The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 03-22-2012
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By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net THE BODY of a man was discovered lying on a dirt road early yesterday morning. He was the countrys 26th murder victim. Information on the homicide is still sketchy but police say the body was found around 7.30am on a dirt road off Cox Way, East Street. According to reports, police were alerted to the body by a passerby. When police arrived they found a man, believed to be in his early 20s, who had been shot in his head. No identity or motive is known at this time. Inspector Chrislyn Skip pings said police are appeal ing to members of the public who may not have seen their relative for the past 24 hours to contact them immediately. Meanwhile police say they are following significant leads into the shooting death of 29year-old Stefanno Murphy. Murphy became the coun trys 25th murder victim when he was found dead on March6 in the Pinewood Gardens area. Police say he was standing outside a home on St John's Avenue when he was approached by a man and shot several times. He died at the scene. Police are appealing to anyone who may have relevant information on any of these homicides to contact them by calling 919, the Central Detective Unit on 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS. Last month, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said police had solved 52 per cent of the murders committed for the year. At that time the murder count stood at 21. According to crime statis tics released by the RBPF, in January homicides decreased by 25 per cent, down to nine from 12 during the same period last year. However, in February murder statistics increased by 41 per cent, up to 12 from seven during the same period in 2011. Southwestern and north eastern New Providence were also identified as the areas where most homicides were committed. Police believe a handful of the murders were retaliation killings, while the majority were drug related or due to a lack of conflict resolution skills. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Marital rape law veto to kill DNA Volume: 108 No.92THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND ASHOWER HIGH 82F LOW 72F By KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net BRANVILLE McCart neys declaration that he does n ot believe women should be legally protected from being raped by their husbands will c ome back to haunt the DNA leader at the polls, Social Development Minister Loret t a Butler-Turner said yesterday. Mrs Butler-Turner was responding to Mr McCartneys comments on the TV programme Citizens Review, hosted by Erin Ferguson. When asked if the Marital Rape Bill would be passed by a DNA government, Mr McCartney said: No, sir. When you get married to a person, you are one. The host suggested to him that in the Bahamas, there are high levels of domestic violence, a leading cause of murder. But Mr McCartney said there are already laws to pro tect wives from violence, but rape in a marriage is too hard to prove. When at the end of the day, you are sleeping in the same bed as your wife or spouse, you become one in that regard, and rape is very difficult to prove, especially as sexual intercourse is a part of marriage. Mr Ferguson pointed out that an act should not neces sarily be accepted, just because it is hard to prove, but Mr McCartney said: I Bran rejects bid to pr otect wiv es from rape TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE PREVIEWONPAGE8 ONSALEEVERYSATURDAY T T H H I I S S W W E E E E K K E E N N D D D D O O N N T T M M I I S S S S . . . By SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net UNION Executives and KFC Management signed ani ndustrial agreement yesterday signaling an end to five months of contentious negotiations. D arren Woods, vice-presi dent of the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied WorkersU nion (BHCAWU represents 300-plus line staff at KFC said employees were able to retain most of the ben-e fits they currently enjoy. He said: We were able to more or less hold on to a lot of the benefits. We did not have to give up any, but some of them were reduced with av iew of reinstatement in the f ifth year of the contract. There were concessions and they have lifespan. We were B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net ONE week is not a practical amount of time for busi nesses to collect information and documentation to assess the damage caused by the road improvement project, according to a Coconut Grove Business League representa tive. NOW HELP US T O REA CH TO FIND OUT HOW YOU C AN HELP OUR BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $206,000 MAN F OUND SHOT IN HEAD S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 KFCROW ENDSAS DEAL SIGNED R O ADWORK-HIT BUSINESSESNEED MORETIME POLICE OFFICERS remove the body of a male from a track road off Cox Way on Wednesday morning. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff im lovin it BRANVILLE McCARTNEY, when a sked if a Marital Rape Bill would be passed by a DNAgovernment, said: When you get married to a person, you are one.


