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NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Mystery after skeleton found Volume: 108 No.25MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZY WITHSUN HIGH 79F LOW 69F By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SKELETAL remains, believed to be that of a man, were discovered in a marshy area of Sea Breeze yesterday evening. Police say the bones were uncovered by men who were bird shooting near the Sea Breeze canal. Superintendent Paul Rolle, officer in charge of the homicide division, said the discov ery was made around 5:30pm in the western portion of the Sea Breeze canal. My officers are still investigating and combing the area. So far, they have recovered a skull with some hair. Right now, we cant say the sex of the skull or how long it was there. We will continue to search the marshy area for other possible body parts, he said. A source close to the inves tigation said the skull appeared to have been there for quite some time but from the facial impressions it is more than likely to be the skull of a man. Police investigations con tinue. This discovery comes two weeks after Baha Mar workers unexpectedly unearthed a human hand during routine road works. At that time, Superintendent Stephen Dean said police were still in the pre liminary stages of the investigation. A police source said since the discovery officers have been digging in the area where the hand was found, looking for other body parts. The hand was discovered near Superclubs Breezes resort on December 7, coin cidentally close to the former In vestigation launched into man s death TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I NSIGHT W W H H A A T T I I S S T T H H E E F F U U T T U U R R E E O O F F T T H H E E M M E E D D I I A A ? ? SEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B NFLFOOTBALL:MIAMIDOLPHINS F F I I R R S S T T W W I I N N F F O O R R N N E E W W C C O O A A C C H H SEESPORTSSECTIONE POLICE say they are following significant leads in their investigation into the murder of 25-year-old Tyson Deveaux. S uperintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective U nit, yesterday confirmed that no one has been taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting Wednesday morning. Deveaux was walking on Bahama Avenue, off BlueH ill Road, shortly after 8am when he was approached by an armed man who opened fire on him. He died at the scene. According to police, the By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com ONE man is dead and another seriously injured in two separate traffic accidents over the weekend. The first occurred when Abaco police were alerted to a serious car collision at 3:10 am on Sunday, which resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man. As the man drove on Don McKay Boulevard, police believe he lost control of his red 2007 Nissan Tida and crashed into a wall near the B & L Plaza in Marsh Harbour. He was then thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by a local doctor. Police Superintendent Noelle Curry said that while they do know who the victim is, the family has yet to posiBy SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham dismissed reports that the New Providence Road Improvement Project is over budget by $40 million. Stating that the road works would have been less costly had it not been shelved by the previous administration, Mr Ingraham said the inaccurate figure was leaked from a committee within the House of Assembly. Mr Ingraham spoke at the signing of a loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank worth a combined $131 million on Friday. The money will be used on water supply and sanitation upgrades and an air transport reform programme. The Prime Minister said: The newspapers have been carrying some stories that have been leaked to it by members of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly who have given you inaccurate information, but you continue to put it forward as fact. The truth is the cost that BELOVED Anglican priest Neil Roach died in Doctors Hospital over the weekend from a heart related illness. Known as the longest serving rector of Holy Cross Anglican Parish, Canon Roach died at noon on Sat urday. He was 78. The retired associate priest of Christ the King Church was described as a person of great influence. He was renowned for his role in the countrys development. It is understood that attempts were being made to fly him to Texas where there POLICE HAVE SIGNIFICANT LEADS OVER SHOOTING PM: R O ADSPROJECTNOT $40M OVERBUDGET By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE family of Anya Wilmott, pictured the 22year-old mother of two who disap peared last month, is offering a $2,000 reward for informa tion leading to finding her alive or dead. Anyas mother, Antoinette Newton, said the family is STARTING CHRISTMAS ON THE RIGHT NOTE THE ROYAL BAHAMAS Police Force Bands Beat Retreat, performed every year in Rawson Square, attracted a large crowd, as well as a host of civic dignitaries. For more pictures, see page 18. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff REWARD OFFER T O FIND W OMAN ONE DEAD, ONE P ARAL YSED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ANGLICAN PRIEST DIES, A GED 78 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 im lovin it
THE Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, which is operated by the National Museum of The Bahamas/Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation was destroyed by fire during the early hours of Friday morning, December 2. The fire extensively damaged the interior of the twostorey building and the western and southern exterior walls leaving much rubble and debris in the aftermath. The museum is located in the historic Vendue House at the juncture of Bay and George Streets. Originally used as a market place for the town of Nassau, the building constructed of cut-limestone blocks dates to around 1769. Slaves were among the commodities sold from Vendue House. The museum was opened at this site in 1992 and an exhibition entitled The Road to Freedom: Slavery in The Bahamas was mounted. On September 4, 2001, the building was damaged in the Bay Street fire. As a result of the fire, it was evacuated. At the time of the fire, staff and ancillary services demonstrated their preparedness as over 97 per cent of all of the collections on display and stored were saved. T he museum was restored a nd reopened in June 2004 a nd two major exhibitions have been mounted over the years, A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie followed by the Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery created by theS chomburg Institute for Research in Black Culture to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the new world. Over the years, the muse um has amassed a significant collection of rare books on the subject of slavery and related topics. Its object collection includes slave shackles of different kinds, a whip, cloth dolls, coins and West African trading beads of note. There was also a mural depicting Parliament Square and Bay Street during the 1850s.The mural was created during the 1960s to adorn the walls of the newly opened branch of City Bank located on the ground floor of the Adderley Building. This regrettably was totally destroyed by fire along with all of the information panels and all of the historic documents. The wooden artifacts, including a slave bed and musket were badly charred and they along with other wooden pieces will need conservation. On display were two cloth dolls, although damaged one survived the fire. The Department of Archives is assisting with cleaning of the b ook collection, some of them a re wet and others were cove red with soot and smelled of the smoke. The metal objects, including slave shackles, a dou ble transportation slave collar, and crab style runaway collar are being cleaned and have minimal damage. Over all, 90p er cent of the objects were saved even though a small percentage of them are damaged and all of the books in the spe cial collection were saved even though some of them have some water damage. The staff of the National Museum of The Bahamas was on hand to secure the objects. The museums curator gave special thanks to the mainte nance crew who packed and transported the objects to safety. The Fire Department espe cially the officers who entered the building and retrieved the objects are to be commended. We at the National Museum of The Bahamas are especially grateful for the out pouring of support and con cern expressed by Bahamians at large and in the very near future we plan to provide an opportunity for further public involvement through a Restore Pompey Museum Campaign, said Mrs Kim Outten-Stubbs, the museums chief curator. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Museum to rebuild THE AFTERMATH of the fire at the start of this month, which destroyed the Pompey Museum, right.
