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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Fury as girl, 4, killed by bus Volume: 108 No.52THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER FULLDAY OFSUN HIGH 82F LOW 69F By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s brown@tribunemedia.net E AST STREET erupted i nto chaos yesterday after a four-year-old girl was struck by a bus and killed. P olice were forced to restrain an angry mob from attacking the driver of the b us. The man was taken into c ustody for his own safety and is said to be assisting police with their investigations. T he mother of the child was inconsolable and was also tak en from the scene. S ergeant Chrislyn Skippings, police spokeswoman, said officers are unsure of the circumstances surrounding the accident as they are still in the preliminary stages of their investigations. She said: We are investigating a traffic accident that has left a four-yearold female toddler dead. The incident reportedly occurred around 4.15pm, said Sgt Skippings. Initial reports at this time are that a 21A bus was travelling north on East Street in the area of Lewis Street, when the inci d ent occurred. Of course we are in the preliminary stages of our investigations and so Ia m awaiting additional infor m ation from our officers. Sgt Skippings said police are not sure if speed was a factor. A n eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the bus was attempti ng to overtake another car w hen the little girl was hit. A car stopped to let the mother cross the road. Theb us was in the back of the car. After the mother got across the road, the bus tried to geta round the car and did not see the little girl running behind her mother. He wasnt speeding or anything, but because the girl is so small she went under the back tyre. He never saw her coming, the witness said. The Tribune understands the toddler was a student at See Saw Christian Academy and lived in the Carmichael Road area. Sgt Skippings said police Ang r y mob is held back after tr a gic accident TRY OUR CRANBERRY & RAISIN O ATMEAL The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WHY BUY ANYWHERE EL SE ?!?!Most extensive line in the Bahamas of HURRICANE RESISTANT Windows and Entrance External & NOW Internal Doors Call STORM FRAME WINDOWS for your free estimate today 325-6633 INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S INSIDETODAY:YOURPULLOUTGUIDETOPROPERTIESLISTEDFORSALE ONSALEEVERYSATURDAY C C O O U U P P O O N N S S C C O O U U P P O O N N S S C C O O U U P P O O N N S S By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net FORMER Minister of Housing and MP for High Rock Kenneth Russell made his final contribution to Par liament yesterday, touting his role in securing two seats for the FNM in Grand Bahama. I believe that I was effective and played a role in bringing in that constituency for the FNM on at least six separate elections, Mr Rus sell said. POLICE were last night i nvestigating the countrys eighth homicide for the year. The bullet-riddled body of a man was found lying on t he side of Adelaide Road, n ear the Oasis Restaurant, s hortly before 5pm. After receiving reports of gunshots being fired in thea rea, police discovered the victims body with multiplew ounds in his upper body a nd head. Last night, police appealed for anyone who can help with their investi g ation to contact them at 919, or Crime Stopper at 328-TIPS. DESPITE the economic challenges of 2011, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham indicated last night that the Bahamas economy is expect ed to grow by 2.8 per cent for 2012 up from the near two per cent growth experienced in the previous year. Addressing the nation for his new years live radio and television broadcast, Mr Ingraham said the Bahamas is doing all it can in the face of the worst economic crisis in the lifetime of the country. He said: Despite the severity of the global economic crisis on the Bahamas, we are still a most fortunate country. During my travels overseas to represent the Bahamas, I was struck by the number of leaders who informed me of the high number of civil servants laid off in their respective countries over the past four years. I am very pleased to say that not a single civil servant in the Bahamas was laid off as a result of the global eco nomic downturn. During this severe downturn, the Prime Minister reminded the public that many countries slashed social assistance and social protection programmes. However, in the Bahamas, he said, such programmes were increased, particularly for more vulnerable Bahamians. And, we significantly strengthened social protections with the addition of two B y DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net A FAILING and erratic a ir traffic control radar system has been plaguing Lynden Pindling International Airport for years and poses a serious problem, it was claimed last night. Roscoe Perpall, president of t he Bahamas Air Traffic Cont rol Union (BATCU that in recent weeks the radars returns have becomee rratic and he warned of the potential danger to passengers. The radar, which displays the position of aircraft to air traffic controllers as targets, sometimes shows planes jumping around or disappearing, leaving air traffic controllers to simply hope planes are where they should be. MAN KILLED IN HAIL OF BULLETS AIR TRAFFIC RAD AR ERRATIC See page 11 See page 12 See page 11 See page 15 PM:ECONOMY TO GROW BY 2.8% A CROWD gathers at the scene yesterday after a four-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a bus in an accident on East Street.Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff RUSSELL BOWS OUT im lovin it


B y LAMECH JOHNSON l johnson@tribunemedia.net THE MOTHER and grandmother of a 30-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted and murdered on a Friday morning two years agob roke down in Supreme Court during a pathologists testimony. Christina Swain, mother of murder victim Chrishonda Swain, wailed after Princess Margaret Hospital pathologist D r Caryn Sands described the extent of the injuries thatc aused the death of the victim, whose body was found on a track road in southern New Providence on August 13, 2010. During the afternoon sess ion of yesterdays trial, Dr S ands told the court that the cause of the victims death was the result of blunt force i njuries to the head, torso and e xtremities (hand and legs S he explained that blunt force injuries are caused by the human body coming in contact with or being hit by a h ard surface or object. Referring to her autopsy report and the photos taken of the victim by police, the p hysician said that Chrishonda h ad received multiple cuts and bruises to her head, along with multiple skull fractures, muscle tearing and internal bleeding in the left eye and brain. When Dr Sands told the jury that the severity of the force i njuries had caused her left t emple bone to depress into the brain, the mother started w ailing to the point that a lawyer assisting lead prosecu-t or Jillian Williams in the trial, left her seat and helped her from the court room. Twop olice officers assisted. Before the proceedings could continue, the grandmother alsos tarted sobbing. She too was escorted from the court on the suggestion of Ms Williams and defence lawyer Ramona Farquharson-Seymour. On her way out of the c ourt, the distraught grandmother cried: Chrissy! Lord dey do Chrissy bad! Why they do Chrissy like this? Justice Bernard Turner, presiding judge over the murder trial of 29-year-old Philip M cCartney, reminded the jury of their oath and thatt hey were to disregard any matters that do not come from the witness box. Dr Sands resumed her testimony and was then cross-e xamined by Mrs Farquhars on-Seymour, who questioned the state of the victims nails during the autopsy. T he physician noted that s he did not take specific notice o f the nails, only recalling to have clipped them but she said the hands were clean and fingernails intact. T he defence attorney also questioned whether any dust, debris, leaves or twigs were found on her body duri ng examination that would i ndicate that the victim was found on a track road. Dr Sands admitted that she did not notice those things and concluded that she had taken vaginal and rectum swab samples from the victim and put t hem in a special kit, along w ith other samples, for the polices forensic laboratory. T he trial resumes today at 10am in Supreme Court, Ans-b acher House on Bank Lane. McCartney, who is accused of the killing, is on remand atH er Majestys Prison. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Mothers tears in court for murder victim TWO Ecuadorian men are in police custody in connec t ion with the unauthorised sale of goods. The men were detained for questioning at around 8.45pm o n Tuesday by officers of the Central Division. The officers reportedly exe c uted a search warrant on a hotel room and confiscated blankets, bags, sweaters, dollsa nd souvenirs. TWO ARRESTED


B y LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net NEW Justice of the Peace Abner Pinder sees his appointment as an opportu nity to assist those who are l ess fortunate. He said many Bahamians are unable to pay the prices charged by other Justices oft he Peace for their services, but he doesnt intend to charge a dime. Mr Pinder, who was also recently reappointed Chief Councillor of Spanish Wells,w as speaking yesterday just a fter being sworn in by Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Nassau Street. H e said: Its a wonderful f eeling because now I will have the ability to help all of the poor people that I come in contact with. As a Chief Councillor for 15 years, Mr Pinder said he performed the functions of a l ocal Justice of the Peace, and I have never yet charged anybody one single dollar for a ny time Id had to seal a docu ment. Thats not what being a Justice of the Peace is about to me its about being able to help our fellow brothers and sisters each and everyd ay, he said. He explained that during his previous terms at Chief Coun cillor, he placed his seal on 400 t o 500 documents a year. So you could imagine the amount of money I couldve received in that time. But Im happy to say that I do not regret any of it, Mr Pinders aid. H e also acknowledged the great responsibility that being a Justice of the Peace for the e ntire country carries, and e xpressed gratitude for being given the opportunity to help magistrates perform their duties. It makes provision for me t o fill in for a magistrate if they deem it necessary and they are unable to perform for whatever reason, to keep the peace at all times and abide by the laws of the Com-m onwealth of the Bahamas, Mr Pinder explained. When asked about some critics characterising hisa ppointment as a political move, he said: All I can say to them is, being envious of other people is a very serious thing. I think I have demonstrate d very capably for the last 2 8 years of my life, that I have lived helping my fellow Bahamian seven days a week it shouldnt be only at elect ion time because I dont agree with that at all. I live seven days a week trying to help other people. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net P RIME Minister Hubert I ngraham has called his invitation to international observers to monitor the 2012 elections part of a continual effort to strengthen Bahamian democracy. A long with amendments to t he Parliamentary Elections Act which aim to clarify the process of overseas voting, amendments have also been put forward that would permit the elections to be scrutinisedb y foreign entities. S peaking in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Ingraham invited the Organisation of American States (OAS and other recognised groups to accept the opportunity. H e said: We are proud of o ur democracy and we are pleased to invite international scrutiny of our process. We are resolutely committed to being a government in the sunshine, transparenta nd accountable to the peop le, whose benefit we serve. Other CARICOM States, including St Lucia, Guyana and Jamaica, have recently allowed international observer missions to monitor elec-t ions, Mr Ingraham said. H e said independent reviews and suggestions can improve and enhance the electoral process and make Bahamian democracy stronger. According to Mr Ingraham, t he general aims of OAS elect oral missions are: to promote and enhance the democratic process, to study the media and its function, to examine election laws, to work with all stakeholders to ensure impar-t iality in the process, to lend c redibility to the process when the process is found to be reliable, and to make independent recommendations on how the process might be improved. M r Ingraham noted that O AS mission participants must be objective and must not interfere with the election process respecting domestic law, culture and traditions. He also warned that anyo ne who interferes with the w ork of international observers or attempts to impersonate an international observer will be subject to a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment for 18 months. E ncouraging every B ahamian eligible to register to vote, Mr Ingraham said he is pleased with the number registered so far, which stands at 147,871. The Prime Minister said he e xpects the number to rise to b etween 160,000 to 170,000 by the elections. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 3 BGCSEREVISION S ESSIONSINSTITUTE OF BUSINESS and COMMERCETEL: 324-4625 B y LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE COURT of Appeal r eaffirmed the sentence handed down by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs last year to a man con-v icted of committing incest w ith a relative and making child pornography. Cedric Miller, who pleaded guilty, was appealing the sentences handed down by S enior Justice Isaacs on Febr uary 4, 2011. The acts occurred for more than a year, between June2 008 and July 2009. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sexw ith a known blood relative a nd three years in prison for producing digital images of the sex acts. B oth sentences were to run concurrently. Miller and his attorney C raig Butler challenged the s entences on the basis that a plea bargain was made guar anteeing him six years in p rison if he pleaded guilty. Their secondary argument was that the 12-year sentence w as too severe. In yesterdays hearing, Justice Christopher Blackman told Mr Butler his client was l ucky he did not receive the full penalty for the offence which is life in prison. H e said: I wouldve been sympathetic if it was 30 years. Consider yourself lucky. J ustice Abdulai Conteh agreed, as did appellate court president Justice Anita Allen, who advised the attorney thath is client should take his 12 years and try to reform him self. T he court said Miller should be ashamed of himself disregarding the blood bond thate xisted between himself and the victim, and told him he had abused his position of trust. Regarding the plea agreement, the justices asked if it was a written, signed and filed agreement. Mr Butler admitted that it was not. In response, Justice Blackman said: If you dont have that, I think this is over. Justice Conteh added: If you dont have a signed agree ment between the prosecutor and the accused, it is over. Mr Butler reiterated that there was indeed a plea agreement and argued that a failureto respect it and acknowledge the principle behind it would undermine the trust between the Bar and the Bench. The justices disagreed and the appellate court president told the attorney: Just get over it, Mr Butler. All these arguments youre putting before us make no sense. It was ordered that Millers sentence begin from the day of conviction, which was Feb ruary 4, 2011. PMinvites election observers MANGUILTY OFINCEST HASAPPEAL THROWNOUT NEWJUSTICEOFTHEPEACELOOKSTO HELPTHOSEWHO ARELESSFORTUNATE CHIEF MAGISTRATE Roger Gomez and newly sworn-in JP Abner Pinder after the ceremo-n y in Court One of the new Nassau Street Court Complex. POLICE are questioning a 31-year-old Flamingo Gardens man in connection with a stabbing that left a 24-yearold woman in hospital. The incident reportedly took place at around 5.30pm on Monday. Police say the woman was at Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens when she got into an argument with a man she knows. She was stabbed several times in the chest, back and face. Her 78-year-old grandmother attempted to inter vene and was cut on the arm. Both women were taken to hospital. The 24-year-old is in stable condition and the 78year-old was treated and released. STABSUSPECT IS QUIZZED


EDITOR, The Tribune. I N A very interesting front page article which was publ ished in the January 19th edit ion of T he Freeport News Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham spoke somewhat candidly about the work permit issue surrounding former Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA B abak. As most Grand Bahamians should know by now, the Ingraham administration refused to renew the work p ermit of Babak in Decemb er of 2009 for some unknown reason. In the interview with The Freeport News Lededra Marche and other members o f the local press, Ingraham still refused to say why his a dministration is adamantly o pposed to renewing the w ork permit of the former chairman of the port. B y all accounts, Babak is a v ery wealthy man. Even the prime minister said in the interview that Babak was am onied person who didnt n eed to work. B abak was the owner of Freeport Concrete Company Ltd and The Home Centre. Both of these businesses have closed down during the past t wo years, leaving scores of Grand Bahamians on the unemployment line. There is a school of thought t hat suggests that Babak might have intentionally allowed his two companies to go belly up in order to get back at the Ingraham admin istration for not renewing his work permit. F urther, critics of the Free National Movement (FNM have pointed out that had the prime minister renewed the work permit of Babak, Grand Bahamas economy would have been in much better shape. It has been repeatedly said by Ingrahams critics that Babak had several invest-m ents on the drawing board; and that Ingrahams refusal to renew Babaks work per m it has caused these invest m ents to either be shelved or cancelled outright. Perhaps the chief critic of t he Ingraham administration is former editor of The Freeport News and The Nas sau Guardian Oswald Brown. The loyal readership of The Freeport News would have come across many anti-Ingraham articles that were writ ten by Brown. Brown has repeatedly chided the Ingraham administration over its handling of the B abak work permit issue. He h as also taken Ingraham to t ask for not dialoguing with the Honorary Chairman of the Port Authority Sir Jack Hayward. As far as Brown is conc erned, the blame for Grand B ahamas economic woes m ust be laid at the doorstep o f the Ingraham administration. I think the Ingraham a dministration has made a c rucial error in not respond i ng to Brown. I think the FNM has grossly erred in u nderestimating the former editor. While the FNM public relations machine has remained mum, Brown has continually chipped away at the governing partys base in Grand Bahama through the print media, particularly The Freeport News T oo often, diehard supp orters of the FNM have dismissed Browns criticisms ast he ranting of a man who has a vendetta with the Ingraham administration. Sometimes, loyal FNM sup p orters are guilty of giving the a rticles of the former F reeport N ews e ditor an offhand analy sis without even reading them. However, I am of the view t hat we can learn more from our critics than from our rabid s upporters. D iehard supporters of the FNM will never see anything wrong with their party. The same thing can be said aboutr adical supporters of the Prog ressive Liberal Party (PLP also. Sometimes it takes a critic, even if he doesnt meanw ell, to show us where we have gone wrong. T hat being the case, I think Oswald Brown has made several valid points in his con tributions to the press. I believe that the Ingrahama dministrations policy of not d ialoguing with Sir Jack and the other principals of the port has been counterpro d uctive. While the prime minister and Sir Jack remained in their standoff, hundreds of Grand Bahamians were brought down to their knees because of the sorry state of the econ omy. While I am glad that Ingraham and Sir Jack are finally talking, this will no doubt be of very little comfort to the hundreds of Grand Bahamians whose lives have beend evastated financially. However, real or imagi ned, the Babak work permit i ssue could very well figure prominently in the minds of the Grand Bahamian electorate on election day, thanks to the literary output of Brown. However, Brown and the o ther critics of the Ingraham administration must appreciate the fact that the prime minister could very well have a valid reason for not wanting t o renew Babaks work perm it. Also, the prime ministers refusal to divulge the reason for his decision could be equally as valid. P erhaps if he does go ahead and say why he has made this c ontroversial decision he c ould end up opening a can o f worms. Who knows? As far as I am concerned, I f ind it absolutely inconceiva ble that Ingraham would want to hold 40,000-plus Grand Bahamians hostagej ust because of one man. Y et this is the gist of many o f Browns articles. The prime minister has to know something that he doesnt want the rest of us to know. Moreover, the question that B rown and the other critics of the Ingraham administra tion must ask themselves is this: How is it possible thatt he success of the Port Authority is contingent on Babak being there? Grand Bahama used to be very successful before Babak joined the Port Authority. If the island of Grand B ahama, particularly Freeport was successful before he was chairman, why all of a sudden it cannot be successful now without him (Babak Yet with that being said, I still believe that Ingraham should have said why Babaks work permit hasnt been renewed. While such information w ould not have erased the memory of the many hard ships that hundreds of Grand B ahamians have had to e ndure over the past four-plus years, it would have at least explained to us, including B rown and the other critics of the FNM, why the prime minister had made the deci sion in the first place. In the final analysis, Ingraham has missed a grand opportunity to put the Babak issue to rest once and for all. Thank you! KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, January 19, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 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 PRESIDENT Barack Obama, having watched his Republican adversaries pound him for weeks, got his turn Tuesday, using his State of the Union speech to land the first major counterpunch of the still-form-i ng 2012 election. It came before a prime-time audience of m illions that the GOP candidates can only e nvy, even if their fiery debates are turning h eads. O bama didnt mention Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich in his third State of the U nion address. But the GOP contenders were never far from mind. Obama demanded economic fairness for Americans on thes ame day that Romney revealed paying a r elatively modest 14 per cent in taxes on his $21 million in 2010 income. You can call this class warfare all you want, Obama said, chiding Republicans. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as m uch as his secretary in taxes? Most Ameri cans would call that common sense. Obama could not use the State of the Unions formal setting for a purely politicals peech, of course. But he invited a symbolically telling guest to the crowded Housec hamber: the secretary who works for i nvestor Warren Buffett, a billionaire who s ays the US tax code unwisely lets him pay a lower tax rate than his clerical staff. Obama called his new proposal for a m inimum 30 per cent tax on millionaires the Buffett rule. It would have doubled Romneys tax bill. It also dings Gingrich, who wants to e liminate the capital gains tax. As Romney noted in Mondays GOP debate in Tampa, Fla, he would pay essentially no incomet axes under Gingrichs plan. The tax quarrel is one of the philosoph ical differences splitting the two parties, w hich have grown so hostile in Congress that its impossible for the president to pass anything but the blandest of initia tives. Last years showdowns over spend i ng bills and the debt ceiling brought the government to the brink of shutdowns and triggered a credit rating downgrade. Yet a number of lawmakers, especially those elected with tea party help, answer to constituents who detest compromise ands ay a federal government meltdown might n ot be a bad idea. Congress GOP leaders declared Obamas ideas dead in dismissive statementse arly Tuesday, hours before his speech. Obama went through the motions any way, pitching ideas for job training, clean energy and other topics. These issues will play a role in the gen eral election, once the GOP picks its nomi nee. But the dominant issue will be Obamas handling of jobs and the economy. T hat severely limits his ability to focus on his first three years in office, except for foreign achievements such as the killing of Osama bin Laden. And it forces him to argue that he still can accomplish good things despite a bitterly gridlocked legislative branch. Until Tuesday, the Republicans wildly unpredictable presidential race had dominated political news, leaving Obama large-l y on the sidelines. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich,t he former House speaker, express open d isdain for the president, blaming him for n early every lost job and foreclosed home. R omney was particularly pointed Tuesday in Tampa, one day after a Republican d ebate widely seen as his best in a while. High unemployment and record home foreclosures, Romney said. Debt thatst oo high and opportunities that are too f ew. This is the real state of our union. But you wont hear stories like these in President Obama's address tonight. Obama will make the opening argum ent in his campaign against a do-nothing C ongress, Romney said. Its shameful f or a president to use the State of the Union to divide our nation. Actually, a do-nothing Congress is o nly one of Obamas planned campaign themes. His aides know the economy mightu ndo him, but they also detect big vulnera bilities in the Republican candidates. G ingrich has a long history of unorthodox ideas, combative relations with supposed allies and lucrative Washington cons ulting contracts, which Romney is high lighting this week. Romneys record at the corporate-restructuring firm Bain Capital proved to be a hoh um issue in the Republican primary. But it might trouble independent voters next fall, when Democrats would paint Romney as anu ncaring plutocrat who pays low taxes and eliminates jobs with barely a thought. The approaching campaign might eman c ipate Obama in a sense. The gridlocked and toxically divisive capital can be a dreary place. He may not relish another gruel ing year of campaigning across the country. B ut at least he can get away from Washington and utter a few ideas without having them immediately declared dead, fool ish or worse. Obama likes the phrase, You campaign in poetry but govern in prose. Todaysm ore apt rendering might be, You cam p aign in Reeboks and govern in leg irons. Running shoes surely arent the preferred attire of any president. Theydr ather use the offices power and prestige to pursue policy goals. In Washingtons poisonous atmosphere, however, running for re-election might give Obama his best chance to break free from the logjams for a while and try tor ecapture the enthusiasm and joy of 2008. Romney, Gingrich or some other R epublican will be waiting, eager to make him answer for a nation still trying to turn an economic corner. This article was written by Charles Babington, Associated Press. PMmissed chance to close issue LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Obama speech puts him in campaign arena


L ENDING his support to the calls for a national debate between all party leaders, for-mer member of parliament for Exuma, George Smith, encouraged Bahamians to choose their representatives wisely as the 2012 general election draws near. I n a statement issued to the press yesterday, Mr Smith c laimed any objective indiv idual would acknowledge that the Bahamas is in deep t rouble given the difficult economic times. He said Bahamians expect and demand that the major p olitical parties put forward c andidates of character and commitment who are capable o f offering ideas for growth. These are perilous economic times. Many Bahamia ns are hurting. Our communities are engulfed in crimi-n al activity; a serious fear is p ervasive among citizens for t heir personal safety; the overall quality of education is in decline; inadequate health care is offered; a high and growing poverty level lowers the standard of living; illegal migration still afflicts our shores; and, sadly, a tragic lack of confidence and p roper investment in Bahamians seems to be the order of t he day. If we are to come out of this malaise, all thinking and p atriotic Bahamians must demand that political parties offer candidates of a high standard in ability, character a nd commitment capable of a dvancing new ideas for growth. They must have a clear v ision of a better Bahamas. At the end of the day, these a re who the people ought to elect. Any 20 members of ap artys candidates list ought t o be able to form a credible g overnment. To offer less is to insult the citizenry, Mr Smith said. This proposed national debate has already been agreed to by the PLPs leader Perry Christie and the DNAs leader Branville McCartney. T he governing Free National Movements leader, Hubert I ngraham, while not outright d eclining, said he does not talk foolishness and that he d ebates every day. Such a debate would not be the first of its kind PLP leader Perry Christie, then B DM leader Cassius Stuart, a nd then FNM leader-elect Tommy Turnquest took part i n two debates before the e lection in 2002. Mr Smith said the upcomi ng election must be about issues which impact the liveso f the Bahamian people and n ot about the inflated ego of any party leader or the a ggrandisement of any indi vidual or privileged class. People must be put first, M r Smith said. The general e lection should be about e lecting a government dedicated to working for the good of the Bahamian people and the Bahamas. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 5 Former Exuma MPjoins calls for national debate


By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net F IRE victims yesterday condemned politicians for exploiting their tragedy for political gain. B ain and Grants Town r esidents affected by the blaze that killed a man and left two children in hospital, explained that party candi-d ates often offer victims of v arious tragedies charitable donations in a shallow attempt to score political mileage. Despite numerous promises of relief aid from major political parties, Audric Cole-b rook, affected resident and cousin of the deceased, said that no action from the Free National Movement or Progressive Liberal Party wast aken. Yesterday, a volunteer team jointly coordinated by Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal and St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk began reconstruction efforts. M r Colebrooke, 40, said: Its all about Saxons and the V alley Boys, the PLP and the FNM. We tired of that stigma they keep throwing on us. If you say you for the PLP or FNM and you here to help, y ou dont have to bring no tshirt to do that. If you doing it from your h eart, youd come just like an ordinary citizen and do what y ou have to do. Mr Colebrook added: These [volunteers] came w ith their own strength, their own will power, their own feelings for how the people suffering and theyre justd oing it. F irefighters were alerted to the blaze at Heritage Drive off Baillou Hill Road shortly after 1am last weekT uesday. F irefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and rescue the two children inside, however, the home and its contents were completelyd estroyed. The body of 36y ear-old Rebiro Colebrooke was burnt beyond recognition, according to fire services. T he 15-year-old boy suff ered severe burns to eight per cent of his body, including his hand, neck and face, and the 11-year-old girl is recov-e ring from smoke inhalation. The compound housed 11 p eople, six of whom were said to be young children. Esther Colebrook, 69, said: People coming taping up and s aying what theyre going to do but aint nobody doing nothing. I really want the lighto n, a lot of small children in the house. Some of my furniture gone, all my curtains burned up. But through all things you h ave to give Him thanks, she added. Mr Colebrook said that telephone and cable services were restored last week; however the electricity is still o ff. My cousin, said Mr Colebrook, died inside this house, burn up in the house, andw ere going to have the funeral real soon, and who helping us with that? The only people helping us now is Urban Renewal and Rodney Moncur was helping with rakes and stuff, hea dded. Longtime activist in the community, Mr Moncur is the Democratic National Alliance candidate for the area. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***H eading to Canada for University? M cGill University McMaster UniversityUniversity of Guelph University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario I f you are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our scholarships!Undergraduates onlyApplications must be in by M arch 31st, 2012 Application forms may be obtained by writing to The Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box N 4857, Nassau, Bahamas T he Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by H igh Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr. Joseph Tomlinson Anger at politicians from victims of tragedy BAIN AND GRANTS TOWN Urban Renewal p artnered with St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk to provide assistance t o fire victims in Black V illage yesterday. Volunt eers from Hope Church o f Memphis, Tennessee, were part of the team e stablished to help refurbish the severely damaged home. P hoto: A va Turnquest / T ribune Staff


