N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER The Bahamas on alert for Emily Volume: 107 No.207THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER TROPICAL STORMWARNING HIGH 92F LOW 81F OFFICIALS at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA alert last night after tropical storm warnings and watches were issued for islands in the southeast, central and northwest Bahamas as tropical storm Emi ly approaches. The storm is expected to bring about eight inches of rain fall and strong winds to Inagua which is projected to get the worst of the storm by late Thursday or early Friday. Emily will then move upward towards the northwest Bahamas which should be affected by Friday night or early Saturday. At 6 oclock last night, the Department of Meteorology issued tropical storm warnings for the Central and Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. This includes Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Ragged Island, Cat Island, Great Exuma and its Cays, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. A warning means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch was issued for the northwest Bahamas, including Grand T r opical stor m warnings issued 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 NASSAU SEE page 11 POLICE CONDUCTMONTGOMERYAVENUEWALKABOUT AFTER five homicides in the Carmichael area in less than a month, police conducted a walkabout in the Montgomery Avenue community yesterday to reassure residents of police presence in the area. SEE PAGE SIX Felip Major/ Tribune staff By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com GOLD traders yesterday insisted their businesses are not fuelling crime and that most of the country's stolen gold items are sold on the street or smuggled into the United States. Still, the traders welcomed the idea of government-imposed industry regulations but said they have yet to meet with the Ingraham administration to put forth B y AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE MINISTRY of Edu cation plans to reintroduce an English second language( ESL) programme in an effort to adapt to large immigrant populations present in the country. N ational examination results for this year indicate By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com NATIONAL test scores averaged for Mathematics in this year's Bahamas General Certifi cate of Secondary Education exams (BGCSE grades. Despite the noted improvements across the board, education chiefs maintained that weak nesses in math application remained the greatest challenge TWO hundred and fifty-four persons flooded public health facilities with symptoms of dengue fever over the Eman cipation holiday weekend, the Ministry of Health said. However, only 49 laboratory cases of the illness have been confirmed, the ministry said in a statement yesterday. The public health system opened clinics in Elizabeth Estates, Fleming Street, GOLD TRADERS:OUR BUSINESSES ARE NOT FUELLING CRIME SEE page 11 PLANS FOR ENGLISH SEC OND L ANGU AGE PR OGRAMME F OR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS SEE page 12 BGCSETEST SCORES FOR MATHEMATICS RISE TWO GRADES SEE page 11 HOLID AY WEEKEND SAW 254 COMPLAIN OF DENGUE FEVER SYMPTOMS SEE page 11 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE rights of illegal immigrants and their children born in the Bahamas will be put to a referendum under a Democratic National Alliance gov ernment, leader Branville McCartney announced last night. Technology will be used heavily in the parDURING a town meeting in Spanish Wells, local fishermen urged Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to get tough on poachers from the Dominican Republic before they are forced to take matters into their own hands. With the Commodore of the Defence Force Roderick Bowe, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, and the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources in tow, Mr Ingraham told the fishermen he knows how important the fishing industry is to the Bahamas and to the fishermen of Spanish Wells. Mr Ingraham noted that the Bahamas is spread over 100,000 square miles and law enforcement would like to be everywhere at the same time, but this is an impossibility. DN A W OULD PUT RIGHTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS & THEIR CHILDREN TO REFERENDUM SEE page 11 SEE page 12 FISHERMEN UR GE PM T O GET TOUGH ON POACHERS BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Ministry of Works and Transport yesterday announced that the closure of the Independence round-about, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until further notice. While the ministry would not reveal the exact reason for the delayed closure, Shenique Albury, environmental specialist with the New Providence Road Improvement Project, said the roundabout is under review and once completed further details will be announced. In the meantime, the Ministry of Works has issued the following advisory for motorists concerning road closures and detours: Along Blue Hill Road between Chapel Street and Cockburn Street FULL CLOSURE. Avoid area using Market Street. O n Blue Hill Road from Independence Drive heading south; the dual carriageway is temporarily converted to a single carriageway, drivers should follow the diversions posted. Along Market Street between Wulff Road and Robinson Road; FULL CLOSURE. Single-Lane southbound traffic is still allowed f rom Bahama Avenue to Palm Tree Avenue. Drivers can also use East Street as an alternate route and should follow the diversions posted. ACCESS TO BUSINESS HOUSES IS AVAILABLE THROUGH ALL SIDE STREETS. Along Robinson Road between Seventh Street and S econd Street; FULL CLOSURE. East-bound traffic should avoid area using Palm Tree Avenue and West-bound traffic should use Athol Road ( by Ridgeland Bakery). A long Prince Charles Dri ve between Pine Barren Road and Fox Hill Road; FULL CLOSURE. Westbound traffic should use the diversion at the Fox Hill traffic light. Eastbound traffic should use diversion starting at Beatrice Avenue and then travel onto Seabreeze Lane. The Abundant Life Road a nd East/West Highway Junction is OPEN TO SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY. Northbound traffic should take Old Trail Road. At the Junction of East Street and Soldier Road; FULL CLOSURE OF EASTERN SIDE OF THE JUNCTION. Drivers should follow the diversions posted. Along Marathon Road between Wulff Road and Samana Drive; FULL CLOSURE. On Bay Street downtown both lanes open to vehicular traffic. Road closures are in effect due to the use of heavy equipment to upgrade water mains,a nd to make these roads more drivable for motorists. Access to business houses is still granted during the roadwork. The Ministry encourages the public to support businesses that may fall within an area of active work. The Ministry urges the public to contact the Hotline 3029700 or e-mail publicw firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbeanThe Lion & Globe symbol and RBC are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. BLOCKBUSTER MORTGAGE SPECIALRBC FINCO puts the MORE in Mortgage!Still renting? Make your move now with: > Personalized customer service > 0% down if you own property or just 5% down with Mortgage Indemnity Insurance > Reduced legal fees > Pre-approved RBC Royal Bank VISA or MasterCard credit card with minimum $1,000 credit limit > Financing for first year's Property Insurance and more!*SPECIAL OFFER!APPLY TODAY! When approved you'll be automatically entered into a random draw for a chance to WIN a $7,500 Term Deposit or credit to your mortgage principal or future mortgage payments.Contact your nearest RBC FINCO branch for more information. Offer extended until August 31, 2011. *Special conditions apply. Rates as low as 7.0% E x t e n d e d u n t i l A u g u s t 3 1 2 0 1 1 Transport: Closure of the Independence round-a-bout put off until further notice
B y TANEKA THOMPSON D eputy Chief Reporter email@example.com THE church cannot solve t he country's crime problems w ithout support from the c ommunity and the political w ill of the country's lawmakers, said Bishop Simeon Hall. Although he conceded that the religious community can do more to aid in the fighta gainst crime, Bishop Hall said the country must not absolve politicians from their r esponsibility to craft legisla tion to keep the wheels of justice moving. H is comments came ahead o f a panel discussion on crime prevention which is scheduled to be held tonight at 7.30pm att he New Covenant Baptist Church on the East West Highway. I'd be the first to admit that the church should do more, but every time I hear people pointing at the churchi t excuses the politicians who are elected and paid high salaries to do certain things," B ishop Hall told T he Tribune ahead of the public meeting. "The church cannot do anyt hing about bail, the church c annot say who will be hung, the church cannot say how many years a person can get inj ail. We must not excuse those persons with power and priv ilege who benefit from crime by looking at the church," he a dded. I nstead, he said, all sectors of society concerned about the high levels of crime must join t ogether to curb the problem. "The change that will be meaningful must be from theg round up. We can't depend o n lawyers. I don't think we can depend solely on the politicians because they do what is politically expedient. The common people should voice opin i ons, make suggestions, and let's see if we can get a groundswell g oing before the next murder, he said. T he even t's panelists are BishopH all, Bishop W alter Hanchell of Great Commis-s ion Ministries, Rodney M on cur, a death p enalty proponent and social activist, and representatives from the Royal Bahamas P olice Force and the legal community. The group is expected to p ut forth more than a dozen s uggestions to fight the rising crime and violence wave and are expected to ask attendees to vote on the initiatives they favour. The list will t hen be forwarded to relevant gov ernment and l aw enforce ment agencies for r eview. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 3 A MAN accused of rape, burglary, and armed robbery was linked to the crime scene by a robe and underwear left at the victims home, prosecutors alleged yesterday. Defence attorney Raymond Rolle, representing accused Oscar Ingraham, however questioned the integrity of the evidence and forensic process done by officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. According to court dockets, between Wednesday, June 15, 11pm, and Thursday, June 16, Ingraham, 26, allegedly broke into the home a woman. Armed with a knife, it is claimed he raped the woman and stole her cell phone and cash. Prosecutors Linda Evans and Kristan Stubbs called one of seven witnesses in yesterdays proceedings, who gave account of what was done with evidence collected from the scene of the crime after police arrived. Sgt 2341 Rochelle Deveaux, an officer in the Forensic Science Department at police headquarters and analyst of evidence, told Justice Vera Watkins and the nine member jury she received a number of samples for analysis from Cpl 1777 Phyllis Smith in the form of a sexual assault kit on June 30. On September 15 she received blood samples from Sgt 1403 Leonardo Johnson after the accused was arrested ten days prior, and had blood drawn from him to test if he was connected to the incident. When asked by the prosecution about the contents of the kit, she replied it contained a panty, four vaginal swabs, pubic hair, pulled head hair, vaginal smeared slide, a saliva sample and four blood tubes of the victim. Sgt Deveaux also indicated a beige off-white colour bathrobe was collected as well to be examined for bodily fluids. During questions by the defence, Sgt Deveaux said examinations on the robe did not begin until August 2010, even though analysis on the sex kit had been done by July 2005. She was also unable to tell the defence the length of time the evidence given by Cpl Smith or Sgt Johnson was in custody prior to receiving it for analysis. The prosecution also introduced witness Cpl Levardo Smith, who was with the Criminal Records Office at the time of the incident. Cpl Smith said he noted how the lower level of the victims apartment didnt show significant signs of disturbance as opposed to the second level which showed dressers and items thrown about. Cpl Smith said he took a number of photographs of the interior and exterior of the apartment and later accompanied the victim to Doctors Hospital to be examined by a physician. The defence questioned what was done with the knife that was found on the scene. He admitted to seeing the knife, but said he did not collect it. The trial was adjourned to today. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Grand Bahama Police have recovered another firearm, this time in an abandoned building in the Bahamia area. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, reported that DEU officers were conducting a search of unfinished and dilapidated buildings in North Bahamia early this week when they came across a firearm. The pistol seized by officers was a silver and brown .45 pistol, along with seven live rounds of ammunition. Ms Mackey said no arrest was made. Last Wednesday, DEU officers recovered .9mm Taurus pistol with a magazine, containing 15 roundsof ammunition, in the Lucaya area. A tip from a member of the public led police to bushes on Ironsides Close off Midshipman Road. Police investigation is continuing into these matters. Members of the public are urged to continue to partner with police in its fight against crime. Persons are asked to call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911 with any information concerning a crime. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT: The Bahamas Oil Refining Company has confirmed the layoffs of a num ber of workers who were given retirement packages this week. In a press release issued yesterday, the company stated the packages were given in accordance with labour laws and company policy. We continue to create opportunities for highly-skilled, talented, and hardworking Bahamians. We remain com mitted to the positive growth and development of the com pany and our employees, said the release. We take this opportunity to thank all of our former staff members for their immeasurable contributions and wish them every success in their future endeavours, the com pany said. According to published reports, about 20 workers employed with the company for 25 or more years were offered the packages. BORCO is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion project of its oil storage plant on West Sunrise Highway. The first phase is expected to be completed in the second half of 2012, adding 3.5 million barrels of storage capacity in the immediate term expansion. The second phase expansion will add another 4.4 million barrels of storage capacity, bringing the total additions to 7.9 million barrels. According to the company, the Borco Terminal continues to bring significant economic benefit to Grand Bahama Island and by extension the entire Bahamas. "BORCO is strategically positioned to act as a hub in facilitating international logistics and trade for bulk build, break-bulk and blending operations," the company said. BORCO is owned by Buck eye Partners. The company acquired First Reserves 80 per cent stake on January 18, and completed the purchase of Vopaks 20 per cent equity holding for $340 million in February. PROSECUTORS CLAIM ACCUSED LEFT ROBE, UNDERWEAR AT VICTIMS HOME C OURTNEWS FIREARM RECOVERED IN ABANDONED BUILDING BORCOCONFIRMS EMPLO YEE L AYOFFS By LAMECH JOHNSON FRAUD and stealing charges against a real estate company owner were withdrawn yesterday. Gizelle Ward, sister of lawyer Ralph Jan Ward and owner of Tropical Home and Design, yesterday appeared before Magistrate Derence Davis-Rolle in Court Five, Bank Lane, on a charge of stealing by reason of service. Ms Ward was accused of stealing $8,200 from Adrian Nottage between October 18, 2008 and May 10, 2010, breaching trust and committing fraud by false pretences. However, yesterday the charges against her were withdrawn. C HARGES OF FRAUD AND S TEALING WITHDRAWN CHURCH NEEDS SUPPORT FROM COMMUNITY, COUNTRYS LAWMAKERS TO FIGHT CRIME B ISHOPSIMEONHALL B ISHOP SIMEON HALL SPEAKS OUT AHEAD OF PANEL DISCUSSION
E DITOR, The Tribune. I KNOWit bothers most Bahamians that the Constitution of The Bahamas entitles Haitians born in theB ahamas to citizenship. Me! I share the same sentiments, e specially now that the gove rnment is giving preference to the Haitian squatters to buy land in the new Mackey Yard subdivision! Okay. Thats not true. But it sounds true. The government is not putting Bahamia ns first. I aint hearin nothi n! Send em back to where they came from. If they born h ere, send em back to where their parents came f rom. Were a Christian nation, after all! Unlike them and their voodoo, we b elieve in a compassionate, loving Jesus. So send them h ome. They arent doing well by our country. They are more trouble then theyre worth so send em home. I aint hearin noth-i n! T hey use up everything! L ook at how they use up our hospitals and schools. T heyre using up our resources more than we are! S ome say they pay the same taxes Bahamians pay (cus t om duties, indirect sales tax, i ndirect fuel tax, etc.). I aint hearin that! Paying andc ontributing to the governm ent as much as Bahamians are shouldnt make them entitle to the basic qualities of life such as schooling, pro t ection by police officers and other merit goods and services. And by the way, theyd ont pay National Insur ance. The government says no one receives benefits unless they pay contribu-t ions, but I aint hearin that. They are violent These Haitians are vio lent. Its in their DNA! Theyre always fighting in their country theres always a riot. Why shouldw e allow them into our p eaceful land? Never mind the fact that the vast majority of murders, violent rape, armed robberies, and vio lent assaults are performed by Bahamian nationals. Never mind the fact that a normal murder rate of the Bahamas (25 per 100,000 i nhabitants) is greater than a n ormal murder rate in Haiti ( 11.5 per 100,000 inhabitants). In 2010, the murderr ate in the Bahamas was a w hopping 27 per 100,000 inhabitants! My Bahamian people, we cant let this propaganda called 'facts' or 'logic' interfere with our ideology. Bahamians have right to commit murder; its our c ountry! T he country doesnt bene fit! A ll these Haitians want to d o when they come over here is work. Why they have to be so industrious and productive? They make us look bad. They do the same amount of work in the same amount of time for a cheape r price! For me to be paid more, I would have to be more productive. How does that benefit me? How does that benefit the country? I know, we get lower costingf ruits and vegetables and so o n. We can get our yards c ompletely cleaned for just $ 55 a month. How does that benefit us when they are squatting on our land for free? Well, not really for free. There are reports that Bahamians illegal charge the immigrants rent to build S hanty Towns. Well keep t heir names hush-hush. B ahamas for Bahamians! All Im saying is put B ahamians first. I aint hearing nothing! Send the Haitians home wherever t hat is. L YNDEN McINTOSH Nassau, July, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 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 WASHINGTON The US government is likely to lose more than $1 billion in airline ticket taxes because lawmakers have left town f or a month without resolving a partisan standoff over a bill to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. The government already has lost more than $200 million since airlines are unable to collect taxes on ticket sales because the FAA's operating authority has expired. The Senate recessed on Tuesday until September, erasing any possibility for quickly resolving the issue. The House left Monday night. Caught up in the partisan acrimony are nearly 4,000 FAA employees who have been furloughed. The FAA also has issued stop work orders on more than 200 construction projects, threatening the jobs of thousands of other workers. Air traffic controllers, however, remain on the job. The debacle could have had an upside for airline passengers because ticket taxes, which typically average about $30 on a $300 roundtrip fare, are suspended during the shutdown. But airlines decided to pocket the windfall. Within hours of the shutdown on July 23, most airlines raised their fares by amounts equivalent to the taxes that disappeared. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called airline CEOs to complain and lawmakers have sent letters demanding the fare hikes be reversed and the profits be placed in escrow. But their howls have largely been ignored. Airlines collectively lost about $440 million in the first six months of this year, according to the Air Transport Association. Some passengers will be due tax refunds if they bought their tickets and paid taxes before the shutdown, but their travel took place dur ing the time airlines no longer had authority to collect the money. Airlines and the Internal Revenue Service are quarreling over who will handle the complicated and expensive processof getting those refunds to passengers. President Barack Obama implored Con gress on Tuesday to settle the dispute before leaving town, calling the stalemate "another Washington-inflicted wound on America." LaHood, a former GOP congressman, conveyed the same message in a series of private meetings on Capitol Hill and in phone calls to lawmakers, but was unable to clinch a deal. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the FAA, held out the possibility that if the Senate were able to pass a bill acceptable to Democrats, it could still be approved by the House using obscure parliamentary procedures, and sent to the White House. But his House counterpart, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., ruled out that possibility. The only way left to end the shutdown is for the Senate to agree to a previously passed House bill containing $16.5 million cuts in air service subsidies to 13 rural communities that some Democrats particularly Rockefeller find objectionable. "The only one holding this up now is Mr. Rockefeller," Mica said. One of the 13 communities that would lose subsidies is Morgantown, W.Va. The entire air service subsidy programme c osts about $200 million a year, roughly the amount the government lost in uncollected ticket taxes in the first week of the shutdown. The programme was created after airlines were deregulated in 1978 to ensure continued service on less profitable routes to remote communities. But critics say some communities receiving subsidies are within a reasonable driving distance of a hub airport. Subsidies per airline passenger range as high as $3,720 in Ely, Nev., to as low as $9.21 in Thief River Falls, Minn., according to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., said Republicans were trying to force Democrats to accept policy concessions they would be unable to enact through normal legislative procedures. Democrats tried repeat edly over the past two weeks to pass a bill extending the FAA's operating authority without the subsidy cuts, but were blocked by Republican senators each time. "Republicans are playing reckless games with airline safety," Reid said in a statement. "We should not let ideology interfere with making sure that Americans' air travel runs as smoothly and safely as possible." Underlying the subsidy dispute, was a broader, more politically-charged dispute over a labour provision inserted by House Repub licans into a separate, long-term FAA funding bill. The FAA's last long-term funding bill expired in 2007. Since then, Congress has been unable to agree on a long-term plan. The agency has continued to operate under a series of 20 short-term extensions. Democrats said the air services cuts were being used as leverage to force them to give in to the House on a labour provision, which the White House has said Obama would veto. They see the provision as part of a national effort by Republicans, both in Congress and in state capitals, to undermine organized labour. The provision would overturn a National Mediation Board rule approved last year that allows airline and railroad employees to forma union by a simple majority of those voting. Under the old rule, workers who didn't vote were treated as "no" votes. Democrats and union officials say the change puts airline and railroad elections under the same democratic rules required for unionizing all other companies. But Republi cans complain that the new rule reverses 75 years of precedent to favour labour unions. "Democrats have to decide if they are going to be the handmaidens of the labour unions in every policy," Sen. Jon Kyl of Ari zona, the No. 2 Senate GOP leader, told reporters. "Every now and then they should put the American people first instead of their constituency." (This article was written by Joan Lowy of the Associated Press). Immigration: I aint hearing nothing (satire LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org FAA shutdown to continue as Congress leaves E DITOR, The Tribune. My compliments to you for your recent editorial reminding Bahamians of the roots and origins of the violent crime which is now afflicting our country and about which I should like to say a few words, especially to some of our preachers. Nothing just springs out of nowhere, and we have known or should have known that the winds we sowed years ago would come back to us in the form of devastating whirlwinds. We should have known that the gangster culture we allowed to take hold in the 70s and 80s would not just go away. We also knew that the breakdown of family values and children having children would also have its affect on our society for many years to come. I remember the late Sir Kendal Isaacs and his colleagues warn ing us about these things on R. M. Bailey Park until his voice gave out. His political opponents scoffed at him and branded him Ole Sore Throat. Whose throat is sore now? Some of the preachers who are today shouting for hanging were the very ones who sprang to the defence of Sir Lynden Pindling at the time. The country was inundated with drug money and when the whole sorry mess was exposed by the Commission some were still unrepentant. When one Christian leader proposed to do the right thing and speak the truth, he was told that principle don't put bread on the table! Nor air conditioning and carpeting in the churches! Nor fancy cars for pastors! And don't forget the political leader who brazenly proclaimed, Don't mind how I get my money, whetherI work for it or thief it! That's the same thing we are hearing today: It's okay to sell counterfeit goods in our public market. It's okay to steal copper. It's okay to rob others who work for their money. It's okay to peddle drugs and eliminate whoever gets in the way. So forgive me if I change the channel whenever I hear preache rs at a murder scene fanning the hysteria and calling for the state to join the killing spree. Is that the extent of their Christian leade rship? Do they really believe that this is what Jesus would say? I can listen to preachers like Rev. C. B. Moss because I know that they are not just grabbing television time but are working in their communities to make a difference and trying to show our lost young people another way. The rest should clothe themselves in sack cloth and ashes and repent for their failure as church leaders. DUBIOUS Nassau, July 31, 2011. A word to preachers about crime issue EDITOR, The Tribune. THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL ALLIANCE with its young bright and energetic leader will succeed in forming the new government of the Bahamas. I am sure that the victory will not be without cost and sacrifice and like Mr McCartney each of the candidates and those who so earnestly desire for change will have to dig deep and bring everything out if they want to serve this country. Self has to be condemned and patriotism has to be manifested. There is a lot of work to be done if forty four years of a well established two party monopoly is to be eradicated from Bahamian history. All who wish to be stakeholders must understand that business as usual dur ing the election season will not work. For there are forces at work on every side. We can almost expect that the powers that be will have plenty to lose and will fight to the bitter end to avoid such an arrangement. Their wealth and power are at stake and they are not going to go down easy. If the hearts and minds of the Bahamian people are to be won a bold relentless initiative must take place and Mr McCartney has already begun the quest. He has already made a big sacrifice by stepping out from a seat of power and taking a posi tion that could be considered a demotion for his Bahamian people. He is like a modem day Moses, who saw his people being beaten by the Egyptian refuse the prestige and power of a prince and sided with his people. Mr McCartney has placed himself in such a position and has been condemned by the two party monopoly the FNM and PLP, they have given him a new home in the desert among the snakes and the scorpions. Like most of us in this coun try who are looking forward to change, I am sure Mr McCartney will return with a victory at the polls and will deliver the Bahamian people from this monotonous system that has given them much of the same for so many years. He will ensure that the needs and aspirations of the Bahamian people to be owners with the government in the political, cultural, and economic development of the nation are met. MR DNA Nassau, July, 2011. DNAwill form new g ovt of the Bahamas
WORKS and Transport Minister Neko Grant announced that during this fiscal year the Government will move ahead with three capital works project on Grand Bahama. Those projects, as identified by Mr Grant, include repairs to the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre, construction of the Grand Bahama Fire Station, and the construction of the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry (Sunset Village). Both the fish fry and the fire station were destroyed by recent hurricanes. Minister Grants comments came as he addressed the Bahamas Society of Engineers during a special meeting at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. He also took the opportunity to give information about other projects to be carried out in the country as well as update the engineers on current projects nearing completion. Minister Grant told the gathering that the economic downturn of the past two years has had significant impact on the construction industry and thatin an effort to counter the e ffects of this financial crisis, the Government undertook a comprehensive infrastructure improvement programme. This programme is providing employment while enhancing public infrastructure in anticipation of the improved performance of the Bahamas e conomy. This infrastructure programme has resulted in road works being executed on every major island of the Bahamas, he said. He pointed out that in addition to repairs and upgrades to many government roads, buildings and docks, other works include the Nassau Harbour dredging and bollard replacement projects which are now completed; the project to refurbish the Parliament Square buildings which is ongoing; the JFK Airport Gateway Project; the construction of the Straw Market building, which will open in September; the NEMA headquarters, and construction of two government administration complexes on Abaco and Grand Bahama, all of which are nearing completion. With respect to other works they have advanced, Minister Grant added that the InterAmerican Development Bank funded New Providence Road Improvement Project is progressing with an expected mid2012 completion date. While announcing capital works projects for Grand Bahama, he also advised that within the following weeks they a nticipate the awarding of contracts and commencement of construction on several additional projects. He said these will include three Caribbean Development Bank funded projects: the reconstruction of Three Island Dock at North Eleuthera, the r econstruction of Fresh Creek Dock in Central Andros, and the rehabilitation of the Deep Creek and Little Creek Bridges in South Andros. In advancing these projects, we regard these works as critical to the future development of this country. We will therefore continue to deliver services to ensure that public infrastructure is adequate and well maintained. We will also continue to facilitate the creation of policies that support an appropriate regulatory environment in which the highest standards of practice of engineering and other construction related professions in the Bahamas are upheld, he told the group. Stating that his ministry needs additional staff, Minister Grant told the Bahamas Society of Engineers that he would be pleased if its members would consider contractual employment for two to three years within the public service to assist the Government with its comprehensive infrastructure programme that is underway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
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FOLLOWING five recent homicides in the Carmichael area in less than a month, police officers conducted a walkabout in the Montgomery Avenue communities yesterday to reassure residents of police presence in the area. Superintendent Wayne Miller, officer-in-charge of the southwestern division, said walkabouts are important to not only reconnect and engage residents of the community but also to educate them on their responsibilities as citizens. He said: We intend to police the southwestern division community by community, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood to get people engaged with our fight against crime it can happen no other way. The community was shocked by Saturdays triple homicide when the body of pregnant 30year-old Erica Maryann Ward was found with gunshot wounds to her head on the floor of a small apartment at Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road. Officers then discovered the bodies of Edward Cory Braynen, 31, and Chackara Shenika Rahming, 31, believed to be the parents of the four children, on a bed in another room of the apartment. Police are speculating the possibility the incident was a retaliation murder because of Wards connection with Serrano Adderley, 30 who was recently charged with the July 12 murder of Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie and Kevin Antonio Forbes. The vast majority of residents in the area are law-abiding citizens and the recent homicides are not reflective of the entire community, said Supt Miller. He added that many people want to stand by the authorities and keep the community safe. We have identified some key players and leaders in the communities that are able to put their pulse on things that are happening they can keep us abreast on situation and will meet up with us regularly, said Supt Miller. Confident they have renewed partnerships within the com munity, Supt Miller said the public must assist the police and become active participants in the fight against crime. A resident of the area Gibson Pierre said following the July 12 murders, and Saturdays brutal homicides, the community has come together. He said: We need to learn how to avoid situations and arguments learn how to walk away as many guys think they have something to prove and get caught up in stupid situations. Mr Pierre said he respects what the police are doing, com ing into the communities to talk with residents and to see what people go through on a daily basis. The murders were terrible of course the community feels fear but we feel better once the police around, said Mr Pierre. Members of the religious community also joined the walkabout to show support for the police and the people of the Carmichael area. As a church community, we are always here and we do these walkabouts to meet and reach out to people in the area, to let them know that we are here to help. said Pastor Ken ny Deveaux, of Good News Seventh-Day Adventist Church. We are encouraging the community to join hands with the police this morning so they know that all of us are here together and that it is the only way we can solve crime, said Mr Deveaux. Police officers spent the morning going from door-todoor handing out flyers with strategies for peaceful conflict resolution and speaking with locals about coming forward when tensions arise before it is to late. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE fr!%% % rbr!% rf #t br""% &! t%)b% tbr""%nb btr RECENT HOMICIDES PROMPT POLICE WALKABOUT IN MONTGOMERY AVENUE MOVE TO REASSURE RESIDENTS OF POLICE PRESENCE 30-YEAR-OLD Erica Maryann Ward, who was pregnant, was found with gunshot wounds in Montgomery Avenue on Saturday. S CENES f rom the police walkabout in MontgomeryA venue yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 7 PROSPECTUS THEGOVERNMENTOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMAS BAHAMASREGISTEREDSTOCK2016,2018,2020,2026,2028AND2032 ISSUEOFB$100,000,000.00 IssuedunderTheBahamasRegisteredStockAct,andauthorizedbyResolutionsoftheHouseofAssembly,9th June,2011. ApplicationswillbereceivedbyTheBankingDepartmentbeginningat9:30amon3thAugust,2011andwillclose at3:00pmon11thAugust,2011.Allocationswillcommenceat9:30a.m.on12thAugust,2011andwillceaseat 3:00p.m.on15thAugust,2011. IfthetotalsubscriptionsexceedthesumofB$100,000,000.00(Nominal)partialallotmentwillbemadeto subscribers,andaproportionaterefundwillbemadeassoonaspossibleafterallotment.Nointerestwillbepaidon amountssorefunded. ThedateofthisProspectusisAugust2,2011 TheGovernmentofTheCommonwealthofTheBahamasinvitesapplicationsforBahamasRegisteredStock totallingB$100,000,000.00.TheStockwillbeavailableinarangeofmaturitydates;theearliestbeingrepayablein 2016andthelatestin2032.ThetotalamountofStockoffered,therateofinterestandtheissuepricearegivenbelow:RateofInterest NameofStock Amount B$ IssuePrice B$ P rimeRate BahamasRegis teredStock20 16 5, 000,000.00 100.00 1 / 64 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock20 18 1 0 ,000,000.00 100.00 1 / 3 2 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock20 2 0 1 0 000 ,000.00 100.00 5 / 64 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock20 26 20 ,0 00,000.00 100.00 3 / 32 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock20 28 3 0,000,000.00 100.00 1/ 8 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock203 2 2 5 ,000,000.00 100.00 1 0 0,000,000.00 TheStockshallberepaidon15thAugust,intheyearappearinginthenameoftheStock. INTEREST TheStockwillbearinterestfrom15thAugust,2011,attherateshownagainstthenameoftheStockasthepercent perannumoverthePrimeRate(i.e.theprimecommercialinterestratefromtimetotimefixedbytheClearingbanks carryingonbusinessintheIslandofNewProvidenceinTheBahamas.Ifthereshallbeanydifferencebetweenthem, thenthatwhichisfixedbyRBC RoyalBank(Bahamas)Limited.Interestshallbepayablehalf-yearlycommencingon 15thFebruary,2012andthereafteron15thAugustand15thFebruaryineveryyearuntiltheStockisrepaid. CHARGEUPONCONSOLIDATEDFUND TheprincipalmoniesandinterestrepresentedbytheStockarechargeduponandpayableoutoftheConsolidated FundandassetsofTheCommonwealthofTheBahamas. SUPPLEMENTARYPROVISIONS IssueofStock TheStockwillbeissuedbytheRegistrar(TheCentralBankofTheBahamas).Applicationswill bereceivedbyTheBankingDepartmentbeginningat9:30a.m.on3th August,2011and willclose at3:00p.m.on11thAugust, 2011 .Allocationswillcommenceat9:30a.m.on12thAugust,2011 andwillceaseat3:00p.m.on15thAugust,2011.Allenvelopesenclosingapplicationsshouldbe labelledApplicationForBahamasGovernmentRegisteredStocks Units TheStockwillbeinunitsofB$100.00. Applications ApplicationsmustbeforB$100.00oramultipleofthatsum. ApplicationForms ApplicationsfortheStockshouldbemadetotheRegistrarontheformattachedtothe ProspectusandmaybeobtainedfromtheRegistrarofficesinNassauandFreeport,TheTreasury Department(TheNorthBuildingatWaterTowerPlace,EastStreet,Nassau).Applicationsmayalso bedownloadedfromtheCentralBankoftheBahamaswebsiteat www.centralbankbahamas.com or anyofthefollowingbanks:1.BankofTheBahamasInternational 2.FirstCaribbeanInternationalBank(Bahamas)Limited 3.FinanceCorporationofBahamasLimited 4.CommonwealthBankLimited 5.RBC RoyalBank(Bahamas)Limited 6.Scotiabank(Bahamas)Limited 7.FidelityBank(Bahamas)Limited 8.Citibank,N.A.PUBLICDEBT ProvisionalestimatesfromtheunauditedaccountsasatMarch31,2011showthePublicDebtofTheBahamastobe B$4,280,858,000.* GOVERNMENTREVENUEANDEXPENDITURE ThefollowinginformationisextractedfromtheunauditedaccountsoftheGovernmentofTheCommonwealthof TheBahamas. FY2009/2010p**FY2010/2011p**FY2011/2012p** B$B$B$ ApprovedBudgetApprovedBudget Revenue1,302,543,0001,492,159,0001,520,189,000 RecurrentExpenditure(excluding RepaymentofPublicDebt)1,395,892,0001,467,170,0001,597,958,000 CapitalDevelopment Expenditure(excludingloans contributionsandadvances topubliccorporations) 156,757,000227,579,000237,303,000 **Provisionalestimatesfromtheunauditedaccounts. *ThePublicDebtamountisinclusiveofThePublicCorporationscontingentliabilitywhichasatMarch 31, 2011totalledB$540,489,000. 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OrdinarySignatures NamesinFull And/OR Address TelephoneNos.(H)(W) I/Weherebyrequestsemiannualinteresttobepaidto: BankName BankBranch Account Number THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK 2016, 2018, 2020, 2026, 2028 AND 2032 ISSUE OF B$100,000,000.00 MEMBERS of the North American Aerospace Defence Command and US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM public affairs office hosted a social media exchange with the Royal Bahamas Defence F orce (RBDF last week. Attendees from both nations discussed innovative ways to utilise popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to better inform the public of the RBDFs ongoing initiatives aimed at protecting the Bahamas national security. The exchange was conducted as part of USNORTHCOMs mission to promote s ecurity cooperation throughout the region. It was an honour to have the opportunity to share our social media strategies, tactics and experiences with the Defence Force personnel, said Stacey Knott, NORAD and USNORTHCOM public affairs social media specialist. My goal was to provide an environment where they could perhaps learn from both our mistakes a nd successes. I'm excited to see how their new programs evolve. One of the RBDF attendees, Ablewoman Marine Monique Deveaux, said the exchange would help the Defence Force improve its public affairs operations. The exchange provided insight in how s ocial media can be used as an asset to show our people how we Guard our Heritage through a variety of missions, she said. The RBDFs lead public affairs and information/technology officer, Sub Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux, added that while social media has been used personally by many of the Defence Force members, the exchange demonstrated how he could use the platf orms to expand the RBDFs current operational and public affairs objectives. Social media is not only relevant, but brings value to the things we want to achieve, he said. I believe there is now a greater appreciation for social media within the Defence Force. We can see the power of it and how it c an help us achieve our objectives of promoting our image of excellence. STACEY KNOTT NORAD and USNORTHCOM public affairs social media specialist, discusses a social media application with Ablewoman Marine Monique Deveaux, RBDF public relations specialist, while Leading Mechanic Roberto Adderley, RBDF information and technology officer, looks on. US Air Force photo by Capt. Dustin Hart USNORTHCOM HOSTS SOCIAL MEDIA EXCHANGE WITH DEFENCE FORCE EVENT HELD AT CORAL HARBOUR BASE
By KATHRYN CAMPBELL P LANS are under way for a state-of-the-art, multip urpose gymnasium for the i sland of Abaco. S enior Government officials, including Public Works and Transport MinisterN eko Grant, with Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Charles Maynard, informed residents of plans for the g ymnasium during an information meeting on July 28. The meeting held at F riendship Baptist Church w as attended by Governm ent officials, including Edison Key, MP for South Aba-c o; Colin Higgs, permanent s ecretary; Calvin Balfour, undersecretary; John Canton and Tim Munnings, directors; Livingston Forbes,c hief architect and Shaun Forbes, engineer. Minister Grant told those present that much effort hasg one into preparing plans for the gym. He said the objective of the meeting wast o present the plans and ask t he people of Abaco for their views and an endorse ment to proceed with con tract drawings for the facili t y. Minister Maynard said the idea is to ensure that it is am ulti-purpose gym. It is important for us to understand from the begin n ing that the facility is for the general public, but must be managed, monitored and maintained. H e said the gym would initially be managed by the Ministry of Youth, Sportsa nd Culture with the Local Government of Abaco, however the National Sports Authority would have long-t erm management of the f acility. Mr Key said Abaco is moving to the next level and encouraged those pre sent to move forward in the plans for this island. M r Forbes, in his presen t ation, said the 17,200 s quare-foot gym is to be located on approximately 17 acres of land a short distance south west of the new Government Administration Complex presently under construction in Central Abaco. The proposed multifunctional building will include 1,500 bleachers, offices, two concession stands, restrooms/shower facilities, and a stage area. Mr Forbes said the building could also serve as a hurricane shelter or an examination centre. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE G OVERNMENT o fficials visit site of p roposed gymnasium for Abaco. Kristaan Ingraham /BIS C HARLES MAYNARD Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, speaks at an Information Meeting about plans for a gymnasi-u m in Abaco. N EKO GRANT, M inister of Public Works and Transport, informs Abaco residents about plans for construction of a mul-t i-purpose gymnasium. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e 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 shar e your stor y
M EMBERS of We The P eople (WTP of the late Jackson Burnside recently gathered at Doonga-lik Studio on Village Road to plant a tree in memory of the c ultural icon and son of the soil. The tree chosen for this o ccasion was a pomegranate, which according to his widow Pamela, was the last tree shea nd Jackson purchased together. Not only was Mr Burnside a founding member of the community activist group WTP, but he actually prop osed the national tree planti ng initiative. In the weeks leading up to the national tree planting daym embers of WTP consistently planted trees at various locations in New Providence. T he first tree, a Lignum V itae, was planted on the eve of Independence in the gar dens of Government House w ith the assistance of Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes. T rees were also donated a nd planted at 52 homes in Mount Tabor Estates, at the Ranfurly Home for Boys andm ost recently trees were planted at a park in the St Cecilia constituency with theh elp of Cynthia Mother Pratt, the MP for the area. Leading up to Emancipa t ion Day, WTP continued w ith its push to encourage Bahamians to commit to planting at least one tree in front of their residence, on their property or in their comm unity as a symbol of togetherness and community spirit. WTP chairman Ed Fields i s asking that all Bahamians and residents commit to this national tree planting exer-c ise. The idea, he said, is twofold to bring communities together by making it a community event, as well as to help in beautifying the neighb ourhoods. M r Fields is also encouraging participants to plan a community barbeque and/ors ports activity like a kite flying contest or softball game, or a community clean-up after the t ree is planted. H e suggested that trees can b e planted before 12 noon. T hen, in the afternoon communities can get together in a nearby park and have a softball game or kite flying contest or gather in a neighbours y ard for a barbeque. Its a good way to get to know your neighbour and disc uss ideas for further community enhancements, he said. I n an effort to encourage wider participation, WTP partnered with the Bahamas Landscaping Association to provide over 1,000 trees and a bag of soil for only $25 from p articipating nurseries. Part icipating nurseries include: Caribbean Garden Centre, Monroe Landscaping, TheG ardens, Native Touches, Rocky Farms, Natures Way, Charles Rolle Native Stone a nd Trees, and Foliage E xpress. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.T he Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an a ir of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own p articular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility C ontrol Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. JACKSON BURNSIDE REMEMBERING I NAGREEN WAY WETHEPEOPLE has been tree planting around New Providence. PLANTING A TREE in memory of Jackson Burnside at Doongalik Studio on Village Road.
THE Freeport Container Ports decision to create what is today the deepest harbour in the region has paid off, as it recently hosted the largest container ship ever to berth at its pier. The MSC Bruxelles was welcomed into Freeport by members of FCPs team on July 21. This mega ship is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company, the second-largest container shipping line in the world, as part of its Golden Gates service. The port rotation of the Golden Gate service includes Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan and Yantian in China; Singapore; Salalah in Oman; the Suez Canal transit; New York; Baltimore; Norfolk; Charleston; Freeport, Bahamas; Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Colombo in Sri Lan ka, and Hong Kong. The Golden Gate service made its inaugural call in February 2010 at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, when the MSC Rita docked overnight. The scope of the MSC Bruxelles exceeded many observers expectations. The ship is capable of han dling 9,178 20-foot equivalent containers when fully laden. The ship has an overall length of 1,104 feet or 336.7 metres. A maximum draft of 49.2 feet (15.03 metres water line and is powered by four diesel engines which can achieve speeds of around 25 knots. Its carrying capacity is 18 containers across the deck and may be stacked as high as sev en containers. MSC Bruxelles is a relatively new vessel. It was built in 2005 in South Korea. It can comfortably carry a sum total of 700 refrigerated containers at one time. The MSC Bruxelles visit to Freeport further cements this ports reputation as a global shipping hub. She arrived in Freeport from Charleston, South Carolina. While here the operation handled around 3,000 containers in a 24-hour period. Upon departing Freeport, Bahamas the ship headed into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, FCP officials said. With cranes capable of handling vessels 22 container rows wide, which are even bigger than the MSC Bruxelles, FCP will continue to welcome the arrival of the largest con tainer ships involved in global shipping. Couple its deep water harbour of 16 meters (52 ft air-draft of 139 feet, Freeport is far ahead of its regional competitors in accommodating very-large crude carriers that will result from the com pletion of the Panama Canal expansion. FCP officials said the com pany is seeking to increase its capacity to serve even larger ships in more efficient and effective ways. In this regard, Freeport will accept an even bigger crane this coming fall. The crane the Super Post Panamax designed largest ship-to-shore crane in the region is capable of servicing the new generation of mega container vessels that carry in excess of 18,000 TEU (Twenty ft Equivalent Unit) with a deck span of 24 containers side by side. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A Service of Thanksgiving to God for the life of Donald E. dAlbenaswill be held on Wednesday August 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Frederick Street, Nassau The dAlbenas Agency will close at 12:00 noon that day out of respect for Mr. dAlbenas, the companys founder. Me moria l Memorial THE Freeport Container Port (FCP eight employees to travel to China for two weeks of intense training for the commissioning and inspection of the companys new quay crane. The new quay crane #11 is scheduled to be delivered in the Fall; it is a Super Post Panamax design, making it the largest ship-to-shore crane in the region, capable of servicing the new generation of mega container vessels that carry in excess of 18,000 TEU (Twenty foot Equivalent Unit containers side by side. In anticipation of its arrival, FCPs management team said it thought it necessary that the engineering staff receive advance training in electronics, hydraulics, structural engineering and advance trouble shooting techniques. The group of eight employees will train at the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC The team selected to undergo this training includes engineers Keeron Butler, Torino Hendfield, Javon Humes, Joel Lewis, Gregory Lockhart, Hesley Pinder, Brent Smith and crane operator Deryk Smith. Apart from the obvious benefits of advance training on crane # 11, there are several fringe benefits, FCP said. The joint training will permit the team members to create greater synergy among them. Furthermore, these experts will be expected to transfer knowledge to their colleagues who could not make the trip. Equally important is the fact that these eight professionals are periodically called upon to mentor and train young engineering cadets who FCP is preparing for the world of engineering. FCP is in the process of adding an additional crane (crane # 11 replacement for crane # 10 which was destroyed by the two tornados in March last year. The companys leadership decided that the new crane would not bear the same number as the ill-fated crane # 10. This gesture is to honour the memory of the three team members who lost their lives when the tornados struck Grand Bahama, the company said. The three men were carrying out a maintenance check on crane #10 at the time. FCP EMPLOYEES TRAVEL TO SHANGHAI FOR TRAINING MEGA SHIPS F REEPORTCONTAINERPORT ACCOMMODATES
as test scores indicated the nearest grade point average (GPA subject was a G. Sitting the BGCSE examina tions this year were 7,320 students from 101 government and private schools, a 5.27 per cent increase over last year. The average candidate registered for five subjects. 931 students scored C letter grades, with 917 scoring a G, and 787 scoring an F. The English Language aver age remained at a D. Performance improvements were noted in 11 subjects, while 15 subjects showed a decline. Subjects that produced letter grade improvements included, book-keeping and accounts, carpentry and joinery, clothing, construction, and combined science. Subjects declined included, Art courses, biology, economics, French, geography, keyboarding, and music. Last year saw an historic improvement in the number of students who received at least a C or above in five or more subjects. The trend was continued this year with 937 students making the results and 1,554 students meeting at least a D or above in five or more subjects. English language, math, biol ogy, and now religious studies, are the most popular subject choice for students while Art and Design Scheme C, Auto Mechanics, Clothing Construction and Electrical Installation continue to show low subscription rates. Fifty-three per cent of the grades were awarded to girls; however, it was noted that the grade disparity between male and female students sitting the national secondary exams was influ enced by the fact that there are more girls than boys enrolled in schools throughout the country. Addressing concerns over the subscription rate of both exams, Mr Bannister highlighted the practice of both government and private schools allowing capable students to sit papers ahead of the designated year. The phenomenon had a noted affect on this years Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC which saw a seven per cent decrease in the number of students sitting the exam over last year. Grade point averages for five BJC subjects showed improve ments, while English, Mathematics, and Religious Studies indicated a decline in performance. Mr Bannister noted that the early registration of students in both BJC and BGCSE exams also skewered average test scores, rendering them inaccurate measures of individual student per formance. The results were part of a report released by the Ministry of Education's Evaluation and Assessment Division yesterday on the BGCSE and the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC for 2011. Of the 27 subjects offered, fourteen of these subjects contain core and extended papers. Exams are graded on a seven point scale from A to G. The highest grade available on a core paper is a C while students sitting extended papers can score as high as an A letter grade. Yesterday, officials stressed that points A to C reflected an above average score, D an average score, and E through G a below average skill acquisition. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 11 THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsFaculty V acancy The College of the Bahamas invites applications from suitably qualified persons f or the following vacancy: P art-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 mastersd egree 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 f ormwhich may be downloaded from: www cob.edu.bs/hrpr o file a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of College transcripts and names and contact information for at least three (3ofessional references. Applications will not be considered without the complete package which should be submitted to: T he 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: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, August 8th Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, the Berry Islands, Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera last night. This means those islands may experience storm conditions within 48 hours. "The high risk area really will be the island of Inagua ... we expect that storm to pass just to the west of Inagua and that will expose Inagua to the northeast-ern quadrant of the storm where the strongest winds are and they will get the brunt of it late Thursday night going into Fri-day morning. But as that system moves up the chain and those winds start to intensify we will start experiencing some of those (effectsby late Friday night early Saturday morning. "The northwest Bahamas will then come under the threat of the tropical storm force winds," said Basil Dean, of the Meteorological Office. Residents in Inagua were in heavy preparation mode yesterday. Businesses closed early yesterday to allow residents to secure their homes and prepare for extreme weather conditions. "Some persons are battening up ... we're going to activate the hurricane shelters sometime this afternoon because we know this weather is going to be in Inagua by tomorrow evening," Dennis Brown, officer-in-charge of Inagua said yesterday. "Some of the offices are closed now, the administrator's building is closed now at this time, to allow people to get sorted out for what is to come tomorrow." Acklins Island Administrator Stephen Wilkins said residents there are also making storm preparations. At last report, Emily was heading westward towards Hispaniola at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph, with higher gusts. The storm was on a projected track to move west at 14 mph and make a gradual turn to the west-northwest during the next day or so, said the National Hurricane Centre (NHC If Emily continues on this projected track, the centre of the storm will cross the southwestern peninsula of Haiti early today and then move across eastern Cuba Thursday night. Weather watchers said the storm may weaken as it twists through mountainous terrain in Haiti and Cuba. However the cyclone may strengthen when it moves over the Bahamas, said the NHC. Officials at NEMA have put members of its Emergency Function Support team on notice to report to its operations centre should the storm strengthen and pose a direct threat to parts of the southeast and central Bahamas. NEMA is carrying out its regular monthly checks on satellite phones installed at the Family Island administrators offices, giving special focus to those island expected to be affected first, said a statement released last night. On Monday, NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell ands taff from the Ministry of Health and Department of Social Serv ices went to islands in the Southeast Bahamas to inspect the state of readiness should a storm or other disaster strike. Captain Russell said he was pleased at the level of preparedness. F or updates log on to www.tribune242.com However, he did add that since coming to office, his government has strengthened the Defence Force with two new airfcraft, additional watercrafts, personnel, and will soon be completing a base in Ragged Island. When the floor was opened to the fishermen, many recounted their own personal accounts of running into Dominican poachers while on the high seas. Many put forward the motion that the government either increased the fines issued by the courts to these unscrupulous poachers, or confiscate the vessels and sink them. Another issue raised was the prevalence of Dominican fishermen on Bahamian vessels an issue Mr Ingraham said was very troubling for the government. Its complicated, because we are unable to tell Bahamian women who to marry. We are unable to do that. Secondly, Bahamian owned boats come along and say I need an engineer. We know that they are fooling us; we know that. The Deputy PM is here, he is the Minister of Immigration. I have asked them for a list of all the permits for all foreigners on all boats in the Bahamas which he has now sent me, and I will send them something back very soon on that issue. We expect to reduce substantially the number of foreigners who have any kind of permits on these boats but that aint ga stop them from getting these quickie marriages now. But for the actual work permits, to work on these boats or the compressors they use to get all these conchs will be reduced substantially, he said. Mr Ingraham also added that a number of big fishing companies that have these vessels which employ these Dominican fishermen will soon start squealing not long from now. While the Prime Minister admitted that there is very little he could do to stop persons from stealing crawfish out of other fishermens traps, he did foreshadow that the government will be looking at doing something about the large quantity of crawfish that is produced on the same day that the crawfish season is opened. Mr Ingraham commended the fishermen of Spanish Wells for being law abiding, admitting he knew of persons who were out catching crawfish a week before the season was even slated to open. We mean you well no matter what anyone else will tell you, we mean you well, Mr Ingraham said. We do have your interests at heart. We would like to do the best that is possible to make it safe for you to ensure that you are able to reap that which is in our waters and to reduce the number of times that others, who have no right to do so, are able to do so in the Bahamas. I want to thank you very much for coming, I dont want to make you any promise, other than what I have said. You have to make your own judgment as to what happens in the future as to whether you think you have an affect on us in the government or not. All I assure you is, I heard you, I am not deaf, I have big ears, I understand, he said. suggestions. Cheldin Brown, CEO of Bahamas Gold Trading, said his company has stringent policies for precious metal transactions which he thinks deters the common criminal from trying to sell stolen goods. He believes blackmarket operations are driving gold theft, not "legitimate" businesses. Mr Brown said: "It's being smuggled abroad on commercial flights because obviously if you s teal some jewellery you know the police are going to watch the depots to see if it's in there. Or they (criminals come over here and buy the gold from them. I've heard instances of people doing (the transactions from hotel rooms. "When you allow foreigners to come in the country and buy up the gold you can't blame the common man who running a legitimate business," he said, adding that in his five years of operation he has never been implicated in receiving stolen property. Jermaine Cox, a supervisor at Nassau Pawn, also believes his store's policies requesting copies of a passport, driver's licence or fingerprinting drives criminals away. "Whether we are here or not, people are always going to steal. They may not like our prices so they are still going to sell on the street. And a criminalis not going to come in here and give a driver's license to link them to a crime." He added that the store works closely with officers at the Central Police station whenever they come across any suspicious activity. Joe Mo Campbell, attorney for US Gold, said the company has similar screening practices. "US Gold tries to limit the potential for anyone to bring stolen merchandise into the store. Customers have to show picture ID when they bring in their merchandise and that ID may be subject to police scrutiny if necessary," he said. The comments came a day after Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said government is in the process of drafting legislation to "deal with" a rise in gold and silver theft. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest has said a large number of house break-ins and crimes against persons have been linked to "cash for gold" operations. "There is nothing against legitimate businesses but when a person decides he is going to steal gold either through ripping it off a person's body or going and stealing the property so that they can sell it, that's a serious problem. "It's been a large part of the large numbers of house break-ins and crimes against persons that we are seeing in terms of human property. Every effort is being made to deal with this cash for gold problem," he told The Tribune last month. Last week, the government placed a 90-day ban on export of scrap metal after a rise in copper theft. This week, Mr Deveaux said the government will allow certain exporters to ship material that has already been cleared with the exception of copper. Flamingo Gardens and South to accommodate suspected cases over the long holiday weekend. The Princess Margaret Hospital's General Practice Clinic also opened its doors on Monday in anticipa tion of an influx of those afflicted with the virus. Meantime the Department of Environmental Heath continues to fog throughout the capital to kill adult mosquitos carrying the virus. The ministry reported that recent rain contributed to insect breeding sites. Residents were warned to discard all standing water in their yards to eliminate these breeding grounds. The ministry added that if home care for suspected dengue fever does not work, sick persons should seek immediate medical care at the nearest hospital or clinic. FISHERMEN URGE PMTO GET TOUGH ON POACHERS FROM page one FROM page one TROPICAL STORM GOLD TRADERS SPEAK OUT FROM page one FROM page one DENGUE FEVER SYMPTOMS FROM page one BGCSE TES T SC ORES FOR MATHEMATICS RISE
ty's illegal immigration and border control strategy, which i ncludes plans to collect biometric data on persons deported from the country. The party will seek to provide children born to Bahamian women outside of the country citizenship at birth, which is the same privilege of those born to Bahamian men. A ccording to Mr McCartney, it was not necessary to employ a referendum as there was sufficient provision in the law to make necessary amendments in the interest of national security; however, the party opted for a democratic solution to the "vexing problem" of i llegal immigration and border control. "The threat to our borders has a national security impact and it has an economic impact if we don't get it right, Mr McCartney said. We are losing so much because we are not protecting our borders." U nder a DNA government, persons with a right to apply for citizenship will have to attend classes to ensure they are educated in Bahamian culture and English-speaking. Advertisements in local newspapers also will be required with a recent photo of the a pplicant. Mr McCartney c laimed that this practice was introduced during his tenure as state minister for Immigration and has lapsed since his resignation from office. Fines relating to illegal landing and harbouring must be increased and enforced, according to Mr McCartney, w ho claimed that legislation was not being actively enforced across the board. Last night's meeting included Montagu candidate Ben Albury, who spoke to the mission and vision for legal immigration, and Farrell Goff who address the immigration policy. T he party vowed to produce and implement a conclusive immigration policy within the first six months of governance a policy Mr McCartney said was created for the FNM government, but had gone unused. Quick responses to applications, continuous training, a nd the production of quantitative and qualitative data for public dissemination were among initiatives, according to Mr Albury, who pledged that under a DNA government the immigration department will be operated as an efficient b usiness. The policy will outline the p rocesses of home owners residents' cards; spousal permits; extension of visitor's status; and the application processes of citizenship, permanent residency, temporary work permits, short term work perm its, long term work permits, the transfer of work permits and annual residence applications. "It is the duty of all governments, said Mr McCartney, to discharge its fundamental obligation to its citizenry by protecting them and securing t he country's borders. "Successive governments have failed miserably to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. For the most part the polit ical will was not present, and in many cases the illegal immi gration problem has been useda s a political tool." that performance in written comprehension and math application continue to be ac oncern for educators who y esterday acknowledged the critical need to overcome language barriers. The initiative will be initially introduced at Adelaide Primary School, where 80 perc ent of the student population a re from Haitian-Creole homes with parents or guardians who do not speak English. ESL programmes have b een introduced in the past, a ccording to Education mini ster Desmond Bannister, who said the initiatives were not sustained due to lack of funding. Mr Bannister said: "We r ealise that we need ESL prog rammes in our schools with the greatest sense of urgency. The usual response of ignoring the reality, giving it periodic attention, or wishing that this reality will disappear, are not viable solutions." "Should we continue down t hat road the result will be the s ame thousands of frustrated c hildren leaving our schools unable to function at their maximum ability," he said. As a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of aC hild, Mr Bannister said the state was obligated to provide universal free education to all children living in the Bahamas with the exception of those with a temporary or visitor status. H e explained that illegal immigration had created a three-tiered challenge to the education system, the first being the critical need to define who qualified as an illeg al immigrant under the law a mong the school population. T here are no provisions in the law which mandate that stateless children those born in the Bahamas and are eligible for citizenship at the age of1 8 were to be classified as i llegal immigrants until their c itizenship could be determined. Stateless children comprised the largest percentage of non-Bahamians in the edu-c ational system, according to Mr Bannister, who advised that their exclusion would engender a disfranchised, uneducated and anarchic group. Mr Bannister said: "The second reality we face is a con-s iderable percentage of our school population who are non-English speakers, of this group most are Creole speakers. "Tied to this is the third r eality the fact that Bahamia n teachers have stated that t eaching Creole in our schools is not the direction that we should be heading and believe that children of Haitian parentage should learn to speak English." A full ESL programme will b e launched at Adelaide Primary, with plans to use its m odel as a teaching complement in other school where students do not speak English. Mr Bannister maintained that Creole will not be useda s a means to teach students in the classroom, and said the m ain thrust of the initiative would be to train teachers in ESL techniques to allow for the effective tutelage of children with language challenges. Focus also will be placed o n English language development to address students for whom dialect is a primary language at home. Mr Bannister said: "We cannot continue to operate an educational system thati gnores the needs of any group in our society. If we continue to do so, the inevitable result will be chaos, frustration and backlash at the system that failed them. "The rewards will be better socialized individuals; individ-u als equipped with knowledge t o make better decisions regarding their futures, their h ealth and persons who will s ee the wisdom of being lawa biding and productive members of society." LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE .,'=&,7< FROM page one D NA WOULD PUT RIGHTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS & THEIR CHILDREN, TO REFERENDUM FROM page one P LANS FOR ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE P ROGRAMME FOR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS
CAIRO Associated Press A PROSECUTOR detailed charges Wednesday a gainst Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, accusing him of complicity i n the killing of protesters d uring the uprising against h is rule and of corruption in accepting gifts to facilitate al and deal. M ubarak denied the charges, as did his sons, Gamal and Alaa, who were also accused in the corrup-tion charges. Under the top charge, r ead out by chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman, M ubarak was accused of conspiring with his security chief, former interior minist er Habib el-Adly, to comm it the premeditated mur d er and the attempted murder of protesters. The crackd own on the 18-day wave of anti-regime demonstration killed 850 protesters, before Mubarak was forced to r esign on Feb. 11. T he charge carries a poss ible death penalty. Protesters Suleiman said Mubarak incited members of the security forces to shoot at peacef ul protesters and run them o ver with police cars with t he intention of killing them, a nd "allowed (el-Adly u se live ammunition." H e said Mubarak "agreed to the continuation of attacks against them (protesters) without interven-i ng." T he aim, Suleiman charged, was to kill some protesters so that "the rest are forced to disperse and abandon their demands so h e can protect his job and continue to rule." Among the dead were minors, the prosecutor s aid. I n the corruption charge, M ubarak and his sons are accused of accepting five vil-l as worth nearly $7 million i n Sharm el-Sheikh from prominent businessman Hussein Salem, a family friend. In return, Mubarak used his influence with the governor of South Sinai, where S harm el-Sheikh is located, t o ensure Salem could buy prime real estate in the town a t a vastly reduced price to b uild a resort complex, a ccording to the charges. Salem is a co-defendant with the Mubaraks, but is being tried in absentia. He is currently under arrest in Spain on money laundering charges. M ubarak faces another c orruption charge for allegedly conspiring with his oil minister and Salem on a natural gas export deal with Israel. The gas, said Suleiman, was sold to Israel at prices l ower than world levels, c osting the Egyptian treasury $714 million in lost revenues. The export contract was awarded to Salem without a tender, the prosecutor said, and he stood to gain some $ 2 billion. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 13 RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas i s considering applications forwww.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Communications OfficerT he successful candidate should possess the following qualifications: 3 or more years experience in a Marketing/Public Relations environment along with Administrative experience. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing, Mass C ommunications, Public Relations or related field. K ey Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills Good interpersonal and leadership skills Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task Good initiative and proactive approach Strong analytical skills Confidentiality Customer S ervice Teamwork& Cooperation Computer competencies MS Word, PowerPoint, O utlook & Excel This position is responsible for assisting the Regional Manager, Public Relations and Communications to support Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and Cayman with: executing strategies to externally promote the corporate brand, RBC leaders and RBC initiatives in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos to media and other stake holders. managing public relations/sponsorship activities by coordinating/organizing meetings, press conferences, photo opportunities, and ensuring proper representation and visibility of RBCs presence as appropriate at various events/activities administrating, tracking and leveraging of RBCs corporate donations and community investment initiatives in The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and Cayman; executing all internal communications activities being implemented by the Department; execution of key client events, public relations events and other promotions. development of professional communications materials/collateral, including news releases, positioning statements, communication plans, corporate messaging, executive speeches/presentations, annual reports and client communications (where appropriate), newspaper supplements and ads. developing and maintaining sound and on-going relations with the media. all responsibilities of the department as required. A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. Please apply by August 8, 2011 to: Assistant Manager, Recruitment & Employee Development Human Resources Bahamas Regional OfficeRBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 Via email: email@example.com CHARGES AGAINST EGYPT'S MUBARAK DETAILED IN COURT THIS VIDEO IMAGE taken from Egyptian State Television shows 83-year-old former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak laying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroomW ednesday, as his historic trial began on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him from office. The scene, shown live on Egypt's state TV, was Egypt ians' first look at their former president since Feb. 10, the day before his fall when he gave a defiant speech refusing to resign. (AP O USTED LEADER ACCUSED OF COMPLICITY IN KILLING OF PROTESTERS
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BEIRUT Associated Press SYRIAN TANKS stormed Hama under heavy shelling Wednesday, taking over a main square at the heart of the restive city and cutting off electricity, water and phone lines on the fourth day of an offensive. The U.N. Security Council added its weight to the growing international outcry, condemning the attacks on civilians. Opposition figures and activists accused the regime of striking hard at a moment when world and media attention were distracted by the trial in Egypt of former President Hosni Mubarak. "Hama is being collectively punished for its peaceful protests calling for the downfall of Bashar Assad," said Suheir Atassi, a prominent pro-democracy activist. Like many others Syriabased activists, Atassi has gone largely into hiding and spoke to The Associated Press via email. "The Syrian regime is committing crimes against humanity. Where are the free people of the world?" she said. At least three tanks took up positions in Hama's central Assi square, which in recent weeks had been the site of carnival-like demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters calling for the downfall of President Assad's regime. A religiously conservative city about 130 miles (210 kilometers tory of dissent, Hama had largely fallen out of government control since June as residents turned on the regime and blockaded the streets against encroaching tanks. But Syrian security forces backed by tanks a nd snipers launched a ferocious military offensive that left corpses in streets Sunday, tightening their siege on Hama and sending residents fleeing for their lives. The death toll since Sunday has reached around 100, but the exact figure is difficult to verify. The assault on Hama has drawn a fresh wave of international condemnation, including at the Security Council. A fter more than three months of deadlock, the council adopted a presidential statement Wednesday condemning Assad's crackdown on anti-government protesters and widespread human rights violations. SYRIAN ARMY SHELLS HAMA, SEIZES CENTRAL SQUARE
THE Bahamian Contract ors Association (BCA announced that Godfrey Forbes, former vice-presi dent of the association, has been elected president following the resignation of incumbent president S tephen Wrinkle. I n a statement, the BCA noted that following election on June 16, a full slateo f officers including Mr Wrinkle were elected unopposed, however Mr Wrinkle citing the need for changei n the organisation, tendered his resignation. Mr Wrinkle will remain active within the BCA as ac ouncil member and will work with the organization on industry development ini t iatives, including the BCAI DB Grant Project. Mr Wrinkles resignation was accepted by the board and in accordance with theo rganisations constitution. The board passed a resolution resulting in the selec t ion of vice-president, God frey Forbes, of Dykton Mechanical to be voted in a s the Associations presid ent. Mr. Forbes served as v ice-president of the BCA between 2009/10. Current BCA council member Leonard D Sands, of Sandbank Construction Company, has been elected by the board to be the new vicepresident of the association. The new executive team includes the appointment of new council mem bers; Fertina Turnquest, of Triad Builders, Michael Jones, of Inline Project Co, Michael Pratt, of Heavy Marine & Foundations Ltd, and Godfrey Waugh, of Waugh Construction. The BCA said its focus and mandate remains committed to the regulation and improvement of the Bahamian construction industry. In addition to the BCAs commitment to lobbying for t he successful passing of the Bahamian Contractors Bill, the Association continues to advocate for greater participation by Bahamian contractors in projects at all leve ls. The organisation will also continue to address improprieties within the construction industry. Another priority of the BCA will be to provide m ore protection and even greater education to homeowners and other persons seeking contractor services. The organisations goal is to empower citizens and assist i n protecting them from becoming victims of shady individuals who seek to defraud the public, the BCA said. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.35 $5.39 $5.55 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgTHURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter n mckenzie@ t ribunemedia.net UPWARDS of 200 retailers are expected tobe on board with BTCs new technology-based EzTop-Up system by next week, the corporat ions vice president of m arketing Marlon Johnson told Tribune Business y esterday. B TC, under the direct ion of new 51 per cent majority owner Cable & Wireless Communica t ions (CWC ing to regularise and exert greater control over the business, combining this w ith a focus on customer service to drive Bahami ans to the store-basedE ZTop-Up technology a nd away from street ven d ors. Mr Johnson told Trib une Business y esterday t he cost of the implementation of the technology was around $300,00. It cost us just over a quarter of a million dollars, for the actual technology itself, roughly $300,000, Mr Johnsons aid. EMIDA, a California based company which hasa local affiliate, EMIDA B ahamas, was awarded the contract to provide the electronic top-up service. M r Johnson said: We had the initial soft roll out, we rolled it outt o our distribution chan nels. We are actually rolling it out presently. We have it in all of t he BTC locations. This t echnology is available through all of our stores and we are now presentlyr olling it out through our master distributors and their retail channels. B y NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter email@example.com CITY Market expects to pay out between $850,000 to $870,000 as it moves to lay-off 70 employees by thee nd of the week, a move which will u ltimately save the company some $1.3 million, CEO Mark Finlayson told Tribune Business yesterday. Last week City Markets announced the closure of its Lyford C ay and Rosetta Street Stores effective August 2. The company said it w as 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 yeart o coincide with the opening of AML Foods at the landlord's new shop-p ing centre. D eclining sales at the Rosetta S treet store due to the area "becomi ng less residential and more commercial" contributed to the closure. M r Finlayson said the company is still in the process of assessing whicho f its 590 employees will be among GODFREY F ORBES ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BAHAMIAN CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION SEE page 2B 2 00 RETAILERS EXPECTED TO BE ON BOARD WITH BTC EZTOP-UP SYSTEM SEE page 2B COMPANY MOVES TO LAY-OFF 7 0 STAFF BY END OF WEEK LAST WEEK CITY MARKETS announced the closure of its Lyford Cay and Rosetta Street (above NEW$300,000 TECHNOLOGY
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE We expect by the end of next week to have upwards of 200 retailers, 200 locations where persons can have it and then we can expand it from there. All that is predicated on the comfort level that the retailers and the master distributors have with it to. B TC is moving toward completely e liminating phone cards by 2014, in a move the company says will increase efficiency and place BTC in line with international practices. The corporation has said it will spend $1 million in marketing support over the next 12 months to support d istribution of its prepaid EZTop-Up c ell phone minutes. B TC last week launched its EzTopUp System, a fundamental restructuring of its distribution channels for its pre-paid cellular business, its largest revenue stream. It is projecting that within two years that 80 per cent of pre-paid cellular minutes will come f rom electronic sales. laid off, and that the lay-offs will be structured based on performance levels or productivity of employees. M r Finlayson explained that following the closure of its stores in Oakes Field and the Tonique Williams Darling Highway, there were c lose to 100 employees who w ere not laid-off but were assimilated into the compan ys remaining stores. Mr F inlayson said, however, that with the recent closures of two more stores the company could no longer assimi late any more employees. At this point we have c losed four stores now since w e took over. At the first two there were about 98. We didnt layoff anyone. What we did w as start the 24-hours service and we assimilated t hem into other stores but t his time around we have about 70 we have to let go. Now that were going d own to four we dont see a ny kind of creative way we c an assimilate those 70 people, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business Mr Finlayson said the m ove to 24 hours will increase the companys profi tability moving forward. Its been going good, it has been a big driver of reve nue thus far. The company is growing i n sales on a per location b asis. We feel very strongly that they are growing on a per store basis and the 24 hours in going to be a key f or them and you can expect that in Freeport we are g oing to move to 24 hours t o. We think were going to b reak even this year and m ove to a little bit of profi t, Mr Finlayson said. FROM page one 200 RETAILERS EXPECTED TO BE ON BOARD WITH BTC EZTOP-UP SYSTEM FROM page one CITY MARKETS EXPECTS TO PAY OUT UP TO $870,000 NEW YORK Associated Press STOCK INDEXEScame back from deep losses in the morning and ended Wednesday with small gains. The Dow Jones industrial average avoided its longest losing streak since Jimmy Carter was president. The Dow rose 30 points a fter being down 166 to break an eight-day losing streak. Nine days would have been the longest since February 1978. The S&P 500 index rose 6 points and broke a seven-day streak. Markets have fallen recently because investors are becoming increasingly worried about the U.S. economy. Shortly after the market opened, the Institute of Supply Management said its index measuring the service sector of the U.S. economy grew in July at the weakest pace in 17 months. Economists had expected a slight increase. The report was the latest sign over the last week that the economy may be slowing. Consumer cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years; manufacturing slowed, and the government said that in the first half of the year the economy grew at its slowest pace since the recession ended in June 2009. "There has been too much at the same time for investors to hang in there and you're starting to see some element of panic finally showing up," said Andrew Goldberg, U.S. market strategist at JP Morgan Funds. The Dow, the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq were down more than 1 percent earlier in the day, but edged higher throughout the afternoon. The Dow Jones industrial average finished with a gain of 0.3 percent, to 11,896.44. The S&P 500 index rose 6.29, or 0.5 percent, to 1,260.34. The S&Ph ad been down for seven straight days through Tuesday.It is up 0.2 percent for the year after being down 0.3 for the year on Tuesday. The Nasdaq composite added 23.83, or 0.9 percent, to 2,693.07. The broad S&P 500 index the index followed by most pro-f essional money managers and U.S. mutual funds rose after it hit a low for the year of 1,234. Some investors saw it as an opportunity to buy the S&P 500 index. As a whole, companies in the index are expected to have record profits this year. Some of those gains might also be due to automatic buying triggered when an index reaches a certain level. Many traders use computer programs that buy or sell stocks once they break through their long-term averages. "It seems like the early money was based on fear and the market climbed back as computer-program trading took over," said Mark Lamkin, the head of Lamkin Wealth Management in Louisville, Kentucky. Lamkin said the stock market was in a "tug of war" between strong corporate earnings and a "horrible economic backdrop." Coca-Cola led the Dow average higher with a gain of nearly2 percent. Companies that depend most on an expanding economy in order to make profits had the steepest losses. Caterpillar Inc. fell 0.9 percent, the most of the 30 stocks in the Dow average, followed closely by Chevron Corp. and Boeing. Along with the concerns about the U.S. economy, investors were also unnerved by a surge in bond yields to 14year highs for Italy and Spain. High bond yields typically indi cate that investors believe there is a greater chance that a country or corporation will be unable to make interest payments. "We've been so focused inwardly because of the debt ceiling debate that we've ignored Europe over the last couple of weeks," said J.J. Kinahan, chief options strategist at T.D. Ameritrade. "We have problems, but if Italy falls the euro zone doesn't look sustainable." Italy and Spain are the third and fourth largest economies in Europe, respectively. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to another low for the year of 2.56 percent,f rom 2.62 percent Tuesday, as investors moved money into assets that hold up better during economic downturns. Gold, another traditional safe haven, rose 1 percent to $1,666 an ounce. DOW EDGES HIGHER, BREAKING AN EIGHT-DAY LOSING STREAK
MILAN Associated Press ITALIAN PREMIER Silvio Berlusconi vowed on Wednesday to complete his five-year term and focus his government policies on growth to calm the market turmoil that threatens to plunge one of Europe's biggest economies into the debt crisis. After a volatile day on markets, in which Italian borrowing rates touched a record high, Berlusconi told parliament that Italy "has not done little" in response to the crisis. "But we know there is more to do." Addressing the lower house of parliament in Rome after financial markets had closed for the day, he said Italy needs to promote competitiveness and growth. "Our duty as the govern ment is to work for the good of Italy, making the economy take off," he said. Berlusconi said the euro70 billion ($99 billionm easures passed last month will balance the budget by 2014, and emphasized that euro9 billion infrastructure projects mostly in the poorer south approved earlier Wednesday will help promote growth. He emphasized that Italian banks remained solid and that i nvestors who were pushing up Italy's borrowing rates did not recognize the country's funda mental strengths: a stable bank ing system, low levels of private sector indebtedness half that of the United States and Britain and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. "I am speaking to you as an entrepreneur with three companies listed on the stock exchange," Berlusconi said, to boos from the opposition benches. Growing market jitters have intensified opposition calls for Berlusconi's resignation, with center-left leaders claiming there was a lack of international confidence in the Italian leader. But Berlusconi was firm that he will stay in office until his mandate expires in 2013. "Everyone does his own part: stability has always been the winning strategy against speculation," he said. Italy's 10-year borrowing rate briefly spiked to 6.21 percent before easing to 6.06 percent. Spain was also under the market spotlight, forcing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to delay his vacation by two days. Its 10-year borrowing rate edged down to 6.23 percent from Tuesday's euroera high of 6.45 percent. Both countries' yields have soared in recent days, suggesting investors are worried they may eventually need help with their debt. "The upward march in Spanish and Italian bond yields is evidence of the relentlessness of the sovereign debt crisis," said Jane Foley, an analyst at Rabobank International. The revival of the debt crisis is mainly due to a global sell-off by traders of any investments that appear risky such as the bonds of Italy and Spain after indicators suggested the U.S. economy is slowing sharply. Whereas both Italy and Spain could continue borrowing at their current rates, their financing costs would increase, adding to the debt pile that is the source of market worries. The fear is that the global market turmoil will push the two countries closer toward needing a bailout. Bailouts for Spain or Italy would be far more expensive than the rescue packages agreed for Greece, Ireland and Portugal and would likely overwhelm the eurozone's finances. Last month, the leaders of the 17 eurozone countries agreed to changes to the region's rescue fund that would allow it to act pre-emptively, for instance by providing shortterm loans or buying up ailing bonds on the open market, before a country is in a fullblown crisis. However, actually implementing those decisions takes time, and in many cases the changes to the fund's powers will have to be approved by national parliaments, most of which are currently on summer break. At the same time, analysts worry that the fund is currently too small to make much of a difference. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday that the selloffs of Italian and Spanish bonds "reflect a growing concern among investors about the systemic capacity of the euro area to respond to the evolving crisis." 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NEW YORK Associated Press COMCAST CORP., the country's largest cable TV company, is bucking the t rend among cable companies by making more money from its TV subscribers. While others are seeing declining revenue from the provision of TV signals, C omcast is still eking out s ome growth. That, along w ith the sale of still-growing broadband services and strong results from the newly acquired NBC Universal operations, let the company beat expectations with its second-quarter r esults. T he Philadelphia-based company reported Wednesday that its net income rose to $1.02 billion, or 37 cents per share, for the April-June period, u p 16 percent from $884 m illion, or 31 cents per s hare, a year ago. E xcluding a tax adjustm ent and costs related to the NBC deal, which closed in January, earnings came to 42 cents per share, beating the 41 cents average expected by analystsp olled by FactSet. R evenue rose 51 percent to $14.3 billion, mainly on the addition of NBC Universal. Analysts were expecting $13.7 billion. Comcast shares fell 26 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $ 22.47 in morning trading Wednesday. The shares fell 4.7 percent Tuesday. Cable companies have been losing subscribers to satellite TV services for y ears, and more recently, t o phone-company TV serv ices. They've kept their r evenue growing by raisi ng prices every year and a dding new services like digital video recorders. For Time Warner Cable I nc., the second-largest cable company, that pathway to growth appeared to end in the second quarter, a s it reported a 1.3 percent year-over-year drop in rev enue from TV servicesc ompared to last year. At C harter Communications I nc., the fourth-largest c able company, the drop w as 3 percent. C omcast reported a 1.3 percent increase in video revenue in the second quarter, as it earned more money per customer and customer flight sloweds lightly versus last year. I t still lost 238,000 TV subscribers, slightly more than analysts had expected. Providing TV signals still accounts for more than a third of Comcast's overall r evenue, though broadband and phone services make up a growing share of the pie. Broadband was the biggest contributor to g rowth in the cable segm ent, with the company a dding 144,000 subscribers i n the quarter. It was the h ighest second-quarter i ncrease in two years, demonstrating that Comcast is able to buck thet rend in this area as well. Since most households already have broadband, subscriber growth across t he industry has slowed down in the last four years. But Comcast has upgraded 9 0 percent of its network b e able to offer higher d ownload speeds, and is l uring over customers from p hone companies. C omcast ended the quarter with 17.6 million broadband customers, keeping its position as the largest Internet service provider in the country, ahead ofA T&T Inc. C omcast bought a majority stake in NBC Universal, parent of the Universal Pictures studio and the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks in January. T he division did well in the quarter, helped by the success of "Bridesmaids" and "Fast Five" in theaters. Advertising revenues also grew. S teve Burke, who heads N BC Universal, said i nvestment in content is p aying off, as exemplified b y the success of realityT V show "The Voice," which helped NBC become the No. 1 networki n the U.S. for four weeks. The show is coming back after the Super Bowl. "We expect 'The Voice' w ill be an important cornerstone of our schedule and hopefully participate i n the network's turna round in the future," B urke said. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsST AFF V ACANCY Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following position: Executive Director, Gerace Research Centre [GRC], San Salvador, Bahamas responsible for coordinating logistical support, research projects, overall administration and daily management of the GRC. Applicants must have a PhD in any of the Natural Sciences, with the ability to involve a new generation of scientists in utilising the GRC and administrative abilities including competent organizational skills. For a detailed job description, please visit: cob.edu.bs/hrapply .Interested candidates should submit the following to Associate Vice President, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas, P.O. Box N-4912, Oakes Field Campus, Nassau, The Bahamas or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday,August 12th, 2011 : A cover letter of interest College of The Bahamas Application Form (available online at www.cob.edu.bs/hrprofile) A current detailed curriculum vitae Copies of qualifications obtained Copies of all available transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment Copy of the information page of passport The names and contact information for three professional references COMCAST POSTS HIGHER 2Q PROFIT Company beats expectations
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 5B R BC Royal Bank (Bahamas i s considering applications forwww.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Senior Account Manager Freeport Branch T he successful candidate should possess the f ollowing qualifications: A minimum of 3 years banking experience with c redit administration ABIFS/AICB Diploma or a Bachelors Degree in Banking (or related field Previous experience in portfolio and liability a dministration would be an asset Key Skills: Strong Negotiating/Selling Skills Strong Problem Solving Skills Strong Leadership & Coaching Relationship B uilding Impact and Influence Ability to manage multiple priorities Demonstrated written and verbal c ommunication skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel R equired Responsibilities include: Contributing to meeting team sales plan, and r elated activities through effective assessment of c ustomer financial needs, providing product s olutions Maintaining and growing the customer portfolio b y identifying and promoting personal banking solutions for customer needs with a continuous focus on relationship building Developing and maintaining relationships with service partners to optimize business opportunities and referrals A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will be commensurate with relevant e xperience and qualifications. P lease apply by August 9, 2011 : Assistant Manager, Recruitment & Employee D evelopment Human Resources Bahamas Regional Office R BC Royal Bank (Bahamas P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 V ia email: email@example.com N EW YORK A ssociated Press A COMPUTERsecurity firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 govern-m ent entities, nonprofit groups and corporations around the world to steal troves of data. McAfee Inc. said in a report Wednesday that the attacks have targeted a broad range of organizations, including the United Nations, the I nternational Olympic Committee and companies mostly in the United S tates. M cAfee did not say w ho may be behind the a ttacks but says the culp rit is likely a nation s tate. The report is short on specifics, as the security firm is not naming most of the victims, nor is it s tating exactly what data were stolen. Most of the v ictims are in the U.S. O ther victims were in Canada, South Korea, T aiwan, Japan and nine o ther countries. Sur ge The report comes amid a surge in high-profile hacking cases in recent months. Citigroup, Sony Corp., Lockheed Martin, PBS and others have b een targeted by hackers this year. McAfee says the majori ty of those revelations h ave been the result of "relatively unsophisticated and opportunistic exploitations for the sakeo f notoriety by loosely organized political hacktivist groups such asA nonymous and Lulzsec." But the threats McAfee's report focuseso n are "much more insidi ous and occur largely without public disclo sures," wrote Dmitri A lperovitch, vice presi dent of threat research at McAfee and the report's author. T he key to these intru sions, he said, is that the perpetrator is motivatedby "a massive hunger for secrets and intellectual property." Networks U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said McAfee had informed the United Nations that its networks may have been targeted in a broad cyberattack between September 2008 and December 2010. He said the U.N.'s technical staff in New York and Geneva are analyzing logs of network activity for those periods, looking for evidence of such an attack. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said that, thus far, the attacks are"a claim being made by Mcafee" and that the security firm's researchers "have yet to give us any evidence or detail." ''We are unaware of the alleged attempt to compromise our information security claimed by Mcafee," Adams said. "If true, such allegations would of course be disturbing. However, the IOC is transparent in its opera tions and has no secrets that would compromise either our operations or our reputation." Although The Associated Press is not named in the McAfee report, the company's research team has said that AP was a victim. Paul Colford, a spokesman for The Associated Press, said the AP does not comment on its network security. REPORT: GLOBAL CYBERATTACK UNDER WAY FOR FIVE YEARS
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T he owner of HBO, Warner Bros. and People magazine reported net income of $638 million, or 59 cents per share, in the April-June period, up from $562 million, or 49 cents per share, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings were 60 cents per s hare in the latest quarter, above the 55 cents per share that analysts polled by FactSet had expected. Revenue grew 10 percent to $7.03 billion from $6.38 billion. Analysts expected lower revenue of $6.81 bil-l ion. T ime Warner said growth in video game sales was the main reason for revenue growth in its filmed entertainment business, Warner Bros. But home DVD sales of last summer's "Harry Potter"f lick also helped this segment boost revenue by 13 percent to $2.8 billion. The Hangover Part II" comedy has grossed more than $563 million worldwide from its May 27 opening through July 31, the company said. The company said "Harry Potter and t he Deathly Hallows: Part 2" broke industry records on its opening weekend and grossed more than $1 billion worldwide from its July 13 release through July 31. Its results were not included in the second quarter, which ended June 30. T ime Warner's networks business, w hich includes HBO, CNN, the Cartoon Network and others, grew its revenue 9 percent to $3.5 billion. Higher s ubscription rates, advertising growth related to sports programming and higher sales of HBO programming such as "True Blood" all helped boost results in this segment. T ime Warner also said it now expects 2011 adjusted earnings per share to beu p "at least" in the low teens. Last quarter, it forecast an increase "in the low teens." Analysts are expecting $2.76 per share, a nearly 15 percent jump from 2010. We had another successful quarter and remain on track to meet our financial goals for the year," said Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes in a statement. "Our continued investment in our content and brands is paying off." But shares of New York-based Time W arner fell $1.25, or 3.7 percent, to $ 32.75 in morning trading. The stock has traded in the 52-week range of $29.21 to $38.62. TIME WARNER POSTS HIGHER 2Q NET INCOME PEDESTRIANS WALK past The Best Buddies Friendship Bear a sculpture by Brazilian artist Romero Britto on display outside the Time Warner Center, Tuesday, in New Y ork. Media conglomerate Time Warner said Wednesday, Aug. 3, its second-quarter net income grew, thanks to higher revenue from its TV channel business and movies such as The Hangover Part II. (AP
WASHINGTON A ssociated Press UNEMPLOYMENTrates rose in more than 90 percent of U.S. cities in June, mirroring a national slowdown inh iring. T he Labor Department s aid Wednesday that unemployment rates rose in 345 large metro areas. They dropped in 20 cities and were unchanged in seven. That'sw orse than May, when rates r ose in only 210 cities. And it is a sharp reversal from April, when unemployment rates fell in nearly all metro areas. The biggest increase was in J oplin, Mo, which was hit by a major tornado on May 22. The city lost 9,400 jobs inJ une, and the unemployment rate jumped nearly 2 percentage points, to 9.6 percent. T he national unemploym ent rate ticked up to 9.2 percent in June, the highest level this year. B usinesses have cut back on hiring this spring. Employers added only 18,000 jobs inJ une, the fewest in nine m onths. That's down sharply from an average of 215,000 net job gains each month in the February-April period. Economic growth declined to less than 1 percent in the first half of this year. T hat's slowest pace since the recession ended two years a go. Stagnant wages and high gas prices have cut into consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. Spending fell in June for the first time in 20 months, the government said Tuesday. Unemployment rose in many college towns, likely because academic activity wound down for the summer.U nlike the national data, the metro unemployment data isn't adjusted for seasonal factors. Champaign-Urbana, Ill., t he home of the University o f Illinois, reported the second-largest increase. The m etro area's unemployment r ate rose from 6.9 percent in May to 8.6 percent in June. College towns in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona reporte d similar jumps. Twelve cities reported u nemployment rates greater than 15 percent. Eleven of those cities were in California. El Centro, Calif., had the n ation's highest rate at 28.5 percent. It was followed by Yuma, Ariz., at 26.9 percent. Both cities are big agricultur-a l producers and depend heavily on migrant farm w ork. Bismarck, N.D. had the nation's lowest rate, at 3.6 percent. It was followed byL incoln, Neb. at 4.1 percent, and Fargo, N.D. at 4.2 perc ent. W ASHINGTON Associated Press Service businesses such as restaurants, hotels and financial companies experienced their weakest growthi n 17 months in July. The report Wednesday from the Institute for Supply Management confirms other data that show the economy is struggling two years afterthe recession officially ende d. The trade group of purchasing executives said its index for services companies fell to 52.7, from 53.3 in June. Any reading above 50 i ndicates expansion. A slumping service sector p ut Wall Street on track for a nother losing day. The Dow Jones industrial avera ge fell more than 40 points i n afternoon trading, the ninth straight day of declines. The ISM index covers 90 p ercent of the work force. It reached a five-year high o f 59.7 in February, but has f allen since then. The July reading was the lowest since February 2010. New orders to service c ompanies, an indication of f uture business, increased but at the slowest pace since A ugust 2009, according to the ISM report. Services f irms are still hiring more w orkers, the report said. But e mployment growth dipped i n July. The report "suggests that the economy is not slipping into a recession but instead that growth is very weak,"s aid Paul Dales, an econo mist at Capital Economics. Separately, the Commerce D epartment reported that businesses cut orders for air planes, autos and heavy m achinery in June. Factory o rders dropped 0.8 percent, the second decline in three months. D emand for durable goods fell 1.9 percent in June. Durable goods arep roducts that are expected to last at least three years. A key measure of business investment plans i ncreased slightly, a positive sign amid mostly gloomy data. But business demand f or transportation equipment fell 8.6 percent. That was mostly because of a big d ecline in volatile orders for commercial aircraft. But o rders for autos and auto p arts also dropped. The reports follow a slate of dismal economic news in the past week. Economic growth slowed to less than 1 percent in the first six months of this year,t he government said Friday. Consumer spending, which fuels 70 percent of economic activity, fell in June for the first time since September 2009. A nd manufacturers recorded their weakest growth in two years in July, according to the separate ISM manufacturing index t hat was released Monday. A s the economy has slumped, so has hiring. E mployers added only 1 8,000 jobs in June, the fewest in nine months. The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent, the highest leve l this year. T he Labor Department s aid Wednesday that unemp loyment rates rose in more than 90 percent of U.S. c ities in June, mirroring the n ational slowdown in hiring. T he government will r elease the July jobs report Friday. Economists predict only 90,000 jobs were added last month and the unemployment rate wasu nchanged, according to a survey by FactSet. The e conomy needs roughly three times that many jobs to reduce the unemployment rate. H igh gas prices and scant w age increases have left many Americans with little money to spend on discre-t ionary goods, such as fur niture, electronics, and appliances. Purchases oft hose products have fallen for three straight months. Most economists have reduced their economic g rowth forecasts based on the recent string of weak data. D ales now expects growth of only 2 percent in the sec ond half of the year, down f rom an earlier forecast of 2.5 percent. The ISM, a trade group of purchasing executives basedi n Tempe, Ariz., compiles its service sector index by surveying about 375 pur c hasing executives across the country. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 9B R BC Royal Bank (Bahamas is presently considering applications for: www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Head Compliance Bahamas, Turks & Caicos & Cayman IslandsT he successful candidate should possess the following q ualifications: Post Graduate degree (CA/MBA/Law 10 years senior industry experience Minimum 5 years management experience Minimum 5 years Compliance experience including A ML Understanding of Bahamian, Turks & Caicos and Cayman Islands Laws and Regulations K ey Skills Required: Exceptional leadership skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills Excellent analytical Skills Relationship building Ability to manage multiple priorities Microsoft Office Proficiency K ey Competencies Required: Listening, Understanding & Responding Adaptability Teamwork & Co-operation Strategic Influencing Developing Others Customer Service Conceptual Thinking R esponsibilities include: Delivering a full range of compliance-related activities including developing and maintaining expertise in compliance, including AML. Supporting other compliance activities within RBC and promotes understanding of and compliance with regulatory requirements Providing expertise in regulatory direction for Caribbean Banking business units and enforcement responses to non-compliance. Providing leadership and services with respect to R BC programs on compliance management strategy and options. Educating senior business stakeholders on regulatory direction. Developing and maintaining strong relationships with regulators including financial Intelligence Units. Ensuring Compliance oversight for lines of business is aligned with business strategies and the organizations risk profile. Responsible for reviewing and ensuring all regulatory gaps and/or weaknesses are appropriately disclosed to executive management and to the respective Boards of Directors for the relevant businesses. Ensuring Caribbean Banking is equipped to meet the regulatory requirements of its governing legislation and other key laws and regulations in the respective jurisdictions, working in conjunction with compliance officers, business heads, Enterprise Operations and functions. Ensuring that the compliance programs developed for Caribbean Banking are consistent with Global Compliances principles (Proactive, Shared, Easy, Sustainable and Cost Effective) Travel required. A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. Please apply by August 5, 2011 to: Assistant Manager, Recruitment & Employee Development Human Resources Bahamas Regional Office RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org '$57/(<%$1.t /,0,7('(/2&$7,21(IIHFWLYHRQGD\'$57/(<%$1.t /,0,7(' ,VRSHUDWLQJIURPLWVQHZDGGUHVV&DYHVLOODJH%XLOGLQJR :HVW%D\WUHHWt %ODNHRDG 1DVVDX%DKDPDV COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2011 IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00060 Common Law & Equity Division I N THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT, 1959 AND IN THE MATTER OF ALLTHATpiece parcel and lot of land and premises containing 3,594 sq. ft. being lot 182 situate in the Northwest junction of East and Milton Streets in the Island of New Providence AND IN THE MATTER Of the Petition of Leomi Nordelus N O T I C E TO: (1All adjoining owners and/or occupiers (2All Adverse Claimants The Petition of LEOMI NORDELUS of Woodstock Road Blue Hill Estates of the South Western District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in respect of: ALLTHATpiece parcel or lot of land and premises together comprising 3,594 sq. ft. being lot 182 situate in the Northwest junction of East and Milton Streets and east off Market Street in the Island of New Providence bounded on the north by lot number 169 on the east by East Street on the South by a public road and on the West by lot 182 Notice is hereby given that LEOMI NORDELUS (hereinafter called the Petitioneris applying to the Supreme Court to have her title to the land hereinbefore described investigated under Section 3 of the said Act, and the nature and extent thereof determined and said Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act. The Petitioner claims to own and hold the said land by long adverse possession. COPYof the said plan may be inspected during norEast Street and Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas. NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a dower or a right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition must within 21 the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed within the 21 days as aforesaid will operate as a bar to such claim in accordance with the provisions of the said Act. Dated the 19th day of July, A. D., 2011. PARAMOUNT LAW CHAMBERS Soldier Road East Nassau, Bahamas Attorney for the Petitioner SERVICES FIRMS EXPAND AT SLOWEST PACE IN 17 MONTHS UNEMPLOYMENT IN JUNE ROSE IN NEARLY ALL US CITIES
BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.171.170.000.1550.0807.56.84% 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% 7.006.04Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.009000.4960.26013.93.78% 2 .001.73Consolidated Water BDRs1.691.710.020.1110.04515.42.63% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 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 Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%WEDNESDAY, 3 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,414.40 | CHG 0.02 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -85.11 | YTD % -5.68BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 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 1.57161.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.57162.98%6.01%1.467397 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01602.33%3.29%2.902023 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61282.46%4.56%1.528885 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.680613.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 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% 8.85647.5827Royal 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 7/11/2007NAV Date 31-May-11 30-Apr-11 30-Jun-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsTO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 22-Jul-11 30-Jun-11MARKET TERMS30-Apr-11 30-Jun-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)30-Jun-11 30-Apr-11 NAV 6MTH 1.526164 2.947425 1.574964 111.469744 115.762221 30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 -RVHSK&KULVWLH/RXLVRI 3%R[ 3LQH&UHVW'ULYH 6RXWK%HDFK &UDLJ6WHYHQ0DVVH\ RI3%R[ *ROI&RXUVH6RXWK2FHDQ %DKDPDV RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas is presently considering applications for: Manager Card Services (Bahamas & Cayman Bahamas Card CentreThe successful candidate should possess the f ollowing qualifications: AICB/ABIFS Diploma or a College Degree in Banking (or a related field At least 5 or more years banking experience Knowledge of Card Services would be an asset Key Skills Required: Demonstrated leadership experience required ( minimum 5 years in a senior position) Strong communication skills (verbal & written Strong Listening, Understanding & Responding skills People M anagement Coaching Impact and Influence Project Management skills Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point Responsibilities include: Responsible for the overall operations of the Bahamas/Cayman Card Centre Responsible for overall site implementation of Card Services strategies in support of Regional objectives Responsible for Scorecard Results for Card Services with particular emphasis on reducing NIE Responsible for identifying strategies for growing the credit card and merchant portfolio Responsible for strategies to enhance employee and customer care; optimize efficiencies and mitigate risk Liaising with Visa and MasterCard to ensure compliance to operating standards Responsible for building relationships with Service Partners and providing ongoing communication on activities that impact sales units Responsible for managing relationships with 3rd party vendors Responsible for working in partnership with International Systems on implementations and planned initiatives Providing leadership and coaching to Direct & Indirect Reports Overall responsible for UFC, AML, Privacy for Card Centres A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. Please apply by August 5, 2011 to: Assistant Manager, Recruitment & Employee Development Human Resources Bahamas Regional Office RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 Via email: email@example.com www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. NEW YORK Associated Press RESEARCH In Motion Ltd. on Wednesday unveiled five new BlackBerry phones with touch screens, as it hopes to revive the line's dwindling appeal in the face of competition from the iPhone and Android smartphones. The new phones had been expected earlier this year, but were delayed. Though the company is profitable and seeing growing sales, it is increasingly seen as a has-been that missed the chance to parlay the BlackBerry's popularity as a corporate email device into mass-market dominance. The Canadian company, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, is u pdating its high-end Bold models to include touch screens. It's also launching two Torch models with big screens but no physical key boards, mimicking the basic design of the iPhone. RIM launched a keyboard-less touch-screen phone called the Storm in 2008, more than a year after the first iPhone, but the Stor m's quirky design and poor software made it a flop. "The 'all-touchscreen' Torch has been a while coming as a natural successor to the disappointing Storm, particularly when the smartphone market has gone touchscreen mad over the past 18m onths," said Malik Saadi, an analyst at Informa. The phones run a new version of the BlackBerry operating system, which RIM says is much faster, particularly for Web browsing. AT&T Inc. said it would launch a Torch model with a physical keyboard this month, and the all-touch Torch and a Bold model lat er this year. It didn't announce prices. RIM's stock rose 82 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $24.97 in morning trading Wednesday, bouncing off a five-year low of $24.10 hitT uesday. The Bold models will be the first BlackBerrys to include so-called Near-Field Communications chips, so they can be used in place of credit cards by swiping them across properly equipped payment ter minals. Many companies, including cellphone carriers like AT&T and Web companies like Google Inc. are promoting the idea of using phones as digital "wallets." NEW TOUCH-SCREEN BLACKBERRYS BEING LAUNCHED T HE NEW B lackberry Torch 9850/9860. (AP T HE NEW B lackberry Torch 9810 BLACKBERRY(R Bold(TMAP
The Tribune PG 24 Thursday, August 4, 2011 RELIGION By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T hree months of i ntense training and a night of nail-biting suspense ended in victory for Miss Lakeview Church of God Lavette Smith as she walked away with the title of Miss Gospel Bahamas 2011/2012. The competition, which was held at the Rainforest Theatre in the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino on Sunday, July 31, drew a huge crowd eager to see the 10 contestants strut their stuff. Ms Smith, 24, won first place in the Speech Competition, captur ed Best Costume for her r epresentation of Queen Esther in the pre-pageant float parade, and was chosen as "Miss Amity" by her fellow contestants. For the finale, the 10 contestants wer e whittled down to three. The final question of the night was, "As Miss Gospel Bahamas what strategies would you implement in order to empower this generation for positive changes?" The young beauty queen r esponded: "As Miss Gospel Bahamas one of the first things I would do is establish a mentorship programme. It will help to empower persons. I would go into the schools as well, to establish after-school programmes to teach them about the positive and better parts of life. Teach them about progress and they would gr ow in a life of Christ." Family, friends and wellwishers streamed on to the stage after Miss Gospel Bahamas 2010/2011 Sylvian Rahming placed the cr own on Ms Smith's head. It could only be you [Lor d]," was the thought racing thr ough Ms Smith's mind when she realised she had won. Ms Smith added: "I am so proud of the other contestants and of myself. It has been a wonder ful journey." Ms Smith, who wants to become a motivational speak er, will immediately begin to work with the pageant's founder, Great Commission Ministries International, to organise personal development, educational and empowerment seminars for women. The first r unner -up was Andrice Strachan, 19, of Bethany Assembly. The second r unner -up was Candice Rolle, 19, of One W ay Holiness Apostolic Church. She was sponsored by Dash Designer Shoes. Other contestants who snagged awar ds wer e Miss New Destiny Baptist Chur ch Gerissa Maurice (Best Talent, Best Float, Best T able Setting and the Saulene Smith's Above & Beyond Award); Miss Zion South Beach Baptist Church Aimee Ferguson (Miss Photogenic), and Miss Mount Pleasant Green Baptist Church Dianthus Johnson (Miss Popularity), or ganisers said. The finale star ted off with the contestants showing off their moves in a dance number chor eographed by the V ir tue Dance Academy. Later, the young ladies took to the stage depicting female characters from the Bible. "Costumes included por tray als of Mar y Magdalene; Tabitha, a seamstress known for her good works; the Woman with the Issue of Blood; Queen Esther; the judge and prophetess, Deborah; Queen Abigail, one of King David's wives; the Samaritan Woman, Ruth, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, pageant or ganisers said. The contestants also dis played their talents. Per for ming litur gical dance numbers wer e Dianthus Johnson, Sherlene JeanBaptiste, Nehemie Louis and Gerissa Maurice. There was a monologue by Candice Rolle, while Aimee Fer guson, Lavette Smith and Nikirah Braynen chose to showcase their singing. T wo contestants, Cedrica Williamson and Andrice Strachan, graced the stage with dramatisations. Throughout the four-hour long show there were performances by tap dancer Caliaf St Aubyn, and opera singer Jasmine Thomas, both of New Y ork City. Master and mistress of ceremonies, Stacy Campbell Marshall and Giles W ells kept the show moving, or ganisers said. The judges for the evening were Devin Rolle, Minister Nadine Moss, Bernadette Hutcheson and L ynn T er ez Davis. L ynden Nairn kept track of scores. NEW GOSPEL QUEEN CROWNED NEW QUEEN: Miss Lakeview Church of God Lavette Smith was crowned Miss Gospel Bahamas 2011/2012 on Sunday, July 31. Photo by Precision Media
The Tribune Thursday, August 4, 2011 PG 21 RELIGION AFTER more than a decades absence, Canon Basil Tynes returned to his old parochial stumping grounds in North Long Island and Rum Cay. During his visit his first trip back to the islands since 1996 Canon Tynes was given a overview of the total transformation of the five churches on North Long Island and Rum Cay. On Sunday, July 24, Canon Tynes and Father Chester Burton visited St Christophers Church in Rum Cay. There they were welcomed by Catechist Theodore Ted Bain. Catechist Bain was elated to embrace Canon Tynes who built the first ever Anglican Rectory on Rum Cay and gave him an official scenic tour ar ound Por t Nelson, the capital of Rum Cay. Canon Tynes was able to see where the old air strip once was and view new houses which were built in the past ten years. At 8am, the altar servers along with cler gy assembled at the r ear door of St Christophers to sing the Introit Hymn How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine which star ted of f the morning Eucharist. Canon Tynes delivered the ser mon and took his text fr om St Matthews gospel chapter 10 verses 16 to 22. In the gospel, Jesus admonishes his disciples and would-be followers to be awar e of the challenges they would face in following Him. As Jesus said, we ar e like sheep in the midst of wolves. Canon Tynes told the congregation that as we go about our daily lives, we are confronted with all kinds of obstacles that cause us to lose focus of the eternal picture, but we must remain strong to resist temptation, remembering that in our r espective walks only the person who seeks Gods face will win the prize of eter nal life. At the completion of the Eucharist service the congregation processed down the main thoroughfare of Port Nelson to the Administrators Office and back to the church. The ladies of the chur ch pr epar ed a brunch. After leaving Rum Cay Canon Tynes was whisked away to the most southern chur ch in St Peter s Parish for the 11am Mass. Catechist Edna Fox, catechist responsible for St Joseph, gave Canon Tynes a warm welcome. The gospel reading for the day was Matthew 13:3133 and 44 -52. Canon T ynes told the congr egation that the world is drawing closer to an end so we must be ever cognisant of the impor tance of tr ying to see God s face when we are called home to glory. Members fr om the Anglican parishes of both St Peter and St Paul gathered in St Mary Magdalene in Glintons to listen Canon Tynes, the former priest in-char ge of the chur ches. Also in attendance wer e Pastor JVante Cooper from the Church of God in the Bight, Pastor Staf for d Miller, Pastor of Mor risville Church of God, both former students whom Canon T ynes taught at North Long Island High School during his tenur e, and senior Pastor Scof field Miller fr om St James Baptist in McKanns. Nearly 200 people assembled to listen as Canon Tynes in his sermon compared the Old English Church and the New Mission Church. He told the people they need to be passionate about serving God and to go about caring, doing outreach work and evangelising, coming to chur ch and fel low-shipping with the assembly and not just consider Sunday being a go-to meeting Christian. He also encouraged the congregation to attend Bible study, prayer meetings and men and women retreats so that they can grow and learn more about Christ. He also pleaded with the members of the dif fer ent chur ches to come together as an ecumenical group and turn Long Island back to God. At the conclusion, the congregation joined in a procession on the streets of Glintons followed by refreshments provided by the members of Great St Mary Magdalene. St Peters Anglican Parish welcomes Canon Tynes CANON Basil Tynes (far left and other chur ch members during the service at St Christophers Church in Rum Cay.
The Tribune Thursday, August 4, 2011 PG 22 RELIGION By Pastor Matthew Allen Its your faith that prompts God (Yahweh) to move on your behalf; not your tears. Despite the fact that the scripture says He collects our tears in his bottle (Ps.56:8 NLT: Ps.56:8. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. T he simplicity of God s word seems to be too simple for the religious minded to receive and believe. Therefore erroneous religious teachings and beliefs would have you to believe that ther s much more that a person has to do in order for God to move on their behalf. Wher eas absolutely nothing could be fur ther fr om the truth. W er e living in a day and time where religious rhetoric is making actual events recorded in the Bible to be viewed by a vast majority of the church-folks as fairy tale stories; like that of Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White The teachings of faith and the exer cising ther eof has been so watered down via the incomplete pr osperity gospel and the misappropriating of Gods word; to the point that most Christians have wholehear tedly bought into the baseless Name It & Claim It, or Money cometh to me now mixture of the prosperity gospel. Notwithstanding that it is Gods will to prosper his people; crafty / ulterior motives, religious leaders have methodically taken the pr osperity con cept of the kingdom and ar e mercilessly fleecing the Body of Messiah. The exercising of ones faith is paramount to God moving on his / her behalf; as faith is exercised based upon the unadulterated word of God, the chances of being taken for a ride by crafty religious leaders is greatly minimised. Her e ar e a few cases / actual events wher e faith is exer cised: Lk.8:41-56. A synagogue ruler / a father by the name of (Jairus, and a woman having an issue of blood), Knowing her condition and after spending all of her money on physicians; this woman didt resort to tears but decided to break all of the religious rules and step out in faith to secure her healing. Her s Y ahshuas response to her Lk.8: 48. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfor t: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Jairus, had one of the worst experiences that ever y par ent worldwide hopes they never have to go through. While walking with Yahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ got the news that his daughter had died. What was Y ahshuas response to Jarius? Lk.8: 50. But when Jesus hear d it, he answer ed him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. No matter what situation youre facing / dealing with (medical, financial, marital, etc;) if you would press your way pass the barriers of religion and begin to exer cise your faith; you would immediately invite God into your affairs. The exer cising of a little faith has the ability to positively move / shift great things in the life of a person. Matt.17: 19. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? : 20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shallr emove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. This word faith in the Greek is: pistis, pis'-tis; and it has sev eral meanings such as 1) persuasion, 2) conviction, 3) sys tem of belief, 4) assurance, 5) fidelity. Faith in God is the strongest foundation that a man / woman can build upon. A mans faith mixed with the word of God and cover ed in the blood of Yahshua Messiah will forever put the enemy and ever y ungodly situation / cir cumstance to flight. It s in tr ying / dif ficult times such as these that God (Yahweh) looks for a man or woman (a people show himself strong through. As governments and other systems fail, its imperative that we who name the name of Messiah stand str ong in, and exer cise the faith of which we pr ofess. As wer e tested and tried on every side; please know that tears will cause the test and trials to cease. But rather standing in faith and declaring the word of faith in and over every situation is the best solution to what ever comes against us. Its your faith, not your tears! For questions or comments contact us via E-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Ph. 242-4412021 or 3. (Pastors Matthew & Br endalee Allen, Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Intl) Its your faith, not your tears! P ASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN
By Allison Miller "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." P P s s a a l l m m 1 1 3 3 9 9 : : 1 1 4 4 I don't know how many of us are aware that the devil attacks us in the areas that we are weak in. He also attacks the areas that God has ordained for us to minister with and through. He doesnt just make one attempt but many attempts. If we are not strong, he succeeds in his attempts of the discouragement and the destruction of the purpose/s of God in our lives. What he doesnt realise however, is that God has made us like Himself, with His spirit in us, thus we have that strength to overcome his tricks towards us. The Bible says, "He came to kill, steal and destroy". It is up to us not to allow the devil and anyone of his demons to prevail over us. How do we do that? How do we pr event the wiles, which ar e his schemes, tricks, tactics or plots against us? The word of God says resist him and he will flee. Tell him no to whatever he tries to incite you with. The Bible fur ther advises us to standhaving done all to stand, continue to stand and we do on the wor d of God. In the book of Matthew, Jesus uses the wor d of God against the devil. That's how we ar e to over come Satan, with the word of God. It is our greatest weapon. It is to be accompanied by prayer and fasting. Sometimes when the attacks ar e constant, one thing after the next, it shakes your confidence in God. I thank God for who He is. He assures us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and we are in His image and in His likeness. Meaning that, noto nly do we only look like Him but we are made the way He wanted us to be. Therefore when the devil comes your way, let your decision making reflect through your actions, that you are fearfully and wonderfully made like God and by God. When we are weak, we have the assurance of who we are in Christ. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. On that merit when you have done all that God says that you aret o do, continue to stand knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. There is nothing that the devil can do when we know what God says to us and about us. Never let the devil cause you doubt yourself because you are fearfully and wonderfully made in Christ Jesus. The Tribune PG 23 Thursday, August 4, 2011 RELIGION Fearfully and Wonderfully Made! THE weeks most popular gospel songs according to Billboard 1. I Smile Kirk Franklin 2. Over & Over T rin-i-tee 5:7 Featuring PJ Morton 3. Nobody Greater VaShawn Mitchell 4. My Hear t Says Y es Troy Sneed 5. I Need Your Glory Earnest Pugh 6. Well Done Deitrick Haddon 7. He Has His Hands On You Marvin Sapp 8. I Give Myself Away (Live W illiam McDowell 9. I Believe James For tune & FIYA featuring Zacardi Cortez & Shawn McLemore 10. God Is Great Ricky Dillard and New G Gospel Charts CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy (AP suggestion for summer r eading lists: the Bible. Benedict spoke to pilgrims Wednesday at the papal retreat in Castelgandolfo in the Alban hills south of Rome where he has been vacationing. He said he would snggest this summer reading the Bible "as a way of appreciating the beauty of God's wor d and thus gr owing in knowledge and love of him." Pope says summer reading should include Bible ALLISON MILLER POPE Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of his general audience in the main square of Castelgandolfo, his summer residence in the hills overlooking Rome yesterday. (AP Photo
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WITH the recent success of the mens national soccer team, another member of the team has seen that success shift to his individual club play. Happy Hall has impressed league executives of late with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC of the USL Pro League and was named to the USL Pro Team of the Week yesterday. He was awarded for his strong play in the Lions 2-0 win over New York F.C. Hall also received honourable mention for the Pro Team of the Week for his efforts in week 15. The Lions' George Davis IV, whose seventh goal of the season proved to be a game-winner against F.C. New York Sunday night, also joined Hall on the Team of the Week. In his inaugural year with the Lions, Hall has been one of the team's mainstays in the starting lineup, seventh on the team in minutes played. The leading defender has also scored two points on the year, including one goal in his 17 appearances. Hall, one of the leading members of the Bahamas' national soccer team, signed a two-year agreement with the Lions on March 7. The Dayton Dutch Lions, based in Dayton, Ohio, is a young franchise which was founded in 2009. The team is in the National Division of the new USL Pro League, which is the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The Lions were promoted from the USL Premier Development League to the Pro League after justa single season. Hall played college soccer at Appalachian State University, followed by two seasons with Bradenton Academics in the aforementioned USL Premier Development League. His pro career took him to Canada where he played briefly with the North York Astros in the Cana dian Soccer League and to England where he played briefly for Gosport Borough. Hall returned to the Bradenton Academics in 2009 and eventually ended the year with Ma Pau SC in the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League. In his international career, Hall was team captain for the Bahamas' under 20 and under 23 teams. He made his debut for the Bahamas in the 2006 Caribbean Cup and appeared in World Qualification qualifiers in 2008 and 2010. Last month, Cameron Hepple, another member of Team Bahamas, reached a milestone on the international level when his rights were sold from the Kitsap Pumas of the USL Premier Development League to a top-class European club KF Tirana in the Albanian Superliga. THETRIBUNE SECTIONETHURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . K ING ERIC ASSISTING ORGANISERS OF THE GB REGATTA COLOMBIA PROGRESSES AT THE UNDER-20 WORLD CUP MCILROY LEANING TOW ARD JOINING PGA TOUR HALLADA Y GETS 14TH VICTORY AS PHILLIES SWEEP ROCKIES TITANS GO BIGGER AND SIMPLER FOR STINGIER DEFENSE T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter email@example.com A balanced effort in the box score with f ive Team Bahamas p layers in double figures was overs hadowed by a single individual e ffort by one of the country's top junior backcourt players. M ikhail Rolle's dynamic triple double helped the Bahamas open the 2011 U-17 Centrobasket Tournament for men with a 98-79 win over Belize. H e finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 12 steals to lead the B ahamas to the win in the opening g ame of the event in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, yesterday. Adney Bethel led the Bahamas with a game high 22 points, L ourawls Nairn added 15, Tavario M iller added 14 and eight rebounds, while Dwight Coleby posted a doub le double with 14 points and a game high 14 rebounds. T eran Watson added seven points w hile Khristen Francis added eight p oints, three rebounds and three a ssists. Tariq Middleton paced Belize with 21 points, Devin Daly added 20, while Brian White added 14. The Bahamas recovered from a s low start which saw them trail Belize 22-20 after the first quarter. Neither team led by more than t wo points in the opening period and the Bahamas took their first lead of the game midway thought he second period on a driving layu p from Bethel. They outscored Belize by six in the period, 25-19, and took a 45-41 lead into the half. A 9-3 run to open the third quar ter saw the Bahamas take their first lead by double figures when Francism ade a three-pointer for a 54-44 advantage with 8:27 left to play in the period. Not to be outdone, a resilient B elize squad fought all the way back and answered with a 14-4 run of their own to take a 58-56 lead. A strong close to the period for the Bahamas saw them take a 71-64 lead and set the stage for a lopsided fourth quarter to secure the win. T he Bahamas won the fourth 2715 and the lead grew to as much as 2 3 when Bethel scored on an assist from Rolle for a 98-75 lead with just over two minutes left to play. The Bahamas dominated the paint where they scored 70 of their 98 points and outscored Belize by 40. Defensively, they forced 30 turnovers which resulted in 20 points while Belize scored just two p oints off the Bahamas' 25 turnovers. The Bahamas competes in Group B along with Panama, Mexico and Belize. Group A consists of the US Vir gin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. At 2pm today, they face Mexico i n their second game of the tournament as they look to improve to 2-0. They are slated to complete the opening round play against Panama 6pm Friday. At its last appearance in the FIBA Centrobasket U-17 Championship for men, the Bahamas finished fifth in 2009 and fourth in 2007. Mikhail posts triple double Happy Hall named to USL Pro Team of the Week U-17 Centrobasket Tournament, Gurabo, Puerto Rico Leads Team Bahamas to 98-79 victory over Belize TRIPLE DOUBLE: Mikhail finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 12 steals to lead Team Bahamas to victory in the opener. HAPPY HALL has been named to the USL Pro Team of the Week.
By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org K ING Eric Gibson is at it again. This time he is assisting organisers of the Grand Bahama regatta. J ust as he did for some of the four regattas held over the emancipation holiday week-e nd, Gibson has made an appeal to corporate sponsors, Canadian fashion designerP eter Nygard and Craig Flowers of the FLM Group of Companies to lend their financial support to the GrandB ahama regatta that is scheduled to be held on Taino Beach August 25-28. As we all know, Grand Bahama needs the help badly," Gibson stated. "I am try i ng my best to assist wherever I can." Gibson said he's fortunate to know both Nygard and Flowers on a personal basisand able to approach them, on behalf of the organising committee, for their assis tance. In these tough economic times, Gibson said all he wants to do is to ensure that the regattas have sufficient funding to be able to take care of their commitment to the sailors and crew, who do their part in providing the competition for the spectatorsto view on the waters. He noted that both Nygard and Flowers should be com mended for their contribution to sloop sailing. In fact, Gibson went as far as to say that they should be presented with gold medals for their patriotism to sloop sailing in the Bahamas. "This is not the first time that they have been involved in the sponsorship of regattas," Gibson said. "They have been doing it for years. They have done it quietly and don't care if they are not recognised publicly for it." Gibson said he's confident that with Nygard and Flowers both lending their financial support, the organisers can now go forward in the planning of another successful regatta. At 7pm tonight in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, members of the organising committee are expected to meet with all sailors and crew members who intend to participate in the regatta. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011, PAGE 3E 397-1700Get a FREE PARTwith purchases $200.00 or more on select items. While supplies last. SUMMER SALEJuly 1 Aug 31, 2011Tercel Swi Corolla Accent Avalon Windom Elantra Sidekick S h o c k s S h o c k s Up to 50% OFFon select itemsEast Shirley Street (opposite Church St.)EXECUTIVE MOTORS & QUALITY AUTO SALES I am trying my best to assist wher ever I can A FITTING HONOUR: Janet Bostwick, on behalf of the National Family Island Regatta Committee, presented K ing Eric Gibson with a plaque of dedication for his invaluable contribution to the growth and development of the 58th National Family Island Regatta in April this year. HIGH SEAS: King Eric Gibson ( centre) and crew on board Q ueen Drucilla, Acklins.