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FREEPORT: Race for the C ure was reason enough for T he Grand Bahama Port Authority to take their com mitment of sponsorship to a nother level. In addition to making a financial contribution, GBPA h as sponsored three relay t eams to compete in the Bahamas Marathon Sunshine Insurance 2012: Susan G K omen Bahamas Race for the Cure Weekend, in the Sunday Marathon event inN assau. Our participation is about finding the cure, and I am sure that being a part of sucha n event will bring a renewed sense of hope and determined spirit to end breast cancer,s aid GBPA vice-president, Ginger Moxey. Spearheaded by GBPA director Henry St George, a 12-membere mployee team agreed to more than two months of 5am N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER DEPUTYPMTOQUIT Volume: 108 No.43FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 79F LOW 67F By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c DEPUTY Prime Minister Brent Symonette, scion of one of the countrys most presti gious political families and a pillar of the FNM for more than 20 years, has announced the end of his career in frontline politics. At a press conference at FNM Headquarters yesterday, Mr Symonette and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told reporters that Mr Symonette would not be seeking reelection in his current St Annes constituency or any other at the next election. Mr Symonette said it is time for him to step aside and make way for a new genera tion of FNMs. He said: It is with a spirit of gratitude and great satisfaction that I announce today that the time has come for me t o leave the frontlines of politics. I shall not be offering for re-election in St Annes in the general election this year. The FNM is committed to introducing a new brand, a new group of candidates, he said. I feel it is time, the Prime Minister and I have dis cussed it, for me to make way for other persons to come forward and contribute to the party in whichever way they can. Paying tribute to Mr Symonette, Prime Minister Ingraham said in the many different capacities he has served, as minister of tourism, attorney general, minister of foreign affairs and immigration and deputy prime minister, Mr Symonette has made a significant contribution to thec ountry. He said Brent has been a valued, competent and effec-t ive minister of government and has given a long distinguished service to his coun try in the political arena as well as in other areas of our national life. While Mr Ingraham admitted he thought he would be the first to leave the political frontline, he said Mr Symonettes decision was not sud den, rather he informed Mr Ingraham some two years ago that he did not intend to seek re-election. Mr Symonette will stay on as deputy prime minister and Symonette will not stand in election TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By KHRISNA VIRGIL PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday officially launched the Teachers Aides Job Training initiative which allowed more than 320 people to be placed at vari ous schools, libraries and departments in the Ministry of Education. The programme is part of the governments $25 million National Job Readiness and Training initiative which began in September 2011 to create jobs and to increase the labour pool in the tough econ omy. TOMORROW, DONTMISSTHETRIBUNESBIGTFOR . FOOD COUPONS AND SPECIALS NEWS SPORTS FASHION FOOD TRAVEL MOVIES MUSIC TV NYTIMES By LAMECH JOHNSON PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Perry Christie says the FNM are late in revealing their candidates vying for seats in the general elections and will have a dif ficult time convincing the people to vote them back into office. Speaking at a press conference in the hall of the partys headquarters on Farrington Road, the opposition leader said that by contrast his par tys candidates were ratified months and years ago with the exception of five, while the Free National Movement, which just released their slate of candidates yesterday evening, will be faced with great difficulty. Well firstly, the Progressive Liberal Party last night, ratified the entire slate of candidates. We ended with five last night (Wednesday good news is, except for Perry Gomez, who made a late entrance into the race, all of our candidates have been in. Some for years. Some for many, many, many months and campaigning. The former prime minister said that this far into the election season, with them expos ing their candidates and views to the Bahamian public, the Progressive Liberal Party is well ahead. When describing his selection of candidates, he said that they are second to none. They are an outstanding B y LAMECH JOHNSON A PRESS release full of l ies was how Progressive Liberal Party leader Perry Christie described claims byt he Democratic National Alliance of the PLPs silence on the recent sale of Atlantis. D uring a press conference at the partys head office on Farrington Road, Mr Christie hit back at claims that he was present in the Cabinet room with the Prime Minister and his ministers to discuss the Brookfield purchase of Atlantis. B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter IN the name of progress and renewal, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last night announced the FNMs full slate of candidates which includes a number of new faces. Following the ratification of the report from the FNM constituency committee at the partys headquarters, Prime Minister Ingraham presented the 38 candidates who will take the FNM into the election. We in the party executive, he said, believe that we have chosen the best slateo f candidates to contest the 2012 general elections, to win re-election to office and to equip us to continue to provide honest accountable and transparent government for the Bahamian people. The FNM is going through a period of renewal and change, something that is essential for all organisa tions, Mr Ingraham said, and institutions if they are to remain relevant and to best serve their higher purposes. Along with the 17 new faces introduced to the polit ical scene, Mr Ingraham announced that 25 per cent of sitting FNM members ofp arliament will not seek reelection. Current MPs who will not contest their seats include: Brent Symonette, MP for St Annes (cabinet minister Earl Deveaux, MP for Marathon (cabinet minister Larry Cartwright, MP for Long Island (cabinet minister); Ken Russell, MP for High Rock; Verna Grant, MP for Eight Mile Rock, and Kendal Wright, MP Clifton. Recognising the MPs for their service, Mr Ingraham FULL SL A TE OF FNM CANDIDATES UNVEILED 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 9 9 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 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 9 9 TRAINING PLAN FOR TEACHERS CHRISTIE:FNMWILL HAVE TOUGH TIME PLPSAYSDNA FULL OF LIES PRIME MINISTERHubert Ingraham and Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette side by side yesterday as it was announced that Mr Symonette would end his career in frontline politics after more than 20 years. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff i m lovin it PORT JOINS C ANCER FIGHT


mornings of grueling training. The drive fuelled by an isolated focus, to help save lives and eradicate breast cancer f orever. T he history behind the Komen Foundation began when Nancy G Brinkerp romised her dying sister, S usan G Komen, she would do everything in her power to e nd breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G Komen for the Cure and launched the g lobal breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the worlds largest grass r oots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighti ng to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Marathon Bahamas is a non-profit organisation, formed in 2009 to organisea nd execute the official marathon in The Bahamas and related activities. Since itsf ormation, the event has attracted thousands of local and international runners, andi s fast becoming one of the popular marathons worldwide. In July 2010, Marathon B ahamas forged a strategic partnership with Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, t he largest global grass-roots organisation dedicated to the e radication of breast cancer. This alliance changed Marathon Bahamas from being a one-day event to becoming the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend, inclusive of the Susan G Komen BahamasR ace for the Cure, The Marathon Expo and Marathon Bahamas. Proceeds from thew eekend will also benefit national organisations such as The Cancer Society of TheB ahamas, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Sup port Group and The Bahamas B reast Cancer Initiative. For more information on the upcoming race, visit w LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 THE TRIBUNE As a result, our Automated Banking Machines (ABMs and Online Banking services will be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and recommend that you plan your financial transactions in advance while we improve our system to better serve you.TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS: Please be advised that we will be conducting an important upgrade to our computer software on:Interruption in ServiceSaturday, January 14, 2012 Beginning 12:00 Midnight to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, January 15, 2012| Leader in Personal Banking Yesterday, while addressing the aides at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Mr Ingraham told the group they are now very essential entities in the educational arena. H e said: In your new posit ion as teachers aides, you have become an important link in the chain that delivers information skills and knowledge to the more than 50,000 students in the 160 or so gov-e rnment-operated schools t hroughout the Bahamas. Moving forward, Mr Ingraham pinpointed some of the challenges which have plagued the educational sys-t em for years. A ccording to Mr Ingraham, while the government spends large amounts of money on educating Bahamians, there are not necessarily areas of focus. One of the things we will seek to do, beginning in the n ext budget period, is to targ et the expenditure in educat ion so that I will have more teachers aides than janitors w ho sit down from 9am to 3 oclock in the afternoon. And we will delegate to s chools more responsibility f or their management and get rid of all the unnecessary bureaucracy that exists between education in the schools. In addition, Mr Ingraham s aid classroom sizes and the c hild-to-teacher ratio has cont inuously been an area of focus. H e said: Many parents will t ell you that one of the main reasons they send their children to private schools, is to get them into smaller class s izes where teachers are able to give personal attention to t he students. W ith those concerns ahead, Mr Ingraham told the group t heir roles will be beneficial to the educational system. I expect that your perform ance as an aide to teachers i n our classrooms will assist in measurably improving the q uality of education provide d in government operated schools and hence the learning experience of our children, he said. M ost importantly, the Prime Minister said the aides w ill be able to provide spec ialised assistance in their areas of focus. We still have far too many students coming out of our p rimary schools, entering our j unior high schools, who cann ot read and write, said Mr Ingraham. And we therefore expect t his cadre of teachers aides will assist in minimising and reducing the number of such students. O f the 328 persons placed, 175 were stationed in New P rovidence, 13 in Eleuthera, 7 3 in East and West Grand Bahama, 37 in Abaco, 17 in N orth and Central Andros and 13 in Exuma. A HAITI relief concert, organized by The United Association of Haitians in the Bahamas has been resched uled. The Haiti Help concert was scheduled to take place at Bahamas Freedom Ministries Diplomats Centre on Saturday, January 14. However, the concert will now take place on Friday, January 13, at the Enoch Beckford Auditorium on Carmichael Road, at 7.30pm. The concert is a part of the associations ongoing earthquake relief efforts with the Power of Ten organization and is co-ordinated under the Haiti Direct Aid pro gramme. The event will be free, but the public is asked to bring any donations they wish to make. The concert will feature such local artists as Benedict Larmantine, Landlord and Anna Calixle. HAITI RELIEF CONCERT RESCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham officially opens the Ministry of Education Teachers Aides Job and Training Initiative yesterday. P hotos: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff TEACHERS AIDES at the official launch ceremony of the Ministry of Education Teachers Aides Job and Skills Training Initiative yesterday at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Training plan for teachers 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 PORT JOINSCANCERFIGHT By KHRISNA VIRGIL k D ESPITE an economical ly trying 2011, the Bahamas' economy is expected to expe-r ience some growth this year, State Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing said. We forecast that the B ahamian economy will grow about 2.5 to 2.8 per cent this year, 2012, consistent with theI MF. Unemployment is likely to remain in double digits, though some continuing decline from 13.8 per cent is expected. We further expect to sustain out growth trajectory with 2.4 per cent in '013 and 2.3 per cent in '014, he said. Last year, the economy grew by 2.0 per cent with a slight decline in unemploy ment to 13.7 per cent, said Mr Laing. While the past four years were difficult for the economy, Mr Laing said the gove rnment was still able to manoeuvre fairly well. Given revenue decline of s ome $23 million from 2006/2007 and $114 million from 2007/2008 compared to2 008/2009, we would have had to reduce spending by some between $23 million and $114m illion. This would have m eant either severe layoffs of civil servants, deep cuts in salaries of public officers, ord eep cuts in Government services, deep cuts in public sector investments or a combination thereof for at least two years to three years. The impact of this on an already devastated and fragile economy is obvious. According to Mr Laing, had the government decided to take that route, none of the major projects would have got underway. If we had decided to hold the line, it would mean that much of what you see that has gone on or is going on now; at the airport, at the harbour, at Arawak Cay, with the utilit ies and roads, the employment programmes could not and would not be occurring. O n the other hand, Mr Laing said some proactive measures could be taken toe nsure the economy contin ues to thrive. We could take a long-range view. That wouldm ean laying the foundation f or a more resilient, robust and dynamic economy and society in the years to comeb y strategically spending the necessary significant borrow ing we would have to do. With that foresight, the government, said Mr Laing, undertook the most dramatic, comprehensive reforms and modernisation seen in our country in generations. The New Business License Act, the New Securities Act and the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority Act (URCA major legislation that received great attention from both parliamentarians and the public. L AING: EC ONOMY WILL GROW THIS YEAR


By DANA SMITH A SUSPECTED suicide, a non-fatal stabbing, foura mmunition-related arrests, and a firearm discovery all happened this week, accord-ing to police. The suicide victim, a 25year-old crew member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Monarch of the Sea, was observed jumping from the vessel around 5.30am. The incident took place six miles from the port of Nassau. Also on Wednesday, an altercation between two men left one man in hospital with multiple stab wounds. The men were at Apple Street off Wulff Road shortly before 6pm, when they beganto argue. The 18-year-old victim was taken in a private vehicle to the hospital where he is detained in stable condition. Police say they are follow ing significant leads into this incident. Three men and a juvenile are currently in police custody in connection with the dis covery of a quantity of assorted ammunition. Southern Division police officers executed a searchwarrant on a home on Quakoo Street around 3.30am, yesterday. They found the ammuni tion and detained three men, ages 47, 30, and 19, as well asa 17-year-old boy, for ques tioning. In another incident, a shot gun hidden in the bushes off Carmichael Road was discovered by Grove Police Station officers on Wednesday. Acting on information, the officers went to Shrimp Road around 10.30pm, where they discovered the weapon. So far, no one has been taken into custody in connection with the find. P olice say they are actively investigating all these incidents and also wish to notify the public that if a police officer asks for a name or address while in the execution of his duties, failing to provide this information is a crime. Giving a false name is also a crime. Conviction can lead to a fine of between $500 and $1,000, or three months in prison. By DANA SMITH A MASS spay and neuter campaign targeting as many a s 2,000 stray dogs a week could be on the cards for New P rovidence. Animal rights activists are eagerly awaiting approval f rom for Project Potcake, a proposal organised in conj unction with American nonprofit group Animal Bal a nce. The organisation sends its own vets to countries with stray animal problems to per form the operations free of charge. With the stray problem c ontinuing to explode across the country, experts feel b reaking the reproductive cycle is the only credible way to tackle the problem. Lissa McCombe, Bahamas Humane Society board member, said she is very excited about the possibility that Ani-m al Balance could be on the island in August. Its going to be 20 vets coming in for four days and t hey are paying their own way here. The only thing we need to do is raise money for supp lies, she said. Its going to make an i mmediate and significant difference in the amount of u nwanted animals, therefore making the burden on the Humane Society and other animal groups a lot lighter. However, Ms McCombe said, the vets can only bring their expertise to theB ahamas if it is approved. Theres only two groups t hat have to sign off on it, the Minister of Agriculture who has been very positive and the Vet Association. The pro ject really hangs in the balance of whether the Vet Association votes for ora gainst it on Tuesday. Laura Kimble, chairman of t he Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness ( Baark!), is another supporter of Project Potcake. Ms Kimble said although B aark works very hard to spray and neuter strays, they c ould never cover as many animals as Project Potcake. We go around and well spend a Saturday picking up dogs in the community, but theres only so much we can do as volunteers, Ms Kim ble said. Maybe 500 to 1,000 ani m als over the course of a year, at best. With this project, wec an do 2,000 strays in one week. The project will get Baark over that little hump so we can really start decreasing the number, Ms Kimble said. She hopes continuing effortsb y Baark will become more effective after the initial mass s pray and neuter campaign. Its an incredible amount o f time and work that Baark has to do, and were so excited that this project could knock o ut a big part of that, Ms Kimble said. A lthough she could not offer a specific number when a sked how many strays there are in the Bahamas, she said it is thought there could be anywhere between 30,000 to 60,000. Its definitely a huge problem, she said. N ext week Tuesday, the Vet Association will meet tod iscuss Project Potcake and give their assessment to the Ministry of Agriculture, which has the final say. B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT William L eslie Forbes was charged with murder in Eight MileR ock Magistrates Court on Thursday Forbes, 36, is accused of the stabbing death of 31-year-oldN atacha Mondelus of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock. A large, hostile crowd gathered in Jones Town around 9.30am as the accused was escorted into court by a heavyp olice guard for his arraignment. A barricade was erected and armed police officers were o n hand to keep the peace. Relatives of the victim, who were seated inside the courtr oom, became very emotional and left before Forbess arraignment. M agistrate Gwendolyn Claude read the charge to Forbes, who was not required t o enter a plea. He was not r epresented by an attorney. Magistrate Claude a djourned the matter to April 2 6, 2012 for a preliminary inquiry. Forbes was denied b ail and remanded to Her M ajestys Prison, Fox Hill. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 3 Man charged with stabbing murder PROJECTPOTCAKETONEUTERSTRAYDOGS CREW MEMBER JUMPED FROM CRUISE SHIP IN SUICIDE BID W ILLIAMLESLIEFORBES i s escorted into court yesterday.


EDITOR, The Tribune. THE popular saying these days is the middle class isb eing eroded. It is even being s aid by our intelligent folks. people who are observant...the erosion of the middle class began ages ago and will not reverse until we do things differently. I remember when I got my first lot. In order to obtain a l ong term loan, I had to join a list at either First Home or Finco and have 20 to 25 perc ent down payment in my possession. I was bluntly told that because I was single and a mother and wanted to sign o n my own, Id most likely be one of the last to be called. I recall the interestr ate being up to 12 per cent at that time. I was advised to at least put some equity ont he lot if I wanted to move up the list. Putting equity on a lot used to be the Bahamian thing to do. In fact, it was common to hear people boasting proudly about howf ar theyd built on their lot before they went to the bank. In fact, seasonal workers like construction workers and hotel workers who worked for tips, found it quite diffic ult to get long term loans or t hey were told the banks would rate them on only half their wages. Consequentlyw orkers in those areas in par ticular, built their houses out of pocket. It was commonplace for m en to gather their trades men friends, a barrel of Kentucky and a case of Becks a nd spend the whole weekend either pouring their foundations, blocking up tob elt course or putting on t heir roofs. Some, after being told what their loan pay ments would be to finish t heir houses would just finish it out of pocket them selves. People used to multi p ly their loan payments by 12 then the loan term and say een no way dey payin the bank tree times more than d ey borry. Remember those days? I can remember my moth e rs shock after Id laid my foundation and finally received my 20 year loan. Shew as like ... Missy... you ga be a slave to the bank fa 20 years ya know. Why you doon wait and spend five years building out of pocket, she asked. As was usual back then...I didnt take her advice. Anyway my duplex got built for $65,000 and I only had to add a few dollars with the rent to make my mortgage payments. That was then. One can hardly find a decent lot for $65,000 now and I hear say loan terms can now go up to 30 years. Mud-d o! B ack then, if one had a job a nd liked it, one could stay there until death or retirem ent. Not so now or even in the recent past. With Globalisation, mergers and technology just to name a few, no job c an be considered long term o r taken for granted any more. E ither the banks did not n otice the world changing or they had so much loose c hange that they went on an apparent lending spree.N early every female dog and h er brudder could get a loan if they had only a piece of a job. Hell, one did not even have to go to the banks anym ore. The bankers yucked o ff their stuffy suits and stepped out. Yep, they s tepped out to the car shows, the home shows, the health shows or wherever people were gathered. Then...they competed with each other m uch to the delight of would be borryers. T hats right, borrowers c ould walk from the car show today and be rolling their new cars tomorrow. No down pay m ent and insurance paid for a year plus...a full tank of gas. YIPPEE!! Add that to their 5 per cent down house/loanp ackage and their borried furniture, their various credit cards. And school fees...a r ecipe for disaster was sim mering slowly. There was a time when the a verage middle class Bahamia n would, after a few years of being homeowners, finally save or join asues to eitherp roperly landscape their prop erties or add one or two additional rooms aka adding on. A nother year or two theyd save enough to build a front wall. After that a kitchen or bathroom upgrade, etc, each t ime adding more equity to their homes without adding to their loans. Today borrowers are borrowing to their maximum. Thats right, granite counter tops, marble or porcelain tiles, four-five bedrooms, three 1/2 bathrooms, jacuzzi, great room, media room, two car garages, central air, etc, all one time. See where Im going with this? Yet they wonder why theyre broke and I een even finish yet. Wait. There used to be a thing c alled layaway. Where did i t go? It got replaced by another thing called credit card/s. We became thingsy so buy now pay later at a minimum of 18 per cent. Instant g ratification ya see. R emember the time when we could get a package from t he airlines which was airfare, hotel and car for less than $300? Not today. Hell it costa lmost a grand for two just to leave the island. And we have to leave the island you k now because we cant tell o ur kids they cant have their Easter, mid-term, summer or Christmas vacation. We justd ont know how to break it to them. As for our new expense s...cable and internet. How did we live without them? We cant now right. Were vex but we pay anyway. Fone cads and cell fones! Wow! Wheres the fella who said talk was cheap? Show meh im so I could wet him one. He doon live here eh? Man we talk so much we created a whole new industry of street sellers. Some of you may call me old but I can remember w hen doctors had beepers a nd drug dealers had the socalled brick cell phones. Not now. Us and our childrenm ust have cell phones. We/they must! Now my niece is telling me Im not saying anything if Id ont have 4G. I een ready she say. Chile please. Then the mudda of all hobb ies/expenses and the Devil himself....Web Shops aka number houses. Therest wo/three on every corner. M an looka can open accounts with hibiscus dem, lucky dem, the gamep eople dem even the asue people dem. And guess what, you dont have to just won d er what happen in Chicago, Miami, New York or California....youre free to wonder what happen in almost 20 s tates! 20! I think by now you get my point. F or most..the new expenses/hobbies came but the wages stayed the same. T he recession brought that simmering pot to a boil. Think on these things before you ask what happen to the middle class. CAROLYN ADDERLEY MACAULAY Nassau, January, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 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 A PROMISE to a dying sister not only brought the words breast cancer out oft he closet, but launched the Susan G K omen for the Cure organisation to eradicate the killer disease. A former US Ambassador, currently t he World Health Organisations Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control, and herself a cancer survivor, Nancy GoodmanB rinker established the Susan G Komen for the Cure organisation in 1982 in memory of her only sister who died of breast cancer at the age of 36. Since then, the non-profit organisation has raised more than $1.9 billion for r esearch, education and health services. I t is now the worlds largest breast cancer charity. But it was not easy in the beginning. O ne of the many obstacles faced by Ms Brinker was that breast cancer was not talked about in mixed company, and cert ainly not printed in the hallowed columns o f newspapers. No one talked openly about the dis ease, said the Susan G Komen for the C ure organisation, there were no 800numbers, no Internet and few, if any, support groups. Few treatment options existed for breast cancer patients and limited r esources were committed to the disease. In a matter of years, Brinker broke the silence around breast cancer, and Komen f or the Cure is now the worlds largest grassroots network of breast cancer sur vivors and activists fighting to save lives, e mpower people, ensure quality care for all and energise science to find the cures. Today, the organisation has invested more than $1.9 billion in breast cancer research,e ducation, screening and treatment. Mrs Willie Moss, honorary chairman of the Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for t he Cure, speaking at the Rotary Club of Lucaya, urged women to educate themselves about the disease. She said that itw as discovered that one in every three w omen in the Bahamas will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, research showed that six dis tinct BRCA1 mutations have been found in cancer families in the Bahamas. About 23 per cent of the unselected cases ofb reast cancer in the Bahamas was attrib uted to this particular gene and of all the countries studied, the Bahamas wast he highest with BRCA1. A few years ago, Dr Judith Hurley, of the Oncology Department of Jackson Memorial Hospital, was introduced to the Bahamas by the Grand Bahama Cancer Society. Mrs Moss said that as a result of Dr Hurleys screening of patients it was also discovered that women in the Bahamasd eveloped cancer at a much younger age. For example, she said, .6 per cent of Bahamian women with breast cancer are under the age of 45 compared with 1 3.1 per cent of United States women. Further studies led to the discovery that 53 per cent of Bahamian breast cancerp atients inherited the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. The big question now is: Why? And then: What can be done about it? Three years ago, Sunshine Insurance launched the Sunshine Insurance Weekend, joining for the first time last year with t he Susan G Komen organisation to include t he Susan G Komen Bahamas Race. This weekend Saturday and Sunday is race weekend. T he Bahamas marathon to raise money for the cure is growing in popularity among international enthusiasts. A ccording to Brian Moodie, president o f Sunshine Insurance, this year 400 international visitors are expected for the twoday event. They will be here for four daysa nd this, said Mr Moodie, will represent about 2,000 hotel room nights to boost our tourist industry. He was appreciative of the great help his organisation received f rom the Ministry of Tourism and saw the weekend event, growing in size every year, not only as a lucrative tourism builder, b ut also a means for raising funds for the elimination of breast cancer. The course for the 26.2 mile-marathon to be run on Sunday has been officially measured and accredited as an international marathon course. For example, last year the times of anyone who qualifiedi n the Bahamas Marathon was recognised for the New York marathon that November. T he Saturday morning course .1 miles starts at 7am from Church Street St Matthews church corner over then ew bridge to Paradise Island around the c ircle and through the tunnel ending by the tennis courts at the old Club Med resort. Sundays marathon starts at Junkanoo Beach at the western esplanade, to Bay Street over the new Paradise Island Bridge and down the old bridge, aroundt he Montagu, Village Road to the Hilton, the new route around BahMar on Cable Beach, west to Compass Point and back toA rawak Beach, where it ends. The course has been designed to show visitors the diversity of New Providence as a tourist destination, highlighting down towns historic buildings, Paradise island and Cable Beach. It also raises money for breast cancer research. Erosion began a long time ago LETTERS l A marathon weekend to help eliminate cancer EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Chief Justices warning on the governments plan to introduce an amendment to the Bail Act, has cemented the publics opinion that changes have to be made, either to the constitution or to appointments to the offices of judiciary. Minister Turnquest told the public what was already known, it may not be known by persons who are oblivious, unaffected or profiting from criminal activity, but those who are being affected, reali ty is what it is. Quoting the Chief Justice, Parliament is not supreme. It is subject to the constitution and whatever laws they pass must be able to pass con stitutional muster. They cannot infringe on rights guaranteed by the constitution which we as members of the judiciary are sworn to uphold. The question that the government is asking and the answer the judiciary (or the Chief Justice) has to give is hidden in the above quote. How do you protect the rights of a person on bail who has been charged with multiple offences over an extended period? How do you protect per sons who are going to be called as witnesses if the system is ineffective and those in charge see any change or talk of change as a judicial or constitutional threat? Is the safety of the criminal to be elevated above that of the law-abiding citizen? It seems like those seeking political office see The National Security Ministers remarks as an opportunity to get on a soapbox as they attempt to protect the judi ciary and Messrs Christie and McCartney are making the most of the opportunity. They are not wise. Their articulations do not address the rights of the majority of persons they are seeking to represent, maybe the opportunity to lay into the government gave them an acute case of short-sightedness. The public agrees with what the Minister said, but there seems to be something very wrong with some of us who need to make a point at the expense of the majority of Bahamians. Until we are all affected, there will be no seeking of answers or adjustments. Until we experience a spilling over where the criminal demographic does not have a particular specificity, we will not be able to see the connectivity, but when this happens it will be too late; and there will not be enough bars, gates or guns, to protect anyone. EDWARD HUTCHE SON Nassau, September 26, 2011. (Since this letter was writ ten the amended Bail Act was passed and a judge can no longer grant bail in certain cases, for example, on charges of murder, armed robbery, rape, attempted murder, possession of firearms designed to dis charge explosives, possession of firearms or ammunition intended to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, etc. Magistrates are now telling lawyers that as far as bail goes they can no longer oblige their clients. This is as it should be, both for the safe-ty of the public and the accused and even for the witnesses. Ed). Will Bahamians be truly protected?


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Wewillbeinterviewingfortheabovepositionsonly.All applicantsarerequiredtobringaresumeandthreelettersof recommendation ifyouareinterestedinattendingthe jobfair andvisitour websiteatwww.lcis.bstolearnmoreaboutour schoolandthepositions above. By KHRISNA VIRGIL k T HE terms of the governments Arawak Port Development share offer to civil servants could be illegal, according to independent candidate for Garden Hills Paul Moss. I n an effort to boost the Bahamas t ransition to a share-owning society, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced that the government will offer its employees a salary advance to buy shares in the port. Mr Ingraham said the offer applies t o those who have served for more than five years and will act as an i nterest-free loan, repayable to the T reasury Department over the c ourse of the next year. But former PLP member Mr Moss claims the offer does not follow the dictates of the law, as it has not been debated in parliament. H e said: The Financial Administ ration and Audit Act of 1973 governs the manner in which a loan ought to be advanced by the government in respect to the Consolidated Fund. It states specifically in section 1 7, subject to the provisions of the Public Treasury Bills Act and to s ection 16, no loans should be raised b y the government and no guarant ees involving a financial liability shall be binding by the government unless entered into with the prior approval of the House of Assembly, signified by a resolution there-o f. Regulations cannot be made by the PM or the Ministry of Finance by itself. Parliament must approve it. I ask the question: When and where was parliament convened to give this approval? "The Minister of Finance (Prime Minister Ingraham t hose who sit in parliament need t o show the public where this meeti ng took place and where they voted and that this resolution was approved. If not, we cannot be seen to be participating in what is going on. M r Moss added that if such proof i s not forthcoming, the image of the Auditor General and the Ministry of Finance will be damaged. The law says quite clearly that the Auditor General ought to make sure that such advances as this meett he requirement and this must be done annually and reported to parl iament. If that is not the case, then we h ave a situation where the Ministry of Finance and also the Auditor General is not doing their job. This has grave consequences because this Act is akin to the Con-s titution, and certainly the auditor g eneral has a responsibility to ensure that the publics trust in the Treasury is maintained. Mr Moss urged the Prime Minister to take a step back and get it correct, if in fact he does want this dealt o go through. Arawak shares offer may be illegal BY DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Calling on t he government to ring the b ell, DNA leader Branville M cCartney says his party is ready for the general election and to become the next government of the Bahamas. Mr McCartney said the par t y will run candidates in all 38 constituencies and will name its remaining candidates within a few days. We are ready for this election and asking government t o ring the bell, he told the m edia on Thursday while visiting Grand Bahama. Mr McCartney was accomp anied by a group of supporters, including Roger Rolle and Osman Johnson, t he DNA candidates for West Grand Bahama and Pineridge respectively. He expressed concern about t he poor economic state of Grand Bahama, and promised to bring positive investments back to the country. While in Grand Bahama, Mr McCartney met with exec-u tives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and other business persons on thei sland. Grand Bahama is in the B ahamas. It should be seen as being in the Bahamas and just something that is pushed on the back-burner, he said. We cannot allow our peoplet o suffer like this anymore. Mr McCartney said it seems the other two parties only come to Grand Bahama around election time. Nothing has happened for t he island under the PLP or t he FNM, he said. Driving around especially in the West End area the oth-e r day is depressing, it is sad. We should not be living like this. We in the DNA will do a ll we can to bring positive investments back to the country. We know persons who w ant to invest in this country. The difficulty they are having is the problem of going through the process and prob l ems of the existing adminis tration and not trusting the last administration. They are waiting for a new a dministration, the DNA administration. I think Bahamian people are sick and tired, and at this stage they are going to show both Hubert Ingraham and P erry Christie that their time is up, McCartney said. DNA:RINGTHE BELLTOSTART THEELECTION FROM LEFT, Rodger Rolle, DNAcandidate for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, attorney Osman Johnson, Pineridge DNA candidate, and p arty leader Branville McCartney.Photo: D enise Maycock




team of men and women and w e are standing on them to be as good as their qualifica tions suggest they are, Mr C hristie said. And so the choice will be made by the Bahamian people. We want to give them theb est opportunity to make the choice in our favour. Speaking about his party having just disclosed their full lineup of candidates, he said that with respect to theFNM, for me it is an interesting time in the Bahamas when Im able to say they are late. When asked if he thought the governing partys decision to reveal 38 candidates so late into the season will do greater harm than good, his response was: I think they obviously have a difficulty. In this sense, he added, they have made two decisions to respond to the fact that we have a significant number of new generation candidates and theyve had to respond to that. And theyve therefore had to suffer inviting members of parliament, current members of parliament, to step down. The Centreville MP explained that they (FNM were faced with the problemof unpopularity of candidates in particular areas and theyve had to shuffle them. Some had to step down and others had to move to other constituencies. There is nothing of a secret about someone who has represented a constituency for five to 10 years, having to leave that constituency, and going to another constituen cy, he said. He maintained that the FNMs late revelation of candidates was due to the PM not wanting to risk unpopular candidates in certain areas, only to lose at the polls on election day. ELECTION2012 THECANDIDATES THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 7 OFFICE SPACE $800.00457-4911 K ENDAL S MITH, DNA WINSOME MILLER, FNM CHARLES MAYNARD, F NM JEROME F ITZGERALD, PLP KAREN DAVIS, DNA BENALBURY, DNA RICHARD L IGHTBOURNE, FNM GRAHAM W EATHERFORD, MONTAGU H EATHER H UNT, FNM HUBERT MINNIS, FNM JEROME G OMEZ, PLP FARRELL GOFF, DNA MICHAEL HALKITIS,P LP MERLIN PICKSTOCK, DNA SHANE GIBSON, PLP F RED M ITCHELL, PLP SHONELL F ERGUSON, FNM PAULMOSS, GARDENHILLS B RENZIL ROLLE, FNM KELPHENE CUNNINGHAM, DNA DRKENDAL MAJOR, PLP CHRIS TIE:FNMWILL HAVE TOUGH TIME f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e




ELECTION2012 THECANDIDATES THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 9 M r Christie denied the allegations, saying I was not. He added: Let me say it again, though, in case slower minds in the DNA need to be r epeated. I was not in that room. Mr Christies response was prompted by the DNAs assertion on Monday that the PLP shouldve made a stink about the matter, demanded details of the agreement be made public, and fought for the better interests of the Bahamian people. DNA Chairman Mark Humes went further and saidthe party believed Mr Christies relationship with Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham dubbing the two leaders as Christie, Ingraham and Co has compromised his ability to effectively lead or oppose. Mr Christie countered that the DNA and their press release was full of lies, from start to finish. He said this attack by Branville McCartney and the DNA was a sign of their lead ers desperation. M r Christie said: It had b een a rough few weeks for Branville McCartney, whose party has been plagued by infighting, stumbles, accusations and counter-accusations. For weeks and even months, Steve McKinney was part of Branvilles inner circle and now Mr McKinney is calling Bran a fake and a fraud, void of new ideas and accus ing the DNA of cutting secret deals with the FNM. With the DNA selfdestruction even before itso ut of the gate, Bran McCartney is getting desperate. He says he represents change, but his tactic of turning to lies in times of trouble are evidence of the many years he spent learning at Hubert Ingra hams knee. He continued that Mr McCartney is not very smart given that he sought to convince the public that he was not in cahoots with the FNM ... the same FNM, Mr Christie added, that the Bam boo Town MP served with in Cabinet where they cut education funding, created jobs for foreigners instead of Bahamians, presided over record levels of murder and v iolence, cut special deals for i nsiders and failed to put Bahamians first. Regarding the PLP fighting for the best interests of the people and demanding that the Brookfield agreement be made public, Mr Christie said he only learned of the deal on the same day as the Bahamian public. The Prime Minister informed me five minutes before he informed the press and the public. My response was concern about the securi-t y of Bahamian jobs, and it continues to be a matter of serious concern for me. Ultimately, Mr Christie called on the Prime Minister to make the deal public saying that the truth is, Bahamians do not trust the FNM to fight for them at the bargaining table. The government assured Bahamians their jobs were secure, but Bahamians are smart. Theyre asking if those assurances are only good until the elections. He concluded: Hubert and Branville, FNM and FNM Lite, listen to me. For the many thousands whose jobs are at stake, and for their families, this is not a game. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e PLP SAYSDNAFULL OF LIES G REGORY BURROWS, P LP MELANIE GRIFFIN, PLP M AURICE S MITH, DNA DION F OULKES, FNM L ESLIE MILLER, PLP DARIO TERRELL, D NA PRINCE S MITH, DNA H UBERT C HIPMAN, FNM KAREN B UTLER, FNM expressed his gratitude and appreciation for their contribution. Each has given generous ly in the service of our party and nation, said Mr Ingra ham, each has demonstrat ed excellent character and is leaving front-line politics with reputation intact as honest, dependable and committed servants of the peo ple. Mr Ingraham noted that there are six sitting members of parliament who will be seeking election in new con stituencies. They include: Current Carmichael MP Desmond Bannister, who will be run ning in North Andros; current MP for South Beach Phenton Neymour, who will be running in Exuma and Ragged Island; current MP for Montagu Loretta Butler Turner, who will be running in Long Island; current Blue Hills MP Sidney Collie, who will be running in MICAL, and cur rent Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson, who will be running in Southern Shores. The Prime Minister predicted that all of these candidates would win their new seats. He said: Everyone who moved from one constituency to another will pick up a seat that was held by the PLP. Mr Ingraham said that the wealth of talent available to the FNM made the selection process very difficult. It is important, he said, that those who were not suc cessful in their bid to contest this year's elections on the FNM ticket know that their non-selection says nothing about their fitness to serve, their qualification or ability to represent our party on the national level. In the end, choices had to be made. In making those choices, the Prime Minister said, the party held extensive consultation, particularly with constituency association executives. We gave great weight to the preferred candidate of the associations, and very markedly of the executives of constituency associations. Encouraging FNMs to bring out their red, Mr Ingra ham said: I say to all FNMs and supporters: The colour red is coming. FULL SL ATE OF FNM CANDIDATES UNVEILED f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e I sa y to all FNMs and supporters: The colour r ed is coming. 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ELECTION2012 THECANDIDATES C ENTRAL GRAND BAHAMA N ORTHABACO CENTRALANDSOUTHABACO NORTH A NDROS ANDTHEBERRYISLANDS C ENTRAL AND SOUTH A NDROS NORTHELEUTHERA CENTRALANDSOUTH ELEUTHERA MICAL CATISLAND, RUM CAY &SAN SALVADOR LONGISLAND EXUMAANDRAGGEDISLAND E AST GRAND BAHAMA MARCO CITY P INERIDGE WEST GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI PAGE 10, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 THE TRIBUNE minister of foreign affairs u ntil the election, and also as deputy leader of the FNMu ntil the next convention, w hich will be held in the first six months of this year, Mr I ngraham said. He will also be one of a t eam of co-ordinators who will manage the FNM election campaign, he added. M r Symonette thanked the B ahamian people, specifically the constituents of Montagu and St Annes who elected him to Parliament. He went o n to thank the Prime Minister for appointing him to the notable Cabinet position of deputy prime minister andhis colleagues in the House of Assembly and the government. It has been a wonderful time during which we, togethe r, have accomplished much for our country. We have delivered accountable government to the Bahamian people and restored the good n ame of the Bahamas in the world, said Mr Symonette. The opposition PLP has l abelled the governing partys changes to its election slate a case of rearranging deck c hairs on the Titanic and said Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette is the latest to jump from a sinking ship. I n a statement issued last night, the PLP claimed Mr Symonette announced he is l eaving frontline politics in an effort to avoid allegations of conflicts of interest and ques t ions about his role in millions of dollars in cost overruns r elated to government road works. The party said that, as minister with responsibility for immigration, Mr Symonette a llowed too many work permits to be issued and allowed the impression to develop thatc itizenship applications were being fast-tracked for political reasons. The record reflects that neither the Prime Minister nor Deputy Prime Minister feel compelled to answer r epeated calls from the public for transparency on this and other matters, the statement s aid. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e DEPUTY PMTOQUIT JULIAN R USSELL, PLP TANISHA T YNES, PLP GREGORY MOSS, PLP R OGER R OLLE, DNA R ENARDO CURRY, PLP G ARY SAWYER, PLP P ERRY GOMEZ, PLP WAYDE FORBES FERGU SON, D NA C LAYSWEETING, PLP WILLIAMHUNT, DNA VALFRED GRAY, PLP SHAWN FRANCIS, DNA ALEX STORR, PLP ANTHONY MOSS, PLP FLOYD ARMBRISTER, DNA PHENTON NEYMOUR, FNM MARIO CARTWRIG HT, DNA LORETTA BUTLERTURNER, FNM MICHAEL PINTARD, FNM SIDNEY COLLIE, FNM RONALD BOSFIELD,F NM THEONEILY, FNM HOWARDJOHNSON, FNM R ANDY BUTLER, DNA D ESMOND BANNISTER, FNM ROSCOE T HOMPSON, DNA EDISON KEY, FNM SONITH L OCKHEART, DNA HUBERT I NGRAHAM, FNM PAKESIA EDGECOMBE,F NM DR MICHAELD ARVILLE, PLP OSMAN J OHNSON, DNA KWASI THOMP-S ON, FNM NEKO G RANT, FNM PETER TURNQUEST, F NM N ORRIS B AIN, FNM WHITNEY BASTIAN, INDEPEN-D ENT