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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER KFCs stay closed as row escalates Volume: 108 No.71WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 80F LOW 67F By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org UNION chiefs yesterday a ccused KFC Nassau of intim idating workers and undermining labour laws as the fastf ood chain remained closed for a second day. The Bahamas Hotel Cateri ng and Allied Workers Union was certified as the official bargaining agent for line staff by Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes late last n ight. Management did not show up to open any of the nine Kentucky Fried Chicken loca-t ions on New Providence yes terday, according to staff, who were instructed to continue t o report to work as scheduled. Breaking a more than t hree-decades-old agreement, KFC Nassau moved to Union hits back at actionb y compan y CHICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAY U U S S A A T T O O D D A A Y Y P P U U L L L L O O U U T T S S P P O O R R T T S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE NASSAUDARTSASSOCIATION F F I I N N D D O O U U T T W W H H O O S S O O N N T T A A R R G G E E T T SEESPORTSSECTIONE By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AS the KFC labour dispute continues to rage, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes reaffirmed that the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union is the official bargaining agent for fast-food chains staff. On Monday, in a historic decision, KFC management withdrew its voluntary recog nition of the BHCAWU as the bargaining agent for employees. Following the announcement, KFC staff staged a sitdown forcing the temporary closure of the companys nine New Providence locations. According to Mr Foulkes, By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BRANDING Branville McCartney as a man with unbridled ambition to achieve power, Prime Min ister Hubert Ingraham said Bamboo Town now deserves an MP who is more interested in them, rather than himself. Opening his partys con stituency office for his can didate Cassius Stuart, Mr Ingraham told party supporters last night the next FNM government would need reliable, committed people on their delivery team. We need Cassius Stuart. Even though still a young man, Cassius has earned his stripes. He has been in the vineyard for some time. This year here in Bamboo Town he will reap what he has sown in terms of his love for the Bahamian people. He will be the next MP for Bam boo Town. Cassius is a fighter. He desires to be of service to The Bahamas. He is making that desire come true through the FNM. Cassius is a smart man, Bamboo Town. He has both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree. He has a passion for youth development and business. This is the kind of young man who can help motivate other young Bahamians, he said. Taking a swipe at the areas current MP, Mr McCartney, who heads the Democratic National Alliance (DNA By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A HUNG jury has left the case of a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a woman nearly two years ago open for retrial. The Supreme Court mur der trial of 29-year-old Phillip McCartney was expected to be completed yesterday after noon when the 12-member jury left court to decide if the defendant was guilty or inno cent of killing Chrishonda Swain. However, the jury was evenly split on the issue with none of the jurors budging to By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org PLP leader Perry Christie t old Fort Charlotte cons tituents that finance minis ter Zhivargo Laing shares the blame for high unemploym ent levels and a bad economy. Speaking at the opening of t he constituencys PLP head quarters last night, Mr Christie called Mr Laing an abysmal failure and said everything hes touched has gone from bad to worse. The footprints and the fingerprints of Zhivargo Laing are all over your pain and suffering, he said. AN ARMED robbery suspect escaped custody while receiving treatment at hospital yesterday. Frederick Green, 29, made h is escape from the Princess M argaret Hospitals chest ward after the prison officer assigned to him left to use theb athroom. G reen, alias Frederick Neely, was remanded to Her Majestys Prison after he wasc harged with two counts of armed robbery. According to police, he had no prior con v ictions. In a press statement yesterday, HMP maintained that the officer secured Green in r estraints before leaving to PMS S TR ONG SUPPOR T F OR BRAN RIVAL PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham embraces the FNM candidate for Bamboo Town, Cassius Stuart, at last nights rally. 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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARDN orbert Boissiere,Chairman of FamGuard Corporation Limited, is pleased to announce the appointment of Felix Stubbs,MBE,to t he Board of Directors of FamGuard and its subsidiary Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited.Mr.Stubbs is General Manager of IBM Bahamas Limited,a subsidiary o f IBM International.He also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doctors Hospital Health Systems,Vice Chairman of the Salvation Army Bahamas Advisory Board,and T reasurer of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Mr.StubbscontributionstothegrowthanddevelopmentofThe Bahamasarenumerous.HehasservedasChairmanoftheGrand Bahama Port Authority,Chairman of Junior Achievement Bahamas, PresidentoftheBahamasChamberofCommerce,Presidentof theScoutAssociationofTheBahamas,andhasservedonavariety of civic and government organizations including the National InsuranceBoard.AnactiveRotarian,heiscurrentlyservingas DistrictDisasterReliefChairatRotaryInternationalDistrict 7020 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1997 Mr.Stubbs was honored by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas when he became a Member of the British Empire. He is married and has two sons. In announcing Mr.Stubbs appointment to the FamGuard and Family Guardians Boards,Mr.Boissiere notes that the Company welcomes its newest Director and the wealth of experience Mr.Stubbs brings in the areas of corporate management,information technology,and community involvement.NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.comFelix Stubbs,MBEDirector No Dermalogica product has received more awards, more recommendations, or more rave reviews from beauty editors, bloggers and skin care experts worldwide than Daily Microfoliant But dont take our word for it experience the brightening power of this gentle Rice-based exfoliant for yourself to change skin health forever.yup. its that great. www.dermal-distributions.com email@example.comTel. (242 ham said the FNM did send a young man to BambooT own in 2007 but misjudged h im. He swore on to our team and you elected him as an F NM. We misjudged him. Behind his affable smile was unbridled ambition to achievep ower. He proved not to be interested in delivering for you but rather, achieving for himself. Now he tells you the B ahamas needs new leaders hip. Well in order to lead, you must first learn to follow. Anyway, show him w hat you gat plan for him t his time, Mr Ingraham c harged. If re-elected to office, Mr I ngraham said his party would build an Opportunity Society by providing every majori sland with the infrastructure a nd services necessary to attract domestic and foreign investment. This initiative, he said will also be geared towards attracting Bahamians to also r eturn to the island. So, in our next term we will launch the Back to the I sland initiative, which will p rovide additional incentives f or those from New Providence who seek to return to t he Family Islands to start businesses and create employment. A lready, the Family Island D evelopment Act provides customs duty concessions for developments taking place in our less developed islands especially in the Southern Bahamas. In our next term in office, we will extend those concessions and introduce new i ncentives including m icroloans and other meas ures meant to spur on investment in all of our islands from G rand Bahama and Abaco to Inagua. New Providence is our c apital island. But we have a whole country to build from Inagua to the Abaco Cays. Your FNM has begun this work. We will do even more in our next term, he said. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e PMSSTRONG SUPPORTFOR BRANRIVAL BAMBOOTOWN candidate for the FNMCassius Stuart with his wife and daughter at last nights rally. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff SUPPORTERS cheer on the FNMand Hubert Ingraham last night.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012, PAGE 3 MAN DIES IN CRASH POLICE are investigating a traffic fatality that claimed the life of a father of three. The victim was identified as 31-year-old Delsworth Bucket Curry, of Wingate Drive, off Carmichael Road. The incident took place around 4.45pm Monday on Inagua Way. E yewitnesses said the victim, who was driving a motorc ycle while carrying a passenger, was riding down the street with his front wheel in the air when he was in collision with a south-bound white Nissan Sentra being driven by a woman. The victim landed on the hood of the vehicle, shattered the front windshield, then rolled onto and over the roof. He suffered extensive head and chest injuries and was rushed toh ospital in a private vehicle. He died a short time later. R OBBERY ARREST A 21-YEAR-OLD Columb us Avenue man is in police custody in connection with t he robbery of two people in the St Albans Drive area by a man with a handgun at about 9 pm on Monday. Moments later, several m embers of the community apprehended a man they believe has information about the matter, and handed him o ver to police. I nvestigating officers conducted a search in the area and found an imitation hand-g un, and a cell phone they believe had been stolen. The man was still being quest ioned last night. VICTIM SHOT IN HAND A 24-YEAR-OLD Fox Hill man was shot in the hand on M onday. The incident o ccurred at about 10.30am, as the victim was walking on Bernard Road. He was a pproached by a dark Honda occupied by three men, one of whom produced a handgun and opened fire. T he victim was taken to hospital, treated and discharged. Police are investig ating the incident. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A TEENAGER was r emanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned in Magistrates Court in connection with the countrys 12th homicide for the year. Thaddeus Williams, 19, of Hospital Lane, appearedb efore Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court Six, Nassau Street. It is alleged that he is responsible for the February 10 shooting death of 23-yearold Deshante Bain. The Scott Street resident was shot and killed outsideh is home between West S treet and Hospital Lane. W illiams was not required to enter a plea to the charge due to its nature. Chief Mag-i strate Gomez told the a ccused the prosecution w ould present him with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on May 16. T he Bill, he said, would forw ard the case directly to Supreme Court for trial. The accused was also c harged with causing grievo us harm to Anterieo Demeritte on February 6. He pleaded not guilty, on the grounds that he had acted in self-defence. H is attorney Murrio Ducille told the chief magistrate his client had been in p olice custody since last Thursday. He was severely beaten a nd you can see his face is all scratched up, he said. Mr Ducille also claimed officers tased his client in the back and in the mouth. He said Williams was only b rought before the court yesterday because his mother went to the CentralD etective Unit to check up on him. Williams told his mother he was supposed to be charged on Monday, Mr Ducille said. Chief Magistrate Gomez n oted the complaints and ordered the accused to be taken to hospital for examina-t ion and treatment. He then remanded Williams to Her Majestys Prison until the completion of his trial. The grievous harm trial b egins on July 5. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l email@example.com A SEVEN HILLS man was arraigned in Magistrates C ourt yesterday in connec tion with a $80,000 cocaine seizure in Nassau Harbour. A ntonio Baillou, 32, was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison after being arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8 Nassau Street, on the charge of drug possession with intent to supply. I t is alleged that on Sun day, February 19, while at the Bayshore Marina on East BayS treet, he was in possession of 10 pounds of cocaine, valued at $80,000. Baillou denied the allegation and pleaded not g uilty. Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethell told the accused he w as not eligible for bail due to the nature of the charge. He will return to Magis t rates Court on September 10 for trial. FREEPORT A 24-yearold Eight Mile Rock man hasb een arrested in connection w ith the discovery of a f irearm. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said Drug Enforcement Unit officers took the man in for questioning shortly before 10am on Monday. A ccording to reports, the unlicenced gun and ammu-n ition were found by a team o f officers conducting a s earch in the Holmes Rock area just after 9.30am that day. The Bahamas o wn street philosopher NEWSINBRIEF ARREST OVER GUN FIND ACCUSED DENIES COCAINE SUPPLY Teenager refused bail over 12th killing of year THADDEUSWILLIAMS is escorted into court yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
EDITOR, The Tribune. IN THE elections of the fifties and sixties, there were many complaints and allega tions of election bribery. CID officers were kept busy investigating the reports. I recall on one occasion a Member of Parliament called the commissioner to complain that we were harassing persons in his constituency with intense interrogations about bribery. The then Superintendent of the CID Mr Frank Russell, formerly of Scotland Yard, commended us for the work we were doing. He asked for assurance that we were being polite and discreet. In one of those elections, there was an allegation that the winning candidate of the United Bahamian Party in an Abaco constituency had useda private aircraft from which five pound Bahamian notes along with his election campaign leaflets were thrown. I was directed to visit Aba co and investigate. I spent a week in Abaco. I got a lot of support and information from voters in a settlement called Fire Road. I collected leaflets and some five pound notes from several persons from whom I recorded statements describing the incident. Employees at the Marsh Harbour Air port assisted me by identifying a private plane, which turned out to be the one used. Upon conclusion of the investigation I submitted a report, which contained information about the pilot and the per sons on board. A complete report was submitted to the Attorney General Mr LAW Orr, who commended my efforts and instructed that the UBP, MP... be arrested and charged. I completed my assignment by arresting and charging the MP as directed by the AG. The MP was represented by that famous Bahamian attorney the late Eugene Dupuch, QC. The trial judge warned the witnesses that they were exposed to prose cution if they admit on oath that they accepted the bribes. As a result of the warnings the witnesses declined to testify and the case was dismissed. I could not understand why the witnesses did not testify. They had our word, that they had done nothing wrong and in supporting prosecution they were not liable. I later learned, that on the evening before the trial the prosecution witnesses were in consul tation with the defence attor ney. In the coming months, our police officers are likely to be called on to investigate all sorts of contraventions of our election laws. I advise that they remember the oath of office, be circumspect, dedi cated, impartial and investigate intensively all reports made to them. Re-examine the election laws to be familiar with them and be ready for any breaches observed. PAUL THOMPSON Nassau, January 27, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. Sea Hauler Tragedy It was on that fateful day, the August 2, 2003, when the Motor Vessels United Star and Sea Hauler collided at sea. It was an August Monday holiday weekend and the Sea Hauler was full of passengers travelling to Cat Island. That day has been d escribed as the worst in mari time history in The Bahamas; d ue to the collision, four pers ons lost their lives and 25 w ere injured, some seriously, l osing limbs. What did the Christie-led P LP Government do at the time to help the many victims a nd their families? Absolutely nothing! I n fact, more than three years later, the then Ministry of Transport & Aviation released a statement on the D ecember 22, 2006, days b efore Christmas and another new year following the tragedy, stating among other t hings that, The government will continue to take all legal avenues to resolve this matter. All part ies are encouraged to join with the government in seeking a resolution to this matteri n a manner consistent with the law of the land. In plain language, the PLP did nothing, and worse, intended to do nothing to, as they say, wipe the tear from e very eye of the victims and their families. The PLP had a n opportunity to give real meaning to those words and d emonstrate care and compassion. Instead, they did n othing. The above statement b y the then PLP government w as in response, at the time, t o demands for compensation by the families and the injured persons. It was the FNM govern ment, led by the Rt Hon H ubert A Ingraham, just a y ear after being elected on the May 2, 2007, that set up a fund of $1 million to truly relieve some of the suffering o f the victims and their famil ies of the tragic Sea Hauler i ncident. Not only did the compassionate and progressive FNM government make the $1 mil-l ion available to the victims and their families, it also agreed to have the past and f uture medical expenses i ncurred at any governmental health facility be paid by the government. S traw Market We are reminded of the Straw Market fire on the Sep-t ember 4, 2001, a mere eight m onths before the May, 2002 general elections. While the FNM was in government, in the months leading up to the general elections, the Christiel ed PLP strongly criticized it f or not rebuilding the market. Ironically though, the Christie-led PLP won theM ay, 2002, election and for five years to the day, May, 2007, they failed to rebuild t he market. Incredibly, they d id not even commence its reconstruction! And they had the brass to make an issue of e ight months! Worse, the same make-shift and intended temporary arrangements the FNM gov e rnment put in place for the straw vendors during the e ight-month period, remained t heir workplace for the dura tion of the PLPs term from 2002-2007. W e all know that it was this compassionate and progressive FNM government, in this term, during the worst eco nomic conditions the world has faced since the Great Depression of 1929, rebuilt t he market for the straw ven dors who had to endure the elements in the same intendedt emporary arrangement over five years under the PLP government. It is an irony, because in the main, the straw vendors (not all of them) are thought to be supporters of the PLP. But the PLP did nothing for them. It took an FNM government to wipe away the tears of every straw vendor and to bring true relief to all of them. Education T he opportunity for tertiary e ducation has been a thorny i ssue in this country because t he prevailing view under the 2 5-year governance of the P indling-led PLP, was that unless you were connected to t he PLP in some way you need not apply. Famous w ords of the PLP today. Today, many qualified B ahamians regardless of par ty affiliation receive scholarships, funds that are not repaid. If you meet the acade mic criteria, you can receive a t least $7,500 and up to $40,000 per year to study abroad for a four-year degree. N o questions asked about who your family might be, or who you may know in the governing party. Due to the F NM government those days are gone, and thankfully so. The Christie-led PLP gove rnment awarded a grand total of $1.7 million in scholarship funds from 2002-2007. The current FNM government awarded, inclusive of the current school year, $28 m illion in scholarships! In fact, this school year alone m ore than $8 million has been awarded. That is almost five t imes the entire term of the Christie government and 20 t imes that of their last year! S o whos for the small m an? The facts speak ever m ore loudly than all the PLP talk: Hubert Ingraham and the Free National Movement. MICHAEL A FOULKES S ecretary General, FNM N assau, February 8, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 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 AS GOVERNMENTS bicker over w ho should do what to slow the pace of g lobal warming, the UNs climate chief is i ncreasingly looking to business leaders to s how the way forward to a low-carbon future. Christiana Figueres told The Associated Press that her efforts to reach out to h igh-profile executives from companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Virgin G roup represent a deeper recognition o f the fact that the private sector can con tribute in a decisive way. Since the start of 2012, the Costa Rican head of the UN climate agency h as met corporate leaders at the World E conomic Forum in Davos and on a cruise to Antarctica organised by Nobel P eace Prize laureate and former US Vice-President Al Gores Climate Real ity Project. Im hoping to accelerate what I call the push and pull process, Figueres told the AP in a phone interview Tuesday fromh er agencys secretariat in Bonn, Ger many. Governments act as a pull factor by shaping the policies that promote green t echnology and help renewable energy sources like solar and wind power compete with the fossil fuels that scientists s ay contribute to global warming through the release of greenhouse gas es. But the companies, particularly these very, very high-powered companies that ... have the ear of many of the decision-mak ers and the opinion leaders of different c ountries, they can act as a push factor, Figueres said. She mentioned Walmart, Coca-Cola a nd Unilever as examples of companies that have looked at their own production and up and down their value chain for ways to reduce their carbon foot p rints. Underscoring the focus on businesses, the UN climate agency last month launched an online database showcasing examples of companies making efforts to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. The heightened attention to the role of corporations in addressing climate change c omes amid a realisation that the twod ecade-old UN climate talks are unlikely t o achieve the goal of keeping temperat ures from rising more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit preindustrial levels. Scientists predict further warming c ould lead to severe damage from extreme weather, droughts, floods and r ising seas. L ast year, governments agreed to draw up a new climate pact by 2015 that would enter into force five years later. But major hurdles remain, including t he difficulty in getting the United States t o sign up to legally binding emissions cuts. T he US doesnt want to commit to a binding deal unless it also imposes strict emissions targets on China and India,w hile the latter insist their targets should be more lenient because, historically, the West has a bigger share of the blame form an-made warming. Figueres said it is up to the US electorate to decide in the presidential election this year how they would like to s ee their national leadership treat this issue. However, there are no signs from the p residential campaigns that the US stance is going to soften. Republican candidates have expressed doubt over, or flat-outr ejected, the notion that human activities contribute to warming. And Democratic President Barack Oba ma, facing Republican criticism for locking u p the nations energy resources, has embraced increased oil and gas production on the campaign trail. What is always astonishing to me is how the US citizen is willing to diminish the possibility that the United States has to be a leader in the technologies of the f uture, Figueres said. And it also has implications for the world. Because this world would profit from the technical and intellectual capacity that is in the United States. This article is by Karl Ritter of the Associated Press Is the PLP for the small man? LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org UNclimate chief turns to CEOs for action K eep a close eye on breaches of election la w
B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com F REEPORT Opposition Leader Perry Christie said by the time the PLP left office in 2007 it had created more t han 20,000 jobs, and the B ahamas was among the labour leaders in the region w ith an unemployment rate of only 7.6 per cent. We created 22,000 jobs! Mr Christie told supporters i n West End last Friday. In f act, thats a conservative esti mate. T he PLP leader said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham continues to attack the opposition unfairly and make mis l eading comments about the PLPs accomplishments in office. The Prime Minister said t hat the PLP likes to reap, not to sow. But when he denigrates my governments accomplishments, he denigrates the many great Bahamians who worked bym y side, who contributed their talents and vision and hard work to their country, Mr Christie said. He said labour survey sta tistics can confirm that 22,000 jobs were created during the PLPs term in office. Mr Prime Minister, put on your reading glasses look at the labour survey of theD epartment of Statistics You can look it up. We created that many jobs and more, Christie said. He also stated that the PLP built 1,400 homes, a record number of classrooms, and invested tens of millions in Bahamian entrepreneurs. According to Mr Christie, the PLP achieved big things and had more big projects underway in 2007. In Grand Bahama, he said, the FNM reaped the benefits of PLPs achievements, including some $40 million in stamp tax from the sale of Vopak after much of the due d iligence work on the buyer was completed and approvalf or sale granted by the PLP g overnment. He said the FNM also reaped the benefits of the construction of the College of t he Bahamas northern cam p us. Mr Christie said when the P rime Minister officially opened the Bahamas Brewery, it had already been approved and 90 per cent c omplete. My government sowed the seeds to expand educational o pportunities for thousands of Bahamians, he added. Mr Christie listed several major developments started u nder the PLP, such as the Ginn Sur Mer anchor project in West End, the I-Group project in Mayaguana, Bah M ar, and the $400 million Lynden Pindling International Airport redevelopment. Mr Christie said when the FNM came to office, it delayed PLP projects andc ontracts and came up with phony excuses for doing so. Can you imagine they did this even as the global reces sion was tightening its grip on the Bahamian economy? When Bahamians needed jobs more than ever, they stopped or delayed projects for political reasons, he said. Mr Christie said the FNM m ade the recession worse and mismanaged the economy. He noted that unemployment is well over 20 per cent in Grand Bahama, where one in three people are out of work. He said the middle class has suffered the most, as many homes are in foreclosure. By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquest has failed the entire nation through his inability to stop crime, PLP leader Perry Christie said. Speaking at a Mt Moriah constituency rally on Saturday, Mr Christie encouragedthe crowd to vote for PLP candidate Arnold Forbes, who is running against the incumbent Mr Turnquest. He placed blame on the FNM and Mr Turnquest for high levels of crime over the past five years. Not only has Tommy Turnquest failed you as your member of parliament, hes failed the entire nation as minister of national security. The statistics are terrible murder records set in four out of five years, murders have doubled during this FNM term, hundreds of murders and rapes, thousands of armed robberies, violent crime up across the board, Mr Christie said. Every violent crime leaves behind a terrible legacy shattered lives, broken families, an angry community. The worst thing is that this tsuna mi of violence sweeping our nation was never inevitable. Because you know and I know, an important reason for the escalation of crime in the Bahamas is poor gover nance. According to Mr Christie, the FNM played politics when they ended pioneering, award-winning PLP anticrime programmes such as Urban Renewal, Swift Justice, Witness Protection, and School Policing. One sign a nation is in trouble is when a central government is so weak and ineffective it has no control over spreading criminality, Mr Christie said. Tommy T has demonstrated time and again he is too weak and ineffective to put the brakes on crime. He claimed Mr Turnquest blamed senior police officers for crime and caused highly experienced law enforcement officers to be sidelined when they should have been on the front line. Then he suggested we shouldnt be too concerned about the murders because its all down to bad boys. What kind of foolishness is that from the man who is supposed to be leading the nations war on crime? Does he even bother to find out about the murder victims the pregnant woman, the pilot, the charity worker, the witness, the caring older brother, the struggling young mother... do those sound like bad boys to you? Mr Christie asked. Mr Turnquest also spoke Saturday at the Special Annual Service for Law Enforcement Officers and Civil Ser vants at Centreville Seventhday Adventist Church. There, he thanked law enforcement officers, as well as civil servants, for their ser vice to the country. We must all continually offer encouragement and prayer for our law enforcement officers who we hold accountable for keeping and maintaining the peace in our society. These officers lay their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe, Mr Turnquest said. He also acknowledged the high crime levels and said it is up to the Bahamas as a whole to turn the tide. We are all aware of the unacceptable level of crime and anti-social behaviour in our society and our law enforcement agencies are indeed doing their part to stem the tide, but it is incumbent upon all of us to play our part, he said. Each of us must take our personal responsibility seriously, and those of us with children must accept parental responsibility. We must not condone wrong-doing in any form, we must not cloak criminals, and we must not accept or purchase stolen goods. We must also not allow our children to roam aimlessly all hours of the day and night. Each of us, we have to do our part. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012, PAGE 5 B y DANA SMITH d email@example.com THE governing FNMs smear campaign against the opposition is nothing more than an effort to distract fromthe soaring crime level, PLP deputy leader Philip Brave Davis claimed last night. S peaking at the opening of the PLPs Fort Charlotte constituency office, he said the oppositions category five hurricane of a campaign has the FNM on the run. They are ashamed of their record of running the country almost into the ground having held office for 15 oft he last 20 years, Mr Davis said. He said Mr Ingraham spent much of his time last week rehashing old stories and taking the low road, all in an attempt to distract you the Bahamian people away from t he real issues that impact your lives today. Responding the prime ministers statement that in his private capacity as a lawyer, Mr Davis spends a lot of time defending those on the offending side of crime, the PLP deputy leader said rep resenting people charged with a criminal offence does not contribute to the crime rate. The state of the economy, on the other hand, is direct ly linked to the prevalence of crime, he said. Only the PLP has pre sented ideas for reducing viol ence, for putting Bahamians first, and for expanding our economy, he said. Should the PLP win, they will modernise and upgrade classrooms, create jobs for architects, engineers, and green energy experts, and start a Worker Retraining Ini tiative which will dramati c ally expand access to retraining programmes and work opportunities, he said. Mr Davis encouraged the constituents to vote for PLP candidate Andre Rollins who believes in safe streets and investing in Bahamians. H e added: Fort Charlotte, it is time to register. I need every one of you under the sound of my voice, whether by radio or at this rally tonight, who have not done so as yet, to do so now in order to get rid of the FNM. M r Laing ran away from M arco City to Fort Charlotte thinking (constituents wouldnt know about his failure as a minister and MP. But you have to let him know that you know, Mr Christie said to constituents. And you have to let him know that youre not interested in castoffs or castaways. The opposition leader c laimed Mr Laing helped the Prime Minister run the n ational debt up to unprecedented levels and has done the same with unemployment. One out of every three young Bahamians is now outo f work. The economy is in an absolute mess. You can t hank Zhivargo Laing for being a major contributor to that. He needs to pack his political bags and clear out. The country has had enougho f him and of Hubert Ingrah am. Mr Christie said its time for the FNM to go as they are in denial of a Standards and Poors report that shows they made the recession worse bys topping, reviewing, and canc eling PLP projects. In defence of recent FNM claims of corruption within the PLP, Mr Christie called the claims recycled. He said: They want to talk a bout corruption? With both h ands and both feet inside the cookie jar, they have the nerve, gumption, temerity and the hypocrisy to recycle false a nd already disproved allegations against the PLP? Let me tell you something, my friends, they are going to regret it. They surely are. T hese allegations mirror t he FNMs 2007 campaign, Mr Christie said. At the last election they made a wild bunch of allegations against the PLP but couldnt find any wrong-doings, he claimed. Either their investigations t urn up nothing, or they dont even bother investigating their own inventions and lies. Mr Christie also told constituents the PLP is working to get a Public AccountsC ommittee report which i nvestigated the roadworks fiasco. The FNM has been working overtime to suppress the report, he said. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e PLP PUTS BLAME ON ZHIVARGO BERNARDNOTTAGE a ddresses the crowd a t last nights rally in F ort Charlotte. Davis says smears are to distract from crime OPPOSITION: WE CREATED 22,0OO JOBS TURNQUEST HAS FAILED NATION PHILIP DAVIS has accused the FNM o f a smear campaign in order to shift the focus away from the soaring crime level.
THE Bahamas Hot Rod Association paid a visit to M inister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard to discuss the construction oft heir new racing track. T he associations original track was one of the facilities demolished to make way for t he Sports Centre Redevel opment Project. Mr Maynard said the mast er plan for the sports centre includes a new track, which will run parallel to road Cor ridor 9. We are pleased today to welcome them to discuss the commencement of that part of the Phase 1 project and we expect that, within the next two weeks, work will begin on the new state-of-the-art hot rod facility that is going to include a number of new amenities, Mr Maynard said. It is going to be able to be internationally certified, thereby attracting international hot rod events to the country, in pursuit of our development of sports t ourism. President of the Bahamas Hot Rod Association ElwoodD onaldson thanked the mini ster and Director of Sports Tim Munnings for the meet ing. We are appreciative in being a part of Phase 1, building us a state-of-the-art race-t rack facility, he said. Racing will soon be returning to the Bahamas. A lot of the local drivers and some of our international partners are looking forward to this. We thank the government for keeping us abreast of all the developments and assisting us in the development of our new facility. Mr Maynard added: We look forward to the project being started shortly and the facility being completed in the course of this calendar year. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE say they want to stress the importance of sufficient security at hotels in the wake of two tourists claiming money was stolen from their room at the Nassau PalmH otel on West Bay Street. Central Division commanding officer Supt Stephen Dean said the hotels security measures are being examined as investigators continue a p rocess of elimination to get to the bottom of the allegations. H e said: What we are asking them to do is to put more s ecurity measures in place to p revent that sort of thing from happening, to in a sense safeguard themselves. L ast week, Mr Dean a ssured the public that that Nassau Palm Hotel had seen no recent or recurring problems with breaking and entering before the incident in question. T he last complaints of t heft from rooms at the Royal Palm were in 2005 and 2007, according to pressr eports. Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace admitt ed that his ministry was conc erned about the Bahamas' reputation after the story went public particularly ast he victims were said to work for a popular vacation magazine. He said: Now that there is a story out there that says travel journalists got robbed in the Bahamas, we are veryc oncerned. Ministry spokesperson Clarence Rolle issued a statement this week saying tourism officials take very seriously any complaint by guests of the i slands of the Bahamas. The ministry also encourages our partners such as hotels to dot he same. He added that while assist ance was offered to the robb ery victims, police were not able to gather sufficient evidence to bring charges against a nyone. O n Tuesday, February 14, Californian Sharon Cum mings said her visit to Nassau quickly turned into a nightmare after $900 was stolen from a safe in the room she s hared with her husband. T his week, Mrs Cummings again contacted The Tribune by email to clarify she and her h usbands relationship with various US-based travel websites. S he said: We travel a great d eal and seek out budget sites. We focus on Mexico, Belize and Caribbean islandsa nd nations. When we find exceptional values, beauty or issues, I submit our findings to various places; Budget Travel Magazine, Frommers, Fodors and numerous popular websites. T his came after it was initially reported that she wrote for Budget Travel Magazine. However, according to the Ministry of Tourism, the publication issued the following s tatement to local officials: Sharon Cummings was not on assignment for ArthurF rommers Budget Travel. In fact, we have no record of her e ver having worked for the m agazine. In her email, Mrs Cummings listed the websites to w hich she plans to submit a w rite-up on the incident, including Trip Advisor, Trav el Worm, Travelocity, Frommers, Fodors, Bahama.com, the US state Department website, and anyone else she c an think of. The incident has already been submitted to Expedia, as they were our bookinga gent, she said. Messages left for the management of the Nassau Palm H otel were not returned b efore press time last night.D ASERVICE of dedication was held for the new sanctuary at the Evangelistic Tem-p le on Collins Avenue and F ourth Terrace East. The service was attended b y the Prime Minister and a number of cabinet members, as welll as the Governor-Gene ral, Sir Arthur Foulkes, and his wife, Lady Foulkes, pictured right T he Prime Minister gave a s peech during the service, p raising the temple for its w ork. Opposition leader Perry C hristie was also present and gave a speech to the packed t emple. M INISTER OF YOUTH, S ports and Culture Charles Maynard poses with executive members of the Bahamas Hot Rod Association (BHRA tured (from leftc er Leslie Crawley; Sports Director Tim Munnings; Minister Maynard; BHRA president Elwood Donaldson and association directors Michael Sweeting and Clint Harding. Photo: Eric Rose /BIS Police stress hotel safety after theft case HOT RODDERS LOOKING T O BRING BACK RA CING Sanctuary Dedication
THE $27.3 million interna t ional airport terminal, air traffic control tower and fire/ crash rescue facility under c onstruction in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is nearing com pletion. The old 3,315 square foot b uilding is being replaced with a 24,000 square foot sin gle storey structure immedia tely west of the existing terminal. The state-of the-art facility w ill have the capacity to process around 200,000 passengers a year. We have a lot to be done, s aid contractor Fletcher McIntosh. In order to be fin ished there is some rough work that needs to be done. The airports design incor porates a taxi call-up and publ ic parking area; offices for police, security and airport managers; concession stands, and a combined domestic and international departure lounge. Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant said it is expected that the $4 million air traffic control tower will be manned by Abaco nians. There is a recruitment programme going on as we speak so they can be trained in time to occupy the tower on completion of the build ing, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012, PAGE 7 DELINQUENT BEC a ccounts led to City Market stores across New Providence h aving their electricity turned off on Monday, but Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said he is unaware of any difficulties the supermarket chain might be experiencing. Y esterday, Mr Foulkes said as far as he knows all the s tores are functioning properly. He said: I am not aware of any difficulties City Markets is now having, I have not been in communication with t hem for over a month. Speaking with The Tribune o n Monday evening, BEC chairman Michael Moss confirmed the corporation had been in discussions with the supermarket chain, which was seriously delinquent on a n umber of accounts. I receive a report of all l arge delinquent accounts, and I do recall seeing at least four of City Markets accounts that had significant balances, he said. City Market now operates f our locations in Nassau: the Seagrape Shopping Centre, S outh Beach, Harbour Bay and Cable Beach. The Lyford Cay and Rosetta Street stores closed in August, their leases having come to an end. N ot long after that, the Freeport and Eight Mile R ock stores in Grand Bahama closed permanently. Up to press time last night, Mr Moss could not be reached for an update. use the restroom. However the accused was gone when the officer returned. The police and the prisons internal affairs unit are inves tigating. The last prisoner to escape from PMH was 28-year-old Dorian Ambrister, on December 13. Ambrister was serving a 27month sentence for stealing from a shop. Although he was outfitted with leg restraints and on 24-hour guard, he escaped the healthcare facility by jumping through a bath room window. Ambrister was shot in the buttocks by prison officers on Dowdswell Street a short time later. Inquiries placed to Superintendent Elliston Rahming over whether the latest escape has sparked possible changes to security measures for prisoners receiving medical treat ment were unreturned last night. Green is a former resident of Carmichael Road and was described to have a medium build, dark brown skin, and height of 5ft 11ins. Anyone with information that may assist in Greens recapture should contact police at 919, the Criminal Detective Unit at 502-9991, or Crime Stoppers at 328TIPS. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e ROBBERY SUSPECT ESCAPES AS GUARD TAKES TOILET BREAK MINISTER UNAWARE OF DIFFICULTIES FACED BY CITY MARKET STORES Airport for Abaco nears completion N EKO GRANT ( first from right) and his team inspect drawings of the new international airport. Also pictured, from left, are: John Canton, Works director; Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; Cephas Cooper, A baco administrator; and Fletcher McIntosh, contractor. CONTRACTOR Fletcher McIntosh makes a point to Minister Neko Grant during a tour of the new airport facility.Photos: Letisha Henderson /BIS PUBLIC WORKS and Transport Minister Neko Grant outside the terminal, above, and, right, with contractor Fletcher McIntosh in front of the fire/crash rescue facility.
A NEW book by former A ntiquities, Monuments & M useums Corporation chief Keith Tinker collates everything we need to know about regional migration to the Bahamas from prehistoric times to the present. Tinker, 57, is a historian who led the AMMC from its inception in 1998 until last year. Before that he was a civ-i l servant in the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Co-operatives, also teaching part-time at the College of the Bahamas. He holds degrees in history from West Indies College in Jamaica, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida State University. T he Migration of Peoples f rom the Caribbean to the B ahamas was published last y ear by University Press of Florida. Unfortunately, although it is only 200 pages with no photographs, the hardback edition is expensiveover $70 retail which will l imit its accessibility. T he entire history of the Caribbean is based on a series of migrations, and Tinker docu ments most of them. His i nterest was sparked by the relatively large West Indian presence here Trinidadian p rison overseers, Barbadian policemen, Haitian tailors, J amaican teachers and Guyanese surveyors and the lack of available scholarship on the subject. Tinker looks at Bahamian identity within a regional context, and includes a historical summary of migration from English-speaking countries in the West Indies since Emancipation. He explores the influence of Spanish and British impe-r ialism on Bahamian settlem ent since the 15th century, describing the indigenous p opulation at the time of the discovery. The Lucayans ( as they were called) were t hemselves uninvited immigrants, their ancestors havi ng island-hopped through the region from South America, arriving here in the 9th century AD, when the V ikings were rampaging across Europe. T here is no definite evidence of any earlier human p opulation in the Bahamas. And after the Lucayans were annihilated by the Spanish within a couple of decades, the islands were deserted until the arrival of English religious dissidents from Bermuda in the mid-1600s. This was the first of several waves of modern immigration, reaching forward to the present. Those waves of migrants included white and blackA merican loyalists who a rrived with their slaves in the late 1700s, Africans liberated f rom slave ships by the Royal Navy in the first decades of t he 19th century, and a series o f lesser known migrations from within the region itself w hich form the main subject of this book. These included Barbadians recruited in the late 1800s as c onstables to replace the West I ndian Regiment troops stationed here, Turks Islanders who came to work in the lumber industry during the first half of the 20th century, WestI ndian artisans who filled l abour shortages during the 1920s construction boom, increasing numbers of Haitian economic refugees from the 1950s, Jamaican teachers and Guyanese professionalsr ecruited from the 1960s. T inker places migration to the Bahamas within a wider historical context of regional migration, explaining the influence of our close inks with the United States in forming anti-West Indian sen-t iment. He also concludes that an official process of social acceptance and systematic assimilation could begin to solve the Haitian problem a nd build a Bahamian ident ity that is more in tune with current reality. A fter taking us through the f amiliar historical summary, Tinker offers some interesti ng insights into the experiences of immigrants, throughl ittle known anecdotes and i nterviews. B eginning in the 1890s, t here were three small waves of Barbadian immigration. Those recruited as constables t o replace the West Indian Regiment were at first the o bjects of distrust and animosity among black Bahamians, until the Police Act of 1908 successfully amalgamated the local police and param ilitary constabulary. D uring the 1920s, Barbadia n artisans responded to opportunities created by the tourism and real estate boomo f the prohibition years, working on the constructiono f new hotels, private homes a nd public projects. They cont ributed substantially to the apprenticeship system under which many Bahamians were t rained. The late politician, Sir Clement Maynard (father of Senator Allyson Maynard), w as the son of one of these immigrants a builder who came here after working in Panama and Cuba. The third group were recruited as police and prisono fficers in the 1950s, and many subsequently transferred to other sectors of the civil service. Tinker reportst hat the Barbadian experi ence in the Bahamas exemplified an unassuming mod esty in the face of obviously significant contributions to the development of their adopted country. J amaican immigration also became prominent in the 1920s, with most coming from C uba but others from the Canal Zone. Some were recruited as policemen, including the father of Sir Lynden Pindling, the first prime minister of the independent Bahamas. But many others entered illegally and were routinely deported after the economic boom collapsedi n the 1930s. S ome 1800 workers were employed on the construction of the New Colonial Hotel in the 1920s, and most of the West Indians were Jamaican. Tinker reports that these men organized strikes when theyl earned that Cuban workers were being paid more for the s ame work. And Jamaican immigrants also helped to facilitate Marcus Garveys appearance at a large political rally in Nassau in 1928. During this time, the government recruited a numbero f Jamaicans as agricultural t rainers, including a horticulturist named Leonard Jervisw ho organized the agricultur al research station and plant n ursery near Fort Charlotte, w hich later became the B otanic Gardens. Today his g randson, Tony, is a leading preservation architect in Nas sau. B ut most Bahamians will want to read this book for thec omprehensive background it p rovides on the Haitian m igration to the Bahamas from the 1700s onwards. Until the 1950s, migration between Haiti and the Bahamas represented a reci-p rocal and constant flow of h uman traffic, Tinker says. A fter 1804, when the Haitians a chieved the first successful slave revolt in history, a number of white and colored refugees resettled in theB ahamas for one reason or another. Among the most successful were Edward Laroda and Stephen Dillett, who became t he first non-whites to be e lected to the Bahamian House of Assembly monu mental accomplishments in a p eriod when slavery had only j ust been abolished. In the late 1800s, Haitians began a small but constant migration to the southern Bahamas in search of work, a nd the Bahamian presence i n northern Haiti was also h igh during this period. Some Haitians in Inagua married Bahamians and produced families, two notable issues b eing our current governorg eneral, Sir Arthur Foulkes, and the acclaimed actor Sid ney Poitier. Other common AngloFrench names like Bodie, D eleveaux, Dupuch, Duvalier, Godet, Moree and Marche attest to the large Haitian influence in the B ahamas. There is even a strong belief that former Haitian dictator Francois Duvalier was born in the southern islands. The modern phase of Haitian immigration began in the 1940s, when some 5,000 Bahamians a year were recruited to work in the US, replacing Americans fighting overseas. A Haitian consul was appointed in Nassau in 1948, as Haitians flocked to fill jobs left vacant by Bahamian migrants to the US. In 1955, Tinker reports that relations between Haiti and the Bahamas were cordial enough for Tribune editor Etienne Dupuch to lobby both governments to include Nassau in then Haitian President Paul Magloires international tour. But Bahamian attitudes towards Haitians quickly hardened. Sporadic round-ups and deportations began in the late 1950s coinciding with increasing political instabili ty in Haiti. As we became more prosperous and condi tions worsened in Haiti under the Duvalier dictatorship, the familiar pattern of thousands of Haitian boat people seeking a better life in the Bahamas took hold. By 1960, the Tribune was referring to this influx as an invasion. In 1963, a new immigration act specifically targeted Hait ian migrants, increasing penal ties, giving immigration officers police powers, and requiring Haitian vessels to officially enter the Bahamas at Matthew Town, Inagaua. But when the predominantly black PLP replaced the predominantly white UBP regime in 1967 the talk turned to regularizing and integrat i ng Haitians rather than expelling them. Critics accused the PLP of seeking to create sympathetic Haitian voting blocs in out island communities a charge which continues to be made today on both sides of the political divide. This liberal attitude was s hort-lived, however, as the s cale of popular anger against the migrants became clear. After the PLPs re-election in 1968, the government began to crackdown on illegal immigration, with system-a tic raids on Haitian communities and interception of H aitian sloops at sea. By this time, even Premier Lynden Pindling was referring to the influx as an invasion. In 1973, the independence constitution restricted the eligibility of many childrenb orn of Haitian and other f oreign parents in the Bahamas to claim citizen-s hip. As a result, Tinker says, Many young HaitianB ahamians became traumat ised by their preclusion f rom participation in local s ocial, economic and political activities. We are see ing the consequences of this p lay out today. Tinker points to Bahamian c omplicity in this supposedly u nwanted migration. Many d emand increased repatriation exercises, yet continue to hire the illegal aliens to perform menial tasks at low wages. It appears that as longa s the Bahamas remains stab le and Haiti continues to e xperience political and econ omic maladies the Haitian problem will persist. After Haitians, Turks Islanders are the largest groupo f West Indian immigrants to the Bahamas, mostly due to the fact that the two countries are geographically united and socially identical. This migrat ion began on a small scale in t he 1890s when men were contracted at Long Cay and Inagua to work on freighterss ailing from the US east coast t o the Caribbean and Central America. Some also found work in the salt industry at Inagua, but most Turks Islanders were r ecruited to work in the A merican-owned logging i ndustry, which began in the early years of the 20th century. By 1953 the logging camp at Pine Ridge (where Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham w as born) was the largest community on Grand Bahama with a total of 1800 workers, most from the Turks& Caicos. I n 1968, the new PLP government discontinued unification talks with the Turks & Caicos and enacted laws to r estrict the entry of Turks Islanders. They also began arresting and deporting those already here, especially from Inagua. At the time, many of these migrants were considered opposition supporters. However, as Tinker notes, although Turks & Caicos Islanders constitute the second largest West Indian immigrant group in the Bahamas, their assimilation is so complete as to make them virtually indistinguishable from the average Bahamian. Bahamian intolerance towards Haitians is primarily an expression of fear that overwhelming numbers of Haitian immigrants will even tually supplant Bahamian cul ture, Tinker says. Equally threatening to the average Bahamian are the increasing demands that Haitians place on social institutions. He argues that Bahamian leaders instead of fostering assimilation into a pluralistic society have produced a society of separate and unequal ethnic groups. This is clearly demonstrated by the social inclusion of Turks Islanders and the social exclu sion of Haitians. In his summation, Tinker reiterates the fact that all Bahamians are descendants of immigrants, noting that The balance of power may eventually, and perhaps irrev ocably, shift towards domi nance by present-day minori ties. Bahamian lawmakers must begin the process of assimilating all West Indian migrants including Haitians into all aspects of national development. What do you think? Send comments to email@example.com or visit www.bahamapundit.com. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The history of migration
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012, PAGE 9 change position to tip the scale in favour of the prose-c ution or defence. The prosecution alleged that on the morning of A ugust 13, 2010, McCartney killed Ms Swain, whose body was found on a track road. M s Swain, of Thatch Palm A venue, Pinewood Gardens, was found in an area off Faith Avenue South just after7 .30am that Friday. According to testimony, the victim, along with two female c ousins, had caught a ride from a club on Soldier Road with a man driving a Mitsubishi Mirage. T he cousins, who lived 10 minutes walking distance from Ms Swain in PinewoodG ardens, were dropped off. However, Ms Swain never made it home and was laterf ound dead by police. Testimony from pathologist Dr Caryn Sands revealed thec ause of death to be blunt force injuries to the head, tor so and extremities. The physician said Chrishonda had received multiple cuts and bruises to her head, along with multiple skull fract ures, muscle tearing and internal bleeding in the left eye and brain. The severity of the force injuries had c aused her left temple bone to depress into her brain. At the close of the trial, d efence attorney Ramona Farquharson-Seymour con tended that the prosecution h ad not proven its case against her client. Mrs Farquharson-Seymour told the jury the only pur p orted evidence against her client is an alleged confession and a purported ID of P hillip McCartneys car. She added that DNA evidence did not put her clientn ear the body of Chrishonda S wain and contended her client is innocent of the crime. Lead prosecutor Jillian W illiams, assisted by Raquel Whyms, argued that the police performed well in their investigation considering the circumstances, and refuted suggestions the officers weren ot thorough or were trying to frame McCartney. She noted that he was not the only suspect questioned in connection with the incident. R egarding the claim his confession was forced, Ms Williams said a videotape of McCartney's confession s howed otherwise. After Justice Bernard Turner spent five hours yest erday summarising the evi dence given throughout trial, he excused the jury to delib e rate and decide a verdict, which they did after three hours. However, when they r eturned to court, the foreman announced the 6-6 guilty verdict. To be convicted of m urder, the verdict would need to be a unanimous 12-0. Had McCartney not beenf ound guilty of murder, the n ext possible charged would have been manslaughter. Though this was not to be ast he jury were hung on the murder verdict, which would call for a retrial of the matter. Justice Turner thanked and dismissed the two men-tenw omen jury. McCartney was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. rescind its voluntary recognition of the BHCAWU on Monday. A lthough Mr Foulkes has m aintained that there are no legal provisions that speak to the terms of voluntary recognition, union officials claim the decision disregarded due process and represented ano utright attack on the 300 KFC workers. Staff were given until tomorrow to accept new employment terms and conditions set by KFC Nassau or face termination. B HCAWU vice president Darren Woods said: The attorneys are dealing with it.We have a difficulty with what they have done. We dont see anything in law to s upport what theyve done. [On Monday] they issued t erms and conditions that if t hey dont sign by Thursday, they dont have a job? Thats i ntimidation of workers. T here are some things that you just dont do, Mr Woods added. Restaurants Bahamas Limi ted, the Nassau franchise owner, declined to comment f urther on the matter yesterd ay. The labour agreement between the two parties expired on September 24, 2011, and negotiations on an ew agreement began in December. T he drastic cancellation to break union ties followed five months of stagnant negotiations over crucial "financial points of contention",a ccording to KFC Nassau spokesman, who explainedt he decision was the only option to save the Nassau franchise and employee jobs. The fast-food chain has argued that its current wagea nd benefits package is "two times higher than all other fast food brands". In a release on Monday, KFC Nassau stated that it has offered employees a package that maintains their existing w ages and includes a guaranteed 7.5 hour work day. H owever, Mr Woods said the union had already agreed to no salary increases and hadi dentified benefits they were w illing to sacrifice. H e added that the new package was never proposed a t the negotiating table. Mr Woods said: The last meeting was two weeks ago.W e sent them our position after speaking to employees and the manager said I will call you. The next communic ation I got was the [cancel lation] letter. [At the negotiating table] they wanted us to agree to am inimum of 4 hours for employees with the man-a gement to choose those hours. We couldnt agree to that, we are not prepared to take our people back, he said. L ast night, both Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson and John Pin-d er, presidents of the Trade Union Congress and Bahamas Public Service Union respectively, called for the strengthening of labourl aws in the country. Mrs Isaacs-Dotson said: This has set bad precedent for workers in this country. How can you as an employer get up one morning and say ok Im not getting my way l ets just take away their rights. Whether it is recognized voluntarily or through the minister, [the company] grant-e d it, theres a process. How c an you be that callous and c old with 300 workers? Mr Pinder added: I think t he quicker employers accept unions as partners and not enemies the better it will bef or both sides. Too often companies look at unions as trying to dig into net profits but were just tryi ng to get the maximum ben efits for our members. late Monday evening the u nion applied to be certified as the bargaining agent for KFC staff, which the minister approved on the advice of the A ttorney Generals Office. He said: I am hopeful that management will agree to m eet with the union today and continue negotiations; from our point of view theya re the recognised bargaining agents for the workers at KFC. While the Industrial Relat ions Act requires management to meet with staff, Mr Foulkes said there are no pro v isions that speak to the legal ity of KFC cancelling their voluntary union recognition. H e said: I want to make it c lear. The law is silent on the point as to whether the action is legal or not. A s a mediator, Mr Foulkes said he cannot take sides on the matter. He is responsible f or facilitating negotiations and cannot dictate on either side what to agree to. I will continue to be engaged with both sides and I would like to encourage both management and the uniont o sit down and continue negotiations, to have the matter resolved quickly, he said. In a press statement issued earlier this week, KFC Nassau explained the decision tob reak union ties followed five months of stagnant negotiations over crucial financial points of contention. T he decision means that KFC Nassau will no longer m eet, consult or engage with t he union on matters pertain ing to the terms and condi tions of the company's work e rs, the release said. As a result of the cancellation, KFC Nassau will be dealing directly with its indi v idual employees regarding their terms and conditions of employment. T he labour agreement between the two parties expired on September 24,2 011, and negotiations on a n ew agreement began in December. The fast-food chain has argued that its current wage and benefits package is two times higher than all otherf ast food brands. In an unusual move earlier this month, Restaurants( Bahamas) posted a newspaper advertisement detailing the staffs wage and benefits package compared to its com-p etitors. Staff salaries were said to be between 79 to 92.5 per cent higher than its fast food industry competitors. The notice also suggested t hat KFC employees enjoyed other benefits not provided by its competitors, including pension fund paym ents, health and welfare benefits, a Christmas bonus, p aid birthday, long service p ayment and an employee aid fund. While admitting that the c ancellation was drastic, a KFC spokesman explained the decision was the only option to save the Nassauf ranchise and employee jobs. KFC Nassau said it is now "forced to unilaterally offer i ts employees an employment package that maintains their existing wages and a guaran-t eed 7.5 hour work day". It w as also added that a volun tary severance package will be considered for staff that do not want to work under the new terms. Mr Foulkes said he hopes t hat labour negotiations do not reach the point where vol untary severance packages a re necessary, however, if new terms can not be agreed upon, the government will ensure that all the employees getw hat is due to them according to their contracts and the laws of the Bahamas. 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 MURDER TRIAL JURY SPLIT P HILLIPMcCARTNEY i s escorted to court yesterday. MINISTER BACKS UNION ROLE KFCs stay closed as row escalates