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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Next stop prison for wanted man Volume: 108 No.77THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 85F LOW 69F B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net A PRISONER who escaped from custody more than a month ago was back behind bars last night after being spotted taking a jitney ride. F rederick Green, alias F rederick Neeley, 29, was caught by police on a bus at Wulff Road at around2 .30pm. Police say they received a tip-off from a man who said he saw someone fitting Greens description getting on to a purple and white jit-n ey on Kemp Road, heading west toward Wulff Road. Minutes later the bus was intercepted by police onW ulff Road in the area of FYP Hardware Store. Green was arrested and is being held at the Wulff Road police station until his arraign ment. Passer-by spots escaped pr isoner on local jitney TRY OUR DOUBLE F ISH FILET The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM KFC IS back open after being closed for nine days. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff N OW HELPME TORAISE T O FIND OUT HOW Y OU CAN HELP OUR BREAST C AN CER CAMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD I SURVIVED CANCER $1M B y LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net TWO witnesses of the Feb ruary 2006 killing of businessman Keith Carey outside a local bank took the stand y esterday in the retrial of that case. B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE Democratic National A lliance yesterday denied it has been soliciting the Hait-i an vote. I n response to a T ribune a rticle, the DNA said it only seeks the votes of the Bahamians, as only Bahamian c itizens can vote in the Bahamas. The party acknowledged in a statement that some of its m embers met with some By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net C USTOMS and Immigration workers were ordered by union officials to abandon their current shift schedule today amid claims there are no legal parameters govern ing the existing system. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net A 37-YEAR-OLD man on bail for multiple armed rob beries and car thefts became the countrys 21st murder victim early yesterday morning. Jamal Ferguson, alias Balty, was shot a number of times as he sat waiting outside a bar around 2am Wednesday. Police say Ferguson was waiting in a rental vehicle through St James Road, off Kemp Road, in front of the Corner Pocket when an man in a passing vehicle opened fire on him. Ferguson was shot multiple times about the body includ ing two shots to head. He died at the scene. Police say they have no By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net KFC staff were back at work yesterday after man agement and union executives agreed the terms of a new industrial agreement following four days of negotiations. Supporting the move, hundreds of excited KFC employ ees reported to work at the franchises nine Nassau loca tions, which opened to the public after an eight-day closure. President of the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU Nicole Martin said while the negotiation process was chal lenging, the union and KFC im lovin it 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 INSIDETODAYNOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE BAHA MAR TO CLOSE CABLE BEACH GOLF COURSE SEE SPORT KFC B A CK OPEN FOR BUSINESS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 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 6 6 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 1 1 1 1 MURDERED MAN WAS ON BAIL DNA DENIES SOLICITING HAITIAN VOTE WITNESSES TAKE STAND CUSTOMS HALTED


BAHAMIANS will join more than three million peo-p le in prayer and worship as the world observes World Day of Prayer tomorrow. World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement o f informed prayer and prayerful action, organised a nd led by Christian women who call the faithful together on the first Friday in Marche ach year to observe a common day of prayer and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. T he origins of World Day of Prayer date back to the 1 9th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of womens involvement i n mission, at home and abroad. Efforts for unity con t inued and in 1922 two separ ate united days of Prayer, one in Canada and one in the U nited States, came together w ith a common date the first Friday of Lent. In the second half of 1926 the women ofN orth America distributed t he worship service to many countries and partners in mis sion to an enthusiastic response. This year, participants willl say a prayer prepared by C hristian women in Malaysia. Annette Poitier, president of the International Committee of the World Day of P rayer, said: This is always an exciting day as a great wave of prayer sweeps the w orld, beginning when the first service is held in the Queen Salote Girls School inT onga and continuing around the world until the final service takes place, some 35 hours later, in neighbouring Western Samoa. By then, the day will have been celebrated in over 170 countries and thousands of services will h ave been held. The service in New Provi dence this year, will be hosted by New Covenant Baptist Church, located on Indepen dence Drive, Nassau, beginning at 7pm. The evenings guest speaker will be Janet Bostwick, the first female tob e elected as a member of Parliament in The Bahamas. There will also be services in Andros, Eleuthera, Abaco and Grand Bahama. A lthough the committees all over the world are made u p of women, the service is inclusive of men, women and children clergy and laity. An offering will be taken to help with the World Day of P rayer and we also ask that collections of one-cent coins b e brought for The Fellows hip of The Least Coin. In honour of the originat ion of the prayer that will be s aid, Malaysian food will be served following the service and the committee has askedt hose worshipping to wear c lothing with a tropical look. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. Throughout its history it has attracted migrants from other parts of Asia and beyond and i t is one of the wealthiest and most developed countries in South-East Asia. Women have made important contributions t o its social and economic development but, nevertheless, they still face discrimina t ion and violence at all levels of society. Malaysia is now the most popular destinationc ountry in Asia for migrant workers and human trafficking has become a sophisticated and organised operation. Although Malaysias mul ti-ethnicity has added to the rich heritage of its land and people, it has also given rise t o many problems. In the service those issues of concern are named and the women voice their hope for the future. Justice for all is their hope, and their prayer is Let Justice Prevail. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Get Pre-Appoved for the 2012 BMDA Auto Show Today! Discover whats possible*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable). Bahamians to join world day of prayer M EMBERS o f the executive committee, Bahamas World Day of Prayer. From left, Annette Poitier, Vernit a Davis, Anna-Mae Dorsett (AndrosGrand Bahama Sawyer, Eileen King (Executive Director, New York T HE Elodie Sully Toml inson Foundation made a s izable donation of $17,537 to the PMH Foundations Caring for Breast Campaign to raise funds for a new mammogramm achine for the Princess M argaret Hospital. This donation will go along way in assisting with the purchase of a new mammogram machine for PMH. P ictured from left are N ancy Kelly, PMH Found ation, John Tomlinson, Bonnie Davis, Michele Rassin, Donald Tomlin-s on; Hilary Hall, Ports I nternational. $17,500 TO BREAST CANCER FUND


By DANA SMITH d smith@tribunemedia.net AN Abaco man was remanded to Fox Hill Prison y esterday after being a rraigned in Magistrates Court in connection with the 20th homicide of the year. T hemar Curry, 27, of Coopers Town, Abaco, appeared before Chief Magistrate R oger Gomez in Court 1 on Nassau Street. It is alleged that Curry is r esponsible for the death of 2 2-year-old Stanley McIntosh, whose body was found with gunshot wounds near the Sol-i d Gold Bar on Don McKay Boulevard shortly before 5am on February 26. C urry was not required to enter a plea to the charge and Chief Magistrate Gomez told the accused the prosecution w ould present him with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on May 17 at 10am. H is case will go directly to Supreme Court for trial and there are 23 witnesses lined u p to give testimony. D uring the arraignment, defence attorney Michael Kemp asked the court toa llow for a toxicology examination of Curry and for the matter to be adjourned fort wo weeks. Certain toxicological results from an exam would be proof of a specific intent,he said. Urine and blood tests would show if Curry had been under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. This could possibly assist in the preparation of the defence, Mr Kemp said. Mr Kemp told the court that Curry had been in police custody since Sunday and a toxicology test was not done. He also said Curry had a bruised lip but did not want to make complaints to the doctor because police were in the room with him during a physi cians visit. He needs to be examined, he said. I n response, police prosecutor Brenda Bain said it would only be procedure for a n officer to be present duri ng a medical examination of a person in custody. She also said she objects to a ny adjournment of the date the Bill of Indictment is to be presented, as toxicology tests can be completed before this date. M r Kemp said he has no objections to the date for the Bill and that the adjournment w ould only allow for the tests to be done. Chief Magistrate Gomez r uled that the Bill date still stands and that Curry was to be taken immediately for t oxicological tests. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012, PAGE 3 NASSAU GLASS COMPANY, ART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREwill beCLOSEDfor our Annual Saturday March 3rdWe will reopen on Monday March 5thWe apologise for any inconvenience causedF F U U N N D D A A Y YMackey Street 393-8165 SANDYPORT, 6 Coral BeachBeautiful 6450 squarefeet canal front residential lot to be sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, 43 foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, tennis courts, swimming pools, childrens playgrounds, restaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right to accept or reject any or all offers.Bid closing date 27th March, 2012.Toview and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The homi cide trial of Coletor Johnson and her boyfriend Glinton Louis is expected to get underway in the Supreme Court on Monday, March 5. Johnson, 23, of Drake Avenue, and Louis, 32 of Graden Villas, are accused of the hit and run death of 23year-old Markenson Justin. Justin was struck by a car last July while walking on Explorers Way near East Atlantic Drive. After completing investigations, police classified Justins death as a homicide. K Brian Hanna is repre senting Louis and Paul Whit field is representing Johnson. 27-YEAR-OLD Themar Curry appears in court yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff COUPLE TO F A CE COURT IN MURDER TRIAL Man faces court over 20th m urder this year


EDITOR, The Tribune. I WAS taken aback after reading a very short article int he February 24 edition of T he Tribune The article is entitled PLP seeks Haitian vote, and it was about a meeting that was reportedly held between Progressive Libe ral Party (PLP r y G Christie and a HaitianBahamian organisation called U nited Haitian Association in The Bahamas (UHAB the Church of the Nazareneo n Minnie Street. According to the article, the purpose of the meeting was f or the opposition to drum u p support' for its campaign. The article went on to say that the meeting was staged tom end relations with the Haitian community over party statements criticising HaitianP resident Michel Martelly. Let me state from the outset that I am shocked that the PLP is now seeking votes from the Haitian community. The way the opposition and its supporters were carryingo n several weeks ago, I thought they were against Haitians. Now the PLP wants their vote? It looks like the PLP is trying to play on both sides of the fence with this i ssue. H ad that been Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at that meeting with UHAB repre s entatives, the radio talk shows would have been bombarded with calls from angry natural