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26TH MURDER VICTIM OF THE YEAR NAMED N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER 52 years in jail for death row inmate Volume: 108 No.93FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 82F LOW 70F B y LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com F ORMER death row inmate and murder convict Maxo Tido spent the first night of his new 52-year sent ence at Her Majesty's Fox Hill prison last night after being resentenced for killing 16-year-old Donnell Connover. Tidos exit from the Supreme Court, flanked by police, brought about closure for the teens mother, LavernC onnover, who has mourned for her daughter throughout the 10 years that the case has been before the courts. Ms Connover said: I was looking for more years, but I can live with that. I could put a little closure to it now and move on with my life. Tido, who was sentenced to die in 2006, saw this decision overturned by the Londonbased Privy Council in June of 2011. On March 20, 2006, a jury convicted Tido of murdering 16-year-old Donnell Conn over in 2002. Her body was found off Cowpen Road, bat tered and bruised, her skull c rushed. Evidence also revealed that parts of Ms Connovers body were burned after her death. A month after his convic tion, then Senior Justice Ani ta Allen (now Court of Appeal President) ruled that the crime committed by Tido warranted the death penalty. The decision came days after the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sen t ence in place up until that point in the Bahamas was not constitutional. In 2009, the Committee for the Prerogative of Mercy decided the law should take its course, as Tido's case was not one that warranted mercy. However, Tido appealed to the Privy Council, the high est court of appeal recognised in the Bahamas, which ruled that the killing of Connover did not warrant execution. No execution f or murderer of 16-year-old girl TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDE:CENTREOFHOPESPECIAL INSIDE SPORT TODAY NOW HELP US T OREACH TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR BREAST C AN CER C AMP AIGN TURN T O OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $206,000 By SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WHILE not personally agreeing with the marital rapel aw, DNA leader Branville McCartney said yesterday if elected he would put it to the people. In what appeared to be a turnabout from his previously stated position on this issue, M r McCartney said like many other issues facing the country, the DNA believest his one can be resolved t hrough mutual understand ing and compromise. A statement from the party said: Mr McCartney is con v ening a focus group of representatives from both clergy and womens rights activists in order to build consensus amongst the varying perspec tives. By facilitating a conversation where all voices can be heard, Mr McCartney hopes to develop a policy that wille nforce our Christian values and protect women's rights. Our goal as a government is to ensure complete equity and equality for Bahamian women and complete protection of every civil, human and legal right as afforded men. However, while on the TV programme Citizens Review, By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AUSTRALIAN journalist Nick Lazaredes defended the journalistic integrity and relevance of his controversial crime documentary Caribbean Crimewave yesterday. Rejecting calls for a public apology, Mr Lazaredes called for a more open discussion on crime challenges and social ills in the country during an exclusive interview with The Tribune. Mr Lazaredes said: In my By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DESPITE there being no foreseeable end to the mora torium on oil exploration in the short term, Bahamas Petroleum Company is claiming it intends to drill its first test well this year and no later than April 2013. While, according to Minis ter of Environment Earl Deveaux the moratorium, which remains in effect, cov ers oil exploration and definitely drilling, the Bahamas KASNO MAJOR has been named as the countrys 26th murder victim of the year after his body was found lying in a dirt road early on Wednesday morning. For the full story, see page 9. U-TURNFOR BRANON MARITAL RAPELAW S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 JOURNALIST DEFENDSVIDEO ONCRIMEWAVE BPCINTENDS TO DRILL TEST WELL THIS YEAR D NALEADER Branville McCartney who nows ays the issue over the marital rape law can be resolved through compromise. C C H H I I L L D D R R E E N N S S S S O O C C C C E E R R . . . P P L L U U S S C C H H A A M M P P I I O O N N S S H H I I P P F F O O R R C C H H E E E E T T A A H H S S THE state of public educa tion was a prominent theme for both Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and opposition leader Perry Christie as they addressed supporters last night. Mr Ingraham told an FNM crowd in Yamacraw that Mr Christies neglect of education was one of his greatest betrayals. EDUC ATION ON LEADERS AGENDAS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8
