N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER NDP chiefs flock to PLP V olume: 107 No.134THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY HIGH 86F LOW 73F B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff R eporter email@example.com T EN members of the executive council of the National Development Party, including party leader RenwardW ells, have left the fledgling party and joined the Opposi-t ion Progressive Liberal Party. Mr Wells claimed that the former NDP members were not promised any post or nomination in the next general election by the PLP's leadership in exchange for their membership. The parting members of the NDP said it is Mr Christie's political philosophy and the change in the political land scape over the last month presumably the emergence of newly formed Democratic National Alliance that spurred them to cross party lines. "I have not been given no nomina-t ion for nothing and nobody else did," said Mr Wells at ap ress conference at ALCO House on Balfour Avenue yesterday. "Thep olitical landscape over the past month has dramatically c hanged. There's the introduction of a new element intot hat equation. "There are three men vying for the top job of this country and of the three men who are vying for that job, at least from the perspective of me and the others, Mr Christie is the gentlemen who is most able as a transitional leader to position this country and this economy to where we ought to go. I say that unashamedly," he added. For weeks the fringe party was in discussions with Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney and was expect Party leader Renward W ells among ten members crossing over to Opposition COOKIES & C REAM M cFLURRY 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 C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R SEE page 13 A PROMPT response by firefighters yesterday helped contain this fire at a home in Pastel Gardens. T here were no injuries as a result of the blaze, which broke out in a room in this house (inset QUICK RESPONSECONTAINSFIRE FELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t firstname.lastname@example.org W ORKERS' Party leader Rodney Moncur called an emergency party meeting last night after being "shocked" by news that ten executive members of the National Development Part y left for the Progressive Liberal Party. Mr Moncur said the memo randum of understanding, s igned between the NDP and the Workers' Party late last year establishing an By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com S ENATOR Jacinta Higgs has confirmed reports that her brother was shot in the lower body in the Fox Hill area Sund ay afternoon. However, speaking with The Tribune yesterday Mrs H iggs said this incident is one case among many, and emphasised what is beingd one in the community to combat crime and violence, especially with the youth int he area. The Bible talks about idle hands, we must be consistent, strategic with structured proFRUSTRATED by the influx of drug-related murders, and subsequent funerals, Baptist leaders sent out a strong warning to all persons involved yesterday. The churchmen advised parents and relatives to be proactive as most persons dealing in the illicit drugs faced incarceration or death. The statement read: Parents and family members presently benefitting from this ungodly trade will soon attend a funeral. Illicit drugs lead to a life of misery and a living hell; but those who push drugs eventually are caught and most times are killed. Led by Bishop Simeon BAPTIST LEADERS WARN OVER DEALING IN ILLICIT DRUGS SEE page 14 SEE page 14 SEE page 12 WORKERS PARTY LEADER SHOCKED BY NDP MEMBERS MOVE TO THE PLP SEN A T OR C ONFIRMS HER BROTHER WAS SHO T ON SUNDAY MOVE TOPLP: R enward Wells
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Mom Eats Free!For parties of 8 adults or more one mother eats free. Call for group pricing.British Colonial Hilton Nassau No. 1 Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas Hilton Worldwide 2010.Mothers Day is May 8thFor room reservations contact 322.3301 For restaurant reservations contact 322.3301 ext 4045 For groups of 10 or more contact Group Sales Manager at 302.9032Treat your Mom to a delicious meal at AQUA restaurant where you can choose from a scrumptious buffet t for a queen. Restaurant hours: 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.Stay the weekend!One Mom will have an opportunity to win a fabulous weekend stay for two in a luxurious newly renovated guest room inclusive of full buffet breakfast and dinner. )5(( US Ambassador Nicole Avant applauded the Bahamas Talented Youth Organisation for promoting education and awareness through the performing arts, developing contestants leadership skills and raising awareness about paediatric cancer. At a meeting with BTYO contestants at her Liberty Outlook home, Ambassador Avant also reiterated the United States continuing comm itment to supporting the empowerment and advancement of young women. The 11 contestants, part of this years Hal Jacksons Talented Teen Scholarship com petition, were accompanied by Sonovia Pierre, president of BTYO, as well as special guest r ecording artist Cecelia Cece Penniston, a former Miss Hal Jacksons Talented Teen from Arizona. US Ambassador praises Bahamas Talented Youth competition T ALENTEDYOUTH: U S Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant with Sonovia Pierre, president of BTYO, 11 contestants in this years Hal Jacksons Talented Teen Scholarship competition, and special guest recording artist Cecelia Cece Penniston.
By LAMECH JOHNSON Bahamasair customers could be the target of yet another internet scam after news of a fraudulent voucher offer came to light yesterday. The voucher, sent by email purportedly by the director of Bahamasair, offers a free, one-time gift certificate worth $75, provided the recipient forwards the email to 20 friends. The message reads: "Hope you enjoy your flights at Bahamasair! My name is Henny Woods, Director of Bahamasair. In attempt to get our quota on transport up where we fly, we are currently offering a one time $75 gift certificate to anyone who forwards this email to 20 of their friends and always include: BahamasPride@gmail.com. Just send this email to them and you will receive an email back with a certification number to claim your gift certificate!" Bahamasair representative Viola Smith confirmed yesterday that the email is a f alse offer. She said it was not authorised by the airlines management. Ms Smith said when the email was brought to their attention, airline representatives were immediately suspicious, as the director of Bahamasair is Henry not Henny Woods. She said: The attached file, purported to be a Bahamasair circulation via email, is fraudulent and not originated from Bahamasair. The airline is taking measures to trace the origin of the email and is asking the public not to forward the email to others should they receive the email. The airline will not honour this fraudulent advertisement. It is not yet clear if the fake email is i ntended as some kind of scam to defraud the recipients in some way, as police and the airline are still investigating. If this proves to be the case, it would be the latest in a long list of online scams to surface this year. In January, an identity theft alert was issued warning the public to beware of email scammers who request personal information or promise financial assistance using well known local banks. In March, the US embassy warned of f raudsters posing as officers of the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV known as the visa lottery. Then, police announced they were investigating a Nigerian Internet scam offering Bahamians jobs as survey assistants. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 3 POLICE are investigating separate shootingsw hich left two men in serious condition at hospital. Both incidents took place shortly before midnight on Tuesday. A 44-year-old man was f ound shot in the side at the rear of his Nassau Village home at around 11.40pm. Minutes later, a 19-yearold Bozine Town resident was also shot in the side in Y ellow Elder Gardens. P olice press officer Sgt C hrislyn Skippings said: Initial reports indicate the s econd victim was sitting in a Nissan Maxima at Melvern Road when he was approached by a malewho produced a handgun and shot him to the side. Fled The victim fled the area, and was taken to hospital by ambulance after he col lapsed near ToniqueW illiams Darling Highway. Meanwhile, Carmichael road officers arrested three m en for questioning in seve ral matters. O ne of the men, a 36year-old Fire Trail Road resident is being ques t ioned in connection with an arson investigation. A 29-year-old Sunset Parkm an is being questioned about a break-in at a shop and an 18-year-old of Faith Avenue is being ques-t ioned about reports of d eath threats. Persons with any information regarding thes hootings, or who may have information about illegal firearms, are asked to call police at 919, CDUa t 502-9991, or Crime stoppers at 328-TIPS. Two men in hospital after separate shootings Bahamasair warns of fraudulent voucher AN ANDROS credit union closed its doors unexpectedly last week in an administrative decision that puzzled local contributors. Mangrove Cay staff at the Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union Limited received their redundancy packages last week. The staff of four includ ed two full time employees, one part-time employee and a security guard. Explanation E J Bowe, deputy general manager, said: There was no malpractice, no foul play, in why it was closed it was an administrative decision. We should be releasing a full explanation later this week. The satellite office, which facilitated consumer loans, chattel mortgages and savings for Mangrove Cay and South Andros, had been in operation for two years. Mr Bowe said the union is working to establish initiatives that will fill in for the office. A Mangrove Cay resident claimed that on Friday union representatives arrived from Nassau, closed the local office, packing up everything including computers, and returned to Nassau. It was reported that no prior information had been given about the closure. Cr edit union closes doors, puzzling local contributors By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org JURORS were discharged yesterday in the murder trial of a woman accused of the shooting death of her husband, as the judge noted that issues had arisen that could prevent a fair trial. The trial of Mikiko Black was expected to begin yesterday before Justice Vera Watkins and an all-woman jury. Before the trial could begin, however, Blacks attorney Ian Cargill raised several issues in the jurys absence. Black, 23, was charged last April in the murder of her husband, Defence Force Able Seaman Leonardo Black, 27. He was found dead in the couples apartment at Boil Fish Avenue on the night of April 19 with gunshot wounds to the left side of his face. Blacks wife reportedly called police earlier that night regarding an argument at the apartment. T he trial date was fixed last October as prosecutors presented a voluntary bill of indictment. Justice Watkins told the jury yesterday, I feel that it is my duty, in order to ensure that the defendant has a fair t rial I must discharge you. She noted that while the court was ready to proceed, there were other issues that led to her having to discharge them. The case has now been adjourned to May 19. Black remains on remand. In brief court NEWS JURORSDISCHARGED I NMURDERTRIAL DIGGINGIN: Road works continue along Robinson Road. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. 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 HEAVYMETAL: Works continues in Robinson Road F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Social workers were set to return to work today after staging a two-day sick-out at the Department of Social Services in Grand Bahama. A lmost half of the staff in Freeport about 15-17 workers were out sick on Tuesday and Wednesday. Social worker Julita Ingraham, BPSU union shop steward, said they are overwhelmed with case loads and are fed up with the working conditions at t he department here in Freeport. A social worker is assigned 500 case loads, with new cases coming in daily. We are feeling oppressed, exploited, and discriminated; we feel as though we are carrying the weight of the entire nation on our shoulders and we are buckling under the load, Mrs Ingraham said. Mrs Ingraham added that the health and well-being of social workers are being affected by dealing with increased demands for services and working long hours in cramped conditions at work. She reported that the workers who called in sick were checked by the doctor and were all found to be suffering from high blood pressure. Every one of them was prescribed medication for high blood pressure and one was referred to the outpatient clinic and another was referred for additional tests, she explained. She said one doctor was very concerned that so many on staff were experiencing high blood pressure. We are burnt out and we feel discouraged, Mrs Ingraham said. No one knows what we are going through, the work is just becoming so overwhelming, she stated. Mrs Ingraham said social workers have been enduring ongoing challenges for a long time, including staff shortages and unacceptable working conditions, among other things. G overnment, she said, had promised to address their concerns back in December 2009 after social workers staged a sick out. They said they would hire staff and improve the work environment, but nothing has happened. I think we reached the point where we need to speak with the Prime Minister to get the situation resolved. The Minister of State would say they hired 10 persons, but what she is not saying is that those were persons already in the system with the heavy case loads. So there is no additional staffing in Social Service here, she noted. Although the government cannot fulfil the entire needs in terms of staffing, Mrs Ingraham believes that another 20 social workers would help tremendously. Mrs Ingraham also expressed concerns about the alleged exploitation of those persons hired under the unemployment work programme. This group of persons in the d epartment is being exploited because the minister said they were supposed to come on for a period of six months, but their contracts were never broken and they continued to serve. We have persons who have been on that programme for 15 to 20 years still receiving mini-m um wage and only getting five days sick leave for the year and two weeks vacation even though they are also carrying the same 500 case loads, she said. She said they should be regularised as permanent workers. Additionally, Mrs Ingraham said clients are catching hell and falling through the cracks because of the shortage in staff. She said clients who are in need of monthly assistance have to wait two and three months until home assessments can be made. She says it takes two to three months before clients can be assessed. That ought not to be happening and clients are also out there catching hell along with us. It has become so burden some for the staff. We have to carry work home to keep up with the case loads, she said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 5 $ 1HZRQ GB social workers set to return today after sick-out Almost half of Freeport staff out sick on Tuesday and Wednesday
