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NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Walkout over thefts Volume: 107 No.302THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 82F LOW 70F Immigration staf f pr otest over car crime TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net EDUCATION Minister Desmond Bannister chas tised the Opposition party for not bringing amendments to the Bail Act during its five year term in office. His comments came as he led Parliament's debate on a package of 10 Bills, meant to stem crime through an overhaul of the penal code, increased sentences for serious crimes, procedures for appeals and placing tighter restrictions on when judges can grant bail, among other things. While speaking about the proposed amendments to the Bail Act, Mr Bannister said it was under the leadership of the Free National Movement when government introBy DANA SMITH ONLOOKERS watched in horror as two dogs contained in a fenced-in lot attacked onea nother for more than 15 min u tes before the Bahamas Humane Society arrived. The dogs both pitbulls tore savagely at each others legs, neck and head, leaving both covered in blood by the time help arrived. John Henry Bostwick II, speaking for the owners, told The Tribune yesterday that the property in Devaux Street is occupied by another per son and the dogs do not belong to the owners. The crowd tried in vain to separate the bloodied, fighting animals using water, insect repellent, and various noises as distractions. The lot is owned by a company and its principals By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net STAFF at the Department of Immigration walked off the job yesterday after they claimed management did nothing to curb car thefts in the Hawkins Hill parking lot. Vice-president of the Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU Smith said the central issue surrounding the walk out was lack of security in the eastern side of the parking lot on Hawkins Hill. Over the past few years there have been at least 10c ars stolen from the parking lot and more cars have been broken into than I can count. For the year alone four cars have already been stolen. Just Tuesday a car was stolen in broad daylight out of thep arking lot, he said. This is getting out of hand. The same thing is happening at the airport with the Cus toms workers. Their cars are being stolen and management is not doing anything. They are also getting held up at gunpoint on the walk to the parking lot after the bus stops running. It seems the people in charge are not concerned for our well-being. The Immigration staff remained outside for an hour before returning to work. However, less than 30 minutes after they got inside another car was broken into, it was claimed. Mr Smith said: Its not that we do not want to do our jobs, we just want management to make provisions for security at this office and at the airport. People are tired of having their windows broken and having to walk to their vehicles in the dark. The staff needs to be accommodated. If management can brag about making $50 million a year, they can certainly pay for a security guard. Mr Smith said they wrote a letter to management on August 8 outlining their issues, but received no response. He claimed, however, that Deputy Prime Minister and AFTER TRYING everything to separate these two fighting dogs throwing sticks, shouting at the dogs, even throwing a bucket of water over them to try to stop the fight, an onlooker sprays insect spray in a vain effort to help. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net FORMER Minister of Trade and Industry Leslie Miller said he is disappointed that a leader as forceful as the prime minister would cave in to the demands of petroleum retailers and increase their fuel margins. He said once the PLP is returned to office, he will reverse the increases and make the margins BYSTANDERS LEFT HORRIFIED BY DOGFIGHT By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENTS crime Bills fall too short of what is needed to fix rising violent crime, Cat Island MP Philip Davis told House members. His comments came during the first day of Parliament's debate on a package of 10 bills meant to stem crime through an overhaul of the penal code, increased FORMER MINISTER SAYS PM A VED IN ON GAS PRICES DAVIS:CRIME BILLS FALL FAR TOO SHORT OPPOSITION CHASTISED FOR LACK OF ACTION OVER BAIL S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 O O v v e e r r t t h h e e p p a a s s t t f f e e w w y y e e a a r r s s t t h h e e r r e e h h a a v v e e b b e e e e n n a a t t l l e e a a s s t t 1 1 0 0 c c a a r r s s s s t t o o l l e e n n f f r r o o m m t t h h e e p p a a r r k k i i n n g g l l o o t t a a n n d d m m o o r r e e c c a a r r s s h h a a v v e e b b e e e e n n b b r r o o k k e e n n i i n n t t o o t t h h a a n n I I c c a a n n c c o o u u n n t t . F F o o r r t t h h e e y y e e a a r r a a l l o o n n e e f f o o u u r r c c a a r r s s h h a a v v e e a a l l r r e e a a d d y y b b e e e e n n s s t t o o l l e e n n . J J u u s s t t T T u u e e s s d d a a y y a a c c a a r r w w a a s s s s t t o o l l e e n n i i n n b b r r o o a a d d d d a a y y l l i i g g h h t t o o u u t t o o f f t t h h e e p p a a r r k k i i n n g g l l o o t t . S S l l o o a a n n e e S S m m i i t t h h , B B C C I I A A W W U U v v i i c c e e p p r r e e s s i i d d e e n n t t INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE NEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TV MUSIC ONSALEFROMSATURDAY T T H H I I S S W W E E E E K K E E N N D D D D O O N N T T M M I I S S S S . . . FOR the second weekend in a row then ewest edition to the w eekend newsstands The Tribunes Big T was a huge hit. It catapulted Saturday to the t hird best selling day of the week for Tribune vendors. And once again Tri bune vendors could notc lutch the tabloid-sized newspaper faster than e nthusiastic Big T readers could purchase t hem. Packed with news, fea tures, fashion, motoring, travel and much, much more, The Big T the b rainchild of the late Mr Roger Carron, director a nd former Managing Editor of The Tribune a nd husband of Tribune publisher Mrs Eileen Carron is an entirely new newspaper in look and content. S uper Values chief Rupert Roberts said he p icked up the Big T before catching a flight o ut of the country last Saturday and has been impressed by the versatility of the paper. The Big T features food and shopping coupons, some of which a re redeemable at Super Value locations. M r Roberts said the Saturday paper proved t o be more than just a newspaper, but a news magazine. Its more than a newspaper, he said. Its news and magazine and so its not something y ou just read Saturday, you can keep it around and read it all through the week because its more than a newspaper. Roberts predicts that as the Big T continues to develop, the better its going to be. Mr Roberts said last reek that shoppers were eager to snap up the special offers. He said: I think The Big T was received very well. Customers started clipping the coupons in the store, which was more than I expected. They saw the specials and they wanted to take advantage of them. With $200 worth of food and shopping coupons inside, bargain hunters were keen to get their hands on a copy. The Big T reporters are now working hard for this Saturdays edition. Check out Tribune242.com for a peak at the Big T coming hot off the Press. Dont miss out, make sure you get your copy! BIG T SELLS OUT YET AGAIN


ATTORNEY General and Minister of Legal Affairs John Delaney expects great things from the new staff at the Department of Public Prosecutions. M r Delaney introduced the 16 employees during a news briefing on Tuesday in the Office of the Attorney General. These additional manpower resources now enable the department to better staff the specialised practice groups, advise police during the earlys tages of investigations of serious matters, implement criminal case management reviews of files for prosecution and execute on other initiatives, he said. The new recruits joining the Office of the Attorney General this week are: Darell Taylor, Abigail Farrington, Anishka Hanchell, KendraK elly, Patrick Sweeting, Viola Barnett and Raquel Whyms. The remainder of the recruits are members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force who have already served as junior prosecutors. They are: Sgt Paul Jones, Sgt Roger Thompson, Cpl Kevin Farrington, Insp Ray-m ond Hanna, Sgt Carlton Smith, W/Sgt Desiree Fergu son, W/Sgt Maria Zancolla, Sgt Uel Johnson, and Cons Aaron Johnson. By KHRISNA VIRGIL THE Anti-Crime Bill now before the House of Assembly has bolstered prominent leaders of the religious community t o a position that could bring c hanges to the bill. Yesterday, Attorney General John Delaney, Director of Public Prosecutions Vinette Graham-Allen and other top members of the Attorney Generals office met with the religious leaders to have an open discussion on the Bill. Mr Delaney noted that as the Bills have been crafted and are now being discussed in parliament, they have not been set in stone. What would be usefulis if there were something that is really important that they feel we need to take a look at. There is every opportunity for us to do that while this Bill is still in debating stages, the Attorney General said. With such consultation, the possibility of a slightly improved version of the Bill reaching the Senate could be likely, as now, the justice system is redrafting the law to make it more relevant to the challenges the country faces. Religious leaders also have the opportunity to educate members of their congregations on what the Anti-Crime Bills mean, what they entail and what they are intended to do. While many of the religious leaders had not had a chance to read the bill before the meeting, Christian Council President Rev Ranford Patterson said there is hope that a complete understanding of the Bill will be reached. We are going to ask some serious questions to find out exactly how serious they are about implementing the programmes they have put forth in these crime Bills, said Rev Patterson. As it stands, he said, there are many laws not being followed. He hopes that the dis cussions will help each of those laws to be enforced. This initiative is a part of the Attorney Generals offices com munity outreach plan to increase public education on the justice system. Mr Delaney said the office of the Attorney General has had a website since last year. We produced an annual r eport for the first time ever l ast year, weve had a few pub lic seminars at the beginning of this year, we launched the witness care programme, he said. A similar discussion with the clergy will be held in Grand Bahama and Abaco in the next few weeks. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 3 By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net T HE Department of Cust oms will establish a special unit to investigate and inspect shipments of scrap metal before the goods can be shipped between islands or out of the country. The new unit will be created under an amendment to the Customs Management Bill and is an effort to clamp down on copper and other metal thefts in the country, said Education Minister Desmond B annister during a House of A ssembly debate on the legisl ation yesterday. If a shipment contains copper, aluminum, brass or converters the proposed unit must conduct a comprehensive chain of custody investigation. The unit then has to certify that the shipment is made up of scrap that Customs deems permissible for shipment or refer the matter to the Royal Bahamas Police Force if the goods are suspected of having been obtained by illegal means. Under the Bill, the Special Investigation Unit will be the only body with authority to certify that a shipment contains scrap metal which may be transshipped or exported and may only do so when the shipper is an authorised dealer under the Act and a documented chain of custody has been submitted with the proposed shipment, he said. In order to establish a chain of custody the authorised dealer must exercise due diligence by securing a valid photo identification, a documented origin of the scrap metal and proof that the scrap metal was legally obtained by the seller. Shipments of aluminum, brass or catalytic converters will not be given permission for export until 15 days have passed. For copper shipments, the waiting period will double to 30 days. These provisions are designed to protect Bahamians. We have all heard the stories of the destruction of graveyards, of air conditioning units being pulled out of walls for thieves to extract the copper, Mr Bannister said. He added: The amendment is timely and legitimate businesses will gladly keep the required records and wait for the stipulated periods. .those who have difficulty complying with these provisions are the persons who ought not to be in this business. Government has also created new laws to regulate the mushrooming cash for gold and pawn broker industry, which many feel has contributed to a rise in housebreaking and armed robberies by thieves looking for jewellery to sell. Under the Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers Bill, businesses will have to verify the identity of every customer and ensure that they have the authority to sell the items they bring into pawn shops. Dealers also will be required to maintain goods in an unaltered state for at least 14 days, unless acquired from another dealer or it was returned to the person who pawned the item. Pawn brokers must also keep electronic business records for five years. The Bill also gives police the power to instruct pawn shops to hold an item for a minimum of 28 days, if it is suspected of having been stolen, or seize the items if they are needed for evidence in a criminal matter. We seek for the first time to regulate these pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. These businesses are mushrooming and there may be a need to revisit the Bill at some stage, however, the provisions before us are sufficiently strong that if enforced will make a huge dent in criminal activity, said Mr Bannister. The House continues debate on 10 Bills today at 10am. SEVEN of nine Supreme Court jurors found Kenwood Miller guilty of attempted m urder yesterday. M iller, 41, was accused of shooting Dereck Walters on January 23, 2010. Miller was represented by attorneyM urrio Ducille and the prosecution was led by Linda Evans. Mr Walters suffered lifet hreatening injuries, accordi ng to the doctor, who treated the victim at Doctors Hospitals emergency department on the night oft he shooting. Dr Nicholas Knowles told the court Mr Walters had multiple penetrating injuries to the a bdomen, buttocks, left foot a nd ankle. He said the type of injuries the shooting victim sustained required immediate operative inter-v ention. Miller was remanded to prison until Justice Vera Watkins, who presided over t he case, delivers his sent ence on November 8. SPECIAL CUSTOMS UNIT TO BE SET UP TO TACKLE INVESTIGATIONS INTO SHIPMENTS OF SCRAP METAL MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS EXPECTED OF NEW STAFF ATTORNEY GENERAL John Delaney (centre ed in the first row, from left: Undersecretary Marco Rolle; Director of Public Prosecutions Vinette Graham-Allen; Mr Delaney; Debra Fraser, Director of Legal Affairs and Archie Nairn, Permanent Secretary. Photo: Letisha Henderson /BIS RELIGIOUS LEADERS COULD HAVE INFL UEN CE ON ANTI-CRIME BILL


EDITOR, The Tribune. Were we better off 30-40 years ago when we only had the traditional established Faiths in our midst? I think this is an interesting subject of serious interest, as it is obvious 30 years ago we had no serious crime except the exceptional case murder rate was where it should be per capita below 10 per year. I can easily list the traditional established Faiths Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, the Greek Orthodox and, of course, The Souhern Baptists. Anyone understanding these Faiths realise that each is self-disciplined and each has strict rules which were passed onto the believers in total contrast with the Faith situation we have today. Whether the Charismatic Faiths accept it or not they do not have the discipline of the traditional established Faiths, and are very much the organisations who comment on the Bible and try to make their followers feel good and positive. Church going wasnt it exMinister Wisdom who surveyed Government schools and found that over 50 per cent of the students never attended a church many young persons do not know who their father is, just how can we suggest we have a normal society? Some want an orgy of hangings thinking scaring tactics will work... sorry we all forget within 48 hours of the last hanging there were two murders! A society without discipline without a disciplined Faith without parents, as in mother and father, living under the same roof is dysfunctional so what can you expect? The norm? W. THOMPSON, Nassau, October 11, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 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 The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spawned grass-roots activities around the US and prompted comments from President Barack Obama, is now drawing political remarks from overseas. Irans top leader said Wednesday that the wave of protests reflects a serious problem that will ultimately topple capitalism in America. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed the United States is in a full-blown crisis because its corrupt foundation has been exposed to the American people. The remarks came a day after US officials said the Obama administration plans to leverage charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador into a new global campaign to isolate the Islamic republic. For the past three and a half weeks, the protesters have besieged a park in lower Manhattan near Wall Street to rally pri marily against corporate greed as what they say is the primary cause for the country's failing economy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited them Wednesday at Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been c amped out since mid-September. Bloomberg told them park owner Brook f ield Properties plans to clean the public space on Friday, and said they would be allowed to return after the park is clean. Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a s tatement that the protest has created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear on the park. He said Brookfield Properties asked for police help to clear the park so it can be cleaned. Allison Esso of Human Services Coun cil, a group that supports the protesters, was wary. Im hoping that theyre not trying to undermine their ability top rotest, she said. The New York protest has triggered sympathetic groups in other cities, who each stage their own local rallies and demonstrations: Occupy Boston, Occupy Cincinnati, Occupy Houston, Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Philadelphia, Occupy Providence, Occupy Salt Lake, and Occupy Seattle, among them. Protesters say they are in it for the long haul, despite the onset of cold weather. Occupy Seattle demonstrators sent the mayor a list of demands, including approval for large tents to be used as a kitchen, infirmary, storage area and information centre and written approval of long-term occupancy. In Washington, six people were arrested Tuesday for demonstrating inside a Senate office building. More than 125 protesters in Boston were arrested after they ignored warnings to move from a downtown green space, police said. Protesters in New York gathered Wednesday at the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase, where they'll continue to decry the expiration of the state's 2 per cent millionaires tax in December. Meanwhile, a lawyer for a woman pepper sprayed during an action last month is demanding that the Manhattan district attorney prosecute an NYPD deputy inspector on an assault charge. Commis sioner Raymond Kelly said the matter was being investigated by police internal affairs and the Civilian Complaint Review Board. The New York state comptroller has issued a report showing that Wall Street is a gain losing jobs because of global economic woes. The job losses threaten tax r evenue for a city and state heavily reliant on the financial industry. The industry shed 4,100 jobs in late spring and summer and could lose nearly 1 0,000 more by the end of 2012, Comptroller Thomas Napoli said. That would bring the total industry loss to 32,000 posi tions since the financial meltdown of 2008. The sector employed 166,600 people in investment banks, securities trading firms and hedge funds as of August. Christopher Guerra, an artist and Occupy Wall Street protester fromN ewark, NJ, said the job losses help the protesters cause. That means more people on our side, Guerra said. The companies are destroying this country by helping themselves, not the people, and pushing jobs out of America. If they get shafted, they will realize that what we are saying is true. (This article is by Verena Dobnik of the Associated Press). Has crime risen while faith faded? LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Wall Street protests draw overseas attention EDITOR, The Tribune. I feel for the family of Marco Archer. I hope that the God of the Bible grants them His peace in the midst of their storm. I hope that no one from Nassau misinterprets what I am about to write. This par ticular case has garnered a lot of publicity. It was mentioned in an address to his supporters by Progressive Liberal Party Leader Perry Christie at his p artys Job Creation and Empowerment Summit on September 30 and by Mem ber of Parliament for Bain and Grants Town Dr Bernard Nottage in the House of Assembly on October 6. I was ambivalent as I watched K ohfe Edwardo Goodman hauled to court on Bank Lane for allegedly sexually assaulting two young boys. The mob out there on Bank Lane was livid. I understand that sev eral of them were hurling profanities at the accused paed ophile; even though now it has been reported that he was arraigned for matters unrelated to the Marco Archer case. Thank God police officers were out there. That mob would have torn him to pieces. If he is guilty, then he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If innocent, then I hope he is given back his freedom. I understand that he was in Fox Hill Prison before for a similar offence and for attempted murder. Was he reformed? I will not speak to his guilt or innocence. I will leave that to our justice system. Nevertheless, the way that mob carried on, you would think that he was just found guilty by the courts. The way things look, I seriously doubt that he could get a fair trial in Nassau. Many Nassauvians are riled up over the Marco Archer c ase. Who could blame them? Whoever killed young Mar co must be punished for his heinous crime. Perhaps the Marco Archer case has finally awakened the moral conscience of the people of New Providence. But w hy did it have to take 104 murders in nine months for the people of New Providence to finally say enough is enough? Where was the moral outrage when the other 103 murders were being committed? Where was the moral o utrage for the 94 murder victims of 2010? These victims are just as important as Marco Archer. Their voices must also be heard. We must not forget these slain Bahamians. Their blood also cries out for justice, and not only justice in our broken judicial system. I truly hope that the Royal Bahamas Police Force is able to quickly solve the Marco Archer case. But we must remember that there are other families of murder victims who are also crying out for justice. They have not been afforded the same media coverage that the Marco Archer case has received. That mob should have been out on Bank Lane each time a murder and rape suspect is arraigned. They should also decry the gratuitous bloodletting each time a murder has been committed in this coun try. As we all mourn with Marco Archers family, we must never forget the other 103 murder victims. These fallen Bahamians are just as important as Marco Archer. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama,O ctober 6, 2011. L L e e t t u u s s n n o o t t f f o o r r g g e e t t t t h h e e o o t t h h e e r r 1 1 0 0 3 3 v v i i c c t t i i m m s s EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Crackdown. The Tribune, October 4, 2011 Its worth a try, but we shouldnt expect too much to change as this crowd-pleasing election ploy is a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, October 5, 2011 T T h h e e h h o o r r s s e e h h a a s s b b o o l l t t e e d d


FOLLOWING a demonstration outside BTC headquarters yesterday, CEO Geoff Houston said he remains optimistic that the company and union officials c an shape a way forward t hat will benefit all stakeh olders. The protest by union members was held to demonstrate their opposition to the managements contract proposal for line staff. Mr Houston said: First, I would like to point out that we have been able to accomplish much with our union partners since coming into BTC in April. We have had considerable discussions on a wide range of issues and have been able to agree on matters that have served the interests of the entire BTC team. So while certainly we do not want to negotiate a very important new labour agreement in the press, we understand that our union partners will not always agree with us and will want to use available channels to get their point across. This will happen from time to time and we are not alarmed. Mr Houston said the company is focused on creating a world-class, customer-centric organisation that provides superior service, cutting-edge products, and best prices and value for money. And our industrial arrangements and company policies must be shaped to facilitate this if BTC is to survive and thrive going forward, he said. Mr Houston pointed out that BTC has entered a new era not only of private ownership, but of significantly increasing competition in its traditional spaces like landline services. He added that the company faces the prospect of a strong mobile competitor in less than two and a half years. Mr Houston noted that this will mean the way that BTC conducts business must change if the company is to survive in this new environment. We have indicated to the unions our desire for true partnership to move BTC forward in this increasingly competitive environment. Our shared desire must be to create an environment where our team members can grow and flourish professionally a setting where all staff are empowered and can advance based on their own skill and preparedness to excel. This frankly means that together we have to create a new business environment that focuses on customer care, improved quality of our products and services, freedom to innovate and get things done and the assurance that all team members are account able to each other, the busi ness and our clients. Provided that we can in good faith continue our discussions based on these corep rinciples, I am convinced that we shall find common ground and shape an agreement that will serve the inter est of all parties, Mr Hous ton said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 5 BTC REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ON LABOUR DISCUSSIONS We have to create a new business environment that focuses on customer care, improved quality of our products and services, freedom to innovate and get things done and the assurance that all team members are accountable to each other, the business and our clients Geoff Houston, pictured, CEOof BTC


THE old partnership between Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and opposition leader Perry Christie is alive and well, according to Democratic National Alliance chairman Mark Humes. Following Mr Ingrahams remarks in parliament about the Bamboo Town constituency on Monday night, Mr Humes issued a statement calling the prime ministers behaviour unbecoming and regrettable. He said: The one thing that I am pleased with, however, is the fact that Mr Ingraham has finally put to rest many peoples suspicions that the old partnership of Christie, Ingraham and Co has never gone out of business. Messrs Ingraham and Christie were partners in a law firm many years ago, and Mr Humes claims they have been operating incognito to the detriment of the Bahamian people ever since. In his comments, Mr Ingraham told the House that the FNM and PLP are not going to cut the boundaries of Bamboo Town, the current seat of DNA leader Branville McCartney, as they plan to use it as a test case for their own two candidates. The people of Bamboo Town should be insulted and incensed to know that Prime Minister Ingraham and his good pal Perry Christie have teamed up to use them and Bamboo Town as a test case in the upcoming election, Mr Humes said. While they struggle to stay afloat in these tumultuous economic seas, these two elderly statesmen sat and decided among themselves that they would amuse themselves at Bamboo Towns expense. He said Mr Ingrahams comments did nothing more than reveal how fearful he has become of DNA leader Branville McCartneys potential fearful to the point that he has publicly announced his willingness to form an alliance with the PLP to see Mr McCartney defeated. Mr Humes said PLP candidate Renwood Wells and FNM candidate Cassius Stuart should also be incensed and insulted by the move. Little did they know that to Christie, Ingraham and Co, they were only dispensable test cases. But I hope thatM r Wells and Mr Stuart will find the courage to man up to Ingraham and Christie, Mr Humes said. It is not too late, and, if for no other reason than to show the aging Ingraham and Christie that they are nobodys tings to give away at will, Wells and Stuart should join the people of theB ahamas and the people of Bamboo Town in showing the two gentlemen that he who laughs last laughs best. In the upcoming election, Mr Humes said, the Bahamian people should put an out of business sign on Christie, Ingraham and Co once and for all. The Bahamas is in need o f the fresh injection of life that Branville McCartney and the DNA brings. Now more than ever is the time to send these two antiquated personalities into the museum of Bahamian history where they belong, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE DNA:CHRISTIE AND INGRAHAMS OLD PARTNERSHIP IS ALIVE AND WELL AN ACTIVIST group is calling on the public to disregard Discovery Day this year and celebrate their own heroes instead. The African United Coalition will be hosting a Nation al Heroes Day rally and march on Friday to celebrate those who have made a difference to the development of the Bahamas. The rally will begin at noon at the southern basketball court at CR Walker High School between Blue Hill Road and Market Street. The march will follow at 2.30pm. Using the theme Discover our Heroes! Forget Colum bus! the coalition hopes to place more emphasis on and give appreciation to national heroes of African descent who have had an impact on the Bahamas. A coalition spokesperson said: We need to reject Columbus and more importantly raise up those who have sacrificed for all of us to live a more equitable and just life. She said the goal of the coalition is to unite African people worldwide and to liberate them from the unjust conditions imposed on them. According to the coalition, instead of celebrating Columbus, Friday should be recog nised as a day to honour African heroes everywhere for example Susan Hopkins, CR Walker, Sir Randol Fawkes, Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X who embody what a national hero should be. C ALL T O CELEBRA TE HER OES INSTEAD OF DISCOVERY DAY DEMOCRATICNATIONALALLIANCEchairman Mark Humes has said that Perry Christie, left, leader of t he PLP, and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, right, leader of the FNMare amusing themselves at B amboo Towns expense


P RIME Minister Hubert Ingraham will head up a list of distinguished speakers at the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference in Nas-s au. The conference provides a venue for HIV stakeholders in the Caribbean to network and hear froms ome of the most wellrespected names in HIV r esearch. Health experts, public officials, and HIV community members will come together November 18t o focus on HIV in the Caribbean, where adult prevalence is higher thani n any region in the world o utside of Sub-Saharan Africa. I ndividuals from across the Caribbean have been invited to attend this freec onference to hear directly from authorities on the m edical, social, and sociopolitical factors influencing the HIV epidemic in thisr egion. Featured speakers and s ession moderators will include: Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham. St Maarten Prime Mini ster Sarah WescotWilliams. Dr Anthony S Fauci, N ational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US Department of Health andH uman Services. Dr Jean William Pape, W eill Cornell Medical College, Les Centres G HESKIO, Haiti. Dr J Peter Figueroa, the University of the WestI ndies at Mona, Jamaica. Dr Ernest Massiah, C aribbean Regional Sup port Team, Joint United Nations Programme onH IV/AIDS, Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Farley Cleghorn, F utures Group, United States. Geeta Sethi, United Nations Population Fund, Jamaica. T his will be the third Caribbean HIV conference in the past decade, and it is designed to build on successes of the previouse vents, which demonstrated that regional co-operation a nd collaboration are crucial to confronting HIV in the Caribbean. The multidisciplinary forum is designed to supportl ocal interests and education and is open to anyone who would like to attend, includ-i ng: people living with HIV. members of vulnerable groups. researchers and clinic ians. allied health care prof essionals. caregivers. patient advocates. advocates for social justice and health parity. members of community and faith-based organisations. regional and international governmental representatives. policy analysts and decision makers. civil society and regional media representatives. The conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees with diverse perspectives and backgrounds t o share, learn, and network, said conference cochair Daisy M Gely, professor of medical sciences at the University of PuertoR ico. It provides a venue in which to examine the many factors influencing HIV in the Caribbean in order tom ove forward collectively in our effort to prevent the s pread of HIV, mitigate its impact in the region, and improve our overall response. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 7 :LQ )5((D PP RJU DP IRU L IH PMTO SPEAK AT NASSAU HIV CONFERENCE PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham will speak at the HIV conference


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Distributed throughout the Bahamas byBWABahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd. East West Highway, Nassau Tel: 242-394-1759 1 Milton Street, Freeport Tel: 242-351-2201 If itsFLOURs OKAY!A favourite of The Bahamas for many years! OK Flour is a Patent Flour-the highest quality flour available Enriched and versatile, OK Flour is well suited to many baking and cooking applications OK Flourbetter value per pound A T f OK OK OK F F F l lo ur i s a Patent Flo u FOR the second consecu tive year, US Ambassador Nicole Avant and m embers of the US mission to the Bahamas host ed more than 200 Bahamia n Special Olympians and volunteers to honour the i ndomitable spirit of the woman who started the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. M inister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles May-n ard was also present for the o ccasion on Saturday, October 8. In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS Day, which is celebrated a round the world each year, Ambassador Avant transf ormed the front lawn of her Liberty Overlook resi dence into a mini Camp S hriver with games, food and music. U S mission officers and their family members were there to demonstrate their support for the Special Olympics by serving food,r efereeing games and dancing alongside the ath-l etes. EKS Day is more than just a tribute to Eunice Shriver, it is a tribute to Spe cial Olympics for its work in AMBASSADOR HOSTS 200 AMBASSADOR AVANT takes her turn at playing bocce. Photo: Ashley Taylor Photography SPECIAL OLYMPICS athletes with volunteer Courtney Hamm.Photo: Ashley Taylor Photography AMBASSADOR AVANT, Special Olympics national chairman Basil Christie and Miss Bahamas World 2011 Sasha Joyce THESE ATHLETES enjoyed all the pizza that they could eat thanks to Marcos Pizza


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 9 TO MARK SPECIAL OLYMPICS e nsuring that all people are accepted, regardless of their abilities, said Ambassador Avant. As Eunice K Shriver o nce said, There is no purp ose more noble than to b uild communities of acceptance for all. Everyone enjoyed all the pizza they could eat thanks to Marcos Pizza donation of 150 large pizzas. T exaco also showed its s upport of the Special Olympics by donating tents to help keep the game field dry. To learn more infor m ation about Special O lympics Bahamas or to b ecome a volunteer for the organisation, visit Special Olympics Bahamas on Facebook or email: info@sobahamas.org. US AMBASSADOR Nicole Avant; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard and Special Olympics national chairman Basil Christie with the athletes who attended the event at the USEmbassy. Attendees took part in a host of sports while supporters of the event included Marcos Pizza and Texaco. To learn more about Special Olympics Bahamas or to become a volunteer for the organisation, visit Special Olympics Bahamas on Facebook or email info@sobahamas.org. ATHLETES FROM Special Olympics Bahamas show off their creative facepainting designs at the EKS Day event. AMBASSADOR AVANT plays Bocce as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard, Deputy Chief of Mission, John Dinkelman, Special Olympics athletes and volunteers look on.


OPINION By PAUL THOMPSON, SR. IN law enforcement organisations around the world it is accepted that Rapid Response, Early Detection, Effective and Appropriate Sentencing contribute to Crime Prevention. The criminal, who becomes aware, that he is likely to be caught is likely to walk away. Crime Prevention Education and Crime Watch Programmes are very important weapons in the fight against crime. The public must be educated of the dos and donts in communities where there is rampant crime. The public must support its law enforcement agencies and adopt the slogan: Notify, Identify and Testify. The first response to crime, request for assistance or information on criminal activity requires Rapid Response and decisive Action. The crime scene must be secured, the safety of witnesses and victims be assured and information about the incident or suspected criminal activity collected. There must be the assurance of anonymity and confidentiality, if required. Rapid Response is a goal, that our Police service has been trying for decades to achieve. It is noted, that when our Police personnel can get to the scene of a crime, in particular crimes against the person, such as armed robbery and rape quite often the criminals are encountered at the scene or nearby, resulting in arrests. It is known to Police personnel, that past Commissioners have been aiming at a three minute response. The recent signing of a contract between The Bahamas Government and Motorola will introduce a new and modern 919 system to our Police arsenal in the fight against crime. The new system will enhance the Rapid Response Concept and would be a major weapon in the war on crime. One of the features of the new technology is the Commander in the Police Control Centre being able to locate, observe and direct the movement of all vehicles to respond to crime scenes. The Commander will know, which is the nearest vehicle to any crime scene and dispatch that vehicle for immediate response. He will also know of other vehicles in the area should additional assistance be needed. The government has added yet another crime fighting tool. It is very likely that the importance of this new technology will be dis cussed with the public in due course after the Police training has been completed. There is another feature that allows the personnel in the Police vehicle to listen to the caller or the victim of the crime while enroute to the scene. The new technology will also improve Police/Pub lic relations. In recent years the Police have increased their efforts to provide Crime Prevention Education to our public, through the media, advertising, lectures/seminars and crime/neighbourhood watch programmes. It is evident,t hat some of the victims of c rime are not responding pos itively to the Police effort and are making themselves victims. Car thefts have increased as owners decline to have anti-theft equipment installed and insurance companies are not encouraging them to do so. Home inva sions, many of which are due to negligence, poor locking devices and the neglect of those who can afford alarmsto have them installed. Dri vers, in particular females, not taking precautions to lock doors when driving along city streets and having valuables exposed on their persons or on the front seats. The busi ness owners, large and small, who neglect to install available crime prevention and detection equipment on their premises. Criminals target the large sums of money they retain in their businesses and on their persons. The negligent conduct by many victims reveals that the Police message on crime prevention is not being considered. Recent examples: A female returns to her residence and immediately observes that her front door, which she left locked was unlocked. She also heard noises inside the house. Yet she enters and is accosted by two armed men. A female business woman is driving on Wulff Road with her bag on the front seat of her car containing cash assets for banking. The car is not locked, the window is down, she stops on the traffic light at Market Street. A man takes the bag from the seat and flees the scene. A man goes to a bank and collected a large sum of money to pay his employees. His car is parked a long dis tance away from the bank. He is walking to his car with the cash in a bag with the banks name. On arrival to his car he placed the bag on top of his car to search his pockets for his keys. The bag of cash was removed by a pedestrian, who seized the opportunity. The community policing philosophy, which is extensively used in our communi ties emphasises the impor tance of problem solving partnerships. Crime and disorder are most efficiently solved when all stakeholders are repre sented in the solution. PAUL THOMPSON, SR., Nassau, October 5, 2011. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CRIME PREVENTION BEGINS WITH EDUCATION AND AWARENESS FORMER POLICE inspector Paul Thompson


d uced the country's first Bail Act in 1994 10 years after s uch legislation was recommended by the Royal Commission of Inquiry to the then governing Progressive Liberal Party. "Those were the days w hen the Bahamas was labelled as a nation for sale, a place where international drug traffickers could easily get bail," he said. H e added that "unreasonable delay" was compounded by a lack of amendmentst o the legislation during the PLP's last term in office f rom 2002 to 2007. Taking this into account, he said any criticism fromt he PLP on the proposed amendments "is entirely disingenuous." One of the proposed amendments states thatw hen a person is charged with kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, treason or conspiracy to commit any of these offences as well asa ttempted murder, rape, incest, sex with someone under the age of 14, sex witha dependent, among other things, a court should notg rant bail unless the person has not been tried within "a reasonable amount of time." The amendment defines a reasonable amount of time as three years. "Hence, Mr Speaker, we s eek to limit the granting of bail to persons who are charged with these very seri-o us offences, first to those who can show the courts t hat they have not been tried within three years. H e added that after the amendments are passed, the court may grant bail fort hose offences if it determines that in a particular case the accused is unlikely to be tried within the stipulated three years. C at Island MP Philip Davis said the amendments to the Bail Act will be fruit less in stopping offenders from getting bail until thes low justice system is over hauled. "Until the whole system i s fixed, however we treat the Bail Act we're not going t o stop (accused) from (getting) bail for serious offences. The only answer is to be able to try persons w ithin a reasonable time," said the Opposition MP. "We have to shorten the t ime between arrest and trial, if that had happened this i ssue of bail would not have arrived." H e added that instead of attempting to define what a reasonable amount of timef or trial is, legislators should put initiatives in place "to fix the system." He also questioned if an accused has to wait until heh as been in custody for three years without trial before he can apply for bail or if the application can be made as the three year marka pproaches. "It's not clear," he said, referring to the Bail amend-m ents. Members of the House w ill continue debate on the crime Bills at 10am tomorrow. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE havent been there in years, Mr Bostwick said. Theres only supposed to be one dog and theres a person who's supposed to be taking care of that dog. After being called to the scene, a Bahamas Humane Society official removed one of the dogs for treatment before returning for the other. Inspector Grant of the Humane Society said the caretaker of the animals has been identified and the dogs are not in bad condition despite the bloody altercation. They are a little bruised, but its not a life or death situation, he said. And in response to the spectators claiming the animals were starved and fighing over food, the inspector said: There was no mistreatment involved, and the animals weren't starving. The inspector also revealed that the dogs are older pitbulls and when they get to a certain age, sometimes they just snap, which explains the fight. However, several people who live on the street claimed the dogs are not fed enough and the fight broke out when a passerby threw a scrap of food to them. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e BYSTANDERS ARE LEFT HORRIFIED BY DOGFIGHT APASSER-BY tries to intervene to prevent the dogs from fighting OPPOSITION CHASTISED FOR LACK OF ACTION OVER BAIL


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 13 Minister of Immigration, Brent Symonette assured them yesterday that he instructed management todeal with the issue. Director of Immigration, Jack Thompson, admitted there is an ongoing problem with car theft at the Immigration Department, but he said m anagement is working to resolve it. suppose the walk out today was the employees' wayof causing greater awareness to their plight. We have requested security through the Department of Public Service and my information is that it is being pursued. It is most unfortunate that we live in a society where you cannot come to work without worrying whether or not your car will be stolen, broken into or vandalised. We are aware of this problem and we are seeking to have it resolved. M r Thompson said the department has had some success in recovering stolen vehicles and stolen items that were taken off the prop erty. WALKOUT OVER CARTHEFTS DIRECTOROFIMMIGRATION Jack Thompson By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net ON Saturday, local food producers will flock to Gladstone Road for a mini fair to celebrate the countrys observance of World Food Day. The day was identified by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO mankinds efforts to produce enough food to feed the world. FAOs theme for World Food Day 2011 is Food Prices From Crisis to Stability. The eight hour event at the Research Centre on Gladstone Road is expected to include a farmers mar ket, back yard garden ses sions, and dance, drama and song presentations by students. Live music will be provided by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright said this year his ministry will showcase its national initiatives to increase food production in an effort to lower food costs. In 2008, we embarked on an initiative towards lowering food prices, where planting material for food crops such as sweet potato, cassava and beans were distributed to farmers throughout the country, so as to boost production, increase supply and dampen price increases, he said. The backyard gardening sessions, which Mr Cartwright said have been ongoing for years with tremendous suc cess are open to the public. The minister encouraged all householders to engage in this wholesome and economically prudent activity by coming out to the fair on Saturday. He noted that rising food prices are one of the main factors contributing to hunger and malnutrition, and my ministry has focused on the need to involve other agencies and institutions in the community in this war on hunger and malnutrition. He announced that local organisation Hands for Hunger is partnering with the ministry to distribute food to various charities. Hands for Hunger is a nonprofit organisation committed to eliminating hunger and reducing food waste throughout the Bahamas. The fair will begin at 7am and end at 3pm. W ORLD F OOD DAY TO BE MARKED B Y MINI-F AIR lower than they were to begin with. Mr Miller's comments came after Government i ncreased the retail price of g as by 10 cents per gallon and the retail price of diesel by 15 cents per gallon. The former Blue Hills MP s aid if he were in charge, he would never have approved increases for the retailers. That decision will be r eversed my first day in office. Not only will the margins be decreased but I would decrease them to lower than what they started w ith. There is no way you c an justify raising gas prices in the Bahamas when gas prices around the world ared ropping. Gas is 25 cents cheaper in the United States and we are going to increase g as here. That makes no sense, he said. I cannot believe Mr Ingraham approved this. He s aid there would be no increases and now he has backed out of that. He is normally an intelligent man who does not cater to fool-i shness, but he must be motivated by the elections to (do something that is obviously not good for the wider public. Rest assured once wer eturn to power there will be a dramatic decrease in the price of fuel. Mr Miller said there is no justification in giving ther etailers the increases when the economy has not recovered fully from the recession. When I was minister I refused to sign increases because the economy wasb ad, and it is still bad. The government and the retailers n eed to come together and fight the real problem, the franchisers and the importer.I n order for the retailers to begin making real money they either have to stand up f or themselves or become independent. He added : This is the fourth time the retailers have gotten increases undert he FNM government. They obviously care more about businesses than they do the small man. It's putting an unfair burden on the backso f Bahamian people. In August, petroleum dealers voted unanimously for strike action after months of negotiations hads talled. At that time, the nation's chief said gas prices were too high and Government would not burden the public with even higher fees at the pump. O n Tuesday Oswald Moore, chairman of the M argin Relief Committee, admitted that gas prices will go up because of the mar-g in increases, but not by a significant amount. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e EX-MINISTER SAYS PM CAVED IN ON GAS PRICES POLICE arrested a 28year-old man after he was found with what was alleged to have been $17,000 worth of marijuana. Officers of the Fox Hill Police Station, acting on information, took the Armbrister S treet resident into custody w hen they found him in a bushy area at Frances Avenue in Fox Hill, allegedly with the drugs. The drugs weighed 17 pounds with an estimated street value of $17,000. POLICE caught two men as they were breaking into a shop on Fox Hill Road yest erday morning. T he pair were nabbed i nside the business at 2.30 am by officers of the Mobile Division who were acting on information. The suspects, who are 19 and 22 years old, are in police custody. MAN ARRESTED OVER DRUGS TWO ARRESTED


sentences for serious crimes and placing tighter restric tions on when judges can grant bail. Mr Davis, who was the Oppositions lead speaker yesterday, said the compendium of crime Bills are the answer to the wrong question. He said the legislation seemed to be a response to the political pressure the prime minister has faced from citizens who are fed up with the crime wave. Among his criticisms, Mr Davis asked whether thought had been given to the rate of recidivism and what was the average length to rehabilitate a person, when putting forward amendments to define life imprisonment. There is jurisprudence to suggest natural life without an opportunity to review with a view of release is cru el and unusual punishment, said Mr Davis. Further Mr Davis said the cost of housing a convict for his natural life and the increased burden on taxpayers, especially when putting away young people for all of their life should be taken into consideration when making amendments. According to Mr Davis it costs taxpayers some $14,000 per year to house a prisoner. If a person is sentenced to life in prison at the age of 30 with the average Bahamian male life expectancy of 70 years old that means the person will be a responsibility of the state for 40 years. Do the math, he said, there are at 400 persons to be tried millions of dollars it will be costing tax payers. Addressing amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code that will allow suspects to be held by police for a longer period of time upon application to a magistrate is troubling. Mr Davis said increasing the time the police can hold a suspect in custody without being charged from 48 hours to an additional 72 hours is a cause for concern which could possibly lead to an abuse of the system. I am troubled by this, he said, a person arrested not charged and would have been held in police custody for five days, sanctioned by the courts on an ex parte hearing. If a person is going to be deprived of their liberty said Mr Davis they should at least be given the opportunity to show why they should no longer be held in custody. The government should be able to provide police with the training, equipment and resources to charge a person within the 48 hours, the specified time under the current law, said Mr Davis. Mr Davis said the govern ment needs to lead the way on crime, not just during election time. "What the FNM has failed to do is properly invest in the people of the Bahamas. .at a time when the economy is in trouble, ata time when too many fami lies are struggling, at a time when thousands were turned away from a jobs programme. . (and the prime minister) only offers $1 million (more grammes. He said the PLP's pro posed crime initiative Safe Bahamas is an holistic approach "in contrast to the government's crime Bills (which quate." By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The ashes and photographs of Philip Gaitor Jr were prominently displayed by his family as they expressed outrage over the release of the convicted murderer who is now appealing the case. Rev Glenroy Bethel, Founder of Families for Justice, believes that the decision of the Supreme Court to grant bail to Renaldo Armbrister is a slap in the face to the Gaitor family. This decision by the Supreme Court has sent shockwaves through the community of Grand Bahama, Rev Bethel said on Wednesday after learning that Philip Gaitor Jr, found guilty of murder, had been released from prison. Last June, Armbrister, 24, was sentenced to life, and his co-accused Renaldo Bonaby, 25, was sentenced to death after they were found guilty and convicted in December 2009 of Gatiors murder. They were also found guilty and convicted, with Kevin Harvey, 26, of kidnapping 19-year-old Gaitor and attempting to extort $100,000 from his family. Rev Bethel said the Families for Justice organization and other families on Grand Bahama are also outraged and are in support of the Gaitor family. This is an assault on the c ommunity of Grand Bahama, indeed the entire Bahamas.Obviously, the justice system in the Bahamas is broken and needs to be fixed, he said. The Supreme Court has sent a negative message to criminals and law-abiding citizens that there is no justice in the Bahamas. While the law states that individuals have a right to appeal, Rev Bethel said individuals convicted of murder and sentenced should not be granted bail. This is not right. This is a wrong practice and our organization condemns such a practice, and we are calling on the Christian community and all law-abiding citizens to take a stand against lawlessness in our country, Rev Bethel said. Families for Justice, he said, will be seeking to file application to the United Nations for international intervention to review the Bahamas justice system. Myrna Gaitor said that an urn with her sons ashes and photographs are the only memories she has left of her only son. Having endured the painful details during trial of his brutal murder, Mrs Gaitor is very upset over Armbristers release. Those young men kidn apped my son, beat him w ith a baseball bat and then burned him alive. It has been just over a year since the sentencing and now he (Armbrister out as if nothing has happened. That is my biggest concern. I just want closure for my family. The photographs and ashes here (in front of me are all the memories I have. We did not have a casket; all I have is this urn with his ashes, and any mother would not sit down and let this happen. This is my only son and I am outraged and will not be quiet. I want justice for my son, said Mrs Gaitor. Commenting on the crime situation, Apostle Rev Dr Anthony Grant, pastor of Agape House, said the Bahamas is in crisis. Our elected leaders are afraid to use the word crisis, but that is exactly where we are. I am frustrated and confused as to how someone who not only has been found guilty, but sentenced to life, could be out on bail. I believe if the Armbrister family was in the same boat they too would be just as outraged as the Gaitor family. This should not be happening in our country where there are laws to control this kind of thing, Rev Grant said. R ev Bethel said that the G aitor case is one of many complaints that have been brought to the organization. "This is a serious matter and it appears that our justice system has a problem thatwe cannot fix. And when you look at the injustices going on we definitely realize that we need some sort of international intervention to what is going on in our country. We want the justice system to know we are serious about this and will not tolerate criminals who are convicted and sentenced being released on the streets, Rev Bethel said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FAMILY ANGER OVER RELEASE OF CONVICTED KILLER FIVE men were arrested by officers of the Southwestern Division during an early morning operation as police executed search warrants and targeted prolific offenders. The men were arrested for investigations into attempted rape, housebreaking, unlawful possession and stolen property. A 57-year-old man of Moonshine Drive was taken into custody after officers executed a search warrant on his home and discovered what was suspected be stolen jew ellery and electronic equipment, such as netbook, flat screen TV and DVD. A 39-year-old man of South Beach is in police custody after he was found in possession of an unlicensed shotgun and shotgun shells. He was arrested at 8.40am Tuesday. Officers of the Mobile Division, acting on information, went to a home at Bougainvillea Boulevard, South Beach where they conducted a search and discovered the weapon. Active police investigations continue. DAVIS:CRIME BILLS FALL FAR TOO SHORT f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e CRIME NEWS NOT being gainfully employed, not having an active social life, being deserted by family, friends or being faced with an ill ness that is incurable can make life stressful. If you are stressed and its unbearable, please talk to some one. Call police at 911 919 322-3333 the Crisis Centre at 3280922 or the Community Counseling & Assessment Centre at 323-3293/5 or speak with the pastor at any church. CRIME TIP SOUTHWES T POLICE MAKE ARRES T S


FOLLOWING a demonstration outside BTC headquarters yesterday, CEO Geoff Houston said he remains optimistic that the company and union officials c an shape a way forward t hat will benefit all stakeh olders. The protest by union members was held to demonstrate their opposition to the managements contract proposal for line staff. Mr Houston said: First, I would like to point out that we have been able to accomplish much with our union partners since coming into BTC in April. We have had considerable discussions on a wide range of issues and have been able to agree on matters that have served the interests of the entire BTC team. So while certainly we do not want to negotiate a very important new labour agreement in the press, we understand that our union partners will not always agree with us and will want to use available channels to get their point across. This will happen from time to time and we are not alarmed. Mr Houston said the company is focused on creating a world-class, customer-centric organisation that provides superior service, cutting-edge products, and best prices and value for money. And our industrial arrangements and company policies must be shaped to facilitate this if BTC is to survive and thrive going forward, he said. Mr Houston pointed out that BTC has entered a new era not only of private ownership, but of significantly increasing competition in its traditional spaces like landline services. He added that the company faces the prospect of a strong mobile competitor in less than two and a half years. Mr Houston noted that this will mean the way that BTC conducts business must change if the company is to survive in this new environment. We have indicated to the unions our desire for true partnership to move BTC forward in this increasingly competitive environment. Our shared desire must be to create an environment where our team members can grow and flourish professionally a setting where all staff are empowered and can advance based on their own skill and preparedness to excel. This frankly means that together we have to create a new business environment that focuses on customer care, improved quality of our products and services, freedom to innovate and get things done and the assurance that all team members are account able to each other, the busi ness and our clients. Provided that we can in good faith continue our discussions based on these corep rinciples, I am convinced that we shall find common ground and shape an agreement that will serve the inter est of all parties, Mr Hous ton said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 5 BTC REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ON LABOUR DISCUSSIONS We have to create a new business environment that focuses on customer care, improved quality of our products and services, freedom to innovate and get things done and the assurance that all team members are accountable to each other, the business and our clients Geoff Houston, pictured, CEOof BTC


$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 $4.94 $5.50 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 Sleep well while your money grows. B y NATARIO M cKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net L EADING tour operators told Tribune Business y esterday they were still e valuating the impact that m argin increases granted t o petroleum retailers would have on their fivef igure monthly fuel bills, adding that they had been pounded due to the f ixed-term contract nature o f their business. W illiam Saunders, president of Majestic Tours, s aid: For the first nine months of this year I paid a total of $172,348 for diesel,a nd I paid $194,688 for gas. T he price in January was $ 4.16 for diesel and $4.56 for gas. The increase on diesel went up to $5.28 at one point, and gas went from $4.56 to $5.30. We have been pounded by these variations in increases, because all of my business that I do with oversees operators, I have to give them a one-year c ontract. We use a lot of d iesel and a lot of gasoline. Between the diesel and gasoline we paid $367,037t o move our equipment. Now what were going to be faced with, we dont k now. Mr Saunders explained: I have to give rates to my oversees operators no later t han October 30 for the entire year of 2012. Tour operators and people who use a lot of equipment have been at a loss, and its not easy to adjust theset hings. I dont think the Gov ernment has reduced what theyve been making onf uel. The Government should step in and take some of this loss, too. It hasnt been a pleasant situ ation, and we dont know By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A DEPARTING businessman yesterday blasted the Grand Bahama Power Company for having utterc ontempt for jobs on the island, as he prepared to walk away from his $20 million investment having never made a profit in its four years. Detailing the failure of last-ditch talks with Grand Bahamas electricity monopoly, Stephen Howes, the major shareholder in Queens Highway-based Fenestration and Glass Services, said that on a scale of one to 100, the progress made in Tuesday afternoons meeting was minus 100. Stating that Grand Bahama Power Companys senior executives resolutely opposed the company runn ing its generator to provide i ts own power, and refused to contemplate refunding Fenestration for the alleged $200,000 worth of equipment destroyed by electricity spikes, Mr Howes told Tribune Business he had no choice but to walk away from Grand Bahama. And, pointing out that Grand Bahama electricity By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HE Bahamas Telecommuni cations Company (BTC was yesterday criticised for d oing a poor job in provid ing attractive p ost-paid cellular packages to its highest-volume users, the private sector,a prominent businessman warning many companies were likely to defect when competition entered the market in 2015. Dionisio DAguilar, president of Superwash, said the biggest discount post-paid offering he knew of was 1,000 minutes per month for just under $140, but said this was used up by his company within just six-seven days. Urging BTC, which effectively has a cellular monopoly in the Bahamas until 2015 (it will take a rival operator at least a year to build out their By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T HE BAHAMAShas to address rather urgently the fact its fiscal deficit appears to be a growing structural problem, a former finance minister warnedy esterday, as International Monetary Fund (IMF data projected this nations recurrent deficit was set to widen to 2.6 per cent over the next two years. James Smith, former minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christie administration, also warned B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net EXPANDED food and retail concessions at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA u ltimately create between 200-250 jobs, the Nassau Airport Development Companys (NAD i dent of commercial development t old Tribune Business yesterday. I dont have exact numbers, but we have probably 150 plus employe es right now, John Spinks said. Once the whole airport is finished with all the concessions, we would c ertainly be up over 200. So I would say somewhere between 200 and 2 50 jobs will be created through the c oncessions. N AD has recently put out a number of tenders for more concessions at the airport and, according to MrS pinks, there has been a fair amount of interest thus far. URGENTLY ADDRESS STRUCTURAL DEFICIT IMF projects Bahamas primary deficit to widen top 2.6% of GDP by 2012 Ex-finance minister describes national debt as cancer Projects cut to Bahamas rating in next 6 months, due to worlds woes SEE page 7B JAMESSMITH BTC BLASTED FOR POOR JOB OVER PRIVATE SECTOR Former Chamber president says absence of attractive post-paid cell packages for highest volume users will see many defect when competition starts Dionisio DAguilar UTTER CONTEMPT FOR JOBS Businessman walks away from $20m investment, saying power costs ensured never made a profit in four year Blasts GB Power, saying: I gave it my best shot Alleges no other investor has come after him, with power costs six times norm SEE page 8B SEE page 8B AIRPORT CONCESSIONS SET TO CREATE 250 JOBS SEE page 9B TOUR OPERATORS POUNDED FROM FUEL PRICE MOVES SEE page 9B At a loss over fivef igure monthly bills due to fixed contract nature of business


ByDEIDRE M BASTIAN D OESanyone still believe that cameras cannot lie? Well, if you dont, Adobe Photoshop has always been lurking around the corner to lend a hand if ever the truth needed tweaking. With a little digital plastic surgery in Photoshop, portraits can tell a gentle fib or two in less than minutes. With Photoshop it easy for a picture to speak with any amount of words, and it might take a cynical attitude and a skilled eye to detect whether it is actually true. While this might be a creative opportunity for observant photographersand analytical designers, it can all be a bit of a nightmare for some. Doctoring photographs has been around almost as long as photography itself, but as digital imaging hardware and software have both advanced, the practice of digital image manipulation has become more commonplace and faked photos harder to detect. Since the pre-digital era, glamour photos have been manipulated by skilled photographers to remove imperfec tions on the skin and background etc. Digital photo manipulation, commonly referred to as 'photo shopping, has become a popular pastime, many considering this a new art form. But whenever it works its way into photojournalism and the media, the issue of ethics comes to the fore. How far can we take digital image manipulation and still maintain photographic integrity? Photographers and graphic designers sometimes cannot easily detect the manipulation without over-reliance on visual cues, analytical tendencies and the assumption that Photoshop is always lurking somewhere around every corner. Remember the shot of the Hungarian tourist, Pter Guzli, apparently standing on top of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, as one of the hijacked planes approached? Well, Guzli had taken the picture in 1997 and made the edit for friends. Thereafter others made further edits, placing him at every disaster from the sinking of the Titanic to the destruction of the White House by aliens on Independence Day. In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial on digital photo editing, we're going to learn how incredibly easy it is to give someone a digital nose job. This photo editing technique is so simple and easy, you'll be tempted to use it on photos of people who don't need it. Or at least that's what you can tell them when they ask why you made their nose smaller. While almost every photograph online, off-line and on news stands has received at least some slight alteration, it is important to stay on top of your game, as editing sophistication is prominent among younger tech savvy artists. I've observed digital artists creating fine art photographs by putting a photo on the base layer in Photoshop or Corel Painter, using smudge tools with varying brushes to place additional layers on top of the original layer, and shamelessly claim it as their own. This is unfortunate, as they are literally pinching from the photographers who originally took the image. There are many detection methods that can easily earn you a digital forensics merit badge of honour when it comes to uncovering anomalies in a photo, one being your eyes, which is really the best asset. Without practice youd be fooled, but you can train yourself to be analytical and start noticing the imperfections and oddities that point to a manipulated photograph. By its nature, a photograph is an incomplete and slanted picture of reality, depicting exactly what the photographer wants you to see and no more. But, even though it may seem odd and scepticism may be all around, I am sure you will agree that photographers and graphic designers ought to be the guiding principle of reality and truth. It may be misleading to alter the content of a photograph that deceives the public in a negative way, especially if the photo contains history. Clearly, theres no magic button and there may never be one but photographers have the responsibility to document society and preserve images as a matter of historical record, despite the fact that emerging electronic technologies provide new challenges to their integrity. Delving a little deeper, whenever pictures are altered the essence of that photo quickly disappears. The unspoken contract between the photographer and viewer is broken, so the photo is no longer a glimpse of the scene but an illusion with selective facts, categorised in a deceptive way. Against that back drop consider this school of thought: Hypothetically, each photograph is like a big story, and behind that big story is a great storyteller. Photoshop is an amazing tool for alterations, and can clearly be used for both good and evil, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Photoshop is a gift to the design industry, but understanding the difference between retouched images and stretching the truth for public relations purposes is two different messages. The assumption that some legal authorities, marketing agencies, beauty industries and others still make is that pictures cannot and do not lie, and everything seen on a photo is real. Well, without fear of contradiction I would say that unquestionably Photoshop still reigns as the president of the manipulative club". It has the ability to so easily erase, add, lighten, darken, stretch and shrink any elements in a picture to tell a story that "never, ever" happened. And, sadly, do you know that whenever a photo receives just a slight modification it still does not tell its viewer the story or truth in its entirety? Until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: The columnist welcomes feedback at deedee2111@hotmail.com About the Columnist: MsBastian is a trained graphic designer who has qualifications of M.Sc., B.Sc., A.Sc. She has trained at many institutions, such as Miami Lakes Technical Centre, Success Training College, College of the Bahamas, Nova Southeastern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T HE A RTOF G RAPHIX BY DEIDRE M BASTIAN THE TRUTH ABOUT PHOTOSHOP LIES SCIENTISTS TO ADDRESS THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK T HEsixth Exuma Business Outlook ( EBO) on October 26 will feature two female Bahamian scientists addressing the quality and sustainability of develo pment in this nation. We are more than pleased to have secured the participation of profession-a l engineer Sonia Brown, who is the p rincipal of Graphite Engineering, a leading firm in that branch of development in the Bahamas, and Felicity Burrows, marine conservation specialist, Northern Caribbean Office, The Nature Conservancy, said Joan Albury, presi-d ent of The Counsellors and developer of the five-island Business Outlook conferences. Sonia Brown will address the topic G etting the Right Mix Conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy to which she brings 17 years experience i n the engineering industry. A graduate of the College of the Bahamas and of the University of the West Indies, shee arned a degree in mechanical engin eering with honours from the latter institution. Mrs Brown spent seven years with the M inistry of Public Works, where she developed and contributed to many pro jects of national significance. She speaks o f a rewarding time at Atlantis, where she further expanded her experience during a three-year term as director of projects in the facilities division, with r esponsibility for the management and execution of a multi-million dollar cap ital budget for the Paradise Island prop e rty. A former president of the Bahamas Society of Engineers, Mrs Brown is alsoa former member of the Professional Engineers Board. She said: The Board is dedicated to assisting Bahamian engi-n eers in securing meaningful participation in major projects executed in this country. More importantly, the Board seeks to ensure that appropriate projects are developed for the Bahamian environment that would sustain the beauty of our country over the long term. Mrs Brown is registered with the Florida State Board of Engineering and the Professional Engineers Board of the Bahamas, and is also a member of the American Society of Heating Refriger a ting & Air Conditioning Engineers. Meanwhile, Ms Burrows will speak on Conservation in the Bahamas: The f uture of the Exumas She holds a bache lors degree in Environmental Science from Auburn University, Alabama, and a masters degree in Marine Environ m ental Science from Florida A&M Univ ersity. Ms Burrows began her professional career as a contractor in marine science for both I.M. Systems Group and Jardon and Howard Technologies at the National Oceanic and AtmosphericA dministration National Centres for Coastal and Ocean Science in Silver Spring, Maryland. She assisted with the development of a user-friendly, scienceb ased coastal habitat restoration monitoring manual, and from 2002 to 2006 worked on the Oceans and Human H ealth grants team. Ms Burrows joined The Nature Conservancy in 2006, and is responsible for collaborating with the Government and l ocal communities to identify priority conservation areas and develop strategies to manage and protect existing and proposedprotected areas. She assists with numerous marinerelated projects, including the Bahamas marine reserves network management planning efforts, the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystems Working Group, the Rare Conservation Pride Campaign for spiny lobster in Abaco, and acts as coordinator for the Bahamas Spiny Lobster Fishery Improvement Project. SONIA BROWNFELICITY BURROWS


By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune BusinessR eporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A Grand Bahama-based resort is up for sale after closing its doors earlier this week,an executive confirmed to T ribune Business yesterday. S ome 15 persons have been left unemployed as a result of the Island Palm Resorts closure, although resort executives declined to commenton the lay-offs when contacted by Tribune Business yest erday. The Island Palm Resort's general manager, Delores Adderley, would only confirm to Tribune Business: "Sunday was the last day. This is not a temporary clo-s ure, it's a permanent closure. The property is being put on the market." Mrs Adderley declined further comment on the mattera nd directed Tribune Busin ess to contact Mike K ennedy, managing director of Island Palms sister resort, Island Seas, for further comment. Repeated calls to Mr Kennedy yesterday however proved unsuccessful up to press time yesterday. The closure of the 143room resort on Mall Drive and Explorers Way, sending more persons on to theu nemployment line, spells more bad news for Grand Bahama, whose economy has been struggling for some time. Grand Bahama Cham-b er of Commerce president, K Peter Turnquest, told Trib une Business, however, that he was still optimistic the islands economy will rebound. I am still optimistic that well see some rebound. The reality is that things are very slow at the moment, and we are going through a rough patch, but were trying to do some things to see if we can bring back some business. Hopefully those initiatives will pay off, he said. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 3B FREEPORT RESORT PUT UP FOR SALE THEBAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANYS( BTC) chief executive yesterday expressed hope the carrier could work with itst wo trade unions to shape a way forward, following ad emonstration by one unions m embers in front of its head o ffice That move came in response to the contract pro-p osal to the non-management bargaining unit theB CPOU. G eoff Houston, BTCs c hief executive, said: First, I would like to point out that we have been able to accom-p lish much with our union partners since coming intoB TC in April. We have had c onsiderable discussions on a w ide range of issues, and have been able to agree on matters that have served the i nterests of the entire BTC team. So while we certainly do n ot want to negotiate a very i mportant new labour agree ment in the press, we understand that our union partnersw ill not always agree with us a nd will want to use available channels to get their point a cross. This will happen from time to time and we are not alarmed. He added: Paramount, though, in our minds as we move forward is the need toc reate a world-class, customer-centric organisation that provides superior service, cutting-edge products andb est prices and value for money. And our industrial arrangements and company p olicies must be shaped to facilitate this if BTC is to sur vive and thrive going for w ard. B TC, Mr Houston said, had entered not only private ownership but faced increasing competition in its traditional spaces such as landline.B TC also faces the prospect of a strong mobile competitor in less than two-and-a-halfy ears. We have indicated to the u nions our desire for true p artnership to move BTC forw ard in this increasingly competitive environment, the chief executive said. Our shared desire must be to create an environmentw here our team members can g row and flourish professiona lly a setting where all staff are empowered and can advance based on their owns kill and preparedness to excel. This frankly means thatt ogether we have to create a n ew business environment t hat focuses on customer care, improved quality of our products and services, freed om to innovate and get things done, and the assurance that all team membersa re accountable to each othe r, the business and our clients. Provided that we can in g ood faith continue our dis c ussions based on these core principles, I am convinced t hat we shall find common ground and shape an agree ment that will serve the inter est of all parties. BTC RESPONDS TO UNION PROTESTS GEOFF HOUSTON B TCs chief executive


A NEW CHIEF EXECUT IVE has been appointed to o versee development of the 400-home Palm Cay project on Easterm Road. Richard Browning brings 30 years of development management experience to thep ost. His arrival comes as P alm Cay Development Company enters its next construction phase, and begins a new branding and marketing prog ramme. M r Browning has experience in all aspects of leisure resort construction and management, including financial structuring, master planning, marketing and sales to locala nd international markets. D uring the last two decades, he has overseen development of six award winning, multi-million dollar r esidential golf communities, i ncluding the Oubaai Golf Resort in South Africa, featuring an Ernie Els-designed golf course. His most recent project involved the launch, development and delivery ofR iffa Views in the Kingdom o f Bahrain, a 900-villa residential golf development alongside Colin Montgomerie and Boris Becker. I find joining Palm Cay D evelopment particularly exciting. This is a quality project with prestige and appeal for both local and international home buyers, who love to live by the ocean, said MrB rowning. And as one of the few marinas on New Providence, Palm Cay represents an opportunity for a rather unique and enviable residential lifestyle. A part from the marina, P alm Cay will feature a Club House offering a waterfront lifestyle. The development combines turnkey and land purchasing opportunities, plus boat slips, for each home o wner. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $3'/,0,7('(PSOR\PHQWSSRUWXQLW\ *DWH,QWHUFKDQJH,QVSHFWRUV 127,&( 1HZWRUHKRXUVIRU 67$5'867'58*6 %OXH+LOOG HIIHFWLYH 2 3 DEVELOPMENT NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE RICHARD BROWNING Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award.I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 5B SEMINARS FOCUS ON CHANGE AGENTS T HE2011 Visionary Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards Conference will be held on Monday, October 24, under the theme Change Agents In it to Win it in 2011 The speaker line-up i ncludes Stacia Williams, president of Total Image Management; Jerome Gomez, accountant and president of Global Corporate Manage-m ent, and former administrator of the Bahamas Entrepren eurial Venture Fund; Abaco businessman Pastor Silbert Mills, president of the Bahamas Christian Network;Leslie Vanderpool, president of the Bahamas International F ilm Festival (BIFF U tah Taylor-Rolle, president o f Nitro Films and host of the p opular television show, Controversy TV. T he topics to be covered at t he conference, which is being held at Workers House from 9 am-5pm, include: Small is the New Big Closed Doors, New Opportunities How to turn nos into yes, The Dos and Donts of Business Playing clean when y our competitors play dirty Social NetworkingThe hook-up is better than money Start-Up Tips For Small Businesses The ABCs of s tarting up a business, Breaking the Glass Ceili ng A Womans perspective o n business in the new global arena, Training & Retraining, T he conference aims to empower entrepreneurs, busin ess owners, leaders and mana gers to revamp their busi nesses inside out, starting with themselves by creating newm indsets, winning attitudes and making better decisions. To register for the Vision ary Conference, persons can c ontact Visionaire Marketing at 323-5908 or 535-2277, or v isionairemarketing@gmail.com or visionairemarketing@ coralwave.com S TACIA WILLIAMS J EROMEGOMEZ PASTOR SILBERT MILLS LESLIE VANDERPOOL WASHINGTON Associated Press U.S. EMPLOYERSadvertised fewer jobs in August than the previous month. Some may have pulled back on hiring plans in the face of wild stock market swings and renewed recession fears. Companies and governments posted 3.1 million job openings in August, down from 3.2 million in July, the Labor Department saidW ednesday. The drop was the first in four months, although July's openings were the highest in nearly three years. Still, there's heavy competition for each job. Nearly 14 million people were out of work in August, which means an average of 4.6 unemployed workers competed for each opening. That's worse than July, when the ratio was 4.3.I n a healthy economy, the ratio is roughly 2 to 1. Total openings are well above the 2.1 million that were available in July 2009, which was one month after the recession officially ended. But they are far below the 4.4 million jobs advertised in December 2007, when the recession began. The downshift in job postings partly reflects the increasing ability of companies to quickly adjust their hiring plans if the economy sours. "As soon as companies hear talk of a 'soft patch,' they hit the pause button on hiring," said Jeff Joerres, chief executive of ManpowerGroup, the world's largest staffing agency. Such caution also means employers are filling jobs more slowly. In the past year, openings have risen 6.8 percent, while actual hiring has increased only 3.3 percent. "The heightened financial and economic uncertainty may lead businesses to downsize their original hiring intentions and hold off on hiring," said Henry Mo, an economist at Credit Suisse, in a note to clients. Employers are also getting pickier, economists say, and are holding out for better-qualified candidates. And they may not be offering enough pay to prospective employees. US COMPANIES POSTED FEWER JOB OPENINGS IN AUGUST


PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 7B that the likes of Moodys and Standard & Poors (S&P Bahamas sovereign credit rating within the next six months, although this would be due more to getting caught u p in Europes debt woes rather than a ny issues here. And he also ruled out the likelihood that the Bahamas would ever default on its sovereign debt, given that currently some 82 per cent of it is held domestically, making it easy to reschedule debt servicing payments. Yet the former Central Bank govern or warned that the Bahamas $4 bill ion-plus national debt would increasi ngly divert funds away from areas such as education and health throughh igher debt servicing payments. I dentifying weak revenue performance as the key factor behind the everexpanding deficits and national debt, Mr Smith urged policymakers to focus on stimulating aggregate demand, war n ing that high unemployment had created a vicious circle ultimately i mpacting the Governments income, t oo. The IMF, in its recently-published W estern Hemisphere Economic Outlook, predicted that the Bahamas p rimary fiscal deficit the difference between the Governments recurrent revenue and recurrent spending, with t he latter exceeding the former was set to widen over the next two years. T he Bahamas primary deficit, the IMF warned, was set to increase from 2 .1 per cent of gross domestic product ( GDP) in 2010 to 2.2 per cent this year, before expanding to 2.6 per cent in 2 012. The Funds projections are not good n ews for the Bahamas or the Ingraham administration, given that they need to set the annual fiscal deficit back on a d eclining trajector y to halt the rise in, and ultimately start cutting, then ational debt and its ratio to GDP. T he IMF data also lays bar e the Bahamas revenue weakness. While collections are projected to improve fr om the 16.8 per cent they slipped to i n 2010, the Fund projects they will only rise to levels equivalent to 17.8 per cent and 17.5 per cent of GDP r espectively, in 2011 and 2012. Both figures are well short of the per cent of GDP tar g et the Gover nment sets for revenue. R ecurrent spending, though, as a p er centage of GDP is pr ojected to hover either side of 20 per cent, hitting 19.9 per cent in 2011 and 20.1 per cent next year Assessing that data, Mr Smith said the revenue projections were key to our problem. Dismissing those whoh ad blamed the Ingraham administra tion s capital works and infrastr uctur e spending stimulus for the widening deficits, he added: When you examine the figur es, youll see the deficit is being driven by the weak r evenue per for mance. The major concer n is on recurrent revenue. If its increasing at all, the rate of increase is much less than the increase in our expenditure.. This, the former finance minister said, indicated that tax collections wer e weak and the tax incr eases unveiled in the 2010-2011 Budget were generating diminishing returns. s also showing the reduction in aggregate demand, Mr Smith said, pointing out that the Customs Dutyr eliant tax system was heavily depend ent on business and consumer consumption to drive import volumes. Due to the recession, the Bahamas was getting hit from all major categories of GDP, with high unemploy ment levels combining with sluggish tourist spending to reduce government revenues. Based on the IMF data, Mr Smith said of the fiscal deficit: Its not only a growing problem, but one that has to be addr essed rather ur gently The primary deficit looks like its taking on a structural element. The existing taxr egime is not doing the job to grow out of this slowdown, and that will feed into higher debt ratios. The IMF s fiscal pr ojections ar e also rather less optimistic than the Gover nments. The latter s revenue forecasts, standing as a percentage of GDP, are at 18.6 per cent, 18.5 per cent and 19.3 per cent for the Budget years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. The expenditur e estimates, though, ar e closer to the IMF s, but the Governments deficit projections are still much lower. While the differences could result from the IMFs years being based on the calendar year rather than the Gover nment s Budget year Mr Smith said the Fund s figures may also take into account the Department of Statistics revised GDP figures which had the effect of driving the r evenue ratio lower Any increase in unemployment would further drive revenues down, M r Smith said, and he added: One of t he obvious things to look at is how do y ou get faster increases in revenue? What type of measures are there to do it? o the extent the bulk taxes come from consumption, you need to lower the unemployment rate, incr e ase transaction spending or both. Your p olicies have to be designed to increase aggregate demand. Reiterating that it was important to r everse the increase in the national d ebt-to-GDP ratio before we get to the danger zone, the Bahamas can not take any comfort from the fact its gr oss direct government debt, predicte d by the IMF to hit 49.9 per cent by year-end 2012, was lower than almost any other Caribbean countr y. O nce concerned to keep the debt-toGDP ratio between 35-40 per cent, given that above the latter was consid ered a red flag by the IMF, Mr Smith s aid: The mindset has changed now W e e becoming comfortable with these higher ratios, and I dont know if t hat s a good thing. W eve been told we don t want to be this high, were heading down a slipper y slope........... This thing is like a cancer and it takes time for the rot t o set in. If nothing improves over the next six months, the former finance minister suggested the Bahamas sover eign cr e dit rating itself might get cut. This, though, would not be because of what is happening here. TheB ahamas, like many other nations, was l ikely top get caught up in the storm s urrounding the debt woes of nations such as Gr eece, Italy Spain and Portugal, and the exposure many Eur opean and international banks had to this. e certainly wouldnt escape a serious look by the international rating agencies, Mr Smith told Tribune Business, adding that too many Bahamians wer e failing to adjust and believed this would all blow over, especially when s Mar got going. The major saving grace for the Bahamas, he added, was that only 18 per cent of its $4.075 billion national debt, some $745.053 million, was held by for eign cr editors. The fact the vast majority was held domestically would make it easier to effect a debt restructuring, should the need become pressing. I think we would have been in a lot of tr ouble if ther e was mor e foreign debt. Even though thats grown very rapidly over the last several years, its not ver y large by international standards, Mr Smith said. The Bahamas total foreign currency debt, held by local and for eign cr edi tors, stands at some $1.268 billion, 31.2 per cent of the total. If debt servicing became a pr oblem, Mr Smith said the Government, for example, could easily negotiate with its Bahamas-based lenders to r eplace 10-year bonds with 20-25 year bonds carrying a lower inter est rate. I think wer e still in a good position to make those changes, but we need to decide early on what we want to do, rather than wait until its upon us, Mr Smith said, adding that a Bahamas sover eign default was highly unlikely and pr etty much cover ed. Outlining the main issue, he said: e wont be able to do as many things as we did in the past if we spend more and more money on debt servicing. ell be diver ting r esources from areas critically in need of increased funding, like law enforcement and education. 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b ills were higher than US taxes, thus negating much of Freeports tax-free advantages for international firms, Mr Howes said energy costs were undermining the islands economic future. H e argued that since he a nd Fenestration arrived on t he island four years ago, not one other investor had established a new business in Freeport or Grand Bahama. Grand Bahama Power Company, while confirmingt he meeting with Mr Howes d id take place on Tuesday, d eclined to comment, saying it did not discuss individual accounts. However, Mr Howes provided a detailed account of the encounter, which was attended by company chief executive, Sarah M acDonald; vice-president o f finance, Tony Lopez; and t he utilitys attorney, Robert Adams, a partner in Graham, Thompson & Company. He told Tribune Business the meeting started on the wrong foot and went downhill from there, both sides accusing the other of bad faith. Grand Bahama Power Company referred to the n umerous media articles on Mr Howes and Fenestration; he was upset at Mr Adams presence. I said you have no idea what youre doing to the future of this island, Mr H owes recalled, noting that the Internet is a powerful w eapon. This, he alleged, was interpreted as a threat by Grand Bahama Power Companys executives to besmirch the utilitys reputation. Its been four years since I came in, Mr Howes told this newspaper. Not one investor has come in during the last four years. If any investor does their due diligence, theyll see they cant run a business here. Their attorney [Mr Adams] still says we have no r ight to run our own generat or. I said we have a legal opinion which says we can. Y ou cant supply power of a ny quality, and give it to me a t a price six times higher than anywhere else. Mr Howes said the Grand B ahama Power Company executives also refused to look at compensating Fenestration for the alleged $ 200,000 worth of equipment losses due to electricity woes, adding that they denied any k nowledge of the two docu ment packages he sent in t o prove the losses. I dont think its possible t o stay here, he told Tribune B usiness. Ive given it my best try. Ive invested for four years, investing my life savings in this island, and dont w ant to give those people any more of my money. I said: This is a total waste of time. It shows their utter contempt for jobs. What about the people going to lose their jobs? In the end I can only do so much. It was a little shocking and its so a nnoying, but its not worth it. Mr Howes said Fenestration hoped to take some of its remaining 60 Bahamasbased employees to its newly-acquired factory in Lantana, Florida, where it is shifting operations. Presumably Grand Bahama Power Company fears that allowing Fenestration to operate off its own generator would have set a very dangerous precedent, at least as far as its high-yielding c ommercial and industrial c ustomers are concerned. Yet this latest episode is o nly likely to further ratchet u p pressure on Grand B ahama Power Company, which has been rocked in recent weeks by publicp rotests over major increases in electricity costs. Mr Howes, meanwhile, said the sad part about F enestrations problems and Grand Bahamas power woes in general was the knock on effect for the w ider community, such as r educed licence income for the Grand Bahama PortA uthority (GBPA A rguing that Grand Bahama Power Companys new $80 million power plant was intended to merely stabilise electricity prices, Mr Howes added: Im not the only one. Ive given it my b est shot.... Im not going to cry over it, and Id say its an experi ence I have to learn from. I m not the first one, and I w ont be the last. Theres nothing else I can do. I cant run a generator and run a business, so what else can I do? He told Tribune Business that he had been subsidis i ng his $20 million invest ment from the get-go, and had never made a profit from it. If I cant make ap rofit, theres no point in going through with it in the first place. M r Howes added that it w as not just Grand Bahamas manufacturing sector, but its tourism industry, that was suffering under the weight ofh igh power bills. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE network once the come in in April 2014) to offer post-paid packages of 4,000-10,000 minutes per month, Mr DAguilar said the newly-privatised carrier seemed to be going against the US trend of focusing on bulk volume users. I think BTC is doing a poor job in offering options to the b usiness community, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. The biggest plan Im aware of 1,000 minutes for just under $140 per month for cell phones. Businesses operate on a post-paid basis. Ive been trying to investigate how to get a group plan for my operations, but all they [BTC people] say is they dont know about it. They dont advertise it, and you have to know someone at BTC tof ind out about it. It seems as if they are not catering to their largest volume users at BTC. Why? Because we have no choice but to use them as they are a monopoly. Its an untapped market theyre not addressing. Theyre focused on dealing with all those people who have prepaid phones because its very profi table. M r DAguilar said he typically paid a $700-$800 post-paid c ellular bill himself per month, given the constant communications he had to make with customers and staff. He added that the 1,000 minutes per month deal would last six-seven days at Superwash. This is the way we communicate now; with cell phones, not l andlines, the Superwash president said. Businesses need greater relief. We need business plans of 4,000-5,000 minutes a month, even 10,000 minutes a month... Were paying a lot of money for cell phones, and they are not addressing those large volume users. When the competition comes about, as it will do in three years time, we willr emember this and move. Mr DAguilar added that BTCs strategy appeared to be contrary to long-term trends in the US, where cellular carri-e rs were targeting high volume, bulk users and seeking to tie t hem into discounted, promotional deals. In this way, the largest customers were enticed to keep coming back for more minutes. T he Superwash president also lamented the fact that BTC appeared to have no international plan for its post-paid cellular customers, adding that when he travelled to the US onb usiness, as he often did, he bought a cheap phone from W al-Mart to avoid getting burned by the Bahamian carriers rates. Theyre so busy dealing with the post-paid market that they pay no attention at all to the business community, Mr DAguilar said. Whether its for international travel, using it a lot in your b usiness..... For plumbers and electricians, the cell phone is the primary tool of their business, and theyre being hammered. Im sure a lot of CEOs and managers require a lot of cell phone use, and theres no plan for the more you use, the better your rate becomes. Based on experience to date, Mr DAguilar said the private s ector would be the first people a rival cellular operator w ould attract. In the first six months, you have not provided any options to the biggest volume user, the business community, andt hose are the people you want. Two-and-a-half years to competition. The clock is ticking, he told Tribune Business. BTC BLASTED FOR POOR JOB FROM page one UTTER CONTEMPT FOR JOBS FROM page one


what the future is going to b ring. During these tough times I have not laid one person off. I have not reduced o ne salary and we operate s even days a week, 22 hours a day. The Government a nnounced that with effect f rom yesterday it would i ncrease the retail margins on gasoline and diesel, previous l y fixed at $0.44 and $0.19 r espectively. Gasoline now stands at $0.54 per gallon, and it is $0.34 per gallon of diesel. M ichael Symonette, owner o f Bahamas Experience, told T ribune Business: We have a team evaluating what effect t hats going to have on our operational costs. As matter of fact, they are in the processo f doing that right now. Its too soon to say what the ultimate outcome will beb ut, obviously with our size and the volume of fuel we use, it will have a significant effect on us. We are crunchingt hose numbers as we speak. He added: Without going to look at the records I would e stimate we spend about $50,000 a month on fuel, so any movement one way or theo ther will be significant for u s. Mr Symonette said Bahamas Experience was try i ng to identify more efficient ways of operating amid rising fuel costs. We are looking at more f uel efficient ways of opera tion. We are trying to keep our prices competitive, alongw ith trying to offset any increased cost in fuel, but its a major challenge, Mr S ymonette said. We have contracts. Sometimes they are one to two years out, so we have to live w ith that cost. Its not mand ated by government, like t axis or bus rates, but we are locked in in a similar way b ecause we have fixed con tracts. We have just been explori ng ways of being more efficient and utilising our fuel consumption much morew isely. The main tenders that we put out included the indooor-outdoor restaurant and coffee shop for the new arrivals terminal, and then t wo food court locations in t he new domestic internat ional departures lounge, he explained. The news stands for the domestic international d eparture terminal, none of t hose have closed yet, so we d ont know how many prop osals were going to r eceive. M r Spinks added: We did have a fairly good representation at the briefings thatwe held for those. For the restaurant and coffee shop we had probably 12 people show up for that. For the food court we probably had about 25 people show up for t he briefings, and for the n ews stand and gift shops it was probably be the same. When they show up for the briefing it doesnt mean theyre going to submit a proposal, obviously. There s eems to be a fair amount of interest at the briefing stage a t least. M r Spinks told Tribune B usiness that sales per pass enger passing through L PIA were above average f or airports of its size, boosting business for the retail, restaurant and food concessions. However, the gross number of passengers transiting LPIA was not as high as NAD wanted, travel havingh been impacted by the economic downturn. If you look at business on a sales per passenger basis, h ow many sales youre getting for each passenger thats going through, that number is quite healthy. Its actually above average for airports our size, Mr Spinks said. The problem has been the actual number of pass engers going through has n ot grown like all of us w ould have hoped they w ould have grown, because o f the US economy primaril y. The stores in the US departures terminal, while they are doing OK, they and NAD are looking towards getting more passengers into that terminal. With regards to phase II of the airport redevelopment Mr Spinks said: Phase II, which is the conversion of t he old US terminal into the n ew international arrivals terminal, is due for completion about the end of September early October next year. That will include the i ndoor-outdoor restaurant at the arrival area, a coffee s hop, and it actually also i ncludes the food court area f or the new domestic intern ational terminal because s tage two also includes buildi ng the other departure piers going out to the other gates. Stage three is basically one year later, so by October 2013 everything should be up and running. As of now we are on time. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 9B FROM page one TOUR OPERATORS POUNDED FROM FUEL PRICE MOVES AIRPORT CONCESSIONS SET TO CREATE 250 JOBS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. F ROM page one


NEW YORK Associated Press E UROPEAN LEADERS m oved more decisively W ednesday to control the region's debt crisis, and sent stocks sharply higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 102 points and closed at its highest level since late A ugust. T he Dow had been up as many as 209 points, but gave up half that gain in the last hour of trading. Late-day reversals have become increasingly common in the market. So have point c hanges of more than 100 points. Unfortunately I think w e're stuck with the wild volatility that we've had for some period of time. I don't think we've moved past it," said Dennis Wassung, a portfolio manager at Salem, Massachusetts-based Cabot M oney Management. The Dow has rallied 8.1 percent since last Tuesday, when it hit its lowest point of the year, 10,362.26. The Stan-d ard & Poor's 500 index has risen even more in that time,9 .8 percent. That's the biggest 7-day jump for the S&P since March 2009, when the market hit 12-year lows. The surge is even more remarkable considering that it came right after the S&P5 00 nearly entered a bear market. On Oct. 4, it traded below 1,090, a 20 percent drop from its recent peak inA pril. Had it closed at or below that level, it would have entered what stockw atchers call a bear market. Much of the surge in stocks since last week was due to n ew efforts by European l eaders to contain the contin ent's debt problems. On Wednesday, European Comm ission President JoseManuel Barroso presented a plan to strengthen Europeanb anks and lower Greece's d ebt. Greece is still waiting to receive the next installment of its emergency loans. H owever, there is a growing b elief that even those loans won't prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. Separately, a Slovakian opposition party leader said that country's political part ies have agreed to approve a deal to strengthen Europe's financial rescue program. Slovakia's parliament blocked the deal Tuesday. That setb ack efforts to free up more funds for indebted Europeanc ountries and banks. The Dow rose 102.55 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 11,518.85. The average is now down just 0.5 percent for the year. The Dow has closed up or down at least 100 pointsi n 11 of the past 13 trading days. The S&P 500 rose 11.71, or 1 percent, to 1,207.25. The S &P is down 4 percent for 2011. The Nasdaq composite i ndex rose 21.70, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,604.73. Banks and financial stocks h ad the biggest gains in the S &P 500. Those companies w ould have the most to lose if European banks suffer big l osses because of a default by the Greek government. A default would cause the valueo f Greek bonds held by b anks in Europe to plunge, weakening their balance s heets and making it harder for them to lend. Their financial problems would likely hurt other banks, including those in the U.S., and couldh obble global credit markets. European leaders are w orking to shore up those b anks so they can withstand the impact. The euro rose to $1.38 a gainst the U.S. dollar from $1.37 late Tuesday. The euro has fallen in r ecent months as Europe s truggled to control its debt crisis. Treasury prices fell and their yields rose as investors b ought riskier assets like stocks instead of U.S. government debt. The yield ont he benchmark 10-year note rose to 2.21 percent from 2.16 percent late Tuesday.D emand was slightly weaker than average at an auction of 10-year Treasury notes. L iz Claiborne Inc. rose 34 percent after the company said it is selling its namesake brand and several others in an attempt to reverse yearso f losses. Liz Claiborne hasn't had an annual profit since 2 006. U .S. companies have begun to release their third-quarter earnings reports, and so fart he results have been mixed. PepsiCo Inc. rose 2.9 percent after the company said itsi ncome rose because of s tronger sales of snacks and beverages, especially overseas. A lcoa Inc. dropped 2.4 percent after the aluminum maker reported earnings thatw ere weaker than analysts expected. A 12 percent drop in alum inum prices in the July-September period dragged down its results. BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STOCKS RISE ON HOPES FOR RESOLUTION TO EUROPE MESS STEPHEN HOLDEN centre, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with fellow traders, Wednesday. (AP


PORTLAND, Oregon Associated Press PEPSICO INC.has found its recipe for success in this econ omic environment: raise prices and grow overseas. PepsiCo, like many U.S. companies, has faced a balancing act during this period of global economic uncertainty. Many consumer brands from McDonald'sto Nike have raised prices as they try to offset their higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel. At the same time, they've had to look elsewhere to expand their business as consumers in developed markets like the U.S. have cut back on spending. PepsiCo, maker of such products as Mt. Dew soda, Gatorade drink and Lay's potato chips, showed Wednesday that the emphasis on higher prices and growing its overseas business paid off in the third quarter. The company reported that its profit rose 4 percent for the period, beating Wall Street estimates. PepsiCo earned $2 billion, or $1.25 per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 3. That's up from $1.92 billion, or $1.19 per share, in the same quarter last year. Excluding charges related to its acquisition of Russian juice and dairy company Wimm-BillDann and other one-time items, earnings were $1.31 per share. PepsiCo's revenue climbed 13 percent to $17.58 billion. The results beat analyst expectations of $1.30 per share on revenue of $17.11 billion, according to FactSet. The company increased its sales volume in both snacks and beverages during the period. Its biggest revenue gains came from overseas, with Europe reporting a 37 percent revenue increase because of higher prices and the addition of Wimm-Bill-Dann. Revenue for Asia, the Middle East and Africa rose 25 percent on increased prices and volume growth, particularly in emerging markets. The Latin America Foods unit posted a 19 percent increase in revenue, led by Mexico and Brazil. In North America, the com pany's Frito-Lay business reported a 4 percent increase in rev-e nue on strong sales of its Lay's Doritos, Cheetos and Ruffles brands. Revenue for Quaker Foods North America edged up 2 percent on higher prices and cost controls. PepsiCo Americas Beverages has been its softest segment as consumers have cut back ons pending and shown a preference for other drinks. The business posted a 3 percent revenue increase, largely on higher prices. Gatorade led volume growth for non-carbonated beverages such as juices and sports drinks in North America. Company lead-e rs said the North American beverage business remains a terrific business and a tough business, as it competes fiercely with companies such as Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said Wednesday that PepsiCo may have pushed volume toom uch in years past rather than develop the identity and popularity of its brands more. The company has worked to improve the popularity of some of its brands such as Pepsi Max, which has no calories and has greatly increased its sales. PepsiCo will now turn to doing t he same for its other brands. Nooyi said the company is also trying to think about creative ways to attract U.S. consumers who may still want to buy PepsiCo's drinks but have cut back on their spending. The company also said it will take further pricing increases in the fourth quarter o n select products and certain markets "It's not going to take an awful lot to get this thing going again," said Edward Jones analyst Jack Russo. "This quarter it was goodt o get some stabilization and hit the number." PepsiCo reaffirmed its guid ance for the year, but company leaders said they would wait until December to provide 2012 guidance to see how commodity prices, the economy and consumer response to higher pricesp lay out. PepsiCo leaders also dispelled any potential concern that it might go the way of Kraft Foods Inc. or Sara Lee Corp., which have recently announced plans to split up their businesses. "I firmly believe that PepsiCo's value is maximized as one c ompany," Nooyi told investors Wednesday. "It was created as an integrat ed snack and beverage business and its success is tied to this combination. This has been true in the past and will remain in the future." BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011, PAGE 11B PEPSICO 3Q PROFIT CLIMBS ON SNACK, BEVERAGE SALES


By KHRISNA VIRGIL W HEN gospel Bahamian artist Kevan "Kevi Kev" McKenzie was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, he did not envision the extent of the hardship that would eventually come his way. I t w a s t h r e e y e a r s a g o w h e n t h e si n g e r a n d w ri t e r o f Th e y Do n t K n o w Y o u U n t i l Y a D e a d " S u n d a y C h ri st i a n an d m an y o t h e r s o n gs w a s d i a gn o se d w i t h co lo n c a n ce r R i g h t a wa y h i s ch e mo t h er a p y t r e a t me n t s b e g a n M r M cK e n z i e w a s a b l e t o h a v e a c a n c e ro u s p a r t o f h i s c o l o n re mo v e d wi t h su r g e r y La s t y e a r h o w e v e r a n a n n u a l c h e ck u p re v ea l e d d ev a st a t i n g n e w s. T h e y f o u n d t u mo rs o n my l i v e r l u n g s, a n d k i d n e y M r Mc K e n zi e s a id He w e n t ri g h t b ac k i n t o t re at me n t a n d af t er h i s t w e l f t h r o u n d o f c h e mo t h e ra p y d o c t o r s r e p o r t e d o n l y f i n d i n g t u mo rs o n h i s l u n g s. D e s p i t e t h e p r o g r e s s m o r e h e ad a c h e s c am e w h e n t h e mu s i ci a n s in su ra n c e co mp a n y c an c e l le d h i s i n s u ran ce r eq u ir i n g h i m t o p a y m ed i c a l b i l l s o f $ 1 9 0 0 0 e v e r y t h r e e w e e k s M r M c K e n z i e s b a n k a l so r e p o r t e d t h a t $ 5 0 0 0 0 s a v e d s p e c i f i c a l l y f o r t r e a t me n t s w as mi ssi n g f ro m h i s a cc o u n t I t s b e e n a ch a l l en ge ; i t s b e e n a s ac ri f i ce a n d I' m st re t c h e d re a l l y f a r sa i d Mr M c K e n zi e K n o w i n g h i s f i n a n c i a l s t r u g g l e s f ri e n d s a n d f a mi l y o rg a n i se d a f u n d ra i sin g c o n c er t t o su p p o rt h i m. J u st a sk i n g f o r a ss is t a n ce f ro m t h e m, Mr Mc K e n zi e sa i d w a s d i f f i cu l t t o d o " If so me o n e n ee d s h e l p I' m t h e o n e t o g i v e ; I' m t h e o n e t o a ss is t f in a n c i a ll y so i t s ve r y d if f i c u l t t o b e o n t h is si d e o f t h e c o i n ," h e sa id C o n c e r t p ro d u ce r K e vi n Ha rri s ma d e t h is a p p e a l : If K e v an h a s e ve r c o me y o u r w a y t h i s i s yo u r t i m e t o c o me h i s w a y T h e co n c e rt is sc h e d u l e d f o r Fri d a y O ct o b e r 1 4, a t t h e D ip lo m a t C en t r e o n C a r m i c h a e l R o a d T o p B a h a m i a n a r t is t s sl a t e d t o p er f o r m i n c l u d e: Al i a C o l e y D J C o u n s e l o r D y n a m i t e D a i s e y R i c a r d o C l a r k e K e n y a t t a T a y l o r S h a b a c k an d o t h e r s. B AHAMIAN A R TIS T C AL L S FOR HELP RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C THURSDA Y OCTOBER 13, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S TICKET Masters representative presents Mr McKenzie with the first ticket copies. "If someone needs help I'm the one to give; I'm the one to assist f i n a n c i a l l y so it' s ver y difficult to be on this side of the coin." Kevan "Kevi Kev" McKenzie


BAHAMIAN author Lenora Br own l au n ch e d h e r n ew ly p ub l i s h ed b o o k, "Bible Basics", to an audience of eager children. Ms Brown read extracts from the book at the story telling launch event, last Saturday The activity book contains a number of classr oom-style activities and prayers for children to learn with their par ents. The objective is to help advance the spiritual development of children outside of the classr oom. "The compilation of Bible Basics was r eally motivated by the experience of teaching children, not only in Sunday School, but also those taught in the regu lar classroom," said Ms Brown. "The classr oom experience has mostly influenced this piece as there is very lim ited space on the regular timetable for spiritual development in relation to the other subjects of the curriculum. Thus Bible Basics was developed not only to assist the teacher but also to assist the parent as to the basics every child should be exposed to when it comes to spiritual development," she said. Ms Brown has been an early childhood ed ucat or si nce 19 88, gr ad uat in g f r o m Government High School. She received h er e ar l y c h il d h o od q ua l i f ic at i o n s a t P .E.T Institute and the College of the Bahamas, and was the honoured recipi ent of the Si r Ge ral d C a sh Nat ion al Distinguished T eachers A ward in 2010. She is a Sunday school teacher of mor e than 12 years at St. Gregory' s Anglican Church and works in the Department of Education' s Early Childhood T eachers. Since she started publishing in 2002, Ms Brown has always been guided by her favourite pr overb: "T rain up the child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not tur n away fr om it." Her first book, "Alphabet Friends C h a r t S t or ie s an d D ev e lo p m en t a l Activities", was published in 2002. This book began the Alphabet Friends Easy Readers Book Collection, which later ex p an d ed t o i n cl ud e : A nn a 's A nt Adventure, Carl's New Cap, Ben's Boat Ride and Lionel's W eek. All of the books from the collection wer e developed to integrate basic pr eschool skills and some element of social studies relevant to Bahamian children. Ms Brown passes on the Bible message in her new book in a stimulating and edu cational way Stor ytelling is a major component of the book. "I hope that parents will see the impor tance of not only reading Bible stories to their children, but also how important it is to nur ture their children's spiritual growth through meaningful hands on activities," she said. The T ribune PG 24 Thursday October 13, 201 1 RELIGION B I B L E B O O K L A U N C H E D F O R E A R L Y R E A D E R S BAHAMIAN author Lenora Brown launched her newly published book, "Bible Basics", to an audience of eager children.


MEDIT A TION WHENEVER a deacon is or dained to the priesthood, it r eminds all of us, both clergy and lay people, that we are called to be a prayerful person engaged in pas sionate action. In Hebr ews 13:15-16, we find the fol lowing directions: "Through Jesus, ther e fore, let us continually offer to God a sac rifice of praise the first of lips that con fess his name. And do not forget it. Do good and share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Begin your day with the thought that you want to always prepare with prayer and pr ais e. As lead ers of wor shi p i n church, let us ask God to make every cel ebration of the Eucharist a time of fresh anointing for us. Let us remember that this is a celebration, a glorious gift, a t a bl e of f o r g i ve n es s fo r h e al i n g a n d wholeness. Let our voices be sincerely enthusiastic as we repeat ancient words or pray impr omptu. When r eading Scripture out loud, let us study the words beforehand, and then enunciate them so that our voices ar e s t r o n g cl e ar r e v e r e n t an d ge n u in e There is power in our voices, the power of urgent and intimate communication of important Good News. W h en we wor sh ip, it is a p r e c i o u s moment in time when heaven and earth meet. It is for us to remember that all around us are angels, archangels, and the whole company of heaven. In fact, we can use our imaginations to see that the pews a r e j am m ed wi t h t h em wi n gt i p t o wingtip. In a way we join the ongoing worship of heaven, and slip into the heavenly ban quet while it is in progress. No matter how many times we attend worship in a week or in a day let us expect the pres ence of the Lord to fill us whether you feel it or not. Be on the look-out for the un-baptized. All of us are called for a reason to wher e we find ourselves placed at the moment. God is swelling the ranks. Harvest is more plentiful now than ever The battle gets fiercer every day Keep your Bible in the car and make sur e that you know mor e Scriptures that a r e appr opr iat e f or var iou s occasi ons Have a spar e Bible or New T estament to give away if need be. Let your priority be evangelism. Invite others to church. T alk to them on the blocks about how satisfied they will be with Jesus, and if they want more in their lives help them understand that Jesus fills the emptiness. Y ou may even invite them to supper at your home if it is what the Spirit directs, and then invite them to the table at chur ch. W e particularly need young christian men to be witnesses in a time when young me n a r e dy i ng a nd l os i n g t he ir wa y Y oung men, keep your eyes open and see how your youthfulness can put you into circles that will be har der to penetrate as you get older Let the sacrament of bap tism remain close to your hear t, everyone needs a Saviour Make your youth groups more interest ing and exciting. T each them to keep the gr oup together as a reunion gr oup even when they leave for college. Help them to understand cell groups early by sharing together in prayer and study to give emo tional suppor t. Allow the youngest child to find tasks in the chur ch. Expose them to the possibility of having gifts for the communication ministry: internet, video, and audio taping. Ever y chur ch needs a vibrant music ministr y to help with chris tian for mation. Use social outreach and evangelism as the church' s response to those who ar e hurting and need to have Jesus as a friend. Every christian is a minister of sorts, with dif fering gifts and abilities, but all called to love others and to build up the Kingdom of God her e on earth. The T ribune Thursday October 13, 201 1 PG 25 RELIGION CHR I S TIAN S IN A CTION REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS Be on the look-out for the un-baptized. All of us are called for a r eason to wher e we find our selves placed at the moment. God is swelling the ranks. Har vest is mor e plen tiful now than ever The battle gets fiercer ever y day


T H E R E a r e f o u r b i b li c a l st e p s i n t h e p r o c e ss o f G o d d i re c t i n g o u r p a t h J u st b e f o r e I re ve a l t h o se f o u r st e p s, we m u st u n d e rs t a n d t h at o u r p at h t o h a p p i n e ss, f i n a n c i al s t a b i li t y t h e r i g h t d e ci si o n s o u n d n e ss o f m i n d a n d t h e l i k e a r e n ev e r b y a cc i d en t P r o v er b s 3 :5 6 m a k e s i t a b u n d a n t l y c l e a r w h a t w e o u g h t t o d o i n r e g a r d s t o G o d p o i n t i n g o u t t h e o n l y s u cc e ssf u l p a t h o u t o f a c h a l l en g i n g si t u a t i o n Ag ai n a l l s i t u a t i o n s a n d ch a l l e n g es h a v e m a n y p at h s b u t o n l y G o d k n o w s t h e s u c c e s s f u l p a t h Th i s sh o u l d n o t b e su rp ri si n g i n f o r m a t i o n t o t h e b e l i e v e r b e c a u s e t h e w o r d t e l l s u s t h a t o n l y G o d k n o w s t h e e n d o f a n y t h i n g f r o m i t s b e g in n i n g STEP 1. W e must tr ust! (Suggesting we must abandon all other trust). STEP 2. W e must tr ust him with our whole heart and mind. STEP 3. W e must lean not on our own understanding. STEP 4. W e must acknowledge God in all our ways. P r ov er b s 3 :6 s h ow s us t ha t o nly w he n th e ab ov e pr o ce s s is f ol low e d, th en G od w il l d ir e c t ou r pa th M y wo r ds o f w is d om to ev er y r e ad er : Pr ov e r bs 16 : 25 ma ke s i t c le a r w he n i t s a y s le a nin g on o ur ow n u nde r s ta nd ing the r e i s a lw a ys a w a y tha t s e em s r ig ht to u s b ut w e ar e g uar an tee d a t th e en d o f o ur j ou r ne y co mpl e te fa il ur e d e s t r uc tio n or d ea th. Pr ov e r bs 19 : 21 on th e o the r ha nd, te ll s u s the r e a r e m an y d ev ic e s or id ea s i n a m an s h ea r t, bu t o nl y th e c ou ns e l of G od s h al l pr e v ai l a nd s e t us o n t he r i gh t pa th. Plea s e, I s tr ongl y s ugge s t to all of y ou thi s mor ni ng i n s pi te of ho w c r az y you r s itua tion may appe ar follo w the ab ove s teps and hone stl y a s k God wi th the ex pec tation of Him ans w er ing y ou to ma ke c lea r your pa th in al l s ituat ions of you r l ife in this d ay and fr om this mo ment for w a r d. He aven ly F at her you pro mised in yo ur w o r d th at you wo ul d inst r u ct us, tea ch u s, and s h ow u s in t he wa y in which we sh oul d go, and t hat yo u wou ld gui de us wi th you r e ye. P s a lms 32: 8. It is h is wor d s t hat w e co me in agree men t wit h, wit h t he exp ectat io n tha t o ur p at h i s abo ut t o b e ma de clea r b y th e cr e ato r i n th e m at chless n ame of Jesus Ch r i st. Am en. ewingkevinewing@coralwave.com The T ribune PG 26 Thursday October 13, 201 1 RELIGION Trust in the lord KEVIN EWING Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story


By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer T h e Ris e o f t h e G lo r y Ca r ri er s y o uth c on fe r en ce is se ek in g t o b r in g y o un g p eo pl e f r o m a ll w al k s o f lif e t o r ea ch a hi gh er l ev el o f s pir it ua lit y In its fortieth year this conference, h o s t ed b y t h e Ch u r ch o f G o d o f Prophecy National Y outh Ministries, will r einfor ce core values of the church. "As the cor e values of the Chur ch of God of P roph ec y are to glor ify God through prayer harvest and leadership development, it is our mandate to play an active role in our churches, schools and community as we propel our youth to their God ordained destiny W e believe that our youth can rise above the vio lence and negative activities by being t r a n s f o r me d by their mind, body and spirit," youth leader Katherine Beneby told T ribune Religion The youth oriented event is an oppor tunity to unite with other youth serving the Lord. "W e're expecting God to show up and do a mighty work in and through all of our attendees. "It is our hope that our youth will be encouraged to go to a higher level in God. After the conference we want our youth to have a more intimate relation s hip wi th Chr is t d re am bigg er wo rk harder and have faith knowing that all things are possible with Christ." T he c on f e r e nc e s t ar t s Oc t o be r 1 9. Several dynamic speakers are featured g ue s t s i nc lu d i n g M i n is t er G ai l McKinney fr om T rinity City of Praise, Pastor T imothy Johnson Church of God of Prophecy National Y outh Director and Apostle V alentino W illiams from Life Changers Ministries International. During the Thursday night conference session, organisers say the format will take on a non-traditional flavour Ther e wi ll be v ar i ou s wo rk s h op s gea r ed to so c ial media, unders tanding your gift, walking with God, rearing teenagers and u n d er s t an d i ng G o d' s d es ig n f o r y o ur body A production written and dir ected by Natasha Swann, member of Church of God of Prophecy is added to the event. The drama production, "Plans" is a high ly anticipated feature. "Public schools will be on mid-ter m br eak during this time so this is a great oppor tunity for youth to be refreshed and empower ed," said Ms Swann. "Over the past years we have had sev eral schools join us as we seek to address various issues concer ning them. This year our focus is on self-esteem/personal iden tity purpose, how to resolve conflicts and guarding your spirit." Thos e a t tending the c onf erence can expect to be filled with enough inspira tion to successfully embark on a life long jour ney with Christ, said organisers. "This is not just another event but a lifetime experience with the King. W e ar e aiming to cater holistically to our youth t h r o ugh ser vices and wor ksho ps," s he explained. "The Rising of Glory Carriers" confer ence will be held on October 19 21. R e a c h i n g a h i g h e r l e v e l o f s p i r i t u a l i t y The T ribune Thursday October 13, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION T he R i se o f th e Glo ry C a rri ers yo uth conf erence s eek s t o bri ng y out h to get he r f ro m a ll w al ks of li f e I t i s o u r h o p e t ha t o u r y o u t h w i l l b e e n c o u r a g e d t o g o t o a h i g he r l e v e l i n G o d A f t e r t h e c o nf e r e n c e w e w a n t o u r y o u t h t o ha v e a mo r e i nt i m a t e r e l a t i o n s hi p w i t h C h r i s t d r e a m b i g g e r w o r k ha r d e r a n d ha v e f a i t h k no w i n g t ha t a l l t h i ng s a r e p o ss i b l e w i t h C h r i s t Katherine Beneby


The T ribune PG 28 Thursday October 13, 201 1 RELIGION By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter T HE HARD working and car ing Eliza Elizabeth Johnson may not be here in body, but she is definitely with her eight grandchildren in spirit. Eliza enjoyed the little things in life, said V enteria Johnson, while remember ing h er g r a ndm oth e r Whe t he r it wa s spending time with the neighbourhood kids or taking care of her community church, Ms Johnson said her "ma" was dedicated to it. Most of all, she enjoyed making her famous sweet pineapple tar ts, Ms Johnson said. It was in the farms of Bluff, Eleuthera, where Eliza spent her time with her hus band enjoying the sunny days and working as hard as she could. Ms Johnson said some of her most memorable moments ca m e fr om wa tc hing he r g ra ndm othe r make native straw crafts. "She was a domestic worker and she worked as a maid, but she enjoyed plaiting straw and making straw dolls and straw ba sk e ts. I still h a v e two of her stra w dolls," said Ms Johnson. She describes her grandmother as the definition of a compassionate individual; "never too busy for her and her siblings". Even though she only saw her during the holiday seasons, Eliza was always avail able to V enteria when she needed her "She was also an outgoing person, always known in the community ." "W e are all the kids she knew My older brothers and sisters lived with her she helped with raising them. I spent my time with her during summers and Christmas time." Speaking about Eliza's sick days, Ms Johnson said the decision was made by her and her brothers and sisters to have her grandmother admitted into a home. "Back in 2005, her memor y started fad ing and she was admitted into Sandilands. I think the people at the home were better equipped to take car e of her ." Although Eliza was laid to r est just last week, Ms Johnson said she plans to pass her memory on to her two daughters. "W e all plan to teach our kids about her and who she was as a person. Whenever I vis ited her I always took my kids with me so they could see her and hear stories about her youth. That is something they will never forget." THE S WEET-T A R T MEMO RIES She was a domestic worker and she worked as a maid, but she enjoyed plaiting straw and making straw dolls and straw baskets. I still have two of her straw dolls. Venteria Johnson Eliza Elizabeth Johnson