EDITOR, The Tribune. This letter is about a gift of life given to my family by the doctors (private and government), nurses at the Rand I CU and the remarkable E MS in Freeport. O ver the years, people have been heard to say: Dont get sick in Freeport;medical care in Freeport is non-existent. For the most part, this is from foreigners, ex-pats and, yes, sometimes Bahamians. My mother came to Grand Bahama Island several weeks ago to spend the holidays with her family. We were so pleased that this healthy 93year-old woman would fly here from New York City to spend this time with her family who live here her son, daughter, grandsons, and great granddaughters. On Monday, December 5th, she had chest pains and her jaw hurt. We found out later that this is symptomaticof a heart attack in women. Mother asked me to take her to the Rand. Because we know how busy the ER is, we went to see Kevin Bethel, MD (right across the street from the hospital) to have the symptoms assessed. He con firmed that she had a heart attack and that we had to gether to the Rand. The EMS was called and the ambulance was there in less than two minutes. My mother was frightened, but EMS personnel Justin Hepburn and Arnold Russell were calm and reassuring and explained everythingto her and eased her concerns. She was brought to the trauma area at the ER and was then admitted to ICU. Mother remained in ICU, was administered stabilising drugs, where there are four b eds and 24-hour care. She was awestruck at the care provided by Petrona Campbell, RN, MariselleAguilar, RN and all the nurses in ICU under the watchful eyes of Deputy Nursing Officer Mrs Audrey Rolle. Dr Edwards was in charge of her care and monitored her, along with her huge case load, and Dr Ohueyi and Dr Ibaceba. We cannot say enough about Dr Forbes, mothers cardiologist. He knew what had to be done. He didnt want her to have another heart attack. Her episodes of discomfort were increasing and he said, without alarming her, that she needed to be airlifted to hospital in Florida, whether the Cleveland Clinic or University Hospital in Miami it was her choice. This is where his explanation made sense and reassured my mother: if she were in New York with her own doctor or here with Dr Forbes, neither one would be t he doctors to perform an angioplasty. This procedure can only be done by doctors that perform these procedures all the time. She would not know the surgeon in New York and she wouldnt know the surgeon in Florida. On Saturday, December 10th, Dr Forbes said that she had to go that day. He didnt stop, he moved mountains. He was on the phone with me at 11:50pm Saturday evening and said that the Air Ambulance from Nassau would be landing in Freeport by 1am. Our Freeport EMS (Venesha Bartlett and Richard Swain on board the ambulance) went to the airport to pick up the Flight Doctor, Dr Allick, and the paramedic. They brought them to the Rand, where they hooked mother up to all the machines, put her on a gurney, back onto the ambulance and onto the plane (20 minutes arrived in Ft Lauderdale in 22 minutes. An ambulance ordered by the Cleveland Clinic was there. The flight doctor and paramedic got on the US ambu lance with my mother, brought her to the ER at the Cleveland Clinic, got her reg istered, made sure she was hooked up to everything and then left. My mother could not believe that all this happened so quickly and profes sionally. On Monday, December 12th, Dr Forbes recom mended surgeon took care of the three blockages in mothers arteries. Shes all fixed, the doctor reported. We got back to Freeport on Thursday, December 15th. Here is the quote from mother that we want all to hear: If this had happened to me in New York, I would have been dead. I am alive because of the care I received in Freeport. That people truly watched, listened, protected and did what they are trained to do. I will never be concerned a bout becoming ill here. We want to give special note of thanks to Mr Selwyn Strahn and Mrs Dixie Jones Connelley for running an amazing EMS organization. While we were sitting comfortably today, enjoying the breezes and the blue sky, and watching mother get her strength back, there was a knock on the door and EMS delivered beautiful flowers to my mother (from their own funds). She was all smiles. There were hugs all around. Thank you all for giving our m other, grandmother and g reat grandmother back to us for the holidays. We love you all. Karen Clarke, John and Wendy Gehr and all the rest of the family on Grand Bahama Island. Grand Bahama, December 18, 2011. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011, PAGE 3 b f f r b If this had happened to me in New York, I would have died When New Yorker Helen Kaufman came to visit her f amily in Grand Bahama, it could have had a terrible ending if it wasnt for the tireless efforts of medical s taff who came to her aid when she suffered a heart attack. So good was the medical assistance that she said if she had been in New York, she would have been dead. Here, in a letter to The Tribune her family tells the story of her treatment. THEMEDICAL TEAM transport Mrs Helen Kaufman and get her safely aboard the plane to Fort Lauderdale.
