N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.112WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 82F LOW 71F F E A T U R E S SEESECTIONF S P O R T S SEESECTIONE Fine Dining Sands aims to bounce back from injury By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PROMISING to consult Bamboo Town residents as towho they would like to replace Branville McCartney in the 2012 general election, Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham told a crowd of more than 400 persons at CV Bethel High School last night that his party is determined to return Bamboo Town to the FNM. Dismissing the reports that Mr McCartney has substantial support in the area, Mr Ingra ham said that when Mr McCart ney left the FNM he took with him only his brother and that was it. Mr Ingraham publicly t hanked party officers and councilmen of the Bamboo Town branch for sticking with the par ty and for their continued sup port. When I last spoke to Bam boo Town just before the last Ing r aham promises to consult r esidents on who the y w ant to replace Bran TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1,200 BABIES GIVEN THE BREATH OF LIFE MORE than 1,200 premature babies have so far benefitted from the Breathe Easy Campaign, which was partially sponsored by The Tribune Media Group. Almost $400,000 was raised to secure life-saving ventilators and incubators for neo-natal babies at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Michelle Rassin, the former president of the Rotary Club of East Nassau who helped spear head the initiative, said around 50 infants per month go through the neo-natal intensive care unit. These high risk new borns, who are premature and usually critically ill, all benefit from the availability of ventilators and incubators. Some babies in the facility are as young as 24 weeks, or just under six months. At that age, their lungs and brains are underdeveloped, and their skin is not yet fully formed. The babies can weigh as little as five grams, with term weight being about 8 to10 pounds. They can stay in the unit for under two days to over three months. Nursing staff said the suc SEE page 10 WHILE the FNM focused its attention last night on the Bamboo Town constituency, sources close to the areas Member of P arliament, Branville McCartney, warned he could make a b id for the Mount Moriah constituency if the boundary lines in his area were adjusted before the 2012 general election. If our Prime Minister (Hubert Ingraham o f a victory in Bamboo Town then he would not change the b oundaries. If hes scared, then thats a totally different mat ter. I would suggest that if Mr Ingraham was sure of a victory he would leave Bamboo Town the way it is, the source BRAN COULD STAND FOR MOUNT MORIAH IN 2012 ELECTION SEE page 10 PLP deputy leader Philip Brave Davis has accused the government of bungling the close of the controversial BTC sale to Cable and Wireless Communications. In a statement released yesterday, Mr Davis claimed the April 4 anticipated completion date of privatisation was put off due to "clas sic FNM bungling." However, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday that a concrete date for com pletion was never set. We said that we would finalize on the fourth or shortly thereafter, he said. Brave Davis accuses govt of bungling close of BTC sale SEE page 10 A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Canadi an girl was fighting for her life last night after an incident at an Atlantis waterpark. According to police, the young tourist was in critical condition at Doctors Hospital last night. How ever, resort officials remain tight lipped over the details surrounding the incident. Girl fighting for her life after Atlantis waterpark incident SEE page 10 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com HAITIAN community leaders in Nassau have spoken out about the newly-elected president of Haiti and their hopes for the future of the country. Popular musician Michel Joseph Martelly, more commonly known as "Sweet Micky", was named Presi Haitian community in Nassau reacts to newly-elected president ABOVE: A newborn benefits from the equipment at the Princess Margaret Hospital. RIGHT :Premature babies being treated by a ventilator donated to the Breathe Easy Campaign in memo ry of Roger Peter Carron, former Tribune Managing Director, at the Princess Margaret Hospital. SEE page 10 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 10 PM:FNM wants Bamboo Town back PHILIP DAVIS
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MAN charged in connection with a fatal stabbing at an Abaco nightclub was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Police have charged Sidney Archer, 21, of Dundas Town, Abaco with the murder of Lamont Butler. It is alleged that he intentionally caused Butlers death on Saturday, April 2. Twenty-two witnesses are listed on court dockets. Butler, 29, was killed at the Surfside Club in Dundas Town, Abaco. Archer, who is represented by attorney Murrio Ducille, was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. Sergeant Claudette McKen zie, the prosecutor, informed the court that the prosecution intends to proceed with a Vol untary Bill of Indictment in the matter. The indictment is expected to be presented on June 23. Archer was remanded to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The preliminary inquiry into unlawful sex allegations against former teacher John Ingraham is expected to resume in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Ingraham, 55, is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl on July 29, 2009. The former Jack Hayward High School faculty member was charged before the courts in August 2009. He was granted $7,000 bail and the matter was adjourned to January 19, 2010. The preliminary inquiry continued before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones on March 16 when the prosecution called six witnesses to give evidence. Ingraham is represented by lawyer Simeon Brown. Mr Brown said the prosecution had provided no medical evidence that his client had sexual intercourse with the victim. He has argued that there is no evidence before the court that the minor was in any way sexually linked to his client. He further submitted that his client had no case to answer and asked Magistrate Jones to dismiss the case. When the PI will resumes, Police Prosecutor Corporal Berkley Simmons is expected to appear. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 3 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Classes resumed at Bartlett Hill Primary on Monday after a serious rodent infestation resulted in the temporary closure of the school last week. The school in Eight Mile Rock was closed on Wednesday for three days while a professional extermination company was brought in to address the rat problem. There had been reports that huge rats had overrun the school and that some students had even taken ill. Sandra Edgecombe, superintendent of primary schools, said the rat problem had got worse over the past two weeks and the Ministry of Education had immediately notified Environmental Health officials of the situation. Education Minister Desmond Bannister visited the school last week and met with teachers and parents to address their concerns. Mrs Edgecombe said the ministry was sparing no expense to address the prob lem. The Tribune attempted to contact Mrs Edgecombe yesterday, however, she was unavailable for comment up to press time. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com P OLICE and Ministry of Education officials have launched an investigation into allegations that a security guard attacked a high school student. The incident has left the alleged v ictims parents gravely concerned and questioning the reactionary measures taken by administrators at Anatol Rodgers High School and the police. However, Ministry of Education (MOE officials have expressed confidence in the disciplinary efforts oft he administration at the school. L ionel Sands, MOE director said: Im expressing confidence in a dministration at the school. They a re doing the best that they can to b ring order in the school and ensure that the students in the school get t he best opportunity for education. Naturally, some students will create challenges but administrators arew ell able to handle the challenges p resented every day, and I have full confidence in them. Rosanna Stubbs, mother of the 15year-old who was allegedly attacked, told The Tribune that in her opinion t he incident revealed that the administration has poor conflict resolution s kills when it comes to dealing with students. S he said the incident was the third t ime her son has been in an argum ent with the schools security. Ms Stubbs said: The school needs to be exposed on what is going on with students. Every day you see the security guards harassing the boys,p ushing them. There are ways to deal with things. Its not their duty to go punch them down if they are doing something wrong. You shouldnt push a child, walk through them or throwt hem aside. What are they going to do with other students? A ccording to reports, the incident stemmed from a disturbance on thes chools bus. On Thursday aftern oon, students were asked to clear t he bus in an effort to restore calm. As a result, Ms Stubbs son, along with other students, were asked to l eave the school property. For reasons still unclear, the 15year-old was escorted off the property by a security guard. Ms Stubbs, a 34-year-old Carmichael resident, said that when she arrived at the school, her sonh ad a swollen lip and his clothes w ere badly disheveled. According to the boy, he was choked and slammed into a steel gate. However, ministry officials say the details of the incident have been exaggerated. M s Stubbs said: Im sitting here w ith the frustration knowing that my son got beat up and nothing is happening. My son is 15, this is what really m akes me upset. What could he have done that would make a grown man attack him like that? Ms Stubbs added: They cant tell m e my son hit him, because if he did, my son would have been arrested. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Despite Grand Bahamas close proximity to South Florida where trace amounts of radiation from Japan have beend etected, Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said Bahamians need not be worried as the ministry is continuously monitoring the situation. There is no radiation that is harmful to h umans at this particular time, the minister said while in Grand Bahama on Monday. We are quite a distance away from Japan but w e continue to monitor because there is radiat ion in the environment that is not related to Japan and all of those are monitored; I dont think Bahamians need to be worried. Radiation monitoring stations across the U nited States have detected very low levels of Iodine 131 (a radioactive by-product of nuclear fission) in the air as a result of the damagedn uclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Trace amounts of radiation were detected in South Florida as well as in North and SouthC arolina. Massachusetts, Nevada and other w estern states also have reported minuscule amounts of radiation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA (NRCin the United States and report there are no health concerns for US residents at this time. CLASSES RESUME A FTER SCHOOL RODENT ISSUE Investigation into alleged attack by security guard on student Police and Ministry officials launch probe Minister: No need to worry over traces of radiation in South Florida IN T HIS photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., workers for the company experimentally spray adhesive synthetic resin over the ground at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, northeastern Japan. TEPCO expects the resin spraying to prevent dust exposed to radiation materials from spreading out of the premises. (AP PRELIMINARY INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS A GAINS T F ORMER TEACHER TO RESUME MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH NIGHTCLUB STABBING DEATH JOHN INGRAHAM FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI PLANT IN JAPAN Share your news The T r ibune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in thea r ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
EDITOR, The Tribune. During his address at the Progressive Liberal Partys mass rally on March 18 in Grand Bahama, which is now certifiably PLP country, PLP Leader Perry Christie, in pledging that the PLP will conduct a clean campaign, enumerated the reasons why the next general elections in The Bahamas will be fought on the issues. Referring to this in his address at the FNMs mass rally the following evening at Clifford Park in New Providence, Prime Minister Hubert The Dictator Ingraham stressed that leadership will also be a major issue during the campaign, clearly inferring that his leadership qualities are better than Christies. That conclusion, of course, is debatable, given the fact that the two former law partners have totally different styles of leadership. Ingraham is a domineering and intimidating leader who seems to think that the title Prime Minister gives him the right to micro-manage all of the ministries in his government, while Christie, during his recent five-year tenure as Prime Minister, demonstrated that he believes in the consultative approach to governance. Much to his detri ment, this approach sometimes resulted in him not making decisions in a timely fashion and subsequently being criti cised as being indecisive on matters of a critical nature. In fact, when I was editor of The Freeport News, I made this claim on more than one occasion in an editorial or in my column, Oswald Brown writes. A very good friend of mine reminded me of this last week after seeing a picture of me at the PLP rally in Grand Bahama and questioned how someone who was so critical of Christie as a leader could now be singing his praises and a strong supporter of the PLP. This is a very legitimate ques tion, and one that I shall attempt to answer as best I can. But to do so requires a little background history of my involvement in politics. It is no secret that I was a strong supporter of the FNM. In fact, I was one of its founding members in 1972 and the founding editor of The Torch, the partys newspaper. But the fact of the matter is that people do change when circumstances dictate that change is essential. The need to change my politi cal perspective became a reality for me when I was forced to retire as editor of The Freeport News because I had become highly critical of the FNM and Ingrahams style of leadership. I shall at some point in the near future go into more details as to why the circumstances surrounding by removal as editor of The Freeport Newsl ed to me reaching this decision, but the truth is that it was n ot too difficult a decision for me to return home to the PLP; my early roots in the PLP were to some extent stronger than my affiliation with the FNM. I became a rabid supporter of the PLP in 1962 when I wasa young reporter at The Trib une. One of the PLPs dynamic young leaders at the time was Arthur Foulkes, the current Governor General, who is one of two individuals (the other being Sir Etienne Dupuch) that I credit as being responsible for whatever I have achieved as a journalist. So it w as only natural that I would become an enthusiastic supporter of the PLP, and those who are familiar with my radical nature at the time can recall just how avid a supporter I was. In the 1960s I was an a vowed Black Power advocate, who subscribed to Malcolm Xs phi-l osophy of effecting change by any means necessary and totally committed to doing whatever this simply stated phi losophy implied. But as Ive already stated: People change when circumstances dictate that change is essential. I left The Tribune in 1966 w hen the PLP was gearing up to mount a strong campaign for the upcoming general elections in 1967. Foulkes at the time was one of the PLPs most dynamic speakers, and Lynden Pindling was instrumental in helping me to make that lifechanging decision. He felt thatf or Foulkes to have the time to put into the campaign that would be required of him, he would need help at The Times. At the time I was making a very good salary at The Tri bune, but I did not hesitate to leave, even though I knew that The Times could not afford to p ay me what I was making at The Tribune. After the PLP won the January 10, 1967 general election, Pindling arranged for me to go to London for one years training in advanced journalism on the staff of The London Evening Standard, one of Great Britains leading news papers. It was while I was in London, from 1968 to 1969, that I got to know Perry Christie very well. I knew him as an outstanding athlete in Nassau in the early 1960s whenI initially covered sports for The Tribune, but it was in Lon don that we became very good friends. I was not an ordinary stu dent in London. The journalist union required that I be paid a salary, so I had a one-bedroom flat in West London, a couple blocks from West Brompton tube station. My flat was always well stocked with food and liquor, and just about every Bahamian student who was in England at the time attended one of my parties or simply dropped by on weekends. There was something special about Perry Christie even way back then that convinced me that he would have a successful career in politics. He was then, and still is today, a brilliant ora tor and exuded the kind of charisma that is a tremendous asset to anyone planning a career in politics. I recall that in 1969, the student union held a debate on the topic, Indepen dence for The Bahamas, Now, with myself and Michael Turner, who was studying finance at the time but is currently a very successful lawyer in Nas sau, arguing in support of the proposition and Christie and Joseph Hollingsworth, who was studying law, opposing. Christie and Hollingsworth won that debate hands-down, mainly on the strength of Christies persuasive presentation. I returned to The Bahamas in November of 1969 and was immediately faced with having to make a crucial decision, one that literally redirected the course of my life, which at the time I thought would be in front-line politics as the representative for Central Andros whenever Clarence Bain, the then PLP representative for the area, either died or retired from politics. Several months before I returned to Nassau, Premier Lynden Pindling had fired Foulkes as Minister of Tourism and Warren Levarity, who just about everyone involved in the PLP during the progressive struggle would agree was the best political strategist in the party, as Min ister of Transport. I became editor of The Times, but it became quite apparent to Pindling that I still disagreed with the firing of Foulkes and Levarity. In March of 1970 he called me to his office in the Churchill Building and accused me of having Foulkes write some of my editorials. The curse words that I used cant be repeated in this column, but suffice it to say that that very same day I was fired at editor of The Bahamian Times. When the Dissident Eight broke away from the PLP in 1970 I fol lowed them, and the rest, as they say, is history. This background of my involvement in politics should explain why going back home to the PLP was not a difficult decision for me to make. The remaining question to be answered is this: Why have I changed my opinion of Christies style of governance? Again, as Ive stated twice previously, people change when circumstances dictate that change is essential. The Perry Christie that delivered the masterful speech I heard at the PLP mass rally in Grand Bahama two Fridays ago reminded me of the same Perry Christie that I knew in Lon don. We wont know until the PLP wins the next general elections and he becomes Prime Minister whether he will decide to be more aggressive in handling his prime ministerial duties, but there should be no doubt in anyones mind at this point in time that he is indeed a far better choice to be Prime Minister of The Bahamas than Hubert The Dictator Ingraham. Ingraham has demonstrated over and repeatedly that he has all the traits of an absolute dic tator, and I am convinced that if he is given another five years as Prime Minister of The Bahamas, democracy as we know it in this country would cease to exist. Thats the sort of gamble no Bahamian who loves and cherishes freedom should be prepared to take. In the case of Christie, although I fully believe that he will change the opinions of crit ics of his first term as Prime Minister, one of the reasons why I am highly optimistic that the next PLP government will manage the affairs of this country extremely well is that we have a very capable deputy leader in Philip Brave Davis and an excellent mixture of seasoned and young politicians who will help to properly run this country, not as a one-man show but as a group offering their best advice to their leader. So Ingraham is absolutely correct when he says that lead ership will be a major issue in the next election. To be sure, there is no com parison between Christie and Ingraham with regard to which man has more compassion for the small man and, indeed, all Bahamians. Therefore, the leadership decision Bahamians will be faced with is whether they want a leader who believes in the principles of democracy and is supported by a good team, whose advice he welcomes, or a leader who runs a one-man show and listens to no one, an absolute dictator. OSWALD T BROWN Freeport, Grand Bahama March 28, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Ivory Coast's strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence Tuesday, defiantly maintaining he won the election four months ago even as troops backing the internationally recognized winner encircled the home. Gbagbo's comments by telephone to France's LCI television came as French officials and a diplomat said he was negotiating his departure terms after French and U.N. forces launched a military offensive Monday. Democratically elected leader Alassane Ouattara has urged his supporters to take Gbagbo alive. Talks about Gbagbo's departure terms were continuing Tuesday evening directly between Gbagbo and Ouattara, according to a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Choi Young-jin, the U.N.'s top envoy in Ivory Coast, said Tuesday that Gbagbo was in discussions about where he would go, possibly suggesting the strongman may be willing to consider stepping down after more than a decade in power. When asked by The Associated Press Television News if he was confident that Gbagbo has decided to leave, Choi said: "Yes, because as far as I know the key elements they are negotiating is where Mr. Gbagbo would go." "Mr. Gbagbo has signaled for the first time since the crisis, he will accept the will of the people, the results of the election," Choi said. France's foreign minister said Gbagbo would be required to relinquish power in writing aftera decade