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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER BRAN:NOFNMDEAL Volume: 108 No.27WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND ASHOWER HIGH 82F LOW 72F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org D NA LEADER Branville McCartney last night denied claims that he is joining theF NM party, stating the r umours are evidence that the DNA is a well-oiled m achine which has put tremendous fear in the FNM and PLP. In a message to supporters m ade on the DNAs Face book page yesterday, leader and Bamboo Town MP Mr McCartney denied sugges tions the DNA intends to join the governing FNM. I would like to say e mphatically that there is no deal with the FNM, secret or otherwise, and there will nev e r be any, Mr MCartney emphasised. Mr McCartney said if the D NA are not elected to be g overnment of the Bahamas following the coming gener al elections, the party has to be the deciding factor in who will govern the Bahamas and will not have a coalition with the PLP or the FNM. According to recent reports, Mr McCartney and other executive members of the DNA have held secret meetings with members of the FNM to secure their place within the government. Among other claims, it has been said DNA members have either been wrongly expelled from the party or willingly removed their support. Most recently, it was claimed talk show host Steve McKinney will no longer be seeking a DNA nomination a s he has lost confidence in the party and Mr McCartneys leadership. The DNA leader said on a radio talk show last night that if this is true, it may be because Mr McKinney wanted to run for Fort Charlotte, but the party decided not to choose him. Mr McCartney said he expects such rumours to continue over the upcoming weeks and months, as the established organistions now fear the DNA. He said: Both leaders of the PLP and the FNM recog nise the potential in the DNA to send them off into the political sunset. DNAleader says he will not s wap sides TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A RTS N N I I G G H H T T O O F F T T H H E E Y Y O O U U N N G G F F I I L L M M M M A A K K E E R R S S SEEARTSSECTIONC NATIONALBASKETBALLASSOCIATION H H A A W W K K S S H H O O P P E E F F O O R R M M A A G G N N U U M M SEESPORTSSECTIONC SERGEANT Skippings talks to a vendor on Bay Street during a police tour of the island to pass on safety tips. Police have shown a heightened presence in the run-up towards Christmas. For more pictures, turn to page 16. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com CONTRACTS to build government homes were directly awarded by a consul tant, thus reducing the housing directors role to that of an advisor within the former M inistry of Housing and National Insurance. Ministry of Housing techn ical director Godfrey Major s aid he was stripped of his responsibility to contract infrastructure work and house building in 2002 without explanation. In view of the gross techni c al mismanagement cited in an independent audit of the former ministry, Mr Major, in an interview with The Tribune yesterday, explained his role in the Housing programme. The Value for Money audit, contracted by the Office of the Attorney General in 2008 and obtained by The Tribune last week, revealed that there By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER weeks of speculation, Vincent Peet, the MP for North Andros and the Berry Islands, has confirmed he will not be running in the upcom ing general elections. In a decision he described as final, Mr Peet said after much debate he has decided to take his name out of the race. After much prayerful deliberation, he said, and after much consultation with constituents, colleagues, family and friends, including the esteemed leader of my party, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, I have decided not to stand for re-election in the forthcom By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com POLICE are reassuring citizens who will be frequenting downtown Nassau during this holiday season that the area is safe and in good hands. The reassurance came yes terday as Royal Bahamas Police Force officers followed up on their recently-launched crime prevention initiative, visiting businesses and passing out fliers with information on robberies. Yesterday morning, senior ranking officers walked through the busy downtown strip, speaking to manage ment, staff and customers in retail businesses led by Supt Leon Bethel, officer in charge of the Central Police Station. Prior to this, Supt Bethel spoke to the press outside the East Street north station, to send a reassuring message to persons in fear of going about their normal routine during the Yuletide season. We came here to inform members of the public that the downtown area of New Providence is in good hands. It is safe, he said. The senior officer explained that their recently launched operation, created specifical ly to tackle crime through the holiday season, was designed to deal with all criminal elements, traffic offenders, and prolific offenders. According to Supt Bethel, some 325 traffic tickets were given out and police have exe cuted a number of warrants on prolific offenders. He said: We have arrested 25 persons, many of them for possession of dangerous drugs and some females for soliciting. Police will be consistently patrolling several areas in downtown district, especially Shirley Street, Bay Street and Dowdeswell Street. Potters Cay Dock and Arawak Cay are also on their policing radar. So people can come out. Visitors and residents alike can come out and get their conch salad from Potters Cay Dock or Arawak Cay without being disturbed, said Supt Bethel. All shoppers can come downtown and go in any store. You do not mind how late it is, police officers are on the ground. Business retailers yesterday took the time to express their TAKING THE CRIME OUT OF CHRISTMAS CONSULTANT BLAMED FOR HOUSING CONTRACTS PEETSTEPS OUT OF THE ELECTIONRACE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 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 8 8 B RANMcCARTNEY im lovin it
By DANA SMITH d firstname.lastname@example.org D NA CANDIDATE Chris Mortimer claims the recent b oundary change will not affect his campaign, despite the fact that he now repre s ents a new constituency. The former Seabreeze candidate now represents newly formed Nassau Village, as ar esult of the current govern ments reduction of House seats to 38, from 41. S ome constituencies had to be eliminated or redrawn, forcing all political parties to move or release constituency c andidates. DNA leader Branville M cCartney had criticised the boundary change earlier this month, calling it an inade q uate attempt at intimidation to displace DNA candidates. Mr Mortimer spoke to The T ribune yesterday, about his constituency change, at the CA Mortimer Sr Centres w eekly soup kitchen on Beat rice Avenue. I dont think it affects our campaign because our focus i s on people, he said. Bahamians are Bahamians r egardless of where they are. Whether its Nassau Village or whether its Seabreeze. R eiterating a message he sent before, Mr Mortimer claims Bahamians want good representation no matterw hat constituency they are in. They want people to represent the things that are i mportant to them, he said. To listen to them, to talk to them, to hear what theyre saying and act upon it. Those a re some of the things weve been doing and we found that m essage has been really resonating within the new con stituency. A s for his potential Nassau Village opponents, Mr Mortimer stated: I've heard some of the individuals who mayb e offering themselves but I dont necessarily think of it like that. H e continued: I am not running against anybody, I am running for something, whichi s the betterment of our peop le. Whoever they send, my focus isnt going to be ont hem. My focus is going to be on how we can address the lives of Bahamians. CA Mortimer Sr Centres soup kitchen has been providing free meals to senior cit izens and the disabled per s ons since the first week of O ctober. The kitchen provides an average of over 100 meals a week which can be delivered or collected directly from the centre. Yesterday, the centre decided to organise a special Christmas luncheon, instead of the usual soup dinner. Nearly 40 persons arrived for a Christmas lunch, made and served by volunteers. Care packages were also provided which contained food items that could be prepared at home, such as rice, canned tuna, and boxed pasta. The community facility is owned and run by Mr Mortimer, who named it in hon our of his late father. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Candidate confident despite changes FOOD is served at t he CAMortimer Sr Centres weekly soup kitchen on Beatrice Avenue yesterday, withC hristmas lunch s erved to visitors t o the centre.
By DANA SMITH d email@example.com I N view of former disgruntled employees launching a lawsuit against the company responsible for roadworks, one worker defends the company, claming it brought great economic and socialp rosperity. Pedro Tynes, a construction foreman for Cartellones Construcciones Civiles, said that Cartellones gave him, as well as many others, jobs andt raining. I just want to express my view, Mr Tynes said. I was given the opportunity to worka nd to become an entrepreneur. He said he is one of the youngest Bahamians to makeit to a foreman in this Argentinean company. M r Tynes claims Cartell ones hired him, trained him, and gave him the opportunity to rise up the ranks. A ccording to Mr Tynes, m any of the current roadworkers came with no knowledge at all, but were s till hired by Cartellones. They gave us opportunities and they trained us, hes aid. They taught us skills that we would have had to gone to school for. Cartellones really opened the eyes of a lot of Bahamians, Mr Tynes said. H e claims that many, now equipped with infrastructural knowledge, will be able to find construction jobs or even start their own construction company, after the roadworksh ave been completed. When they pack up their bags and leave when this is f inished, these young men can be picked up and not have to worry about train-i ng, he said. I think Cartellones should be recognized for what it is... They brought great economic and social prosperity to many young Bahamians. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 3 BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A 21y ear-old Freeport man was charged with rape in the Freeport Magistrates Court yesterday. Shanto Reitano Green appeared in Court One before Magistrate DebbyeF erguson. It is alleged that December 18, the accused raped a female resident of Freeport. Green, who was repres ented by attorney Rufus A llen, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. H e was remanded to Her Majestys Prison u ntil February 22, 2010, w hen a preliminary inquiry will be held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for a trial in the Supreme Court. WORKER SPEAKS OUT IN DEFENCE OF COMPANY MAN ON RAPE CHARGE SHANTO REITANO GREEN at c ourt yesterday. He is accused of rape. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com PUBLICofficers such as drivers and prison officers were transferred to fill building inspection roles, according to an independent audit o f the former Ministry of Housing and National Insurance. F ailures in recruitment and selection, including anecdotal evidence of appointment byp atronage, were outlined in the Value for Money audit conducted by Crown Agents i n 2008, and obtained by T he Tribune last week. Insufficient training of new and existing staff was also cited. Where appropriately skilled staff have been recruite d it is understood that this w as, on occasions, without the consent or involvement of the D irector, Technical Services or without line management responsibility, the audit state d. M inistry of Housing technical director Gordon Major yesterday confirmed that both the ministry and department faced challenges to human resource management andd evelopment. Several persons were brought in as inspectors who had initially had another prof ession, you know the saying you have lemons you make lemonade, he said. You have to work with the staff youre given to work with, but some of those person that were brought in as inspectors were not trained in the building background. I n an interview with T he Tribune Mr Major explained that the ministry was plagued by staff shortages and that the need for professional officers was repeatedly expressed. This was supporte d by the audit, which stated that contract officers were appointed to work on the H ousing programme despite protestations of existing professional staff. M r Major said that the responsibility of hiring came under the minister and perm anent secretary. Some people have the impression that you can take anybody, put them in a post a nd they can do the job, thats not really so in the technical f ield, he said. You cant just take anybody and say Ok fill this post a s an inspector and that is perhaps what happened some times. C ontracted by the Office o f the Attorney General, the audit revealed that the programmes HR capacity was stretched seriously by 2006 asa result of: the acceleration of the programme; recruit-m ent of contracted officers l acking in relevant skills; appointments of staff into technical positions, such as i nspection, for reasons other than merit; sidelining of professional staff; lack of clear r eporting lines leading to tension and dysfunction, instead of maximizing the potential staff; insufficient training of existing and new staff. It should not be left to a m inister or Public Service Commission to allocate staff to a ministry/department, without operational managers providing a clear understanding of resource/ skills needed, the report s tated. Unskilled inspectors led to some of the problems surr ounding the housing programme, Mr Major said. Unlike the Ministry of P ublic Works, which conducts stage inspections, Mr Major said housing inspectors were u sed mainly to ensure quality control. That person really needs to be someone who has a t horough knowledge of construction processes and proc edures, but it didnt happen. W e didnt have those persons, he said. It is difficult for someone who does not know what they are supposed to be looking f or, to make the corrections a nd to keep the contractor in line. Mr Major added: The blind leading the blind, sometimes contractors try to cut corners and unless you know,y ou really cant get those t hings. Despite the limited technical skill of some inspect ors at that time, Mr Major maintained that the responsibility for completing the b uildings in accordance to government standards and contract terms were that of the contractor. Inspectors were not experts
EDITOR, The Tribune. IN ANY western nation, the so-called middle class has always been and remains the bulwark of such a nation. It is from the ranks of the same that most job creators emerge and the same act as the catalyst that drives the local economy. It is a given that small to medium sized businesses generate approximately 60 per cent of all jobs and gross national revenue and productivity. The late great Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling and the first PLP administration are rightly regarded as the herald and originator of what we now term the middle class in our country. During the 1950s and 1960s there were, of course, the exceptional traditionally black and conchy joe individuals who were able by sheer determination and hard work to rise above the norm and enter the ranks of the then middle class. This, however, was not a common occurrence. Massive additions to and the availability of educational plant and its spin offs, during the era when the late great Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield was Minister of Education resulted in well educated and motivated precursors of the embryonic middle class. This, of course, was aided by the timely development of the suburbs in the inner city such as Ridgeland Park; Culmersville; Englerston; Highbury Park; Sunshine and Sunset Parks, et al. Persons who once before were tenants were then able to purchase affordable building lots and construct decent residences for themselves and families. Today, here in the capital island of New Providence, we have witnessed, within one generation, the rapid development and expansion of areas like the Carmichael Road; Prince Charles; Winton; Sea Breeze and districts. The traditional inner city is now vibrant hubs for entrepreneurial endeavours; artistic ventures and cultural exposes. In this leap forward, howev er, the once buoyant middle class is under assault and poten tial decimation due to any num ber of economic and political forces and ideologies. The cur rent FNM administration, while it may mean well, has embarked on a dedicated regime of tax; borrow and spend. Our national debt now exceeds 4.5 billion dollars and there is no apparent end in sight to repeated and massive borrowings. Taxes have been and are being heaped upon the collec tive backs of the average Bahamian citizen to the extent where we dont recognise our feet from our elbows. To set up and fund even a small business is now out of the reach of many. Red tape and regulations are literally killing many would be entrepreneurs. Our infrastructure in New Providence is being mauled and badly managed but the erstwhile political masters call it modernisation and necessary progress. I am apolitical and most of my other personal habits are benign. What I am, however, is passionate about being a Bahamian who wants only what I consider to be best for all. T here are far too many involuntary foreclosures and reposs ession of homes and residences. The cost of living is escalating on a daily basis and there appears to be no corresponding increases in salaries and wages. Private educational costs and fees are soaring. The availability and affordability of the s mallest of residential lots here in New Providence are beyond the reach of all and sundry. The costs of utilities have long been a sore bone of contention and many citizens and business owners are swamped with the high levels of the same. Our society is now rapidly e volving into two extremes the wealthy and the poor. The middle class is and has been squeezed out of existence by political and economic pres sures. I have long held and still hold that our Prime Ministers need no longer be lawyers and ignoramuses of the highest financial order. I look forward to the day in the not too distant future when we will have a technocrat and a trained economist type as Prime Minister. Once Messrs Christie and Ingraham would have demitted frontline roles, I see the emergence of an Orville Tommy Turnquest (FNM-Mount Moriah) or a Hubert A Minnis (FNM-Killarney vidually or as a team, to take us to the next level as a nation. No, I am not an FNM nor am I a PLP but we have got to move forward. Party labels and affiliations dont really matter to me. Of course, within the ranks of the latter party people like Philip Brave Davis (PLP-Cat Island; Rum Cay and San Sal vador) and Shane Gibson (PLP-Golden Gates pare to come to the centre of the stage in our national political arena. The arrest of the decline and discrimination of the middle class is of paramount importance as we prepare to cross over into the proverbial promised land of milk and honey. No Bahamian can or should be left behind. New and fresh political blood and leadership are required now more than ever before. And so, as we enter the Christmas Holidays and prepare for 2012 I extend best wishes to all of my fellow Bahamians, especially those within the diminishing ranks of the challenged middle class. In all of these things, however, to God be the glory for there are yet great things that He will do for The Bahamas. ORTLAND H BODIE JR Nassau, December, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 ELECTION TIME in the Bahamas is often referred to as silly season, a time w hen a citizen takes what he hears with a large grain of salt. As any reporter will tell you, it is not only silly season, but iti s also a very difficult period for a journalist to cover. So much time is wasted sifting fact from fiction that little time is left to report on ideas and programmes that could move the nation forward, upward and onward. However, the 2012 election promises t o be worse than any we have ever been through, and reporters will have to hone their investigative skills to avoid the trapsa s they dig for the truth. The PLP is now urging young Bahamians to bring their voices to the national s tage by taking part in the countrys first e ver participatory journalism project. They are invited to report from their homes and streets using cell phones and cam-e ras. This is fine, but at the receiving end and before it is put out for public dissemination there has to be an experienced person checking for accuracy. A nyone watching news reports of the troubles in the Middle East, reported by T witter and cell phones, and broadcast b y the international networks, were always cautioned that the man in the street was the source and that the reports could notb e checked by the networks for accuracy. I n other words, listener you are receiving information, but beware it might not all be true. No journalistic standards hadb een employed. And for the uninitiated, who might think otherwise, there is moreto journalism than just fact