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Freeeport, Bahamas - Pursuant to the annual general meeting of the Grand Bahama Chamber Of Commerce which was held Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the new slate of officers & directors of the board of directors are as follows:
Officers of the Board:
President: Barry Malcolm, (Global Fulfillment Services Ltd.); 1st Vice President: Tony Lopez, (Grand Bahama Power Company); 2nd Vice President: Lisa G. Turnquest, (Atlantic Medical Insurance Ltd.); Treasurer: Tish Sherman, (BORCO); Secretary: Donna Laing-Jones, (HG Christie Real Estates)...
The Bahamas Cricket Association (BCA) will continue its celebration of the 40th anniversary of the independence of The Bahamas, with another cricket event and the publication of a commemorative magazine on cricket in The Bahamas.
The magazine is being prepared for publication. It will contain photographs of The Bahamas' national team, champions of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Americas Division II Tournament, played here in The Bahamas in February, 2013; scores from all of the matches played by The Bahamas and some history and photographs of cricket played here over the years. Merchants, business establishments and individuals are being asked to contribute to the event by purchasing advertisements in the magazine.
The BCA will host a Twenty-20 cricket tournament here in New Providence over the Labour Day holiday weekend, June 7-9. Matches will be played at Haynes Oval and at Windsor Park, with the finals being played at Haynes Oval on Sunday, June 9. There will be cash prizes for the first, second and third place teams and for outstanding performances by players. Contributions toward prizes have been received from Security & General Insurance Co. Ltd., Atlantic Medical Insurance, Nassau Insurance Brokers & Agents, Colonial Pension Services (Bahamas) Ltd., Lenix 'Iron' Symonette, Anthony and Irene Miaoulis, Murio Ducille and Jim O'Brien. The BCA is welcoming further contributions.
The BCA has selected 40 persons for awards, which will be presented on the final day of the tournament at Haynes Oval on June 9. Included among the awardees are sponsors over the years, past presidents and other administrators, officials (umpires), scorers and players.
It is expected to be a festive weekend of cricket, with many of the old cricketers in attendance along with many cricket fans. Entertainment will include music and a dance team. It is expected that the six teams presently engaged in league competition will participate in this prestigious Independence Cricket Tournament.
Authorities were yesterday still searching for three men who went missing at sea over the weekend in two separate voyages. Two of the men who are yet to be found went missing in waters off Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera. A third man, who went kayaking off western New Providence, was also still missing yesterday.
However, three men who left Green Cay, Exuma on Sunday for a fishing trip, and were also reported missing that afternoon, have since been found, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux confirmed.
He said those men were found in good health yesterday afternoon and their vessel was towed to the Defence Force's Coral Harbour Base.
Meanwhile, local authorities on Eleuthera were looking for two men who reportedly went missing at sea along with three other men during a fishing trip on Sunday morning.
According to police, the group from Hatchet Bay left Unit 2 Beach aboard a 13-foot tin boat around 9:00 a.m.
The men were thrown into the ocean when their boat capsized after encountering bad weather on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island.
Three men managed to swim back to shore.
Candice Taylor, a cousin of Ryan McHardy, one of the missing men who is reportedly in his 20s, told The Nassau Guardian she feared that by the time the defence force can make it to the area to search for her cousin, it may be too late.
Taylor resides on Hatchet Bay. She said family and friends have been searching since 6:30 a.m. yesterday along the shoreline, but the RBDF had not assisted their search.
"We are out there literally, and we have been abandoned," Taylor said around 3 p.m. yesterday.
"My cousin's older brother was in the water diving up and down the shoreline, to see anything or any remains.
"We have seen absolutely no one. The police were out there but they can't do anything. They were just sitting, watching and waiting.
"We have had no assistance from the Defence Force. Today is day two."
Taylor said the three men who swam to shore and McHardy are from Hatchet Bay, while the other missing man is from New Providence.
Deleveaux admitted that manpower was stretched and the RBDF was unable to send a team to Hatchet Bay.
"We were kind of [busy] with these two cases here. Now that we have found those three missing men in the Green Cay area - the intention, I believe, is to come that way and assist," he said.
"But, you know, we had four missing men on this side."
The fourth man he was referring to is a missing 70-year-old man who went kayaking near Clifton Point, New Providence on Sunday .
"We deployed a vessel that evening," he said. "Our search efforts yielded negative results. However, at first light we would have deployed another vessel to continue our search efforts.
"We are also being assisted by BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association) and the local police in this search effort."
Pressed on why no Defence Force or United States Coast Guard vessels visited Hatchet Bay as of yesterday afternoon, Deleveaux said, "I think OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos), the police and the local fishermen were assisting."
"Those men went missing not too far away from the shore," he said. "I think the efforts were a bit focused by those three particular entities.
"All of this occurred within three or four hours apart from each other yesterday (Sunday). We couldn't leave a bigger area to come to search a smaller area, especially with more men missing."
Defence Force officials have admonished the boating public to adhere to safe boating practices, including preparing a proper float plan and sticking to it.
Tropical Depression 10 which has formed off of the African coast is not a threat to any island at all, according to an officer at the Department of Meteorology yesterday.
"It's just in the middle of the Atlantic and it's forecasted to dissipate in the next five days before it hits any kind of land whatsoever," said Shavonne Moxey-Bonamy. "It's going to remain a depression and it should dissipate shortly."
At 11 a.m. yesterday, Tropical Depression 10 was located at 14.9 degrees north and long 34.2 degrees west -- 655 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde islands.
Its winds were at about 35 mph and it is not expected to strengthen, making it highly unlikely that The Bahamas would face a tropical storm or hurricane on the tail of Hurricane Irene.
"At this time it does not pose any threat to The Bahamas," Moxey-Bonamy confirmed. "Any further strengthening to a possible tropical storm or hurricane is very slim at this time."
A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean intensified into Tropical Storm Maria yesterday and appeared on track to impact The Bahamas by Monday.
Early projections show the storm will pass just east of The Bahamas.
Geoffrey Greene, senior meteorological officer, said several islands are expected to be impacted by tropical strom conditions.
The storm will be just north of Puerto Rico by 8 a.m. on Sunday, according to projections. It is projected to be close to the southeast Bahamas by 8 a.m. Monday.
Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins and the Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to be impacted.
Maximum sustained winds increased to about 50 mph with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 45 miles to the north of the center.
Greene said while some strengthening will likely take place, it isn't likely that it will become a hurricane based on early indicators.
Tropical Storm Maria is the 13th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.
As Maria inched closer to The Bahamas, Tropical Storm Nate formed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Greene said it is more likely to impact Central America.
Meantime, Hurricane Katia, which is northwest of The Bahamas, spawned showers and thunderstorms over the past several days.
The system was now projected to move west towards an island off the coast of Asia. Yesterday it was producing "dangerous" surf conditions in Bermuda and along much of the East Coast of the US, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Maria threatens The Bahamas just two weeks after Hurricane Irene pummelled the country.
While most of the Family Islands reported some level of damage, Cat Island and Acklins suffered the most damage.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A LEADING Bahamian health insurer yesterday saw its attempt to 'stay' an agency's demands for due commission payments shot down by the Court of Appeal, which found that the carrier and its general insurance affiliate were not "a single economic unit".
The appellate court's judgment showed how Atlantic Medical Insurance attempted to tie the action launched against it by Fred S. Ramsey General Insurance Agency to another Supreme Court case, which had been initiated against the same agency by its property and casualty underwriter affiliate, Security & General.
Atlantic Medical and Security & General have as their parent ...
AS we track the path of Tropical Storm Maria, Tribune readers can expect the same groundbreaking coverage as provided by tribune242.com during Hurricane Irene.
Tropical Storm Maria formed in the Atlantic yesterday, becoming the 13th named storm in the 2011 hurricane season.
The system does not pose a threat to the Bahamas at this time, but meteorologists are continuing to monitor its development.
When Irene struck, other newspapers went the conventional route of publishing in the aftermath of the storm, but The Tribune kept its readers up to date with live coverage online.
"Social media has been a key part of our information dissemination strategy for a while now, and it proved critical in the ...
For those governments that had been courting Muammar Gaddafi for the money that he handed out to spread his influence around the world, his fall from power in Libya is bad news. And, the news is unlikely to get better whatever regime replaces him.
As this commentary is being written, Gaddafi is being sought in and near Tripoli. If he is still in the country, it is only a matter of time before he is caught. His treatment, if he is captured alive, will depend on who catches him. In any event, his almost 42-year rule as leader of Libya, which began when he seized power in a military coup in 1969, is at an end.
Despite the recognition by several Western governments of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), it is by no means certain that as events unfold in the coming months, the Council or the persons who constitute it, will remain in charge. Indeed, confusion and chaos are likely to reign for some months to come.
There are now large groups of people throughout Libya who are armed with heavy weapons and who feel that, having confronted the Gaddafi power machine, they are entitled to share in the spoils. They are unlikely to go quietly into the night.
Perhaps it is in acknowledgement of this reality, that Western governments and commentators have been calling for no recriminations (except against Gaddafi and his sons) and to maintain in office the military and public service that served Gaddafi. They recognize that they made an error in Iraq by getting rid of the military establishment, police and public servants. There was no one in place, except the Americans and the British to take charge and they had little or no experience of Iraq. They also had to train a complete police force and rebuild military capability. In the meantime, lawlessness was rampant everywhere.
One thing is for sure, whether it is the NTC or some other body, Libya now needs a government urgently so as to bring order after months of chaos. And, whatever government it is, it will be a long time to come before it starts seeking influence and allies by spreading abroad the revenues from Libya's oil. The focus of any new government will have to be on rebuilding Libya's damaged physical infrastructure and in building a democratic society. Building such a democratic society will be much more challenging that replacing physical infrastructure.
Libya is not short of money now. Nor will it be in the future. The immediate problem confronting the NTC, which will seek to run the country, is that more than $150 billion of Libya's assets are locked up abroad, much of it frozen as part of sanctions applied against Gaddafi. No doubt the countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) who backed the uprising against Gaddafi will want to release some of that money to NTC to allow it to assert its authority in the country.
Other countries, such as South Africa, where Libyan assets are also lodged, will want to be more cautious about whom the funds are released. They will want to be sure that there is a de facto government in place. South Africa President Jacob Zuma is on record as saying he wants to see a government in place in Libya and his government has criticized Nigeria for recognizing the NTC even before Gaddafi is officially no longer in any kind of authority.
At the moment, many government salaries have gone unpaid, including the police and the army. The NTC will only persuade these people to work if they are assured of being paid, and they see an early sign of it.
The NATO countries, themselves, are unlikely to release all of the frozen funds to the NTC at once. The United States, Canada and the European Union countries will be keen to see swift attempts at drafting a constitution for Libya and no doubt will expect to see it in the model of constitutions governing Western countries. They will also want plans to be put in place for general elections by which the people can choose a government from contending political parties.
The latter will not happen overnight. A country with no history of political parties and general elections will require a great deal of information and training simply to put the necessary institutions in place. Forming political parties will be even more difficult because they are bound to be fashioned first on narrow political and regional interests before those interests can be merged into bodies with a national reach, if that can be achieved.
It can also be taken for granted that the NATO countries will be pulling strings behind the scenes and openly. The NTC will clearly do business with the countries and agencies that helped them to topple Gaddafi. Those countries that remained supportive of Gaddafi or assumed a neutral stance will hardly get a look-in. The only two exceptions to that rule would be China and Russia with whom Libya would want to continue sensible relations for strategic reasons related to security.
The experts claim that Libya has Africa's highest oil reserves. But, its national production has been reduced to virtually nothing because of the conflict over the last few months. They also claim that it will take at least a year before production reaches the level it was before the conflict. All the more reason why Libya will not be opening a check book to governments around the world any time soon.
The spoils of oil are already well and truly in the hands of French, British and Italian companies and the US can be assured of supplies to meet its demands in the coming years. What is more, the price of oil is showing signs of going down. The UN Security Council in giving NATO a chit to help save lives in Libya by protecting those, who rebelled against Gaddafi from his warplanes and bombs, also unintentionally provided a license for helping with regime change. Many will rightly ponder how to guard against a similar occurrence in the future.
It appears that the majority of people inside Libya are pleased to see the back of Muammar Gaddafi and his reign of terror both inside and outside of the country, but the vacuum he has left needs to be filled. No one should expect Libya to be stable and well-ordered for some time to come - NATO countries had a role in the war; they must now play a significant role in ensuring the peace.
In the meantime, Libya's check book diplomacy is also at an end.
o Sir Ronald Sanders is a former Caribbean diplomat. Re-published with the permission of Caribbeannewsnow.com
It takes approximately three-quarters of a million dollars to effectively operate the Cancer Society of The Bahamas (CSOB) each year. This annual budget is primarily used to further the Society's corporate mission and objectives which includes serving cancer patients, survivors, their families and persons at risk, through various screening and education programs; providing residential care; advocacy and financial aid. While the Society depends to a large extent, on donations and grants from corporate and individual donors for a significant portion of its operational budget, it also coordinates in house, a number of fundraising activities each year. One of these is the "Stride for Life Walk."
"Stride for Life Walk" (SFLW) was first introduced in 2004, under the chairmanship of Terry Fountain, immediate past president of the CSOB. The walk serves not only as a major plank in the CSOB fundraising arsenal, but also as a means of raising public awareness to the issue of cancer in general, and to breast cancer in particular, as well as to mobilize public support for the ongoing work of the CSOB. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 1, with a 6 a.m. start. There are seven categories in which individuals may register and actively participate, 6-12 years; 13-20 years; 21-30 years; 31-40 years; 41-50 years; 51-60 years, and 61 and over. Each category is further grouped by gender, as well as whether a participant is a cancer survivor or not.
There are two routes for the walk, one for the younger, able-bodied participants known as group one, and one for cancer survivors and "older," less able-bodied participants, known as group two. Both routes will begin and end at the CSOB's headquarters, East Terrace, Centreville. While both groups will travel the same route to East Bay Street,
Group one will walk north over the "new" Paradise Island bridge to the Golf Course and back over the "old" bridge to Mackey Street. They will continue south to Shirley Street, walking west to Collins Avenue and south to the CSOB. Group two's route will omit the walk across the two bridges and will continue to walk east on East Bay Street to Mackey Street, and proceed south to Shirley Street and follow a similar route to the CSOB's headquarters.
The planning process for S4LW begins from as early as mid-January each year with a team of volunteers from both the private and the public sectors, ranging in age from 22 years to 60-plus. This team, coordinated by Gennie Dean, consists of both cancer survivors and friends of survivors.
The Rt. Rev'd Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Erin Brown, both of whom are cancer survivors, serve as honorary co-chairpersons of the committee.
The business community has been extremely generous, as always, in their support of this event; Major sponsors include: Bahamia, Shoe Village, Aquapure, Atlantic Medical, BAF Financial & Insurance (BAH) LTD, Bahamas Food Services (BFS), Bank of the Bahamas, Chevron, Colina, First Caribbean International Bank, Island Games, J.S. Johnson, Nautilus, Phil's Food Services and Scotia Bank.
Additionally, Bahamas Waste Management, Caribbean Bottling, Fidelity Bank, the National Insurance Board (NIB), and the Teachers' and Salaried Workers' Credit Union have generously paid the registration fees for their employees to participate in the walk. In addition, the international Susan G. Komen Foundation will again be participating.
In 2010, the S4LW netted over $21,000. The target for 2011 has been set at $26,000. Despite the ongoing recession and increases in prices in many instances, the committee is confident that this target will be realized.
At the conclusion of the walk, Minister of Health, Dr. Hubert Minnis will speak, as well as a cancer survivor that will share his/her experience. Bodine Johnson is also expected to perform.
The "Stride for Life Walk" is now in its eighth year, having been introduced in 2004 for the dual purpose of raising funds and raising public awareness around general and specific cancer issues. It is an event that is suitable for the entire family's participation. Registration forms for all categories and groups are vailable from the Society's headquarters on East Terrace or can be downloaded from the CSOB's website at www.cancersocietybahamas.org. For more information, telephone the Cancer Society of The Bahamas at 323-4441 or 323-4482.