as president, and must formally recog nize Ouattara, the internationally backed winner of the November election that plunged the West African nation into chaos. But Gbagbo showed no intention of leaving, declaring in his interview with French televi sion, that Ouattara "did not win the elections" even though he was declared the victor by the U.N., African Union, United States, former colonial power France and other world leaders. "I won the election and I am not negotiating my departure," Gbagbo said by telephone. The French channel said the interview was conduct ed by phone from his residence at 1730 GMT, and lasted about 20 minutes. United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters on Gbagbo's arms stockpiles and bases on Monday after four months of political deadlock in the former French colony in West Africa. Columns of foot soldiers allied with Ouattara also finally pierced the city limits of Abidjan. "One might think that we are getting to the end of the crisis," Hamadoun Toure, spokesman for the U.N. mission to Ivory Coast said by phone. "We spoke to his close aides, some had already defected, some are ready to stop fighting. He is alone now, he is in his bunker with a handful of supporters and family members. So is he going to last or not? I don't know." Toure said that the U.N. had received phone calls Tuesday from the three main Gbagboallied generals, saying they were planning to order their troops to stop fighting. "They asked us to accept arms and ammunition from the troops and to provide them protection," he said. The offensive that began Monday included air attacks on the presidential residence and three strategic military garrisons, marking an unprecedented escalation in the international community's efforts to oust Gbagbo, as pro-Ouattara fighters pushed their way to the heart of the city to reach Gbagbo's home. President Barack Obama said Tuesday he welcomed the role of the U.N. and French forces in Ivory Coast, also known by its French name Cote d'Ivoire. "To end this violence and prevent more bloodshed, former President Gbagbo must stand down immediately, and direct those who are fighting on his behalf to lay down their arms," Obama said in a statement. "Every day that the fighting persists will bring more suffering, and further delay the future of peace and prosperity that the people of Cote d'Ivoire deserve." Gbagbo refused to cede power to Ouattara even as the world's largest cocoa producer teetered on the brink of all-out civil war as the political crisis drew out, with both men claiming the presidency. Ouattara has tried to rule from a lagoonside hotel, while Gbagbo has stubbornly refused every olive branch extended to him. On Tuesday, the African Union's Peace and Security Council again urged Gbagbo to cede power immediately to Ouattara "in order to curtail the suffering of the Ivorian people." The French foreign minister said negotia tions with Gbagbo and his family were ongoing. "His adviser, Alcide Djedje, who is presented as his foreign minister, has arrived at the French Embassy and he's in the process of discussions on conditions of Gbagbo's departure," Juppe said from France. Even before the offensive, postelection vio lence had left hundreds dead most of them Ouattara supporters and forced up to 1 million people to flee their homes. Ivory Coast gained independence from France in 1960, and some 20,000 French citi zens still lived there when a brief civil war broke out in 2002. French troops were then tasked by the U.N. with monitoring a cease-fire and pro tecting foreign nationals in Ivory Coast, which was once an economic star and is still one of the only countries in the region with four-lane highways, skyscrapers, escalators and wine bars. Following four months of attempts to nego tiate Gbagbo's departure, the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed an especially strong resolution giving the 12,000-strong peacekeeping operation the right "to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence ... including to prevent the use of heavy weapons against the civilian population." (This article was written by Rukmini Callimachi of the Associated Press). Yes, Mr Ingraham, leadership shall be a major issue in next election LETTERS l email@example.com Ivory Coast strongman not stepping down *8(5/,10(5,/,(1RI-2$1 +(,*+761$66$8%$+$0$6
T HE Living Oceans Found ation has chosen the B ahamas for the opening of its Global Reef Expedition, a f ive-year, world-wide study of the health of coral reef e nvironments. In making the announcement, Captain PhillipR enaud, the Foundations executive director formerlyo f the United States Navy s aid that up to 80 per cent of a ll life on the earth is found i n the oceans, and that the health of coral reefs is critical t o the health of many species that inhabit the oceans. Under the banner of Sci e nce Without Borders, the ambitious global reef expedition will be outfitted, equipped and financed by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, which is headquartered in the Wash-i ngton, DC, suburb of Landover, Maryland. The highly equipped, specially outfitted 220-foot research vessel, Golden S hadow, will be operating headquarters for the expedit ion. The ship will be in port in Nassau until Saturday before it begins coral reefs tudies in remote areas of the Bahamas. The founder of the Living Oceans Foundation, SaudiA rabian Prince Khaled bin Sultan, said it is not always clear to the casual observer t hat ocean health is in serious trouble. But it is. If we do not take aggressive steps toc are for our oceans now, our i naction will have dire con sequences for the future. Our children and grandchildrenw ill certainly suffer the consequences. Over the past 50 years, 20 per cent of coralreefs worldwide have died. It is conceivable that over the c ourse of one human lifetime more than half of coral reefs worldwide will no longere xist. T he good news, Prince Khaled said, is that it is not too late to reverse the decline in ocean health. He stressed that we must raise public awareness about the coralr eef crisis and educate people about the solutions. The Global Reef Expedition will begin with six m onths of research in strategic parts of the Bahamas, beginning with the Cay Sal B ank April 26 to May 18. It will then travel to the south ernmost district to study the H ogsty Reef and other areas o ff the Inagua Islands in August, and then on to Andros and Abaco in Octo-b er. The expedition will spend 10 days studying coral reefsi n St Kitts and Nevis in June in between coral reef research in the Bahamas. Three Bahamian scientists Lindy Knowles and Alexander Henderson from Bahamas National Trust (BNT from the Department of M arine Resources (DMR will be part of Cay Sal Bank research from April 26 toM ay 6. They will be joined b y 13 other scientists from the United Kingdom, the United States and Colombia aboard Golden Shadow. Bahamian scientists who will be involved in the Inaguas tudies will include Tavares Thompson from BNT, Jared Dillet from DMR, Alexiou Brown from Young Bahamas M arine Scientists and Allannah Vellacott from Bahamas Environment Steward Schol a rs. The Bahamas research programme will also includea training workshop in A ndros in late September, prior to the reef study in that area. Classroom and fieldw ork aboard the Golden Shadow will focus on training Bahamian scientists andr esource managers to identi fy coral diseases. The BNT and The Nature Conservancy are both i nvolved in identifying work shop participants. With support and coop eration from Bahamian sci entific and regulatory agencies, the primary scientific g oals of the expedition are t o map and characterise coral reef ecosystems, evaluate their current status and major t hreats, and identify factors that enhance their capacityt o resist, survive and rapidly r ecover from major disturbance events. This information is critical for developing sound management strategies f or coral reefs, the Foundat ion said. The resulting scientific i nformation will be shared freely with involved parties and the scientific and regulatory communities. Few nations can indep endently afford to do this type of research on their o wn, said Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment. The Global Reef Expedi tion provides a unique opport unity to partner with international scientists to look at areas in the Bahamas where we would like to see greater p rotection. Eric Carey, executive d irector of BNT, added that n o one nation can do this alone. Our countrys leadership on this important issue s hould be a source of pride for all Bahamians and ano pportunity for our younger g enerations to embrace the importance of science and conservation. Coral reefs are highly valu ed for their biological, cult ural and economic resources, as well as their a esthetic qualities. Although coral reef ecosystems occupy less than one quarter of one per cent of the marine environment, they provide e ssential habitat to more than 25 per cent of all known m arine fish species. They are often referred to as the rainforests of the marine world because of the vast numbero f species found here and because coral reef ecosystems are highly important to mankind. T hey provide food, employment, building mater ials, recreation, coastal prot ection and medicines, and sustain livelihoods and economic development. Accordi ng to one estimate, coral reef ecosystems provide approxi-m ately US$375 billion per y ear in goods and services. The Foundation said the Global Reef Expedition will only go where invited. W ith the support from g overnments of sovereign countries around the world, f uture legs of the expedition will bring its teams of scientists and professionals to Jamaica, Colombia, the Galapagos Islands and then on to F rench Polynesia and the Great Barrier Reef. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 5 The Bahamas Co-operative League Limited Scholarship Applications Invited The Bahamas Co-operative League is offering a partial two-year scholarship to the College of The Bahamas to pursue an Associate Degree in selected disciplines. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Bahamian student on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Applications are available at The Bahamas Co-operative League office on Russell Road, Oakes Field, or from any Credit Union or Producer/Supplier Co-operative.Deadline for applications is May 31, 2011 .The Bahamas Co-operative League Limited is the Apex body for 10 Credit Unions and 4 Producer/Supplier Co-operatives throughout The Bahamas. Preferred Courses of Study:Business Management Agriculture Computer Science Marketing Accounting/Finance Banking TourismRussell Road, Oakes Field Tel: 242-302-0100 Fax: 242-328-8730 P.O. Box SS-6314 Nassau,The Bahamas Worldwide coral reef study to be launched in the Bahamas I I t t i i s s n n o o t t a a l l w w a a y y s s c c l l e e a a r r t t o o t t h h e e c c a a s s u u a a l l o o b b s s e e r r v v e e r r t t h h a a t t o o c c e e a a n n h h e e a a l l t t h h i i s s i i n n s s e e r r i i o o u u s s t t r r o o u u b b l l e e . B B u u t t i i t t i i s s . I I f f w w e e d d o o n n o o t t t t a a k k e e a a g g g g r r e e s s s s i i v v e e s s t t e e p p s s t t o o c c a a r r e e f f o o r r o o u u r r o o c c e e a a n n s s n n o o w w , o o u u r r i i n n a a c c t t i i o o n n w w i i l l l l h h a a v v e e d d i i r r e e c c o o n n s s e e q q u u e e n n c c e e s s f f o o r r t t h h e e f f u u t t u u r r e e . P rince Khaled bin Sultan, founder of the Living Oceans Foundation THE HEALTH OF CORAL REEFS is critical to the health of many species that inhabit the oceans. THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 127,&( %$+$$5'(9(/230(17 &203$1<7' 9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf &UHGLWRUVKDYLQJGHEWVRUFODLPVDJDLQVWWKH DERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\DUHUHTXLUHGWRVHQG SDUWLFXODUVWKHUHRIWRWKHXQGHUVLJQHG3 %R[ORW1DVVDX7KH%DKDPDV RQRUEHIRUHWKH WK GD\RI$SULO,Q GHIDXOWWKHUHRIWKH\ZLOOEHH[FOXGHGIURP WKHEHQHWRIDQ\GLVWULEXWLRQPDGHWKH /LTXLGDWRU 'DWHGWKH WK GD\RI 721,*2'(7 /,48,'$725 RI %$+$$5'(9(/230(17 &203$1<7' SUPERMODEL of the Bahamas will bring contestants from Grand Bahama, Abaco and New Providence together on Sunday to compete for this years crown. T he model search will be held at the Rainforest Theater under the theme Fire and Ice. The 2010 winners of Supermodel of the B ahamas title, Peandra Knowles and Sinardo Deleveaux, will be hosting the event. Im very excited about the great potential o f the candidates that I've found again this year from the islands of the Bahamas.I wish my contestants all the best and may the best man and woman win, said OilinSha Coakley, founder of Supermodel of the Bahamas. This years contestants are Anthranique Mather, Ashley Davis, Elvin Mackey, KerissaJ ohnson, Lynden Rahming, Oneisha Saunders, Patrico Griffin, Royce Collie, Shawndell Gardiner, Tameka Rolle, Tenielle Adderley, S helton Wilmore of Nassau; Laniquar Mar tin and Danielle Thompson of Grand Bahama, and Nevandria Rolle of Abaco, F ashion designs to be featured during the show come from Cedric Bernard and Besheva Eve of Le Maison De Besh. Special guest celebrity judges will be Aminah Benjamin, casting director of BETs Rip The Runway; international supermodel Bobby Roache; Emmy Award winning designer KB obby Edgar, and one of the Bahamas most successful international models, Shyloh Wilkin son. W inners of the 2011 title will be awarded the opportunity to walk at New York Fashion Week for the designer Marco Hall, attendc astings for Miami Fashion Week, perform for BETs Rip The Runway televised for millions of viewers worldwide, take part in the Elite Image International Model Search. The winners will also receive gift baskets, a cosmetic kit, numerous photo shoots, $1,000 in cash, airfares, professional coaching, and more. Supermodel of the Bahamas is similar to Americas Next Top Model in that it discovers new faces, most of whom have never mode lled before. The candidates are then trained and pushed to perform, whereupon it becomes obviousa fter photo shoots, runway shows, and interviews, who is made for the life of a model, the organisation said. BEAUTIES ON PARADE President of the Miss Bahamas Organisation Michelle Malcolm and the 2011 Miss Bahamas contestants pay courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes on Monday, April 4, at Government House. Pictured from left to right:Sasha Joyce, Miss Lucky Restaurant; Kristen Duncombe, Miss Michelle la Gloria; Braneka Bassett, Miss Bahamas 2010; Joan Lady Foulkes; Sir Arthur; Michelle Malcolm; Kerel Pinder, Miss Lean Cuisine; Tyrhonda Knowles, Miss Anchorage Market and Restaurant; and Reneika Knowles, Miss Island Luck. Derek Smith /BIS A NTHRANIQUE MATHER A SHLEY DAVIS E LVIN MACKEY K ERISSA JOHNSON L ANIQUAR MARTIN L YNDEN RAHMING N EVANDRIA ROLLE ONEISHA SAUNDERS PATRICO GRIFFIN ROYCE COLLIE SHAWNDELL GARDINER SHELTON WILMORE TAMEKA ROLLE TENIELLE ADDERLEY 2011 Supermodel of the Bahamas contestants announced N OTPICTURED: D anielle Thompson THECONTESTANTS CELEBRATING LITERACY WEEK AT THELMA GIBSON PRIMARY SCHOOL WELCOME : Students, teachers and governments officials gathered at the Thelma Gibson Pri mary School to celebrate Literacy Week. The event was held under the theme, 'Building Blocks for future learning,' at the school campus yesterday. The event will continue for the duration of the week and will feature a number of activities including nursery rhyme competition, storytelling and rap/writing/poster competition. Derek Smith /BIS
THE well-being of children is entrusted to parents, however, some of them do not know how to parent in an acceptable manner, said L abour and Social Develo pment Minister Dion F oulkes. Hence, the Department o f Social Services, the police, t eachers, guidance counsellors, health care workers and other persons, who haved irect responsibility for children, receive reports of children who are being mistreated in one way or the o ther, be it neglect, physical, verbal, sexual, or emo tional abuse, Mr Foulkess aid. T he Minister was speak i ng at the annual Child Protection Month Church Ser-v ice held at Abundant Life B ible Church, Monday, April 4. The service was organised by the Ministry in conjunction with the National Child Protection Council. Students from schools throughout New Providence a ttended and participated in t he service, which is just one of the activities planned to b ring awareness that child ren have rights and need to be protected. Mr Foulkes said the government has done and is stilld oing all it can to reduce such abuses through its various support programmes,o ne of which is the National P arenting Programme, which is held on a continuing basis at the Abaco Mark ets Building, Thompson B oulevard. I n 2010, the number of reported child abuse casesf or New Providence totalled 4 99 and 116 in the Family Islands, he said. The numb er of reported cases dropped in New Providence in 2010. M r Foulkes said he is convinced that the Ministrys t ireless efforts at educating the public on abuse, accounts for the reductioni n the number of abuse cases. I encourage any child who is being abused or any p erson who may know if a child is being abused to contact the Child Abuse Hotline (322-2763 Social Services Departmen t s offices, he said. To children who feel that no one is listening, keep telling someone until action is taken, Mr Foulkes said. S peaking to the students he listed a number of tips to which they should adhere ino rder to stay safe. They i nclude: Children should tell parents or a responsible adult w here they are at all times; T hey should travel in g roups; They should not accept g ifts or rides from strangers. E ven if they know the person, they should not go with h im/her unless first telling their parents, and also letting the person know that t heir parents know. Also, if someone touches t hem in a way that makes them feel bad, the National Child Protection Councilu rges them to say no and then go. Nobody has a r ight to touch a child inappropriately or make him or h er feel bad, even if it is a relative or friend. Mr Foulkes said, The words in the theme I am a promise, I am a possibilitym ust have real meaning in o ur childrens lives. We must hear their cry: So dont abuse me! And, ensure that they are nota bused. Our obligation must be that each child grows up to fulfil his or her promisea nd possibility, he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 7 MEMBERS of the Poop Deck Eagles Golf Club and Johnny Walker representative Phelan Ferguson recently presented the Commissioner of Police and his team with a $10,000 donation which is part proceeds from the Poop Deck Eagles Annual Charity Golf event. The Eagles said they have donated over $180,000 to local charities and organisations since 2006. Johnny Walker was a major sponsorof the event along with Winterbotham Trust. The Eagles also thanked all of the other sponsors and individuals who participated in the very successful event. Minister: Some parents failing to ensure well-being of their children MINISTER OF LABOUR and Social Development Dion Foulkes brings speaks at the annual Child Protection Month Church Service held at the Abundant Life Bible Church, Monday. P atrick Hanna / BIS MINISTER OF LABOUR and Social Development Dion Foulkes holds hands with children from the E arly Childhood Development Centre and Permanent Secretary Barbara Burrows, as Felicia Archer of C V Bethel said a prayer for the children. Patrick Hanna /BIS Annual Child Protection Month Church Service DONATIONFORCOMMISSIONEROFPOLICEANDHISTEAM HAVANA Associated Press CUBA and partner compa nies will begin drilling five oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico this summer in hopes of locating enough crude to justify the costly exploration, an official said Tuesday. "The prospects are very promising" of finding valuable reserves, said Manuel Marrero, an official with the Ministry of Basic Industry. Cuba's domestic production is exclusively heavy oil with a high sulfur content. Its offshore Gulf waters could contain large quantities of lighter, sweet crude, although a test well in 2004 turned up only modest deposits. Studies since then have pointed to "oil traps" in the marine floor, persuading part ner companies to take on the expensive task of exploration in deep water, Marrero said during an earth sciences convention. The drilling is expected to run through 2013. The Cuban government has designated 59 blocks in Gulf waters encompassing 43,200 square miles (112,000 square kilometers) where private ener gy companies have said they could drill deep-water test wells. The area opened for international investment in 2000, and currently a half-dozen companies, including Spain's Rep sol-YPF, have contracted for 22 of the blocks. None of the companies are American due to Washing ton's decades-old ban of U.S. business dealings with the com munist-governed island although some U.S. firms have expressed interest in the past. Marrero repeated Cuba's position that it would be open to partnering with U.S. companies. "Any company could par ticipate under Cuban laws," Marrero said. Earlier this year, Brazilian officials announced that coun try's state-run energy giant, Petrobras, would withdraw from the Cuban area. "They had a small block, barely 1,500 square kilometers," Marrero said. "They discovered prospects, but that can't compete with the hundreds of prospects they have" in Brazilian territory. According to geologic studies conducted by several institutions, some of them U.S.-based, Cuba's Gulf reserves could be 5 billion to 9 billion barrels of crude. Nearly a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers and led to more than 200 million gallons of oil spewing from a BP well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mex ico, Marrero assured reporters that Cuba's exploration will be carried out safely. "The equipment that will be used is the most modern, the safest. The regulatory framework is very strict, and the companies that will drill are presti gious and experienced," he said. "I don't think we are going to have any more risks." Earlier this year, Cuba reported its 2010 production totaled 4 million tons of petroleum equivalent oil plus nat ural gas or about 46 percent of its domestic consumption. The rest it obtains from Venezuela on preferential terms. CUB A PARTNERS TO DRILL FIVE GULF WELLS THIS SUMMER CARIBBEANNEWS