born Bahamian PLPs upporters accusing the prime minister of some sinister plot to regularise more Haitians i n order to win the election. But Christie is allowed to meet with these people andn othing is said by his supp orters who were all over the airwaves lambasting the prime minister. S ome of these people talk as if illegal Haitian immi grants started coming to the B ahamas after August 19,1992. I am not saying that the opposition is wrong for seeking to get the support of t he Haitian community. When one considers the sheer number of legal H aitians living in the Bahamas, it would be political suicide for any party not toc ourt their vote. Successive governments since the era of the United Bahamian Party (UBP administration have allowed the Haitian situation to mush room into what it has become today. Therefore, political parties have to now campaign in Haitian communities like The Mud and Pigeon Pea if they want to be successful at the polls. Christie understandst his very well. P M Ingraham and Deputy P rime Minister Brent Symonette have both taken a lot of c riticism from the PLP for the sudden visit of Martelly in early February. Martellys political speech t o thousands of HaitianB ahamians at the Church of God Auditorium on Joe Farr ington Road caused quite an u proar among many natural born Bahamians. A s the reader should know by now, Martelly told his peo-p le to vote for the party that l ooks out for their best interests. There were allegations by the Democratic National A lliance (DNA t hat the Ingraham administration had orchestrated the w hole event in order to win the Haitian vote. In fact, immediately following the departure of Martelly from the Bahamas, the radio talk s hows were bombarded with calls from angry Bahamians w ho were calling for the resi gnations of Ingraham and Symonette. Many of these callers were PLPs. I n addition to Martelly's visit, there have been persistent accusations by a popular PLP radio talk show host anda n internet daily that the FNM had granted citizenship status to thousands of H aitians in order to boost its chances of winning the gen eral election. T he PLP has shrewdly used t he Haitian issue to score political brownie points among xenophobic Bahami-a ns. In fact one can rightly argue that the political base of the PLP has been galvan ized over this controversial issue. Many Bahamians are upset over the fact that this country seems to be overrun b y Haitians. What makes the Haitian issue even more acute is the lingering recession. With very limited jobs available, many natural born Bahamians, particularly those who are either unemployed or underemployed, are venting out their frustrations on the Hait ian community and on the Ingraham administration on the radio talk shows and in the dailies. I think the PLP'sm antra for this years general e lection is either Putting Bahamians First or We Believe in Bahamians. By saying that it believes in Bahamians, the PLP has port rayed the Free National M ovement (FNM foreigner/anti-Bahamian gove rnment. Now that the opposition has successfully conditionedm any Bahamians to believe that the Ingraham administration is pro-Haitian and a nti-Bahamian, it is attempti ng to win the support of the Haitian community the very people it has pitted its natur-a l born Bahamian supporters against. I think the PLP is now b acktracking from its earlier anti-Haitian rhetoric because reality has finally set in. Christie knows full well that it would be outright difficult for any political party to win an election in this country with o ut the help of the powerful Haitian bloc. That is why the opposition is now trying to mend relations with these people. It remains to be seen, though, h ow his xenophobic supporte rs will react to this latest development. There are thousands of H aitian Bahamians in this country and I can tell you that the overwhelming majority of them now view the PLP andt he DNA as anti-Haitian. I know of at least three Haitian-Bahamians in Grand B ahama who have vowed to vote against the PLP. Whatever was said in that m eeting between Christie and r epresentatives of the UHAB wont be enough to endear the opposition to the thou s ands of Haitian Bahamians in this country. Unfortunately for Christie, t he damage has already been done. His supporters have dug too deep a hole for him and his campaign machinery t o get out. After all the hateful things that were said about Haitian B ahamians over the airwaves by his PLP supporters, I cannot see how Christie can per s uade them to vote for his party. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama February 26, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 R EPUBLICAN presidential candidate M itt Romney takes rekindled momentum i nto next weeks 10-state blitz of primary c ontests, carried forward on an easy vict ory in Arizona but a frustratingly nar row win in native-state Michigan in the t urbulent race for the nomination to chall enge President Barack Obama. O f the four Republicans still jockeying f or the party nomination, Romney has been at or near the top of the field since the state-by-state campaign began in earnest late last summer. By fending off former Pennsylvania Sen Rick Santorum i n Michigan, the state where Romney was born and his father once was governor, h e took long strides toward restoring the s ense of inevitability that once surround ed his bid for the nomination. He overcame Santorum by a slim margin 41 per cent to 38 per cent in the M ichigan vote Tuesday by sticking to his c ore and mainstream Republican message of fixing the economy and reducing unemp loyment in a nation still recovering from the worst recession in decades. B ecause Michigan awards delegates according to results by congressional district instead of through a winner-take-all system, Santorum could end up with mored elegates than Romney. The state hands out two delegates for winning each of its 14 congressional districts. With 26 of the states 30 delegates d ecided, Romney and Santorum each have 13. Results were incomplete in the final t wo congressional districts as of midday Wednesday. But with 98 per cent of the precincts reporting, Santorum had a slighte dge in both. If his lead holds in both districts, Santorum would win a majority of the states delegates, or 17 to Romneys 13. Romney won all 29 delegates in Ari z ona's primary. In the overall race for del egates, Romney leads with 165, including endorsements from Republican National C ommittee members who automatically attend the convention and can support any candidate they choose. Santorum has 85 delegates, Newt Gingrich has 32 and R on Paul has 19. It will take 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. Romney was badly knocked off balance by Santorum, who had employed an increasingly strident right-wing message to assemble unexpected victories across the A merican heartland in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. By avoiding defeat in Michigan, despite his loud opposition to Obamas successful bailout of the auto industry that heavily d ominates the states economy, Romney s eemed to have retaken the Republican h igh ground as the candidate best placed t o turn the president out of the White H ouse after just one term. Santorum, the fourth declared Republic an candidate to challenge Romney from t he right, had become the new favourite of t he conservative party base that distrusts R omney for his past moderate positions on hot-button social issues such as abortion, gay rights and government involvement in reforming the nations health care system. We didnt win by a lot but we won by e nough, and that's all that counts, Romney told cheering supporters in Michigan o n Tuesday night. On to the March contests, he said, looking ahead to next weeks 10 Super Tuesday races on March 6 that could finally determine who the party nominates at i ts national convention in late August. S antorum, who had once held a lead in Michigan, boasted Wednesday that he was w alking away with half of Michigans delegates after coming close to winning what o riginally looked to be a Romney strong hold. Were feeling very good that we sus tained ourselves and withstood the attacks, a nd we think were going to have a very, very good Super Tuesday, Santorum said on a radio interview programme. Santorum is focusing on three big prizes a mong the 10 Super Tuesday states: Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Washington states caucuses are first, o n Saturday. Three days later, comes Super Tuesday, with 419 delegates up for grabs. The contests also include Alaska,G eorgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia. He has already begun campaigning in Ohio, and vowed, despite Romneys Michi g an victory, to stick with the ultraconserv ative message that has carried his unlikely candidacy into the top tier against the m uch better financed and organised oper ation of the former Massachusetts gover nor. Romney will campaign Wednesday in Ohio before he flies to North Dakota. G ingrich and Paul made little effort in either Michigan or Arizona, focusing instead on Super Tuesday contests. Gingrich planned to campaign Wednesday in Georgia, the state he represented in the House of Representatives for 20 years. He could become a factor as he tries to revive and on-again-offa gain campaign in the US South. Paul, too, could muddy the waters with his small-government libertarian message. This article is by Stephen R Hurst of the Associated Press PLPbacks off from Haitian view? LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Romney counts on momentum SANDYPORT, 6 Royal Palm CayBeautiful 6412 squarefeet canal front residential lot to be sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, 43 foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, tennis courts, swimming pools, childrens playgrounds, restaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right to accept or reject any or all offers.Bid closing date 27th March, 2012.To view and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425.


By DANA SMITH d smith@tribunemedia.net M ONTAGU MP Loretta B utler-Turner said the stillunder-construction Montagu Foreshore is set to become one of the most amazing recreational areas in New Providence. T he redevelopment project, f unded by the government and Kerzner International, was officially launched last year on September 22. A lthough it is not yet completed, a notable difference can be seen in the appearance of the area. The renovations include the addition of groynes or large boulders to stop wash-off oft he beach, a complete cleanup of debris and garbage, and a newly paved parking-lot. Ms Butler-Turner said of the project yesterday that its not just a beach restoration b ut an overall improvement o f the entire area. I can recall the days when I, like many families, use toe njoy Montagu beach for recreation. A round 10 or 15 years ago, s he said, many persons living i n the east started agitating for some upgrades. Although many MPs said t hey would make it their objective, she is proud that her goal to begin the trans f ormation of Montagu was a ccomplished. It all started a few years ago when we started seeing i mproper use of the ramp which is used by the fish ven dors. It started out with one o r two vendors and then it became a real congested area. This was just one of many i ssues with the foreshore, including lack of parking facil ities, difficult boat ramp a ccess, and slow traffic flow. Unfortunately for us we realised it would cost millionso f dollars (to address all the problems), Ms Butler-Turn-er said. But it didnt die, we started looking for other sources. I t was then that the Prime Minister asked Kerzner Inter-n ational if they would be interested in funding the b each restoration, while the M inistry of Works would fund the roadwork and park develo pment. Kerzner decided for it to b e a gift to the Bahamian peop le and were very grateful, n ot just as a constituency, but as a government for the restorative work that theyve done, Ms Butler-Turner said. It is an unbelievable, beautiful beach and recreation arean ow. And more is to come, she said. A whole new display of stalls for the fish vendors will be created, and the beach, s easide park and picnic area w ill all be extended. A new road junction will also be created to mitigate against the evening traffic onE ast Bay Street. Its going to be one of the most amazing recreational areas in New Providence. This was one of my promises to the people of Montagu and Ia m so proud that the government and Kerzner made itp ossible for the people, Ms Butler-Turner said. I am very, very proud to b e able to say that under this governments administration w e have truly made a big difference in Montagu. S he also revealed that duri ng plans for the redevelopm ent project, a traffic management study was undertaken to confirm the cause of the constant traffic jams. It determined the gridlock is caused in part by threej unctions on the Eastern Road: Fox Hill, Johnson Road, and Blair Estates. As a result, work is presently being undertaken to create a third lane for Johnson Road a nd Blair, just like the one c reated at Fox Hill corner last year. The blind-corner next to t he Baker property on William Street has also been redeveloped to make it safer, Ms Butler-Turner said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012, PAGE 5 MP hails work on Montagu foreshore FLASHBACK to the start ofc onstruction work on Montagu Foreshore. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune S taff


The 29-year-old escaped f rom custody while seeking medical attention at the P rincess Margaret Hospital o n February 21. He allegedly fled the hosp itals chest ward through a window around 4am after the p rison officer assigned to him l eft to use the bathroom. After his escape, prison o fficials maintained that the officer secured Green in r estraints before leaving to u se the restroom. However, the accused was gone when the officer returned. G reen was remanded to Fox Hill Prison after being charged with the 2009 armed robbery of 18 tourists at Earth Village. He is still awaiting trial. He was also charged with t he 2004 stabbing death of Dale Williams. However, he was acquitted of the charge after claiming h e was defending himself against an attempted rape by a gay, HIV positive man. Green is expected to be arraigned in connection with his escape sometime this week. The last prisoner to escape from PMH was 28-year-old Dorian Armbrister, on December 13. Armbrister was serving a 27-month sentence for stealing from a shop. Although he was outfitted with leg restraints and on 24-hour guard, he escaped the health care facility by jumping through a bathroom window. He was shot in the buttocks by prison officers on Dowdswell Street a short time later. H owever, government officials last night said no formal c omplaint was filed by the B ahamas Customs Immigration Allied Workers Union ( BCIAWU), bargaining agents for both departments. BCIAWU acting president Sloane Smith advised staff to r evert to the schedule set for p ublic servants in General Orders, which outlines a stand ard work schedule as 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. During a press conference yesterday, Mr Smith charged that the new mandate will r emain until employees have a registered document outlin ing proper shift structure. T he shift system has been a longstanding contentious issue for customs and immig ration workers, who feel that t here are no guidelines to o rganize and evenly distribute overtime work. L abour officials, union rep r esentatives and staff met with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Saturday to discusst he trade dispute stemming from the 2005 Industrial Agreement, which was negot iated by the Bahamas Publ ic Services Union. Mr Smith said: The Prime Minister essentially said [att he meeting] that particular document has no value, that document was used to placet he staff on a shift system, so i f the document has no value why in fact was the staff placed on a shift system? Further his statement was that customs and immigrations taff are governed by Genera l Orders. M r Smith added: We are now asking the Prime Minister to cause the office of the D irector of Immigration and the Comptroller of Customs to set up a working scheduler eplete with appropriate ranks to properly staff the airports, the dock, and the marinas b efore 9am, after 5pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Last night, Minister of L abour Dion Foulkes and Director of Immigration Jack Thompson both said they c ould not comment fully on t he matter as they were unaware of the shift change ordered by the union. M r Foulkes said: I dont understand it, I dont see what their position is. The Prime Minister a ccepted the fact that the shift system came in to effect under the Progressive LiberalP arty. He acknowledged that anybody that works beyondt hat would be paid pursuant t o the employment act. A t Saturdays meeting, Mr Ingraham advised that workers will be compensated for o vertime pay as far back as March 31 2010. Union officials are now compiling ar eport of all eligible persons. While grateful for the progress, Mr Smith noted that t he issues presented did not have to escalate to the top management level as theu nions cries had gone unanswered for two years. By the government agreeing t hat the rate that they used to p ay staff for the past two years, by them simply agreeing, their admitting that they were wrongi n the first place for the application of the flat rate. We are still pleased that t he government has conceded t hat the appropriate rates to be assessed the customs and immigration staff when theyw ork overtime hours are the rates that are associated withy our salaries. A ccording to union offic ials, it was also promised that workers at the top of their salary scale will receive five w eeks vacation; the promo tion of guards to the rank of officers; and that Immigrationw orkers would be afforded a shuttle for transport to the airport. LYFORD Cay Foundation Inc and the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation are now accepting online applications for academic, technical train-i ng and vocational scholars hips for study at approved institutions in the US, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. All applications must be made through the Founda-t ions website, www.lyfordcayfoundation.org. A pplicants must be Bahamian citizens and pledge to return to the Bahamas upon completion of their studies. General academic scholarships are available at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels for study in areasc onsidered to be valuable to t he economic needs of the Bahamas. These include agriculture, the arts, economics, education, engineering, environ-m ental studies, financial services, foreign languages, h ealth sciences, hospitality management, pure sciences, quantity surveying, technology and tourism. Technical training and vocational scholarships are designed for individuals who wish to earn an associate'sd egree, certification, specialis ation or diploma. The minimum course of study is six months. Generally, the maximum length of an eligible course is three years,b ut consideration will also be given to applicants pursing s pecific career and occupational programmes that may extend beyond that period. The approved fields of study for technical scholar-s hips are: agriculture and fisheries; air conditioning and refrigeration; automotive, marine and aviation mechanics; computer service technology; construction and related trades including electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting and masonry; health care technology; heavy equipment operations; hospitality,t ourism, and culinary arts, and m achine shop and welding. Specialised scholarships also offer opportunities to study agriculture; architecture; the fine, visual and per-f orming arts; arts education; business and economics; gene ral education; engineering; marine and environmental biology; marine construction, marine design, marine manufacturing systems andm arine mechanics, as well as theology. Most Foundation awards are worth from $7,500 $12,500 per year. Scholarships are renewable annually, provided that a certain level of performance is maintained. As part of the renewal process, successful applicants are required tos how proof of having cont ributed a minimum of 20 hours each year to volunteer projects and/ or service organisations. The deadline for online a cademic scholarship applications is March 31, 2012. C ompleted applications for technical scholarships must be received online by May 1, 2012. Independent, non-partisan s creening committees comprised of prominent citizens in the fields of education, government and the private sector are responsible for making the final selections. In addition to academic performance, the committee considers an applicant's financial need, personal qualities including his or her leader-s hip skills and contribution to t he community as well as the calibre and cost of the institution he or she wishes to attend. The foundations also offer s cholarships for study at The College of The Bahamas. T hese are primarily needbased, and all applications and screening take place through the college. The Lyford Cay Foundat ions have awarded more than $21 million in scholarships to Bahamian citizens since their educational assistance programmes were launched in 1983. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 THE TRIBUNE SANDYPORT, 5 Royal Palm CayBeautiful 7402 square feet canal front residential lot to be sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, 43 foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, tennis courts, swimming pools, childrensplaygrounds, restaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right to accept or reject any or all offers.Bid closing date 27th March, 2012.To view and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425. Lyford Cay Foundation now accepting applications 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 CUSTOMS HALTED OVER WORK SCHEDULE CLAIMS NEXT S T OP PRISON FOR WANTED MAN


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012, PAGE 7 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 BISHOP Laish Boyd urged Anglicans not to exchanget heir vote for money or politi cal favours. Eligible voters should remain honest and critical of the issues, according to Bishop Boyd, who said that Christian participation would ele-v ate the political process. I n a letter to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Diocese, Bishop Boyde ncouraged Bahamians to get r egistered because each individual vote is vital to achieve a national consensus. Let your decisions and behaviour result from an honest look at the issues rathert han from what someone paid y ou or promised you, the letter read. Too often in our electioneering, money, goods andf avours determine outcomes. I t added: If Christians are not involved in this process, how will the Gospel be able to influence the process? How can we expect to help to bring morals, ethics,r ight behaviours, right proced ure and an elevated standard if we absent ourselves? While many of the countrys i ssues are not the result of one p olitical party, Bishop Boyd said that successive governments have put too much focus on distancing themselves from predecessors rather than taking a collaborativea pproach for sustainable a dvancement of the country. Key issues outlined by Bishop Boyd include: thee conomy, crime, the judicial s ystem, education, health, bureaucracy, the number of vehicles, public transportation, and constituency boundaries. These same issues do not c all for a petty, partisan, or m ud-sling approach, but for a sustained and continuous national effort by the leaders,g overnment and opposition, o f the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, her agents and agencies, in collaboration with, and supported by, the people, the letter read. See todays Religion Sect ion for the full text of Bishop B oyds letter. Bishop tells congregation not to sell vote for money or political favours


M USIC lovers are in for an exquisite delight this weekend, as Bizet Broadway Night at the Opera returns to Nassau. This unique event immerse s the audience in the genius o f world-class vocalists, who perform a repertoire of operatic classics and Broadway favourites not from a stage, but in the very midst of the guests in an intimate, elegant setting. T he effect is positively enchanting and last year's inaugural performance at the O ld Fort Bay Club met with universal acclaim, prompting this much-awaited encore, which was sold out weeks ago. Pioneered in Montreal, Canada, the event is oncea gain being brought to the B ahamas by the Bizet Broadway Committee, chaired by Cornelia Nihon, in association with the Nassau Music Society. In addition to delighting patrons, last's year's Bizet B roadway was deemed a smashing success because it raised $20,000 to fund partial s cholarships for young Bahamian singers and brought a top-class voice training coach to Nassau for a week. More student grants will be offered this year, and WendyN ielsen from the University o f Toronto, recognised as one of Canada's leading voice trainers, will spend March 5-9 with aspiring Bahamian vocalists thanks to the Bizet-Broadway Scholarship Fund. Saturday evening's black tie e vent will again be hosted by the Old Fort Bay Club under the patronage of Governor G eneral Sir Arthur Foulkes, a nd will begin with a champagne reception donated by Y oungs Champagne, followed by a three course gourmet dinner. Meanwhile, four of Canadas best operatic voices will weave their spell. They are, pictured top to bottom: Gianna Corbisiero Soprano: Gianna, praised as luminous by Opera News is equally known for her warm vocal timber as well as her except ional presence on stage. S he has studied at McGill University, the young artist p rogramme at lOpra de M ontral and at the Juilliard S chool of Music in New York. She has since interpreted lead roles in such operas as La B oheme, La Traviata, I Pagli acci, Gianni Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and C armen in North America, Europe and Asia. Keith Klassen Tenor: Keit h has emerged to become one of Canadas busiest performers. Since graduating w ith honours from the Opera Division at the University ofT oronto in 2002 he has per formed more than 50 roles f rom the standard operatic r epertoire, as well as 35 roles in the realm of new opera. He has been engaged across Canada as well as in Scotland, Germany, the United States, Ireland and the Czech Republic. The Star Phoenix described him as hav i ng ...a big ringing voice and g reat stage presence. Julie Nesrallah MezzoSoprano: Julie is an extreme ly versatile singer and actress who dazzles audiences with h er rich tone, engaging per sonality and deeply expressive communicative skills. She i s regularly engaged by lead i ng opera companies, sym p honies, festivals and chamb er music ensembles across N orth-America and abroad. On July 1, 2011, She sang God Save the Queen for Prince William and Princess Kate during Canada Day fes tivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Gordon Bintner Baritone: Gordon is currentlyp ursuing a Masters o f Music in Opera and Voice at McGill Universitys S chulich School of Music. He studies v oice with renowned baritone and pedagogue, Pro-f essor Sandford Syl van, and coaches w ith acclaimed p ianist and vocal c oach, Professor Michael McMahon. This past summer, Gordon sang the title role in Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro atO pera NUOVA in Edmonton. This year, he will sing the title role in Opera McGills production of Mozarts Don Giov anni. They are joined by Michael McMahon -P iano: M ichael is the p referred partner to many of Canadas finest singers. He hasp erformed regularly throughout Canada, in Europe, Japan a nd the USA. Fol lowing his studies at McGill University, he completed his m usical education in Vienna at the Hochschule fur Musik u nd darstellende Kun st and the Franz Schu bert Institute, and in S altzburg at the Mozarteum. In addi tion to his active per forming schedule, M ichael is a professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill U niversity. He arranged the repertoire for this weekends Bizet Broadway. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Opera comes to Nassau


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012, PAGE 11 PAIDADVERTISEMENT motive for the killing, however sources say Fergusons m urder was retaliation for the shooting death of Lavar do Thurston alias Giant. Thurston was shot and killed around 2am Saturday, after leaving a nightclubt hrough Cordeux Avenue and Key West Street. Witnesses say Thurston left the club and was confrontedb y a man who he had an earlier altercation with. The man shot him and fled the scene. He became the countrys 19th murder victim. Police are questioning a man in connection with Fergusons death, The Tribune has learned. Meanwhile, police are still investigating the murder of Renardo Minnis, 19. Minnis was shot and killed around 11.45am Monday morning. Police have no suspects in the murder. Anyone with information on any of these murders are asked to contact police 911 or 919 the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. Bahamian leaders of Haitian descent to discuss the par-tys immigration policies which have not been altereds ince being put forward at a D NA town meeting last year. According to the statement the article was very misleading to the Bahamian public, as it suggests an erroneous statement that the party is underhandedly courting the Haitian vote. Y esterdays T ribune r eported that the DNA has now joined the PLP in the race to secure the Haitian vote, just weeks after blasting the FNM government over the same accusation. According to well-placed s ources, the article said, party officers held a series of meetings with members of the Haitian-Bahamian community to gather voters. The DNA s tatement said the meeting was an opportunity to explain the partys immigration platf orm and initiatives. I t said: It was a fruitful meeting and the DNA believes t hat it successfully explained to all in attendance that a DNAgovernment intends to adhere to the law, present a referendum to modernise the count rys regularisation laws and remove political hindrances a nd corruption from the D epartment of Immigration. At no time did the meeting transform into a plea for votes. Our only focus was to reiterate to t he group that the DNA would e nforce the laws of the Comm onwealth of the Bahamas. A mong the policies discussed were: a review of the s tatus of immigrants that have been in the Bahamas for longp eriods of time and are prod uctive members of society w ith a view to regularisation, swift consideration of the applications of persons entitled to apply for residency/citizenship a nd move to regularise the sta tus of children born abroad to B ahamian women by way for r eferendum. 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 DNA DENIES SOLICITING HAITIAN VOTE MURDERED MAN W AS ON B AIL


