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A Supreme Court jury on Wednesday unanimously cleared a 27-year-old man of having sex with a minor.
Prosecutors alleged that Luckenson Lafrance had sexual relations with an 11-year-old girl on three occasions in July and August 2013.
Lafrance was on $15,000 bail until his acquittal.
According to the alleged victim, the sexual contact occurred in Lafrance's bedroom while the girl visited his home in a Haitian community off Carmichael Road.
For his part, Lafrance denied that he had an inappropriate relationship with the girl.
The defense alleged that the girl's family harbored animosity towards Lafrance because his father gave him a job that was previously held by the girl's stepfather.
The complaint was made months after Lafrance arrived in the community after relocating from Haiti.
There was no independent witness to confirm the girl's story.
Anishka Hanchell prosecuted and Sidney Dorsett represented Lafrance.
Friday 23rd September 2011 7:00 PM
The Salvation Army Bahamas Division invites you to join in their 80th (1931 - 2011) anniversary celebrations under the theme "Celebrating Our Faith, Embracing the Future". Sept. 23rd - Grand Concert Special artists: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, Miss Daisy and more. Tickets: $25 Start Time: September 23rd at 7:00pm Where: The Diplomat Centre, Carmichael Rd For more information, contact 242-393-2340 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funeral Service for Giovano Rashedo James Evans, 21, of Wilson Avenue, Nassau Village who died on Monday, August 29th, 2011 will be held on Saturday, September 10th, at 10:00am at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be Bishop Roston L. Davis assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive.
He is survived by his Mother: Portia Smith-Appiah; Father: Eric Evans Sr.; Daughter: Ru’Nyque Evans; Step-father: Godwin Appiah; Step-mother: Yolanda Evans; Brothers: Eric Jr., Brandon, Marvin & Deontay Evans; Sisters: Jania & Crys’derria Evans; Nephew: J ...
By SANCHESKA BROWN
THREE men were recovering in hospital last night after they were shot by police during an attempted robbery of a webshop.
The incident happened at around 9.50pm on Thursday when police received a report of a robbery in progress at Island Luck on Carmichael Road.
When officers arrived on the scene they met three men walking out of the establishment. The men allegedly opened fire on police, who in turn shot back.
Two of the suspects were shot in the leg and the other in the arm. They were taken to hospital where their injuries are said to be non life-threatening.
No officers were injured during the incident.
Sources say the robbers assaulted three female employees during the r ...
Anglican Chorale and Friends Variety Concert
The Anglican Chorale and Friends will present a variety concert with music that will appeal to all tastes -- classical, gospel, contemporary and 'negro spirituals'.
Part of the proceeds from the concert, that is being held under the theme "Celebrating the Joy of Music", will go towards the restoration of family island churches.
The event will take place at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street on Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m.
The Bahamas Christian Chorale (conducted by Darville "Sonny" Walkine), the Highgrove Singers (conducted by Adrian Archer), the Bel-Canto Singers (conducted by Eldridge McPhee), the Roman Catholic Diocesan Chorale (conducted by Demetrius Delancy), and solo and instrumental performances by Karrington McKenzie, Colyn Major, Danielle Dorsett, Ashley Minnis, Giovanni Clarke and Brian Saunders will also be on the cards.
The concert will be held under the patronage of the Right Rev'd Laish Boyd Sr. and his wife. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Logos Book Store, Harbour Bay, St. Agnes Church Office, Baillou Hill road or Anglican Chorale members.
Golden Gates Youth Band Concert
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Youth Band Independence Concert in honor of the late Clydon Delano Stubbs will be held on Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries on Carmichael Road.
There have been two high profile murders of pregnant women in recent months. On July 30, Erica Ward was one of three people murdered at a residence on Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road. Ward was around eight months pregnant.
Thursday night Baresha Glinton-Lewis, who was five months pregnant, was shot to death in the presence of her 10-year-old son.
In Bahamian law, unborn children are not considered murder victims. Therefore, when two men were charged with the murder of Ward, Edward Braynen and Chackara Rahming no charge was leveled for the murder of Ward's unborn child.
There is a contradiction in our law. Abortion is a crime in The Bahamas. A person could get up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of abortion. Abortion is the killing of an unborn child. If it is a crime to kill an unborn child voluntarily (abortion), why isn't it a crime when an unborn child is killed by a bullet or knife passing through the body of his or her mother?
The government is bringing forward a new penal code in a few months. There needs to be a change in our law ensuring that the killing of a mother and her unborn child or children is considered a multiple murder. The sanction for such a crime should be severe.
Bishop Simeon Hall, who headed the government-appointed crime commission earlier on in this term, said yesterday that it is a shame that the unborn children of Glinton-Lewis and Ward will not be recognized as victims of murder.
"You can tell whether society is progressing by what it does for children, born and yet in the womb," Hall said.
"And so I'm calling on the lawmakers to look again at this law and to seek to make it more relevant."
Recognizing the lives of unborn children would have serious ramifications. People who physically abuse pregnant women and cause the death of their children, even if the mother survives, would face a homicide charge under this formulation.
In a few days or weeks as a country we will set a fourth murder record in five years. We are passing dangerous thresholds. We are on pace to have 140 murders this year in a country with a population of 350,000. It is unclear if the measures set in place by this administration will in the future help to slow the pace of violent crime. It is also unclear if either of the other political parties have plans that would work if they are elected the next government.
Much needs to be done to reform our criminal justice system, but this simple change to the penal code could send a message to those out there with criminal intent that harming expecting mothers is unacceptable.
By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Senior Reporter
ANDROS is better off now than it has been in the past 10 years, according to Desmond Bannister, the Free National Movement candidate for North Andros.
Speaking at the FNM's political Rally in North Andros Saturday night, Mr Bannister, who is currently the representative for the Carmichael constituency, said the work he has already done in Andros speaks for his commitment to the island.
He took a poke at the Progressive Liberal Party's management of the island saying, "Andros has been neglected by the PLP."
He touted several infrastructural upgrades undertaken by the FNM in Andros, including repa ...
Police are requesting the
public's assistance in locating the following people. The first person
is 29 year old FREDERICK GREENE of GOLDEN ISLES ROAD.
Green is described as having dark brown complexion and medium build.
Police want to question this male reference to house-breaking and rape.
The second suspect police are also requesting your assistance in
locating is 23 year old FRED RAMSEY of WOODES ALLEY & CARMICHAEL
Ramsey is described as having medium brown complexion; medium built and stands at 5'7" tall.
Funeral Services for Ives Emmanuel, 79, of Salina Point, Acklins and formerly of George Bottle Creek, Turks Island will be held on Saturday II :OOam at Cousin McPhee Cathedral AME Church, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be Bishop Leroy R. Emmanuel assisted by other Ministers. lnterment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.
She is survived by: Children: Jessee & Debbie Emmanuel, Bishop Leroy & Pastor Miriam Emmanuel, Assistant Superintend~t of Police Allan & Sandra Emmanuel, Eloi & Doreen Carey, Wilfred & Doris Anderson, Ruby Emmanuel, Steven, Autreen & Ellen Rose; Adopted Children: Diana Cooper, Braniza Rolle, Charlene Fowler, Monique Williams, El ...
The Ministry of Finance is considering an exemption "threshold" for the application of value-added tax (VAT) to residential consumers' energy bills of 500 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month, which in current terms would equate to all of those with a monthly electricity bill of $170 or less being exempt from paying VAT on that bill, Guardian Business has been informed.
Days after Ministry of Finance consultant Ishmael Lightbourne indicated to this newspaper that the government was looking at an exemption threshold of 200 kWh, in order to protect those lowest income individuals from seeing their energy costs rise under VAT, Financial Secretary John Rolle said that the ministry is looking at a higher threshold, which allows more customers to benefit from a VAT exemption on their bill.
Lightbourne had initially commented on the threshold, which he said was being discussed within the Ministry of Finance after it was revealed in the recently released VAT legislation and regulations that those documents propose a legal requirement that commercial and residential consumers pay VAT on their bills, but in the case of residential consumers, only if they exceed a certain amount of electricity consumption per month. That threshold was not contained in the document, which had a blank space in its place.
The consultant told Guardian Business that the government was "struggling" over the issue of applying VAT to Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) bills, given an overriding concern to bring down the cost of electricity in this country.
However, Lightbourne said that the possibility of losing as much as $30 million in revenue if it exempted all BEC bills meant such an exemption may be "more generous than [the government] could afford".
A day later, Philip Brave Davis, deputy prime minister, suggested that the question of whether or not government adds a 15 percent VAT to BEC bills under the proposed tax regime, scheduled to come on stream in July 2014, is still an open question, with the government seeking input on the matter.
In an emailed statement to Guardian Business yesterday, Rolle again suggested that the government is looking at applying VAT to BEC bills, but disputed the exemption threshold initially quoted.
"Please let me correct the information which quotes the threshold for electricity at 200 kWh per month. The Ministry of Finance is working with a threshold of 500 kWh. In current terms, this would translate into an equivalent $170 per month in energy bills that are exempt, for qualifying households, or on an annual basis a bill of slightly more than $2,025.
"The exemption is, however, based on the amount of electricity used, so the dollar savings would increase if the electricity rates rise as is the case when the surcharge rises."
Businessman Ethric Bowe, president of Advanced Technical Enterprises and head of the Carmichael Road and Coconut Grove business leagues, who has become a vocal critic of the government's VAT implementation plans, yesterday said that to even discuss whether VAT will apply to BEC bills is to "accept VAT", something he is not willing to do.
"They are talking about VAT on electricity knowing its a critical input to business, but to talk about it is to say you have accepted VAT and we have differences there," he said. "The government is using a sleight of hand, talking about it as if it is a finished deal, trying to get into the details, whereas the VAT coalition, the business community, hasn't accepted it yet, so what you have is two groups at different points totally in this thing. To get into the details means you have accepted VAT."
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie last night accused the Free National Movement (FNM) of 'attacking' his party's candidates.
Christie said the FNM is in so much trouble as a government it is taking the low road in its campaign.
Speaking at the official opening of the PLP's Golden Isles constituency office, Christie said the FNM is "attacking PLP candidates of such impeccable integrity and character that you almost can't believe they'd be so vicious and so stupid".
He told supporters the country can not afford to have an election based on such attacks.
"The real challenges facing our country are too serious," he said. "So every time they invent some new charge, or recycle some tired, old already-discredited allegation, every time they do this, we'll show you how baseless and ridiculous they are, and then we'll go right back to telling you about the PLP's innovative plans to fight crime and create jobs."
Christie pledged: "They'll take the low road, and we'll take the high road because the low road doesn't take us where we need to go. The low road is not the way to a safer and more prosperous nation."
The PLP leader did not specifically name which candidates are being 'attacked', but his comment came on the same day that Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell accused Leader of Government Business in the Senate Dion Foulkes of 'carrying things too far' on Wednesday when he tabled a 2007 United States Embassy cable in which a senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs official alleges Mitchell was involved in a visa scam while he served as minister.
Mitchell has sued the official - Dorothea Lafleur - and has told Foulkes in a public statement he takes what has been done personally. He was referring to the tabling of the document.
The former minister also told Foulkes: "This blood libel by you has now set enmity between me and your house."
Christie previously said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has attacked another PLP candidate - Dr. Perry Gomez, the AIDS program director who is running in North Andros and the Berry Islands.
Ingraham suggested last weekend that Gomez does not have a true commitment to the people of that constituency, but is only entering politics because he is facing mandatory retirement from the government health services sector.
Christie said last night that Bahamians are focused on fighting crime, creating jobs, and investing in people.
"The PLP is focused on fighting crime, creating jobs, and investing in people," he said.
Christie said the FNM does not want to talk about fighting crime or the economy.
"Why would they, when they made the recession so much worse in The Bahamas, with higher taxes, contracts for foreigners instead of Bahamians, and their failure to control energy costs?" he said.
He said all the FNM government has left is the national stadium and the Lynden Pindling International Airport project, which were initiated under his administration.
Christie claimed that when the PLP left office The Bahamas was a regional leader in employment. "After the FNM, The Bahamas is at the bottom, among the worst-performing economies in the region," he said.
Last week, the Department of Statistics released the results of a November 2011 labor force survey, which revealed the unemployment rate jumped from 13.7 to 15.9 percent nationally, the highest in more than a decade.
The data painted a grim picture for Grand Bahama which saw unemployment figures rise from 15.4 percent in May 2011 to 21.2 percent in November 2011.
Christie said that with PLP Golden Isles candidate Michael Halkitis on his team, "we will lead the way forward".
"We see the problems, but we also see the potential," he said. "We know we can create a booming economy here once again, with innovative ideas and a committed team of experts."
Halkitis served as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance during the Christie administration. He lost in his 2007 re-election bid to the FNM's Charles Maynard.
The PLP's Golden Isles constituency office is located on the corner of Carmichael Road and Bacardi Road.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Police are requesting your assistance in locating 29 year old FREDERICK GREEN aka FREDERICK NEELY of CARMICHAEL ROAD.
Fredrick is described as having dark brown complexion, medium build and stands at 5'11" tall.
Police want to question this suspect reference to ESCAPING LAWFUL CUSTODY.
According to police reports around...
Two years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a group of 10 organizations have banded together to host a concert to raise funds to assist the people of Haiti.
The concert dubbed "Haiti's Help Is Your Yes!" will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Enoch Beckford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. Admission is free, but donations, pledges and gift offerings will be accepted.
Performing gospel and conscious music will be Benedict Lamartine, Anna Calixte, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Group D'Homme Emmanuel (Berean Baptist Church), Theogene Jean Louis (Cornerstone Church), Paul Hanna, Poem by Rosny Jean (Queen of Peace), Seventh-day Adventist men's group, Boys of God, and Mr. J (Gefner Dalmon).
They are expecting the 3,000-seat auditorium to be filled at capacity to hear the uplifting music, guest pastor Maxso Joseph and amputee victims from Haiti.
"The primary purpose of the concert is to sensitize Haitians and Haitians of Bahamian descent, Bahamians and the world to Haiti's current plight and pain," said concert organizer Robert Dieudonne. "Two years after the earthquake, Haiti is still in need of prayer. Haiti is still in need of participation in its restoration."
Organizations comprising the Power of 10 group include the Haitian Embassy, United Associations of Haitians in The Bahamas, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, the Haitian Pastors Association, Real Men Ministries, Haitian Chapter Viahmo, Bahamas Faith Ministries Intl., True Vision Media Group, Church of the Nazarene and Benedict Larmartine.
"The Power of 10 have realized this finger-tapping won't work and that we need a consolidated effort, a collaborative front in order to bring any real effectiveness -- even in a small way," said Dieudonne. "So we've committed to come together to focus on particular projects and we will focus on the kids, the domestic servants, kids who can't go to school but are allowed to work 12 to 16 hours a day just to have a place where they can be accommodated. We're going to focus on the more than 100,000 amputees who are still waiting on prosthetics, wheelchairs, therapy, and vocational training."
The billions of dollars that have been collected, Dieudonne says can go towards constructing infrastructure. He says they are interested in dealing with the human element and building lives - that is where they will focus their support.
Dieudonne says people have no excuse not to help their Haitian neighbors because if they want to adopt a family, they will help them do that. If someone wants to adopt a child, he says they will help them do that. And any denomination from $20 to $2,000 is acceptable. And he says sponsors will know where their aid money goes because they will receive a call from the recipient to say they received it.
New Haitian Mission Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Cherelus Exante, who has an ongoing effort feeding, clothing and educating 50-plus orphans in an orphanage, says the concert people will be given the opportunity to partner with actual efforts now. And get the assistance they need to create initiatives of their own.
"Two years on, we are not here only to organize the concert, but to also give God thanks, and to thank the people of The Bahamas for standing with the Haitian people to help Haiti, so we continue to do work in Haiti and provide aid to Haitians," said Rev. Exante.
What: Haiti's Help Is Your Yes! concert
When: Friday, January 13
Where: Enoch Beckford Auditorium, Carmichael Road
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, but donations, pledges and gift offerings will be accepted
Performers: Benedict Lamartine, Anna Calixte, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Group D'Homme Emmanuel (Berean Baptist Church), Theogene Jean Louis (Cornerstone Church), Paul Hanna, Poem by Rosny Jean (Queen of Peace), Seventh-day Adventist men's group, Boys of God, and Mr. J (Gefner Dalmon).
Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be romantic, sometimes you just need to let the laughter rip, and Cocoa Brown promises to do just that.
Fans of Brown who watch her in her comedic role on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" will want to see her live on stage in all her comedic glory. They will laugh until their stomach hurts at her impressions of everyday life and punch-lines when she takes to the stage for the third annual "Love Fest" comedy show on Saturday, February 11 at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Nassau Resort for a night of laughter and love.
Joining Brown on stage will be Shang, R. Jay, Wil Sylvince, Adam Schulz and homegrown talent Mark B.
This year's fest is an event you don't want to pass up because it's bigger than ever and everyone will have something to smile about. You will laugh until you cry with this stellar line-up.
Sylvince, a Haitian comedian who stole the show at Laugh 2011 is back by popular demand and will bring the same urban themes and comedic gestures that kept audience members near tears.
"This comedy show will be dynamic," said organizer, Inigo 'Naughty Niggs' Zenicazelay.
"We didn't cut back anywhere and we really let it rip this time. The crowd will love it. This year we have an awesome lineup of old favorites and new faces.
"This is a great way to spend this pre-Valentine's weekend. You don't have to worry about booking a restaurant or any of the other fancy things. This is a free-for-all night of fun that will be relaxing and stress free."
Schulz, from the urban comedy group "White Boys in the Hood", is expected to bring a unique "off-the-handle" style that even conventional comedy fans can appreciate.
A down-to-earth and laid back act is what can be expected from Shang, a comic who has made appearances on the "Def Comedy", "Bad Boys of Comedy" and "First Amendment Comedy" shows.
R. Jay, another American comedian with a urban flare will also bring a different angle to this night of laughs.
And of course to bring a Bahamian comedic twist, up-and-coming comedian Mark B. will take to the stage to give the crowd something to relate to.
Doors to the theater open at 7:30 p.m. The show laughs off at 9 p.m.
And the party does not end when the last comedian steps off the stage, because there's an after-party at Club 22, above the Wyndham, to keep the evening jumping for those people that simply don't want to go home.
All show guests will gain free admission. The comedy show band and a deejay will be there. Attendees can take in the drink specials all night. It will also provide an opportunity for fans to mingle with the comedians.
Davia Clarke, a fan of the Laugh Fest series, said she will definitely be making a beeline for this comedy show. She has attended the shows religiously for the last three years and can't get enough of them.
"I just love the show and what it does for me. It's so funny every year," she said.
"It's amazing who they get to come annually and I think they get better and better. Usually I have someone to go with for Love Fest, but this year I don't. Even so I will be there front and center to enjoy myself anyway. It will be so much fun."
Advance tickets are $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two. Tickets can be purchased from all John's shoe stores, Island cellular on Rosetta and Carmichael Road, Solomon's Mines' downtown location, Nassau Pawn on Bay Street, Will and Ives in the Marina Village on Paradise Island and the Outdoor Sportsman at the Mall at Marathon.
Love Fest Comedy Show
When: Saturday, February 11
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NUMBER of persons set to vote in North Andros have changed their registration since the start of the voter fraud probe, according to FNM candidate for the area Desmond Bannister.
The tribunal has set the course for a fairer process of elections in the country, said Mr Bannister, sitting MP for Carmichael and Minister of Education.
"I can tell you that any number of people have called and told me that they will get legitimate," Mr Bannister said.
"I know a number of people have changed their registration.
He added: "The law of the country provides for how and where people are to vote. You cannot ...
Friday 8th October 2010 8:00 PM
James Weldon Johnsonís Godís Trombones, which is also sometimes known by its full title, Godís Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. This production, written in 1927, is based on a book of poems by Johnson patterned after traditional African-American religious oratory. Guest Performer: Minister Kersch Darville Start Time: October 8th at 8:00pm Where: Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Road Tickets, during the run of the festival, are $25.00 except for Student Matinees, our special Student/Seniors discount preview on Thursday, September 30th at 8:00pm (ID required) and our Opening Night Gala on Friday, October 1st at 8:00pm
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands Randy Butler said he will be in North Andros today attending the hearing into allegations of voter fraud in the constituency, and fully supports there being a clean register.
"If there are mistakes I think [this] would be a good opportunity to fix them," said Butler.
"If there are people that are intentionally doing something, I think they should feel the brunt of the law."
Butler, the CEO of SkyBahamas, spoke to The Nassau Guardian yesterday via telephone while he was campaigning in the Berry Islands.
Claims of voter fraud emerged two weeks ago when Free National Movement (FNM) MP for Carmichael and candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands, Desmond Bannister, said he had a list of 36 names of registered voters in the constituency who were flown in by Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) operatives.
"These persons have taken an oath and have been registered to vote in the North Andros and the Berry Islands constituency," said Bannister at a press conference recently.
"This is an act of deception that can lead to prosecution, and it is an act that we will expose in the interest of protecting our vibrant Bahamian democracy."
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie has strongly rejected the assertion that PLP operatives are facilitating illegal registration of voters.
Butler said as a newcomer to politics he can only advocate for a clean register.
"I believe it's the parliamentary commissioner's job to make sure of that," said Butler.
"If there is any concern that the candidate or the people have, I think they have the right to report it.
"We'll see how it goes and that's what I like about this democratic society."
Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel revealed on Wednesday that 30 people will have their eligibility to vote in the constituency challenged today at a public hearing.
PLP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis said his party will be representing three of the registered voters in question.
Davis speculated to The Nassau Guardian on Wednesday that if some people who registered in the area are not eligible, they may have been confused by recent amendments to the Parliamentary Elections Act -- specifically the changes to the definition of what it means to be ordinarily resident -- and did not deliberately try to defraud the election process.
Bannister claimed, however, that once the initial hearings have taken place, he will present another list of names to the parliamentary commissioner.
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, FNM Party
Leader at the Constituency Headquarters Opening, Carmichael on March
Colour Red is surging across the country! On Saturday FNMs came by the
thousands to support Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe and the other members of
our Dynamic Five in Grand Bahama. We are going to sweep all five Grand
Bahama and Bimini seats.
On Thursday night Colour Red will be in Yamacraw with Dion Foulkes. The
little crowd Melanie Griffin had at her headquarters opening will look
like a drop in the ocean compared to the sea of red that's coming to
Yamacraw this Thursday...
The Free National Movement's Carmichael candidate, Darron Cash, thinks the Bahamian economy is recovering well from what has been described as the "Great Recession".
Cash shared with Guardian Business that the country's economic recovery is reflected in what he is calling investor confidence from both the domestic and international communities.
In this week's edition of My Ten Cents, Cash noted that while The Bahamas' economy should be in good standing over the next five to 10 years, there still needs to be a stronger emphasis on encouraging Bahamian ownership.
He pointed out that it is through increased Bahamian ownership that the economy will expand.
The FNM candidate stressed the importance of the country's tourism product but recommended that it be diversified in order to maintain its competitive edge against other touristic destinations.
One area Cash suggested tourism stakeholders need to focus on is creating opportunities for Bahamian entertainers.
"There are many ways for us to improve our tourism product and I think therein are the opportunities for Bahamians to provide new avenues for ownership. Specifically, there has been an agelong concern that there is more that can be done to expand the opportunities there are for Bahamian entertainers," according to Cash.
"There are many ways for us to expand the number of things tourists do when they come to our shores and I think there is no question at what the Ministry of Tourism has been doing by way of promoting the Family Islands."
In addition to strengthening the country's tourism product, Cash encouraged Bahamians to take advantage of entrepreneurial-based projects provided by the government such as the self starter and jump start programs.
He said now is the time for them to take advantage of these opportunities, as the job market becomes even more competitive.
While he is encouraged by the fact that most businesses in The Bahamas are considered to be small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), he shared with Guardian Business that many of them still fail due to a lack of financial and technical support.
As chairman of the Bahamas Development Bank, Cash noted that many businesses have been significantly funded by the bank.
However, he admits the challenges that SMEs face don't always boil down to finances.
"The key point for us to remember is that the greatest challenge for SMEs is not always on the financial side, but on the technical side. Very often it is about the marketing, the operational and financial weaknesses that have to be addressed to make sure that the people who bring fantastic ideas to the table also have the support to bring those ideas to fruition," said Cash.
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by Hon. Branville McCartney, M.P. on March 29th, 2012 at the
Street Meeting in Carmichael at the Southern Shores Constituency office opening.
When the Rally is Over
Good evening BAHAMAS!
Good evening my fellow Bahamians!
The Bahamas is now on the brink of economic collapse and social decay. We need REAL CHANGE. And, we need REAL CHANGE NOW.