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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 02-23-2012
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BREAST cancer is devastating the lives of Bahamians at record rates. Research has indicated the highest prevalence of a genetic mutation that places persons at a higher risk for cancer, are found in Bahamian women. While at private medical institutions, state-of-the-art mammogram machines are available, at the capitals only public hospital, the machine is outdated and in need of an upgrade. As a result, The Tribune has launched the Big and Small Lets Save Them All campaign with a target goal of $1,011,065.60. We are calling on all Bahamians to come together to make a donation to fund the tools needed to fight this disease that is ravaging our community. A new digital mammogram machine costs $711,065, genetic testing cost $150,000, N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Wife quizzed over bankers murder Volume: 108 No.72THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 84F LOW 72F EXCLUSIVE By PAUL G TURNQUESTC hief Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net SOURCES close to the family of Stephen Sherman,4 7, have informed T he Trib une t hat police now believe his murder was a professional hit. T he sources said a number of people, including the suspected hitman, Shermansw ife, and her brother who is a police officer at a station in the North-Eastern district have been called in for questioning. According to well-placed sources, Sherman, who was the countrys 18th murder victim for the year, had just returned to his home from picking up his niece when he was approached by the gunman, who ordered him out of his vehicle. The gunman, it is said, ordered Sherman to kneel before executing him. The gunman later escaped in a silver-coloured Honda w ith two other men. This car, it is said, had been sought by police in a number of armed r obberies in the Eastern Road area. The following day, the vehic le was intercepted by police o n the Eastern Road being driven by a young woman with the alleged gunman in t he car. The police have reportedly determined that this youngw oman was not involved in any way with the robberies or Shermans murder. However, after questioning it is understood that the gunman admitted he had been promised funds in return for his killing of the young Royal Bank of Canada account manager to the tune of $30,000 to $40,000. Initially, it had been reported that Sherman was the vic tim of an armed robbery outside his Yamacraw home on Friday, February 17. In v estigators suspect death was hit killing CHICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODY BEATSTHETRIBUNE 30TH HUGH CAMPBELL BASKETBALL CLASSIC F F A A M M I I L L Y Y I I S S L L A A N N D D E E R R S S H H I I T T T T H H E E C C O O U U R R T T SEESPORTSSECTIONE BREAS T CANCER RATES HIGHEST IN WORLD OUR WOMEN NEED YOU T O RAISE... TRIBUNEPUBLISHER/CEO Eileen Dupuch Carron and Allyson Maynard-Gibson, of Gibson &Co, along with ambassador Ned Siegel and his wife Stephanie, are joined by Robert Carron, of The Tribune, Wayne Chee-A-Tow, of Hillside Investments, Michele Rassin, of Ports Inter national, Max Gibson, CEO of Luxury Retail Limited, Brian Moodie, president of Sunshine Insurance, Dionisio DAguilar, president of Superwash, Sparrow Heatley and representatives from Princess Margaret Hospital and members of The Tribune team to launch the campaign to raise $1m for the fight against breast cancer. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff $1m S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 im lovin it

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BREAST cancer is devastating the lives of Bahamians at record rates. Research has indicated the highest prevalence of a genetic mutation that places persons at a higher risk for cancer, are found in Bahamian women. While at private medical institutions state-of-the-art mammogram machines are available, at the capitals only public hospital, the machine is out-dated and in need of an upgrade. As a result, The Tribune has launched the Big and Small Lets Save Them All campaign with a target goal of $1,011,000.60. We are calling on all Bahamians to come together to make a donation to fund the tools needed to fight this disease that is ravaging our community. A new digital mammogram machine costs $711,000, genetic testing cost $100,000, N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Wife quizzed over bankers murder Volume: 108 No.72THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 84F LOW 72F EXCLUSIVE By PAUL G TURNQUESTC hief Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net SOURCES close to the family of Stephen Sherman,4 7, have informed T he Trib une t hat police now believe his murder was a professional hit. T he sources said a number of people, including the suspected hitman, Shermansw ife, and her brother who is a police officer at a station in the North-Eastern district have been called in for questioning. According to well-placed sources, Sherman, who was the countrys 18th murder victim for the year, had just returned to his home from picking up his niece when he was approached by the gunman, who ordered him out of his vehicle. The gunman, it is said, ordered Sherman to kneel before executing him. The gunman later escaped in a silver-coloured Honda w ith two other men. This car, it is said, had been sought by police in a number of armed r obberies in the Eastern Road area. The following day, the vehic le was intercepted by police o n the Eastern Road being driven by a young woman with the alleged gunman in t he car. The police have reportedly determined that this youngw oman was not involved in any way with the robberies or Shermans murder. However, after questioning it is understood that the gunman admitted he had been promised funds in return for his killing of the young Royal Bank of Canada account manager to the tune of $30,000 to $40,000. Initially, it had been reported that Sherman was the vic tim of an armed robbery outside his Yamacraw home on Friday, February 17. In v estigators suspect death was hit killing CHICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODY BEATSTHETRIBUNE ROADMASTERSHEADTOBERLIN O O P P P P O O R R T T U U N N I I T T Y Y O O F F A A L L I I F F E E T T I I M M E E SEESPORTSSECTIONE BREAS T CANCER RATES HIGHEST IN WORLD OUR WOMEN NEED YOU T O RAISE... TRIBUNEPUBLISHER/CEO Eileen Dupuch Carron and Alison Maynard-Gibson, of Gibson &Co, along with ambassador Ned Siegel and his wife are joined by Robert Carron, of The Tribune, Wayne Cheatow, of Hillside Bahamas, Michelle Rassin, of Portis International, Max Gibson, CEO of Quantum Watches, Colombian Emeralds International (CEI Insurance, Dionisio DAguilar, of Superwash, and Sparrow Heatley are joined by representatives from Princess Margaret Hospital and mem bers of The Tribune team to launch the campaign to raise $1m for the fight against breast cancer. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff $1m S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6

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THE Democratic National Alliance has thrown its support behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken employees affected by recent negotia tions with franchise owner Restaurants Bahamas Limited. As with the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP few months ago, DNA candidates and representatives said they are prepared to listen to the concerns of disfranchised employees and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. It is unfortunate, the DNA said, that Labour Minister Dion Foulkes has proven to be unable or unwilling to swiftly address this issue in the best interest of concernedKFC employees. Once again, Mr Foulkes has demonstrated his inabilityto protect the most vulnerable in our society, working families, said the party statement. Leader of the DNA Branville McCartney said: The right of workers to organise and petition their working conditions is inherently Bahamian, it is a part of our fabric. The DNA is pre pared to protect that right at all costs. The DNA strongly urged Mr Foulkes, the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union and KFC By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net THE surgeon that attended a prisoner who died a fter spending months in the Princess Margaret Hos-pital told the Supreme Court yesterday the main cause of death was the d iminishing condition of his pancreas. Corporal Donovan Gard iner has been charged manslaughter in the 2008 death of Desmond Key, who the prosecution alleges was severely beaten while in police custody. Constable Tavares Bowleg is a ccused of abetment in the case. During cross-examinat ion by defence attorney Wayne Munroe, Dr Duane Sands said 28-year-old Desmond Key's pancreas was severely diseased and i nflamed. Admitting that the cause of the ailment could have b een a number of factors, Dr Sands said the medical team, which he headed, used a process of elimination to narrow down the causes of Keys condition. The list of the possibilities i ncluded high alcohol intake and blunt force trauma, he said. M r Munroe further questioned Dr Sands on the likelihood of persons who are heavy drinkers developing pancreatitis. D r Sands said that a small number of such persons do develop the disease. T he doctor said that the victim was also plagued by a number of other conditions resulting from his pancreas, including a leakage of the fluid contained in the organ. Parts of his p ancreas were also dying and ultimately became infected, he said. K ey, said Dr Sands, was later operated on to drain his abdomen of the toxic fluids and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. T he victim later bled into shock and never regained neurological function. D r Sands said the victim's prognosis remained poor as there was no sign of recovery even after he was transported to the US for further medical attention. Ultimately, the complicat ions of Keys pancreatitis was the cause of his death, Dr Sands said. T estifying to Keys condition after his death, forensic pathologist Karen Sands said he had a decreased brain size, heavy lungs, and a loss of m uscle mass of which she attributed to the condition of his pancreas. W hen asked by Mr Munroe if she discovered any fractures in the victims chest or skull, Dr Sands replied, No. The trial resumes today at LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 3 Surgeon says pancreas failure killed prisoner 11am in the Ansbacher House courtroom on Bank Lane before Justice VeraW atkins. DNAGIVES ITS BACKING TO WORKERS IN KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN DISPUTE C USTOMERS r ead a sign informing them that KFCbranches have been closed during the ongoing dispute between the company and the union representing staff members. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5

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EDITOR, The Tribune. E RIC BERTRAM CASH gave up the ghost Friday, 3rd February, at the advanced age of 93 years. He was my mod ern language teacher when I attended Prince Williams School from 1977 to 1980 (Forms 1 to 3 f avourite dominies. I have fond and pleasant memories of him. He taught French and it was his introduction of the subject and his didacticism that made me fall in love with his classes, leading ultimately to my success in London GCE O-Level Exam. He made the classes come alive by entertaining us his pupils with the interesting details of his summer jaunts in Paris at LUniversite de La Sorbonne, and his many and varied experiences while in France, which Van Dyke described as Paris is a womans town with flowers in her hair, while London is a mans town, with power in the air. From his very enlightening exchanges with the class, we left with a deeper apprecia tion, broader education and greater love of the French culture, music, the country and its people. In addition to his duties of teaching the language of the Gauls, he ulitised his great musical ability by playing the piano for morning assemblies. Eric Cash was a Pedagogue who was never feared, but favoured by his ecoliers, never shunned but welcomed, and not hated but respected. He loved teaching, and it was quite evident to all that he saw teaching as his vocation or calling, rather than a p rofession or job, for which he had to be monetarily com pensated. Would that there were more teachers like him today. Henry Van Dyck wrote:- And what of teaching? Ah! There you have the worst of all the vocations. Do not enter it unless you love it. For the vast majority of men and women it has not promise of wealth or fame but they to whom it is dear for its own sake are among the nobility of mankind. I sing the praise of the unknown teacher who lights many candles which in later years will shine back to cheer him. This is his reward. Eric Bertram Cash was among the nobility of mankind. He entered teach ing for the love of it. His compensation was found in see ing his students excel in the world and live decent balanced lives. He was always delighted to meet his former students, and to enquire of their progress on the stage of life. I am extremely proud to be able to count him amongst my professeurs and I will forever sing his praise for the candle he lit in my life. Adieu, Monsieur Cash. Requiescat in pace. GEORGE L L HEASTIE Nassau, February 13, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. CONTRARY to popular belief, children born in TheB ahamas to illegal migrants a re not entitled to be registered for citizenship. Two examples illustrate this point: Example one: Peter buys a car, which he then gives to h is wife as a gift. Later, the police determine that the car w as stolen and confiscates the car. Peter bought the car in good faith and neither he norh is wife knew that the car was stolen. Is Peter or his wife entitled to keep the car? No! B ut he didnt know that the c ar was stolen, and paid for the car. Still no! Why not? Because the car was illegallyo btained (ie it was stolen legal act (sale of the car not result from an illegal act ( stolen car). So even though Peter and his wife did nothing wrong, they cannot profit/ benefit from the illegal act (sale of a stolen car are not entitled to keep the car. (By the way, a similar sit u ation was recently reported in the media). Example two: Joseph is a wealthy man. He owns expensive cars, boats, and a big house. He has a young staya t-home wife and two young c hildren that live with him in his big house. One day, Joseph is arrested andc harged for criminal activity. At the trial, Joseph is found guilty and it is determined that all of his wealth waso btained from his criminal activity. All of his possessions, the expensive cars, boats, big h ouse are confiscated. Josephs wife and two young children must move out of theh ouse, they have no other p ossessions and nowhere to go. Can his wife and young children keep the house? No!C an they keep a car? No! Why not? Because the wealth was illegally obtained (from criminal activity). A legal act cannot result from an illegal act. So even though his wife and children did nothing wrong, they cannotp rofit/benefit from his illegal a cts (criminal acts n ot entitled to keep Josephs wealth. N ow to the case at hand: The Constitution of The Bahamas is the highest law in the land; it is the supreme l aw. It is a set of fundament al principles or rules by which a sovereign state (The B ahamas) is governed. The r ule of law is a fundamental principle of any constitution, o urs is no exception. Any act that is contrary to the rule ofl aw (i.e. that breaks the law c ontrary to the constitution. The constitution cannot condone an illegal act; to do so would render the constitution i tself null and void. N ow whereas The Constitution of The Bahamas prov ides for a person born in The Bahamas to parents who are not Bahamian citizens to apply to be registered as a Bahamian upon attaining the a ge of 18 years, this entitlement may only be afforded to p ersons who acted according t o the rule of law (ie parents that were in the country legal ly at the time of birth). A n illegal immigrant (illegal is the key word) broke the law, and therefore the child of an illegal immigrant is note ntitled to apply to register as a Bahamian because the entitlement was illegally o btained. Even though the child did nothing wrong, the child cannot profit/benefitf rom the illegal act (illegal m igration of the parents). The child is not entitled to apply to be registered as a Bahamian. Therefore, all Bahamian citizenships granted in these circumstances are unconstitu-t ional, illegal and therefore v oid and of no effect. As regards the children of illegal Haitian immigrants, applying the law of the land will not make these children stateless. According to Artic le II of the Haitian Constitution, any person born of a H aitian father or Haitian mother...possesses Haitian nationality at the time ofb irth, therefore the child is a Haitian national at birth. Further, The Constitution o f The Bahamas requires that f oreign nationals who apply for Bahamian citizenship must first renounce the citi-z enship of the other country in order to receive Bahamian citizenship. T herefore, even if we assume that these children of Haitian parents are entitled to apply to be registered, given that these children are Haitian at birth, did they renounce their Haitian citi z enship? If not, then by law, Bahamian citizenship cannot be conferred on these persons, making these grants of citizenship unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect. W e are a small country, a f ew people. Why do we so foolishly give away our coun try, our birthright? M r Prime Minister, Mr Attorney General, Mr Minister of Immigration, we are a small country, a few people,p lease do your job and pro tect our country, protect our sovereignty, protect our birthr ight otherwise we will be a small country, with many peo ple but we wont be B ahamian. GENERATION BAHAMIAN N assau, February 6, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 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 JUST after accepting the least-wanted job in Greece more than three months ago, Lucas Papademos pointedly remarked t hat he was not a politician. But the former central banker, appointed interim prime minister with the Herculeant ask of staving off bankruptcy and keeping Greece in the single currency group he helped the country join in 2001, has devel-o ped a knack for knocking notoriously fractious party leaders heads together. Holding together an unlikely coalition, P apademos, 64, has since succeeded in gett ing two-thirds of the Greek Parliament to impose hugely unpopular cutbacks on an austerity-weary nation, winning one oft he most crucial votes in the countrys modern history on Feb 13. And in the early hours of Tuesday, he a chieved the main mission of his brief interi m mandate: To secure $172 billion in rescue loans out of Greece's increasingly unwilling European partners and the Inter-n ational Monetary Fund, while wiping $141 billion off the countrys privately held debtt o help stave off a potentially disastrous d efault on its bond payments next month. Its no exaggeration to say that today is an historic day for the Greek economy, Papademos said after the agreement early T uesday. Failure to secure the bailout would have been catastrophic, with Papademos warni ng of uncontrollable economic chaos and s ocial explosion. Greece would have defaulted on its debts late next month, and might well have been forced to revertt o a heavily devalued form of its former national currency, the drachma. The deal has come at a price, however. T he country has agreed to change its constitution, to give priority to debt servicing payments that will be put directly every quarter into a segregated account. On top oft his, the Greek Parliament has agreed to a stringent round of austerity measures and the leaders of the country's political parties h ave pledged to continue with the cuts and controls should they come to power. According to the terms of his political a ppointment, the unelected Papademos could s oon step down, ahead of national elections originally set for this month but put off for late April due to delays with the twin deal. T he Massachusetts Institute of Technol ogy-educated economist is in a peculiar position: he is currently more popular than m ost of the elected politicians Greeks blame for nurturing the bloated, inefficient, spend thrift and corrupt public sector their parties b uilt over the past four decades. However, his critics in Athens see Papademos as the messenger for their countrys creditors. And Papademos has also seen his pop ularity decline as Greece enters a fifth year of deep recession with a million people more than a fifth of the work force unemployed. A Public Issue poll for private Skai TV and Kathimerini newspaper found that positive opinions of Papademos have fallen from 55 to 46 per cent over t he past three months, while negative opinions rose from 18 to 48 per cent. Papademos selection in November foll owed 10 days of political chaos triggered by the shock announcement by his Socialist predecessor, George Papandreou, thath e wanted to put the European bailout deal to a referendum. Fears that the popular vote could scupper the agreement led t o mayhem on international markets, infur iated European leaders and triggered a revolt among Papandreous own Socialist lawmakers that led to his resignation. T he subsequent interim coalition headed by Papademos is an historic marriage of the Socialists with the conservative New Democr acy party bitter political foes that have r uled Greece in turn over the past 37 years of democratic government since the fall of the 1967-74 military dictatorship. O fficials from some of the other 16 countries that use the euro privatelye xpress disappointment with Papademos r ecord, drawing unfavourable comparisons w ith Italys Monti, a former Commissioner who took over about the same time following political turmoil. B oth countries are struggling with recession albeit on different scales. Italys gross domestic product of $2.53 trillion shrank 0.5p er cent in the last three months of last year c ompared with same period in 2010. Greeces economy which stands at $297.5 billion fell 7 per cent in the same timeframe. M onti managed to ease market pressure on Italy by quickly passing reforms through parliament and giving the countrya respectable face after the antics of his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi. But in con trast to Papademos, Monti was able to appoint outside experts bankers, diplo m ats and business executives to his 18seat cabinet and not politicians, a differ ence that has been noted in Brussels. P apademos 45-member cabinet is clut tered with ministers left over from the previous Socialist government, some of whoms eem more preoccupied with running for t he partys leadership or bickering with the conservatives, rather than getting the job done. During extensive riots the nightP arliament approved the new austerity measures, police were unable to prevent vandals from burning, smashing and loot i ng more than 100 Athenian businesses. Illegal immigration remains unchecked, while crime rates are high. The government of Mr Papademos is not a technical team, European Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio told a journalist who accused the EU of installing a technocratic regime in Greece. I invite you to look closely at the composition of the government. This article is by Nicholas Paphitis of the Associated Press. Constitution cannot back illegal act LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Ex-central banker who won a bailout A f ond adieu to Monsieur Cash

