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REGINALD Dumont, husband of former Governor General Dame Ivy Dumont, died on Saturday evening. He was 91 years old. Mr Dumont, originally from Guyana, worked as a police officer for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Chief Inspector. Later, he worked as Chief of Security at Paradise Island and as Chief Inspector of the Prices Control Commission in the Public Treasury Last night, he was described as a good police officer and an able sportsman by former colleague, retired assistant commissioner Paul Thompson. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Russell done with politics Volume: 108 No.26TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 81F LOW 71F By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter FORMER Minister of H ousing and MP for High R ock Kenneth Russell has confirmed he will no longer be putting his name forwardf or consideration of the partys nomination for the East Grand Bahama constituency. S tating that he was finished with frontline politics, Mr Russell, pictured said he has determined not to reapply for his partys nomination, claiming he had enough of it. Former minister will not r eappl y f or nomination TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BOXING B B O O X X E E R R S S B B I I D D F F O O R R O O L L Y Y M M P P I I C C S S SEEPAGE11 THE HISTORIC Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield building that once housed the Prime Minister soon will be no more as the process of demolishing the structure started yesterday. For more photographs of the demolition, turn to page 7. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE By DANA SMITH d POLICE are seeking to reassure Bahamians this holiday season, acknowledg i ng that instances of crime, especially robbery, are on the rise this time of year. Y esterday afternoon, as part of a new crime preven tion initiative, officers visited businesses and passed out fliers with information on robberies. While out on the tour, officers even managed to arrest a man for a confrontation By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter ALMOST 250 people are expected to take part in primary health care job training under the governments employment readiness initia tive, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced yester day. Speaking at an opening ceremony for the trainees at the British Colonial Hilton, Mr Ingraham revealed that 87 people had already been placed with the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA many others would be dis bursed throughout the pub lic hospitals. Research has revealed that structured on-the-job training is the most effective form of training as it is designed to teach new workers what they must know and do in order to perform their tasks successfully, he said. According to Mr Ingraham, the Princess Margaret Hospi tal (PMH 143 trainees, 43 of whom will be stationed at its Critical Care Block. He added that the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama will receive 69 trainees, 31 of whom will be placed at the Accident and Emergency Unit. The Sandilands Rehabilita tion Hospital has also requested 77 trainees, 31 of whom will be assigned to the Child and Adolescent Care Unit, he said. Unmet needs for certain trained staff and technicians at the three hospitals managed by Public Hospital Authorities means that once trained and certified you will be especially well placed to be selected for permanent employment at one of the facilities once this Jobs Initiative has been completed, said By KHRISNA VIRGIL AN angry business owner was reduced to tears as she recalled how her establishm ent has suffered from the continuing roadworks. C arpet World owner Elva W illiams claims the road work has been a major inconvenience, especially during November and December when business is expected to be at its best. "Right now, she said, business is on the heavy decline. A lot of customers a re not even making an effort t o come to the store. Ms Williams added that Jose Cartellone ConstructionC ompany the firm responsible for the roadworks does By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter A DNA candidate has dismissed reports he is considering leaving the party. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday Democratic Nation al Alliance (DNA Roscoe Thompson III denied claims that he has been in talks with the Free National Movement (FNM S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 i m lovin it THOMPSON DENIES HE IS LEA VING DN A HEAL TH WORK TRAINING FOR 250 BUSINESS OWNERS ANGER AT ROADS PAIN POLICE MOVE T O REASSURE B AHAMIANS I NSIDETODAY F F R R E E E E G G I I F F T T G G U U I I D D E E F F O O R R C C H H R R I I S S T T M M A A S S FREEPULLOUTSPECIAL TRIBUTESPAIDTO REGINALDDUMONT


