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By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter A SUPREME Court judge ruled that the unions attempting to block the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless lack the legal standing to bring suit. Last month, the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU agers Union (BCPMU action in the Supreme Court raising a number of issues. Among those issues, the unions questioned the right of the government to sell the assets of the corporation. The unions contend that the government does not have the legal right to sell BTC. In his ruling Justice Neville Adderley stated, This case appears to be one of those actions that was totally misconceived. The unions as plaintiffs were nota good fit and even the sagacity, innova tion and commendable industry of counsel for the plaintiffs was not able to save it. He further stated, On the true reading of the Industrial Relations Act, the BCPOU, the BCPMU and the Trustees lack the legal capacity to institute and maintain the action in their own names for the declarations sought. Hence the action is a nullity and so the granting of an injunction pending its hearing does not arise. Alternatively the evidence has not disclosed that any of their private legal rights are being infringed or threat ened or need to be enforced or declared as they have not established an interest recognized by law as being direct and substantial enough in the subject matter Cour t b lo w for unions bid to block BTCsale N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R V olume: 107 No.70TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 79F LOW 68F M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE massive fire that consumed an entire block of Bay Street yesterday has left in its wake millions of dollars in damage and set back plans for the Downtown Redevelopment project. Officials believe the fire began on the second floor of the Betty K Building, which was gutted by flames early Monday morning. As fire workers laboured for hours to bring the wind swept blaze under control, initial police reports indicated that the block of buildings from the Bacar di Building on the corner of East and Bay Streets, to MASSIVE BLAZE CAUSES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF DAMAGE BLAZE: Firefighters tackle yesterdays fire which gutted the Betty K Building. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page 13 SEE page 13 Historic building gutted in hug e Do wntown fire INSIDETODAY TRIBUNEPHOTOGRAPHERINJUREDINFIRE ................................................................PAGE 13 FIRE WORKERS SAY RESPONSE WAS SLOW AND UNORGANISED ..................................................................PAGE5 THE INDEPENDENT TRUCKERS PROTEST ..................................................................PAGE7 DR KEVA BETHEL ALIVE, THOUGH GRAVELY ILL .................................................................. PAGE 6 MAN A CCUSED OFKILLINGBROTHER .................................................................. PAGE 7 FIRE NEW SONPAGES 2, 3, 5, 12, 13, 14


THE historic Betty K Building was gutted by fire early yesterday, leaving behind a charred shell of what was once a relic of the City of Nassau, temporarily displacing hundreds of workers and destroying millions of dollars worth of merchandise. The company was planning t o move its operations to the new centralised shipping facility at the new Arawak Cay Port this summer. The company issued a brief statement yesterday afternoon assuring its employees that their jobs are secure. "Betty K Agencies Limited w ould like to inform the public that following yesterdays massive fire which destroyed their offices on Bay and East Streets, their staff will continue to be employed. New contact num bers will be made available shortly, and the company will announce the relocation of itso ffices and freight services within the next few days," said the statement. Company president Jack Sands was on site yesterday morning but was shielded from the press by an employee. Allhe would say is, "Everyone is okay." T he value of the contents stored in the company's warehouse was not known up to press time. A source close to the company speculated that the building and its contents are likely to be insured and added that the company will contact persons with freight stored on site at a later date. The building, erected in the 1920s, was a part of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation's list of historical sites. AMMC chairman Orry Sands said officials hoped the structure could have been converted into a national museu m of some sort once the shipping operations were transferred to the new port. She called yesterday's fire a major historical loss. "It's on our list of historical sites and the building period dates back to the 1920s. It is a major loss because it's the hist ory of the Kelly people that goes along with it, Trevor Kelly and the places he was connected with. It is very sad because even with them (planning on the actual operations (to Arawak Cay) the building itself could have been preserved and been a museum of some kind,"s he told T he Tribune. The company, named Bett y K in honour of the daughter of late founder C Trevor Kelly, i s a full service shipping company which transports freight between Miami and Nassau, Nassau and Abaco, and Jacksonville and Nassau. The operation first began as a means to transport lumber for t he Kelly family but has flourished into one of the largest carr iers serving the Bahamas, according to its website. The blaze began around 7.45am, according to witnesses on the scene, inside an office of the shipping company on Bay and East Streets and quickly spread through the structure to adjacent shops aided by the combustible material inside and heavy wind. An employee at Betty K A gencies Ltd said the employees detected smoke coming f rom the back of the building at around 8am and staff in the front office and warehouse were evacuated immediately. One employee said her 2006 Hyundai Tucson was parked in front of the building in East S treet and was crushed by falling debris from the roof. S he told T he Tribune : "I couldn't get back in to get the keys so I couldn't move it. I just heard this boom, and it just crumbled." L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Historic building is gutted by fire A BETTY K EMPLOYEES 2006 Hyundai Tucson was crushed when debris fell from the roof. The historic building was destroyed in the fire. Felip Major /Tribune staff n BAYSTREETBLAZE ANGLICAN officials issued a statement informing the public that general parking will be available in the lower gar dens of Government House for the funeral of Bishop Michael Eldon today at 11am. Those wishing to park in the gardens can enter from Bail lou Hill Road. SEEPAGESIX BISHOPELDONFUNERALPARKING Millions of dollars of merchandise destroyed THE Churchill Build ing, where Cabinet meets weekly, was evacuated yesterday as a precau tionary measure. The adjoining Adderley Building, which is a condemned building that was not occupied, caught fire amid the blaze, but firefighters were able to contain the fire before it reached the Churchill building. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said there was no concern about government records housed inside the building, as most of the governments records are digitally archived or housed exter nally. Cabinet was not in session at the time of the fire, however, Prime Minister Ingraham, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing and Min ister of the Environment Earl Deveaux were on the scene, receiving reports on the emergency response. While the Churchill building did not suffer any significant damage, the downtown fire com pletely destroyed the office and warehouse complex of Betty K Agencies Ltd, and caused major damage to Bay Street buildings, from Bacardi on East Street to Venue, a clothing store near Elizabeth Avenue. We know that we have a very well trained fire department and we are just hoping the fire is able to be contained. It is obviously a very serious fire, with the wind blowing the way it is, we are very concerned, said Mr Turnquest. Cabinet Building is evacuated amid blaze MINISTER O F STATEZHIVARGOLAING Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham and Minister Tommy Turnquest watch events unfold yesterday. n POLITICIANSONTHESCENE P h o t o / C a n d y K e l l y P h o t o / C a n d y K e l l y


By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter BETTY K shipyard employees, bystanders and a downtown shop owner criticised the actions of firefighters yesterday accusing the initial team of arriv-i ng on scene "with no water" and taking t oo long to contain the raging flames. However Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna praised the effortso f the firemen, saying that while some mistakes were made, the officers performed "gallantly". Head of Fire Services Jeffrey Deleveaux said a major hurdle for the firemen was that theyc ould not find "the seat of the fire" quickly enough. "The building is a maze, fire services went in multiple times and due to the smoke they couldn't find source of the fire," Mr Deleveaux said. J immy Berdanis, owner of the Venue c lothing contained in the Betty K comp lex, arrived on scene around 8am. He claimed that fire trucks came promptly b ut did not begin to address the building until 10.30. Begg ed "No one has put any water on it, they m ust mean to burn it down no one has gone to save my building," he yelled, claiming that he was repeatedly begged firemen to douse his building but they "did nothing". H e told T he Tribune t hat the building is made of concrete blocks and cement, w hich do not burn easily, and theorised that a plastic rain gutter must have caught fire. He complained that if the issue was addressed sooner, the flamesw ould not have spread from the Betty K offices to adjacent storefronts. An irate Betty K employee said: "I reach here from 8 and it was on fire but it was just in the Betty K building but they (the firefighterss low. It didn't have to get in the wareh ouse." Another employee lamented: "The fire engine came here with no water, it w as on time but with no water in it." They need more water," shouted a nother by-stander. ACP Hanna explained that three units responded to the initial fire alarm around 8am but thick plumes of black smoke barred them from getting to thes ource of the massive blaze. This prevented the firefighters from immediately dousing the flames. The flames quickly spread onto the adjacent shops south of the Betty K building and dangerous flames crept s outh towards the Green Parrot Pub and t he Bacardi Liquor store. Shortly after 9am the flames spread west to the vacant Adderley Building,a djacent to the Cabinet Office, but were soon extinguished. Mr Hanna also dismissed claims that t rucks arrived on site without water, noting that every fire truck is equipped with 800 to 1,000 gallons but must first secure an external water supply before usingi ts onboard reservoir. By 10am, about 60 to 70 firefighters and emergency per sonnel were on scene. M r Hanna explained the firefighters' method of addressing the mammoth fire. "There is a strategy, some reasoning behind the madness. Was it a perfect fit? Were there some mistakes? Yes. B ut given the enormity (of the fire t he congestion, our guys rose to the o ccasion and saved the day," he said. Smoke "The (company's w as there at the location when they started to smell smoke and they saw smoke. They quickly alerted the fired epartment and evacuated the building. Initially three units arrived on the scene, when they came in they hosed the bottom floor. There was a lot of smoke but they could not find the seat of the fire. The smoke was increasingly thick, eventually they were able to gain access t o the top floor where they found the northern portion of the building (engulfed this is an old building, a lot of com b ustible materials inside. The external top walls collapsed, eventually there was a concern that other areas, the fire would spread to those areas. It happened (but we were able to soak down a significant amount of the buildings on the northernf ront side of the Bay Street part of this c omplex". By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter O LD colonial buildings on Bay Street burn like tinder boxes, although new build ings are required to adhere to strict fire regulations, said Earl Deveaux, Minister of Environment. It is required in any new buildings that you have an evacuation system, a sprinkler system, and a fire prevention system built into the structure. That is a fundamental requirement, said Mr Deveaux. Unfortunately all of these buildings in the downtown area, except the Saphry Build ing (where Gucci is located are very, very old buildings. The colonial structures that we have here, the way these buildings were built and the way the infrastructure was set up, they are like tinder boxes. That is why we are on a mis sion to improve and renovate downtown, he said. A massive fire destroyed the office building and warehouse of Betty K Agencies Ltd yesterday, as well as the row of neighbouring busi nesses east of Parliament Square. Almost every store on the north side of Bay Street fromBacardi on East Street to Elizabeth Avenue was destroyed. While the Saphry Building on the southeast corner of Parliament Square is the most modern building in the square, there are other newly renovated buildings on BayStreet that have experience with the new fire code. Two of the Klonaris brothers, Nicholas and Charles, owners of the newly developed Elizabeth on Bay plaza,as well as other Bay Street properties, said they believethe fire code is very, very, strong. Their belief was not shaken by the massive fire that destroyed a major block of Bay Street businesses. If they are as strict with any other building as they were with us I would be very confident, said Charles. The Elizabeth on Bay plaza is fitted with its own pump system that draws water from the ocean to assist in fire fighting. To meet the full requirements of the fire code the cost was close to $250,000, Charles estimated. The cost of the pump alone was about $100,000, said Nicholas. It is expensive but in the long-run if we have a problem there wont be any prob lems with water, he said. The fire department used their own ocean pumps to help control yesterdays blaze. This practice was instituted after the 2001 straw market fire, when the emergency ser-v ices were criticised for their inability to use the abundant supply of water in the ocean. Each restaurant in Elizab eth on Bay has a sprinkler system and fire hoses installed. T here are also fire hoses in t he courtyard. All of the 16 shops in the plaza have at least two strobe lights thatf lash when there is a fire, smoke detectors, and an alarm system. There is concern amongst business owners about the older buildings, but there is an understanding about the limitations. I think the older buildings should be inspected to see what requirements they will be able to fit in. You wont be able to reach the level of new buildings, but certainly some of them could be upgraded, said Charles. The Mikes Shoe Store building, where BTC also operates, is also owned by the family. It is one of the older colonial buildings. Nicholas said the buildings are equipped with proper and accessible fire extinguishers. For the older buildings what we do is, when we renovate inside everything is taken out. The Mikes building has been renovated about 10 times and we upgraded every time with proper wiring in the conduits and fire extinguish ers, said Nicholas. And from what we saw from Elizabeth on Bay, we have strong, strong fire codes. We had to deal with the firei nspectors and Town Plan ning. The inspectors have a lot o f authority and influence. W e had to spend hundreds of thousands to meet the code requirements or else wec ouldnt get our license. The coding system is truly up to date. It has strict requirements, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Claim that firefighters arrived with no water JIMMY BERDANIS owner of the Venue clothing, complaining to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the scene. Mr Berdanis claimed that fire trucks came promptly but did not begin to address the building until 10.30. Photo/ Jessica Robertson n BAYSTREETBLAZE FIRERAGES at the scene Downtown yesterday. Photo/ Jessica Robertson Old colonial buildings burn like tinder boxes FIREREGULATIONS: Earl Deveaux Criticism from employees and bystanders, but praise from Assistant Commissioner


EDITOR, The Tribune. I t saddens me and Im sure it does the same to other residents to see the way the dorms are often neglect-e d by administration for m onths and months, semest er after semester. T he College of The B ahamas does not like criticism in the public media, hence we beg of you to publish this short piece in your daily. This would certainly get their attention and cause w orks to be carried out. As of this past week, some repairs were done tot he dorms. However, I feel like this was only done due to thet hreat of residents of the dorms going to the media. This should not be the case. The college is very slow in responding to issues at the dorms. T he residents really and t ruly want to see the conditions at the dorms improved.I n order for this to happen, administration has to step up and renovate the college dormitories immediately. Also repairs must be carr ied out in a timelier manner. We practically have to b eg to get results; e-mails after e-mails are being ignored. T his certainly is unfair and an injustice to the residents of the dorms who are payingt heir money to live comfortably in a clean and safe envir onment. Residents and guests alike agree that as soon as theys tep into the gate of the dorms, it brings on instant d epression. The dorms are dirty, the hallways are dirty, the buildings need to bep ainted, the wall needs to be painted, the garbage n eeds to be moved, and the bathrooms always look dirty because of the poor mason-r y work done in repairing shower stalls. The college would allow t wo months to pass before fixing a simple clogged sink. T he residents do not have any faith in the administration of the college of The Bahamas. At this stage, I would not recommend the dorms to any student. Dorm life s hould contribute to stud ents growth, maturity and e ase some of the stress of being a student away from home; presently C.O.Bs d orms are doing the oppos ite, it brings on depression a nd stress. As I write this, I am sadd ened to know of the physical state of the dorms. I joined COBUS because of the dorm residents, I certainly will make good on my p romise to them to push and keep pushing until our living conditions are improved. CHANING ADDERLEY College of the Bahamas Union of Students Senator for Dormitories N assau, February, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. While driving to work recently along the newly built Bethel Avenue highway I witnessed something that I thought was not only very horrifying but also very disturbing. I n the distance I could see a mother with her t wo young children on their way to school attempting to get to the other side of the high way. They proceeded to step over the concrete curbing and ran across four lanes of fast mov ing traffic. Although it was horrifying to think about what could have happened that day, it was equally disturbing to think about what did not happen. It was obvious that there was not sufficient thought applied during the highway design process to make it more pedestrian friendly which could have helped to avoid a situation like this. Part of the problem is that we often blind ly adopt foreign design solutions without fully understanding why they have worked in other countries and to be able to appropriately adapt them here. Firstly, similar highways in the US or Europe have been built through rural or commercial areas, but rarely through residential communities. Secondly, if they are built through residen tial communities, traffic calming techniques are commonly used to slow the traffic down in areas where there is heavy pedestrian movement, as well as strategically placed pedestrian crossings or bridges that help to move peoples afely back and forth. G ood design planning should be proactive, not reactive and fortunately such solutions can still be implemented to lessen the dangers to pedestrians that need to cross these highways and prevent the loss of life. Likewise, if we are simply attempting to copy what has been done before in other places, we should ensure that what we are copying are the basic principles that can be adapted to work in our small island communities, where people still walk to the corner store or with their children to school. While we know that building these highways play an important role in our coun trys infrastructural development and signi fies progress, they should also be built in har mony with the environment, and as a benefit, not a detriment to the community and its citizens. DIRK K B SAUNDERS Nassau, January 27, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE updated daily at 2pm AS THE new straw market nears comp letion to replace the old market that was destroyed by a devastating Bay Street fire on September 4, 2001, another costly fire swept a section of Bay Street yesterday reducing e ven more of this islands commercial history t o ashes. The Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC vert the more than 90-year-old Kelly Lumber Y ard building into a national museum, once the shipping operation had been transferred t o the new port at Arawak Cay. Yesterdays fire will make that move a lmost immediate. It is fitting that the Betty K office should now be established at Arawak Cay, which when that spit of land was reclaimed it was named Kelly Island after Charles Trevor Kelly, who built his f athers small lumber yard into Kellys Lum ber Yard and the Betty K offices. Its on our list of historical sites, said Mrs Orry Sands, chairman of the AMMC. Its a major loss because it's the history of the Kelly people that goes along with it. Trevor Kelly and the places he was connected with. It is very sad because even with them moving the actual operations (to A rawak Cay) the building itself could have been preserved and been a museum of somek ind." The lumber yard became one of Nassaus l eading merchant houses in the early twenties, providing mortgages for Bahamians before the banks entered the lending business. This enabled many Bahamians to own t heir own homes. Mr Kelly also built the first Paradise Island bridge and constructed A rawak Cay Kelly Island from the fill dredged up to deepen Nassaus harbour. H owever, in this group of historical build ings, there is one building that the public would like to see either restored, or removed, but despite being encircled by adversity, it remains standing. N ot so long ago a building to its immediate east burned down, singeing, but in no w ay damaging the dilapidated relic. Yesterdays fire demolished everything near it, but it remained standing. Several years ago the Kenning family Mr Kellys daughter tried to get this eyesore r emoved, but the Antiquities committee turned thumbs down, claiming that it was of historical value. It was once owned by the late Austin Levy, who established thes uccessful Hatchet Bay Farms, at Alice T own, Eleuthera. The Kellys bought the Bay Street property from Mr Levy with this old building on it. When permission to demolish it was r efused, it was painted with Xs and Os, thus acquiring the name: The tick-tack-t oe house. It was hoped that it was now so offensive on a Bay Street, which was trying t o improve its image, that government would condemn it and order it removed. No such thing happened. It was eventually painted white and left standing. It has had fire threaten it on three s ides, but while all around has crumbled, it still stands in all its shabby dignity. Yesterdayw as the same. It remained untouched. If persistence is the test, it should remain on B ay Street of course it must be spruced up and a small plaque should be embedded to tell its story. We do not know its significance. It prob ably had something to do with the Board of T rade and the Imperial Lighthouse Service from which site the Firebird left on its regu-l ar tour of the islands to keep the lighthouses burning to guide mariners through our s hallow waters. Since then many of the lights, instead of having lighthouse keepers, have been automated. For example, the father of A D Hanna, former governor general, was a lighthouse k eeper, we believe stationed at the light house on tiny Bird Rock. T he Imperial Lighthouse Service located in Trinity House, London, covered lighth ouses in all parts of the British Empire. At one time, however, the Bahamas was the area that received most attention because of the late Richard Langton-Jones who headed the services here in the 1950s and pub l ished a book about the work that was done throughout the islands, telling the story of h ow the lights were kept burning. If this little building is all that remains of that great Empire story, then it deserves to stand and have its story told. Adapt not adopt foreign design solutions LETTERS Another fire devastates Bay Street EDITOR, The Tribune. Crime and what we can do to prevent it. It is the job of the Police to fight crime, but we can all help to bring it down. Most crimes are against property, not people and not many crimes are carefully planned. Many are committed by oppor tunists at the spur of the moment when they see the chance. We leave possessions exposed in our cars and we leave the doors and windows to our homes open or insecure. We can reduce the risk by securing our cars and homes, this will also help the police, by giving them more time to tackle serious crimes against the person. In spite of the police major crime prevention efforts there was over 500 thefts from cars during the year 2010. Police Departments in the USA are now targeting vehicles in which items are left that are visible to thieves. The owners of vehicles parked with doors unlocked and valuables in clear view are being sent crime prevention let ters asking for their support to reduce such crimes. The letters from the police warns the owners of vehicles to Hide It, Lock It or Lose It. The theft of cars in the USA is on the decline. It is stated that this may be due to cars being built to be increasingly theft resistant and the modern efficiently alarm systems not available to car owners. But the technology does not stop a thief seeing valuables in a car from smashing a window, which cost more to repair than the value of the stolen item. The Police Crime Prevention Unit may wish to consider implementing the written warning system here to persons who leave valuables in their cars and the cars insecure. Sometimes motorists need a reminder on what should be commenced. If we can get rid of the opportunity, we can make a dent on this type of crime. We served with honour we remember with pride. PAUL THOMPSON Sr Nassau, February 4, 2011. Sending crime prevention letters to vehicle owners may be worth considering COB residential campus in state of disrepair


By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter FIRE WORKERS called for greater accountability with regard to fire management plans following the fire which consumed an entire block of Bay Street yesterday. Describing the response from the Fire Services to blaze, which began on the second floor of Betty K Agencies and spread to adjacent storefronts, as slow and unorganised, firemen expressed their frustrations to The Tribune. One fireman said: They need to start holding people accountable. Every fire taking place in the downtown area has been a castastrophe the Straw Market, Dowdeswell Street there has to be some kind of accountability. The concerns of fire workers were also mirrored by shipyard employees, by-standers and downtown shop owners who accused the initial team of arriving on scene "with no water" and taking too long to contain the raging flames. The fireman added: This was a small fire, it did not have to come to this. It did not have to get so out of control. Airport fire services were not called until after 9am this fire started from 7am. It did not have to spread like this. There needs to be a better plan, it shouldnt always be like this. At the early stages of the fire, officials explained that a lot of the resources were directed at the stores on East Street, especially the Bacardi building. Due to high southwest winds, thea rea was made a priority to pre vent the blaze reaching buildings in Parliament Square, including those which house the C abinet, the courts and the H ouse of Assembly. Officials said that it was also important to contain the fire at Bacardi due to the large supply of alcohol in stock. Additional challenges to resources arose shortly after 10am, when two units had to be redirected for nearly an hour to e xtinguish a fire at a two storey building near C R Walker. Responding to the criticisms, Fire Chief Jeffrey Deleveaux said: We did the best that we could have with the equipment that was available. Earlier we had a very high wind and that contributed to the fire spreading s o rapidly. In these old struc tures, some have wooden shingles on the roof, it doesnt take anything much to really set them off. Some 250 persons from vari ous government agencies assist ed fire workers as they fought to extinguish the wind swept blaze. I n addition to fire services from the Lynden Pindling International Airport and Lyford Cay, officers from the Royal Bahamas Police, Defence Force, and employees and trucks from the Bahamas Elect ricity Corporation, were also a t the scene, which spanned from the Bacardi building on the corner of East and Bay Streets to the Kelly Dock yard. Mr Deleveaux added: Just basically the high wind and initially when we responded here, to find the actual seat of the fire, that is what caused all of t his. We did not find the seat of the fire in a timely fashion and the reason being the fire was on the second floor of the Betty K building. Its a maze in there, officers went in on several occa sions and were not able to find the seat of the fire because of the construction of the buildi ng. That really contributed sig nificantly to the spread of this fire. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE THICK black smoke which choked the downtown area yesterday posed numerous health risks. Officials urged pedestrians and bystanders, especially those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, not to congregate at ground zero. A health worker said: In terms of exposure, just being here puts you at risk for respi ratory problems or respiratory burns. Smoke is super-heated gas, so its hot and then there are particles inside of it. The chemicals inside the materials are burning. We dont know whats burning in there. The health worker added: The good thing about it is the open air, its not a confined to an area so the risk is not as great. For the people who are passing by, its like second hand smoke escalated times 100 due to the amount of smoke youre inhaling. There are different types of masks with filters being used by workers to minimise risk to all those working here. Persons who are not working or prop erly outfitted should not hang around. Symptoms associated with smoke inhalation were short ness of breath, chest pains, and in extreme cases, hypoxia (oxygen depravation). Fire workers say response was slow and unorganised n B AYSTREETBLAZE FIRE SWEEPS through buildings in the downtown area yesterday. A FIREFIGHTER t ackles t he blaze yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Health r isks fr om thic k black smoke PLUMES of smoke on Bay Street posed health risks.Photo/ Noelle Nicolls FIREFIGHTERS in action as smoke billows from the fire.Photo/ Noelle Nicolls I I n n t t e e r r m m s s o o f f e e x x p p o o s s u u r r e e , j j u u s s t t b b e e i i n n g g h h e e r r e e p p u u t t s s y y o o u u a a t t r r i i s s k k f f o o r r r r e e s s p p i i r r a a t t o o r r y y p p r r o o b b l l e e m m s s o o r r r r e e s s p p i i r r a a t t o o r r y y b b u u r r n n s s . Health w orker


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE family of Dr Keva Bethel has moved to assure the public that rumours of her death are unfounde d. T he former College of the Bahamas presidents children, Nico-l ette Bethel Burrows and Edward Bethel, issued a statement yesterd ay affirming that contrary to reports published in local tabloids y esterday morning, our mother remains alive, though gravely ill. T he statement said: We find it regrettable at this time, when we should be focusing our attention on c ommemorating the passing of our uncle in the way most befitting to him and his contribution to then ation, we should be distracted by p remature condolences on the passi ng of our mother as well. T hey were referring to Dr Bethels brother, Anglican Bishop Michael Eldon, the first Bahamian Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, who died last week after a long illness. T he statement continued: We further find it regrettable that, giveno ur mothers life of dignity, humilit y and service, she should be subj ected to such sensationalism at the e nd of it. Privacy We have done all we can to correct the error. However, we know t hat it will persist despite all our efforts. We regret this deeply, and t rust that the public will respect our p rivacy at this difficult time. Dr Keva Bethel served as presid ent of the College of the Bahamas for 16 years, the culmination of a celebrated 50-year career as an educator. S ince retiring, she has served as c hair of the National Advisory Council on Education in theB ahamas, and chair of the Education Committee of the government's S tudent Loan Programme. She has also served as a board m ember or senior advisor on a number of committees and organisations, i ncluding the Lyford Cay Foundation, the Finance Corporation of the Bahamas and Doctors Hospital. D r Bethel has received many prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Businesswoman Award oft he Business and Professional Wome n's Association and the Chamber o f Commerce Award for Governm ent. T HE Anglican Diocese h as confirmed that nine B ishops will be in attendance at the funeral service for Bishop Michael Eldon,l ed by Primate of the West Indies Dr John Holder, who is also the Bishop of Barbados. O ther visiting Bishops will include: Alfred Reid Bishop of Jamaica and the CaymanI slands Leopold Friday Bish op of the Windward Islands ( which include the islands o f St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenada) Philip Wright Bishop of Belize, Central America Cornell Moss Bishop of Guyana, South America Clive Abdullah R etired Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago Bishop Cornell Moss is a Bahamian who, beforeb eing consecrated as Bishop o f Guyana, served as Archdeacon of the northern Bahamas, and Rector of the Church of the Ascen-s ion, Grand Bahama. He is the third Bahamian t o serve as Bishop outside the Bahamas. The others were: the late Bishop Don-a ld Knowles, who served as Bishop of Antigua, and Archbishop Drexel Welling ton Gomez, who served as B ishop of Barbados. T he visiting bishops will be joined by Bahamian bishops: Laish Zane Boyd, Sr Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos I slands Drexel Wellington Gomez Retired Arch-b ishop of the West Indies, Bahamas; Assistant Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands Gilbert Arthur Thomps on Retired Suffragan Bishop of Nassau, Assistant Bishop of the Bahamas andt he Turks and Caicos Islands. THE Bahamas National Youth Council announced yesterday that it is partnering with the Attorney Gen erals Office to host a youth focus group on improving support for witnesses and victims in criminal trials. The featured speaker will be Simon Deacy, a consul tant in the Office of the Attorney General who spe cialises in witness care. He is from the United Kingdomand is a former police offi cer. In a statement issued yesterday, the BNYC said: The judicial system of the Bahamas presents its challenges and obstacles in ful filling its obligation of ensuring justice to the Bahamian people. However, it is not solely up to the government of the day to ensure it is successful in meeting its mandate. The church, private community and society in general, must all contribute and assist in helping to sus tain an efficient judicial sys tem. It is understood that the government must ensure the system operates with efficiency to meet the demands of the Bahamian public, however, the Bahamian citizen ry must also play a role. Therefore, in an effort in fulfilling its mandate to the Bahamian youth, the BNYC has joined forces with the Office of the Attorney General to host a focus group on supporting witnesses and victims. Attending the focus group session will be officials from the Office of the Attorney General, including the direc tor of public prosecutions. RUDY CARROLLhas captured the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society Award for sales performance in 2010. This is the third straight year that Mr Carroll has won the prestigious designation. It places him in the top eight per cent of the 96,689 agents in Coldwell Bankers global network. Mike Lightbourn, president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, attributed Mr Carrolls success to his numerous professional and personal contacts, drive and personality. He stays focused on his goal and is a proven sales leader. With his pleasing personality, infectious good humour and positive attitude, he is a true asset to our company, he said. Mr Lightbourn also singled out Lau ren Higgs, another top producer, who is based in Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands. Great Harbour Cay has a small market with many of the properties being sold directly between owners. Mr Lightbourn said Lauren works hard to bring clients together to make sales happen. Her lively personality and knowledge of the island are a winning combination. Despite the challenges of the 2010 market, our agents displayed tremendous determination and dedication... I am very proud of them, Mr Lightbourn added. THE National Democratic Party has invited all i ts members to attend a m eeting today, where p arty leaders will discuss a number of issues of vital national importance. The NDP asked all members to gather at the old City Market shopp ing centre across from the Southern Recreation G rounds at 9.30am. From there, they plan to march to Rawson Square in solidarity, where t hey will hold a press conference. The topics to be cove red include: Bahamian ownership o f our economy why it i s important. Call to action why B ahamians must stand up now. The BTC sale. The NDPs telecommunications policy the future. After the press confere nce, party members will h and out flyers on Bay Street, then return to the S outhern Recreation G rounds. POLICE are investigating two stabbings which took place on Sun day night. The first happened at Eden Street off Farrington Road, after two men got into an argument. One of them,a 19-year-old, was stabbed multiple times and had to be rushed to hospital in a private car. His condition could not be con firmed before press time last night. Police say they are following sig nificant leads. A few hours later, officers were called to the scene of the second stabbing, which took place on Armstrong Street off Dowdeswell Street. Again, it was reported that two men got into an argument which ended with a 23-year-old being stabbed several times at the 3 As Club. The victim was taken to hospital in a car and is said to be in stable condition. A 36-year-old man is being questioned in connection with this inci dent. Police are also investigating sev eral armed robberies, the first of which took place at around 6.30pm on Sunday. The incident took place on Wilton Street off Mackey Street. Responding officers were told that the male victim was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The men made off with his silver Honda and some jewellery. Police say the vehicle was recovered a short while later and that their investigations are continuing. Then, at around 1.15pm on Mon day, police received information of an armed robbery at the Budget Meat Mart in Coral Harbour. An employee was at the rear of the store when she was approached by two masked men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The robbers forced the employee into the store, and stole an unde termined amount of cash. The culprits fled the area in a gold Honda and headed in an unknown direction. About half an hour later, another armed robbery took place on East Street South. The victim, a female phone card vendor, was approached by two masked men in a gold Honda, both of whom were armed with hand guns. Police confirmed that the woman was robbed, but did not say what the culprits made off with. Dr Keva Bethel alive, though gravely ill D R KEVA BETHEL Nine bishops set to attend the funer al of Bishop Michael Eldon ATTENDING BISHOPS IN ORDER OF PROTOCOL DR JOHN HOLDER Primate, West Indies LAISH ZANE BOYD SR Bahamas ALFRED REID Jamaica, Ca y man Islands LEOPOLD FRIDAY Windward Islands PHILIP WRIGHT Belize, Centr al Amer ica CORNELL MOSS Bishop of Guyana, South America DREXEL GOMEZ Primate, West Indies, retired CLIVE ABDULL AH T r inidad and T obago, retired GILBER T AR THUR THOMPSON Suf fr ag an Bishop, Nassau, retired Two Sunday night stabbings investigated by police Coldwell Banker wins sales awar d for third straight year RUDYCARROLL and Lauren Higgs THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO HOLD MEETING TODAY YOUTH FOCUS GROUP TO SUPPORT CRIME WITNESSES AND VICTIMS Shar e 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 ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON died last week.


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE INDEPENDENT T ruckers Association staged a demonstration yesterday on C able Beach, calling for better prices from contractors working on Baha Mar. According to the associations chairman, Gus Outten,I sland Site Development wants to offer his members $45 to haul a load from Cable Beach to Arawak Cay, or from Arawak Cay to the dump. Such a trip, Mr Outten said, should not be undertaken for less than $75 considering all the other costs included in theo peration of their vehicles. J immy Mosko of ISD was on hand to listen to the concerns of the group and p romised that he would review t he contract figures and get back to the association that a fternoon. Returning later on that evening, Mr Mosko reportedly offered an improved price per load, however the offer w as declined by the association. We are not happy with that p rice, said Cedric Curry of Bee Trucking and Bobcat Service. We are looking for at least $70 per load. A ccording to Mr Outten, 25 y ears ago, dump truck operators were being paid $50 a l oad. Presently, the government p ays us $80 to haul from A rawak Cay to the hot mix p lant. And these mega comp anies want to pay us $45 per l oad. That is not going to work during these economic times. And that is why we are heret oday, he said. Mr Outten said that he and h is 60 drivers were not going t o leave the demonstration site next to the Cable Beach Police Station until some resolutionh ad been reached. O ne of the associations pro testers, Richard Johnson, car ried a sign which read: Your P M said $75, so why are we being paid $45? Mr Johnson said that he is t here in solidarity with his brothers. We have been waiting on Baha Mar and we thought it w as a godsend. We are not prepared for $45 a load and I have been suffering for the p ast couple of years, just trying to get a good job. . These drivers have families to feed, rent o r mortgages to pay, he said. Mr Johnson added that the high price of diesel and the cost of wear-and-tear to trucks m eans it would not make good business sense to accept the rate ISD is offering. M r Outten said that he and his supporters are prepared to wait things out and havea nother 100 trucks on standby. We are prepared to stay here as long as is deemed nec essary, until we get the price w e want and we will be here as long as the job goes on. We waited for Baha Mar to get h ere. Whats another day or two or three? This is a big project. And a ll we are asking for is a fair s hare of the pie. The funds havent trickled down to the small man and we are brothersa nd we are here to get things rolling, he said. The truckers eventually left l ast night, but vowed to return this morning. The Independent Truckers Association protest contractors Baha Mar prices A YOUNG MAN is in police custody todaya ccused of stabbing his brother to death following a heated argument in the Stapeldon Gardens community. A ccording to the police, they were first alerted to the s cene on the corner of Blenheim and Lincoln Roads at about 10am. However, some neighbours who had gathered at the scene insisted that police were called about a domestic disturbance at 7am, but failed to show up. It was not until the brothers were fighting in the fronty ard that the police actually s howed up, another neighbour claimed. D escribing the scene init ially as a regular scuffle, a neighbour, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they did not realise t he seriousness of the event until they saw the knife and o ne of the brothers dropping to the ground. It is claimed that the b rothers were fighting over their apartment. Its so sad. They fighting l ike that and in front of peop le. Theres an old lady right there next door. She had to see all of this, he s aid. This is the 15th homicide of the year. P h o t o s / A z a l e t a I s h m a e l N e w r y ABOVE: Gus Outen speaks to ASP Bur rows at the site. ABOVE RIGHT: ASP Elaine Sands speaks to a colleague at the demonstration. RIGHT: Union members speak to the media last night. MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING HIS BROTHER TO DEATH By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT An Eight Mile Rock woman who gave b irth to a newborn that was discovered in a vacant building has come forward to p olice. Asst Supt Loretta Mack ey said an adult woman, accompanied by familym embers, came into the Eight Mile Rock Police Sta tion on Sunday evening. M s Mackey said the mother was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. A t around 5.45am on Saturday, police received a report of a baby crying at av acant building on Bayshore Road in Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock. When police arrived at the location, they found a newborn baby girl who had just been born. The infant was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Ms Mackey said the baby is said to be in stable condition. She said police are continuing their investigations into the matter. MOTHER OF DISC OVERED NEWB ORN GOES TO THE POLICE FIREFIGHTERS were called to extinguish a blaze at an abandoned building next to the Masonic Hallon Baillou Hill Road yes terday. The fire, which erupted at about 10.15am, was brought under control and finally extinguished at about 11am, a spokesperson for the Fire Services said. No one was injured in the fire. A survey of the building conducted a few hours later revealed that the entire roof was completely destroyed, with some fire and smoke damage to the interior of the structure. The Masonic Hall direct ly to the north of this build ing received slight scarring from the blaze, but was otherwise undamaged. FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE BLAZE A T AB ANDONED BUILDING ABOVE: Members of the Independent Truckers A ssociation hold their demonstration yesterday. RIGHT: Jimmy Mosko of Island Site Development addresses the Independent Truckers Association at the s ite.


P AGE 8, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RALPH J MASSEY AT one point on a drive down JFK Boulevard toward the College of the Bahamas, one can look up and see the new Chinese Sports Stadium on the skyline, a truly dominating edifice. Proceeding a little further, one notices the new Harry Moore Library; it dominates t he intersection. They, along with t he equally spectacular new Nassau International Airport, suggest n ational progress. N evertheless, one is left wondering about the nation, particul arly the deplorable academic r ecord of public education and w hat school leavers actually know and can do on leaving school.Y es...other countries have the s ame learning problem; and one may take refuge in the recognition that even the U. S. has this problem in spades. However, an incredible amount of work has been done in the past twenty years, literally hundreds of e ducation research studies. This a rticle will review one by Eric A. H anushek, The Economic Value o f Higher Teacher Quality, publ ished by the National Bureau of E conomic Research in December 2010. Knowns and Unknowns Eric Hanushek contends that 1. Teachers are important; and, in fact, no other element in the e ducation equation rivals it in importance. 2. Teachers vary greatly in their a bility to impart knowledge and s kills to students. The magnitude o f differences is truly large, with some teachers producing one and a half years of gain in achievement ina n academic year while others with equivalent students produce only a one-half year gain. Briefly stat ed...with the same students some teachers are three times more productive. 3. However, at this point in time we don't know what type of person will be a highly productive teacheri n the classroom. Even after hundreds of studies, social scientists like Hanushek, have not identifieda statistically valid causal relationship between specific teacher characteristics and the likely gains teachers will produce in student a chievement. Specifically ... Class size reduction does not a ffect student achievement except f or the very earliest grades, and then the expected results ares mall. Masters degrees bear no consistent relationship with student achievement as does experience in the classroom after the first few years on the job. Conventional teacher certification requirements, source of t eaching, or salary level are not s ystematically related to the a mount of learning that goes on i n the classroom. Even very intensive profess ional development to help teachers become more effective after they are already in the classroom has shown little impact on student achievement. These insights should strip the educator of the traditionalp anaceas employed in reform pro posals. The social scientist in this case concentrates on what hek nows...namely, that poor teachers can inflict a near permanent learning impairment on their students and this impairment will persist throughout their lifetime. This adversely affects their likely earnings, their economic contributiont o the nation and the welfare of the nation itself. The author then did a what if e xercise, a bit of economic modeling. He starts with What is known about the relationship between cognitive skills a nd earnings; and then asks What if a series of outstanding teachers had a class of students t hrough the primary and secondary s chool years?...and...What would b e the aggregate lifetime earnings of this lucky group relative to as imilar class that had uniformly p oor teachers? The difference is enormous...approximately $1.4 million in today's dollars for a class of 30 students (approximately $467,000 of extra income per student) and significantly less for much smalle r classes. Hanushek contends that t hese future economic gains should b e considered as the economic valu e of quality teachers. B may view the analysis w ith scepticism. Yes...the author documents the causal elements and the mathematical relationships. However, the sceptic is uncomfortable in even forming an opinion about such theory and finds comfort in anecdotal evidence, gut feel and well-used panaceas. However, the author bolsters his argument by referring to the real world and the threats posed toc ountries like the Bahamas by the economic powerhouses of Asia. Eric Hanushek's bottom line is Substantial economic gains can be realized by identifying the most ineffective teachers and moving them out of the classroom. The more effective teachers should be assigned larger classes and the less effective smaller ones. If teacher salaries reflected t eacher effectiveness more closely, t hen much higher salaries would b e economically justified. Without that linkage, we s hould expect our schools to underperform, and we might also expect teacher salaries to lag those in the general labour market. A Courageous Strategy In popular democracies gove rnments like to build monuments, mortgage futures, court key interests groups, offend no one and get re-elected. In our times this d ynamic motivated both U.S. political parties and the Government itself to produce the housing bubble and the Second Great Depression. Managing this dynamic is essential if the Bahamas wants to conq uer its public education problem. I t has a student testing and evalua tion system with decades of exper ience. I t must be put it on s teroids...changes have to be made so that it will track student achievement year by year and appropriately relate the data to specific stu d ents and teachers. The results must have consequences; and moving them out of the class-r oom is a courageous Bahami an strategy that needs the support of an informed electorate. Coliseums, teachers and moving them out O PINION SANTIAGO, Chile Associated Press CHILEANS directly involved in saving 33 trapped miners last year rejected claims on Mondayt hat the men seriously consid ered suicide and cannibalism, or that the government fooled the world by transmitting previous ly videotaped scenes to cover upa potential disaster during the rescue. Reinaldo Sepulveda, who directed the live television feed that broadcast images of the rescue around the world, told The Associated Press that there was never any attempt to hide what was going on by repeating parts of the feed, as Jonathan Franklin alleges in his book, "33 Men." The book claims that at one point, a cable was cut by a rock slide, and previously broadcast images were transmitted to cover it up. "A billion viewers around the world were ... tricked," Franklin wrote. "This is absolutely false. I can show you the 38 or 40 hours of transmission they were never cut," Sepulveda told the AP. "I guarantee that everything was live and direct. ... the transmission was never cut, never." It is true that at one point ear ly in the rescue, Chilean engineers worked furiously to dis mantle a fiber optic cable that they had planned to use with the rescue capsule so that the miners could communicate during their half-mile journey to the surface. The delay wasn't immediately explained at the time, but rescue workers later said the communications system added unnecessary complexity to the rescue, and that the miners did n't want it. Omar Reygadas, one of the rescued miners, added another detail on Monday he told the AP that a rock slide had cut the fiber optic cable just before he was pulled out and that this is why his entrance to the capsule wasn't filmed. Reygadas also denied in an AP telephone interview that any of the miners had considered sui cide or cannibalism while stuck down below dismissing both ideas as examples of Chilean dark humor which is particu larly apparent in extreme situa tions that shouldn't have been taken seriously. "We didn't reach that extreme," Reygadas said. A fellow miner, Victor Zamo ra, told the CBS "60 Minutes" show that during the first 17 days after the mine collapsed, before they were discovered alive, they had considered closing themselves in with a running engine so they could die peace fully of carbon monoxide poi soning. But Reygadas said "I never thought about or talked about that," and said Zamora was probably joking. "You can't tell when Victor speaks seriously or is joking. It's the first time I've heard of it," Reygadas said. Chileans deny books claims about miners rescue


( This is the second part of a t hree-part series delivered by S ir Shridath Ramphal at the eleventh Sir Archibald Nedd Memorial lecture given in Grenada on January 28. His subject: Is the West Indies West Indian?) B y SIR SHRIDATH R AMPHAL NOTHING speaks louder of CARICOMs current debilitation than our substantial denial of the Caribbean Court of Justice. The Bar Association of G renada is host to this Lect ure Series which is a memorial to a great West Indian l awyer. It is poignant that t he Inaugural Lecture in this series delivered in 1996 was e ntitled: Essentials for a W est Indies Supreme Court to replace the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as the final Appellate Court f or Commonwealth Caribbean States and Territories. F ifteen years later, it is s till apposite that I address t his issue when we talk of being West Indian. I n 2001, twelve CARIC OM countries decided they would abolish appeals to the Privy Council and establish their own Caribbean Court of Justice serving all the countries of the Caribbean Community with both original jurisdic t ion in regional integration matters and appellate juris diction as the final court of a ppeal for individual CARI C OM countries. As of now, only Guyana (which had abolished appeals to the Privy Council on indepen d ence, believing it to be a natural incident of sover eignty), Barbados and nowB elize have conferred on the CCJ that appellate jurisdiction Constitutional amend m ent is required for the abol ition of appeals to the Privy Council. In practical terms, this means bipartisan politi c al support for the CCJ. In Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (where the Court has its much sought after location) that political consensus does not exist because the political party now in office in each of those two major regional jurisdictions has turned its back on its regional court. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a referendum last year rejected the transf erence of appeals to the C CJ. T he situation has been complicated by the issue of the death penalty on whicht he Privy Council, reflecting contemporary English (and EU) mores and jurisprudence has been rigorous in upholding Caribbean appeals in death sentence cases. Someday, the C aribbean as a whole must a ccept abolition of the death penalty; I believe we should h ave done so already; but, i n a situation of heightened crime in the region, popular sentiment has induced polit ical reticence. Even so, how e ver, the Privy Councils a nachronistic jurisdiction persists; and the Caribbean Court of Justice remainsh obbled in pursuing its enlightened role in Caribbean legal reform. Tradition I t is almost axiomatic that the Caribbean Community should have its own final Court of Appeal in all mat t ers that the West Indies at the highest level of jurisprudence should be West Indian. A century old tradition of erudition and excellence in the legal profession of the Region leaves no room for h esitancy. As a West India n I despair, as a West Indian lawyer I am ashamed, that the West Indies should be a major reason for the unwelcome retention of the Privy Councils jurisdiction within the halls of the new Supreme Court in England. Having created our own C aribbean Court of Justice i t is an act of abysmal cont rariety that we have so substantially withheld its appellate jurisdiction in favour oft hat of the Privy Council we who have sent Judges to the International Court of Justice, to the International Criminal Court and to the International Court for the former Yugoslavia, tothe P residency of the United N ations Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (from G renada);we from whose C aribbean shores have sprung in lineal descent the former and current Attor neys General of Britain and t he United States respect ively. As I recall this register of West Indian legal eruditionl et me pause to pay tribute to the memory of Prof Ralph Carnegie who left us this month a veritable icono f learning in the law and of service to it and always a West Indian. As CCJ Judge Winston Anderson acknowl-e dged at his funeral service last week, he died sadly without attainment of hisv ision of a fully functioning C aribbean Court of Justice, and fearful of the prospects for the legal monument he strove so hard to build. Weo we him a more lasting memorial. This absurd and unworthy paradox of heritage and hes itancy must be resolved by action. In law, as in ourselves, the West Indies must be West Indian.Those countries still hesitant must find the will and the way to end this anomaly, and perhaps it will be easier if they act a s one. The truth is that the a lternative to such action is t oo self-destructive to contemplate. The demise of the Courtitselfis not ani mprobable danger when in both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago the creation ofa local final Court of Appeal is being canvassed. Loss of the CCJ will almost certainly frustrate progress on a S ingle Market and Econom y the vision of Grand Anse. We will have begun t earing up the Treaty of C haguaramas whose Preamble recites that the original jurisdiction of the CCJ is essential to the successfulo peration of the CSME. If W est Indian lawyers, in particular, remain complacent about this absurdity much l onger and I am afraid s ome are we will begin to m ake a virtue of it, and in the end dismantle more than the Court. So grave and present is this danger that in August last, five West Indians to whom the Region has given its highest honour,the Order of the Caribbean Community, took the unprecedented step of warning publicly with one voice of the threat being posed to the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Communitys goals more generally.I was a mong them. Warning We warn against these d evelopments we wrote, which, as in an earlier era, c ould bring down the structures for advancing the interests of the people of CARI COM carefully constructed and nurtured over many decades by sons and daughters of all CARICOM c ountries. We were warni ng of the mire of despond we would stumble into if in t his matter the West Indies c eased to be West Indian. B ut let me add what we all know,though seldom say: to give confidence to ourp ublics in their adoption of the CCJ as the ultimate repository of justice in the West Indies, our Governments must be assiduous in demonstrating respect for all independent West Indianc onstitutional bodies (like t he Director of Public Pros ecutions) lest by transference, Governments are nott rusted to keep their hands off the CCJ. And Courts t hemselves, at every level, m ust be manifestly free from p olitical influence and be seen to be sturdy custodians of that freedom.In the end, the independence of West Indian judiciaries must rest on a broad culture of respect for the authority and independence of all constitutional office holders for the Rule of Law. We must not forget that the structure of the CCJ goes further than does that of any court in the Region, and most courts in the Commonwealth, in securing indep endence from political i nfluence, much less political control. It is at least as free o f such local control as is the J udicial Committee of the P rivy Council; and freer than any national or subregional Court. West Indi-a n people who want such a Court that is beyond the reach of politics must understand and must be helped t o understand that they have it in the CCJ. The question, therefore, c annot be avoided: is a r egional political leadership t hat conjures with rejecting the CCJ doing so because iti s beyond political reach? I c annot believe that; but. in my own judgment, with the Privy Council no longer a realistic option, the CCJ is the most reliable custodian that West Indians could have of the Rule of Law in t he region. Despite this, will we once more, with the gains of oneness in our grasp, forego being WestI ndian? TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IS THE WEST INDIES WEST INDIAN? A Caribbean Court of Justice PARTII BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Associated Press ARGENTINAis accusing the U.S. military of trying to sneak guns and spy equipment into the country under the guise of providing a routine police training course a charge disputed Monday by U.S. officials. Argentine authorities say they seized nearly 1,000 cubic feet of undeclared equipment, describing it as machine guns and ammunition, drugs and spy equipment. It was on a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane that landed Thursday with material for a training course that a U.S. Special Forces team had been invited to provide to Argentina's federal police. "Argentine law must be complied with by all, without exception," Foreign Minister Hec-tor Timerman told Arturo Valenzuela, the assistant U.S. secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, when Valenzuela called him to complain about how authorities handled the cargo, the ministry said. Timerman also said Argentina would file an official protest in Washington and ask for a shared investigation into why the U.S. Air Force would try to violate Argentine law, the ministry said. The seized material includes equipment "for intercepting communications, various sophisticated and powerful GPS devices, technolog ical elements containing codes labeled secret, and a trunk full of expired medicine," the ministry said. An Argentine federal judge is demanding a full accounting from the foreign ministry, and some lawmakers vowed to hold investigative hearings. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said he could not confirm if a protest had been filed, but he called on Argentina to return the U.S. equipment. "We are puzzled and disturbed by the actions of Argentine officials," he told reporters in Washington. Crowley called the search of the plane "unusual and unannounced" and said minor discrepancies in the manifest "were the kind of thing that could have been cleared up on the ground by customs officials." The plane arrived at a sensitive time for Argentine-U.S. relations. Since the White House announced that President Barack Obama would visit Chile and Brazil but skip Argentina in his first trip to South America, Timerman has complained about U.S. mili tary policies in particular, training that the U.S. provides to Latin American police and military at the International Law Enforcement Academy in El Salvador. The academy replaced the U.S. military's School of the Americas, where critics contend many Latin American military figures learned torture techniques that served the region's dictatorships in decades past. Human rights is a main thrust of the academy's curriculum, but Timerman has focused on the darker his tory. A U.S. State Department official with knowledge of the events told The Associated Press that all the key material in the shipment was properly declared and authorized by Argentina, describing the undeclared equip ment as a minor problem with the plane's manifest that could have been resolved pri vately. Ar g entina, US tangle o ver military material n INTERNATIONALNEWS


DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesA ssociated Press T HEpossible heirs of Egypt 's uprising took to the streets Monday in different corners of t he Middle East: Iran's beleaguered opposition stormed back to central Tehran andc ame under a tear gas attack by police. Demonstrators faced r ubber bullets and birdshot to demand more freedoms in the r elative wealth of Bahrain. And protesters pressed for the ouster of the ruler in poverty-d rained Yemen. T he protests all with critical interests for Washington offer an important lesson about how groups across Middle East are absorbing the message from Cairo and tailoring itt o their own aspirations. The heady themes of democracy, justice and empowerment remain intact as the protest wave works it way through the Arab world a nd beyond. What changes, h owever, are the objectives. The Egypt effect, it seems, is elastic. This isn't a one-size-fits-all th Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst at the Gulf Research C enter in Dubai. "Each place w ill interpret the fallout from Egypt in their own way and in t heir own context." For the Iranian opposition not seen on the streets in more than a year it's become a moment to reassert its presence after facing relentless pressures. T ens of thousands of protesters clashed with security f orces along some of Tehran's m ain boulevards, which were shrouded in clouds of tear gas in scenes thatthe chaos after the disputed re-election ofP resident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. "Death to the dictator," many yelled in reference to Ahmadinejad. Others took aim Iran's all-powerful Supreme L eader Ayatollah Ali K hamenei with chants linking him with toppled rulers Hos in Egypt and Tunisia's Zine AlA bidine Ben Ali. "Bin Ali, Mubarak, it's Seyed Ali's turn," protesters c ried. The reformist website said police stationed several cars in front of t he home of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi ahead of the demonstration. Mousavia nd fellow opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi have been u nder house arrest since last week after they asked the gove rnment for permission to hold a rally in support of Egypt's u prising which Iran's leaders have claimed was a moeplay of their 1979 Islamic Revolution. Kd Mousavi, however, have c ompared the unrest in Egypt and Tunisia with their own s truggles. Mousavi said all r egion's revolts aimed at ending the "oppression of the rulers." A new U.S. State Departm ent Twitter account in Farsi took a jab at Iran in one of its first messages Sunday, calling on Tehran to "allow people to enjoy same universal rights to peacefully assemble, demons trate as in Cairo." U .S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed support for the Iran-i an protesters, saying theyto have the same rights that they saw being played out in Egypt a nd are part of their own birthright." In Yemen, meanwhile, the protests are about speeding the o uster of the U.S.-allied presi dent, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has promised he would stepd own in 2013. Monday'sirrored the calls in Egypt and Tunisia against their own leaders who had been inp ower for decades: "The people want the regime to step down." P rotesters in the tiny Gulf n ation of Bahrain are not looking to topple its monarchy. But their demands are no less lofty:g reater political freedom and sweeping changes in how the country is run. T he next possible round of d emonstrations gives a similar divide. A coalition in Algeria h uman rights activists, union ists, lawyers and others has called protests Saturday top ush for the end of President A bdelaziz Bouteflika's 12-year rule. Kuwait's highly organized opposition, including parlia-m ent members, plans gather ings March 8 to demand a wholesale change of cabinet o fficials, but not the ruling emir. "We are experiencing a panArab democratic moment of s orts," said Shadi Hamid, director of research at The Brookings Doha Center in Q atar. "For opposition groups, it comes down the question of, 'If not now, when?'" B ut he noted that the new found Arab confidence for change will go in various direc t ions. "The Arab opposition are using the Egyptian model as a message that anything is possi b le," Hamid said. "Then they interpret that into their local context." In Yemen, more than 1,000 people, including lawyers in their black courtroom robes, joined a fourth consecutive day of protests in the capital of Sanaa a day after police attacked anti-government marchers with sticks and daggers. Human Rights Watch said police on Sunday also used stun guns and batons to disperse protesters. "We will continue our protests until the regime falls," independent lawmaker Ahmed Hashid said. Police separated the opposition rally from a dozen gov ernment supporters holding pictures of the president. Bahrain was more violent. Security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and birdshot pellets at thousands of antigovernment protesters heeding calls to unite in a major ral ly and bring the Arab reform wave to the Gulf for the first time. At least 25 people were injured, and one man died after suffering severe head trauma. Police later used vans and other vehicles to block main roads into the capital of Manama to prevent a mass gathering that organizers intended as an homage to Egypt's Tahrir Square. Social media sites have been flooded with calls by an array of political youth groups, rights activists and others to join demonstrations Monday, a symbolic day in Bahrain as the anniversary of the country's 2002 constitution that brought pro-democracy reforms such as an elected parliament. But opposition groups seek deeper changes from the coun try's ruling dynasty, including transferring more decisionmaking powers to the parliament and breaking the monarchy's grip on senior government posts. Bahrain's majority Shiites about 70 percent of the population have long complained of systemic dis crimination by the Sunni rulers. The nation no bigger in area than New York City is among the most politically volatile in the Gulf. A crackdown on perceived dissidents last year touched off riots and street battles in Shiite areas. Some protesters carried mock Valentine's Day greetings from a prominent Bahrai ni blogger in custody, Ali Abdul-Imam. "Arabs have been inspired by Egypt and empowered to believe that their voices must be heard and respected," wrote James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, in a commentary in Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper. "It will make life more complicated for Western and Arab pol icy makers." Monday's unrest touched on two key points of Washington's Mideast constellation. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, one of the Pentagon's main counterweights to Iran's attempts to expand influence in the Gulf. Yemen's militant networks offer safe haven for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which has planned and launched several attack against the U.S., including the attempted airlin er bombing on Christmas Day 2009 and the failed mail bomb plot involving cargo planes last summer. The U.S. military plans a $75 million training program with Yemen's counterterrorism unit to expand its size and capabilities in the nation's difficult mountain terrain. Last month, the U.S. also delivered four Huey helicopters to Yemen and has been training the avi ation units. "What has happened in Tunisia and Egypt has terrified pro-Western Arab rulers," said Fawaz Gerges, a profes sor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics. "One of the lessons that the U.S. will take from current unrest is that the status quo is no longer sustainable," he added. "There are huge cracks in the Arab authoritarian wall. It's the end of an era and the U.S. must make very tough choices and decisions." Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is visiting Iran, urged governments in the Middle East to listen to the their people. "When leaders and heads of countries do not pay attention to the demands of their nations, the people themselves take action to achieve their demands," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Gul as saying. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 10, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SUPPORTERS OF THE YEMENI government shout slogans and hold posters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday. More than 1,000 people protested in Yemen for a fourth straight day Mon d ay, demanding political reforms and the ouster of the U.S.-allied president in demonstrations inspired b y the upheaval in Egypt. Arabic reads on the banner No for damaging the national line. (AP Egypt echoes across region: Iran, Bahrain and Yemen AN UNIDENTIFIED Bahraini woman waves a Bahraini flag yesterday, during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. (AP


Q UITO, Ecuador Associated Press A N ECUADOREAN judge ruled Monday that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contaminationi n a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the com pany was fined $8 billion. C hevron confirmed the ruling but not the amount of the fine. The company said in a news release thati t would appeal, and called the judge's decision "illegitimate and unenforceable." The high-profile case, f raught with intrigue, corporate espionage and geopolitics, had been wind-i ng its way through U.S. and E cuadorean courts for 17 years. Chevron invested tens of millions of dollars in its legald efense, seeking relief in a half-dozen U.S. federal courts and requesting binding arbitration in an inter national tribunal in the Netherlands. Just last week, a U.S. fed eral judge in New York took the unusual step of pre-emptively blocking any judgment for at least 28 days after con cluding that attempts to collect assets could seriously disrupt the business of a company vital to the globale conomy. He took the action at the request of Chevron's lawyers. The plaintiffs' lead lawyer, P ablo Fajardo, called the 187-page judgment "a great step that we have madet oward the crystalization of justice" but "we are not completely satisfied" with the amount of the fine. Het old The Associated Press t hat the plaintiffs would probably appeal. The ruling was issued by J udge Nicolas Zambrano from a ramshackle courthouse in the provincial city of Lago Agrio. It specifiesd amages for "the cleanup of soil, subterranean water, health, indigenous commu nities," Fajardo said. The suit was originally filed in a New York federal court in 1993 against Texaco and was refiled in Ecuador after Chevron bought the company in 2001. It sought damages on behalf of 30,000 people, including indigenous groups, for environmental contamination and illnesses that allegedly resulted from Texaco's operation of an oil consortium from 1972 to 1990. Chevron has long contended that the court-a ppointed expert in the case was unduly influenced by the plaintiffs. In its state ment Monday, it calledZ ambrano's ruling "the product of fraud (and trary to the legitimate sci e ntific evidence." Chevron spokesman Kent INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IN THIS Aug. 4, 2008, file photo, oil floats in the water near a home in Lago Agrio, Ecuador. An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday Feb. 14, 2011 that Chevron Corp. was responsible for the oil cont amination and the plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed the r uling but not the amount of the fine. (AP Chevron Corp. fined $8 billion over Ecuador oil contamination TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Associated Press A SMALL Honduran commercial airliner crashed Monday near the capital, killing all 14 people aboard, including a senior government official and a top union leader, authorities said. The Central American Airlines plane was flying to the Ton contin international airport in Tegucigalpa when it crashed Monday morning in the town of Las Mesitas, about three miles (five kilometers The cause of the crash is being investigated, but there was fog in the area at the time. Tincontin airport is considered dangerous because of its short runway and surrounding hills. The Let L-410 Turbolet was carrying two pilots and 12 passengers, including Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodol fo Rovelo, United Workers Federation of Honduras leader Jose Israel Salinas and former Economy Secretary Carlos Chain, said airline manager Felix Pacheco. "I'm destroyed, in shock, because of what happened," Pacheco said, adding that it was a regularly scheduled daily flight. The government declared three days of national mourning in honor of the government officials killed. A pilot survived the crash but died on the way to a hospital, firefighters spokesman Jaime Silva said. The National Service of Civil Aviation said the accident happened a little after 8 a.m. (8 a.m. EST; 1300 GMT after air traffic controllers instructed the pilots to land. Jorge Deras, mayor of the town of Santa Ana, near Las Mesitas, said he heard an explosion and ran to the crash site. "We found many ... bodies strewn about," Deras said. "It's a tragic vision." At least 10 planes have crashed in and around the Toncon tin airport since October 1989, when a Honduran commercial jet went down, killing 131 people. Toncontin's short runway, old navigation equipment and neighboring hills make it one of the world's more dangerous international airports. It was built on the southern edge of hilly Tegucigalpa in 1948 with a runway less than 5,300 feet (1,600 meters Small commercial plane crash kills 14 in Honduras


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter STORE owners and employees expressed their bereavement for not only the merchandise and m emorabilia lost to the fire that r avished a downtown block yest erday morning but also the hist ory destroyed by it. Co-chair of the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP C harles Klonaris conveyed his s adness in losing the historic b uildings located on East Bay Street and the importance ofi nsuring that future architecture r eflects that history. The DNP was formed in 2009 as a joint venture of the private and public sectors to achieve a progressive redevelopment and restructuring of the City of Nass au. The Betty K building is very h istoric. The old John Bull was a lso located here and now those buildings are gone this block h ad a nice historic feeling and it is a serious loss said Mr K lonaris. He said: It will be the issue of how to recapture the essence of o ur culture in the architecture. General manager of Green P arrot Crew Pub, Craig Boorman arrived on scene around 10 yesterday morning and was verye motional as he begged officers to let him near the fire so he c ould remove valuable contents from the store, which he said could not be replaced. H e said: "I'm worried about 30 years of collecting all my paraphernalia Heineken and Kalik flags that I can't replace. Myb iggest fear is fire," he said. Shortly after his arrival, Mr Boorman was seen in the square b ehind the Cabinet Office and s eemed more relaxed, as it did not appear that the flames were inside the store. H e said: "It looks like good news now the firemen are on the building. The building is insured but I'm more concerned about w hat's inside. I have flags, the Old Nassau Chickcharney Rum, old Burns House Rum they don't maket hem anymore" said Mr Boorman. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter TOURISTS were assured that yesterdays downtown fire was not a terrorist attack, even as cruise ship passengers were told to remain on their ships and staff at the Port Authority were evacuated, according to the police. Commander Patrick McNeil, head of the Port Department, said three ships were docked in the harbour when the fire broke out at the office and warehouse complex of Betty K Agen cies Ltd. One ship had a scheduled 2pm departure time and left the harbour without inci dent, according to Nassau Harbour Control. Commander McNeil said despite the order for passengers to remain onboard, there seemed to be no dis ruption to the usual inflow and outflow of passengers. The other two ships were scheduled for departure at 5pm and 6pm. We are trying to keep the port area good and clear of pedestrian traffic in the event that the wind shifts and starts blowing the fire to the port building, so we would be in a position to be safer than had we not evac uated, said Commander McNeil. We are looking after passengers who were already on shore to give them safe passage back to the ship, he said. Evacuations also occurred at the Churchill Building, where Cabinet meets on a weekly basis and some gov ernment records are housed. Boats in the harbour were told to stay clear of the area to prevent a cluster of vessels in the emergency area, said Commander McNeil. Storeowners devastated after fire ravishes downtown block n BAYSTREETBLAZE GENERAL MANAGER of Green Parrot Crew Pub Craig Boorman at the scene. Photo/ Jessica Robertson FIREMEN outside of the Green Parrot Crew Pub. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f T ourists assured fire was not a terrorist attack CRUISE SHIPS can be seen through the haze of smoke from yesterdays fire.


of the action to give them locus standi to commence the action or to claim the remedies set forth in the writ. The unions commenced litigation against Batelco, the Bahamas Telecommunications Limited, its Executive Chairman Julian Francis and the Attorney General on January 11 applying for an ex parte injunction to block the sale for 51 per cent of BTC until the determination of the substantive hearing. According to Mr Glinton, there is a pending applica tion for leave to appeal the judges decision. BCPOU President Bernard Evans described the outcome yesterday as a bump in the road. This isa small bump in the road. We are not going to stop andwe are prepared to continue on. We are still confident. We are going to fight until we win. Attorney Maurice Glinton who represents the unions said that there is a pending application for leave to appeal the judges decision. In a press release the unions also stated, It is evident from what the Prime Minister disclosed in the course of his communication to the House of Assembly about the non-binding Mem orandum of Understanding and the Share Purchase and the Shareholders Agree ments, the purpose of the transaction is rather, not the privatisation of the telecommunications industry but an alienation of a sovereign asset in the national telecommunications infrastructure in respect of which Parliament alone can and must legislate informed by the result of an affirmative referendum vote. It was further stated, The issues that this lawsuit raises are significant to the rule of law. Whilst their importance to the plaintiffs and bargaining unit employees concerned could not be more obvious, they also touch and concern the public interest in a great and important way that should become increasingly obvious as the case proceeds from here. Batelco and the Attorney Generals Office were represented by Loren Klein and Deidre Clarke-Maycock. Philip Dunkley, QC, and Tara Cooper Burnside appeared for BTC and Mr Julian Francis. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter T RIBUNE p hotographer Felipe M ajor was released from hospital last night after being injured when he fell from the balcony of the Bacardi Building on East Bay Street. Mr Major entered the building with firefighters yesterday morn-i ng to get better shots of the blaze which was consuming the Betty K building next door. As he leaned over in an attempt to pass some equipment to a fireman on the adjacent rooftop, ther ailing gave way and tumbled into the street, taking him with it. M r Major said he landed facefirst in the street and according to doctors, was lucky not to haves uffered more severe injuries. It all happened so fast, I didnt h ave time to know what was going on. If I wasnt in shape, the doctor s aid I could have broken my back, h e said. Mr Major was conscious when h e was transported to Princess Margaret Hospital by paramedics. The photographer was treated f or injuries to his face and back, a chipped bone in his arm, and was put on a ventilator to alleviate the effects of smoke inhalation. Mr Major said that although the e xperience was painful, he does not intend to stop taking calculated risks in an effort to get the best possible photos to Tribune readers. t he Kellys Dock Yard would be u nsalvageable. The fire also damaged the Adderley Building, the condemned complex adjourning the Churchill Building which houses the Cabinet Office. Initially 16 firefighters were deployed to fight the fire, but as circ umstances became more difficult, o fficers and fireengines as far as the L ynden Pindling International Airport and Lyford Cay were called to the scene. Trucks and employees from the B ahamas Electricity Corporation and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company were also employed by fire w orkers. A t its height, the fire was fought b y at least 25 fire officers and 15 airp ort authority fire service officers w ho were assisted by 100 officers f rom the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and 100 officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force. There were seven trucks on the scene. Fire officials said that they learned many lessons from the disastrous S traw Market blaze in September of 2 001 and were able to harness sea water from the harbour at Kelly's D ock. We have noted that this time the f ire engines are pumping water from the ocean. The water that was going into Betty K helping to suppress firei s coming from the ocean. The adequacy of the response is far superior than we have ever had before. "One of the big complaints when the Straw Market went up (in flames was that they could not get water from the ocean to suppress the fire and protect the surrounding build i ngs. When I came today they were p umping from the ocean. It has a lot to do with the way the firefightersw ere able to mobilize their equipm ent and put it in place and their response was pretty quick," said Environment Minister Earl Deveaux. While persons complained that it a ppeared that fire trucks arrived on the scene without water, Port Department Commander Patrick McNeils aid this was not the case. "Fire trucks always have water on board. When one truck goes down it needs to refurbish. The good thinga bout this fire is that it is on the water s o there is an abundance of water, so water isnt a challenge. You also have to take into consideration the fuel side of the trucks. You have to keep the fuel up so that they continuously operate and the battle against the fire is relentless and unbroken," said Commander McNeil. SEE PAGES 2,3,5,12,13,14 FOR MORE PICTURES AND STORIES ON THE ST VALENTINES DAY FIRE. FROM page one Court blow for unions bid to block BTCsale BAYSTREET BURNS FROM page one Tribune photographer released from hospital ABOVE: Felip Major is taken to hospital after his accident. RIGHT: Mr Major after being released yesterday evening. T im Clarke / Tribune staff FIREFIGHTERS at the scene of yesterdays blaze. They workedfor hours to bring the wind swept blaze under control. Photos/ Farreno Ferguson


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SECTIONB TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.75 $4.77 $4.69 f$ '%!%(%&#%%#% !#(&##(!($#!&#$ $ #!!(%#(!!!!#$ f$)'!+"&&0)'!%&&! %(,$%++)-#$,",!*(!%#$)*$)) %.,! +!&&!*/*%!tntrnf% rf By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas has gone f rom having the third-lowest to second highest unemployment rate (around 18p er cent) among a sample group of Caribbean nations over a four-year period, a study presented at an International Monetary Fund (IMF revealed. A paper presented by authors Auguste Kouame a nd Maria Ivanova Reyes, entitled The Caribbean region beyond the 2008-2009g lobal financial crisis showed that only St Lucia suffered a sharper and greater increase in unemployment levels than the Bahamas during the period 2008-2011. T he study, unveiled late last month at a Caribbean c onference, showed that while the Bahamas had an unemployment rate ofa round 8 per cent in 2008, this almost doubled in percentage point terms to Bahamas No.2 in region for unemployment rate n Jobless rate peaked at 18-19% last year, study for IMF conference revealed, dropping to 16-17% for 2011 n Recession has halved growth rate for English-speaking Caribbean nations like Bahamas n Nations growth rate over past decade well below that achieved in 1990s, and even mid-1980s SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The newly-appointed Insurance Advisory Committee will advise thei nsurance regulator over the selection of a new Superinten-d ent, its chairman t elling Tribune Business thatt he post had moved b eyond merely being ap oliceman and traffic director to also facilitating the sectorsg rowth and development. Chester Cooper, who is also president of BAFF inancial & Insurance, told this newspaper that it was crucial that we get this right in selecting the right man to replace LennoxM cCartney, adding: The Insurance Commission of t he Bahamas and its Superintendent are absolutely critical in the furthere nhancement of the industry, and its regional and international competitiveness. Praising Mr McCartneys w ork since he took the post in 2008, Mr Cooper said: The committee intends to offer some suggestions to the CommisInsurance regulator must be more than policeman CHESTER COOPER Critical for Bahamian industrys growth and competitiveness that S uperintendent appointment got right Advisory Committee chairman s ays post needs gravitas and to be more than traffic director SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The $210 million acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC have a moderate impact on Cable & Wireless Communications (CWCb elieves, with the deal being funded from a combination of cash and existing credit facilities. Commenting on the UK-headquartered operators i mpending acquisition of a controlling BTC interest, Stan dard & Poors (S&P Cooke, said: We understand that, subject to completion, theg roup expects to largely fund the planned acquisition of BTC from its existing cash balances, and the remainder from available debt facilities. If financed as proposed, the transaction should have a moderate impact on the groups gross debt. A nd they added: Importantly, we believe that the groups recent agreement to acquire a 51 per cent interest in local BTC PUR CHASES MODERATE EFFECT ON CWCS DEBT S&P warns that restructuring costs at BTC could increase companys leverage in next financial year SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The fire that yesterday devastated an entire block takes Bay Street back to Ground Zero, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC Business, describing it as a setback to both the downtown Nas sau revitalisation efforts and ecoBay Street is taken back to Ground Zer Chamber chairman describes blaze that razed entire downtown Nassau block as setback to revitalisation and investment* Says Bahamas can ill-afford such events S EE page 5B KHAALIS ROLLE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor With the Government hav ing invested in excess of $100 million in upgrades to down town Nassau, it has given approval to the pedestrianisation of two side streets off Bay Street as efforts to revi talise the city continue to build momentum. Vaughn Roberts, managing director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP told Tribune Business in a recent interview prior to yes terdays blaze at the Betty K offices and warehouse, which took out an entire Bay Street block, that the pedestrianisa tion was intended to take place in conjunction with the road repaving and water main GOVT INVESTS OVER $100M IN BAY STREET REDEVELOPMENT Approval given to pedestrianising two streets, plus Green Space at current Straw Market, prior to yesterday s fire DNP co-chair says blaze a big blow, and could cause priority focus switch on downtown revitalisation Pledges physical upgrades will be seen in Nassau city this year ABLAZE: Fire rages at the Betty K offices and warehouse yesterday. P HOTO: J essica Robertson SEE page 5B


BY LARRY GIBSON O n Friday past, w e witnessed the ultimate manifestation of people power when, after 18 days of continuous protest, Hosni Mubarak finally got the message and resigned as president of Egypt. Power was ceded to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, a committee of high-ranking military officers. Since the early 1950s, the military has effectively run Egypt. The danger of writing about an event that is so fluid is that by the time you read this article on Tuesday, the whole situation could be vastly different. There are so many aspects o f this whole saga that one can question and, hopefully, learn from. How is it that a man can rule for 30 years under emergency powers? How is it possible for a political leader to amass an obscene fortune estimated at $50 billion to $70 billion? What will be the socio-political impact of Mubaraks departure on Egypt and the broader Arab world? What will be the role of the armed forces in the new Egypt? Is democracy the right medicine for every country? Notwithstanding the above, the million dollar question is: Will the Egyptian virus mutate, and if so, how far will it travel? The leadership in neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon must be watching and wondering. As I have been moved to write this column on Friday afternoon in the moment of unfolding events, it is far too early to address the questions that are emerging, which I will revisit in the future. I have been blessed to witness the landing of a man on the moon, majority rule at home, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid, the election of a black president of the United States, and now the start of transformation of the Arab Worldall profound social changes in my relatively short lifetime. However, today I will focus on the role of technology in this particular manifestation of the will of the people. Global Village Factor I would argue that the victory in Tahrir (Liberation Square is equally a triumph for democracy as it is a triumph for technology. Prior to the launch of Cable News Network (CNN 1980, most cities were restricted to 30 minutes of local news and thirty minutes of national news in the evening. Taking out advertisements, a 30minute program is actually 23 minutes of on air time. CNN pioneered 24 hour news programming, which was soon copied by other organisations and now, in addition to CNN, we have Fox, MSNBC, BBC and many more 24-hour news organisations across the globe. The net result of this is that news is no longer rationed, filtered or controlled. PreCNN, it would have taken months for the rest of the world to grasp the magnitude of the demonstrations against Mubarak. Egyptian Ambassadors abroad would have been able to give the impression that only a handful of persons were demonstrating in the square, and that Mubarak was the most appreciated leader in the world. Now the whole world could see security officers carting off demonstrators, military planes flying low over Tahrir Square, the thugs on horse back and the mowing down of peaceful demonstrators with vehiclesall live and in real time. When the Egyptian regime tried shutting down the Inter net, within hours there was a technology patch to keep the world connected. It did not take the Egyptians long to fig ure out that a country that is heavily dependent on foreign aid simply cannot offend the moral scruples of its principal donors. It was in June 1989 when the Chinese government brutally opened fired on its citi zens in Tiananmen Square, sent in tanks, banned the press and controlled all newsa nd propaganda. Now, with the proliferation of cell phones, the advancement of the Internet and social networking sites, it is doubtful that even the Chi nese could suppress another T iananmen-type uprising today. While I believe the Chinese would still have the audacity to attempt to respond with brutality, I believe they would quickly come to their senses once major trading partners respond by restricting Chinese imports. Against all odds, the people of Iran took to the streets to drive out the regime of the Shah in 1979. If conditions are no better today, they will do it again. Equal access to opportunities The real point is that countries must ensure they support a system that provides fair and equal access to opportunities within ones country. This is often easier said than done, as it does not take long for ruling elites to emerge even under the Westminster model as political parties tend to reward the boys with contracts and p rivileges for which they are very often not qualified for or deserving of. The peoples tolerance for this insidious practice is running thin all around the world. In the case of Egypt, the majority of the people had to endure 30 years of injustice. We have just over a year b efore elections have to be called. This is commonly referred to as the silly season. All political entities are fully aware that the people pos sess the ultimate power when it comes to determining who will govern the Bahamas. I believe we are moving away from pure political spin and more towards record, vision and facts. Surely this must be a pleasing development for the deepening of democracy. Until next week NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Chartered Financial Analyst, is vice-president pensions, Colonial Pensions Services (Bahamas subsidiary of Colonial Group International, which owns A tlantic Medical Insurance and is a major shareholder of Security & General Insurance Company in the Bahamas. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Colonial Group International or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Governments have to ensure fairness Financial Focus By Larry Gibson (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali, File STONE-THROWING: In this Feb.2, 2011 file photo, stones fly through the air as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, foreground fight with anti-Mubarak protesters, rear, standing on army tanks in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File CELEBRATION: In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Egyptians celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/ Egypt TV via APTN, File TELEVISEDSTATEMENT: In file image taken from Associated Press television News, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes a televised statement to his nation which aired Feb. 10, 2011. He later stepped down. PEOPLEPOWER INEGYPT BY SIMON COOPER RES SOCIUS When Alexander Graham Bell finally transmitted voice down the wire on March 10, 1876, the Scots mans first words to his assistant, Thomas Watson, were: Watson, come here. I want you. Thus began the modern telecommunications era in which bosses could summon stenographers from the comfort of their offices without having to get up and shout. In no time at all manual telephone exchanges were connecting people between buildings and across cities, too, as more and more people discovered the sheer convenience of virtual meetings. That last bastion of male freedom forgetfulness was overcome when the first honey dont forget to buy more milk was transmitted thanks to Alexander Graham Bell. These days, Bahamian businesspeople would have difficulty surviving or even comprehending continuing to exist without the telephone and its more modern spawn. When Bahamian telecommunications systems fail as they do from time to time it is as if somebody turned off the sun. The announcement tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, that the new owners of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC Wireless Communications, are on the expansion trail could not have come at a better time as small to medium Bahamian businesses search for new ways to shake off the reces sion. Benefits for business include implementing high-speed data networks to promote more effective use of existing deep-sea fibre optic cables. This will improve connectivity across the Caribbean sea and further beyond. Local business customers will be able to call in more effectively, too, thanks to the rollout of 3G/4G and smart phone technology. The potential benefits of these technical upgrades for small to medium Bahamian businesses are huge. In this modern era, more and more customer relationships are virtual, and depend on the quality of a signal to succeed. Better connectivity means a better shop window on the Internet, and we all know that window dressing works. As a business broker with many years business experience I know that the best time to start a new business or buy an existing one is when markets start ticking up. The Bahamas is tracking progress made by leading western nations, and the announcement of improving Bahamian telecommunication facilities is exceptionally well timed. NB: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a business brokerage authorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority. Mr Cooper has extensive private and public SME experience, and was former ly chief executive of a publicly traded invest ment company. He was awarded an MBA with distinction by Liverpool University in 2005. Contact him on 636-8831 or write to BTC deal to help unlock small business potential SIMON COOPER


BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM M inister of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laing, will lead the pres enters for the upcoming Grand Bahama Business Outlook, whichi s scheduled for February 24. Ten speakers, several drawn f rom key sectors of the Grand B ahama economy, will address the t heme Grand Bahama Game P lan 2011: Review, Re-strategize, Reposition in terms of the out-l ook for their individual sectors. In addition to the Minister, the speakers include David Johnson, director-general of tourism; Algernon Cargill, director, National Insurance Board; Kathleen Riviere-Smith, director, policy and regulations, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority ( URCA); Dr Pamela Etuk, Md, Lucayan Medical Centre; Dr Marikis Alvarez, representative, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA Paul Crevello, chief executive, Bahamas Petroleum Company; Jeffrey B. Butler, chief executive, B utlers Food World; Greg Ebelhar, chief operating officer, Polym ers International, and Dr Sidney McPhee, president, Middle Ten-n essee State University. Mr Johnson, whose topic is Options for Tourism's Growth in G rand Bahama, hinted at how t he island might own an important m arket segment: Grand Bahama, within the C aribbean and even the Bahamas, can own that wide middle of the market, value-searching customer, given its proximity to Florida that enables access by sea (cruise or fast-ferry) and air. The destinations proximity should likewise assist in driving down costs, making it the low-cost l eader in the islands of the Bahamas, Mr Johnson said. Grand Bahama's size and diversity, which delivers that unique drive to a Family Island experience, is yet another differentiating asset that is today not being mined but can, and should, b e leveraged along with the destination's other aforementioned attributes. M r Cargill said of his presentation: Grand Bahama has been much challenged over the decade by unemployment, owing to theh urricane strikes, a decline in tourism receipts and an extended recessionary business climate over-a ll. This is of particular concern to the National Insurance Board, which manages the countrys socials ecurity system. Value Fortunately, National Insur a nce has been able to lend a helping hand to many of those out of work. The new Unemployment Ben efit was instituted at just the right time to give added value to our assistance programme. At the upcoming Grand B ahama Business Outlook, I plan to share this and information on t he key new benefits among those approved by Parliament with thep assage of the 22 amendments to the National Insurance Act. I alsop lan to appeal for an increase to t he critical partnership between t he Grand Bahama community a nd NIB to increase sustainability of the National Insurance Fund. M rs Riviere-Smith will explain how the advent of a new regulatory framework in 2009 has already brought about needed evolution. By URCAs estimates, the size of the sector in 2009 was approximately $460 million or 6.2 per cent of the countrys Gross Domestic Product or GDP. Access to highq uality electronic communications technologies and services at com petitive prices are essential for GDP growth and the competitiveness of Bahamian businesses, she said. Dr Pamela Etuk will present her unique vision for the future devel o pment of Grand Bahama, while Dr Sidney McPhee will explore t he relation of education to economic development. He added: The educational attainment of a nations citizens correlates directly to its economic growth and development. Strategic investment in education at all leve ls is one of the critical components to achieve significant p rogress in nation building. Another component is forging good relationships with local busi-n ess/industry in order to meet their needs and to ensure employment of skilled residents in the work-p lace. R egistration for the Grand Bahama Business Outlook may be made by contacting Mercynth Fer g uson at the Grand Bahama C hamber of Commerce (tel: 3528329) or Hazel McKinney at Deloitte (tel: 373-3015t ion may also be made on-line at the website: Minister heads Business Outlook speaker line-up DR. SIDNEY MCPHEE ALGERNON CARGILL KATHLEEN SMITH DR. PAMELA ETUK



repairs. With respect to the Government road paving and Water & Sewerage Corpora-t ion main replacement, that will begin in the next couple of weeks and take place overa six-month period, Mr Roberts said. Thats going to get going very soon. In addition to that, the Government has approved some of the plans advanced around pedestrianisation. Some of the streets two small streets that we asked to be pedestrianised theyve agreed should be done. Mr Roberts identified the streets involved as Charlotte Street north between Bay Street and Woodes Rogers Wharf, and Marlborough Street between Cumberland and George Streets. Charles Klonaris, co-chair of the DNP, which is a private-public sector partnership f eaturing the Government, yesterday confirmed the pedestrianisation goal for 2011, although he cautioned that the details especially the financing still had to be worked out with the Government. Gr ound w or k The last couple of years have set the groundwork for bringing physical changes to the city, Mr Klonaris told Tribune Business. Were looking this year to pedestrianise three of the side streets. That should be the shortterm, low-hanging fruit project that brings some confi-d ence to the downtown area. But its still early. We still have to deal with the Government on the issue in terms of funding. Things are moving quickly, and youre going to see physical changes this year. He warned, though, that yesterdays blaze, which gutted the Betty K freight terminal and warehouses, plus left surrounding retailers such as the Bristol Cellars-operated Bacardi store and Green Parrot pub severely damaged at best, could cause the Government and the DNP to reassess their short-term goals. Property owners, retailers and companies who had imports on the dock at BettyK waiting to be cleared are likely staring at multi-million dollar losses that, collectively, will probably run into the tens of millions. The insurance claims and payouts are likely to be substantial, while supply chains may be disrupted for those who import via Betty K until the company finds new premises. I dont know how our priorities will be affected, Mr Klonaris said of yesterdays events. We have to let the dust settle, put our heads together and see how best we can redevelop this side of Bay Street. Were going to be clearing a lot of property. The DNP co-chair described yesterdays fire as a big blow, at least in the short-term, to efforts to revitalise downtown Nassau because a lot of what was impacted is retail, and now its gone. He added: A lot depends on the property owners them selves going forward, what theyre thinking and what theyre going to do. How quickly these buildings are demolished, how we bring traffic east of East Street...... These are important questions. Short-term I think its going to have an effect. Longterm, the DNP and the property owners have to get together. Its all dependent on the property owners on how quickly they want to redevelop those properties, how we co-ordinate their redevelopment, and how its going to work. Those are some important issues. Mr Klonaris said the fire potentially changes everything in terms of what we had in mind for developing and re-investing in the Bay Street area east of the East Street junction. The old Betty K ware house was very historic and h ad a lot of charm in terms o f anyone wanting to purchase that, he added. They could have kept that, the essence of the old architec ture, and that would have been really nice. Betty K was among the downtown-based shipping companies due to relocate to the new Arawak Cay port when its construction is completed this summer, and the company yesterday said no jobs would be impacted by the fire. It was seeking to move immediately to new premises, adding that it would supply clients with contact details as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Mr Roberts told Tribune Business that once the new Straw Market was opened and the vendors relocated, the current tent site would be transformed into a Green Space, funded from both private and public sources. Explaining that legislation to provide the framework for the citys redevelopment was currently taking second place to the need for physical improvements that build m omentum in the revitalisat ion efforts, Mr Roberts said the Government had to date invested in excess of $100 million in downtown Nassau upgrades. This, he added, was spread between the $44 million Nassau Harbour dredging, the Arawak Cay port, the new Straw Market, the Water & Sewerage works and road repaving, and improvements to the likes of Parliament Square, the Supreme Court building and the Hansard building. Thats all totalling up in excess of $100 million, Mr R oberts told Tribune Busin ess. The Government certainly feels its moving ahead and doing its part, and the private sector is doing its thing, so we will see new investment and continue to build momentum. D escribing downtown Nassaus redevelopment as very significant, Mr Roberts added: Ive been saying from day one that its a national priority........ What happens in downtown very much definesw hat goes on in the Bahamas, and how we connect with the environment and our civility. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM nomic recovery. Khaalis Rolle said the blaze that took out the Betty K shipping companys offices and warehouse, plus the entire block around them, had impacted an area of Bay Street the junction with East Street and the immediate vicinity going east that had just started to recover with new investment by both propertyand shop owners. Its a setback, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. Weve been making some progress on revitalising Bay Street and get-ting it to where it needed to be from an investment perspective. At one point, everything east of East Street was derelict and there was no activity going on in that area for quite a while. We started to see some investment progress there the Green Parrot pub, the Bacardi store, and on the main Bay Street a couple of new stores that came about. Apart from the Betty K freight terminal and warehouse, which was gutted by the fire, numerous other properties and businesses were either destroyed or damaged by smoke/fire, including the Bristol Cellars-0perated Bacardi store and the Venue clothing shop. Apart from causing a multi-million pound loss to property owners, businesses and Betty K customers, the blaze has also impacted jobs likely to total in the three figures. Mr Rolle told Tribune Business that the fire-gutted block, which will likely have to be torn down, doesnt help from an image perspective, since in the short-term it will be the last impression of Nassau for many cruise ship passengers, who will drive past it as they return via taxi to Prince Georges Wharf. Blow The loss of that block at the junction of Bay Street/East Street going north is also a blow to efforts to revitalise the section of Bay Street directly east of that location. Efforts to that end had started to bear fruit, through new investment by property owners and businesses such as Bacardi/Bristol Cellars, with the Klonaris brothers investing $14 million in the Elizabeth on Bay plaza (which was undamaged by the fire The loss of these buildings, and the traditional Bahamian architecture they represented, together with retail and other businesses, effectively takes the drive to revive Bay Street east of east of East Street back to square one. The area will once again have challenges in attracting tourists and local shoppers alike, given that its attractions menu at least in the short-term has been substantially reduced. Bay Street is our living room, and if your living room isnt clean and impressive and reflective of something thats comfortable, it sends a negative message, Mr Rolle said. I feel for the business owners in that area, especially the new businesses. While many companies were covered by insurance, such as property, inventory and business interruption insurance, Mr Rolle said this would not compensate those affected for the loss of returns on invested capital. Somebody made the comment: I hope they have insurance, Mr Rolle said of the companies impacted by yesterdays fire. If you have a business, and have invested capital in operating costs, insurance does not take that into consideration. Many business owners just take out property insurance on the assets. There is another impact, and if you have capital invested in the operating aspects of your business, thats a substantial cost. Asked about the overall impact of yesterdays blaze on Bay Street and efforts to revitalise downtown Nassau, Mr Rolle said: It takes you back to Ground Zero. If you recall the original Bay Street fire, the Straw Market fire, how far on are we since the fire in getting back to normal and being in a comfortable position? It [yesterdays fire] is something we can ill afford. That is not the type of event that we need for this recovery to really take place. Bay Street is taken back to Ground Zer FROM page 1B Government invests over $100m in Bay Street redevelopment FROM page 1B P HOTO: J essica Robertson HAZE: Smoke fills downtown Nassau as firefighters tackle the blaze. PHOTO: Jessica Robertson BURNING: Flames are visible through a fog of smoke. VAUGHN ROBERTS


MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON P resident Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillionb udget Monday that holds out the prospect of eventually b ringing deficits under control through spending cuts and tax increases. But the fiscal blueprint largely ignores his own deficit commission's view that the nation is imperiled unless huge entitlement programs likeS ocial Security and Medicare are slashed. O bama called his new budget one of "tough choices and sac rifices," but most of those cuts would be held off until after the next presidential election. Overall, Obama proposed trimming the deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade. The administration is projecting that t he deficit will hit an all-time high of $1.65 trillion this yearand then drop sharply to $1.1 trillion in 2012, with an expect ed improvement in the economy and as reductions in Social Security withholding and business taxes expire. Obama's 2012 budget would a ctually add $8 billion to the projected deficit for that year because the bulk of the savings he would achieve through a f reeze in many domestic pro grams would be devoted to increased spending in areas Obama considers priorities, such as education, clean energy a nd high-speed rail. "We have more work to do t o live up to our promise by repairing the damage this brutal r ecession has inflicted on our people," Obama said. The president went to a middle school outside of Baltimore to highlight the education ini t iatives in his budget and told the crowd, "We can't sacrifice o ur future." Republicans, who took con trol of the House in the November elections and picked ups eats in the Senate in part b ecause of voter anger over the soaring deficits, called Obama's efforts too timid. Lawmakers are set to begin debating on T uesday $61 billion in cuts for the remaining seven months off iscal 2011. "Presidents are elected to lead and address big c hallenges," said Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wis consin. "The big challenge fac ing our economy today and our c ountry tomorrow is the debt crisis. He's making it worse, notb etter." Senate Republican Leader M itch McConnell said the pres ident's investment plans missed the simple point that "we don't have the money" to finance Obama's vision of "trains and windmills" in the future. "After two years of failed s timulus programs and Democrats in Washington competing t o outspend each other, we just can't afford to do all the things the administration wants," McConnell said. Even some Democrats complained that Obama needed a more vigorous attack on future b udget deficits. "We need a much more robust package of deficit and debt reduction over the medi-u mand long-term. It is not e nough to focus primarily on cutting the non-security discretionary part of the budget," said Senate Budget Committee C hairman Kent Conrad, DN.D., who called for a budgetp resentation matching the ambition of Obama's deficit c ommission. Jacob Lew, the president's budget director, told reporters that the president's budget was a "meaningful down payment" i n attacking the deficits that would get the country'sf inances headed in the right direction. The $14 trillion n ational debt the cumula tive total of deficits would grow to $16.7 trillion by Sept. 30, 2012, Obama's budget projects. Much of that debt is owed to China. Obama's deficit commission m ade a host of painful recommendations including raising t he Social Security retirement age and curbing benefit increases, eliminating or sharply scal ing back popular tax breaks, reforming a financially unsound Medicare program and almost doubling the federal tax on g asoline. Obama included none of these proposals in his new budget. The deficit panel called for savings by making thesep olitically tough choices of $4 t rillion over a decade, fourtimes the savings that Obama is projecting. The Obama budget plan, w hich is certain to be changed by Congress, would spend $3.73t rillion in the 2012 budget year, which begins Oct. 1, a reduct ion of 2.4 percent from what Obama projects will be spent in the current budget year. Of the $1.1 trillion in deficit savings that Obama is projecti ng over the next 10 years, twothirds would come from spend i ng cuts, including $400 billion in savings from a five-year f reeze on domestic programs that account for one-tenth of the budget. The other one-third of deficit savings would come from tax increases such as limiting the tax deductions taken by high income taxpayers, a p roposal that Obama put forward last year only to have it r ejected by Congress. Obama also proposes raising taxes on energy companies. The president's projected $1.65 trillion deficit for the current year would be the highest dollar amount ever, surpassing t he $1.41 trillion deficit hit in 2009. It would also represent 1 0.8 percent of the total econo my, the highest level since the deficit stood at 21.5 percent of gross domestic product in 1945, reflecting heavy borrowing to fight World War II. The president's 2012 budget projects that the deficits will total $7.21 trillion over the next decade with the imbalances never falling below $607 billion. Even then that would exceed the deficit record before Oba ma took office of $458.6 billion in 2008, President George W. Bush's last year in office. Administration officials project that the deficits will be trimmed to 3.2 percent of GDP by 2015 one-third of the projected 2011 imbalance and a level they said would not harm the economy. However, to achieve the lower deficits required the administration to assume the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would plummet to $50 billion annually after 2012. The budget also fails to pay for the cost of keeping Medicare payments for doctors fromb eing cut after 2013. Obama's b udget also makes assumptions about economic growth that are more optimistic that those offered by many private econ o mists. While cutting many prog rams, the new budget does propose spending increases in s elected areas of education, bio medical research, energy efficiency, high-speed rail and oth er areas that Obama judged to be important to the country's f uture competitiveness in a global economy. I n the energy area, the budget would support Obama's g oal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and doubling the nation's share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. The budget proposes program terminations or spending r eductions for more than 200 programs at an estimated savi ngs of $33 billion in 2012. Pro grams targeted for large cuts included Community Develop ment Block Grants, trimmed by $300 million. A program that helps pay heating bills for lowincome families would be cut i n half for a savings of $2.5 billion. Another program sup p orting environmental restora tion of the Great Lakes would be reduced by one-fourth for $125 million in savings. The biggest tax hike would come from a proposal to trim the deductions the wealthiest Americans can claim for chari table contributions, mortgage interest and state and local tax payments. The administration proposed this tax hike last year but it was a nonstarter in Con gress. Obama's budget would also raise $46 billion over 10 years by eliminating various tax breaks to oil, gas and coal companies. While Obama's budget avoided painful choices in entitlement programs, it did call for $78 billion in reductions to Pen tagon spending over five years. That would be achieved by trimming what it views as unnecessary weapons programs such as the C-17 aircraft, the alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and the Marine expeditionary vehicle. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1. 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.42Bank of Bahamas4.424.420.000.1530.10028.92.26% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2. 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.856.850.004510.4880.26014.03.80% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2. 2.551.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.995.47Famguard5.475.470.000.3570.24015.34.39% 10.207.23Finco6.516.510.000.2870.00022.70.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.485.480.004,0000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.405.00ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.82J. 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Scott Applewhite HARDCOPIES: Copies of President Obama's 2012 budget are delivered to the Senate Budget Committee, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama sends Congress $3.73 trillion budget P RESIDENTAIMSTOBRINGDEFICITSUNDERCONTROLTHROUGHSPENDINGCUTSANDTAXINCREASES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


GABRIELE STEINHAUSER, AP Business Writer BRUSSELS European finance ministers decided Monday to provide ?500 billion ($674 billiona new crisis fund that will come into force in 2013, but continued to fight over thebest way to combat the cur rent debt crisis that has crip pled the eurozone over the past year. T he ministers "agreed on the provisional volume of ?500 billion which will be revised every other year," said Jean Claude Juncker, the prime minister of Luxem bourg who chairs the regular m eetings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers. Additional financing for the so-called European Stability Mechanism will come from the International Monetary Fund, which is already contributing one third of the region's existing ?750 billion crisis fund. While Juncker did not say how much money will come from the IMF in the future, the European Union's Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said it was an "unwritten understanding" that the fund would provide 50 cents for every euro spent by the eurozone members. The European Stability Mechanism will succeed the European Financial Stability Facility, the eurozone's ?440 billion contribution to the overall fund, in 2013. While the decision on the new mechanism is a big step in showing that the currency union is prepared to stick by its weaker members, immedi ate investor concern centers on the eurozone's ability to deal with the existing crisis. Ministers didn't reach a decision on boosting the size and powers of the exciting facility, which at the moment can only give about ?250 billion ($336 billion because of several capital buffers required to make the bonds it issues to raise money attractive to investors. Juncker said that the ?500 billion promised to the new mecha nism will constitute its effective lending capacity and won't be diminished by capi tal buffers. Monday's meeting came amid renewed jitters on European bond markets. The interest rates on Portuguese government bonds were near euro-era highs, heightening speculation that the country might soon have to follow Greece and Ireland in seeking international help to service its rising debts. "The situation on sovereign debt markets remains disturbing," Juncker told reporters. That statement echoed earlier comments from Luxembourg's finance minister Luc Frieden, who said Portuguese yields have been rising "probably becausew e are too slow in taking the r elevant decisions." His German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble, howev er, cautioned against rushing into new measures. "At the moment financial markets are so stable that it is probably better if we don't disturb them with unnecessary discussions," Schaeuble said. Eurozone officials have promised to present a "comprehensive response" to the debt crisis by the end of March. The European Commission, the European Union's executive, and some member states have been pushing governments to give the Euro pean Financial Stability Facility new powers such as buying government bonds on the open market, stabilizing their prices and increasing the facility's funding so it can actually lend out the full ?440 billion. On top of that, the Com mission has suggested lowering the interest rates Greece and Ireland have to pay for their bailouts. Yet, no decisions were taken Monday on more immedi ate crisis measures. "Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed," said Juncker. At the center of this all-ornothing debate is Germany, the biggest contributor to the EFSF. Berlin has said it will only back new powers and money for the existing facility if in return the region's stragglers commit to making their economies more competitive. That demand, backed by France, has created discord among eurozone governments, with some complaining that the demanded measures distract from plans to enhance economic governance in the currency union already tabled by the Com mission. France and Germany say that the concrete measures to be included in their so-called "pact for competitiveness" are still up for debate, but according to doc uments circulated a few weeks ago they could contain demands to raise retirement ages, add limits to public debt to national constitutions and come up with a common base for corporate taxation. "I'm not sure that the Fran co-German proposal is the best way" to improve competitiveness, said Jyrki Katainen, the Finnish finance minister. He suggested that it might be more efficient to tag some of the suggested measures onto the Commission plans that are already more advanced. The debate comes as cracks appeared in the willingness of political decision makers in bailed out Greece and Ireland to go along with the tough requirements of their rescue programs. The Greek government over the weekend issued an angry statement, accusing the European Union and the International Monetary Fund responsible for a large por tion of the bailout of overstepping their role and interfering in its internal affairs. They are unhappy about a new requirement for the Greek government to sell off ?50 billion ($67 billion state assets by 2015, far more than previously agreed. In Ireland, the two parties likely to win general elections scheduled for Feb. 25 have said they want to renegotiate the terms of the countries' bailout program and signaled that they are unwilling to inject much more money into Ireland's struggling banks. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Have you heard the good news? 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N EW YORK The price of benchmark crude fell to its lowest level in 12 weeks Monday as oil traders weighed growing U.S. oil supplies against unrest in the Middle East. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 77 cents to settle at $84.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. U.S. supplies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products remains tepid. "The U.S. market is not reacting to anything because it's just so oversupplied," said Tom Bentz, analyst at BNP Paribas Commodity Futures. Meanwhile, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London, with traders concerned that unrest in several Middle East countries may disrupt oil supplies in the region. Brent is used to price oil in Asia and in Europe. It also goes to some U.S. East Coast refineries to produce gasoline. There were anti-government protests in Iran, Bahrain, Yemen and Algeria following the resignation of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak last week. The military said it will guide Egypt through a democratic transition, but labor protests over wages and working conditions continue around the country. Concerned Traders are concerned that the unrest could interfere with s hipments of oil from OPEC countries such as Iran, analysts s aid. The 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting C ountries, of which Saudi Arabia is the de facto leader, supplies over a third of the world's crude. "The entire region's production comes into question," PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. "The risk is still very, very high." "The reactions that we're seeing in the markets over what's going on in the Middle East are quite startling," Bentz said. "I know there's potential for problems there, but it's not like there's been one drop of lost oil from the Middle East." China's reported that exports rose almost 38 percent in January to $150.7 billion. That's more than double the rate in December. It also had near-record imports of crude oil. China is the world's second-largest economy after the U.S. and the seco nd-largest consumer of oil, according to the Energy Information Administration. That demand has helped drive oil prices higher in recent months. While China's economy is robust, growing at a pace of nearly 10 percent at the end of last year, the government is wor ried about inflation and has taken steps to try to slow growth and rising prices. If China's economy slows, so will its demand for oil, and that could affect prices of oil and other commodities, Bentz said. In other Nymex trading in March contracts, heating oil rose 5.46 cents to settle at $2.7504 a gallon and gasoline gained 5.22 cents at $2.5174 a gallon. Natural gas rose 1.5 cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet. Eurozone agrees funding for future bailout fund OIL FALLS AS US SUPPLIES OUTWEIGH MIDEAST TENSIONS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK T he era of falling clothing prices is ending. Clothing prices have dropped for a decade as tame inflation a nd cheap overseas labor helped hold down costs. Retailers and clothing makers cut frills and experimented with fabric blends to cut prices during the recession. But as the world economy recovers and demand for goods rises, a surge in labor and raw m aterials costs is squeezing retailers and manufacturers who have run out of ways to pare costs. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, hitting all-time highs. The price of other synthetic fabrics has j umped roughly 50 percent as demand for alternatives and blends has risen. Clothing prices are expected to rise about 10 percent in comi ng months, with the biggest increases coming in the secondh alf of the year, said Burt Flickinger III president of S trategic Resource Group. Brooks Brothers' wrinklefree men's dress shirts now cost $88, up from $79.50. LeviS trauss & Co., Wrangler jeans m aker VF Corp., J.C. Penney Co., Nike and designer shoe seller Steve Madden also plan increases. M ore specifics on price increases are expected whenc lothing retailers such as J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. report financial results this month. "All of our brands, every single brand, will take some price increases," said Eric Wiseman, c hairman and CEO of VF Corp., whose brands includeT he North Face, Nautica, Wrangler and Lee. Cotton a ccounts for half the production cost of jeans, which make up about one-third of VF's sales, he told investors in November. Higher costs also will affect how clothes arem ade. Clothing makers are blending more synthetic fabricsl ike rayon and designing jeans with fewer beads and other e mbellishments. Shoppers also will have fewer color choices. Retailers are trying to figure out whether consumer demand that gave them strong holiday s ales will last. The fear is higher prices will nip that budding d emand. Stores that cater to lowand middle-income shopp ers will have the hardest time passing along price increases. "We have been so used to deflation for years and years," said David Bassuk, managing d irector in the retail practice of AlixPartners. "Customers are going to be surprised." Janice Mignanelli of Washi ngton Township, N.J., doesn't want any surprises. 'I'm not going to spend any more than $50 for a pair of j eans," said Mignanelli, a stayat-home mom shopping at The Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., last week. "I'll just have to cut back on the extras." E ven affluent shoppers, whose spending has rebounde d, may bristle. "It does give me some p ause," said Jimmy Franco, a 47-year-old publicity executive and fan of Brooks Brothers' shirts. "Instead of buying two, I may just get one and a pair of s ocks. There's a certain amount of money that I'm prepared to s pend." Cotton has jumped to a 150y ear-high, hitting $1.90 per pound on Friday. That's more than double the price a year ago and just ahead of the $1.89 record during the Civil War, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee. But the Civil War-era price isn't adjusted for inflation, and the c otton group says it doesn't have an adjusted figure avail able. The government inflation calculator only goes back to 1913, but at that point $1.89 hadt he same general power buying power as $41.63 does today. C otton prices began soaring in August of 2010 after bad w eather cut harvests in major producing countries including China, the U.S., Pakistan and Australia. Restrictions on exports from I ndia, the world's secondlargest cotton exporter behind C hina, have also produced cot ton shortages. On top of that, w orldwide demand for cotton has risen as the global economy improves. Raw materials account for 25 percent to 50 percent of the c ost of producing a garment. Labor ranges from 20 percent t o 40 percent, depending on how complicated it is to make, B assuk said. On the production side, many Chinese factories that shut down temporarily in the depths of the recession still haven't returned to capacity. As they ramp up, they're finding they have to pay workers more because of labor shorta ges, said John Long, retail strategist at consulting firm Kurt Salmon. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICEIN THE ESTATE OFVIKT OR ALEXANDER SCHWEIZER, (a.k.a VICTOR ALEXANDER SCWEIZER) late of Pinta Avenue 2, Bahamia, on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased. NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claims against the above-named Estate are required on or before the 10th day of March, A. D., 2011 to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims, to the undersigned, and if so required by notice in writing from the undersigned to come in and prove such debts or claims, or in default thereof distribution AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all persons indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before the date herein before mentioned AND NOTICE is hereby given that at the expiration of the date hereinbefore mentioned, the assets of the Estate of the said late, VIKTOR ALEXANDER SCHWEIZER, (a.k.a VICTOR ALEXANDER SCWEIZER) deceased, will be distributed among the persons entitled thereto having regard only to the claims of which the President and Executor of the Nelly and Viktor Schweizer-Huber Foundation shall then have had notice. DATED the 4th day of February, A.D., 2011 Roland Rochat President and Executor of the Nelly and Viktor Schweizer-Huber Foundation C/o Gibson, Rigby & Co. Chambers Ki-Malex House, Dowdeswell Street Nassau, The Bahamas INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000No. 45 of 2000Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8 of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of GOODFORTINVESTMENTS CORP. issued and the company has therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was the 7th December, 2010. NOTICEGOODFORT INVESTMENTS CORP. John B. Foster Liquidator 7KLVQRWLFHUHSODFHVWKHSXEOLFDWLRQRI2FWREHU LQWKLV*D]HWWHZKHUHLQWKHQDPH0$5,67(//$ 6$ZDVLQFRUUHFWO\UHIHUUHGWR 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI2FWREHU7KH/LTXLGDWRU LV$UJRVD&RUS3%R[1DVVDX %DKDPDV$5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf NEW YORK C opper prices rose Monday after China reported a jump in imports of the metal used largely in manufacturing. C hina's copper imports rose 6 percent from December and 25p ercent from February 2010. China's overall exports jumped nearly 38 percent last month. The report bolstered e xpectations of stronger d emand for commodities such as copper, oil a nd agriculture products. China's trade data can be distorted by the Lunar New Year, which resulted in one extra work day in January.E ven taking that into consideration, analysts said both exports and imports were stronger than expected. "Our market balances suggest that given the growth in underlying demand, in fact China's monthly import will have to rise further over the next few months," BarclaysC apital wrote in a note to clients. China, which is the world's second-largest economy, accounted for about 37 percent of the total global demand for copper in 2009. Inflation The country has taken several steps in recent months to try to curb inflation and keep its economic growth at a more sustainable pace. China's economy was growing at a rate of about 10 percent at the end of 2010. I f China is able to slow down its economy, any impact on copper would be cushioned by stronger demand in emerging markets such as India and South America, Lind-Waldock senior market strategist Phillip Streible said. U.S. manufacturing also is growing, which willi ncrease domestic use of copper. The metal is used in everything from consumer electronics to car batteries and construction materials. Copper for March delivery rose 9.25 cents to settle at $4.6285 a pound. O ther metals also settled higher. In March contracts, silver rose 53.9 cents to settle at $30.534 an ounce and palladium added $18.10 to settle at $832.80 an ounce. April gold gained $4.70 to settle at $1,365.10 an ounce and April platinum rose $14.10 to settle at $1,827.60 an ounce. The price of benchmark crude oil fell to its lowest level in 12 weeks as traders weighed growing U.S. oil supplies against unrest in the Middle East. West Texas Intermediate crude lost 77 cents to settle at $84.81 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. U.S. supplies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products remains tepid. In London, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Brent is used to price oil in Asia and Europe. In other Nymex trading, heating oil rose 5.46 cents to settle at $2.7504 per gallon and gasoline futures gained 5.22 cents to $2.5174 per gallon. Natural gas added 1.5 cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet. In other trading, agriculture products were mixed. In contracts for March delivery, wheat rose 5 cents to settle $8.72 a bushel, corn fell 10.75 cents to settle at $6.9575 a bushel and March soybeans fell 13.25 cents to settle at $14.0275 a bushel. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File LOADING UP: In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, containers are loaded onto a cargo ship at the Tianjin port in China. A Chinese state news agency said on Monday Feb. 14, 2011, the countrys trade surplus in January narrowed sharply to $6.5 billion. The figure reported Monday by the Xinhua News Agency was down 54 percent from a year earlier. No details of imports and exports were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma COTTONPRICESUP: In this Feb. 4, 2011 photo, customer Brian Begay looks at a Levi jeans at a store in Hayward, Calif. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, reaching the highest since the Civil War and the price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped almost just as much as demand for alternatives and blends has risen. Clothing prices to rise 10 pct starting in spring COPPER PRICES RISE ON JUMP IN CHINA IMPORTS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e GENEVA Associated Press ALCOHOL abuse is killing 2.5 million people each year and governments must do more to prevent it, the World Health Organisation said last Friday. Some four per cent of all deaths worldwide are attributable to alcohol, the UN body said. The main causes of alcohol-related deaths are injuries incurred when drunk, cancer, liver cirrhosis, heart disease and strokes. "It's a killer and it's not good from a public health point of view," Melvin Freeman of South African's Ministry of Health and a contributor to the report, told reporters in Geneva. Worldwide, over six per cent of male deaths are related to alcohol, but only just over one per cent of deaths in women. Almost one in 10 deaths among young people aged 15-to-29 is from alcohol-related causes about 320,000 each year WHO said. The global body's first report on the subject in seven years recommended that governments raise alcohol taxes, restrict sales, promote alcoholism prevention and treatment programs, and ban some alcohol advertising. WHO declined to provide a specific recommendation on the acceptable limit of alcohol consumption, saying setting such a level was up to member states. Shekhar Saxena, the director of WHO's mental health and substance abuse department, said the effects of alcohol use also differ in ethnic groups. Populations in Asia, for example, are more susceptible to throat cancer from alcohol abuse. But he added "in WHO's perspective, no drinking is entirely safe." UN health agency sounds alar m on alcohol abuse MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer HEART disease has become the top killer in South Asia, and people are likely to suffer heart attacks earlier in life than in the rest of the world, a World Bank report said Wednesday. It said chronic illnesses such as heart problems, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure have now replaced infectious diseases as the region's largest health problem. Life expectancy in the region is currently 64 and is rising, thanks to poverty reduction. But many South Asians will face health challenges in their twilight years because of the cost of chronic disease treatment and the long-term impact of impoverished childhoods when they did not have enough to eat, according to the report on tackling noncommunicable diseases in the region. "Gestational and child hood under-nutrition rates are very high in South Asia, increasing the susceptibility to heart disease/diabetes at older ages," Dr. Michael Engelgau, co-author of the report, said in an e-mail. He said it's not entirely understood why South Asians face heart attacks ear lier in life whether genetics or environmental factors play the bigger role. But the World Bank highlighted a separate 2008 study that compared 52 countries worldwide, finding that people in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are likely to experience their first heart attack at age 53, ver sus 59 elsewhere in the world. Engelgau said part of the p roblem hinges on differing lifestyles. South Asian diets are typically high in choles terol and salt and contain fewer vegetables, especially in urban areas. People tend to have higher blood pres s ure and have become more i nactive, resulting in obesity. Heart disease, the No. 1 killer of South Asians aged 15-69, has long been a problem in developed Western countries where fatty, sugary diets are combined with a lack of exercise. It is the leading killer of both men and women in America, where someone dies roughly every minute from a heart attack, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It took almost 200 years for the U.S. and the U.K. to reach this high state of cardiac disease, which we are reaching in 40 or 50 years or so because of the rapid eco nomic transition that's occurring, and all the other changes that are happening within one's life span," said Dorairaj Prabhakaran, director of the Center for Chronic Disease Control, a nonprofit research organization in India. But South Asia also is home to the world's largest number of poor people, with more than 1 billion some two-thirds of the population living on less than $2 a day. And while chronic ailments are now the region's largest health problem, infec tious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria, along with deaths linked to maternal, child and nutrition, remain a dual problem in many countries. Chronic diseases are more expensive to treat and can drag on for years, which many developing countries with poor health systems are ill-equipped to handle. Patients often pay for treatment out of their own pockets, driving already-poor families into extreme poverty. Heart disease No. 1 cause of death in South Asia health Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation helps save baby girl By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer R A QUEL Bowe knew something was wrong when her baby girl trembled every time she took a breath. Another symptom that had Ms Bowe worried was the unusual paleness of her daughter Skyes skin. Skye Bowe was born April 21, 2010 and 12 days later her medical nightmare began. After she came home from the hospital she was pale and whenever she breathed her head would tremble and I said t o myself something just isnt right with my child. I know when babies are first born they are usually pale, but Skye was more pale than normal, Mrs Bowe told Tribune Health. I carried her back to the maternity ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital and I told the pediatrician that something was wrong with her. And the pediatrician said to me that it was normal for my baby to look like that. But I said to myself, no, something is definitely wrong with her, she said. It was only a short time after that doctors discovered that Skye had a severe heart defect. She had been transferred to the Pediatric Cardiology Service at PMH where a diagnosis of critical coarctation of the aorta was made. (A coarctation of the aorta is a congenital condition whereby the aorta narrows in the area where the ductus arteriosus inserts.) URGENT INTERVENTION This required urgent surgical intervention. The doctor said that without the surgery she would not h ave made it. And this was such a scary experience for me. I didnt know what to think or what to do because you think youve born a healthy child and you end up finding out that your child is not healthy. I do not know how to explain it all but my heart was racing, I was panicking and I couldnt stop crying because I thought I was going to lose my child. With the assistance of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Heart Foundation, Skye underwent immediate surgery atP MH with excellent results. Her post-operative course was uneventful and subsequent follow-ups at the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic at PMH showed that the surgery had been successful. I am so thankful to the Heart Foundation for what they have done for me and my daughter. Throughout the surgery doctors never mentioned once about any fees. I kept asking them what my fees will be and they ignored me. They didnt give me any answer, she said. Skye is now eight months old and is in excellent health. She does not have any residual effects from her condition. She is doing well, she is in excellent condition. She has more energy than ever and her three siblings love her so much, her mother said. Mrs Bowe said she encourages all those who can to donate to the Heart Foundation, because they help to save little lives. I encourage all to donate because you never know when it will be your time to get help. I didnt know how hard it was until it was my child. I also didnt realise the struggle that the Heart Foundation has to go through either to raise funds. I will do anything for the Heart Foundation because they saved my childs life. CELEBRITY AID For the past ten years, the renowned Bahamian tennis player Mark Knowles has hosted a celebrity tennis event in aid of Bahamian childrens charities. The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational has been the largest donor to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Foundation, which assists children with heart disease. Mrs Bowe told Mr Knowles that had it not been for the immediate surgery Skye received thanks to the Heart Foundation, she knows her daughter would not have had long to live. She thanked the Sassoon Heart Foundation and Mr Knowles for their support and help in saving Skye. The Foundations major fundraising event, the Annual Heart Ball, will be held this Saturday at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Tickets for the gala event are available at the Heart Foundations offices on Cable Beach or by calling 327-0806. Skye Bowe


ASTHMA is a chronic disease of the bronchial air passages. The trachea (wind pipe the two bronchi, one for each lung. When these bronchi are not as healthy as they should be, the individual may experience recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency from person to person. This is known as asthma. The individual may have symptoms that occur several times in a day or week. These symptoms are known to sometimes become worse during physical activity or at night. When an individual has an asthma attack, the insideof the bronchial tubes become swollen. This swelling causes the airp assages to narrow and reduces the flow of air into and out of the lungs. Recurrent asthma symptoms fre quently cause sleeplessness, daytime fatigue, reduced activity levels and school and work absenteeism. Although asthma cannot be cured, a ppropriate management can control t he disease and enable people to enjoy a good quality of life. It is important to avoid asthma triggers, which irritate and inflame the airways. In addition, it is common for short-term medications to be used to relieve intermittent symptoms. If the symptoms are persistent, the individual must take long-term medication daily to control them. The medications reduce the underlying inflammation and prevent symptoms and exacerbations. It is important that persons realise these medications have effects on their mouths and these should not be ignored. Corticosteroid inhalers occasionally cause thrush (for example mouth infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, which normally lives in many people's mouths) and blood filled blisters in the mouth. Beta-2-agonist (Ventolin roprium bromide (Atrovent cause dry mouth. In addition to these, it is accepted that anti-asthmatic drugs may lower the pH (increase acidity this will favour the development of cavities. Research has also told us that gum disease is greater in persons with res piratory (breathing ma than those without. There is also an association between asthma and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD sion. If they occur, these mouth changes can be managed by ensuringa good oral hygiene at home and by visiting your dental healthcare pro fessional as many times as the profes sional advises. It is important to tell your dental healthcare professional if you have asthma when you attend a clinic appointment. The healthcare provider knows that anxiety from dental procedures can occasionally precipitate an attack and will try to reduce the chance of this occurring. Approximately 15 per cent of asthmatics undergoing routine dental treatment experience a significant reduction in how well their lungs function during the treatment. The dental healthcare provider may ask you to bring your asthma inhaler to the dental visit and sometimes will advise that you use it before the procedure starts. It is also paramount for you to tell your dentist that you are an asthmatic and what medications you are taking, so that they can avoid using certain medications in your mouth that can make you very sick. There is medication the dentist may use to make your mouth go numb, that could react in a bad way with the medication you are using to control your asthma. Do not let this happen to you. Dentists commonly work closely with your medical doctor to determine the best way to manage your asthma if you are experiencing mouth side effects. One common practice is to use an aerosol-holding chamber attachment for your inhaler. Another is using a metered dosed inhaler, along with rinsing your mouth out after every inhaler usage. It is important that you manage your asthma and it is equally as important that you manage your mouth health. The two things should be done at the same time. Please visit your health providers to ensure your mouth and your lungs remain healthy. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for professional medical/dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or dental professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical/dental condition. Never disregard professional medical/dental advice or delay in seek ing it because of a purely informational publication. Dr Andr R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry W HAT does it mean to detoxify? Detoxification (cleansing process of the removal of mucus,t oxins and waste materials that have accumulated in the body over a period of time (usually years D etoxification can be accomplished in a number of segmented ways, however, as we have stated previously, wellness should be approached in a holistic manner, thus detoxification should be approached the same way so as to cleanse oneself not only physically, but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This will ensure that you are cleansing the whole you mind, body and spirit. Lets take a general look at cleansing referring to information taken from an article written by traditional naturopath Shanishka Bain, ND, of LivingWell Naturally,on cleansing for health and longevity: Regaining health and maintaini ng vitality takes effort and determination. The stresses, inconven ient conveniences, and misinformation in life sometimes make it challenging to care for our bodies in the most appropriate manner. Unveiling the truth for oneself requires diligence and persistence if one is to avoid the ill-consequences of toxins, mucus, and acidity. Today, we live in what is described by some as a toxic soup. To believe that one can escape the effects of toxins, mucus, acidity and parasites through proper eating alone would be deceiving oneself. Most people do not fully grasp the importance of internal hygiene and cleansing, and those that do many times do not have a holistic view of what is required. With so many detox programmes, gimmicks and naysayers on the market, how does one know what is effective and what is not? Self-education is the key. What are the factors and sources of my toxicity? Holistically it must be understood that we are spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional beings. Any imbalance in one of the bodies will affect the whole. For example, stress, anger, hostility, sadness, depression, and guilt stemming from the mental, emotional or spiritual will acidify and increase the toxic load in the physical body. Environmental toxins such as those in the air, food, plastics, personal body care products, and pharmaceutical drugs should also be cons idered, and of course, the acidalkaline balance of your eating system. What is necessary for a proper cleanse? In society much emphasis is put on colon cleansing only. It ist rue that the colon is considered the sewer system of the body, so of course it must be kept clean, however, what about the liver, kidneys, skin, blood, lymphatic fluids, lungs, joints, brain, nerves, parasites, mucus, and the acids? Intra-cellular cleansing is a process of cleansing the internal environment of the cells as well as the fluids surrounding it. This process requires proper nourishment, and herbal compounds with the ability to break down calcification, toxins, acids, and mucus build up in the body. Due to build-up of toxicity, cleansing requires time and determination. Dont expect an entire lifetime or years of accumulation to be released in a matter of days or hours! So, while we cannot escape toxi ns, as we can be exposed not only via our food, but also in our air, our w ater or our negative attitudes/energy toward each other or after a long hard day at work, all of it registers as toxins in the body. If you're taking in more toxins than the liver can comfortably process, the whole body will feel it and you'll start to experience an array of possible side effects ranging f rom body odour, fatigue, headaches, disease, and the list goes on and on. Yes, toxins may beu navoidable, however, by giving your body the best chance possible to resist and remove them, you canr estore your good health. This is where consuming green smoothies also becomes beneficial. Detoxification is one of the direct results you will experience when consuming large quantities of greens. Some of the contributing factors being the high fiber and chlorophyll content, not to mention the dense nutritional value (which varies from green to green, resulting in clearer, more positive thoughts, improved digestion and assimilation (no more gassy, bloated belly), improved bowel elimination and liver, kidney and purification. So, ensure to add consumption of greens (smoothies your initial or ongoing detoxification programme. Enjoy this green smoothie detox recipe as featured on ABC News: 1 1/2 cup of cold water 1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped (may substitute any leafy green vegetable you have on hand) 3 large stalks of celery 2 apples, cored and chopped 1 banana 1/3 bunch of cilantro (may double the parsley if you dont like cilantro) 1/3 bunch of parsley Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon D IRECTIONS: Combine water and romaine lettuce in blender, and blend on low speedu ntil smooth. Add celery, apples, and herbs, while gradually moving to higher speed. A dd banana and lemon last and blend thoroughly until smooth. Pour into tall glass and enjoy. J oin the Love Yourself team on Tuesday, February 22, for the next Lets Talk Wellness Tuesday forum where Shanishka Bain will address detoxification in more detail. It will be held at the Ardastra Gardens at 6:30pm. The forum iso pen to the general public and is free to attend. To get more details on these and other events of the campaign, befriend us on Facebook: seedlingsplace or Love Yourself & Your Health Campaign, or call us at3 61-6314. DISCLAIMER: The information e nclosed in this article does not r eplace medical advice.Please see y our medical practitioner for guidance before you begin or make any adjust to your current wellness plan. Contribution by: Traditional Naturopath, Shanishka Bain, ND Resources: WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Green smoothies do contribute to the detoxification process B y RHONDA WRIGHT L OVE YOURSELF & YOUR HEALTH Why dogs eat their feces AS terrible and revolting as it is to humans, eating fae ces is fairly common among dogs. Horse manure and cat poop is considered a tasty snack. Some dogs like to eat dog faeces, be it their own, their friends or their neighbours. Coprophagia (the official term for eating faeces) is not usually a sign of illness, in fact it is a vice that dogs have. It is similar to kids sucking their fingers, or people rocking themselves to sleep. Also, mother dogs normal ly eat the faeces of their young pups. Once in a great while it can be a symptom of malnutrition, in a dog that is having trouble digesting and absorbing her food or one who has been starved. If your dogs coprophagia was caused by malnutrition you would probably see other symptoms. Loss of weight and energy, a poor hair coat, or greasy loose stool. But most of the time, eating faeces is simply a bad habit. It is also unhealthy, it can transmit intestinal parasites, con tribute to tooth decay, and cause stomach problems. Some people recommend sprinkling a faeces-eater food with veterinary products like For-Bid or Deter, a flavour enhancer like Accent or a meat tenderiser like Adolph. The monosodium gluta mate in these products sup posedly makes a dogs own stool less appealing. Pouring pepper sauce on dog faeces is another favourite tactic. To prevent opportunities to eat faeces is a more sensible idea. For one thing, if Deter discourages your dog from eating his own faeces it wont make her less interested in another dogs faeces. To break the faeces eating habit do the following: Always clean up after your dog get the faeces before she does. Keep her on a leash during this training period, and if she makes a beeline for a pile of poop, say leave it in a stern voice and move her away. Be patient. If your dog is a puppy, coprophagia may be a passing phase. However, lets hope this passing phase doesnt become a persistent habit. B y DR BASIL S ANDS Asthma and oral health By ANDRE CLARKE KEEPING YOUR M OUTH ALIVE MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer FEDERAL health officials said Wednesday they are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer, raising new questions about the safety of devices which have been scrutinised for decades. The cancer, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, attacks lymph nodes and the skin and has been reported in the scar tissue which grows around an implant. The Food and Drug Administration is asking doc tors to report all cases of the cancer so the agency can bet ter understand the association. The agency has learned of just 60 cases of the disease worldwide, among the estimated five million to 10 million women with breast implants. The agency reviewed the scientific litera ture going back to 1997 along with information provided by international governments and manufacturers. Most of the cases were reported after patients sought medical care for pain, lumps, swelling and other problems around the surgical site. "We are very interested in trying to understand more specifically which patients may be at more risk and which breast implants may present a higher risk," said Dr William Maisel, FDA's chief scientist for devices, on a call with reporters. The agency saw no difference in cancer rates between patients with saline versus silicone implants. There was also no difference between patients who got the implants for cosmetic reasons versus those who underwent reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. Because the disease is so rare, FDA researchers sug gested the issue may never be completely resolved. "A definitive study would need to collect data on hundreds of thousands of women for more than 10 years. Even then, causality may not be conclusively established," the agency said. Still, the FDA said it is working with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to register patients with the cancer and track them over time. Breast implants are marketed in the US by Allergan Inc and Johnson & Johnson's Mentor Corp. Those companies will be required to update the labeling for their products to reflect the can cer reports. A handful of researchers have published papers on instances of the lymphoma in breast implant patients over the last three years, prompting FDA's review. Some research suggests bits of silicone can leak into cells around the implant, triggering the cancer. Even saline implants include trace amounts of silicone to help them maintain their shape. The lymphoma is an aggressive form of cancer though it is often curable, according to experts. Treat ments include radiation, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, if the disease returns. Reports of the cancer among women with breast implants have been reported anecdotally for years, according to Dr Jasmine Zain, a lymphoma specialist at New York University's Langone Medical Center. "We've seen it from time to time over the years, but this is the first time the FDA actually looked at all the case reports and made a statement," Dr Zain said. FDA sees possible cancer risk with breast implants FEDERAL health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, raising new questions about the safety of devices which have been scrutinised for decades.


WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM L ITTLE did Paige Waugh k now when she left home to start her studies at the University of Tampa that she w ould soon be invited to become a member of one of the United States most prestigious h onour societies. Paige, 21, who is the granddaughter of SuperValue owner and president Rupert Roberts, has been invited to the Phi Kappa Phi honour society which only accepts the top 7.5 per cent of students who perform well academically. An excited Paige told Tribune Woman that she was honoured to receive the invitation and will be attending the banquet m eeting for her membership certificate in M arch. Last week Wednesday, the president of the society came into my management class and announced that two students had been selected for an invitation to join the Phi Kappa Phi honour society. I was shocked when my name was the first of the two names called, she said. Phi Kappa Phi is the US oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honour society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 per cent of juniors, seniors and graduate students at a university. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the US, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated. Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly select ive, membership is considered an achievem ent of excellence that is recognised by g raduate and professional school admissions committees and employers alike. Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to apply for numerous scholarships and awards valued at more than $700,000 annually. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks. Its roster includes doctors, lawyers, politicians and soldiers, educators, administrators, scientists and researchers, athletes, bankers, business people, writers and performers, and prof essionals in just about every other discip line imaginable. Phi Kappa Phi members receive academic recognition, career assistance, awards and scholarships, partner discounts and services, publications, and training and leadership opportunities that allow them to network with top scholars and professionals around the world. A soon-to-be full Phi Kappa Phi member, Paige is a senior at the University of Tampa. She is majoring in business management with a minor in exercise science. I am doing a fitness internship this semester where I assist in training students through a weight loss exercise programme that helps them change and develop a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy bringing about a p ositive change in peoples lives and apprec iate the opportunity to fulfill my persona l interest and hobby in fitness and health. It is going very well although I have to stay organised to balance my school work and internship, she said. Paige said she has decided to continue her studies and attend graduate school at the University of Tampa to get her Masters in Business Administration. When my grandfather asked about my reasons behind grad school, I told him, because I love to learn and will take advantage of every educational experience that comes my way. Im not quite sure of p lans after that but later I will contribute m y knowledge to help my grandfather with SuperValue, she said. Paige said she has enjoyed her time at university, making new friends and getting to know and learn from some great teach ers that have helped and inspired me along the way. With my final round of classes and an internship I must say, I have been quite busy. Prior to moving to Florida for her stud ies, Paige lived in Nassau all her life. She was graduated from St Andrews School in 2007. SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer FASHIONWeek injected some colour into a city drowning in gray slush, waking up the basic-black fashion crowd on opening day with shades of neon pink and poppy orange. Pantone, which sets professional colour standards, reported last Thursday that the most requested shades for the Fall collections being previewed at New York Fashion Week include bamboo, deep teal, an eggplant purple called phlox, and the melon-like honeysuckle. Based on that, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, predicts a painterly feeling to the clothes shown over the next eight days, with a balance of bright colours against staple neutrals. Max Azria's BCBG collection balanced flashes of yellow and cobalt against fall classics like navy and gray. Jenni Kayne used a neon pink, with models in bright pink lipstick. Retailers, editors and stylists get a preview of more than 100 runway collections over eight days in New York, which kicks off the catwalk season that will then move on to London, Milan, Italy, and Paris. LUCA LUCA Luca Luca creative director Raul Melgoza brought the deep woods to centre stage, previewing looks that mimicked nature's seasonal gifts. "This season was inspired by the adventures to be discovered in the deep woods the beauty, the color, the fantasy," he told The Associated Press. Of course, Mother Nature is full of contradictions, he added, and that's where the juxtaposition of lace and wool, or feminine sheers with tough, bark-like fabrics come in. There also were opposing silhouettes of slim, pencil skirts versus exaggerated Alines. Trousers moved back and forth between skinny and wide-leg. Melgoza captured the colors of the season with rich shades of orange, olive and fuchsia, and a creamy white pleated skirt paired with a delicate silk-inset blouse was the calm after the big, early-season storm. The best moments of the show were the quiet, delicate ones a leaf-print sheath or the silver "birdseed" cocktail dress with a black beaded overlay. CHRISTIAN SIRIANO With a collection inspired by the moody, dramatic orchid, Christian Siriano showed how much he has blossomed as a designer since his novice days on "Project Runway." Sure, there was the giant pouf of a ruffled ball gown as his finale, and a misguided cocktail dress that seemed an explosion of fabric petals, but most of the outfits showed restraint and, in turn, sophistication. Black was the dominant color, but to keep things interesting, Siriano mixed textures. A cashmere and leather double-lapel coat worn with a slim knit turtleneck and skinny silk trousers was an example of how he mastered the multiple mediums. The silk draped sheath dress with just a hint of a leather underskirt was user-friendly yet fashion-forward, and the zip-front shawl collar jacket could be the workhorse of a wardrobe. BCBG Max Azria's BCBG fall collection revealed many layers of the layered look with nary a chunky piece, vintage-like silhouette nor heaven forbid anything messy on the run way. Almost every single outfit, from the opening taupe coat dress with reversible black flap front to a poppy red strapless gown, was built on a whisper-thin white turtleneck. The silhouette was long and fluid, with some delicate details but nothing frilly. The palette featured the fall classics of navy, wine, gray and chocolate brown, but flashes of yellow and cobalt were used most effec tively on colour-blocked pieces. Azria shares design duties with his wife Lubov, often the most effective spokesmodel for the brand, taking her bow in one of the drop-waist navy numbers. TADASHI SHOJI Tadashi Shoji relied on neutral hues and rich jewel tones for flowing silk chiffon dresses. The Japanese designer included hand-cut floral organza detailing and showcased one-shoulder, off-theshoulder and strapless dresses in pur ple, green and deep navy blues. Shoji said he found inspiration in ancient moss gardens of the Far East. The collection had an airy, wil lowy feel. Some pieces were trimmed with feathers or had tiered fringe. "I've always loved the simplicity of the design," said figure skater and reality TV star Johnny Weir, who sat in the front row and wore a long lynx fur coat. "Classic, clean and simple, and easy to wear for any woman." Shoji also featured separates for the season. An ivory feathered top was paired with a black floor-length skirt embellished with floral detailing. A black pleated strapless gown had a ruffled train and a purple, offshoulder gown offered peaks of red under tiered fringe. Nature inspired colours dominate at New York Fashion Week 2011 FASHION from the Fall 2011 collection of Luca Luca is modelled in New York last Thursday. (AP A MODEL walks the runway in a see-through ruffled gown at the Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show a the Lincoln Centre in New York during Fashion Week. (AP THE Fall 2011 collection of designer BCBG Max Azria is modelled during Fashion Week in New York. ( AP) THIS photo courtesy of Tadashi Shoji shows the Tadashi Shoji Fall 2011 collection modelled during Fashion Week in New York. (AP CREAM CROP of the


T HETRIBUNE S S E E C C T T I I O O N N B B HEALTH: Body and mind TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer B E ING 15 years year older than her husband Ashton K utcher, 32, doesnt bother D emi Moore, 47. Nor does Mariah Carey, 41, seem to lose sleep o ver being almost 12 years older t han her husband Nick Cannon, 30; in fact, the singer is now expecting twins with the televis ion host. And while the marriage between Madonna and Guy Ritchie reportedly had several problems, her being his senior by 10 years didnt seem to be one of them. Men being older than their female partners sometimes significantly so is something we as a society have come to expect and accept. But times are a-changing. As women continue to become more empowered and independent they are also becoming freer in the pursuit of their romantic interests. Unlike in the 1990s novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back and the movie of the same name in which the older woman/younger man relationship was frowned upon, women dating younger guys are today increasingly seen as sexy, mature vixens on the prowl. These women have even earned their own name: Cougar. First used almost exclusively in connection with celebrities, the term cougar is these days becoming the accepted description of all older women who choose to pursue younger men. Exploring the cougar phenomenon, Tribune Woman spoke to a few Bahamian ladies who shared their views on dating younger men. While some of the women said the age difference doesn't matter once the man is over 18, others said they were not to sure how a relationship would work with a partner who was younger than them. One woman who has experience being the older woman with a younger man is Alia Shaw*. But after that relationship failed she vowed never to date a younger man again. When I first met him I knew he was a bit a younger than I was. But he lied to me about his age. He was 24 years old at the time and he told me that he was 26. And it wasn't until after a few months of being in a relationship with him that I found out that he wasn't the age he said he was, she said. I never was really interested in younger guys, but I thought that there was something different about him. At the time I felt he could meet me on all levels, but I soon found out I was wrong. When it came to making decisions like paying bills, making plans for our child, I felt I had to do everything. He wasn't enough of a man and he ACTORS Ashton Kutcher, left, and Demi Moore have a 15-year age gap between them. Here they pose for pictures on the red carpet at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday January 30, 2011. (AP still wanted to be out late at night and waltz in the house at three in the morning after hanging out with his boys all day; and I just couldn't deal with that. It turned out that he was dating someone younger and he left me for that person," Ms Shaw said. Finicha J said a mans age doesn't matter to her, it is his level of maturity which is important. I don't have a problem with dating a younger man. To put it bluntly, it's not his age that would be a problem for me, it's his frame of mind. There are so-called older men that act and think like teenage boys. So I would date a guy younger than me once hes over the age of 18, she told Tribune Woman. Phillice Russel said that she would have to think once, twice, and then a third time before dating a younger man. I do not think women should date younger men because women are already more mature than men. Dating a younger guy would mean he is proba bly not as mature as you. I would date someone ten years older than I am, but I wouldn't date someone ten yearsy ounger than I am, she said. A nother lady interviewed by T ribune Woman Paula Bootle, had this to say on the subject: I feel if you date a younger man the age difference should not be more than five years so that there can be some compatibility in the level of experience and maturity. Monique Gibson said she is a bit wary of going out with younger guys because she does not want to feel as though she is dating one of her children. First of all, if you have children in the same age bracket you will feel like you are looking at your son and so they are looking for someone to take care of them. She said when she chooses a partner she wants someone who is capable of being a good father. I want someone that can take on responsibilities. Not someone who will come to eat my childrens corn flakes, play his PS3 games and wear his tennis, she said Marion Hinds said this: Eighteen is the legal age so I wouldnt mind dating a younger guy, but I would still have in the back of my mind that he would prefer someone in his own age range, but if I knew that he truly loved me and he is responsible, trustworthy and we take care of each other and his parents don't mind, then I have no problem with it at all. If you are in a younger man/older woman relationship and you are interested in sharing your story call us at 502-2373 or send us an e-mail at Names have been changed AGE AINT NOTHIN BUT A NUMBER Exploring the cougar phenomenon


T U E S D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 5 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N E INSIDE Inter national sports news T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM SOCCER GSSSA RESULTS H E R E S a l o o k a t t h e results fr o m the G overnme nt S e c o n d a r y S c h o o l s S p o r t s A s s o ci a t i o n s s o cc e r a ct i o n held last week: JUNIOR GIRLS: LW Young and TA Thompson played to scoreless draw. TA Thompson and AF Adderley played to scoreless draw. JUNIOR BOYS: S C Mc Ph e rso n 2 H O N a sh 0 Goal scorers were Franzly St. Luc and Akeem Nancoo. SC McPherson and HO Nash played to scoreless draw. SENIOR GIRLS: Anatol Rodgers High played to Dame Doris Johnson 1-1 tie. Goal scorers were Tah'nee Thurston (AHA); Sarah Rolle (DDJ). CI Gibson and CR Walker played to scoreless draw. SENIOR BOYS: CR Walker 2, CV Bethel 0. Goal scorers were Charles Djorkensen and Lheyintz Vincent. CR Walker and Dame Doris Johnson played to scoreless draw. TRACK CLUB MONICA MEET AFTER taking a break this weekend to accommodate the North Andros Invi tational Track and Field Classic, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' calender of events will continue this weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The Club Monica Track Club will stage their 8th annual Club Monica Sthlet ics Track and Field Classic on Friday, starting at 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. ROAD RACE RACE JUDICATA 2011 THE Eugene Dupuch Law School Students' Association will hold their 7th annual Race Judicata 2011 will take place on Saturday, starting at 6 a.m. from the Bahamas Tourism Training Center at the College of the Bahamas campus on Thompson Boulevard. The event will feature run and walk for adults and children. Moms and dads and baby push events will also take place. Trophies will be presented to the overall winners. Breakfast will be on sale and free health check-ups will be conducted. Interested persons are urged tro call 326-8507/8 or 326-8867 for further details or email: SOFTBALL EXUMA SOFTBALL LEAGUE THE Exuma Church Softball League continued its regular season action over the weekend with the following results posted: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Church of God def. Gilead 1511. Mt. Carmel def. Bethel Baptist 10-9. S t J o hn s d e f S t Pe t e r' s 2 6 8 St. Margaret's def. Church of God 17-4. The winner of the Homerun Derby was Brian Strachan. This weekend's schedule are as follows: SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE 6:30 p.m. St. Peter's vs Church of God. 7:30 p.m. Soul Winners vs Palestine. 8:30 p.m. Church of God of Prophecy vs Bethel Baptist. 9:30 p.m. Mt. Ebenezer vs Ebenezer Farmer's Hill. spor ts NOTES By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter D A Y o n e o f t h e G S S S A b a s k e t b a l l c h a m p i o n s h i p series in each of its four divi sions tipped off yesterday at the D .W Davis Gym nas ium w i th e a c h o f th e t o p s e e d s t a k ing ear ly on e g ame leads in their respective matchups. SENIOR GIRLS RM BAILEY P ACERS 29 CR W ALKER 24 I n what is ex pected to be t h e m o s t c l o s e l y c o n t e s t e d se rie s, th e te am s th at spl it th e season series continued their he a vy we ig h t s lu g f es t i n t he p layo ffs wi th the Pa ce r s' hust le a nd e d ge on t h e b o a r d s providing a distinctive difference. Arie l Stua rt fi nishe d wi th a do u b l e d o u bl e an d wa s t he game's sole player in double figures with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers. S tu a r t s ho t ju s t 3 9 fr o m t h e f i e l d b u t w as 5 8 f r o m t h e free throw line. B o t h t e a m s b e g a n t h e g a m e painf ully s low on t he off ensive end of the floor as they struggle d to find a n offe ns iv e groove early on. E a c h t e a m st a r te d t h e g a m e w i t h t h r e e c o n s e c u t i v e turnovers before the Pacers' R a u n i c e B u t l e r b r o k e t h e droug ht for bo t h tea ms wh en she mad e one of t w o at the free throw line. Af te r t he t ea ms tr ad ed f re e t h r o ws J o n et r a K e l ly wh o f i n i s h e d w i t h e i g h t p o i n t s scor ed th e gam e's f ir st f ield g o a l w i th a mi d ra n g e j um p e r, nearly eight minutes into the first half. St uar t gave th e Pacer s an early lead with a three point play for a 6-3 advantage and out her team ahead for good in the remainder of the con test. A f t e r S t u a r t s c o r e d o n a n o t h e r j u m p h o o k L a t a s a A r m b r i s t e r f i n i s h e d a f a s t break layup to give RM Bai ley a 10-3 lead with 3:44 left to play in the half. Kelly's score would be the lone field goal of the second h alf, a s the y ma nag ed just for f r e e t h r o w s t h e r e s t o f t h e half. S h a n e l l F r a zi e r w h o f i n i s h e d s e c o n d i n sc or i n g f o r t h e P a c e rs w i t h se v e n p o i nt s, e nd e d t he h al f w it h a th ree po in ter to give R.M Bailey a 13-6 lead at intermission. T h e P a c e r s l e a d r e a c h e d d o u b l e f i g u r e s f o r t h e f i r s t t im e w he n Stu art ma de a pa ir a t the line for a 221 2 with 5 :17 l eft to p lay in reg ulatio n. A j u m p e r f r o m L ak e i s h a Smi th gav e the P acer s t hei r biggest lead of the game, 251 3 wi th just un de r thre e mi nutes left to play. Th e P ac e rs m a in ta i ne d a 1 0 p o in t l e ad w he n F ra z i e r m a d e a pair at the line for a 27-17 ad va n t a ge w i t h 1 : 3 0 l e f t t o play. T h e K n i g h t s m a n a g e d a l at e ra lly e nd ing the ga me o n a 7 -2 run b u t it w o u ld f a ll ju st short. The P a ce r s s hot 41 perc ent in the first half, but struggled i n t he se c on d w it h j ust 1 6 p e rcent to finish the game at 26. The Knights shot just five p ercen t in t he fir s t hal f and sh ot 0 -4 fr om b e y on d t h e a r c h and just 30 percent from the free throw line. JUNIOR BOYS DW DA VIS PITBULLS 77 T A THOMSPON SCORPIONS 43 T he u n d e f e a t e d se a so n c o n ti n ue s f o r C o a c h M a rk H a n n a an d h i s pe r en n ia l po w e rh o us e program as they cruised to a s e e m i n g l y e f f o r t l e s s w i n i n game one. The Pitbull s hig h powe red offe nc e pla c ed f ou r p la ye rs i n d ouble f igures led by Nigel R o l l e w h o f i n i s h e d wi t h 20 points. Ro h an Ad d er l ey f i ni s h ed with 18 points, Wilton John son a dde d 1 2 an d po int g ua rd S h a k wo n L e w i s c h i p p e d i n with ten. T h e P i t b u l l s s c o r e d t h e game' s openin g bas ket on a layup from Adde r ly a nd ne ve r l o o k ed b a ck a s t h e y l e d wire to wire. Le w i s' fa s tb re a k l a y u p g a v e the Pitbulls their first double f igure lead of the ga me late in the opening quarter for a 20-9 advantage. A vanuted D.W Davis half c o u r t t r a p n e t t e d t u r n o v e r after turnover which lead to easy baskets on the offensive end of the floor. Lewis would end the quar ter with a baseline jumper to give the Pitbulls a 24-13 lead at the end of the fi rs t quar ter. T he S c or p i o n s f a i l e d t o p ro tec t a ga inst the fa s tb r e ak a nd pa id fo r i t a ll n i gh t l on g a s th e T op seeds take early lead in GSSSA basketball championship series THR OW DOWN: Wilton Joh nson of DW Dav is Pi tbulls dun ks t h e ba ll d uri ng t he ir ga m e a ga in s t T A Th om ps on S co rpi on s T he Pit bu ll s won 77-43. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter A F T E R g e t t i n g o f f t o a s l o w s t a r t t h e S t J o h n s Giants picked up their inten sity and the Queen's College C o m e t s w e r e l e f t t r y i n g t o chase them down. I n g a m e o n e o f t h e B a h a m a s A ss oc i a ti o n o f In d e p e nd e n t Sec ondar y Sc hoo ls' s e n i o r g i r l s b e s t o f t h r e e c ham pi o ns h ip se r ie s y es t er d a y a t t h e K e n d a l I s a a c s Gym nasi um, th e Gia nts pow ered past the comets 42-33. T he ir v ict o ry cam e ab ou t a n h o ur a f te r Qu e en 's C ol l ege jun ior s tayed u nbea ten by knocking off the defending j unio r b oys c ham pio ns S t. A ug us tine 's Co llege Bi g R ed Machine 55-38. And i n the openin g game o f t h e d a y S t A u gu s t i n e s College stunned the Temple Christian Suns, ha nding their f irst l oss of the seas on, with a 38-35 decision in overtime. T h e r e s u l t s o f t h e s e n i o r b o y s g a m e b e t w e e n t h e d ef end ing ch amp ion s We st m i n s t e r D i p l o m a t a n d S t J o h n s t h a t c l o s e d o u t t h e n i g h t w a s n o t a v a i l a b l e a t press time. H e r e' s a s u m m a r y o f t h e games played: G i a n t s 4 2 C o m e t s 3 3 : Ta n e ka S a n di f or d h a d a g a m e high 2 3 points, inc lu ding ni ne w i t h a t h r e e p o i n t e r i n t h e second quarter as St. John's broke away from a slim 10-8 deficit at the end of the first qu a rt e r to sn a tc h a 2 1 1 6 m a rgin at the half and she added s i x i n t h e t h i r d w h e n t h e y extended their margin to 392 2 a t th e fi n al b r ea k i n t he third. Th e G i a n ts a l s o g o t 1 1 f ro m P P i c k s t o c k a s t h e y e a s i l y took the op ener of the senior girls championship series. Queen's College got a fad i n g b u z z e r b e a t i n g t h r e e po i n t e r f ro m A l e x a n d r ia M a rshall to cut the deficit to 10-8 at the end of the fi rs t quar ter. Marahall finished with 16, w hi l e S h an a A d d er l e y co n tri bu te d se v e n a nd C a rl in i qu e Bastian chipped in eith six. C o m e t s 5 5 B i g R e d Mac hin e 38 : Que en' s C oll eg e got three consecuti v e th reepointers one from Daejour A d d e r l e y a n d a p a i r f r o m T y r o n e B u r r o w s t o b r e a k o p e n t h e j u n i o r b o ys ga m e against SAC. B u r r o w s e n d e d u p w i t h eight points in the period to f i n i s h w i t h a g a m e h i g h 2 3 p o i n t s a s t h e C o m e t s m a n a g ed t o s u r g e f r o m a 3 7 31 lead at the end of the third. D om in i qu e B e th e l ha d s ev en and Adderley was joined b y Ger rio Rahmjing and D. M c K e n z i e i n s c o r i n g f i v e p o i n t s a p i ec e i n t h e w i n a s Q u e e n s C o l l e g e r e m a i n e d undefeated. I t w a s g o o d W e k n e w they were going to come out to u g h. Th a t 's t h e t y p e o f t e a m they are," said Queen's Col l e g e c o a c h D w a y n e S m i t h "We still pulled it off in the end." Smith said if they can just c o n c e n t r a t e o n t h e i r g a m e a n d n o t w o r r y t o o m u c h a b o u t t h e o f f i c i a t i n g t h e y could wrap up the series and t h e p e r f e c t s e a s o n i n t h e i r next game. Whi le t he Com ets go t hi t w i t h a c o u p l e o f t e c h n i c i a l f oul s, the Big Re d Mach ine s a w t h e i r l e a d i n g s c o r e r D av o n JJ A dder ley J r si tt i n g o n t h e b e n c h f o r t h e Giants bring down QC Comets 42-33 B IG S HOT : T a ne k a Sa n di fo rd of S t J oh n 's Gi a nt s g o e s u p f or a s ho t i n th e i r ga m e a g a in s t th e Qu e en s C ol lege Comets. SEE page two SEE page 5E CADOT REGAINS FORM IN LOSS See story pg 2E


SPORTS P AGE 2E, TUESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 15, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPOR TS By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter THE N a tio na l Ten ni s C en t e r w i l l b e r e p a v e d a n d K e r z n e r I n t e r n a t i o n a l h a s c o m e o n b o a r d a s a m a j o r spo nsor to c em ent the efforts o f Ty Ol an de r in brin gi ng th e f i r s t W o m en s P r o f e s s i o n a l T e n n i s T o u r n a m e n t t o t h e B a h a m a s P l a n s w e r e o f f i c i a l l y revealed yest erday at a pres s c o n f e r e n c e i n t h e A d o n i s Ro o m at t h e Co r a l T o we r s a t A t l a n t i s w h e r e O l a n d e r sa id th e n in e-d ay even t w i ll de f i n i t el y b e a h i s t o r i c o ne a s s o m e o f t h e t o p p l a y e r s fr o m ar o un d t he wo rl d wi ll be co mi ng h er e t o comp ete f o r s o m e $ 1 0 0 0 0 0 i n c a s h p r i z e s S c h e d u l e d f o r M a r c h 1 1 Ola nder said w hen the Interna t iona l T e nnis C enter cam e to i ns pect th e faci lit ie s, t hey adv is ed hi m th at th e co ur t s need ed to be r epav ed. "Today, thanks to the g ene rous supp ort of th e Min istry of Sports, w hich is hea ded b y C h a r l e s M a y n a r d a l o c a l cont r acto r was con tact ed to p a v e t h e c o u r t s a t t h e r e q u e s t e d s t a n d a r d o f t h e International T e nnis F e derati on, O lan der s ai d. O n c e t h e c o u r t s a r e r e p a v e d t h e B a h a m a s w i l l h a v e a w o r l d c l a s s v e n u e ca pa b le o f h o s t i ng t h e be s t in th e wo rl d." A n d w i t h t h e f a c i l i t i e s upg ra ded O lan der sa id th at w ould enable his gr oup t o go a f t e r t h e h o s t i n g a A T P Me n's an d WA T P Wo men' s to ur nam ent n ext year "Hopefully our only men's t o u r i n g p r o M a r k K n o w l e s will get to win th e f ir s t o pen c ha mpion s h ip for m en's d ouble s in his own hom e b efo re re ti ri ng, Ol and er s aid A f t e r t h a n k i n g M a y n a r d f o r h i s c o m m i t m e n t t o i m p r o v i n g t h e f a c i l i t i e s Olander tur ned his atten tion t o K e r n z e r I n t e r n a t i o n a l w h o t h r o u g h G e o r g e M ar ka nt o ni s t h e CE O a nd Gen er al M an ager Ol and er s ai d wh en he was co n t a c t e d b y M a r k a n t o n i s h e t h o u g h t i t w a s a d r e a m w h e n h e a s k e d h i m w h a t c ould "Atl a nt is do for t he m" i n s p o n s o r i n g t h e t o u r n a m e n t Ba s ed o n o u r c o n v e r s a ti on, our l ast hurdle has bee n r e a l i s e d O l a n d e r s a i d "On ce t he cou rt s ar e pa ved, we can n ow hos t t hi s pr es t ig i o u s e v e n t w i t h t h e s p o n so r sh ip of A tl ant is ." K e r n z e r I n t e r n a t i o n a l th r ou gh At la nt is no w jo in s t h e M i n i s t r y o f S p o r t s a n d t h e M i n i s t r y o f T o u r i s m t hroug h th eir S ports Tou rism programme ; Grayc liff, Burns H o u s e a n d K a l i k O r a n g e Cre ek an d F r it z St ubb s and C h i c o s w i t h W i l l i e M a y s Fr ancis as som e o f the maj or s p o n s o r s ATLANTIS SPONSORSHIP J B a r r i e F a r r i n g t o n a Senior Manager at A tlant is, s a i d t h e B a h a m a s h a s achieved some much success ove r the ye ar s that th e y are happy to come on board and assist Olander and his organ isation. F ar r in gt on a f or me r o ut s ta ndi ng pl ay e r a n d ex e c uti v e o f the B ah ama s Law n T e nnis Association, said the tourna ment will provide the oppor tu n i t y t o bu i l d o n t ha t s u ccess. A t o n e po i n t F a r r in g t o n o r g a n i z e d a m e n s p r o f e s s io n al t ou r n a me nt t h at wa s he ld on P ar a di s e I s l an d f o r many years and he'as hoping t h a t th i s w o m e n' s t ou rn a me n t wil l b e t he i m pe tu s fo r fu r ther events. MINISTRY OF SPORTS In response, Maynard said h is m ini s t r y i s v ery pl ea s e d to be partnering with the event f o r t w o r e a s o n s S p o r t s T o u r i s m w h i c h b r i n g s t h e s p o r t i n g p e r s o n n e l t o t h e B aham as and bec ause events l ik e thi s he lp t o insp ire y oun g people. "W e e xpect that a s a r esult o f t h i s e v e n t t h i s w o u l d become an annual event and o t wi ll c ause a ca dre of y oun g pe op le t o be i n s pi r ed to go on and participate and refine their skills and go on to con t i n u e t h e i r s u c c e s s o n t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l sc e n e M a y n a r d said. MINISTRY OF TOURISM T yr one Sa wyer, w h o is in charge of the Spor ts T ourism de pa rtme nt a t the Min istry of T ouri sm, c ommended Olander for his v is i on in tak ing on s u c h a m a m m o t h t a s k a n d overcoming it. "We intend Ty to give you t h e be s t po s s i b l e a dv i s e we c a n h e s a i d s p e a k i n g o n be h a l f o f M i ni s te r o f T ou r i sm Vi n c e n t V a n de r po o l -W a l l a c e W e l o o k f o r w a r d t o t h e many people c oming and filling up our hotle rooms." BAHAMAS OLYMPIC COMMITTEE W e l l in g t on Mi ll e r, th e pr e si d en t o f t h e B O C, s a i d t h e to u rn a m e n t is su c h a v i t a l pa rt of the development of sports in the country that they can't help but support the tourna ment. "Las t yea r tennis made a b r e a k t h r o u g h a t t h e C A C Ga m e s w h e r e th e y w o n a g o l d medal and a bronze medal," Miller said. "Larikah Russell and Nikkita Fountain won a g o l d m e d al i n t h e w o me n s do u b l e s. I b e li e v e t h a t w a s t h e f i rs t ti me t hat t he Bah ama s won a medal. "I b e li ev e t h at s h o ws t he g ro wth an d deve lopm ent of t he s p or t. Wi th t hi s t ou rn ame n t c om in g h e re I b el ie v e it w i ll s h o w t he im p r o ve m en t that they have made." TOURNAMENT FORMAT I n c harg e of th e offic iati ng o f t h e t o u r n a m e n t M i ck e y W il l ia m s sa i d th e y ar e e x p ec ti n g a n e i g h t m a n t e a m o f i n t e r n at i o n al ch a i r um p i r e s c o m i n g f r o m a l l o v e r t h e world, inc luding the one w ho did the Wimbledon women's singles final. W e w i l l h a v e q u i t e a n established group of officials offic ia ting a t th e tourna me nt, a lon g w ith a lo t o f Ba ha mia n l i n e s m e n a n d b a l l p e r s o n s some of whom are undergo in g t ra i ni n g a s w e s pe a k l e ad in g u p to th e e v en t, W i l li a ms confirmed. D u r i n g t h e c o u r s e o f t h e e i g h t d a y s o f c o m p e t i t i o n W i l l i a m s s a i d t h e r e wi l l b e t w o d a y s o f q u a l i f y i n g o n M a r c h 12-1 3, follow ed by the m a i n d r a w t h a t s t a r t s o n March 13. Fo ur pl ayers will advance from the qualifying round to t h e f i e ld o f 2 8 p l a y er s wh o wi ll pla y di r ectl y ou t o f t he field of 32, culminating with the single final on March 19, w h i le t h e w om e n s d ou b l e s will be contest ed o n F riday, March 18, O f t h e $ 1 0 0 0 0 0 i n p r i z e money the win ner of the sing l e s m a t c h w i l l p o c k e t $15, 000 The rest of the mone y w il l be d i st ri b u te d th r ou g h o u t t h e f i e l d i n s i n gl e s a n d doubles. It's not certain just exactly wh o wil l b e par t icip at in g in t he t our n a,men t as yet But W i l li a m s s a i d t h e y a re lo o k i n g at the po ss ibli ty of al lowing so m e o f t h e B a h a m i a n pl a y e rs to pa r ti c i p a t e i n t h e q u a l i fy i n g r o und and even o ne o r t wo g e tt i n g a w i l d c a rd i n t h e m a i n draw. E a c h e v e n i n g a r o u n d 6 p m. t he r e wi ll b e on e f ea t u r e m a t c h o n t h e s t a d i u m court to accommodate those person s w ho are w ork ing a nd p r o b a b l y w o n t h a v e t h e opportunity to get off during the day. BAHAMS LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION When contacted about the s a n c t i o n i n g o f t h e e v e n t B L T A p r e s i d e n t S t e p h e n T ur nques t sai d it was a "no brainer." He noted that there are so ma ny b en ef its tha t th e asso c ia tio n coul d der i ve fr om t he h o s t i n g o f t h e e v e n t a t t h e national tennis center, which will eventually be upgraded. It ope n s u p av e nue s for us to g e t mo re e x p osu re t o th o se pl a y er s ar ou n d th e w o rl d w h o w ou ld l ik e t o co m e h er e t o pl ay Turn qu e st po in te d ou t. A s a r e g i o n a l p o w e r i n j u n i o r t e n n i s i n t h e J u n i o r D a vi s a nd Ju n io r F e d C up Turnquest said the event will en a bl e th e l oc a l p l ay e rs t o se e w ha t t h e t op no tc h l eve l o f competition is all about right in their backyard. Plans revealed for Bahamas to host first pro women' s tennis tourney By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter AFTE R nearl y a m on t h of struggling to regain his offen s ive pr ow es s, JR Cadot got his season back on track with one of his highes t scoring perfo rm an c e s o f h i s i n a u g ur al NCA A season. C ado t, came off the be nch a n d p o s t e d a t e a m h i g h 1 6 po int s t o l ead t he Texa s Chri stian University Horned Frogs in a lo sin g ef fo rt ag ai ns t t he W y om i ng Co wb oy s 7 76 7 S at u r d a y n i g h t a t t h e A r e n a A ud i torium in Laramie, Wyoming. C ado t shot a n efficient 6-8 f r om t he f i el d and 45 f r om th e f r e e t h r ow l i ne t o g o a l o ng w i t h four rebounds and one steal. H e wa s o ne o f th re e H or ne d F rog s i n do ubl es f ig ure s a l ongsi d e Garlon G re en a nd Greg H i l l wh o f i ni s h e d wi t h 12 p o i n t s apiece. A m a t h M B ay e l e d t h e Co wb o y s a n d a l l s c o r e r s w it h 2 1 points, while Desmar Jackson a n d F r a n s i c o C r u z f i n i s h e d with 15 and 12 points apiece. T he w in sn app ed a n eigh tg a m e l o s i n g s t r e a k f o r t h e Cowboys and gave new coach Fr ed L a ngley hi s f ir st D ivi si on I head coaching victory. Cadot scored five points in the first half to help keep the Hor n ed F ro gs in co n ten tio n H is layup wi th 2:25 l eft to pl ay i n t h e h a l f w a s t h e H o r n e d F r o g s f in a l f i e ld g o a l o f t h e q u ar t er a n d t r i m m e d t he d e f ec t 27-24. Wyoming went on to take a 32-26 lead into the half. Tra il i ng 3 7-3 1, Cadot sc or ed the next nine points for TCU w it h a q ua rt e t of l ay up s i nc l udi n g o ne t hr e e p oi n t pl a y t o pr ev en t t h e Cow boy s f r om pu l l in g away until late in the fourth. TC U dropp ed to 10 -16, 110 i n Mounta in Wes t Confere nce p l a y w h i l e t h e C o w b o y s i mproved t o 916, 2-9 i n c o nference play. Th e H o r ne d F r og s b e ga n t h e seaso n at 9-4 bu t ha ve since d r o p p e d 1 2 o f t h e i r l a s t 1 3 g a m es i nc l ud i n g a n e i g ht g a m e losing streak. Their last win came against the same Wyoming team, 7860, January 12th. C a d o t s l a s t d o u b l e d i g i t s cori ng eff ort c ame D ecembe r 28th at home against Chicago S t a t e whe n he t o t a l ed 1 9 po i nt s and 10 rebounds. Sin ce that c ontest h e ave raged just 4.7 points per game over the course of the next 11 ga mes an d wa s p la gu ed w ith foul trouble throughout while the Horned Frogs were mired in the losing streak. T C U s n e x t g a m e w i l l b e a g a i n s t C o l o r a d o S t a t e Wednesday at 8pm. A t 6 5 2 0 0 p ou n d s t h e h i g h f l y i n g j u n i o r l e a d s T C U i n reb o u nd s w i th 5. 6 p er ga me He is also amo n gst t he tea m l e a d e r s w i t h 7 3 p o i n t s p e r ga m e w h i le s h o o t in g a t e a m lead ing 67 pe r c ent from the field. C a d o t s t a r t e d 1 5 o f t h e H orned F r o g s' fi rst 19 gam es with an av erag e o f 23 9 min utes on th e flo or per con tes t before re t u rning to a reserve role. O t h e r n o t e w o r th y p e rf o r man ce s inc lu de : a n 11 -p o int 1 0-r ebound per for ma nce i n an 81-77 win over Texas Tech 11 points and 9 rebounds in a 796 3 wi n ov er H o us t on; 1 5 poi n t s and nine rebounds in a 78-61 win o ve r P ra rie V i ew A&M ; 1 5 po in ts and si x r ebo unds i n a w i n o ve r N or t hw e s t St a t e an d a se ve n p oi nt 1 2 re bo u n d pe r formance in a loss against San Diego State. Cadot s tar red at C V Bethel Senior High where he led the t ea m t o a GS SSA t i tl e H e wa s na m ed t o se v e ra l j u n io r a n d sen io r n atio n al t eam s b efo re t aking h i s game to the US at Sheridan College. C a d o t p o s t e d i m p r e s s i v e numbers at the junior college wh i ch garn ered the a tt e ntion o f m any D I sc hools acros s t he country. In his fresh man s eason he a v e r a g e d 1 5 p o i n t s a n d 6 6 re b o u n d s p e r g a m e b u t su r passed a l l ex pectations in h i s sophomore campaign. A s a s o p h o m o r e C a d o t a v e r a g e d 1 7 p o i n t s 7 8 re b o u n d s a n d 2 4 a s si st s p er ga m e H e w a s n a me d t o th e N J C A A T h i r d T e a m A l l A mer ic an and Fir st Tea m Al lR e g i o n I X He p o s te d e ig h t games of 20 points and led the G e n er a l s t o a 27 7 r ec or d ov e rall. Ca d o t s h i g hl i g ht g a m e o f hi s young career came just hours aft er l earni ng of t he pass ing of hi s f a t h er on F e br u a r y 2 3 2 0 1 0. He managed to find the forti t ude n ot o nly to play bu t to pr o d uc e a 3 2 p oi nt e f f or t wh i c h i n c l u d e d t h e g a m e wi nn i ng b a s k e t to g iv e t h e G en e ra ls th e North Sub Regional Champi onship. Heading into the D I ranks, he was r an ke d 6 4 th ov e ra l l an d 27th amongst guards by Juco J u n c t i o n c o m t h e f o r e m o s t recruitment website for junior college prospects. C a d o t w a s a m e mb e r o f a six-man 2010 class which also inc lud ed And re Cl ark Sa mm y Y e a g e r J a r v i s R a y A r m i c Fi el d s a nd Vi rg i ni a Tec h t r an sfer Hank Thorns. Cadot regains form in loss By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter W I T H le gal b at t le s in t he co ur t st il l p end in g, a co nt ro v er s ia l Bah am ian ba sk et ba ll playe r in the s ta t e of Flor id a, h e l p e d a c h i e v e s u c c e s s o n t h e co u r t f o r th e t i me be in g. Br i an De la ncy an d t h e D r M i ch a el Kr o p H i g h S ch o o l L i g ht n in g cl ai me d t he 20 11 V a r s i t y B o y s 6 A C h a m p i o n s hi op wit h a t hr i ll i ng 5 75 5 win ove r H ia le ah M ia mi L a k e s W it h j us t s e co nd s l ef t t o p lay, Ange l Rod ri guez came u p w i t h a cr u c i a l s t e a l a n d nai led the g am e w inn ing shot t o w in t h e ti t le a f te r n ea r ly t w o weeks of media foc u s on D e l a n c y' s i m m i g r a t i o n s t a t u s . T h e L i g h t n i n g w i l l a d v a n ce t o h o s t a r e g i o n a l q u a r t e r f i n a l g a m e i n t h e s t a t e p l a y o f f t o u r n a m e n t F e b r u a r y 1 7 t h a t 7 p m a ga in s t M i am i. R o dr i gu e z l e d t h e L i g h t n i ng 3 2 po in t s i n a s e mi fi n al w in o ver Car o l Ci ty an d f ol low ed wi th the ga me wi nnin g b as k et aga in s t H ia le ah A s t h e l e g a l c h a l l e n g e m o v e s f o r w a r d f o r t h e s c ho o l, t h er e is a po s s i bi lt y t h e t e am c ou l d b e s t r i p p ed o f i t s wi n s t hi s s e as o n. Kr o p i s nu mb er o ne te am i n t h e C l as s 6 A d i vi s i o n i n t h e s ta t e a nd i s e xp ect ed t o make a fo rmida ble r u n at th e s t a te t i tl e. F H S A A o f f i ci al s i ni t i a ll y d e c l a r e d De l a n c y u n f i t t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n t h e a t h l e t i c s p r o gr am m e du e t o a la ck o f i m mi gr a ti on pa pe r wor k ." A F lo ri da ju dge r ul ed th at t h e L i g h t n i n g w o u l d b e a l l o w e d t o c o m p e t e i n t h e t o ur n am en t a ft e r t he y wer e g r an t ed a te mp o r ar y in j un ct i on t o t h e FH S AA r ul in g. Miami-Da de Ci r c uit Court J ud ge S p en cer Ei g s ai d t h at i t wo ul d be "f u nd am en t al ly u n f a i r n o t t o le t t h e s e k i d s p l a y ba s k e t ba l l ," a cc o r d in g t o r e po r t s f r om l oc al s t at io n W SV N i n M i am i. T h e A s s o ci at i o n s u gg e s t e d t h at pa pe r wo r k f o r in te r nat iona l stu den t-at hle tes th at s h o ul d h av e be en fi l ed w it h t h e o r ga ni s at i on wer e ne ve r f i le d by Kr o p on D el anc y' s b e h a l f w h i c h i n i t i a l l y d e e m e d t h e 1 9 y e a r o l d g ua r d in el i gi bl e. E ig r ule d t ha t the FHSAA i s p er m i tt e d to c on t in ue i t s i nv es t iga ti on an d t he as s oci ati on is allowed to revis it the issue and dec i de i f De lan c y is i n e l i g i b l e a c c o r d i n g t o r e po r t s f r o m th e s t at io n T h e F H S A A p l a n t o a pp ea l Ei g' s d eci s io n I f h e i s i n e l i g i b l e K r o p w o u l d b e f o r c e d t o f o r f e i t t he 19 ga mes wh ich D el ancy a pp ea r ed in an d wou ld al s o b e el i m i n a t ed f r o m p l a y o f f c o n t e n t i o n D e l a n c y a n d a p a i r o f L i gh t ni n g t ea mm at e s f il ed a l aw s ui t aga in s t t he FH S AA cl ai min g t hei r "con s ti tu t ion a l r i g h t t o a n e d u c a t i o n a f f o r d e d t o a l l c h i l d r e n i n Florida shou ld ex tend to athl et i cs a s we ll ." His law yer s will ar gue that t h e de cis i o n is a vi ol at i on o f D e l a n c y s C i v i l R i g h t s a s f e de r al la w p r o hi bi t s s ch oo l d i s t r i c t s f r o m r e q u e s t i n g i m mi gr at i on s ta tu s T h e o ff i cia l FH SA A p os i t i o n i s t h a t t h e m a t t e r r eg ar ding immig r ation st a t us a p pl i es o nl y t o t h e r i gh t o f a n ed uc at io n Ho we ver ta ki n g pa r t i n a v a r s i t y s p o r t i s a p r i v i l e g e a nd t h us r eq ui r es t he f il i ng o f th e p r o pe r p ap er w or k by t h e s cho o l. Del ancy mov ed t o F lo ri da t h r e e y e a r s a g o w h e n h e a p p l i e d f o r a s t u d e n t v i s a a n d li v ed wi t h a n au n t an d u n cle i n M ia mi T h e f o r m e r R M B a i l e y P a c e r o r i g i n a l l y w e n t t o s ch o o l a t C h o i c e A c ad e m y b u t t r an s fe r r ed t o K r op f o r h i s s en i or s eas o n Dr M ichael K rop H igh S chool wi n V arsi ty B oys 6 A Cham pionshi ps m aj ori ty o f the ga me be c au se o f f oul t roub le In fa ct Add erl ey w a s h el d t o j u st t w o p o i n t s a s h e t ri e d t o avoi d fou li ng o ut S AC was l ed b y K w a si D am es w ith 1 2 p o i n t s d e s p i t e l e a v i n g t h e gam e at l ea s t t wic e wi t h an i n j u r y E t h e l b e r t H a r ri s o n h a d e i g ht D on o va n Pi c ke ri n g h a d se v en a nd Dy la n Pe et fi ve T h e B i g R e d M a c h i n e n e v e r l ed i n th e ga me Th ey trai le d 2 4 -16 at the ha lf. "T hey onl y beat us in the l a s t t w o m i n u t e s, S A c s c o a c h Jo h n T o d d s t a t e d I t h i n k th ose threepointe rs the y hit m a de t he di ff e re nc e do w n th e s t r e t c h B u t T o d d s a i d a s t h e d e f e n d i n g c h a m p i o n s t h e C ome ts c an look for hi s Bi g Red Ma chin e t o c o me back f ig hti ng i n g a me tw o B ig R e d Mac h ine 38 Su ns 35 : L ashae Rolle and Dawn D e a n h i t b a c k to ba c k l a y up s t o p ush SAC ah ea d for g oo d 3 7 -35 in th e ex tra t hre e mi nutes as t hey hel d o n f or the w i n The ga me w as t ie d 33 -3 3 a t t he e nd of re gu la tio n. S h e y a n n e T h o m p s o n s c o re d 1 2 L a s h a e R o l l e h a d 1 0 T a r y n B u t h e r s e v e n a n d D a w n D ea n six i n the w i n. It w a s w h a t I e x p e c te d a n d a w ho le l ot m ore Thi s is th e l e v e l t h a t t h e j u n i o r g i r l s s h o u l d b e p l a y i n g sa i d S A C s c o a c h A n a s t a c i a M o u l t r i e B o t h t e a m s s t e p p e d i t u p a n d p l a y e d t h e w a y e v e r y b o d y ex pe c ted th is ga me to go ." An ten iq ue Yo un g sc o red a g a m e h i g h 1 4 a n d S h e r y l Ev a ns h ad e ig ht in t he lo ss. We j ust fel l sh ort as far as k e e p i n g t h e b o d i e s o n t h e co urt W e ha d t oo ma ny pl ay e r s w h o f o u l e d o u t s a i d T e m p le Ch ris ti an's coach Shar el C a s h W e j u s t h a v e t o g o bac k to t he dra wi ng boa rd i n pr a ctic e a nd c ome ready for S A C HIS TORIC: In atte nd an ce a t t he pre ss con fere nc e: Mi ck ey W ill iam sTe ch nic al Ad vi sor, Ba ha ma s Wome ns Op en ; J Barri e Fa rring tonSr. VP A d m i ni s t ra t i o n, Ke r zn e r I n te r na ti o n a l ; Ho n C h a rl e s M a y n a rd M i ni s t e r o f S p or ts & C ul t u re ; T y Ol a n d e r T o u rn a m e n t Ch a i r ma n, Ba h a m a s Wo m e n s Op e n ; T y ro ne S a wy e rS po r ts Di re c t or M i ni s t ry of To u ri s m ; W e ll i n gt o n M i ll e rP re s i d e n t, B a h a ma s Ol y m p ic A ss o c i a t io n a n d S t e ph e n T u rn questPresident, BLTA. ( Photo courtesy of Wendell J. Cleare) Giants FROM page 1E JR Cadot


THE DANCING with the Sta r s Che erlead ing Comp etit ion ho sted a nd c o-spo nsore d by B aha mas Star Gymna s ti cs ( BS G ) a n d B a ha m a s G ym n as t ic s Bo o s t e r C l ub w as a s ta r st ud d ed a ff ai r. T he e ve n t w as he ld on February 5, 201 1 at BS G's t ra ini ng f acil it y at t he S ou rce Ri ve r C en tre (fo rm erl y B ac ard i Pla nt) a nd w as indeed a star studded affair. Mr. Evan Wisdom, Director of Sports Unit at Ministry of E ducation wa s on ha nd and b r o ugh t re ma r k s on b eha lf of M in ist er D esm on d B a nn ist e r. T he th re e pr im ar y s cho ol t e a m s c o m p e t i n g w e r e S t Ann es' B l ue Waves Mo unt C ar m el Pr e pa r at o ry C a v al i e rs a n d St F ran c i s J o se ph Sh oc k ers. The Blue Waves started the evening of with a dynam ic per f or ma nce an d im pr es sive stunts. Bringing a repu tat io n as a cro wd fa vou ri te, t h e C a v a l i e r s s t e p p e d s t o m p e d a n d c h a n t e d t h e i r w a y i n t o t h e h e a r t s o f t h e audience. The final team to p e r f o r m w a s t h e S h o c k e r s w ho br ought energy, e xcitement and exuberance to the stag e. The Shock ers w ere th e o n l y t e a m t o i n c l u d e m a l e participants. A fter an explo si on of t alen t g li t te r ed t he f l oo r f r om th e p ar ti ci pat i ng t ea ms t he toug h ta s k of choo s ing a w inn e r w a s b e s t o w e d o n t h e three judges for the evening. The jud g es panel was comp r i se d o f V e r n on R o d e rs (c e r t if i ed g ym n a sti c s c o ac h), Ti ni k a S a u n d e r s P i n d e r ( H a l J a c k s o n s T a l e n t e d T e e n Ba ha m as co m mi t t e e m em b e r ) a n d H a l n i k a B o d i e (Cheer leading Coach, C H. R eeve s ). C oach Monique de S w a n t o n s e r v e d a s o f f i c i a l Time-K eeper and Tally Mast e r T h e c o m p e t i n g t e a m s p e r f o r m a n c e s w e r e i n t e r spersed with gymnastics rou ti nes f r om BS G' s T wi nk les Sparklers and Star Achiever squads. Clean Sweep W h e n t h e f i n a l t a l l y w a s h a n d e d o v e r t h e S h o c k e r s swept the awards. They cap t ur e d t h e f i r s t p la ce t r o p hy a n d t he l a pt op for t he t e am w i t h t h e h i g h e s t a v e r a g e G PA. Th e lap top w as dona te d b y P h y s i c i a n s A l l i a n c e Mount Carmel walked away w ith sec ond plac e trophy a nd S t. An n e' s w e re th e re c i p ie n ts of the third place trophy. All p art ic ip at in g sc hoo ls re ce iv e d b o o k s f o r t h e i r r e s p e c t i v e s c h o o l l i b r a r i e s p r o u d l y donated by Book World and 1 00 % B ib le B oo k Sto r e Tw o sets o f a wards w il l be delive r e d t o e a c h s c h o o l u p o n c o m p l e t i o n o f f i n a l t i c k e t a u d i t C u s t o m C o m p u t e r s donated an i-po d which w ill b e a w a r d e d t o t h e s t u d e n t w h o recor ded high est t icket s al es A l l f i na l is t t e am s ar e eligible for the cash prizes of $ 1, 00 0 fo r fi rst p la ce $5 0 0 for s e c o n d p l a c e a n d $ 2 5 0 f o r third place. Positive Attitude Mr. W isdom c ongra tulate d t he org a ni sers a nd c o mm it te d t he sup po rt o f t he Mi nistry of E d u c a t i o n ( M O E ) t o t h e g row th of c he erle ad ing in th e c o u n t r y C o m m e n c i n g i n 2011, the MOE will begin to p a y spi rit c o ac h es in t he sa m e m a nn e r t ha t th e y p ay c oa c he s of other sporting disciplines. M r Wi s do m a ls o con gr a tu lated the participating teams an d p r e d i ct ed t h a t a l a r g e r n um be r o f te am s, pa rti c ula rl y f rom th e g ov e rnm e nt sc h oo l s, wi ll co mp et e n e xt ye ar a nd beyond. P r i n c i p a l o f S t F r a n c i s J os e ph, Mrs Goffe, told how c l os e he r t e a m c a m e to t hr o w i n g i n t h e t o w e l a n d w i t h d r a w i n g f r o m t h e c o m p e t i t i o n S h e n o t e d t h a t t h e school has witnessed several o c c a s i o n s w h e n i t a p p e a r s h o pe l e ss a n d th e stu d e nt s pu l l o f f a n a m a z i n g f e a t i n th e e n d J u n i o r C o a c h e s T e n i l l e Th om pso n a nd To ne ka J oh ns o n d e m o n s t r a t e d t h e f o u r basi c po sit ions ter med "layout", "tuck", "straddle" and p i k e D e m o ns t ra t o rs f o r t h e e v e n t w e r e S y d n e y W e l l s R a c h e a K n o w l e s A t h a l i a Swann and Toni Johnson. The girls were divided into 4 g r oups of a ppr ox imately 1 0 g irls e ac h un der the guida nc e of BSG's Jr Coaches Tenille Th om pso n a nd To ne ka J oh nson as we ll as Volunteer Pare nt Coac hes N icola Thomps o n a n d A n d r e a K n o w l e s T h e d e m o n s t r a t o r s f o r t h e a f te r no o n w e r e S y d ne y W e l ls R a c h e a K n o w l e s S y d n e y W e l l s R a c h e a K n o w l e s A t h a l i a S w a n n To n i J o h ns o n Zoe Rolle and Dayna Pratt. The blossoms where in full b loo m as the y dan gl ed on th e u ne ve n ba rs a nd ma ne uv ere d th ems el ves acr os s fr om one e nd of the un eve n ba r s to t h e o t h e r a n d g e n t l y l o w e r e d themselves to the ground for a pr ope r dismount. Then it was on to the balance beam w h ere the y he l d co lo rful b al ls above their heads while bal a n c i n g o n t h e 4 s q u a r e s h a p e d b e a m g i v i n g a a n o c c a si ona l le g lef t w hi le m ain tai ni n g t h e i r b a l a n c e a s t h e y gained confidence. Rotating o n to the th ird stat ion the l itt l e b u d d i n g f l o w e r s s h o w cased their world class speed as they ran down the 80 plus foot vault runway as their L sha pe arms a lternated swi ft l y a s th e y ra n a s h a rd a nd a s fa st a s the y coul d w hile m ainta inin g a co ns t a nt f o cu s on t he v a ul t spri ng bo a rd a s t he ir ta rget. Finally the girls completed basic flips and tumble moves o n the la rge 4 0 ft by 40 ft re gulation spring based padded floor while le ar ning t he elegant ballet positions such as P i r o u e t t e a n d D e m i p l i Ž The c oac he s also str e ss e d th e importance of maintaining a positive attitude, developing go o d li s t en i n g s k i l l s gi v i ng your best 100% of the time, c el e b ra ti ng th e s uc c es s of o th ers and just having fun. The g i rls w i ll be tes ting on what they learned at their meeting next week with the hopes of achieving their agility badge a nd b as ed o n w h at th e c oa c hes and chaperones saw, they s h o u l d h a v e n o t r o u b l e a c hiev ing th eir requi reme nts. Unique At t he en d of the da y th e g i r l s f e l t a u n i q u e s e n s e o f ac co m p l i s h me n t o n ce c o m p le ti ng th e fou r b asi c sta tio ns a n d b e f o r e g a t h e r i n g f o r a b rie f ta lk a nd a gro up ph oto t h e y w er e a b l e t o w a l k t h e w a lk o f a gy mn ast w i th c onf id en c e a nd pri de : H ea d h el d h ig h, c he st o ut, a rms st rai gh t, p al ms ba c k a nd w it h a g e ntl e gl id e o n t he ba ll s of th ei r fe e t. Wh en i t w a s a ll o ve r t he a rom a o f s m i l e s a n d l a u g h t e r fil le d B a ha ma s St ar Gy mna sti c s 5 0 0 0 s q u a r e f o o t g y m f a c i l ity a s the li ttle an ge ls w a lke d away sh outi ng "St ick I t and P r e s e n t w h i c h b y d e f a u l t bec am e the unp lann ed reoc c u r r i n g t h e m e o f t h e d a y Man y of the g irls le ft ch at tin g a bo u t c o mi n g b a c k t o t h e g y m a g a i n t o r e f i n e a n d f u r t h e r d e v e l o p t h e i r s k i l l s a b o u t a tt e n d i n g th e c l ub s n e x t ma jo r e v e n t D a n c i n g w i t h t h e S t a r s a P r i m a r y S c h o o l C h e e r l e a d i n g C o m p e t i t i o n s ch ed u l ed a t t h e f a ci l it y o n Februa ry 5th a t 6 PM whe re so m e o f t h e m m a y n o w d e c i d e to he l p t he i r re sp ec t iv e sc h oo l tak e ho me the f irst pl ac e trophy a nd c a sh priz e o f $ 1 ,0 00 F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n BG PB C a nd B SG 's gy mn ast i cs p r og r am s an d a ct iv i ti e s yo u c a n g o to: w w w .b a ha ma sgy m c o m o r c al l 2 4 2 -6 7 7 -3 1 2 5 BG PB C an d BS G wi she s a ll gi rl s o f S t A m br os S u nf l ow e rs an d Girl s B ri ga de f utu re suc c e s s a s t h e y s t r i v e t o f u l f i l l t h e i r req uire me nt s a nd pro gre ss in the ir de v el opm e nt. R e me mbe r" St ic k it an d Pre sen t." SPORTS TRIBUNE SPOR TS TUESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 15, 201 1, P AGE 3E S h o c k e r s s h i n e a t D a n c i n g w i t h t h e S t a r s C h e e r l e a d i n g C o m p e t i t i o n ALL STARS: The Dancing with the Stars Cheerleading Competition hosted and co-sponsored by Bahamas Star Gymnastics (BSG) and Bahamas Gymnastics Booster Club was a star studded affair.

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