N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R PM:police to target specific criminals C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.8TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, SHOWER HIGH 80F LOW 69F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S A story of SEESECTIONE triumph Diplomats beat Giants T HERE will be a greater focus on specific perpe trators of violent crime with i n the country, Prime Minis t er Hubert Ingraham vowed yesterday, noting that he expects the police will have greater successes in the coming weeks and months in battling crime. Fielding questions on the record-breaking 88 murders for the year, Mr Ingraham said he was satisfied the police are doing a good job, and commended them for their work. He said: I am very pleased with the job they are doing. I suspect that they will have even a greater success in the coming weeks and coming months because I suspect they will be more focused on specific areas and persons who are presumed to be involved in significant activity. One of our biggest prob lems in this country is drugs. Drugs are influencing many of the crimes that are being c ommitted especially those that are related to murder. Many of them are hit killers,w here people are contracted t o do so, or where there are turf wars between various persons. Our system, to some extent, is not quite functional whether it is a system for the police in apprehend ing, prosecuting, and then having the courts dispose of the cases. We have huge backlogs of cases not withstanding the huge resources that have been pumped into the sys tem there are many things that do not connect. Mr Ingraham pointed out that when he was first elected to the House of Assem bly in 1977 there were only 14 or 15 murders that year a stark difference to the escalating numbers seen in the last few years. In 2001, the year before I left office the last time, there Ingraham expects r eater success in cr ime fight McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E G OVERNMENT focus and action concerning then ational crime issue is heavily a ffected by the political clim ate, according to PLP leader Perry Christie. During his interview on a l ocal radio talk show, the leader of the opposition said he was tremendously disap-p ointed in Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham, who he holds responsible for the degeneration of social condit ions in the country. Mr Christie explained that due to the prime ministers SEE page 10 CHRISTIE: GOVT FOCUS ON CRIME AFFECTED BY POLITICAL CLIMATE S EE page 10 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AIRCRAFT operators have no right to ignore the laws of the Bahamas said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in his first public comments on the brewing feud between the Depart ment of Customs and local aviation companies. Mr Ingraham said it goes without saying that aircraft operators will have to pay any outstanding customs duties owed to the Government. What does the Prime Minister of the Bahamas say to those people who have brought stuff in that required duty to be paid, who didnt pay it, other than to say talk to Customs and seek to make arrangements. What else can he say? That its OK for you? When I buy a boat, I have to pay duty. When you buy By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HARBOUR ISLAND residents, fearing irreparable damage to visitor and resi dent confidence because of the recent spate of burglaries, have renewed their cries for greater focus on family island crime. The islanders claim repeat incidents have left them frus trated and vulnerable, how ever, police officials who acknowledged matters have been reported in past weeks maintain that there has been no noted increase in reported burglaries on the island. Willard Cunningham, assis tant commissioner of police in charge of the Family Island district, said: There has not been an increase in burglaries there have been a few mat ters that were reported in the past couple weeks. In a letter to The Tribune, Charles Carey, a Harbour Island resident and businessSEE page eight SEE page 10 PM:AIRCAFT OPERATORS HAVE NO RIGHT TO IGNORE LAWS HARBOUR ISLAND RESIDENTS V OICE FEARS OVER BUR GL ARIES IN THE SLOWLANE: Roadworks on Robinson Road are having a knock-on effect on traffic around New Providence. With the roads already busy due to the festive season, this could be a trying time for motorists. R OADWORKSKEEPTRAFFICINLOWGEAR TIM CLARKE/TRIBUNESTAFF
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT Following t he deaths and injuries of workers as a result of a tornado in March, the Freeport Container Port (FCP complied with a vast majori ty of the recommendations m ade by an independent Occupational Health and S afety expert at the Internat ional Labour Organisation ( ILO), said Senator Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour. Mr Foulkes recently visite d the Container Port while on Grand Bahama. While meeting with port CEO Gary Gilbert, Mr F oulkes said he was assured that concerns regarding safe ty conditions at the port haveb een addressed. O n March 29, a tornado s truck the facility causing severe damage to equip-m ent. Three workers were k illed and four others were seriously injured. Following the incident, concerns were raised by workers over safety conditions at the port. The government hired I LO expert Jacques Obadia t o conduct investigations at the port. According to a portion of t he reports findings, the fact that terminal work dur ing relatively bad weather and fluctuating winds is ac ommon occurrence may h ave affected the time taken to assess the seriousness oft he situation. M r Obadia also found sev eral shortcomings in the ports communication systems, that its emergencyr esponse equipment was partially deficient, and that all necessary safety trainingh ad not been carried out. He has not been able to conclusively determine if all of the FCP's cranes were pinned down on the day of the tornado, which would have been in keeping with prescribed safety procedures. M r Obadia also noted in his report the absence of an on-site weather monitoring system at the FCP during the tornado. Cleveland Lowe, 49, Shawn Saunders, 25, Michael Young, 43, and Glen Bodie were inside Crane 10 carrying out maintenance work when the tornado hit. The crane collapsed to the ground, killing all the work ers except for Mr Bodie, who was seriously injured. FCP CEO Mr Gilbert showed Minister Foulkes and his delegation the efforts being made to return the facility to normalcy and pointed out the safety measures that have been implemented. I am pleased to say that a v ast majority of the recomm endations made by indep endent investigator Jacques Obadia were fully compliedw ith by management of the c ontainer port, the minister said. Accompanying Mr Foulkes to Grand Bahama were Minister of State for Labour and Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner, D irector of Labour Harcourt B rown and senior Deputy Director of the Department o f Labour Tyrone Gibson. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN SECTION Local News...........P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Advts.................................................P13,14 BUSINESS/WOMAN SECTION Business................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,8 Advt...........................................................P7W oman......................................P9,10,11,12 SPORTS SECTION Spor ts.....................................P1,2,3,4,5,7,8 Comics.....................................................P6 Freeport Container Port complies with majority of safety recommendations By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said has scheduled a meeting with Rick Hayward regarding money owed to the businessmans former restaurant employees. More than 70 workers lost their jobs when Mr H ayward was evicted from his three restaurants East, La Dolce Vita and the Pub at Port Lucaya as a result of an ongoing rental dis pute with the landlord, Bourbon Street Limited and Port Group Ltd. The workers claim they are owed severance pay. They have retained an attorney to file legal action against Mr Hayward. My office has been in contact with Mr Rick Hayward, who is out of the jurisdiction, and I have a fixed date to meet with him, to discuss the resolu tion of the legal entitle ments to his former employees, Minister Foulkes said. He noted that there are penalties which can be applied if an employer is deemed to have failed to conform with the provisions of the Employment Act. Mr Hayward is the son of Sir Jack Hayward, one of the principals of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. MINISTER OF LABOUR TO MEET WITH RICK HAYWARD V ISIT: D ion Foulkes recently v isited the Container Port.
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN who is alleged to have been involved in the armed robbery of BTCs Shirley Street office last Friday was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Godfrey Hepburn, 27, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane, charged with one count of armed robbery. It is alleged that on Friday November 26, while being concerned with another and armed with a handgun, the St James Road resident robbed Janet Cooper of $787.69 the property of BTC in the Shirley Street Plaza. The daylight robbery of the BTC office resulted in a highspeed police chase through the streets of Nassau. According to reports, the incident began at around 9.30am when two men, one carrying a handgun, entered the office and threatened a security officer on duty. The man armed with the gun reportedly handcuffed the guard and bundled him to the cashier's cage before robbing the establishment. Hepburn was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. His case was adjourned to December 13 when prosecutors will indicate whether they will proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment (VBI to the Supreme Court, or by way of preliminary hearing in the Magistrates Court. Hepburns attorney Bernard Ferguson told the court that his client had been beaten by police. The other man arrested in connection with the armed robbery reportedly collapsed and died while in custody at the Central Detective Unit (CDU Police say the man was sitting quietly in CDU waiting to be questioned when it was noticed that he was breathing heavily. He then collapsed, police say. (See story below C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F REEPORT Two men wanted by police were arrested by authorities and taken into custody over the weekend. ASP Hector Delva reported that Randy Albert Gibson, 50, who was being s ought for questioning in a rape case, and Errol Miller Jr, 29, who was being sought for questioning in a housebreaking and stealing case, were arrested by police. POLICE announced the autopsy on Owen Rolle, the man who died while in police custody on Friday, has beenc ompleted. However, no details of the report were made public. Rolle, 35, had been taken in for questioning in connection with the robbery of the BTC office on Shirley Street that morning. He died while at the the Cent ral Detective Unit. Officers said they noticed he was breathing heavily, then he suddenly collapsed. An autopsy on Walden Mitchell, who was shot and killed by police in Coconut Grove on Monday, has also been completed. M itchell, a former police offi cer, was wanted in connection with several shootings, includ ing an incident in which he allegedly shot a police officer in the face. The police issued a statement last night saying that as of 6.30pm last night, the files on b oth men had been passed on to the Coroner. Meanwhile, there has been no update on the case of Sharmoco Newbold, 19, who was shot and killed in Bain Town by a police officer on Saturday. Police initially said he was k illed in an exchange of gunfire and promised to issue a detailed statement on the matter on Tuesday. However, they then said any update would have to await the results of an autopsy on Newbold. There has been no further u pdate on the status of this autopsy despite the fact that Newbold was killed before either Rolle or Mitchell. Man in court over BTC armed robbery POLICE COMPLETE AUTOPSY ON MAN WHO DIED IN CUSTODY A RMEDROBBERYSCENE: T he BTC office was robbed on Friday. Two wanted men arrested by police, now in custody
