IN TOMORROWS TRIBUNE DONT MISS YOUR 40-PAGEROYAL WEDDING SUPPLEMENT NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.152THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 87F LOW 76F TRY OUR C HICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y Tim Clarke /Tribune staff BUDGETSPEECH: Prime MInister Hubert Ingraham speaks in the House of Assembly yesterday. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com JOB creation is the main thrust of Government's 2011/2012 fiscal policy, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham as he unveiled plans for a $25 million National Job Readiness and Training Programme and subsidised workplacement in the private sector. The new budget also brings good news for the public sector as Government has lifted last year's freeze on increments and promotions within the civil service. The Ingraham administration will also A budget to create jobs By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BAMBOO Town MP Branville McCartney has hired a team of private investigators to find four peoplew ho allegedly threatened to kill him. The Independent MP has also called on the police to be more aggressive in their inves tigations and questioned why the RBPF was not able to track down other allegedt hreat-makers after question ing and charging two men in BRAN HIRES PRIVATE TEAM OVERALLEGED DEATH THREATS SEE page 14 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE government reduced the tariff on chicken imports by 10 percentage points, in a move that should provide immediate relief to chicken whole salers. Local chicken manufacturers, however, say the move shows the government is not serious about local farming. I just don't know what to say. I think they are sending a clear message that they do not want By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FOR the second time this month, teenagers have escaped from a governmentmanaged youth rehabilitation centre. According to police, the search continues for two girls aged 13 and 14 who escaped from the Williemae Pratt Centre for Girls in Fox Hill on Tuesday night. Two boys, who police have yet to identify, fled from the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys just two weeks ago. Minister of State for Social Development Loretta ButlerTurner said she could possibly understand something like this happening if the centre was short staffed, however she assured the public that the SEE page 13 TEENS ESCAPE FROM YOUTH REHAB CENTRE SEE page 14 BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE new Budget is a "political plea" for vot ers' support but has no long-term solutions to crime, poverty or widespread unemployment, the opposition party said. Progressive Liberal Party leader Perry Christie criticised the Government for tightening fiscal policies last year and raising taxes only to relax them with a general election on the horizon. SEE page 13 SEE page 13 GOV T REDUCESTARIFF ON CHICKEN IMPORTS PLP BRANDS BUDGET A POLITICAL PLEA FOR VOTES MORE ON BUDGET ON P AGES 2 AND 3
B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org P LANS to improve healthcare standards by encouraging private investment were outlined by Prime Minister HubertI ngraham in yesterdays Budget Communication. The new Medical Care Improvement Act (MCIAa ims to encourage the development and improvement of medical care by remov-i ng the 45 per cent import duty on medical equipment for investors wishing to build and develop healthcare facilities for the public good. J ust weeks after Health Minister Hubert Minnis confirmed a new hospital could not be built due to limited government funds, Mr Ingraham presented his solution to the need for better healthcare an avenue for public-private partnership. The MCIA will allow government to enter into agreements with entrepreneurs who wish to invest in new or existing medical care facilities, and bring in mate rials duty-free, providing the m edical equipment and facilities they build are accessible to the public. A s with the Hotels Encouragement Act, all developments must be regarded by the Minister of Finance as being in the besti nterest of the country, and therefore public access to equipment and facilities will be required. And as a complementary measure, the Public Hospi tals Authority and facilities in the Family Islands will also receive a tax exemption for five years, so public healthcare facilities can also be improved. BUDGET 2011/12 LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f ALLTOGETHERNOW: The Prime Minister and Government Ministers keep in step on Budget Day. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com DURING the first reading of the 2011/12 National Budget yesterday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced his governments plans to implement a new Tax Administration Division, which will begin operations under the Ministry of Finance on July 1. This new tax agency will not only collect specific taxes, such as business licence, real property, stamp, hotel occupancy, and casino taxes, but it will also work to ensure compliance with tax legislation by providing efficient and effective services and conducting appropriate enforcement activity. Speaking in the House of Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Ingraham said that this new agency will not only ensure that due taxes are collected in a timely manner, but also that the cost of the collecting the funds is minimised. He added that this new agency will recruit and train high quality staff to provide high quality service to the public andp rovide the government with accurate statistical data. The creation of TAD within the Ministry of Finance is phase one of a more ambitious programme of revenue admin istration reform. In the medium to longer term, it would be desirable to establish a more autonomous tax administration organisation efficiently structured along functional lines and based on international best practice, Mr Ingraham said. Pointing out that reforming and modernising tax administration will be crucial in terms of positioning the country to deal effectively with any future changes to the tax regime, Mr Ingraham said it is no secret that the governments present revenue structure, with its very narrow tax base, is both inefficient and, in many respects, inequitable. It is also deficient in terms of providing a more stable and buoyant stream of government revenues. Discussions of tax reform will need to figure more prominently in the public dis course in the period ahead, he said. Prime Minister Ingraham said there is also the need to implement a comprehensive risk assessment framework for the supervision of banks and trust companies as well as the con tinued development of the stress testing model for banks. PM unveils plans for Tax Administration Division $1.5m set aside to help young enterprising Bahamians Move to boost healthcar e standards SEE page 14 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE GOVERNMENT has set aside $1.5 million to provide business grants for enterprising Bahamians over the age of 30. Job creation is a major thrust of the 2011/2012 bud-g et, according to Prime Min ister Hubert Ingraham, who yesterday announced two new programmes: a public service recruitment campaign, and the drafting of a development act for small and medium sizee nterprises (SMEs announced the establishment of an new agency to adminis trate the developments. Mr Ingraham also advised that there will be a one-year extension on the business licence tax holiday for small businesses with turnover of up to $250,000, and that the exemption would be extended to businesses with a turnover up to $500,000. The Jump Start programme was initiated due to the overwhelming response to the governments Self-Starter programme which is designated for persons under the age of 30. Jump Start will share the same premise and basic procedures of Self-Starter and provide applicants with grant funds of up to $7,500 to start their own business. Start-ups offering tourism attractions or amenities will be encouraged, Mr Ingraham said, as there is a need to increase in domestic spending in the cruise sector. The programme will give scores of Bahamians an opportunity to become selfemployed, he said, as well as, in the process of starting their own businesses, become employers of others. The public service recruitment drive will engage 200 graduates of secondary and tertiary education, providing exposure, training and work experience for one year before placement within the sector. The competitive process will solicit 100 college and university graduates, and 100 high school graduates, 50 with BGCSEs and 50 with only BJCs. The government wants to cultivate persons who can over time qualify for the most senior government positions. Further employment of Bahamians will be sought in the new Work Placement and Employment Exposure programme. The government plans to encourage private sector hiring through monetary incen tives, affording referred individuals the opportunity to garner on-the-job training and skills. Employers that take on persons referred by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development will receive a wage subsidy of up to $210 SEE page 14
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com THE GOVERNMENT confirmed its continuing commitment to the mod-e rnisation of the public service through the e-Governm ent scheme yesterday. During the 2011/2012 B udget communication, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced thei mplementation of an Information Technology Cadet P rogramme which will train 10 students. Initial components of the e -Government scheme are set to launch in less than two m onths. These include: a new Department of InformationT echnology; a revamped government website; and s even online government services. In July, customer service, p ayment inquiries, and drivers licence renewals will become online services.B ahamians will also be able to pay annual business l icence fees, real property taxes and fix penalty notices via the internet. We are aiming to both transform the public service b y improving efficiency and productivity and improve our ranking in respect toe ase of doing business, Mr Ingraham said, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and making our country more attractive to foreigni nvestors. Envisioning a public service that could be engagedat any time, from anywhere, the government unveiled its plans to revitalise the sectorl ast November. The initiative was l aunched under the guid ance of IDA International a subsidiary of IDA Sin g apore, the government agency dedicated to guiding Singapore's vision for eco nomic growth through the information and communi c ations industry. Singapore began with an estimated $966 million GDP at independence in 1965, and after successive ICTp lans, boasted an estimated $235.7 billion GDP in 2010. The government says the successful implementationof e-Government is expect ed to engender an efficient and responsive government, w ith increased transparency through equal opportun ity to government services and contracts. An integrated public serv ice sector, armed with functional information technol o gy tools, promises an edu cation sector where online classes and video confer e nces are the norm, health services that can be accessed a nd managed remotely, an e-Commerce marketplace for local businesses, a trans-p arent financial services sec tor and an improved justice system. Challenges After six-month-long study, IDA Internationalp roduced a list of challenges stemming from the state of online services, including the limited automation and to lack transactional services. Core inefficiencies were also f ound in the government's vision and strategy, organi s ation and capacity for infor mation technology. With recommendations in h and, the government assigned chief information officers to all ministries and departments with the charge to lead ICT projects andr eengineering efforts. The officers are empow ered to act as watchdogs, ensuring compliance with new policies, and their expe r iences will be used to affect further planning, the gov ernment said. In yesterdays presenta tion, Mr Ingraham announced that the DIT would head the e-Governm ent agenda, controlling its budget; managing the infras tructure and assets, ensuring its continuity, including in terms of disaster recov-e ry. The department will also b e responsible for providing ICT support and solutions t o improve the delivery of all government services; and training and capacity development for public servants. Mr Ingraham said: No government will be leftb ehind as we harness the value of our information technology dollars, andf ocus our efforts in making government the catalyst for ICT development in theB ahamas. We will move in one direction, Mr Ingrahama dded, as one unified force, to improve the public serv ice and bring efficiency and transparency to government processes. A dditional online services expected to come on stream i n the 2011/2012 fiscal year include: application for newa nd renewal work permits, payment of customs duties, police records, passport a pplications and post office box rentals. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 3 PM hails e-Government scheme BUDGET 2011/12 A 38-year-old man was acquitted of the rape of a 17year-old girl yesterday. After two hours of deliberations, a jury of seven women and two men unani mously found Modesta Colebrooke not guilty of the rape of the teenage girl. Prosecutors alleged that in September 2008, Colebrooke took the girl, whom he knew, to Blue Hill Heights and had sex with her against her will in his car. Colebrooke, who represented himself at his rape trial before Justice Vera Watkins, admitted to having sex with the girl but claimed that it had been consensual. Colebrooke thanked the jury after the not guilty ver dict was announced. Despite his acquittal, he will remain on remand at Her Majestys Prison as he has another case pending in the Magistrates Court. Colebrooke shouted: Thank God, as he was escorted back to the Central Police Station after the ver dict was handed down. Sandra Dee Gardiner prosecuted the case. MAN 38, ACQUITTED OF RAPE OF GIRL AGED 17 court BRIEF Ingraham underlines commitment to public service modernisation PRIME MINISTER HUBERT INGRAHAM
E DITOR, The Tribune. I had reason to travel through the wonderful new L ynden Pindling International Airport. It blew my m ind how beautiful it was, how well laid out it was, the m any shopping and food o ptions that now exist and t he incredible artworks on d isplay lovingly created by B ahamian artists. That airport makes me proud to bea Bahamian since it incorporates so many features that make it uniquely Bahamian and the governm ent, too, has every reason to be commended for a job well done! H owever, there is one big p roblemand that is the US C ustoms and Immigration p rocess to which we are all s ubjected. In my humble o pinion, the process has simply gotten much, much w orse.especially if you are a Bahamian. The wait times, to go through the process, are more often than not, horrendous and, at peak times, one can be standing inl ine for well over an hour w hich is simply unreasona ble and, in my mind, total l y unnecessary. T he individual that is in c harge of the US border p rotection agents needs to s it down with his people and figure out why this process is taking so long. Maybe they have too few agents work ing the line at peak times! I must say that I see no sense of urgency by the agents and each person is now taking five to six minutes to be processed whereas before the process was two to three minutes. The Bahamian tax payer did not spend all this m oney on a new airport to m ake the process longer and m ore frustrating. A nd what really, really makes Bahamians irate is the apparent unwillingness of the US border protection agents to deal with Bahamians at all. For, when you arrive at the entrance to the new US Customs area, you are now separated into two lines: one for US citizens and one for non-US citizens ( i.e. Bahamians). Well, if there are eight agents working, six to seven will be dealing with US citizens and one to two will be dealing with B ahamians. A US citizen w ill take mere minutes to go t hrough the process while B ahamians are left to stand for up to an hour (in some cases) waiting to be p rocessed. T he last time I had reason to use the US preclearance facilities..I counted! There w ere five agents on the US side (and there was absolutely no one in the US c itizens line) while there was only one agent on the Bahamian side and the line h ad over 30 persons waiting. We had to wait so long and t he line was moving so slowly that many people ended u p sitting on the floor. Can you imagine..we just paid hundreds of millions for a brand new airport and we still end up sitting on the floor!Shocking! N aturally, all Bahamians s tanding in the line were f urious yet, no one was prepared to complain loudly for fear of being targeted for revenge by a mean and spiteful border protection agent. And, when I expressed my displeasure to t he border protection agent who finally processed me, he stated categorically that his superiors had instructed them to make sure they dealt with US citizens first before they dealt with Bahamians! This situation is totally unacceptable and Deputy P rime Minister Brent S ymonette, in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, needs to step in, summon the head of the US Customs and