By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DESPITE the many challenges faced by the Bahamas this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he is still inspired by the generosity of Bahamians during the Christmas season and he has hope for the New Year. In his Christmas message to the nation, which will be broadcast at 8 oclock tonight on ZNS TV and radio, Mr Ingraham said this holiday season comes as the global economy continues a slow recovery from the most severe economic downturn in recent memory. However, the spirit PM:BAHAMIANSAREANINSPIRATION N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER First Christmas without mother Volume: 108 No.29FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY & ASHOWER HIGH 83F LOW 72F By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com FAMILY members of a young mother who has been m issing for nearly a year, yes terday continued their appeal for her return as her two children face their first Christmas without her. Investigations into the disappearance of 21-year-old K rishanna Shanna Higgs seem to be at a standstill, according to relatives, who claim that police have not provided an update on the case since August. Rowena Poitier, Shanna's aunt and spokeswoman for the family, said the family launched a private investiga tion in October. They remain unconvinced that law enforcement are actively pursuing the matter. The family has also offered a reward to anyone who can provide any information leading to her discovery or persons involved. It goes back to the beginning of the investigation, said Ms Poitier. When I came to the island, it had already been a month since it was reported and they hadnt questioned the last persons that were seen with Krishanna. Shanna disappeared in January after travelling to Grand Bahama from New Providence; however a missing per sons report was not officially F amil y issues plea to f ind missing woman TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE say they need m ore families of missing pers ons to submit DNA samples b efore they can send two separate sets of bones away for i dentification. Over recent weeks, police have found two skeletonsw hich have yet to be identif ied. Last week, skeletal remains b elieved to be that of a man, were discovered in a marshy area of Sea Breeze. Police say the bones were u ncovered by men who were bird shooting near the Sea Breeze canal. T wo weeks before that, Baha Mar workers unearthed a human hand during routine road works. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A 34-yearold man was stabbed to death i n the Hudson Estates area early Thursday morning after trying to break up a fightb etween his sister and her boyfriend. Police have taken a 25year-old male resident of Freeport into custody to assist them in their investigations. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said the incident is classified as the islands eighth homicide for the year. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE construction of the Pompey Park at the western end of Bay Street will begin early next year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced. Speaking at the official opening of the new Straw Market on Wednesday night, Mr Ingraham said the contract for the parks infrastruc ture was to be signed yester day, with the construction to begin during the first week of the new year. He said the new green space, located on the spot of THE GU ARDS OFTOMORROW K RISHANNAHIGGS who has been missing since January. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 RELATIVES DNACOULD HELPTO N AMEVICTIMS MAN KILLEDIN DOMESTICFIGHT POMPEYPARKWORK BEGINS INNEWYEAR MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest inspects the newly graduated guards at Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. For more, turn to page 8. Photo: Felip Major/ Tribune Staff i m lovin it TOMORROW, DONTMISSTHETRIBUNESBIGTFOR . FOOD COUPONS AND SPECIALS NEWS SPORTS FASHION FOOD TRAVEL MOVIES MUSIC TV NYTIMES
T HE Adderley Family of G olden Gates has won this years Bahamas Realty holiday home showcase. I t takes the Adderleys two weeks to decorate the house each year and its a true fam-i ly effort by James and Ruth A dderley, their daughter Dr Daphne Adderley-Sands (who scales the roof! their son-in-law Frederick Sands. The family won a $1,000 g ift certificate to the Builders Mall and a $500 donation to the charity of t heir choice from Bahamas R ealty. Mr Adderley makes some of the decorations himself andh is creativity really shines through. It was hard to move on to t he next house, as the judges s o enjoyed chatting with the family and touring the Christmas wonderland they have created for the joy of us all, said Chandra Parker McCallum, the Bahamas Realty bro k er who spearheaded the firms Christmas lighting promotion. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE GIFTS for HER1. Chelsea Embossed Patent Zip Around No. 45837. 2. Coach Poppy P atent Foldover Crossbody No. 18718. 3. Poppy Flower Fragrance B221. 4. Coach Madison Medium Wristlet No. 46607. 5. Thin Legacy Bangle No. 95836. 1" Patchwork Bangle No. 95820. Scattered Pave H inged Bangle No. 95872.303 BAY STREET, NASSAU 242 326 0557no.1no.2no.3no.4no.5 f b nt rrt BACK ROW L-R: Robin Brownrigg ( Judge, Bahamas Realty President, A ppraiser); Chandra Parker McCallum ( Event Committee Chairman, Broker); Giovanni Stuart, (Judge, Official iReporter, TV Producer); Elaine Pinder (Judge, President & CEO Bamboo Shack); Stan Burnside (Judge, Artist,C artoonist, Educator); James Adderley ( Contest Winner); Chrislyn Skippings (Police Press Officer rigg (Event Committee, Broker/Director). Front Row L-R: Ethelyn Lundy (Judge, Architectural Interior Designer, Landscape Architect Bamboo Shack);J unior Judges Jaxon Parker Searcy, a ge 8 and and Femi Stuart age 6; Frederick Sands (Son in Law of Contest Winner). Photo: Keith Parker /PS News /Features Walking in a winter wonderland Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y
of the Bahamian people keeps him inspired. He said: This generosity o f spirit has been most recentl y demonstrated by the aweinspiring response to my call for increased volunteerism to measurably expand the number of persons engaged inm entoring our young people c reating networks of care and h ope. My government has taken care to manage our econ-omy prudently and sensibly so as to ensure that we are w ell-positioned to benefit f rom the global recovery as it occurs. This prudence has enabled us to preserve jobs in the public service and to avoid salary cuts or lay-offs within the public sector as e xperienced in many develo ped and developing countries. The Prime Minister also gave an update on thep rogress of major projects t he government began this year. The New Providence R oad and Utility Project will be completed in July next year and all roads under con-s truction in New Providence a re open and drivable this Christmas season. The construction of the new Cargo P ort at Arawak Cay and its related in-land storage depot are also progressing well, per-m itting the revitalisation of t he historic city of Nassau to take shape and the Phase II redevelopment of the LPIA is moving ahead well, he said. Similar progress is being a chieved with road and water works in our Family Islands. In Abaco and Grand Bahama, construction of new public sector office complexes are completed and construction of the new M arsh Harbor International Airport terminal is progress ing well. M r Ingraham said the new A ccident and Emergency and new operating theatres at the Rand Memorial Hospital willb e commissioned in January, and the Child and Adolescent Unit at the Sandilands Reha b ilitative Hospital will be completed and commissioned early in the New Year. In Grand Bahama, the e xpansion projects at BOR CO and at Statoil are moving forward. The Prime Minister said all these projects have been important stimuli for job cre a tion in the construction sec tor creating employment and economic security for many Bahamians. Mr Ingraham also said, however, that the Bahamas continues to be troubled by the persistence of violent crime, especially in New Prov idence. He said: I and my col leagues in government are dedicating our full energies and doing all within our capacity to remove the criminal elements from our streets. In this vein we have significantly strengthened our anti-crime legislation, mod ernising our laws to meet the challenges of modern, sophis ticated crime, ensuring that vacancies on the Court Bench are filled and that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is adequately staffed. We recognise that the fight against crime cannot be done by the government and law enforcement alone. Wecan and we will defeat the crime problem, but we will only do so together. That is why we continue to call for the full support of the good and law-abiding majority of o ur people. Mr Ingraham said despite t he crime problem, the overwhelming majority of young people are on the right track and acknowledged them for their good results academics tudies, sports, the arts and business. The Prime Minster said while we did not did not escape natures wrath with Hurricane Irene he is grateful that no lives were lost. H e said notwithstanding t he past difficult year, we have reason to give thanks and to look to the future with hope. We are pleased and grateful for the thousands of our citizens who have long given o f their time and talents to improve the social fabric and well-being of our nation. Working in youth groups, social clubs, service clubs,c haritable organisations and c hurches, they bring comfort and joy to the aged and the infirm, help to the needy, and guidance, mentoring and inspiration to the youth, fort hem we are ever grateful, Mr Ingraham said. The Prime Minster also thanked the thousands of public servants who advance the business of the country, t each our children, work tirel essly to protect our health and safety and guard our bor ders and territorial integrity a s well as our lives and property. On behalf of his wife D elores, family and coll eagues in Government, Mr Ingraham wished every Bahamian and visitor a b lessed Christmas and a hap py and safe holiday season. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 3 PM:Bahamians are an inspiration f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e T HE ARAWAK CAY d evelopment, above, and the Baha Mar work, left, h ave seen new landmarks being created this year.