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 7 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net M INISTER of State for S ocial Services Loretta Butl er-Turner tabled a Bill in the House of Assembly yesterday w hich she said will bring the rights of persons with disabil-i ties into the 21st century. T he Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities Bill seeks to establish the framework for equal treatment within the cultural,d omestic, economic, educational, health, industrial, legal, p olitical and social arenas in t he Commonwealth of the Bahamas, as it relates to disability discrimination. S ome 30 years in the maki ng, Mrs Butler-Turner said t he important, landmark piece of legislation will fully define the rights of the dis-a bled and endeavor to eliminate discrimination againstt hem. W ith this legislation, the B ahamas can move forward and begin to break down the barriers for all persons, w hether it is based on disabilities or gender, in the Bahamas, she said. T he Bills provisions guarantee and protect the fundamental human rights of persons with disabilities asd efined in the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Dis-a bilities. It covers: the promotion, protection and full and equal enjoyment of human rights f or persons with disabilities; elimination of discrimination on the basis of disabilities;p rovisions for welfare and rehabilitation; provisions fort he registration of persons w ho are disabled; and the e stablishment of the Bahamas Disabilities Rights and Commission. M rs Butler-Turner said the Advisory Council on Disabilities was consulted, asw ell as all parties and stakeholders. She said their suggestions have been considered andm any will be incorporated into the Act. Encouraging the full part icipation of the public, Mrs Butler-Turner said the Bill can be read on the govern ments website. MOVE TO IMPROVE DISABILITY RIGHTS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said preparations for the 2012 general election are going veryw ell and that attention is now being directed to registering Bahamian students overseas. He noted that the government will have to make a little tweak in the law to accom-m odate the situation with stud ents in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad who are entitled to be registered to vote. The way we wrote the law only permits it to happen at a place where we have a mis-s ion, and we dont have a mission in any of those places so we have to tweak the law to be able to accommodate them, he said. Mr Ingraham said the parliamentary commissioner hasa lready travelled to Miami w here he was able to explain t he voter registration process to representatives from A tlanta, Washington and New York. We will be going to Canada, and I think London has already been done, he said. T he prime minister said that the government wants the maximum number of persons to register to vote. We would like to encourage full participation by thec itizenry of the Bahamas in t he electoral process; those who are qualified to vote. You will note in recent times a story in the newspaper about a Jamaican who had a voters card and passport. I expect that in due course w hen investigations are completed that charges are likely to be made against persons who facilitate such a thing, said Mr Ingraham. M r Ingraham stressed that t he government wants an o rderly election process and many things still need to happen before an election date is set. We are taking time to m ake sure that the election procedures and other things can be done prior to calling an election. It is unthinkable, and it happened the last time, fort he parliamentary commissioner to hear the House of Assembly resolved by ana nnouncement on the radio. The first thing a prime minister does is to find out how are we in respect to preparation for election and what else do you need to do; and once we are satisfied that all those things are done, then we fix dates. We dont fix dates because w e wake up one morning and say, lets go. Prime Minister Ingraham welcomes any international organisation wishing to monitor the elections in theB ahamas. For the first time in the history of the Bahamas, the Government of the Bahamas will say publicly that any international organisation thatw ishes to monitor elections in t he Bahamas, they can send m onitors to the Bahamas to see how the process goes and to be able to comment on it, are free and welcome to do so. If they let us know we will facilitate and accommodate them whether its the United States or the United Nations; whoever monitors election, the Jimmy Carter group whom onitors elections around the world, can come to the Bahamas to see how the elec-t ion is done. They can come b ecause we will have an open, fair, and transparent process, he said. Election on course


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Scotiabank (Bahamasis seeking the services of a Director, Retail Banking Position Summary:The Director, Retail Banking is responsible for the proable development and maintenance of banking business for a network of branches in a designated market area, and for the quality of the loan portfolio, ensuring adequate controls and procedures are in place to safeguard the Banks assets. He/she is required to provide direction and support to assist Branch Managers and their teams in the execution of their functions, including management and development of people, and management of all aspects of banking operations. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of planning, organizing, stafng and providing direction within the designated market area to maximize the proable growth of the portfolio while maintaining a high prole in the community and demonstrating a personal commitment to employee development and customer service, consistent with Scotiabanks core values and standards. The incumbent is required to frequently travel to branches in the designated market area, including the Family Islands.Key Accountabilities for this Role: potential, and developing objectives and plans to proably grow the market area in support of Country and Regional goals; are in place to mitigate risks and safeguard the Banks assets; business objectives; potential and ensure that corrective action is taken when required; the community by participating in the social and professional life of the community served; market area.Educational Requirements: professional designation.Functional Competencies: knowledge of the market areas, customers segments, and competitive positioning within the Retail and Small Business Banking segment; talent; in building relationships and partnering with and supporting diverse stakeholders; The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested be contacted. Scotiabank.bs@scotiabank.com on or before February 3, 2012. The Bahamas own street philosopher


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Two men a ccused of a string of armed r obberies on Grand Bahama w ere arraigned in the Freeport Magistrates Court o n Wednesday. Hubert Smith, 21, of C olumbus Drive, and Renald o Roberts, 23, of St James Place, were charged with 10 counts of armed robbery. The matters were heard b etween courts one, two and three. K Brian Hanna represented the accused men. The men were arraigned b efore Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in court one on two counts of armed robbery and one count of possessing a f irearm while committing an offence. I t is alleged that on December 19, 2011, the men committed an armed robbery at McCleans Town, robbing persons of cash and cell p hones. I t is also alleged that on J anuary 20, 2012, the accused, w hile armed with a gun, robbed a man of his vehicle, w allet and cell phone. The accused were not r equired to enter pleas to the c harges. The matters were adjourned to April 11, 2012. In court two before Magistrate Andrew Forbes, Smith a nd Roberts were charged with four counts of armed robbery. The men are accused of r obbing three customers of a fast food restaurant on November 27, 2011. They are also accused of c ommitting an armed robbery on December 19, 2011, rob b ing a man of his vehicle. The matters were adjourned to April 10, 2011. Smith and Roberts were also taken to court three, w here they were arraigned b efore Deputy Chief Magist rate Helen Jones on three a rmed robbery charges. The men were charged with t he armed robbery of Burger King on Yellow Pine Streeto n December 24; the armed r obbery of Coras Place on November 11, 2011; and an armed robbery at the International Bazaar on Decemb er 19, when a man was robbed of his vehicle. The pair was not required to enter pleas to the charges. T he matters were adjourned to February 21, 2012. Smith and Roberts are also expected to be arraigned, a long with five others, in the Gun Court in New Provi d ence this week. Two face court over armed robberies in Grand Bahama H UBERT SMITH, 2 1, being escorted to court by police. Photo: V andyke Hepburn


By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net B AHAMAS Constituency Party leader Ali McIntosh yesterday announced that a newly-formed coalition ofi ndependent candidates aims to either directly contest, or support a candidate in all s eats in the upcoming general e lections. Determined to encourage a conservative agenda, Ms M cIntosh said, the coalition will endorse candidates from mainstream political parties who represent its values. Despite being disadvantaged by financial constraints, direct sabotage by political operatives of other political parties, the BCP will not be deterred in its efforts to provide hope for the Bahamal and, she said. Independent candidates i nvolved in collaborations, and several candidates from o ther parties that we believe will represent the type of valu es and integrity we believe is necessary for good governance the BCP will not offer candidates in those areas, itw ill provide an endorsement of the candidacy of the individual, despite their party affiliation. BCP candidates announced so far include: Colin Miller, Exuma and Ragged Island; Brenda Harris, Seabreeze; Dr Shandy Andrews, Bamboo T own; Dr James Lowe, South and Central Abaco; Simone S mith, Pinewood; Roderick Smith, Fox Hill; Paul Rolle, Englerston; Troy Garvey, Marco City; Philip Thomas,E ast Grand Bahama. Ms McIntosh, a former journalist and youth counsell or, will contest the North Abaco seat against Free National Movement leader H ubert Ingraham. W ith 12 years of planning and development behind it, Ms McIntosh said, the partyr epresents a new and enlightened effort to support the core values embraced by the nations founders. T hese values include: Selfd iscipline, industry, loyalty, unity, and an abiding respect for Christian principles and t he rule of law. M s McIntosh said: When we bring that out as a mand ate for the BCP, it gives not only politicians and leaders a new look at how they shouldb e governing but it gives the people, the electorate, an opportunity to view what the founders intended in terms ofh ow we create a country, and t o look at candidates based on those core values and how they should elect people. M ore information on the p artys platform and mandate can be found at www.bcp b ahamas.com. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A Haitian man was convicted and sentenced to serve two years in prison for overstaying his timei n the Bahamas following an a rraignment in the Freeport Magistrates Court. Jackson Saintil appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes in Court Two on Wednesday. A translator read the c harge in Creole to Saintil, who does not speak English. Saintil told Magistrate Forbes that he first came to the Bahamas illegally in 2000. At that time, he said, his b oss told him to return to Haiti. He said he waited on a call a sking him to return to the B ahamas, but his boss never c alled back. Saintil said he again entered the country without the permission of the Department of Immigration in June2 011. M agistrate Forbes told Saintil that by his own admission he had entered the country illegally. He told the accused that he was also charged and foundg uilty of overstaying his time i n the Bahamas. Mr Forbes sentenced Saintil to pay a fine of $3,000 or spend two years in prison for overstaying his time. Saintil was unable to pay t he fine and was sentenced to two years. STAYEDTOOLONG, NOWSTAYINGINJAIL THE BAHAMAS CONSTITUTION PARTY leader Ali McIntosh anounced 1 0 candidates for BCP yesterday in Rawson Square yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff Bahamas Constituency Party to field ten candidates in election


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 11 I leave with the knowledge t hat I have served my people to the best of my ability. Mr Russell was recently terminated from his ministerial post after reportedly discussing a project that wasb efore Cabinet with one of his g enerals in Grand Bahama. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham explained he fired Mr Russell for acting inconsistently with the protocols of theB ahamas Cabinet. Despite this, Mr Russell thanked Mr Ingraham yesterday for allowing h im to serve as the Minister responsible for Public Works and National Insurance. He also thanked his constituents. I want to thank the residents of that great constituency for giving me the o pportunity on three occasions to serve as the Member of Parliament, he said. While he outlined what he had accomplished as MP for High Rock, he also said her egretted the things he could n ot get done for his cons tituents, including getting potable water to several areas. Mr Russell announced last month that he will no longer be putting his name forward for consideration of the FNMs nomination for the East Grand B ahama constituency. At that time, he maintained he had been treated unfairly by his party and by those persons who have determined that his time was now up. I will go backt o my life. I had a life before y a know, he said last month. are appealing to parents with y oung children, as well as the motoring public to be more vigilant when on the road. She said: As you know, young children are very quick, you can see them one moment and the next m oment they are moving away very, very quickly. Pay attention to your kids. Watch y our young children. If you are walking on the street ensure that you are holding their hand and at all times walk with them facing traffic.A lso, it is important that you t each them how to use the streets properly. For the motoring public, I want to encourage you to please drive with extreme care and caution. I know the road-w orks are going on and somet imes we tend to get very furious or we leave late from home and so we are speeding trying to hurry and get to our destination. I want to encourage yout o leave a little bit earlier, drive w ithin the confinement of the speed limit and drive with the view of driving to reach your destination safely. Three people have been killed in traffic accidents thisy ear. from page one from page one FURYASGIRL, 4, KILLEDBYBUS MITCHELL BOWS OUT


landmark benefits, an unemployment benefit and the national prescription drug benefit. My second impression and indeed conviction, is that theB ahamas is on the right track. In saying this, I am not suggesting for a moment that all is clear. Nor am I suggesting that there are no more diffi-c ult days ahead. What I do b elieve, is that we are maki ng significant and meaningful progress, he said. Looking forward to this upcoming year, Mr Ingraham said the recovery experiencedin 2010 and 2011 continues to be propelled primarily by construction and tourism activity. No responsible governm ent could have followed the path of delay, indecision and half measures. We had to act decisively and comprehensively. Not only was a collapse prevented. We are now mov-i ng forward. This intervention necessitated an increase in government borrowing and consequently government debt. However, government debtr elative to the size of the e conomy remains well below t he danger level and well below the level of our regional neighbours and most of the developed and developing world. Nevertheless, we will, as s oon as it is safe to do so, r educe the rate of growth in government debt and over the medium term return the debt ratio to a more desirable and sustainable level, Mr Ingraham said. T he Prime Minister also t ouched on the recent default by Atlantis on its $2.5 billion loan. In 2006 all of Kerzner Internationals properties onP aradise Island were used as c ollateral for the loan. Some o f the proceeds from that loan were used for developments on Paradise Island; the remainder was used on other Kerzner International developments elsewhere aroundt he world. One of the seven lenders sought to take over the ownership of the Paradise Island properties with the backing of 4 of the other lenders. The other two lenders objected.T he lenders are in discussion a mong themselves as to an agreed way forward. They fully understand and are of one accord that the continued successful operation of theK erzner International prope rties on Paradise Island is in t heir mutual benefit and essential for them to realise repayment of their loan. Atlantis is enjoying a very successful winter season. Hence, notwithstanding anyc onclusion which the lenders m ay arrive at, all are interested in ensuring that the properties continue to perform well. The lenders have agreed that Kerzner International will continue to manage ther esort properties. The future o f Atlantis is bright given its value as one of the leading resorts in our region. The overriding responsibility for us all is the protec-t ion of Bahamian jobs and the l ong-term viability of Atlantis. I am assured that the jobs of Bahamians at Kerzner International are secure, he said. The Prime Minister also highlighted that the redevel-o pment of Cable Beach, the Baha Mar mega-resort are on target and gathering pace. As the construction of the core of this project advances during 2012, Mr Ingraham said that he expects new additional jobs to come on stream. To date, nearly 1,500 Bahamiansh ave been engaged on the p roject and subcontracts valued at $84.2 million have been awarded to Bahamian cont ractors. Along with the Arawak Cay Port development, andt he development of the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Mr Ingraham saidt hat 380,000 new airline seats have been added from major tourism markets into Bahamia n destinations giving us more n on-stop connections to more destinations in the Bahamas than ever before. This includes new flights from des-t inations in North and Cent ral America, and restored non-stop flights from Frankfurt, Germany, after an absence of more than 20 years, and to Grand Bahama from Toronto after more thana 30-year hiatus. T he Government in 2011 also promoted the SelfStarters programme, and the 52-week National Job Readiness and Training Programme. Invest-m ents in heathcare and educ ation were also seen for the f iscal year. Over the past several years, and markedly during the past year, these investments have amounted to hun-d reds of millions of dollars spent to improve the quality of life of Bahamians. These comprehensive investments in our Family Islands are being made in hospitals and clinics, schools and athletic facilities, roads in Acklins and North Andros,b ridges in South Andros, airp orts in Abaco, seaports and docks in Long Island, North Eleuthera and Central A ndros and Current Island and government administrative offices in Abaco andG rand Bahama among other facilities. We are continuing to u pgrade electricity and water supply, and helping to cause the greater reliability of t elecommunications, cable t elevision and internet services, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 THE TRIBUNE BISHOP GLORIA REDD MINISTRIES P.O.Box CB 11416 Nassau, Bahamas January 29th February 3rd 1 Week Revival Pastor Stanley Ferguson New Free Community Holiness B aptist Church Malcolm Allotment Nightly 7:30 p.m. February 5th February 10th 1 Week Revival Pastor Burton Fox Bethel Faith Ministries International Blue Hill Road South After You Past Marshall Road Nightly 7:30 p.m. February 12th February 17th 1 Week Revival Pastor Janean Hart S oul Winning Church of God In Christ Lyon Road Nightly 7:30COME AND BE BLESSED.Bishop Gloria Redd Revival Revival from page one PM:Economy to grow by 2.8%


A N elite group of talented B ahamian artists will exhibit their works at Abaco Beach Resort during the Art for the Parks Festival, to be held Jan-uary 27-29. T he annual event, a collabo ration between Abaco B each Resort, the Bahamas National Trust and corporate sponsors, brings together more than30 artists a nd craftsm en. The festival provides residents and visitorsw ith a u nique opportunity to view and purchase artw ork while raising awarenessa nd funding for the preser v ation of Abacos six n ational parks. Some of the featured artists will include: Andy Albury, Gail and Bruce Barton, B rigitte B owyer C arey, Kim Roberts, Trevor T ucker, Marco Mullings, Bruce Pinder, John Paul, Anthony Morley, Kristen Pearce, Dave Lowe, Stephen Knowles, Jo-ann Bradley,N icole Angelica, Kent L eBoutillier, Tami Cash, P aulette Mortimer, David Lowe, Shammond Hanna, Stacey Adderley, Attila Feszt, Roshanne MinnisE yma, R itchie Eyma and Kim Rody. A feature of the Fridayn ight will b e the special Take a Seat for Conservation s ilent auction with originalh andpainted stools by t he participating artists up f or bid. Art for the Parks will feature musical entertainment, local cuisine, an interactive childrens mural, a chalk art competition, art demonstra-t ions and a Heritage Tent w ith history workshops. It will be held on Friday, January 27, from noon to 3 pm; Saturday from 6pm to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission is $5 fora dults and $2 for children under 12. A SILVERPENDANT created by artist Kim R oberts and, above, Head Over Heals by Kim Rody. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 13 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. Art for the Parks A RTISTPAULETTEMORTIMER w ill be among those whose work will be on show.


By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net FORT Charlotte MP A lfred Sears said the Bahamas has been plagued with controversy for years because of secret campaign contributions in elections. He also believes the general elections have not been conducted in a fair and trans-p arent manner. The election process in the Bahamas has come under severe criticism over the past forty years due to the influence of secret campaign contributions, especially by foreigners, often resulting in thea llegation that the Bahamas is a country for sale and, more recently, for the administration of the elections, raising a concern about the integrity and fairness of our elections, Mr Sears said. M r Sears was speaking in the House of Assembly, yesterday, where he told the House he is in support of the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill, but raised a few questions concerning it. A s an example of concerns a bout election administrations fairness, Mr Sears recalled the 2008 case of Allyson Maynard Gibson v Byron Woodside, where the court had to decide the lawfulness of the votes cast by 1 83 voters in Pinewood. And two years later, in the case of Leo Ryan Pinder v Jack Thompson, the issueb efore the Court was the lawfulness of six protest ballots. M r Sears stated that in the first case, the votes were found to be unlawful. In the second, the court found the Parliamentary Commissioner to have disfranchised a vote r. It is our hope, Mr Speake r, that the Parliamentary C ommissioner has sufficient resources for the conduct of t he 2012 General Elections to restore public confidence in the Parliamentary Commissioner and our electoral process to avoid future criticism of the kind that wasd irected at the Parliamentary Commissioner by the Supreme Court, Mr Sears said. Several examples of alleged secret campaign contributions were also brought up by MrS ears, including an incident in 2008 where Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham allegedly conceded that he and his party had indeed received secret campaign contributions from the Grand Bahamas P ort Authority. H e also brought up the Commission of Enquiry of 1967, otherwise known as the Bacon Commission. He stated it was revealed in the commission that a member of the senate, the speaker of the h ouse, and a member of the house had received or were about to receive some financial benefit from PortA uthority or Amusements casino company. If we are not to repeat the political mistakes of the past and ensure the integrity of our political process, we must regulate campaign contributions in our election process, as a safeguard against corruptioni n our governance process, Mr Sears said. Regarding the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill, he said: There are a number of questions, relevant to the Bill before us, whichw e should consider. Mr Sears stated that overseas voters should not be limited to only students and government employees, but all Bahamians working overseas. A lso, a fixed date for the g eneral elections should be enforced and the right to vote which currently is merely statutory right, should be a fundamental right in the Bill of Rights. I recommend, therefore, t hat we support constitutional reform to amend our Constitution so that the right of every citizen to vote in ane lection of members of the House of Assembly be e ntrenched in the Constitution as a fundamental right, Mr Sears said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 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 B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Following the arrest of two suspects in connection with a number of armed robberies, Police chiefE mrick Seymour has issued a stern warning to persons com mitting crimes and breaking the law. We want to send a clear message to any perpetrator b reaking the law that we are d etermined to catch you and bring before the court, ACP Seymour told the media onW ednesday. He indicated that police officers are on high alert and they are reaping extreme-l y good results in targeting criminals and putting them before the court. Mr Seymour said police m ade an arrest this week in connection with a string of armed robbery matters in the Grand Bahama District. He said that as a result of investigations police have also recovered two stolen vehicles. These matters were of concern to usand a team of officers were able to recover the first vehicle on the Grand Bahama Highway which resulted in the arrest of a susp ect, Mr Seymour said. H e said a second vehicle was recovered on Monday, January 23, leading to thea rrest of another suspect. The two men were arraigned in the courts on Wednesday. A CP Seymour said police were also successful in recovering a firearm that also resulted in the arrest of seve ral additional persons. The suspects are expected to be charged in New Providence on Thursday. Mr Seymour said the commissioner of police and the minister of national securityh ave both expressed their concerns about the crime sit uation. He stressed that the police are committed to fighting crime and bringing criminals t o justice. M r Seymour said police are still searching for Eunice Mor ris of Morris Travel Agency. H e said a warrant of arrest has been issued for Morris, who left the island last Sep tember following complaints o f stealing. Morris is being sought by police allegedly accused of stealing by reason of employm ent. Several complaints were filed with police against the local travel agent in July, alleging that she collected some $60,000 for payment of a vacation cruise for three l arge groups of people. It was later discovered that the funds were never paid to the cruise line on their behalf. Police have been searching for Morris since July for quest ioning in the matter. A ccording to an all points bulletin issued by police Mor ris, 47, is of slim build. She h as medium brown complex ion, dark brown eyes, and long black hair. Anyone with information c oncerning her whereabouts is asked to contact police at 350-3106/7/8. MPclaims elections not transparent POLICE W ARNING AFTER ROBBERY ARRESTS ALFREDSEARSMP has spoken of the plagueof secret cam-p aign contributions in elections in the Bahamas.


If I can explain, we are n ormally required to provide generally a three-mile separation between aircraft. Thatis represented on our radar display by a distance of abouto ne centimetre or thereabout, Mr Perpall said. The targets that are supposed to be separated by one centimetre, thereabout which represents three nauti-cal miles are jumping. A ccording to the radar, aircraft sometimes jump somewhere near ten or 15 centimetres or might even dis-appear completely off the radar. Meanwhile, the air traffic c ontroller has to maintain basically a mental picture of where the target was last and hope that the information upon refresh would be some-w here in the vicinity of where we thought it ought to be, M r Perpall said. Although there are safety m echanisms within the job to take care of some of those things, the air traffic con t roller is put under additional strain to continue to provide s eparation. Bearing in mind that the communication at the Nassau international airport is not the best. The government has three c ontractors who are looking into the replacement of the radar, Mr Perpall confirms, but its not something they expect to be done within the next year. We are in trouble, he s aid. We do not know when the radar will fail totally but we anticipate it will be soon. A failing radar system has been plaguing the airport for years, and in one instance, the g overnment purchased a syst em for around $10 million which, it is claimed, didnt help. It was a used radar, it was installed at the Nassau international airport, it never w orked, we have no use for it, I believe now it will be probably scrapped, Mr Per p all said. It will not be used a nywhere else in this country, we dont know what will happen to it, but we are intendingt o purchase a new radar to r eplace this. He believes the only way the government will take heedto their problems is if God forbid a fatal plane accident occurs. The only way that we think the attention needed will be given to the air traffic control profession, it appears, (is accident especially involving one the US carriers, Mr P erpall said. But he explained the controllers work very hard toe nsure that it doesnt happen. He believes the airport is in violation of about 35 aviation infractions, but said the controllers try to make it seamless and do their best at their jobs. We do not want anything to happen and to the extent possible, we bend over backwards to ensure that every operation conducted in this airspace is done as safe as possible, Mr Perpall said. Another problem air traffic controllers face include a small communication area limited to about 50 or 80 miles. Meaning that a flight leaving Nassau for Long Island can only communicate with the Nassau airport with in that range. U pon landing in Long Island, Mr Perpall said the pilot would have to use a telephone to call the Nassau controllers to let us know they are safe. T he union has a proposed m eeting today with Minister of Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace to discuss outstanding matters following the recent work to rule action. Mr Perpall said the relat ionship between BATCU a nd the government is strained and they want the Minister to deliver on those commitments he made during the Christmas holiday break. I ssues plaguing air traffic c ontrollers include outstanding promotions, outdated equipment including the faulty radar, and a damaged air traffic control facility. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace was not available for comm ent. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 15 Scotiabank (Bahamasis seeking the services of a Director, Human Resources P osition Summary:The Director, Human Resources (HRf the executive management team and works closely with the Managing Director, executive team, and line management to develop and lead the local HR and People strategy. In addition, the Director HR serves as an internal consultant on human capital challenges and opportunities that affect business performance and relationships. T his position is responsible for leading the People functions and strategies in accordance with local l aws, regulations and best practices, which are in alignment with global policies and practices of the Scotiabank Group. Through designing and leading these activities, the Director, HR will seek to engage and maintain a skilled and motivated workforce capable of, and committed to, executing the companys business strategies. The Director, HR leads a team of human resource professionals with a goal of earning a high level of credibility as an effective and responsive internal consulting group and fosters a workplace e nvironment consistent with Scotiabanks core values.K ey Accountabilities for this Role:The Director, HR oversees the development and implementation of HR policies, programs and services, which include: Educational Requirements: Functional Competencies: management level, working in a corporate HR or business line HR relationship management i nitiatives, possesses very strong strategic thinking, planning and inuencing skills, and excels in P owerPoint. i nterview will be contacted. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net A 22-YEAR-OLD Kingston Street man is in police custody after the dis covery of a handgun and ammunition. Police say at around 9.20pm on Tuesday, police patrolling Montrose Avenue noticed a man acting suspiciously. The officers reported that the man ran when he saw them, causing them to give chase. They followed him to a home, searched it, and founda handgun and ammunition. They also found two other men at the house. The 45year-old Hospital Lane man and a 41-year-old Carew Street man were both arrested in connection with outstand ing warrants. from page one Union says air traffic radar erratic MAN HELD AS GUN FOUND e are in trouble. We do not know when the radar will fail totally but we anticipate it will be soon. R R o o s s c c o o e e P P e e r r p p a a l l l l


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT DNA leader Branville McCartneys ays the Bahamas has slipped from the top position in tourism to third place in the region. He believes that not e nough is being done to mark et the rest of the Family I slands in the Bahamas, including Grand Bahama. The only way you get business from tourism is if they know about you. They dont know about Grand Bahamaa nd they dont know about t he rest of the Bahamas unfortunately, Mr McCartney said in Grand Bahama. Like any other business you have to market your country, you have to markety our island, and you have to really market your people, he said. Mr McCartney said that Reggae legend Bob Marley was able to sell Jamaica to the world. H e stated that while on a trip to Thailand in 2006 persons there knew about Bob Marley and Jamaica, but they didnt know about RonnyB utler and the Bahamas. I made the point of Bob M arley and Ronny Butler because Jamaica was sold through Bob Marley, and we have so much talent in The Bahamas. We are doing all this a dvertising for New Provid ence over and over again and we have slipped to third place for tourism in the region. We were the ones in the lead, just likewe were theo nes in the lead for Gaming back in the 1950s. Atlantic City came here for the blue print and they ran with it and made a big industry. Mr McCartney stated that Barbados is now considereda developed country and has left the Bahamas behind. He said: We have slipped, and what has happened over the last 20 years is not work-i ng for the future. We know w ho were there (in office t he last 20 years. We need to move the country so that we are on the world stage. Before we advertise we need to make sure the environment is clean and thati t is a safe place. H e believes that in addition to sun, sand, and sea, the culture must be able to sell the country. Grand Bahama tourism has suffered. Major tourism devel-o pments such as Ginn and the d evelopment plans for the R oyal Oasis property by the H arcourts Group have stalled. M r McCartney believes t hat East and West Grand B ahama should be looked at more for development of the t ourism sector. H e is confident that the D NA can bring real change t o the Bahamas. He said the candidates selected by the party are made up of Bahamians with a fighting spirit for positive change. M r McCartney said their slate of candidates consists of a ccountants, architects, educ ators, engineers, electricians, taxi-cab drivers, youth leaders, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, CEOs, general mana gers, lawyers, and every day B ahamians who are passionate about where the country is h eaded. We have an election to w inand we must remain focused, he said. It is time for us as a people and a nation to join the rest oft he changing world ensuring our present authority that the power of the people is greater and will always be greater t han the people in power, he said. LOCALNEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Scotiabank (Bahamasis seeking the services of a Senior Manager, Client Relationships for its Corporate & Commercial Banking Centre. Position Summary:T he Senior Manager, Client Relationships must possess a broad knowledge of Corporate & Commercial nancial products and services, and a strong focus on the cross-sell, up-sell, and retention of existing commercial customers. He/she is responsible for identifying prospects in target markets, developing prospect acquisition strategies, maintaining prospect relationships,m aintaining a sustainable prospect sales pipeline, conducting prospect sales calls, qualication of opportunities based on customer information and due diligence. The incumbent is on the coverage team with the Credit Solutions Group with responsibility for deal structuring, nancial modeling, negotiation and pricing for new and existing corporate and large commercial customers.Key Accountabilities for this Role: a ssigned market area. according to agreed upon growth objectives. external contacts. maintain, improve, grow and retain the relationship. Educational Requirements: Functional Competencies: Strong knowledge of the corporate and commercial banking marketplace and a detailed positioning within the assigned market area. experience. objectives, strategies, structure, as well as its lending and deposit products and services. in the market and all commercial systems and platforms. The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all an interview will be contacted. Resources at scotiabank.bs@scotiabank.com on or before February 03, 2012. DNAleader says Bahamas has fallen behind in tourism BRANVILLEMCCARTNEY pictured in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff