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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Bishop:Demons loose in country Volume: 108 No.45TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 79F LOW 68F By LAMECH JOHNSON and SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporters THREE demons are hold i ng the Bahamas hostage and can only be exorcised with prayer, Bishop Neil Ellis, of Mount Tabor Full Gospel B aptist Church, warned last night. The demons were sexual immorality, financial insta-b ility and witchcraft. He insisted this information was a revelation from God and nothing to do with him. The controversial Bishop held Bahamians in suspense yesterday, refusing to reveal t he three evils until his church was full. Around 7:30pm, a crowded church accommodat e d the overflow congregation in its parking lot. There, they watched the action on moni tors set up for the occasion. B ishop Ellis had earlier told The Tribune how the Lord had appeared to him andt old him the Bahamas is pos sessed by three demons, who Ellis claims that Bahamas is possessed TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM W OMAN F F A A S S H H I I O O N N W W I I T T H H A A C C A A U U S S E E SEEWOMANONPAGE12B TENNIS S S W W E E E E T T I I N N G G B B I I D D F F O O R R A A T T P P S S U U C C C C E E S S S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE By LAMECH JOHNSON SENIOR Justice Jon Isaacs remitted the sentencing of a convicted child rapist, who pleaded guilty to robbery, back to Magistrates Court on the basis that the Magistrate who referred the matter made a technical error. Because court six Magis trate Carolyn Vogt-Evans did not convict 38-year-old Andrew Bridgewater of the offence last November, only accepting his plea, Senior Jus tice Isaacs said that as regards the law he could do nothing with Bridgewater. According to the Criminal Procedure Code, a Magistrate referring a matter to the Supreme Court for sentencing must have all pre-conditions met, which includes con viction of the accused. He said that Magistrate Vogt-Evans did not meet the full requirements. Senior Jus tice Isaacs then addressed Bridgewater and informed B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Acting to remove impediments to busi n esses, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has announced the government will move to establish a committee to r eview the Guide to Customs Duty Exemptions and Procedures in Freeport. He noted that certain pro cedures required by Bahamas Customs in Freeport have become a concern for some businesses. In 1992, the vast majority of licensees in Freeport were foreign. Also, in those preFNM days the Prime Minister had to sign off on Bahamians given a licence to operate businesses in Freeport. We discontinued that within days By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a CANCER advocate and survivor Stephanie Siegel will stop at nothing to lower the alarmingly high incidence of breast cancer in the Bahamas. T he wife of former US A mbassador to the Bahamas Ned Siegel has dedicated her life to facilitating research,i mproving access to treatment, and increasing awareness of the disease that affects B ahamian women at the worlds highest levels. Sharing her whirlwind can cer battle with The Tribune y esterday, Mrs Siegel under scored the critical need for genetic testing, universal t reatment protocols and greater patient responsibility. Nearly 1,400 people took t o the starting line Saturday m orning for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter AGRICULTURE minister Larry Cartwright claims thou sands of Bahamians will be affected by the illegal deple tion of crawfish. Warning that those breaking fisheries laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, agriculture and marine resources minister By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Ministry of Agricul ture has admitted that due to its failure to take swift action, the mystery surrounding the deaths of hundreds of fish washed ashore in eastern New Providence last week may never be solved. Director of marine resources Michael Brennan said that because no samples were taken on the actual day the fish were discovered, it is unlikely authorities will ever be certain about what killed them. At a press conference, he DEDICATED TO FIGHTING CANCER 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 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 9 9 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 9 9 PLEDGE T O HELP BUSINESSES WARNING OVER ILLEGAL FISHING MA GISTRATES ERROR IN CHILD RAPIST CASE ANDREW BRIDGEWATER being escorted outside court. MINIS TR Y MISTAKE OVER DEAD FISH im lovin it APACKEDchurch listens to Bishop Neil Ellis, as he warns that the Bahamas is being held hostage by the demons of sexual immorality, financial instability and witchcraft. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff


w hich is on target to raise $100,000 in donations for cancer research in the country. T he race is the world's l argest educational fundraiser f or breast cancer, and its Bahamas course is the result o f collaborative efforts initia ted by Mrs Siegel. Witnessing her dream r ealised for the second consecutive year, Mrs Siegel said the powerful message of solidarity was overwhelming. The survivors standing up o n that stage, you could just feel the thankfulness, you c ould feel the hope, its really hope, she said. Hope for the future that no one else on this island would suffer the way they suffered because t hey went through it earlier than the women who will foll ow. Mrs Siegel, a board memb er for the Susan G Komen f or the Cure Advocacy Alliance, said: I think that h olds true for any woman that has been diagnosed, all we want to do is help the next woman in line. If I could help just one woman avoid the pit h oles that I myself went through, I would feel accomp lished. A fter three lumpectomies, a subsequent mastectomy, Mrs Siegel is no stranger to t he breast cancer fight. She w as first diagnosed on her 55th birthday during a routine mammogram, just m onths before her husband became a diplomat to The B ahamas in 2007. The couple had high expect ations for their new life in T he Bahamas, and the shocking news of not one, but five s pots was incredibly disheartening. We saw one spot, then all of a sudden the one spot became five spots, she said. There were three spots on my left breast and two spots o n my right breast. My doctor d ecided on a lumpectomy on my left breast. After three lumpectomies, M rs Siegels doctors decided t hat the two spots on her right breast would not have to be removed. The first opinion was that it was suspicious and needed to come out, the second opin-i on said that it didnt need to c ome out. S he added: So I learned a really tough lesson, when you g et good news and bad news, go with the bad news and run with it. L ess than two months later, Mrs Siegel noticed a spot on her face that would prove to b e skin cancer, a find she credits to divine intervention. Its a process, finding your doctors, finding the right doc t or, making a decision, she said. I didnt go to medical s chool and now after a quick course on breast cancer, now all of a sudden I was faced witha quick course in melanoma. Determined not to let the disease hamper the former ambassadors transition to hisn ew role, Mrs Siegel travelled with her husband to The Bahamas in November to get e stablished before returning to New York for face surgery. Despite her prior medical challenges, Mrs Siegel said h er first Christmas in The Bahamas was a magical experience. Every time Id go back a nd theyd find something wrong with me what helped m e to get on my feet again was knowing that I was coming back (to The Bahamas and that I wanted to comeb ack here, and that I was coming back to people I felt really cared and really loved me, she said. That kept me going. I had a purpose and a reason to c ome back, to get out of bed e very day and I wanted to get dressed and I wanted to get out there, to speak to otherw omen. I wanted them to k now that the diagnosis of breast cancer was not a death sentence. Thinking the worst was now behind them, the couple would receive another blow a t Mrs Siegels follow-up screening in January 2008, invasive breast cancer. I couldnt believe how fast it was, I went from breast cancer, to melanoma, to breast cancer in no time, she said. You are your own best advocate, you cant do this blindly. This is why I believe