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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Chinese citizens on murder alert Volume: 108 No.50TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 82F LOW 70F B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net T HE Chinese Embassy last night put its citizens in the Bahamas on alert after a man w as gunned down outside his home over the weekend. A statement issued by the Embassy advised its citizens to pay due care and attention to their personal safety and security while engagedi n their daily activities. The advisory came one day after Wing Hong Chan, 45, was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his Village Road home early Sunday m orning. Mr Chan had just returned home after celebrating the Chinese New Year with fam i ly and friends when he was approached by a gunman around 3.30am. T he man robbed the Mr Chan of his cell phone before shooting him and fleeing the area in an unknown direction. M r Chan was found slumped over the railing by his colleagues a short time lat-e r. He was rushed to the hospital by his brother but died a short time later. Embassy w arns after man shot dead in robbery TRY OUR CRANBERRY & RAISIN O ATMEAL The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net THE mystery surrounding t he whereabouts of a Canad ian man who went missing at sea con tinues to d eepen after reports surf aced yest erday that his sail boat had b een ransacked. Nathan Moody, an employee of the Old Bahama Bayr esort, said BASRA was c alled to investigate after the boat had been anchored several miles off the coast fora round a week. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PARLIAMENTARY pro ceedings were interrupted by a heated exchange between MICAL MP Alfred Gray and Minister of Education and Carmichael MP Desmond Bannister yesterday over allegations that the scheduled renaming of schools in the Family Islands is politically motivated. While encouraging the res idents of Crooked Island to come out to support and salute their hero, Mr Gray said as the MP for the By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net A MASSIVE blaze ripped through an apartment complex in Bimini leaving 25 people homeless. According to fire officials, the building in Alice Town housed at least eight families and was completely destroyed by fire Sunday night. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Michael Moxey said fire officials, at the Alice Town Police Station, received a call shortly before 7pm noti fying them that a stone struc ture in Alice Town was on fire. When fire fighters and police arrived on the scene they met a two-storey building completely engulfed in flames. They were able to contain the fire after an hour and half and around 10.30pm it was completely extin guished. The building was burnt to the ground but no one was injured. All the tenants were able to make it out unharmed however all their belongings were destroyed, he said. We are not yet certain of the cause of the fire but based on preliminary investigations it appears to be electrical. We have a team of investigators combing through the rubble. Our investigations are on going. Tianna Knowles, from the Department of Social Services, confirmed 20 persons, 11 adults and nine children, were displaced by the fire. Ms Knowles said the department provided temporary shelter and meals for the affected individuals. We gave them meals and rooms at the Bimini Bay Game Hotel. They will remain there for two days. For those who are unable to find housing after the two days, the department will have to accommodate them somehow. We will not leave them out in the cold. There is no time frame on our assistance. We are also issuing coupons to the families so they will be able to purchase food items and toiletries for themselves. Meanwhile, the department as well as the individuals will continue to look for more permanent housing, she said. I sent clothing sizes to our Freeport Office and they are sending us some clothing DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville M cCartney has issued a formal request for a debate with the leaders of both major p olitical parties warning that their refusal would go against public demand. I n the letter addressed to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Mr McCartney said thef orum would signal commitment to accountable governance and was critical to the strengthening of democracy. Too many of the troubles we now face stem from deci sions made behind closed doors, regulations removed when no one was looking, or BUSINESS C C L L U U B B B B O O O O S S T T S S A A B B A A C C O O B B Y Y $ $ 5 5 M M A A M M O O N N T T H H SEEBUSINESS SECTION B WOMAN C C H H O O O O S S I I N N G G T T H H E E R R I I G G H H T T C C O O N N T T R R A A C C E E P P T T I I V V E E SEEWOMANPAGE 11B im lovin it 25 HOMELESS AFTER AP ARTMENT BLAZE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 CANADIAN MISSING AFTER B OAT RANSACKE THE APARTMENT complex in Bimini in flames on Sunday night. Photo: Michael Checkley BRAN ISSUES N A TIONAL DEBATE CALL R OW OVER SCHOOL NAMES POLICE seized $60,000 worth of cocaine during a search at the Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday. Drug Enforcement Unit officers arrested a 28-year-old man after he was found in possession of four kilos of cocaine shortly before 1pm. The man, a resident of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, had just got off a plane from Great Inagua, according to police, and was noticed act ing suspiciously. Investigations are continuing. C OC AINE WORTH $60,000 SEIZED


