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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Christie claims PMdesperate Volume: 108 No.55TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, SHOWER HIGH 81F LOW 70F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net THE pressure of the upcoming general elections eems to be getting to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and showing him in a new light, his challenger claimed yesterday. In an exclusive interview w ith T he Tribune PLP leader Perry Christie branded theP rime Ministers latest com ments as desperate, and claimed his lack of civility has brought politics in the Bahamas to a new low. Responding to Mr Ingra hams speech at the FNMs unveiling of its full slate of 38 candidates at the Wyndham Nassau Resort on Sunday, Mr Christie said: For the first time I see desperation, where he is almost beseeching and begging people not to vote for the PLP I have never seen that in him before. I thought the Prime Min isters speech was most regrettable in so far that he resorted to language that had nob oundaries when it comes d own to the civility that should be in public life. During his address Mr I ngraham labeled Mr Christie as a leader of talk and promis es, "too weak and too scared" while in office to deal with members of his own administration who fell out of line. W hile you expect criticism in politics, Mr Christie said,i nsults particularly from a person in such a high office and that are intended to denigrate a person unfairly are wrong. This standard that he seems to apply, does not apply to the FNM, he said. It only applies to the PLP, it is incredibly wrong and is taking politics in this country in the wrong direction. Regarding the PLPs choice of candidates to run in the coming elections, Mr Ingraham said: From some of the PLP leader says Ing r aham f eels under pressure TRY OUR CRANBERRY & RAISIN O ATMEAL The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A FORMER PLP chairman expressed no suprise at Prime Minister Hubert Ingra hams statement on alleged corruption among some candidates chosen by opposition leader Perry Christie to run in the upcoming elections. Raynard Rigby, who is now practicing law, said he was not suprised by the PMs statement about opposition leader Perry Christies choice of run ning candidates who have allegations of corruption lingering around them. He said: That is an issue one can always anticipate the FNM to use in this debate near to election time and I anticipate the PLP has a response to that allegation. During the Free National Movements launch of its full slate of 38 candidates for the soon-to-be-called general By LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A SUPREME Court trial date has been set for a woman accused of defrauding a comm unity development initiative of more than $40,000. Valderine Watkins, who o nce worked as a secretary in the Ministry of Housing under former Minster Shane Gib son, could stand trial before M arch 18, 2013, if space within the legal calendar becomes available to hear the matter. W atkins along with codefendant Stanley Nixon, are being tried before Justice Roy Jones on multiple charges of f raud, conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses, forgery and uttering forged ocuments and other charges. The prosecution claims the pair, between 2006 and 2007,c onspired to and committed fraud by forging contracts which were used to obtain funds that were expected tob e used to the benefit the Urban Renewal Programme. It is claimed Watkins forged contracts to Nixon who received funds in excess of $40,000 to start works for theU rban Renewal Programme that reportedly never commenced. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net VOLUNTEER Bahamas officials yesterday warned the public to be vigilant after several churches and civic organisations were targeted by con artists. Darron Turnquest, director of youth, said individuals have been pretending to be mem bers of Volunteer Bahamas in order to accept money on their behalf. Mr Turnquest said the matter was brought to their attention last week, after the Royal Bahamas Police Force informed them that someone had been arrested and is expected to be charged in connection with fraud. We were told by the police that regrettably persons have made an attempt to defraud churches and civc organisations in the name of Volun teer Bahamas. These individuals have been soliciting funds while impersonating staff and members of Volunteer Bahamas. We have been informed by the police that they are investigating the matter, he said. Mr Turnquest urged the public to contact the police if they are approached by anyone purporting to be from Volunteer Bahamas requesting donations. He said: Please note the staff of Volunteer Bahamas will only call you regarding your application and particiBRINGINGBAHAMIANARTTOTHEWORLD SEEWOMANONPAGE12B C C Y Y C C L L I I S S T T S S B B A A T T T T L L E E I I T T O O U U T T I I N N T T H H E E T T O O U U R R O O F F T T H H E E B B A A H H A A M M A A S S POLICE HA VE THEIR EYE ON SPEEDERS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 POLICE in the Bahamas have been testing out a new laser radar gun which can be used to catch speeding drivers. The new equipment can accurately measure the speed of a driver from miles away, meaning that by the time a driver notices a policeman, their speed has already been clocked. For more on the police testing, turn to page 2. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff VOLUNTEER BAHAMASISSUES ALERT PLP VETERAN: NO SURPRISE AT A CCUS ATION TRIAL DATE FOR WOMAN IN $40,000 FRAUD CASE SEESPORTSSECTIONE


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 THE TRIBUNE CORPORAL 1240 Taylor tests out a new laser radar gun yesterday with the help of an expert from Kust om Signals Inc, a company that makes and markets traffic speed radar. The expert was in town for five d ays providing training for police officers.Photos: F elip Major / Tribune Staff ANOFFICER learns how to operate the ProLaser speed gun, which can accurately the record the speed of drivers atd istances of more than a mile a way. Device to help tackle speeding drivers


By LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A MAN was granted $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty in Magistrates Court to committing nearly $700 w orth of fraud while imper sonating a Volunteer Bahamas worker. Jerron Bain, 21, of Saun d ers Acres was released on the bond by Court 10 Magist rate Guilimina Archer after t he prosecution offered no objection. Bain was arraigned in the N assau Street Court on three charges of fraud by false pretences, along with possessing and uttering a false document. It was claimed that all the offences were committed between November 8 and D ecember 15, 2011. It is alleged that on November 8, Bain obtained $300 cash from Reverend T G Morrison under false pret ences. On November 28, it is c laimed, he was in possession of a forged Royal Bank of Canada cheque bearing his name, which he used knowi ng it was not genuine. It is further claimed that on the same day, he obtained $150 from Dr Cleveland E neas. The fourth offence was a llegedly committed by the a ccused on December 15. He is charged with obtaining $200 from Reverend Rubert Smitho n that date. Bain chose to have the charge of forging and utter ing a false document tried in the Magistrates Court. During his arraignment, the accused initially pleaded g uilty to the charges, explain ing that he had received the funds, but not under false pre tences. Magistrate Archer did not a ccept this plea. Either you did or you didnt do it, she s aid. After all the charges were read, the accused again attempted to explain the circ umstances behind the situa tion, saying it stemmed from his attempt to obtain a business licence under the Min i stry of Youth, Sports and Culture. T he Magistrate cut him off a nd told him he could explain the details at his tri al in July. I dont need an explanation at this time, she said. The accused, who was not represented by an attorney, was told that he would be granted $5,000 bail with one surety. H e returns to court for trial on July 18. Four witnesses are expected to give evidence. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012, PAGE 3 By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net FAMILY members of a m an who reportedly jumped t o his death on a cruise ship r emained silent as they waited to identify his body. Standing outside of Princess Margaret Hospitals Rand Laboratory, the family refused to speak to press, only confirming who they were. P olice did not officially i dentify the alleged suicide v ictim, although sources say he was a 26-year-old American. According to police, the victim was a passenger on board Carnivals Fantasy Cruise Ship. The ship was docked at P rince George Wharf late Frid ay evening when he reporte dly jumped from one floor of the ship to another. As a result, he suffered serious injuries and was declared dead at the scene. Carnival issued a statement following the incident, sayinga guest fell. I t also said the ships visit to F reeport, which was schedu led for the following Saturday, was cancelled as investigations into the matter continue. The ship left Charleston, South Carolina last Wednesday for a five-day Bahamas cruise. T he ship is still scheduled t o return to Charleston on M onday. This incident marks the second alleged suicide aboard a cruise ship for the year. Earlier this month, a 25year-old crew member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Monarch of the Seaa lso allegedly committed s uicide by jumping from the v essel. That incident took place six miles from the port of Nassau on January 12. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A MAN accused of stealing nearly $19,000 in goods from a local dry-cleaning company where he worked was granted bail yesterday in Magistrates Court. Roscoe Rox, 36, was granted $10,000 bail by Court 10 Magistrate Guilimina Archer after the prosecution offered no objection. The Nassau Village resi dent was arraigned on a charge of stealing by reason of employment. It is claimed that he stole 18,793.37 in goods from New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners Ltd. The crime was committed between March 4 and July 5, 2011. Because of the amount of time that has elapsed since the offence was committed, Magistrate Archer told the accused that he was not required to enter a plea to the charge. She informed him that the matter could proceed through a pre-trial proce dure to determine if there was sufficient evidence against him to have the matter tried before the Supreme Court. Alternatively, she said, the prosecution can fast track the case to the Supreme Court through the presenta tion of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. The accused, who was not represented in yesterdays proceedings, is scheduled to return to court on July 6. The prosecution will say how it intends to proceed with the case at that time. Seven witnesses are expected to give evidence. FAMILY IDENTIFY BODY OF SUICIDE VICTIM WHO JUMPED TO DEATH ON CRUISE DRY CLEANING EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF STEALING GOODS pation in the programme. Under no circumstance woulda ny member of Volunteer Bahamas contact you to solicit funds or goods. Volunteer Bahamas is a programme that does not require your funds, but simply your time. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham launched the Vol unteer Bahamas initiative in November of last year. Mr Turnquest said the programme aimed at uniting those eager to be involved in social work with the charities that need them already has 700 volunteers onboard and 23 organisat ions have sent in requests for their services. Registration forms for Volu nteer Bahamas are available on the governments website www.bahamas.gov.bs. They are also available in New Providence at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture on Thompson Boulevard and at the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in the Main Post Office Building on East Street. Family Island residents can collect or return applications to the Administrators office on their respective islands. Man bailed by court over Volunteer Bahamas scam f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e V OLUNTEER BAHAMASISSUES ALERT J ERRONBAIN i s led to court by officers. He is accused of committing nearly $700 worth of fraud while impersonating a worker for Volunteer Bahamas. Photo: Lamech Johnson /Tribune Staff


EDITOR, The Tribune. THE battle for governance for the next five-year period ist ruly heating up as the parties g o through the process of naming and publishing their list of candidates. Each party is now shifting focus in an attempt to convince the Bahamian elect orate that it is the better prep ared, experienced and committed, to move the country f orward in this point in time, in this 21st century. In total, we can anticipate a pproximately 114 candidates exclusive of those who may run as independents, which m ake up this figure to about 1 19. By any stretch of the imagination, that is a large number of persons who wouldb e seeking to fill 38 seats. What is interesting to note is the fact that every attempth as been made to choose men and women who are representative of a reasonable cross-section of society. From all appearances, this would seem to be a good thing, but is it really? This, however, is av ery important factor, because in the mix, even though it is not very obvious now you have the good, the bad and the ugly. In spite of those drawbacks, t he reality is that this is the s ocio-cultural gene-pool from which the Bahamian people must elect persons to repre s ent them. Many of you, my Bahamian brothers and sisters, would agree with me that the matter of representation is as erious one. Therefore, when a man or woman requests your permission (by way of your v ote) to represent you, he or she should possess certain basic characteristics. Yes I amt alking about persons with c haracter, inclusive of but not limited to the following: 1) Stand for godly principles; 2 ) Should be blameless, the husband of one wife and vice versa; 3 ) He or she should be temperate, sober-minded of good behaviour, hospitable and able to teach; 4 ) Not given to wine or other strong drink; 5) Should not be violent, n ot greedy for money; 6) Should be gentle; 7) Not quarrelsome, not c ovetous; 8) Should rule his/her house well; 9) Should have his/her children in submission; As Bahamians, we rarely pay any attention to the character of those so-called representatives. When I looked up the word representative, Websters New Collegiate Dictionary gives the following definitions: One that represents a c onstituency as a member of a l egislative body; Standing or acting for another; One that represents another or others; One that represents another as agent, deputy, subs titute or delegate, usually v ested with the authority of the principal. W e can see from these defi nitions that these individuals are sent to Parliament to s peak and act on our behalf. For someone to act on ourb ehalf we should know what t hey stand for, so that they would be able to articulate the needs of the individual as well as the community of w hich he/she is a part. Y es, indeed, it is sobering to think that the season is h ere wherein strange men and women will be canvassing throughout the length and breadth of the Commonwealth trying to persuade us t o vote for a party, with little emphasis placed on the indi v idual for whom you would b e marking your X. Many of the individuals would have been selected byt he party to run in what may be termed a foreign or unfamiliar constituency. Each sober voter should be askingt he following questions: How were these candidates chosen to represent my inter e st? Who in the local district took part in the selection process? Are these candidatesf amiliar with our local concerns? D o they have a vested interest in the area? What do they real ly care about my condition and t hat of my community? Can the one chosen to represent me speak from personal experience o f what my needs are? It would appear that the process of selecting individuals by the political parties l eaves much to be desired. The perceived method(s reminds one of the games run in many areas was done in a similar fashion to that of musi cal chairs or the game called connect four. It would appear that the candidates were selected based on issues such as: Family background; Intimidation and social pressure or stigma; The candidate is chosen based on the perceived viewt hat he or she can secure a w in not for the people but for the party at large; While the latter position is important, the priority seems to be mixed up. The party s eems to take priority over the v oters. The current process breeds disrespect for the elect orate and evidence can be seen in the various communities where for decades thed eplorable living conditions for many indigent Bahamians remain unchanged. A nother area of disrespect i s shown when constituents try to have an audience with his/her representative. Thes eated politician acts as though his loyal constituent who gave him/her the job isn ow a bother and he/she has no time to waste with their concerns. The amazing thing that is really mind boggling is that many of these same Bahamians have lived for five years in unsanitary conditions,p oor housing, large mounds of refuse, derelict vehicles, high rodent infestations and other adverse community conditions. Yet when the politicians come around they a ct as though the Lord has m ade an appearance and they jockey around to try and shake hands etcetera, and att imes never putting serious questions and matters before the so-called representative. Bahamians this time around c all for some background information on your wouldbe representative. One e vening of introduction of a candidate is not enough. You deserve more. Remember youa re the boss, they are seeking a job now and the trump card is in your hand, how you play that card is entirely up to you. W hoever you vote for and whatever the outcome, remem ber we would all have to live w ith the consequences for the next five years, after the election is all finished and done with. The old saying is, dont m ind the noise in the market, but pay attention to the price of the fish. This is good advice b ecause there is a cost for the fish purchased outright and that which may be credited andh ave to be paid for later. The noise therefore, my beloved Bahamians, can be a very distracting and deceptive factor. MICHAEL E TURNER Nassau, January 19, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 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 ALL countries in the European Union, except Britain and the Czech Republic,a greed Monday to sign up to a new treaty designed to stop overspending in the eurozone and put an end to the blocs crip p ling debt crisis, while also pledging to s timulate growth across the region. The new treaty, known as the fiscal compact, was agreed at a summit of Europ ean leaders in Brussels on Monday. It includes strict debt brakes and makes it m ore difficult for deficit sinners to escape s anctions. The 17-country eurozone hopes that the tighter rules will convince investors that all countries will get theird ebts under control and restore confidence in their joint currency. We have a majority of 25 that will now s ign up to the fiscal compact, Swedish P rime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said after the summit. Although the new rules only apply to t he 17 euro states, the currency union was hoping to get broad support from the other EU states, in the hope that the accordc ould eventually be integrated into the m ain EU treaty. Britain had already said in December t hat it wouldnt sign the new treaty. Reinfeldt said that the Czech Republic didnt sign up because of parliamentary proce dural problems. T he summit also promised Monday to stimulate growth and create jobs across the region, in a tacit acknowledgment that their exclusive focus on austerity has hadp ainful side effects. Yes, we need discipline, but we also need growth, said Jose Manuel Barroso, t he president of the European Commis sion. The leaders pledged to offer more traini ng for young people to ease their transit ion to the work force, deploy unused development funds to create jobs, reduce barriers to doing business across the EUs 27 countries, and ensure that small busi nesses have access to credit. However, there was no offer of any new financials timulus. We must do more to get Europe out of the crisis, the leaders said in a statement. Barroso said that there are still 82 billion euros ($107.5 billion funds yet to be allocated and which small and medium businesses could use as guar-a ntees to get funding from banks. He also said that the Commission will dispatch action teams to the eight coun tries where youth unemployment is the highest and help fund apprenticeships and young startups. Europes debt crisis has put the continent and its leaders in an almost impossi-b le situation. While they have to slash their deficits to reassure the financial markets and investors reluctant to lend tot hem, the debt crisis has also sent unemp loyment soaring. Many analysts, politicians and trade unions think that only government spending can restart growth. O verall, 23 million people are jobless across the EU, 10 per cent of the active p opulation. In Spain, unemployment has s oared to nearly 23 per cent and closed in on 50 per cent for those under age 25, leav ing more than 5 million people out of work a s the country slides toward recession. Even the most influential countries in Europe which are generally better off are suffering. The French government w as forced Monday to revise down its growth forecast for its economy for the year from 1 per cent to just 0.5 per cent. I n fact, many now fear that Europe is on the verge of another recession, and leaders gathering in Brussels said that while aus-t erity is important, more needs to be done f or growth. Economists often