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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.167THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 90F LOW 80F TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HITS NASSAU By TRIBUNE STAFF A TORNADO swept through southeastern New Providence yesterday, damaging homes and businesses and creating alarm for bystanders. Snapping tree limbs and lifting shingles from rooftops, the twister made its way from Malcolm Road East all the way to Wind Terrace near East Street. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA mation from the Department of Meteorology about the severe weather system, they partially activated its National Emer gency Operations Centre at about 1.30pm. The warnings were in effect for the southeastern New Providence including South Beach, Yellow Elder, and the Mackey Street areas. Assessment teams from NEMA went to some of the loca tions and found several trees which had snapped and fallen in the streets in the Malcolm Road, East Street area. However, there were no reports of injuries to res idents or serious damage to properties. Captain Stephen Russell, the Director of NEMA, said there was an unconfirmed report of a young boy telling his mother the front door to their South Beach home was blown down due to the strong wind. However, the Royal Bahamas Police control room said they received no report of any damage or injuries to persons as a result of the weather system. NEMA operations section 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 PANICASTWISTERHITS HOMESANDBUSINESSES SEE page thr ee By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are questioning two men in connection with the theft of public funds from an Acklins administra tors office the second robbery at the office in less than a year. Paul Rolle, officer in charge of CDU, confirmed By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE Ministry of Educa tions student database for 20 schools is currently being housed on servers in the United States of America. All 20 schools were once networked through a student information software (SIS that stores student grades, By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Privy Council has overturned convicted murderer Maxo Tidos death sentence. The London-based court, the highest recognised by Bahamian law, delivered its judgment yesterday, allowing the appeal of Tidos death sentence which was REPORTS reaching The Tribune late last night indicated that a woman had been shot in a domestic dispute in the Carmichael area. Up to press time, police could not provide any more details into the incident that occurred off McKinney Drive sometime after 7pm. Investigations into the matter are continu ing. REPORTS: WOMAN SHOT IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE MAX O TIDO DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED MINISTRYS STUDENT DATABASE HOUSED ON SERVERS IN THE US SEE page 14 SEE page 15 SEE page 15 TWO QUESTIONED IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS LATE NEWS THEtornado can be seen in Nassau yesterday. It made its way from Malcolm Road East all the way to Wind Terrace near East Street, snapping branches and lifting shingles from rooftops. Felip Major/Tribune staff


By SANCHESKA BROWN IN LIGHT of the tornado that touched down in southern New Providence yesterday, residents are being advised to be prepared for any weather situation. As the storm approached the Bahamas from Florida, a severe weather warning was issued for Central Andros. However, deputy director of the Department of Meteorology Basil Dean discontinued that warning around 4.30pm yesterday. He noted that scattered showers and thunderstorms can still be expected and advised residents that they should go about their business in a normal fashion but remain vigilant. Although rare, there have been several reports of tornados in the Bahamas. The most recent was a tornado that touched down at the Freeport Container Port in Grand Bahama, killing three workers on March 29, 2010. A tornado in Central Andros severely damaged six homes on April 16, 2007 and another in Harbour Island injured six people and overturned boats during a regatta in 2000. Experts suggest getting into a basement if a tornado is approaching. If there is not onein your home, the best alternative is to get inside a bathtub that is safely anchored and cover yourself with a mattress. The next best option is to get in the closet. Tornados are one of natures most violent storms and can form at any time, anywhere. They usually only develop during thunderstorms, and when the storm is some distance away, lightning, rain and hail are early indicators of possible trouble. Other indicators include: Darkening skies, particularly if the sky appears dark green or orange. Strong, persistent rotation of the cloud base Very calm and quiet conditions during or right after a thunderstorm. A rumble or roar that sounds like continuous thunder. Whirling debris near the ground, even in the absence of a funnel cloud. Blue-green or white flashes at ground level in the distance at night. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE :$17('([SHULHQFHG %DFNKRH 2SHUDWRU&DOO Residents advised to prepare for any weather situation TORNADOAFTERMATH D ARKCLOUDS g ather yesterday a head of the tornado which struck Nassau. Felip Major / Tribune staff


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 3 THREE men were arraigned in MagistratesC ourt yesterday accused of stealing steel and copper wire from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation. Hugh Gray, 20, of Coral Heights East; Jamie Roberts, 21, of Boatswain Hill; and Tyler Thompson, 18, of Coral Lakes West were arraigned before Magistrate Derrence RolleDavis in Court 5, Bank Lane. It is alleged that on Fri day, May 27, the men were found in possession of steel and an assortment of copper wire valued at $11,530,40, the property of BEC. All three men pleaded not guilty to the charge. They were granted bail in the sum of $5,500 with one surety. Their case was adjourned to October 18 and 19. m ade contact with administrators in the North and Central Andros advising of the latest weather bulletin. Shortly afterwards, the administrators reported con-d itions were normal as the weather moved along offshore, a NEMA official said. The Met Department advised that as of 4.30pm Wednesday, an all clear was g iven. NEMA will continue t o remain on standby to get r eports from any areas not r eceived yet. Storm W hile some eyewitnesses claimed the storm had ripped rooftops from their buildings in the surrounding area, little evidence could be found when Tribune reporters visited the scene d uring the height of the s torm. T he damage caused is c onsistent with a level one t ornado on the Fujita scale. V isiting a number of these areas as yesterday, The Tribune received first-hand information from residents in the area, and a government administrator from the Department of Social Services who gave various descriptions of what took p lace. S enior citizen Elijah Rolle said when the twister touched down, he and a few friends were stuck under a wooden shack some 20-25ft i n width that offered no prot ection from the potential threat. H e said: The roof came o ff somewhere over there ( pointing to the eastern portion of the building). Debris was flying all a bout and we were right under this shack. That was the first time Id witnessed something like that in my l ife but I wasnt scared. I believe in God so I wasnt scared at all. R oselda Hart, assistant a dministrator at the Departm ent of Social Services Early Childhood DevelopmentC enter on East Street, c laims the twister started near a water depot store on Malcolm Road and made its way up East Street. She said: Debris started flying in a circular motion from the green building up north. A few of the powerlines came down and the wind was blowing hard. It was forceful. I know it was forceful b ecause it broke the front g ate from its hinges. Ms Hart said she was thankful the government building she and the school children were in was built to w ithstand hurricane-force w inds. Witnesses O ther witnesses saw the s torm try to touch down, t hough they were not in the immediate area. Samantha Johnson, a resident of Golden Gates, along with her brother Lamond, claimed to see to a white cloud beginning to s wirl in the sky and started to record it. She said: It swirled and t he cloud moved southeast and then turned black and s eemed to be trying hard to touch the ground. D o you have photos of the twister? If so, send them to THREE IN COURT A CCUSED OF STEALING STEEL AND COPPER WIRE Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story. Panic as tornado hits Nassau homes and businesses FROM page one T ORNADOAFTERMATH: T he storm is visible from the Lynden P indling Airport (top BTC staff repair phone lines downed in the tornado (above and left). Felip Major /Tribune staff


E DITOR, The Tribune. I would be grateful if you would afford me space in your valuable columns to respond to an article by Minister Earl Deveaux in the opinion section of the June 10, 2011 edition of The Nassau Guardian. In his article, Minister D eveaux stated that he "read with interest the letter writ ten and published by Dr C ampbell in The Nassau Guardian of 6 June, 2011. His basic premise appears to be t hat a reduction in the rate of d uty is the end of the line for Bahamian farmers, especially small farmers." B efore reading my response, I would suggest that readers refer to my actual let-t er which was also published i n The Tribune of June 6, 2011 under the heading: "The struggle to earn a sustainable living from tilling the soil." In lectures on ethical deportment that I receivedw hile attending veterinary school at Tuskegee University, I was made to understand that it was a serious breach of ethical conduct to misrepresent, obfuscate or otherwise t wist the words or intent of a nother. I am to hereby state that in my opinion the minis ter was unethical in his comm ents in relation to my letter i n response to the zero rate of tariff duty on fruits and jams and preservatives madet herefrom, that was instituted in this year's budget. The premise of my letter r elated to the fact that he and his colleagues are actively in n egotiations to take our country into the WTO with minim al to zero discussions with Bahamian stakeholders and that the progressive tariff reductions that they have been instituting since comingi nto office are ill advised. I also sought clarification a s to the stage of our WTO Accession negotiations and also as to the terms and cond itions of our entry. As a B ahamian it is my right to be s o informed. I additionally sought clarification as to the policies, prog rammes and projects that his government had been implementing in order to empowero ur farmers to be able to full y supply the market so that, a s indicated by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Agriculture could then institute a prohibitive protective tariff of 300 per cent. My concern isb ased upon the fact that it is the young plant that needs to be hedged, or protected; when f ully grown and mature it becomes self sufficient and able to withstand the vagarieso f life. My concern is that our Bahamian farmers, or our small and medium sizedB ahamian agribusiness entrepreneurs operating in the private sector, are as young p lants at this stage of their d evelopment, or metamorp hosis, and need to be prot ected by their government against being trampled underfoot by cheaper imports. Once mature, they would be able to fend for themselves once the playing field is level and has no land mines. The policy supported by t he minister to institute protective tariffs once industries have become fully fledgedr uns directly contrary to the basic tenets of the WTO. In my letter I also reflected u pon some of the past and p resent policies, programmes and actions by our government that are supported by t he minister that had, in my opinion, a negative impact upon the ability of our farm-e rs to earn a livelihood by tilli ng our soil. I am aware that in the past some ventures in the agricultural sector have been successful and that today there are success stories, however, that was not my focus.M y focus is upon the road ahead that is taking us into the WTO and I want to be informed as to our government's intended route beforehand. T he premise of my letter c an be found in the answers to the six questions that I posed. I am to hereby humbly r equest The Minister to write a nd publish another article in which he answers my ques tions, thereby Keith B Campbell BSc DVM. N assau, June 10, 2011 EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 WEBSITE w updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON As he weighed a presidential run back in 2006, President Barack Obama displayed a realistic sense of self-awareness: All the adulation he was receiving, he conceded then, was because he was a blank slate on which people could attach their aspirations. As he seeks re-election, his self-awareness is on display again, with a new conclusion. "It's not as cool to be an Obama supporter as it was in 2008, with the posters and all of that stuff," he acknowledged to an intimate gathering of donors in Miami this week. It's a line he delivered with a chuckle, a variation on a theme that he is using with his base of supporters. But it holds an impor tant truth for the Obama campaign: Obama is now a known quantity and he will not inspire voters this election the same way he did in the previous one. Complicating things for Obama is what the Pew Research Centre calls an "intensity gap" between Obama's conservative opponents and the liberals who would be most likely to support him. A recent Pew survey found that 84 per cent of staunch conservatives strong ly disapprove of the president, but only 64 per cent of solid liberals strongly approve of him. Intensity, or enthusiasm, is an important factor in driving voters to the polls. Obama benefited greatly from it in 2008 with a record-shattering turnout. But conservative intensity played a significant role in the 2010 mid-term elections that put Republicans in control of the House. For the president, crafting his message for 2012 is a balancing act. He must re-energize his base, the voters moved by his 2008 mantra of hope and change. But he also must reassure moderate and independent voters that he is still focused on righting the economy and that he is not the radical, ineffective agent portrayed by the Republican field of presidential candi dates. Obama bridges the two with a line meant to be both a defence of his first two years in office and a rationale for his re-election: "Big changes don't happen overnight." Still, Obama this week was reminded of the results many of his supporters have come to expect from him, no matter how unrealistic. While speaking to more than 900 supporters Monday at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts, one man in the audience stood and shouted, "Keep your promise, stop AIDS now!" before the crowd drowned him out with cheers of "Obama, Obama!" To hear First Lady Michelle Obama tell it, the president has even had to reassure her at times. "In those moments when we're all sweat ing it, when we're worried about whether the bill is going to pass, the negotiations might fall through 'Barack, what are you doing?' I know you all have thought that," she told donors at a San Francisco fundraiser Tuesday. "I hear it. I put him through it, too. "Barack always reminds me that we're playing a long game here. He reminds me that change is slow." Obama also faces the full force of the Republican presidential field. The GOP debate in New Hampshire on Monday night displayed how a central feature of the Republican candidates' pitches was that they were the antithesis of Obama, variously denouncing his health care plan as "Obamacare," his time in the presidency as the "Obama depression" and his policies as anti-job and antibusiness. While Republicans know whom they are running against, Obama does not. Obama political adviser David Axelrod maintains that Obama voters will regain their intensity once they have a flesh and blood candidate to compare with Obama. But that is still months away and Obama needs enthusiasm from his supporters now to build a grass-roots base and to raise money. In his speeches to donors these days, Oba ma recalls the euphoria displayed by his back ers during his election night acceptance speech in Chicago's Grant Park. "Now, two and a half years have passed since that night in Grant Park, and I've got a lot more gray hair," he said at the Arsht Centre, where supporters paid from $44 to $2,500 to hear him. "And what seemed so fresh and new, now 'we've seen Obama so many times on TV, and we know all his quirks and all his tics and he's been poked apart.'" He knows what his liberal critics say, and he asks for their forbearance. To be sure, they have a litany of complaints. Many Democrats wanted him to push for a public option in health care, a government alternative to private insurance providers. Others wanted an immigration overhaul or a quicker end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.s "I know the conversation you guys are having," he said to laughter. "I understand that. There have been frustrations, and I've got some dings to show for it over the last two and half years." (This article is by Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press). Minister Earl Deveaux was unethical in his comments LETTERS Passion for Obama not like 2008 EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Anger to blame for mur der rate. The Tribune, June 9, 2011 BEFORE we get too upset over our crime rate, we should give thanks that we live in such a devoutly religious country. Otherwise it would probably be much worse wouldnt it? KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, June 13, 2011. CRIME, RELIGION AND WHY WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS EDITOR, The Tribune. Y our headline of Monday, June 6, 2011 created a lot of con fused curiosity. Whats a bank holiday? my 70-year-old mother asked when I dropped off the newspaper to her thism orning. One of my co-workers even brought it up and a dis cussion ensued amongst us all. I had to sort it out for everyone. FYI...A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingd om or in Ireland. There is no automatic right to time off on t hese days, although the majority of the population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days. There is even an Act of Parliament called the Bank Holiday Act of 1871 (Bank being Bank of England In The Bahamas, all holidays are public holidays and, under the Employment Act 2000, all employees have an automatic right to time off on those days. All headlines and front page stories should be accurate, brief and clear (ABC were writing about Labour Day holiday was inaccurate and unclear to most of your local readers who are not British. While it is understood that you sometimes have to fit in words that match the font for the space allocated and it may require including or deleting a word, or sometimes you use catchy words that work together for a particular story (e.g. holiday bloodshed), it serves no purpose if all it does is introduce a con fusing word. C ADDERLEY Nassau, June 6, 2011. Bank holiday headline was inaccurate and unclear to non-British r eaders


POLICE are investigating two separate stabbings in which male students one in the capital and another on a Family Island were injured. The first stabbing occurred at the L N Coakley School in Exuma on Tuesday at around 2.30pm. A 15-year-old was stabbed in the chest by another student. He was taken to a local clinic to be treated and was later discharged. Police are questioning a 14year-old male student from the Mount Thompson community in connection with the stabbing. Around the same time in New Providence, a C R Walker Senior High School student was stabbed in the abdomen. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and is listed in serious condition. The incident is said to have taken place just outside the schools campus. Police say they are actively investigating both stabbings. Earlier on Tuesday, at around 1.45pm, officers from New Providences Western Division detained two young men for questioning after finding them in possession of some jewellery which is alleged to have been stolen. Police received a report that a chain was snatched from a students neck during a school grad uation ceremony at the Wyndam Hotel. Later, the two young men in custody, both 16, were found at Goodman's Bay allegedly in possession of a similar chain. Police are investigating the matter further. POLICE TIP: All persons in possession of shotguns or rifles which have licences that are not up to date are in breach of the law. They must immediately licence their weapons or face the prospect of arrest and prosecution. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 5 (UURUDQG*UHHG By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter THREE men accused of being part of a major fraud ring involving the illegal inspection and licensing of vehicles were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Cardinal Marshall, 43, of Carmichael Road was arraigned before Magistrate Derrence Rolle-Davis in Court 5, Bank Lane yesterday, charged with 27 counts of possession of a forged document. It is alleged that on Wednesday June 1, Marshall was found in possession of a number of forged Road Traffic validation stickers. Marshall, who was represented by attorney Wallace Rolle, pleaded not guilty to the charges and opted to stand trial in the Magistrates Court. His attorney argued that based on court dockets, it appeared that nine matters had been stretched to 27 charges. The prosecution did not object to bail and Marshall was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 with one surety. His case was adjourned to November 1 and 2. Terrell Knowles, 34, of Parkgate Road was arraigned on similar charges. It is alleged that on or around June 1, he forged and was found in possession of a government of the Bahamas vehicle licence and registration disc bearing the name Walnex and Onese Philord and another disc bearing the name Perry Johnson. It is also alleged that he was found in possession of two Road Traffic Department inspection stickers and four Road Traffic Department decals. Knowles pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution did not object to bail being granted. Knowles was granted bail in the sum of $6,00 with one surety. His case was also adjourned to November 1 and 2. Also appearing in court yesterday on fraud charges was John Sentaus, 38. Police have charged Sentaus with the unlawful possession of two Road Traffic inspection stickers. Sentaus initially attempted to p leaded guilty with an explanation. He contended that he had lawfully obtained the stickers. Based on this argument, Magistrate Rolle-Davis entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The prosecution did not object to bail being granted toS entaus and he was granted bail in the sum of $1,300 with one surety. His case has also been adjourned to November 1 and 2. Three charged in connection with major vehicle fraud ring STUDENTS INJURED IN TWO SEPARATE STABBINGS RIGHT: Cardinal Marshall and Terrell Knowles outside of court yesterday. LEFT: John Sentaus was also charged. T im Clarke / Tribune staff


BAHAMIANS appear reluctant to register complaints with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Parliament was informed. Encouraging our citizens to formally register their complaints remains a challenge, Data Protection Commissioner George Rodgers said in his 2010 annual report. Still, promoting general awareness of data protection in the nations private and public sectors remains paramount, he added, according to the report tabled in Parliament. The Bahamas is part of the global arena and we are inextricably linked to and affected by the advancement in technology. As a result, the ease with which personal information can be collected, stored and disclosed adds to the ongoing challenge to protect our fundamental privacy rights, said Mr Rodgers. Last year there were six formal complaints and 32 enquiries compared to five complaints and 22 enquiries the year before. It was encouraging to note that the enquiries were more substantive, giving the impression that there is greater grasp of the principles and intent of the Data Protection Act (DPA commissioner. Three of the complaints related to the operation of timeshare properties in the Bahamas. As these were outside the purview of the Data Protection Commissioner, they were redirected to the Bahamas Investment Authority, said Mr Rodgers. Of the other three, one sought help in a matter that was more akin to freedom of information than data protection, Mr Rodgers explained. He advised that as freedom of information legislation was still pending, he was unable to provide any assistance in that regard. The other two related to a refusal to release personal information on request and correcting personal information already held on file. Privacy Data protection is the safeguarding of the privacy rights of individuals in relation to the processing of personal information. The Data Protection (Privacy of Personal Information) Act places responsibility on persons p rocessing personal information a nd confers rights on those who are the subject of that information. It also sets out the legal framework for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information that is consistent with international principles. From our point of view, the key principle of data protection is that living individuals should be able to control how personal information about them is used, with or without their consent. We live in an information age where the need to protect our personal information is becoming more acute each day. The enactment of the Data Protection Act and the establishment of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in 2006 were truly significant steps in the right direction, Mr Rodgers said. Along with the Computer Misuse Act and the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, Citizens are given important rights, including the right to know what information is held about them and the right to correct information that is wrong. The DPA helps to protect the interest of individuals by making it an obligation of both the private and the public sectors to manage the personal information they hold in an appropriate way that is consistent with the rights of the data subject as provided by law, said Mr Rodgers. The importance of the DPA in the global arena, he said, is manifested by its prominence as an element in all Tax Information Exchange Agreements successfully negotiated between the Bahamas and 24 countries. He reminded public and private sector organisations that only one year is left of the five-year grace period allowed for the continued use of existing personal information without being fully compliant with the DPA. Time is running out and all stakeholders should now be well on the way to ensuring that personal data files are updated and/or purged to promote good data protection practices, said Mr Rodgers. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Bahamians appear reluctant to register data protection complaints LASHANTE SAMPSON of Gerald Cash Primary School was the recipient of a laptop computer from Minister of Education Desmond Bannister during the schools annual PrizeGiving Ceremony held at Golden Gates Ministries on Friday. Lashante is the schools most outstanding student and has excelled in many disciplines. She has represented the school in the national spelling bee competition, the student of the year award competition and received the schools highest GPA. The name of the computer winner was incorrectly reported in Mondays paper. P RIMAR Y SCHOOL STUDENT RECEIVES GIFT FROM MINISTER


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter F REEPORT Deputy Police Commissioner Quinn McCartney believes that much of the crime committed in Grand Bahama is the r esult of the decline in moral a nd social standards as opposed to the downturn in t he economy. W hile speaking at an Econ omic Summit on Friday hosted by the GrandB ahama Chamber of Comm erce, the senior police official noted that a majority of the crimes are being carried out by repeat offenders. Mr McCartney said the police have seen an increase in the number of house and s hop breakings on the i sland. Kno wn When we arrest persons f or crimes committed, these are persons known to us w ho have been in the syst em for a very long time. When the economy was good they were breaking into homes and committing crimes, and now the economy is bad they are still committing crimes. Mr McCartney does not believe that the economic situation is a major factor. Yes, the economy places strain and stress on a lot ofp eople but you dont find a former bank manager or laid off workers from the hotel industry getting into criminal activity. Persons who have been doing it from they were minors and teens are continuing to perpetrate t hese crimes. He said that there may be a few novice persons (committing crimes) because of the economic situation. M r McCartney said the d ecline in morals and social b ehaviour are the real fact ors contributing to the rise in crime in the community. The lack of basic principles of honesty and integrity these are the issues a ffecting us. There are some persons who feel they should have as much as you should have, but they dont want to get i t by working and so they go a nd steal andso these are t he issues that are affecting u s, he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 7 btrnr Top police officer links crime to moral decline n GRANDBAHAMA Economic downturn not a major factor, says Deputy Commissioner T he lack o f basic p rinciples of h onesty and i ntegrity t hese are the i ssues affecti ng us. Q uinn McCartney


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011THE TRIBUNE T HE Coastal Awareness Com-m ittee, a group o f stakeholders f rom the private and public sectors with an interest in promoting t he sustainable development of the Bahamas, recently presented Minister of Tourism Vincent VanderpoolWallace and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Lawrence C artwright with the first c opies of posters designed t o promote the protection of bonefish. T he posters were created as part of this years national coastal awareness campaign that focused on cli m ate change and overfishi ng. With the title Protecting Our Bonefish to Protect O ur Economy, the poster o utlines the regulations on b onefishing in the Bahamas, as well as highlights the important role bonefish play i n the Bahamian economy. Bahamians are allowed t o catch bonefish for personal consumption, but buying and selling bonefish and u sing nets to catch them in large numbers is illegal. Indiv iduals can be fined up to $3,000 and/or spend a year in jail for selling and nettingb onefish, said Jared Dillet of the Department of M arine Resources, a member of the National Coastal Awareness Subcommittee on Overfishing, that devel-o ped the posters. THE COASTAL AWARENESS COMMITTEE CREATES BONEFISH PROTECTION POSTERS P RESENTATION: T HE National Coastal Awareness C ommittee presents Minister of Tourism Vincent Vand erpool-Wallace and Minister of Agriculture and M arine Resources Larry Cartwright with bonefish protection posters. Pictured (l-r Bahamas National Trust; Kelly Meister of DolphinE ncounters; Natasha Arthur of BREEF; Jared Dillet of Department of Marine Resources; Mr Vanderpool-Wallace; Mr Cartwright; Casuarina McKinney of BREEF, and Earlston McPhee, chairman of the National Coastal A wareness Committee and director of Sustainable Development for the Ministry of Tourism. SEE page nine


We have received reports of people using nets and wanted to create awareness, and in some cases remind people of the regulations. Bonefish are also extremely important to our economy and flats fishing has an economic impact of a pproximately $140 million d ollars annually. Even if s omeone breaks the law and sells a bonefish at 10 Bahamian dollars a pound, that profit pales in comparis on to what a sports fisherm an will pay a guide just for t he opportunity to catch a bonefish. It is in everyonesi nterest to protect this popu lar game fish. Also overseeing the design and content of the posters was Natasha Arthur and Charlene Carey of BREEF; Janeen Bullard of the Bahamas National Trust; L ester Flowers, of the Coll ege of the Bahamas and P eter Douglas of the Mini stry of Tourism, Andros a ll members of the Subcomm ittee on Overfishing for the National Coastal Awareness Committee. We are also asking the public to help protect our bonefish by complying with regulations, using best pract ices for bonefish catch and release to increase their sur vival, limit fight time, min-i mise handling, keep the fish u nderwater when handling, d o not damage their habitat and to support certified bonefish guides if they wantt o bonefish, added Mr Dillet. We can all make a difference in their survival andp rotection. The posters will be distributed throughout New Providence and the Family Islands this sum-m er. Our Overfishing Sub committee did an excellent job creating the posters which were very well r eceived by the Ministers, s aid Earlston McPhee, chairm an of the Coastal Awaren ess Committee and direct or of Sustainable Developm ent for the Ministry of Tourism. Problem Overfishing is becoming a problem in our country which is why we wished tom ake it one of our focuses this year. It is a fact that we a re seeing localised depletion of fish resources such a s grouper, conch and lobs ter near large population centres. Our goal is to educ ate the public and to offer real solutions to people that c ollectively will help us as a developing country and as a tourist destination. In addit ion to the distribution of the posters throughout the i slands of the Bahamas, the N ational Coastal Awareness Committee is in the process of developing 30-seconds radio ads to promote thep rotection of our bonefish. We are all in this together and as our motto states Ifn ot usWho? If not NowWhen?. The National Coastal Awareness Committee hoste d many activities througho ut April, which is National C oastal Awareness Month, a nd May that included n ational public service a nnouncement campaigns on television and radio; a continuation of the harbourc lean-up; erection of banners throughout participating islands; primary and sec ondary school competitions;f ield trips with Dolphin E ncounters on Blue Lagoon I sland, Dive Stuart Cove, B lackbeards Cay, the Bahamas National Trust and BREEF were arranged to provide students with an opportunity to learn about protecting the coasts and enjoy the marine wonders o f the Bahamas. There was also a national T-shirt day and beach clean-ups in Cat I sland, Crooked Island, Cay S al, Andros, Abaco, Exuma a nd Eleuthera. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 COMMITTEE CREATES BONEFISH PROTECTION POSTERS FROM page eight National campaign focuses on climate change and overfishing B onefish are also extremely important to our economy and flats fishing has an economic impact of approximately $140 million dollars annually.


B y SANCHESKA BROWN D OCTORS Hospital awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to outstanding Bahamian students Wednes-day, aimed at assisting them i n the pursuit of professions in t he health sector. Seventy well deserving recipients walked away with Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation scholarships and partial scholarships, ranging from $500 to$ 10,000. F oundation director Barry Rassin said: Education is so important to our country especially in the healthcare field and we have to makes ure our country is in good h ands. It is vital that the best level of technology and modern medicine is brought back to the country and given to our people to ensure our nation stays strong. The grants are renewable e ach year for graduate and undergraduate students. However, each student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and provide updated t ranscripts and school invoices every semester. A ddressing the recipients, foundation president Dr Judson Eneas said: It is well known that rising tuition costs threaten to put college out of reach for many families, therefore we must find a way to support higher education in good times and in bad. Shornie Rolle, a recipient thanked the Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation on behalf of all the students. We truly appreciate the funds and will make every effort to maintain good grades and become productive individuals, said Ms Rolle. The scholarships, which are awarded annually, are named after the late Dr Meyer Rassin who serviced the healthcare needs of our community since 1942. It was established in 1999, specifically to offer financial assistance to students pursing health professions. Applications are available online at LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $700,000 TO ASSIST IN TRAINING FUTURE DOCTORS AND NURSES S CHOLARSHIP AWARDS: T he front entrance of Doctors Hospital.


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 11 B y LAMECH JOHNSON W ORKERS in Mangrove Cay, Andros protested outside the Local Government office yesterday morning over the removal of their settle-m ents administrator. T he decision to remove Gilbert Kemp from office at the end of the month did not sit well with them and by 7.30am, they assembled outside to voice their opinions. "We want Gilbert Kemp!" a nd "We want autonomy" were some of the chants being voiced by the large crowd of Mr Kemps supporters. Jeff Jolley, a member of the administrator's office council, s poke with T he Tribune a bout the situation, which he b elieves is unfair. He said: "Mr Kemp was summoned to the Depart-m ent of Local Government in Nassau where he was told by Gary Knowles that he must pack up and leave with-o ut any explanation as to why h e must leave." Mr Jolly and the other resi dents insist they want Mr Kemp to stay as the administrator. Calls to the Minister of S tate for Local Government B yran Woodside for comment were not returned b efore press time last night. Mangrove Cay Workers protest the removal of settlement administrator A LOCAL attorney was arraigned in M agistrates Court yesterday on an assault c harge. A ttorney Mario McCartney, 30, is accused of assaulting Elrick Collie with a shotgun around 9am on Tuesday, June 7. McCartney, who appeared before Magi strate Derrence Rolle-Davis in Court 5, B ank Lane, pleaded not guilty to the charge. H e was granted bail in the sum of $3,500. The case has been adjourned to October 18 and 19. ATTORNEY IN COURT ON ASSAULT CHARGE PROTESTERS were seeking the return of Gilbert Kemp (pictured


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE SUB Lieutenants Grere Martin and Edward Fritz a re the newest addition to t he Officers Corps of the R oyal Bahamas Defence Force, recently returningh ome after successfully completing the Officer C andidate School in New L ondon, Connecticut. T he rigorous 17-week Coast Guard course, spon-s ored by the International M ilitary Education Training Programme (IMET was conducted at the United States Coast Guard Academy from January 6 through May 4. The course is designed to educate and train officer candidates to e nsure that they possess the moral, intellectual and physical qualities required f or commissioning, and the leadership potential to s erve effectively as naval officers. Curriculum The course curriculum included academics, leade rship and management, n autical science, health and p hysical readiness, customs and courtesies, military tra-d itions and Coast Guard h istory. The course is designed to give officers an overall view of the Coast Guard by exposing them toa spects of maritime law enforcement, military etiquette, unified code of mil-i tary justice, effective writ ing, communication skills a nd first aid. T he leadership and mana gement section assesses t he officers leadership abili ties, managerial and conceptual abilities. Evaluations are based on personal conduct, military aptitude, situational awareness and leadership positions. T hey were also responsib le for various administrative duties during their t enure at the Academy. T he health and physical f itness programme plays a major role in preparing the officer to maintain physi-c al fitness, mental alertness and promotion of a healthy life-style for optimum effectiveness in military careers. Both officers participated in a two-week sea trip cruise evolution aboard the B arque Eagle. The vessel, w hich is a 295-foot Barque t raining vessel built in Germany in 1936, was acquireda s a war prize at the end of the Second World War. This segment of the course focused on the training ofc andidates for life at sea. T hey were able to put into practice all the knowledge they would have acquired i n the classroom, such as d amage control techniques, c alculation of sunrise and s unset, giving helm orders, a long with man overboard drills and other key safety drills. Both officers also had the opportunity to work along with crew members of the training ship in their vario us sections, which is an e ffective familiarisation tool. Veteran S ub Lieutenant Martin is a 20-year veteran of the service who was attached to the Airwing Department as a pilot, prior to being selected for officer training. Sub Lieutenant Fritz isa 15-year veteran of the s ervice who was previously attached to the Defence Force Sick Bay as a nationa lly registered emergency m edical technician (EMT He is also one of the forces ten trained physical training instructors (PTIsB oth officers are looking forward to making mean ingful contributions to theiro rganisation and the nation as a whole. ROYAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE FORCE OFFICERS COMPLETE COURSE IN US COURSECOMPLETED: Sub Lieutenants Grere Martin and Edward Fritz RBDF photos/ Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle S ub Lieutenants join the RBDF Officers Corps


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 13 O O O O O O O O O O O O O A MEMORIAL service will be held today for Ernest Ernie Grindrod at St Annes Anglican Church, Fox Hill a t 3.30pm. M r Grinrod, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nass au, had a perfect club attendance for over 30 years. He served the East Nassau Club as an officer of the board for many years and several decades as a sergeant-at-arms, many of those years as the head sergeant. Ernie will always be remembered for his humour, infectious laugh and, yes, a never ending supply of cigarettes!s aid Joanne Smith, East Nassau Rotary Club president. Mr Grinrod, 76, died at his Eastern Road residence on June 7. Memorial service for Ernest Grindrod today B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter d maycock@ t FREEPORT Harold O rthnell Taylor, the man wanted for questioning ina number of thefts at the Bahamas Telecommunicat ion Company, has surrendered to police. Taylor, 26, of Limewood L ane, Freeport, turned himself in to Police Headquarters on Tuesday after police issued on all points bulletin on Thursday. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, public affairs and comm unication officer, said d etectives are questioning the suspect regarding the t heft of a large quantity of c able wires that was stolen f rom BTC on May 20, as well as other incidents at the company dating backt o October 2010. Man wanted for questioning surrenders to the police


h anded down by Supreme Court J ustice Anita Allen in March 2006. Observers considered this a test case, as it was thought the outcome would indicate whether the Privy Council would let anyB ahamian death penalty stand. A jury found Tido guilty of brutally murdering 16-year-old Donnell Conover in 2002. Her body was discovered battered and bruised and her skull crushed. Evidence also revealed that parts o f Ms Conover's body was burned after her death. Tido was convicted and sentenced to death only days after the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence in The Bahamas is unconstitutional. Ruling D uring her ruling, Supreme C ourt Justice Anita Allen said she was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt the appropriate sentence in this case was death. The Privy Councils judgment said the approach to sentencing a person to death is two-fold. Firstly, the death sentence must only be given in cases where the facts of the offence are the most extreme and exceptional the worst of the worst or the rarest of the rare. S econdly, there must be no reas onable prospect of reform, and d eath would be the only way punishment is achieved. The judgment said: Murder is always a heinous crime. But it is clear that a death sentence the ultimate and final sentence must be reserved for the wholly exceptional category of cases within this m ost serious class of the offence. The Privy Council held that while it was a dreadful crime, Tidos behaviour could not be placed along side the most horrific murders. Judgment T he judgment said this was, i n short, an appalling murder but n ot one which warrants the most condign punishment of death. The Privy Council decided under the circumstances it was unnecessary to reach a conclusion on the second ground. I n 2009, the Committee for the Prerogative of Mercy decided the law should take its course, as it did not see Tido's case as "an appropriate one for the Prerogative of Mercy to be exercised." The Minister of National Security h ad advised the Governor Gene ral of the decision at that time. H owever, the Government also said no further action would be taken pending the outcome of the appeal at the Privy Council. The matter will be returned to the Bahamian Court of Appeal for sentencing in view of the Councils judgment. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE F IVE major thoroughf ares will be closed to a ccommodate a full military funeral service today. T he streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1pm until after the procession for marine s eaman Dionidias Braynen Spence. Closures are scheduled f or Tonique William Darl ing Highway between C hristie Avenue and John F Kennedy Drive;J ohn F Kennedy Drive b etween Tonique Williams Darling Highway and Gladstone Road (both sides Ridge Road north of John F Kennedy Drive, Skyline Drive (both sides); Theodora Laneb etween John F Kennedy Drive and Tonique Williams Darling High w ay; and Gladstone Road (both sides THOROUGHFARES TO BE CLOSED FOR MILITARY FUNERAL SERVICE Privy Council overturns Maxo Tido death sentence FROM page one


attendance records, class scheduling, and other school data. T he first phase of the proj ect was implemented in 2006. Since then, schools have amassed a sizable amount of data. Even with eighteen schools still on the system, no decisionh as been made by the Ministry o f Education (MOE ising the database in the Bahamas. Andrew Byer, executive vice president of Business D evelopment at Software T echnology Inc (STI c ompany licensing the software, said the hosting requirements were sent to the ministry months ago to assist int he process of migrating the data. This offshore data storage w as originally arranged at the r equest of the MOE. However, in discussions early this year, Mr. Ross Smith informedS TI that the MOE would like to migrate the data and move the hosting to a local provider. STI was always open to this, a nd in fact on January 17, 2011 a t the request of Mr. Smith, STI recommended detailed customized hosting specifications for the Bahamas, said Mr Byer. This was to cover all schools and the MOE. Wei ndicated in our communication that STI was happy to assist with this migration. To date, we have not heard anything back from the MOEa bout this. STI remains ready, w illing and able to assist with this need, he said. Lionel Sands, director of education, said he is not clear about why the decision was made to host off shore, but asb est as he can understand, at t he time there was no local capacity. He said it was always envisioned that the system would eventually migrate tot he Bahamas. P rivate and public schools using a competing system currently host their data on CableB ahamas servers. Ross Smith, district superintendent with responsibilityf or the MOEs SIS systems, said the matter has been disc ussed, but no decision has b een made. Yes that is our intention to have it localised as soon as possible. We will ensure we host our data locally. I can't t ell you if it will happen within t he next school year. That actual decision has not been made, said Mr Smith. He said localising the database has economic implicat ions, but the MOE has requested that it be done. The timing is not finalised, but they are hoping it can happen by September, he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 15 that a safe containing a large sum of money was stolen f rom the office of Gregory Knowles, Government administrator to Acklins over the holiday weekend. According to reports, the money represents public funds sent by the central government which is used for payroll and other public expenses. C hrislyn Skippings, police press liaison, said: Preliminary reports indicate that the culprits entered the building b y forcing their way through a window. It is reported that once inside the culprits forced the lock to the administrators office off where they removed a safe containing an unde t ermined amount of cash. CDU officers were deployed to Acklins yesterday to investigate the matter at Mason Bay, which is believed tohave occurred sometime between Friday and Tuesday. The m en in custody are aged 32 and 37. T he incident came less than a year after Mr Knowles and his son were held up by gunmen outside of their home and forced to drive to the administrators office in Masons Bayw here their captors stole a large sum of money from the safe and personal items, including a cell phone and cash. According to reports, the robbers then drove the terrified father and son down a track road in a bushy area, tied themu p and left. Police reported at the time that it took the victims more than two hours to free themselves and walk to Acklins police station. Investigations into both matters are continuing. FROM page one TWO QUESTIONED IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS Ministry of Educations student database housed on servers in US FROM page one ANDREW BYER executive vice president of Business Development at Software Technology Inc


$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.29 $5.67 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netTHURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Governments new bond policy will leave a tremen dous amount of contractors ineligible to participate in public works projects, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA sector being held down by the weak housing market. Stephen Wrinkle said the Ministry of Works had on recent jobs gone further than wanting contractors to post perfor mance bonds for public sector projects, instead wanting them to lodge a cash sum with a bank and provide a confirmation letter from the same institution that was equivalent to 100 per cent of the contract value. While acknowledging that this would protect the Government (and taxpayer president suggested it went too far and could stunt the Bahamian construction industrys growth because such bonds were out of many contractors reach. The Bahamas government has now instituted a bond policy so that many Bahamian contractors are not able to get these works, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Business. Theyre requiring performance bonds in the form of cash bonds at the bank. Its been a policy lately that any gov ernment job that comes out requires a bond and confirma tion letter from the bank. The BCA president said astronomical bonding requireBond policy making contractors ineligible Tremendous volatility in contractor bidding prices, says BCA president* W eak housing sector continuing to hold industry down STEPHEN WRINKLE SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamas is on track year-to-date to meet expectations of a 3-4 per cent stopover visitor increase in 2011, the minister of tourism and aviation said yesterday, with a new low c ost carrier set to reclaim the 100,000-140,000 seats per annum that Grand Bahama lost with the Royal Oasiss closure. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business that s ecuring Vision Airlines to provide non-stop service from five different US cities come November would restore the competitiveness of Grand Bahama and its tourism product,p articularly given that visitors were increasingly looking to minimise travel (air fare And he added that Copa Airlines, which made its inaug ural flight to Nassau yesterday direct from its Panama hub, was showing per cent-plus load factors for the first month of this service, and per cent-plus for the second month. F ocusing on the impact Vision Airlines is set to make on Grand Bahamas tourism product, Mr Vanderpool-WalBAHAMAS ON TARGET FOR 3-4% STOPOVER RISE VINCENT VANDERPOOL-WALLACE Low-cost carrier to restore the competitiveness of Grand Bahama by adding 100,000-140,000 seats lost with Royal Oasis* Copa eyeing %-plus and %-plus load factors for first two months of new Nassau service SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A major Wall Street credit rating agency would raiset he Bahamas sovereign c redit rating if the Government initiates a more p roactive policy response to reduce this nations national debt, noting the e conomys modest growth prospects and likely limite d improvement in the fisc al deficit prior to the upcoming general election. S tandard & Poors (S&P i n its latest assessment of the B ahamas public finances during a round-up of developments in Latin America, hinted strongly that it was not overwhelmed by the Governments fiscal plans and that the Ingraham a dministration could do more to set the national debt and deficit back on a more sustainable path. T he analysis, prepared by B ahamas country analyst L isa Schineller, said S&Ps stable outlook on thisn ations sovereign credit rati ng reflects our expectation that the Government will g radually reduce its fiscal deficit and will maintain a generally stable external f inancing profile. On the downside, she said t he Bahamas BBB+ and A2 short and long-term ratings, respectively, could c ome under pressure if the B ahamas' fiscal deteriorat ion persists and the economic base erodes more severely. Yet, more interestingly, Ms Schineller wrote: Conversely, we could raise the ratings if the Government t akes a more proactive policy response to reduce debt levels or if the Commonwealth's economic prospects s trengthen. F or its 2011-2012 Budget, t he Ingraham administration is projecting a GFS fiscald eficit of 3 per cent or $248 m illion. Debt principal repayments of $66 million a re stripped out of this measurement, the total deficit forecast to be $314 million. D irect government debt, as a percentage of gross d omestic product (GDP p rojected to grow to 46.2 per cent at the end of the next f iscal year on June 30, 2012, a nd keep on rising to 47 per c ent and 47.7 per cent at the end of fiscal 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 respectively. In its latest analysis, S&P projected that general government deficits would S&P: Bahamas needs proactive debt policy Says nations sovereign rating would improve if government tackled fiscal woes more rapidly S EE page 11B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter The Bahamian maritime i ndustrys ability to support t he creation of 1,500 new j obs and an entirely new reve nue stream for financial services providers was proposed yesterday by a ship-p ing industry executive. Chandler Sands, managing director of Campbell Shipping, called on the f inancial services sector to consider the opportunity that lies in offering consulti ng services to shipping companie, who are struggling t o handle challenges their own industry has mastered, such as risk assessment and r eputational management. He was addressing around 200 delegates at the Nassau Conference, at which financial services stakeholders gather to hear about trends, opportunities and challenges i n the industry. M r Sands said the shipping industry presents cert ain risks which may not h ave been properly a ssessed, and this is where opportunity lies for financial services providers. For instance, if you are g oing to allow your ship to trade in the Indian Ocean,t here are certain things you s hould have considered before you do that a risk assessment. In finance and banking thats automatic,b ut we [the shipping indus try] dont do it. We dont think about it until the pirate has the ship, Mr Sands said. Were not that savvy because shipping was familyo riented, so you have these c losely-held family businesses, and all the advance ments in other industries did not penetrate shipping, so we are just finding out we have all those challenges. I think if we can unique 1,500 BAHAMIAN JOBS TARGET FOR MARITIME SECTOR By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSBo n the cusp of re-branding t his nations financial ser vice industry in the expectation of growing it, following an intensive and ongoing consultation period with sector professionals. With everything from a n ew brand name, message, i magery and details from BFSB targets September rebranding Advantage SEE page 8B SEE page 4B WENDY WARREN


By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN A d obe Illustrator, despite not being as popular as its companion brother, Adobe Photoshop, was also developed by John and ThomasK noll for the Apple Macint osh only. It was introduced in 1986, and has sporadically supported other platforms with the first version of Illustrator for Window. Version 2.0 was released in early 1989 a nd flopped. The next Wind ows version, 4.0, was widely criticised as being too similar to Illustrator 1.1. Thus Illustrator CS5 was released in April 2010, providing innovat ive tools that make it even e asier for artists and designers to work with. What is Adobe Illustrator? Adobe Illustrator is a softw are program used to create a unique quality look, using new images from scratch. It is often used to quickly transform hand-drawn sketches on a sheet of paper into lively and colourful digital images. D esigners and artists use this powerful tool to create and draw shapes, lines, text,i mport pictures and create various elements on web p ages and in print. Adobe Illustrator graphics can be u sed on cell phones as well. If you wish to personalise a background for your cell phone, it is possible with Adobe Illustrators fluidp rocess. W hat does Illustrator do? I f you must draw an origin al illustration on the com puter, Illustrator is your tool. A dobe Illustrator images can b e used by various mediums for many different purposes, i ncluding print mediums such as magazines, newspapers and comic books. It can also be employed for videos, websites, magazine layouts, origin al art and graphical content for wireless devices such as c ell phones. I llustrator can trace old photos, existing image files,or scanned images, and can then modify them to becomes maller or larger. Images can be modified to look as if you painted them with watercolours, while a companys logo or other symbols can be airbrushed and incorporated into a piece of artwork. D espite these qualities, Illustrator does have some shortcomings, which can be attributed to the lack of stricta dherence to pixel-based m easurements. This, though, c an be easily worked out. I t is simple to create authentic collegiate t-shirt d esigns using Illustrator, Photoshop and a good ole-fashioned iron, an impressive gigp oster design or a vector cartoon character from a handd rawn sketch. Occasionally, a designer comes across the job of producing a road map that allows people to find their way. Illustrator draws i ntricate patterns quickly, and m anually, with the Pen Tool in just seconds. Another a dvantage of vector art is that it can scale to any size, such as f rom a postage stamp to a billb oard, despite both originati ng from an identical file. Is Photoshop a better prog ram than Illustrator? This is a commonly asked question, but the answerd epends entirely on the projects demands, as their roles vary. They are produced by t he same company and have some basic shared components, so by mastering one you will already have a work i ng knowledge of the other. So there is no real reason to choose between both if theya re needed, as both have exceptional uses. I wouldn't say either is better than theo ther, as they are meant to work together, not be competing applications Adobe Illustrator takes s ome key elements of Photoshop to the next level and beyond. Thus the easiest way t o view both is to imagine Photoshop as a digital tool for photographers and artists, andI llustrator as a digital program f or painters, sketchers and BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ATLANTIC MEDICAL INSURANCE CO.LTD. Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue,P.O.Box SS-5915,Nassau Tel.326-8191 Suite 5,Jasmine Corporate Center,East Sunrise Highway,P.O.Box F-42655,Freeport Tel.351-3960A member of Colonial Group International:Insurance,Health,Pensions,LifeHealth insurance for small groups enjoys the same outstanding service,benefits and coverage experienced by large employers.Small groups,from construction to consultancies,enjoy comprehensive cover for very competitive premiums.Our priority is to maintain more choice,coverage and care for your premium based on reliable and accurate underwriting. Why settle for cover that offers anything less than... Stop loss protection for overseas care Comprehensive benefits and fast claims settlement Pharmacy benefits at home and overseas Widespread acceptance of I.D.card,competitive premiumsCall 326-8191(Nassau) or 351-3960 (Freeport) or visit Colonial Group International is rated A-(Excellentby AM Best. Premier HealthLean,mean business machines. Affordable health insurance for small business groups. Illustrating the key graphic differences THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 10B


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 3B (VWDEOLVKHG%XVLQHVVDOH (VWDEOLVKHG/RFDOHWDLO%XVLQHVV IRUDOH WDEOHWDEOHDQG)DQWDVWLF 3RWHQWLDO LJQLFDQW&DVKUHTXLUHGf ,PPHGLDWH&RQVWDQWFDVKUHWXUQV 6 HULRXVHQTXLULHVRQO\SOHDVH (PDLO VHULRXVEXVLQHVVIRUVDOH#KRWPDLOFRP # ;\)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The last outstanding issue surrounding the proposed Contractors Bill has been resolved, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with builders now required to take out defect liability insurance worth up to 10 per cent of a homes value. Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA vate sector had agreed such coverage should be taken out for single-family homes worth up to $500,000, protecting Bahamian households and consumers from potential defective and shoddy workmanship. We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago, and resolved the last outstanding issue, which was the defect liability insurance coverage, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Business. This is a policy to protect consumers against defective work by the contractor. The BCA president said the main stumbling block had been trying to get the insurance industry to issue coverage of this type, with the Government sticking to its position that Bahamian consumers must have guaranteed protection from defective building work. What was agreed is that its really for single family homes, and it will cover a percentage of the value of construction, Mr Wrinkle explained. Its supposed to be for homes valued at up to $500,000, and gives coverage up to $50,000 worth of defects. Thats10 per cent of the value, and contractors have to qualify and pay the premium. Capped Its capped, but thats a pretty good cap. Thats what the industry agreed to do put together a policy for that. It was a medium reached between the Government, private sector and the insurance industry. The Government wanted to make sure the consumer had protection, and this is a direct result of that mandate. Mr Wrinkle said the agreement reached between the three sides would make for a better Contractors Bill, and said the Bahamian construction industry now awaited the taking of this legislation to Cabinet and, ultimately, Parliament. Returning to a recurring theme, the BCA president renewed his call for the Ingraham administration to push ahead with legislationdeemed vital to regulating the Bahamian construction industry, especially given the thousands of taxpayer dollars currently being consumed in repairs to government-built homes. The rival New Providence Contractors Association recently reported that the Ministry of Housing had told it that, in several cas es, it had to spend $30,000 per house in repairing 500 government homes built below standard. Mr Wrinkle yesterday told Tribune Business that these problems had their roots in the absence of a licensing, certification and standards system that would allow the Bahamian construction industry to self-regulate, identifying which contractors were qual ified to perform specific functions. It goes back to licensing, accountability and certification, the BCA president said. For the life of me I cannot understand why the Government does not see passage of the Contractors Bill as a priority. When youve got to spend $50,000 fixing a house it cost $100,000 to build....? Its not rocket science. Somewhere along the line theres got to be accountability in the construction industry, and for people to say they do not need to be certified is not true. Thats because the consumer and taxpayer right now are picking up the tab for the lack of licensing in the construction industry, and thats running into millions and millions of dollars re-spent to fix faulty and shoddy workmanship. Last issue with Bill resolved Contractors Bill to include defect liability insurance to protect Bahamian consumers from bad work* Coverage for single family homes worth up to $500k, and worth 10% of construction cost


choice of wording to font type carefully selected for maximum promotional e ffect, the strategy is to refresh the Bahamas image as a financial services jurisdiction in a way that the BFSB hopes will maintain current customers and attract new business from todays more competitive m arketplace. The Bahamas Advant age will be the brand name and logo for the industry, while its tag line will tell of how this jurisdiction is your wealth and asset management gateway of the Americas since 1930. Nicky Saddleton, creative director of Karma Design, the company contracted by t he BFSB to develop its r ebranding, presented d etails of the promotional effort to around 200 delegates at the Nassau Conference at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday. The conference, which sees representatives from the financial services sector g ather to discuss trends, o pportunities and challenges f acing the industry, were told that input is still invited on the strategy until the end of June, with its launch set for September, 2011. In an interview with Tribune Business, BFSB executive director, Wendy Warr en, said that underlying the s trategy is making sure we h ave a consensus across the industry as to what our advantages are in terms of the Bahamas offerings as a financial services centre. By recognising and then h ighlighting these advantages identified through cross-sector consultations that have taken place since March this year in the promotional message, literature and imagery, the BFSB h opes to empower those i n the industry to better sell the Bahamas, as they will h ave a clear message with w hich to do so. T he new branding strategy points to the Bahamas history and longevity as the Caribbeans oldest financial services jurisdict ion, the countrys proximi ty to the US and the expert ise available in the sector as major selling points. It seeks to differentiate the Bahamas from its competitors in the region and beyond, and point out ther ecent strides made in meeting evolving international standards. Mrs Saddleton explained that the re-branding essentially boils down to convincing future clients that the B ahamas is the most experie nced and well positioned jurisdiction for wealth and a sset management in the C aribbean. A promotional website, which will essentially replace t he BFSB website as the first s top online for those seeking o ut this nations financial services offerings, will be created to support the rebranding, as will as numerous glossy brochures full of images of the luxury, adventure and freedom h igh net worth individuals c an enjoy here, plus educat ional fact sheets. Both Ms Warren and Mrs Saddleton said buy in from those in the industry into The Bahamas Advant age will be the ultimate d eterminant of whether it is able to deliver the growth it is intended to. Your voice and input is critical to us. At the end of the day we all have to own this brand, Mrs Warren told delegates. Its meant to be worked, used, not to sit aside as a theoretical position for the industry. When people think about the Bahamas we want them t o think about The B ahamas Advantage. M s Warren told Tribune B usiness the branding effort i s only the second such exerc ise in BFSB history, now being an ideal time to reconstitute and revamp the sectors image. When the BFSB was launched there was a major branding exercise, and over t ime we have re-shaped that brand, but we felt that over the last few years we wanted t o relaunch and refresh the b rand. Certainly, the events o f the financial crisis and many of the transitions globally provided an opportunit y to re-invigorate and to reposition the Bahamas in t his new environment, and so this was a great opportunity to start again, said Ms W arren. 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Call today to nd out more about this amazing summer offer 242-470-8242.Pristine Beaches Luxury Oceanview Townhouse Free Internet Access Dive Center Car, Golf Cart Blast, ATV, Bike Rental on Site l ace told this newspaper: One of the very quick calc ulations is that the seats proposed to come in from that service, between 100,000 to 140,000 seats coming in per year, is exactly the loss ofs eats we saw in Grand Bahama after the closure of the Royal Oasis. The minister said the more important factor was that Visions service would offer low cost seats, somethingc ritical to addressing the relatively high air fare/travel costs that have placed Grand Bahamas tourism product ata disadvantage. Hinting that the lower trave l (access improve Grand Bahamas tourism competitiveness,b ringing air fares more into line with those to Nassau and o ther Caribbean destinations, M r Vanderpool-Wallace said: I think we will restore the competitiveness of Grand B ahama with this low cost c arrier. Minimising travel and air fare costs is especially criticalf or the overall Bahamian tourism product at this time, given that visitors are still looking for a deal to prov ide vacation cost savings w herever they can find them. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace s aid the success of the joint government-private sector Companion Fly Free initia-t ive had shown the customer i s far more willing to pay on the ground if they believe they have received a deal on the air fare. When it came to Grand Bahama, the minister said theM inistry of Tourism and Avi ation had tried to interest a variety of plumb and sched u led airline carriers in routes to the island, all without success until Vision came along. He added that with aviation fuel costs rising, it was the low cost carriers such as Vision who, without the overheads and cost structures of their legacy rivals, were b est placed to minimise air f ares and enhance the B ahamian tourism products c ompetitiveness. Vision will service Grand Bahama from the US cities of Richmond, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; Greensboro, North Carolina; Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale using a 136-seat Boeing 737300 aircraft. It ends the sevenyear break provided by the Royal Oasis closure and end t o Grand Bahama Vacations, via the former Laker Airways, offering five day/four night p ackages ranging from $449 to $549. Robust Meanwhile, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said the per cent-plus and per centplus load factors that Copa Airlines was projecting,r espectively, for its first two m onths of direct service to N assau indicated that the L atin American market was more tolerant and robust w hen it came to coping with i ncreased aviation costs. He noted that while Copa Airlines normally started to service new markets witht wice weekly flights, it had d edicated four weekly flights t o the Nassau route somet hing being seen as a sign of the airlines confidence in the success of this destination. This is the first foray of any significance into Latin A merica, and to see this response makes us feel very good and we hope it contin ues, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said. Speaking to the Copa executives, they see no reason why it will not continue. Telling Tribune Business t hat visitor numbers to the Bahamas were up slightlyy ear-over-year for 2011 to d ate, the minister added: We s ee later on this year a return o f the group business we lost s o dramatically after the financial meltdown, so were optimistic our business will grow into the fall, because that is when we see a pick up in the group sector. However, Mr VanderpoolWallace acknowledged that uncertainty over the strength of the US economys recovery, and poor recent unemployment data, remained a particular concern for the tourism industry, given that 80-85 per cent of its clients came from that country. R esearch seen last week h ad merely reaffirmed that c onsumer sentiment was the b iggest influence on a persons willingness to travel, and given the US uncertainties, Mr Vanderpool-Wallacep ledged that the Ministry of T ourism and its affiliates w ould be stepping up our activities to buttress demandf or a Bahamian vacation. But, when it came to meeting expectations for the year to end-May, Mr VanderpoolWallace said the tourismi ndustry was very much on track to meet predictions of a 3-4 per cent stopover visitor r ise for the 2011 full year. He added that the B ahamas cruise business, which grew by 250,000 passengers last year, was contin-u ing to expand, indicating that visitors were looking for a low cost, high quality vaca tion experience. Some 70 perc ent of cruise ship passengers v isiting this nation only came to the Bahamas. Bahamas on target for 3-4% stopover rise FROM page 1B





p rint artists. Illustrator deals w ith Vector graphics (cartoon-like). So if you're creating a cartoon-like graphic, Illustrator is your guy, unlike Photoshop, which is rasterb ased. The vector images are very useful and easier fora rtists who create large formats, such as wallpapers and cartoons. What is Vector? I llustrator employs vectorb ased programs, which are created in lines so that pictures can be enlarged (or made smaller) without losing quality. Remember, you can never and I mean never a dd resolution to an image; y ou can only split the dots, and they will still share the same color. This is why you h ave to oversample. Every c olour is saved as a dot. For example, dots come together and create an image resolution with plots points called nodes, which draw lines between them as was done in geometry class. Everythingc reated in Illustrator is identified with points and paths, so that youd always maintain absolute control in every single element of your picture.S ay I created a brick wall with I llustrator; it would be very e asy for me to edit every single brick on the wall. Do I need drawing skills to use Illustrator? F irst ask yourself: Is it a designer or an Illustrator you're interested in becoming? T wo very different disciplines, although overlapping in places. Against considerable odds, I'm constantly in touch with excellent designers, many of whom can't really draw, so it's not a requirement although it does help if you can. D o not be fooled into thinking that owning a copy o f Illustrator will automatically transform you into an illustrator guru. Drawing in Illustrator from scratch takes skill, and good hand to eye co-ordination h elps in a lot of aspects. Drawing ability may not be r equired but it may make things a lot easier, as you do n eed some technical and design know-how to be able t o grasp perspectives. Remember, design is a much more overarching profession i ncorporating illustration, t ypography, composition, problem solving and a good u nderstanding of media. How do I draw in Adobe I llustrator? L ike drawing, visual gauge is required to ascertain whether the illustration is headed in the right direction and applying proper deptha nd lighting. Tracing by hand i n Illustrator is one of the more common methods used. Heres how its done: First, take a drawing/sketch o r Photograph and scan (or i mport) it in...then import the image into illustrator on the bottom layer and use it as a template. (Template doesn't refer to a pre-created design in this sense. It's more like a guide or tool). Then you use t he tools offered in illustrator to "draw" over your template, taking shapes, coloura nd lines to create a perfect s tyle. 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We all learn differently, and theres visual, then theory. Ascertain the moste ffective tool for your voyage, p articularly if you are not technically savvy. How much you master in time is really how much youd gain. It is justl ike everything else in life; the more you understand, the better. I llustrator, being a very ver s atile program, may not be the easiest software to learn a s the creating process r equires both time and patience. In light of this, users that f ind fulfillment or enjoyment through arranging their fruits and vegetables alphabetically, or arranging their sock drawer in color codes, let me sadly say Adobe Illustrator may not be the ideal program for you. Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water just y et, as both programs (Illust rator and Photoshop) poss ess vast dynamics when crea ting the most sophisticated images. If a co-worker, class mate or family member asks you to explain in laymans terms the difference between Adobe P hotoshop and Adobe Illust rator, you can confidently s ay: Both programs influence i mages, but Photoshop edits an existing image while Illust rator creates images from s cratch. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of your game. N B: The author welcomes f eedback at BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1. 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.856.940.091,0000.2130.10032.61.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00%2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0470.09057.43.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.968.48Cable Bahamas8.488.480.001.0580.3108.03.66% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.802.800.005920.4380.0406.41.43% 8.338.33Commonwealth Brewery8.338.330.008000.0000.0000.00.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.876.870.003240.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.751.760.010.1110.04515.92.56% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.1070.11012.97.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4460.24012.14.44% 9.005.65Finco6. 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029TUESDAY, 14 JUNE 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,419.56 | CHG 0.68 | %CHG 0.05 | YTD -79.95 | YTD % -5.33BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.6384Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5997-4.43%-16.29% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.50161.08%0.02% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.28102.07%9.80% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.40873.83%11.49% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.78964.66%16.69% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 11B decline to an average of 3.6 per cent of GDP over the p eriod 2011-2013. Net gene ral government debt, which s tood at 33 per cent of GDP in 2010, was projected to continue rising to 38 per cent by 2012, gross debt havi ng risen from 36 per cent in 2 007 to 47 per cent last year. The Bahamas' fiscal deficit is projected to decline over the forecast period, buti mprovement might be limited ahead of the next general election that is due by May 2012, given the still subd ued growth outlook, S&P said. Specifically, the Governm ent increased capital and s ocial spending to mitigate t he impact of the recession on society despite a decline i n tax revenues............ Importantly, the Government's external amortisation needs are low, as the share of external debt to locally issued debt is about 20 per cent. T he Wall Street credit rating agency is projecting a general government deficit of around 5.3 per cent for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that is due to end on June 30, d own from the 6.6 per cent gap incurred in 2010. The Bahamian hotel i ndustry has recovered s omewhat but does not e xpect a meaningful revival o f tourism in 2011, and still a ppears dependent on prom otion deals, S&P added. The Bahamas was significantly affected by the global recession, and like elsewhere in the Caribbean, has recove red very slowly. We expect the Bahamas' tourism sector to improve slowly in line with the US economic outlook (and US consumer). The economy's dependence on one product ( tourism accounts for more than 50 per cent of GDP and employs more than 50 per cent of the labour force) and one market (US tourists account for more than 80 p er cent of the total) is a vulnerability. S&P included among the B ahamas weaknesses the r ise in the fiscal deficit and n ational debt, given the w eak recovery, coupled with s pending increases and r educed tax revenues. It also noted the high current account deficit and weak, albeit fairly stable, external liquidity. FROM page 1B S&P: Bahamas needs proactive debt policy




During the event, special presen tations will be made to ACP John F e r g u s o n a n d G r e g B u r r o w s a sports activist. In a press r elease the or ganisers of Save the Fathers Ministry explained that the men were chosen not just for their professional and personal achievements but also for the stellar r o l e s t h e y h a v e p l a y e d i n t h e advancement of the nation' s youth. The mission of Save the Fathers Ministries says host Quinton Bethell is to reveal God' s purpose for the f am i l y b y b e i n g r e p a i r e r s o f t h e breach. JOHN WESLEY FERGUSON B o r n t o C e p h a s a n d C l o t i d a Ferguson in 1955, Mr Ferguson was the first of nine children. After grad uating fr om Pr ince W illiam High S ch oo l, he en li s ted i n the R oyal Bahamas Police Force in 1973 and throughout his career has been the r e c i p i e n t o f s e v e r a l a w a r d s a n d medals presently holding the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police. Mr Ferguson is the founder of the B i g H a r v e s t C o m m u n i t y S u n d a y School, a nonprofit non denomina tional community based entity situ ate d in W oo ds Alley o f f Mark et S t r e e t t h a t c a t e r s s p e c i f i c a l l y t o underprivileged children and at risk youth in the inner city that has an enrollment of over 400. Mr Ferguson is a minister in the Church of God of Prophecy and is m a r ri e d to D e b bi e Fer gus on n ee G o o d m a n o f T a r p u m B a y Eleuthera and is the father of a d a u g h t e r J o h n e t t e a n d a s o n Rashad. He enjoys reading, travel ing and meeting people. GREGORY CONRAD BURROWS He was born in 1959 to Herber t an d D or is Bu rr ow s, an d w as o n e o f n i n e c h i l d r e n M r Bur r ows received his education at Cl ar id ge Pr i mar y an d RM Bailey After being employed for 21 years at the Lowe' s Wholesale D r u g A g e n c y h e b e c a m e h i s own boss as the owner/operator of Esso T iger Market on W ulf R o a d a n d M o n t r o s e A v e n u e Pr esently he is the owner/opera tor of Esso on the Run South B e a c h a n d t h e o w n e r o f t h e C l e a n i n g C e n t e r l o c a t e d o n Prince Charles Drive. Mr Bur r ows has had a lifetime passion for baseball. In 1989 he asked his uncle in law Melvin Godet' s permission to use his field on Joe Farrington Road as a teach i n g f i e l d Th u s F r e ed o m F a r m s Baseball League was born. Fr eedom Farm has gr own into an organisation that caters to over 700 kids playing baseball from JanuaryJune each year The league now plays at Y amacraw Beach Estates. Mr Bur r ows believes str ongly that "anything can happen if you put your mind to it," and has never let l a c k o f f u n d s s t o p t h e l e a g u e s progress. He has also never tur ned any child away being a firm believer in intervention and says there is no such thing as a lost child. He has been instrumental in get ting many young men into schools a b r o a d t h r o u g h b a s e b a l l m a n y r eturning as professionals. The league made history this year b y w i n n i n g t h e 1 2 U n d e r C a l Ripken/ Babe Ruth W orld Series. Mr Bur r ows attends Holy Cross Anglican Church and is an active m em b e r o f t h e A n g l i c an C h u r c h Men. He is mar ried to Elizabeth Hilton and they have two sons Greg Jr and Adam. The T ribune Thursday June 16, 201 1 PG 25 RELIGION By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL T ribune Features Editor T wo model fathers of the community will be honoured on Friday, June 17 at the Save the Father's 12th annual One Night Family Conference which will be held under the theme" The Fall of Man, The Mystery Revealed" at Workers House Tonique Williams Darling Highway at 7.30pm. Two fathers to be honoured at One Night Family Conference


The T ribune PG 26 Thursday June 16, 201 1 RELIGION By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter T HE youth group at the Church of God of Prophecy East Street is on a mission to direct the hearts of many back to Christ as they prepare to host "Youth Ablaze" for the fourth consecutive year. T h e e v e n t i s R e l e a s i n g t h e Kingdom Firebear ers to witness to the people of God. T h i s i s t h e 4 t h a n n u a l Y o u t h Ablaze concert hosted by the Church of God of Prophecy East Street Y outh Ministries. The theme is Releasing the Kingdom Firebearers" Mark 16:15 st at es "G o in t o all t h e w o rl d and pr each the gospel to all creation.' This is exactly what a Kingdom Firebear er does. W e go into the world, for exam ple into the schools and workplace and we spread God' s consuming fire. At the event the kingdom firebearers will unite and be released to the heav e n l y a s s i g n m e n t s a i d K a t h e r i n e Beneby or ganiser of the event. Un lik e t he past t wo event s, th is year's Y outh Ablaze will take on a dif f e r e n t s t y l e T h e m e m b e r s o f t h e youth group are changing the dynam ics to make sure that the community is impacted by the event. "Every year we change the format of Y outh Ablaze to keep it unpr e dictable and lively This year we ar e focusing on prayer worship and the word. This is also the first time we ar e bringing in a guest; she is the youthful and vibrant psalmist T iffany Geor ge from the British V irgin Islands," Ms Beneby said. Also on the lineup to per form at this year s Y outh Ablaze will be the C h u r c h o f G o d o f P r o p h e c y E a s t S t r e et yo u t h p r ai s e t e a m, p sa l m i st C h a r i s J o h n s o n p s a l m i s t S h e n i c i a W illiams, Rizen Destiny Pursuit of P raise E nsemb le, D J God son, The B a h a m a Y o u t h B r a s s B a n d R e v Eileen J ohnson w ill also b r in g the word. Attendees can expect an explosive time in the Lord. Ms Beneby said this will be youthful, hype and the Holy S p i r i t w i l l l e a d t h e w ay W e ar e ex pec ti ng Go d do so met hi ng f r e s h and new amongst us. "People should come to this event because it is going to be a glorious time in the Lord. While it is geared to t h e y o u t h t h e r e i s s o m e t h i n g f o r ever yone. From the worship experi ence, to the wor d, to the after party the explosion will be hype and power packed," said Ms Beneby "As we have hosted a series of out r eaches in the East Street community over the past year we hope that this event will also impact lives in a posi tive way as well as encourage our young people to spread the fir e of God wherever they go. After Y outh Ablaze attendees will be liberated and sent forth not ashamed to shine for Jesus." The event will be held on Friday June 24, 7pm at The Church of God of Pr ophecy East Str eet parking lot. Youth Ablaze: Releasing the Kingdom Firebearers By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter UNDER the theme and program El S i s t e m a t h e B a h a m a s M u s i c Conservatory has been working along with the Bahamian government to bring the orchestral program, which has been s a v i n g l i v e s o f y o u n g c h i l d r e n i n V enezuela, to the Bahamas. According to pr omoters, the pr ogram is due to start in September 2011 at C l e v e l a n d E n e a s P r i m a r y S c h o o l i n Nassau V illage. C a n a d i a n c o n c e r t p i a n i s t R o n ÂŽ e Boyce, said in a statement: "I taught music at a school for underprivileged children in T oronto, and have experi enced firsthand the everlasting benefits of sharing the gift of music with young minds. As soon as I hear d about El Sistema Bahamas', I knew I wanted to be a part of making that program happen." Going further with crime heavy on the minds of Bahamians these days, perhaps the answer to the pr oblem doesn' t lie in the gallows of Her Majesty' s Prison, but in the hearts, minds and hands of the fifth-graders who live in Nassau V illage organisers say T r i b u n e R e l i g i o n u n d e r s t a n d s t h a t RonÂŽe Boyce, along with Sybil Shanahan and Sharon Lee, two of her musical col leagues from Canada, have agr eed to play a benefit concert in support of the B a h a m a s M u s i c C o n s e r v a t o r y s E l Sistema Bahamas' program. The classical trio who are a par t of T h e N e a p o l i t a n C o n n e c t i o n C o n c e r t S e r i e s i n T o r o n t o w i l l p r e s e n t a n evening of chamber music consisting of French, Russian and Baroque r epertoir e including popular favorites," promoters said. The concer t will take place at The Ebenezer Methodist Church Sanctuar y on Shirley Street at 7 pm, Sunday July 3, 2011. Admission is fr ee, but a collection will be taken for the benefit of the El Sistema Bahamas' program. RonÂŽe, Sybil and Shar on are only t h r e e o u t o f f o u r t e e n C a n a d i a n M u s i c i a n s w h o a r e t r a v e l i n g t o t h e Bahamas at the beginning of July The group is set to perfor m in the Nassau City O p e r a C o m p a n y s p r o d u c t i o n o f Gershwin' s Porgy and Bess'." This popular opera will be per formed at the Rainforest Theater July 5, 6 and 7 with the gala perfor mance being held on July 10, 2011. T ickets are available at the Dundas Center for the Per forming Ar ts Box Office. These Canadian musicians are looking forwar d to enter taining the people in Nas sau, and h e lp ing t o b ring t he El Sistema Bahamas' program to fruition. Please support their classical concert, and u l t i m a t e l y o u r o w n yo u n g B a h am i an music students, who now hold the hope of a bright futur e in their hands, thanks to El Sistema Bahamas'. Canada's Neapolitan Connection Concert Series performs Benefit Concert for El Sistema Bahamas THESE Canadian musicians are looking for ward to entertaining the people of Nassau, and helping to bring the El Sistema Bahamas' program to fruition.


The T ribune PG 28 Thursday June 16, 201 1 RELIGION Rev Angela C. Bosfield Palacious Pentecost is the season when we cele brate the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower us, the birth of the Church, and the introduction of the thir d person of the T rinity as God' s ongoing pr esence within us. "Anointing fall on us" is a good prayer to offer on a daily basis. How do you feel about the Holy Spirit? Are you familiar with images of the Holy Spirit as a dove at Jesus' baptism, as an appearance like tongues of fire falling on the disciples in the upper room, and with a sound like a mighty wind? Have you been baptised by water and the Spirit? Do you exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23 NIV ( l o v e j o y p e a c e p a t i e n c e k i n d n e s s go o d n es s, f a i t h f u l ne ss ge n t l en es s an d self-control)? Do you know your spiritu al gifts to be used for ministr y e.g. teach ing, helping, encouraging and giving? Father s Day is a time to thank God for the male figures in our lives, especially r e c a l l i n g t h e p o s i t i v e i m p a c t o f o u r fathers. Those of us who are fortunate to have had (or still have) a loving father know the blessing that such a relationship affords. How do you feel about your earthly father? Is your biological father also your nurturing father? Do you have memo ries of bills paid by the sweat of your father s brow and games together played in family time? Can you recall your father s prayers by your bedside, or wor ds of encouragement to motivate you to over come a chal lenge? What ar e your sweetest memories of the father figures who influenced you during your childhood and youth? God our Father models the provision t hat bri ngs sec urit y t he st rengt h t hat calms fears, and the wisdom that gives direction. God creates us in the divine image, gifts us for ser vice and transforms us over the years if we per mit it, by the power ful pr esence of the Holy Spirit. How do you feel about your heavenly F a t h e r ? A r e y o u a b l e t o d i s t i n g u i s h between the authority discipline, cor r ec tion, pr otection, and pr ovision of your earthly father and that of your Father who is in heaven? Do you tr ust God to love, for give, and restore even if you had a negative relationship with your father? Our nation needs fathers to of fer godly examples of the fruit of the Spirit in ac ti on. Ou r c hi ldr en ar e han dic app ed spiritually if they are not able to identify truth and tr ust with the adults in their home. What better time than now for all men to strive to provide material suppor t for our nation' s childr en, spiritual guid ance, and the pr omotion of healthy emo t i on al res po n ses Le ad t h em b y y ou r example, as you follow the leading of God' s Holy Spirit in your lives. The Spirit and Fatherhood By IM PEET Strong ar ms and a warm br oad smile, Laughing, hugging his own little girl. Running, walking, proudly coming along, Just to be sure that I am not going wr ong. These ar e r eflections of my father Going to the garden, through the park or on the beach, Playing, jogging, dancing or having a fine feast; My dad is ther e always doing his part, For he is in place with a loving heart. These ar e r eflections of my father Sharing, caring when mum is not in her place, Listening to pr oblems and just wiping my face; Encouraging, protecting and helping me to cope, Lovingly teaching me how to hold on to hope. These ar e r eflections of my father Remembering with fondness his genuine love, I thank my God and heavenly Father above. Dad on this your special day stand up brave and tall For among the world's dads, you are the best of all. These ar e r eflections of my father Reflections of My Father


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I a m r e m i n d e d t h a t o n l y w h a t i s d o n e f o r C h r i s t w i l l l a s t B e l i e v e r s w e h a v e t o k e e p o u r h e a r t s f r e e fr o m u n fo r g i v e n e s s a n d o ff e n s e s T h e y a r e s o m e o f t h e t h i n g s t h a t h a s th e c h u r c h c r i p p l e d to d a y W e h a v e t o g e t o v e r o u r s e l v e s a n d l a y a s i d e t h e w e i g h t a n d t h e s i n s t h a t s o e a s i l y b e s e t u s F o c u s h a s t o b e o n t h e t h i n g s t h a t a r e i m p o r t a n t a n d n o t o u r p e tt y d i f f e r e n c e s G o d w i l l c a l l a l l o f u s i n t o a c c o u n t f o r d e c i s i o n s t h a t w e a c t u p o n H o n e s t l y n o n e o f u s c a n a f f o r d t o a l l o w a n y o n e o r a n y t h i n g t o c a u s e h e l l t o b e o u r f i n a l r e s t i n g p l a c e N o o n e a n d n o t h i n g i s w o r t h t h a t T o t h e f a m i l i e s o f t h e p e o p l e w h o l o s t t h e i r l i v e s i n t h a t c r a s h y o u a r e i n m y p r a y e r s O n l y G o d k n o w s w h a t y o u a r e f e e l i n g a n d th i n k i n g a t t h i s ti m e K n o w t h a t H e i s m a d e s t r o n g i n y o u r w e a k n e s s N o r w i l l h e f o r s a k e y o u B e e n c o u r a g e d i n y o u r t i m e o f b e r e a v e m e n t The T ribune Thursday June 16, 201 1 PG 29 RELIGION Are you ready? ALLISON MILLER Guidelines for excellent leadership IT IS not so much, what a leader thinks he is trying to do but what the leader is thinking. T o achieve a high quality of per f o r manc e, c ert ain ingr e d ient s mus t be pr esent in a leader The army sar geant who says "Do what I say not what I do" is never respected; his leadership is r eject ed by his men. Esprit De Corps is mani fested only where a leader's example is evident. Confidence, honesty and integri ty go far toward providing the best exam ple. If a leader does not believe in himself then others will not. Confidence must permeate the group, and it has to proceed first from the leader At ever y stage ther e must be a steady build-up of assurance, a conviction of competence based on train ing and gradual accumulation of experi ence and skill. Furthermor e, if a person doesn't feel confident that he can handle the next job higher up, he will never be able to sell others on his ability to handle it. Such con fidence is gained on ly by study application and putting forth the best effort day in and day out. Integrity As a person moves up in an or ganisation, the trail he leaves behind both inside and outside the firm or min istry is the critical factor in his chances for greater success. T wo qualities virtu ally one which people look for in leader ship (imperative in Christian leadership) are honesty and integrity For people to be led, they must have a basic trust in their leader They m ust feel they are secure in his hands because he is utterly r eliable and trustwor thy EMPHASISE THE FUTURE Another major guideline for excellence is the need for a leader to look to the future. One of his gr eatest responsibilities is to develop and train men. Excellence r equir es that he make men responsible by giving them tasks and providing motiva tion so they can achieve them in the f u t u r e. T o ac comp lish th e se goals t he leader must do the following: He must get to know people. He must involve them in the planning of the organization so that their goals become the chur ch's/company's goals. He must learn and realise that in regards to motivation, each person is motivated in a different degree for a different purpose. He must guide his people to greater selfdevelopment. He must remove all obstacles that stand in the way of his people from achieving their goal. He m u st l e ad a l l o f h i s p eo p le to ach i evi n g e x p e r i e n c e s a n d i m p r o v e t h e i r w o r k c a p a c i t y and production on a sustained basis. The leader today must be armed with ever y means at his disposal to facilitate the interpersonal growth of an organisation. Finally we would do well to remember Christ's words: "Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them". (Matt. 7:12 RSV) Always ask yourself, "How would I like to be treated in this sit uation if our positions were reversed?" BISHOP V G CLARKE BISHOP Blase Cupich, of Spokane, Wash., the chairman of the Committee on the Protection of Children and Y oung People, speaks at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Wednesday June 15, 2011, in Bellevue, W ash. He insisted Wednesday that no significant changes were needed in the chur ch's abuse prevention policy despite recent revelations that two dioceses allowed priests accused of misconduct to remain in jobs where they had access to young people.(AP) BISHOPS PRESSE D T O KEE P CHILD S A FET Y PL AN INT A CT


Pr ov .1: 10. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. : 11. If they say Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent with out cause: W e r e li ving i n a day and ti me w here th e lac k of f ath er' s w is dom is eviden t ; as one w at ch es th e lo cal n ews o n t elevi sio n and sees t he nu mb e r o f m en bein g l ed t o th e cri min al c our ts c hai ned an d shac kl ed c h a r ged wi th var iou s of f e n ses (mo st ly m u r der), t he u nder lin in g q uest io n is t hi s W h e r e a re t he f a th er s o f t he se you ng me n ?" I n t h e a b o v e p a s s a g e o f s c r i p t u r e ( P ro v .1:10 11) w e s ee a fac et o f a f a t h e r s w i s d o m a t w o r k ; t a k i n g i n t o acc ou nt w hat we' re exp erien ci ng to day wi th ou r you ng m en. I t s f air t o say t hi s level o f w isd om i s g r eat ly l ack ing. Let m e has ten t o say t hat I'm n ot i nsi nu ati ng th at t here are f ath ers wh o don t share w ord s o f k now led ge an d wi sdo m w it h t h eir so ns and daugh t ers; but w hat I am saying i s th at as a nat io n w e r e reapi ng t he w orl dwi nd of th e lac k t h e r eof As w e cel ebrat e Fat her s D ay t hi s w eek l e t s tak e a cl oser l ook at how we'r e f un cti on ing as f ath ers, not o nly in our ho mes but al so in o ur co mmu nit i es. If a fat h er' s guid anc e an d wi sdo m i s lac kin g in th e li ves of ou r t rou bled you ng men an d w om en, an d t hey k no w t hat a good exampl e of a f at her an d hi s wi sdo m is righ t d own t h e st reet ni ne ti mes ou t of ten t h e y wo ul d m ake s ome ef f o r t t o make con t act w it h t hat f at her A g o dl y f ath er a f at her of wi sdo m sho uld h ave a great sp here of inf lu enc e i n his c om mun it y j ust hi s p resen ce or t he fac t t h at h e res ides i n t he co mmu ni ty c an be l iken ed t o t h e presen ce o f an ar m e d u n i f o r m e d NO NO NSE NSE, yet easy t o c o m m u n i c a t e w i t h p o l i c e o f f i c e r s t a ti on ed in a par ti cu lar area. Th e p r e s e n c e of suc h a pol ic e of fi cer sen ds a c lear message ( espec ial ly) to th ose of a c ri min al min dset t hat Y our ac t iv it i es w il l n ot b e to l era t ed i n t hi s c om mun i ty ." Can you imagine our communities with such a father figure residing on ever y s t r e et ? T h e t i m e s i n w h i c h w e l i v e demand that fathers make their present felt, not just in their homes but also in their communities, on the jobs, in the church and wher ever our young men and women gather T aking nothing away fr om the celebration and acknowledgment of Father s Day but gone are the days when we can put the spot light on fathers for just one day Everyday our young men are being mur der ed / gunned down on our str eets. The grave and the prison are consuming our young men, and it' s up to us fathers wh o ar e mo re exp er ie nc ed w i t h l if e s issues and challenges to deny ourselves and make every effort to reach our young men. I'm frequently visiting our cour ts and sad to say that 95 per cent of the court appearances by these young men, no fathers are present; only mothers and other family members. As a nation, we can continue playing games; especially in our churches where religiously and tradi tionally F a t her' s Da y is acknowl e dged and celebrated. Honours / rewards ar e given to the daddy with the most children. Desp it e th e f act t hat th ese men may have b een o r st i ll are dead beat d ads wh o have ab sol ut ely no id ea o f ho w t h eir ch ild r en are su rvivi ng, t hey are st il l h ono u r ed and est eemed There are f ath ers wh o ar e mak ing an i nd elib le mark in t he l i v e s o f t h e i r c h i l d r e n t h a t c a n t b e erased; t h ese fat her s are not so m uc h c o n c e r ned w it h t he h ype and f anf are t hat g o e s a l o n g w i t h t h e c e l e b r a t i o n a n d ac k n ow l e dg me n t o f F at h er s D ay b ut rat her t hey do t hei r very b est t o r aise th eir ch il dren i n t h e f ear and adm oni sh of th e Lo rd. W at c h t hi s P r o v 3 : 11. My so n, de spi se not t he c ha st en i ng of th e LORD ; ne i th er b e we ar y of hi s co rr e c t i o n : : 12 F or w hom t h e LO RD lo vet h he c or rec t et h ; eve n as a f a th er t he son in wh om he de li gh t et h. A s f ath ers, t her e s n o need f or u s t o t ry and r e i nven t t he w heel w hen it co mes raisi ng our c hil dren ; th e k ey is su bmi t ti ng to th e l eadi ng of Hol y Spi rit In so d oi ng we sh oul d seek t o h elp o th er fat h ers wh o d o n t h ave t hat r e l at ion shi p wit h Go d (F ath er Y ah weh ) to d evelo p suc h a r e l a ti on shi p. Fo r w it ho ut havi ng a g en ui ne relat io ns hip wi th Go d, eart hl y fat h ers wo uld no t kn ow ho w t o pro perl y rai se th eir so ns and d aught ers. The mu r d e r s and o th er serio us cr imes t hat are bein g co mmi tt ed on ou r st reet s / i n o ur co mmun it ies are bei ng car ried out b y ou r s o n s b r o t h e r s n e p h e w s c o u s i n s a n d even so me o f our f a t h ers. T her e f o r e th e answ ers / so lu ti on s t o ou r p rob lems li es wi th us f ath ers. W e are t he ones t hat have t o st ep u p t o t he p lat e and pos it ively reach o ur tr oub led mal es. Happ y F a t h e r s D a y For questions and comments contact us via E-mails: or or Ph.1-242-441-2021 or 3 Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l. The T ribune PG 30 Thursday June 16, 201 1 RELIGION A Father's Wisdom P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN UNDER the theme "Building Str ong C h r i s t i a n F a m i l i e s t h e A n g l i c a n Diocese of The Bahamas and the T urks & Caicos Islands will host its first Family Life Congress, geared towards strength ening the family Thursday June 16 18, a t t h e H o l y T r i n i t y A c t i v i t y C e n t r e Stapledon Gardens. T h e o p e n i n g s e s s i o n w i l l b e a C o n c e l e b r a t e d M a s s w i t h D i o c e s a n Bishop, Rever end Laish Zane Boyd, Sr ., as the Chief Celebrant and preacher The service will begin at 7pm Friday and Saturday morning sessions will begin at 9 am and evening sessions at 6.30 pm. Presentation topics will include "The P o w e r o f t h e F a m i l y " T h e F a m i l y under the Law of The Land", "The Ar t of Making the Best Choices", and "How to take on rough times in Family Life". C a n o n H a r r y W a r d J u s t i c e R u b i e Nottage, Kyran T urnquest and Retired S u p e r i n t e n d e n t / A t l a n t i s H e a d o f Security Douglas Hanna will serve as pr esenters. T h r e e onehour worksho p sessions will be held on Friday and Satur day at the following times: 11am-noon, noon 1pm, and 2pm 3pm W orkshop topics and presenters will be as follows: C OMM UNIC A TION SKILL S A M US T Nadia Hope Johnson SINGLE P A R E NTI NG: THERE IS HOPE; L ET' S T A LK Cecilia Askew THE PL ACE OF THE CHUR CH IN THE F A MIL Y A ND THE PL ACE OF THE F AMIL Y IN THE CHU R CH Canon Basil T ynes THE LIFE -GIV ING POWE R OF LE G ACIES Rev'd Beryl Higgs THE HUSBA ND IS THE C AP T A IN OF THE F AM IL Y SHIP;THE W IFE IS THE MA TE/ HOW DO YO U S AIL THA T S HIP! Canon Har r y W ar d SEX IN T HE F AMIL Y : IS IT RELE V ANT? Elizabeth Grant ECON OM ICS IN THE F A MIL Y & B Y THE F A MIL Y Michael Dean PRA Y ER OVER FEA R THE RECIPE FOR HA R M O NY IN F AMIL Y Mary Rodland EM OTIONS: G OOD SERV ANT ; BAD MA S TER Dame Joan Sawyer THE F AM IL Y : FIR S T S T A TION FOR S TEW ARD S HI P Fr Mark Fox F AM IL Y : THE MEDICINE THA T HE AL S Dr Evaneth McPhee SINGLES HO P E AND HAPP INESS; LE T' S T A LK Cher r ylee Pinder A c c o r d i n g t o C a n o n H a r r y W a r d Chairperson of the Diocesan Family Life P r o g r a m m e t h i s f i r s t F a m i l y L i f e Congr ess is expected to attract over fam ilies from across the Diocese, including r epresentatives fr om Abaco, Bimini, and The T urks & Caicos Islands. The event is fr ee, and all Anglicans and members of the wider community ar e invited to attend. Anglican Diocese to host first Family Life Congr ess Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. 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The T ribune Thursday June 16, 201 1 PG 31 RELIGION T H E B A H A M A S M e n C u r s i l l o # 2 2 w a s h e l d a t T h e B a h a m a s Y o u t h C a m p f r o m J u n e 2 J u n e 5 1 5 c a n d i d a t e s m a d e t h e w e e k e n d T h e t h e m e f o r t h e w e e k e n d w a s M i n i s t e r i n g i n t h e V a l l e y T h e r e c t o r f o r B M C # 2 2 w e e k e n d w a s C h a r l e s H e p b u r n a s s i s t e d b y G o d f r e y A r t h u r M e n w h o w a n t t o m a k e a d i f f e r e n c e i n t h e i r c o m m u n i t y c h u r c h a n d i n t h e i r l i v e s s h o u l d p l a n t o a t t e n d B M C # 2 3 i n 2 0 1 2 d u r i n g t h e l a b o u r d a y w e e k e n d C o n t a c t y o u r p a r i s h f o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n C u r s i l l o s i n C h r i s t i a n i t y ( i n S p a n i s h : C u r s i l l o s d e C r i s t i a n d a d s h o r t c o u r s e o f C h r i s t i a n i t y ) i s a m i n i s t r y o f t h e R o m a n C a t h o l i c C h u r c h I t w a s f o u n d e d i n M a j o r c a S p a i n b y a g r o u p o f l a y m e n i n 1 9 4 4 w h i l e t h e y w e r e r e f i n i n g a t e c h n i q u e t o t r a i n p i l g r i m a g e l e a d e r s I t h a s s i n c e b e e n l i c e n c e d f o r u s e b y s e v e r a l m a i n l i n e C h r i s t i a n d e n o m i n a t i o n s s o m e o f w h i c h h a v e r e t a i n e d t h e t r a d e m a r k e d C u r s i l l o n a m e w h i l e o t h e r s h a v e m o d i f i e d i t s t a l k s / m e t h o d s a n d g i v e n i t a d i f f e r e n t n a m e T h e c u r s i l l o f o c u s e s o n s h o w i n g C h r i s t i a n l a y p e o p l e h o w t o b e c o m e e f f e c t i v e l e a d e r s o v e r t h e c o u r s e o f a t h r e e d a y w e e k e n d T h e w e e k e n d i n c l u d e s f i f t e e n t a l k s s o m e g i v e n b y p r i e s t s a n d s o m e b y l a y p e o p l e T h e m a j o r e m p h a s i s o f t h e w e e k e n d i s t o a s k p a r t i c i p a n t s t o t a k e w h a t t h e y h a v e l e a r n e d b a c k i n t o t h e w o r l d o n w h a t t h e y c a l l t h e f o u r t h d a y T h e m e t h o d s t r e s s e s p e r s o n a l s p i r i t u a l d e v e l o p m e n t a s a c c e l e r a t e d b y w e e k l y g r o u p r e u n i o n ( a f t e r t h e w e e k e n d ) Bahamas Men Cursillo #22 held over the weekend P I C T U R E D a re th e p a rt i c i p a n t s o f t h e B a ha m a s M e n C ur s i llo # 22 u nd er t h e t h em e "M ini s te r i ng i n t he V a l le y ". The r e c t or f o r BM C# 22 w e e k e nd w a s Ch a r le s H e pb ur n a s s i s te d b y G od fr e y A r t hu r


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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter THE Bahamas mens national vol leyball team lost any chance of con tending for a top spot in the FIVA NORCECA VI Pan American Mens Volleyball Cup. On Wednesday in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, the Bahamas lost its third consecutive game in the weeklong tournament. In the battle of the two winless teams left in Group C, the Bahamas avoided getting swept for the third consecutive time with a 19-25, 2523, 25-22 and 25-18 decision to Panama. The loss dropped the Bahamas to the fourth and final spot, while Pana ma secured third. The United States of America, the defending champions, played Argentina in the final match in their group to determine the first and sec ond place finishers. Both countries went into the match undefeated in their two victories each over the Bahamas and Panama. Team captain Renaldo Knowles once again led the Bahamas attack with nine points in their loss to Panama. Byron Ferguson had six points with two blocked shots and Shedrick Forbes also contributed six points. The Bahamas, coached by Raymond Wilson and DeVince Smith, finished the round robin play with a 1-9 win-loss in their three matches played. They compiled a total of 171 points scored in their favour, but gave up 244 points to their oppo nents, including the United States and Argentina. In their opening match of the tournament on Monday, the Bahamas lost 25-14, 25-12 and 25-12 to the United States. They came back on Tuesday against Argentina and lost 25-20, 25-16 and 25-9. Other members of the team include Endierich Rahming, Prince Wilson, Romel Lightbourne, Je'Vaugn Saunders, Jamaal Ferguson, Carl Rolle, Glen Rolle, Miller Petit and Tony Simon. Today, the Bahamas will get a chance to play for its final position in the 10country field. Three countries Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela make up Group A. In Group B are Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The Bahamas is the only Englishspeaking country from the Caribbean region participating. T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETHURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 INSIDE T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . TUNA CLASSIC AWARDS SET FOR SATURDAY ORGANISERS CLEAN UP FOR BRIDGING THE GAP COMMUNITY BASKETBALL LEAGUE PANAMA AND US ADVANCE TO GOLD CUP QUARTERS CRICKET: INDIA VS WEST INDIES IN THEIR FINAL MATCH HEAT EXTEND QUALIFYING OFFER TO MARIO CHALMERS PHILLIES TOP THE MARLINS 8-1 DEFENDING CHAMPION SERENA THE NO.7 SEED A T WIMBLEDON T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter T he captains and crews of both the Tida Wave and Lady Muriel boats out of Staniel Cay, Exuma, yesterday issued a statement detailing their reasons for not taking part in the 44th Long Island regatta over the Labour Day holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the release said, the essential traits of good sportsmanship, integrity and respect for other sailors have not been exhibit ed by all of the boats participating in recent regattas. Win or lose, the Tida Wave and Lady Muriel enjoy participating in the traditions of Bahamian sloop sailing. While we love the thrill of sailing, we believe that good sports manship, integrity and respect for other sailors are equally important parts of regattas. Unfortunately, these essential traits have not been exhibited by all boats in recent regattas. Because of this, we decided not to participate in the Long Island regatta this year, said the release. Noting that Staniel Cay is proud to be a part of the sailing community of the Bahamas, the group hopes that their stand will press the race committees, and other sailors, to urge all sailors to conduct themselves in accordance with the hon ourable heritage of Bahamian sloop sailing. It is our hope that by taking a stand on the principles of Bahamian sloop sailing, the sailing community of the Bahamas and the race com mittees will urge all sailors to conduct themselves in accordance with the honourable heritage of Bahamian sloop sailing. We acknowledge and are very conscious of our duty to ensure that the sport of sloop sailing continues to hold a place of importance and prevalence in our country. While doing so, however, we refuse to let its integrity and honour be whittled away by a constant disregard or blatant contempt for the rules which govern it. To behave in any other fashion would disrespect the legacies of Rolly Gray, Rupert Knowles, Hezron Moxey and the other heroes who started this important tradition so long ago, said the release. Neither sloop took part in the regatta which was held at the tradi tional regatta site grounds in Salt Pond, Long Island. And they apologised to the honourable sailors and the many fans of Bahamian sloop sailing. To those sailors who have always competed with honour, we apologise for any inconvenience or dis appointment we caused you by not participating. We extend a similar apology to the many fans of Bahamian sailing. We hope that any disappointment this summer will be offset by improved regatta experiences for all of us in the future. Thank you for your understanding and support, said the release. The Long Island regatta is the sec ond largest one in the Bahamas after the National Family Island regatta in Exuma. Good sportsmanship not shown in regattas CREW MEMBERS of the Tida Wave out of Staniel Cay, Exuma. IN the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations profile of some of the top athletes expected to compete at the 2011 BTC National Open Track and Field Champi onships at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex next weekend, public relations officer Alpheus Hawk Finlayson puts the spotlight on veteran sprinter D D e e b b b b i i e e F F e e r r g g u u s s o o n n M M c c K K e e n n z z i i e e Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie was born in Nassau on January 16, 1976. She attended Oakes Field Primary, C C Sweeting High School and St Andrews High School. She also attended the University of Georgia. Ferguson-Mckenzie was named the Austin Sealy Award winner at the 1995 Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, winning the 100m and 200m. Ferguson-Mckenzie anchored the 4x100m relay to victory in the 1999 World Championships. This was in Seville, Spain. She also anchored the women to victory at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. She won the gold medal in the 200m at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. In 2002, Ferguson-Mckenzie won the 100m and 200m, and anchored the 4x100m relay in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, all in new records. At the Athens Olympics in 2004, she won the bronze medal in the 200m. She repeated that feat in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. In Berlin, she anchored the 4x100m relay to a silver medal. Ferguson-McKenzie holds the Bahamian record of 22.19sec. BAAA Athlete Pr ofile Bahamas in third straight loss at the Pan Am Cup V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L


SPORTS PAGE 2E, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011TRIBUNE SPORTS THE 10th annual Harbourside Marine Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic was held o ver the weekend with weighin stations across the Bahamas. A total of 15 boats entered the International Game Fish ing Association qualifying e vent. According to a press statement, the proceeds of the tournament are used for community projects such as feeding the hungry in Fox Hill, s upporting the National Junior Sailing School Associ ation, assisting the Bahamas A ssociation for the Physically disabled and helping to fund the worldwide effort to erad i cate polio, and many more. The awards ceremony is slated for 6pm June 18 at the Green Parrot in Nassau. Prizes will be awarded for t he heaviest tuna, heaviest dolphin, heaviest wahoo, junior angler and female a ngler. There will also be kids attractions, grand raffles a buffet dinner and the liveb and, Long Island Connection, said the release. Rotary Tuna Classic awards ceremony set for Saturday EYE CATCHER: Participants of the 10th annual Harbourside Marine Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic show o ff their catch. The awards ceremony is slated for 6pm June 18 at the Green Parrot in Nassau.


THE Bahamas Olympic Committee will stage its 2011 Olympic Day Fun Run/Walk starting at 6am on June 18 (Saturday T he event begins at Mailb oat Company Limited head quarters in Oakes Field with two slightly different routes. T he competitive run n ers/walkers will travel along Russell Road to McDonalds on Thompson Boulevard. From there, the competitors will travel to the six-legged round-a-bout to the ProspectR idge/Tonique Williams-Dar ling stop light, north over the ridge, back to Thompson Boulevard to Farrington Road and back to the Mail boat headquarters. The fun walkers and run ners will leave the Mailboat C ompany Limited head o ffice, travel to McDonalds on Thompson Boulevard via Russell Road. F rom there, they will travel w est on Thompson Boulevard to the six-legged round-a-bout to Farrington Road and back to the Mailboat headquarters. Registration is being con ducted at the BOCs office on S oldier Road north, next door to the FNM headquarters of Earl D Deveaux. There is an entry fee for adults and children 12-years and under. The following categories will be contested in both them ens and womens divisions: 1 5-and-under, 16-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-59 and 60-and-over. Each participant will r eceive a T-shirt and an O lympic certificate. Trophies will be presented to the first three finishers in each cate gory. The Mailboat Company Limited will also provide giftc ertificates, while Bahamasair will offer round-trip tickets, Ballys Gym membership, Spac ertificates and much more. The event is being held in conjunction with the International Olympic CommitteesO lympic Day celebrations around the world, said the release. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, PAGE 3E Olympic Day fun run/walk this weekend IN a bid to ensure that the communities are ready for the staging of this years Street Legends Bridging The Gapc ommunity basketball league, o rganisers began a clean up campaign on the Kennedy basketball court on Saturday. Organiser Wilton Russell noted that over the next three weekends, they will be in thef ollowing areas to prepare their courts: S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y , J J u u n n e e 1 1 8 8 G G o o l l d d e e n n I I s s l l e e s s c c o o u u r r t t , c c o o r r n n e e r r o o p p p p o o s s i i t t e e L L i i c c k k e e t t y y S S p p l l i i t t o o n n C C a a r r m m i i c c h h a a e e l l R R o o a a d d 9 9 a a m m t t o o n n o o o o n n S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y , J J u u n n e e 2 2 5 5 K K i i l l l l a a r r n n e e y y c c o o u u r r t t , o o p p p p o o s s i i t t e e N N e e s s b b i i t t t t s s , C C a a b b l l e e B B e e a a c c h h W W e e s s t t , 9 9 a a m m t t o o n n o o o o n n S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y , J J u u l l y y 2 2 B B l l u u e e H H i i l l l l S S p p o o r r t t i i n n g g C C o o m m p p l l e e x x , Y Y e e l l l l o o w w E E l l d d e e r r G G a a r r d d e e n n s s , 9 9 a a m m t t o o n n o o o o n n We are asking all to come out, bring your lawn mowers, rakes, cutters etc. to help ino ur efforts as we clean up the v arious communities for the upcoming Bridging The Gap Community Basketball League, Russell said. We have 10 weeks of intense action in your homec ourt. Organisers clean up for Bridging the Gap community basketball league CLEAN-UP: Organisers paint over the graffiti (top right years Street Legends Bridging The Gap community basketball league.