DONT miss The Big T, on sale tomorrow, packed withn ews, features, fashion, entertainment and up to $150 inf ood and shopping coupons. This week, check out how a new technology that could revolutionise the countrys fishing industry. A lso read about how the Bahamas could take a cuef rom Iceland, a country with a similar population size, which has launched a search engine that allows residents to findo ut if they are dating a relative. I n our weekly columns, find who the FNMs worst Cabinet Minister has been according to Adrian Gibson in A Young Mans View; and reada bout how John Marquis cannot take Tommy Turnquestsc omments seriously when it comes to the countrys crime situation. To learn why it i s extremely important thaty ou consider making a will, read our legal advice column Legal Brief this week. And to find out what Bahamians are really vexeda bout this week is it crime, politicians or road works? c heck out Why You Vex? In ourSTYLZsection, find o ut about the essential bags are that every woman should own in Handbags 101 and read about how a local accessory designer is on a mission to infuse Bahamian womens wardrobes with a dose ofm arine-themed chic. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE T T O O M M O O R R R R O O W W I I N N NEWS SPORTS FASHION FOOD TRAVEL MOVIES MUSIC TV NYTIMES CHECK OUT The Big Ts centres pread t omorrow for Katrinkas Creations. TALENT CONTEST HITS NASSAU DW DAVIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL students sing the gospel anthem "All Gone" during the first day of the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival's New Providence adjudications. MONESHA BOWLEG of Bahamas Academy sings Whitney Houston's "I Look to You". S C MCPHERSON J unior High School student Davaro Chase sings "His E ye is on The Sparrow". DW DAVIS Junior High School student Terrell Tinker sings "Nobody Greater" RAEDAWN LEWIS and Alyscia King represent Bahamas Academy, singing "Pray On". HO NASH Junior High School students Anthony and Mark Johnson sing "He'll Do It Again". THE SC MCPHERSON Blossom Chorale performs a cappella KINGSWAY ACADEMY Junior Choir performs a gospel song.Photos:Eric Rose
By DANA SMITH email@example.com HER Majestys Prison, Fox H ill has no running water after 6pm just one among the many problems that havet he Bahamas Prison Officers A ssociation up in arms. Executive members of the association detailed a list of problems affecting the prison which include derelict kitchen facilities and a lack of protec t ive gear for officers. Gregory Archer, BPOA president, said morale among officers is at an all-time low a nd the association has now joined forces with the Nation al Congress of Trade Unions ( NCTU) in an effort to seek improvements. For the past two years and s ome, weve been agitating to the administrator of Her Majestys Prison on several i ssues, Mr Archer said. At o ne point, nine months ago, the NCTU intervened with us to the superintendent of the p rison and we had agreed on short term goals to be accomplished in a timely fashion. As it stands now, a new execu tive is now in office and these goals have not been met. BPOA vice-president Scott Williams said: After 6 oclock, there is no water in the entire prison. So what happens now is, before the water is cut off we have to store the water in a 55 gallon drum and if you use the water, you have to use a five gallon bucket to flush the toilet. For years, weve been try ing to find a solution, even if we bring to the table a solu tion, the administration is always finding reasons why it cant be done. That is unacceptable for us now, unacceptable, he said. Before an offi cer or an inmate gets sick with some sort of disease and it spreads throughout the prison,it must come to an end. In the kitchen, there is just one baker and one boilerin charge of feeding 1,500 inmates, Mr Williams said. The ceiling tiles are black with grease and falling out to the point where you can literally look through and seethe skies, he said. He added there is an open grease pit which emanates a strong odour, and officers have slipped and hurt themselves. The men said officers also need more panic buttons, safe ty vests, radio sets, and pepper spray. They added that lunch hours are not properly regulat ed, no transportation is provided to and from court for officers, and there is no succession planning for senior staff. Mr Archer said the BPOA has met with National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest about the problems but he only encouraged the association to n egotiate with prison bosses. B ut the BPOA would prefer for the government to step in. As for the reports of possi b le strike action, Mr Archer said: Just stay tuned. Prison superintendent Dr E lliston Rahming