D YNAMITE Daisy hit the streets in a brand-new 2012 Kia Soul yesterday as the new spokesperson for Sanpin Motors. The dealership is partnering with local entertainerT erez Davis to increase a wareness of the automobile b rand. M arketing manager at Sanpin, Andrew Johnson, said he hopes the year-long campaign will inspire other companies to consider using local talent to showcase their products or services. We saw this as a great o pportunity to promote local t alent here in the Bahamas, h e said. We hope more Bahamian companies will do likewise. Miss Daisy is a part of the moral fabric of our society, bringing positive influence to the community. M s Davis, CEO and f ounder of Dynamite Prod uctions, said she was excited t o about the new venture, which seeks to pair her vibrant character with the fun and youthful car. Fans can catch up with Daisy and her red Kia Soula t her Boxing Day perform ance, Daisies, Detours, and Ditches at Golden Gates Outreach Ministries. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE r tt Driving Miss Daisy DYNAMITEDAISY drove off the lot at Sanpin Motors yesterday with her brand new car. P hoto: F elip Major / Tribune Staff


BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Drug Enforcement Unit officers discovered a drug stash worth more than $1 million on Sunday evening. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said that at about 7.30pm that night, a team of officers travelled to an area of Holmes Rock, where they noticed a car parked down a track road. When they approached, the officers saw several people jump into the car and speed off. Ms Mackey said shots were f ired by the suspects as they fled. The car managed to elude police and disappear among the streets of Section A of Holmes Rock. When the officers returned to the area where they first saw the vehicle, Ms Mackey said, they found two large sacks containing several taped packages of marijuana. A search of a nearby building under construction led to the discovery of an additional 18 bags being found. Ms Mackey said the stash weighed 1,035 pounds in total and had an estimated street value of $1,035,000. N o arrests have been made, but investigations into the matter continue. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011, PAGE 3 r t t TWO girls were granted bail and given a curfew by Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez after they were arraigned in Magistrates Court for housebreaking and stealing. The 14-year-olds, both of Peter Street and students ata local junior high school, were ordered to report to the Southern Police Station every Saturday before 5pm. Additionally, Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered they were to be home every day before 6pm. However before dismissing the pair, who were arraigned in Court One, Bank Lane alongside Allynthia Bethel, 19, of Claridge Road,and Dario Musgrove, 19, of Elizabeth Estates, he gave the defendants a warning. He said: If you get in any more trouble, you wont be getting any more bail. Please be extra careful. The four were charged with breaking into the home of Neil Musgrove at Claridge Dale on Sunday, November 27, and taking $1,500 cash and a laptop valued at $800. All defendants plead not guilty and elected to have their case tried in Magistrates Court as opposed to the Supreme Court. Prosecution offered no objection to bail. The accused will return to court for trial on May 10, 2012. By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN charged with stabbing his brother to death appeared at Nassau magistrates court yesterday. F anel Joseph, 31, of Mermaid Blvd, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane, charged with murder. It is alleged that on Thursday, Decem ber 15, the accused caused the death of h is twin brother Joel Joseph, who lived in the Golden Gates area. The countrys 120th homicide is said t o have taken place at a house on Mer maid Blvd, off Carmichael Road, around 4am. T he prosecution claims there was an a ltercation between the two men which turned violent. After reading the charge to the defendant, Chief Magistrate Gomez told him h e was not required to enter a plea to the offence. He informed the accused that a Volu ntary Bill of Indictment (VBI served and the case will go straight to the Supreme Court for trial. J oseph was remanded to Fox Hill P rison. His next court appearance will be on February 23, 2012, for the serving of the VBI. CURFEW F OR GIRLS IN BREAK -IN CASE $1M DRUG STASH FOUND Man accused of stabbing brother to death faces court FANELJOSEPH at court yesterday. THE Tribune has learned t hat despite earlier reports, c rash victim Anwar Elliot has not been confirmed paralysed from the neck down. The 30-year-old was involved in a car accident early Saturday morning, and isn ow understood to be in serio us but stable condition. He underwent surgery in Nassau on Saturday, before being airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment on Sunday. I t is too early to make any f irm statements on his longterm recovery, and The Tribune will issue further updates as they become available. CRASH VICTIM UPDATE