gathering. T hose facts have to be verified checked and double checked. One would be surprised at the number of tips The Tribune receives that by the t ime the facts have been checked and the exaggeration and opinions stripped from the information, a story is published but not exactly the one reported by the telephone caller. And so if Twitter, Facebook and other s ocial media are to enter this election with raw information, there is going to be a lot of public confusion, and trained journalistsw ill have a mammoth job chasing up these reports to find out how many are accurate, and how many have to be debunked as cheap propaganda. For example, when we walked into The Tribune yesterday afternoon, there were two journalists in animated conversation. We joined them. T hey were sceptical about a report that had been making the rounds all day and which they knew in the end would bringn egative results. Knowing the parties involved, they could find no benefits in it being true for either party the FNM or DNA. If true, it would create a mountainous credibility problem for the DNA, a problem that Mr McCartney could not tolerate. T he story that we walked into apparently emanated from a rejected DNA candidate, who was now shaking the dust offh is feet as he left a party in which he no longer had faith. According to him with the story gathe ring many new layers in its repeated t elling Bran McCartney of the DNA and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham were in huddled talks, resulting in MrM cCartney surrendering his party at the feet of the Prime Minister. Of course, there was a price. Mr McCartney would not be prime minister as yet, but he would b e a stepping stone nearer his goal. In an FNM government, Bran McCartney w ould be deputy prime minister. And cur r ent deputy prime minister Brent Symon ette? He would get the proverbial boot, of course. L ike our senior reporter, when conside ring the source of the tall tale, knowing the temperament of the Prime Minister, and what we believe we know of MrM cCartney, we did not give credit to any part of the story. But our reporters could not shrug their shoulders and laugh. It w as their job to investigate. Prime Minister Ingraham denied the story. And so did Mr McCartney, but the PLP clung to it almost as if they were d elighted to have at last found a political life line. Of course, they want voters to believe it is true to discredit the integrity of the DNA, and give the impression that the FNM is crumbling and is leaning on theD NA for support. According to the PLP, Mr McCartney and the FNM are hatching a plot designedt o fool Bahamian voters into believing the DNA is something new and providing cov er for Ingrahams fading support. It is true that political plots are being hatched many of them but this farfetched tale is not one to be taken seriously. Decline of the middle class LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Apolitical plot without foundation NOTICE is hereby given that DONALD THOBYof #96 Baillou Hill Road, P.O.Box SS-5139, Nassau, Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 14th day of December, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE EDITOR, The Tribune. Please allow me a little space to comment on the very kind sentiments of concern for my welfare and special words of encouragement expressed towards me not long ago in a letter to the editor by Kevin Evans, a regular letter writer. Mr Evans expression of concern regarding the likelihood of victimisation being meted out to me or members of my family in the event of the PLP ever regaining governance of the affairs of our beautiful Bahamaland is likely born out of his first-hand experience of such treatment or the likelihood of such treatment having been i nflicted upon a family member or friend during an earlier PLP regime when intimidation and victimisation were common place, the order of the day. I share Mr Evans hope that such unacceptable behaviour died when the FNM government not only liberalized the airways by granting licenses to multiple radio and television stations but also simultaneously ushered in a period of freedom of expres sion previously unheard of in this land of my birth that I am proud to call my home. I wish, nevertheless, to assure Mr Evans that in discharging the duties entrusted to me, I have always acted without fear or favour and I do not intend to stop doing so now. Such was the case with the restructuring activity that took place at ZNS. Individuals were disengaged from both sides of the political divide. Some indi viduals with no known political affiliation were also disengaged. The boards mandate was to create an organisation that could best meet the needs of a public service broadcaster. The man date given demanded that the talents best able to meet such a mandate were retained while those not required to achieve the objective were separated. The process of right-sizing the organisation did not come easy. However, it was quite necessary in order to stem the significant drain on the public purse being used to provide employment for a select few at the expense of the broader taxpayer base. The actions taken, though necessary, r equired a courageous board, supported by a courageous yet caring government and prime minister to be effective. While the loss of earnings by the individuals separated is regrettable, it is to be noted that the separations were effected with the utmost of compassion for the individuals concerned, separation packages being appreciably more generous than stipulated in the collective bargaining agreements between ZNS and its unions. In closing, I wish to once again thank Mr Evans for his concern and his kind words of support and encouragement and I wish to assure him that it is fully my intention to continue doing right because it is the right thing to do. MICHAEL R MOSS Freeport, Bahamas, December, 2011. A A s s h h a a r r e e d d h h o o p p e e
By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com F REEPORT A 31-yearold male resident of Freeport w as robbed by gunmen of his vehicle in the Royal Bahamian Estates area on Mondaym orning, police reported. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, p ress liaison officer, reported t hat police received a call at a bout 9.27am that two masked men armed with a handgun robbed the victim ofa dark purple Nissan Skyline, license plate No. 52058. The victim told police he had just arrived home at9 .25am when he was approached by the culprits who demanded the keys to t his vehicle, which is valued at $34,000. One of the suspects is described as being 6 tall of slim build and dark complexi on. The suspect was also wearing a mask, a blue and w hite long sleeve shirt, and long blue jeans. The second suspect was d escribed as 6 tall of heavy build and dark complexion.H e was wearing a black mask a nd clothing. Anyone with i nformation that can assist the police is asked to call in at 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 5 By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said the government is committed to thea cquisition of 11 midto longr ange vessels for the Royal B ahamas Defence Force over the next five years. He said the additional boats will improve the forces effectiveness and efficiency, and enable more frequent patrols limiting or even eliminating t he threat from drug smugglers and other criminals in Bahamian waters. Mr Turnquest was speaking on Monday at the first annual Maritime Symposiumo n Grand Bahama hosted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in conjunction with the Port Department and the Department of Marine Resources. N oting that the Bahamas is faced with the monumental c hallenge of guarding and p rotecting extensive maritime borders, the minister said sust ained success can only be realised if all partners work together. I am pleased to be here in Grand Bahama today to add my strong support for this sym-p osium. I wish to commend the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, especially the Northern Command, for organising this important event. This initiative is a good e xample of the strong and c ohesive alliance that needs to be further developed and sustained between Bahamian law enforcement agencies, our fishermen, the Bahamas AirSea Rescue Association, ando ur international partners s uch as the US Coast Guard, in guarding and protecting our borders, and providing emergency search and rescue services to those who use our seas, he said. M r Turnquest said the Bahamas archipelago spans 100,000 square miles of sea and is rich with marine resources which are now under threat by poachers, part icularly from the Dominican Republic. T he Bahamas is also situa ted between the sources of illegal narcotics in Central and S outh America, and the profitable markets in North America and Europe. It is this simple fact of geography that has, for decades, driven the persistenta nd continuing illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances into and through our country, said Mr Turnquest. H e said the established d rug trafficking routes have n ow become arms trafficking and migrant smuggling routes and at times all these paractices are found to be part of the same criminal enterprise. We have experienced a c oncomitant increase in crime a nd criminality in our country, no doubt as a result of these merged criminal operations, particularly illegal firearms trafficking, he said. Mr Turnquest said the gove rnments policy of acquiring additional vessels for the Defence Force on a constant basis, is being combined with cutting-edge training programmes and the decentralis ation of Defence Force operations to bases throughout the c ountry. This strategy is already paying dividends as it reduces t he response time to navigate or provide aerial support for the entire Bahamas, he said. The Bahamas own street philosopher Extra boats for RBDF CAR TAKEN BY ROBBERS
O n December 7, 2011, the Chinese government published a White Paper on Chinas Foreign Trade. As most Bahamians are keen to learn about Chinas development, in particular, Chinas foreign trade,w e, the Chinese Embassy, have submitted the White Paper for publication. PEACE, development and co-operation are the trends in todays world. Since the adopt ion of a reform and openingu p policy more than 30 years ago, China has conformed to the trend of economic globalisation by being more open to the outside world and promoting economic and trade c o-operation with other countries on the basis of equality a nd mutual benefit. Through years of development, foreign trade hasb ecome one of Chinas most dynamic and fastest-growing s ectors, placing China among the world's largest trade countries. Chinas foreign trade development has strength-e ned the nations ties with the r est of the world, effectively p ushed forward the countrys modernisation, and promoted world prosperity and progress. The historic progress in Chin as foreign trade has been c losely connected with the changes in international and domestic circumstances. Starting in the 1980s, peace and development became thet heme of the times. With the a cceleration of economic globalisation, the flow and allocat ion of capital, technology, products, markets, resources, labour forces and similar ele-m ents became more dynamic a round the world. Scientific and technological progress, led by information a nd communications technology, has greatly improved production efficiency; inter-n ational industrial transfer has c ontinuously deepened and developed. Economic globalisation, scientific and technological p rogress, international industrial transfer and strengthened c o-operation between countries have provided historic opportunities for Chinas integration into the world economy. The Chinese government, c onforming to the trend of the times and taking economic con s truction as the central task, has implemented the reform and opening up policy, devel-o ped economic and technologi cal co-operation with other countries, vigorously and ratio nally utilised foreign investm ent, brought its comparative a dvantage into full play, pro moted the deepening of the division of labour in the intern ational industrial chain, and p rovided favourable conditions for its own foreign trade develo pment. D uring this process, foreign enterprises, and multinational corporations in particular, have obtained abundant o pportunities to invest in China, added value to their capi t al, technology, management experience, marketing channels and other elements, and shared the fruits of Chinas r apid economic growth. C hinas foreign trade development benefits greatly from its reform