EDITOR, The Tribune. A YOUNG Opposition Member of Parliament recently blasted the government about the problem the country faces with the ever increasing national debt. He is correct about the borrowing, but as is typical with political hyperbole, he offers no specifics on how to solve the problem or how his party would have handled the world recession. He then contradicts himself in a newspaper article by asking, Why invest more borrowed money into the ground, rather than in people? Suggesting the country bor row to spend on people refutes his earlier position that the government is borrowing too much. Of course, inconsistencies like this can be found on both sides of the aisle when politi cians think of little more than sound bytes in attempt to motivate their supporters. But this does more harm in the long run, particularly on big issues like the national debt. Repayment of the borrowed money does not dis criminate along party lines. Every citizen is responsible for it one way or another so there needs to be some agreement between those in Par liament on a possible resolution. Dr Richard Rahn, of the CATO Institute, pointed out recently that the political class in Canada and Sweden sum mon(ed make necessary changes in spending, taxing and regulations to prevent fiscal disaster. Both governing and opposition members there came together in the mid-1990s to make those necessary changes. Surely the political class here can follow their lead? One thing that is certain, the bigger the government gets, and the more it attempts to provide, the more citizens have to pay in the form of taxes and/or inflation. Either way a lower standard of living results because nothing is free. Members of Parliament know this, but in some cases, it appears the hope of short term political gain is more important than future generations. Yours in Liberty, RICK LOWE www.weblogbahamas.com Nassau, December 18, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. THE ambition to be without the ability to do. These are the words commercialised on a local radio station. How powerful these words are. Is this the reason for the state of affairs in our country? Lets take a closer look. The word ambition means goal, desire, determination, drive, get up and go and aspiration. I am of the view that every human being has ambition. But is ambition enough? Can ambition alone take you through? In 1933, Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. This was a move that would change the course of history because Hitlers intent ions were no secret. He wante d to exterminate all Jews and s tart a 1,000 year reign. Did Hitler have ambition? Of course. Did he possess the ability to win World War 2 on his decision making? No, he did not. He was not a military strategist but he was making crucial decisions with regards to Germanys war effort. His inability to make proper decisions and realise good advice ultimately led to Germanys demise. Does this sound familiar? Many of our leaders know how to get to top positions but when they get there, they make a mockery of themselves and the position. This I believe is the crux of the problems in the Bahamas. Let me explain. The Public Service has produced many outstanding employees over its tenure. But they have also produced many employees who operated and are still operating at a very low level. How is it that the public service continues to provide poor service, is ineffective and inefficient in its operations and is allowed to continue in its laissez-faire way? Did you ever consider that the persons charged with this responsibility did not possess and currently do not possess the ability to turn this service into a well-organised machinery? The fiscal policies that are adopted in the Bahamas leave more questions than answers. Is our debt increasing or decreasing? Are we in a better position to borrow money today than yesterday? Will we be in a better position financially ten years from now? What are we doing to ensure that our fiscal policy is strengthened and that we borrow less and save more? Did we ever consider that the persons charged with this responsibility dont possess the ability to formulate and stick to sound fiscal policy? Would you allow a carpenter to perform an open heart surgery on your family member if he had a desire to do so? Would you fly in a 747 jet from Nassau to Miami if you know a carpenter was at the controls? Would you allow a carpenter to overhaul your car engine if he told you that he had an itch to do so? If you answered no to these three questions, then I know that all is not lost in our country. Would you allow a carpenter then to construct your roof? The answer to this would be yes, I hope, but I trust you would perform due diligence and hire the best carpenter you think can execute the job. A s Bahamians elect union p residents, civic organisation p residents, parent-teachers association presidents and the like I am hopeful that we would take proper action and perform our due diligence. Someone wrote a recent article in one of the dailies and the title was Collective Shame and Collective Responsibility. The prevailing wisdom cannot remain that the person isa family member or that he is a lodge brother or that he gives out perks. It cannot be just about the persons ambi tion only. It should be about his ability as well. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, December 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS 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 C ontributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished 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 Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas Despite its status as a Bible Belt state, Arkansas has gradually shed its opposition to mostf orms of gambling. With lottery tickets, charitable bingo games, race tracks and video poker now a regular part of life, the state has embraced nearly every form of wagering except casinos. A Texas businessmans proposed constitutional amendment could test that stance, but getting it onto the ballot could be a longshot. Michael Wasserman says he plans to start gathering signatures in February for a proposed constitutional amend ment that would grant him exclusiver ights to build and operate casinos in B oone, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson, M iller, Pulaski and Sebastian counties in border towns and population centres. Its the third time the owner of Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment Inc. has had his proposal certified the first before gathering the more than 78,000s ignatures needed to place his measure on the ballot. The biggest factor Wasserman has in his favour is a much friendlier environment for gambling than when he first proposed casinos in 2006. Even though voters rejected casino initiatives in 1996 and 2000, they approved charity-run bingo games and raffles in 2006. Gambling long has been allowed at the Oaklawn Park horse track in Hot Springs and at Southland Park, a greyhound track in West Mem phis. Video blackjack, poker and other electronic games of skill were added to the tracks in late 2006. Arkansas voters have expanded gam bling even further, a state-run lottery to raise money for college scholarships was authorized in 2008. Wasserman said he believes voters were already open to the idea of casinos, but said the passage of the bingo and lot tery measures reinforces the idea that Arkansans may support expanding gambling if they see how it'll benefit the state. I know the voters are open to it, Wasserman said. The biggest obstacle Wasserman may face is organisation. In 2006, he stopped his campaign after his sister died. At the time, he said, he had gathered at least 78,000 signatures and was confident he could have gathered more than enough to put the proposal before voters. He had hoped to gather between 120,000 and 130,000. He tried again in 2010, but missed the deadline to submit his petitions. This time, Wasserman says hes relying on paid signature gatherers and is confi-d ent they can get the work done in time. If he can, he says, hell point to the jobs and tax revenue that would be created by the casinos and the business theyd bring. Of all the businesses you could have that would benefit the state, this seems the most logical because it touches so many different people and so many different industries, he said. For now, gambling opponents say they dont view Wassermans proposal as a major threat and point to his unsuccess ful attempts in the past to get it on theb allot. But that doesnt mean they're not k eeping a close eye on the measure. J erry Cox, head of the Family Council, said he doubts Wasserman will get his proposal on the ballot next year. But Cox still issued a statement criticising the measure the day