N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.101THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 86F LOW 71F B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE 58 residents of the All Saints Camp have been without electricity and running water for a month since BEC shut off power because o f a $78,000 bill administra tors say they cannot pay in full. Now, management of the centre on Lazaretto Road are appealing for the public to make direct donations to the enormous bill bringing electricity and comfort back to the residents of the facility. Staff are reduced to filling jugs with water from a nearby public pump and leaving the bottles out in the sun so residents can have hot baths, TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y F F R R E E E E I I N N T T H H I I S S S S A A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y S S T T R R I I B B U U N N E E : : F F U U N N , G G A A M M E E S S A A N N D D P P U U Z Z Z Z L L E E S S I I N N K K I I D D S S C C O O O O P P ! AIDS CAMP IS CUT OFF OVER $78K LIGHT BILL By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT has tainted the BTC sale debate with outright "lies", claims Opposition deputy leader Philip 'Brave' Davis who again denied charges of offering to pay men to protest against the privatisation. Mr Davis said the accusations against him made by Culture Minister Charles Maynard in the House of Assembly Tuesday were only meant to distract the public from what is wrong with the $210 million sale to FORMER chairman of the Bahamas Telecommu n ications Company Edison Key said millions of dollars were lost from the state-r un entity due to "crimin al" impropriety from high ranking employees. The South Abaco MP, who served as BTC's chair m an for seven years after being appointed in 1985, said he noticed the alleged c riminal behaviour shortly after assuming office. He said that contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded toc ompanies run by relatives of executives, work that was not carried out event hough it had been paid f or. "I discovered that just prior to my appointment these persons had beena warded contracts as high as $150,000 to companies owned by family members o f some of the executives By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@ tribunemedia.net VOICING his support against the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless, now Independent MP Branville McCartney called on some of his former FNM colleagues to find the courage to join him in opposing the sale. Giving his first contribution as an Independent Member of Parliament, Mr McCartney said he hoped there will be former colleagues who will be ready to rise above the fray and put aside political allegiances and By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade has expressed his concern at the level of violence seen in recent homicide cases. At a press conference at Police Headquarters on East Street yesterday, Mr Greenslade revealed that while significant progress has been made in the recent homicide cases, police are "very concerned about the numbers that have occurred in New Providence." He said: "I am amazed by the level of violence. We have the ability to do something about it and we must do something." HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, talks with Governor General Youth Award Gold Award winners at Bishop Michael Elton High School, Grand Bahama yesterday. SEEPAGETHREE PRINCE EDWARD MEETS WITH GOVERNOR GENERAL YOUTH AWARD WINNERS Vandyke Hepburn /BIS A SENIOR Member of the PLP has suggested that his party was set up by persons within the FNM to have paid demonstrators appear at their headquarters to embarrass them during the debate on the sale of BTC. According to the sitting Member of Parliament, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, a PLP operative did in fact bring a group of paid demonstrators to the PLPs offices on Parliament Street and Farrington Road on Monday. As this person did not have the funds to pay these individuals, he transported them to the partys headquarters where By RUPERT MISSICK Jr Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE magistrate, who famously ordered the arrest of the late Sir Lynden Pindling and the only one to have read the Riot Act to a demonstrating crowd, sat down with The Tribune yesterday to reflect on the nine years he served on the bench in the Bahamas and tells of why he has returned every year for the past 50 years. Many persons who have played a part in history seem MA GISTRATE WHO READ THE RIOT ACT REFLECTS ON CAREER SEE page two JOHNBAILY reads the Riot Act on Black Tuesday, 1965. Senior PLP claims FNMs set up par ty o v er paid demonstrator SEE page 15 SEE page 15 COMMISSIONER CONCERNED AT LEVEL OF VIOLENCE SEE page 12 BRAVE: GOVT HAS TAINTED THE BTC DEBATE WITH LIES SEE page 15 SEE page 14 BRAN CALLS ON FNMS TO OPPOSE THE SALE OF BTC SEE page 14 Former chairman Edison Key makes allegations in House Criminal impropriety cost BTCmillions
to be very self-conscious of their roll, repeating events as if they were written down somewhere for them to recount in the most flattering way possible. Not so with former Magi strate John Baily. There is a genuine humility about him to the point of seeming almost unimpressed with himself. Even the fact that as a jurist he remains unique in Bahamian history as the only magistrate to literally read the Riot Act. The act is even more unique considering the significance of the events that led him to that point. Oh God, yes! Mr Baily exclaimed as the memories of that day rushed back to him. I read the Riot Act! Wasnt that the day Pindling threw the mace out of the window? It certainly was that day, Tuesday, April 27 1965, a day when then leader of the opposition Lynden Pindlings speech accusing the UBP of gerrymandering culminated with the Speakers Mace being snatched from the Speakers dais and being thrown from the House of Assembly window to the street below. The authorities were very nervous in the days leading up to Black Tuesday. The police had received information from informants that there would be a riot on that day. T he night before April 27th they came to Mr Bailys house wanting him to sign a search warrant for the homes of persons who they believed were going to be the ring leaders of this riot. They told me We know w ho are going to be the leaders in the riot, we are expecting and we want a search warrant for the guns we might find, he told The Tribune. Mr Baily signed the warrant and recalls that Cecil Wallace Whitfield was one of the per sons organizing things at that t ime. While the drama unfolded at the House of Assembly, Mr Baily sat in his chambers. The mace was out on the street anda sizable crowd gathered to listen to Mr Pindling as he gave a speech to those gathered. The police began to get nervous. A t that time there were only three magistrates. A senior police office entered Mr Baileys chambers and said, We need you to read the Riot Act. Mr Baily inquired as to the whereabouts of the other two magistrates. Theyve gone home, he was told. Mr Baily said that he told the officer to get him on top of a police car and he would read the act. He was about to mount the vehicle when something occurred to him. Before I stood up on that car I asked them, how many guns did you find? They said, We didnt find any. So I went up. It was the right thing to do to read the Riot Act. The whole purpose of it is to calm things down, Mr Baily said. An hour after the Riot Act is read the police have a legal right to use lethal force if they consider it necessary. Of course such force was never used and the crowd dispersed within an hour and were led to the Southern Recreation Grounds where everyone dispersed. They left very quietly and calmly, they had made their point by then, he said. Mr Baily never regretted reading the act saying that it was a part of his duty as a magistrate, but it did make him severely unpopular with some p eople. I always made the point: How come I was the only per son left to read the Riot Act when there were two more magistrates? Where were they? Mr Baily came to Nassau as a dapper 31-year-old on August 1 2, 1962 to take up his new appointment as a Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate. It was a time when there were far fewer instances of violent crime and other than a few kids from America coming into the country with marijuana, virtually no problems w ith drugs. He came to the Bahamas for three weeks before he was actually interviewed for the job, but on the drive from the airport to town he fell in love with the island. Mr Baily left the bench in the Bahamas on August 12 1971, nine years after he arrived and has returned every year since then for the past 50 years. Now 80 years old, he has Bahamian friends from all walks of life. From former to current governors-general like Sir Orville Turnquest, to entertainers like Peanuts Taylor, and even to former criminals he has raised a glass with them all. I get along very well with Bahamians, he said with a broad smile, highlighting the fact that he could even walk down the street and have a cor dial conversation with someone he sent to prison. There was a guy called Sid ney, a charming fun guy, but he could not stop teifin. I sent L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE JOHN BAILY (left Hotel with Mrs Colin Callender; Mrs Ian Allan and singer Gordon MacRae. Magistrate who read the Riot Act reflects on career FROM page one SEE page 10
B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is in Grand Bahama this week to honour local participants in the Gov-e rnor-Generals Youth Awards Programme. Prince Edward and Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes presented gold medal awards to 10 participants of the programme at a ceremony and rally held at the Bishop Michael Eldon High School Auditori-u m yesterday. The recipients were: Marcus Frith, Kirstie Grant, Gadareth Higgs, Keiron Knowles, Krishawn Lubin, Brian Robinson, Stephen Rolle, Saul Salonga, Revanno Smith, Mark Saunders. The Governor Gene ral Youth Award (GGYA began in England in 1956 andhas spread to 129 countries worldwide. Prince Edward has attended gold award ceremonies around the world. This is the first time that the ceremony was held in Freeport. GGYA is a membero f the International Award Association. It is a self development programme that equips young people with life skills so they can make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. Participants improve physical fitness, develop importants kills, provide valuable community service and take adventurous journeys in order to achieve a bronze, silver, or gold award. Prince Edward congratulated the participants on the attainment of their goals. I hope that some of you look back at the journey you undertaken to achieve this. I am sure there were times when you didnt know why you were doing it, but it is a great feeling when you get to the end;it is a great sense of achievement and so congratulations and well done, he said. Prince Edward also thanked all those who supported the young people in the pro gramme. It is so wonderful to see it working so well in the Bahamas and that so many young peo ple and leaders are getting behind it and supporting it, and giving young people the oppor tunity to get involved, he said. Although the programme focuses on individual achieve ment, he stressed that it is real-ly a team effort which includes parents, relatives, friends and unit leaders. Prince Edward also thanked members of the press for their support. You dont often here me say thank you to the press... Sadly we concentrate far too much on the negative and we are here to celebrate the positive, he said. Sir Arthur commended the 400 participants, 33, volunteers and the nine units in Grand Bahama. The Governor General said the programme continues to grow and offer many young Bahamians the opportunity to add dimensions to their lives that will have a lasting impact and enrich their future. As demonstrated by the success of this programme around the world, young people embrace the concept of shaping their own destinies through their involvement in activities and travel, activities that oth erwise might not have been open to them, he said. Sir Arthur said that as a result of the challenges facing the country today, the need to invest in youth is greater than ever. Gold Award recipient Gadareth Higgs, a former stu dent of Grand Bahama Catholic High School, said the programme was a very rewarding experience. He volunteered at the Rand Memorial Hospital and taught Christian doctrine classes at Mary Star of Sea school. He especially enjoyed the expedition aspect of the programme. It has made me a well-rounded individual, he said. Gadereths parents said they are very proud of their son and his achievements. We realise it is about perseverance and character devel opment and we thank all those who played such an integral role in this programme, his mother said. Rick Hayward, the son of GB Port Authority principal Sir Jack Hayward, said he was happy to have sponsored six of the gold awardees from the Jack Hayward High School. Mr Hayward was also a participant in the programme as a youngster. It is not an easy task. I did my bronze and silver and I stopped halfway through the g old and never completed it. But the programme is superb and to have the Prince and Governor General here is wonderful because it is normally done at Government House. So it is really the first time it is here and hopefully it will be held here again, he s aid. The Prince and Sir Arthur were hosted to a cultural extravaganza. Students from the Grand Bahama Catholic High performed two Bahamian songs. Lucaya International School performed the song, We are the World, and the Eight Mile Rock High School p erformed a Bahamian dance. There was a minijunkanoo rush out and the Jack Hayward High School March Band also performed. A moment of silence was observed for Jonathan Walters,a GGYA participant who died while on expedition. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 3 $662&,$7('(*5(( Prince Edward honours youth awards scheme participants CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: His Royal Highn ess Prince Edward and SirA rthur Foulkes were hosted to a cultural extravanganza. Students from the variouss chools on the i sland performed cultural songs and dances, and a mini-junkanoo rush out. VOTEOFTHANKS: Gold A wardee Gadareth Higgs is seen giving vote of thanks. ROYALADDRESS: Prince Edward is seen addressing participants and invited guests at the Governor General Youth Award presentation ceremony at Bishop Michael Eldon High School. P H O T O S : V a n d y k e H e p b u r n / B I S
By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org TEMPERS flared at the Montagu Ramp yesterday morning as seafood vendors faced off against a worker dredging the area in preparation for an event hosted by theN assau Sailing Club. Sherlin Allen Brown, president of the Montagu Vendors Association, said the uproar happened after vendors noticed the machine operator dredging silt and dumping it on the public ramp. The group became frustrate d when they couldn't find out who sent the worker there or why, and they blocked the machine in with their cars. A verbal altercation ensued and the police were ultimately called to sort out the situation, Mr Brown said. He said the group later found o ut that the adjacent Nassau Sailing Club had hired the man to dredge a portion of the area in preparation for an upcoming competition. Mr Brown said he is not opposed to the dredging, but the group should have been f orewarned. Yesterday a few vendors lost merchandise, which they had stored in the water, because of material stirred up by dredging, he said. "We came out here this morning and met someone dredging and putting it on ramp. The gentleman who was opera ting the back-hoe, he acted like we was nothing because he didn't answer us. When he was done and planning to leave, we blocked the ramp off so the back-hoe couldn't get out. Thena conflict started between him and one of the vendors. "We feel as though we should h ave been considered before, since it's affecting the vendors. "Some of the vendors have 50-100 conchs in the water and the silt is going to cover it and the conchs are going to die. If they knew they could have moved the conch to deeper water and been prepared for it". Sherry Albury, manager at the Nassau Sailing Club, said what happened yesterday "was unfortunate" but that the club had come to an understanding with the vendors. She said all parties involved believe the government can domore to improve the infrastructure of the public ramp. "The vast majority of people there want that area dredged. We had to dredge the area in front of our premises and we will be working with the Bahamas Fisheries Alliance and the vendors to see if we get something done properly we want the government agency responsible to come and dredge it "We have an international regatta going on here this week that's backed by the Ministry of Tourism and we are in a position where we cannot launch the boats because the area is so badly silted up. "We dredged the area adjacent to our dock so we could be sure the boats could be launched and be taken back on the dock. We dredged it and we carted away all the debris," she said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 5 Row at Montagu Ramp over dredging TEMPERS flared over dredging work yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE trial of an American girl and a Bahamian man charged in the murder of Anna Garrison began in the Supreme court yesterday. It is alleged that between Sunday, February 25 and Saturday, July 4, 2009, Zyndall McKinney, 23, of Isabella Boulevard, and the teenage girl, being concerned together, caused the death of the victim. Mrs Garrison's badly decomposed body was discovered in a bushy area off Fox Hill Road South near the Blue Water Cay development on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at around 6.20pm. Prosecutors claim she had been stabbed multiple times. Today jurors are expected to view a taped interview between the American teen and Pennsylvania state trooper Todd Hershey. Mr Hershey testified yesterday that on July 6, 2009, he saw the girl and her father at the Avondale police barracks, where he interviewed her. He said that the girl was there only as a visitor and was free to leave the station at any time. Officer Hershey said that he read two documents to the girl; one was her Miranda rights and the other was a juvenile noncustody form. The documents were admitted into evidence despite objections by the girls attorney Elliot Lockhart. Constable Tamiko Lightbourne testified that on July 4, 2009, he and another officer went to Fox Hill Road South where he spoke to Detective Corporal Cash who directed them to a body. Officer Lightbourne said that he took a series of photographs of the scene. He further testified that on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 he and another officer went to the Rand Morgue where he spoke to the pathologist and then to Detective Cash who gave him additional information as well as a blue blouse. The officer told the court that on August 19, he handed the item over to officer 2102 Johnson. A warrant of arrest was issued for Constable Dominic Simms, who failed to appear in court. A jury of eight women and four men was selected to hear evidence in the trial yesterday. Tony Scriven and Ambrose Armbrister appeared for the Crown. McKinney is represented by Murrio Ducille. The trial continues today before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. Murder trial of American girl and Bahamian man starts in Supreme Court TWO brothers accused of murder were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon. Dmitri Cleare, alias Muff, 22, and Darian Cleare, 25, both of Ridgeland Park, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane. T he men are charged with the March 20 murder of Renaldo A ppoleon. A ppoleon, of Fourth Street, Coconut Grove, collapsed and died at the junction of Fourth Street and Palm Tree Avenue shortly before 1am on Sunday. He was stabbed during an altercation near the corner of Robinson Road and Fourth Street. T he accused were not required to enter a plea to the murder c harge and were remanded to Her Majestys Prison. T he case was adjourned to June 23 when prosecutors are expected to present a voluntary bill of indictment, fast-tracking the matter to the Supreme Court. court news BROTHERS ARRAIGNED ON MURDER CHARGE THE US Embassy in Nassau has announced a call for small grants proposals for the 2011 Ambassador Fund for Prevention. The embassy invited community organisations, NGOs, faith-based organisations, government ministries, businesses, clubs, schools, and individuals to submit proposals for a one-time grant up to $10,000 for projects that promote HIV/AIDS awareness. The main goals of these grants include: educating people, especially youths, about HIV/AIDS and thereby preventing its spread; reducing stigma for those living with the disease; and encouraging people to get tested and to seek treatment. Proposals should target most-at-risk populations and persons engaged in high-risk behaviours, use mass media (ie broadcast, print, or news media) and have support from local government, community leaders, and the organisations leadership, if applicable. Project proposals are being accepted now through April 29, 2011.Late submissions will not be accepted, the embassy said. Proposals should focus on increasing community aware ness of HIV/AIDS and promoting discussion and action to combat HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas. Applicants are encouraged to consider creative, original, and innovative activities including, but not limited to, promotional risk-reduction and prevention messages, voluntary counselling and testing promotion, training and education oppor tunities and promotional contests. Proposals must include: A project description no longer than two pages, including: an organisation/company profile, a timeline indicating when the project will begin and end (not to exceed nine months from start to finish), discussion of the grantees target audience, detailed outcomes and a description of the project evaluation method. A detailed budget with a complete breakdown of costs for all aspects of the project. Funds may not be used for the following: The purchase of food Furniture or equipment purchases (ie computers, office equipment and supplies, recreational devices and equipment) Procurement of consumables for treatment or testing programmes Procurement of anti-retroviral drugs Large-scale programmes requiring more than one-time funding Salaries and benefits for staff or volunteers Supplementing existing funding If awarded a small grant, upon completion of the project, the grantee must provide a financial report detailing all expenditures and a narrative explaining how the project goals and objectives were met. No grants will be awarded to a former grantee who has not completed their reporting requirements. Proposals must be either e-mailed to: email@example.com or sent to Ambassadors HIV Prevention Programme Economic Office US Embassy Nassau 42 Queen Street Nassau, Bahamas n Any questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Call for small grants proposals for Ambassador Fund for Prevention NICOLE AVANT
T HE Bamboo Town C onstituency Association o f the Free National Movement said FNMs in Bamboo Town are very disappointed by the resignation of their MP from the party. I n a statement issued yesterday, the associatione xpressed its considerable p ersonal and collective disappointment over Branville McCartneys move and the abrupt manner in which it was done. It said: Mr McCartney d id not inform the execut ives of the Bamboo Town A ssociation prior to his d ecision. We learned of his d ecision at the same time it w as made public. Having worked for his e lection to the House of Assembly and on his behalf in Bamboo Town, we would have expected the basic courtesy of prior notification and consultation. T he association said Mr McCartney had numerouso pportunities to inform its l eadership of his intentions even as recently as last Thursday night, when two of its executives met with him. Many in Bamboo Town still do not understand his a brupt resignation from t he Cabinet and now his r esignation from the F NM, the statement said. The philosophy, mani f esto, policies and leaders hip of the FNM have not c hanged since Mr McCartney was elected to the House of Assembly as an FNM, and joined Mr Ingrahams Cabinet. It is our view that the m ajority of FNMs in Bamboo Town as well as them ajority of residents in our g reat constituency support the governments creation of a new partnership b etween BTC and Cable a nd Wireless to create a cutt ing-edge telecommunications company that will move The Bahamas forward. In the end he did not vote. We are stunned thatw hen the big vote came, Mr McCartney seemedm ore concerned about his o wn personal decision than the broader needs of the people of the Bahamas. By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter p email@example.com M ICAL MP Alfred Gray s uggested yesterday that the g overnment of the Bahamas intends to use the majority of the $210 million from the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company to buyt he next general election. M r Gray said that the government will, over the next few m onths, undoubtedly raise the p ay of civil servants, police, a nd other government workers with the hope of persuadi ng them to give the FNM another chance in office. Mr Gray said that these persons will no doubt take them oney but they will not be fooled into voting for the F NM again. Mr Speaker, I want you to m ark my words, and time will p rove me right, in the next coup le of months every civil servant, police, Defence Force, everybody will get an increase, he said. When the MICAL MP began to be heckled by an F NM MP from his seat about whether or not he was sugg esting that civil servants didnt d eserve a raise, Mr Gray said t hat if that was the only consideration, then they should beg iven their funds now. Lets give it now, he d eclared. Why wont you give i t now? Give it now. No, you want to wait until election timet o fool them again. But I am telling you, five years ago is different fromnow, 10 years ago is different from now. The Bahamians of 15 years ago is quite different f rom the Bahamians of today. T hey will take your money and k ick you to the curb, he said. M r Gray added that it has been said of his constituents that they can be bought with only a hot dog and one beer. B ut he urged the FNM gov e rnment to try it this time around. Try it! It aint ga work this time. My people gat pride now. They are not going to be fooled by you. It aint ga workno more; it aint ga work no more. Mr Grays comments came during the third day of debateon the proposed sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless in the House of Assembly yesterday. The sale is expected to be put to a vote in Parliament today. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 7 Gray suggests govt aims to use BTCsale money to buy next election Alfred Gray B ranville McCartney Bamboo Towns FNMs disappointed by resignation of Bran McCartney
By LAMECH JOHNSON A NEW bachelors degree i n journalism has been a pproved by the College of the Bahamas and will be offered to students for the first time this August. Lecturer Hugo Zarate told the Tribune that what was formerly the associates degree in mass communications, will now become the bachelor of arts in media j ournalism programme. The bachelors has been approved by the academic board and will be introduced in the fall, he said. C hairman of the School of Communications and Creative Arts, Pamela C ollins, expresses happiness that the institution finally has a BA for media. Were excited about it because we finally have a BA. Many students have w aited and its here starting i n the fall, so were happy. Students also shared their thoughts about being apart of the new programme. History G iorgio Bain, who is in h er last semester of the associates degree and currently u ndertaking an internship at a local media company, said s he is excited that shell be making history as one of the new programmes firstg raduates. Ricardo Wells confirmed that he would also be stay ing to do the bachelors. He and his like-minded colleagues in the mass communications programme will s witch over to the BA when they go for advisement. Paola Alvino, one of the persons involved in the creation of the new degree, says the college and the Bahamas will benefit from this initiat ive. B enefit Ms Alvino who teaches communications and reporting at the college, hinted that investigative journalism w ill be one of the features o f the new degree and that investigative journalism a nd quality longer length r eporting can only benefit t he Bahamas in the long run. She also says the degree w ill give high school graduates interested in media a place to pursue their stud ies where the tuition is affordable and the quality of education just as good as any foreign college or univ ersity. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE COB to offer bachelors degree in journalism GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes helps Miriam Pinder-Roberts cut her birthday cake while his wife Joan Lady Foulkes looks on. GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes wished Miriam Pinder-Roberts a happy 100th birthday, during a party t hrown at her home by family and friends on Tuesday. Sir Arthur said: May God spare us, so that we could live to be with you next year. Lady Foulkes also attended the party. 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Derek Smith /BIS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y.
A UNIQUE waste water system in George T own, Exuma designed by a Bahamian engin eer could become a model for other small island developing states around the world. The innovative system transports waste material by boat from those anchored in Elizabeth Harbour and deposits it at a pumping station and processing plant in nearby GeorgeT own. The system is equipped to accommod ate up to 500 yachts at a time. The project is designed to treat the waste from the yachts that frequent Exuma and prevent the fouling up of the harbour, said Ambrose Johnson, its designer. Without any other options, they just dump their sewage in the harbour. Its very seasonal and we are right now at t he peak of the season. The season starts at about Thanksgiving in November, when they start the winters in the north. It starts getting colder and they gravitate toward the south where its warmer, said Mr Johnson. L ocal government authorities worldwide a re considering adopting this kind of system as a means of enhancing environmental responsibility and promoting sustainable developm ent. Mr Johnson explained that the system creates an opportunity to make money while i mproving the environment. He said: For boaters, there is a system of collection. Theres one boat with a tank that goes around and collects all the sewage. They pay for the service, of course, and then he delivers the waste to the plant where it i s treated. H e said the fees are still under consideration, as the plan is being run on a temporary basis w hile the waste is being taken directly to the plant. E ventually, he said, a depository will be built on the location of a new dock. M r Johnson said it took about three to four m onths to complete the plant, and that he takes pride in the fact that its the first of its k ind in the region. He hopes to see his plant replicated in other places. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Six former employees at the Deep Water C ay Resort claim the terms of their contract were breached and are demandingc ompensation from the new o wners. The men had all been working at the fishing lodgef or at least seven years and s ome for as long as 26 years. They claim they although they never formally termi nated, their pay rate was changed and certain benefits were taken away withoute xplanation. Joseph Thomas, Cecil Lath an, Simon Higgs, Walter Reckley, Whitney Rolle and Stephenson Feaster had worked as tour guides atDeep Water Cay. The group of men had been pursuing legal avenues, but have now fired their attorney and retained communitya ctivist Troy Garvey. Mr Garvey insisted the men were terminated and are seek ing compensation. He claims that they are owed more than $150,000. He called the $56,000 offered by the company to be shared among the six former workers, an insult. It is a slap in the face compared to what is actually owed them, Mr Garvey said at a press conference on Tuesday. These men are family men they are hard working and they are entitled to prop er compensation according to the labour laws. Mr Garvey claims that although he was informed that the men had resigned, the company could not produce any resignation letters. These men did not resign, they never got scheduled to come back to work, he explained. Cecil Lathan and Simon Higgs have been out of work since October and the remaining four men have been out of work for three weeks. Joseph Thomas said after the change in ownership at Deep Water Cay, the terms of their contracts were changed. He claims the pay rate was cut by 25 to 30 per cent. The main benefit that was taken away was guarantee days, he added. We were guaranteed X-amount of days per year and at the end of that particular season if you did not meet what was guaran teed, the club would make it up We had a $10 per day guarantee for each day and that was taken away; late notices and double days among other things were also t aken away, he added. They breached the con tract and we just want to be p roperly severed under the laws of the country, said Mr Thomas. Mr Garvey is calling on M inister of Labour Dion Foulkes and MP for High Rock Kenneth Russell to i ntervene and assist the workers. We want to resolve this m atter. These men dont want reinstatement. They want their services to be severeda ppropriately and compensated the right way, Mr Garvey said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure t obehold offering a new interpretation of d riving pleasure. 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Speaking specifically to the most recent seven homicides since March 17, Mr Greenslade said persons engaging in these crimes are prolific repeat offenders who are committed to a life of crime. According to police statistics, of the 31 homicides which have occurred this year, 13 of them have been cleared up. The Commissioner reiterated that the area of New Providence is 80 square miles and in a very small space where everyone is connected, family members and friends cannot tolerate illegal behaviour and must turn offenders in. Mr Greenslade appealed to the public to turn these people in. He said: "These are not strangers they are loved ones, our relatives and friends and people that live among us who are in possession of illegal firearms, trafficking and possess illegal drugs and are abusing alcohol." Not targeting a specific sector of the community, Mr Greenslade insisted that young people who abuse alcohol and drugs are from all sectors of society. He said: The problem is when you take the abuse, drugs and alcohol and possession of illegal firearms, and have young persons making bad choices, you are going to continue to have major problems. Speaking to those persons who have knowledge of criminals and allow activities to continue, Mr Greenslade said that if you have a relative or friend who is in possession of a gun in your house or in your car or neighbourhood and you know it, it begs the question are you harbouring a criminal? He said: "Many of our slayings are not random, but rather deliberate. I wish to say to the Bahamian public at large that there is not an allout war on the peaceful lawabiding citizens and residents of this country. Failing to give information to the police, will embolden the criminal and may compromise the safety of the entire community, Mr Greenslade said. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE &DULEEHDQ%RWWOLQJ&R%DKDPDVf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f/WG 3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV 2UE\HPDLOWR PDUNHWLQJ#FEFEDKDPDVFRP Commissioner concerned at level of violence FROM page one THE BAHAMAS was among 33 governments participating in a UN-organised tsunami drill yesterday, according to reports. Although the drill had mixed results in some countries, emer gency management workers in the Bahamas were reported to have successfully issued a text message alert to 300 officials across the country. TSUNAMIDRILL
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE a lliances to give the people of the Bahamas a vote of confidence in their ability to be owners in a free economy. Time and time again Bahamians have showed that t hey are a trusting people, willing to take any old thing at face value because they want to believe in truth and honesty. But how many more broken political promises can an already brok en people take before they say enough is enough? I hope that when we see the marches and the demonstrations, and hear of resignations, and other forms of civil protests, we will not be so quick to deplore these marches and demonstrations, and resignat ions, and other forms of protest without expressing similar, strong criticism for the conditions that brought about the marches and the demonstrations, and resignations, and other forms of civil protests, he said. When Mr McCartney began his communication, the entire c hamber in the House of Assembly fell deathly quiet. The Independent MP began by highlighting that while he has only been a Member of Parliament for a short time, he found himself on many occasions silently thinking in awe of how honoured and privileged he was t o be sitting among members such as the leader of his former party, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, and the leader of the PLP Perry Christie. Mr McCartney said he first made the decision to enter politics because he saw how crime and other social ills were runn ing rampant throughout the Bahamian society. Feeling motivated by the idea that he could possibly be one of a few who could make a difference, the Independent MP said his intention was and remains to be the change I want to see in the world. We are here today at each others throats, not just because the people are angry and worked up at the impending sale of BTC, but we are here today because, some 40 years after independence, after decades of dangling the carrot of empowerment before them offering a pittance here and a pittance there Bahamian people are disillusioned, fed up with, and angry at feeling dis empowered in their own land. I will paraphrase a good friend of mine who said that some of us in society have allowed, and continue to allow our political leaders to use the time proven strategy of divide and conquer to cast one as the enemy of the other, pitting us imprudently against each other to achieve their goals, while at the same time preventing us from achieving the simple ones we have set for ourselves and have worked so tirelessly to see actualized as a people the creation of a nation that is a reflection of our collective intellectual wills. At some point, however, this friend continues, we must recognize that we are not the enemy of each other, and no matter what our station or position is within society, we are all categorized and classified as Bahamians; and it is under this umbrella that we must collectively assemble and challenge the political status quo that, for decades, has denied us as a people the right to have the semblance of power that independence has promised us, he said. Mr McCartney said that demonstrations that were seen outside of the House of Assembly in the past few weeks and days is a direct challenge to this very same political status quo, and shows a new awakening in a generation that has been disenfranchised for too long. Mr McCartney added he has heard the criticisms levied at himself over the past few years as being someone who is a show-boater or grandstander who lacks the ability to lead. He said that some have gone as far as calling him a young upstart who should wait his time. However, Mr McCartney said the time is always ripe to do right. Over the next few weeks, months, and even years, as I seek to continue to serve the people of Bamboo Town and the Bahamas, I am sure that the colourful commentaries, criticisms, and characterisations will only intensify as the naysayers will nay-say in their attempts to discredit me and send me to my political graveyard. But I can assure you here today, as I stand in opposition to the offering up of the majority holdings in BTC, no matter what commentaries are offered up about and against me, I promise the Bahamian people, from Grand Bahama in the north to Inagua in the south, Long Island to Rum Cay, from Bain Town to Bamboo Town, from Ft Charlotte to Ft Fincastle, that God willing, I will continue to do what I entered pol itics in 2007 to do; and that is work to ensure that the Bahamas is a society free from the force of complacency brought on us by years and years of oppression, insensitiv ity, bitterness, and self-hate a place where people can begin to feel a true self of somebodi ness, he said. Mr McCartney was original ly frustrated in making his contribution in the House of Assembly yesterday at several points. He was finally allowed to address the Speaker after two other MPs, one PLP and one FNM were given their 30minute time slots ahead of him. The Tribune was told, while night rounds are done by flashlight. "We are making it only for the grace of God and some cool breeze. I can't even cook properly, everything is spoiling," said supervisor and cook Theresa Glinton, who has worked at the camp for the past 10 years. "The people inside here they are moody, say ing 'I am hot Ms Glinton'. A lot of them are bed-ridden, and with this kind of temperature they will have bed sores. "We have to knock on neighbours' doors to see if they can iron the children's clothes so they can go to school, we have to go and beg people. My boyfriend has a truck and comes every evening and gets barrels to fill with water from the pump for residents to bathe." The camp provides room and board to adults and children with HIV/AIDS, other illnesses and the downtrodden. The current management of the camp believe the bill was allowed to mount under the tenure of former director Rev Glenroy Nottage, who died several years ago. "We didn't know the bill was this high, when we went to BEC they said this bill didn't come up yesterday, this bill was here for umpteen years. We were putting money on it continuously and they come to a decision that this is ain' making no sense taking' (a little money from us because the bill ain' moving," added Ms Glinton. Camp administrator Diana Ingraham said she knows the public is not to blame for the centre's exorbitant electricity bill, but is hope ful that kind hearts will lend a helping hand. "They want $6,000 a month to pay the BEC bill but I don't have that. I give them what I have because I have to supply food, toiletries, bleach and all kinda stuff for the camp. The money what government gives me every three to four months, it ain' sufficient. "I would like for donors to go straight to BEC and put it on the account for All Saints Camp, Lazaretto Road. It could be $2, any thing, we'll appreciate it. We don't want it, just give to BEC." Ms Glinton added: "It ain' the public's fault that our light bill is this high but at least they could have a heart, you cant just throw away people like they are dogs because of their sickness." The power was shut off February 23 and the women said they contacted the Department of Social Services for assistance a few days later. They claim the department has not extended any additional funds to them because the matter is still being reviewed. Officials at the camp added they are thankful for food donations from Super Value, Bahamas Food Services, Potter's Cay Produce Exchange and long-term assistance from Mr and Mrs Terry Spring from the United States. Yesterday, The Tribune contacted BEC Chairman Michael Moss who said he did not know the specifics of the All Saints Camp account. He did say several charities and social groups had large BEC bills that need to be settled. He promised to look into the matter and respond today. FROM page one AIDS camp cut of f over $78k light bill FROM page one Branville BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 15 THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASV isit our website at www.cob.edu.bsF ACUL TY V ACANCY Applications are invited for suitably qualified individuals for the position of: A ssistant Professor, Public Administration, School of Social Sciences ,with responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses, participating in the revision of the existing baccalaureate degree programme in Public Administration, contributing to the development and implementation of a masters degree programme in Public Administration, participating in student recruitment and advisement, engaging in scholarly/professional activities and serving on departmental and college-wide committees. A pplicants should possess: an earned Ph.D from an accredited institution; have a strong commitment to undergraduate instruction; skills in programme and course development and implementation; and a commitment to scholarly research. For a detailed job description, visit www .cob.edu.bs/hrapply Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and cover letter of interest no later than Thursday,March 31st to Associate Vice President, Human Resources, The College of the Bahamas, P. O. Box N-4912, Poinciana Drive & Thompson Boulevard OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cable and Wireless Communications. Yesterday in the House of Assembly, Mr Davis tabled a transcript of Mr Maynard's remarks. "I now have the transcript of the contribution made by the member from Golden Isles. "He (Mr Maynard I received a cheque from Bluewater, for a million dollars, thatis an absolute lie. The member for North Abaco would know, he should learn some finance, and the member from Marco City his junior minister." In a statement released yesterday the Cat Island and Rum Cay MP said if Mr Maynard's statements are repeated outside of Parliament, he will sue. "We are more than half way through the debate on the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless and so far the Governments response has been scandalous and shameful. "Charles Maynard and others have engaged in outright lying, defamation and propaganda of the highest order. Mr Maynards comments were bold-faced lies. To date they have engaged in guerilla warfare and smokes and mirrors in their efforts to muddy the waters and detract from the real issues at hand," said Mr Davisin a statement yesterday. "As many Bahamians are aware privilege in the House of Assembly and Senate allows parliamentarians to make statements, no matter how bogus and outrageous, with immunity from arrest or civil liability arising from those statements. Charles Maynard abused that privilege. He continues to make a mockery of the Parliament of the Bahamas and quite frankly himself. I dare him to repeat such untruths outside of the cover of Parliament. If he is foolish enough to do so, I can assure him that I will pursue all possible legal avenues to recover for damages to my reputation." His comments came a day after Mr Maynard accused him of offering to pay extra money for men willing to get "locked up" during a protest outside of Parliament against government's sale of BTC. "Everybody knows that the Progressive Liberal Party is behind the civil disorder," Mr Maynard said while supporting the sale of BTC in the House of Assembly Tuesday. "The member for Cat Island made a phone call night before last to somebody saying 'I want you to bring some men and I'll pay them extra if they willing to get locked up, downtown'." While in the House, Mr Davis denied the claims. Yesterday he said the remarks were "gutter politics" and "false propaganda.". "Instead of addressing the real questions of the day it is clear that the FNM has chosen to exploit one of its own, who less than five years ago was begging for a PLP nomination, to defame the PLP and its members in their attempts to manipulate public opinion," he said. of the corporation. Large sums of the corporation's money h ad been paid out up front, which was not the normal way transactions occurred. But it gets worse, Mr Speaker, further investigations also revealed that no work was being done on procurement of these contracts," he said in the House of Assem bly as he gave his support for the $210 m illion sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications. He added it was also discovered that m illions of dollars had been transferred i nto bank accounts without the approval of BTC's board or the Central Bank of the B ahamas. Huge sums of money were paid on these accounts. .no reasonable or accepta ble explanation was forthcoming as to w here these funds vanished. As a result an external investigation and audit were launched. "In the final analysis persons holding very high positions in the corporation were dismissed. The investigation and audit revealed sufficient evidence of criminali mpropriety to warrant criminal prosecu t ion. According to Mr Key, the missing funds were never accounted for and no criminalc harges were pressed despite recommend ations to prosecute those in question. they demanded their funds, the MP said. At t he PLPs headquarters, police had to be called to quell the crowd and restore law and order not before photographs of the incident were taken and delivered to the media, he said. According to a senior party member, he was notified yesterday that this same PLPo perative was seen sitting with an FNM Cabinet Minister and one of his generals at the Oh Andros stall at Arawak Cay on Tuesday night. Travelling there himself, the PLP MP said that he witnessed the interaction with his own eyes. I have no doubt that he was supplying the Minister with information and that the entire thing may have been orchestrated f rom the beginning. Because it makes absolutely no sense otherwise. We did not organize these persons and for him to do something so foolish without any direct benefit to himself otherwise, no other rational explanation could be found, he said. T his latest public relations disaster for the PLP could not come at a worse time for the party, political pundits have suggested. With the Official Opposition already lacking the numbers to vote down the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless, these r eports of paying demonstrators only furt her weakens their position of not having t he majority of the support of the general public against this sale. Senior PLP claims F ROM page one FROM page one Millions of dollars were lost FROM page one Brave: govt has tainted the BTC debate with lies PHILIPBRAVEDAVIS
AS a part of the Bahamas Development Bank and the Ministry of Finances continuing efforts to assess the best options and models to effectively finance, promote, and sustain the development of small and medium sized businesses in the country, the BDB hosted a oneday Leadership Forum on small business development at the British Colonial Hilton on February 3. A broad-range of business stakeholders, including small business owners, development and commercial bankers, venture capital fund executives and small business development consultants were given an opportunity to discuss their positions on issues surrounding funding and support to existing, new and aspiring entrepreneurs. Some of the views expressed by the participants will be used by the Government in the creation of a new legislative regime. Mr Darron B Cash, Chairman of The Bahamas Development Bank chaired the Leadership Forum. Featured speakers on funding and support models were Dr Basil Springer, a former consultant to the Caribbean Development Bank and a Change Engine Consultant with the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc. (CBET bados, and Mr Sandro Murtas, Director of the International Trade Centre of the Puerto Rico Small Business Development Centre. Other featured presenters included former Minister of T rade and Industry Leslie Miller, o wner of Marios Bowling & Family Entertainment Palace; Mr Dionisio DAguilar, President of Super Wash, Chairman of Abaco Markets and former President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Mr Jerry C Butler, Executive Director and CEO of Global Equity Consultants Ltd, former Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank, and former Financial Controller of BDB and Mr Hubert Edwards, Senior Manager of Business and Strategic Planning at The Bank of The Bahamas; Mr Paul D Major, Business Consultant and former General Manager of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC aging Director of BDB; Mr Basil Smith, Chief Communications Officer in The Ministry of Tourism; Mr Mario Cartwright, owner and Managing Director of Flying Fish Marina & Yuma Oil and Gas in Clarence Town, Long Island; and Mr Philip Simon, Executive Director of We The People and former Executive Director of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce. ALTERNATIVE MODELS Dr Springer and Mr Murtas individually outlined two specif ic options that would serve as alternatives to the existing model of The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC ture Capital Fund (VCF Dr Springer said that the CBET Shepherding Model in Barbados is a partnership between CBET Inc., the Barbad os Government, the Barbados Private Sector and Foreign Direct Investment, in which the CBET provides Shepherding or effective management, mentoring and counselling to small businesspersons throughout the life of their businesses to ensure their success. The Government i n turn invests monies through Seed Venture Capital Funds and Venture Capital Funds. Addi tionally, the private sector, main ly commercial banks, insurance companies, big firms are also invited to invest with an oppor tunity to receive a return on their investments. D r Springer explained that with the CBET Shepherding Model entrepreneurs are award ed grants for businesses which can grow outside of the country in the global market. He disclosed that in Barbados the companies in which they have invested are projected conservativelyt o generate an average of $1 million per year, per business over the first five years after the start up year. Dr Springer strongly urged The Bahamas to adopt the CBET Shepherding Model. He noted that to function effectively, the model has to be void ofa ny political interference. As such, he suggested that it should it be introduced in The Bahamas, it should not fall under the responsibility of the BDB, BAIC, or the VCF but rather under the establishment of The Bahamas Business Enterprises Corporation, which he advised should be declared a non-profit organization, by the Government. Let the role of the Government be to provide regulatory and service functions, not own and control something that should be done by the private sector, Dr Springer said. Mr Murtas, Director of the International Trade Centre of the Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Centre informed the group that in Puerto Rico, a US territory, there are about 3.8 million people and as a result some 10 Small Business Development Centres (SBDCs grammes have been established across the country to help develop small businesses. The federally funded SBDCs offer SMEs counselling, training, help with the development of business and marketing plans, and with the locating of financing. According to Mr Murtas priority is placed on businesses that have a high potential for import and export, as well as an ability to participate in international trade. The SBDCs also provide loan guarantees and functions as a co-signer to assist small businesses in Puerto Rico in accessing funding through the banks. Mr Murtas reported that the S BDCs are funded by three partners the SBA (Small Business Administration) that provides small businesses with access to capital, an Inter-American university which provides training, and the Puerto Rico State Agency which attracts investment to the island and h elps local companies promote the economy. Mr Murtas explained that it is mandatory that all entrepre neurs requesting assistance participate in three seminars that cost $150 in total. These fees are paid for by the entrepreneurs themselves. The seminars focuso n how to run and develop a successful business. Once the business owners meet this requirement and demonstrate their seriousness, they can then receive free counselling and opportunities to assist them in gaining access to funding. Mr Murtas stated that during 1 997 to 2010 the Puerto Rican SBDCs assisted around 30,000 clients which translated into an estimated 240,000 hours of assistance with 60 hours being the average amount of time invested in each client. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 16, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE -RE9DFDQF\$ Q HVWDEOLVKHG1DVVDXEDVHGFRPSDQ\ VHHNVWRWKHSRVLWLRQRI $VVLVWDQW $ GPLQLVWUDWRULQWKH3URFXUHPHQWDQG $VVHWDQDJHPHQW/RJLVWLFV'HSW $ OODSSOLFDQWVSRVVHVVWKH IROORZLQJ &ROOHJHGHJUHHLQ%XVLQHVV$FFRXQWLQJ ,7NQRZOHGJH 7KHDELOLW\WROHDUQTXLFNO\ 7KHDELOLW\WRZRUNLQGHSHQGHQWO\ $Q H\HIRUGHWDLOV ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGWHDPZRUN VNLOOV2QO\FRPPLWWHGKDUGZRUNLQJDQGVHOI PRWLYDWHGSHUVRQVQHHGDSSO\5 HVXPHVVKRXOGEHVXEPLWWHGWRMREYDFDQF\EV#KRWPDLOFRP$ OOUHVXPHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\ WK 0DU Bahamas Development Bank holds small business forum DARRON B CASH Chairman of The Bahamas Development Bank SEE page 17
DEBATING THE F UTURE OF THE BDB Former Managing Director of the BDB and former General Manager of BAIC, Mr Major said, Today, there is as great a need for the existence of theB ahamas Development Bank as there ever has been. He argued t hat BDB and BAIC should be amalgamated to capitalize on the synergies that exist. He insisted however, that if the BDB were removed from the banking landscape, the void would not be filled by the commercial banks. Businessman Leslie Miller holds the view that the single m ost challenging obstacle facing newly established or existing small and medium sized enterprises is access to funding. His position was that while The Bahamas has relied on the original recipe of using taxpayers money to establish public sector institutions for the purpose ofa ssisting in the development of SMEs by establishing BDB,BAIC, and the VCF, the per formance of those public spon sored development institutions has been less than stellar over the years. Mr Miller strongly recommended that attention should bep laced on providing financial assistance by some form of loan guarantee programmes to qual ified SMEs; hiring on a case-bycase basis skilled technical assistance from the private sector; in addition to the establishment of legislation focused on businessfriendly laws to support small b usinesses. Perspectives from Chamber of Commerce Leaders and Small Business Owners Mr Cartwright, President of the Long Island Chamber of Commerce, owner and Managing Director of Flying Fish Marina & Yuma Oil and Gas in Clarence Town, Long Island commended The Bahamas Development Bank for granting him a significant loan to establish his project, one which he admits he would not have been able to receive from a regular commercial bank. He did, however, express concern over the length of time of the loan approval process. Nevertheless he commented, Flying Fish Marina exists today and it is growing, thanks to the large part of The Bahamas Development Bank. He added, Unfortu nately, the Development Bank cannot help everyone. Mr Cartwright called for more mon ey to be made available for the BDB. Mr Cartwright believes that the amalgamation of BAIC, BDB, and the VCF may be a good idea to assist in accelerating the process for persons requiring funding. Mr Cartwright called for a more efficient and quicker mode of transportation and accessibility to the Family Islands, improved infrastructure, adequate advertising and promotion to boost traffic to the island, and the implementation of incentives to qualified Bahamian investors such as Crown Land grants, duty concessions and access to capital. Former President of the Bahamas Chamber of Com merce, and President of Super Wash and Chairman of Abaco Markets, Mr DAguilar expressed mixed views on BAIC and BDB. He noted that he has always felt that there was noneed for public institutions like BAIC and BDB. He admitted, however, following the discussions at the BDB Leadership Forum he had somewhat changed his mind. Mr DAguilar said his view was based on what he pointed to as results that have not been terribly successful. He admitted though that there are some success stories. Mr DAguilar concluded that some kind of loan guarantee scheme, some sort of incubation programme is very, very neces sary. Mr Simon, Executive Director of We The People, former Exec utive Director of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, sug gested the privatisation of the Venture Capital Fund; and called for the creation of a small business administration or National Development Agency and resource centre that would be governed by a fully indepen dent board with no political rep resentation. Mr Simon pointedout that while Bahamians are very entrepreneurial as a peo ple, the question is how do we expand that spirit into businesses that can sustain themselves for generations. We have to move beyond that mom and pop level, Mr Simon commented. He also called for greater emphasis to be placed on Cul tural Heritage Tourism, and that the countrys tax structure be revisited. Mr Butler, Executive Director and CEO of Global Equity Consultants Ltd., former Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Develop ment Bank, and former Finan cial Controller of BDB expressed the view that BDB and its clients must be balanced with a national plan with empowerment, and a plan for institutional development. In other words, if BDB gets money to empower Bahamians, and lends it to them, there must be a plan to sustain BDB. He continued, Which means the loans have to be paid back, or there must be a plan to get additional funding, and to do off balance sheet transactions for people who could pay. Mr Hubert Edwards, Senior Manager of Business and Strate gic Planning at The Bank of The Bahamas, expressed a grave concern over the failure of various Government operated institutions that are designed to assist in funding and supporting small and medium sized businesses in the country. We have some excellent case studies on failure. After the failure of these programmes, we need to dissect them and say what is it that we can learn from these various programmes and change the total. Mr Edwards argued that the Bahamas Development Bank has a great opportunity to reinvent itself. He strongly advised that more flexibility be placed into such programmes so that they can become self sustaining, and also that such programmes be done within a national environment, one that incorporates all of the islands of The Bahamas. Describing The Bahamas as a regional leader in tourism com pared to other countries, Chief Communications Officer in The Ministry of Tourism, Mr Smith said, To put it plainly, we are regional leaders having not even scratched the surface of our potential Mr Smith told the group that the Ministry of Tourism is actively engaged in an exercise that will shape and promote unique and distinctive brand profiles for 16 islands and island groups within The Bahamas, including Andros, the Abacos, The Exumas, Eleuthera and Harbour Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana, Long Island, the Berry Islands, Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Acklins, Crooked Island and Bimini. Mr Smith revealed that in the mid and longer term, the bed of opportunity for small and medium sized businesses is to be found in these 16 islands, servic ing the development of the tourism sector and the needs of the local population who emigrate to these islands. Also in attendance at the Leadership Forum were senior executives of The Bahamas Development Bank, including the Acting Managing Director,Mr Anthony Woodside along with other BDB officials; Mr Christiaan Sawyer, President of Sunryse Shredding; Business woman, Mrs Claire Sands; Mr Ron Dames, Programme Man ager for Junior Achievement (Grand Bahama Delano Munroe, Programme Manager for Junior Achieve ment (New Providence Full details of the speakers presentations and slide shows will be available on The Bahamas Development Banks website at http://www.bahamasdevelopmentbank.com on March 31. WASHINGTON Associated Press SECRETARYof State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi can end the crisis in his country in the fastest possible manner: By leaving power. Clinton says Gadhafi and his closest advisers have decisions to make as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes against military targets in the North African country. Clinton says the U.S. wants the Libyan gove rnment to "make the right decision" by instituting a cease-fire, withdrawing forces from cities and preparing for a transition that doesn't include the longtime dictator. The secretary of state stopped short of delivering an "or-else" ultimatum. Earlier Wednesday, as coalition forces launched a fifth day of air strikes against government military targets in the North African n ation, President Barack Obama categorically ruled out a land invasion to remove Gadhafi. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 17 CLINTON: GADHAFI CAN END LIBYAS WOES BY LEAVING F ROM page 16 Bahamas Development Bank LOS ANGELES Associated Press ELIZABETH TAYLOR, the violet-eyed film legend whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the classic movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79. She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison. "My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," her son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. "We have just lost a Hollywood giant," said longtime friend Elton John. "More importantly,we have lost an incredible human being." Taylor was the most blessed and cursed of actresses, the toughest and the most vulnerable. She had extraordinary grace, wealth and voluptuous beauty, and won three Academy Awards, including a special one for her humanitarian work. She was the most loyal of friends and a defender of gays in Hollywood when AIDS was new to the industry and beyond. But she was afflicted by ill health, failed romances (eight marriages, seven husbands) and personal tragedy. "I think I'm becoming fatalistic," she said in 1989. "Too much has happened in my life for me not to be fatalistic." Her more than 50 movies included unforgettable portraits of innocence and of decadence, from thec hildren's classic "National Velvet" and the sentimental family comedy "Father of the Bride" to Oscar-winning transgressions in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Butterfield 8." The historical epic "Cleopatra" is among Hollywood's greatest on-screen fiascos and a landmark of off-screen monkeyb usiness, the meeting ground of Taylor and Richard Burton, the "Brangelina" of their day. She played enough bawdy women on film for critic Pauline Kael to deem her "Chaucerian Beverly Hills." But her defining role, one that lasted past her moviemaking days, w as "Elizabeth Taylor," ever marrying and divorcing, in and out of hospitals, gaining and losing weight, standing by Michael Jackson, Rock Hudson and other troubled friends, acquiring a jewelry collection that seemed to rival Tiffany's. She was a child star who grew up and aged before an adoring, appalled and fascinated public. She arrived in Hollywood when the studios ystem tightly controlled an actor's life and image, had more marriages than any publicist could explain away and carried on until she no longer required explanation. She was the industry's great survivor, and among the first to reach that special category of celebrity famous for being famous. Film legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79 ELIZABETH TAYLOR poses as Queen Cleopatra
SECTIONB email@example.com THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.10 $5.12 $5.11 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamas Hotel Asso ciations (BHA described domestic tourism as the sleeping giant that is of increasing importance toB ahamian-owned resorts in the Family Islands, a study predicting that this category will account for $561.9 mil lion worth of spending in 2011. Stuart Bowe, responding to Tribune Businesss questions after the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC projected that domestict ourism would account for 20.4 per cent one-fifth of total output by the Bahamian industry in 2011, said this sec tor would only grow in importance. Domestic tourism is the sleeping giant, Mr Bowe told Tribune Business in a series of e-mailed replies. It already is playing an increasingly important role in our Family Islands, where most of the hotels are Bahamian-owned and operated. We have seen a trend of more Bahamians taking time to visit the Family Islands for get-aways, church, family and recreational retreats. And as the Family Islands continue to attract well-known international brands, this will continue to add to both their international and domestic appeal. Domestic tourism is important and will continue to grow in importance. The WTTC, in its study of the travel and tourism econo mys likely contribution to the Bahamian economy during 2011, and over the next decade, forecast: Domestic travel spending is expected to generate 20.4 per cent of direct Travel and Tourism GDP in 2011, compared with 79.6 per cent of visitor exports (foreign visitor spending or international tourism receipts). Domestic travel spending is expected to total $561.9 million in 2011, rising to $712.9 million in 2020. The WTTC study forecast that leisure travel spending from both domestic tourism and international visitors would account for 96.9 per cent of the Bahamian tourism $562M SLEEPING GIANT OF TOURISM S TUART BOWE BHA president says domestic tourism will only grow in importance, especially for Bahamianowned hotels Domestic tourism to account for 20.4%, or one-fifth, of total tourism spend in 2011, rising to $712.9m in 2021 Domestic tourism is important and will continue to grow in importance. SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Customs Comptroller Glenn Gomez yesterdayg ave an undertaking to r eturn the main server and all equipment/records taken in last weeks joint Cus-t oms/police raid of Robin Hood to the retailer, its attorney describing the law enforcement agenciesa ctions as totally foolish. Wayne Munroe told Tri CUSTOMS RETURNS SEIZED MATERIALS FROM ROBIN HOOD Comptroller gives undertaking, as retailer s attorney slams foolish action and claims raid not in compliance with Admissibility of Evidence Act SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Close to 500 Bahamians are now working on phase one construction of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project at Cable Beach, a senior executive with the developer confirmed yesterday, with some 75-80 Bahamian companies also contracted on the development. R obert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president of e xternal and government affairs, told Tribune Business that work has commenced on all those areas involved i n the first phase construction, namely the West Bay S treet re-routing and the Commercial Village construct ion. To date, weve put close to 500 Bahamians to work on that area, Mr Sands added. We also have close to 75 Bahamian companies that have been contracted in aggregate, and work is progressing very well. Work has started on the Scotiabank building, the Fidelity Bank building and the Commonwealth Bank Close to 500 Bahamians on Baha Mar work Around 75 Bahamian companies employed to date on $2.6bn project, with re-routed West B ay Street and Corridor 7 route now drivable SEE page 6B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The opening of its $2 mil l ion travellers lounge in the new US departures terminal at Lynden Pindling Interna-t ional Airport (LPIA the start of a slew of expansion activities for Graycliff, ast he company now sets it sights o n six new US airport locations and a $20 million Graycliff Heritage Village in Nass au. The 5,600 square foot Graycliff Boutique and Divano pened to the travelling public for the first time last week, when the new US Departures Graycliff eyes $20m Heritage Village n Hoping to get permits for West Hill Street renovations this week, with street pedestrianised and project launched in 18 months-2 years n Aiming to produce chocolate and coffee lines on-property n Company targeting six new US airport locations for lounge concept EXPANSION A CTIVITIES: The Graycliff lounge in the airport. SEE page 9B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A Trinidad bank has b een ordered by the US c ourts to turn over some $275,039 to CLICO (Bahamas viding the insolvent insurers liquidator with all documents relating to the account this sum was held i n and another funds it holds. In March 9, 2011, order, J udge Erik Kimball of the south Florida district bankruptcy court granted the motion agreed between Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, a nd Trinidad-based First C itizens Bank for the h and-over of the $275,039 to CLICO (Bahamasu idator. T his sum represents a small but successful recovery for Mr Gomez, who is working to liquidate CLI C O (Bahamas main challenges remain the sale of the Florida-basedW ellington Preserve real estate project, which accounts for 63 per cent of the insurers assets, and the Liquidator recovers $275k in CLICO funds SEE page 6B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com Business conditions on the Prince Charles Drive stretch closed to two-way vehicular traffic remain greatly constrained, impacted companies said yesterday, claiming little effort has been made to accomodate their concerns since they spoke out about the degree to which their firms were being impacted by roadworks. Where adjustments have been made by the general contractor in favour of business operators, the potential benefits have been limited by the actions of police, several business owners suggested. Roadwork sales falls r each 70% for some firms Impacted Prince Charles busi nesses see little improvement and effort to aid them, with police bookings exacerbating impact* T alk of legal action heats up SEE page 10B
B USINESS P AGE 2B, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE OUR TEAM HAS GROWN! Baha Mar is delighted to announce the addition of nine Bahamian team members. We welcome each member to our dedicated team with open arms! Cindy McPheeCox Receptionist Hire Date: January 12, 2011 KenwoodBurrows DirectorofArchitecture IramLewisArchitecture (contracted by CCA Bahamas Ltd.) Hire Date: January 2011 IramLewis Principal IramLewisArchitecture (contracted by CCA Bahamas Ltd.) Hire Date: January 2011 Regina Medley Receptionist (Employed by CCA Bahamas Ltd) Hire Date: March 22, 2011 Lezelye Sands Manager/ Financial Reporting Hire Date: March 14, 2011 DominiqueLockhart DocumentController Hire Date: March 14, 2011 TabithaBethel AdministrativeAssistant Hire date: March 17, 2011 LauraMillar EnvironmentalMonitor Hire date: April 18, 2011 ONeaGrant ExecutiveAssistant Hire Date: March 7, 2011 BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN W e live in an image-driven culture where computers play increasingly important roles in our lives. An essential ingredient in visual image. The perishable nature of paper makes it difficult to preserve documents, so image scanners saved the day by becoming one of the breaking inventions of the 20th century. The history of image scanners can be traced back to the period when telephotography was used to transfer images from one place to another. However, the first image scanner, known as a drum scanner, was developed in 1957 at the US National Bureau of Standards by a team led by Russel Kirsch. Later scanners have slowly developed into the devices we know today with a variety of models. Before we leap away, lets differentiate the scanner from other products. The popular Flatbed scanners, also called desktop scanners, are the most versatile and commonly used, but are often confused with a photocopier. Is image scanning the same process as photocopying? No, it isnt. What is the difference? The flatbed scanner is similar to a copier machine except that the document is scanned and saved as a digital image in memory on your computer for storage orp rinting, while photocopying simply makes an additional copy of the image and prints it. (No document is stored or saved, only copied). Scanning is essential for peo ple who want to preserve precious memories, important files and maintain space. The mainq uestion one should answer before making a scan of an image is: "How will the image be output or produced on screen or paper? Scanning for the Screen/Monitor: Because browsers ignore all "inch"i nformation stored within files, images are displayed on monitors in terms of raw pixels. For example, suppose you are scan-n ing an image for a web page with the goal of making the image large. The lowest common denominator is the best strategy, as scanning images at higher resolutions than the display machines resolution will not make them clearer, only s low the production down. When scanning a pure black and white image (not grayscale for web page, a slightly different strategy is required. For example: Suppose the goal is to make the image 400 pixels wide so it fits comfortably on a web page. Seek to scan it as a p ure black and white image at 800 pixels across. (doubled amount). Keep in mind that quality and file size are in inverse proportion, and it is important to keep the image file size small if it is to be displayed over the web. As a general rule, always save photographic images for the screen as JPEG files. Scanning for Print/Paper Output: Remember, when scanning for printing purposes, consider the resolution of the printer and the desired size of the image, as inches do matter. Typically, one should scan colour photographs at about half the resolution of the printer. For example, if printing to a 600 DPI printer, the scanned image should be around 300 DPI. However, try experi menting to establish the opti mal scanning resolution, as it varies for specific printers. Scanning pure black and white images: If printing to a 300 DPI printer, the image should be scanned at 300 DPI. If scanned at less than half the printer resolution (i.e. 100 DPI it will produce very jagged edges. Because a pure black and white image does not contain any colour, scanning it at a higher resolution will create a much smaller file than a similarly-sized colour image. Trying to increase an images size by adding pixels will result in a large file that is blurry, and no amount of sharpening will correct it. Making a large file smaller basically allows the computer to dispose rather than add information, a task which it is more successful at. Again, if you have a scanned image but need more pixels, rescan the image rather than attempting to add pixels using software. How to scan an image: Lift the scanner cover and place the original image face down on to the scanning glass. Press the green button on the front of the scanner to start the scanning software, which will generate a preview scan of the image. Or start the scanning software by double clicking on the HP scan Icon. Then choose Preview from the Scan Menu. (The scanner will perform a preview scan of your image.) At this point, choose Save As from the Scan menu. The scanner will scan everything on the screen, but to scan only the area of the preview scan, click on the image and drag a box around the area you wish to scan. You can adjust the selec tion area by dragging any of the eight handles (black squares Scanning to get the right image THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 15B
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A major importer of used Japanese cars yesterday said he does not expect any interruptions to the supply of these vehicles to the Bahamas, or increases in their price, as a consequence of that nations catastrophic earthquake and t sunami, but admitted it may be too early to tell for certain. As Japan enters the initial stages of addressing the human, infrastructure and economic devastation wrought by the natural disaster, and continues to fight the possibility of a meltdown at the crippled Fukushim a nuclear plant, markets globally are feeling the rippling impact of the slowing or total shutdown of the Asian countrys industrial capacity. Manufacturers throughout the world are beginning to run out of supplies for Japanesemade parts for their products, facing the threat of production s hut-downs, while retailers of Japanese products are in some cases unable to receive a clear indication of when production of the goods they sell will resume. In some countries, speculation has also arisen about how the market for used Japanese products will be impacted including the Japanese cars which are so popular in the Bahamas. However, while concerns have been expressed in the international media by buyers of used Japanese cars in markets such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, with importers pointing to the fact that many cars were destroyed as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, with car auctions shutdown and new car production limited, Brent Fox, owner of Montague Motors, says he is fairly confident little impact will ultimately be felt by importers and consumers of used Japanese cars. Obviously there could be some impact to volume of used cars available for export, and there is the possibility that the Japanese wont want to sell their used cars in view of whatsg oing on, so there may be shortages down the road, but I d ont expect any significant impact, said Mr Fox. Were not having any interruption with our ability to buy cars at this point. The auctions in Tokyo have been shut down but there are hundreds of others which remain open. The actual port of Tokyo and Yokohama are still functioning so the cars are able to leave. Concerns As far as concerns about the quality of cars being exported, Mr Fox dismissed suggestions made elsewhere that buyers may need to be concerned about water-damaged vehicles entering the supply chain without their knowledge, but admitted that it may be possible that unscrupulous dealers could knowingly bring in such vehicles at a reduced price to pass on to customers. Thats one of the reasons we buy cars from Japan because of the strict inspection system they have. In the US its not regulated by the government and you can have a car thats damaged in North Car olina shipped to an auction in another state, and you dont have a guarantee of what happened to that car, Mr Fox said. In Japan, cars cant travel from state to state like that. If they go on auction they have to go to the auction house in their area, and you can rest assured if theres any water damage it must be claimed on the auction report. The only way those cars could arrive here is if someone knowingly buys that water-damaged car, so its at the discretion of the buyer. 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Unveiling the UK governments budget yesterday, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (the equivalent of the Bahamian finance minister) said it had tried to replace the APDs per passenger tax with a per plane tax, but had been advised that this and other options assessed were all illegal under international law. P romising that the UK would work to c hange this law, Mr Osborne told the UK Parliament: In the meantime, we are con-s ulting today on how to improve the existing a nd rather arbitrary bands that appear to Boost for Bahamas over UK airlift tax movement SEE page 11B
bune Business that the Comptroller gave an under-t aking to the Supreme Court that all material seized from R obin Hood would be r eturned to the retailer by 12pm yesterday. Given that he had not heard from its p resident, Sandy Schaefer, when contacted at 2.45 pm by this newspaper, the attorney suggested it was safe to assume Customs had comp lied with the undertaking. N either Mr Gomez nor Mr Schaefer could be con-t acted for comment by Tribune Business, although it is likely that by now Customs has copied the electronic and paper records it needs to carry out its inves-t igation into the retailer. However, Mr Munroe s uggested that because the p olice and Customs officers p revented Mr Schaefer and o ther Robin Hood staff f rom being present when they seized the equipmentf rom the retailers main office last Wednesday evening, they could not attest to the authenticity of w hat was being taken. This, the attorney suggested, breached the Admissibility of Evidence Act. Recalling how Robin H ood initiated legal action a gainst Customs on Friday t hrough the filing of a writ and summons, Mr Munroe said that while Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett heard them that day, he adjourned t he matter to give notice to t he Government side. Hearing There was a hearing on T uesday at which the Attorney Generals Office indic ated that it had not had suff icient time to respond to t hat document, and the injunction request for the return of the material, Mr Munroe told Tribune Business. The matter was then adjourned until today [Wednesday], and then [yesterday] the Comptroller of Customs gave an undertaking to return the material by 12 pm [yesterday]. W hile Mr Munroe was u nable to confirm that the c onfiscated material, which included Robin Hoods main server, plus every CPU flash drive, CD and accounting files from the companys administration unit, had been returned by the guaranteed deadline, he added: I have no reason to believe it has not happened. I would have heard from him [Mr Schaefer] at one minute past 12 if it had not. D espite the return of the c omputer equipment, Mr Munroe said Robin Hood was still proceeding with itss ubstantive action over the C ustoms raid. We allege that the whole seizure of the materials and retention of them was without jurisdiction and bad, Mr Munroe told Tribune Business, adding that the retailer was claiming it was entitled to damages. It would have affected business to the extent Robin Hood was open one hour later on the day after the raid, and they had to conjure up a replacement server that was not as efficient as t he one taken, because it did not have the same function ality, the attorney added. Then you have the reputational damages as well. Mr Munroe alleged that Customs could have accomplished everything it wanted to in last Wednesdays raid by simply takingc opies of the paper records it was seeking, and also bringing in its own server and forcing Robin Hood to back up its hard drives and electronic records on to that. And, with Customs and p olice barring Robin Hood s taff from the companys o ffices and inspecting what was taken during the raid, Mr Munroe said: Our client s IT people will not be able to certify the righteousness of records being taken off, w hich is needed under the A dmissibility of Evidence Act. Foolish It was a totally foolish a ction. They did not give us a receipt. You cant imagi ne thats the way Customs i nvestigates you close a business to investigate. It m akes no sense. Customs Comptroller G omez last week said Customs and Police had gone to R obin Hoods Harrold Road store at closing time on Wednesday night to get a computer that would help them in investigations they had been quietly carrying out for the past month and a h alf. He said Customs was dissatisfied with document ation that it had been given over a period of time. M r Gomez said that over a period of time Customs had dealt with at least seven Robin Hood shipments in which all goods being imported were either not d eclared or the documents were unsatisfactory. It was suggested that invoices might have been tampered with. U nable to get what they considered satisfactory answers from Mr Schaefer, Customs officers had on an e arlier visit taken compute rs from the store for invest igation, he said. It was decided that a more in-depth investigation had to be made into the store's computer system. Acting on information they had received, a Freeport Customs officer confiscated a lap top from a person of interest, which led them to the computer's main server at the Harrold Road office. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 5B Customs returns seized materials from Robin Hood FROM page 1B G LENN GOMEZ
B USINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE *UHDWXDOLW\,WHPV /DGLHVt&KLOGUHQ&ORWKLQJKRHV-HZHOU\ + RXVHKROGLWHPVDQGXFKRUH
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 9B 72$//&,9,/(59$176 7KDWVULJKWD/RDQDSSURYHGZLWKLQKRXUV 38%/,&:25.(56&2(5$7,9( &5(',7,21/,0,7(' T erminal at LPIA, in which it is located, became available to those flying from the Bahamas to the US. It replaces and expands the Graycliff Boutique and Divan that had been operating in thef ormer US Departures terminal, and which has now been shut down as that terminal undergoes major renovation and construction before being r e-opened as the new domest ic and international arrivals terminal. A ccording to Graycliff spokesperson, Roberta Garzaroli, the lounge andb outique complement Graycliffs existing cigar, cof-f ee and chocolate product l ines. W ith both indoor and outd oor lounge areas, and smoking and non-smoking sections, t he lounge provides to all travelers for a small fee -w hich includes access to WiFi I nternet and a drink the kind o f environment that is typically only available to premium travellers, suggests the c ompany. The opening of the lounge follows the 2009 launch of twoG raycliff lounges in Nashville International Airport, and more are in the pipeline. Were waiting to sign some contracts. I cant tell you w here but I can tell you we looked at six different US l ocations, said Ms Garzaroli. The response to all of the lounges has been very posi tive so far. Everyone likes the fact that you dont have to be in an airline club, like the Admi r al club or a Delta member, to access it. Anyone can come i n by paying the fee. Begin Closer to home, work on Mountbatten House and the former Sisters of Charity Con v ent building, which were purchased by the company behind the Graycliff Hotela nd Restaurant in 2009, is set to begin shortly. Having purchased the prope rties for a few million doll ars, Graycliff plans to turn the historic West Hill Street properties, located oppositet he Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant, into a heritage village where visitors can p articipate in chocolate making, plus coffee roasting and tasting sessions. O utside, West Hill Street w ill become a cobbled, pedestrianised zone We expect we will get the b uilding permits for that this week, said Ms Garzaroli, adding that the goal is for the p roject to be launched in m onths to two years. We have a Graycliff chocolate line and coffee line a t the moment, and the idea is that we will begin to make those on property, bringingi n the coffee beans and the r aw cocoa beans and processi ng them here. Therell be a kind of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory type experience, she said. T he project will also create a space for Bahamian artisans, with rooms inside the former c onvent to be renovated and rented to artists and craftspeople to making authenticB ahamian art works. Graycliff eyes $20m Heritage Village FROM page 1B A TYOURSERVICE: T he Graycliff loung in the airport
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And I can tell the House that with the hefty duty rise last year, and with the cost pressures on families, wet hink it would be fair to delay this Aprils Air Pass enger Duty rise to next year. C urrently, the APD places the Bahamas and other Caribbean nations in Band 3, implying it is further afield than the central and western US, thus imposing a higher tax burden ont he plane ticket for travellers to this nation. In short, it makes airlift costs to the Bahamas and otherC aribbean nations relatively uncompetitive in other words, more expensive than even greater longer h aul flights to the US. T he rise in APD, which was promoted by the British government as environmen tally-motivated, will see each economy class passenger from the UK pay on topo f their airfare a 50 per cent increase on the tax as it previously stood. UK airlines and travel c ompanies, along with Caribbean governments and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, have all spo ken out against the rise in the APD prior to its imple m entation. Virgin Atlantic warned many British families will be priced out of a h oliday, while British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh branded the tax "a disgrace". We will without question continue to lobby against it," said Vincent VanderpoolW allace, minister of tourism s aid last year, adding: Every destination that receives business from the UK is forecasted to be down a s a result. Delegations A number of tourism m inisters have already indic ated that they are prepared to lead delegations to the U K to go and talk to it. The other side to it that everyone is concerned about is ac ontagion effect, where other countries in the EU might decide to do same thing. He explained that the primary problem" the C aribbean has with the i ncrease is the apparently disproportionate manner in w hich it is to be applied, which makes the Caribbean m ore expensive to travel to even than destinations in the US which are further away, such as Hawaii. "The whole banding is an illogical process, especially if the tax is ostensibly to do with emissions," said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace. "The e fforts of the governments of the Caribbean was to try to restore some sense of fair ness to the tax. Every coun-t ry has a right to tax but in an area so dependent on t ourism (it is problematic to make them so much less competitive to other areas," he added. Traditionally, an average of around eight per cent of a ll visitors to The Bahamas on an annual basis are from the UK, with this translating to a larger 15 per cent of all visitor nights booked,a s British travellers "tend to stay longer" than those from t he US," said Mr Vanderp ool-Wallace. H owever, a UK-based Internet travel search engine saw an 18.2 per cent increase i n persons conducting s earches on Bahamas vacat ions, a Caribbean Tourism O rganisation (CTO r evealed last year, with this nation the world's third most reliant on tourism as a percentage of total export e arnings. The CTO report, which focused on the likely impact of the increase in UK Air Passenger Duty (APD demand by British touristsf or a Caribbean holiday, noted that despite an 11.6 per cent drop in searches onC heapflights.co.uk for Caribbean holidays in 20092010, compared to 2008-2 009, the Bahamas saw an 18.2 per cent rise over the s ame periodfrom 19,738 to 23,337. In addition, the B ahamas tailed only St Lucia and Macau when it came to reliance on tourism, the industry accounting for a n average 66 per cent of total exports over the period 2004-2008. Boost for Bahamas over UK airlift tax movement FROM page 3B
DAVID MERCER, Associated Press NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A nearly 50 percent increase in vegetable prices that has sent shoppers reeling in the produce aisle should ease in the coming weeks as farmers send grocers more tomatoes, lettuce and other crops. Vegetable prices shot up last month after cold weather in the southern U.S. and Mexico destroyed much of the winter vegetable supply, the Commerce Department said. From tomatoes in Florida to lettuce in Arizona, fruit and vegetables became frostbitten, and prices rose for the produce farmers could save. Costs should be coming down soon, though, as crops farmers planted after the winter freezes start to reach stores, said growers, grocers and analysts. Grocers also typically switch this time of year to crops planted for spring, said Jody Shee, an analyst for the market research firm Mintel. "Unless there are any other weather issues, the pricess hould bounce back pretty soon," she said. The Iowa-based Hy-Vee supermarket chain, which has more than 230 stores in the Midwest, already is seeing cheaper prices for lettuce, broccoli and other vegetables, spokeswoman Ruth Comers aid. But tomatoes and cucumbers, which were hit hard by cold weather in Mexico, could remain high for one more month, she said. Vegetables imported from Mexico often offset losses in the U.S. during winter freezes, but that wasn't the case this year because the cold stretched further south than usual, said Gary Lucier, an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. The result was the biggest one-month increase in overall food prices Americans have seen since 1974 and the steepest rise in U.S. inflation in nearly two years. "I've been paying more on everything," said Anne Schwartz, 63, who lives west of Chicago in Winfield, Ill. "You used to be able to walk in there and get three avocados for a dollar." B USINESS PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.130.95AML Foods Limited1.091.090.004,5640.1230.0408.93.67% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.934.930.002,5000.1530.10032.22.03% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2 .201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.43Cable Bahamas9.439.430.001.0500.3109.03.29% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.826.820.005,3210.4880.26014.03.81% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.252.23-0.020.1110.04520.12.02% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.305.22Famguard5.225.220.000.3570.24014.64.60% 9.275.65Finco6.107.501.401,5000.6820.00011.00.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.309.300.000.4940.35018.83.76% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.475.480.011,2000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.407.30-0.101,5500.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)2 9 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029MONDAY, 21 MARCH 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,470.49 | CHG 18.96 | %CHG 1.31 | YTD -29.02 | YTD % -1.94BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.95272.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.94860.04%1.45%2.918256 1.58371.5141CFAL Money Market Fund1.58370.61%4.59%1.564030 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7049-0.56%-15.54% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.43920.61%-0.22% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14651.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14655.20%5.20% 1.11851.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11854.73%4.73% 1.14911.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14915.35%5.35% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.12669.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.12661.27%1.27% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.45100.72%9.95% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a group of executives from smaller banks Wednesday that the financial overhaul will level the playing field for them with the industry's giants. Bernanke said it would be important for the banks to adapt to the changing regulatory environment, in remarksto the annual convention in San Diego of smalland mediumsized banks. Bernanke acknowledged their concerns about the new law. But he said most of the requirements are aimed the country's biggest banks and not them. Congress passed the regulatory law last year in an effort to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. Small-bank executives have complained that it will cost them a lot of money to meet the new rules, even though they were not responsible for causing the financial crisis. Vital Bernanke said that the hundreds of community banks, those with assets below $10 billion, would play a vital role in the nation's recovery because they are an important source of loans for small businesses. "Although we are not yet where we would like to be, the good news is that many community banks have already been doing their part to meet the credit needs of their customers, notably including small business customers," Bernanke said in his speech to the Independent Community Bankers of America. Bernanke said that it was fortunate that Congress had decid ed to preserve the Fed's regu latory connection to small banks. In one version of the measure, the Fed would have lost the power to regulate them. But the law maintains the Fed's powers and even broadened itto include thrift holding companies. The thrifts themselves will be regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Cur rency. Congress abolished the Office of Thrift Supervision, which was a weak regulator. The Fed chairman said the broadened role for the central bank benefits everyone. "We are delighted that, through our supervision, our gathering of economic intelligence and the activities of our community affairs departments, we will be able to remain fully engaged with grass-roots America," Bernanke said. In response to an audience question, Bernanke said that the Fed understood that Congress wanted to shield smaller banking institutions from the impact of a new law that requires large banks to trim debit card fees. At stake is the $16 billion each year that, according to the Fed, stores must pay banks and other credit card issuers when customers use the cards. The Fed, which must implement a rule to put the new law into effect, understands that banks with assets of less than $10 billion should be protected from losing the fees they now receive, Bernanke said. "At the Federal Reserve, we are quite aware that the Congress in writing this law intended for smaller (card be exempt, carved out from the broader statute," Bernanke said. "And in our rule-writing, we will do everything we can and use all the powers we have to try to make sure that that carve-out is effective." Bernanke had previously told lawmakers that the exemption for smaller banks might not work. The concern on the part of the small banks is that merchants might refuse to accept their cards because they carry a higher fee. Bernanke has said that problems in dealing with all the complexities of the new law may mean that the Fed is not able to complete the rule to implement the law by an April 21 deadline. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011, PAGE 13B Bernanke says bank overhaul will help small banks BEN BERNANKE
GABRIELE STEINHAUSER, AP Business Writers PAN PYLAS, AP Business Writers BRUSSELS Europe's debt market jitters flared up again Wednesday as investors worried about the near-term fates of Portugal and Ireland, an ill omen on the eve of a summit where EU leaders plan to complete their crisisf ighting plan. Investors doubt the two countries, embroiled in financial crises that have created political shockwaves, will be able to cut their borrowing loads through austerity measures alone, meaning Europe's debt crisis will likely get worse before it gets better. P ortugal's minority government could fall if lawmakers fail to back the latest austerity package later Wednesday. That would put Lisbon into political limbo just as it faces huge debt repayment deadlines and desperately needs markets' confidence. In Ireland, the results of s tress tests next week will reveal the true extent of capital needs at the countries' struggling banks. Dublin wants more help to manage the bank losses, threatening to burn senior bondholders who have so far been spared in Europe's debt crisis if none is forthcoming. At the same time, Prime Minister Enda Kenny's new government is not making many friends among its eurozone counterparts by continuing to refuse changes to its rock-bottom corporate tax rate even while demanding lower interest rates on its euro67.5 billion ($96 billion A German government and an EU official both said the chance of Ireland getting a better deal in its rescue loans at the summit was very low. Both officials declined to be named in line with department policy. Against that backdrop, the mood in the bond markets was distinctly pessimistic. The yield or interest rate on Portugal's ten-year bonds was up 0.10 percentage point to 7.63 percent, just short of euro-era highs, while Ireland's yield was up 0.35 percentage point at 10.05 percent, after hitting a record high earlier in the day. More significantly, investors are asking for even more to lend in the short term. Analysts say that is due to concerns among private investors that they could be forced to take losses in case of bailouts under the eurozone's crisis regime for 2013 onwards. B USINESS PAGE 14B, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Europe debt market tensions worsen ahead of summit (AP Photo/Armando Franca CRISIS: A man walks down the steps of the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon Tuesday, March 22 2011. The expected defeat of the minority government's latest spending plans in a parliamentary voteW ednesday will likely force its resignation and could stall national and European efforts to deal with the continent's protracted debt crisis.
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By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F EW MIGHT have guessed the genesis of the Christian Counselling Center (CCC) was the cocaine epidemic that ran rampant in the 1980s. But at that time addicts and their families, many of whom were connected to the nation's churches, were in great need of help. Af t er m uc h p rayer t he f ou nd ers Pas to r A Morr is Russel l, t hen sen ior p asto r at Calvar y B ibl e C hur ch and f irs t cen t r e dir ect or Pas to r F rederi ck A rnet t c r e a t e d a p l a c e t h a t w a s r o o t e d i n Ch rist i a n ph ilo sop hy and co mmi tt ed t o p r o vi d i n g p sy c ho l o gi c al c o u ns el l i n g t o fam ili es in n eed. T wen ty f ive years lat er th e st eady han d o f P ast or A rn ett i s at t he helm s teeri ng t he c ent re in to i t s s ilver a n n i v e r s a r y "The c ent re c ame abo ut as a r esult o f muc h prayer W e star ted bac k w hen we had th e co cai ne ep id emic S hor tl y af ter th e c ent re w as c reat ed, I real ised t here w e r e mo re f ami li es s eemin g t o be hu r t i n g th an t he ad di ct s. T he par ent s wer e los ing th eir g r oc eries, cars and all t h e ot her th in gs. W e d eci ded w e wo ul d sh if t t he fo cu s t o pro vid ing f ami ly t herap y s aid Pas to r A r n e t t It was a s hif t t hat st ood t he t est of t ime, bec ause f amil y sup por t servi ces ar e s ti ll at t he c ore o f t he c ent r e s w ork Cl ien ts inc lu de t ho se w ho co me f rom th e c hur c h c o m m u n i t y as w ell as r e f e r rals f rom t he c o u r t s s c h o o l s p r i v a t e e n t i t i e s a n d w a l k i n s A c c o r di ng t o t he c ent er' s mi ssio n, i t p r o v i d e s p r o f e s s i o n a l c o u n s e l l i n g a n d ed u c a t i o n al r e s o u r c e s t o h e l p h u r t i n g peop le i n a w a y t h at i nsp ires gr ow th in relat io nsh ip s w it h G od, ot her s and sel f in an a c c ep t i n g c a r i ng an d c o n f i d en t i al e n v i r onm ent Co un selli ng is o f f e r ed t o ind ivi dual s, co upl es, fam il ies and gr o u p s fo r sp iri tu al, em ot io nal, soc ial beh aviou ral, int erp erson al, p remarit al fam ily and AI DS r elat ed i ssues Wh ile th e Ch ris ti an p erspec t ive is cen tr al t o it s app roac h, t h e t rai ned c ou nsel lor s t hat w ork at th e C CC have a str o n g b a c k g r o u n d i n p s y c h o l o g y S o m e Ch rist i a n peo pl e are to t ally agai nst p sych olo gy and t hr ow t h a t ou t t h e w in do w W e are n ot l ik e t hat ," s aid P asto r A r n e t t The CC C emb races i ts C hri sti an heri t a ge and ot her cou nsel li ng t oo ls. W e don t as k yo u ab ou t your c hur c h o r y o u r p o l i t i c al l e an i n g s W h en y o u p r esen t w it h yo ur p rob lems w e wo rk w it h you n o mat t er who you are. It i s n o n d e n o m i n a t i o n a l a n d no n p ol it ic al. I t h ink t hat is i m p o r t an t, bec ause some peopl e are hesi tan t t o co me. They th in k th ey ar e go ing t o get a ho ly zap a n d t hey are goi ng t o be pr ea c hed at, s aid Hel en A r n e t t D i r e c t o r o f Co uns elli ng S er v i c e s W e d on t ju st preac h ab out t h e B ib l e. W e i nt egr at e t h e bi ble w it h psyc ho logy Cl ient s wh o ar e no t ch urc h af f i l i a t e d p e o p l e w h e n t h e y e n d u p h e r e, aft er t he ini ti al ses sio n, th ey say t h ey w ere afr aid t o c o m e b e c a u s e t h e y t h o u g h t t h e y w e r e g o i n g t o b e p r eac hed a ser mon b ut t hey reali se w e li st en a n d sho w care a n d e m p a t h y s a i d M r s A r net t. Many of t he c e n t r e s cl ient s end up maki ng s e r iou s c ommit men t s to God and s ome of th em wi ll be shar ing t est imo nials at th e ann iversar y ban qu e t o n F r i d a y A p r i l 1 a n d t h e t h a n k s g i v i n g s e r v i c e o n S u n d a y A p r i l 3 T h e s i l v e r a n n i v e r s a r y i s bei ng c eleb rated u n d e r t h e t h e m e, "H o l y Sp irit : O ur C oun sell or". T here i s a l s o a w a l k a t h o n o n S a t u rd a y A pri l 2. Mrs A rnet t said she bel ieves th e w or k of t he c ent er i s so i m p o r t an t bec ause of t h e l ev el o f st r e s s experi enc ed b y peo ple in th e c omm uni t y i s s e v e r e S h e s a i d p e o p l e a r e g o i n g t h r ou gh t hi ngs w it h t hei r marri ages, t heir jo bs, t hei r f amil ies, and t h e sup por t t h ey recei ve at t he cent re hel ps t o pr e v e n t th em f rom go in g "su ic id al or h omi ci dal". "The ch allen ges ar e so grave th at w e a r e of t en a buf f er f or peo ple so t hat t h ey d o n t end u p in S and ilan ds o r p ris on. I th in k p erson s need t he su pp ort syst em bec ause so met imes f ami ly mem bers w ho a r e clo se t o th e s it uat io n can no t be ob jec ti ve and som e pers ons wh o are i n c hu r c h es do n ot feel c om fo rt abl e c on fi di ng in th eir past or s o r pr iest s b ecau se t hey fear th eir co nf id ent ial i nf orm ati on w ill en d up in sermo ns, said Mrs A r n e t t W e are suc h a sm all pl ace and a l ot o f us ten d to kn ow w ho is wh o, and peo pl e d o n t want th eir bus ines s sp read s o t h ey ten d t o back o f f. Th ey c ome t o a p lac e li ke th is w here t hey are as sured con f iden t i al i t y a n d t h ey h a ve c o n f i d e n c e t h a t wh atever is di scu ssed remai ns here, sh e s a i d The c ent re han dles ab out 100 co nsu lt at i o n s p e r m o n t h d e al i n g w i t h h e al t h relat ed i ssues, m arit al c onf l ict s, w ork p l a c e p r o b l e m s d r u g a d d i c t i o n s a n d ot her n eeds. Th e d emand s on t he cen tr e reach beyo nd New P ro vid ence, wi th peo pl e t ravelli ng f ro m t h e F a m il y Isl ands and even as f ar as Fl ori da to seek sup p o r t In 2007, th e c ent re exp and ed t o A b a c o c r e a t i n g a s a t e l l i t e c e n t e r i n Marsh Har bou r That c ent re co nt inu es t o g r o w f r o m s t r e n g t h t o s t r e n g t h s a i d P asto r A r n e t t "The reason I b eli ev e we h ave las ted so lo ng i s bec aus e of t he nec e s sary h elp th at is b eing rec eived. W e have never ad vert ised, b ut you w oul d f in d th at i ndi vid uals co me fo r us f or hel p and as a resu lt t h ey t e l l t hei r f rien ds. I f t hey c om e and get pr e mari tal cou nsel li ng th ey tel l t heir f ri ends t o d o t h e same. Tho se w ho co me w it h mari tal p rob lems sh are t he experi enc e wi th t heir fr iend s. Th e maj ori ty o f our cl ient s c ome in as a resul t of on e c lien t t e l li ng ano th er fr iend So I am con vin ced we h ave l ast ed lo ng and are sti ll c on sid e r ed t o b e very ef f ect ive b ecaus e o f t h e hel p th at p eopl e are ac t uall y r e c e i v i n g he s a i d. Christian Counselling Center observes 25th anniversar y The Tribune's R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N T H U R S D A Y M A R C H 2 4 2 0 1 1 PG 2 1 HONOUREES: Pastor Fredrick and Mrs. Arnett
A F O W L E R i s c ha r a ct e r i s e d a s a s ki l l e d p a t i e n t a n d e x p e ri e nc e d hu n t e r wh o s t ud i e s hi s v i ct i m i n t e n se l y a n d a cc ur a t e l y w e l l i n a dv a n c e o f l a u n ch i n g a n a t t a ck Nearly one hundred per cent of the time the fowler is indiscernible or not obvious to its victims and as you r ead on, the victim has no reason to suspect. T he Bi ble says that God wil l sur e l y deliver us from the snare or the traps of the fowler Psalm 91:3. The truth is, only he can, because we will never know who the fowler is until an attack is made, and their attack is either disabling or fatal. So I decided to ask God the question, how do I recognise the fowler? And he instr ucted me to Psalm 55: 12-14. Now before we go any further remember the fowler has already pr epared his trap for you. However you have absolutely no idea of this because the fowler does everything within his power to convince you that he has your best interest at heart. Always i n quirin g abo ut th e intimate details of your life yet, it is these patient, manipula tive and subtle skills that you ar e not awar e of that will make him successful as it r elates to his vicious plans towards you. So, in Psalm 55:12, we immediately dis co ver tha t th e fo wler is defin i t ely no t someone we would classify as our enemy neither is he/she the one that displays hate towar ds us or resists us in anyway In fact scripture reveals that the fowler is the one that is equal to us. Always assisting, and giving the impression that they are always ther e for us. The one who guides us, the one who we ar e acquainted with, sharing all our secrets, and personal areas of our lives with, giving details of marital bed r oom business etc. W ow! The ones we call close friends. In fact it is this gathering of intelligence o f t h e ir vi c t i m, v ia t h e ir v ic ti ms t h a t makes their plans to destroy their victim so s u c c e s s f u l T h e t r u t h i s t h e i r v i c t i m unknowingly becomes a co-conspirator to their own demise through the ignorance of the fowler s tr ue purpose in their lives. Now it becomes crystal clear that when an attack is launched, the success of that attack is solely based on the quality of infor mation you've release by means of manipulation acquir e through deception by the fowler Regrettably these attacks usually conclude in its victims being at least disabled or worst case scenario fatal ly damaged. Since the attack is in a guerril la w ar f a r e fo r ma t, mea n in g a su r p r is e attack the victim is hit hardest at the ver y cor e of their soul, (soul being their mind, thoughts and will, the administrator of their entir e being) because surprisingly the one who is perpetrating this great evil (the fowler) was always consider ed to be their close friend, with absolutely no r eason to suspect other wise. R e s e a r ch wil l reveal that all fow l er s enter all relationships with hidden agen da s. Sa dl y t he se p eo p le a re e xtr e m e l y un ha pp y w ith th emse lves an d see th e need to covertly partner with others to inflict unimaginable misery on them. The fowler's understanding of happiness is glo r ying in the misery of others, and at the same time being key players in the initia tion of that miser y One must wonder how these folks live with themselves? W ell, the truth is they don't live with themselves, because they are for ever changing faces and personalities to accommodate their victim's lust for genuine friendship all in an ef fort to totally destroy their victim. As a reference point, all friends have the potential to become fowlers in our lives, based on the above revelatory insight. W e are now char ged with the r esponsibility of identifying and extinguishing the diabolic plans of the fowler/s that are clearly not favourable towards us or anything that concerns us. Scripture says, "He that keeps his mouth simultaneously keeps his life: but he that open wide his lips shall have destruction" Pr overbs 13:3. THE INITIAL SIGN OF A FOWLER BEGINS WITH A SPIRIT OF JEALOUSY Heavenly father once again I adore you, mor e so for this divine revelation, that you have so graciously given to me for your people. This revelation is just another sign of your pr omise of pouring out your spirit in the last days. Thank you Father that you have chosen me, as a recipient of the out pouring of your spirit. I now com mand every present fowler and potential fowler in the lives of your people to be immediately exposed, and their evil decep tive plans be brought to a screeching halt and destr oyed indefinitely in the matchless name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen! By Kevin L A Ewing email@example.com The T ribune PG 22 Thursday March 24, 201 1 RELIGION Freedom from Alcohol D R IN K IN G a lco hol ic b e ve r a ge s is no t c ool a nd it is co ntr ar y to G od' s wil l. Al coh ol de ce iv e s d ef ile s d e str oy s a nd t he H ol y Scr ip tur e s c ond e mns d r u n k e n n e s s T ota l a bs tin e nce fro m a ll a lco ho lic b ev e r a g e s i s t he on ly wis e ch oic e for Chr is tia n s. T he con su mp tion o f a l coh ol is da ng e r o u s fo r s ev e r al r e a s o n s Alco ho l D e ce iv e s W i ne i s a mo cke r a n d b ee r a b ra w le r wh oe v e r is le d a str a y by t hem i s n ot w i se" (P ro ver bs 20: 1, N I V ). Alc oho l d oe s n ot m a ke y ou b ea u ti ful s ma r t, h an ds om e, ta ll, s tro ng w itty s e x y or mor e so phi sti ca te d j us t d r u n k Alc oho l is a de p re s sa nt no t a sti mu l a nt. I t sta g g e rs the br ai n, the fee t a nd t he w hol e p er s ona l ity I t pro mi se s e x ha l a tion y e t ac tua ll y de s tro y s the se ns iti v ity o f t he n e r vo u s s y s t e m an d r e f l ex e s I t d u l l s th in kin g Al coh ol pr om is e s to se ttl e the ne r v e s a n d he lp one g a in co ntr ol bu t in fa ct i t l e ad s on e to l os s of co ntr ol Th e u se r b e lie v e s th at h e o r s he ca n st op a t a ny p oi nt. Th e a l coh ol ic l ie s t o hi ms e lf a nd r e fus e s to b e lie v e h e is a n al coh ol ic. How m a ny t ime s d oe s th e p oor de ce iv e d pe r s on br ag a bo ut be i ng ab le to h an dl e h is a l coh ol? T he juv e ni le offe nd er in cou rt s ay s to th e ju dg e I ju st ha d a s oft on e or a few b e er s ". ( T he cha r a cte r of a lc oho l in be e rs d oe s n ot diff er fro m tha t in wi ne wh is ke y b ra n dy o r v odk a .) T he a l coh oli c kno ws th e ha r mfu l aff ec ts of the d ru g, but e xc us e s him s el f by sa y in g I a m hur tin g my se l f a n d n o oth er Bu t h ome s a r e b r o k e n s ch ool fee s ar e unp a id, chi ld s up por t no t g i ve n a nd fam il ie s a r e de s tr oy e d be ca us e o f th is d r u g I s a w a s ig n, so me time a g o on on e o f ou r m ai n s t r eet s w hi c h re ad : "D ri n k Re s p o n s i b l y C a n y o u r e a l l y d r i n k r e sp on si bly ? I do n ot b el ie v e s o. I a m j us t n ot a d dr es s ing th is top ic be ca us e of m y r el i g i o u s f a i t h No a s a m a t u r e d B ah a mia n I wi sh to s tat e th a t I n e ve r u se d a l coh ol a t a ny tim e i n m y l ife I b e lie v e it i s i mp os si ble to be un de r t he i nfl ue nce of a lco ho l an d no t a ffe ct oth e rs A lco hol De fi le s Alco ho l i ng e ste d into th e hu ma n bo dy d e fil es th e te mp le of G od (I Co ri nthi a ns 3 :1 6 1 7) It ad v er s e ly a f fe cts ev e r y ce ll i n the bod y I t c au se s to x ic d a ma g e to th e ce ntr a l n e rv ou s sy s te m a nd the br a in It ca us es a l os s o f me n ta l po we rs a nd de st ro ys in hi biti on s th a t a r e ne e de d fo r m or a lity a n d pe r so na l s a fe t y G od w an ts u s t o thi nk cle a rl y but o ur G od h as g iv e n us th e p owe r c hoi ce wh ich i s lo st un de r th e i nflu e nce of a lco hol S obr ie ty i s co mma nd ed in the Ho ly S c r i p t u r e s Be l ie v er s ar e ex h or ted to no t b e d ru nke n But l et u s, who a r e o f t he d a y b e s ob e r" ( IT he s sa l oni a ns 5: 8 ). As C hr is tia ns w e a re to be i n c ont ro l o f o ur m i n d an d b e s o b er ( I P e t er 1: 1 3 ) B el ie v e rs ar e to be a le r t t o the tim e s, s ob e r a nd pr a ye r ful (I Pe te r 4 : 7 ). Gr a ce te a ch es a g a ins t dr un ke nn e ss a nd th a t we s ho uld liv e s obe r ly ri gh te ous ly a nd G od ly i n thi s pr e se nt wo rl d. M a ny Oly m pi c cha mp io ns o f the wor ld a r e tota l a bs ta in e rs fro m a lc oho l b ev e r a g e s. T he y kn ow the da m a ge i t do e s to th e b ody mi nd a nd s pi ri t. Al co hol is De s tru ctiv e A p e rs on who d e s t r o y s h i s b o d y a n d m i n d w i l l b e d e s t r oy e d by Go d. M a ny do n ot un de r s ta nd whe ne v e r the fir s t dr in k is ta ke n i t i s the fir st ste p to wa rd d ea th Al coh oli cs a r e ca n did a tes for s ui cid e Alc oh oli sm d e str oy s fa m il ie s. I t ma ke s w ido ws or ph a ns fi lls di vo rc e c our ts a nd d ooms f a mil ie s with v iciou s force I t b a n k r u p t s f a m i l i e s an d d o e s n t c a r e w he the r th e y a re no t p ro pe rl y s he lt er e d e d uca te d, fe d, o r cl oth ed T he r e ca n be n o pe a ce fu l co -ex i ste n ce with al coh ol is m. I t ma st e rs a ll unde r its inf lue nce and d e s t r oy s a ll i t ma ste r s ." Alco hol i s i nv ol v ed i n e s ca la tin g ra te s of mu r de rs ra pe s, ro b b er i es, p h ys ic a l a b us es a nd vi ol en t cr im es Gov e r n m e n t e s tim at es p la ce th e e con omi c c os t of a lco h ol is m ( in clu din g los t p opu la tio n, a cci d e nts he a lth ca re a n d fir e s) in th e b il lio ns e a ch y e a r BISHOP V G CLARKE The Flower KEVIN EWING Research will r eveal that all fowlers enter all relationships with hidden agen das. Sadly these people ar e extr emely unhappy with them selves, and see the need to cover tly par tner with others to inflict unimagin able miser y on them.
D ELEGATES from across The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands descended on the beau tiful island of Abaco in the set tlement of Marsh, Harbour to attend the 38th Annual Diocesan Anglican Church Men (ACM)conference. This year's theme was "A call to ministry" scripture text, Luke 10:37 and the conference theme song was "Here I am Lord." Conference chairman was Dwight Gibson, Past President of Holy Trinity, and ACM. After registration and a light brunch, the delegates took part in two commu nity service pr ojectsChurch repairs at Church of the Holy Spirit, Blackwood a nd a n e nv ir on m e nt a l p r oj e c t a t Coconut T r ee Bay in Murphy T own. At 7.30 pm the conference was official ly opened at the Parish of St Simon by the Se a in T r e a s u r e Ca y by A r c h Deacon of Administration James E Pa la c i ou s w ho g a v e t he ope nin g charge. Th e Ar c hde a c on e n c our a g e d t he delegates to drink from the overflow of God' s blessings in the saucer not fr om the dredges left behind in the cup, the men were admonished to step up to the plate, as the Lord is looking for a few good men. He further stated that we must stop limiting God to human potential, tough times call for tough people and too often men give up at t he l e a s t obs t a c l e T he m e n w e r e e nc o ur a g e d t o h ol d o n t o G o d' s unchanging hand, payday will come after awhile. He said that if you ar e going through hell keep going, don' t stop, because the word of God assures us that joy comes in the morning for those who believe and tr ust in him. He also challenged the men to be a blessing to someone if you hoped to r eceive a blessing. The delegates wer e r eminded that a woman however well intentioned cannot teach a boy how to be a man. "T each our young men the way if we are to make this country a better place men have to take charge of getting our young men back on track. If they make fewer mistakes we will be better off then we are today with the high rate of crime. This can only happen when men respond to the call of God," he said. The men were also encouraged as a branch to look at sponsoring men of their parish to attend conferences if they can' t attend because of financial r easons. He closed by challenging the men once again to be the role models God mandated them to be. The Sons of Thunder the ACM' s Choir rendered a selection along with a welcome addresses by Joel Reckly President of St Peter s ACM, Esmond W eeks V ice President, ACM Norther n Region, Kevin R yan, ACM Council President and Rev DeAngelo Bowe, Rector of Sts Peter and Anne, North Abaco. O n Thurs day Ma rc h 1 7, the day began with devotions lead by council chaplin W inston Clarke. The AGM began at 9.30 am and was chaired by Kevin R yan, ACM Council Pr esident. The agenda included the ratification of the new constitution, the council presi d e nt th e v i c e p re si de nt of t he N o r t h e r n R eg io n a nd the tr e a s u re r presented their reports. The delegates then broke into work ing gr oups to brain storm and come up with a template for a Big Brother/ L i tt l e B r ot he r pr o g r a m Pr e s i d e n t R yan informed the men that the find ings will be presented at the next coun cil meeting for comment and action. A mid day mass was said by Rev W illish Johnson, rector of the host parish St John the Baptist, Marsh Harbour Her M O ST OF us h a v e se e n the birth of a child or a pe t. I t m a y ev oke a m ixture o f fe elings bu t u s u a lly there is some se n s e of wond e r a t the mir ac le of ne w life W e a ll kno w tha t t he r e a ri ng o f a c hil d i nv ol v e s m u c h t i m e e f f o r t e m o t io n, e n e r g y a n d money It is lifetim e inve stme nt in a lifelong r e l a t i o n s h i p O ur L or d J e s u s C h r i s t s a y s t o Nic o de mus: "V e r y tr u l y I te ll you, no one ca n s ee the King d om of God withou t be i ng bo r n f r o m a bo v e J oh n 3 : 3 (N RSV). What a bo ut our r e b i r th e x p e rie n c e? For those of us b a ptise d as infants, we a re se t on th e path ea rly in life but we hav e t o m ake an inte n tiona l ef f o r t to kee p g rowing in the fa ith. W e hav e to a va il o urs elv es of a ll oppo r tu nitie s pre se nted a fter we le av e home or come of a ge I t t akes tim e e f f o r t, e ner gy and m o ne y to be ac tiv ely inv olve d in ev ents whic h f o s ter Christia n ma turity a n d m ini s t r y If we in v e st m o ne y in stocks o r sha r e s w o uld we be s atisf ied if t h e re was no g r owth or inter est ? Whe n we re fuse to g ro w h ow d o you think God fe els about our spiritua l r e t u r ns on C h r ist' s inv es tm e n t on the cros s? If a fa rme r o r a g ar de ner sows se e d s ther e is an ex pec tation of a ha rv est. How productiv e a nd fr u i t f u l is your spiritual life ? Whe n it come s to y o ur c h a ra cte r and p e r s o n a l i t y r e m e m be r t h a t y o u a r e r e b o r n u nd e r t h e s i g n o f t h e c r o s s C h r istia n s should no t be foll owing horos copes and c o nside ring a str o log ica l sig ns t o control mood, a ttitude a n d behav iour The o nly star we should be ta lking about is the S ta r o f Bet h le hem a n d the Brig ht M o r ning Sta r of Je sus Christ. As we loo k to em ulate o ur Lord a n d S a v i o u r it is love joy pe ac e a nd the o t h e r Fruit of the S pirit w h ic h s ho uld be re flec ted in our encounter s with othe rs. W e a re b orn a ga in to unlimite d possibilities and the p ote n t ial to be come g r e a t wome n a n d me n of God, a s God de sir e s and desig ns for us. O u r d e stiny is to be shape d by G od s will and p la n for our l i v e s D oes your r e b i r th show? Wh a t nee ds to h a pp e n for oth e rs to see ho w much you glor i f y G od in y ou r tho ug hts, wor d s and dee d s ? Le nt is a n e x ce llent tim e to consider a pp ly ing y ou r se l f t o the tas k of spiritua l se lf-disc ip line a nd the "dis cip ling of others The T ribune Thursday March 24, 201 1 PG 23 RELIGION Being Born REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS 38th Annual A C M C o n f e r e n c e SEE page 24
The T ribune PG 24 Thursday March 24, 201 1 RELIGION s e r m on c ha ll en g ed the me n to h e ed t he c al li ng of G od on the ir li fe m a kin g dis ci p le s a nd ta kin g the le a de r sh ip ro le in th e ir ch ur che s h ome a nd th e w ide r com m u n i t y R e v Jo hn so n a l so con du cte d t he n om ina ti on fo r e x e cuti v e o ffic er s for t he AC M Cou nci l fo r the y e a r 2 0 1 1 -20 1 2 A s oc ia l a c tiv ity o n G re e n T u r tle Ca y con c lud e d the d a y O n Fri da y M a rc h 18 t he d ay be g a n with m o r ni ng de v oti ons le a d by th e C oun cil Ch apl in. T he fir st of thre e wo rks hops b e ga n wi th Ca no n Ba si l T y ne s R ec tor o f S t B ar na b as Chu rch p re s e ntin g o n t he to pi c, A Ca ll to M in is tr y in Fa mi ly Li fe a fte r a fe w wor ds to e nco ur a ge the m e n to a l wa ys s tr iv e to be G odl y le a de r s as o ur y o ung m e n a r e wa tchi ng a nd fol low ing t he e x a mp le s we le a v e be hi nd, the m e n we r e e n cou ra g e d to le a v e g ood a nd po si tiv e e x a mp le s for th e m t o fo ll ow T he d el e g a te s we r e th en d iv id e d into 1 0 gr o u p s a n d a s ke d to co me u p with a ns we r s fol l owi ng que s tio ns : 1 Ho w d o m os t me n vi e w th ei r ro le in o ur p re s e nt so cie ty ? 2 O n A sc a le fr om 110 ho w wou ld y ou r a te y o ur le a de rs hi p in yo ur ma r ri ag e pa r ti cul a rl y in s pi ri tua l m at ter s ? 3 Wha t ca n y o u do t o be be tte r r o l e m od el fo r th e ch ild r e n / g r a n d c h i l d r e n ? 4 Ho w c an Th e Ang li ca n C hur ch M en h e lp to d ev e l op me n f or mi nis tr y to t he ir f a m i l i e s ? A fter g r oup di sc us si ons o n th e q ue s ti on s p os e d b y Ca no n T y ne s, p r e s e n t a ti on s by th e v a r iou s g r oup s w er e ma de T he fi nd ing s wi ll be te mp la te d fo r t he A C M s m ini st ry in fa mi ly life T h e s e c o n d p r e s e n t e r B r y a n T ho mp so n, Cor po ra te Ma n a ge r a t FCIB i n Ma r sh H a rb our sp oke on A Ca ll to M i n i s t r y in Fina n ce s, with an em ph a si s on f i n an c i a l p l a n n i n g a n d b u d ge t i n g Fo ll owi ng a b ri e f pr es e nta tio n th e d el e g a te s we r e on ce a g a in di vi de d in to gr o u p s a n d g i ve n the ta sk of cr ea ti ng a ficti on al fa m ily a nd dr a ftin g a b udg e t to s us ta in th a t fa m ily M os t gr ou ps fo un d this ex e r c i s e c h a l l e n g i n g s i m p l y b e c a u s e t h e y n e ve r ha d a fam il y b udg e t. Mr T hom ps on g a v e a ba s ic ov e rr id ing t ip on bud g et con s t r u c t i n g L I VE W I T H I N Y O U R M E A N S A M id da y su ng -m as s wa s co ndu cte d by T he Re v D e Ang e lo Bow e Re cto r of Sts Pe te r a nd Anne T he s e rv ic e wa s m ov i ng a n d in sp ir ing th er e wa s ha rd ly a dr yey e in th e chu rc h. Fr Bo we e x pou nde d on t he cal l o f Sam uel and adv ised t hat m en s ho uld k now the c al l o f G od on the ir li fe a n d fo llo w th at ca ll N o t e ve r y one i s ca ll ed to b e a pr ie s t, too o fte n pe r so ns b el ie v e th a t w he n th ey a r e ca l le d i t' s for the ho ly p ri e sth ood bu t Ep he si a ns 4 :1 1 te a ch us th a t s om e a re ca ll ed to b e pr op he ts e va n g e li st, pa st ors a nd te a che r s. R e v Bowe e nc our a g ed the me n to d is c e r n the ir c al li ng fr om Go d an d he e d to th a t ca ll in g. A do na tio n, for m a co lle c tion ta k en up a t lu nch wa s p re s e nte d t o Fr B owe to a s si st wi th th e o n-g oi ng r e n o v a ti on s at Th e Pa ri sh of the H ol y Sp ir it, B l a c k w o o d T he th ir d a nd fin al s pe a ke r w a s D r R o bin R obe r ts who sp oke o n A C al l to M i n i s t r y in H ea l th. A s tra i gh t s ho ote r Dr R o b e r ts si mpl y e nc our a g ed th e d el e ga te s to g e t r e g ula r ch e ck-u ps a nd for th e m en o v er 4 0 ha v e the i r p ro sta te c he cke d H e n ote d th at m e n ha d r e s e r v ati on s on how th e p ro sta te e xa m w as do ne o ve r t he y e a rs th ro ug h the U S TO O or g a n i s a t i o n e d uca tio na l p ro mo tio ns ; th ey h av e s e en a n inc re a se i n me n com ing to ha v e t he ir p r o sta te c he ck He note d tha t 2 ca se s o f p r o sta te ca nce r ar e dia g no se d e v e ry we e k. H e al so no te d tha t we l iv e in str e s s f u l ti me s a n d we mu st fi nd a wa y to ma na g e i t ex e rc i se r e g u l a r l y h av e n u t r i t i o n a l a w a r e ne ss a nd ta ke pe r so na l r e s p o n s i b i l i ty with r e g a r ds to ou r li fes ty le I n c lo si ng D r R obe r ts ma de a po we rfu l s ta tem e nt, W e n ev er ap pr ecia te be ing well u ntil we a r e Sic k" T he D a y en de d w ith a re ce pt ion a t R e g a t t a s h o s t e d b y t h e M i n i s t r y o f T o u r i s m On Sa tur da y M a rc h 1 9 the d ay be g an w as m or nin g su ng ma s s con duc ted by R e v W i ll is h J ohn so n w ho ag a in th an ke d t he m e n for cho os in g Ab a co fo r th is y e a r' s c o n f e r en c e d u r i n g h e r s e r m o n an d s t r es s ed th e im por ta nc e of o ur m ini st ry a s m e n to co nti nue to d o the w or k G od ha s c al le d us to d o. Ele cti on s fo ll owe d imm e d ia te ly aft er lun ch. Th e foll owi ng o ffic er s we re el e cte d to s e r v e fo r the y e a r 20 1 1 /2 0 1 2 -K ev i n R y a n P r e s i d e n t C h ar l es H e p b u r n V i c e P r e si de nt, E dm ond W e e ks V ice Pr e s i d e n t o f Th e N or t h e r n Ar c h d e a c o n r y D wig h t Gi bson, Se c r e t a r y Chr istopher W r i g h t A s s i s t a n t S e c r e t a r y E K B u r r o w s T r e a s u r e r C a r l t o n Ru s s el l A s s i s t a n t T r e a s u r er a nd W i ns ton C la rk e Ch a pli n. A be a ch p icn ic a nd Fi sh Fr y a t Sa n dy Po in t co nc lud ed the d a y O n S und a y Ma r ch 2 0 fol low ing a p ro c e s s i o n o f w i t n e s s a C o n C el eb r at e d E uch ar is t w ith in the O cta v e of the Fe a s t o f St Jos e ph o f N az ar e th a nd th e c lo si ng o f th e 3 8th An nua l Di oce s a n AC M con f e r e nce wa s h e ld a t Th e Par is h Ch ur ch o f S a int J ohn T he Ba pti st, M ar s h H ar bo ur a t 1 1 a m. T he s er m on wa s p re a ch ed by t he A r ch de a con of Adm in is tra tio n, Ja me s E Pa l ac iou s. T he Arc hde a co n r e a s s u r e d t he d e le g ate s o ut o f s uffe r in g com e s su cce s s. I t s no t ac hie v e me n ts b ut the a mo unt o f th e obs ta cl es on ce ha s to ov e r com e in t he p r o ce ss i s tr ue s uc ce ss he sa id W e m us t c onti nu e to ch an g e ou r a ttitu de towa r d s th e pos iti v e; y ou ne v e r k now who se li fe y o u r e i nfl ue nc ing M e n ne e d to s te p up to th e p la te ." I t wa s al so th e R e v W i ll is h Joh ns on' s b i r thd ay ; Ar ch de a con Pa l ac iou s s e r e n a d e d h e r wi th two b a lle ts fol low ed by a p r e s e n tati on fr om th e con fe re nc e Ch ai r m a n D wig h t Gib so n o n be ha l f of the ACM T he cha i rm a n al so t ha nke d th e p r e s i d e n t o f th e A. C. W of St Joh n' s pa r is h M s E dg e com be fo r t he ha r d w or k d one by h e r a nd h er la di es in p re pa r in g a ll t he m e al s e n joy e d b y the me n d ur in g th e con f e r e nce Fi na l a dd re s se s w er e m a de by T he V P N or th a nd Pr es id e nt R y a n, who to ok the opp or tun ity to p re s e nt s e r v i c e m e da ls to th e me n w ho w or ke d s o ti r e l e s s ly t o ma ke t h e c on f eren ce a su cc es s. Fo ll owi ng th e fina l hy m n th e 3 8 th An nu al D io ce sa n ACM con fe re nc e ca me to an e n d. FROM page 23 ANSWERING THE CALL: Delegates attended the 38th annunal ACM conference in Marsh Harbour last week under the theme "A Call to Ministry". 3 8 t h A n n u a l A C M C o n f e r e n c e