P AGE 8, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By LARRYSMITH THE phrase "third rail" is an American political metaphor for an idea so controversial that any politicianw ho dares touch it will inevitably suffer the consequences. Stepping on the third rail of an electric railway usually results in electrocution. Many consider the third rail i n Bahamian politics to be a commitment to a new political party, and some feel t hat Bamboo Town MP B ranville McCartney has j ust touched that deadly conduit. But we are getting ahead o f ourselves. First we have to consider why political parties exist at all. They are, of course, linked to the extension of democracy. In The Bahamas, political parties e volved as voting restrict ions based on property, r ace and gender were eliminated over the first half oft he 20th century. The quest ion at hand is, why do some political parties wither and die while others take root and flourish? To find the answer we have to consider the historical perspective. Until the mid-20th cent ury, the Bahamas was run by a kitchen-table cabal of white merchants and lawyers under British over-l ordship. The Progressive L iberal Party was formed in 1953 to oppose that regime, satisfying an unmet politicaln eed. Five years later, the regime organized the United Bahamian Party. At about the same time, T ribune publisher Etienne Dupuch and his brother Eugene, both independent House members, formed theB ahamas Democratic League. But their mildly reformist p rogramme was upstaged by t he more assertive PLP. Eugene eventually joined the UBP while Etienne quit politics altogether. In 1965, a conservative faction (led by Paul Adderley and Orville Turnquest) split with the PLP, constituting itself as the National Democratic Party, but also failed to gain traction at the polls. It took almost a gen eration (and several electoral reforms) before the PLP won the government in 1967, under Lynden Pindling. Split The Free National Movement was born following another major split in the PLP in 1970 (led by senior cabinet ministers like Cecil Wallace-Whitfield and Arthur Foulkes). By this time, the UBP had been reduced to a rump and theFNM assumed the role of opposition not third party but it too initially failed at the polls. It took another generation and several bitter factional splits before the FNM won the government in 1992, under Hubert Ingraham. The Vanguard Party was formed in the early 1970s by students and intellectuals asa radical opposition group. Despite the energetic name and indirect support from Castro's Cuba, its Marxist platform never made any headway at the polls, and it faded into oblivion by the 1980s. In 1998 the PLP suffered another body blow when Dr Bernard Nottage, after losing a leadership bid, resigned in a huff to form the Coalition for Democratic Reform. This was the most signifi cant attempt at a new party since the 1970s, but the CDR was a total failure in the 2002 election and disbanded soon after, with Not tage returning to the PLP. D espite the CDR's wipeo ut, the 2002 poll was the e lectoral high point for cand idates not drawn from the t wo major parties. I ndependents and small parties collectively won 7.5 per cent of the vote, but thatw as largely because the PLP had refrained from opposing several ex-FNM incum bents. T here was much talk of a surge in support for new parties at the time of theE lizabeth bye-election last y ear. But the 12-year-old Bahamas Democratic Movement, the newly-formedN ational Development Par ty and the idiosyncratic Workers Party won only 209v otes collectively about 4 per cent of the total cast. This led Dr Andre Rollins, the losing NDP candidate,t o join the PLP. W hat about financing? In the 1950s the PLP was able to establish itself with notm uch more than a type w riter, a mimeograph machine and the labour of its highly motivated supporters, but big money is critical to the success of a major political organization today. And how can a new party with little chance of forming a government ever hope to generate enough funding? According to Carl Bethel, the 41 FNM candidates in 2007 received about $30,000 each for their constituency campaigns. That's about $1.2 million and it doesn't take account of general advertis ing, printing, legal, travel and other costs. So it is clear that elections cost each major party several million dollars. On top of this, the logis tics of forming and main taining constituency branches, recruiting good candidates, and fighting gruelling campaigns are major hurdles for any new organization led by part-time politi cos to overcome. What about the various personalities who have tried to break the mould of twoparty politics over the past 60 years? Were they on the right side of history, or did they just have overblown egos? As longtime political observer Pericles Maillis put it to me: "Some men are born great, and some have greatness thrust upon them, but here in the Bahamas there are many who are simply carried by the tide, and the efforts of others. They are accidents of history with huge egos. And history will judge them by their fruits." The plain fact is that the only successful new party in recent history was the FNM, which split the PLP's parliamentary bloc to become the main opposition. By all accounts, Whitfield had a burning ambition to lead, but he was also able to clearl y articulate the issues, which p layed a crucial role in b ringing about a long-term r ealignment of Bahamian p olitics, despite his limited p ersonal success at the polls. More to the point, he took advantage of theo pportunity presented by the collapse of the UBP to bring about a reconciliation of historical divisions. H is predecessors who formed the NDP in 1965 were equally ambitious andi ntelligent, but clearly on the w rong side of history. As a result, Turnquest and Adderley both vanished into the wilderness until re-e merging in the 1970s to join the mainstream parties. Issues The CDR (whose web site still exists at www.hannaian.com/cdr) was orga nized principally aroundN ottage, but focused on many of the issues that still resonate today, promising to reform education, expand social welfare, diversify the economy, and improve governance. Despite this cred itable effort, all of the CDR's key figures were eventually re-absorbed by the two mainstream parties. Finally, there was the split in the FNM that occurred just prior to the 2002 elec tion. After losing a leadership battle, senior cabinet ministers Tennyson Wells and Pierre Dupuch, together with Long Island representative Larry Cartwright, ran as independents supported by the PLP. They won, but Wells lost in 2007, while Dupuch retired from politics and Cartwright returned to the FNM. They had no impact on our political evolution. So what makes Branville McCartney and others think the time is right today for a new political realignment? Well, according to National Development Par ty hopeful Lynden Nairn, "People have lost confidence in both mainstream leaders, but are still willing to vote for them because there is no alternative. We are at the point where we are disgusted and desirous of change, and that cry is giving birth to a third party for an alternative government." He recognizes the difficulties. "This is a weight I would rather not shoulder, but I can't help myself. I am trapped on this road. If either of the main parties would become more demo cratic and demonstrate gen uine concern for the coun try, I would join immediately." T he NDP, the BDM and o thers are currently engaged in talks with McCartney about an amalgamation ofs ome kind to fight the next election. "It will be hard but I think w e can make a dent at the polls," Nairn said. "There are legitimate questions about financing, but I thinkt he money will come. I think p eople get it." In a Facebook exchange with McCartney before hisr esignation from the FNM last week, he told me abouta comprehensive plan he had developed to deal withi llegal immigration, which the government refused to address. The implication was that t his was his reason for leaving the cabinet a year ago. But government insiders sayh is only plan was to harass t he Haitian community and ensure he got good publicity doing it. And since then he has had nothing to say on current affairs or policy issues extraordinary for a politi cian contemplating a bid for national leadership with only a brief electoral track record. McCartney won his seat on a platform that called explicitly for transforming ZNS and privatizing Bahamasair, BEC and BTC in order to reduce govern ment's footprint in the economy and the endless subsidies required to cover the huge losses of these state corporations. But aside from portray ing himself as a potential saviour in his speech during the BTC debate, McCartney had nothing to offer beyond voting against privatization while dropping the vague buzz word "empowerment" at every opportunity. This is not a good start for the leader of a putative third force that is set to take the country by storm. In this context, a scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar springs to mind, when Marullus asks the people of Rome why they are celebrating Caesar's arrival: "Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome, to grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels?" Meanwhile, rumours of an early election continue to swirl. The only rationale for such a strategy unless you think the economy is getting worse is to catch the opposition off guard. And since the PLP seems relatively well-prepared at this point, the suggestion is that the threat in question is a potential new party or united front. But a snap election is a very unlikely prospect. T he prime minister has s aid he will close the register in July, after which it will take a month to perfect. Then the boundaries commission has to be appointed, and it will take time to redraw the constituencies. Then the electorate needs at least 30 days notice. And it takes 60 days to run an effective campaign. There are many other practical and political considerations that factor into the decision on a polling date. A snap election hasn't been called in the Bahamas since 1968 when the death of PLP MP Uriah McPhee on February 16 led then Prime Minister Lynden Pindling to go to the polls on April 10 to avoid a hung parliament. That decision resulted in a landslide win for the PLP a 20 per cent voting swing in the 15 months that had elapsed since the 1967 elec tion. Election The only other time an early election was called was in 1971, when Pindling announced he would bring the 1973 election forward by six months (to September 1972) in order to accommodate the government's independence timetable. The PLP won by a landslide in that instance too. The bottom line is that it's easy to talk about a new party, but the logistical issues involved with such a project are daunting and we probably don't have enough attractive, willing and capable candidates to support a multi-party system anyway. More impor tantly, the objective condi tions have to be in place for a breakthrough to occur, a nd the issues have to be clearly articulated. It is impossible to deny the growing public disenchantment over critical issues like crime, education, jobs, illegal immigration and national development. Clearly, there is a lot of hard work that needs to be done to improve our society, and clearly no one leader or group has all the answers. But there are also no short cuts. "I take very seriously the level of anxiety and the interest of the electorate in something new," one MP told me. "You can't be dismissive of that without being arro gant. But there's a lot of shallow thinking out there. Young politicians know that being strident gets them a lot of publicity and then they start to hear voices." As for those objective conditions, it may be true that a high percentage of the population is looking for new leadership and new ideas, but it has to be the right leaders and the right policies. A vision for change can't succeed if it is based on resentment or an exag gerated view of one's own destiny. Currently, we have the PLP and the FNM, and some grey areas in between. The question is, does any one out there have the ability to bring those grey areas into sharper focus just a few months before an election? What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com Stepping on the third rail in Bahamian politics S OME FEEL THAT B amboo Town MP Branville McCartney has touched the political third rail. A A s s i i d d e e f f r r o o m m p p o o r r t t r r a a y y i i n n g g h h i i m m s s e e l l f f a a s s a a p p o o t t e e n n t t i i a a l l s s a a v v i i o o u u r r i i n n h h i i s s s s p p e e e e c c h h d d u u r r i i n n g g t t h h e e B B T T C C d d e e b b a a t t e e , M M c c C C a a r r t t n n e e y y h h a a d d n n o o t t h h i i n n g g t t o o o o f f f f e e r r b b e e y y o o n n d d v v o o t t i i n n g g a a g g a a i i n n s s t t p p r r i i v v a a t t i i z z a a t t i i o o n n w w h h i i l l e e d d r r o o p p p p i i n n g g t t h h e e v v a a g g u u e e b b u u z z z z w w o o r r d d e e m m p p o o w w e e r r m m e e n n t t a a t t e e v v e e r r y y o o p p p p o o r r t t u u n n i i t t y y . PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham has said he will close the voter register in July.
By ANITA L MACDONALD N ASSAU Music Society audiences this week weret reated to a Return of the Virtuosos concert, given by violinist extraordinaire Alexandre DaCosta and pianist par excellence WonnyS ong. T hese fine musicians have graced our stages in the past, and we are most grateful for their continued willingness t o forsake their Canadian c limes for a while and to bear with the beauty of the Bahamas. A lexandre DaCosta received his masters degree in violin at the tender age of1 8. A student of the worldr enowned Russian School teacher and performer Zakhar Bron, Mr DaCosta w ent on to win the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for Best Canadian Artistu nder 30 Years of Age, the Musical Instrument Bank Competition of the Canada Council for the Arts, and many other international first prizes too numerous to mention. H e has recorded many CDs, and was named Musi cal Development Director of the Canimex Foundation, an organisation dedicated to gathering a collection of the f inest instruments for the benefit of talented professional artists. In fact, in his perfor m ances here, Mr DaCosta played the 1727 Di Barbaro Stradivarius, courtesy of Canimex. (Violins created f rom about 1700 until Anto nio Stradivaris death are s aid to belong to the golden p eriod, since the instru ments that he made during that time are considered tob e his best.) S ome have asked what gives a Stradivarius its dis tinctly resonant and full-bod ied tone. The fact of the matter is that no one is 100 per cent sure, because the besto f these instruments have never been able to be replicated. It is theorised that the wood used by Antonio S tradivari was exceptionally dense due to a prolonged period of cold at that time( 1645 1750), and/or perhaps was cured or stored in Venetian water, and/or wast reated with minerals as preservatives, and/or that the varnish used was made from a formula known only to him. Pianist Wonny Song was the recipient of a full scholarship to Philadelphias Curtis Institute of Music. He later studied at the Glenn Gould Professional School with Marc Durand. Awarded the first Elinor Bell Fellowship at the Uni versity of Minnesota, Dr Song completed his doctoral studies there with Lydia Artymiw. As the winner of the Prix dEurope in Canada, he performed throughout Canada, France, Italy, and Sweden. He later went on to perform at Lincoln Centre in NYC as well as at numerous major cities in the US and Canada. Additionally, as the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Audi tions in New York, Wonny performed at Carnegies Zankel Hall in NYC and at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. A world-class musician, he has also performed in Korea and Thailand and has record ed best-selling CDs. The delightfully-named Dr Song opened the programme with Frederic Chopins Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, where his liquescent, sensi tive touch allowed one phrase to flow seamlessly into the next. In the Andante Spianato portion of the work, where spianato means flowing and smooth, Dr Song fittingly produced a singing tone throughout, where all the voices were brought out as appropriate and where the o rnamental sections of the w ork were like the finest of filigree. Wonny obviously has the s oul of a true Romantic, per haps enhanced by the fact that he is soon to be married.T he middle chordal section o f this work, which was hymn-like in its own straightforward, simple, and yet spiritual way, was followed by a return to the more ornamental style of the openings ection, with notes as delicately interwoven as spun lace. Dr Songs performance of t he Grande Polonaise Bril lante was an amazing cont rast to the prior spianato p iece. It is rare to find a pianist who excels at both rippling pianissimos and rawp ower, but Dr Song took t otal command of the instru ment and played it with the strength of his entire body. Outstanding In fact, I have never heard that Yamaha piano sound as good as Wonny made its ound. A truly outstanding interpreter of Chopin, with his slender and elegant physique, Dr Songs muscular passages were as unex pected as they were most welcome and astounding. He has a strong left hand, unerring accuracy, and true Chopinesque rubatos. Hear ing him play made me think that this is what it must have been like for the original audiences who listened to Chopin and Liszt, the rock stars of their day, perform in person. The excitement he gener ated was palpable. The mesmerizing Dr Song took us to great dramatic heights and then let us down gently to catch our breath in the stream of mellifluous yet complex passages. The finale of the work set off auditory fireworks that resulted in well-deserved cries of Bravo! from an enraptured audience. The remainder of the programme was devoted to the musical collaboration of our own Dynamic Duo, fea turing violinist Alexandre DaCosta with pianist Wonny Song as his accompanist. The first offering was Manuel de Fallas Suite Populaire Espagnole, a group of six songs originally written for voice and piano. In El Pao Moruno (Moorish Cloth and his Strad provided a rich, singing tone, complemented by the perfect and varied use of vibrato for dramatic effect in this wedding-night song. The second work in the suite, Nana, was sadly wistful, yet sensitive and soothing at the same time. Reminiscent of Mussorgskys Lullaby, it was heartbreaking to hear. The third song, Cancin, was a teasing dialogue wherea wife made sure her husband knew what violence would ensue should he prove unfaithful. Mr DaCosta combined high-pitched E-string harm onics with bouncing on the b alls of his feet to completely capture and embody the spirit of the work. N ext we heard the flamen co-style work entitled Polo, where Wonnys accompani-m ent sounded and looked l ike a maddened rooster pecking furiously at the keyboard! In contrast, Asturiana was meditative, quite contemplative and spiritual, yet lushi n a verdant way. It seemed to describe a soul that soared, floated, and then returned at peace. F or the final song in the suite, Jota, Mr DaCosta t ransported us to Valencia, w here he danced with his fiddle up on his toes, swaying, holding her in hise mbrace, and playing rapt urously with a touching, piercing sweetness of tone. The first half of the pro gramme concluded with a bravura performance of three pieces extracted from S ergei Prokofievs Romeo and Juliet Orchestral Suites. First was the well-known Montagues and Capulets, as p owerful and frightening now as it was when it was first introduced. T he tension and discord between the feuding families were not only captured byP rokofievs harmonic disso nances but also were underscored and embodied by Mr DaCostas and Dr Songs back-and-forth musical sparrings and posturings between the violin and piano parts. Wonny Song is an excellent accompanist and musical partner, taking pianistic centre stage so to speak when appropriate, but then imme diately dropping into the background when it was the turn of Alexandre DaCosta and his violin to hold forth. Dance was the second work in the group. It is less well-known, but it provided an excellent change of mood and lead-in to Masks, the third and final piece in the group. Masks, with its bold pizzicatos and joyous, rhythmic dissonances and harmonic grotesqueries, was an excel lent choice to end the first half of the programme. Mr DaCosta performed with great verve and power, illuminating the twists and turns of the music and the mood. The second half of the programme was devoted to the Sonata No 1 for Violin and Piano by Johannes Brahms. The three movements were somewhat subdued in their tempos, as suited the mood of the work, which was written after the death of the composers godson. The first movement was Vivace, ma non troppo (live ly, but not too much); the second was Adagio (slowly and gracefully); and the third was Allegro molto moderato (somewhat fast but quite moderated). Here, Mr DaCostas vio lin sang like a human voice in something that was not so much an aria as it was a reason for living, for going on beyond the pains of exis-t ence, for rising to meet whatever life brings. O ne could hear cries of a nguish and the throbbing beating of a heart in the second and most funereal of the t hree movements; yet there w as resolution rather than d espondence. This work, as interpreted exquisitely by Mr D aCosta, was a tender paean to acceptance and hope. C ries of Bravo! Encore! E ncore! rang out for the i nimitable Messieurs DaCost a and Song. They obliged fittingly with a return to de Falla and La Vida Breve (The Brief Life With his impeccable tech n ique and his incomparable Strad, Mr DaCosta played masterfully, thrillingly, with u nparalleled energy and vir tuosity, accompanied by the refreshing and inimitable DrS ong. It was obvious that A lexandre and Wonny were really enjoying themselves, a nd so were we! The last concert of the season will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 7.30pm a t the College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre and on Sunday, April 1 0 at 5:30 pm at St Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay.J ohn O'Conor, Irish pianist extraordinaire will perform. Further details can be f ound at www.nassaumusic society.org L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 9 Nassau Music Society presents DaCosta and Song: True Virtuosos THE NASSAU MUSIC SOCIETY (Patrick Thomson, president, Terry Factor, vice president, Italia Watkins-Jan, vice-president/administrator, and Linda Thomson, committee member)paid a c ourtesy call on the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, before the concert on Tuesday, M arch 29 at Government House with Alexandre DaCosta(violinist ( pianist). Both musicians were accompanied by their fiances, Martine and Luna. Sir Arthur expressed his love for music and thanked the society for bringing internationally renowneda nd talented artists to the Bahamas. Pictured, l-r: Martine, Alexandre DaCosta, Italia WatkinsJ an, Terry Factor, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Patrick Thomson, Linda Thomson, Wonny Song and Luna.
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE election, I introduced to you a young man, Bran McCartney, who I said would be good for you. You didnt know him, he didnt know you. You accepted him; you embraced him, and you elected him to the House (of Assembly has now chosen of his own free will and accord to leave youand forsake the FNM. He didnt do it in a very respectful way quite frankly. Did he tell you he was going? Mr Ingraham asked of the crowd. No! they responded. He didnt tell you he was going? I was sitting down in the House of Assembly and someone pushed to me an envelope and it had my name written on it. I opened it and it was from Mr Branville McCartney advising me that he was severing his relation-ship with the FNM. He didnt say I was resigning or nothing.He said I just severed my relationship I cut it off, I want nothing to do with you. Why would you want to do some thing with someone who dont want nothing to do with you? Mr Ingraham asked. T he FNMs leader implored the crowd to allowMr McCartney to do his way and allow the FNM to go theirs FNM way. And so I have come tonight to ask you to take back which you gave him. You gave him your seat in the Parlia-m ent. You gave him the right to say he is speaking in your name. Well he no longer speaks for you. We now needto select someone who will speak for you in Bamboo Town, he said. Mr Ingraham said that after Easter the party will start thes election process for a new candidate after consulting with persons in the constituency. Mr Ingraham also touched on the delayed privatizationof the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless at last nights meeting. Mr Ingraham admitted that the sale has had a hiccup. In Freeport, Grand Bahama, Batelco has a license from the Grand Bahama Port Authority. And the Port Authority is supposed to approve the transfer of the business in Freeport. Not in N assau, not in Abaco, not in any place else. And the Port Authority sought to extract from Batelco a fee on the business of which is carried out in Freeport, a fee that we are convinced is without merit, without justification. A fee that we find offensive, a fee we find unaccepta ble, a fee that we will not pay. And I am confident in my expectation that the matter will be resolved shortly to the satisfaction of ourselves and you, the public of the Bahamas, he said. Mr Ingraham continued to chair the meeting, even fieldi ng questions from persons in the audience one of them, a noted Bamboo Town resident and local filmmaker Celi Moss. Mr Moss started off his question by asking those in attendance how many of them were actually residents of Bamboo Town to which onlya few dozen raised their hands. Acknowledging that they were in the minority, Mr Moss attempted to continue his questioning before being booed from the microphone. In a similar fashion, a regu lar talk show caller C Allen Johnson, who also goes by the alias Critical Thinker, got up to the microphone to ask a question. However his efforts were quickly thwarted as the Prime Minister promptly called the session to a close. Mr Johnson in response, lashed out at the Prime Minis ter, calling him a coward. Following Mr Ingrahams departure from CV Bethel, and that of the majority of his cabinet ministers who had attended, Mr Johnson was attacked by an FNM supporter who hurled two chairs at him as he was gathering his video equipment. The police officers who were present quickly got the matter under control, and ush ered Mr Johnson out as a number of FNM supporters continued to berate him for attending the meeting. However, Mr Davis added, the postponement should not be seen as bad news, but an opportunity to stop the deal. "The announcement that the completion of the sale of BTC was delayed yesterday (Monday FNM bungling. Haste makes w aste. "This case of the BTC sale showcases the governments epic mismanagement of a deal that has been mishandled from the start. The good news, its not too late to stop the deal. It must be stopped in the nationa l interest," said the Cat Island and Rum Cay member of Parliament yesterday. Mr Davis said he supported privatising BTC, but argued that "giving ownership control of BTC to Cable & Wireless a company with a history of trouble in the Caribbean for a fire sale price has always been a terrible idea." "The PLP calls on the government to turn his bungled job into an opportunity its not too late to do the right thing. Lets keep a key Bahamian asset in Bahamian hands," he said, adding that the PLP is ready to sponsor new legislation to offer shares of BTC to the Bahamian public. His comments came the day after it was anticipated that the London-based telecommunications company would officially take over BTC. A planned press conference that would presumably announce the official takeover was postponed on Monday. While some speculated that the stalling was evidence that CWC could not drum up the full financing for the deal, a representative from CWC dismissed the conjecture, telling The Tribune that all parties involved were close to finalising the sale and "moving in the right direction." c ess rate is around 88 per cent. The 25-year-old PMH facil i ty is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. Nurses in the facility say they regularlyt reat babies from Turks and Caicos Islands. In the United States, there would typically be several facilities to satisfyt he equivalent population radius in the Bahamas, much l ess the Caribbean. The seven-month campaign organised by the TribuneM edia Group, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Doctors Hospital, Tile King and Rotary resulted in t he installation of seven ven tilators and three incubators. More than 150 private and c orporate entities nationwide c ontributed to the fundraiser. Several of these, amount i ng to $78,740, were made in the name of Roger Carron, husband of Tribune Publish e r Eileen Carron, who died on October 18, 2009, from complications after a heart attack. T he donations made in Mr Carrons name were the largest contributed in this c ampaign to the memory of an individual. The ventilator bought with these funds bearsa n inscription that reads: The Ventilator was donated to Breathe Easy Campaign in Memory of Roger Peter Car-r on, June 13, 1932, to October 18, 2009. Ms Rassin said: It was an amazing project. We were targeting four v entilators, but the success of the programme was fantastic. From the individual donationo f $50 to the entire ventilator donated anonymously, it was heart-warming to see thec ompassion that the country has for our infants, keeping them alive and giving them their first breath. T he cost of one ventilator is about $42,000, with the cost of an incubator about $19,000. T he ventilators formerly used by PMH were discontinued by the manufacturers, accord i ng to Ms Rassin. We are the only neo-natal intensive care unit for babies born premature in the region.T he last things to develop are the lungs, so they need the ventilators to help them to breathe, she said. explained. If he is not, there are any number of things he can do. But what is stopping McCartney from running in Mount Moriah? Just because he is the MP for Bam boo Town doesnt mean he cant run some place else. In fact, if you would check, you find that he grew up in Mount Moriah. As a matter of fact, Mount Moriah is a very attractive seat for Mr McCartney, the source said. The FNMs Minister of National Securi t y Tommy Turnquest, who was also the partys former leader before Mr Ingrahams return to the post in 2006, represents Mount Moriah in the House of Assembly. Prime Minister Ingraham explained to the press yesterday he would be meeting with FNM members last night in Bamboo Town to apologise for putting Mr McCartney in their area only to have him resign from the party. According to the Prime Minister, Mr McCartney had no prior connection to Bamboo Town and it was in fact the FNM, which gave credibility to the young MP securing the seat in the first place. H owever, according to supporters of Mr McCartney and his new Independent party, there should be no apologies offered to Bamboo Town. What are you apologising for? one supporter asked. The after-school programmes? His food programme for the needy and the underprivileged? What are they apologising for? From the way things look, he was a stellar MP, who should be an example to his colleagues in the House of Assembly. The better question is: How many of them are doing what Branville McCartney was doing in Bamboo Town? dent-elect of Haiti following his victory in Mondays election. While official results are not expected until April 14, Mr Martellys victory in a run-off with Mirlande Manigat received a celebratory reception across the country. With their home country facing a multitude of challenges from widespread poverty and slow reconstruction following the devastat ing earthquake last year, to the cholera outbreak that has killed more that 4,000 people in the last six months Haitian leaders in the Bahamas say they have hope and faith in the political newcomer. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas Antonio Rodrigue said his people wanted a new type of politician, one that could move the country forward. With Mr Martelly having secured 67.5 per cent of the vote, Mr Rodrigue said, the results of the election were widely accepted and greeted by rejoicing in the streets. According to Mr Rodrigue, Mr Martelly is very popular and loved by the people especially younger Haitians, who admire his music, and the lower classes, who know Martelly for his humanitarian work and see him as someone willing to help those in difficult situations. For more than 50 years, and in the face of worsening conditions for average Haitians, traditional political leaders have failed to deliver on promised results. With the country still suffering under rampant poverty and slow reconstruction following the 2010 earthquake, people grew dissatis fied and wanted someone "new, young and dynamic, who comes with fresh ideas that would guide the country in a new direction," said Mr Rodrigue. Looking to the future, Mr Rodrigue said that during Mr Martelly's presidential campaign, he presented good ideas and plans that have the potential to turn things around. It will now be a matter of translating these into reality, he said. Mr Rodrigue said: "We hope and expect that he will take the country in a progressive and positive direction. We need that, and someone to work for the people of the country." Celiner St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of Gospel Assembly, expressed his joy over the presidential elections and his support for Michel Martelly. "We were very happy with elections and the new President Martel ly there was no trouble during elections and it was peaceful," said Mr St Louis. He said Haiti is in a very bad state at the moment, espe cially following the earthquake. There is still no running water and no electricity, but he said that a new president could mean a new Haiti. Mr St Louis is asking all Haitians to come together to help rebuild the country. "We must pray together and work together to get a new Haiti, he said. SEE PAGE 11 Ed Fields, senior vice president of public affairs at Kerzner International, said: We can confirm that there was unfortu n ately, an incident in our waterpark (Monday five-year-old girl. Mr Fields added: She is currently in the hospital and we are d oing everything in our power to assist the family during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. PM:FNM WANTS BAMBOO TOWN BACK FROM page one FROM page one Haitian community in Nassau react to newly-elected president QUICK-thinking boaters rescued a man after he fell from the top of the south-bound Paradise Island bridge yesterday. It is believed that the man was attempting suicide when he stood on top of the bridges railing. According to police, passerbys and nearby boaters tried to get him to change his mind. The man slipped as he was trying to climb back over the railing to safety. He plunged into the water. Boaters in the area with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force rushed to his rescue. The man was said to be in serious condition when he was taken to the RBDF base for transfer to hospital. However, no further details could be given up to press time. MAN RESCUED AFTER FALLING FROM PI BRIDGE FROM page one Girl f ighting for her life BREA TH OF LIFE FROM page one FROM page one BRAN COULD STAND FROM page one Brave Davis FIFTEEN homeless men are now without any shelter after a fire devastated their temporary home. I t was reported that the fire at Love Cottage, a homeless shelter on Prince C harles Drive, began around 4pm yesterday. As fire investigations continue, Bishop Walter Hanchell of Great Commission Ministries is appealing to the public for any assistance possible to provide alterna-t ive lodgings for the victims. Love Cottage was one of three shelters run by Great Commission, a non-profit organization that has provided assistance to the less fortunate for the past 25 years. Bishop Hanchell said: The men lost all their belongings, and are now homeless,a gain. The Ministry lost furniture, equipm ent, everything. We thank God that no one was hurt. Persons wishing to donate can drop off supplies to Great Commission Ministries on Wulff Road or contact them at 3255801. Fire leaves homeless men without shelter THEREMAINS of Love Cottage after the fire. Tim Clark e/Tribune staff
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 11 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press The presidential campaign of musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly at first seemed like an afterthought, overshadowed by the shortlived run of the better-known star Wyclef Jean and dismissedas little more than a sideshow to an election that featured major Haitian political figures. But Martelly, who has never held political office, turned out to be a serious, skilled and successful candidate. He captured nearly 68 percent of the vote, defeating opposition leaderand former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to preliminary election results released Monday night. When initial results of the flawed first round in Novem ber put him out of the race, Martelly mobilized supporters to protest as if he were a veteran of Haiti's rough politics,and a new count got him a spot in the March 20 runoff. He ran a disciplined campaign, deftly depicting himself as an outsider and neophyte even though he has long been active in politics. Thousands of supporters danced and cheered in the streets after his victory was announced. They ran through the streets, climbed atop cars, and even fired automatic rifles in the sky. Carrying posters of his smiling face and bald crown, supporters showed up outside his gated compound in Petionville, a city in the hills above Port-au-Prince. "Micky is a political animal, and the political establishment failed to realize how much of a phenomenon he is," said Gar ry Pierre-Pierre, editor and publisher of The Haitian Times, a New York-based newspaper. "This is a man who literally can get a million people to move to his groove." Although Martelly support ers crowded outside his house, the pop-star-turned-candidate made no public statements except on Twitter, where he thanked his supporters and added: "We're going to work for all Haitians. Together we can." He scheduled a news con ference for Tuesday. Manigat made no public statements. To many Haitians, particularly the legions of young and jobless, Martelly is an outsider who can bring change to Haiti. "He knows the problems of the country," said Gardy Success, 24, a marketer for a cellphone company in Port-auPrince. "He's aware of what's going on." Those who backed Manigat or other candidates doubt the pop star will be a break from the past. "He's another politi cian," Thomas Mercius, a 39year-old who sells books on the street in the capital, said dismissively of the musicianturned-president. Martelly inherits a country in crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people still homeless from the January 2010 earthquake, the internationally financed reconstruc tion stalled and a cholera out break that may surge again with the rainy season. And he will confront a Senate and Chamber of Deputies controlled by the party of out going President Rene Preval, whose chosen successor was ultimately excluded from the runoff, making way for Sweet Micky. The son of an oil company executive, Martelly grew up in Carrefour, part of the dense urban mass that makes up the capital. He attended a prestigious Roman Catholic school in Port-au-Prince and junior colleges in the United States, though he never graduated. He worked as construction worker in Miami in the 1980s, a time when he says he occasionally smoked marijuana and crack cocaine. A few years later, Martelly found his calling playing compas, Haiti's high-energy, slowed-down version of merengue. He became a household name in Haiti. Music and protest run in the family. His grandfather, Auguste "Kandjo" de Pradines, was a French protest singer who aimed his vitriol at the U.S. military occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934. His cousin, Richard Morse, manager of the storied Hotel Oloffson in downtown Portau-Prince, uses his rock band RAM as an outlet for prodemocracy politics. Over time, Martelly's shows became legendary, for he was a bona fide provocateur. As the self-proclaimed "bad boy of compas," Martelly mooned the audience, cursed his rivals, and donned diapers and dresses. Many credit him for reviving compas and proving Hait ian musicians could earn a decent living. At the time President JeanBertrand Aristide was deposed and exiled during his first term, in 1991, Martelly's fans included former army officers and paramilitary leaders. One of them, Lt. Col. Michel Francois, got Martelly to lead an anti-Aristide protest when a U.N. diplomat arrived in Haiti to negotiate the oust ed leader's return. Rivals tried to take advantage of Martelly's onstage antics during the campaign. Manigat, a former senator, avoided direct criticism dur ing the runoff campaign but repeatedly stressed her "morality." Martelly took the rare step in Haiti of hiring an international campaign consulting firm to transform his "Sweet Micky" alter ego into conservatively dressed presidential material. The Madrid-based Ostos & Sola company earlier had worked on presidential campaigns by U.S. Sen. John McCain and Mexico's Felipe Calderon. "Without his handlers, he would have been dead in water," said Jocelyn McCalla,a senior adviser to Haiti's spe cial envoy to the United Nations. Martelly also won the endorsement of Wyclef Jean after that popular entertain er's own bid for the presidency was turned down because he didn't meet Haiti's residency requirements. In December, minutes after election officials announced that Martelly wouldn't be in the runoff, his supporters poured into the streets. For nearly three days, they paralyzed Port-au-Prince with menacing protests. Eventually, the Organization of American States said its own count showed Martelly finished second, and he was given a runoff spot against Manigat. Preval, the outgoing president, endured criticism for his remote and bland personality. Martelly, in contrast, is effusive and charismatic, an enter tainer eager for an audience. Well before he became a candidate, he ventured into slums, playing soccer with children and hugging admirers. As a candidate, he held rallies in the earthquake settlement camps. "The old politicians, they never did anything for us," Jean Marc, 37, said as he raced down the street celebrating Monday. "So I decided to give this guy a chance." Critics say Martelly has street smarts but lacks the book smarts needed for Haiti's top job, though he says he will enlist a team of experts to guide him. "He's the driver of the car," said Hypollite Pierre, a Maryland-based political analyst. "But what if he doesn't know how to drive and the passengers tell him to go the wrong way?" His fans say they realize Martelly won't rid Haiti of its ills. "I can't say he'll solve all our problems in five years, because Haiti's problems can't be solved in five years," said Ernst Nelson, 28, who lives in a camp across the street from the ruined National Palace. "But he can lay the ground work." H AITI S P OP S TAR P RESIDENT HAITI'S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly greets supporters after giving a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. Martelly captured nearly 68 per cent of the vote in the presidential election runoff, defeating opposition leader and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to preliminary election results released Monday night. (AP Michel Sweet Micky Martelly captures nearly 68 per cent of the vote HAITI'S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly gives a news conference in Port-auPrince, Haiti, Tuesday. (AP SUPPORTERS OF HAITI'S presidential candidate Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly carry a large poster of him as they celebrate after the announcement of preliminary results for the presidential election runoff in the Petion Ville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday. (AP
I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B REGA, Libya A ssociated Press L IBYANgovernment forces unleashed a withering bombardment of rebels outside a key oil town Tuesday as an Obama administration envoy met with the opposition leaders hip in its de facto capital, a p ossible step toward diplomatic recognition. NATO said nearly a third of Libyan leader Moammar G adhafi's heavy weapons h ave been destroyed. But t he alliance said Gadhafi's f orces had changed tactics i n the besieged western city o f Misrata by moving tanks and other heavy equipmentto civilian areas to prevent pilots from targeting them. A doctor in Misrata corroborated that, saying Gad hafi's forces have beenp lacing heavy weapons near civilians there for the past two weeks. They snuck their antia ircraft weapons and tanks into the city. They are between the apartment buildings andt he trees," said the doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear ofr eprisals. "They disguise their equipment on the big agricultural trucks that the farmers use outside oft own. They bring in mor t ars with civilian cars." Upr ising The opposition has con t rolled much of the eastern half of Libya since early on in the uprising that began in February. Misrata is one of two major cities in the west that have also risen up against Gadhafi's regime, whichhas responded with a brutal crackdown waged over weeks of battles. The other front is on a coastal road leading out of the rebel stronghold city of Benghazi in the east toward the capital Tripoli in the west. Gadhafi loyalists and opponents have fought a tug-of-war for weeks on the road, with a few main towns and oil ports changing hands repeatedly. Though Gadhafi's forces are stronger, NATO airstrikes have helped the rebels hold back an onslaught on the east. The regime has softened its public stance against any compromise that would end the fighting and is putting out feelers for a ceasefire, though it continues to resist rebels' demand that Gad hafi step down. Gadhafi's British-educated son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, on Tuesday, dismissed reports that h is father's inner circle of a dvisers was crumbling fol lowing the defection of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa. O n the coastal road lead ing from the east to Tripoli, the rebels had managed to take part of the oil town of Brega on Monday, aided by an international air campaign. B ut the rocket and a rtillery salvos unleashed on the rebels Tuesday indi cated the government's offensive capabilities remain very much intact. "When you see this, the situation is very bad. We cannot match their weapons," said Kamal Mughrabi, 64, a retired soldier who joined the rebel army. "If the planes don't come back and hit them, we'll have to keep pulling back." Rebel attempts to fire rockets and mortars against the government forces were met with aggressive counter bombardments that sent many of the rebel forces scrambling back all the way to the town of Ajdabiya, dozens of miles (kilome ters) away. There did not appear to be any immediate response from the international aircraft patrolling the skies that have aided the rebels in the past. Earlier in the day, however, there was an airstrike a gainst a convoy of eight g overnment vehicles advancing toward rebel positions, rebel officer Abdel-Basset Abibi said,c iting surveillance teams. Brig. Gen. Mark Van Uhm of NATO said Tues day its U.N.