By LAMECH JOHNSON ANDROS natural resources bring in a total of $141 million a year for the islands people, it was revealed this week at a press conference to announce the second annual Andros Business Outlook, taking place next week. Eleanor Phillips, director of the Nature Conservancy and the Northern Caribbean Programme, said that an economic evaluation of natural resources on the country's largest island showed that 67 per cent of Andros' economic benefits are derived from extracted resources while 33 per cent comes from recreational activities. The number is pretty staggering. There's $141 million the natural resources bring every year to the people of Andros, she said. Ms Phillips also shared figures on commercial fishing and tourism, stating that "in commercial fishing alone, when you think about extracted use, its about $75 million in assets as far as economic benefits to the people of Andros. And all of the tourism benefits together is about $43 million." Other presenters during the conference included Arnold Dorsette of BAIC and Randy Butler of SkyBahamas. Mr Dorsette, who is the general assistant manager at BAIC, represented Edison Key, executive chairman of t he corporation. He said that during the O utlook, BAIC will be looking at how it can "assist, encourage and motivate" the growth of agriculture in Andros. "As you know, the price of food is increasing, and onew ay to combat that is to increase production, thereby r educing the unit cost of food." The Bahamas spends a large amount of money on food imports and BAIC is seeking ways to reduce that by targeting foods that couldb e produced locally. Cassava, sweet potatoes, o nions, and limes were examples of imported goods that could be produced on Andros and other islands. "We believe that (Andros has the greatest potential for agriculture in the country, he added. Captain Butler, president of SkyBahamas and a sponsor for the event, will be focusing on the history of Andros economy. "I will be recapping or going down memory lane as a young boy growing up in a vibrant tourism industry. The agriculture industry was booming." Joan Albury, president of the Counsellors Ltd, expects the event to attract at least 100 persons. "Last year was the first time that we hosted the event and it was really beyond our expectations. And we're expecting that again this year we will have a crowd that will be very interested in what we're discussing. As the Business Outlook model looks at the various economic sectors in the islands in which we host this event, we will be doing the same in Andros." The Andros forum is the fifth in the Business Outlook series, which also included Nassau, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Exuma. The forum has been schedu led for May 11 at Nicholls Town, North Andros, under t he theme The Andros Assignment: Innovate, Invest and Produce. It will take place from 8.30am-3pm at Daniel's Dream Centre on Morgan Drive near the BEC powers tation. For registration details and f urther information, contact Eileen Fielder at The Counsellors Ltd or visit www.tclevents.com. Other scheduled presenters include: Algernon Cargill, director of the NationalI nsurance Board; Paul Crevello, CEO of Bahamas Petrol eum Company PLC; Frank Lam, agri-business specialist, IICA, Miami; Benjamin Pratt, Ministry of Tourism senior manager for Andros; Johan Rostad, president of Cariluxe (Bahamas Edmund Rahming, president of the South Andros Chamber of Commerce; Leroy Sumner, treasurer of T&SWCCU; and Zendal Forbes, educator. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FROMLEFT: Eleanor Phillips, director of the Nature Conservancy and the Northern Caribbean Programme; Joan Albury of the Counsellors, Ltd; Arnold Dorsette of BAIC; and Randy Butler of SkyBahamas. Natural resources on Andros bring in $141 million a year
BAHAMIAN officials met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Deputy Regional Representative Buti Kale to discuss the challenges facing the country in addressing the protection of refugees and asylum seekers. There are currently seven Cubans, four Sri Lankans and one Iranian detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, who have requested asylum. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette met with Mr Kale at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last Thursday to explore ways in which the UNHCR can better support the Bahamas in areas of mutual concern such as training, and legal and technical advisory services. The Bahamas became party to the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees on September 15, 1993. However, legislation to fulfil its international obligation under the convention is still pending. To date, the Bahamas, with the assistance of the UNHCR,has granted refugee status to more than 100 Cubans. Other foreign nationals have also been granted refugee status. Mr Kale also met with officials at the United States Embassy in Nassau, Attorney General Senator John Delaney; Commander Roderick Bowe, Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force; Director of Immigration Jack Thompson and officers at the Ministry of National Security. The UNHCR is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettle ment to a third country. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of S tatelessness. In this vein, the UNHCR has embarked on a year-long global process to provide an opportunity for states to make pledges to renew efforts to address issues of forced disp lacement, statelessness and protection of all persons of concern to UNHCR. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 7 Upgrade valid from compact to standard and from intermediate to full-size car, on rentals of 4 days or more. Offer ends 6/30/2011 and is subject to availability. Peak period surcharge applies. Rates, terms and conditions subject to change withoutnotice. CDW +taxes +fees +unlimited miles + free double upgradeCONGRATULATIONS!Y OU JUST GOT A DOUBLE UPGRADE!alamo.comIn Florida when using the upgrade coupon For reservations, please contact Going Places Travel at (242 or (786 or at 1.800.468.3334. Be sure to request rate code RC1 and coupon code AU4368BJZ. 50Standard Car as low as 202WEEKLY US$US$DAILY 53F ull Car as low as 210WEEKLY US$US$DAILY t b %$" '' & & UNITED NATIONS High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR R egional Representative Buti Kale, left, paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, right, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, April 28. R aymond Bethel / BIS B AHAMAS DISCUSSES P ROTECTION OF R EFUGEES, ASYLUM S EEKERS WITH UN H IGH COMMISSIONER
ON THISWorld Press Freedom Day, the United States joins with people a round the world in reaff irming the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, and association that provide the foundation for media to operate freely and keep citizens informed. W e rededicate ourselves to the basic principle enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that every person has the right to seek, r eceive, and impart informat ion and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. And we recognise the courageous journalists who work every day to give meaning to these rights, often at great risk to their lives, as we h ave seen most recently with t he tragic deaths of journalists i n Libya. G overnments have an o bligation to protect these rights and freedoms. Yet this year alone, at least 16 journ alists have already been k illed and more than 145 r emain imprisoned around the world, simply for daringt o report the truth. D ozens of countries continue to stand in the way of a free press. This includes recent crackdowns on the independent press in Bahrain, threats against and arrests of domestic and fore ign journalists in China, p olitical persecution of independent journalists and blogg ers in Iran, arrests and d etention of international j ournalists in Syria, and the government takeover of independent media outlets in Venezuela. Countries such as Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea,T urkmenistan, and Uzbekistan also continue to be notoriously repressive of press freedoms. Freedom ofe xpression is also under a ttack through criminal vio l ence and impunity in countries like Mexico, Honduras, and Russia. A s we witnessed in the hist oric events in Tunisia and E gypt, new media tools can also help empower citizenst o exercise their freedoms of s peech and association, yet these same 21st century tools can be used to filter, block, and restrict free expression. That is why we must always stand up for the free flow of information around the w orld. H istory shows that one of the ingredients of successful, p rosperous, and stable socie ties is a free press where cit i zens can freely access information and hold their governments accountable. On this World Press Freedom Day, we recognise the vital role that journalists play ins trengthening democratic governance around the world and we honour all those who have given their lives inc ourageous pursuit of the t ruth. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE www.jsjohnson.com N assau Collins Ave 397 2100 Thompson Blvd676 6300Soldier Rd North 393 6286 Family Islands Freeport 242 352 7119 Abaco 242 367 2688 Exuma 242 336 2420 Statement by US President Barack Obama on World Press Freedom Day
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 B y LAMECH JOHNSON RETIRED officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force were honoured yesterday during the Pinnacle Award ceremony at the Paul Farquharson Confere nce Centre at police headq uarters. The 17 retirees, 15 men and two women, were honoured for their many years from 28 to 42 years of service as officers and civilian p ersonnel in the law enforcement agency. C ommissioner of Police E llison Greenslade presented the retired officers with their discharge certifi-c ates and specially made plaques. Significance Mr Greenslade told the a ward recipients that they w ere somebodies and that their respective ranks on the f orce were not necessarily a n accurate reflection of t heir significance within the organisation. "If I am somebody and I g rew up under your watchful gaze, having been touched by your hands, you must be somebody as well, he said. Families and friends were in attendance to support the r etirees. P C 538 Kendal Lewis, w ho served as an officer for 31 years, spoke with The T ribune a bout being hon o ured in this manner. "It's been a pleasure to have been given this plaques howing how I've served my c ountry. I did my best for my country to make it safe,he said. H e said that if he was called upon to serve again, he would gladly do so. Mr Lewis, who is also a writer for a number of popular musical artists in the B ahamas, performed impromptu musical selec tions together with thep olice band for the guests a t the ceremony. D eputy Commissioner of Police Marvin Damest hanked the families present f or their support of the officers and their work. "Often times we look at the officers and say we are workingh ard. Without the support of the family we would not have made it this far, hes aid. Mr Dames congratulated the retirees and said, you have done a tremendous job." Retired officers honoured a t the ceremony including PC 538 Lewis were PC 1056 Edward Cunningham; Corp oral 527 Gregory Smith; S ergeant 1154 Lester Gib s on; PC 246 Walter Delancy; Corporal 1024 GregoryT aylor; Corporal 1149 Holm an McDonald; Corporal 1148 Calvin Roberts; Yvonne Pratt; Leona Smith; Sergeant 1097 Stephen Mar s hall; Sergeant 1050 Kevin Godfrey; PC 1198 Valentine Cox; PC 838 Tyrone Neely; PC 1134 Sidney Lewis;S ergeant 1082 Bertram Williams, and Corporal 1099 Oral Bauld. RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS HONOURED R OYALBAHAMASPOLICEFORCE r etirees and seniors. A WARD RECIPIENTS a t the ceremony.
THE Women Divers Hall Of Fame welcomed 10 new members to their elite fold at an event held in New Jersey. Among the newest inductees was Grand Bahamas very own diver, Cristina Zenato. Cristina became the latest member of this prestigious group of elite women divers, accredited for their pioneering and unique skills in the scuba diving community and global oceanic conservation efforts. Cristina began diving with Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO 1995 and is now the Dive Team Manager at the internationally famous dive operation. Cristina is one of only a handful of shark-feeders in the world as well as a cave diving instructor who leads specially trained divers into little-known realms that are not only underwater but under terra firma as well. Many magazines have chronicled her adventures including Advanced Diver, Rebreather World, and Earth Illustrated to name a few. In addition, she's listed in the International Legends of Diving and is an SSI (Scuba Schools International) Platinum Pro. She has also been featured in movies; documentaries and a real local favourite TV show Shark Week. It was a great honour to be nominated and inducted, especially because I enter an elite circle of women who have been my inspiration for years, said Cristina. She continues to serve as a guide and inspiration for young Bahamians on Grand Bahama Island and beyond with dive training, shark conservation, and awareness presentations. This honour is now helpL OCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Local diver is recognised by Women Divers Hall HALL OF FAME DIVER Cristina Zenato is one of only a handful of shark-feeders in the world as well as a cave diving instructor who leads specially trained divers into little-known realms that are not only underwater but under terra firma as well. Eddy Raphael, Unexso
ing me assist in fundraising e fforts to heighten ocean conservation efforts, she said. This weekend I will travel to LA to present at a fundraising event to help efforts to save our oceans. At the 35th WDHOF celebrations, honours were also given to Cline Cousteau, g randdaughter of world famous diver Jacque Cousteau, who Cristina got to share time with. I was in awe, standing shoulder to shoulder with the leaders in our industry. They were so welcoming and I am just amazed to have had the p rivilege to meet them and now to work with them. There are currently 146 members in the Women Divers Hall of Fame, hailing from 29 US states and territories and11 countries worldwide. Currently, Cristina is busy mapping Bens Cave for the B ahamas National Trust and has also begun two explorations of caverns located underneath the Hawksbill creek area. Cristina has long been a role model for many young women who have joined thedive community, and her efforts have been duly recogn ised, noted Linda Osborne, General Manager of UNEXSO. Our entire staff is in awe of this honour and her continued efforts to take care of our Bahamian waters. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 11 of Fame PICTURED is Cristina (right receiving her WDHOF certificate. Eddy Raphael, Unexso
alliance for the next general election, had been broken. For weeks the NDP had been in discussions with Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney about possibly joining his newly formed Democratic National Alliance. The NDP was e xpected to soon make an announcement of their alliance with Mr McCartney's party but yesterday aligned with the official opposition in a surprising m ove. Y esterday Mr Moncur s aid it appears as if the country's politicians were thrown into a tailspin by Mr McCartney's new party and view DNA as a real threat. Development "We've convened an emergency meeting of the central committee of the Workers' Party for tonight to discuss this new development. It is shocking b ecause (Renward d id not inform me of their decision however I received i ntelligence very early this m orning that they were g oing to make the move," said Mr Moncur, telling The Tribune that Mr Wellsc onfirmed this to him on Facebook before announci ng it at a press conference yesterday. He added that unlike form er NDP leader Renward Wells, and the nine others w ho left with him, the Workers' Party will not g ive up the third party fight and "abandon" Bamboo Town MP Branville M cCartney and newly formed Democratic National Alliance. "We shall not be like our allies and abandon Branville McCartney and the DNA," added the sociala ctivist and former candi date in the Elizabeth byelection. "We have heardw hat Bran McCartney and the DNA are offering to the Bahamian people and we are excited by it. I'm extremely disappointed that Wells could not stand on philosophical grounds and that he has allowed himself to succumb to filthy (politics b ad political decision and h e's on the wrong track. W e shall support Branville McCartney and DNA and the only way we don't support him is if he say he ain' want us. "We were encouraging t he NDP to go into the DNA, we were in the background pushing them andt elling them whatever the political plums that the PLP and FNM is offering its not worth it." Y esterday Mr Wells, former NDP hopeful for Clifton constituency Latore M ackey and eight other e xecutive council members a nnounced they had joined t he PLP. A few NDP members w ere against the move and will carry on the party's name. Messrs Wells and Mackey said the philosophy of PLP leader Perry Christie and the party's interest in c hange and young blood s purred them to cross party lines. T he move comes a few w eeks after the NDP said it h ad heard the nation's cry for a viable alternative to the PLP and the FreeN ational Movement, parties that have been heavily criticised by the NDP. We believe that it is high time for another party, other than the PLP or the FNM. It is absolutely the r ight time to do it," Mr Wells told The Tribune in March. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE WORKERS PARTY LEADER SHOCKED BY NDP MEMBERS MOVE TO THE PLP FROM page one
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 13 Our people are our competitive advantage.At Butterfield, we pride ourselves on being approachable, disciplined and proactive. If you embody these qualities and have the necessary experience, you may be the one were looking for.Head of Business Development Group Trust, Caribbean RegionButterfield has an exciting opportunity for an assertive, proactive, experienced and enthusiastic business development professional, with a drive for developing business and results. The successful candidate will be responsible for business development for Butterfield Trust, Group-wide, and in particular the Bahamas and Cayman businesses. Candidates should have a confident and consultative approach to business development. Practical knowledge and experience will have been developed over at least ten years in fiduciary business relevant to the North American and Latin American markets, dealing primarily with high and ultra-high net worth families. Strong interpersonal, customer service and communication skills are essential. Ideally, the candidate will be a qualified lawyer, accountant and/or TEP with a trust and business development background. He or she will be fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese, and have experience dealing with fiduciary structuring for families with connections to North America and selected countries in Latin America.THE BAHAMAS | BARBADOS | BERMUDA | CAYMAN ISLANDS | GUERNSEY | SWITZERLAND | UNITED KINGDOMPlease apply by 20 May 2011 to: Debbie Garland, Head of Human Resources Butterfield Bank (Bahamas Montague Sterling Centre, East Bay Street P.O. Box N-3242, Nassau, BahamasTel (242 firstname.lastname@example.org www.butterfieldgroup.com May 19-21, 2011 CONFERENCEFACILITATORS Dr. Ron KenolyDr. Pamela HardyJames HepburnDandria Scottfor Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Mime, D ramatists, Pastors, Fine Arts LeadersDr. Myles MunroeConference HostPastor Mark BethelConference Co-Host Day&NightSessions SaturdayWorkshops(Tracks) KingdomWorshipPageantry B FMDiplomatCenter, CarmichaelRoadGeneralRegistration$80.00|Tracks$30.00each|AllDayPass$60.00 7:30pm Evening Sessions are FREET el.461-6445/ 6471F ax 341-6936 E mail:email@example.comW ebsite:www.bfmmm.com &A Worship Extension Conference in Freeport, Grand Bahama (May 22-23)THEME: The Kingdom Culture of WorshipREGISTER TODAY: ed to announce its alignment with DNA as a unified third party choice at the polls. The T ribune understands that c ertain members of the NDP f elt that DNA leader Branville McCartney was cold and not receptive to their ideas. The NDP also had an alliance with theW orkers' Party, led by Rodn ey Moncur. Latore Mackey, former NDP hopeful for the Clifton constituency, explained why discussions with other fringep arties broke down. "We have went through an exhausting exercise try-i ng to find the vehicle that w ill not just take the name of a party into a general election but the vehicle that w ill best take the message of that party. We've tried with the alternative parties, w e've tried forming a coalition but there always was some impasse. The NDPb ent over backwards trying to accommodate all and sundry but that has proven f ruitless, it has become a p osition whereas we've allowed personalities to take control as opposed to realis-i ng that it is the message of deepening the democracy and empowering the people o f this country." A few members decided not to side with the PLP and will carry on the NDP's n ame. Still Mr Mackey feels it will have been difficult fort he young party to be succ essful in the next election. He said while the party did n ot lack ideals, it was short on members, money and notoriety needed to chal-l enge the two major parties. S ince the party's inception in late 2008 the NDP has been critical of the political establishment and the PLP. W hen asked to explain the t urnaround, Mr Wells said w hile he did not agree with all of Mr Christie's political choices he was confident the former prime minister was a man who will govern accord-i ng to the wishes of the people. What we have gotten f rom the PLP is an assurance that in the upcoming campaign and in the governmento f Perry Christie over the next five years, that the Bahamian people will bef irst. That is the assurance t hat we got," said Mr Wells. In a statement released last night, the PLP welcomed the former NDP members to the party, saying their actions demonstratea key difference between the F NM and the PLP. The FNM believes in the acquisition of entire politic al parties through promises for public relations gains, the statement said. Alter n atively, the PLP invites and welcomes the best individuals into our tent. We are prepared to be the next Government of the Bahamas and welcome those who want to contribute to the good gov e rnance of the Bahamas. The PLP is a good fit for the former NDP leadership because we put people first. T he PLP is committed to a new generation, innovative new ideas. RENWARD WELLS (right Tim Clarke /Tribune staff NDP chiefs flock to PLP FROM page one
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE grammes to help the youth of our country, said Mrs Higgs. S tressing the importance of education and the development of youth programmes to keep children out of crime, especially during difficult economic times when jobs are scarce Mrs Higgs said she and her husband have invested in am ulti-million dollar programme called Akhepran, an African word meaning harmony form ankind, that is located on Bernard Road and Grants Street. Mrs Higgs said she started out as a youth advisor at the age of 15 realising the immense i mportance of the job and has been teaching e ver since. This Saturday 450 of the FNM torch barriers will be coming together as part of the Akhepran programme to talk about the community and their responsibilities to it. F or the past 16 years Mrs Higgs invested her time in a summer school programme for 2 50 children from the Fox Hill and Montagu areas at St Anselms Catholic Church. Mrs Higgs said what is going on in our country is a a real concern and reality, in order to make a change we have to invest in our youngp eople. Mrs Higgs said her brother is currently at home resting after Sundays incident. H all, of New Covenant Bap tist Church, the statement also b ore signatures from New J erusalem Kingdom Ministry, U nited Church Cathedral, New Bethany Baptist Church, Cousin McPhee AME Cathed ral, Divine Deliverance Baptist Church, New AssemblyB aptist Church, St Pauls Bapt ist Church. Every Saturday were b urying someone, said Bish op Hall. Pastors are minist ering to families of persons who were involved in drugs or were victims of the drugw ars that are going on. In a bid to end the internecine drug war, parents and relatives were asked t o encourage drug barons t o retire from their trade and prolong their life. T he statement added: We s ay to parents and family members of persons dealing in this evil trade: you mightb enefit from the money now but you should save some for funeral expenses. Senator confirms her brother was shot FROM page one BAPTIST LEADERS FROM page one
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association report has revealed that more than a dozen persons were assist-e d at sea on Grand Bahama during the month of April. According to the BASRA Grand Bahama Rescue R eport for April 2011, some 14 persons were assisted. A total of five calls were made to BASRA and two rescue boats were sent out to assist b oaters on Grand Bahama. T here was also one assist from the United States Coast Guards and one assist by others. No plane searches were launched during April. B ASRA continues to urge boaters to ensure that their v essels are in good working condition before venturing out of port. Boaters should also file a proper float plan before l eaving dock. It should say w here they are going and when they are expected to return, and left with someone on shore. Persons should also check their engine properly and e nsure that emergency supplies are onboard, including a VHF Radio, GPS, and life j ackets, as well as drinking water, anchor and rope, flash light, and First Aid Kit. B ASRA officials say b oaters should also ensure t hat they have sufficient fuel. They should be aware thatt he speed and weight of t heir vessel will increase the amount of fuel they burn. Boaters should also take into consideration sea conditions. Low fuel is one of t he major causes of incidents at sea. 14 assisted at sea last month on Grand Bahama Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association urges boaters to ensure vessels are in good condition Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigningf or improvements in the area or have won ana ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
SECTIONB email@example.com THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.69 $5.62 $5.73 CONFERENCE SPONSORS: a b TheW interbothamTrustCompanyLimited ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL BANKS & TRUSTCOMPANIES IN THE BAHAMAS FOUNDING PARTNER & SPONSOR: Doing Business in Latin America Our experts will give you the inside track: James Hoar EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas Patrick Feuz Julius Baer and Ronny Siev Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas six more insightful panel discussions and presentations! CPD/CPE recognized for members of BACO. BICA and STEP For registration and more information about The Nassau Conference please visit www.nassauconference.com or contact AIBT at 356-3898 WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH2011BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON | NASSAU, BAHAMAS NAVIGATING OUR FUTUREWEALTH MANAGEMENT By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C ity Markets is missing out o n 25-30 per cent of potential sales by failing to carry all the products consumers are seeking, its majority owner yesterday asserting: Once we get inventory managementr ight, Im sure this company will exceed $100 million in sales. Mark Finlayson, who through his familys TransIsland Traders investment v ehicle acquired the 78 per c ent majority stake in Bahamas Supermarkets last November, pledgedt hat by the t ime the companys 2012 financial year starts in Junem eeting all consumer needs in-store wont be a problem. He added that apart from improving City Markets buyi ng operation, the nine-store s upermarket chain was also moving to implement a a new IT system for tracking buying, transportation and inventory management. Our numbers are moving u p; theyre moving up quite well, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business, but weve got a problem in relation to our buying. He explained that the issue w as one of City Markets keeping up with sales growth and customer demand, given that the chains buying department was doing a lot of ordering based on the prev ious years sales. City Meat losing 25-30% of sales n Principal says chain will be $100m per annum sales firm once we get inventory management right n Moves to improve buying and implement transport management system, with pledge that meeting customer needs no problem by new financial year n Supermarket to try and absorb much of food price rise n ABDAB purchase of majority stake not complete M ARK FINLAYSON SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor City Markets is a conservative six months away from returning to profitability, its chief financial officer said yesterday, largely attributing its more than $5 million net loss before extraordinary items in the fiscal 2011 third quarter to cleaning up the books. P hilip Kemp told Tribune Business that the nine-store superCity Markets six months from profit Supermarket chain suffers more than $5m loss in quarter to March 9 before extraordinary items Takes net loss for year to date to $11.488m CFO says much of losses accrued in accounts a nd balance sheet clean-up SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Cable Bahamas yesterday added at least $9 million to its annual revenue base, along with ,000 plus residential customers and 150 commercial customers, by completing the acquisition of Systems Resource Group (SRG IndiGo Networks business. Anthony Butler, chief exec utive and president of Cable Bahamas (CBL acquisition which makes SRG a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BISX-listed communications provider puts in place the last piece of the puzzle for his company in terms of the suite of services it can offer. By adding SRG/IndiGOs wireless products to Cable Bahamas existing products, Cable Bahamas instantly becomes a Triple Play provider of voice, data and TV, said Mr Butler. Its new converged product packages, featuring these services, are to become available by the end of May. Barry Williams, Cable SR G DEAL GIVES C ABLE $9 MILLION REVENUE B OOS T $10m purchase gives BISX firm instant fixed-line customer base, with 3,150 clients Up to $7.5m may be invested in upgrades Cable to offer T riple Play of TV Internet and phone by month s end SEE page 10B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Commonwealth Brewery yesterday stunned the capital markets by warning that it would not allocate shares to i nvestors who had subscribed t o its $62.5 million initial pubBREWERYS WARNING OVER $50M IPO SHARE ALLOCATION Will only give shares to i nvestors who provide b eneficial owner details Fears it will kill the deal for those wanting anonymity BISX and broker/dealers scrambling to deal with situation SEE page 8B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com Upgrades to its television and Internet product offerings, along with the introduction of a brand new fixed line telephone service were described by a re-branded Cable Bahamas yesterday as representing a revolution in c ommunications. Cable Bahamas chief executive and president, Tony Butler, said the landmark introduction of fixed-line phone services as part of its product offering will be like the year 2000 repeating itself referring tohow the company first began c ompeting with the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC net service in 2000, and went Revolution promisedby Cable S EE page 10B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Occupancy levels for Nas s au and Paradise Islands 14 major hotels showed a major improvement in March, with an average 80.1 per cent rate, after February and Januarys business levels failed to meet projections set by the industry. Bahamas Hotel Association ( BHA) president, Stuart Bowe, revealed yesterday that the first quarter of 2011 over all saw major hotels on Nas-sau and Paradise Island expe rience an average 66.3 per cent occupancy rate compared to 67.2 per cent last year, with March showing gains overJ anuary and February. Arrivals in March were primarily responsible for the aver-age occupancy rates for the quarter almost meeting 2010s figures. At 80.1 per cent this was several points higher than the 77.6 per cent average occupancy rate seen by major hotels Occupancy for March beats 2010 SEE page 10B
BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN P rotecting your online photos from pirating can be an ongoing challenge in todays digital climate. While no method is fool-proof, there are several methods and strategic protections that can help shield your work from unauthorised usage, and watermarking is one of them. What is a Watermark? A watermark is a visible embedded overlay on a digital photo consisting of text superimposed (on top or a copyright notice used to identify your work and discourage unauthorised use. Despite the fact that a visible watermark cannot prevent unauthorised use, the idea is to make it more complicated for those who may want to claimyour photo or artwork as their own without permission. Care should be taken to ensure that watermarking is effective, not only for proving that an image was modified but also for educating the wouldbe pirates about copyright and ownership. Ideally, educatingt he public can further ensure the security of your image, since many people are unaware that using images without permission is a crime committed by countless users. However, I believe that posting photos online says that you are willing and happy to share them with almost two billion current Internet users worldwide. If that is not your idea t hen it is important that you protect your Internet photos from the eyes of strangers. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether you want to watermark your photos, but if you decide to do so then you obviously have to accept the fact t hat the text or logo will sit on top the image, negatively affecting the look. This, of course, is the idea of the watermarking process. In practice, watermark placement should be done so as not to detract from the image. It s hould be placed strategically in a solid colour area where removal would be easily concealed, and should make up a smaller percentage of the overall image area. This is all good, but runs counter to the notion held by some photographers. The watermarking procedure does not make them happy, as they'd prefer to see their photos in the b est quality possible. So hey'll choose not to watermark photos. Think about it! It is almost like placing burglar screens over beautiful colonial windows on homes. But youd have to decide whether the photos are worth the security. There are many methods for w atermarking photos individually or in batch mode. Here are a few options. Copyright symbol: Using word processing software, the copyright symbol is usually available using the Insert menu and the Symbol command. Image Watermark: Create an image then superimpose over the photo. Text Watermark: Place your name, business name or a description of the image as the watermark. Will watermarking prevent images from being stolen? No. Watermarking simply provides the copyright owner with specific identification p roperties, but does not prevent your items from being stolen. Actually, your watermarked identification, along with your photo or image, can be stolen simultaneously. So depending on the usage, addinga disclaimer may be a good idea: For example: All RightsR eserved. Images may not be reproduced without the express prior written permission of John Stephen Doe. How can I add a watermark to my photos? This procedure is pretty easy a nd requires two minutes, especially if you are using Photoshop. Here's how. Open an image, and select the type tool. In the options bar, click the colour swatch and set the text color to 50 per cent grey (useH SB values 0-0-50 or RGB values 128-128-128; both will prod uce the same result). Choose a fairly heavy typeface such as Arial Black. Type the copyright symbol or any other text you want to use for a watermark, click the commit button to add your text, use the move tool to resize and position your text as desired. Double click to committ he changes. In the layer styles palette, choose Bevels from the pull down menu. Click on Simple Inner to apply this effect, then double click on the circled f symbol of the type layer in the layer palette to bring up the style settings dialog. Adjust the bevel size and lighting angle until it is to your liking. Click O K to apply the settings. In the layers palette change the blend mode for the type layer to Hard Light. If you'd like the watermark a little more visible, use a color value of 60 per cent grry for the type (HSB value 0-0-60 the type at any time by pressing C trl-T (Windows mand-T (Mac key and drag a corner handle. When you apply the transformation, the type will resize with no loss in quality. You are not restricted to using only text for this effect. Try importing a logo or symbol to use as a watermark. Another option to make it less valuable to use your image is to upload a low-resolution version. If you place it in the centre, you are actually destroying the image. However, you can place the watermark in a corner, but make sure it is positioned in a way that does not make it easy for the culprit to compromise. You can also adjust your online images to a small file size, with a digital resolution of 72 DPI (dots per inch). The smaller file size will pixilate and distort the image. You can also save the PSD BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 3B 'LUHFWRUHTXLUHG7KH$QWLTXLWLHV0RQXPHQWVDQG0XVHXP%RDUGRIWKH1DWLRQDO 0XVHXPRI7KH%DKDPDVVWDWXWRU\ERG\ZZZDPPFEDKDPDVFRP f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t&ROOLQV$YH 1DVVDX%DKDPDV RU(PDLO KXPDQUHVRXUFHV#DPPFEDKDPDVFRP RU DQG VKRXOGEHUHFHLYHGDWWKHRIFHRQRUEHIRUHD\ 7 Mark your photo against piracy T HE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 5B
A Grand Bahama business is looking to expand its current five-strong staff complement just nine m onths after opening its d oors, and has implemente d procedures to prevent it f rom being exploited by c riminals. Its been a very positive r esponse, GB Trading P osts Tony Johns said of customer response since the store opened last August. Most people are impressed with our set up and procedures, and are pleased about our services. The business of trading h as been around for thou sands of years. The basici dea behind GB Trading P ost is to purchase products f rom customers with an agreement to sell them back after 30 days with built-inp rofit to pay for the service. They also buy items for direct resale within the store. Our shop is perfect for people who need cash quickly. Common items brought into GB Trading Post i nclude gold and silver, jewe llery, watches, car stereos, s peakers, computers, game consoles, cameras cellp hones and tools. GB Tradi ng Post is willing to look at almost anything. We are in a good location, we have great trafficf low and ample parking, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority has made this an attractive area to visit, saidM r Johns. Weve employed five Bahamians and are hopefult hat we can employ more s taff soon. Given the concept of the store and that everything it sells is second hand, GBT rading Post is working to establish a relationship with Bahamian law enforcement. It wants to protect both the community and itself fromu nknowingly purchasing from criminals. GB Trading Post requires t hat all items sold to them c an only be done from a customer who is at least 18 years old and shows a Gov ernment photo identifica t ion, usually a passport or driving license. Each sale is recorded on computers with a picture of the item. This procedure is international l y-recognised as being an industry standard and can provide an incrediblea mount of information if needed. It has already helped in the apprehension of several persons of inter e st". We know that there are fears that our services will contribute to the increase inr obberies and crime, but we have a process that is estab lished internationally to deter criminal elementsw hich has proven itself, explained Mr Johns. We are working with the police and will continue to do so. It would be nice if all businesses with a potential to be an outlet for stolen goods were regulated, like we regulate ourselves. Demand GB Trading Post has been kept busy with demand in the store. As soon as we receive items we are reselling them quite quickly, PS3's, XBox 360's, and the games are obviously very popular with the younger people. The value for money offered for items like power tools and watches is incred ible, Mr Johns said. I think most people arent too sure what to expect, but when they come in, see our computer systems and our display cases, they are pleasantly surprised. We are offering a muchneeded service for Grand Bahama, and its working out to be a win-win for both sellers and buyers. People either want quick cash or want a dealits a simple recipe! GB Trading Post is open six days a week from 9am to 6pm, and is located next to Playtime Sports in the old Thompsons Department Store. The company is looking to launch its website shortly at www.cashwiz.com. B USINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ;\)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH /HJDORWLFH127,&($6+721(0,(5 ,19(670(176/7'9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf3XUVXDQWWR6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV & RPSDQLHVQRWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKH DERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRP PHQFHGRQWKHGD\RU0D\7KH/LTXLGDWRULV %G6&RUSRUDWH6HUYLFHV/LPLWHG*HRUJH+RXVH*HRUJH 6WUHHW% G6&RUSRUDWHHUYLFHV/WG /LTXLGDWRUf GB Trading Post eyes expansion (Photo by Erik J. Russell for Barefoot Marketing BUSY DOWNTOWN LOCATION FOR GB TRADING: Since opening its doors in August, Grand Bahamas n ewest downtown business, GB Trading Post, says it has been extremely busy. It is located in the old Thompson Department store and is open Monday to Saturday. E r i k J R u s s e l l f o r B a r e f o o t M a r k e t i n g E r i k J R u s s e l l f o r B a r e f o o t M a r k e t i n g BUSY: GB Trading Post says it has been kept busy with thed emand in the store. As soon as we receive items we are reselling them quite quickly, video games and the game boxes are obliviously very popular," noted Tony Johns, Managing P artner, "but weve also received s ome beautiful artwork, power tools and lots of phones. We are in a good location, we have greatt raffic flow and ample parking and the Port has made this an attractive area to visit, said J ohns. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 5B -RXUQDOLVP/LWHUDWXUH*U 5HOLJLRXV.QRZOHGJH%LEOH*U 0DWK*U 3K\VLFV*U $JULFXOWXUH*U 7HFKQLFDO'UDZLQJ*U $FFRXQWV&RPPHUFH(FRQRPLFV*U 3K\VLFDO(GXFDWLRQ*U SDQLVK*U *HRJUDSK\+LVWRU\*U &KHPLVWU\ %XVLQHVVWXGLHV*U +HDOWKFLHQFH*U *HQHUDOFLHQFH*U &RPSXWHUWXGLHV*U 0XVLF*U %LRORJ\*U /DQJXDJH$UWV/LWHUDWXUH*U $UW&UDIW*U )RRG 1XWULWLRQ*U &ORWKLQJ&RQVWUXFWLRQ*U 6RFLDOWXGLHV*U +RPH(FRQRPLFV*U$SSOLFDQWVPXVW$f %H D SUDFWLFLQJERUQDJDLQ&KULVWLDQZKRLV ZLOOLQJWRVXEVFULEHWRWKHWDWHPHQWRI)DLWKRI 7HPSOH&KULVWLDQFKRRO %f +DYHD%DFKHORUV'HJUHHLQ(GXFDWLRQRUKLJKHU IURPDUHFRJQL]HG&ROOHJHRUQLYHUVLW\LQWKHDUHDRI VSHFLDOL]DWLRQ &f+DYHDYDOLG7HDFKHUV&HUWLFDWHRU'LSORPD 'f+DYHDWOHDVWWZR\HDUVWHDFKLQJH[SHULHQFH,QWKH UHOHYDQWVXEMHFWDUHDZLWKH[FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQ VNLOOV (f $SSOLFDQWVPXVWKDYHWKHDELOLW\WRSUHSDUHVWXGHQWV IRUDOOH[DPLQDWLRQVWRWKH%-&%*&6(OHYHOV )f%HZLOOLQJWRSDUWLFLSDWHLQWKHKLJKVFKRROVH[WUD FXUULFXODUSURJUDPPHV $SSOLFDWLRQPXVWEHSLFNHGXSDWWKH+LJK6FKRRO2IFH RQ6KLUOH\6WUHHWDQGEHUHWXUQHGZLWKIXOOFXUULFXOXP YLWDHUHFHQWFRORXUHGSKRWRJUDSKDQGWKUHHUHIHUHQFHV0UHLO+DPLOWRQ 7KHULQFLSDO 7HPSOH&KULVWLDQ+LJKFKRRO 3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV'HDGOLQHIRUDSSOLFDWLRQLVD\WK image as PDF (with preserve editing capabilities enabled).As far as I know, you may not be successful in preventing users from copying your file, but youc an prevent them from editing by saving your image in the pdf format. Images saved this way can still be viewed and printed but not edited (depending on what security options you enabled). Can a visible watermark be r emoved? Absolutely, but not easily by a novice. This task can only be done by a skilled graphic artist with time and patience, and sometimes not without leaving tell-tale signs. Technically, there are other ways of evading secu rity, but if you can view ani mage you can make a snapshot and edit it, alleviating access to the layers which may be fruitless. A watermark is intentionally hard to remove, and due t o the sensitive nature of this query, that's about the best help you're likely to receive towards that inquiry. R ecently, the question of removing watermarks came up in a discussion forum, and the collective opinion was that the kind of people that would steal images to claim as their own would be unlikely to botherw ith trying to remove a wellplaced watermark. Moreover, many people who steal images without permission take for granted that all information on the Internet is free for the taking. Ultimately, protecting images online is a difficult, almost impossible mission, and with the world watching we are all guilty of this act. However, here is a not so bright spot: If you are worried about someone stealing your images and want to be 100 per cent certain those users have no access, it seems natural to not place them online. No se lo puso en su lugar! So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of the game. NB: The Author welcomes feedback at: email@example.com FROM page 3B Mark your photo against piracy Hi Deidre, wonderful article in Thursday's paper. (Designing the perfect Career) Wow! I'm just reading this at a great time in my life when I'm looking for another career or stream of income. I will fol low through with either the certificate courses or a degree. Regards, Clinton Josey firstname.lastname@example.org Hi Deidre, My name is Amber Whyley and I read The Tribune article about graphic design. I was well pleased with the knowledge and level of input explained in the article. I've currently completed a certification in graphic design/digital media and was wondering with the vast knowledge that you have, are you currently in the field? Sincerely, Amber Whyley email@example.com READERS FEEDBACK: SUCCESS: A Fidelity Bank (Bahamas sentative, Tishrea D. Grey, passed the Series 7 Exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI S TI offers workshops for the Series 7, Series 6 and the Canadian Securities Course, along with various one-day workshops catering to financial service professionals. Ms Grey is pictured. FIDELITY STAFFER PASSES SERIES 7 market chain was pretty close to internal budget expectations for the three month period to March 9, 2011, with the forgiveness of some $15.452 million in long-term and related party debt incurred under the previous BSL Holdings ownership ensuring the company remained in the black. Still, despite the unaudited f inancials showing net income of $3.965 million for the nine months to March 9, 2011, the figures indicate that City Markets still remains in the throes of a fully-fledged turnaround effort instigated by Trans-Island Traders, the acquisition vehicle owned by businessman Mark Finlayson and his family. For the nine months to March 9, about five of which were under Trans-Islands majority 78 per cent ownership, City Markets suffered a net loss of $11.488 million before the $15.452 million debt forgiveness is included as income in the financials. Given that the net loss before e xtraordinary items at fiscal 2011 second quarter close was $6.458 million, City Markets clearly lost $5.03 million in the fiscal 2011 third quarter, the first quarter fully under TransIslands majority control. Year-over-year comparisons were impossible, given that 2010 financial year figures were not published but, providing some insight, Mr Kemp told T ribune Business: Were cleaning up quite a bit of the books, going through the reconciliations on the payables and inventory side. The losses you see are accrued losses, not really cash losses. Even though were still operating at a loss, its shrinking every period as we grow the sales. Mr Kemp explained that City Markets and its operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, wanted to start the 2012 financial year that begins in early June with a clean bill of health, hence the concerted effort to reconcile the companys accounts and inheritance f rom the disastrous BSL Holdings ownership. Theres quite a bit of cleaning up to do, the chief financial officer explained. Accounting We want to make sure that in the new financial year were not carrying any legacy issues with regard to the accounting. Whatever we can provide for today, write off now, is what were doing...... Payables is the biggest challenge, but that process is well underway. Were reconciling those, and making the appropriate adjustments. City Markets generated just o ver $15.6 million in net sales during the three months to March 9, 2011, taking total sales for the year to $43.698 million. The cost of sales over the same period was just under $12.8 million, taking this to $34.261 million for the year to date. Mr Kemp, though, pointed out that sales comparisons with the prior year were relatively meaningless, given that City Markets had subsequently relinquished leases on its Oakes Field and Village Road store sites reducing its outlets from 11 to nine. On like-for-like comparisons for same-store space, Mr Kemp said: Were not 100 per cent but were pretty close. Some stores are performing better than a year ago, and some stores arent. Twenty-four hour shopping has had an impact on the makeup of sales. Some stores have responded really well, and Seagrapes and South Beach are outperforming historical comparisons. Twenty-four shopping has had a positive effect on those two stores in particular. Other City Markets outlets were still, though, in the process of catching up. Asked when t he supermarket chain was likely to return to profitability, something last achieved in 2006, Mr Kemp told Tribune Business: I would say were still about six months away from t hat, being conservative. Emphasising that while a date for returning to the black was kind of hard to pin down, although the company was targeting its 2012 financial year, Mr Kemp added: Our expectation is that within the next three-six months, at least from an accounting perspective, weve identified all those things so we do not carry them over. Operationally, it will take threesix months to fix all the gaps we see. The chief financial officer added that while City Markets had a good information technology (IT was not being maximised, and several procedures had been identified to bring efficiencies to bear when it came to the point-of-sale (POS accounting systems. Its like having a Maserati in the garage but not knowing how to drive it. Its not anything that cant be fixed. It just takes time, Mr Kemp added. City Markets third quarter gross profits slightly exceeded $2.8 million, with the year-todate figure for the first nine months standing at $9.437 million. Operating and administrative expenses during the three months to March 9, 2011, were around $7.45 million, taking the year-to-date number to $20.132 million. Responding to the rise in operating expenses, Mr Kemp told Tribune Business yesterday: In order to grow a business you have to lay a foundation, and weve had to bring o ur team in to make that happen. Youll see it [expenses] spike at the beginning, but that will taper off eventually. One of the things weve found is that under Neal & M asseys administration they levelled the playing field at the top level in terms of key positions at the executive level, and brought understudies up into those positions. I dont know if that was the right thing to do at the time, but being a new management team we had to replace those persons who had left and not been replaced. The ultimate effect of all this was a $4.608 million operating loss run up by City Markets during the three months to March 9, taking the year-todate loss from operations to $10.695 million. As for the balance sheet, City Markets has reduced accounts payables by more than $2 million to $9.05 million since the start of the 2011 financial year. Sums due to related parties have also fallen by more than $2.3 million, and the cash position had improved to $1.331 million as at the balance sheet date. City Markets six months from profit F ROM page 1B
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 7B This is not matching the growth were getting now, Mr Finlayson explained. Were trying to improve thea ctual metrics in relation to b uying. Thats one of the chall enges were facing right now but, quite frankly, to cut a long story short, were having a challenge keeping up with growth. Our customersd o not want to hear problems a bout keeping up with growth. Based on customer counts and missed sales, and based on evaluations of the previ-o us 28 days sales, City Markets should be doing $100 million in sales [per annum]b ased on demand, but we are missing quite a lot in terms ofw hat people want somew here between 25-30 per cent o f what people want in our stores. We are conscious of it, M r Finlayson added. We are buying a lot more product to bridge that gap and give cus-t omers more of what they w ant. City Markets was investing in a brand new system to help project inventory needs a lot better than we are doing now, he said. Citingt he example of Wesson cooking oil, Mr Finlayson said several City Markets stores ran out of this product last week because the Bahamas-based agent for it was having a challenge keeping up with w hat we need. Ultimately, City Markets paid to import an entire con-t ainer of Wesson product d irect from ConAgra in the US, paying the local agent a commission. Thats a quick fix, Mr Finlayson told Trib une Business. What we really need to do is better proj ections, better management o f the transportation of goods, and better inventory mana gement. There are two projects we are putting in place right now: T he buying, and a buying system and transportation mana gement system. Its quite a good program. We know its going to be a learning curve, and that its probably going t o take a few months before we see the benefits of it, but we are spending a lot of time and effort getting it right. Once we get inventory m anagement right, Im sure t his company will exceed $100 million in sales. From our sidew eve just got to get it right a nd make sure we give people w hat they want. By the time the next quarter comes a round, this wont be a probl em. Mr Finlayson said customer f eedback was providing furt her encouragement, the message being that City Markets h ad improved and, while cons umers could not get everything they wanted at its stores, they were prepared to wait. M eanwhile, the City Mar k ets majority owner pledged that the supermarket chain would absorb as much as we c an and avoid passing on to Bahamian consumers the w orst effects of the anticipated spike in world food prices. Noting that spiking oil prices were also feeding into the Bahamian food chain in the form of increased trans portation costs, coupled with earlier weather-induced prod u ct shortages, Mr Finlayson said: Our main supplier, S upervalu, hedged a bit and we benefited from that, but were going to see the prices t o us climb a little. We will try to absorb as much as we can of that, and pass as little on to the publica s possible. We can absorb a l ittle bit of loss while we build the company. Our focus is the top-line, and we will stay b elow any increases imposed by our competitors. Mr Finlayson added that the proposed acquisition of Trans-Island Traders majority 78 per cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets by Associated Bahamian Dist illers and Brewers ( ABDAB), another company controlled by his fathera nd family, had still not been c ompleted despite receiving valuation reports from CFAL. Its still back and forth between the directors, MrF inlayson said. There are a couple of different methodsw e could take a look at in terms of the merger and sale. Among the options under discussions were an exchange o f shares, or ABDAB acquiri ng the 78 per cent stake from Trans-Island Traders. We are also looking at ways where we may not have toh ave the two companies come together in order to have the necessary synergies, Mr Finlayson said. We are looking at the o ptions, but there are ways both companies can benefit.T he directors are looking at what makes sense for the minority shareholders, b ecause when it comes down to it, myself and my family benefit on both sides, so its pretty important the independent directors make those d ecisions. City Meat losing 25-30% of sales F ROM page 1B
B USINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 38%/,&+263,7$/$87+25,7< $'9(57,6(0(17 9$&$1&< :$5(+286($1$*(5 0$7(5,$/6$1$*(0(17',5(&725$7( 7KH3XEOLF+RVSLWDOV$XWKRULW\LQYLWHVDSSOLFDWLRQIURPVXLWDELOLW\TXDOLHG SHUVRQVIRUWKHSRVWRI:DUHKRXVH0DQDJHU0DWHULDOV0DQDJHPHQW 'LUHFWRUDWH $SSOLFDQWVPXVWSRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJTXDOLFDWLRQV %DFKHORUV'HJUHHLQXEOLF$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ%XVLQHVV$GPLQLVWUDWLRQRU UHODWHGHOG &HUWLFDWHLQXSSOLHVDQDJHPHQWFRXUVHGXUDWLRQRIQRWOHVVWKDQ HLJKWHHQfPRQWKVf )LYHf\HDUVUHOHYDQWH[SHULHQFHLQZDUHKRXVLQJDQGFHQWUDOL]HG VXSSO\LQFOXVLYHRIWZRfIRXUf\HDUVLQVXSHUYLVRU\SRVLWLRQ ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQVNLOOVRUDODQGZULWWHQf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lic offering (IPO n ees, a move many feared w ould kill the deal for those wanting confidentiality. In a May 3 letter signed by managing director LeRoy Archer and company secretary Shun Chou, Commonwealth Brewery warned that itw ould not allocate shares to Bahamian retail and institutional investors unless it was provided with information identifying the ultimate beneficial owner(s i nvestment. Applications Noting that the IPO attracte d a number of applications where broker/dealers were acting as fiduciaries for unnamed nominees, Messrs A rcher and Chou wrote: It is t he determination of our company that we intend to allocate shares to named persons and not to nominees, such that our register will contain the name of the persons who o wn our shares.......... Please be advised that the company intends to allocate only to named persons and,t herefore, we would need this information as quickly as possible in order to allow us to c onclude our allocation p rocess. The Commonwealth Brewery letter than asked all bro k er/dealers to provide identi fication information on beneficial owners they were acti ng for to the Bahamas Cen tral Securities Depository (BCSDT ransfer Agent, citing various documents that could be used. One source, who r equested anonymity, told Tribune Business the letter meant that Commonwealth B rewery was only going to allocate to the actual shareholders, not the nominees, meaning that persons who had invested via trusts, brokerage accounts and otheri nvestment vehicles and had perfectly legitimate reasons to maintain confidentiality would have to reveal their identities. T heir names would be i ncluded on the shareholder r egister and, the source said, c ould kill the deal for those who wanted to maintain con-f identiality. They would also not receive the Commonwealth Brewery shares theyh ad subscribed for. O ne source said there were s everal issues at play, namely that the company should k now the identities of all its s hareholders, and also that t his would help to prevent any long and short selling. H owever, they said the change contained in the Com-m onwealth Brewery letter s hould have been discussed b etween all market participants before it was imple-m ented, not imposed without w arning. Tribune Business was informed that the beneficial owner identification requirem ent seemed to be being driven by the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX It is understood that the two major broker/dealers in the Bahamian capital mar k ets, RoyalFidelity Capital Markets and CFAL, are both unhappy with the situation. Given that both own a onethird shareholding in the B CSD, with BISX owning the remaining equity, all three sides were said to be locked in long telephone conversations yesterday in a bid to resolve the situation and get clarification. It is understood that f urther meetings are planned for this morning. Change Another source said what w as proposed in the Comm onwealth Brewery letter w as a significant change in the Bahamian capital markets structure, and added: This w ould be a significant change i n market structure, and whats required. It cant be imposed without warning. T he source questioned whether Commonwealth Brewery had moved too early i n complying with future B ISX requirements, and sugg ested some kind of clarificat ion would have to be issued. C ommonwealth Brewerys IPO attracted 3,000 investors, who subscribed for more than $50 million of the $62.5 million offered. Institutional investors accounted for about 40 per cent of the $50 million raised, with the remaining 60 per cent coming from individual investors. T he Government will take u p the remaining $12.5 mill ion, with Bahamian investors collectively holding 25 per cent of the company. International brewing giant, Heineken BV, will own ther emaining 75 per cent. BREWERYS WARNING OVER $50M IPO SHARE ALLOCATION FROM page 1B
on to win a 70 per cent market share. Were really looking forward to this, said Mr Butler. He was speaking at a press conference held yesterday at Cable Bahamas headquarters, where the company launched its rebranded image and prod ucts. The re-branding coincides with the companys $10 million acquisition of Systems Resource Group/IndiGO, the company that currently holds the only other license to provide international and domestic voice/telephone competition against BTC. With the acquisition of SRG/IndiGO, Mr Butler explained that Cable Bahamas will now offer triple play bundles of Internet, TV and telephone services to customers in a few weeks time. B y doing so, it will become a competitor to BTC, newlymanaged and owned by Cable and Wireless Communications, not only in the provision of Internet service but also landline phone. Cable Bahamas said that as it moves to become a Triple Play player, it is not just the addition of phone service that will be new but its TV and Internet offerings will also be subject to changes that will ben efit the Bahamian consumer. The new-look Cable Bahamas will offer Internet service under the product name REVON, phone service as REVOICE and TV as REVTV, with the Rev standing for revolution. The company said the flagship of the REV product suite is REVTV, which will dra matically reposition TV viewing as a premium entertainment experience for Bahamians. The number of HD (high definition) television channels which will become available to Cable Bahamas customers, should they purchase or rent an HD set-top box, will effectively triple to 60, while the company is also significantly e xpanding its Video on Demand (VOD the 120 hours currently available and updated on a weekly basis to 4,000 hours, although not all 4,000 hours of VOD will be updated weekly. Expanded REVTV will offer an expanded and cleaner channel line-up with exciting program ming and a sharper picture quality, said Mr Butler. Increased speeds and reliability will be the focus of the company in the provision of its broadband Internet service, he added. Mr Butler said the company will leverage its existing network of subscribers, which includes 70 per cent of all Inter net customers in the Bahamas, to build its market share in tele phone service. It is our full intention to utilise that network to its extreme as far as offering services. We have proven we have done that with Internet and broadband, he added. If you get Internet in your home from Cable Bahamas you will be able to take voice (telephone) with very little work. They can provide a phone for you within half an hour of these people being in the house. The hardware basically involves swapping out the cable modem you have for a voice port. We have a very large subscriber base, so we have hopefully very loyal customers there who have shown us over the years that they are interested in taking services from Cable Bahamas. We are obviously going to go to that subscriber base and offer them these new services. Asked whether the new product offerings will come with any reductions in cost to consumers, Mr Butler said that Bahamians may be able to save d epending on how they choose to mix and match the services they buy. What it will mean is bundled services, so youll be able to mix and match the three services that you want really tos uit the products that youre using, so there will be savings depending on the mix that you do, Mr Butler said. The company will strive for simple pricing, its vice-president of marketing, Mark Cabrielli, added. Not only are we rejuventat ing our market name and image, but more importantly, we are improving everything we do from delivering a better TV experience to introducing new innovating products all backed by world class customer service, said Mr Butler. in Nassau/PI in 2010. January and February 2011 saw a much lower average combined occupancy rate of 59.1 per cent, compared to the 61.6 per cent seen in the same two months last year. The average daily room rate (ADR ary and February was $237 compared to $243.85 in 2010, and the room nights sold and room revenue were down 3.4 per cent and 6.1 per cent respectively. The February 2011 average daily room rate (ADR $10.05 compared to February 2010. However, room revenue overall decreased only slightly by 0.6 per cent due to a 3.5 per cent increase in room nights sold, combined with a 0.7 per cent increase in available room nights that offset the 4 per cent fall in the ADR. Only three properties show declines in all key business metrics with room revenues below February 2010. This compared to eight properties in January. Another four properties saw revenues decline due to losses in room nights sold despite increases in their ADR. Seven properties increased their room revenues either with a gain in ADR and room nights sold (three properties ADR and an increase in room nights sold, said the BHA. Comparing this years performance with prerecession levels, room nights sold and room revenue in February 2011 for Nassau and Paradise Islands 14 major hotels remained down 16.5 per cent and 24.6 per cent respectively from 2008. Mr Bowe said: "While major hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island reported that January and February failed to meet projections, in large part due to severe weather problems affecting travel, the industry anticipates making up for lost ground with stronger performances in March and April, particularly fuelled by strong consumer response to the re-introduction of the popular Companion Fly Free program. Hotels continue to be challenged in raising their rates to pre-recession levels due to competitive pressures throughout the global marketplace. Mr Bowe said the BHA anticipates improvements to both hotels occupancy and revenue over the next several months as the industry on average continues to show marginal increases in revenue and occupancy. He added that while it continues to be difficult to project growth beyond the near-term, the BHA is encouraged to see an increase in advanced bookings for group business, a major part of our business which dropped significantly during the recession. Advance group bookings for this fall and into 2012 are encouraging. We are concerned about the rising price of fuel and its impact on travel costs, and this concern will figure into ongoing strategies by the Ministry of Tourism, BHA and the Promotion Boards, Mr Bowe said. B USINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE .(5/<1(6735(8;RI 67$5/,1*&/26(&2/21<9,//$*(3%2; 1$66$8%$+$0$6 *(5758'(0$57(/86RI 0$5.(7675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 -8/,(%(50(11(RI +RVSLWDO/DQH1DVVDX%DKDPDV .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<7HDFKHU9DFDQFLHVIRUHSWHPEHU.LQJVZD\$FDGHP\LQYLWHVDSSOLFDQWVIURPTXDOLHGDQG H[SHULHQFHGFDQGLGDWHVIRUWHDFKLQJSRVLWLRQVDWWKH(OHPHQWDU\FKRRO 3K\VLFDO(GXFDWLRQ+LJKFKRRO(QJOLVK/DQJXDJHDQG/LWHUDWXUH6SDQLVK&KULVWLDQ(GXFDWLRQ3K\VLFDO(GXFDWLRQ3K\VLFVDQG&KHPLVWU\$GYDQFHGODFHPHQWf&DUSHQWU\DQG-RLQHU\0XVLF2IILFHURFHGXUHV,QIRUPDWLRQHFKQRORJ\0HGLD&HQWUHDQDJHU7KHVXFFHVVIXOFDQGLGDWHVVKRXOGKDYHWKHIROORZLQJ$QDFDGHPLFGHJUHHLQWKHDUHDRIVSHFLDOL]DWLRQ$ WHDFKLQJFHUWLFDWH([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQVNLOOV$ ORYHIRUFKLOGUHQDQGOHDUQLQJ+LJKVWDQGDUGVRIPRUDOLW\%HDERUQDJDLQ&KULVWLDQ$ FRPSOHWHDSSOLFDWLRQSDFNDJHFRQVLVWVRI FRPSOHWHG DQGVLJQHG .LQJVZD\$FDGHP\DSSOLFDWLRQIRUP DYDLODEOHDWWKHVFKRRO$GPLQLVWUDWLRQEXLOGLQJRURQWKHZHEVLWH ZZZNLQJVZD\DFDGHP\FRP HH'RFXPHQW'RZQORDGVf GHWDLOHGUHVXPHZLWKFRYHUOHWWHUFRSLHVRIGHJUHHVFHUWLILFDWHV UHFHQWSKRWRJUDSKSROLFHUHFRUGKHDOWKFHUWLILFDWHWKUHH fUHIHUHQFHOHWWHUVRQHfEHLQJIURP\RXUFKXUFKVPLQLVWHU KfOHJLEOHHPDLODGGUHVVDQGZRUNLQJWHOHSKRQHFRQWDFWV1RWH $OOGRFXPHQWVVKRXOGEHVXEPLWWHGDWWKHVDPHWLPH3OHDVHIRUZDUGWR.LQJVZD\$FDGHP\(PSOR\PHQW$SSOLFDWLRQ .LQJVZD\$FDGHP\ 1DVVDXKH%DKDPDV HPDLONLQJVZD\HPSOR\PHQW#\DKRRFRP' HDGOLQH 7RHQVXUHFRQVLGHUDWLRQFRPSOHWH DSSOLFDWLRQ PDWHULDOV PXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\RQGD\WK Bahamas senior vice-president of finance, revealed that the company paid $10 million to buy SRG and may spend up to $7.5 million on upgrades. The wireless capability of SRG and the spectrum license they have are all opportunities for Cable Bahamas to get into. The price tag certainly could be around that amount depending on the synergies we can put together. Cable Bahamas has a very extensive fibre optic network in the four major islands of the country, and SRG has a wireless infrastructure...we are having talks at the moment about the different kinds of things we can do, whether its WiFi or WiMax, and estimating what we think the price tags on those kinds of opportunities may be, said Mr Williams. No redundancies will result from the acquisition, said Mr Butler, noting that SRG brings with it the wireless services which Cable Bahamas did not have in house. Its current staff support that and will continue to do so. Mr Butler would not discuss any projections as to what the acquistion of SRG will add to Cable Bahamas revenue stream in the longer term, but added that the deal is all about growth. Going forward, Mr Butler said Cable Bahamas would be seeking to get as much of the fixed line telephone market as we possibly can from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC This will be a real phone alternative in the Bahamas and REVoice (the name of Cable Bahamas phone producta variety of packages to both residential and business customers. This will provide Bahamians with real choice for the first time, asC able Bahamas will provide phone service that is clear, reliable and affordable, said Mr Butler. He added that number portability the ability for consumers to make the decision to change service providers without having to change telephone numbers would be something that Cable Bahamas will be pressing (URCA consumers can indeed benefit from this opportunity. We think consumers want it. If your family and friends know your number as 356-1111, its of interest for you to keep that.T his is all about competition, Mr Butler said, noting that URCA is currently conducting a consultation with the public on number portability before it makes a determination on the issue. As far as the pricing of Cable Bahamas new telephone ser vice, Mr Butler said he expects it will remain similar to what Indi GO currently provides, which means free local calls. Work is ongoing to integrate the new operations and services SRG/IndiGo offers into Cable Bahamas and, in the meantime, the subsidiary will continue to operate as a separate entity for then ext several months. SRG DEAL GIVES CABLE $9 MILLION REVENUE BOOST F ROM page 1B Revolution promised by Cable FROM page 1B Occupancy for March beats 2010 FROM page 1B
Thursday May 5, 201 1 PG 2 3 R E L I G I O U S N E W S S T O R I E S A N D C H U R C H E V E N T S R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C T H E T R I B U N E S V A TICAN CITY Associated Press SO ME 1 .5 mi ll io n p il gri ms f l oo ded Rome to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest V atican Masses in histor y an out pouring of adoration for a beloved and h i s t o r i c f i gu r e a f t e r y ea r s m ar r ed b y church scandal. T h e t u r n o u t f o r t h e b e a t i f i c a t i o n Sunday far exceeded even the most opti mistic expectation of 1 million people, the number Rome city officials predicted. For Catholics filling St. Peter's Squar e and its sur r ounding str eets, and for those watching around the world the beatifica tion was a welcome hearkening back to the days when the pope was almost uni versally beloved. "He was like a king to us, like a father ," Marynka Ulaszewska, a 28-year -old from Ciechocinek, Poland, said, weeping. "I hope these emotions will r emain with us for a long time," she said. Pope Benedict XVI praised John Paul f or tur ning back t he seemin gly "irreversible" tide of communism with faith, courage and "the str ength of a titan, a strength which came to him from God." John Paul is universally credited with helping bring down communism in his n a t i v e P o l a n d w i t h s u p p o r t f o r t h e Solidarity labor movement, accelerating the fall of the Iron Curtain. "He rightly reclaimed for Christianity that impulse of hope which had in some sense faltered befor e Marxism and the ideology of progr ess," Benedict said. "He r estored to Christianity its tr ue face as a r eligion of hope." Pope beatifies John Paul II before 1.5M faithful F AI TH FUL cro w d St P ete r's S qu ar e a t th e V ati ca n, Su n da y Ma y 1 Po p e B en ed i ct XV I b eat if i ed P op e Jo h n P au l I I be fo re m o re t h an a m i l l io n fai t hf u l i n S t Pet er' s S q u are an d su rro u n d in g st reet s Su n da y mo vi n g th e be l ov ed f or me r p o n ti ff o n e st ep cl o se r t o p o ssi b l e sai n th o o d. ( A P ) SEE page 24C
The T ribune PG 24 Thursday May 5, 201 1 RELIGION J o h n Pa u l's be a tif ica tio n, the fa s tes t in m o d e r n t ime s ha s h owe v e r tri gg e r e d a n e w w av e of a ng e r fro m s ex -a bu se v icti ms b e ca us e muc h o f the cr im in al ity o ccur r e d d ur ing his 2 7 -y e ar w a tch. Cr iti cs a ls o sa y J o h n Pa u l's l e ga cy is cl ou de d by e v id en ce o f a dwi ndl in g fa i th: e mpty c hur ch es in E u r ope to o few p ri es ts i n N o rth a nd S out h Am e ri ca pr ie s ts wh o v i ola te the ir c el ib ac y r e q u i r e m en t in pl a ce s li ke Afri ca a n d a ge n er a l de cli ne o f Ca th ol ici sm in f o r m e r Ch ri sti an s tr o n g h o l d s J o h n P a u l's defenders a rgue th a t an e n t i r e g en e ra tio n of n ew pr ie s ts owe the ir v o ca tion s to Jo hn Pa ul a nd th a t m il lio ns o f l a y Ca th oli cs fo un d the ir f ai th du ri ng th e W or ld Y outh Da y s, wh ich we re a ha ll m a rk o f h is p a pa cy V a tic a n o ffic ia ls h av e ins is te d tha t the s a in t-ma ki ng pr oc es s is n' t a jud g me nt o f h ow J ohn Pa u l a dm in is ter e d th e chu r c h but ra t he r whether he lived a lif e of C hr is tia n v ir t u e B en ed ict p ut Joh n Pau l on th e fa s ttr a ck f or pos s ibl e sa in tho od w he n h e d is p e ns ed wi th th e tr ad iti ona l fiv e -y e ar w ai ti ng p e ri od a nd a ll owe d the be a tifi ca tion p r o ce ss to be g in we e ks a fte r his Apr il 2 2 0 0 5 d e ath Be ne di ct wa s r es po nd ing to c ha nts of S an to S ub ito!" o r S ai nth ood I m m e d i a t e l y w h i c h e r u p t e d d u r i n g J o h n Pa u l's fune r a l. W i th a se a of r e d a nd w hite Pol is h fl ag s fl utte r ing i n th e sq ua r e, th e be a tifi ca tion S und a y e vo ke d the da y s a fte r th e po pe 's d e ath i n 2 0 0 5 whe n s ome 3 mi lli on fa ith fu l he l d v ig il und e r hi s s tud io w ind ow a nd fi le d pa s t h is re ma i ns fo r da y s o n en d. Pi lg r ims fro m Me x ic o to M a li r e p e a t e d th e pr oc es s ion a fte r the M a ss S un da y for h our s fil ing p as t th e s i mpl e woo de n c of f i n th a t h ad b ee n r a is ed fr om th e g r o t t o e s u n d e r ne at h St. P e t er's Bas i lica to t he c h u r ch 's ce nte r ai sl e wh e re it wa s s ur r ou nde d by fo ur Sw is s G ua r ds s tan di ng a t a t t e n t i o n B ea ti fica ti on is th e la s t m a jor mil e sto ne b e f o r e a ca ndi da te is d ec la r ed a s ai nt. J o h n Pa u l ne e ds an oth er mi ra cl e a ttr ib u te d to hi s in ter ce s si on be fo re h e ca n be c a n o n i z e d A l re a d y V at i c a n o f f i c i al s h av e sa i d r e p o r ts of ine x pl ica b le cu re s we re p ou ri ng i n, su gg e s ting i t is o nl y a m atte r of ti me b e f o r e Jo hn Pa ul i s de cl a re d a s a in t, or e v e n a d octo r o f th e ch ur ch a n e v en g r e ate r h on or Po lice pla ce d wi de swa ths of Ro me m il es ( ki lo me te rs ) fr om the V a ti ca n o ff l im its to pr i va te c a rs to e ns ur e s e cur ity for th e es ti ma te d 1 6 he a ds of s ta te e i gh t pr im e m i ni st e rs a nd f i ve m em be rs of E u r ope a n r oy a l hou se s a tte n din g H e lic opte r s fl ew o ve r he a d, p ol ice boa ts p a t r o lled the n ea rb y T iber Ri v er an d some 5,000 uni fo rmed t roo ps mann ed p ol ice b a rr ic ad e s to e n su re pr ie sts of f i c i a l d e le g ati on s a nd th os e w ith co v ete d V I P p a ss e s co uld g e t to the i r pl ac e s a mid the t h r o ng s o f p il gr im s. S p a i n s C r o w n P r i n c e F e l i p e a n d Princess Le t izia, wea ring a bla ck lace mantilla, mingled with Italian Premier S i l v i o B e r l u s c o n i P o l a n d s h i s t o r i c Solidarity leader and former President Lech W alesa and Zimbabwean President R o b e r t M u g a b e w h o s i d e s t e p p e d a European Union travel ban to attend. "He went all over the world," said Bishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, who came to Rome for the ceremony "T oday we're coming to him." Many in Rome and in capitals around the world er upted in cheers, tears and a p p l a u s e a s B e n e d i c t p r o n o u n c e d John Paul "Blessed" and an enormous color photo of a young, smiling John Paul was unveiled over the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica. "John Paul is an angel, he has such charisma," said Esperanza Concilion, a 6 9 y e a r o l d h a i r d r e s s e r w h o t r a v e l e d from Guadalajara, Mexico for the beatifi cation. C a t h o l i c s j a m m e d c h u r c h e s f r o m Mexico to Australia to pray and watch br oadcasts of the Rome Mass on televi sion. "He was a model and an inspiration who united the world with his extraordi nary charisma," said John Paul Bustillo, a 16-year -old medical student named after the pontif f who turned out Sunday along with more than 3,000 others for a six-mile (10-kilometer) race followed by a Mass near Manila Bay in the Philippines. I n B r az i l w h i c h h as m o r e Ro m an C at hol ics tha n an y o the r na tio n, the be a ti fic ati on re s on ate d a mo ng the fai thfu l a n d s pa r ke d ho pe th a t i t m ig ht re ne w fa ith i n th e ch ur ch i n th e So uth Ame ri ca n na tio n w hic h i s fa ci ng s tiff c omp e titi on fo r so uls f r om ev a ng e li ca l Pr ote sta n t m ov e me nt s. T he be a tifi ca tio n is go ing to r e n o v a t e th e fa it h o f th os e wh o ma y h a ve los t the ir w ay a nd le ft the ch ur ch, sa id Adim ir G o d o y a s he le ft a Su nda y m a ss a t the S a nta Ce cil ia chu rch in ce nt ra l Sa o Pa u lo. W e w er e al l b l e ss e d b y t h e l i f e o f P o p e J o h n Pa ul a n d h e de se r v es to be a s a i n t I n J ohn Pa u l's na tiv e Pol a nd, te ns o f th ou sa nd s of pe op le ga th er e d in r a in in a m aj o r s a n c t u a r y i n K r a k o w a n d i n W ad owi ce whe r e the p onti ff wa s b or n i n 1 9 2 0 a s K a ro l W o jty la Pr im e M ini st er D on al d T u sk an d hi s wi fe Ma lg o r z a t a w a t c h e d t h e c er e m o n y t o g e t h er w i t h W ad owi ce r e s i d e n t s I n Pa n am a R om a n Ca th oli c a uth or iti es l a id th e f ir st s ton e o f a c ha pe l th at w ill be b ui lt in h ono r of th e la te po pe T he si te i n A l b r oo k ma r ks the s pot w he re J ohn P a u l I I he ld a ma ss d uri ng h is 19 8 3 v is it to the C en tr al Am e ri ca n cou ntr y I n th e Un ite d S tate s m an y ch ur c h e s h e ld sp e cia l ma s se s a nd oth e r p ro g ra m s t o h on or the fir s t po pe to c onn e ct wi de ly w i t h A m er i c a n C a t h o l i c s, es p e c i a l l y y o ung be li e ve r s. FROM page 23C Pope beatifies John Paul II THE faithful take pictures of the casket containing the remains of late Pope John Paul laid out in state inside St Peter's Basilica the day the late pontiff was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square at the V atican, Sunday May 1, in the fastest beatification in modern times. Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005. (AP)
The T ribune Thursday May 5, 201 1 PG 25 RELIGION 3X10.5 EBENEZER METHODIST Freedom from Alcohol DRINKING alcohol beverages is not cool; it is contrary to God' s will. Alco ho l d eceives, d ef i les, destr o y s a n d t h e H o l y S c r i p t u r e s c o n d e m n s drunkenness. T otal abstinence from all alcoholic beverages is the only wise choice for Christians. The consump tion of alcohol is dangerous for several r easons. Alcohol Deceives "W ine is a mock er and beer a brawler whoever is led astray by them is not wise" (Pr overbs 20:1, N.I.V .). Alcohol does not make you beautiful, smart, handsome, tall, strong, witty sexy or more sophisticated just drunk. Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimu lant. It staggers the brain, the feet and th e w ho l e p er s o n al i ty I t p r o m i s e s exh al ati o n y et ac tu all y d es tr o ys th e sensitivity of the nervous system and r eflexes. It dulls thinking. Alcohol promises to settle the ner ves and help one gain control, but in fact it leads one to loss of control. The user believes that he or she can stop at any point. The alcoholic lies to himself and refuses to believe he is an alcoholic. How many times does the p o o r d e c e i v e d p e r s o n s b r a g a b o u t being able to handle his alcohol? The juvenile offender in court says to the judge, "I just had a soft one or a few beers". (The character of alcohol in beers does not differ fr om that in wine, whiskey brandy or vodka.) The alco holic knows the harmful effects of the drug, but excuses himself by saying, "I am hurting myself and no other". But h o m e s ar e b r o k e n s c h o o l f ee s ar e unpaid, child suppor t not given and families are destroyed because of this drug. I saw a sign, some time ago on one of our main streets, which read: "Drink Responsibly". Can you really drink r esponsibly? I do not believe so. I am just not addressing this topic because of my religious faith. No, as a matur ed Bahamian, I wish to state that I never used alcohol at any time in my life. I believe it is impossible to be under the influence of Alcohol and not affect oth ers. Alcohol Defiles Alcohol ingested into the human body defiles the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16, 17). It adversely affects every cell in the body It causes toxic damage to the central nervous system and the brain. It caus es a loss of mental powers and destr oys inhibitions that ar e needed for morality and personal safety God wants us to think clearly but our God has given us the power of choice, which is lost under the influence of alcohol. Sobriety is commanded in the Holy Scriptur es. Believers ar e exhor ted to not be drunken, "But let us, who are of the day be sober" (I Thessalonians 5:8). As Christians we are to be in con trol of our mind, and be sober (I Peter 1:13). Believers ar e to be aler t to the times, sober and prayerful (I Peter 4:7). Grace teaches against drunkenness and that we should live soberly righteously and Godly in this pr esent world." M a n y O l y m p i c c h a m p i o n s o f t h e world are total abstainers from alcohol beverages. They know the damage it does to the body mind and spirit. Alcohol is Destr uctive A person who destroys his body and mind will be destr oyed by God. Many do not under stand whenever the first drink is taken; i t i s t h e f i r s t s t e p t o w a r d d e a t h Alcoholics ar e candidates for suicide. A l c o h o l i s m d e s t r o y s f a m i l i e s I t m a k e s w i d o w s a n d o r p h a n s f i l l s divor ce courts, and dooms families with vicious for ce. It bankrupts families and does not care whether they are not pr operly sheltered, educated, fed, or clothed. There can be no peaceful coexistence with alcoholism. "It masters all under its influence and destr oys all it masters." A l c o h o l i s i n v o l v e d i n e s c a l a t i n g r a t e s o f m u r d e r s r a p e s r o b b e r i e s p h y s i c a l a b u s e s a n d v i o l e n t c r i m e s Government estimates place the eco nomic cost of alcoholism (including lost population, accidents, health car e, and fires) in the billions each year BISHOP V G CLARKE
By P AST OR T ONY A COLEBROOK Heavenly Dove Prayer and Deliverance Ministry 1 T I M OT H Y 6 v 1 2 : W a r r i o r s fo r C h r is t F i g h t t he Go o d fi g h t o f th e f a i th t a k e h ol d o f t h e e te r na l l i fe to w hi c h y o u w e r e c a l l e d wh e n y o u m a d e y o u r g o o d c o nf e s s i o n i n t he pr e s e n ce o f m a n y wi t n e s s e s E p he s ia ns 6 v 1 2 f o r we w r e s t l e n ot a g a i ns t fl e s h a n d b l oo d b ut a g a in s t th e p r i n ci p a l i ti e s a g a i ns t th e p o we r s a g a i n s t t he wo r l d r ul e r s of th i s p r e s e n t d a r k n e s s a g a i ns t th e s p i r i tu a l h o s ts o f w i ck e d n e s s i n th e h e a v e n ly pl a c e s T O B EC O M E A W AR R I O R I N C H R I S T T H ER E A R E S O M E T H I N G S T H A T M U S T B E D O N E P u t o n th e w h o le a r m or o f Go d 1 E p h e s i a n s 6 v 1 3 : T a ke on t he wh o l e a r m o r o f G o d wh i c h y ou m a y be a b le to w it h s ta n d i n th e e v i l d a y a n d h a v in g d o ne a l l, t o s ta n d G r i d y ou r l o i ns w i th tr u t h a nd B r e a s t pl a t e o f r i g h te ou s n e s s 2 E p he s i a ns 6 v 1 4 ; S t a n d t h e r e f o re h a v i n g g i r d e d y o u r lo i n s wi t h tr u th a n d h a v i n g p u t o n th e b r e a s t p la te o f r i g h t e o u s n e s s . G o s pe l o f P e a c e 3 E p he s ia ns 6 v 1 5 : A n d h a v in g s h o d y o u r fe e t w i th th e e qu i p m e n t o f t he g o s p e l o f p e a c e S h ie ld o f f a i th 4 E p he s ia ns 6 v 1 6 : B e s i d e s a l l th e s e ta ki n g t h e s h ie ld o f f a i th w i th wh i c h y ou c a n qu e n c h a l l th e fl a m i n g d a r t s of th e e v i l o n e H e l m e t o f Sa lv a ti o n w h i ch i s th e w o r d o f G o d 5 E p he s ia ns 6 v 1 7 : A n d t a k e t he he lm e t o f S a l v a t i o n, a nd t he s wo r d o f th e Sp i r i t w hi c h i s th e w or d o f G o d S ta n d f ir m a n d b e fo c u s e d on t he th i n g s o f G o d fo r h e c a r e t h f o r y o u. P r a y wi t h ce a s in g 1 T he s s a l on i a s 5 v s 1 7 Y o u m u s t p r a y m o r e t ha n e v e r b e fo r e T h i s m e a n s c on t in u e t o p r a y wi t ho u t l o o k in g i n t h e n a tu r a l b u t b e m o r e s p i r it u a l Y o u m i g h t n o t s e e t h e r e s u l ts n o w b u t i n th e s p ir i t ua l r e a l m Go d i s wo r k i n g i t a l l o u t fo r y o u r g o o d. B e c a u s e y o u a r e g oi n g t h r o u g h a s i tu a t io n r i g h t n o w a nd y o u d o n t e v e n k no w wh i c h w a y to tu r n j us t h ol d o n to J e s us mo r e t h a n e v e r b e f o r e J e s u s is t h e a n s we r fo r th e w o r l d t o da y a b o v e h i m th e r e i s n o ot h e r fo r J e s u s is th e w a y S ta n d U p St a n d Up f or J e s u s S ta n d U p St a n d Up f or J e s u s St a n d in J e s s e s s tr e ng th a l o ne T h e a r m o f f le s h w i l l fa i l y o u Y ou d a r e n ot tr u s t y o ur o w n Pu t on t he g o s pe l a r m o r E a c h p i e c e p ut o n w i th p r a y e r S ta n d U p W a r r i o r s fo r t he L or d f or h e wi l l n e v e r l e a v e y o u n or f o r s a k e y o u J e s u s is y ou r m i g h ty c o n qu e r T o d a y s ta nd s t il l The T ribune PG 26 Thursday May 5, 201 1 RELIGION O N S a t u r d a y Ma y 7, t h e c le rgy a n d p e op l e o f A ll S ai nt s A n gli c an Pa ri sh M a n g r o ve Ca y a n d So u t h A n d ro s wi ll h o ld a gri lle o u t i n aid o f it s bu i ld in g r est o r at io n fu n d P r o c ee d s f o r t hi s t h e f ir st a nn u a l p ar is h g ril le o u t are ear ma rk ed f o r t h e r e p l a c e m en t o f t h e ro o f f or t h e h i st o ri c c hu r c h o f S t Bar n ab as i n L o n g Bay C ay s, S o u t h A n d r os T he g ril le o ut wi ll ta k e p l ac e o n t h e gro u n d s of Ho ly T rin i t y A n g lic a n P ar ish i n N ew P ro vi de n c e o n S a t ur d a y M ay 7 f ro m n o o n 6p m T h e r e w ill b e st e ak c hi c k en an d f is h d i nn e rs a vai la bl e al o ng wit h c o n c h a n d r ic e, c on c h an d g ri ts c o n c h f ri t t ers c ra b a n d d o u gh c ra b a n d r ic e an d m u ch m o re f o o d a nd d rin k T h ere w ill b e a b o u n c in g c a st le c o t to n c an d y an d p o p p ed c o rn f o r t h e c h il d ren as w el l. T h is is t h e f ir st an n u a l b ui ld in g res t o rat i o n f u n d ra is er T h e n e xt p ro je c t a f te r t h e r e p l a c e m e n t o f t h e ro o f a t S t Ba rn ab a s i s t h e exp a n s io n o f S t A l ba n 's Ch u rc h i n Dr ig g's Hi ll S o u t h A n d r os f o l lo wi ng th a t w ill b e t h e r ep la c em en t o f t h e ro o f o f S t D avi d 's An g l i ca n C h ur ch Li s b on C r e e k M a n g r o ve Ca y an d f in a lly t h e r e s t o r a t i o n o f th e R ec t o r y i n Pe at s Man g ro ve C ay A l l p e rso n s ar e in vit e d t o c o me o u t a n d h a ve a f u n f il le d d ay All Saints Anglican Parish Grille Out Warriors in Christ A r t i s t s f r o m I n d i a s U t t a r a k h a n d s t a t e w a t c h a p r o c e s s i o n t o m a r k H i n d u f e s t i v a l P a r a s u r a m J a y a n t i i n J a m m u I n d i a T u e s d a y M a y 3 2 0 1 1 T h e f e s t i v a l i s d e d i c a t e d t o t h e w o r s h i p o f l o r d P a r a s u r a m w h o a c c o r d i n g t o H i n d u m y t h o l o g y i s a n i n c a r n a t i o n o f g o d V i s h n u ( A P ) India Hindu Festival
The T ribune Thursday May 5, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION BEIJING Associated Press A U S c o m m i s s i o n t h a t a c c u s e d B e i j i n g o f r e s t r i c ti n g r e l i g i o u s f r e e d o m i s b i a s e d a n d i s m e d d l i n g i n C h i n a s i n te r n a l a f f a i r s t h e F o r e i g n M i n i s t r y s a i d W e d n e s d a y M i n i s t r y s p o k e s w o m a n J i a n g Y u s a i d C h i n e s e c i t i z e n s e n j o y c o m p l e te r e l i g i o u s f r e e d o m d e s p i t e t h e a s s e r ti o n s b y t h e U S C o m m i s s i o n o n I n t e r n a t i o n a l R e l i g i o u s F r e e d o m i n a r e p o r t i s s u e d l a s t w e e k I n a s t a t e m e n t J i a n g u r g e d t h e c o m m i s s i o n t o a b a n d o n i ts p r e j u d i c e s r e s p e c t f act s an d st op in ter venin g i n C hi na' s d o m e s t i c a ff a i r s b y m e a n s i n c l u d i n g i s s u i n g r e p o r t s I n i t s a n n u a l r e p o r t, t h e c o m m i s s i o n l i s t e d C h i n a a m o n g t h e w o r s t v i o l a t o r s o f r e l i g io us fr ee do m, s a yi ng th e g ov e r n m e n t i m po s e s s e v e r e r e s t r ic ti o n s o n un r e g i s t e r e d r e l i g i o u s g r o u p s a n d t h o s e d e e m e d t o t h r e a t e n n a t i o n a l s e c u r i ty o r s o c i a l h a r m o n y "Reli giou s f reedo m c on dit i ons fo r T i b e t a n B u d d h i s t s a n d U i g h u r M u s l i m s r e m a i n p a r t i c u l a r l y a c u t e a s t h e g o v e r n m e n t b r o a d e n e d i t s e f f o r t s to d i s c r e d i t a n d impris on r elig ious lea ders cont r ol the s e l e c t i o n o f c l e r g y b a n r e l i g i o u s g a t h e r i n g s a n d c o n t r o l t h e d i s t r i b u t i o n o f r e l i gio us li t eratu re by memb ers of th ese g r o u p s t h e r e p o r t s a i d T h e r e p o r t a l s o s a i d t h a t o v e r t h e p a s t y e a r t h e g o v e r n m e n t h a s d e t a i n e d o v e r 5 0 0 u n r e g i s t e r e d Pr o t e s t a n ts a n d d o z e n s o f C ath ol ic c ler g y in creased ef f o r t s t o d e s t r o y o r c l o s e u n r e g i s t e r e d c h u r c h e s a n d m e e t i n g p l a c e s a n d t a r g e t e d fo l l o w e r s o f t h e b a n n e d F a l u n G o n g s p i r i t u a l m o v e m e n t a n d th e i r d e f e n d e r s Com mis si on Cha ir ma n L eo na rd L eo a l s o a c c u s e d C h i n a o f t r y i n g t o h a c k i n to t h e c o m m i s s i o n s e m a i l s T h e o t h e r c o u n t r i e s o f p a r t i c u l a r c o n c e r n" wer e Eg y pt, Eri tre a, I ra n, I ra q, M y a n m a r N i g e r i a N o r t h K o r e a P a k i s ta n S audi A rab ia, Su dan, T u r k m e n i s t a n U z b e k i s t a n a n d V i e t n a m By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press OSAMA bin Laden's burial at sea by the U.S. gover nment has spur r ed world wide debate among Islamic leaders and scholars: Did officials follow Islamic tra dition in handling the body before and during burial, as they contend? Experts' r esponses var y as widely as the interpretations among followers of any faith. Some saw the burial as an appropriate option; others decried it as an unacceptable way to treat a body of a Muslim, r egar dless of his actions in life. Still, there are some basic customs and practices of Islamic burial commonly fol lowed, according to Muslim clerics who d i s c u s s e d t h e m w i t h T h e A s s o c i a t e d Press: The preference is always for bodies to be buried on land, but custom allows for sea burials if someone dies on a ship and there is no way to quickly get the body to land. The body must be buried within 24 h o u r s t o h o n o u r t h e P r o p h e t Muhammad, and should not be cremated or embalmed. In the grave, the head should be pointed toward the holy city of Mecca in preparation for judgment day Before burial, the body needs to be ritually washed from top to bottom and dried. The process is meant to honour God, or Allah. "Allah created the body and we have to respect the body as though the air and blood is still going through it that's the vessel that held the spirit of the human being," said Abdullah Bey El-Amin, a Detroit imam and president of a compa ny that provides funeral pr oducts and services. After the washing, custom calls for the body to be wrapped in three pieces of cloth for men, five pieces for women. The funeral service at a mosque or elsewhere should include a special burial prayer with four parts to glorify God, and r eading of the first chapter of the Quran. The bottom line is "we should not insult the body of any person when he is dead," said Ahmad Sakr president of the Foundation of Islamic Knowledge and director of the Islamic Education Center in W alnut, Calif. "There are rules and regulations for burial, whether he's a practicing Muslim or a lazy Muslim," Sakr said. P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k O b a m a s a i d b i n Laden's remains had been handled in accordance with custom, which requires speedy burial, and the Pentagon later said the body was sunk in the waters of the northern Arabian Sea after adhering t o t r a d i t i o n a l I s l a m i c p r o c e d u r e s including washing the corpse aboar d the aircraft car rier USS Carl V inson. A US official said the burial decision was made after concluding that it would have been dif ficult to find a countr y will ing to accept bin Laden's r emains. Ther e was also concer n that a grave site could have become a rallying point for mili tants. Some prominent Muslim clerics in the Middle East have suggested that the bur ial at sea could be interpr eted by some Muslims as an insult and invite r etribu tion. Bin Laden's burial shines light on Islamic rules C h i n a s a y s U S r e p o r t o n r e l i g o u s p o l i c y b i a s e d SUPPOR TERS of Pakistan's Islamic Lawyer Forum offer funeral prayers for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden outside the Peshawar High Court in Peshawar Pakistan on W ednesday May 4, 2011. People were still confused and suspicious on about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which took place in their midst before dawn on Monday (AP)
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday May 5, 201 1 RELIGION N E W L Y i n s t a l l e d R e c t o r W i l l i s h Johnson organised the members of her parish, St John the Baptist, to be the gra cious host of the week long expedition. The cler gy would r eside at the luxurious waterfront resort of "Regattas". O n M o n d a y t h e a u g u s t b o d y l e d evening devotions in the recently reno vated and refurbished St John the Baptist Parish Church located on the main thor o u g h f a r e of the e conomic a lly bust ling settlement of Marsh Harbor U p o n en t er i n g t h e p ar i s h h a l l o n e could see that it was bee-hive of activity as members of the vestry working along in tandem with Anglican Church W omen group gave the various clerics a royal welcome and a sumptuous meal. On T uesday morning, day two of the w e e k s r e t r eat t h e c lergy began w it h m o r n i n g p r a y e r a t 7 a m f o l l o w e d b y br eakfast in the chur ch' s parish hall. The b u s i n e s s s e s s i o n r e c o n v e n e d w i t h a n update on the 150th anniversary celebra tions and each cleric tabled statistical d a t a a n d e v e n t s c o i n c i d i n g w i t h t h e Diocese celebrations. The Eucharist was celebrated at mid day celebrated by Bishop Boyd assisted by Deacon Letha Strachan. It was the feast day of St Philip and St James and the birthday of Archdeacon I. Ranfurly B r o w n R e c t o r o f S t A g n e s a n d A r c h de ac on r esp o ns ib l e f o r t h e W e s t Central Archdeaconr y During the Conference clergy con cerns and upcoming events marking the celebration of the Diocesan milestone w e r e a l s o d i s c u s s e d O n W e d n e s d a y evening clergy attended Eucharistic cele brations in the church of St Mar tin' s of T our in Sandy Point, Abaco. Thursday evening they travelled into the Parish of St Peter s and St Anne' s in North Abaco and St Peter s in Green T urtle Cay The r e c t o r o f t h i s p a r t i c u l a r p a r i s h i s F r Deangelo Bowe. This year s clergy conference saw mor e than sixty priests coming together for fel lowship, frolic and relaxation after a most busy and tiring Lenten season and Holy W eek activities. Anglican Priests begin their Annual Clergy Conference in Abaco GA THERING: Anglican clergy from all over the diocese gathered in this Abaco this week for their annual clergy conference. BROTHERHOOD: Anglican clergy from throughout the ar chipelagic diocese boarded Bahamasair Dash 8 flights and headed to Abaco for their Annual Clergy Conference which takes place each year during the month of May
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 THETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports news Bahamian athletes on NCAA top 100 lists See page 3e By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org W ITH a number of landmark sporting events on the horizon in the Bahamas, there will be more and more opportunities for the island-chain to seize with regard to developing ours ports tourism brand. At the announcement of one such event, the highly anticipated Battle 4A tlantis Basketball tournament, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace outlined how the event and others of a similar nature increases the Bahamas profile a s a destination for sports tourism. "We have outlined a strategy we w ere going to follow because amateur sports has this remarkable capacity to draw a large number of people to come into an area. This is an outstanding start to something that we have been talking about for quite s ome time. This is the beginning. With basketball, there are all kinds o f other opportunities that we were already beginning to explore and suddenly it appears to be much easier for us to accomplish these other initiat ives in terms of other amateur sports, other NCAA events, to do exactly the s ame kinds of things for the Bahamas and the same kind of things which is to get the fans and friends and the teams to come over and compete in the Bahamas," he said. "In amateur sports, anywhere you w ould go in the US you would see t hat the city is sold out so it isnt just t he property in and around where the event is happening. We are finally beginning to see the execution of an idea and doing it in a very visible and e ffective way speaks to the kind of events and the kind of efforts Atlantis h as been known for." The University of Connecticut Huskies are expected to headline the eight-team roster to compete in the inaugural "Battle 4 Atlantis" at the Paradise Island resort over the T hanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-27. Battle 4 Atlantis boosts sports tourism S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E V ANDERPOOL-WALLACE By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com A TREK towards qualification in the regions top boxing tournament has just one remaining opportunity for the Bahamas top amateur box ers after an early exit in their latest outing. At the second of three Pan Am qualifiers, Valentino Knowles and Carl Hield were both ousted in the preliminary rounds at the event in Qito, Ecuador. In the 64kg category, Knowles lost a tough match by a single point to Antonio Ortiz of Puerto Rico, 7:6. And in the 69kg category, Hield fell to Myke Carvalho of Brazil, 14:4. Both fighters needed to advance to the medal round in order to secure a spot at the games after falling short in the first qualifier in Venezuela last March. As a last resort, the boxers will have to gear up for the third and final round that will be held in June. Twenty-two countries are participating at the second Pan Am Qual ifier, competing for six slots in the womens division and 37 in the mens. Taureano 'Reno' Johnson was the last Bahamian to qualify for the Pan Am Games, the second biggest event outside of the Olympic Games. He did it in 2007 when he secured a gold medal in the third round. Seymour said based on Knowles and Hields performances in the past, he is confident that they both can prevail because "they're not new to this level of competition and they know the boxers. "This is what we have been preparing for the last 4-5 years, so we know what we are up against. They are ready. Those guys are ready. Seymour foreshadowed a difficult road ahead for his fighters in Ecuador. "It could play a difficult part in your breathing. We were there last year at the Contentinal. This is also the cold weather time in Ecuador when the second qualifier takes place. So we are going to do our best to try and qualify in this first one." Seymour said he's confident that if both Hield and Knowles go out and box smart and don't take anyone "lightly," they should have no problems qualifying. "You can't leave anything up to the officials. We have to win everything fair and clean," he said. "We just don't want to leave anything up to the officials. That is one of our focus. We can't take anyone lightly." The 2011 Pan Am Games will be contested October 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will showcase womens boxing for the first time in the events history. The three Olympic womens weight classes flyweight (112lbs lightweight (132lbs dleweight (165lbs tured. The third and final Pan Am Games qualifying tournament is tentatively scheduled to take place in June at a location to be determined. Knowles and Hield ousted in preliminary rounds of Pan Am qualifier OUSTED: Valentino Knowles (right rounds of the Pan Am qualifier in Ecuador. Bahamians burning up track and field By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org T h e IAAF has released the most recent updated version of its top listsw ith a number of Bahamians listed among t he world leaders in their respective e vents. Approximately 12 Bahamian athletes are ranked amongst the 25 best performances of the year thus far. H ighlighting the list of athletes and standout performances was junior sprinter Anthonique Strachan (below fresh off her double sprint champi o nship performance at the Carifta Games which earned her the "Austin Sealy" award. In her signature event, Strachan's time of 22.92s, en route to a goldm edal in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is 11th best in the world on the season. H er Carifta double performance was also good enough to place her on the top list in the century with a time of 11.38s, which placed her 24th in the world. S trachan, 17, is the youngest athlete to appear within the top 25 on either list. Collegiate superstar Sheniqua Q Ferguson has solidified her position as one of the world's top sprinters by h aving a pair of performances ranked in the top 10. The Auburn University Tiger and reigning SEC Champion in both the1 00m and 200m continues to excel. Ferguson posted the fourth fastest time in the world at the War Eagle I nvitational April 16 in Auburn, Alabama and also recorded a new per sonal best of 11.17s. A merican Carmelita Jeter leads the t op list with a time of 10.99s, the only sub-11 time recorded this year. In the 200m, Fergusons perfor m ance is ranked eighth with a time of 22.92s, clocked April 9 in Tallahassee, Florida. N ivea Smith is ranked 15th on the list with a time of 22.97s. American Lauryn Williams has the world leading time of 22.65s, followedb y Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price of Jamaica in 22.69s. In the womens long jump, Bianca Stuart recorded the 10th best jump of the year with a mark of 6.53m, also at the War Eagle Invitational. At the same meet, the fourth and f ifth best jumps of the year were also recorded by Shara Proctor of Great Britain and 6.68m and Jovanee Jarrett of Jamaica, 6.65m. American Brittney Reese heads the list with a jump of 6.83m. In the mens 400m, the productive year thus far for Demetrius Pinder hasb een displayed throughout the top lists. P inder is the only athlete to appear twice within the top 10 which includes the fourth leading time in the world, done April 2 in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, in 45.06s and the seventhf astest time, 45.26s, April 16 in Gainesville, Florida. Michael Mathieu also appears within the top 25 with the 23rd fastest time, 45.69s. In the 200m, Pinder has recorded t he 11th best finish, 20.54s, ran March 19 in San Diego, California. Matheiu posted the 22nd best finish thus far in 20.62s, which he recordedM arch 26 in Orlando, Florida. Maurice Mitchell of the US posted the fastest mark of the year just weeks a go in Durham, North Carolina, in 20.19s. In the men's triple jump, Leevan Superman Sands recorded the seve nth best jump of the year at 17.02m at the War Eagle Invitational. The top six marks in the event are a ll recorded by Cuban athletes in various meets performed at home, lead by Alexis Copello at 17.27m. I n the high jump, Donald Thomas has the fifth best mark of the year with a leap of 2.30m. Trevor Barry has the 15th best mark o f 2.24m, which he reached last week end in Des Moines, Iowa. The top four jumps were all by Americans, led by Jesse Williams with a leap of 2.34m. The Bahamas men's 4 x 400 relay team of Ramon Miller, Mathieu,A ndrae Williams and Chris Brown qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea and in doing so recorded the ninth best time of the year with their time of 3:02.79s.
T he Huskies will be joined by fellow Elite Eight partici p ant from the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Florida State Seminoles, along with other tournament participants, North Carolina-A sheville and the College of Charleston. H arvard University, Utah, Massachusettes and Central Florida round out the remainder of the eight teams. Participating schools will receive $ 2 million annually, which organisers say makes it the richest preseason tournamenti n college basketball. Vanderpool-Wallace also stated that the ministry is sett o produce its official sports tourism brochure in the near future, outlining its plans for development. P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham, at the contract signing and groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center, underscored t he importance that an i mprovement in facilities and infrastructure has on the impact of sports tourism. Promotion The promotion and purs uit of sports is an important part of our national development. These works will not o nly complement the opera tions of the new national stadium and augment the devel-o pment of the Queen Elizab eth Sports Centre, they will also contribute to my govern ments goal of transforming t he landscape of New Providence and providing residents and visitors with modern and r eliable infrastructure and utility services," he said. "It should not be lost on any of us that enhanced sporting facilities hold considerable potential for other and additional benefits to our c ountry, namely the growth i n sports tourism, potential new revenue sources to the benefit of sport and thei ncreased opportunities for additional sports development." T yrone Sawyer, director of s ports tourism, previously stated how the connection between his ministry and local f ederations has facilitated the development of the particular tourism sector. We are finding that the o pportunities in sports tourism are extremely great and the goal, strategy ando bjective is to stimulate air stop over arrivals, and also room growth through the v ehicle of sports tourism events. We are successfully accomplishing that through close liaison with the Bahamas Olympic Committee and with the various sporti ng federations," he said. I must say that we must give credit to all the sporting bodies because they haveb een very helpful to us. We have established a relationship where we put ourr esources to their disposal and t he results are great, Sawyer said. In 2010, more than 20 intern ational teams competed in tournaments hosted by local federations. Some tourna-m ents are now listed as annua l events on the sporting calendars. One sporting organisation i n particular, the Bahamas Basketball Federation, schedules tournaments every year f or NCAA Div I teams, including the Junkanoo Jam and Sunshine Shootout. By LAMECH JOHNSON WITH the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships approximately six weeks away, Bahamian athletes are working hard inorder to be eligible to compete in that prestigious meet. On the US track and field results reporting system website (www.tfrrs.org b er of our athletes are among the top in their respective e vents in track and on the f ield. G rand Bahamian native D emetrius Pinder, a senior at T exas A & M University, is N o.2 in the 400m with a seas ons best time of 45.06s. Pinder is also ranked sixth in the 2 00m with his personal best o f 20.54. J amal Wilson, of the Univ ersity of Texas, is ranked N o.4 in the triple jump in a best leap of 16.23m. He is ranked 22nd in his specialty of the high jump with 2.15m. R aymond Higgs, who a ttends the University of Arkansas, is also ranked 22nd in the high jump with the same mark as Wilson. In the long jump, he holds the eighth spot with a leap of 7.91m. On the womens side, Sheniqua Q Ferguson and Nivea Smith of Auburn lead the way with tied 5th place spots in the 200m. Both have ran 22.92s. Ferguson, however, has the faster time in the 100m in 11.17s which places her 9th in the division. Smiths time this year is 11.57 which is 62nd overall. Cache Amrbrister is 60th in the half lapper with a 23.69s seasons best and 40th in the full lapper in 53.84s. Ivanique Kemp, who also attends the University of Arkansas, ran a personal best o f 13.34s in the 100m hurdles at the Drake relays last week. T hat time puts her 29th overa ll. O ther athletes ranked on t he top lists are Geno Jones o f LSU 77th in 100m 10.49s, K arlton Rolle of UCLA 5 6th in 200m 20.97s and Latoy Williams of Texas Tech 45th in 400m 46.78s. B efore the collegiate athl etes can compete at the N CAA outdoor track and f ield championships, they must first compete in their respective conference championships where they have a chance to duplicate and/or improve their performances to improve their rank in the lists. Then the top athletes from the two regions, east and west, are selected to compete in the preliminary rounds to be held at the end of this month. The top 12 finishers from each region advances to the championships which is scheduled to begin in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8. L OCAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011, PAGE 3E Bahamian athletes on NCAA top 100 lists S HENIQUA Q FERGUSON D EMETRIUS PINDER Battle 4 Atlantis boosts sports tourism F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com WHILE most basketball leagues around the Bahamas have wrapped up, one of thel east populated Family Islands recently h osted its inaugural event on the hardwood. The R N Gomez All Age School Eagles of the Berry Islands hosted its first annual basketball tournament featuring a trio of schools the hosts, North Andros High Seminoles and Acklins High Stingers April 28-30. In the senior boys division, the Seminoles took first place after they defeated the host Eagles in the championship game 3324. Lashann Storr led all scorers with 13 points while Polhemus Adderley led the Eagles with eight points. The Seminoles reached the champi onship game with a 30-25 win over the Stingers and finished the tournament at 31. They opened with a 45-37 win over the Stingers led by 19 points from Trevor Newton, while Gregory Knowles Jr led the Stingers with 24. In game two, they suffered their lone defeat of the tournament, 42-34, at the hands of the Eagles. Jeron Smith led the Berry Islands with 11 points while Storr finished with 10. The Eagles finished the tournament at 21. They won the opening game in a thriller over the Stingers, 29-28, led by Deangelo Millers eight points. Storr was named the tournaments most valuable player. Newton led the tournament in assists, the Eagles Denni Rolle led the tourna ment in rebounds while the Seminoles Demetrius Colebrooke led in steals and Kyle Knowles in blocked shots. In the junior boys division, the Eagles protected home court and took the cham pionship with a 27-19 win. The Eagles defeated the Seminoles in back-to-back contests, after a 31-19 win in the opening game. Jeron Smith was named the most valuable player and recorded the most blocked shots as the Eagles swept the awards honours. Kevin Wallace Junior had the most assists and Danzel Rolle recorded the most steals and most rebounds. Berry Islands: Seminoles fly over Eagles, 33-24 RN Gomez All Age hosts its 1st annual basketball tourney