N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Man shot trying to flee robbers Volume: 108 No.7MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 84F LOW 72F By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE are searching for three men responsible for a shooting at Golden Isle Road which left a 35-year-old man dead. Although details of the incid ent were sketchy up to last night, police said the unidentified victim was in a Haitian village, with a group of people at 11pm Saturday when they were approached by three men who demanded cash. The victim ran off in a vain attempt to escape the thugs but was shot by one of the men. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Supt Stephen Dean last night said police do not have much information to go on because investigators were having a hard time getting residents of the village to share information with authorities. The murder count now stands at 116. I n other crime news, police e xpect to soon file charges against the person or persons responsible for the killing of 35-year-old Sherrick Rolle. Rolle was shot multiple times at Saxon Way, Mason's Addition, around midnight l ast Friday. He died in hospi tal. Police are questioning four men aged 24, 23, 21, and 18 in connection with the incident. Police are also looking for three men who shot another man during an armed robbery at East Street. At 2am on Saturday, two men were walking on East Street when they were approached by three men armed with handguns. The thieves robbed the victims of jewellery and cash, and at some point during the altercation one of the victims Victim gunned down as he tried to escape TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P ASSENGER IN HOSPIT AL AFTER C AR CRASH A MALE PASSENGER had to be taken to hospital on Saturday night after the driver of a red Honda Prelude crashed into a utility pole on Graham Drive. The driver fled the scene following the crash. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff INSIGHT A A R R E E A A N N I I M M A A L L S S B B E E I I N N G G P P R R O O T T E E C C T T E E D D ? ? SEEINSIGHTONPAGE8B BATTLE4 ATLANTIS M M A A T T C C H H A A C C T T I I O O N N F F R R O O M M A A T T L L A A N N T T I I S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter t email@example.com A SHOWDOWN is e xpected in Parliament t omorrow between Government and the Opposition when MPs begin debate on c ontentious changes to con stituency boundaries a day after the Constituencies Com m ission Report is tabled in the House of Assembly. The report will be tabled in the House of Assembly today. T ommy Turnquest, a mem ber of the commission, said the completion of the report h as paved the way for Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to call the next election when-e ver he wants even before t he document is passed in Parliament. Once its approved and passed, then we ready fore lection, said Mr Turnquest, l eader of Government business in the House of Assembl y. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org PLP LEADER Perry C hristie destroyed the St Cecilia candidacy hopes of former MP Keod Smith last night. Mr Christie confirmed that Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin has been ratified as the standard bearer for the constituency. Last week, Mr Smith penned a letter to the partys candidates committee high lighting his strong and longstanding ties to the community under its new boundaries. Party sources claim the safe-seat, currently held by By KHRISNA VIRGIL CUSTOMS Comptroller Glenn Gomez said the demands of Customs officers are being worked on as he allayed fears of an anticipated strike vote by frustrated workers today. Their concerns are now being met, they are now back to work and there will be no strike vote, said Mr Gomez. FOLLOWING several delays in making a decision, the ruling in the sex trial of Bishop Randy Fraser, pictured is expected to be handed down this morning. The guilty or not guilty ruling was supposed to have been delivered in Court 8, Bank Lane, on Friday. However, an announce ment was made the day before, and the ruling was postponed to today. Tribune sources claim a portion of the trial transcripts which needed reviewing had been given to presiding Magistrate Carolita By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com POLICE wounded a robbery suspect during a high-speed chase and shoot out on Tonique Williams Darling Highway on Saturday night. The injured man who is in hospital under police guard was one of three men who allegedly robbed a Burger King on West Bay Street at 6pm. The other two suspects are on the loose. The armed robbers made off with cash from the fast food restaurant and fled the scene in a beige Toyota Corolla. 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as they were travelling east on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. Police attempted to stop the car but the suspects tried to evade arrest and led police on a chase through western New Providence before they crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Tonique Williams-Darling Highway and Sir Milo Butler Drive. After the crash, police said the occupants of the vehicle fired gunshots at officers which resulted in police returning fire hitting one of the suspects in his abdomen and heel. Two of the suspects were able to evade police, however the driver, a 27-year-old man who lives in West Avenue was taken to hospital where he is listed in stable condition and under heavy police guard. Police recovered a highpowered weapon from the v ehicle along with a quantity of ammunition and cash, believed to be the property of Burger King. No officers were injured during the incident. Superintendent Stephen Dean, police spokesman, said police are sending a strong message to criminals who plan on staging armed robberies this Christmas season. You will be caught, he said, we will find you. We will utilise all of the resources available to target prolific criminals and to prevent offences from occurring. The Royal Bahamas Police Force remains com mitted to apprehending and placing before the courts criminals who seek to make the lives of decent people miserable. was shot in his right arm. Last night he was in hospi tal in stable condition. Meanwhile, a man who was stabbed to death at a house at Butterfly Close around 8pm Thursday has been identified as 50-year-old Dwayne Jackson. Police say Jackson was stabbed while attempting to separate a fight between a woman and her male friend. Jackson was apparently sitting in a car outside the womans home when he saw a man walk into the house. The man got into a altercation with the woman and when Jackson intervened he was stabbed with a 12-inch knife. A 56-year-old man is assist ing police with their investi gations. Yesterday, police appealed for anyone with information on the Golden Isle Road murder or any other crimes to contact them at 911 or 919, CDU at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328TIPS. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e MAN SHOT TRYING TO FLEE ROBBERS SUSPECT SHO T DURING POLICE CHASE M INISTER OF YOUTH, S ports and Culture Charles Maynard toured the G overnment starters programme on show at at the Town Centre Mall. Photos:Felip Major/Tribune Staff KICKSTART Giving business a BUSINESSESthat have b enefited from the Governments start-up programme had their products on show at the Town Centre Mall in Nassau this weekend. T he event helped showcase the fledgeling businesses, and demonstrate the success of the programme.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE 3 By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FAMILY and friends of 22y ear-old Anya Wilmot are furious over media reports t hat suggest the young mother is a fugitive from justice rather than a missing person. Anyas aunt, Beverly Laramore, maintains her niece is being held against herw ill and did not run away despite what was reported by some local news stations. S he said slanted reports have hampered the investigation into the mother of two'sw hereabouts and led some p eople to pull down missing p erson posters. They are hindering this investigation. I do not know where they are getting theiri nformation from, but it is c ompletely false. They have not even contacted the family t o get our side of the story b efore they began portraying Anya as a criminal, she said. She is not a criminal and she has never been convicted o f a crime. She does not even have a parking ticket but now because of what the media is reporting people do not want to help us look for her anymore. I almost got into an altercation with a man who was pulling down her missingp ersons poster because he s aid she just ran away. I want t o set the record straight she d id not run away, she is missing. Mrs Laramore said she wants the community to continue to assist in locating Anya and not to believe everything you hear. I know people have l ooked at her in a different light since they believe she ran. They think she is not good enough for their time. H er running away is an option b ut it is not the only option. A nya has been getting death threats for the past two years and was living in fear because of this we know s omething happened to her, s he said. She is still missing. She did not flee. She has a family that loves her and children who need her. There are a lot of rumors flying around but wen eed the public to know she d id not run and please help us search for her. Anya was last seen on Tuesday, October 22, at Little Feet Academy dropping herd aughters off to school before heading to court. S he was wearing khaki p ants, a white button-down shirt and black shoes. She was also driving a right hand Hond a Civic. S uperintendent Stephen Dean said Anyas disappeara nce is top priority for police. He added that police have no new developments but are following some leads. Supt Dean said police are not sure whether Anya ran away or if she was abducted. However, they are exploringa ll avenues. It is being treated as a m issing person report and we h ave taken all the steps that we take when anyone goes missing. This case is of major concern to us. We want to find her. We want to see where she is at this time. Anyone who might have information on where she might be, w e are asking you to please contact the police no matter how small the information might be, he said. A nyone with information o n Anya's whereabouts are a sked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502, 9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328T IPS. H er family can be contacte d at 467-7533, 464-9221 or 436-8952. Famils anger over fugitive claim ANYAWILMOT A POLICE source has confirmed that a 12-yearold girl who was reported missing last week has been found in good health. The girl was found on Saturday. Family members reported the girl missing early last week after she had gone to school in the morning and had not returned. When The Tribune contacted the childs mother last night, she refrained from making a comment. POLICE are baffled over the circumstances which left a 31-year-old man shot and a c ar riddled with bullets. Officers were called to Lincoln Boulevard, near Englersten Park, at 10.10pm on Sat u rday. On arrival, they found the man, who lives locally, with multiple gunshot i njuries. A bullet-riddled Honda and a handgun were also found at t he scene. L ast night, police were still trying to piece together the circumstances of the shootinga nd are questioning the victim, who is in hospital in stable condition. D RUGARRESTS Police made four drug arrests over the weekend. A 27-year-old woman who l ives in Sixth Street spent the night in police custody after officers discovered a quanti ty of suspected marijuana and stolen property at her home. Around 6am Saturday offi cers of the Northeastern Divis ion executed a search warrant at the home and found electronics, drugs and cashb elieved to be proceeds from the sale of drugs. A 27-year-old man who was also inside the home was able to evade police. M eanwhile, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU discovering a large quantityo f suspected marijuana inside their Garden Hills home. The men, 19 and 26, were a rrested around 4.10pm Sat urday after DEU officers exe cuted a search warrant. P olice also arrested two m en who were found with suspected marijuana in the Brougham Street area. T he men, 30 and 31, were picked up by officers of the southern division at 10am Fri day. HANDGUNDISCOVERED Two men were also arrested after a police search of theirc ar revealed a handgun and ammunition. Police got reports of gun shots being heard in the area of the Prince Charles Drive Shopping Centre at 3.30pm Saturday. R esponding officers saw occupants of a blue Neon model acting suspiciously ast hey left the area. Police pursued the vehicle and pulled the driver over at Zirconia Court, off Pine Barron Road. A search of the car led police to discover the weapon. Two men, 30 and 23, are assisting police with theiri nvestigations. WEAPONSRECOVERED Police also removed three w eapons from the streets of New Providence in two sepa rate incidents. T wo handguns were recove red after police responded to a call of gunshots heard at 11am Friday at Romer Streeto ff Fox Hill Road. Responding officers saw two men at Romer Street act ing suspiciously. A search of the men uncovered the two guns, ammuni tion and suspected marijuana. T wo men, aged 24 and 25, are assisting police. In the second incident, a 31year-old man and a 24-yearold woman were arrested after they were found with a hand gun and ammunition. T he pair was arrested at 8.20pm Friday at West Bay Street in the area of the West e rn Esplanade after a search of their car. MAN SHO T, CAR LEFT RIDDLED WITH BULLETS GIRL FOUND SAFE
EDITOR, The Tribune. KINDLY allow me to share for the record whatp rogress was made since the l ast visit to Mangrove Cay of Tribune Assistant News Editor Paul Turnquest to cover the Petition for Autonomy. None. M y name is Jeff Jolly, seco nd-term Member of the Mangrove Cay District Counc il. First of all, I wish to thank the entire community of Man-g rove Cay and the many supporters across the country who stood with us as we petit ioned for autonomy in Mang rove Cay. Special thanks to ZNS and Mr Clint Watson and The Tribune and Mr Paul T urnquest. I have written many things, for many years, local andn ational The agenda for the By-Election Rally in Mangrove Cay, Amalgamation, Petition for a public park in Mangrove Cay, war on the banks, Spanish Wells fishermen vs Bahamian fisherman,l etter to the Minister/illegal lottery gambling by some sit ting Council members in Mangrove Cay, letter to the Minister about apparent conflict of interest by sitting A dministrator for South A ndros, etc and so I accept full responsibility for orga nizing the rally/demonstration a s it was by my own hands I wrote the petition and launched a campaign to solic it signatures over two years a go. The recent Petition for Autonomy rally/demonstrat ion has left the entire community of Mangrove Cay in a state of shock. H ere is an account of what a ctually happened during the month of June 2011 in Man grove Cay, Andros. O n June 9, 2011, I received a call from a principal in Man grove Cay while my family a nd I were away at Crab Fest. I was informed that the administrator was being trans ferred and had until month e nd to pack up. The question was asked what can we do? I pointed out that I would not r eturn until Monday/Tuesday and so agreed to a meeting. On Tuesday, the principal a nd I met at my office briefly and it was indicated and agreed that a number of leading citizens would meet at the school to discuss this recent decision, many of whom were FNMs. During the meeting (which was well attended) a decision was made to assemble for a peaceful, orderly demonstration the following day, in protest of the ResidentA dministrator being transf erred. I n addition, it was also suggested that ZNS or The Trib une s hould be present so everyone was excited. The protest, the first of its kind in Mangrove Cay, was a t otal success without incident t o report. While I did not organise the protest, I supp orted it 100 per cent. O n the morning of the protest while on location, I w as asked by a leading organizer to be a spokesman. Iw as reluctant at first, but she c onvinced me, citing that I was a duly elected official. After the live remote interview with ZNS, I received a n umber of calls and emails f rom around the country, all of whom supported the p rotest. Knowing that we had the ears and eyes of the country no doubt the Government, I immediately called a public m eeting and this time proceeded to address the matter o f autonomy for Mangrove C ay. I was able to confirm by phone and email with ZNSa nd T he Tribune t hat they both would attend and cover the second event, Autono my, and so was able to i nform everyone in attendance. We immediately sent let t ers of invitation to all the churches, issued flyers, and a letter of request to the Man-g rove Cay Police Department f or permission to motorcade, rally and demonstrate on location at the administratorsc omplex. The rest is history, leading citizens across the political and religious divide young and old, FNM, PLP, DNAs,A nglicans, Catholics, Baptist a nd everyday citizens of this great country and descendants of Mangrove Cay (20,000-25,000 Grand Bahama supported a nd heralded the praises of o ur efforts for autonomy in Mangrove Cay, Andros. A nd so it is astounding given the facts as they are presented and cannot be refut-e d, why this Administration and the Department has not responded to date, formal or o therwise no phone call, no p ublic or private meeting with the residents, not a word. Instead, the administrator, a n innocent man, a statesman, and a gentleman was victimised and transferred andt erminated a man who categorically had no involvement from start to finish in the rally/demonstration as it related to autonomy. In my humble opinion, I suggest that the intelligenceo n the ground in Mangrove Cay was clearly wrong, the advisers to the Minister was wrong and as a result the Department and those responsible for the decision a re wrong. I t was never our (the residents) intention to insult or disrespect the Rt Hon PrimeM inister, the Department or the FNM Government for what was going on in South Andros, as it was designed byt he PLP. It was and still is a simple petition and now a humble appeal to The Rt Hon Prime Minister to stop, cancel and review the decision by theD epartment, especially as it r elates to the petition for autonomy for Mangrove Cay and a port of entry. JEFF JOLLY Mangrove Cay, N ovember 1, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 MY Life The Abaco Boy Story by J ack Lowe is the story of one family. Howe ver, the story of that one family radiates the spirit of an independent people a people who when the Prime Minister visited Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, after Hurricane Irene t his August, could welcome him, but proudl y declare: We dont need governments money this is our island. This aint the governments island and we can clean it up. Like the people of Long Island, and S panish Wells, Abaconians are unique. In t elling his familys story, Mr Lowe tells the story of a self-reliant people descend ants of the Loyalists who settled these islands, endured hardships, were close to their God, worked together through every adversity and succeeded. And God said: Be fruitful and increase in n umber and this is what Eldred and Nettie Lowe did, producing 13 children with Cler i hew (Clarie t he year of T he Tribune s birth and Jack, the youngest, twenty-three years later. John (Jack 1 17-page book to his parents with appre ciation for a happy home life. In describing a day in Nassau with f riends, he says: We had a lot of fun t ogether, knowing few cares in our world. No money to lose and little to spend. On his bicycle, he easily moved about Nassau, observing that cars belonged to the wealthy few; bicycles or two feet carried the common man. H is 28-inch wheel bicycle bought from Kellys Hardware in 1946 cost the equivalent of $28. His eldest brother, Clarie, was the store manager. At that time, J ack earned a week about $9. His brother allowed him time to pay the $28. Born two months after the deadly 1926 h urricane, the telling of that story by brother Clarie, who was 23 years old at the time of the hurricane, inspired him to record the familysh istory, which is captured in My Life. In that storm, the T Eldred Lowes Gen eral Store at Marsh Harbour was washed away by a tidal wave. There was a long lull during the hurricane when the island was caught in the eye of the storm. Jacks father and brother, Lambert, used the opportunity to return to the store to make i t even more secure in preparation for what was certain to follow when the eye passed and the violent winds resumed. T hey lifted 100lb bags of bulk sugar and flour from the stores floor onto the counters. They secured the dry goods that had recently arrived for Christmas sales and stacked the bolts of fabric on the shelves, beyond the r each of whatever water might get in. They c losed the shop door, lifted the ironbar across and snapped the padlock. Water sloshed around their lower legs. Winds drove them across the road and sped the 20 steps to our h ouse, his brother told him. D espite their efforts, their store was ripped to pieces, and washed out to sea. Bolts of airborne fabric unfurled like colourful banners throughout the fruit lot. S acks of flour and a 55-gallon drum of k erosene from the shop sloshed about in our backyard. Peeking through a window shutter, he wrote, Rupert Roberts (Marsh Harbours Morse code operator) cried: The forest trees are sailing past our house! Later, he discovered that their house, j etted on the tidal waves crest, had sailed past the trees in the forest. T he new two-storey home of the Van R yns, well built and on high ground, was blown apart, leaving the family with small children and two guests from Spanish Wells e xposed. Mr Van Ryn held his baby daughter Pearl tight in his arms, close to his heart. Af lying board knocked him unconscious. T he tidal wave snatched the infant away. After the storm, Emma and Persis discovered the dead child hanging by her baby clothes from the branch of a tree. Three persons were killed in that storm. Its a book of a people who made do w ith what they had, created out of whatever was at hand lifes necessities, fash ioned their own building tools and got on with the job without complaint. No one l ooked to government for help. Twenty-years ago, Mr Lowe and his wife, Thelma left Nassau to return to the island, w here their story began Marsh Harbour. With their younger daughter living across the street from them at High Rocks, andt heir elder daughter in Key Largo, Mr Lowe at 85 although officially retired still works in the hardware section of the family store Corner Value in Marsh Harbour. Having already sold about 200 copies, his book is available at Home Furniture in Palmdale, which is owned by another branch of his family. W hile in Nassau, Mr Lowe was on the staff of John S George for 16 years, followed by 24 years at Maura Lumber Com p any, with a spell at Shell. But, like most true Abaconians, after a working life in Nassau, they usually find their way back home. Plea to PM over Mangrove Cay decision LETTERS l email@example.com The story of a self-reliant people Abaconians EDITOR, The Tribune. Re:Antoinette Seymour Funeral I want to add my concern to the fact that you have a strong FNM family, in theirh our of sadness with the death of a wife, and mother, and there was no FNM rep resentation at the funeral on Saturday morning, obviously, it was an occasion for the member of Parliament to be present or one of the Sena t ors. The opposition was ably represented by two seniorM Ps out of Nassau. Is this a way to treat your loyal supporters? My under standing is that they were all o n the island, to me I was gravely disappointed. For what its worth. KELLY D BURROWS Freeport, Grand Bahama, November 19, 2011. F F u u n n e e r r a a l l a a t t t t e e n n d d a a n n c c e e EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Why do we need this wall? The Tribune November 18th I concur with Ronald Lightbourns letter with regards to the ugly wall being erected along East Bay Street block ing the sea view. I will add to that. It was asinine to plant those trees along West Bay Street in the area of Orange Hill blocking the sea view. If I had the authority, I would get a tractor and rip up all those trees! PAT STRACHAN Nassau, November 21, 2011. An unwanted wall
THE gathering of 45 racing cars worth millions of dollars at Bahamas Speed Week Revival will assist the Bahamas in building itst ourism brand and achieving long-term economic developm ent goals, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallaces aid. On Monday, race organis ers and sponsors, released final plans for the much-anticipated event, which will take place November 30 Decemb er 4 in Nassau and Paradise I sland. We in the Ministry of Tourism focus on tourism as a n economic development tool, and there is no question that when we started looking a t this, it made all the sense in t he world for us to look at it in terms of the long-term development that we are seeking to do in the Bahamas, Mr Vanderpool-W allace said. He said branding is import ant to ensure people buy t he Bahamas product and have confidence in the country. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said the return of the event,w hich has not been held for more than 40 years, will help further these aims. H e also said the Ministry of Tourisms Sports Tourism Unit has done a remarkable j ob in associating the country w ith sporting events and activities that will further enhance its reputation. The embrace (of Bahamas Speed Week) was immediate because we could see instant l y that this would add immensely to what people would think about theB ahamas, Mr VanderpoolW allace said. You know and I know that if you go around thew orld and look at the places where they have these kinds of events, they are the placesp eople feel quite comfortable going to and spending good sums of money. So there is no doubt what s oever that this was going to be something that would add immensely to us. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE 5 Do Not Sue the Brethren1 Corinthians 6:1-11Dare any of you,having a matter against another, go to law b efore the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world w ill be judged byyou, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How m uch more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!7 Now therefore,it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept w rong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. A nd such were some of you. But you were washed, but you J esus and by the Spirit of our God. Speed Week a tourism boost TOURISM MINISTER Vincent VanderpoolWallace andS peed Week director Brendan Foulkes display 007 licence p lates that will b e signed by Sir Sean Connery a nd auctioned off at a Gala Ball. SPEED WEEK organisers and sponsors are pictured at the Arawak Cay event site.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE As the breeze blows and the waters flow, the sunrises, days disappear and nights appear, so goes life...~ Betty Taylor ~Original Author By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE launch of popular regg ae band Willis and the Illests first album was tar-n ished when opportunistic thieves struck. According to band manager Charmaine Bourbon, a large speaker valued around$ 800 and a power head were stolen just outside the bands rehearsal studio. She said band members had just loaded their equipment into a van, which was parked outside of their rehearsals pace, in preparation of their album release party at Club Bambu on Thursday evening. Ms Bourbon said: The band had been upstairs for no l onger than 20 minutes listeni ng to their new album, when they come out and were shocked to find importante quipment missing. Thanking friends in the m usical community, Ms Bourb on said the band had to r each out to colleagues and b orrow the equipment to play their gig. If replacements cannot be found or bought soon, she said, upcoming gigs may have t o be cancelled. We were already in need o f additional equipment it r eally has set us back, she said. Willis and the Illest were supposed to take the stage at 1 0.30pm, but because of the s etback, their performance did not begin until around m idnight. For the band, it turned what was supposed to be ah ype night, into one of frustration, said Ms Bourbon. Regardless of the chal l enges, she said, the launch of the album was a complete success. We had to do what we had t o do and we want to thank our loyal fans for hanging in there with us, she said. Thieves mar bands album launch WILLISKNOWLES, of Willis and the Illest, whose album launch was targeted by thieves.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE 7 1$66$8 r t frf P RIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham was among the fans watching the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at the weekend. The tournament came to a c onclusion with the Harvard Crimson being named 2011 champions, fending off the K nights from the University of Central Florida in the final game. For more pictures and reports on the match action, see the sports section. PMJOINS FANSAT ALANTIS P RIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham watches the action at Atlantis, which saw the Harvard Crimson team, below, running out as champions. Photos:Felip Major/Tribune Staff
By SIR RONALD SANDERS HAVING e xternal o bserver miss ions at elect ion time is important, but no longer enough. The Commonwealth and the Organization of American States (OAS observing general elections in t wo Caribbean countries G uyana and St Lucia and may be observing a third Jamaica before year end. But, how effective are these election observation missions, and should they continue in their present form in which they arrive in countries only eight days or so before Election Day? T he presence of external agencies, such as the Commonwealth and the OAS, are undoubtedly beneficial to the elections process. If they were not present, it is likely that, in some countries, there would be many election irregularities thatc ould materially affect the r esult. External observers do exercise a restraining influence. However, much of the mischief that surrounds elections can occur before external observer missions land in a country. And, the eight or so days that the missions are in place do not allow them enough time to unearth and expose political chicanery. The most effect ive thing they can do is to moni t or the actual polling day for misc onduct. Consequently, there is a genuine risk that observer missions could declare an election t o be free and fair when, in fact, t he process of manipulating it was i n place long before the election campaign period. At the end of many missions, both Commonwealth and OAS teams have submitted reports to governments recommending reforms and improvements. In the majority of cases, these recommendations have been ignored. Neither the Commonwealth nor the OAS has the a uthority or the resources to monitor whether or not its recommendations have been implemented and to insist that they should be. P resently in the island of St Lucia, the Commonwealth has a small three-person mission. The OAS is doing somewhat better with eight persons. In the mas s ive mainland territory, Guyana, the OAS has 25 observers on the ground, and the Commonwealth will field 15 persons. While the presence of these external observer missions is extremely important, the question has to be asked whether they would not have been more e ffective had the Commonw ealth and the OAS combined t heir efforts, and, also, gone into the countries earlier than the last eight days before the elections? Further, would not their findings carry far more weight if they made a joint report, and w ould not their recommendat ions be more likely to be implem ented if they jointly monitored their application? Observing elections is a costly business even though, for the most part, observers are not paid. Nonetheless, transporting them t o countries and paying for their accommodation and other costsm ount up. This is a good reason for organisations such as the Commonwealth and the OAS, when they are observing elections in the same place to do so jointly in order to be more effective. F urther, it would be beneficial i f both the Commonwealth and the OAS in collaboration with the UN organisation and relevant international organizations,s uch as the International Instit ute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, trained local organisations to mount their own electoral observation missions.I t was heartening to learn that, for the current general elections in Guyana, the Electoral Commission accredited local groups as observers. It is time that civic g roups begin to share the responsibility for ensuring that the will of the electorate is reflected in e lections in their countries. In its report to Commonwealth H eads of Government at their meeting last month in Australia, the Eminent Persons Group ( EPG), of which I was a member, said: We believe the present sys tem of strengthening democratic institutions, processes and culture s hould be improved by broaden i ng the Secretariats mandate on election observation to include assessment of political transition arrangements and the promotion of c ivic education. We are mindful that some governments, including members of the Commonwealth, have defied the will of the elect orate by disregarding the results of e lections and either seeking to maintain, or maintaining, themselves in power. Although the cas-e s are few, flawed political transi tions are destabilising. They trigger political violence, undermine peace, intensify individual and group insecurity and can cause humanitarian crisis. Apart from the adverse effects on the countries concerned, flawed political transitions also have a tendency to a ffect neighbouring and other states through, for example, the flight of refugees. The group called for civil society to play a greater role in monitoring elections in their own countries, and stressed that to do so effectively and with maximum utility, their representatives need to be trained. In considering how such t raining could be achieved, the E PG recommended that an A cademy for Democracy should be established within a Commonwealth country to reach beyond the physical processes of democratic government to instil the ideals and c ulture of democracy, and the f oundations of democratic leade rship. No such academy exists, and it would be a path-breaking service for the global community if a Commonwealth country were to establish such an institution to which governm ents, elections commissions, civil society and other relevanto rganisations could send people to be trained in best practices on a fee-for-service basis. The EPG had Barbados in mind for such an academy given its tradition of relatively good g overnance, its long parliament ary history, and the commitment of its people to democracy. Importantly, the group recommended that the Common-w ealth should broaden its elect ion observation mandate by providing Observer Teams that arrive optimally two months in advance of a planned electiond ay, or, where the election is called suddenly, as close as possible to the date on which the election is called to ensure an open and democratic electoral p rocess leading up to, including, and following, election day. Recognising that the period a fter a general election is as crucial as the period leading-up to i t, particularly to achieve an orderly and peaceful transition of government, the EPG also r ecommended that the remit of the Observer Missions should be expanded to include an assessment of the adequacy of i nstitutional and operational a rrangements for post-election political transition and to advise the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth on actions that m ay be required to improve such arrangements and to ensure that political transitions respect the results of elections. T his recommendation is also v alid for the Secretary-General of the OAS. But, the two Secretaries-General could be muchm ore effective if they formed a strategic partnership for elections in the 12 countries that are members of both their organisations. Meantime, we must hope that the elections in St Lucia and Guyana and their aftermath will be orderly and peaceful, and so too for Jamaica whose e lections beckon. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com. LOCAL NEWS P AGE 8, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Ensuring fair elections W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W
Opinion By PETER YOUNG MY ARTICLE about Britains involvement in the European Union described the history of the nations relationship with Europe and spelt out options for the future. This was against theb ackground of the eurozone crisis a nd Greeces debt problems, but the particular context was the demand for a referendum on Britains EU membership. M ore than a month later, the picture has changed significantly with the growing realisation by protagonist and commentator alike that the eurozone crisis has put at serious risk the wholeEU project of political integration and creation of a federal superstate. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, told her own MPse arlier this month: If the euro f ails, Europe fails. It follows that in order to protect the process of European unification it is essential to establish a properly functioning single currency, though that can-not be achieved without economic and fiscal union. So the issue for European leaders of how to save the eurozone in the longer term as well as the requirement to bail out Greece, Italy and perhaps Spain has become a matter of urgency. A decade ago, with the world continuing to form into politicala nd economic blocs while smaller nation states were increasingly losing power and influence, there was general acceptance that the EUw as moving ineluctably towards e ver closer economic union which w ould lead inevitably towards the political integration and supranational federalist Europe envisagedby the Founding Fathers and assiduously pursued by so-called E urocrats in Brussels. N ow, the perception is that a countrys membership of the euroz one leads to impoverishment and t he imposition of austerity measures by, in effect, not its own government but at the behest of those s ame Eurocrats who are unelected, unaccountable and faceless. T he fact that democratically elected governments have recently been removed in Greece and Italy and replaced by new, unelecte d governments under technocrats will only lead to further disenchantment, if not outright opposition, among ordinary people. The German Chancellor is on record as saying that she wants to e stablish an economic and fiscal union and turn it step-by-step into a political union. The first step would be a European Monetary Fund (EMF e rs to intervene directly in the economies of its member states. The next stage would be an economic government of Europe run, e ffectively, by Germany with its own tax and spending policies. L ogically, an EMF has to be established first if the single currency is to survive in its present form. In the shorter term, the European Central Bank (ECB lender of last resort could prop up the weaker economies of southern Europe by quantitative easing or printing of money to underpin the European Financial Stability Facility. But Germany has rejected this because of historical fears about inflation and because Germ an taxpayers are opposed to it without deeper integration and a c ommitment to austerity by those countries concerned. However, a bailout by the ECB can only ease their immediate indebtedness. In the long term, centralized control of their monetary policy, leading to econ omic and fiscal union, will be needed because of the varyinge conomic strength of individual eurozone members. O ne solution would be creation of a two-tier Europe by splitting t he eurozone between economically powerful countries like Germ any, France and the Netherlands and the weaker ones suffering econ omic problems like Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Portugal which could collectively devalue their currency to become competitive a nd grow their economies. But such a split would hinder the aim of political integration. As the debate rumbles on, where does Britain, as a non-participant in the eurozone, stand? E uroscepticism seems to be growing amongst the political class and the general public alike. Some see the current crisis as an ideal time to renegotiate Britains overa ll relationship with Europe and to repatriate powers. Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to this as well as pledging to hold a r eferendum in the face of any new power grab by the EU. T here is pressure to stop Brussels meddling at the local level in almost every area of British life; for example, business and employment regulation (most recently the EUs Working Time Directive limiting the hours an employee is obliged to work), green regulations, and its latest threat to impose a Financial Transaction Tax on the City of London. On the broader front, eurosceptics want to renegotiate the UKs c ontribution to the EU budget; reform the CAP (Common Agric ulture Policy) and fisheries policy; regain control of Britains borders; limit the free movement of labour and control immigration; reclaim control of justice and home affairs and decide human rights cases in London. T hey also want to see the European Parliament the EUso nly directly elected body given more powers at the expense of u nelected EU Commissioners who propose laws, control the b udget and enforce decisions. Some form of redrawing of B ritains relationship in these a reas now appears possible. But it is clearly not in her interest to see a collapse of the eurozone which would have a serious impact on t he UK economy. Nor is it in B ritains interest to risk complete withdrawal from the EU. As political leaders have said repeatedly, Britain needs to be in harmony with Europe and at the heart of it, and needs to continue her close trading relationship with her continental partners as for the future, since globalization has made countries interdependent, it is i mportant that existing EU memb er states should continue to trade together within a tariff-free customs union and with reduced nontariff barriers. F rance and Germany will surely c ontinue to press for more economic cooperation and then full political union: transitional integration which will weaken and qualify the sovereignty of the EUs component states. So a revival of the concept of a Europe des patries (nation states the vision of former French presid ent Charles de Gaulle who believed that the basis of European c ooperation should be individual countries working together for their mutual benefit while preserving the integrity of each nation state and not undermining the sovereignty of any of them. In the words of Chancellor M erkel: We have an historical o bligation to protect by all means E uropes unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and bloodshed. The irony is that in the meantime the current eurozone crisis has become a destabilising forcew hich is creating in Europe the t ensions and divisions the EU p roject was designed to prevent. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary a nd discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D -MAX is the ultimate m ulti-purpose pick-up truck w hich enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. 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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE M IAMI, Florida BAIC is creating opportunities for B ahamians in food processing and horticulture by making important contacts in Florida. E xecutive chairman Edison Key described a four-day factfinding mission he and BAIC heads of department undertook to South Florida this month as very fruitful. They visited the Miami o ffice of the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in A griculture (IICA the 15th Americas Food and B everage Show and Conference, were received at the University of Floridas Tropi cal Research and Education C entre, and toured two nurse ries. They also paid a courtesy call on City of Miami Commissioner Michelle SpenceJones. The meeting was organised by Consul General Rhoda M Jackson to discuss a campaign t o promote a Bahamian cult ural venue in downtown Mia mi. Everywhere we went, we got offers to assist Bahamia ns, said Mr Key. We encourage Bahamians to take advantage of these o pportunities to build the local industry and empower o ur people. BAIC board secretary Vernita Rhodenwalt, general manager Benjamin Rahming, assistant general managers A rnold Dorsett (agriculture and Judith Thompson (landsa nd senior food processor T onjia Burrows accompanied Mr Key. At the IICA meeting, it was agreed that the revitalisation process of the agriculture sec tor in the Bahamas must be a ccelerated in view of rising food prices and the vulnerable position of the country in t erms of food security. IICA undertakings in the Bahamas include greenhousea nd small ruminants prog rammes. The IICA also assisted in obtaining the services of agrop rocessing specialist Donna M arie Bromfield and coconut p roduction specialist Dr W ayne Anthony Myrie, both from Jamaica. Ms Bromfield has been tasked with assisting BAIC and producers associationsw ith preparation and capacity enhancement techniques. D r Myrie is assisting in the preparation to revitalise the coconut production industry. The Food and Beverage Show showcased hundreds of b ooths featuring numerous added-value products, equip ment and technical expertise f rom Canada, the Americas and the Caribbean. Assistant general manager f or agriculture Arnold Dorsett saw a niche there for Bahamian products. Many Caribbean countries were represented and they b rought their uniqueness to the show, he said. Why cant the Bahamas have its goat pepper sauce, for exam-p le, and other things that are i ndigenous to the Bahamas exposed at that venue? It would increase demand for that product internationally. The challenge though is for us to increase productivity i n order to have sufficient volume to do some of the things we saw at the show. As soon as we get in that environment with our samp les someone orders 100 cases of goat pepper sauce, what then? Officials at the University of Floridas Tropical Research and Education Centre ( TREC) said they were will ing to help Bahamians get established. We should be able to tap i nto some of the technical and c apacity building services they offer and which we need, said Mr Dorsett. Opportunities for Bahamians hailed by BAIC chairman Everywhere we went, we got offers to assist Bahamians.W e encourage Bahamians to t ake advantage of these opportunities to build the local industry and empower our people. Edison Key
B y MIKE LIGHTBOURN OK, you have found the home of your dreams. You have determined how much o f a house you can afford because youve already been pre-approved by your lender,a nd your offer has been a ccepted. But wait. If youre financing the purchase, like almost everyone does, youll actually be paying more than the final sale price of the home. M any purchasers dont stop to think about how much theyll really be paying for their home by the time they have paid off their mortgage. Its worth considering, and it makes it evident that you should shop around and get the best loan terms possible. Of course, this can be difficult in this market whereh ome loans are often very difficult to obtain, so in some cases you have no choice. Be sure to discuss your options with your BREA real estate agent and loans officer. The banks will provide mortgage information and illus trate different financing options. You can even use a profes sional service that will shop around for a lender hopefully suited to your needs. If you do have more than one option available, its helpful to begin with the basic facts to help you whittle down your choic es. Determine how much is available for your down pay ment. You should aim to put down at least 20 per cent if possible. Remember, the more you put down, the less youll end up paying for your loan. Again, discuss your loan options with your BREA agent before you make any offers, in order to avoid unpleasant delays and unex pected expenses. Dont forget that the quicker you pay off your loan, the less your total interest charges will be. Make sure it is possible to make additional payments on your mortgage that will be applied against your principal and set a goal to make extra payments, depending on your financial circumstances. Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE 11 By Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER The odds of you being victimised by crime while in a public places is low. However, your personal safety is at risk anytime you go out. For this reason, you must protect yourself. Remember, criminals often plan crimes and look for the right opportunity with the easiest victim. Your best defense is to plan ahead. Being safer doesnt require changing your lifestyle, personality, wardrobe or to stop going out. Therefore, the following crime prevention measures are provided to increase your personal safety and security Always pay attention to your surroundings, and be aware of your environment. Consider shopping with others. There is safety in numbers. Avoid walking alone in dark, isolated areas such as back parking lots. Keep your wallet or purse close to your body; remember t o dress casual and comfortable. Avoid carrying too many bags or packages. Keep your hands as free as possible. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash use an ATM/Debit card when possible. Consider using ATM machines located in the malls. Avoid using ATM machines located in isolated areas. Young children should always be accompanied by parents while shopping and to the restrooms. Teach your child their full name, phone number, and address. Keep your child close to you at all times. Never leave your purse in the shopping cart. Or leave children in the car alone Avoid wearing excessive valuable jewelry, such as heavy gold chains and bracelets Protect Your Vehicle: Lock your doors, and buckle up while driving Beware of jewelry snatchers who may lurk on street cor-n ers Park in well-lighted areas. Avoid parking in isolated areas. Never leave your motor running unattended. Take all personal property out of your vehicle every time you leave. Hide property that you have to leave behind. Do not approach your car if suspicious people are nearby. Secure Your Home: Ensure that your homes windows and doors have secondary locks. Keep landscaping trimmed back so that you can easily see around your property. Flatten boxes and conceal product pictures when putting garbage on the outside. Consider keeping gifts and expensive property out of plain view from the outside. Keep ground level blinds and curtains closed while away and at night. Consider having a trusted neighbor or friend watch your home while you are away. Ask your neighbor to occasionally park their car in your driveway. Never open your door to strangers. Always find out who is on the other side of the door before answering. Never let people know you are home alone. People are watching and they know when you are ath ome alone. Should you need more information or if you have information pertaining to any crime, contact the police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence (Family Island or if you know of individuals who may be in need of counseling and emo tional support, contact the Department of Social Services hotline number at 322-2763. IT TAKES MONEY TO S AVE MONEY R OYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE Advice on personal safety
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DANA SMITH email@example.com FOLLOWING news that t he Animal Protection and C ontrol Act is now being enforced in New Providence, Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright confirmed the new law will next be implemented in Grand Bahama. A nimal right advocates on t he Family Islands had claimed the government is not doing enough to see the law, which was passed last year, put into effect outside the capital. T ip Burrows, president of the Grand Bahama Humane S ociety, criticised the slow movement of the government. She said: It took forever t o get the Act passed and now its a year and a half later and it still hasnt been implemented. T he Act includes a range of new responsibilities for ani mal owners, as well as fines a nd penalties for violations. Last week, Mr Cartwright confirmed the Act has been i n effect since November 4 b ut in New Providence, only. We still do not have all those units on the FamilyI slands, therefore the amendment is to allow it to be enact-e d for New Providence, only f or the time being, Mr C artwright said in Parliament. As the islands are brought on par with New Providence a nd as we have established all of those islands, they will come into play as well. However, Ms Burrows dis a grees and claims facilities on Grand Bahama are up to par. Any of the resources and p ersonnel that would be need ed to implement the act on Grand Bahama are already inp lace, she said. We have a facility and we have trained staff, and the ability to train additional staff. Due to lack of financial support and resources, our organisation had to cease all animal control services outside the Freeport area a yeara go, and the problem in those areas is escalating. It is disheartening to hear the Act is only being implemented on New Providence, a year and a half after its pas-s age. M s Burrows criticised the p ace of the implementation, claiming problems such as overpopulation and neglect are out of control and getting worse as time passes. This issue needs to be a ddressed expediently, she s aid. The longer you wait, t he worse it gets. Mr Cartwright told The Tribune that although a date is n ot set for Family Island implementation, Grand Bahama will most definitelyb e the next island on the list. We dont have a date for F amily Island implementation, its going to depend on the infrastructure there the units and staff. The Minister stated that we still have some things to do with the Family Islands. Grand Bahama, in particular, still needs a pound, hired units for neutering, and whatever else has to happ en in terms of animal cont rol, according to Mr Cartwright. The ministry is well aware o f (units already in place in Grand Bahama), but the Grand Bahama Humane S ociety is mainly run by vol unteers, Mr Cartwright said. And we do our best to work along with them. H e continued: Most defi nitely, Grand Bahama will be the next place for us to carry o ut the enforcement of this act. Grand Bahama will come on stream before any other island because we can always pick up the animals there and bring them here, where we have the facilities. I n terms of New Providence implementation of the Act, an included stipulation about a new board to oversee animal control matters has yet to be formed. K im Aranha, president of t he Bahamas Humane Socie ty, stated that although she has yet to hear of this board, she is eager for its debut. The Humane Society is suppose to be on the board, she said. So Im looking for-w ard to that with eager antici pation. M rs Aranha also added: I am really happy that we have an act that protects animalsm ore fiercely against cruelty. So far, we have not had a chance to test the act, sincet he 4th of November (its i mplementation), because we h avent had any serious cruelty cases to deal with, thank goodness. But Im hoping we will see a high improvement on how a nimal cruelty cases are handled since the Act has been implemented, Mrs Aranha said. Having been in effect for three weeks, Mr Cartwright s tated of the Act: I dont h ave any statistics on improvement at this point in time, but the act has comei nto play and now officers on the street are able to prosecute. We have the animal con trol unit in New Providence and dog licensing continues from our office here, MrC artwright said. The laws are only as good as the enforce ment. Thats our hope. See Insight page B8. Grand Bahama next for animal protection law
Last week, 200 frustrated c ustoms officers staged a protest outside their admini strative complex on Thompson Boulevard. Cordero Edgecombe, spokesman for the group, said they had gotten no results after sending the comptroller a written notice of their conc erns. At the protest, Mr Edgecombe said Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAW has been trying in vain for months to meet with Mr Gomez to find a way to resolve outstanding issues. He said: From August, I sent a notice myself to the c ontroller outlining all of the issues that we have. We also wanted to meet with him. To date, we have had no meeting to sit down and discuss these things. Instead, he sent us to his d eputy and assistant controllers and nothing has come out of it. The protest fueled worry from residents who were con c erned that customs officers w ould not be available for w ork, preventing the collection of items. Yesterday, Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU president John Pinder criticised his rivals for their prem ature actions. A ccording to Mr Pinder, the leaders of the BCIAW did n ot exhaust all of their a venues to resolve outstanding labour issues but hastily moved to organise a demonstration last week. They should have consulted the controller and if they got no result then they shouldh ave gone to the permanent s ecretary. If nothing happened there, then they could have gone to the minister, h e said. He added that the new union is only looking for brownie points and said s ome of their concerns were being negotiated when he served as the bargaining agent for Customs and Immigration o fficers. Their concerns were already getting attention when they protested. They a re also making noise about t he parking and such. It is unfortunate that all of the works going on Bay Street have caused the parking lot to be closed, but thath as affected everyone, not only them. M r Pinder believes such a ctions are only the result of spoiled customs and immigration workers. They are spoiled. Just because they collect revenue for this country they feel they o wn it. P rior to Mr Pinders reelection as the head of the BPSU, he lost his bid to represent Bahamas Customs and Immigration workers. M r Edgecombe said an i ndustrial agreement was also f iled between the Bahamas Government and the Public Services Union on November 21, listing more than 15 concerns of the officers. A mong those concerns w ere: staff members not being paid Hazard Allowances where workers suffer from dusty substances; staff not b eing confirmed after years o f work without any credible or legal reason; persons being disciplined for lateness while they should not be as it is defined as more than fourt imes per calendar month. S uch action has resulted in e mployees not being confirmed or promoted; employees shift premiums, call allowances or overtime not paid appropriately; reim-b ursements for courses of s tudy outstanding. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, PAGE 13 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Bethell the day before the ruling was supposed to be made, hence the need for an adjournment. Upon requesting confirmation from the deputy Chief Magistrate, she directed questions regarding the adjournment to the prosecutor Franklyn Williams, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in the Attorney Generals office. Fraser, 53, is accused of having unlawful sexual relations between July 2005 and February 2006 with a 16-year-old girl he had agreed to counsel. The prosecution, led by Mr W illiams, claims the bishop abused his position of trust when the alleged offence was committed. Fraser, represented by lawyer Jiaram Mangra, has denied the allegations. The prosecution has led evidence claiming that Fraser made explicit phone calls, ands ent voice, and text messages to the victim. A key argument of the prosecution was the identification of Frasers voice by the victim's mother, aunt, and a family friend during a phone call to the girl while she was in their presence. The victims relatives also alleged that Frasers wife had i dentified his voice in sexually explicit voice mails left on the girls phone. Mr Mangra questioned the validity of the phone calls and messages. He stated: None of those documents were verified of authenticity. Mr Mangra also said the sexu al encounters described by the victim are contradictory, having inconsistent dates which result in an usually high frequency of occurrences, both at the home of the accused and the church office. Mr Williams told the court the dates and frequency of the e ncounters dont matter as belief of only one is needed for a conviction. According to evidence, semen was found on the rug in Frasers office, which he claims resulted from sex with his wife. Frasers wife, Jacqueline Fraser, corroborated his a ccount, stating they sometimes spent the night in his office during power outages, as the church had a generator. There, they were intimate. The prosecution claims these claims were made up. Mr Williams had also reminded the court of the vict im having intimate knowledge of the accused's house, including a bedroom and balcony. Bishop Fraser initially denied that his house had a balcony, only admitting to it after photographs were shown confirming its existence. Magistrate Bethell, who is responsible for handing down a v erdict, appeared frustrated at last months proceedings by the numerous delays. This case has been pending a long while, at some point I have to have a cut off, she told the court. If convicted today, Fraser could faces up to seven years in prison. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e VERDICT EXPECTED IN BISHOPS SEX TRIAL No strike by Customs officers
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Cynthia Mother Pratt, was also highly sought after several long-time members. Mr Smiths letter read: The reconfigured boundarieso f this St Cecilia constituency uniquely qualify me to comfortable add this to our partys win column as your form your next PLP government. Numerous community l eaders and party supporters, a s well as my personal friends and school and community acquaintances, have beenp etitioning me on the street, through emails and by tele-p hone to offer myself to the P LP for its consideration, the l etter continued. According to the letter, the former MP was born, raised a nd schooled in the area now bounded as Constituency Six. Mr Christie acknowledged M r Smiths candidacy letter o n the sidelines at the renam ing ceremony of the partys headquarters to memorialise former Prime Minister Sir L ynden Pindling. P arty policy mandates that any incumbent affected by the boundary cuts would have f irst pick of any available s eats, he said. So in the case of me, in t he case of Bernard Nottage, in the case of Glenys HannaM artin, Mr Christie said. We have nominated her, w e have ratified her, without d iscussion because we had our policy commitment on that w e need not entertain any further applications. The Constituencies Commission boundary report is expected to be tabled in theH ouse of Assembly today. Mr Christie said: They took four constituencies and made iti nto three. They shared St Cecilia with one polling divi sion with Nottage, three polling d ivisions with me and the rest with Hanna-Martin. But they shared HannaMartins Englerston, fourp olling divisions in Englerston they put into this new C entreville area. So when you l ook at my seat, I have a part of Farm Road, a part of St Cecilia, a part of Englerston, a p art of St Thomas More. H e added: That was a m atter of course from the m inute the boundaries came out and they eliminated that s eat. It was either she or me. In June, Mr Smith, the form er PLP MP for Mount Moria h, announced his intention to challenge South Andros MP P icewell Forbes for the partys nomination to run in that constituency. He later withdrew his bid that same month for the position of speciala dvisor on environmental matters to Mr Christie. Other persons vying for the S t Cecilia seat were said to be: Sharon Wilson, former Senate president; Neville Wis d om, former Cabinet minister; attorney Keith Bell; Paulette Zonicle, former Sen ator; and Raynard Rigby, for m er national Chairman. DAME MARGUERITE P indling and former G overnor General Sir A rthur Hanna are joined by PLP leader Perry Christie and deputy leader Brave Davis for the renaming of their partyh eadquarters. The headquarters was unveiled as the Sir L ynden O Pindling C enter yesterday. He added: He (Mr Ingraham) can call it (an election) e ven if its not approved, under the Constitution. Last night, Progressive Liberal Party leader Perry Christie accused the Prime Minister of manipulating the boundaries in favour of the Free National Movement (FNM He said his party met yesterd ay to determine a unified position on the boundary cuts ahead of the Parliament debate. Mr Christie said: I have articulated messages with respect to different points that really distressed me and they all had to do with the great manipulation that took place (with c learly the prime minister and the Constituencies Commissionthe majority of its members intended to compress as many PLP votes that they could gather into a few constituencies, in this case three constituencies. So when you look at how the boundaries for how the new S t Cecilia seat is cut, for the Bain Town and Grants Town seat, and for the Centreville seat, you will see that potentially though it is listed that at the time they made the decision there were approximately 4 4, 4500 people registered, there are at least I think 1,000 people to be registered in each of those areas and there is certainly over 500 and so those seats will be out of the norm, said Mr Christie on the sidelines of a renaming ceremony for his partys headquarters. H e called for an independent commission to configure boundaries for elections to avoid gerrymandering or the appearance of it. "We should now finish this debate by all agreeing that this i s the last time its going to happen this way and that there will be a Constituencies Commission where political parties will have the right to appear before and make submissions and at the end of the day the commission will be responsible for that independence. So we are going to meet this evening to determine the politics of our decision and how we articulate it but at the end of the day our message is a simple one no matter what is done were going to win the elect ion. The new boundaries allow for 23 seats in New Providence, five in Grand Bahama and 10 in the Family Islands. This would slash the number of seats in the House of Assembly from 41 to 38, the minimum allowed by the Constitution. P hilip 'Brave' Davis, the opposition's only member on the five-member commission refused to sign off on the completed report. He said he was opposed to reducing the number of seats in the House to 38. Mr Turnquest said despite cries to the contrary from the Opposition the report prepared by the Commission is fair and balanced. "They didn't sign the report so we don't expect them to vote for it, but if you read what the judge (panel member Justice Stephen Issacas) said it's a fair report that's all we're concerned about," said the MP for Mount Moriah. The House of Assembly meets this morning at 10am to debate amendments to the College of the Bahamas Bill. Prime f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e BOUNDARY CHANGES SHOWDOWN EXPECTED END TO SMITHS HOPES FOR SEAT