|UFDC Home||myUFDC Home | Help ||
ALL ISSUES CITATION PDF VIEWER
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
This item is only available as the following downloads:
N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER KFCs closed in union row Volume: 108 No.70TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 80F LOW 67F By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com KFC NASSAUoutlets w ere closed yesterday until f urther notice as outraged employees staged a sit-down protest over the cancellation o f its voluntary union recognition. Workers were given until T hursday to sign a new contract or face termination, according to staff who said they refused to work at the request of former bargaining agent Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union. Some 300 workers are affected by the sudden move, according to Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, who confirmed it was the first time a company has rescinded voluntary recognition. In a press statement last night, KFC Nassau explained the historic decision to break u nion ties followed five m onths of stagnant negotia tions over crucial "financial points of contention". [Yesterdays] decision m eans that KFC Nassau will no longer meet, consult or engage with the Union on m atters pertaining to the terms and conditions of the companys workers," ther elease stated. "As a result of the cancel lation KFC Nassau will be dealing directly with its individual employees regarding their terms and conditions of employment." The labour agreement between the two parties expired on September 24, 2011, and negotiations on a new agreement began in December. The fast-food chain has argued that its current wage Doors locked as emplo y ees sta g e protest CHICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ELECTRICIT Y CUT OFF AT CITY MARKET S CITY Market stores across New Providence had their electricity cut off yesterday for delin quent accounts, The Tri b une c an confirm. It was unclear how many stores were cut off, but BEC Chairman M ichael Moss last night confirmed the corporation had been in discus s ions with the supermar ket chain, who was seri ously delinquent on a n umber of accounts. H owever, he maintained he would not have been involved in the decision to disconnect a customer unless there By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A POLICEMAN testifying in the manslaughter and abetment trial of two of his colleagues yesterday admitted he was pressured to give a statement to the Central Detec tive Unit about the alleged beating of a prisoner. The admission by Consta ble Kevin Roberts came as a result of cross examination by defence attorney Ian Cargill, where the officer first conceded his knowledge of the family relation between Keys grandmother and then CDU chief Marvin Dames, who lat er became the former Deputy Commissioner of Police. The policeman agreed to the attorneys suggestion that he wouldve been charged with the offence along with Cpl Donovan Gardiner and Constable Tavares Bowleg if he did not give the statement, which was filed six weeks after the alleged incident took place. Gardiner, who is charged with manslaughter, and Constable Bowleg, who is charged with abetment, are accused of brutally beating 28-year-old Desmond Key on June 17, 2007, in a cell at the Grove Police station. Key died in hospital seven months later on January 19, 2008. In yesterdays proceedings, the disclosure was made during questioning by Mr Cargill after the officer had been questioned by attorney Wayne Munroe for nearly an By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SHIELDED by family members and friends, the distraught wife of the country's 18th murder victim identified his body at the morgue yes terday. The woman, who refused to speak to the press, was whisked away by loved ones moments after leaving the Princess Margaret Hospital Rand laboratory. HOLDING a press confer ence to protest the early suspension of Parliament yesterday, members of the opposi tion claimed the FNM is frustrating the democratic process and blocking the discussion of important matters particularly the Public Accounts Committee report. POLICEMAN ADMITS TESTIMONY PRESSURE A CUSTOMER reads a closure notice on the front door of a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. The ongoing row between the company and the union escalated yesterday, resulting in branches being closed down as staff took part in a sit-down protest. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 FAMILYS TEARS AT MORGUE PLP ANGER AT SUSPENSION DEALINGWITHYOURPSYCHOEXSEEWOMANONPAGE12B B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L B B A A T T T T L L E E TOURNAMENT BEGINS SEE SPORT im lovin it
Opposition leader Perry Christie said by suspending Parliament, the governmenti s attempting to stop or delay t he tabling of the report, which analyses the New Providence Road Improvement Project. There is no doubt in my mind the government is tryingt o avoid, as long as possible, the second interim report of the Public Accounts Committee, arguably one of the most important committees in our Parliament, said Mr Christie. We condemn what is happening and urge the government to act responsibly and allow the process to takep lace. Threatening to release the r eport in a public venue if not allowed to table the document i n the House of Assembly, c hairman of the Public Accounts Committee Dr B ernard Nottage said the report will provide valuable information to the public on the completion, management, a llocation of funds and costs o f the road project. He said: I put the govern ment on notice, that if it is their intention to cause the report of the committee to die before the end of this session of Parliament, we will not allow that to happen. If we can not do it in this building, we will do it in an open parliament of the people, where we will make the presentation and let the chips l ie were they may. D r Nottage said the road project has had a serious impact on Bahamians and it is the committees responsibility to make the public aware of what is going on and how their finances are being allo-c ated. West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe said following two sessions of parliament the government has not a llowed the opposition to s peak out on various issues including debating the Freedom of Information Act and the Disabilities Act, which members of the opposition expected to discuss weeks ago. The government is using the answering of questions as a form of filibustering and we are taking grave exception to it, Mr Wilchcombe said. P arliament is set to resume M arch 5. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 THE TRIBUNE PLPS ANGER AT PARLIAMENT SUSPENSION f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e MEMBERS of the PLPcriticise the early suspension of Parliament, arguing that the government was preventing the tabling of a report on the New Providence Road Improvement Project. Photo: Peter Ramsay /BIS
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE Arawak Cay container port will be operational in less than two months, accord i ng to Minister of State for F inance Zhivargo Laing. During a question-andanswer session in the House ofA ssembly yesterday, the Marco City MP announced that as of April 1, all customs operations in New Providence will be situated at the 25,000 square foot Nassau Container Port Break Bulk Terminal at Arawak Cay. Mr Laing said centralising all customs operations in Nassau at the new port is part of the governments efforts to completely revamp communication and technology capabilities at the Customs Department. He said the government has also strengthened the department with additional staff and resources, in an effort to bringit in line with international standards. Mr Laing said: We believe that these developments will greatly improve efficiency, security and revenue collec t ion for the benefit of the Bahamian people. All ports used for the purposes of landing foreigng oods, freight, cargo, con tainers, freight equipment, bulk materials and/or that e xports goods, freight, cargo, containers, freight equipment, or bulk materials now situateda t the John Alfred Dock and Union Dock will cease operations and all rights granted to them will be revoked effec tive midnight March 31. The Gladstone Freight Terminal will be used as a transit shed, also beginning April 1. According to Mr Laing, Clifton Pier will be appointed a sufferance port, but will be subjected to various restrictions. These include: that the port must be used solely for the loading and unloading of fuels, petroleum products, asphalt and cement; that 24 hours notice must be given to the Customs Department prior to each delivery of fuel; and transportation of custom officers shall be provided by the importing companies. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, PAGE 3 By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com TWO Bethel Avenue brothers are on remand at Her Majestys Prison after they were arraigned yesterday in connection with the countrys 16th murder of 2012. Ramond Nottage, 24, and Rashad Nottage, 21, appearedin Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez. It is alleged that the pair caused the death of Akyto Samuel Smith of Faith Gar dens on Wednesday, Febru ary 15. Smiths body was found bound and gagged in the trunk of a car by police on Sir Milo Butler Highway last Wednesday evening. The Nottage brothers were not required to enter a plea due to the nature of the charge. Chief Magistrate Gomez told the accused the prosecu tion will present them with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on May 16. He also told the siblings they were ineligible for bail as the Magistrates Court no longer has discretion to grant bail in serious crime trials. They were remanded to prison until the end of the tri al. Attorney Murrio Ducille is defending the brothers. BISHOP Simeon Hall is u rging Attorney General J ohn Delaney to bring the CLICO matter before the courts so those left waylaid by the bankrupt insurance company can get some relief. In December, Craig G omez, the Baker, Tilly, Gomez accountant, made his ninth report to the Supreme Court revealing investors still face an approximate $18.4 million solvency deficiency. I n his letter to the Attorney General, Bishop Hall said hes praying Mr Delaney will use his office to help the m atter to reach some conc lusion. Bishop Hall said hes amazed how some cases in our system can be fasttracked through our courts while others take an eternity. M ore than 30,000 clients, including himself, have been great disadvantaged by this financial debacle, Bishop Hall said. It is my understanding that the matter is boggedd own in our courts. I am also informed that the matter of the $30 million gratuity which the Bahamas g overnment so graciously p osted is before you. If this is so, I humbly ask that you expedite this matter so that all who have been waylaid by this might have resolution. Last year Bishop Hall, a w ell known pastor and social activist, revealed his plans for retirement had to be postponed for two years as a result of financial challenges stemming from the CLICO collapse. Ive been preaching for 45 years. Id hoped to retire two years ago but I was a part of the CLICO plan. [New C ovenant Baptist Church] h ad an annuity there, a retirement financial plan, but that debacle threw my retirement off, he said. I can only imagine other persons who have been affected by that incident who are perhaps ina wkward positions. As a pastor, I had something to fall back on. What about those who had no recourse? I can only imagine the elderly that have been affected by that. It seems that bothg overnments, both political parties, fell asleep at the wheel. TWOINCOURT OVERMURDER BISHOPS PLEA OVER INSURANCE BANKRUPTCY B ISHOPSIMEONHALL h as called for action on the CLICOcase. T HE A RAWAKCAY p ort development, as seen from the air. Port running in tw o months
EDITOR, The Tribune. IN THE pitch of darkness, orchestrated and condonedb y those whom we voted into power and trusted to lead us, the President of Haiti swooped into the island of New Providence and delivered to His People a subt erfuge sociopolitical message of uplift and empowerm ent. At the same time delivering a subliminal message on how to organise them into a voting strategy to gain favour a nd power within a country t hey now call home. W hile many in attendance have in their possession Bahamian legal documents, t heir love, and the blood that flow through their veins is that of Haiti. B ahamians of many gene rations that reside on the same island of New Providence, whose traditional Bahamian way of life as they once knew it, has now changed due to our nationsh igh rise in crime observed as their new neighbour who does not speak English, but, have a Bahamian voters c ard, prepared themselves to leave out with Haitian flags and paraphernalia waiving ina beautiful Bahamian evening air. Only to find out the morni ng after that the barely speaking English, newly made Bahamian neighbour, with a different colour flago n his car along with an estimated Ten Thousand others had flocked to Joe Farring t on Road to rally them in support of their Presidents visit and listen to his mes s age to them in their new c ountry. While both governing and opposition members whow ere in attendance tried to put a respectable democratic play in motion, by their disingenuous actions toward many Bahamians in general and many in their constituency inp articular, they should all be tried for treason. M any Bahamians are still trying to excogitate the entire visit of President Joseph Michel Sweet Micky Martelly on February 7, 2012. Our Bahamian political leaders, from mainly the leading political parties should be very careful what message they are sending to the Bahamian people by allowing the way the President of Haiti visited the Bahamas, and the way he exited. Respectfully, I do not mean those recently given or granted Bahamian citi zenship, as many in these illegal Haitian communities and their crafty duplicitous religious leaders still do not know who either Sir Stafford Sands or Mr Timothy Gibson is, but yet these crafty duplicitous Haitian leaders when it is convenient desirea bias reformed immigration policy but only in their favour. In our beloved Bahamas in recent years, it seems to me that we love to quickly call anybody from anywhere a Bahamian, even though their blood and loyalty is to hon our the nation of their par ents birth, while the majority of the Haitians who now claim the Bahamas were born h ere illegally, and their loyalty remains to the birth place of their parents. T hey take advantage of every opportunity while residing in The Bahamas claiming the title of a Haitian/ Bahamian, a word that I did not find in any dictionary. T he last time I checked a female can never be half way pregnant. You are either aB ahamian or a Haitian and dont forget the many otherp ersons of varying nationali ties that want to call this b eautiful Bahama land home. As a lover of music from a ll over the world, I listened to the music of Sweet Micky and especially myf avourite Haitian band, Tropi cana, who just recently performed a few years ago at The Zanzibar on Baillou Hill R oad. Listening to Joseph Michel Sweet MickyM artelly music over the y ears, you will understand his message to the Haitians residing in the Bahamas thata ttended the function that evening was nothing new to him as his burlesque s ociopolitical performances and style has sometimes fueled numerous controversies throughout Haitian c ommunities in his own homeland, so in my opinion he knew what he was doinga nd what message he came to deliver, but one question remains, how did thousandso f Haitians or paper Bahamians of Haitian descent in The Bahamas know he was here, andB ahamians did not? Let me respectfully give both Prime Minister Hubert A Ingraham and Opposition leader Perry G Christie a little free advice from The Streetso r The Hood and a few Family Island settlements throughout the Bahamas from a new generation of vot ing Bahamians; to become the next government during this upcoming election, you must convince the voting Bahamian people that your priority as Prime Minister will be to finally repair the ill functioning Department of Immigra tion. Instead of borrowing millions to build everything, correct the archaic immigration laws, Stop Cancel and Review all citizenship granted in the last eight years, and deport all who do not belong in this country without fear or favour, including those individuals who not only hide behind the religious cloth, while hiding other things and people from the authorities when necessary. Immediately implement a nd explain to the Bahamian people your intent to execute a proper immigration policy that will materially reduce the illegal immigrant population and you will be the n ext government of the Bahamas. J obs will come as the world economy shifts through its recovering cycle; crime will go down as the inner cities will be returned to neighb ourhoods as people will b egin to know each other a gain. This will enable us to finally have a real census t hat will deliver the proper health care to the Bahamian people that paid theirN ational Insurance and not j ust abuse the Bahamian system. Remember, the Department of Immigration may be a Thing, but it not only Affects people, but ane ntire nation when it fails to carry out its mandate through obvious political interference, lack of funding, and an under p aid staff. We have had too many Ministers of Immigrations ome appeared to have made attempts to correct this vex ing problem, but there is s omething in our Bahamas and the Department of Immigration is systematically designed to obstruct correc-t ive action by elected government officials and immi gration officers from execut i ng their jobs, or is it by design? If we can spend six hundred t housand dollars (B$600,000 t o open the new Chinese built national stadium, we can spend those same funds to puta proper strategic Defence Force Base in Inagua to process and return any person caught trying to illegally enter the Bahamas from the south without wasting the tax-p ayers money bringing them to Nassau for a photo oppor-t unity. There were only two things that were disappointing to me about President Joseph Michel Sweet Micky Martellys visit on February 7, 2012, one he did not perform his very beautiful music, and two, he did not bring two or three larger planes like a few Jumbo Jets to take back to Haiti with him not at the expense of the Bahamian taxpayers, at leasta thousand or more of his Haitian brothers and sisters who are here in the Bahamas illegally back home to Haiti safely. ANTHONY U BOSTWICK Jr Nassau, February 14, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm A PAIR of super political action committees supporting top Republican presidential candidates spent nearly $24 millioni n January, drawing upon major gifts and r epeat donations from wealthy business e xecutives, according to financial reports t he groups filed Monday with the government. The super PACs Mitt Romney-leaning Restore Our Future and Newt Ging rich-supportive Winning Our Future raised a combined $17 million last month. That financial strength allowed the groups t o hit the airwaves in key primary states with millions of dollars in expensive TV ads. The groups fundraising offers a periodic b ehind-the-scenes glimpse into the ident ities of the wealthy supporters who will help elect the next president, along with details on how the tens of millions of dol lars they donated have been spent this e lection season. Restore Our Future, which spent $14 million last month, has been boosted bym ore than two dozen repeat donors. W inning Our Future, which spent $9.7 million, is largely supported by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his w ife. The super PACs, as well as other groups supporting other candidates and the individual campaigns, were required to disc lose how much they raised and the identities of their donors in reports filed with the Federal Election Commission by mid night Monday. Those reports provided a snapshot of fundraising for President Barack Obamas early campaign and for Republican candidates as they battled during important primary elections in January. During the month, Republican candi d ates Gingrich and Santorum had briefly surged ahead of front-runner Romney but trailed the former Massachusetts governor i n fundraising. Since then, Santorum has climbed remarkably in polls as support eroded just as stunningly for Gingrich fol lowing his disappointing showing in Florida. Restore Our Future has been a boon for Romney, who has benefited greatly from the groups TV ads attacking Gingrich in particular. Such ads were purchased thanks to the financial help of repeat donors, including Marriott Inter national Chairman JW Marriott Jr, who has given the super PAC $750,000 to date. The super PAC also reported new donors, including Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman. R omney mentored Whitman, recently a n unsuccessful candidate for California g overnor, during the 1980s at Bostonb ased Bain & Co, the private equity firm Romney headed. Whitman's $100,000 check to Restore Our Future came days after she joined Romney at a celebration o f his victory in the New Hampshire primary. Restore Our Future counted on cont inued support from at least 30 repeat donors who have given a combined $6.6 million in January, according to a review of the reports by The Associated Press. M eanwhile, Winning Our Future's $11 m illion in contributions during the same period came almost exclusively from Adel son, a friend of Gingrich's and a staunch supporter of Israel. A delson and his wife, Miriam, each gave $5 million to the super PAC in January a move that helped keep Gingrich's strugg ling campaign alive. O ther Republican-leaning super PACs reported major contributions. Endorse Liberty, the group supporting T exas Rep Ron Paul, reported roughly $2.4 million in donations, including $1.7 from the billionaire founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, of San Francisco. T hiel, who runs a hedge fund, is a libertarian who has supported Republican causes and candidates and also has donat ed to Californias marijuana legalisation ballot measure. Obamas campaign last Friday reported raising a combined $29.1 million in January among the campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other joint fundraising commit t ees. The major super PAC backing Obama, Priorities USA Action, has yet to file its J anuary report. The reports likely will rekindle criticism of the groups, which were made pos sible under a 2010 Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case. The super PACs must legally remain independent from the candidates they support, but many are staffed with former campaign aides who have intimate knowledge of the campaigns strategies. This article is by Jack Gillum of the Associated Press Take your Haitian brothers with you LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Republican super PACs buoyed by mega donors EDITOR, The Tribune Re: 13 new ambulances expected by the end of next year. The Tribune, February 9, 2012 ONE way to reduce the possible unauthorised use of ambulances might be to open a KFC or a McDonalds right at the ambulance depot itself. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, February 12, 2012. You want fries with that? Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Prime Min i ster Hubert Ingraham said Grand Bahamas tourism industry would have collapsedi n 2010 without the support o f the FNM government. He said the government spent nearly $8 million to help facilitate Discovery Cruise Lines ferry service between Florida and Grand Bahama. T he Norwegian Sky Cruise Ship which made 48 calls, bringing 120,000 passengers was also supported by the g overnment at a cost of half a million dollars, Mr Ingraham said. H e said similar support was also given to Carnival Cruise Lines, Delta US Air, WestJ et out of Canada and more recently, Vision Airline. Mr Ingraham also revealed t hat more than $4 million was s pent on direct marketing for the Grand Lucaya Hotel. And, he noted that by the end of the summer the government will have spent more than $17 million to keep the Isle of Capri hotel and Trea sure Bay casino open. And they say weve done n othing for Grand Bahama. This support has saved thousands of jobs in Grand B ahama and gave hundreds of businesses the ability to survive, said Mr Ingraham. T he prime minister said t hat in these difficult eco nomic times, the FNM has also searched out investors for Grand Bahama. We achieved some results, not as much as we wanted to,h e said. Im not happy about our results, but I did the best I could. And anybody who thinks somebody else can do b etter vote for them. Mr Ingraham said the FNM was able to get Ross Univer s ity to Grand Bahama, and facilitated First Reserve and then Buckeye in the purchaseo f BORCO, which is undertaking hundreds of millions of dollars of work in GrandB ahama. T he government was also able to attract Stat Oil, which is carrying out tens of millions worth of work at its plant in East Grand Bahama. We saw the expansion of the Grand Bahama Shipyard which came into being on our previous terms in office andh as taken on new employees and is training young cadets. We had to legalise the b enefits the PLP gave to Ginn so that that stumbling project could have a chance. We have had to prop up t he Isle of Capri as I told you, to keep hundreds of Bahamians employed. We have got ten new cruise ships and airlifts to Grand Bahama. We have overseen the e ntry of Emera and the new $80 million power plant investment, Mr Ingraham said. T he government had also undertaken several projects on Grand Bahama such as a $ 16 million Government Office Complex, a new Accident and Emergency Depart m ent, new operating theatres at the Rand Memorial Hospital, and the Sister MaryP atricia Russell Junior High S chool, according to Mr Ingraham. Additionally, he noted that the government is creating jobs for about 1,000 people; has made unemployment benefits available to many; has put in place a Prescription Drug Programme; has pro-v ided millions of dollars in assistance to Grand Bahama; and gave scholarships to many d eserving Bahamians. Mr Ingraham said the FNM revived GrandB ahamas economy before and will do it again. Grand Bahama has come t hrough the worst. Things will begin to get better for you. As the global economy con t inues to recover and our economy continues to recover, so too will yours here inG rand Bahama, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, PAGE 5 In an effort to save its business, and the hundreds of jobs that it provides, KFC Nassau has cancelled its voluntary recognition of the Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) as the bargaining agent for employees of KFC Nassau. The BHCAWU no longer represents the interests of KFC Nassau employees, and the company will have no further involvement with to the Union, and the need to an agreement that would keep the since the expiration of the prior agreement, no resolution has been reached. KFC Nassau has offered its employees an employment package, effective Monday, 20 February, that maintains the existing wages, as well as the guaranteed 7.5 hour pay per day, in an effort to minimize any effect on employees take-home pay. Current employees who do not wish to work under these varied terms and conditions will be offered a voluntary severance package. Any new KFC employees will be engaged at a more competitive rate of pay. r frntr r f rnt rf ff BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced that the government will buy the old Freeport Inn Hotel for $1.9 million as part of the expan sion and upgrade of the Rand Memorial Hospital. While in Grand Bahama over the weekend, Mr Ingra ham also revealed plans to acquire another jet so that Bahamasair can take over ser vices now being provided by Vision Airlines. With the addition of a 160seat Boeing 737-400, he said, Bahamasair will have the capacity to bring 8,800 visitors to Grand Bahama a month. It will be nearly 100,000 seats a year coming to Grand Bahama, Mr Ingraham told supporters on Saturday at theopening of the FNM Marco City constituency office in the East Sunrise Shopping Centre. He said that in addition to reducing travel time from cities like Baltimore, Mary land; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia and Louisville, Kentucky, the move will also cut ticket costsby more than 50 per cent, from $600 to $300 round trip. According to Mr Ingraham, the initiative is expected to be a life-saver for the airport and the Grand Lucaya Resort. We also expect that this effort could result in the opening of the Reef Resort by next winter, resulting in the creation of hundreds of jobs directly and spin-off jobs indirectly for you here in Grand Bahama, he said. Mr Ingraham said the government also plans to work with the Grand Bahama Port Authority to aggressively pro mote the island. Working with a functional, more focused Port Authority absent Hannes Babak; the Chamber of Commerce of Grand Bahama and businesses, we will aggressively promote Grand Bahama throughout the world, espe cially in Asia, Latin America and North America, seeking out offshore medical educa tion and research facilities as well as manufacturing facilities specially suited for Grand Bahama, he said. The FNM will work with tourism stakeholders to devel op new and attractive tourism facilities throughout the island, Mr Ingraham said. He also said renewed focus will be placed on the second home market in Grand Bahama, and on maximising the use of Bahamian contrac tors in the construction of high-end homes. We will promote the development of a marine institute here in Grand Bahama for the training of both Bahamian mariners as well as persons in the region; we will promote the creation of a diesel mechanic Institute in Grand Bahama to train Bahamian and regional students; and we will work to cause Grand Bahama to become the attractive alter native energy capital of the Bahamas to reduce energy costs and encourage the development of additional industrial developments on this island, the prime minister said. We will make Grand Bahama the manufacturing and industrial giant it was meant to be. Mr Ingraham said his gov ernment will also work to ensure that when the provisions of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement expire, all of Grand Bahama benefits from a new agreement. We are not going to nego tiate with the Port Authority in public. We will negotiate with them after the next elec tion, he said. GOVERNMENT TO BUY HOTEL IN $1.9M DEAL TO EXPAND HOSPITAL PMsays FNMsupport saved tourism in Grand Bahama P RIMEMINISTER H ubert Ingraham addressing the crowds at an FNMrally in Marco City.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 THE TRIBUNE THE BAHAMAS recorded a significant decrease in births to teen mothers over the last four decades, accord ing to a new report. The Department of Statis tics study said births to teenagers have dropped by 14 per cent, per thousand Bahamians. However, the report also shows births to unwed mothers shot up over the same period by 33 per cent. In a statement to the press, the department revealed the findings of its Births Report for the Bahamas, which focused on the reproductive trends and patterns of the country over a 40-year period. It said: The birth rate to teen mothers 10 to 19 years of age has decreased signifi cantly, from a high of 32.4 in 1970 to a low of 17.6 births per 1,000 females in 2010. Births to unwed mothers escalated during the past 40 years, from 29 per cent in 1970, to a high of 62 per cent in 2009. Births to this cohort of mothers remained the largest annual natural increase to the Bahamian population, it said. The departments report also revealed that reproduc tivity among Bahamians has decreased by 13 per cent over the period in question. The Bahamas recorded its highest reproductive rates in 1970, when the birth rate peaked at 28.8 or nearly 29 live born children per thou sand population. This rate steadily declined to 15.5 in 2010. Women between the ages of 20 and 29 accounted for the largest proportion of births. According to the depart ment, women in 1970 were expected to have an average of four live born children throughout their childbearing years. Four decades later, with a population more than doubled, the number of children to women has decreased to two during their life time, the report said. The study concluded that births by foreign women have decreased by 12 per cent since 1970, and that in 2010, the Bahamas recorded 61 still births (or fetal deaths per cent lower than in 1970. All the statistics in the report are measured per thou sand Bahamians. POLICE, civil servants and publ ic officers were thanked during a church service held recently. The South Bahamas Conference o f Seventh Day Adventists held t heir 17th annual service of thanksgiving for law enforcement officers, civil servants and public o fficers on Saturday. The service was held under the theme God With Usat the Cen-t reville Seventh Day Adventist C hurch. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest is pictured giv-i ng an address at the service. CHURCH HONOURS PUBLIC SERVANTS CHURCH HONOURS PUBLIC SERVANTS GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes during the service. TEEN A GE MO THER BIRTH RATE DOWN 14% IN 40 YEARS
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, PAGE 7 By BRITTANY KEMP and MICHELLE GREENE ORIENTATION for the Urban Renewal Second Chance Programme began yesterday evening at the Urban Renewal Centre on Baillou Hill Road. The programme targets students and adults who have fallen on hard times for vari ous reasons, aiming to provide them with a second chance at success. The first phase will take place in the Bain and Grants Town constituency. In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the programme offers free certified classes once a registra tion fee of $20 is paid. Immediately following the orientation, students received their class schedules for the six-week course. The classes aim to teach participants how to be more efficient and effective employ ees. Computer lessons are also included. Sinclair Nairn, assistant sec retary of the Urban Renewal Programme, said she believes this years orientation was bigger, better and stronger than the previous orientation held in 2010. Our goal is to become well-known and successful in creating more opportunities for willing persons in need of assistance, she said. In the future, Nairn said, she sees the programme not only being active in the Bahamas but expanding to other countries. The Urban Renewal Sec ond Chance Programme is seeking support from caring corporate citizens. THE Urban Renewal Centre in Bain and Grants Town g ot a much-needed helping hand from local and international volunteers. T he group, brought togethe r by St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk, gave the centre a complete facelift. B ryn MacPhail, minister of St Andrews Kirk, said ten volunteers from Hope Pres b yterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee travelled to Nassau and joined forces withK irk members for the initiat ive. He said: Its all about relationships and partnerships.O ur goal is to strengthen the community. We hope that when people see the partner s hip between church and community, they see Christs love. The volunteers, he said, transformed both the interior and exterior of the building, providing a fresh c oat of paint and beautify ing the facade and interior spaces. S t Andrews Kirk and H ope Presbyterian Church forged a partnership of ser vice just over a year ago. T his successful visit prompted plans for three additional visits, in April, Julya nd September, for other c ommunity outreach pro grammes. Pastor Michael Leirer, Minister of Hope Presbyterian Church, said his mem-bers are passionate about bringing our mission team to the Bahamas, as BrynM acPhail has such a great passion and love for com munity building. The ongoi ng work by St Andrews Kirk in Bain and Grants Town is amazing. The church committed to ministering in the area more than a year ago, and Rev erend MacPhail meets every w eek with young people from the community. The Kirk has also adopted t he senior classes of CR Walker High School and provides an after-school tutoring programme at the church every Tuesday. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FIVE people are being questioned after police discovered $80,000 worth of cocaine in Nassau Harbour. Acting on a tip, Drug Enforcement Unit officers conducted a search at Bayshore Marina on East Bay Street, where they found 10 pounds of the narcotic. Three Bahamian men, ages 56, 45 and 32, along with two Guyanese men, ages 28 and 26, were detained around 5pm on Sunday. Police are also investigating a shooting that left a man fighting for his life in hospital. The victim and a woman had just arrived at a home on Lifebuoy Street around 2am yesterday when they were approached by two men in a green Honda. The men in the car opened fire, hitting the man in the groin and right arm. The womans arm was grazed by a bullet. Both were taken to hospital, where the woman was discharged, but the man remains in serious condition. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them by calling 911, 919, or Crime Stoppers on 328-TIPS. MEMBERS of the Kirk &Hope Presbyterian working on a fireravaged home in Bain and Grants Town. P hotos: V incent Vaughan Photography BAIN AND GRANTS TOWN FIRST TO BENEFIT FROM SCHEME FIVE QUIZZED BY POLICE OVER $80,000 COCAINE DISCOVERY CHURCHGOERS HELP WITH URBAN RENEWAL
were national repercussions. Mr Moss said: I receive a report of all large delinquent accounts, and I do recall seeing at least four of City Mar ket's accounts that had signif icant balances. According to Tribune Busi ness the Finlayson family, which owns a 78 per cent stake in City Markets operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, is seeking a joint venture part ner that would acquire a majority equity stake in the chain. The Finlaysons, who took over a business driven into near-bankruptcy by the former BSL Holdings ownership, saw City Market suffer a $16.587 million net loss prior to extraordinary items for the year to end-June 2011. The struggling food chain made headlines last year over store closures as well as pen sion fund and regulatory issues. City Market now operates at four locations in Nassau; Sea Grapes, South Beach, Harbour Bay and Cable Beach. The Lyford Cay and Rosetta Street stores closed in August, their leases having come to an end. Not long after that the Freeport and Eight Mile Rock stores closed permanently in September. Added to its woes is the companys issues with the Securities Commission, which has said it has placed Bahamas Supermarkets under an enhanced monitoring pro gramme, as the companys failure to file timely accounts and hold an annual general meeting the last one was in December 2009 for the 2008 financial year had left investors bereft of information. Calls placed to officials at the supermarket chain were not returned last night. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 THE TRIBUNE MORE LIKELY TO VOTE THIS YEAR? BAHAMIANS are more likely to vote this year than inp revious general elections, a ccording to an online Tribune p oll. The results showed voter apathy need not be a concern in 2012, with 460 saying they are more likely to vote, com-p ared to just 164 who said they a re less likely. There were strong words from the voters who left com-m ents. Erasmus Folly said: In the r eal world, in every country, the decision is always simply between the lesser of two evils. Anyone looking for real virtue in politics is an idiot. It doesn'te xist. Shanfa Yellow said: We should vote for the one who helps build our community.N ow because election is comi ng up the candidates want to c ome around and give job application, having free breakfast every weekend for their constituency. Dave suggested leadership w as the main factor at election t ime: I believed then that it was always about leadership and I still believe now that thei ssue will be about the leaders hip. Without a good leader there will be problems. The strongest leader will win by plenty. Don't forget to check out w ww.tribune242.com for the l atest Tribune poll. and benefits package is two times higher than all other fast food brands. In an unusual move earlier this month, Restaurants (Bahamas per advertisement detailing the staff's wage and benefits package compared to its com petitors. Staff salaries were said to be between 79 to 92.5 per cent higher than its fast food industry competitors. The notice also suggested that KFC employees enjoyed other benefits not provided by its competitors, including pension fund payments, health and welfare benefits,a Christmas bonus, paid birthday, long service payment and an employee aid fund. While admitting that the cancellation was drastic, a KFC spokesman explained the decision was the only option to save the Nassau franchise and employee jobs. KFC Nassau said it is now forced to unilaterally offer its employees an employment package that maintains their existing wages and a guaranteed 7.5 hour work day. It was also added that a voluntary severance package will be considered for staff that do not want to work under the new terms. A KFC worker described the move as a tremendous setback for long-standing employees whose hardearned benefits would be slashed. Employees are getting nine sick days a year [under new contract], he said. Ive been there 15 years and they want to put me back to two weeks rather than four weeks and they're forcing us to sign these contracts by Thursday. The employee added: They might as well pay us out and let us go. We grew old in there, people like me and they treat us like dogs. By law, a union can only be recognised as a bargaining agent through direct applica tion to the employer, and then if unsuccessful, an application can be made to the labour minister, who would then poll staff. Mr Foulkes said: There are no provisions that speak to a revocation if it is given voluntarily. The Industrial Relations Act only speaks to a revocation where the Minster certifies the recog nition. This to my recogni tion has never happened before. A formal application by the BHCAWU was not submit ted yesterday; however Mr Foulkes said he understands that the union intends to seek certification. BHCAWU vice president Darren Woods was unable to comment as union officials were locked in meetings with Mr Foulkes late last night. ELECTRICIT Y CUT OFF AT CITY MARKETS 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 KFCs CLOSED IN UNION ROW LOCKEDDOORS at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet as, below, customers read notices on the doors informing them that the branch has been shut down temporarily while staff took part in a sit-down protest following the breakdown in the relationship between the company and the staff union. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