By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l johnson@tribunemedia.net DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney said the DNA willn ot join the FNM or PLP to form a coalition if the outcome of the election is notc learly decided. In fact, the sitting MP for Bamboo Town said the part ys intention is to win big at t he polls on election day with no less than 20 of the 38 seats to be contested. M r McCartney made this declaration Tuesday evening at a one-on-one interview w ith popular television talk show host Erin Ferguson. Speaking to more than 100 p eople in the College of the B ahamas 350-seater Per forming Arts Centre, Mr McCartney made it clear thatt he third party, a number of which were present at the Cit izens Review episode taping, w ould not consider joining the opposition. Absolutely not, he said. The party leader said the q uestion was not a new one, having been asked at the par tys launch in May last year. What happens if there is a coalition? What happens if we have to determine who is t he government? Well, God forbid that because we intend on winning and we intend on winning big. We will not. The DNA will not go with the PLP and the DNA will not go with theF NM, he vowed. The former cabinet minister said the rival parties were most welcome to come with the party, but they would have to do so under the D NAs banner. H e did offer an alternative solution: The party with the most seats in parliament willh ave to govern as a minority government. The third party leader was a sked for his realistic view on the odds of the DNA win ning seats, as party leaders t hroughout the years said they w ould win all, but did not do so. We will win no less than 20 seats, he answered toa udience applause. The man who hopes to be prime minister said the DNAi s even more confident in its chances as the party is being talked about by its rivals, who were previously quiet about i ts existence. Theyre now recognising the DNA. Theyre now talking about the DNA, something they didnt want to do, he said. Mr McCartney acknowl edged that the past year wasn ot easy for the party. However, he claims they have succeeded where other leaders n aming Perry Christie and Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham have failed miserably in trying to form a party to contest the general elections. He contended their failure was not a deterrent for the DNA to try. He added: Just because something has never been done before does not make it impossible. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE This is the year to get your own home!Come into RBC FINCO, get pre-qualified for your mortgage and start house hunting right away! Our mortgage experts will guide you through the application process and you can enjoy flexible terms and competitive interest rates. Let us help you putyour name on a home ofyour own and makeyour 2012 dream a reality!For further information, call or visit any RBC FINCO branch in Nassau or Freeport. / Trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. dont think it should be illegal. I maintain that. I dont think there should be an Act or law for raping a spouse. The Bill in the form introduced by the FNM would see a man imprisoned from seven y ears to life for having sex with h is wife without her consent. Praising her partys support for the Act, Mrs Butler-Turner said the FNM has always been a strong supporter of womens rights and empowerment. We are the only party that stood behind it and we tabled it. If no other party wants to support it and the rights of women in this country, then I am sure it will come to their own detriments,she said. Mr McCartneys position has also stunned staff at the Crisis Centre for Women and womens rights advocate Dr S andra Dean-Patterson. Donna Nicolls, volunteer c ounsellor at the Crisis Centre, said the DNA leaders unin-f ormed statement was unfortunate and speaks to his lack of understanding on the issue. For somebody who wants t o become leader with approximately 50 per cent of women constituting the population, it is very troubling to me. I dont think he knows the i mpact of being in a marriage and then being raped by yourh usband. We also invite him t o have dialogue with us. Dr Patterson added she was amazed that the DNA leader would take a position that does not support women in a marriage having the same rights as persons who are victims of assault. Both women agree that Mr McCartney should do more research on the matter before he voices his opinion on the national stage. A heated national debate was sparked after the amendm ent was introduced to parliamentarians by Mrs ButlerTurner in July 2009. A t that time, Mrs ButlerTurner noted that the law was outdated. She said that spousal rape had long been outlawed in many other countries. Since then human rights group, Amnesty International, vowed to back the amendment of the Sexual Offences A ct to protect the rights of e very Bahamian woman. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e MARITAL RAPE LAW VETO TO KILL DN O COALITION ROLE FOR DN


By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net QUESTIONING who will p ay for the losses caused by the ongoing road works pro ject, the DNA has challenged Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to clarify his proposed repayment scheme. At a press conference out side the Democratic National Alliance (DNA ters yesterday, Mt Moriah candidate Wayne Munroe said compensation for those adversely impacted by the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP from the publics purse, but rather from those responsible for the delays, poor design plan and disorganisation the contractor, Jose Cartellone Civiles (JCCC He said Mr Ingraham should be holding JCCC accountable for the damage they have caused and not let them off the hook again at the expense of the Bahamian people. The government has taken a cavalier attitude, in our judgment, to cause the Bahamian people to pay for damages caused not by the Bahamas government but by Jose Cartellone, Mr Munroe said. Speaking at the FNM Carmichael constituency office opening on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced the government will go doorto-door asking those affectedby the ongoing road works to detail their losses before the launch of the repayment scheme. Businesses on Baillou Hill Road, Market Street and Prince Charles Drive will be the first to be assessed. Mr Ingraham said over the next two weeks, the govern ment will compile information, including the businesses' expenses, revenue, prof its, accounts receivable and payables during the period 2007 to 2011. Mr Munroe said he has b een advised that Deputy Director of Economic Plan ning in the Ministry of Finance, Hugh Chase, has been instructed to engage 25 persons, who will be paid $210 per week, to carry out the assessment of losses to businesses over a two-week peri od. He said the qualifications of these persons are unknown and challenged the Prime Minister to clearly outline the governments repayment scheme. It is far from clear that the g overnment intends to com pensate all of the persons affected. This acting in secret while you have damaged people openly is just wrong, Mr Munroe said. The DNA are also cautioning business owners not to rush to accept inadequate compensation and sign away their rights to full repayment. He said: It is absolutely wrong for a government to use financial hardship as a weapon against its people and we in the DNA are of the v iew that that is exactly what the Free National Movement government intends to do. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 3 By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net DNA leader Branville McCartney will call for a referendum on the legalisationo f gambling and a national lottery should the DNA win the up-coming general election, stating its something we will put to the Bahamian p eople. Speaking Tuesday night on Citizens Review with Erin F erguson, Mr McCartney took an all or nothing approach to the issue, stating necessary laws should be put in place to stop the ongo-i ng illegal number houses or t hey should be legalised and t axed. He revealed the government could make up to $100 m illion in taxes if gambling is legalised for Bahamians. Its going on, it is happeni ng everyday, all day the n umbers business, and if its illegal then it should not happen. Plain and simple, Mr McCartney said. To determine whether or not were going to make it legal... were going to put itt o the Bahamian people, so that if it is passed, it is regularised and the country, the Bahamian people, will benefit at the end of the day from the p roceeds. Mr McCartney named investments in healthcare,e ducation, and Bahamian youth as items that could benefit from taxes earned fromg ambling. From our understanding, t he government, if its l egalised, can make in excess o f $80 or $100 million a year in taxes, he said. (However a n people decide that they dont want it, well have to put the necessary laws inp lace to ensure that it doesnt h appen. When asked why the DNA wont take an official stance on gambling legalisation, rather than putting it to the Bahamian people, Mr McCartney said its becauseo f the number of Bahamians who are against it. There are a large number of Bahamians who dont believe in it. Not all Bahamia ns believe in it, there are a large number of Bahamians who say its wrong. There areB ahamians who say it goes again the teachings of the Bible, he said. There are Bahamians who are adamantly against it and It hink thats why we find many o f the leaders are afraid to t ouch it. When contacted for comment on the subject, former M inister of State for Finance, James Smith, said he wouldnt advise the government to relyo n taxes from gambling as a m eans to help balance the budge, as it has no real economic value. The gambling issue is not as straightforward as most people seem to think. Theres the economic issue of whetheri ts a good source of voluntary taxation, he said. Gambling as an economic activity doesnt create value it just transfers wealth or savi ngs from one group to another... The point of the matter is, if you have $1,000 and 10 play-e rs, one player will end up with no more than what you brought on. The economic val-u e is pretty much zero its more of a moral issue rathert han anything else. M r Smith stated there are very large groups that oppose gambling on moral or religious grounds. They a rgue that the practice by itself might have a deleterious affect on the moral fab-r ic. F ormer Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Michael H alkitis, had views similar to M r McCartney, also calling for a referendum. I think we should have a legalised and properly regulated national lottery and I support a referendum on the topic, he said. If you have it p roperly regulated, of course you can bring it into the for m al economy and tax it properly and use those resources to assist the government. H owever, in terms of the a mount of taxes that could be generated from regulated gambling and lotteries, MrH alkitis did not agree with M r McCartneys figures. When youre talking about t axation, portion of winnings or the gross intake of the businesses, $100 million in my mind based on some of theo ther numbers I heard, it sounds rather high, he said. I dont know what tax rate Mr McCartney is thinking of. Bran vows public vote on making gambling legal B RANVILLEMcCARTNEY s peaking on Tuesday night on Citizens R eview with Erin Ferguson Photo: P eter Ramsay / BIS T HEAUDIENCE d uring Branville McCartneys appearance on Citizens Review. DN A:WHO WILL PAY FOR ROAD LOSSES?


By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l johnson@tribunemedia.net T HE resentencing of murder convict Maxo Tido may finally proceed today when thef ormer death row inmate reapp ears in the Supreme Court. The end of this case comes nearly a year after his death sentence was overturned by the Privy Council. His resentencing, presided o ver by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs, had been delayed on several occasions since last N ovember. Absent attorneys, missing documents, and the hiring oft wo new attorneys were the reas ons for the delays up to today. O n Monday, Richard Boot le, appeared for Tido after the inmate had dismissed Roger G omez II in court on February 28. Tido had not been satisfied with the representationh e was receiving. M r Bootle had requested additional time to review trial transcripts and other information relating to the case. Senior Justice Isaacs put the matter down for today. T ido, who was sentenced to die in 2006, saw this decision overturned by the Londonb ased Privy Council in June of 2011. On March 20, 2006, a jury c onvicted Tido of murdering 1 6-year-old Donnell Conover in 2002. Her body was found off Cowpen Road battered andb ruised, her skull crushed. E vidence also revealed that p arts of Ms Conover's body w ere burned after her death. A month after his conviction, t hen Senior Justice Anita Allen (now Court of Appeal President) ruled that the crime com-m itted by Tido warranted the d eath penalty. The decision came days after the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence in place up until that point in the Bahamas was not constitutional. I n 2009, the Committee for the Prerogative of Mercy decided the law should take its c ourse, as Tido's case was not one that warranted mercy. However, Tido appealed to t he Privy Council, the highest c ourt of appeal for the Bahamas, which ruled that the killing of Conover did not war r ant execution. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 5 HOLOCAUST survivor Rena Finder will give a firsthand account of her horrific experiences and subsequent salvation in Nazi-occupied Germany at the Sheratont onight. Ms Finder will be sharing her harrowing story for the first time in the Bahamas as she continues to work to maintain awareness of the Holocaust and genocide. T he plight of Ms Finder a nd fellow survivors and the bravery of German industrialist Oskar Schindler inspired the Steven Spielberg film Schindler's List. The Academy Award winning film immortalises the lives of Holocaust survivorse mployed by Oskar Schindler during World War II. Mr Schindler used his w ealth and influence to save the lives of 1,300 Jewish men, women and children. M s Finder will recount her c hildhood in Poland, the Krakow ghetto, life in the Nazi death camp Auschwitza nd ultimately her story of survival in Schindlers factory. Ms Finder, an only child, r emained with her mother a nd father as enemies of the state for months in the Krakow ghetto, where Jews were tortured while concentration camps were being constructed. Her father was latert aken away and never heard from again. Ms Finder has said that she and her mother were spared because of Mr Schindler. The film will be screened a t 2pm. Ms Finders first-hand account of her experience as a Holocaust survivor will begin at 6.30pm. B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A public b us driver was seriously injured in a crash yesterd ay and had to be airlifted to New Providence for medical treatment. Witnesses said Michael Thompson was pinned a gainst the steering wheel of his bus for about halfhour as emergency per s onnel worked to free him. The accident occurred at t he intersection of Settlers Way and Columbus Drive a round 7.15pm on Tues day. According to police r eports, the head-on collis ion involved a white Mitsubishi van which was travelling west on Settler's W ay, and a white Ford Clubwagon, which was travelling east. F iremen and EMS personnel responded to the scene. Both drivers were i njured and were rushed to the Rand Memorial Hospital. T he identity of the other driver was not released. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn T ido to be sentenced today BUS DRIVER HURT IN CRASH HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TO TELL HER TALE


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Share your news The T r ibune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y From next week, you can enjoy Pushin Da Envelope ever y day Monday to Friday Look out for Jamaal Rolle s daily take on life in The Bahamas.