EDITOR, The Tribune. ON TUESDAY, December 20, 2011, The Tribune reporte d that Brian Moree, QC, had been appointed to chair the Public Service Commission. Though I have never met Mr Moree, I must say that I am very happy with the Cabinets decision and I congratulate Mr Moree on his appointment. Mr Moree is a well respected figure in many circles in the Bahamas. According to The Tribune he has served on many government boards and commissions. The Tribune also reports that he was the Bahamas Financial Board 2007 executive of the year. He will be assisted by what appears to be a well-bodied and able cast. No right thinking person can expect immediate improvements in the public service. ButI am hopeful that Mr Moree w ith all his accolades and experience transforms the Public Service into an effective and vibrant entity. I am of the view that the Public Service as a whole is overstaffed, inefficient in its operations, and is showing little or no signs of improvement. It will take a concerted and well executed effort to revamp this government entity. Within one year, I hope to s ee that the hiring of public ser vants is transparent. I hope to see that service is improved, especially the phone etiquette of persons answering the phones. I would like to see a standard greeting put in place when the public engages a public servant for service. How about Good morning, sir, or good morning, madam? How can I be of service today? Dont forget to add the smile. I hope to see a vibrant employee merit package where only persons who are performing at acceptable levels will qualify for wage increases. Salary increases should not be across the board in the public service. No one can tell me every member of the public service is operating at the required level. Salary increments should be based on several specific performance criteria that each employee must u nderstand and sign off on. (Unions, please support this There are many public servants who on a daily basis provide stellar public service and perform their jobs at a very high level. I must give credence to the Business License Unit on Frederick Street and the Registrar Generals Office. The Business License Units representative was very helpful to me and I was able to complete my transaction w ithin several days of initiation. At the Registrar Generals Office, an employee on my visit was there directing the crowd to sit in perspective areas and he also told you who to see depending on the nature of your business. But these acts of professionalism are not the norm. We know that bad apples will eventually spoil a good tree. The civil servants who are slack and proud need to be weeded out and not transferred to other government areas. There should be no compromises in the continued dereliction of duties and insubordination, actions which are rampant in the public service. The first report card on Mr Moree and his team will be out by December of 2012. I t will be on him to use his same professional acumen that he has applied in other areas of his life which has made him a successful Bahamian in many respects. Bahamians have a glimmer of hope in your appointment and we are counting on you, sir, to deliver. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, D ecember, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 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 IN his Christmas message, published in The Tribune on Thursday, Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder pointed out that compared with other nations, the little Bahamas has much for which to pause and give thanks this Christmas. And so, although the dark clouds of crime threaten our islands, yet there are still many signs to encourage Bahamians to believe that there is reason to hope for a brighter future. The Archbishop shared with our readers the contents of an e-mail, which had beens ent to him. It said: If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who willn ot survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million in the world. If you can attend church without fear o f harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world. If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not. If you can hold someones hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer the healing touch. If you can read this message, you just r eceived a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all. When seen in this light Bahamians have much to be thankful for. Our economy start e d to drag after the Lehman Brothers bank c rash at the end of 2008. The seismic shock was felt worldwide. It was like a bowling alley gone wild, with one international house after another displaying warning flags until eventually Wall Street was hit and took a tumble. The world banking system is so interwoven that when one stumbled, the others came tumbling after. Not only was the world in financial trouble, but it was also in political turmoil with the Middle East on fire and headed for destruction. Analysts blamed the financial crash on the greed, ambition and reckless risk-taking that is now carrying the economy intothe worst recession for a century. The Bahamas was not immune. It too felt the shock waves. Greece was in meltdown, unemployment was out of control with the civil service being cut to bring spending into line. Around the world the first people to feel the belt tightening were the civil servants whose jobs disappeared almost overnight. The civil service is the first place that governments look to cut costs when their treasuries are under pressure. Here in the Bahamas, the Prime Minister would have been justified in trimming what for years has been recognised as a bloated and inefficient civil service. He did not. As Prime Minister Ingraham said today in his Christmas message to the nation which will be broadcast by ZNS TV and radio at 8 oclock tonight through prudent planning his government was able to preserve jobs in the public service and to avoid salary cuts or layoffs within the public sector as experienced in many developed and developing countries. This is not to minimise the suffering of many Bahamians during this crisis. Many have lost their jobs, their homes, and really dont know where the next penny is coming from, but when one compares Bahamians problems with the suffering of the world, the majority of our people havem uch for which to be thankful. Government has been criticised for not investing in people during this lean period.H owever, not only is government investing in people by providing infrastructural jobs, but through these jobs it has enabled many workmen to maintain their dignity by enabling them to earn enough to support themselves and their families. G overnment has been criticised for borrowing funds for roadworks. In the end, however, it will be money well spent not only will citizens see where their tax dollars have gone, but the infrastructure will have been so improved that it will raise the Bahamians standard of living and enhance our tourist product better roads, better quality and delivery of water and electrical supplies. Nor has the government neglected the youth. It staff has encouraged the business community to take on young people fort raining. And many have done so. Next year, Bahamians face an election. When we look out at the rest of the world rioting and killing in the streets to overthrow governments we should be grateful for our democratic system. Every five years a lthough there is a lot of manoeuvring and n ame calling before hand Bahamians go to the polls and in an orderly fashion vote their governments in or out. Just look at the tur moil and backwardness of the Middle East whose people have never experienced free elections. Earlier this year after months of street demonstrations and violence, Tunisias president ended a 23-year rule by fleeing to Saudi Arabia. Tunisia was followed by the ousting of Egypts Hosni Mubarak, again fol lowed by a full scale civil war in Libya, that took out Mummar Gaddafi. That 42-year rule ended in Gaddafis murder. And now the populace is beating at the doors of Syrias regime. A forest fire is sweeping across the Middle East echoing a peoples cry against unemployment, food inflation, corruption, lack of freedom of speech, and assembly and other democratic freedoms all the free doms that we take for granted in our society. When we look out on the world, and back at the Bahamas, we agree with those who say that Bahamians despite hard times have much to be thankful for. And it is on this note that we wish all of our readers a peaceful, and happy Christmas with family and friends, and hope that the New Year will be filled with many blessings. We also thank our advertisers for their valued business and assure them that The Tribune will give them even better service in the New Year. Hope for the public service LETTERS l email@example.com The Bahamas has much to be thankful for EDITOR, The Tribune ON Christmas Day, 2011, Mr Stanley Reckley would have celebrated his 90th birthday. He died a few weeks before achieving that milestone. We laid him to rest in the afternoon of Sunday, 18th December, a few feet away from his beloved John Wesley Methodist Church in The Bluff, North Eleuthera. Mr Reckley spent most of his life in The Bluff. He was a role model for many decades to the men and women in The Bluff and North Eleuthera communities. He stood tall in both physical stature and character. The President of the BCMC, Rev Christopher Neely preached the Eulogy at his funeral and summed up the life of this outstanding and unique Bahamian in this way: He loved his fami ly, his church and his God. I met Mr Reckley in the fall of 1975. I had just begun my first appointment with the Methodist Church as Youth Worker for the Island of Eleuthera following my training in Birmingham, England. D uring the 36 years since then, I found this man to be consistent in his integrity and his love for God, Church, Country and his family. Mr Reckley and my dad, the late Captain Reynold Eldon, were best friends. Mr. Reckley spoke at my Dads funeral a few years ago. During the time that my dad was at home in The Current, Mr. Reckley was one of the people who would always check on him, making phone calls, bringing bananas (my dads favourite) and giving support. It was during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew that I dis covered some of the depth of character and fortitude of this outstanding Bahamian. His commitment to fairness and his ability to include everyone in the community was a gift that was his specialty. While many hoarded and looked out for their own, Mr Reckleys commitment was to every person who had suffered damage. Side by side in those months of 1992, we loaded trucks with lumber and dropped off ply wood and shingles throughout the Bluff community. Mr Reckley was one of the leading Methodists in the North Eleuthera region. In fact, he stood tall and forceful throughout the Methodist Conference. His gifts to us included his incredible bass voice, his knowledge of Methodist hymns, his love for his church and his warm friendship. Mr Fred Neely of Upper Bogue and formerly of Nassau and St Michaels was one of the many persons who paid tribute at Mr Reckleys funeral. He shared with all of us Mr Reckleys deep love for the Methodist Church, indicating that for many years, Mr Reck ley almost single handedly kept the doors of John Wesley Methodist Church open. He would sing, pray, preach and give the benediction, Sunday a fter Sunday, month after month. He never looked for or sought after reward; he never looked for recognition. He always served, willingly, con sistently and without complaint. He was equally respected and loved in each of the North Eleuthera communities and throughout the island. People in Harbour Island loved him as did people in The Current and Palmetto Point. His message was always the same: Things do not come easy or free you have to work for them and this includes the church. In the past few years, we have lost many of our revered and well loved Patriarchs and Matriarchs both in our Methodist churches and throughout The Bahamas. These were the peo ple who shaped our Family Island communities and gave life and direction to generations of Bahamians who passed through their leadership. I do not think he can be replaced. There was something about his spirit that was unique and quite outstanding. He was really one of a kind. However, the things he stood for and the way he lived his life are qualities that we can emulate. He was committed to his family: Wife, sons and daughters and grandchildren. His greatest joy was making sure they were happy and well provided for. This was the hallmark of his life that carried through in his service to the church and country. In this Christmas season, we pause to celebrate this Unique and Outstanding Bahamian. His memory warms our hearts with gratitude for this man and for the ways in which he touched our lives. This gives us hope and pushes us forward into our world where many seek first to be served rather than serve and where many look for reward r ather than offer what they can. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to walk and work side by side with Brother Reck ley. I am happy for the times when I sat with him in his home, at the church in The Bluff, in our Conference and Central Council Meetings. He always said what he needed to say, did what he had to do and smiled his way through. A true man of God! A true Methodist! A true Bahamian! This is how he will be remembered by the hundreds who knew him, ministered with him and respected him. Dr REG ELDON Dean, Centre for Leadership, Education & Training, Methodist Church, Nassau, December 22, 2011. An outstanding Bahamian
B y LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org THE prosecutions willingness to accept a teenagers guilty plea to a drug possession charge led to the young m an being given a chance to r edeem himself. Lenny Oscar, 18, was granted $1,000 bail and ordered to undergo four months of counselling while being subjectedt o weekly urine tests to ensure n o drugs are in his system. O scar was initially arraigned in Court One, Bank Lane on the charge of possession of marijuana with intent to supply. He is alleged to have com-m itted the offence on Tuesd ay, December 20. When asked to give his plea, the accused told the court he was guilty of possession but n ot guilty of intending to supp ly two grams of marijuana to another person. Had the prosecution not a ccepted the plea of simple possession, the accused would have been denied bail and remandedt o Her Majestys Prison. A new law enacted on November 4 of this year removed a Magistrates disc retion to grant bail in possession with intent to supply cases. T he punishment for being conv icted of the offence is a minimum of four years in prison. The sentence of counselling and weekly testing handed down by Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez also came with a warning. The John Street r esident was told that any breach of the bail conditions before his return to court on April 24 would result in his bail being revoked. A fter the prosecution a ccepted Oscars plea, the d etails of the incident were read to the court. Around 2pm on the day in question, Drug Enforcement Unit officers went to No. 50J ohn Street off Market Street, a rmed with a warrant in Oscars name. He was found standing at the front gate of the home. The accused was shown the w arrant, then searched. Two f oil parcels were found in his hands. A search of the home produced nothing of note oth-e r than $149. Oscar was cautioned, arrested, then interviewed at DEU headquarters. A ccording to the record, he t old police hed intended to smoke the two grams of marijuana, not sell them. He also s aid the confiscated money had come from his piggy bank. O nce given the opportunity t o speak, Shaka Serville, Oscars defence attorney, asked Chief Magistrate Gomez for leniency. He said his client never had a brush with the law before. He, at the first opportunit y given, admitted to his wrong doing, the attorney added. Mr Serville also told the court his client was gainfullye mployed as a carpenter. He a sked that these points be comp ared to the usual bahaviour of other young men his age. When delivering his ruling, the judge also told Oscar he must report to the QuakooS treet police station every Satu rday before 6pm. His April court appearance will be in the new Magistrates Court complex on Nassau Street, for a report on his progress. B AHAMAS Speed Week Revival parked in New York Citys iconic Times Square this Tuesday with an image o f the events winner featured on the Reuters billboard, pic t ured above T he photograph, taken by local photographer Derek S mith, shows Stephen Bond, winner of the events time trials, driving his Lister Bristol on the Arawak Cay cir c uit. International coverage of B ahamas Speed Week R evival continues to escalate with the same image appearing on the Clear Channel bill b oard in Las Vegas and coverage featured on Forbes.com, DallasNews.com and lifestyle website Thrill list.com. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 5 T HE Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau is gearing up for its second annual Snow Ball, tobe held on January 21, 2012. The theme will be Fire and Ice and part proceeds w ill go to the Coastline Community Nursing Home and other charities. Last year, the Ball supported the REACH (Resources and Education for Autism and Related Challenges) Foundation. R EACH focuses on indiv iduals with autism spectrum disorders, helping them to reach their maximum poten-t ial and become more accepted in society. The funds contributed to t he purchase of resources s uch as training aids, visual a ids and other materials. The donation also helped o ffset the medical expenses of a nine-year-old who suffered brain damage in an acci-d ent. T he Sunshine Pilot Club is a part of the Bahamas District of Pilot International, a service club founded in 1921. The main objective of the organisation is to promotea wareness and prevention of brain-related disorders and improve the lives of those a ffected by such disorders through education, volunteerism, financial support andr esearch. By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com A WOMAN was granted $2,000 bail yesterday after being charged with accessingr estricted data belonging to a local shipping company. Anishka Russell-Bascom, 38, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane to answer seve n counts of unauthorised a ccess of computer material. Tropical Shipping Ltd, the complainant, alleges thea ccused committed the offence seven times between Wednesday, June 1 and W ednesday, June 15. T he Sydney Street resident p leaded not guilty to the charges after they were read to her. The prosecution offered no objection when defence attorney Cheryl Bazard asked ChiefM agistrate Gomez to extend her clients previous $1,000 police bail. The chief magistrate ordered a new $2,000 bond with one surety. He extended the police bail to allow her time to s ettle the new bond. T he matter was adjourned to January 24, 2012. RussellBascom will appear in Court 5a t the new Magistrates Court complex on Nassau Street. Three witnesses are expect e d to give evidence in the case. Teenager given chance to redeem himself BAILOVERDATACHARGE PILOTCLUBTO HOSTBALL PAST PRESIDENT Dellareese E dgecombe of the Sunshine Pilot Club and members making the presentations after the first SnowB all. BAHAMASSPEEDWEEKHITSNEWYORK
O n December 7, 2011, the C hinese government published a White Paper on Chinas Foreign Trade. As most Bahamians are keen to learn about Chinas development, in particular, Chinas foreignt rade, we, the Chinese E mbassy, have submitted the White Paper for publication. CHINAS surplus in trade in goods mainly comes from foreign-invested enterprises a nd processing trade. With t he spread of economic globalisation as well as the refinement of the division of labour and the development of economies of scale, an increasing amount of internat ional trade intra-industry t rade or processing trade based on value-chain specialisation is predominated by multinationals. S ince the adoption of the reform and opening up policy in 1978, China has experienced rapid growth in attraction of foreign direct investment. For a fairly long perio d of time the import and e xport business of foreigninvested enterprises and processing trade mainly operated by foreign-invested enterprises accounted for about 50 per cent of Chinas tradev olume in goods, and were a lso the major source of the countrys surplus in trade in goods. In 2009 and 2010, the surplus in trade in goods created by foreign-invested enterprise s reached 127 billion US doll ars and 124.3 billion US dollars, respectively, accounting for 64.8 per cent and 68.4 per cent of the total surplus of Chinas trade in goods in the two years. P rocessing trade surplus of f oreign-invested enterprises in the same period hit 264.6 billion US dollars and 322.9 billion US dollars, signifi-c antly higher than the countrys total trade surplus for 2009 and 2010. While foreign-invested enterprises and processing trade enjoyed a big f avourable trade balance, the i mport and export of Chinas state-owned enterprises, general trade and other forms of trade were in deficit. The limits on certain hightech trade set by developedc ountries also affect the trade b alance between China and some of its trading partners. As China is currently accelerating its pace of industrialisation, it needs to import advanced equipment and t echnologies from developed c ountries. Unfortunately, some developed countries, sticking to their old way of thinking, impose various restrictions on the export of high-end equipm ent and advanced technolog ies to China, resulting in slow growth in the export of these sectors. To a certain extent such limits hinder Chinasi mports from these countries, posing an unfavourable impact on bilateral trade balance. As China turned its trade deficit into a surplus, the c ountry improved its internat ional balance of payments and enhanced its resistance to external risks. However, the sharp increase in surplus also created trouble for the Chinesee conomy. The large volume o f RMB input in export settlement complicates macroeconomics control, and the rapid expansion of China's surplus in trade in goods also results in more trade frictions b etween China and its tradi ng partners, as well as persistent pressure on the RMB to appreciate. China attaches great importance to promoting energy conservation and emission r eduction in foreign trade d evelopment. As early as in 1994, the Chinese government published China's Agenda 21 a White Paper on Chinas p opulation, environment and development in the 21st century, setting goals on energy conservation and emission reduction for national economic and social development. I n both the 11th and 12th five-year plans, the government made the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emission intensity two obligatory targets. S ince 2004, the Chinese g overnment has lowered and even abolished export tax rebates for some energyi ntensive, heavily-polluting and resource-based products, banned or limited the pro c essing trade in some such p roducts, and encouraged import and export enterprises to keep up with the worlds advanced environmental standards. As a result, in recent years s uch products have seen their proportion in exports decreasing, while the export of newenergy, energy-conserving a nd environmental-friendly products has grown by a big margin. M ost import and export enterprises above a designat ed scale have obtained I SO14000 certification or othe r environmental standard certifications. China will try to readjust its economic and industrial structure, accelerate the application of advanced ener-g y-conserving and environm ental technologies, and promote more balanced development between foreign trade and resource conservation and environmental protection. A t present, the underlying i mpact of the international financial crisis, the protracted, arduous and complicated nature of the world economic recovery is manifesting itself, and the global economic s tructure and trade layout f ace in-depth readjustment. China will make new adjustments to its foreign trade, in an effort to turn foreign tradef rom scale expansion to quality and profit improvement, and from mainly relying on its low-cost advantage to enhancing its comprehensive competitive edge, thereby turning China from a big trad i ng country to a strong trading power. Chinas foreign trade is still hampered by many uncertainties and is bound to meet new difficulties and chal-l enges. During the 12th fivey ear plan period, China will open itself wider to the outside world as a driver for furt her reform, development and innovation; make full use of its advantages, strengtheni nternational co-operation in a ll respects, and integrate itself into the world economy on a wider scale and at a higher level. China is willing to work with its trading partners toc ope with the various challenges facing the world economy and trade, and promote its foreign trade to realise a m ore balanced, co-ordinat ed and sustainable develop ment, and share prosperity a nd mutually-beneficial results with its trading part ners. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Reaching out to partners Chinas Foreign Trade Part three of three Submitted by the Chinese Embassy, Nassau
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 7 S uperintendent Paul Rolle, officer in charge of the homi-c ide division, said police need the publics help in identifying the bones. We have had a couple of people come forward to give us DNA samples but we need more people who may have loved ones missing to submit t heir samples as well. The only way we will be able to identify these bones now is if a relative comes forward, he said. As it relates to the skull that was found last week,we now have a full skeleton but we still can not tell the sex. The bones appeared to be there for more than a month because all the flesh was already gone. We need DNA samples to send off to the lab but we can only get those from family. A source close to the invest igation said the skeleton appeared to have been there for quite some time but from the facial impressions it ism ore than likely to be the skull of a man. Supt Rolle said the hand found on Cable Beach appeared to have beent here for months possibly years. Some people have come forward as it relates the hand a s well. We havent found any more body parts so that case is going to be a little more difficult because of the length of t ime the bones were there as well, and the fact that its only a hand. However we are still aski ng members of the public to s ubmit DNA samples for that as well, he said. The hand was discovered near Superclubs Breezesr esort on December 7, coincidentally close to the former residence of the serial killing mother-son team-Sante and Kenneth Kimes. T he discovery has sparked speculation that the remains could belong to a victim of Kimes. T he two are presently serving life without parole in a California prison on several counts of murder. I n 1998, the pair murdered businessman David Kazin in Las Vegas after he exposed Sante Kimes' loan fraud. T hat same year, they also m urdered New York socialite Irene Silverman while attempting to steal her Manhattan mansion. I n 1996, they murdered banker Syed Bilal Ahmed in their Cable Beach home. According to testimony from Kenneth Kimes, theb anker had flown to Nassau from the Caymans to investigate irregularities in a bank account belonging to the late K enneth Kimes Sr Sante's husband and Kenneth Jr's father. He said he and his mother d rugged the banker and drowned him in their bathtub before throwing his body in the sea. However, neighbours of the K imes were convinced the b ody was buried on the site, possibly under the patio of their Cable Beach home. In July of 2004, police b egan digging at the Kimes' home and he surrounding area, looking for the body of the missing banker. However, the search was s uspended after Kenneth testified that he and his mother dumped the body at sea. Syed Bilal Ahmed's body h as never been found. Police have not released the victims name, however The Tribune has learned that the deceased man is Tyrone Dames. Dames had called the police to report that his sis ters boyfriend was harassing her. The couple got into a fight and Dames intervened. He was stabbed several times in the chest. ASP Mackey confirmed that police had received a call at about 4am of a domestic related matter at Hudson Estates. She said that a 34-year-old man, who is originally from New Providence, was discovered stabbed in the upper part of the body. Ms Mackey said the man died on the scene. The body was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where it was officially pronounced dead by a doctor. The family was very emotional, Ms Mackey said. When The Tribune visited the residence off Triana Drive, the family did not wish to comment on the matter. The Police Victim Support Unit is expected to meet with the family on Friday. the temporary Straw Market b etween Bay Street and Woodes Rodgers Wharf, willf urther enhance the environm ental, recreational, artistic a nd commercial revitalisation of the city of Nassau. The announcement comes l ess than a month after the fire that ravished the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, and several o ther buildings at the western tip of downtown Nassau during the early hours of December 2. T he fire extensively damaged the interior of the twos torey museum and the west ern and southern exterior walls, damaging several arti facts of historical value. T he 18th century museum was located in the historic Vendue House at the junc ture of Bay and George streets, which was originally used as a market place fors everal commodities, includ i ng slaves. Calls to the Nassau Downtown Redevelopment Com m ittee seeking further infor m ation on the park contract, and the future of the museum, were not returned yes terday. During his remarks, Mr Ingraham said the silver liningof tragic fires such as the one w hich destroyed the old Straw Market and the museum, is that the buildings can be reborn afterwards. He noted that the market has now been restored, and said the Vendue building will be as well. Mr Ingraham said the reopening of the historic mar ket is a cultural celebration and marks a new era in Bahamian straw and craft industries. We celebrate not only the reopening of the new Straw Market, said Mr Ingraham. We celebrate the Bahamian imagination and ingenuity that designed and built this market, as well as the creative energies that will craft the straw and woodwork, sou venirs and handicraft, and o ther products to be showcased to the world and sold here. Mr Ingraham said this i mportant industry provides incomes for many families and communities throughout the Bahamas and in order to foster new economic oppor tunities for Bahamians, must g row and develop to truly s howcase Bahamian talent in straw work, woodwork, and various crafts. We will have to up our game and be innovative in designing, creating and bring ing to the market products t hat will have to compete in the global market under the label, Made in the Bahamas,M r Ingraham said. Independent crafts people will need to collaborate in producing the volume of goods available for our millions of annual visitors as well as to an online market of previous visitors to the Bahamas, and potentially millions more, he said. An independent Straw Market Authority has been created to establish high expectations and standards for the new market, said Mr Ingraham, with the use of modern technology that ensures the use of best practices and innovative thinking will be utilised to showcase traditional Bahamian crafts and artwork to a global market. 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 Relatives DNAcould help to name victims POMPEYPARK WORKBEGINS INNEWYEAR MANKILLEDIN DOMESTICFIGHT PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham and his wife Delores at the opening of the Straw Market.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE For more informationvisit www.nassaucontainerport.com or call 242.323.7066 or 242.323.7064 T H A T K E E P S O N G I V E T H E 1,000,000 ordinary shares at B$10 per share. Minimum subscription of 50 shares ($500 January 31, 2012. NASSAU & Prospective investors are advised to read the prospectus in its entirety and/ RUVHHNSURIHVVLRQDOQDQFLDODGYLFH before making a decision. UNDER the theme Unfolding the Past Molding t he Future, 52 recruits e ntered the Prison Service yesterday. At the graduation c eremony, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest l auded the hardwork and dedi cation of officers at Her Majestys Prison and impressed upon new recruits the principles and practices t hey were expected to live by. The young officers were advised that no inmate must b e allowed to escape; orderlin ess and discipline should be upheld; inmates were to be t reated with respect; inethical practices must be opposed a nd exposed; and to work to e mpower individuals under their charge. Photos: Felip Major / T ribune Staff A 70-YEAR-OLD man is in serious condition in hospital today after he was shot Wednesday evening. Police say the victim was at W ulff Road near Peardale around 6:40pm when he wasa pproached and shot by a man wearing dark clothing. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is detained in serious condition.P olice are investigating and are appealing to members of the public who might have information about this incident or any other incident to contact police. ARMED ROBBERY P olice are requesting the publics help in locating two m en responsible for an armed robbery at Nassau P lastics, Parkgate Road. P olice say shortly after 4:00 p m on Wednesday two men, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun,e ntered the establishment and demanded cash. T he culprits reportedly r obbed Nassau Plastics of an u ndetermined amount of m oney and fled the area west on Parkgate Road. A ctive police investigations continue. ARMED ROBBERY A 38-year-old male of Mars hall Road is in hospital after b eing chopped to the head by another male. The incident reportedly occurred around 4:40 pm on Wednesday at Faith Avenuea nd Cowpen Road. Police say the victim got into an altercation with another male and was subsequently chopped to the head. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is d etained in serious condition. Police are questioning a 39 year old male of South Beachi n connection with this incident. Active police investigations c ontinue. MAN, 70, IN HOSPITAL AFTER BEING SHOT THEGUARDSOFTOMORROW MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnquest presents the best recruit award to Kendricka Kemp.
filed until March 29. It is believed Shanna made the trip to Grand Bahama at the request of her exboyfriend and father of hery oungest daughter, Charles Tony Fitzgerald. S hanna was reportedly last seen in a blue-coloured Chevy Suburban, wearing a black fitted top with a gold design, dark blue jeans and goldh eeled sandals. Immediately following her disappearance, Shannas family received a number of text messages from her cell phone; however, relatives do not believe they were sent by they oung mother. S hannas two girls, aged f our and two, have different fathers, and due to the ongoing investigation, have been l iving separately since her disa ppearance. Both children are adjusting slowly to their mothers pro-l onged absence, according to loved ones, but are still anxious for her return, and unaware of the true nature of her disappearance. B oth children celebrated their birthdays without their m other this year, the eldest c hild this month, and the youngest in April, on the same day as her mother. L ast night, Krysta Fox, Shannas mother and the legal guardian of her youngestd aughter, expressed her disa ppointment over the lack of progress in the case. (The youngest daughter i s still pretty young, but sometimes she doesnt sleep, she still wants to see her mom,s he said. Its rough for the two of them, I cant say how they feel but can only imagine because theyre so small. Ms Fox said: I just feel like its now coming to the end oft he year and nothing is happening. The police supposed to call, they dont call, theyre not saying anything, not doing any follow-up. I cant get no c losure. A fter Krishanna's disappearance, Ms Poitier returned to Freeport from Los Angelest o assist in the search for her n iece. In addition to internet search efforts, the family has also coordinated communityw alkabouts on Grand Bahama. Last night, Ms Poitier said the family is now focused on broadening the scope of their investigation to outside of The Bahamas. Were frustrated with the legal system and dont feel s upported when youre dealing with a matter and they cant return phone calls or emails, she said. That is really all that we c an do. M s Poitier added: Its really frustrating, I call them every week, no ones there, I leave messages nothing. What are we doing, why is this so passive, if this was a politicians family it would be dif-f erent. Last night, police in Grand Bahama maintained that the investigation was still active and that investigators were p ursuing information received e arlier this week. At a press briefing earlier t his year, police confirmed F itzgerald, 25, is believed to be one of the last people to see Shanna, and was still a person of interest in the matt er. F itzgerald, whom they also w ant to question concerning a s eparate matter, was at that time considered to be armed and extremely dangerous. Also known as Gary C ooper or CT, he was d escribed as brown-skinned with dark brown eyes, about 5 ft 10ins tall, of average build and weighs 170 to 180 p ounds. A nyone with information w hich might assist police i nvestigations is asked to contact the Central Detective Unit at 350-3106 to 9, or 3529774/ 5 in Grand Bahama. Police control rooms inG rand Bahama or Nassau can be reached at 911. Persons can also contact Crime S toppers anonymously at 328-8477. The family can be reached via email at helpusfindshan n firstname.lastname@example.org. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE First Christmas without mother f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e K RISHANNAHIGGS who has been missing since January.