L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A COMMUNITY effort helped to extinguish a fire that gutted several residences at Strachan's Corner and Frtiz Lane yesterday afternoon. According to eyewitnesses, the fire erupted sometime around 4pm yesterday. Scores of residents, including small children, carried buckets of water to help extinguish the blaze. Some risked their own lives coming dangerously close to the flames throwing the water on the blaze while some stood on nearby roof tops with garden hoses directed at the blaze that threatened several nearby homes. Resident Opal Pennerman claimed a fire truck was on the scene but ran out of water which prompted the residents to take action. "Thank God the community has come together because this could have been a serious disaster," a resident said. Fire chief Jeffrey Deleveaux said the fire departments resources were stretched yesterday. Mr Deleveaux admitted some fire trucks had no water and when the blaze erupted on Strachan's Corner, firefighters were busy tackling the blaze at Sandilands. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Community rallies to fight fire n Several residences gutted n Small c hildren help out PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff
EDITOR, The Tribune. From time to time, the question arises as to the legitimacy of a national youth service as was proposed by the late Sir Lynden Pindling. And once again the editorial in Saturday, May 7 edition of the Freeport News asks the question. I say unequivocally: Yes! But in what context was this idea proposed? Long before the idea arose for a national service programme, I had instituted community service hours as a requisite for matriculation from Grand Bahama Catholic High School. Presently, every high school in the nation has taken the clue, and now requires this service as part of their high school programme. We have now even made it an integral component of our apprenticeship training programme at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Whether in school or in the work-p lace, we have a nation to build. Therefore, the idea of a national service was in the making and in the consciousness of the Bahamian psyche for some time before Sir Lynden publicly proposed the idea as a required national regime. Unfortunately, Sir Lyndens idea, when it was finally fleshed out into a bill to be presented to parliament and the public, had taken on some sinister aspects which did not harmonise with the general Bahamian tradition and sense of free-d om. Actually it turned out to be nothing more than the regurgitation of the Guyanese model, based more on the perpetuation o f the then existing political status q uo. The model would have resulted in a colossal interruption of family life, requiring married and older individuals to be mandatorily recruited. It did not take into consideration those individuals intellectually and finan cially capable to continue their education at the tertiary level. Then one of the most sinister aspects was the militaristic ele ments which would have allowed young recruits to be trained in the use of guns and other war fare instruments. At the very time we had blatant reminder from our Caribbean friends of what could result from placing arms in the hands of trigger happy recruits. The situation is immortalised in the song: Government Boots. Imagine the number of murders we could have today, as a result. It was for these and many oth er historically recorded reasons, that the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, then under the direction of the then President, Fred Smith and myself led the war to Kill the Bill. We, however, did not actually kill the bill; it died a natural death as it was eventually seen by the majority of Bahamians to be the death knell for many of our inalienable and national rights and freedoms. However, we did not stop there. We carried out a major investigation of national service p lans around the globe; we held wide consultations with the Bahamian public, spent many hours in research, and in due course, our President, Mr Fred Smith compiled a modern, enlightened model of a national service bill which would have catapulted our young Bahamians into a nation building army rather than an armed force designed to bolster the state status quo. However, as have gone other models proposed by individuals and committees, it sits gathering dust in some cabinet closet. Our beloved departed friend, Calvin Kemp, who had a passion for the systematic development of our youth, also left a document as a model of national service. In recent times also the government has commissioned committees to draft plans for such programmes, but they too are dying an unnatural death, hidden away in some government office. Even the most simple among us could only conclude that our governments have not had the political will or have not seen the necessity to invest in the systematic development of our youth beyond the high school level. Consequently, thousands leave high school every June with not the slightest notion as to what their lot will be in July or beyond. We send them forth with few, if any, tools with which to build a life for themselves. Ninety per cent cannot find jobs, only five to ten per cent have the financial resources to continue their education at the tertiary level. And then we wonder why they so quickly become pariahs on society? We set them up for failure and then they return to wreck havoc on every institution and structure in our land. We are to blame, for by our inaction we h ave laid a criminal path for them. Self preservation is a seri ous natural instinct and when it kicks in at a very early age it e mploys whatever instruments and means at hand to attain its goal; guns and drugs have become the weapons of choice i n our beloved land. God and nature have blessed us with enormous natural resources, like land, sea, climate, sunshine, water. However, we have become blinded by what I term parasitic economies, those that feed of others, mainly outside our borders, in order to sustain us, like tourism, banking, gun running, drug trafficking, people trafficking, etc. These have little or nothing to do with the natural abilities of our people, but theyb ring instant financial satisfac tion. We then produce another breed of persons who feed off these aspects, for they see no other means for feeding themselves. We do our youth a criminal disfavour if we do not arm them, every one of them, with means to survive once they exit the halls of high school. We should be able to track every young man and every young woman and make certain that he/she is gainfully and honorably employed. Today, we are reaping the bitter fruit of our own planting or lack of such. We cannot but admit that we may have lost a large number of few generations; but God forbid that we allow this to continue among the thousands who are still under our charge, manageable and many of whom are very willing to make a radical shift in the direction of this nation. We are talking about approximately less than sixty thousand young people with whom we have a God-given obligation to guide, protect and elevate to a much greater deserving power in our small nation of little more than quarter of a million people. I would chance to predict that the next general election will not only be decided by the droves of the unemployed youth in our nation, but that the election platforms will out of necessity be based upon how we as a nation will recognise, organise, elevatea nd invest in our young people in order to save this nation from total anarchy and destruction. Next month, June, we again send forth another six thousand plus high school graduates. And into what are we dumping them? Indeed, one sure thing, thousands of them will be eligible to vote for the first time. Every politician worth his/her salt must recognise and address the plight of young people in our land and a meager handout at election time will be nothing but an insult to the futureb uilders of this nation. Legislations, law enforcement, and a plethora of modern police techniques have not and will not r esult in the transformation of o ur society. This transformation will only come about when we as a people recognise the role to be played by every citizen in this country with enormous emphasis on the youth of the nation, by giving everyone of them a mean ingful place. Remember, a nation is judged by the way it treats its children. In this regard we would be harshly judged! Indeed Sir Lyndens idea of national service was good and its not too late to institute it with a modern and enlightened model. Implementing it at the high school level, which has been widely advocated, will allow our youth to build society and the chances of them wanting to destroy it later will be enormously lessened. We still have great and enlight ened minds in this nation among the young and the old, whose motivation is nothing more than the realisation of the good and full realisation of the potential of our people. Politics aside, we can easily and readily bring about a radical, dynamic and life-sup porting transformation in our lit tle, but immensely blessed nation. We simply need political will and financial resources allocated to realise our dream. We have willing hands! JOSEPH DARVILLE Vice President G B Human Rights Association Grand Bahama, May 8, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 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 T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm THE Ministry of Legal Affairs is to be commended for the decision to work in the future more closely with police investigators to bring an accused person to trial. Attorney General John Delaney announced yesterday that public prosecutors will in future be assigned to work with the police from the early stages of an investigation. This is similar to the US system where an attorney from the District Attorneys office is assigned to a case, overseeing the investigation from the moment a crime has been detected to the prosecutors arrival in the court room to present the evidence to judge and jury. T his is the latest of many initiatives taken by the Attorney General to make the judicial process more efficient and effective in the prosecution of cases. The public was alarmed last week when within the space of 10 days three murder cas es were dismissed by the courts for insufficient evidence. In two of the cases the court questioned the m anner of interrogation. In one case it was suggested that food and drink might have been withheld from a hungry man to extract a con fession. In the third case the court questioned the manner in which an identification parade was conducted. This was a case in which two men were murdered on February 5. The father of one of the victims identified a certain man ast he gunman, while his sister identified another man, both men apparently being of similar appearance. The man identified by the father was tried and acquitted because Magistrate Vera Watkins was not satisfied that the evi dence against him was strong enough for a conviction. However, what is interesting is that at 9.30 am on Monday, April 4, Oral Anderson, the man identified by the victimss ister as the gunman in his and his friends death, was himself gunned down on Meadow Street as he stood talking with a group of men. And so, instead of in the courts, justice is now being exacted on the streets. It is important that the courts regain their authority. This is why the decision announced by the Attorney General is of such importance. The first weakness to be brought under con t rol is the time that an accused person has to wait for his case to be heard. In the past this could take years, which gave the courts reason to release such persons into the community until a trial date could be set. If crime sheets were carefully studied we would not be sur prised if it were found that the escalation of crime particularly murders can be traced from this period. A s Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Graham-Allen pointed out that prosecutors cannot guarantee a conviction, but they can certainly present evidence that is cogent, reli able and admissible for the consideration of judge and jury. She was satisfied that the partnership between prosecutors and the police at the early stages of an investigation would help transform the system. Anticipating a reporters question as to why cases fail, Mrs Graham-Allen said there were many reasons, among them non-appearance of witnesses. The prosecutor on a case will have to determine the nature of the charge and w ho is charged. The evidence in one of the three cases dismissed by the courts over a 10-day period, suggests that the wrong man might have been charged for the two murders on February 5. The murder of Oral Anderson on Meadow Street two months later almost to the day suggests that closure might have been brought to the February 5 case. Yet the Anderson case the 37th murder for the year opens yet another murder mystery for the police to solve. However, another reason for a case to be lost is that with the passage of time, death and failing memories can remove reliable witnesses. There is one case in which The Tribune staff has a particular interest. It is the murder of one of our own. She was a rising star amongu s. In this case the passage of time will weaken memories of children and the eventual death of an elderly mother could remove an important eyewitness. Five years ago this mother of five at the age of 33 was stabbed to death outside her home on a Saturday night. Her throat was slit. Her elderly mother and her five children witnessed the brutal murder. Her 12-year-old son beggedt hat his mothers life be spared. A man turned himself in to police the next morning. He was charged and remanded to prison to await trial. Fourteen months later he was released from prison. No more has been heard of the case. We have written to each attorney general in turn reminding them of this case. However, memories of witnesses might fail. The elderly might die. But this young womanw as determined to speak at the trial of her tormentor. She left a diary that recounted her torture and her fears. She was told that she would not live to see her 34th birthday. She didnt. She was murdered just before her birthday. From beyond the grave, this young lady will tell her story. She is just awaiting her day in court. H er diary is in the possession of the court. National Service: to be or not to be LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org A young lady awaits her day in court
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE S ANDYPORT,19 Poinciana CayB eautiful 6,881 square feet canal front residential lot tobe sold by sealed bid auction. Fully serviced, ready for building, 24-hour security, maintenance, 48foot private sandy beach, private boat dock, ten-n is courts, swimming pools, childrens playgrounds, restaurants, Tambearly School. Seller reserves right to accept or reject any or all offers. Bid closing date 26th May,2011.To view and receive bid package call Sandyport Realty 327-2425. By LAMECH JOHNSON PROPRIETORS OF the Bargain City Esso gas service station at the Carmichael Road branch awarded three mothers gift vouchers and other items for participating in their second annual "Happy Mother's Day" competition. This years competition, according to Peter Roker, was different from last year as it was an essay that focused more on the "challenges mothers may have raising their children." "The response was really, really great, but it was different this time. It wasn't about the glorification of being a mother. We had an enormous number of entries. It was a hard challenge choosing one winner and we ended up choosing three." He said a ll entrants and mothers are all winners. First place winner of the essay contest, Marina Johnson, wrote about her son's struggle with mathematics and how she as a mother had to step up to assist him. She said: "Its a thrill to share your story with others who might have gone through the same things as you. You can be a help to others and an encouragement." Speaking about the school system that she believes is not enough, Johnson says that not every child is academically inclined to a level where they can get an A. She believes as parents, "we have to reinforce what is taught in the schools and work with them." Although she was quite surprised to have received a reply, Tameka Moxey, won third prize for writing about a difficult and painful experience of her post-pregnancy. Moxey gave birth to a baby girl after having a C-section, but was later hospitalized four times due to allergic reactions to medicine while she was doing physiotherapy. "With Motherhood", she said, "there are many joys and I wouldn't trade it for the world." Roker said he read several of the essays repeatedly because they dealt with personal challenges mothers face, such as teen pregnancies and school financing. He said the most important t hing was that "they overcame those challenges." Bargain City rewards hardworking mothers REPRESENTATIVES of the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS courses and certification for the participants involved. ITLS is a global organisation dedicated to preventing death and disability from trauma through education and emergency trauma care. Participants included Demetrie Munroe, Ronald Cash a nd Joletha Ramsey of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, as well as Deangelo Sturrup, Leon Morris and Elwood Rolle of the Public Hospital Authoritys National Emergency Medical Services. LEARNINGEMERGENCY TRAUMACARE By BAHAMAS INFORMATION SERVICES Gweneth Diane Stewart was sworn in as Acting Supreme Court Justice by Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes during a ceremony at Government House on Monday. Acting Justice Stewarts judicial and legal experience includes serving as an Acting Stipendiary Magistrate, a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and an associate lecturer and tutor at Eugene Dupuch Law School. She is also a trainer in Advocacy Programme of Grays Inn Temple. Partner A partner in McKinney, Bancroft and Hughes, she specialises in commercial and civil litigation, banking, insolvency and insurance and family law. She served as a high school teacher in the Ministry of Education and Culture from 1976 to 1981. She serves as a director of First Caribbean International Bank Ltd, director of First Caribbean International Bank (Bahamas lege of The Bahamas. (Photo Letisha Henderson SWORN IN: Acting Justice Diane Stewart takes the oath as she is sworn in at Government House on May 9. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes looks on. (BIS photo: Letisha Henderson SIGNING: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, with family and friends, looks on as Acting Justice Diane Stewart signs documents during a swearing-in ceremony on May 8. GWENETH STEWART SWORN IN AS A CTING SUPREME C OURT JUSTICE WINNINGSMILES: Pictured left to right Mrs. Roker, Tameka Moxey, Marina Johnson, Staff member and Peter Roker of Esso Bargain City & Plaza.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 WITH1,700 students on Grand Bahama already enrolled in the Swim for Ocean Survival programme, the initiative was recently extended to St Annes School and St Johns College in Nassau, adding more than 1,400 new students. This is a testament to the quality of our programme and its effectiveness in teaching large numbers of children the basic swimming skills needed to survive in the water, said coach Ivaniuska Dreke, aquaticd irector of the Freeport YMCA and creator of the SOS programme. Ms Dreke is a former coach for both the Cuban and Bahamian national swim teams, with a graduate degree in physical education. Swimming is the second leading cause of accidental death for children worldwide, and the Bahamas has a relatively high rate of drowning per capita. Enhanced water safe-t y should be a top priority for schools and communities around the Bahamas, Coach Dreke said. The SOS Programme is specially designed to cost-effectively teach basic water survival skills in a safe environment. It is believed to be the only programme of its kind in the world and was introduced on Grand Bahama through the YMCA in2 009. At the introductory level children are taught how to save themselves if they fall into a pool. Level two students are trained to jump into the open ocean, tread water for 15 seconds, and then swim to a nearbyb oat. Level three students are able to jump into open ocean and swim 75 feet using the breast stroke. The programme also teaches children about the marine environment, on the principle that if a swimmer understands the nature of sea life and the oceans, most of the common hazards encountered in Bahamian waters can be avoided. Currently, 12 schools on Grand B ahama and two on New Providence have enrolled 3,100 students in the programme. They are trained by qualified coaches and instructors at school swimming pools and at the YMCA pool in Freeport. The programme is free of charge and integrated into physical education curricula, running for a total of up to 10 weeks with results factored into the students final grades.I nstructors are fully trained in water safety, first aid, competitive swimming, and diving. Karon Pinder-Johnson, executive director of the Freeport YMCA, said the programme will help more and more young Bahamians receive the necessary training that will allow them to be confident in and around the water. C oach Dreke, who is also the administrator of the SOS programme, said she is encouraged by the growing number of students who are taking part in the training. She acknowledged the valuable support of physical education teachers at p articipating schools. This is a community effort. Through our sponsors and the YMCA, we have been able to provide world class certified coaches who are dedicated to teaching swim survival skills, she said. It is only through their support that we can offer this essential training free of charge. I n addition to financial sponsors, direct help has been provided by Freeport resident Ute Shaw, who donated hundreds of bathing suits to public school children taking part in the programme. Platform crates for training purposes were donated by Asa H Pritchard. Nassau schools dive into SOS Programme COACH Ivaniuska Dreke, founder and administrator of the Swim for Ocean Survival (SOS from left (back rowA nne's;Simon Frank, SOS head coach in Nassau; (front row SOS instructor at St Johns; TK Glover, SOS instructor at St Annes; Natalie Shepherd, SOS instructor at St John's. Not pictured are: Sacha Hadland, SOS instructor at St Annes, and Lucas Leite, SOS coach at St John's. AFTER being passed over in the Elizabeth by-election last year, attorney Craig Butler will once again not run as a candidate for the PLP in the upcoming general election, The Tribune has been i nformed. W ith a history of drug use that e nded nearly 10 years ago, Mr Butler said that his past is continuing to haunt him to this day despite his continued commitment and dedication to the PLP. According to Mr Butler, the part ys leader Perry Christie has i nformed him outright that running h im as a candidate in this election w ould be too much of an embarrassment for the PLP. Clearly, my party has demonstrated to me by their words that there is no room for me in the PLP as a Member of Parliament, Mr Butler said. T his embarrassing past. Mr B utler said, was the same excuse used by the party to deny him the n omination in Elizabeth, despite the fact that he had already been w orking on the ground ahead of the areas current representative, Ryan Pinder. I have been forthright with people about my past. And the PLP h as always prided itself on being the party of second chances, but for all the persons that the party looks like it will be running in the upcoming election, for me to be ane mbarrassment to them, I find that incredulous, Mr Butler said. A t this point, Mr Butler said he w ill quietly consider his future in the party a statement that has r aised concerns in some quarters of the PLP. Some PLPs reportedly b elieve that a plan has been set in motion for Mr Butler to join theg overning FNM as their candidate f or the Kennedy constituency. However, attempts to reach Mr B utler for comment regarding this a spect of his political future were unsuccessful up until press time last night. A WOMAN broke down in tears on the witness stand yesterday as she spoke about her one-year-old daughter who died in a house fire along with three other persons two years ago. Witness testimony in the trial of a man charged in the deaths of T heresa Brown, 51, her 18-yearo ld daughter Kayshala Bodie, and o ne-year-old granddaughter Telair J ohnson, as well as their neighbour Savanna Stuart, 18, continued in the Supreme Court yesterday. Eltorio Ferguson, 29, is charged with abetment to arson and abetment to manslaughter in their deaths. They all died in a suspected arson attack on September 17, 2009 in the family's home on Wil son Tract. L oretta Smith, the mother of o ne-year-old Telair Johnson, testi f ied yesterday that she last saw her d aughter on Wednesday September 16, a day before the incident. M s Smith started crying when s he was shown a photograph of her deceased child. During cross-examination by attorney Geoffrey Farquharson it was revealed that herd aughters father is also dead, having been shot in 2008. Ms Smith told the court that she had lived in the Wilson Tract residence where the incident occurred, but did not live there at the time of the fire. She said she had moved from the house after her daugh ters father had died. Mr Far q uharson suggested that she had m oved prior to his death, which she then admitted. M s Smith claimed that she had been living periodically at the Wil s on Tract residence and in Yellow E lder Gardens after Mr Farquharson suggested that she had deliberately lied to the court. Harveyette Bethel, a long-time f riend of victim Kayshala Bodie also testified yesterday. She told the court that Kayshala had been in a long-term relationship with a man whom she identified in court as the accused Eltorio Ferguson. She told the court that Ferguson was also known by the alias Bread. The trial is expected toc ontinue this morning before S enior Justice Jon Isaacs and a jury of five women and four men.A ttorney Neil Brathwaite is lead prosecutor in the case. Witness breaks down in tears after seeing photo of dead child Butler will not run as PLP candidate
By Lindsay Thompson Bahamas Information Services THE National Emergency M anagement Agency and its partners are looking at ways of improving preparedness for timely and effective response to any disaster that could pose a threat to the country. These were discussed at the Central Bahamas Disaster Conf erence held at the Sheraton Cable Beach on Tuesday. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham officially opened the conference, which was also addressed by Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA, and US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant. The conference, under the theme, Building Disaster Resilient Communities, was co-sponsored by the government, the United States Northern Command, the Pacific Disaster Centre and the United States Embassy in Nassau. Participants were from the islands in the Central Bahamas Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island, Cat Island, the Exumas, Ragged Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island and Andros. Each of these islands has suffered the impact of severe tropical storms and/or hurricanes over the past two decades, beginning with Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Captain Russell underscored the importance of having clarity to the process and procedures so that the country can improve upon its states of readiness. For the most part we have been a reactive society, almost perfecting a relief, restoration and recovery mechanisms. However, the changing weather patterns with its more frequent and extreme weather systems now demands that we do more in our preparedness and mitigation states so that we can minimise what we have to do in the aftermath of an event, Captain Russell said. He noted the challenges faced by NEMA in managing a disaster or emergency situation from New Providence. Hence, it is the aim of NEMA toe nsure that in each district throughout the Bahamas, that there is a functioning disaster consultative committee, one that is able to respond to any disaster, thus minimising the loss of life and destruction of property. Objectives of the conference were to: Share experiences and lessons learnt from major hurricanes. Examine the capacity of agencies and discuss arrangements and opportunities for improving preparedness for timely and effective response to disasters. Share perspectives on new disaster management initiatives, including the importance of riskr eduction Assist Family Island community representatives to iden tify planning strategies and deficiencies and update their dis aster preparedness and response plan. Participants heard from a team of local and US experts, who discussed a number of topics ranging from hurricanes, to early warning systems, to meteorology, to earthquakes and other disasters. My Governments longterm goal is to increase the capacity of communities, espe cially in our Family Islands, to mitigate and respond effectively to disasters, the prime min-i ster said. We are committed to strengthening existing partner ships and creating new ones asa means of implementing mea sures to eliminate or reduce the impact of disasters on the Bahamas. As NEMAs mandate is to p romote and propel the countrys comprehensive disaster management agenda, Mr Ingra ham said the Government is pursuing a number of initiatives that will shape development policies. The most comprehensive of these initiatives was the enact ment of a new Town Planning and Subdivisions Act, which requires the development of Land Use Plans for each of our many Family Islands. Built into such initiative is recognition of the critical importance of developing and implementing land use policies that admit to disaster risk reduction. We are firmly of the view that as vulnerability and risk assessments become a regular component of development planning and management a culture of disaster planning and preparedness will emerge, the prime minister said. The Central Disaster Con ference is the second in a threepart series of disaster conferences aimed at building disas ter resilient communities with in the Bahamas. The first, the Northern Bahamas Conference, was held September 2010 in Grand Bahama. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 1$7,9(/&+)25$/( *HWUHDG\IRU+XUULFDQHHDVRQ+DYH < RXU 7UHHVULPPHG%HIRUbII$OO/$176: LQFKHVWHUWUHHW%HWZHHQ 6HDUVRDGt+DZNLQV+LOO NEMA focuses on improving countrys state of readiness ( BIS Photo/Kris Ingraham) OFFICIAL PHOTO: Organisers, presenters and participants pose for an official photo at the beginning of the Central Bahamas Conference on Tuesday at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. ( BIS Photo/Kris Ingraham) ATTENTIVE: Participants listening to a presentation at the opening of the Central Bahamas Disaster Conference at the Sheraton Cable Beach on Tuesday.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011, PAGE 11 UNITED States Ambassador Nicole Avant pledged her Embassys continued s upport to "building disaster resilient c ommunities" throughout the Bahamas as she addressed the opening session of t he Central Bahamas Disaster Conference at the Sheraton Resort on Tuesday. The Central Bahamas Disaster Conference is the second in a three-part s eries of disaster conferences throughout the Bahamas. T his three-day conference series, cos ponsored by United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM Embassy, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA f ocus on the islands of Eleuthera, Spani sh Wells, Harbour Island, Cat Island, The Exumas, Ragged Island, San Sal v ador, Rum Cay, Long Island and Andros Island. The conference brings together 60 delegates made up of Family Island admini strators and councillors, other governm ent personnel, as well as police and Defence Force officials. Addressing the d elegates at the opening, Ambassador Avant noted that all agencies represented must place a strong emphasis on disaster planning, mitigation, response, and recovery. This critical three-day conference not only marks my dedication to supporting t he government of the Bahamas on every l evel but also my steadfast promise to use US Embassy resources to help strengthen communities throughout the Bahamas, not just on New Providence, s he said. T he US Ambassador thanked Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and the B ahamian government for their ongoing support of capacity building efforts, noting examples of those joint efforts and training which include the National H urricane Conference, which took place i n Atlanta in April, the Northern Bahamas Disaster Conference held on G rand Bahama in September 2010, the upcoming construction of disaster warehouses in Grand Bahama and Great Inagua, and in the coming months a light urban search and rescue training prog ramme in the Bahamas led by experts from the Department of Defence, U SAID and the Los Angeles County S earch and Rescue Team. Experts from the United States Northern Command, the Pacific Disaster Centre, NEMA, Bahamas GIS Office, B ahamas MET Office as well as others w ill address topics including disaster planning, mitigation, response and recovery. T he conference runs until today at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Ambassador pledges continued US support for building resilient Bahamas communities CENTRAL BAHAMAS DISASTER CONFERENCE ADDRESS: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. SPEAKING: Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA. P ICTUREPOSE: U S Ambassador Nicole Avant, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham are among VIPS at the disaster conference.
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE t t b REMEMBERING THE SINKING OF HMBSFLAMINGO FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington Prosecutors in Washington state's San Juan Islands have filed 16 additional theft and burglary charges in the "Baref oot Bandit" case. That brings to 17 the number of charges that Colton Harris-Moore faces in the a rchipelago stemming from a two-year c rime spree that ended with his arrest in t he Bahamas last summer. San Juan County Prosecutor Randall G aylord tells The Associated Press he filed t he charges Tuesday as plea negotiations with Harris-Moore's attorneys progress. The 20-year-old gained a popular Internet following during his run from the law. He is expected to reach plea deals by month's end that would resolve federal and state charges in several jurisdictions. T he charges involve plane, boat and car thefts as well as numerous burglaries. The new charging documents describe how authorities f ound bare footprints, fingerprints and DNA at many San Juan locations. They say the young man taunted one sheri ff's deputy who chased him by calling out, "You can't catch me." Barefoot Bandit case: Additional theft and burglary charges filed LEGAL NEWS BAREFOOT B ANDIT (BIS Photo/ Patrick Hanna A LLABOARD: O n May 10, 2011, at Prince George Dock, the crew aboard the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's HMBS Nassau observes the 31st anniversary memorials ervice for the sinking by Cuban jets of HMBS Flamingo on May 10, 1980. (BIS Photo/ Patrick Hanna O N DISPLAY: T he Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band on display in Rawson Square during the 31st anniversary memorial service for the sinking of HMBS Flamingo, attacked by Cuban jet fighters on May 10, 1980. MEMBERS of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force onT uesday evening commemor ated the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo with a wreath laying ceremony at the Betty K Wharf and a memorial service in Rawson Square. The incident took place i n 1980 when Cuban MiG jet fighters opened rocket and machine gun fire on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel HMBS Flaming o after it had arrested two Cuban vessels poaching at C ay Santo Domingo, in the Ragged Island chain. The vessel sank and four marines were killed. LISTENING: Governor-General S ir Arthur Foulkes and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham listen attentively during the memorial service in Rawson Square to mark the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo. Also pictured at left is Lady Foulkes, wife of the Governor-General.
SECTIONB email@example.com THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.69 $5.62 $5.65 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Cable Bahamas is set to invest an estimated $15 million in capital expenditure in 2011, Tribune Business was told yesterday, a $500,000 spend on activities associated with the roll-out o f its newly-acquired fixed-line voice services having helped to push 2001 first quarter profits down slightly by 1.3 per cent. Barry Williams, Cable Bahamas senior vice-president of finance, indicated that increased marketing and re-branding activities accounted for most of the 5 per cent operating expenses increase during the three months to end-March 2011. The rebranding was certainly the lions share, Mr Williams told Tribune Business of the just over $500,000 increase in operating expenses, which rose from $11.952 million in the s ame period in 2010 to $12.539 million. We were also in preparation mode in the last quarter of 2010, which rolled into the 2011 first quarter, to ready for entry to the voice market. The rebranding and preparation, those were in excess of $500,000 I recall. Mr Williams added that Cable Bahamas had also experienced an increase in signal costs, largely associated with the sign* $500k increase in marketing and voice roll-out p reparation pushes Q1 net income down 1.3% to $ 4.614m Planning video phone launch, and aiming to build o n SRGs top quality commercial subscriber base Internet still growing 3-4% per year SEE page 7B Cable to invest $15m in capital expenditure B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Bahamian new car dealers remain concerned thatt he Japanese tsunamis impact on auto production could stunt signs of demandr ecovery, although they differed over how long the effects will last, one industry player yesterday saying itw ould only be touch and g o for the next three-four FEARS TSUNAMI MAY WASH AWAY 25-42% NEW CAR RECOVERY Auto dealers still concerned on inventory shortages, but differ on impact s length Executive sees three-four month touch and go, while Honda dealer warned of longer impact* Three-month sales improvement indicating market on the up and up SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Governments $2.76 m illion payment is the first of three BISX-listed Consolidated Water expects to receive to bring the aging$ 6.9 million sum owed to it by the Water & Sewerage Corporation current, thec ompanys chief financial officer revealed yesterday. David Sasnett, addressing a conference call with Wall Street analysts yesterday, also confirmed Consolidated Waters plan to finance construction of its 67 per centBlue Hills reverse osmosis expansion with a $10 million long-term bond placement in the Bahamas. Referring to the first $2.76 million installment received from the Government, Mr Sasnett said: We believe this $2.76 million received will be the first of three pay ments that [eliminate] the aging accounts receivablesof the Bahamas subsidiary. As for the Blue Hills expansion, the Consolidated Water chief financial officer Consolidated: $2.76m first of three payments BISX-listed firm confirms $10m long-term bond financing for Blue Hills growth, and urges Bahamian investors to buy-in SEE page 8B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Some 75-100 Bahamian j obs will be created when a building materials distribution company opens a synthetic millworks operation in New Providence, manufacturing t he products it now imports f or sale by the end of the s ummer, its chief executive said yesterday. Cariluxe (Bahamas create employment in Andros i f it receives approval to move ahead with plans to initiate a sustainable, high grade lumber industry on the island. This will see Androsians trained in the use, and granted ownership, of equipment t hat will enable them to prov ide pine for sale to the comp any, which it will market and distribute in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The company presented its t wo-pronged plan in Andros yesterday at the Andros Busi n ess Outlook 2011. Fred Ewald, Cariluxes chief executive, told Tribune Business it was committed to environmental sustainability, a nd also intends to provide Millworks firm eyes 75-100 jobs n Setting up 5,000 sq ft Gladstone Road facility to manufacture products now imported by end of summer n Aiming to create Andros jobs with high grade lumber industry, leading to entrepreneur spin-offs and cottage industries n Aiming to provide own power and employ only Bahamians S EE page 9B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter Alowe@tribunemedia.net A New Providence fuel retailer yesterday blamed d iminishing profits and rising costs for his decision to l et go 10 employees and take his Esso gas station in Oakes Field totally selfs ervice this week. Dan Knowles, also owne r of ground transportation company, Dan Knowles Tours, said he had noo ption but to make the move -which makes him 10 jobs lost at self-serve gas station Move to save Esso Oakes Field $6,000 per month* Operator urges removal of price controls to let gas s tations compete, and hits at BTC and Esso rents and franchise fees SEE page 9B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com T he ecosystems, species and landscapes of Andros are a huge ecological and economic endowment worth $260 million a year in net economic benefits, and billions if preserved into the future, but millions must be raised to protect its value, the Bahamian director of a major environmental organisation warned yesterday. Highlighting the findings of a report by her organisation on the economic value of Andros natural resources, Eleanor Phillips, director of the Nature Conservancy in the Bahamas, said conservation projects are urgently needed if the value of these resources to Andros, the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean are to be sustained and built upon. Presenting the report at the Andros Business Outlook 2011 in Nicholls Town, Andros, yesterday, Ms Phillips described how the Nature Conservancy, a glob al environmental organisation with offices around the world and in New Provi dence, has been working to document the natural resources of Andros and evaluate their value. The resulting report, An Economic Valuation of the Natural Resources of Andros suggests the over all extractive (such as fishing and crabbing) and nonextractive (recreational, tourism) use of Androsian natural resources generates $142 million annually in direct gross economic activ ity, and an additional $35 million in associated spendEcosystems worth $260m every year for Andros PROJECT: Eleanor Phillips of the Nature Conservancy explains her r ecent research project. Could have $3.8$5.8bn worth over the next 25 years, with $540k per year required to maintain them SEE page 4B
B y DEIDRE M. BASTIAN H ave you ever felt frustrated enough to pull your hair out after dealing with the latest client f rom hell? Exhausted by g iving services away for a small bag of peanuts to a ppease miserable clients? I snt it just frustrating to h ear blunt criticisms after weeks of toiling and sweating over a design project? G ranted, weve all been there, but how do you handle rotten clients who have made complaining a hobby? S hould you get rid of them as quickly as possible, and meet unreasonable demands t o avoid conflicts? Or tell t hem flat out: "If you don't l ike it, go elsewhere?!" Is that the mark of best prac-t ices? Is the customer always r ight even when it is evident that they are wrong? In my humble opinion, this age-old adage has always seemed wrong, and is the lone justification for taking abuse at the hands oft oxic customers. Whether t he phrase: The customer is always right was coined by Harry Gordon Selfridgeo r another, I still maintain t hat it is one of the biggest betrayals of a marketing pitch. When there is a d ilemma in customer relat ionships, there ought to be l ogical reasoning to offer a balanced ruling, as there is a vast difference between a difficult client and an dissatisfied customer. Occasionally youll stum ble across a so-called prob-l em child, who is fully aware t hat they are a problem. Sometimes you will be faced w ith quotes such as: I dont k now what I want, but I k now thats not it (pointing towards six or seven drafts). Some designerss truggle with confidence in difficult situations. I recall a colleague who closed his business due to unbearable pressure and not being able to handle difficult clients effectively. How would your eact if your client said: Why can't you drop your price?, I am not sure why you haven't received thec heque yet because I placed it in the mail weeks ago, or I need the project today and still have additionalc hanges. Theres no magic potion, but one solution that Ive found helpful is being extremely specific early on in the design process, con sciously using your head and not your heart. It is impera t ive that you explain the rationale behind your designs and demonstrate how it ticks all their boxes( and more). When disputes arise, it is important to address them appropriately, and your first reaction might be to listen to the clients suggestion. If you do not agree, state why, even though it may provoke discord. If clients feel you hold their best interest, they may accept your design direction, which may perhaps improve client-designe r relationship. Most designers usually become frustrated when c lients propose that their w ife, uncle or brother p refers the background blue etc. This is a problem, espe-c ially if the advice goes a gainst design sense. Unfortunately, in design anyone can interact, provide feedback and mock-up limitless changes, which I consider the curse and virtue of a design career. W hen to pull the plug? N on-payment is the most obvious, since it is a clear b reach of trust. If you o bserve a pattern of dishone sty developing, it is time to seriously reevaluate the situation. A client that repeat-e dly negotiates fee reduction after approval will never be happy with your output or anyone elses. Buti f an error was made by you (the designer humbly apologise and improve on the alterations.A constant pattern of whin i ng and nitpicking on price is an invitation for a pink slip. C hemistry is another area w orth investigating. It will take far more effort to work with a client if there is no chemistry, as lots of frustra t ions will manifest them selves. While you appreciate the business, if it is not a good fit the client would be better served by another which displays character on your part. R emember, integrity is a b ig factor when dealing with toxic clients, especially if you are asked to misrepresent or falsely promote their prod-u ct or service. If you boast strong political, moral or religious beliefs, and a client asks you to promote the exact opposite, it is reasonable to decline the project. Let's look at common pitfalls and character traits that G raphic/Web designers e ncounter, and how to navigate the best course: The Passive-Aggressive: T his type of client may m ake demands both minor a nd major, in an aggressive b ut passive manner only after the project has being s ubmitted. Sometimes, they make statements such as: Im not quite sure what were looking for, or You totally missed the point of what we wanted. How to deal with them? Be extra a lert and always expect lastminute revisions. Keep your original layered design ande nsure that a signed contract specifies stipulations w ith regards to revisions. The Family Friend: This c lient will perhaps become a n ightmare of a project, d emanding a special price, and may not even take your service seriously. These clients are easily identified and blurt out statements such as: Youre going to charge me what? But we go w ay back! How to deal with them? This depends on how you value their friendship and your business. The Down-player: This client will downplay your creative knowledge ande xperience, and not view your work as being worthy. Yet because of your sharp e ned skills and years of e xperience youve made it look so easy and, sadly, thats all the down-player sees. However, theyd makes tatements such as: Its not like it took much effort on your part. How to deal witht hem? Throw them over board. No, calm down. Because you are attuned to your value, you will remainc omposed and unruffled as t his will establish and earn the respect you deserve. The Critic: This client is hardly ever satisfied and will continually create limitless changes. Why? Because they can, and sadly you (the designer) did not outline additional charges for reviB USINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs How to deal with difficult customers THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 12B
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y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org Colina Insurance has signed a landmark knowledge and technology agreement with University of M iami that will not only provide new opportunities and enhance the expertise of Bahamian physicians, but will also increase medical t ourism to the Bahamas. At a press conference yesterday a t the British Colonial Hilton, Coli na Insurance signed an Affiliation A greement with the International Medicine Institute (IMI U niversity of Miami, in a bid to e nhance the exchange of knowle dge and technologies between IMI and Bahamian physicians. The first of its kind for the B ahamas and the region, executive vice-chairman of Colina Insurance, Emanual Alexiou, said thisi nitiative and partnership recognises knowledge transfer as one of t he most important steps in the evolution of medicine and healthcare. F unding Through funding through Colina, Bahamian health care providers and administrators will have a direct advanced education a nd training program, and a cutting edge research link which will bring new opportunities to the B ahamas said Mr Alexiou. He added: Our affiliation with t his world-class teaching and r esearch institution will enable l ocal providers to be exposed to cutting edge trends that will enable t hem to better serve the community. According to Dr Jose Ques ada, director of finance and opera tions for IMI, the University of Miami is one of the leading organisations in clinical and basic science research in the US, owning three hospitals with 1,200 physic ians, 400 of which are ranked to be the best in various fields in the US. Dr Quesada said some of the e arly benefits that the partnership will bring the Bahamas is the introd uction of telehealth for consultat ions, referrals and health educat ion to the private medical sector. Annual conferences will be held i n Nassau to bring the latest knowle dge in medical care to physicians a nd nurses in the Bahamas, and another benefit will be the B ahamas designation as an a pproved site for Corevalve replacement surgery, which has medical tourism implications. We are also going to receive some of the Bahamian physicians, w ho can travel to Miami for up to six months training with our doctors, and we will be able to take them up-to-date with the latest t echnologies said Dr Quesada. As Colina Insurance is one of t he largest health care providers f or the Bahamas, Mr Alexiou said i t was their duty to help Bahamians in the long-run by bringing n ew technologies, research and e xpertise to the local medical comm unity. Colina initiative to aid medical tourism PRESS CONFERENCE: BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON We are also going to r eceive some of the Bahamian physicians, whoc an travel to Miami for up t o six months training with our doctors, and wew ill be able to take them u p-to-date with the latest technologies Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the areao r have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
ing, which accounts for at least 60 per cent of all econ omic activity on Andros. N ature provides income and employment in some way for around 80 per cento f Androsians, of which there were around 8,000 in the most recent census, pro viding the basis for 1,645 f ull-time jobs and 8,000 partt ime jobs. Within this, $70 million a y ear is estimated to be gene rated from commercial fishing (including crabbing and sponging), providing food and income for manyh ouseholds. Nature-based tourism activities (including accommodation, bonefishing and diving) constitute $43.6 million in revenues for Andros each year. The habitats themselves, including the forests, wetl ands and coral reefs, provide ecosystem services such as carbon storage and biodiversity values worth ane stimated $260 million annua lly. These ecosystem services could have a cumula tive value to the Bahamasa nd the world of $3.8-$5.8 billion over the next 25 years, while the economic activity which is based upont hem could add up to $2.6$ 3.8 billion over the same period. If environmental degradation in the Caribbean con tinues, natural resources on Andros, one of the last wilderness areas in theC aribbean, according to the report, are likely to become more valuable if properly protected. However, the report caut ions that the potential losses in values and the loss in income, jobs and welfare could be enormous if effec t ive conservation actions are n ot implemented. People benefit directly in many ways from the floraa nd fauna, from extraction of crabs, sponge, fish, wood and palm for crafts, medi cine and fruits from the for e st, as well as water from the g round. They also benefit indi rectly in terms of income and employment from nature-based tourism, such as guided fishing and diving, or visiting blue holes. Ins hort, residents depend on a healthy environment and are therefore potentially vulnerable to environmental degradation, the report s tates. The Nature Conservancy warns that some of the current and emerging threatst o the value the environm ent provides in Andros, now and going forward, include unchecked develop m ent (involving pollution, dredging and indiscriminate habitat clearing), over-fish ing, invasive species, sewage, c limate change and ocean a cidification. The organisation recom mends that it will be necessary to raise $1.62 million initially, and $540,000 each year, to enable the minimum level of sustainable man a gement of these resources through parks management, eco-tourism development, consultation, recycling, habi t at restoration and vulnerability assessments. However, Ms Philips said this figure is a drop in the bucket in relation to the value these resources repre sent to Andros, given that they are equivalent to 0.6 per cent of the economic benefits and 1 per cent of the gross revenues Andros ecosystems produce each year. Some of the ways in which the report recommends funds could be raised to help protect Andros natural resources include a bone fishing fee; fines for envi ronmental damage; grants from international organisations for specific projects; mitigation banking agreements with developers; a friends of Andros fundrais ing program; voluntary hotel surcharges; voluntary carbon offsets for flights; cruise ship fees; lottery revenues; debt for nature swaps or debt relief. B USINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Attention!AllMembersOfTheTeachersHealthPlan,APlanProvidedbyThePartnersHealthPlanand OwnedbyTheEducationCommunity, YouAreInvitedToAttendAMeetingOnThursdayMay12th,2011 @4:30p.m. TheKendalG.L.IsaacsGymnasiumThePurposeOfThisMeetingIsToUpdateYouand ShareImportantInformationConcerningThePlan. BeThereAndBeSureToBringAFriendorTwo! .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<(/(0(17$5<&+22/ (175$1&((;$0,1$7,216)RUDOO(OHPHQWDU\FKRROJUDGHOHYHOV 3DUHQWVDUDVNHGWRFROOHFWDSSOLFDWLRQ IRUPVEHWZHHQDQG GDLO\IURPWKH(OHPHQWDU\'HVNLQ WKH+HUEHUW7UHFR$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ %XLOGLQJRQWKHVFKRROV%HUQDU5RDG FDPSXVEHIRUHWKHWHVWLQJGDWH$SSOLFDWLRQIRUPVPD\DOVREH DFFHVVHGIURPWKHVFKRROVZHEVLWHZZZNLQJVZD\DFDGHP\FRP HH'RFXPHQW'RZQORDGVf$33/<:)RUIXUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQNLQGO\ FRQWDFWWKHVFKRRODWWHOHSKRQH QXPEHUV Ecosystems wor th $260m every year for Andros FROM page 1B A realtor is aiming to change how Bahamians thing in selling and buying real estate, saying she has seen too many deals fall through due to mistakes on both sides. So many Bahamians are scared to make a commitment. The self-confidence they exude in their ability to pay off a brand new car flies out the window when it comes to buying property," said Tamara Dorsett, who is with Seaview Properties, Caves Village. The irony is that the car begins to depreciate the minute it is driven off the lot, but real estate almost always appreciates in value. That is not to diminish the pleasure of driving a new vehicle, but to get people to trust themselves when it comes to responsibility. I have seen too many buyers hesitate and lose a great opportunity, and too many sellers reject what is really a fair market value." Ms Dorsett wants Bahamians to stop and compare. Let's say you rented at $600 a month," she says. "After 10 years, you will have paid the landlord $72,000 and what will you have to show for it? Ten years of receipts. At $1,000 a month, you would have paid $120,000. At $1,500 a month, you would have paid $180,000. Any of those amounts $72,000, $120,000 or $200,000 would have paid for a substantial amount of the purchase price of land or a home in a Family Island and, depending on where it is, it might have increased two or threefold in value over 10 years. You can walk on that land, sit on the beach, build on it. You can't do that with rent receipts." Ms Dorsett wants Bahamians to think in terms of ownership as early in life as possible. "Your first home doesn't have to be your dream home," she added. She came to real estate by way of design, sales and marketing. Now she sees too many Bahamians thinking they have to rent until they can buy their perfect home for life. "It's time to get over the: 'I'll rent until I can own my dream home' mentality, she said. Start thinking: 'What do I have to do to become an owner' and get creative. Search for sellers who are willing to rent-to-own with all or a part of the rent going toward the purchase price after an agreed time, which could be one, two or three years. Or go to several banks and see what you pre-qualify for. What you don't want to do is go house-hunting, fall in love with a dream house and then discover that it is way out of your price range. Everything else you see will be a come down. The important thing is to realise that nearly everyone who is employed can be an owner. The clients we deal with are often from Europe, Canada or the US, and they get it. Even if they are only going to be here a short period during the year, they understand the value of ownership and building equity. It's time for Bahamians to do the same. Ownership, that's the real empowerment." Realtor aims to change mindset SEEKINGCHANGES: Tamara Dorsett.
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011, PAGE 5B months. F red Albury, owner/president of Executive Motors, the Toyota dealer, and Rick Lowe, operations manager at Nassau Motor Company (NMC both expressed concern that the tsunamis fallout could create inventory shortages that could undermine Bahamian demand, having s een sales increases ranging from 25-42 per cent in recentm onths. Mr Albury told Tribune Business that an e-mail her eceived yesterday from Toyota gave a scenario thatw as a lot better from previous reports, the Japanese car manufacturer indicating that it would be back to 70 p er cent of full production c apacity in June, all things being equal and going well. However, Toyota had w arned that the availability of certain models, features and colours might be i mpacted in the short-term, Mr Albury added. They are doing their best t o get production going, he s aid. It will not be at 100 per cent of capacity, but at least we will get somethingt here. Still, Mr Albury warned that inventory shortages r esulting from reduced production and order availabil-i ty might leave new car deal e rs unable to meet some consumer needs as a resultof increased Bahamian demand for vehicles over the last few months. Doubled up with the fact sales have improved, we are g oing to find ourselves short of inventory over June, July and August in certain mode ls, the Executive Motors president said. He identifiedt he Toyota Coaster, used for public transportation, and t axis as two market segments likely to be impacted. Were anticipating that for three months we will not get much inventory, Mr Albury told Tribune Business. Well probably run down inventory consider-a bly, but hopefully by the second half of this year, thet hird quarter, new shipments will come in. For three to four months in there it will be tough and go. M r Lowe at NMC, though, said the outlook b eing given by Honda was n ot quite so optimistic. He t old Tribune Business that t he car manufacturer had warned that a shipment of C RVs, due for January/Febr uary next year, might be pushed back to November/December 2012, despite having indicated just weeks ago that the former datesw ere still on. S uggesting that the earthquake/tsunamis impact on Japanese car production seems as if its going to d elay the process of recov ery in the Bahamian new car market, Mr Lowe toldT ribune Business that NMC h ad seen a 41.7 per cent increase in new car sales year-over-year during the f irst quarter to March 2011. However, the level of s ales achieved remained 49.3 per cent below that hit dur i ng the 2008 first quarter, a period before the Wall S treet and financial crash took hold. We have a lot of faith that the Japanese are going to pull this together, Mr Lowe told this newspaper. They are a very industrious people, so from that point of view Im optimistic that things are going to come together earlier. Honda is giving us the worst case s cenario. Mr Albury suggested a similar process was happening with Toyota, with Executive Motors and its Quality Auto affiliate also having e xperienced year-over-year s ales increases in recent months. I would say that last m onth, we were up monthover-month over last year by probably 25 per cent, Mr Albury said of Execut ive Motors. On Quality we were up even greater,b ecause their product comes out of Korea, and the dollar goes a long way in buying p ower. Its not just one month i ts improved, its basically t he last three months, and t his month has started off fairly strongly as well, so things are on the up and u p. Hyundai and Kia product s hortages that occurred last year were now a thing of the past, and Mr Albury said: Were getting more product in a timely manner, so s ales on that Quality side are probably up 50-60 per cent. Adding that showroom traffic numbers had also i mproved, Mr Albury said two RX 350 Lexus models h ad been sold by Executive Motors at a price of around $90,000 by the time we got them in, indicating high net worth clients were still in the market. FROM page 1B FEARS TSUNAMI MAY WASH AWAY 25-42% NEW CAR RECOVERY
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011, PAGE 7B ing of a new contract with HBO late last year, which gave the BISX-listed communications provider access to an expanded suite of video-on-demand (VOD The increased cost expenses impacted both Cable Bahamas 2011 first quarter operating income and bottom line. The former fell by 4.1 per cent to $6.178 million, compared to $6.442 million the year before, while net income dropped by 1.3 per cent to $4.614 million down from $4.675 million. Mr Williams, meanwhile, told Tribune Business that Cable Bahamas was estimating it would incur a $15 million capital spend in 2011, a large chunk of that being devoted to equipment roll-outs associated with its move into the fixed-line voice market. We anticipate that will probably be in the neighbourhood of $15 million for the year, Mr Williams said of capital expenditure. A lot of that is going to be customer premises equipment for residential voice and commercial voice services, as well as normal capital expenditure in terms of extending the network to new subdivisions and the like. We normally run around, depending on the amount of work, $6-$10 million in normal capital expenditure, and the rest will be attached to the addition of voice to customer services. Mr Williams added that the integration of the newlyacquired Systems Resource Group/IndiGo Networks business into Cable Bahamas, together with the launch of fixed-line voice services and various Triple Play product bundles, would be the BISXlisted companys main focus for 2011. Weve acquired some 3,000plus residential voice sub s cribers and probably over 150 commercial voice subscribers, the Cable Bahamas executive told Tribune Business. SRG has a very healthy list ing of commercial subscribers. Every major hotel in the country has their services. Apart from one or two, the large commercial banks have their services, and in addition they have quite a list of the offshore banks and trust companies. Our intention is to improve t hat already very sophisticated list of customers to make more inroads into the voice side of the industry. Asked about what Cable B ahamas will launch in terms of Triple Play and bundled prod-u cts within the next few weeks, Mr Williams pledged: Its going to be very competitive w ith whats out there today. In terms of features, youll s ee all of the features you can get in any of the offerings today, including many that people use that are not properly licensed. Youll have just abouta ny offering and some new features as well. Phone He revealed to Tribune Business that one new product set to be unveiled to the Bahamian market was Cable Bahamas video phone. A part from having Internet capabilities, this will allow Bahamian residential customers to see the person they are speaking to on the phone if both have this device. Its essentially video conf erencing at a very personalised level that a consumer can take advantage of, Mr Williams said. Video conferencing right now is essentially on a commercial basis, used by businesses. Residential subscribers now have the ability to do that as long as the person calling has a video phone. It will be video conferencing over Cable Bahamas network. Cable Bahamas is also planning to introduce an expanded high definition line-up featuring 60 extra channels, giving consumers significantly larger choice. Describing Cable Bahamas 2011 first quarter results as pretty much on target, Mr Williams said the one item that did not go according to plan was completion of the $10 mill ion SRG acquisition. The company had hoped to close this by the first quarter end, but this did not happen until the first week of May. However, the delay is not being viewed as a setback, since SRG, with its $9 million in annual revenues, is expected to contribute positively to Cable Bahamas figures over the final eight months of the year. Expectations are that well still see some very decent results in terms of the consolidation of SRGs results into Cable Bahamas results, Mr W illiams said. We still have very positive expectations that it will make a big contribution to us. Internet subscribers, he added, were in the 47,000 range, and we still continue to see a bit of growth there, especially on the commercial side. Its not as much as previous years, but were still seeing 3-4 per cent increases. For the 2011 first quarter, Cable Bahamas saw total rev enues hit $22.57 million, a 2.2 per cent increase over the same period in 2010. The company attributed this to revenue rises across all business segments, with TV, Internet and data streams up yearover-year by 1 per cent, 3.7 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively. The company saw its premium and pay-per-view TV rev enues increase by 9.5 per cent and 31.5 per cent respectively, with set top rental box revenues growing 60.3 per cent. M r Williams attributed this growth, which he said started in the 2010 third quarter into the fourth quarter, to a slight pick-up in the economy improving demand for Cable Bahamas discretionary services. In addition, the digitisation programme begun in order to meet regulatory demands to separate Cable Bahamas TV and Internet services had seen set-top boxes installed in many more homes, increasing utilisation of VOD and premium ser vices. Net income per share for the 2011 first quarter was $0.25, down from $0.34 the previous year. F ROM page 1B CABLE TO INVEST $15M IN CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
s aid the company expected to incur about $10 million in construction financing costs. He added that it aimed to refinance an initial $2 mil-l ion construction loan with $ 10 million of long-term bonds in the Bahamas, and said: This is a chance for Bahamian citizens and corporations to participate in the growth of our water business in the Bahamas. C onsolidated Water already has an outstanding bond issue in the Bahamas, which was placed in July 2005. The company last September redeemed $1.5 million of that $10 million placement, leaving $8.5 million outstanding, with the issue set to mature in 2015. R ick McTaggart, Consolidated Waters president andc hief executive, told the conference call that the Blue Hills expansion project was proceeding as planned. He acknowledged that the B ISX-listed company had a very tight delivery schedule of October 1 this year, as mandated by the Water & Sewerage Corporation, because the extra five million gallons per day to be produced by Blue Hills werer equired to replace the 30year water barging operationf rom Andros. We expect this project, when completed, to enhance the revenues and profitability of the bulk water servicesb usiness, Mr McTaggert said. He added that Consolidated Waters bulk segment had generated a 15 per cent improvement in revenues and gross profits during the 2011 first quarter as a result ofi mproved reverse osmosis plant ultilisation, especiallyw hen it came to efficiencies and energy costs. Efficiencies These improvements had been seen particularly in the Bahamas operations, where improved efficiencies and energy cost controls at the W indsor and Blue Hills plants h ad yielded positive results. The Government repaid 40 per cent of the debt owed to Consolidated Water by Aprilend, reducing this by $2.76 million to $4.14 million, compared to the previous $6.9 million balance. T he company said: As of March 31, 2011, Consolidat-e d Water Bahamas was due approximately $6.9 million from the Water & Sewerage Corporation. We have been informed previously by rep-r esentatives of the Bahamas government that the delay in paying our accounts receivables is due to operating issues within the Water & Sewerage Corporation, that the delay does not reflect any t ype of dispute with us with respect to the amounts owed, and that the amounts will ultimately be paid in full. Based on our January 2011 meeting with officials oft he Bahamas government, we believe the Bahamas government will make sufficient payments in the near future to reduce Consolidated Water Bahamas receivable balances to approximately 90 days out-s tanding. Noting the Governments announced intention in its mid-year Budget to allocate $8.8 million for Water & Sewerage Corporation to meet its obligations to the BISX-listedf irm, Consolidated Water said: Consistent with the Bahamas governments representations, Consolidated Water Bahamas received a payment of approximately $ 2.76 million in April 2011 on i ts overdue accounts receivable balances. Based upon the communications from the Bahamas government and the April2 011 payment, we believe that the accounts receivable from the Water & Sewerage Corp oration are fully collectible a nd therefore have not provided any allowance for possible non-payment of theser eceivables as of March 31, 2011. However, Consolidated W ater said the delinquent a ccounts receivables with the W ater & Sewerage Corporation were preventing it from obtaining performance bonds for its Blue Hills and Windsor plants, something it wasr equired to do under its contracts. A $1.91 million perform ance bond with Royal Bank of Canada had expired in 2009, these facilities being n eeded to guarantee that C onsolidated Water will pay the difference if it fails to sup ply minimum amounts to the W ater & Sewerage Corporation of 16.8 million and 33.6 million gallons per week of w ater from Windsor and Blue Hills respectively. The Blue Hills expansion w ill expand capacity to 12 mill ion gallons per day, and extend the weekly minimum delivery to 63 million gallons. B USINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STATOILSOUTH RIDING POINT, LLCEMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNITYTECHNICAL ENGINEER The successful candidate main responsibilities are as follows: Implement Statoil Technical Information System (computerized documentation system Update and perform planning and scheduling for maintenance and modification department Update and follow-up progress in existing computerized maintenance system Participate in implementing Statoils maintenance system (SAP Assist in technical questions raised by the organization and support with technical documentation and engineering competence Perform task within the SAPsystem EDUCA TION REQUIREMENTS Preferrably a dual major in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from a recognized tertiary university Three (35 BENEFITS include Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance including Life Insurance and Pension Savings Salary will be compensated with education and qualification Interested individuals should forward orfax rsums to: The Human Resources Administrator P.O. Box F-42530 Freeport, Grand Bahama Bahamas FACSIMILE NUMBER 1-242-353-4573 NO TELEPHONE SOLICITATION PLEASE! Rsums should be received by May 6th, 2011Our values are to be courageous, open, hands-on and caring. We believe in these qualities, which are essential for building an even stronger Statoil. If you can identify with them, you could be the one to strengthen our team.Statoil Consolidated: $2.76m first of three payments FROM page 1B
some or all of the power needs for the cutting, drying and processing of the woodin Andros from renewable b iomass energy generation the conversion of forestry byproducts into electrical power. In doing so, it will save money on energy costs, reduce emissions and, in the process, create the means for u sing every part of the wood Androsians involved in this proposed small cottage industry will cut down. Cariluxe, which has been in the business of importing and distributing maintenance free cellular, PVC-based b uilding exterior trim products, such as softs, fascia and crown moulding, to Bahamian homebuilders for the past six years, is presently setting up a5 ,000 square foot manufacturing facility on Gladstone Road to contain the synthetic millworks where it will produce the materials. B y importing the raw mater ials and turning them into the final product in the Bahamas, Cariluxe can avoid high tariffs associated with imports on the end product a nd reduce the price they are a ble to retail their wood-subs titute for by 50 per cent, expanding their market, said Mr Ewald. Up until now the import tariffs have made the products out of the reach ofm ost, so weve targeted the h igh-end home builders. Now we can be more affordable for the middle income home builder, he said. The environmentally sustainable m aterial sustainable in the s ense that it is more durable, a nd therefore means less deforestation and less landfill will then be available for a price not much more than wood. A merican Mr Ewald, who c o-owns Cariluxe in conjunction with company president Johan Rostad, a SwedishAmerican citizen who is married to a Bahamian, said he a nticipates the company can s ource all its labour for both t he New Providence synthetic millworks and the Andros lumber operation locally. We plan to staff the facility entirely with Bahamians.W e will require new entrants, w ith no skills, semi-skilled operators of equipment and skilled millwork supervisors and managers, he said. Speaking of the companys h opes of stimulating a small c ottage industry based a round the multitude of pine trees that grow in Andros, Mr Rostad said it hopes to invest i n the local workforce and b uild local teams of entrepreneurs, to whom Cariluxe will transfer ownership of the wood cutting, drying and processing equipment so they may become independent. M r Rostad suggested that A ndros pine is an under-valued resource which could be marketed as a high-end wood to an international market. Its a wonderful wood to work with, he said. M r Ewald suggested that spin-off industries, including furniture making, ecotourism (logging trails construction (log cabins fence and gate materials, gar-d en mulch from pine needles a nd bark, and land clearing s ervices for agriculture on Andros could be stimulated as a consequence of developing a local lumber industry. 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H e predicts other gas station operators will take similar steps as they continuet o be challenged with the question of how to survive as their profit margins shrink. Mr Knowles said the move will save him around $6,000 in salaries per month. H owever, he added that i t ws still imperative that the G overnment grant the requested increase on them argins gas and diesel retail ers are permitted to charge on each gallon of fuel they sell if the industry is to sur v ive. U ltimately, Mr Knowles said he would like to see the gas retail industry totally d eregulated with the pricecontrols currently maintained removed, allowingt he market to compete. He also blamed the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC p ressure on business operators, and called for the Corporation to reduce the fuel s urcharge that he said c aused his electricity bill to r ise by $5,000 a month. Fees And he is calling for Esso t o change the structure of the fees it charges retailers who operate its branded serv ice stations. Esso operators are charged higher rents than Shell or Texaco opera tors, claimed Mr Knowles, a long with higher franchise f ees. Its a three-pronged t hing, said Mr Knowles, as h e described the financial pressures he has faced in recent years and in the run-u p to the decision to go selfservice. As for the reaction to the decision to no longer prov ide gas pump attendants at his station, Mr Knowles said he has seen no decline in b usiness. However, he has n oticed that some people s eem to have taken more readily to the change than others. Women are responding more positively to it than the guys are. The women are asking to be shown how to d o it, or saying: Well, we do it in Florida, so why cant we do it here. The guys are t he ones making noise, said M r Knowles. 10 jobs lost at self-serve gas station FROM page 1B Share your news The T ribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in theirn eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
DAVID K. RANDALL, AP Business Writers STAN CHOE, AP Business Writers NEW YORK Tumbling demand for commodities and a drop in theeuro put financial markets on edge Wednesday, pulling theD ow Jones industrial average d own by more than 150 p oints. Demand for gasoline in the U.S. fell by the largest amount in seven weeks, the Energy Information Administration said, a signal that consumers are conserving money as gas prices near a national aver-a ge of $4 a gallon (3.79 liters Gas futures fell almost 8 percent. Crude oil fell back below $100 a barrel, a loss of more than 4 percent. Consumers typically buy more gasoline when the econ-o my is getting stronger. Fewer fill-ups may result in a drop in consumer and business spending as customers forgo trips to malls and restaurants and companies ship fewer products. S tocks fell broadly, with energy and materials compan ies suffering the worst declines. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 152 points, or 1.2 percent, to 12,609 in afternoon trading. T he S&P 500 fell 18, or 1.3 percent, to 1,339. The Nasdaq composite lost 35, or 1.2 percent, to 2,837. Losses The market's losses accelerated shortly before noon. The dollar and government b ond prices rose as traders moved money into safer a ssets. The dollar rose 0.8 percent against a group of other major currencies. The euro d ropped 1.5 percent against t he dollar. T he yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.16 percent from 3.22 percent late T uesday. Bond yields fall w hen their prices rise. Energy stocks fell 3 percent, the most of any of the 10 i ndustries in the S&P 500 index. Denbury Resources Inc. and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. both fell nearly 5 percent. Materials producers also s truggled after metals prices sank. Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a miner, f ell 5.3 percent. Copper fell 3.2 percent, and silver lost 7.7 percent. Silver fell sharply last w eek as part of a sell-off in commodities. Commodities are still more expensive than they were a year ago. High oil prices helped push the U.S. trade deficit up 6 percent to $48.2 billion in March from February. U.S. companies sold more automobiles and other goods and services to customers abroad, but it wasn't enough to make up for an 18 percent rise in oil imports. Strong earnings have been c arrying the market higher s ince the beginning of 2011. On Tuesday the S&P 500 climbed for the third straight d ay to within 0.5 percent of its highest close for the year. "Every time that stocks s tart to go down a little bit, you're seeing more selling pile on because people have made so much profit over the past 9 months," said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners, a New York-basedh edge fund. Disney's results late Tuesday fell short of expectations, and its stock fell 5.7 percent, the most of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow. The earthq uake that struck Japan in M arch cut into revenues at its theme parks there, and itsm ovie studio profits took a hit from the box-office bomb" Mars Needs Moms." Macy's Inc. was among the f ew companies that rose. The company jumped 7.5 percent after its earnings blew past expectations. The parent of Macy's and Bloomingdale's department stores said its first-quarter net income more than quintupled to $131 million from $23 mill ion. The company raised its forecast for full-year earnings and doubled its quarterly div-i dend to 10 cents. A merican International Group Inc. rose 3 percenta fter the government said it would sell 200 million of the 1 .66 billion shares in the insure r that it owns to the public. T he Treasury Department owns 92 percent of AIG after the company got bailed out during the financial crisis. I ntel Corp. rose 1 percent after the chip maker increased its quarterly dividend to 21 cents from 16 cents. B USINESS P AGE 10B, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 7.004.40Bank of Bahamas6.896.890.000.2130.10032.31.45% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0470.09057.43.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 1 2.008.69Cable Bahamas8.748.740.001.0500.3108.33.55% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4590.0405.61.57% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.986.980.001,7000.4960.26014.13.72% 2.531.86Consolidated Water BDRs1.861.860.000.1110.04516.82.42% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.311.310.000.1070.11012.28.40% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.3570.24015.14.44% 9 .005.65Finco6.006.000.007500.6820.0008.80.00% 9.858.60FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)6.006.000.000.4350.16013.82.67% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7 .305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. 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MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON The U.S. government is taking in more tax revenue as theeconomy improves, but not nearly enough to keep the federal budget deficit from exceeding $1 trillion for a third straight year. The deficit for April dropped to $40.5 billion, half the imbalance from the same month last year, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday. Tax receipts were up 45 percent last month compared to the same month one year ago. Still, the deficit is on pace to grow to $1.4 trillion in this budget year, according to the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. That would nearly match the record $1.41 trillion deficit hit in 2009. The deficit through the first seven months of this budget year, which began Oct. 1, totaled $869.9 billion last month. Before 2009, that would have ranked as the highest fullyear deficit of all time. Soaring deficits are putting pressure on Congress and President Barack Obama to agreeon a long-term plan to trim federal spending. But the White House and Democrats also want to trim the deficit by end ing tax cuts for the wealthy, which were first passed when President George W. Bush was in office and extended this past year by Obama. Republicans reject that approach, calling it a tax increase. Their plan would focus exclusively on cutting spending while cutting taxes even further for the wealthy. The monthly reports this year have shown that the rev enue losses are turning around, reflecting the fact that unemp loyment, while still high, has been declining. More people working means more tax rev enue for the government. Through April, government revenues totaled $1.31 trillion,up 9.2 percent from the seven months through April of 2010.The increase included the big jump in income tax payments received by the government from individuals filing in April and also a gain in corporate tax payments. Government spending totaled $2.18 trillion through April, a 9 percent increase over the same period a year ago. One of the fastest-rising cate gories was interest on the gov ernment's debt held by the public, which rose 13.1 percent to $139.3 billion through the first seven months of this budget year. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011, PAGE 11B Budget deficit on track to exceed $1 trillion DEFICITPRESSURE: US President Barack Obama in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.
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T ry to detach yourself from the project as much as possible, avoiding the transfer of negative emotion, as it is easy to feel defen-s ive when your work is questioned. But understand that this defiance is not about you or your talent; it is simply the critics personality trait. The Penny-pincher: These clients have similarities to the critic, yet are secretly i mpressed with your skills. They will tactfully d isapprove merely in an attempt to lower y our pricing rate. The penny-pinchers understand creative processes very well, but area wfully cheap and calculating, as their s cheme has always been successful. They therefore continue along this path in the hope of saving every penny. Theyd make statements such as: You didnt give us exactly what were looking for, but whatever. How to deal with them: Keep this clients manipulation in check, as i t transfers the control back to you, but if turm oil continues dont be concerned about losing a difficult client as there will always be o thers more appreciative. The I-Could-Do-This-Myself: This type of client makes it clear they know how to do your work, but is preoccupied. Be vigilant, as you could be in for a very long ride. Theyll make such statements as: I could easily handle this if my schedule werent so full.H ow to deal with them? Simply recognise w hy you were the one chosen and be straight up. The golden rule when encountering unrealistic criticisms is not to take it personally,b ut explain the design process, outlining revision policies and keeping track of time constraints. Take note of the right project size, ensure you can supply the demand and that you are equipped with the appropriate skills required. R eiterate all verbal agreements in a signed c ontract and refrain from Mickey Mouse operation. This is extremely important, as verbal and signed contracts are evaluated differently in the courts. Avoid verbal contracts, as anyone who wants to agree to something but refuses to put it into writing, is likely out to scam. I am of the view that issues may stem from simple misunderstandings or poor busi ness principles, but they can easily be avoid ed by exercising situational etiquette. D esigners may assume that using graphic l ingo impresses clients, but it is often misleading and only further confuses them. D o not use fancy jargon but speak to c lients in simple terms that they can understand and appreciate. T alk less and listen more, and avoid the b lame game. W hen a client points out a mistake, acknowledge rather than blame. D espite uncouth clients who drop in occas ionally, the design industry still has its many rewards. Many young artists are attracted to this field for the simple reason that it allows them to function independently. Since freelancers govern themselves, they have the ability to dictate pay rates and choose proj ects that appeal to their sense of style and t aste. B eing a freelance designer offers the libe rty of pencilling in work during downtime a nd working under your own conditions, w hich means no cubicle, interruptions, formal work hours, bag lunches and dress code. Is there anything more beautiful than working in your pyjamas? As designers we should strive to add the x-factor that provides satisfaction and, if possible, try not to burn bridges too soon, as a client you have today could evolve into future referrals tomorrow. Even if a client is hard-hitting, they may n ot solicit another designer, especially when t hey are pleased and feel you have covered t heir expectations. If an unethical act is committed, take meaningful steps towards apologising andc orrecting it. Above all, spare your integrity and mental health at all costs. What's more, know that an effective s igned contract establishes what is expected of both you (the designerclient and further dismisses unwanted stress. It often weeds out cheap and toxic clients (liket he ones in search of a $5 logo). If your client is more trouble than he or she is worth, recognisae when you have donee verything possible and be prepared to walk a way. Nobody says you have to continue busi ness with difficult clients; you only have to make it right, as your reputation is larger. S o until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of your game. NB: The Author welcomes feedback at d email@example.com How to deal with difficult customers FROM page 2B THEARTOF GRAPHIX
By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Feature W riter I MMEDIATELY after the news about Osama bin Laden's death, which was successfully ordered by US President Barack Obama, crowds of Americans gathered outside of the White House to celebrate Bin Laden's demise. I n al m o s t e v e r y s t a t e p e o p l e w e r e r ejoicing, and celebrating over this signif icant move in the fight against ter r orism. Members of the crowd sang the nation al anthem and honored loved ones who died serving their country overseas. While that particular day was one of s i g n i f i c an c e f o r t h e U n i t ed S t at es o f Am eric a, w ere A meri can s j ust if ied in their celebration over the demise of the al-qaeda leader? For that matter is ever okay to celebrate over the death of an individual? T ribune Religion pose this question to B i s h o p S i m e o n H a l l p a s t o r o f N e w Covenant Baptist Church, who said that ther e is never a time to celebrate some one' s death. "As Christians we should never find it comfortable to celebrate over the death of an individual. W e should not rejoice in his death regar dless of what he did during his time here on Ear th," Bishop Hall explained. Bishop Hall also said that his hear t goes out to the victims of the September 11 ter r orist attacks. "I can commensurate with the family of the 9/11 victims. I don' t agree with p e o p l e c e l e b r a t i n g o v e r b i n L a d e n s death. But when it comes to one man being killed over 3000 innocent people being dying I would prefer to know that he was dead other than those people." T ribune Religion also spoke to few people who gave their take on the issue. Al e x Missick said: "De at h i s never something that should be celebrated but justice should be. W e have to r emember that at the end of the day that was some one's father someone's husband. So it' s not so much that the person died, but that their lives that were taken and they can now rest in peace. She also witness some of the celebra tions. "People were setting off fire works, celebrating in the streets, some guy was walking around campus the next day in a n u n c l e sa m c o st u m e c a r r yi n g an oversized flag it was crazy ." Shantavia Thompson had this to say: "In terms of if it' s okay to celebrate bin Laden's death, I'd say no. When I hear d bin Laden was dead I thought, okay the USA made a significant move in the fight against ter r orism, and even I felt like it was a good thing. But then I saw footage o f A m e r i c a n s w a vi n g t h e i r f l a g s a n d shouting USA USA as if it was some trivial thing like a sports match. It' s as if they forgot about how many people lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy They just wanted to have parades and floats," she explained. Ms Thompson said no matter how bad a p e r s o n m i g h t h a v e b e e n t h e y t o o deserve respect. "I think that' s disrespectful to the vic tims and families of those af fected in the tragedy No matter what bin Laden did, he is a human too. Rejoicing over his death is disr espectful to his family He h a d s o n s d a u g h t e r s w i v e s r i g h t ? Granted, we don' t agree with his philoso phies, but that doesn't call for such tacky celebration over his death. People ar e hurting all around, so I'm not sure why Americans wanted to gloat. Their gov er nment didn' t hold a national celebra t i o n Y o u s e e w h a t O b a m a d i d h e announced it, and visited the ground zer o as an act of remembrance. Instead of glo ri fyi ng i n h is deat h, more Am eric ans could have done that." Instead of the waging war around the world Bishop Hall hopes for a world wer e events such as September 11 takes place less. "What we need to do is pray that God w i l l p r e p a r e a n e n v i r o n m e n t w h e r e events as such would lessen. I want to work for a world wher e these things don' t o c c u r B i s h o p H a l l t o l d T r i b u n e Religion I S C E L E B R A T I N G D E A T H E V E R O K A Y ? RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C THURSDA Y MA Y 12, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S IN THIS May 2, 2011 file photo, crowds gathers outside the White House in W ashington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. After an extraordinary week of events in the United States and abroad, one thing is clear: Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of American for ces has the potential to ripple out into global affairs in countless ways political and militar y diplomatic and cultural, and of course national security in the United States. (AP)
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The T ribune Thursday May 12, 201 1 PG 25 RELIGION T H E S E N I O R p a s t o r o f C a l v a r y Deliverance Church, Bishop VG Clarke, his wife and partner in ministr y Elder B M C l a r k e a n d t h e c o n g r e g a t i o n o f Calvary Deliverance Church (CDC) will host "The Nobody Greater Concert" fea t u r i n g G r a m m y N o m i n e e V a s h a w n Mitchell performing his global smash hit "Nobody Greater" along with Simeon Outten, T er rance Forbes and Ricardo Clarke on Friday May 13 at 7.30 pm. Proceeds are in aid of the Faith V illage Citizen's Complex. G r o u n d B r e ak i n g f o r F a i t h V i l l a g e pr oject was held on Sunday May 1, 2011 The multi-purpose complex, which will house a retir ement home for the elderly a youth centr e and the church's preschool, will be located on Marshall Road in the southwestern part of the island. Th e mu lt iu se c o mp o un d w as en vi s i o n e d s e v e r a l y e a r s a g o b y B i s h o p Clarke who is determined to cr eate an environment in which senior citizens can live out their remaining days in comfor t and dignity According to Bishop Clarke, "the home for the elderly is not intended to be institutional in its makeup but to be a home away from home for those who qualify and are in need of such a place." O r g anise rs and church of ficials als o said: "The aim is to make the atmospher e of the senior citizens' home as comfor table and as friendly as possible, so as to g i v e r e s i d e n t s f a m i l y m e m b e r s a n d f r i e n d s w h o c o m e i n t h e f e e l i n g s o f home." Moreover organisers are of the view that the complex will afford a wonderful opportunity for the melding of genera tions as it will be the headquar ters of the c h u r c h s M a s s i v e Y o u t h G e n e r a t i o n youth group. The group is comprised of children and young adults between the ages of 7 to 25 years old. It is hoped that both the old and the young can benefit of this chance for the coming together of d i v e r g e n t g e n e r a t i o n s i n a m u t u a l l y r espectful setting. A d d i t i o n a l l y C a l v a r y D e l i v e r a n c e Academy the church's pr e-school, which c u r r e n t l y o p e r a t e s f r o m t h e c h u r c h s Malcolm Allotment site on East Street South, will be relocated to the Marshall Road location. This will enable school administrators to do much more without the cur r ent restrictions they now have to endure due to the lack of space. Nobody Greater' concer t
The T ribune O N E o f th e say in gs th at my m ot h er u sed wa s "p rid e go es b ef o re a f all. S h e h ad ma n y d if f e r en t ways t o tea ch me ab o u t lif e, fa ith an d ch ara ct er S he mo d elled h er Ch rist ian p rin ci p les, su p p or ted h er w ise wo rd s w ith me mo rab le i llu stra tio n s, an d p raye d fo r m o r e w isd o m t o tra in g en erat io n s o f c h i l d r en t o tru st an d serve th e L o r d T h e lec t io na ry r ead in g in th e Bo o k o f Da nie l o f fer u s m an y exam p les o f t r u s t in g Go d an d l earn in g to be h u mb le. On e t ha t is u nf o rget t ab le is th e exp eri en c e o f K in g N eb u ch ad n ez za r w h o is w a r ne d by Go d to c h an ge h is w ays, a nd h as t o learn t h e h ard wa y b ec au se h e d oe s n o t list en to t h e a dv ice give n to h im b y Dan iel wh o in ter pr ets t h e k in g' s d re a m : 2 4 "T hi s is th e in te rpr eta tio n Y o u r M a j e s t y an d th is is t h e d ec re e t h e M os t Hig h h as issu ed aga ins t my lo rd th e k in g: 2 5 Y o u will b e dr iven away f r o m p eo p le an d wil l li ve wit h t h e w ild a ni ma ls; yo u will eat gras s lik e t h e o x a nd b e dr en ch ed wit h t h e de w o f h eave n. S even ti mes wil l p as s b y f or y ou u nt il yo u a ck n o wled ge t h at t he M os t Hig h is s o v e r e ign o ver all k ing do m s o n ea r t h an d gives th em to an yo n e h e wi sh es. 2 6 T h e c o mm an d to leav e t h e s tu mp of th e t r ee wit h it s ro ot s mea ns t h at yo u r ki ng d om will b e r e s t o r e d t o yo u w he n y ou a c k n o w l e d g e t h a t H e a v e n r u l e s 2 7 T h e re f o r e, Y o u r Maje sty b e p lease d to ac ce pt my ad vic e: R e no u n c e y ou r sin s b y d o in g w ha t is rig ht an d y ou r wic k ed n ess b y b ein g k ind t o t h e op p res sed I t ma y b e t h at t he n yo u r p ro sp erit y will c on t in ue ." D an iel 4: 24 -27 For seven years, the king is insane and then is r estored to his original position after repenting of the notion that he was a god and others should worship him: 3 6 At t h e s ame tim e t h at my san it y was r e s t o r e d m y ho n o u r an d sp len d o r w e r e r e t u r n e d t o m e f o r th e glo ry o f m y k i n g d o m M y a d v i s e r s a n d n o b l e s so u gh t m e o u t an d I w as r e s t o r e d to m y t h r o n e an d b e cam e eve n gre at er th an b e f o r e 3 7 N o w I N e b u c h a d n e z z a r p raise an d exalt an d gl or ify th e K in g of h eave n, be cau se ev eryt h ing h e d o es is righ t an d al l h is w ays are ju st. An d th o se wh o w alk in pr id e h e is a b le t o h um b le. Da nie l 4: 3637. Eac h o f u s ne ed s t o c h ec k o ur selve s to see w he re p rid e cr eep s in a nd h u mili t y s l i p s o u t I t is a g o o d t h in g t o ac kn o wl ed ge Go d s b lessi ng s, t o r e c o g n i se G o d g i ve n g if t s a n d t a le n t s t o ac ce pt le ad ersh ip p o sit ion s if th is seem s to b e Go d s c all o n on e' s lif e. It is q u ite an o th er to b elie ve t h at i t is by o ur o wn e f f o r t s t ha t w e are wh o we are a nd h ave wh at we h ave L e t u s p r a i s e G o d a n d g r a t e f u l l y s e r v e Go d fo r t h e su cc ess es an d vic to ries we e nj oy L et u s as k th e H o ly S p irit to a ssist u s in o ve rc om in g t h e st r u g g l e s o f lif e. L et us lis ten to wisd o m, te st t he sp irit s, fo llo w t he Lo rd an d hu m bly lo ve an d serv e Go d an d o u r n eigh b o u r MEDIT A TION PG 26 Thursday May 12, 201 1 RELIGION 3X10.5 BETHEL BAPTIST Checking Yourself REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story
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N o o n e e ver p r o m i s ed u s th a t lo ve w as f o r ev er o r t h e o n e w e s h a r e o r s h ar e d o u r l o ve w ith wa s fo r e v e r T h i s wa s o u r m ak i n g a n d u n d er s t an d i n g we we r e th e o n e s th a t t o ld e ac h o th e r "I wi ll lo v e yo u f o r e v e r I w il l b e wi th y o u fo r e v e r an d n o t h in g w il l e ve r s e p ar a te u s Ev er yd ay b u il d in g o n a f an ta s y th a t b o th p ar ti es k n ew w o u ld c r u m b l e ev en tu al ly T r u th is l ett in g g o o f th e in e vi tab le w as a lw ay s a r eal it y f r o m th e b e gi n n i n g, we j u s t d i d wh a t we a lwa ys d o an d th at is c r ea te o u r o w n r e al iti es to s u g ar co a t th e in e vi tab l e o f l ett in g g o H e a v e n ly f a th e r th a n k y o u o n c e a g a i n f o r y o u r w o r d a n d w i s d o m a ls o f o r t h e c l a r i ty t h a t y o u r w o r d h a s b r o u g h t t o th e s e p e r p l e x i n g a r e a s o f o u r l i v e s I t i s m y p r a y e r f o r a ll r e a d e r s o f t h i s a r t i c l e th a t t h e y w o u ld r e a l i s e a n d u n d e r s t a n d t h a t th e o n l y t h i n g t h a t h a s f o r e v e r a tt a c h e d t o i t i n t h i s w o r l d is t h e t h in g s t h a t w e d o f o r y o u I a l s o p r a y t h a t y o u g i v e u s t h e w i s d o m t o f o c u s m o r e o n t h e t i m e a n d p u r p o s e t h a n t h e t h i n g o r p e r s o n s o t h a t y o u r d i v i n e p l a n c a n r u n i t s c o u r s e i n o u r l i v e s I a s k t h e s e th i n g s in J e s u s n a m e A m e n W r i t t e n b y : Ke v i n L A E w i n g k e v i n e w i n g @ c o r a l w a v e c o m The T ribune Thursday May 12, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION Letting go of the inevitable KEVIN EWING
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday May 12, 201 1 RELIGION E xcitement filled the air at the 10.30 am service at St Agnes Parish on Mother's Day as the young persons wondered who would be winners of the church's ACW Mother's Day Essay Competition, A Mother is God's Love In Action". The winners presented gifts to their mothers and received prizes as well. T h e c o m p e t i t i o n h a d t h r e e c a t e gories: 7-10 years (150 words essay), 11-14 years (300 words essay) and 1518 (500 words essay). The judges for the essay competition were Dr Pandora Johnson and Dr Celestine W illiams. The entrants were competing for the following prizes: $100 gift cer tificate donated by the Seventeen Shop; gift certificate for a slab ice-cream cake d o n a t e d b y D a i r y Q u e e n ; f l o r a l arrangement donated by All Seasons F l o r i s t ; g i f t c e r t i f i c a t e d o n a t e d b y Rocky Farms, gift cer tificate donated b y T e x ac o ( W e s t B a y S t r e e t ) ; G i f t Certificate donated by Conlif fe' s bak ery; gift bag fr om 100% Bookstore; f l o r a l a r r a n g e m e n t d o n a t e d b y Sunshine Florist; gift cer tificate for LP g a s r e f i l l ( 1 0 0 l b s ) d o n a t e d b y Caribbean Gas; gift cer tificate donated by Minnis Service Station, gift certifi cate for a cake donated by the Swiss Pastry Shop and each winning entrant r eceived a monetary gift. Th e w in n er s in C ate go r y I w e r e : E t h a n A r c h e r ( M o t h e r T i e s c h k a Archer);J Jodie Dorsett(Mother Janet Dorsett) and Justin Mitchell (Mother M o n i q u e M i t c h e l l ) C a t e g o r y I I D e s i r e e P i n d e r S t r a c h a n ( M o t h e r Marilyn Strachan); and Category III: Simone King (Mother -Camille King); D a s h a n d a P i n d e r S t r a c h a n ( M o t h e r M ari ly n Strachan) a n d Nor A r n e t t (Mother Norisha Arnett). Below are memorable excerpts of the winners' essays: Ethan Archer: My mommy likes to laugh all the time. This makes me ver y happy She sometimes makes me do things that are hard like homework, spelling words, cleaning my room and praying. Mommy always helps me with hard things. She tells me they will help me to be a better boy My mommy is beautiful like the sun. I thank God for her I love her ." Jodi Dorsett : "She is loving, kind, u n i q u e a n d a G o d l y w o m a n w h o always forgives me just how God for gave the people who nailed Jesus to the cross. My mommy pr ovides and cooks food just like God provided food for Adam and Eve." Justin Mitchell: I really wanted to buy her a present for her birthday but I just did not have the money I appreci ate my mother especially for the many sacrifices she makes for me and my lit tle brother by going without many pret ty things so we can have. Thank you, Mom." D e s i r e e Pin der -Str achan: I m a g i n e that you are missing and your mother worries about you. She will stop at nothing to get her child back. Like God, He loves and will come looking for us just like our mothers. When someone has doubt in you, your moth er always believes in you. God always believes in us, He gives us hope also. They both love us. Therefore, a mother is God' s love in action. S im o n e Ki ng : "Th is u n co n di ti on al love does not allow us to get away' with wrong doing. My mother disci plines us when we deserve it, because as she says: Whom the Lord loves, He c h a s t e n s T h e r e h a v e b e e n m a n y times that I really wanted to go out with friends or attend a special func tion, but because of my folly I am not allowed to go. I must admit that at times I find this hard, but I also under stand that it is for my good." D a s h a n d a P i n d e r -S t r a c h a n : G o d sees us through our Mothers' eyes and r e w a r d s u s f o r o u r v i r t u e s s a y s Ganeshan V enkatar man. This state ment says a lot to me. It says that God puts people in your life to do the things that let you know He is present. A mother s love for her child is like noth ing else in the world." Nor Arnett: "My mother is the best; she is there for me whenever I need a shoulder to cry on. However she is also there for me to distinguish between right or wrong whenever I decided to play woman. I end with the poem by Joanna Fuchs. I see now it was love, Mom That made you come whenever I'd call, Y our inexhaustible love, Mom And I thank you for it all." The Rector of St. Agnes Parish is Archdeacon I Ranfurly Brown and the Assistant Curate is Rev'd. Fr Neil Nairn. St. Agnes ACW celebrates with their Mother's Day essay competition winners L-R: Cleomi T urner ACW President; Marilyn Strachan, Mother;Desiree Pinder -Strachan, Categor y II Winner; Fr Neil Nairn, Assistant Curate; Patrice Ferguson, ACW T reasurer L-R: Cleomi T urne, ACW President; Camille King, Mother; Simone King, Categor y III Winner; Fr Neil Nair Assistant Curate; Patrice Ferguson, ACW T reasurer L-R: Cleomi T urner ACW President; T ieschka Ar cher Mother; Ethan Ar cher Categor y I Winner; Fr Neil Nairn, Assistant Curate, Patrice Ferguson, ACW T reasurer
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 THETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports news B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org O ne of the Bahamas leading volleyballc lubs will ensure that the local offseason for its p layers will be occupied with a highly anticipated event featuring top flight local and regional talent. T he Defenders Volleyball Club, in conjunction with the Bahamas Volleyball Federa-t ion (BVF host the Defend Ya Spike Invitational at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium May 1315. T he tournament will feat ure 10 mens teams and 10 womens team which will include international players from Jamaica, Trinidad, Canada and the United States along with local players fromA baco. The Defenders Volleyball C lub includes the Scotiabank Defenders, Johnsons Lady Truckers and the Saints. Club president DeVince Smith said the tournament w ill give the Bahamian public a rare opportunity to witness o ne of the countrys most popular games played at a higher level. The purpose of this tourn ament is to allow our club m embers and the Bahamian public an opportunity to become exposed to a higher level of volleyball in the country. To that end, we would like to thank the BVF fors anctioning this event, allowing 100 international athletes t o not only visit our shores but to participate in an intense three-day competition, he said. With the support of our s ponsors we were able to attract eight international t eams and international playDefend Ya Spike Invitational to pull some 100 international athletes S HOWN a re Leah Davis (right president DeVince Smith. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 E E G B Open to showcase the island, courses a nd people See page 3e By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com THE establishment of a regional governing body with specific respon sibility for the Bahamas and the remainder of the English-speaking Caribbean has the potential to change the course of softball on the international level. The English Caribbean Softball Confederation will convene its inaugural session this weekend, with the Bahamas as the host country cho sen to bring the organisation togeth er. The Bahamas Softball Federation will facilitate the formation of the group this weekend at Superclubs Breezes, May 13-15. The opening day will feature a cocktail reception at Breezes, while day two will feature the start of business which includes the election of the first ever ECSC executive council Keynote speakers at the event will include Don Porter, president of the International Softball Federation, and Dale McMann, first vice president of the International Softball Confederation and chairman devel opment. BSF president Burket Dorsett said with the organisation of the event taking place in the Bahamas, it sets an early precedent for the Bahamas as an administrative power in the region. We will be able to say exact ly what our position is as it relates to which tournaments we go to and how many teams will qualify from this region. Elections will come first and executives will discuss the way forward with guidance from the International Softball Federation and its representatives from the Confederation, he said. This means a lot for softball here in the Bahamas. It will give our players here in the Bahamas a chance to see how the federation and how an international body such as this operates. We will be able to bring a higher level of competition here to the Bahamas, our fans will be able to see what we go through when we go to these tournaments so we are very proud to host this historic event. The greatest impact of the event for the Bahamas will be in regards to the ability of the country to have a direct opportunity to qualify within the region. Chair of the ISF Media Relation Commission, vice chair of the Hall of Fame Commission and current NPSA president Romell Knowles said the entire region benefits from the formation of the group. Preliminary talks with the Eng lish-speaking region having its own series of championships and acting as a qualifier into the CAC Games and Pan Am qualifiers so the prelimi nary work has already been set. The challenge then is for us to look at the entire softball schedule in terms of the qualifiers and see when its best for us in the Caribbean to have our qualifiers so we don't conflict with the championship of the other regions. Now the negation is to get the CONPASA body which is responsible for the Pan Am Games to accept whatever two or three out of our region directly into their qualifier, he said. We wont have to qualify through Latin America so having our region meet and play their own championships should give us direct access into qualifiers for the Pan Am Games. At some point, the ISF will per haps do away with qualifiers because of the cost involved and the eco nomic climate and our World Cham pionships and the like will be by invitation. Which means then that our championships becomes a very major tournament for us because it gives us the opportunity to say to our region that we can host a regional qualifying event on par with others such as CONCACAS. Countries confirmed to attend the event include Aruba, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L English Caribbean Softball Confederations inaugural session this weekend Turning up the Heat LEBRON JAMES reacts in the first half of Game 5 against the Boston Celtics in Miami last night. The Heat won 97-87. SEE the full story on page 8E (AP Photo
THE Grand Bahama Golf Association is scheduled toc onduct the second annual Grand Bahama Open in Freeport, Grand Bahama, May 26-29. This event was created to attract golfers from other places to visit and enjoyG rand Bahama Island. The hope is that the event will become one that will showcase our golf courses, our island and our people, according to a press statem ent. Three courses will be used for the competition B ahama Reef Golf Course, L ucayan Golf Course and Ruby Golf Course. T he Grand Bahama Opens t itle sponsor is the FML Group of Companies ownedby Craig Flowers, a Nassau businessman whose contribut ions to the game of golf and its growth continues to be criti cal for the advancement of j unior golfers in the Bahamas. Other sponsors include SkyBahamas, The Bahamas Weekly, Red Beards Pub and Millies Car Rental. Last year, Greg Maycock w on the Professional division, Peter McIntosh the Championship Flight (0-6 Handicap Flight), RH Culmer (7-13 Handicap Flight), Ken Basden (14 18 Handicap Flight a nd Mackey Missick (Handicap Flight 19+). T he Bahamas Golf Federat ions National Amateur Open title is also being played f or by all entrants and the B ahamas Golf Federations Presidents Cup is being played for all entrants who are financial members of the B ahamas Golf Federation. There is an entry fee which i ncludes one practise round, t hree tournament rounds of g olf, opening pairings party, two evening happy hours, t ournament gift bag, awards and prizes. To register for the G rand Bahama Open, call 242-373-7296 and ask for Ms D iandra Laing or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org L OCAL / INTERNATIONAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011, PAGE 3E By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer H OBOKEN, N.J. (AP With NFL teams unable to sign undrafted playersb ecause of the lockout, West Chester receiver Dan DePal ma has been looking for a lmost anyone to throw him passes. DePalma found an unexpected partner Wednesday: N ew York Giants quarter back Eli Manning. The 21-year-old New Jersey native joined Manning and five other Giants at Hoboken High School for the penultimate workout of the q uarterback's two-week passing camp. The chance to catch passes f rom Manning and backup Sage Rosenfels was somewhat of a fluke. DePalma had been working at a training center in Mahwah and met Giants tight end Kevin Boss, who invited him to take part in the camp. "Obviously I jumped at the opportunity. Anything that helps me get ready for the next level is what I am look ing for," DePalma said. DePalma is one of those long shots looking to make the jump from a Division II program to NFL. He started his career at Shepherd University in West Virginia and transferred to West Chester,where he played cornerback before switching to wideout.He caught 50 passes for 962 yards and nine touchdownsthis season, averaging an impressive 19.2 yards. Before the draft, he participated in pro days at Lehigh and Temple and was timed in an 4.38 for the 40-yard dash. He also worked out for the Giants, Jets and Eagles. His dream would have been being a seventh-round draft pick, but he never got a call, and teams are not allowed to talk to him because of the lockout. "It's been pretty quiet," DePalma said. "I have been staying in touch with my agent, kind of waiting and hoping. There is really nothing you can do. The most I can do now is to keep work ing and training, stay in shape and catch the ball. That's about all I can do and all I can control." DePalma has most of his time working out at Velocity Sports Performance, wherehe has done a lot of work with Packers running back Ryan Grant, another player who made it to the NFL after not being drafted. "He has been giving me all the tips, keeping me calm, and telling me everything I have to know, which is a big help," DePalma said. "When I go home I am not as worried or stressed out. I kind of sit back and relax. It had helped me through this process, a lot more than if I was on my own." Meeting Boss also didn't hurt. "I was just trying to get Dan a little work," Boss said. "You know, he is getting ready to get hopefully picked up." DePalma described himself as a versatile player. He can play on coverage teams, the slot in the receiver forma tions, and return punts and kickoffs. Wearing black shorts and a white T-shirt, he seemingly had no problems running his routes, whether it was a post, an out or a comeback pattern. "It was kind of a basic ter minology every football team uses," DePalma said. "Each team will break it up into their own lingo or language. They used the basic one for me and I kind of picked it up as we went along; it wasn't too crazy." Catching passes from Manning and Rosenfels wasn't bad, either. Some friends even kidded him, asking him what he thought Eli would say if he showed up in a Manning jer sey. "It's amazing," DePalma said of catching passes from a Super Bowl MVP. "It's nice to have a constant quarterback that can give you a good ball every time. You know if you are in the right spot you are going to get a good pass. It really displays your talents as far as catching and running routes goes when you know you have a good quarterback." Being back at Hoboken was like old times, too. He played at Verona High School and lost a state championship game on this field in 2006. The following year, Verona returned and beat Hoboken to advance to another state title game. "I have good memories on this field," DePalma said. DePalma is living at home in Verona with his parents, Diane and Daniel. He has picked up some part-time jobs, working in a warehouse of a water company owned bya neighbor. "My main focus is to stay in shape and get ready for some kind of season because nobody knows what's going to happen and what's going on," DePalma said. "That's the toughest part. The best I can do is prepare myself. I am looking forward to playing somewhere in the near future.I am just hoping for the best at this point." Manning workout draws 6 Giants and 1 NFL hopeful GIANTS quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass as he hosts a workout for teammates at Hoboken High School. The workout gives the players an opportunity to practice together during the lockout. (AP Photo Grand Bahama Open to showcase the island, its courses and people A MBROSE GOUTHRO co-chairman of the GB Golf Association, announces the dates and details of the upcoming Grand Bahama Open during a press conference at Our Lucaya. Shown (l-r Federations northern region, Gouthro, Carmel Churchill, group sales manager at the Radisson Our Lucaya, and K Peter Turnquest, treasurer of the GB Golf Association and president of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. 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