could not b e reached for comment. Last night, DNA Sea B reeze candidate Alfred P oitier said Minister Turnquest must act expeditiously to address the concerns and n ot take the matter lightly. The security of our nation, the health and life of theseo fficers are not trivial matt ers. Procrastination is not an option. BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT After gunm en shot and killed Erison T anelus, they beat up his pregnant wife and threatened to kill her and the couples young son if she did not give them the money, the Supreme Court heard yesterday. Frantzcia St Louis Tanelus g ave a statement to police on January 7, 2009, about what took place early that morning. She said three masked gunmen forced their way into the couples apartment and s hot her husband in the head. Samiko Rigby, 24, of Jones T own, Eight Mile Rock, is on t rial for the murder. He is also accused of armed robbery and b urglary. It is alleged that he was one of three men whoe ntered the couples apartm ent in Hepburn Town, Eight M ile Rock that morning. Detective Sgt Johnson, of the Serious Crime Unit, said h e arrived at the scene around 3.30am and was directed to Apartment Five. He noticedt hat the lock was damaged and that a spent .9mm casing was on the ground outside. Sgt Johnson was led inside t he apartment, and to an u pstairs bedroom where the door lock was also damaged. H e said a black man was lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The body was removed around 5.58am. Sgt Johnson said around 7.55am, he went to the Rand Memorial Hospitals Mater nity Ward, where he saw Mrs Tanelus. Mrs Tanelus was 27 years old and nine monthsp regnant at the time. S he said the couple went to bed around midnight. Mrs Tanelus sister-in-law, who was visiting from Haiti, was sleeping downstairs. S ometime after 2am, Mrs T anelus got up to use the bathroom. Her husband also got up, looked out the window and saw three men trying to get into the house. He called police. M rs Tanelus said the three men gained access to the house then forced open their bedr oom door. They were wearing c loths with eye-holes over their faces, dark, hooded jackets, and were carrying medium-l ength guns. She said one of the men went up to her husband and shot him in the head. H er husband grabbed a cutl ass and swung it at one of the m en, then fell to the ground bleeding from the head. Mrs Tanelus said the men went downstairs, then came back and removed the bedm attress, searching for money. The men asked for money in Creole and threatened tok ill her and her son. She said one of the gunmen started beating her in the face with h is fist and demanding money. M rs Tanelus showed them her sons piggy bank. The men continued to beat her, demanding more money. She told police they took her son downstairs and said they would kill him if she didn ot give up the money. She s aid she heard her son crying, then heard a gunshot. Mrs Tanelus pleaded with the men not to kill her baby. A short time later, she said, her son came upstairs. She told police she then got a towel for her husband, who was still on the floor bleeding. Mrs Tanelus said in addition to stealing $340 from the piggy bank, the gunmen also took another $70; her husb ands LG cell phone valued at $400; and her sister-in-laws L G cell phone, valued at $ 290. She said she did not know why the men were looki ng for her husband. According to Mrs Tanelus, o ne of the men spoke with an A merican accent. He kept t elling her that she talked too much, that she had given police information, and that h is friend got locked up in connection with an earlier break-in at the house. T he trial resumes today. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012, PAGE 3 THE JUBILEE S ailing Trust, a registered charity that promotes the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge of tall s hip sailing, is bringing its ship, the Tenacious, to Grand Bahama. For many, sailing on one of the trusts specially designed ships can be a lifechanging experience where a dventure, challenge and friendships come together. The Tenacious, which is making its way around the Caribbean, spent some time in Nassau before setting sail f or Grand Bahama. Murderers beat up victims pregnant wif Sailing ship to arrive in Grand Bahama LACK OF RUNNING WATER AMONG ISSUES AT PRISON Sailing ship to arrive in Grand Bahama SAMIKO R IGBY, w ho is charged with murder
