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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
and CALVIN FORBES

THE year 2007 will stand as
the most violent in the history

Obie
backs
Hanna-
Martin

for PLP
chairman

By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe has
publicly endorsed Glenys
Hanna-Martin’s candidacy for
the chairmanship of the PLP.
He predicts that she will win
the race for the post.

Mr Wilchcombe, who
many assume to be a future
contender for the leadership
of the PLP, spoke with The
Tribune yesterday, declaring
that Mrs Hanna-Martin has

“the experience”, “the foun-
dation” and “the organisa-
tional skills”, along with the
passion, to succeed as chair-
man.

“And for her, it is not a self-
ish approach or a selfish ambi-
tion, it is actually more for
party — for this country — and
that’s where her dedication
is,” he said. “And I think she
is going to win the support of
the wide majority of our dele-
gates because people can see
in her eyes, feel her spirit,
know from her soul and from
her heart, that she truly
believes in the Progressive
Liberal Party and believes in
the Bahamian people and
what it all stands for.”

Mrs Hanna Martin, was the
first member of the PLP to
openly declare interest in the
party chairmanship. This was
at a time when current Chair-
man Raynard Rigby had not

SEE page 11



of the modern Bahamas when a
22-year-old male became the
country’s 75th murder victim
yesterday.

Shattering the previous
record of 74 in the year 2000,
the murder count stands at 75
today after Julian Nicholls, a
resident of West End, Grand
Bahama, died at the Rand
Memorial Hospital of a single
bullet to the head.

According to police officials
in Grand Bahama last night, Mr
Nicholls was pronounced dead
around 12.05pm after attempts
to sustain his life in the Inten-
sive Care Unit failed.

Nicholls, it is alleged, might
have been the victim of a “stray
bullet” around 3.42am while at
a local nightclub in the Friend-
ship Shopping Centre in Eight
Mile Rock.

According to a press state-
ment from Assistant Supt of
Police Loretta Mackey, Nicholls
was found lying in the parking
lot “bleeding from the head
area”.

“He was transported to the
Accident and Emergency Sec-
tion of the Rand Memorial
Hospital where he was treated
by a medical team for his
injury,” the release read.

At the time, Nicholls was list-
ed in “critical condition”, suf-
fering from an “apparent” gun-
shot wound to the head.

Officers in Grand Bahama
report last night.that they are
investigating the matter.

However, at this time they
have no one in custody for this
latest homicide.

Local activists, church lead-
ers, and government agencies
have all banded together in
recent months at various semi-
nars and gatherings to discuss
ways of tackling the escalating
crime.

Candlelight vigils, church ser-
vices, talk shows, and press con-
ferences have all been used as
mediums to voice the notion
that the Bahamas is gripped in
the most violent crime wave
that shows little sign of abating.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham has announced recently
that as the courts see fit, hang-
ings will once again take place
in the Bahamas.

This call for a return to capi-
tal punishment is growing more
deafening with each passing day
as recent crime statistics show
that a number of murders this
year were believed to have been
committed by persons out on
bail on murder charges.

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Adrian Edgecombe (left) and Dashino Wilson (right) yesterday outside of court.

(Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)

Two charged over

‘Mouche’

By NATARIO McKENZIE

ANOTHER two men who police have
charged in connection with the shooting death
of Samuel ‘Mouche’ McKenzie were arraigned
in Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon.

Dozens of heavily armed police officers
assembled at Bank Lane yesterday afternoon
as murder accused Dashino Wilson, 27, and
Adrian Edgecombe, 31, were brought to court
to be formally charged. Relatives of the
accused men also assembled near Bank Lane
yesterday, declaring the innocence of the two.

The two men, with Stephen Stubbs, 32, of
Ridgeland Park West, have been charged with
the shooting death of Samuel ‘Mooshae’
Mckenzie. Stubbs was charged with the death
earlier this week

McKenzie, 35, who was out on bail for mur-

shooting

~ der, was gunned down in broad daylight on

November 22 on Wilson Street, off Hay Street,
according to reports.

Police have also charged Wilson,
Edgecombe and Stubbs with conspiring with
others to attempt to murder McKenzie, as well
as attempting to murder and conspiring to
attempt to murder Keith Woodside. Wood-
side was also wounded during the shooting.

The men, who were arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in court eight, Bank
Lane, yesterday were not required to plead to
the charges. The men were remanded to Her
Majesty’s Prison without bail. The case has
been adjourned to January 21, 2008. Prosecu-
tors intend to proceed with the matters by way
of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment, which means
that the matters will go directly to the Supreme
Court.

“Urgent’ probe into allegations

against Lyford Cay Club chief

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

' THE department of labour is carrying out an
investigation to determine the extent to which
complaints made against the Lyford Cay Club’s
managing director can be substantiated, Labour
and Maritime Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes said
yesterday.

Mr Foulkes said that the investigation is a “mat-
ter of urgency” for the department of labour,
which is set to interview employees.

“We are trying to ascertain the veracity of the
complaints against the managing director (Didi-
er Picquot),” he said.



The ministry of labour would then be able to
“make a recommendation” of action to be taken
based on what is revealed by that investigation.
The minister said that he could not speculate as to
how this would end.

A ministry of labour source informed The Tri-
bune that possible outcomes would be either that
Mr Picquot maintains his work permit and posi-
tion at the gated-community’s Club, or that his
permit is revoked and he is therefore obliged to
leaye.

The labour minister said that the investigation
was launched in response to the filing of an offi-
cial complaint by the union.

SEE page 9

Duo tt Bahamas Me

Haitian
shot by
RBDF
officer
cleared

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemiedia.net

A MAGISTRATE tuled yes-
terday that a Haitian man, shot
in the leg by a Defence Force
officer in May, had no case to
answer.in relation to charges
brought against him of resist-
ing arrest and causing harm to
that officer.

A female RBDF officer had
maintained that it was because
Jean Renold Renard attacked
her during a raid carried out by
that force on May 4 of this year
that she was compelled to shoot
him, hitting him in the thigh.

However, yesterday after-
noon Magistrate William
Campbell discharged Mr
Renard of these two charges in
Court number nine.

Mr Renard’s attorney,
Bahama Human Rights Net-
work president Elsworth John-
son, yesterday announced that
he has now filed a civil suit in
the Supreme court on behalf of
his client against the officer
involved, the commander of the
defence force and the attorney
general seeking damages for
false arrest, false imprisonment,
assault and battery and mali-
cious prosecution.

Mr Johnson had made his no

SEE page 9

Two men
missing:
police
search

POLICE are searching for
two men who have not been
seen or heard from since le avin
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foot boat on Wednesd: ay.

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left Cat Cay in a 16-foot blu
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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007

THE TRIBUNE



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National Trust executives

Bishop Ellis’s church
launches record label

BISHOP Neil Ellis’ Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church is launching a record
label-— and a former member
of the Bahamen is leading the
effort.

Church officials say Nehemi-
ah Hield will head Kingdom
Glory Records, the latest ven-
ture by Mt Tabor. They said the
new record label was launched
to advance the Gospel music
recording industry in the
Bahamas and will tap into Mt

Tabor’s “international relation-
ships and connections” to pro-
vide expertise and technology
to ensure world class produc-
tions.

“We believe that Nehemiah’s
insight, experience and expo-
sure both locally and interna-
tionally, makes him a perfect fit
and an incredible asset to the
record label,” said Bishop Neil
Ellis, senior pastor, at Mt Tabor.

Nehemiah said that in retro-
spect, he believes much of his
life was a “divine set up” for
this particular assignment.

Born into a musical family in
Cooper’s Town, Abaco,
Nehemiah shot to international
acclaim as a member of the
highly successful band
Bahamen.



BISHOP NEIL ELLIS

During his stint with the
group he toured Japan and the
United States and appeared
with the band in the movie My

(FILE photo)

Father, The Hero.

Mr Hield recorded a total of
five gold albums with Bahamen
and as a solo artist, and in 1991

he won the Bahamian Grammy
for Best Male Vocalist.

“But after over a decade of
incredible success in the secular
music industry; Nehemiah
longed for the peace that he
says only God can give,” said a
Mt Tabor press release. “While
he had accepted Christ as a
youth ‘to escape hell’ and had
tried to live a good life by never
drinking, smoking or using
drugs, he says he realised that
he needed a deep commitment
to knowing God and living in
accordance with His Word.
Subsequent to that epiphany,
Nehemiah rededicated his life
to Christ and shortly thereafter
became a member of Mt
Tabor.”

The statement said Bishop
Ellis is convinced that Nehemi-
ah’s passion for the Gospel and
his wealth of knowledge and
exposure to the music industry
will be invaluable both to Mt
Tabor’s music ministry and the
record label.

“Kingdom Glory Records has
set an ambitious and aggressive
agenda for itself and is set to
release its first project. before
year’s end and another two in
2008,” the statement said.

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TWO representatives from
the Bahamas National Trust
attended the Caribbean
Flamingo Network meeting at
Rio Lagartos Field Station in
Yucatan, Mexico.

The attendance of the BNT
was made possible by a dona-
tion from Majestic Travel Ltd.

The purpose of the meet-
ing was to gather biologists
from all the range countries
of the Caribbean Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus rubber) in
order to set priorities for “in
situ” research, or research
conducted in the bird’s natur-
al setting. :

“Attendance at the meet-
ing was crucial as in such a
nomadic species, complete
understanding and manage-
ment cannot be achieved with-
out sharing information‘ and
co-ordinating activities across
borders,” said the BNT in a
statement.

Tamica Rahming, director
of parks and Rivean Riley,
Andros warden, gave a 20



minute presentation on the
history of the flamingo in the
Bahamas, and the research
activities that are being con-
ducted on the bird.

Their presentation high-
lighted the work done in the
Inagua National Park, which
is credited with saving the
regional flamingo, which near-
ly disappeared from much of
its range.

“It was wonderful to have
the opportunity to attend this
meeting and meet other peo-
ple working 7 flamingos in
our region. We are looking
forward to moving forward on
joint initiatives which will fur-
ther contribute to our knowl-
edge of our national bird,”
said Tamica Rahming.

The Inagua National Park is
one of 25 parks and protected
areas managed by the
Bahamas National Trust. The
park protects Lake Rosa
which is essential habitat for
over 40,000 flamingos in the
Bahamas.



CARLOS Bain of Sandy Point, Abaco (second right), is off to sea
on a Dockendale Shipping vessel. Pictured from left are Carlos’
father Jesse Bain, Dockendale’s office administrator Jamal Smith,
Carlos, and Bahamas Maritime Authority director Dudley Mart-
inborough.

Photo: Raymond Bethel/BIS

Bahamians head for
career on the ocean

By Gladstone Thurston

TWO more young Bahami-
ans have gone to sea on board
Dockendaie Shippiag Compa-
ny’s ocean-going bulkers to
become qualified for their rat-
ings licence.

Carlos Bain and Rashad
Dorsett leave for New Orleans
this weekend to join the Dock-
endale ships Falcon and Mer-
cury.

“It has been great,” said Mr
Bain, of Sandy Point, Abaco.
“T am familiar with boating and
so everything just comes natur-
al to me. I am enjoying it.”

Mr Bain and Mr Dorsett
were among 10 Bahamians who
recently received their bridge
watchman certification after
successfully completing their
studies at the Marine Training
Centre of Holland College in
Canada.

Eight of the students were
sponsored by Dockendale Ship-
ping, as part of the company’s
thrust to make more Bahami-
ans aware of the careers avail-
able in the industry.

The bridge watchman certifi-
cate is the initial qualification
necessary for anyone to be
employed on international ves-
sels.

Forty-three Bahamians have
been successful at Holland Col-
lege as part of the Bahamas
Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC)
programme created by the
Bahamas Maritime Authority.

The BMCC prepares high
school students in grades 10
through 12 for employment in
the maritime industry.

BMA director Dudley Mart-
inborough is co-ordinator of the

programme. Paul Millei is the
head trainer.

“Carlos and Rashad are very
determined and enterprising
young men, said sadial Smith,
Dockendale’s office adminis-
trator. “This is a field that is
unexplored, as far as Bahamians
are concerned; but once they
are exposed to it they generally
show a lot of interest in it. We
send them all over the world.”

Mr Smith said he looks for-
ward to the maritime industry
rivalling the financial services
sector.

Having received bridge
watchman certification, Mr
Martinborough explained, the
students are required by Inter-
national Maritime Organisaton
conventions to go to sea for at
least two months. Dockendale
has agreed to give them this sea
time on board their ships.

When they return they can
apply to the Bahamas Maritime
Authority for a ratings licence.

They are required to work for
another two to three years
before returning to school for
seven months to become sec-
ond mates.

“We want to give the students
as much quality experience as
we possibly can on board ships,”
said Mr Martinborough. “That
bodes well for them in the
future.

“The shipping industry has
always been somewhat invisi-
ble. We don’t see it but it is
there. Many jobs and opportu-
nities are available for young
Bahamians in the shipping
industry. | have no doubt that
our industry has lots of room
to expand and improve,” he
said.





THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007, PAGE 3





V ALFRED GRAY

ere not
ruling
out run

for PLP
chairman

By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

MICAL MP Alfred
Gray is not ruling out
entering the race for the
chairmanship of the PLP
in the party’s convention
in February 2008.

Reports suggest that Mr
Gray is ‘being lined up by
party Leader Perry
Christie to contest the

chairmanship in opposition —

to Glenys Hanna-Martin —
the highest profile candi-
date so far to declare inter-
est in the post.

However, Mr Gray told

The Tribune yesterday that.

he is “not actively” seeking
the office. However, he
had not ruled out his entry
into the race.

“Whatever I can do to
make my party stronger, I
am prepared to do it,” said
Mr Gray.

“I feel that I have a con-
tribution to make. And at
the moment I am more
observing to see whether I

would in fact need to put -

my hat in the ring,” he
added.

Sources have indicated
to The Tribune that Mrs
Hanna-Martin is not the
first choice of Mr Christie
for the PLP chairmanship,
as she is not a “blind fol-
lower” of his lead, and
because she is an MP. The
PLP leader reportedly
prefers non-MPs to hold
the post.

In addition to Mrs Han-
na-Martin, Paulette Zoni-
cle and Omar Archer have
also announced that they

will seek the chairmanship _| .

of the PLP.

Indicating that no hos-
tilities exist between him
and Mrs Hanna-Martin,
Mr Gray said yesterday:
“If I do not run I will sup-
port Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin — if I do not run.”

A party source told The
Tribune that it is assumed
that Mr Gray will enter the
race, but he is not a proxy
candidate for Mr Christie,
as some assume.

The source - also
explained that the PLP
newcomer Omar Archer
has “no chance” in attain-
ing such a high party post
so soon; while Mrs Zoni-
cle, he said, will have to
accept that Mrs Hanna-
Martin will receive that
nomination, and the for-
mer broadcast journalist
may drop out of the race
before the convention as a
result.

Of Mr Gray’s chances if
he enters, the source said
he too would be defeated.
Mrs Hanna-Martin “has
really built a strong stal-
wart base,” the source con-
tinued, indicating that PLP
Leader aspirant Obie
Wilchcombe is also a
strong supporter of her
candidacy.

Though he has not
announced his candidacy,
another source told The
Tribune that lawyer Fayne
Thompson may aiso vie for
the chairmanship, adding
another high profile name
to the increasingly crowd-
ed race.





jobs for

terminated BIVI staff

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

. tthompson@tribunemedia.net

NION officials

are attempting

to get public

service jobs for

the six employ-
ees who were terminated from
the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute last week,
The Tribune has learned.

Since the six clerical staff.

members, who were reportedly
contract workers, were relieved
of their duties last week, there
have been conflicting reports
about the circumstances sur-
rounding their terminations.
‘During an interview yester-
day, president of the Bahamas
Public Service Union John Pin-
der told The Tribune that on
November 21, he, with Public
Service Permanent Secretary
Elma Garaway, held a meeting
with BTVI officials at which it

was agreed that the six employ-
ees would not be dismissed.

“The whole matter was not
handled according to the agree-
ment we made in the meeting”
Mr Pinder claimed yesterday.

He added that in that meet-
ing, BTVI officials argued that
the employees in question were
not “permanent” staff members
and could therefore be let go.

However, Mr Pinder said the
union made an agreement with
the prime minister which states
that any person who has five or
more years in the public service
must be considered an “estab-
lished” worker.

Mr Pinder said he is in talks
to have the fired employees dis-
persed around the Ministry of
Education as security guards,
cleaners and clerical workers.

Several calls placed to the
permanent secretary were not
returned up to press time.

When contacted for com-
ment, a BT VI spokesperson

Union in talks to have them
re-hired by Ministry of
Education, claiming
agreement not adhered to

said: “J can say that the workers
that were let go were all con-
tract workers with a stipulation
that either side could terminate
the contract with one month’s
notice. In the case of the
employees (in question) they
were terminated with one mon-
th’s salary in lieu of notice,” the
spokesperson said yesterday.
The spokesperson claimed
the employees were terminat-
ed in response to the quality of
their performance during stu-
dent registration for the 2007
fall semester. The spokesper-
son also sought to dispel claims
of low employee morale fol-

Activist makes ‘final
lea’ over Child Ac

By NATARIO McKENZIE

LOCAL child rights activist
Clever Duncombe made a
“final plea” to the government
yesterday to enact the proposed
Family and Child Protection
Act.

Mr Duncombe, president of
Bahamian Fathers for Children
Everywhere, told the Tribune
that his organisation is in the
final stages of preparing to take
legal action against the govern-
ment over its failure to create
laws based on the Act, which
parliament passed.last year.

“I’m trying to establish exact-
ly what it will take for the gov-

said.

“I feel very disappointed that
this new government would dis-
count and downplay all of our
efforts in terms of our advocacy
to bring this legislation to where
it’s at. We would like the min-
ister of Social Services to
address this matter or treat it
as a priority issue,” he said.

The Family and Child Pro-
tection Act, 2006, seeks to
address the issues of child rights,
maintenance, custody.

The Act also calls for stiffer
punishment for those found

~ guilty of child abuse or:child

neglect.
The Tribune was unable to



Clever Duncombe

ernment to address this 1 issue,’
he said.

“We are in our final stiiges of
preparing a motion to take the
government to court because of
its failure to enact the appro-
priate laws which would be in
line with our UN convention to
protect children,” Mr Dun-
combe said.

He said that the motion could
be filed by the end of the year
and that he is optimistic that it
will force the government to
take action.

“We are doing this for the
thousands of children who have
already been affected and those
who are still unborn,” he said.

“We need this thing to move
forward because this year has
been indicative of many other
years in terms of the high num-
ber of child abuse cases and we
know that it has a lot to do with
the imbalance they are chal-
lenged with, being raised by a
single parent,” Mr Duncombe

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contact Minister of State for
Social Services Loretta Butler-
Turner for comment up to press
time yesterday.

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
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lowing the terminations.
“There is an attempt at BTVI
to move this institution forward
in a very positive direction.
There is an effort to clean this
place up, to remove the nega-
tive stigma that has been
attached to BTVI. Work is
being done feverishly to help to
cause it to be placed in a posi-
tive light from now on; BIVI
has great potential.”
However,
employees contacted The Tri-
bune claiming that the termi-
nations came after the employ-
ees “disobediently” met with
Ministry of Education officials.

disgruntled

In an e-mail sent to The Tri-
bune earlier in the week, an
employee claimed these termi-
nations came not as a result of
the series of demonstrations
held at the Old Trail Road cam-

‘pus over human resources con-

cerns — as had been claimed by
some — but came after the
employees in question all went
to ministry officials in an
attempt to become permanent
workers.

The employee, who wished
to remain anonymous, further
claimed: “On several occasions
(the employees) were called
into meetings by management,
and reprimanded about their
attempts to seek full-time
employment.

“Management evén went as
far as to tell them that under
no circumstances will they be
considered for full time employ-
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The Tribune Limited We shal ‘
NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
the crime



LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Saudi rape case may help women’s rights

THE case of the “Qatif woman,” as she
is known around the world, is appalling
both for its perversity and its familiarity.

The Saudi Arabian woman was gang-
raped by seven men in 2006. She had been
“caught” in a car meeting with a man who
was not her husband or a relative, although
she was married to another man at the
time.

Her story: She was meeting the man to
retrieve a photo of herself she’d given him
months before. At that meeting, two men
forced themselves into the vehicle, drove
the pair to a setluded area where five oth-
ers waited, and the seven raped both the
woman and her male companion.

Her punishment for the illicit meeting —
by Islamic legal standards — was 90 lash-
es. The rapists received prison time for
their crime. The plot is bad enough to that
point. But it got much worse after the
woman and her lawyer spoke to the media
about the case.

Her sentence was increased to six
months’ prison time and 200 lashes. Her
lawyer, Abdul Rahman al-Lahim, had his
license revoked and is prohibited trom
representing the woman. ae

The case is currently being reviewed by
the Saudi high court, but the deck, shuffled
by the nation’s restrictive cleric class, seems
stacked against the victim.

It rings, unfortunately, all too familiar.

In many countries where strict Islamic
sharia law rules, “honour” rapes, killings,
acid burnings and other forms of violence
against women are routinely sanctioned,
covered up or dismissed altogether.

Some movement has been made to
address the inequities. In Pakistan, for
example, passed the Women’s Protection
Bill last year that reversed some portions
of the restrictive 1979 Hudood Ordinances.
The laws required, among other things, a
rape victim to produce four male witness-
es to the act.

The new bill would allow a rape victim
to introduce medical evidence of an attack,
something not allowed before.

But turning the Titanic of cultural tradi-
tion and religious fervor around is hard
work.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that

“Unfortunately there is still a long way
to go before there can be a palatable
decrease in violence against women in
Pakistan,” researcher Syed Mohammed
Ali wrote recently in the Daily Times, a
Pakistani newspaper.

Earlier this week, President Bush missed
an opportunity to stand firm on the issue of
human rights in Saudi Arabia, one of the
United States’ closest allies.

At a White House press conference,
Bush was asked if he had raised the matter
with King Abdullah in recent weeks, in
the course of Middle East peace talks. He
didn’t remember if the subject came up.

He also launched into a somewhat irrel-
evant discourse about how he’d be emo-
tional if it happened to his daughter. The
closest he got to an admonition was saying
that he’d “be angry at a state that didn’t
support the victim” and that the Saudi
king “knows our position loud and clear.”

Not quite a rousing rebuke, but then
again, a short distance connects Riyadhe
to Washington. In any case, fundamental
change in the application of Islamic law
isn’t going to come about as a result of a

- U.S. president’s disapproval. It will have to

come from within.

Even the woman’s husband came forth
—a brave move in a culture where honour
is often defined by persecuting women
and remaining silent about that persecu-
tion. -

“I’m not lacking in manhood or an Arab
man’s honour that I would defend a cheat-
ing wife,” he told a Lebanese television
station last month. “I feel that in this cat-
astrophe she exercised bad judgment by
meeting this man, but how can you or any-
one say she committed adultery?”

In a perverse way, the Saudi justice sys-
tem’s zeal for unjustly punishing the Qatif
woman may be the best thing to happen to
women’s rights. It has shed yet more light
on a problem too many women have suf-
fered for too long.

(This article was written by Rebeca Cha-
pa of the
San Antonio Express-News c.2007).



TRISTAN LEONARDO

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow space in your
editorial columns to share on
the issue of crime in our coun-
try.

It was possibly a reverend’s
words out of Philadelphia in
1904 where the words of a song
that became an anthem of the
movement in the United States
that brought winds of change.
However like yesterday those
words stood: prophetic as it
beckoned a call that awakened
the people of that time. The
song brought winds of change in
a nation that echoed a call for
unity against an evil in society.

Today I pert‘a sad reality—
that is — we have all failed.
When we look at the state of
crime and murder in our coun-
try, as a young Bahamian, I am
too often reminded of the sad
reality that another soul is shot
down in cold blood that runs
deep into the soil of the
Bahamas. For whatever rea-
son(s), we now find ourselves
in a paralyzed state as a country.
Bleeding into the earth from
wounds of murder and violence
that’s broken out acréss the skin
of the Bahamas. We have all
now lost a life too many and
cannot see from our physical
eyes any remedy in sight.

However, last evening whilst
listening to one of the greatest

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gospel artists of all time as she
sang this holy anthem, I began
to see that the song, “We shall
overcome” is just as relevant
now as it was then.

However this time this ‘grave
evil’ of crime and violence
attacks us all. It is blind to any
colour or race. And it is driven
by our failure to allow, truth to
rein in the body of our beloved
nation.

Last week ‘an arm of crime’
reached out and ripped live cop-
per from the tower that feeds
station 1240AM, the gospel sta-
tion within the ZNS networks,
silencing once again a voice of
truth across the country. Some
years ago, that same ZNS TV
removed its daily meditation
when signing off the station.
Slowly in this country we have
seen Christ excommunicated
from His Church (the people)
and thus the love for one anoth-
er has diminished. A cruel face
of murder has now arisen in our
country where far too many
young children — as last
evening — stood in witnesses to
the double murder of two men
on the St. Vincent Road area
of southern New Providence.

Let us all make loud our call
for the return to our ZNS net-
works daily meditations how-
ever let it be positioned just
after the 7 o’clock nightly news.

As Mahalia Jackson con-
cluded her solo, she added these
words to her prayer, which
again is so revealing that when
looked at closely, we can possi-
bly see a solution to our prob-
lem.

She said; “When we come to
the end of a perfect day that.
God has given us, and we take
inventory of ourselves and we
think of all the wonderful good
things that God has done for
us. We thank God for a portion
of good health, and you thank
God for the remaining of a lov-
ing family. You thank God for
the food that he has provided
you. You thank him for the
shelter. And when you think of
all the good things that God has
given to you, do you stop to
think, what have I done for
somebody else? Have I helped
someone today that was hun-
gry? Did I pat someone on the
back and say you can make it?
Did I help a young girl or young
boy from going astray? And,
Oh Lord, if I didn’t please for-
give, I’ll try again tomorrow.”

CARVEL FRANCIS
Nassau,
November 28, 2007.

Cost of living |
under pressure

EDITOR, The Tribune.

POSSIBLY the second most
talked about subject is the rising
cost of living and the lack of
matching rise of wages — can I
bring some insight to this glob-
al problem.

The global grocery bill has
climbed 21 per cent in 2007
alone, according to recent UK
press reports - in the UK an
average family spends a little
more over.$1,500 US more than
12-months ago. I can believe
that as it seems every visit you
witness an increase on the

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essentials. Witnessing the store
employees changing the prices
on priced items is certainly a
good indication that is a valid
point. Thought this was illegal?

With the cost of a barrel of
‘black gold’ hitting $100 US it is
not going to be too long before
fuel surcharges are everywhere
where delivery is involved —
pizza lovers beware!

US core inflation is as low as
2.1 per cent however the US
figure does not reflect food and
energy - food inflation is up at
least 5.5 per cent whilst energy
as we know from our BEC bills
is up 14.5 per cent.

The dark picture globally is
more of the world is improving
their respective lifestyles and
seek now to improve their once
primitive eating habits so in eco-
nomic terms there is a market
which cannot meet the demands
— therefore an inflationary
market which will inevitably
bring further rising prices.
Grains are under considerable
demand simply because Biofu-
els are the vogue so the farmer
charges a higher price and the
cattle farmer, the chicken, pork
or what have you farmer pro-
ducets have to pay the higher
price for the same grain.

Global food output is increas-
ing by a paltry 1.3 per cent

whilst demand is increasing by
over 3 per cent. Less to go
around, -so higher prices.

Check around your super-
market prices this is real as you
will see in the smaller amount of
groceries you can purchase for
the same dollar you spent six-
months ago.

Recently in CARICOM,
especially Barbados, their gov-
ernment led by the Prime Min-
ister and Economist has
charged that some of he whole-
salers and retailers are hiding
profiteering.

There have been letters in
our newspapers asking the same
— why are food items at Publix
100 pr cent cheaper than the
chain supermarkets in The
Bahamas?

W THOMPSON

(Maybe you should also take
into consideration the import
taxes that the merchant has to
pay and the mark-up he
includes to cover the pilferage
that goes on in his foodstores,
not only by some of the inside
jobbers, but also by the general
public. — Ed).

Nassau,

December 4, 2007.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that HEERIA RAMLALL of
NICHOLLS TOWN, NORTH ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

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MACKEY STREET #2, HILLSIDE ESTATE, P.O. BOX N-
8586, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
1ST day of December, 2007 to the Minister responsible
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By TANEKA
THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.n

et

“T vex at the Road Traffic
Department. Could you
please fix the huge potholes
on Church
Street at the
corner of
Shirley
Street? That
is a very
highly trav-
elled area
leading to
Paradise
Island. I got
my axle and
tyre dam-
aged due.to
that pot-
hole.”

- angry
motorist

“Why is
the street
light on Bay
Street on all
day long for
junkanoo? I
ain’t paying no BEC bill
because they ain’t paying
their bills.

I also vex because the Nas-
sau Harbour Club got a big
truck in the road blocking up
the traffic. They don’t need
to be blocking up the traffic,



especially this time of year.. ©

. and why these foreigners
able to do things that
Bahamians can’t do?”



- Angry citizen, Eastern |

































Road

I Vex cuz Water and
Sewage dig up my road musse
a month ago — no joke — an
een fix the trench back yet.

I mean, I understand they

replacing pipes, cuz people
dem complain cuz they get
brown
water, but
you gatte
do more
den leave
two fellas,
wit one
shovel, to
fill up the
trench.
They is fill
about 10
feet a day.
This time
my water
still brown
andthe
whole
street
dusty.

- Tired

in High
Vista

Hy WexX:
because Bahamian women so
hell bent on what they could
get from a man instead of
tryin’ to get their own tings.
All that energy dey put into
golddiggin’ they could go out
there and get an education.

I mean a pretty face and a
nice shape could only get ya
so far.

I is the kinda man who
want more substance.”

= Taylor, Centreville



Bahamian receives
two Emmy awards

BAHAMIAN Mark Thomp-
son has won two Emmy Awards
for his work as a journalist.

He was named as a co-win-
ner of one award in category
six, Investigative Report, and
co-winner of another in catego-
ry nine, Business/Consumer

News, at the 2007 Suiico#st '

Emmy Awards.” 2 ; ea

The Sungbast Chapter of the
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences held its
2007 Emmy Awards on Satur-
day, December 1 at the Gay-
lord Palms Resort in Kissim-
mee, Florida.

Mr Thompson, a photojour-
nalist with NBC-6 in Florida,
was the cameraman for the win-
ning investigative report series
entitled, “Citizenship For Sale,”
and the winning business/con-
sumer news, item entitled,
“Green is Green.” ’

When asked what it felt like
to win such a prestigious award,
his response was, “It is exciting
to know that with a little talent
and a lot of hard work you can
excel anywhere in the world. It
feels great!”

He said he loves his profes-
sion and encourages more peo-
ple to pursue their professional
goals.

Mr Thompson began his
career as a cameraman for ZNS.
After working there for 11
years, he chose to go to Florida
to pursue a degree in television
production.

He then accepted a job with
WAMI television station to gain
work‘experience before return-

‘ing home..

He then moved to NBC-6
where he has been working as a
photojournalist for the last four
and a half years. Mr Thompson
said he hopes to return to the
Bahamas one day to pass on
what he has learned to other
aspiring photojournalists. He
lives in Ft Lauderdale with his
wife and two children.

The Suncoast Chapter of the
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences is a non-
profit Florida corporation ded-
icated to excellence in televi-
sion.

They offer annual Emmy
Awards called the Suncoast
Regional Emmy Awards to
television markets in the entire
State of Florida, Alexandria,
Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake
Charles and New Orleans,
Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama,
Thomasville, Georgia and Puer-
to Rico.

US states, cities urged
to make difference in
climate change fight

By CHARLES J. HANLEY
AP Special Correspondent

BALI, Indonesia (AP) —
Despite Bush administration
reluctance, U.S. states and cities
could make an American
“national commitment” to a
new global agreement to cut
greenhouse gases, the chief
U.N. climate scientist said Fri-
day.

In an interview with The
Associated Press, Rajendra

Pachauri said the U.S. approach °

to climate change might be
altered by the upcoming presi-
dential election or by the
actions of states and cities.

Pachauri, whose Intergov-
ernmental Panel on Climate
Change shared this year’s Nobel
Peace Prize with former Vice
President Al Gore, spoke with
AP during the U.N. climate
conference on this resort island.

More than 180 nations are
assembled to try to launch
negotiations on an agreement
for future reductions in carbon
dioxide and other industrial,
transportation and agricultural
gases blamed for global warm-
ing.

The Indian climatologist,
chairman of the IPCC, is head-
ing to Norway to accept the
Peace Prize on Monday on
behalf of his panel, which is a
network of 2,000 climate and

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other scientists.

Later in the two-week con-
ference, Pachauri and Gore will
make separate appeals for deci-
sive steps toward a new regime
of deeper emissions cutbacks to
succeed the Kyoto Protocol
when it expires in 2012.

The 1997 Kyoto accord
required 36 industrial nations
to reduce emissions by an aver-
age 5 percent below 1990 levels
by 2012. The United States is
the only industrial nation to
reject Kyoto; President Bush
says the required cuts would
damage the U.S. economy.

The U.S. delegation in Bali
has indicated no change in that
position. However, “there’s
much that’s happened in the
U.S.” at congressional, state and
local levels, Pachauri said.

California last year adopted a
sweeping law requiring reduc-
tions of about 25 percent in
greenhouse gases by 2020. New
York and nine other North-
eastern states are putting caps
on power-plant emissions and
developing a system to trade
emissions allowances. And just
last month, five Midwestern
states announced a joint pro-
gram to reduce emissions.

At the local level across the
United States, city governments
have introduced significant
measures to rein in carbon
emissions.

Cancer

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007, PAGE 5

Minister of Health and Social Development
Dr Hubert Minnis visited several Wards at the
Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday as
part of the annual official visit of the governor
general. Together, they visited with patients
and gave special gifts to the children.

Regist

Patrick Hanna/BIS



plan

for Princess Margaret

By Matt Maura

THE establishment of a Can-
cer Registry on the grounds of
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, along with a “truly func-
tional and certified Tumor
Board with all of the ancillary
services,” are among the many
upgrades that are expected to
not only transform PMH into
the leading healthcare and
teaching facility in the region,
but also enhance the delivery
of services to patients.

Minister of Health and Social
Development Dr Hubert Min-
nis said the launch of the reg-
istry and the establishment of
the Tumour Board will also “go
a long way” in helping to reduce
the prevalence of cancer in the
Bahamas.

“We should all be aware of
the high prevalence of cancer
in our country (which) is now
the leading cause of death
among women,” Dr Minnis
said. “I am advised that the
work on the former Bahai
Building is near completion. I,
therefore, look forward to the
establishment of the Cancer
Registry and a truly certified
Tumour Board.”

The commissioning of the
registry is part of the overall
process of “re-strengthening
and restructuring” the services
and facilities at the state-owned
and managed healthcare facility,
he said.

Another step will be the
strengthening of the Patient
Relations Department, which
Dr Minnis said will help hospi-
tal officials and administrators
to “systematically analyse” all
relevant complaints, target
those areas from which the
majority of the complaints
emerge, and respond in a “time-
ly fashion” to those affected.

He added that a University
of the West Indies Library will
also be established, and will be

housed on the upper level of .

the former Bahai Building.
“As a teaching institution, the
Princess Margaret Hospital
must provide an adequately
equipped library, especially for
our medical students, as we con-
tinue the development to a first-
class teaching facility,” Dr Min-
nis said. .
“Our goal, in conjunctio
with the University of the West
Indies, is to ensure that the
quality of doctors that train at

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Dr Minnis said he was “excit-
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“After reviewing and watch-
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(ear, nose and throat) clinic
using the same process that was
demonstrated on Monday,” he
added. |

Dr Minnis said the further
strengthening and restructuring
of the Patient Relations Depart-
ment will assist officials and

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administrators at PMH to “bet-
ter address” some of the feed-
back the facility receives with
regards to the delivery of some
services to clientele.

“Communication is crucial in
allaying fears and reducing the
anger and frustration that wait-.
ing for services often bring,” he
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complaints from a number of
sources regarding the delivery
of services at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and while these
may seem negative, they pro-
vide us with a real opportunity
to assess ourselves and make
improvements where necessary.

“T am sure that this will
improve the institution’s image,
as well as our services to clients
who must be assured that their
complaints have been acted
upon and that corrective action
has been taken where neces-
sary.

“We cannot emphasise
enough, our appreciation for
the dedication and commitment
of the entire staff of this great
institution and I look forward
to your continued teamwork as
we, together, seek to improve
the health of our nation,” Dr
Minnis added.

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Nurses learn
techniques for

badly-ill babies



Registered Nurses Rachel Rose (left) and Dianna Adderley
make a presentation on developmental care. Both were among the
specialised nurses who have received advanced training in neona-
tal care at the Mt Sinai Hospital and the George Brown Universi-
ty, Toronto, Canada.

Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

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The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2007

7:00.a.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Bro. Ernest Miller

11:00 a.m. Sis. Tezel Anderson/Sis. Lily Benson
7:00 p.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Board of Christian
Education & Church School

“Casting our cares upon Him, for He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7) —



NURSES from the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit and the
Special Care Baby Unit of the
Princess Margaret Hospital met
with nurses employed in other
baby care areas to share expe-
riences on some of the new
techniques related to the care
and management of premature
and critically ill infants.

The discussions centred on
key areas such as prematurity,
neonatal parental nutrition,
developmental care for prema-
ture babies, code management
and conflict management.

Event co-ordinator nurse
Leah Patton said the sympo-
sium provided the nurses with
an opportunity to highlight and
discuss some new measures and
procedures in managing spe-
cialised care for babies — some
of which could be of critical
importance.

Most of the presenters were
specialised nurses who have
received advanced training in
neonatal care at Mt Sinai Hos-
pital in New York and George
Brown University in Toronto,
Canada.

“Our purpose here today is
to showcase some of the refined
care that is provided for the
type of babies that are admitted
to‘our unit,” Nurse Patton said.
“We have the most advanced
unit in the region and as many
as 15 of our nurses have been
trained in neonatal care through
the George Brown University
and at the Mt Sinai Hospital
and so the symposium provided
us with an opportunity to trans-
pose some of that knowledge
to our healthcare population,
especially those nurses from the
Private Surgical Ward, the
Maternity Ward and the
Department of Public Health,



Chief administrator at the Princess Margaret Hospital Coralee Adderley speaks at the symposium

Nurse Patton said PHM nurs-
es have “made a number of
advancements” in the area of
neonatal nursing since 1997.

She said staff at the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

and the Special Care Baby Unit
(SCBU) are among the most
highly trained in the region as a
result of having participated in
the training courses in Toronto
and elsewhere.

“The facility in Toronto is an

/

excellent one and the experi-
ence was an eye-opener for us
because we were able to mea-
sure where we are at as NICU
and SCBU nurses and it was
good to know that our nurses



Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

equipment are a bit more

advanced; but that is expected
because those things are funded
by private organisations and the

hospital receives a lot of dona- *

tions (and so) I would like to



Neonatal Nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) of the Princess Margaret
Hospital, along with nurses employed in other baby care areas
and the Public Hospitals-Authority, attend a Neonatal Nurses

Symposium, on Wednesday ;
Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

who work with babies.”

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Two COB security supervisors
attend student safety summit

TWO veteran members of the College of the
Bahamas Security Department attended the first
National Student Safety and Security Confer-
ence held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Senior supervisor Talmadge Bethel and assis-
tant director Alexander Darville joined 400 oth-
er delegates who came from all over the US and
as far away as Hawaii and Honduras to experi-
ence real-world simulations of community
responses to school and college violence and
related tragedies.

It was the first national event in the United
States to invite leaders representing every sector
of society to model a community process to help
stamp out all forms of school violence, includ-
ing: shootings, bullying, dating violence, vandal-
ism, gang activity, catastrophic events such as
school massacres and other crises such as hurri-
canes and bomb alerts.

In addition, special workshops examined the

latest community methods of fighting teenage
suicide, alcohol and drug abuse and aggressive dri-
ving among high school and college students.

Mr Darville and Mr Bethel found plenty to
engage with at the conference and were espe-
cially impressed with the way teamwork was
emphasised throughout the proceedings.

“It is very important for the nurses and coun-
sellors to work hand in hand with the security
officers,” said Mr Darville, “as very often a violent
act follows a series of changes in behaviour that
suggest a decline in mental health.”

Mr Bethel added, “They really focused on secu-
rity being everyone’s concern right trom the jan-
itresses to the president. Everyone must be sen-
sitised and alert and work together.”

The College of the Bahamas said it has a large
contingent of security officers - more than much
larger institutions in the United States, and has
recently beefed up its numbers with 14 addition

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The New South Ocean devel-
opment is the new sponsor of
the Music Makers Junkanoo
Group.

After a decade without spon-
sorship, the leadership of the
group received a cheque for
$35,000 on Thursday night.

“It is hoped that there will a
lasting relationship between the

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“I was talking to a person from a college there
that had 36,000 students, but only 31 security
officers,” said Mr Darville, “but they have an
elaborate signage system, campus maps and direc-
tion boards, emergency telephones and separate
parking attendants. They also have a different
culture when it comes to certain things.”

COB is in the process of installing new signs but
both men agreed that campus security is affected
by long-standing feuds that students bring to
Oakes Field from their secondary school rivalries.
Both are in favour of stronger liaisons being cre-
ated between the college and high schools involv-
ing counsellors and teachers so that they can be
forewarned of potential trouble areas. _

“More than 90 per cent of our problems arise
from disputes that have been festering from high
school,” Mr Bethel said, “and we could deal more
effectively with some of these if there were clear-

Christmas

In a decidedly tropical twist on the Christmas
story, the Adventure Learning Centre is hold-
ing its first ever Christmas Extravaganza.

The eyent began last night, and is being held
again tonight between 6pm and 10pm.

It will take the form of a drive-through
Christmas lights display at the centre, featuring
tens of thousands of lights and over 1,000 glow-
ing candles.

| ‘As visitors drive through the property, they

will be greeted by Christmas carol singers and
further, as cars drive through the dark regions
of the property, live characters that retell the
Christmas story — heralding the birth of Jesus —
and focusing on the promise and hope for
mankind that his birth represents,” said a
spokesperson for the centre.

“A live Jazz ensemble will also be on hand to
greet each car load as they enter, and a Chris-



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er channels that allowed us to work more closely
with the schools.”

Said COB in a statement: “Thankfully, the
Bahamas has been spared atrocities such as
Columbine and Virginia Tech that have occurred
in the US, but with the current wave of crime
and the increasing number of schoolyard inci-
dents, some people are predicting that it is only a
matter of time before something awful happens at
the College of the Bahamas. Incidents of vio-
lence on campus have been growing but the Secu-
rity Department feels that it is managing to stay
on top of things.”

_Mr Bethel and Mr Darville have returned from
the conference with a hatful of ideas they are
ready to implement. They will involve training for
the whole department and, in many cases, a new
approach, but both men said they are confident
they can maintain the high level of campus secu-
rity they are proud to have achieved.



Adventure

tian group will serenade them before they exit
with free hot chocolate and candy canes for
the children.”

According to the Adventure Learning Cen-
tre, the purpose of the Christmas Extravagan-
za is to share the Gospel in a unique and
impacting way.

“As a non-profit organisation, we also hope
to raise money to run the ministry, as typically
only one-third of our annual budget is derived
from modest fees for our school programmes,”
said the spokesperson.

The two-night event is open to the general
public at a cost of $5 per car. :

The Adventure Learning Centre describes
itself as an outdoor educational facility that
teaches science and nature to Bahamian school
children with the ultimate purpose of ‘“‘sharing
the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ’.



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Raising tourism
from the depths

This week, In Days Gone By, looks back at
the life of Bronson Hartley, who died in Florida
on December 3 at age 87.

Born in 1920 in New York, Bronson was the
son of a doctor who served in World War 1.

Age the of 10, Bronson moved with his moth-
er and brother Bob to Bermuda. He graduated
from the American School of Paris, 1939.

As a young man, Bronson worked five years
with Dr William Beebe, the famous ichthyologist
and underwater explorer, who was known for his
half-mile dive in the Bathysphere in the 1930s.

In 1942, Bronson enlisted in the US military in
Bermuda, running air sea rescue boats. He
received the Soldier’s Metal for heroism not
involving actual conflict, by direction of Presi-
dent Truman. The metal was given for swimming
late at night in high seas, at the end of an airstrip
to rescue bomber crash victims.

In 1948, in Bermuda, Bronson, with the help of
his wife Martica, started the first helmet diving
tourist operation and made one of the first 35mm
colour undersea movies, called ‘Main Street
Undersea”’.

It was Bronson’s invention of the underwater
casing that made the movie possible to film. Bron-
son and Martica had two sons, Christopher and
Gregory.

In 1958, they converted a US military Liberty
launch to an ocean going motor sailor and arrived
in Nassau, Bahamas. ,

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This was a perfect time, as Bahamian tourism
had been affected by the bad publicity of the |
General Strike and therefore needed a boost.

Hartley’s Undersea Walk was a star attraction
and numerous articles were written in the local
and international publications, one being Life
Magazine.

The Hartleys opened the country’s first aquar-
ium, which was located on East Street in Nas-
sau.

Operating helmet diving in Bermuda and Nas-
sau, Bronson continued the businesses in 1960s
with his second wife, Harriet.

Bronson now had two step daughters, Bonnie
and Connie, who he loved dearly.

Over the years Bronson, had personally taken
more than 125,000 tourists for a helmet walk
undersea.

Guests not only enjoyed a marine biology
course but were able to watch Bronson interact
with is trained fish: Harry the grouper, Helen
the angelfish, Theodore the hogfish, and George
the grunt.

Bronson Hartley was a man of many talents
being an undersea photographer, movie maker
and an accomplished water colour artist.

He was proud that both his sons, Christopher
and Gregory, followed in his footsteps operat-
ing the Undersea Walk in Bermuda and Nassau.

“Bronson’s big smile and wonderful spirit will.
be missed and always,” said his family.




Bronson and Harriet (2nd wife) at Nassau Yacht Haven 1962. Standing in front the Tropic

Rover, largest catamaran which was in the movie “Thunderball”

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be a university graduate, preferably-with a business or
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working experience in financial services.

A working knowledge of the investment management
business will be important in assessing candidates as well
as experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
applications. The candidate must be a confident self-
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The job responsibilities will include organizing and
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conference calls and meetings. A modest amount

of travel will be required to meet with clients and
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presentations, updates, newsletters and routine letters

to clients and to manage the content and uploads to the
Firm’s secure website. Responsibilities will also include
organizing and managing an annual Investor conference
held in Nassau and an annual Firm conference held
abroad.

Please send written expressions of interest, university
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; 1963: the opening of Nassau’s first Aquarium

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_ FROM page one

This came after the depart-
| ment of labour, represented by
| Director Harcourt Brown,
| “mediated” a meeting between
| the hotel catering and allied
| workers union executives, the
| management of the Lyford Cay
| Club and representatives from

the Bahamas Hotel Employers
| Association last week follow-
| ing an incident in which two
| union executives complained

| Lyford Cay security when they
‘attempted to attend a sched-
~ uled meeting at the club.
On Wednesday union presi-
dent Roy Colebrooke and oth-
“er officers blamed this contro-
versial incident — in which
security allegedly “set dogs” on
them — on Mr Picquot. They
‘Yyaccused him of repeatedly try-
ang to hamper the union in its
. efforts to represent its members
| ‘of which, the union claims, there
«are about 180 on the Lyford
" property.
However, in a letter seen by
‘The Tribune from the chairman
_ of Lyford Cay’s Property Own-
| ers Association, Christopher
° Hampton Davis, the association
+ “following discussions with Mr
Picquot” - said that the move
by security to have the men
: leave the property was a result
| of union executives breaching
security by failing to identify
| themselves at the gate. Officers
| deny this version of events.
Executives claimed on
| Wednesday that Mr Picquot has
| been the subject of complaints
' by employees to the ministry of
| jabour for years before, but
| without any action being taken
| by either the former or current
| minister.
| Yesterday Mr Foulkes said
| that he had received two anony-










| purporting to be from employ-
| ees at the Lyford Cay Club
| since being sworn into office in
| May, and was aware of a num-
ber of other unsigned letters
| delivered co the department of
, labour on the matter.
| . However, he said, that due to
| the anonymeus nature of this

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‘Department conducting

information “there was never a
particular employee we could
interview” up until now.

The Tribune was unable to
reach Mr Picquot for comment
yesterday, but Mr Picquot’s per-

Lyford Cay investigation

sonal assistant, who declined to
be named, said that she has
been advised that Mr Picquot
has no comment to make in
relation to these claims at this
time.

hat they were mistreated by ©

| mous letters about Mr Picquot:

The Ambassador of the American Embassy is
presently considering applications for the following

BUTLER

Serves as the Assistant to the Housekeeper and. the
Chef.

This position is opei io candidates with the
following qualifications:

|= A high school Diploma is required.
- Three years experieiice as G Butler required.
- Three yedrs experience as a Chef required.

S L UTES:

- Must be able to work shifts and weekends when
necessary.

- Must be flexible, a quick learner and adaptable
to change.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S.
citizens who are eligible for employment under
Bahamian laws and regulations.

Please submit resume and three reference from
8:00a.m to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday at
the security area of the American Embassy, Queen
Street. Resumes should be submitted to the Embassy:
Addressed to the Human Resources Office no later
than December 11, 2007



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Man shot by Defence
Force officer acquitted

FROM page one

case submission in relation to the charges brought
against Mr Renard on the basis that the Defence
Force had no authority to go on the raid in the
Cowpen Road area that day in May

Under Section tow of the Defence Force Acct it
is laid out that the Defence Force has authority to
carry out raids if ihey are acting in conjunction
with either the police or immigration. However,
Magistrate Campbell yesterday ruled that the
prosecution had not provided evidence to show
that the RBDF was working in conjunction with
either of these forces when it carried out ‘he raid.

When reports of Mr Renard havitig been shot
by an RBDP officer first came to pubiic attention
in May, police and the defence force said that
they were “investigating” the incident, with the
police checking to determine if “any criminal
activity Gccurred” and the defence force to focus
on whether proper procedure was followed by
its officers during ine incident. Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna told The Tribune thai the officers were on
‘official dutics

Reijatres of the mjured maii said, however.
that the Splsode Was abs ¢ vaiiple or now Haitians
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being subjected to heavy-handed tactics with tra-
ditionally little recourse.

The RBDF said little about the incident at the
time, reicasing a short statement that confirmed
only that a man had been shot in the thigh by a
female officer.

While it was not initially brought to media
attention, the investigations ultimately culminat-
ed in three charges being brought against Mr
Renard.

Yesterday Mr Johnson confirmed that one
charge does still stand against his client — that of
illegal landing. Magistrate Campbell set that mat-
ter down for trial for January 25. Mr Johnson
said that he sincerely hopes he does not see “the
mistake” of Mr Renard being subject to depor-
tation before he has a chance to stand trial.

Mr Johnson ha’ previously expressed grave
concern about the treatment of Haitian nationals
and Haitian-Bahamians by local security forces. °

“Everybody in the Bahamas, whether they be
Haitian, Jamaican or Chmese, is entitled to certain
basic fundamental human rights.” he said.

Shoriiy before press time yesterday afternoon
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What we can do to fight
crime plaguing country

By the Rev Dr J Emmette Weir

dark cloud

hangs over our .

beloved

Bahamaland! It

is none other
than the rising tide of crime and
violence which threatens to dis-
rupt the very fabric of our soci-
ety, shake the moral founda-
tions of our country, which
claims to be a Christian nation.
Especially disturbing is the fact
that more than 70 murders have
been committed this year thus
far, and with a month more to

“g6, the nuniber may prove to-

be the highest in the history of
our nation.

How has this situation of
increasing crime and violence
come about? Or, in the words
of Cardinal Helder Camara of
Brazil: “What are the root caus-
es of this spiral of violence?”

What practical steps can and
must we take to turn it around
and restore peace and harmony
to our community?

These are the burning ques-
tions which are on the minds of
many citizens of the Bahamas
today. In answering them, there
can be no doubt that all institu-
tions, and all concerned citizens,
have a very important part to
carry out. Concisely, this is not
the timé “to point fingers”, but
for us all to ask what we can do
to make ours a better place in
which to live.

Soon after learning that Mr
Vincent Pedican was missing
and that foul play was suspect-
ed, I had occasion to speak to
the Rev Christopher Neely, Pas-
tor of New Hope Methodist
Church. Visibly shaken by this
report, the young clergyman
replied: “The Church must do
something to improve this situ-
ation!” Let us, then, begin by
looking at the responsibility of
the Church, and then proceed
by examining that of the state,
concluding with the part that
we all as citizens must take in
dealing with the challenge to
drastically reduce this “spiral of
violence”.

THE RESPONSIBILITY
- OF THE CHURCH

1. Call for a National Day of
Prayer for the healing of the
nation

In times of national crisis,
when things are getting out of
hand at the human level, it is
most appropriate for those who
are the moral and spiritual lead-
ers to call for prayer for its wel-
fare. At such a time, in ancient
Israel, the prophet Joel instruct-
ed the religious leaders: “Blow

- the-trumpet in-Zion, sanctify a

fast, call a solemn assembly:
Gather the people, sanctify the
congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and
those that suck the breast: Let
the bridegroom go forth of his
chamber, and the bride out of
her closet.” Joel 2:15 — 16 (AV.)

A step in the right direction,
then, would be for the Church

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to lead the way in calling for a
National Day of Prayer for the
healing of the nation. This can
be spearheaded by the
Bahamas Christian Council, the
Grand Bahama Christian Coun-
cil, and the Councils in other
Family Islands, working in co-
operation with all the spiritual
elders in our nation. It would
be a truly holy day (the original
meaning of holiday) when all
in the nation would join in
prayer. The churches should be
open for prayer and the radio
and TV stations can be encour-
aged to play sacred songs, along
with inspirational messages
from the clergy. This should
prove effective, for it is assured
in holy scripture.

“If my people, which are
called by my name, shall hum-
ble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then will I
hear from heaven, and forgive
their sin, and will heal their
land.” 11 Chron 7:14 (AV.)

2. Enabling youth to resolve
conflict without resorting to vio-
lence

While leading in prayer for
the healing of the nation is a
primary responsibility, it can-

‘not stop there. Rather the

Church must be involved in
practical efforts to realise the
goals and requests of prayer.
As one Bahamian layman put it:
“We must give legs to our
prayer”. More profoundly,
prayer should strengthen us so
that we are used of God to
bring about the changes we
desire. As it is put in the Epistle
of James, “Faith without works
is dead!”

In this regard, it is essential to
note that one of the major rea-
sons for the high incidence of
crime and violence is the inabil-
ity of many of our young people
to resolve conflicts without
resorting to violence. Instead of
seeking to resolve differences
peacefully, it is too often the
case that our young (and not so
young!) people quickly resort
to using a knife, machete or
even a gun!

Bishop the Rev Simeon Hall,
in his brilliant well-known ser-
mon, “Why Stagerlee Shot Bil-
ly”, has demonstrated this point
very vividly. These men got into
a quarrel as a result of gambling
and, in a rage, Staggarlee shot
Billy. This is just an illustration
of what happens every day in
our society. Thus, if we are to

reduce the tide of crime and

violence, then we must teach
our people that there are always
means of resolving differences
without running to get a gun.

Here the Church can certain-
ly play a leading role. Pastors
and social workers can hold
workshops and seminars
designed to enable our young
people to settle their problems
without violence.

By the same token, pastors
can certainly go into schools in
the community, and with the

co-operation of the staff, give
addresses to the students on
how to conduct themselves in
a manner which keeps them in
harmony with their peers. As I
have stated elsewhere, there is
such a thing as “positive peer
pressure”, and those students
who have received lessons in
conflict resolution without
resorting to violence, can influ-
ence their friends to act in a
positive way.

I recall a Christian gentleman,
who had a very successful mar-
riage. When I asked him the
secret of his success, he replied:
“My wife and I take seriously
the warning of St Paul, ‘Let not
the sun go down upon thy
wrath’. Concisely, when differ-
ences arise, when conflicts come
in relationships, it is essential
to seek to solve them candidly,
while maintaining peace and
harmony.

3. “Beefed Up” Programmes
in Christian Education _

As indicated, many of the
crimes committed today are
done by young people.

Looking at the responsibility
of the Church, then, “from a
long term perspective”, its
major responsibility must be
placing greater emphasis upon
the moral and spiritual educa-
tion of young people. This can
be achieved by means of devot-
ing more of the human and
material resources of the
Church to the operation of Sun-
day Schools and youth organi-
sations.

On Sunday, I worshipped at
Calvary Bible Church here in
Freeport, which is “walking dis-
tance” from my home. What
impressed me was the fact that
there was both a Sunday School
and Junior Church in operation.
It is extremely important to

impart Christian values to

young people.
Growing up in Nassau at
Grant’s Town Wesley

Methodist Church, I recall that
the late Captain Simpson C.
Penn led the Boys’ Brigade.
Many of our leading citizens
today “got their start” under his
leadership. I recall speaking to
one of them who confessed that
he could not think of a single
boy who had been through the
Boys’ Brigade who had gone to
prison. It is not enough for con-
gregations to erect large edi-
fices dedicated to worship.
Along with these sanctuaries
must be buildings dedicated to
the Christian education of
young people. For, it has been
truly proven over many cen-
turies:

“Train up a child in the way
he should go; when‘he is old,

-he will not depart from it.”

(Prov 22:6).

THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE STATE

Having looked at the respon-
sibility of the Church in reduc-
ing crime and violence, we can
examine that of the state — i.e
the Judiciary, the police, prison
officers and other correctional

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agencies.

1.Costly bail to persons
accused of serious crimes.

Now, one of the most dis-
turbing aspects of the high inci-
dence of crime and violence, is
the great number of them being
committed by persons who are

“on bail”. It is appreciated that

this is a very sensitive matter,
and certainly the discretion of
the courts must be respected.
Moreover, the constitutional
right of every citizen of the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas to apply for the grant-
ing of bail is recognised.

However, the fact that some
who.are on bail engage in crim-
inal activity does cause much
concern on the part of many of
our. citizens. For every “right”
must be exercised with a corre-
sponding sense of responsibility.

It has always been my under-
standing that the purpose of bail
is to spare those who have com-
mitted relatively minor infrac-
tions of the law the indignity
and inconvenience of incarcer-
ation. Such being the case, it is
submitted that extreme caution
should be exercised in granting
bail to persons who have com-
mitted serious crimes. In the
case of rape, for instance, or
rather a person charged with
rape, bail granted should prove
quite costly. Here we can take a
“page” out of the American jus-
tice system where persons who
commit this crime are granted
bail on the basis of bail in the
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars cash bond.

In the case of persons
charged with that most serious
of crimes, and most heinous of
sin (condemned both in the law
of the land and in the ten Com-

mandments), extreme caution :

must be exercised in granting
bail. In any event, taking into
consideration the inestimable
value of human life, God’s cre-
ation, the cost required for
granting bail in the case of mur-
der must be extremely high, cer-
tainly not less than $100,000. It
is submitted that were this pol-
icy adopted, then the rate of
violent crime would be reduced
dramatically.

2. Urgent need for more
Judges

That there is an urgent need

for more judges to carry out the.

administration of “swift justice”
(to borrow a favourite expres-
sion of former Attorney Gen-
eral Senator the Hon Allyson
Maynard-Gibson) is very well-
known and has been discussed
at length. And while, evidently,
efforts are being made to
appoint more, it is evident that,
with the huge backlog of cases,

it is not being done with the
sense of urgency required. For,
one of the main arguments for
granting bail is the fact that per-
sons have to wait for long peri-
ods before their cases are heard.
More judges would certainly
help in this situation.

Here in Freeport, the need
for judges to carry out the
administration of justice, both in
the civil and criminal depart-
ments, is great indeed. This
writer fully supports well-known
Freeport attorney Stephen
Wilchcombe in calling for the
appointment of at least two
senior judges to serve here “in
the second city”.

- It is not good enough to have
circuit. judges who come from

Nassau for short periods to

administer justice.

In this regard, one wonders
whether consideration has been
given to calling Sir Cyril Foun-
tain “out of retirement” to
serve as a judge on a “year to
year” basis until such time as
another judge may be appoint-
ed who would be prepared to
serve on a long-term basis.
Should he be willing to serve,
there would be no problem of
accommodation as he now
resides here. With his many
years of service and knowledge
of the law, he should be able to
serve very well in this capacity.

After all, the President of the
USA recently recommended a
retired judge to serve after the
former Attorney General Gon-
salves failed to serve as expect-
ed. Already, this judge, “called
out of retirement”,
to be a very capable person,
with the legal skills and courage
required to “whip the depart-

ment of justice into shape”. -

Well, if the USA with its huge
store of legal talent finds it nec-
essary to call a judge “out of
retirement” to rescue its
Department of Justice from,a
state of ineffectiveness, surely
we can call upon a retired Chief
Justice to assist us in coping
with the challenges of the judi-
ciary here in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas.

Concisely, a judge serving on
a long contract and a retired
judge should prove most helpful
in dealing with the legal chal-
lenges facing us here in “The
Second City”.

3. Make efficient use of up-to-

date technology
Considering the many

advances in technology, it is
essential that we take full
advantage of same. This, how-
ever, does not seem always to
be the case!

For instance, Mr Stephen
Plakaris has pointed out that
for several years now the appeal
has been made to install sur-
veillance cameras at all our
schools. This should apply to all
public buildings and business
places in Nassau and Freeport.

There are other concerns
when it comes to technology.
For instance, several persons
charged recently, claimed that

‘they made confessions to com-

mitting crime as a result of
“police brutality”. What was
utterly amazing to me was the
fact that video tape evidence
had not been utilised. Surely,

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crucial, we either-have to send
for an “expert”. from abroad or
we have to send sample abroad
to be examined. Neither of
these alternatives is satisfactory;
for, whereas the former is
expensive, the latter is subject to .
the suspicion of “contamination
in shipment”. (Incidentally, one
of my American professors used
to describe an “expert” as “an
ordinary fellow away from
home.”)

The use of surveillance cam-
eras on a wide range, video-tap-
ing of all confessions, the con-
tribution of a Bahamian DNA
expert, these are all things that
should be in place by now. As
Sherlock Holmes would put it:
“Elementary, my dear Watson,
elementary!”

THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF US ALL

While the Church and =

must bear responsibility.in,curb-
ing. crime, it has to be stated
that we all, ‘as concerned citi-
zens, must do what we can here.
It is not enough for anyone to
state: “It’s not my problem.”
For, we are all involved, And
we are all affected in some way
by crime. It is not enough for
us who have the means to build
large homes and protect our-
selves with burglar bars and
guard dogs. Rather, at all levels,
we must seek to make ours; a
better nation. The prophet Isa-
iah felt deeply the sin of the
nation at his call: “I dwell in the
midst of a people of unclean
lips,” he cried. So, those wHo
profess to be Christians m
do all they can to make » ;
better place.

In this regard the family h





prime importance in our so
ety. The church and state c
not do much for the younger
generation Without the fully
set us Ge
assured, crime can be reduc



reduced homicides from:2,
to 500 in the past decade.

can do for you but what you
do for your country.”

We began this\call to d
with crime by calling for prayar,
prayer led by the religious lead-
ers of our young nation “for the
healing of the land”. In my
devotions this morning, I turned
to the prayer for the day in my
prayer book. I cannot but
believe that it is Providential
that I am led to share with you a
prayer most relevant to us at
this time:

“OQ God our refuge and
strength, who are the author of

_all godliness: be ready, we

beseech thee, to hear the devout
prayers of thy church: and grant |
that those things which we ask
faithfully we may obtain effec-
tually: Through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.



















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in every case where a person
confesses to any crime, it should
be video-taped, using the most
modern equipment, so that the
jury would have the data to
decide whether there was evi-
dence of police brutality or not.

Finally, on this matter, it is
beyond reckoning that, in the
year 2007, more than 20 years
after the discovery of DNA,
“the building blocks of life”,
there is not a single DNA
expert amongst us. So, every
time when DNA evidence is

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Hanna-Martin backed

for PLP chairmanship

" FROM page one

ublicly announced that he was
tepping down from the post.
ince then, Mr Rigby announced
in a press release last week that
e will not seek re-election after
olding the chairmanship for five
ears.

Former Senator Paulette Zonicle
d party newcomer Omar Archer
ave also declared their interest
the position, with MICAL MP
lfred Gray and lawyer Fayne
ompson, both possible additions
‘o the race come February.
Assessing the strengths of Mrs
anna-Martin, Mr Wilchcombe
id that her pedigree is an asset in
lhe coming race.

The message of social justice
reached by her father, current
overnor-general Arthur Hanna,
ives Mrs Hanna-Martin a strong
oundation and awareness of the
mcerns of Bahamians. This back-
ound “connects her to the PLP in
way that many are not connect-
d,” Mr Wilchcombe said. -

“So I think’ Glenys Hanna-Mar-
in will become the next chairman
of the PLP, and become the first
woman chairman of the PLP,” he
said. “And I think that’s going to
be important to the party that
caused women of this country the
right to vote in 1962.”

(In a letter to The Tribune, pub-
lished in November, 1975, Mrs
Mary Ingraham, the first chair-
man, and moving spirit behind the
Suffrage Movement, wrote that





















“when the motion came for vote in

. the House of Assembly not one

member of the PLP government,
including the Prime Minister (Pin-
dling) voted for the women to
vote. Instead every (PLP) mem-
ber walked out. Therefore how
can Women’s Week be celebrated
by this (PLP) government?”

(Women voted for the first time
in 1962 under a UBP government.
The PLP did not become the gov-
ernment until 1967).

Mr Wilchcombe said yesterday
that the new chairman will have to
get their “hands dirty” and travel
the country doing the necessary
work to put the party in order.

He also emphasized that this
individual needs to be someone
not associated with scandal, who is
willing to reach out to all Bahami-

ans, both black and white: “No

political party has been able to do
that at this point in this country,”
he argued.

The West End and Bimini MP
also spoke of some changes he

wishes to see in the operation of
the PLP. 14

“We have to be more techno-
logically savvy. The Progressive
Liberal Party must turn its head-
quarters into a business-oriented
establishment where there is activ-
ity going on at all times,” he said.

“We should be at all times
ensuring that data is being col-
lected; we should know the grad-
uates of this country - wherever
they are in the world; we should
know the new voters; we should
know the issues of this country;
we should be running polls on reg-
ular basis. All these things must be
happening at thé party’s head-
quarters,” he added, emphasizing
that the PLP neéds a strong edu-
cational arm to inform citizens
about the party. |

Another issue, he said, is that
there are no young liberals — the
youth arm of the party — in the
House of Assembly, while mem-
bers from the FNM’s youth arm
are current MP’s and cabinet min-
isters.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KETLER DAREUS of AMOS
FERGUSON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 8TH day of December, 2007 to the Ministei
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.





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Bahamian achievers
in total compliance

THE Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO)
held its annual Gala Awards Evening on December 2 at Sandals
Royal Bahamian Hotel. Jackie Hunt 6f Pictét Bank and“Trust*~
won the Compliance Officer of The Year Award..

Others recognised included Kim Bodie of BIFS; Nathaniel
Beneby, managing director of Royal Bank of Canada; Yves Lour-
din of Pictet Bank and Trust; Charles Carter, CEO of Carter Mar-
keting and Island FM; and Chief Superintendent Hulan Hanna of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

A special award was given to O’Neil Bain in recognition of his
academic achievements. The ceremony also awarded 18 persons
who successfully completed the ICA (International Compliance
Association) London, UK compliance and anti-money laundering
course, which culminates in a three-hour written examination.

These persons have now joined the ranks of other CCPs (Cer-
tified Compliance Professionals) i in the Bahamas who now number
200.

Special recognition was also conferred on Pauline Creary-Light-
cepcerral eneral manag-
er at Banque SCS
Alliance (Nassau) Ltd
and Dave Shannon
Smith, managing direc-
tor of BAC Bank &
Trust (Bahamas) Ltd,
for their elevation
beyond the ranks of
senior compliance pro-
fessionals to head their

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CAPTIONS:

Pov ded 1GAGeaduates:—.
| Left to right (Front —
} Row), Jennifer Rah-
ming, Kim Bodie,
Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services,
director; Renee Kemp;
Valarie Edgecombe;
Oneil Bail, deserving
student; Edward Coop-
er, BACO president;
Heather Fowler;
Jeunesse Osadebay;
Nicole Thompson;
Tanya Thurston; Lakesha Miller. (Top Row) Samantha Ellis; Jas-
mine Cartwright; Tara Perigord; Kendrick Stubbs; Anthony Cooke;
Nicole Armstrong; Crystal Ward |
















































2. Jacqueline Hunt, compliance officer of the year 2007

3. (Left to right) Nathaniel Beneby Jr, VP and country head for
Royal Bank of Canada, who was honoured for his cor:tribution to
the Bahamas Association of compliance Officers; Tanya McCart-
ney, newly appointed managing director RBC Finco; Oneil Bain,
most deserving student ©

4. (Left to right) Marsha Ferguson, ITAN Bank; Jasmin Strachan,
Citigroup; Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance; Attorney
Tanya McCartney, RBC Royal Bank of Canada, immediate past
President of BACO; Attorney and Former Atte Robin Scav-
ella, Citigroup

5. (Left to right) Desmond Bannister, minister of state for legal
affairs; Jerry Butler, executive director Inter-American Develop—--
ment Bank for The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago; Edward Cooper, BACO president; Hulan
Hanna, chief superintendent RBPF; Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance

6. (Left to right) Antoinette Russell, vice president Credit Suisse
Trust Ltd; Pauline Creary-Lightbourne, general manager Banque
SCS Alliance (Nassau) Ltd; Henry Lightbourne, Harborside Resort
at Atlantis; Glenda Lightbourne, assistant secretary Gaming Board

7.. Fellowship ICA Recipients: (Left to right) Rochelle Lunn,
Guaranty Bank & Trust; Denora Butler, Credit Suisse; Cherise
Cox-Nottage, UBS; Jerry C Butler, Inter-American Development
Bank; Tanya McCartney, Royal Bank of a) Mildred Johnson,
HSBC

8. Charles Carter, CEO of Carter Marketing and owner of
Island FM radio station, with his beautiful granddaughter Taylor
Carter. He was honoured for his contribution to the Bahamas
Association of compliance Officers

9. Michael Pintard, author, actor, comedian, GEMS radio talk
show host accompanied by Banker Samantha Brown, customer ser-
vice clerk at Bank of Nova Scotia




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75th victim
means 2007
most violent
year ever

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
and CALVIN FORBES

THE year 2007 will stand as
the most violent in the history

Obie
backs
Hanna-
Martin

for PLP
chairman

By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe has
publicly endorsed Glenys
Hanna-Martin’s candidacy for
the chairmanship of the PLP.
He predicts that she will win
the race for the post.

Mr Wilchcombe, who
many assume to be a future
contender for the leadership
of the PLP, spoke with The
Tribune yesterday, declaring
that Mrs Hanna-Martin has

“the experience”, “the foun-
dation” and “the organisa-
tional skills”, along with the
passion, to succeed as chair-
man.

“And for her, it is not a self-
ish approach or a selfish ambi-
tion, it is actually more for
party — for this country — and
that’s where her dedication
is,” he said. “And I think she
is going to win the support of
the wide majority of our dele-
gates because people can see
in her eyes, feel her spirit,
know from her soul and from
her heart, that she truly
believes in the Progressive
Liberal Party and believes in
the Bahamian people and
what it all stands for.”

Mrs Hanna Martin, was the
first member of the PLP to
openly declare interest in the
party chairmanship. This was
at a time when current Chair-
man Raynard Rigby had not

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of the modern Bahamas when a
22-year-old male became the
country’s 75th murder victim
yesterday.

Shattering the previous
record of 74 in the year 2000,
the murder count stands at 75
today after Julian Nicholls, a
resident of West End, Grand
Bahama, died at the Rand
Memorial Hospital of a single
bullet to the head.

According to police officials
in Grand Bahama last night, Mr
Nicholls was pronounced dead
around 12.05pm after attempts
to sustain his life in the Inten-
sive Care Unit failed.

Nicholls, it is alleged, might
have been the victim of a “stray
bullet” around 3.42am while at
a local nightclub in the Friend-
ship Shopping Centre in Eight
Mile Rock.

According to a press state-
ment from Assistant Supt of
Police Loretta Mackey, Nicholls
was found lying in the parking
lot “bleeding from the head
area”.

“He was transported to the
Accident and Emergency Sec-
tion of the Rand Memorial
Hospital where he was treated
by a medical team for his
injury,” the release read.

At the time, Nicholls was list-
ed in “critical condition”, suf-
fering from an “apparent” gun-
shot wound to the head.

Officers in Grand Bahama
report last night.that they are
investigating the matter.

However, at this time they
have no one in custody for this
latest homicide.

Local activists, church lead-
ers, and government agencies
have all banded together in
recent months at various semi-
nars and gatherings to discuss
ways of tackling the escalating
crime.

Candlelight vigils, church ser-
vices, talk shows, and press con-
ferences have all been used as
mediums to voice the notion
that the Bahamas is gripped in
the most violent crime wave
that shows little sign of abating.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham has announced recently
that as the courts see fit, hang-
ings will once again take place
in the Bahamas.

This call for a return to capi-
tal punishment is growing more
deafening with each passing day
as recent crime statistics show
that a number of murders this
year were believed to have been
committed by persons out on
bail on murder charges.

nth ey into music business





Adrian Edgecombe (left) and Dashino Wilson (right) yesterday outside of court.

(Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)

Two charged over

‘Mouche’

By NATARIO McKENZIE

ANOTHER two men who police have
charged in connection with the shooting death
of Samuel ‘Mouche’ McKenzie were arraigned
in Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon.

Dozens of heavily armed police officers
assembled at Bank Lane yesterday afternoon
as murder accused Dashino Wilson, 27, and
Adrian Edgecombe, 31, were brought to court
to be formally charged. Relatives of the
accused men also assembled near Bank Lane
yesterday, declaring the innocence of the two.

The two men, with Stephen Stubbs, 32, of
Ridgeland Park West, have been charged with
the shooting death of Samuel ‘Mooshae’
Mckenzie. Stubbs was charged with the death
earlier this week

McKenzie, 35, who was out on bail for mur-

shooting

~ der, was gunned down in broad daylight on

November 22 on Wilson Street, off Hay Street,
according to reports.

Police have also charged Wilson,
Edgecombe and Stubbs with conspiring with
others to attempt to murder McKenzie, as well
as attempting to murder and conspiring to
attempt to murder Keith Woodside. Wood-
side was also wounded during the shooting.

The men, who were arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in court eight, Bank
Lane, yesterday were not required to plead to
the charges. The men were remanded to Her
Majesty’s Prison without bail. The case has
been adjourned to January 21, 2008. Prosecu-
tors intend to proceed with the matters by way
of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment, which means
that the matters will go directly to the Supreme
Court.

“Urgent’ probe into allegations

against Lyford Cay Club chief

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

' THE department of labour is carrying out an
investigation to determine the extent to which
complaints made against the Lyford Cay Club’s
managing director can be substantiated, Labour
and Maritime Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes said
yesterday.

Mr Foulkes said that the investigation is a “mat-
ter of urgency” for the department of labour,
which is set to interview employees.

“We are trying to ascertain the veracity of the
complaints against the managing director (Didi-
er Picquot),” he said.



The ministry of labour would then be able to
“make a recommendation” of action to be taken
based on what is revealed by that investigation.
The minister said that he could not speculate as to
how this would end.

A ministry of labour source informed The Tri-
bune that possible outcomes would be either that
Mr Picquot maintains his work permit and posi-
tion at the gated-community’s Club, or that his
permit is revoked and he is therefore obliged to
leaye.

The labour minister said that the investigation
was launched in response to the filing of an offi-
cial complaint by the union.

SEE page 9

Duo tt Bahamas Me

Haitian
shot by
RBDF
officer
cleared

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemiedia.net

A MAGISTRATE tuled yes-
terday that a Haitian man, shot
in the leg by a Defence Force
officer in May, had no case to
answer.in relation to charges
brought against him of resist-
ing arrest and causing harm to
that officer.

A female RBDF officer had
maintained that it was because
Jean Renold Renard attacked
her during a raid carried out by
that force on May 4 of this year
that she was compelled to shoot
him, hitting him in the thigh.

However, yesterday after-
noon Magistrate William
Campbell discharged Mr
Renard of these two charges in
Court number nine.

Mr Renard’s attorney,
Bahama Human Rights Net-
work president Elsworth John-
son, yesterday announced that
he has now filed a civil suit in
the Supreme court on behalf of
his client against the officer
involved, the commander of the
defence force and the attorney
general seeking damages for
false arrest, false imprisonment,
assault and battery and mali-
cious prosecution.

Mr Johnson had made his no

SEE page 9

Two men
missing:
police
search

POLICE are searching for
two men who have not been
seen or heard from since le avin
Cat Cay ina blu \
foot boat on Wednesd: ay.

The men were reported miss
ing on Thursday. The two mei
left Cat Cay in a 16-foot blu
and white boat called “Shov
Time” around 4+ pm o
Wednesday. The men wo
reportedly from a lishing Va
sel moored ‘near Cat ch \
According to reports, the mq
were headed to the mi ainlan
of Bimini to collect supplies tol
the crew. Police investigations\
into the matter continue.


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National Trust executives

Bishop Ellis’s church
launches record label

BISHOP Neil Ellis’ Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church is launching a record
label-— and a former member
of the Bahamen is leading the
effort.

Church officials say Nehemi-
ah Hield will head Kingdom
Glory Records, the latest ven-
ture by Mt Tabor. They said the
new record label was launched
to advance the Gospel music
recording industry in the
Bahamas and will tap into Mt

Tabor’s “international relation-
ships and connections” to pro-
vide expertise and technology
to ensure world class produc-
tions.

“We believe that Nehemiah’s
insight, experience and expo-
sure both locally and interna-
tionally, makes him a perfect fit
and an incredible asset to the
record label,” said Bishop Neil
Ellis, senior pastor, at Mt Tabor.

Nehemiah said that in retro-
spect, he believes much of his
life was a “divine set up” for
this particular assignment.

Born into a musical family in
Cooper’s Town, Abaco,
Nehemiah shot to international
acclaim as a member of the
highly successful band
Bahamen.



BISHOP NEIL ELLIS

During his stint with the
group he toured Japan and the
United States and appeared
with the band in the movie My

(FILE photo)

Father, The Hero.

Mr Hield recorded a total of
five gold albums with Bahamen
and as a solo artist, and in 1991

he won the Bahamian Grammy
for Best Male Vocalist.

“But after over a decade of
incredible success in the secular
music industry; Nehemiah
longed for the peace that he
says only God can give,” said a
Mt Tabor press release. “While
he had accepted Christ as a
youth ‘to escape hell’ and had
tried to live a good life by never
drinking, smoking or using
drugs, he says he realised that
he needed a deep commitment
to knowing God and living in
accordance with His Word.
Subsequent to that epiphany,
Nehemiah rededicated his life
to Christ and shortly thereafter
became a member of Mt
Tabor.”

The statement said Bishop
Ellis is convinced that Nehemi-
ah’s passion for the Gospel and
his wealth of knowledge and
exposure to the music industry
will be invaluable both to Mt
Tabor’s music ministry and the
record label.

“Kingdom Glory Records has
set an ambitious and aggressive
agenda for itself and is set to
release its first project. before
year’s end and another two in
2008,” the statement said.

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TWO representatives from
the Bahamas National Trust
attended the Caribbean
Flamingo Network meeting at
Rio Lagartos Field Station in
Yucatan, Mexico.

The attendance of the BNT
was made possible by a dona-
tion from Majestic Travel Ltd.

The purpose of the meet-
ing was to gather biologists
from all the range countries
of the Caribbean Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus rubber) in
order to set priorities for “in
situ” research, or research
conducted in the bird’s natur-
al setting. :

“Attendance at the meet-
ing was crucial as in such a
nomadic species, complete
understanding and manage-
ment cannot be achieved with-
out sharing information‘ and
co-ordinating activities across
borders,” said the BNT in a
statement.

Tamica Rahming, director
of parks and Rivean Riley,
Andros warden, gave a 20



minute presentation on the
history of the flamingo in the
Bahamas, and the research
activities that are being con-
ducted on the bird.

Their presentation high-
lighted the work done in the
Inagua National Park, which
is credited with saving the
regional flamingo, which near-
ly disappeared from much of
its range.

“It was wonderful to have
the opportunity to attend this
meeting and meet other peo-
ple working 7 flamingos in
our region. We are looking
forward to moving forward on
joint initiatives which will fur-
ther contribute to our knowl-
edge of our national bird,”
said Tamica Rahming.

The Inagua National Park is
one of 25 parks and protected
areas managed by the
Bahamas National Trust. The
park protects Lake Rosa
which is essential habitat for
over 40,000 flamingos in the
Bahamas.



CARLOS Bain of Sandy Point, Abaco (second right), is off to sea
on a Dockendale Shipping vessel. Pictured from left are Carlos’
father Jesse Bain, Dockendale’s office administrator Jamal Smith,
Carlos, and Bahamas Maritime Authority director Dudley Mart-
inborough.

Photo: Raymond Bethel/BIS

Bahamians head for
career on the ocean

By Gladstone Thurston

TWO more young Bahami-
ans have gone to sea on board
Dockendaie Shippiag Compa-
ny’s ocean-going bulkers to
become qualified for their rat-
ings licence.

Carlos Bain and Rashad
Dorsett leave for New Orleans
this weekend to join the Dock-
endale ships Falcon and Mer-
cury.

“It has been great,” said Mr
Bain, of Sandy Point, Abaco.
“T am familiar with boating and
so everything just comes natur-
al to me. I am enjoying it.”

Mr Bain and Mr Dorsett
were among 10 Bahamians who
recently received their bridge
watchman certification after
successfully completing their
studies at the Marine Training
Centre of Holland College in
Canada.

Eight of the students were
sponsored by Dockendale Ship-
ping, as part of the company’s
thrust to make more Bahami-
ans aware of the careers avail-
able in the industry.

The bridge watchman certifi-
cate is the initial qualification
necessary for anyone to be
employed on international ves-
sels.

Forty-three Bahamians have
been successful at Holland Col-
lege as part of the Bahamas
Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC)
programme created by the
Bahamas Maritime Authority.

The BMCC prepares high
school students in grades 10
through 12 for employment in
the maritime industry.

BMA director Dudley Mart-
inborough is co-ordinator of the

programme. Paul Millei is the
head trainer.

“Carlos and Rashad are very
determined and enterprising
young men, said sadial Smith,
Dockendale’s office adminis-
trator. “This is a field that is
unexplored, as far as Bahamians
are concerned; but once they
are exposed to it they generally
show a lot of interest in it. We
send them all over the world.”

Mr Smith said he looks for-
ward to the maritime industry
rivalling the financial services
sector.

Having received bridge
watchman certification, Mr
Martinborough explained, the
students are required by Inter-
national Maritime Organisaton
conventions to go to sea for at
least two months. Dockendale
has agreed to give them this sea
time on board their ships.

When they return they can
apply to the Bahamas Maritime
Authority for a ratings licence.

They are required to work for
another two to three years
before returning to school for
seven months to become sec-
ond mates.

“We want to give the students
as much quality experience as
we possibly can on board ships,”
said Mr Martinborough. “That
bodes well for them in the
future.

“The shipping industry has
always been somewhat invisi-
ble. We don’t see it but it is
there. Many jobs and opportu-
nities are available for young
Bahamians in the shipping
industry. | have no doubt that
our industry has lots of room
to expand and improve,” he
said.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007, PAGE 3





V ALFRED GRAY

ere not
ruling
out run

for PLP
chairman

By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

MICAL MP Alfred
Gray is not ruling out
entering the race for the
chairmanship of the PLP
in the party’s convention
in February 2008.

Reports suggest that Mr
Gray is ‘being lined up by
party Leader Perry
Christie to contest the

chairmanship in opposition —

to Glenys Hanna-Martin —
the highest profile candi-
date so far to declare inter-
est in the post.

However, Mr Gray told

The Tribune yesterday that.

he is “not actively” seeking
the office. However, he
had not ruled out his entry
into the race.

“Whatever I can do to
make my party stronger, I
am prepared to do it,” said
Mr Gray.

“I feel that I have a con-
tribution to make. And at
the moment I am more
observing to see whether I

would in fact need to put -

my hat in the ring,” he
added.

Sources have indicated
to The Tribune that Mrs
Hanna-Martin is not the
first choice of Mr Christie
for the PLP chairmanship,
as she is not a “blind fol-
lower” of his lead, and
because she is an MP. The
PLP leader reportedly
prefers non-MPs to hold
the post.

In addition to Mrs Han-
na-Martin, Paulette Zoni-
cle and Omar Archer have
also announced that they

will seek the chairmanship _| .

of the PLP.

Indicating that no hos-
tilities exist between him
and Mrs Hanna-Martin,
Mr Gray said yesterday:
“If I do not run I will sup-
port Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin — if I do not run.”

A party source told The
Tribune that it is assumed
that Mr Gray will enter the
race, but he is not a proxy
candidate for Mr Christie,
as some assume.

The source - also
explained that the PLP
newcomer Omar Archer
has “no chance” in attain-
ing such a high party post
so soon; while Mrs Zoni-
cle, he said, will have to
accept that Mrs Hanna-
Martin will receive that
nomination, and the for-
mer broadcast journalist
may drop out of the race
before the convention as a
result.

Of Mr Gray’s chances if
he enters, the source said
he too would be defeated.
Mrs Hanna-Martin “has
really built a strong stal-
wart base,” the source con-
tinued, indicating that PLP
Leader aspirant Obie
Wilchcombe is also a
strong supporter of her
candidacy.

Though he has not
announced his candidacy,
another source told The
Tribune that lawyer Fayne
Thompson may aiso vie for
the chairmanship, adding
another high profile name
to the increasingly crowd-
ed race.





jobs for

terminated BIVI staff

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

. tthompson@tribunemedia.net

NION officials

are attempting

to get public

service jobs for

the six employ-
ees who were terminated from
the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute last week,
The Tribune has learned.

Since the six clerical staff.

members, who were reportedly
contract workers, were relieved
of their duties last week, there
have been conflicting reports
about the circumstances sur-
rounding their terminations.
‘During an interview yester-
day, president of the Bahamas
Public Service Union John Pin-
der told The Tribune that on
November 21, he, with Public
Service Permanent Secretary
Elma Garaway, held a meeting
with BTVI officials at which it

was agreed that the six employ-
ees would not be dismissed.

“The whole matter was not
handled according to the agree-
ment we made in the meeting”
Mr Pinder claimed yesterday.

He added that in that meet-
ing, BTVI officials argued that
the employees in question were
not “permanent” staff members
and could therefore be let go.

However, Mr Pinder said the
union made an agreement with
the prime minister which states
that any person who has five or
more years in the public service
must be considered an “estab-
lished” worker.

Mr Pinder said he is in talks
to have the fired employees dis-
persed around the Ministry of
Education as security guards,
cleaners and clerical workers.

Several calls placed to the
permanent secretary were not
returned up to press time.

When contacted for com-
ment, a BT VI spokesperson

Union in talks to have them
re-hired by Ministry of
Education, claiming
agreement not adhered to

said: “J can say that the workers
that were let go were all con-
tract workers with a stipulation
that either side could terminate
the contract with one month’s
notice. In the case of the
employees (in question) they
were terminated with one mon-
th’s salary in lieu of notice,” the
spokesperson said yesterday.
The spokesperson claimed
the employees were terminat-
ed in response to the quality of
their performance during stu-
dent registration for the 2007
fall semester. The spokesper-
son also sought to dispel claims
of low employee morale fol-

Activist makes ‘final
lea’ over Child Ac

By NATARIO McKENZIE

LOCAL child rights activist
Clever Duncombe made a
“final plea” to the government
yesterday to enact the proposed
Family and Child Protection
Act.

Mr Duncombe, president of
Bahamian Fathers for Children
Everywhere, told the Tribune
that his organisation is in the
final stages of preparing to take
legal action against the govern-
ment over its failure to create
laws based on the Act, which
parliament passed.last year.

“I’m trying to establish exact-
ly what it will take for the gov-

said.

“I feel very disappointed that
this new government would dis-
count and downplay all of our
efforts in terms of our advocacy
to bring this legislation to where
it’s at. We would like the min-
ister of Social Services to
address this matter or treat it
as a priority issue,” he said.

The Family and Child Pro-
tection Act, 2006, seeks to
address the issues of child rights,
maintenance, custody.

The Act also calls for stiffer
punishment for those found

~ guilty of child abuse or:child

neglect.
The Tribune was unable to



Clever Duncombe

ernment to address this 1 issue,’
he said.

“We are in our final stiiges of
preparing a motion to take the
government to court because of
its failure to enact the appro-
priate laws which would be in
line with our UN convention to
protect children,” Mr Dun-
combe said.

He said that the motion could
be filed by the end of the year
and that he is optimistic that it
will force the government to
take action.

“We are doing this for the
thousands of children who have
already been affected and those
who are still unborn,” he said.

“We need this thing to move
forward because this year has
been indicative of many other
years in terms of the high num-
ber of child abuse cases and we
know that it has a lot to do with
the imbalance they are chal-
lenged with, being raised by a
single parent,” Mr Duncombe

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“There is an attempt at BTVI
to move this institution forward
in a very positive direction.
There is an effort to clean this
place up, to remove the nega-
tive stigma that has been
attached to BTVI. Work is
being done feverishly to help to
cause it to be placed in a posi-
tive light from now on; BIVI
has great potential.”
However,
employees contacted The Tri-
bune claiming that the termi-
nations came after the employ-
ees “disobediently” met with
Ministry of Education officials.

disgruntled

In an e-mail sent to The Tri-
bune earlier in the week, an
employee claimed these termi-
nations came not as a result of
the series of demonstrations
held at the Old Trail Road cam-

‘pus over human resources con-

cerns — as had been claimed by
some — but came after the
employees in question all went
to ministry officials in an
attempt to become permanent
workers.

The employee, who wished
to remain anonymous, further
claimed: “On several occasions
(the employees) were called
into meetings by management,
and reprimanded about their
attempts to seek full-time
employment.

“Management evén went as
far as to tell them that under
no circumstances will they be
considered for full time employ-
ment, as this does not go well
with the new plans for the insti-
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Saudi rape case may help women’s rights

THE case of the “Qatif woman,” as she
is known around the world, is appalling
both for its perversity and its familiarity.

The Saudi Arabian woman was gang-
raped by seven men in 2006. She had been
“caught” in a car meeting with a man who
was not her husband or a relative, although
she was married to another man at the
time.

Her story: She was meeting the man to
retrieve a photo of herself she’d given him
months before. At that meeting, two men
forced themselves into the vehicle, drove
the pair to a setluded area where five oth-
ers waited, and the seven raped both the
woman and her male companion.

Her punishment for the illicit meeting —
by Islamic legal standards — was 90 lash-
es. The rapists received prison time for
their crime. The plot is bad enough to that
point. But it got much worse after the
woman and her lawyer spoke to the media
about the case.

Her sentence was increased to six
months’ prison time and 200 lashes. Her
lawyer, Abdul Rahman al-Lahim, had his
license revoked and is prohibited trom
representing the woman. ae

The case is currently being reviewed by
the Saudi high court, but the deck, shuffled
by the nation’s restrictive cleric class, seems
stacked against the victim.

It rings, unfortunately, all too familiar.

In many countries where strict Islamic
sharia law rules, “honour” rapes, killings,
acid burnings and other forms of violence
against women are routinely sanctioned,
covered up or dismissed altogether.

Some movement has been made to
address the inequities. In Pakistan, for
example, passed the Women’s Protection
Bill last year that reversed some portions
of the restrictive 1979 Hudood Ordinances.
The laws required, among other things, a
rape victim to produce four male witness-
es to the act.

The new bill would allow a rape victim
to introduce medical evidence of an attack,
something not allowed before.

But turning the Titanic of cultural tradi-
tion and religious fervor around is hard
work.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that

“Unfortunately there is still a long way
to go before there can be a palatable
decrease in violence against women in
Pakistan,” researcher Syed Mohammed
Ali wrote recently in the Daily Times, a
Pakistani newspaper.

Earlier this week, President Bush missed
an opportunity to stand firm on the issue of
human rights in Saudi Arabia, one of the
United States’ closest allies.

At a White House press conference,
Bush was asked if he had raised the matter
with King Abdullah in recent weeks, in
the course of Middle East peace talks. He
didn’t remember if the subject came up.

He also launched into a somewhat irrel-
evant discourse about how he’d be emo-
tional if it happened to his daughter. The
closest he got to an admonition was saying
that he’d “be angry at a state that didn’t
support the victim” and that the Saudi
king “knows our position loud and clear.”

Not quite a rousing rebuke, but then
again, a short distance connects Riyadhe
to Washington. In any case, fundamental
change in the application of Islamic law
isn’t going to come about as a result of a

- U.S. president’s disapproval. It will have to

come from within.

Even the woman’s husband came forth
—a brave move in a culture where honour
is often defined by persecuting women
and remaining silent about that persecu-
tion. -

“I’m not lacking in manhood or an Arab
man’s honour that I would defend a cheat-
ing wife,” he told a Lebanese television
station last month. “I feel that in this cat-
astrophe she exercised bad judgment by
meeting this man, but how can you or any-
one say she committed adultery?”

In a perverse way, the Saudi justice sys-
tem’s zeal for unjustly punishing the Qatif
woman may be the best thing to happen to
women’s rights. It has shed yet more light
on a problem too many women have suf-
fered for too long.

(This article was written by Rebeca Cha-
pa of the
San Antonio Express-News c.2007).



TRISTAN LEONARDO

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow space in your
editorial columns to share on
the issue of crime in our coun-
try.

It was possibly a reverend’s
words out of Philadelphia in
1904 where the words of a song
that became an anthem of the
movement in the United States
that brought winds of change.
However like yesterday those
words stood: prophetic as it
beckoned a call that awakened
the people of that time. The
song brought winds of change in
a nation that echoed a call for
unity against an evil in society.

Today I pert‘a sad reality—
that is — we have all failed.
When we look at the state of
crime and murder in our coun-
try, as a young Bahamian, I am
too often reminded of the sad
reality that another soul is shot
down in cold blood that runs
deep into the soil of the
Bahamas. For whatever rea-
son(s), we now find ourselves
in a paralyzed state as a country.
Bleeding into the earth from
wounds of murder and violence
that’s broken out acréss the skin
of the Bahamas. We have all
now lost a life too many and
cannot see from our physical
eyes any remedy in sight.

However, last evening whilst
listening to one of the greatest

Bayes

letters@tribunemecdiaw ic’



gospel artists of all time as she
sang this holy anthem, I began
to see that the song, “We shall
overcome” is just as relevant
now as it was then.

However this time this ‘grave
evil’ of crime and violence
attacks us all. It is blind to any
colour or race. And it is driven
by our failure to allow, truth to
rein in the body of our beloved
nation.

Last week ‘an arm of crime’
reached out and ripped live cop-
per from the tower that feeds
station 1240AM, the gospel sta-
tion within the ZNS networks,
silencing once again a voice of
truth across the country. Some
years ago, that same ZNS TV
removed its daily meditation
when signing off the station.
Slowly in this country we have
seen Christ excommunicated
from His Church (the people)
and thus the love for one anoth-
er has diminished. A cruel face
of murder has now arisen in our
country where far too many
young children — as last
evening — stood in witnesses to
the double murder of two men
on the St. Vincent Road area
of southern New Providence.

Let us all make loud our call
for the return to our ZNS net-
works daily meditations how-
ever let it be positioned just
after the 7 o’clock nightly news.

As Mahalia Jackson con-
cluded her solo, she added these
words to her prayer, which
again is so revealing that when
looked at closely, we can possi-
bly see a solution to our prob-
lem.

She said; “When we come to
the end of a perfect day that.
God has given us, and we take
inventory of ourselves and we
think of all the wonderful good
things that God has done for
us. We thank God for a portion
of good health, and you thank
God for the remaining of a lov-
ing family. You thank God for
the food that he has provided
you. You thank him for the
shelter. And when you think of
all the good things that God has
given to you, do you stop to
think, what have I done for
somebody else? Have I helped
someone today that was hun-
gry? Did I pat someone on the
back and say you can make it?
Did I help a young girl or young
boy from going astray? And,
Oh Lord, if I didn’t please for-
give, I’ll try again tomorrow.”

CARVEL FRANCIS
Nassau,
November 28, 2007.

Cost of living |
under pressure

EDITOR, The Tribune.

POSSIBLY the second most
talked about subject is the rising
cost of living and the lack of
matching rise of wages — can I
bring some insight to this glob-
al problem.

The global grocery bill has
climbed 21 per cent in 2007
alone, according to recent UK
press reports - in the UK an
average family spends a little
more over.$1,500 US more than
12-months ago. I can believe
that as it seems every visit you
witness an increase on the

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for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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essentials. Witnessing the store
employees changing the prices
on priced items is certainly a
good indication that is a valid
point. Thought this was illegal?

With the cost of a barrel of
‘black gold’ hitting $100 US it is
not going to be too long before
fuel surcharges are everywhere
where delivery is involved —
pizza lovers beware!

US core inflation is as low as
2.1 per cent however the US
figure does not reflect food and
energy - food inflation is up at
least 5.5 per cent whilst energy
as we know from our BEC bills
is up 14.5 per cent.

The dark picture globally is
more of the world is improving
their respective lifestyles and
seek now to improve their once
primitive eating habits so in eco-
nomic terms there is a market
which cannot meet the demands
— therefore an inflationary
market which will inevitably
bring further rising prices.
Grains are under considerable
demand simply because Biofu-
els are the vogue so the farmer
charges a higher price and the
cattle farmer, the chicken, pork
or what have you farmer pro-
ducets have to pay the higher
price for the same grain.

Global food output is increas-
ing by a paltry 1.3 per cent

whilst demand is increasing by
over 3 per cent. Less to go
around, -so higher prices.

Check around your super-
market prices this is real as you
will see in the smaller amount of
groceries you can purchase for
the same dollar you spent six-
months ago.

Recently in CARICOM,
especially Barbados, their gov-
ernment led by the Prime Min-
ister and Economist has
charged that some of he whole-
salers and retailers are hiding
profiteering.

There have been letters in
our newspapers asking the same
— why are food items at Publix
100 pr cent cheaper than the
chain supermarkets in The
Bahamas?

W THOMPSON

(Maybe you should also take
into consideration the import
taxes that the merchant has to
pay and the mark-up he
includes to cover the pilferage
that goes on in his foodstores,
not only by some of the inside
jobbers, but also by the general
public. — Ed).

Nassau,

December 4, 2007.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that HEERIA RAMLALL of
NICHOLLS TOWN, NORTH ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that LOLITA THOMPSON of
MACKEY STREET #2, HILLSIDE ESTATE, P.O. BOX N-
8586, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
1ST day of December, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


THE TRIBUNE



By TANEKA
THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.n

et

“T vex at the Road Traffic
Department. Could you
please fix the huge potholes
on Church
Street at the
corner of
Shirley
Street? That
is a very
highly trav-
elled area
leading to
Paradise
Island. I got
my axle and
tyre dam-
aged due.to
that pot-
hole.”

- angry
motorist

“Why is
the street
light on Bay
Street on all
day long for
junkanoo? I
ain’t paying no BEC bill
because they ain’t paying
their bills.

I also vex because the Nas-
sau Harbour Club got a big
truck in the road blocking up
the traffic. They don’t need
to be blocking up the traffic,



especially this time of year.. ©

. and why these foreigners
able to do things that
Bahamians can’t do?”



- Angry citizen, Eastern |

































Road

I Vex cuz Water and
Sewage dig up my road musse
a month ago — no joke — an
een fix the trench back yet.

I mean, I understand they

replacing pipes, cuz people
dem complain cuz they get
brown
water, but
you gatte
do more
den leave
two fellas,
wit one
shovel, to
fill up the
trench.
They is fill
about 10
feet a day.
This time
my water
still brown
andthe
whole
street
dusty.

- Tired

in High
Vista

Hy WexX:
because Bahamian women so
hell bent on what they could
get from a man instead of
tryin’ to get their own tings.
All that energy dey put into
golddiggin’ they could go out
there and get an education.

I mean a pretty face and a
nice shape could only get ya
so far.

I is the kinda man who
want more substance.”

= Taylor, Centreville



Bahamian receives
two Emmy awards

BAHAMIAN Mark Thomp-
son has won two Emmy Awards
for his work as a journalist.

He was named as a co-win-
ner of one award in category
six, Investigative Report, and
co-winner of another in catego-
ry nine, Business/Consumer

News, at the 2007 Suiico#st '

Emmy Awards.” 2 ; ea

The Sungbast Chapter of the
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences held its
2007 Emmy Awards on Satur-
day, December 1 at the Gay-
lord Palms Resort in Kissim-
mee, Florida.

Mr Thompson, a photojour-
nalist with NBC-6 in Florida,
was the cameraman for the win-
ning investigative report series
entitled, “Citizenship For Sale,”
and the winning business/con-
sumer news, item entitled,
“Green is Green.” ’

When asked what it felt like
to win such a prestigious award,
his response was, “It is exciting
to know that with a little talent
and a lot of hard work you can
excel anywhere in the world. It
feels great!”

He said he loves his profes-
sion and encourages more peo-
ple to pursue their professional
goals.

Mr Thompson began his
career as a cameraman for ZNS.
After working there for 11
years, he chose to go to Florida
to pursue a degree in television
production.

He then accepted a job with
WAMI television station to gain
work‘experience before return-

‘ing home..

He then moved to NBC-6
where he has been working as a
photojournalist for the last four
and a half years. Mr Thompson
said he hopes to return to the
Bahamas one day to pass on
what he has learned to other
aspiring photojournalists. He
lives in Ft Lauderdale with his
wife and two children.

The Suncoast Chapter of the
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences is a non-
profit Florida corporation ded-
icated to excellence in televi-
sion.

They offer annual Emmy
Awards called the Suncoast
Regional Emmy Awards to
television markets in the entire
State of Florida, Alexandria,
Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake
Charles and New Orleans,
Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama,
Thomasville, Georgia and Puer-
to Rico.

US states, cities urged
to make difference in
climate change fight

By CHARLES J. HANLEY
AP Special Correspondent

BALI, Indonesia (AP) —
Despite Bush administration
reluctance, U.S. states and cities
could make an American
“national commitment” to a
new global agreement to cut
greenhouse gases, the chief
U.N. climate scientist said Fri-
day.

In an interview with The
Associated Press, Rajendra

Pachauri said the U.S. approach °

to climate change might be
altered by the upcoming presi-
dential election or by the
actions of states and cities.

Pachauri, whose Intergov-
ernmental Panel on Climate
Change shared this year’s Nobel
Peace Prize with former Vice
President Al Gore, spoke with
AP during the U.N. climate
conference on this resort island.

More than 180 nations are
assembled to try to launch
negotiations on an agreement
for future reductions in carbon
dioxide and other industrial,
transportation and agricultural
gases blamed for global warm-
ing.

The Indian climatologist,
chairman of the IPCC, is head-
ing to Norway to accept the
Peace Prize on Monday on
behalf of his panel, which is a
network of 2,000 climate and

rt

other scientists.

Later in the two-week con-
ference, Pachauri and Gore will
make separate appeals for deci-
sive steps toward a new regime
of deeper emissions cutbacks to
succeed the Kyoto Protocol
when it expires in 2012.

The 1997 Kyoto accord
required 36 industrial nations
to reduce emissions by an aver-
age 5 percent below 1990 levels
by 2012. The United States is
the only industrial nation to
reject Kyoto; President Bush
says the required cuts would
damage the U.S. economy.

The U.S. delegation in Bali
has indicated no change in that
position. However, “there’s
much that’s happened in the
U.S.” at congressional, state and
local levels, Pachauri said.

California last year adopted a
sweeping law requiring reduc-
tions of about 25 percent in
greenhouse gases by 2020. New
York and nine other North-
eastern states are putting caps
on power-plant emissions and
developing a system to trade
emissions allowances. And just
last month, five Midwestern
states announced a joint pro-
gram to reduce emissions.

At the local level across the
United States, city governments
have introduced significant
measures to rein in carbon
emissions.

Cancer

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007, PAGE 5

Minister of Health and Social Development
Dr Hubert Minnis visited several Wards at the
Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday as
part of the annual official visit of the governor
general. Together, they visited with patients
and gave special gifts to the children.

Regist

Patrick Hanna/BIS



plan

for Princess Margaret

By Matt Maura

THE establishment of a Can-
cer Registry on the grounds of
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, along with a “truly func-
tional and certified Tumor
Board with all of the ancillary
services,” are among the many
upgrades that are expected to
not only transform PMH into
the leading healthcare and
teaching facility in the region,
but also enhance the delivery
of services to patients.

Minister of Health and Social
Development Dr Hubert Min-
nis said the launch of the reg-
istry and the establishment of
the Tumour Board will also “go
a long way” in helping to reduce
the prevalence of cancer in the
Bahamas.

“We should all be aware of
the high prevalence of cancer
in our country (which) is now
the leading cause of death
among women,” Dr Minnis
said. “I am advised that the
work on the former Bahai
Building is near completion. I,
therefore, look forward to the
establishment of the Cancer
Registry and a truly certified
Tumour Board.”

The commissioning of the
registry is part of the overall
process of “re-strengthening
and restructuring” the services
and facilities at the state-owned
and managed healthcare facility,
he said.

Another step will be the
strengthening of the Patient
Relations Department, which
Dr Minnis said will help hospi-
tal officials and administrators
to “systematically analyse” all
relevant complaints, target
those areas from which the
majority of the complaints
emerge, and respond in a “time-
ly fashion” to those affected.

He added that a University
of the West Indies Library will
also be established, and will be

housed on the upper level of .

the former Bahai Building.
“As a teaching institution, the
Princess Margaret Hospital
must provide an adequately
equipped library, especially for
our medical students, as we con-
tinue the development to a first-
class teaching facility,” Dr Min-
nis said. .
“Our goal, in conjunctio
with the University of the West
Indies, is to ensure that the
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our institution is second to none
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Dr Minnis said he was “excit-
ed” about the launch of the
Telemedicine Pilot Project on
Monday and the “tremendous
potential” it has for enhanced
service delivery in the Family
Islands. .

“After reviewing and watch-
ing the performance of the
telemedicine just the other day
and listening to a patient’s
heartbeat in Abaco, via Princess
Margaret Hospital, and being
able to examine the patient’s
ear, I am convinced that in the
near future, Princess Margaret
Hospital will be able to host a
cardiac clinic from Nassau for
those patients in Abaco,” Dr
Minnis said.

“IT am also convinced that in
the near future, PMH will also
be able to host a specialist ENT
(ear, nose and throat) clinic
using the same process that was
demonstrated on Monday,” he
added. |

Dr Minnis said the further
strengthening and restructuring
of the Patient Relations Depart-
ment will assist officials and

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administrators at PMH to “bet-
ter address” some of the feed-
back the facility receives with
regards to the delivery of some
services to clientele.

“Communication is crucial in
allaying fears and reducing the
anger and frustration that wait-.
ing for services often bring,” he
said. “We continue to receive
complaints from a number of
sources regarding the delivery
of services at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and while these
may seem negative, they pro-
vide us with a real opportunity
to assess ourselves and make
improvements where necessary.

“T am sure that this will
improve the institution’s image,
as well as our services to clients
who must be assured that their
complaints have been acted
upon and that corrective action
has been taken where neces-
sary.

“We cannot emphasise
enough, our appreciation for
the dedication and commitment
of the entire staff of this great
institution and I look forward
to your continued teamwork as
we, together, seek to improve
the health of our nation,” Dr
Minnis added.

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Nurses learn
techniques for

badly-ill babies



Registered Nurses Rachel Rose (left) and Dianna Adderley
make a presentation on developmental care. Both were among the
specialised nurses who have received advanced training in neona-
tal care at the Mt Sinai Hospital and the George Brown Universi-
ty, Toronto, Canada.

Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

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10:00AM 24th Anniversary Service/HC
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7:00 p.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Board of Christian
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“Casting our cares upon Him, for He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7) —



NURSES from the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit and the
Special Care Baby Unit of the
Princess Margaret Hospital met
with nurses employed in other
baby care areas to share expe-
riences on some of the new
techniques related to the care
and management of premature
and critically ill infants.

The discussions centred on
key areas such as prematurity,
neonatal parental nutrition,
developmental care for prema-
ture babies, code management
and conflict management.

Event co-ordinator nurse
Leah Patton said the sympo-
sium provided the nurses with
an opportunity to highlight and
discuss some new measures and
procedures in managing spe-
cialised care for babies — some
of which could be of critical
importance.

Most of the presenters were
specialised nurses who have
received advanced training in
neonatal care at Mt Sinai Hos-
pital in New York and George
Brown University in Toronto,
Canada.

“Our purpose here today is
to showcase some of the refined
care that is provided for the
type of babies that are admitted
to‘our unit,” Nurse Patton said.
“We have the most advanced
unit in the region and as many
as 15 of our nurses have been
trained in neonatal care through
the George Brown University
and at the Mt Sinai Hospital
and so the symposium provided
us with an opportunity to trans-
pose some of that knowledge
to our healthcare population,
especially those nurses from the
Private Surgical Ward, the
Maternity Ward and the
Department of Public Health,



Chief administrator at the Princess Margaret Hospital Coralee Adderley speaks at the symposium

Nurse Patton said PHM nurs-
es have “made a number of
advancements” in the area of
neonatal nursing since 1997.

She said staff at the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

and the Special Care Baby Unit
(SCBU) are among the most
highly trained in the region as a
result of having participated in
the training courses in Toronto
and elsewhere.

“The facility in Toronto is an

/

excellent one and the experi-
ence was an eye-opener for us
because we were able to mea-
sure where we are at as NICU
and SCBU nurses and it was
good to know that our nurses



Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

equipment are a bit more

advanced; but that is expected
because those things are funded
by private organisations and the

hospital receives a lot of dona- *

tions (and so) I would like to



Neonatal Nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) of the Princess Margaret
Hospital, along with nurses employed in other baby care areas
and the Public Hospitals-Authority, attend a Neonatal Nurses

Symposium, on Wednesday ;
Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

who work with babies.”

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Two COB security supervisors
attend student safety summit

TWO veteran members of the College of the
Bahamas Security Department attended the first
National Student Safety and Security Confer-
ence held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Senior supervisor Talmadge Bethel and assis-
tant director Alexander Darville joined 400 oth-
er delegates who came from all over the US and
as far away as Hawaii and Honduras to experi-
ence real-world simulations of community
responses to school and college violence and
related tragedies.

It was the first national event in the United
States to invite leaders representing every sector
of society to model a community process to help
stamp out all forms of school violence, includ-
ing: shootings, bullying, dating violence, vandal-
ism, gang activity, catastrophic events such as
school massacres and other crises such as hurri-
canes and bomb alerts.

In addition, special workshops examined the

latest community methods of fighting teenage
suicide, alcohol and drug abuse and aggressive dri-
ving among high school and college students.

Mr Darville and Mr Bethel found plenty to
engage with at the conference and were espe-
cially impressed with the way teamwork was
emphasised throughout the proceedings.

“It is very important for the nurses and coun-
sellors to work hand in hand with the security
officers,” said Mr Darville, “as very often a violent
act follows a series of changes in behaviour that
suggest a decline in mental health.”

Mr Bethel added, “They really focused on secu-
rity being everyone’s concern right trom the jan-
itresses to the president. Everyone must be sen-
sitised and alert and work together.”

The College of the Bahamas said it has a large
contingent of security officers - more than much
larger institutions in the United States, and has
recently beefed up its numbers with 14 addition

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After a decade without spon-
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group received a cheque for
$35,000 on Thursday night.

“It is hoped that there will a
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“I was talking to a person from a college there
that had 36,000 students, but only 31 security
officers,” said Mr Darville, “but they have an
elaborate signage system, campus maps and direc-
tion boards, emergency telephones and separate
parking attendants. They also have a different
culture when it comes to certain things.”

COB is in the process of installing new signs but
both men agreed that campus security is affected
by long-standing feuds that students bring to
Oakes Field from their secondary school rivalries.
Both are in favour of stronger liaisons being cre-
ated between the college and high schools involv-
ing counsellors and teachers so that they can be
forewarned of potential trouble areas. _

“More than 90 per cent of our problems arise
from disputes that have been festering from high
school,” Mr Bethel said, “and we could deal more
effectively with some of these if there were clear-

Christmas

In a decidedly tropical twist on the Christmas
story, the Adventure Learning Centre is hold-
ing its first ever Christmas Extravaganza.

The eyent began last night, and is being held
again tonight between 6pm and 10pm.

It will take the form of a drive-through
Christmas lights display at the centre, featuring
tens of thousands of lights and over 1,000 glow-
ing candles.

| ‘As visitors drive through the property, they

will be greeted by Christmas carol singers and
further, as cars drive through the dark regions
of the property, live characters that retell the
Christmas story — heralding the birth of Jesus —
and focusing on the promise and hope for
mankind that his birth represents,” said a
spokesperson for the centre.

“A live Jazz ensemble will also be on hand to
greet each car load as they enter, and a Chris-



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er channels that allowed us to work more closely
with the schools.”

Said COB in a statement: “Thankfully, the
Bahamas has been spared atrocities such as
Columbine and Virginia Tech that have occurred
in the US, but with the current wave of crime
and the increasing number of schoolyard inci-
dents, some people are predicting that it is only a
matter of time before something awful happens at
the College of the Bahamas. Incidents of vio-
lence on campus have been growing but the Secu-
rity Department feels that it is managing to stay
on top of things.”

_Mr Bethel and Mr Darville have returned from
the conference with a hatful of ideas they are
ready to implement. They will involve training for
the whole department and, in many cases, a new
approach, but both men said they are confident
they can maintain the high level of campus secu-
rity they are proud to have achieved.



Adventure

tian group will serenade them before they exit
with free hot chocolate and candy canes for
the children.”

According to the Adventure Learning Cen-
tre, the purpose of the Christmas Extravagan-
za is to share the Gospel in a unique and
impacting way.

“As a non-profit organisation, we also hope
to raise money to run the ministry, as typically
only one-third of our annual budget is derived
from modest fees for our school programmes,”
said the spokesperson.

The two-night event is open to the general
public at a cost of $5 per car. :

The Adventure Learning Centre describes
itself as an outdoor educational facility that
teaches science and nature to Bahamian school
children with the ultimate purpose of ‘“‘sharing
the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ’.



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Raising tourism
from the depths

This week, In Days Gone By, looks back at
the life of Bronson Hartley, who died in Florida
on December 3 at age 87.

Born in 1920 in New York, Bronson was the
son of a doctor who served in World War 1.

Age the of 10, Bronson moved with his moth-
er and brother Bob to Bermuda. He graduated
from the American School of Paris, 1939.

As a young man, Bronson worked five years
with Dr William Beebe, the famous ichthyologist
and underwater explorer, who was known for his
half-mile dive in the Bathysphere in the 1930s.

In 1942, Bronson enlisted in the US military in
Bermuda, running air sea rescue boats. He
received the Soldier’s Metal for heroism not
involving actual conflict, by direction of Presi-
dent Truman. The metal was given for swimming
late at night in high seas, at the end of an airstrip
to rescue bomber crash victims.

In 1948, in Bermuda, Bronson, with the help of
his wife Martica, started the first helmet diving
tourist operation and made one of the first 35mm
colour undersea movies, called ‘Main Street
Undersea”’.

It was Bronson’s invention of the underwater
casing that made the movie possible to film. Bron-
son and Martica had two sons, Christopher and
Gregory.

In 1958, they converted a US military Liberty
launch to an ocean going motor sailor and arrived
in Nassau, Bahamas. ,

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This was a perfect time, as Bahamian tourism
had been affected by the bad publicity of the |
General Strike and therefore needed a boost.

Hartley’s Undersea Walk was a star attraction
and numerous articles were written in the local
and international publications, one being Life
Magazine.

The Hartleys opened the country’s first aquar-
ium, which was located on East Street in Nas-
sau.

Operating helmet diving in Bermuda and Nas-
sau, Bronson continued the businesses in 1960s
with his second wife, Harriet.

Bronson now had two step daughters, Bonnie
and Connie, who he loved dearly.

Over the years Bronson, had personally taken
more than 125,000 tourists for a helmet walk
undersea.

Guests not only enjoyed a marine biology
course but were able to watch Bronson interact
with is trained fish: Harry the grouper, Helen
the angelfish, Theodore the hogfish, and George
the grunt.

Bronson Hartley was a man of many talents
being an undersea photographer, movie maker
and an accomplished water colour artist.

He was proud that both his sons, Christopher
and Gregory, followed in his footsteps operat-
ing the Undersea Walk in Bermuda and Nassau.

“Bronson’s big smile and wonderful spirit will.
be missed and always,” said his family.




Bronson and Harriet (2nd wife) at Nassau Yacht Haven 1962. Standing in front the Tropic

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This came after the depart-
| ment of labour, represented by
| Director Harcourt Brown,
| “mediated” a meeting between
| the hotel catering and allied
| workers union executives, the
| management of the Lyford Cay
| Club and representatives from

the Bahamas Hotel Employers
| Association last week follow-
| ing an incident in which two
| union executives complained

| Lyford Cay security when they
‘attempted to attend a sched-
~ uled meeting at the club.
On Wednesday union presi-
dent Roy Colebrooke and oth-
“er officers blamed this contro-
versial incident — in which
security allegedly “set dogs” on
them — on Mr Picquot. They
‘Yyaccused him of repeatedly try-
ang to hamper the union in its
. efforts to represent its members
| ‘of which, the union claims, there
«are about 180 on the Lyford
" property.
However, in a letter seen by
‘The Tribune from the chairman
_ of Lyford Cay’s Property Own-
| ers Association, Christopher
° Hampton Davis, the association
+ “following discussions with Mr
Picquot” - said that the move
by security to have the men
: leave the property was a result
| of union executives breaching
security by failing to identify
| themselves at the gate. Officers
| deny this version of events.
Executives claimed on
| Wednesday that Mr Picquot has
| been the subject of complaints
' by employees to the ministry of
| jabour for years before, but
| without any action being taken
| by either the former or current
| minister.
| Yesterday Mr Foulkes said
| that he had received two anony-










| purporting to be from employ-
| ees at the Lyford Cay Club
| since being sworn into office in
| May, and was aware of a num-
ber of other unsigned letters
| delivered co the department of
, labour on the matter.
| . However, he said, that due to
| the anonymeus nature of this

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‘Department conducting

information “there was never a
particular employee we could
interview” up until now.

The Tribune was unable to
reach Mr Picquot for comment
yesterday, but Mr Picquot’s per-

Lyford Cay investigation

sonal assistant, who declined to
be named, said that she has
been advised that Mr Picquot
has no comment to make in
relation to these claims at this
time.

hat they were mistreated by ©

| mous letters about Mr Picquot:

The Ambassador of the American Embassy is
presently considering applications for the following

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Serves as the Assistant to the Housekeeper and. the
Chef.

This position is opei io candidates with the
following qualifications:

|= A high school Diploma is required.
- Three years experieiice as G Butler required.
- Three yedrs experience as a Chef required.

S L UTES:

- Must be able to work shifts and weekends when
necessary.

- Must be flexible, a quick learner and adaptable
to change.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S.
citizens who are eligible for employment under
Bahamian laws and regulations.

Please submit resume and three reference from
8:00a.m to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday at
the security area of the American Embassy, Queen
Street. Resumes should be submitted to the Embassy:
Addressed to the Human Resources Office no later
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FROM page one

case submission in relation to the charges brought
against Mr Renard on the basis that the Defence
Force had no authority to go on the raid in the
Cowpen Road area that day in May

Under Section tow of the Defence Force Acct it
is laid out that the Defence Force has authority to
carry out raids if ihey are acting in conjunction
with either the police or immigration. However,
Magistrate Campbell yesterday ruled that the
prosecution had not provided evidence to show
that the RBDF was working in conjunction with
either of these forces when it carried out ‘he raid.

When reports of Mr Renard havitig been shot
by an RBDP officer first came to pubiic attention
in May, police and the defence force said that
they were “investigating” the incident, with the
police checking to determine if “any criminal
activity Gccurred” and the defence force to focus
on whether proper procedure was followed by
its officers during ine incident. Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna told The Tribune thai the officers were on
‘official dutics

Reijatres of the mjured maii said, however.
that the Splsode Was abs ¢ vaiiple or now Haitians
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The RBDF said little about the incident at the
time, reicasing a short statement that confirmed
only that a man had been shot in the thigh by a
female officer.

While it was not initially brought to media
attention, the investigations ultimately culminat-
ed in three charges being brought against Mr
Renard.

Yesterday Mr Johnson confirmed that one
charge does still stand against his client — that of
illegal landing. Magistrate Campbell set that mat-
ter down for trial for January 25. Mr Johnson
said that he sincerely hopes he does not see “the
mistake” of Mr Renard being subject to depor-
tation before he has a chance to stand trial.

Mr Johnson ha’ previously expressed grave
concern about the treatment of Haitian nationals
and Haitian-Bahamians by local security forces. °

“Everybody in the Bahamas, whether they be
Haitian, Jamaican or Chmese, is entitled to certain
basic fundamental human rights.” he said.

Shoriiy before press time yesterday afternoon
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What we can do to fight
crime plaguing country

By the Rev Dr J Emmette Weir

dark cloud

hangs over our .

beloved

Bahamaland! It

is none other
than the rising tide of crime and
violence which threatens to dis-
rupt the very fabric of our soci-
ety, shake the moral founda-
tions of our country, which
claims to be a Christian nation.
Especially disturbing is the fact
that more than 70 murders have
been committed this year thus
far, and with a month more to

“g6, the nuniber may prove to-

be the highest in the history of
our nation.

How has this situation of
increasing crime and violence
come about? Or, in the words
of Cardinal Helder Camara of
Brazil: “What are the root caus-
es of this spiral of violence?”

What practical steps can and
must we take to turn it around
and restore peace and harmony
to our community?

These are the burning ques-
tions which are on the minds of
many citizens of the Bahamas
today. In answering them, there
can be no doubt that all institu-
tions, and all concerned citizens,
have a very important part to
carry out. Concisely, this is not
the timé “to point fingers”, but
for us all to ask what we can do
to make ours a better place in
which to live.

Soon after learning that Mr
Vincent Pedican was missing
and that foul play was suspect-
ed, I had occasion to speak to
the Rev Christopher Neely, Pas-
tor of New Hope Methodist
Church. Visibly shaken by this
report, the young clergyman
replied: “The Church must do
something to improve this situ-
ation!” Let us, then, begin by
looking at the responsibility of
the Church, and then proceed
by examining that of the state,
concluding with the part that
we all as citizens must take in
dealing with the challenge to
drastically reduce this “spiral of
violence”.

THE RESPONSIBILITY
- OF THE CHURCH

1. Call for a National Day of
Prayer for the healing of the
nation

In times of national crisis,
when things are getting out of
hand at the human level, it is
most appropriate for those who
are the moral and spiritual lead-
ers to call for prayer for its wel-
fare. At such a time, in ancient
Israel, the prophet Joel instruct-
ed the religious leaders: “Blow

- the-trumpet in-Zion, sanctify a

fast, call a solemn assembly:
Gather the people, sanctify the
congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and
those that suck the breast: Let
the bridegroom go forth of his
chamber, and the bride out of
her closet.” Joel 2:15 — 16 (AV.)

A step in the right direction,
then, would be for the Church

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to lead the way in calling for a
National Day of Prayer for the
healing of the nation. This can
be spearheaded by the
Bahamas Christian Council, the
Grand Bahama Christian Coun-
cil, and the Councils in other
Family Islands, working in co-
operation with all the spiritual
elders in our nation. It would
be a truly holy day (the original
meaning of holiday) when all
in the nation would join in
prayer. The churches should be
open for prayer and the radio
and TV stations can be encour-
aged to play sacred songs, along
with inspirational messages
from the clergy. This should
prove effective, for it is assured
in holy scripture.

“If my people, which are
called by my name, shall hum-
ble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then will I
hear from heaven, and forgive
their sin, and will heal their
land.” 11 Chron 7:14 (AV.)

2. Enabling youth to resolve
conflict without resorting to vio-
lence

While leading in prayer for
the healing of the nation is a
primary responsibility, it can-

‘not stop there. Rather the

Church must be involved in
practical efforts to realise the
goals and requests of prayer.
As one Bahamian layman put it:
“We must give legs to our
prayer”. More profoundly,
prayer should strengthen us so
that we are used of God to
bring about the changes we
desire. As it is put in the Epistle
of James, “Faith without works
is dead!”

In this regard, it is essential to
note that one of the major rea-
sons for the high incidence of
crime and violence is the inabil-
ity of many of our young people
to resolve conflicts without
resorting to violence. Instead of
seeking to resolve differences
peacefully, it is too often the
case that our young (and not so
young!) people quickly resort
to using a knife, machete or
even a gun!

Bishop the Rev Simeon Hall,
in his brilliant well-known ser-
mon, “Why Stagerlee Shot Bil-
ly”, has demonstrated this point
very vividly. These men got into
a quarrel as a result of gambling
and, in a rage, Staggarlee shot
Billy. This is just an illustration
of what happens every day in
our society. Thus, if we are to

reduce the tide of crime and

violence, then we must teach
our people that there are always
means of resolving differences
without running to get a gun.

Here the Church can certain-
ly play a leading role. Pastors
and social workers can hold
workshops and seminars
designed to enable our young
people to settle their problems
without violence.

By the same token, pastors
can certainly go into schools in
the community, and with the

co-operation of the staff, give
addresses to the students on
how to conduct themselves in
a manner which keeps them in
harmony with their peers. As I
have stated elsewhere, there is
such a thing as “positive peer
pressure”, and those students
who have received lessons in
conflict resolution without
resorting to violence, can influ-
ence their friends to act in a
positive way.

I recall a Christian gentleman,
who had a very successful mar-
riage. When I asked him the
secret of his success, he replied:
“My wife and I take seriously
the warning of St Paul, ‘Let not
the sun go down upon thy
wrath’. Concisely, when differ-
ences arise, when conflicts come
in relationships, it is essential
to seek to solve them candidly,
while maintaining peace and
harmony.

3. “Beefed Up” Programmes
in Christian Education _

As indicated, many of the
crimes committed today are
done by young people.

Looking at the responsibility
of the Church, then, “from a
long term perspective”, its
major responsibility must be
placing greater emphasis upon
the moral and spiritual educa-
tion of young people. This can
be achieved by means of devot-
ing more of the human and
material resources of the
Church to the operation of Sun-
day Schools and youth organi-
sations.

On Sunday, I worshipped at
Calvary Bible Church here in
Freeport, which is “walking dis-
tance” from my home. What
impressed me was the fact that
there was both a Sunday School
and Junior Church in operation.
It is extremely important to

impart Christian values to

young people.
Growing up in Nassau at
Grant’s Town Wesley

Methodist Church, I recall that
the late Captain Simpson C.
Penn led the Boys’ Brigade.
Many of our leading citizens
today “got their start” under his
leadership. I recall speaking to
one of them who confessed that
he could not think of a single
boy who had been through the
Boys’ Brigade who had gone to
prison. It is not enough for con-
gregations to erect large edi-
fices dedicated to worship.
Along with these sanctuaries
must be buildings dedicated to
the Christian education of
young people. For, it has been
truly proven over many cen-
turies:

“Train up a child in the way
he should go; when‘he is old,

-he will not depart from it.”

(Prov 22:6).

THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF THE STATE

Having looked at the respon-
sibility of the Church in reduc-
ing crime and violence, we can
examine that of the state — i.e
the Judiciary, the police, prison
officers and other correctional

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agencies.

1.Costly bail to persons
accused of serious crimes.

Now, one of the most dis-
turbing aspects of the high inci-
dence of crime and violence, is
the great number of them being
committed by persons who are

“on bail”. It is appreciated that

this is a very sensitive matter,
and certainly the discretion of
the courts must be respected.
Moreover, the constitutional
right of every citizen of the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas to apply for the grant-
ing of bail is recognised.

However, the fact that some
who.are on bail engage in crim-
inal activity does cause much
concern on the part of many of
our. citizens. For every “right”
must be exercised with a corre-
sponding sense of responsibility.

It has always been my under-
standing that the purpose of bail
is to spare those who have com-
mitted relatively minor infrac-
tions of the law the indignity
and inconvenience of incarcer-
ation. Such being the case, it is
submitted that extreme caution
should be exercised in granting
bail to persons who have com-
mitted serious crimes. In the
case of rape, for instance, or
rather a person charged with
rape, bail granted should prove
quite costly. Here we can take a
“page” out of the American jus-
tice system where persons who
commit this crime are granted
bail on the basis of bail in the
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars cash bond.

In the case of persons
charged with that most serious
of crimes, and most heinous of
sin (condemned both in the law
of the land and in the ten Com-

mandments), extreme caution :

must be exercised in granting
bail. In any event, taking into
consideration the inestimable
value of human life, God’s cre-
ation, the cost required for
granting bail in the case of mur-
der must be extremely high, cer-
tainly not less than $100,000. It
is submitted that were this pol-
icy adopted, then the rate of
violent crime would be reduced
dramatically.

2. Urgent need for more
Judges

That there is an urgent need

for more judges to carry out the.

administration of “swift justice”
(to borrow a favourite expres-
sion of former Attorney Gen-
eral Senator the Hon Allyson
Maynard-Gibson) is very well-
known and has been discussed
at length. And while, evidently,
efforts are being made to
appoint more, it is evident that,
with the huge backlog of cases,

it is not being done with the
sense of urgency required. For,
one of the main arguments for
granting bail is the fact that per-
sons have to wait for long peri-
ods before their cases are heard.
More judges would certainly
help in this situation.

Here in Freeport, the need
for judges to carry out the
administration of justice, both in
the civil and criminal depart-
ments, is great indeed. This
writer fully supports well-known
Freeport attorney Stephen
Wilchcombe in calling for the
appointment of at least two
senior judges to serve here “in
the second city”.

- It is not good enough to have
circuit. judges who come from

Nassau for short periods to

administer justice.

In this regard, one wonders
whether consideration has been
given to calling Sir Cyril Foun-
tain “out of retirement” to
serve as a judge on a “year to
year” basis until such time as
another judge may be appoint-
ed who would be prepared to
serve on a long-term basis.
Should he be willing to serve,
there would be no problem of
accommodation as he now
resides here. With his many
years of service and knowledge
of the law, he should be able to
serve very well in this capacity.

After all, the President of the
USA recently recommended a
retired judge to serve after the
former Attorney General Gon-
salves failed to serve as expect-
ed. Already, this judge, “called
out of retirement”,
to be a very capable person,
with the legal skills and courage
required to “whip the depart-

ment of justice into shape”. -

Well, if the USA with its huge
store of legal talent finds it nec-
essary to call a judge “out of
retirement” to rescue its
Department of Justice from,a
state of ineffectiveness, surely
we can call upon a retired Chief
Justice to assist us in coping
with the challenges of the judi-
ciary here in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas.

Concisely, a judge serving on
a long contract and a retired
judge should prove most helpful
in dealing with the legal chal-
lenges facing us here in “The
Second City”.

3. Make efficient use of up-to-

date technology
Considering the many

advances in technology, it is
essential that we take full
advantage of same. This, how-
ever, does not seem always to
be the case!

For instance, Mr Stephen
Plakaris has pointed out that
for several years now the appeal
has been made to install sur-
veillance cameras at all our
schools. This should apply to all
public buildings and business
places in Nassau and Freeport.

There are other concerns
when it comes to technology.
For instance, several persons
charged recently, claimed that

‘they made confessions to com-

mitting crime as a result of
“police brutality”. What was
utterly amazing to me was the
fact that video tape evidence
had not been utilised. Surely,

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crucial, we either-have to send
for an “expert”. from abroad or
we have to send sample abroad
to be examined. Neither of
these alternatives is satisfactory;
for, whereas the former is
expensive, the latter is subject to .
the suspicion of “contamination
in shipment”. (Incidentally, one
of my American professors used
to describe an “expert” as “an
ordinary fellow away from
home.”)

The use of surveillance cam-
eras on a wide range, video-tap-
ing of all confessions, the con-
tribution of a Bahamian DNA
expert, these are all things that
should be in place by now. As
Sherlock Holmes would put it:
“Elementary, my dear Watson,
elementary!”

THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF US ALL

While the Church and =

must bear responsibility.in,curb-
ing. crime, it has to be stated
that we all, ‘as concerned citi-
zens, must do what we can here.
It is not enough for anyone to
state: “It’s not my problem.”
For, we are all involved, And
we are all affected in some way
by crime. It is not enough for
us who have the means to build
large homes and protect our-
selves with burglar bars and
guard dogs. Rather, at all levels,
we must seek to make ours; a
better nation. The prophet Isa-
iah felt deeply the sin of the
nation at his call: “I dwell in the
midst of a people of unclean
lips,” he cried. So, those wHo
profess to be Christians m
do all they can to make » ;
better place.

In this regard the family h





prime importance in our so
ety. The church and state c
not do much for the younger
generation Without the fully
set us Ge
assured, crime can be reduc



reduced homicides from:2,
to 500 in the past decade.

can do for you but what you
do for your country.”

We began this\call to d
with crime by calling for prayar,
prayer led by the religious lead-
ers of our young nation “for the
healing of the land”. In my
devotions this morning, I turned
to the prayer for the day in my
prayer book. I cannot but
believe that it is Providential
that I am led to share with you a
prayer most relevant to us at
this time:

“OQ God our refuge and
strength, who are the author of

_all godliness: be ready, we

beseech thee, to hear the devout
prayers of thy church: and grant |
that those things which we ask
faithfully we may obtain effec-
tually: Through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.



















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in every case where a person
confesses to any crime, it should
be video-taped, using the most
modern equipment, so that the
jury would have the data to
decide whether there was evi-
dence of police brutality or not.

Finally, on this matter, it is
beyond reckoning that, in the
year 2007, more than 20 years
after the discovery of DNA,
“the building blocks of life”,
there is not a single DNA
expert amongst us. So, every
time when DNA evidence is

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Hanna-Martin backed

for PLP chairmanship

" FROM page one

ublicly announced that he was
tepping down from the post.
ince then, Mr Rigby announced
in a press release last week that
e will not seek re-election after
olding the chairmanship for five
ears.

Former Senator Paulette Zonicle
d party newcomer Omar Archer
ave also declared their interest
the position, with MICAL MP
lfred Gray and lawyer Fayne
ompson, both possible additions
‘o the race come February.
Assessing the strengths of Mrs
anna-Martin, Mr Wilchcombe
id that her pedigree is an asset in
lhe coming race.

The message of social justice
reached by her father, current
overnor-general Arthur Hanna,
ives Mrs Hanna-Martin a strong
oundation and awareness of the
mcerns of Bahamians. This back-
ound “connects her to the PLP in
way that many are not connect-
d,” Mr Wilchcombe said. -

“So I think’ Glenys Hanna-Mar-
in will become the next chairman
of the PLP, and become the first
woman chairman of the PLP,” he
said. “And I think that’s going to
be important to the party that
caused women of this country the
right to vote in 1962.”

(In a letter to The Tribune, pub-
lished in November, 1975, Mrs
Mary Ingraham, the first chair-
man, and moving spirit behind the
Suffrage Movement, wrote that





















“when the motion came for vote in

. the House of Assembly not one

member of the PLP government,
including the Prime Minister (Pin-
dling) voted for the women to
vote. Instead every (PLP) mem-
ber walked out. Therefore how
can Women’s Week be celebrated
by this (PLP) government?”

(Women voted for the first time
in 1962 under a UBP government.
The PLP did not become the gov-
ernment until 1967).

Mr Wilchcombe said yesterday
that the new chairman will have to
get their “hands dirty” and travel
the country doing the necessary
work to put the party in order.

He also emphasized that this
individual needs to be someone
not associated with scandal, who is
willing to reach out to all Bahami-

ans, both black and white: “No

political party has been able to do
that at this point in this country,”
he argued.

The West End and Bimini MP
also spoke of some changes he

wishes to see in the operation of
the PLP. 14

“We have to be more techno-
logically savvy. The Progressive
Liberal Party must turn its head-
quarters into a business-oriented
establishment where there is activ-
ity going on at all times,” he said.

“We should be at all times
ensuring that data is being col-
lected; we should know the grad-
uates of this country - wherever
they are in the world; we should
know the new voters; we should
know the issues of this country;
we should be running polls on reg-
ular basis. All these things must be
happening at thé party’s head-
quarters,” he added, emphasizing
that the PLP neéds a strong edu-
cational arm to inform citizens
about the party. |

Another issue, he said, is that
there are no young liberals — the
youth arm of the party — in the
House of Assembly, while mem-
bers from the FNM’s youth arm
are current MP’s and cabinet min-
isters.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KETLER DAREUS of AMOS
FERGUSON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 8TH day of December, 2007 to the Ministei
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.





however if you happen
to see this great guy
aka "White Boy Archer"

aka "Steve"





(tippy

Best wishes from your
family and friends
everywhere, especially
those in media, eae
accounting and spirits.






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Bahamian achievers
in total compliance

THE Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO)
held its annual Gala Awards Evening on December 2 at Sandals
Royal Bahamian Hotel. Jackie Hunt 6f Pictét Bank and“Trust*~
won the Compliance Officer of The Year Award..

Others recognised included Kim Bodie of BIFS; Nathaniel
Beneby, managing director of Royal Bank of Canada; Yves Lour-
din of Pictet Bank and Trust; Charles Carter, CEO of Carter Mar-
keting and Island FM; and Chief Superintendent Hulan Hanna of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

A special award was given to O’Neil Bain in recognition of his
academic achievements. The ceremony also awarded 18 persons
who successfully completed the ICA (International Compliance
Association) London, UK compliance and anti-money laundering
course, which culminates in a three-hour written examination.

These persons have now joined the ranks of other CCPs (Cer-
tified Compliance Professionals) i in the Bahamas who now number
200.

Special recognition was also conferred on Pauline Creary-Light-
cepcerral eneral manag-
er at Banque SCS
Alliance (Nassau) Ltd
and Dave Shannon
Smith, managing direc-
tor of BAC Bank &
Trust (Bahamas) Ltd,
for their elevation
beyond the ranks of
senior compliance pro-
fessionals to head their

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CAPTIONS:

Pov ded 1GAGeaduates:—.
| Left to right (Front —
} Row), Jennifer Rah-
ming, Kim Bodie,
Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services,
director; Renee Kemp;
Valarie Edgecombe;
Oneil Bail, deserving
student; Edward Coop-
er, BACO president;
Heather Fowler;
Jeunesse Osadebay;
Nicole Thompson;
Tanya Thurston; Lakesha Miller. (Top Row) Samantha Ellis; Jas-
mine Cartwright; Tara Perigord; Kendrick Stubbs; Anthony Cooke;
Nicole Armstrong; Crystal Ward |
















































2. Jacqueline Hunt, compliance officer of the year 2007

3. (Left to right) Nathaniel Beneby Jr, VP and country head for
Royal Bank of Canada, who was honoured for his cor:tribution to
the Bahamas Association of compliance Officers; Tanya McCart-
ney, newly appointed managing director RBC Finco; Oneil Bain,
most deserving student ©

4. (Left to right) Marsha Ferguson, ITAN Bank; Jasmin Strachan,
Citigroup; Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance; Attorney
Tanya McCartney, RBC Royal Bank of Canada, immediate past
President of BACO; Attorney and Former Atte Robin Scav-
ella, Citigroup

5. (Left to right) Desmond Bannister, minister of state for legal
affairs; Jerry Butler, executive director Inter-American Develop—--
ment Bank for The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago; Edward Cooper, BACO president; Hulan
Hanna, chief superintendent RBPF; Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance

6. (Left to right) Antoinette Russell, vice president Credit Suisse
Trust Ltd; Pauline Creary-Lightbourne, general manager Banque
SCS Alliance (Nassau) Ltd; Henry Lightbourne, Harborside Resort
at Atlantis; Glenda Lightbourne, assistant secretary Gaming Board

7.. Fellowship ICA Recipients: (Left to right) Rochelle Lunn,
Guaranty Bank & Trust; Denora Butler, Credit Suisse; Cherise
Cox-Nottage, UBS; Jerry C Butler, Inter-American Development
Bank; Tanya McCartney, Royal Bank of a) Mildred Johnson,
HSBC

8. Charles Carter, CEO of Carter Marketing and owner of
Island FM radio station, with his beautiful granddaughter Taylor
Carter. He was honoured for his contribution to the Bahamas
Association of compliance Officers

9. Michael Pintard, author, actor, comedian, GEMS radio talk
show host accompanied by Banker Samantha Brown, customer ser-
vice clerk at Bank of Nova Scotia




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