-authorized aerial onslaught to stop Gadhafi from attacking dissenters has so far destroyed 3 0 percent of the Gadhafi's w eapons. On Monday alone, the alliance said it carried out 14 attacks on ground targets across the country, destroying radars, munitions dumps, armored vehicles and a rocket launcher. Bombs Three-quarters of Monday's scheduled strike missions, however, had to return without dropping their bombs or launching their missiles because of Gadhafi loyalists made it more difficult for pilots to distinguish between civilians and regime troops, Van Uhm said. Rebel forces have been helped by the arrival on the front of more trained sol diers and heavier weapons, but they are still struggling to match the more experienced and better equipped government troops, even with the aid of airstrikes. Late Monday, Govern m ent spokesman Moussa Ibrahim reiterated Gadhafi's refusal to step down,a s the opposition is demanding. He said any changes in Libya must be led by Gadhafi, who hasr uled the country for more t han four decades. "We could have any political system, anyc hanges: constitution, elec tion, anything, but the leader has to lead this forward," he said in Tripoli. Don't decide our future from abroad. Give us a proposal for change from within,"I brahim said, chastising Western powers who have a "personal problem with t he leader" and economic interests they believe would be better served if Gad hafi's government collapsed. The comments were unlikely to appease the rebels fighting to oust the Libyan leader who has a legacy of brutality. Any long-term settlement poses tough questions about the fate of Gadhafi's family and the new leader of a post-Gadhafi nation, and the opposition has rejected any solution that would involve one of his sons taking power. President Barack Obama's envoy to the opposi tion, Chris Stevens, was meeting with members of Libya's Transitional National Council in Benghazi to get a better idea of who they are, what they want and what their needs and capabilities are, a U.S. official said. His visit could pave the way for U.S. recognition of the council as Libya's legit i mate government although no decision is imminent, the official said. S tevens was the No. 2 at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli until the mission was shut tered in February amid e scalating violence. He will b e discussing humanitarian and possible financial assistance to the opposition, theo fficial said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending an announcement of the visitb y the White House on Tuesday. Council T hree countries, includi ng NATO allies France a nd Italy, along with Qatar, have recognized the tran sitional council as the legit imate representatives of the Libyan people but the United States has yet to follow suit. The U.S. has also not made a decision on whether to arm the rebels. The head of the African Union, meanwhile, voiced his support for Gadhafi, calling for the end to foreign interference into what he called an internal Libyan problem. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 69-year-old president of Equatorial Guinea, described Western military efforts to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya as a "socalled humanitarian inter vention." The rebels have seen success in their efforts to establish an internationally recognized government in eastern Libya, forging tighter links with Britain and Italy, both potentially major markets for Libyan o il. Italy offered diplomat ic recognition to the Libyan opposition council on Mon d ay, becoming the third country to do so after France and Qatar. A tanker arrived near the e astern city of Tobruk on T uesday to load up the rebels' first shipment of oil for export, potentially giv i ng them crucial funding. The tanker can carry 1 million barrels of oil, less than the 1.6 million barrelsL ibya produced even day on average before the cri sis. Analysts viewed the delivery as a symbolic stepf orward. The conflict in Libya caused crude exports from t he country, 17th among the world oil producers, to dwindle to a trickle, spark ing a surge in global oil prices. Benchmark crude was trading at around $108 a barrel on Tuesday. Gadhafi's son Seif alIslam shrugged off the notion that the regime was disintegrating after the foreign minister defected. He said of course there would be defections among senior members of the regime because some of them are old and tired and "not young like us." He also dismissed the idea that Koussa might have new information to offer British authorities about the Lockerbie bombing in which he was a key negotiator. "The British and the Americans ... they know everything about Locker bie so there are no secrets" Koussa can reveal, Seif said. Government bombardment pushes back Libyan rebels LIBYAN REBELS and paramedics run for cover as artillery shells fired by pro Gadhafi forces land meters ahead outside Brega, Libya, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Libyan government forces on Tuesday u nleashed a withering bombardment of the rebels outside a key oil town pushing them back, even as the regime said Moammar Gadhafi might consider some reforms but would not stepping down. (AP LIBYAN REBELS fire a rocket launcher toward pro-Gadhafi forces along the front line near Brega, Libya Tuesday, April 5, 2011. (AP LIBYAN REBELS shell pro Gadhafi positions just outside Brega, Libya, Tuesday. (AP
SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.18 $5.21 $5.23 B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamian financial services industry could almost double its contribution to per annum gross domestic product (GDP got it right, a leading attorneyt old Tribune Business, adding that the sectors employment l evels could easily grow 50 per cent to around 6,000-7,000 persons. Brian Moree QC, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft& Hughes, told Tribune Business that although the financials ervices industry had been treading water in terms of its G DP contribution for more t han 20 years, it could be pushed to a new peak level w ithin six-eight years with the correct strategy and determination. Emphasising that the political will to lead such an effort, and convincing the Bahamian people of the need in invest int he sectors success, were vital to maximising this nations f inancial services potential, Mr Moree said: I think the conventional wisdom at the moment is that financial services has been fairly static for 20 years, 20-plus years. Putting this into the context o f its overall contribution to Push financial sector to 25-30% GDP share n Senior attorney says industry could almost double contribution in 6-8 years if we got it right n Suggests employment levels could grow 50% to 6,000-7,000 if Bahamas pushed to peak, and sets out road map to get there n Keys are to get buy-in from all Bahamians and will of the political directorate BRIANMOREE SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas must sort out the regulatory jungle that its financial services industry has laboured with for many years, a senior attorney warned yesterday, explaining this was a key factor in the nations failure to make any significant inroads in the capital markets business. Brian Moree QC, senior partner at McKinney, Ban croft & Hughes, told Tribune Business in an exclusive interview that the Bahamas had REA CH REGUL ATORY JUNGLE FINISH LINE Senior attorney urges administration to do same on e-government and ease of doing business* Warns increased financial centre competition for smaller share of reduced offshore pie* Says regulatory woes one factor preventing Bahamas making significant inroads in the capital markets business SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas has become a victim of its own success in financial services, a senior attorney warned yesterday, having become somewhat complacent a factor that caused successive governments to invest less than they should have done in the industrys continuing development. Brian Moree QC, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, in an exclusive interview told Tribune B usiness that the Bahamas ictim of own success Bahamas became somewhat complacenton financial services, senior attorney says* Caused government to take it for granted and fail to invest in sectors development S EE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B oth sides in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC night told Tribune Business that things are still positive as they work to close the $217 million privatisation, although i t was suggested that one out standing issue was the sum the company would pay to the O SHOWSTOPPERS F OR BTC S ALE T ALK S BTC exec chair confirms: We are almost there* Sources suggest privatised BTCs licence fee sum in Freeport also an issue, as well as licence itself SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org The Stamp Tax increase implemented in the 20102011 Budget has had a sig nificant impact on the pace of sales in the ultra highe nd real estate market, according to realtors. Mario Carey, president of Mario Carey Realty, suggested yesterday that the Government should reconsider the tax increase, which saw an extra 2 percentage points added across the fourStamp Duty bands. Its having a real, serious impact. Especially on clients in the high end those looking at the $10 million or $8 million homes. For them, its very, very difficult. For a $10 High-end sales take br unt of Stamp T ax rise SEE page 2B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor P olitical interference has resulted in low operating e fficiency and misuse of the Bahamas Electricity Corp oration (BEC urging that it be allowed to operate as a commercial, profit-driven business supervised by an independent reg ulator. Fichtner, the German consultants hired to perform an overview of the Bahamian energy sectors ownership and regulatory structure as part of an Inter-American D evelopment Bank (IDB ed that there be a basic change in the institutional set-up BEC misused from political interference Meddling by politicians has caused low operating efficiency and accountability at BEC, say consultants* Electricity Act runs counter to National Energy Policy S EE page 3B
million home that would mean an extra $200,000 in Stamp Tax, Mr Careys aid. Im probably working with about three buyers right now finding it difficult to make a decision because of the same formula, so thenet effect is that the Gove rnment may get zero. I t hink now its on that l ine...when you combine it with the economy and the real property tax increase,it seems to be a cocktail thats really affecting some people when you get intot he higher range. Peter Dupuch, president o f ERA Dupuch Realty, s aid he, too, believes the increase may have caused the most disruption in the high-end real estate sales market. For a $10 million home, an extra $200,000 is a lot, h e said, echoing Mr Carey. H owever, both men said t here has been an overall pick-up in interest and sales this year. According to Mr Carey, most of the activity he has seen in terms of sales has been in the half a million to $3 million price range, in which both realp roperty tax and Stamp Tax calculations are more tolerable. In my opinion, it feels to m e like the market is comi ng back, agreed Mr Dupuch, revealing that his b usiness is up 20 per cent o ver the same period last y ear. He attributed this in part to economic improve-m ents, and to some price r eductions that have been seen which are attracting bargain hunters. Mr Dupuch said he has seen numerous reductions, primarily among the highend second home market in the Family Islands, wherep roperties may have been owned by Americans who were hard hit by economic conditions in their home c ountry. In Nassau, prices h ave remained more stable, he suggested. A greeing that sales and i nterest in properties is now p icking up, president of the Bahamas Real Estate Asso-c iation (BREA B irch, said the Stamp Tax was more than anything a good thing to pin everything o n when times were particularly bad. Shock W hile the increased Stamp Tax came as a shock to many, in particular those w ho were already in the m iddle of closing on a prope rty and had budgeted a particular amount for theirS tamp Tax payment, it did n ot cause a sudden fall-off in real estate transactions. Its like when your daughter tells you her boyfriend coming when you didnt know she had a boyfriend, then he comesa nd hes got long hair and a t attoo... Thats kind of what happened with the Stamp Tax (increase shocked a lot of people.W ith the economy the Stamp Tax news was like What?! The economys bad and now the tax getting raised? Ms Birch said. But property sales had already started to fall because of the economy,a nd then the Stamp Tax thing came in and it continued to slow down... Ms Birch said that a lthough it is really hard to d etermine what has impacted real estate sales, she l argely feels the economy w as the biggest factor slowi ng the real estate market in 2010 and into 2011. P ointing to the role that d ifficulty in obtaining financing has played in diminished real estate sales, the BREA p resident added: If Stamp Tax were reduced back to 10 per cent, or even to zeror ight now.. I wonder how many people could get the f inancing to buy a house? S he added that much of the sluggishness in the B ahamian real estate mark et over the last year could h ave also resulted from the expansive foreclosure market in the US, which has cre-a ted opportunities for those hunting second home bargains to scoop up attractive properties at drastically reduced prices in nearby Florida and elsewhere. In his communication to Parliament on the Mid-T erm budget, Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham revealed that the Govern-m ent experienced a $43.1 million Stamp Tax shortfall in the first six months of the 2010-2011 Budget in com p arison to official project ions, largely reflected in Stamp Tax weakness in respect of real propertyt ransactions ove $250,000. BUSINESS P AGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y KIM WELCOME I f you absolutely hate b eing in situations that r equire you to ease awkw ardness with insincere chit chat, you are not alone. Online polling company Amplicate recently found 78 per cent of their participantsf eel the same way. Some see Small Talk as meaningless c onversation with people they could not care less about and have little in comm on. However, in social/busin ess settings, Small Talk is how we build relationships, make valuable connectionsa nd let people know what we have to offer. Like it or not, the better you are at making good conversation, the more doors open up to you. The good news? You can acquire this skill. I had a client whose prom otion came with the responsibility to socialise with prospects, clients ands enior executives from other regions. She dreaded having to piece together conversations at social events to killt he sound of silence. My first goal was to help her change her mindset. Instead of viewing this as a task, shen eeded to see this as an opportunity. You can learn something from anyone. A sk meaningful, openended questions that allow the other person to share their perspective..... and then really listen. My client began to realise that most people are interesting in some way a nd there is commonality in b eing human. I n his book, H ow to Win F riends and Influence Peop le Dale Carnegie says b eing a good conversationalist does not mean you have to do most of the talking. People like to talk about their jobs, share their opinions and advice, but it is not often that we can find someo ne to listen with appreciation. If you can ask the right questions and become a sinc ere listener, people will not o nly want to talk to you, t heyll find you likeable and engaging. N B: Kim Welcome is chief executive of Influential Voice, a communication trainer and coach. Shea ssists businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through helping them to develop deliberate, skillful,p olished communication skills. For more info: www.influentialvoice.com No talk is Too Small K I M W E LCOME TALKING TIPS for many, many years been talking about f inancial services regulatory consolidation, either through a single supervisory body or dual regulators, but had yet to reach the fin i sh line. Warning that this was a key factor inhibiting the Bahamian financial services industrysc ompetitiveness, especially at a time when increasing numbers of international financial centres (IFCs of a shrunken pie, Mr Moree told this newspaper: We have got to sort out the regulatory jungle we currently have, and implement the single or Twin Peaks regulator we have been talking about for many years. To date, the Government has managed to achieve a physical consolidation of sorts, with the Securities Commission, Insurance Com mission and Compliance Commission all in the same buildings, but amalgamation of processes and procedures has yet to happen. No final decision appears to have been taken on whether all regulators will be consolidated into one, or if a Twin Peaks model the Central Banks bank supervision department remaining as a standalone alongside a body featuring all other consolidated supervisory bodies will be employed. Noting that the Bahamian financial services industrys growth and competitiveness was being inhibited by a number of issues, Mr Moree identified the state of our regulators as one such impediment. Reforming the regulatory boundaries to achieve either a single regulator or Twin Peaks model is something we have been talking about for many, many years, and we have yet to bring it to the finish line, Mr Moree told Tribune Business. The senior attorney, though, did praise Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, for his commitment to introduce e-government in the Bahamas, plus simplify commercial processes and improve the ease of doing busi ness in the Bahamas both factors critical to bolstering the financial services industry. It is very encouraging to hear from the Minister of State for Finance that his Ministry is really committed to introduce e-govern ment, and to really simplify the process of doing business in the Bahamas, Mr Moree said. I applaud this initiative. I would urge the Minister to bring this initiative to the finish line as soon as he possibly can, because both these issues feature prominently in our overall competitiveness. The McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes senior partner said numerous issues had converged to make financial services a more difficult industry to participate in, including the financial crisis and initiatives undertaken by the G20 group of countries and its affiliate bodies, such as the Organisation for Economic CoO peration and Development (OECD the Financial Action Task Force (FATF The fact of the matter is that the interna t ional climate for offshore funds, given the reduction in levels of confidentiality, and the aggressive initiatives of many countries to close loopholes and interrupt the flow of capital overseas, these are all factors that have some what affected the industry, Mr Moree told Tribune Business. Theres been an increased level of compe tition between offshore financial centres, both with regard to traditional international finan cial centres and new international financial centres. Theres more international financial centres going after a shrinking market, and the competition has no doubt affected us. Acknowledging that the Bahamas business model has to be looked at very carefully, Mr Moree said that while private wealth man agement continues to be this nations core product line, we have not really been able to make any significant inroads into the capital markets sector. This industry includes investment and hedge funds, and Mr Moree said the strategic decisions made by rival jurisdictions, such as the Cayman Islands, to focus on this area and commit substantial resources to it, was one factor why the Bahamas had struggled to make the breakthrough here. However, the only investment fund area showing growth for the Bahamas was the Specific Mandate Alternative Regulatory Test or SMART funds, which were fund products tai lored to specific private wealth management audiences. Apart from that, we have been labouring under a very inadequate legislative framework in relation to the securities market, Mr Moree told Tribune Business. Here again is to me what is a serious problem for us. It has been commonly accepted for many years that the Securities Industry Act is inadequate and has to be replaced, and repealed with a more modern piece of legislation. That has been common ground for many years. We have had difficulty in addressing that problem in a reasonable period of time, and it is only now w have new legislation that is about to be considered by Parliament. The fact of the matter is that as a jurisdiction it has taken us far too long to deal with these legislative problems and that, combined with the fact the Securities Commission, in my view, is seriously under-resourced in many areas, has made it difficult for us to promote ourselves as a jurisdiction suitable for major growth in capital markets. REA CH REGUL ATORY JUNGLE FINISH LINE FROM page 1B High-end sales take brunt of Stamp Tax rise FROM page 1B
and the existing framework of the regulatory sector. Noting that BEC was currently under government control, with the adminis tration and BEC effectively r egulating itself, the Fichtn er report concluded: The existing direct relationship between the Government of the Bahamas and BEC.... creates direct political influ ence on the provision of services, which very oftenr esults in the misuse of the C orporation for political targets, low operating efficien-cy due to missing efficiency incentives and low account ability of the utility. Consultants As a result, the consultants urged that going for ward the Government had to confine itself to setting policy and strategies for BEC and the energy sector, overseeing their implementation. An independent regula tor, likely the Utilities Reg ulation & Competition Authority (URCA also recommended for the Bahamian energy sector, w ith BEC charged to operate as a profitable, commer cial enterprise regardless o f whether it is publicly or privately owned. Fichtners report also noted that BEC had a quasim onopoly under the exist ing Electricity Act, as no other person could produce power exceeding 250 kilo-w atts (kWh approval from the relevant minister. The only excep t ions to this were back-up g enerators. The Electricity Act, as the major piece of sectorl egislation, does not address the relevant issues that are required to implement the objectives of the Govern m ent of the Bahamas as set out in the National Energy Policy, the report said. In fact, the Electricity Acta dversely affects the implementation of such policy, and is therefore suggestedt o be replaced. By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com O wners of downtown Nassau r eal estate destroyed in the Valentines Day fire yesterday said they have no immediate plans for the s ites, after a meeting with a t op developer resulted in no concrete proposals. G odfrey Kelly, whose f amily own the Betty Kelly K enning property on the Nassau Harbour waterfront, which was destroyed in the m assive fire, said his family are in waiting mode when it comes to any future plans for the location. Our property has been cleared, all the debris hasbeen removed, but theres n o urgency on our part. I t hink we need to see what o ther people are thinking. The Government had an i nterest in buying the prope rty but we have not spoken to them lately, Mr Kelly said. Its difficult for one to develop property along the waterfront until we know what will happen with this p lan for a promenade that w as put forward. To me it s eems essential to know w here thats going to go, and t hat there are better parki ng facilities downtown. M r Kelly said the family w ould be unlikely to sell the property, which has been in the family for 60 years. Itsa lways been regarded as a valuable site and we should sort of do something with it, he said. M eanwhile, Mr Kelly confirmed that he was introduced to two representatives o f the Dart Group, a multibillion dollar Cayman Island d eveloper, and the two sides met last week at his office. The Dart Group acquired r eal estate holdings on the corner of Bay and Parliam ent Streets last year from Philip Hilliers Parliament Properties, and is interesti ng in developing that location. In early April, Vaughn R oberts, managing director o f the Downtown Nassau P artnership, said he felt it w ould be only natural for t he group to meet with owne rs of the properties damaged in the downtown fire when they came to Nassaui n connection with other development plans, suggesting the group may have an interest in the fire-ravaged p roperties. However, Mr Kelly said the meeting was a casual o ne in which the two sides chatted generally about it a ll, but there were no proposals put forward or any indication the two sides w ould meet again in the near future. But we are h ere... added Mr Kelly. Meanwhile, Emmett Pritchard, owner of the form er John Bull store property on Bay Street, which prov ided commercial space for t hree businesses until the f ire ripped through, devast ating the interiors, said he w as not aware of the Dart G roup meeting and to date h as no concrete plans for his p roperty. We are trying to d ecide whether to demolish i t or not. We are waiting on t he report on that, said Mr P ritchard. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 3B No set plans for fire-hit Bay Street properties BEC misused fr om political interference FROM page 1B Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story. VAUGHN ROBERTS