By DANA SMITH email@example.com T HE governments survey for businesses adversely a ffected by the ongoing road work has been greeted veryw armly, according to Mini stry of Finance officials. S tarting Wednesday, the g overnment went door-todoor asking businesses on r oads where major work has been done to detail any losses incurred as a result of the con-s truction. The survey will be used to w ork out the details of a comprehensive repayment s cheme, the ministry said. D eputy director of investm ents Viana Gardner said: I c an tell you in general terms, from the reports that I heard, that its going quite well, actually. Most of the enumerators have been met very warmly byb usiness owners on both Market Street and Baillou Hill. As far as I understand, the questionnaires have been distributed to the businesses on those streets. Persons are asking quest ions and the information that we have available, I know t hats been given to them. Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham announced the init iative on Tuesday. S peaking to FNM supporte rs, he said the government will compile information, including t he businesses expenses, rev enue, profits, and accounts receivable and payable duringt he period 2007 to 2011. Businesses that are in o peration as well as any that may have closed temporarily a s a result of the roadwork w ill be included in the survey. The results of the survey w ill help us determine how best we might lend economic or financial assistance to those business establishments adversely impacted by thew orks, Mr Ingraham said. The survey is expected to last t wo weeks. The business owners then have one week to complete the surveys, and gather supporting documents, beforet he ministry collects them. In t he weeks to follow, Mr Ingra ham said, the information will be analysed and decisions willb e made on the assistance to be given in each case. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012, PAGE 5 THE Eugene Dupuch Law S chool, in conjunction with Dupuch and Turnquest &C o., counsel and attorneysat-law, has announced the 4th Annual Eugene Dupuch Distinguished Lecture. The Eugene Dupuch Dist inguished Lecture is intended to provide a forum for the scholarly discussion of topical jurisprudential matters that are of interest to the legal profession and civil society. Distinguished lecturers ared rawn from the legal fraternity in The Bahamas and the Caribbean and the speakers are persons who have excelled in various areas of the law. The 2012 Distinguished Lecture will be presented by M r. Thomas Evans, QC, on Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 p .m. at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. The topic of M r. Evans lecture is The L aw and Social Change: A L ook at Legal Reform in The B ahamas. For the fourth consecutive y ear, the Distinguished Lecture is co-sponsored by the law firm of Dupuch and Turn-q uest & Co. Both the Eugene D upuch Law School and D upuch and Turnquest & Co. a re excited about the scholarly information that Mr. Evans will share with the B ahamian society as a whole a nd more specifically, with the legal community on this very important topic. T he lecture is open to the public and is free of charge. The Eugene Dupuch Law S chool is one of three law s chools operated by the C ouncil of Legal Education, where students can obtain p ost graduate legal education, before being called to the Bar in various Caribbean coun-t ries. The other law schools operated by the Council of Legal Education are theH ugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad & Tobago and the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. BY SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE CELL phone nuis ances now experienced by B TC customers are expected to be resolved by the beginning of the summer, marketing vice president Marlon Johnson said yesterday. M r Johnson said BTC is aware of the dropped calls a nd the disruption in service, but most of the issues have been resolved. He said: We still get interruptions in services and we are aware their are intermit-t ent BBM, texting and Top Up issues, but we are refresing out network and the issue should be resolved by summer. We feel confident that in a matter of months a lot of t hese nuisance-type situations would go away. It will take some time to get the network as robust and resilient as it should be, but we're on a track to get there. BTC has invested $43 million in its new cellular network and we are improving. Mr Johnson also confirmed that another group of employees will be given their s everance packages at the end of the month. Remaining tight lipped on the details of the packages and the number of BTC employees receiving them,M r Johnson said the exercise is going as well as can be expected. The process is going as smoothly as can be anticipated; we try to avoid getting into particulars to protect the s taff, said Mr Johnson. He said the staggered timing of the exercises was chosen to allow the company to adjust slowly in an effort to ensure customers are nota ffected. The restructuring exercise, Mr Johnson said, is all about maximising customer benefit while preparing for the opening up of the telecommunications market. ANNUAL LECTURE ANNOUNCED Warm response to survey of roadwork-hit businesses SUMMER DEADLINE FOR END TO CELLPHONE TROUBLES ROADWORKS have hit a number of areas of Nassau, including Prince Charles Drive, pictured here.
