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V olume: 107 No.90WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 80F LOW 70F F E A T U R E S S EE THEARTS SECTION S P O R T S Elementary Elegance SEESECTIONE Raptors in the lead By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net A TEENAGER paralysed in a horrific car accident two years ago is reaching out to the com m unity for help in getting treat ment which could help him walk again. Renaldo Bradford Gibson and his mother Jacqueline Ford were involved in a car accident in March 2009 in which Renal do broke his second vertebrae, leaving him unable to move any part of his body. This has really left me in a mental state, Mrs Ford told The Tribune yesterday. All the ups and downs of his case has thrown me into depression sometimes. My family has been torn because of this. Remembering the day of the accident, Mrs Ford said she was pulling out of a corner on Prince Charles Drive, on her way to drop her son off to school, when a truck hit the passenger side of their car, where Renaldo was seated. Mrs Ford said she blacked out for a few moments only to wake up and find her son had been thrown from the car and was lying unconscious on the pavement. Taken to Princess Margaret Hospital, Renaldo immediately underwent emergency surgery to stabilise his neck. Mrs Ford, who escaped with minor injuries, received the devastating news from doctors shortly afterwards her son would never walk again and would be ventilator-dependent for the rest of his life. Although he has remained bedridden in hospital for the last two years, 18-year-old Renaldo has slowly regained feeling all over his body and now has some limited move ment in his legs, which doctors initially told Mrs Ford would not be possible. Renaldo is still connected to a ventilator, but Mrs Ford believes that with further med ical treatment and rehabilitation in the United States, Renaldo may have a chance of regaining some use of his legs and even upper body. "My son is a fighter and has a desire to go on," said Mrs Ford. She said she wanted PHM Mum s plea for paralysed son TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Help my boy walk again B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: As police on Grand Bahama launched an investigation into the islands first homicide this year, a seco nd man was discovered shot to death in his car in the Garden Villas area. A 24-year-old man, who was stabbed early Sunday morning at a Freeport nightclub, died at hospital on Monday, police reported. The young man, identified as Tamaro Johnson, is a resident of Weddell Avenue, where police discovered a second man s hot to death around 11.50pm on Mon day. It is not known whether the incidents are connected and if the shooting was in retaliation. SEE page 10 MAN DISCOVERED SHOT DEAD IN CAR By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net VETTING reports produced by the Security and Intelligence Branch are often based on gossip and trivia, claims Fred Mitchell, opposition spokesman on the public service. Appointments and promotions in the public service are often predicated on a positive vetting score, but Mr Mitchell said decision makers should exercise their own judgment and in some cases even overrule an SIB report. He said he was not question ing the usefulness of vetting, but said the reports should be used with caution. The common practice, he said, was for SIB reports to be elevated in the minds of the bureaucracy to too high a level. What we have to be careful of is that gossip does not turn into the official record of your behaviour, said Mr Mitchell. He described the investigative process in producing an SIB report as going to the neigh bourhood where you live and asking people what do you know about the person. Superintendent Robert Young, head of the SIB, did not return messages asking him to comment on Mr Mitchells statement. Credible allegations, information about convictions or undisclosed offences could reasonably have a material affect on a promotion decision, said Mr Mitchell, but he cautioned against using SIB reports as the SEE page 10 SECURIT Y AND INTELLIGEN CE BRANCH VETTING REPOR T S SHOULD BE TREATED WITH CAUTION PLP Leader Perry Christie said last night that all PLP MPs, and Senators will vote no on the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless when the matter comes to the House of Assembly and the Senate. Declaring before a crowd of supporters at the partys rally at the Golden Gates Shopping Centre that the PLP will be calling for a division on this issue, Mr Christie said that they want Bahamians to see and for history to record which of their representatives will vote for the fire sale of the national patrimony. I repeat: the PLP is opposed to the sale of BTC PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party supporters met last night at a Golden Gates rally to hear presentations from party officials. Jerome Gomez, PLP can didate for Killarney said: My fellow Bahamians, these are dark times in our beloved Bahamas. We are being attacked on every front. Crime is at an all time high! Unemployment is at an all time high! The Bahamian spirit is at an all time low! Broken and battered by this uncaring government. And instead of lifting up the Bahamian spirit, all this FNM government wants to do is to build roads. Roads SEE page 10 SEE page 10 CHRISTIE:ALL PLPS WILL V OTE NO ON THE S ALE OF BTC PLP MEMBERS CRITICISE FNM AT PARTY RALLY SEE page 10 SEEKINGHELP: Renaldo Bradford Gibson pictured (left accident and (above er Jacqueline Ford were involved in a car accident which left him unable to move any part of his body.

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ROBINSON Road from Key West Street to the junction with East Streetr emains under full closure as road work continues on this corridor. We're working towards completing this area in totality. We're connecting to water mains and preparing to install four utility service ducts, said Ministry of Public Works pro ject engineer Charlene Collie. The intention is to complete the works from beginning to end. Other works to be car ried out include installation of signs and road markings. We're asking the general public and business owners to bear with us while we try to complete these works as quickly as possible. On the eastern end of Robinson Road (from Claridge Road to Miami Street) under full closure we were able to complete the works in a shorter time rather than with traffic moving at all times. The full closure is to maximise the safety of the motoring public, pedestri ans and workers, she said. D iversion notifications are in place. Drivers are advised to use the Independence High Way to Baillou Hill Road and Eighth Street to East Street or continue to Baillou Hill Road travelling north and then use Independence Drive to travel east to Marathon Road (using a portion of Robin son Road). Access to local business e s and homes will be provided, the Ministry of Works said. Drivers can expect to see more closures in the Robinson Road area as work progresses west towards Baillou Hill Road. SEEPAGESEVEN THE PEWS of Wesley Methodist Church on Baillou Hill Road and Chapel Street were full yesterday as wellk nown Bahamian psychiatrist Dr Timothy Barrett s poke about methods of c onflict resolution. The monthly forum is sponsored by the Community Couns elling and Assessment Centre. R aymond Bethel / BIS NINE men were arraigned in a Magistrates Court on Monday on drug charges. Lathario Rose, 36, of Rupert Dean Lane; David Cole brooke, 49, of Jasmine Gardens; Dwayne Henderson of Prince Charles Drive; Nathaniel Higgs, 26, of North Eleuthera; and Jason Major, 26, of East Street, pleaded not guilty to the charges of possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply and importation of dangerous drugs. The men were arrested last Wednesday near Cay Verde, Ragged Island after authorities intercepted some boats and retrieved 852 pounds of marijuana. Police estimated the drugs to have a street value of $852,000. The five men were arraigned along with four others on additional charges. Rose, Colebrooke, Henderson, Higgs and Major have been charged along with Mario Moxey, 39 of Kemp Road; Zintwan Duncombe, 25, of Fresh Creek Andros; David Sweeting, 34, of Exuma; and Carlton Johnson, 31 of Kemps Bay, Eleuthera with conspiring to import and conspiring to possess dangerous drugs. The men all pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were remanded to Her Majestys Prison and are expected back in court on March 14. WORKMEN BUSY INSTALLING a six-inch water main at the Robinson Road and East Street junction. PROJECT ENGINEER Charlene Collie (centre a nd Robinson Road as ministry employee Latoya Walker (left Robinson Road and East Street junction closed for road work Nine appear in court on dr ugs charges CHURCHHOSTSCONFLICTRESOLUTIONFORUM Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.

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PRIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham is interf ering in the courts process o f determining costs in the case of Cheryl Grant-Bethell according to Fred Mitchell, opposition spokesman on the public service. He said this days after Prime Minister Ingraham categorised a recent Supreme Court ruling as a defeat for Mrs GrantBethel, and said the government expects to be awarded costs. Mr Mitchell said: Here are the facts on the issue of costs. The matter of costs has been reserved to the March 18 court hearing. Any comment then on costs could well be interpreted as an attempt by the executive to tell the court what to do. Mr Ingraham is a lawyer and knows better. The issue of those costs remains a matter for the overall arguments on the March 18 hearing and are for the judge to decide, not the prime minister, he said. The court refused most of the positions filed by Mrs Grant-Bethell in her appli cation for a judicial review after being passed over for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. However, Senior Justice Jon Isaacs did rule that Mrs Grant-Bethell was treated unfairly by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC appointment to the lesser post of Deputy Law Reform Commissioner was irra tional. Mr Mitchell said yesterday: We all happen to think that the prime ministers attack on the weekend was unseemly and we wish to say so in the public domain. In our eyes, in the view of the press, in everyone elses eyes except the prime ministers, Mrs Grant Bethell won her case. No amount of shouting and stamping by the prime minister can change what the court said about the conduct of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, he said. Mr Mitchell further called on the prime minister to cease and desist threat ening that there may be legal implications to some of this remarks. The prime ministers remarks may be defamatory and Mrs Grant Bethel is presently having her lawyers examine those comments made at his press conference at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. He made certain charac terisations of Mrs Grant Bethell which are inaccurate and which may be defamatory. While she has no quar rel with the press, it is incumbent upon all of us to guard ourselves from being co-conspirators in a concerted effort by the govern ment of the Bahamas to besmirch her reputation. Suffice it to say that Mrs Grant Bethel asserts that at all times she spoke truthfully to the court, said Mr Mitchell. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A GROUP of Abaco residents are set to protest against BEC this Thursday o ver unresolved issues with t he island's power supply. T he scheduled protest will come a week after BEC officials held a town meeting ont he island, where they promised that "by hook or crook" the communitys electricity woes would be d ealt with by the summer. As previously reported, many on the island fear BEC w ill not be able to keep its p ledge, forcing locals, second home owners and other t ourists to grapple with interm ittent power cuts and a consequent drop in business y et again. "Lots of business people here feel they (BEC trying to satisfy somebody (with words)," one business owner told The Tribune yes terday. People feel they are getting mixed messages. Last week BEC said new lines w ill be in by the summer t hat could mean as late as S eptember," added the entrepreneur, who did not want to be identified. "Next month, are they going to say something else?" Another Abaco resident said her business has d ropped by at least 20 per cent because of dips in the power supply. Meanwhile, c alls continue to pour in from tourists who are worr ied their summer travel plans will be blighted by blackouts, she added. I do have a lot of customers that have written to m e and asked are they going to have to put up with it again this year. We have am arina with 10 rented slips but we've lost two of our l ong-term boats because of t he power fluctuations that's 20 per cent of our busin ess," said the hotelier. They keep saying it's g oing to get better and I think it would be a major mistake and let down to tourists and the residents if they dont get this sorted out". Last week, BEC officials i nsisted that construction of overhead transmission lines for the Wilson City Power P lant will be completed by the summer although no e xact date was given a move expected to alleviate Abaco's power outages duri ng peak usage periods. We are going to get it r ight this summer, BEC chairman Michael Moss told the skeptical crowd. G overnment is reviewing bids for the installation of an u pgraded transmission line c apable of providing a con sistent power supply to Aba-c o residents. A contract s hould be signed by the end o f this month. Construction on the new overhead transmission line is expected to begin in April with a summer completion date. If the line is not in place by the summer, BEC will rely on the generators which are currently undergoing a $1 million refurbishment at the Marsh Harbour Power Station. At present we are fully capable of providing 14 megawatts of electricity from t he Wilson City Power Stat ion via the existing transm ission line. Should, for any reason, the transmission linen ot be installed on time, we a re presently overhauling the generators at the Marsh Harb our Power Station," explained Mr Moss at the town meeting. One million has been earm arked for this project and o nce completed the Marsh Harbour Power Station will have the capacity to supply am inimum of 11 megawatts (MW Wilson City and Marsh Harbour running simultaneously will adequately meet Abacos peak demand of 25 megawatts, Mr Moss said. By hook or by crook, residents in Abaco will not be subjected to another summer of constant outages, he added. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011, PAGE 3 Abaco residents plan protest against BEC A 30-YEAR-OLDNew York resident was sentenced to forfeit thousands of dollarsa nd be deported yesterday. Alphousseyn Sylla, a Frenchman residing in the Bronx, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One,B ank Lane, charged with failing to declare, $ 23,076 and falsely declaring that he was not leaving the country with more than $10,000 cash. It is alleged that Sylla, while at the Lyn den Pindling International Airport on Monday, March 7, failed to declare 200 pesos,e quivalent to $16.15; 141 Riyal (Saudi cur rency) equivalent to $37.59; $1,584.70 in US currency; and ,254, equivalent to $3,642 in US currency. S ylla pleaded guilty to this charge, and a lso pleaded guilty to making a false decla ration. He was ordered to forfeit the cash and be deported. NEW YORK RESIDENT SENTENCED TO FORFEIT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MP says Ingraham interfering in court s process over costs BEC CHAIRMAN Michael Moss had said, We are going to get it right this summer. Concerns raised over issues with power supply FRED MITCHELL opposition spokesman on the public service.

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E DITOR, The Tribune. As a trained lawyer and a lifelong student of the con s titution, I fully believe in and support the right of anyone to hold a public demonstration. That right, howev e r, is not absolute. It depends on the demonstra tor observing the terms and c onditions imposed by the law; the rights of other members of the general public and, of course, considerations for public order and safety. I did not attend the recent demonstration in the area of Bay Street when there was an apparent confrontation between the police and s ome of the demonstrators but I did watch portions of it on television and read the various print media articles. T he demonstration should have been confined to the northern side of Rawson Square. The police did itsc ollective duty in erecting barricades and restricting the massing and movemento f persons away from the immediate vicinity of the House of Assembly. Persons should never have been in a position to threaten the person of any legislator, inclusive of the Rt Hon Prime Minister. It is one thing for persons who are supposedly opposed to the proposed sale of BTC to Cable & Wireless but something totally different to them proposing, in political and possibly violent terms, a change of regime, as some of the placards seemed to suggest. The demonstration, clearly, was motivated by other factors which must now be addressed by the Rt Hon Prime Minister and his administration. I would hope that none of the so-called demonstrators were induced to congregate on Bay Street for filthy lucre a nd/or some other selfish gain. Some say that some of the demonstrators were bused in by various politicalp arties which are in opposition to the FNM. If that is the case, I have no problem with that. My problemw ould be where there is evi dence to suggest that the demonstration may haveb een hijacked by political operatives. And so, yes, people have the right to demonstrate but the police and its excellent Commissioner of Police have the sworn duty to uphold law and order. They also have the duty to ensure the safety of the general public and the smooth flow of traffic, no more, no less. If the demonstrators opposed the proposed sale all they and their political allies need to do is to bide their time until the advent of the general elections and do what they must do. To God then, in all of these mundane things, be the glory. ORTLAND H BODIE JR Nassau, March 1, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. The fiscal policies foll owed by successive governm ents deficit spending, u nfunded liabilities and the over all debt load of The B ahamas will eventually become a burden for everyo ne through higher taxes or i nflation, if restraint is not b uilt into the system. Dr. Dan Mitchell of the Libertarian Think Tank, the Cato Institute r ecently provided food for thought ideas that might h elp our policy makers in an article that first appeared in Investor's Business Daily < http://www.investors.com/> on March 4, 2011. Pointing out that "good f iscal policy doesn't require miracles or dramatic shutd owns" but limiting the g rowth of the public sector, a nd coupled with normal revenue growth, government red ink disappears surprisingly quickly. He provides a few excel lent examples from around the world: Between 1994 and 1999 the US increased spending only 3 per cent each year and the result was a budget s urplus. I n the early 90's in Canad a, average annual increases i n government spending was only 1 per cent. In 1992 spending was 53 per cent of GDP and the deficit was 9 per cent of GDP. By 1997 spending was 44 per cent of GDP. Again a fter just five years, there w as a small surplus. The story was pretty m uch the same in Ireland. G overnment spending was 6 0 per cent of GDP in 1985 w ith deficits consuming a nother 12 per cent of the e conomy's output. A fter just four years of fis c al restraint, spending was around 43 per cent of GDP and deficits were reduced to 2.7 per cent of GDP. In Slovakia they increased their annual budget by only 1.3 per cent of GDP on a verage over the three years from 2000 to 2003 and the public spending dropped f rom 36.9 per cent of GDP t o 29.2 per cent. With other pro-growth p olicies like the flat tax and personal retirement accounts, economic growth was robust. And finally: F rom 1990 to 1995 New Zealand dropped spending from 53.5 per cent of GDP and deficits of 4.5 per cent of G DP down to spending of o nly 43.1 per cent of GDP a nd a budget surplus of 2.8 p er cent of GDP. In the US Dr. Mitchell points out that: "Two per cent annual spending i ncreases would lead to fiscal balance by 2021. Limiting spending growth t o 1 per cent annually would b alance the budget by 2019. A spending freeze would balance the budget by 2017." S o if the government "can't cut spending", surely the Budget can be held atc urrent levels in an attempt t o get the country's fiscal house in order in the not too distant future? R ICK LOWE Nassau, March 6, 2011 www.weblogbahamas.com E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 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 EGYPTIAN women demanding equal rights on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day were shoved by men who said they should go home where they belong. Congolese women asked their government to protect them from systematic rapes, and women in Croatia who lost their jobs accused the government of corruption. But the centennial anniversary of the day established by socialist women to promote better working conditions, the right to vote and hold public office, and equality with men, also was marked Tuesday by festivities including dancing in the street in South Korea's capital and a 10-kilometer run by some 8,000 women in Mexico City. Super-sleuth James Bond actor Daniel Craig got into the act trading his signature suit for a flowing blonde wig, print dress, pearls and heels for a short film marking the day that highlights the inequalities faced by women around the world. Speaking at U.N. headquarters in New York, Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon recalled that 100 years ago "gender equality was a largely radical idea." While progress since then should be celebrated, he said, "We must also remember that in too many countries and in too many societies women remain second-class citizens, denied their fundamental rights, deprived of legitimate opportunity." Their second-class status was evident in Cairo's now famous Tahrir Square, which pro testers who succeeded in ousting President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11 used as their base. Hundreds of women some in headscarves and flowing robes, others in jeans who marched to the square to celebrate the anniversary, demand equality and an end to sexual harassment were soon outnumbered by men who chased them out. In troubled Ivory Coast, thousands of women defiantly marched to the bloodstained street where seven female demon strators armed only with tree branches sym bolizing peace were brutally killed last week by soldiers in armored personnel carriers who opened fire. The women had tried to march every day since Thursday's attack but lost their nerve in the face of an army loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo who has refused to relinquish the pres idency to the internationally recognized winner of the November election, Alessane Ouattara. The women escaped attack Tuesday, but hours later the army burst into Treichville, the downtown neighbourhood where they marched, and killed at least four civilians. Reporters saw the bodies of three men and one woman on the blood-splattered floor of a clinic. In Congo's capital, Kinshasa, the president's wife, Olive Kabila, joined the march against rape, which has long been used as a weapon of war in the country. At least 8,300 rapes were reported in 2009 but aid workers say the true toll is much higher. In Croatia's capital, Zagreb, and the Adriatic port of Rijeka, protesters marking International Women's Day demanded jobs and called for the government to resign. In Manila, demonstrators demanded justice for "comfort women" forced into prostitution in World War II, and in Gaza, hundreds of Palestinian women called for an end to the rift between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Fatah, which controls the West Bank. At an all-star gathering of women in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said women must be included in any process of democratic reform in the Middle East. The audience included First Lady Michelle Obama and the female president of Kyrgyzstan and prime minister of Australia. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who now heads the new U.N. agency to promote women's rights, said the pioneering women who launched the annual commemoration would probably look at the world today "with a mixture of pride and disappointment." Over one million women and men took to the streets in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on what was originally called International Working Women's Day on March 19, 1911 to demand an end to discrimination. The day became popular in Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet bloc, and eventually spread around the globe. In some regions, it lost its political flavour and became an occasion for men to express their love for women with candy and flowers while in other regions, women's struggle for human rights and political and social equality remained the focus. In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating March 8 as International Women's Day. Two years later the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a day for wom en's rights and international peace. Despite major progress over the last 100 years, "the hopes of equality expressed on that first International Women's Day are a long way from being realized," said Bachelet, who became the first executive director of UN Women in January. Girls are still less likely to be in school than boys, almost two-thirds of illiterate adults are women, and every 90 seconds a woman dies in pregnancy or due to childbirth-related com plications despite the knowledge and resources to make births safe, she said. Women also con tinue to earn less than men for the same work and have unequal inheritance rights and access to land. Despite some high-profile advances, Bachelet said, only 28 women are heads of state or government and just 8 per cent are peace negotiators. Last week, the Inter-Parliamentary reported that while the number of women in legislatures reached an all-time high of 19.1 per cent in 2010, "the target of gender balance in politics is still a distant one." n (Article by Edith M. Lederer of AP Restraint must be built into the fiscal system LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Equality for women a distant goal in world EDITOR, The Tribune. Ash Wednesday (March 9 son of Lent. It is a time when we fast with joy, submitting ourselves to spiritual struggles in preparation for the sorrowful Pas sion and joyful Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. What is demanded of all Christians at this time is fasting, abstinence, restriction of personal desires and pleasures, intense prayer, confession, and similar ascetic elements. Lent is a sacred time of divine grace, which seeks to detach us from things material, lowly and corrupt in order to attract us toward things superior, wholesome and spiritual. It is a unique opportunity to remove from the soul every inordinate passion so as to make room for the immense rejoicing and gladness of Easter. Limiting ourselves to what is absolutely essential and nec essary in an attitude of dignified, deliberate simplicity is a formula for patience and tolerance; it is an opportunity to acknowl edge and emphasize our need for Gods assistance and mercy, placing our complete trust in His affectionate providence; it isa prescription for salvation. Let us be up and on our way. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, March 3, 2011. Lent is a sacred time of divine grace Demonstrations and the rule of law

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POLICE are following sig nificant leads in their investi gation into the shooting of a 42-year-old woman. The woman was at Butler Street, Nassau Village, when a silver Honda Inspire with fourmale occupants approached her shortly before 10pm on Mon day. A man armed with a handgun got out of the car and opened fire on the woman. The victim sustained gunshot injuries to both thighs and was taken to hospital by emergency medical services where she is listed as in stable condition. EMPLOYEES and cus tomers of a barber shop tackleda teenage armed robber and turned him over to police on Monday. Two employees and a customer at the Miracle Cut Barber Shop disarmed and detained the 17-year-old man who had entered the store armed with a handgun. The Farrington Road man, described by eyewitnesses as light-skinned, entered the shop at Moore Avenue and Palm Beach Street shortly before 7pm and demanded cash; however an altercation with the employees and a customer ensued. As a result, the culprit, his gun, and ammunition were turned over to police. Earlier that day, two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, robbed the Early Bird Supermarket. The culprits wore blue shirts and brown pants when they entered the store at Robinson Road shortly before noon. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the thugs fled the area into the Ridgeland Park area. Investigations into the matter are ongoing. A 20-year-old woman is recovering in hospital from stab wounds she received during a fight with another woman. The two women got into an altercation at St James Road on Monday evening. The vic tim received stab wounds to her upper arm and hand around 6.30pm and was taken to hospital by a private vehicle. Police investigations are ongoing. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011, PAGE 5 THEME:LED BY HIS SPIRITSPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS: BISHOP CLAYTON MARTINGeneral PresbyterBISHOP DAVID BRYANGlobal Outreach DirectorBISHOP ROBERT DAVISState Overseer of FloridaBISHOP JEFFERY DAVISState Overseer of North CarolinaBISHOP TIMOTHY COALTERState Overseer of South CarolinaBISHOP CLARENCE WILLIAMSOverseer of The Turks & Caicos IslandsBISHOP DON BROCK MR. ELLISON GREENSLADECommissioner of PoliceMINISTERING IN MUSIC ARE : The National Convention Choir, the Convention Praise Team, Tabernacle Concert Choir, and other Church Choirs, Praise Teams, Soloists, and Singing Groups. The Bahama Brass Band, Bahamas Youth and Junior Brass Bands, and the Crusaders Brass Band will provide special music.Romans 8:14Sunday, March 20th, 2011 The Convention closes on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 with the Annual Parade and Water Baptismal Service at the Western Esplanade, and with the live ZNS Radio 1540 AM, 810 AM and ZNS TV 13 evening broadcast service. During this service, the National Overseer, Bishop Dr. Elgarnet B. Rahming will deliver the final message on the Conventions theme. LOG ON TO:www.cogopbahamas.orgFOR LIVE WEBCAST EVENING SESSIONSFor further information, call 322-3097Moderator: Bishop Dr. Elgarnet B. Rahming & Minister Jacqueline B. RahmingMonday, March 14th, 2011 Bishop Dr. Elgarnet B. Rahming, CMG, DD, JP, National Overseer and Moderator will deliver his Annual National Address on Monday, March 14th live over ZNS Radio 1540 AM and 810 AM. B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT THE PLP is preparing to unveil its campaign plans for the next general election int he immediate future and intends to g ive special attention to Grand Bahama, party leader Perry Christie said. We propose to unveil our approach to the next general elect ion much sooner than we have done in the past; we are about a month f rom completing our works, he said at PLP Headquarters in Grand Bahama on Monday. It is not going to be very long before we begin our messaging as to what we propose to do when w e become the government of the Bahamas. O ne of the aspects the PLP campaign will focus o n is giving more attention to Grand Bahama, M r Christie said. Accusing the FNM government of gross neglect and dereliction of duty to the people ofG rand Bahama, Mr Christie pledged that a PLP government would restore the island to its glory days. W hile in Freeport on Monday, Mr Christie and s everal PLP MPs met with resort officials at the Our Lucaya Resort regarding the failings at the property. (We think must happen to give Grand Bahama a chance to come out of this recession and get jobsb ack in this economy and give the people of this i sland hope of a secure future, he said. We feel time is moving rapidly and we want them to know the kind of government we will be when we win the next general election. O ur Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort terminated 200 workers last Friday. The resort has also closed t wo of its three hotels, reducing its room inventory from 1,200 to 500 rooms. In light of global economic challenges, management stated that the lay-offs and adjustments to the resort were necessary in an effort to save o ver 800 jobs and keep a vital Grand Bahama island tourism product operational. M r Christie said that the PLP and the FNM administration had been aware of losses in the islands the tourism product. We feel the government must explain to the people what they were doing, knowing that things were rough down here and that challenges existed. We just finished a mid-year budget debate and the government did not see itself fit to advise the House of Assembly and the country that thesel ay-offs were (pending Is it because they did not know or is it because they did not want us to turn our wrath on the government for its continual failings? The government must explain its position, Mr Christie said. T he Opposition leader stressed that G rand Bahama plays an important role in the country. We will come in here and specifically focus and concentrate on this island because this island is a critical player in the make-up of the Bahamas. It is thes econd economy of our country, and so you cannot be neglectful with respect to this island, and we propose to pay a lot of attention to it and to cause g overnment to do more. I dont understand why they (Government are so secretive about whats happened and still so s ecretive of any plans they have with respect to this island, he said. M r Christie said the PLP is very concerned a bout the failings of the Grand Bahamas tourism p roduct and particularly at the Our Lucaya Resort p roperty. Some of their recommendations to hotel representatives, he said, included consideration for an operator similar to Kerzner. We have also been concerned about the quali ty of the casino operators so we spoke to that, and Mr Wilchcombe made recommendation of a signature event for this island to ensure we have a healthy tourism product, he added. He noted that suggestions were also made concerning the poor visitor satisfaction rating on G rand Bahama. Hopefully those recommendations would take root. As I indicated to the persons we spoke to, u nless the government sees itself as an active partner in the enterprise of making the economy of Grand Bahama work and making the tourism p roduct work, it is not going to happen and it w ill have to wait until we get there (in office fix. We are hoping that efforts would be made to f ix it before we get there, but we can give you complete assurance that we are coming into gov ernment with a lot of ideas on how we should go a bout bringing Grand Bahama back to its glory days, Mr Christie said. SIGNIFIC ANT LEADS IN SHOOTING INVESTIGATION PLP plans to give special attention to Grand Bahama PLP LEADER Perry Christie THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER POLICE are asking the publics assistance in determining the whereabouts of 27-year-old Gary Leon who is wanted for questioning in a murder case. The suspects last known addresses are Palm Beach Street and Moore Avenue in New Providence. He has a dark brown complexion, is 6 tall and weighs around 200lbs. Leon is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If the suspect is seen approach with caution and contact the police at 502-9910 502-9991 or Crime Tipsters at 352-1919 or 328-8474 or the nearest police station. MAN WANTED FOR QUESTIONING

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FORT LAUDERDALE, F L The Chief Aviation Specialist for the Bahamas has been named chairman elect of International Federal Partners Federal Pavilion for the premier aviation event, EAA Air Venture Osh Kosh, which takes place this year in Osh Kosh, WI, July 25-31. M r Greg Rolle, head of the Aviation Department for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, has accepted the position to chair the prestigious aviation group that includes, the United States, Canada and The Bahamas. When Mr Rolle starts his chairmanship at the c onclusion of this years show, he will serve in the post for two consecutive years. He will assume the reins from current IFP chairman, Aaron Sauer, a Senior Air Safety Investigator with the US National Trans portation Safety Board. It will be my privilege to s erve as the chairman of the IFP, Mr Rolle said on accep tance of the position, adding, I will do my utmost to use my skill set, abilities and talents to ensure that the Federal Pavilion continues to prove to be an effective arena for the private pilot to be educated, enlight e ned and provided with up-tothe minute procedural and other information necessary for a seamless crossing of the borders. The aviation executive noted that over the years, the islands of the Bahamas have benefited greatly from our mutual relationship, and it is my belief that acting in the capacity as chairman of the IFP, will add depth to our partnership. The prestigious honour means that Mr Rolle will be the chair of a body that plays a major role at the Annual EAA Air Venture Expo, which attracts hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts annually from across the globe. We (International Federal Partnership) are honoured to have you representing the Bahamas to serve as chairman for the upcoming years, chairman Sauer said while welcom ing Mr Rolle to his position. We appreciate your service and all the years you have ded icated to the IFP and The Bahamas representation at Air Venture. US Federal Agencies and Canadian Government departments in 1990 began participating together at the EAA Air Venture in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin and came to be known as the International Federal Partnership. In 1998, the Bahamas with its Civil Aviation departments joined the group. The IFP annually contracts with EAA for a massive 21,000 square foot hanger The International Federal Pavilion and from this space the member countries with their various government agencies and departments, display exhibits as well as provide booths with information. The Chairman of the IFP is responsible for facilitating the collective efforts of the mem bers in achieving the Partnerships goals. Duties of the chair include, facilitating meetings and teleconferences of the group; facilitating staff meet ings and special engagements during the week of Air Ven ture and mediating differences that may arise between the members to the extent that the differences affect the Partnership. Mr Rolle is a veteran Min istry of Tourism employee who has been with the organisation for some 25 years. During his years with the ministry, he has served in various capacities, including Director of Bahamas Sports Tourism. A licensed private pilot, Mr Rolle returned to the leadership position of tourisms aviation department in 2008. Under his recent lead ership, the Bahamas has stepped up its marketing initiatives against the lucrative avia tion market. Signature programmes include Bahamas Preferred (FBO Bahamas Flying Ambassadors, and Bahamas Day. The inven tive strategies being undertaken by the countrys aviation department, has thrust the Bahamas into the spotlight of the International aviation arena. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $SSUR[LPDWHO\VTXDUHIHHWRIVHFRQG VSDFHLVDYDLODEOHLQQHZO\FRQVWUXFWHG EXLOGLQJDWWKHFRUQHURI0DUOERURXJKDQG &XPEHUODQGWUHHWV 7ZRfRQVLWHFDUVSDFHVLQFOXGHG ,GHDOORFDWLRQIRURIIVKRUHEDQN WUXVWFRPSDQ\ODZRUDFFRXQWLQJRU RWKHUSURIHVVLRQV&RQWDFWZQHU 35,0()),&($&( THE Lyford Cay Foundations (LCF Gifts and Grants Committee is currently accepting applications from Bahamian non-profit and charitable organisations who wish to apply for an award. The Foundations have so far disbursed more than $15 million to dozens of local non-profit groups to date, LCF officials said. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. On occasion, substantially larger grants have been approved and special fundraising efforts undertaken. This year, the initiative is particularly interested in receiving applications for projects in the following areas: education and literacy; after-school programmes; youth summer camps and activities; environmental protection; health care and care facilities; mental health programmes; feeding centres; parenting skills training; crime prevention and Family Island programmes. The Foundations do not normally make direct gifts to support expenses incurred by other endowments, places of worship or government agencies (such as construction or administrative costs), but will fund qualifying philanthropic community programmes run by these organisations. It does not make awards to individuals or to cover personal medical expenses, LCF officials said. When considering applications, the committee favours: Specific programmes over general ones Existing programmes over start-ups Requests to fund capital costs rather than operating costs Tangible needs, for example equipment, physical repairs, building projects. Programmes that will benefit the Family Islands The remaining application deadlines for 2011 are: April 1 to be considered by June 1 October 1 to be considered by November 30 For full details on the application process and application forms, persons are asked to please visit www.lyfordcayfoundation.org. Bahamas aviation chief to chair international body GREG ROLLE head of the Aviation Department for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation By LINDSAY THOMPSONB ahamas Information Services AS HUNDREDSof patrons enjoyed the food and entertainment at the 69th A nnual Bahamas Red Cross S ociety Fair last weekend, Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes underscored the importance of the organisation in times of need. We are here to have fun b ut even while we are enjoyi ng ourselves, we must not forget that the work of the B ahamas Red Cross Society is serious business and that this fair is a fundraiser to ensuret hat the work of the society continues, he told the crowd a ssembled in the lower gard ens of Government House o n Saturday. D isaster can strike at anytime, anywhere and the a dministrators and volunteers of the Red Cross must always be prepared and ready to h elp, he said. T he Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30. However, t here are disasters such as tornadoes, lightning strikes, floods, fires and others thatl eave families destitute, the G overnor-General said. In these emergency situations the Red Cross Society must step into the gap, he said, adding that such was the case following the January 12, 2 010 earthquake which c aused massive destruction to Haiti. Sir Arthur said that the w ork of the Red Cross Society in the community goes unnoticed because it is good n ews which seldom, if ever, m akes the headlines in the daily papers or talked about on the radio or seen on tele-v ision. Some of the programmes undertaken by the Red CrossS ociety are: Meals on Wheels, daily hot meals are delivered to the s hut-ins and disabled Fresh milk is provided to school children on the Family Islands Medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and hospital beds are m ade available for minimal r ental fee The societys trained vol unteers provide first aid and a mbulance services at nation al events, sports meets, road races and other functions. T he Bahamas Red Cross w as organised by the governm ent as a national society t hrough a Bill passed in Parliament on June 23, 1975. Its mission is to prevent and alleviate suffering wherever it may be found; to protect life and health and ensure respectf or human beings; to work for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health ands ocial welfare; to train personnel and encourage volun-t ary service; and to act as a c hannel for collecting money a nd goods donated by the public for the sick and suffer ing. Governor General urges more support for Red Cross G OVERNOR-GENERAL S ir Arthur Foulkes and his wife Joan Lady Foulkes pose with patrons William and Lindsay at the 69th Annual Fair o f the Bahamas Red Cross Society. SIR ARTHUR FOULKES Govern or-General, officially opens the 69th Annual Fair of the Bahamas Red Cross Society int he lower gardens of Government House on Saturday. IN 2010 the Lyford Cay Foundations Gifts and Grants Committee gave $2.5 million to the College of the Bahamas to fund the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new Harry CM oore Library and Information Centre. 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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011, PAGE 7 T HE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA workshop to formulate a tsunami and other coastalh azards warning system prot ocol for the Bahamas. Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA, stressed the importance of the country having in place an early warning system in the evento f a tsunami or any other coastal event. T he protocol will be presented to Cabinet fora pproval and implementat ion. The thing is we want to n otify the Bahamian public as soon as possible, as the B ahamas is challenged b ecause of its geographical location, Captain Russell said. He said he was delighted the Caribbean DisasterE mergency Management A gency together with the Australian government (AusAID able to stage the workshop series being conducted throughout the Caribbean. Hazards Dr Virginia Clerveaux, senior programme officer, s aid it was a pleasure for C DEMA to be a part of the w orkshop that seeks to enhance the capacity of its p articipating states to work t owards better management o f both natural and technol ogical hazards, but specific ally of tsunami hazards. T he workshop provided participants an opportunity t o revisit disaster risk mana gement strategies; share b est practices and lessons l earnt from a cross-spectra o f projects, programmes and p olicies; and an opportunity t o highlight the critical i mportance of building resilience to disaster risk in t he communities. P articipants comprising r epresentatives of NEMAs e mergency support function groupings were able to project their input into a model from the Turks and Caicos Islands protocol, and adapt i t to fit the Bahamas, should the country be faced with a t sunami or storm surge; and f ormulate specific strategies to educate the public at large on the importance of being prepared and where t o find the highest point o nce the warning has been sounded. A session also dealt with the role the media plays in i nforming the public through various means such as television, radio and the newspapers. I t was concluded that the mass media has a fundamental role to play in making disaster risk reduction e fforts successful. F rom CDEMAs perspect ive, the workshop also prov ided an important opport unity and platform which a llows us to build on a lliances that have already been forged towards a coll ective vision for the reduct ion of disaster risk and prom otion of sustainable livelih oods, economic and social progress particularly within our coastal communities which has been the disproportionate focus of our econ omic and social activities as well as infrastructural d evelopment, Dr C lerveaux said. Region During her presentations, she highlighted aspects oft he disaster risk profile of the Caribbean region, which is largely comprised of small island developing states (SIDS active seismic arc. T he impact of disasters on t hese states leave massive destruction and overpower ing evidence of how poor p lanning and investment d ecisions contribute to vuln erability and increase the r isk of future disasters, she n oted. S cientific data has docum ented evidence of giant waves throughout the C aribbean from as early as 1 629. T he NOAA Geophysical D ata Centre reports that the Caribbean Basin has had eight per cent of the worlds tsunami events and the Indian Ocean seven per cent; t aking into account the December 2004 tsunami w hich killed more than 2 50,000 people. Experience has shown that the most effective response mechanisms to disa ster loss reduction has p roven to be a dynamic, multi-level management a rrangement in which national, regional, governm ent and non-government actors work together in a timely, effective and mutu ally-enhancing way, Dr C lerveaux said. The seminar was held March 3 4 at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force B ase at Coral Harbour. PARTICIPANTS COMPLETED a two-day workshop to formulate a tsunami and other coastal hazards warning system protocol for the Bahamas at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base at Coral Harbour. The workshop was hosted by the National Emergency Management Agency. P hoto/ N EMA NEMA workshop develops tsunami warning protocol R OAD work on Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive have commenced. The work includes installation of a 24-inch w ater main from Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive in the east to the junction at Baillou Hill and Robinson Road that ise xpected to improve water quality. Drainage utilities are also being installed. Charlene Collie, project engineer with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said: Work on the northern verge of Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles junction has begun. The work will eventually lead into full road clos ure as we install the 24-inch water main. The closure will not take place immediately, but as the work progresses it will eventually lead into a full closure that is expected to last f or a short duration. During the closure motorists are advised to d ivert through Sea Breeze and Fox Hill Road travelling the route along Bernard Road. We ask the public to exercise patience as we go through the construction phase, said M s Collie. It should not be for more than four weeks as we are trying to install at least approximately 300 ft of the 24-inch water main. Workmen are also busy installing approxi mately 1,500 ft of the 24-inch water main at St Michael's Road on the western end of Prince C harles Drive. We're progressing with installation of over 300 ft per week that equates to five weeks,s aid Ms Collie. T he works are a part of the governments $120 million contract for the New Providence Road Improvement Project. Road work commences on Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive CHARLENE COLLIE project engineer with the Min i stry of Public Works and Transport, advises the public to be patient as they traverse the Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive area where road works are in progress. 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PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By LARRYSMITH AND now class, today we are going to talk about propaganda. Does anyone know what the word means? I t derives from the Latin for propagate, which means to multiply, reproduce or transmit. In this case, we are talking about spreading information. What kind of information? Well, that is often hard to say. The key point to remember is that the information being pres ented will have an agenda. And in order to judge the value and quality of the information, you need to determine what that agenda is. In a nutshell, propaganda uses loaded messages to produce an emotional response in support of an often hidden o bjective. And ever since the 1930s (when German and Soviet propaganda promoted statesponsored genocide) the term has acquired a strong negative meaning for good reason. Journalists are supposed to be trained to give their audiences a reasonably accurate background and analysis of the subject at hand. Advertisers use an overt form of propaganda to persuade people to buy their products or services. Public relations lies somewhere in between, often presenting itself as journalism in support of a proprietary theme, which is not necessarily nefarious. What sets propaganda apart more than anything else is that it seeks to influence public opinion through deception and confusion, rather than by encouraging genuine understanding. According to Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, "The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly it must con fine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over." What points instantly spring to mind in the local context?No turning back (to white rule stop, review and cancel (good economic initiatives); Hubert the dictator Ingraham; selling our birthright (to white foreigners), the plantation economy (enslaves blacks But it's not just about repetitive slander. As British wartime propagandist (and later cabinet minister) Richard Crossman said: "The art of pro-p aganda is not telling lies, but rather selecting the truth you require and giving it mixed up with some truths the audience wants to hear." This is what we are seeing today with the (currently sided debate over the pending privatisation of BTC. L et's look at the recent cons tructs of a massive conspiracy to corruptly engineer the sale o f BTC against the interests and wishes of the Bahamian people. Evidence for this is said to rest on a series of conflicts of interest, and was recently given credence by retired Tribune journalist Nicky Kelly, who now w rites a column for the Punch. "One has to ask why the PM is so motivated to pursue a deal that is so suspect, and the machinations of its participants so obvious, that they exhaust credulity," Kelly wrote. In this view, a small group of unrelated people began movi ng chess pieces years ago to achieve the present result the sale of half of BTC to Cable & Wireless Communications, within a regulatory environment developed and controlled by former CWC employees. The inference is that the plot was hatched by CWC, with thes upport of leading Bahamian politicians and technical advi sors, to save its future Caribbean business prospects.Or maybe it was the other way round, and our top politicos and bureaucrats simply planned toe nrich themselves from CWC. In either case, the full background to the story is largely ignored and a massive corrupt scheme is offered as the obvious reality. The clear agenda is to derail the privatisation of BTC, both for political gain and to protect vested interests. T he full background to the story includes the fact that there were no less than three public bodies responsible for decisionmaking the cabinet, the privatisation advisory committee, and the privatisation working committee. There were also two sets of financial advisors K PMG Bahamas and CITI, a m ajor international bank as well as two legal advisors C harles Russell, a British firm specialising in communications law (which also advised the Christie administration on regulatory reform), and local law firm Higgs & Johnson. In short, there were signific ant checks and balances. And with so many separate groups of advisors it would be very difficult for a specific conflict of interest to flow through to a final sale. It also has to be acknowledged that the goal of liberalising the communications sector and finding a major s trategic partner for BTC has been the accepted policy of both major parties for years even more so in the case of the FNM, which launched the process in 1998. And what about those conflicts of interest that have been selectively ignored by the con-s piracy theorists. Conflicts like the participation of some of the major antagonists in the cur rent debate in the earlier sale that was agreed by the Christie administration with Bluewater Ventures a foreign firm with uncertain ownership and no o perating history. It has been suggested that some of them were heavily involved when that deal went down together with some of the leaders of the same unions that are now so critical of the current process. What chess pieces were these players movi ng? T he Christie administration cancelled the original privatisation process launched by the FNM after rejecting existing bids, and then proceeded to negotiate solely with Bluewater from 2005 until the general election in May 2007. How is this any different from the I ngraham administration rejecting bids received in the current process, and then talking to CWC? And let's not forget to take into account the stark contrast between Bluewater, an unknown private equity firm, and CWC, a major internationa l telecoms provider with a long and publicly reported background in the field. In fact, almost all of the bidders for BTC throughout this long and complicated process were private financiers who saw an opportunity to make money. Digicell and CWC are the mosto bvious telecoms buyers in the region, but Digicell (which decided not to bid in the last auction) is purely a cellular operator. CWC is one of the few entities that does everything BTC does throughout the region and has a strategic reas on to invest for the long-term. And since CWC has been interested in the Bahamas for the last 15 years, how can it suddenly be suspicious when they step up to the plate? It is easy to research a large global business like Cable & Wireless, which may have probl ems in some areas but a very h ealthy balance sheet overall. In fact, CWC is a leader in all regional markets except Jamaica where they are second. It should also be noted that, although declining to participate in the most recent auction due to an internal reorganisa tion, CWC eventually went t hrough the same entry process as all other bidders. As for the terms of the CWC agreement, it is a fact that all the bidders required BTC's unfunded pension deficit to be covered by government including Bluewater. How can this now be "repugnant" to the P LP, when they agreed to pay off the full deficit and close the pension plan entirely. I would suggest that there is no business in the world where employees make zero contributions to their own pensions while the employer pays 20 per cent of salaries into a fund. Thiso bviously has a huge impact on BTC's value. It is also true that all the bidders including Bluewater demanded a management fee in their plans, something which some commentators find egregious. The rationale for the fee that was eventually agreed is that CWC brings a lot of added value to BTC in terms of techn ology and intellectual property, which will significantly benefit the other shareholder. This is normal practice where a minority partner is involved, and industry benchmarks are used to set the fee scale. Clearly, connecting the dots selectively amounts to spouti ng propaganda. It does nothing to help people reach a genuine understanding of the issues. This is known as pinpointing the enemy simplifying a complex situation by presenting a specific group or person as the enemy in a clear-cut choice between right and wrong. And t he better informed you are, the less susceptible you will be to this type of propaganda. One of the worst allegations in this saga was made recently by PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts (who was the minister responsible for BTC in the Christie administration). He accused current BTC chairman Julian Francis of a corrupt conflict of interest in awarding to Providence Advisors (a financial services company which Francis also chairs) a lucrative contract to manage part of the BTC pension fund. As a result of this contract that Julian Francis awarded to himself, he positioned himself and Providence Advisors Ltd to be paid in excess of $400,000 per annum for the past 3 years," Roberts said. "The PLP calls for Julian Francis immediate resignation and for the police to commence investigations..." The facts are that efforts to place BTC pension funds with local investment managers began in 2006 under the Christie administration, when Greg Bethel was BTC chair man and also president of Fidelity Bank & Trust one of the firms chasing the business. Propaganda and the pending BTC privatisation A PROTEST against the pending sale of BTC. SEE page nine

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T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011, PAGE 9 Providence, headed by Kenwood Kerr, was also invited to bid, and was eventually approved (along with Fidelity and CFAL) in a process guided by the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. The actual contract was not executed until after the 2007 general election, and Francis (who is not a Providence shareholder) had nothing to do with choosing the investment managers. And Providence's fees over the past two and a half years were less than $350,000. Statements from political operatives and unsupported extrapolations by sympathetic or thoughtless journalists are not the only forms of propaganda we must watch out for. There are also those entities which pose as legitimate news media. While party newspapers or radio broadcasts may be easily identified and their information taken with a grain of salt, some propaganda outlets try to disguise their true nature to fool an audience into believing they are presenting valid information. The current prime example locally is the online propaganda outlet known as Bahamas Press which refuses to even acknowledge that it is financed, owned and operated by real people, although it classifies itself as a "leading news website." An anonymous responder claimed the site is owned "by the people of the Bahamas." As George Orwell wrote in his novel 1984 "the process (of mass-media deception) has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt." Of course, now that I have waded into the propaganda swamp, I must be part of the conspiracy, right? Well, now you can make the call. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com FROM page eight Propaganda

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Police have classified Mr Johnsons death as the islands first homicide for 2011. Although police have not yet released the identity of the islands second homicide, the victim is believed to be Patrick Russell, 42, of Lewis Yard. According to reports, sometime around 11.50pm on Monday, police received reports of gunshots at Weddell Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene to investigate, they discovered a gold-coloured Nissan Maxima riddled with bullets and a man slumped over the drivers seat. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that the victim, a 42year-old male resident of Lewis Yard, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds about the body. She said initial reports revealed that at 11.45pm the victim was sitting in his vehicle at an unpaved road between Weddell and Bruce Avenues when occupants in another vehicle pulled up next to him and opened fire. EMS personnel were called to assist, but the victim had already died of his injuries. He was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead by doctors. Almost 24 hours prior to the shooting, police were investigating a stabbing that occurred at Club Rock n Roll in the International Bazaar sometime around 1.05am on Sunday. On arrival at the scene, officers saw a young man, identified as Tamaro Johnson, lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds in his upper body. According to initial reports, Johnson was involved in a fight at the club when he was injured. He was taken by ambulance to Rand Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. ASP Mackey said police received information that Johnson had died of his injuries in hospital on Monday. No arrests have been made, and police are asking anyone with information to come forward. primary basis for decision making. The case of veteran prosecu tor Cheryl Grant-Bethell recently brought to light the useo f SIB reports by public agencies. In the recent ruling of Senior Justice Jon Isaacs he noted that an SIB report caused the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC ify Mrs Grant-Bethell from the race for Director of Public Pros ecution (DPP Justice Isaacs noted that the JLSC removed Mrs GrantBethell from her substantive post as deputy director of pub lic prosecution without employing the usual means for doing so, e.g., disciplinary proceedings resulting in dismissal from the public service or by promotion or transfer not objected to by the officer. Although Mrs Grant-Bethells appointment as Deputy Law Reform Commissioner was technically a promotion, Jus tice Isaacs said it excised her from her chosen career path without her consent. I so conclude because (the section of the law governing her new post) limits tenure of a commissioner, the only office to which the applicant can now aspire, whereas as DDPP she was on course for an office where she could theoretically serve until her retirement. Even if she had remained DDPP she would have enjoyed tenure in the Office of the Attorney General, all things being equal, beyond five years, said Justice Isaacs. He agreed that Mrs GrantBethells lateral transfer was irrational and her treatment by the JLSC was unfair. In his arguments he noted several points about the SIB report and its use by the JLSC. An allegation should not be the basis for depriving a person of an opportunity for advancement in the public service par ticularly without affording the person an opportunity to address the allegation. Fairness one would think requires no less, said Justice Isaacs. He said the JLSC used a first SIB report when considering Mrs Grant-Bethells application for the post of acting DPP. The allegations in this report were put to Mrs Grant-Bethell, who addressed them sufficiently that her recommendation was upheld. It was the contents of a second SIB report that formed the basis of the JLSCs decision to ultimately side-step Mrs GrantBethell. In the latter instance, the JLSC denied Mrs GrantBethell the opportunity to respond to the claims. She was able to allay any concern they had on (the firsto ccasion. It is not inconceivable that she may not have been able to do so again. The summary denial of such an opportunity to my mind breached the applicants right to be treated in a matter that was not unfair, said Justice Isaacs in his ruling. The JLSC has acted on a r eport prepared by an agency of the State without affording the applicant an opportunity to be heard. I can think of no alle gation so bad as to allow the JLSC to forego this basic requirement of fairness, he said. In light of the recent ruling, Mr Mitchell said the government should seriously review its policies governing the use of SIB reports. I dont recall a judge having made a comment on SIB reports before. When a justice of the Supreme Court makes some kind of finding or gives an opinion, the executive should really study the matter and make a determination about some action based on what he said, said Mr Mitchell. He said he personally feels that basic fairness should dictate that any public servant hasa right to see what is on their file, including an SIB report, particularly if you are going to use it to make a decision that is contrary to that persons interests. Mr Mitchell said it was resistance from the bureaucracy itself that has blocked succes sive governments from adopt ing any change in policy. He said the public service should desist from the common practice of placing negative SIB reports on the files of public servants and using them as the basis for denying promotions without their knowledge, and without serving as grounds to initiate disciplinary proceedings. He said the standard set in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act should apply to the use of SIB reports, which suggests decision makers should not be able to use SIB reports if it has been sitting on a public servants file for seven years. SEEPAGETHREE L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Have you heard the good news? You CAN save money!If you need a lower premium,low deductibles,generous benefits and a fast claims service,pick up the phone and ask NIBA for a great insurance deal.Its time to pay less for insuring your car! Tel.677-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am2.00pm d octors to do more physiotherapy with her son, but without success. My whole family feels that if they had tried a little harder, he could have been further along than he is now, she said. I tried and I tried, but nobody heard my cry. Mrs Ford has been in contact with staff at the University of Miami Hospital, who have agreed to see Renaldo and evaluate his case, however without health insurance, further treatment in the United States will be extremely expensive. Mrs Ford said Renaldo has believed since the morning after the accident that he will one day be able to breathe and stand up on his own. She said that with some help, she knows he has the potential to do so. Before the accident, Renaldo, the second youngest of four brothers, was actively involved in a number of youth organisations connected with his church and school, was a member of the youth choir and an usher at his church. He was known in school as the little boy with all the manners, his mother said. Renaldo loved cars, she added. He always wanted to be a car designer or an auto body mechanic. Mrs Ford said her son still has a lot of potential and much to offer the world, as he is the sort of person who can remain positive, even after what he has been through. The family plans to hold a fundraiser and is meeting with members of their church on Thursday to form a plan. In the meantime, they are asking anyone who wishes to help to contact them, or make a donation at a Bank of the Bahamas branch, account number 5510031764. to Cable and Wireless.We call on the government to cease and desist. The PLP will upon coming to office move to regain the majority shares forthwith from Cable and Wireless if thes ale goes through. The PLP believes in a share owning democracy and will sell shares in BTC in tranches to the Bahamian people. The PLP will allow competition and will lib eralize the telecommunications market. That is the PLPs policy.That is the issue. We urge the FNM to stick to the issues, he said. Mr Christie added: I am calling on civil society, led by the church and the Christian Council in particular to monitor the conduct of this elec tion campaign, and cry shame where parties exag gerate their demands and charges to the point where it becomes an insult to the intelligence of the Bahamian people.The governments assault upon the intelligence of the Bahamian people and their intelligence last week in the House of Assembly surely crossed the line. Mr Christie also pledged that his party will not utilise character assassination, vicious gossip, or smear tactics in their campaigns in the 2012 general election, saying it will not and cannot be fought on the basis of "foolishness." "We are not in the business of character assassination. Vicious gossip or malicious gapseed is not for us! We are not in the business of smear tactics or slanderous innuendo. We will leave that to those other fellas! And we most certainly are not in the business of corrupt electioneering. We will leave that to the other fellas too! We saw enough of what should not have been done in the Elizabeth by-election last year to know that that is not the way to go," Mr Christie said. SEE PAGE FIVE to get us nowhere fast. This is a government of infrastructure not of people, of things not of brotherly love, of all things foreign and not of things Bahamian. They are for the imprisonment of the Bahamian spirit, not for the empowerment of the Bahamian spirit. This government is for the enrichment of a few at the detriment of the many, he said. Senator Michael Halkitis said the government is planning to distract Bahamians to try and take your minds of their absolute and dismal failure in managing the economy, in fighting crime and in making sure that Bahamians are not marginalized, overlooked and dispossessed in their own country. He accused the government of grand standing in the media. The ZNS evening news might as well be called FNM Ministers Tonight. The whole newscast is one parade of one minister after the other talking a lot, but saying basically nothi ng; at least nothing of benefit to the Bahamian people. We see what happened at the Lyn den Pindling International Airport. They had the opening, and then they went back for a tour, of course with all the television cameras, said Mr Halki tis. I heard somewhere that they are going back next week to inspect the bathrooms and the week after that to inspect the landscaping and have some more press conferences, he said. FROM page one SECURIT Y AND INTELLIGEN CE CHRIS TIE:ALL PLPS WILL VOTE O ON THE SALE OF BTC FROM page one FROM page one PLP MEMBERS Help my boy walk again FROM page one FROM page one M AN DISCOVERED SHOT DEAD IN CAR

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011, PAGE 11 TRIPOLI, Libya Associated Press AFTERdramatic successes over the past weeks, Libya's rebel movement appears to have hit a wall of overwhelming power from loyalists of Moammar G adhafi. Pro-regime forces h alted its drive on Tripoli with a heavy barrage of r ockets in the east and t hreatened Tuesday to r ecapture the closest rebelheld city to the capital in the west. I f Zawiya, on Tripoli's doorstep, is ultimately retaken, the contours of a stalemate would emerge with Libya divided between a largely loyalist west and a rebel east as the w orld wrestles with the t horny question of how d eeply to intervene. President Barack Obama a nd British Prime Minister D avid Cameron agreed to plan for the "full spectrum of possible responses" on Libya, including imposing a no-fly zone to prevent Gadhafi's warplanes from striking rebels. According t o a White House statement, the two leaders spoke Tuesday and agreed that the objective must bea n end to violence and the d eparture of Gadhafi "as quickly as possible." Zawiya, a city of 200,000, w as sealed off under a fifth day of a destructive siege, with conflicting reports of who was in control. Ab rigade led by one of Gad hafi's sons, Khamis, is believed to be leading the assault, shelling neighbor h oods with tank and artillery fire from the out skirts and trying to push t roops in to the city's cent ral Martyrs Square where rebels had set up camp. Hospital The city hospital has been overwhelmed with dead and wounded and many houses have been damaged, according to residents who escaped the past two days. One man who slipped out of the city on Monday said pro-Gadhafi forces had seized the central square. An adviser to the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday also claimed that government troops were in control, raising the green flag over the square. The adviser, who is origi nally from Zawiya, said he was trying to mediate a cease-fire with remaining rebels. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. But a resident of the nearby town of Sabratha said people who fled from Zawiya on Tuesday afternoon told him fighting con tinued, with rebels back in control of the square. He said they reported hit-andrun attacks between the two sides. The various reports could not be independent-ly confirmed. Electricity, phone and Internet ser vices have all been cut in the city, making it impossi ble to reach witnesses inside Zawiya, just 30 miles west of Tripoli. The recapture of Zawiya would be a significant victory for Gadhafi, easing a threat just outside his main bastion in the capital. If his forces can hold it, it would free up troops to deploy against other rebel-held areas. The fall of Zawiya to anti-Gadhafi residents early on in the uprising that b egan Feb. 15 had illust rated the initial, blazing p rogress of the opposition. T he uprising swept over t he entire eastern half of t he country, breaking it out o f the regime's control, and s eized Zawiya and several o ther cities and towns in the northwestern pocket of the country where Gadhafi's regime was confined. But the government could be regaining some balance and its capability t o lash back with powerful force. The battle is far from o ver and could be drawn o ut into a long and bloody c ivil war. The latest round of fighting on oppositee nds of Libya's Mediterr anean coast once again revealed the weakness and disorganization of both sides. Even if it ends with Zawiya's recapture, the long siege of the city u nderlined the rebels' t enacity and the struggles of even a reportedly elite f orce like the Khamis B rigades to crush them. Adv ance At the same time, Gad hafi's regime has been u sing its air power advant age more each day to check a rebel advance west toward Tripoli on the main coastal highway leading outo f the opposition-controlled eastern half of the country. The increasing useo f air power underlines the vulnerability of the rebel forces as they attempt to march across open, desertt errain but it also could p rompt world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to deny Gadhafi thate dge. In the east, Gadhafi's forces succeeded over the weekend in blunting ther ebels' attempt to march t oward Tripoli, repelling them from Bin Jawwad, a small town 375 miles (600 kilometers) east of the capital, and driving them back to the oil port of Ras Lanouf, further east. On Tuesday, troops fired barrages of rockets at a rebel contingent that tried to move out from Ras Lanouf. At least 26 wounded were rushed to the hospital in the town, some of them with legs lost and other serious injuries, according to doctors there. "I was hit in the arm and leg, my friend was wounded in the stomach," Momen Mohammad, 31, said while lying in a hospital bed. Earlier in the day, war planes launched at least five new airstrikes near rebel position in Ras Lanouf, one hitting a twostory house in a residential area, causing some dam age. None of the strikes appeared to cause casualties, suggesting they were intended to intimidate the fighters, according to an Associated Press reporter who saw the strikes. The anti-regime forces were not taking any chances and were spreading out deep inside the desert around the area in small groups. The rebels seem to have reached a point of their campaign where they need to figure out how to orga nize resupply lines and avoid becoming easy targets for warplanes in their march across the open desert region with little cover. The extent of their westward reach is a check point about six miles (10 kilometers) west of Ras Lanouf. In Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and the main rebel stronghold in east, there was an unusual attack after weeks of quiet that followed the rebel capture of the territory. Assailants in a car tosseda grenade at a hotel where foreign journalists were staying, but there were no casualties and only some light damage to windows, an opposition official said. T er ms A spokesman for the opposition's newly created Interim Governing Council in Benghazi said a man who claimed to represent Gadhafi made contact with the council to discuss terms for Gadhafi to step down. Mustafa Gheriani told the AP the council could not be certain whether the man was acting on his own ini tiative or did in fact represent the Libyan leader. "But our position is clear: No negotiations with the Gadhafi regime," said Gheriani, who declined to say when contact was made or reveal the identity of the purported envoy. Libyan state television denied that Gadhafi had sent an envoy to talk to the rebels. In London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that neither Gadhafi nor rebel forces appeared currently able to establish supremacy. "At the moment ... it seems that either side lacks the immediate power to overthrow the other," he said. The United States and its NATO allies edged closer Monday to formulating a military response to the escalating violence in Libya as the alliance boosted surveillance flights over the country and the Obama administration signaled it might be willing to help arm Gadhafi's opponents. Europe, meanwhile, kickstarted international efforts to impose a no-fly zone. France and Britain have taken the lead in drafting a U.N. Security Council res olution that would establish a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent Gadhafi's warplanes from bombing civilians and rebels. It still appeared unlike ly that U.S. warplanes or missiles soon would deploy in Libya. British and French officials said the no-fly resolution was being drawn up as a contingency and it has not been decided whether to put it before the U.N. Security Council, where Russia holds veto power and has rejected such a move. Western officials have said a no-fly zone does not require a U.N. mandate, but they would prefer to have one. An official with a sub sidiary of Libya's national oil company said Tuesday that production has dropped by about 90 percent, a reflection of the beating the OPEC mem ber's oil sector is taking amid violence raging in the country. Sirte Oil Co. is producing about 9,500 barrels per day, compared to normal production levels at about 95,000 barrels per day, said company official Ahmed Jerski. Disruption Analysts estimate that more than half of Libya's almost 1.6 million barrels per day in production is being shut-in, and the dis ruption in exports has sent global oil prices skyrock eting. The U.S. benchmark crude contract for April delivery was hovering slightly below $104 per barrel on Tuesday, retreating from highs of almost $107 per barrel a day earlier. The drop came as several OPEC ministers said they were talking informally about whether to ramp up production to offset the Libya supply drop. The upheaval has also sparked a massive exodus by foreign workers in Libya fleeing the violence. As of Tuesday, 224,661 migrants had reached Libya's borders with Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Algeria since February 20, according to the latest International Organization for Migration figures pro vided Tuesday to AP. But a Red Crescent official said Tuesday that soldiers loyal to Gadhafi have blocked some 30,000 migrant workers from flee ing into Tunisia and forced many to return to work in Tripoli. Ibrahim Osman of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cres cent Societies told The Associated Press that the migrant workers were rounded up and held in Libyan immigration buildings near the Tunisian bor der last week. Osman, who heads the agency's assessment teams in northern Africa, said Gadhafi soldiers were forcibly returning many of the 30,000 Bangladeshis, Egyptians and sub-Saharan Africans nearing the Ras Ajdir border crossing. He said loyalists held a pro-government demonstration at the crossing and appear to have forcibly return the migrants to ser vice jobs. LIBYAN VOLUNTEERS gesture as they raise a pre Gadhafi flag on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Tuesday, March 8 2011. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have scored a significant victory, recapturing the closest city to the capital to have fallen in r ebel hands. On another front near the opposition-held east, loyalists trying to stop anti-government fighters from advancing toward the capital pounded the rebels with airstrikes and rockets. (AP Gadhafi forces barrage rebels in east and west Loyalists threaten to recapture closest rebel-held city LIBYAN MEN walk by burned vehicles while visiting the stormed al-Katiba base in Benghazi, Libya Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Al-Katiba is a L ibyan internal security forces facility that hosted offices, a training field, an official ceremonies platform, an under ground secret detention camp and the residence of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in Benghazi, it was stormed and mostly burned by protesters during the ongoing Libyan uprising. (AP

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L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By KHYLE QUINCY PARKER Press Attach Embassy of The Bahamas Washington, DC WASHINGTON, DC The National Aquarium in Washington, DC, inaugurated its Fresh Thoughts: Sustainable Seafood Dining Series in March, featuring lionfish collected in the Bahamas. Bahamas Ambassador to the United States Cornelius A Smith a ttended, and was enthusiastic a bout both the evenings success a nd the initiation of a charge to d evelop a potential market for the c onsumption of the lionfish in the D C Metro area. Given the threat the lionfish represents to traditional fisheriese xports like grouper, the creation of such a market would be a boon of i mmeasurable worth to the Bahamas. At a time when fisheries exports in the Bahamas are not as strong as is desirable, the opportunity to create a new source of revenue for our marine sector is very welcome. Add to that the chance to exert a mea-s ure of control over this predatory species, and you begin to see why we are excited about this venturea nd what it may mean, Ambassador Smith said. I can only hope that the marine sector in the Bahamas will be e ncouraged by this event to redouble efforts to build an export market for lionfish. Such foresight will o nly redound to the benefit of our p eople, reaping commercial r ewards and conservational benefits. The Indo-Pacific Red Lionfish ( Pterois volitans) is not native to the Atlantic. In fact, this fish has been invading tropical Atlantic waters at an alarming rate and, in addition to causing major concern in the Bahamas, is threatening aquatic ecosystems as far east as Bermuda and south tot he entire Caribbean. The National Aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospher-i c Administration (NOAA Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF methods of controlling the popul ation and impacts of the lionfish. After those studies and consultation with the restaurant sector, h uman consumption has emerged a s a viable method to control the p opulation of this venomous pest species. At a time when concerned vend ors, restaurateurs and diners are s eeking sustainable seafood choice s, biologists are suggesting that the red lionfish may provide a commercial opportunity as well as a means to control an invasive species, said Andy Dehart, director of Fishes and Aquatic Invertebrates at the National Aquarium. With so many fish stocks overe xploited, were thrilled that lionfish offers a great-tasting fillet and were e xcited to finally introduce it to W ashington, DC, food enthusiasts. T his was the impetus behind t he decision to feature lionfish at the inaugural Fresh Thoughts event. Chef Xavier Deshayes partnered with the aquarium to launch this sustainable seafood dining series at the aquariums DC location. Fresh T houghts is intended to celebrate sensible and scrumptious seafood choices with the help of renowned W ashington, DC, chefs. Lionfish: Predator to the main course L IONFISH w as featured at the inaugural Fresh Thoughts event. ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Associated Press IN AN act of bold defiance, thousands of women converged Tuesday on the bloodstained pavement where seven of their sisters fell last week, even as thea rmy backing this country's rogue leader killed four more civilians. The brutal slayings last week occurred when soldiers in armored personnel carriers opened fire on a crowd of female demonstrators who were armed with nothing more than treeb ranches, symbolizing peace. The attack has further galvanized the international community against strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to yield power three months after being declared the loser of his country's election. The women had tried to march everyday since the attack Thursday only to lose their nerve in the face of an army that has shown no restraint, including by breaking the long-standing code that has always protected women. They refused to be cowed on Tuesday, however, because it was International Women's Day. Hours after several hundred women marched in Treichville, a downtown neighborhood, the army burst in and killed at least four civilians. Reporters saw the bodies of three men and one women on the blood-splattered floor of a clinic. Thousands of other women demonstrating near the site of last week's killings in the Abobo district were protected by men who had formed a wall across the mouth of a freeway by lining cars end-to-end. Mariam Bamba, 32, picked up a limp branch Tuesday next to one of the blood stains on pave ment. "This leaf is all they were carrying," she said of the victims. The seven women are just a fraction of the more than 400 people killed in the three months since this country's disputed elec tion. Because they were unarmed women, their deaths have prompted international condemnation, including from the U.S. State Department which called Gbagbo "morally bankrupt." A video obtained by The Associated Press shows the joyful crowd blowing whistles and waving branches moments before the women are mowed down. When Sako Bamara arrived at the hospital last Thursday, his relatives told him not to lift the cloth covering his wife's body. At least not above the shoulders. "They wouldn't let me look at her face," he said. "So I had to identify her feet," he said. Then he broke down. The video's grainy footage clearly shows that the 34-yearold had been decapitated. Her brother-in-law was the first to arrive and recognized her by the color of her T-shirt. Bones were protruding from her neck. Beyond there was nothing. The survivors brought wooden carts from the nearby market and used them to transport the dead to the hospital. Bamara had encouraged her to go to the march, just as so many other husbands and fathers had. "That morning she asked my permission to go. I said, 'Be careful.' Since they are women, I thought they would never shoot." At the hospital, the dead women were laid side by side, and at one point a mobile phone started ringing inside the pocket of one of the other lifeless women. Bamara's brother lifted the cloth covering her body and retrieved it out of her pocket. On the other end was the dead girl's frantic father, Gnelle Gnon Ouattara, who could not reach his 21-year-old daughter Rokiya. He rushed to the hospital and saw his child, part of her neck sheared off by the large-caliber bullet. "In Africa we say that it's the child that must bury the father," said Ouattara. "When it's the father that buries the child, something isn't right." The women marching Tues day wore T-shirts bearing the smiling portrait of 'ADO' Alassane Dramane Ouattara, the democratically elected pres ident who has been prevented from governing the country by Gbagbo. He has spent the first three months of his term inside a resort hotel under day-and-night United Nations protection, and was to leave the grounds for the first time Tuesday night at the invitation of the African Union. Both Ouattara and Gbagbo have been invited to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to hear the verdict of the AU's Peace and Security Council, which was attempting to find a solution to the crisis. Ouattara has called on the international community to launch an armed intervention in order to oust Gbagbo, who appeared on state television last week to say that he is "hanging in there." "I heard someone say that God has left Africa," said Yacouba Ouattara, a relative of one of the dead women. "No. It's Ivory Coast that God has left." Four people killed in Ivory Coast after women honour dead INTERNATIONALNEWS A BOY gestures in front of a protest fire set by local youth, shortl y before security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on civilians, in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Soldiers backing Ivory Coast's rogue leader opened fire on civilians again Tuesday, killing at least fourp eople hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the deaths of seven women gunned down at a march last week. (AP A MAN in a balaclava provides security at a rally of supporters of Alassane Ouattara protesting against violence linked to the nation's ongoing political crisis, in the Abobo district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast yesterday. (AP

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By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net The Bahamas Electricity Corporation needs to get its data straight as it relates tot echnical and non-technical electricity losses in the Fami ly Islands, its chairman said yesterday, with the accura cy of the numbers leaving much to be desired. In some months, BEC is shown as selli ng more electricty than it can produce. Michael Moss said BECs r ecorded losses in the Family Islands are all over the place, and any effort to start addressing this would be fruitless without first getting reliable data. He was responding to a query from Tribune Business as to whether BEC has been able to address what international consultants, Fichtner, found were high loss-levels in the Family Islands, both tech nical (as a result of distribution/transmission issues) and non-technical (as a result of theft, metering problems and the like). Fichtner, in a 2010 report supported by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB technical/non-technical loss figures in New Providence were not excessive compared with other nations in the region, losses in the Family Islands are high compared with those in other Caribbean countries, and especially compared with countries outside of the region. Referring to the Family Island losses, Mr Moss said: Nothing has yet been done about (reducingI believe the accuracy of the numbers leave much to be desired, and so the first thing to do is to go in and begin to scrub the systems. We have commenced that process. We are now getting what we believe to be more reli able data, and once we have that we can then begin to focus on the issues. Mr Moss said he receives a monthly report on Family Island electricity consumption and losses, and he suspects there are significant discrep ancies. Sometimes I have seen some of the monthly reports say the amount of electricitys old to customers is more than we produce. When you see that you know you have a problem,h e said. Losses in the Family Islands are likely to be primarily non technical due to theft or metering problems he suggested. SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.72 $4.72 $4.72 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The $62.5 million Commonwealth Brewery/Burns House initial public offering (IPO stands a fairly good chance of being fully subscribed based on initial investor expressions of interest, its placement agent told Tribune Business yesterday, adding that the stock would be BISXs third largest by market capitalisation once listed. Describing the liquor manufacturer/distributor as a blue chip addition to the Bahamian capital markets, Michael Anderson, president of RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust, said the IPO was the first time weve brought a really good dividend yield to market for some time. Explaining that the relatively high dividend yield was likely to be attractive to both Bahamian institutional and retail investors, Mr Anderson Good chance $62.5m IPO fully subscribed n Commonwealth Brewery/Burns House stock to be third largest market cap at $250m once listed on BISX n A mount sought more than two times the highest amount raised in any IPO n Blue chip offering presents first really good dividend yield to market for some time n 2011 to be key test for capital markets, and investor split anticipated to be 80/20 in favour of retail SEE page 4B MICHAEL ANDERSON By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net It will take at least two years to address the Bahamas E lectricity Corporations (BEC o utage rate and reduce this to internationally-accepted standards, given the long-o verdue equipment maintenance this will demand, its chairman said yesterday. The average rate is still unacceptable, and it will take us two years to get on track in terms of outages. We are well overdue for main Two years to deal with BECs atrocious forced outages Corporation well overdue for maintenance .......... on every piece of equipment MICHAEL MOSS SEE page 4B OUT ISLAND ELECTRIC SALES MORE THAN WE PR ODUCE BEC data accuracy leaves much to be desired B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net T he closure of two of the Our Lucaya Golf and Beach Resorts lower-price proper t ies in favour of keeping open its more high-end hotel will reduce Grand Bahamas pricec ompetitiveness as a destination, and make it harder to achieve a boost in overnight arrivals to the island, the Min i ster of Tourism and Aviation said yesterday. Given that occupancies were already low, the 58 per cent reduction in room invent ory brought about by Hutchison Whampoas decision to close parts of the resort will not have as much effect as the f act that the rooms the owners are choosing to keep on the market are the higherp rice category rooms, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business. H is comments came after resort executives confirmed on Friday that over 200 staff would be terminated, andp arts of the hotel closed in light of major losses. Our OUR LUCAYA CLOSURE STRATEGY DIMINISHES PRICE COMPETITIVENESS SEE page 8B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC tomers will likely see a rise in the fuel charge component of their bill in another months time, given the delayed impact of higher oil prices on its costs, although efforts will be made to mitigate this through the use of higherefficiency generation units. Michael Moss, BECs chairman, yesterday said that a trend of decreasing fuel charges for the last several months will likely turn around soon when the impact of rising oil prices, resulting largely from the unrest in Libya, is seen in BECs fuel bill. The fuel charge for the last several months hasbeen going down on your bill, but increases in fuel costs have just come about, so those are not yet filtering through to your bill. I do expect in another mon ths time, when we take another delivery of fuel and probably pay a higher price for that fuel, consumers will likely be seeing a higher fuel charge on their bill, he added. However, Mr Moss said this is not a given. What we are trying to do is maximise the amount of equipment we burn Bunker C (fuel BEC fuel char ge rise in a month Corporation aims to mitigate impact through use of more efficient Bunker C SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce is hoping to present the find-i ngs of its private sector survey, a key step in its devel-o pment of an economic plan f or Grand Bahama, to the key change agents by April-May, its president telling Tribune Business yest erday that the islands unemployment rate was now likely upwards of 20 perc ent. K P Turnquest said the Chamber was completing Phase Two of its economicp lan, the information gathering stage, and was aiming to present its findings to the G overnment, Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA wider community certainly b y May at the latest. Were moving now into the solidifying of the issues that have been raised to develop key points for pre sentation to the change a gents the Government, Chamber target for April on survey Utilities, Immigration and incentives among key private sector concerns* Islands unemployment rate upwards of 20%, and Chamber chief says: e cant catch a break SEE page 3B

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B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Gas station retailers suffer margin erosion through a n inefficient pricing s tructure that penalises them w hen oil prices increase t hrough high capital costs, t he Bahamas Chamber of C ommerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC chairman said yesterday, adding that government taxes were a major factor behind the relatively high prices. K haalis Rolle told Trib une Business that while it could be argued that gove rnment-imposed price controls on retail and wholesale m argins in the petroleum industry had benefited Bahamian consumers, they a lso had the consequence of constraining gas station p rofitability. Yet he argued that price controls were not the mainf actor in determining Bahamian gasoline and d iesel prices, the two key c omponents being the land e d cost of fuel (global oil prices) and the tax structurei mposed on the industry by the Government, I think price control, the Government-controlledm argin system, was meant to protect the consumer, Mr Rolle told Tribune Busi ness. To my mind, to this p oint it has been relatively effective, but I dont think t hats the major issue at hand. When you start to look at petroleum prices, the margin is a relatively smallc omponent of the pricing structure of fuel. Margins The main component is t he actual landed, acquisi tion cost of the fuel, and then you tack on the mar gins, tack on the duty struc t ure of the gasoline. At any point, duties make up a huge part of the overall price. So, compared to other places, the price is extremely high, but it ise xtremely high for a couple o f reasons the acquisition cost of the fuel, and the duty and tax structure of the fuel. R etail margins on gasol ine and diesel per gallon are $0.44 and $0.33 respectively, with wholesale margins on the former fixed at $0.33 per gallon. The Government, meanwhile, via the tax structuree arns $1.06 per gallon of gas plus 7 per cent Stamp Duty and, when oil prices rise as they now do, its take goesu p thanks to the latter being calculated as a percentage. Mr Rolles assessment was backed by Nassau Institute think-tank executive, Rick Lowe, who pointed out that, based on gasoline selling for $3.80 per gallon, the Governments collective $1.18 per gallon take was 53 per cent more than the combined retail/wholesale margins. Beside the fact that price controls are inherentlyi mmoral, and particularly in t he Bahamas, where the Government makes some 53 per cent more than the combined take of the inter national suppliers and local retailers, it's simply not possible to please both con s umers and suppliers, Mr Lowe said. World So as the world price of gasoline increases, the Gov ernments take, or profit if you will, continues to esca late, while the retailers who have to pay more for a gallon earn the same amount per gallon. He added that the easiest s hort-term solution to ease the impact of rising oil prices was for the Government to r educe its tax take, but theres always a price to pay. I n this case, it would be t he effect on government r evenue at a time when the Ingraham administration isl ooking to squeeze out every l ast cent of revenue from the Bahamas weak economy. For that very reason, and given that petroleum-related taxes, together with those on motor vehicles, accountf or around 35-40 per cent of total government revenues, t he administration will a lmost certainly not be lowering these duties any time s oon. H owever, Mr Lowe sugg ested: If the Government is not prepared to drop price controls in view of thei ncreases of oil on the world market, they might consider holding the Stamp Tax charges at current levels, rather than charge the 7 per cent on ever increasing CIF prices of imported oil. He added: Government n eeds revenue, and does not want to reduce its margin, but the public are saying: Make the gas retailer charge me less. Its a difficult position to believe you can control internationalp rices of anything. As far as c ontrolling it, its impossi ble, I think. Unless the Government i s prepared to do with less revenue from a gallon of gasoline, why get into the middle of it? The Govern m ent is saying: Im going to limit the retailers margin toa set figure, but Im not going to limit myself. Thatd oesnt seem entirely fair to me. Meanwhile, Mr Rolle told T ribune Business: In terms o f whether price controls are an effective measure for protecting the consumer, I g uess you can make the argument they are, but in terms of the overall profitability for retailers, they are constraining. If prices go up too high, the cost of capital goes up. The retailers need more money to pay for fuel upfront, so the cost of getting the fuel goes up for them. Because the cost of capital is so expensive, it strains their margins. If they have to go into overdraft to pay for fuel shipments, they have to pay overdraft charge, which come out of the margin. Thats where the inefficien cy is in the pricing structure. Petroleum products are a very heavily taxed com modity, and it doesnt serve them well. B USINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 72$//&,9,/(59$176 7KDWVULJKWD/RDQDSSURYHGZLWKLQKRXUV 38%/,&:25.(56&2(5$7,9( &5(',7,21/,0,7(' Gas retailers penalised by inefficient price structure Think-tank executive points out that government tax take 53% more than retail/wholesale margins combined, as he and Chamber chair agree duties key to relatively high prices KHAALIS ROLLE Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011, PAGE 3B Wanting to compare notes and p riorities with one of the most important areas of Government, the Bahamas Hotel Associations (BHA recently met with Education Minister Desmond Bannister. The meeting resulted in a c ommitment to work closer on key areas of mutual interest, and a pledge to be part of a collaborative effort along with the Ministry of Tourism, and between Government and industry, to bett er address tourisms workforce d evelopment needs. The BHA has long been involved in working with theschools, and is presently stepp ing up its education and training e fforts in anticipation of upcoming demands for qualified candidates as the economy rebounds and Baha Mar and oth-e r investments come on stream. RESORTS MOVE ON EDUCATION the Port Authority and the community. Thats the next phase t hat we hope will be done in a month, Mr Turnquest told T ribune Business. A sked about the key issues raised, the Chamber president said: The primary issue people had was on the utility costs. I guess that ranked number one. Immigration has been a big issue, and the duty concessions and rights under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement was another issue. The overall lack of pro-m otion of the island has been another concern. Mr Turnquest said the Chamber had already met with the Government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA over the Ingraham administrations plan to create a Grand Bahama Development Board, which would oversee the islands promotion and growth, agreeing to work together after being reassured that the initiative would not sideline its economicd evelopment plan. We did express the concern that we did not want to get sidetracked from the initiative weve undertaken, Mr Turnquest explained. A lot of thought and work has gone into that. Wew ill be working side by side with the initiative outlined by the Minister, and they will work very well in terms of the overall v ision for the island. With those concerns satisfied, Mr Turnquest said of the Development Board plan: Obviously, its of the utmost impor t ance that we all work together to try and resurrect or fix the situation [on Grand Bahama]. The idea of working together in a collaborative fashion to promote Grand Bahama and address the issues affecting business and foreign direct investment is obviously very important and a good approach. Our immediate need is in respect of tourism promotion. T here are a number of initiatives being talked about, and hopefully Grand Bahama will be on the radar and promotion of this destination will take place so we can benefit. R eferring to last weeks lay-off of some 200 hotel workers at Our Lucaya, Mr Turnquest said: It just seems like we cant catch a break. We are having a very difficult time at the m oment. There are some far-off bright spots we see. There are still some tremendous opportunities here, but there are some things we have to deal with and make adjustments on the cost of elect ricity is a major concern. There are still very good opportuni ties for Grand Bahama, and we have to go out and promote it and reconnect with the kind of investment that will help us withs ustainable development. A lthough there were no official, updated unemployment figures, Mr Turnquest described the loss of 200 jobs as very big f or us. But, given the 17 per cent rate for Grand Bahama recorded two years ago, and with no major job opportunities having come to the island since, the Chamber president esti mated that the present rate was upwards of 20 per cent for s ure. We have 1,000 students coming out of school in the next couple of months. What are we going to do with those kids, Mr Turnquest asked. Chamber target for April on survey FROM page 1B DAVE CARPENTER, AP Personal Finance Writer CHICAGO As a historic bull market reaches its second birthday, everyday investors are piling back into stocks, finally ready for more risk and hoping the rally has further to go. T he Standard & Poor's 500 index has almost doubled since March 9, 2009, when it hit a 12-year low after the financial crisis. And the Dow Jones industrials are back above 12,000, about 2,000 points shy of their all-time high. Little-guy investors appear to be on board. Since the beginning of the year, investors have put $24.2 billion into U.S. s tock mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. They withdrew $96.7 billion in 2010. "It didn't feel right to be back in until now," says Richard Dukas, who heads a public relations firm in New York City. "I still don't want to put all my money in the market, but I believe we've come through the worst of it." A fter the 2008 financial meltdown, Dukas and his wife converted their 401(k retirement accounts into cash. They had been burned during the bubble in technology stocks a decade ago, and Dukas says he has been "extremely skittish" ever since. Now Dukas, 48, says 85 percent of his portfolio is back in mutual funds, although he maintains a small cushion of cash. M ore job security, strengthening retire ment account balances and improvement in the overall U.S. economy are some of the factors that have brought everyday investors back to the market. A snapshot of what's happened: The outlook of investors as measured by stock newsletters and market surveys has been extremely bullish for two or three m onths, says Mark Arbeter, chief technical strategist for S&P Equity Research. Many workers have enjoyed seeing their 401(k stood at the market's peak because they kept contributing during the down years. Many who have maintained their 401(k accounts for a decade or longer still have some ground to make up because of theirl arger starting balances. Americans who still have jobs are as secure as they've been in 14 years. That's because the number of planned layoffs has fallen to a low, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The combination has boosted confidence and brought investors back to a rising market. The Dow was trading Tuesday at around 12,200, up 86 percent from the 2009 l ow. It's still 14 percent below its all-time high in October 2007. While the economy is improving, it will take a lot longer to erase the abject fear that average investors have felt about owning stocks the last two years, says Jason Trennert, chief investment strategist for Strategas Research Partners in New York. One reason to set aside their reservat ions: They can't find a better place to stash their money. The bull market in bonds has ended, money-market accounts are returning 1 percent or less, and the average twoyear CD earns no more than 1.5 percent. As a result, many investors returning to the market are tiptoeing back in. They're buying what Trennert calls "stocks that look like bonds" dividend-p aying blue chips that they hope will hedge their risk by guaranteeing at least a dividend payout. Historic bull market reaching second birthday

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B USINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE +2//<$/(;$1'5$ :$//$&(RI:(67%$<675((73%2;&% %$+$0$6 %/81'(//$1$*(0(17,1& 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW RI %/81'(//0$1$*(0(17,1& KDVEHHQ GLVVROYHGDQGVWUXFNRIWKH5HJLVWHUDFFRUGLQJWRWKH &HUWLFDWHRI'LVVROXWLRQLVVXHGWKH5HJLVWHU*HQHUDO RQWKHWKRI)HEUXDU\ (SVLORQDQDJHPHQW/WG 6XLWH)LUVW)ORRUOLDML7UDGH&HQWUH )UDQFLVDFKHOWU9LFWRULDDKH 5HSXEOLFRIH\FKHOOHV /LTXLGDWRU said the upcoming IPO scheduled to launch on March 21 would test just how far this nations capital markets had come, including their ability to absorb and finance such sizeable equity offerings. Describing the $62.5 million that the Commonwealth Brewery/Burns House IPO is seeking to raise as more than two times the highest amount raised in an equity offering, IPO in the Bahamas previously,Mr Anderson acknowledged it was difficult to know just how much investor inter-est there was, and now much capital there is to meet the requirements of the offering. However, RoyalFidelity, accompanied by Commonwealth Brewery and Heineken executives, is now into its second week of presentations to key Bahamian institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, and Mr Anderson told Tribune Business: We expect to see a fair amount of interest in this offering, and our initial indications are that there is strong interest. From what weve seen, there is a fairly good chance of this being fully subscribed, which signifies that there has been development in the capital markets and more capital is available to be placed into an IPO. The RoyalFidelity president said he had initially anticipated that investor take-up for the upcoming IPO would be split 80/20 in favour of institutional investors, but several wealthy individuals had already expressed interest in taking up multi-million allocations of around $2-$3 million. On this kind of offering, Id be looking at $40-$50 million coming from institutions, and the last $15-$20 million coming from individuals, Mr Anderson said. Its very difficult at this stage to figure out whetherwe will see the level of interest we expect to see. Initial indications are good, but at theend of the day, people have to be comfort able its a good investment. He agreed with Kenwood Kerr, Providence Advisors chief executive, who earlier this week told Tribune Business that successful IPOs and equity offerings required a good underlying story, telling Tribune Business the key factor was whether they offered enough value to make them attractive to investors. While there was a fair amount of liquidity in the Bahamian market, Mr Anderson conceded this did not mean people would automatically invest in the upcoming IPO. The risk/reward fundamentals had to be attractive, he added, but one positive was that the dividend yields and total potential return on offer were much highe r than current bank deposit rates. Acknowledging that recent trends had been for the Bahamian capital markets to shy away from equities on the basis of a lack of yield, instead preferring fixed income securities, Mr Anderson said the attraction of Commonwealth Brewery/Burns House which operate as one company for investors was that they p rovided a relatively high dividend return. This particular security offering has a relatively high dividend yield for equities, and I believe that will be attractive to investors as well, he told Tribune Business. They will get the benefits of capital appreciation as well as an attractive dividend yield. M r Anderson said most Bahamian equities that had performed well offered attractive dividend yields to their shareholders, but in more recent times the markets general focus had been on capital (share price ) appreciation and earnings. This will be the first time weve brought a really good dividend yield to market for some time, he told this newspaper. It will have the third highest market capitalisation of any security. This one, at $250 million, will be the third biggest market cap on BISX. Its one of those stocks that ought to be attractive to institutional and retail investors as one of the blue chips on the market. The largest BISX-listed stock by market capitalisation is FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas followed by Commonwealth Bank at $670 million. FirstCaribbean, when it was CIBC, also holds the distinction of being the largest IPO to date at around $30 million. With the $62.5 million Commonwealth Brewery/Burns House IPO set to be followed later this year by the flotation of the first 9 per cent tranche of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC shares retained by the Government, likely worth around $37 million, and the possible $8 million Arawak Cay port IPO, around $100 million worth of equities will be offered to the Bahamian capital markets this year. will be a good year to test the capacity of the capital markets, because we will be bringing a number of new offeri ngs to market that I dont think weve done in the last 10 years or so, Mr Anderson said. It will be very interesting to see. Im kind of excited about the prospect of it, its such a large amount, and hopefully Ill be more than pleasantly surprised by the results. Mr Anderson added that investors neede d to look to the future, and realise that with the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project starting, and the Government in the throes of major infrastructure upgrades, the Bahamian economy was preparing to enter a new growth phase something that would benefit the companies being offered as investment opportunities. If this pans out as we expect it to do over the next three-five years, it will be a major growth period for the Bahamas, he explained. Theres a massive amount of money going to be spent in the economy over the next two-three years, and that will spur growth in the economy, and put people in a better position to invest and benefit from these investments. Its the start of it. We have to look at the next three-five years as a major growth period for the Bahamas. The Government mandated that a 25 per cent stake in Commonwealth Brewery/Burns House be offered to Bahamian investors as an IPO as a condition for approving the $125 million buy-out of the 50 per cent stake held by Associated Bahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDAB trolled by Sir Garet Tiger Finlayson and his family. The IPO will be offered at the same terms, and price, as ABDAB received, the Government having approved the timing given that it agreed to effectively underwrite the offering by acquiring any shares not subscribed for by the Bahamian public. Good chance $62.5m IPO fully subscribed FROM page 1B tenance, in terms of the recommended maintenance suggested by the manufacturer, on every piece of equipment, Michael Moss told Tribune Business. M r Moss was responding to this newspapers query about w hether BEC has been able to make any headway in addressing its forced outage rate, which a report by international consultants, Fichtner, revealed to be two to three times the international industry average between 2007 and 2009. The Forced Outage Rate refers to the probability that a power unit will not be available for service when required. T he German-based consultants drew attention to this d eficiency in an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB supported report released in early 2010, noting that the C lifton Pier Power Station showed a high forced outage r ate of between 10 per cent and 16 per cent in the past t hree years, while a typical benchmark would be a maximum 5 per cent. Equipment M r Moss emphasised the role played by BECs limping financial position in its failure to adequately maintain equipment, resulting in power outages in recent years. A fter turning a small profit for the first time in five years in 2010, BEC is expected to generate a net profit in the "$8 million to $10 million" range in its 2011 financial year. This enhanced financial position will give the Corporation the leeway to begin to address some of its equipment deficiencies in a more effective manner, suggested Mr Moss. In terms of the outage rate at the plant, it is atrocious, but t he Corporation has not had the financial means to maintain e quipment in as timely a fashion as one wouldve wanted to, a nd when you fail to maintain you get breakdowns, he told Tribune Business. We have started to sign contracts to commence address ing the outages. What you have to do is judiciously begin tak ing out equipment (for maintenance overhauls you cant be reckless about it, because even if itm ight be overdue, if you take it out in summer you will only make it worse for consumers. You have to do work on some and keep your fingers crossed and hope that that which has not been addressed willl ast through the summer. Mr Moss said that around two years from now would be a more appropriate time to begin benchmarking [BEC]a gainst international standards on outages. I think its most unfortunate to do that when everyone knows what the situation with BEC has been financially, he said. Two years to deal with BECs atrocious forced outages FROM page 1B imise the impact to customers. That certainly is our objective, since Bunker C is cheaper, so we want to use as much of that as we can. The end fuel charge to the consumer is a combination of the fuel we have to buy and the equipment we use to generate power, he added. B EC last year ditched the fuel surcharge in favour of a fuel charge, in an effort to let the public know the full impact that fuel has on our business. This means that customers are charged a basic tariff, which is based on the cost of defraying the cost of doing business, including salaries, maintenance and a little profit, noted Mr Moss, and a separate fuel charge that varies depending on the price of fuel in the international market. This is as opposed to the inclusion of a fluctuating fuel surcharge within the basic tariff. FROM page 1B BEC fuel charge rise in a month

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Lucaya said the move was necessary to save other jobs and keep the remaining parto f the resort operational. Speaking to Tribune Business from Berlin, Germany, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that while Grand Bahama used to play a role as a lower entry price point Bahamian d estination, this is no longer the case, and it will mean changes in the way the resort a nd the island are marketed t o potential tourists. In terms of the categories, it does make a difference because they really are keeping open the higher-priced category rooms. We under-s tand why they are doing it, b ut it certainly will have impact on what we are promoting and prices, and the competitiveness of Grand Bahama versus Nassau. The effect is that some of the com-p etitiveness that we thought c ould be restored to Grand B ahama will be diminished, a nd it will mean we have to work harder on achieving what it is we are trying to achieve, said Mr Vanderpool Wallace. That is something we are s till working out the details on with the new management there, and we certainly have gotten a great deal of cooperation with them so far. Maximising value to w ould-be travellers to the B ahamas essentially lowering costs or enhancing what visitors feel that they get for their dollar has been a majorf ocus of the Ministry of Tourisms strategy to attract more arrivals to this nation during economically diret imes. Promotions such as the Companion Fly Free deal ,which allows an internation-a l visitor to get a free airfare to the Bahamas if they and a friend/partner stays at a hotel f or a minimum of four nights, h ave been key elements of this strategy. The Tourism Minister d eclined to elaborate on any plans that may have been shared with him by ther esorts owners to boost its f lagging performance levels, but he added that his Ministry will now work with (the h otel) to help restore them to where they were. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace a dded that the Government was supportive of the decision by Hutchison Whampoa to have those ultimately responsible for the property really much more concentrated on island than they were b efore as it seeks to improve business levels at the resort. We certainly believe in t his group, which is trying to m ove things along, and we will do our best to work with t hem to make that happen. W e believe the formula they h ave come up with now, where all of Hutchisons holdings on Grand Bahama are under one vision as opposed to the separation that wast here before, will help, said t he Minister. Tribune Business understands that Hutchison Whampoa has restructured its Grand Bahama interests under the Freeport ContainerP ort, placing them under the u ltimate control of Hong Kong-based John Meredith, head of the conglomerates global ports operations,H utchison Port Holdings. Hutchison Whampoas other interests in Grand Bahama, besides Our Lucaya, include a5 0 per cent interest in the Freeport Harbour Company, which owns the GrandB ahama Airport, 50 per cent in the Grand Bahama Development Company (Devco a nd a majority holding in the F reeport Container Port. On Friday, resort executives at Our Lucaya conf irmed that more than 200 staff would lose their jobs at the resort, leaving around 550s till employed. T he resort will now consolidate its operations in the Breaker's Cay and Manor H ouse section of the property, while the other two hotels, including the Reef Village willb e closed. "Primary in our improvement plans is an aggressive marketing and promotional campaign and possible restructure of the resort. We remain excited about Grand B ahama's future and will con tinue to demonstrate our con fidence in the tourism growth a nd economy of the B ahamas," a statement from the company said. B USINESS PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .130.95AML Foods Limited1.041.090.052,0000.1230.0408.93.67% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.504.500.000.1530.10029.42.22% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.44Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.004000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.806.800.000.4880.26013.93.82% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.162.210.050.1110.04519.92.04% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.505.25Famguard5.255.250.000.3570.24014.74.57% 9.275.88Finco5.885.880.000.6820.0008.60.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.405.400.000.4520.16011.92.96% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.50ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029TUESDAY, 8 MARCH 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,456.20 | CHG 0.32 | %CHG 0.02 | YTD -42.99 | YTD % -2.87BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.95272.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.94860.04%1.45%2.918256 1.58371.5141CFAL Money Market Fund1.58370.61%4.59%1.564030 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7049-0.56%-15.54% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.41640.44%-0.10% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14651.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14655.20%5.20% 1.11851.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11854.73%4.73% 1.14911.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14915.35%5.35% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.12669.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.12661.27%1.27% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.45100.72%9.95% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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ENTERT AINMENT THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y MARCH 9, 201 1, P AGE 9B J u s t a fe w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bahamas looked li ke 4 0. .. 50 .. 60 .. years in the past The Bahamas own home grown models. Who would not visit the islands of the Bahamas if there was a chance of catching a glimpse of one of these glorious young ladies. Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE Heirlooms or hybrids? I was talking with a gardening friend a few weeks ago and offered him some heirloom tomato seeds. He showed no interest. "I only grow hybrids," he told me. "They are good and reliable." He had a point. Hy bri d to ma toe s usua ll y p rod uc e w ell, w hi le heirl oom tom a t oes c an se riousl y disap poi nt w he n it co mes t o a go od h arv e st. Th is e xc h an ge le d m e t o th in k a bou t th e p ros a nd c ons o f b oth t yp es. H y b r i d s e e d s a r e p r o d u c e d b y c ros s-poll ination in or d er to establ i s h de fi n e d c h a ra c t e r i st i c s H e i rl o o m to mat oe s ar e op en po lli na ted a nd t h e ir fo re b e a rs h a v e be e n a ro u nd f or m a n y y e a r s w e l l o v e r a h u n d r e d y ears for s ome Had I co unted my t oma to es a t C hri stma s ti me I w ou ld h a v e f o u n d a 3 : 2 r a t i o o f h y b ri d s o v e r heirlooms bec aus e hybrids tend to p rod uc e q uic k ly an d I use d th em for m y fi rst c ro ps. N ow the m aj ori ty is d ef ini te ly he irl oo ms. Pra c tic a ll y a ll h yb rid tom ato va rieti es a re de te rmin at e, m ea ni ng th at the y pro du ce al l of the ir fru it at o ne time a nd t hen die M o s t he irloom s a r e i n d e t e r m i n a t e a n d f ru i t i n g i s s t a g g e r e d o v e r a l o n g p e r i o d u s u a l l y w i t h d i m i n i s h i n g r et u r n s I h a ve o f t e n pul le d u p p la nts tha t st ill ha d one o r tw o to ma to es a tt ac h ed w hic h w ere a lon g w ay f rom rip en in g. H yb rid to ma toe s a re u sua ll y of a uni form sh ap e an d siz e, a ll se e min gl y p r e s s e d f r o m t h e s a m e m o u l d He irlo om t oma to es ha ve qui te a bit of c h a r a c t e r a n d n o t w o se e m t o l oo k qui te al ike N ot al l th ei r sh ap es a re ap pealin g; t hey ar e o ften lop si ded a n d p a r t i c o l o u r e d S o m e p e o p l e l o o k a t b la ck h ei r l oo ms an d r e s ol u t el y ref use to sa mp le a sli ce I h a v e a l r e a d y m e n t i o n e d t h a t h ybr i d t om at oes ar e v igo r ou s an d reg ul ar. Thi s i s imp orta nt more to a f a r m e r t h a n a g a rd e n e r b e c a u s e w h e n al l the c rop is at the sa me sta ge o f gro w th th e tim e fo r rea pin g i s e asi ly c al c ula te d an d th e ha rve sti ng c a n be do ne i n on e pa ss. He irl oo m tom ato vin es m ay be w ith you for most o f t h e g r ow in g s eas o n t a ki ng u p f ar mo re sp ac e tha n t he y re al ly sho uld w he n yo u c a lc u la te the retu rns. O ne of the c harac teristics added to hy bri d tom ato es is dise a se resi sta n c e To m a to e s a re p ro n e t o a gr e a t n u m b e r o f d i s e a s e s a n d m a n y o f t h e s e di sea ses c a n be ne ga te d b y usi ng the correc t va r ie ty of tomato. Farmers do no t wa nt to lo se a c om ple te c rop to di sea se so th ey i nv est i n v a rie tie s that are w ell protecte d. Ga r d eners te nd to gro w sev e ral di ffe ren t v ari e t i e s o f t o m a t o a n d t h e l o ss o f o n e se t w o u l d b e a nn o y i n g b u t no t a d i s a s t e r. S om e he irlo om to ma toe s d o ha ve i n h e r e n t d i s e a s e re s i s t a n c e b u t i n g e n er al t h ey ar e in no cen t s at lar g e. I m ust sa y th at I ha v e n ev e r l ost an y h ei rloo ms to a ny d ise ase o the r tha n n e ma t od e s. Th e y m a y no t be d is ea s e re si sta n t b ut as l o ng a s th e y a re w e ll f e d a n d he a lt h y t h e y c a n su r v i v e v e r y w e l l If yo u ha v e be e n me nt al ly t al ly in g th e m er its o f hy bri ds o ve r he irl oo ms y o u n o d o u b t h a v e h y b r i d s w e l l a h e a d b y no w Th e l a st fa c t or t o be c o ns id e red m ay c h an ge e ve ry thi ng Wh y d o yo u th ink tho se he irl oo m t o m a t o e s h a v e b e e n a r o u n d f o r 2 5 5 0 o r 10 0 y e ars? It is a ll be c au se o f th e t a s t e H e i r l o o m s a r e h e i r l o o m s b e c a u se t h e s e e d s o f t h e f i n e s t t a s t i n g f rui ts w e re sa v e d a n d u se d y e a r a fte r year. T here is no su c h thi ng as an i nsip id he irl oo m. D u r i n g F e b r u a r y a l a d y f r i e n d tasted a blac k toma to B lack From Tula for the first time. "That's a t om a to !" she e nt hu se d W ow S h e then went on to suggest you could have heirloom tomato tastings just like wine tastings. Hybrid tomatoes taste good and a re ve ry sati s f yin g unt il you m atc h them up against an heirloom. Try a slice of Big Boy or Early Girl, then try the v ery simil ar l ookin g Bran dywine. Point made. O n t he l i g ht e r si d e h e i rl o om s u su a ll y ha ve be tte r n am es tha n hy bri ds. The hy br i d na mes are very ple asant but seem to have been selected by c om m it t e e. H e ir lo o m t om a t oe s h a v e w o nd e rfu l na m es th a t oft en hi nt a t a stor y : Anna Russian, Break o' Da y, B o x Car W i llie, Cher okee Chocolate, Earl of Edgecombe, Kellogg's B re ak fa st, Mortg a ge Lif ter, Oma r's Lebanese, Pink Ping Pong, Riesen traube, Sophie's Choice and Wins All are examples. If y ou h av e n ev e r gro w n he irl oo m tomatoes, why not give them a try. Ju s t l i k e P r o u s t s M a d el e i n e t h e taste may take you ba ck to the time w he n t o ma t o e s t a st e d l i k e re a l to m a toes instead of mushy cardboard. gardenerjack@coralwave.com By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE RELIABLE: A selection of heritage tomatoes including Cherokee Purple, Jubilee, Black Krim and Cuban.

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ENTERT AINMENT P AGE 10B, WEDNESDA Y MARCH 9, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE things 2 D O MARCH 9 MARCH 11 BTTO'S TALENT EXPLOSION SEARCH The Bahamas Talented Youth Organisation invites young men, ages 13-17, to be individual participants or groups in the Talent Explosion taking place in April. Participants will be divided into three categories of singing, dancing and instru ments. Winners receive a grand prize of $500 and go on to perform at the finals of the Miss Bahamas Talented Teen Scholarship Competi tion. Entry fee: $50/per entry form. Email: talented teenbahamas@yahoo.com Telephone: 341-7330. MARCH 10 THURSDAY COB'S CAREER AND JOB FAIR The College of the Bahamas Counselling and Health Services department hosts a Career and Job Placement Fair under the theme "Jobs for the Present, Careers for the Future", 10am-4pm at Independence Park. See http://www.cob.edu.bs MARCH 12 SATURDAY NWCCU'S OPEN HOUSE The National Workers Co-operative Credit Union presents an open house that showcases its services and products, 10am-6pm. Tele phone: 326-5806. MARCH 12 SATURDAY SWAGGARIFIC EXTRAVAGANZA: "ZEBRA AFFAIR" Sky Juice King presents the black and white edition of the Swaggarific Extravaganza at Club 112. Music provided by Outta Road King Studda alongside Warrior Sounds, One Touch, DJ Tank and Lil Dwight. Cost: $10/ladies; $15/gents. MARCH 12 SATURDAY 6TH ANNUAL UNCLE LOU ROAD RACE & WALK St Augustine's College Alumni invites you to take part in the 6th annual Uncle Lou Road Race and Walk that begins 6am from Rawson Square with male and female categories from under-15 to 50-and-over. Entry fee: $15. MARCH 14 MONDAY "CHAPTER 34": POPEYE'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Popeye Productions and Club 40/40 present "Chapter 34", a birthday celebration for Popeye, 10pm at Club 40/40, Carmichael Road. Cost: $10/ladies; $15/gents; $25/VIP includes free drinks and hor 'd'ouvres. Music provided by Mighty Pencil, DJ Fines, Dion Da Butcha, Big "L" and special performances by The Smooth Criminals, Juice Unit Dancers and Popeye and Da Caribbean Dancers. Share 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 improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer C O N S I D E R t w o p a r a l l e l u n iv er s e s : C ha r lie S h ee n is de s ti ned t o hi t rock bot t om af t er bei ng f i red f rom t he best j ob he'l l ever have; Charli e S he en has been f ree d t o bl az e a new p ath to d az zling fame and ric he s Specul ati on about the duel i n g s c e n a r i o s s w e l l e d a f t e r Wa r n er Bros. T ele visi on said Monday t hat Shee n' s ser vi ces on Tw o a nd a H a l f Men" ha d b e e n t e r m i n a t e d e f f e c t i v e i mme d ia te ly fo ll ow in g ca r e fu l c o n s i d e r a t i o n T h e s t u d i o sa i d i t s y e t t o d ec ide the f a te o f TV's t o p-r ate d c o m e d y w h i c h u n d e r p r o te s t fr om Sh e e n, ha lte d p ro d uction f o r the s eas on to allow the ha rd p ar t y ing a cto r to s ee k t r e at m e n t f o r a dm i t t e d d r u g u s e D ur i ng hi s bi tt er tu g of -w ar w i t h t h e s t u d i o a t t e n t i o n focused on whet her he w as on the v erge of ki l li ng hi s ca reer. I mp er ili n g a hit sh ow and a jo b that pai d a r eport ed $1.8 m il li on an epi sode or earnin g h im n or t h of $4 3 mil lion a ye ar m us t b e S h een s un do i ng obs ervers said. Not s o f as t say ot hers. "A t t hi s poi n t al l bet s are off regarding w her e his career g o e s f r o m h e r e s a i d P a u l Levinson, a Fordham Uni vers i t y m e d i a p r o f e s s o r "A l t h ou gh no t hi n g i s ce rt ai n w h e re f a m e a n d c e l e r i t y a re c onc ern ed, She en's ubiqu i ty in th e p a s t fe w w ee ks s ug g es t th at h e c o u l d i n d e e d g o o n t o b e c ome a big g er s u pe r s ta r th a n ( t h e s i t c o m ) c o u l d e v e r h a d made h im ." O p p o r t u n i t y a l r e a d y m a y hav e come knocking. Sheen, 45, m et wi th executives at Live Na t ion Enter t ainmen t on M on day a nd i s co ns id e r ing a s er ie s o f sta g e s ho ws c elebr i ty we bsite Radar Onli n e s ai d. C all s and e-m ai ls t o the co n c e r t p ro m o t i o n c o m p an y were n 't ret urned M onday. The road beckoned anot her pe r f o r m e r w h o c l a s he d p u b li cly wi t h his empl oyer: Conan O' Brien went on a nat io nwide c o n c e r t t o u r a f t e r e x i t i n g N BC 's T on ig h t" o v e r n e tw o r k plans to move the show. Sheen also i ntends t o s el l a li ne of m er chandi se, incl uding T -sh ir ts, h ats a nd mug s e mb laz o ned wi t h hi s cat ch phrases, the websi te said. I t s ai med at di spl aci ng w hat he cal l ed t he po s er s a nd boo tl e g ge rs ma ki n g m o n e y o f f W i n n i n g '' Adoni s DNA and his ot her m e m o r a b l e u t t e r a n c e s RadarOnl ine re p or t ed. T h e f i ri ng c ap p ed a r ar el y open, ragin g batt le be t ween a Holl y w o od star and thos e who e mploy him, with Sh ee n cla i mi n g t h e r i g h t t o l i v e a s h e p l e a s e d i n c l u d i n g t h e a c k n o w l e d g e d u s e o f i l l e g a l dr ugs, a l t hough he's said he i s c u rr en tly c lea n as lon g a s h e s how ed up sober and r eady to w o r k T w o a n d a H a l f M e n wh i c h de b ut ed i n 2 00 3, st ar s S hee n as womaniz i n g bac helor C h ar lie Ha r p er w ho c r e ate s a n a d hoc f a m ily wit h h i s neu roti c b r o t h e r t h e d i v o r c e d A l a n (J o n C r y e r ) an d A l a n s s o n J ake (Angus T. Jones ). S h ee n s l i f e h as l on g b e en r ocky but eit her despi te of th at or b ec au se of i t viewe rs e m brac ed hi m. Without Men,' is Charlie Sheen winning or losing? By GREGORY KATZ and SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press C A L L he r Kate at le as t for n o w I t may b e y ea r s be for e Ka t e Mid dle ton b e co me s qu e en b ut q u e s t i o n s a r e a l r e a d y b e i n g r a is e d a b o u t t h e p r in c e s s -t o -b e 's p r e fe r r e d m o n ik e r : Q u e e n K a te o r Que e n Ca the r ine ? Ever since her engagem ent bec am e of fi cial in November, p a l a c e o f f i c i a l s a n d h e r fia nc e P r inc e William ha ve ta ke n t o c allin g h er C ath er ine w hic h is the na me us e d o n the o f fi c i a l g ol d e m b oss ed i nv i tatio ns to the ir nu ptia ls a t We stm i n s ter Ab be y o n Ap r il 29 C a th e r i n e s o u n d s mo r e fo r m a l, r e g a l a n d fi t ti n g f o r a f u t u r e q ue e n, e xp e rts s ay B ut M i ddl et on herself ma y n o t e m b r a c e t h e c h a n g e j u s t y e t. D u r i n g a j o i n t v i s it T u e s d a y w i t h P r in c e Will ia m to N o r th e r n I r e l a n d M i d d l e t o n m e n t i o n e d c a s ua lly tha t s he thin ks o f h er s e lf pr ima rily a s K ate "I'm st il l ver y much K ate, s a id Midd leto n, whe n a wo ma n o uts id e Belfa s t City Ha ll a sk e d h e r w ha t na me sh e pr efe r r ed Th e Ka te" ve r s us "C ath er i n e d e b a t e h a s e m e r g e d i n r e c e n t w e e k s b e c a u s e o f Willia m's s witch in us in g it a n d b e ca us e Ca the r ine or th e initia l C'' is be ing imp rin ted o n of f i ci al l y sa nct i o ned w ed di n g m emo r ab ilia an d c omm emo r ativ e c h ina "I thin k tha t C ath er ine do es h a ve a mor e h isto r i c fe e l to it; th er e ha v e b ee n s e ve r al q ue e n c o n so rt s ca l l e d C a t h e ri n e i n Bri t i sh h i st ory sai d C harl e s K idd e dito r o f the blu e-b loo d bi b l e D e br et t s P ee rag e. So Que en Cat he rin e d oes sound q uite fam i lia r I t h a s a his to ric r in g to it." H e s a i d K a t e a l s o s o u n d s p le a s a n t b u t r e min d s h im o f the f e i s t y c h a r a c t e r i n K i ss M e Kat e ," a C ol e Po rt er mu si cal t ha t f ea t u res W i l l i a m S ha ke s pea re's play The T ami ng of th e S hr e w." I i ma g in e s he ll b e k n ow n a s C ath er in e bu t the ta blo ids a n d ma jor ity of th e pr es s w i ll co ntin ue to c all h er Ka te s o in the g ene ra l se nse s he'll be kno wn a s Ka te," he s aid Ac c or d ing to the o ffic ia l r o ya l we d ding w eb site wh ich h as a lr e a d y r e c e iv e d m or e th a n tw o m i llio n v isits sin c e it s ta rte d u p la s t w ee k, Midd le t o n d oe s n ot p r e f e r o n e n a me o v e r th e o th e r It say s M i ddl e t on u sed t h e n a m e C a t h e r i n e w h e n s h e w a s g r ow ing up with h er fa mily b ut t en ds t o use t he m o re ca sua l Ka te" in h e r p r ofe s sio na l life. "M i ss Mi d dl et on uses bo th n a m e s e q u a l ly a n d s h e h a s n e v er expressed a pref e rence f or e ithe r Ca the r ine o r Ka te s in ce h er enga gement," the we bsit e s t a t e s Most o f t h e p opula r Br it is h p r es s still ca ll he r Ka te," a n d h e a dl in e wr it er s a r e n ot e x pe c te d t o c ha ng e Kate vs Catherine the Royal name dilemma By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor T h e N a s s a u C i t y O p e r a C o m p a n y g a v e a s n e a k p r e v i e w o f w h a t c a n b e e x p e c t e d w h e n t h e y p r e s e n t the ir versi on of the l ege nd ary G e r s h w i n o p e r a P o r g y a n d B e s s i n J u l y a t a s p e c i a l c o c k t a i l l a u n c h a t t h e N a s s a u A r t G a l l e r y last week. A tt e nd e e s w e re tr e a te d t o a sp e c i al w in e an d c hee s e r ec ep ti o n, b ef o r e he a r i ng a br i e f sy n o p si s o f t he o p e ra s p l o t b y N C O a r t i s t i c d i r e c t o r D r C l e v el a n d W il l i a ms a n d s e v e ra l s e le c tions from cast members. "With this evening's performance o f P o r g y a n d B e s s o u r v i s i o n i s accompanied w it h a bur ning desir e to e xpe r i enc e th e on-goi ng dev elop ment of Na s sau Ci t y Ope r a a s a s e lfs u s t a i n i n g d y n a m i c h i g h q u a l i t y r e g i o n a l r e s i d e n t o p er a co m p a n y d ee pl y in vo lv ed in t h e en r ich me nt and the quality of life of the youth an d c o mmu nit y of Na ssau b y prov id ing and ensuring perfor ma nce ex ce ll e n c e i n o p e r a D r W i l l i a m s explained. Porgy and Bess will be the second f ul l l e ng th pe rf or ma n c e b y t h e g ro up s in c e t h e y p r e se n t e d t h e w e l l r e c e i v e d Treemonisha by Scott Joplin during 2 0 0 9 a s p a r t o f t h e o f f i c i a l 3 6 t h Bahamian Independence Day Cele brations and Dr Williams promised t h a t a t t e n d e e s w i l l n o t b e d i s a p p o i nt e d H e e x p la i n e d t h a t Po r g y a n d B e s s is usua lly pe rformed to sold out crowds around the world due to its overwhelming popularity. The Bahamian version, he vowed will be a first class performance that w i ll i nt rig u e a ud ie n c es Th e c om p an y w il l re ce i ve m usi c al a ssi stan c e fro m a gr o u p o f t al en t ed s t r in g m u s i cia n s from Canada who will come to Nas s a u a n d c o m p l e t e t h e B a h a m i a n orchestra for the opera. Dr W illi ams is a ppea ling to c orporate B aha mas and fell ow B aha mians to become "Friends of Nassau City Opera" and lend their financial and m o r a l s u p p o r t ; w h i c h w i l l g r e a t l y assist the company's artistic growth and c on tinued perfo rmances in the Bahamian community. Por gy and B es s tells the st ory of Porgy, a disabl ed blac k begg ar l iving i n t h e s l u m s o f C h ar l es t o n S o u t h C a rol i na I t de a l s w it h hi s a tt e mp ts t o r e s c u e B e s s f r o m t h e c l u t c h e s o f C r ow n, he r vi ol e nt an d po s s es s iv e l o ve r a n d S p o r t i n L i f e t h e d r u g deale r and deals with themes of love a n d a b u s e. I t i s b a s e d o n D u b o s e Hayward's novel Porgy. It was first performed in 1935, but received its acceptance as a legitimate opera in 1976 when it was presented by The Houston Grand Opera. I t s m o r e f a mi l i a r s o n g s i n cl u d e S u m m e r t i m e I t Ain't Ne ce s sarily So B e s s Y o u i s M y W o m a n N o w I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. T H E C A ST W IL L I NC L U DE : PORGYCleveand Williams/ Antoine Wallace B ESS C a nd ic e Bost wick and understudy Fabienne BrownS EREN A Nikiti a Thompson/ An ne t te Dorsett CL AR A Po r ti a B a rn e tt /L i za F r i tz Ch a rl e s C R O W N K e r m i t S t r a c h a n / D a r r e l l Hurston IN A Au g 2 2 0 1 0 fi l e ph o t o, Ch a rl i e S h e e n wa v e s a s h e a rr iv e s a t t he Pi tk i n C ou n ty Co u rt ho u s e i n A s pe n C ol o fo r a h e a ri n g i n h i s d o me s tic abuse case. Warner Bros. Television says it has fired actor Char l i e S h e e n f r o m t h e h i t s i t c o m T w o a n d a H a l f M e n T h e s t u d i o t h a t p r o duces the CBS series said the decision was made after "careful con sideration." (AP) NCO launches Porgy and Bess BES PERFORMANCE: Members of the cast of Porgy and Bess perform at the official launch of the opera held at the National Art Gallery last week. Amoung their selections was one of the opera's most famous songs Summer time.

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ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y MARCH 9, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B Y a He ar K any e We st rec en t v ideo for All of the Lights" was banned from Youtube? Appar ently the controversial video has been removed fr om Yo utu be as i t is belie ved tha t its cont ent p ose s d an ge r for pe rso ns wi th e pi le psy The vi de o was removed after Epilepsy Action expressed its concern that it may be harmful to some people with photosensitive epilepsy. Ya H ear Ne ll y & K el ly yo u k no w t he t wo singers who had that big hit "Dilemma" back in the da y. They are out wi th the ir span king new hit G o ne it s a s e qu e l t o t h e 2 0 0 1 sm a sh h i t" D il e m ma." You guys should check it out, it's great. By the way, th ey ar e not a cou ple but t hey would make a beautiful couple, keep it up guys! Ya Hear Will Smith's little girl Willow Smith appeared on Oprah the other day broadcasting a n d p er fo rm in g he r n ew so n g 2 1 st C e n tu ry G i rl I am a big fan of the Smiths but I really think lit tl e Will ow s ho uld be in sch oo l, s he i s way t oo youn g f or all of t his expos ur e. Fans ar e s ayin g the single is not as big as her last song "Whip My Hair," but it has a ring to it. It is more generated to the younge r c r ow d l ike hers e lf, I'm not mad at you Willow, do your thing girl! Ya Hea r Ch r is Br own i s on the we b in the nude ? It's b a d e n o u g h t h a t he i s a l w a y s c atc h ing fi re for some o f h is t we ets on Twi tter, a nd now he is the centre of a naked p h o t o s c a n d a l A f u l l frontal nude photo of t h e s t a r e m e r g e d o n l i n e o n F r i d a y night. T a k i n g i t t o T w i t t e r c o m Brown tweeted: Anothe r day !! A n o t h e r l e s s on A no t he r pa rty!! I'm so t h a n k f u l t o h a v e t h e s u p p o r t o f my fans with my music!" "Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel Like you're less than, less than perfect Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you're nothing, you are perfect to me!" From Pink's Perfect By LESH In Y a Ear Idol Recap BASED on the viewers votes, the top 10 were revealed to Ameri ca last week. The two long hours consisted of 14 contestants being cut from the show, but three were saved as they competed for the judges wild card spots. Ashton, Stefano and Naima sang their hearts out as they competed for the wild card picks. Although nervous, Ashton came out with all her confidence and sang the famous Dream Girls song, "And I Am Telling You." She really wanted to convince the judges that she was not leaving that stage without a yes. Ashton is a favourite of mine, I was very shocked when she was not picked for the top 10 from the start, I am sure others were just as surprised also. Ashton fought herself into the top 13 with the song she had chosen, go Ash ton! Stefano also had a point to prove when he was not initially chosen for one of the top 10 spots, he came out in the wild card picks and sang "I Need You Now," for the judges, a very inspiring song. I am happy that he got his second chance to be in the top. A fan favorite, Naima sang "For all we know," for the wild card judges, and you can tell she wanted to be there by the tears that rolled from her eyes as she sang her heart out performing that song, she really wanted it and she got her second chance. In the midst of it all, Jennifer Lopez premiered her new video for her single On The Floor," which was very entertaining. J lo "still got it," at her age. This week, AI fans can be on the look out for a few celebrities to make appearances on the results show after the top 13 take to the stage. Rumor has it that former idol, Adam Lambert will be performing on the show this week. Also, performances by Diddy Dirty Money and David Cook. The Elimination RESULTS AI 2011 TOP 10 SCOTTY MCCREERY JACOB LUSK CASEY ABRAMS PAUL MCDONALD JAMES DURBIN PIA TOSCANO LAUREN ALAINA KAREN RODRIGUEZ THIA MEGIA HALEY REINHART AI WILD CARD JUDGES PICKS ASHTHON JONES STEFANO LANGONE NAIMA ADEDAPO By FARAH I guess Kim Kardashian is tired of doing nothing! The reality TV star stepped into another facet of the entertainment industryshe released her debut single Jam ( Turn It Up ). Y A HEAR Gossip Cor ner LINE OF THE DAY The up b ea t d an ce tra ck w as p ro d uc ed an d writ ten b y sin ge r a n d so ng write r Th e Dre am A n d wh ile th e s on g is an e pi c fa ilu re sa les fr om it will g o to wa rd s a lo ng -st an di ng ch arit y He r g oo d fr ien d Cia ra en co u ra ge d h er to h ar ne ss h e r mu sic al sk ills. Bu t I g u ess mise ry l o v e s co mp a n y si n c e Ci a r a i s n 't d o i n g th a t we ll with he r m us ic ei the r. Ho wev er we ca n't e sc ap e th e fa ct th a t it is a g o od ge stu re b y K im K, b u t may b e a sh e shoul d hav e t aken another r oute if g ivi ng back to ch arities was so meth i n g tha t sh e held c l o se to her hea rt ( but l ike t hey say di ff er ent st roke s fo r d iffe re nt f olk s) Wh ile Ja m" is n o t th e wor st d e bu t s ing le from a reali ty st ar, Kim cou l d hav e given a l it tle mo re eff or t. Ma yb e if Kim d id n't s ou n d s o b o rin g an d lifel ess it wo u ld ha ve a t le ast m ad e u p for th e ch e es y ly rics "I' mma bu rn it ou t ton i ght, it' s go in do wn by live via sat ellite a nd all I see is an gels in m y eye s an d the bu zz got me way up in th e sky. May bach i n the fron t (the fron t ), pi ck ou t an y boy tha t I want (I wan t) D J h ere I am fee li ng g ood feel in g great, j us t go t p a i d The so n g h a d th e po te n tial to b e a fu n hi t, b u t if s h e d id n 't s in g i t lik e s h e wa s t h irs ty she w oul dn' t be get t i ng s o many ne gat iv e com m en ts fr om liste n ers Kim sh o wed ju st h o w h ar d it was t o b e r ec or din g art ist. "I'm h uman I've nev er sa ng befo re! This i s d ef inite ly so me th ing I d o n't do so fo r me to step o ut side of my comfort zone and do t h i s wo rld pre miere it o n KIIS F M with Ellen an d Ry a n S ea cre st, th is is a re a lly b ig d ea l!" sh e e x p l a i n e d I m us t gi v e her c re di t f or t ak in g s uc h a b ra ve l eap l ea vi ng her s el f ope n to cr i t i ci sm by ot her s. B ut he y w e can t ki l l h er f or t r yi ng A nd bes i de h o w wo u ld sh e h a v e k n o wn th at s h e h a s n o re a l fu tu re a s a rec or din g a rtis t if sh e d i d n't try. No w tha t she g otten th at o ut o f th e wa y sh e c an try so me thin g ne w. Kim K h as co mm itte d t o the so n g a s s he is g ea rin g up f or th e pr em iere o f th e v id eo th is S un d ay An d ju st a su gg est ion s ma yb e h e r s t e p d a d B r u c e c a n d o th e re m i x to J a m K i m K a r d a s h i a n i s k n o w n m o s t in fa mo us ly fo r a se x tap e wit h R&B jour neyman and r eal it y s tar vet R ay J. Her fami ly' s reali ty show Keepi n g Up W i th The Karda shians i s on e o f cab le n et wor k E!' s mo st p o pu la r sh ow s. I' m h um a n, I 'v e never sa n g b e f o r e! Th i s i s d ef in i tel y so m eth i ng I do n t d o so f o r me t o st ep ou tsid e o f my co mf o r t zo n e a nd d o th i s wo r ld p r e m i e r e i t o n K IIS FM wi th El l en a n d R y a n S e a c r est th i s i s a r ea l ly b ig d ea l MOMENT 4 LIFE Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake F ALL FOR YOUR TYPE Jamie Foxx Featuring Drake 6 FOOT 7 FOOT Lil Wayne Featuring Cory Gunz LOVE F ACES Trey Songz LOOK A T ME NOW Chris Brown Featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes PRETTY GIRL ROCK Keri Hilson NO BS Chris Brown ALL OF THE LIGHTS Kanye West YOU BE KILLIN EM Fabolous CAN'T BE FRIENDS Trey Songz T op R&b/Hip Hop Songs

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NCO launches Porgy and Bess See page 10 W E D N E S D A Y M A R C H 9 2 0 1 1 In Y a Ear: Kim Kardashian premieres Jam See page 11 A T M AHO GAN Y H ou se s im p li c i t y i s so m et h i n g t h ey t ak e v ery se ri o usly S p u r n in g t h e c u s to m a ry o c ea n view and elaborate dŽcor for a rustic setting among native trees, this n e w r e sta u ra n t h as g o n e b ac k to basics to redefine what it means to eat well in Nassau. E ve r ything from t h e f o od, t o t he w i n e t o t he pr o p er t y i t s el f i s t r u e t o the i deal t hat an aut h e n t i c fi ne dining experience doesn't need to be ad orned wit h pretenti ou s bel ls and w hi st l es or obs ce ne pr i ce s f or t hat matter. N o r m u s t a g r e a t r e s t a u r a n t exude an air of inaccessibility. "I 've been in r est aurant s w here I feel un comfortable, sai d manag er Chris Farnum. "I don't like to feel that. T h e i d e a h e r e w a s t o c r e a t e s o me t hi n g si mp le : g o o d fo o d f o r good v alue, a place w here you' d be able to get a cocktail, to get a glass of w i ne a pla ce a nyon e coul d c om e to, a second home for people." But simplicity isn't easy. W he n yo u s t r i p ev e r y t h i ng d ow n to the basics, they better be great. Taking food and making it simple and great is harder," Chris said. It 's even m ore di f fi cu lt wh en you a re a i m i ng t o ke e p a l l en t r ee s un de r $ 45 m os t o f th em we ll u n d er a nd a s t o c k o f 40 0 ex c e l l e nt w i ne s at very reasonable prices. Ye t i n just three mon t h s, C h ri s and his team have more than ful f il led t heir a mbit ions a fact whi ch t he per p et ua l l y p ac ke d di ni n g r oo m bears witness to. T he ke y t o pul l i ng i t o ff i s s t ay i ng close to the earth. Self Sustaining Mahoga ny Hou se g row s a s m any of it s own ingredient s as p oss ible. Working i n c on j uncti on wi th local produce com p any L ucayan T ropic a l t h e y h a v e e s t a b l i s h e d 2 0 0 0 s qu a r e f e e t o f r ai s e d ve g et a b l e be ds a s w ell a s a p ic tu re sq u e te r ra ce d herb gar den where basil cori ander and t omati ll os grow. C hri s pl ans to m a k e t h i s t h e s e t t i n g o f w i n e t a s t i n g s and pi g r oasts i n t he f uture. T he v a st m aj or i t y o f t he m e a t an d f is h se rve d at Mahoga ny Hous e ar e s u s t ai na b l e ; s o ur c e d f r o m f a r m s t h at us e ec o l ogic all y sound m ethods in an eff ort to have a s l it tl e impact on t he envi ronment as possi ble. Thi s concern w it h l eaving a li ght f o ot p r i n t i s a l s o e v i d e n t i n t h e d e s i g n of the bu i lding in its 1.5 a cre sett i n g A rc h ite c t Th o ma s S ch le ss e r o f D e s i g n B ur e a ux i n M an ha t t a n N e w Y ork worked w it h a l ocal ar chit ect o n t he pl a ns, w hi c h w er e m or e t han a year and a half i n the m aking. "T he l an d w a s sp ec i a l s o t h e i d ea w as t o make s o mething that ga ve p eop le a s en se of pl a ce, C hr i s s ai d "W h a t u s u al ly h ap p e n s is a b u lld o z e r c o m e s a l o n g a n d p u s h e s eve rything do w n b efore you start b ui l d i ng B u t he re w e on l y t o ok t he t rees down wher e t h e buil ding si ts. "It 's r eall y easy t o im p os e yours el f on a s pace and i t c an w or k, but t he i dea here was to do somet hing t hat fi ts, somet h i ng t hat belongs. I wan t p eo ple to c ome in an d f ee l t ha t t he y h a ve d i s c o v e r ed s o m e t h i n g W e w a nt e d t h a t h i s t o r i c a l t i e Much of the deta il ing i s w rought i n the lust rous red wood for w hich t he r estaurant i s named, and w hich i t s e l f h as a d e ep h i s t o r i c a l r e s on a nc e i n t he B ahamas. T h ou gh t he ef f e c t i s s i m pl e e ve r y d e ta il wa s c a re fu ll y c o n si de r ed ri gh t dow n to the seemi ngly casual d i stribu ti o n o f small h erb bush es, w h i c h w e r e a c t u a l l y p o s i t i o n e d st r at egi c al l y t o r el ea se burs t s o f f r agr an ce w he n b ru s hed by pa ss e rs by T he fi rst t h i ng the customer s s ee whe n they app roach the p rope rt y i s i t s o c ta g o n a l s h o p w h ic h s e l l s ma ny of t he i n gr edi e nt s u se d i n c r eati ng t he menu. I t s t o c k s a w i d e s e l e c t i o n o f g o u r m e t c o f f e e s a g e d a r t i s a n cheeses, oli ve oil s, and many of t he wi nes served in the dini n g room. Th e s h o p si ts a b o v e th e Eu r o pean-s tyl e, gravel -f l o or ed wi ne ce llar w hich doubles as a privat e dinin g r oo m se atin g 1 4 fo r a n e igh tcourse meal pai red wi th wi n e s. C hris has i mport ed hi s sel ecti on o f ch o i c e win es from Italy Sp ain and France. T h e be s t w i n e i s m a d e i n t h e b e s t en vi ronment. L ike great food, it 's t he i n gr edi e nt s t h at m ake t he d i sh he said. "T he b e st w ine i s organi c, u nfilter ed and p rod uc ed by littl e g r o we rs w h o p u t t h e ir h ea r t a n d soul i nt o maki ng t he be st w ine the y c a n Passion Chris h as a p assio n fo r e duc ating people about food and wine espe ci ally h i s st a f f o f 40, who are all 30 years old or younger. "A restaurant has to be a com p l e t e le a r n i n g e n v ir o n m e n t ," h e said, explaining that at Mahogany H o u s e e v e n t h e w a i t e r s g e t a ch ance to l e arn their w a y a rou nd the kitchen, so long as they display the p r o per level of en t h usi a sm and care. "I tell them they've got to make sure they are proud of every single dish they put out," Chris said. He l ea rne d t hi s app roa ch t o f ood through experience. Born in a tiny Iowa town of just 3,000, he started w or ki n g i n r es t au ra nt s w hen he w a s 18 to pay his way through college. I w as a b us boy, became a w aite r t h e n m o v e d t o C h i c a g o a n d worked for big restaurant compa ny," he explained. Chris o pened the very successf u l J a n e s r e s t a u r a n t i n t h e t r e n d y nei ghbo rhood of B uckt ow n, C hi cag o in 1 9 94 It b ec am e k n ow n as one of the best restaurants in the city. C hr i s w a s w or ki n g i n t h e i n dus t r y w h e n h e m e t M a h o g a n y H o u s e owne r, l o cal he dge fund man ager Mark Holowesko. He emphasised that the restau rant is Mark's brain child and that he played a vital role in the design and development of the project. H e de se r ve s all th e c re d it f or bringing it to life," Chris said. GRAND TOUR: Mahogany House manager Chris Farnum gives Tribune reporter Megan Reynolds a tour of the shop. DE LICIOUS: Che fs Da n Q u irk (a bov e le ft), 24 an d Kev in Getzwich (above right), 25 display their wares. Mahogany House's philosophy of keeping it simple and staying close to the ear th is delivering a unique dining experience. The T ribune SECTION B


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