N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER MP attacks PLP over candidates V olume: 107 No.146THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 87F LOW 76F No r espect for Pice well Forbes, sa y suppor ters COOKIES & CREAM McFLURRY 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 By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter t firstname.lastname@example.org S TATE Minister of Envir onment Phenton Neymour brushed off a possible threat t o his constituency from p olitical newcomer and t hird-party candidate Sammy Poitier. The MP for South Beach s aid the newly-formed Democratic National Alliance (DNAc ome to the same realisation h e did as a member of the now defunct Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR that Bahamians wante xperienced representatives from one of the two major political parties. MINISTER BRUSHES OFF DN A THREAT TO HISCONSTITUENCY SEE page ten By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com POLICE have issued composite sketches of two suspects wanted for questioning in con nection with the murder of civ il servant Dwayne Cartwright. The first suspect has a light brown complexion and is of medium build. He is between 26 to 35 years old and stands between 5 and 5 tall. The second suspect is also described as having light brown complexion and of medium build. He is between 5 and 5 tall. Cartwright, 44, a security guard with the Department of Environmental Health was shot SEE page ten SKETCHES ISSUED IN MURDER PR OBE HAVE YOU SEEN THEM? Sketches of suspects. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AN Exuma teenager has become the first Bahamian to take part in a new NASA internship programme. Vardo McKenzie of Bar retarre, Exuma is headed to the Kennedy Space Centre this summer to build weather bal loons and hybrid rockets, and ultimately feed his engineering SCHOLARSHIP: Vardo McKenzieand Barbara Thompson, of the Bahamas Marine EcoCentre. SEE page 12 T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Government plans to lift its freeze on increments and promotions within the civil service, according to union head John Pinder. However, the Ingraham adminisSEE page 11 JOHN PINDER By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FRIENDS and supporters of South Andros MP Picewell Forbes claim the PLP is showing great disrespect by allowing two candidates from his own party to openly campaign against him for his seat at the next general election. And Mr Forbes himself told The Tribune yesterday how he feels a disservice has been done to him by his political party. Speaking out for the first time on this controversial issue, Mr Forbes said the entire country knows he turned GOVT PLANS TO LIFT INCREMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FREEZE IN CIVIL SERVICE JUNKAN OO TRIBUTETOJACKSONBURNSIDE Felip Major /Tribune staff THANKSFORTHEMEMORIES: Junkanooers came out last night in Market Street to pay respects to Bahamian cultural icon Jackson Burnside, who died last week. SEE page ten EXUMA TEEN A GER AWARDED NASA SCHOLARSHIP
By LAMECH JOHNSON SINCE the death of Jackson Burnside renowned artist, architect and cultural icon Bahamians have been finding ways to honour and remember him. One of the proposals put forward in memory of Mr Burnside is to rename what is currently Montagu Park, the Jackson Burnside Waterfront Park once the area has been redeveloped. B efore his death, Mr Burnside was one of the contributors to the park redevelopment project. Diane Phillips, co-chairman of the Montagu Park Redevelopment Steering Committee, said in a letter to the editor of The Tribune that she feels renaming the park will be a fit-t ing tribute because Jackson understood how much the water meant to us. When she wrote the letter making the request to rename the park in honour of Mr Burnside she did so as an individual and not as the co-chairman of the steering committee, which was appointed by Loretta Butler-Turner, MP for Montagu and Minister of State for Social Development However, she said she believed that every member of the committee would endorse the idea. And they have. The members of the committee supported the idea of renaming it the Jackson Burnside Waterfront Park. Dr Davidson Hepburn, co-chair, came back to me (yesterday from Paris with full support as did Family Guardian's Kerry Higgs, architect Monty Knowles, Higgs & Johnson attorney Surinder Deal, she said. Mrs Phillips said Montagu P ark is the last large piece of remaining urban beachfront t hat is easily accessible in New Providence for locals and visitors alike. She explained that Mr Burnside had a hand in the plans that are being currently adopted for the redevelopment of thep ark. The committee has already s ubmitted a detailed report about the plans for the redevelopment of the park. "We turned in our 54-page report late last year and some of the ideas we had for the redevelopment of the area coin cided with those presented a few years before by Kerzner International. It was those plans that Jackson helped develop, Mrs Phillips said. Montagu is our last major canvas of urban beachfont. What better tribute to a great idealist, intellectual, passionate Bahamian who deserves to be remembered as the man who gave enough time, more time than he had, (than to) go down in history as the ultimate architect of the spaces we love. Mr Burnside was the president of the architecture firm Jackson Burnside Ltd the company that designed the colourful and uniquely Bahamian-themed Marina Village at Atlantis and founder of Doongalik Art. He was also the chairman emeritus and designer of the One Family Junkanoo and Community Organisation Group. During the course of his life, Mr Burnside worked continuously to promote the art and culture of the Bahamas. Mr Burnside died at the age of 62 in a Florida hospital following a brain aneurysm and stroke. His funeral will be held today at the St Agnes Anglican Church on Baillou Hill Road at 11am. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Call to rename Montagu Park in honour of Jackson Burnside SEAWALL Jackson Burnside worked to redevelop one of the last remaining urban beachfront areas for the enjoyment of Bahamians and visitors alike. ABOVE: Old MontaguPark L EFT: J ackson Burnside
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 3 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A $100,000 donation from a single Bahamian donor was instrumental in the Salvation Armys efforts to combat cholera in Haiti, said Major Ron Busroe, director of the organisations Haiti Recovery and Redevelopment Office. Speaking yesterday at the Salvation Armys headquarterson Mackey Street, he delivered a report on the organisations intervention in Haiti after the devastating earthquake and cholera outbreak. Major Busroe said he reads Haiti pap peri which translates to Haiti will not perish from a wall mural he passes every day. For Haiti, 2010 was a deadly year. More than 300,000 people died as a result of the January 12 earthquake. The natural disaster created 200,000 amputees and 1.5 million homeless people. And the emergency has not ended, said Major Busroe, as hundreds of thousands are still homeless and in need of basic water, sanitation and healthcare. However, the strategy of the Salvation Army has shifted to long-term recovery and development. Invest Over the next five years, the international organisation plans to invest $36 million in programmes. Their priorities include micro-financing and other forms of livelihood assis tance, permanent housing development, vocational train ing, agriculture and community health. A key strategy, said Major Busroe, is developing the regions outside of the capital Port-au-Prince. Some organisations, he said, have defined a ring around the capital where funding stipulations require all donated money to be spent within the ring. We say all of Haiti has been affected by the earthquake. The government has said if we can enhance services outside of that ring, particularly if we can enhance services outside of Port-au-Prince, then hopefully the new Port-au-Prince can be smaller. One of the things the government needs to do and wants to do is to enhance services outside the city so people who have relocated since the earthquake will tend to want to stay in the countryside. They will do that if they have access to healthcare, good education for their children, water to drink and if they can make a livelihood for themselves outside the city, he said. Port-au-Prince had a population of three million before the earthquake, while Haitis total population was nine million. Some 600,000 to 800,000 people still live in tent cities or temporary housing settlements. Last October, the Salvation Army turned over the camp it managed to a local organising committee. Responding to reports about sexual violence inside the camps, Major Busroe said: We did not get a lot of reports of problems in the camp that we managed, mainly because we worked with a camp committee and they put together a committee for safety in the camp and those gentlemen patrolled the camp on a regular basis to keep that from happening. Most of the people who lived in the camp were people who lived in that area before, because it was a very densely populated slum area, so basically they know each other and who is there and who should not be there. We did not have a lot of sexual violence in that camp, he said. When asked about reports of discrimination against voodoo practitioners by Christian-based religious organisations, Major Busroe said: Our whole mis sion statement states that we provide assistance without dis crimination. There have been some terrible tragedies; there were some 40 voodoo priests killed in the south by people who thought somehow they had brought the cholera in. There is certainly some of that going on. I remember one of our schools in the north, the officer telling me that the local voodoo priest living just around the corner from the school, all of his children he had eight or nine came to the Salvation Army School and participated in the activities. I am not saying there are not situations of discrimination, but in the Salvation Army we do not tolerate that and when we find it out we say that is not acceptable, he said. Bahamian donor boosted Salvation Armys fight against cholera in Haiti HELPINGHAITI: Major Ron Busroe, director of the organisations Haiti Recovery and Redevelopment Office. He delivered a report on the organisations intervention in Haiti after the devastating earthquake and cholera outbreak. $100,000 donation s een as instrumental in e ffort to battle disease PHOTO: Felip Major /Tribune staff POLICE have named a man they want to question in connection with an inves tigation into threats of death and robbery. Investigators at the Par adise Island Police Station are seeking the whereabouts of Nekos Felix Kemp, 27, of Malcolm Road. Kemp is 5 tall, of medium brown complexion and medium build. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 911, 919, 363-3011, 363-4762 or 328TIPS. WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH THREATS NEKOS FELIX KEMP
E DITOR, The Tribune. Gaming the Games permitt ed to be played in our casinos. The comment from Sandy Sands about the restrictivek inds of Casino games that are permitted to be played in our casinos clearly again indi cates the lack of business perception of those responsible. H ow can you compete if it is not a level-playing field? I am not of the opinion that h aving a casino or casinos is the panacea for tourism, however, it is true that probably 96+ per cent of every visitort o either Nassau or Freeport where casinos have a presence the visitor will visit even to walk around and pull down on a slot machine once or twice. Incredibly with all the past negative publicity the name Bahamas has a sparkle and a positive image to be honest it continues to amaze me, but that is true. Lets hope that the Minister of Tourism can persuade his colleagues of Cabinet to make an easy decision and quickly because if no one noticed Baha Mar who signed all their f inancial agreements some four-months ago still have to announce the partner-associ-a te Manager-Operator of the 1000 room Casino Hotel and Casino which is the centrepiece of Baha Mar. I t is certainly interesting with everything in place Baha Mar has been unable to attract a single Las Vegas casino operation. Hopefully the folly of suing Harrahs has not black-legged Baha Mar? In the meantime, government do what is required and license additional games, put more people to work and receive more revenue ..... isnt that your job? W THOMPSON Nassau, April 16, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. K nowledgeable observers a nd historians have witn essed what can only be characterized as an ama-t eurish, theatrical, almost c omedic, media event to crystallize the blind, unrealistic, ambition of one Branville McCartney to be prime minister of theB ahamas, after the next general election. No doubt there a re some who share his views and can imagine him as prime minister, as they s ay in sports, thats why you p lay the game. W hen the last vote is counted sometime in first or early second quarter 2012 and Mr McCartney is not the prime minister of the Bahamas, and perhaps maybe a seatless wonder, Bahamians will recall the debacle of the Launch. First of all the Bahamas d oes not have a presidential t ype election. The prime minister is the person who has the support of them ajority (party ed members of parliament. References to Obama are not relevant in the Bahamas;a ll the prime ministers in the Bahamas have been black. Obama had the backing of one of the two major politi-c al parties. Mr McCartney did not reveal the structure of theD NA party, its constitution, b ye laws, etc. What are the provisions for constituency branches, the composition of a candidates selection committee? Who selects the p artys candidates? Who e lects the leader, the treas urer and the officers? What c omes first the chicken or t he eggs? Are not some e lections necessary before you can call yourself a democratic party? Mr McCartney could easily have drafted a document along similar lines as the PLP or FNM constitutions, b ut, of course, the two parties are outdated and their leaders are out of touch, and s o maybe the change is that t he DNA will have no con s titution, no structure, no organisation, but a one man show, as evident in theL aunch. So until there are card carrying members and a con-v ention to elect officers, trustees, etc, all the DNA represents is an idea, an intention to form a politicalp arty. Bahamians do not e lect ideas and intentions; ask the Survivors Party,i deas and intentions do not f orm an administration. McCartney made no promises; he might well have said I am not going top romise a chicken in every pot I am not going to promise you anything and thats exactly what you will get. Should not a new change leader promise something that is achievable and give B ahamians something they c an feel and touch, and s ee, that is new in five years? P romise to do something b y which the voters can measure your performance? Resume hanging? Are you serious? Why should I vote for you if you dont promisem e anything? After a speech with no s ubstance, one that lasted more than an hour, where he was caught up in his own o ratory; the leader of the D NA ended his speech, said g oodnight and God bless the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, left the podium and after that climax, had to go back to the podium (almost as an after thought to announce nine candidates, the biggest debacle of the night (people were expecting 40). I wonder w hich cabinet portfolios are r eserved for the magnificent nine. Mr McCartney has made t he same mistake Tennyson Wells and Algernon Allen made; they did not understand the Westminster sys t em. You have to be the leader of the majority party elected to parliament and unless youa re in that position, you can never be Prime Minister, its as cold as that. E DROY DEVEAUX Nassau, May 15, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A mammoth cosmic ray detector arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, a $2 billion experiment that will search the invisible universe and help explain how everything came to be. It's the most expensive cargo ever carried by a space shuttle and almost didn't make it to o rbit before the fleet retires this summer. Endeavour, making the second-to-last flight, docked at the space station after doing a slow backflip so cameras could capture any signs of launch damage. NASA said it was taking a closer look at some gouges and nicks on the shuttle's belly but there was no cause for concern. Two astronaut teams were assigned to attach the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer tot he outside of the space station on Thursday, using a pair of robot arms, where it will stay for the life of the outpost. The scientists on Endeavour's crew said it will justify the scientific purpose of the space station. "It's in the same scale of importance as Hubble (Space Telescope ry Chamitoff said before the flight. "And it is going to be by far the biggest, most expensive and perhaps the most fundamentally valuable science apparatus we have on the space sta tion." Physicist Phil Schewe said the experiment is part of a centuries-long tradition of scientists exploring the building blocks of matter, from elements to atoms to subatomic particles. "This is just a grand extension of trying to answer the question, why we have matter and what it is," said Schewe, a spokesman for the American Institute of Physics. "Is this a big deal? Especially if they find something, yes it is." The 7-ton instrument, known by its acronym AMS, has been 17 years in the making, and involves 600 scientists from 16 countries. The heart of the experiment is a magnet ring 3 feet across. The made-in-China magnet will bend the path of charged cosmic particles as they pass through eight detectors, enabling scientists to identify their properties. Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting, the team leader, said the greatest discovery may well be what he and others aren't anticipating. On Wednesday, he said he was excited but not nervous. "It's a bit too late to think about that now," Ting said from NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston. Endeavour making its final journey and the next-to-last flight of NASA's shuttle era arrived at the space station Wednesday. Com mander Mark Kelly, the husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, expertly steered the shuttle in for the 220-mile-high linkup, after doing the backflip for cameras. The space agency has checked for damage to the shuttle's delicate heat shield ever since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The shuttle is also now equipped with tile repair kits. A slab of fuel tank foam knocked a hole in Columbia's wing which led to its destruction during reentry. At an afternoon news conference, NASA deputy shuttle programme manager LeRoy Cain said they will continue to assess the damage to the protective thermal tiles. If need-e d, the astronauts will use a boom to make a closer inspection this weekend. The docking was overshadowed by the continuing Kelly-Giffords saga, with the flight director's news conference earlier in the day dominated by questions about the Arizona congresswoman. Giffords received a plastic skull implant during surgery in Houston on Wednesday, two days after witnessing her hus-b and's launch. She was shot in the head on Jan. 8 at a political event in Tucson, Ariz., her hometown. Lead flight director Gary Horlacher said Kelly performed "unbelievably" well during the linkup and noted that no one would know all he's been through in recent months. "I know folks are kind of focused on Mark and his situation," he told reporters. "But AMS is going to be around talking to us for a long, long time. So I'm very much looking forward to the results over the years." Ting, a deliberate, soft-spoken physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said recently that he wasn't concerned that the attention was on Kelly and Giffords, rather than the spectrometer. "All success or failure depends on what physics we find. That's the only thing that's important," he said. Hooman Davoudiasl, a physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., said the experiment is "going to look at some fundamental questions ... that would be important in our overall understanding of the makeup of the universe and some of its basic characteristics." One question is why the universe is dominated by matter rather than sharing the stage with so-called "antimatter." While matter is made up of familiar particles like protons and electrons, antimatter is a collection of parti cles that are identical except for carrying the opposite charge. Standard theories have trou ble explaining why matter is so dominant, Davoudiasl said. By studying cosmic rays, the spectrometer can help determine whether the universe actually has significant sources of antimatter, he said. Another key question is how to explain so-called "dark matter," which is more common in the universe than the ordinary matter we're familiar with, he said. The experiment may shed some light on what this mysterious stuff is and how it behaves, he said. (This article was written by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace writer). The DNA launch debacle LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Shuttle brings big-bucks magnet to space station Government should license additional games
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN charged with abetment to arson and abetment to manslaughter in the deaths of four people allegedly told police that he had instructed a friend to start a fire at his girlfriends home but never intended to kill anyone. According to yesterdays Supreme Court testimony of Detective Inspector Solomon Cash the lead investigator into the deaths of four people back in September 2009 the accused, 29-year-old Eltorio Ferguson, claimed that he only wanted to scare his girlfriend. Kayshala Bodie, 18, who was reportedly Fergusons girlfriend at the time, her mother Theresa Brown, 51, her one-year-old daughter Telair Johnson, as well as their neighbour Savanna Stuart, 18, all died in a suspect ed arson attack on September 17, 2009 in the family's homeon Wilson Tract. Taking the witness stand yesterday, Inspector Cash recalled that Ferguson was handed over to him at the Lynden Pindling International Airport by officers from Abaco around 7.20pm on Wednesday, October 28. Inspector Cash said that he informed Ferguson that he was suspected of arson and causing the deaths of four people. He also told the court that on October 29, while at the Central Detective Unit, he interviewed Ferguson after cautioning him. Inspector Cash told the court that he asked Ferguson if he wanted to have his lawyer present to which Ferguson reportedly replied: I asked my girlfriend to call him but I dont need him right now. You can talk to me. Disrespect According to Inspector Cash, Ferguson claimed that he was Ms Bodies boyfriend and that he had been informed by his boys that she was seen riding in a truck and on a motorbike with other men, which Ferguson considered an act of disrespect. Inspector Cash said he told Ferguson that he had information that he had called Ms Bodies home and threatened her a day before the fire. Ferguson, according to Inspector Cash, replied that he could not recall the date but had called Ms Bodie to ask her what she was dealing with. According to Inspector Cash, Ferguson claimed that he had been involved with Ms Bodie since she was 12 years old. Inspector Cash further testified that Ferguson acknowledged that he made a second call to his friend John Tellus to deal with his girl. Inspector Cash told the court that Ferguson told him that he contacted Tellus to deal with the situation, but only wanted him to scare her out. Inspector Cash testified that Ferguson claimed he had instructed Tellus to burn downa car at his girlfriends residence as well as throw gas on the roof of the house and light it so those inside could run out. The investigator said that he suggested to Ferguson that on the day of the fire he was watching television while on remand and an inmate approached him and asked him why he had killed those people. Inspector Cash said that Ferguson told him that when he saw the incident reported on television he was shocked because he had not intended for anyone to be killed. Inspector Cash said that after the interview with Ferguson, the accused asked to speak with his lawyer. T he investigator said that attorney Shaka Serville subse quently came and after Fergu son had consulted with him, he refused to sign the record of the interview on the advice of his attorney. Inspector Cash told the court that he saw a face-to-facec onfrontation between Fergu son and Tellus on October 30, 2009, during which time both men acknowledged that they knew one another but gave no comment to the questions he put to them. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 5 3URSKHF\RIWKH(QGLPH Man charged in suspected arson case allegedly instructed friend to start fire COURT NEWS
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org TRINIDAD Non-government organisations (NGOs formed alliances with the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries to protect and sustain marine resources throughout the region. In a workshop held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, yesterday, the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project (CLME cial support of Global Environmental Facility (GEF to representatives of the media from across the region their vision to assist the wider Caribbean in improving the management of shared living marine resources. The Bahamas is one of 23 countries participating in the project that began in May 2009 and aims to develop intervention programmes, including fishery reforms, conservation and contamination control measures and other sustainable measures to protect marine resources on a long-term basis. The three main areas of focus are the continental shelf, coral reefs and the offshore pelagic environment. CLME has been conducting pilot projects and case studies to collect information and experiences in the field that will assist in developing a core body of knowl edge that will feed the development process of Caribbean LMS and a Strategic Action Programme (SAP In the Bahamas, CLME is conducting a pilot study on the subregional management of the spiny lobster fisheries. The study seeks to demonstrate the best practices for effective manage ment and to develop governance models for lobster fishing at the local and national level, said Bessy Aspra director of the Spiny Lobster Project for CLME. Lobster in one of the most important and vulnerable fisheries resources in the region in terms of economics, employment and economy, she said. According to Ms Aspra, the volume and value of distribution of lobster in the Caribbean is around $500 million per year, making it a substantial economic resource for the region. Ms Aspra said the main threats to lobsters, include the capturing of egg-bearing females and juveniles, and excessive or over-fishing, which can only be alleviated with collaborative efforts throughout the region. Because of the migratory nature of lobsters and the fact that lobster larvae swim for one full year throughout the Caribbean, governance of the industry cannot be limited to a single territory, said Ms Aspra. Lobsters are a trans-boundary resource, hence a need for strategic alliances with regional and international collaboration, she said. Another NGO that has part nered with CLME is the Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management (IWCAM whose main objective is to assist small island developing states to adopt an integrated approach to watershed and coastal management, said regional project coordinator Vincent Sweeny. Thirteen Caribbean countries are a part of this organisation, including the Bahamas. One of the main concerns of the organisation is how land use is affecting water. Often urban areas are built in areas where the natural water cycle occurs the natural water cycle is disrupted and there are often new pollutants such as sewage and pesticides, said Mr Sweeny. Last year, the organisa tion visited Elizabeth Harbour in Exuma to examine how yachts and boats were affecting the water in the marina. Mr Sweeny said the Exuma demonstration project, entitled Marina Waste Management, resulted in a sewage treatment plant being constructed to facilitate the prop er disposal of waste produced from boats in the marina. A lot of watersheds are threatened by land activities and we aim to assist the region in policy development, public aware ness and education that will help to protect them and other marine resources, he said. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y GENA GIBBS Bahamas Information Services ELEUTHERA Brackish water in North and Central Eleuthera has been a major problem for the islands local hotels and tourism attractions. The Bahamas Government has responded to constituent complaints by providing a $600,000 reverse osmosis water storage facility, equipped with a desalination reverse osmosis plant in Rock Sound, Eleuthera to serve the growing population there. We have heard your cry for the water for Rock Sound and Tarpum B ay. Well as you know, the government has already begun construction of the reverse osmosis plant for Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay, expected to be completed within the next two or so months, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment at the May 6 CFL programme launch in Governors Harbour. Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AquaDesign, a Bahamian company owned by General Electric, whichc urrently supplies reverse osmosis water in Governor's Harbour, traditionally fed by well fields. The RO plant is a build/own operation so G E will be providing it at a unit cost for the water, however, the government paid $600,000 for the two storage tanks. We need to improve the quality of water now presently being produced in the North Eleuthera well fields. We have to improve the quality of water if we are to remain where we are in the touristic business, said Mr Neymour. The RO plant is being built as a partnership between Government and GE, subject to the guidelines of theN ational Energy Policy. The plant will operate on renewable energy to reduce the intensity of fossil fuel consumption. First of all, the reverse osmosis plant in Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay supplement the supply of water that has been for many years a subpar quality water, so we are replacing it. It is a unique plant in that weve also signed a memorandum of understanding with a company to provide renewable energy, said Mr Neymour. Because reverse osmosis is an energy intensive process, we will use renewable energy to power the plant also. Its going to be unique and its going to assist in the cost of production because we have guaranteed in the memorandum of understanding that the cost of t he electricity must be below that of BEC. The new plant is equipped to yield 400,000 gallons a day, but it is only required to provide about 150,000 gallons a day. It will also house two 250,000-gallon storage tanks to store about 500,000 gallons of water onsite to adequately supply the Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay settlements. We think the new facility will meet the demands of Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay, at this particular time we are still in discussions for the Governors Harbour plant, said Mr Neymour. We are expecting to complete the construction of the tanks by the e nd of May and should be in a position to begin production at the reverse osmosis plant in mid-June. We should be in full production about a month after that. So we are nearing completion at this partic ular time. On May 5, the government launched its National Energy Policy in the Family Islands and distributed the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs Corporations (BEC the Inter-Developmental Bank (IDB i nitiative that is also a national lesson in managing savings to prepare for the unpredictable and consistent changes of the future. Bahamas joins regional effort to conserve marine resources GOVERNMENT BUYS ELEUTHERANS A $600,000 REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER STORAGE FACILITY S TUDY: A pilot study on the sub-regional management of spiny lobster fisheries is being conducted in the Bahamas by the Caribbean Large Marine E cosystem Project. (BIS photo: Gena Gibbs STORAGEFACILITY: T HE Bahamas Government paid $600,000 for the two 250,000-gallon storage tanks that will store about 500,000 gallons of water on site to adequately supply the Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay settlements.
