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Title: The Tribune.
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V olume: 107 No.89TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER PLEASANTWITH SUNSHINE HIGH 82F LOW 71F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S Women who love SEESECTIONE Too much Angels get game 1 victory By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net SIXTY-SIX people have been the victims of armed robbery within the past twom onths an average of one person per day it has been revealed. B ut police say at least half of these crimes could have been prevented had the victims carried out basic proac tive measures. Personal responsibility is said to be a vital prerequisite of crime prevention. Supt Stephen Dean, direc tor of the Royal Bahamas Police Forces National Crime Prevention (NCP office, said: Opportunity is the key element in crime, reduce the opportunity, reduce crime. A lot of these cases were unnecessary and could have been avoided had persons utitlised basic common sense in terms of their personal safety. According to police reports compiled by The Tribune 39 persons were robbed by armed thugs in January, and2 7 in February. Construction sites, cashbased businesses, phone card vendors, asue recipients, travellers and persons walking at night were all said to be at increased risk. A nticipating an increase i n cash flow in the capital due to new construction projects most notably the 1,000 acre, $3.4 billion Baha Mar resort development at Cable Beach Supt Dean explained that h is department sought to crack down on emerging trends. Supt Dean said: Prevention. Not to raise alarm, but to prevent similar events from recurring, to minimise armed robbery. When we see these trends we try to address it before it gets out of control. On Friday afternoon, three armed men burst into the office of the TG Glover construction site on Pitt Road. Armed with handguns, M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Get out of Debt Fast with a Fidelity Fast Track Debt Consolidation loan. Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastGetoutofdebt Fast! N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER 66 armed robbery victims in 2 months Half could have been avoided, say police BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page eight B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net A MAN accused of killing his mother appeared in court yesterday. R onado Adderley, 33, of Dundas Town, Abaco, was arraigned before Chief Mag-i strate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, yesterday, charged in the murder of Yvonne Adderley. It is alleged the accused SEE page eight MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS MOTHER By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@ tribunemedia.net THE candidates selection committee of the Progressive Liberal Party was not aware of a Canadian TV sta tions allegations linking political hopeful Arnold Forbes to an alleged $170 million investment fraud, it was claimed yes terday. PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said the committee only learned about the accusations after Mr Forbes was already ratified as the PLP candidate for the Mount Moriah con stituency. Having learned of the claims, Mr Roberts said, to the best of his knowledge, the party is not reviewing its recommendation because there is no basis for a review. Details of Mr Forbes By CELESTE NIXON Trbune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PERSONS seen fishing in Lake Killarney might be using nets that are killing protected species of birds. According to past presi dent and executive member of the Bahamas National Trust, Pericles Mallis, while it is not illegal to fish in Lake Killarney or to use nets of a certain mesh, the gill nets, which are suspected of being used in this case can be left in the water for hours, increasing the possibility of trapping and killing birds such as diving and ruddy ducks both protected in the Bahamas. Concerns were first raised when photographs surfaced of persons pulling large nets filled with fish out of Lake Killarney. Members of the public called The Tribune to claim this method of fishing is illegal. But Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Environment, said the Bahamas does not cur rently have fishery regulaPUBLIC RAISES C ON CERNS OVER NET S USED IN LAKE KILLARNEY FISHING SEE page eight PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts SEE page eight HARDATWORK: Roadworks taking place on Marathon Road yesterday. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said on Sunday that progress is being made on the New Providence Road Improvement Project, but more monthly productivity will be needed to meet the governments schedule. ONTHEROADTOIMPROVEMENT TIM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF PLP CHAIRMAN:COMMITTEE NOT AWARE OF FRAUD ALLEGA TIONS LINK T O CANDIDATE

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L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Business owners, residents informed of road works L ATOYA WALKER an employee of Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles SA, informing a representative of an East Street business of upcoming road work on East Street and Robinson Road. T HE Ministry of Public Works and Transport is sending out officers to inform residents and business owners of upcoming road works on various corridors that are a part of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project. C harlene Collie, project engineer, said: We've been trying to inform business owners and residents along the routes by w alking door-to-door, handing them flye rs and advising them of upcoming w orks and the duration of the works. W e also have a series of information meetings that we continue to hold, most of them at the Mall at Marathon, until we can secure other venues. The next information meeting will be held on Thursday at the Mall at Marathon from 10am to 6pm. It will f ocus on the work being done on Prince C harles Drive, Robinson Road and Marathon Road. A ll members of the public are invited t o attend. Officers from the ministry will b e present to answer questions. MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnq uest speaking at the Royal Bahamas Defence Forces annual church s ervice and parade at G race Community Church on Sunday. DEFENCE FORCE CHURCH SERVICE AND PARADE GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes headed the list of officials attending. Also pictured at left is Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest. THE ROYAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE FORCE took to the streets of the Marathon Sub-division following their annual church service on Sunday.

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By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net V O TE R r e g is t r a t i o n c o n tinues to proceed at a moder ate pace. W i t h j u s t a b o u t 2 3 5 0 0 Bahamians registered for the n e xt g e n e r a l e l ec t io n so fa r Pa rl ia men t a ry C o mmission er Er ro l Be t h e l s a id th a t wh i le t h e r a te ha s i nc r ea se d s i nc e t he h o l i d a y s e a s o n r e g i s t r a t i o n c o n t i n u e s t o b e a g r a d u a l process. Persons seeking to register as v ot er s m u st be B ah a mia n citizens 18 years or older, and must h ave li v ed i n a particul a r c o n s t i t u e n c y f o r t h r e e months or more. V o t e r r e g is t r a ti o n c e n tr e s are o pe n in N ew P ro vid en ce b e t w e e n t h e h o u r s o f 1 0 a m and 4pm at the f oll owi ng loca tions: The Parliamentary Regis t r ation Dep artmen t, Fa rrington Road. T o w n C e n t r e M a l l a n d Marathon Mall. The General Post Office, East Hill Street. T h e S u b P o s t O f f i c e Carmichael Road. T h e SubP os t Of fi ce, El iz abeth Estates. Th e N a t i o n a l I n s u r a n c e Board, Baillou Hill Road. C o m m o n w e a l t h B a n k M a c k e y S t r e e t a n d G o l d e n Gates branches. In Gran d B a ha ma, ce ntres a re open bet w een t he hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm at the fol lowing locations: The Parliamentary Regis t rat ion Depar tm ent, F r eeport. T h e A d m i n i s t r a t o r s Office, Eight Mile Rock. T h e A d m i n i s t r a t o r s Office, High Rock (Tuesdays and Thursdays). In the F ami ly Islands, regis t r a t i o n t a k e s p l a c e a t t h e A d m i n i s t r a t o r s O f f i c e between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm. B u s i n es s e s a nd or g a ni s at i on s w i t h a t l e a s t 2 0 e l i g i b l e e m p l o y e e s o r m e mb er s m a y con t ac t t he dep ar t me nt at t el e phone numbers 325-2888/9 or 3 9 7 2 0 0 0 t o s c h e d u le a v i s it from registration agents. T W O a r m ou r ed c ar e m pl o yees accused of s teal ing f rom a l ocal bank were arr aigned in a Magi st rate' s Court y ester d ay Al fr e d P i nde r 2 4, o f G ol d en G a t e s a nd A r l i n gt on R ol l e 2 7, o f C a r m i c h a e l R o a d a r e ac cused of steal ing by reason o f e mp l o ym e n t. I t i s a ll eg e d t h at on T hur s da y, M ar c h 3 t he t w o m e n s t o l e c a s h i n t h e am ou nt of $50, 000 from F i rst C a ri b bea n I nt er na ti o nal B a nk. B ot h m e n pl e ad ed not g ui l t y t o t h e c h a r g e d u r i n g t h e i r a r r a i g n m en t b ef or e C h i e f M a g i st rate R oger Gomez in Court O ne, Bank Lane. P ind er wa s rep res en t e d by at torney Stephani e Wel ls. B o t h m e n w e r e g r a n t e d $20, 000 bai l wi th t wo sureti es. T h e y w e r e b o t h o r d e r e d t o r e por t t o t he C ar m i ch ael R o ad police stati o n ev ery Mo nday W e d n e s d a y a n d S a t u r d a y b e f o r e 6 p m T h e c a s e w a s a d j ou r n e d t o J un e 2 0 a n d t r an s f erred to Court 5, Bank Lane. T H E g o v e r n m e n t e x p e c t s to b e a w a rd e d c o st s i n v i ew o f a S u p r e me C o u r t ju d g e 's de cis ion no t to ru le in fav o ur of v eteran p rosec utor Chery l Gra nt Beth e ll, wh o pr ote ste d b e i n g p a ss e d o v e r f o r a t o p po st. De sp ite M rs G ra nt-B eth el l de clarin g vic tory with re sp ect to a v e r d i c t s h e f e l t c l e a r e d her re pu tatio n, S en ior Ju stice J o n I s a a c s r e f u s e d t o g r a n t an y of th e re lief de cla ra tio ns so ug ht by th e v e ter an p ro sec u t o r When as ked to co mm ent on t he mat ter on Sat urday, Pri me M i n i s t e r H u b e r t I n g r a h a m said : "I h a ve n o c om me nt o n i t but I s ay t hi s; th at t he At t or ne y G en er al wa s su ed in h is p e r s o n a l c a p a c i t y t h a t w a s thr own o u t b y t he co u rt. Th e A ttor ney Gener al was sued as A t t o r n e y G e n e r a l o f t h e Baha mas tha t too wa s t hr own o u t, a nd we e x pe ct f or c o sts to be aw ar ded ag ains t the par t y th a t b ro u g h t th e a c t io n M rs Be th ell an d we ex pe ct f or he r to p ay it." H e w e n t o n t o s t a t e : A requ es t w as made t o the cou r t f o r 1 0 o r 1 1 se p a ra te o rd e rs a n d t h e c o u r t r e f u s e d e a c h a n d ev e ry o n e. I t sa id ma n y t h i n g s b u t a t t h e e n d o f t h e d a y it s aid No no n o, n o '. At t he e nd o f t he d ay th e p a r t y t h a t t o o k t h e J u d ic i a l a nd Legal S ervices to cou rt to s ay th a t th ey h a d be en t ran sf e r r e d t o t h e L a w R e f o r m C o m m i s s i o n a n d t h a t t h e y s h o u l d h a v e r e m a i n e d a s D e p u t y D i r e c t o r o f P u b l i c P ros ecution s a nd sho uld ha ve b een ma de Di re ctor o f P rosec u tion s ( DP P ), los t an d the y a r e s t i l l e x a c t l y w h e r e t h e y w ere wh en th e c ase b eg an ." T he pr i me m i ni s te r al s o s ai d h e ha d n o id e a wh e the r M rs G ra ntBeth e ll will re mai n in h e r p res en t p o st. M rs Gra nt -Beth e ll file d a n a p p l i c a t i o n f o r a j u d i c i a l revi ew a ft er bei ng pass ed ov er f or the p os t of D P P. S he was in stea d ap p oin te d D e p u t y L a w R e f o r m C o m m i s s i o n e r M r s G r a n t B e t h e l l h a d s o u g h t t o h a v e t h e j u d g e quash t he d eci si on of t he J udi c ial a n d Le ga l S erv ice s Co mm issio n (JLS C) p ur po rtin g to a p p o i n t h e r t o t h e p o s t o f D e p u t y L a w R e f o r m C o m m i s s i o n e r S he h ad a lso so ug h t: a de clar ati on that s he r emai n in her s u b s t a n t i v e p o s t a s D e p u t y D i r e c to r o f P u b l i c P r o s e c u t ion s; a de cla ra tio n th at sh e, h a vin g ac te d as DP P f or th e r e q u i si te p e r io d b e e n ti tl e d to that p ost; and a declarati o n that any ot h er appoint ment to t he p o st o f D PP be de cla re d n u ll an d vo id LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MARCH 8, 201 1, P AGE 3 G o v t e x p e c t s t o b e a w a r d e d c o s t s a f t e r G r a n t B e t h e l l c a s e r u l i n g T wo ar moured car employees ar raigned POLI C E ha ve launc hed a n i n v e s t i g a t i o n i n t o t h e a t t e m p t e d s u i c i d e o f a 3 0 y ea r -o ld w oma n. T he F ir e T ra il Ro ad r es id ent ap paren tly atte mpte d to e n d h e r l i f e b y c u t t i n g h e r w ri sts a nd t ak in g a n e x c essi v e a mo unt o f unsp ec i fie d ta ble ts o n S u n d a y e v e n i n g p o l i c e sa y T h e wo ma n was t ak en t o t h e h o s p i t a l b y a m b u l a n c e a n d w as ye s te rday l isted in stabl e c o n d i t i o n POLICE SEARCH FOR MASKED MEN WHO ROBBED AND ASSAULTED A WOMAN P O L I C E a r e s e a r c h i n g f o r t w o m a s k e d m e n w h o a s s a u l t e d a n d r o b b e d a woman at her home. T he me n one armed w ith a h an dgu n and th e oth er wi th a k n i f e a m b u s h e d t h e w o man when s he ar r ived at h e r ho me on Mia m i S tre e t of f Ba l f o u r A v en u e y e s t e r d a y, shortly after 3am. They forc ed the v ic tim in to her home, assaulted her, and stole her jewellery. S e ve r a l h o ur s la t e r, a n o th e r wo m a n w as r o b b e d b y t wo m a s k e d m e n o n S w o r d f i s h D rive off McK inn ey A ve nue The culprits, one of whom was ar med wi th a han dg un, s t o l e t h e v i c t i m s b a g c o n tain ing her cell p hone, k eys a n d o t h e r p e r s o n a l e f f e c t s shortly after 9.30pm. ARMED MAN STEALS CASH FROM ISLAND LUCK A M A N a r m e d w i t h a h a n d g u n s t o l e a n u n d e t e r mined amoun t of cash f rom Is land L uc k and d amage d a w i n d o w b e f o r e f l e e i n g t h e area on foot. T h e c u l p r i t w a s w e a r i n g da r k clothing and a bla ck hat w h e n h e e n te r e d th e w eb sh o p o n E a st S tr e et so ut h o f f W u lf f R o a d s h o r t l y a f t e r 7 p m o n Sunday. MA N QUEST I ONED IN CONNECTION WITH MOTORCYCLE THEFT A 2 1 y e a r o l d m a n i s b eing qu estioned by p olic e in c onnection with the theft of a motorcycle. It was reported that a man a r m e d w i th a h a n d g u n ro b b e d a 25-year-old man of his 150 C B R 2 0 0 3 m o d e l H o n d a m o tor c yc l e Th e v ic t im w as a t R u p e r t D e a n L a n e a r o u n d n oo n on S un da y w he n he wa s approached by the culprit. The 21-year-old in custody is a r es id ent of Bail lo u Hi ll Road South. T H R E E ME N A RR E S T E D A F T E R O F F I C E R S P O L I C E S E I Z E A M M U N I T I O N F R O M H O M E OF FI CE R S att ac h ed to O p e r a t i o n R a p i d S t r i k e a rr e sted thre e men a fter seiz ing a qua ntity o f amm unition at a home. Police discovered the con traband during a search of a h o u s e o n P o d o l e o S t r e e t around 10pm on Friday. The men taken into custody were 19, 22, and 29 years old. Police launch investigation of suicide attempt POLICE NEWS V o t e r r e g i s t r a t i o n c o n t i n u e s t o b e a g r a d u a l p r o c e s s Cheryl Grant-Bethell M ODE RAT E P ACE : Pa rl ia m e nta ry Co mm i ss i on e r E rro l B et he l (a b ov e ) said that while the rate has increased since the holiday season, reg istration continues to be a gradual process.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. Since the last layoffs at Our L ucaya Resort back in 2008, I a m surprised that it took so long for another mass dism issal. As reported, the resort h as lost an average of over $30 million per year over the past few years. Despite being one of those e mployees who was given bad n ews this past week, I feel Hutchison should be comm ended for keeping us employed for so long with s uch financial challenges. I think it was misleading for o ur union representatives to k now the facts prior to the layoffs and then in a last ditch attempt for headlines pretend management has done something wrong. Better and more responsible union leadershipi s needed at Our Lucaya moving forward. I feel confident that Hutchis on will find a way to make a s uccess out of the resort and it was great to hear that a greater emphasis will be placed on marketing. I accepted my notice with dignity and did not follow theu nions advice to protest. I never believe in burning bridges. I came to Our Lucaya with my head up and left with my head high. I thank God for the opportunity to provide for m y family and I pray there is a new form of take over at Our Lucaya and better days a re ahead. GRATEFUL FORMER EMPLOYEE O UR LUCAYA N assau, March 6, 2011. P.S. Man has such a p redilection for systems and a bstract deductions that he is r eady to distort the truth i ntentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm ONE WOULD have thought that unions especially the hotel union in Freeport would have learned its lesson by now with the closure in 2004 of the Royal Oasis Golf Resort and Casino, putting more that 1,200 Bahamians out of work. This hotel struggled under union pressure from the day the new owners bought it in 1999 to the day in 2004 when Hurricane Frances so badly damaged it that the owners decided not to reopen. It was clear that the disruptive behaviour of the unions played a major role in that decision. A year before Hurricane Frances made the decision for everyone, Donald Archer, the hotels senior vice president, broke his silence to complain about the poor level of service from certain staff about which guests were also complaining. He warned them that not only would a strike be illegal, but that any responsible union would examine the current and future needs of its members, the fragile economic environment, the financial status of the company and global conditions. At the time the Iraq war was threatening. Mr Archer warned at the time that more than 1,200 families would be affected by a strike to say nothing of the impact on these families and the businesses that they patro nise. But what union leaders did not appreciate was how much they had hurt their member ship who had a stake in the International Bazaar, which also faced closure. With the hotel closed, the Bazaars patrons had disappeared. Commenting on this in November 2005, we wrote: This should teach the union a les son that when it pushes its claims too far everything can collapse under the strain, taking even the union with it. Seven years later the Royal Oasis Golf Resort remains closed. And so we were surprised at the beginning of this year to hear of labour unrest at Our Lucaya resort, which everyone knew was struggling to keep its doors open in a world recession that was leaving millions jobless. But apparently, Obie Ferguson, president of the Bahamas Hotel Managerial Associa tion, saw a chink of light somewhere that no one else saw. In January he said that now the economy is showing signs of recovery, he thought it time to do what should be done. Workers rights, he said, are as important as profits. We will take the necessary poll and then do what we have to do. Of course, the poll he was hinting at was a strike vote. Hotel staff knew that the hotel was not doing well. As a matter fact there was no place on the globe that was not suffering from the world crash. However, in the Bahamas there are those among us including, if not especially, some politicians who think that the Bahamas is somehow not a part of the economically broken world, and that our people, despite our exorbitant public debt, should not have to lower their financial expectations. As a matter of fact Prime Minister Ingraham thanked the Hutchison-Whampoa group for keeping Our Lucaya open, when others would have closed it. It was known that the hotel was subsiding the staffs payroll and could not afford more. Yet Mr Ferguson, the union man, continued his background rumblings. Last week it was announced that Our Lucaya had closed two of its three hotels. Instead of closing completely, it consolidated its operation on one property Breakers Cay to save 800 jobs. However, to save the 800, 200 staff had to go. Government is now working with the hotel to try to find employment for these 200, and to retrain some of them in other skills to qualify for other jobs. When will Bahamians understand what is going on in the world, and appreciate the jobs they now have? This is not the time for government corporations some of whose staff are the best paid in the Bahamas to be talking of salary increases. Look at other countries and see how heavily they have reduced their public service to streamline their economies. It is acknowledged that our civil service is over stacked and could do witha heavy trim. But, government has as yet shown no inclination to do so. Even the Cuban Workers Federation announced that half of its work force will lose their jobs by next year. The Cuban gov ernment currently employs 85 per cent of that islands workers. These workers will have to either go back to the farms, find construction work, become self employed or join a cooperative. Todays economic downturn is forcing Cuba closer to the free enterprise system. Our state cant keep maintaining bloat ed payrolls, the Cuban Workers Federation told The Wall Street Journal. This is something that local unions and many Bahamians have yet to grasp. Although we might not know it we are a part of the world and if any part of that world is injured, the whole unit will feel it. Already petroleum retailers want to raise their prices to offset the troubles driving prices up in the oil rich Mid dle East. The increase in oil will push up costs across the board. Businessmen have no control over these costs. Therefore, when they are forced to cut costs to keep their businesses operational the decision forced on the Our Lucaya owners will be forced on them. Staff become redundant. It is no time in such a climate for the unions to create further instability in the end only its members will suffer. Better union leadership needed at Our Lucaya LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Not the time for union unrest EDITOR, The Tribune : I am very impressed and happy at how quickly the Government responded to the layoff of 200 employees at Our Lucaya in GrandB ahama this past week. My heart and prayers g o out to all of those individuals and families affected. The good news is that within days of the a nnouncement of the layoffs, the Government h ad a targeted package of responses such as job placement and retraining, the creation of a one stop shop for various benefits, and financial and spiritual counselling. My friends in Freeport told me that Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion F oulkes went to Grand Bahama on Friday and stayed through most of the weekend to coordinate the Government's response. This all got me to wondering what the response from the PLP would have been like if this happened on their watch. From their slow response to hurricanes that hit GB, the Our L ucaya employees would be in big trouble and on their own. P erry Christie probably would have flown in with a big delegation of cabinet ministers and o fficials and given some emotional speeches and made plenty of promises. He would have promised to go back to Nassau and consult with various people about what to do. Knowing Mr. Christie, his consulting would probably have gone on and on and on. He would probably have also held several cabinet meetings on the layoffs without bring ing the matter to conclusion for some time. Then after extensive consultation with his cabinet and experts he may have appointed a committee to study the problem of the layoffs with the committee told to report back in 30 days or so. Then his cabinet would have spent a long time discussing the report with many Grand B ahamian families suffering and anxious as the many months went by as Mr. Christie tried to decide what to do never really able to makeu p his mind. U nfortunately for the former Our Lucaya employees the Government's response under Mr. Christie would have been in my opinionq uite limited if and when it came. There would h ave been no NIB Unemployment Benefit to help tide over those laid off. There would have been less social assistance such as was offered by this Government during the worldwide financial crisis. There would have been no Ministry of Y outh, Sports and Culture Self-Starter's Pro gramme to help offer training and other assistance such as starter loans which have helped quite a number of Bahamians to start their own small businesses. There would also have been less training opportunities at BTVI and probably no a pprenticeships in conjunction with the pri vate sector such as was organized by the Gove rnment as a part of the successful National Retraining Programme. T he old Emerald Bay, which is now Sandals, would have probably still been closed on the PLP's watch and unavailable to provide some hotels jobs for those laid off from Our Lucaya. When people are hurting or in crisis they need more than promises and talk about compassion. They need action because talk doesn't pay the rent or the mortgage and consultation without quick action doesn't put food on the table. BLS Nassau, March 7, 2011. Impressed by quick Government response to Our Lucaya layoffs EDITOR, The Tribune. Last week was a sad day for the Bahamas and we will be reeling from the backlash for years to come. While I agree that we all have a right to demonstrate, I just cannot sit back and have you embarrassing me by saying you are representing me while acting like a mob. I did not give you permission to go down town saying you are protesting on my behalf. If I wanted to protest I would have done so myself. I would not have let the opposition or unions with hidden agendas fill me with alcohol give me a few dollars and a tee shirt and ask me to come to Bay Street to protest some thing that I do not even understand. I would not have embarrassed myself by cussing and fighting with the law. I would not have to explain to my children why I let them down by acting so stupidly in public. I just want to make it clear that you were representing yourself. TONY Nassau, March 1, 2011. A sad day for the Bahamas

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Opposition Leader Perry Christie was in Grand Bahama yesterday, where he expressed concern and sympathy for the 200 persons laid-off by the OurL ucaya Resort. M r Christie said the PLP is here for the people of Freeport and pledged that the party will do all that it can to push government to lend more of a helping hand to thec ity. I want to first and forem ost express my concern and sympathy to all those who have lost their jobs in this most recent round of lay-offs at the Our Lucaya Resort. These dismissals come at the same time when the Prime Minister and his Minister of State in Finance Zhivargo Laing are busy boasting thatt he economy is turning around. I ask: turning around for whom? Not those 200 employees who have been fired. On Friday, the hotel terminated 202 workers and closed two of the three hotels on the property in an effort to s treamline its expenses and k eep the resort operational, thereby saving 800 jobs. Accompanying Mr Christie t o Freeport were West End a nd Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, Fox Hill MP Fred M itchell and Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson. D uring a press conference at PLP Headquarters attended by PLP candidates Sena-t or Dr Michael Darville and Gregory Moss, Mr Christie commented on how none of the FNM MPs on Grand Bahama had mentioned the lay-offs in the House of A ssembly. It took a PLP MP to raise the issue in the House. Not one FNM member of theH ouse, not one government minister including three who represent this island said one w ord. The very least they could h ave done was to express sympathy for the people who were l aid off, he said. Mr Christie stated that only after the firings did the Mini stry of Labour announce it initiated emergency measures to help those who had beenl aid off. On Saturday, Minister Dion Foulkes announced that the government had put in places everal initiatives to provide assistance and relief to the workers. Mr Foulkes met with hotel a nd union executives while in F reeport on Friday, but said he had not met with the dismissed workers when askedb y the media. T he One Stop Shop programme launched by the gove rnment yesterday offers job and training opportunities, u nemployment benefit assistance and counselling for workers. While, one welcomes relief where relief is offered, the question is whether or not the government was aware that this was coming, when did they know and were they p roactive seeking to lessen the i mpact on the work force, said Mr Christie. He stressed that the PLP is c oncerned about the handsoff attitude which the FNM administration seems to have a bout Freeport. H e stated that for four y ears, the FNM has sat idly by as the city lurched from o ne economic crisis to the next, without any clear vision of what to do to stop the probl ems. Mr Christie said while there are serious issues facing thed evelopment of Freeport, the FNM government has its head in the sand. He believes that Freeport i s critical to the survival of the Bahamas. It is not ones interest for this city to collapse, the press o n Nassau would be unrelenti ng if that were to occur, he said. When I held my partys convocation in GrandB ahama, I chastised the Prime M inister for saying that he would not talk to the Grand B ahama Port Authority about the fact that the tax exempt ions for this city will expire in 2015. That is simply wrong. A PLP government would n ever shut the door to dialogue, he said. Mr Christie encouraged Freeporters to hold on as elections are to be held within a year. Help and hope are on the w ay from our party. I hope that as we reach out our hand in friendship to you, that youw ill accept what we have to offer. The party has chosen three e xcellent candidates: men of v ision and of empathy for peop le. We are nearing the choice of three more people, he s aid. By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Laid off workers at the Our Lucaya Resort turned out yesterdayt o register for the govern ments One Stop Shop programme at the Foster B Pestaina Hall. Around 100 persons filled out application forms fore mployment at Sandals Exum a, where 40 jobs are being offered, and at the Bimini Big Game Resort where 19 j obs are available. T he programme also offers persons the opportunity for training in a variety of skill sets at BTVI and College of the Bahamas. The government will pay the t uition. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said six monthsa pprenticeship will also be offered at industrial companies on the island and the government will subsidises alaries. The 202 workers laid-off by the resort will also receive unemployment benefit assistance once their sev erance packages have expired, as well as access to other assistance programmes if they qualify. They will also be considered for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures Self-Starters Programme, which offers $5,000 to persons interested in startingtheir own business. One worker, who was employed for 15 years at the hotel, commended the gove rnment for providing some relief and alternative options for employment. I have a lot of financial o bligations and I am wary a bout to moving to Exuma for employment because I h ave a family here that depends on me, but I will definitely enroll for training at BTVI and apprenticeship t hat will be offered at BORCO, he said. The government will also provide financial and pro-f essional advice, and memb ers of the Grand Bahama Pastors Forum were on h and to offer counselling to the laid-off workers yester day. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 5 LAID-OFF WORKERS REGISTER FOR GOVT PROGRAMME PLP leader expresses concern and sympathy for laid-off hotel staff T T h h e e s s e e d d i i s s m m i i s s s s a a l l s s c c o o m m e e a a t t t t h h e e s s a a m m e e t t i i m m e e w w h h e e n n t t h h e e P P r r i i m m e e M M i i n n i i s s t t e e r r a a n n d d h h i i s s M M i i n n i i s s t t e e r r o o f f S S t t a a t t e e i i n n F F i i n n a a n n c c e e Z Z h h i i v v a a r r g g o o L L a a i i n n g g a a r r e e b b u u s s y y b b o o a a s s t t i i n n g g t t h h a a t t t t h h e e e e c c o o n n o o m m y y i i s s t t u u r r n n i i n n g g a a r r o o u u n n d d . P erry Christie F ILLINGINFORMS f or the One Stop Shop programme.Photo/ V andyke Hepburn

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L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $SSUR[LPDWHO\VTXDUHIHHWRIVHFRQG VSDFHLVDYDLODEOHLQQHZO\FRQVWUXFWHG EXLOGLQJDWWKHFRUQHURI0DUOERURXJKDQG &XPEHUODQGWUHHWV 7ZRfRQVLWHFDUVSDFHVLQFOXGHG ,GHDOORFDWLRQIRURIIVKRUHEDQN WUXVWFRPSDQ\ODZRUDFFRXQWLQJRU RWKHUSURIHVVLRQV&RQWDFWZQHU 35,0()),&($&( DURING their one-week visit to Grand Bahama, cast members ofthe international performing group Up with People (UWP t he Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC tasks on the island. Cast members lent their physical strength as they engaged in cleanups at the Grand Bahama Home for the Aged (GBHA s treets. Much needed support was also rendered to staff of the Rand Nature Centre as UWP members performed various odd jobs. The artistic talents of group members came to the fore during special performances along with the KGBC puppets at several of the i slands schools and at the Sir C harles Hayward Childrens Library. We were extremely thrilled to have UWP in our midst for the past week. The level of energy they displayed along with their genuine commitment to service was out-s tanding, said KGBC chairperson N akira Wilchcombe. GBHA supervisor Adrianne Dorsett was also full of praise. We greatly appreciated them coming and helping us. They cleaned the windows and screens, weeded the flower beds and spent time inter-a cting with the residents. It was a joyous occasion, she said. Walls of the childrens section of the library were transformed as the UWP members drew and painted oversized illustrations of favourite cartoon characters on them. The paintings brought story time to life f or visiting students who were read t o by the UWP group. Geneva Rutherford, director of c ommunity relations with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA expressed appreciation for this latest gesture which she described as a permanent fixture of the groups contribution to students of Grand Bahama. Three cast members who hail f rom the United States, Philippines a nd Mexico took on roles of the popular KGBC puppets spreading e nvironmentally friendly messages during special school assemblies. Emma Whitehead headed the UWP sub-group assigned to assist KGBC and served as its spokespers on. We love being able to come into c ommunities and meet the needs of p eople who are here and existing. Grand Bahama is such a beautiful island and being able to help make other peoples lives better is truly r ewarding. We try to unite young p eople to take action in their comm unities and in so many ways our v isits spark people to be unified and get behind a common goal, she s tated. A s an expression of gratitude, m anagement of Port Lucaya Mark etplace (PLM Limited, hosted cast members who a ssisted KGBC to lunch and entertainment in Count Basie Square. PLM was very excited to host U WP cast members. We trust that it allowed for a cultural interchange a s they observed some of our local talent. Hopefully, they can incorpor ate some aspect of it into their routine and even include talented B ahamians in their travelling ensemb le, said Karen Ferguson-Bain, entertainment and marketing coord inator for PLM. THE Bahamian American Cultural Society has taken its Bahamas Junkanoo Workshop to the Harlem School of the Arts in Harlem, New York the mecca of Black Culture in the United States. The Bahamas Junkanoo Workshop is a flexible fourpart presentation, prepared by BACS, which is geared toward children and teenagers. It emphasises knowledge, hands on skills, entertainment and behavior modification. With Junkanoo music playing in the background, around 50 young people enjoyed making at least one costume item. Costumes After verbal and visual presentations the children, wearing costumes displaying the colours of the Bahamas, junkanooed around the hall to the sound of bells, horns and drums. The audience of about 200 stayed for a video presentation and to ask questions about the Bahamas and the way its people live. The afternoon saw an unexpected turn of events when a participating parent heard a familiar voice on the video of last years Boxing Day and New Years Junkanoo events in the Bahamas. She rushed over to look, and to her amazement, she recognised a relative whom she had not seen for many years, who is now living in the Bahamas. International travelling performers assist with Keep Grand Bahama Clean efforts K GBC PUPPETS Whilst on-island, visiting Up with People cast members made special appearances as the popular K GBC puppets at various schools. Pictured (left to right Garcia Milan of Mexico and Katie of the US. CULTURAL INTERCHANGE Visiting Up with People members get a chance to enjoy local culture in Count Bassie Square, Port Lucaya Marketplace. UP WITH PEOPLE h elp Keep Grand Bahama Clean Cast members and students of St Pauls College coll ect and bag litter. JUNKANOO GOES TO HARLEM SCHOOL

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EMPLOYEES of the G rand Bahama Port A uthority and Group of C ompanies recently made a donation to the Salvation Army following a successful clothing drive amongst staff m embers. Y anique Pinder, the 2 010/11 Group Employee o f the Year, said over 1,000 u nits were collected, cons isting of mens, womens and childrens apparel, shoes and fashion accessories. We are extremely excited at the success of our campaign, Walk a mile in my shoes, share the clothes on m y back. It was very import ant for every member of the GBPA family to support t his drive so that we in turn w ould be able to assist the S alvation Army in their efforts to service the needs of those in the community, s he said. A brainchild of GBPAs c ommunity relations department, the clothing drive was conducted over a two-week period, with staff members from throughout the groupb ringing in clothing and other apparel with the aim of supplying sufficient items tor estock the Salvation Armys Goodwill Store. I an Rolle, GBPA president, praised their efforts. This gesture demons trates that the employees h ave bought into our miss ion statement, To better the lives of the Grand Bahama community, and by extension, the Bahamas. A nd so today Im very p leased to see our employe es join together in partners hip to display in their own w ay, GBPAs commitment t o the Grand Bahama community. On hand to receive the donation were Roger and Cheryl Compton, commanding officers off the Salvation Army. Captain Roger e xplained that the donation c ould not have come at a better time, considering t heir current depleted stock a t the thrift store. At Christmas time people are cleaning out their closets and such and we get r eally bounteous donations around then, but now our i nventory has almost run down to nothing. So, its great that GBPA remembered us and as you can see from what has beend onated today, these are high quality items that we will be able to offer atr educed prices. Expressing similar sentim ents, Captain Cheryl stressed the significance of the Salvation Armys thrift s tore in the effort to assist t he needy in the community. All of our programmes, whether it be food, things with the children and youth, the ministry and all of the different aspects of our disaster services, are funded by proceeds from the Goodwill Store and the generosity of t hose on the island. Its reall y our thrift store that helps to generate funds for our overall operations, so thats why this donation is so meaningful to us because now we have items for resale that can help fund our programs longer, she said. The Salvation Armys G oodwill Store is opened f rom 10am 4pm, every day except Sunday. Social workers are also on-site 10am 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays to render assistance or advice to any in need. GBPA was pleased at the success of our compan ys clothing drive. We seek to lead by example and hopefully this will encourage other corporate citizens and those in the wider community to donate generously to organisations like the Salvation Army, Mr Pinder said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 7 By LAMECH JOHNSON WITH March globally recognised a s literacy month for Rotary International, a local Rotary club has decided to host a book drive for one of Nassaus primary schools in ordert o help stock its library. The Rotary Club of East Nassau (RCENP rimary students in acquiring readi ng materials for their understocked library. RCEN president Joanne Smith told The Tribune that the school has m ore than 700 students who need reading material to feed their young, eager minds. RCEN members were encouraged t o donate books and other reading materials at the clubs weekly lun cheon on Friday. M s Smith is now also appealing t o members of the public to donate. You can bring books to Media Enterprises at 31 Shirley ParkA venue, she said. Principal of Thelma Gibson Angela Russell said she is grateful for RCENs help with the initiative. Its difficult to put a number on the amount of books that the library needs for our students, but the more the merrier, she said. I t was the clubs initial interest in helping with the construction of a playground for the Thelma Gibson pre-school that made the school seek further assistance with their mission to acquire more books for their stu d ents. Rotary is an organisation with more than 1.2 million members worldwide. There are six clubs in New Providence, of which RCEN is the biggest with over 100 members. O thers are located in Cat Island, E leuthera, Abaco and Freeport. By LAMECH JOHNSON ROTARY Club of Nassaus guest speaker at its weekly meeting Friday told club members that businesses are not aware that they can receive funding for environmental projects from the Global Environment Facility, which was established in 1991. Stacy Moultrie, a project consultant for the Global Environ ment Facility (GEF a power point presentation and described the workings of GEF, which is the largest funding organisation of projects to improve the global environment. GEF is an independent financial organization starting from the World Bank that provides grants to developing countries and countries in transition for projects related to the environment, she said. Currently the government is the only entity in the Bahamas that receives funding from the organisation. GEF has an incentive where, depending on the size of the project, the company can receive anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 to draw up the proposals. The GEF unites 182 member governments, of which the Bahamas is a part, in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to address global environmental issues. Ms Moultrie said that GEFs focal areas are biodiversity, chemicals, climate change, international waters, land degradation and sustainable forestry management. Any project, in order to receive funding, must fit into one of these categories, she said. Persons interested should note that GEF approval normally takes between 12 to 18 months and requires co-financing. For every dollar you ask, you must have a dollar to match, she said. According to GEFs website, the Bahamas has had nine projects since 1997, though approval and completion of them came at a later date. For more information on how to qualify and receive funding for an environmental project, visit their website at www.thegef.org. Salvation Army beneficiary of GBPA clothing drive GBPA DONATES TO THE SALVATION ARMY After a successful clothing drive, GBPA management and Departmental Employees of the Year presented commanding officers of the Salvation Army with clothing, footwear and accessories. Pictured (front row, left to right Compton of the Salvation Army; Ginger Moxey, vice-president of the GBPA; Ian Rolle, GBPA president; Geneva Rutherford, GBPAs directoro f community relations, and Captain Roger Compton of the Salvation Army. BUSINESSES UN A WARE OF BEING ABLE T O OBTAIN FUNDS FROM GEF ROT AR Y CLUBNEWS Book Drive for Primary School Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. Over 1,000 units of clothing collected

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L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE intentionally acaused Mrs Adderleys death on Monday, February 28. Mrs Adderley was found dead inside an apartment in Dundas Town, with injuriest o the back of her head. Police believe she h ad been involved in an argument prior to her death. The accused, who was not represented by an attorney yesterday, was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. Prosecutor Sandradee Gardiner said t he prosecution intends to proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment in the matterbypassing a preliminary inquiry inthe Magistrates Court. The case was adjourned to May 9, with A dderley remanded to Her Majestys Prison. tions concerning fresh water fish. Mr Mallis told The Tribune yesterday that talapia, a fresh water fish, was broughtt o the Bahamas in the 1960s to populate l akes, ponds and wells in hopes that it would become a "backyard agriculture product" for Bahamians, and as a conservation tactic to attract indigenous fish-eating birds. M r Mallis said that the talapia has flourished, however "mass killings using gill nets will not be sustainable in a closed systeml ike Lake Killarney and will wipe out the species. He added that the numbers of talapia s eem to have been dwindling in recent years. Last year, a source reported finding a gill n et in the middle of the lake that had killed s everal diving ducks, but the owner of the net was never found. Even if he were, there is no guarantee t hat legal action would be taken. "This is an unprecedented issue," Mr Mallis admitted, but added that if the use of g ill nets on the lake is harming protected s pecies, it should be made illegal and covered by legislation. While Mr Mallis stressed there is no way t o know if there are any health risks associ ated with eating the fish from Lake Killarney, as the water and fish have not beent ested, lead poisoning is a possibility. F or years, cheaper lead pellets have been used in shotguns by hunters in the Bahamas, rather than steel pellets. When birds are hunted on lakes, stray lead shot can be eaten by fish or can break down, contaminating the water and possiblyr esulting in lead poisoning for anyone who uses the lake as a food source. Mr Deveaux said that following The Tribunes inquiries, the ministries of Public H ealth, Agriculture and Marine Resources have been alerted to the matter. He said a public alert will be issued. alleged connection were recently broadcast by Canadian station CTV in a television special. The news station reported on an alleged connection between Mr Forbes and a Bahamian registered company, GSF Lim ited, accused of squandering client investments. Arnold Forbes & Co was the registered office/agent for GSF Limited, and Mr Forbes served as a director with two Quebec residents, Jean-Pierre Tremblay and Stephane Hardy. GSF Limited was at the centre of a high-profile trial last year, when Canadian millionaire Nick Djokich was found guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder for hire. Those claims are all a bunch of b******t. And you can quote me on that. They say they were looking for $6 million and they found it in the end. Where is the story in that? Mr Roberts asked. When it came over the television and we looked at it there was nothing in it. The claims were asinine. His role in whatever took place is the role that lawyers in Nassau do every day and continue to do today, he said. Mr Forbes said the report disparaged his character and he plans to sue the Canadian broadcaster. We incorporated the company which is a normal practice for law firms espe cially those in corporate law, said Mr Forbes in explaining his involvement. We provided a corporate service to a client and it was n ormal to always act as offi cers and directors. We got all the due diligence that is needed and these clients checked out clean. When I found out that these guys were up to no good we terminated (busi ness with them) immediately, he said In the Djokich trial, Djokich claimed he invested $6 million in GSF Limited with an understanding that his annual interest rate was 20 per cent and his principal funds were guaranteed. The CTV report claims that when Mr Djokich went to cash out money in 2004, he was informed by company directors that the money was all gone. The report claims Djo kich went to desperate lengths to uncover the story behind his missing money. He tried working through various Canadian authorities, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police fraud squad in Calgary, the Quebec Provincial Police and the Quebec Securities Commission. But after years of unsuccessful attempts, he was driven to launch his own experiment in vigilantism, according to CTV. Based on details revealed in the trial, Djokich orches trated a series of kidnap pings, torture sessions and attempted murder, including an alleged hit placed on Mr Forbes and Richard DeVries, a Canadian lawyer living in the Bahamas, as well as others. Djokichs scheme unraveled when the hit-man he hired turned out to be an undercover US Immigration and Customs enforcement agent. A segment in the CTV programme depicts a Canadian reporter speaking with Mr Forbes, asking for his account of what happened to the millions of dollars that passed through GSF Limited. Mr Forbes was then con fronted with copies of documents that purportedly bore his signature and alleged he was a director and signing officer for the company and had authorised hundreds of thousands of dollars in payouts. On the programme, Mr Forbes asked the television crew to return in a couple of days so he could provide them with documents to clear him and his company of any wrongdoing. The report claimed that when the crew returned Mr Forbes could offer nothing conclusive. Mr Forbes maintains he never had a connection to Djokich, and the allegations have no bearing on what he plans to do in the constituency of Mount Moriah. National Security Minis ter Tommy Turnquest, the Member of Parliament for Mount Moriah, said he did not want to comment on the situation at this time. When asked if he anticipated the allegations fac toring into the upcoming elections, he said: I don't need the misfortunes of others to win. Mr Turnquest won the last election by more than 500 votes, and he said he is confident his support is still strong. He said any support he may have lost would likely be counter-balanced by new supporters gained. the robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white 2006 Chevy Suburban they stole from an employee. P olice later found the vehicle abandoned at Bain Street, off Nassau Street. Construction sites and other busin esses that employ cash payroll were urged yesterday to invest in a checking s ystem which would eliminate the increased risk of keeping large sums of cash on site. All cash-based businesses a re advised to invest in high-quality surveillance, security guards, and have g reater communication with the police. Supt Dean added: Call the police, call the crime prevention office, we can g ive recommendations on how you can make your home or business more s ecure. Our officers will come out to y our place and conduct a survey, for free, and present you with recommendations based on our findings. Anyone with any information that m ight assist police in their investigations into all criminal matters should call 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymous ly on 328-TIPS (8477 PLP c hair man sa ys committee not aware of fraud allegations link to candidate FROM page one MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS MOTHER FROM page one 66 ARMED ROBBERY VICTIMS IN 2 MONTHS FROM page one Public raises concerns over nets used in Lake Killarney fishing F ROM page one CONCERNS WERE RAISED when photographs surfaced of persons pulling large nets filled with fish o ut of Lake Killarney.

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ROBERT BURNS, A P National Security Writer BAGRAM, Afghanistan U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that both the U.S. and Afghan governments agree the American military should remain involved in Afghanistan after the p lanned 2014 end of combat operations to help train and advise Afghan forces. "Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we're willing to do that," Gates told a group of U.S. troops at Bagram air field, which is headq uarters for U.S. and NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. "My sense is, they (Afghan officials) are interested in having us do that." A soldier asked Gates about a long-term military presence, and Gates noted that Washington and Kabul have recently begun negotiating a security partnership. He mentioned no details. He was to meet later in the day with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. On Sunday, the Afghan National Security Council discussed the matter of a longterm security accord with the U.S., according to a statement issued by Karzai's office. The statement said Karzai told the council that the U.S. wants the deal worked out as soon as possible. And he said that on the Afghan side it was matter not just for the government but for the Afghan people to decide. The U.S. has said it wants a long-term relationship with Afghanistan, in part to ensure the country does not again become a haven for al-Qaida or affiliated terrorist groups. Karzai's interest is rooted in his desire for U.S. security guarantees and commitments that c ould help bring stability and prosperity. Gates is at the start of a twoday visit with U.S. troops, allied commanders and Afghan leaders to gauge war progress as the Obama administration moves toward crucial decisions on reducing troop levels. The trip comes during heightened tensions between the U.S. and Afghanistan. On Sunday, Karzai rejected a U.S. apology for the mistaken killing of nine Afghan boys in a NATO air attack. The Afghan president told Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, that expressing regret was insufficient for last week's killing of the boys, ages 12 and under, by coalition heli copters. A planned visit to a combat outpost south of Kabul was scratched due to poor weath er, and instead Gates made a brief flight north to Bagram, headquarters for the U.S.-led command that is responsible for eastern Afghanistan. The Pentagon chief visited a combat hospital, where Maj. Gen. John Campbell told reporters three soldiers had been admitted earlier in the day with wounds from a roadside bomb blast. In his remarks to troops assembled inside a cavernous building on the air field, Gates offered encouragement. "I know you've had a tough winter, and it's going to be a tougher spring and summer, but you've made a lot of headway," h e said. "I think you've proven, with your Afghan partners, that this thing is going to work and that we'll be able to prevail." Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters flying with the Pentagon chief from Washington that Gates wants to get a firsthand feel for changes on the ground since he last was in Afghanistan in December. The U.S. is committed to beginning a troop withdrawal in July. But the size and scope of the pullback will depend on the degree of progress toward handing off full control to the shaky Afghan government. Morrell said Gates expects to hear from troops and commanders that U.S. and NATO strategy is making important progress against the relentless Taliban, who are thought to be gearing up for a spring offensive. Campbell told reporters in Bagram that the number of roadside bomb attacks has risen in the last two weeks. "The enemy is trying to get an early start on what he would call a spring offensive," Campbell said, adding that it was not yet clear whether there has been an increase in Taliban fighter infiltration from the Pakistan side of the border. U.S. commanders have been saying for weeks that the Taliban are suffering big losses in territory and personnel, while being denied the funding and infiltration routes they have relied on in the past to ramp up guerrilla operations each s pring. Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, top commander in the southwestern province of Helmand, told reporters last week that a Taliban counteroffensive is anticipated. Mills said he expects the Taliban to try "to regain very, very valuable territory ... lost over the past six to eight months." He added that U.S. and allied forces are intercepting "as many of the foreign fighters as we can" who come from Pakistan to attack U.S. and Afghan troops. Gates sees the spring as a potentially decisive period for President Barack Obama's war strategy, which includes begin ning to withdraw U.S. forces in July. This week's visit is Gates' 13th trip to Afghanistan, and probably one of his last as defense secretary. He has said he will retire this year but has not given a date. After Afghanistan, Gates planned to fly to the Stuttgart, Germany, headquarters of U.S. Africa Command to attend a ceremony Wednesday marking the arrival of a new commander, Army Gen. Carter Ham. Gates will attend a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Fri day. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Gates: US should stay involved in Afghanistan I BRAHIM BARZAK, A ssociated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip The Gaza Strip's Hamas government announced Sunday that it has arrested the spiritual leader of an extremist Islamic group after a two-year search. It was one of the most high-profile arrests against a s eries of shadowy groups that have tried to challenge Hamas rule in Gaza in recent years. These groups, known as Salafis, draw inspiration from the al-Qaida terror network and believe the Iranian-backed Hamas is too moderate. Hamas said Sheikh Abu Walid-al-Maqdasi, the leader o f the group "Monotheism and Holy War," was arrested in a crowded beachside neighborhood of Gaza City last week. A l-Maqdasi's group shares the same name as an al-Qaid a inspired group suspected in hotel bombings in Egypt 's Sinai desert between 2004 and 2005 that killed more t han 120 people. It's not clear if it's the same group. I n Gaza, al-Maqdasi's group says Hamas, a fundam entalist group that has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks, should do more to battle Israel. It also says Hamas must impose an even more extreme version of Muslim law in Gaza. His group has also claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Israel in defiance of an unwritten truce between the Jewish state and Gaza's Hamas rulers. It is believed t o have attracted former Hamas loyalists disenchanted w ith the militant group's enforcement of a two-year-old cease-fire. H amas has been especially wary of their hardline chall engers, particularly since the spiritual mentor of anothe r shadowy group defied Hamas and announced a separate Islamic state in southern Gaza in 2009. That prompted a gun battle with Hamas police that killed more than2 0 people. Hamas spokesman Salah Bardawil says al-Maqdasi spread incitement against Hamas and tried to attract youths to his organization. Al-Maqdasi, who is Palestinian, sneaked into Gaza in 2006, with his wife and seven children, Hamas officials said. He is believed to be about 50, and he also is known a s Hisham al-Suaydani. Hamas has been trying to track h im down for two years. MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press ISLAMABAD Pakistan's prime minister told mourners at a Friday funeral Mass for a Christian politician assassinated for opposing harsh blasphemy laws that they had a lost a great leader and that the government would do its "utmost" to bring his killers to justice. Shahbaz Bhatti, the sole Christian government minister, was shot dead Wednesday after being threatened for opposing laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. He was the second Pakistani politician killed in two months over the matter, and his death underscored the perils facing a government that is increasingly too weak to govern well or buck the religious right. Also Friday, a bomb went off in a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing eight people and wounding 25 around prayer time. Police official Saif Ali Khan says the blast in Akbarpura village occurred as worshippers gathered at a shrine attached to the mosque to collect free food. Islamist extremists frequently attack Muslims as well religious minorities to sow fear and undermine confidence in the Pakistani government. As anguished friends and relatives of Bhatti, a 42-year-old Roman Catholic, prepared to bury him in his home village of Khushpur on Friday, mourners packed an Islamabad church in the morning to pay their respects. There, Prime Min ister Yousuf Raza Gilani praised a man many described as gentle, humble and devoted to help ing Pakistan's downtrodden religious minorities. "People like him, they are very rare," Gilani told the overflow crowd. "All the minorities have lost a great leader. I assure you, we will try our utmost to bring the culprits to justice." The prime minister did not specifically mention Islamist extremists who have waged a war on a country, though he has issued statements denouncing them in recent days. Gilani also avoided mentioning the blasphemy laws, which rights groups have long deplored as vague and misused to persecute minorities. Christians are the largest religious minority in Pakistan, where 95 percent of the country's 180 million people are Muslim. They often are the victims of discrimination and persecution, and they typically live in poor parts of towns and do low-skilled, badly paid jobs. GAZA HAMAS POLICE SEIZE HARDLINE EXTREMIST MUSLIM (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool GREETING: Gen. David Petraeus, left, top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, greets U.S. Defense S ecretary Robert Gates upon Gates arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan Monday, March 7, 2011. Gates arrived i n Afghanistan Monday, beginning a two-day visit with U.S. troops, allied commanders and Afghan leaders to gauge war progress as the Obama administration moves toward crucial decisions on reducing troop levels. Pakistani PM praises slain Christian at memorial (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash COMFORT: Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani comforts the mother of slain Christian leader Shahbaz Bhatti during Bhatti's funeral ceremony at a local church in Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday, March 4, 2011. Pakistan's prime minister told mourners at a Friday funeral Mass for a Christian politician assassi nated for opposing harsh blasphemy laws that they had a lost a great leader and that the government would do its "utmost" to bring his killers to justice.

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L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE get sound investment advice benet from multiple fund options earn potentially higher returnsall of the aboveinvestmentsplan your strategy call us today at (242396-4076 A SUBSIDIARY OFCORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY & SHIRLEY STREET & EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.com IN response to the Princess Margaret Hospit als pleas for more blood d onors, Lickety Split invite d the public to participate in an innovative blood drive in which those who donated a pint of blood, got a pint of Edys Grand ice cream free. The Edys Give A Pint, G et A Pint Blood Drive w as held at the Lickety S plit diner on JFK Drive. Managing director of the company Llewellyn Burrows was first in line to donate, followed by various Lickety Split staff members. T hroughout the six-hour b lood drive, a steady stream of customers lined u p to give a pint of blood a nd get their ice cream p rize. The event was Lickety Splits fourth blood drivei n aid of the PMH Blood Bank. Thanks to the compa nys efforts and the givings pirit of the donors, the PMH Blood Bank was able to collect almost 30 p ints. LICKETY SPLIT HOSTS GIVE A PINT, GET A PINT B LOOD DRIVE L LEWLLYN BURROWS Lickety Split managing director, was first to donate. CINDY BROWN Lickety Split store manager, puts on a brave face. P MH BLOOD BANK s taffer starts the flow on a donor. A BLOOD DONOR anticipates her free pint of ice cream. WASHINGTON Associated Press PRESIDENT Barack Oba ma reversed course Monday and ordered a resumption of military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making his once ironclad promise to close the isolated prison look even more distant. Guantanamo has been a major political and national security headache for the president since he took office promising to close the prison within a year, a deadline that came and went without him ever setting a new one. Obama made the change with clear reluctance, bowing to the reality that Congress' vehement opposition to trying detainees on U.S. soil leaves them nowhere else to go. The president emphasized his preference for trials in federal civilian courts, and his administra tion blamed congressional med dling for closing off that avenue. "I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system including (federal) courts to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," Obama said ina statement. "Going forward, all branches of government have a responsi bility to come together to forge a strong and durable approach to defend our nation and the values that define who we are as a nation." The first Guantanamo trial likely to proceed under Obama's new order would involve Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. AlNashiri, a Saudi of Yemeni descent, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2006. Defense officials have said that of the around 170 detainees at Guantanamo, about 80 are expected to face trial by mili tary commission. On Monday, the White House reiterated that the administration remains com mitted to eventually closing Guantanamo which is on a U.S. Navy base and that Monday's actions were in pursuit of that goal. But the out come Obama wants seemed even more distant. Critics of the military com mission system, which was established specifically to deal with the detainees at Guan tanamo, contend that suspects are not given some of the most basic protections afforded people prosecuted in American courts and that that serves as a recruitment tool for terrorists. Obama's administration has enacted some changes to the military commission system while aiming to close down Guantanamo. More than two dozen detainees have been charged there, but the charges against a number of them were dismissed in the wake of Obama's order in January 2009 to halt the commission process. So far six detainees have been convicted and sentenced, including Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, Osama bin Laden's media spe cialist who told jurors he had volunteered to be the 20th Sept. 11 hijacker. He is serving a life sentence at Guantanamo. Meanwhile, the first Guantanamo detainee tried in civilian court in New York was convicted in November on just one of more than 280 charges that he took part in the al-Qai da bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. That case ignited strident opposition to any further such trials. Obama r estar ts Guantanamo tr ials

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SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.72 $4.72 $4.72 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 r"" ttrrf n$tb By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Price controls are putting Bahamian businesses in at ime warp, leaving them unable to adjust margins in the face of increasing costs a nd other changes in the eco nomic climate, a think-tank executive yesterday charging that they ultimately resulted i n product shortages. Rick Lowe, of the Nassau Institute, said the Govern-m ent-imposed price controls on industries such as petroleum and food, ostensibly to protect the interests of low i ncome Bahamian consumers, were misnamed and failed to work because they could noti mpact international factors outside this nations control. Suggesting that it was really price management, rather than price control, that the Government-dictated mark-ups imposed on various Bahamian businesses, Mr Lowe said a better solution was for the administration to get out of the way and let the market, through competi tion, determine the price of PRICE CONTROLS PLACING BUSINESS IN TIME W ARP Think tank executive warns government-imposed margin andm ark-up restrictions ultimately cause product shortages and distort market* Government urged to get out of the way and let market decide prices through competition* Many firms would do better putting money in the bank than staying open SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian t ransportation company, which consumes almost one million gallons of diesel per year, yesterday said it had seen its fuel costs rise 35 per cent year-over-year, a senior executive telling TribuneB usiness it was ridiculous that this nation had yet to MAJOR TRANSPORT FIRM IN 35% FUEL C OST HIKE Bahamas Ferries executive s ays ridiculous that nation has yet to devise long-term solution to fuel price inflation, his firm using almost one million gallons per year* Now exploring hedging strategy to aid all fueldependent Bahamian companies, via talks with oil firms and major banks SEE page 5B KHAALIS ROLLE When you use close to one million gallons of fuel a year it is ridiculous. B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A change in its loan provisioning policy resulted in Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FINCO ing credit loss provisions by $8.9 million during its 2010 financial year, a key factor b ehind net income quadrupling to more than $18 mil$8.9m FINCO boost through loan provision policy change Reduction in credit allowances from 40% to 30% o f non-accrual loans key factor i n quadrupling of mortgage l enders 2010 income Non-performing loans hit $88.64m or 10.47% of totall oan portfolio FINCO insurance subsidiary w as still seeking licence renewal at balance sheet date SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Chamber of C ommerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC has launched a MysteryS hopper project that aims to test every single business in the Bahamas on frontline performance and cusChamber unveils Mystery Shop plan Aims to test every single business in the Bahamas onc ustomer service and front-line performance for indefinite period SEE page 2B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net W ork on the $138.3 million Phase II stage of the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA will begin on Thursday, March 17, with the s elective demolition of t he existing US depar ture terminal. T he second stage, w hich follows comple Airports $138m second stage to start March 17 Plan to construct 226,000 sq ft a rrivals terminal and pier Contracts for stonework, masonry and carpeting now before NAD/Airport Authority Board for approvals SEE page 3B GUIDEDTOUR: A tour of the Airp ort last year. By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Agriculture could be generating $305 million per year towards Bahamian Gross Domestic Product (GDP pared to the $40.2 million recorded in the most recent statistics, if proper reporting and recording of all agricultural outputs took place, a Department of Agriculture official said yesterday. Leslie Minns, a statistician with the Department, said in his most recently-issued report on agricultures contribution to the Bahamian economy that there has been under-reporting of agricultural output since the first census in 1978. Agriculture in the Bahamas is perceived as one of the sectors with little economic activity, and therefore its contribution to the Gross National Product is considered minimal. As an agricultural professional, and as per the definition for economic activity, nothing could be further from the truth, said Mr Minns in a report released to senior agriculture officials in January. A fact which Mr Minns suggests highlights this appears in this report. In it, an increase in the total value of agricultural production from $78 million in 2008 to around $194.8 million in 2009 is documented. Acreage recorded as being under cultivation by farmers or being used for livestock increased by 511 per cent, from 5,793 acres in 2005/2006, to 35,402 acres in 2009. However, rather than being a consequence of a significant rise in actual output created by farmers or other individuals producing agricultural goods, Mr Minns suggests this increase is primarily due to better recordkeeping and data collection, which needs to be further improved if a true picture of agricultures contribution to the economy is to be obtained. Between 1994 and 2006, only reported data that willingly made available by a relatively small selection of farmers was used to estimate agricultural output. From 2005, the department turned to the Farmers Register to better estimate production and its value. Farmers become registered to obtain incentives such as duty-free agricultural equipment, imports and hurricane relief, and such a register has been one of the only ways for the Government to get a better handle on the farming industry, given that there have traditionally been few other incentives for producers to make themselves known for data collection purposes. Mr Minns said he hopes that in the future input from other areas, from which economic value is derived from agriculture, can be included in reports detailing agricultures input into the national economy. Agricultures contribution to the $6.7 billion GDP in 2008 was found to be just 0.6 per cent or $40.2 million. In 2009, this rose to 0.7 per cent. The statistician laments that only economic value derived from the production of crops and livestock in the Bahamas Agriculture output $305m per annum SEE page 4B

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By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net Economists and business leaders yesterday joined Opposition MPs in questioning the Governments d ecision to allow more than a year-and-a-half to pass w ithout producing any updated unemployment figures, each stressing the importance of such data for proper economic and social policy formulation. The last available statist ics on the level of unemp loyment in the Bahamas were released in September 2009, following a survey conducted in May of that year. At that time it was found t hat the unemployment rate was the highest it had been since the early 1990s. F or New Providence, the u nemployment rate of 8.7 p er cent in 2008 increased to 12.1 per cent in February2 009, then to 14 per cent in M ay 2009. A similar trend was experienced in Grand Bahama, with rates of 9 per cent, 14.6 per cent and 17.4 per cent recorded for those three dates. A labour force survey, w hich records the unemployment rate, is traditionally undertaken on an annual basis, except in a Census year, when it is bypassed in f avour of focusing on this l arger, once in a decade, p roject. Ryan Pinder, MP for Eliza beth and a tax attorney by p rofession, raised the dearth of statistics relating to unemployment, a key economic indicator, as a matter of concern in the House of Assembly last week. Speaking with Tribune Business yesterday, he said t he unemployment figures a re important so we have a n understanding not only o f the unemployment figure, b ut of who is unemployed f rom what sectors and age groups, with such data key to better positioning thosec oncerned to establish policies to really provide some buoyancy to the situation. Responding in Parliament t o Mr Pinders criticism over the lack of figures, minister of state for finance, Zhivarg o Laing, noted that last y ear the Department of Stat istics undertook a nationwide Census ,and for thisr eason, resource limitations d id not permit the opportunity for a labour force survey to be conducted as usua l. Director of Statistics, Kalsie Dorsett, yesterdayc onfirmed that a labour force survey has never been u ndertaken in a Census y ear, and her department w ould not have had the capacity, either financially, human or infrastructure, tod o both. However, Mr Pinder and others have suggested this may not be an adequate rea-s on to ditch the survey at this time. We are in a unique cli mate where I think that d ecision is not in the best interests of the country, and if we have to do somethingd ifferent because of the c hallenges we have and the situation we find ourselves in, then we do it. That is the responsibility of a govern m ent, Mr Pinder said. I understand the proposition they dont do it in aC ensus year, but I also say if its only a matter of resources, much more bene fit would come from having t he unemployment statistics t han not having it. You get more than just a number, its an analysis of whats going on out there in terms of employment. James Smith, former minister of state for finance under the Christie administration, concurred. Espec ially during a recession, w hen we went through a p eriod of high joblessness a nd lay offs and were still s eeing them its very i mportant to have timely economic data on all areas of the economy, he said. I think many sectors of the economy have been looking forward to having some idea of how deep and b road this recession is, and how its impacting the labour force. At the very least I think a n appeal should be made t o the Government in the general interest of econom-i c planning to try to make t he resources available, because businesses also depend on that kind of information to plan going forward. The level of unemp loyment gives you a measure of the level of demand for your goods and servicesa nd so many other things. Khaalis Rolle, chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and EmployersC onfederation (BCCEC said he feels strongly that more emphasis and resources must be broughtt o bear on information gathering in the Bahamian econ omy generally. I nstead of being prepared o n an annual basis as they have traditionally been, Mr Rolle said he would support resources being put in placet o ensure such statistics can be compiled on a monthly or quarterly basis. Its difficult for me to say precisely why it wasnt done (the Labour Force survey in 2010). I think in any givenp eriod its always critical to have information, and one of our key economic indicators is unemployment. I d ont believe that information should not be available and compiled on a regular basis, he said. You are at the mercy of making decisions in a vacuu m or in the dark if you d ont have quality informat ion. Dion Foulkes, Labour Minister, yesterday reiterated the Governments position that it would have been impractical for the Department of Statistics to do both t he Census and the Labour F orce Survey in 2010. We hired hundreds of people to conduct the Census, which comes up every 10 years. It was very detailed a nd took a very long time, and the Department of Statistics got a special allocat ion to hire those people and p rovide the necessary equipm ent and documents to conduct the survey, he said. Money is only a part of t he equation. Its also a question of capacity in terms of infrastructure, buildings, desks, computers, training. Its a very comprehensive and holistic approach, especially with unemployment f igures because you want them to be as accurate as possible. Ms Dorsett, head of the Department of Statistics, s aid that besides her staff a nd offices being occupied w ith Census-related work, another problem witha ttempting to undertake a L abourForce survey in a Census year, which cannot be combated by the alloca tion of more resources, is a simple matter of public cooperation. The most important t hing is you cant go to householders twice like that in a year. They are alreadyg etting tired of you (after t he Census), she said. Mr Foulkes, meanwhile, suggested that the Govern ment has been able to assesst he unemployment situation to some degree using other barometers, such as then umber of individuals signing up to obtain unemployment benefits which has dropped sharply. We believe a tremendous a mount of jobs have been created through projects such as the airport re-devel-o pment, the road improvement project, the straw mar ket. Atlantis has taken on some 300 people recently, he added. B USINESS P AGE 2B, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE tomer service, its chairman yesterday describing it as another plank in the organisations drive to deliver value-added ser vices to its members. Khaalis Rolle, who is also Bahamas Ferries chief marketing officer, told Tribune Business: We just launched the Mystery Shopper project, and thats an initiative most businesses can benefit from. I find that to be a very effective means of monitoring the performance of your business, particularly on the front line. It is a project designed to test that level and quality of service that youre offering to the cus tomer. Its a well-constructed, diagnosis type of project where people go into the business and evaluate the type of experience they have. They give a report on how businesses perform in every key area. Mr Rolle told Tribune Business that Bahamas Ferries has been using it [the Mystery Shopper initiative] for a couple of years now, and when we started everyone thought it was a nuisance, and now at the beginning of the month e-mails start flying on when the reports due. Each departments wants to know how its done. The BCCEC chairman described the Mys tery Shopper programme as one of the value-added services were offering to our members. He told Tribune Business that the initiative would continue indefinitely, and added: We hope to test every single business in the Bahamas. Looking at the bigger picture and the long-term future, after he demits office as BCCEC chairman in June, Mr Rolle added: I wanted to leave the Chamber with a value proposition. That [the Mystery Shopper] really adds value to the membership. I want businesses to say that the Cham ber is not only an advocacy organisation, but a value added organisation. This is one of the diverse revenue streams we wanted to add, diversifying revenue streams beyond just membership fees. Chamber unveils Mystery Shop plan FROM page 1B Timely economic data demanded RYAN PINDER ZHIVARGOLAING

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lion, even though non-performing loans exceeded 10 per cent of its total portfolio. The BISX-listed mortgage l ender, which is 75 per cent o wned by Royal Bank of C anadas Bahamian subsidiary, revealed in its finan-c ial statements for the year to October 31, 2010, that it r educed the allowance for c redit (loan 4 0 per cent of non-accrual loan threshold used in 2009t o 30 per cent last year. T his move, following a Board and management review of FINCOs provisioning policy, which assessed factors such as the quality of security held over its mortgage portfolio and r ecovery rates, resulted in a c onsiderable boost to the m ortgage lenders 2010 f inancial results. This review resulted in the Corporation [FINCO] reducing its provisioning policy ratio to 30 per cent of non-accrual loans, and a r eduction of $8.9 million in t he amount charged for prov ision of credit losses, the financial statements, audited by Deloitte & Touche, stated. While current provisions a re considered conservative, t he Corporation will continue to review its provision-i ng policy and methodology t o ensure that levels remain appropriate and conservative. The $8.9 million reduction in FINCOs loan loss provisions went straight back into the income statement, and w ere a key factor behind the l enders dramatically i mproved performance in 2 010 compared to the prev ious year. I ndeed, the more than $13.7 million reduction in credit loss allowances, from $15.073 million to $1.345 million, was the main reason for the 399 per cent growth in FINCOs net i ncome to $18.188 million f rom $4.563 million the year b efore. Flat Otherwise, the lenders 2010 performance would h ave been essentially flat compared to 2009. Net interest income actually declined s lightly to $28.241 million, c ompared to $28.314 million t he year before, as a 6.9 per cent rise in interest incomet o $65.467 million was canc elled out by a 13 per cent increase in interest expense to some $37.226 million. Elsewhere, FINCOs financials disclosed that its non-accrual loan portfolio (loans that are more than 90 d ays past due) now accounted for 10.47 per cent of its $847.212 million loan portf olio, having increased from 8.09 per cent at year-end 2 009. Loans classified as nonaccrual represent 10.47 per cent (2009: 8.09 per cent the total loan portfolio, theD eloitte & Touche audited financial statements said. At the consolidated bala nce sheet date, the carrying amounts of loans whose t erms were renegotiated during the year were $22.429 million, and interest accrued on loans to date were $1.58m illion. The total value of FIN COs non-accrual loans had a lso increased by 36.8 per c ent year-over-year, hitting $88.64 million compared to $64.812 million the year before. However, the cumulative value of residential m ortgages that were nonp erforming fell from $60.534 m illion to $59.769 million. The increase was caused bya dramatic surge in non-performing non-residential m ortgage loans, from $3.862 m illion to $28.457 million, l ikely due to a surge in delinquencies among businessc lients. E lsewhere, Deloitte & Touche noted that FINCOs wholly-owned subsidiary, FINCO Insurance Agency, was still awaiting renewal of its insurance licence by the Insurance Commission as at t he January 28, 2011, bala nce sheet date. As of the balance sheet d ate, FINCO Insurance A gencys application for r enewal of its agency licence is pending with the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas. FINCO Insurance Agency is taking steps to satisfy all regulatory requirements, the accounting firm s aid. FINCO added that a Central Bank of the Bahamas directive that s ome of its loans be riskw eighted at 100 per cent i mpacted its capital ratios. For Tier 1 and Total Capitalr atios, these fell to 15.86 per c ent and 17.11 per cent respectively at year-end 2010, compared to 18.53 per cent and 19.78 per cent they ear before. B USINESS P AGE 4B, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $8.9m FINCO boost through loan provision policy change FROM page 1B have traditionally been included in reports detailing the sectors contribution to the economy. However, the problem with this, he added, is that there has not been full and accurate reporting of statistics relating to these areas, and this definition of the economic contribution of agriculture to the Bahamas is too narrow. Mr Minns suggests that some of the key areas in which economic value is being derived from agriculture in the Bahamas, but are yet to be properly documented, include animal husbandry (the breeding of domestic pets and farm animals for sale); dairy farming and the production of animal products; horticultural services (such as landscaping; and the production and sale of ornamental plants and flowers), hunting and forestry. Within these groups, Mr Minns said he has reason to believe that hunting and forestry-related economic activity may be worth $25 million a year to the Bahamian economy through activities such as foreign visitors engaging in hunting of wild animals in the Bahamas, Bahamian boat builders harvesting local wood for their vessels and the use of local woods for furniture and more. It has been said that no significant hunting and forestry activities take place in the Bahamas. Nothing could be further from the truth. While for this report we may only be reporting a modest estimate of $3.5 million, this sub-sector of agriculture is contributing greatly to our economy, said Mr Minns in the report. He also suggests that a much greater value is being derived from the harvesting of top (straw), coal, Brazilian pepper (used for animal feed) and cotton than he has been able to record due to minimal reporting. Fruit T he growth of fruit bearing trees, vegetable seedlings and herbs and spices for sale, combined with the provision of landscaping ser vices and the production of ornamental plants at local nurseries for sale to people using them in their gardens and homes, could be worth a combined $150 million annually to the Bahamian economy but is not yet properly documented, said Mr Minns. Mr Minns further notes that of all the animal products available in the Bahamas, the Department of Agriculture only tracks the pro duction of eggs and honey, which were worth $9.6 million and$ 193,000 in 2009, respectively. Egg production in 2009 produced around six million eggs valued at $9.6 million. Of that amount, $1.96 million in economic value was derived from chickens in New Providence, $7.64 million came from Grand Bahama and $22,464 from Long Island. The Bahamas also produced 6,341 gallons of honey worth $193,050 in 2009. The greatest honey-producing island in 2009 was Eleuthera, which made 158,525 gallons, followed by Andros with 19,000, New Providence with 9,000, Abaco with 3,200 andG rand Bahama with 3,100. Mr Minns suggests that other animal products, or by-products, from which significant economic value is being derived but not recorded include chicken manure and milk. Perhaps the most used animal product for which no value has been placed is chicken manure, which we know is used widely throughout the Bahamas, he said. The statistician said that unless farmers make available infor mation on harvests, and agricultural officers from the various Family Islands and throughout New Providence report the data relating to output from the various agricultural sectors, he is unable to put them in his reports. Mr Minns calls for more resources to be invested in conducting surveys of the undocumented agricultural sectors, such as horti cultural services, animal husbandry, hunting and forestry, so that a true picture of their economic value can be determined going forward, adding to the traditionally documented crop and livestock production. Agriculture output $305 million per annum F ROM page 1B Share your news The Tribune wants to h ear from people who are m aking news in their neighbour hoods. 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d evise and implement a long-term solution to oilp rice shocks. K haalis Rolle, Bahamas Ferries chief marketing officer, said that in his capacity as the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC chairman, he was exploringf uel hedging options d esigned to shield all Bahamian companies espe cially those that were trans p ortation-based from expos ure to rapidly increasing oil prices. And he criticised the Bahamas tendency as an ation to focus on shortterm, temporary solutionsrather than long-term fixes, w hile the National Energy Policy and alternative energy forms seemed to becomea secondary issue once oil p rices started on a downw ard trend in late 2008. It is extremely high, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business,w hen asked about Bahamas Ferries current fuel bill. I think were up about 35 per cent compared to last year. When you use close to one million gallons of fuel a year, it is ridiculous. And, turning to the Bahamas failure as a nation to draw up and implement a comprehensive strategy to deal with oil and energyrelated cost increases, the BCCEC chairman said: We keep sounding this alarm. We keep going through these temporary fixes, and were not looking to longterm solutions. We keep ending up right back where we started. There isnt any substantial pressure to resolve this problem. Were back right where we were, and the minute prices started to trend downwards, nobody looked at it. This wasnt an issue any more; it became a secondary issue. A National Energy Poli cy now looks more needed than ever. Global oil prices moved close to $120 per barrel yesterday, with specula tors moving in to exploit theu ncertainty caused by Middle East turbulence, the latest bout of which is in Libya, w hile investors sought a safe h aven in gold. Now is the time for us, because these issues dont g o away, Mr Rolle told Trib une Business. They may disappear for a second, but they dont go away. Theyu sually come right back at y ou, and when they come back around, theyre more ferocious and more dangerous. We have to figure thiso ne out. Hedg ing The BCCEC chairman confirmed that he was exploring various hedging strategies and options, and iss et to meet this week with o ne of the major oil compa nies, having already spoken to commercial banks in the Bahamas and abroad. Hedging is a strategy where private sector com panies, anticipating a future increase in oil prices, lock-in existing prices by agreeing contracts to purchase oil at a fixed price over a certain period of time. In agreeing to do this, they are hoping to save against future oil price increases. However, major Bahamian institutions, such as BEC and Bahamasair, while looking at this possibility have declined to hedge in the past, fearing that they may come down on the wrong side of a hedge and suffer losses that will result in political repercussions. Im looking at some options that we havent explored in the past, Mr Rolle said, like hedging. Were looking at an option to hedge from a very global perspective. Were looking at hedging for everyone that is fuel dependent, especially companies that are fuel dependent like our business. Weve had some prelim inary discussions, and I thinkw ere going to try and further those discussions to speed this up. We actually h ave a meeting with one of t he oil majors this week, but w eve spoken to some of the commercial banks here and a broad. Its been positive. We just have to now look at the possibilities and look at howp ractical it is, what the o ptions are and how practi cal those options are. Mr Rolle added that the BCCEC was set to meetw ith Bahamian petroleum retailers this week to discuss their situation, where oilp rice increases were forcing them to increase their upfront capital outlay to buy supplies from the whole-s alers. This is causing cash flow and overdraft problems for the retailers. Weve had a couple of discussions with them, but nothing is substantiated asy et, Mr Rolle added. Im going to meet with a couple of them this week just to discuss it briefly and see what, if any support, can be given to them through the Chamber. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 5B products such as gasoline. Pointing out that price controls distorted the market for goods they were imposed on, especially if Bahamian companies were forced to sell below the market clearing or equilib-r ium price, Mr Lowe noted the impact that fixed margins had on the petroleum retail sector. Using the example of a gas station needing 20,000 gallons to fill its tanks, the Nassau Instit ute executive said an increase in global oil prices from $1 to $1.50, a 50 per cent increase, w ould raise the retailers cost to purchase this amount from the oil company by the same percentage from $20,000 to $30,000. If they cant make a higher margin to get more turnover, more cash flow, theyre forced to make additional arrangements with the banks etc to get additional float that will make up the inventory, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. Thats a problem, because theyre working on razor thin margins, the service stations. With fixed margins of $0.44 per gallon of gasoline, and $0.33 per gallon of diesel, MrL owe said Bahamian petroleum retailers, in c ommon with many other businesses, might find it prudent to exit the industry because t hey were unable to get the necessary return on their investment. W hen that happened, and no replacements e ntered the sector due to the unattractive fixed mark-ups, product shortages were thel ikely result. A lot of businesses today would probably do better putting money in the bank than the returns they g et by staying open, M r Lowe told Trib une Business. If businessmen are not getting a 3-5 per cent return on turnover, theyre bett er off sticking mone y in the bank. These price controls make it so you cant adjust your business model as times change. Youre putting businesses in a time warp, as everything is changing around them. Theyre mark-up restrictions, not price controls. Reacting to Prime Minister Hubert Ingrah ams comments on Saturday, when he sugg ested that price controls on the petroleum industry had protected Bahamian consumers, Mr Lowe contrasted this with what happenedw hen then-president Ronald Reagan removed similar controls in the US in the early 1980s. Arguing that things were back to normal within two weeks in the US, following the removal of controls imposed in the aftermath of oil price-driven inflation in the 1970s, MrL owe added: Government just needs to get o ut of the way. I think it [the petroleum industry situation] just again proves that price control doesnt work because there are too many factorsi nvolved. Weve had 40 centuries of price cont rols and governments putting them on, and t hen another government takes them off, throughout the world. They dont take into consideration all the things necessary to put a product on the mark et, things we in the Bahamas dont control, such as the initial costs, transportation, the potential blockages in the Middle East. Ultimately, we end up with shortages, Mr Lowe said. If the gas stations feel that they cant get a reasonable profit, theyre not going to sell it. Eventually, it costs more than they get in through profits. What do they do? Maybe they look for a n ew business, so ultimately shortages result from price controls. What happens is that intervention causes t he businessman to lay off staff, causing more unemployment. Thats really the unintended consequences of public policy. A gain arguing that it was not the Governments duty to intervene in transactions b etween business and consumer, Mr Lowe said the ultimate solution lay in freeing the market and allowing the three oil companies Shell, Texaco and Esso to compete at the wholesale level, with the dealers also competing among themselves. This, he suggested, would force all conc erned to be more efficient and, by allowing gas retailers to charge the margins and prices they wanted, consumers would naturally grav-i tate to those offering the lowest costs. They distort the margins you might get, or do not normally get, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business of price controls. And prices have gone up all the time. Price control is not preventing prices going up, b ecause petroleum costs are based on the international market. No one can control that. Mr Obama cant c ontrol it, and Mr Bush couldnt control it. I ts a little bit of a fallacy to say theres price control. If you want to say price management, thats fine. Price controls placing business in time warp FROM page 1B HUBERT INGRAHAM Major transport firm in 35% fuel cost hike FROM page 1B

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SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.72 $4.72 $4.72 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 r"" ttrrf n$tb By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Price controls are putting Bahamian businesses in at ime warp, leaving them unable to adjust margins in the face of increasing costs a nd other changes in the eco nomic climate, a think-tank executive yesterday charging that they ultimately resulted i n product shortages. Rick Lowe, of the Nassau Institute, said the Govern-m ent-imposed price controls on industries such as petroleum and food, ostensibly to protect the interests of low i ncome Bahamian consumers, were misnamed and failed to work because they could noti mpact international factors outside this nations control. Suggesting that it was really price management, rather than price control, that the Government-dictated mark-ups imposed on various Bahamian businesses, Mr Lowe said a better solution was for the administration to get out of the way and let the market, through competi tion, determine the price of PRICE CONTROLS PLACING BUSINESS IN TIME W ARP Think tank executive warns government-imposed margin andm ark-up restrictions ultimately cause product shortages and distort market* Government urged to get out of the way and let market decide prices through competition* Many firms would do better putting money in the bank than staying open SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian t ransportation company, which consumes almost one million gallons of diesel per year, yesterday said it had seen its fuel costs rise 35 per cent year-over-year, a senior executive telling TribuneB usiness it was ridiculous that this nation had yet to MAJOR TRANSPORT FIRM IN 35% FUEL C OST HIKE Bahamas Ferries executive s ays ridiculous that nation has yet to devise long-term solution to fuel price inflation, his firm using almost one million gallons per year* Now exploring hedging strategy to aid all fueldependent Bahamian companies, via talks with oil firms and major banks SEE page 5B KHAALIS ROLLE When you use close to one million gallons of fuel a year it is ridiculous. B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A change in its loan provisioning policy resulted in Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FINCO ing credit loss provisions by $8.9 million during its 2010 financial year, a key factor b ehind net income quadrupling to more than $18 mil$8.9m FINCO boost through loan provision policy change Reduction in credit allowances from 40% to 30% o f non-accrual loans key factor i n quadrupling of mortgage l enders 2010 income Non-performing loans hit $88.64m or 10.47% of totall oan portfolio FINCO insurance subsidiary w as still seeking licence renewal at balance sheet date SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Chamber of C ommerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC has launched a MysteryS hopper project that aims to test every single business in the Bahamas on frontline performance and cusChamber unveils Mystery Shop plan Aims to test every single business in the Bahamas onc ustomer service and front-line performance for indefinite period SEE page 2B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net W ork on the $138.3 million Phase II stage of the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA will begin on Thursday, March 17, with the s elective demolition of t he existing US depar ture terminal. T he second stage, w hich follows comple Airports $138m second stage to start March 17 Plan to construct 226,000 sq ft a rrivals terminal and pier Contracts for stonework, masonry and carpeting now before NAD/Airport Authority Board for approvals SEE page 3B GUIDEDTOUR: A tour of the Airp ort last year. By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Agriculture could be generating $305 million per year towards Bahamian Gross Domestic Product (GDP pared to the $40.2 million recorded in the most recent statistics, if proper reporting and recording of all agricultural outputs took place, a Department of Agriculture official said yesterday. Leslie Minns, a statistician with the Department, said in his most recently-issued report on agricultures contribution to the Bahamian economy that there has been under-reporting of agricultural output since the first census in 1978. Agriculture in the Bahamas is perceived as one of the sectors with little economic activity, and therefore its contribution to the Gross National Product is considered minimal. As an agricultural professional, and as per the definition for economic activity, nothing could be further from the truth, said Mr Minns in a report released to senior agriculture officials in January. A fact which Mr Minns suggests highlights this appears in this report. In it, an increase in the total value of agricultural production from $78 million in 2008 to around $194.8 million in 2009 is documented. Acreage recorded as being under cultivation by farmers or being used for livestock increased by 511 per cent, from 5,793 acres in 2005/2006, to 35,402 acres in 2009. However, rather than being a consequence of a significant rise in actual output created by farmers or other individuals producing agricultural goods, Mr Minns suggests this increase is primarily due to better recordkeeping and data collection, which needs to be further improved if a true picture of agricultures contribution to the economy is to be obtained. Between 1994 and 2006, only reported data that willingly made available by a relatively small selection of farmers was used to estimate agricultural output. From 2005, the department turned to the Farmers Register to better estimate production and its value. Farmers become registered to obtain incentives such as duty-free agricultural equipment, imports and hurricane relief, and such a register has been one of the only ways for the Government to get a better handle on the farming industry, given that there have traditionally been few other incentives for producers to make themselves known for data collection purposes. Mr Minns said he hopes that in the future input from other areas, from which economic value is derived from agriculture, can be included in reports detailing agricultures input into the national economy. Agricultures contribution to the $6.7 billion GDP in 2008 was found to be just 0.6 per cent or $40.2 million. In 2009, this rose to 0.7 per cent. The statistician laments that only economic value derived from the production of crops and livestock in the Bahamas Agriculture output $305m per annum SEE page 4B

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WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MARCH 8, 201 1, P AGE 9B B O D Y A N D M I N D By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter F ROM diet plans to weight loss programs, women out there are going the extra mile to stay fit. Whether it is for health or personal issues, they are determined to take it off and keep it off. Jennifer Hu dson, th e s inger and a c t r e s s w h o w o n a n A c a d e m y A w a r d f o r h e r p e r f o r m a n c e i n D r e a m G i r l s r e c e n t l y m a d e a n appearance on the Oprah Winfrey s h o w a n d d i s c u s s e d h o w j o i n g W ei ght Watcher s h elped her dr op the pounds. Bouncing i n h e r seat and saying I w a n t t o t e l l i t! J e n n i f e r re v e a l e d the magic number. S he s ai d: "I 'v e lo s t 80 p ou nd s ," and received a standing ovation." "I t s l ik e a b r and new m e, s he s a id S om e t im e s I do n 't e v e n r e c og nise myself." S h e t o l d O p r a h s h e m a d e t h e d ec isi on to l ose th e w ei gh t w h ile sh e was pregnant with her now 2-yearo l d s o n a n d s h e e v en t u a l l y w e n t from a size 16 to a size 6. S h e a l s o s p o k e t e a r f u l l y a b i t a b o u t t h e t r a g e d y t h a t o c c u r r e d more than two years ago when her mother, brother and young nephew wer e m ur de r ed Sh e s ai d s he wa s a b l e to su rv i v e th a t l o ss w it h t h e h e l p of "my family, my baby and God." T h e o n l y t h i n g I c a n d o t o h o n ou r t h e i r m e m o r y i s t o m a k e t h e m proud," she said. L ike Jenn ifer two ye ars ago, a B ah a m i a n re s id e n t, Sa m a n th a E v a ns w a l k ed ar ou n d w ea r in g a sm il e b ut c ar rying a heart full of pain," d e s per at e t o end th e cycle o f o bes i ty t hat h ad c on troll ed h er li fe sin ce her early teens. That desperation led her to make me d ic al h is t o r y b e co mi n g o n e o f the first people in the Bahamas to h av e a la p -ba nd surge ry do ne lo ca lly by Doctor Charles Diggiss. "Be ing o ver wei ght caus ed me a lot of pain and r e jection. I had a s itu ation w here I h ad app lied for a job a n d I w as a c tu a ll y t ol d, 'W e re so rry y ou hav e a great attitude a nd ex celle nt qua lifica tions a nd a pretty fac e, but we can not hi re a n ov er weigh t p er s o n as t h e f i r s t c o n t a ct t o o u r clients.' That crushed me." "At my heaviest, I was well over 3 0 0 po u nd s, s he sa i d. Fo rt u na t el y I d id n' t ha v e a n y o f t he me d ic a l c o nditions associated with obesity like h y pe rt e nsi o n o r d i ab e te s, bu t I kn e w I had to d o some t h ing to c hang e my life. I have four children and I was not able to do things with them." I w as f a mi li a r w it h t he c on c e p t of weight loss surgery, I had even cor responded with a doctor in Mexico, but one day, I was at work ( in the sur g ical unit of Doctor 's Hospit al) a n d my c o w o rk e r a sk e d me i f I k n e w t h a t D r D i g g i s s w a s l o o k i n g f o r p a t i e n t s wh o w a n t e d t o h a v e t h e s urgery, but who were also willing to be a spokesperson for the proce dure and tell their story. "It was a j ust a dream c ome for mebeca us e it meant that I didn't have to travel but I would be able t o h av e t h e s u r g er y p er f o r m ed at hom e, i n the fa c ili ty w he re I w o r k ed b y a f e l l o w c o u n t r y m a n a n d I jumped at the opportunity." S a m a n t h a s a i d s h e w a s n e v e r af ra i d of t he me d ic a l r isk s a sso c ia t ed w ith a n y e le c tiv e s urg ic a l pro c e dur e. "I just focused on the new me. I was as ha med of my body going int o surgery, ( I was wearing a size 32) b ut D r Di ggis s ass u red me bef or e we w ent in that what I wa s seeing t h e n I w o u l d n e v e r s e e a g a i n Samantha describes the day of her surgery as the day that Dr Diggiss rescued me." TV personality, Kelly Osbourne gra c ed th e c ov er of Sh ap e Mag a zi ne la st ye ar di spl ay in g he r l ife ch an gi ng w e i g h t l o s s I n a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h Claire Conners of Shape Magazine, Kelly s tated: "I was called f a t a n d ugly in th e pr ess a lm ost my entir e life. I understand that being judged by others comes with the territory, bu t i t bro ke m y he a rt an d rui ne d my s elf -est eem. I t set s you up to hat e y o u r s e l f i n a h u g e w a y I w a s s o angry about the things people said a b o u t m e I t r u l y b e l i e v e i t' s th e m a i n r e ason I turne d to V icod in and end e d u p i n r eh ab t hr e e t i me s I j us t h a t e d m y se l f I' m a n e m o t i o n a l e a t e r. When I get upset, my diet goes out the window." It was not until she signed up for Dancing With the Stars six months late r, s h e s a ys, tha t she re alise d how b a d h e r d i e t r e a l ly w a s I' d f i l l u p on F rench fr ies and pizza al l day an d wonder why I wasn't losing weight. I n the v ery be ginn ing, I kept ge tting s i ck du r i ng rehe arsals bec ause I wa s eating such terrible, fatty food and feeling so exhausted." I t was h er dan ce pa r tn er L ou is van Amstel, who taught her about nutrition. "He made me eat turkey bur g ers and salads and explain ed to me th at a hi g hpr ot ei n lo w -c a rb di e t w oul d ke e p me e ne rg ise d, sh e sa ys. "T h en I s tar t ed lo s ing we igh t an d rea li sed 'Oh it' s t rue w ha t the y sa y: Diet and exercise really work!' Over th e l as t nin e mon ths Kell y s d r o p p e d a n o t h e r 3 0 p o u n d s bringi ng her we ight loss to a tota l o f 50. She says: "U ltimate ly, I'm real ly glad I los t the w eight the way I did," say s K elly I ne ver though t in a millio n year s I'd be th a t hea lt hy girl w ho wa kes up ev ery m or nin g to e x e rc i s e A ft e r b e i ng c a l l e d c h e r ub i c and chubby,' I'm rocking a bikini! I f eel s i lly but I t hi nk I m goi ng t o c ry B e i ng on th e c o v e r of S H APE i s the bi gg es t v ic t ory I c ou ld e v er ho pe for." G oi ng f urth e r, in a n e xc l usi ve firs t pe rso n sto ry f or G la mo ur Ma g a zi n e, Star Jones also discussed her battle W e i g h t l o s t f a i t h i n s e l f g a i n e d h e a l t h w i t h w e i g h t a n d h e r u l t i m a t e de cis io n t o hav e gas t ri c byp as s surgery. CHANGE She openly told the magazine: "I coul d a lso start in the summer of 2000, when I was a co-host on "The View" and the first media st o r ie s a b o ut m y w e i g h t s ta r t e d t o surface, but that, too, would be too easy. So why don't I start on t h e d a y t h a t c h a n g e d h o w I w o u l d p hy s i cal l y a pp e ar t o t h e w or l d and would force me to face the re a son s suc h dra st ic ste p s ne e de d to be taken, August 19, 2003." W e Af r i c a n A m e r i c a n w o m e n a r e t a u g h t t o b e p r o u d o f o u r curves full br ea s ts and shapely hips. I used to look in the mirror and take pride in my figure, but that was when I was legitimately a full-figured woman. I'd gradu a l l y g o n e f r o m f u l l f i g u r e d t o mor bidly obese. Finally, one of my dearest friends sat me down, loo ked me in the eye and s aid, S o w h a t a r e w e g o i n g t o d o abo ut yo ur wei ght?" S he knew my weight was a subject no one d a r e d m e n t i o n b u t s h e d i d n t care she loved me too much, she s a id, to a llow me to con t i nue killing myself. While it was easy to deny the little voice inside my h e a d I f o u n d i t i m p o s s i b l e t o deny my friend's. I knew in my hear t th at her l ove and res pect for me were pure. I cried; I got an gr y bu t e ve nt ua ll y I t oo k the first step and walked into a doctor's office," she said. T he nig ht be for e the sur g ery, I c o nv i n c e d m y se l f t ha t a f te r w a rd ever ythin g wou ld be fin e an d I could get on with the rest of my life. I had no idea that before I could move on, I would have to face the present and the past as they were, not as I wished them to be." Being over weight caused me a lot of pain and rejection. I had a situation where I had applied for a job and I was actually told, 'W e're sorr y you have a great attitude and excellent qualifications and a pr etty face, but we cannot hire an over weight person as the first contact to our clients.' That crushed me. SAMANTHA EVANS T E L E V I S I O N pe r so nality and s inger K e lly O s bour ne a r rives at t he 2011 Elton John Academy Award viewing p ar ty in West Ho lly w ood Ca lif on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP) JENNIFER Hudson waves to photog raphers at Essence magazine's Black W o m en i n H o ll y w o o d l u n ch e o n i n Bever ly Hil ls, Calif ., Thur sday, Feb. 24, 2011. (AP

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IN THE g ene ra l p opu lati o n, p s y c h o lo g ic a l p r o bl e ms r e la ti ng to r ec eiv i n g de ntal tre atmen t s a r e c o mm o n. I t is r e p o r te d th a t a bo ut h alf o f a l l de nta l pa ti e nts e x p e r i e n c e s o m e a n x i e t y tow ar ds the i r den t a l v isit. Th i s fe a r c an le a d to a d e lay in s e e king nec es s ar y den tal c ar e, ca nc ell a t ion of app oi n t me nt s an d p oor coo pe ra t ion in the de ntal c ha i r De ntal fea r is on e o f the m os t tr o u ble s om e pa tie nt ma na ge ment p rob lems f o r a de ntal te am. I t c aus es d istre ss for the p a t ie n t a n d r e s u lts in h ig h s tr e s s le vels i n den t is t s An anx iety and a p hob i a a re quit e dif f erent and t he words s h o u l d n o t b e u s e d s y n o n y m ou sly T he y a re ma n ag e d a n d tr e a te d dif fer e n tly b y yo u r d e nta l pr a c titio ne r An a nx ie ty is a n orma l state o f a ppr eh ens ion, u nc er t a inty, an d fear r es ult ing fr om the a nti c ipation of a r ealist ic or f ant a si s ed t hrea t eni ng e v e n t o r s i t u a t i o n I t o f t e n i m pa i rs p hy si ca l an d p syc ho lo gic a l fun ctio nin g. A ph ob ia is a n a bno rmal inten se an d irr ation al fe ar o f a giv en s i tu ati o n, o rg an i s m, o r obje ct. A de ntal a n x i e t y i s a n o r m a l s t a t e o f mind a nd a d enta l pho bia is a n a bno rma l s tate of mind. Den tal ph ob i a is c l a s sified in th e Di agnost i c and St at ist i cal Ma nual of M ent al Di so rders, f o u r t h e d i t i o n t e x t r e v i s i o n ( D S M -I V -T R ) a s a s p e c i fi c p h o bi a, w hi ch in vol ves a marked a nd per s i s tent fea r of a s pe cifi c o bje ct, a c t iv ity or s it u atio n th at r e s u l ts i n a n x ie t y o n c o n f r o n t in g t h e p h o b i c s t im u l u s P e o p l e w i t h d e n t a l p h o b i a c o m m o n l y descri b e t wo t yp es of exp eri en ces : a pa i nf ul o r t ra um at i c d enta l p ro ce dur e o r a ne ga t ive p e r s o n a l in te r a c t io n w ith d e n ta l s t a f f. I t i s c o m m o n fo r t h e e x p e r i en ces t o fi r st occur i n chil dh o o d o r i n a d o l e s c e n c e a uto no mou sly Ho we ve r, f e a rf ul a ttit ud e s a nd f e el in g s o f l a c k of co nt r ol in de nt al s i tuat ions c an a lso b e lea rn t fro m other s The 'bl ood-i njecti on-i njury' ty pe o f s pe c ific ph ob ia i n c lud es fe a r o f n e e dle s in jec ti on s d r ills a nd fea r of b lood in the de ntal si t ua t i on I n t he s i t u a t i o n al typ e of speci f i c phobi a, the r e m a y be fea r of th e de n ta l r o o m, d en t a l pe rs on nel or the sme ll s a n d s o u n d s a s s o c ia t e d w it h d e n t a l tr e a tm e n t I n t h e o th e r ty p e o f s p ec ific p ho bia th e p er s o n is a n x io u s a b ou t oc c u r r e n c e s s u c h as gag gi ng a nd re t chi n g. It i s w orth no t ing tha t g agg ing an d r e tc h in g r es u lt fr om a c o mb ina tion of ps yc holog ica l a nd phy sio l o gica l fac tor s. Th e ga ggin g and retch ing respon s e can be s o inten se t h a t s o m e p e r s o n s c a n n o t wea r dent u res or t ak e den t al i m p r e s s i o n s Dent al pra ct it ioners have a r es po ns i b il ity t o av oid su bjec t ing pati e nts to trau mat ic dent a l ex p er i e nc e s, b u t m a y n o t a lway s be awa re whe n the y ar e o cc urr ing. I t is some t imes not ad vi sa b l e t o p e rf o rm s ev e ra l ext r a c t i ons or com pl et e large a mou nts o f con se rv ation wor k in d if fer e nt a r eas of the mo uth at a s i ng l e o f f i ce vi si t Th ese ty pes of pr oc ed ur es ca n cr ea te or ex ace rbat e anx i et i es (no rma l) whic h ca n g ro w i n t o p hob ias ( ab nor mal) T he p ra c t i t i o n er m u st be e sp e cial l y caref ul i f th ere is poo r p a ti e n t c o o p e r a t i o n o r if t h e r e is p atient dis t r es s De nt a l p r a c tit io n e r s c a n tr e a t dent al ph obi as t hem sel ves o r e nlist the help o f the pa t ie nt' s g e n er a l p r a c tition e r o r ps y c h ologist It i s very i mport ant fo r d e ntis ts to un d er s ta nd p atie nts f ears and t o ex pl a i n t he pro p o s e d de ntal tre atment. P e o p l e w i t h s p e c i f i c f e a r s s u c h a s g a g g in g a n d n e e d l e p h o b ia ma y re sp ond be s t t o e mpat h e t i c p a t i e n t c a r e w i t h t h e a d d i t i o n o f r e l a x a t i o n t e c h nique s. Relax ation tec hn i q ues can so m e t imes las t up to four hou rs prio r to the p r o c e d u r e P a tie n ts ma y a l s o be off e re d a mix t u re of n i tr ous oxide ( l a ugh i ng ga s) and o xyge n to inh a le, wh ic h ca n r e du c e pain ex pe rien ce d and pr od uc e re la x atio n T r an q uiliz e r s in je cte d direct l y i nt o th e v eins can a l s o he lp. So me p ra ctit ion er s wil l in a d di tio n p la y s o o th in g mu s i c t o pro mote p atient r elax ation. Only a fe w p atie n ts will r eq u ir e t h i s t y pe o f s pe cialis t c ar e. Th os e with s ev er e s ymp toms sho uld ha ve a thor ou gh a ss es sm e nt by an e xpe ri en ced psy cho l o gis t or ps yc hiatr ist a nd a car ef u l ly s t r ucture d trea t ment p rog ram m e. A psy chi at r i st i s s o m e ti m e s n e e d e d b e c a u s e d e n t a l a n xi e t y m a y b e p ar t o f a gr e a te r ty pe o f a n x ie ty dis o r d er e. g g ener ali s ed an xi e t y di s ord er, p ani c di so rde r or ag ora phob i a ( a pa t h ologic al fear of being i n pub l ic p lac es ). It i s c ruci a l t hat i f you suspec t y ou h ave a de ntal pho bia, t o se t up a mee ti n g with y ou r den t a l he althc ar e pr ovide r. He wil l e n s u r e y o u g e t th e h e lp y o u ne e d Wh a t y o u c o n s id e r a p h obia ( ab no rma l ) ma y b e j u st a n a n x i e t y (no rmal ). Do not del ay i n seeking nec ess ary de nt al help b e c a u s e o f a p o s s i b l e d e n t a l a n x ie ty I t c a n b e m a n a g e d s u c c e s s f u l l y a n d y o u c a n e n j o y exc ellen t o ra l h ealth. Dr. An drŽ R. C l a rke D DS, MBB S Spe cia l C are D en t is tr y Th i s a rt ic le is for in f o rmation al purp os es on ly. It is no t inten de d an d may n ot be trea ted a s, a s ubs t it u te f o r p r o f e s s i o n a l m e d i c a l /d e n t a l a d vi ce d ia gn os is o r trea tme nt. Alway s se ek the ad vic e of a phy s i c ia n o r d e n ta l p r o fe s s io n a l w i th a n y qu es tio ns y o u ma y ha v e r e g a r d in g a m edic al/d enta l c ond iti o n. N ev er d i s r e g a rd p r o f e s s i o n a l m e d i c a l /d e n t al adv i ce or d el ay i n see ki ng i t be ca us e o f a pu r e ly in f o rmation al p u b l i c a t i o n B A B Y boomer s might be surprised to learn that many of their generation are wear i n g t h e w r o n g s i z e s h o e s Overtime, feet can widen or f l a t te n a n d f a t p a d di n g o n t h e s o l e o f t h e f e e t c a n w e a r d o wn W e i g h t g a i n o r l o s s a ctivity a nd life s ty le c hang es, an d f o ot p r o bl em s ca n a ls o c ontribute to c hang es in sho e fit. It is imp or ta nt t o be fitte d b y a p r of e s si o na l o c c a s io n a l l y rat her t han si mply choos ing t h e si z e s y o u h a ve w o rn i n t h e past. R e d u c e S t r e s s o n Y o u r B ody and Sol e S tr e ss on th e feet can lead to many major health problems! There are ma ny thin gs th at co nt r i b ut e t o f ee t w id en i ng a n d f l a t t e n i n g s u c h a s f l i p f l o p s Mo s t f l ip f l op s a re a w f u l for your feet as they lack the support necessary to control and support the foot. H ow e v e r, y o u c a n v e ry w e l l w e ar a fl ip fl op des ign ed to give the appropriate support f o r y o u r a r c h t y p e ( h i g h m e d iu m o r lo w ), a nd h a v in g a h e e l c u p t o s t o p t h e h e e l f r o m s p r e a d i n g a n d a t t h e s a m e t i me a d e qu a t e l y s up p o rt the ankle. A suppo rtive flip flo p co mb i n e d w i t h a p r o p e r l y des ig ned 'f oot bed wi ll p ut your foot in its natural posi t io n fo r w al k in g a nd s ta nd in g B y putt ing your foot in balance, the alignment of other j oi nt s w i ll b e im pro ve d Pro perly aligned joints mean less stress and strain and pain. As the feet w i den or f latt e n du e t o i m p ro p e r fo o t w e a r o r w e i g h t g a i n i t i s o f t e n squeezed into t he same s iz e shoes. This is extremely dan g e rous as it c an i nte rfere wi th y o u r b l o o d c i r c u l a t i o n a n d c a n p o se a ma jo r he a l th p rob lem such as a stroke. In t oday 's busines s world, while it is important for you t o l o o k y o u r v e r y b e s t b y comp le men t ing th at p er f ect outfit with a c ute pair of high h e e l s h o e s o r f o r t h e m e n t r e n d y l o o k i n g s h o e s i t i s absolutely necessary to note t h a t t h e s e m a g n i f i c e n t c r e ations often lead to foot pain a t the e nd of the day W hile I u nderstand that ce r ta in o cc as i o n s r e q u i r e y o u t o w e a r s h o e s w i t h l e s s s u p p o r t I woul d r eco mm end th at y ou f ol low th ese sim ple tip s t o ge t away with looking your best while feeling great: 1. Try to choose shoes with a reasonable heel height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Look for shoes that provide ample toe room (beware of pointed toe styles) and contain a back strap or enclosed back. The same holds true for men with the exception of heel height. 2. If you are having trouble achieving the appropriate fit with shoes you already own, take them to a local special ty footwear store or Pedorthic facility and they can modify your shoes to fit your feet. 3. Purchase a slim arch sup port that your shoe can accommodate. Specialty footwear stores and Pedorthic facilities have options that will fit almost any shoe. In conclus ion, it is impor tant to note that as the body cha ng es in s i ze so do th e fee t. W e o fte n f a il to re c o g ni se th is f a c t e v e n t h o u g h w e a r e we a ri ng la rg e r siz e s in dre sse s and slacks. Believe it or not, yo u r fe e t h a v e c ha n g e d i n s i z e and shape in some cases due to th e st re ss of i ll f it ti ng t ig ht and too small shoes over the year s. However, kudos goes to th e fe w w ho a l w a y s d i d a n d continue to pay attention to thei r fe et in we arin g prope r l y fitted footwear. Bernadette D. Gibson, a Board Certified & Licensed Pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Trinity Plaza, West Bay Street, Nassau. Bahamas www.footsolutions.com/nassau "The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to nassau@footsolutions.com or 322-FOOT (3668). ALOPECIA X is a disor der of the hair follicles that most likely reflects a defect in the ability of the hair fol l i c l e s t o c y c l e p r o p e r l y t hr o u g h it s g r o w in g a n d r e s t ing stages. A l o p e ci a X ma y b e a co m ponent of a typical Cushing Disease. It usually occurs in pl ush -coated b re eds most co mmo nly Po me ra n ia n s a n d Samoyeds, but can occur in an y bre e d of d og It ca n a lso occur i n a t a ny a g e. Gra du al l o s s o f p r i m a r y h a i r p r o gr ess es to c om pl ete al poec i a o f t h e n e c k t a i l b o t h s i des of th e tr unk, b ack of t h i g h s a n d u n d e r t h e t a i l Usually the head and front l im bs a re spa red. Hai r l oss i s b i l a t e r a l l y s y m m e tr i c a l a n d t h e a l o p e c i c s k i n b e c om es h y pe r -p i g m en t ed and thin. M i d s e b o r r h e a a n d s e c o nd ar y s u per fi c i al pyo de rm a ma y o c cu r. Th ere a re no sys te mic sign s of illnes s w i t h t h i s c o n d i t i o n I t u s u a l l y diag no se d b y r uling ou t o th e r c a u s e s o f e n d o c r in e a lo p e cia. C on t r o ve rs y e xi s ts as t o w he t h e r t h is d is e a s e r e q u ir e s t re a t me n t b e ca us e i t is ma in l y a c os meti c p rob l em and affected dogs are otherwise healthy. Neutering of intact dog s ma y indu ce pe rman en t o r t e m p o r a r y h a i r r e g r o w t h s Dr u g s s u c h a s me la t o n i n m i t o t a n e t r i l o s t a n e hav e b ee n use d f or th i s c o ndition. The d ec i si o n wh eth er to treat this condition in your d o g r e q u i r e s a t h o u g h t f u l discussion with your veteri n a r i a n a s w e l l a s c a r e f u l w e i g h i n g o f t h e p r o s a n d co ns o f t re a t m e nt T h e pr o g nosi s f or hair re -g rowth i s unpredictable. This is a cos m e tic disease only tha t do es n o t a f f e ct t h e d o g s q u a li t y o f life. WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y MARCH 8, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE R E S E A R C H w ill verify the myriad of benefits of consuming greens (smoothies). To date we've shared quite a bit of information, ranging f r o m h o w t o m a k e a G R E E N SMOOTHIE, the health and nutri t io n a l be n ef it s d e r i v ed f r o m co n su m in g GR E E N S MOO TH IE S an d why inco rp or atin g the m int o you r d e t o x i f i c a ti o n re g i m e n i s g re a tl y b e n eficial. No w, h er e ar e s o me r e cip es ( in ca s e y o u s t i l l h a v e n t f o r m u l a t e d your own) to try and enjoy. Happy blending!! From the Kitchen of RHONDA WRIGHT, SEEDlings' Place NOTE : All recipes can make approximately 6-7 cups so adjust quantities accordingly as well as to taste GREEN ZING SMOOTHIE 1 banana 1 cup homemade almond mylk 2 cups of mustard greens Guaco (or some other nutritive additive) 2-3 cups water (add 1 cup at a time) M O R E Z I N G G R E E N J U I C E 1 cucumber 1 cup Irish moss 2 cups of mustard greens 1/4 piece of avocado 4-6 dates 1 pear 1 cup coconut water 1-2 cups water (add a bit at a time) NOTE: Mustard Greens are a 'spicy' green, so be ready for the ZING!! NUTTY KALE SMOOTHIE 2-3 cups of kale 1/2 cup Irish moss 1 Tbl maple syrup 1 cup almond mylk 3 bananas 1" ginger ADDITIONAL RECIPES:BASIC SMOOTHIE 4 bananas or 2-3 bananas and 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries 2 tsp bee pollen 1 sachet of Berry Radical Antioxidant Superfood (or fresh blueberries) 1 cup of water or fresh squeezed orange juice generous portion of greens 1 tsp vanilla extract (this is the secret of calming down the greenness that can sometimes overpower the smoothie, if you have put a bit too much in taste wise) PARSLEY & LEMON TAKES MY LIVER TO HEAVEN 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley (keep the tender stalks and chop off the tough ones) 1-2 lemons with the rind, pith and seeds removed 1-2 bananas 20-30g of sweetener of choice 1 cup of ice blocks 2 cups of water ENZYME FRENZY 2 bananas 1 cup chopped papaya (red or yellow) 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice a big handful of greens T h i s n a t u r a l l y e n z y m e r i c h sm ooth ie i s e a sy to di ge st as it w on 't tax your own pancreas! Bloody Great Green Smoothie 55 per cent coconut water 45 per cent greens B l o o d i s m a d e u p p l a s m a a n d bl oo d ce ll s P las m a co mp r is es 55 per cent of blood, fluid and is most l y w at e r (9 0 pe r c e n t b y v o l um e ) a n d contai ning di ss olved pr ot eins glucose, mineral ion s, hor mones, carb o n d i o x i de p l a te l e t s a n d b l o o d c e l l s themselves. Blood cells are mainly re d bl o o d c e l l s, w hi t e b l oo d c e ll s a n d p la t el e t s R ed b lo o d c el l s ar e t he m o s t a b u n d a n t a n d t h e y c o n t a i n h em og lo bi n, a n i ron -c on ta in in g pro tein. Th e p l a n t v e r si o n o f h e m o g l o b i n i s c h l or op h y ll w h ic h is a g re e n p i g me n t bas ed aroun d a m agnesiu m ion as o p p os e d t o i ro n ( h a e m ). B ot h h e m o g l o b i n a n d c h l o r o p h y l l e x i s t t o obtain energy. Coconut water is a natural liquid closest in structure to blood plasma a nd h a s b ee n u sed in w a rs in ste ad o f plasma whe n supplies were low. So combine 55 per cent coconut water a nd 4 5 p e r c e n t g re e ns a nd y ou ha v e a BLOODy great smoothie! So there you have it no excuses to not get in the kitchen (or wher ever the blender can fit) and get to blending. You have your tips, your r a t i o n a l e d i sc ou n t s o n b l e n d e rs fr o m Q -C lu b t he o nly t hin g mi ssin g no w is you. J o i n th e L o v e Y o u rs e l f t e a m Tu e sd a y Ma rc h 8, fo r th e n e xt L et 's T al k W e l l n e s s T u e s d a y f o r u m w h e r e Chad Thompson and Mark Daniels of h.o.m.e.grown will speak on the t op ic : B ac k y ar d Fa rm in g m a de e a sy They will share the basics on grow i ng na tu ra ll y so y o u c an gro w gre e ns i n y o ur o w n b a c k ya r d. It w i ll be he l d at t he Ar da s t r a G ar d en s ( n ext t o B otani cal Ga r d ens) at 6. 30pm. The forum is open to the general public and is free to attend. To get more details on these and o t h e r e v e n t s o f t h e c a m p a i g n b e f r i e n d u s o n f a c e b o o k : s ee d li ng sp la c e o r Lov e Y o urse l f an d Your Healt h Campaign, or c al l us at 361-6314. D i s c l a i m e r : T h e i n f o r m a t i o n e n c l o s e d i n t h i s a r t i c l e d o e s n o t replace medical advice. Please see your medical practitioner for guid ance before you begin or make any a djustme nt to y our c urrent we llne s s plan. Resources: www.squidoo.com G o t s o m e g r e e n s t o d e t o x y o u r b o d y ? By RHONDA WRIGHT L O V E Y O U R S E L F & Y O U R H E A L T H RECIPES TO HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY! Alopecia X By DR BASIL SANDS D ISOR DER: Alope cia X u suall y occurs in plush -coated breeds, m o st co mm on ly Po m er an i ans and S amo ye ds but c an oc c ur i n any breed of dog. One shoe can change your life! B y B E R N A D E T T E G I B S O N FOOT SOLUTIONS Dental Anxiety and Phobia B y A N D R E C L A R K E KEEPING YOUR MOUTH ALIVE FEAR OF THE CHAIR: It is reported that about half of all dental patients expe rience some anxiety towards their dental visit. This fear can lead to a delay in seeking necessary dental care, cancellation of appointments and poor cooperation in the dental chair.

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WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MARCH 8, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B LONDON Associated Press P A T R I C K H e t z n e r t r i e d diets a nd exe rci se, j u st ab ou t e v e r y t h i n g s h o r t o f s t o m a c h s t a pli n g t o l o se w eigh t Nothing wor k ed F ive mo n ths ag o h e t r i e d s o m e t h i n g n e w : a s t o m a c h p a c e m a k e r t h a t c u r b e d h i s a p p e t i t e S in c e h a v in g it i mp la n t e d H et z ner a 20 ye ar -o l d Mun ic h m a i l m a n h as k n oc k e d o f f m o r e t ha n 10 ki l os (2 2 poun ds ) f ro m hi s ear l ie r w ei ght of 10 4 ki l os ( 22 9 p ound s) H e t z n e r g o t t h e d e v i c e a s p a r t of a cli nical tri al. Since being a p p r o v e d b y B r i t a i n l a s t m o n t h, t he de vi c e i s a va i la bl e f or s al e a cr os s th e E ur ope an U ni o n. It w o rks a bi t l i ke a c ar di a c pa cem ak er a nd c ons i st s o f a s t i mula to r a n d a s en s o r s u r g ic al ly i m pl a nt ed o nt o t he s t om ac h. T h e s t i m u l a t o r s e n d s o u t e l e c t r i ca l pul s es m ean t t o tr i c k t he s t om ac h an d br ai n i nt o t hi nk i n g t h e b o d y i s f u l l H e t z n e r s a i d t he p u l s e s k i c k i n a f e w m i n u t e s a f t e r h e s t a r t s e a t i n g o r d r i n k i n g H e s a i d t he y ma ke h i m f e el f ul l after fin ishin g ab o ut ha lf the a mo unt of f o od he w oul d n orm al l y eat "I t f e el s l i k e a l i tt l e p re ss ur e o n m y s t om ac h or a t i ckl e but i t s n o t a b a d f e e l i n g he s a i d i n a t el ep hone i nt er vi e w "I t s b een l i ke a l i t t l e g ui de t o h el p m e c han ge m y l i f e, he s a i d So f ar, a bout 65 pat i ent s i n t w o st udi es have rec ei ved t he de v ic e fr o m U.S p a ce ma k er m anuf ac tur er Int ra pace Onl y abo ut ha l f o f th ose h ave h ad th e pa c e ma k e r fo r at le as t a y e a r a n d m o s t l o s t a b o ut 2 0 p e r c en t of t hei r w e i ght and ke pt it o f f Ot her s tom ach pac emaker s a re o n t he m ar ke t bu t m os t ar e u se d t o r el i e ve s ym pt om s l i ke n a u s e a a n d v o m i ti n g n o t t o f i g ht obe si t y. Ap pet i t e i s p ar tl y c ont r ol l ed b y s i g n a l s s e n t f r o m n e r v e s a r o u n d t h e s t o m a c h t o t h e b ra i n; t he s t om ac h p ac em ake r t aps i n t o that communicat ion s y s tem, sen di n g a message to t he bra i n t hat t he bo dy i s fu ll a f te r a r el at i ve l y sm al l am oun t o f f o od i s co nsu me d. I f y o u c a n s t i m u l a t e t h e n er ve s go i ng f r om t he st om a ch t o t h e b ra i n t ha t s h ou l d i nd ee d h ave a n e ff e ct i n re duc i ng f ood i ntake, said S t eph en B loom, an obe s ity expe r t at Im p eri a l C o ll e ge i n L o ndon w h o i s no t c onn ec te d t o I nt r apa ce or t he c l i ni c al t ri a l s. B l oo m h ow e ve r q ue s t i on ed w he t h e r t h e d ev i c e w ou l d w o r k l o n g t e r m a s p e o p l e m i g h t e ve nt ual l y ge t us ed t o th e e l ec trica l pu lse s an d k ee p e atin g a n y w a y D o c t o r s f a m i l i a r w i t h t h e p a c e m a k e r s a y t h e r e w i l l a l w a y s b e w ay s f o r pa t i ent s t o ea t a nd w o rk ar oun d t he sy st e m. We c o ul d m ak e t he ( s t om a ch p ac e m ak e r ) w o r k s o pe o p l e f e e l l i k e t h ey' r e g oi ng t o t hr ow up, bu t w e d o n t w a n t t h a t s a i d T h o m a s H o r b a c h c h i e f o f su rg ery at S ta d tk ran k en h a us S ch wa ba ch, nea r Mu ni ch w ho l e d on e of t he tr i al s I f y o u t a k e a w a y a l l t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s f r o m t h e p a t i e n t t h ey wi ll n ot chan ge on the i r o w n As an add i ti o nal be nef i t t he s en s o r t r a c ks w h e n p a t i e n t s e a t drink o r exerc i se so p atients c an ch ar t th ei r pr ogr es s In t ra p ac e h as al s o cr ea te d a n o nl i ne netw o rk f o r p ati en t s to trade weig h t lo ss a dv ic e a nd sh a re e x p e r i e n c e s O t he r s u r gi c a l a pp r oa c he s t o w e ig ht l oss co me wi t h s er io us s i de ef f ec t s. Pe opl e w ho hav e th ei r s t om ach sta ple d o r ha ve a ga stric ban d m us t e at s m al l e r a m oun t s of m o s t l y l o w f a t f o o d s b e c a u s e th ei r s t om ac hs c an t ac c om mo d a t e o r p r o c e s s l a r g e v o l u m e s I f t he y o ve r e at t h ey w i l l f e el na u s e o u s v o m i t o r s u f f e r f r o m o t h er pro bl em s T he mo st s er i ous s i de ef f ec t s e e n i n t h e p a c e m a k e r h a s be e n a n i n f e c t i o n l i n k e d t o s u r g e r y I n B rita in t he pa c ema k er co sts abo ut 1 5, 0 00 p oun ds ( $2 4, 0 40 ), incl udi ng t he keyhol e s urge ry u se d to imp la nt it I ntr ap a ce Pr e s i d e n t C h u c k B r y n e l s e n s a i d t h a t s c o m p a r a b l e t o o t h e r we i ght l os s su rg er i es T he dev i ce i s aut ho ri s ed f or sa le ac ro ss t he E U t houg h t he c o m p a n y i s f i r s t t a r g e t i n g w e i g h t l os s c l i ni c s i n B r i t ai n G e rm a ny and Spai n It a l so pl an s t o s ub mi t th e dev i ce f o r ap pr ova l i n th e US on ce i t h as m or e dat a and hop e s i t w i ll be avai la ble th er e i n 2 01 4. Th e p a c e m a k e r h a sn 't y e t b een impl anted com merci al ly in E ur ope but I nt ra pac e is i n tal ks w it h c l ini c s i nt er est ed i n of fe r in g i t B r yne l s en sa i d t he bat t e ry i n t he d e vi c e l a s t s a b ou t f i ve ye a r s a nd i t w i l l b e up t o p a t i e n t s h o w l o n g t h e y w a n t t o k e e p t h e pac em ak er We do n' t k now i f pat ie nt s w i l l see (t he st om ach p a c e m a k e r ) a s a b r i d g e t o r eco ver y or wh eth er this is a c ru tch th e y will ne ed for th e lo nge r t e rm h e s ai d. So me ex per t s sa i d t he pa ce ma ke r di d n ot ad dr es s p eo pl e s un de r l yi ng r e as o ns f or ov er e a t ing. "T he probl em w i th t hese dev ic es i s t hey as s um e pe opl e are rat iona l a nd tha t t hey e at because they' re hungry, s aid S t ep han R o s sne r a p r o f essor i n t h e o b e s i t y u n i t a t K a r o l i n s k a Un iv er s i ty Ho sp i ta l A l ot o f ob es e pat i e nt s ea t be c a u s e t h e y r e de p r e s s e d, t he y c a n t s l e e p a t n i g h t o r t h e y h a v e nobody to have s ex w i th, he sai d. "So what ever you i nser t i n t o t h e i r s t o m a c h t h e y c a n o u t ea t t h at de vi c e be c au se i t s ot h e r t h i ng s t h a t d r i v e t h e m t o c o n s u m e Hetz ne r said h e inte nd s to k eep the st omach p acemaker fo r a bou t f ou r y ea rs I d on' t w a nt t o b ac ks l id e, he s ai d, addi ng he wo uld rec o m m e n d t h e d e v i c e t o o t h e r s I wa nt t o b e s ur e I c an s t i ck w it h i t an d th at m y bo dy ad apt s t o th i s n ew w ay of eat i ng Stomach pacemaker could help obese lose weight I N T H IS F r i d a y F e b u ra r y 2 5 2 0 1 1 p h o t o T h o m a s Ho r b a c h c h i e f o f s u r g e ry a t S t a d t k r a n k e n h a u s S c h w a b a c h wh o l e d o n e o f t h e t r i a l s i s s e e n i n h i s o ff i c e i n t h e h o s p i t a l i n S c h w a b a c h near Nuremberg, Germany, Horbach implanted a stomach pacemaker that helps regulate the amount of food users take in. Patrick Hetzner, a 20-year-old Munich mailman, has knocked off more than 10 kilos (22 pounds) from his earlier weight of 104 kilos (229 pounds). (AP) P hilippa Davis, MD, laughs when a family friend suggests it won't be long before her dad, well-known attorney and Member of Parliament for Cat Island Philip 'Brave' Davis, is introduced as the father of the famed Dr Philippa Davis. N ever c h uc k les th e MP 's da ug ht er, i n N a s s a u f o r a s h o r t v i s i t r e c e n t l y A L y f or d Ca y Fo u nd a t i o n r e ci p i e nt D r D a v i s c o mp let ed h er un d er g ra d ua te de gr ee at M c G il l U n iv er s i ty in C a n ad a ( w it h d is tinc tion ), h er medic al d egree at Geo rget o w n U n i v e r s i t y S c h o o l o f M e d i c i n e i n Wash i n gton DC (ear ning membe rsh i p in the Al ph a Omeg a Alpha Medical H ono ur So ciety) her inter nsh ip in intern al medici ne at Mou nt S in ai H osp i ta l i n New York h e r r e s i d e n c y i n A n e s t h e s i o l o g y a t Bri g ham and W om en' s H ospi ta l i n Bo ston and her fellows hip in Cr iti c al Care M edic in e at S tan fo r d Ho sp ita l an d C linic s in Califor nia. Af t e r 13 y e a r s o f c ol l e ge a n d m e d sc ho ol s he wa s c e rt ifie d in Cr it ic al C ar e M ed ic i n e i n Oc to b er a n d at t h e a g e o f 3 1 i s licen sed to prac tise in Ca l ifo rnia, Mas sac hu set ts an d V irgin ia --an d, by th e way, h ad t im e a lo n g t h e w ay to v o lu n te e r i n M wanz a, Tan zan ia. "I wou ld not have made it t his far without the lov ing support and sa c ri fi ces of m y family an d f riends esp ecially my pare nts a n d gr a n d p a r e n ts s a id D r Da vi s n o w af filiated with In ova F air fax Ho sp ital in Fa i r f a x Vi rg i n i a a l e v e l on e t ra u m a ce n t re Th e l o ng jour ney, she s ai d also ta ught h er th at "th e th i n gs most wor thw hil e are n ot easy to c ome by. " The one t hing she had to gi ve up," sa ys mom J a nice D av is, who ha s be en wi th t he Go ve rnm en t of The Ba ham a s for 3 0 y ea rs, is s p o rt s A s ta r a th le te, D avi s r ep r es e n t e d T h e B a h a m a s a t t h e C a r i b b e a n Island Swi mm ing Champi onships i n Cura c ao at the age of 12. I t w a s a t r a d e o f f s h e w a s w i l l i n g t o mak e. I am h um bl ed a nd bl ess ed t hat G od ha s given me the gifts to care fo r patients in th ei r m os t v ul ne ra bl e t i me s o f n ee d," say s Dr D av i s, a me m ber of t he A m eri ca n S oci ety of Anesthe s i ology and t h e Socie ty of Cr i t i ca l Ca r e Me d i ci n e A f t e r l e ng t hy t ra i n i ng D a v i s w an t s t o g ai n m or e e x pe r i e nce i n hig h vol ume a nd acuit y l eve l one t raum a b e f o r e r e t u r n i n g t o T h e B a h a m a s t o p r a c t i s e K now anothe r woma n who i s m ak i ng i t bi g? Em a il us at fea ture s@ tribune m edi a. ne t a nd she ma y be fea ture d a s the ne x t You Go G i r l By DEBI SWICK-CRUSE J E S S I C A F r a n c i s a s t u d e n t a t P otomac State Colleg e (PS C) of W e st Vi rgi ni a Uni versi t y, has been recog ni sed f or exem pl i f yi ng t he charact er tr ait o f r es pe ct. E a c h y e a r t h e c o l le g e h o n o u r s s e le c te d s t u d e n t s b y c h o o s i n g t h e m a s CH A RA CT E R CO U N T S! st u de nt s for va riou s c ha ra cter t r aits. On e in d i v id u a l wh o n o mi n a te d F r a n c is s ta t e d I n my 1 9 y e a r s o f w o r k i n g i n h i g he r e duc ation J es sic a is one of t h e m os t re s p e ctfu l s tu d en ts I ha v e ha d th e o ppo rtun i ty to wo rk wi th." F r a nc i s is a g e n e r a l ag r i c u ltu r e m a jo r f r o m N a s s a u i n t h e B a h a m a s a n d a g r a d u a t e of CV Be t h e l S en ior High S c ho ol. S he pla y s th e p os itio n of c e nte r o n th e P oto ma c S ta t e C ata mou nts b as k etb all t e a m a nd a c c o r d in g t o H e a d C oa c h J im Wa lton J es s ica a lwa y s giv e s on e hu nd red pe r c ent a nd h as con t r i b ut e d to o ur c ur r e nt r e co r d o f 23 3 ." Je ss ica wa s b or n a nd ra i s ed in Na ss a u. Sh e t o ok k ar a te for 1 3 ye a rs r e tiring with a firs td eg re e b lac k b elt. Sh e pe rformed v ol unteer communit y s ervi c e at a ge r i at r i c h o sp i t a l a n d w as n a me d Ro o kie of th e Ye a r by a ni g htl e a g u e b a s k e t ba l l te a m in t h e B a h a ma s S h e i s t h e d a u g h t e r o f J e f f r e y a n d And re a Fr an cis Pot omac St at e cont inues t o honour s t u d e n t s w i t h t h e C H A R A C T E R COU NTS! Program, which i s an out gr ow th of The Jos eph & Edna Joseph son I n s t i t u t e o f E th ic s T h is n o n prof i t o rgan i satio n is de dic a t e d to helpi ng peopl e m ak e pr i n c ip le d d e c is ion s i n o r d e r t h a t t h e y m i g h t l i v e w i t h g r e a t e r int egrit y. Francis recognised for exemplar y character trait Philippa ES Davis, MD: She's Doctor do-good and then some I would not have made it this far without the loving suppor t and sacrifices of my family and friends, especially my parents and grandparent. Jessica Francis Dr. Philippa Davis

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I n a n a tt e mp t to fi l l t he v o i d o f lo n el i ne s s an d share i n true c omp ani onship w it h a no th e r, so m e w o me n g e t c a rri ed a w ay i n t h i s q u e s t T h e y b ec o m e s o o b s e s s e d w i t h b e i n g i n a r e l a t i o n s h i p t h a t t h e y e n d u p s e t t l i n g f o r l e s s a t t h e e xp e ns e o f lo si ng th e ms el v e s a nd a ll o f th e ir ho pe s an d dr ea m s. In e sse nc e t he y e nd u p l o vi n g to o m u c h! B u t w he re d o th e y fi nd the a nsw e rs to th i s o rde a l Ho w d o t he y st op t he m s elves fr om becom ing s o abs or bed i n th e ir m at e a nd h o w d o st op t he m se lv e s fro m l o vi ng to o m u c h? T ri bu n e W om a n sp o ke t o a f e w l a di e s to seek answers Some of the women e xp re sse d th e ir v i e w s on th i s is sue a nd e v e n a d mi t te d t o l o v in g s o m u c h to t h a t po i nt w h er e th e y be c a m e bo th p hy s ic a l ly a nd em o ti on a ll y w o un d ed S h an t av i a S w ee t i n g t o l d T r i b u n e W o m a n h ow she c am e t o ov e rc o me h e r e m ot io na l w re c ka g e I a m so gu i lt y o f l o v i n g t o o m u c h. I s u rr o u n d e d m y e n t i r e li fe arou nd my bo yfrie nd and I did n't re a li se w ha t I w a s do in g. B e for e m ak i n g p l a n s w i t h f ri e n d s I h a d t o c h e c k w i t h m y b o y fr i e n d f i r s t t o m a k e s u r e h e d i d n t h a v e pl a ns fo r us E ve r y si ng l e w e e ke n d w o u ld m e e t me s pe n d in g t i me w i t h hi m A nd w he n he d e c id e d t o g o ou t w i th h is f rie n ds in ste a d of ha n g in g ou t w i th m e t ha t w a s a ma j or p ro bl e m. I w o ul d f in d a n yt hi n g to a rg ue ab o ut j us t so t ha t h e w o u l d n o t g o o u t a n y m o r e a n d m y b e h a v i o u r w a s j u s t s a d m a n I d i d n t h a v e a l i f e I n e e d e d a l i f e Th e n i t c a m e to t h e p o i n t w h e r e I j u s t h a d i t w i t h m e b e i n g s o c o ns um e d w it h h im "I h a d to e va l ua t e m ys el f a n d I fo un d that I w as s o emot ionally d e p endent. Th e n I re a li se d I h a d t o ge t m y ow n l if e a n d d o t h e th i n g s th a t m a d e m e h a p p y I h a d t o f i n d m y o w n h a p p i n e ss s h e s a i d Me lo dy E dg e c om be h a d th is to say : "I fe e l as th ou g h it s o ka y to l ov e so m eo n e b u t n o t t o t h e p o i n t w h e r e i t s e e m s a s tho ug h y ou ma y l ov e t he m m ore th an y o u l ov e yo u r s e l f a nd y o u s h o ul d n t w as te t im e g i vi n g l ov e t o so me o ne th at d o es n 't ap p r eci at e y ou t ha t mu ch or d o e s n t t h i n k t h a t m u c h o f y o u b e c a u s e i n th e en d y ou ll o nl y e n d u p hu rt in g y o urse lf ," sh e sa i d. La to y a Po it i er sa id w h e ne v e r sh e sa w a b e a u t i f u l c o u p l e o u t sh e a l w a y s f e l t t h e ne e d to be in a re l a ti on sh ip I m s u r e a t s o m e p o i n t a n d t i m e w e a l l ha v e W e fi n d o u rse l ve s g oi n g c ra z y j ust to k e e p s om e o n e w ho r e a l l y d oe sn t v a lue u s b e c a use t h er e is a lw a y s s om e th in g n e w f o r m e n t o g o a f t e r I v e a l w a y s b e e n in re l a ti on sh ip s, I d on 't l i ke be i ng a l on e or th e t ho ug h t of b e in g a lo n e d id so m ething to m e. It's like wh en yo u're not w it h s om e on e w h e ne v e r y ou g o o ut y ou se e a ll t he c o up l es o ut h ol di n g ha n ds I ha te t he th o ug h t o f f ai l in g at a ny t hi ng W ha t I w o u ld d o i s g o o u t a nd d a t e th e n fa l l in l ov e a l l o v er a g a in B u t t h a t n e v e r c ha n ge d a ny t hi ng an d th e c y c le c on ti nue d ," sh e sa i d. Th at 's w hy I t oo k a v e ry sh ort br ea k a n d I a l l o w e d l o v e t o c o m e t o m e i n st e a d of g o in g o ut th er e l oo ki n g f or i t. I n an e ff o r t t o br i ng u pl i ft m en t t o w om e n, S ta n ya D a v is, d e c id e d to sta rt E ve s J ou rn ey a w o rk sho p d e sig n e d to he l p w om e n d is c ov e r th ei r tr ue be a ut y T ri b u n e W o m a n s a t d o w n w i th S t a n y a D a v i s o r g a n i s e r o f t h e w o r k s h o p W om en Wh o l ov e T oo Mu c h" w h o e x pre ss ed he r v ie w s o n th e i ssu e W h e n be i ng in l ov e me a ns b e in g i n p a i n w e a r e l o v i n g t o o m u c h W h e n m o s t o f o u r c o n v e r s a t i o n s w i t h i n t i m a t e f r i e n d s a re a bo u t h i m, w e a re l o vi n g to o mu c h W hen w e ke ep h opin g he w ill c ha nge w e a re lo v in g to o m u c h. W h en o ur r el a ti o nsh ip je o pa rd is es o ur e mo ti o na l w e l l b ein g an d p er hap s even ou r ph ys ical h e a l t h a n d s a f e t y w e a r e d e f i n i te l y l o v i n g t oo m u c h Th i s c h a ra c t e ri s e s t h e w o m e n t h a t l o v e t o o m u c h a n d I t h i n k a l l w o m e n ha v e b ee n a t t hi s p oi n t w h e re th ey a re g ui lt y o f l ov i ng to o m uc h M s D av i s i s a li fe c o a c h a n d ha d do ne a gr eat dea l o f r es ea rch o n "Wo men W h o Lo ve To o Mu c h. Th e t hi n g th e se w o m en fe a r i s be i ng a l o n g a n d th e y t h i n k i f I h o l d o n t o t h i s i t ca n w or k. It is almost as t houg h they c a nn ot se e th e l ig h t a t th e e nd of t he t u n n e l o r t h e y d o n t s e e t h e m s e l v e s d o i n g be t te r o r th ey d on 't th in k t he y c a n fi n d so me t hi ng be t te r. S h e s a i d w o m e n w h o a r e g u i lt y o f l o v i ng to o mu c h mu st fi nd ti m e t o ev a l ua te th e ms el v e s. Sh e sa i d th e y mu st le a rn t o love th emselve s truly be f o r e the y ca n l ov e a ny o ne e ls e. Lo v in g y ou rse l f d oe s no t h a pp e n in on e d a y ". T he w o rk sh op t a ke s pl a c e th i s S a tu rd a y F or m or e in fo rm a ti on l o g on t o th ei r fa c e b oo k p ag e E v e' s J ou rn e y. T H E T R I B U N E SECTION B HEAL TH: Body and mind T U E S D A Y M A R C H 8 2 0 1 1 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer W HEN we have lost sight of our dreams, while getting caught up in his, we are loving too much. When we keep hoping that he will change, even though we know deep down inside that this transformation will never occur, we are loving too much. When we plan our entire exis tence around him, we are loving too much. And when we try to hold onto a relationship that is terribly broken and cannot be revived we are loving too much. WOMEN LOVE MUCH EMPTINESS: In an attempt to fill the void of loneliness and share in true companionship with another, some women get carried away in this quest. They become so obsessed with being in a relationship that they end up settling for less, at the expense of losing themselves and all of their hopes and dreams.


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