after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified thep roposed amendments language. If it does reach the ballot, Cox said his group will probably have to go beyond a strictly anti-casino message. The group unsuccessfully tried to tie the lottery to fears about it opening the door to casino gambling when voters backed the games to pay for college scholarships in 2008. That means reaching out to those who might otherwise back the idea of casinos or other gambling. The people that would decide such an issue are the ones who are in the mushy middle who are trying to make up their mind and are asking, is this good for Arkansas? Cox said. An appealing message to those people would be even if youre for casinos, are you for this kind of proposal? Wasserman pushes back against Coxs criticism that hes trying to write himself into the constitution to make a profit. He acknowledges that he hopes to make a profit with the casinos, but said hes also trying to bring benefits to the state as well. No matter how it fares, Wassermans proposal indicates how difficult of a fight gambling opponents may face in the future. If the key to defeating his propos al is swaying those who arent normally casino opponents, what happens if a more direct proposal comes along? I think that if a clean well-written measure were to come along, it would be problematic, Cox said. Im not sure we would lose, but I wouldnt predict victory. By Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press Ambition without ability LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Proposal testing views on casinos Politics of contradiction EDITOR, The Tribune NOTWITHSTANDING Batelco/Limes generous commitment in support of Junkanoo and all the fanfare surrounding their recent 4G launch, their performance and service over the last few months has been abysmal, particularly with respect to cellular and internet service. Dropped calls and sporadic or no service are seemingly now the norm. Today, I received my latest bill but with no record of my previous month's payment and the balance carried for ward yet again. To add insult to injury, I drove to the Batelco office in the Shirley Street plaza to resolve the discrepancy only to find it closed at 2 oclock in the afternoon with the staff apparently attending a Christmas party at JFK headquarters. Does Batelco now close their offices island wide for parties or is this a part of their new cus tomer friendly approach? If these are examples of the much-heralded first world ser vice we were promised during all of the hoopla associated with the takeover, I should be very pleased to have my third world service restored. IAN MABON Nassau, December 16, 2011 EDITOR, The Tribune PLEASE allow me a few lines in your valued newspaper to express a major frustration that I have which relates to the Village Road and Park Gate corner street light, and Im sure many persons share this same gripe. Has it not occurred to the Road Traffic department that whenever this light is on and working in the mornings that there is snail-like traffic coming from the east in particular because of it. The traffic at times is backed up all the way through Monastery Park and as far back as Fox Hill. Would it be too much to ask if someone at the Road Traffic Department can turn it off in the morning a few times and then vice versa and just watch what happens? It has become very obvious to me and Im sure to many others too (some of whom have expressed their frustra tions to me) regarding this light and they all agree that it's better if its off in the mornings until around 10:00am. FRUSTRATED Nassau, December 13, 2011. S S t t r r e e e e t t l l i i g g h h t t f f r r u u s s t t r r a a t t i i o o n n Abysmal mobile service
By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE government put pen to paper on two loans from the Inter-American Development Bank worth a combined $131 million, to be used on water supply and sanitation upgrades and an air transport reform programme. The Water and Sewerage Corporation will receive $81 million to rehabilitate selected sewerage infrastructure and make its other services more effective and efficient. Prime Minister Hubert Ingrah am said the majority of the m oney will go toward reducing water loss in the capital. We will direct $49 million at reducing non-revenue water, $15.5 million will go toward rehabilitating sewer plants infrastructure and designing a master plan for waste water treatment and $5.5 million will be allotted for institutional strengthening of WSC to improve staff p roductivity and customer s ervice, he said. E nvironment Minister Earl Deveaux said the loan will eventually pay for itself through the savings it creates by eliminating water leakage. This loan means that we will be able to reduce leaks that account for five million gallons per day that is wasted. We will also be able to meet the demand for water in New Providence and the price of water will be more affordable than the water barging we just discontinued. We will also be able to increase water pressure from 19 pounds per square inch to 25. We will essentially increase the quality of water supply in the Bahamas. The $50 million Air Transport Programme loan will be used to purchase a new radar system for the Lynden Pindling International Airport; and general development at the Leonard Thompson Airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco and the Exuma International Airport. Some of the money will go towards reforming the aviation sector. Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool Wallace expressed thanks and appreciation to the IDB for t heir continued assistance. We will use this money to s how the world that the Bahamas is made up of more islands than New Providence and Paradise Island. We will focus on upgrading airports in the Family Islands and show the world the variety of the Bahamas through an improved aviation regime, he said. IDB vice president Roberto Vellutini signed the loans on behalf of the bank. T hey are expected to be paid off in 25 years and carry an interest of 1.24 per cent. Prime Minister Ingraham said the removal and replacement of water pipes throughout New Providence should not place a further burden on commuters as most of the work will be carried out at night and the pipes are small and require little digging up. According to Glen Leville, general manager at WSC, the infrastructural work is not expected to begin until 2013, after the corporation conducts the necessary surveys and studies. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011, PAGE 5 n tb bnbrnnbr n tbnnrf Loans deal to improve water supply PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham said the money would go toward reducing water loss.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A 38-yearold Freeport man is in hospital after being shot multiple times during an attempted armed robbery at Deadmans Reef on Sunday. The victim is detained in s erious, but stable condition, a t Rand Memorial Hospital. H is identity has not been released by police. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, reported that police received a call at about 12.51pm of a shooting and armed robbery in West Grand Bahama. She said officers were dispatched to the scene to investigate. According to initial police investigations, three persons employed at the Meat Market Produce & Convenience Store, located in the Friendship Shopping Centre in Eight Mile Rock, were using the companys van. M s Mackey said the driver w as dropping off a female e mployee at her home in Deadmans Reef. When they arrived at the home, they were approached by three masked men armed with handguns. The culprits demanded cash. ASP Mackey said when they got no money they fired several shots, hitting the driver. He was taken by ambulance to hospital in Freeport. His condition was not known up to presstime on Sunday. We are appealing to residents of West Grand Bahama, particularly to pers ons who were in the area and w ould have seen the culprits r unning away or driving away at a high rate of speed, for their assistance, Ms Mackey said. Anyone who can assist the police is asked to call 3503107/8 or 911. Ms Mackey said police are again encouraging business operators and employees to vary their routine during the holiday season. Police made 17 arrests over the weekend for various offences including rape, armed robbery, damage report, disorderly behaviour, obscene language, vagrancy, possession of dangerous drugs, assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, attempting to leave the scene of a traffic accident, breach of electronic monitoring bracelet and warrants of apprehension. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Man in hospital after being shot during armed robbery MINISTER OF YOUTH, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard (left sador of the Republic of Cuba Ernesto Soberon Guzman, during a courtesy call at the Ministry on December 15. Photo: Eric Rose /BIS WARM WELCOME FOR CUBAN ENVOY By MIKE LIGHTBOURN REMEMBER the ancient curse, May you live in interesting times? While many property owners are indeed cursing the current real estate cli mate, many buyers see opportunities. In a soft market, the short-term options dwindle, but seasoned investors in for the long haul are positioned to take advantage. In the words of billionaire J Paul Getty, Buy when everyone else is selling and hold until everyone else is buying. Just like the stock market, more money is often made in a down cycle than in an up market. Slower times encourage sellers to be more open to negotiation. Combine acceptance of lower prices with currently lower interest rates, and youve got the perfect recipe for bargains. Real estate is continually cycling, and it's guaranteed that prices will rise again. The time to get in is now, before that begins to happen. A buy and hold strate gy works in this market if you have the funds and while your property appreciates. While you wait, if you have a building consider leasing it. The property can help to pay for itself with rent col lected, and an investor who can pay off a small mortgage is in an excellent position indeed. Now is the time to get going. Some of you are looking to make your first purchase. There has probably never been a better time to buy. 2012 will soon be on us. Set your goals now. There are also many owner financing opportunities out there. Best of luck to everyone for next year. Buy well and you wont regret it. Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty. STEPPING UP TO DOWN MARKET S
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Two employees of Butlers Food World were robbed of a substantial amount of cash in the parking lot of the First Caribbean International Bank on Friday morning. According to police reports, a 43-year-old female employee, accompanied by an 18year-old male employee, left the bank at about 10am and were held up by two masked men as they headed to their car. Police spokesperson Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said the culprits pushed the employees and snatched a bag containing the companys payroll. She said the suspects then ran to a car that was parked nearby and sped away. The getaway car is described as a light-coloured sedan with dark tinted windows. ASP Mackey said: A substantial amount of cash was stolen by the suspects and we are asking anyone with information that can assist the police to call 350-3107 or 911. In the meantime, she said, the police are advising business owners and persons making bank transactions or dealing with large sums of cash to hire a security firm. We also want to appeal to persons to be very vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings or persons lurking in the area, she said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011, PAGE 7 f n tt rrt GENERAL Charles Jacoby Jr, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD a nd the United States Northern Comm and (USNORTHCOM tesy call on Acting Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Captain Tellis Bethel, at the Defence Forces C oral Harbour Base on December 14. G eneral Jacoby was accompanied by NORAD officials, along with military personnel from the Office Defence Corporation (ODC e sts were discussed and gifts were e xchanged, followed by a tour of the base. Masked men rob pair of workers By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Old Bahama Bay Resort said it is not closing as previously reported, but has decided not to renew its rental management agreement with the condominium owners at the resort. In a press release issued on Friday, the resort said the employees directly involved in the rental and property management of the condos will now work under the unit owners themselves, and not the resort. The statement said: Consistent with its established effort to focus attention on the development and operation of the commercial and utility properties it owns, the Old Bahama Bay Resort development company has announced that it will not renew its rental management agreement with the condominium owners at the resort. A proposed continuation plan would result in the property and rental management responsibilities reverting to the condo owners themselves, while OBB Resort will continue to operate the marina and oversee food and beverage operations. Contrary to reports in the local press, Old Bahama Bay Resort is not closing operations. Old Bahama Bay Resort and the surrounding 225 acres, plus another 294 acre parcel that contains the golf course in West End, are now controlled by Lubert Adler, the main financier for the stalled $4.9 billion Ginn sur Mer project. The resort property also includes a 72-slip marina and two restaurants. According to the statement, there are indications that the condo owners will continue to operate their units at Old Bahama Bay Resort, and may maintain some of the existing human resources. Old Bahama Bay Resort will continue its efforts to extend the development community ofWest End, which includes seeking out capable third party oper ators for its various assets in the region. These steps will further clarify and streamline the developmental structure, and allow for greater progress to be seen for West End and Grand Bahama island, the statement said. OLD BAHAMA BAY RESORT TO CONTINUE MILITARY COMMANDERS COMPARE NOTES CAPTAIN TELLISBETHEL, right, presents a plaque to General Charles Jacoby Jr.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE f b nt rrt MOUNT MORIAHS Stapledon Park came alive on Saturday as PLP area candidate Arnold Forbes, hosted a Christmas Treat for residents over the weekend. Hundreds poured onto the grounds from surrounding communities and descended on McKinney Ave for the holiday event. PLP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis also joined the huge event where gifts, food, music and entertainment by marching bands all filled the grounds. Davis and Forbes also made presentation on behalf of the party to civic groups as they shared the spirit of giftgiving to the children. Rival parties get in PLPCHRISTMAS INTHEPARK EVENTIN MOUNT MORIAH CANDIDATE HOSTS PARTYFOR RESIDENTS
HUNDREDS of children enjoyed the annual Mt Moriah Childrens Christmas Party on Saturday, 17 December, 2011, hosted by the Hon Tommy Turnquest, MP for Mt. Moriah and Minister of National Security, his wifeS hawn, and the FNM Mt Moriah Constituency Association. The festivities included food, drinks, ice cream, face painting, fun and games. Each child received a Christ m as gift and a party bag from Santa Claus and his helpers. Derek Adams and Charlie the Yellow Bahamian provided entertainment and kept the children laughing while imparting a positive message. The Mt Moriah team made sure that everyone had an enjoyable afternoon, which was evident from the smiles and handful of goodies ast hey left. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 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-Up Truck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 Isuzu D-Max QP-2010.qxd 1/6/10 9:34 PM Page 1 f b nt rrt the festive spirit FNMCHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY IN MOUNT MORIAH TURNQUEST TURNS SANTA FOREVENT FNM event photos: BigPaddyBahamas
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO Dolphin Experience in Grand Bahama is to host a two-day workshop in conjunction with the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA The conference will take place on March 17th and 18th, 2012, and will focus on Dolphin Interactive Traininga nd The benefits of Open O cean Training & Straightline Swimming. Located in a nine-acre lagoon, Sanctuary Bay, the Dolphin Experience is one of the most popular tourist destinations while visiting GrandB ahama and is open 7 days a week for dolphin swims, encounters, open ocean swims and assistant trainer programs. Attendees at the conference will have the opportunity to spend time visiting The Dolphin Experience training facilities and partici pate in open ocean training sessions. Training is what the work shop is all about, noted Eiser. The sharing of knowledge is the key to success in our field. Meetings will be held at The Dolphin Experience and all 14 employees will attend. The workshops will be immense for our training staff, they can show off their unique training talents and also gain exposure in the international community of mammal trainers, said Eiser. Grand Bahama to host marine animal trainers workshop STAFF from the Dolphin Experience will take part in workshops during a two-day event in Freeport.
By Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER THE Christmas holiday is one of the busiest time of the year in the Bahamas, it is the time when individuals should b e extra careful of their surr oundings and their wherea bouts. It is also the time of the year when business owners should take various precautions to ensure the safety of their staff and establishment, therefore please pay attention to the following Armed Robbery Safety Tips that will assist in making this holiday safe and peaceful. Armed robbery is one of the most serious and potentially dangerous crimes com mitted today. A robber com mits a hold-up because he or she believes that their profit will be worth the risk. By decreasing the possible profit and increasing the risk of apprehension, potential businesses can reduce theirchance of becoming a target. Businesspersons must face the possibility of robbery on their premises realistically, and they should make security training a high priority. You can avoid becoming a victim of such crime by adopting the following crime prevention measures provided by the Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office: BEFORE A ROBBERY Greet everyone who enters your business. Keep doors and windows clear of signs and posters to allow good two-way visibili ty. Use video surveillance and make it well known. Make bank deposits at least once a day. Place a surveillance cam e ra behind the cash register f acing the front counter. Install an emergency (panic Make your sales counter clearly visible to observers. A clean environment is good for business and uncom fortable for robbers. Keep your business welllit inside and outside DURING A ROBBERY Stay calm and dont resist! Do as instructed. Dont make sudden moves. Keep your hands in sight at all times. Get a look at the robber but dont stare. If safe Get a description of the robbers vehicle and direction of travel. Activate the panic alarm ONLY when its safe. Personal safety first! Money and merchandise are not important. Dont chase or follow the robber out of your place of business. Let the police catch the robber! AFTER A ROBBERY Close the store and lock the doors. Call the police; even if the alarm was activated. Dont touch anything the robber may have touched. Ask witnesses to stay until the police arrive. Only step outside when the police arrive and contact you via telephone. Call your business owner, manager or other designated person. TIPS Use a drop safe that is secured to the floor. Post signs indicating limited cash on hand. Professionally install security cameras to capture the best images of the suspects. Trim landscaping for good view into and out of your business. Should you be a victim of crime, please do not resist but take note of the description of the culprit e.g. his appearance, clothing, height, physical details and the direction or mode of escape. Call theP olice as soon as it is safe to do so. If you come across any suspicious person(s around your business or have any information pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to contact call the police emergency at or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence), 1-300-8476 (Family Islands Happy Holiday, Bahamas. ROYALBAHAMASPOLICEFORCENATIONALCRIMEPREVENTIONOFFICE THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011, PAGE 11 Holiday business armed robbery prevention tips MEMBERS of the Royal Bahamas Police Force recently visited the Mall at Marathon to pass along safety tips to shoppers to avoid crime during the holiday season. Pictures: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE From the management and staff ofFriendly Fordwould like to extend to their valuable customers aMerry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year CHILDREN at a B ahamian childrens home are better equipped to learn thanks to a generous dona-t ion. Reuben and Jacqueline B yrd have given the children at the Grand Bahama Childrens Home fourb rand new IBM Think Pads just in time for the h olidays. Christmas is the time of giving and we wanted tog ive these children something practical and, as we understand it, very needed,s aid Mr Byrd. When accepting the IBM T hink Pads, GBCH Administrator Mrs Brennamae Cooper said: Whata wonderful surprise gift for us! We all know how important computer training is today and, to date, ourc hildren have had to struggle to get their time on the computers we have. These new computers will make a wonderful addi tion to our computer lab and the size is perfect! IBMthink pads are donated to childrens home PICTURED at the donation are (left to right Jacqueline Byrd, Brennamae Cooper and Enzy Jones, GBCH Assistant Administrator. Photo: Erik J Russell A dv er tise in The T r ibune call 502-2352.