PICTURED FROM LEFT: Lindsey Cancino, deputy assistant governor, Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas; Adam Darville, Rotary Club of East Nassau; Dave Lakin, RCEN; Jeff Mitchell holding official logo, RCEN; Murray Forde, RCEN; Sheila Bethel, Rotary Club of Nassau; Robert Brown, RCEN. WITH a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye Roselyn Rolle, former senior manager of theN ational Insurance Boards New Providence office says she has been fortunate to see the National Insurance B oard evolve into a modern and highly efficient organisation. Now retired, Mrs Rolle started out in NIBs Internal Audit Department in 1983 before moving to theA ccounts Department and then into management. It has been an awesome experience because I was b lessed enough to move us from paper to computerisation; from a mail boat to a plane. When we were paying pensions we used to go on a mail boat and do the leg work and so I was one oft hose persons who were in the middle of all of that, she said. Mrs Rolle was one of a g roup of long-serving employees and retirees who were recently honoured at G overnment House in N IBs Annual Long Service A wards Ceremony. T he ceremony recognised employees who had r eached long service milestones of 10, 20, 25 and 30 y ears in 2010, as well as retirees. Congratulating those hono ured for a job well done, Sir William Allen, Deputy t o the Governor General, said NIB has grown and developed to the pointw here its programmes now cover every contingency that c ould result in involuntary loss of income including s ickness, childbirth, on-thej ob injury, retirement, death and, most recently, unemp loyment. He also stated that NIBs surplus funds represent the most significant source of national savings and noted NIBs contributions to the development of healthcarei nfrastructure around the country along with the launch of the National Pre s cription Drug Plan in Sep tember. NIB has truly been the safety net it was intended to be and commissioned to be in 1974. And thanks to the e xtensive set of amendments that were made to National Insurance contributions and b enefits regulations last July it is a safety net that B ahamians can safely expect t o be firmly in place when ever they retire, SirW illiam said. To those who worked so d iligently during the initial and ensuing stages of National Insurance you haveb uilt the programme and the organisation into the national success that it is today. Every accomplishment that I detailed and many more have been possible because of you, he said. Z hivargo Laing, Minister o f State for Finance, also e mphasised the importance of NIBs role to all Bahamia ns and commended the long-serving employees. Responding on behalf of those honoured, LucindaC ooper-Petsch, local office manager, Grays Long Island, said NIBs employ ees are tenacious and pers evering because they believe that they can suc ceed no matter what is p laced before them. A mong those honoured at the ceremony were: 10 years: Kim Russell, s enior clerk, Freeport Local Office; and William Scavel la, clerical supervisor III, Purchasing, Stores and Auxi liary Services Department. 20 years: Gail Carey-Gay, a ssistant manager to the vice-president of the Inform ation Technology Office; T herese Farrington, senior claims officer, Cat Island L ocal Office; Lucinda Coope r-Petsch, Local Office M anager, Grays Local Officer, Long Island; Kevin Knowles, manager of theI nformation Technology Department; Shellyn Ingraham, executive secretary, National Prescription Drug Plan; Ellouise Gibson, senior clerk, Simms Local Office, Long Island; Heather M aynard, legal officer, Legal D epartment; April Miller, s enior inspector, Compliance Department; LearleanM cIntosh-Cornish, Family Island Local Office supervi sor, Coopers Town Local Office, Abaco; NadineR olle, senior claims officer, Marsh Harbour Local Office, Abaco; Sheryl Rah ming, assistant internal audit or, Audit Department; and Whitney Patton, chief inter nal auditor. 2 5 years: J ulia Barry, senior claims officer, Occu pational Health and Safety; Una Burrows, senior clerk,P ension Verification; Dennis Burrows, executive offi cer, Inspectorate; Elvera Newbold-Riley, senior clerk, F resh Creek Local Office; Lana Kelly, local office manager, Spanish Wells and H arbour Island Local Offices; Pleasant Hanna, s enior clerk, Pension Verific ation; Bernadette Pratt, senior clerk, Nicholls Town L ocal Office; and Erma S tevens, operator, Purchas i ng, Stores and Auxiliary Services. 3 0 years: B arbara Seymour-Fox, senior claims officer, Inagua Local Office; Maxine Williams-Clarke, senior claims officer, NPLO Claims Department; and Philip Smith, technician II, F acilities Department. R etirees: J anet Louise Bowleg, senior assistantm anager, Freeport Local office; Bernal Bullard, senior inspector, Inspectorate Department; Adding t on Cambridge, senior assis tant manager, Compliance Special Unit; Brian Whit field Knowles, senior clerk, A ccounts Department; Dorrie Mae Oliver, janitress, Nicholls Town Local Office;R oselyn Rolle, senior man a ger responsible for the New Providence Local Office; and Deirdre Rebecca Thompson, senior clericals upervisor, Freeport Local Office. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JOB VACANCYCable Bahamas Ltd. Nassau Bahamas Robinson Rd. at Marathon www.cablebahamas.com Job Objective: Responsible for all sales activities, from lead generation through close in an assigned territory. Responsibilities: Oerings within assigned territory in New Providence business owners and decision makers. and clients of the various solutions the company oers to their business issues. including sales calls, presentations, closed sales, and follow-up Tools to maintain accurate records to maximize territory potential. Job Specifications: requirements. Outlook). Please e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing Date: Cable Bahamas Ltd is looking for vibrant and energetic Sales Executives for its Commercial Sales Segment ROTARY Clubs of the Bahamas have been meeting to organise their first Rotary Bed Race for Polio. The Bed Race which will involve teams of people pushing four-wheeled beds with a passenger onboard will take place on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Mall at Marathon and will raise funds for polio eradication, a Rotary International initia tive. A new study supports Rotarys initial investment and continued commitment to eradicating polio world wide, estimating that eight million cases of life-long paralysis will be prevented at a savings of $40 to $50 billion over the next 25 years. As Rotary was the first to invest in global polio eradi cation in 1985 with its initial pledge of $120 million, the study Economic Analysis of the GPEI, recently released in Vaccines medical journal, validates the humanitarian service organisations 25 year commitment to ending this dis ease. Rotarys investment sparked the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, spearheaded by Rotary, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, Rotary has con tributed nearly $1 billion and countless volunteer hours toward polio eradication reducing the incidence of the disease by 99 per cent. Rotary members worldwide are now raising an additional $200 million to match a $355 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NIBs long-serving employees honoured at Government House T HE N ational Insurance Boards Annual Long Service Awards Ceremony was recently held at Gove rnment House. Those honoured are pictured above with keynote speaker the Sir William Allen, Deputy t o the Governor General; Zhivargo Laing, Minister of State for Finance; Algernon Cargill, Director of N ational Insurance, and other members of the executive management team of NIB. R OTARY N EWS Rotar y Clubs on their mar ks for bed race for Polio
TODAY Mrs Kim Aran h a, president of the Bahamas Humane Society, wants The Tribunes press es stopped to let the public know that the Societys facility is overflowing with kittens and cats that needg ood homes. S o anxious is the Society to find these homes that it has waived the adoption fee up until Sunday, December 5. Usually at this time of the year very few kittens are born, and our cattery i s still, said Mrs Aranha. However, we are overflowing with kittens and cats all of a sudden..Why? What freak of nature has caused this? There are just too many t o live in the area we have s et aside for them at the Bahamas Humane Society shelter, she said. So again we are appeal ing to the general public to give these wonderful catsa second chance and give them a good home. The Society does not want to have to put these kitties and cats to sleep because they are too numerous, so please, please, come down to the shelter during this week a nd the adoption fee will b e lifted. No charge, said Mrs Aranha, as long as you are approved as a good home. This entire week the cost will be waived, ending on Sunday, December 5th. Please open up your hearts and give these guysa chance, we simply cannot keep them, said Mrs Aranha. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com NASSAUS Jewish community will come together this Wednesday to mark the Hanukkah holiday and are inviting all persons celebrating the "Festival of Lights" t o join. R abbi Sholom Bluming, a visiting Chabad Rabbi from New York, s aid: The message of Hanukkah is b ringing light, warmth and festivit y into this world. He described it as a holiday of courage, of redemption againsto ppression and an ancient ritual that communicates hope. Hanukkah, also known as the "Festival of Lights", is an eightd ay Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after its desec ration by the King of Syria. T he festival is observed by the k indling of lights on a special ninebranched candelabra called aM enorah. O n each night of the festival, a candle is lit on the Menorah, progressing to the eighth on the final night. According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication of the Temple, when they sought to light its Menorah, they found there was only enough c onsecrated olive oil to fuel the e ternal flame in the Temple for o ne day. Miraculously, the oil b urned for eight days. T he lighting of the Menorah s ymbolises this. The holiday begins on December 1 and continues to the 9. It includes the lighting of candles each night; the singing of special songs; recital of the Hallel prayer; eating foods fried in oil s uch as latkes, which are described a s potato pancakes; playing the dreidel game; and the giving of m oney to children, called gelt, w hich is said to reinforce good b ehaviour and teach children about charity. Rabbi Sholom Bluming will be i n New Providence to join in the Hanukkah festivities and encourages the community to come together and celebrate as a family. He asked anyone seeking further information to contact him b y emailing: r firstname.lastname@example.org. HUMANE SOCIET Y OVERFLOWING WITH C ATS AND DOGS Jewish community in Nassau ready for Hanukkah celebration All those marking Festival of Lights invited to join ORLANDO, Fla. AN ORLANDOA REAwoman who r ecently moved from H aiti was treated for cholera and has recovered, according to Associated Press. Orange County Health Departments pokesman Dain Weister on Monday wouldn't say how old the woman is because of patient confident iality. But he says s he got sick shortly after moving to the Orlando area last month. T he woman was treated by a doctor who gave her antibio tics. None of her c lose contacts have g otten sick. T here has been at least one other conf irmed case in Florida o f the disease caused b y a bacterial infection of the intestine. T hat Collier Coun t y case also has been linked to an outbreak in Haiti. Doctors are trying to determine whether an American Airlines passenger who b ecame ill last Friday o n a flight from the Dominican Republic t o Miami had c holera. ORLANDO-AREA WOMAN TREATED FOR CHOLERA FESTIVALOFLIGHTS: Hanukkah is marked by the kindling of lights on a spec ial nine-branched candelabra called a Menorah (above
man, explained the burglaries discouraged repeat visitors, as many victims often cut short their travel time and are reluctant to return after an attack. Mr Carey wrote: The criminals are running free with no fear of consequences. We are losing our long time r epeat visitors and residents i n droves. And Harbour Island is on the verge of losing its reputation as a safe and desirable tourist destination. He added: A number of homes, Bahamian and winter residents alike, have been b urgled, mostly in the early m orning hours while the occupants are asleep. Cash, gold jewellery and electronics, for the most part, seem to be what the thieves are after. Residents claim the farreaching negative impact of r epeated theft is evident in the aftermath of a recent burglary to long-time winter residents Don, 68, and Judy Savage, 69. The retired couple from Maryland first visited the three-mile long island 15 years ago, and are now in their tenth year in their retirem ent home on the island. A fter they came under attack for the fourth time since April, the couple whoh ave been acknowledged for their dedication to the islands only library are now preparing to leave the island this week. On Monday, the day after the robbery, they put their house up for sale a h ouse that they had intended t o pass on to their son. Mr Carey wrote: This is a great loss as they have dedicated their years on the island working to revive our public library and creating literacy programmes for our youth. In f act, they hosted a fund raiser for the library this past Saturday and the cash proceeds were among the items stolen from their home. Mrs Savage said their break-ins started in April but the last few weeks have been especially harrowing due to the frequency of attacks on o ther residents in some case s only two days apart. In March, more than 100 frustrated islanders met witho fficials to address what was described as an increase in criminal and delinquent behaviour at a town meeting held by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Ministry of Tourism. T hen, residents said the m eeting offered hope that the island was finally getting the attention it had been denied for so long, and showed determination and solidarity in their demands for greater police presence and improved i nfrastructure. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday about current concerns, Mr Cunningham said: We have had many initiatives with detectives from New Providence which has led to many persons being put before the courts in connection with past incidents. I want to highlight the w ork of the police departments and officers in the Family Islands for the com-m endable job they are doing. The officials flew into the 3 .5 by 1.5-mile island in M arch after it came under international scrutiny when an American tourist wass everely wounded during an argument on the island, and subsequently resulted in the United States issuing a Bahamas travel warning. Suggestions offered by residents in March towards crime p revention included: Regul ated porters at the dock, mandatory identification required for those entering and leaving the island and beach wardens. At that time, residents also acknowledged that the level o f crime currently experienced was not solely indicative of the number of police on the island, but greater social ills, such as inconsistent infrastructure and an inundated social services programme. Mr Cunningham advised any residents who suspect t heir matters are not being r eported or processed to contact Superintendent Theophilus Cunningham, offi-c er-in-charge of the Central Bahamas District, which includes the islands of E leuthera, Andros and the B erry Islands. He added: After that, if you still feel that your con-c erns are not being met, con tact me at 302-8381. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Harbour Island residents voice fears over burglaries FROM page one KABUL, Afghanistan A N AFGHANborder policeman killed six American servicemen during a training mission Monday, underscor ing one of the risks in a U.S.led program to educatee nough recruits to turn over the lead for security to Afghan forces by 2014, according to Associated Press. T he shooting in a remote area near the Pakistani border appeared to be the dead liest attack of its kind in at least two years. Attacks on NATO troops b y Afghan policemen or sol d iers, although still rare, have increased as the coalition has accelerated the program. Oth e r problems with the rapidly growing security forces include drug use, widespread illiteracy and high rates of attrition. A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Zemeri Bashary, confirmedt hat the gunman in Monday's attack was a border police offi cer rather than an insurgent w ho donned the uniform for a day. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the gunman joined the border police to kill foreign soldiers. "Today he found this opportunity and he killed six invaders," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement emailed to the media. The shooter opened fire on the NATO troops and then was killed in the shootout, NATO said, with out providing additional details. Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed that the six killed were American. He declined to provide their iden tities or say which military branch they were from until next of kin could be notified. Bashary said the incident happened in the Pachir Wagam district of Nangarhar province, a volatile area near Pakistan. An investigation team has been sent to Pachir Wagam, said Gen. Aminullah Amerkhail, the regional border police commander for the east. But he said information was not coming back quickly. "The area is very remote," he said. "Even the telephones are not working there." NATO is still investigating an incident earlier this month in which two U.S. Marines were killed in southern Helmand province, allegedly at the hands of an Afghan soldier. After two deadly shootings in July, NATO officers said they were re-examining training practices to make sure that such attacks did not happen again. On July 20, an Afghan army sergeant got into an argument at a shooting range in northern Afghanistan and shot dead two American civilian trainers before being killed. Another Afghan soldier was killed in the crossfire. A week earlier, an Afghan soldier stationed in the south killed three British troopers, including the company com mander, with gunfire and a rocket-propelled grenade in the middle of the night. In November 2009, an Afghan policeman killed five British soldiers at a checkpoint in Helmand. On Sept. 29, 2008, an Afghan police officer opened fire at a police station in eastern Paktia province, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding three before he was fatally shot. A NATO offi cial expressed shock at the time that an Afghan officer would betray his NATO partners. At the time, Col. John "Pete" Johnson, a U.S. forces commander in eastern Afghanistan, predicted it would be "the first incident of its kind." The recent increase in such shootings suggests that the Afghan security forces may be suffering from growing pains. In the past year, the size of the Afghan police force grew 27 percent from about 95,000 officers to 120,500. The army increased 42 percent from 97,000 soldiers to about 138,200. There have been also been problems with retention, and even those who stay often are lacking the most basic skills. Only 11 percent of enlisted personnel and 35 percent of noncommissioned officers in Afghanistan's army and police are literate, according to NATO trainers. AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY SOLD IERS a ttached to First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division walka fter an Afghan National Army training program graduation in Panjwai district, Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Monday, N ov. 29, 2010, with an Afghan national flag over them. (AP AFGHAN POLICE OFFICER KILL S SIX US SERVICE MEMBERS
a car, you have to pay duty. What is it about an aircraft t hat says they do not have to pay duty? asked Mr Ingraham. A t an emergency meeting o f the Bahamas Aviation A ssociation last week, memb ers argued that aircraft are moveable assets and s hould not be subject to customs duty because there is no expectation of dispos ing of that asset in the Bahamas and recovering the cost. In explaining the point, R andy Butler, president of the association, said: First of all, many airplanes are b rought into the country on l ease. When they are sold, a long with those aircraft that are purchased, there is no market for them in theB ahamas. These airplanes have a certain value on the open market and there is no possibility of including the duty from a country in that cost, so you would lose whatever you pay in cust oms. M r Butler said an aircraft is unlike an imported motor vehicle that is sold locally.I n the domestic automobile market, Mr Butler said business owners are compensated, because consumers havet he reasonable expectation that duty will be factored into the retail price of a car. Last week, the Comptroll er of Customs issued a 14d ay directive to private aircraft operators to clear all unpaid duties on imported planes or risk aircraft seizures. The announcement by Customs took the industry b y surprise. Members of the a ssociation are seeking an exemption declaration from t he Minister of Finance. W ritten communications are s aid to be en route. Paul Harding, owner of Safari Seaplanes, said hes ent his letter to the minister and copied the Comptroller of Customs. I respectfully request him to hold off until the minister makes his decision on the application for exemption, s aid Mr Harding. T he operators do not d eny there is a 10 per cent tax on aircraft in the TariffA ct, and they acknowledge t he latest amendments only legislate exemptions for aircraft parts. The tariff was increased from seven per cent to 10 in 2008. However, they say the law is unspecified and it has nev er been enforced, at least since the 1990s. It was always, always, t he stated position that Customs was not going to enforce those rules and there was no evidence to show otherwise. Had there been any evidence we would have p lanned for that in our busin ess plan and adjust accordingly. We hope they realise t hat there is so much more t o be made by us staying in business than to take us out one time, said Mr Butler. A senior government official told The Tribune that even if the law was not enforced in past practice, the Comptroller of Customs has the authority to review any decision made regarding the p ayment of customs within a t hree-year period of time. G lenn Gomez, Comptroller of Customs, took officeo nly one year ago. He was n ot available for comment. His predecessor was Anthony Adderley. The Prime Minister added: If you didnt pay, then you ought to make arrangements to pay. Now how much you pay, over what period of time, now t hose are all matters that are s ubject for discussion, but do not say you are not going to pay at all because you have no such right to ignore the laws of the Bahamas. Zhivargo Laing, Minister of Finance, refused to comm ent on the matter, except t o say he is aware of the situation, and he is yet to r eceive any written commun ication or request for a m eeting. Last week, the association claimed the Department ofC ivil Aviation refused to get involved because they had to stay neutral. Over the weekend, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, also said he would n ot intervene. We are facilitating a w hole variety of things that we want to enable theseo perators to continue to d eliver good quality of service to the Bahamas, but when it comes to taxes that is between them and the Department of Customs, said Mr Vanderpool-Wal lace. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM were only 40 murders in the Bahamas, and I say only but there was only 40 murders in the Bahamas. It is double that number nine years now. Much of this is due to drugs. Much of this is to do with the same persons involved in the same crimes over and over again. We are seeking to ensure that there is greater coordination between all of the agencies in dealing with this matter so we can become more effective. But at the moment there is a degree of disfunctionality in relation to the legal, judicial system and tackling crime. In tackling violent crime, the issue of peo ple charged with murder receiving bail and committing other violent offences has been raised repeatedly. Speaking on this issue yesterday, Mr Ingraham said the Governm ent believes it can restrict the right to bail b y defining in law what a reasonable period of time is. At the moment some judges are of the view that a reasonable period of time can be anywhere from eight weeks to a year, but we believe that a reasonable period of time can be anywhere from two to three years. We believe that there is law to support that and we intend to bring such an amendment and have it tested so that it can be the law of the Bahamas, he said. The Prime Minister said the Government is taking advice to ensure the amendment is structured in such a way so as to minimise an opportunity for a successful Constitutional challenge. intent to lead his party into the next election, their focus has been primarily on tak ing credit for PLP initiatives and dismantling pro grammes put in place by his party. Mr Christie said: (Mr Ingraham) professes to be someone from the people, someone who understands what it is to come from a vulnerable grouping in our society and therefore to understand that the textbook will not run the day in this. He added: We have to be innovative, we have to be creative in addressing our selves to the situation as it exists in our community. Commenting on the homicide count, which broke records in 2007, 2009 and this year, Mr Christie claimed that although greater funding and access to technology will prove beneficial to police efforts it will not stem the increase in crime. He called for the government to focus more on community-based efforts instead of increased pressure on the police to relieve the crime issue. Mr Christie said: Chil dren are in those communi ties, children are using the same weapons of the children who are doing some of the killing. Young people. We have an obligation to be able to go behind and underneath and dig deep to find out what these contributing factors are and put strategies in place to deal with it. He added: The solution to our problems of bad behaviour rests with the people themselves. There needs to be strategy that reaches out to those people and impresses upon them that they must be their best protectors that is what Urban Renewal intended to do. Aircaft operators have no right to ignore laws FROM page one PM: Police to tar g et specif ic criminals FROM page one Christie:Govt focus on crime affected by political climate FROM page one PLPLEADER Perry Christie PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham
By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer H ER laughter comes from the stomach, she smiles genuinely, and she is pretty content with her life right now. Pa ule tte Stubb s i s no lon ge r ja ded by he r pas t a nd involuntary recurrent memories seldom trigger any h a r m f ul e m o ti o n s An d fo r h e r b e i n g a b l e t o e n jo y a belly aching laugh is always an experience she trea sures. However, cherishing the experience of sheer bliss was not always easy, simply because when you are about to become a sixteen year old mother, survival over happiness is the equation. "I came from the average Bahamian family. They were strict. But things like giving kisses or hugs or expressing love was something that my parents nev e r did. The affirm ations of lov e that I ne ede d, I ne ver got. So this guy comes along and he is saying the nice things I wanted to hear and doing the things I wanted him to," Ms Stubbs told Tribune Woman. "I end ed u p get t in g p regn an t f or t h is s ame guy and at the time I was