Consequently, he had to reappear before the Supreme Court for resentencing. However, his resentencing, presided over by Senior Jus-t ice Jon Isaacs, had been delayed on several occasions since last November. Absent attorneys, missing documents, and the hiring of two new attorneys were the reasons for the delays up to yesterday. However, new attorney Richard Bootle came preparedf or court and the proceedings went on without a hitch. Probation officer Christina Swain of the Rehabilitative Services Department gave herr eport on Tido's conduct and progression since his incarc erations based on speaking with him. In her summation, she said that Tido maintained his innocence of the matter and only expressed remorse and tookr esponsibility for not returning her home safely on a consensual night out. Tido felt that he had suffered from his limited involve-m ent in the matter and should be released from prison. R egarding progress, she said Tido had repeatedly broken a number of prison rules while he was detained. Mr Bootle asked Senior Justice Jon Isaacs for leniency int he circumstances of his client having been affected by his mothers abandonment at a tender age and nonexistent father. He said his client had only one previous conviction, carrying arms, that was served in2 005, well before the 2006 conviction. He said his clients case, also taking into account Tidos maintaining innocence, but accepting responsibility for not taking the girl home, did not warrant life imprison.H e said Tido ought to be given a chance to return to society and make restitution for the crime. In response, the judge said h e took into consideration the circumstances surrounding t he incident and the two years Tido served on remand before being convicted. While he acknowledged it was Tidos right to reserve his innocence on the matter,h owever the jury had convicted. The judge said he would act on that conviction. I have not found in you true remorse, he told the convict. He gave the man 52 years after subtracting thee ight years served in prison during the last decade. The sentence began from yesterdays proceeding. In their five years in office from 2002 to 2007, he said, the PLP went right back tot heir selfish ways. They were so busy looking after them-s elves they couldnt find time to build a single school. In this, our latest term, we built three new schools and expanded eight more. The F NM increased national and international scholarships for qualifying Bahamians fromt he PLPs $400,000 in their l ast year in office to $8 million this year. And we increased tuition f unding to COB for Bahami a n students from $5 million in their last term in office to $25 million this term we spent five times as much on tuition for Bahamians at COB. M r Ingraham said if reelected, the FNM will move forward with their 10-year plan for education and estab lish a Bahamas Youth Devel opment Corps to allow Bahamians between the ages of 18 and 25 to volunteer their time at homework cen-t res, after-school programmes, and to assist the elderly, the d isabled and the disadvantaged while earning funds towards higher education or entrepreneurial ventures. For his part, Mr Christie told supporters in South Andros the FNM borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure, skyrocketing the national debt with most of the money going to foreign contractors while education remained under funded. H e said: Since last spring, t he PLP has been calling for the nation to double our investment in education and t raining. I know what this moment in our history requires, B ahamians we need a revolution in education and traini ng. Im not just talking about t inkering at the edges. Im t alking about innovation and more resources at every level, from pre-school all the way up to workers already in the workforce who need reg u lar training to make sure their skills stay current and they can compete with the best. Were going to upgrade t he nations schools, make them technology-and-energyfriendly, 21st century schools, so we make sure our children have the tools they need to p articipate fully in the information and technology revolutions which are sweeping the world. Were going to have Career Path Academies, so we can dramatically expand v ocational and technical train i ng and apprenticeship opportunities. Mr Christie said this education revolution will be for all Bahamians for everyone who wants to improve their chances of success, improve their skills and their knowledge, for everyone who knows they can compete with the best in the world if their government believes in them and invests in them. Mr Ingrahams take on the PLPs education plan was somewhat less optimistic. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE hosted by Erin Ferguson, Mr McCartney when asked if the Marital Rape Bill would be passed by the DNA government, replied: No, sir. When you get married to a person you are one. The Bill introduced by the FNM would have a man imprisoned from seven years to life for having sex with his wife without her consent. Mr McCartney said that legisla tion of this magnitude cannot be rushed because of international pressure. I was a Cabinet member when this legislation was first introduced, and I saw firsthand how divisive this would be to the country. Re-education to build awareness is required before making decisions that affect our country's Christian val ues. We can no longer rush legislation, because of international pressure without con sidering how it would affect our society, he said. I object to Butler-Turners assertion that this issue will eliminate the DNA from the political race, mainly because this party, unlike her own, are open to a discussion with womens rights activist, clergymen and others. Ben Albury, DNA candi date for Montagu said he believed Mr McCartneys comments were misunderstood. He said: The party does not condone violence of any type and the party does not condone marital rape. The problem is Mr McCartney spoke from the perspective of an attorney in that it is very difficult to prove rape between a husband anda wife. When you get before a court and its only husband and wife in the bedroom and the husband is saying one thing and the wife is saying the next and there was no wit ness, it makes it difficult. To pass a law specifically for marital rape would be a great challenge for any administration. 