Her husband, Stephen Sherman, 47, was shot tod eath during a armed robbery outside his Yamacraw residence on Friday. Greg Sherman, brother of the deceased, told The Tri b une t he family is heartbroken and most of them have not fully accepted or come to terms with his death. M r Sherman said: It hasnt hit us all yet. Its been really rough on his wife. What is even more distressing is that h e leaves behind two young children, a 10-year-old boy and a daughter who is eight. They were his world. I dontt hink they can understand the magnitude of what has happened. We are here for them, and my brothers and sisters will do whatever we can do toe ase the burden on my brothe rs wife and kids. My brother had a really big heart. He was a goodp erson. He would take the shirt off his back for you and anyone else. This whole i ncident is very senseless to us. What have we come to as nation when we cant live t ogether in peace as broth ers and sisters. We just seem to be killing up eacho ther. :There is no value on life anymore, $40 and a cell phone? Is that what my b rother is worth? Something is seriously wrong with that. Assistant Commissioner of P olice Anthony Ferguson said police have arrested a man and are looking for two more i n connection with Mr Sher mans death. Police believe the gunman g ot out of a silver Honda to r ob Mr Sherman of his cell phone before he shot him and m ade his escape in the same car. It is believed someone else was in the getaway vehi cle. D etectives are questioning a 21-year-old man about the incident, and they have i ssued wanted bulletins for Jamal Smith and Kenneth Neely. S mith, 21, alias Slick, of C hurchill Subdivision, has a dark brown complexion, is 5ft 7 in tall with a slim build. Neely, 21, alias Swamper, of Resurrection Boulevard, has a similar complexion andp hysique with a height of 5ft 10ins. Anyone with information t hat may assist police with their investigations is asked to contact them at 919, CDUa t 502-9991 or Crime Stopp ers at 328-TIPS. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, PAGE 9 hour on what he testified to seeing on the day in question. Last Friday, Mr Roberts told the court how he saw Cpl Gardiner taunt the prisoner before striking him in the head with the baseball bat. He said Bowleg was standing inside the cell door at the time while Gardiner was inside the cell holding a baseball bat. Mr Munroe first crossexamined Roberts yesterdayand suggested to the policeman that according to his testimony, he and officer Bowleg were in similar positions although the latter was the one being charged with abetment. The attorney said both had stood there and watched his client Gardiner allegedly strike the deceased twice, once in the side and then on the head, and had done nothing. Roberts agreed to the suggestion. When asked by Mr Munroe, he told the court he was transferred to police headquarters to work in their Information Technology department, head-ed by Quinn McCartney, who is currently the assistant com missioner of police. He denied the next submis sion by counsel that his con nection to current ACP Quinn McCartney, who Mr Munroe suggested had family connections to the grandmother of Key, put pressure on him to give the garbage you said on Friday and in court today. He replied: No sir. Mr Cargill, cross-examin ing next, asked Roberts if he could recall how long his client Bowleg had been inside the cell door or to recall when his client left Gardiner with the prisoner. Roberts admitted he could not say how long his colleague had been in the cell but said he left shortly after I did. The officer said he was asked about the incident by two of his senior officers but could not speak to whether or not they made notes of what hed told them. He admitted that six weeks after the incident he had been instructed to go to CDU to give a statement on the matter. Mr Cargill then asked if he knew who was in charge of CDU at the time. Roberts answered Insp Reginald Fer guson but said he was unsure if this correct. The attorney corrected him that Marvin Dames was in charge of that division, to which Roberts responded it is possible. Cargill asked: Do you know the connection between Dames and the grandmother of Desmond Key? The policeman replied: She is his aunt. The attorney, after explain ing the investigating officer dealing with the matter still reported to the CDU chief at the end of the day, suggested to Roberts that you were pressured to give a statement otherwise you wouldve been charged. The constable said: Yes sir. Cargill asked no further questions. Prosecutor Linda Evans, given a chance to reexamine Roberts, asked the witness if he had come to court to tell lies or deceive the court and the jury. No maam he said. Justice Veer Watkins adjourned the matter to Wednesday morning where Dr Duane Sands and pathologists Dr Caryn Sands are expected to give evidence. THE FAMILY of 47-year-old banker Stephen Sherman, who was shot dead on Friday, shed tears outside the morgue yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff Famils tears at morgue 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 POLICEMAN ADMITS TESTIMONY PRESSURE POLICE are searching for these two men in connection with the crime Jamal Smith, known as Slick, left, and Kenneth Neely, knowna s Swamper, right.