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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.84WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER CLOUDS, SUN, SHOWERS HIGH 82F LOW 70F F E A T U R E S SEETHEARTSSECTION S P O R T S Down but not out SEESECTIONE Hugh Campbell reaction FNM MP Branville McCartney had his town meeting on the sale of BTC shut down by members of his own party, The Tribune has been informed. Having publicly stated he has yet to determine how he will vote on the controversial sale of 51 per cent of BTC toC able and Wireless, Mr McCartney said the meeting was designed to hear the viewsa nd opinions of his cons tituents before making his decision. However, according to r eports, the forum quickly took a turn for the worse. Having written to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for a representative to attend from the government to state their case, Mr McCartney report edly was told by the PM that as a former Minister and current backbencher of the partyh e could represent the gov ernment sufficiently at his own meeting. R epresentatives from the U tilities, Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FNMs bust up Bran meeting BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 10 THESCENE at the Bamboo Town meeting. Supporters of Prime Minister disrupt MP s BTCmeeting THE ROYAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE FORCE apprehended more than 250 Haitian nationals suspected of being illegal immigrants in the Exuma Cays yesterday afternoon. They were brought to Nassau for processing last night. The apprehension was made after two Haitian sail boats were spotted near Ragged Island and Acklins. The first vessel, a 40-foot sloop containing 164 persons was intercepted by Defence Force officers 18 miles west of Elbow Cay, Exuma around 11pm on Monday night. Officers intercepted a second, smaller vessel off Raccoon Cay, Exuma with 93 suspected illegal immigrants. They met with the Defence Force vessel HMBS Bahamas yesterday at 4.20pm to transport the detainees to Nassau. Defence Force officers suspect a third vessel is somewhere in the Exuma Cays. A CHINESE company is scheduled to create new ports, bypass roads and carry out other works on several Fam ily Islands. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the China Harbour Company will conduct a feasibility study and subse quently develop a project design for a new port on Exuma. As Exuma has outgrown its main road with the islands increasing development, Mr Ingraham said the con struction of a bypass road is also being planned. The Prime Minister said the China Harbour Company will also create a IN a front page article in yesterdays Tribune it was incorrectly stated that the government had allocated $18 million to pay BTCs electricity bills. The story should have read that the Ministry of Finance plans to allocate $18 million to take a siz able chunk off the government's electricity debt. At last estimate the governments account with the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC said to be $40 million in arrears. BTC should not have been mentioned in the article, and The Tribune would like to apologise for any inconvenience this error may have caused. CLARIFICA TION SEE page 10 CHINESE FIRM SCHEDULED FOR MAJOR CONSTRUCTION WORK IN FAMILY ISLANDS MORETHAN250 HAITIANNATIONALSAPPREHENDED By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net THE countrys murder count is o n track to meet last years recordb reaking number. The death of a 28-year-old man at hospital on Monday pushed the murder count to 18, mirroring totals recorded last year for the month of January and February. The overall record was broken f or the second consecutive year in N ovember, and the year ended with 94 murders. M urder demographics issued by t he police for 2010 indicated that e ight people were murdered in JanSEE page 10 MAN DIES IN HOSPITAL IN YEARS 18TH MURDER T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net BUSINESSES in a Palmdale complex have decided to remove a disabled parking spot after it sparked controversy among patrons. Last week, angry customers shopping at the complex complained that the number of spots designated for persons with disabilities was excessive. Representatives of the three tenants, Starbucks, the Bahamas Foot Centre, ABC Prosthetics and Orthotics, as well as the National Councilfor the Disabled, met with owners of the complex on Monday to address the issue. It was claimed that a mutual decision was made to remove the latest disabled parking spot to be added. This collective decision embraces the needs of the disabled as well as able-bodied clients, and is the result of mutual understanding and consideration. The owners of the complex trust that members of the general public will accept the decision as one that is in the best interest of all concerned. It is also hoped that respect will be given to the needs of the disabled in our community, by able persons refraining from parking in spaces designated for individuals with disabilities, said owners of the complex in a written statement. The problem emerged last week after ABC Prosthetics created a handicap spot for Starbucks customers in the front parking lot, taking the total number of disabled spots to four. There is a large parking lot to the rear of the building for customers of the three businesses, but there are only 10 spots in the front. Two of the three establishments on the complex cater to people with disabilities. The Starbucks franchise head office was not aware of the arrangement between ABC Prosthetics and the Palmdale branch, neither were the owners of the complex. Both were surprised to learn about complaints from some patrons. The meeting between the various parties was said to be amicable. Jamal Nottage, owner of ABC Prosthetics said there was a lot of passion whilst talking because everyone wanted to get their point across. Because of the miscommunication that kept the landlord and the Starbucks head office out of the loop, he said it was mutually agreed to remove the fourth disabled parking spot outside the Palmdale building complex and allow the three original spots to service the whole building. At first, it looked like Starbucks was being inconsiderate, but it wasnt anything like that. It was an employee who authorised it, not a (head office administrator or manager, so that was the whole miscommunication, said Mr Nottage. In a statement from the owners, they said: All parties agree that three disabled parking spaces out of a total of 10 spaces represent afair percentage, and are sufficient to meet the needs of respective clients. The newly-painted disabled space in question will therefore be removed. Disabled clients of all three businesses will have access to the original three spaces that will remain. Additional spaceat the rear of the building providesoverflow parkingforthe three establishments. ABC Prosthetics offers free detailing of disabled parking spots for businesses. Last week, Cycles Unlimited received a disabled spot in its parking lot. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM POLICE are searching for two armed men who robbed Checkers Cafe and gun butted a woman employee. The culprits, armed with handguns, entered the restaurant on Robinson Road shortly after 1pm on Monday and d emanded cash. It was reported that the thugs assaulted the woman after they received an undetermined amount of cash, and subsequently fled the area on foot. T he woman was taken to hospital where she was treated and discharged. POLICE are investigating the stabbing of a 20-year-old a t Palmetto Avenue off Baillou Hill Road. The victim was taken to hospital by emergency medical services after he was attacked by a man while at his home. S hortly after 7pm on Monday, the 20-year-old was stabbed i n his back and arms and was listed in stable condition at hos pital. THREE men were arrested after police uncovered sus p ected drugs and money while searching a home in Pinewood Gardens. Officers of team Rapid Strike recovered a quantity of s uspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash from a home at Bay Geranium Avenue. The occupants of the home, aged 24, 39, and 45 were taken into custody as police investigations continue. ABACO police are asking the public to come forward with any information that may assist them in recovering a stolen boat. A 35ft yellow and white Malago (centre console boat was stolen from Windward Beach, Marsh Harbour between 11pm on Sunday and 2am on Monday. A nyone with relevant information is asked to contact the police in Marsh Harbour at 367-2560, 367-3437, police emergency at 919, or Crime stoppers at 328-TIPS. Men rob cafe and gun but emplo yee Palmdale businesses decide to remove controversial disabled parking spot THECONTROVERSIAL disabled parking spot in Palmdale.

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By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE Progressive Liberal Party said it has serious concerns about the Water and Sewage Corporations relationship with the Consolidated Water Company alleging that contracts have been awarded to the company without the correct public tender process. The opposition party described the WSCs decision to enter into a new contract with Consolidated Water (CWCO tionable development. However, Minister of State for Environment Phenton Neymour, branded the accusations levelled by the opposition as an attack on the integrity of the employees of WSC. (Party chairman Bradley Roberts and the PLP continue to attack civil servants in a manner in which I would consider inappropriate for a political party that wants to be the government. These individuals are merely carrying out their job. I can defend myself, but he should not attack civil servants, Mr Neymour said. The PLP alleged in a statement that the extended five year contract between WSC and CWCO to increase the daily production capacity of the Blue Hill Plant by around 67 per cent to 12 million US gallons will significantly impact the public purse and perhaps the environment and was concluded without proper public tender. The PLP reminded the government of its 2007 Trust Agen-da pledge, which said that ministries must be transparent and accountable to parliament and to the public for the operations and policies of their respective agencies. The party also claimed that in giving CWCO the contract, the WSC had given the compa ny a monopoly over water delivery in New Providence. H owever, Mr Neymour said that any suggestion CWCO has a monopoly is simply false. The Water and Sewerage Corporation is supplied by Consolidated Water, it receives water barged in from Andros, water from well fields in New Providence and for decades has received water from the New Providence Development Company (NPDC ister said. P roposal He pointed out that NPDC has also submitted a proposal to government to provide reverse osmosis water for the corporation. The PLP contended that Water and Sewerages arrangement with Consolidated Water is not just an extension of the current contract as previously claimed by the government but rather that the additional production will require a new plant and should be identified as a new project which should be put out to public tender. Mr Neymour called this an outright falsehood. He said the bid sought by WSC was for the expansion of the existing facility at Blue Hills and to increase its capacity by four million gallons. There are three reasons for that. WSC is experiencing a shortfall in the desired quantity of production and would like to increase that; the Baha Mar project has come on stream and we must be in a position to meet the quantity required by that development. Also, WSC is barging water from Andros and it has been calculated that RO water in Nassau is of a better quality than that barged in, and RO water in Nassau replacing the shipping cost in Andros can save the WSC two million a year, Mr Neymour said. Allegations As for the allegations that the government has an unfair bias towards Consolidated Water, and only asked for other bids to conduct a fishing exercise to establish prices for that company, the state minister said Mr Roberts and the PLP are only of this opinion because they were guilty of exactly this kind of behaviour when in office before 2007. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A MURDER trial had to be adjourned for a second time after the accused, who is on bail, failed to appear in court. A warrant was issued by Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs on Monday for the arrest of Livingston Taylor, 44. Taylor is charged in the murder of Eleuthera resident Sylvia Agnes Cates, 66, who was found beaten to death in the bedroom of her Rock Sound, Eleuthera home on Sunday October 7, 2007. Taylor is also charged with armed robbery and housebreaking. The accused, who was arraigned on the charges back in February 2008, was granted $30,000 bail in August of that year. Taylor was not present at court again yesterday and the trial had to be adjourned. A new trial date will be set if and when Taylor appears in court. His two suretors are expected to appear in courton Friday to explain why they should not forfeit $30,000. Prosecutors noted yesterday that the recent turn of events have proven particularly costly for the Crown, which had to spend thousands of dollars to accommodate their witnesses, several of whom live in Eleuthera and the United States. Around 18 witnesses a re expected to testify. Tony Scriven and Jilian Williams are the prosecutors in the case. Taylor is repre sented by attorney Jerone Roberts, who informed the court on Monday that he had spoken with Taylor the previous day. MURDER ACCUSED F AILS TO APPEAR I N COURT FOR A SECOND TIME PLP has serious concerns over WSC relationship with Consolidated Water PHENTON NEYMOUR branded the accusations levelled by the PLP as an attack on the integrity of WSC.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. This is an open letter for p ublication to the Prime M inister. D ear Prime Minister, Each year some 4,200 fifteen to sixteen-year-old young Bahamians sit the annual BGCSE examination i n English. Of this number s ome 750 (18 per cent so badly they are deemed illiterate with a further 1,750 (42 per cent examination and regarded a s semi-literate at best. T his state of affairs has been known and recognised for many years, a situation o f which you, the Prime M inister, said you were regretful in a speech you gave in July 2009. By June this year a further 5,000 young Bahamians will have left their school ing illiterate or semi-literate in which time noth ing has happened. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO gramme for International Student Assessment of 15year old young people d efine literacy as: The ability to understand, use and reflect on written texts in order to achieve ones goals,t o develop ones knowledge and potential, and to partic i pate effectively in society. The 2,500 young Bahamians failed by the Ministry of Education each year fallf ar short of UNESCOs defi nition and in their words will be facing a life of uncertainty, unemployment and poverty. O n this annual basis of failure there are probably some 30,000 young Bahami ans in the education system today who await this eventual fate. If we were to look at numeracy, the figure would be over 40,000. This shocking record should be a concern for any self-respecting government. Further analysis of the data reveals that the major ity of young Bahamians who fail each year are boys, possibly some two-thirds or more. This hides a greater fig ure, for increasingly more a nd more young boys are dropping out of education e ach year a problem acknowledged by the Minister of Education in July 2010. The year-on-year increasing number of unemploya ble young boys has huge i mplications for Bahamian society through rising crime levels and the escalating costs of policing of this c rime; the justice system; the prison; and the probationary services. As the evidence from othe r countries shows, the i ntensification of crime through failing education leads to crime and gang membership. T he 73 deaths surrounding the arrest of Christopher Dudas Coke in Jamaica in 2010 hangs over the Caribbean as a salutatoryr eminder of what can hap pen and the affect this can have on the economy of a country as tourists turn their back on visiting a crime hot s pot for their vacation. W hat has the Govern ment and the Ministry of Education been doing to a ddress and begin to reverse this problem? Nothing we know, as you do, for we have now spent some eighteen months i n fruitless discussions with the Ministry of Education over a literacy initiative for young primary school b oys during which time we h ave supplied considerable supportive information, but the Ministry appears to be in denial of a problem of their own making and intent in finding reasons not to do it. Can a reason be cost? We do not know, but think not for the cost of providing this initiative for seven to nineyear-old primary school boys would be just over one quarter of one percent (0.25 per cent) of the annual education budget a small sum in the grander scheme of things. Both you, Prime Minister, and the Ministry of Education are continuing to fail y oung Bahamians putting at risk not only their future but a lso the potential prosperity o f our country that has to increasingly compete in a highly competitive global market where education is greatly valued by the fast growing economies of China, India, Brazil and Singapore. It may interest you to k now that UNESCO reports that some fifth of the world is illiterate. The Ministry of Education is well on tar get to achieve this with only a further 2 per cent of young B ahamians at BGCSE needed to be deemed illiterate rather than semi-literate (what does this vague phraser eally define?) The reality is that the Ministry of Education in its arrogance hasp robably not only achieved this dreadful goal but exceeded it. Our young deserve far b etter than this, for our n ations very future is in their hands. T he country needs to understand why the Ministry o f Education and you, Prime M inister, have failed in the v ery trust put in you by the young who attend our schools in the belief that t hey will receive a basic education through which they w ill after some twelve years l eave school literate and employable in a modern world. We would like to ask you if you would please tell the nation what reasons you have for not wanting to put i n place a much needed literacy initiative? We would also like you to explain what you are going to put in place now (for time is of the essence and each child gets only one chance of an education) to start improving literacy levels immediately so that future young Bahamians have bet ter life chances than today? MRS DEON COX Principal, Skills Bahamas & Howard Betts Consultant to Skills Bahamas Nassau, February, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm E ARLY YESTERDAY morning a member of our family left home in plenty of t ime to catch a 10.30am flight from the airport. An hour later, instead of calling from the airport to say that he had arrived, he was calling with the information that he had only got as far as San Souci, a three-minuted rive down the road from his home. The traffic was horrendous due to road worksf urther down, which had brought traffic to a standstill, and backed it all the way up the E astern Road. Needless to say he did not make his flight. R oad works? Wasnt Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell berating the government in the House of Assembly on Monday for not, in this recession, concentrating on the creation of Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! for unemployed B ahamians? But didnt the abundance of road works down the various designated c orridors, now creating a nightmare for motorists, mean that jobs were being create d for many Bahamians? Baha Mar was about to come on stream, and Arawak Cay had provided work for others. This meant that government was in fact doing its best to create new work. Of course, many Bahami a ns are still unemployed, but at least an effort is being made to open news streams of o pportunity for them. In the New Providence Road Improvem ent Project six Bahamian sub contractors have been retained whose staff provide landscaping, street lighting, sidewalks, drainage wells, pipe culverts, curbing, WSC and pavements. L ast week 560 persons were employed on road construction, 81 of them foreign, 3 82 Bahamian. Among the Bahamians were 66 carpenters, 60 masons, 16 heavy equipm ent operators, and 136 labourers. There were also electricians, plumbers, laboratory a ssistants, lowboy operator, back-hoe oper ator, gardener, receptionist, messenger, and an assortment of other semi-skilled techni cians. From complaining that government was not concentrating on Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! for Bahamians, Mr Mitchell then shifted gear and complained that while government could find money for road works, it could not find money for scholarships for Bahamian students the countrys future. We hadnt much time to listen to his argument, but we heard just enough to know that what he was saying was not logically computing. First of all government, according to Mr Mitchell, was not creating jobs. But at least current road construction was providing some employment. Next, he complained, G overnment could find money to pay for roads, but not enough to provide scholars hips for Bahamians. In these economic hard times first world countries, far more prosperous than the Bahamas, were doing no better, some were even worse off and were job cutting by the thousands. H owever, it turned out that Mr Mitchell was misleading the House, according toE ducation Minister Desmond Bannister, who said that government had provided m ore student educational grants not loans in one year than had Mr Mitchells gove rnment in its five-year term. Mr Bannister demanded that Mr Mitchell retract his misinformation. We had to turn off the television, leaving the Minister and the Fox Hill MP verbally sparring over the misinforma t ion. However, yesterday we did some research o n the matter. The Bahamas Government Guaranteed Education Loans programme a programme that provided student loans, which were to be repaid was started by the FNM government with the loans statutory limit up to, but not to exceed $100 million. The programme was then continued b y the PLP government. However, when the Ingraham government was returned in 2 007, it was discovered that the loan had reached if not exceeded its statutory l imit and students had failed to repay $60 million of their loans. To date $70 million is still outstanding. The programme had to be discontinued for non payment. However, two years ago despite the r ecession the Ingraham government introduced educational grants (scholarships w hich relieved students of the repayment burden. In 2007/8, $3 million was provided f or these grants; 2009/10, $6 million was allocated. This year $7 million has been provide d for student grants. During the PLP years 2002-2007 the Christie government continued the student loan programme, which students were under legal obligation to repay. However, in the final year of its five year term in the 2006/7 budget the PLP provided $400,000 for student grants (scholarships ter Bannister was correct in saying that his government had so far given out more in scholarships $16 million in three years than had the PLP in all of its five years ($400,000 We still cant fathom Mr Mitchells argu ment about governments failure to create jobs and assist students with grants for higher education. But, of course, thats politics and politi cians, so what can one expect. An open letter to the Prime Minister LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Jobs and scholarships, according to Mitchell EDITOR, The Tribune Id like to express my heartfelt thanks to the cemeteries division of the Ministry of Works for the Herculean effort that went into tidying up the eastern section of the historic Western cemetery. When three busloads of family, mostly from abroad, visited the cemetery Saturday to pay their respects to the brothers Aristides and George Damianos, the sponge brokers who arrived here in 1896, a remarkable transformation had taken place. The experience was positive. A special thank you to Pamela Mullings and Zack Thompson for all their help. As I said in an earlier letter, they are a credit to the Ministryand to the community. ATHENA DAMIANOS Nassau March 1, 2011 Heartfelt thanks for tidying up eastern section of historic W estern cemetery EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Secure The House The Tribune, February 24 2011 Why do we complain about the juvenile behaviour of some of our unions? After all, isnt it simply an inevitable case of: Spare the rod and spoil the union? KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, February 27, 2011. Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y. Spar e the r od, spoil the union

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By LAMECH JOHNSON THE NEW state-of-the-art Harry C Moore Library and Information Centre at the C ollege of the Bahamas had i ts unofficial opening on Monday and students are weighing in with their con-c erns and enthusiasm. Chelsea Carroll, an economics and finance major at C OB, was in awe of the new library. "My first impression of it? I think it's high tech and up to date," she said. Mass communication students Kriston Saunders and B rittany Armbrister said that a lthough the library has insufficient computers at the moment and the restroomsa re already out of order, everything else is excellent. Petrez Davis said the facili ty "is nice and spacious. Stud ents might get a little lost though. The walk from my classes is a bit far, but it's not t oo inconvenient. Other students don't seem to mind the location of thel ibrary which is situated at t he southwestern part of the Thompson Blvd campus. Jarrell Smith is extremely p leased with the library. The Small Island Sustain ability student said that d espite few glitches, the new facility is really nice. Security guards and staff at the library plan to keep itt hat way, by keeping track of everyone who enters the facility and turning away t hose without proper identi fication. One guard said unless ID i s a must, it would be hard t o tell students from other members of the public. "We have students from all walks of life come here, many of them with jobs too. Some are police officers, some aret eachers or whatever job, he said. A number of students wanting to experience the n ew building were turned away because security was firm about the ID policy. Kandice Eldon, a writer for the office of Communications at COB said the o pening is unofficial or soft". "The real opening isn't until April 8, 2011, shee xplained. The Tribune tried to speak with COB president Betsy V ogel Boze about the library, b ut she was in a meeting at the time. The multi-storey building h as a law library, computers, an auditorium, classrooms, a media production studio,i ndividual and group study s paces, and exhibition spaces. There also will be an archive available to users. T he construction of the $28 million, 60,000 square foot facility, which will serve ast he National Library of the Bahamas, began in April 2008. When the official opening t akes place in April, the land scaping, parking and some additions to the building are e xpected to be complete. Ms Eldon is not completely sure what will become oft he former main campus l ibrary. She thinks "they might use it for classes." LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER THE sentencing hearing of a man convicted of murder ing his former girlfriend was adjourned for a third time yesterday. Angelo Poitier, 24, was convicted last October of the murder of Shanice Adderley, 19. The young woman's body was discovered inside a grave in the Bahamas Veteran's Cemetery on Infant ViewRoad on May 27. Accord ing to an autopsy report, Ms Adderley had died as a result of blunt force trauma to the body. Poitier was expected tobe sentenced yesterday, however, his psychiatric report was not available. His sentencing hearing has now been adjourned to June 7. Poitier in an unsworn statement from the prisoner's dock denied killing his former girlfriend. He claimed that he had unwillingly signed a con fession statement over fears that police would brutalise him. Students give opinions on the new COB library and information centre SENTENCING HEARING AD JOURNED AGAIN B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Two teenagers are wanted by police for questioning in con n ection with an armed robbery incident here on Grand Bahama. P olice have issued all-points b ulletins for Byron Alvin Rambaron and Garon Alvin Rigby, both 18, of GrandB ahama. Rambaron, a resident of Jones Town, Eight Mile R ock, has a light brown com plexion, dark brown eyes and short hair. He is about five feet, eight inches tall, of average build and weighs about 148-160lbs. Rambaron has tattoos of hisn ame on his right hand. Rigby, a resident of Paisley Place, South Bahamia, has am edium brown complexion, dark brown eyes and short hair. He is about five feet, 11 inches tall, of slim build and weighs about 140-150lbs. Hehas tattoos on both arms and below his right eye. Both men are considered armed and extremely danger ous and should be approached with caution. Anyone with information concerning these wanted men should contact police at 3529774/5, or 350-3107/ 8, 911. W ANTED FOR QUESTIONING THENEWFACILITY is pictured here in January. It had its unofficial opening on Monday. Garon Alvin Rigby (left a nd Byron Alvin Rambaron

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O RGANISERS of the We T he People (WTP group said they were extreme ly impressed with the showi ng at their Grand Bahama launch. Following their official l aunch in New Providence a f ew months ago, the non-profit advocacy group brought t heir message to Grand B ahama last Saturday with a special meeting at the Regency Theatre. W TP said 75 per cent of t hose in attendance registered on the spot and others regis tered afterwards online. Welcoming the audience and introducing the organisation was Philip Simon, WTP e xecutive director. Introducing WTP's chairman, Atlantis senior vicepresident and popular radio p ersonality Ed Fields, was Grand Bahama attorney Veronica Grant. The enthusiasm expressed by those that attended the Grand Bahama launched fur t her inspires We The People to continue promoting this very important idea. We are greatly encouraged about thep ossibilities resultant from more and more Bahamians engaging in the process of col-l ectively participating in the development of our Bahamas. In this regard WTP's secondc ity launch was tremendously successful," Mr Fields said. WTP was launched in Nassau on November 16, 2010 with the goal of influencing positive change towards a bet ter Bahamas. The association for all intents and purposes is defined as an action-oriented, research and advocacybased, non-political (without reservation or exception), notf or-profit and membershipd riven organisation designed to inspire participation from the collective in bringinga bout a better Bahamas as defined by its people, repre sentatives said. Earlier this month, WTP announced as one of its ini tiatives the plan to establish the Police Athletic League (PAL towards keeping young innercity children active and off the streets. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A small fire occurred on the roof of the City Market Store downtown on Tuesday morning while workmen were carrying out repairs on the buildings roof. The store was safely evacuated around 9.52am. Normal operations were later resumed after the fire was extinguished by firemen. Company officials reported that there was minimal impact to the building. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said two fire units were dispatched to the scene around 11.55am. She said firemen observed smoke coming from the roof of the building and took immediate action. When officers climbed onto the roof, they found several persons attempting to put out the flames. Ms Mackey said the officers were able to quickly extin guish the fire. It was reported that workers from a roofing company were making repairs to the roof of the store using a blowtorch and during the process ignited the insulation in the roof. The smoke travelled through the air-condition ducts and then into the store, she said. According to a press release issued by the company, workmen hired by the buildings landlord were attempt ing to repair a part of the air conditioning system at the City Market Store. After the fire was extinguished, the store resumed full operations at 11.35am. ASP Mackey said no injuries were reported and the dam age was estimated at $300. WE THE PEOPLE volunteers at the Grand Bahama launch on February 26 at the Regency Theatre. WE THE PEOPLE IS AN IDEA, NOT THE ANSWER, said Ed Fields, chairman of WTP, at the Grand B ahama launch. e The People group holds successful Grand Bahama launch CITY MARKET STORE EVACUATED AFTER ROOF FIRE DURING REPAIRS E XECUTIVE DIRECTOR o f We The People Philip Simon speaks to the Grand Bahamaa udience at the launch of the g roup in Freeport at the Regency Theatre.

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By BAHAMAS INFORMATION SERVICES T HE contributions of the late Dr Keva Bethel to Queens College were remembered on Monday as administrators, faculty and students of this institution joined in a service of thanksgiving for the educator who served on the schools Board of Govern ors. T he service included scripture readings, prayers and musical tributes by students and the high school choir. Administrators, members of the schools Board of Governors, and repres entatives of the Bahamas C onference of the M ethodist Church reflected o n the talents and graces of D r Bethel as well as on the m any lives she touched. Shawn Turnquest, viceprincipal and head of the high school, said Dr Bethel never lost the twinkle in her eyes. She was never rude, negative or disparaging. Shes hared her views with love and tenderness. She was careful always to lift up, never to break down, saidM rs Turnquest. Dr Bethel was recalled as a unique, charming, delightful, giant-of an edu-c ator, whose memory will forever be cherished. THE Bahamas is now one o f the worlds premier s hark-watching destinations for divers, reeling in $800 million over the past 20y ears for the national economy, according to the Bahamas Diving Associa tion. T o protect this industry a nd the sharks themselves, Dr Guy Harvey, a wellknown scientist and marinew ildlife artist, has joined the growing ranks of individuals and organisations calling for strict regulationst o ban the commercial fish ing of all sharks in the Bahamas. In support of the pro g ramme, Dr Harvey is releasing a custom-designed Protect Bahamian Sharksc ampaign logo and poster t his week while visiting Nas sau to meet with govern ment officials. These magnificent anim als have been admired for years by divers visiting the Bahamas and revered by people around the world as one of the great wonders of the ocean, said Dr Harvey. However, many species of sharks are now being driven to the brink of extinc tion by over-exploitation, fueled mostly by the Far Easts demand for shark fin soup. Bahamas National Trust executive director Eric Carey said that due to a ban on longline fishing gear in the 1990s led by the BNT, Bahamian waters are one of the few places in the world with relatively healthy shark populations. Even with the ban on longlining gear, sharks are still considered at-risk in Bahamian waters due to other methods of fishing. There are currently no spe cific laws in the Bahamas protecting these amazing creatures, said Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group. We are working with the Bahamas National Trust to raise awareness to establish measures that will conserve healthy shark populations before it is too late. Scientists with the Inter national Union for Conser vation of Nature have esti mated that 30 per cent of shark and ray species around the world are threatened or near-threatened with extinction. The loss of these animals could cause irreversible damage to the oceans ecosystem and result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in the tourist trade. T he Pew Environment G roup is the conservation arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmentalo rganisation that works globally to establish prag matic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, pre-s erve our wildlands and pro m ote clean energy. Dr Harvey will speaking t onight at the BNT Retreat o n Village Road at 7pm. Due to limited space interested persons had beena sked to RSVP before February 28. 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Queens College remembers the late Dr Keva Bethel DEPUTY HEAD BOY at Queens College, Celtson Toote, performs It Is Well on the trumpet during the thanksgiving servicef or the late Dr Keva Bethel. CHAPLAIN JEVON NEELY gives the benediction at the service of thanksgiving.

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By LARRYSMITH T HIS year's Best Picture Award went to a historical drama called The King's Speech starring Colin Firth ( who also won Best Actor). The film focuses on the personal story of Stutteri ng Geordie (father of the p resent Queen Elizabeth), w ho came to the throne by a ccident. But that is really j ust a subplot. I n actuality, the film takes us back to a critical hinge moment in history, and this larger story is far more gripping than the well-acted relationship between the staid king and h is blunt Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush I f you haven't seen this m ovie, you really should. T he historical context centres on the waning days of the British Empire, andi ncludes the abdication of King Edward VIII, the looming catastrophe of thes econd world war, and the c reation of the modern world exemplified by the introduction of radio broadcasting. The current British roya l family springs from the 1840 marriage of Queen Victoria to the German Prince Albert of SaxeC oburg-Gotha. The name Windsor was invented in 1917 by George V (Victor ia's grandson), who had a G erman wife and was worr ied about the anti-German f eeling produced by the F irst World War. Abdication These close familial ties h ad a lot to do with the abdication of Edward in 1936, although the pretext was his marriage to a twice-divorced American n amed Wallis Simpson. W hen Adolf Hitler became r uler of Germany in 1933 and began preparations forw ar, the heir to the British throne was a major liabili ty, as both he and Wallis were sympathetic towardst he Nazi regime. Stanley Baldwin, prime minister at the time, used the constitutional issue of Wallis' status as a divorcee t o force the king into a choice between abdicating or being publicly humiliate d. Edward chose to abdic ate. He married Wallis in 1 937 and was eventually exiled to the Bahamas as governor for the durationo f the war. According to declassi fied British and American files, Edward and Wallisb oth passed secret infor mation to the Nazis. And during a much publicised 1 937 visit to Germany, against the advice of the British government, they w ere fawned over by Nazi l eaders including Hitler h imself. Simpson had also been the lover of GermanA mbassador Joachim von Ribbentrop, (who went on to become Hitlers foreign minister); and Edward hadb een identified by Hitler as a potential puppet king of England after the antic ipated Nazi victory. I n 1939 only four months before the war began Edward recorded as tatement calling for peace w ith Germany, which the BBC refused to broadcast. And as the British liaison officer with French forceso n the continent, he passed useful information to Hitler as Germany plannedt o attack France. After the successful German invasion, the duke fled his post for a hotel inB iaritz, near the border w ith Spain, where he continued to communicate with the Nazis, even ask ing the Gestapo to collect his belongings from Paris. He eventually made his way to fascist Spain, where he advised the German ambassador in July 1940 that continued heavy bombing would make Eng land ready for peace. Bahamas At this point, rather than ordering a court mar tial, Prime Minister Win ston Churchill sent the Windsors to the Bahamas to keep them out of contact. Although a paradise to some, the Duke and Duchess were not amused by their Bahamian idyll. "I hate this place more each day," Wallis said at the time. "We both hate it. The locals are petty minded." In a December 1940 interview with an Ameri can journalist who was a friend of President Franklin Roosevelt, the Duke said it would be a tragedy for the world if Hitler were overthrown and advised the journalist to tell this to Roosevelt in an effort to persuade the US not to enter the war. On their visits to Miami the Windsors were always closely watched by Ameri can and British agents. Edward's brother, the stammering King George VI, reigned from 1937 until his death in 1952. And as Colin Firth point ed out, His only job was to speak for the nation on live radio I mean, how cruel was that? there is n o recording yet, there is n o editing for radio this is live to the empire. But eventually, Churchill (a longtime friend of Edward's) was to say: "Your Majesty, I was very much mistaken in my estim ate of your brother. You are a much better king than he was." The film opens with George, as Prince of Wales, giving a painful closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition in London in 1925. It ends with his first live radio broadcast to the empire at the outbreak of World War II, choreographed by Logue. You can hear a recording of the real king's speech here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archiv e/ww2outbreak/7918.shtml THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES It was the days of wine and roses all over again. A couple dozen middleaged folks sitting beneath a moonless sky savouring one of Pat Rahming's rare musical excursions; and singing along to "a passing breeze filled with memories", like the pensioners we all thought we'd never be. They are not long, those days of wine and roses. But in the company of relatives in the Ebenezer graveyard, we entered for a time into the misty dream of the 1960s, when Pat honed his personality performing folk music while studying architecture in Montreal. Later, during those heady days of cultural emancipation in the 1970s, Pat launched his incendi ary writing career producing a stream of poetry, songs and essays, and becoming perhaps the quintessential Bahamian storyteller of our time. He read and performed s ome of that remarkable o utput last night at a cosy little event sponsored by the West Nassau Rotary Club to raise money for Programme SURE, in sup port of youth develop ment. The event also feat ured stunning works of art by Deborah SaundersWeech. Comm unity "I write for therapeutic reasons," Pat told the online literary journal Tongues of the Ocean in 2009, "to have a conversa tion with myself about things that are on my mind, and to serve as a voice for the community of which I am a part. The role of the poet is the same as that for all artists to share insight." His greatest local musical influence was Charlie Adamson, a gas station attendant on Blue Hill Road who played guitar left-handed and sang about things that happened in the community. Internationally, his favourites include Paul Simon and the Mighty Sparrow. Put those flavours together and you get classic Bahamian songs about gambling addicts, biggety women, trolling tour guides and shifty politicians. Sitting in the cool back yard of Orry Sands' office next to Ebenezer Methodist Church, it was easy to look back towards that door marked "nevermore", that wasn't there before. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Best picture shows critical hinge moment in history C OLINFIRTH ( above and right) as King George VI, alongside Geoffrey Rush in The Kings Speech. T he film takes us back to a critical h inge moment in history. 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L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force officially closed out its 30th anniversary celebrations with a Grand Gospel Concert held at the Christ Community Church on Bellot Road. The well-attended event featured the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Mass Choir accompanied by skilled musi cians from the Defence Force Band. Also offering renditions during the evening were the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Public Service Choirs, the Gospel Flashlights from Cat Island, the Christ Community Church Youth Dance Troupe, Clement Penn from the Immigration Department and the comedy act of Dynamite Daisy. Karen Rigby, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Min istry of National Security, retired Commodore Leon and Mrs Smith and host pastor, Dr Deanza and Mrs Cunningham were in attendance as honoured guests of the Commander of the Defence Force Commodore Roderick Bowe and his executive and leadership team. Throughout the evening, items donated by Island Merchants Limited, Kellys Home Centre, John Bull and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company were handed out as door prizes, adding to theappeal of the evening as every one vied to be the lucky ticket holder to walk away with the cameras, gift cards, gift baskets and Blackberry packages. The event was held last Friday under the theme, A High er Call to Service, and the Defence Force sought to live up to this by donating a multifunction copier/printer/scanner to the Christ Community Churchs Youth Group at the end of the evening. ROTARY International h as asked all Rotary Clubs to make literacy advocacy part of their community service efforts. T his year, the Rotary Club of East Nassau was glad to provide the stu dents of TG Glover Primary School with a full set of Lessons in Literacy teaching packages forg rades one to six to help t hem with their reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and literature skills. RCEN president Joanne Smith and Michele Rassin, literacy chair forD istrict 7020, made the d onation on behalf of the club to the teachers and students of TG Glover School. Grand Gospel Concert closes out Defence Force anniversary celebrations T HE CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH Y outh Dance Troupe performing their routine. LEADING WOMAN MARINE Eunice Rolle directing the Force Mass Choir. THE Bahamas Public Officers C hoir performing a selection. DYNAMITE DAISY entertained the audience. P ICTURED FRONT ROW FROM LEFT ARE: M arco Becford, Lennard Markland and Maurino Cash. Back row from left are: Anvia Thompson; Joanne Smith; Eileen Turner, vice-principal; Fanola Wilkinson, senior mistress; Cassandra E Forbes, principal; Zelma Albury, senior mistress; Michelle Rassin; Davalia Smith and Diana Joseph. R OTARY N EWS