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 52 years in jail for death row inmate MAXOTIDO being escorted by officers outside court yesterday. EDUCATION ON LEADERS AGENDAS U-TURN FORBRANON MARITALRAPELAW
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012, PAGE 9 B y SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com POLICE still have no leads in the countrys latest murder and are asking for the publics help. T he body of Kasno Major, 21, of Montell Heights was discovered lying on a dirt roade arly Wednesday morning. He was the country's 26th murder victim. P olice say his body was found around 7.30am off Cox Way, East Street. Head of the Central Detec t ive Unit Paul Rolle said: We currently have no leads and no suspects. We area ppealing to members of the p ublic who may have heard a nything or who may know something to come forward s o we can bring this family some closure. Friends and family of the slain man posted tributes on his Facebook page, describi ng him as a fun-loving, kind hearted man, who would do anything for af riend. Family members were too distraught to speak to The T ribune y esterday. Meanwhile four people three women and a man are being questioned by p olice after the discovery of a large quantity of marijuana. E astern Division officers w ere on routine patrol on L umumba Lane around 1pm on Wednesday, when they o bserved the occupants of a grey Daewoo acting suspiciously. The officers conducted a search and discovered 60 p ounds of drugs with an estimated street value $60,000. A n 18-year-old Shirlea Park man is also being questioned by police, in connect ion with the attempted robbery of Wendys Restaurant on Mackey Street. Police say off duty police o fficers and a security guard stopped the robbery and confiscated a handgun anda mmunition. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE government is set to b orrow $10 million from the Inter-American Development Bank to correct serious flawsin the Ministry of Social Services and its various assistancep rogrammes for those living in poverty. The funds will launch the Social Safety Net Reform Programme which will support the governments effortsto reduce poverty and i mprove human capital develo pment. According to Melanie Griffin, former Minister of Social Services, the deal was in the final stages of preparation under the former PLP administration. That was started under the Christie administration.W e began the process and it was in it the final stages as w e had done the necessary research with the InterAmerican Development Bank to bring about the reform that the departmentn eeded, she said. According to the projects profile, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development funds several aid initiatives, including food assistance, financial assistance,s chool uniform and footwear, t he National Lunch Programme, disability allowance and medical card assistance. In addition, the National Insurance Board provides non-contributory pension and assistance benefits for the elderly poor. However, research has r evealed that a number of individuals benefiting from t hese programmes do not live under the poverty line. According to the 2006 Household Expenditure Survey, only 42 per cent of bene-f iciaries of the Food Assistance Programme and 24 per cent of beneficiaries of the non-contributory pension are in the lowest 20 per cent of the population, an IDB report said. T hrough the Social Safety N et Reform Programme, these issues are expected to be corrected. While acknowledging the great benefits to be gained from the programme, Mrs Griffin said it was no surprise that the government decided to launch it at election time. We were in the final stages of the project when our term i n office ended in 2007. And I did follow up to see what was being done with the programme. As a matter of fact, records of the House ofA ssembly reflect that I asked the government what was being done with the programme. The prime minister at the time didnt know about it but he promised to get to the bot-t om of it. And obviously he n ow decided to bring it back, she said. The current Minister of Social Development, Loretta Butler-Turner, was not available for comment. $10m to be borrowed to fix flaws in social services 26TH MURDER VICTIM OF THE YEAR NAMED MELANIEGRIFFIN, former Minister of Social Services, said the Social Safety Net Reform Programme had been started under the Perry Christie administration.