note that cutting spending is just one way to slash d eficits; another equally important method is to boost growth, which increases the amount of money pouring into govern ment coffers. W hile the leaders meeting in Brussels focused on walking the fine line between reining in spending and stimulating growth, the elephant in the room wasG reece. Greece and its bondholders have come closer to a deal to significantly reduce the c ountry's debt and pave the way for it to receive a much-needed $170 billion bailout. F rench President Nicolas Sarkozy said M onday he hoped a final agreement on Greece will be achieved in the coming days, either at a special meeting of eurozone finance ministers or leaders. Negotiators for Greeces private credi tors said Saturday that a debt-reduction d eal could become final within the next week. If the agreement works as planned, it could help Greece avoid a catastrophic default, which would be a blow to Europes already weak financial system. But European officials are afraid that even that deal may not be enough to fixG reeces finances, with some blaming Athens for dithering on its promise to cut spending and introduce austerity mea sures. By Gabriele Steinhauser and Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writers. The battle for governance is heating up LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net 25 nations to sign treaty to stop overspending Temple Christian High SchoolENTRANCE EXAMINATION2012 2013 Temple Christian High School will hold its Entrance Examination on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY4TH, 2012 at the school on Shirley Street from 8:00 a.m. 12 noon for students wishing to enter grades, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Application forms are available at the High should be completed and returned to the school by Friday, February 3rd, 2012. For further information please call 394-4481 or 394-4484 BACK TO NATUREPresent: Health and Wellness Mondays at 7 p.m. & ursdays at 6 p.m. #154 Mt. Royal Avenuee Natural Health and Research InstituteDo you Struggle with: Because we care about the health and well being of people our desire is to inspire you to make simple lifestyle changes that will result in direct health bents for yourself and those you love.Become a healthier you!For further information and reserve seating call before 2 p.m. Telephone: 322-1602 Bring along this yer/Ad and receive a 10% 50% discount on various products and services. EDITOR, The Tribune There is the ordinary type of hypocrisy. Then there is the Perry Gladstone Christie brand of hypocrisy. The man who said he would swim through vomit to return to the PLP has, in my opinion, always been more interested in getting power than moving the country forward, always more interested in profiling than working. It is also my opinion that Mr Christie was useless as prime minister. But he is desperate to get back into office because he has no legacy. Even if Hubert Ingraham left office tomorrow he has a legacy of which he can be proud. But if Mr Christie does not win again he will go down in history as an utterly failed prime minister and leader. So, he will say all kinds of things to win. Since the onset of the 2008 world-wide economic recession, Mr. Christie has pretended that the impact of the downturn is the fault of Mr. Ingraham. Now all of a sudden Mr. Christie admits the impact of the down turn on The Bahamas. But apparently he has only done so to cover up his grand scale incompetence and perhaps his biggest blunder in office. We now know that Mr. Christie and his incompetent government allowed Kerzner International to leverage its Bahamas operations to build its mega resort in Dubai. This is something Prime Minister Ingraham says he would never have done. Now that Kerzner International is having debt problems, Perry Christie, Mr. Incompetence and Mr. Hypocrisy is blaming the Ingraham Government for what he and the PLP messed up on. As usual, Mr Ingraham will have to clean up the Perry Christie mess. Mr Christie should keep his mouth closed and say thank God for Hubert Ingraham. Because God knows if it was left to the PLP there would have been no Atlantis in the first place. Let's not forget that a number of senior PLPs bitterly opposed the Atlantis development. Not only can't Perry Christie get big projects like Baha Mar going in the first place. Whatever he gets his hands on it appears that he wrecks. But to hide his incompetence and failures he is happy to blame others for his mistakes. The buck never stops with Mr. Christie. It's always someone else's fault. This is not the stuff of which real leaders are made. Perry Christie says he would be happy to offer his help with international investors on the Kerzner matter. If Bahamians don't laugh at this, they'll have to weep. If Mr Ingraham sees Mr Christie coming to offer advice, he should run, not walk away from the most incompetent prime minister in Bahamian history. At least Mr Christie is good for a good laugh, if nothing else. AVS Nassau. Christie hypocrisy


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012, PAGE 5 NASSAU 1. WAGES -Customer Service Worker -Food Service Worker -Cook -Utility Worker -Technician Wage/Week $360.00 $323.00 $358.00 $323.00 $535.00 Wage/Week $187.50 $185.50 $200.00 $150.00 2. NORMAL WORKING HOURS 40 hours of work per week 3. GUARANTEED SCHEDULED DAY All scheduled employees are guaranteed b No guarantee 4. OVERTIME for all hours worked in excess of normal hours SAME 5. PENSION FUND PAYMENT (for each employee per employee NONE 6. HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND (payment for each employee per employee NONE 7. GUARANTEED PAID CHRISTMAS BONUS NONE 8. HAM AND TURKEY Not Less than at Christmas NONE 9. PAID PUBLIC HOLIDAY for A total of for work on a Holiday. No pay unless scheduled to work 10. PAID VACATION Average of 11. PAID SICK DAYS Average of 12. ACCIDENT PAY wage for less National Insurance payment 13. PAID MATERNITY LEAVE Benet totals pay 14. PAID BIRTHDAY PAYMENT with NONE 15. GUARANTEED RETIREMENT (Gift cash gift at retirement 16. LONG SERVICE PAYMENT (after 8 years bonus pay NONE 17. SUBSISTENCE: -Employee Uniforms -Employee Meal sets of Uniforms Free Daily Meal 18. EMPLOYEE AID FUND $24,000.00 paid annually to a Fund. NONE 19. SEVERANCE PAY (Redundancy As per the Employment ActSAME 20. COMPASSIONATE LEAVE PAY Up to f pay for and 21. NATIONAL INSURANCE PAYMENT Employer pays of weekly wages for each employee SAME B y DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net FNM candidate for Bam b oo Town Cassius Stuart claims the constituency is partof his partys bedrock and that incumbent BranvilleM cCartney is in for a rude awakening come election time. M r Stuart, the former Bahamas Democratic Move ment (BDMs poke about the practical decision to disband his party and join the FNM. Theres only so much b eating-downs you can take, h e said. Despite the fact that Bamboo Towns current repre sentative is the leader of the DNA, Mr Stuart insisted the constituency still supports the FNM. He said Mr McCartney confused the whole thing when he made the decision to leave the FNM halfway through his term and form a new party. He thought the votes were for him, Mr Stuart said, but Bamboo Town has always been and will always be FNM. This constituency is the bedrock of the FNM. Mr Stuart alleged Mr McCartneys presence in Bamboo Town is not felt like people think it is. His perception is bigger than his reality and thats going to be his downfall. When the rude awakening happens, then you will feel it, he said. People not in Bamboo Town think he is strong, but the reality is the FNM is strong in Bamboo Town. Mr Stuart is confident of a win, as the constituents have been FNM, they will continue to be FNM, and they will vote FNM. The two men are almost mirror images, as Mr McCart-ney left the FNM to form a new and party, and Mr Stuart dismembered his to join the FNM taking action within months of each other. Mr Stuart explained he and the BDM made the decision after a decade of failed attempts to get a foothold in politics. I gave it every resource I could possible find, Mr Stu art said. You knock on every door they say they love you and theyll support you and then they dont. Theres only so much beating downs you can take. We had to take a practical way to politics. I determined that the people of Bahamas love either the FNM or the PLP, while the third party gets less than one per cent of the vote. Mr Stuart said he wanted to be a part of affecting the direction of the country, andt hat wasnt possible with the continued losses of the BDM. Theres only so much you c an do on the outside, he said. I reached a dead end and it was time to look seri ously at which direction I was g oing to take my life. He expressed his interest in joining each party to their respective leaders, with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham responding within one hour and Perry Christie, months later. It was only after months of negotiation that the BDM joined the FNM, he said. When asked why he decid ed to join a party following years of criticising both parties as being the same, Mr Stuart said: Every political party spews rhetoric to gain momentum. We were spewing rhetoric to get people to come with us. But if you were to be objective you would see there is a clear difference (between the PLP and FNM You can see the fingerprint of the FNM, that is the difference. It is evident throughout the Bahamas. He said issues such as the Atlantis deal, the continued development of Princess Mar garet Hospital, the refurbish ment of the House of Assembly and Senate, the new courts, and the road improvement project are all fingerprints of the FNM. They have proved themselves to be a party of action, versus the PLP, Mr Stuart said. And it was Mr Ingrahams strength that made it easier for him to submit to the FNM. One leader to another, its difficult to submit to a leader weaker than you, Mr Stuart said. Its like if youre a stu dent and youre smarter than your teacher it doesnt work. Sitting under Mr Ingraham as a FNM MP will be a wonderful experience, Mr Stuart added. FNM candidate plots rude awakening for Bran C ASSIUSSTUART, the FNMcandidate for Bamboo Town, has said the constituency is part of the partys bedrock and that Branville McCart-n ey is in for a rude awakening. His perception is bigg er than his reality and thats going to be his do wnfall. When the rude awakening happens, then y ou will feel it. C C a a s s s s i i u u s s S S t t u u a a r r t t


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net A NOTHER five years in office for the Free National Movement would mean furt her social, economic and infrastructural advancements, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra h am said. R evealing the party's Man ifesto 2012-2017 plans over the weekend to a packedr oom of FNM supporters, Mr Ingraham said his party would construct two new sections at t he Princess Margaret Hospital a new maternal and child health wing and a new emergency department and intro d uce a catastrophic health insurance scheme. Mr Ingraham said the party w ould also improve the rele vance of already existing social safety nets and publica ssistance programmes by replacing the issuance of cheques with conditional cash p ayments. His administration would also form a Bahamas Youth Development Corp Prog ramme to help young B ahamians earn money towards higher education and entrepreneurship. M r Ingraham added that his administration would continue to grant Crown land toB ahamians especially in the F amily Islands for the con struction of houses and new businesses, or the expansiono f existing businesses. Job readiness and creation initiatives would continue to b e a focus for the FNM, he said. Mr Ingraham said his party would implement additional p olicies to support job creation in the private sector and ensure an increase in the n umber of Bahamians who are trained and prepared to assume those jobs, as well ase xisting jobs now filled by for eigners. An increase in the number o f recreational spaces and sea-side parks made would be another priority in the partys second term, he said. I n response to the sharp s pike in crime, Mr Ingraham said, his administration would focus on getting to the root c auses of criminality. Last year, the government signed a $3 million contractt o put in place a new 919 e mergency system. The contract signing was branded part of the FNMsT rust Agenda 2007, which pledged state-of-the-art equipment for the Royal B ahamas Police Force. National Security Minis ter Tommy Turnquest said the upgrade came at a time w hen having top-notch communications is very important. Increased call volumes, wireless technology, height ened public expectations and n ational security concerns have underscored the need for an integrated and system a tic approach to emergency call handling, he said. FNMlaunches team to win 2012 votes CANDIDATES on stage on Sunday at the FNMlaunch and, right, the crowd showing its support. PM urges five more years


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012, PAGE 7 Caves Village Retail Sales Centre New HoursEnjoy a unique banking experience at the Scotiabank Retail Sales Centre Caves Village Operating Hours Effective Tuesday, February 7, 2012 *Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable) Discover whats possible BREEZES Bahamas played host to delegates of the recent Caribbean M arketplace 2012. T he event was one of t he biggest tourism events in the whole region, highlighting theo pportunities available t o those operating in the tourism market. Delegates travelled f rom around the world t o attend the Market place event, bringing the chance for local operators to network. S uperClubs chairman J ohn Issa welcomed t hose attending at a special Partner Appreciation Awards Dinnerh eld at the resort last w eekend. Expedia won Super Clubss Top Overall P roducer Award for 2 011. By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net INDEPENDENT nominee for Mangrove Cay and South Andros, Whitney Bastian, said the constituency has received lacklustre parliamentary representation over the pastf ive years. As the former South Andros MP from 2002 to 2007, Mr Bastian said his plan to win the next election will be asking the people to compare my record and my achievement in parliament to that of his contenders fort he seat. He said he is referring to PLP incumbent Picewell Forbes who usurped him, but then also to DNA candidate and political newcomer, W ayde Forbes-Ferguson. I am saying to those persons (Mangrove Cay and South Andros constituents) that I have proved myself in terms of negotiating on their behalf and getting things done, Mr Bastian said. And I think Im doing better. Im better than myself from 2002. H e formally announced his bid for the seat as an independent earlier this month after being denied a nomination to run for the DNA in the general elect ion. He was later involved in a public row with the DNAs leader, Branville McCartney, who denied Mr Bastiansc laims that he helped to start the party. However, Mr Bastian does not dwell on his brief tryst with the party, stating in a recent press release: I believe politicians work best and are far more e ffective when they are independentlyminded and are free from party restraints, propaganda and controls. He has a number of programmes planned should he win and as a native Androsian these plans are based on South Andros concerns and the constituents interests. T he development of Mangrove Cay into a port of entry for commercial cruise lines, the expansion of the Andros Town Airport, the further e stablishment of agricultural and fishing industries, and the creation of a sports council and honour society area ll among plans for which Mr Bastian would lobby. Road improvement, better health care facilities, expansion of government and financial agencies, school r epairs, street light and sidewalk installation, and job training programmes and scholarships to level the playing field for Androsians are also planned by Mr Bastian. As a resident here, I know firsthand the inadequacies, injustices, and challenges we face and remainr esolved to ensuring that our social and economic standards are improved, he said. The lacklustre parliamentary repr esentation we have received over the past five years coupled with the ever increasing and unacceptable high lev e l of unemployment, social degradation, lack of adequate health and utility supplies require urgent and strong leadership, of which I am fully qualified, prepared and able to provide. By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT After a w eek-long trial, Dareo Smith was acquitted of murder in the Supreme Court on Monday. S enior Justice Hartman Longley told Smith, 19, that he was discharged of murder and that he was free to go a fter the jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict of 12-0. T he jury of six men and women retired around 2pm for deliberations and returned with their verdict around 4pm. Smith was accused of the stabbing death of TamaroJ ohnson at Club Rock n Roll in the International Bazaar on March 6, 2011.Johnsona nd his friends were involved in an altercation with a group of men at the club. M ario Gray represented Smith, who gave sworn testimony under oath on the witness stand on Friday. P rosecutor Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch of the Attorney Generals Office appeared on behalf of theC rown. THE US Embassy in Nassau is calling for students to take part in the 6th annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr CivilR ights Essay Contest. T he purpose of the contest is to encourage students throughout the Bahamas to explore the life of Dr King and reflect on how civil rights and diversity affect their lives today. A ll high school students in t he Bahamas in grades 10 through 12 are invited to participate in the contest. Two winners will receive the grand prize a new Apple iPad 2 and their winning essays will be featured in national newspapers. Each participating school will also receive a copy of theH istory Channels film K ING This years essay theme will centre on the contributions made by American civil rights leaders who were influenced Dr King. Students will be askedt o write an original essay of 500 w ords or less that describes the contributions made by one leader of the American civil rights movement. Students will also be asked to describe what they can do in their own community to contribute to a more peaceful and non-violent world. All essays must be submitt ed electronically as an email a ttachment no later than February 1, 2012 at 5pm to: MLKessay@state.gov. For additional details on the 2012 competition and the official entry forms, visit theU S Embassys webpage, h ttp://nassau.usembassy.gov/ mlkessay2012.html, the Embassys Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/US EmbassyNassau or call (242 322-1181 ext 4251. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A MAN was arraigned in M agistrates Court yesterday i n connection with the theft of nearly $4,000 from a service station where he worked. Delano Marc, 20, of Augusta Street, appeared before Magistrate Guilimina Archeri n Court 10 to face five charges of stealing by reason of employment and another five charges of falsification of accounts. I t is alleged that the former cashier at Shell Sun Oil Service Ltd on the corner of Carmichael and Baillou Hill Roads, stole the moneyb etween December 28, 2011 a nd January 4, 2012. He is accused of falsifying five Royal Bank of Canada deposit slips worth $6,813.71 with intent to defraud and stealing a portion of the funds allocated for deposit on thoses lips. It total, it is alleged, the accused stole $3,933.60. Marc, who appeared without a lawyer, denied the alleg ations and pleaded not guilty. He was told he could choose whether to be tried in Magistrates Court orS upreme Court on the c harges of falsification of accounts. He opted to be tried in the lower court. The prosecution did not object to bail and the Magistrate released Marc a bond of$ 10,000 with one surety. He returns to court for trial on July 25. Five witnesses are expected to give evidence. MAN CHARGED WITH $4,000 THEFT EMBASSY LAUNCHES ESSAY CONTEST CLEARED OF MURDER CHARGE Bastian hits out at poor representation BREEZES WELCOMES TOURISM DELEGATES P ICTURED LEFT TO R IGHT, P aul Pennicook (President of International L ifestyles), Marco Tagliatti (Expedia (Expedia c ombe (MP, former Minis ter of Tourism), John Issa (Chairman/SuperClubsD emetrius Canton (Exped ia), Brett Minzner (Expe dia) and Tommy Thomp son (Ministry of Tourism


YOURSAY By RICK LOWE w ww.weblogbahamas.com WHEN Brave Davis, d eputy leader of the PLP, broke with the story of some secret deal hatched in the Cabinet Office between Brookfield and Atlantis, its eemed almost believable. Then, Perry Christie, leader of the PLP, and Branville McCartney, leader of the DNA, followed up about how bad all this was. Not too far behind were J ames Smith, former Minist er of Finance for the PLP and former Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, and Franklyn Wilson, businessman, confirming and/or adding new twists to the story and the Brookfield M yth was being cemented in our minds as fact. Then the so-called deal was called off and the myth allu nravelled when Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister, s aid that when the arrangement fell through was the first communication between Brookfield and his office. Mind you, I do not agree t hat it was wrong for Mr Christie to allow the property as collateral to assist with Dubai product either. He was given a proposal at t he time the world economy was booming, and nobodyk new we would face a world recession in just a few months. And we must not forget we are dealing with private property here, not Crown Land. T his all leads me to the question that if the PLP and DNA would go to such great lengths to create the Brookfield Myth instead of debating the issue from a policy perspective, ie offer ideas and sugg estions on what they would d o if they were in the decision making seat, how can we take them seriously any longer? A comment posted at www.weblogbahamas.com on this issue seems appropriate: Im reminded of what a p sychologist said about Al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks; he called it the dwarf complex according to which some peo-p le look at great accomplishments, particularly monum ental buildings and become obsessed and dwarfed by it. Their mission in life thus becomes to destroy it. It is sad but sometimes so true. So many people, so many families depend on the Atlantis for their survival that it is criminal to spread mali-c ious rumours about it. Voltaire said it best: lie, lie, something will eventually stick! What these people fail to u nderstand is that in the end gossip has an unfortunate price; when the markets start believing them, interest rates will go up and jobs will bec ut. What will it take for our politicos to debate issues with solutions in mind instead of myth making? Surely this isp ossible in a country approaching four decades of self-rule? YOUR SAY By RALPH J MASSEY A DRAFT of the follow ing was delivered at a Milton F riedman commemoration at the Nassau Institute on Janu-a ry 27. D r Milton Friedmans t eaching career began at the University of Chicago in 1947 and ended in 1977 when he b egan a more public career as a Fellow at the Hoover Institution. As a child of the Great D epression and as a Doctoral Candidate at Chicago in the mid-1950s, I was greatlyi mpressed by his work on the role that money played in causing the severity of thatd epression. O ne of his first principles w as: Inflation is always and e verywhere a monetary phenomenon. He began work on the subj ect in the late 1940s when he accepted a National Bureauo f Economic Research invit ation to participate in an i nquiry into the role of money in the business cycle. That research led to the p ublication in 1963 of A Monetary History of the United States. Harry G Johnson, an economist and associate, d escribed it in the Economic Journal as a monumental scholarly achievement. Milton also examined inflation in China, the UK, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Chilea nd Israel where he found w ith statistical certainty that a ccelerated monetary growth l eads to subsequent accelerated price inflation. Writing in 1991 in a book t itled Money Mischief, he restated that principle plusf our additional truths: 1 Today, governments d etermine the quantity of money in circulation because they all have paper currenc ies that are no longer tied directly or indirectly to gold or silver...they are not exchangeable into gold or sil v er at a stated price. 2. The only cure for inflation in the market prices ofg oods and services is a slower growth in the quantity of money in circulation. 3 The first great problem in d ealing with consumer price i nflation is that it takes time f or an accelerating money supply to show up in the costof-living; and it produces ini-t ially the illusion that accelerated monetary growth iss olving real problems; 4 The second problem is t hat it also takes time (measured in years, not months) for inflation to be cured; and t his produces unpleasant side effects. In this book in 1991, he expressed concern that the U S had embarked on a policy of increasing monetary growth. H is monetarism was and is the polar opposite to the prevailing Keynesian eco-n omic policies of the times. He focused on the importance of monetary stability and, par ticularly, a commitment to a f ixed target for monetary growth that slightly exceeds the annual growth in the prod uction of goods and services. When I was at Chicago, he recommended a target oft hree per cent per year when G ross Domestic Product was growing at two per cent per year. His expressed concernsi n 1991 were justified by subsequent events. In 2003, both M2 and M3, two measures of the quantity of money in circulation, grew at five per cent per year. In 2006, M3, the broader more inclusive measure of money, started growing at 8 per cent per year as the hous ing bubble approached its zenith; and also the Federal Reserve stopped publishing the M3 data. In 2008, a non-govern ment source estimated M3 growth at 17 per cent per year; In 2009, the Fed reported a n M2 growth at 17 per cent p er year and, in 2011, 21 per c ent. These events create a seri ous dilemma the juxtaposit ion of Milton Friedmans disciplined control of the moneys upply and the actual dizzying h eights of M2. T his, plus the political impasse, can bring to mind an alarmist vision of Germany b etween the Wars or even todays hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe. I must point out that no G overnment has literally fol lowed the Friedman prescription for monetary stabilitye ven though his critics publicly agree on the basics. For instance, Ben Bernanke in1 997 stated that Most economists agree that monetary policy can effect real output and employment only in thes hort run. However, monetary sys tems differ, but only in the c hoice of monetary targets, the administrative latitude in management to those targetsa nd the degree of public disc losure. Germany and Sweden for decades have followed a pol i cy of targeting the rate of inflation. In the case of Ger many money growth targets are...consistent with an annu al inflation target, given projections of the growth ofp otential output...This infla tion target, in turn, has been brought steadily down over time and has remained at 2 per cent since 1986, the level that the Bundesbank deems consistent with its price stability target. New Zealand, another example, links by law the tenure of the governor of the Reserve Bank to his achieving the inflation target...[it] comes c losest to providing an explici t incentive contract. U nder Alan Greenspan from 1987 to 2006, the Fed was managed in virtuallyc omplete secrecy using an increase in money supply andb ailouts to solve each and e very crisis. A nd Ben Bernanke before the 2008 recession exhibited poor judgement. For instance, the derivatives explosion, extreme leverage of regulated and shadow banks and excesses of mortgage lending w ere all flagrant abuses that both Mr Bernanke and Mr Greenspan could have said no to. But they did not. As a result, a complex and unstable system veered dan-g erously out of control. And he clearly misjudged the quality of the risk man agement systems operating w ithin the banking and financial sector. The problem is that the Fed i s politically driven as in its statement supporting the Presidents re-election spend i ng plans. The Fed would maintain a highly accom modative stance for monetary policy that includes a Fedf unds rate at 0 to 1/4 per cent at least through late 2014, and it expects a subdued out look for inflation over the medium term. The broader problem is p olitics the fatal flaw in republican democracies is that candidates win primarily via a popular vote. Nothing wrong with that, except that constituents do not stomach the consequences of loose lending very well and a solution to bite the bullet. In this case, the potential nasty consequence of loose money and its remedy have not been discussed. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 THE TRIBUNE N ASSAU INSTITUTE HEARS OF FRIEDMAN PRINCIPLES IN ECONOMY FNM, PLP, DNA and the Brookfield myth F LASHBACK t o the front page of The Tribune breaking the news that the Brookfield deal for Atlantis had hit the rocks.


e lection Sunday evening, the PM spoke on his rivals choice selection. The MP for North Abaco said: "From some of the people that Perry is running again, we know that the scan-d als from day one, and that Christie will be too weak and too scared to stop the plundering and pillaging of the cookie jar just as he was last time around." Mr Rigby conveyed that t he did not think it was fair for candidates to be branded as corrupt without the benefits of knowing the charges orthe facts they are known to committed. N evertheless, he anticipates t hat the Mr Christie and the PLP will be asking the FNMs leader for evidence of the alleged corruption. They will be asking Mr I ngraham to produce the evidence that theyve been claiming to have. They second question theyre going to ask is Why not hold a commission ofi nquiry into the working of t hese ministries where these candidates appeared to have been involved? The former chairman did not say whether or not this statement would have an i mpact on his former party in t he lead up to elections. He did however say that Mr Ingraham and the FNM had a distinct advantage over Mr Christie and the PLP. It is clear based on the two p ublic rallies or launches that M r Ingraham has had, one in Freeport and the other in new Providence, that the FNM is framing the elections to two things. Its record he said, w hich includes the transformations of the city of Nassau and the management of the countrys economy during the global economic crisis. Then there is the issue of leadership along with corruption the attorney added. H e said the FNM are frami ng the debate of elections well to the point where voters will have to make a decision on who they will want to be the next government and the leader based on these i ssues brought for debate, w hich is where the PLP havent succeeded so far. I think the PLP has not done a very good job thus far in framing the issues for thee lections. The PLP has to f ocus on asking the right quest ions for the Bahamian electorate to consider. He gave examples of the right questions like Is the country on the right track?D o the people believe in s hared prosperity? It seems to me that the PLP has to be distinctly clear in conveying their message to the public. Also commenting on the PMs recent critique on a portion of Mr Christies selectiono f candidates was former MP f or Exuma, George Smith. Although Mr Smith does not object to concerns being raised regarding corruption with regards to candidates, as he in fact said I think it is r ight, he also contended that you have to take the beam out of your own eye before taking the beam out of another. Whats good for the goose i s good for gander he added. A sked if the statement on c orruption will have an impact on the PLP, Mr Smith said this. In politics, evidence is not the yardstick that is used to determine truth at the end of the day. Its about what thep eople believe and their perc eptions of who you are. On the PLPs slate of candidates, he said: Im very impressed by the candidates my party is putting forth. Nobody can deny the quality o f candidates in that line up. H e contends that both sides have good parties have good candidates but also there are some choices I dont agree with. As to the candidates inm y party, Ive made my s tance known on that publicly a lready. Speaking on the candidates Democratic National Alliance, he said They have a few good candidates that have a good chance of winning. The ones running inL ong Island and in South A baco, Roscoe Thompson, good selection. Ultimately its going to be a hard fought elections, definitely a nasty one. I expect an ungodly a mount of money to be used b y the FNM and the PLP claims they have the money to match that. But I think the parties, FNM, PLP and DNA shouldb e trying to impress the peop le by the richness of their i deas and logic rather than their pockets. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012, PAGE 9 There are 30 witnesses expected to give evidence. During yesterdays fixture hearing, prosecutor DarellTaylor asked Justice Jones for an early trial date, hoping February 24 was a convenient date for counsel and the judge to hear the three-week trial. Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, defending, said she was ready to proceed with the case. When Justice Jones not ed that the trial would commence next year, both sides did not agree with the date. Ms Taylor asked if the case could be accommodated for an earlier date. However, the judge explained it could only happen unless the prosecu tion had a case that was unlikely to proceed for what ever reason. Mrs Farquharson-Seymours submission was the matter had been before the courts for more than four years. She said: It was at the Magistrates level. Then gota VBI and now its before this court. Ms Walkine she added, has been out of work since that period. She cannot travel as her passport has been seized and she has no salary coming in whatsoever. The defence lawyer requested that her passport be released to her. Justice Jones granted the request and made the order for it to be released. However he informed them that their bail conditions remained as is. Regarding the trial date, he affirmed it would proceed between March 18 and April 5, 2013. But we may be able to find an earlier date upon your agreement with if the crown finds a case they will not be able to proceed with for what ever reason. Uel Johnson is assisting prosecutor Ms Taylor. Dorcee McPhee represents co-defendant Nixon. p eople that Perry is running again, we know that the scan-dals from day one, and that C hristie will be too weak and t oo scared to stop the plund ering and pillaging of the cookie jar just as he was last t ime. In response, Mr Christie said: I want him to stand byt hat because I want the B ahamian people to look c arefully at the candidates we are running and I want them to judge me by that, compare them one by one. He said he has made every e ffort to insure that all his partys candidates understandthe necissity of a commitment t o integrity. This election is going to be about who can present theb est team and the best mess age for the future of the country, it is not going to be about Hubert Ingraham,s aid Mr Christie. At a time when the country is challenged with crime and u nemployment and citizens are looking for hope, Mr Christie said he was amazed that Mr Ingraham spent only f ive minutes of a 45 minute speech on crime. You walked away from his speech knowing it was same old typical Hubert Ingraham speeches, where you are trying to denigrate p eople using the same clichd negative campaigning, he said. PLPveteran:no surprise at accusation 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 TRIAL DATE FOR WOMAN IN $40,000 FRAUD CASE CHRISTIE CLAIMS PM DESPERATE P ERRY CHRISTIE p ictured in Parliament recently. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff