NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.246THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, A T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 80F By SANCHESKA BROWN POLICE suspect the victim of the countrys latest murderwas executed by the same man who shot him last monthin front of his home. Marvin Kerr, 40, was found in his driveway at 10pm on Tuesday with multiple gunshot wounds in his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they received reports of gunshots heard in the area of Taurus Court, Ide al Estates. When they arrived on the scene they found Mr Kerrs body by his truck. He had got out of the dri vers side when he was attacked. This is not the first time Mr Kerr has been attacked. He was shot in the abdomen on August 11 as he pulled into the driveway of his home. He was only released from hospital a few days ago and was still recovering from the original wound. None of his valuables were taken in either incident which leads police to believe rob bery was not a motive. Mr Kerr was shot multiple times in the head, execution style. The gunman was wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and a hooded jacket. Fighting back tears Mr Kerrs wife, Sophia Kerr, told The Man recovering from gunshot wound shot dead in driveway TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5('8&(<285:(5%,//'$ 67$57$9,1*: 5('8&(+($7 $1'*/$5( 67250)5$0(:,1'2:6 Victim executed at second attempt YOURNEWSPAPER YOURWEEKEND STARTING OCTOBER 1 SEE SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE FOR DETAILS B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Eric Oneil S trachan was convicted of rape in the Supreme Court onW ednesday, but he will have to wait until November to learn o f his fate. Senior Justice Hartman LonMAN GUILTY OF RAPING 69-YEAR-OLD WOMAN C OURTNEWS SEE page 14 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MORE than 100 passengers who were on board a grounded Haitian sloop have infiltrated New Providence amid mounting concerns that illegal migrants are being assisted by residents. Last night, immigration officials said three Haitians from the boat, which landed near South Beach Pools, had been apprehended. Testimony from the migrants, who were caught in the area of Pinewood Gardens, revealed the ship had landed sometime Tuesday evening. Yesterday, residents in SEE page 14 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Police have closed their investigations into complaints of sexual assault made against two police officers by a young woman on Grand Bahama last September because no evidence could be found to substantiate any of her claims. Assistant Superintendent of Police Hector Delva, assistant press liaison officer, revealed that investigations into allegations made by Cindy Williams on September 2, 2010, have been concluded. Its findings were released to the public. According to a statement released by police on Wednesday, no evidence was found to substantiate Williams claims, and SEE page 15 A MONTELL Heights man was arraigned in Magistrates Court yester day, charged with one of the five murders that took place over the weekend. Alexander Cash, 39, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane. He is accused of stabbing Rocklyn Williams on Saturday, September 17. Cash, also known as Xander, was not required to enter a plea and was told that the prosecution will present a Voluntary Bill of Indictment against him in court on November 9. The Bill will forward the matter directly to the Supreme Court. The accused, who was not represent ed by counsel during yesterdays arraignment, was remanded to Her Majestys Prison until the completion of his trial. MAN CHAR GED WITH ONE OF WEEKEND MURDERS COURTNEWS INVESTIGATION INTO SEXUAL ASSAULT COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE IS CLOSED P EOPLE COMFORT e ach other at the scene of Marvin Kerrs shooting. Felip Major/Tribune staff SEE page 15 1 00 HAITIAN SLOOP P ASSENGERS INFIL TRA TE NEW PR OVIDEN CE THEHAITIAN sloop landed near South Beach Pools yesterday. Felip Major/Tribune staff
EDITOR, The Tribune. ASKnot what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. That quote from President John F Kennedy resonates with me as I sit down to write this to you. All of us, even those of us with just a casual level of exposure, are subjected to the con-s tant dialogue over the airwaves and in the print media on the question of government intervention in our daily lives. I am a firm believer that we are a much stronger force when we work together, and are more likely to achieve substantial results, as opposed to indi-v idual pursuits. Communities are no different, the stronger the community the greater the benefit to its constituents. It has b een my experience that formi ng community associations b rings neighbours closer togethe r as it can create a very welc oming atmosphere for children and adults alike. The bonds f ormed quite often become lifelong ones and can also lead to a n enriched family experience as well. There are also practicala dvantages that can emerge for example the option of families c arpooling to work and school even after-school activities, which can result in great savings in gas expenses and decrease traffic in our alreadyc ongested streets. A good communal life can serve to reducet he stress level encountered during the week, and improve the level of enjoyment over the weekend in fellowship with friends and family within the c ommunity. Communities can work with i ts constituency office by sharing details of the individual or c ollective concerns of the mem bers as it relates to garbage collection, pot holes, street lighting, illegal dumping, crime watch, CCTV, and many other i ssues that might require some level of assistance. P resently, there is no form of local government in New P rovidence; however, by capi talising on this form of com munication, we are forming virtual local government in each constituency. All of the stake h olders within the community (constituents e yes and ears on the street pro viding instant feedback through v arious forms of communication via emails, text messages, social media and even the telephone. When the collective commu n ity decides on a project to benefit the neighbourhood like d eveloping a green space, that community can contact its cons tituency office to seek assistance with funding such an e ndeavour. This is how you can make government work for you. The role that technology plays in all aspects of our life has increased significantly in the last decade and this has resulted in an opportunity for government to extend the reach of its services, making it easier to do business with its various a gencies. The use of these technologies, particularly the online services, can make government work for you, by providing timely information on government sponsored programmes like educational opportunities scholarships, programmes in continuing education and many o ther services or benefits that you may not have been aware of. The whole idea of information dissemination is critical in our development and the way w e progress as a people. Within my own constituency, we have embraced the concept of maximising the use of technology to both discover andd eliver essential services and demands from the various stakeholders within the com-m unities that are within our reach. This gives us an opportunity to provide help when it is needed but in a way that is not i ntrusive to the enjoyment of life and privacy for our constituents. However, all the above mentioned ideas are solely depen-d ent on us making the right choices and making a decision to change how we make government work for us. We must c ollectively decide to change from within in order to bring forth change in our communities. We should change our attitudes, our love and respect fore ach other, and our way of servicing the public. Change is what we need to make our Bahamas a better place. H ON DR HUBERT A M INNIS M ember of Parliament, K illarney, Minister of Health. N assau, September 20, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS 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 C ontributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm T ODAY we continue our comments on accusations by two former PLP ministers that Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette had created a constitutional crisis because a company in which his childrenst rust held shares had a contract with the government. T hey not only called for Mr Symonettes resignation as minister, but suggested that if h e did not go voluntarily, the Prime Minister should fire him. The conflict of interest matter came up for the first time in 2001 when PLP Bradley Roberts, MP for Grants Town, brought itt o the House of Assembly claiming that Mr Symonette, then chairman of the Airport A uthority, had breached the conflict of inter est rules by giving a contract to Bahamas H ot Mix in which he owned a minority share. The company was to pave the airports perimeter. We dealt with the details of this incident in this column yesterday and so willnot repeat it here. Suffice it to say that Mr S ymonette resigned as chairman, admitting to an error of judgment. M r Roberts probably brought the matter to the House at that time because as a shareh older in Bahamas In-flight Limited, which had a monopoly for providing all food and beverages at the airport, he had an issue with Chairman Symonette. Mr Symonette was trying to collect back rent in the region of $400,000 owed the Air port Authority by the company. There was a lso an occasion when Mr Roberts com plained that a vendor who was also trying tom ake a living by selling hot food from the trunk of her car at the airport parking lot was i n breach of his companys exclusive con tract with the airport. He wanted her and her little food vending business removed immediately. Mr Symonette refused, holding that she too had a right to make a few dollars. B ecause of this exclusivity clause no one not even a gas station could sell any typeo f food or drink within a radius of five miles of the airport. N ow we fast forward to today when Mr Symonette and Bahamas Hot Mix are again being targeted. And again the charges are conflict of interest. However, this time Mr Symonette did not personally give the cont ract to the company in which his childrens trust has a small investment. In 2001 when he r esigned as airport chairman, he had personally approved the bid of Bahamas Hot M ix because at the time he could not get a quorum for board approval. He went ahead because he did not want to delay the process because the FAA was threatening to downgrade the airport. H owever, when Bahamas Hot Mix won the road building contract this time, MrS ymonette did not give it to the company. The contract was approved by Cabinet. T he road improvement programme was put out to public tender. The incoming bids went to the Ministry of Works any bid over $250,000 also had to go to the Tenders Board where they were scrutinised ande valuated by the experts. No government minister was involved. At this stage only the e xperts and members of the Tenders Board deal with the bids. Their recommendations a re then sent to Cabinet for final approval. And so Mr Symonettes hand would have been nowhere in this particular road mix. Bahamas Hot Mix about $200,000 less than the other bidders won the contract. I n answer to accusations made by George Smith and Loftus Roker, Mr Symonette said: Bahamas Hot Mix got the contract, not because of me but because they are recogn ised and well known road builders in the Bahamas. They are qualified to get the job. If there is a bidding process should they not bid? And why should the constituency of Annes Town be denied the generosity of their representative? W hich other MP gives all of his govern ment salary about $90,000 a year in MrS ymonettes case in addition to an extra $5,000 a month for the betterment of his c onstituents? Mr Symonette donates to many charities, has computer classes for the children of his district, has built a cesspit on Step Street in Fox Hill, repaired the police station, provided musical instruments for t he Pacesetters marching band, contributed to St Anselms summer camp for children,m aintains a permanent crew of three men to clean the verges of his constituency and to e nsure that the road signs are in good repair and all street lights are on. The lists seems to go on without end, but we shall end on his and his brother, Craigs gift of the whole of Saunders Beach to government for the use of B ahamians in exchange for the princely sum of $1. I s this the man that these little men want to banish just because they cant match him? Making govt work to your benefit constituency models LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Brent Symonette did not breach the rules EDITOR, The Tribune. IN TUESDAYS 15th of September edition of The Nassau G uardian on page A7, appeared a column by one Front Porch Simon under the caption DNA and its leader prove amateurish and reckless. During the 1942 general election there were four cand idates contesting the Long Island district. I accompanied my father on his rounds of the farms in the district during the day to s olicit support for the two candidates that he supported. He, my father, would speak in glowing tones of his candidates while bad m outhing the other two. I asked my father on one of these rounds why this method was necessary, he said: You should always do your best to discredit your opponent especially if he is better than your man hence all the attention the DNA and its leader is now attracting from certain quarters. O ver the last couple of months this unknown writer seems to have an agenda to nit-pick any and all press releases and statements b y the DNA and/or its leader Branville McCartney while hiding behind a pseudonym, we do not know the gender of this writer w hether male, female, the idiotic dribbling of the articles especially the mentioned one of the 15th instant come across as being faggoty. It would appear that the writer has a little tertiary education this is evidenced from the choice of words used in the articles. I had on a previous occasion reason to remind this writer that a little edu cation is a dangerous thing and that in the case of Front Porch Simon nothing can be truer. I t is quite obvious to me that the writers agenda is a paid one. It is also crystal clear to me that whoever is paying for the services r endered by the writer, Front Porch Simon, is being intimidated not only by the presence of the DNA; but by its popularity and the charisma and leadership style of its leader. It is a common fact of life that one only goes all out after an opponent that poses a real threat to ones position. I will now answer a few of your criti cisms. Any child born to a Haitian national in any country is automatically a Haitian citizen. A chorus of critics, including a leading prelate, cannot change the Constitution of the Republic of Haiti. E arthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, tsunamis and cyclones are all caused by the forces of nature you come across as having an overdose of the sophomoric mentality of which you are trying to dub Mr. McCartney. The rapid debt growth in this country is due to the reckless bor rowing, the inability of the Government to efficiently collect its revenues and gross mismanagement of our economy, nothing more, nothing less. Any person who never successfully ran a business of his own cannot successfully run a government as government is a b usiness, big business. It is foolhardy to expect a newspaper or veg etable vendor to run a corporation, the same applies to a governm ent. The colour Green was wisely chosen by a wise leader, not for any sophomoric reason; but because it is, of all the colours the one true colour that does not easily fade and will endure the test of time. I do not blame the writer for all the vitriolic written diatribe being published under the pseudonym, as it is the duty of all opponents to go after the man at the top of the heap and in the political free for all political scenario in this nation today, that man and party is none other than Bran McCartney and the DNA. This nation has not had a change of government since 1967. It has always been a continuation of Lynden Pindlings policies and philosophy of corruption, intimidation, victimization, nepotism, cronyism and the allfor-me-baby syndrome. It is high time for a change, let us all come together to be seen as clean and pristine while voting Green. ERRINGTON W. I. WATKINS Nassau, September 15, 2011. High time for a change
B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com CLIMATE change is real t hreat to the Bahamas and must be given urgent attent ion, a senior government offic ial warned. During the opening of the U NESCO High Level Small Island Developing States (SIDSM inister of State for the Envir onment Phenton Neymour s aid the effects of climate change could disrupt the v ery fabric of our lives. Mr Neymour said while SIDS are responsible for lesst han one per cent of global g reenhouse gas emissions, their geographic location and economic characteristics makes them among the most vulnerable. According to Mr Neymour, 5 2 countries have been identified by the United Nations as SIDS islands and lowlying nations that face common barriers to sustainable development, including limi ted resources, poor economi c resilience and vulnerability to sea level rise and natural disasters. H e added SIDS are for the m ost part located in the trop ics. T hese small island states are normally heavily dependent on specific industries such as agriculture, aquacul t ure, fisheries and tourism which are particularly prone to the effects of climate change such as natural disas LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 5 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A UNITED Nations conference on the many threats small island countries like the Bahamas face from climate change was convened in the capital yesterday. Minister of Education Desmond Bannister officially opened the UNESCO Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States, at the Wyndham Nassau Resort on Cable Beach. The three-day conference will concentrate on developing strategies for informing the public in small island states about the threat of climate change and how best to mitigate its effects. President of the General Conference of UNESCO, Cat Island native Dr Davidson Hepburn, said the forum will focus on the challenge of global warming and the role education can play. Teachers are essential to passing on knowledge that will create an enduring awareness of the challenges posed by global warming, Mr Bannister said. He said teachers need to become catalysts for CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT UNDER DISCUSSION AT UN CONFERENCE NASSAUPLAYSHOSTTOEVENT COB PRESIDENT Dr Betsy V Boze signed a shared c ommitment to climate change, joining more than 600 colleges and universities around the world. SEE page seven CLIMATE CHANGE COULD DISRUPT VERY FABRIC OF OUR LIVES SEE page seven
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 7 T he following statement was made by m embers of the Bahamas Coalition of E vangelical Pastors, including Pastor C edric Moss, Pastor Alfred Stewart, Pastor L yall Bethel and P astor Allan Lee. H ardly a day goes by without our nation being greeted with horrific news of cold blooded murders, armed robberies, rapes, a nd other serious crimes against fellow citizens, residents, and visitors to the Bahamas. U nbelievably, with approximately three months left in this year, we are already at a record breaking 101 murders (this number will probably have increased by the time this statement is pub-l ished). Like most Bahamians, while we are concerneda bout crime in general, we are especially concerned about the spiralling, out of c ontrol murder rate. A lthough much can be said about how we as a country descended to this sad stateo f affairs, and there is no shortage of places to lay blame, here we confine our-s elves to what we believe is t he most significant contributing factor to the callous, wanton murders taking place i n our country: our govern ments willingness to bear the sword in vain. Y es, to put it plainly, although government, as Scripture says in Romans 13:4, is God's servant, ana gent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer, our government is ignoring t his delegated duty by not doing what is legally necessary to be able to carry out capital punishment in the cas e s of those duly convicted of murder. No doubt, some are surprised that we are not laying the blame at the feet of the Privy Council, but to whatever extent those enlight-e ned men have contributed to our culture of murder, they have only done so because successive governments have allowed them to do so. And exactly how have they a llowed them to do so? By refusing to lead the process to allow the majority ofB ahamians to have the opportunity by referendumt o enshrine in our constitut ion that death is the mandat ory punishment for all persons convicted of murder, just as we all understood ourc onstitution to mean from 1973 until the Privy Council told us otherwise in 2006. Therefore, it is our view t hat the former and current governments have failed our country by allowing the Privy Council to force its 2006 interpretation of our consti-t ution on us, and they have f urther failed us by continui ng to govern impotently, as if there is nothing that we as a country can do about it. While the government has foreshadowed bringing leg-i slation to restrict bail and to c lassify murders, it is our v iew that the carnage will continue because criminals and would-be criminals already know that they can escape the death penalty byk eeping the gruesomeness of t heir murders at or below the level of Mr Maxo Tidos repugnantly gruesome murder of Miss Donnell C onover. W e say this because despite the fact that Mr Tido crushed Miss Conovers skulla nd burned her body, the Privy Council ruled that her murder is not one whichw arrants the most condign p unishment of death. So, clearly, if murderers continue to benchmark their murders b elow Mr Tidos (as the overwhelming majority do), if they happen to get caught,t he worst possible outcome they will face is life in prison (while being financially supported by taxpayers). So why is the government taking the route of passing legislation (that some lawyers have already promised to fight legally), as opposed to pursuing the changes regarding bail and capital punish-m ent via a referendum to a mend the constitution and t hereby put the changes out of the reach of those lawyers and the Privy Council? At the end of the day, only the government can answert his important question and e xplain why it is bearing the s word in vain in the face of our increasingly pervasive culture of murder and violent crime. And beyond answering this i mportant question, we trust t hat the government will do what is necessary to effectively facilitate the fulfilment of its duty to bear the sword a nd to swiftly carry out capit al punishment on those convicted of murder. Here, we emphasise the n eed to swiftly execute those convicted murderers, who have been given full duep rocess under law, because when the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people a re filled with schemes to do wrong (Ecclesiastes 8:11, NIV). O ur prayer is that the Lord will grant the prime minister and his government the leadership, grace and the necessary courage to stop bearing the sword in vain, and to do so with haste. change, educating students about how their lifestyles have impacted the planet and how sustainable practices are necessary to secure the future. This very important conference is designed to set a course for education to be the machinery for creating awareness and stimulating action among our people, and particularly, among thoseof us who live in small island developing states (SIDS Bahamas, the Caribbean and those in the Indian Ocean, who after all are the most vulnerable to the threats posed by climate change, he said. Dr Hepburn said: It is important to make a concentrated effort to reform the thinking of individuals who might be complacent, providing them with a better understanding of sustainable development and the role of education. Mr Bannister added that while educating the next generation is important, the entire community must take action to save our world and enable us to employ sustainable practices so that we may live in harmony on this planet. Following the opening session, the College of the Bahamas signed a shared commitment to climate change, joining more than 600 colleges and universities around the world. COB president Betsy V Boze said: The signatories to this document believe that by integrating sustainability into the curriculum, an institution puts itself in a position to better serve our students and meet our social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society. ters and rising sea levels. Mr Neymour said tourism b ased-economies are espec ially vulnerable to internal and external disruptions. He said: Many SIDS e conomies experience stag gering losses due to the decline in tourist arrivalsa fter natural disasters such a s hurricanes coupled with the exorbitant costs to repair damage imposed by these storms. The Bahamas can attest to this, since tourism is ourp rincipal industry and we were severely impacted after devastating hurricanes like Andrew, Frances and J eanne. While the effects differ from island to island, the I nter-Government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC jected that any rise in sea leve ls will result in major land l oss for SIDS, and by exten sion, social changes includi ng population relocation a nd increased vulnerability to natural disasters, which could further impair a coun-t rys ability to adapt to climate change. Mr Neymour said in r esponse to the threat, the B ahamas, like many other small island countries around the region, is identifying prio rity response areas, includ ing energy, technology and resource management, andl ooking into sustainable prog rammes. The government is also finalising its second National Communication on Climate Change, Mr Neymour said. He said the report outlines s trategies to help the Bahamas combine elements of climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas mitiga t ion, while also investigating alternative energy sources through the National Energy P olicy. CLIMATE CHANGE COULD DISRUPT THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR LIVES FROM page five C LIMATE CHANGE THREAT UNDER DISCUSSION AT UN CONFERENCE F ROM page five PASTORS SAY THE LACK OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT TO BLAME FOR MURDERS PASTORS LYALL BETHEL ( above), Cedric Moss, Alfred S tewart and Allan Lee have called for capital punishment to be carried out in murder cases. 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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE RESIDENT PROMOTION Adults 79$Kids 49$No reservations required, based on availability. For general inquiries call 363-6950.Aquaventure passes and lunch vouchers are available at the Discover Atlantis Desk in the Coral Towers. Proof of residency required for discounted rate.Includes: Complimentary Parking included with Package PurchaseLocated at the Atlantis Self Park Facility at the rear of the Craft CenterComplimentary Lunch Voucher Redeemable at express outlets onlyAccess to all Atlantis Pools, Slides and Rides August 20th November 20th e very person whose life has been touched by HIV and AIDS and stem the spread of the disease, she said. Health experts from US government agencies are working hand-in-hand with Bahamian officials in support of the combined goals of the 2010-21014 Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework, and the Bahamas N ational HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan. A mbassador Avant said the grants will s upport innovative projects that promote HIV/AIDS awareness throughout the Bahamas and more importantly, combat the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with the disease. FROM page two HAITIAN COMMUNITY, YOUNG PEOPLE AND INMATES TO BENEFIT FROM USEMBASSY GRANT US AMBASSADOR Nicole Avant speaks yesterday. PHOTOS: TIM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF DR PERRY GOMEZ director of the Bahamas National HIV/AIDS Centre STEVENSON SMITH Assistant Superintendent of Her Majesty's Prison.
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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE the area described the shallow area w here the vessel ran aground as a longstanding hot spot for illegal entry as it provides direct access to Cowpen Road. The problem is the people who live on the outskirts of Cowpen Road will assist the people that come off the b oat, one resident said. They lend the migrants their cell phones so they make the contact withp eople who come to pick them up. T he sloop was estimated to be around 48ft in length with the capacity to hold 100 persons comfortably. Last night, immigration department o fficials said assistance from persons in the area was a likely scenario, given the location of the apprehended m igrants. Officers received the call that a sloop had run aground at around 3 am yesterday. Fausteen Major-Smith, assistant d irector of Immigration, said: We h ave many theories out there, so assistance from residents is possible. Whenever we get the call we respond as soon as we can, but what we suspect in this case is that the boat must have landed hours before we got the call. It is possible they are being encouraged by persons from here, for them to infiltrate the system just like that. The government has continued r epatriations to Haiti despite pleas f rom the United Nations not to deport nationals due to the countrys debili tated state. In June, Immigration Minister Brent S ymonette said repatriations will cont inue as normal unless extremely dire c onditions were highlighted in Haiti. Last month, the immigration departm ent repatriated a group of illegal H aitian migrants to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on a Bahamasair charter flight. Included were 76 men, 32 women and eight children. Eighty-six of those repatriated were among the group that landed illegally in the Yamacraw area on August 1. T he remainder had been taken to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre after being found without proof of sta tus. M rs Major-Smith said the departm ent was working to organise another repatriation exercise for some time next week. gley has set sentencing for November 11, and has remanded Strachan, 26, to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. A jury of seven women and two men returned a verdict of guilty against Strachan by a vote of 6-3 on all four counts, including one count of rape, two counts of attempted rape, and one count of indecent assault of a 69-year-old woman last December. Attorney Devard Williams appeared stunned and mumbled with his words as he stood up to address the court after the verdicts were read. He was asked to speak up on two occasions. Williams requested that a probation report be conducted before passing sentence on Strachan. According to evidence during trial, the victim had been staying at a home with Strachan and his mother in Andros Town, Eight Mile Rock on December 10, 2010, when the incident occurred. According to testimony, the elderly woman was lying on a sofa in the front room watching television when she was attacked by Strachan, who had returned home from drinking at a bar. The victim said she was dragged into Strachans bedroom where he took off her clothing, had sex with her, and performed various sexual acts on her. The victim, who is 150lbs and suffers from various medical conditions, testified that she wrestled with Strachan until she had no more strength left. The prosecution presented DNA evidence and medical reports that indicated that the victim had been raped. The defence claimed the sex was consensual. While giving evidence under oath, Strachan claimed he was tipsy and that the victim had touched him and propositioned him. After two days of evidence, the prosecution and defence presented their final addresses to the jury on Wednesday morning. After the judge delivered his summation of the case, the jury retired after noon to deliberate. They returned shortly after 3pm with the verdict. Mr Williams asked the court to have mercy on his client and to take into account the time he had already served on remand awaiting trial. Strachan then began whispering to his attorney. Mr Williams informed Justice Longley of his clients concerns regarding alleged death threats from prison officers and inmates at Her Majestys Prison. I am instructed to ask the court to speak to the Superin tendent (of Prisons two inmates, he said. Strachan told Justice Longley that while on remand, prison officers and inmates had threatened to kill him. He also claimed that he had been brutalised by prison officers on occasion. The officer said that if he dont kill me, he will have me on drips, he said. Strachan said he notified Chief Johnson about the alleged threats and beatings by officers, who he claimed slapped, punched, and hit him in the head. Prosecutor Erica Kemp said the Attorney Generals Office will look into the complaints and make a request for Stra-chans concerns to be addressed by the prison superintendent. She asked that the sentencing be held on November 11. We have another matter on that date, and this will allow sev en weeks for a probation report to be conducted, she said. Justice Longley set sentencing for 9.30am on November 11. Freeport clergyman Albert Alexander Whyley, who was convicted on September 12 of having sex with a nine-year-old girl, will also be sentenced that day. F ROM page one 100 HAITIAN SLOOP PASSENGERS INFILTRATE NEW PROVIDENCE T HEINTERIOR o f the Haitian sloop which ran aground yesterday. FELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF M AN GUILTY OF RAPING 69-YEAR-OLD FROM page one
the Attorney Generals office has concluded that there was insufficient evidence regard-i ng her complaints of sexual a ssault. On September 2, Ms Williams went to the Central Division, Freeport, to file a complaint against two police officers, claiming they hads exually assaulted her shortly u pon her return to Grand Bahama from New Providence on September 1. Ms Williams claims that while driving in an eastern a rea of the island, two police o fficers made her get out of h er vehicle, and one of them sexually assaulted her with his firearm. ASP Delva said due to the seriousness of the allegations,a n intensive investigation was l aunched, and a senior team of investigators from the Complaints and Corruption Branch in New Providence were sent to Grand Bahama to investigate. Nothing was spared in the investigation including veryc ostly forensic examinations, t o identify the alleged culprits of what appeared to be a heinous violation of Ms W illiams rights and dignity, he said. Ms Williams went public w ith her allegations on local n ews television, and her claims were published on an online social media internet site. Mr Delva said that police i nvestigations were completed a nd sent to the Office of the Attorney General for legal advice. This was done in an attempt to ensure that no stone was left unturned, andt hat persons, independent of t he Police Force, reviewed the evidence. The Police Force wish to r eport that the investigation of the matter, and that a comprehensive review of the com p laint filed has concluded, and we now make public the findings. No evidence was found to s ubstantiate any of the claims made by Ms Williams. None of her story was corroborated by any witnesses, surveillance footage, or forensic examinations. The Office of the Attorn ey General concluded that there was insufficient evidence or any suspect for the offence of Rape Contrary to Section 6(1 Offences to be filed, accordi ng to the statement. This investigation is now closed. We wish to state that this story brought much discomfort and embarrassment to the Commissioner of Police, his Executive Mana gement Team (EMT t he entire Royal Bahamas Police Force, especially our officers in Grand Bahama. They were very serious allegations and cast a veryn egative light on an organisation that prides itself on being a disciplined and upstanding organisation. If true, this one incident could have eroded the pub-l ics trust and confidence in the organisation and its ability to effectively protect its cit-i zens, as those who are sworn to protect and serve, wouldh ave engaged in perhaps one o f the most heinous and d egrading acts that can be perpetrated on a female. At no time did we accept that the allegations, if theyo ccurred, were perpetrated b y members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Our feelings have been affirmed, and hopefully the integrity of the organisation and that of the over 3,000 m en and women remain i ntact. We wish to reassure all citizens that where allegations of misconduct are reported against any member of the organisation, they will be vigo rously and professionally i nvestigated. Where any wrongdoing is substantiated, those involved will be dealt with either through our internal disciplines ystem, or where necessary, before the Courts. By the same token, however, where false or unsubstantiated allegations are made against members of ouro rganisation, we must also defend their rights as well. As vigorously as we pursue thosei n our organisation who com mit offences, we must also p ursue those who falsely a ccuse us. The law gives us the opportunity to bring charges against persons who make false and malicious accusa-t ions against Police Officers. I t was noted that while bringing criminal charges against Ms Williams was an option, the Commissioner of Police decided not to so in this instance for reasons that will not be disclosed. We wish Ms Williams well, a nd wish to assure her of our fullest support in all matters moving forward, the statement concluded. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 15 Scotiabank (BahamasIs seeking the services of:Centre Director, Scotia Private Client GroupPosition Summary:The Centre Director is responsible for establishing business plans for the SPCG Centre in The Bahamas and the branches in smaller, secondary markets also under their direction, a nd executing them through the dynamic leadership of teams of highly skilled professionals representing each of the Wealth Management business lines (Private Banking, International Investment Advisory, and where applicable, International Wealth Structuring). These objectives will be met through the promotion of the SPCG C entres in the marketplace and, internally throughout the Bank.Key Accountability:The primary purpose of the position is to increase protability through the development of the required skills and motivation within the teams to achieve increased consolidation o f client assets, maximize cross-sell opportunities, increase client retention and satisfaction and ensure clients receive the products and services that best satisfy their nancial needs. This is achieved by leading their teams through sales and relationship management, directing consolidation, retention and coverage strategies, ensuring the required behaviours are instilled in, and consistently displayed by, each individual, and ensuring that sound business analysis and a shared client centric bias exists across the teams. The Centre Director is also responsible for building an effective business and community network, by developing and maintaining relationships with key business and community leaders and maintaining close relationships with inuential clients, to maximize business referral opportunities and introductions to potential clients. The Centre Director must also forge close working relationships with all Scotiabank partners in their market.Qualications: designation, are highly desirable. of tax-driven investments. as they relate to the High Net Worth clients; this includes features, benets, pricing policies and protability levers; The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualied candidates only should submit applications, via e-mail to: Manager, Manpower & Succession Planning at: email@example.com on or before October 07, 2011. T ribune s he has no idea why someone would want to harm her husband. She said: He was a good man and good family man. We do not know how w e are going to survive without him. He did everything for us. Everyone is taking this very hard. I really dont know why someone would want to hurt him. He nev-e r bothered anyone. This is too much to bear. Unable to continue the conversation Mrs Kerr said she had to go. When The Tribune a ttempted to call her back, a little girl answered and said she was too upset to return to the phone. Supt Paul Rolle, of Central Detective Unit, saidp olice have not ruled out the possibility that the two shooting incidents are r elated. H e said: We are searching all avenues and are still conductingi nquires as to what really happened Tuesday night. Right now we are u nable to say definitively i f they are related but we s uspect so. We arent treating them as isolated matters. We have to do some forensic work and get theb allistics reports to see if the bullets match up or if the gun is the same. Whenw e have that information, we will know for sure. Supt Rolle said his offic ers are on the ground d oing investigative work but they have not yet iden tified a suspect. A nyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 9 11 or 919, crime stoppers at 328-Tips or contact your nearest police sta-t ion. T he murder count is now 102. VICTIM EXECUTED AT SECOND ATTEMPT FROM page one FROM page one INVESTIGATION INTO SEXUAL ASSAULT COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE IS CLOSED
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BAHAMIANSmust start looking through the cock and bull of politicians and realise they will have to pay more to sustain the current size of government, a well-known businessman warning that the next administration wouldh ave to take tough decis ions on the public finances. Dionisio DAguilar, presi dent of the Superwash laundromat chain, said Bahami ans might have to brace for a further drop in living standards and earning power, as the cost of maintaining the existing public sector would increase at a time when salaries would remain flat. The former Chamber of Commerce president, in a recent interview with Tribune Business, said the Government had run up a ton of debt in its bid to support the troubled Bahamian economyand prepare it via various infrastructure projects for future rebound, describing the rate of increase in the national debt as staggering. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMASnational debt fell by almost $207 million during the 2011 second quarter to $4.075 billion, likely due to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC with observers yesterday warning it was unlikely to become a trend. The Central Bank of the Bahamas quarterly statistical digest showed that this nations total national debt fell froma peak of $4.281 billion at the 2011 first quarter end to $4.074 billion at end-June, indicating the Government had applied the $210 million it received from selling a 51 per cent BTC stake to Cable & Wirel ess Communications (CWC p aying down the debt. The data indicates, though, that the Government may only have brought itself some breathing space, paying down what was the equivalent of almost a years debt. The end-second quarter 2011 debt is still ahead of the year-before position, as the 2010 second quarter national debt was just over $100 million below the current figure at $3.965 billion. Fiscal observers were yesterday sceptical that the 2011 second quarter reduc t ion represented the start of a downward t rend in the national debt, describing the BTC transaction as a one-off. Rick Lowe, a well-known fiscal hawk with the Nassau Institute think-tank, told Tribune Business: Does it mean were holding the line on spending? I dont know. I dont think the trend of government spending has been reversed yet. Its a long process. I dont think its any permanent reduction in spending. It $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.32 $5.38 $5.50 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 S leep well while your money grows. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMIANconstruction industry was yesterday said to have passed the low that caused construction starts, and their collective worth, to decline by 48.7 per cent and 69.5 per cent respectively between 2008-2010. But, while the sector was again beginning to stir up as development activity slowly recovered from a three-year slump, Godfrey Forbes, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA ident, said it was critical to kick-start the domestic housing market to ensure every contractor gets a piece of the pie from work being evenly spread. Taking the $12-$13 million Southwest Shopping Plaza as an example, Mr Forbes said that while the project had provided work for one main contractor and several sub-contractors, an equivalent investment in the affordable housing sector would equate to 50-60 homes employing 30-40 different contractors at the same time. To that end, Mr Forbes said he and the BCA were expecting to meet this B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THEBahamas Electricity Corporat ion (BEC cutting edge of renewable energy by CONSTRUCTION PASSES 50% STARTS FALL LOW Value of approved starts fell 69.5% between 2008-2010, but 2011 first half indicates rebound BCA chief urges jump start for housing market to spread w ealth Says $12m investment would equate to 50-60 houses, e mploying 30-40 contractors SEE page 5B LOOK THROUGH COCK AND BULL OF POLITICIANS Superwash chief says Bahamians will have to pay more to maintain current size of Got ough decisions ahead, after staggering rise in national debt SEE page 4B BEC ON CUTTING EDGE VIA OCEAN THERMAL Renewable MoU with US provider eyes two plants split between Nassau and Andros Each to provide about 5% of BEC peak power, and would make Bahamas pioneer Partner in talks with Bahamas resorts Could create jobs in aquaculture, agriculture NATIONAL DEBT FALLS $207M IN 2011 Q2 But observers say not start of much-needed downward trend, as due to BTC sale proceeds SEE page 7B S EE page 7B MICHAELMOSS
ByDEIDRE M. BASTIAN HELP. I am trying to em ail some JPEG pictures I just took with my new digital camera, but I keep getting a message that says the file size is too large. Sounds familiar? Better still, you land on a w eb page with a gigantic pict ure. You really want to see t he whole thing but, alas, it seems the only way to view it is to use your scroll bars. Sure, you could buy a bigger monitor, better video card, then crank up your resolu-t ion, but theres just got to be a cheaper way, right? Youb et. D igital cameras, including phone cameras, have truly come into their own. Millions of people now take pictures and save them to their computers. From there, photos can easily be sent by e-mail o r added to a web page. H owever, there's a problem t hat virtually all digital came ra users eventually e ncounter. Namely, that the i mages are too big. In theory, having too many pixels makes it difficult tov iew photos on a monitor. This makes the file size much larger, something that shouldbe avoided when posting p hotos on the Web or sending by e-mail. Remember, not everyone has a high s peed Internet connection or a large monitor, so sizing p hotos down before sharing them is the courteous thingt o do. How many pixels do I need for sharing photos online? W hen posting photos online, you do not need near-ly as many pixels as you do for printing. This also goesf or images that will only be viewed on-screen, such as in a slide show or presentation. W hen putting your photos o n the Web or sending them by e-mail, the smaller you can get them, the better. However, there are threet hings you can do to make your pictures smaller for sharing online. These are:c ropping, changing pixel dimensions or compression. In most cases, you will wantto do all three of these things. H ow do I reduce the size of photos for online use? Before going to your i ntended size, you first want to crop your image to remove any unnecessary portions of the picture. After cropping, you can change the overall pixel dimensions to go even smaller. All photo editing software will have a command for changing the pixel dimensions of an image. Look for a command called Image Size, Resize or Resample. Select the photo(s want to resize, and then, on the File menu, click Resize. In the Resize dialog box, select the size you want to make the photo. Click Resize and Save. The program will save the resized file in the same location as the original, and will add the dimensions to the file name of the smaller copy, allowing you to enter the exact amount of pixels you wish to use. There are other options you may find in the dialog such as: Resample: This should be on when sizing down, because it enables the soft w are to change the pixel d imensions. C onstrain proportions or keep aspect ratio: You want this option enabled, as it pre v ents the image from being stretched and distorted. When this option is enabled, you only need to enter one v alue; height or width, and the other value will adjust automatically. N evertheless, after sizing t he image, be sure to do a Save As to avoid overwrit-i ng your original, high resol ution file. And, of course, you'd want to save it as a JPEG file. When choosing the compression level, keep quality in the medium to high range. You want to shoot fora file size of 30 to 100 KB per image. Go small if youw ill be putting several files on the same page, or sending them in one e-mail, and tryn ot to exceed 100 KB per Web page for the total of all images. This may sound like a time c onsuming process, especially if you have lots of photos to share, but fortunately most of today's software hasm ade it easy to size and compress a batch of photos very quickly. Some photo editing software has an email photos command that will resize and compress the images for you quickly. In fact, Wind ows XP and Windows Vista b oth have this functionality b uilt-in. Some software can even resize, compress and generate complete photo galleries for posting on the Web. If you try to display a 3008x2000 pixel file on a1 024x768 screen, it is easy to see the image will not fit. Sot he aim is to produce a pict ure file that will display on a screen at 1280 by 1024 resolution, helping most users to see the entire picture at one time, without the need to scroll up and down or side to side. Files to be sent by em ail should be no more than 1 100 pixels wide by 900 high t o allow space around the p icture for the program that i s displaying them. Files for w ebsites should cater for older and smaller monitors, which run at 800 by 600 res o lutions, so keep web images below 700 by 500. When sharing photos online, 800 by 600 pixels is a g ood average size to use. If you wish to reduce file size even further, reduce images d own to 640 by 480, or even 3 20 by 240. If you are sure y our recipients or website visitors won't mind waitinga little longer, you may want t o go as large as 1024 by 768, but anything larger than that is going to be too large to see in the majority of computerm onitors without scrolling. Remember, the smaller the pixel dimensions of an image, the smaller the file size willb e. Most cameras and scanners save photos in the JPEGf ormat, as this uses file compression to keep file size smaller. It is always advisable to use the JPEG formatf or photographic images, as it is a standard file format that any computer can read. On the back of this, JPEG compression can be applied at various levels, with image quality and file size having a n inverse relationship. The h igher the compression, the s maller the file, and the less quality it will have. The golden rule of compression is to only compress once. While I believe it is useful to understand the mathsb ehind digital imaging, and have the knowledge neces-s ary to produce images that a re suitable for a wide variety of different output needs, it is still important to know what you intend to use your image for beforehand. As I mentioned previously, you will need higher pixel resolution f iles for printing than for web o r e-mail attachments, so pixe l resolution (dimensions in p ixels) is the first and most i mportant decision to make. I t is important to also understand that DPI is a user assigned number for scalingm edia to a required pixel resolution during scanning, while PPI is used to scale existing digital images to ar equired size for printing (output resolution ing the assigned PPI after a digital image is created does not change its pixel resolution; it only changes print size created when printing digit al images. T here are many methods i nvolved in the simple equations that will allow to you solve all your digital image resolution and scaling requirements for monitor display, but for now we'll fol-l ow this example: Decide the approximate f ractional area of the monitor y ou'd like your image to cover, and divide that into the current monitor resolution. For example: Filling up half the monitor's side-to-side viewing area with an image when running 1024X768 pixe l monitor resolution. Divide 1 024 by half and we get 512 p ixels necessary to cover half t he monitor's 1024 pixel sidet o-side viewing area. This is t he figure you should use for resizing this image. If you wish your images to b e universal, or for Aunt Margaret to be able to see your photos within her email window, then it is safe top lan ahead before pressing that send button and limit your images to a few hundred pixels. Better still, if your job requires that you email many photos, save yourself the mental gymnastics a nd quickly arrive at an a ppropriate image size such a s 1024x768 or less to fit comfortably within the limits of your monitor's screen. So, until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. N B: The columnist welcomes feedback at email@example.com About the columnist: Ms Bastian is a trained graphic designer who has qualifications of M.Sc., B.Sc., A.Sc. S he has trained at institutions s uch as: Miami Lakes Techn ical Centre, Success Traini ng College, College of the B ahamas, Nova Southeast e rn University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International andS ynergy Bahamas. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 3B THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsST AFF OBSER VER ELECTIONS Elections for Staff Observer to the College Council will be held on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Center auditorium, The College of The Bahamas, Oakes Field Campus and the Northern Bahamas Campus between the hours of 8a.m. and 4p.m. RESOLUTIONS ON PHOTO SIZING A RTOF G RAPHIX DEIDRE BASTIAN
T he Central Bank of the Bahamas quarterly digest for the 2011 second quarter, published yesterday, shows the national debt has risen by 41.1 per cent over the last fourand-a-half years, growingf rom $2.887 billion at yearend 2006 to $4.075 billion at the 2011 half-year. The greate st increase, of some $688 mil l ion, took place between the 2008 and 2009 year-ends. T he Ingraham administrations strategy behind this, apart from being forced by revenue weakness to borrowt o cover fixed costs, was out lined by Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, at yesterdays Abaco Business Outlook conference. Arguing that infrastructure p rojects such as the $409.5 m illion Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA redevelopment and $135 mil-l ion New Providence Road I mprovement Project were intended to facilitate investment opportunities and the further development of the Bahamas, Mr Deveaux saidt he Governments capital projects were also designed to minimise the recessions impact and prepare for an eventual economic recovery. In an effort to counter t hese effects on the construct ion industry, and to prepare the country for the gradual economic upturn, the Gov e rnment of the Bahamas launched an initiative to enhance public infrastructure and create employment. Thep ublic infrastructure enhance ment initiative has resulted in docks, bridges, roadworks and o ther capital works being exe cuted on every major island of the Bahamas, he added. A cknowledging the Gove rnments good intentions, Mr DAguilar still questioned to Tribune Business whethers ome of its capital spending may have been undertaken on a wing and a prayer, giv-e n that the anticipated eco nomic recovery was unlikely to occur in the originally anticipated timeframe. The r eturns on its infrastructure investment were thus likely to be some way off. The Governments run up a tonne of debt, but they always justify it by saying that weve got to prepare for when the upturn comes, the Superwash president told Tribune B usiness. The rate of increase [in the national debt] has been staggering, something the Gov e rnment any government has to be mindful of. After the general election, there has to be some tough decisionsm ade. With the International Monetary Fund (IMF b oth Moodys and Standard & Poors, arguing that the current national debt and fis-c al deficit levels are unsust ainable, the short-term course for the Government appears clear. A nalysing the implications, Mr DAguilar said: We have a lot of dead weight in the p ublic sector, and deadweight with the likes of Bahamasair, Water & Sewerage Corporation and ZNS that drain the T reasury. The politicians say we can afford it, and then we have top ay more. Someone has to explain to the Bahamian peo ple that we cant afford these debts and deficits, and things are going to be more costly. People have to start looki ng through the cock and bull o f politicians. Things are going to cost more, and potentially salaries are notg oing to go up. The Bahamian economy could not be analysed in iso lation, Mr DAguilar said, and t he gloomy indicators from the US and world economy as captured in this weeks I nternational Monetary Fund (IMF look would overflow into t his nation. The economy is not going to grow explosively today like it did in the past, and for somet ime to come, the Superwash president told Tribune Busi ness, adding that the 20062 008 period was something that probably should not have happened. There was so much money f loating around that people were getting credit who shouldnt have done, he added. -2008 maybe should not have happened, had lenders been prudent int he way they extended credit to people. Those were years that should never have happened. In assessing his firms cur rent performance, Mr DAguilar said he was com paring its financial indicators to those from 2005-2006, rather than 2007-2008. C ITY MARKETSis in financial dist ress. Having racked up around $28 million in collective net losses during the 2006-2011 BSL Holdings ownership, the supermarket chain as revealed by Tribune Business made a $14 million operating loss in its last financial year, three quarters of which w ere under Mr Finlayson and his T rans-Island Traders vehicle. A nd, according to the Tribune: Shoppers visiting the four New Providence stores have all commented on how sparsely stocked they are, leading some observers to predict the imminent demise of what was once a fixture in the Bahamian business and r etail landscape unless Mr Finlayson a nd his management get things turned around quickly. P LP MP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell, h as called for the Government to do whatever is necessary to prevent City Markets closure. G ood luck to Mr Finlaysons efforts t o save City Markets. However, the fate of City Markets should be determ ined not by Bahamian politicians, b ut by Bahamian consumers. Bahamian consumers will vote on its fate in the free market by how they choose to spend their dollars. If Bahamian consumers decide City Markets should fail, it should be allowed to fail as quickly and as speedily as possible, t hus allowing more competent i nvestors and managers to buy up and r edeploy its assets and hire those productive people who are released from their jobs. The Government can best assist this process by beefing up our courts to speed up the bankruptcy process. Any proposal for the Government t o inject money into a failing business i s a proposal to use the Governments power to initiate force to physically t ake millions of dollars out of the hands o f Bahamian citizens and hand it over t o the failing business. It is a proposal to throw good money after bad. Thism ay benefit City Markets shareholders a nd employees, along with Mr Mitchells election hopes, but such legalized t heft is both economically and morall y wrong. Governments job is not to bailout money-losing businesses, but to maintain law and order (which the state seems to be doing as well as City Markets, judging by the latest round of murder and crime statistics.) Governm ents job is not to reward losers with b ailouts, and punish winners with i ncreased taxes to fund those bailouts. The Governments job is to protect our rights and not to violate them with bailouts. The only proper policy is laissez-faire: hands off. If Mr Mitchell thinks City Markets is so important that it must be saved at all c osts, let him throw money from his o wn bank account after it, or find a group of private investors who will volu ntarily throw their own money into it. B ut keep his hands out of the public t reasury. 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PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 7B executing an agreement that could ultimately lead to two multi-million dollar ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC c onstructed in this nation, together s upplying about 10 per cent of its p ower needs. Michael Moss, BECs chairman, s aid the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU b ased Ocean Thermal Energy C orporation (OTE m ade the Corporation and the Bahamas pioneers in this renewable energy field, as it could createt he first plants of utility scale. The MoU, which translates years of renewable energy talk by BEC and the Government into somet hing approaching tangible action, envisages OTE Corporation constructing the two plants under a b uild/own/operate agreement. B EC would then pay for the elect ricity they produce under a power purchase agreement. Mr Moss said the two sides were looking at sites in New Providence and Andros for the proposed p lants, exploiting the Tongue of the Ocean and the sharp difference in water temperatures as an i deal site for OTEC technology. T he BEC chairman said each p lants maximum output would be around 10 MW using todays avail-a ble technology. Given that BECs m aximum peak load was around 230 MW, collectively they could provide the Corporation with 20 MW around 8.7 per cent of itsm aximum output. W hile the OTEC pr o duction amounts do not appear that significant, Mr Moss said the two plantsw ould help to r educe the Bahamas carbon emissions, thus benefiting the environment. While declining to give both a t imeline for the plants constr uction and the level of investment r e quir e d, he added that the OTEC plants would cr eate potential spino ff opportunities in areas such as aquacultur e agricultur e and dis trict cooling. A nd, Mr Moss said, OTE C orporation was alr eady talking to two Bahamas-based r e sorts, including one on New Pr ovidence, about pr oviding cooling to their p roperties to reduce the air conditioning (A/C ty bills. W hile OTEC technology was being used on a pilot basis at a utility plant in Hawaii, the BEC chairman said the Bahamas was uniquely attractive to this renewable ener gy sector because of the T ongue of the Ocean. OTEC produced electricity from the motor force between hot and cold, and water at both temperatures is located in close proximity at the T ongue of the Ocean (it goes fr om shallow to deep rapidly). Referring to Hawaii, Mr Moss said: They do not have the unique temperatur e gradient that we have near to shore through the Tongue of the Ocean. From warm to cold; that is the big driver If the MoU achieves its full potential, Mr Moss agreed that it would make the Bahamas a pion eer in terms of being the worlds f irst nation to have a utility-scale O TEC plant. The next step in the process, he added, was for OTE Corporation to make sure the technology employed in Hawaii could be expanded to utility scale, and p rove this to BEC. It would put us on the cutting e dge, Mr Moss told Tribune B usiness of the MoU. Its huge for u s, because its going to mark our first tangible steps in renewablee nergy, something weve been toyi ng with for quite some while. This kind of opens the door to us pursue the opportunity. This awaken us to the fact we nay not have pursued other opportunities as aggr e ssively as we ought to, and were going to look more s eriously at some of the other r enewable energy opportunities. T hese would include solar and t idal energies, Mr Moss said, a dding that BECs renewable energ y plans were finally about to take off. While he normally shied away from being a pioneer and taking risks, the BEC chairman added that in this case he had been almost forced to be on the cutting edge and forefront of technology b ecause of the Tongue of the Oceans presence. e are looking at two primary s ites in New Providence and A ndros, either side of the Tongue o f the Ocean, Mr Moss said. Based on some of the studies Ive seen, some of the ocean depthse lsewhere in the Bahamas can be tapped into, but for the time being were looking at those primary sites. W ith the proposed Bahamas p lants having four times the out put capacity of the Hawaii pilot, Mr Moss said the parties wouldl ook to develop a 1 MW plant ini tially befor e expanding up to 5 MW, then 10 MW. OTE Corporation s plans do not s tep ther e. Mr Moss r evealed to Tribune Business: I understand the fir m is talking to hotel pr o per ties in ter ms of the pr ospects for d istrict cooling, specifically cooling for those pr o perties to reduce A/C loads. One such property is in New P r ovidence, and one elsewher e in the Bahamas. I think it will be good if it pr oves cost ef f ective for people, p articularly large users of A/C, to reduce significantly their demand for power by tapping into cold water fr om the ocean. Jeremy P. Feakins, chairman and chief executive of OTE, said: We are thrilled to be partnered with BEC in this way. The agreement with BEC has a global impact as the first of its kind OTEC facility to utilise ocean water for clean energy, fresh drinking water and sustainable aquaculture in a commercial capacity. BEC said it had spent $290 million on capital pr ojects and infra str uctur e impr ovements over the past 15 years. would be nice if we could see that. But I don t think that s possible in the near term, and if the economy in the US keeps going the way its going, they will probably feel they have to increase spending. James Smith, a former Central Bank governor and ex-minister of state for finance, said the BTC sale represented one-off proceeds, and added: The real issue with gover nment debt is the gr owing primar y deficit, meaning ther s a shortfall between recurrent revenue and recurrent expenditure. When youre r unning a primary deficit youre not collecting enough revenues to pay salaries, that s the r eal pr oblem. Mr Smith urged the Government to set out a debt plan for reducing the national debt and fiscal deficit, and their ratios as a per centage of gross domestic product (s He added that it needed to look at areas such as increasing revenues, reforming the tax structure, containing recurrent spending and the size of the civil service/public sector and pruning capital budgets such as maintenance amounts wher e feasible. BEC ON CUTTING EDGE VIA OCEAN THERMAL FROM page one NATIONAL DEBT FALLS $207M IN 2011 Q2 FROM page one
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE +(/3:$17('&$6+,(5t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ssociated Press MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE lowered the debt ratings for Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc., saying it is now less likely that the U.S. government would step in and prevent the lenders from failing in a crisis. The ratings firm said Wednesday that it believes the government is likely to provide some level of support for financial institutions, but is also more likely now than during the 2008 financial crisis to allow a large bank to fail should it become financially troubled. The downgrades were widely expected after the three banks were placed on review by the ratings agency in June. Walls T hey also stem partly from new laws that went into effect under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act that was passed last year. T he new law ended the possibility of the government bailing out a large financial firm and creates a way to liquidate failed financials. Bank of America was the worst hit with a t wo-notch downgrade in its key long-term debt ratings to Baa1 from A2. Wells Fargo's long-term debt was downgraded b y one notch to A2 from A1, while Citigroup's r ating remained the same at A3. H owever, Moody's downgraded Citi's shortterm debt. M oody's also downgraded the rating on both B ank of America and Wells Fargo for deposits. All of the ratings are investment grade. NEW YORK Associated Press A FTER A DAYof anticipation, i nvestors got the news from the Federal Reserve they were waiting for. They d idn't like it. S tocks fell after the Fed said it would buy long-term Treasurys and sell shortterm ones to help the economy regain momentum. But the major stock index e s were fluctuating -a typical react ion to any big move by the Fed. By 3:15, the Dow Jones industrial average had fallen 79, or 0.7 percent, to1 1,329. It was down as many as 157 points after the Fed announcement. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 11, or 0.9 percent, to 1,191. The Nasdaq com p osite rose 5, or 0.2 percent, to 2,596. The central bank met for two days to discuss what to do about the weakening economy. After the meeting, it said itw ould buy $400 billion in 6-year to 30year Treasurys by June 2012. Over the same period, it planned to sell $400b illion of Treasurys maturing in 3 years o r less. The Fed's hope is that those steps will drive down interest rates on long-term debt. That could lower rates on mortgages and other loans. T he central bank's policy has been d ubbed "Operation Twist" because it is designed to "twist" long-term rates rel-a tive to shorter ones. It recalls a similar p rogram in the early 1960s, when the twist was the rage on dance floors. There were few, if any, surprises in the Fed's announcement. This is the third major bond-buying program by the Fed in less than three years. The market's reaction showed that i nvestors are skeptical about this program's chances of turning the economy around. None of the enacted policies have d one anything to spur this growth and I'm not sure the Fed can do (much said Michael Sansoterra, a portfolio manager at Silvant Capital Manage m ent. But the drop in stocks wasn't investors' final verdict on the Fedm ove. It's common for stocks to change direction in the minutes, hours and days following an important Fed announcement, said Ryan Detrick,s enior technical strategist at Schaeff er's Investment Research. "After Fed announcements there's usually an initial reaction, secondsa fter," said Detrick. "Then there's usu ally a reversal. It seems like the initial r eaction is usually reversed the next day, because people take a closer looka t what actually was said." T he Fed said in its statement announcing its plans that the economy has "significant downside risks." One of those risks is the volatility in financial markets around the world. The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the global financial system is in its most vulnerable states ince the 2008 financial crisis. In a semiannual report, the IMF said the risk to banks and financial markets hasg rown in recent months. I nvestors may have thought that the Fed's ability to send long-term rates lower was limited. "Let's face it: with a 10-year Trea s ury offering 1.90 percent, there's not a whole lot of room for there to be a major impact," said Mark Lamkin, theh ead of Lousiville, Ky.-based Lamkin Wealth Management. Lamkin said the Treasury market will most likely be driven more by eco n omic weakness in Europe than the F ed's new program. The yield on the 10-year Treasury was at 1.87 in late afternoon, downf rom 1.93 late Tuesday and matching a record low set earlier this month. STOCKS FALL AFTER FED DECISION TO BUY BONDS MOODY'S CUTS BOFA, WELLS FARGO AND CITI RATINGS
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 9B WASHINGTON Associated Press Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a Senate panel Wednesday that the company faces tough competition and isn't using its dominance in Internet search to stifle competitors. Schmidt is testifying at a hearing examining whether Google is abusing its power to thwart competition by placing links to its own content and services at the top of search results to the disadvantage of its rivals' links. Schmidt told lawmakers that the Internet search giant won't make the same mistakes as Microsoft Corp., which was curbed by the government several years ago when it was deemed to be exercising monopoly power. Consumers will correct mistakes the company makes, he said. Schmidt insisted that Google could easily be unseat-ed by better technology because competition is only a "click away" on the Internet. Google's dominance of Internet search and advertis ing has put the company under regulatory scrutiny that is making it more difficult to expand its empire. A broad inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission into Google's business practices could turn into a lengthy legal ordeal that becomes a major distraction for the company. Schmidt asked the members of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust for their help to ensure the FTC's investigation is "focused and fair." Google, based in Mountain View, California, processes about two of every three online search requests in the U.S. and an even larger percentage in some parts of Europe. Its search results already highlight sone of its own specialized services, including online mapping, video and finance. "It's also possible to not use Google search," Schmidt told the panel. The company also has faced complaints that it sometimes tries to rig its results in a way that forces advertisers to pay higher prices to ensure their links are displayed. Schmidt faced some skepticism from senators. Panel Chairman Sen. Herb Kohl said he approaches the issue with an open mind. But, Kohl stressed, "We also need to rec ognize that, as the dominantf irm in Internet search, Google has special obligations under antitrust law to not deploy its market power to squelch competition." Hundreds of thousands of businesses depend on Google "to grow and prosper," Kohl said. Sen. Al Franken said he was concerned that Google's unrivaled growth and success could mean the next Internet entrepreneurs could be squeezed out of competing with the giant. Schmidt also was challenged on Google's formula for ranking searches, which he said is changed every 12 hours or so. Schmidt's appearance is being followed by a separate panel that's likely to skewer Google's behavior as unfair and, possibly, illegal. The counterattacking speakers scheduled to appear include: Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, who says Google promotes its services by cribbing comments from his online review site; Jeff Katz, who runs Nextag, a shopping search engine; and Thomas Barnett, who investigated Google's search dominance in 2008 while he was leading the Jus tice Department's antitrust division. Barnett is now aligned with a group of Googlec ritics called FairSearch that includes Microsoft. G OOGLE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN E ric Schmidt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, before the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee hearing to answer whether Google has used its dominance unfairly as it has grown from an Internet search engine expanding into broader services and markets. (AP GOOGLE HEAD DISPUTES THAT COMPANY THWARTS RIVALS
WASHINGTON Associated Press THE NUMBERof Americ ans who bought previously o ccupied homes rose in August. But the sales were driven by an increase in foreclosures, a sign that home prices could fall further next year and slow a housing r ecovery. T he National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that home sales rose 7.7 percent last month to a seasonal-l y adjusted annual rate of 5.03 m illion homes. That's below the 6 million that economists say is consistent with a h ealthy housing market. Last month's pace was slightly ahead of the 4.91 mil-l ion sold in 2010, the worst s ales level in 13 years. H omes at risk of foreclosure made up 31 percent of sales. That's up from 29 percent in July. Many of the sales went to investors, who are increasingly buying homes priced under $100,000. Salesi n that category rose in A ugust while sales of more expensive homes fell. At the same time, activity among first-time buyers, who are critical to reviving the housing market, didn't budge. First-time buyers made up only 32 percent of sales,m atching the July level. They normally make up 50 percent of home sales in healthy markets. Economists offered a grim o utlook for the next few months. With economic growth sputtering, the modest recov e ry we have seen so far in home sales is likely to become even more sluggish," said Sam Bullard, senior economist at Wells Fargo. Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Eco-n omics, said weaker cons umer confidence and the "associated surge in concerns about the health of the overall economy," could send sales falling further this fall. "There is a real possibility that all this put off potential buyers, meaning that fewerd eals were signed in August and that existing home sales will fall back in September," he said. Yet another complication: N ew maximum loan limits by government-controlled mortg age buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. On Oct. 1, the maximum loan in high-costa reas will fall from $729,750 to $625,500 and, in some areas,t o $550,000. That means some buyers will be unable to get m ortgages in cities where h omes are more expensive, such as New York, San Francisco and Washington. More than two years after t he recession officially ended, m any people can't qualify for loans or meet higher downp ayment requirements. Even those with excellent credit a nd stable jobs are holding off because they fear thath ome prices will keep falling. H ome sales are also being h urt by a steep decline in firsttime buyers. Sales have fallen in four of the five years since the hous-i ng boom went bust in 2006. Declining prices and recordl ow mortgage rates haven't b een enough to boost sales. Most economists say home prices will keep falling, by atl east 5 percent, through the r est of the year. Many fore casts don't anticipate a rebound in prices until at least 2013 The median sales price dropped roughly to $168,300 i n August from July. A key reason was the rise in foreclosures and short sales when a lender accepts less t han what is owed on the mortgage. Those homes sell at an average discount of 20 p ercent. Investors are taking advantage of the discounts. Their purchases made up 22 percent o f all sales last month, com pared with 18 percent in July. The high rate of foreclos ures has made re-sold homes much cheaper than new homes. The median price of a new home is roughly 30 perc ent higher than the price of one that's been occupied before twice the normalm arkup. And deals that are near closing are falling apart at thel ast minute. Contracts were cancelled at a higher rate in August, with 18 percent of Realtors saying they had at l east one contract scuttled. That's up from 16 percent in July. T he Obama administration is trying to expand a program that allows homeowners tor efinance their mortgages. But economists say that will do little to help the depressed housing market. A cross the U.S., home sales rose in every region. In the West, sales increased 18.3 per c ent, with prices there drop ping significantly over the past year. Sales rose 5.4 percent in the South, 3.8 percent in the M idwest and 2.7 percent in the Northeast. The glut of unsold homes d eclined slightly in August to 3.58 million homes. At last month's sales pace, it would take 8.5 months to clear those h omes. Analysts say a healthy supply can be cleared in six months. D ALLAS Associated Press A merican Airlines said Wednesday that its revenue is rising, but higher fuel p rices are also pushing up costs in the third quarter. Analysts had mixed r eviews for the latest news f rom American, the nation's third-largest airline. They praised the upbeat revenuef orecast but noted that while other airlines are making money, American parentA MR Corp. is expected to post losses through next year. AMR's stock price has fallen 55 percent this year t hrough Tuesday, and one analyst suggested that man agement changes may be needed if the company does n't come up with a plan to win back investor confi d ence. The company updated its outlook in a filing Wednesday with the Securities andE xchange Commission. AMR said third-quarter revenue per mile will riseb etween 7.8 percent and 8.8 p ercent compared with a year ago, even with a $25 mil lion loss from flights canc elled because of Hurricane Irene last month. Analysts said the upbeat r evenue news, along with similar comments from United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., s hould ease fears that the weak economy has hurt travel demand. B ut analysts were discour aged that AMR expects costs per mile to rise by 9.2 per-c ent to 10.2 percent. Most of t he increase is due to jet fuel, but AMR said other costs are rising too. A MR also said it might take a big write-down in the fourth quarter to cover the f alling value of its older planes. American is replacing some of its gas-guzzlers, and recently announced p lans to buy 460 planes over the next several years. A J.P. Morgan analyst w idened his estimated thirdquarter loss for AMR, and a Dahlman Rose & Co. ana-l yst cut her target price on AMR shares. The harshest comments, h owever, came from long time airline analyst Ray Neidl of Maxim Group LLC, who said management and labor at American Airlines need a wake-up call. Neidl said the airline's labor costs are too high an argument that American's management makes at every opportunity and that the company's leaders are riding on its storied history instead of adapting to changes in the industry. American fell from the world's biggest airline in 2008 to No. 3 in the U.S. today as rivals grew through mergers first Delta and Northwest, then United and Continental. "AMR remains an attrac tive franchise in our opinion that is undermanaged," Neidl wrote in a note to clients. "The current management seems to be more of a caretaker of a deteriorating asset." Neidl said AMR does not face imminent bankruptcy because it has $4.9 billion in cash although that's down by $900 million in just three months. He added if company leaders don't produce a workable plan to regain investor confi dence, it may be necessary to replace them "to save the carrier in the long term." AMR officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Shares of AMR fell 10 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $3.38 in afternoon trading. This year's share price drop of 55 percent compared with declines of 13 percent at United Continental, 34 percent at Delta, 35 percent at Southwest Airlines Co., and 40 percent at US Airways Group Inc. 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The number of Americ ans who bought previously o ccupied homes rose in August. But sales were driven by an increase in foreclosures,e vidence the housing market remains weak. (AP AMERICAN AIRLINES GIVES UPBEAT 3Q REVENUE OUTLOOK
N EW YORK Associated Press I T LOOKS like retailers will have to work extra hard to keep this h oliday season from turni ng into a bah humbug. A new forecast indic ates that sales growth w ill likely not be as high a s last year and that shoppers won't be hitting the stores as much. Retail sales for the November and December period are expected to rise 3 percent during w hat is traditionally the m ost critical period of the year for retailers, accordi ng to the research firm S hopperTrak. That would b e below last year's 4.1 percent sales growth. The holiday sales pred iction matches the outlook from the International Council of Shop-ping Centers, which released its forecast on Friday. Shoppers have been c autious about spending t hrough 2011, faced with uncertain economic conditions, rising gas pricesa nd high unemployment. Heading into the holiday season, job worries are emerging as the mosti mportant problem in the U .S., according to a recent Gallup Poll. Thirty-nine percent of A mericans in September cite unemployment as the most important problem facing the country, upf rom 29 percent in August, Gallup reported last week. This means many con sumers are still seeking out bargains, buying essential goods over disc retionary items and curt ailing purchases for t hemselves. A nother reason retaile rs may not be jolly this y ear is that a measure of customer traffic in the stores is expected to be down 2.2 percent over the holidays. With shoppers hitting stores less frequently or d eciding to make online purchases instead, this means retailers will beu nder even more press ure to get consumers to buy when they are out at the malls. "Every shopper in a s tore will be more valuable than last year, and retail stores should ber eady to convert their holiday shoppers into sales," ShopperTrak cofounder Bill Martin saidi n a statement on W ednesday. The research firm measures foot traf fic in 25,000 stores in the U .S. and blends those fig ures with economic data. Holiday sales and traf fic traditionally make upa bout 20 percent of annua l retail activity, accord i ng to ShopperTrak. W hen consumers do h ead out to the stores for t he holidays, the divide that's been seen this year between luxury purchases and bargain shopping will continue. ShopperTrak says spe cialty shops that sell low-e nd clothing and accessories may feel the need to cut prices to competew ith discount chains, but t hat upscale stores will likely be able to cash in on consumers looking for goods they feel will holdu p over long-term use. The retail analyst expects clothing and accessories sales to rise 2 .7 percent over the holid ays, but for its traffic to d ip 1.1 percent compared w ith a year ago. E lectronics and appli a nce sales are expected to rise 1.2 percent from the previous year, but traffic is predicted to fall 4.9 percent. ShopperTrak says the category will likely be h urt as consumers do comparison shopping and then buy online as well ast he lack of any "hot" holi day product that will draw in more shoppers. The demise of many of the nation's consumere lectronics chains, such as Circuit City, has also left consumers with fewer places to shop. T he National Retail F ederation, the nation's largest retail industry group, is expected to release its holiday reve nue forecast early next m onth. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 11B 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.000.1550.0807.76.72% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6420.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.55Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas8.478.470.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.651.64-0.010.1110.04514.82.74% 1.771.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.11018.58.03% 5.504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8.505.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.218.210.000.4940.35016.64.26% 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,393.62 | CHG 0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -105.89 | YTD % -7.06BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.02482.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.86862.5398Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.800113.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.18353.32%4.99% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.14202.10%4.31% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.18543.16%5.14% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.498510.5308Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.4372Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.8830Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C THURSDA Y SEPTEMEBER 22, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S WHITFIELD Hutcheson and Richar d Allen W ood were ordained to the order of Holy Order of Deacons last week T hu r s d a y a t S t Ba r n ab a s A ng l i ca n Church. The Feast of St Ninian, the founder of the Christian church in Scotland, was also celebrated that day In attendance were Anglicans, Baptists and persons from the wider community who ga t hered to share in the special m o m en t i n t h e l i f e o f t h e A ng l i ca n Church and the newly or dained deacons. T h e co mb i ne d o r di n at i on t oo k t h e form of a Concelebrated Mass, with Rev Laish Boyd Sr Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The T urks & Caicos Islands, serving as chief celebrant. Both Hutcheson and W ood are prod ucts of the public education system. Mr W o o d at t e n de d Na o mi Bl a t ch an d Y ellow Elder Primary Schools, as well as C H R e ev es an d G o ve r n m en t H i gh Sch oo ls He wa s gr ad uat ed f r om t he Co l l eg e o f T h e Ba h am a s w it h an Associate Degree in Religious Studies. I n M ay 2 01 1 he g r a du a t ed f r o m Codrington College, Barbados, with a D ip l o m a i n P as t o r a l S tu d i es a n d a Ba chelor of A rts d e gr ee in Theolo g y fr om the University of the W est Indies, Barbados. Mr W ood is the son of W illis Eric W ood Sr and W ennie Albena T ur nquest, husband to Nekita Eleanor W ood, and father to daughters, Ranesha Alia and Ranajah Akia. He is cur r ently serving at the Parish of th e M o s t H o ly T r i n i t y St a p l ed o n Gardens, New Pr ovidence. Ordinand Hutcheson is a for mer veter an br oadcaster having worked at the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation for nearly 22 years and rising to the rank of senior manager of radio. A f f ec t i on a t el y k no w n a s Br u d d e r Anglican diocese or dains two new Deacons By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer B ACK on the music scene after a seven-year break, Bahamian Gospel artist Landlord is sharing deeply per sonal experiences with his listen ers on his new album "Landlord Up Close and Personal". His fou rt h st udio al bum f eatur es coll abor ations wit h art is ts such as John ny W i l l i a m s D a r o n i q u e M o r t i m e r C hr i s t i an M as s iv e, M an i f es t L uc ia n o an d many mo re. "Th e album was o rigi nally s uppo sed t o b e c a l l e d L a n d l o r d a n d F r i en d s H o w e v e r w e w en t wit h L andL or d U p Clo se And Per s onal' becaus e t he p r o j e c t i s a very per s onal on e. I went t hro ugh a l ot over the pas t years an d on t his albu m I am s hari ng my pers onal is su es w i th my l ist eners ," he t old T r ibun e Religi on Th e art is t s aid t he pr oject is a sp ec i al o ne becaus e of it s mess age. I t s mes sage is what makes th is pr o j ect a very s pec i al o ne. The albu m t o me i s like a gas s tati on; it fu els me every ti me I lis ten to i t. I t up lift s m y spi rit and i t is en c ou ragin g. Ever yone n eeds a li ttl e fu el an d I thin k my alb um do e s t hat," h e said A f t e r t a k i n g a s e v en y e a r b r e a k L a n d l o r d i s n ow ba ck on t h e m us i c s c e n e "My last pr oject was t he W e Need P eac e' albu m. T hat wa s t he l ast thi ng I d id. T he t ime bet we en that I focus ed o n get ting my mus ic toget her and I am ver y p leased and feel very good about t he way thin gs have b een goi ng. E ver y t h i n g i s comi ng toget her per f e c t l y Land lor d s a i d Car ib bean tel evi si on st at ion T e m p o will sh oot a vid eo f or t h e s i n g l e S t ay W i t h Me' fr om t he album I a m s h o o t i n g t h e video in t he Bahamas and I am ver y excited abou t th is." L a n d l o r d is als o plannin g a US t our later in th e year I t was in 1995, du ring a s pecial out reach initiat ive in the middl e of R aw s o n S q u a r e t h a t L a n d l o r d sai d h e t raded a lif e of s or ro w f or a life of real p eac e. H i s i n t r o d u ct i o n t o Chri st c ame as a r e s u l t of t he r adical evangeli stic wor k of Oper ation R ed e m p t i o n f o u n d e r M i n i s t e r C a r l o s R ei d a n d Y o u t h A l i ve M i n i s t r i e s f o u n d e r Dave Bur ro w s F r o m that poi nt on l i f e t o o k o n a n e w meanin g for th e ar t i s t A nd und er the men tor sh ip of M r Reid, M r Bu r r ows and hi s n ew pas t or D r Myl es Mu nro e, L andlo rd s tar ted to gr o w s p i r i t u a l l y H e s aid he s oon dis cover ed t hat the pur pos e fo r h is untap ped tal ent was giving glo ry to God and win ning s ouls like hims elf for Chr ist I n 1999, L andl ord rel e as ed h is s econd p r o j e c t a f u l l l e n gt h a l b u m e n t i t l e d "Never For get W h ere Y ou C om e Fr om". F ollo w i ng the C D' s releas e, L andlo rd s pent t he next few year s pro motin g the albu m an d expandin g hi s min ist r y o n t h e r o a d i n c o u n t r i es l i k e N i ge r i a, E ngl and, B ar bados T ul sa, Mexico and J amai c a. H e al so s pent time in O rlan do and Jackso nville i n Flo rid a. Sin c e t he r eleas e of the "W e Need Peace" s ingle with L uciano, Lan dlor d s a i d h e h a s s u cc e s s f u l l y es t a b l i s h e d me a n i n g f u l r el a t i o n s h i p s w i t h ar t i s t s f r o m al l ar oun d t he wor ld. T he h it si ngle and vi deo al so land ed in th e t op t en c h a r t s o n t h e r e g ga e m u s i c w eb s i t e w w w .mus ikm edia.com. A d d i t i o n a l l y L a n dl o r d b eca m e t h e fir st Bahamian ar tis t ever to grace t he G e r man s ecular mus ic char ts peaki ng at number fi ve w i th "W e Need P eac e". SEE page 26 LANDLORD Up Close and Personal BACK IN THE HABIT : after a seven-year break, Bahamian Gospel artist Landlord is sharing deeply personal experiences with his listeners on his new album "Landlord Up Close and Personal".
The T ribune THE QUALITY of our prayer is dependent on how much of God' s wor d is inclusive in our prayer W e ar e commanded to always pray (Luke 18:1). Why? Because spiritual battles ar e consistent and never -ending; we are of the view that if things ar e good the invisible war (spiritual war) is done. No my friend, this thinking can be deadly and at best misleading. Ou r w e ap o n s b e c o me ev e n mo r e power ful when we pray the scriptures. Scripture says, "The wor d of God is quicker powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, pier cing and dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and mar r ow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the hear t." (Heb. 4:12) N o w yo u t e ll m e w h at e ar t h l y weapon can do such a thing? Usually when I pray I imagine the word as a swor d being wielded and inflicting damage in the world that we cannot see but ver y much exists. No wonder that God said to r emind him of his word. Not that he had forgotten his wor d, but that we must use it to cause more damage in the spirit world. So even though we're praying wor ds, those wor ds become weapons. Le t u s lo ok a t an o th e r s c r ip tu r e James 5:13-15. Is it not interesting when James said that if any among you ar e afflicted let him pray (5:13)? However in James 5:15 he not only speaks of prayer but the prayer of faith. Now as a reminder God said that it is impossible to please him without faith (Hebrews 11:6), so clearly faith is a necessity as it relates to our prayers, but what is faith? W ell guess what, faith is God' s word. Scripture tells us that faith comes by he ar ing t he wo rd of Go d ( R oma ns 10:17). So if faith comes by hearing and what one is hearing must be the word of God, then it is clear that faith is the word of God. I beg you on this wonderful morning, r ead the scriptures frequently so that you would have no pr oblem r etrieving the word when it is time to pray I have found it to be most effective. In praying the word you are literally coming in agreement with God's wor d and according to scripture (Hebrews. 11:6) this is what pleases him. For questions and comments e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kevin laewing.blogspot.com (2 TIM. 3 :1) "T his k now also, tha t in the last d ays peril o us times shall come." Ca n yo u stan d to hear the t ru t h or do yo u wish t o con ti n ue hearing the r e l i g i o u s rh et o ri c and p rophe t l y i ng li k e, "I don t k now w ho I'm talking to i n here, b ut God told me t o tell y ou that He' s ab out t o b l ess yo u with a hou se o r a car or some other m at er ia l b le ss in g, th a t' s b e in g ec h oe d t h r o ugho ut tod ay' s chur c h ? As a yo ung m a n, I d i d n' t grow u p in w hat w e cal l a C hri stian ho me, bu t I've alw ays had a sense/r e v e r en ce for the things o f God (Y ahw eh). G r owing u p in Co conut Grove, w henev er an d wh erever there w as a tent m e eti n g, c h u r ch service, revival t a king place, I was t h e r e I no w kn ow that it was God w ho k ept me aro und t o help with the sett ing up an d taking d ow n of the tents after the meetings. I was at every service, every n i gh t, no matter the den omi n ati o n; as a matter of fact I didn t k now anything abou t d enominations until seve ral years ago As a pastor to day thro ugh th e l e ading o f the Holy Spirit I do ha ve a much gr e a t e r sen se of app reci a t ion f o r t h e wo rd of God as I'm watching the B ible being fulfi lled right before my very eyes. W atch this! (2 T im 3: 2) "Fo r p eople w i ll l o ve only the m selves a nd their mone y Th ey w i ll be b oastful a nd prou d, sco f fing at God, diso bedient to the i r p arents, a nd un grateful. T hey w i ll co nsider nothing sacr e d I k now tha t I'm the least of t h e l ea st w hen it comes to being a n ed ucated person especiall y here in this ed ucated B ahamas but one need not be a semi n ary gradu ate, a Har v a r d scho l a r o r a rock et scientist to u nderstand the abo ve passage of scri p t u r e ; just simply ob servi n g w hat' s taking place in o ur society on a daily ba ses m a kes the s c r i p t u r es come ali ve What is also most frightening is tha t so m e o f the s e act ion s are f o und righ t in the c h u r c h. Y es, r igh t in the ch u rch rig ht a m o n g t h e s u p p o s e d ly a n o in t e d H o ly Sp iri t-fil led to ngue -t a l k i n g, Bible-toting, s c r i p t u r e-qu oti n g saints, or shou l d I say "aints" Based up on t h e w ord of God, l et' s continue loo king w i th i n and o utsi d e of the c h u r ch, an d as yo u're rea ding t h i s ar t i c l e yo u answ er this que st ion : Are we living in the last da ys? Are these perilous ti mes? (2 T im. 3: 3): "T hey will be un l o ving a nd u n f o r givi n g; they w il l sland er others a nd ha ve n o sel f-con t ro l ; t h ey w il l be cruel a nd ha ve n o i n t e rest in wha t is go od. The d ai ly increasing murd er r a t e is a d i r ect refl ec t ion o f the unlov i n g a nd unforgiving nature that i s so rampant i n o ur so ci e t y O n e of the easiest t h i n gs to do is shif t respo nsibil ity and accou ntabili ty esp eci a l ly whe n t h i n gs b egin to go w r o n g I' m constan t ly hearing religious leaders casting b l ame u pon t h e gove rnment for the de t e r iora t ion o f ou r society and famil y va l ue s, yet the s e same rel igiou s l ea ders are look i n g to t h e go vernment fo r pr o g r a m m e s to deal with the m an y i lls of our society But i f the truth b e told, the f au l t of the de t e r iora t ion that exists w i thin the fami ly can not and s h ould no t be lai d at t h e gove rn m e n t s feet b ut rathe r at the do ors of the chu r ch at t h e ch urch leaders' f ee t T he ch urch i s now be i n g led by cunning, crafty an d self ish re l igious lead ers with ulterior mo t ives wh o th r o ugh tri ck ery a nd gimmi ck s ha ve wormed their way into the h e a r t s of many rather than Holy Spirit led c h u r ch lead ers. H e re s h ow the Apostle Paul says it. (2 T im 3: 5) "Th ey will act as if t h ey are reli g i o us, but they will r e j ect th e pow er that co uld mak e them godly Y ou must stay aw ay from people l ike that. (3: 6) T hey are the kind who w ork th ei r way into p eople's ho m es and w in th e co nfi d ence of vulnerable w omen wh o are bu r d ened w ith the g u il t o f s in a n d c o n t ro l le d b y m a n y d e s i re s Th ese are perilous times, but n o matter ho w t h e en emy flexes his muscles a nd uses those leaders who make themselves av ai lable to him, God w i ll always make a w ay of escape for those who sincerely call upo n and trust i n Him T h e r e is a move of G o d that' s ab out to hit this B aha m a l an d like never ever before. E x p o s u r e is co m ing to the chu rch i n su ch a w ay that many will ho l d their he ads an d pu bl icly cry o ut to God for m e r c y As we come to t h e en d of t h i s art icle, I s t r ongly adv i se that you tak e stock of y our spirit u al intake. T he time has come an d gon e for us to con t inu al ly turn o ur heads an d cl o se o ur eyes to the spiri tua l wicke dness in high places. T he en em y truly loves the i g norance of ch urch fo l k wh en i t co m e s to follow i n g tw is ted re l igions and wicked traditi o ns of men. Most religious chu rch folk w ould wh olehearted l y ob ey their vari o us den omi n ati o ns, a nd w hen it' s conv enient they w i ll p art ially obey the wo rd o f God. I t s tim e for the chu rch to awa ke from i ts sleep and slumber; it' s perilous t imes. Fo r questi ons and com ments contact us via e-m ai l s:p ast ormal len@ yahoo. com o r kmf ci @ li ve.co m or tel ephone numbers 242441-20 21 o r 3 Pastors M atthew and Brendal ee All en Ki ngdom M i nded Fel low shi p Center I n t e r n a t i o n a l PG 26 Thursday September 22, 201 1 RELIGION P e r i l o u s t i m e s P ASTOR MA TTHEW ALLEN T HE MY S T E R Y OF POWE R FUL PR A YERS KEVIN EWING Hutch", he has his religious r oots in the Baptist faith where he was nur tur ed by his parents, the late Rev John Mer vin H u tc h es o n a n d Na t h al i e Ja n e Hutcheson. He converted to Anglicanism as an adult, and thanks the church family of St Barnabas led by Canon Basil T ynes for welcoming him as a member nurturing him, and for preparing him for ministr y Mr Hutcheson attended and was grad uated from C C Sweeting Senior High School in 1975. In May this year he was graduated from the University of the W est Indies, Barbados, with a Bachelor of Ar ts degree in Theology and a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from Codrington College. He is married to Bernadette Naomi Hutcheson and is the proud father of sons Denzel W ashington and Dennar d W esley Mr Hutcheson is cur r ently ser ving at St George' s Chur ch, Mount Rose A venue, New Providence. FROM page 25 ANGL I C AN DIOCESE ORD AINS T WO NEW DEA C ONS BISHOP Boyd escorts the new Deacons out of St Bar nabas C hurch, at the end of t he Ordination Ser vice
The T ribune MEDIT A TION ON JU L Y 31 t hi s y ear Bet hel Ba pti s t C h u r ch cel ebr at ed 221 ye ar s of s er v i c e t o God T he mem or abl e t hi ng abo ut t his se rv i ce wa s t he se rm on Re v Timo th y St ewar t p r eached I t was s o power f ul th at f r om th at d ay h is me ss ag e ha s n ot le ft my min d an d s p ir it He ta lke d ab out t wo t win s tha t h ave tak en ove r ou r coun tr y in a s er i ous w a y T h e t wins n ames ar e gr eed an d c o r r upt io n' an d wi th out a sh ado w of a d ou bt he is ab so lu tel y co rr e c t I kno w th at m or al ity is a wor k i n p r o g r es s h oweve r i f pr acti ced you wil l g et th e ne eded r es ul ts I t i s a pr ob lem now b ecau se w e mov ed a w a y f r o m s o u n d G o d l y t e a ch i n g Wh enev er an yon e d oes t ha t it 's o nly a m att er o f ti me bef or e ever yt hi ng goes d own hil l. W e ar e be tt er th an t ha t, h ow d id we al lo w th is t o hap pen ? I li s ten t o th e s t or ies tha t my par e n t s m y pa s t o r an d ev er y a du l t wh o was r ai se d i n 40s 50s a nd 60s tel l. Ho w eve ry one r ais ed ev er yon e's c h il d r en. H ow t hey bel ieved and li ved b y t he i dea of a vill age r ais in g a chil d. Nowa days if yo u want t o ver ba lly c o r r ect a chi ld t hei r par en ts com e to p hys i cal ly fi ght th e pe rs o n wh o's h elp ing th em wi th t heir chil dr en. I do n't kno w if p ar ent s r eal is e it or no t, b ut t hey can 't wat ch th eir chi ldr e n 24/ 7 an d t hey ne ed h elp I hear th e s t or ies of ho w yo u wer e g r eet ed wi th a "go od mor n ing ", "g ood a f t e r n oon and "g ood e veni ng". T h es e day s wh en yo u wal k in to an es t abl is hmen t an d s peak two p eop le may a ns wer whi le t he re st of t hem loo k a t yo u l ik e y o u r e cr azy I watch ped es tr i ans wal k in f r o nt of m ovi ng v ehi cles a nd mak e ey e con tact wi th t he dr i ver as to s ay "yeah you h it me. T h en t her e is t he m att er o f i nju s ti ce t o w a r ds t he s mal l man I t s eem s t hat wit h a ll th e ch ange s and de cis io ns t hat a r e mad e in th is coun tr y o nly th e sm all man s uf fe rs i n the en d. I t 's eve ry man f or hi ms el f a nd God f or us al l. Ho w di d we get t o t hi s poi nt ? O ur lov e has r eall y gon e cold I t ak e s ola ce in th e fa ct t hat Go d i s a bov e and He s ees and kno w all t hi ngs T he Bi bl e t ell s us th at wh ate ver se eds we s ow we s h all r e a p No mat t er wha t we p ut i n pla ce t o s o lve w h at ever p ro bl ems we have we h ave t o und er s tan d t ha t Je su s is t he a n s w e r I f we a re tr u ly s er i ous a bou t our c o u n t r y ch angi ng fo r th e b ett er t hen we n eed t o wo r k on and inv es t i n pe opl e. U nle ss th e he ar t and mi nd of me n an d wo men cha nges towa rd s Go d we wil l k e ep o n t h i s p a t h o f r e b e l l i o n a n d d e s t r u c t i o n W e m u s t p u t t h e t wi n s a w a y a n d r e f o r m t hem t o m or al an d G odl y l ivi ng. I kn ow a lo t of peo pl e bel ieve t ha t ho nes ty is n o l on ger t he b es t po licy and t hat ni ce gu ys fi ni sh l as t. T h at' s no t t ru e, I d on' t bel iev e t ha t. I bel iev e i t is s t ill go od t o be hon es t and it 's b ett er t o be nice t han di s gus ti ng. When we liv e t he way G od s ays we ar e to liv e I as s ur e yo u t hat you wi ll n ot r e g r et it b ut b e v ery p leas ed wi th yo ur d e c i s i o n Thursday September 22, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION The Twins ALLISON MILLER T HE CHALLENG E OF ENE MIES WHO is an enemy? Anyone who wishes us hur t and harm intentionally without r emorse. An old woman, 82 years old, sits and rea ds o r lie s a sle ep. S o meo ne wh o e n te r s un d e r c o ve r of n ig ht b ea t s, rapes, and kills her This was her enemy A child listens half asleep for the dr eaded footsteps of a male parent, guardian, uncle, brother or boyfriend of the mother He assaults and molests that child, saying "don' t tell or I'll kill you." This supposed loved one is an enemy of this child. A young person in school is accosted b y b ul li es, call ed c ruel name s whi le being pushed into a wall and humiliat ed. These ar e the enemy of this student. Often the bully is the child molested at home who may become the criminal w h o h a s n o h ea r t o r c o n s c i en c e. Enemies multiply very often as "hur t people." A system needs a certain number to be poor needs prices to stay high and a p e r c en tage of t he po pu latio n to b e unemployed. This system is the enemy of the dispossessed. A pr eacher steals all the church' s money because there is no accountabil ity A politician sells a country for arms, drugs or money A leader is assassinat ed so that a democratic government may be secretly overthrown, permitting ter r orism to emerge and militar y r ule to be encouraged. These are all enemies of the people. W e destroy nature in our gr eed. W e sell children to become prostitutes and s u b j ec ts o f c h il d p o r n o g r a p h y D o me s t ic v io l en c e in c r ea s e s W a r s erupt and innocent people are killed. Th e wor l d bec omes its o wn enemy When will we lear n? In Romans 8:18-25, we are told that sin caused all creation to fall from its per fect state created by God so that it is unable to fulfill its intended purpose. While we wait for redemption we must focus on the promised glor y though we groan inwar dly It is for us to still have hope, waiting eagerly yet patiently Are we able to remember this when the enemy attacks us? Are we prone to be pessimistic or to despair? Can we them wait patiently doing what is right, not wearying in well doing? In Mt. 13: 24-30, 36-43, our Lor d explains that good work is like a farmer who plants seed. An enemy (Satan) seeking to destr oy all good work, plants weeds in the far mer s field during the night. All of the plants look alike when they sprout, but the far mer tells his ser vants to wait until the harvest when their dif ference will be very obvious. At that time (the end of the age) angels wi ll gat h er th e w eed s ( th e ev il) to d e s t r o y the m w hile the w heat (th e righteous) will be saved. The message is a challenge to exam ine ourselves to see if we ar e the ene mies of God' s plan. Let us each ask ourselves: How sin cer e is my faith? How fruitful is my life? How obedient am I in seeking to make disciples ever y day (praying with some o n e, t al ki n g t o so m eo n e a b o u t t he Lord, encouraging someone to come to Christ and live a godly life)? If the believers and unb el iever s ar e to b e f o u n d s id e b y s id e t h e n o n ly o u r Christian life or lifestyle will show the dif ference. Let your love be seen and your light shine to persuade your ene mies to become God' s friends. REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday September 22, 201 1 RELIGION By NOELLE NICOLLS Features Editor email@example.com T HREE years ago you could have seen Bradley "BJ" Roker's smiling face behind the front desk at the Coral Towers, Atlantis. Just over three months ago you could have found him at a New Providence beach party or at Fishfry on Sunday night party ing away. T o d a y y o u w o u l d h a v e t o v i s i t h i m o n S p i k e n a r d R o a d i n t h e S o u t h e r n C e m e t e r y B r a d l e y d i e d t w o w e e k s a g o i n t h e P r i n c e s s M a r g a r e t H o s p i t a l d u e t o c o m p l i c a t i o n s f r o m d e n g u e f e v e r H e w a s 2 3 y e a r s o l d I t i s s a d b e c a u s e i t w a s s o m e b o d y w h o w a s r e a l l y v i b r a n t R e a l l y o u t g o i n g H e d i d t h i n g s t o t h e f u l l e s t I n h i s s h o r t l i f e h e d i d a l o t o f t h i n g s ; t r a v e l l e d m e t a l o t o f p e o p l e I f y o u k n e w w h o h e wa s t o s e e h i m i n t h a t s t a t e y o u c o u l d n o t b e l i e v e i t E v e r y o n e w o u l d b r e a k d o w n cr y i n g s a i d g o o d f r i e n d C h r i s t o p h e r P a y n e W h e r e v e r t h e p a r t y w a s B r a d l e y w o u l d b e t h e r e T h e G o v e r n m e n t H i g h S ch o o l g r a d u a t e l o v e d t h e f a s h i o n a n d h o s p i t a l i t y i n d u s t r y H e d i d n o t h a v e t o d i e b u t b ec a u s e h e d i d n o t g e t t h e a t t e n t i o n t h a t h e n e ed e d i n t h e r i g h t s p a c e o f t i m e h e j u s t e v e n t u a l l y p a s s e d a w a y I t w a s a w f u l s a i d M r P a yn e P e a c e o f m i n d i s n o t co m i n g e a s y f o r f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y o f B r a d l e y b u t n o t j u s t b e c a u s e t h e i r v i b r a n t n o n o n s e n s e BJ i s g o n e T h e l as t d a y s a n d we e k s o f B r a d l e y s l i f e w e r e a t r a u m a t i c a n d t r y i n g e x p e r i e n ce f o r e v e r y o n e B r a d l e y s u f f e r e d k i d n e y f a i l u r e i n t e r n a l b l e e d i n g a n e m i a h a l l u c i n a t i o n s a n d a n u m b e r o f m e d i c a l co m p l i c a t i o n s H e w a s u n a b l e t o e a t u s e t h e b a t h r o o m o r t a l k a n d h e w a s v o m i t i n g b l a c k b l o o d H e a l s o h a d t o b e r e s t r a i n e d i n h i s h o s p i t a l b e d H i s f a m i l y a n d f r i e n d s h a d t o s e e h i m t h r o u g h t h e d i f f e r e n t m e d i c a l t r i a l s a n d w r e s t l e w i t h t h e p u b l i c h e a l t h s y s t e m a t t h e s a m e t i m e t r y i n g t o s e c u r e t h e b e s t m e d i c a l ca r e F a m i l y m e m b e r s s a i d t h e e x p e r i e n c e w a s j u s t a n i g h t m a r e K a r e n I n g r a h a m t h e d e c e a s e d s a u n t s a i d s h e w a s w o k e n u p a t 7 a m o n e m o r n i n g b y a h o n k i n g h o r n I t w a s a f a m i l y f r i e n d w h o wo r k e d a t t h e h o s p i t a l c o m e t o t e l l h e r t h a t h e r n e p h e w h a d d i e d a t 3 a m t h a t m o r n i n g a n d t h e h o s p i t a l a l r e a d y m o v e d h i m t o t h e m o r g u e T h e f a m i l y w a s d e v a s t a t e d t h a t n o o n e h a d c a l l e d H e h a d t h e h i cc u p s f o r f o u r d a y s E v e r y o n e k n o w s y o u a r e n o t s u p p o s e d t o h a ve h i c cu p s f o r m o r e t h a n f o u r m i n u t e s A f t e r a w h i l e t h a t b e c o m e s l i f e t h r e a t e n i n g W h e n h e w a s a s l e e p h e w a s h a v i n g t h e h i c c u p s a n d b r e a t h i n g a t t h e s a m e t i m e M r P a y n e s a i d F o r a p e r i o d o f t h r e e t o f o u r m o n t h s M r s I n g r a h a m s a i d s h e w a s t a k i n g B r a d l e y b a c k a n d f o r t h t o t h e h o s p i t a l E a ch t i m e t h e y w o u l d s e n d h i m h o m e w i t h i n s t r u ct i o n s t o d r i n k l o t s o f l i q u i d s a n d t a k e P a n a d o l B r a d l e y s u f f e r e d s e v e r a l i n f e c t i o n s a n d e a ch t i m e i t g o t wo r s e t h e f a m i l y s a i d A b o u t t h r e e w e e k s b e f o r e h e d i e d a r o u n d o n e i n t h e m o r n i n g h e h a d a s e i z u r e a n d h e h a d a h i g h f e v e r I c a l l e d t h e a m b u l a n ce ; t h e y s t a b i l i s e d h i m a n d t o o k h i m i n W h e n h e g o t t h e r e o r i gi n a l l y h e s e n t m e a t e x t m es s a g e a n d s a i d K a r e n I s h o u l d n o t b e h e r e t o o l o n g b e c a u s e t h i s p l a c e i s e m p t y s a i d M r s I n g r a h a m A b o u t f i v e h o u r s l a t e r, M r s I n g r a h a m r e c e i v e d an o t h e r t e x t t o s a y B r a d l e y w a s y e t t o s e e a d o c t o r T h i s e x p e r i e n c e w a s o n e i n a l o n g l i n e o f a w f u l e x p e r i e n c e s s h e s a i d T h e S o u t h B e a ch C l i n i c w a s t h e o n l y p l a c e t h a t g a v e t h e m co m f o r t t h e f a m i l y s a i d D e s p i t e t h e h o r r i b l e m e m o r i e s o f Br a d l e y s l a s t d a y s f a m i l y m e m b e r s a r e t a k i n g c o m f o r t i n t h e v i b r a n t l i f e t h a t B r a d l e y l i v e d Remembering BRADLEY He did not have to die, but because he did not get the attention that he needed in the right space of time, he just eventually passed away. It was awful, Christopher P a yne
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . NFL PRO PICKS: LIONS R OARING A S ROAD FAVOURITE VICK TAKES PART IN WALK THROUGH, MAY PLAY ON SUNDAY TITLE-HOLDER AC MILAN REMAINS WINLESS IN SERIE A TONGA QUAR TER FINAL HOPES STILL ALIVE AFTER 31-18 WIN POOP DECK EAGLES ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNEY T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org A LEADING international non-governmental organisation seeks to increase its profile in the Bahamas while fostering a major fundraising effort. United World Colleges Bahamas is scheduled to host the "UWC Triathlon Bahamas" at Clifton Heritage Park this Sunday (September 25 Set to begin at 7am, the sprint triathlon event will feature a 750m swim, 20kilometer (12.4 mile ride and five kilometer run. Participants, grouped in several categories ranging from age 15 to over 70, can race individually or join either male, female or co-e d relay teams. The swim will consist of a clockwise buoy race, the c ycling portion of the race w ill take place on the "Albany Loop" and the run consists of a 5K outand-back along the trails inside of Clifton Heritage Park. T he UWC is a global educational NGO that seeks to unite students from across the globe who have been awarded based on merit and "irrespective of race, religion, politics or the ability to pay, with the aim of fostering peace and international understanding." It was founded by Kurt Kahn under the premise that: "Students aged 16 to 18 are grounded in their own cultures, but still impressionable enough to learn from each other." In the Bahamas, UWC premiered in 1971 and sent its first ambassador. In nearly 40 years, over 90 Bahamian students have graduated from UWC Colleges. His Excellency LB Johnson served as chairman of the UWC national committee until 2008 before the position was filled by Mrs BJ ClancyDeveaux. His Excellency Governor General Arthur Hanna is the patron of the programme. The Bahamas UWC UWC sprint triathlon set for Sunday By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com THE Bahamas will once again be called upon as hosts to the international body for the world's most popular game, in an initiative aimed at the development of officiating. FIFA is scheduled to host its Referee Assistance Programme in the Bahamas October 14-18. The RAP was designed to unify the way the laws of the game are applied throughout the world, a process that FIFA instructors consider crucial to the development of the game. In the programme, referees are guided by the development officers through classroom sessions as well as practical exercises out on the pitch. The relatively young programme was founded in December of 2007 and has been well-received throughout the various confederations. "The future of our game is intrinsically linked with the quality of refereeing. Therefore, the Refereeing Assistance Programme is crucial for football," said FIFA President Joseph Blatter at the time of its release. "The decision to launch this programme is a milestone in the history of the game." In total, FIFA has invested approximately 40 million dollars into the programme, according to its website. The RAP has been credited with enhancing the environment in which referees develop and work at both the national and international level. Also on the refereeing front, the BFA Referees Department has recognised BFA vice president and chairman of the Referees Commit tee, Stanley Darville, who has been appointed to the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Federation) Elite Panel of Referee Assessors, and was recently appointed to the CONCACAF Gold Cup where he was selected as the Referee Assessor for the final match between Mexico and the US. Darville continues to receive FIFA TO HOST REFEREE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org I n an effort to bolster the training regimen for its national team programme, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA suggest the way forward for the governing body and its athletes will begin to take shape in the near future. Those initiatives include the Bahamas drawing their top elite athletes back home to train on Bahamian soil similar to other powerhouse countries in the Caribbean like Jamaica, Cuba and Puerto Rico. According to BAAA president M ike Sands, the Bahamas is just steps a way from being named. The Bahamas is ready to receive an IAAF accreditation because of the level of coaching expertise that we have in this country, whereby the IAAF will put us on their list as an accredited training centre for persons wishing to come, like Jamaica has their training centre, like Cuba has their training centre and like Puerto Rico has their training centre. Those are the discussions that we had with the IAAF," he said. "I have been taking to coaches, Ive b een talking to almost every athlete to ask them the pros and the cons of them training at home. Every single athlete that medalled for Jamaica is now training in Jamaica. I am now trying to get our athletes to come home and train. They have indicated to me the impediments of coming home and doing so. The impediments are not that difficult to overcome moving forward. It will take more money but, at the end of the day, we look at it as an investment and not a cost." Jamaica was one of the leading countries in the region to be granted permission by the IAAF to host a certified training camp in Kingston. As a result of that decision, quite a num ber of athletes remain at home to train and there are other athletes from around the world who also take advan tage of the facility provided. With the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium in place, the Bahamas could very well do the same thing as Jamaica, if granted the certification. Not only athletes, but it is hoped that the cadre of Bahamians coaching in the United States will also return home. With newly equipped state-of-theart facilities, the Bahamas could also be following the same path as Jamaica, the only country in the region to host the global junior championship meet for athletes 18 years and younger in 2003. The Bahamas has put in a bid for the hosting of the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2014. "The 2013 Carifta Games is on the drawing board and the Bahamas is highly favoured to host. The 2014 World Junior Championships, we have submitted a letter of intent and the Bahamas has a better than 60-70 (per cent) chance of landing the World Junior Championships in 2014," Sands noted. In hosting duties, the IAAF wants to stage the All Relay Championships and, while no official date has been released, the IAAF is targeting July 2013 for the launch with the Bahamas being considered as the initial host. With an all relay meet in the works, the issue of training camps to prepare our team will once again become a point of consideration after the much debated performances in Daegu at the World Championships. "The Pan Am Games are the middle of next month. One thing that I must take up with Congress the next time we meet is that this region ought not bid for any event that is going to be so far out of the norm for competition because at the end of the day they have difficulties either finding the athletes or the athletes being in condition," Sands said. "We have to seriously take a look at our budget and find a way going into 2012 how to revisit some of the issues we have as it relates to expenditures and finding funds to ensure that we have a training camp going into 2012 and training camps make a world of difference in that regard." National stadium may be certified training centre STADIUM TALKS: If granted IAAF certification, the new state-of-the-art Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium (shown
SPORTS PAGE 2E, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer N ow that's more like it. Pro Picks rallieda s if Josh Freeman was leading the charge, going 11-4-1 against the spread and 13-3 straight up. That was as impressive a turnaround as what the Steelers and Titans displayed in Week 2 afteru gly openers. Or as noteworthy as what is going on for Detroit. The Lions not only are 2-0, but this week are road favorites. In a division game, no less. The Lions' roar has been h eard in Tampa and at Ford Field, with Detroit outscor ing the Bucs and then the Chiefs by a combined 75-23. This isn't the team we've grown to ignore except when they host the early Thanksgiving Day game or when they are going 0-16. Nope, these Lions are a 3 -point choice at Minnesota, and rightfully so after the power they have shown. The Vikings are 0-2 and, while they haven't been nearly as hapless as some of the other winless squads, they twice have blown late leads. In this game, they won't likely have a late lead. Or any sort of lead, unless the Lions get cocky. "We have some experienced players and they know that two games don't make a season," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We have a hard-working group of players that understand that it's not about what you've done in the past, it's what you do in the future ... nobody's trying to rain on any parades or anything else, but it's two games." Soon to be three games won. L L I I O O N N S S , 2 2 4 4 1 1 6 6 New England (minus 9 at Buffalo We usually like home underdogs. In this case, though, see last week: "Until otherwise notified, the Patriots will be the choice to cov er, whatever the spread." B B E E S S T T B B E E T T : : P P A A T T R R I I O O T T S S , 4 4 1 1 2 2 8 8 Miami (plus 2 at Cleveland Let the weirdness continue for Dolphins: lose at home, win on the road. U U P P S S E E T T S S P P E E C C I I A A L L : : D D O O L L P P H H I I N N S S , 1 1 6 6 1 1 3 3 N.Y. Jets (minus 3 at Oakland This would be the upset special if the Raiders were healthier. They should at least cover. J J E E T T S S , 2 2 0 0 1 1 9 9 Green Bay (minus 3 at Chicago Pack is in Super Bowl form, losing players (Nick Collins) and winning games. P P A A C C K K E E R R S S , 2 2 8 8 1 1 6 6 Houston (plus 4 at New Orleans Inside the Superdome could be a true proving ground for the Texans. Or not. S S A A I I N N T T S S , 3 3 4 4 2 2 7 7 Atlanta (plus 1 at Tampa Bay If this game is close in final period, count on Freeman and the Bucs. B B U U C C C C A A N N E E E E R R S S , 2 2 4 4 2 2 3 3 Denver (plus 7 Titans come off big win without getting much from Chris Johnson. They'll get plenty this week. T T I I T T A A N N S S , 2 2 4 4 2 2 0 0 San Francisco (plus 2 at Cincinnati Niners' first road game and they will remain in the East before their second next week at Philadelphia. 4 4 9 9 E E R R S S , 1 1 6 6 1 1 3 3 Jacksonville (plus 3 at Carolina Time for Cam Newton to either come down to Earth, or get his first pro win. P P A A N N T T H H E E R R S S , 2 2 7 7 1 1 6 6 Kansas City (plus 14 at San Diego Chiefs have been league's worst team by far. Can't believe they are really that bad. C C H H A A R R G G E E R R S S , 3 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 Baltimore (minus 3 at St Louis Winless and battered is no way to face the angry (at themselves) Ravens. R R A A V V E E N N S S , 1 1 7 7 1 1 0 0 Pittsburgh (minus 10 at Indianapolis How juicy: Big Ben vs. four-time MVP Peyton ... oh, wait. Wrong year. S S T T E E E E L L E E R R S S , 2 2 2 2 7 7 Arizona (minus 3 at Seattle OK, forget about that attraction to home underdogs, considering these last three picks. C C A A R R D D I I N N A A L L S S , 2 2 3 3 1 1 0 0 Washington (OFF at Dallas, Monday night Redskins can stamp themselves as a real contender in NFC East with a win. Tony Romo's injured ribs force this one off the board. C C O O W W B B O O Y Y S S , 2 2 6 6 2 2 1 1 N.Y. Giants (OFF at Philadelphia Michael Vick's status clouds this game and eliminates any betting line. But Eagles still are the healthier (and superior E E A A G G L L E E S S , 2 2 4 4 1 1 7 7 ___ R R E E C C O O R R D D : : Against spread: 11-4-1 (overall 17-13-2 13-3 (overall 19-13 Best Bet: 1-1 against spread, 1-1 straight up Upset Special: 1-1 against spread, 1-1 straight up LIONS ROARING AS ROAD FAVOURITE L INEMEN: M embers of the Detroit Lions defense, including Kyle Vanden Bosch (93 and Corey Williams (99 Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow (82 after a first-quarter reception for quarterback Josh Freeman during Sundays game. (AP NFL PRO PICKS: WEEK THREE FIFA ALL SET TO HOST REFEREE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME IN MID-OCTOBER numerous appointments to CONCACAF Champions League matches and FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the 2014 finals to be held in Brazil. "This success we are pleased to announce speaks to the commitment demonstrated by him to referee devel opment both locally and on the international scene," said BFA vice presi dent Damian Neville. The department is also pleased to recognise the contribution made by Mrs Dianne Ferriera-James, a FIFA women's referee from Guyana and a former Women's World Cup referee who has been refereeing in our local leagues for the past two years. "The development of football to include refereeing continues to be a pri ority of our association president Mr Anton Sealey, whose moral and professional example continues to set the example both locally and internationally as he works to increase the participation and the development of the beautiful game in our country," Neville added. UWC sprint triathlon set for Sunday National Committee consists of UWC Alumni and volunteers dedicated to providing Bahamian high-school students with the unique and transformational opportunity of a UWC education. UWC students are selected from within their own countries as ambassadors of their country. According to the organisation, the traditional UWC graduate "seeks to apply their commitment to positive social change throughout their lives." "We are proud that a UWC education can and often does benefit whole communities, not just the individual who received the scholarship." 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By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com BASEBALL in the Bahamas has experienced a resurgence in recent years with milestones at both the local developmental and international level. Now the local governing body seeks assistance for their elite athletes in the sport. With the ascension of Antoan Richardson to the M ajor Leagues, the Bahamas Baseball Federation has engaged in dialogue to add b aseball players to the list of athletes receiving subvention from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. BBF president Craig Kemp said the BBF would make formal declaration to the M inistry in the near future to o ffer financial assistance to t he federation's elite athletes. With Richardson in the M ajor Leagues, Albert Cartwright (Philadelphia Phillies) and Sean Albury (Milwaukee Brewers remaining Bahamian players in the MLB Minor Leagues. In order to start this process, the BBF will first h ave to file an application to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. "We have other players who are in the professional major and minor league programmes, who we believe are s truggling financially. If subvention is an avenue that the government is continuing to t ake, then we will certainly make applications for those players," Kemp said. "We have two other players in the minor leagues, and Antoan. While we might say he is a professional, he proba bly has not had a great pay day yet. I am sure he will still be appreciative of the subv ention. Like I said, if they are going to continue to do the programme, it is our intention to make applications for our athletes this year." Athletes from several current disciplines are on the subvention list, including t rack and field, swimming, boxing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, snowboarding and g olf. "It is something that we are now deliberating (on we might hold off on that until we get a unified vision, m ore or less, on moving forward with this subvention programme," Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said. "He (Antoan sional player and he is getting paid to play, so I don't know. L ike I said, nothing has been put forth by the baseball federation to the ministry. We a re now working with the baseball federation." The final word on the list of athletes receiving subvention will come as a result of an investigation being launched by the Ministry to ensure the f unds allocated are being spent in the proper manner. The Ministry will also a ddress the search for a unified home for baseball in the Bahamas. "We look forward to a national home for baseball. As you know, in accordance to the master plan for the Sports Centre Development Project, provisions for multip le fields were made. There is a spot designated for a baseball facility that includes mult iple fields and a baseball stadium. We are now working with the baseball federation, getting some drawings done and so forth, for the design o f the facility," he said. "We hope to start the facility as soon as we can, as soon as the budgetary plans allow us to do so." Richardson joined the late Andre Rodgers, Wentie Ford, Wilfred Culmer and Tony Curry, as well as Ed Armbrister, the only Major Leaguer from that era still alive. Armbrister was known for h is time at one of the two World Series he played in for the Cincinnati Reds. D uring the Budget Communication in June, Maynard reaffirmed the governments support of the subvention programme, which was to the benefit of over 50 athletes. "The government continu ed its policy of assisting athletes directly and indirectly in their preparation and traini ng in their various sporting disciplines saw a total of 53 athletes actively competing. These athletes benefited from the programme at a cost of $1 million during this fiscal period. With this being an Olympic year, we expect to s ee even more athletes added and to see this programme grow even more." W ith the upcoming year expected to be a busy one for the Bahamas locally and internationally, Maynard noted his ministry will continue i ts mandate of supporting all sporting avenues. FOUNDERS of the Grand Bahama Girls Soccer Developmental Soccer League, Coach Donnie Knowles and Coach Mary, sit with some of the girls from their league which is now in its 11th year on Grand Bahama. The new season opens 2pm on September 24 (Saturday Rugby Football Club. Photo courtesy of The Bahamas Weekly THE Grand Bahama Girls Developmental Soccer League, now in its 11th year, is all set to begin on September 24 (Saturday to girls between the ages of five and 16. The action takes place 24pm every Saturday at the Freeport Rugby Football Club. Registration forms are available at Town & Country on Yellow Pine St, online at TheBahamasWeekly.com (see Sports ister on opening day is now underway. The success of our league could not be possible without the many volunteer coaches, referees and of course our sponsors, so thank you to them all! We are looking forward to another great season, said coach Donnie. For further information, please do not hesitate to call Coach Mary at Town & Country, 242-352-3641, or in the evening at 439-0097 or 375-0012. Players and parents are encouraged to join the league's group FACEBOOK page, "Grand Bahama Girls Soccer." SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 3E C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G N N P P C C A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE New Providence Cycling Association is scheduled to hold its Family Fun Ride and Cycling Show on Sunday. The event will be held for two hours. Last year, the Thompson family brought a six-member team out that rode a total of 10 miles. They received a gift certificate from KFC. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B A A N N K K E E R R S S S S E E M M I I F F I I N N A A L L S S IN the Bankers Softball League, Fidelity will take on CIBC FCIB 6pm Thursday on the wholesalers field at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. If necessary, the final game in the series is scheduled for noon Saturday. If they are completed, the championship series will start instead. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B S S C C M M E E E E T T I I N N G G THE Baptist Sports Coun cil is scheduled to hold a meeting Saturday at the Bahamas Baptist College, Jean Street, for all churches interested in participating in the 2011 Bishop Neil C Ellis Softball Classic. The classic is tentatively set to start at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on October 1. It will feature competition in the 19-and-under, coed and mens divisions. There is a registration fee per team in each division. Also during the meeting, plans will be disclosed for the 2011 Rev Enoch Backford Track and Field Classic. The classic is set for October 22 at Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L / / T T R R A A C C K K B B S S C C A A C C T T I I V V I I T T I I E E S S THE Baptist Sports Council has announced the dates for the final two events on its sporting calendar. The 2011 Bishop Neil C. Ellis Softball Classic is scheduled to start on Saturday, October 1 at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. It will feature competition in the men, co-ed and 19and-under divisions. And the Rev Enoch Backford Track and Field Classic will follow on Saturday, October 22, at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. Persons interested in more details are asked to contact league president Brent Stubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or secretary Jonique Webb at email@example.com C C O O N N C C H H M M A A N N R R E E G G I I S S T T R R A A T T I I O O N N U U N N D D E E R R W W A A Y Y THE 25th annual Conch man Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. It will comprise of a one-kilometre swim, a 25k bike ride and a 5k run. Interested persons can register by logging onto the Facebook Event Page, e-mail organiser Bert Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ing him at 727-5886 or 7275381. T T R R I I A A T T H H L L O O N N R R E E G G I I S S T T R R A A T T I I O O N N D D E E A A D D L L I I N N E E THE UWC Triathlon is scheduled for 7:30am Sunday, September 25, starting at the Clifton Heritage Park. The sprint triathlon will comprise of a 750m swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and a 5km run. The registration deadline has passed. SPORTS IN BRIEF GRAND B AHAMA GIRL S DEVELOPMENT AL SOCCER LEAGUE TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 24 BBF IN BASEBALL PLAYERS GOVT SUBVENTION TALKS SUBVENTION: The Bahamas Baseball Federation is in talks to add baseball players to the list of athletes receiving subvention fromM inistry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
2ND NET: Ian Howard and David Wenn with their awards. SPORTS PAGE 8E, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS POOP DECK EAGLES ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNEY P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f IST GROSS: Thomas Bethel and Patrick Stevenson with their awards at the Poop Deck Eagles annual Charity Golf Tournament. 1ST NET: Toni Aranha and Mark Carter with their awards.