B USINESS P AGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Bahamian GDP, the attorney added that financial services had generated between 14-18 per cent of this nations total economic output for that period, and said: I myself dont think Ive seen it as high as 20 per cent. We have actually been treading water, and the recent challenges in the last five to seven years that the industry has had to deal with, both locally and internationally, have made it even more difficult. If we were to get it right, and do what I think we could do if we had the necessary will to do it, I think this industry could be pushed to somewhere between 25-30 per cent of GDP within a period of six, seven, eight years, Mr Moree told Tribune Business in an exclusive interview. I think this industry could employ a significantly higher number of persons. I would have thought that if we got this industry performing at peak level, and it would take six to eight years to get there, we could probably push that number to 6,000-7,000. The Bahamian financial services industry currently employs between 4,000-4,500 persons between international and commercial banks, and Mr Moree pointed out that the sectors average salary levels, of around $48,000 (higher in the so-called offshore segment) were close to double the national per capita wage. To get there, the McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes senior partner said it was vital that the entire Bahamian public boughti nto the notion that greater investment was needed to develop and promote the financial services sector, along with enhanced government support. Given the perception that the sector generates great wealth for both its clients and institutions, not to mention the Bahamians/expatriates it employs, many observers have told Tribune Business over the years that the Government has been reluctant to put significant sums towards its promotion, believing the industry can largely do this itself. Others also believe the Governments reluctance to do so stems, perhaps partly, from not wanting to be seen as supporting a rich industry, given the negative perception this might carry with certain segments of the electorate that do not appreciate the financial services industrys importance to wider Bahamian society. Sustaining To overcome this, Mr Moree told Tribune Business: Weve got to make the case to the Bahamian people of its importance and role in sustaining the quality of life for all Bahamians. That has to be made to the Bahamian people by both public and private sectors; to show that investment in this indus try makes good sense, and that it is not an industry that just benefits the rich and the elite. Thats necessary to do the next thing to develop the political will to do what is necessary....... Conceding that we in the private sector have a major responsibility in contin uing to promote our financial services industry, it cannot be denied that critical to our suc cess going forward is the will of the political directorate to lead in refocusing our business model and addressing issues which all relate to how attractive we are for people to do business in the Bahamas. The will of the political directorate is critical in addressing some of these key areas that affect our competitiveness. Reiterating previous calls for the Government to establish either a Ministry of Financial Services or a specialist unit within the Ministry of Finance dedicated solely to the Bahamas second most important industry, Mr Moree said: We have to develop a structure where we have a group of highly experienced, technically competent professionals who are given the sole and significant task of looking over the financial services industry in this country, and presiding over its development. And he added: Our business model has to be adapted to the current needs of the marketplace. We have to look at all these factors that affect business...... We have got to reduce the time to develop new products and get them to market. We have got to launch these products more efficiently, and market the Bahamas more aggressively and effectively. We have got to cut the bureaucracy, contain the cost base and maintain a modern, state-of-the-art legislative platform, as well as a modern technology platform and then, of course, train our people. There is no substitute for a highly-trained cadre of skilled workers that us strategically supplemented by expatriates where necessary for a short period of time. Push financial sector to 25-30% GDP share FROM page 1B simply must do a better job of responding to changing client needs and trends in a dynamic financial services market, especially given that it was facing ever-increasing competition. While acknowledging that government finances to promote the industry would be limited, given the austere times it is facing, Mr Moree said his concerns about our ability to get to the finish line pre-date the financial crisis, with numerous financial services legislative and structural issues taking six, eight 10 years to resolve. Telling Tribune Business that dealing with the financial services industrys issues comes down, in my view, to an ordering of priorities, the senior attorney said it was fair comment that these had been neglected for too long. To some extent, the Bahamas has been a vic tim of its own success, Mr Moree told this news paper. It has made us somewhat complacent, and for this reason successive governments over a protracted period of time have taken financial services for granted to some extent, and have not invested in the industry in a way that was commensurate with the benefits we as a country were deriving from that industry. But for the Government to commit more finan cial and other resources to the industrys growth and development, Mr Moree acknowledged that all of us in the private sector, as stakeholders, have to convince the Bahamian people of the importance of the industry to their well-being, and of the fact that it is not an industry that simply advances the interests of a small elite, professional group of people. What we have to do is convince our people that the preservation, growth and development of this industry benefits all levels of society, because of the trickle down effects of the benefits of success. The senior McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes partner said the financial services industry was one of the major factors that has contributed to the emergence and development of the middle class in our society. If we can convince our people of that fact, and they can see in a positive way that their own status in life is enhanced and advanced by the success of this industry, then we have a chance of convincing government to invest greater resources, Mr Moree told Tribune Business. The will of the political directorate is critical in addressing some of the key areas that affect our competitiveness. Better We in the private sector have to do a better job in trying to assist the Government in disseminating this important message. I can tell you, if our financial services industry was severely compromised, much less fail to survive, that would have a devastating effect on thousands of Bahamians at all levels of society, and have a significant adverse effect on our economy. My concern is that this is serious business, and that given everything which is happening internationally and the fact that there is increased competition, we in the Bahamas have simply got to do a better job in meeting the needs of a dynamic industry, which tends to gravitate towards jurisdictions that provide minimum bureaucracy; good and sensible regulation; best practices amongst the service providers in that jurisdiction; and a reasonable cost base. FROM page 1B ictim of own success G rand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA licensing fees. A spokesperson for Cable & Wireless Comm unications (CWC acquire a majority 51 per cent stake in BTC, told this newspaper that there were no showstoppers in the way of concluding the transaction, which was with the lawyers. Things are still progressing, so thats positive, the CWC spokesperson told Tribune Business. Its with the lawyers at the moment, and still in discussions between the Government and Cable & Wireless, dotting the is a nd crossing the ts. Theres nothing shows topping at this stage. Positive Contacted while in a meeting dealing with t he transaction closing, BTCs executive chairm an, Julian Francis, a key figure on the Governments privatisation team, told Tribune Business: Things are still positive. Things areg oing quite well. We are almost there and where we want to be. Meanwhile, one source with knowledge of the talks told Tribune Business that the issuew ith the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA BTC would pay the latter in terms of annual licensing fees to operate in the Freeport area. Tribune Business revealed yesterday how obtaining the GBPAs approval for BTCs change of ownership was required, given that this was a condition of the licence received f rom the Port. What will the amount of licensing fees be? What will be a fair payment for the licence r ights? one source said of the GBPA issue. People will be thinking that this is the kind of thing that should have been resolved some time back, not at the 11th hour. A sked about the GBPA licence fee last night, Mr Francis said: That issue has been raised, but we are not going there right now. S till, the source anticipated that any issues with the GBPA would be resolved quickly and amicably, especially since it would not be i n the Ports or Freeports interests to further fracture its fragile relationship with the Ingraham administration. The two sides are already a t odds over the regulatory authority for telecommunications in Freeport, a factor behind the Judicial Review case brought against the Utilities Regulatory & CompetitionA uthority (URCA the payment of Freeport Internet fees. T ribune Business was last night told that BTC staff remained in a holding pattern, waiting for the CWC purchase to be concluded. Theyre trying their best to get it resolved today [Tuesday], one source told Tribune Business of the ongoing talks between the G overnment and CWC teams. All hands are on deck, so theyre hopeful of getting it moving forward. Theyre pushing hard to get it done today. T ribune Business, though, has confirmed that the required $217 million (inclusive of S tamp Tax) is currently sitting in an escrow a ccount waiting for the required confirmation t o come through so CWC can send it directly t o the Bahamian government's account. I n a transaction of this size and complexity, i t is not surprising for there to be last minute delays and hold-ups, as both sides seek conf irmation from the other that conditions preced ent have been met, the necessary documents have been completed, and that all formalities t o facilitate the closing are in place. No showstoppers for BTC sale talks FROM page 1B
LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press WASHINGTON Q uick: What do these things have in common? Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Wall Street volatility. A cranky, even angry American populace. Answer: They all have something to do with gasoline. No matter what happens in the world today, just about everything points back to fuel and the tricky politics that emerge when prices spike. Is it any wonder, then, that a recent Associated Press-GfK poll shows a correlation between the country's more pessimistic outlook and rising gas prices. The issue also has taken on greater importance to Americans. They rank it above subjects including Iraq, Afghanistan, immigration, ter rorism and taxes. Last fall, 54 percent called gas prices a high ly important issue to them personally, but 77 percent said that in the latest poll. Many don't expect relief from soaring gas costs anytime soon: Two-thirds say they expect the higher prices will cause financial hardship for them or their families in the next six months. That group includes more than a third who say gas cost spikes will cause serious financial hardship. And that is on top of a still-poor economy. Most are changing the way they live. Three-fourths are cutting back on other expenses, two-thirds are driving less, half plan to vacation closer to home, and almost as many have thought seriously about buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Most also are bypassing the most convenient gas station to bargain shop for the lowest prices. GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications conducted the poll from March 24-28. It involved land line and cell phone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. The underlying links between current events aren't lost on President Barack Obama, and for good reason. Like death and taxes, this cycle is a certainty: Prices at the pump rise, the public's mood falls and the president gets punished. Listen to him when he pressed recently for reducing the nation's oil imports by onethird by 2025. "Obviously, the situation in the Middle East implicates our energy security. The situation in Japan leads us to ask questions about our energy sources. In an economy that relies so heavily on oil, rising prices at the pump affect everybody," Obama said. "Businesses see rising prices at the pump hurt their bottom line. Families feel the pinch when they fill up their tank. And for Americans that are already struggling to get by,a hike in gas prices really makes their lives that much harder. It hurts." Sure, that's true. But there's also much more to it. In an era in which globalization is a giv en, gas prices are the most obvi ous, most closely felt connection between the daily lives of Americans and the larger world. "Whenever gasoline prices spike, there is enormous political consternation because it's a highly invasive issue," said Pietro Nivola, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies energy policy and American politics. Has there been a time in modern history when that's been more apparent than the past few weeks? Look at what's happened. Populist uprisings swept across oil-rich North Africa, from Tunisia to Egypt and now to Libya, where rebels are in a standoff with Gadhafi that has shut down much of the country's 1.5 million barrels a day of crude exports. Energy traders fear unrest will spread further across the region and disrupt shipments from bigger producers like Saudi Arabia and Iran. That could limit supply when demand is high, boosting costs. An earthquake and tsuna mi in Japan last month trig gered a nuclear emergency, with the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant leaking radiation. The reactor's near meltdown has renewed debate in the United States over nuclear fuel and raised questions about the vulnerability of some U.S. plants. Oil surged to a 30-month high more than $100 a barrel as investors worried that the unrest in Libya and elsewhere would keep crude exports from oil-producing nations off the market longer than expected. On Wall Street, key indexes fluctuated as oil prices soared. Consumer confidence dropped at a troublesome time, just as the post-recession economy was struggling to recover. Gas costs were the reason. Experts say if people are forced to pay more for gasoline, they're likely not to spend elsew here and that could further slow already sluggish economic growth. And none of that even takes into account last year's Gulf Coast oil spill. Even if there's no proven cause and effect between the latest turn of events, there's a c ommonality that's not lost on experts and consumers alike. "It's a combination of trends and luck that have put energy repeatedly at the forefront," said Michael Levi, director of the program on energy security and climate change at the Council on Foreign Relations. We always are going to be dealing with energy in some form or another because it's the lifeblood of society." The poll also indicated a disconnect between expectations and reality. Consumers on aver age said $2.36 per gallon was a fair price for gas, but then ational average was $3.65 during the week the survey was taken. Albert Mercado, a restaurant employee from Wallingford, Pa., is among those feeling more than just a pinch. "When I swipe my card at t he gas pump, it stops at $75 and I'm nowhere near full," says the owner of a 2004 Ford Explorer, who lives outside Philadelphia. He adds: "I have not been driving as much." He now limits his travels to and from work, his son's day care and their home. He saves rathert han spends. He hasn't visited his parents, who live a threehour drive away in New York, for a long time. And Mercado, 44, has little hope that costs will fall anytime soon. After all, he says, he once worked at a gas station and knows how the price game is p layed. "Something's got to change. I doubt it will," he said. 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RANDALL, AP Business Writers MATTHEW CRAFT, AP Business Writers NEW YORK A quiet day on Wall Street left stock indexes little changed after minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy committee showed few signs that the central bank plans on making changes to its stimulus program. Trading volume continued to be light. The minutes, from the Fed's meeting on March 15, confirmed that members of the central bank are split about whether it needs to tighten credit later this year to ward off inflation. All of the committee's members agreed that the economy is improving. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 6.13 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 12,393.90. The S&P 500 index was down 0.24 at 1,332.63. The Nasdaq composite gained 2, or 0.1 percent, to 2,791.19. Companies that make basic materials rose as traders anticipated more price increases for commodities. Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. rose 2.8 percent, Newmont Mining Corp. rose 4.4 percent and Dow Chemical Co. rose 1.3 percent. "I think the market is concerned that (FedBen n't share the same level of concern regarding inflation that it might wish him to, and that is leading to stronger commodity prices," said Howard Ward, the chief investment officer for GAMCO Investors. Many investors have been more focused on the policies of the Federal Reserve rather than the threat of a government shutdown if Republicans and Democrats do not reach an agreement on federal spending levels. "There is a game of chicken going on in Washington right now to see who will move first," Ward said. Stocks had edged lower in early trading, following most world markets, after China raised a key lending rate and the rating agency Moody's lowered Portugal's credit rating. A survey from the Institute for Supply Management reported growth at service companies last month but at a slower rate than analysts were expecting. Technology companies climbed after Texas Instruments Inc. said it planned to buy National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion in cash. National Semiconductor soared 71 percent. After falling more than $10 earlier in the day, Apple Inc. regained most of its losses. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. announced a rebalancing of the Nasdaq-100 Index next month that will cut Apple's weighting in the index from 20 percent to 12 percent. That will likely force some money managers to reduce their holdings. Trading in the largest stocks of the Nasdaq index may be more volatile before the rebalancing takes effect, but will may make index funds that are based on the Nasdaq more appropriate for lay investors, said John DiBacco, global head of equity finance at UBS. Stocks end mixed; materials companies rise It's a gasoline world: Fuel connections everywhere (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File T HEFUELFACTOR: I n this March 30, 2011 file photo, a Houston gas station displays its prices with a refinery stack in the background. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011, PAGE 7B 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.000.1230.0409.73.36% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.724.40Bank of Bahamas5.305.00-0.3032,5540.1530.10032.72.00% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.408.75Cable Bahamas8.908.75-0.156,0001.0500.3108.33.54% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.005001.0310.0402.51.57%7 .005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.436.930.5010,0000.4880.26014.23.75% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.152.13-0.020.1110.04519.22.11% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86%6 .305.22Famguard5.225.220.000.3570.24014.64.60% 9 .105.65Finco7.256.78-0.473,5000.6820.0009.90.00% 11.408.75FirstCaribbean Bank9.358.76-0.593,0000.4940.35017.74.00% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.485.15-0.3312,0000.4520.16011.43.11%1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00154 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029TUESDAY, 5 APRIL 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,422.73 | CHG -27.54 | %CHG -1.90 | YTD -76.78 | YTD % -5.12BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 109.392860 100.183340 31-Dec-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.490421 2.910084 1.555464TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752528-Feb-11 31-Dec-10 28-Feb-11 25-Mar-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 % (12,7:,/0(5RI0225(6 / $1(:8/))52$'3%2; 1$66$8%$+$0$6 2%5,$185,(/523(5 RI5RFN\SLQH5RDG31DVVDX%DKDPDV 5$<021'%(//27RI &XUWLV6WUHHW31DVVDX%DKDPDV )5$17=<-($1/28,6 RI&KXUFKKLOO$YH&KLSSLQJKDP1DVVDX%DKDPDV A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Tuesday: ___ BEIJING China raised key interest rates for the fourth time since October as it tries to dampen high inflation. The series of rate hikes reflects concerns about overheating and excess liquidity in the Chinese economy that are driving up prices, especially of food. ___ PARIS The outlook for economic growth in the United States and other major economies has brightened and should hit an a nnual rate of 3 percent in the first half of 2011, the OECD said. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says the improvement for six major economies the U.S., Canada, Britain, Germany, France and Italy is well above the organization's previous forecast thanks to increasing private investment and trade. ___ LISBON, Portugal Portugal's financial woes deepened after Moody's downgraded its credit rating for the second time in less than a month, further fueling fears the debt-laden country will have no option but to seek an international financial rescue package soon. The Moody's decision was another grim milestone in Portugal's yearlong battle to avoid the same fate as Greece and Ireland, which last year both were forced to seek foreign help after months of financial turmoil. ___ LONDON China's fourth interest rate increase in five months and another downgrade of Portugal's credit rating weighed on stock markets. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX ended flat and the CAC-40 in France fell less than 0.1 percent. ___ TOKYO Earlier in Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 1.1 percent to 9,615.55, amid frantic and unsuccessful efforts to control a radioactive leak at a nuclear plant damaged by a monster earthquake and tsunami that struck off the country's northeastern coast on March 11. South Korea's Kospi index rose 0.7 percent, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.3 percent and Singapore's benchmark was also higher. Markets in Hong Kong and mainland China were closed for a public holiday. ___ LONDON Moody's downgraded Portugal's debt rating for the second time in less than a month and warned that the debtladen euro country may suffer another cut soon because of heightened political, budgetary and economic uncertainties. ___ CAIRO Egypt's finance minister sharply revised down ear lier estimates of the country's economic growth rate to 2.5 percent, and said the nation would try to broaden its "fiscal landscape" by trying to secure aid and reaching out to the oil rich Gulf Arab states. Officials had earlier projected Egypt's economy would grow by roughly 4 percent. ___ SYDNEY Australia signaled that it would block the Singa pore stock exchange's $8.3 billion takeover bid for the Australian bourse, saying the deal is not in the national interest. ___ TOKYO Shares in the operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant plunged to their lowest price ever amid grow ing doubts about its ability to contain the radiation leak disaster. ___ LONDON A tanker is headed for Libya's rebel-held port of Marsa el-Hariga to load up a shipment of oil for export, the first in almost three weeks amid escalating violence. The delivery wouldbe only a tiny fraction of Libya's pre-crisis exports of around 1.6 million barrels a day, but is viewed by analysts as a symbolic step forward. ___ MUMBAI Vodafone asked India's Supreme Court to block a demand that it pay penalties on its contested $2.5 billion Indian tax bill, lashing out at tax authorities in what is widely seen as a test case on foreign taxation. Vodafone maintains it doesn't owe any tax on its $11 billion acquisition of the Indian telecom assets of Hong Kong's Hutchison Telecommunications in 2007. The case is being watched closely by foreign investors who fear it could set a precedent that would expose them to new tax liabilities. ___ GUANGZHOU, China When millions of workers didn't return to their southern China factory jobs after Lunar New Year holidays, a turning point was reached for foreign manufacturers already struggling with rising material costs, wage hikes and a stronger yuan. Export manufacturers are moving from China's coastal manufacturing regions to cheaper inland provinces or out of the country altogether, in a clear sign that southern China's days as a lowcost manufacturing powerhouse are numbered. ___ SANTIAGO, Chile Chile's economy keeps beating expectations, with 7.2 percent GDP growth in February compared to the year before. The world's top copper exporter benefited from record high prices of about $10,000 a ton. The Central Bank is still estimating annual growth of between 5.5 and 6.5 percent by year's end, which would mean a slowdown from the current rate. The bank is worried about inflation, which is rising at an annual rate of 4.3 percent. GLOBAL ECONOMIC NEWS associated press BARRY HATTON, Associated Press PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal Portugal's financial woes deepened Tuesday after Moody's downgraded its credit rating for the second time in less than a month, further fueling fears the debt-laden country will have no option but to seek an international financial rescue package soon. The Moody's decision was another grim milestone in Portugal's yearlong battle to avoid the same fate as Greece and Ireland, who last year were both forced to seek foreign help after months of financial turmoil. Moody's reckons Portugal will become the third member of the bailout club and that whatever government emerges after June 5 elections will approach its euro partners "as a matter of urgency." Standard & Poor's and Fitch, the other m ajor rating agencies, also think the country's chances of avoiding a bailout are getting smaller. Both have recently cut the rating of Portuguese bonds to just above junk status, scaring away investors the country needs to lend it money. If the price action in the markets is any guide, investors are few and far between the yield on Portugal's 10-year bonds, which stood at 5.8 percent a year ago, struck a new euro-era record of 8.77 percent after the Moody's announcement. The rates are even higher for shorter-dated loans. The higher borrowing rates come just as Portugal is predicted to suffer a doubledip recession as recent austerity measures and debt repayments bite into economic growth. An expected interest rate increase by the European Central Bank later this week and rising oil prices are likely to compound Portugal's problems. Moody's said the government's current cost of funding is "nearing a level that is unsustainable, even in the short-term." The ratcheting cost of Portuguese bonds are coming just as the country has to make big repayments for past borrowings. Though analysts say Portugal has enough money in reserve to repay a euro4.5 bil lion ($6.4 billion this month, they think it's going to be extremely difficult for it to find almost euro7 billion ($9.9 billion bond and make interest payments in June. O n top of that, Portugal will still need to collect funds to keep the country running. In a gloomy warning, Moody's said it's "very unlikely" that the long-term bond markets will reopen to the Portuguese government or banks to any meaningful extent until the government dispels doubts over the program to get the public finances into shape. A s a result it said this confluence of heightened political, budgetary and economic uncertainties means that Portugal may suffer another rating cut soon. Portugal is currently being run by a caretaker government after the administration quit in a dispute with opposition parties over how to reduce the high debt load. The state budget deficit last year was 8.6 percento f gross domestic product way higher than the 3 percent limit for eurozone nations. Though the political limbo makes it hard to see who might request a bailout in the n ear term, Moody's said other eurozone countries might provide Portugal with financial support in the interim period. However, Germany, the bloc's paymaster, has repeatedly ruled out aid without strict conditions on fiscal measures. Brazil and China, who have flourishing economies, have previously offered to help, but not since the country's troubles intens ified over the past month. Even if Portugal faces a funding crunch before a new government is in place or a full bailout program has been negotiated, it "will be financed in one way or another," said Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. For instance, Lisbon could get a small loan from the International MonetaryF und, "making some minimal promises," to help them make urgent debt repayments, Gros said. Portugal rating cut again, deepening debt crisis (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco CRISISTALKS: Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates talks with journalists during a news conference Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Lisbons Sao Bento palace. Rating agency Standard & Poors Tuesday downgraded debt-stressed Portugals credit worthiness, deepening the countrys financial plight as it fights to avoid a bailout. Portugals government quit last week in a d ispute with its rivals over a debt reduction plan and Silva is consulting with political leaders b efore announcing a date for general elections. NEW YORK Gold and silver prices rose Tuesday as investors sought out sta ble assets while monitoring Europe's debt crisis and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Gold for June delivery added $19.50 Tuesday to settle at $1,452.50 an ounce. Silver gained 68.9 cents to settle at $39.183 an ounce. Uncertainty about what may be next in Europe and in oil-rich countries like Libya is prompting investors to buy precious metals, which have the reputation of being relatively stable. Analysts say prices of both metals could continue to increase until there is more clarity about global events. China raised key interest rates for the fourth time since October to try to curb inflation. That news was overshadowed by investor concerns about financial problems in Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain. In addition, worries lingered that violent uprisings in Libya and other neighboring countries could disrupt the flow of oil from the region. "All those fundamental factors persisting really took over and really drove market prices to new highs," said Dave Meger, vice president of metals trading at Vision Financial Markets. In the United States, Federal Reserve officials raised concerns last month that a big jump in energy prices could weaken the economy and unleash inflation. That prompted some to suggest the possibility of tightening credit this year. GOLD, SIL VER PRICES RISE ON GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY
B USINESS PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THE TRIBUNE C HRIS KAHN, AP Energy Writer NEW YORK Oil fell Tuesday after China said it will raise interest rates again to help control inflation. Declining gasoline demand in the U.S. and a rare oil shipm ent from Libya also pulled crude lower later in the day. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery gave up 13 cents to settle at $108.34 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude a dded $1.23 to settle at $121.89 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. China hiked interest rates for the fourth time since October. Higher interest rates could slow China's economy and shrink its appetite for oil. China trails only the U.S. in oil consumption and should still drive world oil demand this year, though it might not increase consumption as much as previously expected, analysts said. "With higher interest rates, it's tougher to raise money," P FGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. "Businesses won't be able to hire as much. People will buy (fewer they'll drive less." The Energy Information Administration expects China to account for about 40 percent of increased world d emand this year, as it boosts consumption by another 600,000 barrels per day. The U.S. will increase consump tion by 130,000 barrels per day, according to the EIA. U.S. oil and gasoline consumption has fallen as prices rise. MasterCard SpendingPulse said Tuesday that retail gasoline demand slipped for the fifth straight week when compared with the same peri od last year. SpendingPulse said gasoline purchases fell 3.6 percent to 64.3 million barrels for the week ended April 1. MasterCard analyst Jason Gamel pointed out that demand has been dropping as gasoline prices surged 31.7 cents since the end of February. Gasoline pump prices rose another 2 cents on Tuesday toa new U.S. average of $3.685 per gallon (97 cents a liter according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular is 85.7 cents higher than last year. It now costs more than $4 per gallon in California, Alaska and Hawaii. Energy traders are still concerned about unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, which supplies about 27 per cent of the world's oil. The arrival of an oil tanker in one of Libya's rebel-held ports could mean that oil will start flowing from the country sooner than expected. Before the rebellion, Libya exported about 1.5 million barrels of oil per day mostly to Europe. Those shipments have all but shut down. It could be months, even years, before Libya returns to the level of oil shipments it had before the uprising, experts said. Libya supplied less than 2 percent of world demand. Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries are covering some of the shortage by boosting production. That will put pressure on world supplies, especially if demand increases as expected later this year. In other Nymex trading for May contracts, heating oil added 1.36 cents to settle at $3.1850 per gallon and gasoline futures gained 3.25 cents to settle at $3.2013 per gallon. Natural gas lost 5.8 cents to settle at $4.231 per 1,000 cubic feet. JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Federal Reserve officials raised concerns last month that a big jump in energy prices could weaken the economy and unleash inflation, prompting a few to suggest the possibility of tightening credit this year. Such a move usually involves boosting interest rates, although the minutes from the Fed's closeddoor meeting on March 15 did not specify that. The minutes, which were released Tuesday, also did not note which members raised the prospect of a change in policy, or how many. It simply noted that a "few members" raised that possibility. Those members appeared to be in the minority. Another group of Fed members, presumably the majority, said the Fed might need to keep holding interest rates at record low levels beyond this year. The differing viewpoints about potential future policy actions highlight a growing number of challenges facing the economy, which all the members agreed was improving. At last month's meeting, the Fed offered its most optimistic assessment of the economy since the recession. Fed policymakers said the recovery was finally on "firmer footing." Companies had stepped up hiring and both consumers and busi nesses were spending more. Still, the minutes noted that Fed members dis cussed possible pitfalls, both at home and abroad. Higher prices for oil, food and other com modities are a major concern. So is unrest in the Middle East and uncertainties stemming from the nuclear and economic crisis in Japan, the world's third-largest economy. The Fed last month decided to maintain the pace of its $600 billion Treasury bond-purchase program to help the economy grow at a faster pace and to help lower unemployment. It also left its key interest rate at a record low near zero, where it has been since December 2008. Those decisions were unanimous. All the members seemed to agree that wide spread disruptions in oil production and a larger jump in energy prices could weaken the economy and spur inflation. The Fed ultimately agreed with the view stat ed publicly by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, that the run-up in oil prices would have only a modest impact on consumer prices. But a few members "indicated that economic conditions might warrant a move toward less accommodative monetary policy this year," the minutes stated. The Fed minutes noted that a number of businesses were passing some of the higher costs for energy and other materials along to their customers by boosting retail prices. Some businesses indicated that they were leery of jack ing up retail prices, fearing higher prices would turn off consumers. ELLEN GIBSON, AP Retail Writer E rin Abell left a job in finance to volunteer for John McCain's presidential campaign in early 2008. She had hoped to return to the industry after the election, but by then Wall Street was on life support, and Abell had to live off credit cards until joining a friend's startup. So she started working part-time at Banana Republic to help cut her debts. Yet Abell was paid less at age 30 than she made in a retail job in her early 20s. She also says she had to promote highinterest credit cards and sometimes work until 1 a.m. "Management made it very clear they could replace you tomorrow," Abell says. As the economic recovery gains steam, the retail industry is expected to be one of the strongest for job growth this decade. But the quality of jobs selling clothes, computers and other goods has declined in recent years to the point where few can be classified as careers. Erratic part-time hours often make a s econd job impossible and complicate the work-life juggle. Pay has shrunk. And the recession created hordes of overqualified job seekers, leaving exist ing staff with little power to demand better conditions. With unemployment still high at 8.8 percent, many people feel fortunate to land any job. But not all jobs contribute the same to economic growth. Employers may be hiring more, but they are hiring disproportionately in retail and other service-sector positions with low wages and few benefits. High-paying fields like real estate and finance accounted for 40 percent of the 8.8 million jobs lost from January 2008 to February 2010 but only 14 percent of the jobs created in the year that followed. Lower-paying industries like retail constituted 23 percent of jobs lost but almost half of the recent growth. This shift "could make it much hard er for workers to find family-supporting jobs," says Annette Bernhardt of the National Employment Law Project, who analyzed the data. Even in the "jobless recovery" after the 2001 recession, high-paying industries accounted for nearly one-third of new jobs in the year after the recession ended. Elizabeth Murphy, a recruiting manager for Crate & Barrel, says she's receiving three times as many applica tions as she did a year and a half ago. The increase reflects, in part, a surge in applications from unemployed realestate agents, accountants and other professionals. "In the past, college grads would say, 'I won't even talk to you if you're paying less than this,'" Murphy says. Stores are under pressure to trim their expenses, and labor, the biggest expense after inventory, is one of the few costs they can control. In 2006, the median hourly wage for retail salespeople was $9.50, the government says. In 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, that figure was $9.74 a 4 percent drop after adjusting for inflation and more than $5 less than the U.S. median for all occupations. For full-time retail workers, the median annual wage was $20,510 half made more, half less. That's well below the federal poverty line for a family of four. T r end The trend is evident in the broader economy. The government's March unemployment report showed that after adjusting for inflation, wages are falling one reason spending growth has been slow. Retail workers aren't just teenagers seeking pocket money. Much of the industry's work force depends on the income for their livelihood, says James Parrott, chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute. In New York City, for example, 78 percent of retail workers are 25 or older, and more than a third are their family's sole provider, Parrott found. Three of the six occupations expected to grow the most by 2018 are customerservice representatives, food-service workers and retail salespeople, according to government data. Retail is expected to create twice as many positions as software and computer-application engineering. The sector's largest employer, Walmart, already accounts for 1 percent of all U.S. workers. Critics, though, say the company skimps on pay. Last year, Ohio state Rep. Robert Hagan, a Democrat, calculated that Buckeye State tax payers spend roughly $67 million a year on food stamps and Medicaid for Walmart employees. Spokesman Bill Wertz says the store offers competitive wages and benefits and every day "helps people move off unemployment rolls." At Walmart and across the country, retail workers are finding it harder to get by, especially lately, because of high er food and gas prices. Connor Skyggen, a recent college graduate who worked full-time in a Macy's jewelry department last year, says his average take-home pay was $240 a week. He had to spend some of that on suits, pressed shirts and shoe shines to meet the dress code. On what was left, "it's really hard to support yourself," he says. Not every retail employee is strug gling. At Nordstrom Inc. stores, commissioned salespeople are highly trained, a nd top performers earn six figures, says spokesman Colin Johnson. But electronics stores that offer workers a cut of sales, like hhgregg and P.C. Richard & Son, have had to lower prices to compete with Amazon.com, squeezing staffers' take-home pay. "As electronic goods essentially turn into commodities, the commission model is not viable," says Chris Tilly, who directs the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The Internet has armed consumers with so much price and product information that stores now need salespeople more to sell extended warranties than to explain how products work. A dvances in technology have helped stores optimize workers' schedules, too, so they have more workers on duty during peak sales times without being over staffed during lulls. But one consequence is inconsistent work schedules for the employees. And workers complain that computers don't weigh factors like seniority or a lengthy commute. Sheena Dixon, 26, a former theft-prevention manager at a Target in New York, said her store "used scheduling as a weapon," shuffling hours so it was difficult to take a second job or make personal plans. If the store called on a d ay off and you declined to come in, your hours were slashed, she says. Dixon left the company in January to pursue a real estate career. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder says sched uling was "thoughtfully crafted to provide flexibility for our team members and excellent service to our guests." High-turnover work forces mean r etailers must spend money to recruit and train. Yet those expenses pale compared with the cost of providing benefits, analysts say. The new federal law meant to expand health insurance coverage could make full-time hours even harder to get. Companies will be penalized for not providing insurance but only for employees who work at least 30 hours. Securing a promotion, meanwhile, is already a challenge. When Caitlin Kelly's newspaper laid her off, there were few job options for a 50-year-old reporter. So in August 2007 she took a part-time job at a North Face store in suburban New York. Kelly says she consistently beat her sales targets and regular customers asked for her by name. But when an assistant manager position opened up, she says, she was denied an interview. Some stores prefer not to promote from within, believing homegrown managers won't command as much respect from sales-floor workers, says Nikki Baird, an analyst at retail research company RSR. To move up, you often have to be willing to move. What Kelly found most dispiriting, as she writes in her forthcoming book, "Malled," is that no one ever solicited ideas from her or oth er staffers. "The people on the sales floor have tremendous knowledge, but the company presupposed we're stupid," Kelly says. "I would know the minute I unpacked a box whether (it was going to sell." Fed members raise spectre of higher interest rates ( AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) TALKINGJOBS: In this March 4, 2011 photo, representatives from Walmart speak to job seekers at the 32nd Annual Spring Career Fair at Cleveland State University. Over 120 organizations were on hand to talkt o prospective candidates about employment and internships. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan D IXONSDILEMMA: I n this March 18, 2011 photo, Sheena Dixon poses for a portrait in front of a Target store where she once worked as a loss-prevention manager, in New York. Dixon said Target used s cheduling as a weapon, shuffling hours so it was impossible to take a second job or make personal plans. Retail sector adding jobs, but not always careers W ITHUNEMPLOYMENTHIGH MANYAREGLADTOLANDANYWORK (AP Photo SHELF L IFE: Kevin Gomes shops in the produce area at Pacifica Farmers Market in Paci f ica, Calif, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. OIL SLIDES AS CHINA RAISES INTEREST RATES
A REV I E W O F TH E C AB I NE T SOM EB ODY GET TI N S CRE W' I DOL CH I T C HA T LE T TH E C OM PE TI T IO N B E GI N! S T U D E N T S O F C C S W E E T I N G S H O W T H E Y H A V E N O L I M I T S WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C Enjoy great food and fine dining at... B y J E F F A R A H G I B S O N T r i b u n e F e a tu r e s W r i t e r S TEP inside the Brussels Bistro and you are trans ported thousands of miles to the de facto capital of the European Union. C ove rin g th e walls o f th is vin tage Eu rop ean-sty le bistro a r e p ai n ti n gs of P l a c e De B ru s s e l s t h e f a m o us central market square in Belgium's largest city. The painting shows the Brussels Town Hall that stands at 315 feet, and every two years, in August, an enormous flower carpet is set up in the Grand Place'. U s i n g t h is p a in t in g as p a r t o f d e co r ati on s was th e id ea o f b is tr o o wn e r s H e n el iz a an d M ar c o He n r y wh o wanted to create for their patrons the illusion of really dining in Bel gium. W h e n s t e p p i n g i n t o t h e c o z y es t ab li s hm ent, t h e magnificent a r oma of Fre nch a nd B el gi an cuisi ne m e e t s y ou F o r t h a t m om e n t y ou are in Brussels, until you look out s i d e a n d r e a l i s e t h a t y o u a r e s t i l l v e r y m u c h i n d o w n t o w n N a s s a u a n d your lunch hour is almost up. H e n e l i z a a n d M a r c o s s t o r y i s o n e o f lo ve an d foo d W hen the d yn ami c d u o m e t t h ey d i s c o v e r ed t h a t t h e y b ot h h a d s o me t h i ng i n common their love for food. Origins G r o w i n g u p i n t h e s m a l l B r a z i l i a n town of Maringa, Heneliza said the hi g h l i g h t o f h e r w e e k w a s a l w a y s S u n d a y d i n n e r w h e n h e r e n t i r e fa m ily would get together to eat, drink and socialise. H er h u s b a n d M ar co o n th e o t h e r hand, was born into the restaurant business. H e s p e n t h is yo u th wo r k i n g in h i s f a t h e r s r es ta u r a n t i n B e lg i u m a t t h e Gr a n d Pl a ce o f B r us se l s. M o st i f not all of his brothers, cousins and other family members were also in the business. After the two fell in love, Henel i z a a n d M a r c o s p a s s i o n f o r f o od blossomed even further. O n a t r i p t o v i s i t M a r c o s f a m i l y i n Europe, Heneliza spent some time working with the famous Belgium cook Claude Henry as well as with Ma rc o' s cou si ns le a rni ng a s much a s s he c ou ld ab o u t Bel giu m cu is in e. Years later, Heneliza and Marco g o t t h e o p p o r t u n i t y o f a l i f e t i m e when they were presented with an offer to purchase a small Belgium restaurant in downtown Nassau. A f t e r v i s i t i n g t h e r e s t a u r a n t H e n e l i z a d e c i d e d s h e c o u l d d e f i nit e l y do a be t t e r job of runni ng i t a n d th e d e c i s io n w a s m a d e t o b u y i t S i n c e t h e n t h e r e s t a u r a n t h a s unde rg o ne a m a jo r t ra ns f orm a t io n a n d n o w b o a s t s a n e n t i r e l y n e w m e n u. A b i g p a r t o f t hi s r e no v a t i o n w a s i n st a l l i ng a r e f u l l se r v i c e b a r w h e r e c u s t o m e r s c a n c h o o s e fr o m a va ri ety o f Be lgia n win es an d b e e r s W e d e c i d e d t o t a k e o v e r t h e r e s t a u r a n t a n d c h a n g e i t u p W e d i d a l l o f t h e r e n o v a t i o n w e c h a n g e d p r e t t y m u c h e v e r y t h i n g W e ca me u p with the men u an d m y c o u s i n c a m e a n d t r a i n e d t h e B ah a mi an c h e fs a n d b e ca u s e i t wa s a Be lg ian r es ta u r an t b ef o r e w e c o n t i n u e d t h e i d e a o f t h e B e l g i a n t he me i n our w a y s he s a i d. S om e o f t h e m u s t t r y d i s h e s a t B r u s s e l s B i s t r o a r e t h e m u s s e l s w h i c h a r e i m p o r t e d f r e s h e v e r y w e e k T h e c a r b o n n a d e s ( a b e e f s t e w ) w i t h t h e c r o q u e t t e s a n d o f c o u r s e t h e B e l g i a n b e e r a r e a l s o so me o f t h e hou se f a v ou ri t e s. B e s i d e s t h e m u s s e l s w h i c h w e b r i n g i n e ve r y w e ek I w o u l d r e c o m m en d t h e c a r b o n n a d es w h i c h i s b e e f s tew an d th at co me s wi t h Belgiu m French fri es a n d a sa lad. The v o l auve n t a c h i cken mushro om a nd c r e a m s a u c e e n g u l f e d i n a p u f f p a s t r y with Belgia n f r ies ," H ene liza s aid I n B e l g i u m t h e y u s u a l l y m a k e c r o q u e tte s wi th c h ee s e, b u t b e c au s e t h e y a r e in th e B ah am a s th e c o u p l e c a m e u p w i t h s h r i m p a n d c o n c h c r o q u ett es "W e a lw ay s h av e a li tt le c a t c h, s he s a i d. P r o v i d in g a n u p s c al e d i n i n g e x p e ri e n ce i n a co zy e s t a bl i s hm e nt t h a t giv es you an authenti c ta ste of Bel g i u m i s w h a t t h e H e n r y s e n v i s i o n e d "We want our cus t o me r s to ge t a l i t t l e t a st e of B e l g i um ri g ht he r e i n the Ba hama s. So the y don t act ual l y ha v e t o go t o B e l gi um t o e x pe ri e nc e i t t he y c a n c om e r i g ht he r e He n e l i z a s a i d. B ru ss e l s B i st ro ope n e d l a s t y ea r J an uar y a nd i s l oca t e d on Fr e de ri c k S t r e e t
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 By LESH V IEWERS AND FANS really have their favourites on the show now, the contestants are now standing out on their own, developing a good name for themselves. Last week, the remaining AI contestants took to the stage and sang songs by Elton John. My per so n al favo ur ite s are Pia, S co tty an d Lau r en I h ave sa id that o ver an d ov er b ut I c an 't s tres s it e n o u g h o n e o f t h e t h r e e h a s t o w a l k a w a y w i t h t h e t i t t l e P i a t o o k a c ha nc e b y s i n g i n g Do n t L e t T he S u n G o D own On Me, las t week n e v e r t h e l e s s I t h i n k s h e g a v e a n e x c e l l e n t p e r f o r m a n c e S h e d o e s n o t get mu c h cr itic is m fr o m th e ju d ges I gu es s th ey k n ow r eal talen t whe n th ey s ee it. T h e e l im in at i o n s h o w wa s an o t h er go o d ep i s o d e fr o m A I F o r s o m e re a so n t he el i mi na t i on show s a re v e ry e nt e rt a i ni ng n ot be c a use of th e s u sp en se th at so m eon e will b e s e n t h o m e b u t I t h i n k t h e p r o d u c e r s p u t m o r e e f f o r t i n t o t h e r e s u l t sh o ws it was a very go o d ep iso d e, th e ju dges wer e livel y as us u al. L a u r e n A l a i n a a n d S c o t t y McCr eer y star ted thi ngs o ff with a lit tle d uet, t h e d uet p erfor manc e s w e re c ut e b y t he w a y so me t hi ng d iff e ren t. Th ey p er for med a b eau ti fu l ver s i o n o f I To l d Y o u S o L au r e n' s p e rs on a l i t y w i l l g e t he r f a r, s h e s a s t a r a l r e a d y H e r p e r f o r m a n c e w a s g r e a t a n d o f c o u r s e s e x y S c o t ty w a s j u s t as s m o o th a n d h u m b l e a s t h e f i r s t d a y h e s t e p p e d o n t h e sh o w. I m m e d i a t e l y a f t e r p e r f o r m i n g t h e s o n g R y a n c a l l e d t h e m b o t h t o c e n ter s tage to give them th eir r esu lts they w er e b oth s af e! So methin g I e x p e c t e d H o w c a n w e f o r g e t t h e F o r d c o m mer cia ls, ther e c an 't b e a e limin at i o n s h o w w i t h o u t a c o r n y F o r d c om m e rc i a l T hi s o ne w a s n ot so bad tho u gh we go t t o see th e i do ls as s u p er h er o es. N e x t u p w a s N a i m a A d e d a p o a n d Jaco b Lu s k, th ey were called u p to sin g th eir d uet t o geth er S o lid as a R o c k an d th at was no t s o gr eat in my b o o ks I am su re oth er s wo u ld agree with me. Sh o rtly after t h eir p er f o r man ce Ry a n t ol d Ja cob he wa s saf e a nd Naim a lan de d in the b o t to m th r ee o n c e a g a i n I c o u l d n o t d i s a g r e e w i t h Amer ica on th at o n e. Th e AI team b r ou gh t b ack for m e r A I w in ne r, Fa nt a s ia B a ri no b ef o r e gi vi n g en co u r ag in g w o r d s to t h e co n testan ts ab ou t her j ou r ney s h e s ang a f e w of he r ne w songs, t h e y w e r e n o t s o b a d h e r o u t f i t ho wever was N e x t u p w e r e H a l e y R e i n ha r t Th ia Megia an d Pi a To s can o wh o p e r f o r m e d t h e i r v e r s i o n o f "Teen age Dr eam ." Th ey all tr ied b u t n o t h a r d e n o u g h P i a a n d H a l e y we r e s a fe T h ia w as n o t. I f m y vo t e c ou n ted Hal ey wou ld h ave lan d ed in th e b o ttom th ree t o j oin N aim a. After p laying a c lip o f the co n tes tan t s livin g in t h e id o l man s ion P a u l M c D o n a l d J a m e s D u r b i n C a s e y A b ra ms a nd S t e f a n o L a ngone we re c al le d u p to g iv e the ir b a n d p e r f o r m a n c e o f t h e s o n g "Ban d o n th e R un ," it was f u n to w a t c h After th ey wer e d o ne, they were all s afe exc ep t fo r Pau l, fillin g the l a s t s p a c e i n t h e b o t t o m t h r e e J a m i e F o x x a n d W i l l i a m p er fo r m ed t h e i r n ew s o n g "Ho t W in gs. I abs o lu tely lo ve J amie b u t th e p erfo r man ce was all ove r th e p lace. P au l was s en t to s afety an d T hia a n d N a i m a w e r e s e n t p a c k i n g N o w I c an s ay a co m p etitio n h a s s tar ted the y g ot ri d of Na im a, w ay t o go A m e r i c a Co m in g u p this week on AI the r ema inin g co n testan ts wi ll be p er f orm i ng so ng s f r om t he Roc k & R o ll H all o f Fam e. T he Th ur s day n igh t res u lts s h ow wi ll featur e se as o n fou r 's C on s t a ntin e Mar o ul is. YA HEAR Vybz Kartel got stabbed? Well apparently that was the rumor floating around on the web last week. The rumours are insinuating that it was done by Shawty, Kartel's main baby mother. However this turned out to be false. YA HEAR Beyonce spilt with her father? Beyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday. The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways "on a business level," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure told The Associated Press in a statement. "I am grateful for everything he has taught me," Beyonce said in the statement. "I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps." YA HEAR Jay-Z is being investigated? A NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating JayZ's presence in Kentucky's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, home of the Nets. Jay-Z is a part-owner of the team and attended the Nets' 120-116 loss at New York on Wednesday. NBA rules prohibit team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet draft eligible, and spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press the league is looking into it. YA HEAR Rick Ross got arrested? Last week the rapper was arrested in Louisiana on a marijuana possession charge. YA HEAR last week marked the 3rd wedding anniversary of Jay-z and Beyonce. This power couple is always in the celebrity gos sip news. The two were believed to be celebrating right here in the Bahamas where they were spotted over the weekend. YA HEAR my gal Rihanna was on the cover of the Rolling Stones April 14th issue! It is rumored that she is the youngest African American singer to cover the magazine. She posed seductively with her wild, red curly hair, wearing a pair of short shorts. YA HEAR the well known celebrity DJ, DJ Mister Cee of Hot 97 was allegedly arrested last week for engaging in a lewd act. According to the arrest record that was posted on the web and various blog sites, the DJ was caught by police around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, receiving fellatio from a 20 year old transvestite. FROM TATIANA OWEN!S PENDULUM "There's a pendulum swinging in my heart tonight Back and forth, keeping score Should I love him or leave him I can't decide Tell me which is wrong and which is right.. I can't stop this pendulum" LAS VEGAS Associated Press T A Y L O R S w i f t m i g h t n o t b e a b l e t o c o u n t o n the men in her life, but her fans have yet to let her down. And on Sunday, they rewarded her w i t h o n e o f t h e b i g g e s t p r i z e s i n c o u n t r y m u s i c T h e A c a d e m y o f C o u n t r y M u s i c' s e n t e r t a i n e r o f the year award. A r e c o r d o f n e a r l y 6 0 0 0 0 0 v o t e r s p a r t i c i p a t e d in selecting this year's winner of the academy's most prestigious award, the only major award determined by fans. Swift's crew came through for her on a night when the industry and her peers reward ed firecr ack e r Mirand a La mber t with four trophies. I f e el l ik e of a l l t ha t ha s h ap pe ne d t o m e i n m y l i fe t ha t 's t he bes t t hi ng I' v e e ve r g ot te n to ha v e th e 2 1 y e a ro l d Sw i f t s ai d a f t e r th e s ho w M y r e l a t i o n s h i p w i t h t h e m i s e v e r y t h i n g t o m e Fa n s c o ul d v o t e d ur i n g t h e s h o w a n d h e r s p i r ited performance of "Mean," a rebuke to her cr i ti cs on wh i ch s he pl a y e d b a nj o a n d na i l ed th e vocal performance, probably led to a spike in voti ng. Swi ft, known f or de tail ing he r broken romances and the men who have wronged her, credited a quartet of men who have done her r i g h t S h e t h a n k e d B r a d P a i s l e y a n d K e i t h Urban who were among the five other nom inees in the c ategory along with four -ti me winner Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for taking her on the road before she became an international sensation and showed her how to do it. S W I F T S F A N S C A R R Y H E R T O A C M E N T E R T A I N E R A W A R D GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia wave their final goodbye to the audience after they were both voted off the show. Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R L I N E D A Y
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org I F you have ever thought it would have been fun to be a fly on the wall during some of the Machiavellian moments in which deals that determined the path of Bahamian politics were made and broken from the begin ning of this decade to the return of Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham to power in 2007, "The Cabinet" will be your kind of entertainment. H ow d id H ub er t In gr ah am f e e l o n t h e d a y L y n d e n P i n d l i n g d ied ? Ho w di d he r a ti on ali s e a n d e x e c u t e h i s r e t u r n t o p o l i t i c s af te r a c c ord in g to th e in te rpre t a ti on o f m os t pro mi si ng he wou ld se r v e n o more tha n t w o t e r m s ? H o w d id To m m y T u r n q u e s t c o m e t o b e l e a d e r o f th e Fre e N a ti on a l M ov e me n t? And wh y d oes P er ry Chr is ti e ta l k l i ke th a t? 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A l l t h e w h i l e S t r a c h a n s L e a da h po ps in a nd o ut a r e m i n d e r t h a t o u r p o l i t i c s re m a i ns h a u n te d by h is c o nt ro v e rsi a l l e ga c y T h e p e r f o r m a n c e w e n t d o w n a t r e a t a n d M i n n i s a n d t h e c r e w ar e t o b e co ng r at ul at ed fo r a ent ert aining pi ec e of po litical s a t i r e I m u s t a d d t h a t I a l s o h a d t h e se n se as I c hu c kl e d a l on g w it h t h e c r o w d a t t h e D u n d a s C e n t r e f o r t h e Pe r f o rm i n g A r t s o n Fr i d a y e v e n i n g t h a t t h e r e m a y h a v e b e e n a d e e p e r t h e r a p e u t i c p urp o se t o o ur d i v er si on t ha t pe rhaps we w ere al l e nga gin g i n s o m e k i n d o f p o l i t i c a l c a t h a r si s. Fo r w hi l e u po n o c c a si on w e may vot e for po li t ic ians r a lly w i t h t h e m w o r k f o r t h e m a n a l y s e i d o l i s e o r d e s p i s e t h e m so m et i me s it w o ul d do u s a l l a w o rl d o f g oo d j u st t o l au g h a t t he m a nd T he C a b in e t" c e rt a i n l y c r e a t e s t h e p e r f e c t o p p o r t un it y fo r th a t. T he p la y, w hic h w as show n o n F r i d a y a n d S a t u r d a y e v e n i n g w i l l r u n t h i s w e e k f r o m A p r i l 7 t h t o 9 t h T i c k e t s a r e a v a il a bl e fo r $ 2 0 in a d va n c e or $ 2 5 a t t he d oo r, f ro m t he D un d as Bo x Of fi c e, B u tto n' s F orm a l W e ar a n d t he Ga l le r ia c in e m a, M a l l a t M a r at h on T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 APRIL 7 THURSDAY MONTHLY FILM SERIES: "THE ATHLETE" First Caribbean International Bank and the Bahamas International Film Festival present a monthly film series with this month's feature film, "The Athlete" that tells the story of Ethiopian Abebe Bikila and his rise to Olympic gold medallist. Screening, 8pm at Galleria Cinema, JFK. Cost: $7. Telephone: 356-5939. APRIL 7 APRIL 10 B L A C K F O O D O R G S 2ND ANNUAL ACTIVISTS CONFERENCE BlackFood.org presents the 2nd annual Activists Conference under the theme "The Politics of Land in the Bahamas: From Colonialism to Neo-Colonialism". Schedule of events available on the website: www.black food.org Telephone: 3461003. E: email@example.com. APRIL 8 FRIDAY "CLASH OF THE CLASSES" 3 Lite Entertainment and School Mates Entertainment present "Clash of the Classes", a CV Bethel reunion party, 8pm at Club 112. Music provided by Selector Fawteen, DJ Gully, DJ Camron, Power Team, DJ Blaze and many more. Cash prize for best Mr John son impersonation! It's a true Stringray affair! APRIL 9 SATURDAY MARIO BIG O'S 1ST ANNUAL FUN RUN/WALK Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace and Big O presents their 1st annual Fun Run/Walk, starting 6am from Mario's. Donation: $10. All proceeds donated to the ABC Pros thetics and Orthotics of Nas sau. Register today! Tele phone: 326-8012. APRIL 9 SATURDAY NATIONAL D A N C E C O M P A N Y S AUDITIONS The National Dance Company of the Bahamas holds auditions for persons interested in joining the company, 12pm at the Dance Bahamas School, Base Road Business Centre. Come attired as if for dance class. Fee: $15. Telephone: 328-7588 or 457-4007. See www.ndcbahamas.com. T H I N G S 2 DO TH E C ABINET SOMEB OD Y GE T TIN' SCR EW' A "Scandalously hilarious political comedy" now showing at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, Mackey Street. R E V I E W The cast of The Cabinet'
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 04 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 APRIL GAR D EN I N G J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e B ah a m a s l oo ked l ike 40 ..5 0 ... 60 .. years in the past Where have those Bahami an boats all gone? Woodes Rodgers Walk was alive with Out Island traders in the sixties. A place with real character. The sights and sounds of the Bahamas lost forever. Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE J ust as October is the month when The Bahamas cools down, April is the month when the weather warms up decidedly. This means we are in our very last stages of growing cool weather vegetables and should make adjustments for the hot days ahead. The smaller the tomato the better it t a k e s h e a t L a r g e t o m a t o e s r e q u i r e c o ol n i gh ts i n o r de r to s el f p o l li n ate while cherry tomatoes can produce in w a r m e r c o n d i t i o n s R o m a a n d S a n M a r z a n o p a s t e t o m a t o e s a r e a l s o w a r m w e ath er l overs an d ar e very p ro du ctive. Sw e e t p e p pe r s a r e a l s o w a r m w e a t h er lovers but the fruits are susceptible to scalding in direct sun. Italian-type peppers like Cubanelle and mild long h o t p e p p e r s s u c h a s A na h e i m a r e g o o d c a n d i d a t e s f o r l a s t s p r i n g a n d e a r l y s u m m er c o n s u m p ti o n P la n ts ca n b e gro wn in pai rs so t he inc rea se d f olia g e produces more shade for the fruits. E ggp l an t s ar e o n e o f th e few v eget a bles tha t ca n be grown i n both wint e r a n d s u m m e r c o n d i t i o n s A l i t t l e shade goes a long way and the fruits may be smaller in summer, but if they are picked early before they get too s e e d y t h e y a r e v e r y r e w a r d i n g A lw ays cu t th e fr u it s fr om th e p l ant rather than try to twist them off. M o s t c a b b a g e t y p e s a n d v a r i e t i e s a r e p o o r p r o d u c er s i n t h e h e at b u t Ch i n e s e c a b b a g e s s u c h a s b o k c h o i d o w e l l Th e y tend to bol t to s ee d very early so cut them at early maturity. Corn and okra are e xc ept ions t o t he r u l e an d th r i ve i n o u r ea rl y s u mm e r m o n t h s C o r n m u s t b e p l a n t e d i n blocks in order to be pollinated effi ciently. Okra comes in dwarf and tall f o r m s Th e ta l l o k r a s ta k e l o n ge r t o produce but are far more productive than d wa rf va r ie t ies. For mo st people how e ve r t he c rops pro duc e d b y dw ar f okra plants are sufficient. W a ter m el o n s a nd can t al o up e s ca n b e s ta r t ed th i s m o n th W at er m el o n s l ov e sandy soil and lots of wa ter. Cantaloupes do best in soil that has been h e a v i l y m u l c h e d B o t h a r e w a r m weather lovers. The flowers of summer need to be b o t h h e a t a n d d r o u g h t t o l e r a n t a n d those that fit the bill best are cosmos, g az an i a s ger b er a d ai s i es m a r i go l d s M ex i c an s u n f l o w er s vi n c a s a n d z i n nia s. Sown durin g Apri l t he se summ er a n n u a l s w i l l g i v e c o l o u r d u r i n g t h e hottest of days. N e w G u i n e a i mp a t i e n s t a k e t he h e a t b u t n o t d ir ec t s u n. I gr o w m i n e in a planter on the north side of my house where they receive early morning sun and t he n a re shade d f or t he rest of t he d a y C a l a d i u m s l i k e N e w G u i n e a i m p a t i e n s a r e p e r e n n i a l s a n d w i l l r e a p pear every year once sown. They can be us ed to bri g h te n up sh a d ed areas a nd p la ce s that rece ive only ha lf a day of sun or less. Gingers and heliconias both do bet ter wi th s o me sh ad e r ath er th an fu ll s u n O n c e e s t a b l i s h e d t h e y f o r m c o l o ni e s so y ou m u st t a k e c a r e t o pl a nt t he m whe re t he y ca n e x pa nd t he ir t erritory. We a re now of fic ia lly in t he first f ull month of spring and it is time to look a f t e r o u r c i t r u s a n d f r u i t t r e e s w i t h ap p li ca ti on s o f ch el ate d ir o n I u s e S e q ue st re n e 1 3 8 a n d f e r t i l i se r I f f r u it t r e e s a r e f e d e v e r y s e a s o n y o u a r e g u a r a nt e ed he al th y pla nt s a nd g ood y ie ld s. Y ou shoul d f ini sh y ou r t re a tme n t wit h a n a p p l ic a t i o n o f m i n o r e l e m e n t s u s i ng a h o s e e n d s p r a y e r U s e a s t i c k e r / s p r e a d e r a s m a n y f r u i t t r e e s h a v e l e a v e s d e s i g n e d t o s h e d w a t e r a n d t h e stick e r /s preader or a cou ple o f drops of liquid detergent helps the spray stay on the leaves and be more efficient. Maybe it is just as well that many of the intensive care denizens of the gar d e n w i l l b e t a k i n g a r es t W h e n t h e w ea th e r w ar m s u p w e n e ed to r el a x more as well. firstname.lastname@example.org CALIENTE: Cubanelle peppers can take the heat and are good early summer producers. NEW GROWTH: This mound of New Guinea impatiens comes from a single plant grown on the north side of Jack's house.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 THETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE Volleyball tournament By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter email@example.com H E admits that he misses the a tmosphere, but as soon as he can overcome his latestb out of injury, Shamar Sham S ands intends to bounce back and continue his quest for a major title in the mens 110h urdles. A year ago today, the national record holder gots ome uncomfortable feelings in his upper limps and groin area. He decided to just get some therapy with the hopet hat the pain would go away. Unfortunately, in July he was diagnosed by his doctor with a groin abdominal injury that could be a career ending injury. So he was told the bestr emedy is to take time off to r est. Since taking a break from any competitive training,S ands decided to come home from his training base in Auburn in September anda lthough he started training a gain in October with his high school coach, Dianne Woodside, he realized that he wasnt quite ready. I immediately shut down and went back to rest, said Sands, who is here with his twin boy and girl, Zion and Zara, while his wife, Nathalie Phillips, is still in the United States attending college. It doesnt make sense to come back if youre not ready. One of the things people dont realize is that we have families. Im not on a contract, but because people see us on television and in the newspapers, they believe we are making millions of dollars. Thats not the case. Having obtained a degree in accounting when he graduated from Auburn University, Sands was able to secure a job at the Royal Bank of Canada to help support his family. Its a hassle out there and Sands aims to bounce back from injury B y RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org After flirting with a major callup during spring t raining Antoan Richards ons career continues to fluctuate throughout the A tlanta Braves minor l eague organisation. R ichardson has been named to the opening day roster of the MississippiB raves, Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, when the 2011 season begins Thursday, April 7. He returns for the 2011 season after spending time in Mississippi before being c alled up to Triple-A G winnett. R ichardson stole 27 bases in 74 games withM ississippi in 2010. T he Mississippi Braves open the 2011 season tomorrow, with a five-g ame homestand at Trustm ark Park against the Jackson Generals, former ly the West Tennessee D iamond Jaxx at 7:05 pm. Richardson spent the bulk of his season with Mississippi before he wasc alled up to finish the year in the final seven games with Gwinett. "I'm grateful for the o pportunity to get to Triple A, but at the same time, I think you have tok eep in perspective what y our ultimate goal is," Richardson said following his latest callup last season, "The ultimate goal ist o get to the big leagues, so while I'm definitely happy for the opportunityt o get this close, it's not t he ultimate goal, so I don't want to lose focus. I want to keep my eyes on the prize and keep working hard until I get to where I ultimately want to be." Having been promoted to Triple-A for the final seven games of the season with the Braves, Richardson posted a .280 batting average as he went 7-for25, drove in two runs and scored another. The 5-foot-8 outfielder also walked five times, struck out nine times and stole three bases. He had his best game with the Braves on September 3 when he had a perfect 3for-3 plate appearance with a RBI. For Richardson, it was a year that he won't forget, but one that he will cherish because he was able to weather the storm and get to the top of the minor league. "You just can't lose focus. You have to deal with your adversities and not hold it against anybody," he told the younger players looking up to him. "Sometimes things happen that you don't enjoy, but you have to deal with it. Along this line, some tough things happened, but those are the things that I have to go through to get to the major league." Albert Cartwright is also preparing for a Dou ble-A minor league season when he begins his first complete season with the O PENINGCEREMONY: S hamar Sham Sands opens St. Bedes Primar ySchool Track and Field Meet RICHARDSON NAMED TO THE OPENING DAY ROSTER SEE page 4E N ATIONALRECORDHOLDERTRIESTOOVERCOMEGROINABDOMINALPROBLEM SEE page 3E ONFIRE: Blaze Johnson speeds to victory at St. Bedes Primary School Track and Field Meet yesterday at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. MORE PHOTOSONPAGES 2E and 3E. Felip Major /Tribune staff GONE TOOSOON: Leroy Soggy Saunders By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com LEROY Soggy Saunders, one of the most talented male basketball players to come out of the Kemp Road area, suddenly passed away last week. He was 31. Kevin KJ Johnson, one of the two former coaches of Saunders at the CI Gibson Secondary High School, remembered him as a fierce competitor on the basketball court. He was a very good player, a very awesome player, said Johnson, who along with Bill Morgan were Saunders coaches at CI Gib son. He had a passion for the game. He loved the game with all of his heart. He gone too soon. Upon Saunders graduation from high school, Johnson was instru mental in securing an athletic scholarship to Belvill State Community College in Alamaba. From there, Saunders attended Carver University in Atlanta. Johnson also coached Saunders on his Coca Cola Explorers basketball team in the New Providence Basketball Association. Saunders also traveled with Johnsons team when they played in tournaments in Tennessee, Orlando, Georgia, Alabama and Chica go. He was a warrior, a soldier. He played hard. He love to win, but didnt like to lose, Johnson lamented. He had a temper in terms of his passion and commitment to winning. He was a good kid. Some times he was out of control, but he was a T ributes paid to Leroy Soggy Saunders SEE page 4E Photos on PAGE 5E
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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPOR TS WEDNESDA Y APRIL 6, 201 1, P AGE 5E THE NEW Providence Primary Schools Sports Association began their volleyball tournament at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium yesterday with the preliminary games in both the boys and girls divisions. The tourna ment will conclude with the championships on Friday. N P P S S A T O U R N E Y B E G I N S