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 All-out brawl at wedding party C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.2MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER CLOUDSAND SUNSHINE HIGH 85F LOW 74F I N S I G H T SEEINSIGHTSECTION S P O R T S Next government must break rising crime tide SEEPAGEFIFTEEN Mike Sands elected The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate THISYOUNGSTER gets a handful of candy during the Bahamas National Trusts Annual Jollification. The popular event, held at the Retreat on Village Road, featured food, drink and work of artists and craft specialists. SEE PAGE 16 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org JOHN Delaney is to be the country's n ext Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, a move which came as no surprise to political observers. However Mr Delaney's criminal law experience has caused concern in some q uarters that he will not be effective in t ackling the mounting backlog of criminal c ases before the courts. There are also questions about w hether his responsibilities as AG will conflict with his new role of overseeing relations in the financial services indust ry. Opposition MP Fred Mitchell, who claims to be "indifTHEANNUALCHRISTMASJOLLIFICATION SEE page 10 Next Attorney General named JOHN DELANEY By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A WEDDING celebration a t popular upscale restaurant Luciano's dissolved into an all-out brawl when severalC anadian guests attacked the party's disc jockey after he stopped playing music. The DJ received "minor i njuries" from the attack, said police. Although 18 Canadians w ere taken into police cus tody, it is understood that no charges will be filed because the issue was "resolved among the parties con cerned". Conflicting reports on the mayhem have emerged with unconfirmed claims that Italian mobsters held staff at the establishment hostage at gunpoint after beating up the party's DJ. Restaurant manager Silfre do Naveda said he had no idea where the reports origi nated while voicing his displeasure with what he called inaccurate and offensive rumours. P olice say they responded to calls of gunshots being were fired near the establishm ent on East Bay Street around 4am on Saturday. "We understand that gun s hots were fired but we don't know by whom. I know that every time a weapon is discharged we want to know by w ho but it was not the police who fired the shots, said press officer Sergeant Chris lyn Skippings. However Mr Naveda said restaurant staff called the police after the fight broke out. He claimed police officers who arrived on the scene fired warning shots in the air "to calm everybody down". Responding officers were told that a group of Canadian guests attending a wedding reception attacked the DJ and his assistants after he decided to stop playing music. During the brawl, the DJ's equipment was damaged and Police called to top restaurant after fight breaks out F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page 10 POLICE over the weekend continued to question several people in connection with the armed robbery of 18 tourists. A decision is expected tomorrow as to whether anyone will be charged. In a case that has attracted significant attention and concern from Bahamians, the tourists were robbed and threatened with shotguns while on an eco-tour in Nassau on Friday. The visitors, passengers on the Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, were part of two separate groups touring the Bahamas Association for Social Health's (BASH Earth Village in the former Perpall Tract Wellfield area when they were attacked by two men at about 1pm. The gun-wielding thugs tied up the Bahamian tour guide with the first group and ordered them to the ground before robbing them of money, passports, cell phones, credit cards and other personal items. During the robbery, a second group of AN intense fire that ripped through the main power plant in Abaco left frustrated residents without power for almost 24 hours in some parts of the island over the weekend. First reports of a fire at the Abaco Power Station in Marsh Harbour came on Friday at about 6.23pm. Luckily it was soon discovered that the fire was contained in one area, that of the 4,106V switchboard. The Abaco Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by the Casuarina Point firefighters and the Treasure Cay Crash and Rescue Unit, responded to the call for help. According to residents, it took firefighters about three hours to extinguish the blaze. During this time, mainland Abaco was without power, and residents feared they would have no hope of getting it back on any time soon if the fire were to consume the entire power plant. In a statement on Saturday, BEC said that By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THERE were renewed calls last night from the Opposition for National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest to resign. In the latest round of attacks on Mr Turnquest, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts lambasted the Mount Moriah MP for being "a boy asked to do a man's job". Mr Roberts went on: "The PLP calls for the resignation of the Minister of National Security in the wake of the latest vicious attacks on our number one industry combined with the precipitous escalation in crime that pose a clear and imminent threat to our way of life." His comments came two days after 18 tourists visitors touring the BASH site in western New Providence were robbed People questioned over robbery of 18 tourists Abaco blackout after power plant fire SEE page 11 SEE page 11 Calls for Tommy Turnquest to resign SEE page 11
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News..........P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,16 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Spor ts......................................P12,13,14,15 BUSINESS/INSIGHT SECTION Business...........................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Comics....................................................P10 Insight.......................................P11,12,13,14 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 P AGES REAL EST A TE GUIDE 20 PAGES USA TODAY MAIN SECTION 12 PAGES KERZNER International B ahamas continued its tradit ion of supporting the countrys AIDS Foundation witha donation of $25,000. Since 2003, the company has donated more than half a million dollars to the founda-t ion to help fund its local proj ects. As the foundation held its 16th Annual Red Ribbon Ball at Atlantis on Saturday night, Kerzner International was once again one of its major corporate sponsors. Kerzner International has had a consistent presence in the community dating back to our arrival in 1994. Since that time, we have funded numerous community projects and provided millions of dollars toa ssist local charitable organisation like the AIDS Foundation. It is our continued aim to g ive back to the same comm unity which has helped sustain this organisation over the years, said Kerzner International senior vice-president of public affairs Ed Fields. President of the AIDS F oundation Lady Carol Barn ett thanked Kerzner International for its continued support. Kerzner International is one of the foundations leading corporate sponsors and without its donations over they ears we would have found it difficult to fund some of the major projects we have undertaken. Without the help of corporate partners like Kerzner International we may not have been able to achieves ome of the inroads we have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Bahamas, L ady Barnett said. D espite the difficult economic climate, Kerzner International was proud to present the foundation with a cheque for $25,000. That donation alone repres ents half of the sum the found ation was hoping to raise in total through this years Red Ribbon Ball. According to Lady Barnett, the money will go directly towards funding the Outreach Centre for adolescents whoa re living with HIV and AIDS, education and awareness projects, lab equipment, and assisting patients from the family islands. The 16th Annual Red Ribbon Ball was held in the Impe-r ial Ballroom at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Kerzner makes major donation to AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas REDRIBBONBALL $50,000 DONATIONTOTHEAIDSFOUNDATIONOFTHEBAHAMAS: Pictured on Saturday night at Atlantis, from left, chairperson for the Red Ribbon Ball Sandra Knowles; Executive vice chairman and CEO of Colina Imperial Ltd Emanuel Alexiou with his wife; Chief Justice Michael Barnett; Mrs Minnis; Camille Barnette, president of the AIDSFoundation; Minister of HealthDr Hubert Minnis and Sandra Smith, coc hair of the Red Ribbon Ball Committee. MONSIGNOR PRESTON MOSS shakes hands with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, as he receives an award for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau being a partner of the AIDS Foundation on Saturday night. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. Felip Major /Tribune staff
By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com MORE than 90 per cent of the inmates incarcerated at Her Majesty's Prison are Bahamians, said National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest. Dispelling a common belief that the majority of crime in the Bahamas is committed by non-Bahamians, Mr Turnquest said: "The prison superintendent provides me on a monthly basis with statistics of the prison population, which breaks down religious denomination, age and nationality and so I said to him you've got the nationality of people in prison at 93 per cent Bahamian." Mr Turnquest said he questioned the accuracy of these statistics and was told by HMP's superintendent that the information is gleaned through inmate interviews, birth certificates and the nationality of the inmates' parents. He was responding to the question of whether or not the country's escalating crime problems should lay at the feet of illegal immigrants and foreigners who have set up home in the Bahamas. Mr Turnquest added that through police intelligence, the RBPF has determined that a number of criminal enterprises in the country are headed by Bahamians with traditional "Bahamian names." "I don't want to pass the blame to the immigrants. We as Bahamians are largely responsible for the criminal activity," he told the media ata press conference Mr Turnquest also said efforts are being made to fix the country's ailing legal system which allows for hardened repeat offenders to be freed on bail. He said one challenge the Government faces is there are only two courts that can accommodate jury trials. "And so you can only have two jury trials going on at one time," he said. He noted the Government's $7 million facelift plan for the court system which will renovate existing courts and create additional ones. In terms of the administration of justice, he said Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett is making "some changes" in that regard. AN employee of the Shell service station on Carmichael and Baillou Hill Road was taken to hospital yesterday afterb eing stabbed. At around 5.28am, police received information that an employee and a man who was travelling in a bus with the licence plate number 493 got into an altercation, which resulted in the employee being stabbed in the left area of hisc hest. The employee was taken to hospital. He is in stable condition. ILLEGAL drugs worth more than $300,000 were seized in an operation by the Drug Enforcement Unit and LongI sland police on Saturday. The search of a house in Scrub Hill unearthed 16 packages of suspected marijuana weighing 306lbs. Two men, a Jamaican and a 23-year-old Bahamian along with a 48-year-old Bahamian woman were taken into cus-t ody. Police are investigating. OFFICERS were called to the scene near a popular club where shots had been fired. A 8.50pm on Saturday, police received information from an anonymous caller that occup ants of a Honda discharged shots at passengers of a brown vehicle near Red Hot on East Street South. Officers responded and spoke with a man who informed them that he heard a bang outside the club and went to see what happened. W hile outside, he saw a man who pointed a gun at him. He then saw a second man smash the passenger window of his grey Dodge Ram. The men stole a shotgun from the truckand escaped heading south in a dark Honda Inspire, heavily tinted. INVESTIGATIONS are under way into two separate armed robberies that occurredin Nassau over the weekend. On Friday, around 10.19pm, police received information of an armed robbery at Club Crystal, in Nassau Village. Two mena rmed with handguns had entered the establishment demanding cash. They took an undetermined amount of cashand fled the area. Then, on Saturday, at around 1.30am, the police were calledto an armed robbery at Royal Castle, on Baillou Hill Road. O fficers spoke with a 34year-old woman at the scene, who informed them that while parked in front of Royal Castle with two friends, they were approached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded the keys to her 1996 Silver Honda Accord, licence plate numb er 186444. The keys, along with other personal effects were handed over to the armed man, who fled south on Baillou Hill Road. TWO women, aged 34 and 36, were taken into police cus tody at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on Friday for failing to declare an undetermined amount of cash. Together, it is claimed they had more than $40,000 in their pos session. Two men, aged 18 and 21, were also taken in for questioning by police over the weekend in connection with seizureo f an illegal firearm. At about 3.30pm on Saturday, officers from the Southeastern Division were on patrol on East Street South when they saw a white Honda Accord with two men who had thrown an object from the car. The officers stopped the car, s earched the vehicle and found six .38 live rounds of ammunition. The officers went to the area where the object was thrown and found a .38 black Astra handgun with three additional .38 rounds. The two suspects were taken into custody. P OLICE are asking the publics assistance in locating the following stolen cars: A 1994 gold Nissan Altima Gold, licence plate number 55962; a 1994 white Nissan Sentra, licence plate number 171624; a 1998 champagne Nissan Maxima, licence plate num-b er 222050; a 1996 blue Nissan Sentra, licence plate number unknown, and a 1996 white Nissan Sentra, licence plate number unknown. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call police at 919, or 3 28-TIPS. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242 2335 2335 Soft and durable Diversatex Soft and durable DiversatexTM TMcushion is fade and mildew cushion is fade and mildew resistant and is available in resistant and is available in blue, green or terracotta blue, green or terracotta x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsOutdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance CRIME BRIEFS More than 90 per cent of HMP inmates are Bahamians THE man who was stabbed to death in Eleuthera on Thursday has been identified as 39year-old Fitzroy McDonald. Police believe Mr McDonald was killed in an altercation with another man in Gregory Town at around 11.22pm. A man in his mid-twenties is being questioned in connection with the incident. Stabbed man is identified N ATIONAL SECURITY M inister Tommy Turnquest
EDITOR, The Tribune. Worker murdered at church building site; Stabbing death during fight; Man foundg uilty of unnatural intercourse with boy, 16; Shot police officer is identified; Boy stabbed during school argument; Man t o be extradited over smuggling charges. Was anyone else disturbed by The Tribune headlines of November 17, 2009? I honestly hope and pray that not ourists had a copy that day! In the Bahamas there is a serious social time-bomb, the f use of which is getting ever shorter. It is staring us in the face. Kids are growing up with multiple half-siblings who share a common father who is either n ot there, in Fox Hill, or dead; and mothers who cant keept rack of where their kids are or what theyre doing or who t heyre with. These kids become the adults (sometimes still just children) that we read about, who star on the front page of the newspapers. Theyc ome from deprived backgrounds, but the circumstancesi nto which theyre born are not their fault. They have no role m odels. Theyre not taught, or dont realise the concept of a mbition. They lack the direc tion and guidance and feeling of cohesiveness which many are fortunate to have in a family unit. Naturally they gravitate t owards the family of the gang. Then we read about ther esults, or fall victim ourselves. I agree with Bishop Simeon H all in the edition of November 17th, where he calls for Sir Lyndens army to be established. He is right. The news today is an embarrassment. I b elieve in this country and am quite sure there are toom any young people who have great talents they dont even k now about. The court system and police may need improving but this doesnt deal with the source. There needs to be action tackling the root of c rime. The root, in my view is the complete moral breakdowne ngulfing society. National Service would give young people n ot only structure in their lives and discipline, possibly for the first time; it would also give them a sense of achievement. They may find the opportunity to learn a trade. In National Service they may discover what real camaraderie is, rather than the kind found in a gang somewhere in the back streets of New Providence. When their tenure in National Service was at an end, they would have hada chance for independent reflection. They would have experienced new structure in their lives and known what it is like to earn a legal wage. Perh aps they would remain in the service or join another profession. They will have structure and purpose in their lives. They will almost certainly l eave with a feeling of patriotism and national unity. From this will result national pride until people have this, w e will remain on this war path w ith ourselves. T he first priority of any gove rnment is the security of its c itizens. Citizens are not secure. Society is failing and the governm ent must step in. It must take action. This must be supported by all political parties, who must lead the way and be seent o be unified on this front. This is not a PLP or FNM issue. This is becoming a national crisis. This cannot just become anothe r political football or a way to point score. There is a time and place for that and this is not it. Bishop Hall says, there needs to be a national conver-s ation about National Service. Lets take this further and say: there needs to be national a ction towards National Service. C ANSELL Nassau, N ovember 17, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W E TALKED with several Bahamians this weekend about Urban Renewal and its effectiveness. There were many opinions, but all agreed that the programme was doomed from the beginning because it was bogged down in politics. You must remember, said one sarcastically, what is now Urban Renewal starteda s the Farm Road project when a few policemen were strategically placed to impress the p eople. No Urban Renewal was on anyones mind when that happened. The Farm Road project was solely to secure a seat for a politician. In fact, said another Bahamian, commu n ity policing was hijacked by the politicians. I t was only when the police went into Farm Road and discovered such squalor in s ome of the homes that urban renewal was born and eventually the programme spread to other inner cities. Instead of the police going into commu nities and discovering what was wrong and instructing the responsible government department to correct it, police found thems elves directing home repairs, cleaning up garbage, and generally being involved inn on-police work. Another person did not see much change i n the Urban Renewal programme when it came under the FNM other than the police being removed from school campuses. The person felt that it was the parents responsibility not that of the police to m ake certain that their child did not go to school with a weapon. A lie is being foisted on the Bahamian people that Urban Renewal is dead. This is s imply not true, said one police officer. The programme has not been stopped, however, it has been changed. He said the police had been providing the leadership. However, when other organisations took their rightful place in the programme, the p olice stepped back and returned to their policing duties. H owever, they continued to support the programme wherever their assistance was required. The officer did not agree that the police should have ever been on the school campus. It undermines the authority of the school principal and the schools staff, he said. However, although no police officer is stationed on the campus, an effective school programme with the police involved is still in place. Each school has direct contact with the nearest police station and the police are on call whenever needed. There are also programmes in place to give children police protection early in the morning when they arrive at school and in the afternoon when they are leaving. Police also supervise children who have been sus p ended from class. The police contact the parents, and have a programme to which the parents take their child for police supervision for as long as they have been banned from the classroom. These children are not wandering the streets. They are very muchu nder police control. But for politicians to say that Urban R enewal is dead or that protection is not being given to the schools, is just intellectual d ishonesty, was this officers opinion. However, another Bahamian saw what should have been a 24-hour community service being turned into a 9am to 5pm job for a civil servant. They took the police out a nd flooded us with all these experts, he said. In the social services youd be sur-p rised how many hands a request has to go through just to get one thing approved. In e very department the public service is very weak. What this country needs is dedicated community policing where police and people come together, united by a common goal. Community policing was started long before politicians conjured up the controv ersial urban renewal programme. It was launched and managed by the police and int he areas where it was being developed, it was very successful. W e were intimately involved with the Nassau programme and gave considerable news space to a similar programme organised in Cat Island. There was ASP Shannondor Evans, s pearheading a programme from the police station in Elizabeth Estates, and Supt.S tephen Dean organising a student band and youth clubs in Cat Island. Both pro g rammes were successful regardless of political affiliation residents were working with the police towards a common goal. Cat Island, we were told, was a good example of how community programmes could make a difference. Faculty and staff at the Cat Island school commented on how t he music programmes in particular had helped improve students grades. It was t hought that because of these programmes, students had become more focused. Tomorrow we shall describe in more detail Mr Evans successful programme in the Eastern division. This area included Prince Charles, Sea Breeze, Fox Hill Road and the Eastern Road. There are probably many police men and women who are well versed in community policing. We know of two ASP Evans, and Superintendent Dean, who represents the Bahamas on the community policing committee of the International Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police. And we have heard of a third Supt. Carolyn Bowe. These are the people whose skills and enthusiasm should be utilised in helping to coordinate and spread such programmes. National Service a good idea LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Politicians hijacked community policing E E v v e e r r y y o o n n e e s s h h o o u u l l d d b b e e a a b b l l e e t t o o e e n n j j o o y y o o u u r r b b e e a a c c h h e e s s E DITOR, The Tribune. T he Bahamas has some of the most beautiful beaches you could ever find. Growing up in the Bahamas I have seen that beaches become the place where locals go every Sunday, summer times, and for holidays. F or tourists, well they visit the Bahamas just for the beaches because they like the white sand, nice blue ocean, clean waters a nd the spacious areas. The beaches on this island were made for everyone to enjoy. H ow can they enjoy it if the beaches are always crowded with people, and there is only a limited number of beaches you can go on? Theres a limited number of beaches you can go on because most of the beaches are blocked off with gates and signs. There are even houses built on some of the beaches with signs saying private property and some of them may be private prop erty. All of the beaches that are blocked off by gates and signs, if it isnt owned by someone then they should be cleared and b eautified so the citizens/residents can go on and enjoy it. While the beaches are being blocked they are going to be used to store unused boats, etc. If those person didnt purchase the beach with the property the gates they have up are illegal. If we say we are beach lovers and would like to enjoy our beaches, we should get together and protest and fight for what is ours. I am sure if we come together as a committee and bring forth this to whoever deals with these kind of problems, a law would be passed to be known that all public beach s hould be accessible to everyone. I did a little survey on how many persons would say they should be accessible or remain the same way they are now. I got a number of persons saying that beaches should be accessible and one saying it depends on where the beach is located. In the Bahamas, not having access to beaches that are right in your backyard is becoming something persons are noticing now that they realise what is going on. The beaches are what we live for. I dont think we should let people come and buy property with the beach front without making some way of getting access to that beach if is not owned by them. Or let them put up signs and gates to block off what is rightfully ours. We need to stop them from doing this the first chance we get or its going to continue to happen until we have no rights to say anything to save our beaches. Im saying we because you and I are a part of this, we are the ones complaining about it. So its now that we come together to be as one. DISHANN STUBBS Nassau, November, 2009.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts hit out yesterday at a Tribune editorial that defended the Governments remodelling of the much-touted PLP Urban Renewal Programme. In a statement issued to the media yesterday, Mr Roberts said the editorial sought to demonstrate that the Urban Renewal Programme had no profound impact on crime by utilising police statistics from 2001 to 2006. Further, in The Tribune of todays date, the Editor went fur ther to state that since the begin ning of mankind there has beencriminal activity and that the warning bell tolls for all of us of which, not even the PLPs treasured Urban Renewal Pro gramme is no one antidote forits cure. The Editor expressed that one only need look at The Tribune files to see when crime began to mushroom. It is blatantly clear that apart from the Editors obvious bias, she is totally oblivious to what the real issue is today. Madam Editor, the issue is this: What initiative(s the governing FNM Government since May 2007 to reduce and control crime and the fear of crime in our Bahamian society now? The PLP contends that Urban Renewal was structured in such comprehensive form that it addressed not only crime, but all the criminogenic circum stances which inevitably led to crime. The attempt to undermine the effectiveness of the Pro gramme by the FNM Govern ment has resulted and is continuing to result in anarchy and chaos in our society today. To add, the FNM Government has sought to hide the truth by not painting the full picture in their use of statistics, Mr Roberts said. The PLPs chairman added that the FNM has also sought to utilize the police statistics in a limited way by only focusing on the period from 2001 to 2006. Statistics As such, Mr Roberts said, there needs to be a broader look at statistics for the Urban Renewal era (2002-2007 l east compare it with has happened since 2007 to present. To do otherwise and make such bold statements that Urban Renewal was ineffective is a clear indication of biasness and incompleteness. Take for instance the homicide rate. The FNM and the Editor expressed that in 2001 under the FNM, there were 43 murders. They neglected to mention that in 2000, a record breaking 74 murders were committed. The decline in 2001 in murders were attributed to the aggressive, round-the-clock, zero tolerance operations that the Police launched to bring crime under some degree of control. However, the dusk to dawn operations could not be sustained as the operations took a tremendous toll on the human resource of the Police Force. In 2002 with the ushering in of the PLP Gov ernment came the sustainable and comprehensive Urban Renewal Programme. The PLP maintains that in all areas where Urban Renewal was initiated, crime and the fear of crime was reduced. There was also a decline in the overall crime rate, Mr Roberts said. Looking at the statistics, the PLPs chairman added that from the cancellation of Urban Renewal and the election of the FNM in 2007, there has been a quantum leap in crime. A review of the individual categories really reflect the extent of crime under the FNM Government and their inability to address the problem. The homicide rate reveals that the homicide rate is actually higher than is actually being expressed (particularly under the FNM Government). And there is a strong possibility that had Urban Renewal remained, crime levels would have been more manageable. Many may question why the PLP has made extensive use of crime statistics and why the FNM Gov ernment is endeavouring to discredit the statistics produced by the PLP. It should be emphasised that the PLP recognise that statistics are crucial as they provide the greatest source of both qualitative and quantitative data (scientific proof of what really is the case). I emphasise again that the FNM Government is clueless on how to address this crime problem. As such, Mr Roberts said that the Government should immediately reintroduce Urban Renewal as it was established under the PLP government and revisit the Swift Justice initiative to counter the significant backlog of cases. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has announced that during the transition of the operation of Our Lucaya Casi no from Isle of Capri to Treasure Bay between November 22 and November 30, all casino play will be suspended. Casino employees will be fully utilised during this one week period in preparing the premis es for new management, includ ing undergoing training pro grammes. Casino play to be suspended during transition CAMPAIGNING for the Progressive Libera l Party in Grand Bahama on Friday, party chairman Bradley Roberts slammed the FNM administration for having delivered desolation and hardship to the island and to the entire population of the Bahamas. The state of affairs in Grand Bahama is an unholy mess, Mr Roberts said during an address at the PLP House in Freeport. The PLP chairman also reiterated that he h eard reports that current Minister of Works, Lucaya MP Neko Grant may be moved to heada new Grand Bahama Affairs Ministry in the near future. However, The Tribune was unable to confirm the truth of this statement yesterday. Criticising the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA chairman said the island needs more than the p lanting of trees and other beautification methods, but rather a focused plan to revive its tourism industry, the creation of jobs for its people, the return to the original formula of Urban Renewal and aggressive housing developments. Two and a half years after the FNM hoodwinked and bamboozled the people of this island, unemployment has gone through the roof. The Royal Oasis is only one on a list of closed hotel properties. Grand Bahama struggles to attract visitors even though it is only 55 miles from Florida. People are without food and light, and they call this FNM country. We should have paid attention to anything branded as FNM country because what is true for FNM country is now true for the entire country, he said. Mr Roberts also hit out at the slow progress that has been made in the negotiations with the GBPA. From any plausible angle the FNM government has had more than sufficient time to use the weight of their high office to resolve the massive impasse of the controlling shareholders of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, but have disgracefully failed the people of Grand Bahama and the level of misery and hopelessness grow day by day here in the second city, he said. The PLP chairman also said that the FNM should not be allowed to get away with the excuse that the global recession also led to unemployment skyrocketing in Grand Bahama and in the B ahamas in general. They blame it on the recession which did not happen until some 15 months after the May 2007 general elections. They are all saying that they are waiting for Obama to turn around the US economy. They went on to name some foreign investment properties which have stalled as a result of what they say was the global recession. I wish to point out that the global financial crisis o ccurred was not in effect until 15 months after the FNM became the Government in May 2007, h e said. Further, ladies and gentlemen, the record will show that in 2007 the Bahamian economy slowed down ahead of the US economy rather than the usual one quarter to two lag time. Do you know why this happened? This happened because the slow-down was artificially induced. S omeone meddled with the economy and facilitated a virtual stall of the economy. Roberts claims FNM delivered hardship to Grand Bahama PLP Chairman criticises Tribune editorial BRADLEYROBERTS
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FIVE New Providence-based businessmen are taking out two-acre plots in the industrial park slated for North Andros. They can start building right away, said Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC chairman Edison M Key. We are serious. This will generate employment for North Andros residents and training for the young people. T he park is made up of ten two-acre plots, and it is to be expanded by another 20 acres. Andros is still on the duty free list. Accompanying the BAIC delegation were businessmen Errington Thompson (farm products), Rev James Sweeting (handicraft and canning Anthony Swabey (dog breeding), Eugene Wright (window blinds manufacturing), and Joseph Curry (trade, investment and real estate). I am extremely happy with the progress we are making as we move a little closer each year to sustaining ourselves in food and whatever we could produce here in The Bahamas, said Mr Key. I see five to 19 years from now, there is going to be a tremendous amount of activity going on especially in North Andros, Abaco and other areas of the country. So, whatever you intend to do, this is an excellent time to get involved. Accompanying Mr Key, the MP for South Abaco, were general manager Benjamin Rahming, assistant general manager (lands and domestic investment officer Alphonso Smith. I am very impressed with what BAIC is trying to do, said businessman Mr Thompson. If all areas of government were working like BAIC, we would have a wonderful coun try. The chairman seems to have his hands to the wheel. He is aware of what is happening and he is prepared to do what itt akes to make things happen. The BAIC staff is doing a won derful job. I believe the potential of Andros will be realised. People will come and see and recognise that Andros has so much to offer. We will have a wonderful place here. U nder Mr Key, said Rev Sweeting, BAIC is looking like a brand new entity. It is not the BAIC I used to know. Its in the positive whereas it used to be in the negative. Its giving Andros a new identity. It used to seem that Andros was a place no Gov ernment was checking for. But now, the wind has changed. I see new hope, new inspiration for North Andros and the country is going to benefit from it. dOne of Rev Sweetings goals is to stem the wastage of farm produce at the Gov ernments packing house where vegetables that do not meet a particular grade are thrown away. dIf we could preserve some of that rather than letting it all go back into the soil the nation will benefit, he said. Businessman Mr Swabey said: If the project we have takes off, then I will be coming to Nassau only to visit. North Andros is a good place to be. No traffic. Mr Swabey also wants to cater to pedigree pet owners and security dog training. North Andros would be the ideal place to establish an industrial park, he said. The good thing is that you can bring in everything duty free. What more can you ask for? With New Providence having become saturated in terms of land usage, added businessman Curry, the vast amount of land in Andros and its proximity to New Providence, present unique opportunities for those who are interested in industry, particularly agriculture. Businessmen take on Andros industrial park -2+1675$66:,00(502+6685*(21 ZLOOEHYLVLWLQJ7KH6NLQ&HQWUHRQ)ULGD 'HFHPEHUWK 'U6WUDVVZLPPHU WUDLQHGDW+DUYDUGDQG
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Letisha Henderson /BIS MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT Neko Grant, officially launching Road Safety Month d uring a press conference November 2nd. Pictured from left Karen Mortimer, Road Traffic; Iris Adderl ey, disability affairs; Nicole Campbell, undersecretary; Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; Minister Grant; Phillip Turner, controller, Road Traffic; Sgt 1235 Garlon Rolle, Traffic Police Department; Marc Ingraham, Road Traffic Department; Albie Hope, transport specialist; and Wendell Seymour, corporate relations manager, The Burns House Group. T HE Burns House Group has teamed up with the Department of Transport and other groups to launch a number of road safe ty initiatives. November has been declared Road Safety Month by Neko Grant, the Minister of Works and Transport. T he objective is to enhance awareness of four main pillars that impact safety on Bahamian streets: cell phone use and driv ing, highway codes education, car-pooling a nd public transportation, and drinking w hile driving. Mr Grant said: We want to raise public awareness of the proper use of our streets ina n effort to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities that occur throughoutThe Bahamas. According to the Road Traffic Department, some 500 people have died in traffic a ccidents in The Bahamas over the last ten years. Wendell Seymour, corporate relations manager at The Burns House Group, remarked: We are fully committed to supporting Road Safety Month, and all other initiatives that promote responsible driving. W e certainly hope that this endeavor is a long-term collaboration between the Department of Transport, The Burns House G roup, and other entities. We are thankful t o the Ministry for their kind invitation to p articipate. Road Safety Month ends on Nov 28 with a fun run/walk in honour of traffic fatality v ictims. There is no entry fee and all participants will receive a free t-shirt. In addition, free Vitamalt will be provided at the finish. For more information contact the Road Traffic Department at 328-4825/6. Burns House backs Road Safety Month THE full blown Baha Mar project is not going to happen for now. Whether this is a result of the worldwide economic climate or the nature of the project itself matters little. At the same time work on the relocation of the container port and the development of the cruise ship port to accommodate the very largest of cruise ships continues apace. Albany has not slowed down and this ambitious development will bring new economic activity to the south west of New Providence. When the container terminals are relocated from East Bay Street the rebirth of downtown Nassau can commence. This brings me back to the stagnation on Cable Beach. What should be done while we wait for the conditions to be right for the Baha Mar project to move forward? It must be almost two years since we were told that the Nassau Beach Hotel would be demolished. It still stands there shuttered creating a depressing ambiance in this most impor tant resort area. Directly to the west of Sulgrave Manor is another derelict structure, which used to be a beach house, creating an eyesore as well as health and security dangers. These two structures should be demolished and the area landscaped and beautified. Every visitor to the Sheraton, Wyndham and Breezes must presently leave the island with an understandably sorry impression of what was once Nassaus premier resort area. I respectfully suggest that the authorities should use whatev er legislation it has at its disposal to have these eyesores demolished and the area beautified. It would probably even assist in attracting the investors that the Baha Mar project so desperately needs to get it off the ground. PLEASE DONT FORGET CABLE BEACH V IEW FROM A FAR J OHN I SSA
By SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) A S the Commonwealth H eads of Government meeting is about to take place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobagos capital, there is not much hope among its member states that it will achieve anything more than declarations without the means to implement them. Indeed, even more worr yingly, there is a mood in some of the developed Commonwealth countries that the organisation no longer has relevance in the international community. S adly, even though the Commonwealth Summit is being held on the eve of the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change, there is strong resistance from major capitals to any n otion of a Commonw ealth initiative on this i ssue. I hope my information is incorrect, but it is being said in circles that should know that Canada is one of the countries that is opposed to any initiative b eing taken on climate change outside of what could be achieved in Copenhagen. And, the world now knows that already diluted declarat ions have been prepared f or the Copenhagen conf erence and they are nonbinding anyway. If the information about Canada is true, it is much to be regretted, for small states, particularly those in the Caribbean, have l ong looked to Canada to c hampion their causes and t o stand with them in the Commonwealth especially. In the past, Canada has not shirked this role, and it has not been to Canadas disadvantage. By championing small states, Canada has been able to count s mall states in the legions o f its support. N o other plurilateral organisation has served the interests of small states better than the Commonw ealth over the last four d ecades. Of the now 52 member states, 32 are s mall with 12 of them from t he Caribbean. Certainly, t he G20, despite the membership of five Commonwealth countries Aus-t ralia, Britain, Canada, India and South Africa cannot purport to serve small states since not one small state is represented at the table, and, so far, no machinery has been put i n place to formally ascert ain their views, in a dvance of G20 meetings, o n the global issues that a ffect them. A s the world has moved increasingly to globalisation and trade liberalisa tion, the majority of small states, which were from the very outset only mar ginally capable of eco-n omic survival, have found themselves overwhelmed by new challenges such as s ea-level rise, drug traff icking and attendant high rates of crime, high migration of their best educated people, and a lack ofc apacity for negotiating the integration of their societies into larger trad-i ng blocs and the new g lobal trading system. While bigger countries have similar problems, they have the resourcesa nd flexibility to address these problems, unlike the small states. T his is the context in which this CHOGM is being held. It suggests that the Commonwealth in tan d em with the small states themselves should explore ways in which the imperilled societies of the majority of small states could become more viable and so serve their particul ar interests as well as t hose of the wider Commonwealth. What should be the cru cial issues? A priority should be Climate Change. The escalation of adverse weather related condi tions, especially sea-level rise, challenge the very existence of several Com monwealth countries such as the Maldives, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu. In other cases, sea-level rise and flooding threaten agricultural pro duction and trade for many states such as Guyana, Belize, Ghana, Tanzania and Bangladesh. Both stronger hurricanes and steady beach erosion also threaten tourism and agricultural production in several Caribbean islands. And, for all of the affected countries, the high costs involved in adaptation are simply unattainable on their own. Why then not a Com monwealth initiative to do something tangible for the most vulnerable regardless of what happens at Copenhagen? Surely, the Com monwealth could resolve to mobilise resources from the World Bank and other organisations to put in place a programme for the countries whose very existence is threatened? If not, what do the leaders of these countries tell their people? What does the Commonwealth tell them? Is it that they must quite literally paddle their own canoe? A second priority should be the impact of the global crisis on all C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Commonwealth in danger: Action is n WORLDVIEW SEE page nine T T h h e e e e s s c c a a l l a a t t i i o o n n o o f f a a d d v v e e r r s s e e w w e e a a t t h h e e r r r r e e l l a a t t e e d d c c o o n n d d i i t t i i o o n n s s , e e s s p p e e c c i i a a l l l l y y s s e e a a l l e e v v e e l l r r i i s s e e , c c h h a a l l l l e e n n g g e e t t h h e e v v e e r r y y e e x x i i s s t t e e n n c c e e o o f f s s e e v v e e r r a a l l C C o o m m m m o o n n w w e e a a l l t t h h c c o o u u n n t t r r i i e e s s s s u u c c h h a a s s t t h h e e M M a a l l d d i i v v e e s s , K K i i r r i i b b a a t t i i , M M a a r r s s h h a a l l l l I I s s l l a a n n d d s s , T T o o k k e e l l a a u u a a n n d d T T u u v v a a l l u u .
C ommonwealth countries a nd particularly what should be done for the smallest and most vulnerable economies. It was aw elcome development to see the Secretary-General o f the Caribbean Community and Common Market ( CARICOM) Secretariat make the statement that CARICOM countries have not seen any signifi cant inflow for that (the U S$1 trillion pledged to the IMF by the G20 coun-t ries), we have not heard o r seen any significant changes in policies of the IMF as an example. It is time for that kind of frank talk. The Global crisis pro duced the G20 countriest o replace the G7, which h as controlled the world economy over the last sixt y years, to stimulate globa l demand and supply, but t here has been no accompanying measures for the smallest, most vulnerablec ountries for debt relief, n ew aid, and sustainable capital flows. It is rightthat these governments m ust devise policies that address these issues themselves, but it is also right that the international comm unity should act to prov ide help. E ssentially small states have been left out in the cold with the IMF still the only mechanism to which they can turn and no change, despite all the rhetoric, in the prescript ions of the IMF itself. Yet, the capacity of governments of small Commonwealth countries to service debt that the IMF places as a priority is e xtremely difficult in cond itions in which their main s ources of trade and t ourism revenues are in d ecline. The ratio of debt t o GDP in several small C ommonwealth countries p aints the picture: St KittsN evis 178 per cent, Seychelles 151 per cent, Jamaica 128 per cent,A ntigua and Barbuda 107 per cent, Barbados 106 per cent, Grenada 87 per cent, Dominica 86 per cent, B elize 80 per cent, St Lucia 70 per cent, Marshall islands 70 per cent a nd St Vincent and the G renadines 67 per cent. T he Commonwealth should, at the very least, be considering how it can advance change in the World Bank and other financial institutions for helping small countries to r estructure and repay both official and commercial debt on easy terms over the next decade. Absent practical decisions of this kind, this C HOGM does run the risk o f making the Commonw ealth irrelevant even to t he small states that place s uch tremendous import ance in it. That would be s ad for an organisation t hat retains great potent ial for serving the worlds interest for economic development, peace andd emocracy. Responses and previous c ommentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM needed in Trinidad F ROM page eight SIRRONALD SANDERS
f erent" on the appointment, s aid he doubts the move will h ave any affect on the country's legal system. He said Mr D elaney lacks a background i n criminal justice and doubted w hether he will have the knowh ow to deal with that area's hefty backlog. "He comes with no criminal law experience and there is a h uge problem of a backlog in t he criminal law sector. No particular appointment is going to b e a magic bullet to solving these legal issues the severe backlog on the civil and criminal side of the court," said Mr Mitchell. H owever, one senior attor ney argued that whatever Mr Delaney lacks in criminal lawe xperience will be supplemented by his qualified subor dinates. T he prominent attorney, who did not want to be identified, said: "He doesn't have criminal law experience but he d oesn't really need it. He has a d irector of public prosecutions and a whole load of other people who are experts (below h im). He has a sound groundi ng in the law and he will not b e technically conversant with criminal issues but he has a s ound foundation in the prin ciples of law which he will a pply." M r Mitchell also found fault w ith Mr Delaney's new r esponsibilities within the financial services sector. "As the AG, he'll be responsible for being, in part, a regulator or policeman for wrong-d oing in the sector. Should that be tied up with someone who should be promoting it?" the M P for Fox Hill asked. Through a statement, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced Mr Delaney's a ppointment to several plum posts. He will be appointed to the S enate his second stint in Upper Chamber since serving as an FNM Senator from 2005t o 2007 at a swearing in cerem ony at Government House t his afternoon. He will also have carriage over relations with the financial services i ndustry, the Bahamas Financ ial Services Board and respons ibility for the promotion and development of financial serv ices. The AG's post was temp orarily filled by Minister of F oreign Affairs Brent Symone tte since the resignation of f ormer AG Sir Michael Barnett who was recently appointed Chief Justice. The 45-year-old lawyer spent his high school years at StA ugustines College in Nassau, earned his LLB from the Uni versity of Birmingham and aM aster of Laws degree from the University of London, England. He was admitted to the English Bar in 1987 as a B arrister of Lincolns Inn. That same year he was called to the Bahamas Bar. M r Delaney is a member of the law firm of Higgs & John son and managing partner s ince 2007. H e specialises in commerc ial litigation and financial services law, and has for years been cited by international l egal directories as a leader in h is field, said the Government 's statement. He is a former vice-presid ent and vice-chairman of the Bahamas Bar Association and i ts Council, a member of the I nternational Bar Association, t he Chartered Institute of A rbitrators (London Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Mr Delaney served as a director of the National Insur-a nce Board, a director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board, a member of the Road T raffic Authority and lecturer at the College of The Bahamas. He is presently co-chairman o f the Bahamas Trade Com mission. He is married to Daphne D elaney, ne Dean and has three children, Amorae and twin daughters Dana andM aya. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM one person received minor injuries, said Sgt Skippings. "The matter was investigated by p olice, however it was further resolved among the parties conc erned," she said. S peaking to T he Tribune y esterday, Mr Naveda sought to clear up the conflicting reports. "It was a only fight, it wasn't a h ostage situation. I'm very displeased a bout this. The police came because it was a lot of fighting and arguing but there was nobody shooting. It was the police that shot in the air to calm every body down," he said. "The police came right away. Nobody had guns and nobody was held hostage. It was no Italian Mafia o r Sicilian Mafia. I don't know where t hey got it from probably they watched The Sopranos the night before. He added that the restaurant suffered no damage from the brawl excluding a broken dish and flower vase. THEENTRANCE to Lucianos restaurant. F ROM page one All-out brawl at wedding party FROM page one Next Attorney General named
by shotgun wielding thugs. "Minister Turnquest has exhibited terrible leadership in the wake of the latest attack on tourists and the very serious crisis emanating there from; his reaction being no more than a photo-op and mild brief lecture. "In other words, the Minister had nothing of substance to say and his nothingness gives further credence to the widely held view that he is clueless about what needs to be done to get on top of this massive crime scourge" Mr Roberts also accused Mr Turnquest of having a role in demoralising the police force, helping to force the early retirement of qualified police officers and supporting the removal of police from public schools. At an impromptu press conference held hours after the tourists were robbed at gunpoint on Friday, Mr Turnquest vowed to continue to serve inhis post until otherwise directed by the prime minister. He also told his critics to stop looking for a scapegoat for the country's crime problem. Mr Turnquest said: "I continue to do my job. I continue to manage the national security strategy for the Free National Movement administration. I've been given a mandate by the prime minister. I serve at his pleasure. "If I did have to answer to critics, I would say that we ought not to look for scapegoats but each of us ought to look into the mirror, ask ourselveswhat are we doing. Each of us has a personal responsibility." I n recent weeks speculation has been rife in the political are na that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham may be unhappy withMr Turnquest's performance. When asked to respond to this, Mr Turnquest said: "That's none of my business. You ask him. I continue to do my jobe very single day. When Mr Ingraham doesn't have confi dence in me he'll fire me. WhenI think that I can no longer serve, I'll offer my resignation. They're the two options. In terms of the nation's grow ing crime problem, Mr Turnquest reasoned that while Government has to take some responsibility, there was little he nor the police force can do to prevent spontaneous acts of violence. "I don't go around with a gun in my waist preventing people from shooting each other and I definitely won't be in people's b edrooms when you have these domestic rows that lead to fatal stabbing. "So we ought to stop looking for scapegoats. I don't mind them criticising me because as long as I do what I know I'm supposed to do, some people will criticise because they don't want me to succeed." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM visitors approached and were also held up. The attackers also gunbutted a Bahamian woman during the robbery. Her injuries, however, were not life-threatening and she was t he only person to be hurt. Tourism Director General Vernice Walkine said incidents like the one on Friday make it "harder" for tourism officials "to promote the country as a place to consider for a vacation." This sentiment was shared by many of The Tribunes readers, who on the newspap ers website expressed shock and dismay, fearing that the countrys vital tourism industry will be negatively impacted by this and other crime incidents. due to safety and technical reasons, the power station was shut down in a controlled manner to facilitate extinguishing the fire and to protect the employees and equipment. BEC said the all clear was given at around 9.30pm on Friday by the Fire Department. The faulty switchboard was isolated and the restoration process began. Shortly before 10pm, power was restored to most of the customers, BEC said. The restoration efforts, which included modification to the electrical system, continued and by 2.30pm (on Saturday supplies were restored to the remaining customers. However, BEC pointed out that due to the loss of the switchboard, there may be limitations with the production and distribution of power and therefore contingency measures are also being addressed. Residents told The Tribune that following the power outage due to the fire, the islands cellular service was also out of commission for several hours. BEC apologised for any inconvenience caused by the fire and the resulting power cut. The Corporation commended the employees of Abaco operations, members of the Volunteer Fire Department and other entities for their response and assistance in dealing with the fire and related matters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Abaconians said that this is only one of a string of incidents that have frequently left the island without electricity for long periods of time. Residents said they are more than fed up with constant power cuts and surges that reportedly often damage their electrical appliances. Plans are currently underway to give Abaco a new and improved electricity supply by constructing the $105 million Wilson City power plant, but many locals are opposed to this development because of environmental and legal concerns. FROM page one Turnquest Abaco blackout FROM page one People questioned F ROM page one VERNICEWALKINE
C M Y K C M Y K TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PAGE 12, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS SPORTS J ETS RUNNING BACK r uns in for a touchdown. Jets won the match 22-14. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff JETS RUNNING BACK running in for a two-point conversion after the touchdown. A PROS DEFENDER tries to stop the catch of the Jets receiver. SCENESFROM JETS VS PROS ACTION FROM THE John Bull Jets clash with the Orry J Sands Pros yesterday. The Jets, up against the Commonwealth American Football League defending champ ions with both teams undefeated before Sunday, won the game 22-14. The match was rescheduled from late October.
the top post 28-18 during the elections at the BAAAs annu-a l general at the Ministry of Education. T he conference room was jammed packed with execut ives, coaches and delegates from the various affiliated Islands, clubs and track teams. Just prior to the elections, there was some lengthy discus-s ion on whether or not three inactive clubs, which becamef inancial, should have been allowed to vote. E ventually it was decided that only one would be granted permission and as the voting procedure began, former BAAAs president Dr Bernard N ottage and former Bahamas Olympic Associations secret ary general Larry Doc Davis presided. T here was no further inter ruption as the delegates were eager to cast their votes and in the end, Sands said he was thrilled to have returned to o ffice. It went as expected, said S ands, quite relieved that he was back in control. We went o ut and did what we had to do. Now we can move on with our manifesto that we presented to the people. No doubt surprised and shocked at the outcome, Hol lowsworth said that he was g rateful for the opportunity that he got to serve during the oney ear that Sands was in exile and if the opportunity presented i tself again, he would take a delight in running for office again. I am the immediate past p resident of the association, so I still have an opportunity to s erve at that level in the associa tion, Hollowsworth said. So I will continue to make a contribution whenever Im called upon. Sands, however, said that he and his executive team will extend an olive branch to Hol-l owsworth and the other defeate d members of his slate as they t ry to heal the wombs in moving the association forward. Once the position of president was filled, it seemed quite evident that the delegates were going to vote for Sands entire slate of officers. But there were some surprises and some disappointments in the final outcome of t he various positions. S herwin Stuart captured the f irst vice president spot 28-18 over Marshall and Felix Seym our beat out incumbent Anita Doherty 25-21 in an allGrand Bahamian battle. Olympian Tim Munnings won 26-20 over former treasurer Rosie Carey 26-20 for the general secretary position; form er secretary general Don T urnquest won 25-19 over Coll ie for assistant. The new treasurer is Laura Pratt-Charlton, who secured a 27-19 decision over coach Dianne Woodside, while Deb bie Smith won 26-20 over Lisa Mortimer for the assistant post. Journalist Bernard Newbold c aptured the statistician spot o ver coach George Cleare and v eteran executive Alpheus Hawk Finlayson ousted incumbent Kermit Taylor 2719 for public relations. Like the presidents position, the spot for technical director w as also keenly contested, but i n the end, incumbent Frank Rahming retained his position o ver Rupert Gardiner, the choice for the Visionary Team. And in the newly formed p ost of Special Projects, Linda T hompson and Foster Dorsett won with 28 and 24 votes respectively over Dexter Bodie and Doyle Burrows. The executive team was comp leted with 12 council memb ers. They are Doyle Burrows, Tyrone Burrows, Carrie Young, Grand Bahamian businessman B asil Neymour, May Miller, Julie Wilson, Patrick Adderley, Livingstone Bostwick, Roosevelt Thompson, StephanieR ahming and Dr. Cypriann S trachan. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PICTURED above from left are the newly elected officers: Frank Pancho Rahming (technical directorGeneral Secretary Bernard Newbold (statisticianassistant treasurertreasurerfirst vice president Mike Sands (president); Felix Seymour (second vice president); Linda Thompson (Special Projects); Alpheus Hawk Finlayson (public relations) and Foster Dorsett (Special Projects). S t a n l e y M i t c h e l l / S p e c i a l t o T h e T r i b u n e THE Bahamas Association of A thletic Associations, fresh from its annual general meeting of election of officers, hosted its 20th Colony Club I nn and Suites National High School Cross Country on Saturday at Haynes Oval and Fort Charlotte. Heres a look at the results: Under 13 Girls (2k 1 Iesha Taylor Queens College 9:36.86 2 Keniqua Reckley Saint J ohns College 9:40.00 3 Phileshia Roberts C.H. Reeves Junior 9:43.03 4 Charis McPhee Anatol Rodgers 9:49.60 5 Celine Thompson Queens College 9:50.476 Rosalie Munroe Saint Annes 9:50.95 T eam 1 Queens College 71 (11.83 2 C.H. Reeves Junior 130 (21.66 3 D.W. Davis Junior 162 (27.00 Under 15 Girls (3k 1 Johnique David T.A. T hompson Junior 12:35.25 2 Talia Thompson Queens College 12:51.58 3 Vanillian Walker Queens College 13:00.70 4 Kristina Knowles Central E leuthera 13:10.47 5 Hollie Rolle Saint A ugustines 13:26.41 6 Zahra Powell Saint A ugustines 13:29.78 Team 1 T.A. Thompson Junior 78 (13.00 2 C.H. Reeves Junior 137 (22.83 3 L.W. Young Junior 203 ( 33.83) U nder 17 Girls (3k 1 Angela Chenilus Anatol R odgers 12:09.87 2 Ashley Johnson Saint Augustines 12:10.153 Desirae Sands Saint Augustines1 2:25.60 4 Marva Etienne C.R. Walke r Senior 13:13.55 5 Shafarah LewisC.R. W alker Senior 13:34.12 6 Jessica Campbell C.I. Gibson Senior 13:36.77 Team 1 C.R. Walker Senior 90 (15.00 2 Doris Johnson Senior 208 ( 34.66) 3 CI Gibson Senior 2 25(37.50 Under 20 Girls (3k 1 Deshana Burnside Saint Augustines12:55.932 Kendra Humes CR Walker Senior 13:25.56 3 Florazel Russell CR Walk er Senior 13:49.324 Patricka Petit CR Walker Senior 14:01.52 5 Olevia Brennen Home School 14:44.72 6 Candice Ferguson CR Walker Senior 15:09.44 Team 1 CR Walker Senior 39 (6.50 2 CC Sweeting Senior 107 ( 17.83) Under 13 Boys (3k 1 Kinard Rolle Saint Augustines 13:33.58 2 Henrey Francis LW Young Junior13:34.14 3 Adrian Thompson TA Thompson Junior 13:34.574 Jamal Belfour S.C. McPherson 13:34.82 5 Jackson Knowles LW Young Junior 13:35.64 6 Darius Major Saint Johns C ollege 13:35.83 X Alexander Scavella Woodcock Primary 13:35.25 Team 1 AF Adderley Junior 146 (24.33 2 LW Young Junior 156 (26.00 3 CH Reeves Junior 163 ( 27.16) Under 15 Boys (3k 1 Nakita Higgins Saint Augustines 10:13.282 Darren Young TA Thompson Junior 10:31.32 3 Gordon Williams TA Thompson Junior 10:44.82 4 Chino Milord DW Davis J unior 10:45.69 5 Moses Almonor CH Reeves Junior 10:51.38 6 Dimitri Charlton Queens College 10:51.96 Team 1 TA Thompson Junior 59 (9.83 2 Queens College 96 (16.00 3 DW Davis Junior 135 (22.50 U nder 17 Boys (4k 1 Ashton Wallace Saint G eorges 12:45.50 2 Desmond Major Saint Johns College 12:59.45 3 Marvin Minns Saint Johns College 13:06.31 4 Romario James Saint Annes School 13:08.545 Shaquille Pratt CR Walker Senior13:12.81 6 Kivirre Brown CR Walker Senior 13:18.00 Team 1 CR Walker Senior 98 (16.33 2 CC Sweeting Senior 134 (22.33 3 RM Bailey Senior 167 (27.83 Under 20 Boys (4k 1 Audley Carey Saint Augustines 11:31.212 Kingsley Cajuste Sunland Baptist 11:43.30 3 Leonardo Forbes Zion Christian 12:20.814 Ishmael Thompson CC Sweeting Senior 12:53.07 5 Vernal Johnson CR Walker Senior 12:56.106 Javaun Dabio CR Walker Senior 12:58.55 X Laquardo Newbold 11:34.04 X Cerio Rolle 11:38.07 Team 1 CR Walker Senior 69 (11.50 2 Government High 143 (23.83 3 CC Sweeting Senior 161 ( 26.83) BAAA: CROSSCOUNTRYRESULTS FROM page 15 Mike Sands elected BAAA president again
A large number of persons turned up at SuperClubs Breezes on Friday night for the second Caribbean Sports A wards & dinner banquet. The gala event recognised some of the most outstanding athletes from the Caribbean. T he highest honour of the n ight went to Sir Durward Sea Wolf Knowles, who was recog nised for his accomplishment in sailing. Knowles, who earlieri n the week celebrated his 92nd birthday, has competed in a record seven Olympic Games where hes won both a gold and bronze medal. In his address to the gathering, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Bannis ter said the event was designedt o convey in some meaningful, tangible and appropriate way, the admiration and respect of the peoples of the Caribbeqn countries for the great men and w omen of yesteryear who were so largely responsible for cre ating the framework by which this region has been able to become a world power in sports. Allow me to say that tonights occasion might also be regarded as exceptional in that for the first time, the stature of the local sporting communiy i being enhanced by its active and full participation in a prestigious awards ceremony such as this which transcends the ordinary boundaries of our sister countries, uniting them in a singular effort to confirm iconic status on persons who have toiled so hard and laboured so long as national and international warriors, marching the vangusrd our regions prospects for excel lence in the international arena of high level sports, he said. Following on the heels of the Ministrys national Hall of Fame where 15 persons were inducted, Bannister said hes had the opportunity to witnessa number of the veteran gladi ators in their unique responsi bilities as ambassadors for themselves, their families, their countries and indeed ss world ambassadors for all the inhabitants of all the islands washed by the Caribbean sea, a regional geography that gave them birth. Paraphrasing a quote from famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bannister said what lies in our past, and what lies in our future, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. He further stated that indeed the athltic successes and personal accomplishments of of all these great icons are ample evidence of the gifts that were within them: a will power and ambition to succeed, irrespective of the liabilities that they each had to encounter. This is the message that I would wish to place in the hearts of all the young people of the Caribbean: to dream and them to pursue that dream so that the day will come when they too will be called upon to r eceive the same high honour that will be bestowed upon the broad shoulders of the heroes that we seek to recognize tonight. B annister also congratulated Al Hamilton, the founder of CASI and journalist Fred Sturrup, CASIs Regional Director and president of the Commonwealth Boxing Council, for thev ision in bringing the awards b anquet to the Bahamas. The banquet drew a number of dignitaries from around the region, including Jamaican hur d ler Brigitte Foster-Hylton, w ho captured the IAAF 12th World Championships 100 hurdles gold medal in Berlin, Germany in August. Foster-Hylton cart off the Athletics Female title over Bahamian quarter-miler Tonique Williams-Darling ands printer Debbie FergusonMcKenzie; Jamaican sptinters M erlene Ottey and Shelly-Ann Fraser and Cuban 800 metre specialist Ana Fedelia Quirot. Cuban high jump sensation Javier Sotomayer was named the Male Athletics winner over Jamaicans Lennox Miller, Donald Quarrie, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt; Bahamian Troy Kemp and Trinidians Wendell Motley and Haseley Crawford. Beside Knowles, the only other Bahamian winner was Mychal Sweet Bells Thomp son. He took home the award for basketball after his stellar career in the National Basketball Association, winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. Thompson, who is now a colour commentator for the Lakers games in Los Angeles, won over fellow Bahamian Rick Fox, who also won three titles with the Lakers after he was traded there from the Boston Celtics. The other three nominees were Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Olden Polynmice of Haiti and Tim Duncan of the Virgin Islands. Among the other winners in their categories were: Antiguas Sir Vivian Richard in cricket over Brian Lara from Trinidad; Clive lloyd from Guyana, Michael Holding from Jamaica and Sir Everton Weekes from Barbados. Bermudas Clyde Best in football (soccer ian Dwight Yorke, Bahamian Leroy Uncle Lee Archer and Jamaican Theodore Whitmore. And Emile Griffith of the Virgin Islands in boxing for winning a world title. He won over Bahamian elisha Obed, another world champion; Cuban Teofilo Stevenson; Trinidads Leslie Stewart and Claude Noel and Guyanas Andrew Lewis. By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b email@example.com MARK Knowles likes the position he and Mahesh Bhu-p athi are in, but hes not celebrating just yet. The Bahamian-Indian combo have taken the early lead in the G roup A standings of the mens d oubles at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals yesterday in London, England. The number three seeded t eam won their first round match with identical scores of 63, 6-3 over the No.5 team of Frantisek Cermak and Michal M ertinak. A nd they joined their second round opponents, No.8 seed Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowsi, who openedu p with an upsetting 6-4, 6-4 w in over top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic with 1-0 win-loss records in the week-long round robin play. We were not quite sure w hat to expect because we havent played in a while, saidK nowles about their opener. But we were able to play very w ell and was able to pull it off. So its always great when you can win your first round match. But we will just have to get ready for our next matcha nd take it one match at a time. W ith a days rest as Group B, featuring American identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, play today, Knowles and Bhupathi will be back in action on Tuesday when they face F yrstenberg and Matkowsi. T hen on Thursday, they will square off against Nestor and Zimonjic in the final match of the round robin play. D epending on the outcome of their next two matches, Knowles and Bhupathi will know whether or not they willa dvance to the semifinal playo ffs that will be contested on Saturday. The final is set for Sunday. If you win all three, you can g uarantee your spot in the f inal, Knowles said. So that is our main focus, but we will just prepare to play our next match on Tuesday. L ast year, in their first appearance in the year-ending tournament, Knowles and Bhupathi failed to advance out of the round robin. However, hesh oping that they can turn things around this week. Were playing very good, even though this tournament is t ough, Knowles pointed out. Its good to get the first one under your belt, but we still have a long way to go. Every year since the inception of the tournament that showcases the best doubles teams and singles players, Knowles has made it. I n 2003 in Houston, Texas, he and Nestor reached the semifinal. The following year w hen the tournament was played in Texas for the final time, they also got to the semis. W hen the tournament s witched to Shanghai, China in 2005, Knowles and Nestor f ailed to advance out of the round robin. But in 2006, they l ost in the final before they won it in 2007 when they played together for the last time. Playing separately for the f irst time after they split up, K nowles and Bhupathi didnt make it out of the round robin. B ut Nestor and Zimonjic went on to win the title. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 14, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Knowles, Bhupathi off to winning start BAHAMAS Mark Knowles and Indias Mahesh Bhupathi return t he ball to Czech R epublics Frantisek C ermark and Slovakias Michal Mertinak during their ATP World Tour Finals tennis match at the 02 Arena in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO /Sang Tan TENNIS: BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS IN LONDON Sir Durward Sea Wolf Knowles receives top honour at gala event C A RIBBEAN SPOR T S AWARDS & DINNER B ANQUET: SUPER C L UBS BREEZES SIR DURWARD KNOWLES INDIAS Mahesh Bhupathi, left, and Bahamas Mark Knowles during their ATP World Tour Finals tennis match against Slovakias Michal Mertinak and Czech Republics Frantisek Cermark at the O2 Arena in London.
C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGE 14 Mark Knowles off to winning start in London TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A FTER a year to reflect on the past mistakes, Mike Sands has reassumed the presi dency of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations f rom Curt Hollingsworth. Sands, ousted from office in a v ote of no confidence in the middle of his second term, was e lected as president of the BAAA for the third time on Saturday. And in a resounding return to office for the next threey ears, Sands had 99 percent of his slate on his Visionary Teamv oted in with the exception of Rupert Gardiner, who was defeated 26-20 by incumbent F rank Pancho Rahming as technical director. I am very pleased with the outcome, said a jubilant Sands a s he regained the confidence of he same people who had voted him out in 2008 because of some eight matters, including t he lack of collective decisionmaking of the entire executivet eam. In a tremendous show of supp ort, Sands won the post for Sands elected BAAA president for third time OUTGOING PRESIDENT Curt Hollingsworth gets set to shake hands with the new president Mike Sands following the BAAA election on Saturday. Looking on is former Olympics sprinter Iram Lewis. Seated left is defeated second-vice president Anita Doherty, from Grand Bahama. S t a n l e y M i t c h e l l S t a n l e y M i t c h e l l ELECTION: BAHAMAS ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS FORMER BAAA PRESIDENT Dr Bernard Nottage makes remarks before he and former BOA Secretary General Larry Davis presided over the BAAA election on Saturday. S EE page 13
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM jollification A NNUALNATIONALTRUST SCENES from the National Trusts Jollification event at the Retreat on Village R oad. Artists, artisans and cooks had their work on show for the crowds over the weekend. Photos: Felip Major/Tribune staff
INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 The stories behind the news By RUPERT MISSICK JR Chief Reporter email@example.com R odney Moncur who heads the fringe Workers Party used to lament that there were occasions when persons would put a possessive s b ehind Worker to make it look like i t was only me in the party. B ut just over a month ago, Mr Moncur, this feisty social activist who many persons find easy to dismiss and hard to take seriously, was leading hundreds of persons through the streets calling for the return of capital punishment. The times certainly are changing. But the admittedly impressive turnout at this pro-capital punish ment march wasnt evidence that the political fortunes of Mr Moncur or his Workers Party had changed, but it was proof that Mr Moncur is more in touch with the public than are most of our parliamentarians. He was aware of the rising frustration many feel toward the gov ernment, the police and the judicial system because of the rising tide of crime in the country. The bourgeois sentimentality that once criticised the media for having crime on the front page is now dissi pating and is only being parroted by politicians and party supporters embarrassed by their own inability to do anything about the situation. This is because bourgeoisie are being targeted and are increasingly becoming victims of break-ins, burglaries and armed robberies. It is not unheard of in some areas of the world or even the United States that there are police departments who adjust their crime sta tistics to make instances of crimi nality appear lower than they are. I suppose the populace of this island should be grateful that the RBDF has not as far as we know adopted this policy. Although, if they did, it probably would be a futile exercise that would only increase the publics growing irritation with the organization. The perception that crime is out of hand cant and wont be eliminated by the regurgitation of cold statistics, whether or not they show in the minds of officials at least that they are doing an adequate job. New Providence is only 21 miles by seven and there are little more than 200,000 people living here. It is impossible to hide anything from most people on this island. Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, its not even taking as long as it once did for news to get around. From the extramarital affairs of politicians and businessmen, to the recreational drug habits of prominent attorneys, media or no media its all talked about. Even if you may not know the person sitting at the table across from you in a restaurant, or in a darkened movie theatre, it doesnt mean they dont know you. A friend of mine made an unsettling but true statement to me once. Im a Bahamian you know. Just because youre not watching me, she said, doesnt mean Im not watching you. In order to maintain our sanity we fool ourselves into believing that true discretion, anonymity or evenp rivacy can be kept on this small overly populated island. I find it immensely amusing that there are persons who believe that something so public as crime can be kept under wraps. The thing is, the conventional o r legitimate (whichever term you p refer) media no longer has a monopoly on reporting crime. Often, whether an incident is included in the crime report or not, by the time the media gets a hold of it, it has already gone viral. This happened most recently in the case of the shooting on Paradise Island where persons posted pho tographs of the crime scene tape on facebook and changed their status to inform their friends of the incident. By the time newspapers come out the next morning, persons are more often than not seeking to vali date or confirm what they believe to be the facts of an incident. No longer waiting for the police or media, citizens circulate e-mails about their relatives, neighbours or themselves, recounting assaults, burglaries or armed robberies. E-mail, Facebook and other social media become a 21st Century version of the neighbourhood watch, but in this case the watch is nationwide or even global. In-boxes are spotted with subject lines reading : Be careful while walking on RM Bailey Park or Third Break In This Week in Winton, etcetera. In the case of the robbery of the 18 tourists who were held up by two men wielding shotguns on Friday, police were holding the details of that incident close to their chest until their press conference later that evening. However, on forums like Bahamas Issues there were already scores of comments, specu lations and accounts from third sources already out on the world wide web. There is an argument to be made about whether or not the media sensationalizes crime. However, it isnt the media that is making people feel unsafe. They feel unsafe because its their neighbour, their co-worker, their classmate, their relatives, their friends, their children and spouses who are victims of crime and they are wondering whether or not they will be next. Comedian Chris Rock said famously in his standup special enti tled Rock This: When I go to the money machine tonight, I'm not looking over my shoulder because I'm worried about the media. The media tends to be the vehicle of peoples fears and concerns rather than the originator. But that point can be argued at another time. There may not be any scandals coming out of the FNM of the number or magnitude that forced the PLP out of office in 2007, but the scandal of crime will certainly be the partys Achilles heel going into 2012. Crime is a scandal. Its a product of poverty, a lack of education and opportunity and sometimes just savagery for savagerys sake, all of which are scandalous products of our society. But perception rules when it comes to politics and the current government is quickly los ing ground on this front. Increasing attempts to place blame, whether real or imagined, on social issues, the media or other politicians will only be seen by an increasingly worried and angry public as an admission that the government is devoid of ideas. Just as the PLP placed the blame for their scandals at the feet of those other than the ones responsible for brining the organization shame, the FNM is in danger of looking as equally ridiculous if they do not claim the problem and approach the public with more than nebulous ideas that simply sound good at a press conference. As Dr Ian Strachan said in an interview with The Tribune whether there is a wider social problem behind crime is irrelevant. In politics the reigning government often takes credit for success that is not of their own making and also takes the blame for problems not of their ownm aking. It's immaterial how we got here as far as crime goes. The matter is we are here. People are angry and they want change. They want to see what they perceive as justice being done. They want to see criminals hanged it doesn't matter whether or not t hat reduces the murder rate or reduces delinquency it will be gratifying for many people, he said. He said although he doesn't support capital punishment, because most people do a government that hangs will be rewarded." For better or for worse Dr Strachan is right. Crime has become so tangible to nearly everyone on this island that anything less than a tan gible response is almost insulting to the intelligence of a rationally thinking person. There are short term and long term responses to crime and the pub lic feels rightly or wrongly that both are lacking. Admittedly its only in science fiction where the police stop crime before it happens. In fact the film Minority Report has at its centre a special unit of a police force in a futuristic city that uses three comatose clairvoyants to predict crime and arrest criminals before they can commit the act. But unfortunately for the hardworking men and women of the police force the public doesnt care that the only thing that one can truly expect from them is a quick response time and their ability to solve a crime after it happens. This past week it was announced that Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson was to retire in the new year. It still remains to be seen if the appointment of a new commissioner is a way for the govern ment to redeem itself in the eyes of voters. The way the government has handled the economy, the national debt, the frustration in the educational system will all play a role in how people vote next election but crime will be a determining factor. "I don't think that Mother Pratt, the PLP and Christie did a very good job on the issue of administration of justice, I think it is an amazing, telling fact that the PLP was the sit ting government and one of its members of Parliament was representing a convicted drug trafficker who was facing extradition. That man is now (the party's "You have difficulty convincing me that the PLP is serious on crime. I feel for the Bahamian people they may vote the FNM out on crime but the other option (is another party that has a question able record. "We are in a catch 22 and unfortunately I don't think that there ares ufficient Bahamians who are prepared to take a chance on a new breed unless those new men and women are able to (raise cant amount of money to make a political run, Dr Strachan said. Dr Strachan said that solving the p roblem will involve thinking outs ide of hiring a commissioner of police and buying new police cars." "I think it's time for national service, I think we need to bring the leaders of our country, the civic leaders to craft a national service plan. We need to engage young people who are coming out of school poorly skilled, we can give them a skill, an income and give them a sense of self esteem. Let's stop creating crimi nals, we need to deal with the machine that creates criminal and that's poorly socialized young men, he said. Dr Strachan believes the country is boiling up to a fevered pitch and will soon explode. "The explosion ain ga be easy and it ain ga be nice. I don't believe we are beyond an actual riot. We're building up to conditions of scarcity, frustration, anger, injustice that are stirring up the people and we just need the right bad thing to happen to the wrong person for things to start getting burned down, he said. One is almost moved to feel sorry for the Minister of National Securi ty, the Commissioner of Police and the other senior officers on the force. Its almost as if the country were a village by the sea and were all standing on the shore watching a tsunami approach the island. Were sur rounding them, screaming at them, asking why they cant hold the monster wave back. Like a tsunami, crime is a force of nature human nature and the innovation, imagination, dedication and sheer brilliance it will take to turn things around may simply be absent from our political directorate. No offense is meant by that statement but excuses seem in abundance and frustration isnt dwindling and more and more persons are looking to the people who three years ago claimed to have the answers to this problem. This growing frustration, just like the words that appeared on the wall during Belshazzar's Feast, should be an indication to the government that above all else crime is the issue that they will be counted and weighed against in the next general election. Next government must break rising crime tide Is capital punishment the key?
By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press Writer TEHRAN, Iran (AP Iran on Sunday began largescale air defense war games aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from attack, state TV reported, as an air force commander boasted the country could deter any military strike by Israel. It said the five-day drill will c over an area a third of the s ize of Iran and spread across t he central, western and southern parts of the country. Gen. Ahmad Mighani, head of an air force unit in charge of responding to threats to Iran's air space, said Saturday the war games would cover regions where Iran's nuclear facilities are located. The drill involves Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, the paramilitary Basij forces affiliated with the Guard as well as army units. The United States and its European allies accuse Iran of embarking on a nuclear weapons program. Iran denies the charge and insists the program is only for peaceful purposes. Israel has not ruled out military action to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The commander of the Guard's air force, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, meanwhile sought on Sunday to play down the significance of Israel's threats against his country, saying they amount ed to psychological warfare. "We are sure they are not able to do anything against us since they cannot predict our reaction," Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the Guard's official Web site, Sephahnews. "If their fighter planes could escape from Iran's air defense system, their bases will be hit by our devastating surface-to-surface missiles before they land," he said. Also on Sunday, Iran's defense minister, Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, said Iran planned to pursue designing and producing its own air defense missiles, according to the official IRNA news agency. His comments were apparently in response to the delay in the delivery from Russia of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, meant to be a key component of Iran's air defense. Iran complains that the delay is apparently the result of Israeli and U.S. pressure. Israel and the United States have opposed the missile deal out of fear Iran could use the system to significantly boost air defenses at its nuclear sites including its main uranium enrichment plant at Natanz. Commenting on this week's war games, a senior Obama administration official urged Iran to engage with the inter national community. "We would prefer that the Iranian regime follow through on their offer to engage," said Ellen Tauscher, the U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. "It is more important for them to build confidence with the international communi ty," she said at a news con ference Sunday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia. A A s s s s o o c c i i a a t t e e d d P P r r e e s s s s W W r r i i t t e e r r R R o o b b G G i i l l l l i i e e s s c c o o n n t t r r i i b b u u t t e e d d t t o o t t h h i i s s r r e e p p o o r r t t f f r r o o m m H H a a l l i i f f a a x x , N N o o v v a a S S c c o o t t i i a a C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 12B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 127,&( % $1.6$1'&203$1,(6 5 (*8/$7,21$&7 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKH*RYHUQRU S XUVXDQWWR6HFWLRQRIWKH % DQNVDQG7UXVW&RPSDQLHV5HJXODWLRQ $ KDVUHYRNHG2UGHUGDWHGWKH 1RYHPEHUWKHWUXVWOLFHQFH JUDQWHGRQVW2FWREHUWR6HFXULWDV +ROGLQJ&RUSRUDWLRQRQWKHJURXQGV WKDWWKHFRPSDQ\KDVFHDVHGWRFDUU\ RQEUDQFKWUXVWEXVLQHVVIURPZLWKLQWKH &RPPRQZHDOWKRI7KH%DKDPDV6LJQHG :HQG\&UDLJJ *RYHUQRU &HQWUDO%DQNRI7KH%DKDPDV 0LQLVWU\RI)LQDQFH Iran begins war games to protect nuclear sites A MISSILE is fired in an unspecified location in Iran... (AP Photo
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 13B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday. Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but "would explain what happened and why they did it." The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that Ali and four other men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. will face a civilian federal trial just blocks from the site of the destroyed World Trade Center. Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, is a nephew of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed, Ali and the others will explain "their assessment of American foreign policy," Fenstermaker said. Their assessment is negat ive," he said. Fenstermaker met with Ali last week at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He has not spoken with the others but said the men have discussed the trial among themselves. Fenstermaker was first quoted in The New YorkT imes in Sunday's editions. C ritics of Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try the men in a New York City civilian courthouse have warned that the trial would provide the defendants with a propaganda platform. Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, said Sunday that whilet he men may attempt to use t he trial to express their views, "we have full confidence in the ability of the courts and in particular the federal judge who may preside over the trial to ensure that the proceeding is conducted appropriately and with minimal disruption, as federal courts have done in the past." L ast week, the Senate Judic iary Committee questioned Holder for hours about his decision to send the five 9/11 suspects to New York for trial. Critics of Holder's decision mostly Republicans argued the trial will give Mohammed and his co-defendants a world stage to spout h ateful rhetoric. Holder said s uch concerns are misplaced, a nd any pronouncements by the suspects would only make them look worse. "I have every confidence that the nation and the world will see him for the coward that he is," Holder told the committee. "I'm not scared of what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has to say at trial and no one else needs to be, either." The attorney general said h e does not believe holding the trial in New York at a federal courthouse that has seen a number of high-profile terrorism trials in recent decades will increase the risk of terror attacks there. Lawyer: 9/11 defendants want platform for views SHOWN (l-r (AP Photos
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ALL GE APPLIANCES. CASHSALES ONLY!(Excludes already tagged net itemsSales & Full Service Department Rosetta & Montgomery Streets 322-2188/9 NOVR DDECS T OFFSale ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP policemen and stole weapons i n an attack Sunday on a w arehouse used by police in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. The Public Safety Department in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, said the two officers were shot in theh ead. In the attack early Sunday morning near the city's famous coastal boulevard, the assailants made off with two assault rifles, three pistols and a shotgun. E lsewhere in Guerrero, a couple was found shot to death Sunday in a car. Their two-year-old son was found in the vehicle unharmed. In the central state of Hidalgo, federal police said Saturday they arrested nine m unicipal police employees f or allegedly collaborating with the Zetas drug gang. The employees of the local police force in Pachuca, the state capital, were arrested Friday. The federal Public Safety D epartment said the police set up checkpoints to identify potential kidnap victims then passed that information on to the Zetas. They also allegedly shared information about the activities of otherp olice forces. The department said it had identified about 160 suspects that worked for or were tied to the Zetas in Hidalgo state. Attackers kill two police, couple in southern Mexico MEMBERS of Iraq's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT during a weapons training class at Interior Ministry in Baghdad,I raq. Two officers were killed and three wounded Saturday, in attacks targeting policemen in Baghdad, the police said. (AP Photo: Karim Kadim