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Online Application For Lyford Cay Foundation Scholarship Is Open
Online Application For Lyford Cay Foundation Scholarship Is Open

All Candidates Must Apply Via the Foundations' Website

(NASSAU, BAHAMAS) Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation are now accepting online applications for academic and technical training and vocational scholarships for study at approved institutions in the U.S., Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.

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Who Will Be the Real Opposition to the New Bahamian Government
Who Will Be the Real Opposition to the New Bahamian Government?

Who will be the effective opposition to the PLP in government and in the next Elections is an interesting proposition. The primary opposing political force must have as clear and decisive a direction as the governing PLP party. It is apparent that the FNM with its nine sitting members of Parliament will be the official opposition, but is there a role for the DNA going forward?

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Major sanctions for VAT evasion

The new value-added tax (VAT) regime proposed by the government would allow the state to impose widespread penalties on those who fail to comply with the new act and its regulations, including heavy fines, shutting businesses down, publicly naming and shaming, seizure of goods and auctioning off of assets and even jail time.
The new regime would also allow the Central Revenue Agency (CRA), which the government is setting up to regulate and collect VAT, to demand details of assets from banking institutions, garnish money owed to registrants by others and restrict access to travel for those who owe outstanding taxes.
The draft Value Added Tax Bill 2013 and Value Added Tax Regulations 2013 obtained by The Nassau Guardian outline dozens of instances that a VAT officer or the VAT commissioner might view as offensive to the act. The nature of these offenses would fall under the categories of minor, serious or very serious.
Individuals and companies are subject to fines by the CRA. However, the fines for companies in the draft legislation are much more serious.
For a minor infraction, an individual would be fined $12,500.
A minor infraction by a company would carry a fine of $25,000.
A serious infraction by an individual would carry a fine of $25,000.
A company would pay a fine of $75,000 for a serious infraction.
A very serious infraction would carry a penalty of $50,000 for an individual.
A company would have to pay a fine of $150,000 for a very serious infraction.
Contravention of the act could also land a violator in the proposed Revenue Court, where a fine of up to $50,000, a prison sentence of up to two years, or both, can be handed down for a variety of offenses.
The rules apply to VAT registrants, those who perform professional services, importers and even VAT officers.
As far as fines go, of the listed infractions in the draft regulations, 34 of them are listed as very serious, 18 are listed as serious and nine are listed as minor.
Some of the minor infractions include a registrant failing to display the price of an item exclusive of value added tax, and failing to display a valid certificate of registration in a conspicuous place in the location of taxable activity.
Serious offenses range from failing to properly fill out an import declaration form in the proper manner to interfering with the VAT commissioner in the exercise of his powers.
Very serious infractions include failure to give the VAT commissioner or VAT officer reasonable assistance or to answer questions; a bank or financial institution failing to comply with a request made by the VAT commissioner in writing; a promoter allowing public entertainment to take place without having paid the amount of security requested or without having received the approval of the VAT commissioner in writing, and failure to keep reliable accounting records in English in relation to taxable transactions or failing to keep such records for a period of seven years.
The Central Revenue Agency will also be able to issue notices for access to premises allowing VAT officers to conduct audits or inspections. The CRA would also be allowed to take possession of a business' books, documents or computer records for further examination.
The CRA would also be able to issue notices to third parties, including contacting a registrant's bank or receivers to demand details about an individual's assets.
The CRA would also be empowered to garnish money held by third parties.
It would be able to seize goods, vehicles and other assets where it is proven that VAT due was not paid on the goods in question. Those goods seized may be sold to cover VAT due.
According to the legislation, proceeds from seizure and auctioning of assets will be used for any other related cost involved in process of seizure and the recovery of delinquent taxes.
Goods for auction include property and other assets not exempt by law. The CRA can also publish the names of non-compliant taxpayers in the newspapers. The VAT commissioner may also recover unpaid tax by distress proceedings.
Delinquent taxpayers can also be restricted from travel until outstanding taxes are settled.
The CRA would also be able to temporarily close businesses of non-compliant taxpayers for refusal to pay taxes due.
Financial Secretary John Rolle recently told The Nassau Guardian that a strict regime would have to be put in place to avoid VAT fraud and corruption.
"First you have to have the system to detect and the right controls," Rolle said. "And second, you make sure that the punishment is severe enough to be a deterrent.
"If there is someone who is an employee of the government and they are discovered to be corrupt, they can face fines of up to $100,000 depending on the severity of their transgression, plus imprisonment.
"That is going to be a part of this, making sure that punishment for going astray or being corrupt is severe and the punishment is given out."
The Ministry of Finance is setting up the CRA, which will be chiefly responsible for the collection of VAT, along with the Department of Customs.
Rolle estimates that the agency will need 150 people to run effectively.
He said the customs officers will collect VAT at the borders when non-exempt goods are imported. Business owners will be obligated to pay VAT to the Central Revenue Agency once they provide a service or sell goods.
Rolle said the Ministry of Finance will conduct spot checks, or audits, if there is reason to suspect that some businesses are trying to evade paying taxes.
The government plans to roll out VAT on July 1, 2014 at a rate of 15 percent in the wide majority of cases.

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BORCO's 400M expansion to capitalize on 'shutdowns'

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) will pour $350 to $400 million into a "near term" expansion project in Grand Bahama to boost capacity in anticipation of refinery shutdowns in the region.
The disclosure, included in a presentation by parent company Buckeye Partners at a recent corporate access event, reveals specific details on the facility's push to "connect the dots" and meet a growing demand.
"Recent announcements of Northeast U.S. and Caribbean refinery shutdowns have created a need for new sources of product supply," the document read. "New global refining capacity coming online will seek deficit markets."
While the presentation doesn't delve into specifics
on the refineries in question, on the minds of investors is the impending shutdown of the HOVENSA oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Back in January, the Hess Corporation, a key stakeholder in the refinery, said the low price of natural gas in the U.S., new refining capacity in emerging markets and the economic crisis had placed HOVENSA at a "competitive disadvantage".
The refinery is one of the 10 largest in the world and the biggest in the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, Buckeye Partners, listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is expected to provide 7.9 million barrels of additional storage capacity at BORCO in the near term.
The Grand Bahama facility now includes 80 tanks, providing 21.4 million barrels of crude oil, fuel oil, and refined petroleum product storage. While the current expansion calls for adding 7.9 million barrels of capacity, there is "room to ultimately double the existing storage capacity".
The impending project is to be completed in phases, according to the presentation.
Phase one, adding capacity for an additional 3.5 million barrels, was initiated in the second quarter of last year.
The first incremental capacity is expected to be online soon, by the second half of this year, which includes a combination of refined products and fuel oil.
"Later phases" will bring in an additional 4.4 million barrels of storage, although it is unclear as to the exact timeline.
The $350 to $400 million build-out, once completed, is expected to bring $70 to $80 million in additional revenue before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
In addition to the BORCO expansion, Buckeye's Perth Amboy acquisition also features prominently in the parent company's strategy going forward.
The purchase, estimated to close in the second quarter of this year, involves a New York Harbor marine terminal for liquid petroleum products. Buckeye acquired this facility from Chevron for $260 million, in cash.
The presentation detailed the acquisition as a "unique opportunity" to acquire a key link in the product logistics chain and "unlock significant long-term value across the Buckeye enterprise".
The buy, according to the company, will represent hundreds of millions in future growth over the next several years.
The four docks, with pipeline, water, ray land truck access, is in close proximity to Buckeye's Linden complex.
Buckeye made the point that BORCO and Perth Amboy are central to the parent company developing a fully integrated and flexible network of global operations.
"Execution of this strategy will continue to differentiate Buckeye's service offerings and provide sustainability and optionality for further growth in our core businesses," the document said.
The BORCO storage expansion in Grand Bahama should continue to boost this area of the enterprise. In fact, 83 percent of its revenue came from storage, while 11 percent came from berthing and six percent "other ancillary" services.
Buckeye, according to representatives from the company, have paid cash distributions to unitholders each quarter since its formation in 1986 and has increased distributions for the past 31 consecutive quarters.

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Farquharson begins contempt sentence

Controversial attorney Geoffrey Farquharson began serving a 14-day contempt of court sentence Thursday after he told Justice Bernard Turner he had "no intention" of paying a $2,000 fine to avoid incarceration.
Farquharson joined his client Christopher Butler on the bus to Her Majesty's Prisons yesterday afternoon. Farquharson was representing Butler in a murder and armed robbery trial moments earlier.
Farquharson was all smiles and held his head high as two police officers led him away with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Two other officers followed holding Farquharson's briefcase, robe and law books.
Turner found Farquharson in contempt on May 22 for remarks that he made in the face of the court during the Kofhe Goodman murder trial.
On June 4, he was given 21 days to pay a $2,000 fine or, in default, spend 14 days in prison.
The deadline for the expiration for payment was yesterday as the sentence took effect from June 5.
After Butler's trial was adjourned until Monday, Turner asked Farquharson, "Would you indicate to this court if you have paid the fine?"
Farquharson replied, "No, I have not."
"Do you have a stay from the Court of Appeal?"
Farquharson said, "No, I do not. The court could not grant a stay on the facts before them and the transcripts were not available."
Asked if he was in the process of paying the fine, Farquharson replied, "I have no intention of paying the fine."
Farquharson asked the court to consider delaying the commencement of the sentence because he was currently in trial. However, Turner told him that he no longer had the authority to do so.
Farquharson said, "The court is intent to have counsel suffer the indignity of this penalty and damage to his career."
Turner said, "It gives me no pleasure of any sort. I handed down a penalty, a fine and in default of payment of the fine, 14 days in prison."
Before Turner ordered the court officer to take Farquharson away, he said, "You are going to have an unlawful sentence imposed on senior counsel when there are live issues as to whether the conviction was sound."
Turner cited Farquharson for contempt in relation to remarks that he made on May 15, 2013 and July 18, 2013 that impugned the integrity of the court.
In sentencing, Turner said that he was compelled to punish Farquharson to spare another judge from the same behavior.
He said that Farquharson was unrepentant in his behavior by maintaining that he acted properly.
On May 15, Farquharson said, "We are concerned that the apparent bias of the court may be tantamount to participation of the court wittingly, or unwittingly, to this perversion of justice.
"We say that what the prosecution has done is to fix this man up with a case, and that the court, by its actions, may well be viewed by a disinterested observer to be enabling that effort by the prosecution.
"If that is the case, my lord, that would mean that there was a suggestion that the court itself may be guilty of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice."
On July 18, Farquharson accused the court of "blatantly and flagrantly disregarding the law and making up the law on which it purports to act".

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Farquharson to again appear in court on contempt matter

As time runs out for attorney Geoffrey Farquharson to pay a $2,000 fine levied on him by Justice Bernard Turner earlier this month for contempt of court, Farquharson is expected to appear before the Court of Appeal in a bid to convince it to grant a stay of the order.
This is the second time that Farquharson will petition the court for a stay. The first application was denied because Farquharson had failed to file the appropriate affidavits.
The deadline to pay the fine is June 26, according to Farquharson. Last Friday, Farquharson told The Nassau Guardian that he had no plans to pay the fine.
Farquharson said, "I did nothing wrong. I committed no contempt. I always tell young people not to knuckle under pressure.
"The only reason I would pay the fine is to avoid the embarrassment of going to prison and as unpalatable as that may be, I'm not going to knuckle and pay the fine."
Last week, the Court of Appeal refused to stay Turner's order pending an appeal of his decision.
The court suggested that Farquharson pay the fine, which would be refunded if the appeal succeeded.
But Farquharson said, after prayerful consideration, he has decided not to pay the fine.
Farquharson was found guilty of contempt of court on May 22 for his conduct during the Kofhe Goodman trial, which ended on October 29, 2013, when Goodman was sentenced to death for the September 2011 murder of primary school student Marco Archer.
Justice Turner cited Farquharson for contempt in relation to remarks that he made on May 15, 2013 and July 18, 2013 that impugned the integrity of the court.
In sentencing on June 4, Turner said that he was compelled to punish Farquharson to spare another judge from the same behavior.
He said that Farquharson was unrepentant in his behavior by maintaining that he acted properly.
On May 15, Farquharson said, "We are concerned that the apparent bias of the court may be tantamount to participation of the court wittingly or unwittingly to this perversion of justice.
"We say that what the prosecution has done is to fix this man up with a case, and that the court, by its actions, may well be viewed by a disinterested observer to be enabling that effort by the prosecution.
"If that is the case, my lord, that would mean that there was a suggestion that the court itself may be guilty of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice."
In July, Farquharson accused the court of "blatantly and flagrantly disregarding the law and making up the law on which it purports to act".

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BORCO 'flagship' earns 46M in Q1

Buckeye Partners' operations in The Bahamas generated $46.1 million in the first three months of this year, representing a rise of nearly $5 million over the previous year.
Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO), the company's flagship oil terminal facility on Grand Bahama, has also initiated its expansion plans. It continues to be the jewel in Buckeye's international crown, comprising more than 90 percent of its total revenue among international operations.
Recent acquisitions in the U.S. are expected to "connect the dots" and complete Buckeye's storage and distribution network here in The Bahamas. In fact, Buckeye spent $73.3 million in capital expenditures in the first quarter on the Grand Bahama facility, up from $39 million during the same period in 2011.

"In the three months ended March 31 2012, maintenance capital expenditures included terminal pump replacements and truck rack infrastructure upgrades, as well as pipeline and tank integrity work, and expansion and cost reduction projects included significant investments in storage tank expansion at BORCO, biodiesel and butane blending, rail offloading facilities, and continued progress on a new pipeline and terminal billing system as well as various other operating infrastructure projects," the report stated.
For all international operations, Buckeye plans to invest $170 million in 2012.
BORCO will receive a major expansion and refurbishment to its storage tank capacity, the report went on, as well as further initiatives to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.
Earlier this year, Guardian Business revealed Buckeye's master plan to pour up to $400 million into the BORCO facility to boost capacity.
The NYSE-listed company is expected to provide 7.9 million barrels of additional storage capacity at BORCO in the near term.
The Grand Bahama facility now includes more than 80 tanks, providing 21.4 million barrels of crude oil, fuel oil, and refined petroleum product storage. While the current expansion calls for the addition of 7.9 million barrels of capacity, there is "room to ultimately double the existing storage capacity," the report notes.
Essential to the long-term success of BORCO is the pending acquisition of the Perth Amboy Facility in New York Harbor from Chevron USA Inc. for $260 million.
Buckeye signed the agreement in February 2012, with the final transaction expected to occur in the second or third quarter of this year.
It paid a deposit of $14 million to Chevron in February.
"The Perth Amboy Facility will provide a link between our inland pipelines and terminals and our BORCO facility in The Bahamas, improving service offerings for our customers and providing further support to our planned clean products tankage expansion at the BORCO facility," the report added.
The company is looking capitalize on the shutdown of the HOVENSA oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Back in January, the Hess Corporation, a key stakeholder in the refinery, said the low price of natural gas in the U.S., new refining capacity in emerging markets and the economic crisis had placed HOVENSA at a "competitive disadvantage".
The refinery was one of the ten largest in the world and the biggest in the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, "environmental liabilities" for the first three months of the year came in at $57.3 million, down slightly compared to the same period in 2011.
Buckeye said costs incurred may actually be in excess of this figure, and could have an impact on cash flow.

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Aging skin pt. 1

Aging is a process no one wants to go through, particularly women. We want to remain looking and feeling young -- forever.
Skin ages as a result of internal or external causes or a combination of both. Internal aging is caused by the genes we inherit, and is an ongoing process that commences in our mid-20s and continues until God calls us home. This occurs when the quality and quantity of collagen in the body begins to slowly decline. Collagen is an important structure of fibrous protein within the body that provides support and strength to many structures. Collagen in the skin ensures flexibility and strength, like building blocks to a building, along with elastin which is the substance that allows skin to snap back into place.
As we age, the loss of collagen in the skin leads to thinner and weaker skin that bears an increasing amount of fine wrinkles, thin and transparent skin, hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes, coupled with noticeable loss of firmness on the hands and neck and sagging skin, as well as dry skin that may itch. But the reality of what we do with our skin as we age depends on us, regardless of how old we are. Media and beauty companies promise ways to youthful, glowing and radiant skin -- for some it works -- for others it doesn't. And for those people for whom the products don't work, they tend to keep trying different concoctions hoping that what worked for their friends or colleagues would work for them. However, no two skins are the same -- not even people closely related to each other, and what one does to the skin can determine a positive or negative outcome.
Finding the appropriate sunblock is important for all skin types, and having the right moisturizer is key to preventing skin dryness and dehydration which in turn reduces skin discoloration, skin roughness and early development of fine wrinkles. The use of anesthetics, such as Botox and fillers, can also be beneficial in stalling deep wrinkle development of the forehead, smoothing out crow's feet around the eye's and erasing and reducing fine lines, frowning lips, droopy eye brows and thin lips. Peels and exfoliation procedures with chemicals and/or microdermabrasion can also be beneficial in restoring a healthy, youthful, less oily and smoother skin appearance of the face or body.
External aging is caused as a direct result of what the skin is exposed to, or what is applied to it. These products or the environment often act together with the normal internal aging process to prematurely age our skin. External factors include sun exposure, repetitive facial expressions, smoking and certain applied beauty products.
Sun exposure can lead to premature aging because of the ultraviolet rays that are given off by the sun. Several long, or multiple short intense sunbathing sessions cause gradual damage to the skin cells changing them from normal growing to abnormal or cancerous cells. These changes are more commonly seen in the fair skin population than those with dark skin. In the dark skin population, the signs of aging are usually limited to fine wrinkles and a discolored or an uneven skin complexion. However, that does not give the okay for dark-skinned people to spend long or short intense periods in the sun because they too can be at risk for abnormal skin cell changes that can be cancerous.
Repetitive facial expressions also cause premature aging. If you are constantly practicing facial exercises or expressions to either maintain a youthful-looking appearance, or want people to see what you really want to say, it is time you stop. Repetitive facial movements cause the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Every time your facial muscles move, grooves develop under the skin, which is why you may notice lines form with each facial expression. As we mature, our skin loses its elasticity and stops springing back to its line-free state, hence these grooves that are gradually developing become permanently etched on our faces as fine or deep lines and wrinkles.
Smoking on the whole is not good for you. Not only does it contribute to destroying your lungs and other internal organs, but it interferes with the normal growth and development of skin cells which speeds up aging. As a result, it helps in the formation of deeply wrinkled, leathery skin, and sometimes causes an unhealthy yellowish hue to appear.
Last but by no means least, certain beauty products that bleach, whiten, brighten or tone the face or body skin used regularly for prolonged periods can cause premature aging. It does this by drying out the skin, stripping it of essential moisture and disturbing the pigment cells so that an unnatural light complexion is obtained. Then, because the skin gradually becomes dry, it becomes more susceptible to premature wrinkling and to becoming more unevenly toned and sun sensitive. It is super important to always wear a sunblock to prevent further damage to the skin and precancerous development.

oDr. Rokeisha Clare-Kleinbussink studied at Cosmetology Cosmetic Training for Dermal Filler in London, UK and attended the Academy of Beauty Training for Laser and Microdermabrasion in Nottinghamshire, UK. She is also an associate lecturer of dermatology at the University of The West Indies. She has a private practice at Roseona House of General and Cosmetic Dermatology and can be reached at 422-2022.

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Cyberstalking: A new challenge for the workplace

Can you imagine your life without the use of the internet or a cellphone?  Probably not!  Emails and other electronic devices have become such critical vehicles for communicating and doing business, that it is hard to imagine how we ever lived without them. Unfortunately, as great as the Internet and other electronic devices may be, they have also become vehicles for scams, viruses and more recently in the workplace, a tool used by employees to engage in character assassination of each other via social networks, online harassment and cyberstalking.
Last week I sat in horror and listened as one of my international clients relayed a story that was so mind blowing, I felt like I was watching a cloak-and-dagger espionage movie!  Obviously the story is too long to relay in this forum, but here is the abridged version.  My client was a victim of email spoofing!  Exactly!  I didn't know what is was either but apparently email spoofing "is the forgery of an email header so that the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source."  In other words someone could send an email pretending to be you, and the receiver would have no reason to believe that it was not you, because the sender would be using your email address!  Yep it could happen!  Needless to say my client was in the hot seat and almost lost her job when she was confronted by the president of the company for supposedly sending mass emails to the entire staff highlighting the fact that he (the president) was "clueless, incompetent, lacked vision and was running the company into the ground."  Luckily for my client, someone in the information technology department decided to run a trace on the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the email and was able to track it to its real sender - a disgruntled employee who was recently demoted - go figure!
Having been a victim of online harassment and cyberstalking myself recently, (and for those of you who may not know what cyberstalking is, ladies and gentlemen "cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization. It may include false accusations, monitoring, making threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sex, or gathering information in order to harass.  The definition of 'harassment' must meet the criterion that a reasonable person, in possession of the same information, would regard it as sufficient to cause another reasonable person distress." Wikipedia) I knew exactly what my client was going through.
So this week I interviewed Royal Bahamas Police Force Cyber Crimes guru, Sergeant Dale Strachan, to shed some light on this growing problem.  Here is what he had to say:
Question: Have you seen a rise in cyber crimes in The Bahamas, for example on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks?
Answer: Yes. We have seen a rise in cyber crime in the following areas:
i. Threats of harm or death;
ii. Emailing of slanderous images or comments;
iii. Email hacking;
iv. A crime called phishing (where a website is created to look like the original, but it is actually a fraud).  This fake site is use to gather personal information from unsuspecting persons to defraud them of money.  Complaints are mainly from foreign victims reporting that a financial institution in The Bahamas posted the site.
Question: Why do you believe we are experiencing such a spike in cyber crimes?  What seem to be the motive(s) of the perpetrators?
Answer: The fact that the perpetrator thinks his/her identity will remain anonymous seems to be the driving force.  Ultimately the perpetrator's intent is to embarrass the victim or put him or her in fear.
Question: Is sending malicious or defamatory emails a crime in The Bahamas?  Define malicious, define defamatory.
Answer: Yes both are crimes.  Malicious is defined as nasty, hateful, mean, wicked, cruel emails continually being sent to the annoyance of the receiver.  Also referred to as annoying email, malicious emails are similar to a common offence known as annoying telephone calls.  We can add that emails threatening or implying harm or death are also an offence and amount to threats of harm or threats of death.  Defamatory is defined as slanderous, derogatory emails that are distributed to others and used as a vehicle to attack a person's character.
Question: What recourse does the receiver of malicious or defamatory emails have?  Can they seek police help?
Answer: Depending on the offence committed, victims have the following recourse:
o Police action can be taken;
o You can have the person bond over to keep the peace;
o You can take civil action in a court or file a lawsuit;
o You can report the email address of the sender to the hosting company as abuse and it will be removed.
Question: How can you track the sender of a malicious email?
Answer: The sender is tracked by the header information (contained in the original email.)
Question: What suggestions can you give persons to safeguard their email accounts?
Answer: Many persons in The Bahamas reported that their email accounts were hacked.  Our investigation proved that the following methods were used to obtain their personal information:
o Individuals received a "pop up" asking them to reset their password information.  The "pop up" claimed that if the password was not reset that the individual would loose his/her account.  Once the password is reset hackers have full access to your account.
o Individuals received a "pop up" asking for personal information, specifically the question that was used when you created your account.  Once you answer these questions you give hackers access to your account
o Using a public computer: When you "log off" of a public computer, persons can come after you, run password recovery software and extract your information.
o Using computers at a friend's house or the work place, to access you email account: Again the password can be extracted using recovery software.  In the workplace many companies have software installed on computers that monitor employee action online.  This software also captures password information.
o Your wireless network: When you put a password on a website wirelessly, anyone with access to your network also has access to all of the computers on that network and they can "sniff" traffic to capture your password.
o Be aware of putting other people's jump drives in your computer. These jump drives may contain programs that auto run with one purpose - to extract all password information that might reside on you computer.
o Do not accept the browser's suggestion to save a password.
o Set the cache on your browser to delete on exit.
Stacia Williams offers keynotes, workshops and personal coaching on a wide range of: Personal Branding, Image Management, Customer Service, Leadership, Business Etiquette & International Protocol Topics. You can contact Stacia Williams at 325-5992 or email or visit

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Straw Vendors Are Bahamians And Taxpayers Too

Dear Editor,

We are of the view that there is a very pressing issue as it relates to the straw market that needs to be resolved. According to the Straw Market Authority Act and the law, the board is responsible for carrying out the mandate of the minister responsible for the straw market and the Straw Market Authority.

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Rolle: Drawing maritime border not enough

Discussions between The Bahamas and United States to define a maritime border should have an impact on those making a living out on the waters, according to Winston Rolle, CEO at Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC).
Rolle told Guardian Business that he welcomed the talks between the two countries, which began last week because it is an opportunity for stronger policing of Bahamian borders.
However, he maintains that a key element to the discussions will be the border's management, once it has been established and defined.
"It should be impactful for those persons that make a living on the waters, such as fishing, especially as we look at how we can better police our borders. Persons may come fishing into out waters indiscriminately, so I think that it can be impacted. But the key will be how do we manage it. Drawing the lines is one thing but it also has to be adequately managed to our benefit," Rolle said.
"I think it is going to require lots more work, especially from officials from the Royal Bahamas Defense Force."
At the opening of last week's discussions, Brent Symonette, minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister, emphasized that defining a maritime border between The Bahamas and the United States will allow for more efficient management of the country's marine resources.
The two countries began their first set of technical meetings last Thursday on the delimitation of a maritime boundary.
Symonette also revealed to Guardian Business that the session was the beginning of formal negotiation that will ultimately define The Bahamas' maritime borders.
"A defined maritime border between The Bahamas and the United States will allow for more effective law enforcement of The Bahamas' maritime area, including a more efficient management of fisheries resources and further advancement towards mitigating environmental degradation," he said.
Michael Braynen, director at the Department of Marine Resources, pointed out how these negotiations are expected to clearly define a limit between the United States and the waters of The Bahamas.
"It will make a lot of difference on the Bahamian side with respect to law enforcement and also with the respect to turning the attention of people to the waters well beyond our coastal areas," he explained.
"In The Bahamas, most of our fishing takes place in coastal areas. I think some of the attention that will arise from these delimitation talks will cause Bahamians to look more at these resources of the deeper waters."
These talks come weeks after executives of the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) emphasized the need for heavy patrol to take place in the southern Bahamas.
"I think the more assets that you give the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), the better it will be in the fight against poaching. More importantly, the assets have to be properly deployed because at the moment the RBDF have assets but they are just not in the areas where it is most needed which is in the southern Bahamas," according to Adrian LaRoda, secretary and head of publications at BCFA.
The prime minister said the Free National Movement (FNM) administration will spend $120 million on 11 new vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) and $20 million to deepen Coral Harbour.
To date, The Bahamas has completed a maritime border agreement with Cuba and has initiated talks with the United Kingdom in respect of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
However, these talks were suspended due to internal issues that exist in those islands.

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Poachers imprisoned

Forty-three Dominican poachers began serving prison sentences yesterday after they were unable to pay fines that totaled $219,000.The Dominicans pleaded guilty to illegal fishing, possession of undersized crawfish, possession of grouper during the closed season, possession of grouper weighing under three pounds, fishing in the exclusive fisheries zone and possession of egg-bearing crawfish.The poachers, four of whom have previous convictions for similar offenses in The Bahamas, admitted the charges through a Spanish interpreter at their arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.The crew of HMBS Nassau spotted six vessels suspected of poaching on February 8, prosecutors said.According to prosecutors, the boats shut off their lights and dispersed as the Defence Force vessel approached. The marines were able to intercept one boat, The Triton, near the Great Bahama Bank.The Dominicans put up resistance as their vessel was boarded, prosecutors said.During a search of the boat, marines found an array of fisheries resources, including Nassau Grouper for which the season is closed, and undersized crawfish.Ferguson-Pratt fined the poachers $500 on each of the six counts. If the fines are not paid, they would be imprisoned for three months.As for Raul Martinez and Santos Bergos who were convicted of illegal fishing in 2010, the magistrate sentenced them to three months each in addition to the fine.The other two poachers' convictions dated back to the 1990s so Ferguson-Pratt did not consider their records in sentencing.When Ferguson-Pratt asked the men if they were able to pay their fines, they responded with a chorus of "no".The court confiscated the fish, boats and fishing apparatus to the Crown.

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Top dog breeds will have to get micro-chips
Top dog breeds will have to get micro-chips

The proposed Animal Protection and Control Bill mandates the insertion of

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Bill proposes stiffer penalties for organized crime

Amendments to the Penal Code would impose harsher penalties on people who participate in, or are a part of organized criminal groups in the country.
The proposed amendments are expected to be debated in the House of Assembly today, along with five other anti-crime bills that seek to impose heavier sentences on people convicted of serious offenses.
According to the bill, anyone who is convicted of being in an unlawful gang or participates in or contributes to the activities of an unlawful gang would be liable to a fine of $500,000, and imprisonment for 20 years, subject to a minimum term of 15 years.
"This bill seeks to bring this code in line with The Bahamas' international obligations to suppress organized crime under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, and nationally to discourage membership in criminal gangs," the bill reads.
"The harsh penalties contained in this bill will be an effective deterrent to the plague by gang membership and organized crime to public order and safety, and this bill is intended to reclaim our streets and communities from criminal gang activity."
The bill describes an unlawful gang as any organized criminal group, or other body, consisting of three or more people who participate in illegal activities.
It defines an organized criminal group as a structured group of three or more people or legal entity, existing for a period of time that intends to commit serious offenses in order to obtain financial benefit.
In determining whether people participate in, or contribute to, an unlawful gang activity, the bill provides that the court may consider whether the person uses a name, word or other representation that identifies, or is associated with, an unlawful gang; frequently associates with any people who constitute an unlawful gang; receives any benefit from an unlawful gang; or frequently engages in activities at the instruction of any person a part of an unlawful gang.
It also states that any person who participates in, or contributes to the activities of an unlawful gang in the commission of an indictable offense, and is party to an offense of an unlawful gang would be liable upon conviction to a fine of $500,000 and 20 year's imprisonment, subject to a minimum of 15 years.
Anyone found in possession of a bulletproof vest -- whether lawfully obtained or not -- that is being used for the benefit of an unlawful gang would be liable upon conviction to a fine of $100,000 and 20 year's imprisonment, subject to a minimum of 15 years.
The bills were tabled in the House of Assembly last month.
The last package of anti-crime bills was brought by the Ingraham administration in 2011.

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Child abuse and protection

Child protection is the process of protecting individual children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. It involves measures and structures designed to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect.
Wikipedia defines child abuse as the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. Any maltreatment, act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child is child abuse.
Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse -- neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
Physical abuse involves physical aggression directed at a child by an adult. Most nations with child abuse laws consider the deliberate infliction of serious injuries, or actions that place the child at obvious risk of serious injury or death, to be illegal. Bruises, scratches, burns, broken bones, lacerations, as well as repeated "mishaps," and rough treatment that could cause physical injury, can be physical abuse.
Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent abuses a child for sexual stimulation. Sexual abuse refers to the participation of a child in a sexual act aimed toward the physical gratification or the financial profit of the person committing the act. Forms of child sexual assault include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure of the genitals to a child, displaying pornography to a child, actual sexual contact with a child, physical contact with the child's genitals, viewing of the child's genitalia without physical contact, or using a child to produce child pornography.
Some effects of sexual abuse to children include guilt and self-blame, flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, fear of things associated with the abuse (including objects, smells, places, doctor's visits, etc.), self-esteem issues, sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, addiction, self-injury, suicidal ideation, somatic complaints, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, other mental illnesses including borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder, and a propensity to re-victimization in adulthood.
Emotional abuse is defined as the production of psychological and social deficits in the growth of a child as a result of behavior such as loud yelling, coarse and rude attitude, inattention, harsh criticism, and denigration of the child's personality. Other examples include name-calling, ridicule, degradation, destruction of personal belongings, (torture) or killing of a pet, excessive criticism, inappropriate or excessive demands, withholding communication, and routine labeling or humiliation.
Child neglect is the failure of a parent or other person with responsibility for the child to provide needed food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision to the degree that the child's health, safety, and well-being are threatened with harm. Neglect is also a lack of attention from the people surrounding a child, and the non-provision of the relevant and adequate necessities for the child's survival, which would be a lacking in attention, love, and nurture.
Children have the right to grow in an environment where they are healthy, loved, educated and treated with respect. They have the right to be protected from abuse and abusive situations that would and do affect their development into healthy and happy citizens and people who contribute to their community, lives and families.
The rights of children and the law
Constitutional rights apply to all age groups and children have the same rights as adults.
Children are however more vulnerable therefore it is important to recognize their special need for protection of the law.
In the Bahamas, children's rights are defined and governed by The Child Protection Act 2010 which also incorporates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention).
Therefore in The Bahamas, not only do we have protection for our children by way of statute but international law provides an even broader social responsibility and further protection for children.
The general rights of the child are defined by section 4 of The Child Protection Act 2010 which states that a child shall have the right: Of leisure which is not normally harmful, and the right to participate in sports and positive cultural and artistic activities; to a just call on any social amenities or other resources available in any situation or armed conflict or natural or man-made disasters and to exercise, in addition to all the rights stated in this Act, all the rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Apart from the general rights of a child, Section 14 of the Act also encapsulates other rights of children to include the right of access of both parents as guardian of a child. Section 14 is consistent with and supports Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will. Therefore, unless there is a good reason to exceptional circumstances which are in the best interest of the child, children have a right to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents, whether the parents are married or not.
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