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM and BTC were also requested to attend. However, only members of BTCs union were present, according to reports. At the outset of the meet ing, it is understood one of those attending jumped to his feet and indicated the meeting appeared to be organised as an anti-Hubert Ingraham event, and that if this were so he would have nothing to do with it. Another person, who it was said worked at BTC, suggested the government should not sell BTC, but rather give it away. It was a big bust up, said an FNM councilwoman who attended. The invitation never said only Bamboo Town people, so we came to see what was said. He didnt like that too much because he shut it down before 9pm, she said. As an outspoken member of his own party, reports have also reached The Tribune that the meetings bust up was staged by FNMs who are loyal to the partys leader, Mr Ingraham. This much was admitted unintentionally by another source who said that while she and another person attending were not members of the constituency, they made an effort to not identify themselves as FNMs as per instructions. When asked to respond to these reports, FNM chairman Carl Bethel said: In no way did the FNM organise people to disrupt Mr McCartneys meeting. In fact, he said, the party actually encouraged people to take part, as the meeting was being run by an FNM and the party would have liked to have seen it well attended. However, if passions became inflamed, that is another matter completely, he said. Anyone who may have been passionate would have had their own heart-felt reasons for being passionate I wasnt there and I mean political passion. Now I have heard what everyone else has heard. I have heard that the meeting was not run well. But that is not for me say, he added. Repeated attempts to reach Mr McCartney for his version of what transpired at the meeting proved fruitless up to press time last night. However, the MPs Face book page was updated yes terday with 28 photos from the meeting. Under the photo album, the MP wrote: I would like to thank all persons who attended the Bamboo Town com munity meeting. Indeed, it is important that my constituents are informed of all the facts regarding the sale of BTC and, hence, the essence of the meeting was the dissemination of information and hearing the views of my constituents. The meeting was held at the CV Bethel High School on East Street South. port and a bypass road in North Abaco and work on the bridge in North Eleuthera. He added the financing for the projects is expected to come from the China ExportImport Bank and it will be a design/build contract, with the work expected to start this year in North Abaco, then the Exuma project is expected to commence next. There have been many discussions about a port for Exuma, over many, many years, Prime Minister Ingraham said while visiting the island last Sunday. We have finally settled on it. Mr Ingraham and a delegation visited sites on Exuma for infrastructural development, such as the old naval base site and the dock in George Town, the Ferry Bridge and Williams Town, Little Exuma. The old naval base site will be the location for the port. Also in the delegation were Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for Land and Local Government Byran Woodside, senior government officials, outgoing Ambassadorof the Peoples Republic of China Hu Dingxian and representatives of the China Harbour Company. The China Harbour Company will do a feasibility study, we will do an environmental study and a feasibility study, Prime Minister Ingraham said. It is our intention for them to proceed to construction drawings and to produce forus a design/build project. We are seeking the input of the local community of Exuma to take account of any views they might have. We will definitely hold a town meeting with the public before final decisions are made, to take into account any suggestions the public may have about what we plan to do. Exuma is becoming an important economic centre int he Bahamas. In revenue terms, it is about fourth in the Bahamas and a lot of activity is taking place. Mr Neymour said several factors, including marine and water current considerations, make the old naval base site the better site for the port. Exuma has significantly increased in population over the last 10 years and so the Government recognises the need for improving the port facilities here, he said. Mr Neymour added that a new sewerage facility would be instituted to meet the grow-i ng needs of having such a port facility on the island, especially in terms of the collection of waste from watercraft. This is a new facility, where we will have a boat collecting sewerage from these vessels, delivering it to the mainland and the sewerage is treated,h e said. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and we are indeed pretty proud to begin to treat sewerage that is produced by marine vessels. It is a step forward for The Bahamas. Mr Woodside said: I am m ost assured that local government practitioners, from the Chief Counsellor down, will support this effort and will work closely to ensure that everything is put in order for the betterment of Exuma. M P for Exuma Anthony Moss said: I am happy and p leased that it will finally come to fruition. The harbour is where we need for persons to access the island via sea vessels, as well as the majority of our food that comes to the island; so Ia m pleased to be here today to see this taking place. P rime Minister Ingraham said: We are planning for the long-term development of Exuma. The development will take a number of years. We will commence with the port here and also with the construction of the mini hospital. We will commence those two projects hopefully during the course of this year, 2011. uary and 10 people in February. According to Tribune statistics for this year, 12 people w ere murdered in January and six people in F ebruary. The latest victim was unresponsive when police found him in a dark coloured Honda at Homestead Street shortly after 11pm last week Tuesday. He died in hospital six days later. It was reported that he had sustained injuries to the head. Meanwhile, police continue to urge the public not to withhold their possessions from armed robbers. A 51-year old Sea Breeze resident is in serious condition at hospital after he struggled with an armed robber on Monday evening. The 51-year-old man was parked in the driveway in front of his home on Sea Breeze Drive when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun. The culprit attempted to rob him of his vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Ram truck, and a struggle followed between the two men. According to police reports, the victim drove himself to the hospital after he was shot in his stomach. Following the fatal shooting of a 27-yearold man this weekend, police appealed to victims to remain calm. The Domingo Heights resident, was discovered lying face down inside his apartment wearing a yel low T-shirt and denim shorts on Saturday evening. According to police, he became the country's 17th murder victim after he resisted two masked armed men who entered his home demanding cash. The robbers were armed with a shotgun and a hand gun. Victims are urged to fully scrutinise their assailant; looking for any scars or markings on their arms, face, and neck, in addition to clothing, height and physical build. Anyone with any information that might assist police investigations should call 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 FROM page one FNMs bust up Bran meeting Man dies in hospital in years 18th murder FROM page one PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham (second left S tate for the Environment Phenton Neymour (left sador of the Peoples Republic of China Hu Dingxian (second right) inspect the old naval base site in George Town, Exuma. The site is planned to be the location for the new port in Exuma. DELEGATION MEMBERS and local stakeholders inspect the old naval base site in George Town, Exuma. Eric Rose /BIS CHINESE FIRM SCHEDULED FOR MAJOR CONSTRUCTION WORK IN FAMILY ISLANDS FROM page one

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I NTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GENEVA Associated Press VIOLENCEand chaos in Libya have triggered an exod us of more than 140,000 r efugees to Tunisia and E gypt, a U.N. official said Tuesday, as aid workers warned the situation at the Tunisian border has reached crisis point. Officials say the situation has been made even more volatile by humanitarian aid w orkers being blocked from r eaching western Libya, patients reportedly being executed in hospitals, or shot by gunmen hiding in ambulances At the Libya-Tunisian border where authorities s ay up to 75,000 people have g athered in just nine days "the situation is reaching cris is point," U.N. refugee a gency spokeswoman Meliss a Fleming warned. S he said 14,000 people fled to Tunisia on Monday and another 15,000 are e xpected to flee Tuesday. The U.N. is setting up e nough tents to hold 12,000 people and plans two more airlifts Thursday to bring int ents and supplies for 10,000 more, but water supplies are precarious," she warned. Italy said late Tuesday after an emergency meeting o n the Libya crisis that it will send a humanitarian mission t o the Tunisian border to assist some 10,000 refugees. In Egypt, authorities said another 69,000 people have fled into the country from Libya in the past 10 days,m ost of them Egyptians who have already been taken to other towns and cities. Thousands of Vietnamese a nd Bangladeshis at the L ibyan side of border with Tunisia are "in urgent need of food, water and shelter," said Jemini Pandya, a spokeswoman for Interna tional Organization for M igration. Nepalese, Ghanaians and Nigerians are also sleeping unprotected at the borders, she added. "With thousands of migrants still awaiting authorization to enter Tunisia, t here is an urgent need to d econgest the border area w hich lacks adequate facilit ies to host large numbers o f people," IOM's Tunisia m ission chief Marc Petzold said. IOM officials say many thousands of people are also stranded at Libya's Benghazi port in cold weather and with scant supplies of f ood. The organization said it is trying to arrange evacu ation for those people by boat to Alexandria in Egypt. T housands of Vietnamese, Egyptians, Indians, Turks, Tunisians, Chinese and Thai laborers are streaminga cross the border at Ras Adjir, in Tunisia lugging mattresses, blankets, over-s tuffed duffel bags and suit c ases on wheels. Some recount memories of being subjected to mock executions as they knelt in front of t he Libyan army, or of hiding in the desert while awaiting rescue. Fleeing workers were also b eing targeted by opponents o f Gadhafi, mistaking them for mercenaries allegedly being used to quash ther ebellion that has swept through large parts of the country, said aid officials speaking on condition ofa nonymity for fear of reprisals. The Libyan embassy in Vienna which has turned i ts back on Gadhafi, as has other delegations in New York and Geneva described the "repressiona nd premeditated murder of t he Libyan population" as "terrible and indescribable." Embassy staff issued a s tatement urging Gadhafi to "summon his courage and make public an immediate and determined decision inw hich he meets the demands of the people to resign to prevent more bloodshed." Fleming said refugees h ave described people being targeted and killed, and other said they were trapped, threatened and hunted. Others tell us about f orced evictions and attacks on their homes," she said International Committee o f the Red Cross spokes woman Anna Newton said ambulances and hospitals were being "misused" inw ays that threatened the lives of people trapped in the unrest. She said her organization w as trying to prevent "credible" but unspecified reports of an undetermined number of patients being executedi n Libyan hospitals. G erman Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday urged the U.N. appoints omeone to coordinate efforts in Libya, and serve as the face of the international community there." We need a U.N. special envoy to and for Libya," he told reporters. E GYPTIAN WORKERS w ho crossed the Tunisian border react to a photographer after fleeing Libya on the Libya-Tunisia border in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia, Tuesday, March 1 2011. U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said Tuesday the situation is reaching crisis point at t he Libya-Tunisia border where authorities say up to 75,000 people have fled Libya since Feb. 20. The Placard reads: Egyptian people are in T unisia. What our national embassy is doing for us?. (AP UN: Libyan refugee crisis tops 140,000 A BANGLADESHI w orker who h as been trying to leave Libya for over six days, walks near the water as he waits at the port in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday. (AP BERLIN Associated Press GERMANY'S popular defense minister resigned Tuesday amid a deepening scandal over plagiarism allegations that threatened to become a liability for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in upcoming regional elections. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced his decision days after Bayreuth University revoked his doc toral title. It said he had violated academic standards in his thesis by failing to sufficiently credit some of his sources. Guttenberg, who initially called the allegations "absurd," later admitted "grave mistakes" but denied having deliberately deceived anyone. Merkel stood by him for nearly two weeks after the allegations emerged, arguing that they had no bearing on his work as defense minister. However, a steady drip of allegations kept the scandal going, and Gut tenberg said it threatened to over shadow policy issues such as a majoro verhaul of the German military and troops' mission in Afghanistan. "It is the most painful step of my life," Guttenberg said as he announced his resignation at his ministry. "I am drawing the consequences that I have and would have demanded of others." "Like others, I have to stand by my weaknesses and mistakes," Gutten berg said. "I will gladly concede to my opponents that I was appointed not to be the self-defense minister, but the defense minister." Guttenberg submitted his doctoral thesis in 2007, five years after becoming a conservative lawmaker. German media reported late Tuesday he would also give up his seat in parliament. Guttenberg's office was not immediately reachable for comment. Merkel said she accepted "with a heavy heart" the resignation of the 39year-old, long rated Germany's most popular politician. Guttenberg "is a person with outstanding political talent, with an excep tional ability to reach people's hearts and enthuse them for politics," she said. Still, his departure may actually do her a favor, with six of 16 Germany's states due to hold regional elections this year. Three of those votes come in late March; one, in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, offers a tough test for Merkel's center-right coalition. Although Guttenberg still inspired a degree of public sympathy, "he would have damaged his party if he hadn't resigned" and the scandal had dragged on, said Manfred Guellner, the head of the Forsa polling agency. Guttenberg is a member of the Christian Social Union, the Bavariaonly sister party to Merkel's Christ ian Democratic Union. The CSU itself doesn't face voters this year, but Gut tenberg had been expected to campaign for Merkel's party. Guttenberg became the rising star of Germany's center-right after being thrust into Merkel's Cabinet two years ago as economy minister. He built a reputation as a plain-speaking man of action in that job and then, after Germany's 2009 election, as defense minister. In recent months, he pushed through a plan to end conscription part of an effort to slim down the Ger man military and make it better adapted to an era in which it faces growing demands to deploy overseas. The chancellor said her government would carry through the "indispensable" reforms. Merkel said it was too early to name a successor but a decision will be made "shortly." She added that Guttenberg's CSU has the right to nominate the new minister if it chooses to. Germans appeared to agree it was time for Guttenberg to go. "I think it's a pity because he was a good minister," said Monika Schmid, from Wangen in his home state of Bavaria. "At the end of the day, however, it was right because you just can't do that, plagiarize a thesis." The resignation was "the logical consequence" of his actions, Berlin accountant Christiane Rost said. "But basically, this step has come a bit too late." The opposition berated Merkel for clinging to Guttenberg even amid a growing outcry from the academic world. Merkel "has embarrassed herself, her credibility is damaged and she has damaged the reputation of politics," said Thomas Oppermann, a senior lawmaker with the center-left Social Democrats. Oskar Niedermayer, a political sci ence professor at Berlin's Free Uni versity, said Merkel did herself few favors by trying to separate Gutten berg's activities as a politician and academic, since the allegations went to the heart of the credibility on which he built his political career. Still, he said he doesn't see "serious negative effects for her in the long term." Merkel held out hope of an eventual comeback for Guttenberg, who said he is committed to clearing up questions that remain over his dissertation. "I am convinced that we will, in whatever form, have the opportunity to work together in the future," she said. For now, though, it's unclear whether he will seek to return. "I was always ready to fight, but I have reached the limits of my strength," Guttenberg said as he ended his resignation statement. GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg attending a debate at the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany, recently. Germany's most popular minister resigned Tuesday, March 1, 2011 over allegations of a plagiarized doctoral thesis. (AP German minister quits amid plagiarism scandal GERMAN CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel, centre, types a text message on her cell phone as she visits the Cebit tech fair in Hanover, northern Germany, Tuesday. (AP

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I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 12, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER TEHRAN, Iran Associated Press POLICEin Tehran used tear gas and b atons Tuesday to disperse anti-government protesters demanding the release of opposition leaders, with several people arrested in the biggest street clashes in Iran's capital in more than two weeks, witnesses and opposition websites said. Protesters rallied at several points in the c apital, chanting "Death to the dictator" and u rging authorities to free Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, whose family a nd supporters claim are now under full-time detention, according to kaleme.com. Witnesses said riot police charged on prot esters in central Tehran to try to scatter c rowds. Some police took swipes at cars w hose drivers were believed to be honking their horns in support of the demonstrators. F amily members and opposition activists s ay the two leaders have been moved from house arrest to a Tehran prison along with their wives. Iranian authorities deny the reports, but the two opposition leaders have not been seen in public or have posted statements on their websites in more than a week. Crackdown M ousavi and Karroubi were put under h ouse arrest after they called for a Feb. 14 protest rally, the largest in more than a yearf ollowing a relentless crackdown by Iranian a uthorities. Clashes between protesters and security forces during the demonstrations killed twoand wounded dozens. The opposition movement dispirited and in disarray just a month ago has been revived by inspiration from the Arab world's p olitical revolts and the reports of the detent ions of Karroubi and Mousavi, who claims he was rightful winner of 2009 election and that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-e lected through massive vote fraud. B oth Mousavi and Karroubi who also ran in the June 2009 election have been under increasing pressure from authorities who crushed street protests by their support e rs. The protests that swept Iran after the disputed election grew into a larger movemento pposed to Iran's ruling system. Hundreds of thousands peacefully took to the streets, but a heavy security crackdown crushed the protests. I ran's leadership has rejected calls by hardl iners to bring the two to trial on anti-state charges, fearing that it could serve as a rally i ng point for the beleaguered opposition's s upporters. The current claims about their detentions, however, could also help to re-energize oppo sition forces. Questions Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran will not respond to i nternational questions about the whereabouts of the two, adding that the country considers the matter a "completely domestic" affair. The semiofficial news agency ISNA quoted state prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei as saying the two were not detained but did not elaborate. On Monday, he said authorities have cut all outside contact with them as part of a campaign to silence dissent. However, the opposition and their relatives said they are being held in a military garrison in Tehran. There has been no independent confirma tion of their location. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday: "We obviously find the detention of opposition leaders to be unacceptable and we call on them to be treatedwell and released." Mehmanparast denounced outside pressures to clarify the status of the two opposi tion figures. "The internal issues of our country are completely domestic and no country is and will be allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of our country," he told reporters. Mehmanparast said any "issues relating to" Mousavi and Karroubi "will be dealt in the framework of law by judicial authorities." REPORTS SAY IRAN USED TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS M IAMI Associated Press A judge on Tuesday ordered t he body of former Venezue lan President Carlos Andres Perez temporarily placed in a F lorida tomb to allow more time to settle a dispute between his estranged wife and his longtime companion over h is final burial site. Circuit Judge Arthur Rothenberg cited a duty to h ave the body interred more than two months after Perez's Dec. 25 death in Miami at age8 8. Rothenberg said criminal charges have been brought in other states when a body remains unburied for such al ong time. "One must add the overriding concern for the dignity of C arlos Andres Perez that he be treated with honor and respect, as much in death as inl ife," Rothenberg wrote. The order won't take effect immediately, providing time for possible review by Flori da's 3rd District Court of Appeal. Perez's estranged wife, Blanca Rodriguez de Perez, objected to the tempo rary entombment because it would make an open-casket funeral impossible. Rothenberg's order indicated that may not matter, because it appears the case could drag into the summer, "well beyond the most optimistic testimony regarding intact preservation of earthly remains, even those which have been embalmed and kept refrigerated." One daughter of Perez and his estranged wife in Caracas, Venezuela, said her family wants a final burial decision soon and will discuss with attorneys whether to appeal moving her father's body froma funeral home refrigeration unit to the temporary crypt. "What we want is for my father's remains to rest in peace," Carolina Perez Rodriguez told The Associated Press by telephone, speaking in Spanish. "They aren't going to rest because moving him to a crypt now, only to move him later on to another crypt or to a coffin ... It's better to leave him there." One of two daughters of Perez and his companion, Cecilia Matos, said her family was pleased with the ruling. "The dignity of our father should be the priority," Cecilia Perez Matos said. As the surviving spouse, Rodriguez de Perez contends she has the right under Florida law to take her husband's body back to Venezuela, where Perez was president from 197479 and from 1989-93. Matos contends that Perez adamantly opposed burial in Venezuela as long as his bitter political enemy Hugo Chavez remained president and that the couple had bought two crypts for U.S. burial. The order Tuesday says that placing Perez's body in an aboveground tomb for now will give neither side an advan tage in the ultimate outcome and will prevent a rush to judg ment. "The issues can be fully explored by the parties and presented in a tranquil environment, free of haste which so often results in error," Rothenberg wrote. Trial of the feud is currently scheduled to begin March 21, but Rothenberg plans to set a new date after conferring with both sides. The judge last month appointed a curator to inventory assets, historical items, papers, artwork and comput er files Perez had in Miami. Rodriguez de Perez's attorney, Juan Antunez, accused the Matos side of moving items to a warehouse in an effort to hide them. The Matos side, meanwhile, contended that the items were moved for safekeeping and to guard against possible theft by Venezuelan agents. Perez had a mixed record in Venezuela, popular in his first term for a period of prosperity after he nationalized the country's oil industry. Perez's popularity plunged in his second term as he backed economic austerity programs that included hiking subsidized gasoline prices. Anger among the poor boiled over in 1989 riots that left hundreds dead. Perez survived two coup attempts in 1992, the first led by Chavez, then a young army lieutenant colonel. I N THIS DEC. 29, 2010 FILE PHOTO, C ecilia Victoria Perez, second from left, and Maria Francia Perez, third from left, daughters of the former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez, sit with with Cecilia Matos, left, during the funeral mass for Perez at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Miami.A judge suggested anew Friday Feb. 18, 2011, placing the body of the former Venezuelan President in a crypt temporarily to allow more time to settle a family dispute over his final resting place. (AP Judge: temporary tomb for ex-Venezuelan president J UDGE ARTHUR ROTHENBERG left, listens to Juan C. Antunez, right, attorney for Blanca Rodrguez de Perez, estranged wife of Carlos Andres Perez, in Miami, yesterday. His estranged wife and longtime mistress Cecilia Matos have been arguing since he died Dec. 25 about where to bury him. His estranged wife wants his body brought back to Venezuela. His mistress wants him buried in Miami. A new dispute has erupted in Florida over former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez's assets. Now they're arguing about what has happened to his papers, art and memorabilia. His estranged wife's attorney says the items are being hidden. But attorneys for the mistress claim they are being stored for safekeeping. (AP

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SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.72 $4.72 $4.72 BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Robin Hoods president y esterday said he was prepared to listen to mergers a nd acquisitions proposals from City Markets principal, Mark Finlayson, ande ntertain consolidation between the two food retailers if it makes financial sense for us. Agreeing that Mr Finl ayson was right on the button in terms of the need for consolidation in the Bahamian food retail industry, Sandy Schaefer told TribuneB usiness it would be fool ish not to hear out any proposals he submitted in case they proved attractive. Asked whether he would listen to any offers submitted by Mr Finlayson to acquire Robin Hood and/or merge it with City Markets, Mr Schaefer responded: Of course, if it makes sense. I think his strategy the idea of consolidation makes sense. There are too many players in the field and you need R OBIN HOOD OPEN T O CIT Y MARKETS CONSOLIDATION TALKS Retailers principal not opposed to merger and acquisition possibilities if it makes financial sense for us* Agrees that Mark Finlayson right on the button with food retail consolidation strategy Warns: There are too many players in the field and you need to find economies of scale to survive SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor AML Foods yesterday said it will continue with its sharebuy back initiative to arrest any downward trend in its stock price and mop up undervalued shares that come on to the market, its chairman adding that the recently withAML Foods to continue sharebuy back plan DIONISIO DAGUILAR Food retail group pledges to halt any downward trend in stock and mop up undervalued shares coming on to market* Chairman said hostile bid has made all Bahamian public companies more aware of shareholder relations/management SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net The Arawak Port Development Company (APD begun its search for Bahamian contractors to design and build the planned inland terminal to house imported break bulk goods, a project its chief executive yesterday said is estimated to cost $12 million. This latest stage of the work r equired to complete the A rawak Cay port comes as $12m Port facilitys year-end open goal n Arawak Development firm seeking design/build solution for Gladstone Rd break bulk location in 4-6 weeks n Port marine works 50% complete, with $20m of construction b udget spent n Upland work on $2 million warehouse now started n $30m private placement to happen by year-end; no word on IPO SEE page 3B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C able & Wireless Communications (CWC ther develop the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTCi nfrastructure outside the Bahamas, such as the cable syst em link to Haiti, via the Bahamian telecoms provider and not one of its other Caribbean subsidiaries, Tribune Business was told yesterday. J ulian Francis, BTCs executive chairman and a leading CWCs noncompete clause on BTC cables Development of existing fibre optic infrastructure, such as Haiti cable, must happen under BTC banner and not other CWC affiliates Former BTC chief claimsc ompany lost first option on $12m Cuba cable and $30m Haiti wireless build-out after2 007 election Says his strategy involved expanding BTC beyond four walls of Bahamas and competing in Caribbean SEE page 2B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net Canadian energy giant, Emera, will travel to Abaco next week to assess the potent ial for creating a power cable link between the island andG rand Bahama, where it owns an 80.4 per cent stake in the G rand Bahama Power Compa n y, creating energy synergies for the wider Bahamas. I t will also gather informa tion to help make a decision on whether it will take up the Gov ernments invitation to get involved in the urgently r equired upgrade of the transmission line from the Wilson GB POWER OWNER T O ASSESS ABACO ELECTRIC CABLE LINK Emera invited to help with urgent upgrade of 60 MW power line from new plant to Marsh Harbour BEC investing $560k to upgrade existing plant as precaution SEE page 3B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC t hat its acquisition of the 51 per cent majority stake in BTC is the best outcome for The Bahamas, contrary to suggestions by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP deals opponents need to look forward, not back, and that uncertainty about BTCs future serves no one. A CWC spokesperson told Tribune Business, in response to enquiries about the companys view of claims by PLP leader Perry Christie that his party would aggressively renegotiate the deal with CWC if elected, that the the telecommunications p rovider hopes to move forward successfully in partnership with the Bahamian government. In late January, Mr Christie said the PLP believes the sale of BTC to CWC is repugnant to the national interest. He saidt he party did not believe the company iwass a trustworthy, reli able and capable strategic partner, and called on the Government not to move forward with its plan to sell 51 per cent of Look forward, not back, BTC buyer tells PLP and the unions Says deal is best outcome for Bahamas, and warns uncertainty over BTC future will help no one SEE page 2B HOLDINGTHELINE: I n this file photo Jimmy Mosko, chairman of the Arawak Cay Port Development Company, holds a rope with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the site at Arawak Cay.

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O ne major aspect ofe ffective and i nfluential c ommunication is the sound o f your voice. If you think this is trivial, imagine how you feel about doing business with a company whose customer service person s ounds as if they are talking a t you instead of to you. Or have you ever met a salesp erson who sounded so disingenuous you just didnt w ant to buy from him/her? T he way you sound can give people a gut feeling about you. Communication researcher, Bert Decker, says the brain in divided into two parts called the First Brain and the New Brain.T he First Brain is the gatekeeper and focuses on the voice and facial expressions. Once emotional trust isg ained, the New Brain processes words and logic. Your voice is made up of t one, inflection, volume and other components that cont ribute to your delivery. In phone conversations, 84 per cent of the messager eceived by the listener is determined not by the w ords you say, but by the quality of your voice and how you are able to makey our listener feel. Your voice can convey c onfidence or the lack thereof. Your tone can make y our listener see you as concerned and authentic, or indifferent and contrived.A ll the right words are useless if your delivery does not help you to connect withy our listener. Many people are disadvantaged by negative speech patterns that detract from the way they sound. High pitch, monotone, too loud, too soft, slurred, mumbled,n asal or whiny voices may diminish the message and how they want to be per-c eived. If you think you exhibit a n onflattering trait, with a little work, getting the best sound out of your voice is as kill that can be learned. NB: Kim Welcome is c hief executive of Influential Voice. A communicat ion trainer and coach, she assists businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through helping them to develop deliberate, skillful, p olished communication skills. For more info www.influentialvoice.com BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM K IM W ELCOME TALKING TIPS m ember of the Government-appointed privatisation committee that played a key role in negotiating the sale of a 51 per cent stake in the state-owned incumbent to CWC, said the agreement stipulated that the purchaser could not compete with BTCs existing overseas infrastructure via its other regional operating units. T his was designed, he explained, to ensure that BTC maximised the potential profits from its existing fibre optic cable link to Haitia nd other potential expansions, with all net income from these ventures retained by the Bahamian company. BTC does have infrastructure in Haiti, Mr Francis told Tribune Business. It was destroyed a year ago by the earthquake, but has since been restored. It does have a communications relationship with TelcoHaiti, which is now owned by a Vietnamese carrier. That [the fibre optic cable] is something that does not exist, and the Government in negotiations with Cable & Wireless insisted thatC able & Wireless recognise the existence of this infrastructure that exists outside the Bahamas. Cable & Wireless agreed not to enter i nto competition with it. If it intends to develop that infrastructure further, it has to be done under the BTC banner. Mr Francis was commenting after former BTC president and chief executive, Leon Williams, who has steadfastly opposed the G overnment over the current privatisation and CWC deal, last week said the 2007 change in government and return to power of t he Ingraham administration placed a number of BTC expansion plans on hold. A ddressing the Rotary Club of western New Providence on why the CWC deal should be halted, Mr Williams said his vision for BTC had been to expand beyond the Bahamas borders and compete in the Caribbean, in particular through the development of fibre optic cable links to Haiti and Cuba. O nce BTCs $6 million fibre optic cable to Haiti went live, Mr Williams said, the Bahamian telecommunications provider was g iven the first option/right of refusal to construct a $30 million GSM and DSL wireless infrastructure in Haiti that would have provide d cellular/GSM services. The former chief executive said that if BTC had achieved just 10 p er cent cellular market penetration in Haiti, it would have 800,000 subscribers, generating profitable returns and creating Bahamian jobs in New Providence, through providing back haul services to such traffic. Opportunity However, the opportunity was never taken up, and Mr Williams suggested the folly of this decision was exposed by the success aggressive Caribbean-based cellular provider, Digicel, had subsequently enjoyed in that market. Digicel went into Haiti, and in the first three months it had 500,000 subscribers, Mr Williams said. In the first year, it had 1.6 million subscribers. Digicel now has 2.6 million customers in the poorest, but largest, country in the region. In addition, Mr Williams also alleged that BTC had the first right of refusal to build a fibre optic cable infrastructure connecting Bimini to Matanzas in Cuba, but this project also never materialised. BTC sources confirmed yesterday to Tribune Business that this project had been on the drawing board, and agreed with Mr Williams $12.6 million cost estimate. Arguing that Bahamians were not thinking out of the box, Mr Williams pointed to Cable Bahamas and its former controlling shareholder, Columbus Communications, who had gone south and, via the ARCOS cable network, had developed a self-healing fibre optic ring linking countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, with the US. The Bahamas is a small market for them [Cable/Columbus]. My vision was to get enough money in the bank accounts to get beyond the four walls of the Bahamas, Mr Williams said, noting the untapped potential presented by the 11 million and 10 million strong populations, respectively, of Cuba and Haiti on this nations doorstep. We have 20 million people a close ride away. We have a market to exploit. For CWC, what do you think theyre going to do? Theyre going to exploit the cable to Haiti. That is precisely what CWC intends to do, for its business plan for BTC states: We will seek to maximise the revenue opportunities of the Bahamas-Haiti link for the Bahamas business. But high-level BTC sources, speaking to Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, yesterday said it was not clear whether the change in government in 2007 resulted in the Haiti/Cuba plans being put on hold, as Mr Williams had claimed. In the case of the $30 million Haiti expansion, one source said: There were a lot of issues involved in that. They added that apart from the unstable political and security situation in that country, with Haitis government changing around that time, BTC also had licensing and capital expenditure costs to deal with. It was definitely something on the table that could have hap pened, but required a little more study and work. It was high level and something that was being looked at, the source said. As for the Cuba cable, the same source confirmed: That was in the planning phase. It was definitely a project that was being worked on. CWCs non-compete clause on BTC cables F ROM page 1B Voicing your best delivery the state-owned entity. If the FNM administration proceeds against the advice of the PLP and sells to Cable and Wireless, we put Cable and Wireless on notice of our central position that the sale to Cable and Wireless is not in the national interest, and when we return to Government we will re-examine all of the provisions of the deal and we will aggressively renegotiate the terms of the agreement that we deem repugnant to the national interest," Mr Christie said. We do not believe that it (Cable and Wireless reliable and capable strategic partner for the Bahamas and BTC. We call on the Government to cease and desist in pursuing the sale as they have announced it. I n response, CWC said it saw the proposed sale of 51 per cent of BTC to the company as the best outcome for the business and the Bahamas. BTC needs to prepare for competition and develop the services it provides it is time to look forward, not back. CWC is a globalt elecoms operator with strong experience of guiding businesses through liberalisation. What the staff and customers of BTC need most of all is certainty, and were committed to delivering that. Uncertainty about BTC's future will help no one. We are f ocused on completing the transaction with the Government, and moving forward successfully in partnership, said the spokesperson. Asked about CWCs position on providing entrepreneurial opportunities for the hundreds of Bahamians currently acting as t op-up phone card vendors, the spokesperson added: "If the transaction is successful our plan is to revise BTC's top up distribution s trategy focusing more on small businesses and sole traders. The plan is to extend entrepreneurialopportunitiesto more individua ls and businesses." As for the increased competitive threat provided by a merged Cable Bahamas/Systems Resource Group (SRG s pokesperson said: "We respect the competition. Our plan is to prepare BTC to operate in a liberalised market. We believe that the b uying power of Cable & Wireless Communications will help keep our prices competitive." FROM page 1B Look forward, not back, BTC buyer tells PLP and the unions JULIAN FRANCIS Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps y ou are raising funds for a good cause, c ampaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y

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O ne major aspect ofe ffective and i nfluential c ommunication is the sound o f your voice. If you think this is trivial, imagine how you feel about doing business with a company whose customer service person s ounds as if they are talking a t you instead of to you. Or have you ever met a salesp erson who sounded so disingenuous you just didnt w ant to buy from him/her? T he way you sound can give people a gut feeling about you. Communication researcher, Bert Decker, says the brain in divided into two parts called the First Brain and the New Brain.T he First Brain is the gatekeeper and focuses on the voice and facial expressions. Once emotional trust isg ained, the New Brain processes words and logic. Your voice is made up of t one, inflection, volume and other components that cont ribute to your delivery. In phone conversations, 84 per cent of the messager eceived by the listener is determined not by the w ords you say, but by the quality of your voice and how you are able to makey our listener feel. Your voice can convey c onfidence or the lack thereof. Your tone can make y our listener see you as concerned and authentic, or indifferent and contrived.A ll the right words are useless if your delivery does not help you to connect withy our listener. Many people are disadvantaged by negative speech patterns that detract from the way they sound. High pitch, monotone, too loud, too soft, slurred, mumbled,n asal or whiny voices may diminish the message and how they want to be per-c eived. If you think you exhibit a n onflattering trait, with a little work, getting the best sound out of your voice is as kill that can be learned. NB: Kim Welcome is c hief executive of Influential Voice. A communicat ion trainer and coach, she assists businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through helping them to develop deliberate, skillful, p olished communication skills. For more info www.influentialvoice.com BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM K IM W ELCOME TALKING TIPS m ember of the Government-appointed privatisation committee that played a key role in negotiating the sale of a 51 per cent stake in the state-owned incumbent to CWC, said the agreement stipulated that the purchaser could not compete with BTCs existing overseas infrastructure via its other regional operating units. T his was designed, he explained, to ensure that BTC maximised the potential profits from its existing fibre optic cable link to Haitia nd other potential expansions, with all net income from these ventures retained by the Bahamian company. BTC does have infrastructure in Haiti, Mr Francis told Tribune Business. It was destroyed a year ago by the earthquake, but has since been restored. It does have a communications relationship with TelcoHaiti, which is now owned by a Vietnamese carrier. That [the fibre optic cable] is something that does not exist, and the Government in negotiations with Cable & Wireless insisted thatC able & Wireless recognise the existence of this infrastructure that exists outside the Bahamas. Cable & Wireless agreed not to enter i nto competition with it. If it intends to develop that infrastructure further, it has to be done under the BTC banner. Mr Francis was commenting after former BTC president and chief executive, Leon Williams, who has steadfastly opposed the G overnment over the current privatisation and CWC deal, last week said the 2007 change in government and return to power of t he Ingraham administration placed a number of BTC expansion plans on hold. A ddressing the Rotary Club of western New Providence on why the CWC deal should be halted, Mr Williams said his vision for BTC had been to expand beyond the Bahamas borders and compete in the Caribbean, in particular through the development of fibre optic cable links to Haiti and Cuba. O nce BTCs $6 million fibre optic cable to Haiti went live, Mr Williams said, the Bahamian telecommunications provider was g iven the first option/right of refusal to construct a $30 million GSM and DSL wireless infrastructure in Haiti that would have provide d cellular/GSM services. The former chief executive said that if BTC had achieved just 10 p er cent cellular market penetration in Haiti, it would have 800,000 subscribers, generating profitable returns and creating Bahamian jobs in New Providence, through providing back haul services to such traffic. Opportunity However, the opportunity was never taken up, and Mr Williams suggested the folly of this decision was exposed by the success aggressive Caribbean-based cellular provider, Digicel, had subsequently enjoyed in that market. Digicel went into Haiti, and in the first three months it had 500,000 subscribers, Mr Williams said. In the first year, it had 1.6 million subscribers. Digicel now has 2.6 million customers in the poorest, but largest, country in the region. In addition, Mr Williams also alleged that BTC had the first right of refusal to build a fibre optic cable infrastructure connecting Bimini to Matanzas in Cuba, but this project also never materialised. BTC sources confirmed yesterday to Tribune Business that this project had been on the drawing board, and agreed with Mr Williams $12.6 million cost estimate. Arguing that Bahamians were not thinking out of the box, Mr Williams pointed to Cable Bahamas and its former controlling shareholder, Columbus Communications, who had gone south and, via the ARCOS cable network, had developed a self-healing fibre optic ring linking countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, with the US. The Bahamas is a small market for them [Cable/Columbus]. My vision was to get enough money in the bank accounts to get beyond the four walls of the Bahamas, Mr Williams said, noting the untapped potential presented by the 11 million and 10 million strong populations, respectively, of Cuba and Haiti on this nations doorstep. We have 20 million people a close ride away. We have a market to exploit. For CWC, what do you think theyre going to do? Theyre going to exploit the cable to Haiti. That is precisely what CWC intends to do, for its business plan for BTC states: We will seek to maximise the revenue opportunities of the Bahamas-Haiti link for the Bahamas business. But high-level BTC sources, speaking to Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, yesterday said it was not clear whether the change in government in 2007 resulted in the Haiti/Cuba plans being put on hold, as Mr Williams had claimed. In the case of the $30 million Haiti expansion, one source said: There were a lot of issues involved in that. They added that apart from the unstable political and security situation in that country, with Haitis government changing around that time, BTC also had licensing and capital expenditure costs to deal with. It was definitely something on the table that could have hap pened, but required a little more study and work. It was high level and something that was being looked at, the source said. As for the Cuba cable, the same source confirmed: That was in the planning phase. It was definitely a project that was being worked on. CWCs non-compete clause on BTC cables F ROM page 1B Voicing your best delivery the state-owned entity. If the FNM administration proceeds against the advice of the PLP and sells to Cable and Wireless, we put Cable and Wireless on notice of our central position that the sale to Cable and Wireless is not in the national interest, and when we return to Government we will re-examine all of the provisions of the deal and we will aggressively renegotiate the terms of the agreement that we deem repugnant to the national interest," Mr Christie said. We do not believe that it (Cable and Wireless reliable and capable strategic partner for the Bahamas and BTC. We call on the Government to cease and desist in pursuing the sale as they have announced it. I n response, CWC said it saw the proposed sale of 51 per cent of BTC to the company as the best outcome for the business and the Bahamas. BTC needs to prepare for competition and develop the services it provides it is time to look forward, not back. CWC is a globalt elecoms operator with strong experience of guiding businesses through liberalisation. What the staff and customers of BTC need most of all is certainty, and were committed to delivering that. Uncertainty about BTC's future will help no one. We are f ocused on completing the transaction with the Government, and moving forward successfully in partnership, said the spokesperson. Asked about CWCs position on providing entrepreneurial opportunities for the hundreds of Bahamians currently acting as t op-up phone card vendors, the spokesperson added: "If the transaction is successful our plan is to revise BTC's top up distribution s trategy focusing more on small businesses and sole traders. The plan is to extend entrepreneurialopportunitiesto more individua ls and businesses." As for the increased competitive threat provided by a merged Cable Bahamas/Systems Resource Group (SRG s pokesperson said: "We respect the competition. Our plan is to prepare BTC to operate in a liberalised market. We believe that the b uying power of Cable & Wireless Communications will help keep our prices competitive." FROM page 1B Look forward, not back, BTC buyer tells PLP and the unions JULIAN FRANCIS Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps y ou are raising funds for a good cause, c ampaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y

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Interval International has agreed to be a Bronze Sponsor of the First Annual Global Networking Expo, GNEX 2011, an event targeted at the timeshare industry and which is being held at Paradise Islands Atlantis resort. It is a privilege to be the keynote speaker at this inaugural event that will bring together shared ownership professionals from so many countries, said Craig M. Nash, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Interval Leisure Group, parent company of Interval International. GNEX 2011 and the Perspective Magazine Awards Gala will be held on May 1112, 2011, at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The new global networking expo will allow delegates to exchange ideas and business opportunities with colleagues from around the world. The two-day event will feature an exhibitor hall with creative workshops, networking sessions and areas for one-onone meetings, so business can be conducted. The expo will also include a welcome reception, open networking time and the Perspective Magazine Awards Gala dinner, where industry nominees will vie for the coveted title of Best In The World I nterval International provides services to all aspects of vacation ownership, including traditional timesharing, points-based programs, fractional resorts, condo hotels and private residence clubs. We are delighted to welcome Interval International as a sponsor of GNEX 2011, and look forward to not only their participation as a global industry leader, but also from their local presence in each of the four main regions that our publications represent, said Paul Mattimoe, president a nd chief executive, Perspective Media. Sponsors and supporters of GNEX 2011 include: The Absolute World Group, Dial an Exchange, Resort Television, Yucatan Holidays, Citadel Trustees, Connex, First American Title Insurance Company, Interval International, LeisureLink, Max Generation, RCI, FirstN ational Trustee Company, Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP share & Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC an Resort Development Association (CRDA erative Association of Resort Exchangers (CARE Asociacin Mexicana de Desarrolladores Tursticos (AMDETUR tional Interest Conference, Resort Development Organisation (RDO Ownership Association ofS outhern Africa (VOASA American Airlines, Avis Rent A Car and Christel House International as Charity of Choice. Perspective Media produces Owners Perspective Magazine, an independent consumer publication that specialises in promoting the benefits of buying shared ownership products to the general public. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1 2 7 & ( B BBBBBBBBBB*2$/*/2%$/))6+25($66(76/,0,7('B BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB 1 2 7 & ( ,6 +(5(%<*,9(1 DVIROORZV *2$/*/2%$/))6+25($66(76 / ,0,7(' LV LQ GLVVROXWLRQXQGHUWKH S URYLVLRQVRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHV 7KHGLVVROXWLRQRIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\ FRPPHQFHGRQWKH W KGD\RI )HEUXDU\ ZKHQLWV$UWLFOHVRI'LVVROXWLRQZHUH V XEPLWWHGWRDQGUHJLVWHUHGE\WKHHJLVWUDU *HQHUDO 7KH/LTXLGDWRURIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\LV 'U 0LFKDHO*UDEKHU RI +HLOLJNUHX] /, 9DGX]/LHFKWHQVWHLQ WK GD\RI)HEUXDU\+ t &25325$7((59,&(6/7' 5HJLVWHUHG$JHQW IRUWKHDERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\ City power plant to Marsh Harbour, BECs chairman, Michael Moss, said yesterday. T he Government/BEC, and g eneral contractors Man Diesel, have been accused of overlooking the upgrade to the transmission line, which is n eeded to enable Marsh Harbour to get the full benefits from the newly-constructed Wilson City plants enhanced p ower supply. T he business community in Abaco has been particularly concerned that without the line, the island will again experience t he disastrous power outages that further stymied the tourism-dependent economy last summer during already tryi ng times. I n January, the minister with responsibility for the rnvironment, Earl Deveaux, told a town meeting in Marsh Harb our that the matter is a priority for the Government, and said the contract to upgrade the l ine from one which is presently able to carry 14-16 megawatts (MW megawatts of power, would be shortly put out to tender. P resident of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce,M ichael Albury, said he felt more satisfied after the meeting t hat focused attention was being brought to bear on the situation. Mr Moss told Tribune Business yesterday that hea pproached Emera to see if they would be interested ina ssisting BEC with the timely completion of the line. I have asked them if they have the kind of resources to h elp us get it in the shortest possible time. We have installed 48 mw of generation at Wilson City. The line from Wilson City to Marsh Harbour, where the b ulk of the Abaco load exists, can only carry a load of around 1 4-16 MW, so were in process of upgrading that line to 60 M W. We would like to get that line completed before summer peak comes up, he said. Mr Moss said that rather than participating in the actual c onstruction of the line, he envisages that Emera could p rovide some kind of project management resources. I f the transmission line is not ready in time to allow for Wil son City to feed the high summer power demand of Abaco, primarily in Marsh Harbour, t hen the power supply will need to be supplemented from the o ld Marsh Harbour power plant until the line is complete. I t is for this reason that BEC is shortly set to spend just over$500,000 to overhaul three generation units at the Marsh Harbour plant, thus avoiding e mbarrassment should the delayed transmission line not b e ready by the time the typi cally high summer electricity d emand comes around. The upgrade of the units to a condition in which they would be able to provide a more reli able power supply than they have in the past it was the failure of generation at the Marsh Harbour plant that, among other things, precipitated the deci sion to develop the Wilson City plant is anticipated to take around 60 days once it begins on Monday. That would mean the units, two 4.4 MW units and a 2.5 MW unit, would be ready for use again in May. Mr Moss said the estimated $560,000 cost of upgrading the old units would not be considered a waste, since it is likely they will be redeployed else where by BEC once Wilson City takes over full responsibility for supplying Abacos power demands. We want to make sure we do not face the embarrassment of last year, so we are makingsure they are as reliable as possible and that the (Marsh Har bour) plant is in tip top shape in case its called upon, said Mr Moss. In the meantime, reliability tests on the last two 12 megawatt generation units at Wilson City will take place between March 3-10. Part of Emeras interest in exploring the possibility of linking Abaco and Grand Bahama via a submarine power cable is to allow for either island to sup plement the other should shortfalls in generation occur in the future, said Mr Moss. The company remains inter ested in potentially taking on a more substantial role as an operational manager or, eventually, an owner of a privatised BEC. It submitted a proposal in this regard last December, but no further developments have taken place in this regard, Tri-bune Business understands. GB POWER OWNER TO ASSESS ABACO ELECTRIC CABLE LINK FROM page 1B marine works associated with the project are now 50 per cent complete, with upland work at the Arawak Cay site, including the construction of a $2 million, 25,000 square foot warehouse, beginning several weeks ago. Marine works have consisted primarily of dredging to accommodate ships coming into the port, the bulk head at which these ships will dock, and the nearby apron or flat surface area where containers will be offloaded. Over 28 per cent, or $20 million, of the $70 million ear marked for the port, on which construction began in summer 2010, has now been spent. Mike Maura, chief executive of APD Ltd, the public-pri vate entity behind the development, said he was very pleased with progress on the port, which will allow for the relocation of container shipping facilities from downtown Bay Street. He added that he was particularly happy with the fact that stakeholders were able to come together to facilitate the relocation of the Betty K shipping operation away from its burnt out former Bay Street home to Arawak Cay last week, more than two months ahead of the scheduled date for this to happen. That took a lot of effort in terms of current operators on Arawak Cay, and a tremendous effort on the part of the Betty K family. (TheDepartment mental, said Mr Maura. Terminal The inland terminal is to be built at a 15-acre site on Gladstone Road by a Bahamian contractor, with local contractors only being asked to apply. It is to be a 100,000 square foot facility that will house so-called less than container load goods those which are in a container with goods destined for a variety of importers rather than one. Around 25 per cent of all con tainers brought into the country come in the less than container load category. Mr Maura said: That stripping of the goods will then be performed at Gladstone Road, rather than on Bay Street as it is today. There will be a number of tenants there with different sized areas to lease, depending on their volume of cargo. Customers would go out to Gladstone Road, or their Customs agent would go and present their paper work, and then they would be provided with their freight. The Gladstone Road site makes sense not only because it will allow for a reduction of shipping-related congestion on Bay Street, where such offloading and housing of goods currently takes place, but also because the commercial centre of the island has shifted with more activity now taking place away from Bay Street, Palmdale and the historic centres of commerce, in locations such as Carmichael Road. APD Ltd expects to shortlist a number of contractors who would be capable of designing and building the facility, before allowing them to provide their design/build solution for the project within the next four to six weeks. The goal is that by the end of the year a substantial portion of the facility wouldve been constructed, so that we can get at least a portion of it operational. We do not anticipate everything being completed until about February 2012, but if we can accomplish what we hope to by the end of year will be in pretty good shape, said Mr Maura of the Gladstone Road termi nal. A $30 million private placement, which will allow APD Ltd to pay off the $30 million bridge loan facility that was required to finance construction, after it obtained $20 million from its 20 private stakeholders and $20 million from the Government, is still anticipated to take place by year-end. The decision on when the Initial Public Offering of 20 per cent of the shares in the Arawak Cay port to the public will take place is one to be made by the Government, Mr Maura noted. He said that no further indication has been given on when this offering might take place. $12m Port facilitys year-end open goal FROM page 1B Interval to sponsor Atlantis conference CONFERENCE: Atlantis in Paradise Island.

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Interval International has agreed to be a Bronze Sponsor of the First Annual Global Networking Expo, GNEX 2011, an event targeted at the timeshare industry and which is being held at Paradise Islands Atlantis resort. It is a privilege to be the keynote speaker at this inaugural event that will bring together shared ownership professionals from so many countries, said Craig M. Nash, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Interval Leisure Group, parent company of Interval International. GNEX 2011 and the Perspective Magazine Awards Gala will be held on May 1112, 2011, at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The new global networking expo will allow delegates to exchange ideas and business opportunities with colleagues from around the world. The two-day event will feature an exhibitor hall with creative workshops, networking sessions and areas for one-onone meetings, so business can be conducted. The expo will also include a welcome reception, open networking time and the Perspective Magazine Awards Gala dinner, where industry nominees will vie for the coveted title of Best In The World I nterval International provides services to all aspects of vacation ownership, including traditional timesharing, points-based programs, fractional resorts, condo hotels and private residence clubs. We are delighted to welcome Interval International as a sponsor of GNEX 2011, and look forward to not only their participation as a global industry leader, but also from their local presence in each of the four main regions that our publications represent, said Paul Mattimoe, president a nd chief executive, Perspective Media. Sponsors and supporters of GNEX 2011 include: The Absolute World Group, Dial an Exchange, Resort Television, Yucatan Holidays, Citadel Trustees, Connex, First American Title Insurance Company, Interval International, LeisureLink, Max Generation, RCI, FirstN ational Trustee Company, Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP share & Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC an Resort Development Association (CRDA erative Association of Resort Exchangers (CARE Asociacin Mexicana de Desarrolladores Tursticos (AMDETUR tional Interest Conference, Resort Development Organisation (RDO Ownership Association ofS outhern Africa (VOASA American Airlines, Avis Rent A Car and Christel House International as Charity of Choice. Perspective Media produces Owners Perspective Magazine, an independent consumer publication that specialises in promoting the benefits of buying shared ownership products to the general public. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1 2 7 & ( B BBBBBBBBBB*2$/*/2%$/))6+25($66(76/,0,7('B BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB 1 2 7 & ( ,6 +(5(%<*,9(1 DVIROORZV *2$/*/2%$/))6+25($66(76 / ,0,7(' LV LQ GLVVROXWLRQXQGHUWKH S URYLVLRQVRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHV 7KHGLVVROXWLRQRIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\ FRPPHQFHGRQWKH W KGD\RI )HEUXDU\ ZKHQLWV$UWLFOHVRI'LVVROXWLRQZHUH V XEPLWWHGWRDQGUHJLVWHUHGE\WKHHJLVWUDU *HQHUDO 7KH/LTXLGDWRURIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\LV 'U 0LFKDHO*UDEKHU RI +HLOLJNUHX] /, 9DGX]/LHFKWHQVWHLQ WK GD\RI)HEUXDU\+ t &25325$7((59,&(6/7' 5HJLVWHUHG$JHQW IRUWKHDERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\ City power plant to Marsh Harbour, BECs chairman, Michael Moss, said yesterday. T he Government/BEC, and g eneral contractors Man Diesel, have been accused of overlooking the upgrade to the transmission line, which is n eeded to enable Marsh Harbour to get the full benefits from the newly-constructed Wilson City plants enhanced p ower supply. T he business community in Abaco has been particularly concerned that without the line, the island will again experience t he disastrous power outages that further stymied the tourism-dependent economy last summer during already tryi ng times. I n January, the minister with responsibility for the rnvironment, Earl Deveaux, told a town meeting in Marsh Harb our that the matter is a priority for the Government, and said the contract to upgrade the l ine from one which is presently able to carry 14-16 megawatts (MW megawatts of power, would be shortly put out to tender. P resident of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce,M ichael Albury, said he felt more satisfied after the meeting t hat focused attention was being brought to bear on the situation. Mr Moss told Tribune Business yesterday that hea pproached Emera to see if they would be interested ina ssisting BEC with the timely completion of the line. I have asked them if they have the kind of resources to h elp us get it in the shortest possible time. We have installed 48 mw of generation at Wilson City. The line from Wilson City to Marsh Harbour, where the b ulk of the Abaco load exists, can only carry a load of around 1 4-16 MW, so were in process of upgrading that line to 60 M W. We would like to get that line completed before summer peak comes up, he said. Mr Moss said that rather than participating in the actual c onstruction of the line, he envisages that Emera could p rovide some kind of project management resources. I f the transmission line is not ready in time to allow for Wil son City to feed the high summer power demand of Abaco, primarily in Marsh Harbour, t hen the power supply will need to be supplemented from the o ld Marsh Harbour power plant until the line is complete. I t is for this reason that BEC is shortly set to spend just over$500,000 to overhaul three generation units at the Marsh Harbour plant, thus avoiding e mbarrassment should the delayed transmission line not b e ready by the time the typi cally high summer electricity d emand comes around. The upgrade of the units to a condition in which they would be able to provide a more reli able power supply than they have in the past it was the failure of generation at the Marsh Harbour plant that, among other things, precipitated the deci sion to develop the Wilson City plant is anticipated to take around 60 days once it begins on Monday. That would mean the units, two 4.4 MW units and a 2.5 MW unit, would be ready for use again in May. Mr Moss said the estimated $560,000 cost of upgrading the old units would not be considered a waste, since it is likely they will be redeployed else where by BEC once Wilson City takes over full responsibility for supplying Abacos power demands. We want to make sure we do not face the embarrassment of last year, so we are makingsure they are as reliable as possible and that the (Marsh Har bour) plant is in tip top shape in case its called upon, said Mr Moss. In the meantime, reliability tests on the last two 12 megawatt generation units at Wilson City will take place between March 3-10. Part of Emeras interest in exploring the possibility of linking Abaco and Grand Bahama via a submarine power cable is to allow for either island to sup plement the other should shortfalls in generation occur in the future, said Mr Moss. The company remains inter ested in potentially taking on a more substantial role as an operational manager or, eventually, an owner of a privatised BEC. It submitted a proposal in this regard last December, but no further developments have taken place in this regard, Tri-bune Business understands. GB POWER OWNER TO ASSESS ABACO ELECTRIC CABLE LINK FROM page 1B marine works associated with the project are now 50 per cent complete, with upland work at the Arawak Cay site, including the construction of a $2 million, 25,000 square foot warehouse, beginning several weeks ago. Marine works have consisted primarily of dredging to accommodate ships coming into the port, the bulk head at which these ships will dock, and the nearby apron or flat surface area where containers will be offloaded. Over 28 per cent, or $20 million, of the $70 million ear marked for the port, on which construction began in summer 2010, has now been spent. Mike Maura, chief executive of APD Ltd, the public-pri vate entity behind the development, said he was very pleased with progress on the port, which will allow for the relocation of container shipping facilities from downtown Bay Street. He added that he was particularly happy with the fact that stakeholders were able to come together to facilitate the relocation of the Betty K shipping operation away from its burnt out former Bay Street home to Arawak Cay last week, more than two months ahead of the scheduled date for this to happen. That took a lot of effort in terms of current operators on Arawak Cay, and a tremendous effort on the part of the Betty K family. (TheDepartment mental, said Mr Maura. Terminal The inland terminal is to be built at a 15-acre site on Gladstone Road by a Bahamian contractor, with local contractors only being asked to apply. It is to be a 100,000 square foot facility that will house so-called less than container load goods those which are in a container with goods destined for a variety of importers rather than one. Around 25 per cent of all con tainers brought into the country come in the less than container load category. Mr Maura said: That stripping of the goods will then be performed at Gladstone Road, rather than on Bay Street as it is today. There will be a number of tenants there with different sized areas to lease, depending on their volume of cargo. Customers would go out to Gladstone Road, or their Customs agent would go and present their paper work, and then they would be provided with their freight. The Gladstone Road site makes sense not only because it will allow for a reduction of shipping-related congestion on Bay Street, where such offloading and housing of goods currently takes place, but also because the commercial centre of the island has shifted with more activity now taking place away from Bay Street, Palmdale and the historic centres of commerce, in locations such as Carmichael Road. APD Ltd expects to shortlist a number of contractors who would be capable of designing and building the facility, before allowing them to provide their design/build solution for the project within the next four to six weeks. The goal is that by the end of the year a substantial portion of the facility wouldve been constructed, so that we can get at least a portion of it operational. We do not anticipate everything being completed until about February 2012, but if we can accomplish what we hope to by the end of year will be in pretty good shape, said Mr Maura of the Gladstone Road termi nal. A $30 million private placement, which will allow APD Ltd to pay off the $30 million bridge loan facility that was required to finance construction, after it obtained $20 million from its 20 private stakeholders and $20 million from the Government, is still anticipated to take place by year-end. The decision on when the Initial Public Offering of 20 per cent of the shares in the Arawak Cay port to the public will take place is one to be made by the Government, Mr Maura noted. He said that no further indication has been given on when this offering might take place. $12m Port facilitys year-end open goal FROM page 1B Interval to sponsor Atlantis conference CONFERENCE: Atlantis in Paradise Island.

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BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1 27,&( ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6 $ &7 /LTXLGDWRUVWDWHPHQW 3XUVXDQWWRHFWLRQfRI 7 KH ,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW *HRUJH&OLIIRUG&XOPHU/LTXLGDWRURI 32:%5,'*(3257)2/,2+(5(%< &(57,)< WKDW WKHZLQGXSDQGGLVVROXWLRQRI 3 2:%5,'*(3257)2/,2 KDV EHHQ FRPSOHWHGLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWKWKH$UWLFOHVRI LVVROXWLRQ DWHGWKLVVW GD\RIDU (25*(&/,))25'&8/0(5 t o find economies of scale to survive. Im open to anything from anyone that makes money. If it makes financial sense for us, it would be foolish not to consider it. You keep an open mind, listen to these things, and if it makes sense, move forward. When youre in business, you dont fall in love with business. Youre in business to make money, and what you do with that money is your choice. Its good to give back to the community, though. In disclosing the withdrawal of his $12 million hostile takeover bid to acquire a majority 51 per cent stake inr ival retailer AML Foods, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business at the weekend that the Associated Bahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDABo pen talks with both Phils Food Services and Robin Hood, and see if there were mergers and acquisition possibilities there. Phils did $41 million in sales last year. Thats impressive in 13 months. Ive never seen Sandys [Robin Hood] numbers, but hes said $26 million, and I dont think that was upt o the close of the year, Mr Finlayson said. Mr Schaefers response yesterday indicates that doors a re still open for Mr Finlayson to pursue his food retail consolidation strategy. Indeed, he previously told Tribune Business that exploratory talks were held with both RobinH ood and Phils Food Services last year, although nothing came of them then. M r Finlayson, though, may have more difficulty in making headway with Phils Food Services. Standalone W hen Tribune Business revealed details of his preliminary approach to both parties, Phils principal, Philip Lightbourne responded adamantly: I am having no conversationsw ith anyone. I am in no talks with Trans-Island Traders, Robin Hood, nobody. I'm a standalone. I'm a guy who s tands alone to give service to the Bahamian people. Phil's Food Services will remain Phil's Food Services. I think they're [Mr Finlayson] really trying to get AML Foodst o bite, so they figured they'd use my name and Sandy Schaefer's name. No one's talking to me and there will be not alks. I'm in no talks with anybody. Meanwhile, Mr Schaefer, backing Mr Finlaysons strateg y, told Tribune Business yesterday: Certain things at some point become inevitable. You have a finite population, and as more and more players come on to the field, the pieg ets cut into smaller and smaller slices. At some point, consolidation makes sense, because you eliminate players from the field. You can exploit economies of scale, you can exploit shipping. There are so many advan tages to working together than working apart from each oth e r. Its common sense to listen. Despite fighting tooth and nail to ensure Mr Finlaysons hostile takeover offer was defeated, AML Foods chairman, Dionisio DAguilar, also agreed that consolidation in the Bahamian food retail industry was essential, as there weret oo many retailers with too much product chasing too few customers. Markets shares and profits are under pressure, especially g iven that the recession has reduced disposable incomes and shrunk household food budgets. There are a lot of people entering the market. Where Mr Finlayson was right and very astute was that this market is becoming very crowded, and you have to thinkv ery hard about where and when you build a new loca tion, Mr DAguilar said earlier this week. The population is very static, and spending on food is not increasing much. Youre just taking that pie and splitting it more each year. ROBIN HOOD OPEN TO CITY MARKETS CONSOLIDATION TALKS F ROM page 1B drawn hostile takeover offer had awoken all Bahamian public companies to the need to maintain close relationships with their shareholders. Praising the Securities Commission for removing the BISX-listed food retail groups share suspension so rapidly, Dionisio DAguilar said Mark Finlaysons $12 million hostile bid for a 51p er cent stake in the company had paved the way for similar offers in the future, and educated Bahamian investors on how the process should proceed in future. And the $1.50 per share bid, apart from helping to dri-ve AML Foods share price h igher, had also concentrated shareholder minds on the food retail groups fundamentals and what its true value is, Mr DAguilar added. think well continue, he said of AML Foods share buy back plan, announced inJ anuary in what many suspect was a Board/management response to indications that a hostile offer was coming, with the intention of bolstering the share price. We felt that our shares were undervalued. One thing this hostile offer has done ist hat it has added value to our shares. They will not budge from $1.50 for a while, Mr DAguilar said. AML Foods share price is currently $1.04 on BISX, butwhen it comes to Open Orders, all four of them are Buys at prices ranging from yesterdays market close to $1.07 per share. Ultimately, Mr DAguilar said AML Foods investors did not want to sell at the price offered by Mr Finlayson, the hostile bidder having previously offered $1.86 per share to some of the companys larger shareholders. However, Tribune Business understands that some of AML Foods major investors were holding out for as high as $3 per share. It caused people to look at the fundamentals and see what the share value is, the AML Foods chairman told this newspaper. Should there be any downward trend in the price, we will definitely step in and mop up, and ensure that it doesnt become unreasonably low, unrealistically low. We will ensure that the share price is not driven by people making quick sales to realise cash to take care of personal affairs. Recalling the events of the past month, the hostile takeover having been publicly announced on January 31, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: Mr Finlayson has paved the way for the future, giving people an indication of how it [hostile takeovers] work, and has probably made public companies awaken more to shareholder relations and management. We have so many shareholders [1,357], and so manys hares, that the one thing that became very evident in this exercise was that AML has a truly diverse number of shareholders, and no one or two shareholders has a controlling interest. Youd have to get the top 10-15 shareholders to get close to 51 per cent. It still doesnt take away from the fact that we have to work on shareholder value, which is whats driven by fundamentals. Describing the Securities Commissions suspension oft rading in AML Foods shares last week as a minor inconvenience, being implemented to maintain an orderly securities market, Mr DAguilar praised Mr Finlayson for paving the way for trading to resume by the prompt formal announcement of his bids withdrawal. Im amazed theyve moved so quickly, he said of the Securities Commission. I thought it would take much longer than that, but Im always amazed when government departments move in haste. It was the right deci sion, made in a timely manner, so we move on. There was no reason for them to keep it suspended. Asked about the impact the share suspension had on AML Foods investors, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: I think the share suspension was a mild inconvenience, because it did not go on for long. Had it been longer, it would have been a major inconvenience to shareholders because they would not have been able to trade their shares. But I applaud Mr Finlayson. Having decided to withdraw his tender offer, he was expeditious in telling everyone, allowing the status quo to resume. Once he knew his decision, he did not linger on for an inordinate amount of time, which we appreciate. Joining Mr Finlayson in pointing out that comments the two had made during the p eriod the hostile takeover w as live were nothing pers onal, the AML Foods chairm an said: Both of us are e ducated enough to realise t hat whats said in the heat of t he moment is just that. There are no hard feelings, s o I look forward to breaking b read with him at some point in the near future. Im glad its all over, and thank everyone for their support. I wish everyone, including Mr Finlayson, best wishes for their future endeavours. It was an interesting experience, but now I can get back to where I belong, running Superwash. AML Foods to continue share buy back plan F ROM page 1B MARK FINLAYSON W ASHINGTON American International Group Inc. said Tuesday it is taking another step toward repaying the government's $182 billion bailout package. The company has reached an agreement with MetLife Inc. to sell more than 78 million MetLife common shares, and it also agreed to sell another 40 million equity units of MetLife valued at $3 billion. AIG received the securities as part of the $16.2 billion sale of its American Life Insurance Co. subsidiary to MetLife last November. MetLife paid $7.2 billion in cash and the rest in securities for ALICO. MetLife has agreed to allow AIG to sell the securities earlier than planned. AIG initially promised to hold the securities for at least nine months. MetLife also said Tuesday that it plans to sell 68.6 million shares in a public offering. It will use proceeds from the sale to repurchase preferred convertible securities owned by AIG. Those securities could be converted to 68.6 million common shares. MetLife will then cancel the securities, rather than convert them. The government still owns about 90 percent of AIG's shares, which it received in January in return for $47.5 billion in taxpayer aid. Depending on how the shares perform, the government could make a profit on the bailout after it sells the shares. The Treasury Department is expected to start selling its shares this month. AIG, MetLife reach agreement on share sales

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In disclosing the withdrawal of his $12 million hostile takeover bid to acquire a majority 51 per cent stake inr ival retailer AML Foods, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business at the weekend that the Associated Bahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDABo pen talks with both Phils Food Services and Robin Hood, and see if there were mergers and acquisition possibilities there. Phils did $41 million in sales last year. Thats impressive in 13 months. Ive never seen Sandys [Robin Hood] numbers, but hes said $26 million, and I dont think that was upt o the close of the year, Mr Finlayson said. Mr Schaefers response yesterday indicates that doors a re still open for Mr Finlayson to pursue his food retail consolidation strategy. Indeed, he previously told Tribune Business that exploratory talks were held with both RobinH ood and Phils Food Services last year, although nothing came of them then. M r Finlayson, though, may have more difficulty in making headway with Phils Food Services. Standalone W hen Tribune Business revealed details of his preliminary approach to both parties, Phils principal, Philip Lightbourne responded adamantly: I am having no conversationsw ith anyone. I am in no talks with Trans-Island Traders, Robin Hood, nobody. I'm a standalone. I'm a guy who s tands alone to give service to the Bahamian people. Phil's Food Services will remain Phil's Food Services. I think they're [Mr Finlayson] really trying to get AML Foodst o bite, so they figured they'd use my name and Sandy Schaefer's name. No one's talking to me and there will be not alks. I'm in no talks with anybody. Meanwhile, Mr Schaefer, backing Mr Finlaysons strateg y, told Tribune Business yesterday: Certain things at some point become inevitable. You have a finite population, and as more and more players come on to the field, the pieg ets cut into smaller and smaller slices. At some point, consolidation makes sense, because you eliminate players from the field. You can exploit economies of scale, you can exploit shipping. There are so many advan tages to working together than working apart from each oth e r. Its common sense to listen. Despite fighting tooth and nail to ensure Mr Finlaysons hostile takeover offer was defeated, AML Foods chairman, Dionisio DAguilar, also agreed that consolidation in the Bahamian food retail industry was essential, as there weret oo many retailers with too much product chasing too few customers. Markets shares and profits are under pressure, especially g iven that the recession has reduced disposable incomes and shrunk household food budgets. There are a lot of people entering the market. Where Mr Finlayson was right and very astute was that this market is becoming very crowded, and you have to thinkv ery hard about where and when you build a new loca tion, Mr DAguilar said earlier this week. The population is very static, and spending on food is not increasing much. Youre just taking that pie and splitting it more each year. ROBIN HOOD OPEN TO CITY MARKETS CONSOLIDATION TALKS F ROM page 1B drawn hostile takeover offer had awoken all Bahamian public companies to the need to maintain close relationships with their shareholders. Praising the Securities Commission for removing the BISX-listed food retail groups share suspension so rapidly, Dionisio DAguilar said Mark Finlaysons $12 million hostile bid for a 51p er cent stake in the company had paved the way for similar offers in the future, and educated Bahamian investors on how the process should proceed in future. And the $1.50 per share bid, apart from helping to dri-ve AML Foods share price h igher, had also concentrated shareholder minds on the food retail groups fundamentals and what its true value is, Mr DAguilar added. think well continue, he said of AML Foods share buy back plan, announced inJ anuary in what many suspect was a Board/management response to indications that a hostile offer was coming, with the intention of bolstering the share price. We felt that our shares were undervalued. One thing this hostile offer has done ist hat it has added value to our shares. They will not budge from $1.50 for a while, Mr DAguilar said. AML Foods share price is currently $1.04 on BISX, butwhen it comes to Open Orders, all four of them are Buys at prices ranging from yesterdays market close to $1.07 per share. Ultimately, Mr DAguilar said AML Foods investors did not want to sell at the price offered by Mr Finlayson, the hostile bidder having previously offered $1.86 per share to some of the companys larger shareholders. However, Tribune Business understands that some of AML Foods major investors were holding out for as high as $3 per share. It caused people to look at the fundamentals and see what the share value is, the AML Foods chairman told this newspaper. Should there be any downward trend in the price, we will definitely step in and mop up, and ensure that it doesnt become unreasonably low, unrealistically low. We will ensure that the share price is not driven by people making quick sales to realise cash to take care of personal affairs. Recalling the events of the past month, the hostile takeover having been publicly announced on January 31, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: Mr Finlayson has paved the way for the future, giving people an indication of how it [hostile takeovers] work, and has probably made public companies awaken more to shareholder relations and management. We have so many shareholders [1,357], and so manys hares, that the one thing that became very evident in this exercise was that AML has a truly diverse number of shareholders, and no one or two shareholders has a controlling interest. Youd have to get the top 10-15 shareholders to get close to 51 per cent. It still doesnt take away from the fact that we have to work on shareholder value, which is whats driven by fundamentals. Describing the Securities Commissions suspension oft rading in AML Foods shares last week as a minor inconvenience, being implemented to maintain an orderly securities market, Mr DAguilar praised Mr Finlayson for paving the way for trading to resume by the prompt formal announcement of his bids withdrawal. Im amazed theyve moved so quickly, he said of the Securities Commission. I thought it would take much longer than that, but Im always amazed when government departments move in haste. It was the right deci sion, made in a timely manner, so we move on. There was no reason for them to keep it suspended. Asked about the impact the share suspension had on AML Foods investors, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: I think the share suspension was a mild inconvenience, because it did not go on for long. Had it been longer, it would have been a major inconvenience to shareholders because they would not have been able to trade their shares. But I applaud Mr Finlayson. Having decided to withdraw his tender offer, he was expeditious in telling everyone, allowing the status quo to resume. Once he knew his decision, he did not linger on for an inordinate amount of time, which we appreciate. Joining Mr Finlayson in pointing out that comments the two had made during the p eriod the hostile takeover w as live were nothing pers onal, the AML Foods chairm an said: Both of us are e ducated enough to realise t hat whats said in the heat of t he moment is just that. There are no hard feelings, s o I look forward to breaking b read with him at some point in the near future. Im glad its all over, and thank everyone for their support. I wish everyone, including Mr Finlayson, best wishes for their future endeavours. It was an interesting experience, but now I can get back to where I belong, running Superwash. AML Foods to continue share buy back plan F ROM page 1B MARK FINLAYSON W ASHINGTON American International Group Inc. said Tuesday it is taking another step toward repaying the government's $182 billion bailout package. The company has reached an agreement with MetLife Inc. to sell more than 78 million MetLife common shares, and it also agreed to sell another 40 million equity units of MetLife valued at $3 billion. AIG received the securities as part of the $16.2 billion sale of its American Life Insurance Co. subsidiary to MetLife last November. MetLife paid $7.2 billion in cash and the rest in securities for ALICO. MetLife has agreed to allow AIG to sell the securities earlier than planned. AIG initially promised to hold the securities for at least nine months. MetLife also said Tuesday that it plans to sell 68.6 million shares in a public offering. It will use proceeds from the sale to repurchase preferred convertible securities owned by AIG. Those securities could be converted to 68.6 million common shares. MetLife will then cancel the securities, rather than convert them. The government still owns about 90 percent of AIG's shares, which it received in January in return for $47.5 billion in taxpayer aid. Depending on how the shares perform, the government could make a profit on the bailout after it sells the shares. The Treasury Department is expected to start selling its shares this month. AIG, MetLife reach agreement on share sales

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Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. showed much s maller increases, but Chrysler s ales were still strong with a 13 p ercent increase and Ford came in at 10 percent. T he companies said Tuesday that consumers snapped up b oth cars and trucks, buoyed by a gradually improving economy, and the U.S. automakers pointed to strong sales of new models. But the sales gains,e specially for GM, were juiced by sweeter financing and lease deals. While analysts weren't ready to declare a price war and GM denied starting one they noted an increase in the d eals customers were offered. The auto industry website T rueCar.com estimated that automakers raised incentives 5 p ercent from January to February to an average of $2,708p er vehicle. Chrysler, Ford, Niss an and Toyota all sweetened deals by more than 6 percentf or the month, the site said. And the industry's enthusiasm for a fast start to 2011 is tempered somewhat by a rapid increase in gas prices, due to b oth increased demand and a jump in oil prices amid unrest i n the Middle East. Also Toyota's gain, while i mpressive, was compared with a bad month last year when a s tring of embarrassing safety r ecalls had reached its peak. Still, the gains for February w ere so strong that Ford's top sales analyst told reporters the sales rate, when adjusted for seasonal differences and projected out for a full year, may be the highest since the government's Cash for Clunkers rebates juiced sales in the summer of 2009. A t GM, Don Johnson, GM's vice president of U.S. sales, said GM boosted incentives early in the year to get off to a fast start and catch competitors off guard. The automaker started the increases in January by raising incentives $400 per vehicle from December, mainly with l ow-interest financing and lease deals in Northeastern states. It stuck with the deals in February, leading to sales of more than 207,000 cars and trucks. But Johnson predicted GM would back off on incentives later in the year. A utomakers have attempted to wean themselves of incent ives, trying to sell cars and trucks based on how much theyi mproved quality, not how m uch they shaved off the sticke r price. I ncentives on average had been falling since the industry r an into financial trouble in 2009. DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany Markets will watch Thursday's European Central Bank meeting closely for signs the bank is sharpening its warning about inflation a shift in message that could eventually pave the way for interest rates to go up sooner than expected. With the recovery from recession still shaky and the government debt crisis still not solved, however, the bank may want to leave itself as much leeway as possible on just when to start raising rates, even if it decides to issue a sterner inflation statement. Recent public statements from top bank officials have stressed that inflationary pressures are increasing in Europe's economy, as growth picks up in Germany and prices for food, raw materials and oil rise around the world. Sharply higher oil prices due to turmoil in the Arab world have intensified those worries. The question now is whether bank President Jean-Claude Trichet will officially shift the bank's rhetoric from a Feb. 14 assessment that inflation risks are "balanced." If he says the risk is now tilted in the direction of higher inflation following the recent sharp rise in oil prices, markets may have to adjust their expectations for when rates might go up. At the moment, the markets are pricing in the first rate increase toward the end of this year, even though inflation is currently running above the bank's target. The bank has left its key refinancing rate at a record low of 1 percent since May 2009. Speculation There is growing market speculation that the bank may also say something Thursday about how it intends to get Europe's wobbly banks weaned off emergency credits, particularly its unlimited three-month handouts. The ECB has twice indicat-e d it wanted to end that measure, only to back off as Europe's g overnment debt crisis flared. The bank has also had to play a pivotal role in keeping Europe's banking system afloat since the financial crisis exploded in the summer of 2007. With debt crisis panic somewhat in abeyance, despite ongoing pressures in the bond markets, attention Thursday should focus on what Trichet says about inflation in his monthly news conference following the interest rate decision. Bank officials may be hoping that a credible threat they might raise rates will in itself help slow inflationary expectations. Inflation is partly an expectations game as businesses raise prices and workers demand higher wages because they think prices will keep going up dreaded "second-round effects" that can build into a wage-price spiral. So a threat of higher rates, while it can't reduce the price of oil and food commodities over a few weeks or months, could be aimed at preventing spiralling expectations over the long term. "Members of the ECB Council have clarified that the central bank cannot and does not intend to do anything about a tem porary rise in inflation triggered by higher commodity prices," said economist Michael Schubert at Commerzbank. "However, it will pull out all the stops to avoid second-round effects, such as overly high growth in wages." Inflation has recently been running ahead of the bank's fiercely guarded goal of less than but close to 2 percent a year. It hit 2.4 percent in February for the countries that use the euro, up from 2.3 percent in January. Higher oil and food prices have been largely to blame for the recent uptick. Inflation fears have intensified due to the turmoil in the Arab world, where mass protests have toppled longtime rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and led to an uprising against Moammar Ghadafi's rule in Libya. Though the recent interruption in production from Libya can be made up by spare capacity from other oil-producing countries, jitters that Saudi Arabia in particular may face its own uprising sent European benchmark Brent crude close to $120 a barrel last week. On Tuesday, a barrel of Brent remained elevated near $114 a barrel. Central banks typically raise interest rates as economies grow out of recession to prevent inflation. The timing can be tricky because increases that come too soon can stunt the recovery by raising borrowing costs for businesses and consumers. So Trichet may issue a stiffer warning to help deter sec ond-round effects, while keeping the bank's options open on when exactly to start raising rates. That would give him some room to change course and delay rate hikes, if higher oil prices threaten Europe's recovery. "Central bankers know too well that the current inflation is deflationary rather than inflationary," says ING senior economist Carsten Brzeski. "High energy and food prices have the potential to choke off private consumption, preventing the recovery from broadening in 2011." GM leads auto sales jump with 49 percent increase ECB'S TRICHET COULD SHARPEN INFLATION WARNING (AP Photo/Paul Sancya MODELDESIGN: In this Jan. 12, 2011 photo, a third generation T oyota Prius is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday, March 1, 2011, its U.S. sales jumped 42 percent last month, making up for ground lost last year from a series of safety recalls. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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A look at economic developments and activity in m ajor stock markets around the world Tuesday: __ CAIRO An almost 7 percent plunge in Saudi Arabia's stock market and Egypt's decision to further delay the restart of Cairo's e xchange which has already been shuttered for over a month spotlight the impotence of Arab governments in managing the political and economic fallout from the protests engulfing the Mideast. Across the region, governments have pledged billions of dollars i n new assistance for their neediest citizens in a frantic bid to preempt the kind of demonstrations that led to the ouster of Tunisia's president and then his Egyptian counterpart. But the money has failed to appease a population in a region where unemployment is rife, poverty even more pronounced and the majority of the population is below the age of 30. ___ SHANGHAI China's manufacturing boom slowed to a sixm onth low in February as authorities tightened controls on credit to cool inflation and factories eased output, especially of food and textiles. A weeklong holiday for the Lunar New Year was partly to blame, said the state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, which releases the measure. Despite declining for three months, the reading has remained above 50, the benchmark for expansion, for two straight years. ___ LONDON Renewed jitters in oil markets weighed on European stocks despite a forecast-busting U.S. manufacturing survey and few indications from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that he's willing to back higher interest rates anytime soon. T he FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 1 perc ent, Germany's DAX fell 0.7 percent and the CAC-40 in France ended 1.1 percent lower. __ T OKYO Earlier in Asia, Wall Street's recovery Monday boosted sentiment with most key benchmarks closed higher. J apan's Nikkei 225 stock average closed up 1.2 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended up 0.3 percent and China's benchmark S hanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 percent. ___ L ONDON The recently agreed tax cuts in the U.S. will help Europe's economic recovery pick up some steam this year despiter ising energy costs and debt troubles in a number of countries that use the euro, the EU's executive said. H owever, inflation is also on the rise amid sky-high oil prices due to the turmoil sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, t he European Commission warned. In the latest projections, economic growth in 2011 is expected to b e somewhat stronger than anticipated last autumn as Europe's larger exporting nations enjoy better demand from the U.S. ___ FRANKFURT, Germany Germany's central bank gave its b lessing for Chancellor Angela Merkel's former economic adviser, Jens Weidmann, to become its new president. I n his new job, Weidmann will have a seat on the European Cen tral Bank's governing council. W eidmann is replacing Axel Weber, who is stepping down a year before his eight-year term expires. ___ TOKYO Japan's jobless rate held steady in January but con s umer spending fell from a year ago, underscoring the fragility of its economic recovery as a political battle rages over the next n ational budget. ___ TORONTO Canada's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged for the fourth consecutive time, and reiterated that any hikes in the future would have to be carefully considered. The Bank of Canada, which held its benchmark rate at 1 percent, s aid the global recovery is proceeding in line with the bank's projections, but the risks remain elevated. __ M ADRID Spain's finance minister says the country has surp assed its deficit-reduction goal for 2010 even though some regional governments overspent. ___ B ERLIN Germany's unemployment rate dipped to 7.9 percent in February as harsh winter weather eased and Europe's biggest economy kept on creating jobs. ___ ISLAMABAD Pakistan hiked oil prices by 9.9 percent, a m ove that threatens the stability of the fragile, U.S.-allied civilian government at a time of economic turmoil in the impoverishedc ountry. Spikes in international oil market prices spurred by uprisings i n Libya and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East forced the raise in Pakistani prices, said a spokesman for the country's oil regulator. ___ L ONDON Fitch Ratings cut its rating on Libya for the second time in just over a week, citing increasingly chaotic political ande conomic conditions in the oil-rich North African country. The agency reduced its rating on Libya to junk status. __ BRUSSELS The European Union's justice commissioner asked publicly listed companies to appoint more women to corp orate boards and threatened them with imposed quotas if they don't. ___ ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Ivory Coast's government banned r esidents from filling jerrycans with gas as fears of a shortage grow amid the deepening political crisis. The West African nation is girding itself for shortages and an economic slowdown after sanctions were slapped on the count ry's incumbent leader, Laurent Gbagbo, who is refusing to step down. The European Union has banned ships from docking at Abidjan's port and gas stations are seeing their fuel supplies dwindle. Several gas stations have already closed. ___ BEIJING A top engineer in China's powerful Railway Ministry has been fired amid a widening corruption probe that has already brought down the minister, state media reported. __ BAGHDAD Iraq's oil exports climbed to their highest level in February since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, boosted by a resumption in exports from the semiautonomous Kurdish regioni n the north, a senior oil official said. The country, which overwhelmingly relies of oil revenues for its budget, also benefited from the spike in higher crude prices triggered by the violent uprising in Libya that has led to a 50 percent c ut in production from that OPEC member. ___ BEIJING The U.S. government labeled China's top search engine, Baidu, and a popular e-commerce platform "notoriousm arkets" linked to sales of pirated and fake goods. T he two companies were among 33 websites or public markets in China, Russia, India and other countries that the U.S. Trade R epresentative's office said facilitate trade in music, clothing and other goods that are fake or unauthorized copies. __ V IENNA Austria's National Bank ordered the freezing of a ssets belonging to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his entourage in line with EU sanctions. __ G UANGZHOU, China Inflation is one of the biggest concerns for foreign companies operating in booming southern China,a ccording to an annual survey released by a major U.S. business group. Just over half of about 400 member companies polled by the A merican Chamber of Commerce in southern China reported that rising prices would have a negative impact on business this year. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0$1&,1,(17(535,6(6/7' 92/817$5,/
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J EANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON F ederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke boldly predicted to Congress on Tuesday that rising oil prices will cause only ab rief and modest rise in consumer inflation. If he's wrong, as some lawmakers suggested to him, the r isks are high: a weaker econom y and elevated consumer inflation. Bernanke's credibility is at stake, too. His duties as Fedc hief require a balancing act: Leading the economy to stronger growth while makingsure inflation doesn't rise too h igh. A ppearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Bernanke faced sharp questions a bout whether rising gasoline prices could spread dangerous i nflation through the economy. He said he did not think so. "The most likely outcome is that the recent rise in commodity prices will lead to, atm ost, a temporary and relatively modest increase in U.S.c onsumer price inflation," Bernanke said. S till, persistently higher prices could shake consumer confidence, prompting consumers to reduce spending. And that would weaken thee conomy, he acknowledged. Gas prices jumped over the weekend to a new nationwide a verage of $3.37 a gallon. That's 26.7 cents a gallon more than am onth ago. Food prices in January rose at the fastest since t he fall of 2008. Sen. Patrick Toomey, RP enn., called the rise in commodity prices "stunning."T oomey said he worries about the effects of those higher p rices, combined with the Fed's efforts to boost the economy t hrough a Treasury bond-pur chase program. Toomey said they might be "planting the seeds of serious inflation down the road." B ernanke defended the Fed's $600 billion Treasury bond-buy-i ng program. He said it is still needed to energize the econom y and reduce unemployment, now at 9 percent. The bondbuying program is intended to lower rates on loans and lift stock prices, spurring more s pending and invigorating the economy. The purchases are scheduled to end in June. R epublicans in Congress and some Fed officials say they fear the bond purchases could trigger high inflation and a wave of speculative buying on Wall Street that could lead to new bubbles in the prices of assets like stocks and bonds. "Once price stability has b een lost, it is difficult and very costly to regain," warned Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the panel's top-ranking Republican. Shelby pointed to the toxic situation in the late 1970s and 1980s when inflation hit double digits. To combat out-ofcontrol prices, Fed Chairman P aul Volcker ratcheted up interest rates. Unemployment soared. And the economy fell into a deep recession. Bernanke said the rise in oil a nd global commodities prices w as due to stronger demand from fast-growing countries like C hina, not to the Fed's stimulative policies. But he ran into c oncerns from Democrats as well as Republicans on thec ommittee. "I see food prices rising," s aid Sen. Robert Menendez, DN.J. "I see gas prices rising even before what was happening in North Africa, although that certainly is an exacerbating reality.T uition rates rising... I just see a combination of rising prices fort he average family." One reason the Fed launched t he bond-buying program in November was to prevent deflation a prolonged drop in prices of goods, wages and values of homes and stocks. But B ernanke told lawmakers that the risk of deflation has become" negligible." Political upheaval in the Midd le East has caused oil and gasoline prices to march higher, Bernanke said. Still, the Fed chief said he and a majority of his colleagues say they believe t he situation won't cause outof-control inflation. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.130.95AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.404.400.000.1530.10028.82.27% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank2.171.96-0.211,0000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.44Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67%7 .005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.806.800.004,5000.4880.26013.93.82% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.182.11-0.070.1110.04519.02.13% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.505.25Famguard5.255.250.000.3570.24014.74.57% 9.276.25Finco6.256.250.002,0000.6820.0009.20.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.485.480.004,5000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.50ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Jan-11 11-Feb-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.545071 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 30-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 5,&$5'2-($1%$37,67( RI0LQQLH6WUHHW31$66$8%$+$0$6 1,66$*('(1$RI 63$1,6+:(//6(/(87+(5$%$+$0$6 + 2//<$/(;$1'5$ :$//$&(RI:(67%$<675((73%2;&% %$+$0$6 JULIE PACE, Associated PressW ASHINGTON The Obama administration cast international trade as an essential element ofe conomic growth and job creation Tuesday, as it tries t o break through partisan wrangling that threatens to d erail a pivotal trade agreement with South Korea. In an annual policy report r eleased by the Office of Trade Representative Ron K irk, the administration said that trading with overseas partners would directly sup-p ort 6,000 jobs in the U.S. for every $1 billion in goods exported and another 4,500 jobs for every $1 billion in serv ice exports. With President Barack Obama's reelection prospects likely to hinge in part on his ability to bring down then ation's unemployment rate, officials say expanding trade agreements will be a top administration priority in 2011. T he White House had hoped to gain bipartisan support for that effort. Republican lawmakers have traditionally backed free t rade agreements, and Obama won rare Republican praise after signing the highly-sought agreement in South Korea in December. T he White House said that agreement would create tens of thousands of jobs. B ut the White House and congressional Republicans are at odds now over how to proceed with the South Korea deal, as well as pending agreements with Colombia and Panama. T he U.S. signed the agreement with Colombia in 2006 and the accords with Panama and South Korea in 2007. But t hey do not go into effect until they are approved by the House and the Senate. Approval The administration wants Congress to give final approval t o the South Korea pact quickly, while it simultaneously works through outstanding issues with Panama and Colombia. But some Republicans argue the smaller trade deals with Colombia and Panama are ready for congressional approval now, and want the White House to send all three to CapitolH ill at the same time. T he leader of the House, Speaker John Boehner, made that case directly to the president during a White House l unch last month. Thus far, the administration is showing little willingness to compromise on its position. In the report released Tuesday,t he administration reiterated its desire for lawmakers to approve the South Korea deal "as soon as possible" while working to resolve outstanding issues with Colombia and Panama by the end of the year. The report cited continuing concerns over Colombia's r ecognition of labor rights and protection of union leaders, and Panama's tax transparency rules. Officials say progress is being made on both agreements. Panamanian officials have met with U.S. counterparts in Washington in recent weeks, including a White House meet i ng with Panama's vice president. U.S. officials have also held meetings on labor issues with Colombian officials. During a trip to Bogota last month, Senate Finance Com mittee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat, said that while Colombia has made progress in protecting union leaders from violence, more work remains. "Labor rights must be strengthened, violence must be reduced and the perpetrators of violence must be identified and punished," Baucus said. Kirk is scheduled to testify on all three agreements before the committee next week. Bernanke seeks to ease lawmakers' inflation fears PARTISAN POLITICS THREATEN PENDING US TRADE DEALS (AP Photo/Alex Brandon BOLD PREDICTION: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gives the S emiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress while testifying on C apitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, before the Senate Banking Committee. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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ENTERT AINMENT THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y MARCH 2, 201 1, P AGE 9B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM J us t a f e w i m a ge s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah am as l ooked l ike 40 .. .5 0. .6 0. .. years in the past ONE of the Bahamas' best known artists, Brent Malone (1941-2004). In tribute to his groundbreaking Bahamian art, a universal symbol of humanity was dedicated to him at the Blake Road Community Church. The six-ringed stainless steel structure was built by Tyrone Ferguson. Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE M ARCH is the last month of winter and signals the end of cool weather vegetables like spinach, garden peas and lettuce. The warmer weather, however, gives ideal condi tions for sowing watermelons that will ripen during the hottest months. L a r ge t o m a to e s c an st i l l be s ow n but a better choice would be Ital i a n t y p e p l u m t o m a t o e s l i k e R o m a o r S a n M a r z a n o T h e s e e n d u r e h e a t b e t t e r t h a n m o s t t o m a t o e s a nd c a n t a k e u s i nt o su m m e r T h e l o c a l f a r m e r s a r e a l l growing Big Mama, an enormous hybrid plum tomato that also has excellent flavour. A s a g e n er a l ru l e th e sm a l l e r t he l e a f t h e b e t t e r a t o m a t o p l a n t copes with heat. L ike al l ge n eral rules, it i s no t infallible but you will notice that th e to mat oe s th at th r ive in h ea t t h e b e s t a r e v a r i e t i e s o f c h e r r y t o m a t o t h a t u s u a l l y h a v e v e r y small leaves. S we e t pe pp e rs so wn i n l a t e su mmer should survive well into sum mer but tend to produce smaller fruits. Cubanelle and other long pep pe r s t hr i ve i n w ar m con di t i o ns an d c an b e p lante d to au gment yo ur present supply of sweet peppers. Long, l arge hot peppers li ke Anaheim are fairly mild and are good for making chili rellenos. E g g p l a n t s a r e w a r m w e a t h e r l o ve r s a n d s e e d s s o w n n o w w il l give early summer satisfaction. Heading cabbages and broccoli c a n t ak e fa ir ly w a rm c o nd i tio n s b u t c a u li f l o w e r a n d m o s t o t h e r me m bers o f t he ca bbag e cl an te nd to suffer Fenn el i s eas y to grow a n d i s w o r t h c o n s i d e r i n g a s a spring sowing. Mo st o f the flo wer ing an n uals we gr ow d uri ng the wi nt e r m ont hs c a n not e n dure t o o muc h heat so we must turn to heat and drought t ol e ra nt pl a nt s l i k e v i nca s cosm o s, m ar ig o ld s z in n i a s a n d M e x ic a n sunflowers. I f y o u h a v e n o t p r u n e d y o u r f lo w er in g s h r u b s d u r i n g w in t e r now is a good time to get the job done. Spring will bring a burst of new g r o w t h a n d m a k e y o u r s h r u b s b u s h ie r a n d gr e e n er T h e r i s in g sap makes March and April very go od m on th s fo r ta kin g c ut ting s to propagate flowering shrubs. L ar ge r s h r u b s an d s mal l t r ee s a r e be st pr o p a g a t e d by a i r l a y e r i n g B a u h i n i a s o r p o o r m a n s orchid t ree are l osing thei r fl owe r s a n d p r o d u c i n g s e e d p o d s W h e n t he p o ds a r e dr y a n d m a t ur e t h e y c r a c k o p e n v i o l e n t l y a n d t h r o w s e ed s a c o n s id e r a b l e d i s tance. M a r c h s e e s t h e m a g n i f i c e n t bl oomi ng of the coral tree or ti ger claw tree ( Erythrina i n dica) that bears its flowers on branches that a re n a ke d o f fo l i a ge T h e bri ck re d c l a w sh a p e d f l ow e r s l a st o n l y a f e w w ee ks bef or e f orm i ng se ed pod s so we must enjoy the sight while we can. Pink cassia (Cassia javanica) is a n o t h e r b r i e f b l o o m e r t h a t a p pe a rs in March. The flowers form along the whole length of branches and pr od uc e a wo nd erf ul dis play fo r j us t a few wee k s. Pink c a s si a trees a r e m u c h l a r g e r t h a n t h e m o r e common yellow cassia trees. Th e s pr ing a pp lic atio n o f iro n a nd f er t i l i se r t o o ur fr ui t a nd ci tr us tr e es c an b e d on e a t t he e n d o f March. The base of the tree should be drenched with a weak solution of S e q u e s t r e n e 1 3 8 c h e l a t e d i r o n (exact details are on the package) and fruit tree fertiliser should be sp r ead ar ou nd th e dr ip lin e an d the bas e. Th is is bes t d on e af ter r ai n. If th ere i s no r ai n, yo u sh oul d w a t e r t h e a r e a w e l l b e f o r e a p p l y i n g t he f ert il i ser. T o compl e te the job, the trees should be treated with a spray of minor elements. For q u est io ns and co mmen t s email gardenerjack@coralwave.com March By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE F E R O C I O U S : Co ral T ree fl owe rs are s ai d to re s em bl e t ig er c l aws T he fl owers o pe n e a ch da y fro m t he ba s e a n d work f orward C A L I E N T E : Mexican sunflower can take our summer heat and is best planted in March to produce bright summer blooms.

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ENTERT AINMENT P AGE 10B, WEDNESDA Y MARCH 2, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM MARCH 3 MARCH 5 3RD NATIONAL AGRIBUSINESS EXPO The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources presents the 3rd National Agribusiness Expo that features an array of Bahamian food products and craft including a wide variety of vegetables, meats, marine products, pastries, preserves, ornamentals and handicrafts. The Expo also promises cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions. FRIDAY, MARCH 4 SILENT AUCTION & BINGO NIGHT The January "Gems" Birthday Club of Christ the King Parish hosts an exciting evening with a Silent Auction and Bingo, 6.30pm in the Christ the King Parish Hall. Prizes include gift certificates, phone cards, dinner for two, kitchenware, original artwork, and a grand prize of a laptop. Entry fee: $5, includes five game tickets. Refreshments also on sale. Proceeds in aid of Parish Hall Renovations. telephone: 525-0653 or 3288639 E-mail: orichgirl@hotmail.com SATURDAY, MARCH 5 STOGIES AND STILETTOS 1 MARLEY RESORT The creators of The Sexy Party bring you another one of a kind sexy and stylish event! General Admission: $20, Stogie & Stiletto Lounge (ViP): $40. Tickets are limited. Bacardi Drink Specials all night. Special performance by twotime Green Synergy champ DJ FINES. SATURDAY, MARCH 5 69TH ANNUAL RED CROSS FAIR The Bahamas Red Cross hosts its 69th annual fair under "Ready to Respond", 12pm-until on the Lower Grounds of Government House. Enjoy a day of funfilled family entertainment. SATURDAY, MARCH 12 "TRUE FRIENDS" DANCE PART 2 Party Central presents "True Friends" Dance Part 2, the black and yellow edition, 7pm at St John's auditorium. Music provided by Selecta Flam Boi and DJ Blaze, DJ Crank, OneTime, DJ Spuddy and Gold. Cost: $10/in advance; $15/at the door. By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer A B O X I N G g r e a t a m o d e l w ho s u r v i ve d an I n d i an O ce an tsunami and a grown-up "Karate K i d" w i l l b e h o o fi n g i t o n t h e 1 2 t h s e a s o n o f D a n c i n g w i t h t h e Stars." W e l te r w e i g h t c h a m p Su g a r R a y Leonard, model Petra Nemcova a n d R a l p h M a c c h i o o f t h e h i t 1984 karate movie will be among 11 c ele brity c onte s ta nts w he n th e ABC show returns March 21. The cast was announced Mon d a y b y D a n c i n g h o s t s T o m Ber gero n and Br ooke Bur ke in s e g m e n t s t h a t a i r e d d u r i n g a n ep is od e of ABC' s "T he Bach elor." F o r g e t t h e r u m o u r s T h e m o m e n t o f t r u t h h a s ar r i v e d Bergeron exclaimed. A ls o h it ti ng th e da n c e f lo o r w i l l b e a c t r e s s K i r s t i e A l l e y ; P i t t s b u r g h S t e e l e r s w i d e r e c e i v e r H in e s W a rd ; pr of e ss io n a l w r e stl e r Chr is Jer icho; Lo velin e" ra dio show co-host Mike Catherwood; o n e t i m e ra p p ro d i g y R o m e o (f o r mer Lil' Romeo); Chelsea Kane o f D isn e y C ha n ne l 's J on a s"; ta lk show hos t Wendy W i lliams a n d reality star Kendra Wilkinson. A l le y s u g g e st e d th e c o n t e st a n t s' focus would be to "try not to fall on our bu tts the fir st w eek out That's what I'm going for." Leona r d ha d a hol ist i c desc r ip tion of his competitive approach. "I think it's all psychological. I th i n k i t s s p i r i t ua l ," he s a id "I think it's all the mental prepara tion." Qui pped B erge r on : "Hav e you ever watched the show?" T h e s t ar p r o f e s s i o n al d a n ce r p a i r i n g s w i l l b e a n n o u n c e d Wednesday. La s t se a so n s c h a mp w a s Di r ty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey, w h o w a s p a i r e d w i t h d a n c e r Derek Hough. The s how a ls o featured for m er A l a s k a G o v e n o r S a r a h P a l i n s daughter, Bristol, as a contestant a nd be ca me some thin g of a polit ical lightning rod because of the family connection. By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press SHE was the voluptuous pin-up girl who set a milli on m ale he arts to pou nding du r in g World War II, the favorite movie star of a generation of young men long before she'd made a movie more than a handful of them had ever seen. S uc h wa s th e st un ni ng be au ty of J a ne Ru ssel l, a nd the ma r k et ing sk ill s of th e ma n wh o d i s c o v e r e d h e r t h e e c c e n t r i c b i l l i o n a i r e Howard Hughes. R us sell, sur rounded by family membe r s, d ie d Mo n da y a t h e r ho m e in th e c e nt ra l c o a st c ity of Sa nta Maria. Her dea th from respiratory failure came 70 years after Hughes had put he r on t he path to stardom w ith his controversial Western "The Outlaw." She was 89. Althoug h she had all but ab andoned Hollywood after the 1960s for a quieter life, her daugh ter -inlaw E t ta Water field s aid Rus s e l l re m a i n e d a c t i v e u n t i l j u s t a f e w w e e k s a g o w hen h er healt h began to f ail. Unt il th en, sh e w as ac tiv e w ith he r c hurc h, c ha riti es tha t w e re c l ose t o he r h ea rt a nd a s a me mb er of a singing group that made occasional appear ances around Santa Maria. Although her sultry, sensual look and her ho u r g l as s f i g u r e m a d e h e r t h e s u b j e ct o f num ero us nig htcl ub j oke s, u nli ke M ar ily n M on r o e, Ri t a H ay wo r t h a n d o t he r p in u p q uee ns o f the e ra, Ru s se ll wa s unt ouc hed by scandal in her personal life. R u s se l l s o n l y o t h e r n o t a b l e f i l m w a s G e n t l e m e n Pr e f e r B l o n d e s, a 1 9 5 3 m u si c a l b a se d on th e n ov el b y A ni t a L o os t ha t ca s t h er opposite Monroe. Su rviv ors inc l ude h er c hil dren Thom as K. W a t e r f i e l d T r a c y F o u n d a s a n d R o b e r t B uc k" W a terf iel d, six gra ndc hi ldre n an d 10 great-grandchildren. A public funeral is scheduled March 12 at 1 1am at Pacifi c Chri stian Chur c h in S a n ta Maria. MUSIC: JESSIE J I t a i n' t a b ou t t he c h a -c h in g or th e ba -blin g" fo r J essie J a t l ea s t th at's w ha t t hi s la te st U K i m po rt c l ai m s i n her hit single P ric e T ag featuring B o B J e ss ie J 2 2 i s no ne w c o me r to th e mu si c sc e ne ha v in g w rit te n t ra c ks f or pe op le li ke Ali c ia K e ys J ust in Ti mbe rla ke an d Mi le y C yru s, b ut th is is he r fir s t r eal cr ack at a car eer as a re c or di ng a rti st T he su c c e ss o f P ric e Ta g a nd h er U K d e bu t si n g le "D o I t L ik e a Du d e ha v e le d he r r ec o rd c om p an y to br in g fo rw a rd th e re l ea se d a te o f he r a l bu m W ho Ar e Yo u by a w h ol e m on th some thi ng a lmost un he ard of in th e m u s i c i n d u s t r y t o d a y T h e d e b u t a l b u m i s e x p e c t e d t o dr op i n A p ri l i n th e U S TYLER THE CREATOR W e re b a re ly th re e m o nt hs i nt o th e n e w y e a r b u t K a n y e W e s t h a s a l r e a d y f o u n d h i s v i d e o o f 2 0 1 1 : "Yonkers" by Tyler The Creator. T w e et in g ab o ut i t l a st w e e k, Ka n y e en co urag ed al l h is fo llo we rs to c hec k out the video on Youtube. Wh e n Yo n k e r s r e a ch e d m o r e t h a n a m i l l i o n v i e w s o n Y o u t u b e Tyler the 19-year-old leader of the hip hop crew OFWGKTA was so o v e r w h e l m e d h e s a i d t e a r s o f j o y we re r u nning do wn his fac e. The single will be released from his upcom i ng s o p ho mo r e al b um Go b li n" i n April. Already music fans are describing h i m a s t h e m o st e x c i t i n g a rt i st o f 2 0 1 1 MOVIES: ALEX PETTYFER M o v e o v e r R o b e r t P a t t i n s o n the r e 's a ne w he artth rob in tow n a n d he d oe sn 't h av e t o spa rk le t o be s ex y An English model and actor, the 20year old is alr eady on a m is sio n to c a pt u re th e h e a rt s o f g ir ls e v e r yw he r e wi th his po rtray al s i n t he te en ag e sc ifi flick "I am Number Four" and in t h e u p c o m i n g B e a s t l y a m o d er nised r e t elling of B eaut y and the Beast s tarr ing V anes sa Hudgens of High School Musical fame. E x-boyfrie nd of "Gle e" star Di anna Agron, Alex is rumoured to be in talks for lead roles in upcoming film adaptations of not one but two popu l a r yo u n g a d u l t bo o k s e r i es : T he Wa rdsto ne C hro nic le s a nd Th e Mortal Instruments. EMMA STONE Sh e char m ed au die nces wit h h er goofy and hilarious performances in "The House Bunny" and "Easy A", an d sh e ki c ke d b utt i n Z om bi el a nd o p p o s i t e O s c a r n o m i n a t e d J e s s e Eisenberg. N ow th is 22 -y ea r-o ld fl am eha ire d actress is on the cusp of becoming a h o us e ho ld na me a s s he ta ke s o ve r the role of Peter Parker's first love Gwe n S t a cy in the upc oming S piderMa n re b o o t st a rr i n g A n d re w Ga rf i e l d of "The Social Network". Jane Russell, star of 40s and 50s films, dies FORMER professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. (AP) TV Talk Show host Wendy Williams. (AP) Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and W endy Williams to hoof it on 'Dancing' series H O T T E S T S T A R S B R E A K I N G I N T O M U S I C A N D M O V I E S things 2 D O JANE Russell, the stunning star of 1940's and 1950's films such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" died on Monday, February 28 at the age 89. (AP) C RI T I C S C h o i c e a w a r d w i n n e r J e s s i e J r e a c ts a s s h e s p e a k s o n s t a g e a t t h e B ri t A wa r d s 2011 at The O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP)

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ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y MARCH 2, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B N ASSA U AND B AHAMA ISLANDS' LEADING NEWSP APER By LESH GAGA has once again hit us with yet another deep, dark artistic video creation of her very own. "Born This Way is the ti tle of the ne w v i d eo an d s i n g le fr o m L a d y G a g a 's s e c o n d s tu d i o albu m t h at is s et to b e r elea se d s ometime this May. T h e v i d e o w a s d i r e c t e d b y N i c k Kn ight and cho r eog r aph ed by wel l k n o w n d a n ce r a n d T V p e rs o n a l i t y Laurie Ann Gibson. The Gram my w inner gave u s her usual array of wigs, skeleton painted f aces, m achi ne guns, and G aga creativity in the new video. A cco rd i ng t o On T op M ag az i ne roc ker A da m L am bert w as o n pi ns and needles Monday waiting for the r e le a s e o f th e v i de o f o r wh a t is a l r e a d y being considered a gay anthem. I m so an xiou s to se e Ga ga 's Bor n This Way video!!" he tweeted to his nearly 900,000 followers just minutes before the video's release." the web site stated. Aft er the video relea se, the forme r A m e r i c a n I d o l r u n n e r u p t o o k t o T w i t t e r a g a i n s a y i n g : W o w n e w Gaga video is wild and weird! I love the super 60s psychedelic intro. Like Barbarella meets Alien." Speaking to a few Bahamian Gaga f ans, Ri chard R ahm in g* t ol d In Ya E a r : E ve ry time sh e do es s ome thin g s t r a n g e s h e h a s t o d o s o m e t h i n g st ran ger. S he d oesn t do n o w rong The fact that Gaga develops her own creation myth just proved once again s h e i s no t a fly b y nig h t p op s ta r s h e i s a t rue art i st S he i s w ha t M ad on na w ou l d be i f M a do nn a w a s t al en t ed and interesting. Strange, sexy, irrev e re n t o ri g i n a l a n d h ot A s a f a n I alwa ys wor r y if sh e will be a ble t o t o p herself or at least meet the high stan da rds s he h as alre ad y s et. S he h as not disappointed me, love the video and still love her." J A Stu bb s ad d ed : Th e vid e o w a s r eally g ood, a t firs t I thou ght it wo uld be some kind of clichŽ story. But as you g et into i t you se e she s t alking a bo ut in ter e stin g th ing s wh ile a c t in g a fo o l a n d th a t i s w ha t ma d e it s o g o od W i t h a d i f f e r e n t v i e w C r y s t a l W at ki n s* sai d s he t hi n ks G aga i s a Madonna c opyca t : "She's out t he re, I 'd a d m it t h a t. B u t w ith t h e B or n Th i s Wa y s o n g s h e h a s th e e x a c t s a m e s o n g Ex p r e s s Yo u r s e lf" b y Ma d on n a S h e is fr e sh b ut sh e is no t in th e s a me c la s s as Madonna. You would not be able t o rec ognise Gaga if s he was not s o bizarre." Names have been changed By FARAH W HAT better way for Mr Yagga Yo to get his feet into the door of the music industry than by becoming a radio personali ty. The Island 102.9 fm announcer, had a musical inclination from since he was young, and staying in close affiliation with any thing music guaranteed his development as an artist. W it h t hre e sin g le s i n rot a ti on an d a v i de o on the w ay for h is so ng titl ed "Lo vel y Da y" Mr Ya g g a Y o is se t to ma ke a n in tro du c ti on to the music industry like none other. Cur rently the video for "Lovely Day" is in the pr od uctio n phas es an d set t o be r eleas ed this month. M r Y ag ga Yo co l l ab o r a t ed wi t h R ya n Lightbourn, a Bahamian cinamatographer who the artist said did a tremendous job at bringing life to the song with the accompa nying visual. Th is v id eo i s stil l in the ma ki ng It i s e p ic a nd i s be i ng pro du c e d a t th e hi g he st q ua l it y. R ya n L i g t h b ou r n s h ot a t o p cl a s s m u s i c video for me." And from the looks of the tra ile r o n Yo utub e he h as hi t th e rig ht no te. The a r tist s aid s hooting the video w it h, Rya n Li gt hbo ur n was a gr eat ex per ien ce for him. "I had a lot of fun doing the video. But I didn't realise how much work it was. The v id e o w a s sho t i n Ha rb o ur Isl a nd a n d i t is o f a really good quality," he explained. L o ve l y D a y i s p er fo rm e d on a r e gg a e b e a t a nd the de l iv e ry of h is h e art fe l t ly ri c s c an be a pp re c ia te d It w a s re c ord e d on t he Ho li da y Inn Riddi m a t O 2 M usic Studios in Nassau, Bahama s, and its creat ion was su ppor te d by Ray Ewing, CEO of Buff Boo Records who also serves as manager for Mr Yagga Yo. It i s a s on g o f g oo d so c i a l c o m me n t a ry I t s p e a k s o u t a g a i n s t v i o l e n c e W i t h t h e increase of violence on our streets and the rise of the i nc id en ce of dom est ic v io le nc e, i t promotes the r e ductio n of viole nce a nd the u ni fi c a ti on of a l l pe o pl e I h av e be e n w ri ti ng for a while and when I wrote Lovely Day,' I knew that as an artist I had a responsibil ity to deliver quality lyrics. It's a song that s p ea ks v o lu m es f o r an y on e l i vi n g i n ou r so c i a l cli mate," Mr Yagga Yo t old I n Ya Ear. T he song has also garnered inte r nationa l attention from music producers oversees. A p ar t f r o m w o r k i n g o n h i s v i d e o M r Y agg a Yo is also dev el oping h is bra nd as a t u pc om ing arti st. H e is al so set t o pe rform i n Eleuthera later in the year. Ex p ec t to se e m uc h m ore f rom Mr Ya g ga Yo. Mr Y ag ga Y o' s mu sic i s a va il abl e on site s s u c h a s w w w r h a p s o d y c o m w w w n a p ster.com and www.shockhound.com. "A good man is hard to find, that's one of yall favourite lines But finding wifey aint no easier" By LESH A LIT TLE spic e w as adde d to t he show l a st w e e k w h e n J e n ni f e r Lo p e z g ot e x tr e m e ly em ot ion al af ter sh e had t o sen d Chr is M e d i n a h o m e S h e s t a r t e d t o q u e s t i o n e v e ry t hi n g s a y i n g I c a n t d o t h i s a n y m o re A f t e r a short ten minute brea k, the sho w c ontin u e d a nd t h e ca m er as c au g ht R an d y a n d Stev en co nsoling he r. The nig ht w ent o n as th e jud ges se nt the luc ky 24 th r o ugh one by on e. Most of the p i c k s w e r e p r e d i c t a b l e s u c h a s L a u r e n A l a i n a N a i m a A d e d a p a n d S c o t t y M c C r e e r y j u st t o n a m e a f e w I w a s sh o c k e d to se e fa n fav ourite C hris Medi na g et sen t hom e. His story w as be auti ful (his finan ce su ffe re d a t rau ma ti c bra in in ju ry j ust b ef ore thei r we dding and he h as bee n c aring for he r e ve r sin ce ) b ut he l ost the ju dge s vote w he n h e g o t to o c om fo rta bl e i n H ol ly w oo d. Now o n air for three ni ghts, thi s w ee k's Am eri c an Ido l is e xp ec t ed t o be a v e ry lo ng o n e. A c c o rd i ng t o t h e F o x n e t w o rk t h e T o p 1 2 g u ys w i ll b e pe rfo rmi ng on Tue sd a y. The t o p 1 2 gi r l s wi l l p e r f or m o n W ed n es d a y ni ght, foll owe d by a two ho ur resul ts show on Thursday nig ht. HERE'S YOUR TOP 24 The American Idol 2011 Top 12 Girls: 1. Naima Adedap 2. Julie Zorilla 3. Karen Rodriguez 4. Lauren Turner 5. Kendra Chantelle 6. Ashton Jones 7. Rachel Zevita 8. Haley Reinhart 9. Thia Magia 10. Lauren Alaina Suddeth 11. Pia Toscano 12. Ta-Tynisa Wilson The American Idol 2011 Top 12 Guys: 1. Brett Lowenstern 2. Jovany Barreto 3. Jacob Lusk 4. Paul McDonald 5. Clint Jun Gamboa 6. Robbie Rosen 7. Stefano Langone 8. Jordan Dorsey 9. Tim Halprin 10. James Durbin 11. Casey Abrams 12. Scotty McCreery In Ya Ear recaps American Idol I W AS BORN T HI S W A Y L a dy G a ga V i de o R e v i ew Line of The Day From Bobby Valentino's single "Words"

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Green Scene: Flowers of March See page nine W E D N E S D A Y M A R C H 2 2 0 1 1 Mr Y aga Y o set to r elease new video See page 11 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer S OME people judge their capabilities by their disabil ities. But the artists featured today have not allowed themselves to be limited artistically because they have Down Syndrome. Take M iz pah B ethel for ins tanc e, a parent with d own syn dro me whos e son also ha s t he co ndi tio n who is kno wn by her c ommu nity to hold he r ow n wh en it c om es t o s i n g i n g b e a u t i f u l m e l o d i e s w i t h h e r ban d. She has als o fo und her niche in creating a bs tract paintings. It has be en therap y f o r h e r a f t e r f i n d i n g o u t h e r s o n T y Bethel had leu kemia. H er art w ork w hic h w a s ori gi na ll y pa rt o f h er a r t th e r ap y, ha ve acc um ul a te d o v er th e y e a rs a nd n o w sh e h a s de c i d ed t o d eb u t h er wor k in th e f ir s t eve r a r t e xhi bi ti on ho st e d by the Bahamas Do w n Synd rom e A s s oci ati on in col la bo r ati on wit h es ta blishe d B aha mia n a r ti s t Anthon y Bi g Mo" M orl ey. F und s ra ise d f rom Miz p ah' s a rtw ork w il l go t oward s her s on's medi c al fund W h ile the mai n featur e of t he sho w will be work s by "B ig M o", ar t pieces do ne b y pers ons with Dow n Syndr ome will als o be on d isp la y. R i ca rd o W i ll ia ms an d J on at ha n Newell wil l als o debu t th eir ar twor k. Pr e si de nt of t he Ba ham as Do wn S ynd r om e A s s o ci a t i o n, C h er yl N e we l l t o l d T r ibune Arts t hat the exhibit ion is meant to sho w of f t he t al en t o f pe op le w it h Do wn S ynd ro me as wel l as br in g awar ene ss of t heir sm all commu nity. "Peop le u nderes ti mate them. T hey s ay t h a t t h e y a r e r e t a r d e d B u t t h e y d o n t r ealise that they are capable of doing a n y t hing. Th ey can d o all kin ds of art and we want t o bri ng aw ar enes s th at our k ids ar e hi g h f un c ti on i ng a n d th ey c a n c o nt rib ut e to t he communi ty in many di ffer ent ways ," M s New el l sai d. Ms Newe l l told T r ibune Art s th at w h en sh e f ir st s aw t he a rt w o rk f ro m t h e c h i ld r e n, s he w as n ot su pri sed by t he level o f s kil l t hey dis played in t heir w o rk. I w a s n t s u r p r i s e d a t a l l T h e y a r e k no wn f r om bei ng ver y a rt i st ic Whe n I fi rs t st ar te d r e a di n g a b o ut D o w n S y n dr om e I f ound t hat they had a gr eat abilit y t o d o an yth ing art is ti c. So anyt hin g lik e vis ua l ar ts or mar tial ar ts they ar e keen o n," s he s a i d Viewers w i ll see a mixt ure of ar t pieces r angin g f ro m tr aditi onal Bahamian ar t t o vi br ant c o lor fu l pi eces wi th h ues of red r oyal b lue and yellow. T h e D o w n S y n d r o m e A s s o c i a t i o n i s w o r k i n g t o w a r d s e s t a b l i s h i n g t h e f i r s t D ow n Syndr ome Cent er h ere i n Nass au. Fun ds r aised f rom t he art s how w i ll go t owards s taff fo r t he facili ty. "We ar e lo ok in g t o a ls o h av e a s pa ce f or our adult s to lear n a tr ade s o they can w o r k a n d e a r n t h e i r o w n l i v i n g M s New el l sai d. I w ou ld l ik e to se e ou r D ow n sy nd rom e C e nte r serv e al l o f ou r c hil dren a nd adu lts. I hope to not only have af ter s c h ool pro grams fo r ou r chil dren but a wor k envi ron ment for our adul ts a medi c al facili ty, a pl ac e wher e o ur child ren can have their needed th erapi es and m ost impor tant ly, a place w h ere ou r child ren can be edu c at ed in s afe s ur roun dings ." The p ub lic is en co ura ge d to sup po rt p ersons wit h Do w n Syndr ome in t heir effo rts to br ing a b reat h o f fr esh air to art i n t he B a h a m a s "I th ink the p ubl ic will be s upr is ed t o s e e t h e t a l e n t i n t h a t B a h a m a s a m o n g young c h ildr en as well as people with dis abilit ies T his is a a gr eat way for them t o sup por t as w el l as encour age t hem t o do keep doi ng th eir b est ." M s Newell also s aid that t his is just t he fir st of gr eat ar t sho w s t o s tem fr om t he Down Synd rom e c o mmuni ty. "We are looking to make t his a n annual e v e n t T he Bahamas Down Syn dro me As so c i a tion w as firs t es ta blis h ed 1 2 ye ars ago, by Pamela For bes M erchant and I da Po itier Tu r nq ues t T he r el au nch o f t he as s ocia ti on be gan in 20 06 wh en Che ry l N ewel l w as elected as p res ident T he s how will be held on F riday, M arch 4, st art ing f rom 6-9. Fo r mo re in for matio n contact A nth ony M orl e y 's Ar t G a l le ry & S tu d io a t 3 6 16 00 6 DOWN NOT O U T GOOD TIME: Nathan T aylor happy to paint. FOCUSED: T riton deep in thought. CA TCHING A BREA TH: Jonathan Newell taking a break from finger painting HARD A T WORK: The Ar t room is ver y busy The T ribune SECTION B


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