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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Wife accused in bankers murder Volume: 108 No.75TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNAND SHOWERS HIGH 83F LOW 70F By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter c email@example.com THE wife of murdered banker Stephen Shermana ppeared in court yesterday accused of conspiring to have him killed. R enae Knowles-Sherman, 4 3, was arraigned and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and abetment to mur-d er. Two other men were arraigned with her on the same matter before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez. Knowles-Sherman was not required to enter a plea and will be served with a voluntary bill of indictment on May 16. The two men who were arraigned with her were also not required to enter a plea and will also be served with a voluntary bill of indictment on May 16. Janaldo Farrington was charged with murdering Mr Sherman. He was also charged with armed robbery, accused of stealing a mobilep hone and cash from Mr Sherman and of robbing a juvenile of cash. Jermaine Russell was c harged with conspiracy to commit murder and abetment to murder. A nother man, Cordero B ethel, 21, of Pinewood Gardens, was arraigned last Thursday for multiple chargeso f armed robbery and also being involved in the murder of Mr Sherman. During the arraignment he passed out on the tile floor of Court Six. All of those accused of Mr Shermans murder were denied bail and were remanded to Her Majestys Prison. A crowd of Mr Shermans family gathered outside the magistrates court complex on Nassau Street, heckling Knowles-Sherman as she was led into the courthouse. During her arraignment, Knowles-Sherman sat staring Conspiracy c harge over mans killing TRY OUR DOUBLE F ISH FILET The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OSCARDRESSES RATED BY THE FASHION POLICE PAGE B11 HUGH CAMPBELL 30TH BASKETBALL CLASSIC INSPORTTODAY W W H H O O A A R R E E T T H H E E C C H H A A M M P P I I O O N N S S ? ? THE WIFE of Steven Sherman, Renae Knowles-Sherman, is led into court yesterday, centre, with shack les on her legs. She is accused of conspiring to kill her husband. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff HELPUS T ORAISE TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR BREAST C ANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD $1M By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org S CORES of people gath e red yesterday on Andros Avenue, minutes after the b ody of a 19-year-old man was left bullet-riddled and lying on a dirt road. The victim, who a police source has identified as R enardo Minnis, was known to authorities. An onlooker, who did not w ant to be identified, said the victim was known in the community as a drug dealer, who o ften worked the streets. He said: He was young, but he was out here selling his lil drugs. That boy wasnt h umble with it though, he was bold and didn't respect his elders. Yesterday he had a lil argument with someone and today they came back ands hot him. Police last night said they could not confirm a motive or if the murder was drugr elated. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes said he is tentatively hopeful about the progress of negotiations between KFC Nassau and union officials. Following several hours of talks yesterday, Mr Foulkes said some headway had been made, and he believes the dispute which led to the closure of all nine KFC locations in the capital last week can be brought to an end. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MINISTER of Sports Charles Maynard yes terday dismissed claims made by the PLP that the national stadium was not up to par with international standards. Mr Maynard was responding to Fred Mitchell, the Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, who said the new track and the field may have to be dug up at a cost to the Bahamian people to comply with international regula By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A POLICEMAN accused of abetting his colleague in the assault of a prisoner who died months later was acquit ted in Supreme Court yester day. Constable Tavares Bowleg, charged with Corporal Dono van Gardiner in connection with the death of 28-year-old Desmond Key, was acquitted of his abetment charge yesterday afternoon when Jus tice Vera Watkins directed the nine-member jury to deliver a not guilty verdict. It is alleged that Gardiner beat father-of-six Desmond Key with a baseball bat at the Grove police station in June 2007 while Bowleg watched. TEENAGER LEFT DEAD IN ROAD AFTER SHOOTING PLP CRITICISM OF S T ADIUM REJECTED MINIS TER HOPEFUL OF KFC PR OGRESS POLICEMAN ACQUITTED IN TRIAL S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9
DEFENDING All-Island Senior Young Chef champi o n Dwayne Sinclair emerged as the winner of the competi tions 2012 New Providence l eg. After the results were announced, the Temple Christian High School student said he plans to again compete in the national championships, scheduled to be held on March 15 when $3,300 in scholarships will be at stake. "The competition again saw a number of new and interesting dishes, said Sharon Ferguson, Ministry of Education home economics officer and co-ordinator for the championships. The event, now in its 20th year, is sponsored by Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour, both distrib uted in the Bahamas by Asa H Pritchard Ltd, and is organised by Keith Parker of PS Advertising and Pub lic Relations. Dwayne won with 709 points, gaining 355 points for his Island Crack Conch Cannelloni with Lobster and Corn Relish and 354 points for his Bahama Pina Colada Explosion, judged "Best Mahatma Rice" and "Best Robin Hood Flour" dishes, respectively. Chef Ron Johnson of Savory Art said: Annually, the Junior Chef Competition consistently impresses me and other professionals in the culi nary field. It is remarkable to see the display of creativity and skill from high school stu dents. I am assured in saying that the variety and types of dishes they concoct are advanced for their level; I cant even remember mak ing these types of dishes at such a young age. Every year the level progresses, as it should. Mr Dwayne Sinclairs dishes were truly paramount in terms of execution, cre ativity and skill. For a split s econd, I thought a professional chef was in the kitchen. It was amazing how he maximised flavours and com plemented them. For example, the way he wrapped his cooked rice around the flattened conch (similar to sushi sented it quietly put a smile on my face. I look forward to seeing his star rise in the culi nary galaxy. The runner-up was Antonique Williams of CV Bethel Senior High School with 686 points. She scored 352 for her Sunshine Rice Roll and 334 for Chocolate Strawberry Dou ble Decker. Third place went to Deja Burrows of Queens College with 683 points. Dejas Island Conch and Crawfish Tart with a MangoCurry Essence scored 351 points. Her Eleuthera Pineapple and Coconut Mahatma Rice Flan scored 332 points. The top two go on to the 20th annual Mahatma Rice/Robin Hood Flour National (All Island Young Chef Championship. Schools choose their own champion young chefs, who compete on each island or in a district. Each island or district sends its own champion to compete for the title of Bahamas Champion Young Chef. This year's final will be hosted at CC Sweeting Senior High School in Nassau. Judging in New Providence were chefs Carolyn Bowe and Tiffany Barton of the Wynd ham Resort; Ron Johnson of Savory Art; private chef Keisha Bonimy; and Eldred Saunders of the Culinary Hos pitality Management Institute (CHMI LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 THE TRIBUNE A MB ESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating SENIOR APPOINTMENTPatricia Hermanns,President & CEO of Family Guardian,has announced the appointment of Lyrone Burrows to the position of Senior Vice President, Operations for the FamGuard Group of Companies. Lyrone Burrows joined Family Guardian in 2002 and most recently held the position of Vice President,Investments.In his new role,he will have responsibility for all of the Compans customer service and insurance operations including BahamaHealth Group Operations. Mr.Burrows holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Barry University, Florida,and the FLMI designation (with distinction). The Company congratulates Mr.Burrows on his promotion.NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com A member of the FamGuard Group of CompaniesLyrone Burrows,BSc., FLMISenior Vice President, Operations Champion chef ready to defend national title TWO OF Dwayne Sinclairs dishes, Island Crack Conch Cannelloni with Lobster and Corn Relish, left, and Bahama Pina Colada Explosion served w ith Bailey's Tamarind Ice Cream and a Coconut Benne Crumble. D WAYNE SINCLAIR i s pictured putting the finishing touches on his Bahama Pina Colada Explosion. Photo: Deanndra Ferguson /PS News/Features
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Concerned residents of Abaco are calling on the developers of Bak ers Bay and the Discovery Land Company to recommence their monitoring of the reef systems around Guana Cay. Environmental group Abaco CARES said proper inde pendent scientific studies need to be done to determine the cause of sustained reef damage. A statement said: Abaco CARES was formed by people who care about Abaco whether its the environment, the use of harmful petroleum products to run power plants, or protecting the blue holes of Abaco. We have a duty to protect the beauty of Abaco because that is the main reason why people come here. All of us locals by birth, Bahamians that have fallen in love with Abaco and moved here, second homeowners who have chosen to invest in Abaco, visitors to our beautiful Abaco, and most important, the resorts of Abaco that employ so many of us need to take a look at ourselves and see if we are doing all we can to protect the environment of Abaco. If the clean water is gone, our tourists will be gone too. The group claimed a study has shown that the reefs around Guana Cay are being damaged by the golf course at Bakers Bay. Bakers Bay and Discovery Land Company need to know, so they can honour their word to the Bahamian people, the statement said. According to the group, consistent scientific monitoring of the reefs is needed to find the exact cause of the problem, and identify a solution. This cost money. The monitoring of the reef was stopped, and we are asking Bakers Bay to recommence their monitoring of the reefs, and to use an independent company that is reputable and is agreed on by all involved, the statement said. The group said it is also important that the develop ers be transparent about the findings. Please keep your promises to your neighbours, the people of Guana Cay and the Bahamian people. There are many opinions going around and we feel it is time to take a stand and to have the proper scientific studies done, so that there is the scientific proof that is so needed to see what is causing harm to that portion of the reef. We all need to live togeth er and work together for the betterment of our environment and Abaco. Let us begin again by researching a problem that has been identified and find a solution to it. If money is needed to fund this study and Bakers Bay will not fund it, we should all find a way to accomplish this much-need ed task, the statement said. READERSof the Tribune h ave lambasted the PLP for its hypocritical stance on courting Haitian-Bahamian voters. This came after the party held a private meeting with Haitian rights advocates last w eek in a bid to drum up supp ort for their campaign just weeks after accusing the Free National Movement of manipulating the political process to gain votes from the very same bloc. PLP leader Perry Christie m et with the United Haitian Association in the Bahamas at the Church of the Nazareneon Minnie Street last Thursday. According to sources, the m eeting was staged to mend relations with the Haitian community over party statements criticising Haitian president Michel Martelly whom t he PLP alleged was brought to Nassau to encourage Haitian-Bahamians to vote for the FNM. San Souci Reader said the PLPs behaviour is a perfect e xample of the pot calling t he kettle black. Also, werent the PLP in Florida recently, just before t he Haitian president was here, trying to convince Bahamians living in FL tov ote for the PLP? Not only that, didnt they say that the Bahamian gove rnment should provide funds for them to travel and spread their message? Please! They so annoying. If I look up annoying in the dictionary, Id see their picture. Jackie said: Wow, you h ave to be kidding me! This is foolishness. The leaders today have to do better. The PLP are typical hypocrites, according to Jack Albury. One week they w ant to hang all Bahamians of Haitian descent and the next they are courting them for their votes. Besides being citizens and human beings, Haitian-B ahamians continue to make their contribution to the Bahamas, AND THEY ARE NOT STUPID! the reader said. Occupy Nassau said the PLP should be ashamed and lumped the DNA in with them after claims the new party also held a quiet meeting with Haitian-Bahamian l eaders. Shame, Shame on the PLP a nd DNA. All over the place holding press conferences a ccusing the FNM of bring ing the Haitian president here to court the Bahamians ofH aitian descend to vote for t hem. Now look whos going a round at night like Nicodemus trying to get votes. My God, shame on them. While addressing FNM supporters at the Southern Shores and Tall Pines constituency offices opening l ast week, Mt Moriah MP T ommy Turnquest said both the PLP and DNA are meeting with HaitianBahamians, despite their anti-immigrant stance in public. He said: All this meeting w ith members of the Haitian community is offensive. These people are Bahamian citizens. They are registered voters. Dont we proclaim that we support oneB ahamas? Cant the DNA and the PLP meet with born-Bahamians and Bahamians who trace their ancestry in theB ahamas for two or more generations and deliver the same message as they are delivering to Bahamian citizens born of Haitian parents? Why are they seeking to d ivide us? The FNM only has the s ame message for all Bahamians. We do believe in One B ahamas. We dont classify citizenship; we do not believe that some Bahamians shouldb e treated differently than o thers. We believe in equality, fairness and equity. Reader Bahamian Face a greed, advising HaitianBahamians to vote FNM, its the only party in this country t hat welcomes foreigners and deals with illegal immigrants with human skill and believes i n humanity. FLASHBACK to the Tribunes front page photograph showing Perry Christie as he arrived for a private meeti ng with Haitian leaders. The meeting came only weeks after the PLPaccused the FNMof manipulating the p olitical process to gain votes from Bahamians of Haitian descent and in the wake of the Haitian Presidents visit to the Bahamas. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012, PAGE 3 FREEPORT A man is said to be in critical condition at the Rand Memorial Hos-pital after being electrocuted at the Grand Bahama Ship yard. Sources identified the 35year-old victim as Ali Isusin, a Romanian resident of Grand Bahama. The Shipyard employee was reportedly painting an anchor aboard the ship, York Town Express, when he accidentally touched an electric wire. He was reportedly unresponsive when found. According to police sources on Grand Bahama, officials from the Shipyards safety department refused to cooperate with responding offi cers, insisting no one had called police and that the accident was an industrial mat ter. However, according to a statement issued by the Ship yard last night: The Royal Bahamas Police Force were given full access to the yard and GBS (the Shipyard co-operated fully with their investigation, which is a routine in any accident that requires emergency care. The statement said: The Grand Bahama Shipyard strives every day to maintain an accident free zone; staffhad recently been congratu lated for completing 247 days with out incident. The management and staff wish our fellow employee a speedy recovery. B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s email@example.com P LP OFFICIALS confirmed they boycotted the opening of the National Stadium on Saturday, claiming it was an obscene ceremony geared toward get t ing votes for the FNM. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham officially opened the new Thomas A Robinson Stadium over the weekend and only two opposition members showed up Leader Perry Christie and DeputyL eader Philip Brave Davis. P LP spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell, said the PLP did not want to be apart of the political show organ-i sed by the FNM but they also wanted to ensure they respected the Chinese gov ernment which funded the facility. The PLP was represented at the high est level by our leader and deputy leader. Mr Christie and Mr Davis went the open-i ng out of principle. We wanted to make sure no insult was perceived by the Chin ese. The rest of the party however wanted nothing to do with that political show.I n a time like this when people are suffering, it is ridiculous to spend that money on a party, he said. The Prime Minister and the govern m ent set the national priorities. How is $600,000 a national priority at this time? When Mr Christie negotiated for the stadium, it was in his view that it would be a gift to the next generation of ath letes. He wanted to enhance the talent a nd put the Bahamas on the world stage. The FNM took that idea and made it political. The whole thing was a show to get the Prime Minister re-elected. P LP chairman Bradley Roberts said he hoped Bahamians enjoyed every minute of the stadium opening pointing out it was their money that paid for it. Bahamians might not have chosen to spend hundreds of thousands of dollarso n a party when so many of our people are in deep trouble and could use some h elp. But, as usual, the FNM didnt consult with the people. Noting that the opening was timed to o ccur just prior to elections, Mr Roberts said he hopes Bahamians still remember the years of FNM mismanage ment. H e said: Underneath the big show, the FNM is a party that cannot keep Bahamians safe, a party which never puts Bahamians first and a party which has no clue how to create jobs or invest in peo ple. I think Bahamians know the differe nce between a party which can put on a b ig show and a party which knows how to govern. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture C harles Maynard said the PLPs boy cotting of the event was a clear exam ple of their childish, immature ways. During his remarks on Saturday, Prime Minister Ingraham recognised the PLP for helping to bring the stadium projectt o fruition. Readers hit out at hypocrisy of Christie over Haitian meeting PLPBOYCOTTED STADIUM OPENING SHIPYARD WORKER ELECTROCUTED IN ACCIDENT ABACO RESIDENTS DEMAND MONIT ORING OF REEF SYSTEMS
EDITOR, The Tribune. IF YOU would have asked me a month ago who It hought would win the gene ral election, I would have told you the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Christie and his so-called new PLP looked poised to topple P rime Minister Hubert Ingrah am and his newly revamped Free National Movement ( FNM) party at the polls. Based on the mood of the Bahamian electorate in NewP rovidence and Grand Bahama, many political analysts had already predicted a l andslide victory for the offic ial opposition party. I was thinking that the PLP was poised to win at least 25c onstituencies. But the recent turn of events surrounding the grant-i ng of citizenship status to hundreds of Haitian Bahamians and the surprising visit of Haitian President Michel Martelly to New Providence have all of a sudden changed the political landscape. All ofa sudden now it doesnt appear as if victory for Christie is all that certain. I say that because of the powerful Haitian vote in New Providence, Grand Bahama a nd in Abaco. Estimates vary, b ut according to some Bahamian analysts, there are between 30,000 to 60,000 ille g al Haitian immigrants living in The Bahamas. As to exactly how many Haitian Bahamians living int his country is anyones guess. To be sure, there are perhaps thousands of Haitians who w ere born here to illegal Haitian immigrants. Many of these Haitians are classified ass tateless. They have no n ationality. They have no birth certificate, drivers license, National Insurancec ard or passport, and they know absolutely nothing about their parents home l and. Many Bahamians are all up in arms over the recent reve lations about hundreds of H aitians receiving citizenship status by the FNM govern ment between 2007 and 2011 a nd the recent irresponsible comments by Haitian President Michel Martelly. A ccording to Foreign Affairs Minister Brent Symonette, about 2,600 legal immigrants were regularised by the Ingraham administration. Critics of the FNM believe that the Ingraham administration is trying to booster its chances of winning the election by giving these Haitians citizenship status. No one, however, can honestly accuset he FNM of any wrongdoing. I ngraham has done nothing i llegal. As the government of The Bahamas, the FNM is w ell within its right to grant citizenship status to those it deems to be eligible to receive it. W e are all aware that there a re thousands of stateless Haitians living in this count ry. The Bahamas is the only c ountry they know. Critics are charging that giving away citi zenship status to so many Haitians will only endear theI ngraham administration to t his powerful voting bloc. I think they are right. But this is not the first government to regularise hund reds of Haitians. Former P LP administrations have done the same thing. As it s tands right now, without the overwhelming support of the Haitian bloc, it would be extremely difficult to win an election in this country. A s a master political strategist, Ingraham is well aware of t his. Christie should know this a lso. We have allowed the ille gal Haitian immigration prob l em to reach crisis proportions. Now all of a sudden, the Haitian community is in the position to flex its politicalm uscle. I spoke to a 34-yearold Haitian Bahamian male recently and he told me that h e will never support the PLP. He told me that he received his Bahamian citizenshipu nder the FNM. He said that t he PLP isnt for Haitians, the FNM is. A friend of mine told me the other day that herH aitian Bahamian co-worker told their boss that her people will all support the FNM in t he upcoming election. Like the 34-year-old Haitian Bahamian man, the co-worker believes that the PLP is a gainst Haitians. Many Bahamians dont realise that these people (Haitian Bahamians to the various radio talk shows like them. By listening to these radio talk shows, they are given the impression that some Bahamians, especially critics of the Ingraham admin istration, are xenophobic or outright racists. While I appreciate the fact that we must protect our national sov-e reignty and borders, we must b e very careful not to treat Haitians as sub-humans. We must be careful not to create an atmosphere of us versus them. We should not seek to c reate an atmosphere that is s imilar to South Africas District nine. P resident Martelly told his people at the Church of God Auditorium to form a votingb loc and support the party that looks out for their best interests. Personally, I believe M artelly was wrong to tell H aitian Bahamians to support the party that looks out for their interests. He shouldh ave told them to vote for the party that looks out for the interests of all Bahamians, notj ust Bahamians of Haitian descent. Martelly has taken a lot of flack over those comments. The Haitian Embassy in Nassau and a group called United Haitian Association of The Bahamas have defend e d the Haitian president by saying that his comments were misunderstood. However, I dont believe his comments were misconstrued by those who heard them. H e explicitly admonished h is people to support the party that best serves their inter ests. You cannot get any c learer than that. Also, crit ics of the FNM government should not blame Ingraham for the controversial com-m ents of the Haitian presi dent. The prime minister did not write his speech, nor did h e encouraged the president to make those comments. In the final analysis, I b elieve Ingraham loves The B ahamas. I dont believe any of the silly conspiracies and unfounded rumours circulat i ng throughout New Providence about the FNM gov ernment selling out the coun t ry to Haitians in order to win the election. Such foolish, irresponsible statements are just as offensive as Martellys c omments and will only drive many more Haitians into the fold of the FNM. I believe the H aitian Bahamian community will punish the PLP at the polls for the comments thata re being made by its sup porters in the press. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, February 18, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 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 AT THE end of January, public service union president John Pinder gave Prime Minister Ingraham 48 hours to come to the table and outline what his governmentp lanned to give his union to avoid a strike. It is only months before a general elect ion and Mr Pinder now thinks he is in t he drivers seat. He is prepared to drive a hard bargain regardless of the fact that t he countrys economy is under pressure and cannot afford further increments. B ut as union and government faced each other with an election squeezed in between each knew what the other wast hinking. The government needed the unions votes, and the union intended to m ake them pay blood money for it. Mr Pinder said that while the union knew that the country was faced with its financial challenges, so are our members, because the cost of living continues to i ncrease and gas prices continue to increase. So whats new? Workers in the private s ector are experiencing the same hardships, only they do not have the govern-ment protection assured the civil service. W hen their employer can no longer afford t o keep them on staff, they are out beating t he pavement looking for someone else to take them in. W hen the global economic crash came in 2008, all countries large and small had to belt tighten to meet the crisis. The f irst place they started was massive lay offs in the civil service. One only has to turn on the television to see scuffles int he streets between those who have lost their jobs and governments that can no longer afford to employ them. In the Bahamas, where Mr Ingraham w ould have been certainly justified to trim the civil service for years acknowledged by both PLP and FNM to be top heavy h e chose to protect their employment. In this world crisis, it was probably the only civil service that was untouched when itc ame to a government looking for ways to r educe its deficit. It is ironic that the civil service union, whose members are secure in their posi t ions, are now taking advantage of an approaching election and threatening the government. T hey do not know how lucky they are and how much they owe to the decision of the Ingraham government to protect them. Its the rest of us, without this special pro t ection, who are having to pay their salaries. And now at this crucial moment, when even their leaders acknowledge thatg overnment cannot afford it, they want more and for obvious reasons they want it before the election. In a recent press briefing, Mr Pinder said that Mr Ingraham admitted that he could not commit to any general increase for the general public service. He said the country cant afford it. But, said Mr Pinder, we were able to at least get him to add another incrementt o every persons salary over the threeyear period and the industrial agreement s hould last if we are able to sign off on i t. What surprised us was Mr Pinders a dmission of an existing culture in the public service, which despite the count rys economic climate, still expected an increase in salaries before an election. It recalled a remark made by then deputyp rime minister AD Hanna when giving evidence before the Commission of I nquiry into gambling in the sixties he said that tiefing was recognised as part of the perks of a hotel workers job. During an election year, they normally get an increase in salary, Mr Pinder t old the press, not so much to say they are buying an election, but I believe in most of our industrial agreements, righta round that year, they normally would have received something. While we know the country may be f aced with its financial challenges, so are o ur members, because the cost of living c ontinues to increase and gas prices continue to increase. T he union, said Mr Pinder, will now focus its attention on getting other benefits for its members, many of whom are right on the poverty line. If we could get the government to at least agree to increase the increment thata t least the minimum is $600 that's a good help, since they can't give a general increase. In addition, Mr Pinder said he hopes t hat a health insurance to cover catastrophic illnesses can be agreed upon so that members who pay high premiums c an increase their savings. As early as next week we will see if that decision has changed or if anythingc an be put in writing for us to sign off o n, said Mr Pinder. He is prepared to put something in writing for us to be committed to or for the government to bec ommitted to in the event there is a change. Mr Pinder might not see this union prac t ice as buying an election, but from our point of view it is nothing less than extortion. It is no secret that before elections unions extort wages that the country can n ot afford. It is now time for this despica ble practice to end. We suggest that whichever government i s returned, serious consideration be given to banning all union negotiations during an election year. Negotiations should either be completed before a governments final term, or wait until after the election has been held. Haitians will punish the PLP LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org No union negotiations in election year EDITOR, The Tribune. RECENTLY, some Public Civil Servants were required to take exams and go on interviews for a couple of dollars. The problem is that some of these persons are almost ready to retire and were there some odd 17-30 plus years, then they have to go through stress just to get a promotion. They feel this is the only way out as some others never needed to take exams or be interviewed they got promoted because of who they were, and who they knew. I cry shame on the Public Service Department and feel they should do something better with their time and stop this slavery mentality some of them need to pasture themselves and see what it feels like to be degraded and frus trated, and when you are retired you should take a rest from the Public Service, because some of them frus trated many when they, were in the chair in the Public Service. I say to them Get lost and get a life.. CIVIL SERVANTS FRUSTRATED Nassau, February, 2012. Shame on public service policy
IN KEEPING with the US E mbassys ongoing efforts to support the empowerment of w omen and girls, and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the WomensS uffrage Movement in the Bahamas, two Bahamianw omen were given the o pportunity to participate in s eparate professional exchanges. Yamacraw MP Melanie G riffin participated in an exchange focused on Wom-e ns Leadership and Political P articipation, while Girl G uides Association Family I sland district commissioner Keva Nairn participated in a p rogramme focused on Girl Scouts and Girl Guides: Building and DevelopingC apacity for Girl-Serving Organisations. Both exchange opportunities were organised by the US Department of States O ffice of International Visi tor Leadership Programmes ( IVLP). O n Tuesday, February 21, Mrs Griffin and Miss Nairn paid a courtesy visit on theU S Charg dAffaires John Dinkelman to discuss their experiences in the United States. Mr Dinkelman affirmed the US Embassys support for advancing womens issues in t he Bahamas and pro grammes for underserved youth. M rs Griffin was selected to p articipate in the programme because she is a second gen eration female politician and because of her outstanding contribution to the advance ment of women in the B ahamas. Miss Nairn was selected because of her commitment to inspire and motivate young p eople through her work with the Bahamas Girl Guides A ssociation. During Mrs Griffins 10day visit to the UnitedS tates, she and other women leaders from six Caribbeanc ountries visited Washingt on DC, the state of New H ampshire, and New York City. They examined how international, national, and l ocal organisations serve, protect, and empowerw omen in all facets of daily l ife. The experience was great a nd the information gained and networking was invalua ble. The programme presented the opportunity for rich exchange of ideas, cul-t ure and best practices with women in leadership from sister countries, said Mrs Griffin. Miss Nairns three-week p rogramme was designed to explore the skills necessary f or cultivating young female l eaders and examine methods of helping them develop these skills, such as critical think-i ng, self-awareness and teambuilding. The programme included visits to Washington DC; Portland, Oregon; New York City; and Albany, New York. M iss Nairn was also afford ed the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scouts of theU SAs National Convention c elebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, which was held in Houston, Texas. The programme reaf firmed my purpose in life t o impact positive change in the youth of the Bahamas, Miss Nairn said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012, PAGE 5 Embassy supports exchange scheme to empower women AT THE launch of the scheme a re pictured, from left, Keva Nairn, US Charg dAffaires John Dinkelman, and MelanieG riffin.
Opinion by BARBARA RODGERSN EWBOULD BY NOW, most of us have reviewed our last years per f ormance, recommitted ourselves to new years resolutions, and started the process o f working toward this years goals. Its an exciting time of the y ear, a time of possibilities, b ecause we are still teeming with new ideas, armed with lessons learned from previousm istakes, and optimistic that this year will be better than the previous one. I f you are an astute businessperson, no doubt you have already begun strategising on how to accomplish y our goals. From experience, I will venture a guess that pri mary among those goals for m any managers and businesses, is increasing your bot tom line; and the decision on how to achieve this is one I believe worth delving into. For many, it will be cutting costs by eliminating unnecessary spending and reducing overhead expenses, an option one can certainly not ignore in these challenging economic times. For others, it may be reducing inventory, concentration on collecting overdue receivables, and deferring expansion plans. But, whatever strategy you use to improve your bottom line, there is one m ore option you may want to consider that can be just as effective and even morer ewarding. That option is i ncreasing your employees performance and productivity through employee develop ment training. This is not a novel idea, but one that companies some t imes overlook in deference to the more expedient cost cutting options. For many managers, train i ng is not always a priority. but, if an increase in the bot tom line is the goal, it should be! While many employers and employees acknowledge thel imited attention sometimes given to training, they will generally concede that thep ositive effects on perform ance and productivity can be far reaching. That is not to say that one should ignore thes keptics who scoff at the benefits of training. Recently, I spoke on the importance of employee development training at a luncheon attended by persons from various professional backgrounds, and was surprised to find that there were still a few persons who viewed training as beneficial only to the employee. My first thought was: But isnt this one of the primary ways by which companies benefit? While training does bene fit employees by enhancing their knowledge and skill sets, i t also increases a companys level of in-house expertise and competence, necessaryf or raising the overall stand ards of the organisation. Training involves acquiring knowledge, behaviors, and skills to enhance performance. The decision to provide development training for e mployees should be regard ed as a human capital invest ment to enhance performance, standards, and bottom l ine results by increasing employees capabilities. Training is especially criti cal during these challenging economic times, as there is a greater dependency onh uman resources to provide the capability and ingenuity to survive. T alk to any of the owners o f local businesses and they will tell you how important competence and skills are inw orking efficiently and reducing costly errors. I am not advocating that training is a panacea for all your business challenges; but, it is an excellent place to start. However, there is one pre cautionary note I will add. Ensure your training is effec tive. What do I mean by effective? In order for training to be effective, it must be ongoing, with refresher sessions to reinforce learning and prevent lapses in behavior and performance. The training should also be applicable to your particular business, timely, and aligned with your organisational goals to make it a worthwhile investment. Finally, for your training to be effective, management must be supportive Management can demonstrate their commitment to the training by allocating the necessary resources and even attend training sessions. So, as you embark on your annual sojourn to achieve even greater results in 2012, why not start by boosting your performance. Consider investing in the people on whom you are relying to make it all happen your employees. Dr Barbara RodgersNewbold is the president of Baranth Enterprises. She isa corporate training consultant and part-time college/university lecturer. She is also the Producer and Host of the Radio Show The Practice of Leadership. Contact her at baranthenter email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org m. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The Grand Bahama Shipyard announced plans for its second annualf ishing tournament on March 1 0 at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. Ed Pavey, director of technical planning, said funds raised this year will benefittwo schools the Freetown a nd High Rock Primary Schools in East Grand Bahama. He said the shipyard is hoping to raise some $40,000, tripling funds raised at last years tournament. We want to thank our corporate partners on the island t hat come through in a phen omenal way to make this t ournament better, he said. Nagee Smith, a 3rd year a pprentice welder, said they raised $13,000 last year which w ent towards facilitating y outh sports programmes at the Eight Mile Rock High S chool, and in West End. He said the third and fourth year apprentices are assisting with preparation of the event a t the Yacht Club on Mids hipman Road. The tournament will get underway at 6am with registration at Dock B. Boaters will leave the marina at 7am, and should return no latert han 5pm for weigh-in. A Family Fun Day is also planned and will start at 11am. A Fish-Fry will begin at 4pm, and an Awards ceremony will take place at 7pm. There will be some $4,000 inc ash and other prizes. Mr Smith said they selected the Freetown and High Rock Primary schools because they wanted to assist institutions in less developed areas of the community. M r Pavey said the funds raised will be used to renov ate and modernise the playg rounds at the schools, purc hase computers, water coolers, and other equipment desp erately needed. Persons interested in part icipating can pick up regist ration forms at the Main Gate of the Shipyard, Longs M arine, Butlers Food World, Coral Reef Beach Bar & Grill, GB Yacht Club, Bahamaislandsinfo.com website as well as their Face Book e vent page. T he organisers plan to supply each boat with five p ounds of bait. First Place overall will get $ 1,000, second place $600 and t hird place $400. With the balance of prize money going for largest aggregate catch (comb ined weight of all qualifying f ish) and individual catches. Thomas Lockhart, Dock M aster at GBYC, said they are pleased to be able to assistt he shipyard by hosting the t ournament at their facility. The shipyard has demonstrated true commitment to G rand Bahama Island, and to t he future of this country with their apprentice programme, e nsuring jobs for the youth and teaching these young peoplen ot only a trade, but also how i mportant it is to give back to the community, he said. Eudell Roberts, Principal o f High Rock Primary and S andrea Bullard, Principal and Free Town Primary, were a ppreciative to the shipyard and their apprentices. T hey said the donation will b e greatly appreciated by their students. SHIPYARD HOSTS FISHING CONTEST Train your way to higher performance THE GRAND BAHAMA SHIPYARD will host its second annual fishing tournament at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club on March 10. Executives and apprentices held a press conference on Thursday. Seen seated from left are Sandrea Bullard, principal of Freetown Primary; Tournament Chairman Ed Pavey, director of technical planning at GB Shipyard; Nagee Smith, 3rd year apprentice; Thomas Lockhart, Dock Master at GB Yacht Club, and Eudell Roberts, principal of High Rock Primary. Standing are third and fourth year apprentices. BARBARARODGERS-NEWBOULD advocates improving your employees skills through training.
K ey died of his injuries seven m onths later. The announcement from the jury foreman came days after defence counsel Ian Cargill, Wayne Munroe and prosecutor Linda Evans heldd iscussions with Justice Watkins last Thursday in the absence of the jury. I n yesterdays proceedings, Justice Watkins returned witha decision based on her con sideration of the submissions made by the three attorneys. She ruled there was not suf ficient evidence for a case against Bowleg aiding or abetting the co-accused in assaulting Desmond Key on the night of June 17, 2007. As a result, she directed the jury to return a 9-0 not guilty verdict. However, regarding Gardiner, she indicated there was sufficient evidence for a case against the officer accused of manslaughter. Gardiner took the stand yesterday afternoon to give his side of the story regard ing the night in question. The policeman said his colleagues for the 4pm-12 mid night shift Constables Bowleg and Kevin Roberts had arrived from patrol with a young man in custody. He said that Mr Key was not giving the officers any information as to who he was which led to him doing an intense search of the priso ners car to find identificat ion. After finding Keys pass port in the glove compartm ent, he brought it back and put it to Key to confirm his identity. After instructing offi cer Bowleg to run a search of Desmond Key in the polices database, the results showed two outstanding war r ants of committals for the prisoner. The warrant, Gardiner explained, ordered the suspect to be taken directly to Her Majestys Prison if picked up by police. At this revelation and speaking to the prisoner about it, the officer said Key tried to escape but was sub dued by Bowleg though he began cursing and swearing and further resisting. He said his involvement with Key ended when he wrote a report in the stations diary which is handed to the new officer in charge of the station at the end of each shift. He denied ever having a baseball bat while in the cell with Key. He further denied hitting the prisoner with the bat in his side or his head. He also added that no superior officer asked him about the night in question until nearly three weeks later. Prosecutor Evans, in crossexamination, suggested to Gardiner that he came to the c ourt to deceive the jury and s aid he was making up the story as he was going along. Gardiner disagreed with thisa nd her other suggestion that Constable Roberts saw him with a bat in his hand or see ing him strike Key with it. M s Evans asked the officer if there was any particular reason as to why Key was not in handcuffs while in the c harge room. H e replied that the charge room was an entrance to the cell block and said we alwayst ake off the cuff in case the prisoner has to sign some thing. The prosecutor questioned i f Key was in the room to sign a statement or something. He said no and though he explained it was the norm, n o special reason. Gardiner a dmitting that Key could not be moved from the station without a physical copy of thew arrant, which he claimed was delivered the same day the prisoner was taken to the hospital. T he trial resumes today when Bowleg is expected to take the witness stand. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012, PAGE 9 blankly, only changing her countenance to speak to her lawyer and to scoff at a police man whose mobile phone began to ring just before the judge entered the courtroom. She and her co-accused sat with their hands cuffed behind their backs until the magistrate read the charges against them. Mr Sherman, the countys 18th homicide, was shot to death during a hold up out side his Yamacraw home shortly after 8pm on Friday, February 17. The gunman reportedly got out of a silver coloured Honda to rob Mr Sherman of his cell phone before he shot him and made his escape in the same car. It is reported that Mr Sher mans niece was also in the car when the attack took place. Persons believed to be close friends of the man were forced to restrain an hysterical woman who claimed to be his sister as she shouted: OhL ord, my brother! C entral Detective Unit chief Paul Rolle said Minnis was sitting near a wall, in the Wrights Lane area, near Wulff Road, when he was shot around 11.45 am. T he body was still at the s cene by 2pm as police continued their investigations. Mr Rolle said it was not known if the victim was alone. He said: Officers responded (after receiving reports of gunshots) where they discovered a male lying on theg round at the dead end. This male upon examination was determined to have multipleg unshot wounds about the body. EMS was contacted and r esponded to pronounce the m ale to be deceased. As youll see, we have officers on the scene right now doing our init ial processing. Police are asking community members to contact themw ith any information. H e said: I do not see any i ssues that cannot be resolved, i t is a matter of both sides understanding the implications. As the official mediator, Mr Foulkes said he could not d isclose the details of the n egotiations, which are scheduled to resume today at 8am at his East Hill Street office. On February 20, tensions between KFC management and the Bahamas Hotel,C atering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU after the fast food chain cancelled its voluntary recogni-t ion of the union as the bargaining agent for KFC employees. Following the announcem ent, staff staged a sit-down, forcing the closure of the companys New Providenceo utlets which affected more than 300 employees. Later that evening, Mr Foulkes certified BHCAWU as the official bargaining a gent for KFC staff. KFC Nassau said all s tores will remain closed until a new industrial agreement is reached and employees will not be paid during this time. T he labour agreement between the two