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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Mur der accused injured in fatal drive-by shooting Volume: 107 No.202THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLYSUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 92F LOW 81F By SANCHESKA BROWN ONE MAN was killed and another, accused of murder, was shot in a drive-by double shooting yesterday. George Ferguson was found dead after being shot in the leg. The other victim, 20-year-old Rashad Paul, was also shot in the leg and taken to hospital in a private vehicle. According to sources, Paul is accused along with another man of the murder of 62-yearold Brendamae Johnson on September 10, 2010. He is also charged with the attempted murder of Burton Sands and Lathario Morley on 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 14 TEARS AT THE SCENE of the double shooting yesterday. George Ferguson was shot dead, Rashad Paul was injured. Felip Major / Tribune staff By SANCHESKA BROWN THE Bahamas Telecommuni cations Company is expected toa nnounce today a plan to assist phone card vendors whose businesses have failed because of the companys decision to raise the prices of the card sold to them. Executives were locked in a meeting with wholesalers last night, mapping out the way forward. This move comes after vendors s ay that overnight, the once thriving business which helped many families survive after the economic downturn has been killed off by the increase in the wholesale cost of phone cards. And, in addition to being forced to make less on each card they sell, the vendors also say they will not b e able to sell as many cards as before, because of competition from a new automated top-up system announced by BTC. The Tribune attempted to locate vendors today, but they all seemed to have disappeared. The one man we found, Tim Paul, said selling sodas and newspapers in addition to phone cards are keeping him afloat. BTC EXPECTED TO ANN OUN CE PL AN T O ASSIST VENDORS SEE page 14 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter FINANCIAL challenges have been the root of recent power generation issues, BEC executives claimed yester day. In a press conference yesterday, BEC general manager Kevin Basden said generator failures are a result of the corporations financial position. Apologising to the public for the pro longed and frequent outages, Mr Basden said during May and June, 2011, By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter CITY Markets will lay off 70 workers next week after the food store chain announced plans to close two stores, one on Rosetta Street and the other in Lyford Cay. The company is now in the process of assessing which of its 590 employees will be laid off, said CEO Mark Finlayson, who added that this group will not necessarily come from the two closed stores. Instead, the lay offs will be structured based on performance levels of employees. "We informed the staff of the two stores affected that we are going to be closing. A PRISONER has escaped custody and is still on the loose, police confirmed last night. Details remain sketchy, as the story broke just before press time and prison officials were not available for comment. However, one source close to the mat ter said that the escape took place on Tuesday night and involved two inmates. One was reported to have been cap tured, but the other a Jamaican accord ing to the source evaded law enforcement officers. The mans name has not been released, nor has a description. When The Tribune contacted police, they had just learned of the incident and were still collecting information for a report. PRISONER ON THE LOOSE AFTER ESCAPE SEE page 13 SEE page 15 BEC:RECENT POWER FAILURES RESULT OF FINANCIAL CHALLENGES CITY MARKETS TO CLOSE TWO STORES SUSPECTED CASES OF DENGUE FEVER OVERWHELM HEALTH SERVICES By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a PRIVATE medical facilities in Nass au have become "inundated" with suspected cases of dengue fever as the n umber of confirmed cases continues t o climb. Doctor's Hospital CEO Charles S ealey denied reports that the hospital had reached maximum bed occupancy SEE page 12 THE man who was bumped off his trail bike last night by a passing car, then chased and shot to death is believed to be Emperor Knowles of Fox Hill, a notorious gang leader who was recently put on the polices Most Wanted list for murder. He was out on bail. Police could not confirm the dead mans identity last night, but persons who knew him said that the countrys 81st murder victim was in fact Knowles also known as Rasta Dion. The murder took place just SHOO TING VICTIM BELIEVED T O BE EMPEROR KNOWLES BREAKING NEWS SEE page 14


LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDA Y JUL Y 28, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE By LAMECH JOHNSON O N E f r a u d a n d s t e a l i n g c a s e a g a i n s t a w o m a n w h o o wns a r eal es tat e co mpany w a s w i t h d ra w n i n Ma g i st ra te s Court yesterday while a sec on d w as a d j o ur ne d to a no t he r date. G i z e l l e W a r d s i s t e r o f lawyer Ralph Jan Ward and owner of Tropica l H ome and D e s i g n a p p e a r e d b e f o r e M a gi s t r a t e D e r e n ce D a v i s R o l l e i n C o u r t F i v e B a n k Lane in connection with two separate cases. I n ea ch s h e wa s ch a r ge d wi th ste al i ng b y re a so n of se rv i c e f r a u d u l e n t b r e a c h o f trust and fraud by false pre tences. In t h e fi rst c a se it i s al l eg e d t hat betwe en A pril 10, 2 008 and April 5, 2011, Ms Ward st o l e $ 7 7 5 0 i n c a s h f r o m G o d frey Kerr. H o w e v e r t h e c o u r t w a s t old y es terday that Mr K er r want ed the case to b e wit hdrawn. It was withdrawn. In t he se c on d ma t te r, W a rd is accused of stealing $8,200 f r o m A d r i a n N o t t a g e b e t w e e n O c t o b e r 1 8 2 0 0 8 a n d May 10, 2010. Tha t m atte r w as ad journ ed to August 3. By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN w as arrai gne d in M a gistrate 's C ourt y esterda y in c o nn e ct io n w i th a ra pe tha t is al leg ed to hav e take n pl ac e five day s ag o. M a r v i n R o l l e 3 8 o f F l a m i n g o G a r d e n s a p p e a r e d i n C o u r t 1 0 N a s s a u S t r e e t b e f o re Ma g i s t r a t e G u i l i m i n a A r c h e r cha rged w ith the J uly 23 ra pe of a 27 -yea r-old wom an. Ro lle, w ho wa s not re prese n t e d b y a n a tt o rn e y w a s n o t r e quire d to ente r a p lea A p r e limi nary inquiry w ill d e t e r m in e wh et h e r t h er e i s su f f i c i e n t e v i d e n c e f o r t h e c a s e t o be heard i n t he Supr eme C o u r t T h e a cc u s e d wa s g r a nt e d $ 10,0 00 bai l and o r der ed t o r e p o r t t o t h e C a r m i c h a e l R o a d P o l i c e S t a t i o n e v e r y W e d n e s d a y a n d S a t u r d a y b efor e 7pm unt il No ve m ber 21, whe n the m atter is set to r e sume. He w as a lso orde r e d no t to c o m e i n t o c o n t a c t wi t h t h e com plai nant. Char ge withdrawn against r eal estate company owner M a n a r r a i g n e d o n r a p e c h a r g e R APE C HARGE: Marvi n Rolle, 38, of Flam ingo Garde ns a ppea r e d b e fo r e M a g i s t r a t e Gu i l i m i n a A rc h e r c h a r g e d wi t h th e r a p e o f a 2 7 y e a rold wom an


By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter dmaycock@ FREEPORT Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade says he is maki ng careful decisions r egarding a number of p olice officers who have been suspended as a result of matters that were pending before the courts and t he Police Tribunal. E ven though some offic ers may have been disc harged of an offence or h ad charges dismissed a gainst them in the courts, Mr Greenslade said he hasto make the final decision a s commissioner of police as to whether an officer stays or is discharged from the Royal Bahamas Police F orce. Concerns were raised recently over the speedy r einstatement of some susp ended officers, while othe rs have been waiting from six months to over a year a nd some even years with n o word. A suspended officer receives half-salary payments, together with the full amount of any other allowances and emoluments to which he or she m ight be entitled. A lthough he would not disclose how many officers are currently suspended,C ommissioner Greenslade said that hes currently r eviewing a number of files. I cannot give a figure because I have new files that come on my desk. I have files of officers who have appeared eitheri n criminal court or before our Police Tribunal, and d ecisions have to be made i n respect of them. The final position is that t he commissioner is r equired to take a decision a nd in many of those cases I have yet to decide, but I am making decisions. I have made previous decisions and I will continue to make decisions in respect of whether officers will stay or whether they will be discharged from the police department. M r Greenslade noted t hat while there is no time frame for when a decision has to be made, he has tob e fair to all involved. I am not going to be r ushed to take a decision when it affects a persons life, he said. It is a very difficult decision that has to be madea nd I have to exercise wisdom, I have to look at the e vidence and I have to be f air with the officers concerned and I have to be fair t o the Bahamian public. So, t he pressure of anyone r ushing me does not really work for me, he said. Mr Greenslade stressed t hat the force has been very proactive in disciplining officers when the need aris es. He noted that the organisation has about 2,800 sworn police officers, 950 r eserve officers, and more t han 280 civilian staff mem bers. That is a relatively big o rganisation I lead, and like any organisation we have our fair share of problems but we have been very good in addressing those i ssues when they arise. A nd where officers or m embers of the police department are found wanting, they are disciplined, he said. Mr Greenslade stated that in many cases, moneyh as been deducted from s alaries and officers have b een assigned extra duty f or punishment. I also hasten to say that we have actually charged officers before the criminal courts and we do have former police officers who are serving time in prison, so w e never side-step, he s aid. Sergeant Dwight Smith, p resident of the Police S taff Association, said sev e ral officers who have been suspended have come to the association for assis t ance regarding reinstatement. Sgt Smith said there is nothing legally speaking the association can do, but they are now trying to reform their constitution to address t he issue. H e believes that there should be clarity as to when a decision should be made. "I think the uncertaint y is what is causing frust ration and a lot of u ndue stress, he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 3 By LAMECH JOHNSON T WO of three men arraigned for murder and con spiracy to commit murder in connection with the deathof a young businessman in 2007, had those charges d ropped against them in Magistrates Court yesterday d ue to lack of evidence. Benjamin Ramsey, 22, Jason Ferguson, 30, and Sharif Mackey, 30, were accused of the August 2, 2007 killing of Theophillus Dean, 24, outside his home inF ox Hill. In her ruling on a preliminary inquiry into the case, Magistrate of Court 10 Guillimina Archer declared that after reviewing the evidence of four witnesses pre sented by the prosecution, she determined there was no evidence connecting Ramsey and Ferguson to the murder or the conspiracy charge. There was no evidence whatsoever to implicate either one of you directly or indirectly to this matter, she told them. However, Magistrate Archer added that there is some evidence suggesting Mackeys participation in Deans murder, based on an interview and statements from the defendant. She delayed ruling on Mackeys case until Friday, July 29, as his attorney was not present. TWO masked men robbed an Esso Service Station at gunpoint early yesterday morning, police said. The culprits burst into the Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue location at 5am armed with handguns and demanded cash. They robbed the station of an undetermined amount of money and fled the area in a white Nis san Sentra, police said. A short while later, the vehi cle was recovered by police near the corner of Balfour Avenue and Claridge Road. Active police investigations continue. E LLISON GREENSLADE CURRENTLYREVIEWING ANUMBEROFFILES I I h h a a v v e e m m a a d d e e p p r r e e v v i i o o u u s s d d e e c c i i s s i i o o n n s s a a n n d d I I w w i i l l l l c c o o n n t t i i n n u u e e t t o o m m a a k k e e d d e e c c i i s s i i o o n n s s i i n n r r e e s s p p e e c c t t o o f f w w h h e e t t h h e e r r o o f f f f i i c c e e r r s s w w i i l l l l s s t t a a y y o o r r w w h h e e t t h h e e r r t t h h e e y y w w i i l l l l b b e e d d i i s s c c h h a a r r g g e e d d f f r r o o m m t t h h e e p p o o l l i i c c e e d d e e p p a a r r t t m m e e n n t t . C ommissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade MURDER CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST TWO OF THREE MEN C OURTNEWS SERVICE STATION IS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. COMMISSIONER MAKING CAREFUL DECISIONS ON SUSPENDED OFFICERS


E DITOR, The Tribune. I T NEVERceases to amuse and alarm me when I hear what people say just before an election anywhere in the world. T he Bahamas is not unique in this rather amusing and distressing display of feathers being rustled to make noise and attract attention. The male peacock has been doing this ever since he strut-t ed off the Ark thousands of y ears ago. What actually makes anybody, politician or otherwise, think that they can figuratively wave a magic wand and be rid of the crime and violence in this beloved country of ours? Y ou can pass all the laws you want. And there is no need to pass any more laws,t hey are all there alreadythe key is to enforce themtoday, I drove along t he lake, at the junction of t he lake road and Gladstone Road there are lights, one controls going straight, one controls turning right. My light was green, the right turn light was red, I w atched three vehicles turn r ight on that red lightWHY ? why not. Nobody is there to enforce that law B ut the problem is deeper set than thatWho is raising the boys of our nation t odayWhy are there so m any children born without interested fathers at the bedside in the hospital to cradle t heir sons when they are bornWhy are there so few Dads at kindergarten sportsd ay? W hy is Dad not at gradua tion? (if indeed there IS a gradua tion!)? Perhaps, this is because, Mom chose to have a child with a guy who was n ot interested in being a Dad. It is time for the young women of the nation to step up and stop having children w ithout having a serious and strong relationship with the man they choose to father a c hild with. Marriage would be a good start, at least there would be a commitment fromb oth sides! Having a child is not like buying an ice cream it is a very serious decision, thatt wo adult mature people should make, and then be prepared to nurture that child i nto being a responsible adult When one government s teps in and takes over, this country is not going to flipflop and change its wayscrime is not going to disappear. We need to address the cause of crime, the short c omings of this nation as pare ntsthe reason our sons are allowed to roam the streets after dark, causing havoc, inflicting harm and terrifying law-abiding citizensthere is no government on earth thatc an step in and change the moral fiber of a nationunless you wish to use the barbaric tactics of the Taliban. The fault lies with the generation who has given birth to this set of lawless criminalsa nd how they have let their c hildren down by not bringing them up to be good citiz ens of the Bahamas. Vote in to power w homever you wish, hang whomever you want, this w ill not change until this c ountry respects the sanctity of parenthood and embraces t he responsibilities that come from bearing a child. Instead of leading citizens in a rather disgusting and bloodthirsty movement to hang em high and seek revenge perhaps it would be w ise to take a very serious a nd long look at why this is h appeningWould it not be b etter to stop it happening in the first place? Shouldnt we try to avoid the murders taking place? Rather than delighting in the punishmenta fter the fact? For every executed criminal you have AT LEAST one murdered victim..Prevention is the solution. I urge all of the politicians who are standing up andd eclaring that they have the m agic solution by strong arming the country through law enforcement, that this is not a long term solution. The very public competition by the political parties over who favours the death penalty more than anybodye lse is almost laughable. They need to stop looking for the punishment ands earch rather for the cause and go after the reasons that the young men of this nation a re drawn towards violence a nd crime and then, and only then, will this be a better country, whatever party wins! KIM VICTORIA ARANHA. N assau, J uly 27, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 IT WAS an exasperated and frustrated Commissioner of Police, who in a talk show interview on Monday, told how on being appointed to head the force last year, he had identified 191 repeat offenders. Many of those, he said, are still roaming the streets and terrorising our communities. On another occasion Commissioner Greenslade was heard to remark: We do our best, we arrest them and take them to court and then His tired voice trailed off in an unfinished sentence. Bahamians only have to read the newspapers to understand what happens after these hardened men go to court. They get bail, and the police hunt starts all over again for the same rogues. No w onder the police are tired and demoralised. One side of the law is fighting a seemingly unending battle with the other side of the law. At the end of the day repeat offenders are having a great laugh at all of us. They are still roaming the streets of our country on a daily basis, Commissioner Greenslade told radio host Jeff Lloyd. We are in a bad way as a people, he commented. We are in a bad way as a country because of lack of respect. As a result we are now experiencing a new phenomenon vigilante justice. The criminals are settling their own scores and taking each other down. Many of todays murders are being committed by persons with a serious rap sheet gunning down persons with an equally lengthy rap sheet of heinous crimes. Yesterday two men were shot one died bringing the murder count for the first seven months of this year to 80. This mans background is still being checked by police. However, the second man who was also shot is in serious condition in hospital. This particular man is very well known to police. Only 20 years old he is charged with murdering an elderly man and attempting to murder two other men. He is also facing unlicensed firearm charges. Although our readers might find this alarming, this man was roaming our streets on bail. At the time of the shooting just before midnight heand a 28-year-old friend were sitting on a wall when they were both hit by shots fired from a passing car. Police think that the fatal bullet was intended for the young man who survived. He probably thought that he had outsmarted the law by getting bail. Today, lying in his hospital bed, he must rue the day that he walked away from the safety of the prison compound. This should be a wake up call for our young people and those criminals who boast that they commit the crime because t hey know all they have to do is get a good lawyer and walk free. In the past the courts were in such a state of confusion that many of these offenders never faced justice. Today, the Attorney General and his staff are desperately working to streamline court calendars to get the offender before the courts as quickly as possible, thus avoiding the need for bail. However, these repeat offenders should be warned that today if they escape their just due in court, justice is sure to stalk them on the streets in the guise of someone equally as offensive and criminally-minded as they are. This should give the would-be criminal great cause for some serious thought. Life is no longer one big laugh at the law today justice will find you, if not in the courts, then o n the streets. The police are doing their best to protect society. The government has promised to tighten up the Bail Act to keep serious offenders off the streets. CCTV monitoring devices in various high crime areas have been introduced and electronic monitoring of accused and convicted persons released on bail have been implemented. Knowing that serious offenders would be monitored with electronic devices gave many persons a feeling of some security. However, a ruling by a judge last week in favour of a man who has over the years kept the police working overtime has shaken that confidence. An alleged drug dealer and his lawyer went to court last week to ask the court to remove the mans ankle bracelet because officials at the monitoring centre were tryingto restrict his movements. Maybe we are naive, but this was what we thought the officials were meant to do. The ankle bracelet was one of the condi tions of this mans $40,000 bail on a drug conspiracy charge. Apparently, according to the lawyer, the police had taken it upon themselves to tell this man that he could not go certain places apparently changing the court order, which had put no restrictions on his movements. It is understood that the judge said he would order the bracelet removed if officials continued to interfere with the accused. If this is how the judgment went it cer tainly removes the warm cosy feeling that the community might have had on learning of the implementation of these bracelets. Its now up to the legislators to make the Bail Act so strict that the police will get some relief, the community will feel more secure and even, as fate would now have it, the criminal will be protected from what n ow appears to be certain death on the streets. Prevention is the solution LETTERS Despite police efforts, criminals roam the streets EDITOR, The Tribune. I REMEMBERas a teen you had two other options after graduation, if you didn't go to college or get a job, it was either the Army or Prison. Both options, then, offered opportunities after leaving if that individual took advantage of the training and educational rehabilitation programmes. During the Vietnam War, some of those convicted of misde meanor crimes were sometimes given the option to serve in the armed services or serve their time in other words, Jail or The War. Then too, if you were black or Puerto Rican you had little to no chance of getting into any of the Teamster/Trade Unions, con trolled by The Families. If you did, you were an ex-con who they knew would work on their behalf, enjoying benefits and protection. To make my point, not just now, but back then, there were those who would, right after Thanksgiving, commit a petty offence that would get them enough time to get them through the hard cold winter months, leaving their families to fend for themselves. It is no wonder that statistics are showing that black men in prison are healthier and living longer than the average black man in America, struggling to make ends meet. Beginning in the home, using here (Virgin Islands ple, most of the parents, especially those who have migrated here from the other islands, were raised by the Christian value by the sweat of your brow you shall earn your keep. Some of us can testify to how hard we as children had to work, today it would be con sidered abuse. Yet, we survived and thrived on those experiences, but, too many parents have raised their children to expect something for doing nothing with the feeling your children are not going to have to struggle like you had to as a youth. That hard work made you strong and built character. Imagine, we have welfare recipients, and prisoners sitting in jail, receiving food, shelter, health and dental care without any retribution to the community. The chain gang system was abusive, but had and has its merits. Today, and I mean not to overlook or to dismiss the underlined c auses and effects of the long term impact on individuals and society, ex: discovery (stealing land tude, share cropping, welfare, discrimination, racism, nepotism, drugs, prisons, inferior education, slum landlords, an apathetic government, etc., which are the roots of this dysfunctional condition. In my opinion, the cop-out is that most black criminals in jail are using their drug arrests as a Political Prisoner's Status to negate their responsibility to their families. By going to jail, they are tak en care of and their families go on welfare. This has grown into a symbiotic relationship between the poor and the middle class. Crime, being a by-product of poverty, provides jobs for the welfare, criminal/justice, social services systems and all of their supplies. Solutions: prisoner's time served paying retribution; welfare recipients earn their keep, and the Government graduates the youth into society with marketable skills or trades. IVAN BUTCHER II St.Croix, Virgin Islands, July 25, 2011. Jail being used as a cop-out?


By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter MEMBERSof the Junkanoo community are demanding the government change the name of its annual Junkanoo Summer Festival, claiming the event does not represent the true spirit of junkanoo. T he Ministry of Tourisms annual event has sparked a heated debate, p articularly amongst young people in the Junkanoo world, who say the governm ent has been prostituti ng junkanoo for far too l ong with no regard for junkanooers. To them it is just a s how. No meaning. It is just something done to say they produced an attract ion for tourists to feel some sort of native culture, said Darren Novel-t ease in an online discussion. The title of that festival is wrong. It should be named a Bahamian Craft F estival of some sort, b ecause it is an avenue for c raftsmen to display their creations, he said. Members of the junkanoo community who attended the Ministry of Tourisms festival, said the event was a poor display o f junkanoo culture. K evin Cooper, owner of Junkanoo Paparazzi, said t he festival featured no j unkanoo artifacts, no j unkanoo art, no junkanoo instruments, and nothing junkanoo except for a t oken rush out. He said the festival was i ndistinguishable from othe r festivals held by the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC vendors selling craft and the same people selling food. There is nothing out t here pertaining to junkanoo, only the name, a nd that is basically a slap i n the face to people who w ork hard all year around. I am a junkanooer and I have a problem with that, s aid Mr Cooper. Junkanoo fans claim the e vent is a run-of-the-mill cultural event, missing the real spirit of junkanoo. Thee vent advertises a one-hour rush out from 6-7pm, and a nother one at 9pm. That was pure garbage t hat was displayed on Saturday past and their contract should have been r evoked. But they can care less because it is justj unkanoo, said Shawn N eely, in an online discus sion. The just Junkanoo attitude diminishesB ahamian culture and the thousands of people who live and breathe junkanoo,s aid Mr Cooper. The last installment of the New Providence festi val is scheduled for Satur d ay. Junkanoo fans are b eing encouraged by an i ndependent group to meet a t Arawak Cay on Saturd ay in support of real j unkanoo. The ministrys festival includes a number of events, including onion peeling, pineapple eating, coconut barking, cane peeling, crab catching and c onch cracking competitions. Variety I t features a variety of B ahamian cultural activit ies, such as quadrille dancing by the National Dance School, live poetry and story reading, a gospel show, and a native show with live bands and musical performances. It was a poor display. I did not even realise it would over at 8.30 until I g ot out there. Not because t hey have two five-minute r ush outs they should call it Junkanoo Summer Festi val. What junkanoo have t o do with what they try ing to put on? Nuttin, said Gaynell Moss, in an online discussion. O ne junkanoo regular s aid the debate shows that B ahamians are beginning t o assert their right to e xpress junkanoo authentically. Bahamians do not want junkanoo to be treated as a cultural event designed with tourists in mind whether it is organised by t he government or junkanoo leaders, said the junkanooer. S he said the outcry also s hows that the junkanoo c ommunity is demanding a greater stake in how junkanoo is promoted and w ho benefits from it. I am in total agreement w ith the poor display and representation on Saturday. I am hoping this was b ecause it was the first Satu rday. It was a disappointi ng presentation and pers onally I did not see the marriage between the Ministry of Tourism and the culture just a watered down thrill maybe for tourists, and no consideration for the Bahamians that l ove to enjoy culture or a true everlasting cultural view for the tourists, said E miliana Estrada. S ome participants in the d iscussion had high praise for the original Junkanoo in June event. Mark C larke said it was excellent when the concept was f irst introduced, but over the years it got progressively worse. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 5 7KHQWKH3KDULVHHVZHQWDQGSORWWHGKRZ W KH\ PLJKWHQWDQJOH+LPLQ+LVWDON$QGWKH\ V HQWWR+LPWKHLUGLVFLSOHVZLWKWKH+HURGL VD\LQJHDFKHUZHNQRZWKDW

LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDA Y JUL Y 28, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter F RE EP OR T A n el d er l y b u s dr i v er an d hi s p as s e n ge r es c a p ed se ri o us i n j ur ie s o n Tu e sd a y w he n th e p u b li c bu s h e w a s driving overturned on the Warren Levarity Highway. The accident occurred some time in the afternoon near the Rock Island Restaurant. Assis ta nt Superinte nden t Loretta Mac key rep or te d that the 78 ye a r-o l d ma l e d riv e r w a s t ra v el l in g e a st w he n h e l os t c on tro l of the bus. "It flipped over twice and landed in a ditch," she said. Ms Ma ck e y sa id th e d riv er a nd a 38 -y ea r-o ld f em a le re si de nt of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock were the only persons in the bus a t the ti me, an d b oth had to be r e m o v e d throug h the shattered front windshield. She said they both sustained minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to the Rand Memorial Hospital. Police investigations continue. B u s o v e r t ur ns on W a r re n L e v a ri t y H i g hw a y in GB T H E De mo cr ati c Na t ion al Allia n c e sa ys it is well prep a re d" to bring an e n d to the c r i m e w a v e b e s e t t i n g t h e n a t i o n I n a sta te m ent is sue d y e ste r da y the pa r ty not e d tha t n e v e r i n i t s h i s t o r y h a s t h e Ba ha m a s r e c o r de d s o m u c h cr imin al acti v i ty p arti cul arly in te rm s o f homic id e s. Whi le our l e a de rs fa il t o t i g h t e n t h e l e a s h o n o u r n a tion 's s ec u r ity, the D em o c r a t i c N a t i o n a l A l l i a n c e i s well-pre par ed to in s ert p e ac e i n o u r n a t i o n p a r t i c u l a r l y Ne w Pr ov ide nc e a nd G r a nd Baha ma ," sa id t h e p a rty The D NA n ote d th a t it has a lre a dy la unc he d it s pl an t o comba t c rim e, at a town ha l l me eting he ld la st m o nth. The pa rt y s a id: "A D NA led a d m in is tra tio n will e limina te pol it ic a l inf lu e nc e a nd in turn, bee f u p a n d uni t e the effo r ts of ou r arme d fo rc es so th e y ca n prote ct our bo r d e rs from ille ga l imm igra tion a nd gu n smu ggli n g, wh i ch i n man y c a s e s l e a d t o i l l e g a l a c t i v i t i es mo s t o f w h i ch go u n p u n ished o r p unished lightly Fu r th e rm o r e, a DNA -le d governme n t will e n sure train ing of our judi c ia r y te a m i n al l ar e a s a s to, a m o ng othe r t h i n gs e n s u r e p ro se cu t o r s p re p a re d ne ss for se rious ca se s." The p a rty a d ded tha t e ve ry crim e homicide s or oth e rw ise mu st be tried i n a reasonable am ou nt of tim e a nd t h a t t h o s e f a c i n g m u r d e r cha r g es should not be g iv e n b a il. T h e D N A s a i d i t w i l l a ppoin t a n a tt or ne y g e ne ra l wh o, a lon g w i t h th e dire ctor of p u b l i c p r o s e c u t i o n s w i l l t a k e s o l e r e s p o n s i b i l i t y f o r sc h e du li ng pu bl ic tr i a l s i n a time ly m anner. C it i ng a l a c k of w il l a n d k n o w l e d g e o n t h e p a r t o f c u rr en t an d p as t go ver n men t s, th e DN A sa id th a t in its first year as go vern ment i t in ten d s t o c o l l e c t a l l o u t s t a n d i n g m a t t e r s i n a c o m p u t e r i s e d i n v e n t o r y t o a d d r e s s t h e m s w i f t l y It a d ded: "Our a p pro a ch to c r i m e a n d o t h e r i s s ue s w i l l e n s u r e a h i g h l y s u c c e s s f u l DNA -ra n g ove rnme nt. U n til th a t tim e, h owe ve r, the DN A c hal len ge s t he Bah amian go ve rn me nt to re tu r n t h i s co u n t ry t o i ts l awf u l st ate fo r o u r s ak e, o ur c h ildre n's sa k e and their child r en's sa ke." D N A l e a d e r B r a n v i l l e M cCa rtn ey ca l le d on th e governm ent to mov e has tily" to r e m o v e a l l h i n d r a n c e s p r e ve nt ing v ic tim s f ro m r ec e iv in g "tr u e ju s tice ." H e sa id the country ca nno t a f fo r d t o a ll o w mu r d er er s, gu n smug gle rs, huma n tra ffic k e rs and othe r crim inals to do dg e th e law In a d dition, he cha lle n g e d t he government to am en d the Bail A ct as promis ed, implem e n t h a r s he r g u n l a w s a n d appo int more jud g es N o m a t t e r h o w m a n y roads ar e b uilt, b uildings a re ere cte d, if crim e is not under co nt rol, o ur peo ple will su ffer f o r i t a n d a l l w i l l b e f o r n a ught," Mr Mc Car tn e y sa id H e s a id t he g ov e r nm e nt 's main task to en sur e th e safety o f its people "N o thing e lse sho uld h a ve higher p r io r ity." DNA well prepared' to end crime wave PR EPA RED : DN A l eader Bra n vi l le McC artney call ed on the g over n ment t o "move hasti ly" t o remove all h i nd ra nc es p rev en ti n g v ictims fro m re ceiv i n g true j u stice ."


By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT More than 2,500 persons have applied for governments job readiness and training programme on Grand Bahama. Of the 2,548 persons that have applied throughout the i sland, about 66 per cent registered in the Freeport area. A ccording to reports, 1 ,688 persons registered at t he Jack Hayward High School in Freeport; 594 werer egistered at Eight Mile R ock High School gymnasium; 154 at West End Primar y; and 112 at High Rock Primary. Many of those who a pplied are high school graduates or people 60 years old o r older. The government has allocated $25 million for theN ational Job Readiness Training initiative which will p rovide Bahamians with training and job placement f or a period of 52 weeks. T he programme will prepare Bahamians to take full a dvantage of the new opportunities when the economy rebounds after the recession, the government says. About 1,000 participants will be selected on GrandB ahama. State Minister ofF inance Zhivargo Lainghas said t hat the g overn ment is now in thep rocess of col lecting information on employees so as to determine how many job opportunities exist on the island. He said they will match t he opportunities with applicants based on each candidates desire for training and work experience. We are also in the process of gathering the institutions for training in terms of where persons can get the kinds of training they w ant, Mr Laing said. W hile many unemployed p ersons are enthused about t he job readiness prog ramme, some businessmen h ave criticised it. Calls Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president Mr Khaalis Rolle stated that 95 per cent of initial calls to his o ffice about the programme f rom the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Employers C onfederation (BCCEC s uggested companies "were n ot in favour" of the programme and felt the money would "not be spent where it is most needed". However Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told par liament the statements by the BCCEC in relation to the jobs programme had "entirely missed the m ark". F ormer president of the Bahamas Chamber of Com m erce Dionisio D'Aguilar also expressed little enthusiasm about t he plan to pay the p rivate sector to take on employees. But Peter Turn quest, president of Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, endorses the programme and is encouraging the private sector to support it. I think we should step up t o the plate. After all, it is a 52 week programme that will give us the opportunity at little cost to ourselves to train potential employees the way we would like them to be trained. At the end of the 52 week period we have the o pportunity to either employ t hem permanently, or at l east we would have done o ur part in terms of i ncreasing the productive c apacity of citizens on the island, he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 7 2,500 APPLY FOR JOB READINESS PROGRAMME IN GRAND BAHAMA TWO THIRDS OF APPLICANTS REGISTER IN FREEPORT STATE MINISTER OF FINANCE Zhivargo Laing


THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT has p artnered with the Crisis C entre and other organis ations to put on an exhibition of informational materials to educate parents, children and teens about domestic violence. Participating are: the police, the departments of Social Services, Public Health and Health Education; the Ministry of Education, the National Drug Council and the National AIDS Programme. Said the organisers in a statement issued yesterd ay: In this on-going c ampaign to break the s ilence on domestic violence and recognising that domestic violence is everybodys business, we will be reaching out to parents and young people to arm them with information not only to protect them in their relationships, but also bring awareness to the issues of bullying, child abuse, predator behaviour and tricks, healthy teen relationships and red flag behaviours for teens to be a lert to, substance abuse, s exuality, cyber bullying t o name only some. Parents are invited to bring their children to the Marathon Mall centre court on Saturday, July, 30, from noon to 6pm. Teenagers are urged to stop by and check out the information. The statement added: In this time of negative, violent and often contradictory messages from the different sectors of our community, it is critical that positive informational m aterialisalso readily available and accessible. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 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 Green and distinguished in a plan of the City of Nassau by the number o f the one part and the Lamont Holdings Limited of the other part and reP rime Commercial Property for Sale .,'=&,7< MINISTRY, ORGANISATIONS PARTNER WITH CRISIS CENTRE FOR EXHIBITION EVENT TAKES PLACE AT MARATHON MALL ON SATURDAY


T H E B a h a m a s p r e m i e r c omedy s how case is back f or a fo ur th co n se cu tiv e y ea r, an d t hi s ye ar s L a ugh Fes t pr om i se s to keep the jokes coming. On Saturday, July 30 at the W yn d h a m' s Ra in fo r es t Th e a tr e B a h a m ia n s wi ll h a v e a ch a n c e to se e s e v e n o f th e ir f a vo ur i t e ur b an c om e di an s l i v e onstage. J oe C l a i r a l i a s "J o e C l ee z y wid e ly k n o wn a s t h e fo r me r h o s t o f B E T s p o p u l a r R a p C i t y a s w e l l a s n u m e r o u s HBO/ D ef Co medy Ja m S pe ci als and BE T' s Comi cVi ew i s t he show 's cel ebri ty hea dli ner. A l s o s c h e d u l e d to a p p e a r liv e o n st a g e is W i l S y l v in c e the Ha itian -Ame rica n sen sa t io n wh o is e xplod ing on the c o m e dy s c e ne w i t h h i s b r a nd o f irreverent comedy. Wil has appeared on BET's C om i c Vi e w H B O 's D ef C omedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo. Comed i an Nema Wil liams, f ro m Whi t e Boy z i n the Hood, 1 st A me ndm en t St and -U p a nd C o me dy C ent r a l f a m e al s o w i l l b e p e r f o r m i n g a s w i l l L a s t Comic Standing's Malik S. L a d y T k n o w n f r o m ComicView, Comedy Central and the mov i e Baha ma Hu st l e, w hi ch w a s f i l m e d i n B i m i ni will also perform. Of course no comed y showcase would be complete with out Joker's Wild and the Nas sau's very own Naughty, who h as w e l l o ve r a d ec a de of e xp er ience as a stand-up comedian both at home and abroad, and w i l l se rv e as hos t fo r t he e ven t, while fellow Bahamian, new comer Mark B will showcase his improvisational skills. Or gan iser s sa id ticke ts a re o n sal e a t N as sa u Paw n, Is l and C e l l u l a r a n d J o h n s S h o e s Carmichael Road. T hey enc ourag ed pat rons t o a rr i v e on t i m e as t he d oor s w il l o p e n a t 7 3 0 p m f o r a 9 p m sharp start. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y JUL Y 28, 201 1, P AGE 9 LaughFest to feature world renowned acts Joe Cleezy


LOCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE Cancer Society of the Bahamas, in collaboration with the Bahamas Chapter of Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group, hosted a seminar focusing on prostate cancer and other male health issues in Knowles, Cat Island. A contingent of four men travelled from New Providence to talk with the group of 38 participants in what they said was a veryw ell received and highly participatory educ ational session. Presentation D r Philip Sealy, a registrar at the Princess M argaret Hospital, made a power-point p resentation on prostate cancer and the i mportance of regular screening; while Valentine Maura, Bahamas chapter leader of Us TOO, and Wendell Barry, secretary of Us TOO and member of the Cancer S ocietys board of directors, spoke about t he work of their organisation and discussed t he possibility of establishing a chapter on Cat Island. Cancer Society president Earle Bethell explained that the primary aim of the night w as to introduce their newest publication, a b ooklet featuring a frank and open discussion on prostate cancer for all men young and old. T he booklet was written by consultant u rologist Dr Robin Roberts and Cancer Society chairman Dr Francis Williams. The meeting was chaired by Daniel Romer, a Customs officer and member of t he Cat Island branch of the Cancer Society, w ho announced that he has already started working towards establishing a chapter of Us TOO on Cat Island. S OME OF THE SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS p roudly display their hot off the press issues of the new prostate cancer booklet. Cancer Society hosts seminar for men on Cat Island


THE officers in charge o f the Southeastern Police S ummer Camp highlighted t he importance of trees to the more than 200 children attending the programme this year. A tree planting ceremony was held at the South Beach Police Station, w here three palm tress w ere planted. The trees, soil and fertiliser were donated through a collaborative effort between corporate c itizens and plant nurse ries. The summer campers, a ges six through 17, have l earned about many topics s o far including road safety, fire prevention and the use of the PoliceC anine Unit in combating crimes. They have also visited many historical sites around New Providence as part of the camps effort to increase their appreciation f or their country. T he tree-planting cerem ony gave officers a c hance to talk to the child ren about the importance o f beautifying their surroundings, as well as understanding the value of trees, which provide oxygen for human beings. According to Inspector Virgiles Cenatus, the tree p lanting also gave them an opportunity to speak to the children about how working with plants can becomea viable career. This is just one of several career paths the children learned about during thec amp, which will end in early August. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 11 3 5(9(17,21)'(1*8()(9(5 OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN DIVISION Inspector Theophilus Cunningham, along with ASP Maxime Leary-Rolle and Inspector Centaus with camp participants. TREE PLANTING CEREMONY AT SUMMER CAMP


y esterday; however he admitted that the facility's emer-g ency room had received "a lot" of persons with dengue symptoms. Tribune sources within the private hospital maintain that all beds were filled last night a s staff struggled with overw helming numbers of susp ected cases. Mr Sealey said: "We've had a good amount of persons come through certainly our emergency room a lot related to potential dengue fever cases. We are not closed," he a dded, "we're able to collect patients." Meanwhile, both wholesale and retail pharmaceutical distributors have noted a signifi cant increase in pesticide and i nsect repellent sales since last week. S taff at Nassau Agencies L imited, a pharmaceutical w holesaler, remarked that a considerable amount of theird emand has been from cons umers, not retailers. The high demand has caused some retailers to restock twice in the same week. Catherine Collie, manager of Lowe's Pharmacy Soldier Road, said: "We got (this w eek's) shipment on Saturd ay and by Tuesday they were gone. I t's usually about seven diff erent products that we order, w e get a case each and there are 12 in a case. There has been a high demand since last week." The number of confirmed cases of dengue fever stood at 90 on Tuesday. M eanwhile, officials at the Princess Margaret Hospital reported that it was receivi ng up to 100 persons a day w ho showed symptoms of the i llness. With that number on the r ise, PMH officials advised t he public to go to local clinics for treatment as the acci dent and emergency departm ent was becoming "over w helmed." Mr Sealey said that he did not feel there was any cause for alarm at this time; however, he noted that it was the r esponsibility of the Ministry o f Environment to ensure that persons were properly e ducated and preventative m easures carried out. F ogging activities which are now scheduled from 4.30am to 7.30am werer eportedly increased on New Providence to reduce the breeding of mosquitos. Trucks will be in locality ten t omorrow, according to the Department of Environmen tal Health, an area whiche ncompasses Wulff Road to t he south, Blue Hill Road to t he east, upward to Fox Hill Road on the west and isb ounded by the sea. A ccording to DEHS officials, the chemical used to control the adult mosquitop opulation is Aqua-Reslin. In a recent letter to the editor, a Tribune reader criticised DEHS for what theyc onsidered to be "inapprop riate" spraying methods. While acknowledging the need for mosquito population control, the concerned c itizen argued that the d epartment did not give sufficient public n otice of spraying schedu les. T he letter read: "When I awoke early this week around 5am to the rumblingd rone of the sprayer truck, I was unprepared for the heavy dose of (chemical spray came into my bedroom wind ow." The reader, who signed the note "A Davis", added: People need to be i nformed/warned of these t ypes of activities before they happen, not crept upon in thed awning light and force-fed h azardous chemicals as they slumber. Please stop this nonsense. W e are people, not farm ani mals." For more information contact the surveillance Unit att he Department of Public H ealth at 502-4790 or 5024776. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE DENGUE fever is a viral illness transmitted by the m osquito Aedes Aegypti. Typical symptoms of dengue are a high fever with at l east two of the following: Severe headache; severe eye pain (behind eyes rash; mild bleeding manifestation (e.g., nose or gum bleed, petechiae, or easy bruising); low white cell count, according to the US Centre for Disease Control. T he Ministry of Health said typically people infected w ith the virus do not have symptoms approximately 80 per cent of all cases and others may only have mild symptoms. Children with dengue exhibit symptoms similar to the common cold or gastroenteritis. Mild symptoms can be easily treated at home with supportive treatment: Bed rest, fluids and painkillerss uch as Panadol. The Ministry of Health advised persons w ith dengue fever symptoms not to use Aspirin or Motrin pain relievers. Persons with severe abdominal pain or persistent vomiting; red spots or patches on the skin; bleeding from nose or gums; vomiting blood; black, tarry stools (faeces, excrement); drowsiness or irritability; pale, cold, or clammy skin and difficulty breathing should seek medicalc are, said the CDC. You can prevent dengue by limiting exposure to mosquito bites and eliminating breeding sites by removing all standing water in discarded cans, bottles, and tyres and draining water from the base of planters. If you have to s tore water, use tightly covered containers. Dengue fever affects as many as 100 million people yearly worldwide. DENGUEFEVERINFORMATION OVERWHELMED BY SUSPECTED CASES OF DENGUE FEVER FROM page one


We also informed them that there will be some layoffs, Mr Finlayson told The Tribune yesterday. "We will start (layoffs soon as next week," he added. "I spoke to the union last week, they were the first ones I informed that we were closing those stores and about 70 people would be affected. Now we are assessing where we are going to make these cuts." Part-time employees at the supermarket chain have already seen their work hours slashed, said Mr Finlayson. However a union agreement prevents full-time workers from undergoing reduced work weeks. On Tuesday, Bahamas Supermarkets Limited (BSL the parent company of City Markets, announced the closure of its Lyford Cay and Rosetta Street Stores effective August 2. The company said it made the decision to close the loca tions after existing leases at both stores came to an end. BSL was asked to vacate the Lyford Cay location after the landlords notified all tenants they plan to demolish the site later this year or early next to coincide with the opening of AML Foods at the landlords new shopping centre, a company statement said. Declining sales at the Rosetta Street store due to the area becoming less residential and more commercial contributedto the closure. Meantime the companys principles are actively engaged with the landlords at Rosetta Street with a view to establishing another format there. Elgin Douglas, head of the u nion representing more than 300 City Market workers, yesterday said he hoped the company would follow the letter of the law during the layoff process. All I am asking the company to do is follow the Industrial Agreement by first in, first out, and last in, last out. That is, if someone has years of service in the company, as long as they aren't letting everybody go and are replacing some people as they s aid to me, then we only want them follow the Industrial Agreement," said Mr Douglas. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 13 6$/( 6 6 $/( $/( / $ $ 6$/( 6$/( ( $/( 6$/( 6 $ $ $ $ $ 6 ( ( / $ 6$/( 6 ( / $ 6 6$/( 6 6$/( $/( 6$/( $/( $/( 6 6 6 6$/( 6 6$/( $ 6$/( 6$/( ,WHPVDQGXQGHU(9(5<7+,1**20HQ:RPHQDQG&KLOGUHQ&ORWKLQJ6DWXUGD\-XO\7 CITY MARKETS FROM page one CITY MARKETS is to close two stores, one on Rosetta Street (above Tim Clarke /Tribune staff


the same day, and is facing unlicensed firearm charges as well. He is currently out on bail. According to police reports, Ferguson and Paul were sitting on a wall at the junction of Wellington Street and Baillou Hill Road, shortly before midnight, when a dark blue Honda pulled alongside them and the occupants started firing in their direction, reportedly using highpowered weapons. Ferguson, 28, fled after being h it and was found dead six hours later by police, just yards from his home. Paul is said to be in serious, but stable condition. Police have not yet disclosed if they know of a motive for this latest killing, but sources within the force say they b elieve Paul was the intended target. Supt Stephen Dean, director of the National Crime Prevention Office, said police are conc erned with how many times high-powered weapons are being used in the killings. There are a lot of children in these communities that could be hurt. We need the people of the community to help us solve this and other crimes, said Supt D ean. These people live among you. You know who they are. Turn them in before they hurt someone else, before another mother is crying for her child. We can only stop the killing if you assist us. Paul is the fourth man in t hree months to be shot while on bail. In May, Ahmad Rolle, 22, was shot multiple times while standing in a parking lot on Montrose Avenue, just days after his release from prison. In June, Donaldo Johnson, 26, was shot and killed while v isiting his girlfriend. Most recently, in July, Teron Fowler was found dead in his burned vehicle off Hanna Road. The murder count for the year now stands at 80. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE If you answered yes to these questions, you already h ave several things in common with RBC RBC ROYAL BANK (BAHAMAS presently considering applications for: Account Manager, Commercial Markets Commercial Financial Services The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications: University degree in Commerce or a related field Only applicants with a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in Commercial Banking or a similar field will be considered Responsibilities Include: Developing and maintaining important r evenue-generating client relationships Managing an extensive client portfolio of high-value business clients to ensure sales, r evenue, and retention goals are met Analyzing the client's financial and operating s trategies and recommending alternative or additional financial services to best meet client's immediate and longer-term personal and business needs Partnering with members of RBC to meet the personal banking needs of their clients as well as your personal sales goals Ensuring clients sustain a favourable perception of RBC Royal Bank and creates a top of mind awareness when product needs arise The Client Relationship Manager is accountable for achieving and exceeding the following key objectives: sales growth, retention, new client development/prospecting, revenue growth, client satisfaction, and demonstrating product knowledge expertise by exceeding sales goals and providing financial advice Taking a leadership role in community organizations and activities to enhance the reputation of the bank in the community The portfolio for this position is mainly concentrated in Nassau but has responsibility in m anaging relationships in the Family Islands R equired Skills: Thorough understanding of business financial statements and credit analysis Must have strong sales background with proven track record Significant marketing presentation skills Advanced skills in client relations Candidate must have the proven ability to consult and sell to clients via telephone, and p erson-to-person contact Must be highly responsive, proactively clientfocused, achievement-oriented, results-focused and a team player Ability to manage multiple prioritites Critical thinking Impact and Influence Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook proficiency required. Please apply by July 29, 2011 to: A ssistant Manager Recruitment & Employee Development Human Resources RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited Bahamas Regional Office East Hill Street P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via Fax: (242 Via Email: Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. R BC Royal Bank ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR GOALS? D O YOU VIEW CHALLENGE AS A MOTIVATOR? DO YOU STRIVE TO SURPASS BENCHMARKS? Well I sell juice, sodas and snacks too, so Ive felt the loss but not as much as someone who only sells the cards. I think they should have told us in advance, something fishy is definitely going on here. The government needs to step in and help us. However, BTC executives contend the company has no intention of putting phone card vendors out of business, but are rather making topping up prepaid cell phones much easier. Tuesday, BTC announced the launch of EZTop-Up. T hrough EZTop-Up, BTC said customers will have multiple ways to add airtime to their phone at home and on the road through participating merchant locations. Top-up methods will increase from three options to seven, making the purchase of airtime accessible virtually anywhere in the country. A ccording to BTC, research shows that prepaid wireless customers buy top-up more frequently than other forms of recharge (ie prepaid cards Retailers can benefit directly from the system through increased sales volume. Customers also tend to purchase other i tems while topping up their phone instore, the company noted. The new approach will also include a visibly branded, uniformed presence for all access points. Consumers can expect brightlycoloured kiosks, uniformed apparel and BTC signs wherever EZTop-Up is available. W hile BTC executives would not confirm specifics, informed sources said a $5 phone card is now being sold to vendors at $4.88, up from $3.65; a $10 card is being sold for $9.50, up from $7.85; and a $20 card, which previously cost $15.75, is now being sold at $19.50. F ROM page one BTC expected to announce plan MURDER ACCUSED INJURED IN FATAL DRIVE-BY SHOOTING FROM page one before 10 oclock last night on Milo Butler Highway and Fire Trail Road. It was reported that Knowles was riding a trail bike when a car bumped him off the bike. He ran for his life. His pursuers gave chase and shot him several times. He dropped dead in his tracks. It is feared that his killing could spark trouble in Fox Hill from persons who might try to retaliate. Police will be on the alert. FROM page one SHOOTING VICTIM BELIEVED TO BE EMPEROR KNOWLES


BEC experienced an unusua l and unforeseen number o f generator failures which, c oupled with planned overhauls to other generators, left the corporation with inadequate electricity to meet the demands of its customers. This dilemma that we are in now is directly related to the financial state that we were previously in," said Mr Basden. For some time, the corporation has suffered fromd ecreased revenue. Then to f urther damage our financial status, the world economic crisis began in the latter partof 2008 the result was the corporation having to defer t he majority of the capital i ntensive maintenance proced ures for 2009 due to a lack of funds and available credit with major suppliers. According to Mr Basden, eight of 17 units installed att he Clifton Pier and the Baill ou Hills power stations develo ped faults which, under norm al circumstances, BEC would have had the capacity to meet the demand. Howev-e r, several generators faulted simultaneously and with such magnitude that multiple dayso f shortfall was experienced. W hen the Corporations f inancial position began to improve in 2010, and BEC w as able to place orders for necessary spares, further delays were incurred byt he disruption of the w orldwide manufacturing and delivery network due to the earthquake in Japan earlier this year, Mr Basden said. While the peak summer m onths are not the opportune time to carry out major maintenance procedures, Mr Basden said given the technical and financial risks, the corporation deemed it necessary tom ove forward. M r Basden said in order to d eal with shortages in the short term while overhauls are being completed, contingency plans have been put in place, including rental of a2 0MW portable generation i nstalled by mid-August and continuation of the Generation Assistance Programme (GAP customers with large capacity stand-by generators (unitso ver 1000kv) to operate these units, allowing other customers to stay connected. Currently, Mr Basden said service is better than it has been in weeks and the frequent power outages should be limited. Of the 17 units available, o nly three units are presently having faults repaired, two of w hich should be back online within the next few days. Mr Basden said: If we are able to maintain this position coupled with the 20MW ofs tand-by generators that we are installing, we believe we are on a stronger footing than we were in the past few weeks. M r B asd en noted t hat while recently there have been outages, the majority oft hem have nothing to do with generator issues. He added not every outage is a result of generation chal-l enges. For example, cable damage by car accidents, copper theft or salt erosion, as seen with outages inE leuthera, also affect the distribution network. I am satisfied that we have made tremendous progress,b ut more work is still necessary, said Mr Basden. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 15 BEC GENERAL MANAGER K evin Basden speaks to m embers of the media y esterday. Tim Clarke / Tribune staff FROM page one BEC:RECENT POWER FAILURES RESULT OF FINANCIAL CHALLENGES


$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.39 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netTHURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter S CRAP metal dealers yesterday said their busi n esses would be adversely i mpacted by the Governments decision to temp orarily ban the export of scrap metal. Coppere xports have been perman ently banned, and one s aid: Thats not going to help the crime problem at all. S heno Ferguson, proprietor of Trinity Development and Trading Solu-t ions, told Tribune Business the decision would have a trickle down affect, and added: That is g oing to adversely impact m y business, definitely, and other scrap metal operat ors. This is how we make money. Thats not going to help the crime problem at all.T here are many persons out their digging through trash just to get a piece of iron or copper to make a few dollars. He added: It really isnt f air. Even though a lot of p eople are stealing copper, some people get their copper honestly. M r Ferguson said the m ost Bahamian scrap met al operators can do is request some form of identification from those seek ing to sell them copper, having no way to tell if the c opper being sold to them is stolen. However, many BahamiBy NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor CITY MARKETSwill eliminate $2.5 million in losses suffered during its last financial year with the closure of its Rosetta Street and L yford Cay stores, its principal also revealing yesterday that t he move would cost it $15 m illion in annual sales and 70 e mployees their jobs. M ark Finlayson, principal o f 78 per cent majority shareh older, Trans-Island Traders, t old Tribune Business that the closure of the two stores w ould convert City Markets from being Jack of All Trades to master of a few, e nabling it to focus on its six r emaining larger stores that y ielded greater sales. L ikening City Markets to being the American Airlines o f the Bahamian grocery retailing industry, a legacy company with large overheads t hat was competing against s maller, lower cost rivals, Mr Finlayson said each of its locations needed to do at least $10 million in per annum sales to be profitable. T his was something neither Lyford Cay nor Rosetta Street could accomplish. The former was too small, while the latter was located in an area that h ad gone from being resident ial to increasingly commercial, denying it a large nearby customer base round-theB y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CITY MARKETSprincipals have found a partnert o help convert the chains former Rosetta Street outlet i nto a Robin Hood-style destination store, while retaining plans to developt hree new Nassau locations they believe are capable of each doing $20 million in annual sales. M ark Finlayson, principal o f City Markets 78 per cent majority shareholder, TransIsland Traders, said talksi nvolving both their partner and the Rosetta Street sites landlords were focusing on a concept similar to the oneh e had attempted to pull-off in the now-failed deal with Robin Hoods president, Sandy Schaefer. The current plans for redeveloping City Markets Rosetta Street outlet, whichi s set to close on August 2, 2011, are focusing on the supermarket chain operat ing the new stores foodb usiness, while the partner who Mr Finlayson declined to name would run every thing else, taking up more than 50 per cent of the floor space. And while City Markets is focused on its remaining six stores, Mr Finlayson said it was still planning to open three larger Nassau-based locations, two of which are at sites owned by another entity in which his family hasa controlling interest, the Associated Bahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDAB Mr Finlayson said City Markets was planning to have new stores, both capable of doing $20 million in By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business E ditor F OREIGNdirect investm ent inflows to the B ahamian economy i ncreased by 48.7 per cent to $977 million during 2010, a United Nations (UN indicating that a key driv er of this nations econ omic growth may be starting to recover from the recession. The World Investment Report 2011, released by the United Nations Con ference on Trade and By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THENew P rovidence Road I mprovement Project has p roved to be the k iss of death for m any small Bahamian-owned businesses in theR obinson Road and Market Street areas, a leading consultant to the sector telling Tribune Business at least 25 had gone out of business. M ark A. Turnq uest, of Mark A. T urnquest Cons ulting, which prov ides advisory serv ices to small and medium-sized businesses, said that when combined with the effects of the recession, the Proj ects roadworks had been too much for many companies to bear. That was the kiss of KISS OF DEATH FOR 25 FIRMS M ARKATURNQUEST SEE page 10 Store closures save City Markets $2.5m SEE page 8 $15m in annual sales, and 70 jobs, to go when R osetta Street and Lyford Cay outlets shut doors Unable to make them work, as not hitting $10m e ach in annual top-line Focus on largest six stores in move from Jack of A ll Trades to master of a fe MARK FINLAYSON OBIN HOOD-TYPE CONCEPT PLAN FOR CITY MEAT STORE Finlayson said partner f ound to take over 50% of space, with City Markets running food p art Supermarket chain t argets two new Nassau locations, able t o each sell $20m per a nnum, for opening by Chr i stmas 2012 SEE page 11 FOREIGN INVESTMENT RISES 49% TO $977M But Bahamas still 16% below 2006-2007 peak inflows Leads all SIDS on capital attraction S EE page 12 DEALERS: SCRAP BAN WILL NOT HELP CRIME Government f ollows Jamaicas lead, permanently banning all copper exports, and freezing other metals sales for 90 days SEE page 10


By DEIDREBASTIAN SO, YOUthink youre ready to start your own business. Tired of signing in and signing out? Friends tell you that you've got a flair for making good-looking business cards and flyers. You've got an inkjet printer and a copy of QuarkXPress pushed in the corner somewhere. And now youre ready to start getting paid for doing something you really enjoy. Sounds cool. but wait, First, find out if a freelance business is the right move for you. As the clock ticks and every second passes, people everywhere are planning on starting a freelance business. If a graphic design business is your passion, first determine that you have the personality required to work for yourself, as a successful freelancing business requires more than just a copy of Adobe Photoshop and an artistic flair. It may seem scary to start your own business, as this step might harbour daunting thoughts. Yet working for oneself is the dream of many. Whenever I interact with experienced design colleagues, I hear stories of how they are trying freelancing part-time to see how it works, before plunging in wholeheartedly. Nevertheless, there are various levels of reality to dreams, and no matter how true they seem, most people sadly never try. Despite the fact that starting your own business is a little intimidating, I am absolutely convinced that ones core job security is a matter of passion, confidence, capability and performance. Essentially, the voice in your head will not go away until youve been proven wrong or right. The straightforward definition of freelancing is the art of working for yourself. While there are significant benefits to this connotation, ensure it is something you are comfortable with, as like every business there are some elements that should be factored in to make your venture successful. Some of these are: Experience: If you have several years of knowledge from working for a design studio, most likely you should have some experience. Seek opportunities where you can enhance your skills and make yourself more valuable. Focus on continuing to maximise opportunities to improve on your abilities. Design Business Name: Choosing a business name can be fun, so select a name you can live with for a long time, reflecting the nature of your business. Work/life balance: Working from home is great, but it is sometimes a little challenging to separate working time from personal time. Most full-time freelancers work longer hours than they would if they were an employee. It helps to organise a schedule which will allow more flexibility. Identify when it is time to shut down the computer and head out for a nice dinner or night out with family or friends. Whatever the case may be, find that work/life balance, as working from home will take some adjustment. Recognise when its time to wrap it up and regroup. Comfortable Office: If you are freelancing full-time, ensure your space is comfortable with minimum distractions. Ideally, your home office should be separated from the living space in the house. Invest in quality equipment: One of the benefits of venturing out as a part-time freelancer is that you equip yourself with quality equipment. This could include a computer, software, a scanner, a printer and gener al office supplies, which will permit more efficiency in your work. You might need to acquire a separate telephone line, fax machine and printer as well. Dont be terrified to spend money to earn money. To-Do list system: One of the challenges you will face is managing project deadlines. To avoid unnecessary stress simply keep a list and cross them off as you complete projects. Tracking time and invoicing clients: Many newcomers are surprised to learn that in addition to marketing themselves, they will be laden with business tasks such as bookkeeping, plus acting as your own purchasing agent, receptionist, advertising department, mail room clerk responding to e-mails, finding customers, networking and much more. Time can pass unnoticed, so track the time spent on a project so that you can adjust its pricing, too. Just remember that time is important, so aim to work smarter, not harder. Try not to spend too much time on non-income-generating work, and instead be confident enough to charge what you're worth. Consider Specialisation: Some freelancers are able to stand out from the crowd and attract potential clients by being an expert in a particular area. Nevertheless, I am of the view that sometimes jobs dont necessarily go to the best designers but rather to the best salespeople. If you are not excited enough about your business to BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 0$0$,$+$ QUALITIES REQUIRED IN GRAPHIC FREEDOM A RTOF G RAPHIX DEIDRE BASTIAN SEE page 13B


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 3B The Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of FamGuard Corporation Limited will be held in the Victoria Room British Colonial Hilton No. 1 Bay Street at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday,August 4, 2011 AGM NOTICEThe parent holding company of: Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited; Agents & Brokers Limited;FG Capital Markets Limited;FG Financial Limited NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune BusinessR eporter THE head of the trade union representing more than 300 City Marketse mployees said yesterday he h opes the company abides by its Industrial Agreement when dealing with staff who will be laid-off by the closure of two stores. E lgin Douglas, president o f the Bahamas Commercial S tores, Supermarket and Warehouse Workers Union, which represents around 380 City Markets employees, told Tribune Business he had been informed by the company that not all workers at the Rosetta Street andL yford Cay stores were g oing to be let go, and that i t was looking to place as many of those employees in other stores as possible. They told me that they are closing Rosetta Streeta nd Lyford Cay, Mr Doug las said. What we are concerned about is the workers according to our Industrial Agreement. All I am asking the company to do is follow the Industrial Agreement byf irst in, first out, and last in, l ast out. That is if someone has years of service in the company, as long as they aren't letting everybody go and are replacing some people as they said to me, then weo nly want them follow the Industrial Agreement. Mr Douglas said that while some 150 employeesc ould be affected the comp any's decision, he did not k now how many would be let go. "The word was to me that whoever they cant replace theyre going to pay out, so Ih ope that's still the case" Mr D ouglas said. "I just want them to follow the Industrial Agreement. Where you have a layoff or closure, the shop stewards get first preferencea nd then, after that, the s enior employees. You don't want someone who walked into the store yesterday to be given preferential treatment over someone who has been there 15 or 16 years. B ahamas Supermarkets, the parent company of City Markets, announced the closure of its Lyford Cay andR osetta Street stores on A ugust 2. I n a statement, the company said it undertook the decision after existing leases at both stores came to an end. Sales at its RosettaS treet location had continu ed to decline as the area became less residential and more commercialised. City Markets added that it had been asked to vacate the Lyford Cay locationa fter the landlord notified a ll tenants that it planned to demolish the site in late 2011 or early 2012 to coincide with the opening of AML Foods Solomons Fresh Market at the new Old Fort Bay ShoppingC entre. CITY MARKETS URGED: ABIDE BY UNION DEAL By NATARIO MCKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter L ABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes s aid yesterday that the private sector response towards the Government'ss ubsidised work placement initiative h ad been "tremendous. Some 150 businesses were last night said to have registered to participate as employers, while 12,800 applications had been received from Bahamians for the 3,000 available job training positions. There has been tremendous r esponse from the private sector, and we have had many businesses in New P rovidence, Grand Bahama and in the F amily Islands who have registered for t he program," Mr Foulkes told Tribune Business yesterday. We are going to have a press con ference very soon to update the press and the public. I am in the process of getting a complete report from the implementation committee with respect to the amount of persons who have applied, and also to get furt her directions from Cabinet as to next steps. Mr Foulkes would, prior to last night, not give an exact fig ure for how many persons had applied for jobs under the N ational Job Training and Readiness initiative, but said t here had been "several thousand" applicants. There have been several thousand. I don't want to give the exact figure until I'm in a position to advise Cabinet first.I can say that several thousand persons have applied. In t erms of the 3,000 jobs we have available, that amount has been oversubscribed," the minister said. However, data released after Tribune Business spoke to h im showed that the National Job Training and Readiness initiative had been more than four times oversubscribed, meaning there were more than four applications for every available slot. M ost applications, some 8,721, came from New Provid ence, with another 2,528 from Grand Bahama. Eleuthera produced 486, Andros 359 and Abaco 286, with Exumag enerating 116 applications. All other islands were in the sing le digits. The heavy oversubscription could well be another indi cator of the persistent high level of unemployment in the Bahamas, but might equally show the desire of manyB ahamians to learn new skills. The Government has set aside $25 million for the program, which has three main components: job readiness, job training and job placement. The job readiness component is primarily aimed at young, unemployed Bahamians 30 years old and under. The job training component will provide people over 30 years-oldw ith the opportunity to enhance their skills or gain new s kills through study and work placement. T he general job placement component will allow unemployed Bahamians to work in designated industries such as, but not limited to, tourism, financial services and the industrial trades. The program is designed to prepare unem ployed Bahamians for entry into the labour market after they receive 52 weeks of formal on-the-job training and career coaching through structured seminars. The program will not only benefit the 3,000 people involved, but also potentially benefit businesses that take on additional workers. Employers who hire someone referred by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development will receive a wage subsidy of a percentage of that employee's wage, up to $210 per week for 52 weeks. TREMENDOUS RESPONSE TO SUBSIDISED WORK PLACEMENT 150 businesses register to participate, while National Jobs initiative is more than four t imes oversubscribed with 12,800 applicants LABOUR MINISTER D ion Foulkes


BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By MARK A. TURNQUEST A FTERmy organisation hosted the first Small Business Summit in 2009, it was evident that the Bahamas needed a national strategic plan for the development of small and medium-sized enterp rises (SMEs o ur country, for 38 years, h as had a basic flaw not developing a practical strategic national plan for anything (crime, economic development, immigration e tc). I ndustry leaders from the professional and medicals ervices sector; manufacturi ng; agriculture; fisheries; wholesale merchandising and retail; construction; tourism; hospitality; commercial banks and the Government indicated during the 2009 Summit that an Act t o developed the SME sect or was far overdue. As a r esult, a report was develo ped to identify how this c ould be formulated and i mplemented in an effective and efficient manner. This report: Act As One: The Importance of Stakeholders Collaborative Efforts When Developing the Small Busi ness Act of the Bahamas, can be viewed at w ww.markturnquestcons After consulting with the Government, I applaud the Ministry of Finance team for having the political will to develop the Bahamas SME Development Act, which will create a new strategic framework to enhance the sectors productivity. However, there were too many questionable decisions i n 2010 on infrastructure d evelopment (mainly the r oad improvements) and w hat formula of tax increase s to apply on import duties. I hope these two decisions will not reduce the effectiveness of the SME Devel-o pment Act in the future. In 2010, the main focus to stimulate the SME sector should have been to provide incent ives and concessions to mitigate the impact of the recession. There was a small wind ow of opportunity to stop t he bleeding, and it was not taken advantage of. As a r esult, I witnessed hundreds o f SME failures and the death of many entrepreneurial dreams. Governments must realise that sometimes the negative effects of policy decisions without proper consultation are irreversible. My main concern with the SME Development legislation process so far is that there has been limited participation by the Acts main s takeholders SMEs. I f proper consultation had o ccurred, then the $7,500 J ump Start Program (grant f unding) would not have b een given the green light. The grant is not enough, and other sources of fund-i ng are required from Bahamian and international financial institutions. These can be pooled together to b enefit new and existing SMEs. M y other concerns are as f ollows: There should be Town Meetings with the widerS ME community in order to gather information about the major problems and opportunities facing the sect or In addition, there needs t o be more industry-specific ( construction, agriculture, m erchandising, hospitality, m anufacturing, technical s ervices, tourism, hospitality, f ashion design etc) discussions, so that local and intern ational issues that affect individual sectors can be addressed in the Bill. The formulation process f or the SME Development Bill needs to be evaluated, and corrective measures should take place. I am aware that there was consultation with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC but this is not an effective way to develop such an important Act. There needs t o be inter-stakeholder syne rgy. T his means that more trade organizations, banks, industry leaders and, especially, SME owners should be involved in the consultat ion process before the Bill i s debated in Parliament. This inter-stakeholder s ynergy between the Gove rnment, non-governmental organisations (NGOs associations, financial institutions, industry leaders and SME owners would align resources and capabilities to craft legislation that is meani ngful to the sector. A lthough this Bill should n ot precede a strategic n ational plan for SME d evelopment, it is a good s tart because our SME sector is lagging behind in its global competitiveness. The main policies that must be adopted by key stakeholders when taking the Bill from formulation to implementation are as follows: GOVERNMENT Ensure that possible amalgamation of the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC opment Bank (BDB Bahamas Entrepreneurial V enture Fund focuses on l everaging the strengths a nd correcting the weaknesses of these organisations. The new SME developm ent framework must be s tructured to eliminate financial and non-financiald ecision making based on p olitical influences. This is the main reason why the Bahamas Development Bank is near bankruptcy. Focus on Family Island development but keep the n atural, heritage and cultura l resources of each island. Reduce the barriers that m ake it almost impossible f or SMEs to access international funding. Promote and encourage e-commerce activities, and remove policies that make opening on-line merchant Pull together for smallbusinesses Consultant Mark A. Turnquest sets out his vision for the proposed Small andM edium-Sized Enterprise Development Act, and calls for the widest possible consultation with all stakeholders


accounts very difficult. Adapt public policy tools to SME needs, especially in facilitating SME participation in the public procurement process. Consider creating a Ministry or Department of Commerce to protect the S ME sector from the Econ omic Partnership Agreem ent, and develop strategies to improve on its 5 per cent contribution to GDP. To view an article that addresses the importance of a Mini stry of Commerce, log on t o: b ess/06102010_Ministry_bus i ness. COMMERCIAL BANKS Partner with government and international leading institutions to develop a c omprehensive SME Fundi ng Scheme (SFS m ore financial support can b e extended to SMEs. The $7,500 grant that is currently being offered to afew SMEs by the Govern ment could be used as a down payment, so Bahamian and international banks, plus private investors, could g ive more meaningful funding in order to prevent busi ness failure due to under-c apitalisation. Focus on packaging loans extended to SMEs that have built-in account i ng management, human resources and marketing support programs at ana ffordable cost for at least a year. T HE BAHAMAS C HAMBER OF COMMERCE AND EMPLOY ERS CONFEDERATION Focus on providing new SMEs with more market information about various industries. The organisation should partner with the College of the Bahamas and the Inter-American Development Bank to perform more market research on the economy of the Bahamas. Become more visible in t he SME market (Over the Hill) and remove the perception that the organiaation only focuses on big businesses. Encourage professional and trade associations, andS MEs, to become more k nowledgeable about the pros and cons of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA SMEs (NEW & EXISTING) SMEs must be committ ed to acting in a socially r esponsible manner (paying B usiness Licenses, NIB, corr ect custom duties etc). SMEs must become knowledge about all aspects of their business model (operations, marketing, accounting/finance, human resources etc). All SMEs must have sound marketing, managem ent, human resource and a ccounting systems. SMEs m ust invest in the Quickbooks Accounting Software; it is an invaluable tool forb usinesses. THE BAHAMIAN C ONSUMER At the heart of the new Bill, there should be the conviction that achieving theb est possible framework c onditions for SMEs depends first and foremost on societys recognition of entrepreneurs. Bahamian consumers must support the implementation of the new Act and SME framework by buying authentic Bahamianmade products, and discouraging criminal activities that would negatively affect SMEs. Bahamian consumers s hould understand that v ibrant SMEs will make the B ahamas more robust and better able to withstand the uncertainty of business cycles (especially recessions and depressions). F inally, framers of the Bill s draft must consider the following important matters: Ensure that presidents of trade and professional associations clearly identify problems that their members are experiencing from local regulations and international competition. Build major incentives i nto the Act for entrepren eurial ventures that create i nnovative products, delive ry systems, operational structures and marketing strategies in film making, fashion design, e-commerce, information technology, agriculture, manufacturing, education software develo pment, arts and handicrafts. Create added concess ions to protect socially r esponsibly SMEs that employ more than 25 Bahamians during futurer ecessions. Provide special assis t ance to local SMEs that focuses on exporting authentic Bahamian products and creative services. Provide regulatory policies to protect the manage ment consultancy sector from unfair and unethical p ractices. I hope the initial draft for the SME Development Act is brought to the business community by September 2011. The Government must host a series of Town Meet-i ngs and workshops so that all aspects of this Bill can be diligently crafted. My advice to the Government is not to dilute the process, but have adequate consultation with SME owners and not force t his Bill down their throats. T he Government must u nderstand that this is an important Bill, and not delay communicating the contents of it to SMEs throughout the Bahamas. In addition, MPs must b ecome more involved in the formulation of the Act. They should immediately host meetings and obtain information about the challenges and other issues that SMEs are experiencing in t heir constituencies. This is i mportant so that they can h ave intellectual debates when discussing this Act in the House of Assembly. I would like for SMEs to contact me so that we can ensure that is Act is dili-g ently formulated and implemented. 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T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 7B CUT OPEN: How the thieves gained access to Grand Bahama Power Companys substation. COPPER THEFT HITS ELECTRICIT Y SUPPL Y T he Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC warned that the rising coppert heft trend is negatively i mpacting its electricity ser vice and putting employees at risk. Some 200 feet of copper w ire was last week stolen from its substation two on West Atlantic Drive, a losst hat will cost $35,000 to replace. Copper theft is an ongoing problem for Grand BahamaP ower Company, and there h as been a significant increase in these incidents recently. Copper thieves are comp romising the company's syst em, which affects the safety of our employees, said Philcher Grant-Farquharson, Grand Bahama Power Com panys corporate communic ations executive. She added that investiga tions have shown several of t he outages Grand Bahama P ower Company has experi enced recently can be attributed to the system not being properly grounded due toc opper theft. In an electrical system, grounding is a reference pointt o which all other voltages in the system are measured. In the Grand Bahama Power Company system, as withm ost utilities, the earth is u sed as the grounding because it can absorb significant amounts of current. C opper is the most reliable c onductor of electricity, and is used to connect the 69kv transmission system to the earth. Its theft compromises the integrity of the system, a nd can result in increased outages as the system becomes less resistant to highc urrent levels due to lightning o r equipment malfunctions. Grand Bahama Power Company said it was investing millions of dollars to improvet he reliability of its system, and the theft of the copper groundings countered itse fforts to improve customer reliability and the overall service quality. The company is urging the p ublic to report any suspi c ious activity by contacting the police on calling 911 or 352-9774/5. We are asking customers t o be vigilant when driving past our stations, said Mrs Grant-Farquharson. Reporting suspicious activity could save someones life. NOT GROUNDED: Thieves ripped the copper grounding out of the earth


clock. Confirming that some 70 lay-offs from among City Markets 590 total staff would result, Mr Finlayson said these would not nece ssarily come from just the R osetta Street and Lyford Cay store employees. The s upermarket chain, he a dded, would put all its s taff into a pot and then work out who it wanted to keep. Those two stores, in terms of losses, it was probably about $2.5 million last year between them, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business. Were g oing to lose $15 million w orth of sales, but will s ave on costs. The problem with both stores is that they were operating at a loss, although $15 million worth of sales between two stores is not usually an issue. Someone operating a smaller location would say: What are you closing t hose for? E xplaining City Markets predicament in the context of both its history and its recent financial performance, which saw it suffer $27 million in net losses under the previous ownership, followed by another $14 million operating loss in its 2011 fiscal year, Mr Finlayson said his management team was grappling with a relatively high f ixed cost base. The problem with City Markets is that it is set up like American Airlines, v ersus a Jet Blue or Southwest Airlines, because its a legacy company with lots o f overheads, he told Trib une Business. Rent Its set up where you have to do $10 million in annual sales per store, depending on what the r ent is, to make money. A nything that falls below t hat in our type of operat ion is not going to make m oney. Someone else could go into those stores and make money. If its set up with low costs, like a Budget or John Chea, thats a great amount for them... thats a dream. For a company of o ur size, its not going to work. Both the Lyford Cay and R osetta Street stores will c lose on August 2, 2011, t heir leases having come to an end. In the formers case, its landlord, NewP rovidence Development Company, had asked all tenants to vacate in eitherl ate 2011 or early 2012 in p reparation for the demo lition of the Lyford Cay Shopping Centre. That is being replaced by i ts Old Fort Bay Town C entre, where AML F oods Solomons Fresh Market will be the anchor tenant. Reiterating that City Markets had been offered that spot three times under its previous ownership, only to turn it down, Mr Finlayson said New Providence Development Company was obligated to do everything in its power to make that venture work, e specially when it and A ML Foods were investing $5 million each. We went through it and d ecided it did not make sense to wait any longer, Mr Finlayson said of the d ual store closure. Weve taken a look at i t, and its going to take a lot of structural changesa nd a lot of investment in p lant and equipment to make a store like Rosetta Street profitable. The refrigeration alone would have run us to $750,000. The amount of people that worked in the store w ould have had to be vastly downsized, and in doingt hat we would have to look a t how manpower is used. What we inherited from Winn-Dixie was a big store operation. Mr Finlayson added that the cost of converting this model into smaller, leaner s tores was a major factor t hat turned the previous owner, Trinidad conglome rate Neal & Massy, off. O utlining the way ahead, h e told Tribune Business: If we can focus on the larger stores theres six of them that do more thane nough in terms of sales we dont have to change the philosophy or employ e e structure for us to be successful with them. Weve moved from being Jack of All Trades t o master of a few, and for u s its a better way to go. T hats the way to make City Markets a successful operation. While Lyford Cay, as a smaller operation, would not have proved a major distraction from this goal, City Markets management felt the situation at Rosetta Street would get worse, not better, had its lease been renewed and operations continued there. W hile Bahamas Superm arkets staffing levels had fallen to their current 590 as a result of voluntary d epartures, and those positions not being filled, Mr Finlayson said the two s tores closure would i nevitably result in some 7 0 lay-offs. Cost Unfortunately, this is not one where we can afford to absorb the cost, h e added. This time, w ere going to have to lay p eople off. Its going to be i n the range of 70. F ocusing on the positive, M r Finlayson said City Markets overall revenue numbers had increased. There was a time when it had plateaued, but now its moving in a positive direc tion above last yearss ales. Of the companys overall performance, he added: Its not where I wanted it t o be. It is what it is, fortu n ately or unfortunately. It is moving in the right direction. Even with a few setbacks weve moved a lot further than my directorsh ad planned. Its not where I want it to be, but Im pretty happy with the overall direction. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Store closures save City Markets $2.5m F ROM page one


By DIANE PHILLIPS I N A precedent-setting c ase, the Supreme Court of h as ruled in favour of a prenuptial agreement, dismissing an ex-wife's plea to toss out the contract signed prior to marriage and affirming the husband'sr ight to keep assets he held p rior to the marriage. C hief Justice Sir Michael B arnett issued the ruling in a 24-page opinion, climaxing a six-year long battle. This is the first real test of a pre-nuptial agreement in a Bahamian court, and it is a major victory for the p rotection of pre-marital assets," said Nerissa Greene, partner at Halsb ury Chambers and the succ essful attorney. The Chief Justice's ruli ng reaffirms the validity of a n agreement signed by two p eople exercising individual rights when heads are cool and no one is mired in the emotional heat of battle as often happens following a break-up." In his ruling, the Chief J ustice did not excuse the h usband from financial responsibility, awarding the e x-wife assets gained duri ng the marriage while k eeping the contract signed prior to the wedding intact. The Wife had a choice," t he Chief Justice wrote. He (the husband to protect his assets, and thew ife was fully aware on a dvice exactly what she was doing when she signed the prenuptial agreement." Chief Justice Michael B arnett's decision is t houghtful, comprehensive a nd very clear in its meaning," said Ms Greene. "In simplest terms, this is a very b ig case and a very important decision." M s Greene believes prenuptial agreements are the equivalent of marital insurance policies, protect ing assets whatever thew eather and guarding that w hich was individually owned prior to the union, r egardless of how stormy t he conditions within the m arriage become or its dissolution. We go down the aisle saying: 'Yes, I do,' but after the heat of the moment cools and love fades, youh ave to be prepared for the r eality that follows and that means being able to protect yourself," explained MsG reene. What you brought to the marriage is your pre-marital asset, and that is what s hould remain yours along w ith any earnings, interest, d ividends, appreciation or o ther gain deriving from it should you so wish." Ms Greene has repeatedly said prenuptial agreements are not merely created to "protect what'sm ine" but to "protect w hat's ours, agreeing to a f air and equitable division o f assets before tempers boil and emotions roil. Under current law, courts a re able to use prenuptial agreements to infer wishes, but are not bound by them. The Supreme Court decis ion is expected to move the courts toward acceptance of preor postnuptial a greements, just as they a ccept a separation agreem ent now. We sign contracts for i nsurance and for other i mportant matters," said Ms Greene. "What could be a more important contract than promising a level-headed and fair, mutually agreed upon disposition for the w elfare of offspring and the p rotection of assets, individually and jointly held?" T he English legislature is s et to decide the fate of sim i lar agreements in 2012, said Ms. Greene. Yet she added: "But the C hief Justice's decision s pells out in very clear and concise terms that ap renuptial agreement e ntered into voluntarily, and with full knowledge, carries the weight of any contract between two per s ons, and as such is to be treated as a contract would b e." A member of the Hono urable Society of Middle T emple and an active member of the Civil Society, Ms Greene joined the Nassaubased law firm of Halsbury Chambers in 2003 and was named a partner five yearsl ater. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 9B THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at V acancy The College of the Bahamas invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the following vacancy: Part-time Lecturer, French ,responsible for teaching French at the beginners and intermediate levels. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students; evidence of excellence in teaching and creative/innovative pedagogies; knowledge of current trends in pedagogy; skills in course development and implementation. Applicants should possess at least a masters degree from an accredited institution with five years of teaching experience. However candidates with a bachelors degree and near native speaker fluency may also be considered. Interested candidates should submit an application letter, completed application formwhich may be downloaded from: www ofile adetailed curriculum vitae, copies of College transcripts and names and contact information forat least three (3ofessional references. Applications will not be considered without the complete package which should be submitted to: The College of the Bahamas, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box N-4912, Poinciana Drive & Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, Bahamas. Attention: Renee Mayers, Associate Vice President, Human Resources or email: by Monday, August 8th NERISSA GREENE partner a t Halsbury Chambers and t he successful attorney. T T h h i i s s i i s s t t h h e e f f i i r r s s t t r r e e a a l l t t e e s s t t o o f f a a p p r r e e n n u u p p t t i i a a l l a a g g r r e e e e m m e e n n t t i i n n a a B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n c c o o u u r r t t , a a n n d d i i t t i i s s a a m m a a j j o o r r v v i i c c t t o o r r y y f f o o r r t t h h e e p p r r o o t t e e c c t t i i o o n n o o f f p p r r e e m m a a r r i i t t a a l l a a s s s s e e t t s s . SUPREME COURT RULING BACKS PRENUPTIAL DEAL Attorney Nerissa Greene


d eath, he told Tribune Business. The recession started it, and the roadworks finished it. That was like the kiss of death for people on Robinson Road, East Street, Market Street a nd Blue Hill Road. B ecause of that, a lot of t hem are out of business. When asked by Tribune Business how many small firms had been forced to close their doors, Mr Turnquest, whose own office isb ased on Robinson Road, s aid it was at least 25 on Robinson Road and Market Street. I can physically see it. Youre looking at a lot of businesses that could not even survive that. Adding that it could be more, given that he was not as aware of the impact o n Blue Hill Road and E ast Street-based businesses, Mr Turnquest said he and others on Robinson Road had been forced to endure its closure for six to eight months. S ome firms, he added, w ere still only earning $20 a day in revenue. Given the road closures and access issues created by the roadworks, even long-standing loyal patrons have avoided driving to businesses in the impacted a reas. The New Providence R oad Improvement Projects unintended conseq uences have been to furt her exacerbate the problems facing many Bahamian-owned businesses due to the slump in consumer spending and demand. Mr Turnquest said plann ing for the Road I mprovement Project s hould not have taken place in isolation, adding that the Government could have achieved the twin objectives of infrastructure development and aiding entrepreneurs if it had cons idered both together. Compensation He even went so far as to suggest that the $120 m illion Inter-American D evelopment Bank (IDB l oan that is financing the N ew Providence Road I mprovement Project s hould have included provisions to pay impacted business owners compensation for revenue losses that resulted. You have to have what I call a National Vision to d o these things to be creative and to help entrepreneurs, and also to developi nfrastructure, Mr Turnquest said. But you cann ot do one and not think about the other. The IDB, along with t he Government, should have done a Business A ssessment Report to determine the negative e ffects of the roadworks, a nd compensation should have been packaged in the loan, so that a business received a percentage of their losses. That would have been a better approach than k illing the businesses off a nd leaving them to die. Rather than extend the National Insurance Board- s (NIB benefit queue, Mr Turnquest reiterated that the Government should have i ntroduced temporary i ncentives aimed specific ally at small businesses, with the aim of encouraging them to maintain staffing levels. F or those companies employing between 10-15 persons or more, Mr Turnq uest said the Ingraham a dministration should have g iven them a one-year b reak on paying the e mployer component of N ational Insurance Board (NIB This, he added, should have been introduced once it became clear just how prolonged and deep the recession was likely to be, a long with a 10 per cent r eduction on all import duty payments for every b usiness operating for at l east three years. T he Government also needed to work with Bahamian commercialb anks to encourage them to be more friendly to e ntrepreneurs and compan ies with viable business plans and good track records. Banks That is why were in the mess we are in now, b ecause the Government does not want to work with the banks and financial institutions the way they should, Mr Turnquest said. Because of that, there is no harmony b etween the two. He added that when he spoke to Scotiabank ( Bahamas) three months ago, the financial institution was unaware of efforts t o develop the Small and M edium-Sized Enterprise D evelopment Bill or what w as likely to be included in it. R eiterating his plea for a ll involved in financing and supporting Bahamian small businesses to come together to make one plus one equal three, not two, Mr Turnquest added: We a re already at a competit ive disadvantage because w e are the last country in the Caribbean to have a Small Business Act. The only thing going for us is that we have good foreign reserves levels and a lot of foreign direct investm ent......... Ask any small a nd medium-sized business n ow, they will not know what is going on and how they can contribute to the Act. If theyd consulted w ith SMEs, theyd not have given the $7,500 Jump Start grant the green light, b ecause it could not work. BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE &UDLJ6WHYHQ0DVVH\ RI3%R[ *ROI&RXUVH6RXWK2FHDQ %DKDPDV an businesses, especially the likes of Grand Bahama Power Company, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC B ahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC b e rejoicing at the bans, given the damage and disruption to their operations that has been caused by copper thieves. The Government announced yesterday that the new regul ations regarding scrap metal exports are to come into force as of July 27. It said that no person shall, for a period of 90 days from the coming into force of the regulations, export any scrapm etal from the Bahamas to any place outside the Bahamas. T he Export Control (Prohibition of Scrap Metal and Copper Regulations 2011 add: No person shall export any copper f rom the Bahamas to any place outside the Bahamas. P henton Neymour, minister of state for the environment, could not be reached for comment up to press time yesterday. However, he confirmed to Tribune Business last week that t he Government was exploring ways to clamp down on the ille gal trade impacting government corporations, which have suffered millions in losses due to copper theft. The move is similar to that of Jamaica, which on Tuesday b anned the trade of scrap metal in order to curb the wanton theft and mangling of valuable property. Railway lines, water pipes, telephone cables, bridges, road s igns, gates and even handles from exhumed coffins were vandalised by scrap metal thieves in Jamaica to sell to rogue deal ers for export. In the Bahamas, scrap metal thieves have p lagued corporations such as BEC, ZNS and the Water and S ewerage Corporation. FROM page one DEALERS: SCRAP BAN WILL NOT HELP CRIME KISS OF DEATH FOR 25 FIRMS FROM page one


per annum sales, open at both the East-West Highway and JFK Drive in time for Christmas 2012. It is also in talks with the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD about constructing a store at the Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport (LPIAon Queens Highway in Grand Bahama that it m ight develop, too. City Markets will, though, be operating with just seve n stores for the foreseeable f uture four in Nassau, three i n Grand Bahama. That number, though, might dropt o six, Mr Finlayson conf irming negotiations over the sale of its Eight Mile Rock store were ongoing. Were looking at another concept, Mr Finlayson confirmed of the Rosetta Streets ite. It has to be a destinat ion concept, rather than a n eighbourhood food store like City Markets. At thisp oint, I cant go in to details, b ut its a food concept, one where were going to part-ner with someone because its a combination of food and other things together. However, when pressed Mr Finlayson said that if the d eal with Mr Schaefer had worked out the Rosetta Street site would have b ecome Robin Hood numb er three, selling hard g oods such as appliances, electronics, furniture and household wares alongsidet he groceries. The same con cept is still being planned for Rosetta Street. Asked whether this could save the 55 City Markets j obs being lost as a result of the Rosetta Street closure, Mr Finlayson said it might in the long-term. However, there would be a lag time of possibly six-12 months w hile he and his partner r evamped the store, meani ng there was no alternative to at least temporary redun-d ancies. C omparing this to the situ ation with City Markets E ight Mile Rock store, w here any deal would involve the buyer keeping staff there employed, MrF inlayson said: Its [Rosetta Street] not a situation like Eight Mile Rock], where someone going in would w ant to renovate the store. Were talking about a month, two months at most, b efore that would re-open. W hereas with this store, b ecause you are changing the concept, theres a lot ofw ork that has to be done, r efrigeration and so forth. It depends on our partner. The concept would be very simple. We would run the food part, and the partner will do everything else. They would have more than 5 0 per cent of the store. B ut, if everything with the Rosetta Street store remode lling worked out, Mr Finl ayson pledged: If this con c ept works, then we may be able to roll out a few more of those in different loca t ions in Nassau and Freeport. Thats the good news. M aintaining his focus on big box retailing and large floor selling spaces, Mr Fin layson said City Markets had not lost sight of its plans to develop the three sites in N assau and one in Freeport. Those fit perfectly into our concept, he said, his comments switching back to the supermarket chain. We are talking about stores with $ 20 million in sales, and b elieve those locations are v ery, very good. In closing the Lyford Cay a nd Rosetta Street outlets, C ity Markets had quest ioned how much it would t ake to continue operating t hem, and what funding and resources would be diverted from its big box plans. For our platform, we need to have stores of a given size that we can operate on a 24-hour basis, and prod uce $20 million-plus in sales, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business. Thats w hat we are looking at, and w here we want to get to. W hile this would not happen this year, given thec ompanys financial condit ion, Mr Finlayson said: Look for it to happen at Christmas next year, 2012. He was aiming for both the East-West Highway and JFK Drive locations to be open. Given the fact theyre o ur buildings, theres no debt on them, we can take o ur time to do it right, he a dded. NAD is working with us on the third store, and working on a timeline. Theyrev ery long-term focused. Their focus is take your time, do it right, and makes ure youre worthy of being part of the airport operation. That works well for us, in terms of the overall direction we want. It gives us time to make sure the six s tores that remain are profitably operated. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 11B OBIN HOOD-TYPE CONCEPT PLAN FOR CITY MEAT STORE FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the a rea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


D evelopment (UNCLAD showed that foreign direct investment inflows had picked up from the six-year low of $657 million recorded in 2009, although they still r emain some distance below those enjoyed during the peak of the pre-recession boom. According to UNCTAD, foreign direct investment inflows into the Bahamas, w hich stood at $912 million i n 2005, peaked at $1.159 billion and $1.164 billion in 2006 and 2007 respectively, dropping slightly to $1.103 million in 2008. The 2010 foreign direct investment inflow total of $977 is a round 16 per cent below t hose peak year figures. T he only Caribbean nations with greater foreign direct investment increases in 2010 were coming from a long way back. Haiti led the way, up 321 per cent to $150 million, while Cuba rose 260 per cent to $86 million. Aruba was up 120 per cent to $161 million. The UNCTAD report gave no insight into the B ahamas foreign direct investment performance for 2010 or the factors driving it, although it did rank this nation first among all small island developing states (SIDS f oreign capital. U NCTAD also noted that t he Bahamas, along with other small island states, was heavily reliant on tourism an industry vulnerable to global warming and climate change to drive its economy. The report said tourism accounted for around 52 per cent of total Bahamian exports, and around 30 per cent of this nations annual g ross domestic product (GDP erating around 17 per cent of total employment. For 2011, foreign direct investment inflows into the Bahamas are likely to r eceive a further boost from t he start of the $2.6 billion B aha Mar project. The Central Bank of the Bahamas, in its quarterly review of economic developments for the three months to end-March 2011, said that with the Cable Beach redevelopments start, net direct investment inflows and other net investment inflows for the period increased by $86 million and $ 87.6 million respectively, hitting $236.2 million and $89.7 million. "Buoyed by increased investments for a major resort development, net direct equity investment i nflows intensified by $108.1 m illion to $223.1 million to c ompensate for a reduction in net real estate purchases of $22.1 million to $13 million," the Central Bank said. "Private sector net borrowings, as categorised under 'miscellaneous' investments, expanded by $79.6 million to $113.5 million, owing mainly to increased loan financing for a foreign investment project." BUSINESS PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1. 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 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% 11.108.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2 .802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7 .006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.731.69-0.040.1110.04515.22.66%2 .541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5 .994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.001,9000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.59Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.16013.22.78% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29%1 0.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity 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 2 0 November 2029TUESDAY, 26 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,414.38 | CHG -0.04 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -85.13 | YTD % -5.68BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 2 9 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6 .95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.5730Royal 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 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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. (Over-The-Counter Securities)30-Jun-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-May-11 30-Apr-11 5 22.0,1-$*(66$5RI+,*+ 9,67$'5,9(($67(5152$'3%2; 1$66$8%$+$0$6 (11<-$*(66$5RI+,*+ 9,67$'5,9(($67(5152$'3%2; 1$66$8%$+$0$6 -($10$&.(1=<'$/&(RI 2/'(1*$7(61$66$8%$+$0$6 -RVHSK&KULVWLH/RXLVRI 3%R[ 3LQH&UHVW'ULYH 6RXWK%HDFK FOREIGN INVESTMENT RISES 49% TO $977M FROM page one ASSOCIATEDPRESS ANXIETYabout a deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling swept across Wall Street on Wednesday and drove the Dow Jones industrial average down almost 200 points. With Washington showing no sign it will find a solution, financial planners around t he country said their clients were increasingly worried. T he Dow took a sharp drop during the last two hours of trading and closed down for the fourth session in a row. The declines have grown each day. The market turmoil was a sign that consequences of the debt fight were beginning to materialize in earnest. With six days to go until the Treasury Department's Tuesday deadline raise the national borrowing limit or face an unprecedented federal default and unpredictable fallout in the economy analysts suggested the market would only grow more volatile. "The longer we go without any type of h ope or concrete plans for resolution, the more concerned investors are going to b ecome," said Channing Smith, a managing director at the financial firm Capital Advisors Inc. While no one was panicking, financial professionals who handle the investment accounts of everyday Americans college funds, retirement accounts and other nesteggs said their customers were growing more worried by the day. One said he had not seen this level of anxiety since the 2008 financial crisis. "We're getting a ton of calls," said Bob Glovsky, president of Mintz Levin Financial Advisors in Boston. "It's all 'What happens i f the U.S. defaults? What's going to happen to me?'" T he Dow finished the day down 198.75 points, at 12,302.55. About half of the decline came between 2 and 4 p.m., when the market closes for the day. It was the worst fall for the Dow since June 1, with 28 of the 30 component stocks losing value. FEAR OVER DEBT FIGHT HITS WALL ST:DOW LOSES 198


BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 13B work, then you are unlikely to succeed, since unlike your current job no one is going to make you work. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Do not allow your weakness to be an inadequacy for a lifetime. If you have areas of expertise pursue it, but do not be trapped into becoming a jack of all trades and master of none Consider starting a Blog: If you enjoy writing and interacting with customers and other designers, one way to market your service as a freelancer is via blogging. Blogging is beneficial, as it promotes service and demonstrates expertise to build name recognition and exposure. Networking online and offline takes effort, and can become one of the best things you do for your business. Dont ignore your international arena: Being able to do business with clients locally is a big lead, so dont neglect opportunities for growth internationally via online prospects. Pricing: What should I charge for my work? Ahhh, the ques-tion everyone wants to know. Wish I could tell you exactly what to charge. Pricing varies based on your expertise, but you will need a basic idea ofhow to price your work. A freelancer controls how much heor she earns, and on what particular time of the day. It is very frustrating to see freelancers cranking out poor work at an alarming rate, so be careful, as you may have to compete with quality work that usually wins over cheaper pricing. Permits and licenses: When operating an online business, there will always be a question of whether a permit is needed. If your freelancing business is operating online, there is no need for a business license. Branding/Marketing: What makes your business unique? Before starting a business you should be identified via a distinctive logo, which is an approach to introducing yourself to the public. You can use social network marketing through Twitter and Facebook as well. Contract: Deal with every contingency through a written contract, formatted so that it can be edited for every client. Learn what goes into a contract and what different clauses serve. It is very important to protect your business and avoid snags with clients. Seek advice from experts: There will be some elements to freelancing that require advice, and it is intelligent for you to solicit advice from specialists to ensure everything runs smoothly. To this end, recognise that starting your own freelancing business does not require wealth or genius level intellect. It merely requires a passion, a dream and action. Graphics is an art our art and to leave it bottled up is not too cool. I am convinced that when the time comes to making that freelancing decision, you will know as you will feel it. Know that it is natural to fear the unknown, but accept the fact that life is uncertain, so it is a safe leap to chase what matters. You can use almost any excuse not to get started on your business, but just begin and ignore contrary thoughts. Remember the phrase: A journey begins with just one single step? There is never a dull moment in graphic and web designing, but operating a freelance business requires hard work. Collectively, we all know it is worth it. Time is important, and so are you. If you are ready to make money from something you enjoy doing, there is no perfect time other than now to take that leap. Dont be afraid to follow your dreams, even if everyone else doubts you. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of your game. NB: The author welcomes feedback at About the Columnist: Ms Bastian is an extensively trained and qualified graphic designer. She has trained at institutions such as: Miami Lakes Technical Centre, Success Training College, College of the Bahamas, Nova Southeastern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas. FROM page two ARTOFGRAPHIX




The T ribune Thursday July 28, 201 1 PG 29 RELIGION D UR I N G t h e a nn u al I n t er n a t i o n a l T raining Seminar held at the Diplomat Center scor es of leaders fr om around the world will receive a special message on kingdom living and how to apply the con cept to ever y day living. In 2010, this special seminar attracted hundr eds fr om over thir ty nations for four days of intensive training in Biblical studies with a specific focus on Kingdom T h e o l o g y T he Ki n gd o m T r a i n i n g Seminar is hosted by renowned teacher leadership consultant and senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries Dr Myles Munroe and is fast becoming an annual pilgrimage for theology professors, Bible teachers, pastors, priests, ministers, seri ous Bible students and laymen. "The response to this special seminar "Is the recent re-emergence of the mes sage of the Kingdom of God as is the heart and soul of the Biblical text and it is t h e o n ly m e s s a ge d e cl ar ed b y J es u s C hr i s t o v er 20 00 y ea r s a go s a id Dr Munroe H e a dd e d ; T h is m e s s a ge of t h e Kingdom has been lost for many genera tions. It has been buried under the accu mulation of years of r eligious dogma and i m p o r t an t v i t al a nd n ec es s ar y t r u t h sought by the spirit of mankind." S pe a ke r s f or t h is f ou r d ay ev e nt i n cl u d e D r G ui l l er m o M a ld o n ad o of C en t r a l A me r i ca f o r m e r D ea n of Theology of Oral Robert University Dr Jer r y Hor ner Dr Pepe Ramnath from T rinidad, Dr Richard Pinder Pastor of Ba ham as Fa it h M in is t r ies F ell ows h ip a n d D r M ar t i n W i l l i am s of O ma h a Nebraska Leadership T raining Institute. T h e s e mi n a r o p en s o n W e d n e s d a y night with a special message from Dr M u n r o e a n d i s e xp e ct ed t o d r a w C h r is t ia n l e ad e r s f r o m t h r o u g h o u t Nassau and the family islands as well. The Myles Munroe Kingdom T raining Seminar is a response to the request of t h o u s an d s a r o u n d t he wo r l d f o r a n oppor tunity to receive intensive concen t r a t e d t e ach i n g a nd t r a in i n g o n t h e Ki ngd om M ess age eq uipp ing t he s tudents to fully understand the pr ecepts, co ncep ts pr i ncip les an d La ws o f th e Kin g d om and the tool s necess ary for effectively teaching and training others in kingdom life. Dr Dar r ell W ilson of Dallas T exas stat ed, "W e are bringing a gr oup of our lead ers to this strategic seminar because we see Dr Munroe as the world's foremost authority on the subject of the Kingdom Message and want to experience direct training from the source." This seminar will be primarily taught by Dr Myles Munroe with a focus on K in g do m T h eo l o gy a n d Co n ce p t s o f Law Citizenship and Authority Other facilitators will address specific topics on the environment, stewardship and king dom citizenship; education for authority and kingdom citizenship; how to teach the kingdom in the market place and other aspects of the kingdom. J ay M u l li n g s D i r e ct o r o f t he C o n f e r en ce Co m mi t t e e s t a t ed ; "O u r workshops in this seminar like last year will provide opportunities for discussion, r esear ch and personal and small-gr oup interaction to fully maximise the explo ration of this most impor tant subject." Many of the international guests ar e already booking hotel rooms and plan to stay over for extra days of fellowship with local churches which also adds to the g r ow th o f t h e l oc al eco n o my of t he Bahamas. The seminar is fully supported by the Ministry of T ourism and the Minister of tourism speaking in this regard states; "W e ar e pleased to join Dr Munroe in his effor ts to enlighten people fr om all over the world and as we pride ourselves in being leaders in the field of hospitality we know that you will enjoy the best of our beautiful Bahamas at this special seminar ." The seminar takes place August 36. 2011 Inter national T raining Seminar Myles Munroe


MEDIT A TION The T ribune PG 30 Thursday July 28, RELIGION The gift of friends IN THE Old T estament story found in 1 Sam 23:1-18, King Saul is in hot pursuit of David his general. Saul learns that David is in a walled city which means easy captur e if the citizens lock him in, and presumes that this is a blessing from God. God has a different plan but Saul is not seeking it. When David r ealizes that Saul is clos ing in, he seeks dir ection in prayer befor e r eacting hastily David is able to evade Saul because he is given discer nment not to tr ust the people. W e read that "Saul sought him every day but the Lor d did not give him into his hand" (v 14), and that Jonathan his friend comes to him and "strengthens his hand thr ough the Lord" (v 16). When we are sor ely tried and tested, we ar e to incr ease the dose of prayer and praise not decr ease it. W e stand not in our strength alone, but by the grace of God. Sometimes we are victorious, not even by our faith alone. Others who also seek to be obedient are sent to str engthen us. They keep us focused on God' s plan, and believing in the truth of our secret r evelation. T r ue friends are a real bless ing especially if they help us to grow in intimacy with God, and obedience to God. W omen usually talk about feelings fr eely but men also need male friends whom they can r eally tr ust to care, keep confidences, and pray with and for them. The more intentional ef forts are made by spiritually mature male mentors to befriend our angr y young men. The more chances there will be to help them find the healing, peace and joy that is so badly needed. In Mark 2:1-2, we find the story of five male friends, four of whom ar e able bodied while the fifth is para l y z e d T h ey a r e p e r s i s te n t f r ie n d s overcoming a resistant roof. They ar e faithful friends, who are insistent that he will find healing. They bring him to the One who is the best friend of all, Jesus Christ. When sin paralyzes us, He r esponds in like manner with forgive ness as His first gift, and then physical healing may follow It is wise to establish strong loving friendships with persons who ar e gen uine as early in life as possible. Some may be for a season only and will help us to master a skill, lear n a tr uth, or accomplish a task. Others may be for a lifetime, and over the years God uses this small Christian community to reflect the true me a n in g o f f r ie n d s h ip e va n g el is m Others who join are drawn by the pr es ence of Christ that is so r eal when they are all together Our first loyalty is to Jesus Christ. Our attitude is to humbly seek the Lor d in prayer remembering that the love of the cross is what the love of Christ is all about. Then add to this the blessing of good Christian friends and supportive family members and you have an abun dant life. Be a friend to someone else and then intr oduce your new friend to your closest Friend, Jesus Christ. 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 ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your stor y


The T ribune PG 32 Thursday July 28, 201 1 RELIGION CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy Associated Press POPE Benedict XVI on Sunday called on people to r enounce hatred in the face of the "deep sor r ow" felt over the ter r or attacks in Norway The pope urged people to pray for the dead, the wounded and their loved ones as he spoke to pilgrims and tourists fr om t he balc o ny of his s ummer palace in Castel Gandolfo near Rome. "Unfortunately yet again comes news of death and violence," Benedict said at the star t of his greetings to the faithful. "W e all feel deep sor r ow for the grave ter r orist acts." "I want to again repeat my grief-strick en appeal to all to abandon forever the way of hatred and to run away from the l o gi c o f e v il B en ed i ct s a i d i n h i s r emarks, speaking in Italian. A day earlier the pope sent a condo lence message to Nor way's king in which he denounced the "senseless violence." His envoy in Norway decried the ter r or attacks as "madness" and said in an inter view with V atican Radio on Saturday the victims would be remembered at Sunday Mass. Pope on Norway attacks: Renounce hatred Dr Rita Pratt of Nassau, Bahamas was a guest at the 20th Annual Virgin Island Cultural Potpourrie For All of We' folk life Festival which was sponsored by the USA National Park Service of America. Pictured left to right St Thomas heritage dancers Claudette Heyliger, Almarina Palmer, Dr Rita Pratt, and Ura Gasha. CUL T URAL PO TPOURRI E F OR ALL OF WE


The T ribune Thursday July 28, 201 1 PG 35 OBITUARIES Is any sick among you? JAMES 5:14. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the chur ch; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: :15. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be for given him. Now listen! As a so called Christian Nation, it' s either we believe God' s wor d or we don' t; simple as that. The time has come and gone for us to stop pretending and playing chur ch; do you know or does it matter to you that sickness and disease ar e rapidly snuffing out the lives of our loved ones, friends, neighbours, co-work ers and church members? Here' s a rhetorical question! How is it that with all of the informa tion (so-called revelation) cir culating in the church world today; the chur ch is yet powerless against sickness / diseases and cringes in its boots at the NAME of dis eases such as Aids and Cancer The church hasn' t really gotten the true r evelation of this! There is power in the name of Y ahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ), and due to the lack of this r evelation and er r oneous r eligious teach ings the chur ch is often troubled and tor mented by ever y other name that comes against it. But here' s what the Bible says about the name of Y ahshua Messiah: "Phil.2: 9. Wherefor e God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above ever y name :10. That at the name of Jesus ever y knee should bow of things in heaven, and thin gs in eart h, an d t hings u nder th e earth" James asked the chur ch this question: "Is any sick among you?" and if any is sick, he told them what to do; "let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: One of the greatest challenges today' s church faces as it relates to receiving God' s healing power is that of having eld ers / mature saints that can pray the prayer of faith. No matter the sickness, the prayer of faith is a very powerful weapon that produces gr eat r esults. "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" Could it be that when the chur ch is called upon by the sick, rather than the elders praying the prayer of faith; those that do go to pray go mor e fr om the mind-set of investigating how the sickness came about? And based upon the find ings (the name of the sickness or disease) a somewhat conclusion is made; and a weak, watered down, powerless prayer is made by the religious investigators. As a pastor I'm amazed at how supposedly anointed saints are being held hostage and ar e ter rified at the names of various sickness and diseases. Not wit hs t and ing t hat t he Bib le s ays i n P hi l .2 : 9. Wh er e f o r e G o d al s o ha t h h ig hly exa lt ed him a nd giv en him a n ame whi c h i s abo ve ev er y na me: A t t h e n a me o f Y a hs h u a M es s i ah A id s h as to bow Cancer ha s t o bo w L u pus an d ev er y ot her f or m o f si ckne ss a nd di s eas e has to bow n o mat te r whi ch n ame th ey' re cal led by Th e s ad t hi ng a b o u t t o d a y s c h u r c h i s t h a t i t h a s a llo wed er r on eou s r el igi ou s b eli ef s an d t each ing s to co nt ami nat e i ts fai th / r e l a t i o n s h i p As yo u'r e r ead in g th is ar ti cle, I d eclar e u nt o yo u th at t he G od o f A br aha m, I s aac an d Jaco b ( Fa th er Y ah weh) is a h eal er; h er e s wh at th e Bibl e sa ys ab ou t H im "Ps .1 07:20 He se nt his wo rd an d h eal ed th em, an d d eli ver ed t hem f r o m t hei r de st r u c t i o n W at ch t hi s P S .103: 2. Bles s t he LO RD, O m y s ou l, a nd fo rg et not al l h is b ene fit s : : 3. Who fo rg ivet h all t hin e i niq ui ti es; wh o h eal eth al l t hy dis ea se s; T h e re s no s ick nes s and dis ea se tha t G od ca n' t he al; t he mil li on d ol lar qu es t io n i s th is : "Do you be lie ve?" I t s mos t d is tu r bin g wh en I he ar t his s ayi ng: "L o rd if i t' s Y our will h eal b r o t h e r o r s is t er it s eve n mo re dis t ur bi ng wh en t hi s typ e of pr aye r / s ayin g can be h e a r d com in g fr om r el igi ou s le ader s ; t his p r oves t o be ano th er clas s ic cas e o f i gno r an ce at wo rk f r om th e p os it ion o f l ead e rs h ip. I t i s H is wi ll t o he al; H is wi ll an d H is wor d ar e on e an d t he s am e. A gai n h e re s wh at t he scr i pt ur e s ay s abo ut H is w o r d: "P s .107 :20. He s ent h is wo r d, and hea led t hem a nd de live re d th em fr o m th eir d es tr u cti ons O n th e s tr eet s th is lev el of ign or an ce t h a t s bein g d is pl ayed b y t he r e l i g i o u s mi nds et woul d b e d es cri bed in th is m anner When ya dum b, ya d ang er o u s T h e s cr ip tu r e s ay s i t th is way: Ho s ea.4: 6. M y peo ple ar e d est r oye d fo r l ack of kn owle dge: b ecaus e t hou h as t r e j e c t e d k n o w l e d g e M y s in c e re p ra yer a nd h ope i s t hat "P eop le wou ld mat ur e be yon d t he ir r e l i gio us s t ink in g th in kin g an d s eek th e u n c o m p r omi se d t ru th of G od s wor d Whi le I t r y to r es p ect eve r y b o d y s vi ews and op in ion s whe neve r tho s e vi ews and op ini on s ar e co nt r ar y t o God s wor d; I mak e no ap ol ogy i n kick in g th em to th e cur b. P lea se hea r me! I t is y our co ven ant r igh ts to be h eale d f r om wha tev er k ind of s ickn es s and di sea se th at' s in fl ict in g you r bo dy It 's of t he ut mos t im po r t a n c e th at yo u f in d / conn ect wit h one o r two per s on s wh o won' t wavi er i n th eir fai th c o n c e r nin g you r heal in g; un it e wit h t hem in t he p r ayer o f fai th No mat ter th e p r oce ss an d ho w th ing s m igh t lo ok you r emai n pr ayer f ul an d fai th fu l a s yo ur hea lin g wi ll man if es t. I s an y s ick am ong you ? For questi ons and comment s cont act u s via Em ails:past orm allen@yahoo .com or k m f c i @ l i v e c o m or Ph. 242441202 1 Past ors Matth ew & Br endalee A llen Kin gdom Minded Fellow ship Cent er Int 'l P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN


The T ribune PG 36 Thursday July 28, 201 1 OBITUARIES T he weekend of July 15 -18, r epr esented a significant moment in the life of the Anglican Chur ch Men Branch of Saint Thomas Parish. Du ri ng t his per i od, b ra nch pr es i den t I. H a r tle y C oa lbro ok e an d t he me n of the p ari sh we lc o me d fo r the fi rst ti me Ke vi n K R y a n P r esi de nt o f th e C ou nc il of A ng lic a n C hu r c h M en an d V i ce P r es ide nt Char l es A .A. H e p b u r n, to th e pa rish. F or q uit e some t ime P r es ide nt Coal br oo ke an d Can on Ma rk Ke nd al l, R ec to r of th e Pari sh, w e re in di scu ssion s w ith the c oun c il p resi de nt to c au se th is hi stori c oc c a sion t o b ec o me a r e a l i t y Af ter be in g rec e iv ed by M r C oa lb rook e, i n gra nd st yl e, the spe ci al gu est s w e re h oste d to a we lc o me rec e pti on he ld i n t he ir ho no ur in the pa rish h al l a t the ProCa th ed ral o f St. Mary The rec e pti on w a s at ten de d b y C a non Lem ue l B e en Assoc i ate Prie st of th e Pa rish, C a te c hist C ha rle s G ar lan d, wa rd ens a nd m emb er s of th e Ang li c an C hu rch Me n an d W ome n. Th e n ex t d ay t he bra nc h le d t hirt y-f iv e of i ts me mb ers at a n ou trea c h a t t he C hu rc h of Sa in t Jo hn S al t C ay Th e d ay mo ve d f rom m or n i n g p r a y e r c o ndu c ted by the c at ec hi st to pa int ing an d lig ht re pa irs to the ch urc h a nd pa rish h al l fol low e d by a n isl an d t our a nd lu nc h. A s s i s t a n c e Th e me n t he n t ook p art in a n inf orma l di scu ssion ab ou t ho w t o at trac t m ore me n to the AC M p rog ram s to wa rd bo ys, i nc rea sin g pr e s en ce a nd a ssista nc e i n t he C hu rc h, the C o unc i l V ision e tc. Th is m ini-c on cl av e wh ic h l aste d ab out thre e an d a h al f ho urs, w as fil le d w it h pra ct ic a l a nd me a nin gf ul me an s to w ard bu ild ing a ve ry vi bra nt org an isa tio n in tha t pa rt o f God 's V i n e y a r d The gro up le ft f or G ran d T u r k vi a bo at re mi ni sci ng on th e g rea t da y j ust h ad Late r in the e ve ni ng an ex ec u tiv e m ee ti ng wa s co nd uc te d by Mr H ep burn a s the gro up sou gh t to stre ng th en t he rei ns of m an ag e me nt i n the A C M S und ay w as a sp ec i al t ime a s t he c o unc i l pr e s ide nt a nd v ic e pre sid en t w ou nd do w n thi s in au gu ral v isit Se rv ic e of the H ol y Eu c ha rist wa s he ld a t the ProCa th ed ral The c el eb ran t wa s Can on L emu el Been, Or di nan d L y n d e n Dou gl as d el iv ere d t he H om ily a nd c ou nc il pr e s ide nt K ev in R y a n p rese nt ed a n ad dr e s s Th e ex c ite me nt a nd jo y in w orsh ip pin g Go d wa s vi sibl e to al l. Th e Ho ly S piri t m ov ed i n a mi g h ty way dur ing t he s ervice. T he men w a r m ed the he a rts of pa rish ion ers as t he y sa ng lust ily ; "W e ha ve a n a nc h or th at ke ep s the soul ." Lo ok o ut Son s o f Th un de r Th e m ass e nde d, Me ssrs R ya n a nd H ep bu rn w e r e see n off b y Bra nc h Pre side nt Co al br o o k e an d V ic e Pre sid en t Hum ph ry Pr o s p e r e It wa s on to Prov id en ci al es fo r a me et in g w ith t he n ow M e n's Fellow s hip of Saint Monic a's Parish al ong w it h th e R e ct or Fa th er B e r n a r d B e en Tha t w as a jo yo us oc c a sio n a s the dy na mi cs o f the AC M Org a nisa ti on w e re d isc usse d. Al l p r e sen t ag ree d to tra nsi tio n to be c om in g a fu lly co nsti tu ted p art of the A ng lic a n Ch urc h Men i n O c t o b e r 2 0 11 Anglican Chur ch Men executives visit T urks & Caicos P R E S I D E N T I H a r t l e y C oa l br oo k e a nd t he me n o f th e p a ri sh wel c om e d f or t he f ir s t t im e K e vi n K Ry a n P re s id e nt o f th e C ou n ci l o f A ng l ic a n Ch u r c h M e n a nd V ic e P re s id e nt C ha rl e s A .A He pb u rn, t o t he pa ri s h.


By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r B ack on the court after sit-t ing out game three due to nagging injuries, Mitchell Johnson a nd Jamal Douglas reentered the lineup without missing a beat and helpedt he Bahamas to their fourth consecutive win to clinch the top spot in Zone B. The Bahamas finished the preliminary round of the 21st CBC Championships u ndefeated after an 80-61 w in over the British Virgin Islands at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Tuesdayn ight. Johnson finished with t eam highs of 14 points and f our steals while Douglas a dded 12 points and five rebounds. Keno Burrows continued h is stellar play in the tour nament with his second consecutive double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, C J Hinds finished with 11 points while JR Cadot added eight points, sevenr ebounds, three assists and two blocks. Randy George led BVI w ith 20 points, while Kennedy Bass and Norville Carey each finished with 10. In their toughest test of t he tournament thus far, the Bahamas led by just two points early in the third q uarter when Bass made a 15-foot jumper to make the score 34-32. T he Bahamas responded w ith a 10-2 run to take their first lead of double figures when Johnson scored tot ake a 44-34 lead. The run continued and after a 16-4 outburst, Dou-g las' layup gave the Bahamas a 20-point lead, 5636, with just under four min-u tes left to play in the quarter. After outscoring the visitors 29-14 in the third peri od, the Bahamas took a 6342 lead into the fourth quart er. The lead reached as much as 23 in the fourth on a layup by Hinds and BVI failed to threaten for the remainder of the contest. Defensively, the Bahamas f orced 18 turnovers and limited BVI to just 36 per cent shooting, including 0-16 from beyond the three-point arch. The Bahamas again won the rebounding battle, 453 0. But with points in the paint even at 36, second chance points even at eight, slight edges at the charity stripe and three-point arch proved to be the difference. The Bahamas outscored BVI by nine from distance a nd eight at the free throw line to get ahead when they m ade more free throws (15 t han BVI attempted (10 The Bahamas finished the p reliminary round undef eated by an average margin of 38.5 points per victory in each win. They opened with a 94-41 w in over the Cayman Islands, followed by a 75-41 w in over Bermuda and a 1 06-58 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines. H inds finished the prelims a s the Bahamas' leading scorer at 13.3 points per g ame while Burrows has remained one of the most consistent performers at both ends of the floor with 1 2.3 points and seven r ebounds per game while shooting a team leading 70 p er cent. U U S S V V I I b b e e a a t t s s G G u u y y a a n n a a 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 1 1 In other day four action, the US Virgin Islands dominated Guyana on their way to putting up the highesto ffensive output of the tournament so far, 11151. The 60-point win is also t he biggest margin of victory in this years championship. Aaron Brown led the way w ith 21 points, along with I van Aska who scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Keron McKenzie led Guyana with 25 points and five rebounds. S S t t V V i i n n c c e e n n t t g g e e t t s s 7 7 2 2 7 7 0 0 v v i i c c t t o o r r y y o o v v e e r r C C a a y y m m a a n n The second game of the day was a competitive matchb etween St Vincent and the Grenadines, who got their first win of the tournament, 7 2-70, over Cayman Islands. Randolph Williams had a huge performance with 29 points, five rebounds and sixs teals while Lezlo Mckenzie added with 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals. For the Cayman Islands, Jorge Ebanks had 17 points and seven rebounds. THETRIBUNE SECTIONETHURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O ? ? E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 6 6 E E . . . TITANS AGREE TO DEAL WITH HASSELBECK FINA SWIM WORLDS: PHELPS MAKES HISTORY DE AZA HELPS WHITE SOX KNOCK OFF THE TIGERS 2-1 LONDON 2012 MEDALS ARE THE LARGEST YET SPAIN TOPS FIFA RANKINGS, US FALLS TO NO.30 T T U U R R N N T T O O 6 6 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 6 6 E E . . . Team Bahamas undefeated, clinches top spot in Zone B F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f UNDEFEATED: Michael Bain, of the Bahamas, in action against Bermuda. Team Bahamas (black and gold) finished the preliminary round of the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships undefeated after an 80-61 win over British Virgin Islands at Kendal Isaacs Gym on Tuesday night. By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter WITH the Bahamas out of action on day five of the CBC Championships, other teams in Zone B continued to fight for playoff seeding in the reclassification round set to begin today. Bermuda improved to 2-2 with their first win since the opening day of the tournament with a 54-48 victory over the Cayman Islands at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium yesterday afternoon. Jason Lowe led Bermuda with 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals, Sullivan Phillips added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Jahvon Jones added eight points and 11 rebounds. Jorge Ebanks led the Cayman Islands with 13 points while Shaad OGarro added 10. Bermuda overcame a 10-point first quarter deficit with a stifling defensive effort over the course of the second and third quarters to take the lead for good. The Cayman Islands won the opening quarter 23-13, but were held to just 14 points over the next two quarters as Bermuda took control. A low scoring second quarter from both teams saw Bermuda trim the deficit by just a single point headed into the half, 23-32. But the Cayman Islands would score just a single field goal in the third. A jumper by Ebanks saw the lead grow to 14 for Cayman and they went scoreless for over seven minutes in the third as the lead dwindled away. Bermuda ended the period on a 14-0 run to tie the game at 37 headed into the fourth. Tied at 42, Lowe gave Bermuda the go-ahead basket with 6:48 left to play. G G u u y y a a n n a a w w i i n n l l e e s s s s a a f f t t e e r r 7 7 6 6 5 5 1 1 l l o o s s s s t t o o A A n n t t i i g g u u a a In the second game of the day, Antigua kept Guyana winless in the tournament with a 76-51 win. Lennox McCoy led the winners with a team high 16 points, Wayne Walker posted 15 points and 11 rebounds while Julius Hodge turned in a near triple double with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Keron McKenzie led Guyana with 21 points, Dwaye Roberts finished with 12 while Akeem Kanhai added six points and 14 rebounds. Antigua led wire-to-wire in the contest and opened by winning the first quarter 17-12. They outscored Guyana 48-29 in the second half as the lead proved to be insurmountable. The re-classification round for teams ranked 5-8 will take place, starting 1pm today, while the semi finals begin at 6pm. The Bahamas is scheduled to play in the second of two semifinals at 8pm. Bermuda improves record to 2-2 B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L


SCOTIABANK ( Bahamas) donated $10,000 t o Special Olympics Bahamas t o help send Team Bahamas to the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 in Athens, Greece. The 36-member team returned home recently after competing in tennis, swimming, track and field, judo, bocce, basketball and bowling. Leah R Davis, senior manager of marketing and public relations for Scotiabank, applauded the enormous efforts of the Special Olympics Bahamas team. Preparing the team to not only represent the Bahamas at the World Summer Games in Athens has been a colossal team effort and the coache s, organisers, volunteers and c orporate Bahamas are to be c ommended for their commitment. We at Scotiabank know that corporate social responsibility is not just a responsibility, it is an opportunity. Investing in the community that invests in us just makes sense. Our Bright Future Programme provides the bank with the opportunity to increase our visibility in the communities where we live and work, building relationships with this generation of customers, and the next. Scotiabank is elated to serve as the leading sponsorof Special Olympics Bahamas, she said. Through its sports pro grammes, Special Olympics Bahamas strives to provide long-term benefits to individ uals health, self-esteem and social integration, according to a press release. The Bahamas branch relies heavily on the contributions of corporate citizens to raise funds for their athletes. By STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer L ONDON (AP don celebrated the one-year countdown to the 2012G ames with the first dive into t he new Olympic pool, the presentation of medals and a c all to the world's athletes to c ompete in the country that invented modern sport." E xactly one year from W ednesday on July 27, 2012 London will be staging the o pening ceremony of the O lympics, the first city to host t he world's biggest sports festival for a third time after pre-v ious games in 1908 and 1948. I n a live televised ceremony in Trafalgar Square, IOC President Jacques Rogge for mally invited 202 national O lympic committees from around the world to send their athletes to the British capital. "The athletes will be ready, so will London," Rogge said. The ceremony took place in the same square where thousands of people celebrated on July 6, 2005, when Rogge opened a sealed envelope in Singapore and announced that London had won the right to host the Olympics, beating rival bids from Madrid, Paris, New York and Moscow. "A dream was born when the IOC awarded the 2012 Games to London," Rogge said. "The world's finest athletes began dreaming of competing in this magnificent city, in packed state-of-the-art venues, and in front of pas sionate crowds. "As in 1908 and 1948, they knew they would be coming to the nation that invented modern sport and the concept of fair play." British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Olympics would showcase the nation at its best. "This has the makings of a great British success story,"he said at the ceremony. "With a year to go, it's on time, it's on budget. ... We must offer the greatest ever games in the world's greatest country." The festivities started across town at the new, gleaming aquatics center inthe Olympic Park in east London, where 2009 world champion Tom Daley performed the first dive into the pool, knifing cleanly into the water off the 10-meter board with an inward somersault pike. "It was great, a bit cold actually," Daley said. "It's going to be awesome next year.'" A few minutes later, sever al former British Olympic athletes, including javelin throwers Steve Backley and Tessa Sanderson and 400-meter runner Roger Black, took part in the first "race" in the pool. Olympic swimmer Mark Foster was the easy winner. The ceremony also fea tured the unveiling of the Olympic medals by Princess Anne, an IOC member and former Olympic equestrian competitor. The medals are the biggest for a Summer Olympics, measuring 3.35 inches in diameter and weighing 13.2 to 14.1 ounces. Designed by British artist David Watkins, the medals feature Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, on one side. On the other is a complex image containing five sym bolic elements, including the River Thames. During the games, 2,100 medals will be awarded at 302 medal ceremonies. The show also included a performance of David Bowie's song "Heroes" by British pop group The Feeling and a typically bombastic speech by colourful London Mayor Boris Johnson. "The streets will be ready," he said. "The trains will be ready. The taxis will be ready. The theaters will be ready. The buses will be ready. The hotels will be ready. The bicy cles will be ready. "The Olympic venues are already so ready that we might as well call a snap (early) Olympics tomorrow and catch the rest of the world napping. The people of London will be ready to welcome the world's finest athletes to the greatest games that have ever been held in the greatest city on earth." In a quirky twist, the Olympic countdown clock in Trafalgar Square read 366 days to go. No, it wasn't a glitch 2012 is a leap year. Earlier Wednesday, the $442-million swimming com plex was officially opened, the last of the six main venues in the Olympic Park to be completed. The 80,000-seat main stadium, the velodrome, handball arena, basketball venue and international broadcast center were all finished earlier this year. In central London, British Prime Minister David Cameron marked the milestone by inspecting prepara-t ions for a beach volleyball test event at Horse Guards Parade next to his Downing Street home. A year from now, London will be welcoming 10,500 ath letes from more than 200 countries, 5,000 coaches and team officials, 20,000 media personnel and hundreds of thousands of visitors. The 17day festival will feature ath letes competing in 26 sports in 32 venues. Ninety per cent of the venue construction is complete, a record number of tickets have been sold and organisers remain within the $15 billion budget. "London is extremely wellprepared," Rogge said. "I'm a happy man. I'm very optimistic for the remaining year to come. I think we'll have great games." He said London is among the best prepared host cities a year out from the games. "I think we can compare the operational readiness we have in London to the one we had in Sydney in 2000 and with Beijing in 2008," he said. "Both games were a great success, so that gives me a lot of optimism that London will be successful." No one was busier Wednes day than London organising committee chairman and for mer two-time Olympic 1,500meter champion Sebastian Coe, who shuttled from event to event and spoke in countless interviews. "It's enchanting," Coe told The Associated Press as he hustled through the swimming venue. "It really is. I'm just pinching myself that we are where we are." Early in the day, Coe and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson took off their shoes and socks to have their footprints cast in clay at St Pancras station, where the Eurostar train will be bringing in thousands of passengers next year from Paris and Brussels. Rogge was impressed when he visited the aquatics center, with its signature sweeping wave-shaped roof that mea sures 525 feet long and 295 feet wide. "I had a visual shock when I came in," Rogge said. "I've seen many great venues in my life, but this is something really special the harmony, the quality, the innovation. Real ly, it's a masterpiece." The complex, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, seats 17,500 for theO lympics the second highest capacity of any of the games venues. A year from now, Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe and Ryan Lochte will be among those competing for gold medals in the pool. "The water looks good enough to drink," Johnson, the London Mayor, quipped. Two giant wings of temporary seating have been added to accommodate fans, but will be dismantled after the Olympics to leave a 2,500-seat venue. The high, steeped banks of seats will leave some Olympics fans with a distant view of the action. Rogge and London organisers posed with Olympic mascot Wenlock next to the pool as local swimmers did a few laps and British synchronized swimmers performed a routine to the strains ofQ ueen's "We Will Rock You." London Calling: 1 y ear to g o to 2012 Ol ympics SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 3E Scotiabank donates $10,000 for Special Olympics World Summer Games By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter A YOUNG leader in the political community hopes to use sports as a vehicle to bridge the generational gap and practice social outreach in his constituency. The newly elected chairman of the Carmichael branch of the Progressive Liberal Party, Quinton Lightbourne, announced that his organisation will host its second annual Carmichael Summer Basketball Tournament at the Golden Gates court July 29-30. "The PLP Carmichael Basketball Tournament has become an annual event for the residents of the southwestern district. This year, it has partnered with the Progressive Young Liberals to include more youth in the area and provide a balanced approach with the older and younger generations," Lightbourne said. "Such events will start a sense of unity in one of the fastest growing communities on the island," he added. Lightbourne believes that through recreational activities, like sports and junkanoo, young men will begin to play greater roles in their communities. He said the tournament is just the first in a series of events that will be geared towards the young people in the community, including a pageant and after-school programmes. "It is something young persons will be drawn to," he said. "The majority of young people are not going to come to a normal branch meeting, sit down and listen to pretty much middle-aged persons talk about issues. You have to take it to the people and turn to young people to make them heavily intrigued and interactive and enthused about being a part. That's the key to success." The tournament expects some 40 young men to play in its double elimination format open for all in the area to participate with a registration fee of $5 per player. On May 17, the Carmichael branch of the Progressive Liberal Party voted Lightbourne in as chairman. "I offered myself after being urged by a lot of people," he said. "But one of the major reasons is that I have lived in the Carmichael area for the past 14 years. I play basketball, I am out in the community. I interact with a lot of males and females in this constituency and we need a greater younger appearance. "I think the only way to fully represent a community or area is by being represented or led by a younger person who knows their needs, knows their wants, and knows how to fully get it to them. That's one of the main reasons I decided to offer myself," he said. "The vision I have is that I want Carmichael to be a more community-based area, a safe community, a better community where persons are more neighbourly and living a lifestyle more conducive to family and community." Carmichael Summer Basketball Tournament starts Friday DONATION: Shown (l-rbasketball Christie, president of Special Olympics Bahamas, Leah R Davis of Scotiabank, Denzal Swain, assistant coach (basketball assistant coach (track and field SYNCHRONISED swimmers make a number '1' to mark the one-year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympics at the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park site, in east London, on Wednesday. (AP Photo


SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011, PAGE 5E 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... Bermuda shoots past Cayman Islands, 54-48 GAMETIME: Bermuda improved to a 2-2 record following a 54-48 victory over the Cayman Islands yesterday. Some of the action can be seen here. P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f