Immigration Department at LPIA (or US Ambassador Nicole Avant) to his office and tell him/her to Get It Right when it comes to dealing with Bahamians. A fter all, the last time I checked, Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport was built by Bahamian taxpaye rs at a cost of approximately $200 million thus far a nd Bahamians are being treated like second class citi zens in the very building t hey paid to build. Why s hould there be a special line f or US citizens? I can unders tand there being a special line for US citizens once they step foot in an airport built by US taxpayers but, once again, LPIA was built by Bahamian taxpayers and w e resent being segregated into a line where we are seemingly receiving inferior s ervice. My advice to my fel l ow Bahamians, especially t hose who find it difficult to s tand in a long line for any e xtended length of time (i.e. t he elderly and those travelling with young children), i sonce you arrive at the US Customs hall, ignore the signage that segregates you into the superior service line (i.e. US citizens inferior service line (i.e.B ahamian citizens), determ ine whichever line is shorte r and use that! I had reason to use the US p reclearance facilities in M ontreal, Canada over E aster and, as you can imagi ne, the Canadians would never tolerate such a sce nario that exists at LPIA. Every person, irrespective of citizenship, stood in the same line and was processed on a first come, first served basis. That is what needs to happen at LPIAand happen now! The days of segregation and discrimination against Bahamians by for eigners operating in The B ahamas ended in 1973 and i t should not be allowed to r esurrect itself in 2011 in our b eautiful new airport! DIONISIO J DAGUILAR Immediate Past President Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Nassau, May 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm ISLAMABAD A raid by militants on a Pakistani naval base this week has raised fresh a nxiety about Pakistan's ability to protect its nuclear sites. Although Western governments and analysts agree there is little chance militants could succeed in stealing nuclear material in an assault like the one in Karachi, a ttacks by al-Qaida or the Taliban against a nuclear facility remain a possibility. A serious breach of the security perimeter could lead to calls for a unilateral American move to secure the Muslim world's onlyn uclear weapons, something that likely would trigger massive protests inside Pakistan andm ore hostility between Washington and Islamabad an outcome that would be welcomed b y the militants. While that is unlikely, a scenario that includes more militant attacks on Pakistani security force installations in the coming weeks, possibly nuclear ones, is not. Thata lone could deepen the worry in the United States that the Pakistani army is infiltratedb y militants and is unable to protect the weapons. "These attacks alone do not damage the military, but they shape American fears," said Kamran Bokhari, a Pakistan expert from S tratfor, a global intelligence firm. "More attacks create the perception that the Pak i stan state is crumbling and weakening, and that encourages more American unilateral o perations, and that serves the jihadists' interest." In comments to a reporter after claiming responsibility for a bombing on Wednesday that killed five police officers, Taliban s pokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said future attacks would also target Pakistan's president, p rime minister and army chief but said nuclear installations would not be targeted because Pakistan is the only Muslim nuclear power state." His remarks seemed to be an attempt to appeal to Islamist, rightwing and nationalist public opinion, much of which is prone to conspiracy theories that America wants to steal the country's nuclear assets. In the past, the Taliban have vowed to fight alongside Pakistani troops against India, a similar attempt to win public support even as it routinely kills innocent Pakistanis in sui cide bombings. The army believes they are the country's main safeguard against Indian aggression, and ensures they are protected to a standard comparable to other countries weapons, according to analysts and research papers. They are held in bases with much tighter security than the Mehran Naval Station a ttacked on Sunday in Karachi, in bunkers protected by specially trained security forces. The army physically separates warhead cores from their detonation components, while the warheads themselves are electronically locked to ensure that they cannot be detonated even if they fall into terrorists' hands. T he Mehran facility is on the grounds of a large air base that has housing complexes and a hospital and borders large residential and c ommercial areas. Nuclear facilities are isolated and access to them is much more strictly controlled. While the fear that the weapons may be snatched in a militant raid is considered overs tated, a more pressing concern is that the inherently unstable Pakistani government could be ousted by Islamist extremists and the new dynamics that would bring, including state-sanctioned nuclear proliferation to oth-e r countries or militant groups. The fact that Osama bin Laden was killed b y American commandos on May 2 in an army town a short walk from a top military a cademy has added to concerns that elements within the security forces, the most powerful institution in Pakistan, are sympathetic to alQaida. "Some observers fear radical takeover of a g overnment that possesses a nuclear bomb, or proliferation by radical sympathizers withinP akistanis nuclear complex in case of a breakdown of controls," said a 2011 U.S. Congressional report on the country's nuclear weapons. "While U.S. and Pakistani officials continue to express confidence in controls o ver Pakistan's nuclear weapons, continued instability in the country could impact these s afeguards." During a news conference Tuesday in Kabu l, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen acknowledged the ongoing con cerns about the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, but said he "felt confident that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is safe and well-pro t ected." "But of course," he added, "it is a matter of c oncern and we follow the situation closely." The 18-hour assault on the base was one of t he most successful militant strikes in over four years of insurgent violence, foreshadow ing what many here fear is going to be a long and bloody summer as militants seek to exploit tensions between Pakistan and the United States exposed by the unilateral U.S. raid against the al-Qaida leader. The Pakistani military, already humiliated by not knowing about the existence of bin Laden in Abbott abad and being unable to detect the U.S. choppers flying into the country, was again shown during the Karachi attack to be powerless, this time against a domestic threat that for first time destroyed two of its planes. Few expect any answers on how the attackers got into the complex in Pakistan's largest city, much less the trial of anyone arrested in connection with it. A 2009 attack on army h eadquarters close to the capital Islamabad was led by a former army nurse who was arrested at the scene. The man, whose name has not been released, has been held without trial since then, and the results of any investigation into that attack have never been public. (This article was written by Chris Brum m itt of the Associated Press). New airport segregation, discrimination by USagents LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Pakistan raid raises nuclear fears Y OU ARE HE ADED IN T HE RIG HT DIR ECT ION WH EN YOU W A LK WITH G OD.
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Senior Assist ant Quinn McCartney led a police walkabout in Garden Villas yesterday following the recent spate of shootings in the area. Mr McCartney, accompanied by the officer in charge of crime and officers from the neighbourhood policing unit, spent a n hour talking with residents of the community, which is a known hot spot for illegal activity. Over the past few weeks we have been having some serious matters reported from the Gar den Villas area and we wanted to come in the area to make an assessment of the community and talk to residents who reside there, Mr McCartney said. There have been two recent shootings in the area one man was killed and another was seriously injured. The body of Kiano Javier Martinborough, 31, of Freeport was discovered on May 8 after he had been shot in the head. His death was the third homicide for the year on Grand Bahama. Two weeks later, the second man was shot. No one has been arrested in connection with either case and police are appealing to anyone with information that might assist with their investigation to call 911, 350-3107/8 or the Central Detective Unit at 3529774/5. Mr McCartney told Garden Villas resident police believe that the majority of persons hanging out in the area and committing the crimes do not live in the community. We want to reassure residents we are there to support them and we want to encourage them to assist us with our investigations and cases, he said. lot of times we have matters from this area and when the matters get to court wit nesses are reluctant to come forward and give evidence. We need their co-operation in order to be successful in rid ding the community of the undesirables, he said. Mr McCartney indicated that that they are looking to increase police visibility in the Garden Villas area. He said increased mobile patrols would deter criminal elements and reduce crime. The police chief said that during the walkabout, he noticed that many of the young men in the area are unem-p loyed. Mr McCartney said another concern for the police is the running of illegal busi nesses in the community. There are a lot of people who sell goods without a busi ness licence and proper authorisation, and as long as those types of businesses continue, persons will continue to hang out there, he said. We know activities that happen there are in breach of the law and we want to encourage them to seek legitimate means of making money. We know the economy is going t hrough challenges, but it is no excuse for criminality. We want t o encourage them to apply to the relevant authorities for l icenses. The environment there is a lso not the best and we will have to partner with Urban Renewal, landlords, and other corporate partners such as the GB Port Authority to create a more conducive environment for residents there. It will not be a quick fix solution but we will need to sit down and devise a strategy to develop a long term plan to try and help that area, but residents have to be willing to partner with us to ensure we really make a long-lasting impact, said Mr McCartney. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 5 'HDG,GROVDQGWKH/LYLQJ*RG By LAMECH JOHNSON WITH the current voter registry only seven weeks away from closing, Parliamentary Commissioner Earl Bethel is e ncouraging the public to come out and register. Mr Bethel told The Tribune more than 65,000 voters have registered so far, which he says is good and an improvement over the previous registration period prior to the 2007 general elections. The last two months have been very goods ince the announcement of closing the current voters registry (on July 14 For political parties looking to garner the support of young v oters, Mr Bethel had some good news they are registering in healthy numbers this election season. Well young people are registering. The number of them w ho are registered, that y ounger age between 18-25, they are about 14 per cent of t he list," he said. Mr Bethel said that so far, the age category 35-50 is the best represented on the registry l ist. While the departments target for total registered voters is around 160,000, Mr Bethel s ays it is difficult to determine the exact number of eligible v oters as the information gathered during the 2010 census is not available yet. H e added: "We would know the people who are 18 and over and would have t hat information based on the census report, but that's not r eleased as yet. But even so, there are some people who traditionally do not register for various reasons like religion and others. So it is difficult to say. Mr Bethel believes the department can reach its targett otal based on the pace persons h ave been coming into register, even though Bahamians o ften do things at the last minute. In 2007, there were 150,000 registered voters. The commissioner noted that t he Parliamentary Registration Office on Farrington Road iso pen from 9.30am to 4pm and again from 5pm to 8pm. M r Bethel advised potential voters to visit the office or call 325-2888/9 or 397-2000 if they have any questions about the registration process. It is not our duty to frus trate the public. We want to e nsure that all persons who are qualified are registered," he s aid. Voter registration centres are open in New Providence between 10am and 4pm at the following locations: the Parliamentary Registration Department, Farrington Road, Town Centre Mall a nd Marathon Mall the General Post Office, E ast Hill Street the Sub-Post Office, Carmichael Road the Sub-Post Office, Elizabeth Estates the National Insurance Board, Baillou Hill Road, Com-m onwealth Bank, Mackey Street and Golden Gates b ranches. In Grand Bahama, centres are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the following locat ions: the Parliamentary Regist ration Department, Freeport the Administrator's Office, E ight Mile Rock the Administrator's Office, High Rock (Tuesdays and Thursdays). In the Family Islands, regis tration takes place at the Administrator's Office between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Young people comprise 14 per cent of current Voters Registry list Parliamentary Commissioner encouraging citizens to register COMEOUTTOREGISTER: Parliamentary Commissioner Earl Bethel. Police walkabout follows recent spate of shootings Q uinn McCartney
RICO Thompson spent Saturday break dancing and back flipping on a moving flatbed truck, risking life and limb to raise enough money to take part in the global education programme, Up With People. Astonished onlookers, tourists and locals alike, heard the music and came to watch the young Bahamian entertainer and hip hop teacher perform head spins and hand stands as the vehicle drove from Queens Highway to Port Lucaya in Grand Bahama. Stunts which are difficult enough on the ground became even more terrifying as he entertained people in his own inimitable style. Rico was recently awarded the highest level of scholarship granted by the Up With People programme. However, in order to complete his year, he needed to raise a further $8,250. Since learning of his acceptance, he has contacted everyone he can think of in the community to ask for sponsorship and achieved muchs uccess. I wanted to do something more, using my skills to puta smile on peoples faces whilst asking them to sponsor me, and thats why I decided to do something energetic, unusual and fun. There were a lot of ways to fall off the truck, he said. I love making people happy and seeing the peoples reactions was amazing. At f irst they didnt know what w as happening, but as cars p assed by and saw me dancing they smiled and threw money into the collection buckets. Shoppers made donations and started dancing with me which was great. The atmosphere was crazy fun and I gratefully received just over $800. I now have the last $2,050 to find and anyone who would like to sponsor me can call 374-2879 to find out how. Mr Thompson said he remained extremely grateful throughout his fundraising quest. Peoples generosity and belief in me has been wonderful. I have so many people to thank for helping me with the truck dance, namely: Tropical Shipping, Freeport Ship Services, Meacal Electronics and Freeport Advertising, Peter Williams, the Royal Bahamas Police Force who helped keep the event safe and ensured the public were not inconvenienced and l ast but not least, my incredib le friends who helped col l ect the money and worked alongside me to make the event special. I am really lucky to have so many people in my life who genuinely want to see mes ucceed and I owe it to them to make the most of my year with Up With People. I want to gain as much as possible from it so that I can return to the Bahamas with more experience and skills, to be able to lead a productive and creative life here, helping my fellow Bahamians wherever and whenever I can. Whilst I want to travel the world, performing and being the best ambassador for the Bahamas that I can be, I also anticipate my return where I will be a year older and hopefully wiser and better able to serve the community and my people. I have an open agenda to collect as many good ideas so that I can come back here with something substantial to offer back to the count ry. U p with People (UWP a n international education organisation best known for its musical performances by international casts consisting of 70 students from different countries. The mainc omponents are international travel, intercultural living (group diversity and host fam ily stays), performing arts, community service and leadership development. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Dangerous dancing to raise money HANDSTANDS: Rico Thompson hands stands on the moving vehicle with police leading the way. ASTONISHED AND HAPPY: Onlookers sponsor Rico in the Downtown area.
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org THE new habit of speeding among Long Island motorists is expected to create considerable safety challenges at the upcoming regatta celebrations. D uring the event, when the population is expected to be swollen by thousands of visitors from the capital, reckless drivers could be an even greater liability than the islands limited emergency care resources, according to Administrator Jordan Ritchie. The unfortunate thing is there are so many speeders on the road nowadays, said Mr Ritchie. They are not driving w ith care and caution, but driving as if there is no tomorrow. Its really a miracle that there are not more accidents. There is no concern for otherr oad users. Last week, 44-year-old Aaron Gibson became the islands first traffic fatality for t he year. Mr Gibsons fatal injuries came as a result of a head on collision between his motorcycle and another car early Thursday morning. The building contractor was well known on the island, according to relatives, as a gen-e rous and family-orientated father of two. As police continue their investigation into the matter,l oved ones hit out at the scarcit y of health care resources on the island which they feel may have played a part in Mr Gibsons death. T here is only one doctor stationed at the island at this time, and its only ambulance is out of service. Adrian Gibson, the d eceaseds nephew and a T ribune columnist, said: Bahamia ns living in the Family Islands are deserving of the same dign ity of those that reside in New Providence. Health professionals took an hour to get to the scene and he was taken to the clinic on t he back of a truck. Theres only one doctor on t he island, and they had to wait on the doctor for about an hour t o come from another settlement. He may not have lived h ad things gone differently, but at least my family and I would know that they (health professionals) did all they could. This is a problem. There is a seriousl ack of resources. Serious While acknowledging health c are limitations, Mr Ritchie maintained that the issue of speeding motorists has become even more serious, as local police are without the resourcest o effectively combat the growing trend. There are no police motorcyclists on the island, said Mr R itchie, and with the vehicles they have, there is no way they can catch the speeders. They overtake at will, two to three vehicles. Their aver-a ge speed seems to be 65-70 miles. Mr Ritchie noted that a lack o f speedometers also hinders police efforts, and said that the island looks forward to resources being allocated in the new budget. H e said: We used to have two speed guns and we had things under control. Quite a number of persons appeared in c ourt and it made an impact. If we bring them before the courts and charge them for the crime then it (rampant speeding) will curb. T o make matters worse, Mr Ritchie said, he expects an influx of unfamiliar drivers for next weeks festival to be h eld from June 2-4. He said: The speeders that come from Nassau are not accustomed to some of our roads, the curbs, so we expectt hat there will be more accidents. Hopefully none of them will be fatal. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 7 S peeders expected to present regatta safety challenge WORKINPROGRESS: Pictured above is infrastructure works currently underway at the recently landscaped Saunders Beach. Felip Major /Tribune staff
T HE oceanic whitetips hark (Carcharhinus longimanus) was once thought to be one of the most numerous largev ertebrates on the planet. Y et ongoing exploitation of this species for it fins for u se in the Asian delicacy shark fin soup, has caused p recipitous population declines in many parts of the world. T his species has been especially hard-hit in the northwest and western central Atlantic Ocean, where it is now difficult to find them i n significant numbers. Despite the inherent diffic ulties in finding and studying large, relatively rare o ceanic sharks, an international team of researchers s uccessfully satellite-tagged a large number of these animals off Cat Island this month in order to track their m ovements to enable more effective conservation of this t op ocean predator. Edd Brooks, Annabelle O ronti and Sean Williams of the Shark Research and C onservation Programme at t he Cape Eleuthera Insti t ute; Lucy Howey-Jordan and Dr Lance Jordan of Microwave Telemetry, Inc; Stuart Cove and the staff of Stuart Coves Dive Bahamas; Dr Demian Chapman of Stony Brook University and Debra Aber c rombie of Abercrombie and Fish, undertook a 10day expedition to Cat Island to conduct the first instalment of a long-term projectt o study the movements and habitat use of oceanic whitetips. I have been trying to get down to the Cat Island aggregation since the Shark Research and Conservation Programme was founded f ive years ago, and now, with the incredible support offered by Microwave Telemetry and Stuart Cove and his staff, we have finally got our chance. This species is one of the most endangered pelagic sharks in the world, yet vir tually nothing is known about its basic biology ande cology, something this pro ject will hopefully change, said Edd Brooks, programme manager of the Shark Research and Con s ervation Programme at Cape Eleuthera Institute. This project has been a v ery unique collaborative initiative between shark div i ng operators and scientists. In addition to Stuart Coves generous support, we werev ery lucky to be assisted by Jim Abernethy of Jim Abernethys Scuba Adventures, who helped locate sharks during a couple of slow days,a nd Vinnie and Debra Can abal of Epic Diving who have been keeping an eye out for our tagged animals.T he future success of the project will depend in part on the ongoing support of our partners in the shark diving industry, he said. O ceanic whitetips grow to over 10 feet in length, but take at least 6-7 years to reach maturity, making them vulnerable to fishingp ressure. Over the 10-day expedi tion, the research team cap t ured and tagged the sharks with pop-up satellite a rchival transmitters (PSATs temperature and light-leveld ata which are later trans mitted to a satellite. The researchers then get emails that relay the sharks estimated position, dive hisLOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Scientists, divers tag record number of threatened oceanic whitetip sharks in Bahamas S HARKSARENOWBEINGTRACKEDVIASATELLITE SEE page nine
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Tho s e p e rs o ns t h ou g h w h o w o u l d h a v e g o n e t o C O B ar e r equir e d t o s ign a bond an d so i f th ey d o n o t j o i n t h ey w ill be requ ired to p ay back w hat w e wou ld h a ve paid in f e e s W e a r e d o i n g e x t r e m e l y w ell i n Nassau w ith the p r o g r a m m e a n d w e f i n d t h a t p e r s o n s w h o p a s s t h r o u g h t h e C a d et C o rp s p ro g ramm e u su a lly m a ke be t t er po lic e of f ic ers, h e said LOCAL NEWS P AGE 12, THURSDA Y MA Y 26, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F RE EP O RT Gr and B aham a P ol ic e ar e i n v e s t i g a t i n g a h o m e i n v a s i o n i n t h e E i g h t M i l e R o c k a r e a in wh i ch a c ou p l e w a s he ld a t g un p o in t a n d r o b b e d Ac c o r di n g to r e p o r ts a t a r o u nd 2 4 5 a m y e s te r d a y p o li c e we re ca l l e d to th e s c e ne of a n a r m e d r o b b e r y a t th e H a r b o u r We s t S u b di v i s i o n. In v es ti ga t i ons reveal ed th at a 26year-o ld m a n a nd a 3 0 -y e a r -o l d w o m a n w e r e a t h o me whe n ar med m en kicke d in the ir front doo r a n d a b e d r o om d o o r T h e t w o m e n t o l d t h e c o u p l e t h e y w e r e p o l i c e of f i cers and began searc h ing t h e ho us e a nd d e m a n d i ng ca s h O n e o f th e c u l pr i t s w a s a r m e d w i th a h a nd g u n T h e w o m a n t o l d t h e c u l p r i t s t h a t t h e m o n e y wa s o u ts i d e a n d to o k th e m t o h e r c a r W h il e s h e m a n a g e d t o e s c a p e th e g u n m a n s h o t o u t t h e w i n d o w o f t h e v e h i c l e a n d t o o k t w o b ag s. O n he ar i n g t h e gu n s h o t a c o n c er n ed n e i g h b ou r c a m e o u ts i d e to s e e wh a t wa s ha p p e n i ng a n d w a s f i r e d a t b y on e of t h e g u n m e n N o o n e w a s i n j u r e d d u r i n g t h e o r d e a l P o l i c e a re c o n t i n u i n g t h e i r i n v es t i ga t i o n s i n t o t h e matter. P o l i c e C a d e t C o r p s p r o g r a m m e launched for first time in GB Couple held at gunpoint during home invasion CRIME BRIEF
Mr Christie also downplayed t he Ingraham administration's new job creation strategies w hich include a $25 million job training programme and a subsidised work-placement programme in the private sector as not far-reaching. "This budget does not pro vide any plans or vision for thee stablishment of careers for the majority of the youth of the B ahamas. We heard short-term proposals for temporary e mployment for some, but we did not hear any vision as to the opportunities for the majority of our youth to establish and grow their careers to ultimately become entrepreneurs and owners of the economy of the Bahamas," said Mr Christie, flanked by PLP members of Parliament, in the Opposition's Committee Room. "If you want to know this government's real values, their real priorities, look to the budgets they produce when elec tions are not looming. This government raised your taxes, took your money and is now asking you to be grateful they are giving you some of it back. "That's what today's budget communication amounted to,a political plea for your support, paid for with your mon ey," Mr Christie said. Independent Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney leader of the Democratic National Alliance also attacked the government's upcoming fiscal policies as political pandering. "It's an election budget, it's very typical. Job training is always something you would support, (but that you should have had in the first place." He also lambasted the Ingraham administration for taxing many small companies "out of business" last year. "I like the fact that small businesses may be getting a little boost (in the next fiscal year). Quite a number of small businesses were taxed out of business in that last budget and it's still hard for businesses. More ought to be done for small businesses and I will make certain recommendations as to what the government ought to do." The PLP also noted the recent downtown robbery at luxury goods store John Bull and argued the budget did not address solutions to crime. Here we have a situation where a robbery has just tak en place in broad daylight in our capital city, 48 murders for the year, 368 murders since the F NM came to power and the Prime Minister has nothing to s ay about crime and how to solve that problem," MrC hristie said. When PLP MPs debate the B udget next week, they will argue for a low tax policy, crime fighting initiatives, low Central Bank interest rates to facilitate borrowing and greater resources for the Department of Social Services. The PLP leader also said his party will call for the creation ofa national youth service; for police officers to be deployed to Urban Renewal centres; and the introduction of the Opposition's National Health Insurance Plan. reverse last year's subsidy cuts t o charities, private schools, m ailboat operators, and the C ollege of the Bahamas. The core of the budget, a three-pronged $25 million training programme will educate some 3,000 Bahamians 1,000 people recruited to each level for up to one year. The first tier of the plan will be geared towards high school graduates and those out of secondary school for more than a year. It will focus on eliminating idleness, poor w ork attitudes, illiteracy and a l ack of tradable skills. T he second tier is geared towards skill development of mature persons. The third tier of the programme will focus on the acquisition of basic and advanced technical skills. Government will also encourage private sector to employ jobless Bahamians through a subsidised workplacement programme. Employers who hire someone referred by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development will receive a wage subsidy of a percentage of that employees wage, up to $210 per week for up to 52 weeks. "It is clear that, despite the ongoing and strengthening indications that economic recovery is underway, the prospects for a robust and much-desired rebound in employment remain muted in the near term. "The government is therefore of the view that, in this environment, a core priority for this years national budget must be action to enhance the skills and job readiness of unemployed persons and encourage, in the short term, job creation by the private sector," Mr Ingraham told Parliament. Government will also recruit 100 college and university graduates, as well as 50 high school graduates with BGCSEs and 50 with only BJCs to work in the public service. Last year, Government slashed the allowances of senior public officials by 50 per cent; announced that increments for public officers would not, for the most part, be paid in and it froze public service promotions, except for extenuating circumstances. Mr Ingraham said in the upcoming fiscal year, the full payment of allowances will be re-instituted, while civil servants at the maximum of their pay scales will receive a onetime lump-sum payment, equivalent to one increment. Two more increments will be added to every pay scale in the public service and every public officer will be entitled to an increment in pay during the next fiscal year, and a further increment during the subsequent fiscal year, said the prime minister. The freeze on promotions has also been lifted, Mr Ingraham said. Duty rate cuts, and in some cases elimination, on certain items including fresh fruits, lunch meats, energy efficient items and biodegradable cutlery were also revealed in Mr Ingraham's budget presentation. Although the Ingraham administration has somewhat relaxed the stringent fiscal policies put in place last year, the nation's chief pointed out that an economic rebound is still years away. With actual recurrent revenue performance and attempts to increase its ratio relative to gross domestic product (GDP ing", Mr Ingraham expects government to earn $1.514 billion in the next fiscal year. Government Debt at the end of June is estimated at $3.5 billion or 44.9 per cent of GDP. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 13 A budget to create jobs F ROM page one a nything produced in the Bahamas, said Kandy Pinder, a shareholder at Abaco Big Bird Chicke n Farm Last year, the Government removed a stipulation requiring chicken importers to have a permit. In the new budget, the government made provision for a 25 per cent rate reduction. P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced the new chicken tariff during his presentation oft he new budget in the House of Assembly, yesterday. O ther revenue measures intended to provide relief to consumers include the complete removal of tariffs for fresh fruits. The rates on turkey, ham and beef sandwich meat reduced from 40 and 45 per cent to free, and the rate on yogurt r educed from 35 to 10 per cent. Larry Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture, said: Any time a change is made, somebody will be affected. I dont foresee a problem with the chicke n. (Partly because they only supply one per cent of the market). But also because we have been working with the chicken farmers, especially the one in Abaco to provide a market for them. Their market is still there. The tariff structure is n ot going to eliminate their market, not in any way that I can see. I think it will probably affect those persons who may not be able to produce fruits for comp etitive prices, but it will certainly cut down on the amount of illegal activity with regards tot hese things being smuggled in the country. If the local industry were supplying enough p roduce to fulfil the countrys needs, Mr Cartwright said there would be no need for imports. He said the country has mouths to feed and it was the consumers who were shouting at the Ministry of Finance. G eron Sands, operations manager at Sammys Chicken, said: On the whole it should be goodf or the industry. I think it will help to make the market more competitive now. E very month, the company consumes about 1,000 cases of chicken, most of it is imported. Mr Sands said the company does use local chicken from Abaco and Freeport, but he said the size of local chicken is notably smaller than i mported chicken. The customers are not into small chicken. W hen we get small chicken we have to serve extra pieces and that causes us to lose big, he s aid. From our supplier, we tell them we want our chicken to be X amount of pounds or ounces and they bring us exactly what we want. It is tough for locals to compete, he said. GOVTREDUCESTARIFF ON CHICKEN IMPORTS F ROM page one PLP BRANDS BUDGET A POLITIC AL PLEA F OR V O TES Perry Christie FROM page one
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Magistrate's Court for alleged intimidation. "I'm very, very surprised that I've not heard anything in relation to the other four persons. There are four persons still out there and having persons in custody and not getting the information I'm very curious as to why they were unable to determine where the other four persons were," Mr McCartney told The Tribune yesterday. "I have some personal investigators on this and I would like a more aggressive approach in relation to what's going on. Threats to anyone ought to be taken seriously especially when crime, and fear of crime, is out of control in the Bahamas," said the leader of the Democratic National Alliance. When asked if he suspects that political influence may be the reason why the other suspects were not found by police, Mr McCartney would only say he has his suspicions. In early May, two men were arraigned for allegedly threatening the life of Mr McCartney and one of his employees. Mighty Spartacus Moncur, 34, and Livingstone Bullard Jr, 30, were charged before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez a little more than a week after the alleged intimidation, which is said to have occurred on April 28. Both men have since been released on bail. Mr McCartney plans to hold a constituency meeting in Bamboo Town tonight, and also warned potential troublemakers to stay away. His last area meeting, held to glean his constituents' concerns on the sale of BTC, was disturbed by hecklers. BRAN HIRES PRIVATE TEAM OVERALLEGED DEATH THREATS FROM page one Williemae Pratt Centre is sufficiently staffed. She said: We need to find out why the person or persons responsible for that area were not at their station. Mrs Butler-Turner said she will be announcing next week in the House of Assembly that the new budget has allocated funds for the increased security at the centres. Police are requesting anyone with information of the whereabouts of the two girls to call police emergency at 911, 919 or 322-3333, or at the Eastern Police Station at 364-8996 or 3648959. FROM page one TEENS ESCAPE FROM YOUTH REHAB CENTRE BUDGET 2011/12 per week Subsidaries will be issued for a period of time not extending one year. Were trying to expose a wider grouping of people to the private sector by supplementing the pay for a period of time, said Loretta Butler-Turner, State Minister for Labour Social Development. Weve had great successes when we did it in the pilot form, and its continuing our efforts to encourage people to be prepared. SME support reform was touted as a vital step towards enhancing the domestic business environment, engendering efficient procedures for development and growth. Encourage In his presentation yesterday, Mr Ingraham announced the governments intent to facilitate and encourage entreneurship and the development of the Family Islands through such reform, acknowledging the role of SMEs as dynamic engines of growth in modern economies. A SME Development Act will set the groundwork for the provision of financial and non-financial services. Upon enactment, a development agency will be established to administer support. The agency is also expected to co-ordinate projects targeting individual Family Island development and energy efficiency programmes. Mr Ingraham said: Through the new i nstitutional framework, these reforms i nclude improved information, designi ng an agency that will increase SME access to credit and provide a one-stop shop, and enhanced market access for SMEs in the Family Islands. As for the latter, Mr Ingraham added, it should have a direct impact on total revenues for Family Island SMEs in the tourism value chain. $1.5m set aside to help young enterprising Bahamians FROM page two There is no question that the prosperity of a nation is vitally dependent on the health of its citizens, Mr Ingraham said. To that end it is equally important that a countrys medical care facilities and equipment are at the highest standard that is reasonably attainable. Availability ofh ealth care at high quality is critical. Former head of the Public Hospitals Authority and FNM Senator Duane Sands said the new measures are likely to have a phenomenali mpact on healthcare and the p erception of healthcare in the Bahamas. There is gross inequity in capacity between the public and private sector in light of essential items, he said. Many devices, such as CAT scans, are incredibly expensive and would be required in the public and private sector and they become impossible to provide if the asking prices is beyond reach. So I think its an important step forward. It doesnt get us all the way. But this makes the big ticket items that much closer to being affordable. Elimination The elimination of duty for the PHA will allow the PHA to catch up at least more quickly than it could otherwise catch up. Healthcare will still come at a cost, paid by the government, if not the patient, and Dr Sands said he expects these details to be hashed out in due course. Clearly the ability to make life-saving care as affordable as possible is the goal of any concerned government, he said. But at the same time understand that you will nev er eliminate the cost; you sim ply share the cost or redistribute the cost. However as standards of healthcare rise to those of private hospitals in the United States, Bahamians should be encouraged to stay at home for healthcare, rather than taking their investment to South Florida, Dr Sands said. With the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO predicting increased pressure on the healthcare system in the next 10 to 20 years, the medical industry is a growing sector. Dr Sands said: The savvy investor, the entrepreneur, would recognise some opportunities in medical tourism and private-public partnerships. I think it will have a phe nomenal impact on healthcare and particularly Bahamian participation in healthcare. The MCIA will be discussed in the upcoming Budget Debate in the House of Assembly and the Senate. Move to boost healthcare standards FROM page two COLLEEN LONG, A ssociated Press NEW YORK Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique StraussK ahn moved Wednesday from a temporary space in a high-rise to a plush, four-bedroom brick town house in Manhattan where he will remain under house arrest as he awaits trial on charges he tried to rape a hotel maid, officials said. The one-time French presidential contender was seen smiling as h e got into a gray sport utility vehicle under tight security. He was moved about a mile away to the stately red brick town home inT ribeca, according a person familiar with his housing arrangements. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke t o The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The building, which has five bathrooms, is located on a cobble stone street in one of Manhattan's most posh neighborhoods. It also is close to the courthouse where he will attend hearings. Attorney William Taylor told reporters Wednesday that his c lient was "doing fine" under house arrest. "Not much he can do," Taylor said.S trauss-Kahn is free on $1 million bail under strict house arrest, after prosecutors feared he might flee given his international stat us and wealth. He spent about a week in jail on Rikers Island after he was arrested May 14 following accusations that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in his room at the Sofitel near Manhattan's Times Square. His lawyers maintain Strauss-Kahn is not guilty. Bail plans hit a snag late last week when tenants at the Upper East Side apartment building initially secured for his house arrest refused to accept him because of unwanted media attention. He was briefly housed at a high-rise near Wall Street, where a throng of media has been camped out at the building, broadcasting as his wife, former journalist Anne Sinclair, entered and left the building. Strauss-Kahn, who has no prior criminal record, is monitored by armed guards and wears an electronic bracelet, and his move ments are recorded on camera. He will be allowed out for court, doctor's visits and religious services. Prosecutors must be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere, and he can't be out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Under his terms of house arrest, he can receive up to four visitors at a time besides family. Security is being managed by Stroz Friedberg, the same company that handled house arrest for the disgraced financier Bernard Madoff. Strauss-Kahn's agreement is expected to cost him about $200,000 a month. That doesn't include rent on his new digs, which were advertised for $50,000 a month in an online listing from Town Residential. Broker Robert Dvorin confirmed the home had recently been rented but declined to comment on the identity of the tenant. It was elsewhere listed for sale at $13,995,000. The town house includes a state-of-the-art theater, gym, spa and four bathrooms with jetted tubs and steam showers. It was recently renovated "with only the finest materials and craftsmanship," according to the listing. The living room has an oversized sky light and fireplace. A large terrace includes potted plants, a gas grill and Japanese paper walls for privacy. Court officials confirmed that a new location had been agreed upon Wednesday for the economist, but did not specify any details. Spokesman David Bookstaver said only that the judge had approved the plan. The attorneys in the case filed court papers late in the day, but the judge did not immediately release them. The Manhattan District Attorney's office did not comment. Strauss-Kahn was pulled from a jetliner bound for Paris after the 32-year-old West African immigrant reported the encounter to hotel staff. She told police she entered his room around noon and he emerged from the bathroom naked, and then chased her around his luxury suite before grabbing her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Earlier this week, people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that evidence found on the woman's work clothing matched Strauss-Kahn's DNA. It was the first forensic evidence to link Strauss-Kahn to the woman and it's also on track with what his lawyers have sug gested would be his defense. Strauss-Kahn resigned nearly a week ago from the IMF, a powerful international institution that lends billions of dollars to trou bled countries. OVERSEASNEWS Former IMF chief moves to new housing in NYC
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 20, THURSDA Y MA Y 26, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE This year, almost 200 youngsters entered the Lickety Split Easter Colour ing Contest hoping for a chance to win the many prizes offered. The judges deliberated carefully over all the entries and singled outsix dynamic pieces. In the 4-6-year-old category, third place went to 6-year-old Erin Colebrooke of Queen's College, who was awarded a three gallon tub of Edy's ice cream. The second place prize, a jumbo Easter Basket, was awarded to 6-yearold Akia Mackey of Yellow Elder Primary. Another 6-year-old, home schooled Luke Holdom, came in first and was presented with a brand new bike from Cycles Unlimited. In the 7-9-year-old category, 9-yearold Michelle Outten of Kingsway Acad emy won third place and received a 3 gallon tub of Edy's ice cream. Second place went to 8-year-old Joshua Bartlett of Gambier Primary, who received a large Easter basket. The first place winner was 9-year-old home schooled Anthony Holdom, who was also presented with a new bicycle. C R E A T I V E C H I L D R E N W I N E A S T E R C O L O U R I N G C O N T E S T JFK Lickety Split assistant manager Robertha Forbes and operations manager Gregory Rutherford present Anthony Holdom with his new bike. HOLDOM brothers, Anthony (left) and Luke (right) both placed 1st in their categories and, along with all the other winners received cool prizes in this year's colouring contest. JOSHUA Bartlett is presented with his Easter basket. AKIA Mackey receiving her jumbo Easter basket. ERIN Colebroke with three gallons of Edy's ice cream. MICHELLE Outten is excited about her ice cream prize.
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.65 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTHURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecomm unications Companys (BTC is aiming for it to generate$ 100 million in operating income by its second fully ear in control, although first year profits will be depressed by $60 million inr estructuring and integration costs. R evealing that Cable & Wireless Communications (CWCg enerate between $60-$80 million in operating income (EBITDAm onths to end-March 2012, Tony Rice, its chief execut ive, reiterated that the London-based telecommunications operator wantedt o reduce staffing levels at its Bahamian subsidiary by 3 0 per cent as soon as possible. Mr Rice said staffing r eductions were essential because BTC was not cost competitive when comp ared with communications industry peers, especially given that CWCs focus waso n preparing the business for competition when the B ahamian cellular market was liberalised in 2014. He added that BTCs o perational expenditures stood at a sum equivalent to 58 per cent of its 2010 revenues, and said: These operating costs are just fun-d amentally too high, and need to be brought into line with where youd expectf or a company with its profile. Our initial assessment is that we need a 30 per c ent headcount reduction..... ideally as soon as possible, Mr Rice toldL ondon-based analysts during a conference to discuss C WCs full-year 2010-2011 financial results. That policy, if initiated, w ould reduce the roughly 1,200-strong BTC workforce by around 360 persons to somewhere near 840, a process CWC hopest o accomplish with voluntary separation and redundancy packages. It is int alks with BTCs two trade New owner targets $100m EBITDA at BTC CWC aims for three figures by 2012-2013, although first year to be $60-$80m due to $60m restructure costs* Still targeting 30% staff reduction as soon as possible, w ith goal of $30m savings annually Operating costs, at 58% of revenue, fundamentally too high BTC generated $79m in operating income on $343m r evenues in 2010 SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC t hat it was kitchen sinking on the Bahamas Telecommuni cations Companys (BTC why the new majority owner had taken a $125 million writedown on the value of its property, plant and equipment. Top CWC executives, explaining why BTCs property and other fixed assets had been written down from a $384 million book value to $259 million as at the April 6, 2011, acquisition date, said this reflected the obsolete nature of much equipment and technology accumulated by the Bahamian telecommunications carrier over the decades. Tony Rice, CWCs global chief executive, said that when it came to technology, BTC had invested in everything under the sun. He added that this over investment was a key factor behind BTCs low service standards, with the former stateowned incumbent grappling with and unable to rationalise multiple products and technologies into a coherent business offering. CWC not kitchen sinking over BTC Analysts question $125m write down on BTC s fixed assets, from $384m to $259m Executives note obsolete equipment Say BTC over investment in every technology under the sun responsible for poor service standards BTC book value written down from $401m to $273m; government stake valued at $134m SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Government yesterday used the 2011-2012 Budg et to unveil a raft of measures intended to support job creation and entrepre-n eurship through forging links with, and supporting, t he private sector, even though the GFS fiscal deficit is projected to be some $248m illion or 3 per cent of GDP. While unveiling a Nationa l Job Readiness and Training Programme, a work p lacement initiative for the unemployed and move to Jump Start entrepreneur-s hip, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham released a Budg et that still placed the GFS deficit ( a measurement that strips out debt principalr epayments) significantly above pre-recession averages. Acknowledging that both actual recurrent revenue performance, and attempts to increase its ratio relativet o gross domestic product (GDP pointing, Mr Ingrahams Budget projected that fort he 12 months to end-June 2012, the Government would earn $1.514 billion a sum equivalent to 18.5 per cent of GDP. That still represents a $54 million, or 3.7 per cent,i ncrease over the $1.46 billion the Government anticipates it will earn in recurPM: Redouble revenue effort given $248m deficit forecast Deficits for 2011-2012, and subsequent two years, projected higher than pre-recession average Tim Clarke /Tribune staff BUDGETADDRESS: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham speaks in the House yesterday. SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Disney Cruise Lines is now helping to power Bahamas Wastes fleet of trucks after entering into a partnership through which it provides around 200 gallons of used cooking oil per week to the companys New Providence biodiesel manufacturing facility. Bahamas Wastes managing director, Francisco De Cardenas, yesterday said the company which typically uses around 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of used cooking oil a month to create the biodiesel it is using to run a quarter of its truck fleet has been receiving the oil from Disney for around one-and-a-half months at no cost. The used oil is practically virgin in comparison to the quality of the used cooking oil that the company typically receives from Bahamian restaurants and hotels, suggested Mr de Cardenas, enabling Bahamas Wastes biodiesel manufac turing facility to more easily convert it into high quality fuel. Mr de Cardenas was speaking on behalf of Bahamas Waste about the companys biodiesel program to the Bahamas Soci ety of Engineers (BSE Highlighting other developments, Mr de Cardenas said Bahamas Waste last week increased the number of trucks fuelled by biodiesel from the six initially selected for this purpose in January to 15, having had no problems so far with Bahamas Waste in Disney partnership SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor While praising the Govern ments $25 million National Job Readiness and Training Programme as the right idea, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCE chairman yesterday said it was not enough to address the skills shortages and workforce productivity issues faced by the Bahamian private sector. The three-pronged initiative, unveiled in yesterdays Budget, aims to enhance job readiness among 1,000 Bahamian youths recent high school graduates and those out of school for more than a year through a 52week Service and Productivi ty Improvement initiative tackling idleness, poor work attitudes and the lack of liter $25m jobs plan is not enough Chamber chief praises Government for having right idea, but says impact not enough given only 1,000 persons target ed and 5,000 school leavers per annum Adds that wage subsidy idea wrong approach Business Licence exemption extended for one year and granted to firms with $500,000 turnover or less KHAALIS ROLLE SEE page 7B
By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN I f you have ever shopped for a digi tal camera, you w ill have noticed that they all include a prominent notation of the number of megapixels they use. O ne of the first questions many people ask when shopping for a new digital camera is: How many megapixels do I need?"A lthough this is not a bad question, since megapixels have become the main yardstick used to measure and compare cameras, it is nott he only factor to consider w hen choosing a camera. Back in 1999 when digital cameras were only 1.2 or 2 MP, each megapixel mat t ered if you were making b igger prints. Fortunately, in todays photography world it is almost impossi-b le to get a camera under five or six megapixels, unlessi t is a used one. Cameras with higher pixels generally create higher quality pic-t ures, but also create larger files that aren't appropriate for some uses. So it is worth s hopping around rather than simply selecting the highest megapixel count with theb iggest dollar sign on the shelf. How many Megapixels s hould I buy? According to sales persons, the latest cameras are 12 megapixels, and you should prefer those over 10 megapixel etc, etc. Numbers can be misleading. Don't t hese numbers make you f eel that 12 megapixel cameras are 20 per cent more advanced and capable than 10 megapixels? Actually, they aren't. This hoodwinki s used to give the impression that your current camera is inadequate and needs to be replaced, even if the new cameras each year areo nly slightly better. First, lets get familiar with what megapixels mean. Mega indicates 'a million', while Pixel is 'a dot' thath osts the basic building b lock of digital pictures, with a large number of dots of different colours grouped to make a picture. For clarity:M egapixels are an import ant facet of photography. Just as 1,000 millimetres are equivalent to one metre.W ith that same concept one million pixels is the equiva-l ent to one megapixel and the term is shorthand for "a million pixels. A pixel is a square dot in a picture, and is so small that one individual pixel is not v isible to the naked eye, which is why it takes so many pixels together to seet hem. For example: When thinking of a megapixel, t hink of how all the threads come together to make a t apestry or the yarn that makes scarves. It is the same, and combined with m any other pixels we see more than one colour a p icture instead. Together, pixels are like pieces of a puzzle or mosaics to create photographs or images. C onsider this. Mega pixels are important to a point, a nd have became more important when processing larger output. But for imageq uality, sensor size and quality is just as or more important than megapixels. For instance, a 6 mp pixel APSc camera can give you a better photo than a 10 megapixels point and shoot becauset he sensor is so much larger. Larger sensor = more light to each pixel = better colours aturation, better geometric accuracy, better dynamic r ange and even lower noise. One of the reasons digital SLR cameras deliver betterp erformance than smaller digital cameras is because t heir sensor chips are much larger. This means that a 10 M P chip in an SLR, while having the same number of p ixels as a 10 MP camera with a smaller chip, will have much larger pixels and isa ble to gather more light. To better understand megapixels, here is a much more detailed megapixel outline for image use. Onem egapixel can fill the screen on a standard 17 inch computer monitor, 3 megapix-e ls fill the screen on a Full High-Definition (HD v ision (1080p els can be published at nearly 7x10 inches in a high qual-i ty magazine or book, and 12 megapixels printed at 1 6x20 inches on an inkjet printer will show an amazing range of detail. Downside of large megapixels Lets put megapixels to work in real life. You mighta ssume that more is better, and that the more megapixe ls a digital camera has, the greater the resolution. In truth, having too manym egapixels can result in a few problems, such as overl oading space on your hard drive and the increase in file size. Large files can absorb al ot of storage space and fill your camera's memory or memory card quite quickly, which is not good. Large files slow down i mage transfer between your camera and computer. For example, when large images are posted on websites, it often takes a very long timet o download, which is why some business sites are not successful and hardlyv iewed, resulting in unhappy potential customers. A ccordingly, if you choose a camera with too few megapixels/too low resolu tion, the outcome will be a poor quality image when trying to print larger photos. This is why four to six megapixels is a comfortable number for most consumers who desire big prints, and 10 megapixels is the magic number for publication. A nything more is gravy! Lets take a look at this synopsis for various sized prints: ( one megapixel: 4x6 inches; two megapixels: 5x7 inches; four megapixels: 8x10 inch-e s; six megapixels; 11x14 inches; and eight megapixels: 16x20 inches). T welve megapixels and m ore are used by the majority of serious photographers. as a large majority of professional portrait, event and wedding photographers are using cameras in this range or better. T hat being said, there are p rinciples that graphic d esigners should be aware of concerning megapixels. These are: Cropping: When cropping a higher megapixel photo, you'll have plenty of pixels t o spare. For example, you can crop an eight megapixel p hotograph in half and still h ave four megapixels to work with. Sizing: In digital photogr aphy, you can always make y our photographs smaller without any loss in quality. However, a photo cannot g row without some loss in q uality, but this can be min imised through special software. It can't be eliminated. What often affects picture quality more than you think are sensor size, noise, lens quality and receptor sensitivity performance. Why arent these advertised on camera? Simply because they are not always easy to explain. Megapixel number ing satisfies a rookie who is unable to determine the dif f erence between a good or bad photo. Yet the settings recommended will generally work for almost anyone e xcept the trained or pro fessional photographer. P rinting considerations: P rinting has its own lan guage for resolution, as they are usually expressed as dots per inch or dpi. The closer the dots, the sharper the pic ture. Unfortunately, there are two terms that are often confused; dpi (dots per inch and ppi (pixels per inch While closely related, they are not the same. For example, dpi refers to the number of dots a printer can put on a piece of paper, while ppi refers to the number of pixels in a digital photograph. The accepted standard for printing images is curr ently 300dpi (dots per i nch). Even though the number of megapixels can be conf using, dont drown in a sea of technical terms. Do a little math when required and, i f intended for enlargement, shoot photographs at a higher resolution and match the i mage size to the output size. Remember, more megapixels = Larger Images. What is more, smaller images work b etter for e-mail and the I nternet, and larger images for printer output. Do Your Homework: Before you run out and purc hase the highest megapixel camera you cannot afford, it is important to remember t here are other factors to photo quality, such as your camera's sensor and lens quality. I am of the view that a clean shot from an 3 MP camera can produce a much better shot than a slightly out-of focus shot from a$ 5,000 12 MP camera, especially if all things are not e qual. Bottom-line; don't use megapixels to determine a good camera, as there are other critical questions. These are: What will I be photographing? Will most pictures be viewed via Web,P C screen or Printer? If your camera is used exclusively for e-mail or the Web,d ont forget to resize your i mages to a smaller size to reduce upload and down load times. I n summary, despite your requirements, manufactur ers/marketers will insist and continue adding more pix e ls, especially for shoppers who are impressed by numbers. T hats business. So how many megapixels do you really need? Well, just enough. This depends solely on what your requirements are. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of your game. NB: The author welcomes feedback at email@example.com BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN Shoot for the camera matching your needs Addressing analysts at a London confer ence call to unveil CWCs annual 2010-2011 results for the year to March 31, Mr Rice said of BTC: The difference with us is that its effectively been a government department for ever, so theyve invested in every sort of thing. Theyre not fully integrated. I think one of the reasons for the service standards is the over-investment in technology. And he added: Theres a whole load of stuff that needs to be written down, and in some cases we need to start again, notably on a new network for mobile, which we plan to do later this year. Referring to CWC chief financial officer, Tim Pennington, Mr Rice then joked: Cer tainly, Im not conscious, unless the man on the right kicks me..... were not kitchen sinking on BTC. Mr Rice was responding to questions from a Merrill Lynch analyst, who said he was slight ly concerned that by taking such a large upfront write down on the value of BTCs fixed assets, CWC as 51 per cent majority owner was trying to lower future depreciation and thereby bolster earnings per share (EPS CWCs 2010-2011 year-end accounts showed that it recognised $71 million in goodwill upon acquiring BTC, which essentially refers to the premium paid for anticipated future cash flows and profits. The net cash outflow on acquisition was $151 million. Goodwill arising on the acquisition of BTC included the value of expected synergies result ing from the integration into the existing business and other intangible assets, CWC added. Overall, BTCs total $401 million book val ue was written down by $128 million by CWC to $273 million. Apart from the fixed assets, write downs were also recorded for trade and other receivables ($10 million ($5 million); trade and other payables ($10 million); and provisions ($10 million). Increases, though, were recorded for customer contracts and relationships ($31 million), and trademarks ($1 million). Explaining CWCs accounting treatment of BTC in relation to the acquisition, Mr Pennington said: Weve made an acquisition. Its an incumbent operator; its not match fit yet. Weve taken a good look at the assets, a good look at the inventories and the receivables, and as a consequence fair valued it. Weve gone through that exercise with our accountants, the companys [BTC] accoun tants, and believe the carrying value is the appropriate carrying value for the business. Theyve got a half-built Next Generation Network, theyve got every technology under the sun, stuff that we wont be using going forward..... Mr Pennington said that frankly BTCs depreciation charges, standing at $60 million per annum, were just way too high. We just need to reorientate their investment profile, focus their capital on where it is, take the write-offs now on stuff that we feel will be obsolete, the CWC chief financial officer added. We looked in their warehouses, and just on handsets for instance, theyve got stuff in there that, frankly, you would not be able to sell normally. He characterised CWCs accounting treatment of BTCs book value as a tidying up exercise that needed to be done. The $7 million paid by CWC as Stamp Tax to the Government was recorded as other operating expenses. A non-controlling interest, likely to be the Governments 49 per cent minority stake in BTC, was valued at $134 million. CWC not kitchen sinking over BTC FROM page 1B
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Private sector leaders yesterday suggested the $7,500 per person grant the Government was planning to make available to mature Bahamians for starting their own businesses was too small, one telling Tribune Business it was a waste of t ime and only likely to get budding entrepreneurs into trouble. Unveiling its Jump Start Programme in the 2011-2012 Budget, which is to be run along the same lines as the SelfStarters initiative for younger Bahamians, the Government is allocating $1.5 million to theM inistry of Finance to provide $7,500 per person grants forb udding entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. H owever, small business consultant Mark A. Turnquest told Tribune Business of the plan: Thats too small. What they need to do is attract the banksa nd private investors to make that amount $50,000. That $7,500 is too small. Its a waste of time, and will only g et people in trouble. It helps to lend no money at all than lend such a small amount like that. Unless you link it to private venture funds or the banks, its a waste of time. Mr Turnquest was backed by B ahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confed e ration chairman Khaalis Rolle, who agreed that the maximum $7,500 limit was too small to make a substantial impact in terms of helping Bahamians to e stablish sustainable businesses. I dont know how much i mpact its going to have given what is required to start a busi n ess you can reasonably make a living from, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. $7,500 is not enough. It puts you in a very small category of businesses and, really and truly, if you look at it, it will not provide you with t he type of income to provide a living. M r Rolle added that the Chamber had not been consulted by the Government over t he Jump Start initiative, even though the Prime Minister announced that its representatives, along with those from the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC and College of the Bahamas Business Programme, would sit on the committee processing a nd approving grant applications. Opportunity Mr Ingraham said of the plan: The programme will give scores of Bahamians an opportunity to become self-employed as well as, in the process of starting their own business,b ecome employers of others. As these will be grant funds, t he recipients will be able to start their business without the i nitial burden of debt servicing, thereby improving the chances of their micro business succeeding. I note that we will especiall y be seeking to ensure that funds are used to finance start-u ps that cater to creating attractions to service our tourism sect or, particularly the cruise sector where we need to increase domestic spend. The Prime Minister also put some flesh on the bones of the G overnments planned Small and Medium-Sized Enterpris e s (SME outlining that an SME Devel o pment Agency would be established to administer a set of financial and non-financial instruments according to the sectors needs, and their locat ion. The agency will also admin i ster and coordinate projects for specific purposes, such as f or individual Family Island development, energy efficiency programmes, clusters and value chains, improving the capacity of local suppliers to respond to the needs of large foreign direct investment pro j ects and monetary grants for micro enterprises, Mr Ingraham said. The expected results are business climate reforms that are conducive to simplifying and making more efficient procedures for business development and growth. Through the new institutional framework, these reforms include improved inform ation, designing an agency that will increase SME access to credit and provide a one-stop shop, and enhanced market access, for SMEs in the Family Islands. As for the latter, it should have a direct impact on total revenues for the Family Island SMEs in the tourism value chain. W hile backing the Act and creation of an SME Develop-m ent Agency, Mr Turnquest warned that it cannot be a nother bureaucracy impeding and delaying access by small businesses and entrepreneurs to the necessary support services. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 3B ;\)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH 2)),&($&()25(17'RZQWRZQRIFHVSDFHV ,GHDOIRUSURIHVVLRQDOV $7,500 Jump Start grants too small Small business consultant says sums being made available to budding entrepreneurs a w aste of time and could put them in trouble Chamber chief agrees that grant size pushing people into area where difficult to make reasonable living Warning that Small Business Development Agency must not become bureaucracy By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Stressing that he welcomes any steps to improve healthcare access and reduce costs Doctors Hospitals chief executive yesterday said the Government must be careful not to promote unsustainable medical ventures and added competition that will raise treatment costs while failing to address supply issues. Doctors chief queries Medical Acts impact Concerns it might promote unsustainable ventures and create over-supply, at same time raising treatment costs for all SEE page 8B THE FRONT ENTRANCE of the Doctors Hospital. B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com Subsidies for three lossm aking government corporations will increase in the 2011-2012 Budget by at otal of $5.85 million. The budget shows that B ahamasair is to receive $18.6 million in subsidies in the upcoming year, theB roadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, $5.5 mill ion, and Water and Sewerage Corporation, $20 million. I n 2010/2011, Bahamasair received $16 million in subsidies, the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, $4.25million,a nd the Water and Sewerage Corporation, $18 million. T he increased subsidies suggest that efforts by the G overnment to reduce these corporations dependence on the taxpayer haven ot so far been effective. The higher BCB allocat ion comes after it saw a dramatic 50 per cent cut in its subsidy in the 2010-2011b udget, from the $8.5 million previously provided in 2009/2010. In the following year the Corporation cut its staff by 35 per cent in ane ffort to reduce wagerelated costs in line with the budget cut. The rising Bahamasair subsidy mirrors the rising losses recorded by then ational carrier, some $24 million in the year leading up to June, 2010. The air lines chairman, J. Barrie Farrington, suggested itsp erformance was unlike ly to have improved in the most recent fiscal year. Loss making corporations get $5.85m subsidy rise Water & Sewerage to get $20m, and Bahamasair $18.6m Broadcasting Corp to get $1.25m increase after year in which staff cut 35% By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The Government has projected it will increase the amount of tax, non-tax revenue and capital revenue it collects this year by $140.7 million, or 7.7 per cent. Tax and non-tax revenue is projected to rise by $21.367 million, with the greatest increases estimated to come from boosts in tourism tax and real property tax collection. In the summary of revenue projected in the 2011/2012 budget, the Government is anticipating it will collect $1.513 billion in tax and non-tax revenue, compared to the 2010-2011 forecasted revenue of $1.492 billion. As always, import and export duties form the bulk of the Governments revenue, and are projected to bring in an extra $5.042 million, at $494.901 million Stamp tax collections are anticipated to rise by $7.92 million to $242.381 million ,and excise tax will increase by $2.04 million, suggests the Government details tax r evenue gr owth SEE page 7B
r ent revenues for the 20102011 fiscal year, something that is likely to provoke questions of whether, once again, the revenue estimatesa re too generous. And that $1.46 billion figure, below the 2010-2011 Budget estimates of $1.492 billion, was bolstered by some $120.6 million in one-o ff revenues from the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCOB aha Mar transaction. Without these, recurrent reve nues would have come in at $1.32 billion, some $160 million below forecast. O verall, the Government largely resisted the temptat ion to make it a pre-election Budget, despite the rewards for public servantsa nd the nod to job creation. It was, viewed from the fiscal standpoint, largely a pru d ent, no thrills Budget that focused on spending r estraint, better revenue administration and enhancement, duty relief on somef ood staples, and the encour agement of energy efficienc y. The $210 million generat ed from the sale of a majori ty 51 per cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunica t ions Company (BTC treated as capital revenue, helping to reduce the capitald eficit to $22 million. Without this inflow, the total deficit for fiscal 2010-2011 would have hit $416 million, and the GFS measurement$ 340 million, once $76 mil lion in debt principal payments were stripped out. T he Government is now projecting the 2010-2011 fiscal year will produce a $130m illion GFS fiscal deficit, equivalent to 1.7 per cent of GDP and down $97 million from the previous years $227 million. A GFS deficito f 3 per cent had originally been projected. However, the recurrent deficit for the current fiscal year is projected to come in at $184 million, up $122 million from the $62 millionp rojected in the 2010-2011 Budget, but down $75 mill ion from 2009-2010. Mr Ingraham revealed that the Government is sett o rely heavily on capital revenues during the 20112 012 fiscal year. It is aiming to raise $132 million from various asset disposals,i ncluding the sale of the first 9 per cent tranche of its B ahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC stake. T his is thought to be valued at somewhere around $37 million, and the Government is also looking to sell the $50 million note itb ought to participate in the Nassau Airport Development Companys (NADb ond offering, a 10 per cent holding in the Arawak Cay p ort, and the Cecil Wallace Whitfield Building at Cable Beach. The latter is likely tof etch around $17-$18 million from Baha Mar. Looking ahead, it is evident that the Government continues to face an ongo-i ng challenging fiscal environment, the Prime Minister conceded. Our attempt to secure a meaningful increase in the ratio of recur-r ent revenue to GDP, to some extent aligning more closely with international n orms, has been disappoint ing. We must redouble our e fforts on this score in both the near-term and over time i f the Government is to have access to the level of fiscal resources needed for thea dministration of a modern and progressive government that can meet the economic and social needs of its citi zens. M r Ingraham said the Government was holding recurrent spending, which accounts for 80 per cent oft he Budget and goes on fixed costs, such as wages and rents, as flat as possible. The forecast for 2011-2012 is $1.68 billion, an increaseo f $36 million over the $1.644 billion incurred in 2010-2011. The latter figure was up $90 million from forecast, largely due to $25 million allocated to the new Job Readiness initiative, andt he $39 million injection to the Feeder Trust for the B ahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC employee pension plan. W hile Mr Ingraham made much of the fact that the p rojected 3 per cent GFS deficit for 2011-2012 was well below the 5.5 per centr atio recorded in 2009-2010, and 4.5 per cent in 20082 009, the former figure is still well above pre-recession averages. A s a percentage of GDP, the GFS deficit stood at 1.8 per cent in 2005-2006, 2.2 per cent in 2006-2007, and 1.6 per cent in 2007-2008.Y esterdays Budget projected a 2012-2013 GFS deficit of 2.8 per cent or $237 mil-l ion, and 2.7 per cent and another $237 million in 2013-2014. These estimates are based on continued growth in bothr ecurrent revenues and recurrent spending, which are projected to hit $1.738 billion and $1.786 billion in 2013-2014. Justifying these projections, the Government saidt hey were based on real Bahamian GDP growth i mproving from 2 per cent in 2011 to 2.8 per cent in 2012. GDP growth for 2013a nd 2014 is forecast to be 2.4 per cent and 2.3 per cent, r espectively. The administration is also targeting a rise in the ratioo f recurrent revenue to GDP, seeking to get it close r to the magic 20 per cent threshold. It is looking to grow this to 19.5 per cent in2 013-2014. The Governments direct debt at the end of the 20112012 fiscal year is projected to grow to $3.779 billion, or4 6.2 per cent of GDP. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<(/(0(17$5<&+22/ (175$1&((;$0,1$7,216)RUDOO(OHPHQWDU\FKRROJUDGHOHYHOV 3 DUHQWVDUDVNHGWRFROOHFWDSSOLFDWLRQ IRUPVEHWZHHQDQG GDLO\IURPWKH(OHPHQWDU\'HVNLQ W KH +HUEHUW7UHFR$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ % XLOGLQJRQWKHVFKRROV%HUQDU5RDG F DPSXVEHIRUHWKHWHVWLQJGDWH$SSOLFDWLRQIRUPVPD\DOVREH DFFHVVHGIURPWKHVFKRROVZHEVLWHZZZNLQJVZD\DFDGHP\FRP HH'RFXPHQW'RZQORDGVf$33/<:)RUIXUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQNLQGO\ FRQWDFWWKHVFKRRODWWHOHSKRQH QXPEHUV PM: Redouble revenue effort given $248m deficit forecast INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays F ROM page 1B
u nions and the Government on this issue now. Mr Rice said CWC was t argeting cost savings of $30 million per annum once the full benefits come throughf rom the staff reduction, plus the attaining of other synergies. These include procurement savings, plus BTCs integration with the shared service centres established by CWCs C aribbean operation, LIME. CWC is expecting to incur $50-$60 million in exceptional costs relating to BTCs restructuring andi ntegration, a sum that, while set to be expensed o ver two years, is being treated as a one-off, upfront item in the London-based operators accounts. Once the synergies are fully realised, we expect BTC to contribute up to $ 100 million to the EBITD A of the group in 20122013, Mr Rice said. But 2 011-2012 will be a transit ion year, and were not e xpecting more than $60-$80 million in EBITDA. He was backed by CWCs chief financial officer, Tim Pennington, who added: We also want to see BTC deliver EBITDA in the range of $90-$100 million. We expect that to be in the c apability of the business, but need to make progress on the restructuring this year. With no debt on BTCs books, and no corporate i ncome tax in the Bahamas, M r Rice said the companys performance was expected t o be net cash flow and net e arnings neutral prior to the r estructuring costs. And, thereafter, CWC was expecting it to contribute one cent per share every y ear to its modified earnings p er share (EPS With revenues set to remain above $300 million, CWC said BTCs capitale xpenditure during the 12 months to March 2012 will be about $50 million, in line with recent trends under the Governments ownership. Detailing BTCs performance for the 12 months to December 31, 2010, the last f ull year under the Governments ownership, CWC said the Bahamian carrier generated $79 million in operating income (EBITDA) from $343 million in gross revenues. The gross m argin percentage was 81 p er cent, with EBITDA e quivalent to 23 per cent of top-line revenues. Again showing just how reliant BTC is on its monopoly, CWC said some 67 per cent of its $343 million reve nues more than two-thirds came from its cellular arm. Fixed-line accounted for just 22 per cent, with broadband Internet at 7 per cent and other products generating 4 per cent. Noting that CWC only completed its acquisition of 51 per cent of BTC in early April, Mr Rice said its transition team had been inside the Bahamian carrier for six weeks. Excited T hey had found nothing too surprising yet, but although there is clearly much to do, the team is e xcited by the opportunities t hey see as they get to know t he business. Apart from expanding CWC and LIMEs geographical footprint in the Caribbean, and adding BTCs $300 million-plus annual revenues to the lat-t ers current $800 million revenue base, Mr Rice said the Bahamas was in a different zone compared to its southern Caribbean terr itories. This was because of i ts links and proximity to the U S economy, which had made it more resilient during the recession, with the Bahamas $23,000$ 24,000 per capita GDP making it the fifth wealthiest country in the Western Hemisphere. Weve got a bit of time to r estructure the company for competition, but have got to get on with it, Mr Rice said of BTC. Opportunities abound in the marketplace. We see opportunities to r evamp the product offeri ng, expand into Pay TV, improve the network experience and really transform the whole offering to the c ustomer base there. A cknowledging that a lot of work would be needed to transform BTC into a world-class telecommunications business over the next two to three years, Mr Ricea dded: Its a terrific mark et, linked to the US economy, so I see great growth there, and really diversifying away from the southern Caribbean. What we need to do is improve the product offering, deliver all kinds ofe fficiency changes in the business, because at the moment its not cost competitive because its been run as a government department for many years. But, in two-three years, I expect that business to be a t op-class business, which is a credit to the Government, businesses and consumers of the Bahamas, and a good contributor to CWC. BTC now has 388,000 cellular customers, 123,000 f ixed line clients and 19,000 Internet customers. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 5B New owner targets $100m EBITDA at BTC F ROM page1B
THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, PAGE 7B acy and tradable skills. However, while commending the initiative, Khaalis Rolle told Tribune Business that the number being targeted by the programme 1,000 was equivalent to one-fifth of the 5,000 young Bahamians who graduated from high school every summer. He also questioned why the G overnment was investing t he $25 million at the back e nd, after these students had left high school, rather than seeking to improve the exist ing education system that was failing to adequately prepare Bahamians for the workforce. Well, its the right idea, but Im concerned that its not enough, said Mr Rolle, when contacted by Tribune Business about the Governments announcement. How many people do you have leaving school every year? 5,000. So youre targeting one-fifth of those. By sheer statistics, onefifth will not have the impact we desire in the business community. It has to be far wider and target the majority of people. Were not going to get the kind of impact we want if we dont spread it across more people. The sheer impact of group dynamics is that the more people headed in the same direction will influence where you end up. We need to influence more people positively. Mr Rolle said the Bahamas needed to target students a lot sooner if it was to convert them into productive workers, and added of the Governments latest initiative: Were still putting Band-Aid solutions on major problems. The other two strands of the Governments National Job Readiness and Training Programmes include a National Retraining thrust, targeted at skills development for 1,000 persons who either w ant to upgrade skills in their existing jobs or acquire new skills to switch careers. The final strand is National Apprenticeship, which will focus on helping 1,000 per sons to acquire basic and advanced technical skills. Both it at the National Retraining initiative will last for 52 weeks. The overall initiative, Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams aid yesterday, would be d eveloped with both public and private sector assistance and focus on areas where worker and skill shortages existed. These areas, he suggested, may include teachers aides, after-school and play ground monitors, neighbourhood watch workers, medical technicians and health assis tants, information technolo gy technicians and data entry personnel, plus construction and landscaping technicians. The Government also used the Budget to unveil a Work Placement and Employment Exposure Programme, intended to encourage the private sector to hire unemployed persons and give them work experience, plus on-the-job training and skills to improve their marketability. As an incentive, the Government will provide a direct wage subsidy to employersw ho hire someone referred by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development for 52 weeks. The wage subsidy could be up to $210 per week, but the hiring will need to be confirmed by payment of National Insurance Board (NIB There again, good idea but wrong approach, Mr Rolle said, explaining that while a wage subsidy might work it would make no difference if a b usiness was hiring a bad worker. In a further bid to stimu l ate job creation and Bahamian entrepreneurship, the Gov ernment extended the Business Licence fee exemption for companies with a gross annual turnover of $250,000 or less for another year into 2012. And the exemption has also been extended for that same year to Bahamian businesses with a gross turnover of $500,000 or less. Mr Rolle said these initia tives were likely to made a modest bit of difference to the private sector and job cre ation going forward. $25m jobs plan is not enough F ROM page 1B using the green fuel in its trucks. The company is, according to Mr de Cardenas, only the second in the world to use the B50 grade biodiesel to power its fleet. B50 grade fuel is that which is a 50/50 blend of biodiesel made from cooking oil and regular diesel. Most companies operate on a 20/80 bio/regular diesel fuel ratio. Noting that Bahamas Waste invested around $1 million in its biodiesel facility, beginning around 2008 when oil and diesel prices spiked to historic levels, Mr de Cardenas said recent trends have confirmed to the company that the move was one in the right direction, allowing it to hedge against fuel price volatility. He said that as the company is able to receive confirmation of the biodiesels quality, it will seek to expand the concentration it uses to possibly 75 per cent and beyond, using it in other aspects of Bahamas Wastes operations such as boilers and generators. Further down the line, when it is able to confirm the quality of the fuel and increase its production, Bahamas Waste would like to talk to the Government about getting select other companies involved, such as dieseldependent entities such as Bahamas Ferries. At present, Bahamas Waste is awaiting word from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC through conducting quality tests on its biodiesel. It would cost the company thousands of dollars if they seek this service abroad. Speaking of the environmental benefits of biodiesel, Mr de Cardenas noted that using a 20 per cent biodiesel/regular diesel blend of fuel can reduce emissions into the atmos phere from vehicles by 50 per cent. With Bahamas Waste using a 50 per cent blend, their emissions have been reduced even further. Bahamas Waste in Disney partnership FROM page 1B government. Property tax revenue is fore casted to increase by $10.8 million this year, rising to $116.8 million. Tourism tax revenue should be boosted by an estimated $13.943 million, the Government projects. Gaming tax revenue is anticipated to rise by $1.355 million, while motor vehicle relat ed revenue should go up by a smaller $633,829, suggests the Government. Reductions in tax revenue are projected to occur with respect to company fees (forecasted to be down $447,995), bank and trust company fees (down by $16.763 million and insurance company fees (less $14,256,818). FROM page 3B Gover nment details tax r evenue gr owth WASHINGTON Investors got a chance this week to weigh in on the government's odds of recouping the full $182 billion bailout of American International Group Inc. The response so far: Don't count on it. AIG shares skidded as much as 7 percent Wednesday, a day after the U.S. government sold a chunk of its stake in AIG. The stock recovered some of its losses, closing down 4 percent to $28.28. But it still trails the $28.73 average price the government needs to break even on the bailout. By offering 200 million shares at $29 each, experts say, the government misread the market's appetite for AIG. After Wednesday's price swoon, they say, it might have to delay future offerings of AIG stock. And taxpayers might have to give up on breaking even. "Treasury clearly wants to get out, and at some point I think exiting is more important than hitting a target price," said Clifford Gallant, an analyst at KBW Inc. AIG received the biggest bailout during the financial crisis because it couldn't meet its financial obligations to the world's biggest banks. Drop in AIG shares dims odds of recouping bailout n OVERSEASNEWS
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52'1(<3,(55('8/&,2 RI*5((1:+,&+675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 !2(!-$"!-*"!+!-#%2%2 %1,$%/.2)32%2br %)-241!-#%%#.5%1)%2 .3%2b %&1.,!'%-3%2 %&%11%$#.,,)22).-1%2%15%%2 %/!)$1%)-241!-#%/1%,)4,2 .3%2 %/!8,%-32!-$.3(%11%#%)5!"+%2%2 -5%23,%-32)-2%#41)3)%2 &!)15!+4%3(1.4'(/1.&)3!-$+.22 .3%2 (%+$.,!341)38%2b !5!)+!"+%&.12!+%%2 -5%23,%-3/1./%138 .3%nt ./%138/+!-3!-$%04)/,%-3 .3% .3!+!22%32frt %-%1!+)-241!-#%&4-$2 -%!1-%$/1%,)4,1%2%15%%2 !-$)-'#+!),2%2b n (%1+)!")+)3)%2 -%!1-%$#.,,)22).-1%2%15%nt %3.1%)-241%12% ##.4-32/!8!"+%!-$!##14!+2 .3!++)!")+)3)%2nr %/1%2%-3%$"8 (!1%#!/)3!+ (.1)9%$)224%$!-$&4++8 .1$)-!182(!1%2.&%!#( %-%1!+1%2%15%% %3!)-%$%!1-)-'2 %%!##.,/!-8)-'-.3%23.&)-!-#)!+23!3%,%-32(%2%&)-!-#)!+23!3%,%-326%1%!43(.1&.1)224%.-"%(!+&.&3(%.!1$.&%#3.12.-/1)+"8 %#3.1%#3.1 %!1%-$%$%#%,"%16)3(#.11%2/.-$)-'&)'41%2&.1 7/1%22%$)-!(!,-$.++!12 b !"r,!) %''(&%$!$%' %((,'!))$&'#!*#( #!*# )%'!$(*' '&'#!*#(nrt !$&'#!*#' &'#!*#( !$*'' %##!((!%$(!$*'' "%((' ','!)!$&'%!) n '(!$ftbn %) '!$%# !$*$'!$( %$!$+()(!$(*'! '#$)"%((0 nb %$$" !)!%$ (0 '"#!$!()!+ bbfr .!$$%)()%$)( -&'!$#!$%""'( 5(48,5(0(176 5(48,5(0(176 0F'RQDOGVRIIHUVH[FHOOHQWEHQHWV In the Budget Communication for 2011-2012, the Prime Minister announced that the Government is seeking to encourage the development and improvement of medical care in this country through legislation that will make it cheaper for individuals to invest in new, or refurbish old, medical facilities and import medical equipment. The Medical Care Improvement Act 2011 is intended to allow the Government to enter into agreements with entrepreneurs in the medical care field who want to invest in new medical care facilities, such as hospitals and multi-specialty medical facilities, or in major refurbishment of such facilities to import building materials and medical equipment duty free. Under the Act, the Government will also grant a fiveyear Customs duty exemption to the Public Hospitals Authority and the NationalI nsurance Board for the purchase of building materials and medical equipment in relation to medical care facilities. Mr Ingraham suggested the Act does for the medical sec tor what the Hotel Encouragement Act does to stimu late investment in tourism. He said the Bahamas can and do much better with regard to the quality of health care available in this nation, noting the linkage between a countrys prosperity and the health of its citizens. The Prime Minister said t hat whether or not entrepreneurs and owners receive the benefits available under the Act will depend upon if the Minister of Finance is satisfied that the agreement is in the best interest of the Bahamas. In this regard, public access to the facilities and equipment will be essential, he added. While duty exemptions are something Doctors Hospital has advocated for, Mr Sealy said he is uncertain based on the Prime Ministers communication about the extent to which Doctors Hospital may be able to benefit from the Act, and the possibility of duty exemptions on building materials and medical equipment that it provides for. I am a little unclear on how it will benefit those already entrenched in healthcare. It seems a bit of a grey area, said Mr Sealy, who added that he needed to look at the proposed legislation itself. I am going to take into consideration that the Prime Minister appreciates the value of Doctors Hospital in the provision of healthcare, and I would assume the Bill, having not had the opportunity to read it yet, will factor in opportunities for Doctors Hospital, who have expended significant funds on med ical equipment in recent years. Barry Rassin, Doctors Hospitals president, previously told Tribune Business in Jan uary of this year that the institution needs these concessions that most medical facilities get in most countries, referring to the BISX-listed healthcare provider's repeate d attempts to obtain customs duty exemptions on imported medical equipment and technology. Mr Sealy suggested that the Government may need to look closely, as it moves ahead with implementation of the Acts provisions, at how investment in medical services and facilities is guided in the US by a Certificate of Need process. This requires potential investors to show, based on a feasibility study, the need for their service in a given area. If this is not done, medical costs could rise and needs may still not be met. In the US you have to get a certificate of need, which requires of you to be able to delineate and determine theres an absolute need for a particular medical service or procedure, or you get overs upply in some areas and under supply in others. You hope that investors make the best business decision, but the state in this case ultimately makes the decision in the best interest of the public, said Mr Sealy. The American Health Planning Association(AHPA the professional group of state agencies responsible for regulation and planning in the US, supports certificate of needs (CONs because they are said to limit health-care spending, promoting appropriate competition and maintain lower costs for treatment services. The AHPA argues that by controlling construction and purchasing, state governments can oversee what expendi tures are necessary and where funds will be used most effectively. This helps eliminate projects that detract attention from more urgent and useful investments, and reduces e xcessive costs. Everyone will see the opportunity and everyone will jump for it, and we may end up with an oversaturation of (services/facilities small population, and an even smaller population that can pay for healthcare, Mr Sealy added. With more competition taking patients away from Doctors Hospital, the hospital could have to charge more for the services rendered to cover its costs, according to the logic that supports the need for CONs in the US. Mr Sealy also questioned the extent to which the Act may allow individuals to get into the medical business. Some may ultimately not h ave the means to make the business and medical services it provides sustainable. Yes, you can open the floodgates and say anyone whos interested can come in as an entrepreneur, but it would be foolhardy to get people to go into business if they dont have the platform to sustain it, said Mr Sealy. Youve got to remember that technology changes on a dime, and you need to be prepared to constantly reinvest on a dime. If the Bill expires in five years, you will only be able to get your first piece ofe quipment, and youre going to have to make a very good profit or find yourself continuing with outdated technology. Mr Sealy also charged that the Government should pro tect Bahamian entrepreneurs from foreign big business, who could use the Act as an incentive to enter the Bahamas medical industry using a Bahamian as a local face, only to repatriate their profits abroad. The true implications of this need to be understood, said Mr Sealy. Doctors chief queries Medical Acts impact FROM page 3B
T he Anglican Church Men's Choir The Sons of Thunder will host it's MEN PRAISING GOD III PreFather's Day concert at The Activity Centre of The Parish Church of The Most Holy Trinity Stapleton Gardens beginning at 7pm on Friday, June 10. The concert this year will highlight, Billy Brown and Archdeacon James Palacious. The night promises to filled will great sign ing and entertainment. Adult tickets can be purchased from any member of the choir or at the various Anglican Chur ch Parishes in New Providence. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for childr en accompanied by a ticket holder (payable at the door). ProceedsT o aid the SOT Outreach,Building/Repair Ministr y Histor y T he S ons of Th unde r i s a d yna mic al l m a l e c h o i r t h e b r a i n c h i l d o f F r S h a z z T u r nque st and H erbe r t S co tt. It w as at the o r di nat ion to th e pri estho od o f the Re vd F r Fequ el L apl ante i n T r e a s u r e C a y A b ac o th at the group p er f o r me d the ir first sel ec ti on. How did thi s a ll c ome a bout? T he A C M (An gli ca n C hurc h Me n) w ere stag ing th eir c on fere nce in T r e a s u r e C ay No r t h A ba co in M arc h 20 06 T he sing ing of a chu rch full of me n w as i n c r e dibl e. T his w a s the Pen tec ost m ome nt fo r the g roup. 'S co ttie w ho w as th e C oun ci l P r e s i den t a t t he time a nd Fr T u r nque st sa t dow n a t lunc h a nd pu t the nuts a nd bol ts to gether a n d fr om th at fir st Sunday i n T r e a s u r e Ca y four ye ars a go t o now the Son s o f Th unde r rema in the prem ier A ll M ale sing ing g r o up w ith in th e A ng lic an C h u rc h Wh ile in A bac o the pa r i sh pri est, Fr H e p b u r n a d v i s e d t h e AC M t h a t t h e y w ould be emb arki ng o n some r e n o v a t i o n s to the Parish C hurc h and re quest ed some assista nc e, a s a resu lt o f th is re que st th e s e c ond pro ng of the Sons of T hund er' s min i s t r y e vol ved T he g roup ma de a n inte ntio nal d ec ision to a ct as the spea rhea d of a n A CM mi nistry to assist fam ily i s l and pa rishe s in vol ved in pa r i sh re nov ati ons. F r om its i nc epti on, the g roup has a ssisted Pari shes in Ab ac o, N orth A nd r o s and C a t Islan d wi th phy sic al l abo ur a nd L ong Is l and w ith t he f ina nci al proc ee ds of a mi ni-c on c e r t. I n this m inist r y the me n, w he r e v e r possib le pay for thei r ow n tra nspor t a t i o n an d th e host pari sh, if abl e to, pr o v i d e s ac c ommo dat ions and foo d. T his mi nistry ha s bee n bl essed to ha ve be en a ssiste d by Fr Sha z z, our origi nal music dir e c t o r and A drian A r c h e r our orig ina l co nduc tor A long the w ay t he fol low ing persons, de s p ite th ere fu ll sc hedu les, h av e step ped in the g ap and mov ed thi s min istry alo ng: Pet er S turrup, M rs A ga tha C ampb ell who h a s b y a c cl a m a t i o n b e e n d e s i g n a t e d a H o n o u r a r y L ife M em ber of th e S ons o f T h u n d e r an d Dex ter Fe rnan der; t o them w e s h all be e te r n all y gra teful R E L I G I O U S N E W S S T O R I E S A N D C H U R C H E V E N T S R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C THURSDA Y MA Y 26, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S Anglican Church Men Choir to hold Concer t Sons of Thunder
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W e l l d e s i g n e d a n s we r s ap p r o v e d b y t h e t e a c h e r m ay b e u s e d a s b l u e p r i n ts f o r a p p li c a t i o n s t o s im i la r q u e s ti o n s T h e p o i n t o f t h e e xa m i n a ti o n i s to d e t e r m in e h o w m u c h t h e s tu d e n ts h a ve a b s o r b e d i n t h e p a s t y e ar o r y e a r s n o t to t r i c k t h e m i n to fa i l i n g N o t e v e r y o n e r es p o n d s w e ll i n an ex a mi na ti on a t mosphe re a nd e ve ry e f f o r t s h o u ld b e m a d e t o a l s o o f f er te s t s o f k n o w le d g e o r a l ly to b e w r it t e n in c l as s an d t a k e h o m e w i th d i s c u s s io n s in c l a s s T h e m o r e c o n fi d e n t a p er s o n f e e l s t h e m o r e i n c l in e d th a t p e r s o n w i ll b e t o a tt e m p t m o r e d i f f i c u l t t es ts o f a p t i tu d e. T h e w e ll k n o w n a d a g e i f y o u f a il to p r e p a r e p r e p a r e t o fa i l s ti l l r i n g s t r u e T h i s g o es fo r a l l li f e s te s t o f c h a r a c t er a n d m a tu r it y as we l l : Al l t h e o t h e r s ea s o n s o f th e l i f e c y c l e i n c l u d i n g m ar r i a g e, p a r e n ti n g r e t i r e m en t a g i n g a n d d y i n g A n o n g o i n g tr u s t i n G o d a d i s c i p l i n e d a p p r o ac h t o p r e p a r a t i o n t h e go d l y c o u n s el o f o th e r s a n d t h e g u i d a n c e o f th e H o l y S p i r it g i v e u s an e d g e t o p a s s t h e s e t e s t s w i t h f l yi n g c o l o u r s The T ribune Thursday May 26, 201 1 PG 2 9 RELIGION By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter T he Bahamas Conference of Seventh Days is committed to spreading the gospel of Christ as they celebrated "Adventist Book Day" recently. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e i r w e b s i t e t h e l e a d e r s h i p a n d m e m b e r s o f t h e B a h a m a s C o n f e r e n c e o f S e v e n t h d a y A d v e n t i s t s h a v e f o r m u l a t e d a s t r a t e g i c p l a n t o f a c i l i t a t e t h e s y s t e m a t i c s p r e a d i n g o f t h e g o s p e l o f J e s u s t o t h e B a h a m i a n c o m m u n i t y A s t h e c h u r c h p l a c e s e m p h a s i s o n p o s i t i v e l i t e r a t u r e f o r t h e n a t i o n s m e n t a l h e a l t h m e m b e r s t h r o u g h o u t t h e c o n f e r e n c e m a d e g i f t p r e s e n t a t i o n s t o t h e i r n e i g h b o u r s a n d l o v e d o n e s E v e r y m e m b e r i s e n c o u r a g e d t o p u r c h a s e a b o o k f r o m t h e A d v e n t i s t B o o k C e n t e r o n T o n i q u e W i l l i a m s D a r l i n g H i g h w a y a n d m a k e t h e s p e c i a l p r e s e n t a t i o n i n f i n e s t y l e I n k e e p i n g w i t h t h i s o b j e c t i v e t h e l e a d e r s h i p o f t h e c o n f e r e n c e i n c o n j u n c t i o n w i t h B r o t h e r C e c i l C a r t w r i g h t S r p r e s e n t e d f o u r h u n d r e d b i b l e s t o t h e M i n i s t e r o f E d u c a t i o n D e s m o n d B a n n i s t e r l a s t w e e k a t t h e o f f i c e o n E a s t S t r e e t m e m b e r s s a y T h i s w a s t h e f i r s t d e p o s i t o f e i g h t h u n d r e d u n i t s f o r o u r c h i l d r e n i n t h e p u b l i c s c h o o l s y s t e m T h e M i n i s t e r e x p r e s s e d h i s g r a t i t u d e t o t h e c h u r c h f o r a g i f t t h a t s t a n d s t h e t e s t o f t i m e I w i s h o t h e r o r g a n i s a t i o n s c o u l d f o l l o w t h e e x a m p l e o f t h e A d v e n t i s t s I e n c o u r a g e y o u i n y o u r e f f o r t s i n t h e c o m m u n i t y h e s a i d A t t e n d e e s f r o m t h e M i n i s t r y o f E d u c a t i o n i n c l u d e d : E l m a G a r r a w a y P e r m a n e n t S e c r e t a r y a n d L i o n e l K S a n d s D i r e c t o r P a s t o r P a u l S c a v e l l a p r e s i d e n t o f t h e S o u t h B a h a m a s C o n f e r e n c e w h o w a s j o i n e d b y t h e t r e a s u r e r C M e l v i n L e w i s P a s t o r L e o n a r d o R a h m i n g E l d e r O w u s u B o a t e n g E l d e r W i n s t o n A s h a n d S i s t e r T i f f a n y S t e p h e n s f o r t h e p r e s e n t a t i o n Adventist Book Day By P AST OR T ONY A COLEBROOK Heavenly Dove Prayer and Deliverance Ministry ISAIAH 55 V 6 Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found, call on him while he is near Seek means: to search for or to look. MATTHEW24 V 36-44 "B u t ab o u t t h at da y o r ho u r n o o n e kn o w s n ot e ven t h e an g el s i n h e ave n, no r t h e so n bu t o n l y t he f at he r A s i t w as i n t he d a ys o f No ah s o i t w i ll b e at t h e co m i n g of t h e S on o f M an F o r i n t h e d ay s b ef o re t he f lo o d p eo pl e w e re e at i n g an d d r i nk i n g, m a rr y i n g an d g iv i ng i n ma rr i age u p t o t h e d a y No ah en t er ed t h e a rk a n d t h ey k n ew no t h i n g ab o u t w h at w o ul d h ap p en u nt i l t h e f l o o d c am e an d t o o k t h em a l l aw ay Th at i s h o w i t wi l l be at t h e c o mi n g o f t h e So n of M an T w o m e n w i ll b e in t h e f i el d o n e w i ll b e t a ke n a n d t h e o t h er le f t T w o m en w il l be g ri n d i ng w i t h a ha n d mi l l o n e w i l l b e t a ke n an d t h e ot he r l ef t T h e r e f o r e k ee p w at c h b ec a us e yo u d o n t k n ow o n w h a t d a y yo u r L o rd w il l c om e. B u t u n d er st a n d t h is i f t h e ow n er of t h e h o u se h ad k no w n a t w ha t t im e o f t h e d ay o r ni gh t t h e t h i ef wa s c om i n g, h e w ou l d h a ve k ep t w a t c h a nd w ou l d n o t ha ve l et h i s ho u s e b e br o k en i n t o. S o yo u m u s t a l so b e r e a d y b e c au se t he So n o f M an w i l l c om e at an y an h o ur w h en yo u d o n t e xp ec t No m an n o w o m an kn o w s w h en t h e so n o f ma n s ha l l ap p ear S o m ak e yo u r re l at i o n sh i p s ur e w i t h t h e L or d P H I L L I P A N S 2 V 1 2 T h e r e f o r e m y be l ov ed a s y o u h a ve al w ay s o be yed n o t a s i n m y p r e s e n c e o n l y b u t n o w mu c h m or e in m y a b se nc e w o rk ou t yo u r o w n s al va t io n w it h f ea r an d t r e m b l i n g R OM A N S 1 4 V 1 0. F o r w e s h a l l a l l s t a n d b e f o r e t h e J u dg m en t s ea t of C h r is t D u ri n g t h i s t i m e, w e w i l l r ec e iv e o ur r e w a r d On l y w h at i s d on e f o r C h r is t w i l l la st T he re i s o n ly o n e l if e, i t w il l so o n b e p as se d a w ay an d go n e. G o n e ei t h er t o h ea ven o r h el l Re me mb e r n o s in i s gr ea t er t h an t h e n ext s i n A l l si n is si n i n t he eye s o f t h e L o r d a nd S avi o u r J es us C hr i st no n e i s sm a ll e r or gr e a t e r If yo u are bu ying num bers it is n o dif f e r e n t t h a n c o m m i t t i n g a d u l t e r y A d u l t e r y i s no di f f e r en t f rom go ssip in g. A ll are c lass if ied as s in. Repen t Repent Repen t and draw t o C hri st Jesu s. J am es 4 v8D ra w n ear t o Go d s o t h at h e c an d ra w ne ar t o y o u. W as h yo u r h a n d s y o u s i n n e r s a n d p u r i f y y o u r h e a r t s yo u d o u b le m i n de d Th e L o rd ha s gi v en u s a v er y si m p le ye t p o w er f u l w ay f or u s t o u n d er st a nd h o w he w an t s u s t o li v e o u r li ve s. H e w a n t u s t o b e c l o s e t o h i m t h r o u g h J e s u s Examinations REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS A word to the nation P ASTOR Paul Scavella and SDA members place emphasis on positive literature.
The T ribune PG 30 Thursday May 26, 201 1 RELIGION No Deal! Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lor d thy God." W e liv e i n a ti me whe n al l s orts of ne g at iv e t hing s a re ha ppe nin g. A ll of it is si n, t he de vi l ha s dec e iv ed u s int o t hinki ng th at w e ca n ma ke t hing s t ha t God sa y s a re w rong a nd ma ke t he m rig ht or a c ce pt ed. A re ckoni ng day i s c oming whe n we h av e to a nswe r f or o ur a ct ions. W e p la y pa ta -c a ke wit h t he de v il an d he i s t e ari ng a pa rt our ho mes a nd ma rria g e s. He 's rea pi ng hav oc on our jobs, in the l iv es of o ur chi ldre n a nd t ak ing our soc ie ty by storm. W e ha ve mov e d ov e r an d le t hi m h av e his wa y to d o wha t e ve r he w ant s t o do in our li ve s an d t ha t ha s to st op. A l ine mu st be d raw n s o m e w h e r e whe n w e say "e noug h i s e n o u g h Why do we wait so long before we take action against the wiles of the devil. Do you actually think that he cares about any one of us? His job is to kill, steal and destroy the Bible tells us and that's exactly what he is doing. He has a lifetime plan on how he is going to cause destruction in our lives. The amazing thing is we don't use the tools that God gave us to fight him with. Another thing is we loose heart in the middle of the fighting. All of us can attest to the fact that he never gives up. After you get over one thing it is some thing else. Or like we always say "when it isn't one thing it's the next." As long as you live there will always be a fight and you can not get tried of fighting. That is because we are in a battle for our lives. However it's a fixed fight and we won when Jesus Christ died on Calvary's Cross. It's the follow up that we ar e not doing good with. W e have to maintain our faith which is reading our Bibles, praying without ceasing, fasting, for giving peo ple and ourselves, worshipping God in spirit and in truth. W e can not let this life overcome us. The word of God says, "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world." (1st John 2:16) W e don't need anything that the devil offers us. God is the way the truth, and the light. His way is the only way that matters and should take priority in our lives. W e have to become just like Jesus in the fact that when the devil came to tempt Jesus, Jesus overcame because he used the wor d of God and wanted nothing of this world. He did not make a deal with the devil and say after you give me the all the kingdoms of the world, I'll bow then. No, He refused the offer with the wor d o f G o d Th a t' s n o t to s ay th a t w e shouldn't have land, houses, car and or money It's to say that they should not be the only things that we want in this life. W e should desire God and His things. It will pay off in the end. I think we do a disservice to ourselves when we only seek after things in this life. T he Bibl e t el l us t ha t a bov e al l tha t God w ishe s th at we be in g ood he a lt h a nd prospe r a nd be in g ood he a lt h e v e n a s our soul s pr o s p e r W e c a n not a f f o r d t o be lure d by de v il wit h thi ng s t ha t he p r e se nt s us w it h simply bec a use we don 't make de a ls wi th t he de v il. W e c an 't a f f o r d t o g a in t his whole worl d a nd loose o ur one soul, i t wil l n ot be w o r th it He knows wha t we a kne sses we ha v e an d use s th ose thi ngs ag a inst us. H o w e v e r God prov ide s a wa y of e sca pe f r om t he de v il' s t e mpta t ions. W e hel p ourse lv e s whe n we use th e t ools t hat we w e r e g i ve n to re sist t he de v il. L e t 's do wha t J esu s d id an d use t he w o r d of God a g a inst hi m a t a ll t ime s, it is t he g re at e st we a pon tha t w e ha ve A m e n ALLISON MILLER INSIGHT F o r t h e s t o r i e s b e h i n d t h e n e w s r e a d I n s i g h t o n M o n d a y s
The T ribune Thursday May 26, 201 1 PG 31 RELIGION OAKLAND, California Associated press A S C R E S T F A L L E N f o l l o w e r s o f a C a l i f o r n i a p r e ac h e r w h o f o r e s a w t h e w o r l d s e n d s t r a i n e d t o f i n d m e an i n g i n t h e i r l i ve s H a r o l d C a m p i n g r e v i s e d h i s ap o c a l y p t i c p r o p h e c y s a y i n g h e w a s o f f b y f i v e m o n t h s an d t h e E ar t h ac t u a l l y w i l l b e o b l i t e ra t e d o n O c t 2 1 C a m p i n g w h o p r e d i c t e d t h at 2 0 0 m i l l i o n C h ri s t i a n s w o u l d b e t ak en t o h ea v e n S a t u r d a y b e f o r e g l o b a l c a t a c l y s m s t r u c k t h e p l a n e t s ai d M o n d a y t h at h e f e l t s o t e r r i b l e w h e n h i s d o o m s d a y m e s s ag e d i d n o t c o m e t r u e t h a t h e l ef t h o m e an d t o o k r e f u g e i n a m o t e l w i t h h i s w i f e. 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The Christian radio host who predicted the world would end over the weekend said Monday he's ready to talk about why the apocalypse didn't arrive. Harold Camping declined to immediately comment to The Associated Press but said he'll make a full statement in a broadcast through his Oaklandbased Family Radio International. (AP)
RELIGION The T ribune PG 32 Thursday May 26, 201 1 S T G E O R G E S S o c i a l O u t r e a c h M i n i s t r y h e l d i t s 9 t h A n n u a l Recognition Service on May 15, 2011 at 6pm. Pr esident of The Social Outreach Ministry at St Geor ge, Betty Smith said "as par t of D io cese 2000 and B e y o n d M a y i s S o c i a l O u t r e a c h Month in the parish of St George and at this time we honor our senior citizens who have made valuable contributions to the church and to the community ,"among those were Whitfield W illiams and George T urnquest. S T G E O R G E S S O C I A L O U T R E A C H Whitfield W illiams George T urquest T h e i m p o r t a n c e o f h o p e HOPE has been defined as "a feeling that what is wanted will happen; desir e accompanied by expectation." In the scripture, hope is closely connected to faith, "now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1). M a n c a n n o t s u r v i v e w i t h o u t h o p e I t i s w h a t g i v e s m e a n i n g t o a l l o f l i f e T h e f a c t t h a t w e a r e s a v e d b y h o p e i s s t a t e d i n R o m a n s 8 : 2 4 V i c t o r F r a n k i n h i s b o o k M a n s S e a r c h f o r M e a n i n g g r a p h i c a l l y t e l l s h o w h e w a s a b l e t o s u r v i v e t h e h o r r o r s o f a N a z i C o n c e n t r a ti o n C a m p b y f o c u s i n g o n t h e h o p e o f l i b e r a t i o n a n d d e l i v e r a n c e r a t h e r t h a n o n t h e s u f f e r i n g a n d d e a t h t h a t w a s h a p p e n i n g a l l a r o u n d h i m The minister frequently faces circum stances and situations that are discourag ing and defeating on the surface a scathing criticism, a financial r everse, a lack of spiritual results and piling up of people' s problems. T o handle these diffi culties on the human level is impossible. T o fight with carnal weapon is useless. Such an approach assures defeat. What is needed is a spiritual solution. The first step in spiritually solving any pr oblem is to transcend it to get above. Don' t try to slug it out on the fleshly level. Get in the spiritual realm. How is this done? But developing the "feeling that what is want ed will happen". By exercising faith and hope, remember that such a feeling will not come automatically It will come only as a conscious act of the will. Hope arises out of a concentration on the good and positive things (Phil. 4:8). W e must not focus on the difficult; but on the fact that God will bring deliverance. T o t r a n s c e n d a p r o b l e m ( t o p r a c t i c e hope) does not mean that we will leave the problem; it simply means that by viewing it from God' s perspective, we will see it as it really is. When we understand the tr ue nature of the problem, we will then be able to con front it pr operly Keep in mind however that this is not possible without first exer cising faith and hope. W e must under stand that it is hope that gives us the spir itual insights and power necessary to take the fear out of the future. BISHOP V G CLARKE In this picture taken April 8, 2011 members talk during a meeting of the Pentecosan declaration in Landsberg am Lech, southern Germany. A year after a widespread sex scandal rocked Roman Catholics in Pope Benedict XVI's homeland, German intellectuals and faithful alike are turning their backs on the church, calling for change or simply leaving the congregation. (AP) LOSING F AITH