By SIR RONALD SANDERS LIAT, the small Caribbean airline that has been the workhorse of the region for several decades, is having its goose cooked. And the cooking is being done by a few of its pilots, two of the 10 unions representing its workers, and some Caribbean governments and Caribbean institutions which have failed to act positively. In the meantime, the airl ine is haemorrhaging money a nd, if it continues at this rate, i t will be lucky to survive beyond the first few months of next year. For sure, LIAT lost money in 2010 and it will lose more money in 2011. Its shareholder governments in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines, already strapped for cash themselves, have no money to put into it. In this circumstance, LIAT w ill continue to lose money in 2012, unless all the part ners are prepared to make concessions and introduce strategic changes that might call for sacrifices from all of them. If LIAT does collapse, the biggest losers will be the LIAT workers, who will be hard-pressed to find alterna tive employment. Also, a collapsed LIAT may find it difficult if not impossible to meet its obligations for pensions and other severance payments to those workers. This difficulty would be fur ther complicated by the fact that a portion of LIATs pen sion contributions are already tied-up in CLICO, a company whose capacity to meet its own obligations is very doubt ful. Fortunately, LIAT stopped paying CLICO when it appeared to be collapsing and, thus, it preserved a sig nificant portion of the pen sion funds. Despite this worrying scenario, there appears to be an unconsidered goal by some ofthe unions representing LIATs workers to run to the precipice. The Christmas sea son is traditionally a period of high earnings for LIAT as it moves Caribbean people and tourists to various desti nations within the region. But, threats by the unions of strikes and other industrial action is causing potential passengers to look for alternative means of travel, and, where that cannot be achieved, cancel travel alto gether. What this achieves is noth ing more than to increaseLIATs losses, making it even more difficult to meet demands by unions, particularly the pilots. When the pilots staged a sick-out in early December without giving the airlines management any notice, it not only cost the airline an esti mated US$750,000, it effectively stranded 5,000 people over two days across the net work of LIATs Caribbean destinations. Their action did not win them any friends, but it proved that LIAT is essential to inter-Caribbean travel. Over the past four years, LIAT has moved a million passengers around the region. No other airline has been able to provide flights to LIATs network of destinations, some of which remain very marginal to its earnings. The stranded passengers were understandably angry, and at airports across the region, they lambasted the a irline. B ut to be fair to LIATs m anagement, there was nothing they could do if the pilots gave them no notice whatsoever of their intended action. Whatever the merits of the pilots grievance, the lack of notice is contrary to all best industrial relations practice which requires that unions give management some warning of the action they contemplate so that at least some modicum of arrangements c ould be made to cushion the blow. Instead, what LIAT experienced was the equivalent in the airline industry of a cluster bomb explosion. It was sudden and devastating. To add to LIATs woes, the Trinidad and Tobago airline, Caribbean Airlines (CAL planning to compete against LIAT by flying most of LIATs routes beginning early next year. CAL will be doing so on a most advantageous playing field for while CAL is paying only US$50 for a barrel of oil based on a huge subsidy from the Trinidad and Tobago gov ernment, LIAT is paying US$120 for the same barrel. LIATs fuel costs account for 30 per cent of the airlines costs. Even if CAL gives up the oil subsidy from January 1st, 2013, as its Chairman recent ly said it would do, LIAT would be hard pressed to con tinue competing with CAL throughout 2012. At no point has CALs board under its current chairman sought to explore a partnership or joint venture arrangement with LIAT. But, LIATs woes, if it is pushed out of business by a combination of short-sighted unions and a gluttonous CAL, wont be LIATs woes alone; those woes will be shared by its three shareholder governments and their economies. In turn, it will have a knock-on effect on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines are a part. Ultimately, the capacity of the ECCU countries to buy the manufactured goods of Trinidad and Tobago, for which they are the largest single market, will be reduced adversely affecting the Trinidad and Tobago economy as well. From time to time, it has been suggested that other Caribbean governments, particularly those in the Organi zation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS in participating in LIATs ownership and that they would invest capital and acquire shares. Given the state of the OECS economies and the level of debt in which many of them are mired, their participation in LIAT seems very unlikely even though some of them now subsidize flights by foreign airlines into their countries. They will only come to the table if all other CARICOM governm ents, in particular Trinidad a nd Tobago, join the discuss ion as well. Against this background, it has to be asked: Why have Caribbean governments not convened a meeting at the highest level to address the urgent problem of regional airlines in a holistic way? And why has the CARICOM Secretariat not initiated a meeting and put forward wellstudied proposals to address the problem? As an alternative to regional reluctance to hold such a meeting, LIATs shareholder governments, its management and its Unions in their own collective interest should consider gathering quickly for a frank and realistic discussion of how to save the airline, meet obligations to workers and serve the Caribbean public. Without such a meeting, LIATs goose will be cooked and few will enjoy the eating. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sirronaldsanders.com. The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011, PAGE 13 Airline facing its last flight? W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W CARIBBEAN airline LIATis running into a host of problems and could be lucky to survive much longer.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE INSPECTINGTHE TROOPS MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest inspects the guards on Friday at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Coral Harbour Base as part of the forces end of year review.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011, PAGE 15 residence of the serial killing mother-son team Sante and Kenneth Kimes. The discovery has sparked s peculation that the remains could belong to a victim of K imes. The two are presently serving a life without parole sentence in a California prison on several counts of murder. In 1998, the mother and son murdered businessman David Kazin in Las Vegas after he exposed Sante Kimes' loan fraud. That same year, they also murdered New York socialite Irene Silverman while attempting to steal her Man hattan mansion. In 1996, they murdered banker Syed Bilal Ahmed in their Cable Beach home. According to testimony from Kenneth Kimes, the banker had flown to Nassau from the Caymans to investigate irregularities in a bank account belonging to the late Kenneth Kimes Sr Sante's husband and Kenneth Jr's father. He said he and his mother drugged the banker and drowned him in their bathtub before throwing his body in the sea. However, neighbours of the Kimes were convinced the body was buried on the site, possibly under the patio of their Cable Beach home. In July of 2004, police began digging at the Kimes' home and the surrounding area, looking for the body of the missing banker. However, the search was suspended after Kenneth testified that he and his mother dumped the body at sea. Syed Bilal Ahmed's body has never been found. gunman reportedly fled in a white van. Deveaux, of Pinewood, had previously been accused of the murder of Corrie Bethel, on May 10, 2007, and the murder of Marlon Smith, on April 19, 2009. Deveaux was later acquitted of both charges. More recently, Deveaux was charged on June 14 last year, in connection with the shooting of a four-year-old boy on Brazilletta Street, an incident in which he was also shot. Deveaux was cleared of those charges in November this year. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911, 919 ; the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 502 9910 ; or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS tively identify him. Police investigations into the matter are continuing. The second accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning when a small truck crashed througha seawall on the Eastern Road, not too far from the turn off to Camperdown Heights. Last night, traffic police could not provide any details of the incident. However, according to persons who arrived at the scene after being awakened by the crash at 2:55 am Saturday, the male d river was presumably heading west when his truck T557 flipped over on its side, as it crashed through the stone wall on the northernside of the road overlooking the ocean. The truck was wedged between the demolished wall its top squeezed in on one side by the wall while its wheels and underside were jammed by the wall on the other side. As a consequence it took the jaws of life operators about an hour to saw the roof off the truck before they could get to the seriously injured driver, who is believed to be Anwar Elliott, the 30-year-old son of Alfonso Boogaloo Elliott. It is understood that the young man is paralysed from the neck down. Meanwhile, police are investigating the shooting of a 24-year-old male resident of Dunmore Street, Chippingham. On Friday, December 16, at 7pm, while the man was walking on the Sports Centre Road he was approached by two men. He told the police that one of the men took out a gun and shot him in the hand. The victim, who was taken to hospital, has since been released. Police investigations continue. They are urging anyone with information to contact the nearest police station. offering the reward in hopes that it encourages someoneto come forward. I know someone knows something. Someone might have seen something. When Anya first went missing we got a lot of tips but then we got some bad press and things c hanged, she said. We stopped getting help because people didn't thinkshe was kidnapped, they thought she was a fugitive. Hopefully now this money will encourage someone to call in and say something. The police say they got some tips, but nothing has materialised. They have also told me the case is still a priority and she is still considered a missing person. Anya was last seen on Tuesday, November 22, at Little Feet Academy dropping her daughters off to school before heading to court. She was wearing khaki coloured slacks, a white button down shirt and black shoes. She was also driving a right hand Honda Civic. She is described as being about five feet eight inches tall, of slim build with shoulder length black hair. Mrs Newton said the hardest part in dealing with her daughters disappearance is watch ing Anyas children suffer. They constantly watch the door like they are waiting for their mother to come home. They are not sleeping and it is so hard to explain to them what is going on because they are so young and they just don't understand, she said. We are offering this initial $2,000 but it may increase over time. We are hoping she is alive, but if she is dead we still just want to know. Its hard not knowing if she is alive or dead or well or what. We just want a conclusion. In an earlier interview Superintendent Stephen Dean said Anya's disappear ance is top priority for the police. He added that police have no new developments, but are following some leads. Supt Dean said police are not sure whether Anya ran away or if she was abducted. However, they are exploring all avenues. It is being treated as a missing person report and we have taken all the steps that we take when anyone goes missing. This case is of major concern to us. We want to find her. We want to see where she is at this time. Anyone who might have information on where she might be, we are asking you to please contact the police no matter how small the information might be, he said. Anyone with information on Anya's whereabouts are asked to contact the police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502, 9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS. Her family can be contacted at 467-7533, 464-9221 or 436-8952. 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 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e POLICE HAVE SIGNIFICANT LEADS OVER SHOOTING REWARD OFFER TO FIND WOMAN A LARGE dump truck carrying fill tipped over on its side, spilling its cargo and creating a traffic jam near Lake Killarney, the main road to the airport, shortly after 7oclock last night. Police were still on the scene gathering details of what caused the accident, while an ambulance was rushing to the chaotic scene. MYSTERYAFTER SKELETONFOUND One dead, one paralysed in traffic accidents DUMP TRUCK OVERTURNS I NTHIS p hotograph submitted by a reader, the wedged truck of a driver who crashed through a seawall o n the Eastern Road is seen. The driver was understood to be Anwar Elliott, 30.
will run the NPRIP will be a substantial excess of $40 million and it is made up of the increase in the price of all, additional works for the Water and Sewerage Cor poration and some works resulting from the prolongation of the contract works. The Prime Minister said a detailed breakdown of all thew orks and cost will be provided to parliament on January 23. At that time, the govern ment is also expected to make an application to the IDB fora loan of $50 million to complete the project. The project was expected to be completed the first quarter of 2012, however for unknown reasons it has been delayed to September of that year. In earlier interviews, spokeswoman for the NPRIP, Shenique Albury, blamed weather, rusty pipes and inconsistencies found between infrastructure maps and the actual roads. The Prime Minister said h ad the FNM remained in office after the 2002 elections the road works would have cost less than $60 million to complete. I might tell you had the project been concluded when we first started it before we got kicked out of office, the Bahamian people would have paid less than $60 million for the project as opposed to the $119 million we signed the contract for, because the price of oil had gone up by $50 million by the time we got back in office to do it. So if the project had con tinued where we left it, we would have saved $50 million a t least. The Ministry of Works is expected to give a report today on the progress of the NPRIP during a media bus tour. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE are specialists to take care of his particular condition. However, he died before arrangements could be completed. Canon Roach was born in Trinidad, but his life was in The Bahamas and his contributions to civic, education, religious and social change in this country are well known. He played a special part in the development of the modern Bahamas and stood with his Bahamian colleagues and members of the Anglican community in working to build the country. Canon Roach married a Bahamian and dedicated his life to ensuring that his three daughters and scores of Bahamian children succeeded to assist in the development of a postindependent Bahamas. His daughter, Melanie, became the first Bahamian woman to become Director of Public Works. Canon Roach was ordained as a deacon on December 21, 1956, and to the priesthood the following year. He was a pillar in the community in which he ministered for many years as Rector at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Highbury Park. Last night, the Progressive Liberal Party extended its deepest sympathy to the Canons wife and family. Fox Hill MP, Fred Mitchell described him as an influential religious figure in the Bahamas. As Honorary Consul to Trinidad and Tobago, his influence transcended religion where he contributed to shaping of regional foreign policy. When I served as Foreign Minister, we enjoyed a very good working relationship and I experienced first hand the outspoken nature of Canon Roach as he held strong views about the cultural norms of the Anglican Church and about regional cooperation, he said. On behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party, I express heartfelt condolences to the Roach family and may Gods grace comfort the Roach family during their hour of bereavement. ANGLICAN PRIEST DIES, AGED 78 CANONNEILROACH, who has died, aged 78 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 PM: R oads project not $40m over budget