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B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald accused Senator D ion Foulkes of negligence i n his presentation of allegations against PLP MP Fred Mitchell. This came during Mr Fitzgeralds contribution to the Senate debate on amendm ents to the Parliamentary Election Act, during which M r Foulkes admitted he was not aware of the police investigation into the foreigna ffairs official who accused Mr Mitchell, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, of attempted visa fraud. Mr Fitzgerald said he is offended by the way the Senate has functioned overt he last two sessions. He said rather than debate important legislative mattersb efore Parliament on the eve of an election, the governing p arty is using the Senate for p olitical purposes. M r Fitzgerald said: It appears to me that unfortu nately the Senate is being m anoeuvred and used to play a political game. Referring to the visa fraud a llegations, Mr Fitzgerald said M r Foulkes should have been aware of a report on the polices investigation into Mr M itchells accuser, issued on May 8, 2007, which showed who was at fault and wheret he corruption really lay in t he Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He added that based on the r eports findings, the civil servant who accused Mr Mitchell was removed from the depart m ent by the newly appointed FNM Foreign Affairs Minis ter. On a point of order, Mr F oulkes rose to say he was unaware of the police investi gation or its findings at the t ime he tabled the Wikileaks cables in which Mr Mitchell is accused. H e said: I never knew about the report from the police, as a matter of fact the first time I read the reportw as when it was revealed by the former Minister of For e ign Affairs Mr Fred Mitchell, and thats the first time I read the report, he said. Either Mr Foulkes knew about the report, or neglected to research the matter prop e rly, Mr Fitzgerald said. It was a dereliction of duty on his (Mr Foulkes come and talk about an inci d ent without speaking to the m inister responsible to get the facts, he said. M r Fitzgerald said the Fox Hill MP nor his colleaguesw ere given an opportunity to defend the allegations made against Mr Mitchell prior to the suspension of the Senate. He said the Senate should n ot be a place to scandalize members or attack their rep-u tation. On February 15, Mr Foulkes tabled a US Embassy cable released by Wikileaks, in which it was claimed the Fox Hill MP pressured Foreign Affairs staff to grant visast o 30 ineligible Chinese nationals. The document details a c onversation between a form er US consular chief and a senior Foreign Affairs official, who claimed the visaa pplicants were sponsored by former PLP MP Sidney Stubbs. T he civil servant accused Mr Mitchell of "complicity in visa fraud by pressuring his staff to issue visas to ineligible visa applicants and, specifically, to unqualified Chinese nationals," the embassy offi c ial wrote in his cable to the State Department. Denying the claims, Mr Mitchell produced a police report showing his accuser was herself suspected of issui ng visas in return for cash. A statement issued by Mr Mitchell called the allegations well worn stories issued bya disgruntled employee. He said: "The allegations are in every particular untrue, f alse and misleading. I demand a retraction and apology from the minister (MrF oulkes) from forthwith for r epeating these false state ments in public if he has any decency." LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 5 ACCORDING to a photograph on the FNMs website, newly retired Ambassador to China,E lma Campbell, took part i n the FNM South Beach constituency opening on February 21. FNM Senator Dion Foulkes revealed that Mrs Campbell resigned her posto n January 31. She, theref ore, had not attended a political function as a sitting ambassador. Mrs Campbells presence at the FNM event wasa source of heated e xchange in the Senate yesterday after PLP Allyson Maynard-Gibson sought to table a photograph of her. She was stopped by Senate President Lynn H olowesko who said she would not rule on the matt er until investigations w ere launched to determine the photos date and a uthenticity. In last weeks senate session, questions concerning the number of sitting a mbassadors were raised b y opposition members. However, comments w ere expunged and would remain so, said SenateP resident Holowesko, until hard evidence of the alleg ations could be produced. Campbells presence at FNM event a source of heated exchange in Senate Senator Fitzgerald accuses Foulkes of negligence ELMA CAMPBELL It appears to me that unfortunately the Senate is being manoeuvred and used to pla y a political game. PLP Senator Jer ome Fitzgerald P LP SENATOR JEROME FITZGERALD

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Governor General welcomes Police Staff Associations new slate of executives LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE COURTESY CALL: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes welcomed the Police Staff Associations n ew slate of executive members during a courtesy call at Government House on February 21. Shown (l-rl-r lie, Cpl Barr, WPC Jones and PC Miller. Photo by Patrick Hanna /BIS

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Sailor Sergei Morozov completedt he second leg of his sail a round the world, arriving safely in Grand Bahama from Bermuda on Wednesday. He set sail on December 5 from Halifax, Nova Scotia on his 35ft C&C sailboat to Bermuda, completing the first leg of a very difficult journey. M r Morozov an experie nced mariner and profess ional navigator had e ncountered rough conditions in the Atlantic and had to manually steer his sailboat after the self-steering systemfailed. He arrived in Bermuda on D ecember 24 and stayed there until necessary repairs w ere completed before continuing on to Grand Bahama. M r Morozov, who is saili ng solo with his cat, was towed into the Port Lucaya M arina after more than two weeks at sea. His motor ands ail were damaged in a storm. U nlike the first leg, he said i t was smooth sailing for most of the way to Grand Bahama. H is fingers were very dry and peeling. It was much better than b etween Halifax and Bermud a, he said. The weather was much nicer for most of the w ay except for one storm. M r Morozov said he purc hased the old sailboat for $1,000 and spent $30,000 repairing it. The vessel is old and I b ought it eight months ago I fell in love with the boat the first time I saw it, he said. H e said he was painfully e xhausted after having to manually steer the boat. The s teering almost killed me, he said. According to the Royal Gazette Online, Mr Morozov s teered by hand for six days, almost 24 hours a day. M r Morozov said he plans to sail from Grand Bahama to the Panama Canal. From t here, he will sail the Pacific Ocean to the French Polyne sia, then to North Australiaand on to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. H e will then sail to Cape T own, South Africa, and across the Atlantic to the C aribbean, then back to Halifax. After sailing around the w orld, Mr Morozov will a ttempt to embark on a much more difficult project he will a ttempt to row around the w orld. No one did it before. One person died and another quit I will try to be first one, he said. When I couldnt find e nough money for my rowing around the world trip, I d ecided to sail around the w orld to see the route for m yself; to see how currents a nd winds work for rowing t he boat, he said. Morozov said that his daughter has been concerned about his safety, but knows h e is a very experienced navi gator. Grand Bahama resident S haun Bean, who has been in c ontact with Morozovs d aughter, said she was relieved to learn that he had a rrived safely in Grand Bahama. She was wondering about h er dad and if he arrived, but she knows he is a capable m ariner. I am happy he is here safe a nd sound. Mr Prebin Olsen k indly agreed to help tow him i n and give him a slip at Port Lucaya, she said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 7 Morozov completes second leg of sailing around the world Arrives safely in Grand Bahama from Bermuda GRAND BAHAMA resident Shaun Bean (left poses with Russian Sailor Sergei Morozov (holding his cat a bove) as he arrived in Grand Bahama on Wednesday at Port LucayaMarina,completingthe second leg of hissail around the world. Photos by Denise Maycock

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THE organising secretary of the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival said the festival should be a household name in the Bahamas because of the range of islands and genres covered each year. This festival is truly a national festival, said Keva Cartwright during the announcement of the 53rd annual instalment. It is the only festival of its type in the entire country, something that I think we should be so proud of. Ms Cartwright said she recently spoke to a regional cultural stakeholder who was dumbfounded at how long the festival has endured. She added that the festival is not just for seasoned artists, but gives opportunities to those new to the arts. It is to sharpen the skills of young artists, Ms Cartwright said. It is also nothing for you to play at. To be a national win ner is really something big. You can use this on your rsum when you go off to college, even at the workplace or on certain jobs. It is a big deal. Ms Cartwright noted that if a singer enters a heavily contested category, such as gospel singing, they are com peting against every singer in the country. If you win that, you are the best in the nation at that age level, she said. People believe that everything is happening in New Providence; but some of our best people come from the more remote islands. In drama, for instance, Inagua is off the chain. Then there are islands like Long Island and the like. Grand Bahama and New Providence sometimes seem like they believe they are the only ones on the map and they are not. Ms Cartwright said the festival can attract as many as 30,000 entrants in a given year, is free to the public dur ing adjudications and open to adult entries in the commu nity classes. I hope that the day comes when we can bring them all together to New Providence so that we all can see that the rest of the country is there, Ms Cartwright said. It is just that they do not have that exposure. The 2012 E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival starts adjudications on March 5 in New Providence, March 6 in Grand Bahama, and then nationwide. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE ARTS FESTIVAL SHOULD BE A HOUSEHOLD NAME S NUG CORNER, A cklins Comedy is the order of the day for Acklins Central High School student Dienz o Louis during last years adjudications. DUNDAS TOWN, Abaco Gentry Morris (left Prayer", during last years adjudications at the Central Abaco Primary School. This festival is truly a national festival. It is the only festival of its type in the entir e country, something that I think w e should be so pr oud of K e v a Cartwright