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 7 By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net OCHO RIOS, Jamaica S andals launched its corporate university yesterday, promising to bring its landmark learning institution to2 0 properties across the Caribbean, including the Bahamas. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who attended the launch in Ocho Rios yesterday, said one of the deficien-c ies in the Bahamian economy is trained individuals. He insisted that the governmento f the Bahamas fully endors es the initiatives of Sandals Corporate University. We are very appreciative, s aid Mr Ingraham. They have been good and wonderful for the Bahamas . Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International, said the corpor ate university was a natural n ext step for the Sandals brand. He said its mission is to expose its Caribbean-wide team to almost every divisiono f the hospitality business in a n effort to encourage them to climb the corporate ladder within the company, as well as outside. The team members will be e xposed to so much more, said Mr Stewart. Your typical hotel e mployee joins a deivision like food and beverage and never leaves. We going to pull on the strings of the individuals andw e want to pull out of people t he best, by showing them m ore. The programme will see $5 million spent over five years a nd will be supported by learning institutions such as the Western Hospitality Insti-t ute and the Jamaica Found ation for Life Long Learning. Sandals is also in talks with Ryerson University in Canada and Florida International University, which houses one of the premier hospitality institutes in the US. I t was also revealed yesterday that the corporate uni versitys courses will be free for Sandals team members. And through its partnerships with noted universities will a llow for its team members t o put themselves on a path towards masters and doctoral degrees. A ccording to Mr Stewart, 2,500 employees will be enrolled in the corporate univ ersity within the first 12 m onths of the programme. Mr Ingraham insisted that Sandals has been a driving f orce for job triaining in the Bahamas, having trained people for the governmentt hrough the job training init iative. They are very focused on their people and have been a good edition to tourism, he said. Two team leaders in San d als were chosen from the Bahamas to join a team of trainers who, Mr Stewart said could go on to become then ext Sandals executives. He said they will be given a w orldwide, world-wind tour o f hotel properties in an effort to familiarise them with every aspect of the business. W hen the Sandals Corpor ate University has been fully established on the 20 Sandals prperties across the Caribbean, they will be named after Sandals Resorts managing director Merrick F ray. Sandals launches corporate university in Jamaica PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham with Sandals chief Butch Stew art in Jamaica. T HELAUNCH o f the new Sandals Corporate University in Jamaica yesterday.


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE IN this weeks A Young Mans View column, Adria n Gibson begins his two-part r eview of the FNMs Cabinet, r ating the five worst ministers w ho have served at some point in the last five years. Next weeks column will feature his evaluation of the five t op performing ministers since 2 007. The Big T columnist argues t hat whilst there have been a few top-tier ministers, there have been others who have mismanaged the sky-high e xpectations of the Bahamian p eople and thereby have f lunked their ministerial tests. A ccording to Mr Gibson, there are at least five ministersand a few surprising runner-upswho were not t he ideal choice. H e puts the spotlight on those Cabinet ministers who h e feels offered only feeble performances and whose m inisterial supervision has b een mired in mediocrity, Guess who made the list. R ead this Saturdays B ig T and find out. M INISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest wants an apology from an A ustralian journalist for depicting the Bahamas as under siege by crime and violence, but The Tribunes w eekly columnist John Mar quis is asking if Mr Turnquest can really be serious. W ith violent death being a c ommon currency among drug dealers and other criminals, especially in inner-city com m unities, Mr Marquis is of the opinion that whatever spin Mr Turnquest tries to put on it, the situation is getting worse, d espite the best efforts of police to contain the crime spiral. Places like Bain Town and E nglerston are full of ruthless h itmen who would blow you away for a days pay and never turn a hair. I know because l ocal pastors have told me so. To read more, buy The Big T, brought to you by The Tribune this Saturday for Mar q uis at Large on how crime is now spreading to all communities throughout New P rovidence. O O N N S S A A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y I I N N WHOISTHEWORSTMINISTER? MARQUISATLARGE:ISTOMMYSERIOUS? MEMBERS of the District Grand Lodge of The Bahamas (Scottish Con-s titution) dined and danced the night away at the Lodge's first annual gala ball at the Wyndham Cable Beach Resort. More than just a solitary event, this year's ball represented the culmination of the District Grand Lodge's 2012N ational Raffle Campaign, with $25,000 i n ticket proceeds committed towards t he first in a series of four annual College of the Bahamas Endowment Fund contributions totalling $100,000. F or the full photo spread of the gala b all event, check out this Saturdays Big T. D ISTRICT G rand Master Charles Johnson and Terez Curry. The best of the Ball ?


THE PLP are becoming m ore and more unruly as t heir desperation increases a head of the general election, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. Pointing to an alleged assault in the House ofA ssembly last week, the fire e xtinguisher incident in Grand B ahama over the weekend, and claims of voter fraud in North Andros, Mr Ingraham urged FNM supporters not to follow suit. S peaking at the launch of t he partys Carmichael constituency office, Mr Ingraham said: While we are dealing with the serious issues of crimi nal violence and anti-social b ehaviour, the PLP are acting more and more unruly as they get more and more desp erate. Dont forget that during the BTC debate, senior PLPsd emonstrated alongside k nown criminal elements. If it wasnt for the police, the House of Assembly could h ave been overrun. Police in Grand Bahama are still investigating Satur d ays incident in which, it is claimed, FNMs in a motorcade were sprayed with a fire e xtinguisher from another v ehicle. M r Ingraham said: As many as six people were affected in ways requiring medical attention. One such person was the y oung daughter of our candid ate for East Grand Bahama, P eter Turnquest, and another was a lady whose asthma was badly affected and who continues to experience respiratory problems. Several others also are e xperiencing headaches, fatigue and eye and throat discomfort requiring them to take antibiotics and in some i nstances to remain away from t heir jobs. Let me say a couple of things. First of all, there aintn o fire extinguisher big enough to put out this FNM torch. Keep the fire burning.C rab season or not, if any c rabs were involved in that incident, we hope the police catch them. M r Ingraham also reminded supporters that when Pineridge MP Kwasi Thomp s on was trying to make a speech in Parliament, he was assaulted by the other side. P LP St Thomas More repr esentative Frank Smith r epeatedly tried to stop Mr Thompson from speaking, covering and moving his microphone. Mr Thompson claims he w as touched several times d uring the incident. Just like when he was in office, (PLP leader Perry Christie said never a word about such terrible conduct by one of his MPs, Mr Ingra-h am said. T he prime minister told FNMs not to be provoked into committing political violence. We will tolerate absolutel y no violence of any sort by our people. We will conduct ourselves in a nonviolent andp eaceful manner. Just remember, theres more than one way to catch a crab, he said. H e added: In North A ndros, were cleaning up the register and making sure some of them crabs dont do the w rong thing. You know when youre searching for crabs, you need a good torch to findt hem. Well (FNM candidate Desmond Bannister gat a bright torch and Desmond g onna win North Andros. T he prime minister also s lammed the opposition for causing a major disruption when they visited the Straw Market last week. They caused some vendors t o lose sales that day. They c ould have caused a fight to b reak out. But they dont care because its all about their selfish interests, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 Prime Minister hits out at unruly PLP By KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net AN ABACO teacher accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour with a female student has not fled the country, police confirmedy esterday. Supt Stephen Dean said the case has been forwarded to the Attorney Generals Office a s charges were not brought by police due to lack of evi dence, so prosecutors will now d ecide the way forward. Despite reports in one of the local papers that the t eacher accused has a bsconded justice, he has not. He did leave the island because of bad press, but we k now where he is, Mr Dean said. CDU chief Paul Rolle con f irmed that a team of officers a rrived on the island yester day morning. U p to press time, Mr Rolle could not provide an update on the investigation. The man is the seventh teacher to be accused of sexually inappropriate behavi our since the Ministry of E ducation established its Sexual Complaints Unit in 2009, specifically to investig ate and uncover child abuse. The Tribune has learned t hat a female student of Haiti an descent reported that she and the teacher had engaged i n sexual acts. The student reportedly claimed to have text messages proving the relationship. ACCUSED TEACHER HAS NOT FLED COUNTRY FLASHBACK to scenes in the House of Assembly last week when Frank Smith intervened during a speech by Kwasi Thompson.


While the recent announcem ent of the road works repaym ent scheme by Prime Mini ster Hubert Ingraham is e ncouraging, Ethric Bowe said that given the wide diversity of businesses negatively impacted by the New Providence Road ImprovementP roject (NPRIP it will take much longer to a ssess the losses. Its interesting and a welcome change in tone, said Mr Bowe. We welcome any positive change and will co-o perate with the government. However, practically speaking Mr Bowe said he d oes not believe it will be e nough time for each business to accomplish the forensic accounting to accurately e valuate the damage caused by the road works. H e noted that many busin esses, particularly small ones, m ay not have kept proper records that can be put together or accessed in a short period of time. On Monday, Prime Minist er Ingraham revealed that the government will go doorto-door asking those affected b y the ongoing road works to d etail their losses ahead of a massive repayment scheme. Speaking to FNM supporte rs, Mr Ingraham said through this initiative, theg overnment will compile i nformation, including the b usinesses' expenses, revenue, profits, accounts receivables and payables during the perio d 2007 to 2011. Ministry of Finance employees will visit the busi-n esses throughout New Provi dence on roads where major roadwork is being done and their connecting side streets, to hand out the surveys. Mr Ingraham said the surveying is expected to last two weeks. The business owners then h ave one week to complete the surveys, and gather supporting documents, before the M inistry collects them. M r Bowe suggested in the interim as a sign of good faith the government should c onvert Market Street and Baillou Road back to howt hey were, to assist businesses a nd the general public. C GBL, which was originally made up of 50 businesses in the Baillou Hill Road a nd Market Street area, has now merged with business owners on Prince Charles Dri-v e, bringing the number to m ore than 100. The group claims to have suffered massive financial consequences after the government converted Baillou Hill Road and Market Street into one-way thoroughfares and began the New Provi-d ence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP Businesses were cut off f rom their customers during t he works, sometimes for months at a time. Earlier this month Mr B owe claimed he was given assurances by PLP leader Per-r y Christie that business owne rs would be compensated if t he party is re-elected. He said this promise is the main reason the league has n ot moved forward with its legal case against the government. M r Bowe said: "We are w aiting until after elections to continue our case. We originally won and then the government won their appeal on a technicality. They were also told by the DNA, Mr Bowe said, that their problems would go awayi f they are elected He said: "Elements in the DNA are picking up the e ffort to take this matter to t he Inter American Development Bank (IDB has protocols for carrying out t hese projects and the impact on commerce. So the way we have been d amaged the lawyers believe if w e take it to the IDB they will get the government to go forward and release the money." L ast July, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the government, six months aftert he CGBL was awarded dama ges by Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderley. When asked if the CGBL had moved forward with filing a complaint with IDB, Mr Bowe said the matter was stillt o be dealt with by attorneys, however he believed people would prefer to settle out of court. If it can be settled out of court, I believe that most people will want to settle, said M r Bowe. However, moving forward Mr Bowe said it would beb eneficial, in future cases of t his the kind, for the matter to go before the court to clarify the law and make the gov-e rnment understand that they do not have the right to dam age a persons property or b usiness without proper compensation. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Enriched Pre-sifted Proven For all your baking needs, trust Distributed byThe dAlbenas Agency Ltd, Tel: 242-677-1441 Madeira St, Palmdale able to come up with something that was favourable to both sides, where the compa ny was able to get relief and the employees could still maintain, in particular, their current rates of pay, their hours of work, and guaranteed days of work. We agreed to a two-tier system where new employees coming in fora period would be able to work during peak time between lunch and dinner, so that these persons wont be exploited. Last month, tensions esca lated after the fast food chain cancelled its voluntary recog nition of the union. Following the announcement, staff staged a sit-down, leading to the closure of the companys nine New Providence locations. Later that evening, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes certified BHCAWU as the official bargaining agent. The labour agreement between the two parties expired on September 24, 2011, and negotiations on a new agreement began in December. KFC has argued that its current wage and benefits package is two times higher than all other fast food brands. Staff salaries were said to be between 79 to 92.5 per cent higher than its fast food indus try competitors. KFC ROW ENDSAS DEAL SIGNED 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 Roadwork-hit businessesneed more time TRAFFIC came to a halt yesterday at one of the Cable Beach round abouts as a section was removed and repaved. Workers told The Tribune that the area was too low and had to be lifted and resurfaced. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff CABLE BEACH ROUNDABOUT DUG UP AGAIN


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 13 T HE Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort will host The 2012 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend starting Friday. The three-day event has something for everyone and has alreadya ttracted participants from Nassau, Freeport, Abaco, and Florida. The first event in the series is a 1-mile open water swim. This event will take place int he crystal clear waters of the T reasure Cay beach, rated o ne of the Top 10 beaches in the world in a reader poll by C aribbean Travel & Life. This takes place on Friday afternoon at 5pm, and is followed by an awards presentation and welcome reception at the Coco Beach Bar with refreshments provided by SandsB eer. An energy-boosting pasta buffet will follow for participants, their families, supporters, volunteers, and staff. The Triathlons will take p lace on Saturday. There are t hree triathlons to choose f rom: a Sprint Triathlon which consists of a 500m swim, 2 0km bike, and 5km run; an Olympic Triathlon which consists of a 1500m swim, 40km bike, and 10km run; a Junior Triathlon for those under 16 years old, with a 150m swim, 5km bike, and 2km run. Relayt eams are welcomed and encouraged to join for any of the triathlons teams can be 2 or 3 people, all male, all female, or a mixture of both. Afterward, join the G AFFW for a fun-filled a wards ceremony on Saturd ay night when the Coco Beach Bar will host a Bahamian Night complete with live Bahamian entertainment as presentations for the day's events will be made. Sunday morning brings the final event, a 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk. This event is opent o all ages and walks of life, and families are encouraged to participate. The run/walk starts at 8am from the Coco Beach Bar parking lot in Treasure Cay. An awardsp resentation will be held i mmediately following the e vent. There are many prizes to b e won, and many categories in which to compete. The GAFFW would like to thank sponsors and supporters for offering a range of fantastic prizes for the event, including John Bull and Luminoxw ho have provided his and her watches for the top male and female competitors. Cycles Unlimited and Jamis have also teamed up to provide a Citizen bicycle for thee vent. The Dolphin Beach R esort has donated a threen ight stay. Other prizes have been furn ished by supporters of the event such as Cracker P's and A Salt Weapon Fishing Charters. Participants' numbers will be drawn for these and other prizes as well, meaning every-o ne has a chance to win regardless of their ability. Each registered participant will also receive a t-shirt and a finisher's medal. The beneficiaries of the e vent are Friends of the Envir onment, the Rotary Club of A baco, and the Abaco Swim Club. GROUPS a nd organisat ions helping to protect the f resh water resources of the B ahamas could land a grant to help their efforts. The Royal Bank of Canada yesterday officially designated as World Water Day 2012 invited organisations across the Bahamas to apply f or a Blue Water Project Community Action Grant.A ny not-for-profit organisat ion that is involved in pres erving or conserving the f resh water resources of the B ahamas was encouraged to apply. RBC has chosen to focus on water as a global sustaina bility priority because we b elieve that access to water will be one of the most sig n ificant environmental and economic issues facing the world in the comingd ecades, said Nathaniel Beneby, Jr, market head ofR BC Retail Banking in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks and Caicos. Lack of access to clean fresh water is considered tob e one of the major threats to human health and eco nomic development around the world. More than one billion people worldwide lack access to clean water, a nd water-related disease and illness are the leading causes of death in the world. In response to this threat, RBC has established the RBC Blue Water Project an innovative, wide-ranging, 10-year, global commitment to help protect the worlds most pre cious natural resource: fresh water. Globally, RBC has committed to provide $50 million over 10 years to organisationsthat protect watersheds and ensure access to clean drinking water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $28 million to more than 400 not-for-profit organisations worldwide that protect watersheds or ensureaccess to clean drinking water. Two organisations in the Bahamas are already benefitting from the RBC Blue Water Project. A $5,000 grant awarded to Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT enabled tons of debris to be removed from several key blue holes in Andros. In addition, RBC will soon be announcing a sig nificant, multi-year partnership with the Bahamas National Trust. On World Water Day, were encouraging everyone to think about what we can do collectively to foster a cul ture of water stewardship, said Mr Beneby. We all play a role conserving this most precious resource, whether by using less water as we do our daily routines or ensuring that were protecting our envi ronment for future generations. To learn more about the Blue Water Project or to findout how to apply for a Blue Water Community Action Grant, visit http://bluewa ter.rbc.com. Treasure Cay to host fitness weekend GRANT ON OFFER TO HELP SAVE WATER


BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Twentyfour illegal immigrants and o ne Bahamian were brought b ack to Freeport after being rescued 20 miles off the Florida coast when their vessel b egan sinking on Tuesday. Five children, ranging in age from three to 11 years old,w ere among the group of Haitians rescued by a passing freighter. I mmigration Department r epresentative Jerome Hutcheson confirmed that the group was rescued before the vess el completely sank, then turned over to the US Coast Guard. H e said they were brought back to Grand Bahama around 8pm on Tuesday. M r Hutcheson said the g roup was flown to New Providence on Wednesday for processing. LOCAL NEWS P AGE 14, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***Heading to Canada for University? McGill University McMaster UniversityUniversity of Guelph University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario If you are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our scholarships!Undergraduates onlyApplications must be in by March 31st, 2012 Application forms may be obtained by writing to The Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box N 4857, Nassau, Bahamas The Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by High Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr. Joseph Tomlinson ILLEGALIMMIGRANTSRESCUEDFROMSINKINGBOAT THE CREW of a passing freighter rescues illegal immigrants 20 miles off the Florida coast. 2 4 ILLEGAL HAITIANS a re seen boarding a flight to New Providence yesterday for processing. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn


THE FNM is escalating its efforts to intimidate voters, the opposition PLP has claimed. In a statement issued yesterday, the party said whileo n the campaign trail, government members named a voter suspected of registeringin the wrong place. The PLP said: The case i nvolves a voter who maintains two different residences i n two different constituencies. Section 9 of the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Act 2011 allows voters in such a position to choosethe constituency in which they would register. The matter concerning this particular voter is under adjudication, and the Returning Officer in North Androsp residing over the matter has o rdered that his name be kept secret. The statement said that in publicly naming the individual, the FNM violated the ruling of the Returning Officer hitting a new low. The party called it a blat ant attempt to influence the decision-maker and the Parliamentary Commissioner by making it clear the outcome the government desires, even t hough such an outcome appears to have no support f rom the law. Local officials in North Andros are conducting hearings into claims by FNM candidate Desmond Bannister that at least 30 voters from other islands have been flown in by PLP officials to register in that constituency. The PLP said: In North A ndros, the Prime Minister a nd the FNM ministers doing his bidding have turned things into a circus, harming the small community; the Returning Officer has referred to the process as divisive. The possible use of the police force to investigate political opponents, the hyped-up charges of violence and voter fraud, and now the singling out of a voter by name the FNM is running an intimidation operation and theyve invited the international observers, who will arrive late in the day and with a tiny team, for cover. The opposition further claimed that the voter in question has always had the same living arrangements, but the governing party was happy for him to vote in North Andros while he supported the FNM. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 15 RBC/Fidelity Joint Venture Company[ Learn more at www.royaldelity.com ] BAHAMAS:242.356.9801|BARBADOS:246.435.1955Royal Fidelity is hosting a special presentation for all insurance agents who are looking to make additional commission income.R.S.V.P Micheala Munnings at: micheala.munnings@royaldelity.com or call 397.4587 Light refreshments will be served.Join us and nd out more information on how you can add to your bottom line.WHEN: Wednesday March 28, 2012 WHERE: Church of God of Prophecy Convention Room, East Street North TIME: 10 AMAre you an Want To Earn Insurance Agent?Extra Commission? PLPclaims that FNMis stepping up its efforts to intimidate voters DESMONDBANNISTER, the FNMcandidate for North Andros, has claimed that at least 30 voters have been flown from other islands tor egister in the constituency.