fifteen going on sixteen. And w he n I f o u n d o u t I w as p re gn an t I d i d n ot k n o w w h a t t o d o I w a s s c a r e d b e c a u s e i n t h o s e d a y s teenage pregnancy was the kiss of death." Home Remedies A ll t he b u sh m ed i ci n e, E p so n s al t a nd ot h er a t home remedies did not work the miracle Ms Stubbs was hoping for. "Ignorance is a serious thing. I didn't know that I would have gotten pregnant on my very first time. And my partner knew he had a slip up so to speak. H e g av e me all kinds of boil bush to drink. But a f te r a l l o f t h a t n o t h i n g h a p p e n e d I w a s s t i l l p r e g n a n t s h e said. Y o u n g P a u l e t t e w a s n o w f a c e w i t h t h e t a s k o f breaking the news to her family. "I couldn't tell my mo th er, I d id n 't kn ow wh at t o say. I d id n' t k no w how they would react to it all. So I let him tell my mother while I stayed outside to listen. Growing up m y m o t h e r k e p t t h i s c u t l a s s n e x t t o h e r b e d a n d w h e n he told her he wanted to talk to her she said to him "will I have to chop you," Ms Stubbs said jokingly. After he r p ar ents found o ut she wa s pr eg na nt, M s S t u bbs da y s we re fil le d with gu ilt, sha me a nd d isa ppointme nt She had to liv e t hr ough the bera ting a nd deal with the comparisons made to her twin sister. F eel in gs o f w or t hl es sn ess an d h um i li at i on co n sumed her and the only thing she found comfort in was crying. M y p r e g n a n c y w a s a b l o w t o m y f a m i l y M y f a t h e r d i s o w n e d m e a n d h e t o l d m e t h a t w h o e v e r t h e m a n i s that got me pregnant I better find him because he is not doing anything for me." "It was so hard deali ng w it h a l l of t hat. I co uld r e m e m b e r s o m e d a y s I w o u l d j u s t c o m e h o m e a n d g o to my room and just cry because I felt like I wasn't w o r t h y e n o u g h t o e v e n s p e a k t o m y p a r e n t s I t w a s s o embarrassing," she said. Mother hood Thoug h motherhood wa s her re ality, M s Stubbs was det ermi ned t o redeem h erself Sh e c ont in ued a tt e n d i n g H O N a s h H i g h S c h o o l Bu t a f te r t h e p r o g esterone and estrogen's began showing themselves she was asked to sit out until the birth of her child. There was this one teacher in school who picked up th at s om eth in g w as w ron g w it h m e. An d sh e t o ld m e th at it was n't s afe for me to be in scho ol b eca us e I could get hurt. My teacher called my parents in and they told us of the student-mother program ( P AC E ) An d I w a s ha pp y fo r t he o pp o r t un i t y to finish school," she said. At PACE she met other young girls in a simi la r s it u ation a nd the ca ma rade rie she de ve loped w i t h so m e o f t h e yo u n g l a d i es h el p ed h e r ge t through her ordeal. "Being in the student moth er program gave me hope. I got the math and English courses I needed. They also taught us a n um b er of c r af t s t r ad es T h ey t a u gh t us ab o u t wh at t o exp ec t d uri ng ou r pr egnan cy an d wh at w o u l d h a p p e n t o o u r b o d i e s a f t e r w e g i v e b i r t h s h e said. Ho w e ver t h e c ha l le n ge o f re ar in g a c h i l d a t a very young age was the hardest thing she had ever done. "My parents showed me tough love. I had to take care of my baby o n o wn. In the mornings I h a d to ta k e h im t o s c ho o l, t he n g e t my s e l f r e a d y f or sc ho ol. A f t er sc ho ol I h ad t o pi ck hi m and d ro p h im h om e the n g o to w or k. B ut a l l of t ha t m a de m e a stronger person," she said. Ms St ubbs' st rugg l e s did not e n d t here. B e sid e s f i g h t i n g f o r a p p r o v a l f r o m h e r p a r e n t s s h e h a d a n o t h er battle to fight. A n o th e r g u y c a m e a l o n g a n d h e wa s m y k n i g h t i n s h i n i n g a r m o r H e a c c e p t e d m e a n d m y c h i l d a n d I f e l l i n l o v e w i t h h i m B u t s h o r t l y a f t e r g e t t i n g m a r r i e d w e would find ourselves constantly arguing. He wasn't p hy si cal ly a bu siv e i n the b eg i nni ng B ut he w as in se cure, controlling and jealous," she explained. Ms Stubbs said sometimes she would ask herself wh at she had go tt en in to Her e xhu sban d, wo uld h u m i l i a t e h e r i n t h e p r e s e n c e o f f r i e n d s a c c u s e h e r o f i n fi d e li t y a n d d is r e s p e c t h e r i n t h e f r o nt o f th e i r ch i l dren. But the breaking point for her was when her exhu s ban d a t t ac ke d h er f o r co m in g h om e la t e. "H e tried to attack me and I grabbed a knife to defend myself and he slammed my head into the wall and I c o l l a p s e d An d a ft e r t h a t i n c i d e n t I k n e w I h a d to g e t out. Today, Ms Stubbs is using her life experiences to make a dif f erenc e i n t he lif e of o t hers. Sh e i s th e author of the book "It Could Happen To You" and th e fo u nd e r of I t Co u ld H a pp e n T o Y o u e n te r p ri s e s a n e t w o r k t h a t s e e k s t o e n r i c h t h e l i v e s o f i n d i v i d u a l s She is also a volunteer at the Crisis Center. I a m content a nd I am s till gr owing and l ea rning There are still some things from my past that I am de ali ng wi t h but I a m le ar ning trust a ga in, s he s aid C M Y K C M Y K T H E T R I B U N E SECTION B HEAL TH: Body and mind T U E S D A Y N O V E M B E R 3 0 2 0 1 0 Triumph A STOR Y OF IMPOR T ANT EDUCA TION I t C o u ld Hap p en T o Yo u a d dr ess es u n h ea l th y r el ationships, outlines red flag behaviors of potential abusers and offers helpful tips to prevent individ uals from succumbing to domestic violence. TIME WELL SPENT Paulette Stubbs has dedicated her time to helping others enrich their lives.