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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Jobless link to spike in crime Volume: 108 No.37THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH 74F LOW 63F B y AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com JOBLESS young men, who abuse drugs and alcohol anda re shielded by their respective communities, have predominantly contributed to the nine per cent jump in crimes against the person last year. A two per cent decrease w as recorded in the overall category in 2010. After revealing overall crime statistics, Commission er of Police Ellison Greenslade yesterday charged that police faced extreme challenges in 2011 as a result of the proliferation of illegal guns and an apparent total disregard for human dignity and life by young people in conflict. We have continued to speak about this category of serious crime which is perpetrated by relatively young Bahamian men who are unemployed and seem to have no interest in seeking gainful employment, MrG reenslade said. To feed their habits and to supply their wants, these men continue to commit actso f robberies in our communities. Once they have committed their illegal acts, they return to the safe haven in communities where their crimes are shielded by family, friends, and acquaintances. A ttempted robbery and murder cases soared with 39 per cent and 35 per cent increases respectively. Cases of rape, which saw a decrease in 2010, surged 37 per cent overall. While cases of rape in Grand Bahama saw a 47 per cent drop, cases in New Providence and the Family Islands climbed 56 per cent and 67 per cent respec tively. Addressing the media at his annual "Meet the Press" session at the Paul Farquharson Centre at Police Headquar Police blame drug users for r ise in of f ences TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WHY BUY ANYWHERE ELSE ?!?!Most extensive line in the Bahamas of HURRICANE RESISTANT Windows and Entrance External & NOW Internal Doors Call STORM FRAME WINDOWS for your free estimate today 325-6633 POLICE COMMISSIONER Ellision Greenslade addresses the media during a press conference on national crime statistics. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff I NSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE NEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TV MUSIC ONSALEEVERYSATURDAY S S A A V V E E E E A A C C H H W W E E E E K K W W I I T T H H C C O O U U P P O O N N S S By LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org A PROMINENT figure in the Bahamas construction industry appeared before a magistrate yesterday. Peter Whitehead, 61, was in court to plead not guilty to making a false declaration to a US customs officer, and failing to declare he had funds exceeding $10,000. It is alleged that on Friday, By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com PLP candidate Alex Storr has accused the FNM of using Long Island MP Larry Cartwright, as a scapegoat for the mess it created in his constituency. Mr Storr, who is the PLPs candidate for Long Island, said the FNM has to take responsibility for neglecting the people of Long Island. The FNM has left a sour taste in the mouth in the people of Long Island, Mr Storr claimed. They are making Larry Cartwright take the fall for their dismal performance in that constituency when they are the ones to blame. They paid no attention to the constituents for too long and now they will reap what they sow. These people are ready for a change and real representation. Mr Cartwright, who is the current MP for Long Island, confirmed that he will not run in the 2012 general election unless expressly asked by his constituents. He said he promised the Long Island community two terms and now that his time is up, he is willing to step down. The Tribune reported yesterday that Montagu MP Loretta Butler Turner has been nominated as the FNM candidate for Long Island replacing Mr Cartwright. B y LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org A FUGITIVE on the run f or 10 years was finally arrested on Christmas eve in waters off Bimini. But when he appeared before a magistrate yesterday, h e offered no explanation as t o why he had ducked his d rugs trial since 2002. Avery Sargent appeared before Deputy Chief Magis-t rate Carolita Bethell to r eceive a date for his trial in which four of his co-accused were already convicted ands entenced. He and four men had been arrested following a major m arijuana drug find in waters of South Andros on January 20, 2002. However when they were e xpected to appear for trial in June of that year, Sargent did not show up. By DANA SMITH email@example.com A COLUMNIST in one of the UKs most popular dailies told his readers the governments approval of the Aga Khans development plans for Bell Island could have an impact on the upcoming elec tion. The controversial development of the island in the Exuma Land and Sea Park attracted a great deal of criti cism, with many hitting out at Mr Deveaux for accepting a ride in the Aga Khans luxury helicopter to a film screening in Abaco. S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 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 8 8 MP USED AS A SCAPEGOAT BY FNM ARRESTED AFTER BEING ON THE RUN FOR 10 YEARS A GA KHAN R OLE COULD AFFECT VOTE C ONSTRUCTION CHIEF IN COURT
A PINEWOOD Gardens man was arraigned before two Magistrates yesterday morni ng on various charges, includi ng housebreaking and poss ession of drugs with intent to supply. Damal Campbell, 27, first appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita B ethell in Court Eight, Bank L ane. I t is alleged that on December 30, the accused was found in possession of seven pounds of marijuana with intent to supply. Campbell pleaded not g uilty and was told by the d eputy chief magistrate that he would not be granted bail. Under the Bail Act that was amended, this court does not have the discretion to grant bail, she said. Therefore bail is denied. The matter was adjourned to May 28 for trial and the accused was escorted out of court in handcuffs. Minutes later, he appeared in Court One before Chief M agistrate Roger Gomez to b e charged with a break-in at a home that occurred the day before he was arrested on the drug charge. It is alleged that on December 29, he broke into the home of Kennedy Pinderi n Pinewood Gardens and s tole an iPod Touch, gold chain, digital camera and watch, together valued at $1,729. He is also accused of receiv ing the watch. The accused denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. He will return to court in May for trial. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE A BAHAMIAN realtor with ERA Dupuch played a starring role on the well-k nown HGTV channel, helping to find a rental property that satisfied the requirements of a professional expatriate couple. This couple had just moved from Dubai, and were excited about having jobs that landed them in Nassau, but were apprehensivea bout what properties they c ould find to match their high standards and expectations in a rental property, said Kyla Ralston, who was selected by the casting pro-d ucer in the UK to work w ith the popular TV show that attracts some 20 million v iewers in the US weekly. They wanted to take advantage of living on ani sland surrounded by beautiful waters for diving, fishing, swimming, snorkeling. Directa ccess to the beach was very important. They do not have children, so issues we usually take into consideration, like proximity to good schools,w as not material to the search." The couple were seeking a beachfront home or condo, at a rental rate ofb etween $2,500-$3,500. House Hunters International has filmed in the Bahamas a number of times. Last year, HGTV viewersv oted Harbour Island the f ifth best place to live in the world. But the episode featuring Ms Ralston was slightly different. The search was notf or an exotic getaway, nor on a Family Island, not a purchase, but a rental. The s earch started two months earlier. The episode with Ms Ralston and the couple wasf ilmed from December 9-11, for airing in spring 2012. We had to identify three a partments that matched their budget and wish list," said Ms Ralston. "It was my responsibility to find the apartment that best matchedt heir criteria." Ms Ralston went through listings, searching for comparables, and produced the required number -two onC able Beach and one in Love Beach. For the next three days, the film crew put in 12-hour days, with Ms Ralston along for every stepo f the journey. I n the end, the 'perfect' apartment turned out to be the very one the couple spotted the first time and agreed on then. I was very proud that I w as selected to do the show," said Ms Ralston, w ho believes her past experience in film provided producers with extra comfort.S he said it was great exposure for the Bahamas, for the industry, its profession-a lism and the variety of properties available. Bahamas realtor starring on HGTV By LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org FIVE Jamaican women, arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon, pleaded guilty to overstaying their time in the Bahamas. Abigail Williams, Stacy Henry, Darcia Gilroy, Shamara Hall and Raquel Cockins were arrested and detained December 21, after it was found that they had over stayed their time from a week to four months. The women apologized to Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez and gave their individual reasons for committing the offence. Separately charged before the chief magistrate, Grade Two Immigration officer Kendal Rahming told the court that two days after Williams was arrested and detained, her Jamaican passport was submitted to his department by police. The passport showed that Williams had come to Nassau on November 27 as a visitor with permission to stay for 14 days. Prosecutor Rahming said t he visiting period ended on December 11. He said that the accused did not inquire about or receive an extension to stay. Williams explained that she did apply for an extension ando verstayed because I wanted to stay for Junkanoo. In response to the explanation, the amused chief magistrate replied, Thats the best excuse Ive ever heard. I wanted to go to Junkanoo too. You got to see it on TV? he asked. No, sir, she replied. As immigration denied claims that she had filed for an extension, she replied that she had done so two days before her visiting time was to expire. She nevertheless apologized to the chief magistrate for overstaying my time in your country. Chief Magistrate Gomez in response told her that because of the circumstances, youll pay a fine of $500 or one month at Her Majestys Prison. He advised her to file for an extension the next time so that she would not miss the parade. He also recommended early deportation. The remaining four defendants also pleaded guilty as they stood before Chief Magistrate Gomez. Prosecutor Rahming informed the court that on December 21, the four women were arrested in an apartment on McKinneyA venue after a search of their passports revealed that they had overstayed their time. Henry had overstayed by a little more than a week while Gilroy and Hall had both overstayed by three weeks. I t was revealed that Cockins had been in the country since the beginning of August, 2011. Henry was the first of the four to explain the reason behind her actions. She said she had been given 30 days in the country and had updated her ticket to return home on December 28, so that she could be married. She admitted that she had not filed for an extension. Her fianc, Melvin Smith, produced rele vant papers showing that her explanation was legitimate. Gilroy, who stayed three weeks longer than allowed, said it was because I like the country and I wanted to spend Christmas here. She too admitted that she didnt apply for an extension. Halls reasons were similar, although she added that I wanted to spend Christmas and New Years in a different country. She added that she had experienced complications with AirJamaica concerning her tickets. Before Raquel Cockins could explain why she was in the country since August, Chief Magistrate Gomez asked: You were looking for permanent residency, Ms Cockins? Im very sorry, I truly a m, was her reply. He fined Cockins $1,500 or a month in jail as she had overstayed longer than her co-accused. Hall and Gilroy were fined $1,000 each, which if they failt o pay they too will face a month in prison. Henry was cautioned. FINDING THE RIGHT NEST HGTVs House Hunters International film crew captures a special bird resting moment while on location in New Providence during an episode shoot of the well-travelled show. JAMAICANS ADMIT OVERSTAYING BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES FOR ACCUSED
By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com BAHAMAS National Trust officials are offering a $2,000 reward for information on the person or persons who d umped debris in the Bonef ish National Park. BNT executive director Eric Carey said it was dismaying to find the pile of construction scraps and rubble yesterday morning, particularly after the breathtaking tribute to the nations wetlands by the Valley Boys during the New Years Day junkanoo parade. We believed that by having the group use the wetlands as a theme, that it was an indication that we were gaining success in creating awareness about the importance of these systems, he said. The BNT makes presentations on the importance of preserving wetlands to nearly 10,000 students a year. Of that number, almost 7,000 visit the Bonefish Park. Mr Carey said he cant understand why someone would use the park as a dumping ground. He said: It could have only been an idiot who would drive down here and think, Im going to dump this out here. But, you would find, that same idiot would not have a h undredth of an ounce of decency that would lead him to think, Wow, I can't dump that here. We spent a lot of time cleaning this area, formerly a place where people came to burn cables to extract copper. Mr Carey said the BNT is now working with the govern m ent extend its system of boardw alks and other infrastructure throughout the park. He said the government has seen the parks potential as a source of income for Bahamians. We hope that people would u se the Self-Starter Programme to jump-start tour guide businesses. The park is also seen by the government as recreation for tourists, he said. As for the reward, Mr C arey said: We want to send a clear message to people that this is not acceptable. Any information that leads to finding who is responsible for the dumping, will be handled to the full extent of the law. A n environmental health official said the penalty for dumping of this kind could be anything from a $500 to $10,000 fine, and could include a spell in prison. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Pharmacy Council has warned Bahamians of the dangers of the illegal sale of pharmaceuticals and use of black-market drugs. During a press conference at the Ministry of Health yes terday Bahamas Pharmacy Council chairman Philip Gray warned that use of unregulat ed prescription drugs and black-market drugs supplied by non-pharmacists, could be putting Bahamians health at serious risk. He said: The sale of prescription items with no oversight of a pharmacist is unacceptable the black market sale of pharmaceuticals is an even more dangerous practice. The Bahamas Pharmacy Council is a government body that regulates and controls pharmacy practices, the practices of licensed professionals and sets industry standards and guidelines. Since its establishment two years ago, Mr Gray said the council has been following a strategic plan that now moves its attention towards the protection of the countrys bor ders in regards to the entry and exit of medications and the eradication of illicit and illegal pharmacy practices. In particular, Mr Gray said the council is deeply concerned by the side street sales of medication by nonpharmacists and sale of blackmarket pharmaceuticals, which have been imported into the country illegally. As the government cannot control the chain of distribution and the origin or quality of the drugs that can be extremely dangerous. He said: I want to warn the general public that, that is extremely dangerous you put yourself at greater risk than cost because you may be getting something that is potentially lethal. When investing in your health, you should ensure that you go to a legitimate regis tered pharmacy, which will have pharmacists and licenceson display, said Mr Gray. In addition, he said it is important that the public be informed by a professional about all medications they are using, including over the counter drugs, which can react to prescription drugs. While Mr Gray could not say how prevalent these ille gal transactions are, he said the council is currently in the preliminary stages of investigating several entities with the assistance of the Customs Department and the Police Force. Such practices by nonpharmacists will be dealt with forthwith and prosecuted to the full extent of the law we vehemently suggest that such activity cease immediately, he said. The council is also urging the public to come forward with any information regarding illegal pharmaceutical sales. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, PAGE 3 Reward offered to catch litterbugs By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com THE ruling on the discharge or arraignment of three men suspected in a $500,000 extortion attempt was delayed in Magistrates Court. Shakatoure Thompson, 23, Robert Smith Jr, 24, and Robert Smith Sr, 61, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez yesterday to learn whether or not he would dismiss the charge against them or allow it to proceed in a preliminary inquiry. It is alleged that the three men, between September 12 and October 17, 2010, attempted to extort half a million dollars from Todd Culmer. They had appeared in Court One, Bank Lane before the chief magistrate on Tues-d ay afternoon. However, before their arraignment could commence, defence attorneys Ian Cargill and Krysta Smith argued that the indictment was taking place past the date set by the statute of limitations. It, therefore, was not properly before the courts. The prosecution countered that the law made provisions for a Magistrate to proceed with a pre-trial in circumstances where police ran out of time for their investigations. Chief Magistrate Gomez had delayed the matter to yesterday morning to make ad ecision. He granted Smith Sr a bond of $5,000 while remand ing the two accused to prison after prosecution informed the court that Smith Jr and Thompson, with pending charges already before the courts, had breached bail conditions. However, when the accused returned to court yesterday, the matter was adjourned to January 10 in Court Five, Bank Lane, where the charges were initially supposed to be have been dealt with. In the meantime, the chief magistrate told Smith Jr and Thompson that they would be granted the same bond as their co-defendant. However, he added that they were going to be attached to the electronic monitoring system. Before these charges, Smith Jr had been on bail, granted by the Supreme Court last July, 10 days after he hadb een charged with the June 17 shooting death of Winfield Smith. He also had an outstanding warrant of arrest from Court Six, where his second charge of car theft is continuing. Thompson had also been on bail after he had been charged last September in connection with an armed robbery at the Island Luck web cafe, Carmichael Road. He also has a possession of dangerous drugs case before the courts. The two men, with Smith Sr, will return to court on Tuesday, January 10, before Magistrate Derence Rolle-D avis in Court Five at the new Magistrates Court complex, Nassau Street. ILLEGAL DR UGS W ARNING DELAY IN EXTORTION RULING A $2,000 REWARD is be offered for information on who might be responsible for dumping at Bonefish Pond, which has left to be cleaned up by National Trust volunteers. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
EDITOR, The Tribune. On Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011, I caught the last five minutes of the NB-12 9pm programme. Fred A Mitchell, Jr, presumably in his capacity as a PLP member, was being interviewed and suggested that government needed to get creative and should con-s ider waiving all Real Prope rty Taxes outstanding for the years prior to 2007. The implication being, as I understood it, that this would assist government in then getting the message to Bahamians about the dire need for them to pay their taxes and would actually assist government in collecting taxes going forward. What a load of nonsense! Why would I ever pay my taxes if I thought I might get an amnesty in future if I waited long enough! In any event, over the years government has regularly given amnesties on Real Property Tax surcharges ifa person paid the outstanding taxes in full. In fact there is cur rently such an amnesty in place f or commercial properties. W hy do our Honourable Members of Parliament con tinually support those who fail to honour their basic obligations as members of society (not paying property taxes, not paying national insurance payments and the like) and who are otherwise breaking the law (numbers houses acknowledging and giving credit to law-abiding citizens. In my view, government should do what it is supposed to do and actively go after those who have failed to meet their obligations. They have been doing this, selectively it seems, for National Insurance contributions. Why not for Real Property Taxes? And if Fred Mitchell wants to get creative then I think he should get creative by waiving property taxes for the next five years for all persons whose taxes are presently current. In a nutshell it seems that the ideal world of Fred Mitchell is one where those who pay their taxes are fools and those who don't can expect Gov ernment to eventually absolve them of their responsibilities while they sit back and laugh at all the foolish taxpayers. Why is Mr Mitchell mak ing such a suggestion anyway? Sometimes it makes one wonder if it might be because our Honourable representatives are themselves not all such honourable citizens. I would like to take this o pportunity to challenge Fred Mitchell and every current Member of Parliament and every prospective electoral candidate in the upcoming elections, whether PLP, FNM or DNA to disclose how much they personally, and any company in which they have an interest, owe in Real Property taxes. Further, I challenge these same persons to disclose the status of the Real Property taxes for any property they own or have an interest in. In fact, given the current discus sions on the National Insur ance and Business Licence fees in relation to the straw market vendors, I challenge these same persons to disclose the status of any Business Licence fees and National Insurance contributions for which they, or a business or company in which they have any interest, are responsible. A BAHAMIAN TAXPAYER IN GOOD STANDING Nassau, December 7, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. IT WAS not very long ago when the former Director of the Department of Lands and Survey came under fire for allowing that agency to grant land to members of his immediate family. From the information published in the print media, very small sums were paid for t hese properties. Once these persons would have taken possession of the land, in short order they were flipped ie they were sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the initial purchase price. There appeared to be something terribly wrong at this Department. As a result of the prevailing or perceived inconsistencies, a Commission of Inquiry was appointed to investigate and call for records and persons as may be necessary. To my recollection the Commission of Inquiry was convened, individuals were subpoenaed and questioned at length concerning the acquisition of land and/or matters pertaining thereto. The questioning included those who obtained parcels of Crown land, for themselves and or their rela tives. Most, if not all of us, would agree that these are hard eco nomic times and as such it is inconceivable that the Commission is still in session after convening more than a year ago. Further, it is hard to imagine such a costly and important inquiry being conducted without some meaningful conclusions to share with the Bahamian public. It is important for us to remember that such proceedings are conducted at the Bahamian publics expense. This being the case, then it is no more than reasonable and respectful that the findings and recommendations be shared with those who foot the bill. Prior to, or during the time of the appointment of the Commission of Inquiry, a promise was made to the Bahamian people. A list of all recipients who were granted Crown land over a specified period of time was to be comp iled and shared with the public. In addition, any further granting of Crown Land was to be put on hold until further notice. Did we ever receive that notice? The mere fact that a Commission of Inquiry was appointed suggests that there may have been issues of impropriety and malfeasance. The purpose then of the Commission was to bring clarity to the situation and thus absolve those inadvertently accused, and penalize the wrong-doers. The Bahamian people need to know three things: (I list of persons who are recipients of Crown Land grants; (2 granting of Crown Land been l ifted; (3 from the Commission of Inquiry? There are many Bahamians who can benefit from the grant of a small portion of Crown Land so that they can claim ownership of a piece of the rock. Unfortunately, for many years now the trend is to grant large acreage to many who can well afford to purchase for themselves and those who cannot are denied even a quarter of an acre. There are thousands of acres lying dormant and as speculation having been in many instances acquired under the pretext of the establishment of some industrial or agricul-t ural entity. Such development we can be assured would definitely help the unemployment situation. We need to know whether any recommendation has been made to prevent future flipping of land granted to an individual for a specific purpose(s the controls in place now, to prevent future hoarding of acreage upon acreage, by those desirous of speculating with real estate and not fol lowing through with the intended use as stipulated on the application for the land. The Bahamian people need to know. MICHAEL E TURNER Nassau, November 21, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 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 YESTERDAY morning, a Bahamian pilot e-mailed us an advisory sent out from the US Embassy. It was intended only for US citizens with travel plans, but got wider d istribution than intended. Apparently t he advisory was not posted on the general US Embassy Travel Advisory web site for general consumption. Dated January 3, 2012 the message read: The US Embassy is transmitting the following message to alert US citizens that, due to a labour dispute with air traffic controllers, travellers have experienced significant flight delays at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, the Bahamas. US citizens using this airport should plan accordingly. I t then advised US citizens travelling o r residing overseas to enrol in the Smart Traveller Enrolment programme for further information. The dissemination of this information by the Embassy for the convenience of its citizens was the direct result of the chaos caused at the airport on Christmas day by the air traffic controllers, who chose that day to prove their power and go slow. No one is questioning the cause of the Christmas day travel fiasco at the airport. Even the traffic controllers admit that they were on go slow in connection with their unions contract negotiations. However, when there was a repeat performance on New Years Day no one was prepared to accept the explanation of the Nassau Airport Development (NAD cial who said that air traffic controllers had made every effort to expedite arrivals and departures on New Years day. The NAD official blamed the chaos on flight congestion caused by the saturation of Miami airspace. Still others pointed out the added confusion caused by an increased volume of unscheduled private aircraft, which had to also be accommodated for takeoff between the increased arrival and departures of commercial air craft. Whoever or whatever the cause, there was mismanagement somewhere in the system at the airport on Monday. Hav ing gone through Christmas, the new years holiday should have been anticipated, and better planned. For example, were there enough traffic controllers on duty for the extra traffic that should have been expected? Were there enough senior staff in the tower to assist with the congestion? Should tower staff be better trained to cope with such situations? We can swirl around in circles asking ques tions, but reaching no conclusion. It is being insisted that the chaos was not due to industrial unrest. It is true that the controllers union had made a statement that their industrial action had been called off in anticipation of contract negotiations although in the background there was another union making growling noises and keeping everyone in suspense. However, the air traffic union has only itself to blame after what transpired as a direct result of their actions on Christm as day. No amount of explaining, or denying will completely dispel the suspicion that they also had something to do with the inconvenience caused to all passengers at Pindling International Airport on Monday. This should be a lesson to the union. Tourism is an essential industry that cannot be trifled with by a handful of unionists. Their irresponsible behaviour affects the jobs of too many people Bahamians at all levels of the economic scale for them to demonstrate their power by showi ng how they can cripple the countrys e conomy. And so the controllers might well have been doing their best on Monday, industrial action might have in no way contributed to the nations embarrassment in the shabby manner in which our most important customers were treated on Monday, but as the saying goes: Go tell that one to the Marines! No one else is listening. Christmas day was the air traffic con trollers undoing. It was their behaviour on that shameful day that instigated the US Embassys warning to its citizens to beware of the airport because of a labour dispute with air traffic controllers. It was his experience on Christmas Day that caused the Jet Blue pilot to lose his cool a week later. It was the memory of that day that caused him to tell his passengers that they had work to rule controllers to blame for their discomfort. It was also those thoughts that caused him after more than a three-hour wait with a plane full of unhappy passengers to threaten what would happen if the tower did not give him immediate clearance for take off. DNA leader Branville McCartney has predicted that employees at Atlantis will be laid off in the next six months because of the recent business deal between Kerzner International and Brookfield manage ment company. If the unions most of whose contracts with government are falling due within the next three months think only of themselves in these negotiations and not of the nation, and if they demonstrate the irresponsible behaviour that we have seen recently, there will be more than Atlantis workers unemployed. And it wont be because of any business decisions, it will be because when an elec tion nears unionists force politicians to make concessions that the country cannot afford, and which would not be granted at any other time of the year. As one observer commented this week, todays union leaders are a different breed, they are not nation builders. Clarify the rules on flipping LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Why air traffic controllers are being blamed NOTICE is hereby given that HOPE JACQUELINE COOKE of ORANGE DRIVE, P.O. BOX FH-14189, 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 29t h DAY of DECEMBER, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE Fred Mitchell, the PLP and real property taxes
By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com DESPITE seeking election in a constituency that has been FNM for the past 10 years, PLP candidate Arnold Forbes insists he has a good chance of winning. Discussing his work in Mount Moriah, which began more than 18 months ago, Mr Forbes said he and his team are now ready to tackle the concerns of constituents. He said: I believe that I bring to the table a representative who would care for his people. I would not be an absentee one. I believe it is most important that people see me on a regular basis and that I am there to deal with problems in the community. Most of the people Ive touched are simple, with simple needs that have not been met. In me, they have someone who will make sure their needs are met. Topping the list of concerns for residents, Mr Forbes said, is the need to feel safe and secure. Most people have concerns over the crime situation and not coming back to their homes to find someone in it. They want to feel safe and come home to meet their home intact, he said. The president and director of Del Sol Productions Ltd and Bahamia Ltd said Mount Moriah constituents are also feeling the economic pinch and many are unemployed. People want jobs, he said. In every home that I've been t o, there are people who just want to work. They want to provide for themselves. Mr Forbes will be up against one of the leaders of the FNM, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, but the challenger is feeling confident, and is already making plans to hit t he ground running after the e lection. He said: Mount Moriah needs a food bank. There are people in the constituency, specifically children, who are going to bed hungry every night. A community after-school programme is another initiative Mr Forbes wants to intro duce right away. Idle hands are the devils workshop, so the children need to have something to doa fter hours. In that, the education problem can be addressed, he said. As far as crime is concerned and people not being able to get jobs, a lack of proper education is in the forefront, he said. In the coming four to six weeks, Mr Forbes hopes to canvas the areas of the constituency he has not yet visited. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, PAGE 5 Proverbs 13 :11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. PLPcandidate tells of his hopes PLPCANDIDATE Arnold Forbes.
By LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org THE Progressive Liberal Party criticised the government for the decline in the countrys number one industry and second largest employer since 2008, especially on the island of Grand Bahama. In a press release issued by the PLP, opposition spokesman on Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said the governments mismanagement of the countrys tourism sector has had negative backlash for those involved in the industry. The Governments mismanagement of the sector has caused a record high level of unemployment, hotel closures, layoffs and immeasurable human suffering, he said. Mr Wilchcombe added that the year 2010 recorded one of the lowest stopover arrivals since 1985 and already 2011 numbers are below 2010 by some 4 per cent. He chided the government, saying that they had not articulated an effective plan to reverse the trend. The opposition MP accused tourism minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace of trying to mask his abysmal performance by spotlighting the increase in cruise ship visitors. It is a fact that stopover visitors are down. It is a fact that the government refuses to produce the figures for the TOTAL expenditure of visitors for the years 2008 through 2010 and 2011. He ultimately accuses the governing party of not placing top priority on Bahamians and said the relaxed, neglectful and lackadaisical approach to this critical area of our economy has resulted in The Bahamas losing its premier position in the region. Speaking on Grand Bahama where he holds a seat as MP for West End and Bimini, the former minister of tourism said that the despite numerous promises by the government to improve the lives of Grand Bahamians, one hotel after another has either gone out of business or is operating at minimal levels. He further stated that thousands of workers have been misplaced and countless families have had their lives disrupted as breadwinners have moved to other Islands to eke out a living and too many Bahamians have become virtual economic refugees in their o wn country. H e said that the governm ent failed to build on the successes of the PLP on that island concerning tourism as our team was successful in facilitating increased airlifts into Grand Bahama, namely West Jet, Spirit Airlines, Jet Blue and Virgin Airlines. Speaking on hotel closures and those still open, he said the government has not done enough to attract sufficient stopover visitors to fill the significantly reduced number of hotel rooms in Grand Bahama. Mr Wilchcombe wants the country and more importantly Grand Bahama to know that the PLP are ready to get to work and promised that if elected to office, they will move quickly to revitalize, diversify and grow our tourism product by partnering with the Grand Bahama Promotion Board to guaran tee airlift to Grand Bahama. We will also retool and equip the Hotel Corporation so as to give the necessary support and incentives to smaller boutique Bahamian owned hotel properties, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE invites applicationsfor the following part-time position:Knowledge and Skills Required:ArcGIS Desktop,ArcObjects Understanding of and organizing GIS data Firm comprehension of geospatial concepts Experience with 3D geo-visualization, Google Earth Knowledge of working with ESRI GeoDatabase data models Familiarity with relational databases and SQL queries Ability to independently synthesize complex data into information for presentation Competency in documenting processes and methodologies Managing Map Documents,Adding Spatial and Attribute Data, Labeling and Editing Education: BS or MS degree in Science or GeographyExperienceRequired: 2 5 years of GIS experienceArcGIS specialistTheArcGISSpecialistshouldhaveexperienceindevelopingsolutionsbased on the ArcGIS Suite. He/she will support ongoing GIS data development, spatialanalysis,andgraphicaloutputforplanning,environmental,and explorationprojects.Candidatewillserveasavaluableteamresource forGIS-relatedtraining.Aninterestinoilandgasand/orabackgroundin environmental science are favourable.To apply please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and a recent example of mapping and analysis work to: Ms. Ashli Munnings Bahamas Petroleum Company Plc PO Box SS-6276 Nassau, Bahamas email@example.com Sale Starts Tuesday, January 3 Friday, January 6, 2012 Located: Harbour Bay Shopping Center PLPcricitises govt for decline in tourism
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, PAGE 7 FREEPORT A 41-yearold male resident of Eight Mile Rock was charged with several serious offences in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Wednesday. David Dean, a resident of Sapodilla Road North, Hanna Hill, appeared in Magistrates Court Two before Magistrate Andrew Forbes. He was charges with assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and two counts of causing damage. The charges stem from an incident that occurred at Hanna Hill on December 28 where the accused is alleged to have threatened some young boys and officers with a cutlass. Dean pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Her Majestys Prison until April 2 for the trial in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates court. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE DNA is putting an entirely different spin on election campaigning, the partys leader claims. With the election fast approaching and voters cards soon to be issued, Branville McCartney said this novel approach is paying off and t hey are ready to take over t he reigns of the country. We have gone about it differently from any other party in the history of the Bahamas we run this like a business, he said. Instead of giving away party paraphernalia, the DNA actually sells hats and t-shirts. And, whenever a candidate participates in a fundraiser, he or she gets a percentage of the profit to use for their individual campaigns, Mr McCartney said. This fair, transparent method of campaigning is a indication of how the party will approach governance, he said. We dont want to be subjected to any special interests. We want to run the Bahamas in a way that is beneficial to all Bahamians and not just particular groups, Mr McCartney said. Speaking with the Tribune earlier this week, Mr McCartney declined to reveal the part ys budget, but said the DNA w ill not be spending the tens of m illions some say is required for an election campaign. He said: If we were to ever got that kind of money, we would give it to the less fortunate or help build up persons circumstances we are not about to buy votes or spend money foolishly, we have calculated our costs down to the tee. When contacted yesterday afternoon, FNM chairman Carl Bethel declined to comment on his partys projected election spending, saying: These are not matters that are discussed. I will not discuss it. I know it costs a lot of money and we will see how much it costs when the election gets here. Mr McCartney said the DNA is ready for the election and will name its full slate of candidates shortly. We are ready for the prime minister to ring the bell. We are ready to run the count ry if the Bahamian people w ill have us. It is time for posi tive change, he said. Denying reports that the FNM and DNA are forming a coalition, Mr McCartney said the rumours are nevertheless encouraging as evidence of his partys strength. He said: You are going to hear a lot of things, that is just the political season. They can come with all they want God willing we will win the next election, and the fact that they are doing it only shows that we are doing something right. MAN CHARGED WITH SERIES OF OFFENCES DAVIDDEAN is esc orted into court by officers, where he faced a series of charges, including assault. DNA is run like a business By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The Superstar Rockers are the unoffi cial winners of the 2012 Anthony Huck Williams New Years Day Junkanoo Parade, with the Swingers coming in second by a near margin of five points. According to the unofficial results released for the Division A Group Category, the Rockers received a total of1 ,337 points to take first p lace. The group won five of the 10 individual categories, including Best Banner, Best Individual Lead Costume, Best Free Dancers, Best Off The Shoulder, and Best Costume as a Group. The Swingers received a total of 1,332 points for sec ond place. They also took the top spots in four categories: Best Choreograph Dancers, Best Performance on West Pioneers Way, Best Group Performance, and Best Music. The Majestic Crusaders was third, with a total of 1,135 points. The Best Executiono f Theme went to the group. K ingdom Culture placed fourth, with 1,046 points. The Classic Dancers and Bayshore Warriors were fifth and sixth, with 923 and 767 points, respectively. In the Division B Category, the Harbour Boys received a total of 770 points for first place. That group won the Best Individual Lead Costume and Best Off The Shoulder categories. The Arawak Invaders was second, with a total of 650 points. Rotary Club International took third place, receiving a total of 583 points; the Bush w hackers came in fourth p lace with 435 points; and Sting was fifth with 420 points. UNOFFICIAL JUNKANOO RESULTS
Mr Storr said Prime Minster Hubert Ingraham shuffled the seats as the final act of a desperate man. The Prime Minister is shuffling the seats because he knows his current MPs are facing challenges in their constituencies, said Mr Storr. He hopes by moving them around and presenting them as new faces in new constituencies it will help him win the election. However, I believe the masses will not fall for his tricks. Long Island as always has been perceived as an FNM stronghold, but I will change that. The FNM has yet to publicly announce any candidates. Party chairman Carl Bethel said the party is still in the process of ratifying candi dates. Some individuals are campaigning already, but we are still ratifying people, he said. It's not a quick or easy t hing. When we finish the process we will announce who will be running and where. After we identify potential candidates we have to do background checks. A lot oft hings have to be down before a person can be presented to the public. ters yesterday, Mr Greenslade underscored the impact of suspect murders and public resistance on the 50 per cent detection rate of murders committed in 2011. Murder cases increased by nine per cent in 2010. At last years briefing, the detection for murders committed in 2010 stood at 70 per cent, with 66 of the 94 murders solved. Of the 127 murders recorded last year, 13 of the 16 women killed were domestic incidents. Three cases involved victims between the ages of 11 and 16 years old. Many of the suspects or persons of interest in many of the murders recorded for 2011, died at the hands of assailants before they could be arrested and questioned by the police, Mr Greenslade said. What is unfortunate is that some sectors of our society are acutely aware of where these murder suspects are, but will not turn them in. A five-year police study, released earlier this year, revealed that most murders occurred in the Southeastern policing division, and stemmed from arguments between acquaintances. The majority of last years murder occurred in the Southern division, with the Southeastern and Southwestern divisions trailing closely. Yesterday, Mr Greenslade confirmed that the majority of murder cases in 2011 occurred on Saturdays and between the hours of 4pm and midnight, which was also revealed in the study. While noting the unrelenting efforts, and admirable response of officers to the crime surge, Mr Greenslade admitted that widespread increases taxed the $8.5 million allocated at the start of the year. The cases of manslaughter and unlawful sexual intercourse were the only crimes against the person that saw decreases in 2011. The statistics reveal that crimes against property increased by 7 per cent in 2011, an 8 point drop over the increase posted in 2010. Mr Greenslade said: Persons using and addicted to drugs continued to wreak havoc in our communities as they committed property offences to steal valuables which they traded for cash and drugs. Some Cash for Gold stores also provided an easy outlet for many criminals to pawn their stolen wares in return for cash. Crimes of stealing from a vehicle, stolen vehicles, and housebreaking continue to climb with last year posting increases of 47 per cent, 7 per cent, and three per cent respectively. Cases of burglary, shopbreaking, stealing recorded decreases of 11 per cent, 21 per cent, and two per cent respectively. While reported crimes in Grand Bahama posted an eight per cent increase, the Family Islands saw an 11 per cent decrease overall. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Temple Christian High SchoolENTRANCE EXAMINATION2012 2013 Temple Christian High School will hold its Entrance Examination on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY4TH, 2012 at the school on Shirley Street from 8:00 a.m. 12 noon for students wishing to enter grades, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Application forms are available at the High should be completed and returned to the school by Friday, February 3rd, 2012. For further information please call 394-4481 or 394-4484 Jobless link to spike in crime 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 MPUSED AS A SCAPEGOAT BY FNM December 30, the owner of Gunite Pools and Osprey Development, made a false declaration to an officer of the US at the pre-clearance hall at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Whitehead reportedly told the officer he was not in pos session of funds exceeding $10,000. Whitehead also allegedly failed to declare he was carrying $50,532 on his person. Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell granted bail after the prosecution offered no objection. The case was adjourned to July 20. CONSTRUCTION CHIEF IN COURT
THE Nassau Agility and Obedience Club and the Bahamas Kennel Club will hold two special training seminars on Saturday, January 7, from 9:30 am to 1pm at The Retreat on Village Road. A special introduction to the Dog Agility seminar will be held on Sunday, January 8, at the Village Road Training Centre. The seminars will be taught by Carol and Jon Mett, American Kennel Club judges from Savannah, Georgia. Our annual Dog Show will be held March 17 and 18 on Paradise Island. There are many wonderful dogs in the Bahamas that should be entered in the show. Unfortunately many people feel that they are not qualified to show their dogs, but with some guidance and handling tips owners can become excellent show handlers, said Lynn Gape, Vice President of the Bahamas Kennel Club (BKC The first seminar on Sat urday will introduce dog own ers into tried and true ways to handle your dog. We encourage young people who love their pets and want to enter the show to attend this seminar as there is a special class for junior handlers. T he second Saturday semi nar will introduce Rally Obe dience. Rally is a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers. Dog and Handler teams navigate a course with numbered signsi ndicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-DownSit, Straight Figure 8, Right Turns, Left Turns Send Over Jump, Recall Over Jump. Teams navigate the course ata brisk, continuous performance without direction from the judge. Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs during the performance. All dogs, purebred, mixed breeds and dogs with disabilities are encouraged to participate. The NAODC will hold a Novice Rally Trial immediately after the seminar for participants to practice their newly learned skills and maybe even go home with a rally title. The Nassau Agility and Obedience Club (NAODC is working with Purina to introduce Agility to The Bahamas. The Club has recently completed its training area on Village Road and on Sunday, January 8, there will be a special introduction to Dog Agility Seminar with trials in the afternoon. Dogs participating in this seminar should have had Beginner Obedience Training, but interested persons are encouraged to attend. According to Tonya Gay, President of the NAODC, We are working hard to train and have our own Bahamas Agility Team. Last year the Puerto Rican Agility Team appeared at our show and we want to have our own Bahamas Team this year. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs TRAINING SEMINARS FOR PETS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Taxicab drivers who illegally charge visitors a round trip fare could face having their public service license suspended, Deputy Controller of Road Traffic Basil Rahming has warned. Mr Rahming has called on those engaged in such an illegal practice to cease immediately as it is a violation of the Road Traffic regulations. The Department continues to receive complaints of taxi drivers plying between the Lucayan Harbour and Port Lucaya collecting round trip fares from cruise ship passengers, upon their arrival at their destination. He said that visitors/passengers are only lawfully obligated to pay a one-way fare on arrival at Port Lucaya. Mr Rahming said collecting the same passenger for a return trip, to the point where their original journey began, is a separate, distinct transaction for which another fare must be paid on arrival at that location. A concerned taxicab driver went public with the issue in a local newspaper last week about colleagues charging cruise ship passengers round trip fares to take them to Port Lucaya and back to the harbour. But, he said when visitors are ready to leave the taxi driver is not available to take them back to the harbour so they have to wait. Mr Rahming said that the department will begin prosecuting any taxi driver found to be engaged in the illegal practice. He stressed that if convicted, cab drivers may have their public service drivers licence suspended. Mr Rahming noted that last year two drivers were taken before the Road Traffic Tribunal and had their licences suspended. Grand Bahama Taxi Union president Kenneth Woodside is aware of the illegal practice by some cab drivers taking passengers from the harbour to Port Lucaya. He said the issue has been an internal dispute. He does not think that a cab drivers licence should be suspended. Mr Woodside explained that sometimes visitors pay cab drivers in advance or make some other arrangement with them. If they pay in advance or agree to tour or some other arrangement, cab drivers should be parked and available to (the passenger time, he said. President Woodside said they have a working relationship with tourism and there have been no complaints from visitors recently. Warning to taxi drivers FREEPORT Ferry Boat operators were robbed of cash by two armed masked men at the dock in McLeans Town in East End, Grand Bahama. The culprits fired a shot in the air as they escaped in a stolen getaway vehicle, which was later recovered by police i n bushes in East End shortly a fter the robbery. A ccording to reports, operators of the Ferry Boat Service were approached at the dock by two masked men armed with handguns shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday. The culprits took cash, tickets and two cellular phones. They fired a shot in the air while fleeing the scene in a dark-coloured vehicle. While investigating, police recovered a dark purple Niss an Skyline vehicle used in t he robbery in bushes near S tat Oil terminal. The vehicle was stolen on December 19 from Dominica Avenue. Two masked gunmen about 6ft tall approached the owner as he arrived home at 9.30am and robbed him of the car. The same stolen vehicle was later used in an armed robbery on December 24 at the Burger King Restaurant on Yellow Street. Police are also still searchi ng for a stolen 2006 blue F ord Explorer, license plate n umber 40400. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 3503107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911. ROBBERS STRIKE AT FERRY BOAT
The trial, after numerous delays, finally went ahead with his co-accused found guilty of marijuana possession with intent to supply. A warrant of arrest was issued for him. It was can celled by Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez last week when the accused appeared before him. The chief magistrate adjourned the drug matter to yesterday before Court Eight for a fixture hearing. Before giving the accused a trial date, she asked him if he wished to explain why he had disappeared since 2002. Not at this time, he replied. She informed him that because of his absence, the trial proceeded and concluded with the conviction of his coaccused. She said she would not go through the trial again and would consult with her supe rior to determine which court he would be tried in. A fter consultation, Sargent was told he would appear before Magistrate Guilimina Archer at Court 10, Nassau Street, to receive a date for trial. On the issue of bail she said: I will deny bail as youve been at large for ten years. S argent was escorted out of court and put in a holding cell before being taken to Her Majestys Fox Hill Prison. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE TEACHING VACANCYTemple Christian High School Shirley Street RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE BIBLE (Gr.7-12)Applicants must: Mr. Neil Hamilton The Principal Temple Christian High School P.O. Box N-1566 Nassau, Bahamas Deadline for application is January 13th, 2012 Daily Mail columnist Richard Kay wrote this week that the purchase of Bell Island has been criticised by less wealthy locals who disapprove of foreign investors moving to the islands and possibly causing ecological damage. Now, the Agas purchase of the island has become a key issue in the Bahamas forthcoming general election. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux has come in for criticism on radio shows, the column said. The Bahamas National Trust has also been heavily criticised by conservationists, who feel the agency should have blocked further development in the worlds oldest land and sea park. According to Tribune sources, the Aga donated $1 million to the National Trust after he purchased the island. 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 ARRESTED AFTER BEING ON THE RUN FOR 10 YEARS AGA KHAN ROLE COULD AFFECT VOTE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The vigilance of police officers has resulted in the recovery of an illegal firearm off the streets on New Years Day. Assistant Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, reported that sometime around 8.30am on Sunday, January 1, officers were on mobile patrol at Adventurers Way when they saw a man digging in a grassy area. On checking the area, they discovered a grey and black .380 pistol, with four live rounds of .380 ammunition. Ms Mackey said the officers of the Central Detective Unit are following significant leads into the matter the first firearm seizure for 2012. Meanwhile in Nassau, mobile patrol officers recovered two firearms in separate incidents over the holiday weekend. The first firearm a handgun was found in a bushy area west of SirMilo Butler Drive shortly before 1pm Saturday. The second handgun was uncovered with a quantity of ammunition, inbushes at Adventures Way off Marshall Road.The discovery occurred sometime around 8.30pm Sunday. Police investigations are continuing. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org THIRTEEN police officers were discharged from the force last year as complaints against the police dropped 26 per cent. Deputy Commissioner Quinn McCartney confirmed yesterday at the polices annual meet the press session that 287 complaints against officers were made in 2011. Nine officers were discharged for ceasing to be an efficient or effective police officer, under section 21 of the Police Act, and three officers were not kept on after their contracts expired. One officer was discharged because of a criminal offence, Mr McCartney said. Of the complaints received last year, 146 were assault claims, 63 were claims of unethical behaviour, and 21 concerned unlawful arrest allegations. Providing timely feedback on complainants, and implementing accountability measures were among the objectives listed in the Commissioners Policing Plan for 2012. Under priority five, professionalising service, the force has pledged to continue to train all officers in areas of ethics, good governance, professional standards and customer service. We have heard far too many complaints from members of the public relative to unethical and unprofessional behaviour by police officers, the plan says. We understand the untold damage that this can do to the reputation and credibility of the force. We also understand that this can also severely erode public confidence in the police force. It added: Without the confidence and support of the public, members of the force cannot be effective in the discharge of their duties. The plan outlines six priorities: tackling crime and allaying the fear of crime improving community safety positive youth engagement enforcing the rules of the road protecting national borders professionalising service The plan can be found on www.royalbahamaspolice.org. 13 police discharged as complaints fall HANDGUN DISCOVERED BY POLICE ON STREETS OF FREEPORT
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The man who was recovered from waters off Eight Mile Rock has been officially identifiedas 60-year-old Eddie Cambridge of Russell Town, police reported. Cambridge and another man, both of Russell Town, Eight Mile Rock, were out fishing in an 18ft canoe on December 31 when it capsized near the shore. As the men were swim ming to the shoreline, Cam bridge disappeared under the water. The second man, a 51-yearold resident of Russell Town, made it to shore and alerted police that Cambridge was missing at sea. A search was launched by Police, BASRA and the Defence Force. The body was later recovered from waters at Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock. Police are still awaiting the results of an autopsy report on the cause of death. Latest series of postage stamps to celebrate marine life of the Bahamas THE Bahamas Postal Service released a new series of 16 stamps yesterday depicting the marine life of the Bahamas. The new issue will remain on the market until the year 2017. The stamps range in price from five to 80 cents and from one to 10 dollars. The series features a common sea fan, Christmas tree worm, Elkhorn coral, Cushion sea star, Queen conch, Hawksbill turtle, Green moray eel, Bonefish, Spider Crab, Caribbean spiny lobster, Nassau grouper, Yellowtail snapper, Great barracuda, Spotted eagle ray, Caribbean reef shark and Bottlenose dolphin. The Queen conch is a main ingredient in many Bahamian dishes. It is of economic, social and cultural importance to The Bahamas. Sea Stars are commonly referred to as starfish due to t heir shape. They belong to a group of invertebrates called echinoderms which also include sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sand dollars. The Christmas tree worm is a marine tube-dwelling worm named for its brightly coloured, spiral shaped Christmas-tree like tentacles. Sea fans are fan-shaped soft corals that are made up of tiny colonial animals called polyps. Sea fans attach themselves to reef surfaces so that they lie across the current. Coral reefs are primarily constructed by living animals called coral polyps which build the largest biological structures on earth. The Hawksbill turtle is a gentle marine reptile and a key member of the coral reef community. Marine turtles spend most of their lives at sea. In The Bahamas all species of marine turtles, their nests and eggs are fully protected by law. The moray eel is a type of fish. Eels are a top predator on the reef that helps to keep fish populations healthy. Bonefish populations in The Bahamas are healthy and The Bahamas is regarded as one of the most popular bone-fishing destinations in the world. Spider crabs are a family of longlegged marine crabs of which there are 700 species. The spiny lobster inhabi ts coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds and the open oceans during different phases of its lifes history. The harvest of spiny lobster referred to locally as crawfish is a multi-million dollar industry in The Bahamas. The Nassau grouper is found in the Western Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a top reef predator that contributes greatly to the health of the coral reefs. The Nassau grouper is the most important fin fish resource in The Bahamas. The Yellowtail snapper is one of many species of snappers found in Bahamian waters. The Barracuda is a top predator in the ocean. It is a curious fish and is commonly seen by divers and snorkelers hovering over shallow areas and reefs. Spotted eagle rays are common in shallow water and on coral reefs and can often be observed swimming in small groups. Sharks are a valuable asset to The Bahamas and cont ribute approximately $78 mill ion to the economy annually through dive tourism. In 2011 The Bahamas passed legislation to prohibit the commercial exploitation of all sharks. The bottlenose dolphin is a marine mammal commonly found in Bahamian waters. Dolphins are highly intelli gent and communicate with each other with a variety of sounds. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012, PAGE 11 DR OWNED MAN N AMED
LONDON Associated Press A YOUNG black man lay dying in a south London bus stop. His friend called frantically for help while a gang of white teenagers who had stabbed him ran off. Two members of that gang were sentenced Wednesday for the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, but three more remain at large. Judge Colman Treacy Wednesday sentenced Gary Dobson to at least 15 years and 2 months in jail, and David Norris to at least 14 years and 3 months for the murder of the teenager, and urged police to continue looking for new leads in the case. He told the men they were guilty of a terrible and evil crime committed out of blind hatred. A totally innocent 18-yearold youth on the threshold of a promising life was brutally cut down in the street in front of eye witnesses by a racist thuggish gang, Treacy said. You were both members of that gang. Police, who have been accused in the last two decades of incompetence and racism in the way they handled the murder inquiry, vowed Wednesday to continue to hunt for the remaining killers. The other people involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence should not rest easily in their beds, said Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of Londons Metropolitan Police. The saga of Lawrences murder, and his parents long quest for justice in the face of police indifference, has for many come to symbolise Britains lingering racial trauma. Lawrences father Neville said the sentencing of Dobson and Norris for his sons murder was only one step in a long, long journey. Dobson and Norris were part of a notorious gang that terrorised part of south London, and many people told police in the days following Lawrences death who his killers were likely to be. But the police failed to act until Lawrences parents helda news conference to criticise the way the police had handled the case. It was the first salvo in a long battle the Lawrence family were to fight with police and courts. A few days after the news conference, police arrested five men brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt, Norris, Dobson and Luke Knight. But police lost blood-soaked tissues found near the site of the attack, and failed to search the Acourts house properly for weapons. Police eventually charged two with murder, but the state abandoned the case, saying there was insufficient evidence. Lawrences family, mistrustful of state prosecutors, brought a private prosecution against the same five men. Two were released before the trial, and the case against the remaining three collapsed aftera judge ruled again that the evidence was inadmissible. British law at the time said that a person could not stand trial twice for the same crime having been acquitted, it seemed impossible that any of the three would face trial for Lawrences death. In 1997, the Daily Mail newspaper a popular tabloid named all the five men initially arrested over Lawrences murder on its front page with the headline Murderers. The Mail accuses these men of killing. If we are wrong, let them sue us. None of the men ever did. INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs MEXICAN drug cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix will plead guilty to unspecified charges, the US attorneys office in San Diego said Wednesday. Spokeswoman Debra Hart man said she could not elaborate in advance of the filing. Arellano Felix was expected in federal court yesterday. Arellano Felix headed a once-mighty cartel that came to power in Tijuana, Mexico, in the late 1980s. He had been under indictment in the US since 2003 and is one of the highest-profile kingpins to face prosecution in the US. Defence attorney Anthony Colombo did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment. Arellano Felix was extra dited from Mexico in April 2011 to face drug, moneylaundering and racketeering charges. He was incarcerated in Mexico since his 2002 arrest and was sentenced in 2007 to 22 years in prison on drug trafficking and organized crime charges. The US indictment says Arellano Felix was the principal organizer and top leader of the Arellano Felix cartel going back to 1986, and that the cartel tortured and killedr ivals in the United States and M exico as it smuggled tons of Mexican marijuana and Colombian cocaine. The cartel, which was known to dissolve the bodies of its enemies in vats of lye, began to lose influence along Californias border with Mex ico after Arellano Felix was arrested in 2002. DRUG BOSS TO PLEAD GUILTY IN US COURT SOUTH CAROLINA Associated Press AFTER a lengthy legal battle between a black South Carolina church and members of the Ku Klux Klan, a judge has ruled that the church owns a building where KKK robes and Tshirts are sold. A circuit judge ruled last month that New Beginnings Baptist Church is the rightful owner of the building that houses the Redneck Shop, which operates a so-called Klan museum and sells Klan robes and T-shirts emblazoned with racial slurs. The judge ordered the shops proprietor to pay the churchs legal bills of more than $3,300. It wasnt immediately clear if the judges ruling would mean the shop must close. The shop owner hung up on a reporter when asked about the shops status, but an outgoing message on the shops answering machine said its only open one morning a week. K KK SHOP OWNED BY BLACK CHURCH Two jailed for racist murder STEPHENLAWRENCE, who was murdered in 1993.