularly conscious of the need to develop and s trengthen positive attitudes and to reinforce the spirit ofv olunteerism and giving a mong our people, most part icularly among young people. H e added: This is so because notwithstanding the wonderful programmes offered by yourselves and indeed, a host of other denominations in our country, there remains a small but stubborn minority a mong us who disregard the l aw, the life and the property of others. Far too many people in our land see material things as their purpose for living rather than their true purpose o n earth to love God, and love our neighbour as ourselves. M r Ingraham has called for a new era of volunteerism with the launch of Volunteer B ahamas, an innovative programme geared towards harnessing the generosity of Bahamians and residents. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 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 down in broad daylight in F ebruary 2002, near Sandilands Primary school. He was t hought to be the victim of a gang execution as either part of a turf war of rival gangs a nd drug dealers or as reprisal for incidents in which he wasr eportedly involved. T he double murder of R osemary Bennett Wright, Pratts mother and her sevenyear-old son Jakeel Wright onM arch 6, 2005, is believed to have been a revenge killing for Fergusons death. Bothw ere shot dead in their beds a t their home on Adderley Street. Police are appealing for a nyone with information to contact them at 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9 991, 502-9910 or Crime Stopp ers at 328TIPS. 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 CAREER CRIMINAL KILLED IN SHOOTOUT PMthanks church leaders P RIMEMINISTERHUBERT INGRAHAM t hanked leaders of the Church o f God
R OYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE PAGE 10, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER A PHYSICAL disability impaired vision, hearing, or mobility doesnt prevent you f rom being a victim of crime. T he following common sense actions can reduce your risk. Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, whetheron the street, in an office b uilding or shopping mall, driving, or waiting for a bus. S end a message that youre calm, confident and know where youre going. Be realistic about your limitations. Avoid places or situ-a tions that put you at risk. K now the neighborhood w here you live and work. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, restaurants, or stores that are opena nd accessible. A void establishing predictable activity patterns. Most of us have daily rout ines, but never varying them may increase your vulnerability to crime. AT HOME Put good locks on all your d oors. Police recommend double-cylinder, deadbolt locks, but make sure you can easily use the locks you install. Install peepholes on front and back doors at your eye level. This is especially impor-t ant if you use a wheelchair. Get to know your neighbors. Watchful neighbors who look out for you as well as themselves are a frontline defense against crime. If you have difficulty speaking, have a friend record a message (giving your name, address, and type of disability) to use in emergencies. Keep the tape in a recorder next to your phone. A sk your police department to conduct a free home security survey and to help i dentify your individual needs. OUT AND ABOUT If possible, go with a friend. Stick to well-lighted, wellt raveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through vacant lots, wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. C arry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket. If you use a wheelchair, keep your purse or wallet tucked snugly between you and the inside of the chair. If you use a knapsack, make sure it is securely shut. Always carry your medical information, in case of an emergency. C onsider installing a cellular phone or CB radio in your vehicle. Advice for the disabled
B y SIR RONALDSANDERS A STATEMENT by the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, that his government will not provide budgetary aid to governments thatv iolate human rights including by discriminating against homosexuals and lesbians, has angered sections of Caribbean society. The angry response may h ave arisen over a misunders tanding of Camerons remarks made in a BBC interview at the end of the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of G overnment Meeting ( CHOGM) in Perth, Aust ralia, from 28 to 30 October. The remarks were not made at CHOGM itself. While Cameron did say that h is government would not p rovide general budget supp ort to governments that do not uphold human rights including the rights of homosexuals, lesbians and vulnerable communities such as young girls, his remarks weren ot specifically about homos exuals and he did not say that all aid would be withheld. In a ny event, no independent Caribbean country is a recipient of general budget aid from B ritain, and, therefore, none w ould be affected. In this r egard, the response to C amerons remarks would h ave benefitted from more careful study. Cameron did not state a new position. What he said has been the British Governments published policy since e arlier this year when the Department for Internationa l Development (DFID ducted a study, involving a wide range of organisationsand countries, from which it was decided that general budget aid to governments should b e linked to good governance, a ccountability and respect for human rights. British bud g etary support is only 16 per cent of the UKs annual aid budget of .46bn (US$12.1bn N evertheless, the policies, l aws and practices applicable t o homosexuals and lesbians are real and growing issues in the Caribbean, not only froma human rights standpoint, but a s a public health one too. At the CHOGM in Perth, a n Eminent Persons Group ( EPG), of which I am a member, delivered a report to H eads of Government, who commissioned it at their meet ing in Trinidad two years ago, o n ways to reform the Comm onwealth to make it rele vant to its times and its peo ple. Included in the 106 recommendations in the report wasone that governments should take steps to encourage the repeal of discriminatory laws that impede the effectiver esponse of Commonwealth countries to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and commit to programmes of education that would help a repeal of suchl aws. Among these laws are t hose that criminalise homos exuality. T he recommendation p roved to be difficult for many A frican and Caribbean gove rnments. Of the current 53 n ations of the Commonw ealth, 41 retain laws that c riminalise homosexuality. S ome of these laws dictate h omosexuals should be f logged and jailed. Of the 41 s tates with such laws, all 12 of the independent Commonw ealth Caribbean countries a re included. Remarkably, these laws are relics of the colonial past. T hey were introduced in the Caribbean by the British Colonial government. But, w hile Britain, like the majorit y of countries in the world, has moved on to decriminalise h omosexuality, the colonial l aws remain in many parts of Africa and the Caribbean. I n Britain, Australia, Canad a, the US and the majority o f European and Latin Ameri can nations, many homosexu als and lesbians, freed from the criminalisation of their sexual preferences, have risen to the top of their careers. Many are captains of indust ries, government ministers, l eading sports persons and even members of the armed f orces doing duty in danger o us places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In the Caribbean, however, homo s exuals are marginalised and t he majority remain hidden, t errified of the consequences o f coming out. Caribbean governments face serious difficulties over this issue. There is a strong prejudice in societies based on both a lack of education and reluctance to engage the issue i n public fora. The churches i n the Caribbean are the most u nyielding, constraining politi cal parties from adopting a more enlightened and modern-day view of the matter. T he facts indicate that 60 m illion people worldwide have been infected with HIV and 33.3 million presently live with the virus. Over 60 per cent of the people living with HIV reside in Commonwealthc ountries. The region with the highest rate of HIV/Aids per capita is the Caribbean. In this sense, the problem for the Caribbean is one both of human rights and public h ealth. H omosexuals who live under the risk of flogging and jail are reluctant to reveal themselves if and when they b ecome HIV infected. Cons equently, they are left u ntreated and the disease spreads and eventually they die, although the real cause of death is usually hidden. I n any event, the laws crimi nalising homosexuality are d epriving the Caribbean of the use of remarkably talented people in all fields of life who could be contributing to the development and prosperity of every Caribbean country.S ome homosexuals have a lready emerged despite the laws and the stigma as outs tanding Caribbean citizens, revered not only in the region but in other parts of the world, b ut they have been persons of g reat courage and unquest ionable ability. Others have s imply fallen by the wayside, o r are living lives of lies. On the eve of CHOGM in Perth, Helen Clark, the Head of the United Nations Development Programme wrote to Commonwealth leaders pointi ng out that it is important and urgent for them to prom ote and secure the repeal of the discriminatory laws which impede effective national HIV responses. She called for legislative initiatives and programmes which will repeal d iscriminatory laws that can n ot only turn back the HIV epidemic, but also improve t he health and development of their citizens. She urged leaders to seize this opportunity for the Commonwealth t o turn a corner in preventing a nd controlling HIV by e mbracing the proposals to repeal laws which impede effective HIV responses. I n part, it was to this urgi ng that the British Prime Minister was responding when h e spoke in the BBC inter v iew of the need to repeal discriminatory laws. T he issue will not go away. Britains linking of General Budget Aid to respect for h uman rights is one response. O thers will follow in different ways. As the international community sees it, homosex uals and lesbians are entitled to rights too, as long as they do not affect the rights and preferences of others. T he Caribbean will have to f ace up to that reality as m ost of the rest of the world has. The best way to start is by informed public discussion. R esponses and other comm entaries at www.sirronalds anders.com Gays have rights too the Caribbean dilemma LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011, PAGE 11 Cable Beach Branch Relocation...We wish to advise our valuable customers that effective Monday, November 21, 2011, the Cable Beach branch will relocate to its new location on West Bay Street in the new Baha Mar Commercial Village.NEW PHONE NUMBER: 242-702-8100 We look forward to serving you at our new home.*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable) W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Fridays Question Fridays Answer Fridays Winners Where will the Bahamas Tourist Office attend the International Luxury Tr avel Market in December? Cannes France T HE COMMISSIONER of p olice has fired 30 officers this year for various infractions, including criminal behaviour,N ational Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said. The revelation came as he s poke to 61 new graduates f rom the Police Training College and encouraged them to uphold and carry out the law. Graduates, the Commissioner of Police has dismissed 3 0 officers so far this year under various provisions of the Police Force Act. The rea-s ons range from committing criminal offences; ceasing to be efficient and effective officers; being absent from duty without satisfactory explana-t ion; and engaging in activities that bring ill-repute to the f orce such that it was deemed necessary in the public interestt o discharge them. I highlight this to unders core the fact that there is zero tolerance for impropriety andi llegality on the force. As police officers, you must uphold the law in both your public and private lives. I again remind you that all officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force are required to be more vigilant and attentive in the execution of their daily duties and must address allo ffences committed, whether within their view or reported; be they major or minor. He also revealed that 196 persons are being monitored by electronic ankle bracelets, which he lauded as a valuable tool in the countrys crimef ighting arsenal. Mr Turnquest told the 61 new constables that their new work will be demanding and subject to intense scrutiny. You have been selected for training from a long list ofp ersons and considerable time and resources have been invested in your training. You a re entering a new role now, o ne that is subject to intense scrutiny and constant d emands. I am confident, however, that the rigorous training you have just completed will great l y assist you in carrying out your duties. I urge you to bring your professionalism, c haracter, and training to all the challenges you will undoubtedly face during your policing career, said Mr Turnquest. At the ceremony, Constable 3546 Leslie Brown, from B Squad, and Constable 3572 Jameca Basden, of C Squad, received the Commandants A wards for obtaining the best a cademic performance. Constable 3538 Nikita R olle, of B Squad, and Constable 3572 Jameca Basden, of C Squad, received the coveted Baton of Honour Awardf or overall best performance in all disciplines of training. Ahigh bar is set for new police graduates OFFICERSONPARADE at the graduation ceremony. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff S TANDINGTOATTENTION a re the newly commissioned new constables at yesterdays ceremony. A FEMALECONSTABLE s hows h er skills in a drill.