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012 THE TRIBUNE items. Pastors of several local churches have also extended t hemselves as well as members of the wider community. We are also seeking assis tance from the principal at Louise McDonald High School, where the children attend, to see what assistance they can offer them. We are a lso offering therapy, through our psychological unit, for those who need it. In the House of Assembly yesterday morning, Obie Wilchcombe Member of Parl iament for West End and Bimini, made a plea for assistance for the fire victims. M inister of State for Social Development, Loretta Butler Turner, told members present t hat the ministry has people on the ground providing assistance. M rs Butler Turner said a report on the fire will be completed in short order. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A POLICE officer testified i n a Supreme Court murder t rial yesterday that he had reported the domestic dispute between two brothers to police before the stabbing death of one of the brothers on Valentines Day last year. P C 2011 James Johnson t old a 12-member jury yesterday that on the morning of February 14, 2011, he had made a call to police to respond to an argument in S tapeldon Gardens between C yril Lockhart and deceased L uigi Lockhart. Lockhart is accused of killing his brother, Luigi Lockhart, and was charged in Magistrate's Court in con-n ection with that death. Luigi, the 15th homicide victim of 2011, was reportedly stabbed in the chest during an argument at his home. In yesterdays trial, Mr J ohnson, who works at the Internal Security Division, told the court that on the dayi n question, his shift at the T hompson Blvd station had ended and he returned home around 6.30am, to his residence on Blenheim Road. According the officer, while he was cooking breakfast, he heard voices being raised. Att he time, he said, I heard v oices being raised coming from my neighbours house. He said he looked out of his bedroom window and observed my neighbour (Cyrilc onfrontation, rowing and e xchanging words. It eventually spilled out into the road and after seeing the intensity of the argument, I called 919. The offic er admitted that he did not k now what happened within t he hour that he had fallen asleep. He said that after waking up and receiving information from his stepdaughter, Iw ent back to look out the window and saw Cyril with a knife in his hand. He went on to say that he became concerned and went back to the phone to call 919 again. T he officer said that further observation of the stabbing revealed Luigi on the ground unresponsive. This, he said, p rompted him to get his handcuffs and seek out Cyril who he found at the near bushes at the junction of Lincoln and Blenheim Road. I went to him, cautioned him and then placed himu nder arrest, he stated. R egarding the polices response to the situation, he told prosecutor Terry Archer that two officers came and then eventually some more due to the circumstances. A n ambulance also r esponded to the scene, according to the witness who said that he saw an entrance and exit wound in the deceased after he was turned o ver by EMS personnel. H e testified that he had no f urther involvement in the matter aside from confirming the names of the brothers involved in the fight. During cross-examination b y defence attorney Geoffrey Farquharson, the officer admitted that he did not know if police responded to the incident while he had been asleep. M r Johnson also could not recall if the deceased had a rod in his possession at thet ime of the incident. W hen asked about the exchange of words prior to him falling asleep, he said some obscenities here and there. Something about not carrying my dog no f****** place. Farquharson questioned t he witness as to how he could d etermine that the incident was the result of the stabbing when he did not see it. The officer responded, I saw Cyril with a knife in his hand and I saw his brother on theg round. I put one and one t ogether and I got two. The defence attorney told the witness that nothing in his statement to police suggested this nor that he had seen h is client near bushes at the e nd of the road. T he witness in response admitted that the incident was almost a year ago but was quite sure that he saw the accused where he did. W hen asked if he saw a taxi driver on the scene, he replied I did see a taxi there shortly before the stabbing. He was sitting in the taxi that was parked. P rior to the officer giving testimony in court, taxi driver Michael Mitchell told thec ourt of what he knew trans pired before the stabbing death of Luigi. Mitchell said that on the day in question, he had received a phone call from Luigi concerning a favour, but, he said, he did not act oni t right away. When he did, h e said I went to the location Stapeldon Gardens to give him a ride. He said this took place around 9am, though he was not sure of the time. H e said that Cyril was sitt ing on the wall and Luigi had been taking items out of the house and placing them into the taxi. Luigi went to pick up the d og cage when Cyril ran and g ot a knife. T he taxi cab driver said that Cyril, approaching his brother with the eight-ten inches long knife, told his sibling he was not taking his black pit-b ull. He then said that he had tried to diffuse the situation by saying: Yall two is brothers. Why yall carrying on like this? After it could not beh elped, he said I went to the police station to report it and then I went back to thes cene. I observed Luigi lying on the ground and a female over him. I saw Cyril in the back of the yard, lying in a fetal position. Farquharson, in crossexamination, suggested thath ed come to the scene of an a ltercation that started much earlier. He further suggested to the witness that his client was putting Luigi out of his residence and objecting to the deceased coming andt aking his stuff. T he taxi driver said he could not say if this was so or why Luigi had been put out of the Colony Club where he resided before staying with h is brother. He admitted t hough that he saw Luigi taki ng the dog. Farquharson queried about the witness leaving to report the matter to the police and asked if the police would got o the scene. No. The police wouldnt come. Farquharson continued, So when you couldnt get the police to come, you went backt o the residence of the defendant? But I put it to you that you have no idea as to whow ouldve caused his brother t o be lying on the ground? Mr Mitchell responded Murder trial hears of brothers stabbing 25 HOMELESS AFTER APARTMENT BLAZE T HE APARTMENT c omplex in Bimini in flames, with firefighters trying to keep the blaze in check. Photos: M ichael Checkley


By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A DETAILED version of t he Court of Appeal ruling rejecting convicted sex o ffender Bishop Randy Frasers bail application is expected to be revealed in court on Thursday. Appellate court president J ustice Anita Allen and Justices Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh are expected to issue the written document nearly six weeks after announcing their decision at t he end of Frasers bail heari ng. Fraser appeared before the appellate court on December1 6 seeking to be granted bail pending the outcome of his appeal. I n November, he was conv icted in Magistrate's Court of having sex with a minor between July 2005 and Feb r uary 2006. Prosecutors argued that he abused his position oft rust by having sex with a girl he had agreed to counsel. H e was originally charged in the summer of 2006, but freed a year later after a mis trial. His retrial started in 2 008. After several delays, Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell handed down the guilty verdict and sentenced Fraser to servet hree years at Her Majesty's P rison. At the bail hearing, defence attorney Jiaram Mangra wasu nable to persuade the three justices that his client deserved to be freed pendingthe outcome of his appeal, which is expected to be heard i n February. After hearing arguments from both the defence and prosecution, the justices c onsulted for 15 minutes before dismissing the applic ation. At the time, Justice Allen said the reasons for the decision would be released at a l ater date. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012, PAGE 3 NASSAU Restaurants (Bahamas its employees, in plain terms, the serious situation facing the business if an agreement is not reached in the negotiations that are now taking place between KFC Nassau and the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU The company has held meetings with all staff to share with them a presentation made on 9 December, 2011 to the unions staff meetings were part of an attempt by KFCs management to sensitize its personnel to the seriousness of the current new agreement as soon as possible. As far back as 23 October, 2011, KFC submitted to the union a proposal that took into account the current economic conditions and the effect on its business. agreement has been reached on any of the Despite our superior product, independent KFC customer is resistant to any further price package is more than two times higher than all of the other fast food brands. As a result, KFC has proposed to the union that wages with its competitors, as well as a reduction proposed a new wage structure for all new hires as of Monday, 20 February, 2012. by the union in these matters, it is KFCs intention to implement these changes by 20 February, 2012. BGCSEREVISION SESSIONSINSTITUTE OF BUSINESS and COMMERCETEL: 324-4625 T HREE men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection the armed robbery of a local web shop. Dino Forbes, 41, of Eneas S treet; Winston Lindsay, 20, o f Cowpen Road; and Geovaney Pinder, 20, of Flamingo Gardens, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Nassau Street. They face charges of armed r obbery, receiving, and firearm and ammunition possession. It is alleged that on Wednesday, January 18, while a rmed with a shotgun and a revolver, the three men robbed the Island Game Webcafe of an undetermined amount of cash. It is further alleged that L indsay received $18,513, the p roperty of the web shop. He was also charged with possessing a Ruger revolver and three bullets, along with some marijuana. Forbes and Pinder were charged with possession of a W inchester shotgun and four 12-gauge cartridges. The men were not required to enter pleas to the charges. They will return to Magist rates Court on March 22, when the prosecution will serve a Voluntary Bill of Indictment against them, bypassing a lengthy pre-trial process and forwarding them atter directly to the S upreme Court for trial. Due to a newly amended law, the Magistrates Court does not have the discretion to grant bail in armed robbery cases, so the men were remanded to Her Majestys P rison until the completion of their trial. Eighteen witnesses are expected to give evidence, according to court dockets. Three face court over webcaf armed robbery BISHOPS SEX CASE APPEAL REJECTION TO BE REVEALED PROTESTS in Rawson Square yesterday following the appeal by B ishop Randy Fraser. The campaigners have launched a series of p rotests under the title Save Our Little Darlings, calling for more focus on child safety. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff


EDITOR, The Tribune. Dear Christian Council, I READ The Tribunes front page news item dated J anuary 1, 2012, written by staff reporter Khrisna Virgil and entitled Hospitals Plea to Fund New Machine with curiosity. I n the article, Ms Virgil outlines the appeal made by P rincess Margaret officials for corporate Bahamas to fund t he purchase of this lifesavi ng machine, which is all well and good of course as corporate sponsorship is paramount (especially in developing country like the Bahamas). What fascinates me, howe ver, is the fact that civic g roups, NPOs and, well, medi cal facilities, seemingly always make the appeal to corporate Bahamas for donations as opposed to the reli-g ious community (an extremely rich community m ade so by tithe paying members). Certainly this isnt irony are our corporate giants pro jecting more love and charity t han our church community? Are they easier to approach lest they be judged? Are our c orporate brothers and sisters agenda free and more comm unity aware? B ishop Hall recently a dmonished the nation to pray for the homosexuals while supposedly advocating safer sexual behaviour easi ly this charge inadvertently lessened the significance for heterosexuals and young women (the two most affecte d groups) to assume more responsible sexual behaviour. Moreover and recently, the charge by Bishop Ellis that the Bahamas has three demons looming in society in n eed of exorcism again, a c lassic example of agenda-driv en nonsense coupled with fear antics that resonates with the less empowered. Sirs, perhaps what you give should find itself more tangible and restorative ifo nly to (by way of public r elations strategy) counter your cynical projection on society with significant actso f kindness and charity no? If only for balance to savef ace? Certainly it will add to y our credibility if you and y our cohorts become involved in the things thatr eally matter sans the isms and categorizations a progressive approach to charity is a good start I feel! Y ou know oddly enough, t he Catholic church with its myriad of faults, sticks by its vow of poverty and con t ributes. Giving and charity is a culture in this sect! Dear Sirs this machine and the expertise offered by the great Bahamian doctors a nd nurses who connect them t o slipping souls know no class, they know no status t hey treat prisoners and the bourgeoisie these bright medical professionals honour t heir Hippocratic oath (not a hypocrite oath) and receive A LL of the Universes children in love and in duty as they honour the service they are called for and to perhaps you may take a page out o f their books and revisit your posturing which basically pisse s off the collective cons ciousness if I am to be bold e nough to speak for the masse s, it may make your agenda appear validated at best. Across the continuum of humanity is an inherent goodness most humans are decent enough I reallya dmonish you to embrace this d ynamic and work towards p rojecting love and in this instance charity as it is not puffed up. I assure you gentlemen that y ou would be surprised to know the ripple effect a mess age of love trumps that of doom a message of hope trumps that of doom a message of peace trumps that of fear early peace keepers s uch as Mahatma Gandhi, 14th Dalai Lama Tinzin Giatso, Jesus Christ got it! fill h earts and minds as you fill your collection plates and r emember love. S irs donate to the Princess M argaret Hospital donate a nd challenge the sinners to match it. KIRKLAND H. PRATT EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 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 RANCES parliament voted Monday to make it a crime to deny that the killings o f Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a c entury ago constituted a genocide, risking more sanctions from Turkey and complicating an already delicate relationship with the rising power. T urkey, which sees the allegations of genocide as a threat to its national honour, s uspended military, economic and political t ies and briefly recalled its ambassador last month when the lower house of parliament approved the same bill. B efore Mondays Senate vote, Turkey t hreatened more measures if the bill p assed, though did not specify them. President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose party supp orted the bill, still needs to sign it into law, but that is largely considered a form ality. T he debate surrounding the measure c omes in the highly charged run-up to F rance's presidential elections this spring, and critics have called the move a ploy to garner votes of the some 500,000 Armenians who live in France. Valerie Boyer, the lawmaker from S arkozys conservative UMP party who wrote the bill, did not deny that, saying that politicians are supposed to pass laws t hat they think their constituents want. Thats democracy, she said. But this domestic gamble could have m ajor international consequences. F rances relations with Turkey are already strained, in large part because Sarkozy opposes Turkeys entry into the EuropeanU nion. The law will no doubt further sour relations with a NATO member that is playing an increasingly important role int he international communitys response to the violence in Syria, the standoff over Irans nuclear programme and peace negotiations in the Middle East. It is null and void for us, Turkeys Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said on live TV immediately after the bill's passage M onday. It is a great disgrace and injus tice against Turkey. I want to tell to France that you have no value for us in the slight e st degree, we dont care. The bill has also drawn massive protests in Paris, with thousands of Turks converging on the city this weekend tod enounce it. On Monday, smaller rival demonstrations, separated by a substantial police presence, gathered outside the Senate. The Senate voted 127 to 86 to pass the bill late Monday. Twenty-four people abstained. The measure sets a punishment of up to one year in prison and a fine of $59,000 for those who deny or outrageously minimise the killings. Despite the potentially serious conse quences, many senators did not show up for the vote, instead allowing colleagues to serve as proxies. Those in the Senate chamber, however, fiercely debated the m easure over several hours. For some in France, the bill is part of a t radition of legislation in some European c ountries, born of the agonies of the Holocaust, that criminalises the denial of genocides. Denying the Holocaust is already a punishable crime in France. M ost historians contend that the 1915 killings of 1.5 million Armenians as the O ttoman Empire broke up was the 20th c enturys first genocide, and several Euro pean countries recognize the massacres as such. Switzerland has convicted peop le of racism for denying the genocide. B ut Turkey says that there was no syst ematic campaign to kill Armenians and that many Turks also died during the c haotic disintegration of the empire. It also says that the death toll is inflated. B oyer, the bills author, said Monday t hat it seeks to protect the very human r ights that France first defined during its r evolution. Others warn that it threatens those same rights, especially freedom of expression. A Senate commission, in fact, recommended against the passage of the law, saying itr aised constitutional questions, and the law could still face constitutional challenges. Its not up to parliament to define history, said Jean-Jacques Pignard, a senator who spoke against the measure in anh ours-long debate. We cant impose r epentance. Repentance is a long person al journey. But the senators who spoke for it on M onday said it was their duty to fight against those who would deny settled his tory. Once its written, isnt it up to us to take notice? asked Yannick Vaugrenard, a Socialist senator. The truth is not always strong enough to conquer lies. W hile senators debated the law Monday afternoon, about 150 pro-Armenian protesters and the same number of pro-Turk i sh demonstrators gathered outside the building. Those in the pro-Turkish camp held b anners declaring, Liberty, Equality, Stu pidity and Its not up to politicians to invent history. Turkeys ambassador to France later l amented the vote. Everyone is going to suffer (from this France, Turkey, Armenia of course. There will be unfortunately a radicalisation of positions of all sides, said Tahsin Burcuoglu. But Alexis Govciyan, national president of the Council of Coordination of Armenian Organisations in France, said that the law that would protect the memory of the victims of the genocide, and the dignity of their descendants like us will be respected. This article is by Sarah DiLorenzo of the Associated Press. Christian Council should help LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net French pass Armenian genocide bill EDITOR, The Tribune O ver the past week, there has been a lot of speculation and concern about the num-b er of dead fish of shallow water varieties found floating in the waters at MontaguB each. From media reports, inquiries to relative ministries were met with negative results. I would have thoughtt hat with such an incident, the Ministry responsible for fish eries would have immediately l aunched an investigation into the matter, and the Ministry of Health would have issued warnings to members of the public against the consump tion of any such fish found. So far no public announce ment of an investigation into the matter has been made, nor have warnings about the consumption of those fish been issued. O n Sunday the 15th Janua ry I went to Montagu Beach to see if I could locate any of the dead fish; but a search oft he shoreline proved futile. I spoke with a number of per sons in the area, but with the e xception of one person, a Long Islander like myself, were bewildered about the supposed mystery. My LongI sland friend asked me if I had heard of any dead fish being found near the shore-l ine of any other area of the island. I said that I did not. Good, said he, now tell me if you know where those stones that are being used as a barri er out there came from? No I answered, he said, I know you dont, for if you did you would know what is killing the fish around this area. Those stones are being brought from the waters in f ront of the Oil Refinery in F reeport. They are porous and are loaded with oil seep age from the refinery the fish a re dying from the toxins from that seepage material in those stones. To me, what hes aid made sense if those stones are really from the Refinery area of Freeport. I am of the opinion that if whath e said is true, it will be decades before one can hope to see any of the shalloww ater fish of our shorelines in that area again. Minister Larry Cartwright, this situation is a concern of your Ministry will you kindly look into it? ERRINGTON W. I. WATKINS Nassau, January 17, 2012. Dead f ish m yster y at Montagu Beach EDITOR, The Tribune. MONTREAL Quebec Canada is a mostly Christian town of over two million, the church listings in the yellow page phone book amount to five pages! In Nassau, a city of about 10 per cent the size of Montreal, those church listings in the 2010 yellow pages amounted to 65 pages, in the 2011 yellow pages this shrunk to 42 pages! If the good Bishop detected demons at large, (this recalls Richard Pryors The devil made me do it) then this multitude of churches do not seem to be very effective. WALTER ABSIL Nassau, January 19, 2012. C C h h u u r r c c h h e e s s c c a a n n t t k k e e e e p p d d e e m m o o n n s s a a w w a a y y


By RASHAD ROLLE THE rushed move to the new court complex on South Street is putting magistrates, w orkers and the general pub lic at risk, two PLP members claim. D ion Smith, the partys candidate for Nassau Village, and PLP vice chairman Keith Bell also said the lack of a prose cutors office at the complex is weakening the justice system. M r Smith said: Prosecu tors cannot find files due tot he chaos resulting from the order that the magistrates move in immediately to provide an item on the FNMs political check-list. Prosecutors are forced to work in their cars or in the old court complex. This unsafe situation makes them easy targets for theft, robbery and assault. He said a shortage of secu rity can also lead to files going missing. Claiming a lack of planning a nd attention to detail at the complex has resulted in cases being automaticallya djourned, Mr Smith said too many Bahamians are suffering because of the inability of the government to bring resolution to serious matters before the court. T hough the initial plans for the building included a prose cutors office, the design was scrapped by the government to make way for more spacious courtrooms, according to Mr Bell. The reality is it actually created even greater obsta cles because when you look at how the space has been divided in there, granted the courts may be bigger and more modern, but the capac ity is less, he said. The opposition members said uneven floors, a shortage o f telephone lines and inter net access for magistrates, and the lack of an entrance to thep risoners dock were other problems. If the magistrate was to take someone in custody, they have to go outside the courtroom to gain access to thep risoners dock, said Mr Bell. He also claimed some magi strates have refused to hold court because no files are there, offices are not set up and cabinets are all over the place. Mr Smith called for the problems to be addressed immediately. Our people deserve no less from their government, he said. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday introduced amendments to the Parliamentary Elections Act to make voting in the upcom ing general elections more straightforward for Bahami ans overseas. Mr Ingraham said the amendments seek to clarify provisions relating to the registration and enrollment of overseas voters, including stu dents at foreign schools, the staff of Bahamian embassies, high commissions and other foreign missions. Public officers on official duty outside the country and Bahamas Maritime Authority staff will also be eligible to vote outside the country once the amendments are passed. Mr Ingraham said yesterday that as the process is in its beginning stages, overseas voting will only be availableto those who qualify in Miami, Atlanta, Washington, New York, London, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. The amendments seek to empower the parliamentary commissioner to appoint a public officer from each embassy, high commission, foreign mission or someone from the Parliamentary Reg istration Department, to act as the presiding officer in each overseas polling location. Mr Ingraham said the government is determined to pass amendments that will allow independent observers to watch the Bahamian election process. THE FNMcandidate for C at Island, Rum Cay and San S alvador received a warm w elcome when he visited over the weekend. Michael Pintard received a spirited welcome from supporters during his visit. T he visit is just part of the build-up towards this years election, a date for which has y et to be announced. The FNM h as also sched uled a rally in San Salvador, w hich will be held on February 2. M r Pintard is pictured left b eing welcomed on his a rrival and, above, with party supporters during the visit. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012, PAGE 5 WARM WELCOME FOR FNM CANDIDATE DURING VISIT PLP CRITICISE RUSHED COURT MOVE PM MOVES T O EASE OVERSEAS VOTING


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012 THE TRIBUNE P RIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham and Deputy Prime Minister Brent S ymonette at the Annual Parliamentary service at Zion Baptist church yesterday. Leaders and members of the oppositon parties also attended the service. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff PERRYCHRISTIE, centre, leader of the PLP. HOUSE S PEAKER A l vin Smith. F ROMLEFT, F NMmembers Larr y Cartwright, Desmond Bannist er and Neko Grant. C ANDIDATES f or the DNA at the service, including Mark Humes, right. HUBERTINGRAHAM is escorted by police to the service. Prayers for PARLIAMENT


reckless actions taken while authorities turned a blind eye, the letter stated. Our country is strongest when our elected leaders area ccessible and accountable to its citizens, explaining their decisions and answering t ough questions. Perry Christie, Progressive Liberal Party leader, and Mr M cCartney have agreed to participate in a televisedp ublic debate ahead of this y ears general election, w here they will be vying to b e the country's next Prime Minister. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham neither rejected nor accepted the idea of a debatewhen asked by The Tribune earlier this month. Mr Ingraham said: I dont talk foolishness. I debate every day. In the letter dated January 1 7, the party called for part icipation in a Leadership D ebate, with the terms of the forum to be determined collectively. A ccording to party chairm an Mark Humes, there has been no response from Mr Ingraham, or the Free Nationa l Movement, concerning the request. The letter added: The time has come for our democracy to evolve beyond the flash a nd lights of rallies, and e mbrace the substantive exchange of ideas. Your refusal to participate will demonstrate a complete disregard of Bahamians public demand for this forum, and an overall disrespect of true d emocratic process. A debate featuring former Prime Minister Christie pitted against the current Prime Minister and Prime Ministerhopeful Branville McCartneyw ould be a significant milestone in politics, as it would be the first of its kind. The first debate to ever take place in this country came on the eve of the Feb-r uary 16, 2010, by-elections in t he Elizabeth Estates cons tituency. The debate saw participation from four of five candi-d ates contesting Malcolm Adderley's vacated seat ine arly January of that year. P LPs Ryan Pinder, who participated in that debate, went on to win the by-electionsw ith a narrow victory over F NM Senator Dr Duane S ands, who was noticeably absent. DNAs Rodney Moncur, F NMs Cassius Stuart and P LPs Andre Rollins all aligned with smaller parties at that time were the other p articipants in the debate. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012, PAGE 7 J ohn William Batchelor, 72, was reported missing after his 30 ft beige and red sail boat, the Joy B, was found last Thursday. The vessel was 15 miles off W est End north, south of Memory Rock. Mr Moody said: After BASRA sent a plane to veri fy that a boat was out there, they called me to go and check it out at around 9.30 m, as one of their volunteers. When I got to the boat, it appeared that someone had ransacked it. Things were allo ver the place, and a dog, just about skin and bones, was on board. According to Mr Moody, u pon taking the dog to a local veterinarian, it was confirmed that the animal had been without food and water for four or five days. After the boats ladder was found down, it was speculated t hat Mr Batchelor might have gone for a swim and encountered complications. H owever, Mr Moody said that scenario is not likely. As an experienced sailor, w e usually put down the swim ladder in the event that we fall off. I doubt that a man of his age was just going to swim. C alls to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's northern command centre for more details were not answered yesterday. Police are asking anyone with information to call the C entral Detective Unit at 3503107, Police emergency at 911 or the West End police sta t ion at 346-6444. Crooked Island, he was not informed of the renaming ceremony, scheduled for February 3, claiming the timing of the event to be politically driven. H e said: The person whose name is being used is deserving, but the timing of itI am saying is politically motivated and I stand by that. D escribing Mr Grays r emarks as disgusting and disingenuous, Mr Bannist er said Mr Gray was informed at every stage of the renaming process of what was going on. He said: It is absolutely disgusting that you would say this is politicised. When we do these events they are to honour outstanding educators, it is disingenuous for any member to say what that member (Mr Gray said. Like every other Member o f Parliament for a constituency where a school is b eing built or renamed, Mr Bannister said Mr Gray will be invited to the event and asked to have remarks recorded in the ceremony booklet. After raising the point, Mr G ray went on to call for the government to address staffing issues at the Salina Point School in Crooked Island, which he claims has too few teachers. He said: I expect the gove rnment to seek to put sufficient teachers to give the child ren proper educational attention. In response, Mr Bannister said with 27 students attending the school, the two teachers posted at the Salina Point School meet the ministryq uota. Mr Bannister added that Mr Gray had asked him not reveal on the floor of the House that teachers at the school requested to leave their post in June 2011. D enying that he ever asked Mr Bannister not to reveal that i nformation, Mr Gray said the main issue is providing sufficient staffing for the school. Whether they asked to leave or they moved them is not a matter for me, I want them replaced that is thee ssence of my request, he said. The first renaming ceremonies were held earlier this month, when the Prime Minister flew to Andros to officially rename the Red Bay P rimary School the Bertram A Newton Primary School, h onouring Rev Bertram Newton and to Bimini to officially rename the Bimini AllAge School to the Louise McDonald High School. The official opening of the new Anatol Rodgers HighS chool and the new T G Glover Primary School are slated for the coming weeks, and the rededication of the Cabbage Hill Primary School on Crooked Island which will become the Ulric H Fergus on Primary School is scheduled for February 3. The Tribune understands Mr Chan was an employee of VIP Chinese restaurant and is also related to one of the owners. Officials at the Chinese Embassy confirmed yester-day that Mr Chan was a Chinese citizen from the Hong Kong. According to the statement, the Embassy was notified by Bahamian police that Mr Chan was shot in the early morning in Nassau, New Providence. Consul Zhai Xingfu and the consular officers of the Chi nese Embassy, on behalf of Chinese Ambassador H E Hu Shan, urged the police to make every effort to break the case and bring the mur derer to justice as soon as possible. Consul Zhai also visited the family of the victim to express the embassys heartfelt sym pathies. Police have released a composite sketch of the man they want to question in connection with this murder. The suspect is believed to be in his mid 20s and is described as having medium brown complexion, slim build and is six feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328TIPS. Mr Chan is the countrys seventh murder victim this year. 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 CHINESE CITIZENS ON MURDER ALER T ROW OVER SCHOOL NAMES BREAKS OUT IN PARLIAMENT C AN ADIANMISSING AFTER BOAT RANSACKED Bran issues national debate call DNALEADER Branville McCartney has called for a national debate between the leaders of the three parties, a call backed by the PLPs Perr y Christie, but so far resisted by FNM leader Hubert Ingraham.