EDITOR, The Tribune. THERE is great concern by many Bahamian Auto Sale Dealers, due to the apparent i nflux of foreign auto dealers who appear to be taking over the local market. This particular state of affairs poses a threat to the chagrin of most Bahamian A uto Dealers. They (Bahamia n Dealers and Salesmen) question whether there exists a ny concern for their plight a s there is a perception that nobody really cares. I n a democracy, there are basic tenets that relate to market forces. These are inclusive of competition, and supply and demand. Both of t hese are evident within the B ahamian economic land s cape. The major concern related to this matter, however, is thatB ahamians are being put at a disadvantage right here in The Bahamas. T he foreigners (mostly Africans) must import vehicles from Japan and other Asian countries just like the Bahamians. A visit to these dealership s ites would reveal that in m any cases no Bahamian w orkers are employed. The irony is that in the Bahamas the message is that Bahamians come first. O n many fronts in this country, it seems that Bahamians struggle moret han most to survive. Can you imagine any other country int he region allowing Bahamia ns to come in and dominate i ts economic landscape? This my friend, is the situation currently taking place in The B ahamas. As Bahamians, we should never fool ourselves intob elieving that the Bahamas can only be developed exclusively by Bahamians. This mindset is absolutely rubbish. Every legal resident within t he country could and should c ontribute to its development. Further, every one of them is entitled to basic human rightsa nd should be gainfully employed in legal enterp rise(s However, no undertaking should ever be done at the expense and survival of any B ahamian. The question any logical thinking Bahamian must ask is: What is there within my country that belongs solely to me as a Bahamian that n on Bahamians cannot domi nate? Think about it. It is hard to come up with anyt hing right? F or arguments sake, let us give consideration to a numb er of issues as follows: Large scale sale of Real Estate; Export of Metals and Other Products; Fishing in Bahamian waters; Import and Sale of A utomobiles and Products; a nd Intrusion into Marine P arks. The powers that be should always endeavour to securec ertain professions, skills, trades and select businesses, where the acumen exists for t he sole participation of Bahamians. MICHAEL E TURNER Nassau, November 25, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 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 THE death of North Korean leader K im Jong Il could put a brake on talks ultimately aimed at getting the secretive communist state to give up its nuclear weapons programme. Kim Jong Un, the supreme leaders untested third son and successor, is unlikely to risk any step that could bec onstrued as weakness as he seeks to consolidate control. Even before his fathers death, the US a nd others have said they viewed the power transition as a dangerous time when the ascendant Kim Jong Un coulds eek to demonstrate his leadership cred entials through martial and provocative actions, such as a military attack on South Korea or a nuclear test. South Koreas Yonhap news agency reported that the North conducted at least one short-range missile test onM onday, just hours after announcing the death of the nations leader. Two uniden tified South Korean military officials, while not confirming the report, said the test would be part of a routine drill and have little to do with Kims passing. K im Jong Un was first brought into p ublic view in September 2010, when his father put the 20-something in highranking posts. In power, he faces daunt-i ng challenges. A s the authoritarian dynasty enters its third generation, North Korea is strugg ling to feed its own people and has recoiled from reform of its struggling command economy. Despite rising trade and cooperation with chief foreignb acker China, the nation's very future is in doubt. The most likely scenario for regime collapse has been the sudden death of Kim (Jong Il nario, said Victor Cha, a former US National Security Council director for A sian affairs. The White Houses initial, brief reac tion to the North Korean state media r eport of Kim Jong Ils death Saturday from a heart ailment emphasised regional security, saying that the US was in close touch with its allies, South Korean a nd Japan. We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the free-d om and security of our allies, a statement said. The Obama administration has taken a cautious path in dealing with North Korea over the past three years, since Pyongyang pulled out of six-nation aidfor-disarmament talks in 2009. Shortly after the North announced its w ithdrawal, it conducted its second nuclear test, following its first in 2006. In 2010, the North upped the ante even further. In moves that some experts speculated was linked to Kim Jong Uns rise to power, a South Korean warship was sunk and a South Koreani sland came under artillery fire seemingly unprovoked attacks within months of each other that left 50 people deada nd almost pitched the heavily mili tarised Korean peninsula into war. And underscoring the Norths intent t o develop its nuclear deterrent further, i t unveiled a uranium enrichment facility that gave it a second way of generating fissile material to put in an atom bomb. Only in July 2011, when North-South tensions had eased, did the US revive direct negotiations with Pyongyang, ap relude to a possible resumption of the six-nation talks, that also include China, Japan, Russia and South Korea. While theres little expectation that the North Korean regime would agree to give up its nuclear deterrent which i t probably views as key to its very surv ival the US hopes that talks could help slow the weapons development and discourage future provocations. I n the past five months, the diplomatic t rack has yielded little in the way of con crete results, but it has, at least, gathered s ome momentum. Washington has held two rounds of exploratory talks and a third round appeared imminent. The US alsoa ppears ready to resume badly needed food aid that Pyongyang requested near ly a year ago. US officials discussed the monitoring of the possible assistance with North Korean officials during two days of meetings in Beijing last week. While Washington would deny any c onnection, food aid could serve as a sweetener for getting the North to agree to terms for a resumption of the disar m ament talks, such as a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, and opening up its nuclear facilities to outside inspec tion. B ut with Kim Jong Ils death, negotia tions with the United States which retains about 28,000 troops across theb order in South Korea are likely to be put on hold, as the North enters months of intense mourning for the Dear Leader, and rising uncertainty. By Matthew Pennington, Associated Press Help the Bahamians to thrive LETTERS l Kims death leaves nuclear talks uncertain EDITOR, The Tribune. WE HAVE heard the word Democracy so often over t he past number of years especially from the United States. Such and such a country s hould become democratic. If not, we wont give them financial aid and so on. As many of you probably know, the governments ofI taly and Greece are now headed by technocrats unelected and appointing their own cabinets. A technocrat is someone who supposedly has nop olitical agenda and they do t heir best to solve their countrys problems in the interests of the people rather than with a view to being re-elected. We have not heard much about this blow to democracy from those supporting it. Without the technocrats, these two countries are ungovernable. This brings me to my point. The Bahamas is facing an e lection in May and has two p olitical parties. Fred Mitchell suggested the other day that the FNM MPs who were possibly los-i ng their seats in the bound ary changes should join the PLP. If there is so little differ ence between the philosop hys of the parties that members can so easily switch sides why do we have two parties. O f course, there are arguments for two parties a void corruption, abuse of p ower although we have both. So perhaps we need a tech nocrat government, the best from both parties, who have the interests of the people and not their own at heart. It would also save a lot of money with no election costs, etc, to worry about. Or maybe we need a real technocrat to head the government. I am not sure who appoints a technocrat, probably the Governor General. To me, there is no question that in this very difficult eco-n omic climate, there is no place for squabbling, bickering, rabble rousing politicians making promises that they cannot keep. W e need the kind of gov ernment from leaders who have no axes to grind and no interest in re-election but will d o what they feel is necessary to make the country viablea nd strong. T his is not democracy as we understand it but then these are times we do not under stand either. Perhaps we should try something new! PATRICK H THOMSON Nassau, December 18, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. AT CHRISTMAS, we are dazzled by the shopping lights of the season. We tend to forget that Jesus Christ, the true light of the world, is present closer to us than we are to ourselves. Wishing each other a Merry Christmas helps us to recall and stay fixed on our true joy. The English word merry did not originally convey a sense of jolly, mirthful as is often assumed today. It meant something more along the lines of blessed, peaceful a deep down inner joy rather than revelry. One gets a sense of its orig inal meaning in the wellknown carol, God rest ye merry, gentlemen. As can be seen from the comma, the word is not used to describe jolly gentlemen, but rather was a blessing from God invoked upon them God rest ye peacefully, gentle men. Thus, Merry Christmas, when spoken to one another, is a blessing. Let us greet one another often with this blessing to strengthen our certainty that the Lord came among us and continually renews his consoling presence of love and joy. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, December 16, 2011. Different politics for different times Give a greeting for Christmas EDITOR, The Tribune. RE: Unwanted Wall on East Bay Street Obviously, someone want ed the wall and probably it was the owner of the property. I disagree with Ronald Lightbourn and Pat Strachan in this matter. I feel the wall is a great improvement espe cially if is painted and the unfinished sidewalk complet ed. The wall also offers protection to drivers speeding along East Bay Street. This property in its previous state of overgrowth and litter accumulation made it impossible to see the water or beach, both of which are now visible. The owner needs to be complimented for his effort in making a positive improve ment to the environment; and although every citizen has the right to offer their opinion, it becomes discomposing when positive action is met with petty nit-picking opposition. MWD Nassau, November 30, 2011. A A w w a a n n t t e e d d w w a a l l l l