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 13 THE new bypass road under construction on the Great Abaco highway is taking shape. Six months ago, the Government awarded a contract f or $965,818,95 to Knowles C onstruction and Development Company Ltd to build the bypass road in Central Abaco. There is traffic congestion in downtown, said Public Works and Transport Minist er Neko Grant. This road will eliminate the heavy traffic in the downtown area which permits onet o land at Marsh Harbour International Airport and p roceed to north Abaco without going downtown. The road connects from the south and brings you to the airport. It will take you tod owntown as well, just past the Government Administra tion building. On the west, it will take you to North Abaco, he added. Great Abaco highway bypass taking shape I SLAND ADMINISTRATOR C ephas Cooper (left Minister of Public Works and Transport, discuss plans for the Abaco Bypass Road. Photos: Letisha Henderson/BIS N EKO GRANT, M inister of Public Works and Transport (fourth from left progress of work on the Abaco Bypass Road. Also shown (third from left Higgs, resident engineer John Schaefer and administrator Cephas Cooper.

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Enriched Pre-sifted Proven For all your baking needs, trust Distributed byThe dAlbenas Agency Ltd, Tel: 242-677-1441 Madeira St, Palmdale R ESTAURANTS (Bahamas has confirmed that its nine KFC Nassau locations will remain closed as a result of the illegal strike action ordered by union bosses. The company claims this strike was s upervised by paid union organisers in e ach store, who ensured KFC employees sat down and did not work on Monday. Following the last round of strikes, K FC Nassau said, it notified its employees and the union that should any further illegal industrial action occur, the stores w ould be closed, and would only reopen w hen an industrial agreement was reached. Such irresponsible actions only con t inue to inconvenience KFCs cus tomers, said a spokesman. The Bahamas Hotel Catering and A llied Workers Union still does not have a strike vote or a certificate to strike, the company noted. The spokesman said: On Monday, u nion officials located in each store instructed staff to sit down and cease work. This disruption to the restaurants operations was an illegal industrial act, and has caused an inconvenience to our c ustomers, as well as thousands of dollars w orth of product that could not be sold due to the closure of the restaurants and instead was donated to charitable organ-i sations. Any good trade unionist would have secured the necessary authorisation to s trike before doing so. Were disapp ointed that employees jobs have been put at risk by such irresponsible conduct. KFC Nassau said it intends to fully e xercise its rights as an employer faced with an illegal strike action. The company is unable to reopen its restaurants andb ring its employees back to work without c ompletion of a new industrial agree ment. Based on this illegal action, the company is unwilling to pay any employe es while stores remain closed. On several previous occasions the company endured the illegal industrial action sponsored by the union, and continued as best it could to operate its business. On this occasion the company is u nwilling to operate in this hostile envir onment. KFC Nassau also said it has not as yet received a claim for recognition from theu nion. The procedure set out in the Industrial Relations Act calls for the employe r to be served with a claim for recognit ion, which is then followed by either an acceptance or rejection of the claim within the prescribed period, said the KFC s pokesman. Certification of recognition must be preceded by a claim for recognition tot he employer. T he union was unavailable for com ment when contacted by The Tribune last night. KFCstores closed for third day in dispute ONE OF the closed KFCrestaurants. The company released a statement yesterday saying that it was faced with illegal strike action and will not pay employees while stores remain closed. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff

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ALFRED POITIER, DNA candidate for Sea B reeze, noted that according to employment laws, employ ers cannot take away a benefit that an employee is already receiving without the employees consent or that of the bar-g aining unit of the employe es. He said this seems to be the case according to informationp rovided by KFC, who are requesting a reduction in the salary range for their employ ees. Mr Poitier said: Realisti cally, I do not know any bar gaining unit that would read i ly agree to that. Mr Poitier posed several questions to KFC, seeking to know: Have they sought to reduce any other expenseso ther than salary? What is the exact financial position of the business? How has the volume of t raffic in the business decreased over the last 12, 24 or 36 months? If the volume of business decreased, did KFC reduce the staff count? We must be mindful that t he livelihood of many of our Bahamian brothers and sis ters Bahamian families, are being adversely affected due to this issue during an already poor economic peri-o d. Openness is key to a favorable solution, Mr Poitier said, adding that thep arty prays that calm heads prevail and hopes that the employees are protected from a loss of jobs or income. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 15 The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***H eading to Canada for University? M cGill University McMaster UniversityUniversity of Guelph U niversity of Toronto University of Waterloo U niversity of Western Ontario I f you are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our s cholarships!Undergraduates onlyA pplications must be in by March 31st, 2012 Application forms may be obtained by writing t o The Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box N 4857, Nassau, Bahamas The Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by High Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr. Joseph Tomlinson Sales & Full Service Department Rosetta & Montgomery Streets 322-2188/9 | E: geoffjones@comcast.net www.geoffreyjonesandco.com The full assortment of GE Energy Smart CFLs found at Geoffrey Jones will help you save energy, save money, and help protect the environment in nearly every xture in your home.BRIGHT Effective .& owner, RBL, to reach a swift and immediate resolution that protects the interest of workers. The party said it will continue to champion workers rights andm ap out the way forward for s wiftly resolving union and management disputes. A DNA government will be one where workers are seen as the beneficiaries instead of advers aries of government, the statement said. T he DNA said it recognises that it is time the diligent, mobile workers of this nation reap the benefits of their labour and, in doing that, a DNA-government will be their support syst em to facilitate this progression. O n Tuesday, the Bahamas H otel Catering and Allied Worke rs Union was certified as the official bargaining agent for KFC l ine staff by Minister Foulkes. This came in response to mana gements announcement that it w as withdrawing recognition of t he union as a dispute over wages and working conditions rages on. The move brought to an end a more than three-decades-old relationship. Although Mr Foulkes has m aintained that there are no legal provisions that speak to the terms of voluntary recognition of au nion, BHCAWU officials claim the decision disregarded duep rocess and represented an outr ight attack on the 300 KFC w orkers. DNAGIVES ITS BACKING TO WORKERS IN KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN DISPUTE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e t t h h r r e e e e POITIER POSES QUESTIONS OVER BARGAINING SEABREEZE candidate Alfred Poitier has asked several questions of KFCmanagement.

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When Shermans body was identified by his wife and family outside of the morgue on Monday morning, his wife had to be whisked away by loved ones as she fought to compose herself. Shermans brother, Greg, informed The Tribune at that time that his family was heartbroken and unable to come to terms with his death. It hasnt hit us all yet. Its been really rough on his wife. What is even more distressing is that he leaves behind two young children, a 10-yearold boy and a daughter who is eight. They were his world. I dont think 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 to ease the burden on my broth ers wife and kids. My brother had a really big heart. He was a good person. He would take the shirt off his back for you and anyone else. This whole incident is very senseless to us. What have we come to as a nation when we cant live together in peace as brothers and sisters? We just seem to be killing up each other. There is no value on life anymore $40 and a cell phone? Is that what my brother is worth? Something is seriously wrong with that, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Wife quizzed over bankers murder E MERGENCY c rews on the scene at the time of the murder. Photos: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff CROWDS at the scene in Yamacraw Road following the murder. THE VICTIMS body is taken away.

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h appened so fast she didnt h ave time to be scared about what was happening. I wasnt doing anything really. He did all the work, she says of her husband whose friends, upon learningo f his role in his daughters birth, started calling him Dr Drew. It was so important to have someone on the phone at Doctors Hospital keep me c alm and talk me through everything, said Lamarque, a dding they dont teach you h ow to deliver a baby in Lamaze class. When you think about all that could have happened or gone wrong, it really seems surreal. If she had come out a split second earlier before Ip ut my hands there she could have fallen on the floor or if I hadnt gotten someone on thep hone at Doctors to walk me through it, I just wonder, he s aid. D octors Hospitals Vice P resident of Patient Care Serv ices Dorcena Nixon is proud of her teams ability to prov ide top quality healthcare regardless of the circumstances. At Doctors Hospital we p ride ourselves on being a l eader in healthcare, but its e xtremely rewarding to see how our associates are able to step up to the plate and help patients and their families even when they find themselves in such unusualc ircumstances, she said. Lamarque, a relationship officer with Scotiabank, commended Doctors Hospital for the treatment they received at every stage of their babys b irth. I have to say you have w onderful staff here. I like h ow you check around the clock on the patients. Its been a wonderful experience. Even when we came to register, it wasnt a hard process. Customer service is everything and I must say its been won d erful for us. The service here is amazing, he said. Knowing that his wife and n ew baby are fine, he now jokes that Lamiea was born e arly and in a hurry because s he heard his voice and couldn t wait to meet him. T here is another theory at play, though. Lynieka believes b aby Lamiea just wanted to add to a family tradition. She was born on Valentines Daya nd her older brothers birthd ay is Christmas Day. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE DOCTORS HOSPITAL STAFF TALK FATHER THROUGH BABYS DELIVERY OVER THE TELEPHONE HAPPY FAMILY: Lynieka Drew and baby Lamiea, who was born at home on Valentines Day, pose for a photo with daddy Lamarque Drew. F ROM page 1



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BREAST cancer is devastating the lives of Bahamians at record rates. Research has indicated the highest prevalence of a genetic mutation that places persons at a higher risk for cancer, are found in Bahamian women. While at private medical institutions, state-of-the-art mammogram machines are available, at the capitals only public hospital, the machine is outdated and in need of an upgrade. As a result, The Tribune has launched the Big and Small Lets Save Them All campaign with a target goal of $1,011,065.60. We are calling on all Bahamians to come together to make a donation to fund the tools needed to fight this disease that is ravaging our community. A new digital mammogram machine costs $711,065, genetic testing cost $150,000, NASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Wife quizzed over bankers murderVolume: 108 No.72 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 84F LOW 72F EXCLUSIVE By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net SOURCES close to the family of Stephen Sherman, 47, have informed The Tribune that police now believe his murder was a professional hit. The sources said a number of people, including the suspected hitman, Shermans wife, and her brother who is a police officer at a station in the North-Eastern district have been called in for questioning. According to well-placed sources, Sherman, who was the countrys 18th murder victim for the year, had just returned to his home from picking up his niece when he was approached by the gunman, who ordered him out of his vehicle. The gunman, it is said, ordered Sherman to kneel before executing him. The gunman later escaped in a silver-coloured Honda with two other men. This car, it is said, had been sought by police in a number of armed robberies in the Eastern Road area. The following day, the vehicle was intercepted by police on the Eastern Road being driven by a young woman with the alleged gunman in the car. The police have reportedly determined that this young woman was not involved in any way with the robberies or Shermans murder. However, after questioning it is understood that the gunman admitted he had been promised funds in return for his killing of the young Royal Bank of Canada account manager to the tune of $30,000 to $40,000. Initially, it had been reported that Sherman was the victim of an armed robbery outside his Yamacraw home on Friday, February 17. In vestigators suspect death was hit killing CHICKEN McBITES NEW! The TribuneTHEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBESTLATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAYYYOOUURR SSOOUURRCCEEFFOORROOBBIITTUUAARRIIEESSNOBODY BEATSTHETRIBUNE 30TH HUGH CAMPBELL BASKETBALL CLASSICFFAAMMIILLYY IISSLLAANNDDEERRSSHHIITT TTHHEE CCOOUURRTTSEESPORTSSECTIONE BREAS T CANCER RATES HIGHEST IN WORLD OUR WOMEN NEED YOU TO RAISE... TRIBUNEPUBLISHER/CEO Eileen Dupuch Carron and Allyson Maynard-Gibson, of Gibson &Co, along with ambassador Ned Siegel and his wife Stephanie, are joined by Robert Carron, of The Tribune, Wayne Chee-A-Tow, of Hillside Investments, Michele Rassin, of Ports Inter national, Max Gibson, CEO of Luxury Retail Limited, Brian Moodie, president of Sunshine Insurance, Dionisio DAguilar, president of Superwash, Sparrow Heatley and representatives from Princess Margaret Hospital and members of The Tribune team to launch the campaign to raise $1m for the fight against breast cancer. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff$1m S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 im lovin it

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BREAST cancer is devastating the lives of Bahamians at record rates. Research has indicated the highest prevalence of a genetic mutation that places persons at a higher risk for cancer, are found in Bahamian women. While at private medical institutions state-of-the-art mammogram machines are available, at the capitals only public hospital, the machine is out-dated and in need of an upgrade. As a result, The Tribune has launched the Big and Small Lets Save Them All campaign with a target goal of $1,011,000.60. We are calling on all Bahamians to come together to make a donation to fund the tools needed to fight this disease that is ravaging our community. A new digital mammogram machine costs $711,000, genetic testing cost $100,000, NASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Wife quizzed over bankers murderVolume: 108 No.72 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 84F LOW 72F EXCLUSIVE By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net SOURCES close to the family of Stephen Sherman, 47, have informed The Tribune that police now believe his murder was a professional hit. The sources said a number of people, including the suspected hitman, Shermans wife, and her brother who is a police officer at a station in the North-Eastern district have been called in for questioning. According to well-placed sources, Sherman, who was the countrys 18th murder victim for the year, had just returned to his home from picking up his niece when he was approached by the gunman, who ordered him out of his vehicle. The gunman, it is said, ordered Sherman to kneel before executing him. The gunman later escaped in a silver-coloured Honda with two other men. This car, it is said, had been sought by police in a number of armed robberies in the Eastern Road area. The following day, the vehicle was intercepted by police on the Eastern Road being driven by a young woman with the alleged gunman in the car. The police have reportedly determined that this young woman was not involved in any way with the robberies or Shermans murder. However, after questioning it is understood that the gunman admitted he had been promised funds in return for his killing of the young Royal Bank of Canada account manager to the tune of $30,000 to $40,000. Initially, it had been reported that Sherman was the victim of an armed robbery outside his Yamacraw home on Friday, February 17. In vestigators suspect death was hit killing CHICKEN McBITES NEW! The TribuneTHEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBESTLATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAYYYOOUURR SSOOUURRCCEEFFOORROOBBIITTUUAARRIIEESSNOBODY BEATSTHETRIBUNE ROADMASTERSHEADTOBERLINO O P P P P O O R R T T U U N N I I T T Y Y O O F FA A L L I I F FE E T T I I M M E ESEESPORTSSECTIONE BREAS T CANCER RATES HIGHEST IN WORLD OUR WOMEN NEED YOU TO RAISE... TRIBUNEPUBLISHER/CEO Eileen Dupuch Carron and Alison Maynard-Gibson, of Gibson &Co, along with ambassador Ned Siegel and his wife are joined by Robert Carron, of The Tribune, Wayne Cheatow, of Hillside Bahamas, Michelle Rassin, of Portis International, Max Gibson, CEO of Quantum Watches, Colombian Emeralds International (CEI) and Jewelry Warehouse, Brian Moody, president of Sunshine Insurance, Dionisio DAguilar, of Superwash, and Sparrow Heatley are joined by representatives from Princess Margaret Hospital and mem bers of The Tribune team to launch the campaign to raise $1m for the fight against breast cancer. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff$1m S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6

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THE Democratic National Alliance has thrown its support behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken employees affected by recent negotia tions with franchise owner Restaurants Bahamas Limited. As with the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP) workers a few months ago, DNA candidates and representatives said they are prepared to listen to the concerns of disfranchised employees and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. It is unfortunate, the DNA said, that Labour Minister Dion Foulkes has proven to be unable or unwilling to swiftly address this issue in the best interest of concerned KFC employees. Once again, Mr Foulkes has demonstrated his inability to protect the most vulnerable in our society, working families, said the party statement. Leader of the DNA Branville McCartney said: The right of workers to organise and petition their working conditions is inherently Bahamian, it is a part of our fabric. The DNA is prepared to protect that right at all costs. The DNA strongly urged Mr Foulkes, the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union and KFC By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net THE surgeon that attendeda prisoner who died after spending months in the Princess Margaret Hospital told the Supreme Court yesterday the main cause of death was the diminishing condition of his pancreas. Corporal Donovan Gardiner has been charged manslaughter in the 2008 death of Desmond Key, who the prosecution alleges was severely beaten while in police custody. Constable Tavares Bowleg is accused of abetment in the case. During cross-examination by defence attorney Wayne Munroe, Dr Duane Sands said 28-year-old Desmond Key's pancreas was severely diseased and inflamed. Admitting that the cause of the ailment could have been a number of factors, Dr Sands said the medical team, which he headed, used a process of elimination to narrow down the causes of Keys condition. The list of the possibilities included high alcohol intake and blunt force trauma, he said. Mr Munroe further questioned Dr Sands on the likelihood of persons who are heavy drinkers developing pancreatitis. Dr Sands said that a small number of such persons do develop the disease. The doctor said that the victim was also plagued by a number of other conditions resulting from his pancreas, including a leakage of the fluid contained in the organ. Parts of his pancreas were also dying and ultimately became infected, he said. Key, said Dr Sands, was later operated on to drain his abdomen of the toxic fluids and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. The victim later bled into shock and never regained neurological function. Dr Sands said the victim's prognosis remained poor as there was no sign of recovery even after he was transported to the US for further medical attention. Ultimately, the complications of Keys pancreatitis was the cause of his death, Dr Sands said. Testifying to Keys condition after his death, forensic pathologist Karen Sands said he had a decreased brain size, heavy lungs, and a loss of muscle mass of which she attributed to the condition of his pancreas. When asked by Mr Munroe if she discovered any fractures in the victims chest or skull, Dr Sands replied, No. The trial resumes today at LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 3 Surgeon says pancreas failure killed prisoner 11am in the Ansbacher House courtroom on Bank Lane before Justice Vera Watkins. DNAGIVES ITS BACKING TO WORKERS IN KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN DISPUTE CUSTOMERS read a sign informing them that KFC branches have been closed during the ongoing dispute between the company and the union representing staff members. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5

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EDITOR, The Tribune. ERIC BERTRAM CASH gave up the ghost Friday, 3rd February, at the advanced age of 93 years. He was my modern language teacher when I attended Prince Williams School from 1977 to 1980 (Forms 1 to 3) and one of my favourite dominies. I have fond and pleasant memories of him. He taught French and it was his introduction of the subject and his didacticism that made me fall in love with his classes, leading ultimately to my success in London GCE O-Level Exam. He made the classes come alive by entertaining us his pupils with the interesting details of his summer jaunts in Paris at LUniversite de La Sorbonne, and his many and varied experiences while in France, which Van Dyke described as Paris is a womans town with flowers in her hair, while London is a mans town, with power in the air. From his very enlightening exchanges with the class, we left with a deeper apprecia tion, broader education and greater love of the French culture, music, the country and its people. In addition to his duties of teaching the language of the Gauls, he ulitised his great musical ability by playing the piano for morning assemblies. Eric Cash was a Pedagogue who was never feared, but favoured by his ecoliers, never shunned but welcomed, and not hated but respected. He loved teaching, and it was quite evident to all that he saw teaching as his vocation or calling, rather than a profession or job, for which he had to be monetarily com pensated. Would that there were more teachers like him today. Henry Van Dyck wrote:- And what of teaching? Ah! There you have the worst of all the vocations. Do not enter it unless you love it. For the vast majority of men and women it has not promise of wealth or fame but they to whom it is dear for its own sake are among the nobility of mankind. I sing the praise of the unknown teacher who lights many candles which in later years will shine back to cheer him. This is his reward. Eric Bertram Cash was among the nobility of mankind. He entered teaching for the love of it. His compensation was found in see ing his students excel in the world and live decent balanced lives. He was always delighted to meet his former students, and to enquire of their progress on the stage of life. I am extremely proud to be able to count him amongst my professeurs and I will forever sing his praise for the candle he lit in my life. Adieu, Monsieur Cash. Requiescat in pace. GEORGE L L HEASTIE Nassau, February 13, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. CONTRARY to popular belief, children born in The Bahamas to illegal migrants are not entitled to be registered for citizenship. Two examples illustrate this point: Example one: Peter buys a car, which he then gives to his wife as a gift. Later, the police determine that the car was stolen and confiscates the car. Peter bought the car in good faith and neither he nor his wife knew that the car was stolen. Is Peter or his wife entitled to keep the car? No! But he didnt know that the car was stolen, and paid for the car. Still no! Why not? Because the car was illegally obtained (ie it was stolen). A legal act (sale of the car) cannot result from an illegal act (stolen car). So even though Peter and his wife did nothing wrong, they cannot profit/ benefit from the illegal act (sale of a stolen car). They are not entitled to keep the car. (By the way, a similar sit uation was recently reported in the media). Example two: Joseph is a wealthy man. He owns expensive cars, boats, and a big house. He has a young stayat-home wife and two young children that live with him in his big house. One day, Joseph is arrested and charged for criminal activity. At the trial, Joseph is found guilty and it is determined that all of his wealth was obtained from his criminal activity. All of his possessions, the expensive cars, boats, big house are confiscated. Josephs wife and two young children must move out of the house, they have no other possessions and nowhere to go. Can his wife and young children keep the house? No! Can they keep a car? No! Why not? Because the wealth was illegally obtained (from criminal activity). A legal act cannot result from an illegal act. So even though his wife and children did nothing wrong, they cannot profit/benefit from his illegal acts (criminal acts). They are not entitled to keep Josephs wealth. Now to the case at hand: The Constitution of The Bahamas is the highest law in the land; it is the supreme law. It is a set of fundamental principles or rules by which a sovereign state (The Bahamas) is governed. The rule of law is a fundamental principle of any constitution, ours is no exception. Any act that is contrary to the rule of law (i.e. that breaks the law) is contrary to the constitution. The constitution cannot condone an illegal act; to do so would render the constitution itself null and void. Now whereas The Constitution of The Bahamas provides for a person born in The Bahamas to parents who are not Bahamian citizens to apply to be registered as a Bahamian upon attaining the age of 18 years, this entitlement may only be afforded to persons who acted according to the rule of law (ie parents that were in the country legal ly at the time of birth). An illegal immigrant (illegal is the key word) broke the law, and therefore the child of an illegal immigrant is not entitled to apply to register as a Bahamian because the entitlement was illegally obtained. Even though the child did nothing wrong, the child cannot profit/benefit from the illegal act (illegal migration of the parents). The child is not entitled to apply to be registered as a Bahamian. Therefore, all Bahamian citizenships granted in these circumstances are unconstitutional, illegal and therefore void and of no effect. As regards the children of illegal Haitian immigrants, applying the law of the land will not make these children stateless. According to Article II of the Haitian Constitution, any person born of a Haitian father or Haitian mother...possesses Haitian nationality at the time of birth, therefore the child is a Haitian national at birth. Further, The Constitution of The Bahamas requires that foreign nationals who apply for Bahamian citizenship must first renounce the citizenship of the other country in order to receive Bahamian citizenship. Therefore, even if we assume that these children of Haitian parents are entitled to apply to be registered, given that these children are Haitian at birth, did they renounce their Haitian citi zenship? If not, then by law, Bahamian citizenship cannot be conferred on these persons, making these grants of citizenship unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect. We are a small country, a few people. Why do we so foolishly give away our coun try, our birthright? Mr Prime Minister, Mr Attorney General, Mr Minister of Immigration, we are a small country, a few people, please do your job and protect our country, protect our sovereignty, protect our birthright otherwise we will be a small country, with many peo ple but we wont be Bahamian. GENERATION BAHAMIAN Nassau, February 6, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS 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.) LL.D., D.Litt 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 Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama JUST after accepting the least-wanted job in Greece more than three months ago, Lucas Papademos pointedly remarked that he was not a politician. But the former central banker, appointed interim prime minister with the Herculean task of staving off bankruptcy and keeping Greece in the single currency group he helped the country join in 2001, has developed a knack for knocking notoriously fractious party leaders heads together. Holding together an unlikely coalition, Papademos, 64, has since succeeded in getting two-thirds of the Greek Parliament to impose hugely unpopular cutbacks on an austerity-weary nation, winning one of the most crucial votes in the countrys modern history on Feb 13. And in the early hours of Tuesday, he achieved the main mission of his brief interim mandate: To secure $172 billion in rescue loans out of Greece's increasingly unwilling European partners and the International Monetary Fund, while wiping $141 billion off the countrys privately held debt to help stave off a potentially disastrous default on its bond payments next month. Its no exaggeration to say that today is an historic day for the Greek economy, Papademos said after the agreement early Tuesday. Failure to secure the bailout would have been catastrophic, with Papademos warning of uncontrollable economic chaos and social explosion. Greece would have defaulted on its debts late next month, and might well have been forced to revert toa heavily devalued form of its former national currency, the drachma. The deal has come at a price, however. The country has agreed to change its constitution, to give priority to debt servicing payments that will be put directly every quarter into a segregated account. On top of this, the Greek Parliament has agreed to a stringent round of austerity measures and the leaders of the country's political parties have pledged to continue with the cuts and controls should they come to power. According to the terms of his political appointment, the unelected Papademos could soon step down, ahead of national elections originally set for this month but put off for late April due to delays with the twin deal. The Massachusetts Institute of Technol ogy-educated economist is in a peculiar position: he is currently more popular than most of the elected politicians Greeks blame for nurturing the bloated, inefficient, spend thrift and corrupt public sector their parties built over the past four decades. However, his critics in Athens see Papademos as the messenger for their countrys creditors. And Papademos has also seen his popularity decline as Greece enters a fifth year of deep recession with a million people more than a fifth of the work force unemployed. A Public Issue poll for private Skai TV and Kathimerini newspaper found that positive opinions of Papademos have fallen from 55 to 46 per cent over the past three months, while negative opinions rose from 18 to 48 per cent. Papademos selection in November followed 10 days of political chaos triggered by the shock announcement by his Socialist predecessor, George Papandreou, that he wanted to put the European bailout deal to a referendum. Fears that the popular vote could scupper the agreement led to mayhem on international markets, infuriated European leaders and triggered a revolt among Papandreous own Socialist lawmakers that led to his resignation. The subsequent interim coalition headed by Papademos is an historic marriage of the Socialists with the conservative New Democracy party bitter political foes that have ruled Greece in turn over the past 37 years of democratic government since the fall of the 1967-74 military dictatorship. Officials from some of the other 16 countries that use the euro privately express disappointment with Papademos record, drawing unfavourable comparisons with Italys Monti, a former Commissioner who took over about the same time following political turmoil. Both countries are struggling with recession albeit on different scales. Italys gross domestic product of $2.53 trillion shrank 0.5 per cent in the last three months of last year compared with same period in 2010. Greeces economy which stands at $297.5 billion fell 7 per cent in the same timeframe. Monti managed to ease market pressure on Italy by quickly passing reforms through parliament and giving the country a respectable face after the antics of his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi. But in con trast to Papademos, Monti was able to appoint outside experts bankers, diplo mats and business executives to his 18seat cabinet and not politicians, a difference that has been noted in Brussels. Papademos 45-member cabinet is clut tered with ministers left over from the previous Socialist government, some of whom seem more preoccupied with running for the partys leadership or bickering with the conservatives, rather than getting the job done. During extensive riots the night Parliament approved the new austerity measures, police were unable to prevent vandals from burning, smashing and loot ing more than 100 Athenian businesses. Illegal immigration remains unchecked, while crime rates are high. The government of Mr Papademos is not a technical team, European Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio told a journalist who accused the EU of installing a technocratic regime in Greece. I invite you to look closely at the composition of the government. This article is by Nicholas Paphitis of the Associated Press. Constitution cannot back illegal act LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Ex-central banker who won a bailout Af ond adieu to Monsieur Cash

