N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER PM:We did not invite pr esident Volume: 108 No.64MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 72F LOW 63F By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org T HE Bahamas government did not invite Haitian President Michel Martelly to the Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham explained Saturday, after he received harsh criticism over the leader o f the troubled Caribbean states visit. Mr Ingraham told the m edia during a press confer ence in North Andros, that any head of state whose citizens or former citizens reside in the Bahamas, can visit without the consent of the government in order to meet with his countrymen. The Bahamas government did not invite President Martelly to the Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said. There is no need for the Bahamas to invite the presi dent of Haiti or any other president of a friendly country to the Bahamas. Any head of government f rom any country can have their head of government visit the Bahamas at any time they choose. They dont r equire our permission. According to Mr Ingraham, governments are contacted by heads of state in order to ensure that proper security and protocols are in place for their visit. H e took heavy criticism from opposition leader Perry Christie and DemocraticN ational Alliance leader Branville McCartney for Mr Martellys visit. Both men saw the Haitian presidents trip to the Bahamas as a political ploy to secure votes by the Haitian-Bahamian populous of the Bahamas before the next general election. Both Mr Christie and Mr McCartney, as well as many other Bahamians, became incensed when Mr Martelly told his people to vote for the party that would best protect their interest. It was then Cr iticism over visit of Haitian leader r ejected CHICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THREE people were killed in two separate shooting inci d ents over the weekend bringing the homicide count to 14 for the first two months of the year. Police are questioning a 29year-old man over yesterdays triple shooting that claimed the life of two people and hos pitalised another. A man armed with a hand gun opened fire on a group of people after a fight broke out at a party off Fire Trail Road shortly before 2am. As a result of the argument at Mackey Yard, a 24-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were shot multiple times and died in hospital. Both were taken by private vehicle. Another man was also injured during the shooting and is in stable condition in hospital. On Friday, a 23-year-old man was killed while sitting in his car with three other people outside a residence. According to police, the victim was parked on Scotts Street, between West Street and Hospital Lane, when a man armed with a handgun began shooting shortly after 10pm. The man was shot in his upper body. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 919, Central Detective Unit at 502-9991, or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. By DANA SMITH email@example.com THE Veterinary Medical Association of the Bahamas has announced their approval of Project Potcake, a mass spay and neuter campaign targeting 2,000 strays in one month. Dr Peter Bizzell, president of the association (VMAB also announced the association's own plans to spay or neuter upwards to 15,000 animals in the next five years through the New Providence Five Year Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Initiative. With this new initiative, Bahamian vets will try to spay or neuter 3,000 pets per year for only $50 each. In cas es where the owner cannot afford it, the service can be provided at a discounted rate or even free. Project Potcake is organ ised by Animal Balance, an American non-profit group that would send their own vets to Nassau in August, to perform the operations on strays, free of charge. Animal rights activists have been eagerly awaiting the approval of the project, which they said can only start with confirmation from the Ministry of Agriculture which relies heavily on consultation from the Veterinary Medical Association of the Bahamas (VMAB Last month, Humane Society board member Lissa G G E E T T O O N N T T H H E E B B U U S S F F O O R R T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S J J I I T T N N E E Y Y S S A A F F E E T T Y Y D D E E B B A A T T E E WHITNEYHOUSTONFOUNDDEADSEEPAGE13 T ODAY, T he Tribune kicks off a debate on the future of public trans-p ortation in the B ahamas. Jitneys have long been criticised as a hazard to p ublic safety and a nui sance to other road users. B ut complaining is one thing solving the problem is a whole lotm ore complicated. No one has all the a nswers, so we want to h ear from bus drivers a nd passengers, car owners and traffic experts, pedestrians, police offi-c ers and anyone else who feels they haves omething to contribute t o the discussion. T ogether, we believe, we can find a way to make public transport s afer, more efficient and less exasperating for all involved. O ver the next several w eeks, T he Tribune w ill publish interviews, con duct surveys and focus g roups, and offer online polls toward this end. We are committed to f inding the best way for ward and hope you will join us in this effort. See todays I NSIGHT on page 12B for more details. THREE DEAD IN SHOO TINGS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham receives a warm welcome from supporters during his visit to North Andros. For more pictures, see page 5. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff VET S BACK PROJECT POTCAKE im lovin it
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT DNA Leader Branville McCartney has spoken out about the ever-increasing number of unemployed Grand Bahamians. With unemployment now at 21 per cent, he said this is one of the darkest economic periods in the history of thei sland. Osman Johnson, DNA candidate for Pineridge, said the latest figures show a 5.8 per cent increase in unemployment to an unprecedented high of 21.2 per cent or 11,000 people without a job. He said: I am reminded of the rather farcical com-m ents made by the junior Minister of Finance, the Honourable Zhivargo Laing, when he suggested that Grand Bahamas industrial sector remains relatively sta-b le, and this despite the d ozens of lay-offs at major companies all over the island. It is this kind of statement which belies the ignorance of this FNM government to not only the true situation which is prevalent at this time, but also the genuine need of the people on this island for theg overnment to take action. Mr Johnson said a new development is desperately needed in the centre of Freeport, and noted that the Royal Oasis Hotel has beenv acant for the past seven y ears without either the FNM or PLP doing anything about it. Mr Johnson said the DNA would engage local and international partners in an effortt o redevelop the area to provide a first rate tourism entertainment zone complete with restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and other amenities. He said the DNA would a lso pursue government investment either independ ently or in conjunction with p rivate partners in light industry, fish farming, agrib usiness, and the renewable energy sector to diversify the Grand Bahama economy. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 THE TRIBUNE DNAhits out over high levels of unemployment I am reminded of t he rather farcical c omments made by... Zhivargo Laing, when he suggested that Grand Bahamas industrial sectorr emains relatively stable. O O s s m m a a n n J J o o h h n n s s o o n n
