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B y KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net FAMILY and friends of B reco Armbrister have been left with nothing but ques tions after the young father took his own life at home s hortly before 9am yesterday. Armbrister, 34, of Light bourne Avenue, off Farrington Road, had reportedly been suffering from depression for months. His aunt, Marvain Johnson, s aid his well-being was a concern as he struggled with the mental condition, and did not recover after being treated. He was depressed, she said. He wanted help, so we took him to Sandilands, and then he came out, but he was still in that state of depression where he would be mumbling to himself. He was always in this scary mood like someone was out to get him. Nonetheless, Ms Johnson said, he showed no signs of contemplating suicide. However, another family m ember said she could tell he might have had an idea to take his life. He would always scream out, Lord forgive me. Im sor ry Lord, she recalled. Ms Johnson described her n ephew as a quiet man who was an early riser. It was that trait, she said, which alerted her to his death. When I didnt see him, I thought he was just sleeping late. So when I was leaving to g o to work, I was going to the door and I said Breco you sleeping late? Time to get up, Im leaving. When I pushed the door open, he was just there, just hanging there. I screamed, dropped everything, and called his brother to come and cut him down. Police responded to the home after they received reports that a man was found unconscious in a bedroom. Upon discovering the vicN ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Young father hangs himself Volume: 108 No.57THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 83F LOW 68F F amil y seek reasons for man s suicide 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 I NSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE NEWS SPORT COUPONS MOVIES FASHION ONSALEEVERYSATURDAY R R E E M M E E M M B B E E R R , D D O O N N T T M M I I S S S S . . . By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net THELABOUR and Social Development Minister, Senator Dion Foulkes, has resort ed to petty political postur ing, according to PLP Yamacraw MP Melanie Griffin. The two politicians are clashing over the Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT gramme that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced will be implemented by the FNM upon their re-election. Mrs Griffin responded by stating CCT was originally a PLP programme and was cancelled by the FNM following their 2007 win. On Tuesday, Mr Foulkes, who is running as the FNM candidate for Yamacraw against Mrs Griffin, said her remarks show she is frustrated with her party and deeply envious of the FNM. The former Minister for Social Services, Melanie Grif fin, claims CCT is a PLP idea. This is ludicrous, he said. T HE family of the 4-yearold girl who was accidentally struck and killed by a bus last w eek is seeking legal advice, T he Tribune h as learned. T his comes after it was confirmed by police that the man d riving the bus has been ques tioned and released without charges. A ccording to well-placed s ources, the family has retained the services of John Bostwick, who is also the FNM candidate for Bain and Grants Town, the constituen cy in which the family lives. W hen contacted, Mr Bostwick confirmed he had been in contact with the family but w ould not comment on whether or not he was their lawyer. S uperintendent Carolyn B owe, officer in charge of the Police Traffic Division, said the investigation is continu-i ng but at this point, the police have not charged anyone in connection with the incident. Police have not officially identified the little girl, however The Tribune understands her name was Karis Thomp s on. She was killed on January 25, after being hit by a bus on By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE Free National Movement kicks off its Family Island campaign tour at San Salvador today. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Michael Pintard, the FNM candidate for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay, will travel to the island this morning and are expected to speak at a party rally tonight. FNM election campaign manager Kay Forbes-Smith said the trip and the campaign will bring the party face-toface with constituents and highlighting what the FNM has accomplished during its term in office. She said: We are going back to the people, talking to the people about the FNM accomplishments and talk about the things we have done generally in the Bahamas all the things we have done has been for the betterment of the people and the future of the Bahamas, thats going to be our message moving forward as we go on the rally circuit through out the country. No stranger to politics, Mrs Forbes-Smith said Mr Pintard has a community orientated approach and has already begun his work throughout the three islands. The focus of his campaign really is about what are the A MAN driving a Bahamas Helicopter company Dodge truck in the western area of the island lost control and flipped over, ending up inches from the water. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff CAR ENDS UP ON ROCKS AFTER CRASH FNM CAMPAIGN IN FAMILY ISLANDS FAMILY OF GIRL KILLED BY BUS TAKE LEGAL AD VICE MINISTER ACCUSED OF POSTURING S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 im lovin it


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and does not discriminate, even when it comes to our children. RBC Royal Bankhas spent approximately US $365,000 to assist Caribbean children diagnosed with cancer through the RBC/RBTT Caribbean Childrens Cancer Fund. We have made treatment possible for 23 children from Grenada, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Dominica and Trinidad, and have funded 40 pathology tests for patients. We can do a lot more with your help. As we observe World Cancer Day 2012, themed ogether it is Possible, youre invited to join RBC Royal Bank in the fight against childrens cancer. Find out more at any RBC branch or on www.givehopesavelives.rbtt.com. RBC Observes World Cancer Day Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence I TWAS a ll turnabout at S t Bedes Catholic Prim ary School yesterday, with teachers dressing as students and youngsters teaching the lessons as part of a teacher rever-s al day. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff Teachers become the students


By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT PLP candidate Gregory Moss says t ourism is virtually dead on Grand Bahama and the FNM g overnment has done nothi ng to reduce government taxes in the tourism sector. According to Mr Moss, many small hotels have closed and the escalation of airport fees and increased govern-m ent taxes has left the island u ncompetitive. Instead of attempting to address that they (the government) have advertised Nassau as if it is the entire Bahamas and left out Grand B ahama and the other Family Islands, he said. Mr Moss was speaking to supporters on Friday at the G rand Lucayan resort. The attorney is the standard bearer for the PLP in Marco City. H e said the FNM govern ment continues to lie to Bahamians saying that theg lobal recession is the blame f or the state of the economy. Despite the recession, Mr Moss stated that tourism has increased in many of the Caribbean islands, except the Bahamas. He reported that the C aribbean Tourism Organi sation website shows that tourism has actually increasedf rom 2008 to 2011 by four to 10 per cent in just about every other island of the Caribbean, while at the same time tourism decreased in the Bahamas. The reason for that is that they were selling higher arrivals number by bargainsof discount. In other words, they were selling a deal. What did the Ingraham administration do? They didnt sell a deal, Mr Moss said. The FNM government increased departure taxes, increased hotel taxes, increased National Insurance contribut ions, increased the cost of importing and licensing cars, and made tourism more expensive for the entire Bahamas, including Grand Bahama. It d id nothing to reduce the cost of tourism, he added. M r Moss said the PLP will l ower government taxes at the airport and for hotels to make the island more competitive. PLP Leader Perry Christie announced that through a programme called ProjectG rand Bahama, the government will provide an incent ive for the rejuvenation of existing hotels and the expansion of new ones. Mr Christie proposes to cut government taxes at the airport and harb our in half, and cut hotel taxes by 50 per cent for a period o f five years for existing hotels a nd 10 years for new hotels. Mr Moss said the five FNM MPs did nothing for tourism or to create job growth and reduce the cost of electricity. He stated that many B ahamians are unemployed while a large number of fore igners are employed in the industrial sector. The Prime Minister admitted that he did nothing for Grand Bahama because of he did not like H annes Babak (former GB Port Authority chairman). M r Moss indicated that w hile many foreigners catch the bus to go to jobs and line up in banks to cash cheques, Bahamians are out of work and made to line up on the welfare lines. There is no shortage of jobs in the industrial sector, t here is just a shortage of jobs for Bahamians, he said. Mr Moss said now that an election is drawing near, the FNM has put people to work t hrough its 52-week job programme and assisted persons t o open businesses. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, PAGE 3 THE less-than-flattering report into the reasons behindthe PLPs 2007 election loss is the latest knife to be twisted i n the ongoing war of words b etween the opposition and t he fledgling Democratic National Alliance. In a statement yesterday, the DNA said that while PLP leader Perry Christie has beenf ocused on attacking their o wn leader Branville McCartn ey, he seems to have forgotten the reasons for his own embarrassing defeat in the last election. The DNA said its officers h ave been made privy to the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Report, conducted by the PLPs foreign consultant to determine what caused theloss. T he party said the results of the extensive polling revealed the three leadingr easons why Bahamians did n ot support the PLP to be: Weak leadership by Perry Christie Corruption and scandals The Shane Gibson issue with Anna Nicole Smith The statement said: The DNA now asks of Mr Christie, how do you expectt o achieve success in this elect ion when you have not a ddressed any of the issues that plagued your party in 2007? According to the party, Mr Christie is still consideredw eak after four years of his s ilence being perceived as i nvoluntary approval of he and Ingrahams shared agenda. The DNA also said Mr Christie has yet to display thef ortitude required to curb the scandal and corruption in his party. And, it said, Shane Gibson, after bringing international shame and humiliation on theB ahamas, has again been ratified the PLPs candidate for Golden Gates. T he DNA said: If Mr C hristie is serious about the advancement of the PLP and the Bahamas progress, then he should resign as the weak, fledgling, indecisive leader that brought the party defeat and make way for innovative, vibrant leadership that is capable of restoring its repu-t ation. D NA leader Branville M cCartney added: For most of their tenure, Christies PLP has been stained with corruption and greed that he has been too weak to curtail. In fact, many PLPs have j oined the ranks of the Democ ratic National Alliance from candidates to donors to supporters. The DNA said that after recruiting numerous candi-d ates once selected as standard bearers for the PLP, it is certain that because Mr Christie did not heed the warning of the Rosner report, this trend will contin-u e. The DNA said it is convinced that these formerP LPs, disenfranchised by Mr C hristies weak leadership, are all in search of a new direction and will continue propelling the party toward victory. PLPCANDIDATEHITSOUTATLACKOFTOURISMINVESTMENT DNAsays PLP issues remain SHANEGIBSON, the PLPcandidate for Golden Gates in the coming election, has been named as one of the reasons behind the PLPs 2007 election loss.


E DITOR, The Tribune. ON THURSDAY night, w e attended a Community session at New Providence Community Centre on Blake Road organised by the Western District police division. The Western District is l arge stretching from I think the Grove and covering the island to the West with fourp olice stations. The evening was organised by the police and they went to a great deal of trouble to have speakers, slide and video presentations along with a demonstration of equipment to help make your property safe; CCTV and so on. For the number of people living in the area, the audi ence was small, which was a shame. The speakers had some very good ideas and Superintendent Elaine Sands, the office in charge of the Western District, made a good i mpression and offered the services of her command to us all to help improve securi-t y in the area. Statistics appeared to show that the Western District crime rate was lower than the averages. I think Super Sands deserves a big thank you for bringing her team to meet with the public, for their efforts and hope they continue to try to bring the communities together to combat crime which with the worlds economies in crisis can only get worse. PATRICK H THOMSON Nassau, January 28, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. I AM grateful to the MP for Montagu for providing herc onstituents with information r egarding the recent fish kill in the area. Mrs Loretta Butler-Turner was advised of an elevation of chlorine in the water samp les that were, in fact, tested. A ccording to her information, the chlorine was confined to a r elatively small area. All indications are that all is now safe. M rs Butler-Turner regretted there was no conclusive evidence as to the cause of t he fish kill because, she s aid, it appears there were no definitive protocols fol lowed by the reporting a gencies. The time lapse in getting specimens also affected the inconclusiver esults. All the tidal movements and the consumption of the dead fish by seagulls also hampered their efforts. It is now essential for the various a gencies to establish and a dhere to protocols regarding such incidents in the future. I am sorry that this was handled this way but I b elieve that this is a lesson to ensure that this does not occur again appears that there were no definitive protocols followed by the report i ng agencies. The questions are: What was the source of t he chlorine? Who is responsible for a spill or leak of chlorine? Will anyone be held accountable? As far as Im aware, the m inister for the environment h as not made a statement on the matter. Given the fact that the public swims off the Montagu Beach and the vendors store s eafood in the water, I would h ave expected a full public disclosure. W hile on the subject of the Montagu, it would be interesting to know whoo wns the barge that was anchored idle in the area for some time. Y ou will recall, a fisherman c laimed something was pumped from it. The barge vanished after the fish kill. ATHENA DAMIANOS Nassau, J anuary 20, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 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 ELECTION TIME is here again and so are the promises. Promises, we might add,w ithout any reference to the Public Treas ury. B ahamians should be aware of the times in which we live and dont depend on elec-t ion promises even in good times they w ere just that promises that never saw t he light of day. In Grand Bahama, for example, Dr Michael Darville, the PLPs Pineridge can-d idate, has promised that should his party win the 2012 election, Grand Bahama will not only have a new hospital and all itsm edical facilities upgraded, but, accordi ng to Tanisha Tynes, PLP candidate for East Grand Bahama, her area will have its first junior high school. National health insurance will be introduced to cover the medical needs of all B ahamians. Dr Darville said the PLP has a lso been working on a national plan to put the island back on the road to recovery through meaningful investments and pro-g rammes to create permanent jobs in tourism and the industrial and agricultural sectors. I t is true that Freeports needs are great, b ut despite what PLP candidate Gregory Moss has said, the Bahamas (Grand Bahama included), like the rest of thew orld, is suffering, not only from its own inefficiencies, but from the global recession. The World Economic Forum, holding i ts 42nd meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from January 25-29, closed its meeting on a sombre note. About 1,600 economic and p olitical leaders, including 40 heads of state, discussed their fears that Europes fiscal crisis could put the entire globale conomy into recession. Despite the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism, if people have to cut back on their vacations because their finances aret ight, this countrys tourist dollar will shrink. Recently, Freeports once bustling Container Port was forced to lay off sev e ral employees because one of its major Mediterranean clients, hit by the interna tional economic situation and loss of busi n ess, had to reduce its services. The H utchison Whampoa group also laid off about 72 employees as a part of its international downsizing due to the economya nd the resulting decline in business. In the UK, about 400 Hutchinson staff lost their jobs. T hese layoffs were employees from the Grand Bahama Airport Company, the Freeport Harbour Company and theF reeport Container Port. So it is wrong for any politician to deny that this country is not also caught up in a global downturn. The economy in Grand Bahama is at a place where we are not generating new jobs as fast as they are losing them, said Grand Bahama Chamber of Commercep resident John Swain. And, unfortunately, w ith tourism slow and all tourism depend ent businesses in the doldrums, there are few places in Grand Bahama to find work. A ll eyes are now fixed on the USA in h opes of an economic improvement there, w hich might spill over onto Bahamian shores. Until this happens, no politician from any of the parties can make grandp romises and try to make constituents believe they can keep them. Why even in the good times before t he economic bubble burst Mr Christie w as unable to fulfil his election promises after he won the government in 2002. At that time, no one imagined that in a few more years the good times would come to a screeching halt. I n 2002, Mr Christie promised National H ealth Insurance, which even then the country could not afford. He was in government for five years and never deliv-e red on the promised national insurance so that poor people will stop dying simply because they are too poor to pay for medi cal attention. Also, before winning the g overnment in 2002, he promised that if elected his government would transform the hospital (PMHe ntire health care system into the first class care facility that it has the potential to become, to modernise the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and develop a r egional hospital in Exuma. None accomplished, and none attempted. They were only election promises. I f these promises could not be kept in the good times, why should voters believe that any political party can guarantee thatt hey can be delivered in the bad times? The unions, as was to be expected, want to get as much as they can now. They believe that if they dont get what theyc laim was promised them by the Ingra ham government before the election, they will get nothing under the Christie gov e rnment, should that government win the election. That is probably true. But what the unions have to understand is that nom atter which party wins the government, t he Public Treasury will dictate who will get salary increases and when. The voter is now in a privileged position t o judge the performances of two five-year term governments the Christie govern ment in good times, and the Ingraham g overnment in economically critical times. As the slow times are not predicted to improve in the near future, Bahamiansm ust now decide whether they want their future in the hands of an indecisive Christie or a decisive Ingraham. As for the DNA, more experience is needed for the difficult times this country might have to face. What caused the fish kill? LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Beware of election promises EDITOR, The Tribune. AKIN to Shakespeare to As you like it, I make the f ollowing comments of what I see around me which is so negative. 1 ) The New Providence Road programme again, Prince Charles and Marketa re blocked off and I really wonder if this programme will ever end and at what cost? Robinson Road has notb een finished with the final asphalt PM says the over run is how much? Double it, I e xpect. 2) Did The Bahamas Speed Week Revival finisha s it seems the 10-wheeler q uarry trucks are driving faster than Sir Stirling Moss and those fellas we spent over $1.5 million on which attracted few. West Bay S treet is the track every day. 3) The LPIA Road to O akes Field six-legged roundabout opposite the old Bethel property on thel ake there are two ruins, discovered since the bush has been cleared hoping Antiq uities will ensure these build i ngs are saved as they have to be at least 18th century and could form part of a beautiful l ake-side restaurant with restoration. Hoping the American bulldozers haven ot pushed it over... note not C hinese! 5) Prince Charles anyone noticed how wide the road is now, but no dividing strip? Will the road be a three-lane r oad or was the widening a total waste of Treasury mon ey? 6 ) The ugliness at the top of Cumberland with Princes Street someone cut theb eautiful old tree down and all we have left is one ugly vendors cart surely in this the heart of olde Nassaus omeone sees this ugliness? Why cant we improve things not make them more u gly? W THOMPSON N assau, J anuary 18, 2012. Negative aspects of Nassau life T T h h a a n n k k y y o o u u t t o o p p o o l l i i c c e e f f o o r r s s a a f f e e t t y y a a d d v v i i c c e e


BTC announced today that the disruption in telephone s ervices affecting residents of Mangrove Cay for the greater part of a week has been resolved and that all services a re back to normal. The outage, affecting both v oice and internet services, was occasioned by a faulty network element, the compa ny said. We apologise for this extended outage and all of the very real inconve niences it caused to the res idents of Mangrove Cay, said Geoff Houston, CEOo f BTC. We recognise and accept as well that we could have done a better job of commu LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, PAGE 5 THE US Embassy and the Bahamas National DrugC ouncil have announced the launch of the first Youth Express essay, rap and poet-ry competition. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students t hroughout the Bahamas to c onsider the harmful impact of illegal drugs and reflect on how they can resist negativepeer pressure and act as leaders against drugs in their com-m unity. T he programme is part of a continuing partnership between the US Embassy, the B ahamas National Drug Council and the National A nti-Drug Secretariat to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and foster the develop-m ent of young leaders in the Bahamas. S tudents throughout the B ahamas ages 12-14 are e ncouraged to participate in t he contest by submitting their work by March 1. E ssays should be 300-500 words, typed, doubled spaced and in 14 font. R ap pieces and spoken word poetry performances should last 2-4 minutes, and must include typed lyrics anda video of the performance submitted on DVD, as a MP3 f ile or a link to a YouTube p age. Submissions will be judged on several criteria including the strength of the narrative, creativity, technical execution,a nd applicability to the theme. S elected finalists will participate in a National Summer Youth Leadership Camp and w ill be given a unique opportunity to attend National G eographics photo camp scheduled for this fall at the Island School in CapeE leuthera. Top finalists will also r eceive digital cameras and b e featured in the governm ents National Drug D emand Reduction Campaign Drugs and Crime are a Waste of Time. Submissions are due March 1.Students should submitt heir essay, rap, or spoken word poetry via email to YouthExpress2012@Bahamas NDC.org. Entries can be sent by mail to the BNDC addressed to: D r Bridgette Rolle, administ rator, the Bahamas National Drug Council, Royal Victoria Gardens, PO Box N-9248. Although DVDs and MP3s will be accepted, YouTube ist he preferred method for subm itting video performances. You Tube submissions should include the full name o f the competition in the title of the video Bahamian Y outh Expression Against Drugs Competition. Additional details are availa ble on the embassys website, http://nassau.usem-b assy.gov; the Bahamas N ational Drug Councils webs ite, http://www.BahamasN DC.org; the BNDCs Facebook page, or by calling (242 3 25-4633/4634. Have you got what it takes to win contest? TELEPHONE DISRUPTION RESOLVED B TCCHIEF EXECUTIVE Geoff Houston apologised to customers for the outage. nicating the situation to the residents of Mangrove Cay, so for that as well, let me e xtend my apologies and assure residents of the community that we will be more r esponsive on matters like this going forward, wherever they may happen. M r Houston said BTC will provide some measure of compensation to the cus t omers affected, including relief on the charges for the service as well as credit for mobile customers. It is our way of compensating customers for the inconvenience, he said. T he CEO also said BTC will meet with the residents of Mangrove Cay in a townm eeting in the near future to discuss the matter and future plans for telecoms in the com m unity.


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASV isit our website at www.cob.edu.bsThe School of Social Work at Barry University and The College of The Bahamas Will host a Town Hall Meeting For The Masters in Social Work Degree Programme T he College of The Bahamas E xecutive Boardroom Michael H. Eldon Complex (3rdFloor) Thompson Boulevard o n Saturday,February4, 2012, 10:00a.m. 12 noon For moreinformation call: 397-2602 or Email: swisdom@cob.edu.bs TOWN HALL MEETING HUNDREDS of students from senior and junior high schools tookp art in the Department of Educations annual Career and Technical Education exhibition and career symposium at the S ir Kendal Isaacs gym y esterday. Y oungsters got the opportunity to try their hand at a number of jobs, t o get a glimpse of what careers they might be drawn towards. Photos: Tim Clarke / Tribune Staff The workers of tomorrow


THE youth arm of the F ree National Movement have elected their new execu t ive board. M embers of the Torchbearers Youth Association from both New Providence a nd the Family Islands cast their ballots Tuesday for 27 candidates in 13 positions. F rancesca Plakaris of Team Upgrade was elect ed as the new president edg ing out her opponent Keith Major II, who was said to be the front runner for the seat. I would like to thank my s upporters and team during my electoral process, Ms Plakaris said. I am both honoured and p rivileged to have been chosen to serve as the new President of the Torch Bearers Y outh Association. Both myself and the other elected Executive Members are readyt o continue with the work d one by our predecessors and, together with all existing and any new members of TYA,t o contribute to the improvement of the wider community and to assist our party the FNM. I ncumbent president Jamal Moss was elected as Executive Member. T he TYA is responsible for getting all youth involved as the Free National Movement gears into full election mode. Executives include: Kellen Russell and Renaldo Russell, vice president; DAndra Sumner, secretary general; Chardia Goldbourne and Krystie Bowe, assistant secretary general; Vincent Morley, treasurer; Jamal Miller and Gia Rolle, assistant treasurer; Kyle Walkine and Thomas Barnett, central council representative. Im proud that I was given t he opportunity to represent not just the youth of the party, b ut the nation as a whole, said Mr Walkine. I see nothi ng but great things ahead for the TYA and Im happy to be a part of it. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net POLICE are going t hrough a process of elimination to find the man responsible for the countrys seventh homicide for 2012. Superintendent Paul Rolle, h ead of the Central Detective Unit, said police are following significant leads in the murder of Wing Hong Chan, 45. We are still actively investigating this homicide. Weh ave taken a number of persons into custody over the past week. We have beeng oing through the process of e limination and have released all of the men but one. That man is still being questioned, h e said, No one has been charged but we have significant leadsi n the case. A lot of information has been surfacing that I am not at liberty to reveal. However, we are confident t hat we will be able to solve t his murder in short order. Mr Chan was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his Village Roadh ome on January 23. He had just returned home after celebrating the ChineseN ew Year with family and friends when he wasa pproached by a gunman a round 3.30am. T he man robbed Mr Chan of his cell phone before shoot ing him and fleeing the area. He was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later. The Tribune understands M r Chan was an employee of VIP Chinese restaurant and is also related to one of the owners. One day after his death, the Chinese Embassy put its citizens in the Bahamas on alert. A statement issued by the Embassy advised its citizens to pay due care and attention to their personal safety and security while engaged in their daily activities. P olice released a composite sketch of a man they want to question in connection witht his murder. The suspect is believed to b e in his mid-20s and is d escribed as being of medium brown complexion, slim build and six feet tall. A nyone with information i s asked to contact police by calling 919, the Central Detective Unit on 502-9991 orC rime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS. THE Ministry of Tourism a nd Aviations third annual Bahamas Day aviation and cultural event will take place on February 25 in Florida. The event, sponsored by the Bahamas government, will be held this year at Miami E xecutive Aviation in Opa L ocka Executive Airport. The aim is to provide information to pilots who want to fly their aircraft to the islands, but will also be open to mem-b ers of the public who want general information about theB ahamas as well as information on charter flights and accommodations. One of the main objectives of the event is to educate gen-e ral aviation pilots on the ease of flying to the islands, and US Customs has agreed to provide a seminar on the requirements and how to fulfill them online. Booths at the event will o ffer information on accommodations, dining, activities and shopping in the Bahamas. The organisers said in a statement: As at past Bahamas Day events, a smorgasbord of Bahamas culture w ill be presented including a l unch featuring authentic Bahamian cuisine. Past meals have included traditional dishes such as peas n rice and conch fritters. A fully regaled Bahamas police officer will be on handf or picture taking opportunities and the ultimate Bahamian cultural experience of junkanoo will provide the unique, explosive and rhyth-m ic sounds of the island nation. The Bahamas Day event is one of the major marketing and promotional initiatives of the Aviation Department, based in Florida under the l eadership of aviation chief Greg Rolle. The event is hosted each year by one of the Bahamass Preferred Gateway partners along the Florida coast. Previous host include Banyan Air S ervice at Fort Lauderdale E xecutive Airport and Showalter Flying Service at Orlando Executive Airport. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, PAGE 7 OFFICE SPACE $800.00457-4911 BAHAMAS DAY EVENT Police follow leads over Chinese murder FNMYOUTH ARM ELECTS NEW BOARD A NARTISTS i mpression of the attacker released by police foll owing the murder.


LOCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Caves Village Retail Sales Centre New HoursEnjoy a unique banking experience at the Scotiabank Retail Sales Centre Caves Village Operating Hours Effective Tuesday, February 7, 2012 *Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable) Discover whats possible T HE Bahamas Red Cross S ociety celebrated its 40th annual Red Cross Ball under the theme Rubies and Diamonds. Held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Nassau Wyndham and Crystal Palace Casi-n o last Saturday night, the black-tie event honoured Beverly Wallace-Whitfield, one of the Societys past presidents. The evening saw hundreds o f ladies decked out in their finest; check out The Big T t his Saturday for the full photo spread featuring the Belles of the Ball. A LL talented models are being urged to participate in a search/walkout hosted b y Yodephy Modeling and D ance School this Saturday at the Mall At Marathon. The winners will be awarded a$ 1,500 scholarship to attend Yodephy. See Saturday's Big T for the full story. WHO SHALLBE THEBELLE OFTHE BALL? A NTHEA COX, above, and J ovita Chea, left, at the Red Cross Ball.


R BC ROYAL BANK and RBC FINCO have been honoured with the Bahamas Red Cross third annual Corporate Donor Award. T he award was presented on January 28 at the 40tha nnual Red Cross Ball, a black-tie affair attended by nearly 800 supporters of the Red Cross. Being recognised with this a ward is a true honour, said N athaniel Beneby Jr, head of retail banking for RBC in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. Giving back to our community is one of the core valu es at RBC Royal Bank and R BC FINCO, and the Red C ross is one of our valued partners. RBC has been a longs tanding partner of the Red C ross, supporting the organis ations work through contributions, sponsorship of key i nitiatives and employee volunteerism. Co-chair of the Ball Com m ittee Philip Paul paid tribute t o RBC, and Red Cross Director General Caroline Turnquest presented the a ward. Each year, Mr Paul said, hundreds of RBC employ-e es volunteer at the Annual R ed Cross Fair and RBC often comes to the aid of the Red Cross in times of crisis. In 2011, RBC employees assembled hundreds of box e s of food, water and other supplies to be sent to the Family Islands hit by Hurricane Irene. I n all, the team assembled 1,200 packages which the Red Cross distributed to individu als in need. We express our sincere thanks to RBC for being ano utstanding corporate citizen and for providing an example for others to follow, said Mrs Turnquest. S he added: Like the Bahamas Red Cross, RBC has always had the commu n ity at heart. We look forward to a long and continuous partnership as we strive to take care of t he most vulnerable in our communities. Mr Beneby added: An o verriding focus at RBC is championing causes that help build and sustain vibrant com-m unities. We applaud the Bahamas Red Cross for the work it is doing in our community, and we are proud to be a supporter of these ongoing efforts. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, PAGE 9 Red Cross pays its respects to its corporate supporters P ICTURED FROMLEFT, T anya McCartney, area vice president, RBC F INCO; Caroline Turnquest, director general, Bahamas Red Cross; Joyce Riviere, area vice president, Family Islands; and Jan Knowles, manager public relations and communications.


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE LOST DOG A TRIBUNEreader has issued an appeal to help find a lost dog. The dog, named Scout, went missing in the San Souci area. The dog, an Aust ralian Shepherd, was wearing a green collar with a green IDtag. The reader is offering a reward. If anyone finds Scout o r has seen a dog m atching the description, call 324-5273 or 376-2227. B y MICHELLE GREENE and BRITANNY KEMP MORE than 150,000 pers ons were registered on the new voter register as of Wednesday, compared to the1 32,611 persons in March of 2007. Thus far, Bain and Grants T own constituency has the largest number of registered voters with 5,263 persons, a nd MICAL (Mayaguana, I nagua, Crooked Island and Acklins ) has the smallest with 1,128 persons. F rom the last elections held in 2007, the Blue Hills constituency had the largest numb er of registered voters with 5 ,141 persons, with MICAL still being the constituency with the least 1,157. C urrently, in New Provi dence the total number of registered voters was 106,833, i n the Family Islands 23,138, a nd in Grand Bahama 22,513. Compared to the last election the total number of vote rs for each region has increased. Following is the con s tituency summary as of February 1, 2012: B ains Town........................5263 Bamboo Town...................4897 Carmichael........................4767 C enterville.........................4967 E lizabeth............................4305 Englerston..........................5116 Fort Charlotte...................4579F ox Hill................................4410 Garden Hill........................4563 Golden Gates.....................4890 G olden Isles...................... 4573 K illarney..............................4670 Marathon............................4508 Montagu..............................4699 M ount Moriah...................4760 Nassau Village...................4773 PineWood...........................4511 S aint Annes........................4363 S ea Breeze.........................4532 Southern Shores................4377 Tall Pines.............................4431 Y amacraw ..........................4460 Central Grand Bahama...4743 East Grand Bahama.........4298M arco City..........................4647 Pineridge............................ 4094 W Grnd Bahama & Bimini..4731 C entral & South Abaco...2731 North Abaco ................... 3771 Mangrove Cay & South Andros.2023 N orth Andros & Berry Islands.2200 C at Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador................1432 Central & South Eleuthera..2445 N orth Eleuthera...............3146 The Exumas and Ragged Island.................2512 L ong Island......................1650 M ICAL.............................1228 Figures for 2012 are based on statistics provided by the P arliamentary Registration Department up to February 1, 2012. 150,000 signed up for election


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, PAGE 11 The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***H eading to Canada for University? M cGill University McMaster UniversityUniversity of Guelph U niversity of Toronto University of WaterlooU niversity of Western Ontario I f you are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our s cholarships!Undergraduates onlyA pplications must be in by March 31st, 2012 Application forms may be obtained by writing t o The Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box N 4857, N assau, Bahamas The Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by H igh Tor Limited and family members in m emory of Mr. Joseph Tomlinson t im, they could see no sign of i njuries to his body. Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said police do not suspect foul play at this time, but the investigation is continuing. We also want to appeal t o anyone who may be g oing through a crisis to r each out to the Crisis Centre or Social Services, she said. They can also approach a pastor, their local police sta-t ion or anyone who they think m ay be able to help. We dont want anymore incidents like this. n eeds of the people in those areas, what they f eel has not happened for them and where they see the future of their constituency going, she said. A ccording to Mrs Forbes-Smith, Mr Pintard has taken up residency in Cat Island in preparation for the coming campaign, so he can be a mong the people. W hile the current MP Philip Brave Davis is considered to be in a very strong position in the constituency, she said the situation is actually m ore complex. Just because you have had consistent representation by individuals or any individual for l ong period of time, that does not necessarily mean that constituents are always satisfied with that representation, said Mrs Forbes-Smith. What Mr Pintard is finding out as he does h is door to door campaign is there are lots of needs in the community. East Street while attempting to cross t he road. P olice say a 21A bus was travelling north on East Street in the area of Lewis Street when the accident occurred. A n eyewitness, who wished to r emain anonymous, claimed the bus was attempting to overtake another c ar when the little girl was hit. A car stopped to let the mother cross the road. The bus was in theb ack of the car. After the mother got across the road, the bus tried to get around the car and did not see thel ittle 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 h er coming, the witness said. The Tribune understands the toddler was a student at See-Saw Christ-i an Academy and lived in the Hay Street area. Rodney Moncur, the DNAs cand idate for Bain and Grants Town, w here Karis lived with her family, said when he heard the news he was heartbroken. I have not spoken with the family as yet, he said, because I just learned recently that they lived inB ain and Grants Town, but I fully i ntend to. I want to publicly extend my heartfelt condolences to the fami ly. I can only imagine what they must be going through. I pray the police are handling this case with cautiona nd care. Of the 44 people who died in traffic accidents in 2011, 12 were pedestrians. T HE BODY o f 34-year-old Breco Ambrister is shown leaving in a body bag after he was found hanging at his residence yesterday morning. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff 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 YOUNGFATHERTAKES OWNLIFE Family of girl killed by bus take legal advice FNMCAMPAIGN IN FAMILY ISLANDS


Yesterday at the Office of the Opposition at ParliamentStreet, Mrs Griffin responded to his claims. She said: Dion Foulkes is b eing disingenuous by calling m y claim ludicrous and I will not allow him to trivialise the high level of human suffering through dishonesty and petty political posturing now that h e is running against me in Y amacraw. Bahamian families are being affected. This is not a political football. CCT is designed to reduce poverty through welfare prog rammes. The government would transfer money directly to citizens provided they meet certain criteria. The FNM government cancelled the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, M rs Griffin said. This Inter-American D evelopment Bank (IDB funded programme was well on the way to being implemented in 2007. Because it was a PLP programme, the FNM in a display of petty politics cancelled it, needlessly deepening the suffering of hundreds of Bahamian families. Following a 2001 study w hich revealed some 28,000 B ahamians live below the poverty line, the PLP com-m issioned a study by IDB on the social safety net system in the Bahamas, according to M rs Griffin. She said acting on recommendations from IDB, the PLP then allocated more than $400,000 in the 2007/2008 budget to create a CCT pro-g ramme. The funding was taken out o f the budget by the incoming F NM government and the FNM decided to cancel thep rogramme as was admitted b y the Minister for Social Serv ices on the eight of September, 2010, Mrs Griffin said. S he questioned Mr Ingrah am on at least two occas ions in Parliament about the status of the programme and each time he denied knowl e dge of it. T he last time she asked, Mr I ngraham said he would have a look at it, Mrs Griffin stated. It is now election time and the government is promisingt o implement this very same programme, she said. We a re happy for the Bahamians that will benefit from the prog ramme. We condemn the g overnment for the needless s uffering that thousands of Bahamians experienced duri ng these extremely difficult e conomic times because the F NM decided to cancel this p rogramme. She pointed out that more than $100 million was spent on the New Providence road improvement project, stating: This clearly shows that theF NM decided to put roads b efore the welfare of the Bahamian people. Mr Foulkes previously stated: The PLP typically has at least two empty ready-made r esponses to the compassiona te and effective policies and programmes implemented orp roposed by the Ingraham a dministration. Either they say they had the idea first or they are plan ning to implement what they f ailed to do in the past. H e said both responses are p art of an elaborate public r elations programme to cov er up massive failures in office and extraordinary failures of leadership. Frustrated at her own par t y leadership and deeply envious that the Ingraham admin istration is proposing to intro d uce CCT, Mrs Griffin is s eeking to distract attention f rom the massive incompet ence of the former Christie a dministration, Mr Foulkes said. Rather than endless talk, t he current government has e ngaged Inter-American Development Bank to assist with the development of a C CT programme in the B ahamas. Unlike the Opposition, planning is well on the way and will be implement ed in a re-elected Ingraham administration. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE BID NOTICEe Broadcasting Corporation of e Bahamas invites tenders from eligible bidders to supply and install one (1ninter-r uptible Power Supply (UPS Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Oce, Harcourt Rusty Bethel Drive by contacting: M rs. Portia Johnson Executive Asst. to the General Manager Telephone No.: (242 O NE (1OPY of the completed tender must be hand-delivered in a SEALED ENVELOPE on or before February 10, 2012 and addressed as follows: General Manager e Broadcasting Corporation of e Bahamas (ZNS Harcourt Rusty Bethel Drive Nassau, Bahamas M arked: Tender No. 001/12 SUPPLY & INSTALLATION OF ONE UPS HARCOURT RUSTY BETHEL DRIVE NASSAU, BAHAMAS f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Minister accused of posturing LABOUR and Social Development Minister Dion Foulkes, top, has resort-e d to petty plitical posturing according to his PLPrival for the Yamacraw seat, Melanie Griffin, bottom. The two haveb ecome involved in a row over the Conditional Cash Transfersp rogramme.