THE Free National Movement accused Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell of trying to copy Prime MinisterH ubert Ingraham in an effort to gain votes. In a statement, the FNM said the pledge by Mr Mitchell and the PLP to raise minimum wage was both empty and late again. S peaking at the opening of his constituency office on Monday, Mr Mitchell said he would seek the support of his colleagues to raise the minimum wage from $150 per w eek to $210 per week. But the FNM noted that m inimum wage was first introd uced in the Bahamas as a part of Mr Ingrahams recove ry and growth agenda. T he statement said: The P LP made their empty p romise after failing to ever introduce a minimum wage in t he first place during 25 years in office. The Christie admini stration also failed to raise t he minimum wage during its disastrous and do-nothing five y ear term. The very same opposition that put out job numbers that it claims it created from 2002 to 2007, and that cannot bev erified by the Department of Statistics, is bogusly claiming that it will create a certain number of jobs in two years. The same PLP that critic ised the Ingraham administrations comprehensive infrastructural programme which created over 1,000 jobs andw ho also failed to build a single school in five years now wants the Bahamian people t o believe that it can create jobs. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE FNM: OPYCAT FRED IS LATE AGAIN FREDMITCHELL, the PLPcandidate for Fox Hill.


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012, PAGE 17 ABACO mechanical engin eer and diver Mark Sweeting r isked his life to save a dist ressed tourist who fell into the harbour off Prince George Wharf. M r Sweeting, 49, was on his way to visit friends, and parked his boat just min-u tes before the incident h appen. The male tourist was not conscious during the rescue, and witnesses did not have a rope or floating device, so t hey formed a human chain to get both men out of the w ater. T he Ministry of Tourism r ewarded the Abaconian with a certificate of appreciation for his bravery. M inister of Tourism, Vin cent Vanderpool-Wallace, presented Mr Sweeting witht he certificate and a new p hone as Sweetings was lost as a result of his quick response to the drowning visitor. This is not the first time S weeting has saved someone from drowning. And his g ood nature went beyond the a ctual rescue he also visite d the young man in the hospital. The hero has had lots of p ractice in the water, as he swims the marathon from Prince George Wharf to Mon-t agu Beach every year. M r Sweeting is the proud son of former Bahamasair pilot, Captain Kenneth Sweeting, and former United Shipping employee, Barbara S weeting. Man dives into sea to rescue tourist MINISTER OF TOURISM and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, left, presents an award to Mark Sweeting for coming to the rescue of a tourist who fell off Prince George Wharf, while Permanent Secretary,M inistry of Tourism Hyacinth Pratt.


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT It appears that the cost of electricity is affecting a major marina facility in the Lucaya area. The Tribune learned on Wednesday that electricity has been off at the Grand BahamaY acht Club on Midshipman Road. There is speculation the power might have been disconnected by the Grand Bahama Power Company. The Tribune contacted the Y acht Club on Wednesday a nd spoke with Ms Ferguson, a manager who confirmed that they have no power atthe facility. When asked the circumstances, she said that The Tribune would have to s peak with owner Prebin Oles en, who was not on the property at the time. The club, which is owned by New Hope Holding Ltd, h as a150-slip marina, which is d esignated as a port of entry for visiting boaters. According t o the companys website, the marina facility features thev ery best in amenities and serv ices and can accommodate y achts of sizes up to 175 feet. T he high cost of electricity on Grand Bahama has been a m ajor issue affecting resident ial and commercial customers. A number of companies in F reeport have expressed concern about the high cost of electricity. The Fenestration and Glass Services closed its $20 millioni nvestment in Freeport because of the high electricity costs, p oor service and reliability of power, saying the cost of power in Freeport was six times that of electricity in the US. Polymers International L imited, a major plastics manufacturing plant on Queens Highway, had also expressedc oncern over a monthly pow er cost, amounting to some $500,000. In December 2010, S ir Jack Hayward, principal at the Grand Bahama Port Authority expressed concern that high power cost was hin d ering investment in Freeport. BLACKOUT AT YACHT CLUB Water pollutes lake after pipe bursts WORKERSwere called out as a pipe burst on JFK Drive yesterday. T he burst led to the road f illing with water, forcing drivers to splash their way through. Workers were called out w ith pumping equipment to t ackle the pipe. There was also concern over the effects of the leak, with some of the water run-n ing off into a nearby lake. P ictures: F elip Major / Tribune Staff CARS splash through the water covering the road following the burst pipe on JFK Drive.