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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Zero tolerance pledge by PM Volume: 108 No.78FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 85F LOW 71F P RIME Minister Hubert Ingraham declared war last night on the casual attitude to petty crimes in the Bahamas. Speaking at the opening of t he FNMs Ft Charlotte constituency office, Mr Ingraham said he is spearheading a zerotolerance policy on all lawb reakers. Reversing the tolerance for other crimes includes less tolerance for small things. T his includes things like running the traffic light, driving with a back light out, or ignoring the speed limit, Mr Ingraham said. The Prime Minister said his g reatest priority is the safety and security of Bahamians, and this is why his party is tough on both crime and itsc auses. He said the government is Cr ac kdo wn will inc lude minor crimes TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Philip Brave Davis challenged Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham to reveal where the PLPs alleged dirty money is coming from. Davis said Mr Ingraham has suggested that the PLP has been receiving campaign funding through unscrupulous sources. During his address at the opening of his partys South ern Shores constituency office he asked the Prime Minister to directly name these sources. MEET OUR JUNIOR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK NEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TV MUSIC ONSALEEVERYSATURDAY C C O O U U P P O O N N S S C C O O U U P P O O N N S S C C O O U U P P O O N N S S DONT miss The Big T tomorrow, packed with n ews, features, fashion, entertainment and up to $150 in food and shopp ing coupons. T his week in T he Big T read about how a Bahamian actor and director have teamed up to bring an internationa lly acclaimed Shakes peare adaptation home i n Othello, or the Tragedy of the Conchy Joe. I n our regular weekly columns, John Marquis t alks about memorable martial arts encounters b etween parliamentarians both here in the Bahamas and in the UK, w hile A drian Gibson explains why the official national stadium opening was a cultural disap p ointment for him. In our entertainment and lifestyles section,r ead about the new Bahamian singing sensa tion Angelique Sabrina w ho is offering her fans a chance to appear in her new music video. And in our STYLZ s ection, learn all about how wild animal print nails and colour block d esigns a re all the rage right now. Then in Local Sports, y ou can read about how t wo of The Bahamas Olympic hopefuls are being put through thep aces in an intense training camp in Wales lead ing up to the 2012 Games. CHAOS erupted at the Lynden Pindling Internation al Airport last night after Customs and Immigration offi cials walked off the job at 5pm, citing General Orders. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com WATER and Sewerage Corporation workers abstained from work in protest yesterday morning, claiming some staff have been working there more than a decade without being granted permanent employment. Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour said the illegal strike action was premature, as the issues in question are under active discussion. With around 40 employees standing and holding signs outside the corporations headquarters, Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU president Dwayne Woods said 80 per cent of the 400 Water and Sewage employ ees the union represents throughout the country will do what is necessary to resolve outstanding matters. Apologising to the public for any inconvenience that may result from any further actions by the union, Mr Woods said: We have come to get these matters resolved and if takes... well Kentucky took a week so I think we can take a week or two or three or four what ever it takes. We are prepared for the long haul. PLP: PROVE DIRTY MONEY CLAIM WATER CORPORATION WORKERS STRIKE CUSTOMS WALK OFF THE JOB DWAYNEWOODS, president of the Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union, addresses the media yesterday. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff 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 9 9 im lovin it N OW HELPME TORAISE T O FIND OUT HOW Y OU CAN HELP OUR BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD I SURVIVED CANCER $1M
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE INWITH THENEWAT MONTAGU Out with the old... ...and Saunder s Beach is next INWITH THENEWAT MONTAGU S ANDFENCES a nd vegetation that comprise the new features in the refurbished Montague foreshore and, inset, Montagu as it used to look.Main photo: L etisha Henderson / BIS WORKMEN have started to give a facelift to Saunders Beach, bringing in boulders and carrying out pro tective work to the shore. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff By CARA BETHEL firstname.lastname@example.org THEATRE can be an excellent way to channel the energies of young people into something positive. Bahamian actor Craig Pinder, who will take to the stage tonight as the title character in Othello or the Tragedy of Conchy Joe, told The Tribune that it could be one way to steer young peo ple away from crime. There is a lot of crime and suicide in young people and its not just something that is happening in the Bahamas, but if you can channel their interests, so that even if they dont want to act, they can build sets, apply make-up, or be involved behind the scenes, it can be positive. He said that theatre encourages a sense of pride as it allows persons to showoff a feeling which could carry into other aspects of their lives. Mr Pinder, who is a renowned actor on the English stage, said it has always been his dream to contribute to the theatre scene in the Bahamas. He is joined in this desire by the plays director, Bahamian Robin Belfield, who adapted Shakespeares original version to make the lead role that of a white Conchy Joe Bahamian and place the story on a modern Bahamian fishing boat. Mr Belfield said he wanted to introduce Shakespeare to a new generation that may have previously frowned upon it. He said that one of the highlights of the performances here will be the stu dent matinee on Wednesday. I want them to think wow, I didnt know Shake speare was that good. I want them to see it can be different and exciting. Mr Pinder added that the theatre scene in the Bahamas has suffered from a lack of funding, like so many other countries, which makes pro ducing a large amount of material difficult. Some people feel that you dont get your investment back, and that is not valuable, but it is definitely worthwhile and adds to the countrys cultural fibre, he said. There is definitely an abundance of talent in the Bahamas. You have to be willing to be fairly free. Act ing is about being willing to change completely into another person. There will be six performances of Othello at the Dun das Centre for the Performing Arts tonight, Saturday, March 3 at 8pm; an 11am matinee on Wednesday for schoolchildren; and performances at 8pm on Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9, which is the gala performance; and Saturday, March 10. Tick ets are $25 and $50 for the gala. Actor says theatre can benefit young THE CAST in rehearsal at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.
B y SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter s email@example.com P OLICE have put suspects before the courts in connec tion with more than half the m urders committed for the year and say they are on track to close the remaining cases as w ell. Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said 52 per cent or 11 of the 21 m urders committed in the past two months have been solved by police. I n a press conference at Police Headquarters, ACP Ferguson updated the presso n the progress the Royal Bahamas Police Force has made in the fight against crime in 2012. A ccording to crime statistics released by the RBPF, in January homicides decreased b y 25 per cent, down to nine from 12 during the same peri-od last year. However, in February murd er statistics increased by 41 per cent, up to 12 from seven during the same period in2 011. Police have classified 21 killings as homicides so far this year with 18 in New Providence and two in Grand Bahama. Ten were committed in the street, in alleys or backyards. Police have removed 128 firearms from the streets along with 3,359 rounds of ammunition. ACP Ferguson said this is s ignificant as the gun was the weapon of choice in the majority of murders in 2011a nd 2012. He also identified south western and northeastern New Providence as the areas w here most homicides were committed. Police believe a handful of t he murders were retaliation killings, while the majority were drug related or a due toa lack of conflict resolution skills. ACP Ferguson said: We have groups of young men that have issues with each other. They have conflicts then they go out in public, see each other and cause incidents. We are appealing to mem bers of the public to come for ward and tell us these things before they escalate. We know they know who these p ersons are. Please come to us and let us know so we can have ani ntervention before a problem arises. ACP Ferguson also refut ed claims the police were not p roperly monitoring accused persons outfitted with electronic monitoring bracelets. We are doing our job. In all technology you will have from time to time someg litches but not to the extent where we do not know wherea person is for a significant period of time. We do have back up plans in case something happens in order to deal or circumvent anyone who tries to breach whatever technology we have in place, he said. This came after the opposition PLP claimed the failure of the government to properl y monitor people on bail who are fitted with ankle bracelets is another example, out oft he mouth of the minister no less, of failed procedures of the FNM to keep the Bahami an people safe. M inister of National Security, Tommy Turnquest, admitted on Wednesday that3 0 persons who were being electronically monitored were able to use foil paper to deac-t ivate the system. He said, however, that when the problem was discovered on February 10, police were able to track the men using alternative measures. There are currently 219 people on bail being moni tored via ankle bracelets. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012, PAGE 3 THE FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Cana dian woman aboard a Bahamas cruise. While the US Coast Guard continued searching an area spanning 900 miles for the 47year-old woman, an FBI spokesman said Thursday there was no additional infor mation about her disappearance from the Bahamas Celebration. Authorities say the wom ans boyfriend last saw her early Wednesday when he left her at a ship gift shop. The ship was returning from Freeport, Bahamas, to the Port of Palm Beach. The man said he left the gift shop for the casino and then returned to their cabin. He alerted the ship's crew whenhe woke up and realized she had not returned. Celebration Cruise Line spokesman Glenn Ryerson says the ship resumed its cruise schedule and returned to sea Wednesday evening. By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org THE Bahamas Educators M anagerial Union could b ecome the official bargaining agent for supervisors and managers at the Ministry of Education before the month is over, union representatives s aid yesterday. S peaking at a press confere nce, BEMU president Charles Wildgoose said fighting for official recognition has been a long struggle that began in 2008. A t the time, there was no v oice for school administrators, he said. Trade Union Congress (TUC guson, who acted as BEMUsl awyer, said that on February 21, Supreme Court Justice K Neville Adderley ruled against the government, which had sought to block the unions attempt to representm inistry managers. The court saw fit after hearing arguments, to order the Labour and Social Development Minister to carry out his statutory duty to determ ine whether the BEMU is e ntitled to recognition as the b argaining agent for the supervisory and management employees of the ministry of education, Mr Ferguson said. The court went further to b e rather specific. The court said such determination is to be made according to law within a reasonable time but in any event, before 4pm onF riday March 30. Mr Ferguson said he contacted Labour Minister Dion Foulkes following the ruling and scheduled a meeting well before the courts deadline. I wrote the minister a lett er and I advised the minister that we are to meet on March 7 to dispose of paragraph 28 of this order which determines the exact time ( and) the date, when the cert ificate ought to be realised, M r Ferguson said. Ive gotten assurance from the minister that we meaning the executive council of this union along with me asc ounsel will have a meeting w ith him on March 7, at which time the minister will facilitate the granting of the determination certificate. That is a very significant m ove and I want to thank the minister in advance for doing that which is right, that which is in accordance with the law, and that which I think will help to establish this union. E ducation managers need t heir own representation because of the special role they play, Mr Wildgoose said. He noted that the BEMU doesnt feel school administ rators or managers are better t han teachers, but that there is a distinct difference in the terms and conditions of service. We were always desirous and often felt that the educa-t ional managers who include s chool administrators, principals, vice principals, senior persons, and education officers in the Department of Education and the depart-m ent section in the Ministry of Education we always felt that these persons needed a voice, he said. We felt that everyone else had a voice, the BahamasU nion of Teachers basically s poke for teachers and they acted for teachers, but we felt that because of our job description, because of the special role we play in educat ion we run schools that are r esponsible for millions of d ollars and hundreds of children and also teachers and auxiliary staff we felt that our role has always been very important. T here are around 240 m embers in the BEMU. The union wants to discuss a number of issues with government, among them comprehensive medical insurance,w orkplace safety and hours of service. DIRECTOR of Immigrat ion Jack Thompson yesterday confirmed that a boat carr ying a group of Haitians ran aground near Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. He said: My information coming out of Freeport,G rand Bahama is there was a 40 foot fiber glass vessel that ran aground near the island. There were 14 persons that were found in the commmunity; 12 men and twow omen. We have already disp atched a team of officers f rom New Providence to Gove rnor's Harbour, Eleuthra to question them. We will find out how many persons were on the vessel and how long they wereo n the seas." M r Thompson added that the type of vessel used surprised him, as it seemed to b e an upgrade from the usu a l wooden sloop used to transport immigrants from H aiti. 14 FOUND AFTER HAITIAN BOAT RUNS AGROUND Union says it may become official agent at ministry W OMAN MISSING FROM SHIP SUSPECTS IN COURT FOR HALF OF 2012 MURDERS MINISTEROFNATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnquest h as warned that 30 people have managed to overcome their electronic tags using foil paperb ut said police were able to track down the men by other means.
EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Democratic National Alliance (DNAi ts deputy leader on Wednesd ay night at the Wyndham Nassau Resort ballroom. Chris Mortimer won the post of deputy leader for the DNA, but in my view the real w inner is the Bahamian peop le. I had the opportunity to m eet and speak with Mortimer on at least three occasions and on each occasion Ib ecame more and more impressed with his leadership style and his business acumen. H e has no qualms about s peaking on any issue and he has an arsenal of plans to try to improve the Bahamiane conomy. He is a man of purpose and this is evident by the way inw hich he runs Galleria Cinemas and his DNA campaign office aka The C A Mortimer Sr Resource Centre. Just before the boundaries commission, he was the candidate for the Sea Breeze con s tituency. He is now the DNAs candidate for Nassau Village. When I visited his campaign headquarters, I was taken aback by the level of professionalism and organisation being exuded by his staff members. They addressed everyone with respect and even thought hey were hosting a domino t ournament, staff members m aintained their professional poise. In my view, this was no a ccident. His campaign headquarters has a modern kitchen, a waiting area, a full-sized back y ard, an entertainment room f or children, offices and even a computer room where a ccess is granted only to a uthorised persons. Persons who look for detail in busin ess operations would be very impressed if they visited hisc ampaign headquarters. M ortimer and his team also use cutting edge technology in their campaign. I was very impressed with the Android d evices that are used to track v oters and keep a database record of their addresses, n ames and phone contacts. They can locate voter details at the touch of a button when campaigning on the road. I asked him point blank several months ago about what type of contribution hep lans to make to the B ahamas. He said that he is all about empowering Bahamians and that he will make no compromises with regards to same. I dont find Mortimer to be t he most passionate public speaker but my honest opini on of him is that he has the itch to serve. This is lacking in many of our candidates whoj ust have the itch to get rich and talk foolishness. If Mortimers running of his c ampaign is any indication of w hat he intends to do if elected, then this can only serve as a blessing for the Bahamas.W e need more men like him who will stay above the fray and bring focus and order tot he many policies affecting our governance. Even if Mortimer is not elected, I think he has already built a model from which all other candidates can learn. I truly hope that he continues what he hass tarted. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, February 18, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 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 I SRAEL says the economic pressure t hat appears to have brought a dramatic b reakthrough in nuclear negotiations with N orthKorea is unlikely to work on Iran. This gloomy assessment delivered by I sraels deputy foreign minister on Thursday came ahead of a key visit to the White House by Prime Minister BenjaminN etanyahu. The Israeli leader is expected t o argue that economic sanctions are not stopping Iran from moving ahead on developing nuclear weapons, and that military strikes should be considered a viable o ption. O n the eve of the trip, another country u nder pressure for its nuclear programme NorthKorea announced that it would cease uranium enrichment and mis-s ile tests in exchange for US food aid. The deal is seen as a success for sanctionsi mposed on Pyongyang. I n a radio interview, Deputy Foreign M inister Danny Ayalon cautioned against drawing parallels, saying NorthKorea is more susceptible to international press ure than Iran. NorthKorea is a small and weak state, Ayalon told Israels Army Radio station. If it had a nuclear bomb or two in i ts cellar it was only for economic blackmail. Iran has global ambitions, with ide ological motivations. And it is a direct t hreat on its (regional Tehran says its nuclear programme is aimed at peaceful uses like power gener a tion and cancer treatment, but Israel, the US and other Western countries all believe that Iran is developing the capa bility to build a weapon. D espite the agreement over Irans goals, sharp differences have emerged between the allies over how to respond. Israel has argued that time is running out to stop Iran, and that it could soon be compelled to carry out a military strikea gainst Tehrans nuclear installations. The U S and its European partners say eco nomic sanctions set to go into effect this summer must be given time to work,t hough they have not ruled out military action. There are concerns that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities could prompt missile strikes against Israel either by Iran or from its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, asw ell as rocket attacks by Hamas in Gaza. On Thursday, state-run Israel Aeros pace Industries announced that it would be testing an advanced missile interceptor system, the Arrow 3, in the near future. The joint US-Israel Arrow system is designed to bring down ballistic missiles f ar from their targets. Arrow 3, the improved model of the A rrow system...is more capable than ever t o deal with future threats, said Itzhak Kaya, head of the Arrow missile program. I sraeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has been in Washington this week for talks with top US security officials. N orth Korean leader Kim Jong-un a nnounced Wednesday that his country would stop nuclear weapons testing, freeze uranium enrichment, and allow foreign inspectors to visit its nuclear sites. In e xchange, the United States promised to d eliver more than 200,000 tons of food a id. Although the announcement falls short of ending the North Korean nuclear pro-g ramme, it signals a long-awaited victory for Washingtons use of economic pres-s ure. N orthKorea faces tough UN sanctions t hat were tightened in 2009 when it conducted its second nuclear test and launched a long-range rocket. Millions c ontinue to go hungry, according to the World Food Programme. NorthKorea is also in a state of transition following the death of its longtime l eader, Kim Jong Il, in December. Kims untested son, Kim Jong Un, was subse quently named the reclusive nations l eader. Although Irans nuclear programme is not believed to be as advanced asN orthKorea's, analysts said the Tehran regime is far more entrenched. Hazhir Temourian, an Iran expert at the Limehouse Group of Analysts in Lon d on, said the leadership change in NorthKorea provided an opportunity to pursue a more moderate policy. In con trast, he said there is no sign that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, wants to share any power. E ldad Pardo, an expert on Iran at the H ebrew University in Jerusalem, said NorthKorea and Iran appear to be going in different directions. N orth Korea is one of the last holdovers of communism, long cut off from its for mer patrons China and the disbanded Soviet Union, he said. But Iran, he said, is the wave of the future. If you look across the Middle East, t hey started as one Islamic regime and now you have Islamic regimes all over, hes aid. The nuclear programme boosts Irans rising profile, he added. Therefore it is harder for the Iranians to compromise. This article is by Daniella Cheslow of the Associated Press Mortimer good for Bahamas LETTERS l email@example.com Little hope for Israel in Korea nuclear deal My Mission:Zero (0murders in the Bahamas in seven (7 There are seven clergies on board. Now if you can get seven times seventy and the Leader, Leader of opposition and the Junior Leader of Opposition.Can all the people unite? This is possible with THE GREATEST PLANNERAnd a helping hand from Yes You Can.Available at Chapter One and Logos Book Store.Milford Shaggy Lockhart at 324-4000 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Comming Soon Website yesyoucanbahamas.com EDITOR, The Tribune. REGARDING the Reuters article Santorum says Obama agenda not based on Bible February 18, 2012. R ick Santorum was right to attack President Obamas Christianity and agenda as being based on some phonyt heology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology. The radical anti-life, antifamily agenda Obama promotes contraception, steril i sation, abortion, homosexu ality, embryonic stem cell research is not Christianity; it is another religion a secu lar religion. President Obama, like m any others today, wants to measure the truth of the faith by modern societys stan dards. They mistakenly b elieve that divine Revelation must adapt itself to the current mentality in order to be credible, instead of the current mentality converting in the light that comes to us f rom on high. The result is a stripping of the Redeemer of man of his radical uniqueness, and classifying Him as some one who can be managed and domesticated. In the finala nalysis, you end up with a renunciation of the Gospel and this is really what is at the heart of Obama and his mes s age. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, February 18, 2012. Ren unciation of the Gospel is Obamas message EDITOR, The Tribune. MY FRIEND Bishop Neil Ellis told me: There comes a t ime, which when it comes, will define your life for the rest of your life. Could it be that time came for the Bahamas on February 25, 2012 at the opening of the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium. There will be persons that write about every detail, but it is suffice to say that the whole affair was a testimony to what we can do. We can only hope that from this day forward, Bahamians realise what camet o be on February 25, 2012. Yes, I am sure there were hiccups, but so what! There was no hiccup in the sense of pride we felt about where we came from, where we are and where we can go. We came together, without the division of colours, but with Bahamian spirit. I may not have physically been there, but WE were all there. We can only hope it sets the tone for the weeks ahead. C ongratulations Bahamas, the future is promising. A generation is now exposed to the world of possibilities, which will define us for the rest of our lives. By George, we've got it. ED FIELDS We The People, Nassau, February 26, 2012. B B y y G G e e o o r r g g e e , s s t t a a d d i i u u m m s s h h o o w w s s w w e e v v e e g g o o t t i i t t !
B y KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com KFC employees could take l egal action to recover wages lost when the chain shut down after the company refused to continue business without a new industrial agreement. Yesterday, Bahamas H otel, Catering and Allied W orkers Union (BHCAWU Darren Woods said employ e es raised the wage concerns when they met with union officials hours before thef ranchise opened following a nine day closure. H e said: The employees asked us about it and we told them that we would consult with out lawyers and get backt o them on if their are sufficient grounds to take such actions. Last night, Mr Woods said he had no new information on whether union attorneysw ould advise the move. A ll nine KFC locations reopened on Wednesday fol lowing four consecutive days o f negotiations with union officials and company owners. U nion president Nicole M artin said a new industrial a greement would be signed within the next two weeks. Under the new agreement, new employees will be hiredu nder a lower salary scale than current employees with a guaranteed work shift of at least four hours. KFCs contributions to its staffs pensions will also ber educed from six per cent to t wo per cent for four years. She said: I think its fair to say that the negotiationsw ere extremely rough because we were faced with challenges, as far as just notb eing able to bargain and t hen of course we were faced w ith a company wanting to undo everything that has beendone over the years. It was not the easiest n egotiations but we are happy we concluded with an agree ment we can live with. Last month, tensions escalated after the fast food chain cancelled its voluntary recog n ition of the union. F ollowing the announcement, staff staged a sit-down, leading to the closure of thec ompany's New Providence outlets. Later that evening, Minister o f Labour Dion Foulkes cert ified BHCAWU as the offi c ial bargaining agent. The labour agreement between the two parties expired on September 24,2 011, and negotiations on a new agreement began in December. KFC has argued that its current wage and benefits package is two times highert han all other fast food b rands. Staff salaries were said to be between 79 to 92.5 per centh igher than its fast food industry competitors. T HE Free National Movem ent slammed the PLP yest erday for boycotting the opening of the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium last week. While the PLP did send a small delegation to the opening out of respect for the Chinese government, the FNM said the absence of the rest of the opposition could be seen as a boycott of the B ahamian people particul arly young Bahamians. The PLP also dishonoured the legacy of Tommy Robin-s on and his contributions to national development. The opposition turned an e vent of national unity into a partisan political event. At the grand opening Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham thanked t he leader of the opposition a nd his predecessors in office f or their contributions t owards the development of the new stadium. In showing more concern for the feelings of the Chinese government than the Bahami a n people, the PLP put a lie to its claim of putting Bahamians first. In boycotting the Bahamian people, the PLP put a lie to its claim of putting people f irst. In boycotting the youth o f the nation, the PLP put a lie to believing in our young people. It should be recalled that prior to the 1992 general election the PLP was set to a ppoint an ambassador to Taiwan. It was the Ingraham administration that recog n ised the Peoples Republic o f China in 1997. Without that recognition, t here would never have been the gift of a new national stadium. In addition to building the new Thomas A RobinsonN ational Stadium, the FNM will transform the QE II Sports Centre into a world-class athletic complex. This new sporting facility will boost employment and economic opportun ity. It will aid in youth develo pment, urban renewal and serve as a venue for pro grammes which will help to f ight crime, the party said. The FNM described the opposition as shameful for s eeking to use one of the biggest national events since independence for their own selfish and partisan m otives. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012, PAGE 5 BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT The Grand Bahama Power Company said the island-wide power outageo n Tuesday was caused by d amage to part of its transmission line. The interruption occurred after 3pm and power was restored three hours later to all customers on the island. A ccording to the company there was severe damage to two insulators, and a pole was burned and charred. T he companys statement did not confirm the cause of the damage, but said: Witn esses who reported the event informed us of severe weather in the vicinity just prior tot he event. T he company apologised to the public for the blackout and thanked its employees fort heir quick response and hard work during the restoration efforts. B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com P OLICE said they arrested a man thought to be a prisoner who escaped custody, but 24 hours later still didnt know if they had the right man. Senior officers refuted a Tribune article that reported Frederick Green, alias Frede rick Neely, 29, was apprehended on a bus at Wulff R oad around 2.30pm Wednesday. At around noon yesterday, they confirmed they had someone in custody since Wednesday, but said they c ouldnt be sure if it was Green because officers had y et to fingerprint him or establish his identity by otherm eans. When first asked about the arrest at a press conferencey esterday, senior officers denied all knowledge of it. However, when shown an official document in The Tribunes possession detaili ng the incident and identifying the detained man as Green, the officers confirmed it came from the Police Control Room (See sidebar). A t that point, Assistant Commissioner of Police A nthony Ferguson admitted an arrest took place but said t he man in custody had not been officially identified as Green. This could be case of mistaken identity. I am not aware o f the information or where it was acquired but I can telly ou he is still out there and we are looking for him. Someo ne may have thought it was h im and then discovered it was not. I am not privy to that i nformation or document, he said. T he document, sent to T he Tribune by a police source, s aid officers received a tip-off from a man who said he saw someone fitting Green's description getting on to a purple and white jitney on K emp Road, heading west toward Wulff Road. M inutes later, the bus was intercepted by police on W ulff Road in the area of F YP Hardware Store. One man was taken into c ustody. Green escaped while seeki ng medical attention under guard at the Princess Marg aret Hospital on February 21. He allegedly fled the hospital's chest ward through a window around 4am after the p rison officer assigned to him left to use the bathroom. A fter his escape, prison officials maintained that the o fficer secured Green in r estraints before leaving to use the restroom. Green was remanded to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hilla fter being charged with the 2009 armed robbery of 18 t ourists at Earth Village. He is still awaiting trial. He was previously charged with the 2004 stabbing death of Dale Williams. However, he was acquitted of the charge after claiming he was defending himself against an attempted rape by a gay, HIV positive man. The last prisoner to escape f rom PMH was 28-year-old Dorian Armbrister, on December 13. Armbrister was serving a 27-month sentence for stealing from a shop. Although he w as outfitted with leg restraints and on 24-hour g uard, he escaped the healthcare facility by jumpingt hrough a bathroom window. He was shot in the buttocks by prison officers onD owdeswell Street a short time later. Police yet to confirm captured mans ID A T ABOUT 2:25pm on Wednesday 29/02/12 an anonymous male caller reported that he had observed a male fitting thed escription of the escape priso ner FREDRICK GREEN/ NEELY who had just got onto a purple and white jitney licence # (withheld K emp Road and reported to be headed west on Wulff Road. Information was immediately transmitted to allm obile units where a numb er of them responded. A few minutes later a number of units intercepted said jitney on Wulff Road in the a rea of FYP Hardware Store. Said Jitney was checked and said male was confirmed to be the escapee FREDRICK GREEN aliasF REDRICK NEELY d.o.b 2 1/07/82 of CARMICHAEL ROAD who was arrested and taken to Wulff Road Police Station. DOCUMENT SENT TO THE TRIBUNE ESCAPED prisoner Frederick Green, also known as FrederickN eely. ISLAND POWER OUTAGE FNMCONDEMNS PLP STADIUM BOYCOTT P RIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham addressing the crowd at the opening of the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium. UNION T O C ONSUL T LAWYERS OVER LOST KFC WAGES
T HE Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas has announced the election of new officers and directors for 2012/13. The new president is Brend an Foulkes and the new vicepresident is Dwain Wallace. Murray Forde and Wayne Aranha were returned to the positions of secretary and t reasurer respectively. T he directors are: Don A ranha, John Damas, Dion Bethell, Donald Pinder and immediate past presidentR ichard Blake. Elections are held every two years and MrB lake was thanked for his d edication and leadership in 2 010 and 2011. W hile primarily a hobby club, the AACB also believes in giving back to the community, including organising, together with the Riders of Distinction Motorcycle Club,t he annual Cruise to the Cure for the Cancer Society. The club also supports the Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach in its annual Antique Auto S how, a major fund-raiser that p rovides gifts and groceries t o around 80 underprivileged children on Christmas time. The clubs biggest event, t he Annual Antique Auto Show and Cook-out, alwaysb enefits a charity or organis ation involving children. T he club was formed in J uly 1987 by six men interested in vintage automobiles and this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a membership of 50 men and women. A number of events are b eing planned to celebrate the Silver Jubilee, the first of which will be the Annual Antique Auto Show and Cook-out at Arawak Cay on S aturday, March 17. S everal family events are b eing planned along with the show and members are striv ing to have a record-setting 1 00 vehicles plus motorcycles at the event. T he beneficiary selected for t his year is the Elizabeth E states Childrens Home. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 THE TRIBUNE NASSAU GLASS COMPANY, ART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREwill beCLOSEDf or our Annual Saturday March 3rdW e 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 FREEPORT The Catholic Annual Island-wide Mission will take place on March 5 through 9 this year, bringing all Catholic parish es on Grand Bahama together as residents prepare for the upcoming Easter season. Under this years theme, Living the Christian Life each day: From Death to Resurrection, the mission will be held 7.30pm each night at Mary, Star of the Sea Church, where Monsignor Patrick Anthony will be the guest preacher. The Catholic parishes of Mary, Star of the Sea, St Vincent de Paul, St Agnes and St Michael, and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help are extend ing an invitation to all resi dents of Grand Bahama to embrace this week of spiritu al renewal and enrichment. Monsignor Anthony is director of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre in St Lucia, and Archdiocesan press officer. He holds a Masters degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chica go, and a doctorate from the English Department of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Theologian, cultural activist and communications special ist, Msgr Anthony is the founder of the Folk Research Centre in St Lucia. Antique Auto Club announces its new officers for 2012/2013 T HE EXECUTIVE TEAM o f the Antique A uto Club of The Bahamas Richard Blake, Wayne Aranha, Murray Forde, Don Pinder, Brendan Foulkes, Don Aranha, Dion Bethell. DEACON Whitfield Hutchinson, curate of St George Anglican Church, will be among the speakers during Christ The King Evan g elism Ministrys Three powerful nights of Soul Searching and Inspiring Lenten Mission Services. On Wednesday, March 7, at 7pm, Bishop K irkland Murphy, senior pastor of Temple Fellowship Ministry, will speak on The Anointing. M inister Francis Fawkes, of Carmichael Bible Church, will speak on The Holy Spirit on Thursday, March 8, at 7pm, and DeaconW hitfield Brudda Hutch Hutchinson will s peak on Salvation on Friday, March 9, at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. CATHOLIC MISSION TO GATHER RESIDENT S MINISTRYTHREE POWERFUL NIGHT DEACON WHITFIELD HUTCHINSON
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012, PAGE 9 A ccording to Sloane Smith, the acting president of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union, his members simplyf ollowed the instructions of t he Prime Minister, who informed them to abide by the official rules for public servants, which speak to an employee working a regular 9am to 5pm day. There is no industrial a ction at the airport, Mr Smith said. What has happened is that we simply followed what the PM said. On Wednesday, Mr Smith instructed members to aband on their shift schedule as it did n ot comply with regulations. The system has been a long-standing issue of contention for workers, who feel there are no guidelines to organise overtime work. Labour officials, union representatives and staff met with P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Saturday to discuss the trade dispute stemming from a2 005 Industrial Agreement. Mr Smith told The Tribune yesterday his members were introduced to a shift system last year, but it was not in line with labour laws. The PM himself did not a ccept it and neither did his office. So to say that they are doing industrial action wouldn ot be accurate. We are simply coming in to work from 9 to 5 like everyone else, he said. I t is understood that Customs a nd Immigration managers filled in for line staff at LPIA, handling any flights after 5pm. H owever, Mr Smith said that this is at best only a stop-gap measure. If the government requires a ssistance on the weekend, we have asked them to set up a s chedule. That schedule would a llow for different ranks of officers to manage different ports or areas. That is what isa vailable to them. But there i s no provision in General Orders for a shift system. Attempts to reach Minister o f Labour Dion Foulkes were unsuccessful. These are matters that can be resolved easily with a stroke of the pen, he said. O ne of the critical issues raised by Mr Woods was the status of contract workers,w ho in some cases have been working with the corporation f or up to 11 years with being m ade permanent workers. The status of separation packages for retired workers,u nilateral changes in promot ion procedures which have resulted in reduced benefits, gratuity, and over-time pay are among the other issues t hat need to be addressed, Mr Woods said. According to Minister Neym our many of the issues r aised by the union are being addressed and are before the Water and Sewage Corporat ion board, which is scheduled to meet today. For example, Mr Neymour s aid, the issues concerning c ontract workers were dealt with in an agreement between the union and the corporationo n February 2, which is currently before the board. Union heads have been asked to allow the board to c arry out its responsibilities and should there be any unresolved matters, Mr Neymour s aid a meeting with the union i s scheduled for Monday on the understanding employees go back to work. H e said We have encour aged them to go back to work. This is an industrial actiont hat they are taking, which t he government wasnt advised of or knew nothing of. I felt that they should have brought any matter to the government before taking any such action that could affect c ustomers. I would say it was an illegal act, industrially. We recognise the econ omic times and we recognise t he commitment that many of these individuals have made to their corporation in their l ong service and took that into consideration, Mr Neymour said. T he minister said he does n ot agree with claims that the government is trying to min imise the unions influence by n ot including contract workers within the bargaining unit. He said: Over the years the government has shown a c ommitment to regularise a number of the contract workers that existed when the we w ere elected in 2007 and we h ave begun that process. However it is important that the policies and proced ures are consistent and it be done in a manner where it is sustainable by the Water andS ewage Corporation. M r Neymour said as far as he knows services have not been interrupted by the strikea ction and union members will be reporting back to work. dont know what he m eans when he says that the PLP is getting dirty money, he said. Who we getting dirty money from and when? Davis mentioned Victor Kozeny, suggesting that hew as one of the men Mr Ingraham fingered as one of the PLPs campaign donors. Mr Kozeny, 46, was wanted by US authorities to face charges of bribery and money laundering. He is accused of being the driving force behinda multi-million dollar bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan officials in t he early 90s. US officials allege that Kozeny bribed senior government officials oft he former Soviet republic of A zerbaijan with millions of dollars in an effort to gain an unfair advantage during thep rivatisation of the stateowned oil company SOCAR. Mr Davis suggested that Mr Kozeny may even be a campaign financier of the Free National Movement, through another of the FNMs alleged fundraisers. And did he not raise in the past at least 1.3 million dol lars for your election efforts? Check the records. For the record, Victor Kozeny has n ever donated one cent to the PLP or any of its candidates, he said. M r Davis also hit out at the F NMs alleged spending. Dont forget how they spent almost $300,000 to builda bathroom at Saunders Beach, he said. Yet students in Cat Island and Crooked Island cannot get repairs done to their classrooms. He also touted his partys Southern Shore's candidate Kenred Dorsett as a top candidate for the constituency, calling him a good man. He is the right man to put Southern Shores back on track, said Mr Davis. improving road safety by creating new and refurbished roads and traffic lights, pass-i ng modern traffic laws and e nforcing them vigorously. T he police are out in full force searching for those who break traffic laws for three reasons, Mr Ingraham said: to save lives and prevent injury, because traffic lawe nforcement helps in the fight a gainst illegal drugs and guns, and because the Bahamas must fight lawlessness at every level. He said: I still am trying to understand why we areh appy to abide by the traffic laws in US, but at home so many of us ignore our own traffic laws act as if they dont exist. We can do better. Furthermore, we are spendingp lenty money and time buildi ng the best roads in this r egion. So, if you throw garbage in the road, you going t o get fined. Same goes for rubbish falling off the back of trucks. And, let me put those cement t rucks on notice. Stop spilling c ement on our roads. This goes too for those p eople who like to mix c ement on the road. Now you know someone will say something like, Instead of dealing with peop le who break traffic laws, the p olice should deal with serious criminals. Stop talking fool. We have to do both at the same time. This is why even in tough times when other count ries were laying-off police, w e hired over 400 police offic ers. Mr Ingraham said that while his government has ac omprehensive and strategic plan to combat crime as well as the conditions which give rise to it, Perry Christie and t he PLP do not. They dont have a crime plan. They have a crimeb rochure. They have TV commercials about crime. Thats all they have, Mr Ingraham said. We know that the PLP do n ot have the kind of tough a nd decisive leadership or clean hands needed to fight crime. And, you really believe that the party of late-again can do anything quickly, m uch less something they like t o call, Swift Justice? M r Ingraham said that in order to fight crime effectively, you must start with a zerot olerance attitude to all infractions, but follow it with improvements to public infrastructure and beautify public s paces. We are doing these things all over this island improv-i ng spaces for public recreation from Saunders Beach to South Beach to Big Pond to Montagu Foreshore. We are also fixing the street lights on lamp poles, naming streets and numbering houses. You know howt hem other people like talk about the so-called things we d o. Well, small things like these save lives. A small thing like a sign with the name of your street reduces the time it may take an ambulance to get to your house. A small thing like a number on your house can speed up the response time by the police or BEC in case of an emergency, Mr Ingraham said. He added that the governm ent is doing a number of big things as well. We continue joint operations with police forces around our region and particularly with agencies of the United States government ont ackling the big transnational criminal issues. We have increased the number of police officers and vehicles while improving the c onditions of service on the f orce. We are targeting crime h otspots through targeted m anpower. We are also deploying advanced technolo gy including sophisticated c omputer systems and softw are to track and strike at h otspots. We are expanding the CCTV network. This will be the most comprehensive expansion of crime-fighting technology in our nations his-t ory. Our two state-of-the-art R BPF mobile strike force vehicles are on call, 24/7. They are fully equipped mobile police stations each with the capacity for video recording, flat screen viewing screens, specialised recording equipment and high-tech police lighting/siren/public address systems. We know that it takes more than crime-fighting tools and technology to fight crime.B ut we also know that the fight against crime will not succeed without them. Mr Ingraham added that while being tough on crime, the FNM will do everything in its power to provide alternativest o those who may be attracted to criminal behaviour. We are working through our schools and in our communities to promote peaceful s ettlements of disputes; to e ncourage and support greater involvement and volu nteerism in our community a nd to discourage and seek to correct bad behaviours. But, let me clear anyone w ho gat a mind to tief and k ill and do serious crime, you ga feel the full weight of the law. 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 Zero tolerance pledge by PM WATERCORPORATIONWORKERSSTRIKE PLP: PR OVE DIRTY MONEY CLAIM CUSTOMS WALK OFF THE JOB PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham wants a crackdown on all crime even minorc rimes such as litt ering or even mixing cement on the road.
By KHRISNA VIRGIL k firstname.lastname@example.org T HE Police Staff Association yesterday criticised a for mer high ranking official for publicising confidential RBPF information in an attempt to gain political mileage. Dwight Smith, the organi sations executive chairman, was responding to the comments made by Keith Bell, an ex-superintendent, on a daytime radio talk show. Mr Bell told of glitches in the governments electronic monitoring system for those granted bail. According to the chairman, who spoke to the media at the association's office on Bank Lane, Mr Bell also implied that the force was too poorlyequipped to tackle crime or the other challenges it has been confronted with. Rejection the notion that Mr Bell could speak for the force, Mr Smith said the exofficer does not have the authority to do so. He said: The RBDF is well disciplined enough to know the protocol of its structure and certainly the Police Staff Association adheres to the truth. The chairman also ques t ioned whether Mr Bells claims supported a particular political party. Mr Bell is the Progressive Liberal Partys deputy chair man. Mr Smith said Mr Bells claims aimed to cast the RBPF in a light which implied political persuasion. To make the Bahamian public to believe that the politician decided how and when we tackle crime is an insult to the Commissioner of Police, his executives, commanders, and the rank and file of the force. The commissioner only asks the politician or government to enact laws and to provide resources and funding to make these initiatives a suc cess. So to say or make the public believe that the politician creates the many operations and initiatives is a direct insult to the existence of the police, he said. In response, Mr Bell issued a statement saying the association has for years been rid dled with FNM operatives. He said: During the press conference, segments of the R BPF Association sought to align it, and by way of exten sion the line staff of the RBPF, with the FNM through what was clearly a political endorsement. This is unac c eptable. If any executive member of the Association wishes to endorse a candidate or political party, they ought to resign. It is interesting that after four and a half years without promotion or raise by this FNM government, segments of the Association have now found its voice, not to support i ts members, but rather a failed minister who has not supported them. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012, PAGE 11 By LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter l email@example.com A SUPREME Court jury w ill hand down the verdict t oday in the manslaughter trial of a policeman accused of beating a prisoner who died months later. The nine-member jury, h aving heard evidence for m ore than two weeks, will decide whether Constable Donovan Gardiner is guiltyof causing the death of 28year-old Desmond Key. The prosecution claims that on the Fathers Day evening o f June 17, 2007, the officer assaulted Key with a baseball bat in a cell at the Grove Police Station. Key died sevenm onths later in hospital. His colleague and former co-accused, Constable Tavares Bowleg, had been c harged with abetment. It was c laimed he watched Gardiner assault Key. O n Monday however, Justice Vera Watkins directed the jury to acquit Mr Bowleg when she ruled, followingc losed discussions with couns el, that there was not sufficient evidence for a case against him. Regarding Corporal Gardiner, she ruled that there was still a case for the accused to answer. I n yesterdays proceedings, p rosecutor Linda Evans and defence attorney Wayne Munroe made closing submissions. Mr Munroe, assisted by Tecoyo Bridgewater andT onique Lewis, was expected to begin his closing statements when court resumed at 10.30am. However, he asked Justice Watkins for an opportunity t o present a last witness. Ms Evans noted that the c ourt had the discretion to h onour or reject the request but later said she would not o bject in the interest of fairness to the defence. Dr Carlese Henry, a clinical pharmacist at Princess Margaret Hospital since Decem ber 2008, told the court her job is to advise doctors aboutd rugs and their side effects. T hough she had no direct involvement in his case, she said patients like Key who are unable to take food orally, must be fed their liquid meal through tubes. L ipids was the drug admini stered to Key along with his liquid meals according to medical files presented in court. A side effect of Lipids therapy is it could induce pancreatitis in certain individu-a ls, Dr Henry said. She added that each drug, no matter how innocent it may seem, has a side effect. Dr Henry said despite the side effects of this drug, there i s no substitute available. During cross-examination, D r Henry admitted she was n ot a clinical pharmacist at the time of the incident. B ut she added that according to international case studies, patients predisposed to high levels of cholesterol or alcohol are those most at risk of devel oping acute pancreatitis. Reexamining, Mr Munroe a sked the witness what advice s he would have given the physician attending a patient like Key regarding Lipids. She said she would recommend a different treatment or constant monitoring of thep atient if Lipids were used. D r Henry admitted the hospital did not have a certified clinical pharmacist on staff at the time of Keys stay. After her testimony, Mr Munroe told the jury thep rosecutions case against Gardiner made no sense and should not have been brought before the courts. He questioned why Desmond Key, who everyone t estified that he was drunk and swearing at police officers, made no complaint of the b eating to the EMT, no complaint to Sgt Major and this is t he foolishness that Constable Roberts put before you. He contended that officer Kevin Roberts lied about seeing Corporal Gardiner strike Key in the head and side, adding that his testimonya nd admission to being press ured to give a statement against the accused, attested to his cowardice. He referred to the evidence of both Dr Duane Sands and Dr Caryn Sands who testifiedt hat there were no bruises on K ey when he was examined. Dr Duane could not say if the pancreatitis that Key developed had resulted from blunt force trauma or alcohol consumption, Mr Munroe said. H e also questioned the likelihood of a person not having a mark or bruise after being struck with a blunt object, when a fist would leave such a mark. There is no theory to e xplain how a person can be struck twice with a wooden b aseball bat and receive no b ruise. And since parliament has changed the law to allow m e to address you first, I challenge my learned friend to explain that. In response, prosecutor Ms Evans said she did not find the latest evidence from the defense to definitively proveK eys pancreatitis was caused b y drugs. She reminded the jury that Keys attending physician did attribute blunt force trauma as a cause for pancreatitis, and she maintained that it was the excessive force used by the a ccused that led to his death. She questioned the credibility of the accused and defence witness Tavares Bowleg. She reminded the jury that both men gave differenta ccounts of the positioning of the computer and charge rooms in the station and also of the alleged escape attempt by Desmond Key, which did not add up What they are s aying are lies and they arent even properly constructed. This is not CSI Miami. This i s not Law and Order. This is reality she concluded. J ustice Watkins will summarise the evidence before excusing the jury to deliberate. The evidence summation begins at 11am. Manslaughter verdict due today as policeman waits to hear fate POLICE S T AFF ASSOCIATION CRITICISED FOR PUBLISHING INFORMATION S ANDALS Royal Bahamian has welcomed into its ranks its first and only female Butler Chauffeur. Nathasha Bethel is making her m ark amidst her three male coun terparts. Ms Bethel has been employed w ith the resort for the past 16 years as a member of Sandals Royal Bahamians kitchen staff, and hasr ecently transferred to the prope rtys elite Butler department. SANDALS WELCOMES FIRST FEMALE BUTLER CHAUFFEUR