and opening up,f rom economic globalisation, and from taking the path of co-operation and mutual bene fit. China cannot develop i tself in isolation from the rest o f the world, and global prosperity and stability cannot be m aintained without Chinas participation. The development of Chin as foreign trade has accel erated the modernisation of the national economy,e nhanced the country's comprehensive strength, and improved the standard of living of more than 1.3 billion Chinese people. It has also helped integrate the Chinese e conomy into the world econo my, and make economic globalisation conducive to the c ommon prosperity of all c ountries and regions. During the international financial crisis, Chinas foreign trade was among the first t o stabilise, promoting the recovery of the world econo m y. After the crisis broke out in 2008, the Chinese government adopted in time a series of policies and measures to s timulate the economy, e xpand domestic demand and stabilise imports and exports. In 2009, global goods importsd ecreased by 12.8 per cent, while Chinas goods imports increased by 2.9 per cent, m aking it the only country to m aintain growth among the w orlds largest economies. The China factor sustained t he exports of many countries affected by the financial crisis, stimulated demand in the globa l commodities market, and boosted confidence, giving a new momentum to the worldse conomic recovery and growth. During its third review of China's trade policy, the WTO pointed out that Chinah ad played a constructive role in stimulating global demand during the international finan c ial crisis, and had thus made significant contributions to the stability of the world. T he development of Chin as foreign trade has helped enhance the national welfare of China and its trading part-n ers. As it accelerated its inte gration into the global divi sion of labour, China has g radually developed into a major producer and exporter of industrial products relying on its labour cost advantage, r elatively strong industrial s upport, processing and manufacturing capabilities, and i ncreasing labour productivit y. It provides inexpensive and quality commodities to meet the diverse demands of the international market. C hinas advantage due to economies of scale and low p rocessing costs in the global manufacturing industry partially offsets the rising prices of upstream factors of prod uction, playing an important r ole in curbing global inflation and raising the real purchasing power of consumerso f its trading partners. The development of Chinas foreign trade has provide d a broad market for its tradi ng partners. Since 2001, Chin as import of goods has increased by approximately f ive times, representing an annual growth rate of around 20 per cent. Chinas rapidly e xpanding imports have become a major driving force for global economic growth,c reating an enormous market for its trading partners to augment their exports. At present, China is the l argest export market for Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, ASEAN, Brazil a nd South Africa, the second largest for the EU, and the third largest for the US andI ndia. As Chinas industrialis ation and urbanisation move forward rapidly, and its domestic demand keepsg rowing, the countrys con tinuously expanding and opening market will offeri ncreasing opportunities to its trading partners. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE White Paper to further Chinas global role By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com A N Abaco man was charged in a South Florida federal court with aiding and abetting the importation of c ocaine into the US. According to a Southern District of Florida press state-m ent, Wayde Andrew Collins, 35, was charged on Friday, D ecember 16, after police discovered 275 kilograms of cocaine believed to be his. The drugs were found on a large red tow boat call Sorreld ocked at the Sail Fish Marina in Stuart, Florida, on December 1, the statement said. Mr Collins could face 10 years to life if he is convictedo f the charges. He is the brother of Claude C ollins, who was gunned down almost two weeks ago i n Marsh Harbour. C laude Collins was shot n umerous times in the chest shortly before 8pm on Friday, December 9, at a home in Sweetings Village. W hen T he Tribune b roke t he story, residents of the community where the 44year-old victim lived, claimed his murder was drug andh uman trafficking related. (Collins association with human traff icking, and that usually i ncludes drug trafficking. Its a h it, a resident claimed. He said Mr Collins went o utside to get a smoke, he sat o n the porch and someone s hot him five to six times in the chest. The coroner said whoever shot him was making s ure they killed him. A ccording to the resident, a b oat was seen leaving the shoreline some 1,000 ft away from the scene shortly after t he shooting. When asked for an update on the matter, Superintendent N oel Curry, advised T he Trib une t o consult a US dailys website for the specifics on the case. Central Detective Unit officers were flown from N ew Providence to Abaco to i nvestigate the matter. On the same day, Exuma police discovered decomposed human remains that they suspected to be a man wanted inc onnection with murder of 17year-old Courtney McKenzie. Ms McKenzie was stabbed to death last August in Moss Town, Exuma. The decomposed remains were found h anging from a tree east of Moss Town, which police sus p ected to have been there for three to four months. ABACO MAN CHARGED IN FLORIDA COURT F LASHBACK t o September, when the Bahamas signed an Economic Technical Co-operation Agreement with China, part of an ongoing relationship between the two countries. Chinas Foreign Trade Part one of three S ubmitted by the Chinese Embassy, Nassau
FOR the fifth year, the US Embassys American and Bahamian staff gathered at the Nazareth Centre on Thursday, December 14, to share Yule-tide cheer with the homes 44 children. US Charg dAffaires, John Dinkelman, led the afternoon of Christmas caroling as embassy staff treated the children to pizza and drinks. A special appearance was made by Santa Claus, who distributed gifts donated by the embassy community as well as toys donated by the American Womens Club as part of the US Marines annual Toys for Tots programme. Im so proud of the US Embassy community for taking time during this busy holiday season to give back to the com munity by ensuring the childrenof the Nazareth Centre experience the joy of the season, said Mr Dinkelman. I firmly believe that when you are in the service of your fellowman you are in the service of your God. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 7 EMBASSY STAFF BRINGS FESTIVE CHEER TO CENTRE US EMBASSY staffled by US Charg dAffaires John Dinkelman, standing left of Santa, and embassy staffs children, front, and Fiordelisa Bain, from the Nazareth Centre, standing right of Santa, gather around the US marines Toys for Tots gifts donation. EMBASSY STAFF BRINGS FESTIVE CHEER TO CENTRE
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 8, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE For more informationvisit www.nassaucontainerport.com or call 242.323.7066 or 242.323.7064 T H A T K E E P S O N G I V E T H E 1,000,000 ordinary shares at B$10 per share. Minimum subscription of 50 shares ($500 January 31, 2012. NASSAU & Prospective investors are advised to read the prospectus in its entirety and/ RUVHHNSURIHVVLRQDOQDQFLDODGYLFH before making a decision. B USINESSMAN Peter N esbitt Thomson, 85, of Montreal, Canada, who made the Bahamas his home, died peacefully in Aventura Medical Centre, Florida, on Thursday. Mr Thomson moved to the B ahamas in 1977 and summ ered in Vermont. He was a prominent businessman, who during his career sat on more than 80 corporate boards, including Power Corporation of Canada, where he was Chairman u ntil 1968,The Royal Bank of Canada, and Caribbean Utilities. He will be remembered for his frankness, his love of the sea, friends, and family. H e is survived by his wife Linda, his children Peter and Frances Patricia, step-children Andrew and Leslie Raenden, their spouses Holly, Tim, Julie and Scott and six grandchildren,M onique,Victoria, Christina, Chloe, Ben and William. Donations in his memory s hould be sent to the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation, PO Box N7776,Nassau. BUSINESSMAN WHO MADE BAHAMAS HIS HOME DIES, 85 PETERNESBITTTHOMSON, who has died aged 85. They have their propaganda machinery focusedh eavily on us, but as a local s ong suggests, dog dont bark at park car. Talk show host McKinney r efused to comment on the matter. He said anything he had to say would be said onh is radio show. P rime Minister Ingraham has denied the report. Howe ver, the PLP released a state ment last night backing the claims of a secret coalition. The opposition party said Mr M cCartney and the FNM are hatching a plot designed to fool Bahamian voters into believing the DNA is some thing new and providing cover for Ingrahams fading support. The PLP questioned w hether Mr McCartney has a lways been an FNM operative, or if the DNAs internal turmoil, disorganisation, andf ailure to recruit credible candidates send him back to Ingrahams arms. T he party claimed many B ahamians will not be surp rised to hear about the alleged secret deal, because o f Mr McCartneys voting record in parliament. Ingraham was against U rban Renewal. Sos Bran. Ingrahams against the PLP proposal to double then ations investment in education and training Bran followed right in his footsteps opposing it. The mask is offn ow, Bran. You can stop your double talk, the party said. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e BRAN:NOFNMDEAL
i ng general elections. My decision in this regard is final and irreversible and I have informed my leader and the relevant councils of my partya ccordingly. At this particular juncture o f my life, I need to concentrate my attention and energy on my legal practice. Hopefully, however, I will be able to offer myself for reneweds ervice to my party and nation in the future. Mr Peet expressed his grati tude to the good people of North Andros and the Berry Islands for their loyalty andf or being able to represent them in the House of Assembly for the past 10 years. He also thanked Mr C hristie for giving him the opportunity to serve as a member of his cabinet. I n a statement, Mr Christie commended Mr Peet for making the sensible deci-s ion not to run for the North A ndros and Berry Islands constituency. He said: I accept Mr Peet's d ecision with deep regret. He has been a loyal and depend able ally in Parliament and in t he councils of the Party for many years. Moreover, he has given outstanding service to our nation, especially as a cab i net minister and as the representative for the constituency of North Andros. However, I firmly believe that Mr Peet has made the correct decision in agreeing not to stand in the next elec-t ion. I commend him for the completely unselfish and sensible position he has taken in this matter. I wish Mr Peet well and assure him of my continued friendship and support. Mr Christie said the PLP has already started the process of selecting a new candidate to replace Mr Peet in the next general election. He said the process is being conducted in close consultation with the PLPs generals and supporters in North Andros and is expected to be completed soon. A source close to the party said the PLP is in talks with FNM Clifton MP Kendal Wright to replace Mr Peet as their candidate in North Andros and the Berry Islands. Mr Wright, who has publicly expressed his disap pointment in having his Clifton seat cut, is rumoured to be quitting the FNM. It was speculated that Mr Peet was being dropped as a PLP candidate after he was accused of mismanaging $180,000 worth of client funds. In a statement to the press, Mr Peet, an attorney by profession, confirmed the exis tence of a matter regarding client funds, but stated no legal action is pending between himself and the client. This is not the first time Mr Peet found himself in the mid dle of controversy. In 2006, he was the centre of media coverage when it was revealed that his chauffeur stole $10,000 in US $100 bills from his bedroom closet in 2003. At that time Mr Peet main tained the money, which was all in US currency, was to pay his daughter's college tuition. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PEETSTEPSOUTOF THEELECTIONRACE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e VINCENTPEET, the MPfor N orth Andros and the Berry Islands, will not stand in the next elections.
was no evidence of due process relating to how con tracts were awarded for infra s tructure and house building. Millions of dollars of public money were reportedly spent over many years in a lax con trol environment, according to the audit, which cited a significant risk of abuse or misu se of funds, either through poor decision-making or corruption. The Ministry and Departm ent do not have any guide lines or other documentation relating to procurement strat e gy, specification/requirement definition, contractor selection and bid evaluation, the audit stated. Y esterday, Mr Major said he served mainly as a resource person given his lengthy background in the d epartment, and provided advice at meetings he attended whenever necessary. I probably could say (my role was) advice and guidance but not the hands-on involve m ent of assigning contracts for infrastructure or home construction, he said. We were located in two d ifferent buildings altogether. (The directive said this date, this person will be dealing with contracts, he said. C ontracts awarded by the government were based on limited contractual documen tation, according to the audit, a nd subsequently offered insufficient legal protection. Deficiencies in contract m anagement further increased the risk of abuse by contractors as monitoring and technical oversight was limit ed, the audit stated. Mr Major said Anthony Ferguson was the consultant hired by the Ministry and giv en the duty of awarding con struction and infrastructure contracts. The contracts were standard documents. The audit also reported that financial incentives offered by the Housing programme to housing contractors were insufficient to achieve the required level of quality mandated by legislation, and that this contributed to the pro grammes poor value for money. Mr Major also disputed audit findings that there was no formalized system for recording contractor perfor mance. He said that the grad ing system in place at that time considered not only the contractors performance on the project but also the ease of doing business with them. However, Mr Major admitted that the grading system was subjective and heavily reliant upon the technical capabilities of housing inspectors, some of whom were unskilled (see story on page 3 Mr Major said the responsibility for contracting was restored to him when the FNM administration took office in 2007; however, he was transferred out of the ministry shortly after. In 2008, Mr Major was transferred to the Ministry of Works, where he served as acting director. He was then transferred to the Office of the Prime Minister in 2010, and had responsibility for the South Beach township. Mr Major was returned to the Ministry of Housing this year. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts. P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, BahamasButlers Funeral Homes & Crematorium Funeral Service ForMarjorie Gonzalez, 66of Sea Breeze Estates, will be held on Thursday December 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at The New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Baillou Hill Road South. Officiating will be Pastor Alfred Stewart assisted by Minister Theophilus Claridge. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road. Left to cherish her memories are her two daughters: Germain GigiGonzalez and Gina Gonzalez Rolle; one sister: Betty Lobosky; one brother: David Sands; five grandchildren: T.J. and Jason Forbes, Kelgia, Kara and Kelsie Rolle; one son-in-law: Kelsey Rolle and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends including: Maria Gonzalez-Graves, Diane Pritchard and family, Doctors and Nurses of the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital, Dr. Kevin Moss and staff, Dr. N. Darville, Dr. Westly Francis, Pastor Alfred Stewart and family, Pastor and Rev. Carrington Pinder and family, The New Mount Zion family, The Cancer Society Ball Committee, the Gonzalez family, family and friends of Abaco, Mr. Philip Lightbourn and the staff of Phils food service, management and staff of Purses of Nassau, management and staff of Prince George Plaza, Ruth Pritchard and family, Kim Major and family, George and Regina Sands, Melba Gibson, Natasha Wilson, Anthony Hinsey and family, Charles Sealy and family, Kingsway Academy family, Jandelee Johnson and family, the Fox family, Bernadette Smith and family, Sidney Cartwright, Russara Bain, Celia Pierre, Lorna Pesito, management and staff of Splash Dance and the management and staff of Yellow Strawberry. Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Wednesday December 21st, 2011, from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. there will be no viewing at the church. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e S UPER VALUE Food Stores and Kelly's Home Centre recently teamed u p to treat more than 50 underprivileged children from The Big Harvest C ommunity Sunday School Woods Alley. T he children were treated to a party and gift selection at Kellys with both Mr R upert Roberts jr, President of Super Value, and Mrs Nancy Kelly along with t heir staff personally catered to the children. To book an advertisement in The T ribune, call 502-2352 SUPERVALUETURNSUPERHEROES FORKIDS Consultant blamed for contracts
gratitude for the new initiat ive from the police. Nick Simmons, store manager of the Breitning Boutique, commended the policef or the initiative and their visible presence over the m onths. I think its a very good initiative that the police are putting in place, especially for this Christmas season. I haves een the police coverage over the last few months, its been very strong. They are concerned about the retailers on Bay Street so its really good to see this experience bring some com f ort to shopping to shopping in peace and enjoying your holiday without anything hap-p ening. So theyre doing a very good job. Dorian Roach, of John Bull L td, agreed and considered y esterdays walkabout a good surprise. He said: I think its great. I ts a good surprise to see all these uniformed officers downtown and Bay Street.W e have noticed that we do h ave extra police presence around and its great, espe c ially this time of year when m ost of the unfortunate things happen. Meanwhile, in wake of c riminals targetting homes a nd businesses in the Cable Beach district, police are w arning crooks to think othe rwise, lest they find them selves behind bars. T he message to criminals came yesterday afternoond uring the new crime prevent ion initiative tour that prog ressed from downtown Nassau to Cable Beach, West Bay Street. B efore touring parts of the Cable Beach district, a tourist hot spot throughout the yeara nd more so during the Christmas holiday season, Supt Elaine Sands of the Western Division sent this m essage to criminals thinking a bout targeting that area. She said: I just want t hem to take note of the successes weve had. You know weve had armed robberies in this area and all the cul p rits have been caught and put behind bars. So I just want to remind them, the criminals, that the police in the Western Division are on alert and theyre on the lookout for them. So if they come to this area, theyc ould find themselves behinds bars. S peaking to the press outside of the newly built Cable Beach police station, the senior officer, also in charge o f the Airport police and Lyford Cay stations, said the a rea has its challenges with break-ins and robberies. However, through new initiatives, they are hoping to minimize housebreaking and p urse-snatching on this Cable Beach strip and you know C hristmas is fast approaching a nd we would like the com m unity and all of our visitors to be safe, she added. According to the officer, new strategies and departm ents have been put in place t o accomplish this goal since their full opening of the new C able Beach police station, due to the swift progression of the BahaMar project. As it stands now, we have put in place a bicycle patrol unit. We have a number of newly recruited officers about a nd they have been placed on t he bicycles to patrol all the h ot spots. And they patrol from Goodmans Bay as far o ut as Gambier. So were really looking forward to policing this area and keeping it safe, especiall y with this new project coming on stream and you can see its really moving quickly. She further explained that the deployment of foreign workers was also motivation to beef up security and policing. We have a lot of foreigners who are here, deployed in the community and we want to keep them safe as well. And so we put all these ini tiatives in place to make sure that Bahamian people have av ery safe Christmas. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE POLICE officers tour Bay Street yesterday. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff OFFICERS speak to a trader yesterday to pass on advice. OFFICERS pass out safety flyers to a passing motorist. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Taking the crime out of Christmas