parties e xpired on September 24, 2011, and negotiations on a new agreement began inD ecember. The fast-food chain has a rgued that its current wage a nd benefits package is two t imes higher than all other f ast food brands. Staff salaries were said to b e between 79 to 92.5 per cent higher than its fast food indus try competitors. According to a KFC a dvertisement published in a newspaper yesterday seek ing to clarify the circumstances that led to the KFC N assau closures, KFC said the unions have placed jobs o f the KFC employees in d anger by failing to get the necessary authorisation to strike. I t said: This illegal indus trial action caused serious financial harm to KFCs business and this reckless approach by the union con tinues to place all jobs in jeopardy, and puts the sur v ival of the company at risk. Mr Foulkes said he had not seen the ad, and given hisp osition as mediator, he did not wish to comment. MINISTER HOPEFUL OF KFC PROGRESS f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e WIFE ACCUSED IN BANKERS MURDER POLICEMAN ACQUITTED IN TRIAL FAMILY MEMBERS were overwhelmed with emotions yesterday after the murder of a teenager in the Wrights Lane area, near Wulff Road. C rowds gathered at the scene, and family members wept, some collapsing with emotion. Photos: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff Teenager left dead in road after shooting
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This is obviously a fabri cation in the PLPs mind. T hese statements are not true. I saw a press release in regard to these stories and their rea soning is not true, said Mr Maynard. In regard to the field, the Federation Internationale deF ootball Association (FIFA at their own expense will come here to do the inspection and the certification. They havent done so yet. We have not reached out to them yet. We are leaving that up to the Sports Authority. When they are ready FIFA will c ome. When it comes to the track, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF tified firms that come on their b ehalf to inspect. We are in the process of receiving bids from several firms. When that is completed, they will carry o ut the inspection. Once again, that is something the S ports Authority deals with. However, I can assure you we a re up to standard. M r Maynard also refuted claims that the Ministry of Works did not carry out the necessary inspections on the stadium. He brushed off the PLPs comments as political tactics. All the inspections are done. We have been doingt hat over the past eight months. Everything is up to s pecs. What needed to be adjusted was adjusted. We are compliant. I do not know w here the PLP is getting the stuff from, he said. The 15,000 people that came to the opening saw it was real display of national pride. It is a celebration of the Bahamas, not anything political. I can assure you we d id everything we were sup posed to in regard to the stadium. The Thomas A Robinson Stadium was officially opened on Saturday. It cost $50 mil lion to build and was officially handed over to the B ahamas government last year. It took the Chinese almost three years to com plete. F or more pictures, turn to the sport section, page 2E f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e B y LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter l firstname.lastname@example.org BISHOP Randy Frasers appeal against his unlawful sex conviction began yesterday in the Court of Appeal. Fraser, convicted last N ovember of having sex with a dependent between July 2005 and February 2006, sat in court as his attorney Jiaram Mangra argued that the conviction was unjust and unreasonable given the evidence. P rosecutors argued that the m inister abused his position of trust by having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl who he had agreed to counsel. He was originally charged with the offence in the sum-m er of 2006, but was freed a y ear later after a mistrial. The retrial started in 2008. After several delays, Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell handed down a guilty verdict and sentencedF raser to three years at Her M ajestys Prison. Mr Mangra informed the magistrate at the ruling that he intended to file an appeal, and sought to keep his client out of prison until the com-p letion of the hearing. H owever, appellate court president Justice Anita Allen, with Justices Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh, ruled that there were no exceptional circumstances that would lead tot he bishop being granted bail. Y esterday, Mr Mangra claimed the magistrate had made an error in considering evidence outside the period of the alleged offence. He said any incidents that t ook place in July 2005 or F ebruary 2006 should be excluded. The justices did not agree, though they acknowledged his position. They asked the attorney if he thought therew as evidence to suggest intim acy between the victim and Fraser. He said no. Justice John then brought up the semen found in Frasers office, and Mr Mangra argued it had no connec-t ion to the virtual comp lainant. The justice asked the attorney if he was suggesting that the victims testimony did not have any credibility, despite there being physical evidencet o prove some form of sexual a ct took place. The attorney responded that this evidence alone was not substantial. He then argued that there were a number of materiali nconsistencies in the victims t estimony, bringing her credibility into question. The hearing resumes today at 10am. Bishop Fraser launches appeal against conviction PLP CRITICISM OF STADIUM REJECTED F IREWORKS t o mark the opening of the new national stadium an occasion marked by Junkanoo-style dancers, celebrity guests and a full house crowd. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff