N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Bishop: dont turn blind eye to crime Volume: 107 No.190THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 80F By SANCHESKA B ROWN THE head of the A nglican church yes terday urged all Bahamians to stopt urning a blind eye t o crime. Bishop Laish Boyd also stressedt hat crime is the responsibility of every citizen. And he called for people to h ave greater respect for the church. Bishop Boyds comments came as the nations police chief said far too many rela tively young people have no r espect for either themselves, other people, or the laws oft he Bahamas. Commissioner Elli son Greenslade, s peaking at a press conference (see murders story page 1), said: All human b eings have an inherent right to life and their dignity is to be respected. What is unfortunate is that there is still far too many relatively young people in our communities, adult young persons who have no respect for Anglican leader calls f or greater respect for church TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 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 C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R SEE page 11 COMMISSIONERBACKSEX-OFFENDERSPROGRAMME B y SANCHESKA BROWN A MAN on the polices m ost wanted list is fighting for his life today after crashing his motorcycle into a car whilea ttempting to evade police. Tavari Willams, who also uses the surnames Maycock and Culmer, was wanted by police in connection with a number of outstanding criminal warrants. WANTED MAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE AFTER POLICE CHASE SEE page 12 A DIVER in Grand Bahama almost had his arm bitten off in a shark attack after another boat began dumping chum into the water. Rescue workers received a distress call from crew onboard the Lady Joe at around 12:30pm on Tuesday, according to reports from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA MAN ALMOST LOSES ARM IN SHARK ATTACK SEE page 11 By SANCHESKA BROWN THEnewly launched DNA party seems to be something of a celebrity magnet. First, it attracted renowned singer Sammy Star and now Mario Almanzar who, it is being claimed on social networking site, is a former Miss Drag Queen By LAMECH JOHNSON POLICE have identified two of the countrys latest murder victims in the double shooting and stabbing incidents that claimed three lives and pushed the homicide count to 72. In separate incidents, Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie, 28, of Kingston, Jamaica, and Kevin Antonio Forbes, 40, of Millers Heights, off Carmichael Road, were shot dead shortly after 9pm on Tuesday in Montgomery Avenue. At around 10pm, a man was stabbed to death on Fifth Street and Poinciana Drive By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com VOTERS poured into registration centres on the eve of the closure the 2007 election register, said Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel. More than 100,000 persons have registered on the new roster which will be used in the next general election and over 1,700 people flocked to centres in New Providence in a 24-hour period to get their names on the new roll, he said. The "strong" turnout is expected SEE page 11 SEE page 12 SEE page 12 FORMER DRAG QUEEN JOINS DNA YOUTH ARM 1,700 IN 24 HOURS FLOCK TO VOTER REGISTRATION TWO OF LATEST MURDER VICTIMS ARE IDENTIFIED CRIMECONCERNS: Bishop Laish Boyd POLICE COMMISSIONER Ellison Greenslade, at Police Headquarters yesterday, expresses his support for a new programme expected to help ex-offenders reintegrate with society upon their release from prison. Project Re-Entry is facilitated by the National Learning, Esteem, Ability and Discipline Institute. SEEPAGETWO ONE OF TWO photos of Mario in drag which have been circu lating widely on the internet.
By LAMECH JOHNSON A NEW programme facili tated by the National Learn ing Este em Abili t y a nd Di sc i p l i n e I n s t i t u t e ( L E A D ) i s e xp ec t e d t o he l p ex o f f en d e r s r e i n t e g r a t e w i t h s o c i e t y u p o n t h e i r r e l e a s e f r o m prison. Sp e aki ng at t he th re eday Pr o j e ct R e En t r y C on fe r e n ce a t p o l i c e h e a d q u a r t e r s y e s t e r d a y T r o y C l a r k e p r e s i d e n t a n d C E O o f L E A D s a i d c r i m i n a l s w h o h a v e s e r v e d the i r se n te nc es d e se r v e a s e co n d c ha nc e t h at Ba ham i an s are often not willing to give. I t i s f a i r t o s a y t h a t t h e y i n m o s t c a s e s h a v e p a i d t h e i r debt to society for the crime t h e y h a v e c o m m i t t e d h e said. M r C l a r k e s a i d t h e n e w progra mme w ill give former c o n v i c t s t h e c h a n c e t o h e l p t h e m s e l v e s t h r o u g h a n u m b e r o f a c a d e m i c c o u r s e s i n c l u d i n g computer classes and lessons in reading and writing, com m u n i c a t i o n a n d l a n g u a g e conflict resolution and anger management. "Project Re-Entry is not a s p e c i f i c p r o g r a m m e b u t r a t h e r a r e s e a r c h d r i v e n p r o c e s s t h a t s t ar t s w h en a n offender is initially incarcer a t e d a n d e n d s w h e n t h e offe nde r h as be e n s ucce ss full y r e i n t e g r a t e d i n t o t h e i r c o m munity as a law abiding citi zen," he said. C o m m i s s i o n e r o f P o l i c e E l l i s o n G r e e n s l a d e m a d e b r i e f r e m a r k s a t t h e p r o g r a m m e s l a u n c h a n d endorsed the initiative. H e s a i d : "W e u n d e rs t an d t he wo rk bei ng don e b y Mr Clarke and the LEAD Insti tu te I t 's e x t r e me ly i m p or ta n t w o r k w o r k t h a t i s go i n g t o m a k e a t r e m e n d o u s d i f f e r e n ce i n the Ba h a ma s a n d ce r t a i n l y w o r k t h a t I f e e l v e r y op tim ist ic abou t in t erms of t u r n i n g a r o u n d o u r c u r r e n t circumstances." National Security Minister T o m m y T u r n q u e s t a l s o a t te nde d a nd s aid the L EAD p r o g r a m m e w i l l h e l p t o decrease the number of per son s re turni ng to p riso n afte r being released. I n t h e c a s e o f H e r M a j e s t y s P r i s o n w e h a v e observed significant decreas e s i n t h e r a t e o f r e c i d i v i s m o v e r t h e p a s t y e a r s F o r e x a m p le i n 2 0 0 5 w e s aw th e ra t e of reci divi sm as h igh as 42 per c e n t c o m p a r e d t o a r a t e i n 2010 as low as 15 per cent." T h e c o n f e r e n c e b r o u g h t t oget her agenc ies u nd er t h e Ministry of Na t iona l Securit y t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s E m b a s s y a n d P r o j e c t R e e n t r y o f N o r t h Ca ro lin a to di scu ss a spe cts of e x i s t i n g p r o g r a m m e s t h a t could be used to increase the s u c c e s s r a t e f o r e x c o n v i c t s r e i n t e g r a t i n g i n t o s o c i e t y T h e convention ends tomorrow. L E A D i s a n o n g o v e r n me nt/no n-profit org an isa tion e s t a b l i s h e d t o a s s i s t y o u n g m e n a t r i s k o f b e c o m i n g c r i m i n a l s LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDA Y JUL Y 14, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE P r o j e c t R e E n t r y h o p e s t o h e l p e x c o n v i c t s r e i n t e g r a t e i n t o s o c i e t y HE LP ING HANDS: Pi ctu red are th e p arti ci pa nts in th e th re eda y P ro j ec t R e -E n t ry C o n f e re n c e a t p o l i c e h ea d q u a rt er s.
B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Ministry of Education is currently in the national implementation phase of its multi-million dollar information communication technology (ICT This week, the government published an invitation for bids that includes the procurement of more than 800 computers, 339 laptop computers, more than 300 projectors and interactive white boards, more than 200 student response systems, some 60 printers and 30 servers. The ICT strategy contains plans for long awaited developments and reforms in the education sector. But when it comes to education hardware and software, there is a lot of cynicism. Most educators need not hear more than the BEST computerization project for their scepticism to be ignited. This was an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB sponsored project intended to create special learning labs for grade four, five and six classes throughout the public school system. Although hundreds of thousands were spent, the programme never became fullyf unctional. Sources claim the computers purchased under the programme were defunct refurbished computers that never worked. The company that sup plied the computers went out of business shortly after being awarded the contract, according to sources. There are many other programmes raising eyebrows, as the ministrys capacity to manage its ICT strategy remains in doubt. Over the next three years, the new IDB sponsored project, known as the INSPIRE Project (Investing in Students and Programmes for the Innovative Reform of Education), promises to create 38 new computer labs, 129 subject labs and 21 library resource rooms inside the public school network; in addition to upgrading 40 schools and installing 96 computers for administrations. The vision detailed in the education strategy is to incorporate a range of technologies into the public school system in order to enable optimal learning opportunities, empower all education stakeholders, and ensure global competitiveness. Hardware Supplying computer hardware and software to the education sector is a lucrative business internationally and in the Bahamas. DC Technology has secured the majority of the work from the Ministry of Education (MOE over the years, said Tribune sources, just as IBM supplies the College of the Bahamas with most of its computer hardware and software. With the dramatic rise in the purchase of interactive white boards by the MOE, the Amoury Company obtained the license to distribute Promethean boards locally. Promethean is the most widely used brand. Now there are Bahamian companies who are licensees for other brands. Over the years, the Ministry of Education (MOE oped a bad reputation for the management of its ICT strategy. As one official said: Millions have been siphoned into peoples pockets, and schools are not getting the tools they need. Officials are pulling deals with certain companies and getting kickbacks. The Ministry of Education has the largest budget of all ministries, consuming some $200 million annually. This is further topped up by millions in IDB money consistently gifted to the ministry: More than 70 million over the last few decades. The current loan scheme, renegotiated in 2010, includes just under $12 million, including the governments $3 million counterpart funding. The project is designed to end in 2013. This time around, the MOE has a detailed and comprehensive implementation plan, according to Faye Bascom, chief information officer for the Department of Educa tion. She admits there is a lot of cynicism amongst education stakeholders, but she says it is going to fall away as the IDB project continues to move for ward. She says it has already started happening. The challenge now is the phase that we are currently in: Implementation. The proof is in the pudding. For us it is what we do. It is nota matter of in three years a school being able to hold us to the strategy. We are constantly disseminating the strategy, and we are going to be doing more of that. There are large numbers of person who are already aware of the strategy. Our challenge is to make believers that this is not going to be another document sitting on a shelf catching dust, said Ms Bascom. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com TWO MEN were arraigned in court yesterday, each charged with indecently assault ing a child. Leslie Cardinal Fowler, 53, of Blue Hill Road, was arraigned before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans in Court 6 yesterday. It was alleged that on July 6 and July 7, the accused indecently assaulted a six-year-old girl. Fowler pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted $8,000 bail on condition that he check in three times a week with the nearest police station to his home and not interfere with any witnesses, keeping a distance of at least 300 feet from them. The matter was adjourned to July 16, 2012. In a separate matter, D-von Samad Rolle, 33, of Crooked Island, was arraigned before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10 yesterday. It is amlleged that at some point in June and on July 7, the accused indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl. Rolle pleaded not guilty and the matter was adjourned to November 4 with bail granted at $5,000, conditional on the accused not interfering with witnesses. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 3 ,1752'8&7,21 POLICE are hunting for the culprits responsible for two separate shootings w hich left two men in hospital. T he first shooting occurred at 1am Wednesday at the juncture of Meeting and West Streets. According to police reports, three men were sitting in a car when they were approached by three other m en, two of whom were allegedly armed with handg uns and demanded cash. The culprits then robbed the men of cash and personal effects and subsequently s hot one of them to the buttocks. T he victim was taken to hospital where at last report h e was listed in stable condit ion. Questioning Police are questioning a 21-year-old Milton Street m an in connection with this s hooting. T he second incident happ ened at 3am Wednesday at S ummer Set Way off C armichael Road. P reliminary reports indic ate that as the victim arrived at his Carmichael Road home, he was shot in his neck by a shotgun-carrying thug. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance a nd at last report he was in stable condition. Police are investigating b oth matters and have a ppealed to members of the p ublic who may have any information regarding these i ncidents, or who may have information regarding illegalf irearms or drugs, to contact p olice at 911, 919, 5029991/9910 or Crime Stop p ers at 328-TIPS. n OFFICERS of the S outheastern Division arrested two men in connection with the discovery of a quantity of suspected marij uana. The men, 20 and 18 years old, were arrested at 3.30pm Tuesday at Price Street in Nassau Village. Active police investiga tions continue. PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham and Mrs Ingraham departed New Providence yesterday evening for a brief private visit to the United States. Mr Ingraham will return to Nassau on Monday, July 18. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest will act as prime minister during part of this period, while Deputy Prime Minis ter Brent Symonette is also out of the country. Mr Symonette will act as prime minister upon his return to Nassau. State Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing will act as minister of finance during the prime ministers absence. By SANCHESKA BROWN POLICE have identified the woman found dead in her home on Monday night. Patrice Green, 30, was discovered at her home in Fox Hill but the circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear. Police have not yet classi fied her death however, has learned that Ms Green may have been beaten before she died. According to a source, while in a pool hall the vic tim was involved in an altercation with a man and was hit several times with a pool stick. An autopsy is expected to be performedby the end of the week. Education technology plan taking off T W O MEN CHAR GED WITH INDECENTL Y ASSAULTING CHILD news BRIEFS PM IN THE US F OR BRIEF PRIVATE VISIT POLICE N AME W OMAN F OUND DEAD AT HOME T WOINHOSPITAL AFTERSHOOTINGS Ministry in the national implementation phase of ICT strategy C OURTNEWS B AHAMARCONSTRUCTIONSTARTSTOTAKESHAPE T im Clarke / Tribune staff HUBERT INGRAHAM
EDITOR, The Tribune. Back in April, May of 2011, during the debate in the House of Assembly on the matter of the sale of BTC and the voluntary separation packages in regards to its employees, there was much talk about Bahamians first and Empowerment of Bahamians, to become owners of BTC. Talks about encouraging Bahamians to become entrepreneurs, or business owners, three months later, the sale became finalised and privatisation of BTC became a reality. The voluntary separation package is now on the table and is being offered to the employees in the area of some $30 million, but the voice of empowerment has gone silent. Where is the encouragement from those who were so vocal in the House of Assembly and outside of the House during the debate on this very important subject of empowerment? Are they now encouraging those employees who are taking the separation package to become business owners? Are they advising the BCPOU and its members on how they should go about investing their monies? Are they telling them to pool together their resources and buy into a great business idea? Or was this all a political game to score political points? How are you empowering these workers moving forward as they take home their separa tion packages? Do you really care about empowering Bahamians? Now is the time for your voices to be heard. Please allow me to share my testimony about empowerment of a Bahamian entrepreneur with humble beginning, how I was able to empower myself to this present day of business ownership. I was employed as a mainte nance worker at BTC from 1988 until 1998 working in building and grounds depart ment as a carpenter/handyman, this area also housed the jani torial and lawn department. In 1997 the subject of privatisa tion of BaTelCo was introduced to the Bahamian people and to BaTelCo employees. BaTelCo called a general meeting for all its employees across the Bahama islands. At these meet ings there were consultants from all areas of the spectrum that includes persons to soothe, comfort, encourage, and advised each employee in such areas as spiritual, financial, physical, emotional and empowerment of retirees and those who aspired to become business owners. Many of the departmental areas were to be outsourced. Employees who worked in these areas like myself were encouraged and given the opportunity to start their own business and would be given first preference to obtain a three year contract by bidding on these outsourced areas, then they would be sent out for public tender again and we would be included in the bidding process even then. BaTelCo would also help walk us through the transformation from being an employee to an employer by outside consultation and by sensitising us to the fact that we are making a giant step in a new direction, (entrepreneurs) empowering us every step of the way. Taking us out of the nest and teaching us how to fly in the business world. Apparently this did not happen as they had planned and so (we were left to fall out of the nest all on our own with no one there to catch us when we fall). I started a business as a janitorial, lawn and maintenance service provider to wait for the process to take place, this also did not take place until some two years later, in fact BaTelCo kept me on staff temporary for almost one year after I started my business leaving me to payoff the bank for my business startup plan all from my salary. I was left to pay the bank and take care of my personal expenses (family salary while the bank held on to my separation package as collateral against my business. What a hole I dug myself into, between a rock and a hard place, knowing nothing about operating a business. Knowing that they had to rehire me after a certain length of time they let me go without giving the contract as they had promised. This was the beginning of my empowerment as an entrepre neur. I knew that I had to empower myself or lose every thing that I had worked for. I went on my knees and I asked the Lord to give me the strength and, to guide my foot steps along the way. I went out and I used these watch words as my source, Faith without work is dead and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This is still my watch word today. I went out and worked 18 hours a day and night taking on whatever contract I could find by myself until my wife came on board to help me. I thank God for placing her into my life for such a time as this, she was truly an inspiration and a helpmate for me. Having to take care of the children, I would not allow her to carry so much burden and sacrifice. I eventually started hiring one person at a time because every dime I made had to go to the bank for loan payment and nothing was left for salary, I struggled with my business over six years before I fully understood what it really took to be an entrepreneur and to pay myself. Many times with tears in my eyes I was turned down at the bank to borrow additional funds to grow my business, but I kept on going with the help of the Lord on my side. Today and twelve years later with twenty-nine full time employees working two shifts per day and the single largest contract on the island I can truly say: Look where the Lord has brought me from, today I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. I therefore encourage you employees of BTC who are taking the voluntary separation packages, empower yourselves to become business owners, yes, you are a Bahamian first but empowerment comes from within not the politician or any political party, they can only encourage you but you must try to be the best you can be and with Gods help, hard work really pays off. I am a witness to that fact. Where are the voices around the Bahamas for those employ ees who are taking their volun tary separation packages? This is when they need your encour agement the most. This is when they need your empowering speeches. LLEWELYN JONES President & CEO Better Care Janitorial, Lawn & Maintenance Co Ltd Nassau, June, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 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 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm IN THE wake of the three murders double shooting and a stabbing Tuesday night that brought the murder count to 72 for the first seven months of the year, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade had some observations. He restated his belief that much of todays social problems stem from the fact that young people have no respect for human life. All human beings have an inherent right to life and their dignity is to be respected, he said. What is unfortunate is that there is still far too many relatively young people in our communities, adult young persons who have no respect for themselves, no respect for other persons, no respect for the laws of the land, and they continue to commit crime. Bishop Laish Boyd, head of the Anglican Church, yesterday took up the theme. Everyone, said the Bishop, has to stop turning a blind eye to crime, not just violent crime, but also petty crimes, such as disrespect for law and order. We are living in a time, he said, when people no longer have respect for the church. For some people, said the Bishop, any target is fair game, including the church. There used to be a time when people respected the church, but that is changing. Bishop Boyd believes that only a minority feel this way. The majority still see the church and its values as sacred, he said. Some of us at The Tribune are not surprised at what is happening today. We have lived long enough to have seen the storm brewing, gathering strength and threatening to tear our society asunder. Go back in our files and read of how many times the editor of this newspa per warned of the vortex into which we were being sucked a vortex that would eventually tear a God-fearing society apart. The late Sir Etienne Dupuch, who wrote those columns, had a special gift of being ableto see the future with tremendous clarity. Those who did not like what they read from his pen, dismissed him as the Voice of Doom. But, if he were here today, he could say with sad conviction: I told you so. Todays social problems did not just growed like Topsy. They took a long time coming. They had their birth in politics. There was early disrespect for institutions, community leaders, teachers, parents, each other and eventually ourselves. We recall how the budding PLP encouraged young people to disrespect the leaders of this country by calling them by their first names this was the way government leaders were addressed in their party newspaper. We shall never forget the shock we got the day we saw the late Finance Minister Sir Stafford Sands cross Bay Street to enter the House of Assembly. From the pavement a youngster shouted at him: Hey, Stafford! Something like that could never have happened in the Bahamas in which we grew up. But the disrespect of elders, particularly if they held positions of importance, was encouraged in the early days of the PLP. Those were the days when letter writers to The Tribune were afraid to sign their names for publication. We remember a house being stoned one night because the occupant was thought to have written a letter critical of the PLP to The Tribune. Discipline was broken down in the schools. We recall the lament of the late headmaster Vince Ferguson of how school discipline was being undermined. He told us of the day that he disciplined a young boy by sending him home only to have a chauffeur-driven car arrive at the school the next morning, with instructions from Prime Minister Pindling that the boy was to be readmitted. The cheeky youngster swept past the headmaster, giving the high five sign as he grinned his way back to the classroom. Mr Ferguson predicted that the boy faced a bleak future with the law. We believe that his prediction came to pass. Today disgruntled parents go to school to cus out and beat up teachers if they dont like the manner in which a situation has been handled with their child. In earlier times, a child would be too scared to tell his parents about a teacher disciplining him, fearing that he would get a second belting from an angry parent. We can hear it now: How dare you be rude to your teacher? So what can you expect of the children when the parents are out of control? Elections became rowdy, stone-throwing events. Out of control PLP goon squads closed down political rallies, denying Bahamians their freedom of speech. The late Eugene Dupuch, QC, would shake his head sadly with the Biblical words: They know not what they do. He often commented on how human emotions could not be turned on and off like a water faucet. Once the floodgates are open, they cannot be closed, he said. In other words, what the PLP had unleashed on the community would come backto haunt them. It did, but in the end we have all been caught in the rush of those open flood gates human emotions run amok. Sir Lynden lived long enough to look back on his past and admit at a PLP convention in 1990 that he had made a mistake. We told them, he said, they were too good to be gardeners, too good to be sanitation men, too good to work with their hands in the end it was bad advice. Attitudes, he said, had to change. In this column tomorrow, we shall let Sir Lynden speak. He himself will tell you how it went wrong. What he will say is the basis of many of todays problems even the Haitian problem. It is now time for these politicians espe cially PLP politicians to stop pointing accus ing fingers, because it is their counterparts over the years who have been the major culprits in creating todays turmoil. Its now time for them to step down from their holier-thanthou pedestals and help find solutions. Empowerment for Bahamian entrepreneurs LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Many youth have lost respect for human life EDITOR, The Tribune. Stressed out? asks the Ministry of Social Development hotline sign on the corner of Shirley Street and Vil lage Road. Yes, I m stressed out. Im stressed at the vagrants and beggars who take up sta tion by the light in the morning with hands stretched out and sponsor sheets flapping. Im stressed because I dont know if the grown man who taps on my car window is going to smash the window and try to snatch something or put a knife at my throat, as now seems to be a common practice on the island. Im stressed because these children should not be allowed to stand on the street and solicit in this manner. Where is the Department of Social Services? These children should be in summer school, or a youth camp. What kind of citizens will they become, barefoot and vulnerable on the streets? Im stressed at the dilapi dated signs on the corner of Shirley Street and Village Road, which are creating a ghetto-like appearance. Has permission been given to erect the signs? Not content with the filth and stench of the Montagu Park, the government has now allowed the shanty town environment to creep to the south to the foot of a neighbourhood of hard working citizens (and voters The funny thing is, the Member of Parliament for the area is a Minister for Social Development. STRESSED TO THE MAX Nassau, July 13, 2011. WHY I AM S TRESSED
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE '575%'0&f'#8'0 Z KLOHWKH\ ZDWFKHG+HZDVWDNHQDQG D FORXGUHFHLYHG+LPRXWRIWKHLU VLJKW$QGZKLOHWKH\ORRNHG V WHDGIDVWO\WRZDUGKHDYHQDV+H ZHQWEHKROGWZRPHQVWRRG WKHPLQZKLWHDSSDUHOZKR D OVRVDLGRI*DOLOHHZK\GR \RXVWDQGJD]LQJXSLQWRKHDYHQ" 7KLVVDPH-HVXVZKRZDVWDNHQ XSIURP\RXLQWRKHDYHQZLOOVR FRPHLQOLNHPDQQHUDV\RXVDZ +LPJRLQWRKHDYHQ CANADIAN travel agents have voted Sandals' resorts as their favourite destinations in the 2011 Agents Choice Awards, the largest sampling of Canadian travel agent opinions. The resort company including its sister brand, Beaches Resorts was named by Canadian agents as their favourite in three leading categories in the 12th annual Agents' Choice Awards, including: Favourite All Inclusive for the 12th year in a row; Favourite Hotel Chain for the fifth year running, and Favourite Environmentally Friendly Company for the fourth straight year. Sandals has two properties in the Bahamas, in New Providence and in Exuma. "To win three prominent Agents Choice Awards is indeed an honour and something that we do not take lightly. We strive every day to ensure that Canadian agents are equipped with the best and most sales and marketing tools available in the travel industry," said Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of sales and marketing for Canada, Unique Vacations Inc, which is the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. "These awards are further testament to the sup port and trust that Canadian agents place in the Sandals brand." This year more than 4,700 Canadian travel agents voted in 24 industry categories marking a 22 per cent increase in voters from the previous year. The awards were launched in 2000 by Toronto-based Baxter Travel Media and its flagship publications, Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier. Sandals received 5,713 points more than double the number of second-place RIU which got 2,171 points and more than tripled third-place Bahia Principe, which claimed 1,594 points. Canadian agents also reaffirmed that Sandals is viewed not only as an all-inclusive company but as one of the world's leading hotel brands by selecting the company as their favourite hotel chain, with a total of 3,576 points well ahead of the nearest competitor, Fairmont Hotels which scored 2,047 points. Canadian agents also recognised Sandals for its environmental, educational and community outreach throughout the Caribbean region. Sandals won in the Favourite Environmentally Friendly Company category for the fourth consecutive year, with a total of 2,948 points. AS hundreds of high school graduates on Grand Bahama prepare for life after secondary school, a special group of graduating seniors has received a leg up in the form of partial tertiary education scholarships from the Grand Bahama Port A uthority (GBPA Under the Top Achiever programme launched by GBPA as a part of its Making It Happen initiative, the top graduating Bahamian student of every Grand Bahama high school received this award. GBPA president Ian Rolle p raised the top achievers. It requires dedication and hard work on the part of each of these students to attain such a remarkable feat, to be the top achiever in their entire grade. Therefore, we are more than pleased to be able to reward these young ones who have e xcelled academically, he said. I n total, 11 Grand Bahamian students received GBPA Top Achiever awards during recent commencement exercises. Director of Community Relations at GBPA Geneva Rutherford congratulated graduating Eight Mile Rock High School senior Rashawn Burrows on his a ccomplishment. Valedictorian at the Alpha Omega Christian School, Richieanna Major was another GBPA scholarship recipient. She also received top prize subject awards for chemistry, combined science, English language and mathematics, and was hono ured as Chief Prefect of the Class of 2011. In her address to the graduates, Dr Marilyn L Minus, an alumnus of Alpha Omega, encouraged them to stay grounded in their Christian faith, continue to achieve milestones and to plan how to prop el themselves forward. Camille Anderson was recog nised as the top achiever at the Grand Bahama Catholic High School. This valedictorian achieved a 4.0 GPA during her early high school years and was graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.94. D escribed as quiet, shy, determined, focused, kind and caring, Ms Anderson received numerous awards and main tained the highest GPA from grade seven amongst her 48 graduating peers. Graduation represents a new birth, a new beginning, s aid Education Minister Desmond Bannister in his address to the graduating class of Sunland Baptist Academy. He also encouraged them to persevere, as successful people persevere when others fail. Accepting the challenge was top achiever and salutatorian Gabriel Cabral. An honour roll student from grades 10 to 12, the top merit student also excelled in civic activities, cumu lating 250 community service hours. Rounding off the list of GBPA top achievers was Standria Moss of St Pauls Methodist College. The graduating valedictorian also received the Principals Award for proficiency and excellent results, special Best Achievement awards in science, class song lyrics and subject awards in English language, literature, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Congratulations to all of our islands high school graduates and the special group of GBPA honourees. We wish them all much success in their future endeavours and look forward to their invaluable contributions to the Grand Bahama commu nity, said Mr Rolle. SANDALSRESORTSVOTED FAVOURITE DESTINATIONS 1. ACADEMIC AND CIVIC ACHIEVER Geneva Rutherford, GBPAs director of Community Relations, presents Sunland Baptist Academys salutatorian Gabriel Cabral with a GBPA scholarship. 2. STANDRIA MOSS exemplifies her graduation theme as the top achiever at St Pauls Methodist College. Geneva Rutherford, GBPAs director of Community Relations (left 3. EIGHT MILE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL Graduate Rashawn Burrows (right achiever award from GBPA director of Community Relations Geneva Rutherford. 4. GRAND BAHAMA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLAR Camille Anderson has set her sights on attending the College of the Bahamas, then furthering her studies abroad after receiving a top achiever GBPA scholarship from Geneva Rutherford, director of Community Relations at GBPA. 5. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER Richieanna Major (centre munity Relations at GBPA (left TOP ACHIEVER P ROGRAMME GRANDBAHAMAPORTAUTHORITY 1 .2 3 .4 5
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com UNIONS going head-to-head for the right to represent Customs and Immigration officers expressed confidence as they prepare for tomorrow's elections. The poll to determine the new barg aining agent for workers will be held after the Court of Appeal denied the government's application to challengea previous Supreme Court ruling. M inister of Labour Dion Foulkes application for a stay of the ruling that granted the poll was refused by the a ppellate court yesterday, according t o Obie Ferguson, president of the B ahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWUt he break-away union that took the m atter to court after unsuccessfully petitioning the government. M r Ferguson said: "(The Court of Appeal) affirmed the position of Senior Justice Jon Isaacs, ordering the minis-t er to carry out his statutory duties p ursuant to Industrial Relations Act, f or workers to vote on who they want to represent them. "We're satisfied that the majority of t he workers are in support of our union. All we are asking is to allow workers to make this decision." If elected, the BCIAWU intends to immediately begin negotiations on several issues, including: wages, the shift system, the ethics code, and insurance f or all clerical workers. H owever, the fledgling union may h ave to wait a full year before negotia ting a new industrial agreement for i ts members, according to John Pind er, president of the Bahamas Public Services Union, the incumbent union. Mr Pinder said: "If they decide not to be a part of the BPSU, the new unionw ould have to wait 12 months before they can actually present an industrial agreement. Once the members are under a union, and they want to be a part of another union, before they are r ecognised by the employer, they will h ave to not be a part of the industrial a greement for 12 months." Support T he BCIAWU claims to have the support of more than 1,000 Customs a nd Immigration officers, as well as a n umber of allied workers. However, M r Pinder contends that the breakaway unions constitution puts allied workers hoping to accede in the union at a disadvantage. He said: "The way the union's constitution is fashioned, it can only beh eaded by a Customs or Immigration o fficer. So allied workers don't stand any chance of heading that union. A Customs or Immigration worker must hold the number one and number twop osts, this undermines the allied workers who don't stand a chance of being president." Mr Pinder explained that allied workers, such as persons working in h uman resources or accounting, do not w ork for the Customs Department per s e, and can easily be transferred to a nother department or ministry. C alling it "regrettable" that the B PSU was not summoned to contribute to the court proceedings or judiciary review, Mr Pinder advised that his union is prepared to do whatever is necessary to maintain its membership. We have no problem with them wanting their own union, Mr Pinder s aid, however there are allies that do not belong to Customs. "The officers agreed to become shift w orkers and the government wanted to p ut them on shift without addressing their salaries. The BPSU got better salaries, shift allowance, shift premium, and healthi nsurance. If we lose our recognition for them, the new union would have to go and try to negotiate these things fort hem." We're satisfied that the majority of the workers are in support of our union. All we are asking is to allow workers to make this decision." LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 7 DNA leader Branville McCartney claims that a groupof disgruntled employees at the Department of Immigration told the party that around 2,000 illegal immigrants are about tobe secretly regularised as Bahamian citizens. Mr McCartney, MP for Bamboo Town, said that as a party concerned with ensuring B ahamians come first, the DNA demands a statement from the government on the matter. He said: We want the government to let us know how many persons have been regu larised in the past year and whether they are attending the classes established while I was the Minister of State for Immigration, which would have ensured that persons applying knew and could speak English, knew the Bahamas National Anthem and Pledge of Alle giance, had an appreciation for and knew the Bahamian culture, our national heroes, our parliamentary process and various other vital aspects of our country. He said, according to news reports, members of the opposition share the DNAs view that the swearing in of persons seeking citizenship behind closed doors should be dis continued and the practice should be made public. At a time when Bahamians are desperate for a change, our leaders cannot afford to disappoint, particularly when their overall performance has been just that disappointing, said the party in a statement. The DNA shares the Bahamian sentiment that lawmakers should adhere to the law of the land and, in doing so, do what is best for this country. If such illegal regularisations are conducted, this is not only illegal and undemocratic, but a direct threat to our Bahamian society. We, the Bahamian public, deserve a quick response. Whether that includes an admittance or denial, the pre sent administration should and must conduct a full investiga tion into the matter to the satisfaction of the Bahamian public, whom they serve, first and foremost. Unions confident ahead of elections P OLLTODETERMINENEWBARGAININGAGENTFOR C USTOMS I MMIGRATIONOFFICERS INSIGHT For the stories behind the n ews, read I nsight o n Mondays Obie Ferguson JOHNPINDER D IONFOULKES BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY DNA concern over claims illegal immigrants set to be regularised secretly as citizens By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MAN appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday to answer two separate charges. Philip Demetrius Humes, 45, of Herbert Way, Joans Heights appeared before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10 to be charged with stealing by reason of employment and unlawful pos session. It is alleged that on February 10, the accused stole a lap top computer, iPod and a Sprint wireless phone, in total worth $2,860, which he had access to by way of his job at the Lynden Pin dling International Airport. Humes pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $5,000. In the second matter, Humes was charged with possession of two laptops, three video cameras, four digital cameras, six film cameras and other electronic items found on April 8, which are suspected of having been unlawfully obtained. Humes also pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful pos session and bail was set at $3,000. Both matters are to be heard before Magistrate Archer on November 2. Man accused of stealing laptop, iPod and Sprint phone COUR T NEWS
OUTSTANDING: Dr Cecil Bethel (r) presents Dr Rhea Thurston with an award for Most Outstanding Student during the University of the Wes t In d ies Sch oo l of Cl in i cal Med i ci ne a nd Research In d uct io n an d Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2011. P AGE 8, THURSDA Y JUL Y 14, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE T W O h u n d r e d t o p p e r f o r m i n g A v o n r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f r o m N a s s a u t h e F a m i l y I s l a n d s a n d t h e T u r k s a n d C a ic o s wi l l be re co g n is e d a n d p r e s e n t e d w i t h a w a r d s a s A v o n D i s t r i c t 1 2 0 2 ce l e b r a te s a successful year. T h e e ve n t w i l l b e h el d a t Breezes Superclub on Cable B e a c h at 7 p m o n S a t u r d ay July 16. S a l e s a c h i e v e m e n t l e v e l s t h a t w i l l b e r e c o g n i s e d i n c l u d e : P r e s i d e n t s C l u b H ono ur S oci e ty Ro s e Cir cl e D a v i d M c C o n n e l l P r e s i d e n t s Council and Inner Circle. Ea ch le ve l com es with sp ec i a l p r i v i l e g e s a n d a w a r d s s o m e o f w h i c h i n c l u d e a n i n v i t a t i o n t o t h e n a t i o n a l c e l e b r a t i o n i n S a n D i e g o C a l i fornia with a guest. T o p p r o d u c e r s s u c h a s C u r l e y H e n t u t l e r S u s a n M a l c o l m a n d M a r y M i n n s s a y t h e y h a v e m a d e m a n y o f t h e i r dreams come true with their A v o n e a r n i n g s a n d h a v e r e p resented the district at many e v e n t s h e l d t h r o u g h o u t t h e United States. S a l e s l e a d e r s h i p A v o n s p r e m i e r e a r n i n g o p p o r t u n i t y o f wh ich N a ss a u sa l es p er s on s were pioneer s w ill receive additional awards and recog nition in the respective cate gories. D i s t 1 2 0 2 c u r r e n t l y h a s t hree sen ior execut ives, fi ve e x e c u t i v e u n i t l e a d e r s 1 5 a d v a n c e d u n i t l e a d e r s a n d several unit leaders. T h e t o p t h r e e l e a d e r s h i p r ep re s e n t a t i v e s S t e p h an i e Mo s s, Th er es a M c P h ee an d M a u r e e n W i l s o n R o m e r h a v e m e n t o r e d a n d t r a i n e d man y su cc ess f ul r epr esen t atives over the years and have r e p r e s e n t e d D i s t 1 2 0 2 a t numerous international sem inars. Avon c elebrated it s 125th a n n i v e r s a r y t h i s y e a r a n d s e v eral Bahamians attended the celebrations held in Madison S q u ar e G ar d en Ne w Y o rk in February. Dist 1202's managing con s u l t a n t G a i l C a r t w r i g h t r e a l i s e d t h e p o t e n t i a l o f Av o n 's e a r n in g op p or tu ni ti e s 2 8 y e a r s a g o a n d m a d e i t p o s s i b l e f o r p e r s o n s i n t h e B a h a m a s t o b e c o m e d i r e c t r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f o r A v o n Products Inc. Sh e sa id : I re a lis e d wh at a g r e a t e a r n i n g o p p o r t u n i t y A v o n w o u l d b e t o s o m an y women in t he B a hamas and began to develop the market i n a c c o r d a n c e w i t h A v o n s p o l i c i e s a n d p r o c e d u r e s e n a b l i n g u s t o b e d i r e c t l y associated with the company a n d b e n e f i t f r o m a l l o f t h e awards and rewards. We s tar te d wi th j us t thr e e r ep re se nta tiv es a nd to da y w e have over 1,800 direct repre sentatives. Av o n h a s t r a ns fo r m e d t h e l i v e s o f m a n y B a h a m i a n wom en a nd a fe w g ood me n, a f fording them opp ort un it ie s t ha t m os t th o ug h t th e y w o ul d n e v e r r e a l i s e o w n i n g h o m e s bu si n ess es, d re am vac at i o ns and educating their children. S o m e r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s w o r k their Avon business full time and others part time. A ve ry s mall ($ 10 ) inve stm en t an d a l i t t l e t ra i ni n g i s a ll one ne eds t o get s t a rt e d. Cons t a nt suppor t is a va ilabl e t o e n s u r e s u c c e s s f o r t h o s e w h o w a n t t o s u c c e e d I d o b el i ev e w e a re t h e sm a rt es t o p p o r t u n i t y i n t o w n s a i d Mrs Cartwright. Over t he years, Di st 1 202 h as a ss i s t e d m an y n o t e w o r t h y c h a r i t i e s i n c l u d i n g P A C E ; Unity House; Links; Greater C om mi ss i on s Mi ni s tr y; G oo d S am ari t an ; S al va t i on A rm y; F i n a l H o p e M i n i s t r i e s a n d t h e S i s t e r S i s t e r B r e a s t C a n c e r Support Group. T h e h e a d o f f i c e i s l o c a t e d i n the Shirley Street Plaza, and b u s i n e s s h o u r s a r e 9 a m t o 5pm. D r R h e a T h u r s t o n w i n s t h r e e a w a r d s a t U W I g r a d u a t i o n D R R H E A T h u r s t o n r ec ei v ed t h re e of s i x p re st i gious awards during the Uni v e r s i t y o f t h e W e s t I n d i e s S c ho ol of C li ni c al M edi c in e and R ese arch indu ction a nd a w a r d s c e r e m o n y f o r t h e graduating class of 2011. T h e n e w d o c t o r r e c e i v e d t h e D r C e c i l M B e t h e l A w a r d f o r M o s t O u t s t a n d i n g S t u d e n t of the Year; the Dr Anthony Re gis Award for Mos t Outs t a n d i n g S t u d e n t i n F i n a l M B B S E x a m i n a t i o n s ; a n d t h e Mos t O ut s tanding Studen t in Psychiatry Award. "These awards were com pletely unexpected," said Dr T h u r s t o n A n d e v e n n o w I 'm st i l l t r yi ng t o t ak e i t a ll i n T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f t h e W e s t Indies is an excellent institu ti on a nd to h a v e re c e iv e d th is recognition from the univer sity is overwhelming. I'm so g r a t e f u l t h a t t h e s e y e a r s o f h ard w ork have f in all y p aid off for us." D r Th u r st on w a s a m on g 2 0 d oc t o rs i nd u ct ed du ri ng t h e r e c e n t c e r e m o n y a t t h e H i l t o n Hot el. Her fellow gra d ua t es i n c l u d e d d o c t o r s I a n A l l e y n e M c Qu ay Ka n di s B a nn i s t er Ke nt B a zard, Terr ell Car ey, S a b r i n a F a m o u s R y a n F r i d a y I t a l y a G o o d m a n T a l i e t h a J o h n s o n C h a r n e c a K n o w l e s L a r a n o K n o w l e s M a r c e l a M a l c o l m J a n e l l e O s a d e b a y L o u i s P i n t a r d S h i v a r g o R o l l e K J o y S i m m s S a r a i S e a r s J a s o n T h o m p s o n V o n e t t a T h o m p s o n a n d G r e gory Tynes. O t h e r S p e c i a l A w a r d r e c i p i e n t s i n c l u d e d : D r I a n Alleyne-McQuay Professor K no l l y A l an B u t l e r A w a r d, Mos t Outstanding Stude nt in S u r g e r y p a r t o f t h e F i n a l M B B S E x a m i n a t i o n s ; D r G r e g o r y T y n e s D r M o r t i m e r M o x e y A w a r d M o s t Outstanding Performance in C o m m u n i t y M e d i c i n e ; a n d D r J a n e l l e O s a d e b a y M o s t Outstanding Performance in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. "Medical school was chal l e n g i n g I w i l l a d m i t t h a t t h e r e were times when it was diffi c ul t t o se e th e l ig h t a t th e e n d of the tunne l. Howe v er, a f te r h a v i n g f i n i s h e d m e d i c a l s c h o o l t h e j o y I f e e l r i g h t n o w is indescribable. "I t 's ama z ing what pra ye r and faith in God can do," Dr Thurston said. Dr Robin Roberts, SCMR d i r e c t o r t o l d t h e n e w d o c t o r s : "We are here to take care of p e o p l e n o t i l l n e s s e s W i t h t h a t I t e l l y o u t o g o a n d m a k e y ou r p a r e n ts p r o u d a n d m a k e your University of the West Indies proud." A v o n D i s t r i c t 1 2 0 2 a w a r d s t o p r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s D OC T O R S : T h e Un i v e rs i ty o f t h e W es t I n d i e s S c h o o l o f C l i n i c a l M ed i c i n e a n d Re s e a rc h s C l a s s o f 2 0 1 1 ( w h i t e c o a t s ) p o s e w i t h s e n i o r m e d ical officials (l-r) Dr Glen Beneby, medical advisor, Public Hospitals Authority; Dr Robin Roberts, director, UWI's School of Clinical Med i c i n e a n d R es e ar ch ; Dr M e rc e l en e Da h l -R e g i s C h i e f M e d i c al Of f i c er ; Dr Hu b er t M i n n i s M i n i st e r o f He al th ; P ro f e ss o r B re n d a n C B a i n d i re ctor CHART Regional Co-ordinating Unit; and Dr Timothy Barrett, president, Medical Association of the Bahamas.
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Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. NOTICET enders are invited for the purchase of the Equity of Redemption in all that t he City of Nassau being part of a lot of land originally granted to Nancy G reen and distinguished in a plan of the City of Nassau by the number of the one part and the Lamont Holdings Limited of the other part and rePrime Commercial Property for Sale LIEUTENANT Derrick Ferguson of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force recently returned home after completing the Caribbean Junior Comm and and Staff Course ( CJCSC), which was held at the Jamaica Defence Force B ase in Moneague, Jamaica. T he 19-week military staff c ourse was designed to teach junior and mid-career officers communicationss kills, battle procedures and operational staff duties at the mechanised battle group level. The first half of the course consisted of communications and administrative s taff training, based on the J oint Service Publications D efence writing format, w hile the latter half i nvolved tactical training a nd included a field exercise and war gaming. Specific objectives of the course were as follows: tot each officers to solve prob lems logically, make decisions and recommendations,a nd to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to ensure that officers understand how to apply the principles, techniques and doctrine of joint a rmy and air operations in a m echanised environment up t o the brigade level; to u nderstand and be able to a pply the functions of comm and and staff up to the brigade level, and to sensitise officers to the role of the military in contemporary society and areas of interest to the profession of arms. T he curriculum covered a wide array of subjects, including general studies s uch as management and c ommunications training, a nd specialised instruction in tactics, infantry skills andc ombat planning. A total of 3 1 students from Canada and Caribbean defence forces attended the course. L t Ferguson was successful in bringing home the Commandants Challenge trophy. This is given to thes tudent who covers the g reate st distance in the shortest time. Participants were required to run and complete a minimum of 100 miles over a period of 120 days. Lieutenant Ferguson set a CJCSC record by comp leting 512 miles. The course was very i ntense, and information t hat was learnt will support p roblem solving in the mili t ary context, with formulating battle procedures and combat estimates, said Lt Ferguson. Additionally, the training aids deployment as part of internation al military operations. L t Ferguson joined the Defence Force in 1990. Having previously served in t he Commando Squadron D epartment, he is currently the executive officer of the Military Force Protection Unit. He is married to thef ormer Veronica Sands and the couple has three children. P h o t o / R B D F P u b l i c R e l a t i o n s CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZsaid for the first time Wednesday that he expects to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment, providing the clearest picture yet of his prognosis three weeks after undergoing surgery that removed a baseball-sized tumour. Chavez provided new details about both his June 20 surgery in Cuba and his post-operation treatment, suggesting he anticipates a long road to recovery from cancer that could include physically taxing treatments in the coming months. He said in a phone call to state television that he is now starting a second phase of treatment and expects a third phase "that could be a bit hard." He said the purpose would be to "armor the body against new malignant cells of this type." "It would most likely require the use of methods that are known ... depending on the evolution and these follow-up diagnoses, but it could be radiation therapy or chemotherapy," Chavez told state television in a phone call. The president said such treatment would be to "attack hard, with cavalry, any possibility, anything latent that might be there." He did not say how soon such treatment might begin. Chavez still did not reveal what sort of cancer is involved. He said the operation lasted about six hours and removed a tumour that was "encapsulated." "I had a big, big tumour," Chavez said. "When I saw that image, I said, 'My God, it's a baseball.'" Since his return to Caracas on July 4, the 56-year-old leader has limited the length of his televised appearances, saying he is under strict orders from his doctors. V ENEZUELA'S CHAVEZ EXPECTS CHEMO OR RADIATION INTERNATIONALNEWS
ON TOUR: BAIC chairman Ron Darville gives GBPA executives an informal tour of the new Grand Bahama Arts and Craft Centre, including the locally designed ravines and nature trail. GRAND Bahamas new Art and Craft Centre is expected to become a major venue for display of all things Bahamian, according to Grand Bahama Port Author i ty president Ian Rolle. Executives of GBPA and the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC an informal walk through of t he completed facilities of the G rand Bahama Arts and Craft Centre. The new state-of-the-art 5 ,000 square foot facility was completed earlier this year by contractor Chris Harris and P yramid Construction Comp any to a tune of $650,000. We are very pleased with the final product; the con t ractors did a wonderful job. We have handed over the facilities to the management of BAIC and are looking for w ard to their grand opening, Mr Rolle said. Noting the increased skill level of local artists, he said that the craft shop and muse u m will not be lacking in the display of quality products. After witnessing the mag n ificent display of Bahamian arts and crafts during the recent Downtown Interna-t ional Food and Cultural Fest ival (DIFCF once occupied, the Arts and Craft Centre will become a major venue for the display of all things Bahamian as well as an added attractionf or both tourists and locals to enjoy, he said. Accompanying GBPA executives on the site tour w ere, Ron Darville, chairman of BAIC and H Rudy Sawyer, assistant manager. Mr Darville said the Arts and Craft Centre will add to the number of attractions available here on GrandB ahama. What will be especially great about this facility is that it will offer locals and tourists the unique experience of witnessing the handcraft ed process of many different kinds of local artwork, hes aid. Vendors at this facility will have access to numerous resources, including machin ery and work space for man u facturing their products. The administrative offices of BAIC are now located at the facility and soon to come are production rooms, a mini craft shop and museum, asw ell as a concession stand. A ccording to BAIC execu tives, artisans from all over the island can have their wares displayed once they area member of the Grand Bahama Craft Association and meet the boards standardisation requirements. Vice-president of GBPA Ginger Moxey noted that the display of Bahamian crafts at regular events, such as the Authenticity Trade Show,e mphasise the growing skill level and attention to detail by craftsmen. We are now seeing an u nprecedented display of quality crafted Bahamian products in the marketplace. The products are ranging from art work, shell products, intricately designed strawh andbags and jewellery. The q uality is amazing and I think BAIC is doing an outstand ing job in training and encour aging artisans to display quality, unique products, she said. Now that the construction phase is completed, BAIC officials are hard at work putting the finishing touches on interiors and furnishings. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MAJOR VENUE FOR ALL THINGS BAHAMIAN G BPA EXECUTIVES c onduct an informal site tour and hand over of new Arts and Craft Centre facilities to BAIC officials. Pictured from left to right are Rudy Sawyer, assistant man ager, BAIC; Ron Darville, chairman, BAIC; Ginger Moxey, v ice-president, GBPA; Ian Rolle, GBPA president, and Allison Campbell, deputy director of Building and Development Services, GBPA.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 11 (5621$/ SHUVRQDOWRXFK :KDWHOVHFDQ\RXDVNIRU" $IXOODUUD\RISURJUDPV UHFRJQLWLRQ" (DUQDGHJUHHLQPRQWKV HYHQQHHGWROHDYHKRPH ZZZFKHUXEFROOHJHHGXEV 7HO DGPLVVLRQV#FKHUXEFROOHJHHGXEV themselves, no respect for other persons, no respect for the laws of the land, andt hey continue to commit c rime. Meanwhile, Bishop Boyd said everyone needs to stop turning a blind eye to crime, not just violent crime, but also petty crimes, such asd isrespect for law and o rder. He said: Crime is a symptom of societys loss of value and we have to take back control. The church does not live in a vacuum, all of us have to recognisew hats happening and take sensible precautions. We cannot flee and become hermits, we need to come up with reasonable, sensib le solutions. Bishop Boyd said we are l iving in a time when people no longer have respect for the church the way they used to, and because of this, as times change, so does the church. H e said: For some peop le any target is fair game, including the church. There used to be a time when people respected the church but that is changing. Luckily, I feel like its only a minorityo f people and the majority s till see the church and its values as sacred. Earlier this week a man stole the donations box from Christ Church Cathe-d ral. This is the second time t he church has been robbed i n two years. Two weeks ago, thieves broke in and stole a safe from St Agnes Anglican Church on Baillou HillR oad. B ahamas winner. T he young man has gone from Queen to Green having recently been elected to the position of vice president of the partys youth arm, the Young Democrats. Since his past achievements came to light over the weekend, Mario has come in for some criticism, but sources within the party say it was something t hat was done in Marios past and he s hould not be judged based on it. It was something he done when he was 16, hes now 23, you cannot hold the mistakes of his past against him forever. He has changed, he is actively involved in the church and he has a bright future in politics, one party s ource said. P resident of the Progressive Young L iberals (PYL PLP, Keenan Johnson, said the PYL in no way seeks to be judgmental. He said he is not really surprised someone would stoop as low as to post pictures of Mr Almanzar in drag on t he internet, because election season a pproaches. We will not condemn anyones personal lifestyle choice but we are urging anyone in politics to be careful how they portray themselves in the public e ye. Once you allow yourself to be a ssociated in politics, whether front l ine or just part of the youth organisat ion, you are prone to public criticism, h e said. J amal Moss, president of the Torch B earers, the youth group attached to the FNM, said the matter is something the DNA will have to deal with internally. Everyone has the right to choose h ow they are going to live their life, thats between them and God, but when you put yourself in the public eye, you must be honest. It is a matter for the DNA to deal with and hopefully they will respond b ecause the public wants to know. E arlier this week, pictures surfaced s howing what appeared to be Mario dressed in drag. They were posted on a popular social network site. L eaders of both the PLP and the D NA youth arms say their organisat ions did not release the photos. J amarl Chea, President of the Young D emocrats, said the matter is under i nvestigation. M r Almanzar initially agreed to speak to The Tribune concerning the revelations of his pageant success, but never showed up for the interview. BISHOP: DONT TURN BLIND EYE TO CRIME FROM page one According to reports, the victims crew were diving ons hark junction a spot near Our Lucaya hotel designated for shark feedings when ag lass-bottom boat came over them. Although the crew had the proper dive flag erected, it w as reported that the boat, O cean View, did not heed the verbal warnings of the dive crew. It is believed that the shark attack, which left the victims arm nearly severed, was the r esult of the blood and fish guts thrown into the water. T he injured man was stabilised and taken from Port Lucaya to hospital by ana mbulance. B ASRA also assisted with two other rescues on Monday evening. Six foreign nationals were rescued by a nearby cruise ship after their boat becamee ngulfed in flames. Shortly before 6pm, a plane f lying to Bimini spotted a b urning boat with seven persons in the water. Five persons were hanging on to the c ollar of the boat with two persons wearing life jackets.A fter receiving notification f rom the Freeport control t ower, BASRA then notified the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Marine Patrol andO PBAT. The Discovery Sun launched its life boat shortly after 6:30pm as the cruise shipw as two miles away at the t ime. The six rescued victims a Cuban, three Jamaicans a nd one Haitian suffered f rom first and second degree burns, according to BASRA, and will be taken to Florida f or investigation. Later that evening, West E nd police received a distress c all that four people were on a 1 7-foot Whaler that had broken down one mile behind Sandy Cay. V olunteer Nathan Moody at Old Bahama Bay assisted police with their search anda s a result the boat and crew w ere found safe and rescued by 2am. FROM page one SHARK ATTACK Former drag queen joins DNA youth arm F ROM page one
to continue, however persons will still be able to registera fter the old roll closes today. "In all the centres we have b een full from early this morning and we're still full. Yesterday (Tuesday istered over 1,700 in New Providence and people were flocking to all centres in dif-f erent parts of the country," M r Bethel told The Tribune. "We had a very strong t urnout. We're doing exceptionall y well. If people believe that time is running down then people will tend to come out. Bahamians like to register and they like to vote," he said. Once the old register is closed, the Boundary Com-m ission will be appointed to e valuate constituency bound a ries and determine if these borders need to be changed based on the number of vot ers in the area or to create new constituencies. The early closure will give the Commission more time to peruse the register and vot er numbers in each area. The House of Assembly recently passed amendmentst o the Parliamentary Elect ions Act that will allow more persons to vote, such as thosew ho are studying or working overseas. T he myriad of amendments will create greater surety as to the constituency where a person is entitled to vote; increase the number of eligible voters; create a special voter category for those eligible to vote but unable to dos o on election day, and r educe the number of u ncounted ballots by eliminating two of the conditions that warrant a protest vote. The next election must be called before May, 2012. Meanwhile, responding to the confusion about the closure of the old register, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA statement yesterday seekingt o make it clear that voters c an continue to register until the House of Assembly is dis-s olved and the Writ of Election is issued. I t said: The prime minister announced that the House returns approximately October 3, 2011 after summer break so we can start assessing from there when the elections may be called. Moreover, Bahamians s hould not look to the July 1 4 deadline as the final call i n these upcoming elections, but merely a significant date that marks a new political season. In any event, the DNA encourages all Bahamiansyoung and oldto register to vote and vote wisely. 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According to a police report, officers spotted Williams in the Nassau Village area yesterday and recognised him as a wanted man. The officers attempted to apprehend Willams, but he fled on a motorcycle. A high speed chase fol lowed, which led to the suspect crashing into a car a short time later. He was taken to hospital by paramedics and is listed in critical condition. Police say investigations are continuing. i n The Grove. Although police have not officially confirmed the motive for the Montgomery Avenuek illings, it is believed there was a dispute between three men over who was the rightful tenant for a shanty town complex earlier in the day. One of the men left, and returned lat er that evening and shot Forbes and Leslie. Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said: We are making significant progress in our investigations and we are following significant leads. Were distinctly pursuing a suspect who is of interest to us, and so we feel pretty good about the work that has been done. It is unfortunate that it happened, but good work is being done in that regard. As regards the stabbing in The Grove community, the Commissioner said police believe the incident was domestic. Commissioner Greenslade said: Shortly after we received a report of the shooting, we received reports of a stabbing at Fifth Street, The Grove. It was unfortunate that the person there succumbed to injuries received. However, that was domestic in nature and we are s eeking a suspect we believe is associated with t hat matter. Commissioner Greenslade restated his belief t hat a high level of disrespect for human life among young people is the reason for the coun trys recent challenges. He said: All human beings have an inherent right to life and their dignity is to be respected. What is unfortunate is that there is still far too many relatively young people in our commu nities, adult young persons who have no respect for themselves, no respect for other persons, no respect for the laws of the land, and they con tinue to commit crime. Nevertheless, he said, the police will contin ue to go after and arrest criminals who refuse to obey the laws. We will be in relentless pursuit of these persons, we will arrest them, charge them, and we will take them before criminal courts, said the Commissioner. Meanwhile, a woman is helping with police inquiries in Grand Bahama after a 23-yearold man died when he was run over by a car. The victims identity has not been released. WANTED MAN FIGHT S F OR LIFE AFTER POLICE CHASE FROM page one V OTERS REGISTER y esterday at the Town Center Mall. T im Clarke / Tribune staff 1,700 in 24 hours flock to voter registration T w o of latest murder victims ar e identified FROM page one FROM page one
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A ssociated Press HAITI'Snew president needs to lay out a longterm plan to relocate tens of thousands of Haitians living under tents and tarps, international aid group O xfam said Tuesday. T he statement comes on t he 18-month anniversary o f the powerful earthquake t hat flattened much of Porta u-Prince and surrounding cities, which authorities say killed 300,000 and sent even more to live in impromptu settlements. Efforts to dismantle the camps that popped up in t he capital's public plazas, soccer fields and streets have been put on hold as t he new government led by P resident Michel Martelly struggles to get a prime minister approved by law makers. There are 634,000 p eople still living in the camps, the U.N.'s shelter committee said in May. We want a comprehens ive approach done in an appropriate time frame," s aid Cinta Pluma, a spokeswoman for Oxfam. Haiti's displaced population needs to be consulted and p articipate in the project." P atrick Rouzier, a reconstruction and housing adviser to the president, s aid the government plans to relocate 25,000 to 30,000 people from six major camps. Position "I understand Oxfam's position but we have a c omprehensive plan that w e are finalizing," Rouzier s aid by telephone. "This has been in the works fort he past three months. ... W e are on it 100 percent." Rouzier said the pilot project will bring campd wellers back into their original neighborhoods but with better services. In a separate project, M artelly unveiled a hous ing effort last month in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.I t seeks to build 400 houses in 100 days. F orced evictions by private landowners have increased since the earthq uake, advocacy and aid g roups say. In June, as the h urricane season officially began, the mayor of a city in the Port-au-Prince area e victed hundreds of people from three camps. Advocacy groups called for a moratorium on the evictions until alternative housing was provided. Oxfam said Martelly has m ade progress by laying o ut housing plans, but that his government can't evict c amp dwellers without prov iding an alternative. The c losing of the camps must be done so that the newly displaced have access to drinking water, sanitation services, health care, education and employmento pportunities, Oxfam said. T he new administration has failed to make much headway since Martelly was inaugurated almost twom onths ago. Lawmakers rejected Martelly's first pick for prime minister, w hich means the government has remained in limbo. Some of them have o penly said they will reject his second pick, a former j ustice minister whom advocacy groups accused of persecuting political oppon ents. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 13 MIAMI Associated Press U.S. PROSECUTORS say they have filed new charges in an investigation of an alleged bribery scheme involving former Haitian government officials and Florida telecommunications executives. Prosecutors say a Miami-Dade County compa-ny paid more than $1.4 million to shell companies to be used for bribes to officials at Haiti's state-owned Haiti Teleco from 2001 through 2006. Two former Haiti Teleco officials, two executives from a different Miami-Dade telecom company and the president of a consulting firm were indicted in the alleged scheme in 2009. One of the officials pleaded guilty last year to receiving more than $1 million in bribes and was sentenced to 48 months in prison. A superseding indictment filed Wednesday in federal court adds charges against the other. A third former Haiti Teleco official also has been charged. NEW CHARGES IN ALLEGED HAITI TELECO BRIBERY SCAM Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the a rea or have won an awar d If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. AID GROUP URGES HAITI TO LAY OUT HOUSING PLAN THE NEW HAITIAN GOVERNMENT led by President Michel Martelly (picturedAP
MUMBAI, India Associated Press THREEcoordinated bombings tore through theh eart of India's busy financ ial capital during rush hour Wednesday, killing 21 people and wounding 141 in the worst terror attack in the country since the 2008 Mum-b ai siege. B loody bodies were strewn in the dirt of Mumbai's crowded neighborhoods and markets. Doors were ripped off storefronts, motorcycleswere charred and a bus stop w as shredded. After the b lasts in three separate neighborhoods, police set up checkpoints and were put on high alert. The bombings came just m onths after peace talks resumed between India and Pakistan, which New Delhih as blamed for past attacks. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts and appealed to the people of Mumbai "to remain calm and show a united face." There was no immediate c laim of responsibility, and I ndian officials refused to speculate on who might be behind the blasts. Indian officials have accused Pakistan's powerful spy agency of helping coor d inate and fund earlier attacks, including the Mum bai siege, which killed 166 people over three days. Peace talks between the countries w ere suspended after the s iege and resumed only r ecently. Pakistan's government expressed distress about thel oss of lives and injuries soon after Wednesday's blastswere reported. U.S. President Barack O bama also condemned the "outrageous attacks." "The American people will s tand with the Indian people in times of trial, and we willo ffer support to India's e fforts to bring the perpetrat ors of these terrible crimes to justice," he said in a state ment. "I have no doubt that I ndia will overcome these deplorable terrorist attacks." Secretary of State Hillary R odham Clinton said she will g o ahead with her plans to visit India next week despite the bombings. Standing withI ndia "is more important than ever," she said. The bombings began with a n explosion that ripped t hrough the famed Jhaveri Bazaar jewelry market at 6:54 p.m. A minute later, a blast h it the busy business district of Opera House, severalm iles (kilometers s outhern Mumbai. At 7:05 p .m., the third bomb exploded in the crowded neighbor hood of Dadar in central M umbai, according to police. Because of the close timing of the blasts, "we infert hat this was a coordinated a ttack by terrorists," Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said. A lifeless body lay on a cart. Survivors carried the wounded to taxis. One manw as dragged out of the area o n a red board used as a stretcher. Bleeding victims crowded into the back of a LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE P EOPLE GATHER a t the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai, India. (AP P EOPLE REACT m oments after a bomb exploded at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, India, Wednesday. (AP cargo truck to be taken to a h ospital, where wards were filled with the wounded, s lathered in white burn c ream. At Jhaveri Bazaar, a witness described two motorcy-c les exploding in flames and s aw at least six bodies. "People were shouting 'Help me, help me,'" the man told Headlines Today televi sion. People hugged and wept. C rowds gathered in the blast areas as police questioned witnesses, and investigators wearing gloves sifted through t he debris for clues. The government said the blasts killed 21 people and wounded 141 others. "India is not going to cow down," Cabinet minister Farooq Abdullah said. "Let t hose perpetrators of this terror remember, we will find them and Inshallah (God willing) we will give them the justice that India believes in." A U.S. official said there were no immediate claims of responsibility, or firm indica t ion of which terrorist group might be behind the attack. T he official spoke on condit ion of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence. The blasts marked the first m ajor attack on Mumbai s ince 10 militants laid siege to the city for 60 hours in November 2008. That attack targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station. C Uday Bhaskar, a defense analyst, said the bombings showed that Mumbai remained vulnerable d espite precautions taken after the 2008 attack. "The local police still does not have either the capability or the capacity to pre-empt such attacks, and this is going to be a constant challenge," h e said. Some media incorrectly reported Wednesday's blasts happened on the birthday of Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Kasab, who was sentenced to death in M umbai, was born on Sept. 13. T he city has been on edge s ince the 2008 attack. In December, authorities deployed extra police on citys treets after receiving intelli g ence that a Pakistan-based militant group was planning an attack over New Year's weekend. In March 2010, Mumbai police said they prevented a m ajor terrorist strike after they arrested two Indian men, who, police said, were preparing to hit several targets in the city. I n September, police issued a terror alert for the city during a popular Hindu festival. Last month, India and Pak istan held their first formal talks on the disputed region of Kashmir since the 2008 M umbai attacks. Both nucleararmed nations claim Kashmir in its entirety, and have fought two of their three wars over the region since they gained independence from Britain in 1947. WORST TERROR A TTACK IN INDIA SINCE THE 2008 SIEGE
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 15 UK POLICE INQUIRY INTO PHONE HACKING IS MOVING SLOWLY 11,000 PAGES OF NOTES BEING REVIEWED, PLANS TO CONTACT MORE THAN 3,700 PEOPLE +LJKXDOLW\ $IIRUGDEOHULFHV '''HOLFLRXV/LNHXVRQIDFHERRN LONDON Associated Press THEphone hacking scandal abruptly killed off Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB dreamsW ednesday, but the criminal case against his journalists is moving slowly. Prime Minister David Cameron said in Parliament Wednesday that police are r eviewing some 11,000 pages o f notes and plan to contact more than 3,700 people named in the documents. Oft hose, only about 170 have been interviewed. "Every person will be cont acted," he said of the invest igation. That means Operation Weeting the special inquiry into the hacking m ay take months or years to complete. Thus far, no criminal c harges have been filed a gainst Andy Coulson, a key former editor arrested last week and set free on bail, oro n Clive Goodman, a former reporter who was re-arrested last week after previously s erving jail time for phone hacking. They have been questioned as suspects but not f ormerly charged. H igher ranking executives, including News International chief Rebekah Brooks thee ditor in charge of the News of the World when some of the worst suspected abuses o ccurred have not yet been q uestioned as possible witnesses or suspects. No one has yet been c harged for making payoffs to police, and officers suspected of receiving paymentsh ave not been charged with c orruption that inquiry is being handled by the Police Independent Complaints Commission. Without clear information from police, there has been ac ascade of allegations in the British press, including stories by longtime Murdoch rivals gleeful about his prob l ems. Some allegations have been exaggerated: Many take as fact, for example, that some f amilies of British soldiers slain in Iraq and Afghanistan had their phones hacked by M urdoch operatives, when in r eality it seems only that their phone numbers were found in the notes of a private inves-t igator implicated in the case. A Metropolitan Police spokesman who asked not to b e identified because of police p olicy said it should not be assumed that all the people named in the notes were h acking victims. "We've never said they have or haven't beenh acked," he said. "All we can s ay is that they appear in the notes, there is the potential that they may have been." Some other claims have been similarly exaggerated, while others like MillyD owler's family's claim that the teenage murder victim's phone was hacked after she was abducted are based on i ndividuals who come forward to say they were told by police they had been hacked. N EWS CORPORATION c hairman Rupert Murdoch arrives at his residence in central London, Wednesday. News Corporation announced Wednesday it has dropped its bid to takeover British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB tims, celebrities and politicians. (AP
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.16 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTHURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A former Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB chairman yesterday said thatw hile the re-emergence of Senator Carl Levins Stop Tax SUBSTANTIAL FATCA COST COULD HURT BAHAMAS Former BFSB chair says head offices may examine marginal operations due toc ompliance burden Says Levin legislation unlikely to have much impact SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Bahamian financial services provider yesterday estimated it had snatched a 30 per cent share of the pure pension administration market during its first five years, unveiling ambitions to become the market leader or number two in its three m ain business categories. Urging Bahamians to take ownership of the economy, Kenwood Kerr, chief executive of Providence Advisors, said his company had been able to grow despite being in an extremely competitive market where it was up against the big boys i n the form of multinational financial institutions. % pension admin share forms divine Providence Financial provider aims to be market leader or number tw in all its segments* Says first five years show Bahamians can compete against big boys* Aiming to expand product menu and reach MICHAEL PATON KENKERR SEE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor M any Bahamian hotels are facing difficult reinvestment decisions after defer-r ing needed upgrades to t heir properties over three years of recession, although the Bahamas Hotel Associat ions (BHA terday said the industry was hopeful 2011 full-yearr oom revenues and nights sold would be up over 2010. Stuart Bowe, responding to Tribune Businesss questions, said the return of the much-missed group business during the latter half of 2 011, coupled with an increase in leisure travel, should propel both indica-t ors ahead of year-over-year c omparisons. However, competition f rom other destinations meant the market was soft from a pricing power per spective, yet the Bahamian h otel industry was also having to contend with increasing business costs at the same time. Mr Bowe also confirmed to this newspaper that the hotel industrys overall o ccupancy rates were still lagging behind the increases we are seeing in ADR [aver a ge daily room rates] and R evPar [revenue per available room]. RESORTS FACING TOUGH DECISIONS ON REINVESTMENT Advanced 2012 group bookings muchs tronger Hopeful 2011 room revenues, nights sold, will be up on 2010 STUART BOWE SEE page 4B By NATARIO McKENZIE Business Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org A utomotive Industrial Distributors' (AID know by this months end where it will re-open its automotive supply, hard ware and household goods store, perations Manager Jason Watson told Tribune Business yesterday. By the end of the month we will know where we are moving to. There is nothing signed (lease yet, but in about two weeks we will know for sure and we will start advertising, Mr Watson said, suggesting that the business could reopen at multiple locations. He said business at AIDs remaining Blue Hill Road location has been going pretty well, but noted that operating at the smaller location has led to a signifi AID TO KNOW NEW LOC A TION BY JULY-END Making nowhere near $1m per month turnover at destroyed Wulff Road site* May look at multiple sites SEE page 10B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Supreme Court will on July 27 hear a case that could have far-reaching implications for developers and residents of Bahamas-based condominium complexes, as it will have to determine whether an alleged per cent minority and Court order can override statute law and the Declaration of Condominium. The matter, which will be heard before Justice Hartman Longley, concerns a seemingly innocuous but long-running dispute at the Freeport-based Silver Point Condominium Apartments involving various unit owners over non-conforming windows and doors. Four Silver Point unit owners, led by Johann Schwart, are now attempting via an Originating Summons to have the Supreme Court overturn two Consent Orders made to settle previous litigation on the grounds that they are void, illegal, of no effect, unenforceable or any combination thereFar-reaching per cent minority condo battle C ourt asked to determine whether own Order can override statute law and Condo Declaration SEE page 5B
By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN O h no, not another boring presentat ion. How m uch does it suck to be in the audience for yet another drawn-out presentation, filled with jolly, cheerful jumping jacks? Not good, r ight? W hile many people have t ragically damaged the art o f public speaking, todays p resenters cannot go forw ard without the Microsoft PowerPoint program. Believe it or not, public speaking existed before PowerPoint, and many people remember it as being a lot better than it is now. M icrosoft PowerPoint has c hanged the way professors t each how workers share k nowledge. Having a highquality presentation is important, because general-l y most people are visual learners. Can you imagine prominent icons such as Abraham Lincoln or Mart in Luther King, Jr. using or needing PowerPoint? Granted, PowerPoint pres entations have become u biquitous in corporate B oardrooms and business m eetings, but in today's h ighly competitive environ m ent it is essential that one has the skills to make such presentations enticing for the audience. The ease of producing visual presentations has saved untold millions of work-hours, because p rior to PowerPoints introduction anyone who required a visual aid spent s ubstantial amounts of time s crawling on white boards w ith scented markers. The first version of PowerPoint was initially called Presenter, but due to trademark name issues it was renamed PowerPoint. Thiss oftware was developed by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin, a University of Cal ifornia-Berkeley PhD student in 1984. The first vers ion of the software under the Microsoft banner was released for Windows 3.0 in 1 990. On its first day of r elease, it sold more for the Macintosh OS than any othe r program in history. But, u nlike most of the other s oftware products in the Office suite, would you believe that PowerPoint hasn ever had significant competition since its inception? What is PowerPoint? T his software is part of the Microsoft Office package, and uses a graphical a pproach in the form of slide s hows that contain text, g raphics sound and movies. It is widely used for train-i ng, education, business and c lassrooms purposes and consists of a number of individual pages or slides. Slide shows created with the software are often displayed on projection screens, although they can be distributed as s tand-alone files. What makes a good Powe rPoint presentation? H ere are some suggest ions on how to use Power Point effectively: W hite or light text on a b lack background works BUSINESS P AGE 2B, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Calling all Amateur Photographers... Scotiabankinvites you to participate in its Calendar Photo Contest *EverythingBahamianTheme:What to Enter:We are looking for striking original digital images highlighting the diversity, strength and beauty of Bahamian landscape, life style and culture. Images may be taken anywhere in The Bahamas. The ofcial Contest Rules & Entry Forms are available at all Scotiabank locations or may be downloaded from www.bahamas.scotiabank.com Entry Deadline: August 2, 2011.*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable **Photos by Kishan Munroe of the Love My Bahamas Downtown Art Experience.Rules and Conditions Apply. Presentations must Power to the Point THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 7B
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Weakness in the domestic housing market persisted during the 2011 first q uarter, with total mortgage d isbursements for the period d own by 15.4 per cent yearover-year to $40.6 million,a nd future indicators also p ointing down. The Central Bank of the Bahamas, in its quarterly review of the three monthst o end-March 2011, said that while the decline in total mortgages issued by banks,i nsurance companies and the Bahamas Mortgage Cor poration was an improvement on the 41.4 per centc ontraction experienced during the same period in 2010, construction activity related to the domestich ousing market remained weak. The more forward looki ng indicator, domestic mort g age commitments for new construction and repairs, also contracted by 31.7 per cent in number to 226, andb y 20.8 per cent in value to $26.6 million, the Central Bank said. By mortgage type, the residential segment was lower by 33.5 per cent at 220, and by 23.8 per cent in value at $25.6 million, while there were six commercial commitments valued at $1 million, compared with a flat position a year earlier. Meanwhile, thanks to the first quarter kick-off of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar resort project, net direct investm ent inflows and other net i nvestment inflows increased b y $86 million and $87.6 million respectively, hitting$ 236.2 million and $89.7 mil l ion. Buoyed by increased investments for a major resort development, net direct equity investment inflows intensified by $108.1 million to $223.1 million to compensate for a reduction in net real estate purchases of $22.1 million to $13 mill ion, the Central Bank said. Private sector net bor r owings, as categorised under miscellaneous invest-m ents, expanded by $79.6 m illion to $113.5 million, owing mainly to increased loan financing for a foreign investment project. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 3B ESCAPE TO ELEUTHERA TODAY!PER NIGHT FOR A 2 BEDROOM LUXURY MILLIONDOLLAR WATERFRONT VILLA UP TO 4 PERSONS$199The Amazing Cape Escape!242-470-8242www.CapeEleuthera.comStay for 2 Nights getFREE AIRFARE*for 1 Person Stay for 4 Nights getFREE AIRFARE*for 2 Persons ORnntThere has never been a better time to escape to Eleuthera to see family, relax, and enjoy all of the adventure of Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club. Nestled on a private 4300-acre beach preserve, it features the Bahamas largest watersports program. 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 Legal NoticeNOTICERETIC INVESTMENT HOLDINGS LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8Business Companies Act, 2000, RETIC INVESTMENTHOLDINGS LTD. has been dissolved and struck off the Register according A.J.K. Corporate Services (Bahamas Liquidator B y NATARIO McKENZIE Business Reporter SEVERAL private sector businesses have expressed a willingness to embrace the Government's subsidised work-placement initiative,t he Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC Rolle, said yesterday. Mr Rolle said that while there were some in the private sector who had expressed a willingness toe mbrace the program, it was still too early to tell how many will come on board. I have had an opportunity to meet with a number of persons who have expressed a willingness to embrace the program once theyh ave learned more about it, and who they are g oing to be employing," Mr Rolle told Tribune Business yesterday. It's still very early to say how many are g oing to embrace it until we can fully communicate how the program will work," he added, noting that it is a Ministry of Finance program to be administered through the Department of Labour. During his contribution to the 20112 012 Budget, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham unveiled plans for a $25 million National Job Readiness and Training Programme, along with a subsidised work-placement in the private sector. Employers who hire someone r eferred by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development will receive a wage subsidy of a percentage of that employees wage, up to $210 per week for up to 52 weeks. The Prime Minister said a core priority for t his year's Budget was to enhance the skills and j ob readiness of unemployed persons and encourage, in the short-term, job creation by t he private sector. PRIVATE SECTOR WILLING ON WAGE SUBSIDY PLAN WINSTON R OLLE 15.4% mortgage fall exposes continued housing weakness Baha Mars $86m investment inflow boost M ILESTONE: A file photo of the recent ceremony marking the driving of the first of 5700 pilings. The event m arked the beginning of construction for Baha Mars core project. It was witnessed by officials from the B ahamas Ministry of Works and executives from Baha Mar.
The BHA president told T ribune Business that three years of recession, from 2008 to present, and the impact ont he Bahamian resort sectors profits, revenues and cash f lows, meant that many had delayed upgrades and refreshment of their products and properties. Most hotels are still struggling to catch up and arep aying down outstanding obligations, he explained. Many have put a hold on major capital improvements over the past three years, andn ow are faced with making difficult reinvestment decis ions. The Bahamas Hotel Association has advocated for at least a temporary removal of the investment requirementf or properties to qualify for duty relief to stimulate upgrades in furnishings, equipments and the overall properties. This is essential to our long-term competitiveness, in p articular for many small hotels located in the Family Islands. T o have investment incent ives, such as import duty e xemptions on materials required for the upgrades, reinstated, current government policy is that the work required must be worth at l east 25 per cent of the specific hotels market value. This causes tremendous difficulty for smaller Family Island hotels which, although only having, say, 20 rooms, may be sitting on beachfront land worth several million dollars. As a consequence, it is extremely difficult for themt o meet the exemption threshold through upgrades that have to be worth a high sixfigure sum and upwards. Difficult T urning to the Nassau/Para dise Island resort industrys performance to date, Mr B owe said that when it came to matching early 2008 com-p aratives prior to the Lehman Brothers collapse, there are factors beyond our control. As a result, it was difficult to p redict how long the sectors r ecovery would take. Mr Bowe described these as primarily the global econ omic recovery, and the price of fuel and air travel. However, we are seeing much stronger advanced group bookings for 2012, which is an encouraging sign. With the return of group b usiness and an increase in leisure travel, we are hopeful that we can end the year slightly above 2010, the BHA president added. At this point in time, we are projecting that June will be on p ar with June 2010, and hopeful that July and August will s ee some improvement over last year. While our rates have i mproved marginally over r ecent months, they are still b elow pre-recession levels, yet our cost of business has i ncreased. As market conditions permit, hotels will cont inue to review rates for comp etitiveness and make upward adjustments when possible, b ut it remains a highly pricecompetitive market. For the 14 major Nassau/Paradise Island hotels, May's collective occupancyw as 61.1 per cent, compared to 60.9 per cent the year b efore, and for the first five m onths of 2011, the Nassau/Paradise Island resort industry generated a 66.8 per cent occupancy rate comp ared to 67 per cent in 2010. The ADR for the year-todate was $255.25, compared to $253.42 the year before, with room nights sold and room revenue down 0.2 per cent and 0.6 per cent respec-t ively. Still, the Nassau/Paradise Island hotel industry still has a ways to go to match early 2008 comparatives. A joint BHA/Ministry of Tourism statement last week said: "Comparative figures forM ay 2008 show a 64.4 per cent occupancy and $236.61 ADR. Room nights sold, a long with room revenue in May 2011, were 11.3 per cent and 17.5 per cent below 2008 levels. Comparative figures to the e nd of May 2008 show a 72.5 p er cent occupancy and $321.52 ADR. Room nights sold, along with room revenue for January to May 2011, were 11.1 per cent and 29.4 per cent below 2008 levels." A sked to explain the variat ion in hotel performance duri ng May, Mr Bowe added: These things are often affecte d by movement in group business, or the extent to which rate discounting o ccurs. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Position AvailableFull-Time Teaching AssistantApplicant will be responsible for providing assistance w ith educational development for 4 children of multiple a ges.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: -Born-again Christian -Assist with & manage high school-level curriculum -Communicate effectively in written and oral forms -Resourceful; exceptional organizational skills -Display creative, hard-working abilities -Second language a plus RESPONSIBILITIES : -Close oversight of students -Daily homework support & library researchProctor tests, correct daily work, calculate grades Skilled in MS Word and basic computer functions For application form, email resume to: h email@example.com Deadline: July 22, 2011 : ,/1<3,(55(/28,6RI)$,7+ $9(18(&2:3(11$66$8%$+$0$6 Resorts facing tough decisions on reinvestment FROM page 1B
of. If this is not granted, they are s eeking a Supreme Court declaration that the Consent Orders are unenforceable against them or any other Silver Point unit owner, and also want an Order that another apartment owner, Apollon Metaxides, return $25,000 paid to his attorney by the condo c omplex in connection with previous litigation. Their Summons is alleging that the Consent Orders stand in direct conflict to both Silver Points Declaration of Condominium, plus the Law of Property and Conveyancing (Condominium) Act 1965 and assoc iated bye-laws. In effect, Schwart and his fellow plaintiffs are alleging that the Consent Orders make new rules for the running of Silver Point in a manner contrary to the Act, byelaws and the declaration. Tracing the disputes histor y, Mr Schwart alleged in an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court that a 2006 action brought by Mr Metaxides on behalf of himself and six other Silver Point unit owners was settled via a May 25, 2009, Consent Order. He alleged, though, that the O rder appeared to have been n egotiated between Mr Metaxides and Silver Point Condominium Apartments the two defendants in his action- without the knowledge, advice or participation of Graham Thompson & Co, thec omplexs attorneys. The Schwart affidavit quoted a May 11, 2010, letter to Silver Point by Graham, Thompson & Co attorney and partner Robert Adams, in which he w rote: Indeed, having reviewed the terms of the Consent Order, we would not have advised the Board to sign the Order in such terms because certain provisions of the same run afoul of the provisions of the Silver Point Declaration of Condominium. A nother letter from Mr Adams, quoted in the Schwart affidavit, added: I have simply expressed the view that the terms of the Consent Order that has been filed by the court does not comply with the law. In fact, the revised version, in my view, is similarly defective. T he revised comment is a reference to how the Consent Order was revised on March 19, 2010, after another Silver Point unit owner brought a legal challenge to the previous Order. Mr Schwart alleged that the Consent Orders terms purport to make new rules (or a mend the old rules) governing how Silver Point is run. However, he claimed that the only way these could be effected, through amending the Declaration of Condominium and the byelaws, was through the approval of all Silver Point unit o wners something the Board allegedly did not have. T he plaintiffs amended Originating Summons, filed on March 25, 2011, alleged: The Act, the Declaration and the Byelaws do not allow for new rules or regulations binding on a ll current and future unit owners, and the current and all future Boards of Directors, to be enacted by way of Consent Order. The Declaration and Byelaws are assigned by the Act as the governing documents of the condominium, andt here is no provision for creating an additional governing document, in particular by way of agreement among some 6 per cent of the unit entitlement. The Orders, and each of them, purport to grant the power to create new regulations, binding on all current and f uture unit owners and the current and all future Boards of Directors, to any single unit owner by agreement with the Board of Directors without reference to the body corporate, as required by the Act, the Declaration and the Byelaws. Pointing out that the Cons ent Orders could not be overturned by unanimous resolution at an annual general meeting of Silver Point owners, the Summons alleged this made the new rules, created and approved by approximately 6 per cent of the unity entitlem ent without deference to the remaining 94 per cent, in a h igher esteem than even the Declaration or the Byelaws and, indeed, in direct conflict with the terms thereof. In effect, the Orders purport to remove governance of the condominium from the body corporate at a general meeting and place it in the h ands of a minority of unit owners and the courts, contrary to the requirements of the Act, the Declaration and the byelaws. But, in response, in a February 21, 2011, affidavit, Mr Metaxides justified the Consent Orders as bringing some levelo f clarity to the manner upon which Silver Point is governed. He alleged that it had created transparency, maintained continuity of doors and windows appearances, and ensured insurance payouts were distributed in an orderly and fiduciary manner to all Silver P oint unit owners. Mr Metaxides further claimed that the latest litigation was a delaying tactic creating extra costs for all, and had only been brought by those not wishing to conform with the original design and colour of the units, windows and slidi ng doors for a uniform appearance of the building. However, Mr Metaxides attempts to have the action thrown out, and Silver Points effort to counterclaim, were both rejected by the Supreme Court in late May 2011. F red Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney and partn er, represents the Schwart plaintiffs. Mr Metaxides is represented by Ervin Knowles and Tiffany Dennison, and Silver Point by Gail LockhartCharles. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 5B TEACHING VACANCYInvites applications from qualified Christian teachers for the following positions for the 2011 2012 School Year. BAHAMIANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Mathematic I Commerce (Gr. 7-12) General I Health Science (Gr. 7-9) Computer I Information Technology (Gr. 7-12) Applicants must: A. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian School. B. Have a Bachelors Degree in Education or higher from a recognized College or University in thCParea of specialization. C. Have a valid Teachers Certificate or Diploma. D. Have at least two years teaching experience in the relevant subject area with excellent communication skills. E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare students for all examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels. F. Be willing to participate in the high schools extra curricular programmes. Application must be picked up at the High School Office on Shirley Street and be returned with a full curriculum vitae, recent coloured photograph and three references to: Mr. Neil Hamilton The Principal Temple Christian High School P.O. Box N-1566 Nassau, Bahamas Deadline for application is July 15th, 2011 Temple Christian High School Shirley Street Far-reaching per cent minority condo battle FROM page 1B
T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 7B very well in most situations, but include only the necess ary information. Be sure text contrasts with the background, as fancy fonts and words in capital letters are hard to read. Keep all like topics together, and remember to proof read everything. Dont go wild with special e ffects: M any people b ecome excited when they d iscover PowerPoints spec ial effects that appear, disappear and fly. Its like a toy in the hands of a toddler. The package offers all sorts of visual flash, but too many special effects can be distracting like a troupe of dancing clowns. T he overuse of technological bells and whistles is an under-rated problem, as m any presenters feel: "If it's n ew and dynamic, it will m ake my PowerPoint presentation much better. This is so far from the truth, ast here is nothing better than a professional presentation with limited gee-whiz fea tures. Special effects should not automatically transform you into a juggler or magi cian, so avoid the tempta-t ion to dress up your slides w ith swooshing effects. A good presentation is based o n you, not the special e ffects. Decide if your presentation is meant to enter tain, inform, persuade or sell. Colour Schemes: Use high-contrast colour schemes, so that whatever iso n your slides is readable and clear. If you use photos, try using the highest quality,a s low-resolution graphics b lown up on a screen usu ally detract from a presentation. F ont: A s with any design, two font families is a good rule of thumb. Keep it sim-p le and do not use too wide a variety of fonts. Spacing: Use the space on e ach slide effectively, and t ry not to overcrowd with information just because it fits. Ensure that graphics serve a purpose and can enhance the message. Graphics to emphasise messages: Whenever you insert a graphic, first ask yourself: "Do I really need this?" If the answer is No, then scrap it! There are two schools of thought regarding images in presentations. Some say they add visual interest and keep audiences engaged, while others declare that images are an unnecessary distraction. Both arguments have some merit, but the use of graphics can convey mes sages better. Empty graphics convey peripheral information and result in nothing of substance. Small presentation files: PowerPoint files can become huge quickly, so try keeping your presentations as small as possible by reducing the resolution of your bitmaps, which will bring the size down tremen dously. For viewing on screen, the bitmaps need not be more than 96 dpi (dots per inch) in size. Scripting: The PowerPoint slide rule states that each slide should have six words per line and no more than six bullets per slide. Try to use complete sentences, as your speech should supply the greater details. I've seen speakers pop up at presen tations with 75 slides for a 30-minute talk. Ensure your script follows storytelling principles, offering a good beginning, middle and end. Have a clear arc that builds towards some sort of climax, and ensure that the audience i s anxious to find out whats n ext. D on't attempt to memorise, but be familiar withy our text, as your words will p robably be different each time you practice. Memorising doesnt mean that you understand what you are speaking about; it only means you have committed it to memory, so think about the ideas and your words a nd thoughts will follow naturally L ong Presentation: P resenters do not have a probl em with lack of information but, rather, too much information. Refrain from creati ng too many slides, and using boring jargons or comp licated terms, as it will rock your audience fast to sleep, resulting in snores insteado f applause. P lanning: P lan to arrive a f ew minutes earlier to set up a nd test the equipment. Plan y our presentation so that o ne new point is displayed in isolation to control the flow. If you place all key points on the same slide, your audi e nce will be three steps ahead of you, waiting for you to catch up, rather than listen. A nd guess what happens? Congratulationsyou guessed right! Youve justk illed your audience. Cause o f death? Terminal bore dom. Remember to plan carefully, research, know your audience and practice. Rehearse: Rehearse your presentation and ensure youc an deliver effectively in the event of difficulty. Question: Question and a nswer periods can be diffi c ult, especially if you do not know the answer. If you are not familiar with the answer,r elax and respond smartly by saying :I will locate the answer and get back to you. Pause frequently in the presentation to allow feedback, as this will collect your thoughts and help in maintaining the audiences attention. You can answer most questions confidently, if youve done a little research. Key concepts: Studies confirm that people can only remember three different points at a time. Anything else thereafter is long for gotten or comes out muddled. If this is true, try to focus on three key concepts. For example, instead of droning on and on about the different cost-cutting mea sures your company has taken in the last six months, say: It all boils down to reduc ing waste, finding cheaper alternatives and focusing 80 per cent of our resources on the biggest areas of growth. Handouts: I realise this is a no-brainer, but sometimes handouts are more effective distributed at the end, as your audience will be distracted. How to use PowerPoint: This program is very easy to master, and within a day youll be able to figure out how to format a slide (and even add a few screen graphics, too). To further learn how to use this program copy and paste these links to your URL window: (http://www.ehow.com/how_ 4473883_usepowerpoint.html); (http://www.ehow.com/how_ 4448489_use-powerpointtemplates.html), (http://www.acoolsoft.com/k n owledges/embed-youtubep owerpoint.html) H ow to link a YouTube Video into PowerPoint?( http://www.scribd.com/doc/ 6 777951/How-to-Link-aYouTube-Video-Into-Power-Point). How to insert Sound and Music: (http://gethelp.library.upenn. edu/workshops/biomed/ppt/s ound.html) H ow to insert Backgrounds and Pictures: http://www.google.bs/search ? q=how+to+add+images+t O+powerpoint&hl=en&sa= N &rlz=1R2ADRA_enBS37 6&prmd=ivns&source=univ &tbm=vid&tbo=u&ei=jEY T TvLPH6ri0QGsxZj9DQ& oi=video_result_group&ct=t i tle&resnum=4&ved=0CCA QqwQwAw T iming: A re you using the right amount of time per s lide? Talk through your p resentation to see how m uch time you are using for e ach slide, so that you conc lude on time. Talk, dont read the slides, as your audi ence are already excellent readers themselves. Use nat u ral gestures, and show some enthusiasm, the way you would explain your ideas to a friend. S uccinctly summarise your key concepts, and end your presentation with a state-m ent or question that you w ish your audience to remember. Consider alternatives to Questions for your closings lide. A summary of your key points, a cartoon, a team logo or a company logo mayb e stronger. If youre introducing a product or service, or closinga sale, your business cannot a fford to have people walk a way thinking you've wasted their time. Your last two slides s hould conclude with an action plan, and you should be concerned only with one thing after the completion. Was the presentation effective, or did you make your audience more confused than when they initially arrived? PowerPoint is a cool and fun software, almost like organising a movie with sound and animation. But, as with everything else, there are times when each of these rules wont apply. If breaking a rule or two is necessary, feel free as you dont want any casualties. The biggest issue is the way you present your PowerPoint presentation. The truth is that bad Pow erPoint sometimes happens to good people, and quite often the person giving the presentation is just as much a victim as the poor audience listening. For all intents and purposes ...have some fun, tell a joke, and remember that regardless of the software content is still very much King! So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: The author welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org Ms Bastian is an exten sively trained and qualified Graphic designer. She has trained at many institutions such as: Miami Lakes Technical Centre, Success Training College, College of the Bahamas, Nova Southeast ern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas. Presentations must Power to the Point FROM page 2B THE ARTOFGRAPHIX The package offers all sorts of visual flash, b ut too many special effects can be distracting l ike a troupe of dancing clowns.
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE (03/2<0(17 23325781,7<&OLHQWVt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f ([FHOOHQWZULWWHQVNLOOV ([FHOOHQWRUJDQL]DWLRQDODQGFRPPXQLFDWLRQVNLOOV 6DODU\RUHTXLYDOHQWWRFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWKH[SHULHQFH $SSOLFDQWVVKRXOGVHQGWKHLUUHVXPHDQG FRYHUOHWWHUWR $WW&OLHQWVtDUNHWV&RRUGLQDWRURVLWLRQ (PDLOGKUUHVXPHV#JPDLOFRP Speaking to Tribune Business as Providence Advisorsc elebrates its fifth anniversary, Mr Kerr said the company planned to continue its focus on core services asset management, corporate finance and pension administration while expanding both product menus and its office/geographic reach. Apart from introducing US dollar-denominated structured products on the asset management side, Providence Advisors is also eyeing moves into general corporate consulting and valuations. Were grateful for having been able to survive, or be in existence, for five years in a challenging economic environment and climate, operating in an aggressively competitive industry where barriers to entry appear to be low, Mr Kerr told Tribune Business. This is a very tough business, and by that I mean youre o perating in a space where the local competition is increasing, and you also have banks with larger infrastructure you have to compete against. Referring to Providence Advisors core business categories, Mr Kerr added: These are very tough segments to be i n. As a new company, you have to establish your presence as a quality, viable service provider. In every segment of the market, you have real competition, and it does not look like theyre going away. On the domestic front, Prov idence Advisors competitors i nclude CFAL, RoyalFidelity, BA Financial, Family Guardian, Colonial Pension Services and Leno Corporate Services. Yet the company also has to compete, especially on the corporate advisory/finance side, with the likes of Scotiabank, CIBC FirstCaribbeana nd Citibank. Mr Kerr told Tribune Business that Providence Advisors performance over the past five years demonstrates that Bahamian ownership, management and skill sets can survive and thrive in specific areas of the economy, and do it well and compete against the big boys like the Royals and whoever else. Someone has to do it first so that others follow. It can be done, he added. Bahamians, generally speaking, need to take part in the economic vision or ownership of the economy. If the Bahamian guys or gals studying finance and economicsd ont see Bahamians in that industry, whats the point? Vision There has to be a vision, and people take ownership of that vision and become equity participant players, taking ownership of the economy. We compete, and have demon strated we can compete, with the big firms. We just needed the opportunity. One of the things were doing in the organisation is building skill sets to cater to these markets. Mr Kerr conceded that Providence Advisors, which was essentially created through a management-led buyout of SG Hambros Bank & Trusts domestic investment and capital markets unit, did not have to start from scratch as it brought with it its existing client base in particular, the two hotel industry pension funds. After building on that foundation, Mr Kerr said Providence Advisors had about $400 million in assets under management, and was pleased with what the pipeline prospects look like. Of its pension administration arm, he added: We think we have about one-third of the market in terms of pure pen sion administration, anywhere from 30 per cent upwards. Its difficult to write busi ness, particularly in the absence of pension legislation, but so far weve been able to capture one-third of the market. Providence Advisors had completed the transition from the legacy platforms it inherited from the SG Hambros days, Mr Kerr said, dealing with functions relating from corporate and client accounting, portfolio management and the information technology (IT face. Now our clients have the opportunity to look straight through the process seamlessly, transparently, from start to finish, he added. We have the appropriate IT infrastructure, the required skill sets in terms of personnel, and are looking to add new products. As we look to the future, were looking to differentiate ourselves from the market. What were going to do is stick to our core competencies, not try to be all things to all people, and by doing it well be the market leader or number two in those categories. Providence Advisors is seeking to perform more general consulting work, and expand the menu on the corporate advisory side from just IPOs and placements to general consulting and valuations etc. On the asset management side, were expanding the menu away from generic products to more sophisticated ones that have wider market appeal, Mr Kerr explained. Were looking at some US dollar structured type stuff, similar to what RoyalFidelity and CFAL have, and exploiting international alliances and relationships. Providence Advisors has some 13 permanent employees, and five temporary ones, and Mr Kerr emphasised that the firm was in the business for the long run. By my own personal yardstick we could be further along, b ut making the market aware of the brand is the next thing, and not only expanding the product menus but possibly the office and geography, Mr Kerr told Tribune Business. There have been a few dis a ppointments, but perhaps my timescale is a little aggressive. If we stick to our mantra of quality service, professionalism, I think the future is ours. FROM page 1B % pension admin share forms divine Providence
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011, PAGE 9B Haven Abuse Bill was likely to have minimal impact on this nation, substantial costs involved in complying with other US legislat ion could pose a threat to the sector. M ichael Paton, attorney and partner with the Lennox Paton law firm, told Tribune Business that the compliance costs associated with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA m uch as $150 million for some of the global S wiss banking groups could cause head offices to take a hard look at marginal private banking operat`ions in some international financial centres. This could further add to the consolidation t rends already buffeting the Bahamas and other international financial centres, as transnational institutions move to gain efficiencies and economies of scale by putting all operations into one regional hub. At its worst, the FATCA effects might see some institutions leave the Bahamas. Scourg Mr Paton was speaking after Democratic U S Senator Carl Levin, a renowned scourge o f international financial centres, introduced h is Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, which in its p resent form would allow the US Treasury to take special measures against foreign jurisdictions or financial institutions that impede US tax enforcement, on the Senate floor. While its not desirable having another p iece of legislation coming down, targeting offshore centres, I dont think its going to be a problem for us, Mr Paton told Tribune Business. I dont think its anything we have to be overly concerned about, because FATCA impacts us more as a jurisdiction that this does. Adding that he was not particularly worried by either the Stop Tax Haven Abuse legislation or the compliance aspects of FAT C A, Mr Paton said his major concern was the cost burden the latter would impose, not only on Bahamian financial institutions but their head offices and worldwide networks of which they were part. What worries me is the compliance costs with FATCA, Mr Paton told Tribune Business. Its the cost of actually implementing FATCA compliance. R eferring to the compliance costs being touted by some media reports for Swiss bank ing groups, the attorney added: It makes you r ealise theres substantial costs involved in becoming FATCA compliant, and that couldhave an impact on marginal operations in pri vate banking. It makes you wonder whether its really w orth their while. FATCA, which is set to be implemented from January 2013, will impose enhanced reporting, Know Your Customer (KYC Bahamas-based financial institutions, especially when it comes to US clients. All accounts in which US-connected persons have any form of beneficial ownershipi nterest, regardless of where they are located, m ust be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS T his means foreign financial institutions, including those based in the Bahamas, must identify and disclose US facility owners, as failure to do so will result in the imposition of sanctions, such as a 30 per cent and upwards withholding tax on US-sourced income. Banks and trust companies will thus be required to peel back ownership layers tod etermine if there is any US ownership of b ank accounts and corporate entities. The institutions have to ensure they dont have US customers, otherwise they have the risk of all their investments being subject to withholding taxes, Mr Paton explained. If there are US investors, they have to comply with FATCA, otherwise substantial with-h olding penalties could be imposed. In terms of FATCAs wider implications for Bahamian financial institutions, the for-m er BFSB chairman said: It forces them to be f ully compliant with US requirements vis a vis their client base. The impact from FATCA, and similar US i nitiatives implemented over the years, has b een that Bahamas-based financial institutions are increasingly shying away from keeping, or taking on, US-related business simplyb ecause the compliance costs are so high. And, as a general rule, the Bahamian financ ial services industry was being far more selective in which new clients it took on, ensuring those it did were in compliance with homej urisdiction tax laws. M r Paton said his law firm had seen these trends. We see more and more institutions being very careful about which clients they take on, he added. Are they going away from US clients? Absolutely. Theyre becoming much more complianceoriented in dealing with clients. Thats certainly what were seeing. Thats the only way to position yourself g oing forward to be a viable operation. You have to provide something other than confidentiality. Confidentiality remains an important tool, but it cant be the only proposition your busi-n ess relies on. FROM page 1B Substantial FATCA costs could hurt Bahamas
c ant drop off in business as e xpected. We were making $1 million a month at our Wulff R oad location. Right now w e are not making anyw here near that, Mr Watson said, noting that the smaller location is just not capable of producing that k ind of business. A IDs Wulff Road headq uarters was completely destroyed by fire on June 9. The company is preparing for the construction start on a replacement store at its Wulff Road site. M r Watson previously stated that a preliminary estimate is that the re-build will cost the company, which did have insurance on its Wulff Road property,b etween $4 million to $4.5 million. A 12 to 18-month construction schedule is anticip ated. According to Mr Watson, fire and insurance investigat ors had concluded that it w as an electrical fault which l ed to the fire, although the company has received noo fficial police report. BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2300.10030.21.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66%2 .802.35Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.4380.0405.71.60% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.871.82-0.050.1110.04516.42.47% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.40Finco5.405.400.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.58Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 1 0.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029TUESDAY, 12 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,409.96 | CHG -0.05 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -89.55 | YTD % -5.97B ISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%B ISX 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 3.20252.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.680613.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 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 211.19701.31%11.59% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.15251.27%8.82% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% 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. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Jun-11 30-Apr-11 114.368369 106.552835 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 NAV 6MTH 1.512246 2.907492 1.561030TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 29-Apr-11 31-May-11MARKET TERMS30-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. 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RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C THURSDA Y JUL Y 14, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter R EGGAE gospel artist Gesner "Mr J" Dalmon is making a concerted effort to bring together communities and promote an atmosphere of peace and love. W i t h t h i s g o al i n m i n d Mr J I nt e r na t i on a l i n c on j u nc t i on wi t h Ab u nd a n t H a r v e st N e w G o o d W i l l M i n i s t ry i s h o st i n g a Fa m i l y f u n d a y T hi s e v e n t i s t h e 5 t h i n s t al l m e n t o f t he R EA CH s er ies an d is en title d S TR EE T E X P A NS IO N w h i ch w a s a p ro j e ct st a r t e d a t t h e b e g i n ni ng of t he y e a r It i s o ur g o a l t o g o i n t o e v e ry co m m u ni t y a n d e v a ng e l i se t h e w o rd o f G o d t o e v e r y o n e W e a re e nc ou r a g i ng f a m i l y o ri en t e d e v e n t s a n d pa r t ne r i n g w i t h ot h e r ch ur ch e s t o a c hi e v e o ur g o a l M r J ex p l a i ne d T he Fa m i l y Fu n da y i s h e l d on ce a m on t h e v e r y m o n th w he r e k i d s wi l l h a v e a n o p po rt u ni t y t o e ng a g e i n wh o l e s om e f un T he r e w i l l a l s o b e a co nc e rt d u ri n g t he f a m i l y f un da y e v e n t G o sp e l a rt i st s i nc l ud i n g Mr J w i l l hi t t h e s t a g e W e h op e t o a c hi e v e a n d i n st i l l i nt o p e rs on s t ha t w e a re a l l on e pe o p l e a nd s ho u l d a l w a y s sh o w i n t e nt i o n a l a ct i on s of l ov e L ov e c on qu e r s a l l a nd t h e e n d re s u l t s ca n i n t ur n l e s s e n v i ol e nc e i n o u r co m m u ni t y ," h e sa i d A p a r t f ro m t h e co m m u ni t y e v e n t s i n t he u pc om i ng m o n t hs fa n s o f Mr J ca n e x p e ct t he a r t i s t t o r e l e a se se v e r a l ne w s o ng s Pe o pl e ca n l oo k f or w a r d to a w ho l e l ot m o r e f ro m m e T h e r e a r e a b ou t 1 7 t r a ck s I h a v e do n e t ha t h a v e no t be e n r e l e a se d a s ye t a n d I do p l a n t o r e l e a se t he m so m e t i m e i n t he n e a r f ut u r e ," M r J t ol d T r i b u ne R el i g i on Al ong wi th the re le ase of se ver al ne w t r a ck s, Mr J re c e nt l y w r a pp e d u p t he s ho o t i ng f o r h i s so n g S t o p D r i n ki ng R um wh i c h i s cu rr e nt l y g a i n i n g a i r p l a y o n l o ca l ra d i o s t a t i o ns St o p D ri n k i n g R u m i s a s pi n o f f f ro m t he p op u l a r so ng I' m D r i n ki n g Ru m & R e d Bu l l b y re g g a e a r t i s t B e e n i e Ma n a n d F a m bo M r J t ol d T r i bu n e R el i g i o n t h a t h e de c i d e d t o d o a g o sp e l r e m a k e of t he s on g a s he wa s m o v e d b y a pa r t i cu l a r l i ne W ha t m a i n l y ca u s e d m e t o p ut a sp i n o n i t w a s b e ca u se th e r e w a s l i n e i n t he so ng t ha t F a m bo s a n g a n d he sa i d dr i n k t o g e t d r u n k a n d I do n ot t hi n k h e un d e rs t o od t h e p ow e r of tho se w ord s an d wh at that mean s is h e e n do r se s t ha t k i nd of b e ha v i ou r S o I sa i d t o m y s e l f l e t m e g i v e p e op l e l i st e n i n g a n a l t e r n a t i v e to d r i nk i n g r um S o St o p D r i nk i n g R um i s t a l ki n g a b o ut t he da n g e r o f d ri nk i n g a n d h ow i t i s no t g o o d f or y o u r he a l t h ." T he a rt i st ha s n o t s e t d a t e f o r t h e r e l e a s e b ut a nt i ci p a t e s so m e t i m e n e x t m o nt h T he e v e n t w i l l be h e l d t h i s Sa t u rd a y o n P e a r d a l e g r o un d s be g i n n i n g a t 2 p m W e w a n t t o b ri ng t o g e t he r t he e n t i re c om m u n i t y a n d ex p o se t he m to a n a t m o s ph e re c on du ci v e t o g o o d t h ou g h ts ca m a ra d e ri e f u n a n d l a u g ht e r A t t h e e n d of t h e d a y t h e i m pa ct o f th i s e v e nt w i l l b e f e l t a n d w i l l be ca r r i e d o ut p e rp e t u a l l y b y t ho se w ho a t t e n d ed Family Fun Day C.R.E.A.M. Mr J DJ GodSon DJ GodSon
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday July 14, 201 1 RELIGION Jehovah' s W itnesses in The Bahamas, are inviting all to attend a pr ogramme focusing on a heavenly government that m i l l i o n s p e r h a p s b i l l i o n s p r a y f o r God' s Kingdom or gover nment which is re qu es t e d i n t h e wo r l d f am o u s "O ur Father" model prayer taught by Jesus C h r i s t G o d s h e a v e n l y K i n g d o m o r Government will be the focus of the W i t n e ss e s 20 11 t h re e d ay L et G o d s Kin gdom C om e" D ist ri ct C on vent i on, b e g i n n i n g F r i d a y J u l y 1 5 a t t h e W yndham Nassau Resor t, Cable Beach. Jehovah' s W itnesses believe that the r equest for God' s Kingdom in the model p r a y e r a l s o k n o w n a s t h e L o r d s P r a y e r r e c o r d e d i n t h e B i b l e a t Matthew 6:10, has profound meaning. They also believe that the answer to that prayer will bring significant changes to the ear th and mankind. The W itnesses' convention pr ogramme p r o m i s e s i n t r i g u i n g d e t a i l s f r o m t h e B i b l e s e x p l a n a t i o n o f s u c h d e v e l o p ments. Already beginning this past weekend, and continuing for the next couple of w e e k s l e a d i n g u p t o t h e c o n v e n t i o n Jehovah' s W itnesses are putting for th the extra effort to extend a personal invita t i o n t o e v e r y o n e t h r o u g h o u t T h e Bahamas to attend the convention. The convention begins Friday July 15 at 9.20am. The daily themes ar e based on passages of scriptur e including Matthew 4: 17, Ma t thew 6:3 3 a nd 2 Peter 1: 11. Strengthening one' s faith in the reality of G o d s he aven l y Ki ng do m w i ll be t h e focus of the pr ogramme. Ther e is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah' s W itnesses ar e supported entirely by vol untary donations. T h e 1 4 c o n g r e g a t i o n s o f J e h o v a h s W i t n e s s e s l o c a t e d t h r o u g h o u t N e w Providence are all sharing in distributing printed invitations to the convention, to persons in their homes and on the street. A n e s t i m a t e d 3 0 0 0 a r e e x p e c t e d t o attend the convention and benefit fr om its Bible-based programme. W orldwide, there are over 7,500.000 W itnesses in more than 107,000 congr egations. Jehovah's Witnesses invite all to attend Let God's Kingdom Come!' Convention
EVER Y TIME I r ead Psalm 91, I cannot help but understand the spiritual implica tion that it carries. Most folks when facing life challenges or difficulties would nor mal ly refer to this particular passage of scrip ture for comfort or at least a re-assurance that God will assist them in whatever it is that they are facing. T oday I want us to carefully observe this very powerful Psalm and how its origin is that of a spiritual nature to bring about hope, comfort, a peace of mind and victor y for the believer even while they'r e experi encing the most trying time of their life. So for the sake of today' s teaching we will be dealing with verses one through nine of Psalms 91. The first verse of this chapter speaks of one dwelling or r esiding in the secret place of the Most High, and that they should abide under the shadow of the almighty First, we must ask, what is the secr et place of the Most High? The word secret is defined as something or someone that is u nk no w n Se c on dl y i f Go d i s a sp i r i t according to Matthew 4:24 then how does a spirit that is not physical give a shadow? Clearly the writer is writing of things that r elate to a spiritual order and the help that he seeks must come fr om a source that is not familiar to his enemies or haters (The secret place). Surrender In verses two, King David, literally sur r enders his will and recognises God as his r efuge and fortress, which I must conclude to be a requirement of dwelling in the secret place. Noisome pestilence, night ter r ors, pestilence and the fowler are descrip tions of evil forces that are behind the peo ple and things that ar e opposing him. They are insurmountable and beyond his capa bility to fight naturally however he' s con vinced that God and God alone will deliv er him from the traps laid by these relent less destructive for ces. Surprisingly King David begins to give the appearance of the Most High as a winged creatur e with feathers (In my own mind I envision a bir d covering her of fspring from the dangers that lie outside) and under his wings will he trust and that his truth (God's wor d) will be his shield. In verses five and six, the importance of being in this secret place becomes more obvious, because ther e is an ongoing battle against the believer David explains that, while in this secr et place one must not fear for the ter r or by night, or the ar r ows that flies by day neither the pestilence that walks in the darkness nor the destruction that occurs at noon day a relentless battle. David again speaks to the origin of these things which are all spiritual that influ ences people and things to bring about the calamities, misfor tune, death and the like that we witness daily in this world that we live in. The carnage of this spiritual conflict is discovered in verse seven, "A thousand shall fall to my side, and ten thousand at thy right; but it shall not come nigh thee." Now the reality is has any human being that you are awar e of had a thousand ene mies fall at their side and an additional ten thousand at their right? I am cer tain you haven' t, so clearly he' s not speaking of peo ple. Instead he' s speaking about demons and evil forces that oppose the believer but in r eviewing scripture, scriptur e asked the question, "How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the "LORD" had shut them up? Deut. 32:30. As you can see, God is the one fight ing your battle, even thought you'r e the one in the battle. Y our victor y is only due t o hi s e v e r pre s e nt i nv is i bl e p r o t e c t i v e presence, which speaks so much of that secret place. "Never theless, they cannot succeed and must fall once the believer is in the secr et place of the Most High. God is now obli gated to protect him continuously This is why scripture says, "no weapon for med against the secret place resident shall pros per and he also has the authority to con demn any and all tongues spoken against him in judgment. He' s protected by an unseen force greater than anything that is against himIsaiah 54:17. Again scripture reminds us and assur es us that "greater is he that is in us (The Most High) than he (Satan and his for ces) that is in the world" 1 John 4:4. Job also benefited from this protection when Satan said to God that Job is only serving you because you have a hedge around him, no o ne el se cou ld see t his in v isible hedge except those that are of the spiritual realm Job 1:10. As additional evidence of you being in t h e s e c r e t p l a c e v e r s e e i g h t a n d ni ne unequivocally states you will witness with your own eyes the reward of the wicked or those that have been influenced by these evil spirits King David spoke of earlier a d d i t i o n a l l y beca use y ou'v e ma de God your r efuge and even the Most High thy habitation your physical dwelling is guar anteed God's protection. The overall understanding of Psalms 91, is clearly a Psalm of protection. the differ ence between this Psalm and any other Psalm is the believer s habitation or r esi dence is in the secret place, and that secr et place is having a mind that envisions God as a place of refuge, comfor t, protection and an overall sense of security with the sole purpose of giving victory in the midst of your difficulty Effort At no point in Psalms 91 does it even give a hint of fear wor ry unbelief, doubt, frustration or fatigue to the r esidents of the secret place. My words of wisdom for today are, make an effort to position yourself in the secret place of the Most High. That process begins by r eading the word of God and meditating on it consistently As a r eminder the wor d of God is spirit, John 6:63 and it is that spirit filled word that escorts you into the secr et place which is also spiritual. Heavenly Father thank you once again for the secret place that you have made available for those who desir e to enter Y our word says, "for he spoke in a cer tain place on the seventh day on this wise, and God did rest the seventh day fr om all his works. And in this place again, if they shall enter into his rest. Seeing therefor e ther e r emain some who must enter ther e in" Hebrews 4:4-6. I pray that all who would r ead this ar ticle will find themselves in that secret place of rest, in spite of their chal le nge s i n the ma tc hle ss na me of Je sus Christ. Amen! email@example.com The T ribune Thursday July 14, 201 1 PG 29 RELIGION The secret place of the most high KEVIN EWING
WHA T a blessing it is for us to have freedom of worship, speech, and move ment. What a joy it is to have access to edu cation, health care, and job oppor tunities. Th e flip si de is tha t we o ften d o n ot wo rs h ip an d th is m ean s we may as well b e u n d er h eavy r estr ictio n if we are n o t mo tivated to give Go d p rai se a nd glo r y I f we d o n o t wan t to vo te, the n o u r vo ice can n o t b e h e a r d in t h e po li tica l a r e n a If we are u n willin g to s har e o ur t h o u gh t s an d feelin gs s u lk ing in s ilen ce at w or k o r r e m a i n i n g lo ck ed in ou r r o o ms we may as well no t h ave freed o m o f s pee ch I f w e will n o t go to s ch o ol o r p reven t ph ys ical ailm en t s wher e p o ss ib le, and refu se to wo rk if a job is availab le, then we are sh o rt c h angin g ou r selves f r om en jo yin g th ese n at i on al bles s ings What other advantages do you associate with living in The Bahamas? Ar e you cele brating them daily and developing them more extensively wher ever possible? What do you hold to be the challenges to our national well-being and how passionate ar e you about ameliorating our present social conditions? W e have been free fr om slavery since 1834, and yet some of us still enslave our selves to various systems, addictions, and abusive r elationships. W e are independent of British r ule and have been for thir tyeight years, which means that we all need to be conscientious in our personal and col lective efforts to build a power ful people. W e ar e already a force to be reckoned with in practically ever y area of global i n f luence: rel igi o n, sp orts, l aw p oli cing, medicine, music, the ar ts, tourism and so m u c h m o r e B a ha m i a n s a r e k n o w n a s b e i n g i n t h e f o r e f r o n t o f t h e i r f i e l d s whether they ar e employed at home or abroad. Considering our size, we are defi nitely on the map as more than a mer e speck somewhere. God is calling each Christian to put the church on the map as well, as a place where residents and visitors alike may feel the love and grace of God, and in tur n, give praise and thanks to God. Are we as inter ested in incr easing numbers of com mitted chur ch members as we are about tourist ar rivals? Are we mentoring new or young Christians in the faith as enthusias tically as we coach our young athletes? Do we calculate our marital and r elational risks with the same care and attention that we scrutinize the rise and fall of our invest ments or bank balances? Where do our priorities lie? What ar e the foundational principles on which to build a str ong nation of godly people? W ill the Lord be pleased with our spiritual progress even as we applaud our own eco nomic advances? Our answers will deter mi ne our f ut u re dir e ct i on. Ponde r a nd pray The T ribune PG 30 Thursday July 14, 201 1 RELIGION F r e e t o s e r v e t h e L o r d REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story A T THE 61st Annual Grand Communication Session III, of Most W orshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Bahamas, held June 28, 2011, the follow ing Grand Lodge Officers were elected: In photo L-R Dennis B Stur r up, Rt W Grand T r easur er; Lee A W aliace Sr ., Rt W Junior Grand W arden; Leslie M Dean, Rt W Deputy Grand Master; Sanford LG Culmer MW Grand Master; Kenrick Brathwaite, Rt W Senior Grand W arden; W endell Bar ry and Charles B Sands, Rt W Grand T r ustees. Absent: W Albert Gray Rt W Grand Secr etary and Preston Cooper Jr ., Rt W Grand T r ustee. The venue was: SuperClubs Breezes. New Grand Lodge Officers elected MEDIT A TION St Anselm's Church raffle post poned from Saturday July 9 will now be held on the parish grounds, Bernard Road on Saturday, July 16, at noon. All outstanding raffle tickets should be returned to the parish office as soon as possible. St Anselm' s Church postpones raffle
The T ribune Thursday July 14, 201 1 PG 31 RELIGION B I S H O P G o d f r e y K H e p b u r n a n d Mother Althea Hepburn and the entir e membership of Lively Stone Church of God, will pause to honour a truly gifted husband, father and wor thy man of God, Deacon Arthur James Dorsett. Deacon Dorsett has given many years of service as a senior choir master found ing member and tr ustee of the chur ch. He has also provided the foundation for Senior Choirs and Chorales and is cer t a i n l y a m o n u m e n t a l f i x t u r e i n t h e growth of the music ministr y in many churches. A l t h o u g h D e a c o n A r t h u r D o r s e t t r ecently lost his sight, he has r emained a r emarkably great example of what dedi cation and har d work means to a Gospel filled ministr y His physical vision is noth ing compared to his spiritual vision and his love for God and quality presenta tions. A service of appreciation for this son of Cat Island. is set for 3pm on Sunday 17 at the Lively Stone Church of God, church choirs, jubilant chor uses and tributes will mark a grand and glorious occasion, set to be a "Grand Musical Affair". Lively Stone Chur ch is located Knowles Drive off T onique W illiams Darling Highway behind Penn' s Builders Square. Family friends, well wishers, former colleagues and in t erest ed perso ns are in vit ed to attend. AS WE celebrate the Bahamas' 38th independence, there ar e calls from ever y corner of the nation for a greater spirit of patriotism. While many Bahamians pos ture nonchalance, others ar e concerned a b o u t t h e s o c i a l i l l s t h a t p l a g u e t h e nation, and still others are absorbed with the cur r ent trend of the Diaspora. I join the chorus for a better nation under God where our allegiance to Him drives us to have pride in all that we do. Let us face it, though we sometimes drift, (to the detriment of our identity) this is a beautiful countr y Many attempts have been made to obscure its beauty thr ough violence, crime and conflicts that often r esult in deaths. The call for civility is placed on every citizen, visitor and resi dent of this country to heed the W ord of God. How does the country realise its full potential first in the context of God's cr eation and second in taking pride in this gift, our Bahama Land? One of my favourite authors, Arlene T aylor in her book, The Mind Has a Bent not a Dent, suggests that in order to adjust the thinking of individuals in a positive direction, man has to move his thinking from the base of the brain to the frontal lobe of this wonder ful organ cr e ated by God. Think of the brain in three parts and compar e it to a balled fist with the wrist as level one, the palm as level two and the balled fist as the head which r epresents thinking the rational ar ea of the brain. Dr T aylor argues that in or der to effect change in the human arena one has to move his/her thinking pr ocesses from the wrist to the fist. She calls it "upshifting". Our country needs an up-shift. How is t h i s p o s s i b l e ? J e s u s d e c l a r e s i n Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" He is calling every dweller to up-shift their thinking based on the gift He has given to us. The capacity to think sets us apar t from all creation. W e can act right, think right, and do t h e r i g h t t h i n g W e do not have to b e m u r d e r e r s r obbers or lascivi o u s c o n t e n d e r s R a t h e r f o r t h i s independence and onwar d, let us upshift our thoughts to reflect the Christ-like values on which our country was founded. W ith freedom, comes the r esponsibility to protect and guard the sovereignty of our Bahama Land. Mor e so, God is counting on a peo ple who will preserve the cor e values of brotherhood and morality Lift up your head Bahama Land and let us pursue af t er t he t hi ngs t h at "u psh if t us i n Jesus' name. Happy Independence and God bless the Bahamas. A grand musical affair for a choir master extraordinair e Deacon Arthur James Dorsett A n I n d e p e n d e n c e m e s s a g e f r o m P a s t o r P a u l S c a v e l l a Paul Scavella PROTESTERS dressed as Roman Catholic bishops, display placards and SUV cutouts, picketing the Philippine Senate W ednesday July 13, 2011 to coincide with the hear ing on a scandal involving alleged illegal donations received by some bishops friendly to ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from the government's lotter y operator the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or PCSO, in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Roman Catholic bishops embroiled in the scandal involving allegedly inap propriate donations have returned vehicles from the government's charity funds. (AP) PR O TE S T A GAINS T BI SHO P S
The T ribune PG 32 Thursday July 14, 201 1 RELIGION C ONTEST ANTS in the 16th annual Miss Gospel Bahamas Pageant will take to the stage of the W yndham Nassau Resort's Rainfor est Theatr e on Sunday July 31, at 7pm. T ickets are now on sale at Gr eat Commission Ministries International on W ulf f Road. An active member of Mount Pleasant Gr een Baptist Chur ch, Dianthus Johnson is passionate about dancing. Her hobbies include singing, playing soccer taking pic tures, having fun with friends and helping others. Dianthus is a youth minister junior mentor involved with the Boys & Girls Club and a member of her chur ch's dance and praise team. She has five BJCs and two BGCSEs. Her ambition is to obtain a degree in business administration. A proud member of Zion South Beach B a p t i s t C h u r c h A i m e e F e r g u s o n i s presently enrolled at the College of The Bahamas. This police cadet has her eyes set on a career as a criminologist. Aimee's hobbies are singing and dancing. W ithin her church she serves as a dance instructor and Sunday school assistant. Her accom plishments include seven BGCSEs, a high school diploma, Honour Roll A war d, and numerous dance awards. Cedrica W illiamson is an active member of Life Line Family Church. This College of the Bahamas student hopes to become a child psychologist. Pr esently she works as a teacher's assistant at Kids Incorporated Academy Cedrica enjoys singing and acting. In her spare time she pens poems. Her academic accomplishments include five BJCs and four BGCSEs. Sherlene Jean Baptiste attends V ictor y Chapel Church of the Nazar ene where she participates in Missionary Y outh and the C h i l d r e n s M i n i s t r i e s S he i s pr e s e n t l y employed at Universal Hair and Beauty Supplies. Her special interests are dancing, r eading, travelling, shopping, sewing and sports. Sherlene has obtained a high school diploma and a beautician cer tificate. Presently enrolled at The College of the Bahamas, Lavette Smith wants to become a motivational speaker and the owner of a bridal company This Lakeview Church of God member works with the praise team, finance committee and youth choir She also ser ves as a Sunday school teacher council member and Inner Cir cle presi dent. Lavette loves singing, cooking, trav elling, r eading, drama, fashion, volleyball a n d m e e t i n g p e o p l e S h e h a s e i g h t BGCSEs, six BJCs and numer ous awards including the Ministry of Education's Most Outstanding Student in the Nor thwester n District. A s t u d e n t o f B a h a m a s B a p t i s t Community College, Andrice Strachan is p u r s u i n g a d e g r e e i n b u s i n e s s a n d accounts. Previous academic accomplish m e n t s i n c l u d e s e v e n B J C s a n d t w o BGCSEs. She enjoys cr eative speaking, poetr y speech competition, dance and cr ea ti v e w rit i ng. Andric e a t te nds Be t hany Assembly Chur ch, where she is involved with Generation God Seekers and the dance ministr y Candice Rolle is pursuing a degree in law and criminal justice at The College of The B a h a m a s H e r a c a d e m i c a c h i e v e m e n t s i n c l u d e s i x B G C S E s f i v e B J C s a n d numerous other cer tificates and awards. Candice teaches Sunday school at One W ay Holiness Apostolic Chur ch, wher e she is also a member of the dance, praise and worship team. Her hobbies include dancing, travelling, r eading, writing and public speaking. Other civic involvements: the Red Cross and T oastmasters. This pre-school teacher at Sunny Days C h r i s t i a n A c a d e m y l o v e s t o d a n c e Nehemie Lou i s a tt ends V i c t o r y Chapel Chur ch of The Nazarene where she serves as a Sunday school teacher and assistant dance director She has obtained four BGCSEs, a high school diploma and numer ous awards. Her objective is to be a role model to the youth of her countr y A me m be r o f N e w De s t i n y B a p t i s t C a t h e d r a l G e r i ss a M a u r i c e i s a c t i v e l y involved in her chur ch's Girls Brigade, youth and dance ministries. Gerissa hob bies include dance, singing, swimming, vol l e y b a l l a n d m a k i n g n e w f r i e n d s T h i s College of the Bahamas student aims to serve as a role model for youths This con testant has five BJCs, five BGCSEs and a Pitman Cer tificate in computer in addition t o cos me tol og y ba nd and m at he ma t ic s awards. Her objective is to become suc c e s s f u l i n t h e f i e l d o f I n f o r m a t i o n T echnology (IT). A member of The Cor nerstone Church of God Bain T own, Nikirah Braynen is actively involved in the praise and worship team, the dance ministr y and the ladies' ministr y She is also a youth board mem ber Nikirah loves singing, dancing, ar ts and crafts, and drama. In her spar e time she engages in social networking and play ing volleyball. Her ambition is to become an entr epreneur and artist. Nikirah's aca demic achievements include a high school diploma, four BJCs and awards for arts and crafts. Andrice Strachan Candice Rolle Nehemie Louis Gerissa Maurice Nikirah Braynen Dianthus Johnson Aimee Ferguson Cedrica Williamson Sherlene Jean Baptiste Lavette Smith 1 6 t h a n n u a l M i s s G o s p e l B a h a m a s P a g e a n t W h o w i l l i t b e ? Photos courtesy of Miss Gospel Bahamas Pageant