MANAGEMENT at Sandals Royal Bahamian yesterday condemned allegations of union busting and staff intimidation. C alling remarks by Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU derous, the resort demanded a public apology. The executives of this u nion made placard accusations against the minister for which they were compelled to withdraw and apologise, an official statement read. They will be compelled to do the same as respects our management and good name. Last week, the BHMAWU alleged employees were being threatened that if they did not sign a petition removing the union as their bargaining agent, they could lose their jobs. Union officials held a demonstration outside theW est Bay Street resort on Monday in protest of the alleged petition. Denying the charges of intimidation, Sandals general manager Patrick Drake said at that time the resort recog-n ised the right of workers to sign a petition to the Minister of Labour requesting revocation of union representation. In February 2010, a Privy Council ruling paved the way for the union to be recognised as the bargaining agent for the 500 non-managerial employees at Sandals Royal Bahamian, overturning the Court of Appeal's verdict that the BHMAWU was "void" because it was not properly registered. M anagement has maint ained that 70 per cent of current employees had not been hired when the vote for BHMAWU representation was taken in 2008, and any attempt to settle the ques-t ion of union representation must allow present workers an opportunity to indicate whether they desire to be part of this union. Management claims the unions recent allegationsh ave sullied the resorts reputation as an important tourism facility by creating the impression it was in direct contravention of the constitutional rights of its workers. The handful of placardbearing persons featured in the media demonstrating at the hotel are persons who ceased working with the hotel in 2008/2009 when the world recession forced a contraction of the operations of hotels across the region and, indeed, the world, the statement read. Yet, these former employees were deceptively utilised to create the impression that the current workforce was at odds with the management of the hotel over attempts at union-busting. M anagement noted recent and ongoing investments, such as new butler suits and expanded training opportunities, as evidence of its commitment as a corporate citizen in the tourism sector. For nearly two decades, Sandals has been proudly playing our part in building the tourism sector of the Bahamas. We have taken an old resort, with an enormous history, and developed it to the pinnacle of modernt ourism comparable to any top-of the-line resort anywhere in the world. We cannot stand idly by and allow this challenge to our honour to go undefended. U nion president Lynden Taylor and Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes did not return calls yesterday. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 3 FOUR people are in hosp ital following two separate s hootings that occurred less t han an hour apart yesterd ay. Two men were shot at M atthew Street, Nassau Vil lage around 4am one in the t high and the other in the butt ocks. The second shooting occurred outside a restaurant on East Bay Street just after 4 .30am. A man and woman were standing outside the estab l ishment when they heard gunshots, and realised that they had been hit. All four victims were taken to hospital in private vehicles. P olice investigations are ongoing. POLICE arrested nine people during patrols in southern N ew Providence this week end. Officers arrested four men and two women between midnight and 7am Friday in con nection with minor offences, i ncluding threats of death, assault with a deadly weapon, causing harm, stealing and drug possession. Operation Bus Stop was conducted between 2pm and 6.30pm Saturday in the area s urrounding the Southwest ern Shopping Plaza. Three men were arrested in connec-t ion with outstanding war r ants. AN officer shot a 23-yearold man in the hand early yes terday morning. The incident is said to have taken place outside a night club near the junction of Tonique Williams Darling Highway and Baillou Hill Road shortly after 3am. The circumstances remained unclear up to press time last night; however it was confirmed that the man is in hospital in stable condition. POLICE found a handgun and ammunition behind a Fox Hill night club early yester day morning. The weapon was found hid den in some bushes around 1am. Police investigations continue. Sandals rejects union busting claim APROTESTOR outside Sandals last week. CRIMENEWS INBRIEF FOUR INJURED IN SHOOTINGS NINE ARRES T S IN OPERATION POLICE SHOOT MAN IN HAND HANDGUN FOUND
EDITOR, The Tribune. I HAVE no doubt that your paper will be bombardedw ith letters and comments r egarding the Haitian Presidents recent rally held in Nassau reportedly with hundreds/thousands of Haitians in attendance. W hile the pundits pun a nd the reactionaries react, I trust you will allow me space i n your valuable column to comment on this festering problem of illegal immigra-t ion. Mr Martelly was reportedly quoted to have said, ...I have r eports that kids who are born h ere and who have to wait until they turn 18 to choose whether they will becomeH aitian or Bahamian. Until they are 18, they dont belong to anywhere and yet theyw ere born here. Do I have to tell anyone if you send them back to Haiti they will not know anybody, and that they probably wont recognise the place where they land. This could be considered as ac rime... Kindly explain to me how deporting the child of an illegal Haitian is a crime. Whether we want to admit it or not, the Haitians know t he system better than we do. T hey jump on a boat from Haiti, spend days at sea risk ing life and limb to get to our c ountry illegally. They pass other countries Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic (just to name a feww ithout stopping manage to get into our waters, then pass hundreds of cays and several m ajor islands with one objective in mind to either land on a major thriving island org et to the capital without being detected or caught and by the numbers that are presently here we can conclude that they are mostly successful. The women show up pregnant or become pregnants hortly thereafter, knowing f ull well that the child they a re carrying will have a constitutional right to apply for c itizenship at 18. So, if I were a Haitian looking for a better life, I would simply do the same. I would j ump on a wooden sloop, risk l ife and limb to come to a country where I can possibly l ive undetected and live in a s hanty town or even in the open without being caught. I would then have my children here at a hospital wheret hey cannot arrest me for b eing in the country illegally and then I would stay under the radar knowing that I can push my child or children t