B y LINDSAY T HOMPSON B ahamas Information S ervices THE Government of the Bahamas and the Government of the United Arab E mirates have established diplomatic relations basedo n mutual willingness to promote friendship and cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a nnounced. D r Paulette Bethel, A mbassador and Permanent R epresentative of the Bahamas to the United N ations, and Ahmed Al-Jarman, Ambassador and Per manent Representative of the United Arab Emirates t o the UN, signed a Joint Communiqu, on Monday, M ay 12, at the Permanent M ission of the United Arab Emirates in New York. The document states that ties were also formed on the basis of mutual cooperation i n the political, economic, social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific areas based upon the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and the norms of interna t ional law; respecting the p rinciples of equality among states, national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-interfer ence in the internal affairs of other states. Both countries also decided to establish diplomatic relations in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna C onvention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961. Expand Prior to the ceremony, the Ambassador of the UAE expressed a desire to expandt he level of cooperation with t he Bahamas and it was sug gested that areas such as tourism and financial ser vices perhaps could be explored. The UAE has a robust economy and has undergone a n unprecedented level of growth in recent years. The UAE is also the headquarters of the International Renewal Energy Agency ( IRENA). The possibility of cooperation in the energy sector could also bee xplored. These matters, no doubt, will be raised with our authorities during his visitt o the capital to present his c redentials once all the arrangements have been made and finalised, them inistry said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 7 )25 6$/( $//$/(6(YHU\WKLQJXVW*R IRUHZWRFN THE BAHAMAS AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FORM DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS SHAKE ON IT: The Government of the Bahamas and the Gov e rnment of the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations with the signing of a Joint Communiqu on Monday, May 12, at the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emiratesi n New York. Pictured left is Ahmed Al-Jarman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, and Dr Paulette Bethel, Ambassador and Permanent Represen t ative of the Bahamas to the UN. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com OPPOSITION MP Fred Mitchell declared yesterday that the current Direct or of Public Prosecutions, Vinette Graham-Allen, has done very little if anything to prove that her controversial appointment more than a year ago has had any impact on the backlog of cases curr ently clogging the judicial system. Mr Mitchell said that given the circumstances, it is his view that if the PLP were to become the next government of the Bahamas, a Bahamian ought to be in that p osition. There is no evidence that she has made any impact on the system of prosecutions, and we had expected miracles. But there is no evidence of any impact whatsoever,h e said. In fact, Mr Mitchell added, the Attorney General Senator John Delaney and Mrs Graham-Allen have now taken it upon themselves to blame the police for their ineptness at solving cases that are brought before the courts. During a press conference on May 11, where Senator Delaney and Mrs GrahamAllen were answering complaints and concerns of citizens about the 10-day period earlier when three cases had been dismissed by the courts without going to a jury, Mr Mitchell said it was amazing to hear both the Attorney General and his DPP blame the police for the state of the prosecution system headed by the two of them. We in the PLP decry the tactic of blame the police. This is not a time to blame the police. This is the time for Mr Delaney and his DPP to fix the problems. What is also amazing is that one of the solutions they have to fix the problem is what they are calling a Criminal Case Management Unit which will have surprise, surprise the novel idea of prosecutors being involved at the start of investigations. The press should be reminded that this was the programme of Swift Justice Initiative left in place by the last PLP Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson, and which fell victim to the Stop, Review and Cancel programme of the incoming FNM administration. So it has now taken them four years to get right back to what the PLP left in place, he said. Mr Mitchell also used the opportunity to decry the lack of a public statement by the Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest on the recent shooting death of Dwayne Cartwright, an employee at the Ministry of the Environment who was gunned down earlier this week during a daylight robbery. While the Ministry of National Security, through the RBPF, offers security tips and guidelines to business owners on how to mitigate the risk of robbery, the government neglected to provide adequatep rotection to one of its own while executing a high risk task, Mr Mitchell said. What is more disgraceful is that the Minister of National Security has not publicly spoken out on policy and process changes going forward that would ensure the personal security and safety of government employees performing high risk activities such as the transfer of money. The Minister needs to do this immediately, he added. No evidence DPP appointment had impact on cases backlog Mitchell
By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services NURSES from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC walked away with the top two spots at the conclusion of the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (NACB tition held Tuesday at Longley House. Six nurses from public institutions such as Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Princess Margaret Hospital and the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport participated in the competition which was held as part of the activities celebrating Nurses Month in the Bahamas. Nurse Dellamae Sterling, nursing officer II at the Sandilands R ehabilitation Centre, earned the top prize. She was followed by Nurse Brenda Smith, nursing officer I of Sandilands Rehabilitation and Nurse Portia McCoy, trained clinical nurse in the Childrens Ward at PMH, who rounded out the top three. The other competitors were Obstetrics and GynaecologyN urse Tanya Mitchell from PMH, Accident and Emergency Department Nurse Amarchi Orimma from PMH and Nurse Telcita Pennerman, at trained clinical nurse from Rand Memorial Hospital. Their presentations were based on the topic: If Florence Nightingale was alive today, what would she say about the current state of nursing in the Bahamas? NACB president Persophone Munnings applauded the six contestants for their outstanding presentations. What was so impressive was that we had participation from several levels of nursing including trained clinical nurses, registered nurses and nursing officers, and so it allowed us to hear perspectives from several levels of nursing, she said. Ms Munnings said the presentations were diversified and gave attendees the opportunity to hear points from different sides. This, she said, was very significant as the speeches also gave the younger nurses int he audience an opportunity to learn even more about the history of nursing, not just in the Bahamas, but worldwide. The nurses did an excellent job as they took us through not only the history of Florence Nightingale, her role in nursing as the mother of modern day nursing and why we are still celebrating her today, but also gave perspectives on the development of nursing in the Bahamas, to see where we came from, where we are now and where we are headed. Nursing history is a rich history and so the attendees got an opportunity to get a broad view of that history which I thought was very significant and bodes well for our profession, Ms Munnings added. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE SANDYPORT,19 Poinciana CayBeautiful 6,881 square feet canal front residential lot t obe sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, maintenance, 48foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, tenn is courts, swimming pools, childrens playgrounds, r estaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right t o accept or reject any or all offers. Bid closing date 26th May,2011.To view and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425. Sandilands earns top two spots at annual nurses speech competition (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna WINNINGSMILES: Winners of the 2011 Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (NACB Speech Competition are photographed with their trophies following the conclusion of the competition on Tuesday at Longley House, Dowdeswell Street. Nurse Dellamae Sterling of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (third left) won the top prize, defeating five other contestants. Pictured (from left) are: Nurse Portia McCoy (third place); Nurse Brenda Smith (second place president Nurse Sheri Pinder and NACB chairperson of education and research Nurse Latoya Wells.
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down two very lucrative job offers made to him by Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham for fear that his acceptance of them would cause an embarrassment to the party. The furious MP said: And this is the thanks I am going to get? I should not have to be going through this kind of (expletive A close friend of Mr Forbes, who did not wish to be named, added: By sending these two candidates to campaign for the South Andros seat, the PLP is showing great disrespect to Picewell. Where is Perry Christie? Why doesnt he act in Picewells defence? Speaking out in defence of Mr Forbes, fellow PLP colleague Fred Mitchell, the MP for Fox Hill, told the media yesterday that in his estimation Mr Forbes was, and remains, the best candidate for the people of South Andros. When asked for his opinion on the fact that the former MP for Mount Moriah Keod Smith and political newcomer Charmaine Austin were campaigning in the area, Mr Mitchell said he believes party leader Perry Christie has already made pronouncements on this that he w ould not go beyond. But I believe the incumbent is a good man, and I support him, Mr Mitchell said. Out of the two other contenders for the South Andros seat, Mr Smith is said to be by far the most aggressive of the pair, having reportedly pledged to spend $17,000 fixing a dock in the Fresh Creek area, and also donating other cash to help in the staging of the islands annual Crab Fest celebrations. These grandiose shows of money, coupled with the door to door campaigning has irritated some PLPs who sympathise with the fact that Mr Forbes is one of the most financially-challenged Members of Parliament. During the radio programme Hard Copy hosted by former BIS director Steve McKinney, many callers expressed the view that the leadership of the PLP should have by now stepped in and resolved this growing issue over the South Andros nomination. This view was also shared by a senior FNM yesterday who u sed the opportunity to remind the Bahamian electorate that it was this same indecisive leadership within the PLP that caused the all-important independent voters to turn against that party in favour of the FNM. With the FNM not even naming a candidate for the seat as yet, some political observers also added that it was unfair to the areas current Member of Parliament to have to be fighting amongst his own before the real battle even begins. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE "They are going where I have already been. I was in the CDR. .. I was their chairman basically, I was a candidate and reality eventually will set in, in my opinion," said Mr Neymour, while a guest on a radio talk show. "In terms of what the Bahamian people want or desire ... one h as to put together a platform, o ne has to have an excellent team and the C DR had an excellent team and that's why we had produced the document in the 2002 elections as many recognised was a good platform. However coupled with that, Bahamians want experience, they want reliability and they want to be a part of a winning team." Mr Poitier, a musician whose stage name is Sammy Star, was one of nine DNA candidates announced at the party's official launch before a crowd of moret han 1,000 people last week. The DNA, led by former FNM MP Branville McCartney, plans to b uck the trend set by unsuccessful third parties in the past and has said it plans to roll o ut a full slate of candidates for the next election. MINISTER BRUSHES OFF DNA THREAT TO HISCONSTITUENCY FROM page one P HENTON NEYMOUR MP attacks PLP over candidates FROM page one and killed during a robbery at the city dump off Tonique Williams Darling Highway on Monday. Two masked men accosted him and another DEH employee as they drove out of the dump's main gate and made off with cash meant for a bank deposit. The stolen cash came from fees collected from the public dump between Friday and early Monday, The Tribune was told. Cartwright, a father-of-three and a 10-year government employee, would normally have a police escort when he and the other employeec ollected the cash. He had no security on the day he was killed. In the wake of his killing, Bahamas Public Service Union President John Pinder stressed that government must provide adequate security to civil servants who are transporting large sums of cash. He is also urging his members not to risk their lives by collecting or moving large sums of money without police protection. "On the day in question there was no police available to accompany him and he decided (to go ahead). We have to advise them (civil servants) not to risk their lives, persons are watching them. "I would advise them not to move any funds unless police are present. Government needs to be proactive and put police when they are moving funds and ensure security measures are in place," said Mr Pinder. Police are appealing for anyone with information on the murder to contact them at 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. SKETCHES ISSUED IN MURDER PROBE FROM page one PICEWELL FORBES
tration has stopped short of c ommitting to an across-theboard salary increase for the public sector due to ongoing financial constraints, Mr Pinder said after meeting with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday. T he Bahamas Public Serv ice Union was in talks with t he nation's chief yesterday ahead of the Budget communication which will be presented to the House of A ssembly next week. T his will be the last Budg et before the next general election, and Mr Pindere xpects tight fiscal policies w ill be relaxed before voters head to the polls. "He gave a bit of good news, but not exactly what we wanted to hear. The decision is being made to lift the freeze on promotions and to restore increments a nd he is also advising that t hey will open the salary scale," said Mr Pinder. The only thing is, we were looking for a general i ncrease and he hasn't committed to a general increase as yet. The increments and the promotions do not affect the whole public service, we want a general increase r egardless of how small it w ould be," said the BPSU h ead, who is agitating for a raise of $100 to $150 a month for all civil servants. "I believe he (Mr Ingraham) will do the best he can. He wouldn't want the public service to be angry and broke going into a general e lection so we have to use t hat as a trump card. These are tough economic times he said, there are signs of a rebound, buth e doesn't see the way clear until 2013." Approximately 25 to 30 per cent of civil servants are e ither eligible for a promotion or are at the top of their salary scale, while another 3 5 to 45 per cent are due for s alary increases, said Mr Pinder. Government is also c onsidering regularising the m ajority of workers on its payroll who are not yet perm anent employees. Other benefits the union is lobbying for include the expansion of the retirement age for tourism employees to 65, health insurance for all government workers and national drug plan coverage f or civil servants employed a t quasi-government agenc ies. Mr Pinder also wants to see National Insurance contributions for civil servants raised, in conjunction with a general salary increase, which will boost pension payouts from the N ational Insurance Board f or retired public servants. W hen presenting the Budget last year, Mr Ingraham placed a freeze on certain aspects of the civil service: Increments for public officers for the 2010/2011 fiscal year; public service promot ions, except in special cases; p ublic service employment, e xcept in extenuating circumstances, such as essential services; the posts of public officers retiring in 2010/2011 were not be filled, except in the Department of Education; and the provis ion for overtime was r educed from $10.4 million t o $1.5 million. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 11 Rates are valid for residents of the Caribbean only. 2-hour advance reservation required. Offer ends July 9,2011 and is subject to availability. Rates, terms and conditions subject to change without notice.CDW +taxes +fees +unlimited milesGREAT FLORIDA SPECIALS!alamo.com For reservations, please contact Going Places Travel at (242 393.6900 or (786 or at 1.800.468.3334 Be sure to request rate code RC1 .53Midsize Car as low as 210WEEKLY U S$US$D AILY 69Suv or Minivan as low as 276WEEKLY US$US$DAILY Love your car? Pay less for great cover with NIBA!You will pay much less if you insure your car with NIBA. You can enjoy extra benefits too! SAVE $$$! Low premiums 100% NCD protection Low deductibles,fast claims service Generous liability coverPay less for insuring your car! Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com N ASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Suite 6,Jasmine Corporate Center,East Sunrise Highway P.O.Box F-42655,Freeport T el.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays1 0.00am-2.00pm Getdiscountedshippingratesandcompleteordertrackingfromourpreferredshipper. VisitLowes.com/Internationalorderbyfaxat704-757-0634,ore-mailinternational@Lowes.com11byLowes Allrightsreserved.LowesandthegabledesignareregisteredtrademarksofLF,LLC. Fromconstructiontodecor,finditallatLowes.Whetheryouneedjob-lotquantitiesofroofing,lumberandconcreteordecor items likepaint,cabinetsandlighting,Loweshasallyouneedallateveryday low prices.JustvisitourstoreorbrowseonlineatLowes.com/International. GOVT PLANS TO LIFT INCREMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FREEZE IN CIVIL SERVICE FROM page one
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<(/(0(17$5<&+22/ ( 175$1&((;$0,1$7,216) RU DOO(OHPHQWDU\FKRROJUDGHOHYHOV 3DUHQWVDUDVNHGWRFROOHFWDSSOLFDWLRQ IRUPVEHWZHHQDQG GDLO\IURPWKH(OHPHQWDU\'HVNLQ WKH+HUEHUW7UHFR$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ %XLOGLQJRQWKHVFKRROV%HUQDU5RDG FDPSXVEHIRUHWKHWHVWLQJGDWH$SSOLFDWLRQIRUPVPD\DOVREH DFFHVVHGIURPWKHVFKRROVZHEVLWHZZZNLQJVZD\DFDGHP\FRP HH'RFXPHQW'RZQORDGVf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fXSHUYLVRU\&RPPLWWHHRU f&UHGLW&RPPLWWHH DUHDVNHGWRVXEPLWWKHLUQDPHVWRWKHFUHGLWXQLRQ :HGQHVGD\ WK $OOPHPEHUVDUHHQFRXUDJHGWRDWWHQG 5HIUHVKPHQWVZLOOEHVHUYHG EXUMA TEENAGER AWARDED NASA SCHOLARSHIP passion. Vardo is the first scholarship recipient in a new NASA internship programme for Bahamians organised by the Bahamas Marine EcoCentre, a non-profit organisation promoting environmental stewardship. Vardo will work directly with the director of the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium, Dr Jaydeep Mukherjee, who says he already has a desk and computer ready for Vardo. Dr. Mukherjee runs several educational programmes for high school and college students that focus on the design, construction and execution of space-related experiments. Vardo will be assisting us in our various collaborative student built space hardware projects. We have a number of such student collaborative programmes like building small p ayloads to be launched in a weather balloon or building h ybrid rockets. Some of our students are also designing small satellites. We hope to give Vardo an opportunity to learn about space science and engineering, especially with handson projects. We hope that he gets excited about space science a nd engineering and brings the e xcitement back to the Bahamas, said Dr Mukherjee. Since he was graduated from L N Coakley High School last year, Vardo has been working in his fathers carpentry business. He learned about the research centre on Darby Island because his grandfather works on the island. I know I will learn a lot. I will enhance my qualifications and get to do a lot of experiments. Barretarre is a very small settlement. This will be m y first time away for so long. I am excited because I can learn and experience a lot of things. I am not nervous about anything, said Vardo. His interest in engineering developed from high school, where he excelled in technical drawing. As a child, Vardo said he and his friends would build model houses using trees, branches and scrap wood. We used to sketch it out; label it out on the paper and then we would built it and rate it. My own wasnt always the best, but most of the time, he said. B efore meeting researcher Dr Jamie Foster at the Darby Island Research Station on Little Darby Island, Exuma, Vardo said he had no knowledge of the Kennedy Space Centre a nd little knowledge about s pace-related matters. Dr Foster, associate director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium, helped in the selection of Vardo for the award. She has researched stromatolites in the Bahamas for the past five years, and headed one of the Exuma summer camps attended by Vardo. I know Vardo from visiting the Little Darby Research Lab. Vardo participated in the summer science camp we ran last year. He stood out as someone w ith great potential. He and his family expressed to me their interest in trying to find new opportunities for Vardo and other talented Bahamian students to expand their knowledge and work experience. I was really struck by how bright Vardo was during the camp and I really wanted to make something happen for him, said Dr Foster. I think that bringing a Bahamian student to the Kennedy Space Centre would be a positive experience for both the Bahamian and the US students. I think that providing o pportunities for students from various ethno and economic backgrounds to engage and interact with each other will perhaps widen the exposure and perspective of both the B ahamian and US students, she said. As well as helping Dr Mukherjee to build several ground stations for aeronautical balloon launches, Dr Foster said she is hoping Vardo will get extensive experience ont he computer programming side of things, monitoring the balloons trajectory and path. Funding for the scholarship came from donations in memory of John Alfred Alf Thompson, a renowned Bahamian in the field of science and engineering, who held a number of science patents. He would be proud to see the funds donated in his honour going to educational programmes in the field of science. He was always involved in the wonders of the scientific world. From diving for fish to creating cold fusion cells, he always had his hands in some type of scientific related project, said Barbara Thompson. It is a great chance for stud ents to go abroad to gain exposure in the field of science and engineering and to bring it home and share it with others. We hope this might inspire others to follow in his footsteps pursuing creative scientific endeavours, she said. FROM page one A man and a 16-year-old boy who allegedly broke into an apartment and assaulted its resident were taken into police custodye arly yesterday morning. According to police, a man and boy were c aptured after officers spotted them jumping out of a window of the victims apartment. Reports state that sometime around 12.50am on Wednesday police received a report that a man was being attacked at an apartment off the Western Road. After seeing two persons jumping out of the apartment window, the officers gave chase. They pursued the two into nearby bushes where they eventually caught them. Preliminary reports suggest that the victim was at home when two persons, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun, entered the apartment and attacked him. The victim received injuries to his head and was taken to hospital by emergency med ical personnel. His condition is unknown. A 15-year-old boy was taken into police c ustody after officers recovered a handgun from a car he was driving on Tuesday night. A ccording to reports, shortly before 6pm, police received reports of gunshots being fired in the area of the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex in Yellow Elder Gardens. Police also received information that two men one wearing a blue shirt and long black pants, and the other driving a grey Honda Accord were the ones firing shots. Officers of the Mobile, Internal Security and the Traffic Divisions responded, however, it was Traffic officers who observed and stopped the vehicle that was being driven by a 15-year-old boy on Derby Road in Yellow Elder Gardens. The officers conducted a search of the vehi cle and recovered a handgun. The teenage driver of the vehicle, a resident of Old Cedar Way, Yellow Elder Gardens, was taken intoc ustody for questioning. A 39-year-old man was taken into police custody Tuesday evening after he was found in possession of an unlicensed shotgun. Police reports indicate that shortly before 5pm, officers of the Mobile Division acting on a tip went to the parking lot of a business establishment at Market Street where they observed a man sitting inside a red Ford F-150 truck acting in a suspicious manner. Officers approached the man, conducted a search of the truck and recovered a shotgun along with a quantity of shotgun shells as well as a quantity of marijuana. The driver, a 39year-old man of Bellot Road, was taken in for questioning. Police arrest man and teenage boy over alleged break-in, assault
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CPD/CPE recognized for members ofBACO, 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 T ribune Business Editor Many Bahamian small business owners have been reduced b y the recession to the ranks of the self-employed and e mployees, a leading consultant to the sector describing t his nations economy as depressed with nothing going on. ENTREPRENEURS REDUCED TO RANKS OF SELF-EMPLOYED AND EMPLOYEES SEE page 7B MARK TURNQUEST B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune B usiness Editor A senior Baha M ar executive yesterday said its two existing resorts and the wider hotel industry w ere about 75 per cent of the w ay to getting back to prer ecession business levels, even though the April 2011 perform ance at Cable Beach was behind forecast. R obert Sands, Baha Mars s enior vice-president of extern al and government affairs, t old Tribune Business that average occupancy at the S heraton Nassau Beach Resort for April 2011, which included the peak Easter peri-o d, was basically flat against 2 010 comparatives at 74 per cent. At the Wyndham, the avera ge occupancy was slightly behind last year, Mr Sands said, s tanding in the high 60 per cent range. H e added: Being flat does not meet our expectations, so we were behind our forecast position. T ribune Business understands that the N assau/Paradise Island hotel i ndustry as a whole, though, did see year-over-year i mprovements in occupancies and room rates during April2 011. Improvement in the latt er category is significant, as l ow market demand and the d iscounts needed to stimulate traveller interest in the B ahamas, had created room rate pricing softness during the 2011 first quarter. C onfirming that Baha M ars two existing Cable Resorts per cent of the way to recovery Top Baha Mar executive says existing resorts seeing room rate recovery of two percentage points* But April performance behind forecast, although group business signs positive Sheraton occupancy flat at 74%, while Wyndham slightly down on 2010 in high 60%s ROBERT SANDS S EE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian general insurer yesterday d escribed 2010 as a peak year and its best ever froma technical underwriting pers pective, generating a 24.5 p er cent net income increase that beat internal budget f orecasts by 22 per cent. Tom Duff, general mana ger of Insurance Company o f the Bahamas (ICB tied carrier through which B ISX-listed agent/broker J. S. Johnson places much of i ts general insurance busin ess, told Tribune Business t he hurricane-free year and favourable claims experi e nce more than offset the 11.4 per cent drop in gross w ritten premiums. Insurers peak year sees 25% profit rise Insurance Company of the Bahamas chief says $3.9m profit beat internal forecasts by 22% Low claims levels and hurricane absence offset $ 6m or 11.4% top-line fall But unlikely to repeat performance in 2011, despite enjoying best ever technical year in 2010* Capital return 21.36% SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The trading structure a nd general illiquidity of t he Bahamian capital mark ets are likely to be r esponsible for BISXs AllS hare Index moving in the o pposite direction to major market indices, a leading investment analyst urging institutional investors to recognise the good value in several listed stocks. Kenwood Kerr, Providence Advisors chief exec utive, told Tribune Business that the BISX AllShare Indexs downward movement during the 2011 f irst quarter was the likely r esult of small, retail investors cashing out, while smart money remained o n the sidelines failing to e xploit buying opportunities. If you have these people at the tail-end of this recession not having the benefit of jobs, ready casha nd diluted savings, they will liquidate their shares, Mr Kerr said of many retail investors. These small trades are d riving down the market, and these 1,000 share trades can create wide swings in the market, which could drag down the Index. Smart money should be in there buying,b ecause there are compan ies with good value and earnings. The Bahamas International Securities Exchanges (BISX Share Index fell by 1.74 per cent for the first threem onths of 2011, a decrease standing in stark contrast to the positive movementin major global indices, as both trading volumes and valuations fell compared to 2010. Data released by BISX showed the All-Share Index dropped from TRADING STRUCTURE HITS BISX INDEX SEE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C reating a new support f ramework for Bahamian small and medium-sized enterprises has always beena priority and continues to be for the Government, a minister said yesterday, with the administration set toh ave further meetings on the d raft legislation this week. Confirming that government representatives were set to meet with InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB the proposed Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Bill, and development of a comprehensive support mechanism for this sector, Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, declined to confirm whether it would reach Parliament in this leg islative session. I dont make the agenda for Parliament, but we will move forward with the Bill and we will seek to do what we can, he replied, when questioned by Tribune Business. The fact we have been working on it intensely for the period of time we have demonstrates clearly its a priority, and the fact were seeking to do to it proper ly...... It has always been a priority and continues to be, SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT ALWAYS BEEN A PRIORIT SEE page 4B
By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN B enjamin Franklin coined the proverb "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This holds e specially true when it c omes to your business, as d isputes can ruin your bottom line. A contract is just another word for an agreement, and if clearly written can make the resolution of disputes less complicated. In business, signed contracts are the ounce of prevention that helps reduce costly disputes. It would appear that in a design relationship, a con-t ract defines the rights and obligations of each party, outlining what rights each will acquire or relinquish. M oreover, a contract prevents clients from unilaterally changing the arrangement at a later date and at your expense. Long gone are the days of d oing business on a handshake or a pat on the back. W hether you are a full-time f reelance graphic/web designer or take on an occas ional project, contracts s hould be an integral part of d oing business. Although having a contract certainlyd oes not ensure that you will be paid on time or even at all, it certainly supports a valid claim. By this same token, there are daily evils that cause thousands of business owners to fall victim to pitfalls. Clients with bad but subtle intentions head the list. T hus, before you are hired, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure y our legal bases are covered, a s through haste or anxiety you may overlook important i ssues that can hurt you in t he future. What can possibly go wrong? Everything, especially if you have no contract. For instance, what if a client phones you a month later with a dispute that results in a court appearance? The judge walks in and asks for a written agreement. An uncomfortable s ilence follows. What happens then? You are more than likely staring down the b arrel of an expensive judgm ent. This sorry situation could have been avoided if a s igned document was on h and. T he next question is this: Is the designer afraid that if h e or she presents a cont ract, the client will run away? Or is it: "I cant afford it"? In this case, the immediate reply is: "Can you afford not to be paid for your work?" or "Cany ou afford not to own what you have paid for?. Neit her side wins in a battle of t he oral agreement. Most times wisdom only comes after many hard and u nnecessary lessons. Benefits A re there any real benefits in a written contract? Absolutely. Lets say youve finally landed that much sought-after client who is eager to begin. It is tempting to move forward on just ac ool brotherly handshake, d isregarding the fact that without a contract disagree ments often pop up, especially with honest-lookingc lients who have a very smooth accent. Other than a contract offering legal protection tob oth you and your client, there are many benefits to be gained from this docu m ent. Contracts offer clarit y on the project terms, specify payment terms, methods and due dates, and outline warranties, liabili t ies, revision limitations and other legal responsibilities. More importantly, they helpt o avoid misunderstandings about what will be done, when and by whom. Know that a freelancer may opt to forgo the written contract in some situations that involve small projects, pro jects with little or no risk, pro bono work or informal projects for family and friends. Do I need an agreement with friends or family? Yes, especially if the project is a huge one. A contract protects you from per sons you care about. Tip: If friends or family members don't regard your business seriously enough to sign a contract, there's a good chance they won't take your reduced bill seriously either. Think about this: How offended would you be if, after youve completed your friend or familys design, they walk away with a very bright smile, boasting: This is so beautiful Man you are good, thanks a million. Cleverly streamline a contract exclusively for relatives, as how you present it can help ease fears and avoid family feuds. What to put in contracts? Not every client is a good one. This may be a hard reality to accept, especially when youre looking at bills to pay and sales are low. Deciding to pass on a client requires valid reasons, but recognise that there are c lients who can turn an exciting new project into a nightmare. However, lets l ook at several key elements n ecessary for a design contract. Bear in mind that parts m ay vary from project to p roject, so always consult a l awyer when completing a new agreement. Estimate Terms/Time: When starting a new project, estimate the project time and slot in extra time should any unexpecteds nags pop up. Outline how long your offer or proposal i s good for, and how long t he proposal offer stands if not accepted. Establish a p ayment schedule, as this e stablishes up-front penalt ies for late or no payments. Exercise caution when specifying maximum time, for ift he specifications are unreasonable, a judge may ignore them. Revision Schedule: How many changes or revisions are you willing to make? This answer depends heavi-l y on your tolerance level, or whether you are a very, very close relative of JOB.S pecify some sort of revi sion-based schedule that prevents your client from diluting your hourly value,a s any changes outside the s cope of the project must be accommodated monetarily. F orce Majeure: T here are acts of God that can prevent you from completing a job. For example, if a fire orf lood destroys the business, chances are you wont be able to meet your clients deadline. What happenst hen? I would suggest including this concern in your contract. A definition section: W hat might be helpful is to include a defining keyword l ist, so that the client might read and understand the graphic lingos to which you refer. Promotion: A great way to promote your business is to display as many of your designs as possible, but the general rule is to seek permission before using a clien ts work in your online portfolio or printed form. Confidential Information: During the course of working with your client, chances are you will be exposed (and they, likewise) to private information. Ensure that business information is confidential. Client/Designer Responsibilities: What about client property/materials? If the client provides resources that have been accidentally B USINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Protect theof the Bahamas www.bnt.bs Design contracts to provide cure T HE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 10B
T he Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC globally for its phone direct ories, taking home four international honours at the 2011 ADP Gold Book A wards. M ore than 90 years after t he first directory was published, this year's versiont opped competition from 1 01 other companies. BTC received awards in the foll owing categories: 2nd place for Excellence in Print Directories (the Bahamas D irectory), 3rd place for Excellence in Print Director ies (Grand Bahama directory), 3rd place for Excellence in Print Directories (Abaco Directory place in Best Cover Design& Art (Grand Bahama Directory). Recognised Winning these awards demonstrates that we were not only able to achieve commercial success, but to fulfill a role recognised byo ur peers as among the best in the world for content, appearance and relevance," said Marlon Johnson, BTCsv ice-president of sales & marketing. Our directories have e volved into what we now c onsider the premier refer ence guide for all things Bahamian, offering a wealth o f information to the people of the Bahamas and to visitors to our shores. It's that extensive information b ase that made it attractive to the Ministry of Tourism to partner with us this year u nder the theme 'Look C loser. It's Our Bahamas. T he book's covers reflect that theme, Nassau's direc-t ory featuring a member of t he Royal Bahamas Police Force in formal helmet d ress, an underwater scene, a touch of Bahamian architecture, boating in the bay a nd a flamingo. Each cover is a collage of different phot os, but all capture the colour and culture of the country. Mr Johnson added: "But recognising the growingi mportance of everything e lectronic, we are excited a bout launching a revamped o nline directory portal that promises to be a vibrant, interactive extension of the printed books." Some 150,000 copies of the directories were printed in a variety of editions, i ncluding Abaco, Bahamas White Pages, Bahamas Yellow Pages, Grand Bahama a nd Mini Yellow Pages. T he association present i ng the awards, the Association of Directory Publishers, has a membership of moret han 140 directory publishers. ADP members publish over 2,200 titles annually,p rinting and distributing some 205 million copies each year. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 3B +(/3:$17('&$6+,(5t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fDQGFKORUSKHQLUDPLQHDQWLKLVWDPLQHGUXJfDQG DVVRFLDWHGZLWKDQDGYHUVHUHDFWLRQUHSRUW 7KH+RQJ.RQJ'HSDUWPHQWRI+HDOWKKDVZDUQHGFRQVXPHUVQRWWR EX\WKHZHLJKWORVVSURGXFW'U+HDOWK6HULHV&0)DFWRURUXVH WKLVSURGXFWDIWHULWZDVIRXQGWRFRQWDLQDQXQDXWKRUL]HGVXEVWDQFH VLPLODUWRVLEXWUDPLQHWKDWPD\SRVHVLPLODUKHDOWKULVNVLQFUHDVHGULVNRI FDUGLRYDVFXODUVLGHHIIHFWVVXFKDVKHDUWDWWDFNDQGVWURNHf 7KH)RRGDQG'UXJ$GPLQLVWUDWLRQLVDGYLVLQJFRQVXPHUVQRWWR SXUFKDVHRUXVHOLP;WUHPH+HUEDO6OLPPLQJ&DSVXOHD SURGXFWIRUZHLJKWORVVVROGRQYDULRXVZHEVLWHVDQGGLVWULEXWHG*OREH $OO:HOOQHVV)'$ODERUDWRU\DQDO\VLVFRQUPHGWKDWWKHSURGXFWFRQWDLQV VLEXWUDPLQH7KHFRPSDQ\IDOVHO\FODLPVRQWKHODEHOWKDWWKHSURGXFWLV BTC wins phone directory awards AWARDS: BTC received four industry awards for its Bahamas, A baco and Grand Bahama direct ories, making it the top award w inner in the Caribbean. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
t hat goes without saying. Adding that finding ways to support Bahamian smalla nd medium-sized enterp rises went beyond mere government planning, Mr L aing said: Anyone who studies the dynamics of an economy knows that small and medium-sized business-e s play a significant role in it, and the extent to which they a re successful, there is more l ikely to be growth in an economy. A cknowledging that the small and medium-sized enterprise sector was dominated by Bahamian entre-p reneurs and owners, Mr Laing said the Government h ad already done much to s upport it. He pointed to amendm ents to the Tariff Act and Hotels Encouragement Act, t he Industries Encouragem ent Act, government-guara nteed loan scheme, maki ng funds available to the B ahamas Development Bank, and the two-year holiday granted to businesses with an annual turnover of less than $250,000 when it c ame to Business Licence f ees. Telling Tribune Business h e was quite enthused a bout joint effort by the Bahamas Chamber of Com-m erce, Ministry of Finance a nd persons in the small and medium-sized enterprise sector to bring about a new development framework for it, Mr Laing said thei mportance of this initiative cant be overstated, quite frankly. B USINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 2)),&($&()25(17'RZQWRZQRIFHVSDFHV ,GHDOIRUSURIHVVLRQDOV 6(&21'&$//,&()+( $118$/*(1(5$/((7,1*72 $OOHPEHUVRI7HDFKHUVDQGDODULHG:RUNHUV &RRSHUDWLYH&UHGLWQLRQ/LPLWHG (DVWWUHHWRXWKDQG,QGHSHQGHQFH'ULYH 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKH7KLUW\)RXUWKWKf $QQXDO0HHWLQJ RI7HDFKHUV6DODULHG:RUNHUV&RRSHUDWLYH&UHGLW8QLRQ/LPLWHG ZLOOEHKHOGDWWKH%ULWLVK&RORQLDO+LOWRQ+RWHOORFDWHGRQ%D\ 6WUHHWRQ6DWXUGD\0D\FRPPHQFLQJDWIRU WKHIROORZLQJSXUSRVHV 7RUHFHLYHWKHHSRUWRIWKH%RDUGRI'LUHFWRUVIRU 7RUHFHLYHWKH$XGLWHG 7RHOHFWPHPEHUVRIWKH%RDUGRI'LUHFWRUV 7RHOHFWPHPEHUVRIWKHXSHUYLVRU\&RPPLWWHH 7RGLVFXVVDQGDSSURYHWKH%XGJHWIRU 7RWDNHDFWLRQRQVXFKPDWWHUVDVPD\FRPHEHIRUHWKHPHHWLQJ/HQQ.LQJ 6HFUHWDU\ 1%9,6,7256$1'&+,/'5(1$5(:(/&20(+2:(9(5 7+(<:,//5(63216,%/()257+(,5/81&+$$ Small business support always been a priority FROM page 1B Z hivargo Laing Share your news The Tribune wants to h ear fr om people who ar e making news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y.
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 5B S peaking after ICB unveiled an increase in comprehensive net income to $3.937 million for the 12 months to end-December 2010, up from $3.161 milliont he year before, Mr Duff said: Our overall bottom line result was 22 per centb etter than budget. J oking that he can live w ith that every year, the ICB general manager a dded: It has been an e xcellent year. From a purel y technical point of view, t his has definitely been our best year. If you take the r ealised/unrealised gains or losses from our investment portfolio out of the picture, its been our best ever year, especially given the backd rop of the depressed econo my. Weve done very, very w ell. S till, Mr Duff described as the one disappointing fea ture of ICBs 2010 performance the 11.4 per cent decline in top-line gross w ritten premium, which fell from $47.311 million in 2009t o $41.91 million in 2010. That was felt across all major business lines, hes aid, attributing the decrease e ntirely to the recession. On the motor side, for example, Mr Duff said that rather than replace six to seven year-old vehicles with new models, as they had done in the past, many consumers w ere electing to keep their e xisting autos. Together with those s witching from comprehensive to third-party coverage to save on premium dollars, the ICB general manager said the effect of all this was t o reduce sums insured b ecause vehicle values were less. As a result, general insurance industry profits were d epressed, and Mr Duff told Tribune Business: Just in g eneral, people are putting o ff any large purchases. All t hese things serve to keep sums insured in a depressed position, and it is difficult at this time for insurers to generate growth within the marketplace. Looking ahead to 2011, Mr Duff said it was unlikely that ICB would be able to repeat the financial performance it enjoyed last year, g iven that minimal claims e xperiences and low loss ratios did not occur on an annual basis. My personal view is that 2011 will be much the same, he added. It may be well into 2012 before we see a ny meaningful recovery. I think that if the insurance industry can achieve a flatp osition as a whole, it will be a reasonable outcome. It may be well into 2012 before the industry sees some growth from within. As for ICB itself, Mr Duff said of 2011: I dont think it w ill be as good as 2010, b ecause once again we had exceptionally low loss ratios, and we cant expect that to continue every year. We cant have a peak year every year, but this one w as a peak year, and we will d o our best in 2011. All b eing well, if we have a hurricane-free season there should be a decent return on shareholder capital. If we avoid a hurricane loss in the Bahamas, generally speaking, the industry will be profitable unless youre unlucky and have a string of losses, which does happen from time to time. I f we have a hurricane-free y ear, the industry should do fairly well. Writing in ICBs annual report, Mr Duff reiterated that the company was unlikely to achieve quite the same level of return as it d id in 2010. It had already made a $250,000 net payout over a claim in relation tot he Valentines Day fire that hit the Betty K agen cies complex in downtown Nassau. Reinsurance monies accounted for the balance of the $6 million claim. He added: The absence o f a major windstorm loss, together with low loss ratios in our motor, casualty and marine accounts, allowed us to improve our commission earnings from proportionalr einsurance treaties and increase our underwriting profit from $2.962 million in 2009 to $3.406 million. This represented a 15 per c ent increase, while net claims incurred remained e ssentially flat at $1.669 million compared to $1.638 million the year before. Net e quity in ICB rose from $18.43 million to $21.867 million. Dionisio DAguilar, ICBs chairman, said in the annual r eport that the companys 2010 net income was the second-highest level it had everp roduced, with return on c apital standing at 21.36 per c ent. W ith investments such as t he $2.6 billion Baha Mar p roject indicating better days ahead, Mr DAguilar s aid: It is important to emphasise that generali nsurance companies in the Caribbean region need to post healthy profits in hurricane-free years in order to be able to comfortably absorb the inevitable catastrophic weather losses that are such a feature of our business...... Against a backdrop of s mall business closures, reduced inventories, d epressed new car sales and h igher than normal unemp loyment levels, it was no s urprise that ICBs gross w ritten premium fell during the year. Insurers peak year sees 25% profit rise F ROM page 1B It has been an excellent year. From a purely technical point of v iew, this has definitely been our best year. If you take the realised/unrealisedg ains or losses from our investment portfolio out of the picture, its been our best ever year, especially given the backdrop of the depressed economy.
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 7B Mark Turnquest, of Mark A Turnquest Consulting, told Tribune Business that many of his small and mediu m-sized business clients had gone out of business l ong time, while others had been forced to release entire s taffs in a desperate bid to bring costs in line with slumping sales. And he warned that the B ahamian economy might further stagnate because t he current high level of commercial loan arrears, with more than $1 out of every $4 lent to the private sector in default, was maki ng the banking industry increasingly reluctant to finance new applicants. As a result, Mr Turnquest warned that even entrepre-n eurs with sound business plans could find it impossib le to obtain financing, stifling innovation and creativity. There isnt anything happ ening in reference to small businesses in the Bahamas, he told Tribune Business, adding of many o wners/entrepreneurs: A l ot of them went back to w orking a 9am-5pm job. T heyre now working as an employee rather than employer, because they couldnt support their fixed expenses every month. A lot of my clients still in business have to be in their shops more. They have let a lot of employees go, so they have to be there more. Theyre more involved in their businesses, less in the planning, and theyre more i nvolved as employees of t heir business. They are now self-employed people. Mr Turnquest added of these self-employed business owners: They had an a verage of three-four staff for the past two years, and now theyre down to one or none. Theyre doing all the w ork themselves. Theyve got to do themselves the marketing, the bookkeepinga nd maintain everything. They have to close down to p ick up the kids from school, so their business is closedf or two to three hours to do t he personal things theyve got to do. This is happening in a lot of places. N oting that there were no i ncentives or tax breaks in place to assist Bahamianowned small businesses, Mr T urnquest said these comp anies were also having to bring National Insurance Board (NIB and other taxes up-to-date b efore they could obtain their Business Licence under the new Act. This, he added, was taking being required ata time when firms have no sales and are trying to recove r from the recession. Theres roadworks all o ver the place, Mr Turnquest said. The state of this e conomy is depressed. There is nothing going on. T he money at Atlantis and places elsewhere is not r eaching Over-The-Hill. Theres not been any u nemployment statistics, and you know unemployment is 20-21 per cent. A loto f my customers, theyve g one out of business longtime. Theyre long gone. N oting that companies in areas not impacted by the New Providence Road Improvement Project were enjoying a competitive advantage over their rivals, Mr Turnquest told Tribune B usiness that the high level of private sector loan arrears was going to make banks even more likely to refuse new entrepreneurs business p lans. This, he warned, was creating a big gap in financ-i ng for businesses less than two years old. Whats hurti ng is new and up-coming businesses, Mr Turnquests aid. They cant seek fundi ng. The banks are not lending any money to new businesses. Theyre not even i nterested in that. W ith both the Bahamas Development Bank and the Government-sponsored vent ure capital fund both strapped for cash as a result of existing borrowers defaulting on their loans, he added: If new, innovative c ompanies want to seek financing, unless they get it from angel investors or pri vate investors, they will not get it. This will stagnate the economy. A ll these factors meant t he small business sector was hurting tremendously, but Mr Turnquest said: I have c onfidence the Government will do something soon. U rging the Ingraham administration to directly c onsult the small business c ommunity on what should b e included in the proposed Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Act, Mr Turn-q uest said this legislation n eeded to provide a com prehensive support system t hat addressed financing, back office and training issues. ENTREPRENEURS REDUCED TO RANKS OF SELF-EMPLOYED AND EMPLOYEES F ROM page 1B
GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press A new survey of college graduates from the last five years finds that the Great Recession has hit them hard, forcing them into low-paying jobs often unrelated to their educations and leaving half of them expecting less financial success than their parents. Don't blame a spoiled generation, says Cliff Zukin, a Rutgers University political science and public policy professor who was co-author of the study. "Eighty-three percent of them worked when they were in college," he said. "They're making sacrifices to go through with this and they're coming out without a great job and with debt. That's not a great situation." What's so disheartening for Zukin is that only about one-fourth of U.S. adults are graduates of four-year colleges. If the most educated are facing such difficulties, it shows just how sluggish the labor market was during the recession and remains now. Zukin has previously studied unemployed older workers, many of whom are giving up on ever finding meaningful work again. Put it together, and it gives a dismal view of a broad span of the workforce. The median starting salary for those who graduated between 2006 and 2008 was $30,000. For the 2009 and 2010 grads, it dipped to $27,000. And women graduates continued to make less than men. Zukin said that with future salaries dependent on the initial one, it could mean the recent grads will have lower earnings throughout their careers. Nearly half the graduates say they're working at jobs that don't require a college education. And many of those who left those first jobs didn't find a better situation. Seven in 10 said their educational background had some relationship to their first job. But for those who are now working elsewhere, only about 6 in 10 say their work is in the field they studied. In other words, not all computer science graduates are going from baristas to programmers. Many are going to jobs at other coffee shops. And graduates are reliant on their parents financially. Nearly half say they're subsidized in some way by their parents or other family members, including more than 1 in 5 who live with relatives. While 85 percent have health insurance coverage, only half have it through work. Nearly one-fourth are covered by a relative's plan. Alex Shephard, 23, graduated from Ohio's Oberlin College two years ago with a degree in English. He hasn't had what he calls a real job since then. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 9B Poll finds recent college grads hit by recession T HE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs
JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics WriterW ASHINGTON The Federal Reserve last month began debating how it should start reversing policies that pumped billions ofd ollars into the economy during the recession. Some members said the Fed mightn eed to start boosting inter est rates this year to guard a gainst inflation. Fed policymakers didn't c ommit to taking any action at the April 26-27 meeting,a ccording to minutes released Wednesday. But they agreed the econ o my was improving and if that continued the Fed would need to remove its massive to prevent consumer prices from gettingo ut of control. Record A majority of participants said the best method for tightening credit would be t o lift the federal funds rate, w hich is now at a record low near zero. The federal funds rate is the interest banks pay each other on overnight loans. Raising that rate would likely precede sales of mortgages or Treasury securities in its vast portfolio. Some members thought the Fed would need to start signaling that record-low interest rates would need to rise. A few members b elieved the Fed might need t o boost its key interest rate or start to sell some of the assets in its portfolio later this year. Both moves would lead to t ighter credit and higher r ates on consumer loans. The Fed officials general ly agreed that the first step should be for the central bank to stop reinvesting money earned off its hold ings of mortgages and Trea s ury securities. That's consistent with comments made by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at his first-ever n ews conference on April 2 7. Bernanke said halting such reinvestments would be the Fed's first move toward tightening credit. But that would have only a limited impact on the rates Americans pay on loans. The minutes don't identi fy what the individual Fed policymakers said. misplaced, lost or damaged, they must be compensated. Warranties: Say you crea ted a website for a client a m onth ago, and one day you r eceive a phone call from the client saying they discovered a typo on the site. Should you be willing to fix this at no charge? This is discretional and depends on the agreement. Copyright: Include in your graphic design contract guidelines for use of where itc an and cannot be used. This is important, given that the more a design is utilised, the value intensifies. For instance, a cover designedf or an international magaz ine has more value than a l ocal high school graduation y ear book. C ontract Termination: Unfortunately, some clients m ay decide they no longer w ant the design. What happ ens then and who is r esponsible? Can you term inate your agreement and quit cold-turkey? If the a greement is cancelled before work is completed, the client may forfeit his d eposit and possibly be held liable for breach of contract. Sign Please: After approval, dont forget the signatures of both you and your client. (Its not binding i f it is not signed). There are still many web/graphic designers and s ite owners who conduct b usiness without having a sufficient contract. Especially in the Internet world, written contracts are not add-ons to a business; they a re your business. It is in this c ontext that I reiterate that it doesnt matter whether your clients are a family member, long-time associ-a te or someone you feel is t rustworthy; it is still wise to sign a contract. Anything or anyone that hinders your delivery of the best possibles ervice adversely affects your bottom line, and disputes with clients are perh aps the worst hindrance. Y ou are the owner and the p erson solely responsible for p rotecting your business. Discontinue working under a handshake or a pat on the back, and avoid the MickeyM ouse operations. I f you continue to opera te the same way all the time, how can you expect a d ifferent result? Remember, when decidi ng whether or not to accept work without a contract, ask yourself the following ques tion: If the client and I dont a gree, or they are not a cknowledging our verbal a greement, how much liability am I willing to assume? Until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of yourg ame. 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I got around to reading your column: Deali ng with difficult customers in the Thursday Tribune, and y ou are so correct. The next school year is fast approaching and I am going to remember just what you said. I am going to keep this paper as a guide. This is a timely column for all self-employed persons in our small Bahamaland. Thank you. Rudy Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org Hi Deidre: While I think we should always try our best in human relat ions, there are times when our personal dignity comes first. I lately let go of a difficult tenant. Sometimes I had been asking myself if I did the right thing. Your The Penny pincher paragraph summed it up very well and gave me peace of mind that, indeed, in letting that tenant go even in this slow economy was the right thing to do with that particular type o f person. Thank you again, a pleasure reading your Tribune a rticles. Regards, U mberto Papaluca READER FEEDBACK Fed considers tighter credit as economy improves n OVERSEASNEWS
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The T ribune Thursday May 19, 201 1 PG 2 3 RELIGION By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter M ore focus needs to be given to the children's ministries of Bahamian churches, a noted child pastor told Tribune Religion saying that chil dren are not ignorant to the activi ties and actions of adults. "If we are developing a hypocritical society then over time that is going to come back and result in some negative result s, C e rt if ied Chil dEvangelist and O r d a i n e d M i n i s t e r R i c a r d o M i l l e r explained to T ribune Religion During his recent visit to the Bahamas, Mr Miller said: "I wanted to r e intr oduce myself to the Bahamas because it is real ly a major need for positive activities and pr ograms that ar e raising futur e leaders, not just keeping kids but training them." According to Mr Miller s website, orig inally from Nassau Bahamas and now located in Forth W orth, T exas, he has served in Children's Ministr y for mor e than thir teen years as an Inter national Child Evangelist and Children's Ministr y Consultant. "As President and Founder of Ricardo Miller Children' s Ministries, a non-pr ofit or ganisation that hosts workshop, semi nars and conferences for childr en, par ents and children workers, Ricardo tr uly believes we hold in our hands their des tiny W e determine largely whether they fail or succeed. What children are today the world of tomor r ow will be," the web site said. When asked if the ministry is success ful, Mr Miller said: On the global scene, yeah it is and so now I would like to allow the Bahamas to know more about it." I'm here in the Bahamas basically doing a series and I am speaking to a s e r i e s o f s c h o o l s s u c h a s D i s c o v e r y Lear ning Center EP Roberts Primar y School and the graduates of CC Sweeting and their parents as well." Offering advice and tips to kids, Mr Miller said: I encourage them to know that all things are possible for them, it truly is, but the limitations they place on themselves by not getting a good educa tion and not believing in themselves can hinder their future. "And for the parents, you want kids to be gr eat adults then you have to make the kids great, it star ts in the home. So we encourage par ents to not blame a child for what he is becoming but to try make sur e that they ar e giving and doing their part in ensuring they are raising healthy boys and girls," he said. "I think it is time for an evaluation of how much programming we are provid ing for our kids because you can have activities but at the end of the day not everything is going to be secur e by the fact that we can look into our schools and say we are raising r eal strong vibrant, educated, well balanced kids," "So my challenge for your readers is its time for our leaders to inspect this chil dren' s programming and I think ever y church need to have a children's pr ogramming and if you look at any thriving or dynamic society organization or sys tem, they always have to invest in the future and the churches in the Bahamas, very few of them have children's pr ogramming," he said. RIC ARDO MILL E R B RI NGS A T OU GH ME SS A GE F OR A T OUG H GENE R A TIO N ABOVE: Ricardo Miller along with a group on their life changing mission trip to Haiti. LEFT : T rip to Discover y Camp in Columbus, T exas with Pathway Y outh.
The T ribune PG 24 Thursday May 19, 201 1 RELIGION By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter S T JOSPEH'S Adult Day Care Center, is on a mission to enhance the lives of the elder ly living in the community through their non-residential day care facility. T h e f a c i l i t y h a s b e e n o p e r a t i n g f r o m t h e o l d S t J o s ep h s C h u r c h f o r s ev e n y e a r s n o w a n d i s a b l e t o a c c o m m o d a t e a s m a n y a s t w e n t y i n d i v i d u a l s a d ay W e h a v e a s m a n y a s s i x t e e n p e r s o n s a t t h e d a y c a r e c en t e r i n o n e d a y b u t w e c a n a c c o m m o d a t e a s m a n y a s t w e n t y a n d a l i t t l e b i t m o r e B u t w h a t w e w a n t i s t o g e t t h e w o r d o u t a b o u t w h a t w e a r e d o i n g b e c a u s e s o m e p e o p l e a r e n o t a w a r e o f o u r d a y c a r e p r o g r a m s a i d S i s t e r C ec i l i a Th o m p s o n O S B a n d c o o r d i n a t o r o f t h e p r o g r a m S i s te r Th o m p s o n a l s o t o l d T r i b u n e R e l i g i o n t h a t t h i s i s s o m e t h i n g t h a t b e n e f i t s t h e e n t i r e c o m m u n i t y I t d o e s b e n e f i t t h e p e o p l e i n t h e c o m m u n i t y S o m e p e o p l e w h o d o n t w a n t t o l e a v e t h e i r e l d e r l y f a m i l y m em b e r s a t h o m e b y t h e m s e l v e s t h i s i s t h e p l a c e f o r t h e m s h e e x p l a i n e d A d d i t i o n a l l y t h e y b e l i e v e t h i s c e n t r e k e e p s t h e e l d er l y i n t h e c o m m u n i t y w h e r e t h e y w a n t t o b e I t a l s o i n c r e a s e s t h e i r a b i l i t y t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n c o m m u n i t y a f f a i r s w h i c h t h e n c a n e n h a n c e m en t a l a s w e l l a s s o c i a l w e l l b e i n g T h e f a m i l y d a y c a r e c e n t r e i s a p l a c e w h e r e a d u l t s c a n b e l e f t d u r i n g t h e d a y T h i s w i l l a l l o w t h e c a r e g i v e r t o g o t o w o r k a n d d o w h a t t h e y n e e d t o d o an d t h e y w o n t h a v e t o w o r r y a b o u t t h e i r l o v e d o n e T o b e e n r o l l ed i n t h e d a y c a r e i n d i v i d u a l s m u s t b e s i x t y y e a r s o r o l d e r t h e y m u s t a b l e t o m o v e i n d e p e n d e n t l y t h e y m u s t a l s o b e i n c o n t r o l o f t h e i r b l a d d e r a n d b o w e l s an d m u s t b e a b l e t o p a r t i c i p at e i n g r o u p c o n ve r s a t i o n s T h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y ad u l t s a t t h e c e n t r e e n g ag e i n w h o l e s o m e a c t i v i t i e s i n c l u d i n g p r a i s e a n d w o r s h i p a n d g a m es T h e y a r e a l s o a f f o r d e d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o g o o n b u s r i d e s a r o u n d t o w n T h e y a r e g i v e n t h r e e m e a l s a d a y a n d p a r t i c i p a t e i n e x e r c i s e r o u t i n e s t o ac h i e ve s o m e l e v e l o f f i t n e s s S o m e t i m e s v o l u n t e e r s c h a n g e u p t h e r o u t i n e s I n s t e a d o f d o i n g p h y s i c a l e x e r c i s e s t h e y q u e s t i o n t h e m a n d a s k t h e m t o r e c a l l c e r t a i n t h i n g s W e t r y t o k e e p t h e m m en t a l l y f i t a s w e l l S i s t e r T h o m p s o n s a i d T h e m i s s i o n o f t h e a d u l t d a y c a r e i s t o p r o v i d e d a y c a r e s e r v i c e s f o r a d u l t s w h i c h f o c u s o n t h e s t r e n g t h s a n d a b i l i t i e s o f t h e p a r t i c i p a n t s a n d o n h e a l t h r a t h e r t h a n i l l n e s s S t J o s e p h s A d u l t D a y C a r e C e n t r e i s l o c a t e d o n B o y d R o a d a n d o p e r a t e s f r o m 8 6 p m f r o m M o n d a y F r i d a y D o n a t i o n s a r e a c c e p t e d F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c o n t a c t 3 2 3 5 9 9 3 S T J O S E P H S A D U L T D A Y C A R E C E N T R E "It does benefit the people in the community Some people who don' t w ant to lea v e their elderl y f amil y mem ber s at home b y themselv es this is the place f or them. Sister Cecilia Thompson INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
The T ribune Thursday May 19, 201 1 PG 25 RELIGION SCRIPTURE TEXT : 1 THESSALONIANS 2:4 B R E A D o f Li f e B ap t i s t C h u rc h c e le br at es i t s 12 t h p a st o r al A n ni v er sa ry o n S u n d a y Ma y 2 2 at 3p m at t h e c h u r c h o n Le e S t r ee t N as sa u V i l l age wh e n t h e me mb e rs f r i en d s an d f am il y w i l l c o m e t o get h e r t o de mo n s t ra t e t h ei r t h a nk f u l ne ss t o G o d f o r H i s f ai t h f u l n es s o ver t h e yea rs S p e c i a l g u e s t s p e a k e r w i l l b e R e v A r t h u r C h a r l t o n J r P a s t o r o f M t V e r n o n B ap t i st C h ur c h Le ad i ng u p t o t h is eve nt w er e t w o n i gh t s o f s er v i c e w hi c h c om m en c ed Mo n d ay M ay 1 6 an d T u esd a y Ma y 1 7. 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HERMIS Pratt Choir Director directing the choir at a previous Pastoral Anniversar y Dec. Pratt is well known throughout the Baptist community for his special flair in directing hymns and anthems. No one could be left sitting down at the end of a song and the whole congregation is left on fire! DEC. HERMIS Pratt Choir Director directing the choir at a previous Pastoral Anniversar y De c. Pra tt is well know n th r o ug hou t the Baptist community for his special flair in directing hymns and anthems. No one could be left sitting down at the end of a song and the whole congregation is left on fire!
IF W E h ad t o pass an an nual t est as a peo ple t o i nd ic a t e o ur on goi ng gr o w t h and d eve l op ment to ward s pir it ual mat ur i t y do you t hi nk we wo ul d p ass or fai l? Ho w do we measu re perc ent ages wh en it c o m e s t o m o r a l p u r i t y a n d p e r s o n a l i n t e g r i t y ? Let u s use th e T en Co mman dmen t s i n reverse or der to begin w it h a soc ial evalu a t i o n o f o u r a t t i t u d e s t o w a r d e a c h o t h e r : 1 C OVE TING: A r e mo re peop le c ont ent ed w it h w hat t hey h ave or can af f o r d or do m ost o f u s engage i n t he fu ti le act i v i t y o f envyi ng our n eighb ou rs f ami ly ho me, o r li f est y l e? 2. L Y I N G : Is t elli ng t he t rut h somet hin g t hat m ost of u s d o m ost o f t he ti me, som e of us d o all of t he t i me, f ew of u s d o if at all ? A re we mor e l ikel y t o be ho nest in c ert ain si t uat ion s rat her t han ot h ers, suc h as at w ork rath er th an at h ome o r at c h u r c h r ath er t han at sch oo l? 3. S TE ALING : O n an average, w oul d you say th at mos t of u s are tr u s t w o rt h y and on ly a f ew p eop le st eal? D o w e have a su spi ci on t hat given t he op por t u n i t y mo st of us wil l be dis hon est ? If w e ad d st eali ng t ime t o t he eq uat io n alo ng w it h mat erial th in gs or mo ney do es t hat ti p t he scal e dangero usl y in a negat ive di r e c t i o n ? 4. AD UL T E R Y : I w ond er wh at we reall y co nsi der as t he "n ew n orm "? Have we almo st aban do ned tr adit io nal mo ral valu es wh en i t c om es t o ad ult ery o r are we st il l d esir ous of co mmi tt ed r e l a t i o n shi ps wh ic h bl ess t h e adu lt s invo lved w it h peac e of m in d an d w hi ch give o ur ch ild r en a f eeli ng o f s ecu rit y? 5. MU RDE R: is it a s mall per c e n t a g e o f t h e p o p u l a t i o n w h o a r e c a u s i n g havo c? D oes o ur u nc on tro ll able anger i n som e si tu at ion s b reed a l evel o f vio len ce n a t i o n a l l y even i f beh ind cl osed do ors ? 6 H O N O U R I N G P A R E N T S : A r e ou r elder ly par e n t s in p ar t i c u l a r and ci tiz ens in general tr eated wit h r espec t an d co mpas sio n in sp it e of th eir in fi r m i t i e s ? A r e we pat ien t an d k ind t hou ght f ul an d cari ng, sensi ti ve and grac iou s? 7. D O W E KEE P W HA TE VER I S O U R D E S I G N A T E D S A B B A T H H O L Y ? Is t h ere a m arked d ist i nct i on i n t he ac ti vit ies in w hic h we en gage on t hat day c om pared to t he o th er si x? 8 C U R S I N G : Do we speak i rr e v e re n t ly u sin g Go d' s n ame i n vai n? D oes o th er f i l t h c o m e o u t o f m o u t h s c r ea t ed t o prai se ou r Mak er? 9 I D O L A T R Y : A r e w e a peo ple wh o wo rshi p th in gs, o r peop le? Do we sli p in to self wo rsh ip at t i mes? 1 0 T O T A L C O M M I T M E N T T O OUR GOD : Is God t he cen t re o f ou r li ves an d a majo r preo cc up a t i on as r e l a t in g to pr ayer and ser v i c e ? If t he n ati on al m oral fi bre and spi rit ual int egri ty wer e t o be m easured b y ou r o w n p e r s o n a l a p p r o a c h t o l i f e o u r t hou ght s, wo rds and ac ti on s, w ou ld t he c o u n t r y pass or f ail ? The T ribune PG 26 Thursday May 19, 201 1 RELIGION Pass or Fail? REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS
The T ribune I AM always in awe as a Christian when I hear preacher teachers and min isters of the gospel speak on the topic of love. My amazement is due to our well choreographed and articulate speeches concerning God' s love towar ds us, how we aught to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, love our wives as Christ love the church and gave his life for it, and to always love our enemies. As we all know most of these teach ings are more easily said than done and of course I am not discounting them in anyway However my concer n is how the church has abandoned the reality and the myriad of issues that face the love between a man and a woman. Loving one' s wife as Christ loved the church and a woman being submissive to her husband in r eality does not happen without major challenges. This is no new r e v e l a t i o n E v e n f r o m t h e b e g i n n i n g after God blessed the union of Adam and Eve the evidence of walking togeth er as a couple but not being on one accor d began to emer ge in their r elation ship when Eve decided to submit to the will of Satan rather than the will of God and her husband. In the quintessence of love teaching today it is imperative that I not only take this love between a man and a woman from a realistic point of view but make inclusive what our teachers have shied away from, that has left the average believer or person for that matter with no answers to the difficulties and chal lenges that face their relationship. The word quintessence is defined as the pure and concentrated essence of a substance or the most perfect embodi ment of something. In simple terms it speaks to the heart and soul of a person, matter or thing. So my initial approach to this is how does a couple transfor m from being so m u c h i n l o v e e n d l e s s h o u r s o n t h e phone, the I love you, can' t wait to see you etc. to can someone please explain to me once again how in the world did I end up with this person? Now the Bible is clear and it says, "How can two walk together except they agree" Amos 3:3. Now most folks ar e under this grand illusion that because two are walking together (being married or in a relationship) they ar e in fact in accordance with one another For those of us that are in a reality based relation ship, we are fully aware that the agree ment that is understood in this passage of scripture speaks not of the walk but the role and suppor t of each other as it r elates to goals, vision and ultimately the future dir ection of the r elationship. This agreement would have also deci phered the male as the head and his wife of partner being his support or help mate. The quintessence of love, most i m p o r t a n t l y s p e a k s p r i m a r i l y t o t h e whole idea of being proactive in the r ela tionship as opposed to being r eactive. T o be p r oa ct i v e i s to i ni t i a t e ch a n g e i n advance of events, rather than r eacting to events or things that are impr omptu, suggesting that out teachers and coun selors become involve after the fact. This is a reactive behaviour The truth is when a man and a woman agr ee to be exclu sive in a r elationship there ar e r eally four par ties involved. The pr i m ar y pa r ty o bv i ous l y wo ul d be the m a le a nd fe ma l e tha t a g r e e d to h av e thi s r el a ti o ns hi p. The a ddi ti o na l p ar t i e s wo ul d be the de s i re s a nd fa nt as i e s o f bot h i ndi v i du al s th a t ha v e y e t t o be c o m m u n i c a t e d b e t w e e n e a c h o t h e r h o w e v e r t h e s e d e s i r e s a n d f a n t a s i e s s om eh ow b e com e i m pr i s one d i n th ei r mi n ds w i th t he a s s um pti on th at te l e pa thi c al l y th ey w ou l d be c om mu ni ca te d. Thi s s e e m in g ly i ns i gn i fi ca nt s ce na r i o i f l e ft u nch a ll e ng e d pr ov i de s th e br e a d i ng g r ou nd fo r c onfu s i on th at r e s ul ts i n f r us tr a ti on a n d en ds in s e pa r a ti on Ag ai n t hi s p r ov i de s a pa r ti a l a ns w e r t o the tr a ns fo r ma t io n fr om I am s o i n l ov e wi t h y o u" t o "H ow the he l l d id I e ve r b e c o m e i n v o l v e d w i t h y o u U n f o r t una te l y a s C hr i s ti a ns w he n th es e i ne v it ab l e p ro bl e ms a r i se our l ea d er s s at ur a te us wi t h a m ul t it ude of sc r ip t u r e s coa t ed w it h a s e as o ni ng of pr a ye r an d be l i e ve the pr ob l em s ar e s ol v ed Ag ai n wh i ch I d o no t di s co unt h ow ev e r t he o r ig i n of th e pr ob l em ha s y e t t o b e a d d r e s s e d T h e s e c o n d s c e n a r i o s pe ak s t o f e el i ng s ge n er a te d by on e or bot h pa r ti e s, not to w ar d s e a ch oth e r bu t d i r e cte d t o p er s on s ou ts i de of the r e l a ti on sh i p. I n s i m pl e te r ms be i ng i n l ov e wi t h s om e one e l s e oth er t ha n y ou r p a rt n e r The s e a r e t he t yp e s of i s s ue s t ha t ar e s u p p r e s s e d i n ou r chu rc he s a nd pl a s t e r ed w it h w i ve s be s ub mi s s i v e an d hus b an ds l ov e y our wi v e s Y e t, n e ve r a d d r e s s in g th e r e as o ns a s t o how o r w hy the s e f ee l i ng s ca me a bou t. I wa n t t o m a ke c l e a r t h a t I a m n o t p l a ci ng a s ta mp of a pp ro v al on a dul te r y or a ny thi n g r el a te d to i t, b ut to a ddr e s s th es e v e r y co mm on m at te r s f r om a r e a l i s t i c poi n t o f v ie w T h e c o n c e p t i o n o f t h e s e p r o b l e m s be g an in t he mi n ds of th es e i ndi v i du al s an d the bi r th w as the di s pl a y i n th ei r ac ti on s. O f c our s e a s y ou w o ul d r e a l i s e thi s no w p ro duc e s c onf us i on, be ca us e i t ap pe a r s a s if y ou' r e s a y in g on e thi ng t o me ( I l ov e yo u) bu t y our a ct io ns ( l yi n g che a ti ng mo od s w i ng s e tc. ) sp e ak s t o s o m e t h i n g e n t i r e l y c o n t r a r y t o y o u r w o r ds .. H ow d i d we g et h e r e ? W e l l, ge tt i ng t he r e w as s im p le an d the s i m pl i ci t y of i t w a s a m a j o r l a c k o f u n d e r s t a n d i n g b e t w e e n b o t h p a r t i e s Je s us m ad e a pr ofo und s ta te m e nt t o hi s di s ci pl e s in Ma tt he w 13 : 13 15 he wa s quo ti ng the pr op he t I sa i a h, "F o r by he a r in g yo u w i l l he a r an d no t und e rs ta n d an d by s e e i ng yo u wi l l se e but not pe r ce i v e" H e now b eg i ns t o e x pl a i n b y fi r s t a d d r e s s i n g th e he a r t ( mi nd ) b ec au s e a l l i s s ue s o ri g i na te fr o m the he a r t/ mi n d of m an Je s us el a b or a te s t ha t th ei r e a r s h av e be com e d ul l of he a r i ng a n d t he i r e ye s ha v e be e n cl os e d. No w for cl a ri t y he i s not j us t s pe a ki ng ab out ph y si c al e ye s an d e a r s he r e b ut t he a bi l i ty to c om pr e he nd ef fe cti v e l y wh a t i s be i ng co m mu ni ca te d to y o u. A s pr o of of thi s h e f ur t h e r e l a b o r a t e s L e a s t a t a n y t i m e t h e y s hou ld s ee w i th the i r e y es a nd he a r w it h the i r ea r s an d s hou ld U ND E RS T A N D wi t h t he i r H E AR T t hus re s ul t in g in a con ve r s i on or ch an g e. So thi s ba s i ca l l y di s pe l s th e ol d a d ag e t h a t m o s t s e p a r a t i o n s o r d i f f e r e n c e s be tw e e n co upl e s a r e du e to a l a ck o f c o m m u n i c a t i o n Communication is the impartation or i n t e r c h a n g e o f t h o u g h t o p i n i o n s o r infor mation by speech, writings or signs. It is also the means of exchanging infor mation between two or more parties. So her e is wher e the problem comes in, that is so frequently overlooked by pr each ers, teachers, advisors etc. Let' s use for an example a wife says to her husband that she doesn' t like the way he speaks to her in public settings, the husband r esponds by saying he doesn' t see anything wr ong with the way that he speaks to her in public settings. Now according to the definition of communication, this couple has commu nicated, however both individuals have an entirely different UNDERST AND ING of what is being communicated. The wife is expressing how she "feels" concerning how her husband speaks to her On the other hand the husband cat egorises her complaint as an issue of what is right or wrong. So, as you can clearly see how understanding becomes the crux cause in the quintessence of love between a man and a woman. I t i s o n l y w h e n t h i s r o o t c a u s e i s addr essed that we can then apply the applicable scriptur es and prayers. As a r esult my dear readers, I strongly suggest to you that you carefully analyse your r elationship and review those original desir es and fantasies that you once had concerning your partner and begin trans fer ring those thoughts from your head a nd v e r ba l l y c o mm u n i ca t i n g t h e m t o your partner with a concentrated effor t of developing an understanding of how you feel, what you desire etc. Our er r or begins by believing that our par tners should figur e out what' s going on in our heads and when this doesn' t happen we begin to lose focus and look elsewhere for these desir es and af fec tions and exchanging them with others outside of the relationship. As you would recall Jesus said, "Y ou have ears but you can not hear you pos sess eyes but you can not see, therefor e your end r esult is a tragic lack of under stand. There is a song called "For the first time" by the singer Rod Stewar t, In his song he begins to say to his wife that he' s been looking at her forever but has r eally never seen her for the first time he' s looking in her eyes. He then ask her is these her hands, is that your smile, sug gesting that he never took the time to understand this person that he has been with for so many years Could this be a clip from your life? My words of wisdom for this wonder ful day put aside the past, do away with the assumptions, kick to the curb what should have, could have happened, and make up in your mind to discover what has been hidden in your relationship for so m an y y ea r s tha t w as ei the r o ve r looked or un-for giveness has deprived you of it. W e only live once my dear r eaders, and I am told that it is better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved befor e. Do not allow fear to control you. The Bible says that there is no fear in love and per fect or complete love does away with fear So if your life is saturat ed with fear then I suggest to you accor ding to biblical principles you have a seri ous love deficiency Heavenly Father I thank you for this won der ful day that you have decided to grace us with the impartation of your wisdom. It is my prayer that you open the eyes and ears of ever y reader of this article, and super naturally empower them with understanding. Y our word declares that wis dom is the principle thing therefore get wis dom, and in all thy getting we must get understanding. I now come in agreement with your word and call these things done in Jesus name. Amen! Written by: Kevin L A Ewingkevinewing@coralwave.com Thursday May 19, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION The quintessence of love KEVIN EWING
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday May 19, 201 1 RELIGION S T G E O R G E S O U T R E A C H M I N I S T R Y S 9 T H A N N U A L R E C O G N I T I O N S E R V I C E S t. George' s Social Outreach Ministry held it' s 9th Annual Recognition Service on May 15th, 2011 at 6:00pm. President of The Social Outreach Ministry at St. Geor ge, Betty Smith said, "as part of Diocese 2000 and beyond, May is Social Outreach Month in the parish of St. George and at this time we honor our senior citizens who have made valuable contributions to the church and to the community ," among those were Rocow Davies, John Gordon, Irvin T aylor Whitfield W illiams, Geor ge T urnquest, Colonna Bur r ows, Mildred Deveaux,Monica Sands, Delores Mcphee and Noreen Major Monica Sands Noreen Major Roscow Davies Irvin T aylor Colonna Burrows John Gordon Jr Deloris McPhee Mildred Doreen Deveaux