Both witnesses, in and outside of Bank of the Bahamaso n Tonique Williams Darling Highway February 27, 2006, testified that they saw amasked gunman hold up and shoot Carey twice on the steps of the banks entrance. Prosecutors claim Jamal G linton was the gunman who s hot Carey, as he had been attempting to deposit $40,000 b elonging to the Esso Service S tation which he operated. Glinton, alias Bumper, was unanimously found guilty of the murder and armed robbery of Carey on April 9, 2009. He had been charged along w ith Dwight Knowles and S ean Brown, who were unanimously convicted and sentenced for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. However, Glintons conviction was squashed in the Court o f Appeal after the higher c ourt ruled that the Senior Justice Jon Isaacs was wrong in law to remove the charges of murder and armed robbery as against the two co-accused from the jury at the close oft he case for the defence. S enior Justice Isaacs at the time had directed the jury not to consider the charge of murder against Knowles and Brown. That direction was one of 17 grounds of appeal filed by G lintons attorney Craig Butl er. The appellate court rule in Glintons favor though they ordered a retrial and remanded him to Her Majestys Prison. He, however, received bail in the Supreme Court. D uring the afternoon sess ion of yesterdays proceedings, an employee of that branch, whose name is being withheld for safety reasons, told the 12 member jury she was stationed at the recep-t ionist desk that Monday m orning around 10am. She saw Carey exiting his vehicle, walking up the steps to the double doors when a red-orange masked man weari ng jeans came out of nowhere and held him up at gunpoint. S he said there was a conversation. The gunman pulled the trigger. He fell back on the second step and turned over and the gunman shoot him again. T he then customer service h elper said Carey had crawled u p the steps but slumped over a t the top not to move again. S he told prosecutor Darnell D orsett that upon shooting the businessman a second time, he took Careys red and black nap sack that he brought with him every day to the bank. After realising what o ccurred, she told security to l ock the doors and tried to call police. She also added that the white car shed noticed after the shooting had vanished. In cross-examination, Craig Butler asked the witness whys he had not reported seeing t he white car to the police. The employee admitted the situation left her in shock, resulting in her not being able to recall everything that she s aw when she gave her statement to police at the scene. S he also told the defense attorney that six years was a long time to recall exact parking situations. The second eye-witness was a teacher who had come to t he bank with her mother. T he educator said she was i nside her Dodge truck for n early 10 minutes when she h eard shouting. Looking in h er side view mirror, she saw two men, one of bright complexion with his arms up in the air and the other wearing an orange mask pointing his arm at the other man. S he said Carey was on the s teps shouting No! No! No! in a panicked voice. She then heard gunshots. The gunman, now holding a red and black duffle bag, looked west and east before heading eastt hough she never saw him a gain despite hearing screeching tyres. She ran over to him and began telling him that he was going to be okay though he d id not respond because he was gasping for air. M ichelle Carey, wife of the victim, who testified during the morning session, began breaking down and exited the courtroom. I prayed with him but he n ever responded, the witness c ontinued. T he trial resumes tomorr ow morning. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***Heading to Canada for University? McGill University McMaster University U niversity of Guelph University of Toronto U niversity of Waterloo University of Western Ontario If you 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 employees are relieved to h ave the stand-off resolved. A new industrial agreement will be signed in the next twow eeks, she said. She said: I think it is fair to say that the negotiations were extremely rough because we were faced with challenges, as far as just not being able to bargain and then of course we weref aced with a company wanting to undo everything that has been done over the years. It was not the easiest n egotiation but we are happy we concluded with an agreement we can live with. M s Martin would not reveal the details of the agreement, but said concessions were madef or a specified time period. For example, the companys contribution to the employee pension fund, which until noww as funded in full by KFC Nassau, will be paid in part by the staff for the next four years. We are happy with the outcome as it is important to solidify benefits but it is alsoi mportant wherever necessary t o make concessions, she said. It is a difficult balance to strike but I believe wes truck it on this occasion. The union could not agree to certain proposed conces sions, Ms Martin revealed, including allowing guaranteed hours to be reduced to foura nd half hours. She said guaranteed hours for current staff will remain the same, but the reduced hours provision will be applicable to new employees for a period of four years. KFC management released statements last week claiming the fast-food chains closures were a result of illegal strike action taken by employees on February 20, and stated that all stores would remain closed until an industrial agreement was reached. It was also announced that employees would not receive salaries during the store closure. Despite these claims, Ms Martin said no illegal action was taken by KFC employees, who reported to work every day of the stores closure. According to Ms Martin, the union will intends to seek legal action to receive the money owed to employees. She said: We have instructed our lawyers to go ahead with legal action. Last month, tensions esca lated after the fast food chain cancelled its voluntary recog nition of the union. Following the announcement, staff staged a sit-down, leading to the closure of the companys New Providence outlets. Later that evening, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes certified BHCAWU as the offi cial bargaining agent. The labour agreement between the two parties expired on September 24, 2011, and negotiations on a new agree ment began in December. KFC has argued that its current wage and benefits package is two times higher than all other fast food brands. Staff salaries were said to be between 79 to 92.5 per cent higher than its fast food industry competitors. Witnesses take stand 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 KFCBACK OPENFOR BUSINESS