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Title: The Tribune.
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By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s brown@tribunemedia.net THE family of the 25-yearold man shot and killed by a p oliceman in Crooked Island said yesterday they believe the shooting was uninten t ional. P olice have remained tight lipped, releasing few details about the Cabbage Hill incident. An official police report only said the shootingo ccurred around 9.25pm at Sea View Beach, Crooked Island. When contacted, Supt S tephen Dean said police were still investigating and could not comment on some-t hing as sensitive as a policeman being involved in a shooting without having allt he details. However, the family of the victim, who has been identi N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER FNMsupporters attacked by rivals Volume: 108 No.89MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 82F LOW 72F B y PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor FNM CANDIDATE Peter Turnquest has called in police t o find those responsible for a politically-motivated assault that left his daughter and sev e ral others injured. Mr Turnquest called on PLP leaders to control theirp arty after four members of his campaign team were hurt when sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher, suffering burning eyes, nose and throat irritation, and in one case, chest pains. He said: We live in a democracy, where everyone should have the free right to express their political choice without fear of violence. The East Grand Bahama candidate said thankfully, no one seems to have suffered any lasting harm, but as they dont know what type of chemical the device con tained, he hopes there will be no residual affects. While some fire extin guishers can be non-toxic, others contain extremely dan gerous compounds that can cause a variety of health problems, in rare cases even death, if inhaled or ingested. Mr Turnquest said: We are calling on the leader of the opposition and the local candidate to urge their sup porters to refrain from this type of behaviour and not let emotions get the better of them. We dont want to go down that road, so we feel it is incumbent on them to tell their supporters this sort of thing will not be tolerated. The incident took place while FNM supporters were on the way to the partys con stituency office opening for West Grand Bahama and Bimini on Saturday night. The PLP was also hosting an event in the area and the two groups of supporters crossed paths. Mr Turnquest told the crowd on Saturday night: When I came up here, I was in a very good mood, but Ive got some very distressing news. It appears that the PLP motorcade decided to assault one of our trailers. Apparently, they sprayed a fire extinguisher onto the trailer coming into town with the FNMs on it. PLPare accused over case of assault TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Strength atWork for YouGet on-the-spot approval for car loans at RBC Royal Bank!Call or visityour nearest RBC Royal Bank branch and you could get pre-qualified for the car ofyour dreams today! Trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. 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In a press statement yesterday, the company defended itself against a number of allegations put out by the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU agreement negotiations. The statement read: It is and will remain BTCs policy not to seek to negotiate the Industrial Agreement in the public space. However, the company will do its best to ensure that any and all state ments regarding BTC in any journal of record are factual and accurately reflect the position of the company. Last week, union executives said that salary negotiations had reached an impasse despite attempts to negotiate B y KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net B EN Albury, the DNAs Montagu candidate, used martial arts yesterday to restrain a thief who tried toe scape from a defence force officer. The man was caught trying to break into the Chinese Embassy on Village Road. Chris Lowe, an onlooker, said Mr Albury used Brazilian jiu jitsu to come to the rescue of a man, believed to be a defence force officer in plain clothes, who had a person under arrest. C ANDIDATE TURNS CRIMEFIGHTER S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 APOLOGISE FOR DOCUMENTARY BTCSTAFF NOT UNDERPAID A SEA OFRED at the opening of the FNM West Grand Bahama and Bimini campaign office on Saturday night, where the alleged attack on sup porters took place. Photo:FNMphotos POLICESHOT MANY A CCIDENT


B y SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net STAFF at the Treasury Department are meeting t oday to decide whether or n ot they will take industrial a ction this week, T he Tribune has learned. According to a source, the employees will meet at 12pm to sign a petition and discuss t heir options. T he workers will reporte dly decide whether to abandon or move ahead with their plan to stage a sick out' on Tuesday and Wednesday, now that union officials have advised them to stand down for the time b eing. L ast Friday, the employees walked off the job, protesting against "unfair" treatment. Speaking on behalf of the workers, Euthalee Woodside s aid they are "tired and fed u p" with being ignored by management. "We have some concerns that we want management to address. "One of our concerns is t he long outstanding promot ions that we have been waiting on. "Some persons have been in their posts up to 14 years and we want them to answer us as to say what is happening a nd why it taking so long for p ersons to receive their promotions. "We have other issues but management is aware of the outstanding promotions. Right now we won't go into o ur other concerns. Right n ow we want to deal with what is most pressing and that is the promotions. "We were told that they were working on it but that is not good enough. Its been a v ery long time. We just want t o let management know that we are serious about our promotions, we want our concerns to be addressed." Ms Woodside said this is not a union-led stand, as some o f the employees are memb ers of the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) and some are not. However, she said they will get the union involved if need be. B PSU president John Pind er said the union supports the workers 100 per cent and will stand by whatever decision they make. "There is a concern for the employees about outstanding p romotions and short staff. H owever, I spoke with the chairman of the Public Service Commission and he said they are working on the promotions this week. I have advised the workers not to t ake any industrial action until t hey process that information. "What upset the workers is they were given the wrong information," he said. "They were advised by someone in the public service t hat the records had been forw arded to the Public Service Commission but this was not the case. "When I spoke to the chairman, he advised me that the records just got to his office a nd he would have his group l ook at them immediately. From the union perspective, I asked them to stand down but bear in mind they have the right to withdraw their labour if they see fit. If t hey want to keep the heat on t hem, we will support hem 100 per cent." Management at the Public Treasury could not be reached for comment. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012, PAGE 3 Treasury staff to consider strike B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Grand Bahama police are searching for a young man who has b een missing for more than a w eek. David Kei th Dean, 21, p ictured left his home in Mayfield P ark, F reeport, on Friday, March 9. He h as not been seen or heard from since. A sst Supt Loretta Mackey said that an official missing person report was not filed until yesterday. D ean is about six feet, two inches tall, of slim build and light brown complexion. H e was last seen wearing a dark pair of jeans and a longsleeve white jacket, with black, white, red, and yellow d esigns. Ms Mackey said that Dean frequently travels to A baco. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts i s asked to call the Central Detective Unit on 350-3107/8 or 352-9774/5; or Emergency Assistance on 911. POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN By MICHELLE GREENE TWO separate shootings left two young men in hospital over the weekend. The first incident occurred on Friday night, when a 27year-old man was walking east on Parkgate Road. It was reported that the victim heard gunshots, then realised he had been hit in the leg. The Kemp Road resident was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle, and is now listed in stable condition. On Saturday morning, a 25year-old Golden Gates man was shot in the back near the corner of Market and Hay Streets. He was also taken to hos pital in a private car and is listed in serious condition. TWOMENIN HOSPIT AL AFTER SHOOTINGS


EDITOR, The Tribune. I T MATTERS who wins t he upcoming election, but it really does not matter in t erms of what a government has to do when elected. R ight now, we have a lot of union activity and I guess that a lot of promises are b eing made behind the scenes; and a lot of those things can happen if that g overnment is prepared to b orrow more money. The deficit will be at such a level when the bills for the present infrastructural development come due that most government employees will h ave to stand very still as the g overnment that they have e lected makes its move on the b udget issue. The elephant in the room has always been where 70 perc ent of the annual budget is actually spent. What is it going to take for Bahamians, the middle to u pper-class Bahamians espec ially, to understand that we d o not have a real economy? W e may see ourselves as a developing country but too m uch of that middle to upper class paycheck is coming out of the public treasury and maybe we do not understand or we just want what we want; but everyone cannot live the life of an MP. There are pub-l ic servants who make much m ore than MPs make but that is another story. Is there anyone out there in their right minds who is still under the impression that there is going to be another BaTelCo, that would be allowed to do what it did; especially in the area of compensations? It will never happen again. We are less than twoy ears from the protective cove r being taken off the comm unications industry and t hose privateers chomping a t the bit will leave no stone unturned, resulting in a furt her downsizing of BaTelCo. This is a time for all and sundry at BaTelCo to be evalu ating what is ahead. The recent oversubscription of theA PD offer is an indication of how much Bahamians want to b e involved in what is going o n in this country and I am not sure that some vying for political office took note of that. This is not about giving B ahamians a chance, a significant part of the electorate is already on the move; it is only those among us who are unclear of their job descript ion who are having a probl em in seeing what is ahead. T here are many questions that need to be answered, but not too many of us are tak i ng the time to articulate what it is we really want to see. All we know is someone is doing this and someone else is d oing that and some of us like it and some of us dont, andw e refuse to let our complacence, naivety or preferences take us any further in the discussion. Admittedly we are in the m idst of something that all governments, past and pre-s ent, should have had an ongoing interest in getting completed, but that did noth appen. W hat is happening now is o ne governments attempt to d o something before the e conomy takes off, and the amount of tourist arrivals and the employment figures in the north, indicate that it is happening. We have a choice to m ake. The upcoming election will not change the requirements that are ahead; they are almost mandatory. The question we need to answer is hard and it goes against everything some of us want to see happen. With the amount of activity and developments going on i n this nation and the amount of money being spent whod o we want to manage that? T his is no time for games. Maybe that is why I have such a strong dislike for those politicians whose only weapon is the lowest common denominator. EDWARD HUTCHE S ON Nassau, March 8, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 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 THE STRAW market, once hallowed PLP ground, turned ugly on Thursday when a group of PLP politicians arrived tol ook into complaints about malfunctioning toilets and insufficient stalls for vendors still waiting to set up business. The politicians PLP chairman Bradley Roberts, MP Philip Brave Davis, and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said they had been i nvited there on a fact finding mission. A nd so they arrived, expecting to be welcomed with open arms, only to be accused