hrough the educational sys t em without them being arrested or deported and then a t 18 my child or children could get straight and if I managed to stay long enough without being caught by the Immigration officials some B ahamian would have mercy on me and hire me illegally a nd if I were really fortunate, I could find one who would apply for a work permit for me and pay the fee for years. E ventually, if I put in the time, my new country would either give me permanent res idence or citizenship because I have been here so long albeit I entered the county illegally. In the meantime, I w ont make any significant contribution to the Bahamian economy. I would simply work and take advantage of its free health care and edu-c ation. If I were a Haitian, h ell yeah, I would risk life and limb to get to The Bahamas. So now it becomes criminal, to use the Presidents words, to deport the children o f illegals. Tell me, how can c ommitting a crime result in your obtaining legal status? H ow can breaching a countrys laws result in your obtaining favour and beingr ewarded with the highest honour that of citizenship? This whole issue has b ecome twisted and because it r emains unaddressed, it has now come to bite us where it hurts. We now have theirP resident telling us that we are criminal because we dont regularize the children of theiri llegal citizens! In my opinion, only one person has given us a sensible solution to this problem. The Hon Branville McCartney has suggested that we stop granting citizenship tot he children of illegals, and I agree. The only way to stem this nasty tide is to cut it off at the knees. If we stop granting illegals citizenship because they b een here long or they born h ere and dis the only country they know then the new word out on the streets inH aiti would now be, Dont come to the Bahamas. You wont get straight at 18. And maybe just maybe theirb oats will stop landing on our shores in droves. A TRUE TRUE BAHAMIAN Nassau, F ebruary 10, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 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 DNA LEADER Bran McCartney has called for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, accusing him of committing treason for allowing Haitian President Michel Martelly not only t o overnight in the Bahamas, but to meet with his nationals while here. We are calling for the immediate resignation of Hubert Alexander Ingraham, DNA leader Bran McCartney told thep ress. He has shamelessly disgraced our nation, his authority and this nationsi deals. He has insulted our people and his p ost as CEO of the Bahamas. He should i ndeed bow his head and be cast out, as it is clear he has denounced his citizenship in order to put another countrys interestb efore his own. What a fiery young man Mr McCartney has turned out to be. The more he talks,t he more he confirms our opinion that we a re dealing with a political novice who needs much more time to mature. At this critical stage of our countrys developm ent, this is not the type of ill-informed leadership that is needed. It almost sounds as though we have a budding dictator ono ur hands. The facts of the Martelly visit have been twisted out of all proportion, not only by Mr McCartney, but by Opposition leader Perry Christie and his colleagues. To listen to them, one would have thought that Mr Ingraham had given Pres i dent Martelly a script from which to read. Mr Ingraham did not invite the president to Nassau. He did not tell him that before he could talk to his own people he had to f irst submit a script of what he intended to say to the Bahamas government, and if he dared misstep he would be kicked out oft he country. This certainly is not the procedure expected of a democratic country. Mr McCartney also condemned Mr C hristie for being too quiet on this issue of national importance. We would have expected Mr Christie, a seasoned politi cian, to have continued his silence on the m atter knowing the protocol of such visits. But not Mr Christie, he could not be seen by his supporters as being weak and so was goaded on to make himself look foolish. After all, it was Mr Christie and his party that seemed to take more of a personali nterest in the Presidents presence than d id Mr Ingraham and his government. For example, no FNM politicians attend ed the Joe Farrington Road meeting when P resident Martelly addressed his people. However, there certainly were PLP politicians present that night, among them MP Alfred Sears, former PLP attorney gen eral, and Dr Andre Rollins, PLP candidate for Fort Charlotte. And so, until hec ould read the news the next day, neither Mr Ingraham, nor any of his cabinet, knew what the Haitian president had said to the estimated 7,000 persons crowded around him that night. Mr Ingraham officially met the president in his office the next morning before he had had an opportunity to be briefed on what had taken place the evening before. However, Mr Christie late r in the day not only knew what had been said to which he now so strongly objects but entertained Mr Martelly at his home with several of his PLP colleagues around him. If Mr Christie, or any of his col-l eagues, had disagreed with anything that had been said the night before, it was therea nd then that they should have had a disc ussion and cleared the air. But no, Mr C hristie had to jump on the political bandwagon and condemn the visit. Did he really believe in what he was saying from ap ublic platform, or was it only after being accused of being too quiet that he spoke up? P resident Martelly neither asked, nor d id he need permission to visit the Bahamas. Contrary to Mr McCartneys statement, t he Bahamas government did not invite Mr Martelly to the Bahamas. The Presidents government notified Foreign Affairst hat Mr Martelly would be passing through the Bahamas on his way to Mexico. While here, he wanted to meet with the Prime Minister and the Governor General. These meetings took place. Mr Ingraham said that Mr Martelly needed no permission to meet with hisp eople. He pointed out that the PLP went to London to meet with Bahamian students in connection with the election that is com i ng up to encourage them to support the PLP because they have overseas voting. They went to Jamaica to do the samet hing. They went to Miami, Atlanta and, I believe, New York, etc. Do you think they asked President Barack Obama whethert hey could come and do that? Of course not. Did they ask Prime Minister Cameron of Great Britain? No, they didnt. Why should the Haitian or the Jamaican or any b ody else need to ask us permission to do so? We are a free country. We are a democracy. And just as we are able to go to other people's country and meet with our nationals at any time of our choosing, why shouldnt they have the same right tod o so in The Bahamas? H owever, Mr Ingraham did give Mr McCartney some sound advice. One of the things that young politi c ians and old politicians ought to do, he said, is to establish themselves as credible persons; that you take steps to verify things before you make pronouncements. You dont go and shoot your mouth off and make statements that are untrue and thatc an easily be verified in advance. Carelessness is not a good thing for a young politician, or indeed an old