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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Bahamian hero is laid to rest Volume: 108 No.38FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND CLOUD HIGH 77F LOW 64F B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER Governor Gen eral Sir Clifford Darling was hailed as a Bahamian hero as h e was laid to rest yesterday. Hundreds attended the state funeral at the Zion Bap-t ist Church on East and Shirley Streets yesterday to honour the passing of Sir Clif-f ord, a man who is described a s one of the major nation builders of the modern Bahamas. Sir Clifford, died at the Princess Margaret Hospital at 5am on Tuesday, December 27. He was 89 years old. Among those attending were Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, former Governor General Arthur Hanna, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, mem bers of the opposition and prominent religious leaders. Saluting his contribution to Bahamian history, Progressive Liberal Party leader Perry Christie said Sir Clifford will be remembered for both his humility and bravery. H e said: Despite his modesty, Sir Clifford Darling rose to become a true hero of the modern Bahamas and hed eserves to be so remembered because of his courageous struggles on behalf of the long struggling people. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes said while the country mourns Sir Cliffordsp assing, Bahamians should also celebrate his life and legacy of uncommon sacri fice and committed service. By his life, by his service and by his courage, by his personal dignity and integrity he proved once again that good and even great things can come out of the Bahamian Nazareth, he said. Sir Arthur said during a time of progressive movement in the Bahamas, Sir Clifford was referred to as the Hundr eds at state funer al f or Sir Clif f ord TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDE TODAY:BOUNDARYMAPSREVEALEDFORELECTIONS W W H H E E R R E E V V O O T T E E S S C C O O U U N N T T SEEPULLOUT SPECIALINSIDE B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k email@example.com T HE Bahamas Christian C ouncil is calling for a ban on p ornographic movies from Cable Bahamas channel prog ramming after watching 12 X-rated films from the homeo f a senior citizen. T he Council was making its recommendations to the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA t he draft Code of Practice for Content Regulation. Citing their findings from v iewing the titles and d escribed explicit content on the womans basic cable pack age, the council said: These By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org THE Government yesterday signed a framework agreement with China worth $40 million to complete two major projects in Abaco. Foreign Affairs Minister Brent Symonette said the loan will stand at an interest rate of two per cent yearly, to be paid in 20 years. Under the contract, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport will use the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company Ltd to complete the North Abaco Port Project and the Little Abaco Bridge Pro ject. The government will first create a 45-acre domestic and international cargo port in Conch Creek, North Abaco, two miles north of Cooper's Town. A world class dock, the new port will also include fueling, boat maintenance, and stor age facilities, office space for rent, an administrative block for the Customs and Immigration Department, and provisions for the police and defence forces to be stationed on site. To follow is the Little Abaco Bridge Project. The bridge will be built on the SC Bootle Highway, will link the cay to Great Abaco and will replace the causeway that is across Angel Fish Creek. The structure will also allow small vessels to pass through and eliminate long distance sea travel. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s email@example.com THE Bahamas recorded 10,563 traffic accidents in 2 011, with 44 of them being fatal, according to statistics from the Royal BahamasP olice Force. Of those accidents, 8,653 were in New Providence, 1,160 in Grand Bahama and7 50 in the Family Islands. Of the 44 traffic fatalities, 22 were in New Providence, 10 in Grand Bahama and 12 in the Family Islands. In 93 per cent of the fatalities the driver was killed, followed by pedestrian deaths and passenger deaths which By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org THE PLP claims Zhivargo Laing, Minister of State for Finance and Public Services, is running scared from his Marco City seat because he is afraid to stand on his record of broken promises. This comment comes amid speculation that Mr Laing may run in the Nassau con stituency of Fort Charlotte rather than Grand Bahamas Marco City. In a statement, the Opposi tion claimed: Zhirvargo Laing is running scared and away from the people of MarS S e e e e p p a a g g e e 6 6 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 $40M DEAL WITH CHINA FOR ABACO PROJECTS PLP: LAING IS SC ARED 4 4 KILLED ON ROADS IN 2011 CALL FOR BAN ON PORN PALLBEARERS carry the coffin of Sir Clifford as he is laid to rest following the state funeral held yesterday. 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LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE B IMINI, the traditional gateway to the Bahamas, is once again a media darling asd ozens of journalists from around the world re-discov-e red the tiny island in the s tream in 2011. A t the centre of the renewed interest was re-opening of the historic Big Game C lub, a legendary 51-room fishing resort that has beenf ully renovated and reposit ioned as a Guy Harvey Outp ost Resort and Marina. Dr Harvey, known internationally for his marine wildlife a rt and conservation initia tives, and his Outpost Resorts partners, drove home them essage that not only was one of the most legendary offshore angling outposts of all time back in operation, it was also re-inventing itself in a tourism market where ecosystems and bio-diversity arec onsiderations when promoting traditional pursuits such as fishing, diving and boating. In addition to dozens of t raditional sport fishing and diving media, the Big Game Clubs return and Biminis e ver-intriguing story lines drew travel journalists from Switzerland, Spain, Canadaa nd the Netherlands and several US based television newsa nd cable TV operations w e even had the Food Chann el here doing a piece on Lionfish, which we catch, prepare and serve in our dining r oom, said Michael Weber, general manager of the BigG ame Club. We also successfully r eturned to tournament fishing with the launch of the First Annual Billfish Invitat ional last May as well as host ing events with Hatteras and Bertram Yachts, which cele-b rated their 50th anniversary here. As the result of this publicity and Bahamas Tourism Board promotions, according to Mr Weber, guest visits are improving and a new wave oft ourism interest in Bimini is beginning to build. Family Island tourism, according to reports throughO ctober 2011, showed visitor numbers were up 13 per cent. The Big Game Club is cont inuing to build its own tourism focused base in 2012, promoting its traditionalw ater sports activities along with a new push for meetings,w eddings and group related p rogrammes. M r Weber said the recent completion of the Gulfstream Conference Centre and Hemi ngways Rum Bar & Social Lounge will be heavily pro-m oted as a convenient outi sland venue for corporate, s cientific and social group events. Inspired by the renewed p ublic interest, airlift into Bimini continues to improve into 2012. B imini has scheduled air access by several carriers including: Silver Airways Corp A new regional carrier launched with assets from thef ormer Gulfstream International Airlines. The airline has acquired a new 34-seat Saab 340 which is scheduled to bei n service by February or New life for Bimini Big Game Club THE BIMINI Big Game Club, now reopened as a resort and marina. t t u u r r n n t t o o b b a a c c k k p p a a g g e e
T HE Rotary Club in the Bahamas marks its 50th anniversary on January 19, but the celebrations start t onight. The Nassau Club was the first to be formed and sincet hen, New Providence, Abaco and Eleuthera have seen other clubs formed and a month o f events have been planned. To kick off the celebrations, an Anniversary Ball will be held at Atlantis tonight, withR otary International Presi dent Kalnan Banerjee as the keynote speaker and guest. Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette will also be a guest at the ball. A spokesperson for Rotary said:This is a significant moment for Rotary in The Bahamas to have an interna tional president attend a key event. Tomorrow, the president will fly to Haiti to help Rotarians there celebrate their 50th anniversary. Mrs Banerjee will be joining her husbandon this trip. Rotary 7020s Assistant District Governor, Charles Sealy II, said he is proud of the various committees who have worked hard to create an exciting month of activities and invited the general public as well as families and friends of Rotarians, Rotarac-tors and Interactors to join in these special activities. Events include a service at Christ Church Cathedral at8am on Sunday, a bowling tournament at Marios Bowl ing at 8pm on Wednesday, and a golf tournament next F riday at the Ocean Club at 12.30pm. Future events in the month of celebration include a dis p lay of historic photos, a blood drive, assisting at the Marathon Bahamas, includ i ng a boil fish brunch, a movie night at Galleria 6 on JFK Drive, before a 50th Anniver s ary Banquet at Hilton Hotel Poolside and Garden on the day of the anniversary itself. For more details about R otary, visit www.rotary.org. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012, PAGE 3 By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com MORE than 140,000 voters w ho have registered to vote in the upcoming general elections can start picking up their voters cards as early as next Monday. Although the processing of the cards are not completely f inished, parliamentary registration officials said that on January 9, voters can collect the cards at their respective parliamentary registration offices. T his news came yesterday d uring the update of voters r egistration numbers by Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel. According to Mr Bethel, w ho indicated last year the departments goal of register-ing up to 170,000 applicants, t he number of eligible voters s o far is 142,112, nearly 28,000 away from the target. And that would show 2 0,972 in Grand Bahama and 21,913 in the Family Islands. And 99,229 in New Provid ence. So we are just at this pres ent time, about 8,000 short of where we were at the time o f the last election. Mr Bethel said the new voters registry will remain openu ntil the day before the elect ion writs are issued. He asked voters to pick up their cards as soon as possible which would give the department time to make corrections and changes where nec e ssary. At the end of the day, the aim is to have the best possib le register and all persons w ho have worked in ensuring the accuracy of that register. Mr Bethel said that there a re now only 500 polling divisions in the new elections, 17 less than 2007. This he said,w ould ensure the best elect ion possible with less errors than those occurring in the past. Registered voters can pick up election cards from Monday PARLIAMENTARY C OMMISSIONER E rrol Bethel has set the ball rolling for this years election, revealing that voters cards will b e available from n ext week. CELEBRATIONS START HERE FOR ROTARY
EDITOR, The Tribune. I WATCHED in horror and absolute astonishment as a grieving mother and her sist er tell an NB-12 News reporter about the senseless, heinous murder ofher sonby two or three brutal, amoral thugs in Nassau. According to the Press, the m urder occurred just after the Christmas holidays, and it was either the 126th or the 127thm urder committed in 2011. W hat astounded me about t his particular murder is what the aunt of the murder victim told the press. She said that one of the alleged culprits was heard saying after the mur-d er that he was just trying out h is gun on his innocent vict im. The victim was reportedl y shot in the head either twice or three times. I wonder what kind of monsters we have living among us. What kind of per-s on would justshoot a man f or no reason? These people c learly have no Biblical upbringing. Too many of our slack, careless parents are raising their children without a godlyf oundation. Many of these m urderers, rapists, drug deale rs, gangstersand armed robbers were never involved with a church youth group or a Sunday school. T oo manycareless pare nts in Nassau rarely take the time to carry their rebellious offspring to church on Sun days. As a result of this fool ish, irresponsible decision, they are unwittingly raising a generation of pragmatic athe ists. These people dont value human life at all. That is why they can sleepwithout difficulty after committing a murd er or rape. These miscreants are usually the offspring of single parents, especially young women. I believe the time has now come for the state to start also h olding parents of misguide dteenagers responsible for t heir crimes. Some of these p arents know exactly what t heir children are doing. I understand that the murd er victim was new to that particular community where h e was gunned down. He didnt even know his murderers. He wasnt even a troublem aker, according to his family. The mother and aunt of t he victim said that the thugs just walked up behindtheir loved oneand pulled the trigger. The victim didnt even stand a chance against the c owards who snuffed out his life. They just shot down the young man like wild game. Clearly, the culprits in this c ase have a cavalier attitude t owards human life. It means nothing to them. Even more alarming is the apparent apat hy of the people of New Providence. If there ever were a case in which the people of N assau should have gotten out on the streets to express their moral outrage, this clearly is it. The people of New Provi d ence must demand that the c ulprits be punished for this s enseless murder. If found guilty, the persons who were r esponsible for this murder must be executed. But it appears that murder has become all too common in Nassau. It appears as if the people of Nassau have lostt heir sense of outrage when a murder has been committed. With respect to the 127th murder victim, the prime minister and his Cabinet must seet o it that no obstacle is in the way of justice, and that includes the Privy Council.T his murder has neither r hyme nor reason. It just d oesnt make sense. We cannot have these dangerous murderers roaming the streets of Nassau. Nobody is safe when this happens. I f the powers-that-be dont d o something drastic to put a n end to the killing spree in N assau, then frustrated family members of murder victims will end up taking matters into their own hands. We dont want a vigilante s ociety. But the apathetic attit ude of the government and t he people of Nassau wont help the situation at all. Too much innocent blood has been spilled in Nassau. The blood of the hundreds of mur-d er victims is crying out to the G od of the Bible for justice. T here isnt much that I can guarantee. However, I can guarantee the people of Nassau this one thing: The God of t he Bible will answer the cries o f the murder victims for jus tice. This country wont get away with murder. Mark my words! KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama. January 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 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 B AHAMASAIR, an airline that has n ever turned a profit since its 1973 foundi ng, suffered another heavy drain on its finances due to the labour-related breakd own at Pindling International Airport over the Christmas-New Year weekends. With accumulated losses over that perio d of about half a billion dollars, and only a irborne by the grace of Bahamian taxpayers, it is estimated that the airline lost between $125,000 to $160,000 as a result of the dislocation of its passengers over the t wo-day holiday period. The chaos created at the airport and the inconvenience caused t o thousands of passengers has been blamed on the Air Traffic Controllers union, which is flexing its negotiating muscles in preparation for a tussle with government for a new contract. The union t akes responsibility for its go-slow on C hristmas day, but pleads innocent for the N ew Years fiasco when it is estimated that more than 8,000 passengers were dislocated. It is claimed that the controllers madee very effort to expedite arrivals and departures of aircraft over the New Year holi-d ay. However, the court of public opinion is still out on that one so far it is not comi ng down in favour of the union. All international airlines also suffered heavy losses, losses at a time when hote l iers are trying to get more airlift to fill their hotel rooms. What happened in the past week scuttles the Tourism Ministrys efforts to attract more airlines to include t he Bahamas in its flight plans. Hoteliers, especially those at Atlantis, have often maintained that their growth is hamperedb y limited airlift. What is the point of havi ng hotel rooms, if there are not enough planes to fly visitors to the Bahamas to fill t hem? The two weekends that gave airlines an opportunity to test the financial viability of the destination, were scuttled by the actiono f the controllers union. What the weekend proved was that the Bahamas has a weak labour force and is lacking in reliable service. After all, what is tourism if it is nota service industry? And what is a tourist industry if hotels cannot get its customers into its rooms? A nd when transportation breaks down where does it leave the thousands of hotel workers employed in these hotels out on the street, of course. Workers then blamet he hotels and government for not doing enough to secure their jobs. However, they should start seriously analysing the destructive actions of unions that threaten the livelihood of every hotel work, taxi driver, jet ski and pleasure boat operator, and every business in this country a nd if Bahamians stop to think long e nough they will realise that there is no b usiness in this nation that is not in some way dependent on the success of tourism. A nd so it is important that the Bahamas remains a desirable destination. As for Bahamasair one only has to get o ut the calculator and estimate the cost it s uffered in two days of traffic disruptions extra cost for fuel, overtime for ground staff and pilots, housing passengers and making concessions to try to placate t heir anger, ground transportation for passengers, claims on broken contracts, and t he lists continues. Of course, there is also the cost and inconvenience to passengers missed onward connections, missed family gatherings, disrupted business meetings. This list can also go on and on, e nding in passenger dissatisfaction, bad p ublicity and loss of future business for the B ahamas. In other words the countrys economy is scuttled by a handful of workers who do not understand how every-t hing in this country is inter-related, and that they only have to pull one brick fromu nder tourisms foundation to bring the whole structure down. O f course, their leaders, with no under standing of business, are equally blind. They do not understand that this coun t rys superstructure is already overburdened with labour costs. While the worlds economic collapse forced nations to downsize its civil service to get its financial h ouses in order, the Bahamas government hung in there and fired no one. In our opinion, and in view of the world reces-s ion, despite what some of our local politic ians who can see no further than Nas sau harbour are trying to make Bahami a ns believe, this governments saving of government jobs during such a crisis is in itself a minor miracle. As for Bahamasair, we hear that it is f acing an internal crisis of its own although those in the know are tightlipped and unwilling to talk. It is understood that a computer reser vations system widely used by airlines in the United States, which is designed to track reservations and control manage m ent yield a system especially dedi cated to Bahamasair has been breached. This breach is now under investigation. The inquiry is to discover howt he system has been compromised, the extent of the breach, and whether it is being done for personal gain. We understand that the investigations have now reached a delicate stage. Presumably, if suspicions are confirmed, appropriate action will be taken. The death of Nassauvian outrage LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Bahamasair financially damaged by chaos EDITOR, The Tribune ARE the authorities aware that Jet Ski operators are using the nice new beach at the Montagu Park to launch their personal craft instead of the boat ramp? Are there plans to prevent their trailers from traversing the beach? People have also been observed chopping out and cleaning conch, and tossing the shells into the water at the new beach next to the old dock. These shells are sharp, and conch shell wounds can be extremely painful and tox ic. The public is already leaving litter on the new beach. Is there a plan to manage and police this public area? To (dare we even hope enforce litter laws? Properly trained police/beach wardens should be stationed at the park. Given the nasty and unruly habits of too many, it would be nave to assume that the problems will simply dissipate with the upgrade. It is truly embarrassing to hear what tourists say when they visit the area. ATHENA DAMIANOS Nassau, January 4, 2012. J J e e t t s s k k i i s s r r u u i i n n i i n n g g b b e e a a c c h h EDITOR, The Tribune. WHO do we declare to when we go through us Preclearance at LPIA? O n the form, printed in blue there is the seal of the United States of America and everywhere through the form you are reminded that you are declaring to the TreasuryD epartment of the United States of America. Nowhere is there Bahamas Customs The Treasurer of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas... so please stop trying to pull a fast one. The US law is for everyone entering the US to declare simply if you are carrying negotiable notes, cheques or currency totaling US$10,000 declare the form says. You say whether you are declaring for yourself or with persons accompanying you. W hy we cant get this right has to be something to do with our education system. An all-important issue is that once you enter the US Pre-clearance facility, you aret echnically under treaty between The Bahamas and the US in the United States so their laws apply. Protocol is that if anyone is found smuggling drugs or incorrectly declaring or any infringement say of a passport these offences for practical reasons are handed over to Bahamian law officers as otherwise you would have to be f lown to a US destination, charged in the US and judged under US laws and if found guilty sent to a US jail. T he Bahamas is one of a very few countries that has pre-clearance Canada-Ire land-Aruba-Bermuda and Bahamas. We have a facility at LPIA and in Freeport.I nvaluable assets to our tourism product so lets not annoy Washington. If you declare you have over US$10,000, you will be asked: What are you going to do with that money? J MOORE Nassau, January 3, 2012. An ything to dec lare?
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012, PAGE 5 By DANA SMITH email@example.com A NEWLY formed pilots u nion plans to be the voice for all pilots in the Bahamas, according to a statement released yesterday. Just over a year after receiving the documents needed to formulate a pilotsu nion, the Bahamian Pilots U nion Alliance has come to life. Union president, Brad McPhee, told The Tribune: Officially, we are the bargaining agents for all pilots n ot associated with Bahamas Air. T his new union is now one of two pilots unions in the Bahamas, the other unionb eing the Bahamas Airline P ilots Association (BALPA which represents pilots of Bahamas Air only. According to statements, what sets this union apart from BALPA is the fact thati t is the first union that represents all pilots and not just one company or airline. H owever, the Bahamian Pilots Union Alliance stated they intend to work closely with BALPA. Mr McPhee explained: Bahamas Air Union has been around for some time, they have a lot more experience than us. The Bahamian Pilots Union Alliance will tackle outstanding concerns ofp ilots. These concerns i nclude flight standard inspectorate, government regulations, labour laws, working conditions, and unsafe and unsecured family island airports. M r McPhee said in a statement: The main goal of the u nion is to ensure safe working conditions as well as a better and fair environmenta ccording to the laws of the B ahamas and the International Aviation Regulators for all Bahamian pilots. Other goals of the union include pilot retraining and advocating for better andm ore secure airport facilities. Mr McPhee claimed that p ilots currently face so many problems, including issues with duty time pilot work hours. Informing and educating t he travelling public about the union is the priority for the next few months and were also looking forward to working together with our family island communities who heavily rely on its airports as itsm ain economic source, Mr M cPhee said. The union has 140 members, led by 10 union executives, from two separate airlines and local Bahamian companies, including those t hat have single pilot operations at General Aviation. A irlines that will now be represented under the new union, include: Western Air,S ky Bahamas, Pineapple Air, F lamingo Air, and others. Any pilot who flies in the Bahamas is automatically represented by our union, Mr McPhee said. The union is presently in t alks to form an alliance with the Caribbean Pilots Union and a number of airlineu nions in the United States. Newly-formed union aims to be a voice for pilots THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation ended the year on a high note with a sub s tantial gift to the All Saints Camp. B EC general manager Kevin Basden presented the camps administrator Diana Ingraham with a cheque for$ 3,000. The funds will be used to pay a significant portion of the arrears on the campse lectricity account. With 61 residents, 17 of which are children, the All S aints Camp is just one of sev eral non-profit organisations struggling with escalating elec-t ricity bills. T he camp, which provides shelter to persons suffering with HIV/AIDS, has been struggling due to funding shortages, an increase in wards, and difficulty control l ing expenses, including elec tricity. Realising the plight of the camp and the unfortunate position that the facility finds itself in, we believe it was ourd uty to step in and simply off set a portion of the arrears. Weve alleviated a t remendous burden for the camp and it can now use the funding, that it would mostl ikely have spent on electricity, towards other necessities that aid in the care and maintenance of the residents, Mr B asden said. The administrator Ms I ngraham said: We are extremely grateful to BEC. This gift came just in time for the Christmas holi d ays. Mere words could not express our gratitude and indebtedness to BEC whichh as continued to work with us over the years. We thank them for this g enerous gift. In addition to BECs dona tion to the All Saints Camp, t he corporation continues to b e a leading donor to many organisations including the Bahamas Red Cross, the AIDS Foundation, the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Association, a nd Special Olympics Bahamas. BEC GIVE DONATION TO ALL SAINTS CAMP
Unions Darling. There were no shortage of f lamboyant politicians, but C lifford Darling was more of a fixed star than a shooting s tar, he said, an inspiring mix of necessary patience and steely determination. I n a written tribute, Prime Minister Ingraham said Sir Clifford Darling played a crit-i cal role in the political and social development of the nation. He was a good and decent man who has left many footprints in Bahamian history, he said, we owe a great debt o f gratitude to him for a half of a century of public service. His proud legacy will neve r be forgotten. Mr Ingraham said he first m et Sir Clifford, a family f riend of the prime ministers w ife, more than 40 years ago. Over the years, Mr Ingraham said, he shared many wonderful meals and cama raderie with Sir Clifford, and met with him regularly to dis c uss a wide range of issues i mpacting the country, most particularly those concerning prospects for the social and e conomic development of the Bahamian people. He said: Sir Clifford cons idered the introduction of national insurance during his t enure as Minister of Labour and National Insurance as an i mportant part of his legacy i n government. He was immensely proud when the headquarters of the National I nsurance Building was named in his honour. Mr Ingraham said he visited Sir Clifford and Lady Darling o n a number of occasions dur ing his illness. We spent time together both at his home and more r ecently, twice, in hospital. I s uggested during my last visit two days before his passing that I would return so that we c ould chat, one on one, as in earlier days. It is my regret that I was unable to fulfil that engagement, it is my loss, s aid Mr Ingraham. Over the many years of o ur relationship and right through to the end of his life, S ir Clifford gave me wise c ounsel and advice. I shall miss it and him. The prime minister extende d condolences to Ingrid, Lady Darling and Sir Cliffords children Clifford Jr, Andrea Darling-Thompson, S harlene Hanna, Theresa McPhee, Rushena Darling, Lakriesha Darling and C harles Darling on behalf of himself, his wife, and the Bahamian people. S ir Clifford, born on Ackl ins in 1922, served his country as a trade union leader, mem ber of parliament, Cabinet m inister, speaker of the House of Assembly, and governor-general. H e was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming a Grand Commander of the Victorian Order (GCVO 1 994. As a young man, Sir Clifford worked as a taxi driver, and served as both the secretary general and president of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Bahamian hero f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e SIRCLIFFORDDARLING POLICECOMMISSIONER Ellison Greenslade offers his condolences to Ingrid Lady Darling. INGRIDLADYDARLING pays her respects to her husband at the service. PRIMEMINISER Hubert Ingraham offers the flag to Sir Cliffords family.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012, PAGE 7 is laid to rest Pictures by F elip Major/ Tribune Staff
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE pornographic movie titles and descriptions were viewed from the home of a senior cit-i zen who is ignorant about parental controls and who in any event cant operate hers et top box. The findings went on to note that the womans home w as frequented by many m inors who are fully able to use the television's remote control to navigate the channels and view the pornographic content. Insisting that the nations d ecency and standards will erode over time due to the showing of such TV shows, the council said URCA should seek to protect children above catering to the p erverted preferences of a s mall minority of adults. Other recommendations made by the council includ-e d a revisit of the down time on television when explicit c ontent may be shown. Children are staying up later and getting up earlier, and many of them have radios, televisions, and internet access in their bedrooms. Accordingly, we believe thatt he watershed period should be between 11pm and 4am. This recommended waters hed period is not unreasonable; it is the same as the watershed period in Jamaica. N oting last years unpreced ented increase in crime, violent crime in particular, the council blamed a standardo f broadcast that has nurtured the Hollywood culture. The council is also calling f or URCA to intervene on all i llegal DIRECTV installations. In a letter from the company, the council said they were informed that DIRECTV is n ot authorised to operate outside of the US. Thanks for writing. I understand that you would like to know if you can have DIRECTV service in Nassau, Bahamas and I appreciate beingg iven the chance to assist, said the letter from DIRECTV. Im glad to hear that you are inter-e sted in getting DIRECTV service. However, we are prohibited by law from offering service o utside the United States. D IRECTV abides by all applicable legal restrictions and does not condone or support viola-t ion of law. Since URCA is charged with a responsibility to regul ate the broadcast industry, t he council said the authority should have an active interest in this regard. represented 36 per cent and 27 per cent respectively. F orty-one of the people killed were men and three were women. Police also issued 20,190 t raffic tickets and 3,181 traffic offence reports were written f or traffic infractions. In the policing plan for 2012, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said enforcing the rules of the road i s a priority of the police in this year. P riority number four in the p lan, Enforcing The Rules o f The Road, was said to be a response to complaints related to the lawlessness of road users. We have also noted the blatant disregard for traffic signals, road signs, and traf f ic laws, and general rules and regulations intended to facilitate road safety, the plan stated. Added to this level of lawl essness is an emerging propensity for road rage and disputes arising from a lacko f courtesy among road users. O bjectives include targeti ng unlicensed drivers, underage drivers and consenting vehicle owners, driving undert he influence, heavy vehicle o perators with unsecured loads, and illegal roadside garages. During his contribution to t he road traffic amendment bill last year, Minister of N ational Security Tommy Turnquest said an averageo f 50 traffic fatalities occurred every year since 2006. Mr Turnquest said alcoh ol plays a huge role in the number of accidents that happen in the Bahamas each y ear. W hen the new law is e nforced, persons will be considered under the influ ence of alcohol if they have 35 micrograms of a lcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters ofb lood or 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters ofu rine. A nyone caught driving under the influence can be subject to a $3,000 fine, oney ear imprisonment or both a nd suspension of the individuals drivers licence for up to one year. This year, Commissioner G reenslade said the police force will: target persons who operate vehicles at a speeda bove the speed limit; focus on motorists who run red lights; target drivers who d rink alcoholic beverages and drive and those who drive under the influence o f other stupefying drugs a nd; focus on motorists who continue to ignore the laws related to tinted windshields and side windows. co City. Having promised the people of Grand Bahama that an FNM government could e asily create thousands of new jobs, he is now afraid to stand on his record of brokenp romises. The people of Ft Charlotte will not accept rejected goods. Bahamianse verywhere deserve better. The PLP claimed Grand Bahamas five parliament members, three of whom arec abinet ministers, have been asleep at the wheel and have presided over the worst e conomic times ever experi enced by Grand Bahama. The only record the FNM c an show for Grand Bahama i s failure and a litany of bro ken promises, according to the PLP. T his record includes the Royal Oasis Hotel and Casino forgotten about and left to ruin, the closing of all the Grand Bahama City Marketl ocations, the closing of Grand Bahama Distributors, and the closing of several Grand Bahama hotels. T he PLP states the list is a snapshot of Grand Bahamas perishing economy and the human suffering under the FNM. The FNM govern ment cannot identify one new m ajor project that it introduced to Grand Bahama in the last four and one half years. The few bright spots inG rand Bahama ... were all started by Christies PLP administration. S hould the PLP win in the next election, they propose to resurrect and upgrade the Grand Bahama Promotion Board and to retool the HotelC orporation to provide support to smaller hotel properties. They also propose strict immigration policies, a mort g age reform for struggling homeowners, and will place significant emphasis on traini ng and education. To restore Grand Bahama as the industrial capital of theB ahamas, the Ministry responsible for energy will specifically focus on the needs and importance of GrandB ahama with a view to creat ing thousands of jobs and business opportunities, the s tatement said. Mr Symonette lauded the project for its significance environmentally and for itsc ontribution to a continuous amicable relationshipb etween the two countries. By implementing the bridge, he said, the environmental damage created by the causeway will be restored,a llowing natural tidal flows and fish migration. We are appreciative of the high level of economic cooperation which exists between our two countries. This cooperation is undergirded by evers trengthening cultural and e ducational exchanges, and commercial and investment undertakings. The sum granted the Bahamas by the Chinese now stands at $109 million. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e $40M DEAL WITH CHINA C HINESE AMBASSADOR H u Shan and Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette shake hands on the Abaco deal. 44 KILLED ON ROADS IN 2011 PLP: LAING IS SCARED CALL FOR BAN ON PORN
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012, PAGE 9 A GROUP of students at T ambearly School recently raised $1175.00 for The Cancer Society of the Bahamas by holding weekly bake sales at the school. A third grade class and a fourth grade class collabo-r ated to organize, bake and sell the sweets every week, in an effort to provide funding to those in need. Bahamas Office and School Supplies (BOSS m ember of the Tambearly family, also matched the donation to The Cancer Soci-e ty of The Bahamas. T HEformer USambassador to the Bahamas, Nicole Avant, has been reported tob e taking up a major role in P resident Barack Obamas reelection bid. Avant had previously been a key fundraiser during Obamas first election. CNNis now reporting that s he will be taking on a similar role ahead of his re-election campaign. Avant is the daughter of m usic executive and Democrat activist Clarence Avant and, with her husband Ted S arandos, the chief content officer of Netflix, raised millions for the 2008 campaign. T ina Daunt at The Hollyw ood Reporter also reported on Avants new role, saying that her task would be to help fix the president's troubled relationship with the entertainment industry. W ith her deep ties to both the Democratic party and the entertainment industry, she is being called upon to patcht hings over and rekindle at least some of Hollywood enthusiasm for Obama. A vant and her husband will host a major fundraiser attended by first ladyM ichelle Obama at their Beve rly Hills home on January 31. Co-chairs of that event include Kelly Meyer, Irena Medavoy and Colleen Bell. Invitations will go out in the coming days, THR hasl earned. I can't think of a better ambassador for the president to the Hollywood communityt han Nicole, said Democratic consultant Kerman Maddox. FORMER US AMBASSADOR t o the Bahamas Nicole Avant, w ho will be taki ng on a fundraising role for the campaign t o re-elect Presid ent Obama. Avant to take on fundraising role COOKIES FOR THE CURE RAISE $1,000
RICHMOND, Virginia A ssociated Press Items as small as a hairpin a nd as big as a chunk of the T itanics hull are among 5,000 artifacts from the worlds m ost famous shipwreck that are to bea uctioned in A pril, close to the 100th anniversaryo f the disas ter. Nearly a c entury after the April 15, 1912, sinking of the ocean l iner that hit an iceberg in the NorthA tlantic, a New York City auction i s being read ied by Guernseys Auctioneers& Brokers. On April 11, all of the salvaged items a re to be sold as one lot in what Guernseys President Arlan Ettinger describes ast he most significant auction ever handled by that house. Who on this planet doesn't know the story of the Titanic and isn't fascinated by it? he asked. Could Hollywood have scripted a more tragic or goose-bump-raising story than what actually happened on that ship? The auction will be conducted 100 years plus a day after the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, embarking on the ill-fated m aiden voyage that had New York as its destination. The collection was appraised in 2007 at $189 mill ion, including some intellec t ual property alongside the myriad items p lucked by remote controlled probes from t he pitchb lack depths, some 2.5 m iles (4 kilometers) below the ocean's sur f ace. Those arti facts include the massive h ull section called The Big Piece as w ell as per sonal belong ings of pass engers and c rew, such as a mesh purse and eyeglasses. A bronze cherub that once adorned the Grand S taircase is also among the c ollection, as are fine china, table settings, bottles and ship fittings even the standu pon which the ship's wheel stood. By court order, the items cannot be sold individually and must go to a buyer who agrees to properly maintain the collection and make it available for occasional public viewing. The sale is subject to court approval. The planned sale also could include a trove of archaeo logical data and visuals of the wreck. INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012, PAGE 11 THIS 1998 image provided by RMS Titanic, Inc., shows a 17-ton port ion of the hull of the RMS Titanic as it is lifted to the surface during a n expedition to the site of the tradegy. The piece along with 5,000 other artifacts will be auctioned as a single collection on April 11, 2012 100 years after the sinking of the ship. TITANICS TREASURES FOR SALE OBJECTS included in the auction include, from top, a cup from first class, a passengers bracelet and these dollar bills, all retrieved from within the Titanic.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE March 2012. At present, Sil v er has two flights daily from Fort Lauderdale. IBC Airways I BC currently operates with Saab 30 passenger aircraft out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport with four flights a week. Western Air Western Air runs two flights daily from Nassau. AirGate Aviation AirGate has announced regular scheduled service to Bimini for North Florida residents. Tropic Ocean Airways The newest member to the Big Game Club offering sea plane service to Bimini from Fort Lauderdale on a charter basis and as a scheduled carrier beginning in March. Another potential transportation service for tourists is The Bahamas Express, a highspeed ferry service currently linking Fort Lauderdale and Freeport. Future plans call for more regular service ports, including Bimini. Mr Weber said attracting the bulk of travellers to Bimi ni will be the traditional blue w ater angling, backcountry fly f ishing and diving pursuits offered at the Bimini Big Game Club and other prop-e rties. New for 2012, we hope to add water sports activities s uch as kayaking and kayak nature tours, kite-boarding and instruction and paddle boards, he said. Located on the main navi gation channel in Bimini Bay, The Big Game Club providesa 75-slip marina capable of accommodating boats up to 145 feet in length. The Big Game Club is also represented on Biminis record setting backcountry flats with fly fishing guru Vaughn Cochran at the helm of Bonefish Bimini. Neal Watson, known fondly as the Dive God for his superhuman record breaking scuba records, has launched Neal Watsons Dive Bimini,a Guy Harvey Outpost Dive Centre featuring Bimini Blue, the largest recreational dive boat in the Bahamas. Bimini has no shortage of great dive sites: reefs, wrecks, walls, drift dives, our famous Atlantis Road and a truly amazing Wild Dolphin Encounter you name it, said Mr Watson. And did I mention, Shark Encounters? he adds with a grin. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e t t w w o o New life for Big Game Club Bimini Big Game Club