of disrupting the vendors business for r aw politics. The chaos created in the middle of the day in a tourist centre must have shockedt he party leaders who in the past would have been welcomed with hallelujahs. In those good old PLP days, if any vendor was of a different political persuasion, it would have been more than she would have dared to even suggest a grumble. These PLP vendors were special w omen. They believed that they and the taxi drivers were the backbone of this new nation. So much so that some of them pontificated as though they were a b ranch of the then PLP government. After all their benefactor, the late Sir Lynden Pindling was the prime minister. He coulda lmost look down on them from his Cabinet office window, while if they had any complaint they thought nothing of trot-t ing up to his office and unburdening themselves. But after years of neglect, the atmos phere in the market has changed. A fter being left 10 years under the tent and exposed to the elements of scorching sun, pelting rain, and sea spray, v endor Celestine Eanes, president of the Straw Vendors Advancement Associa tion, wanted to know where these politi c ians were when for five years they were t he government and had power to build a new market after the devastating Sep tember 4, 2001 fire had left them with no r oof over their heads. The PLP was in power for five years, she told Roberts, Davis and Mitchell, allt hree a part of the Christie administration during those five years. In fact, Bradley Roberts, then minister of publicw orks and utilities, had announced in the House of Assembly on June 15, 2005 that contractors would be invited to bid on the construction shortly with work to begin3 0 days after the contract was awarded. They did nothing within five years and its a crying shame that they just come now to set about the people. Where were they all the while? Ms Eanes wanted to know. It is political, this is a political move his morning, she told the surprised MPs. Straw Business Persons Society presid ent Laverne Crawley, flanked by PLP vendors, on welcoming the MPs complained that malfunctioning toilets and 30 vendors were still waiting for stalls. These were two of several issues still not being addressed, she said. W hen she had had her say, Ms Eanes i nsisted on speaking to the press on behalf of the grateful vendors. We realise, she said, that we might h ave a little problem with our plumbing, yes of course, but that has been rectified. I want to thank the Bahamas government we are not getting wet anymore in the rain and its been a long time coming, she said. The PLP was in power for five years they drew a plan which went to naught. Ms Eanes was wrong when she said that during those five years the PLP did noth i ng about the market. They did plenty drawing plans for a market that mush roomed almost overnight from a 70,000 square foot building in 2005, costing $10 m illion, to a 200,000 square foot structure with a grandiose observation tower, nightclub and restaurant, costing in ther egion of $18 million. They were also busy dodging the public and making excuses for the delays. They failed to tell Bahami-a ns of the structural difficulties being encountered, and when pressed for answers by Tribune reporters those who should have known claimed they had notb een informed about anything either. Every time we approached the government on the issue, one vendor told o ur reporter, there was always an excuse like the treasury broke, we dont have any money, we trying to do the best wec an, please bear with us. N ine months before the 2007 election, The Tribune was told that bids for the straw market would be collected that weeka nd ground breaking would start eight weeks later. Finally on February 7, 2007 three months before the election andc hange of government a $23 million contract was signed for the new straw market. A nd as we all know, the story of the market had the usual ending: The PLP promised, talked and delayed. The FNM stepped in, did something and delivered. I n December last year, Prime Minister Ingraham opened the Nassau Straw Market on the same site on which the original market had been destroyed 10 years earlier. All parties to face the same tasks LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net The PLPpromised; the FNMdelivered EDITOR, The Tribune. W HILE I am enthralled with the Democratic National Alliance (DNA t ainty they shall receive my v ote, I am a realist and know that much of what is being espoused by the DNA will not easily be enacted upon despite their best efforts; I am expecting however some mea s ure of change and I believe I shant be disappointed. What is most important is that the Free National Move ment (FNM from public office and buried with their bosom friend, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a dear and cheri shed possession. It has been made to run afoul and its people living without hope, spiraling in despair especially in the last 15 years. Good God, we need a change of govern ment and thanks be to God w e finally have a pleasing o ption in the DNA. The first order of business is to change the government.F inally and absolutely rid from p ublic view the FNM and the PLP. What the DNA can or will do is irrelevant right now. Lets rid ourselves of these misrelating two, enjoy a few months of fresh clean air, then s teer our focus on our new government the DNA. Fundamentally: what is wrong with the FNM as a gov ernment is a misalignment of personal careers and public office. For example, we have a minister of finance who is not an accountant or has any training in fiscal matters but a lawyer. The minister of educ ation is not a teacher, or an educator but a lawyer. The minister of national security is not a military man or a crim inologist but a banker. The attorney general is a senator and a great talker who has c ountless murderers on bail. W e have a minister of agri culture yet we grow no food. We have a minister of labourw ho can create no jobs who i s also a lawyer. The ministry of immigration is overseen-by the minister of foreign affairs and overridden by the minister of finance. The minister of works has impeded transport b y creating massive traffic congestion on practically every major thoroughfare in the capital by constant dig gings. As a result, major trenches have been excavat ed creating a habitat for mos quitos which has created a dengue fever epidemic. But thanks be to God, the minister of health is a medical doctor, b ecause the minister of social services is an undertaker. P ANTHONY DEAN Nassau, March 12, 2012. Realism and the DNA


By BRITTANY KEMP A NEW policing operation h as been launched in New Providence, resulting in the arrest of nine people, 530m atters taken to court and 567 drivers being cited for various traffic offences. O peration New Breed w as conducted by the officers of the Central and Southwestern Division last week. T hree of the arrests were for immigration offences. Other offences included u nlicensed and uninspected v ehicles, no identification plate, causing obstruction and parking in a no parking area.P olice also found a small quantity of marijuana after trying to stop a motorcyclistw ho was able to escape them. Also on Friday, acting on a tip, the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEUg uns and one shotgun in less t han four hours. The first firearm a shotgun, was found in Flamingo Gardens in thea rea of Indiana Drive. One handgun was found at Mar shall Road and another in an a bandoned building at Sunset Park, Carmichael Road. B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT While in G rand Bahama over the weekend, Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham revealed that the o wners of the former Jack Tar Hotel are coming back to r eopen the West End resort. I can tell you down in West End that Mr Sammons is coming back and so is Jack Tar! he told FNM supporters a t the opening of the West Grand Bahama constituency o ffice in Russell Town, Eight M ile Rock, on Saturday. The hotel, which closed 30 y ears ago, was the major econ omic pillar of West End. J ack Tar employed nearly 7 00 Bahamians before it c losed in 1990. The resort p roperty included a marina and an airport. I n 2005, developer Bobby G inn purchased the 2,000 acre property, with plans to develop a $4.9 billion mixed-use resort. The project, which was announced under the former PLP administration, fell apart when the property went into f oreclosure in 2011, after real estates sales failed to materia lise due to the recession. They (the PLP you Ginn, the largest develo pment ever in the Bahamas. N owadays when it comes to G inn, mums the word from t hem, Mr Ingraham said. H e said the PLP promises b ig things, but fails to deliver every time. Thats why you know that a ll of these big things they are promising in Grand Bahama w ill never, ever come through. Promisers they are. Deliverers they will never be, he said. Give us the opportunity to bring you scandal-free, h onest and hardworking representation. We ask that you e lect one of your own and a llow us to deliver for you, said Mr Ingraham. T he prime minister told v oters that Pakesia ParkerE dgecombe will provide good r epresentation for West G rand Bahama and Bimini. H e said Mrs Edgecombe who was born in West End, g rew up in Holmes Rock and g raduated from the Eight Mile Rock High School s ought out the nomination to represent her home in the House of Assembly. We didnt have to recruit her; she volunteered. She said s he wanted to give back and she wanted to do so right here i n the community that made h er. She has only good intentions for you, he said. CHRISTIE: THEFNM MADE RECESSION WORSE LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012, PAGE 5 THECROWD at the FNMrally in Abaco on Thursday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff THECROWD at the PLPrally in Grand Bahama. B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Opposit ion leader Perry Christie said the FNM government made the recession worse, causing increased unemployment and crime in the B ahamas. While in Grand Bahama on Saturday, Mr Christie, p ictured noted that more than 20 per cent of Grand Bahamians are unemployed. When I visit with you, I h ear words like ghost town and devastated and aband oned. I hear about the jobs lost and a crime prob lem growing bigger than anyone could have imagined, Mr Christie said. T he PLP held a Gold R ush rally in Pineridge at t he old Portion Control site o n West Atlantic Drive, a few feet from the FNMs h eadquarters. Mr Christie said the r ecession was made worse b y the FNMs borrowing of hundreds of millions dollars for infrastructural projects, which benefited foreign c ontractors. He also said the delaying of projects started by thef ormer PLP government r esulted in many job losses, and slowed the economy. Thats not my opinion, t hats a fact thats what i nternational agency Stan dard and Poors said. Delaying PLP contracts directly contributed to the economic downturn here, C hristie said. They failed on crime. They dismantled PLP programmes like UrbanR enewal, Swift Justice, Witness Protection and School Policing, because they wereP LP programmes, he said. M r Christie said crime is also affecting the economy, compounding the suffering of Bahamians. When people dont feel safe going out at night, ith urts the economy. When small businesses have to spend on security, it makes them less competitive, and it hurts the economy. When the US embassy t ells US citizens as it did in a n e-mail warning sent out this week to watch out in the Bahamas for staged traf-f ic accidents that turn into robberies, you dont think that affects our economy? Of course it does, MrC hristie said. PMreveals West End resort will be reopened POLICE ARREST NINE IN CRACKDOWN ON DRIVING OFFENCES


By MIKE LIGHTBOURN W HETHER up or down, f ast or slow, there are tricks y ou can use to make a home sell in any type of market. Following these actions should help produce results, particularly in soft marketc onditions. F irst, make your home a best buy by having your BREA agent perform a thorough analysis of listings and recent sales in your neighbourhood. Position yourh ome right in the middle of a n attractive price range (buyers look in broad ranges, so be sure you are noticed). Before your final pricing decision, determine the level o f pressure youre under to s ell within a given time frame. M ust sell as soon as possible? Then adjust your price about ten per cent lower than thec omparables. G enerating interest, but no o ffers yet? Continue reducing your price until youve reached your deadline, or get creative with seller financing or some sort of trade off. Per-h aps the prospect can perform s ome outside function for you which can come off the price. If you can accept monthly payments, youll increase the pool of prospective buyers, and earn interest on pay-m ents. O ffer your home in exceptional condition, and have detailed information available to buyers, who wont respect vague answers to questions of u tility costs, tax bills, etc. You d ont have to be specific, howe ver, when asked why youre selling. I have an excellent opportunity elsewhere will suffice. Finally, when that first offer comes, do everything possible to accept it if its reasona ble. Holding out for a bett er offer may backfire, so be prepared to say, Yes! Dont forget, often your best offer ist he first one you receive! M ike Lightbourn is p resident of Coldwell B anker Lightbourn Realty LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Digital Photography StudioLooking for a Graphic Artist Resume + Portfolio should be sent via email to photographernassau@gmail.comSerious Inquires Only! Making your home sell