politician. I caution Mr McCartney not to continue telling lies. Haitian presidents address LETTERS l email@example.com Haitian president just passing through E DITOR, The Tribune. THERE is much talk around town about the roads and infrastructure pro gramme of the government a nd all the inconvenience. So I write to compliment the government on its efforts. Ifi mprovements are not made now, when? I am a resident of the East ern District of the island of N ew Providence, and live in a subdivision which is at least 50 years old. For many years, it was impossible to wash clothes, especially the white ones,a s the water was always rusty. My government saw fit to c hange the water pipes in my area, and I am happy to report that my water now is clear as crystal. I can even d rink it if I choose. We do not seem to want to look further than our noses to see the improvement which will come once the pro gramme is completed. No p ain, no gain. Thank you for entertaining my views. FREE FROM RUST Nassau, February 1, 2012. Improved water EDITOR, The Tribune. THE reluctance on the part of the Opposition was pathetic. The recession has taken its toll around the world. Did the naysayers think that the Bahamas has no relations with other nations in the world? Yet the USA, Britain, and various European coun tries have been undergoing severe unemployment for some time. Greece is a case in point of a nation undergo ing severe economic stress. I often wondered why members of the party would not enlighten the individual making the unrealistic comments. A BAHAMIAN VOTER Nassau, January 31, 2012. U U n n i i o o n n a a c c t t i i v v i i t t i i e e s s
B y CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org ANDROS is better off now than it has been in the past 10 years, according to D esmond Bannister, the Free National Movement candidate for North Andros. S peaking at the FNMs political Rally in NorthA ndros Saturday night, Mr B annister, who is currently t he representative for the Carmichael constituency, said t he work he has already done in Andros speaks for his commitment to the island. He took a poke at the Progressive Liberal Partys man-a gement of the island, saying: Andros has been neglected b y the PLP. He touted several infrastructural upgrades undertaken by the FNM in Andros, including repairing schools in N icholls Town, Mastic Point and Low Sound. Mr Bannister said the FNM h as also created more jobs in Andros through the temporary job initiative than at any o ther time. H e pledged that if he is e lected to represent North Andros, he would deal with C rown land issues, continue infrastructural upgrades and ensure Androsians do noth ave to continue commuting to New Providence to get a picture drivers license. Hea lso said he would commit to bringing a Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVIt he island to increase voca tional training on the island. Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham told Androsians that a vote for Mr Bannister would be to put NorthA ndros and the Berry Islands i n sound hands. He said that the FNM is o verflowing with talent and that Mr Bannister is a part of the FNMs plan to put talented new young people into t he forefront of the FNM par ty. You need a seasoned son as your MP dont look this g ift horse in the mouth, said Mr Ingraham. Hold him near and dear to you. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 5 Bannister pledge to Andros SUPPORTERS are pictured above and below giving their backing during Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams visit to North Andros. D ESMONDBANNISTER a ddresses the North Andros crowd. SHOWING their colours, supporters wear FNMshirts. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com T HE Free National Movement has delivered nothing but empty promises and record levels of violent crime,PLP deputy leader Philip Brave Davis said. Making f un of the governing partys s logan We Deliver Mr Davis told those in attendance at the PLPs candidates launchon Friday that the FNM failed so terribly in the fight againstc rime that they barely dare t o raise the topic this year. In terms of the economy, Mr Davis said, the FNM took a bad situation and made it much worse dragging us down to the bottom of our region with their selfish, shortsighted, wrong-headed and downright stupid policies. H e noted that the FNM r aised taxes on car imports, vehicle inspection and licence fees, and gas. They even taxed the Holy Bible and baby pampers,w hile delivering special legisl ation and concessions for Bay S treet, he said. If they delivered, it wasnt for you. They delivered for special interest and their friends. The PLP deputy leader also c astigated the government o ver the ongoing road improvement project, which he said is overdue, over-budget, and big stretches of it built by foreign contractors and foreign labour. Mr Davis said the FNM does not put Bahamians first, and their failure to fight fory ou, their failure to work for y ou, their failure to invest in you, has made the impact of the recession so much worse than it had to be. He charged that the FNM h as delivered nothing but r ecord high unemployment, r epeated economic downgrades, housing projects without electricity and a huge increase in home foreclosures. So the FNM is in trouble a nd on the run, Mr Davis s aid. On the inside, theyre in a panic. Theyre trying to cover it up with big smiles and slick ads and bad poetry and a lot of fireworks, but they know how much trouble theyre in. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Davis:If FNMdelivered, it wasnt for you
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org H UNDREDS attended the official launch of Heineken Premium Light on Thursday n ight at the Blu restaurant, bar and lounge. T he evening, hosted by the B urns House Group, was a n ight filled with entertainment, live music, food and Heineken light. T he new brand comes from the same high-quality tradition as Heineken, but isl ighter in taste, has less alcoh ol, and fewer calories and carbohydrates. Lino Villarreal, marketing manager for the Burns House Group, said he expects Heineken Light to do veryw ell in the Bahamas, where the market for lighter beer is growing. He said: After its success i n the United States, were very excited to carry this brand in our portfolio and w ere confident Heineken Premium Light will follow the success path ofH eineken which has been t he leading premium beer in this market for many years. H eineken Light is served in many bars, restaurantsand clubs around the count ry and its also sold in Burns House and Butler and Sands stores as well as other locations. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 7 Wll drink to that! S OMEOF t he hundreds who turned out for the official launch of Heineken Premium Light beer, which was held on Thursday night at the Blu restaurant in Nassau. AGUITARIST performs during the official launch of Heineken Premium Light beer. ASINGER performs to the crowds at Blu duri ng the launch event, w hich saw guests including the Tribunes p resident, Robert Carr on, below left with Lino Villarreal, marketing m anger for the Burns House Group, andA dam Darville, presid ent of the Rotary Club o f East Nassau, below right with guest.
By MIKE LIGHTBOURN W HILE many areas of the Bahamas are experiencing w hat we might call a buyers market, you need to exercise caution when making offers below asking prices. Bargaining is an art, and the last thingy ou want to do is insult a selle r by making a silly offer. Y ou risk angering a seller by making an unreasonably low offer. The seller might not even contemplate a counter offer under these circumstances. I n general, offers on higher p riced properties have more room for flexibility in price reductions than do lower priced ones. Often, the length of time the property has been on the market gives you an indication of the possibility ofa larger price reduction. However, your BREA agent w ill know how to handle negotiations and can advise you based on similarly sold and listed properties. The seller may also lower the price if, fori nstance, previously undetected s tructural damage or termite i nfestation comes to light. If this is the case, sit down with your BREA agent and make a list of reasons to share with the seller as to why youro ffer is less than the asking price. A lternatively, consider negotiating other terms of the purchase, such as closing costs or repairs. A reduction on those aspects can still yield desired savings. Do not attempt t o negotiate yourself. You may wish to have y our BREA agent represent you and not represent the vendor. This would mean you would pay him/her as opposed to the vendor doing so. Thisp osition would, of course, be m ade known to both parties b efore proceeding. If there are other attractive homes for sale in your price range and your offer is rejected outright, look at these homes. I f there are not, the seller has t he upper hand if his price conforms to current comparables. Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER M ORE and more, we are b ecoming accustomed to using ATM machines. They are readily available, easy to use, and can be a real time saver as we pursue busy, active lives of work and play. N ot only are they available n ear banks and lending institutions, but we can find an ATM in some grocery stores, and malls. Of course, gambling casinos are a favorite location! H owever, ATM machines c an put you at risk of becoming a victim of robbery or some other crimes. The following are some hints which could preventt hat from happening to you or your family. The most important key to u sing your ATM card safely is to be observant and look around for any suspiciousp ersons or activity near the ATM machine. If you see anything that l ooks suspicious, go to anothe r machine or return later. Have Your Card in Your Hand I t is a good idea to have your ATM card in your hand and ready to use as you approach the ATM machine.B y doing this, you do not h ave to take extra time at the machine to take the card out of your wallet or purse. Shield Your Transaction Use your body or hand or an object to shield the ATMk eyboard when you enter y our PIN. Do not give someo ne else the opportunity to see the number that you are entering. Don't Leave Your Receipt Be sure to take your receipt or transaction recordsw ith you when you leave. Put Away Your Cash Put your cash away immediately in your pocket, wallet or purse. Do not display or c ount it at the machine. You c an always count it later. Keep Your Car Secured Lock your car if you have to get out to use the ATMm achine. If you use a driveu p ATM machine, lock all doors and be sure the passenger-side windows are rolled up. Using an ATM at Night If possible, take another p erson with you. P ark in a well-lighted area as close to the machine as possible. Do not use the machine if the lights on it are not working. I f the view of the ATM m achine is blocked by overgrown shrubbery or trees, or other objects, use another machine. Notify the bank about the visibility problem S hould you need more information on ATM safety or if you have informationp ertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to contact the police at 919 orC rime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence 8476 (Family Island or if youk now of individuals who may b e inneed of counseling and emotional support,please contact the Department of S ocial Services hotline number at 322-2763. ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE USING THE ATMSAFELY Lets be realistic
B y SIR RONALD SANDERS THE national and regional interests of Commonwealth Caribbean countries would hardly be served by backing Argentina in its long-running d ispute with Britain over the F alkland Islands. An Associated Press report of a meeting of some Latin American and Caribbean leaders, under the umbrella of ALBA, cites Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as confirmi ng the support of all the ALBA countries for Argentina. ALBA is a grouping initiated by the Venezuelan President and comprising eightn ations the larger Spanishspeaking states Venezuela,B olivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, and the three small Caribbean islands St Vincentand the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica. A ccording to reports by AP, on February 4, the eight ALBA member governments are reported to have approved an agreement barring any boats flying Falkland Islands flagsf rom docking in their ports. Up to the time of writing this commentary, only one gov-e rnment has denied being party to such an agreement. In a statement on February 8, the A ntigua and Barbuda governm ent said that it has never s upported any call for the banning of flagships from any c ountry in the region and therefore disassociates itself from any statement regardingt he banning of ships carrying t he flag of the Falklands (Malvinas) from entering our ports. It has to be assumed that t he two other Caribbean gov ernments of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica w ill adopt a similar position to the now public Antigua and Barbuda government s tance. All three states are m embers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM which are obliged by treaty t o co-ordinate their foreign policy positions. It would be both a contravention of theirt reaty obligations and a rebuff o f other CARICOM states should leaders of the three countries make such a commitment without at least dis-c ussing the implications with their CARICOM partners. A further worrying aspect of ALBA is a proposal that its members should join a defence pact by which the m ilitary of all of them would b e called into action should a ny of them find itself in a conflict. In this regard, President Chavezs reported remark that if it occurs to the British Empire to attackA rgentina, Argentina wont b e alone this time, is troub ling, particularly as neither B ritain nor Argentina has given any indication of such a prospect. Fortunately, noneo f the three Commonwealth Caribbean governments has c onfirmed any interest in join i ng an ALBA military pact. I f they did so without the a greement of their partners in CARICOM and the smalle r Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, these two organisations would be frac-t ured, probably irreparably. T here are many good reasons why Commonwealth Caribbean countries should not support Argentina in this dispute with Britain. First, the inhabitants of the F alklands have determined that they are British and wish to remain so. They have rejected the notion of being Argentinian. The right of selfdetermination, enshrined in t he Charter of the United N ations, is one that Commonwealth Caribbean coun tries have long upheld, and, i ndeed, is the basis on which each of them achieved their own political independence. W hen Foreign Ministers of the 15-member countries of CARICOM and the Domini-c an Republic met Ministers of the British Government in January this year at the biennial UK-Caribbean Forum in Grenada, they collectively andr ightly agreed: To support the principle and the right to selfdetermination for all peoples, including the Falkland I slanders, recognising the hist orical importance of self-determ ination in the political development of the Caribbean, and i ts core status as an internationally agreed principle under the United Nations Charter. A second good reason not t o support Argentina is that the facts of British settlement and sovereignty over the F alklands are well established. I t is important to appreciate that an existing UN resolut ion on the Falklands does no more than call for negotiations to find a peaceful settlement to the dispute over sovereignty. Where the problem a rises is: if both countries claim sovereignty, why would e ither of them want to negotiate over what they consider to be their legitimate right? In any event, Britain has exercised sovereignty over the F alklands since 1765 and, p roperly, if Argentina disputes such sovereignty, it s hould take the matter to the International Court of Justice f or arbitration. Argentina has declined to do so, while Britain has indicated its will ingness on several occasions. T hose are reasons of principle and law why Caribbean countries ought not to support A rgentina in its claim for the Falklands. By themselves, they are solid and overriding reasons. But, if economic self-interest were also to play a part in national decision-making on this issue the following points a re worth bearing in mind: C ommonwealth Caribbean countries earn far more from exports to Britain than they do to Argentina; Britain is a far bigger aid donor to the Caribbean than is Argentina, and British assistance is not o nly direct, it is also provided through the European Union, the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Development Bank; Caribbean tourism isf ar more reliant on British travellers than it is on Argen-t inians; a large number of Caribbean nationals live and work in Britain, few of them do so in Argentina; Caribbean students study, particularly forp ost-graduate work, in Britain, few if any study in Argentina; and the Commonwealth Caribbean countries share a history, culture, legal system and language with Britain thati s of immense importance and benefit to them. What is fuelling this latest A rgentinian interest in the Falklands is plans announced by four British companies to s earch for oil around the Falkl ands. The explorers say they a re targeting 8.3 billion barrels in the waters this year. B ut, Caribbean countries should not be used to advance Argentinas ambitions. A rgentina is a neighbouring country, and, as good neighbours, the Caribbean should urge it to take its case to the International Court of Justice if it believes it has a genuine argument for sovere ignty over the Falklands, and, t herefore the right to any oil t hat is found in the territorial waters of the islands. Its what the Caribbean would have to do in similar circumstances. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sirronaldsanders.com T he writer is a consultant and f ormer Caribbean diplomat LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 9 Dont cry for Argentina WORLDVIEW
Y OUR SAY B y MICHAEL REIACH I AM about to graduate with a degree in electrical engineering and am planning to specialise in sustainable and renewable sources of energy. Admittedly, I havent quite g ot to the professional engi neer status yet but most days I try and relate my studies to t he Bahamas. I must give BEC and the Bahamian government credit. Running a power generationa nd distribution system is not easy. It is even more difficult when you consider the geo g raphic make-up of the Bahamas. I would rather make a comparison of our electrical grid t o that in North America, specifically Canada, since we derive our electrical codef rom them and not the UK or Europe. The grids are based on a 100-year-old mindset. The old idea was that there would be a few large generation stationst o power a distribution network for a region. Now the industry is trying to evolve that idea into multiple, smaller generation sites that can alleviate the dependency and demand on central power g enerators and possibly even feed excess energy into the grid. T he Bahamas has taken the o ld grid approach by devel oping an independent power system on each island rathert han trying to share resources. This has resulted in 29 power stations on 25 islands. I ts easier said than done. A large portion 55 per cent of the energy in Ontario is generated by nuclear power. N uclear power plants cannot be turned off in an instant look at what happened in J apan. Nuclear gets a bad rap, which is too bad. It is very efficient and keeps the fuel surcharge low. Unfortunately, nuclear plants generate far more thant he population of the Bahamas could ever demand so I will not be saying anymore about them. Now on to what DNA chairman Mark Humes was talking about in one of the m orning newspapers recently. He said: I know the high cost of energy is a major factorw hen doing business in the c ountry. We have to look at ways of reducing energy costs. We need to introduce renew-a ble energy sources like solar, hydro and wind that all can be used to bring down the c ost of doing business. You cannot just say that so simply, since there are other costs to consider than just g eneration, but Ill go with the flow. So, we throw lots of money i nto wind power and then we should have really cheap rates, right? Some of the highR EDUCING the intensity o f energy consumption t hroughout the Bahamas is the beginning of a responsible citizens behaviour toward increasing the Bahamas contribution to mitigating theg lobal carbon footprint, the g overnment has said.. Energy statistics show that The Bahamas imported 7,814,000 barrels of oil and petroleum products in 2010, at a cost of $695,810,000, ora pproximately 10 per cent of t he Bahamas' GDP for that year. The typical household in the Bahamas produces approximately one ton of carb on dioxide a year, through t he consumption of petroleu m products. Generally, the c ontribution to carbon dioxide from cooking gas is very small in comparison to that of electricity consumption, said Phenton Neymour, Min-i ster of State for the Environm ent, as he addressed the February 6 meeting of the Rotary Club of Nassau on the National energy Policy and the importance of putting energy efficiency measures inp lace to secure the reduction o f the nations dependency on fossil fuels. The carbon footprint of the average tourist visiting the Bahamas is not significantly l ess per day than that of resid ents. The Energy Intensity o f the Bahamas is relatively h igh, he told the Rotarians. Minister Neymour discussed the progress of Bahamian energy independence, which he noted is still al ong way off.However, he s aid, since adopting recommendations of the First Report, several goals have been achieved, including providing tax incentives to promote the use of energy effi-c ient lighting, offering incent ives for more fuel-efficient vehicles and encouraging the use of solar hot water systems. I am pleased to report to you that the process has starte d. Energy independence has t o be a shared responsibility. T he Government of the B ahamas through its policies and initiatives must provide guidance for the citizenry," he said. In 2008, the National E nergy