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Title: The Tribune.
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By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net INVESTIGATORS are trying to find the cause of a blaze which partially destroyed a two-storey buildi ng and injured an elderly m an. A ccording to fire chief Walter Evans, the man, believed to be in his early 70s, was tak-e n to hospital by neighbours, where he is in stable condi-t ion. The blaze, said Mr Evans, w as confined to one bedroom of the building in the Garden Hills area shortly before midn ight on Sunday. While the building received minor smoke and water dam-a ge, the room where the fire s tarted will need extensive repairs, Mr Evans said. Meanwhile, the cause of the h ouse fire that killed a man and left two children aged 11 and 15 in hospital is still unknown to police. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at Heritage Drive off Baillou Hill Road shortly a fter 1am Tuesday. When they arrived at the scene, they found a four-room single story wooden structure completely engulfed in flames. By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net POLICE are asking for the publics help in finding a teenage girl who went miss ing four days ago. Kendesha Mackey, 15, pictured of Water Street, Big Pond, was last seen on Thursday in the Rupert Dean Lane area. She was wearing a white t-shirt and a black striped white pants with white slip pers. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Chinese worker killed in robbery Volume: 108 No.49MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 82F LOW 69F By SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net A WORKER at a local C hinese restaurant chain was shot and killed in front of his home early yesterday morn ing. Police say the victim, who is believed to be Raymond Han, 44, was shot in his left should er during an armed robbery outside his Village Road home. H e had just returned home after celebrating the Chinese New Year with family and friends when he was approached by a gunman around 3.30am. The man robbed Mr Han of his Samsung cell phone before shooting him and flee ing the area in an unknown direction. Mr Han was found slumped over the railing by his colleagues a short time later. He was rushed to the hos pital by his brother, but died a short time later. The Tribune understands Mr Han was an employee of VIP Chinese restaurant, and is also related to one of the owners. Officials at the Chinese Embassy said last night they are still waiting for local police to confirm whether or not the country's latest murder victim is one of their own. An embassy official said Ne w Year horror as man attacked outside his home TRY OUR McFLURRY BOUNTY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIGHT P P O O L L I I T T I I C C S S A A N N D D T T H H E E A A T T L L A A N N T T I I S S D D E E A A L L SEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B NFLPLAYOFFS G G I I A A N N T T S S V V P P A A T T R R I I O O T T S S I I N N S S U U P P E E R R B B O O W W L L SEESPORTSSECTIONE POLICE have issued this artists impression of the suspect in the murder of Raymond Han. 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 BUILDING DES TROYED IN BLAZE MORE than 1,500 dele gates have convened at the Atlantis resort for the 30th anniversary of the Caribbeans biggest tourism trade show Caribbean Marketplace. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham expressed optimism for recovery and sustained growth of the industry at the conferences opening cere mony last night. Noting the increase in arrivals, Mr Ingraham underscored the importance and impact of infrastructure upgrades and expansion during the slowdown. Here in The Bahamas we are focused upon ensuring our readiness for the inevitable global economic recovery as it occurs, Mr Ingraham said. Our economy is therefore the beneficiary of the most comprehensive upgrade and expansion in our history. Key investments and infrastructure developments not ed include: the Nassau Straw Market; Lynden Pindling International Airport; the Airport Gateway; and the New Providence Road Improvement Project; the pri vatisation of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company; and the Baha Mar project. Mr Ingraham said: We continue to see the invest ment in people and the con tinued building of relation ships as the key to sustained growth. In The Bahamas, we have placed considerable emphasis on improving the visitors experience through investing in Bahamians. He added: Two of the enduring programs of the Ministry of Tourism the BahamaHost training pro gramme for the tourism industry and the People-toPeople cultural exchange pro gram for visitors have been tremendously improved. S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 8 8 POLICE PLEA AS TEENAGE GIRL GOES MISSING PRIMEMINISTERHubert Ingraham addresses the opening of the Caribbeans biggest tourism trade show last night at Atlantis. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff PMS HOPES FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY i m lovin it


B Y GLADSTONE THURSTON B ahamas Information Services M INISTER of Finance Z hivargo Laing and InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB A strid H Wynter have signed a $612,000 technical co-operation grant to supports trengthening The Bahamas f iscal policy. The resources were provided by the Japan Special Fund to the IDB. Japanese Ambassador to the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize, Hiroshi Y amaguchi also signed the documents. The governments contribution to the project is $153,000. M inister Laing noted that as a general rule The Bahamas has maintained a r ecord of good economic performance having a high per capita income which isa ttributed to our sound man agement of the economy, our political stability, and our close proximity to theU SA. Over the past 20 years, he said, The Bahamas has had a n average growth rate of about 1.3 per cent with a strong spurt that took placeb etween 1993 and 1999. T he 2008/ recession which led to the worse global economic and financial recession since the great depression, significantly and negatively affected our econ-o my with a contraction of some 5.4 per cent in 2009 alone, a contraction which led to critical tax generating tax sectors of our economy being badly affected, said Mr Laing. As an example, in 2009 the hotel room expenditure and imports of merchandise dropped by 21 per cent each, and all of this would have significantly and negatively impacted our revenue collection. This negative impact on revenue combined with the fact that the government had to increase expenditure, said Mr Laing, caused overa ll deficit to reach about 4.4 % of gross domestic product. Obviously to finance that d eficit the government had to grow the public debt so that our debt to GDP ratio would s tand around 48 per cent of GDP compared to 29 per cent where it stood just a few yearsa go. T he grant facility will support new and existing government programs that are designed to strengthen the framework of fiscal accountability, he said. The focus of this technical co-operation aims to support our charge towards fiscal rebalancing though i mproving our current system of revenue collection with particular emphasis on tax a dministration and also by strengthening our debt man agement systems. Ours is essentially to modernise and reform our systems so that they are con sistent with international b est practices, said Mr Laing. Recently a debt manage m ent committee comprising the Central Bank of The Bahamas, the TreasuryD epartment, and the Ministry o f Finance was established expressly to look at debt management on a sustainable basis. According to our bi-later al official development aid s cheme, said Ambassador Yamaguchi, The Bahamas is classified as a rich nation not eligible for receiving even technical assistance through Japan International Co-operation Agency. However, our embassy, in consultation with the IDB and our own government have worked very hard to materialise this grant project taking into consideration the unique economic structure of The Bahamas specialising in, among others, tourism maritime and finance. I sincerely hope that this project will strongly update the capability of the Bahamian government in strengthening and further developing its economy, Ambassador Yamaguchi said. The Japan Special Fund, established in 1988, is one of the largest trust funds at the IDB, and supports the preparation and implementation of IDB projects, as well as standalone projects in line with the IDBs Country Strategy with each of the borrowing member countries. The programme will improve the capacity of tax administration and debt management areas, IDB Project team leader Gerardo ReyesTagle said. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2 MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 M INISTER o f Finance Zhivargo Laing (left s entative Astrid H Wynter exchange agreements following the signing of a $612,000 technical co-operation grant from the Japan Special Fund. Pictured from left are Robert D L Sands, Honorary ConsulGeneral of Japan, and Hiroshi Yamagushi, Ambassador of Japan. Photo: Kristaan Ingraham /BIS Japanese contribute $612,000 to Bahamas


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: The relocation of residents from the Pinders Point/Lewis Yard area will not happen anytime soon,d espite an initial assessment u ndertaken by the government in 2011. Following constant complaints and concerns regarding emissions from the nearby industrial plants, the governm ent sought to relocate the L ewis Yard Primary School and a number of residents from the area. While in Grand Bahama last week, however, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said Buckeye, the new owners o f Vopak/Bahamas Oil Refini ng Company (BORCO not on board with the relocation plans. When Vopak was here, they had a plan to relocate a number of persons and also t he school. We undertook assessm ents in the neighbourhood and agreed in principle how we would go about acquiring the properties and how it would be paid for by Vopakp roviding the monies. Vopak has now sold to Buckeye; they do not have the same plan, Mr Ingraham said. The problem of emissions has been an ongoing issue in t he area for a number of y ears. In the late 1980s, the Grand Bahama Catholic High School and the Hawksbill Junior and Senior schools w ere all relocated from the area as a result of the con-s tant emissions. In recent years, classes at the Lewis Yard Primary had been dismissed on a number of occasions when students andt eachers fell ill because of the f umes. In addition to the fumes, residents also complained of various health conditions, including respiratory problems, burning in the nostrils a nd eyes, nausea, and skin i rritations. During a visit to Grand Bahama in November 2010, Mr Ingraham had expressed concern about the proximity o f homes to the industrial plants and said it would be int he interest of public health and public safety if they were not there. An assessment of the area was ordered with a view tor elocating residents and the s chool. While speaking with the media on Wednesday, the Prime Minister again reiterated his concern for residents. We do have concerns a bout the continuing comp laints and emissions. We will continue to be engaged with Buckeye on the issue, Mr Ingraham said. B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Grand Bahama Police have classified the death of 46-year-oldF ranklyn McIntosh as the islands second homicide for 2 012. So far, no arrests have been made and police are appealing to anyone with information that can assist them witht heir investigations in the case t o come forward. McIntoshs body was discovered on the roadside in the Kennedy Drive area in the early morning hours of January 19. P olice later found his vehic le abandoned several miles away at Watkins Lane, off Pioneers Way. The body was taken to Rand Memorial Hospitalm orgue where an autopsy was performed to determine the c ause of death. Persons with information that can assist the police are asked to call 350-3107/8, 3529774/5, or 911. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 3 BGCSEREVISION S ESSIONSINSTITUTE OF BUSINESS and COMMERCET EL: 324-4625 By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: A 23-yearold man was taken into cus-t ody over the weekend for q uestioning in connection with an armed robbery, involving a stolen $25,000 Nissan 300ZX sports car. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that sometimea round 8pm on Friday, police received a call of an armed robbery in the Arden Forest area. A 32-year-old resident of Arden Forest told police that t wo men wearing dark clothing and armed with handguns held him up outside his resi dence. T he man was robbed of his black 1990 Nissan 300 ZX car valued at $25,000, money, and a cellular phone. H e told police the culprits fled in an eastern direction. ASP Mackey said while p olice were conducting a search in the eastern area around 2.28am on Saturdayt hey discovered a 23-year-old m an with a .40 pistol, with 10 live rounds of ammunition. The man was arrested and taken into custody. Ms Mackey said police are calling on persons to us assistt he police in locating a sec ond suspect and the stolen 300ZX car, with licence platen umber 45444. Persons can contact police at 352-9774/5, or 350-3107/8 or 911. GUN F OUND A FIREARM was discov ered in bushes in the South Bahamia area on Saturday, police reported. ASP Mackey said officers from the Mobile Patrol Divi sion found a black XD 9mm pistol, along with a magazine, in bushes around 3pm. 22 ARRESTS SOME 22 persons were arrested over the weekend, including a female minor. The arrests were for various offences including housebreaking, stealing, forgery, armed robbery, unlicensed firearm, murder, gambling,and outstanding warrants of apprehension that were issued by the Magistrates Courts. The juvenile female was arrested for being uncontrollable. Ms Mackey said some persons are expected to charged and arraigned early this week. MANS DEATH ISTHE SECOND GRAND BAHAMA MURDER OF YEAR Relocation of residents will not happen soon MAN QUIZZED OVER ROBBERY


EDITOR, The Tribune. COULD the sinking of the Costa Line cruise ship off Italy seriously damage our cruise business? There is a connection when such accidents occur espe cially on a cruise ship that is state-of-the art and only six years old. If the reports resulting from this are half accurate I am reasonably sure many cruise takers could change their minds as what happened on this Costa Line cruise ship clearly indicates some latent prob lems. Did you see how quick the ship almost sank? Foreign crews seem to be a serious problem...in emergencies passengers just have clear precise instructions how to evacuate. Aggrieved fur ther with passengers from different nations worsens this. Have you noticed how tall these cruise ships, are....eight12 stories. In my ignorance surely this encouraged the boat to tip once the hull was pierced within minutes the boat was 50 per cent under water. Seeing that we rely on the thousands of cruise visitors has anyone thought what if a similar disaster was to occur outside of Nassau Harbour or off one of the private islands the cruise lines lease? Are we capable of organising an immediate emergency response? Let me answer that....possibly if the ship is tied to Prince George Wharf. W THOMPSON Nassau, January 16, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. IN the King James Version of the Bible, Matthew 15 v 14s tates, Let them alone: they b e blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a ditch. This biblical verse, even t hough simple, is very prof ound and can be applied to our everyday lives. It can also b e applied to the governance of the Bahamas. The Hon Irvin Knowles, f ormer Minister of Agriculture, spoke about farming sustaining the Bahamas almost 3 0 years ago. 30 years later, w e are even worse off than before. It is as many Bahami ans say, business as usual. I n a country still living on the model laid out by the late Sir Stafford Sands, we are stills truggling economically and we are still relying too heavily on tourism. The sweet talk of diversification provided and continues to provide deceptive sound bytes. But are we as ap eople serious about diversification? When is someone with the gumption going to take the bull by the horns and make radical changes to our econom y so that we can seek ways t o get out of the ditch that we presently find ourselves? Last years budget that was r ead in parliament speaks to the continued will of the government not to diversify our economy and the Bahamianp eople continue to suffer from a lack of proper vision from its leaders. H ow is it that by the stroke of a pen, the government can again wipe out the Bahami a n poultry industry and cripp le the fruit and vegetable industries? How is it that our youth c ontinue to suffer from the lack of a proper education? How is it that the average B ahamian is still not getting a viable piece of the economic pie? You see Bahamians, the b udget is a blueprint for where we intend on going as a nation. I submit that as a country we have been in the ditch for decades now. If you dug yours elf in a hole, what would be the smart thing to do? The answer would be to stop digging. Our fiscal policy is disastrous at best. With the national debt soon to reach five billion dollars, that puts the debt fore ach Bahamian at $14,285.00. T his assumes a population of 3 50,000 Bahamians. The department of statist ics is now even using a different scale when calculating the national debt. Mr James Smith, former Minister of S tate for Finance, was surp rised at the department of statistics for this action and h e is worried about our curr ent fiscal course. I applaud the government t hough for the introduction of the job readiness pro-g ramme and the jump starter p rogramme that is helping willing and qualified Bahamians. I also applaud the government for its reintroduction o f government subsidies to p rivate schools. The cuts introduced in 2010 had a d omino effect because private schools had to increase their fees. This has led to a decrease in private school students and an increase in the e nrolment of an already overpopulated government school s ystem. F arming, biodiesel manufacturing, solar energy, LNG, the proper promotion ofB ahamian culture and e-commerce are all industries waiting to boom in the Bahamas. The only obstacle is governmentp olicy or the lack thereof. The January 11, 2012 edition of The Tribune reported t hat the US Senate has approved the Florida casinos bill. Once these casinos areb uilt in Florida, these will be i n direct competition with Atlantis and BahaMar. Must we wait until we are literallyf orced to diversify our econo my? We must invest now in other sustainable industries. T he Bahamian people have to share part of the blame in this poor and outdated governance as well because we h ave repeatedly put our confidence in leaders whose vision are outdated and built for the 20th century. Our interest is to only get a government job or a government contract. We must become more informed andd emand more from our leade rs. We need to generate more Bahamian employers rather than Bahamian employees. Now we are reaping the harvest from years of imprope r governance. We are reapi ng the harvest from years of mis-education, poor administ ration of the court systems, poor collection of government revenue and the poor confi-d ence placed in Bahamian professional talent when it comes to consultancy services a nd professional management s ervices. Can a change occur tomor row? Of course not. But we m ust elect leaders who have the will to make the changes required. No slick talking andn o short term promises will help the Bahamas. We need to set policies on a number of issues and drive them home irrespective of who is in government or which elite family will be affected. W e need governance that will place our best resources in key positions, irrespective of their political persuasion. We need governance that will desist from this culture of prom oting friends, family and l overs. We need governance that will devise a concise immigration policy and put iti nto action. We need gover nance that will set fiscal policy that will not cause us to borrow more than we are col-l ecting in revenue. If our current borrowing trends continue, at some point w e will become insolvent. We need governance that will ini tiate effective educational p rogrammes that will focus o n Bahamian culture, new industries and will challenge our children to be more cre a tive. We need governance that will give justice to all Bahami a ns irrespective of their societal status. We need governance that will put Bahami ans first in their own country. L et me reiterate. If the blind leads the blind, they both will fall in a ditch. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, J anuary 13, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 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 I RAQS Shiite-led government cracked d own harshly on dissents during the past y ear of Arab Spring uprisings, turning the c ountry into a budding police state as autocratic regimes crumbled elsewhere in t he region, an international rights groups said Sunday. I raqi security forces routinely abuse p rotesters, harass journalists, torture detainees and intimidate activists, Human R ights Watch said in the Iraq chapter of its annual report. Iraq is quickly slipping back into authoritarianism, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for the NewY ork-based group. Despite US governm ent assurances that it helped create a s table democracy (in Iraq that it left behind a budding police state. Iraqi officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Protests against Iraqs US-backed and d emocratically elected government erupted around the country in February 2011, partly inspired by demonstrations elsewhere in the Arab world. While protests in other countries demanded the downfall of autocratic r egimes, most of the demonstrations in I raq pushed for improved services like reliable electricity and water, and an end to corruption. T he government clamped down, sometimes leading to bloodshed 14 people were killed in clashes between security f orces and civilians across the country dur ing the Feb. 25 protests billed as the Day of Rage. A year later, with US troops withdrawn a nd Iraq's government mired in a political crisis, anti-government protests have all but died out. The few demonstrators whos till gather in Baghdads central Tahrir Square on Fridays are usually outnum bered by the security forces watching over t hem. Iraqis are quickly losing ground on the most basic of rights, including the right to free speech and assembly, said SamerM uscati, an Iraq researcher for the group. Nowadays, every time someone attendsa peaceful protest, they put themselves at risk of attack and abuse by security forces or their proxies. Prison brutality, including torture in detention facilities, was a major problemt hroughout the year, the groups report said. In February 2011, Human Rights Watch uncovered a secret detention centre con trolled by elite forces who reported to the prime minister's military office. The group claimed authorities trans f erred more than 280 detainees to the f acility since the beginning of 2010 and c harged detainees were tortured there w ith impunity. Government officials denied the facility's existence and alleged a buses. Just days before the US military withd rew its last troops from the country last m onth, authorities rounded up hundreds of Iraqis suspected of having links to the d eposed Baath Party, the group said in its report. It added that at least 600 of t hose detained in the sweep remain in cus tody without being charged. Since the US withdrawal, Iraq has p lunged into a worsening political crisis t hat pits the country's majority Shiites a gainst the minority Sunnis. The escalating political battle erupted after the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, issued an arrest warrant against the Sunni vice president,T areq al-Hashemi, on terrorism charges. Al-Hashemi denies the charges and has fled to the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, out of reach from Baghdad authorities. Two other top Sunni officials were d etained on terrorism charges earlier this w eek, prompting Ayad Allawi, the leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc to accuse al-Maliki of unfairly targeting Sunni politi c ians and deliberately triggering a political crisis to cement his own grip on power. Allawi, who is a Shiite, said on Wednesd ay that Iraq needs a new prime minister or new elections to prevent the country from disintegrating along sectarian lines. An aide to Allawi told The Associated P ress that 89 Iraqiya members have been detained in the past three months by secu rity forces on terrorism-related charges. T he aide spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. The political crisis has been coupled w ith a surge in violence that has killed more than 160 people since the beginning of the year. On Sunday, gunmen attacked a check p oint near Baqouba, a former al-Qaida stronghold north of Baghdad, killing three members of the security forces, police offi cials in Diyala province said. The officials said that two of the dead were members of the pro-government Sunni militia known as the AwakeningC ouncil. Hospital staff in Baqouba confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not autho rised to brief the media. This article is by Barbara Surk, of the Associated Press Governance with more vision needed LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Rights group says Iraq becoming police state W ill sinking hurt out cruise business?


POLICE are investigating a shooting incident which has left a 36-year-old bus driver in hospital. T he incident occurred a round 5am on Saturday. Police say the victim was entering his bus when he wasa pproached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded cash. An argument ensued w hich resulted in the driver, of Bishop Way, off Windsor Place, being shot to the a bdomen. The victim was taken to hospital where he is detained in stable condition. A nyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police on 919, theC entral Detective Unit on 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS. FIREARM ARREST A 23-YEAR-OLD man is i n police custody after he was found in possession of an imitation firearm. Officers of the Internal S ecurity Division (ISD on patrol on Fowler Street, at around 8.50pm on Saturday, w hen they arrested the resi dent of Nassau Village. SHO TGUNFOUND A SHOTGUN, a laptop computer, an I-Pad, cellp hones and watches were confiscated by police after they were discovered in an abandoned building. A t about 4.30pm on Friday, officers of the Central Intelli gence Bureau, acting on infor mation, proceeded to the building off Faith Avenue where they uncovered thei tems. P olice investigations con tinue. DRUGSCHARGE A 28-YEAR-OLD man of Masons Addition is in police custody after he was found in possession of a quantity of s uspected marijuana. Officers arrested the man at about 5.30pm on Friday at B urial Ground corner after he was found in possession of a quantity of suspected mari j uana along and cash, b elieved to be from the pro ceeds of drugs. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 5 By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net P OLICE conducted two separate operations over the weekend which resulted in three local bars being shut down and 28 persons being arrested. O fficers from the Southeastern and Central Divisions c onducted the operations on F riday, in keeping with the C ommissioner of Police Ellis on Greenslades policing plan for 2012 To Tackle Crime and Enforce the Rules of the Road. The first was conducted by officers of the Southeastern Division between 7.15am and 9.25am at East Street South. I t resulted in 18 drivers b eing ticketed for traffic i nfractions such as unlicensed and uninspected vehicles, cracked windshields and tint-e d windows. A 43-year-old man was also arrested for immigration purposes. O fficers of the Central D ivision conducted the second operation Operation Crackdown between 4pma nd 11.30pm at West Bay and Cumberland streets and East Bay and Mackey streets. As a result, 161 drivers were cited for various traffic offences, three local bars were closed for being in breach of t he Liquor License Act and 1 4 persons were arrested. T welve people were also arrested on outstanding criminal warrants and two peoplef or possession of dangerous d rugs. Police are encouraging the public to ensure their vehicles a re in roadworthy condition a nd in compliance with the Road Traffic Act. Police say drivers who fail t o comply will find themselves before the courts. Three bars shut down, 28 arrested in police blitz Bus driver, 36, in hospital after shooting incident P OLICE are investigating a stabbing incident which left t wo teenagers in hospital. The incident occurred shortly before 3am yesterday a t a club in the Indepen d ence Shopping Centre. T he victims, aged 18 and 1 6, were taken to hospital by ambulance where they are listed in serious condit ion. TWO TEENAGERS HURT IN STABBING


By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net D EMOCRATIC National Alliance chairman Mark Humes yesterday said that labour representation should be an integral part of futureH eads of Agreement negotiations in the aftermath of the failed Atlantis deal. Mr Humes called for greater partnership between the government and unionsa s, the turmoil between the resort and its creditors has jeapordized the future e mployment of a large number of Bahamian workers. It is time for any governm ent seeking to represent the B ahamian people to see workers of this country and the leaders elected to repre-s ent workers interest as part ners and not adversaries, Mr Humes said. These government officials who, one day a common m an and the next day a socalled expert, go about making decisions for our nations workers, tie them up to these f oreign entities in almost slave-like fashion, and then when their deals go sour, theya rgue among themselves as to who was most incompetent, while these same Union leaders are left fighting and fending for their workers lives. This has to stop. Mr Humes added: This A tlantis fiasco, more so than ever, shows that there is a need for the Unions to be thoroughly consulted and/or have representation in any negotiation that takes place between foreign companiesl ooking to employ Bahamian workers on a large scale. L ast week, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham reassured Bahamians that the failedd eal between Atlantis and Brookfield Asset Management will have no adverse affect on jobs. Mr Ingraham also maintained there is nothing the government of the Bahamasc an do if Atlantis has defaulted on its loans. However, he insisted that the creditors of the property are seeking to keep it running and profitable. In a press statement sent y esterday, Mr Humes said Bahamian workers cannot trust Mr Ingrahams assur-a nces. Now that the deal he said would have safeguarded the w orkers jobs was pulled from u nder the workers feet, Mr Ingraham should be careful to make another round ofp romises, as this embarrassing debacle should be a reminder to him that it is important to be forthcomingw ith Bahamians in general, Mr Humes said. He added: He has no cryst al ball, and despite many thinking that he is a god, he does not know or hold thef uture. He could not protect n or safeguard the jobs of workers at Our Lucaya or the R oyal Oasis; he could not protect nor safeguard the jobs of workers with HutchisonW hampoa; nor workers at Batelco, First Caribbean, or the Road Improvement Project. As it stands, Mr. Ingraham cannot even guarantee that he will be Prime Minister past May of 2012. M r Humes is also the DNAs candidate for the Fort Charlotte and a former spokesman for the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB If elected as the new gov e rnment, Mr Humes said the party will: honour the tripartite Agreement; inclusion ofu nions in the training and/or orientation of Public Service employees; facilitate the delive ry of training and upgrading f or workers at the College of the Bahamas, BTVI and the Labour College; appoint pro-m otions boards with union representation to consider promotion for workers in their bargaining units; andi nvite leaders of unions to have observer status at the Commonwealth Heads of G overnment meetings and other international meetings where the decisions and out c omes impact on workers r ights. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas is presently considering applications for:Assistant Manager, Market Intelligence Bahamas and Turks & Caicos IslandsThe successful candidate should possess the following quali cations: Experience in research techniques with a minimum of 2 years in market research 2 or more years experience in Marketing Undergraduate degree in Marketing or Social Sciences or equivalent would be an asset Key Skills: Teamwork & Co-operation Initiative and Proactive Impact & I uence Building partnerships Sound research skills Strong communications (both oral and written) Collaborating with Partners Microsoft O ce Pr ciency (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel & Power Point) Responsibilities include: Executing customer surveys regarding product demand at the frequency determined by head of ce Executing regular customer satisfaction surveys Coordinating local focus groups Providing regular and timely data impacting The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands Providing timely intelligence regarding regulatory / legal changes that will impact local operations Preparing regular reports on local marketing initiatives and expense tracking Some travel may be required A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will commensurate with relevant experience and quali cations. Please apply by January 27, 2012 to: Assistant Manager, Recruitment & Employee Development Human Resources Bahamas Regional Of ce RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 Via email: bahcayjp@rbc.com www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean / Trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. DNAchairman calls for worker involvement in Atlantis talks DNACHAIRMAN Mark Humes said the Atlantis fiascos hows that, more than ever, there is a need for unions to be consulted and have representation in any deal betweenf oreign companies l ooking to employ B ahamian workers.


B Y MICHELLE GREENE NEARLY 300 officers and marines have been promotedi n the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Under the Command of C ommodore Roderick Bowe, 2 48 promotions and advancements were approved by the Minister of National Securit y Tommy Turnquest. Heading the list of Senior O fficers are Lieutenant Commanders Michael Sweeting, Nedley Martin-b ourgh and Loren Klein who were all promoted to the rank of commander. P romotions for the rank of L ieutenant commander were given to Senior Lieu tenants Raymond King, C happell Whyms, Renhault Darville, Henry Daxon, F rederick Brown and Whitfield Neely. Twenty-one Junior officers w ere also promoted. The seven (seven Petty Officers who advanced t o Warrent Officers are: L orenzo Williams, Drexter Green, Mario Bain, Gary Mackey, Dereck Christie,L loyd Ferguson and Craig Frazier. Advancements also i ncluded 68 Senior Rates and 143 Junior Rates. The Commander Defence F orce extends heartfelt congratulations to the Officers and Marines for their continu ed hard work and dedicat ion to the Force, and gratitude to the Minister of National Security for his sup-p ort. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 7 ON January 17, nearly 300 p eople gathered at a celebrat ory farewell reception in Montreal to pay tribute to and thank Dr Arthur T Porter for his accomplishments as the former director general and chief executive officer of the McGill University Health C entre. Dr Porter, who is also director of the Cancer Cen-tre Bahamas, was recognised b y chairman of the MUHC board of directors Senator W David Angus, who welcomed a number of dignitaries, including four ministers from the Quebec government; academic, scientif-i c and business leaders; and pillars of the Montreal com munity. T he senator expressed his satisfaction at being able to thank Dr Porter for, among o ther achievements, driving t he MUHCs multi-billiondollar redevelopment project to the state where the instit utions dream of world-class healthcare facilities at the Glen Site has become an i nspiring reality. D r Yves Bolduc, the Queb ec governments current m inister of health and social s ervices; David Culver, the d istinguished Canadian busin essman and former MUHC b oard chairman; Professor H eather Munroe-Blum, the h ighly-regarded principal a nd vice-chancellor of M cGill University; and John A Rae, an esteemed senior e xecutive and chairman of t he MUHCs the Best Care f or Life capital campaign, t hen praised Porter for his l eadership and invaluable contributions to the academ ic health centre, to Mont real and to the broader h ealthcare and scientific e nvironment. M r Angus highlighted how D r Porter arrived in Montrea l in 2004 and quickly set a bout transforming the nega tive into positive, filling the o rganisation with hope and e xcitement. He said Dr Porter was decisive, determined, refused to take no for an a nswer and moved boldly f orward with a goal-oriented a pproach. Mr Angus also announced t hat on December 5, 2011, the M UHC board of directors, with the full support of thef undraising team and key con stituencies of the institution, had decided to designate ther oad on the Glen Site running a long the plaza from Dcarie Boulevard to the railway road, Chemin Arthur T Porter (Arthur T Porter Way). AN AERIAL view of the parade ground at Coral Harbour Base during a ceremonial parade. Commodore Roderick Bowe inspecting the Colour Guard at a recent Commander Defence Force Division. CEREMONY TO MARK RBDF PROMOTIONS Montreal road named after cancer centre chief D RARTHURTPORTER, who has had a road in Canada named


p olice still have not told them if the victim was a Chinese n ational, as he was allegedly found in possession of a British passport. H e said: We are waiting to see his passport, we weret old that it maybe British so at t his point we do not know if h e is Chinese. If it turns out that he is a Chinese national, then we will r equire the authorities to find the murderer or murderers and bring them to justice. It ist he Embassys obligation as a p art of its Consular protection and services. Its a universal practice and if he is one o f ours we will ensure the proper channels are taken. Last night, police released a c omposite sketch of the man they want to question in connection with his murder. P olice say the suspect is b elieved to be in his mid-20s a nd is described as having a medium brown complexion, i s of slim build and is 6ft tall. Anyone with information as to the identity or thew hereabouts of this man, or a ny information about this homicide, is asked to contact police @ 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or C rime Stoppers anonymously a t 328-TIPS. M eanwhile, Grand Bahama police have classified the death of 46-year-old FranklynM cIntosh as the islands second homicide for 2012. So far, no arrests have been m ade and police are appealing to anyone with information that can assist them with theiri nvestigations in the case. M r McIntoshs body was d iscovered on the roadside in the Kennedy Drive area in t he early morning hours of January 19. Police later found his vehic le abandoned several miles a way at Watkins Lane, off Pioneers Way. The body was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital m ortuary where an autopsy w as performed to determine t he cause of death. The countrys murder count now stands at seven for thef irst 22 days of the year. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE DJanuaryIsCervicalCancer AwarenessMonth TheCancerCentreBahamasAreInvitingTheGeneralPublicToAFREELectureOnCancerOfTheCervixMonday,January30th,2012 6:30-8:00p.m. SpaceIsLimited/MustRSVPTel:242-502-9610 Speakers:TheCancerCentre,BahamasWillBeHostingACancer ClinicWithProfessorDr.KarolSikora ProvidingConsultationsAndTreatments ToPersonsWithCancerMonday,January30th,20129:00am-5:00pm ForAnAppointment Telephone:242-502-9610 ProfessorDr.KarolSikora MA,PhD.FRCR,FRCP,FFPM DirectorofMedicalOncology& Director,CancerPartnersUK,London Hon.Prof.Dr.ArthurPorterPC,MD,MBA,FACR,FACRO,FAAMA DirectorofRadiationOncology& CEOofMcGillUniversityHealthCentre Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and res-c ue the two children inside, h owever, the home and its contents were completely destroyed. T he 15-year-old boy suffered severe burns to eight per cent of his body, including his hand, neck and face, and the 11-year-old girl is recovering from smoke inhalation.T hey both remain in hospital. Firefighters discovered a body burnt beyond recogni t ion. A third person believed t o be a relative of the chil dren is still unaccounted for. Mr Evans said police are u nsure if the burnt body is that of the missing man. We are not sure at this time. Our investigations are still continuing. We are alsot rying to determine the cause of the blaze. This will prove slightly difficult as the homew as burned to the ground, h owever, we have ways to determine what started it. Police have not yet released t he identity of the body but T he Tribune understands he is 36year-old Rebiro Colebrooke. However, police s pokesman Stephen Dean said they do know that Kendesha is alive and still in the country. He said: "While we have not found her, we have gottenr eports that different people have spotted her in different places around town. Kendesha is 5'4"tall, with a medium brown complexion and is slim. Supt Dean added that p olice could not say at this time if Kendesha is just another runaway girl. In November, police chiefs expressed concern about the disturbing trend of teenage girls being reported missing only to find them in the company of adultm en. A t the time, Supt Dean revealed that police were receiving missing persons reports for teenage girls almost every week, and the task of investigating them was placing a strain on theirr esources. We have noticed this disturbing trend where we are receiving reports of a number of young teenage girls in par-t icular being reported missing, Supt Dean said. And w hen we conduct our investigation we find out, they're not as reported. He explained that quite often, the girls are merely runaways who are eventually found with their adult boyfriends. We are noticing that there a re a number of girls who do not want to be under their parents' home, who do not want to be under the discipline of that home. In some cases they are moving out and they are moving out withy oung men, Supt Dean said. This in itself is a matter of serious concern to police officers, as the girls could be placing themselves in danger-o us situations, he said. We want to put the warni ng out, particularly to these young girls. They are putting themselves in harms way, Supt Dean said. A number of things can happen: they can be murdered, used as prostitutes, abducted, sexually abused. We are very con-c erned about this. A warning was also sent out to the adult men who date and live with underage girls. We are finding out most of these girls are getting involved in sexual activities with adult men, Supt Deans aid. Were saying to the young men out there who are luring these girls from their parent's home it is a criminal offencet o have unlawful sexual intercourse with young teenage g irls. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 919, 322-3333, the Southern Division at 322-3337 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. The Caribbean Marketplace conference is the premier marketing event of theC aribbean hospitality indust ry, matching buyers and supp liers through a computerized program of appointments. The country last hosted in the conference in 2008, and organizers have noted its suc-c ess as part of the reason the c onference, marking its 30th anniversary, has been brought back to this nation. The year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Bahamas Hotel Associationa nd the 50th anniversary of t he Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. M r Ingraham said: At this y ears Marketplace, I am advised that you expect one of the best turnouts ever of buyers and sellers. This includes some 679 representatives of supplier compa-n ies: hotels, attractions, destin ation management companies, tourism groups and transportation companies. It also includes 331 individuals representing buyers:w ith operators, wholesalers a nd online intermediaries, he added. Some 41 international journalists from the Caribbean, the US, Latin America and Europe are expected to be at f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e POLICE PLEA AS TEENAGE GIRL GOES MISSING PMS HOPES FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY Chinese worker killed BUILDING DESTROYED IN BLAZE


B Y MIKE LIGHTBOURN LETS say youve just decided to list your home for sale. You know theres a lot to plan, but when do you start preparing to move? Thes ooner, the better! The main aspect guiding y our planning will be whether youre moving locally, to another island or abroad. Either way, begin hoarding boxes, packing tape, movingb lankets, packing peanuts and big black markers to indic ate contents and locations on every single box. In many cases, you may want to consider a professional mover, and your BREA listing agent can make recommendations. However,b e sure the person or company you choose is reputable and that the mover has the proper comp insurance. Always get an estimate in w riting and inquire about their equipment and experience, if they are not known to you. In such a small community we generally can get recommendations from friends. Well in advance of The Big D ay, hold a yard sale to reduce the amount you have to pay for your move. Items that dont sell can often be donated to charitable organi sations, or taken to the dump as a last resort. When youre finally outta there, make sure youve brought any medications and supplements you may need, and your childrens favourite t oys, games and entertainm ent. Like the aftermath of a hurricane, it could be a few days before you have access to your belongings, so plan ahead and be prepared! M ike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell B anker Lightbourn Realty. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.T he Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure t obehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility C ontrol 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. B y Constable 3011 M AKELLE PINDER ARMED robbery is one of the most serious and potent ially dangerous crimes committed today. A robber commits a holdu p because he or she believes t hat their profit will be worth the risk. By decreasing the possible p rofit and increasing the risk of apprehension, potential businesses can reduce theirc hance of becoming a target. B usinesspersons must face the possibility of robbery on their premises realistically, and they should make security training a high priority. Y ou can avoid becoming a v ictim of such crime by adopting the following crime pre vention measures provided by t he Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office: BEFORE A ROBBERY Greet everyone who e nters your business. Keep doors and windows clear of signs and posters to allow good two-way visibili t y. Use video surveillance a nd make it well known. Make bank deposits at least once a day. Place a surveillance came ra behind the cash register facing the front counter. Install an emergency ( panic) alarm. Make your sales counter clearly visible to observers. A clean environment is good for business and uncomf ortable for robbers. Keep your business welllit inside and outside DURINGA ROBBERY Stay calm and dont resist! Do as instructed. Dont m ake sudden moves. Keep your hands in sight at all times. Get a look at the robber but dont stare. If safe Get a description o f the robbers vehicle and d irection of travel. Activate the panic alarm ONLY when its safe. Personal safety first! Money and merchandise are not important. Dont chase or follow the r obber out of your place of b usiness. Let the police catch t he robber! AFTER A ROBBERY Close the store and lock the doors. Call the police; even if the a larm was activated. Dont touch anything the r obber may have touched. Ask witnesses to stay until the police arrive. Only step outside when t he police arrive and contact you via telephone. Call your business owner, manager or other design ated person. TIPS Use a drop safe that is secured to the floor. Post signs indicating limited cash on hand. Professionally install security cameras to capture the best images of the suspects. Trim landscaping for good view into and out of your business. S hould you be a victim of crime, please do not resist but take note of the descriptiono f the culprit e.g. his appearance, clothing, height, physical details and the direction or m ode of escape. Call the p olice as soon as it is safe. I f you come across any susp icious person(s a round your business or have any information pertaining to any crime, call the police ate mergency number or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence( Family Islands). START MOVING YESTERDAY Advice when faced with armed robbers ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE


B y GLADSTONE THURSTON Bahamas Information Services FARMING ventures in N orth Andros are inspiring two Bahamian women prof essionals. Lateisha Dean, marketing representative with the National Workers Credit Union, and Chavara Roker, Gaming Board auditor, are convinced that Andros is key to solving much of the nations economic challenges. In collaboration with Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation( BAIC), they are set to embark on citrus production in San Andros and tap into the nations $500 million food import bill. We are delighted to see young professional Bahamia n women step forward to t ake the challenge to d emonstrate to young women opportunities that a re available in our Bahamas, said BAIC assis-t ant general manager Judith T hompson. We will do the best we can t o assist them in achieving their goals thereby inspiring t he economic empowerment o f a significant segment of our p opulation. T his project resonates with objectives of the United N ations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW theme of which is thee mpowerment of rural w omen and their role in p overty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. CSW 56th session will be held from February 27 toM arch 9 in New York. In preparation for the upcoming session, an Expert Group Meeting (EGM held to explore a wide range of strategies that can enhancet he economic empowerment o f rural women and the role that agriculture can play in this regard. T he EGM focused on: Rural womens strength e ned role in agriculture; Rural womens access to productive resources, technology markets and financing; Decent and productive employment and income-gene rating opportunities for rural women; Infrastructure and service-delivery that benefit rural women; Rural womens role in natural resource management and climate change adaptation; Effective institutions and enabling policy environment that promotes gender responsive rural develop-m ent. Miss Dean explained what inspired her toward rural life, despite having found success in her career path. Based on the way things are going, I figured, why not g et into something that is all n atural, something that refere nces the Bahamas, certainly out of the norm in terms of w hat persons would go after, she said. At the end of the day, I d ecided to try citrus product ion as an opportunity t oward economic empowerment. S he still finds time for an i mportant mentorship prog ram she spearheads. P resently, she is caring for seven girls. Its been an interesting journey. God has blessed me and so I want to be a blessingt o them, she said. Thats my c all. M iss Roker will be returning to her roots. She was born on one of the Bahamas Agriculture Research Centre (BARCf arms in North Andros and grew up there with her grand parents. Some two years ago, she found herself pondering what was she going to do with herl ife. Its good to have a pro fession but I wanted some means of fulfilment, shes aid. I may not look like the t ypical farming girl, but I have a passion for farming. It is amazing that where you start is where you end up. H aving researched citrus production, with BAICs a ssistance she has obtained five acres in San Andros and 200 lime trees. I am confident the venture will succeed. It is something that can sustain me for a very long time if managed properly, said Miss Roker. I see this venture as empowering other persons also as it will create jobs. I am grateful to BAIC for their assistance. M iss Roker is so passionate about Andros, she sees herself returning home and assisting with that islands development. Andros has endless possibilities. We have a lot of l and and we have a lot of w ater. There are so much opportunities with regard to entrep reneurship. Miss Dean has no intention o f remaining in North A ndros. H er plans are to take her p rogramme of women economic empowerment t hroughout the islands. Chavara and I are not the n orm, she added. However, in defying the odds, we are changing the f aces of what people expect you to be. Executive chairman Edison M Key has noted that much o f the $500 million in food i mported into The Bahamas each year can be produced here. BAIC has made it a goal to assist in strengthening farmersa ssociations throughout the islands and keep them linked with leading buyers in New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama. Last months farmers/buy e rs conference attracted dele gates from the Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamas Hotel Association and theB ahamas Culinary Association. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE rb PROFESSIONAL women in agriculture. Gaming Board auditor Chavara Roker (left C redit Union marketing representative Lateisha Dean are set to take part in citrus production in North Andros. A t centre is BAIC assistant general manager, Judith Thompson. Photo: G ladstone Thurston / BIS W W o o m m e e n n i i n n s s p p i i r r e e d d b b y y f f a a r r m m i i n n g g p p r r o o j j e e c c t t s s


BIOLOGISTS are in the front line when it comes to p rotecting our marine ecosyst ems from natural and h uman-driven threats. This September 2011, 11 Bahamian biologists from six local organisations workingon the National Lionfish Cont rol Pilot Project made histor y by becoming the first Bahamians to achieve expert level status in the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEFP roject. The National Lionfish Control Pilot Project is part of al arger Caribbean initiative c alled Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIA SIC). The project is funded by the Global Environment F acility (GEF U nited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP locally executed by the D epartment of Marine Resources. Starting in 2009, it continu es until next year and focuse s on lionfish ecological research, invasive species policy and legislation review, professional training, and public outreach and education. L akeshia Anderson is the National Project Co-ordinator for the Bahamas. She oversees all branches of the p roject, including the pilot experiment, and represents the Bahamas at regional invas ive species meetings. She said: The Bahamas team is doing an exceptional job in executing the experimental arm of the project. The REEF training course h as enabled members of the t eam to identify what is native to The Bahamas so that we can recognise what is nonnative; thus, building capacity to monitor for potentialm arine invasive species. No other Caribbean country amongst the four other MTIASIC project participating nations exemplifies this level of training, which is oneo f the major achievements of the Lionfish Control Pilot Project to date. R EEF is a non-profit organi sation founded in 1990 with headquarters in Key Largo, FL and staff based in San D iego, CA and Seattle, WA. The Fish Survey Project was created in order to train ande ncourage recreational divers t o systematically gather data on fish diversity and abundance over large geographic al areas, which could then be used by scientists, resource managers, educators and con-s ervation groups. N icola Smith is the experiment co-ordinator of the Bahamas Lionfish Control Pilot Project. She is in charge of ecological research and also identifies local trainingn eeds. She said: Many Bahamian biologists are educated abroad in universities in the U S, Canada and the UK. This means that when they return home to work, they are w ell versed in the theory and practice of science, but often lack knowledge of the plants a nd animals native to the Bahamas. REEF members have w orked extensively in the B ahamas over the years and t heir founding members, Paul H umann and Ned Deloach, have published four editions o f a field guide to fish identification for Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean. This field guide is accur ate, informative and accessible, making it an invaluable resource that is used by both s cientists and marine enthu s iasts alike. REEF has also developed a comprehensive p rogram for training divers to visually identify fish. As part of the Lionfish Control Pilot Project, we are investigating the impacts of l ionfish on native fish communities on coral reefs and in m angrove systems. This requires that you know hundreds of species of fish in their adult and juvenile forms, which sometimes d iffer markedly from each o ther. The REEF Fish Survey training program equips B ahamians with the fish iden tification skills necessary to e ffectively execute the series of experiments that weve planned. Bahamians with REEF e xpert level 5 surveyor certification are now qualified to train others to the same level. This applies not just to peo p le interested in learning fish that occur in the Bahamas but also, more broadly to people w anting to identify fish native to the Tropical Western Atlantic Ocean, as the coursec overs species found in the e ntire region. Lad Akins, REEFs direc tor of special projects, led the training program for the Bahamas, which took place in three phases during 2011. H e said: It is exciting to s ee Bahamian researchers and r esource managers building a strong repertoire of expertise in field work. Along with their o utstanding achievements in C aribbean fish identification r elated to the lionfish issue, t heir skills will surely be widely used in impact assessments, M PA research, and a plethora of ongoing science in the Bahamas. Plus its fun tok now your fish! B ahamian biologists were trained in a variety of field survey techniques for hand ling, collecting and dissecting l ionfish for stomach content analyses. Stephanie Green, a P hD student at Simon Fraser University, led this training. She said:The Bahamas is currently producing excellent young scientists who are truly p assionate about conserving the marine environment for f uture generations. The research skills this team acquired through training with the National Lionfish Control Pilot Project will h elp them produce the highq uality science needed to inform management decisions w ithin the Bahamas relating to the lionfish invasion and m any other environmental issues. They are also contributing to conservation across the region throughi nternational collaborations and projects. These skilled individuals will likely play a key role in mentoring othery oung Bahamians to continue and expand upon the legacy of marine stewardship that is g rowing within the country. Indeed, this latest achievement goes beyond just nam i ng fish and learning new r esearch techniques, it signi fies a major step toward build ing national capacity in marine science, management and conservation for the Bahamas. F or more information, visit w ww.reef.org. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 11 Expert title for lionfish project workers M EMBERS o f the Bahamas Lionfish Control Pilot Project. Back row (left to right): Ancilleno Davis, LaKeshia Anderson, Krista Sherman, Jared Dillet, Frederick Arnett II, Skylar Miller, Indira Brown, Lad Akins. Front row (left to right Smith. Not pictured: Stephanie Green and Lindy Knowles. THE invasive lionfish species,w hich has been the focus of a long-term project to assess its threat to the Caribbean.


By SIR RONALD SANDERS THE world is about to see Europe linked to South Amer-i ca in a way that has never h appened before. A bridge will link French Guiana, the last European outpost in the Americas, with Brazil the largest country in South America and now the sixthl argest economy in the world. T here are other physical links to Brazil, but none from Europe. Once the bridge between French Guiana and Brazil is opened, so too will open the opportunity forg reater trade and investment b etween the European Union (EU administrative purposes French Guiana is as much a part of France as Paris. French President Nicolas S arkozy, whose country is just a head of Brazil in the rankings of the worlds largest economies, will probably announce the opening of the bridge across the OyapockR iver, French Guianas border with Brazil, while he is inF rench Guiana as part of a campaign whipping up support for his shot at a second term as President. His interest in the relations hip between French Guiana a nd Brazil will go beyond the physical link between the two neighbours to the economic opportunities it can provide f or France and by extension t he EU. Brazil has a population of about 200 million and its economy grew by 7.5 perc ent in 2010, and was forecast to grow another 3.5 per cent in 2011. It is rich in natural r esources and is open to E uropean investment. On the other side, Brazil has a vibrant manufacturing s ector and, remarkably, it sells more to China than it imports. For Brazil, the link to FrenchG uiana could lead to a direct l and-crossing to the Atlantic Ocean for parts of its huge territory from which overland transportation to its own Atlantic coast is expensive. This possibility will be addi t ional to a border-crossing established in 2009 between Brazil and Guyana when a bridge was built over the Takutu River that barely divides the two countries at Brazils northern point. Howe ver, while the bridge accomm odates regular traffic between Brazils northern area, Roraima, and Guyana, there is not an all-w eather road from the bridge to Guyanas coast. Until the allweather road is constructed, Brazil still cannot use Guyanae ffectively for transporting exports from its northern region. If French Guiana opens the 1 ,240-ft-long bridge for business, it will connect the towns of Saint-Georges-de-lOyapock and Oiapoque on the French and Brazilian sides,a nd the opportunities for c ommerce not only between the two neighbours, but between France and Brazil will expand rapidly. The opening of this bridge need not rival or displace the already-opened link betweenG uyana and Brazil provided an all-weather road, estimated at US$40 million, is built from t he Guyana border town, L ethem, to Guyanas Atlantic c oast. Guyanas Foreign Mini ster, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, recently announced that G uyana has completed a feasibility study for the Lethem Road paving project. She isr eported to have said: We w ould like to see this project accelerate quickly, but we also have to be very patient. While she did not say so, the Ministers caution could be based on the level of con c essional financing that Brazil is willing to give. Meantime, authoritative reports show that, as a result of the Takutu Bridge, the flow o f commodities from Guyana to Brazil has increased. There i s also a flow of Brazilians into Guyana, especially into the gold and diamond miningi ndustries, and, increasingly, into the establishment ofn ightclubs and restaurants in Guyanas capital city. T he completed road would n ot only give Guyana an opportunity to sell commodi t ies to Northern Brazil, it would also earn Guyana revenues from Brazilian exports moving to Guyanas sea port w hich would have to be converted into a deep water harbour. Services to Braziliant ransport vehicles would also provide new economic opportunities for Guyanese and very likely lead to new townships along the hundreds of miles ofr oad. If the Brazilians extend t heir cooperation further to provide concessional financing for a deep water port in Guyana, both countries would benefit. So too, would the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOMw hose people would find jobs in an expanded Guyana economy, and whose manufacturing i ndustries could access Northe rn Brazil through Guyana. T he Guyana-Brazil relat ionship would have to be carefully negotiated to ensure that G uyana is not overwhelmed. While there is no tension between Guyana and Brazil,s ome of Brazils other neighb ours in South America particularly Bolivia and Paraguay have complained about Brazil flexing its new found political and economic muscle. Marcel Biato, Brazils a mbassador to Bolivia, said, about infrastructure financing in Bolivia and elsewhere in South America, We want Brazil to be surrounded by p rosperous, stable countries. Other Brazilian authorities h ave argued that their country has access to sources of raw materials other than its imme-d iate neighbours and that it has routes across the conti-n ent through which it can send goods to ports on the P acific. That may be so, but it i s cheaper for Brazil to secure raw materials it needs from t heir closest point, and the Governor of Roraima has made it clear that it would be cheaper for manufacturing i ndustries in his State to be able to ship their goods to the Atlantic through Guyana. It is very much in Brazils interest to allay the fears of its n eighbours and to monitor carefully the behaviour of some of its companies operating in nearby countries, or, over time, it could be tainted with thes ame image of bullying that Latin American and Caribbean countries applied to the US. That would not be good for Brazil or its neighbours. As the Brazilian economic s hip rises in the sea of economic fortunes it has the chance to pull along the small-e r economies around it in a manner that commands respect and support. T he bridges to two of the G uianas Guyana and French Guiana as well as the increasing economic links to the third of the Guianas Suriname offer great opportunities for Brazil. A s for Guyana, the all-weathe r road to Brazil will be a catalyst for further economic growth and a gateway to SouthA merica for the Caribbean Community countries. As two developing countries with s hared interests in the internat ional arena, Guyana and Brazil should cement a fair, balanced and co-operative agreement to e nsure mutual benefits and gains whatever happens with the connection between France and Brazil through the use of F rench Guiana. Responses and previous c ommentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com. The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W The French bridge to Brazil


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