By KHRISNA VIRGIL THE New Providence R oad Improvement Project w ill suspend work today to ensure drivers have a free and easy time on the streets during the holidays. Giving an update on the progress of the project yesterday, Works Minister Neko G rant announced that work that will resume on January 5, 2012. This news comes as the government prepares to opena ll major roads on the island this afternoon. A s it will last no more than two weeks, Mr Grant said, the suspension will not affect the projects completion date. H e said: We are progressing as we expect and we expect the road work tob e completed in its entirety, certainly by July. What is most important is the fact t hat we've been able to prov ide the motoring public of New Providence with drivable roads for the Yuletide season. An exact end date has yet to be announced, and Mr Grant spoke about the unforeseen challenges thats lowed down particular sections of the project. When construction began on the intersection of Soldier Road and East Street, he said, t he crew were confronted with an unexpected situation. On one side of the road we found diesel and on the other side of the road we found gas, which is probably a leak from the gas stations on either side of the road, he said. Our workers took steps to e nsure that the public was p rotected and we are now satisfied that with the measures w e have taken. The water ( mains) are safe and all the other infrastructure that was i nstalled will be protected. He added that precautionary measures will need to be taken by the gas station owne rs to prevent any future leaka ges. Mr Grant added: We have n ot only been paving roads, weve been reconstructingr oads, weve been putting in s ide walks, weve been putting i n street lights, and weve also been doing landscaping. Ministry of Works s pokesperson Shenique Albury addressed concerns about the construction ofm edians on main roads, specifically Marathon Road. She said: We want to ensure a continuous flow of traffic on our roads. This is o ne of the major objectives of our project. We are trying t o reduce the bottlenecking and traffic congestion. Persons turning right on Samana Drive were causing a back-up of traffic coming out of the mall as well as a b ack up of persons heading north. We are trying to pre-v ent short-cutting in large volu mes into neighbourhood r oads only meant for local access. Ms Albury highlighted s ome of the specific road improvements she said will help reduce traffic congestion: Baillou Hill Road South to Carmichael Road has been transformed into a dual carriage-way, two lanes northbound and two lanes southb ound. East Street between R obinson Road and Soldier Road is wider and has ad rainage system for the first t ime. Robinson Road and Prince Charles Drive have upgraded traffic signals, and t wo additional lanes. Crews have ensured that all major roads have sufficients igns and sidewalks, and water mains have been installed to remedy the water distribution problem that has plagued residents in eastern N ew Providence for years, she added. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011, PAGE 5 n tb bnbrnnbr n tbnnrf T HE Cabinet Office announced yesterday that Brian Moree, QC, has beena ppointed to chair the Public Service Commission. Mr Moree is senior partner a nd head of litigation at the law firm McKinney, Bancroft and Hughes. Admitted to the Bahamas B ar in 1979, Mr Moree has acted as a Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate, and as a J ustice of the Supreme Court of the Bahamas. H e has served on numerous government boards and commissions, including the J udicial Salary Review Commission and the Bahamas Electricity Corporation. I n 2007, he was named Executive of the Year by the Bahamas Financial Board in recognition of his outstandi ng contribution to the financ ial services industry. The other members of the b oard are: Pauline AllenD ean, Leonard Archer, Everette Hart, and Maxwell Poitier. M rs Allen-Dean is a former managing director of the Bank of the Bahamas. P rior to that appointment, she was for many years a member of the senior management at Barclays BankP LC. M r Archer is a former educator and trade unionist. He served as the principal of CC Sweeting High School, director at the Ministry of Labour and Bahamas ambassador to the Caribbean Community. Mr Hart is a retired senior public officer who served in the Department of LocalG overnment and as a Senior F amily Island Administrator and Parliamentary Registrar. M r Poitier began his career in the public service at the Central Bank of the Bahamas. He later served in the Auditor G enerals Department. He retired from the Min istry of Public Works, where h e had served as Under Sec retary. MOREE NAMED CHAIR OF COMMISSION Roadworks suspended today for the holidays BALLILOU HILL ROAD pictured following the roadworks and, inset, before the work. R OBINSONROAD b efore the roadworks, right, and, above, t he area as it is now, with the c utaway image showing the various cables and pipes now located underneath the roads urface.


T HE Anglican Diocese of t he Bahamas and The Turks a nd Caicos has announced t he funeral schedule for C anon Neil Roach, who died o n Saturday at Doctors Hos pital. O n Wednesday, December 21 St Thomas Day the body of Canon Roach will arrive at Holy Cross Church,H ighbury Park, Soldier Road. A public viewing will begin at noon. At 7pm that night, a memo rial will be held at Holy Cross. The concelebrants will be C anon Curtis Robinson, Fr N orman Lightbourn and Fr Peter Scott. The preacher will be Fr E than Ferguson and the Deacon of the Mass will be Deacon Richard Wood. Wednesday was chosen, according to church officials, as it marks the 54th anniversary of Canon Roachs ordi n ation to the priesthood. On the following day, Thursday, December 22, ap ublic viewing will be held at Bethel Brothers Morticians on Nassau Street from 9am to 4pm. At 5pm, the body will arrive at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, for another public viewing. From 7pm that evening until 7am on Friday, hourly celebrations of the Holy Eucharist will be held, while the public viewing continues. At 11am on Friday, the funeral service for Canon Roach will be held at Christ Church Cathedral. The chief celebrant will be Bishop Laish Boyd and the concelebrants will be Archibishop Drexel Gomez and Bishop Gilbert Thompson. Bishop Boyd will be the preacher. Following the funeral, the body will be cremated. Church officials advised that parking will be available for those attending the funeral in the lower grounds of Government House from 9am to 3pm. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE f nt rrt Funeral announced for canon CANON Neil Roach, who died on Saturday


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011, PAGE 7 b n f t b BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE THE HISTORIC Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield building that once housed the Prime Minister soon will be no m ore as the process of demolishing the structure started yesterday. Photos: F elip Major / Tribune Staff THE SAGGING remains of the building as the demolition crew does its work. FAREWELL to a landmark the building that for many years housed the Prime Minister. By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN suspected in the c ar theft of two older brand Hondas was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterdaya fternoon in connection with the crime he was alleged to have committed. The arraignment of C ordero Diego Romer, came just days after police issued a warning to Honda owners last Friday concerning car thieves who have started to target older models of the brand at an alarming rate. Romer, 20 of 762 Melvern Road, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, in connection with the stealing and receiving of a Honda Saber and a Honda Accord. The first incident is alleged to have occurred on Saturday, October 29, when a silver 2000 Honda Accord belongi ng to Ramon Suarez was stolen. The vehicle is valued at $6,800. Then on Tuesday, Decem b er 6, another Honda brand car was stolen. The model in this theft was a $9,000 creamc olooured 1999 Honda Saber property of Tanya Nairn. Prosecution alleges that the accused, also known as Dero, is responsible for stealing and receiving both vehicles. He denied the alle gations and pleaded not guilty. He told the court the silver Honda Accord was stolen while I was at work. The prosecution offered no objection to bail and he was given a $5,000 bond with a surety. The accused must report to the Grove Police Station on Baillou Hill Road every Saturday before 6pm. On Monday, January 16, 2012, he will return to Court No 10, Nassau Street, before Magistrate Guilimina Archer for a trial date. MAN ARRAIGNED OVER C AR THEFT S


running for South Abaco under their ticket in the com ing elections. I am the DNA candidate for South Abaco you can say you heard it from the horses mouth," said Mr Thompson, I am running for the DNA. According to recent reports, Mr Thompson was said to currently be in negotiations with the governing party about possibly taking over the South Abaco seat, which would retire current MP for the area, Edison Key. While Mr Thompson denied the claims, he said both the FNM and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP have approached him about joining their respective parties. Friends of mine from the FNM, he said, have tried to talk me into coming back but I am not just like the PLP tried to get me to run for them. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE f nt rrt Ive decided, after speaki ng with some friends and family members that I am out of t his. I had enough. Ive decided that I was out and I was tired of this back and forth, he said. Mr Russell was recently terminated from his ministerial post after reportedly discussing a project that was before Cabi net with one of his generals in Grand Bahama. Last week, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, the leader of the FNM, i nformed party supporters in G rand Bahama that he had fired Mr Russell for acting inconsistently with the protocols of Cabinet of the Bahamas. Mr Ingraham also explained the project in question was considered by the Government of the Bahamas on four separate occasions, and on each occasion they could not, and would not support the deal. When asked yesterday if he would be minded to help the g overning partys candidate for East Grand Bahama w hoever that candidate might b e in the upcoming camp aign, Mr Russell said it was s omething he would have to think about. I will make that determin ation later on tonight. I am a n FNM. No matter what h appens to me. We still have a country to build. So I may decide to help out, he said. Mr Russell still maintains, however, that he felt he was unfairly treated by his party and by those persons who h ave determined that his time w as now up. I guess those who sit and analyse these things saw a different thing than what I saw. Maybe I made a mistake andd idnt brag enough (about work completed under theM inistry of Housing), but if they think they can win without me they can go ahead. Mr Russell also remained tight-lipped on exactly whatk ind of deal the Prime Minister had offered him prior to his termination from Cabinet. That is something you have to ask the Prime Minister about. As far as I was aware, I was given something t o think about, he said. The deal, Mr Ingraham later revealed during the FNM meeting in Grand Bahama had been withdrawn by him-s elf. He, however, did not e laborate on the specifics of the offer. As for his future plans now that he has optedo ut of the political sphere, Mr Russell said that he will return to his private life. I will go back to my life. I h ad a life before ya know. I w ill go back to my life and continue to make a contribution to my country, he said. Mr Dumont transferred from uniform to the Crimin al Investigation Department in 1952, Mr Thompson said. When I joined the force i n 1951, (Dumont with a few other Guianians. He was a good police officer during his time, he was also a good sportsman. He played cricket and soccer for thep olice. He was also a good tennis player, he said. Mr Dumont emigrated f rom British Guiana (Guyana to join the Bahamas Police Force now the Royal Bahamas Police Force. About a week after his arrival he met his future wife, 10 years his junior, and three years later August 24, 1951 they were married. She was the former Ivy Turnquest of Long Island, who became the Bahamas first woman governor-general. Mr Dumont also served in the army and in the Canadian Merchant Navy during World War II. During his wifes term as governor-general, Mr Dumont hosted the People-to-People tea party on the last Friday of each month. The tea party is traditionally hosted by the wife of the governor-general. Recalling special memories on leaving Government House in 2005, Mr Dumont said he had no problem filling the role when his wife became the first woman appointed to the position. Mr Thompson added: He w as very well-respected, he w as a peoples person and a team player. I n her book R oses to Mount Fitzwilliam Dame Ivy tells of her husbands involve ment in the short-lived Cuban challenge in 1956, when a group of armed C uban rebels occupied Cay Sal and replaced the Union Jack, the British flag repre senting the Bahamas then colonial status, with the Cuban flag. Notified by the caretaker of the Cay, the Commissioner of Police chose ten men toa ccompany him to reclaim the B ahamian island, including Reginald Dumont, McDona ld Chase and Cardinal Hutcheson. She wrote: Reggie and Chase spoke enough Spanish to communicate with the Cubans. According to Hutchesons recollections of the experience, Reggie ordered the rebels to surrender, put your hands over your heads and the men obeyed. The Cubans were then approached by Commissioner of Police Colchester-Wemyss and Constable Chase who interviewed the men, provided them with fuel for their boats, and sent them back to Cuba. Although the Bahami an policemen were heavily armed and were considered arms specialists, no shots were exchanged. Back in Nassau, however, I assumed the worst. THOMPSON DENIES HE IS LEA VING DN A f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e RUSSELL DONE WITH POLITICS Tributes paid to Reginald Dumont REGINALD D UMONT, pictured with hisw ife, Ivy.


n ot empathise with her. She s ays the work on Blue Hill Road South makes it hard for clients to have problem-freea ccess to her store. They are blocking the road, and the entrance to mys tore. I have to constantly go out there and tell them not to do that, she said. Ms Williams claims the work has left her with health problems. Me in particular, the dust is messing with myeyes. I am having serious problems with them, she said. Determined to have her concerns heard, Ms Williams approached Works Minister Neko Grant as he toured the area with the media to give updates on the road improve ment project. In response, Mr Grant said: It is most unfortunate. Butwe cannot allow the public in any large numbers to be around while they are work i ng. The things we do are in t he best interest of the public. We regret the loss of busi ness to that person as well as o ther businesses in New Providence, but its something that had to be done. That area in front of Car pet World to be exact, since she came and identified herself, will be cleared up and there will be access to her business and all the other businesses in that area over the next several weeks. The government boasts of making major roads such as Baillou Hill Road better for the motoring public. As a part of the roads improvements, an additional two lanes have been added to the existing street. One set of lanes will run northbound, the other, southbound. Additionally, the Ministry of Works has installed a pipe on one side of the road that w ill take water from the r everse osmosis plant to the Baillou Hill water towers. The road works will be susp ended from today until January 5, 2012. with a store security guard. During the Christmas time, it is anticipated thats when crime will escalate, Supt Stephen Dean of theC rime Prevention Office told the press. He explained that police want to remove the opport unity for crime by providing safety information and i ncreasing police presence in shopping districts. Supt Wayne Miller, officer i n charge of the Southwestern Division, said police will have high visibility and high presence in shopping areas. We are happy now to move about here and to show t he business owners that as p art of our policing strategy we will be continuously visiting them, particularly during t his Christmas time, he said. Police will also make sure shoppers are safe, Supt Miller n oted. What we want to do is reduce the fear of crime. We want to say to the shopping p ublic come out. Come out in this area, police will have a constant presence in this area to make sure that they do not become victims of crime. Commonwealth Building S upplies (CBS w est Plaza was one of the stores visited by police. General manager Brent Burrows said it wasnt the first time police had visited h is store and he is very p leased with their continued presence. They visited us after we opened, walked around and gave us some tips on what wen eed to be doing in the store, Mr Burrows said. He explained CBS has been working very closely with police to ensure his business remains safe for shoppers and employees. Weve implemented all the suggestions weve been getting from the police, he said. Rubins in Harbour Bay Plaza was another store visi ted by police, yesterday. Coo wner Sandra Smith said she often feels insecure and terrified by the amount of c rime in the Bahamas and is grateful police are taking this initiative. I think we need all the tips we can get, she said. We are happy that the p olice are going to be around. I wish we could double our police force, I think every-b ody would feel safer. T he initiative even spurred one shop owner to action. Graham Weatherford, of S ure Alarms, on Village Road, claimed his company will provide free alarm systems provided the recipient p ays for the service. Because of the effort the police are making this morn i ng, patrolling and teaching people tips on how to secure their business, Sure Alarms is prepared to give every business or home in the country a f ree security system if they pay for the monitoring, Mr W eatherford said. We are going to put our best foot forward, along with the police force, to try and secure and deter crime. Some of the tips on the armed robbery flier include: stay calm and dont resist, geta look at the robber but dont s tare, dont chase or follow the robber after the incident, and personal safety is mosti mportant, not money and merchandise. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011, PAGE 9 f nt n rrt By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter IT HAS been claimed that Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux will not be seeking re-election in his current Marathon seat. It has been speculated that Mr Deveaux will be replaced by businessman and FNM deputy chairman Michael Turnquest. Mr Turnquest received the FNM candidacy for the Kennedy constituency in the 2007 general elections, however was defeated by former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Gibson. Party chairman Carl Bethel said he had no information on the matter one way or the other, and could not comment on speculation. Mr Bethel added that if and when Mr Deveaux has something to say, he will make it known to the public. The chairman could not comment as to when Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to make his candi date recommendations to the FNM Central Council, but said the Prime Minister is on an aggressive schedule and is fully engaged in the process. In an earlier interview, Mr Ingraham said: "The FNM does not expect every single person who is now a member in the House of Assembly for the Free National Movement to be nominated again the FNM expects to be able to bring into the House, into its parliamentary fold, a number of new persons." While expressing gratitude to current members, Mr Ingraham said the party must move forward. Mr Deveaux declined to comment on the matter and Michael Turnquest could not be reached up to press time. Mr Ingraham. also note that employment opportunities will not be restricted to public facilities only. Once trained, you will also become a part of a targeted labour pool for other medical facilities private hospitals,w alk-in clinics, medical labo ratories and the practice of private physicians for example. These individuals joined more than 2,700 others being trained in myriad public and private sector businesses u nder the Job Readiness ini tiative, which will last for one year. T he government allocated $ 25 million to subsidise the salaries of each of the initia tives participants. Each person trained under the programme will receive $210 per week from govern-m ent in addition to the base salary paid by their respective j obs. When registration for the Job Readiness Initiative opened up, 12,800 people applied to take part in it. Only 3,000 could be placed in the programme. Mr Ingraham implored P HAs trainees yesterday to honour the training initia t ive through their hard work, a nd to make the very best of the programme. I am so proud of you, as m ust be your family and friends, he said. Do us proud. The country needs your talents and your commitment to helping to improve the quality of life and health care for all Bahami ans. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e DEVEAUX N O T TORUN? BUSINESS OWNERS ANGER A T ROADS PAIN HEALTH WORK TRAINING FOR 250 Police move to reassure Bahamians POLICEOFFICERS during the tour of the island, giving out information to help prevent robberies.