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By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald accused Senator Dion Foulkes of negligence in his presentation of allegations against PLP MP Fred Mitchell. This came during Mr Fitzgeralds contribution to the Senate debate on amendments to the Parliamentary Election Act, during which Mr Foulkes admitted he was not aware of the police investigation into the foreign affairs official who accused Mr Mitchell, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, of attempted visa fraud. Mr Fitzgerald said he is offended by the way the Senate has functioned over the last two sessions. He said rather than debate important legislative matters before Parliament on the eve ofan election, the governing party is using the Senate for political purposes. Mr Fitzgerald said: It appears to me that unfortu nately the Senate is being manoeuvred and used to play a political game. Referring to the visa fraud allegations, Mr Fitzgerald said Mr Foulkes should have been aware of a report on the polices investigation into Mr Mitchells accuser, issued on May 8, 2007, which showed who was at fault and where the corruption really lay in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He added that based on the reports findings, the civil servantwho accused Mr Mitchell was removed from the depart ment by the newly appointed FNM Foreign Affairs Minister. On a point of order, Mr Foulkes rose to say he was unaware of the police investi gation or its findings at the time he tabled the Wikileaks cables in which Mr Mitchell is accused. He said: I never knew about the report from the police, as a matter of fact the first time I read the report was when it was revealed by the former Minister of For eign Affairs Mr Fred Mitchell, and thats the first time I read the report, he said. Either Mr Foulkes knew about the report, or neglected to research the matter properly, Mr Fitzgerald said. It was a dereliction of duty on his (Mr Foulkes) part to come and talk about an incident without speaking to the minister responsible to get the facts, he said. Mr Fitzgerald said the Fox Hill MP nor his colleagues were given an opportunity to defend the allegations made against Mr Mitchell prior to the suspension of the Senate. He said the Senate should not be a place to scandalize members or attack their reputation. On February 15, Mr Foulkes tabled a US Embassy cable released by Wikileaks, in which it was claimed the Fox Hill MP pressured Foreign Affairs staff to grant visas to 30 ineligible Chinese nationals. The document details a conversation between a former US consular chief and a senior Foreign Affairs official, who claimed the visa applicants were sponsored by former PLP MP Sidney Stubbs. The civil servant accused Mr Mitchell of "complicity in visa fraud by pressuring his staff to issue visas to ineligible visa applicants and, specifically, to unqualified Chinese nationals," the embassy official wrote in his cable to the State Department. Denying the claims, Mr Mitchell produced a police report showing his accuser was herself suspected of issuing visas in return for cash. A statement issued by Mr Mitchell called the allegations well worn stories issued by a disgruntled employee. He said: "The allegations are in every particular untrue, false and misleading. I demand a retraction and apology from the minister (Mr Foulkes) from forthwith for repeating these false state ments in public if he has any decency." LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 5 ACCORDING to a photograph on the FNMs website, newly retired Ambassador to China, Elma Campbell, took part in the FNM South Beach constituency opening on February 21. FNM Senator Dion Foulkes revealed that Mrs Campbell resigned her post on January 31. She, therefore, had not attended a political function as a sitting ambassador. Mrs Campbells presence at the FNM event was a source of heated exchange in the Senate yesterday after PLP Allyson Maynard-Gibson sought to table a photograph of her. She was stopped by Senate President Lynn Holowesko who said she would not rule on the matter until investigations were launched to determine the photos date and authenticity. In last weeks senate session, questions concerning the number of sitting ambassadors were raised by opposition members. However, comments were expunged and would remain so, said Senate President Holowesko, until hard evidence of the allegations could be produced. Campbells presence at FNM event a source of heated exchange in Senate Senator Fitzgerald accuses Foulkes of negligence ELMA CAMPBELL It appears to me that unfortunately the Senate is being manoeuvred and used to pla ya political game. PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald PLP SENATOR JEROME FITZGERALD

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Governor General welcomes Police Staff Associations new slate of executives LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE COURTESY CALL: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes welcomed the Police Staff Associations new slate of executive members during a courtesy call at Government House on February 21. Shown (l-r) are Sgt Josey, Insp Johnson, Sir Arthur, Sgt Smith and Sgt Armbrister. Standing (l-r) are Cpl Collie, Cpl Barr, WPC Jones and PC Miller. Photo by Patrick Hanna /BIS

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Sailor Sergei Morozov completed the second leg of his sail around the world, arriving safely in Grand Bahama from Bermuda on Wednesday. He set sail on December 5 from Halifax, Nova Scotia on his 35ft C&C sailboat to Bermuda, completing the first leg of a very difficult journey. Mr Morozov an experienced mariner and professional navigator had encountered rough conditions in the Atlantic and had to manually steer his sailboat after the self-steering system failed. He arrived in Bermuda on December 24 and stayed there until necessary repairs were completed before continuing on to Grand Bahama. Mr Morozov, who is sailing solo with his cat, was towed into the Port Lucaya Marina after more than two weeks at sea. His motor and sail were damaged in a storm. Unlike the first leg, he said itwas smooth sailing for most of the way to Grand Bahama. His fingers were very dry and peeling. It was much better than between Halifax and Bermuda,he said. The weather was much nicer for most of the way except for one storm. Mr Morozov said he purchased the old sailboat for $1,000 and spent $30,000 repairing it. The vessel is old and I bought it eight months ago I fell in love with the boat the first time I saw it, he said. He said he was painfully exhausted after having to manually steer the boat. The steering almost killed me, he said. According to the Royal Gazette Online, Mr Morozov steered by hand for six days, almost 24 hours a day. Mr Morozov said he plans to sail from Grand Bahama to the Panama Canal. From there, he will sail the Pacific Ocean to the French Polyne sia, then to North Australia and on to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. He will then sail to Cape Town, South Africa, and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, then back to Halifax. After sailing around the world, Mr Morozov will attempt to embark on a much more difficult project he will attempt to row around the world. No one did it before. One person died and another quit I will try to be first one, he said. When I couldnt find enough money for my rowing around the world trip, I decided to sail around the world to see the route for myself; to see how currents and winds work for rowing the boat, he said. Morozov said that his daughter has been concerned about his safety, but knows he is a very experienced navigator. Grand Bahama resident Shaun Bean, who has been in contact with Morozovs daughter, said she was relieved to learn that he had arrived safely in Grand Bahama. She was wondering about her dad and if he arrived, but she knows he is a capable mariner. I am happy he is here safe and sound. Mr Prebin Olsen kindly agreed to help tow him in and give him a slip at Port Lucaya, she said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 7 Morozov completes second leg of sailing around the world Arrives safely in Grand Bahama from Bermuda GRAND BAHAMA resident Shaun Bean (left) poses with Russian Sailor Sergei Morozov (holding his cat above) as he arrived in Grand Bahama on Wednesday at Port Lucaya Marina,completingthe second leg of hissail around the world. Photos by Denise Maycock

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THE organising secretary of the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival said the festival should be a household name in the Bahamas because of the range of islands and genres covered each year. This festival is truly a national festival, said Keva Cartwright during the announcement of the 53rd annual instalment. It is the only festival of its type in the entire country, something that I think we should be so proud of. Ms Cartwright said she recently spoke to a regional cultural stakeholder who was dumbfounded at how long the festival has endured. She added that the festival is not just for seasoned artists, but gives opportunities to those new to the arts. It is to sharpen the skills of young artists, Ms Cartwright said. It is also nothing for you to play at. To be a national win ner is really something big. You can use this on your rsum when you go off to college, even at the workplace or on certain jobs. It is a big deal. Ms Cartwright noted that if a singer enters a heavily contested category, such as gospel singing, they are competing against every singer in the country. If you win that, you are the best in the nation at that age level, she said. People believe that everything is happening in New Providence; but some of our best people come from the more remote islands. In drama, for instance, Inagua is off the chain. Then there are islands like Long Island and the like. Grand Bahama and New Providence sometimes seem like they believe they are the only ones on the map and they are not. Ms Cartwright said the festival can attract as many as 30,000 entrants in a given year, is free to the public dur ing adjudications and open to adult entries in the commu nity classes. I hope that the day comes when we can bring them all together to New Providence so that we all can see that the rest of the country is there, Ms Cartwright said. It is just that they do not have that exposure. The 2012 E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival starts adjudications on March 5 in New Providence, March 6 in Grand Bahama, and then nationwide. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE ARTS FESTIVAL SHOULD BE A HOUSEHOLD NAME SNUG CORNER, Acklins Comedy is the order of the day for Acklins Central High School student Dienzo Louis during last years adjudications. DUNDAS TOWN, Abaco Gentry Morris (left) and Basil Been sing a rousing duet version of "The Lord's Prayer", during last years adjudications at the Central Abaco Primary School. This festival is truly a national festival. It is the only festival of its type in the entir e country, something that I think we should be so proud of . Kev a Cartwright

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 13 THE new bypass road under construction on the Great Abaco highway is taking shape. Six months ago, the Government awarded a contract for $965,818,95 to Knowles Construction and Development Company Ltd to build the bypass road in Central Abaco. There is traffic congestion in downtown, said Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant. This road will eliminate the heavy traffic in the downtown area which permits one to land at Marsh Harbour International Airport and proceed to north Abaco without going downtown. The road connects from the south and brings you to the airport. It will take you to downtown as well, just past the Government Administra tion building. On the west, it will take you to North Abaco, he added. Great Abaco highway bypass taking shape ISLAND ADMINISTRATOR Cephas Cooper (left) and Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport, discuss plans for the Abaco Bypass Road. Photos: Letisha Henderson/BIS NEKO GRANT, Minister of Public Works and Transport (fourth from left), speaks with officials about the progress of work on the Abaco Bypass Road. Also shown (third from left) is permanent secretary Colin Higgs, resident engineer John Schaefer and administrator Cephas Cooper.

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Enriched Pre-sifted Proven For all your baking needs, trust Distributed byThe dAlbenas Agency Ltd, Tel: 242-677-1441 Madeira St, Palmdale RESTAURANTS (Bahamas) Limited has confirmed that its nine KFC Nassau locations will remain closed as a result of the illegal strike action ordered by union bosses. The company claims this strike was supervised by paid union organisers in each store, who ensured KFC employees sat down and did not work on Monday. Following the last round of strikes, KFC Nassau said, it notified its employees and the union that should any further illegal industrial action occur, the stores would be closed, and would only reopen when an industrial agreement was reached. Such irresponsible actions only continue to inconvenience KFCs cus tomers, said a spokesman. The Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union still does not have a strike vote or a certificate to strike, the company noted. The spokesman said: On Monday, union officials located in each store instructed staff to sit down and cease work. This disruption to the restaurants operations was an illegal industrial act, and has caused an inconvenience to our customers, as well as thousands of dollars worth of product that could not be sold due to the closure of the restaurants and instead was donated to charitable organisations. Any good trade unionist would have secured the necessary authorisation to strike before doing so. Were disappointed that employees jobs have been put at risk by such irresponsible conduct. KFC Nassau said it intends to fully exercise its rights as an employer faced with an illegal strike action. The company is unable to reopen its restaurants and bring its employees back to work without completion of a new industrial agree ment. Based on this illegal action, the company is unwilling to pay any employees while stores remain closed. On several previous occasions the company endured the illegal industrial action sponsored by the union, and continued as best it could to operate its business. On this occasion the company is unwilling to operate in this hostile environment. KFC Nassau also said it has not as yet received a claim for recognition from the union. The procedure set out in the Industrial Relations Act calls for the employer to be served with a claim for recognition, which is then followed by either an acceptance or rejection of the claim within the prescribed period, said the KFC spokesman. Certification of recognition must be preceded by a claim for recognition to the employer. The union was unavailable for com ment when contacted by The Tribune last night. KFCstores closed for third day in dispute ONE OF the closed KFCrestaurants. The company released a statement yesterday saying that it was faced with illegal strike action and will not pay employees while stores remain closed. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff

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ALFRED POITIER, DNA candidate for Sea Breeze, noted that according to employment laws, employ ers cannot take away a benefit that an employee is already receiving without the employees consent or that of the bargaining unit of the employees. He said this seems to be the case according to information provided by KFC, who are requesting a reduction in the salary range for their employ ees. Mr Poitier said: Realisti cally, I do not know any bargaining unit that would readily agree to that. Mr Poitier posed several questions to KFC, seeking to know: Have they sought to reduce any other expenses other than salary? What is the exact financial position of the business? How has the volume of traffic in the business decreased over the last 12, 24 or 36 months? If the volume of business decreased, did KFC reduce the staff count? We must be mindful that the livelihood of many of our Bahamian brothers and sis ters Bahamian families, are being adversely affected due to this issue during an already poor economic period. Openness is key to a favorable solution, Mr Poitier said, adding that the party prays that calm heads prevail and hopes that the employees are protected from a loss of jobs or income. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, FEBRUARY 23, 2012, PAGE 15 The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***Heading to Canada for University? McGill University McMaster University University of Guelph University of T oronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario Ifyou are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our scholarships!Undergraduates onlyApplications must be in by March 31st, 2012 Application forms may be obtained by writing to The Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box N 4857, Nassau, Bahamas The Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by High Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr. Joseph Tomlinson Sales & Full Service Department Rosetta & Montgomery Streets 322-2188/9 | E: geoffjones@comcast.net www.geoffreyjonesandco.com The full assortment of GE Energy Smart CFLs found at Geoffrey Jones will help you save energy, save money, and help protect the environment in nearly every xture in your home.BRIGHT Effective.& owner, RBL, to reach a swift and immediate resolution that protects the interest of workers. The party said it will continue to champion workers rights and map out the way forward for swiftly resolving union and management disputes. A DNA government will be one where workers are seen as the beneficiaries instead of adversaries of government, the statement said. The DNA said it recognises that it is time the diligent, mobile workers of this nation reap the benefits of their labour and, in doing that, a DNA-government will be their support system to facilitate this progression. On Tuesday, the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union was certified as the official bargaining agent for KFC line staff by Minister Foulkes. This came in response to managements announcement that it was withdrawing recognition of the union as a dispute over wages and working conditions rages on. The move brought to an end a more than three-decades-old relationship. Although Mr Foulkes has maintained that there are no legal provisions that speak to the terms of voluntary recognition of a union, BHCAWU officials claim the decision disregarded due process and represented an outright attack on the 300 KFC workers. DNAGIVES ITS BACKING TO WORKERS IN KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN DISPUTE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e t t h h r r e e e e POITIER POSES QUESTIONS OVER BARGAINING SEABREEZE candidate Alfred Poitier has asked several questions of KFCmanagement.

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When Shermans body was identified by his wife and family outside of the morgue on Monday morning, his wife had to be whisked away by loved ones as she fought to compose herself. Shermans brother, Greg, informed The Tribune at that time that his family was heartbroken and unable to come to terms with his death. It hasnt hit us all yet. Its been really rough on his wife. What is even more distressing is that he leaves behind two young children, a 10-yearold boy and a daughter who is eight. They were his world. I dont think 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 to ease the burden on my broth ers wife and kids. My brother had a really big heart. He was a good person. He would take the shirt off his back for you and anyone else. This whole incident is very senseless to us. What have we come to as a nation when we cant live together in peace as brothers and sisters? We just seem to be killing up each other. There is no value on life anymore $40 and a cell phone? Is that what my brother is worth? Something is seriously wrong with that, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Wife quizzed over bankers murder EMERGENCY crews on the scene at the time of the murder. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff CROWDS at the scene in Yamacraw Road following the murder. THEVICTIMS body is taken away.

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happened so fast she didnt have time to be scared about what was happening. I wasnt doing anything really. He did all the work, she says of her husband whose friends, upon learning of his role in his daughters birth, started calling him Dr Drew. It was so important to have someone on the phone at Doctors Hospital keep me calm and talk me through everything, said Lamarque, adding they dont teach you how to deliver a baby in Lamaze class. When you think about all that could have happened or gone wrong, it really seems surreal. If she had come out a split second earlier before I put my hands there she could have fallen on the floor or if I hadnt gotten someone on the phone at Doctors to walk me through it, I just wonder, he said. Doctors Hospitals Vice President of Patient Care Services Dorcena Nixon is proud of her teams ability to provide top quality healthcare regardless of the circumstances. At Doctors Hospital we pride ourselves on being a leader in healthcare, but its extremely rewarding to see how our associates are able to step up to the plate and help patients and their families even when they find themselves in such unusual circumstances, she said. Lamarque, a relationship officer with Scotiabank, commended Doctors Hospital for the treatment they received at every stage of their babys birth. I have to say you have wonderful staff here. I like how you check around the clock on the patients. Its been a wonderful experience. Even when we came to register, it wasnt a hard process. Customer service is everything and I must say its been wonderful for us. The service here is amazing, he said. Knowing that his wife and new baby are fine, he now jokes that Lamiea was born early and in a hurry because she heard his voice and couldnt wait to meet him. There is another theory at play, though. Lynieka believes baby Lamiea just wanted to add to a family tradition. She was born on Valentines Day and her older brothers birthday is Christmas Day. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 THE TRIBUNE DOCTORS HOSPITAL STAFF TALK FATHER THROUGH BABYS DELIVERY OVER THE TELEPHONE HAPPY FAMILY: Lynieka Drew and baby Lamiea, who was born at home on Valentines Day, pose for a photo with daddy Lamarque Drew.FROM page 1