Petroleum Companys (BPC website claims the company intends to continue the exploration programme in then ext extension (through 2015). M r Deveaux has confirmed t hat BPC has certain rights and obligations included in its permit, which are written intot he act and regulations. H owever, The T ribune understands even if the provisions allow non drillinge xploration the company has yet to apply for specific per mits to test for oil which must be approved by the Governor General. T ribune feature writer Larr y Smith, in an article published this week said under existing Bahamian law,l icensees are required to drill an exploratory well within a certain timeframe which in BPC's case is prior to April2 013 or risk forfeiting their rights. The company says it has completed the required e nvironmental impact assessment for this test well and is already working on a management plan. A ccording to Ben Albury, the DNAs candidate for Montagu, the website should be clarified by the BPC and t he government. Either Mr Deveaux is being misleading or BPC is misleading investors, MrA lbury said. If the company is out raising money through investors to continue what they ared oing based on the claim they have permission to proceed, then I think it is up to the gov e rnment to save our good name and take a stand and say what BPC is selling this investment on is not true or i ncorrect. Last week, The Tribune published a list, released by M r Deveaux, of the companies that have applied for or been granted licenses toe xplore for oil, either before or during the moratorium. Mr Albury noted it was listed that BPC is represent-e d by the law firm of PLP deputy leader Philip Davis, and that the company's man aging director in the Bahamas is Jerome Gomez, opposition candidate for Kil l arney. Once again calling on the PLP to join the conversation on oil exploration, Mr Albury questioned both the partys connection to BPC and whether they are receiving election donations. Yesterday, Mr Albury provided documents said to be a presentation made by BPC to their investors earlier this month entitled: Reducing Risk: Ready for the Drill Bit, which said that two new Bahamian directors had been appointed to the companys board. Mr Albury believes t hey are Mr Gomez and Mr D avis. In Mr Alburys opinion, Mr Davis and Mr Gomezsi nvolvement in BPC is a major conflict of interest, especially if re-elected in the upcoming elections and oile xploration comes before Parliament for debate. They should either resign f rom BPC or if they win their seats excuse themselves from any debate as it relates to oil and Bahamas Petroleum t hey need to stand down in the interest of keeping things transparent, Mr Albury said. M r Albury said he has written to the minister on a number of occasions expressingh is concerns on oil explo ration in the Bahamas, most recently on March 21 request ing a meeting to discuss the m atter. The DNA will take all mea sures to get questions answered, he said. Oil drilling threatens two of our countrys biggest indus t ries, tourism and fishing, therefore the DNA demands to know if Mr Deveaux and the FNM government have ensured the protection of Bahamian interest. It is that these decisions are being made in the confines of back rooms and secret meetings, Mr Albury said. I want the public to know what is about to happen in our precious sea. Up to press time, Mr Davis could not be reached for comment. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e DNA CANDIDATE to Montague Ben Albury speaks to The Tribune yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff BPC INTENDS TO DRILL TES T WELL THIS YEAR
INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012, PAGE 11 I NTHETRIBUNEONMONDAY P P U U L L L L O O U U T T G G U U I I D D E E T T O O R R I I D D E E F F O O R R H H O O P P E E S ANFORD, Fla A ssociated Press THE POLICE CHIEF who has been bitterly critic ised for not arresting a neighb orhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of an u narmed black teenager announced Thursday that he is temporarily stepping down to let passions cool. Sanford Police Chief Bill L ees decision came less than a day after city commissioners g ave him a no confidence vote, and after a couple of w eeks of protests and uproar on social media websites. Lee has said the evidence in thec ase supported George Zimmermans claim that the Feb 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was selfd efence. Martin was returning from a trip to a convenience storew hen Zimmerman started foll owing him, telling police dispatchers he looked suspicious. At some point, the two got into a fight and Zimmerman pulled out his gun. Zimmerman told police Martin attacked him after he had given up on chasing thet eenager and was returning to his sport utility vehicle. The shooting ignited racial tensions in the Orlando suburb. Civil rights groups have h eld rallies in Florida and New York, saying the shooti ng was unjustified. WHITNEY HOUSTON died from drowning in a h otel bathtub, but coroners officials said Thursday that heart disease and chronicc ocaine use were contributing factors to the singers death. The release of the autopsy findings ends weeks of specu l ation about what killed the singer on Feb 11. Houston was found submerged in the batht ub of her room at the Bever ly Hilton Hotel and her death has been ruled as accidental. S everal bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coro ner's officials said they werent i n excessive quantities. Beverly Hills police said there was no evidence of w rongdoing in connection with Houstons death. We are saddened to learn o f the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure, said Patricia Houston, the singers sister-i n-law and manager. DROWNINGCAUSEDWHITNEY HOUSTONSDEATH Police chief stands down as row over teenagers shooting grows H UNDREDS o f people gather in New York for a rally for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager, inset, who was shot dead in Florida by a neighb orhood watch captain.
o pinion, problems such as the crime problem in the Bahamas should be discussed openly, not hidden. In the long term the damage is far greater for problems to bea llowed to fester. While he acknowledged conflicting views over descriptive language used in the film, Mr Lazaredes denied claims that he had a subversive agenda to damage the countryst ourism industry. He also noted that most of the information discussed in his report had already been documented by international organisations, such as the U nited Nations. P ublicised through Australias Special Broadcasting Services Dateline programme, the 15-minute report was aired on March 13 andd epicts a country under siege by violent crime. The report examines the c ountrys crime roots and c hallenges through select interviews with National S ecurity Minister Tommy T urnquest, journalist Jerome Sawyer, evangelist Myles Munroe, an off-duty police o fficer and two citizens. T he brutal killing of 11y ear-old Marco Archer in September last year was highl ighted as a new low for the country, according to Mr Lazaredes, who reported that B ahamians were forced to live in fear of being attacked or robbed. M r Lazaredes said he chose to focus on the murder of 11year-old Marco Archer because it was a prominent example of the overall toll exacted by a rise in violent crime. The people that are watching are very touched by (Marcos story), he said. People shouldnt think t hat stories like this are really going to make a terrible and dramatic impact on the tourism industry. These things perhaps can have short termi mpact but it is far better for s uch issues to be discussed. O pposition leader Perry Christie was also interviewed; however, Mr Lazaredes said he chose not to include the footage as it might have politicized the documentary ands ubsequently detracted from i ts message. Earlier this week, Mr Turnquest demanded an apology from the Australian journalist and said the documentary wasa total misrepresentation of t he crime situation in the B ahamas. M r Lazaredes said: I was r eally impressed with how a rticulate young Bahamians w ere about this problem t hats where Im a little per plexed about where I apolog ize. The story was a collect ion of media reports, governm ent leaders, and Bahamians, t hey expressed the views thats coming out in the video. He added: My reaction was on one side a bit horrified that it upset a certain g roup of people, but at the same time I guess I was pleased in a way. Mr Lazaredes said: For me, I guess thats what journalism is all about, inspiring a reaction in people. I guess Img lad the issue is being discussed. The documentary was inspired by the stark increase in crime in the pasty ear, according to Mr Lazared es, who said hed been moni toring the Caribbean region, specifically The Bahamas, for nearly a decade. Mr Lazaredes said he was particularly intrigued by the issue of capital punishmenta nd the Privy Council. The p roximity, and subsequent burden as so aptly described by Mr Munroe in the documentary, of the United States was also a point of interest. In the last 12 months, you s aw this rapid spike in murd er. It caught my interest b ecause now you had a situat ion where the death penalty w as no longer applied but the c rime situation was worseni ng. The fact that youve had s o many differences recently w ith regards to Privy Counc il, if you like, interfering to t he point that you have to change laws. It speaks to the views of Bahamians. He added: While capital punishment is a burning issue i n many countries, it was very interesting and refreshing to l isten to Bahamians and their v iews as to why or otherwise capital punishment should carried out. Up to press time last night, t he video had attracted just u nder 15,000 views on Youtube. W hile Youtube comments for the video have been disa bled, Mr Lazaredes encour aged persons wishing to express fair views to comment on Datelines website,w ww.sbs.com.au/dateline. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE DURING a tour of the new container port at Arawak Cay, Chamber of Commerce President Winston Rolle said he was much taken by the impressive developments he saw there. Michael Maura, CEO of the Arawak Port Develop ment Company (APD updated Mr Rolle on the changes and advancements in the shipping sector over the past three years, which have necessitated new tariff charges. Mr Maura pointed out the features of the facility that he said bring it into the 21st century of commercial shipping. He said the new port is fully compliant with ISPS code requirements and customer service is enhanced by APDs state-of-the-art terminal management and NAVIS-Argo with offsite back-up, ensuring accurate and complete trade records and container tracking. Greater Bahamas Customs control, including two transit sheds and Customs X-Ray capability supported by onsite physical examinations of containers, lower the risk level, which will facilitate faster car go delivery, Mr Maura said. The enhanced security at the port includes a single port gate, which is rapidly nearing completion and will be operated by APD in partnership with Bahamas Customs and the Port Department. Additionally, there will be round-the-clock security, perimeter fencing, and surveillance cameras. Betty K was the first shipping company to move from Bay Street into the 25,000 sq ft warehouse at Arawak Cay, where it will shortly be joined by the other shippers who have traditionally operated within the narrow confines of Bay Street. These moves are key to the redevelopment of Nassau, the almost 400-year old capital, for the benefit of both Bahamians and visitors. JOURNALISTDEFENDSVIDEOONCRIMEWAVE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e WINSTON ROLLE, left, and Michael Maura tour the container port at Arawak Cay. PRAISE FOR CONTAINER PORT FR OM CHAMBER OF C OMMER CE JOURNALIST N ick Lazaredes, w ho made the documentary. T HEDATELINE w ebsite featuring the Caribbean Crime Wave video.