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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Man out on bail shot in the face Volume: 108 No.44MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER INCREASING CLOUD HIGH 75F LOW 68F A 25-YEAR-OLD man, s aid to be out on bail, was killed when he was shot in the face behind a restaurant off E ast Street yesterday, accord ing to reports. Police were said to be without many leads into the fatal s hooting and would not say what he had been previously charged with. It is understoodt hat the victims name is Dennis Tynes. Last night, police s pokesperson Stephen Dean said not much was known about the circumstances that l ed to the countrys fifth homicide. Tynes was reportedly shot s hortly after 2pm behind Nee dles Inn, restaurant and bar located on Lincoln Boulevard just off East Street. S upt Dean said the victim died in hospital of his injuries after he was taken there in ap rivate vehicle. Meanwhile, a man is in serious condition in hospital after Police short of leads in hunt f or killer TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net REVISIONS to the Hous ing Act may be the next step in the governments bid to ensure the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation can meet debt obligations over the next two decades. As the corporation struggles with a high delinquency rate, BMC Chairman Dr Duane Sands said officials are now considering how they can utilize the Mortgage Insur ance Fund without necessi tating mass foreclosures. Legislation currently prohibits use of the fund unless vacant possession has been By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said his party is facing no difficultiesi n identifying candidates, claiming they have introduced more candidates than any oth-e r party. We are ready, Mr McCartney said. We are not having any difficulty finding candidates, we just want to get the right person; we had persons when it was 41 constituencies and we had to make certain adjustments, but we are most ready to move By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net NEARLY 1,400 people took to the starting line Saturday morning for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure which is on target to raise almost $100,000 in donations for cancer research. The race is the worlds largest educational fundraiser for breast cancer, a disease which recent research has indicated affects Bahamian women more than any other nationality. Sharlyn Smith, Marathon Bahamas board member, called breast cancer a national issue and told The Tribune event organisers kept that fact in mind as they were planning the race. Breast cancer is a national issue in the Bahamas and that is one of the things we made a point of as we were planning this, she said. The aim of the race was just to raise awareness of breast cancer and also celebrate survivors of breast cancer and remember those we lost to breast cancer, Mrs Smith said. Overall I think we achieved the aim. We raised the awareness and reminded people that this is a real problem for our country. According to published reports, aggressive strains of breast cancer appear in Bahamian women at an unusually early age. Only 12 per cent of American women under 44 years old are diag nosed with breast cancer, while 34 per cent of Bahami By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net and CHESTER ROBARDS c robards@tribunemedia.net T WO of the three candidates vying to be the countrys next Prime Minister have agreed to participate in a televised public debate ahead of this years general election. B oth Perry Christie, Progressive Liberal Party leader and Branville McCartney, D emocratic National Alliance leader, said they are ready to meet their opponents head-t o-head on television to d ebate issues of national importance. While Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham neither r ejected nor accepted the idea INSIGHT T T H H E E G G R R E E A A T T P P O O R R N N D D E E B B A A T T E E SEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B M ARATHONBAHAMAS R R U U N N N N E E R R S S T T A A K K E E O O N N M M A A R R A A T T H H O O N N SEEPAGES 16,17&20 CHRISTIE, BRANAGREE TO NATIONAL DEBATE NOCANDIDATE PROBLEMS: DNA HOUSING A CT CHANGES AHEAD? SEVERAL GROUPS participated in Sunshine Insurances Marathon Bahamas race weekend. On Saturday an estimated 1,400 persons took part in the 5k Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure. The Komen group has partnered with Marathon Bahamas to raise funds to find a cure for breast cancer. Pictured here are representatives of three participating groups in Saturdays 3.1 mile race Team Siegel in the pink shirts, represented by former US Ambassador to the Bahamas Ned Siegel, and his wife, Stephanie, herself a can cer survivor. Pictured from left to right are: Philip Cumming, Tribune Controller, Wayne Chee-a-Tow, CEO of Hillside Investments, Robert Carron, Tribune president, Eileen Carron, Tribune publisher, Mrs Siegel, Senator Allyson-Maynard Gibson, and Ms Sparrow Heatley of California, who joined The Tribune team. Photo: Craig Adderley S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 HUNDREDS JOIN R UN T O HELP FIGHT C ANCER By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT As the FNM party officially introduced its five standard-bearers on Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told FNMs here that it is time to register to vote. A large number of supporters packed the convention centre at the Grand Lucaya Resort in Lucaya on Sunday to hear from the leader of the party and the five candidates. Taking to the stage first was newcomer businessman Peter Turnquest, the candidate for East Grand Bahama. Next was newcomer ZNS CALLTOVOTERS IN GRAND B AHAMA S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 7 7 im lovin it


g ranted, thus necessitating f oreclosure. D r Sands said: We cannot default on our debt obligations, which are substantial. The government is looking at humane options, and isc onsidering the various options to access the funds in the mortgage insurance fund, which are legal. Right now, t he only way is if we foreclose a nd obtain vacant possession. Nearly $100m worth of bonds are due between the 2020 and 2030 period, and the corporation faces $35m in bond associ-a ted costs for the year ending J une 2012, Dr Sands said. This does not include any government housing projects, so what we have to do is to be very judicious about spending and expenses and a lso ensure that the repaym ents are optimised. If youre spending 35 million just in bond sureties, said Dr Sands, sinking contributions, and bond interest,t hen clearly that doesnt leave a nything for housing projects, f or operating expenses, capital development. He added: It becomes critically important that we exercise all options available toe nsure that the BMC continu es to be a viable solvent entity, to do what we are mandated to do. Ideally, the corporation should be generating enough revenue on repayments to run i ts operations as well as the serv ice of bond associated expense s. However, Dr Sands said that d espite ongoing fiscal reform the BMC will not be able to meet expenses by 2021 given the current rate of collections. We understand the issues, h e said, we understand the c omplexity of the problems, t he magnitude, and we intend t o see to it that they are fixed. Its going to require that we make some tough decisions that will engender discussion, debate, and some people areg oing to support it and some a re not going to like it. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE HOUSING ACT CHANGES AHEAD? f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e


By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE country must focus on g enerating new tourism produ cts in a bid to remain comp etitive as more gaming facili ties become available around the world. W hile the sport has never b een a primary thrust for the sector, Minister of Tourism V incent Vanderpool-Wallace explained that the country could no longer take comfort in being the only game in town for a vacation. M r Vanderpool-Wallaces comments come as Florida l awmakers continue their e xamination of the Destination Resorts Bill, which would b ring three Las Vegas-style casino mega resorts to SouthF lorida and in direct comp etition with Bahamian hotels. Obviously, we have little to no control over that, he s aid. We recognize that the sign ificant advantage that we h ad in our part of the world h as been eroded through the years, as more and more gaming is available in the US and elsewhere. M r Vanderpool-Wallace added: We need to make certain that we have as many n ew products available to keep competitive. The Florida Bills were p assed by a senate commit tee last week despite considerable opposition from tourism giant Disney, as wella s the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Facilities in Miami-Dade a nd Broward are allowed slotmachine "racinos," but can't have Blackjack and craps tables. If approved, the Bills w ould allow smaller opera tions to open full-scale casinos as well. L ast week, Robert Sands, senior vice president at Baha Mar, said the company was monitoring the Bills progress, w hich still has a long way to go. Kerzner International B ahamas' managing director George Markantonis expressed concern about the proposal last year. He said the establishment of high-end resorts in the immediate area and on US soil would be a problem not just for Atlantis and Baha Mar, but the entire tourism industry of the Bahamas. M r Vanderpool-Wallace s aid: Gaming is unique for u s, because it has never been t he primary motive for people coming to The Bahamas. T hey come for our outstandi ng amenities and will continue to do so. H e added: More competition is inevitable, what we forget is that The Bahamas for a while was the only game in town for vacation. Tourism is the most competitive business in the world a nd there is good evidence to s upport that as it continues to expand. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 3 I NSTITUTE OF BUSINESS A ND COMMERCEREGISTERED AND APPROVED BY MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICED egree, Associate Degree, Diploma and & HUWLFDWH&RXUVHVDUHRIIHUHGLQWKHIROORZLQJ Principles of Law for Justices of the Peace College Success College English College Math Business English (Effective Writing in Workplace) I ntroduction to Criminal Justice Human Resource Mgmt. Law Degree (LLB (University of London Introduction to Paralegal Paralegal Associate Degree Criminology White Collar Crime Computer Information Systems Quickbooks (Computerized Accounts BGCSE-PITMAN English Math 2IFHURFHGXUHVT ypewriting (Keyboarding) Book-keeping and Accounts BusinessFinance(Commercial Numeracy) Shorthand English for Business Communications Creole INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS AND COMMERCE 324-4625R E G I S T R A T I O N 5HJLVWUDWLRQ'HDGOLQHWK-DQXDU\ ANARTISTSimpression of one of the proposed SouthF lorida casino resorts, which has caused concern in theB ahamas about increased competition for tourists. Bahamas must focus on new products AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy is dead after an early morning house fire. Shortly before 2amon Saturday, police received reports of a house fire at Lower Bogue, Eleuthera. Upon arrival, police found a fire confined to one bedroom in the five-bed room home. The fire was extinguished without any damage to other areas of the home. MAN SHOT IN LEG A 32-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital after being shot inhis leg. According to police reports, two men were at Elizabeth Street off Kemp Road shortly after 3pm on Friday when they got into an argu ment that resulted in the victim being shot. He was taken to the hospital by EMS personnel where he is detainedin stable condition. MARIJU AN A ARRES T A 32-YEAR-OLD man of Ragged Island Street is in police custody after he was found in possession of a quan tity of suspected marijuana. Last Friday, officers of the mobile division were on patrol at Ragged Island Street short-ly before 10am when they observed a male acting sus piciously. The officers found the suspected drugs after searching the man. BOY, 11, DIES IN HOUSE FIRE


EDITOR, The Tribune. AS AN objective observer of Bahamian politics, I have never seen a politician who has been as fiercely challenged and opposed as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. He is perhaps the most polarising and controversial politician in modern Bahamian history. Prime Minister Ingraham and the Free National Movement (FNM have now become the subject of endless ridicule and criticism by Official Opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP and several noted radio talk show hosts from New Providence. The prime minister and his government colleagues are called The Dictator, big head, Da Village Idiot:, Monavie, Da Pudgy Pillsbury Dough Boy and Uncircumcised Philistine by their unmerciful political critics. The venom is simply astounding. This appears to happen every week in their Internet dailies. The Ingraham administration is even ridiculed on certain radio talk shows. Prime Minister Ingraham, according to these people, can never do anything right. And even if they were to admit that he has accomplished anything worthwhile for this country, they would be overly cynical about it. As a regular listener to several radio talk shows, I usually hear the same set of chronic callers voicing their opposition to everything Prime Minister Ingraham has ever done or is proposing to do for this country. According to these chronic callers, the Member of Parlia ment for North Abaco is bad for The Bahamas. I had even heard one or two of these chronic callers calling for Prime Minister Ingraham and several Cabinet Ministers to be tried before a commission of inquiry and imprisoned at Her Majestys Fox Hill Prison after the PLP wins the 2012 General Elections. Amazingly, I have also heard one chronic caller telling a popular radio talk show host that the prime min ister hates Bahamians. The FNMs political opponents have crossed the bounds of common human decency. The all too common, wornout charge by these people is that the prime minister is a biggety tyrant and a totalitarian leader. What strikes me as odd, though, is that these people are calling in to radio stations which are privately owned and operated by Bahamians; something that was unheard of during the 25 years that the legendary Sir Lynden Pindling was the Prime Minister of this country. These chronic callers, some of whom were grown-ups during the 1970s and 1980s, didnt utter one peep about the then PLP regimes firm grip on the state media, the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB everybody is very concerned about democracy in this country with PM Ingraham at the helm. These people had no problem when ZNS was staffed mostly by rabid supporters of the PLP, who were really only interested in disseminating the message of the then government of The Bahamas. The Opposition could hardly ever g et a critical word in edgewise on the broadcasting corporation. The former government kept a very close eye on ZNS. Now, thanks to the prudent policies of PM Ingraham, these chronic callers, without fear of repercussion from the govern ment, can call in to the radio t alk shows and rant about the prime minister being an unbearable dictator. Ingraham liberalized the airwaves, and he is called a dictator; the former PLP administration controlled ZNS with an iron fist, and it is called the greatest administration in modern Bahamian hist ory by these people. Does this make any sense at all to you, Editor? Several months ago, the Leader of the Official Opposi tion the Hon Perry G Christie, gave a live address on crime to the nation on the broadcasting corporation. As a youngB ahamian who has been watching ZNS TV since the early to mid-1980s, I cannot recall ever seeing either Sir Cecil WallaceWhitfield or Sir Kendal Isaacs giving an address to the nation on ZNS TV. I had seen FNM conventions on ZNS, but never have I seen an OppositionM ember of Parliament or Leader addressing the nation on ZNS TV as Christie did. I stand to be corrected, though. Sir Lynden would have never allowed his political opponents to use the national airwaves or any radio talk show in order to undermine his government.F urther, no radio talk show host would have dared to openly ridicule or defy Sir Lynden or any of his policies. I challenge anyone to prove otherwise. I say this because certain radio talk show hosts have made a cottage industry out of attacking the Ingraham administra t ion. No true dictator would have allowed an opposing political figure to go on the state-run airwaves in order to criticize his policies. Prime Minister Ingraham did just that. Yet he is labelled a biggety dictator by his unreasonable critics. If Prime Minister Ingraham trims the bloated staff levels in the civil service in order to make the central government more financially sustainable, he would be called uncompassionate and anti-Bahamian. If the nation goes bankrupt because of the massive payroll that the state has to meet each year, he will be blasted for mismanaging the economy. Either way, the prime minister is a complete failure, as far as his unreasonable critics are concerned. Ingrahams critics are now gearing up to launch their greatest political assault against him leading up to the 2012 General Elections. I have already heard mutterings by these people that the MP for North Abaco had manoeuvred his way into the leadership position of the FNM in 1991 at the time of Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfields death. They are now saying that Sir Cecil nor any of the other leaders of the FNM, for that matter, wanted Ingraham to succeed him (Sir Cecil the Leader of the Official Opposition. I find it absolutely incredible that the hierarchy of the FNM would stand idly by as an independent MP and former PLP Cabinet Minister and Chairman would waltz into their party and become their leader without so much as protesting. If this story is true, then why didnt Sir Kendal Isaacs complain about this takeover by Ingraham at the time it occurred? These people want us to believe that somehow Ingraham had managed to hoodwink the leadership of the FNM into giving him the top position of their party. I dont know why these people dont stop trying to insult the intelligence of the Bahamian people. Rather than trying to address the pertinent issues which are affecting The Bahamas, these people want to wallow in muck and mire instead. Clearly, these people are intending to revise Bahamian history. They are counting on the fact that most Bahamians dont read. Sadly, many Bahamians are histori cally illiterate. In closing, it is important that FNMs and PLPs be civil in their debates. While we may have differing political philosophies, that doesnt give anyone the right to slander another per sons name or to spread lies and innuendoes. If you have to lie in order to win an election, then the one fundamental question that must be asked is this: Is it worth it? Of course, the answer is no. I am not willing to sacrifice my conscience on the altar of political expediency. It isnt worth it. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, January 2, 2012. (No, Mr Evans, none of this makes a blind bit of sense. We now agree with Prime Minister Ingrahams response to his oppositions invitation to have a televised public debate with them: I dont talk foolish ness, said Mr Ingraham. I debate every day. (With this present mind-set among the opposition, we believe that such debates would be a colossal waste of time. Let each political party put their platforms out there for public debate and let the voter decide which party in their opinion is capable of delivering on that platform. They have already had five years of Perry Christie and another five years of Prime Minister Ingraham. These two administrations should be easy of comparison. Ed). EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 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 L OOKING over The Tribunes Labour files a few days ago we came across an interesting statement by hotel managerial union leader Obie Ferguson, who accused F reeports Our Lucaya Beach resort of union busting by planning to lay off 50 managerial staff. Now the economy is showing signs of r ecovery, he told T he Tribune I thought that now would be the time to do what should be done. Workers rights are asi mportant as profits. We will take the nece ssary poll and then do what we have to do. Mr Ferguson made this statement in J anuary last year at a time when in the estimation of every business person on the island especially in Freeport thee conomy was looking even bleaker. And s o we do not know how Mr Ferguson measures economic recovery. Maybe he had a glimpse of the hotels financial statements and from that concluded that the hotel could support what he claimed had to be done and still keep its doors open. A t the time, Mr Ferguson was pressing Minister Dion Foulkes for permission for his union, which he said represented more than 100 of the resorts staff, to take a strike vote that would pave the way for disruptive action at the property. M eanwhile, Nicole Martin, whose union r epresented the same hotels line staff, was worried about increases she said were owed to the line staff under their industriala greement. Earlier, the resort had announced that its Christmas season was not as good as hoped. It had told the union that since 2009 it was not in a financialp osition to meet those demands. Earlier, it was acknowledged that the resorts owners, Hutchinson-Whampoa, h ad been subsidising the hotels payroll. Prime Minister Ingraham had even praised the company for its supportive attitudet owards the hotel and its staff during diff icult financial times. But Mr Ferguson must have had a vision. He saw things differently and thought itw as time for some union muscle flexing. When we read his statement, we could not help but think of the six blind men ofI ndostan who went to see an elephant. Although blind, and having to rely on touch alone, each had to satisfy his mind as to what an elephant looked like. T he first fell against the broad sturdy side of the elephant and decided it is very like a wall. The second felt the tusk and d ecided it was like a spear. And so on down the line the squirming trunk felt like a snake; the knee felt like a tree; the earf elt like a fan and the sixth was convinced that the swinging tail was very like a rope. And so the dispute began, each convinced as to what an elephant looked like and though each was partly in the right all were in the wrong! A s none of them had seen the whole elephant, despite their arguing none of them knew what an elephant really looked like. And so with these unionists, who a lthough they never see the whole picture a nd do not know what obligations have to be met before salary increases can be considered, are always convinced that own-e rs can and should meet their demands. At present, Kerzner International is fighting to meet its financial obligations. Ith as a good management team that will do e verything in its power to maintain staff levels and also meet its debts. Those debt obligations are extremely high. If they are n ot met, unless some agreement can be arrived at, the Kerzner team could lose its four-year management contract. Ands o, staff will have to be thankful for their j obs, and turn deaf ears to any demands that their union might tempt them to take during this difficult period. Even if they see every rooms filled to capacity every day of the year, unions nor staff can assume like the six blind men ofI ndostan that the hotel is making a handsome profit, and that there is any room for staff to make more. We do not understand some of these union leaders. They complain that Freeport has no business and yet when o rganisations are trying to attract busin ess, the union decides to demonstrate. For example, what possessed Freeport hotel workers to demonstrate at GrandL ucaya resort on the very day Vision Airlines and the Ministry of Tourism were hosting 80 travel agents and other tourism promoters from the United States? Thev isitors were invited there for a two-day familiarization trip in the hopes that they would recommend more visitors to fill the h otel. Imagine the very people who would benefit from a hotel full of guests, would decide instead to drive potential businessa way by demonstrations. Who can have s ympathy for such short-sighted people? And to add insult to injury their union leader had the nerve to pull anotherd emonstration to complain that the 37 workers who scuttled an attempt to get more business for the hotel were fired. J ust where are these people coming from? From an outsider looking in, it seems that some unionists have a different agenda. Are they deliberately leading their m embers astray? Who is going to sympathise with any worker who is going to undermine the efforts o f people who are trying to bring more business to a resort to secure their jobs? If workers are serious about their e mployment, they will think twice before being led astray by union leaders some of whom seem to have politics on their minds rather than the interest of the men and women whose best interests they claim to represent. FNM opponents cross bounds of decency LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Whose interest do union leaders represent?


B y LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court Friday afternoon in connection with the countrys second homicide for the year. L evardo Butler, 27, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita B ethell in Court 8 in connec tion with the Balls Alley shooting death of a 32-year-o ld father a week ago. It is alleged that he shot and killed Mario Stuart on Satur day, January 7. T he deceased, a cousin of FNM Bamboo Town candi-date Cassius Stuart, was shot i n the stomach shortly after 2am in front of his home in Balls Alley. He was taken to hospital in a private vehicle w here he later died of his injuries. The accused was not r equired to enter a plea to the charge due to the seriousness of the offence. He was toldt hat a Voluntary Bill of I ndictment would be served against him on Monday, M arch 12. The Bill would fast t rack the case to the Supreme C ourt for trial, bypassing a lengthy preliminary inquiry. Tai Pinder, defence attorney for the accused, claimed that her client had been s everely beaten while in police custody at the Central Detective Unit. She said he h ad to be admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment. S he said that her clients medical record and ID bracelet, though named under a different surname, could p rove so. When asked if he spoke up to correct this, he said: No, m an. Ms Pinder explained that her clients unconscious state at the time was the reason for t he mistake going unnoticed. S he further claimed that her c lient, to whom she was twice denied access, had been forced to sign a statement some three-four hours after he had been discharged f rom hospital. Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethell said that she would m ake a note of the alleged police brutality and recom mended that Butler be exam i ned by a physician at Her Majestys Prison. She then told him that he would be remanded, as thec ourt did not have the power to grant bail in these matters. He returns on Monday, M arch 12 before Chief Mag istrate Roger Gomez in Court One. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 5 S ENIOR executives of the A merican Council of Education paid a courtesy call on Dr Iva Dahl, manager and consultant at the BahamasT echnical and Vocational I nstitute. They toured the B TVI campus, shared ideas and experiences, and engaged in mutually beneficial discussions. A CE is a premier educat ional entity in the US, establ ished in 1965. The council is committed to the development of leaders such as presidents, deans, and departmentc hairs. Man in court o ver shooting in Balls Alley COURTESY CALL BY SENIOR EXECUTIVES S ENIOR EXECUTIVES o f the American Council of Education Fellows Programme paid a courtesy call on Dr Dahl and her team.


journalist Pakeshia Edgecombe, the candidate for W est Grand Bahama. She was followed by Educator N orris Bain, the candidate for M arco City. A lso taking the stage were K wasi Thompson, MP for Pineridge, and Neko Grant, the candidate for Central Grand Bahama. The highlight of the e vening at 6.30pm came when Mr Ingraham was introduced by Mr Bains 10year-old son. T he convention centre e rupted in cheers as Prime Minister Ingraham made his way to centre stage, flockedb y supporters. He told supporters that he expects the FNM to win the five seats in Grand Bahama. He said that the executive committee of the party decid ed to recommend Peter Turn quest for nomination in East Grand Bahama. He thanked Senator Fred erick McAlpine, and Philcher Grant, who were also up for nomination in East Grand Bahama, for their contributions to the party. M r Ingraham also extended thanks to Senator Michael Pintard. I want to extend thanks to Michael Pintard who is going to take on a special mission for our party, he said. The FNM leader also thanked Grand Bahama for supporting the FNM. Grand Bahama, you have been good to the FNM and y ou have also been good to me, he said. No one can d eny the essential role Grand Bahama played in rescuing o ur country from the bad governance of the PLP. Mr Ingraham said the PLP government was riddled with scandal. He said it was led by indecisive leadership that put the interest of the Bahamian people last. Although the last several years have been a difficult and painful time for the Bahamas, especially for the economy of Grand Bahama, Mr Ingraham said Bahamians can trust the FNM government. He noted that 2008 was the worst recession since the Great Depression. This leader, this party you can trust to get the job done. I come to Grand Bahama to ask you for your support of the FNM, he said. The party leader asked Grand Bahama to support the partys new team of talented individuals. Mr Ingraham acknowledged persons who have served the party faithfully for many years, including Mau rice Moore, CA Smith, and Kenneth Russell, MP for High Rock. He thanked Mr Russell for his dedication and loyalty to the FNM. In 1997, Maurice Moore made way for Kenneth Rus sell, and now in 2012 Kenneth Russell is making way for Peter Turnquest. He (Russell ber of my cabinet and I thank him for his many years of service and wish him well in the future, he said. Mr Ingraham also commended Eight Mile Rock MP Verna Grant for her service to the party. Verna Grant was the first and only elected female in the House for Grand Bahama by the FNM. She will not be offering this time, and I thank her for h er dedicated service as an M P in the House of Assem bly, he said. Mr Ingraham said that Z hivargo Laing has left an impressive mark in Marco City and did not ask to be moved from Marco City. 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Wewillbeinterviewingfortheabovepositionsonly.All applicantsarerequiredtobringaresumeandthreelettersof recommendation PleaseRSVPtowpugh@lcis.bs ifyouareinterestedinattendingthe jobfair andvisitour websiteatwww.lcis.bstolearnmoreaboutour schoolandthepositions above. B y CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net POLICE will immediately be put back into public schools to combat violence onc ampuses, should the Prog ressive Liberal Party be returned power after the general election, the party announced in a press statement released yesterday. School policing, they said, s hould be a permanent part o f the public school system b ecause of the high instances of violence on some campuses in New Providence. The release highlighted the murder of a student on the campus of CC Sweeting. The Free National Movem ent Government knows it w as wrong to take police out of government schools, the release said. Still, because they put politics before people, it took an unacceptably long time to t ake steps to undo that wrong e ven after a student was killed o n the grounds of C C Sweetings campus. Frank Smith, PLP candidate for Montagu, said in the release that his party will fully reinstate the School Policing Programme. A major plank of this s trategy includes safety, security, and rehabilitative services for our students through Urban Renewal 2.0 and an even more detailed approach to school policing, he said. Our compendium of crime f ighting policies which has as its f oundation, preventative methods, contain a holistic approach to redirecting the energies of our youth and steering them away from the violence which plagues their homes, communities and even schools so thatt hey do not come into contact w ith the law. The PLP admitted, however, that even school policing has not been enough to arrest the rising incidence of violence on school campuses i n the country. J erome Fitzgerald, PLP c andidate for Marathon, also highlighted the need for safer educational institutions for secondary school students. We know that education is a key factor in assisting many young people in thisc ountry from getting out of a l ife where they are challenged, he said. We need to make sure theyre in a protected environment and that they feel safe so theyre able to learn as best as possible. T he PLP said it intends to c ombine three programmes V iolence Breakers, Fifty Bahamians, and Urban Renewal 2.0 in order to combat crime and restore safety and civility to Bahamian communities. We again pledge to launch c areer path academies, all t hroughout this country, to provide our people with the opportunities to secure 21st century skills, training and retooling to compete and thrive in the boom of a r estored Bahamian economy, t he partys release said. PLPpledge to return police to schools f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e CALLTOVOTERS IN GRANDBAHAMA PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingra ham in Grand Bahama yesterday announcing the FNMcandidatest o challenge for local seats. GLIKA Christofilis, a member of a well-known Bahamian family, died on Thursday, Jan-u ary 12, in Minnesota at the age of 94. Born in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, her family moved to Nassau aged two, where she grew up with seven siblings. Mrs Christofilis worked at a grocery store for 13 years as a cashier and then in the office of the Nassau Yacht Club for 37 y ears. Her niece, Adrian Claire, remembers her as quite an outstanding lady. Mrs Christofilis was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and for more than 50 years was a member of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. Along with four others, she founded a school for children with developmental disabilitiesw hich is still in operation. In 1992, Mrs Christophilis was honoured with the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award for her charity work. After 85 years in the Bahamas, Mrs Christofilis moved to Minnesota several years ago. WOMAN DIES, 94


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE R BC Royal Bank welcomed more than 1,800 outstanding RBC employees andt heir guests to The Bahamas on Friday, providing a welcome boost to the local econ-o my. The RBC group trave lled to Nassau aboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship as part of an RBC performance convention. The Millennium was chartered by RBC to host its top perform-i ng employees from around the world to a convention and Caribbean cruise. RBC is already widely admired as a leader in our business community, said Mr T ommy Thompson, Deputy D irector General, from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. By bringing thisc onvention to Nassau, RBC is directly helping to fuel our tourism industry. Not only did t he participants get to experie nce our local culture, but we gained worldwide exposure to a new group of travellers,m any of whom we hope will return with their families for future visits. To give the cruise-goers the f ull Bahamian experience, RBC arranged to have the Royal Bahamas Defence F orce Band greet the visitors a t the Prince George Dock. This performance was followed by a Bahamian Wel-c ome party in the parking lot of RBCs Main Branch, near Prince George Wharf.A t the party, the group then e xperienced Bahamian food, drinks and the best of our local Bahamian performers. Recognition is a very important part of RBCs culture, said Mr NathanielB eneby, Jr, Market Head of Retail Banking for RBC in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos. We reward our employees for outstanding job performance on a cons istent basis and are pleased t hat we can participate in the recognition of employees from around the world witht his celebratory event. We are delighted that RBC has again chosen Nass au as a stop on its annual c onvention cruise, said Mr Gevon Moss, project manag er of the Downtown Nassau P artnership (DNP Royal Banks Main Branch is one of the oldest buildings on Bay Street and is an integral p art of our downtown land scape. As we seek to revitalise the city of Nassau and e nhance the appeal of Bay S treet, events like this help to showcase all that downtown has to offer and bolster thes uccess of area businesses. More than 70,000 RBC employees from around thew orld participate in RBCs R eward and Recognition programme. The all-expenses paid convention cruise is the top award in the programme. Eight employees from The Bahamas were recognised ast op winners and are travelling with their guests on the cruise that left Miami on January 8. Congratulations to the following RBC employees from T he Bahamas, who were r ecognised as RBC Top Performers in 2011: Dorothy Albury, Comm ercial Financial Services; Opichi Mackey, RBC Abaco; Marcus Moxey, RBC M ain Branch; Kirkwood Pinder, Bahamas Service Centre; Joyce Riviere, Bahamas Regional Office; Patrice Saunders, Human Resources; Edward Strachan, Mort gage Centre, RBC FINCO; Teresita Stuart, Bahamas S ervice Centre. ROYAL WELCOME TO THE BAHAMAS RBC BAHAMAS TEAM welcomes bankers from around the globe.


By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham was in Bimini yes-t erday to officially rename the B imini All-Age School the Louise McDonald High School. Recognising the late Mrs McDonald as a dedicated e ducator of nearly 50 years, M r Ingraham said she t ouched the hearts and lives of her students, teaching the importance of character and citizenship. He said: In her many r oles, Mrs McDonald played a p ivotal role shared by so many of our dedicated educators through the years that of nation builder. The Louise McDonald H igh School was the second school to be honoured in the month-long renaming sched-u le for several public s chools. The first renaming ceremony was held last week, when t he prime minister flew to Andros to officially rename the Red Bay Primary School t he Bertram A Newton Primary School, honouring Rev Bertram Newton. Greatness often emerges from small communities, Mr Ingraham said. He said it is often ones ambition, charac t er and conviction that determine success in life. In the Bahamas, it is the l argeness of ones spirit, not the size of the island, cay, or settlement where you are b orn or live that determines t he contributions one can make to the broader Com monwealth of the Bahamas, s aid Mr Ingraham, Louise McDonald is such an example. Mr Ingraham said the B ahamas is in need of more teachers like Mrs McDonald, w ho are both competent and p assionate. H e said: I am told that Mrs McDonald was truly a woman for all seasons. Wherever she saw a need, she responded. She imparted knowledge even while tak-i ng special care to develop t he whole person in her charge. By her example, Louise McDonald taught us many life lessons in character and citizenship, said Mr Ingraham. We owe her and generat ions of dedicated educators o ur gratitude. Three more schools are s lated for rededication in the coming weeks: Cabbage Hill Primary School on Crooked Island which will become the Ulric H Ferguson Primary School, the new AnatolR odgers High School, and the n ew T G Glover Primary School. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 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 d riving 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 p articular 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 School renamed in honour of inspirational educator


By SIR RONALD SANDERS W HAT effect will Jamaica b ecoming a Republic and leaving the 53-nation Commonwealth have on the rest of the Caribbean countries? Will they follow Jamaica tob ecome Republics and leave t he Commonwealth? Those were the questions put to me by the Editor of an Internet news website just as I had begun to write a Commentary after a two-day semi nar at Cambridge University i n the UK that grappled with the issue of the Commonwealth and its relevance to its 1.2 billion people after the Commonwealth Heads ofG overnment Meeting (CHOGM October. I will return to the outcome of the seminar in my next commentary. Suffice to say for now that The Round T able arguably the oldest journal on Commonwealth m atters, is in its 101st year of publication in Britain and the C ommonwealth. Over the decades, the m aterial published in the journal has been both a record of Commonwealth events and as erious contributor to the shape and direction of the now 53-nation organisation. After each Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference (CHOGM The R ound Table h as convened a m eeting of representatives of Commonwealth non-govern mental organisations, minist ers, academics and the Commonwealth Secretary-General to assess the outcomes of t he Conference. It did so at C ambridge University in the UK on 9 and 10 January with Commonwealth SecretaryG eneral, Kamalesh Sharma and Lord Howells, the British Minister for Commonwealth a ffairs actively participating. I attended as a member of the International Advisory B oard of T he Round Table a nd a member of the Eminent Persons Group that submit ted a report to last Octobers C HOGM in Australia on urgent reform of the Commonwealth. The question that dominat ed the two-day meeting in Cambridge is whether, as a result of the Australia C HOGM, the Common wealth is better or worse placed to serve the needs oft he people and to make a m eaningful contribution to the international community. I had meant to write about t he outcome of the seminar b ut this matter of Jamaica commands immediate attention. So, this week, I give it priority. The posing of the Editors q uestion shows how misunderstood the Commonwealth is even by journalists whose breadth of knowledge about world events is considerable. It also underscores the necessity for the Commonwealtht o improve significantly its own information and educat ion machinery. The Editors question arose b ecause newly-elected Jamaica Prime Minister, Port ia Simpson-Miller, in a televised debate on the eve of last months general election, saidq uite clearly that she wanted a Jamaican Queen. The remark from the leader of the Peoples National Party (PNP ment. The former leader of t he PNP and former Prime M inister, P J Patterson, had also declared his partys wish to end Jamaicas monarchicals tatus, in which it shares Queen Elizabeth, with 14 other countries as its sovereign. W hat was intriguing about t he Editors question was the underlying assumption that if the Jamaican people choose t o end Jamaicas monarchical relationship and become a Republic, Jamaica would have t o leave the Commonwealth o f which the Queen is Head. This was the same assumpt ion that Ireland made in 1949 w hen it chose to become a Republic. Having made that choice, Ireland departed fromt he Commonwealth. India was set to follow Ireland in becoming a Republic and leaving the Common wealth, because the government of Independent India (1948 t he British Monarch to con tinue to reign over it. However, mature and sensibleh eads worked out a solution w hich was that India would become a Republic and remain in the Commonwealth, recognising the British monarch as Head of the Commonwealth and a symbol of the voluntary association of independent countries. While the Queen is the s trongest champion of the C ommonwealth family of nations, she has no executive authority over the organisa-t ion. Other countries that became independent ofB ritain and chose to become R epublics have continued as members of the Commonwealth on the same basis as I ndia. Among those countries are three Caribbean ones: D ominica, Guyana and T rinidad and Tobago. Indeed, more recently, other Republics that were never c olonies of Britain have become members of the Commonwealth. These are:C ameroon, Mozambique, and R wanda. Republican status is not incompatible with Commonwealth membership, and I am confident that Jamaica would not leave the Commonwealthi f it becomes a Republic. Jamaica derives no disad vantage from its membership of the Commonwealth. I ndeed, its membership brings it great benefits, among which are: technical assistance in a r ange of skill-areas in which it lacks sufficient expertise; advocacy for dealing withi ssues that affect it such as d ebt and trade; and help in training people to deal with HIV/AIDS and mitigatinga gainst the harmful effects of climate change. Additionally, Jamaican pro f essionals, including judges, lawyers, engineers, nurses and teachers belong to Commonwealth organisations that pro v ide them with a vast network of contacts across over 50 nations that help to improve t heir knowledge and access to resources. The associated question put t o me is also interesting: should Jamaica decide to become a Republic, will it influence gov e rnments of the remaining independent Caribbean coun tries that are still monarchies to do the same? The answer is not necessarily yes. Two years ago, the government of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves in St Vincent and the Grenadines received a resounding no from the people when the issue was included in a referendum question. About four years ago, the government of Barbados, under then Prime Minister Owen Arthur, had also declared itself for a Republic with no unanimous support for the idea. Further, the fact that three Commonwealth Caribbean countries have been Republics for many years has not encouraged other Caribbean states to follow. Circumstances in each Caribbean country are different. Their governments will each have to weigh carefully the sentiment of the people before they risk a referendum on republican status. In Jamaica, the matter could be decided easily if the two political parties agree that the time has come to cut the monarchical knot. Such a deci sion will not affect Jamaicas membership of the Commonwealth, nor will it cause other non-Republican governments in the Commonwealth Caribbean to follow. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sir ronaldsanders.com The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat LOCAL NEWS P AGE 10, MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Of Jamaica, Republics and the Commonwealth W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W NEWLY-ELECTED Jamaica Prime Min ister Portia Simp son-Miller has said she wants a Jamaican Queen.


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 11 THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASV isit our website at www.cob.edu.bs B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Kyle Hatcher, Economic Officer at the US Embassy, says a lot ofo pportunities exist for potential partnerships and investments in Freeport from the United States. Mr Hatcher was in Grand Bahama on Thursday. He met with officials at the GrandB ahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Power Company, Freeport Container Port, and other business leaders here in Freeport. We really feel like now is a g ood time for American citiz ens to take a second look at Freeport, and that will necessitate a little bit of awareness perhaps of businesses in Florida and other regions to comed own and see what is already here, he said. Mr Hatcher believes that G rand Bahamas proximity to t he United States and its taxfree advantages are ideal for investment. We believe there is good opportunity for people to come down andsee what is a vailable in terms of investm ent, he said. M r Hatcher said several trade missions will take place in Freeport that will provide opportunity for US citizens to engage in. H e said that the Embassy h as several initiatives they hope to roll out this year, and indicated that there are a lot of trade expos held annually in the US. The economic officer said the International FranchiseE xpos will be held in New York in June by the National Restaurant Association. He said businesses or government officials in Freeport who are interested can contact the Embassy. W hile in Grand Bahama, Mr Hatcher also met with various persons about forming partnerships involving outreach on Grand Bahama. He attended a grant works hop for grant recipients and s poke with teens at an HIV prevention workshop hosted by Red Rose Ball Committee at Canal House. Mr Hatcher said he also a ttended mission disaster relief conference held by the Office of Foreign Disaster C itizens, which part of the U SCID programme in the United States. He said they were able to d iscuss ways to better deliver disaster assistance more effectively in the event of a hurric ane. M r Hatcher toured the a ffected areas of Irene and previous hurricanes here on Grand Bahama. He said they have great partners in the Bahamas to deliver assistance and worksc losely with NEMA. By Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER CONFLICT is a normal and necessary part of h ealthy relationships. After a ll, people arent expected to agree on everything at all t imes. Therefore, learning how to deal with conflict r ather than avoiding it is crucial. When conflict is mismana ged, it can harm any relationship. But when handled in a respectful and positive w ay, conflict provides an opportunity for growth, ultimately strengthening the bond between individ-u als. C onflict at home or in the work place can be a major s tressor that distracts you f rom your daily life and rout ines. L earning how to manage c onflict can help you diffuse p roblem situations before they escalate, and can save y ou the frustration and hass le of sorting out an overwhelming fight. Here are a few tips on Managing Conflict: AT HOME Acknowledge that conflict is natural and happens a ll the time. Share negative emotions only in person or on the phone. Pepper your responses w ith the phrase, "I under stand". Take notice when you feel threatened by what s omeone is saying to you, Try repeating the exact w ords that someone is saying to you when they are in a lot of emotional pain or when you disagree with themc ompletely. Take responsibility for your feelings to avoid blami ng others. Learn to listen to the two s ides of the conflict that you are in as if you were the mediator or the counselor. Take a playful attitude t owards developing the skill of emotional self-control in high conflict situations. Practice counting from 1-10 Wait a few days to cool d own emotionally when a situation makes you feel wildwith intense feelings, such as rage. Make a decision to speak with decorum whenever you are angry or frustrated. A T WORK Stress the positive aspects of conflict; just because tension arises, the w orld is not going to collapse. In fact, if handled well, conflict often leads to innovation. Realise that conflict can be handled in a positive way that leads to personal and p rofessional growth, development and productivity. Encourage others to bring up conflict and differences. Allowing them to fester inevitably encourages t hem to erupt later, usually at a most inopportune time. Identify the root cause(s of the conflict. You can't begin to unravel the potent ial negativity in conflict and look toward progress until y ou determine the source of the issue. Look at the issue from a ll sides. Inspect the posit ive and negative factors t hat each party sees, to fully c omprehend what is at stake. Devise a complete list of a ctions to address the issue; e nsure that each party believes that he/she has had i nput in the final product or d ecision. Decide on the step that best addresses and resolves the issue. Again, all parties n eed to see that they have h ad input into this step. Agree on whatever next steps are necessary to imple-m ent the mutually agreedu pon action. Review the process that you used to arrive at the final decision, hoping to implement a similar successfulp lan when negative conflict n ext arises. Be professional at all times, and avoid idle conver s ations that are not workr elated. Should you need more information on Managing Conflict or if you have infor mation pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to contact the police at or Crime Stoppers at 328tips (New Providence 3 00-8476 (Family Island or If you know of Individuals who may be in need of counseling and emotional s upportplease contact the Department of Social Serv ices hotline number at 3222763. ROYALBAHAMASPOLICEFORCE NATIONALCRIMEPREVENTIONOFFICE Managing conflict FREEPORT COULD GAIN FROM US INVESTMENT K YLE HATCHER, E conomic Officer at the US Embassy, speaks with the media in Grand Bahama on Thursday. Photo: Denise Maycock /Tribune Staff


of a debate when The Tribune spoke to him last week, it is widely thought that he isn ot interested in participating i n a televised public debate. When asked if he would participate in a debate, he said: I dont talk foolishness. I debate every day. Mr Christie said he and his candidates are ready to debate the governing partys leader and candidates, as well as Mr McCartney and his team. Every candidate in the Progressive Liberal Party, including myself will be willing to debate he said. Mr McCartney, who has called for a debate, said he is only waiting for his opponentsto agree to the debate. He a dded that all of his candidates are also prepared to debate. However, he suggested the leaders of each political party should lead off the debates, if they were to happen. For years, many have called f or fewer rallies and more national debates similar to those showcased in the United States and neighbouring, Jamaica, which has a similar political makeup to the Bahamas. The first debate to ever take place in this country came on the eve of the February 16, 2010 by-elections in the Elizabeth Estates constituency. The debate saw participation from four of five candi-d ates contesting Malcolm Adderleys vacated seat in early January of that year. PLPs Ryan Pinder, who participated in that debate, went on to win the by-elections witha narrow victory over FNM S enator Dr Duane Sands, who was noticeably absent. DNAs Rodney Moncur, FNMs Cassius Stuart and PLPs Andre Rollins all aligned with smaller parties at that time were the otherp articipants in the debate. A debate featuring former Prime Minister Christie pitted against the current Prime Minister and Prime Ministerhopeful Branville McCartney would be a significant milestone in politics, as it would be the first of its kind. Mr Christie touted his long political career and accomplishments as proof that he can stand up to his opponentsi n a debate. He suggested that in a debate his opponents claims that he is a procrastinator would be debunked. Christie procrastinates? he asked. But this is the same Christie where thev ision for the stadium came from, because I wanted, as a former national athlete, I wanted to give something back to Bahamians. This is the same Christie that negotiated the Interna-t ional Airport, that brought Vancouver services in to manage that airport, negotiated with that. Mark Humes, DNA Chairman, said a debate is necessary because Bahamians need to make informed decisions on who they should vote for to lead the country. Mr Humes said Mr McCartney is so determined to have a debate that he has even sug-g ested he would sponsor it himself if he has to. He has always said he is w illing to have a national debate so that the Bahamian public can make a determination on who to elect as a leader, he said. He would be willing to d ebate, but before any of his c andidates debate, there should be a debate between the leaders. Mr Christie said he and his team, with their experiencea nd qualified youth, are ready f or the elections. The time is now, the elections are approaching, he said. The Progressive Liberal Party is fully prepared for t hose elections. We learned f rom the Elizabeth by-elections, the entire government came at us, in the Elizabeth by-elections. We won the by-elections now theyre going to have to deal with us in every one oft he 38 constituencies throughout the Bahamas. 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Mr McCartney said the party has interviewed more than 100-plus potential candidates and has ratified 31 candid ates. H e noted that Adrian LaRo da had indicated in a letter that he would not be able to move forward as the candi-d ate for MICAL for personal reasons. We certainly now have to l ook and finalize a candidate f or MICAL and we anticipate doing that in short order, and we anticipate having ratifieda ll. We have candidates ready to be introduced and we willh ave a street meeting in K emp Road next Wednesday at 7pm, Mr McCartney said. The DNA has named only t wo candidates for Grand Bahama, but Mr McCartney says he expects to have a fulls late of candidates within the next two weeks. He said support has been extraordinary for the DNA in G rand Bahama. We kick off our campaign in Grand Bahama fully ina nother week and a half to two weeks, but the officiall aunch was historic and phen omenal and we had thous ands there, he said. On the ground we feel the support. I have been to GrandB ahama on many occasions, more so than any other islandi n the Bahamas. We will cont inue to come to Grand B ahama. We look forward to Grand Bahama helping us w in this election, Mr McCartney said. We have no doubt that that will be thec ase. Grand Bahama has tried the PLP and fired them in 2002, and they put the FNM in, and obviously they did not deliver. The DNA will deliver, Mr McCartney said. Although the party is run n ing on a platform of Real For One Bahamas, Mr McCartney stressed that its campaign for Grand B ahama is to deal with unemployment and getting p eople back to work. We have seen loss of jobs, unemployment, and living inG rand Bahama, even if you have a job, the cost of living isa stronomical; it should not be t hat way. We need to change that. We are committing to Bahamian people that we willc hange Grand Bahama for the better. We want to get industry, m anufacturing and tourism o ver here.Grand Bahama is the best place in the Bahamas in our view for industry and m anufacturing to really flourish. DNA candidate for Pineri dge Osman Johnson said many residents are in a desperate state in Grand Bahama. He noted that living conditions of some residents in Pineridge is unacceptable. They bring into their homesand they are living with candles and have young children in the homes; young m others are unable to feed them because they do not h ave electricity to cook. Mr Johnson also claims that some residents are sleepingo n the streets and on the beach. H e stressed that the DNA i s the viable option for change a nd will work to attract new investment to the island, new investment in the Bazaar, newi nvestment in a brand new hospital and for the old P rincess Hotel. Roger Rolle, D NA candidate for West G rand Bahama, said there is a major potential for tourismbased economy in West End. H e said he would look to bring the airport back to commercial status. H e also talked about potential to further find ways to develop the farming industry. We are excited about being the viable alternative for voters here in Grand Bahama. We believe we havet he will power to work with the Port Authority and other related industries to bring the relief that Grand Bahama so d esperately needs, Mr Rolle said. 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 NOCANDIDATEPROBLEMS: DNA CHRISTIE, BRANAGREE TO NATIONAL DEBATE


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 15 a n women are diagnosed at that age or younger. Mrs Smith cites this fact as a driving reason to raise awareness. For some reason Bahamian women get breast cancer a l ot earlier than our American counterparts a recent study said that a part of it is genet-i c, she said. Basically half of the women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in the Bahamas are under 50, while in the US its 60. And when we are diagnosed, its at the later stage.W e need to continue to test and encourage testing. We need to start screening and being more conscious of breast cancer and the risk. We need early detection and we need to have women going out there and doing screening a lot sooner than 40. Mrs Smith claims all of these issues were highlighted at the race and states: Hopefully well just keep the discussion up until we find the cure. She doesnt have a final figure for the number of participants in the race but Franklyn Wilson, chairman of Sunshine Insurance, which is the lead sponsor of the event, stated that it was a substantial increase from last year. Mr Wilson also noted that about $100,000 in donations was given and the money raised will fund breast cancer research in the Bahamas. The race started at 7am on Church Street and led participants over the western Paradise Island bridge before ending at Atlantis Royal Towers after a 5k tour (3.1 mile) of the island. POLICE are requesting the publics assistance in locating 34-year-old Valencio Darling, pictured, of Cowpen Road. D arling is described as being of dark brown complexion, medium build, and 6 tall. O fficers of the Southern Division want to question him in connection with pos session of dangerous drugs. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at9 19, 322-3333; the Southern Police Station at 322-3337;or Crime Stoppers at 328TIPS. HANDGUN FIRED AMAN who is on bail for firearm possession is again in p olice custody after leading police on a chase after offi cers saw him fire a handgun in the park. Mobile Division officers were on routine patrol on Howard Street off Chipping ham around 6.30pm on Sat urday, when they saw a 42year-old man discharge a firearm on the park. Upon seeing police, the man threw the weapon under a nearby vehicle and fled on foot. Officers gave chase and caught up with the Pitt Road resident and retrieved the weapon from beneath the car. THREE ARRESTED THREE people were taken into police custody after officers discovered a hand-gun and a large quantity of ammunition inside an apartment. Acting on information, offi cers of the mobile division conducted a search in an apartment located on East Street south of Robinson Road around 2.15pm on Saturday. It was there they found the illegal items and subsequent ly took two men, one 30 the other 22-years old, and a 21year-old woman into custody. DRUGS SWOOP FOUR men were taken into custody by police following the Southeastern Divi sions Operation Restore. Between the hours of 7.30pm Friday and 12.30am Saturday, officers from the southeastern division andthe internal security division arrested three men for possession of dangerous drugs and one man for an outstanding warrant of arrest. The operation was in keeping with the policing plan to tackle crime. he was gunned down in a separate incident early yesterday morning. Earlier the same day, a 26year-old man was shot multiple times while sitting inside a c ar at Claridge Road. The victim was parked outside a residence when he was approached by another man shortly before 3am, accord-i ng to police. T he 26-year-old was taken t o hospital in a private vehicle. In other crime-related matters, police arrested a 42-yearold man after he was found in possession of a handgun onS aturday. According to police, t he Pitt Road resident was on bail for firearm possession at the time. Mobile patrol officers spotted a man discharging a firearm while in the area ofH oward Street off Chippingh am Road sometime around 6 .30pm. A ccording to police, the m an was seen throwing an o bject under a nearby vehic le, and upon their search, a handgun was discovered. P olice are appealing to anyo ne who might have informat ion that could assist in any o f these investigations to contact them at 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. 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 M ANOUTONBAIL SHOTINTHEFACE POLICE HUNT By MIKE LIGHTBOURN YOURE ready to list, but are you ready to sell? Lets say that on the first day your home is for sale, your agent shows it to prospective buyers. They love it, and make an offer on the spot. You were asking $345,000, and they offer $325,000. Because of pressing circumstances, they need an answer right away, by 6pm. What do you say? You dont say, We just cant give you an answer that soon. These buyers are motivated and prepared to buy your home, with a written offer and a deposit. So how do you make up your mind so quickly? You must simply decide what your rock-bottom price is before your home is even shown. Be prepared to negotiate on-thespot by first asking your agent for a Net sheet based on your asking price. The sheet will show what expenses must be paid out of the gross sales price, i.e. closing costs, brokerage fee, the payoff on your existing mortgage, etc resulting in the net proceeds that you will receive at closing. Next, ask the agent to figure other net sheets based on receiving 95 per cent or even 90 per cent of the asking price. This helps you determine the absolute lowest offer you can accept. Once you know that figure, keep it to yourself and be prepared for all possibilities! Special note: The above assumes that your property is properly priced and not at some pie in the sky fig ure you feel you must achieve. Remember, if you overprice your property, it will languish on the mar ket and you will discourage any offers. Price it right from the start. Often the first offer is the best offer. Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty Sa ved by the net Hundreds join run to help fight cancer RUNNERSgather at the start of the 5Krace on Saturday morning. Photo: Derek Smith RUNNERSin the 5Kmake their way across the bridge to Paradise Island. Photo: Derek Smith RUNNERS i n the 5Kcross the finish line. Photo: Tim Clarke FIREFIGHTERSsupport the cause. Photo: Tim Clarke ONEparticipant eases the pace for a while. Photo: Tim Clarke RUNNING, walking, and sometimes even pushing pushchairs, all manner of entrants took on the 5Krace and won. Photos: Tim Clarke


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE B y DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net MARATHON Bahamas 2012 attracted more than a t housand runners, including an increased participation from international marathonr unners. Franklyn Wilson, chairman of Sunshine Insurance whichi s the lead corporate sponsor o f the marathon, stated although he doesnt have exact numbers, the m arathon featured around 1400 runners from 20 different countries a participationi ncrease of about 25 per cent from last year. was so encouraged when I heard people who have run m arathons all over the world comment so vividly about the marathon," he said. From t he time we started (the marathon), we knew standards must reflect worldwide standards so its not a gim m ick. Were talking to peo ple who run marathons all over the world, so these people know what a marathon is. The increase in participants, M r Wilson said, is owed to the marathons sophisticat ed marketing team who trav elled internationally to pro m ote the race. We just promoted more, promoted the marathon and i n turn, promoted the Bahamas. This is a point that I think is worthy of note, Mr W ilson said. The race, he explained, helps in promoting the Bahamas to tourists. The marathons official website offered a more in-depth explanation: The race courses were designed to showcase many of the focal points oft his amazing destination, including quaint and scenic downtown Nassau with its his-t oric buildings, the glitz and glamour of Paradise Island, the business districts, excitingC able Beach and the life of t he residents hugging the northern shore of the Island. Next year, Mr Wilson h opes the marathon will con tinue to benefit from prior years success as more peo-p le spread the word and sign up. Were going further and i ts just a wonderful feeling, h e said. But the one thing that gives me the greatest pride, is the race this week e nd demonstrated a degree of national unity which doesnt happen often enough. We do things best when w e do things together and its wonderful feeling to be a part of something where this degree of national unity and cooperation is shown and that is something that is ofi mmense value. Marathon Bahamas offered four events including a 26.2 mile marathon, a walkerf riendly half marathon, a four member team relay, and the 5k S G Komen Race for t he Cure. The marathon, half marathon and four personr elay all started simultaneously at 6am, yesterday. The Komen race started at 7am, Saturday morning. Race broadens its horizons R UNNERS o n the approach to Go Slow bend headed back east toward the finish line. Photo:Stephen Hunt/Tribune Staff WINNER of the womens half marathon Jessica Crates warms up before the start of the race. DETERMINATION is etched on a runners face as she tackles yesterdays half-marathon. Photo:Derek Smith WITH A HOST OF personal goals, and making their way through a variety of Bahamian landmarks, runners tackle the course. Photos: Derek Smith