A YOUNG American is l eading a website campaign to secure a retrial for murderess Sante Kimes, who is believed to have drowned a b anker in her bath at her C able Beach home in Nassau. Family friend Bryan Johnson believes Mrs Kimes and her son Kenny, who lived int he Bahamas for four years during the 1990s, are innocent of two murders which led them to be jailed for life. H e and a small team of proK imes campaigners are working tirelessly to compile a file which they hope will lead to a new hearing. Mr Johnson, 28, who is b ased in North Carolina, outl ines his view of Mrs Kimes a nd her family in a new book, E vil and Son, by the former managing editor of The Trib une, John Marquis. H e recalls happy childhood m emories with Mrs Kimes, her late husband Kenneth Sr and son Kenny when the m urderess slipped two $100 b ills into his hand so that he c ould enjoy himself at a funf air. Far from being the cruel m urderess of popular renown, Mrs Kimes was a highly a musing and generous person, he tells Marquis in an interview which sought to reveal the other side of a woman known as the most notorious murderess of modern times. And he contends the Kimeses had no reason to resort to c rime, as Kenneth Sr was a w ealthy motelier who owned several valuable properties, enabling the family to live well. M rs Kimes and her son K enny, a former student at St A ndrews School, are serving life terms in the US for killing New York socialite Irene Silverman and familyf riend David Kazdin. During the Kazdin hearing, Kenny also confessed to drowning, with help from his mother, the Cay-m an-based banker Syed Bilal Ahmed in the bath at their Cable Beach home. He said the body was dumped at sea, but n eighbours at Sulgrave Manor, next door to the f ormer Kimes home, a re convinced Mr Ahmed was buried in t he grounds. I n his book, Mr Marquis q uotes Nassau associates of t he Kimes family and records their shock when their crimin al exploits became known. After fleeing Nassau in 1 996, the pair set off on a cona nd-kill spree across the S tates culminating in the Silv erman murder in 1998. Mrs Kimes is now serving 120 years at Bedford Hills high security prison for women in New York statew hile Kenny is serving 125 years in a Californian jail. Mr Johnson, who runs a website called the Kimes Campaign for the Wrongfully Convicted, believes the pair will eventually win a retrial b ecause of the lack of a body or forensic evidence in the Sil verman case. M rs Kimes, now 78, is suspected of poisoning her hus band Kenneth Sr in 1994, murdering lapsed lawyer E lmer Holmgren in 1990, and eliminating an unnamed vagrant who was talking too m uch about her various scams. During a three-hour meeti ng with Mr Marquis last year, Mrs Kimes continued to protest her innocence. I n his book, he traces every d etail of their encounter and examines the psychological background of a woman d escribed as the most degen erate person Ive ever met by a supreme court judge whoh eard her case. It is, by any standard, one of the most fascinating crime stories of modern times, said Mr Marquis from his home in Cornwall, England. E VIL AND SON is available from First Edition Press (firsteditionpress.co.uk LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012, PAGE 7 Campaigner seeks retrial for notorious killer Sante Kimes He said: I saw an off duty officer walking and holding am an by his belt with one hand and a revolver in the next hand. After a while, the man began to give him a hard time.I thought he might have shot him at one point. I turned around to see if I could help, b ut Ben jumped out, put the man in a choke hold and put him in his campaign van. M r Lowe said Mr Alburys a ction was a good deed that more citizens should follow to help fight crime in the country. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e CANDIDATE TURNS CRIMEFIGHTER


Commentary By DR HUBERT A MINNIS THE Bahamas is approaching the election sea-s on, with numerous events, rallies and even family gatherings.I implore you, to let calm heads prevail during this season. We must remember, that we are all Bahamians and when the election is over, wem ust all still live together in this Bahamaland.It is not unusual for one home to have individuals who support different political parties but what is unusual for us, is for family members not to support each other, instead allow-i ng political persuasions to affect our family bond. We must continue to respect an individuals right to speak, support and vote for the party of their choice, as this is the fundamentals of the democratic process at its best.W e must bring out the best in each other; we should practice patience, hospitality and love. We should abstain from mud-slinging and personal attacks on each other because at the end of the day, we allw ant one thing, a better Bahamas.No one wants to live in a violent, unfriendly environment. I was saddened by the news of one of Grand Bahamas FNM candidates, Peter Turn-q uests daughter being attacked presumably by political opponents Saturday. This most unfortunate incident should not happen in our country and I wish her a speedy recovery.It is also my wish that in this Christians ociety, we would not encounter this type of event again as the election fever heats up. As Bahamians, lets continue to build a better Bahamas,a Bahamas where at the end o f this electoral process, FNMs, PLPs, DNAs and Independents would work together to forge a brighter future for our young people. Killarney does not support violence and personal attacks,a nd I ask all Bahamians to refrain from this destructive behaviour. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Let calm heads prevail in election season D RHUBERTMINNIS, w ho has u rged politicians and supporters from all sides to abstain from personal attacks during the election campaign.


THE Bahamas participated in the 21st annual Cuba International Book Fair in Havana, exhibiting 70 books and magazines published by Bahamians. It was the first time the country was represented atthe international event. The Bahamas booth, operated by the Embassy of the Bahamas in Cuba, also displayed videos by the Ministry of Tourism and ZNS which offered a glimpse of the beauty and culture of the islands. The Cuba International Book Fair, held in February, was conceived as a means of creating dialogue about culture between countries. Every year, one country or region is honoured for its contributionto global culture. The fair is regarded as an opportunity for writers, pub-l ishers and distributors to reach Cuban readers. The focus of this years fair was the Caribbean, and the inaugural event showcased music by a Haitian troupe and a Barbadian Calypso artist. Aspeech was given by the Jamaican Minister of Youth and musicians from St Vincent and the Grenadines performed. Some writers launched their books at the fair and a translation of a nov-e l was also unveiled. S tudents and artists from around the Caribbean accounted for a large portion the estimated 400 patrons a day who visited the exhibition, which was covered by journalists from South America and Cuba. S ome of the Bahamian books were very popular, in particular Bush Medicine by Martha Hanna-Smith and childrens books by Lenora L B rown and Natasha Turnquest. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012, PAGE 11 Bahamas takes part in Cuban book fair VERNON BURROWS, Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, looks at material displayed at the Bahamas booth at the Cuba International Book Fair. A 22-YEAR-OLD man became the first traffic fatalit y on Long Island in more than a year when his vehicle ran into a tree. T he accident occurred earl y Saturday morning on Queens Highway near Mangrove Bush, where the victim l ived. He was taken to Deadmans Cay Health Centre,w here he was pronounced dead. According to Asst Supt Lucas Armbrister, no oned ied in a traffic accident on the island in 2011. A team of officers from the N ew Providence Traffic Divi sion will go to Long Island to conduct further investigations. MAN KILLED IN CAR CRASH


By SIR RONALD SANDERS ON February 9, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and theG renadines, Ralph Gonsalves, wrote a robust lettert o the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM Rocque, pointing out the deep malaise in which ther egional integration project is m ired. His letter was copied to all CARICOM Heads of Government. He did not spare the leadership of CARICOM, including himself, in asserting that ad ecision, taken by leaders at a r etreat in Guyana last year, putting the integration process on pause was a mistake. He made the telling point that pause in a dynamic world is a e uphemism for standing still. T ouring the critical areas in which CARICOM was underperforming or not performing at all, Prime MinisterG onsalves identified weak g overnance of CARICOM and the failure to implement decisions as the two most criti cal issues facing the regional movement. On these issues, he said: The informed public has grown weary and cynical of CARICOMs efforts on this and other vital matters. Yet the dragons dance continues. We must be decisive on this, u rgently. T he Prime Minister is a s enior statesman in CARICOM. With the exception o nly of the Prime Minister of St Kitts-Nevis, Denzil Doug las, he has been at the helm o f CARICOM longer than any of his colleagues. He also has deep involvement in the region as an academic and an analyst. It was not an unreasonable expectation, therefore, that,i n the wake of his very public letter, heads of government, at their meeting in Suriname on 8 and 9 March, would have shed the cloak of denial that CARICOM is not in crisis; a ccepted publicly that urgent a ction is necessary; and announce tangible measures to move forward. That did not occur.I t could be that Gonsalves view was heard and did receive support, but that the leaders have decided to make no collective announcements t o their people until they have had a chance to consider the w ay forward, including how to fund it. For sure, few governments i n the region many of them burdened by heavy andu nsustainable debt have m uch money to contribute to a n enhanced CARICOM Secr etariat and a new programme of action. I t would have been encour aging to hear that heads had mandated the Ministerial C ouncils of CARICOM to e xamine all the mandates and work programme of the Secretariat and to retire all except the ones that would convey benefits to the Caribbean people and are deliverable over the next five to seveny ears. Instead, heads declared that the integration movement has continued to make great strides ever since the signing of the Revised Treaty of C haguaramas a point that w ould not find great echoes of support within the region and outside it. Many Caribbean businessp eople are bedevilled every day by the continuing bureaucracy that delays, if not prohibits, the movement of their goods from one CARICOM c ountry to another. Caribbean people also cont inue to face obstacles to the right of establishment even when they qualify for free-d om of movement in the categories identified in theR evised Treaty. T he lack of regional transp ortation continues to a dversely affect the transportation of goods within C ARICOM, and if any atten tion is being paid to this serious problem, it is being done b y one country with the seeming intention of controlling it from a nationalistic position. The case in point is the glaringly unfair competition that subsidised fuel gives to the Trinidad and Tobago airline,C aribbean Airlines Ltd ( CAL), and now to a ferry t hat will ply from Trinidad to s ome Eastern Caribbean countries and Barbados. Food security remains u naddressed even as the cost of importing food escalates for every country, and someC ARICOM countries such as G uyana, Belize and Dominica dump food that could feed the region, keeping foreign exchange within the area. A region-wide plan for r egional energy security utili sing regionally-produced hydro-electricity, solar energy, geo-thermal energy, and oil and gas also continues to be elusive. T he heads told the public that, in Suriname, they con-s idered, in-depth, the recommendations of a Report carried out by independent Consultants on restructuring CARICOM. T hey said the SecretaryG eneral would begin the process of restructuring of the Secretariat through the recruitment of a change facilitator to support him in that exercise and the strengtheningo f the corporate functions in t he first instance and in a parallel exercise, the Bureau of Conference would work with an internal group from the Secretariat to facilitate improving regional govern ance and implementation. O n the matter of regional governance and implementation, this would be the fourth (or maybe the fifths ince 1992 to deal with the i ssue. Therefore, Caribbean people would be forgiven for harbouring no high expectat ion of its success, especially as once again it is the Bureau (three heads of gov-e rnment with no authority to make decisions for the others) that will oversee it. Prime Minister Gonsalves had warned in his defining letter of February 9 that if CARICOM continues to slide backwards, some member countries will seek alliances elsewhere, weakening CARICOM. S till, it has to be hoped that the decisions to begin thep rocess of restructuring the Secretariat and to facilitate improving regional governance and implementation are signs that more radicala nd fundamental reforms will b e implemented. The vital work is the 5-year Strategic Plan that the Secretary-General is expected to produce by the next CARICOM Summit in July. Thatp lan should be the framework t hat guides a co-ordinated regional response to the current malaise of weak growth, high debt, stagnating incomes and rising unemployment. If that is not what is on the c ards, then the scramble for w hat is perceived to be benefits will accelerate through alliances with groups other than CARICOM what thei ndependent consultants r eport has described as voting with their feet. Then where will be the i dentity, culture and independence of the CARICOM people? Responses and previous commentaries at www. sirronaldsanders.com. The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Caricom:Doing the dragon dance? WORLDVIEW


s ituation in the Bahamas, Mr Turnquest said he rejects the message that Nick Lazaredes p ublicised through Australias Special Broadcasting Services. Up to press time last n ight, the video had almost 4 ,000 views on Youtube. He did interview me, asked for crime statistics, and t hen tried to portray us as a country that is held hostage b y crime. However, he owes a n apology not only to the people of the Bahamas, but t o the police force who I think is doing an excellent job of fighting crime on the streets. While crime is out of control by everyones standards, we are making moves on the f ight against it with all the laws that we recently upgraded and revamped, more s pecifically getting tougher bail laws. Called Caribbean Crime Wave, the report highlighted the brutal killing of 11-yearo ld Marco Archer as a new l ow for the country. According to Mr Lazared es, Marcos death was the f inal straw for Bahamians who are forced to live in fear of being robbed and their homes broken into. Former ZNS broadcaster Jerome Sawyer was also interviewed by Mr Lazaredes who said the Bahamas' crime probl ems began 30 years ago with the arrival of the drug trade. H e said: I was robbed in front of my gate one night coming home. But that has significantly changed my life. It has changed my outlook. I dont see my country the same way I saw it 10 years a go. We sell it as a paradise, t hats a sales pitch. Mr Sawyer goes on to criticise the Privy Counsel for its role in prolonging the legal process and convictions of criminals. Through legal wrangling, youre able to stretch out t he appeals process to the point where the law then says, Ohy ou cannot put this man or woman to death because of a 5year period that has passed. fied as Ezra Ferguson, said the officer used extremef orce on an unarmed man, but did not intend to shoot him. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune Jerald Cunningham, uncle of thed eceased, said his nephew was killed in front of his mother while attempting to l eave a cook-out Saturday n ight. Ezra was in an altercation with some of his friends about an hour before he was killed. He took a bottle of l iquor from a guy and they had an argument but they resolved it and Ezra gave the bottle back before the police came. When the officer came, he ran after him. At that time,E zra was already in the car with his mother. She was taking him home, he said. The officer told him to get o ut of the car, when Ezra did t he officer told him he was under arrest, pointed the gun at him and then it went off.H e died right there in front of his mother. He did not h ave a weapon, he didnt fight back. I honestly dont think he m eant to do it, I think he was showing off and the gun accidentally went off but Ezra is dead and we have to now a ccept that. He said the family is not doing very well and have not c ome to terms with Ezras death. He was a very nice pers on. From the time he came back from Inagua, he never got into any problems with t he police or anyone else. His parents are still in shock. I d ont think they have realised what happened, they have not caught themselves yet. P olice on the island refused to comment on the matter. However, Paul Rolle, head o f the Central Detective Unit (CDU c ers from the capital are in Crooked Island assisting with the investigation. H e said: The matter is being investigated and forwarded to the Coroners Court. I have no further comment. I do not know if theo fficer is still on active duty. I will not comment on this matter. We are investigating. P olice are also investigating another police-involved s hooting that left a man fighti ng for his life in hospital. According to police reports, the incident occurred around2 pm on Saturday at the Nassau Street Police Station. Police said the 25-year-old man was shot while attempt i ng to evade arrest. T he suspect was captured a nd taken to hospital where h e is detained in critical cond ition. A ctive police investigations continue in both matters. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsPanel Discussion on BAHAMIAN ECONOMIC RESILIENCY AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISISTopics include:Exchange Controls and the Protection of Bahamian Capital Sovereign Ratings and the Governments Ability to Raise Funding Road Map for Job Creation through Industry Diversification Outlook for the Bahamian Economy in 2012WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST, 2012Cocktail Reception: 6:00p.m. Panel Discussion: 6:30-8:30p.m. Performing Arts Centre, The College of The Bahamas HON. ZHIVARGO LAING, Min. of State, Finance MRS. WENDY CRAIGG, Central Bank Governor SENATOR HON. MICHAEL HALKITIS, CFA MRS. OLIVIA SAUNDERS, School of Business, COB MR. ANTHONY FERGUSON, CFA Registerat my.cob.edu.bs My daughter happened to b e on that trailer and was sprayed in her eyes, along with one of my team. L ast night, FNM chairman Carl Bethel echoed the sentiments of Mr Turnquest, saying: We condemn thisa lleged act of violence on our motorcade in the strongest possible terms. The party calls upon all other parties and political activists of every stripe to use restraint and govern them s elves accordingly. Politics is not about vio lence, it is not about intimid ation. The Bahamas has been down that road before, in 1972, and ever since then,t here has been a clear cons ensus that we would never descend to those levels of extremism again. Ever. It is the ballot that counts, nothing else. Emotions can run high, so it falls to the l eader of every party to urge restraint from their membership. PLP leader Perry Christie and other senior PLP officials could not be reached for com ment before press time last night. They were said to be attending a party function. FNMSUPPORTERS A TTACKED BYRIVALS 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 APOLOGISE FOR DOCUMENTARY POLICESHOTMANY ACCIDENT


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012, PAGE 15 the cars The star CARSwere the stars of the show on Saturday as them embers of Antique Auto C lub of The Bahamas showed o ff their vehicles at Arawak C ay. The club hosted an antique a uto-show and cookout from noon to 5pm. The event marked the c lubs 25th anniversary and w as held in honour of director D avid Bradshaw Major. Proceeds from the event will be given to the Elizabeth Estates Childrens Home. A NARTIST s ketches the 1940 Ford Deluxe on show. Photos: F elip Major / Tribune Staff ATRUCK lines up alongside the c ars on show. A FORD M USTANG with a fero c iously loud engine. AN ACCOBRA looking cool in the heat. Photo: Steve Hunt THE STYLISH looks of an Austin Healey. ANAUSTINSPRITE with its clean-lined look. TWO-WHEELERS joined the four-wheelers on display. ATRIUMPHSPITFIRE, above left,and a Morgan were among the eyecatching vehicles on display.


PAGE 16, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 THE TRIBUNE LOCAL NEWS in good faith. C iting the initiatives to cut c ost and increase efficiency that were undertaken by the company over the past year, BCPOU president Bernard Evans said members found it difficult to accept manage-m ents claim that it cannot a fford a reasonable salary increase. However, the company has countered that pay increases for all staff will exceed ten per cent over the contract period d espite economic uncertaint y. The company confirmed that it has offered an increase of four per cent on base pay; however, it notedt hat the increase would be calculated on top of annual increments. The statement read: It is important to recognise that these increments are salary increases. When the four per cent i ncrease is factored into the annual increments, the increase in base pay proposed f or non-management memb ers of staff is equivalent to an increase of between 9.6 per cent and 11.2 per cent over three and a half years. Last week, Mr Evans a lleged that a Price Waterhouse Coopers Report, commissioned by BTC, revealed that over 90 per cent of line staff are underpaid compared to similar companies within the region. H owever, the company has m aintained that this information is not factually correct. The company has shared i n detail a report from PWC that is very clear and explicit that the base compensation for BTC employees ranks the company in the top 25 perc ent within the country, the BTC statement read. If we factor in full compensation, including benefits, BTC ranking would exceed the 25 per cent quartile in the market. The managementi ntends to ensure that BTCs p ay and compensation remain competitive. BTCs competitive compensation package is b orne out every day by the i nterest we continue to generate for employment. The company also denied claims that it has hired some 200 consultants. According tot he statement, there are less than 50 consultants employed at the company. While admitting that the pension plan structure has changed, the company maintained that the pension bene-f its of all existing employees a nd retirees will not be affected. The statement read: The c urrent plan for existing e mployees is non-contributory. However, newemployees coming into the business will pay into a different pension plan structure. I t added: These arrangements are consistent with the shareholder agreement between CWC agreed at the sale. Negotiations between Cable & Wireless and theB CPOU began in early N ovember 2011. The previous contract expired September 30, 2010. BTCstaff not underpaid f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e