in genetic testing, you need to be as armed as you possibly can, you need to have as much information as you can. In the end, youre not the doctor but this is your life and the onus is on you. Mr Siegels appointment schedule in Washington coin cided with that of Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G Komen for the Cure furthering Mrs Siegels belief that no incident is happenstance. My dream when I was lying in the hotel room after my lumpectomies, because Id been to many Komen walks and I knew what it looked l ike, my vision was to see a sea of women in pink shirts, walking over Paradise Island, she said. I wanted that more than anything else I wanted them to be recognized and I wanted t he women of this country to recognize these women and know there was life after ad iagnosis of breast cancer. Mr and Mrs Siegel unveiled the Bahamas Breast CancerI nitiative in 2008 and laid the foundations for crucial research into breast cancer in the Bahamas with $300,000 funding from Susan G Komen. Studies revealed that around 23 per cent of Bahamian women diagnosed carry the BRCA1 gene muta tion, the highest prevalence out of any population in the world. Of these, around half of the women, 48 per cent, were under age 50. The Bahamas could actu ally be a little microcosm for the rest of the world, here you have this small country with a high prevalence of breast can cer, what if you could get to the bottom of what was going on here and then the question would be how findings here would affect the rest of the world. The other driving force was coming upon these findings reinterpret them as quickly as possible and bring those results to the bedside. We wanted a change in treatment, if there was a change in treatment that would be called for because o f these findings. According to published reports, only 12 per cent of American women under 44 y ears old are diagnosed with breast cancer, while 34 per cent of Bahamian women a re diagnosed at that age or younger. As a result, Bahamian women are urgedt o disregard American breast cancer screening guidelines which state onlyw omen aged 50 to 74 should seek testing. Further research is hindered by the availability and high costs associated with genetic testing, which researchers believe is vital to an in-depth study of breast cancer presentation and treat ment in the country. Mrs Siegel said the most fulfilling part of her journey has been the knowledge that what started as only a vision has transformed into a mis sion that has facilitated improvements in cancer treat ment for the country. People sometimes say that must have been the worst time of your life, Mrs Siegel said. Honestly it was the best time of my life. Who has the opportunity, because of their situation, to turn something that had the propensity to bea bad time in your life into something that is so incredible and so tangible and has influenced so many people. This influenced a country that I love, with people that I love. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 THE TRIBUNE DEDICATED TO FIGHTING CANCER f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e S TEPHANIE SIEGEL, w ho took part in the Race for a Cure on Saturday, and is joined below at the finish line by fellow participants. Photos:Craig Adderley FYP OWNER M ark Roberts with Tribune publisher Eileen Carron, T ribune president Robert Carron and Andrew Bain, of FYP. Photo:Sparrow Heatley TRIBUNE PUBLISHER Eileen Carron with members of Team Tribune who took part in the 5k run. Pho to: Sparrow Heatley SOME of the participants added a splash of colour to the 5k. Photo: Sparrow Heatley


By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s DESPITE promising to build a better future forG rand Bahamians, Prime Minster Hubert Ingraham and the FNM will only cont inue to wreck, ignore and neglect the nations second city, according to the opposi-t ion. F ollowing the announce ment of the FNMs election candidates for Grand Bahamal ast week, the PLP issued a statement claiming Mr Ingra ham has lumped the island with expendable rookies and o pportunists. Grand Bahama has been ignored for almost five years.T he FNM is mistaken if it believes that they can just shuffle a few candidates, pre sent a few new faces and all would be forgotten in Grand Bahama, the statement said. Joining a surprising sur vivor Neko Grant and Deputy House Speaker Kwasi Thompson are three candi dates lacking either the depth of vision or depth of conviction to lead Grand Bahama out of its many challenges. The FNM does have a jobs plan too bad its not for Bahamians. Bahamians are not fooled by the FNMs attempt to rein vent itself as different. The fact is, Hubert Ingraham wont listen to them anyway, it said. Under the present govern ment, the PLP said, the rate of unemployed and number of discouraged workers in Grand Bahama increased dramatically. The party also claims the FNM failed to invest in Bahamians, raised taxes dur-i ng a recession, cut millions of dollars from the education budget and always failed to put Bahamians first. T he statement said the PLP intends to completely turn around the Grand Bahama e conomy with the help of a few new faces. The PLP has put forth an e xtraordinary slate of candid ates that includes a cadre of a new generation of political leaders mixed with the expe-r ience of senior members ready to get to work for Grand Bahamians on day one. Thats quite evident in the P LPs five Grand Bahama candidates: incumbent Obie Wilchcombe, West GrandB ahama and Bimini; Dr Michael Darville, Pineridge; Gregory Moss, Marco City; Tanisha Tynes, East Grand Bahama; Julian Russell, Cen tral Grand Bahama. In addition, the PLP will address the countrys high crime rate, unemployment and the poor state of thee conomy. The PLP will put the inter ests of Grand Bahamians first b y implementing our restora tion plan to address the prob lems in Grand Bahama that h ave been exacerbated by the F NMs failed policies and out right neglect, the statement said. T he FNMs five standardbearers in Grand Bahama are: former Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Presi dent Peter Turnquest, East Grand Bahama; Norris Bain, Macro City; Pakesia Parker,W est Grand Bahama and Bimini; Kwasi Thompson, Pineridge; Neko Grant, Cen tral Grand Bahama. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said t he FNM government will deepen its programme of reform and modernisation nationally, and advance economic recovery and sustainable economic development f or Grand Bahama. While on Grand Bahama on Sunday, the FNM leader said Bahamians can trust the FNM to get the job done no matter how hard the task. We have a dynamic team which represents some of the best of the Bahamian imagination. We have a team that will advance the FNMs comprehensive vision of national d evelopment, Mr Ingraham s aid. Prime Minister Ingraham said the PLP government under the indecisive leadership of Perry Christie failedt o deliver on their promises t o the Bahamian people. M r Ingraham said that during a period of time that was described as excellent economically, even booming, the PLP government let the econ-o my of Grand Bahama coll apse. A hurricane hit this island in 2005 and caused terrible damage and caused a historic hotel to close. Did they come out with guns blazing to your r escue? No they ran for cover, closed their eyes and h oped that you would go away problems and all, he said. M r Ingraham said there w ere overcrowded classrooms, inadequate operating theatres, pot-holed roads, p oor water pressure, rusty water, and a harbour unable to accommodate the newestc ruise ships plying the worlds ocean. The FNM Leader said Perry Christie is running on a r ecord of unkept promises and a failure to deliver. He stressed that Mr C hristie left no discernible f ootprints on Grand Bahama. When the Royal Oasis closed following the hurricane in 2005 they waffled for three years; had no idea what to do. They waffled, wavered andw ondered while more than 1,500 employees lost their jobs and never got them back. Indeed it would take the F NM to come to office to fin ish paying those Royal Oasis w orkers what the PLP promised them, said Mr Ingraham. The FNM leader also stated that many of the investments on Grand Bahama a nnounced under the PLP d uring their term in office have vanished and floundered. Mr Ingraham said among those investments were Pega-s us, Ginn, and the groundb reaking for a new hotel i nvestment at Midshipman and Seahorse Roads, days before the election. The prime minister said since returning to office theF NM has brought investment, e xpansion, and job creation. He noted that FNM planned and built the new Mary Patricia Junior High School since its return to office. A dditionally, he noted that the FNM built four schools o n Grand Bahama Hugh Campbell and Maurice Moore Primary schools andJ ack Hayward and St G eorge High schools in the 1990s. Mr Ingraham indicated that t he FNM has implemented and upgraded critical care facilities at the Rand Memor i al Hospital. He said the government will open the newly renovated modern state of the art opera ting theatre and accident and emergency facilities at the Rand on Wednesday. We built a multi-million d ollar office complex in Grand Bahama; we build critical seawalls for the islands protection from hurricane; we put in new docking facilities in East Grand Bahama, stated M r Ingraham. He also said government, with the Grand Bahama Port Authority, built a new craft centre. Mr Ingraham said the FNM g overnment has provided s afety nets for Bahamians, implementing unemployment benefits under the NIB programme, as well as the introduction of the PrescriptionD rug benefit. H e added that almost 1,000 p ersons on Grand Bahama have been hired to work in the governments 52-week programme. Indeed, today, it is FNM s uccesses, left in place when w e were put in office in 2002, that today are carrying this islands economy, such as the Lucaya Resort, Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bradford Marine, a nd Polymers International, said Mr Ingraham. H e said under the FNMs watch Ross University has come benefiting manyB ahamian through rentals, e mployment and consumer spending. We have a discernible f ootprint in Grand Bahama and that is why Grand Bahama is FNM country. M r Ingraham said he will have more to say in the coming weeks and months about the FNMs efforts here in G rand Bahama in these very difficult times. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, PAGE 3 THE Progressive Liberal Party has dismissed the FNMs attempt of resurrect ing their old and tired script of leadership and trust as a worn out distrac tion ahead of the next general election. According to PLP Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell it is clear that his party has rattled Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams cage, given his response in Grand Bahama. We in the PLP have full confidence in Perry Christie to lead a team of distinguished men and women from all walks of life, all generations, socio-economic groups and races in the next general election. The PLP is not a biggety one man band that specializes in ad hominem insults, catchy phrases and bad poetry. When will the Prime Minister get the message? he asked. Mr Mitchell said that instead of the Prime Minister offering solutions to the deep problems into which he and his administration have plunged this country, he is determined to play fast and loose with the truth. The PLP is focused on restoring good government to the Bahamas not engaging in silliness with Mr Ingraham. The handwriting is on the wall for him. It is best for Mr Ingraham to pray that the Lord will have mercy on him and those FNMs who helped to create this national chaos wrought by the FNM. We will not be drawn into this false contest on leadership when the issues are crime and unemploy ment. We want to get the peo ple working again. Mr. Ingraham needs to learn how to conduct himself as Prime Minister and stop showboating with insulting misinformation for a deluded FNM audience, he said. PMs pledge to Grand Bahama ALARGE audience turned out in Grand Bahama to hear Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham speak during his v isit to unveil the line-up of FNMcandidates to fight for seats in the area. OPPOSITION SNIPES AT GRAND BAHAMA PROMISE PLP DISMISSES OLD AND TIRED FNM PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingra ham speaking in Grand Bahama. Photo: Denise Maycock


EDITOR, The Tribune. I THOUGHT your article today January 12th under local news Kinks will be worked out at the New Magistrates Court was one of the funnier I have read in a while. The new complex is described as State of the Art but there are no telephones, no security and no office for the prosecutors and presumably other problems as well. The Chief Magistrate says it was not as bad as he expected. It would be interesting to know what he expected more confusion no front door, no toilets who knows. That reminds me of the public toilets on Saunders Beach which were also described as State of the Art and caused some merriment at the time. What is a State of the Art toilet? One of the pictures accompanying the article says Workers pausing for a moment during construction perhaps says it all. PATRICK H THOMSON Nassau, January 12, 2012. E DITOR, The Tribune. The commissioner of police r ecently presented his yearly report to the press. The report stated that there have been 276 traffic fatalities in theB ahamas over the last six years. This is an average of 46 fatalities per year. This is w ay too high and is a sense less loss of life. Bahamians collectively are not the best law abiding driv ers in the world. Just park on the side of the road during a busy school morning near a t raffic light and observe the flow of traffic. I am 100 per cent sure you would be amazed at the total disregard that motorists have for our traffic laws. All motorists should know that when the light turns yellow, you are supposed to slow down, but we without fear, accelerate our speed and eventually run the red light. This action may seem small, but these acts become chron ic and they eventually lead to traffic accidents which are sometimes fatal. New Providence is an island t hat is 21x7 square miles and we are severely overpopulat ed with vehicular traffic. A dditionally, our roads are not built for speed because they are short, and almost always have lots oft raffic on them, including pedestrians. I know the road works are c ontinuing, but if you give yourself a 90-minute head start you should be able to get to your destination safely on t ime. If 90 minutes isnt enough time, then leave home earlier.T he potential risk of danger through speeding is not worth you getting to work on time or five minutes early. There are no I-95s in New Providence or a turnpike, where drivers are exposed to high speeds for long periods. Driving at accelerated speeds is dangerous, unnec essary and quite frankly an act of carelessness. When you speed, a few sec onds later you have to slow down again because an intersection or a stop sign will be right in front of you. D espite the Police Force Traffic Divisions continuous campaigns asking the motor-i ng public to slow down, these calls continue to fall on deaf ears. The police assert that speed p lays a significant role in traffic fatalities. Slow down before it is too late. T he victims of traffic acci dents are sometimes left devastated from their injuries. I have known of persons who l ost a limb, were in a coma and are paralyzed even to this day. The families are devastat e d as well because sometimes the injured victim is the bread winner of the family and the children and the spouses suffer the loss of economic stability. These are real issues Bahamians; but they are completely avoidable. When you speed, remember that your vehicle can cause the same damage as the firing of a gun. Please slow down Bahamians... and live! DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, January 8, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. IT IS well written in Psalm 110:4 that The Lord hass worn and will not repent. Y ou are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Throughout recorded history, there have been times w hen Yahweh speaks to the c hosen individual or nation through His prophets and p riests. It is, I submit, no different today and He has revealed a message to me top ass on to Bahamians. There are some who will scoff and howl but the mess age must be delivered. 2012 w ill usher in tremendous political; economic and cul tural changes in The B ahamas. No man can stop them. The window and door of opportunity will be opened. A s they open, however, there will emerge an innumerable number of rogue political messiahs; tin gods and bamboo politicians who will seek to capitalise on the long-denied but much antici p ated changes which Bahamians have desired. Rogue because they really dont care about you or me and are merely posturing. Messiahs because they c ome as sheep but are wolves o f the highest order. Tin gods because they sound good but are like brass and iron. I ndeed, they are akin to Bamboo, politically speaking. Over the past several years, we have all witnessedt he spectacle of politicians and their selected cronies promising heaven on earth. By the same token, many of them strut around and pontificate as if they have descended from Mount Olympus. In the fast-approaching e lectoral season, the average B ahamian must use discernm ent and wisdom when supporting or voting for a particu lar individual or party. If we are to secure our future and that of Bahamians yet unborn the choice is clear. D o we continue to travel d own that same old road which leads to sudden death a nd destruction or do we look o ver the giants, and there are many, and focus on the p romised land? I am not talking about some pie in the skyw ish or nebulous Utopian g ame. I speak to concrete and meaningful potential goals for us as individuals and as a united people. A ll of this bogus and divi s ive talk about political tribalism may well have a place w ithin the collective conscience of the country but where have we travelled as a result? I do not subscribe to mere debates and platitudes by the various s o-called political leaders. The lord has ordained plans for us b ut there are so few of us who a re prepared or capable of seeing much less accepting those plans. W e welcome in excess of four million tourists to our shores each year. Our per capita income, while it declined somewhat in 2011, is still the third highest in the Western Hemisphere. Our marine and agriculturalr esources have yet to be t apped. Our financial services and banking industries have been in freefall and cruise control from the time of the untimely death of the late v isionary, Sir Stafford Lofth ouse Sands. We have a cadre of intellectuals who are prep ared to think outside of the proverbial box but our erstwhile politicians have delib-e rately stifled and marginalized them either because they dont wear a certain coloured s hirt or are bound to swear t o the dogmas of no master. The Lord has great plans to prosper this nation but weh ave to get back to the ancient landmarks; seek His face and repent. No, dearf riends, I am not talking or suggesting that we should wear sackcloth and immerse ourselves in ashes, but simply to do the right thing. And so, friend, Bahamians and countrymen, within am atter of months, if not weeks, we will have a singular opportunity to look at the promised land of milk and honey. Just how many of us will cross over lies within our g rasp. The lazy; the visionless; t he trepid; the politically dysfunctional and, certainly, those who adhere to Mamona nd Bael will be left behind. To God then, in all of these insipid things, be the glory. O RTLAND H BODIE Jr Nassau, January 8, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4 TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 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 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w updated daily at 2pm ONE of the defining images of Europe's t wo-year-old debt crisis is that of the F rench and German leaders, side by side o n a podium presenting their latest strate gy for the continent. But the underlying message of this image former foes presenting a united front as the 17 countries that use the euro f ace their biggest crisis since World War II may now be under threat. S tandard & Poors downgrade last Frid ay of France's creditworthiness to AA+ leaves Germany as the only large eurozone economy with a AAA-rating, making it the one country that will have to should er the currency unions rescue efforts. F rance was the only top-rated country that at least behind the scenes had lobbied f or more expansionary policies in the face of a threatening recession. Its fall from the AAA club leaves it up to Luxem b ourg, Finland or the Netherlands three other fiscal hard-liners to challenge Germany. O f those four, Germany is by far the largest. Its $267.32 billion contribution to the eurozone rescue fund is more than three times those of the other three comb ined, moving it into an odd position of dominance. However, S&Ps knockdown could just a s easily force the region's biggest econo my into even closer European integration as it could create a new moment for Ger m an influence on the continent. At first glance, Frances downgrade upgrades the German push for budget cuts and tax increases the very strategyt hat S&P criticised. We believe that a reform process based on a pillar of fiscal austerity alone risks b ecoming self-defeating, S&P analysts wrote in their reasoning for the downgrades of France and eight other euro zone countries. Rising unemployment andu ncertainty among consumers, they argued, has hurt both tax revenue and growth. The reaction to the downgrades on Friday was swift and suggested leaders may not even have read the analysts' report. Over the weekend, French Premier Franois Fillon, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy all vowed to cut deficits, and adopt more austerity measures should they prove necessary. The downgrade certainly reinforces the relative weakness of France to Germany in the current context, said Simon Tilford, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in London. However, what it also does, Tilford continued, it isolates Germany. With every drop in the creditworthiness of its large euro partners, Germany finds itself in a lonelier position. And the further the crisis moves from small periphe ral states like Greece or Portugal, to core c ountries like Italy and France, the more v ulnerable it becomes. A ny increase of the eurozone's bailout fund, which is underpinned by the guarantees of the AAA countries, would primarily come out of German pockets. T he main risk of a more expansionary European Central Bank, would have to be b orne by the Bundesbank. E urobonds, where debt would be backed by all eurozone countries and is seen by many in Europe as the final solution to the crisis, would automatic ally mean higher funding costs for B erlin. But the alternative, a breakup of the e uro, would be much more expensive than closer integration, analysts warn. The Ger man economy depends on exports to the r est of Europe and the world, and the eurozones weaker members have depressed the value of the euro andh elped make Germanys goods more com petitive. If the eurozone were to break up, it would be one of the hardest-hit economies i n the end, Tilford said. Whether Berlin will come to that conclusion, and then push it past a sceptical e lectorate, is another question, one that may ultimately decide the future of the currency union. S ome argue a weakening of Paris, which has traditionally been a fierce defender of national sovereignty, may even help moving toward closer economic and fiscalu nion in Europe. Pressure on France will increase and that will help find more European solu t ions, said Zsolt Darvas, a research fellow of Brussels-based think tank Bruegel. My understanding is that Germany will be more open to a higher level of fiscal inte g ration. That could lead the way to a more pow erful European Commission, pan-Euro pean taxes, and once the risk of overspending governments has been mitigated, Eurobonds. That moment is still far away, and for Tilford, and many others, that interpreta tion is overly optimistic. But without a similar step, they concede, it's hard to see how the eurozone can emerge from the crisis. As for the Franco-German news conferences, that image is likely to stay, if only because Germany, for historical reasons, cannot afford to be seen as the dom inant force in Europe. I dont think the Germans can afford to allow this front to disappear, said Til ford. By Gabriele Steubhauser, AP Business Writer. 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Regarding the Reuters article Israel moves to outlaw use of Nazi symbols, Janu ary 11, 2012: The Israeli parliamentary initiative to eliminate all signs and symbols of the holocaust from mans consciousness via criminal law seems to contra dict the Jewish slogan we shall never forget. To fight authoritarian rule with authoritarian measures also seems hypocritical. Speaking on freedom of expression, US Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr, recently stated: Speech is powerful and can inflict great pain. However, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a nation, we have chosen a different course to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, January 11, 2012. Dont stifle debate


By LAMECH JOHNSON l THREE men are detained at Her Majestys Prison after being arraigned in Magistrates Court on multiplea rmed robbery and conspiracy charges. Drew Albury Burnside, 24; P edro Williams, 24; and Shann aro Reckley, 19, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One a t the new Nassau Street court complex. They were charged in con n ection the three armed robberies in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the most recent of which took place last Wednesday. It is claimed that while armed with a handgun, thea ccused men robbed a man of $1,500 and a cell phone worth $150 on Christmas Eve. It is further alleged that the trio, armed with a knife and handgun, robbed anotherm an of a wallet and cell p hone, together valued at $70. They are also accused of r obbing an employee of Picky Dillys Takeaway of $120. The three men face additional charges of conspiringt o commit these offenses. Chief Magistrate Gomez told them they were not required to enter pleas, due to the nature of the charges. A ttorney Alexander M aillis II, representing B urnside and Williams, told the court he had asked that h is clients be taken to hos pital for treatment and examination while theyw ere detained at the Central Detective Unit. H e said his clients have s uffered brutality while in p olice custody, and asked Burnside to lift up his shirt. T he accused complied, exposing a blood-stained undershirt. M r Maillis also said the c ase did not need to go b efore the Supreme Court, a s this would be a waste of time and money. He said submissions would b e made to this effect, and a sked that all records pertaining to his clients be copied and made available to h im. M r Maillis also asked the c hief magistrate to order that the accused men be exami ned. Chief Magistrate Gomez confirmed that he made noteso f the complaints, and o rdered that the men be e xamined. H e told them a Voluntary Bill of Indictment would be served against them on March 1 4. You will be remanded into custody until such time, he said. By LAMECH JOHNSON THE Supreme Court mur der trial of a man accused of his brothers stabbing death on Valentines Day last year was postponed yesterday morning. Because a 12-member jury was not empanelled before yesterdays proceedings could take place, Cyril Charles Lockhart, 25, Stapeldon Gar dens was told by Senior Justice Isaacs to return to court on Monday, January 23. Lockhart is accused of killing his brother, Luigi Lockhart, and was charged in Magistrates Court in connection with that death. Luigi, the 15th homicide victim of 2011, was reportedly stabbedin the chest during an argu ment at his home. The Blenheim Road accused, who is currently on bail, nearly had a warrant of arrest issued for him yesterday for not appearing before court began. His defence attorney, Geof frey Farquharson, had explained to Senior Justice Isaacs that he had just spoken to his client on the phone who was telling me of his circumstances. He cant be far from this court, he added. Mr Farquharson assured the magistrate that a warrant of arrest was not necessary, ashe was sure his client was nearby. Senior Justice Isaacs replied: If he does not makean appearance before this court, before the court rises, an arrest warrant will be issued for him. However, no less than five m inutes later, the accused walked into court and was instructed to stand before the presiding judge. Having already dismissed the four witnesses expected to testify during trial, he informed Lockhart that his case was adjourned to Monday, January 23, at 10am. Terry Archer will prosecute the case. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, PAGE 5 B y LAMECH JOHNSON NEARLY $18,000 was confiscated from two Canadiansi n Magistrates Court yesterday after they pleaded guilty to making a false declarationa t the Lynden Pindling International Airport. J acob Meyer, 24, and Kelly C arey, 22, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One,B ank Lane, charged with making a false declaration to a US officer and failing to a ccurately declare the amount of money in their p ossession. T his incident took place at the US pre-clearance hall on Sunday, January 15. T he Ontario, Canada, natives told a US officer they were not in possession off unds exceeding $10,000, while they were actually car r ying $17,624, $95 of which w as in Canadian currency and the rest in US bills. Chief Magistrate Gomez d id not fine the defendants, but cautioned them and ordered that the $17,624 bec onfiscated. DELAY FOR CASE OF MAN A CCUSED OF STABBING BROTHER ALMOS T $18,000 CONFISCATED OVER FALSE DECLARATION AT AIRPORT Three held for armed robbery PICTURED from left to right, Drew Albury Burnside, 24, Pedro Williams, 24 and Shannaro Reckley, 19 escorted out of new NassauS treet Court complex after being arraigned on multiple conspiracy and armed robbery charges.


B y GLADSTONE THURSTON Bahamas Information Services B AHAMAS Agricultural a nd Industrial Corporation h as pledged its continued assistance to farmers in North A ndros. This follows election of a new slate of officers to leadt he now Big Yard Farmers C ompany Limited, formerly the North Andros Farmers Association. V eteran farmer Floyd New ton has been elected president with Neville Clarke ash is assistant. We wanted to show support for the new administra t ion and again pledge a comm itment from BAIC to assist them in anyway we can to allow them to achieve what e ver objective they plan for, said assistant general manager (agricultureD orsett. B AIC executives, led by general manager Benjamin Rahming, met with Mr New ton and his team last weekend. Assistant general man ager (land w as also present. BAIC is to allow the organi sation the benefits of its Business Services and Accounts Departments. We want to assist them in e nsuring that their books are s et up correctly and that they are functioning properly, s aid Mr Dorsett. This is an area we have had some concern on. M r Newton expressed optim ism about the future of farming in North Andros. Other members of this execu tive team include Angela Newton (secretary Gaitor (treasurerA ndrea Rolle (assistant treasurer). We have a lot of plans but o ur main objective is to e ncourage young Bahamians to become established in farming, he said. No country is truly independent except it is able to, not only protect itself, butm ore importantly feed itself. It has been said that farm ing is hard labour, but with the new technology that BAIC is now introducing in North Andros, it is going to make farming easier andt herefore more attractive. He was concerned that e ach farmer remains limited to $9,000 worth of business at the governments packing h ouse. That needs to be a ddressed because the overhead expenses alone for each f armer is $9,000, he said. If The Bahamas is going to feed itself, surely Andros isg oing to be the catalyst to t ake the Bahamas to that level. Therefore the $9,000 ceiling should be addressed. I n response to that concern, BAIC has been hosting conferences in North Androsb etween farmers and New Providence buyers, seeking additional avenues of trade f or farmers. T he Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamas Hotel Association, and the Bahamas Culi n ary Association were all a part of the last conference in December. Marketing is our probl em, said Mr Newton. It is hard to farm and market at the same time. The buyers are trained in marketing. How can we talk to them? We need more commitment from thema nd the government. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Continued help for farmers BIG YARD Farmers Company executives met with BAIC last weekend. Pictured from left are assistant general manager (agriculture Newton, president Floyd Newton, vice president Neville Clarke, and Ministry of Agriculture extension officer Stephen Adderley. F RUIT t rees for distribution nationwide are being propagated at the North Andros Agro-industrial Park. Pictured during an inspection last weekend are Alphonso Smith, domestic investment manager, general manager Benjamin Rahming, assistant general manager, agriculture, A rnold Dorsett, farm officer, Ayret Lightbourn, and greenhouse technician Roger Rolle. BAIC assistant general manager (landlefta dmire produce from a greenhouse at the North Andros Agro-industrial Park. Picturedf rom left are farming officer Ayret Lightbourn and green house technician Roger Rolle.


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, PAGE 7 By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter DRUG Enforcement Unit o fficers seized nearly $500,000 w orth of marijuana during a drug bust in eastern New Providence over the weekend. Acting on a tip, a team of officers went to a vacant lot in Yamacraw Beach Estates just b efore 5am on Sunday. A search of the area turned up 24 bales of marijuana with a combined weight of 495 pounds. No one has been taken into c ustody in connection with t he find. A man being sought by police for nearly three months is now in custody. Omar Chisholm, 34, was w anted for questioning in connection with a double shooting on Fowler Street offE ast Bay Street on October 26, 2011. P olice say the Yamacraw H ill Road resident was d etained at around 11.15pm in the Baillou Hill Road area. A 24-year-old man is in p olice custody today after the discovery of $4,000 worth ofm arijuana. A t 11am on Sunday, Cent ral Division officers were on routine patrol on Navy Lyon Road when they stopped a 2005 Chevy Lumina occupiedb y two men in connection w ith a minor traffic infraction. A search led to the discove ry of the drugs, and the offic ers attempted to detain the men for questioning, however the driver managed to escape. The man in custody is helpi ng police with their investigation. Police are questioning a 2 8-year-old man in connection with a shooting on Sunday. T he victim, 26, is in critical condition after being shot several times at a home on Claridge Road. The suspect was arrested the same day, at the sameh ome. A 61-year-old woman, her 23-year-old daughter and her 34-year-old son are in police custody after ammunition was found in their Royal Palm Street,C ulmersville home. Police went to the area at around 11.30pm on Sunday, responding to reports that gunshots had been fired. They saw a man on Carlitta Terrace off Royal Palm Streeta cting suspiciously. The officers searched the area where they saw the man, and found a shotgun. They then searched his h ome and found a number of s hotgun shells. A 40-year-old Exuma m an is in hospital after being s tabbed on Sunday. Police say the victim was w alking in Windsor Place off S oldier Road at around 8pm w hen he was approached by t wo men who demanded cash. He resisted the robbers and was stabbed several times. The Farmers Hill resident w as rushed to hospital by p aramedics and is in stable condition. Marijuana worth $500,000 seized OMARCHISHOLM, who has been arrested after three monthso n the run from police. him that unfortunately, the Magistrate did not comply w ith the pre-conditions. Your case is remitted to t he Magistrates Court for the Magistrate to comply with those conditions. H e then requested that the m atter be dealt with and put it down for Wednesday, January 18, before MagistrateV ogt-Evans in Court 6. On the date, the Magis trate will either hear the matter or put it down to a practi cal date to be heard, he added. B ridgewater had been a rraigned before Magistrate Vogt-Evans on November 22, where he pleaded guilty to robbing a 52-year-old woman of a handbag containing $100 worth of personal items. T he magistrate, after lis tening and watching the unremorseful attitude and conduct of the accused about his latest o ffence, told Bridgewater that she would refer the matter to the Supreme Court for sent encing. However, in yesterdays Supreme Court proceedings,S enior Justice Isaacs, and p rosecutor Kevin Farrington both agreed that a revision of the transcripts for that arraignment revealed that the Magistrate had only accepted the unequivocal plea ofg uilt by the accused, but did not go further and declare him convicted of the November 21 robbery offence. H e was remanded to Her Majestys Prison and will return to the Magistrates C ourt tomorrow morning. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e MAGISTRATES ERROR IN CHILD RAPIST CASE


b y KHALILA NICOLLS IT IS hard to believe 10 months have passed since I put pen to paper to discuss the political future ofB ranville McCartney, member of parliament for Bamb oo Town. When he resigned from the Free National Movement last March, it was unclear if narcissism had simply got the better of him or whether basedon sound political strategy Mr M cCartney was setting in motion the greatest political upset in modern Bahamian h istory. A midst all the speculation, one thing seemed certain, Mr McCartney had no intentiono f getting out of front-line politics and every intention to one day be Prime Minister o f the Bahamas. N ow, with just a few months left before the yet-tobe-called general election, Mr M cCartney has staked his bets and played his hand. He scoffed at the critics and d efied the naysayers, launching the Democratic National Alliance (DNA to contest 38 of 38 seats in the upcoming general election. Already, the green machine is making history, for in the h istory of third parties, the DNA is the first to present a full slate of candidates. Theoretically, Mr McCart n ey can declare irrelevant one o f the most popular anti-third party arguments: that it is futile to vote for a third partyb ecause it has no chance of forming a majority government. T heoretically, Mr McCartn ey could fulfill his dream in the next general election, but he surely should not bet his l ast dollar on it. In actuality, Mr McCartneys Bamboo Town seat is still not safe,d espite the DNAs defiantly strong showing so far. So what stands in Mr McCartneys way? A Progressive Liberal Party (PLP determined to unseat the FNM, and an incumbentF NM determined to hold on to the reigns of power. And just to muddy the waters, a dogged Craig Butler, inde p endent candidate, who will not let 16 months of campaigning in the former K ennedy constituency go to waste. Into the ring, the PLP has thrown Renward Wells, former leader of the NationalD emocratic Party (NDP for the FNM, Cassius Stuart,f ormer leader of the Bahamas Democratic Party (BDM From all angles, Bamboo Town is shaping up to be an interesting match. The PLP has the global anti-incumbent momentumw orking in its favour. The FNM has its historical relationship with the constituency, a nd the DNA has five years o f service from its only sitting member of parliament. Mr Butler, let us say, has youthfule xuberance. The FNM is not backing down, not even a little. Partyc hairman Carl Bethel reitera ted just yesterday, Bamboo Town is an FNM seat. It was won by the FNM in 2 007 and it will be again in 2012. It has always essentially been an FNM seat and it stilli s an FNM seat. We are working to regain the confidence of the voters in Bamboo Town. They trusted us by electing Branville McCartney and he betrayed their trust, said Mr Bethel. T he Bamboo Town Constituency Association of the FNM will no doubt back up Mr Bethel. After all they pro f essed their considerable personal and collective disappointment over Mr McCart-n eys resignation in a generic p ublic statement last year. But I called the FNM head quarters yesterday, trying to r each the association chairm an and no one in the party office could give me a name o r a number for anyone on the association. It made me wonder just how organised the FNMs Bamboo Town o peration is. Despite Mr Bethels show of confidence, I believe Bamboo Town is not the FNMs to take. It is more likely the PLPs to lose. For sure, it will be a bloody fight. Renward Wells believes Bamboo Town and Mount Moriah, will be the two seatst hat mean the difference between 27 seats and 34 to 35 seats for the PLP. Once Bamboo falls, he said, seat after seat in that south ern corridor will fall. According to Mr Wells, the FNM will be lucky to take home even one New Providence seat. Time will tell. W hen Mr McCartney ran i n 2007, he was a fresh new face on the campaign trail with a big name behind him.P arty leader Hubert Ingrah am sent Mr McCartney to Bamboo Town with one i nstruction: Win it. Mr McCartney said he assembled his own campaign team and he did as he was t old. With largely the same team at his side, Mr McCartney is now running on the DNAs change mantra with his repu tation of five years to bolster his stand. I have been there for the last five years. I have represented the constituents well. It hink my record will speak for itself, said Mr McCartney. I hope so. Many would say a five-year record is simply not enough to change the vot ing record of Bahamians committed historically to the FNM or PLP. Even for those disaffected voters, they are more likely to stay at home than commit political treason. Some observers say, unless a voter feels personally offended by the party or the partys candidate of choice, they will likely toe the line. Over the next few months, the FNM and the PLP will no doubt be securing their base collectively representing upwards to 80 per cent of the constituency, historically speaking. Mr Wells said his first order of business has been to get all of the PLPs registered. It has been some 15 years since the PLP fielded a candidate in Bamboo Town. I want people to know I am there and I am running on the PLP ticket, said Mr Wells. Next, he plans to go after the independents and let them know the PLP has plans on day one to carry the country forward. Seems pretty practical, albeit textbook: secure your base and then collect the inde pendents. The problem for Mr McCartney is a matter of his base. Who is it? Mr McCartney must believe his five years of service has rendered the FNMs base null and void. That emerging out of the voters who ushered him into the house on the first occasion is Bran's base. On the basis of wishful thinking alone, that would be true. And even if Mr McCart ney is able to split the FNM vote, on what basis will he contend with the PLP appa ratus? In terms of message, the PLP is selling the same pot of change soup, and as tainted as its operation may be, it too will benefit from the global anti-incumbent momentum. T here is one major crack in t he PLP apparatus, however, and it works in Mr McCart neys favour. In fact, the FNM h as the same structural probl em. Questions will undoubt edly emerge about party cre d entials for Mr Wells and Mr Stuart. One could almost say, neither the FNM nor the PLP a ctually have a candidate in the race. Mr Stuart has said publically that his decision to join the FNM was motivated in part by his acceptance of the fact that the only way to get to the House of Assem bly is on an FNM or PLP party ticket. Ideologically, that says very l ittle for his FNM credentials. Furthermore, that reasoning speaks little to any altruistic intent. In the end, that might not matter much. Already Mr Wells has admitted that Mr Stuart is a good campaigner. He knows how to make do with very little. Being on the FNM ticket, whose money cant done, Cassius is going to be formidable. He is quick on the draw in terms of being able to express himself. He has been through two general elections and one by-election, at least. He knows what he wants to do and how to do it, said Mr Wells. He does believe however that the campaign will be about the people of Bamboo Town and not the personali ties vying for office. My position has always been it cannot be about a man. It has to be about a message; it cannot be about per sonalities. It has to be about principles. It cannot be about idols. It must be about ideas, said Mr Wells. I am not so sure any of the candidates, except perhaps Craig Butler, can live up to that ideal. With very shallow ideological roots in the PLP and FNM, Mr Wells and Mr Stuart will have to milk all they can in the charisma department. That might just even the playing-field for Mr McCartney. I think Mr McCartney should be praying that Mr Wells general election inex perience, and the FNMs late start gets the better of them. One thing is for sure in 10 months time, it will be very interesting to see where Branville McCartney is. Will he defy the odds again, or will he be confronted with the bitter taste of defeat? Pan-African writer and cultural critic Khalila Nicolls is a practising journalist in the Bahamas. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Lower premiums, low deductibles, generous benefits and a fast claims service for home and motor cover. Pick up the phone and ask NIBA for a great insurance deal.Tel. Nassau 677-6422/Freeport 352-6422 or visit Open Saturdays(not Freeport) 10.00am2 .00pmNASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House, 2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O. Box N-7764 Nassau Suite 6, Jasmine Corporate Center, East Sunrise Highway P.O. Box F-42655, Freeport Tel. Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 The battle for Bamboo TALKINGSENSE KHALILA NICOLLS B RANVILLE MCCARTNEY h as played his hand with regards to his political future. The green machine is already making history, for in the history of third parties, the DNA is the first to present a full slate of candidates.


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, PAGE 9 of coming to office in August, 1 992, he said Sunday while in Grand Bahama. Mr Ingraham said since that t ime the government is not i nvolved at all in the issuance of business licences to Bahamians by the Grand B ahama Port Authority. He noted that today the majority of licensees inF reeport are Bahamians. M r Ingraham said that as a consequence the local bonded s ales economy in Freeport has increased substantially. The Prime Minister said that efforts of the Bahamas C ustoms to ensure that it col lects revenue due and payable to the public purse and to fur ther provide some reasonablec ertainty as to the procedure to be followed by licencees in m aking those payments led to the production of the Guide to Customs Duty Exemptions and Proceduresi n Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. He said the Guide has led to various challenges over the years leaving Customs having to find other ways to ensure that legitimate revenue is col l ected. Mr Ingraham said Customs required businesses to pro duce C-14A declarations for a ll their bonded purchases in 2011 as a condition to them receiving their annual Overthe Counter Bond letter from C ustoms for bonded purchases. This Customs requirement has led to complaints from some businesses regarding t heir ability to do business. We want to facilitate busi nesses here in Freeport and t hroughout the Bahamas. As a consequence of these complaints the recent requirem ent will be reviewed. I a dvise that I will move to establish a committee similar to the one that produced the f irst Guide in Freeport, and will charge that committee to review the guide and make r ecommendations for its amendments taking into account the current realitiest hat prevail in Freeport. As o f Monday you ought to see change in Customs, Mr Ingraham said. P rime Minister Ingraham said the FNM government is also liaising again with the G rand Bahama Port Author ity. We are encouraging and supporting efforts that will l ead to a resolution of the problems which have afflicted t he company since the sad passing of Edward St George. Since I last spoke to you Sir Jack Hayward and I had a chance to talk. Now that he i s willing to divorce himself from one, Hannes Babak, we can do business. We had a very productive meeting and we are working together to move Grand B ahama forward. The Port has some good plans that we wish to encourage and generate eco n omic activity, and the gov ernment looks forward to working with the Port to m ove these and other pro jects forward, Mr Ingraham said. H e noted that the pace of e conomic recovery on Grand Bahama needs to quicken and gather steam. I want to acknowledge that our party knows that your economy continues to l imp. We are working daily to soften the impact for as many people and families as possible, Mr Ingraham s aid. Larry Cartwright said the continual illegal removal of undersized crawfish will deplete populations, damagi ng an essential component o f the Bahamian economy. At a press conference at the Ministry of Agriculture andM arine Resources yesterday, Mr Cartwright said some 9,000 Bahamians depend on t he crawfish industry which significantly contributes to the countrys economy, however harvesting and selling u ndersized crawfish prior to them reproducing can have a dramatic affect on resources. H e said: The practice of harvesting undersized craw fish present a clear and pre s ent danger to the crawfish industry. This practice if unchecked will lead to the eventual depletion of thes tock. According to Mr Cartwright, it is estimated that the crawfish industry gener ates between $60 and $70 mil lion annually and has a direct link to tourism, which is often p urchased by visitors. Particularly persons in the Family Islands that work onf ishing vessels and in process ing plants, as well as buying stations owners are heavilyd ependent on crawfish as t heir income, he said. While Mr Cartwright could not provide exact numbers, he said over the last several months a number of persons have been arrested, particularly in the northern Bahamas for harvesting undersized crawfish. M r Cartwright added that efforts will be continued to monitor such illegal activity. I wish to remind the public t hat the Fisheries Regulations state that no person shall take, have in his possession or sell a ny crawfish which measures less that three and a quarter inches from the base of theh orn to the end of the jacket or which, if he tail is severed, has a tail measurement of less that five and one half inches,n ot including any protruding muscle, he said. Mr Cartwright explained t hat in order to protect and sustain crawfish populations, laws have been enacted to place a minimum size limit on t heir harvesting, to ensure at least spawning or reproductive season before crawfishc an be legally caught. He said all food stores, restaurants and other buyerso f undersized crawfish should be reminded it is an offence to possess crawfish under the minimum limit. All fishers are advised to cease and desist from the practice of taking, buying and p rocessing undersized craw fish forthwith or face prosecution to the fullest extent oft he law. Mr Cartwright assured the public that the Department of Marine Resources and its enforcement partners, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force are continually monitoring activities in Bahamian waters and will take all necessary measures to ensure fisheries regulations are enforced. said: At this point in time, when you have an incident like that which resulted from immediate conditions in the water, if you dont get the samples immediately then youre not going to find out what happened. While Mr Brennan did not elaborate further, The Tribune understands some samples were taken at a laterdate, but they were subsequently frozen, rendering them useless. Fishermen and onlookers were left stunned when hun dreds of fish were washed up dead or dying onto the shores of Montagu beach last Tues day. Octopus, parrot fish, grey snappers, and barracuda were among the range of species found dead by fish vendorsjust after 10am. Mr Brennan did say that whatever caused the incidentis not going on presently. He said: The incident was localised in all likelihood it is something that happened in a very small area. Mr Brennan said the possible causes range from oxygen deprivation, excessive growth of algae, bacteria in the water, to contamination from sewage or some kind of chemical. He said the ministry is still investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the local branch of the Nature Conser vancy is calling for a protocol to be established to deal with such events. Director Elinor Phillips said: What we should take away from this, is that we need to be more prepared. There was a lack of knowl edge and experience in this case, so we have to make sure we learn a lesson and be pre pared for future occurrences." She said, however, that the governments mistake is understandable given the rar ity of such an event. These things happen. They weren't prepared. But its just like marine mammal strandings, said Ms Phillips. They happened and we were unprepared; now we have a marine mammal network in place. Going forward, we need to prepare for the future. a re the cause for the rising crime levels and immorality. Bishop Ellis said: In late November, I went on a sabbatical that lasted 10 days. It was just me and the Lord. It w as a great refreshing period f or me to get closer to Him. The Lord appeared to me and said a number of things. Since then I have implemented a few of these initiatives in the church that are working great. But there was one thing i n particular the Lord showed me that was quite troubling. He said three demonic spirits have been assigned tot he Bahamian people. God showed me who they were, what they were, where they came from, how they got here and what their assignments are. He also gave me a prayer of release and told me to call a service to deal with the demonic spirits. The Lord also told me to have the people present to pray the prayer of release. B ishop Ellis said the only way to rid the Bahamas, and our people, of these demons was for everyone tos ay the prayer. You have to be present to say the prayer, he said. I was told for this assignmentn ot to stream it over the Internet and not to put it on my telecast. I am also not going to broadcast it. I will also only do this once. There is no charge for the service and alla re welcome. Sexual immorality, he told the large crowd, is the o ldest of the three. It's been assigned (to The Bahamas s ince the early 1800s. It has taken root in the lives and psyche of Bahamians. The demons task sexual immorality he said was designed to keep Gods plan for you, from you, destabilise t he Bahamian family and replace God with himself (the demon He said that the demon of s exual immorality was evident in our society when one saw the high level of promiscuity going on. F ornication and adultery, he said, are literally glamorised. Speaking of the sweetheart syndrome one of the three sub-assignments under the main assignment of thes exual immorality demon has striven and now become accepted as our normal way o f life. As for homosexuality and i ncest, it was rampant and ragged in the Bahamas, he said. Calling up the second demon financial instability Bishop Ellis said it was a demon sent directly from h ell primarily to enslave the people of the Bahamas. It was designed, he said, to keep you working, butk eep you broke. The majority of the people in The Bahamas are one pay cheque away from poverty,h e said, adding that there is an agreement between the first two demons. Poverty, caused by demon no 2, allows demon no 1 to driver persons in poverty to sexuali mmorality. T he last demon, he said, is widespread throughout the B ahamas, as many are operating in obeah and voodoo. I t has been full blown in our c ountry and it has been for s ome time. The demon of witchcraft, he said, is designed to manipulate, intimidate, separate, segregate and control, he said. It is not assigned tok ill you. It is designed and a ssigned to terrorising until it d rives you insane. B ishop Ellis said this demon uses confusion as one of its major weapons. This spirit will try to bring confusion to the home, the marriage and the family. T here are divorced and separ ated people who love each other, but cant live together. Witchcraft! It enjoys separating people from their friends, their families, their loved ones all ina n effort to drive you crazy. T he Bishop contended that t he spirit from hell was not o riginally released to target the Bahamas, but it had been imported sometime aroundt he bootlegging era, and has since been embedded into the belly our of society. Bishop:Demons loose in country 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 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e MEMBERS of the congregation listen as Bishop Ellis preaches, with h is image projectedon screens to the packed church. P hoto: F elip Major / Tribune Staff MINIS TRY MISTAKE OVER DEAD FISH WARNING OVER ILLEGAL FISHING PLEDGE TO HELP BUSINESSES PRIMEMINISTERHubert Ingrah am has pledged to support b usinesses in Grand Bahama.