Policy Committee d eveloped their first report which identified several urgent actions needed to transform the energy sector to one that uses renewable energies and energy-efficient technologiesa nd addresses energy effic iency, energy conservation, energy management, renewable energy and other issues, said Minister Neymour. He added that another posi tive outcome of the energy p olicy is the formulation of an e nergy action plan to bring about rapid achievement of the remaining goals, includinga revision of Customs Import Duty Regulations, in order to encourage the importation of energy efficient technolog y.The efficiency programme i ncluded energy efficiency surveys and audits for public buildings, residential and com-m ercial sectors to assess energy uses and electricity consumption patterns to implem ent energy efficiency techn ologies and strategies. $0.9 million to develop an energy efficiency programme f or the Bahamas, and deter mine the potential for renewa ble energy including an island b y island assessment of solar, w ind, bio-energy and ocean energy, in addition to a feasibility study on waste to energy potential for New Providence, and Grand Bahama, saidM inister Neymour. $0.6 million to promote the use of energy efficient residential lighting through the procurement and distribution of 270,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLr eplace working incandescent l ight bulbs.$1.3 million was invested to implement sustainable energy through the design and execution of pilot projects. The projects include proc urement and distribution of o ver 130 solar water heaters, and 33 solar energy systems at no capital cost to the homeowners. This will bring significant energy saving to the participants and provide data to assist in expanding the energy s ector. M inister Neymour stated that small island states, such as the Bahamas andC aribbean nations, with the possible exception of Trinidad and Tobago, are particularly s usceptible to the rising cost o f fossil fuels, and the tremendous impact that the use of fossil fuels can bring to our e conomies. It cannot be argued that t here is an indissoluble coup ling of energy and developm ent. The International Energy Agency has developed an Energy Development Index (EDI stand the role that energy playsi n human development, said M inister Neymour. Their data suggest that d eveloping countries and many Caribbean countries are still transitioning to a more effective integration of the useo f fossil fuels. If it is true that e nergy and development are closely coupled, then The Bahamas is placed in a precarious situation of having our national development tied to s uch a problematic commodi ty. M r Neymour explained that due to a lack of readily available local sources of energy, the Bahamas is constrained to the necessity of importing all of the energy that drives industry, and prov ides the convenience for all B ahamians. In the Bahamas, all of our energy generation sources arei mported and comes mainly from liquid and gaseous petroleum products such as diesel o il (cars and trucks and BEC B unker C (BEC and Freeport Power) and propane (cooking gas). 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the obvious exception of Trinidad and Tobago, which has reserves of oil, said Mini ster Neymour. Contrast this to the United States which in 2011, consumed more than 800 million tons of coal in the productiono f electricity.Also in 2011 the United States produced more than 19 per cent of its electrical energy requirements from 101 nuclear fired power plants. These two options are nota vailable to the Bahamas for obvious reasons, even though t hey are among the least e xpensive sources of utility scale energy in the world. Minister Neymour said S olar Water Heater technolo gy has been installed in government subdivisions and includes a metering systemf or monitoring and storing data on solar production, hot water consumption and other useful variables that will prov ide real data on domestic thermal energy consumption levels. He also said that Solar Photovoltaic Systems are alsop rocured and will be installed in residential homes. The systems also include a monitoring system and data storage on solar production, energy generated and fed back intot he grid and other useful variables that will provide real d ata on domestic solar energy a nd consumption levels. $80,000 to implement a Public Awareness Campaign t argeted seven islands with o ver 200 participants in over 10 communities.Education in the schools with 15 school vis-i ts during energy week, including eight technical tours, said Minister Neymour. M inister Neymour outlined the Governments assessment of its Renewable Energies Potential.It includes an assessment of the potential for Renewable Energy and determining the cost of imple-m entation of these renewable energy technologies.As well, it developed a prioritised plan of action to include renewable energy in the energym atrix of the Bahamas and support the preparation of a W aste to Energy assessment that will identify the possible options to obtain energy from landfills and other sources of waste. Currently, Minister Neym our said the renewable energy programme included identifying the potential for bio-energy production, including Biodiesel. The Govern-m ent of The Bahamas subseq uently issued two licenses for the production of B iodiesel. One of the license h olders, Bahamas Waste Management Ltd, has installed a $1 million plant that is capable of producing i n excess of 1 million gallons of biodiesel annually. The Bahamas Electricity C orporation signed a memorandum of understanding with Ocean Thermal Energy Company that will lead to the production of electricity on a utility scale from sea water tem-p erature differences, said Minister Neymour. The Water and Sewerage Corporation signed an agreement for the production of electricity from wind. Studies to ascertain the wind profilest hat exist on the island of Eleuthera have recently commenced. Minister Neymour advised Rotarians that as consumers they should become moree fficient as an everyday practice to save money and energy.He suggested to monitor home energy use, air leaks and insulation that protect against thermal energy build up, use efficient systems toh eat and cool your home, install a timer on water heaters, install energy efficient windows in your home, use CFLs and LEDs as lighting alternatives, use energy effi-c ient appliances, reduce the output of home office electronics by choosing efficient ones, and choose efficient transportation options. These best practices are expected to reduce the Bahamian carbonf ootprint and eventually the national dependence on fossil fuels. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012, PAGE 11 est energy prices are in Europe. Denmark is known as the wind power capital of the world. They cannot cope w ith the demand and their a verage price for energy is $ 0.40 per kWh with the majority of energy being supplied by fossil fuels. Last timeI checked, BEC was at $0.15 p er kWh with a fluctuating fuel surcharge that was below $0.40 per kWh. W hen you talk about a solar farm you cannot just consider the cost for equip m ent, you have to remember that land in the Bahamas doesnt come cheap. The best solution that I see f or a solar farm is Crown Land. Most of that is in the Family Islands and this is thea rea where I think energy could be harvested: from the Family Islands, like Andros,a nd transmitted to New Prov idence via underwater high voltage transmission lines which are costly to lay andc ould have a high environ mental impact. That being said, submarine high voltage transmission lines have been laid through out the world between islands a nd the mainland. Closer to home, the Virgin Islands are looking at the prospects of tying into the Puerto Rico grid with underwater high voltage lines. Wind well same idea. Wind turbine farms are self explanatory and you have to consider the cost of the land and possible damage by hurricanes. Offshore wind turbines are a great idea but are suscepti ble to damage from severe swells regardless of the occurrence of hurricanes. H owever, some environm entalists will tell you that r ecent studies in Europe show that wind turbines are inducing migraines in the nearbyp opulation as well as driving t he wildlife away from areas close to the farms. Next? There are no rivers in the B ahamas to dam and the best solutions so far are underwater turbine farms or shore p ressure housings. Underwater turbine farms look above and apply water. Considering marine w ildlife, we could have the same negative impact as wind farms since sound travels a lotb etter in water than it does in air. You would also run the risk o f boating traffic damaging the equipment as well as the boat itself. The shore housings are a p romising new idea being engineered in Scotland to help remote communities to be self-sufficient. The idea is that a wind tur bine is forced to turn due to w ave action, forcing the air pressure in the housing to flow back and forth. Again, if land in populated areas wasnt expensive enough for you, how much does ocean-front property cost now? But I do like the idea of smaller islands looking for more self-sufficiency and harvesting energy from uninhabitable cays surrounding pop ular islands. Ive quickly laid out the large generation sites for you but what about a multitude o f smaller sites? T hat is turning into the h eadache of North America. Im sure your readers will have heard of the smart grida nd this is where the idea s tarts. Everybody can, theoretically, have his or her ownp ower source and no longer be exclusively reliant on their energy provider. H owever, it should be remembered that energy is complicated. Feeding your excess energy back into the g rid may be fine for you but you could be affecting your neighbours service by induc-i ng harmonics, wrong phases, islanding and exceeding the limits for which the power sys-t em was designed. The new smart grid should fix this but the Bahamas isnt there yet. I could go on forever. I a pplaud the government for reducing/eliminating the duty on solar equipment and lead ing the public in the right direction but there needs to be more education on them atter. You may be encouraged to know that BEC has formed a Department of Renewable Sources of Energy, and its website features information about a solar system pilot project: www.bahamaselectricity.com/ about/solarenergy.cfm. I look forward to a cleaner, renewable Bahamas, but its not going to happen by flipping a switch. A T THE FLIP OF A SWITCH reduction in carbon footprint GOVERNMENT MINISTER Phenton Neymour said that energy use in the Bahmas is reltatively high.
McCombe said the project really hangs in the balanceof whether the VMAB votes f or or against it. With the stray problem continuing to explode across the country, experts feel breaking the reproductive cycle is the only credible way to tackle the problem. It was after careful deliberation, Dr Bizzell said, that the VMAB agreed to Animal Balance's proposed project. However Project Potcake must not in any way diminisho r negatively impact the VMAB's own five-year initiative. He explained that was the reason why some Bahamianv ets, while acknowledging the s tray problem, expressed reservations concerning the project. The veterinary profession in the Bahamas is growing and the need for outside assistance in dealing with spay andn eutering is becoming less a nd less, Dr Bizzell said. Our young Bahamian vets are nationalistic, they're very proud of the contribution they are making to animal welfare in the Bahamas. Just like any other profession, they obviously would question the need for outsiders to come in to do something that they're quite capable and experienced ands killed to do themselves. However, the VMAB has ultimately agreed to the project, deciding that Animal Balance's involvement would-n 't detract from the core 3 ,000 per year project that the v eterinarians have committed to do, Mr Bizzell said. We're going to help them and facilitate them in any way we can. The VMAB members are most appreciative of Animal B alance's participation and are grateful for the efforts they plan to expend on behalf on the pet-owning public of the Bahamas, he stated. The two groups will work side by side, with Project Potcake focusing on strays and neighbourhood animals without clearly defined owners while owned animals will be spayed or neutered under theV MAB's five-year initiative. It is anticipated that Animal Balance's contributions during 2012 would give a substantial boost to the totaln umber of spays/neuters duri ng the first year of our five y ear project, Dr Bizzell said. If, indeed, a total number of 5,000 dogs and cats are spayed/neutered during 2012, 3,000 by members of the VMAB and 2,000 by AnimalB alance, this would provide a n almost immediate reduction in the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the subsequent years and would effectively jump-start the five-year programme. If pet-owners in Nassau wish to have their pet spayed or neutered under the VMAB's new initiative, they can contact either the Bahamas Humane Society,P roud Paws, or Baark! to have an appointment made with a local participating vet. For the first time in the history of animal welfare inN ew Providence, all of the v eterinarian professionals a re prepared to participate in low cost spays and neuters, all are committed to our five-year initiative, and hopefully all the animal welfare organizations appreci-a te what the vets are offeri ng, Dr Bizzell said. The project is currently limited to Nassau, but Dr Bizzell points out there is veterinarian medicine going on in the Family Islands. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 THE TRIBUNE assumed that Mr Martelly was i nstructing his people to vote for the FNM. Mr Ingraham said that if M r Christie took issue with t he Haitian Presidents remarks, he should have taken it up with him when they m et the next day. Presumably, if Mr Christie had an issue with what MrM artelly said, he would have raised it with President Martelly while he was at Mr Christies house, he certainly would not have waited until last night at his candidate launch to hear from Mr Christie. Clearly, thats what I would have done if I had taken issue with a statement President Martelly would h ave made, he said. And Mr Ingraham e xplained that he did have an issue with Mr Martellys assertion that children of Haitian descent born in the Bahamasa re stateless before the age of 18 when they can legally apply for citizenship. Such persons are not stateless, they have the nationality of their parents, he said. Under our constitution, w hich differs from the Haitians, which differs from the American constitution, persons born in the Bahamas o f non-Bahamian parentage do not have a right to Bahamian citizenship until they reach the age of 18. 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 Vets back Project Potcake PM:We did not invite president PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham during his visit to North Andros. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff