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PAGE 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011

THE TRIBUN

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LOCAL NEWS



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Historic

Millions of dollars of
merchandise destroyed

THE historic Betty K Build-
ing was gutted by fire early yes-
terday, leaving behind a charred
shell of what was once a relic
of the City of Nassau, tem-
porarily displacing hundreds of
workers and destroying millions
of dollars worth of merchandise.

The company was planning
to move its operations to the
new centralised shipping facility
at the new Arawak Cay Port
this summer. The company
issued a brief statement yester-
day afternoon assuring its
employees that their jobs are
secure.

"Betty K Agencies Limited
would like to inform the public
that following yesterday’s mas-
sive fire which destroyed their
offices on Bay and East Streets,
their staff will continue to be
employed. New contact num-
bers will be made available
shortly, and the company will
announce the relocation of its
offices and freight services with-
in the next few days," said the
statement.

Company president Jack
Sands was on site yesterday
morning but was shielded from
the press by an employee. All
he would say is, "Everyone is
okay."

The value of the contents
stored in the company's ware-
house was not known up to
press time. A source close to
the company speculated that the
building and its contents are
likely to be insured and added
that the company will contact
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site at a later date.

The building, erected in the
1920s, was a part of the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and Muse-
um Corporation's list of histor-
ical sites. AMMC chairman
Orry Sands said officials hoped
the structure could have been
converted into a national muse-
um of some sort once the ship-
ping operations were trans-
ferred to the new port. She
called yesterday's fire a major
historical loss.

"It's on our list of historical
sites and the building period
dates back to the 1920s. It is a
major loss because it's the his-
tory of the Kelly people that
goes along with it, Trevor Kelly
and the places he was connected
with. It is very sad because even
with them (planning on) moving
the actual operations (to
Arawak Cay) the building itself
could have been preserved and
been a museum of some kind,"
she told The Tribune.

The company, named “Bet-



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A BETTY K EMPLOYEE’S 2006 Hyundai Tucson was crushed when debris fell from the roof. The historic building was destroyed in the fire.
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ty K” in honour of the daughter
of late founder C Trevor Kelly,
is a full service shipping com-
pany which transports freight
between Miami and Nassau,
Nassau and Abaco, and Jack-
sonville and Nassau.

The operation first began as a
means to transport lumber for
the Kelly family but has flour-
ished into one of the largest car-
riers serving the Bahamas,
according to its website.

The blaze began around
7A5am, according to witnesses
on the scene, inside an office of
the shipping company on Bay
and East Streets and quickly
spread through the structure to
adjacent shops aided by the
combustible material inside and
heavy wind.

An employee at Betty K

Photo/Candy Kelly

Agencies Ltd said the employ-
ees detected smoke coming
from the back of the building
at around 8am and staff in the
front office and warehouse were
evacuated immediately.

One employee said her 2006
Hyundai Tucson was parked in
front of the building in East
Street and was crushed by
falling debris from the roof.

She told The Tribune: "I
couldn't get back in to get the
keys so I couldn't move it. I just
heard this boom, and it just
crumbled."

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unfold yesterday.

THE Churchill Build-
ing, where Cabinet meets
weekly, was evacuated
yesterday as a precau-
tionary measure.

The adjoining Adder-
ley Building, which is a
condemned building that
was not occupied, caught
fire amid the blaze, but
firefighters were able to
contain the fire before it
reached the Churchill
building.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said there was
no concern about gov-
ernment records housed
inside the building, as
most of the government’s
records are digitally
archived or housed exter-
nally.

Cabinet was not in ses-
sion at the time of the
fire, however, Prime
Minister Ingraham, Min-
ister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest, Min-
ister of State for Finance

MINISTER OF STATE ZHIVARGO LAING, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and Minister Tommy Turnquest watch events

Cabinet Building is
evacuated amid blaze

Zhivargo Laing and Min-
ister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux were on
the scene, receiving
reports on the emergency
response.

While the Churchill
building did not suffer
any significant damage,
the downtown fire com-
pletely destroyed the
office and warehouse
complex of Betty K
Agencies Ltd, and
caused major damage to
Bay Street buildings,
from Bacardi on East
Street to Venue, a cloth-
ing store near Elizabeth
Avenue.

“We know that we
have a very well trained
fire department and we
are just hoping the fire is
able to be contained. It
is obviously a very seri-
ous fire, with the wind
blowing the way it is, we
are very concerned,” said
Mr Turnquest.





Photo/Candy Kelly


























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public that general parking will be available in the lower gar-
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS

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Claim that firefighters
arrived ‘with no water’

Criticism from employees
and bystanders, but praise
from Assistant Commissioner

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

BETTY K shipyard employees, by-
standers and a downtown shop owner
criticised the actions of firefighters yes-
terday accusing the initial team of arriv-
ing on scene "with no water" and taking
too long to contain the raging flames.

However Assistant Commissioner of
Police Hulan Hanna praised the efforts
of the firemen, saying that while some
mistakes were made, the officers per-
formed "gallantly". Head of Fire Ser-
vices Jeffrey Deleveaux said a major
hurdle for the firemen was that they
could not find "the seat of the fire’
quickly enough.

"The building is a maze, fire services
went in multiple times and due to the
smoke they couldn't find source of the
fire," Mr Deleveaux said.

Jimmy Berdanis, owner of the Venue
clothing contained in the Betty K com-
plex, arrived on scene around 8am. He
claimed that fire trucks came promptly
but did not begin to address the building
until 10.30.

Begged

"No one has put any water on it, they
must mean to burn it down — no one has
gone to save my building,” he yelled,
claiming that he was repeatedly begged
firemen to douse his building but they
"did nothing”.

He told The Tribune that the building
is made of concrete blocks and cement,
which do not burn easily, and theorised
that a plastic rain gutter must have
caught fire. He complained that if the
issue was addressed sooner, the flames
would not have spread from the Betty K
offices to adjacent storefronts.

An irate Betty K employee said: "I
reach here from 8 and it was on fire but
it was just in the Betty K building but
they (the firefighters) just workin’ so
slow. It didn't have to get in the ware-
house."

JIMMY BERDANIS, owner of the Venue clothing, complaining to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham



at the scene. Mr Berdanis claimed that fire trucks came promptly but did not begin to address the

building until 10.30.

Another employee lamented: "The
fire engine came here with no water, it
was on time but with no water in it.”

"They need more water," shouted
another by-stander.

ACP Hanna explained that three units
responded to the initial fire alarm
around 8am but thick plumes of black
smoke barred them from getting to the
source of the massive blaze. This pre-
vented the firefighters from immediate-
ly dousing the flames.

The flames quickly spread onto the
adjacent shops south of the Betty K
building and dangerous flames crept
south towards the Green Parrot Pub and
the Bacardi Liquor store.

Shortly after 9am the flames spread
west to the vacant Adderley Building,
adjacent to the Cabinet Office, but were
soon extinguished.

Mr Hanna also dismissed claims that
trucks arrived on site without water, not-
ing that every fire truck is equipped with
800 to 1,000 gallons but must first secure
an external water supply before using
its onboard reservoir. By 10am, about 60
to 70 firefighters and emergency per-
sonnel were on scene.

Mr Hanna explained the firefighters’
method of addressing the mammoth fire.

"There is a strategy, some reasoning

Photo/Jessica Robertson

behind the madness. Was it a perfect
fit? Were there some mistakes? Yes.
But given the enormity (of the fire) and
the congestion, our guys rose to the
occasion and saved the day,” he said.

Smoke

"The (company's) manager actually
was there at the location when they
started to smell smoke and they saw
smoke. They quickly alerted the fire
department and evacuated the building.
Initially three units arrived on the scene,
when they came in they hosed the bot-
tom floor. There was a lot of smoke but
they could not find the seat of the fire.

"The smoke was increasingly thick,
eventually they were able to gain access
to the top floor where they found the
northern portion of the building
(engulfed). You must appreciate that
this is an old building, a lot of com-
bustible materials inside. The external
top walls collapsed, eventually there was
a concern that other areas, the fire would
spread to those areas. It happened (but)
we were able to soak down a significant
amount of the buildings on the northern
front side of the Bay Street part of this
complex".



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Old colonial buildings ‘burn like tinder boxes’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

OLD colonial buildings on
Bay Street burn like “tinder
boxes”, although new build-
ings are required to adhere to
strict fire regulations, said
Earl Deveaux, Minister of
Environment.

“Tt is required in any new
buildings that you have an
evacuation system, a sprinkler
system, and a fire prevention
system built into the struc-
ture. That is a fundamental
requirement,” said Mr
Deveaux.

“Unfortunately all of these
buildings in the downtown
area, except the Saphry Build-
ing (where Gucci is located)
are very, very old buildings.
The colonial structures that
we have here, the way these
buildings were built and the
way the infrastructure was set
up, they are like tinder boxes.
That is why we are on a mis-
sion to improve and renovate
downtown,” he said.

A massive fire destroyed
the office building and ware-
house of Betty K Agencies
Ltd yesterday, as well as the
row of neighbouring busi-
nesses east of Parliament
Square.

Almost every store on the
north side of Bay Street from
Bacardi on East Street to
Elizabeth Avenue was
destroyed.

While the Saphry Building
on the southeast corner of
Parliament Square is the most
modern building in the
square, there are other newly
renovated buildings on Bay
Street that have experience
with the new fire code.

Two of the Klonaris broth-
ers, Nicholas and Charles,
owners of the newly devel-
oped Elizabeth on Bay plaza,
as well as other Bay Street
properties, said they believe
the fire code is “very, very,
strong”. Their belief was not
shaken by the massive fire
that destroyed a major block
of Bay Street businesses.

“Tf they are as strict with
any other building as they
were with us I would be very

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confident,” said Charles.

The Elizabeth on Bay plaza
is fitted with its own pump
system that draws water from
the ocean to assist in fire
fighting. To meet the full
requirements of the fire code
the cost was close to $250,000,
Charles estimated. The cost
of the pump alone was about
$100,000, said Nicholas.

“Tt is expensive but in the
long-run if we have a prob-
lem there won’t be any prob-
lems with water,” he said.

The fire department used
their own ocean pumps to
help control yesterday’s blaze.
This practice was instituted

after the 2001 straw market
fire, when the emergency ser-
vices were criticised for their
inability to use the abundant
supply of water in the ocean.

Each restaurant in Eliza-
beth on Bay has a sprinkler
system and fire hoses
installed.

There are also fire hoses in
the courtyard. All of the 16
shops in the plaza have at
least two strobe lights that
flash when there is a fire,
smoke detectors, and an
alarm system.

There is concern amongst
business owners about the
older buildings, but there is
an understanding about the
limitations.

“T think the older buildings
should be inspected to see
what requirements they will
be able to fit in. You won’t
be able to reach the level of
new buildings, but certainly
some of them could be
upgraded,” said Charles.

The Mike’s Shoe Store
building, where BTC also
operates, is also owned by the
family. It is one of the older
colonial buildings. Nicholas
said the buildings are
equipped with “proper and
accessible fire extinguishers”.

“For the older buildings
what we do is, when we reno-
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out. The Mike’s building has
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Another fire devastates Bay Street

AS THE new straw market nears com-
pletion to replace the old market that was
destroyed by a devastating Bay Street fire on
September 4, 2001, another costly fire swept
a section of Bay Street yesterday reducing
even more of this island’s commercial history
to ashes.

The Antiquities, Monuments and Muse-
um Corporation (AMMC) had plans to con-
vert the more than 90-year-old Kelly Lumber
Yard building into a national museum, once
the shipping operation had been transferred
to the new port at Arawak Cay.

Yesterday’s fire will make that move
almost immediate. It is fitting that the Betty
K office should now be established at
Arawak Cay, which when that spit of land
was reclaimed it was named Kelly Island
after Charles Trevor Kelly, who built his
father’s small lumber yard into Kelly’s Lum-
ber Yard and the Betty K offices.

“It’s on our list of historical sites,” said
Mrs Orry Sands, chairman of the AMMC.
“It’s a major loss because it's the history of
the Kelly people that goes along with it.
Trevor Kelly and the places he was con-
nected with. It is very sad because even with
them moving the actual operations (to
Arawak Cay) the building itself could have
been preserved and been a museum of some
kind."

The lumber yard became one of Nassau’s
leading merchant houses in the early twen-
ties, providing mortgages for Bahamians
before the banks entered the lending busi-
ness.

This enabled many Bahamians to own
their own homes. Mr Kelly also built the
first Paradise Island bridge and constructed
Arawak Cay — Kelly Island — from the fill
dredged up to deepen Nassau’s harbour.

However, in this group of historical build-
ings, there is one building that the public
would like to see either restored, or
removed, but despite being encircled by
adversity, it remains standing.

Not so long ago a building to its immedi-
ate east burned down, singeing, but in no
way damaging the dilapidated relic.

Yesterday’s fire demolished everything
near it, but it remained standing. Several
years ago the Kenning family — Mr Kelly’s

daughter — tried to get this eyesore
removed, but the Antiquities committee
turned thumbs down, claiming that it was
of historical value. It was once owned by
the late Austin Levy, who established the
successful Hatchet Bay Farms, at Alice
Town, Eleuthera. The Kellys bought the
Bay Street property from Mr Levy with this
old building on it.

When permission to demolish it was
refused, it was painted with X’s and O’s,
thus acquiring the name: The “tick-tack-
toe” house. It was hoped that it was now so
offensive on a Bay Street, which was trying
to improve its image, that government would
condemn it and order it removed. No such
thing happened.

It was eventually painted white and left
standing. It has had fire threaten it on three
sides, but while all around has crumbled, it
still stands in all its shabby dignity. Yesterday
was the same. It remained untouched. If
persistence is the test, it should remain on
Bay Street — of course it must be spruced up
and a small plaque should be embedded to
tellits story.

We do not know its significance. It prob-
ably had something to do with the Board of
Trade and the Imperial Lighthouse Service
from which site the Firebird left on its regu-
lar tour of the islands to keep the lighthous-
es burning to guide mariners through our
shallow waters. Since then many of the
lights, instead of having lighthouse keepers,
have been automated.

For example, the father of A D Hanna,
former governor general, was a lighthouse
keeper, we believe stationed at the light-
house on tiny Bird Rock.

The Imperial Lighthouse Service located
in Trinity House, London, covered light-
houses in all parts of the British Empire. At
one time, however, the Bahamas was the
area that received most attention because
of the late Richard Langton-Jones who head-
ed the services here in the 1950s and pub-
lished a book about the work that was done
throughout the islands, telling the story of
how the lights were kept burning.

If this little building is all that remains of
that great Empire story, then it deserves to
stand and have its story told.



COB residential
Campus in state
of disrepair

EDITOR, The Tribune.

It saddens me and I’m
sure it does the same to oth-
er residents to see the way
the dorms are often neglect-
ed by administration for
months and months, semes-
ter after semester.

The College of The
Bahamas does not like criti-
cism in the public media,
hence we beg of you to pub-
lish this short piece in your
daily.

This would certainly get
their attention and cause
works to be carried out.

As of this past week,
some repairs were done to
the dorms.

However, I feel like this
was only done due to the
threat of residents of the
dorms going to the media.
This should not be the case.
The college is very slow in
responding to issues at the
dorms.

The residents really and
truly want to see the condi-
tions at the dorms improved.
In order for this to happen,
administration has to step
up and renovate the college

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



dormitories immediately.

Also repairs must be car-
ried out in a timelier man-
ner. We practically have to
beg to get results; e-mails
after e-mails are being
ignored.

This certainly is unfair and
an injustice to the residents
of the dorms who are paying
their money to live comfort-
ably in a clean and safe envi-
ronment.

Residents and guests alike
agree that as soon as they
step into the gate of the
dorms, it brings on instant
depression. The dorms are
dirty, the hallways are dirty,
the buildings need to be
painted, the wall needs to
be painted, the garbage
needs to be moved, and the
bathrooms always look dirty
because of the poor mason-
ry work done in repairing
shower stalls.

The college would allow
two months to pass before

fixing a simple clogged sink.
The residents do not have
any faith in the administra-
tion of the college of The
Bahamas.

At this stage, I would not
recommend the dorms to
any student. Dorm life
should contribute to stu-
dents’ growth, maturity and
ease some of the stress of
being a student away from
home; presently C.O.B’s
dorms are doing the oppo-
site, it brings on depression
and stress.

As I write this, I am sad-
dened to know of the physi-
cal state of the dorms.

I joined COBUS because
of the dorm residents, I cer-
tainly will make good on my
promise to them to push and
keep pushing until our liv-
ing conditions are improved.

CHANING
ADDERLEY

College of the

Bahamas Union

of Students

Senator for Dormitories
Nassau,

February, 2011.

Adapt — not adopt -
foreign design solutions

EDITOR, The Tribune.

While driving to work recently along the
newly built Bethel Avenue highway I wit-
nessed something that I thought was not only
very horrifying but also very disturbing.

In the distance I could see a mother with her
two young children on their way to school
attempting to get to the other side of the high-

way.

They proceeded to step over the concrete
curbing and ran across four lanes of fast mov-
ing traffic. Although it was horrifying to think
about what could have happened that day, it
was equally disturbing to think about what

did not happen.

It was obvious that there was not sufficient
thought applied during the highway design
process to make it more pedestrian friendly
which could have helped to avoid a situation

like this.

Part of the problem is that we often blind-
ly adopt foreign design solutions without fully
understanding why they have worked in other

Secondly, if they are built through residen-
tial communities, traffic calming techniques

are commonly used to slow the traffic down in
areas where there is heavy pedestrian move-
ment, as well as strategically placed pedestrian
crossings or bridges that help to move people
safely back and forth.

Good design planning should be proactive,
not reactive and fortunately such solutions

can still be implemented to lessen the dan-

gers to pedestrians that need to cross these
highways and prevent the loss of life. Likewise,
if we are simply attempting to copy what has
been done before in other places, we should
ensure that what we are copying are the basic

principles that can be adapted to work in our

small island communities, where people still
walk to the corner store or with their children
to school. While we know that building these
highways play an important role in our coun-

try’s infrastructural development and signi-

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areas, but rarely through residential commu-

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 5



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

PLUMES of smoke on Bay Street posed health risks.

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Fire workers say
response was ‘slow
and unorganised’

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Photo/Noelle Nicolls

Health risks from
thick black smoke

THE THICK black smoke
which choked the downtown
area yesterday posed numer-
ous health risks.

Officials urged pedestrians
and bystanders, especially those
with pre-existing respiratory
conditions, not to congregate
at ground zero.

A health worker said: “In
terms of exposure, just being
here puts you at risk for respi-
ratory problems or respiratory
burns.

“Smoke is super-heated gas,
so it’s hot and then there are
particles inside of it. The chem-
icals inside the materials are
burning.

“We don’t know what’s
burning in there.”

The health worker added:



“In terms of exposure, just
being here puts you at risk
for respiratory problems or
respiratory burns.”



Health worker

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FIRE WORKERS called for
greater accountability with
regard to fire management
plans following the fire which
consumed an entire block of
Bay Street yesterday.

Describing the response from
the Fire Services to blaze, which
began on the second floor of
Betty K Agencies and spread
to adjacent storefronts, as “slow
and unorganised”, firemen
expressed their frustrations to
The Tribune.

One fireman said: “They
need to start holding people
accountable. Every fire taking
place in the downtown area has
been a castastrophe — the Straw
Market, Dowdeswell Street —
there has to be some kind of
accountability.”

The concerns of fire workers
were also mirrored by shipyard
employees, by-standers and
downtown shop owners who
accused the initial team of arriv-
ing on scene “with no water"
and taking too long to contain
the raging flames.

The fireman added: “This
was a small fire, it did not have
to come to this. It did not have
to get so out of control. Airport
fire services were not called
until after 9am — this fire started
from 7am. It did not have to
spread like this. There needs to
be a better plan, it shouldn’t
always be like this.”

At the early stages of the fire,
officials explained that a lot of
the resources were directed at
the stores on East Street, espe-
cially the Bacardi building. Due
to high southwest winds, the
area was made a priority to pre-

A FIREFIGHTER tackles
the blaze yesterday.



vent the blaze reaching build-
ings in Parliament Square,
including those which house the
Cabinet, the courts and the
House of Assembly.

Officials said that it was also
important to contain the fire at
Bacardi due to the large supply
of alcohol in stock.

Additional challenges to
resources arose shortly after
10am, when two units had to be
redirected for nearly an hour to
extinguish a fire at a two storey
building near C R Walker.

Responding to the criticisms,
Fire Chief Jeffrey Deleveaux
said: “We did the best that we
could have with the equipment
that was available. Earlier we
had a very high wind and that
contributed to the fire spreading
so rapidly. In these old struc-
tures, some have wooden shin-
gles on the roof, it doesn’t take
anything much to really set
them off.”

Some 250 persons from vari-
ous government agencies assist-
ed fire workers as they fought to
extinguish the wind swept blaze.

In addition to fire services
from the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport and Lyford
Cay, officers from the Royal



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Bahamas Police, Defence
Force, and employees and
trucks from the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation, were also
at the scene, which spanned
from the Bacardi building on
the corner of East and Bay
Streets to the Kelly Dock yard.

Mr Deleveaux added: “Just
basically the high wind and ini-
tially when we responded here,
to find the actual seat of the
fire, that is what caused all of
this. We did not find the seat of
the fire in a timely fashion and
the reason being the fire was on
the second floor of the Betty K
building. It’s a maze in there,
officers went in on several occa-
sions and were not able to find
the seat of the fire because of
the construction of the build-
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passing by, its like second hand
smoke escalated times 100 due
to the amount of smoke you’re
inhaling.

“There are different types of
masks with filters being used

FIREFIGHTERS in action as smoke billows from the fire.

by workers to minimise risk to
all those working here. Persons
who are not working or prop-
erly outfitted should not hang
around.”

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LOCAL NEWS



THE NATIONAL
DEMOCRATIC
PARTY 10 HOLD

THE National Democ-
ratic Party has invited all
its members to attend a
meeting today, where
party leaders will discuss
a number of issues of
vital national impor-
tance.

The NDP asked all
members to gather at the
old City Market shop-
ping centre across from
the Southern Recreation
Grounds at 9.30am.
From there, they plan to
march to Rawson Square
“in solidarity”, where
they will hold a press
conference.

The topics to be cov-
ered include:

¢ Bahamian ownership
of our economy — why it
is important.

¢ Call to action — why
Bahamians must stand
up now.

¢ The BTC sale.

¢ The NDP’s telecom-
munications policy — the
future.

After the press confer-
ence, party members will
hand out flyers on Bay
Street, then return to the
Southern Recreation
Grounds.

YOUTH FOCUS
GROUP T0
SUPPORT CRIME
WITNESSES
AND VICTIMS

THE Bahamas National }
Youth Council announced }
yesterday that it is partner- }
ing with the Attorney Gen- }
eral’s Office to host a youth }
focus group on improving }
support for witnesses and vic- }

tims in criminal trials.

The featured speaker will }
be Simon Deacy, a consul- }
tant in the Office of the }
Attorney General who spe- }

cialises in witness care. He is

from the United Kingdom
and is a former police offi- }

cer.

people.

“However, it is not solely i
up to the government of the }
day to ensure it is successful }

in meeting its mandate.

“The church, private ‘

community and society in

general, must all contribute i
and assist in helping to sus- }
tain an efficient judicial sys- }

tem.”

ry must also play a role.

“Therefore, in an effort in i
fulfilling its mandate to the }
Bahamian youth, the BNYC }
has joined forces with the }
Office of the Attorney Gen- }
eral to host a focus group on }
supporting witnesses and vic- }

tims.”
Attending the focus group

session will be officials from :
the Office of the Attorney }
General, including the direc- }

tor of public prosecutions.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



In a statement issued yes- }
terday, the BNYC said: “The
judicial system of the }
Bahamas presents its chal- }
lenges and obstacles in ful- }
filling its obligation of ensur- }
ing justice to the Bahamian

“It is understood that the }
government must ensure the :
system operates with effi-
ciency to meet the demands }
of the Bahamian public, how- }
ever, the Bahamian citizen- }



Dr Keva Bethel ‘alive,

MEETING TODAY

though gravely il?



THE family of Dr Keva Bethel
has moved to assure the public that
rumours of her death are unfound-
ed.

The former College of the
Bahamas president’s children, Nico-
lette Bethel Burrows and Edward
Bethel, issued a statement yester-
day affirming that contrary to
reports published in local tabloids
yesterday morning, “our mother
remains alive, though gravely ill.”

The statement said: “We find it
regrettable at this time, when we
should be focusing our attention on
commemorating the passing of our
uncle in the way most befitting to
him and his contribution to the
nation, we should be distracted by
premature condolences on the pass-
ing of our mother as well.”

They were referring to Dr

Bethel’s brother, Anglican Bishop
Michael Eldon, the first Bahamian
Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas
and the Turks and Caicos, who died
last week after a long illness.

The statement continued: “We
further find it regrettable that, given
our mother’s life of dignity, humili-
ty and service, she should be sub-
jected to such sensationalism at the
end of it.

Privacy

“We have done all we can to cor-
rect the error. However, we know
that it will persist despite all our
efforts. We regret this deeply, and
trust that the public will respect our
privacy at this difficult time.”

Dr Keva Bethel served as presi-
dent of the College of the Bahamas

for 16 years, the culmination of a
celebrated 50-year career as an edu-
cator.

Since retiring, she has served as
chair of the National Advisory
Council on Education in the
Bahamas, and chair of the Educa-
tion Committee of the government's
Student Loan Programme.

She has also served as a board
member or senior advisor on a num-
ber of committees and organisations,
including the Lyford Cay Founda-
tion, the Finance Corporation of the
Bahamas and Doctor’s Hospital.

Dr Bethel has received many pres-
tigious awards, including the Out-
standing Businesswoman Award of
the Business and Professional Wom-
en's Association and the Chamber
of Commerce Award for Govern-
ment.

Nine bishops set to attend the
funeral of Bishop Michael Eldon



im.



BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON died last week.

THE Anglican Diocese
has confirmed that nine
Bishops will be in atten-
dance at the funeral service
for Bishop Michael Eldon,
led by Primate of the West
Indies Dr John Holder, who
is also the Bishop of Barba-
dos.

Other visiting Bishops will
include:

¢ Alfred Reid — Bishop of
Jamaica and the Cayman
Islands

¢ Leopold Friday - Bish-
op of the Windward Islands
(which include the islands
of St Lucia, St Vincent and
Grenada)

e Philip Wright - Bishop
of Belize, Central America

¢ Cornell Moss - Bishop
of Guyana, South America

¢ Clive Abdullah -
Retired Bishop of Trinidad
and Tobago

Bishop Cornell Moss is a
Bahamian who, before
being consecrated as Bishop
of Guyana, served as
Archdeacon of the north-
ern Bahamas, and Rector of
the Church of the Ascen-
sion, Grand Bahama.

ATTENDING BISHOPS IN
ORDER OF PROTOCOL

DR JOHN HOLDER - Primate, West Indies

LAISH ZANE BOYD SR - Bahamas

ALFRED REID = Jamaica, Cayman Islands
LEOPOLD FRIDAY - Windward Islands

PHILIP WRIGHT - Belize, Central America
CORNELL MOSS - Bishop of Guyana, South America
DREXEL GOMEZ - Primate, West Indies, retired
CLIVE ABDULLAH - Trinidad and Tobago, retired
GILBERT ARTHUR THOMPSON - Suffragan Bish-

op, Nassau, retired

He is the third Bahamian
to serve as Bishop outside
the Bahamas. The others
were: the late Bishop Don-
ald Knowles, who served as
Bishop of Antigua, and
Archbishop Drexel Welling-
ton Gomez, who served as
Bishop of Barbados.

The visiting bishops will
be joined by Bahamian
bishops:

¢ Laish Zane Boyd, Sr -
Bishop of the Bahamas and

the Turks and Caicos
Islands

¢ Drexel Wellington
Gomez — Retired Arch-
bishop of the West Indies,
Bahamas; Assistant Bishop
of the Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos Islands

¢ Gilbert Arthur Thomp-
son — Retired Suffragan
Bishop of Nassau, Assistant
Bishop of the Bahamas and
the Turks and Caicos
Islands.

Two Sunday night stabbings investigated by police

POLICE are investigating two
stabbings which took place on Sun-
day night.

The first happened at Eden Street
off Farrington Road, after two men
got into an argument. One of them,
a 19-year-old, was stabbed multiple
times and had to be rushed to hos-
pital in a private car.

His condition could not be con-
firmed before press time last night.

Police say they are following sig-
nificant leads.

A few hours later, officers were
called to the scene of the second
stabbing, which took place on Arm-
strong Street off Dowdeswell Street.

Again, it was reported that two
men got into an argument which
ended with a 23-year-old being
stabbed several times at the 3 A’s
Club.

The victim was taken to hospital
in a car and is said to be in stable
condition.

A 36-year-old man is being ques-
tioned in connection with this inci-
dent.

Police are also investigating sev-
eral armed robberies, the first of
which took place at around 6.30pm
on Sunday.

The incident took place on Wilton
Street off Mackey Street.

Responding officers were told that
the male victim was approached by
two men, one of whom was armed
with a handgun.

The men made off with his silver
Honda and some jewellery.

Police say the vehicle was recov-
ered a short while later and that
their investigations are continuing.

Then, at around 1.15pm on Mon-
day, police received information of
an armed robbery at the Budget
Meat Mart in Coral Harbour.

An employee was at the rear of
the store when she was approached
by two masked men, one of whom
was armed with a handgun.

The robbers forced the employ-
ee into the store, and stole an unde-
termined amount of cash.

The culprits fled the area in a gold
Honda and headed in an unknown
direction.

About half an hour later, another
armed robbery took place on East
Street South.

The victim, a female phone card
vendor, was approached by two
masked men in a gold Honda, both
of whom were armed with hand-
guns.

Police confirmed that the woman
was robbed, but did not say what
the culprits made off with.

RUDY CARROLL and Lauren Higgs



2010.

tion.

This is the third straight year that Mr
Carroll has won the prestigious designa-

It places him in the top eight per cent
of the 96,689 agents in Coldwell Banker’s
global network.

Mike Lightbourn, president of Cold-
well Banker Lightbourn Realty, attrib-
uted Mr Carroll’s success to his numerous
professional and personal contacts, drive
and personality.

“He stays focused on his goal and is a
proven sales leader. With his pleasing
personality, infectious good humour and

Coldwell Banker
wins sales award for
third straight year

RUDY CARROLL has captured the
Coldwell Banker International Sterling
Society Award for sales performance in

positive attitude, he is a true asset to our
company,” he said.
Mr Lightbourn also singled out Lau-

ren Higgs, another top producer, who is

based in Great Harbour Cay in the Berry
Islands.

Great Harbour Cay has a small market
with many of the properties being sold
directly between owners.

Mr Lightbourn said Lauren works hard
to bring clients together to make sales
happen. Her lively personality and
knowledge of the island are a winning
combination.

“Despite the challenges of the 2010
market, our agents displayed tremendous
determination and dedication... [am very
proud of them,” Mr Lightbourn added.

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LOCAL NEWS

The Independent Iruckers Association
protest contractors Baha Mar prices

MAN ACCUSED
OF STABBING
HIS BROTHER
TO DEATH

A YOUNG MAN is in
police custody

munity.
According to the police,

they were first alerted to the }
scene on the corner of }
Blenheim and Lincoln :

Roads at about 10am.

However, some neigh- :
bours who had gathered at }
the scene insisted that police ;
were called about a domes- :
tic disturbance at 7am, but :

failed to show up.

It was not until the broth- }
ers were fighting in the front ;
yard that the police actually }
showed up, another neigh- :

bour claimed.

Describing the scene ini- }

tially as a “regular scuffle,”

a neighbour, who spoke on }
the condition of anonymi- }
ty, said they did not realise }
the seriousness of the event }
until they saw the knife and }
one of the brothers drop- }

ping to the ground.

It is claimed that the
brothers were fighting over }

their apartment.

“It’s so sad. They fighting
like that and in front of peo- |
ple. There’s an old lady }
right there next door. She }
had to see all of this,” he }

said.

of the year.

MOTHER OF
DISCOVERED

NEWBORN GOES.

TO THE POLICE

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - An Eight }
Mile Rock woman who gave }
birth to a newborn that was }
discovered in a vacant build- }
ing has come forward to }

police.

ey said an adult woman,

accompanied by family
members, came into the }
Eight Mile Rock Police Sta- }

tion on Sunday evening.

Ms Mackey said the
mother was taken to the }
Rand Memorial Hospital }

for medical treatment.

At around 5.45am on Sat- :
urday, police received a }
report of a baby crying ata }
vacant building on Bayshore }
Road in Hanna Hill, Eight }

Mile Rock.

When police arrived at :
the location, they found a }
newborn baby girl who had }
just been born. The infant }
was taken by ambulance to }

the hospital.

Ms Mackey said the baby
is said to be in stable condi- }

tion.

She said police are con- i
tinuing their investigations }

into the matter.

FIREFIGHTERS
TACKLE BLAZE
AT ABANDONED
BUILDING

FIREFIGHTERS were
called to extinguish a blaze
at an abandoned building
next to the Masonic Hall
on Baillou Hill Road yes-
terday.

The fire, which erupted
at about 10.15am, was
brought under control and
finally extinguished at
about 11am, a spokesper-
son for the Fire Services
said.

No one was injured in
the fire.

A survey of the building
conducted a few hours lat-
er revealed that the entire
roof was completely
destroyed, with some fire
and smoke damage to the
interior of the structure.

The Masonic Hall direct-

ly to the north of this build- }

ing received slight scarring
from the blaze, but was
otherwise undamaged.

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today }
accused of stabbing his }
brother to death following a }
heated argument in the :
Stapeldon Gardens com- }

This is the 15th homicide }

Asst Supt Loretta Mack-

THE INDEPENDENT
Truckers Association staged a
demonstration yesterday on
Cable Beach, calling for better
prices from contractors work-
ing on Baha Mar.

According to the associa-
tion’s chairman, Gus Outten,
Island Site Development
wants to offer his members $45
to haul a load from Cable
Beach to Arawak Cay, or from
Arawak Cay to the dump.
Such a trip, Mr Outten said,
should not be undertaken for
less than $75 — considering all
the other costs included in the
operation of their vehicles.

Jimmy Mosko of ISD was
on hand to listen to the con-
cerns of the group and
promised that he would review
the contract figures and get
back to the association that
afternoon.

Returning later on that
evening, Mr Mosko reported-
ly offered an improved price
per load, however the offer
was declined by the associa-
tion.

“We are not happy with that
price,” said Cedric Curry of
Bee Trucking and Bobcat Ser-
vice. “We are looking for at
least $70 per load.”

According to Mr Outten, 25
years ago, dump truck opera-
tors were being paid $50 a
load.

“Presently, the government
pays us $80 to haul from
Arawak Cay to the hot mix
plant. And these mega com-
panies want to pay us $45 per
load.

“That is not going to work
during these economic times.
And that is why we are here
today,” he said.

Mr Outten said that he and
his 60 drivers were not going
to leave the demonstration site
next to the Cable Beach Police
Station until some resolution
had been reached.

One of the association’s pro-
testers, Richard Johnson, car-
ried a sign which read: “Your
PM said $75, so why are we
being paid $45?”

Mr Johnson said that he is
there in solidarity with his
brothers.

“We have been waiting on
Baha Mar and we thought it
was a godsend. We are not
prepared for $45 a load and I
have been suffering for the
past couple of years, just trying
to get a good job. . . These dri-

ABOVE: Gus
Outen speaks
to ASP Bur-
rows at the site.

ABOVE RIGHT:
ASP — Elaine
Sands speaks
to a colleague
at the demon-

stration.
RIGHT: Union
members
speak to the
media last
night.






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ABOVE: Members of the
Independent Truckers
Association hold their
demonstration yesterday.

RIGHT: Jimmy Mosko of
Island Site Development
addresses the Independent
Truckers Association at the
site.

Photos/Azaleta Ishmael-Newry

vers have families to feed, rent
or mortgages to pay,” he said.

Mr Johnson added that the
high price of diesel and the
cost of wear-and-tear to trucks
means it would not make good
business sense to accept the
rate ISD is offering.

Mr Outten said that he and
his supporters are prepared to
wait things out and have
another 100 trucks on standby.

“We are prepared to stay
here as long as is deemed nec-
essary, until we get the price
we want and we will be here as
long as the job goes on. We
waited for Baha Mar to get
here. What’s another day or
two or three?

“This is a big project. And
all we are asking for is a fair
share of the pie. The funds
haven’t trickled down to the
small man and we are brothers
and we are here to get things
rolling,” he said.

The truckers eventually left
last night, but vowed to return
this morning.





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Coliseums, teachers
and ‘moving them out’

OPINION

By RALPH J MASSEY

AT one point on a drive down
JFK Boulevard toward the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, one can look
up and see the new Chinese Sports
Stadium on the skyline, a truly
dominating edifice. Proceeding a
little further, one notices the new
Harry Moore Library; it dominates
the intersection. They, along with
the equally spectacular new Nas-
sau International Airport, suggest
national progress.

Nevertheless, one is left won-
dering about the nation, particu-
larly the deplorable academic
record of public education and
what school leavers actually know
and can do on leaving school.
Yes...other countries have the
same learning problem; and one
may take refuge in the recognition
that even the U. S. has this prob-
lem in spades.

However, an incredible amount
of work has been done in the past
twenty years, literally hundreds of
education research studies. This
article will review one by Eric A.
Hanushek, “The Economic Value
of Higher Teacher Quality”, pub-
lished by the National Bureau of
Economic Research in December
2010.

Knowns and Unknowns

Eric Hanushek contends that —

1. Teachers are important; and,
in fact, no other element in the
education equation rivals it in
importance.

2. Teachers vary greatly in their
ability to impart knowledge and
skills to students. “The magnitude
of differences is truly large, with
some teachers producing one and a
half years of gain in achievement in
an academic year while others with
equivalent students produce only a
one-half year gain.” Briefly stat-
ed...with the same students some



teachers are three times more pro-
ductive.

3. However, at this point in time
we don't know what type of person
will be a highly productive teacher
in the classroom. Even after hun-
dreds of studies, social scientists
like Hanushek, have not identified
a Statistically valid causal relation-
ship between “specific teacher
characteristics” and the likely gains
teachers will “produce” in student
achievement.

Specifically...

¢ Class size reduction does not
affect student achievement except
for the very earliest grades, “and
then the expected results are
small.”

¢ Masters degrees “bear no con-
sistent relationship with student
achievement” as does experience
in the classroom after the first few
years on the job.

¢ “Conventional teacher certifi-
cation requirements, source of
teaching, or salary level are not
systematically related to the
amount of learning that goes on
in the classroom.”

e “Even very intensive profes-
sional development to help teach-
ers become more effective after
they are already in the classroom
has shown little impact on student
achievement.”

These insights should strip the
educator of the traditional
panaceas employed in reform pro-
posals.

The social scientist in this case
concentrates on what he
knows...namely, that poor teach-
ers can inflict a near permanent

learning impairment on their stu-
dents and this impairment will per-
sist throughout their lifetime. This
adversely affects their likely earn-
ings, their economic contribution
to the nation and the welfare of
the nation itself.

The author then did a “what if”
exercise, a bit of “economic mod-
eling.” He starts with —

¢ What is known about the rela-
tionship between cognitive skills
and earnings; and then asks —

¢ “What if a series of outstand-
ing teachers had a class of students
through the primary and secondary
school years?”...and...““What would
be the aggregate lifetime earnings
of this lucky group relative to a
similar class that had uniformly
poor teachers?

¢ The difference is enor-
mMOous...approximately $1.4 million
in today’s dollars for a class of 30
students (approximately $467,000
of extra income per student) and
significantly less for much small-
er Classes. Hanushek contends that
these future economic gains should
be considered as the economic val-
ue of quality teachers.

But...one may view the analysis
with scepticism. Yes...the author
documents the causal elements and
the mathematical relationships.
However, the sceptic is uncom-
fortable in even forming an opin-
ion about such “theory” and finds
comfort in anecdotal evidence,
“out feel” and well-used panaceas.

However, the author bolsters
his argument by referring to the
real world and the threats posed to
countries like the Bahamas by the
economic powerhouses of Asia.



Eric Hanushek's bottom line is -

¢ Substantial economic gains can
be realized by identifying the most
ineffective teachers and moving
them out of the classroom.

¢ The more effective teachers
should be assigned larger classes
and the less effective smaller ones.

¢ If teacher salaries reflected
teacher effectiveness more closely,
then much higher salaries would
be economically justified.

¢ “Without that linkage, we
should expect our schools to
underperform, and we might also
expect teacher salaries to lag those
in the general labour market.”

A Courageous Strategy
In popular democracies gov-
ernments like to build monuments,
mortgage futures, court key inter-
ests groups, offend no one and get

re-elected. In our times this
dynamic motivated both US. polit-
ical parties and the Government
itself to produce the housing bub-
ble and the Second Great Depres-
sion.

Managing this dynamic is essen-
tial if the Bahamas wants to con-
quer its public education problem.
It has a student testing and evalu-
ation system with decades of expe-
rience.

It must be put it on
steroids...changes have to be made
so that it will track student achieve-
ment year by year and appropri-
ately relate the data to specific stu-
dents and teachers. The results
must have consequences; and
“moving them out of the class-
room” is a courageous Bahami-
an strategy that needs the support
of an informed electorate.

Chileans deny book's claims about miners’ rescue

PCCC PRESS RELEASE

The Physically Challenged Children’s Committee (formerly The Crippled Children’s
Committee) held their annual raffle on December 18th 2010 at Kelly's Home Centre,
Marathon Mall.

Thursday January 20th 2011, the grand prize, a 2011 Suzuki Swift was accepted by
Mr. Peter Jones on behalf of the 1st place winner, St. Cecilia Parish, The Grove. This
event took place at Quality Auto Sales Ltd.

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administrator, Bismark Coakley- pccc president, Peter Jones- representative for St.
Cecilia Parish and Euriel Gibson- salesman at Quality Auto.

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SANTIAGO, Chile
Associated Press

CHILEANS directly involved
in saving 33 trapped miners last
year rejected claims on Monday
that the men seriously consid-
ered suicide and cannibalism, or
that the government fooled the
world by transmitting previous-
ly videotaped scenes to cover up
a potential disaster during the
rescue.

Reinaldo Sepulveda, who
directed the live television feed
that broadcast images of the res-
cue around the world, told The
Associated Press that there was
never any attempt to hide what
was going on by repeating parts
of the feed, as Jonathan Franklin
alleges in his book, "33 Men."
The book claims that at one
point, a cable was cut by a rock-
slide, and previously broadcast
images were transmitted to cov-
er it up.

"A billion viewers around the
world were ... tricked," Franklin
wrote.

"This is absolutely false. I can
show you the 38 or 40 hours of
transmission — they were never
cut," Sepulveda told the AP. "I
guarantee that everything was
live and direct. ... the transmis-
sion was never cut, never."

It is true that at one point ear-
ly in the rescue, Chilean engi-
neers worked furiously to dis-
mantle a fiber optic cable that
they had planned to use with the
rescue capsule so that the miners
could communicate during their
half-mile journey to the surface.

The delay wasn't immediately
explained at the time, but res-
cue workers later said the com-
munications system added
unnecessary complexity to the
rescue, and that the miners did-
n't want it.

Omar Reygadas, one of the
rescued miners, added another
detail on Monday — he told the
AP that a rock slide had cut the
fiber optic cable just before he
was pulled out — and that this is
why his entrance to the capsule
wasn't filmed.

Reygadas also denied in an
AP telephone interview that any
of the miners had considered sui-
cide or cannibalism while stuck
down below — dismissing both
ideas as examples of Chilean
dark humor — which is particu-
larly apparent in extreme situa-
tions — that shouldn't have been
taken seriously.

"We didn't reach that
extreme,” Reygadas said.

A fellow miner, Victor Zamo-
ra, told the CBS "60 Minutes"
show that during the first 17
days after the mine collapsed,
before they were discovered
alive, they had considered clos-
ing themselves in with a running
engine so they could die peace-
fully of carbon monoxide poi-
soning.

But Reygadas said "I never
thought about or talked about
that," and said Zamora was
probably joking.

"You can't tell when Victor
speaks seriously or is joking. It's
the first time I've heard of it,"
Reygadas said.

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IS THE WEST INDIES ‘WEST INDIAN"¢

PART II

(This is the second part of a
three-part series delivered by
Sir Shridath Ramphal at the
eleventh Sir Archibald Nedd
Memorial lecture given in
Grenada on January 28. His
subject: Is the West Indies
West Indian?)



By SIR SHRIDATH
RAMPHAL

NOTHING speaks louder
of CARICOM’s current
debilitation than our sub-
stantial denial of the
Caribbean Court of Justice.

The Bar Association of
Grenada is host to this Lec-
ture Series which is a memo-
rial to a great West Indian
lawyer. It is poignant that
the Inaugural Lecture in this
series delivered in 1996 was
entitled: Essentials for a
West Indies Supreme Court
to replace the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council
as the final Appellate Court
for Commonwealth
Caribbean States and Ter-
ritories.

Fifteen years later, it is
still apposite that I address
this issue when we talk of
being West Indian.

In 2001, twelve CARI-
COM countries decided
they would abolish appeals
to the Privy Council and
establish their own
Caribbean Court of Justice
serving all the countries of
the Caribbean Community
with both original jurisdic-
tion in regional integration
matters and appellate juris-
diction as the final court of
appeal for individual CARI-
COM countries. As of now,
only Guyana (which had
abolished appeals to the
Privy Council on indepen-
dence, believing it to be a
natural incident of “sover-
eignty”), Barbados and now
Belize — have conferred on
the CCJ that appellate juris-
diction

Constitutional amend-
ment is required for the abo-
lition of appeals to the Privy
Council. In practical terms,
this means bipartisan politi-
cal support for the CCJ. In
Jamaica and Trinidad and
Tobago (where the Court
has its much sought after
location) that political con-
sensus does not exist —
because the political party
now in office in each of
those two major regional
jurisdictions has turned its
back on its regional court.
In St. Vincent and the

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A Caribbean Court of Justice

Grenadines, a referendum
last year rejected the trans-
ference of appeals to the
CCI.

The situation has been
complicated by the issue of
the death penalty on which
the Privy Council, reflecting
contemporary English (and
EU) mores and jurispru-
dence has been rigorous in
upholding Caribbean
appeals in death sentence
cases. Someday, the
Caribbean as a whole must
accept abolition of the death
penalty; I believe we should
have done so already; but,
in a situation of heightened
crime in the region, popular
sentiment has induced polit-
ical reticence. Even so, how-
ever, the Privy Council’s
anachronistic jurisdiction
persists; and the Caribbean
Court of Justice remains
hobbled in pursuing its
enlightened role in
Caribbean legal reform.

Tradition

It is almost axiomatic that
the Caribbean Community
should have its own final
Court of Appeal in all mat-
ters — that the West Indies at
the highest level of jurispru-
dence should be West Indi-
an. A century old tradition
of erudition and excellence
in the legal profession of the
Region leaves no room for
hesitancy. As a West Indi-
an I despair, as a West Indi-
an lawyer I am ashamed,
that the West Indies should
be a major reason for the
unwelcome retention of the
Privy Council’s jurisdiction
within the halls of the new

Supreme Court in England.
Having created our own
Caribbean Court of Justice
it is an act of abysmal con-
trariety that we have so sub-
stantially withheld its appel-
late jurisdiction in favour of
that of the Privy Council -
we who have sent Judges to
the International Court of
Justice, to the International
Criminal Court and to the
International Court for the
former Yugoslavia, to the
Presidency of the United
Nations Tribunal on the
Law of the Sea (from
Grenada); we from whose
Caribbean shores have
sprung in lineal descent the
former and current Attor-
neys General of Britain and
the United States respec-
tively.

As I recall this register of
West Indian legal erudition
let me pause to pay tribute
to the memory of Prof
Ralph Carnegie who left us
this month — a veritable icon
of learning in the law and of
service to it — and always a
West Indian. As CCJ Judge
Winston Anderson acknowl-
edged at his funeral service
last week, he died sadly
without attainment of his
vision of a fully functioning
Caribbean Court of Justice,
and fearful of the prospects
for the legal monument he
strove so hard to build. We
owe him a more lasting
memorial.

This absurd and unworthy
paradox of heritage and hes-
itancy must be resolved by
action. In law, as in our-
selves, the West Indies must
be West Indian. Those coun-
tries still hesitant must find
the will and the way to end



Argentina, US tangle
over military material

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Associated Press

ARGENTINA is accusing the U.S. military
of trying to sneak guns and spy equipment
into the country under the guise of providing a
routine police training course — a charge dis-
puted Monday by U.S. officials.

Argentine authorities say they seized near-
ly 1,000 cubic feet of undeclared equipment,
describing it as machine guns and ammuni-
tion, drugs and spy equipment. It was on a
U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane that landed
Thursday with material for a training course
that a U.S. Special Forces team had been invit-
ed to provide to Argentina's federal police.

"Argentine law must be complied with by
all, without exception," Foreign Minister Hec-
tor Timerman told Arturo Valenzuela, the
assistant U.S. secretary of state for Western
Hemisphere affairs, when Valenzuela called
him to complain about how authorities han-
dled the cargo, the ministry said.

Timerman also said Argentina would file
an official protest in Washington and ask for a
shared investigation into why the U.S. Air
Force would try to violate Argentine law, the
ministry said.

The seized material includes equipment "for
intercepting communications, various sophis-
ticated and powerful GPS devices, technolog-
ical elements containing codes labeled secret,
and a trunk full of expired medicine,” the min-
istry said.

An Argentine federal judge is demanding a
full accounting from the foreign ministry, and
some lawmakers vowed to hold investigative
hearings.

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State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley
said he could not confirm if a protest had been
filed, but he called on Argentina to return the
U.S. equipment.

"We are puzzled and disturbed by the
actions of Argentine officials,” he told
reporters in Washington.

Crowley called the search of the plane
“unusual and unannounced" and said minor
discrepancies in the manifest "were the kind of
thing that could have been cleared up on the
ground by customs officials."

The plane arrived at a sensitive time for
Argentine-U.S. relations. Since the White
House announced that President Barack Oba-
ma would visit Chile and Brazil but skip
Argentina in his first trip to South America,
Timerman has complained about U.S. mili-
tary policies — in particular, training that the
USS. provides to Latin American police and
military at the International Law Enforcement
Academy in El Salvador.

The academy replaced the U.S. military's
School of the Americas, where critics contend
many Latin American military figures learned
torture techniques that served the region's
dictatorships in decades past. Human rights
is a main thrust of the academy's curriculum,
but Timerman has focused on the darker his-
tory.

A USS. State Department official with
knowledge of the events told The Associated
Press that all the key material in the shipment
was properly declared and authorized by
Argentina, describing the undeclared equip-
ment as a minor problem with the plane's
manifest that could have been resolved pri-
vately.



this anomaly, and perhaps
it will be easier if they act
as one. The truth is that the
alternative to such action is
too self-destructive to con-
template. The demise of the
Court itselfis not an
improbable danger when in
both Jamaica and Trinidad
and Tobago the creation of
a local final Court of Appeal
is being canvassed. Loss of
the CCJ will almost certain-
ly frustrate progress on a
Single Market and Econo-
my — the vision of Grand
Anse. We will have begun
tearing up the Treaty of
Chaguaramas whose Pre-
amble recites “that the orig-
inal jurisdiction of the CCJ
is essential to the successful
operation of the CSME.” If
West Indian lawyers, in par-
ticular, remain complacent

about this absurdity much
longer — and I am afraid
some are — we will begin to
make a virtue of it, and in
the end dismantle more than
the Court.

So grave and present is
this danger that in August
last, five West Indians to
whom the Region has given
its highest honour, the
Order of the Caribbean
Community, took the
unprecedented step of warn-
ing publicly “with one voice
of the threat being posed to
the Caribbean Court of Jus-
tice and the Community’s
goals more generally.” I was
among them.

Warning

“We warn against these
developments” we wrote,
“which, as in an earlier era,
could bring down the struc-
tures for advancing the inter-
ests of the people of CARI-
COM ... carefully con-
structed and nurtured over
many decades by sons and
daughters of all CARICOM
countries.” We were warn-
ing of the mire of despond
we would stumble into if in
this matter the West Indies
ceased to be West Indian.

But let me add what we
all know, though seldom say:
to give confidence to our
publics in their adoption of
the CCJ as the ultimate
repository of justice in the
West Indies, our Govern-
ments must be assiduous in
demonstrating respect for all
independent West Indian
constitutional bodies (like
the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions) lest by transfer-
ence, Governments are not
trusted to keep their hands

off the CCJ. And Courts
themselves, at every level,
must be manifestly free from
political influence and be
seen to be sturdy custodians
of that freedom. In the end,
the independence of West
Indian judiciaries must rest
on a broad culture of respect
for the authority and inde-
pendence of all constitu-
tional office holders — for
the Rule of Law.

We must not forget that
the structure of the CCJ
goes further than does that
of any court in the Region,
and most courts in the Com-
monwealth, in securing inde-
pendence from political
influence, much less political
control. It is at least as free
of such local control as is the
Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council; and freer
than any national or sub-
regional Court. West Indi-
an people who want such a
Court that is beyond the
reach of politics must under-
stand — and must be helped
to understand — that they
have it in the CCJ.

The question, therefore,
cannot be avoided: is a
regional political leadership
that conjures with rejecting
the CCJ doing so because it
is beyond political reach? I
cannot believe that; but. in
my own judgment, with the
Privy Council no longer a
realistic option, the CCJ is
the most reliable custodian
that West Indians could
have of the Rule of Law in
the region. Despite this, will
we once more, with the
gains of oneness in our
grasp, forego being West
Indian?

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Egypt echoes

across region:

Iran, Bahrain
and Yemen

DUBAI,
United Arab Emirates
Associated Press

THE possible heirs of Egyp-
t's uprising took to the streets
Monday in different corners of
the Middle East: Iran's belea-
guered opposition stormed
back to central Tehran and
came under a tear gas attack
by police. Demonstrators faced
rubber bullets and birdshot to
demand more freedoms in the
relative wealth of Bahrain.
And protesters pressed for the
ouster of the ruler in poverty-
drained Yemen.

The protests — all with crit-
ical interests for Washington
— offer an important lesson
about how groups across Mid-
dle East are absorbing the mes-
sage from Cairo and tailoring it
to their own aspirations.

The heady themes of
democracy, justice and
empowerment remain intact
as the protest wave works it
way through the Arab world
and beyond. What changes,
however, are the objectives.
The Egypt effect, it seems, is
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Kd Mousavi, however, have
compared the unrest in Egypt
and Tunisia with their own
struggles. Mousavi said all
region's revolts aimed at end-
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rulers."

A new USS. State Depart-
ment Twitter account in Farsi
took a jab at Iran in one of its
first messages Sunday, calling
on Tehran to "allow people to
enjoy same universal rights to
peacefully assemble, demon-
strate as in Cairo."

U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton
expressed support for the Iran-
ian protesters, saying theyto
have the same rights that they
saw being played out in Egypt
and are part of their own
birthright."

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Egypt and Tunisia against their
own leaders who had been in
power for decades: "The peo-
ple want the regime to step
down."

Protesters in the tiny Gulf
nation of Bahrain are not look-
ing to topple its monarchy. But
their demands are no less lofty:
greater political freedom and
sweeping changes in how the
country is run.

The next possible round of
demonstrations gives a similar
divide.

A coalition in Algeria —
human rights activists, union-
ists, lawyers and others — has
called protests Saturday to
push for the end of President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's 12-year
rule. Kuwait's highly organized
opposition, including parlia-
ment members, plans gather-
ings March 8 to demand a
wholesale change of cabinet
officials, but not the ruling
emir.

"We are experiencing a pan-
Arab democratic moment of
sorts," said Shadi Hamid,
director of research at The
Brookings Doha Center in
Qatar. "For opposition groups,
it comes down the question of,
‘Tf not now, when?'"

But he noted that the new-
found Arab confidence for
change will go in various direc-
tions.

"The Arab opposition are
using the Egyptian model as a
message that anything is possi-
ble," Hamid said. "Then they
interpret that into their local
context."

In Yemen, more than 1,000
people, including lawyers in
their black courtroom robes,
joined a fourth consecutive day
of protests in the capital of
Sanaa — a day after police
attacked anti-government
marchers with sticks and dag-
gers. Human Rights Watch
said police on Sunday also used
stun guns and batons to dis-
perse protesters.

"We will continue our
protests until the regime falls,”
independent lawmaker
Ahmed Hashid said.

Police separated the opposi-
tion rally from a dozen gov-
ernment supporters holding
pictures of the president.

Bahrain was more violent.
Security forces fired tear gas,
rubber bullets and birdshot
pellets at thousands of anti-
government protesters heed-
ing calls to unite in a major ral-
ly and bring the Arab reform
wave to the Gulf for the first
time. At least 25 people were
injured, and one man died
after suffering severe head
trauma.

Police later used vans and
other vehicles to block main
roads into the capital of Man-
ama to prevent a mass gather-
ing that organizers intended as
an homage to Egypt's Tahrir
Square.

Social media sites have been
flooded with calls by an array
of political youth groups, rights
activists and others to join
demonstrations Monday, a
symbolic day in Bahrain as the
anniversary of the country's
2002 constitution that brought
pro-democracy reforms such
as an elected parliament.

But opposition groups seek
deeper changes from the coun-
try's ruling dynasty, including



AN UNIDENTIFIED Bahraini woman waves a Bahraini flag yester-
day, during an anti-government demonstration in the village of
Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. (AP)

transferring more decision-
making powers to the parlia-
ment and breaking the monar-
chy's grip on senior govern-
ment posts. Bahrain's majority
Shiites — about 70 percent of
the population — have long
complained of systemic dis-
crimination by the Sunni rulers.

The nation — no bigger in
area than New York City —
is among the most politically
volatile in the Gulf. A crack-
down on perceived dissidents
last year touched off riots and
street battles in Shiite areas.

Some protesters carried
mock Valentine's Day greet-
ings from a prominent Bahrai-
ni blogger in custody, Ali
Abdul-Imam.

"Arabs have been inspired
by Egypt and empowered to
believe that their voices must
be heard and respected,” wrote
James Zogby, president of the
Arab American Institute, in a
commentary in Abu Dhabi's
The National newspaper. "It
will make life more complicat-
ed for Western and Arab pol-
icy makers.”

Monday's unrest touched on
two key points of Washington's
Mideast constellation.

Bahrain is home to the U.S.
Navy's 5th Fleet, one of the
Pentagon's main counter-
weights to Iran's attempts to
expand influence in the Gulf.
Yemen's militant networks
offer safe haven for al-Qaida in
the Arabian Peninsula, which
has planned and launched sev-
eral attack against the U.S.,

including the attempted airlin-
er bombing on Christmas Day
2009 and the failed mail bomb
plot involving cargo planes last
summer.

The U.S. military plans a $75
million training program with
Yemen's counterterrorism unit
to expand its size and capabil-
ities in the nation's difficult
mountain terrain. Last month,
the U.S. also delivered four
Huey helicopters to Yemen
and has been training the avi-
ation units.

"What has happened in
Tunisia and Egypt has terri-
fied pro-Western Arab rulers,”
said Fawaz Gerges, a profes-
sor of Middle Eastern politics
at the London School of Eco-
nomics.

"One of the lessons that the
U.S. will take from current
unrest is that the status quo is
no longer sustainable," he
added.

"There are huge cracks in
the Arab authoritarian wall.
It's the end of an era and the
U.S. must make very tough
choices and decisions."

Turkish President Abdullah
Gul, who is visiting Iran, urged
governments in the Middle
East to listen to the their peo-
ple.

"When leaders and heads of
countries do not pay attention
to the demands of their
nations, the people themselves
take action to achieve their
demands," the official Islamic
Republic News Agency quoted
Gul as saying.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IN THIS Aug. 4, 2008, file photo, oil floats in the water near a home in Lago Agrio, Ecuador. An
Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday Feb. 14, 2011 that Chevron Corp. was responsible for the oil con-
tamination and the plaintiffs’ attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed the
ruling but not the amount of the fine. (AP)





Chevron Corp.
fined $8 billion
over Ecuador oil

contamination

QUITO, Ecuador
Associated Press

AN ECUADOREAN
judge ruled Monday that
Chevron Corp. was respon-
sible for oil contamination
in a wide swath of Ecuador's
northern jungle. The plain-
tiffs’ attorney says the com-
pany was fined $8 billion.

Chevron confirmed the
ruling but not the amount
of the fine. The company
said in a news release that
it would appeal, and called
the judge's decision “illegit-
imate and unenforceable."

The high-profile case,
fraught with intrigue, cor-
porate espionage and
geopolitics, had been wind-
ing its way through U.S. and
Ecuadorean courts for 17
years.

Chevron invested tens of
millions of dollars in its legal
defense, seeking relief in a
half-dozen U.S. federal
courts and requesting bind-
ing arbitration in an inter-
national tribunal in the
Netherlands.

Just last week, a US. fed-
eral judge in New York took
the unusual step of pre-emp-
tively blocking any judgment
for at least 28 days after con-
cluding that attempts to col-

lect assets could seriously
disrupt the business of a
company vital to the global
economy. He took the
action at the request of
Chevron's lawyers.

The plaintiffs’ lead lawyer,
Pablo Fajardo, called the
187-page judgment "a great
step that we have made
toward the crystalization of
justice” but "we are not
completely satisfied" with
the amount of the fine. He
told The Associated Press
that the plaintiffs would
probably appeal.

The ruling was issued by
Judge Nicolas Zambrano
from a ramshackle court-
house in the provincial city
of Lago Agrio. It specifies
damages for "the cleanup of
soil, subterranean water,
health, indigenous commu-
nities,” Fajardo said.

The suit was originally
filed in a New York federal
court in 1993 against Texaco
and was refiled in Ecuador
after Chevron bought the
company in 2001. It sought
damages on behalf of 30,000
people, including indigenous
groups, for environmental
contamination and illnesses
that allegedly resulted from
Texaco's operation of an oil
consortium from 1972 to

Small commercial plane
crash kills 14 in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras
Associated Press

A SMALL Honduran commercial airliner crashed Monday
near the capital, killing all 14 people aboard, including a senior
government official and a top union leader, authorities said.

The Central American Airlines plane was flying to the Ton-
contin international airport in Tegucigalpa when it crashed
Monday morning in the town of Las Mesitas, about three miles
(five kilometers) south of the airport.

The cause of the crash is being investigated, but there was fog
in the area at the time. Tincontin airport is considered dan-
gerous because of its short runway and surrounding hills.

The Let L-410 Turbolet was carrying two pilots and 12 pas-
sengers, including Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodol-
fo Rovelo, United Workers Federation of Honduras leader
Jose Israel Salinas and former Economy Secretary Carlos
Chain, said airline manager Felix Pacheco.

"I'm destroyed, in shock, because of what happened,"
Pacheco said, adding that it was a regularly scheduled daily
flight.

The government declared three days of national mourning in
honor of the government officials killed.

A pilot survived the crash but died on the way to a hospital,
firefighters spokesman Jaime Silva said.

The National Service of Civil Aviation said the accident
happened a little after 8 a.m. (8 a.m. EST; 1300 GMT), minutes
after air traffic controllers instructed the pilots to land.

Jorge Deras, mayor of the town of Santa Ana, near Las
Mesitas, said he heard an explosion and ran to the crash site.

"We found many ... bodies strewn about," Deras said. "It's a
tragic vision."

At least 10 planes have crashed in and around the Toncon-
tin airport since October 1989, when a Honduran commercial
jet went down, killing 131 people.

Toncontin's short runway, old navigation equipment and
neighboring hills make it one of the world's more dangerous
international airports. It was built on the southern edge of
hilly Tegucigalpa in 1948 with a runway less than 5,300 feet
(1,600 meters) long.

1990.

Chevron has long con-
tended that the court-
appointed expert in the case
was unduly influenced by
the plaintiffs. In its state-
ment Monday, it called
Zambrano’'s ruling “the
product of fraud (and) con-
trary to the legitimate sci-
entific evidence."

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ees expressed their bereavement
for not only the merchandise and
memorabilia lost to the fire that
ravished a downtown block yes-
terday morning but also the his-
tory destroyed by it.

Co-chair of the Downtown
Nassau Partnership (DNP),
Charles Klonaris conveyed his
sadness in losing the historic
buildings located on East Bay
Street and the importance of
insuring that future architecture
reflects that history.

The DNP was formed in 2009
as a joint venture of the private
and public sectors to achieve a
progressive redevelopment and
restructuring of the City of Nas-

“The Betty K building is very
historic. The old John Bull was
also located here and now those
buildings are gone — this block
had a nice historic feeling and it
is a serious loss”

He said: “It will be the issue of
how to recapture the essence of
our culture in the architecture”.
General manager of Green
Parrot Crew Pub, Craig Boor-
man arrived on scene around 10
yesterday morning and was very
emotional as he begged officers
to let him near the fire so he
could remove valuable contents
from the store, which he said
could not be replaced.

He said: "I'm worried about 30
years of collecting all my para-
phernalia — Heineken and Kalik
flags that I can't replace. My

said Mr

Shortly after his arrival, Mr
Boorman was seen in the square
behind the Cabinet Office and
seemed more relaxed, as it did
not appear that the flames were
inside the store.

He said: “It looks like good
news now the firemen are on the



GENERAL MANAGER of Green Parrot Crew Pub Craig Boorman at the scene.
Photo/Jessica Robertson

building. The building is insured
but I'm more concerned about
what's inside.”

“T have flags, the Old Nassau
Chickcharney Rum, old Burns
House Rum - they don't make
them anymore" said Mr Boor-
man.





CRUISE SHIPS can be seen through the haze of smoke from yesterday’s fire.

Tourists assured
fire was not a
errorist attack

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

TOURISTS were assured
that yesterday’s downtown
fire was not a terrorist
attack, even as cruise ship
passengers were told to
remain on their ships and
staff at the Port Authority
were evacuated, according
to the police.

Commander Patrick
McNeil, head of the Port
Department, said three ships
were docked in the harbour
when the fire broke out at
the office and warehouse
complex of Betty K Agen-

cies Ltd.

One ship had a scheduled
2pm departure time and left
the harbour without inci-
dent, according to Nassau
Harbour Control.

Commander McNeil said
despite the order for pas-
sengers to remain onboard,
there seemed to be “no dis-
ruption” to the usual inflow
and outflow of passengers.

The other two ships were
scheduled for departure at
5pm and 6pm.

“We are trying to keep
the port area good and clear
of pedestrian traffic in the
event that the wind shifts
and starts blowing the fire

to the port building, so we
would be in a position to be
safer than had we not evac-
uated,” said Commander
McNeil.

“We are looking after pas-
sengers who were already
on shore to give them safe
passage back to the ship,”
he said.

Evacuations also occurred
at the Churchill Building,
where Cabinet meets on a
weekly basis and some gov-
ernment records are housed.

Boats in the harbour were
told to stay clear of the area
to prevent a cluster of ves-
sels in the emergency area,
said Commander McNeil.

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BAY STREET “Tribune

BURNS

FROM page one

the Kelly’s Dock Yard would be
unsalvageable.

The fire also damaged the Adder-
ley Building, the condemned com-
plex adjourning the Churchill Build-
ing which houses the Cabinet Office.

Initially 16 firefighters were
deployed to fight the fire, but as cir-
cumstances became more difficult,
officers and fire- engines as far as the
Lynden Pindling International Air-
port and Lyford Cay were called to
the scene.

Trucks and employees from the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation and
the Bahamas Telecommunications
Company were also employed by fire
workers.

At its height, the fire was fought
by at least 25 fire officers and 15 air-
port authority fire service officers
who were assisted by 100 officers
from the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force and 100 officers from the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force.

There were seven trucks on the
scene.

Fire officials said that they learned
many lessons from the disastrous
Straw Market blaze in September of
2001 and were able to harness sea
water from the harbour at Kelly's
Dock.

“We have noted that this time the
fire engines are pumping water from
the ocean. The water that was going
into Betty K helping to suppress fire
is coming from the ocean. The ade-
quacy of the response is far superior
than we have ever had before.

"One of the big complaints when
the Straw Market went up (in flames)
was that they could not get water
from the ocean to suppress the fire
and protect the surrounding build-
ings. When I came today they were
pumping from the ocean. It has a lot
to do with the way the firefighters
were able to mobilize their equip-
ment and put it in place and their
response was pretty quick,” said
Environment Minister Earl Deveaux.

While persons complained that it
appeared that fire trucks arrived on
the scene without water, Port Depart-
ment Commander Patrick McNeil
said this was not the case.

"Fire trucks always have water on
board. When one truck goes down it
needs to refurbish. The good thing
about this fire is that it is on the water
so there is an abundance of water,
so water isn’t a challenge. You also
have to take into consideration the
fuel side of the trucks. You have to
keep the fuel up so that they contin-
uously operate and the battle against
the fire is relentless and unbroken,"
said Commander McNeil.

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photographer

released from hospital

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

TRIBUNE photographer Felipe
Major was released from hospital
last night after being injured when
he fell from the balcony of the Bac-
ardi Building on East Bay Street.

Mr Major entered the building
with firefighters yesterday morn-
ing to get better shots of the blaze
which was consuming the Betty K
building next door.

As he leaned over in an attempt
to pass some equipment to a fire-
man on the adjacent rooftop, the
railing gave way and tumbled into
the street, taking him with it.

Mr Major said he landed “face-
first” in the street and according
to doctors, was lucky not to have
suffered more severe injuries.

“Tt all happened so fast, I didn’t
have time to know what was going
on. If I wasn’t in shape, the doctor
said I could have broken my back,”
he said.

Mr Major was conscious when
he was transported to Princess
Margaret Hospital by paramedics.

The photographer was treated



ABOVE: Felipé Major is taken to hospital afc his accident.
RIGHT: Mr Major after being released yesterday evening.

for injuries to his face and back, a
chipped bone in his arm, and was
put on a ventilator to alleviate the
effects of smoke inhalation.

Mr Major said that although the

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

experience was painful, he does
not intend to stop taking calculat-
ed risks in an effort to get the best
possible photos to Tribune read-
ers.

FIREFIGHTERS at the scene of yesterday’s blaze. They worked for hours to bring the wind

swept blaze under control.



Photos/Farreno Ferguson



Court blow for unions’ bid to block BTC sale

FROM page one

of the action to give them
locus standi to commence the
action or to claim the reme-
dies set forth in the writ.”

The unions commenced
litigation against Batelco, the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Limited, its Executive
Chairman Julian Francis and
the Attorney General on
January 11 applying for an
ex parte injunction to block
the sale for 51 per cent of
BTC until the determination
of the substantive hearing.
According to Mr Glinton,
there is a pending applica-
tion for leave to appeal the
judge’s decision.

BCPOU President
Bernard Evans described the
outcome yesterday as a
“bump” in the road. “This is
a small bump in the road.
We are not going to stop and
we are prepared to continue
on. We are still confident.
We are going to fight until
we win.”

Attorney Maurice Glin-
ton who represents the
unions said that there is a
pending application for leave
to appeal the judge’s deci-
sion.

In a press release the
unions also stated, “It is evi-
dent from what the Prime
Minister disclosed in the
course of his communication
to the House of Assembly
about the non-binding Mem-
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issues that this lawsuit raises
are significant to the rule of
law. Whilst their importance
to the plaintiffs and bargain-
ing unit employees con-
cerned could not be more

obvious, they also touch and
concern the public interest
in a great and important way
that should become increas-
ingly obvious as the case pro-
ceeds from here.”

Batelco and the Attorney

General’s Office were rep-
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Deidre Clarke-Maycock.
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* ‘Critical’ for Bahamian industry's
erowth and competitiveness that
Superintendent appointment got
right

* Advisory Committee chairman
says post needs ‘gravitas’ and to be
‘more than traffic director’

By NEIL HARTNELL

The newly-appointed
Insurance Advisory Com-
mittee will advise the
insurance regulator over
the selection of a new

dent, its
chairman
telling Tri-
bune Busi-
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the post

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policeman

and traffic director” to also

facilitating the sector’s

growth and development.
Chester Cooper, who is

also president of BAF

Financial & Insurance, told

this newspaper that it was
“crucial that we get this

right” in selecting the right

man to replace Lennox
McCartney, adding: “The
Insurance Commission of

the Bahamas and its Super-

intendent are absolutely
critical in the further
enhancement of the indus-
try, and its regional and
international competitive-
ness.”

work since he took the
post in 2008, Mr Cooper
said: “The committee
intends to offer some sug-
gestions to the Commis-

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Bahamas No.2 in region
for unemployment rate

Jobless rate peaked at 18-19% last year, study for IMF

! conference revealed, dropping to 16-17% for 2011

Recession has ‘halved growth rate’ for English-speaking

i Caribbean nations like Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor ;

Nation’s growth rate over past decade well below that

The Bahamas has gone

i from having the third-low-
? est to second highest unem-
? ployment rate (around 18
i per cent) among a sample
} group of Caribbean nations
? over a four-year period, a
? study presented at an Inter-
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ABLAZE: Fire rages at the
Betty K offices and ware- F
house yesterday.

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: By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

With the Government hav-

: ing invested “in excess of $100
? million” in upgrades to down-
? town Nassau, it has given
? approval to the pedestriani-
? sation of two side streets off
: Bay Street as efforts to revi-
: talise the city “continue to
i build momentum’.

Vaughn Roberts, managing

? director of the Downtown
? Nassau Partnership (DNP),
? told Tribune Business in a
? recent interview prior to yes-
? terday’s blaze at the Betty K
: offices and warehouse, which
? took out an entire Bay Street
? block, that the pedestrianisa-
? tion was intended to take
: place in conjunction with the
? road repaving and water main

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(IMF) conference has
revealed.

A paper presented by
authors Auguste Kouame
and Maria Ivanova Reyes,
entitled The Caribbean
region beyond the 2008-2009
global financial crisis,
showed that only St Lucia
suffered a sharper - and
greater - increase in unem-
ployment levels than the

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Bahamas during the period
2008-2011.

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BUSINESS
PEOPLE POWER IN EGYPT



BY LARRY GIBSON

n Friday past,
we witnessed
the ultimate
manifestation
of ‘people power’ when, after
18 days of continuous protest,
Hosni Mubarak finally “got
the message” and resigned as
president of Egypt. Power
was ceded to the ‘Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces,
a committee of high-ranking
military officers. Since the
early 1950s, the military has
effectively run Egypt.

The danger of writing about
an event that is so fluid is that
by the time you read this arti-
cle on Tuesday, the whole sit-
uation could be vastly differ-
ent.

There are so many aspects
of this whole saga that one
can question and, hopefully,
learn from.

How is it that a man can
rule for 30 years under emer-
gency powers? How is it pos-
sible for a political leader to
amass an obscene fortune
estimated at $50 billion to $70
billion? What will be the
socio-political impact of
Mubarak’s departure on
Egypt and the broader Arab
world?

(AP Photo/Ahmed Ali, File)
STONE-THROWING: In this Feb.2, 2011 file photo, stones fly through
the air as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, foreground , fight
with anti-Mubarak protesters, rear, standing on army tanks in Cairo,
Egypt.

(

AP Photo/ Egypt TV via APTN, File)



TELEVISED STATEMENT: In file image taken from Associated Press
television News, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes a televised
statement to his nation which aired Feb. 10, 2011. He later stepped

down.

(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File)



CELEBRATION: In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Egyptians celebrate
the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who hand-
ed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in

downtown Cairo, Egypt.

overnments have
to ensure fairness

What will be the role of the
armed forces in the new
Egypt?

Is democracy the right med-
icine for every country?

Notwithstanding the above,
the million dollar question is:
“Will the Egyptian virus
mutate, and if so, how far will
it travel? The leadership in
neighbouring countries such
as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen,
Tunisia, Jordan, Syria and
Lebanon must be watching
and wondering.

As I have been moved to
write this column on Friday
afternoon “in the moment”
of unfolding events, it is far
too early to address the ques-
tions that are emerging, which
I will revisit in the future. I
have been blessed to witness

Financial

By Larry Gibson

the landing of a man on the
moon, majority rule at home,
the fall of the Berlin Wall, the
end of apartheid, the election
of a black president of the
United States, and now the
start of transformation of the
Arab World...all profound

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social changes in my relative-
ly short lifetime.

However, today I will focus
on the role of technology in
this particular manifestation
of the will of the people.

Global Village Factor

I would argue that the vic-
tory in Tahrir (Liberation)
Square is equally a triumph
for democracy as it is a tri-
umph for technology. Prior to
the launch of Cable News
Network (CNN) on June 1,
1980, most cities were restrict-
ed to 30 minutes of local news
and thirty minutes of national
news in the evening. Taking
out advertisements, a 30-
minute program is actually 23
minutes of on air time.

CNN pioneered 24 hour
news programming, which
was soon copied by other
organisations and now, in
addition to CNN, we have
Fox, MSNBC, BBC and
many more 24-hour news
organisations across the globe.
The net result of this is that
news is no longer rationed,
filtered or controlled. Pre-
CNN, it would have taken
months for the rest of the
world to grasp the magnitude
of the demonstrations against

Mubarak. Egyptian Ambas-
sadors abroad would have
been able to give the impres-
sion that only a handful of
persons were demonstrating
in the square, and that
Mubarak was the most appre-
ciated leader in the world.

Now the whole world could
see security officers carting
off demonstrators, military
planes flying low over Tahrir
Square, the thugs on horse-
back and the mowing down
of peaceful demonstrators
with vehicles...all live and in
real time.

When the Egyptian regime
tried shutting down the Inter-
net, within hours there was a
‘technology patch’ to keep the
world connected. It did not
take the Egyptians long to fig-
ure out that a country that is
heavily dependent on foreign
aid simply cannot offend the
moral scruples of its principal
donors.

It was in June 1989 when
the Chinese government bru-
tally opened fired on its citi-
zens in Tiananmen Square,
sent in tanks, banned the
press and controlled all news
and propaganda.

Now, with the proliferation
of cell phones, the advance-
ment of the Internet and
social networking sites, it is
doubtful that even the Chi-
nese could suppress another
Tiananmen-type uprising
today.

While I believe the Chinese
would still have the audacity
to attempt to respond with
brutality, I believe they would
quickly come to their senses
once major trading partners
respond by restricting Chi-
nese imports.

Against all odds, the people
of Iran took to the streets to

drive out the regime of the
Shah in 1979. If conditions are
no better today, they will do it
again.

Equal access to
opportunities

The real point is that coun-
tries must ensure they sup-
port a system that provides
fair and equal access to
opportunities within one’s
country. This is often easier
said than done, as it does not
take long for ‘ruling elites’ to
emerge - even under the
Westminster model - as polit-
ical parties tend to reward
‘the boys’ with contracts and
privileges for which they are
very often not qualified for
or deserving of.

The people’s tolerance for
this insidious practice is run-
ning thin all around the world.
In the case of Egypt, the
majority of the people had to
endure 30 years of injustice.

We have just over a year
before elections have to be
called.

This is commonly referred
to as ‘the silly season’. All
political entities are fully
aware that ‘the people’ pos-
sess the ultimate power when
it comes to determining who
will govern the Bahamas.

I believe we are moving
away from pure ‘political spin’
and more towards record,
vision and facts. Surely this
must be a pleasing develop-
ment for the deepening of
democracy.

Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president - pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.

The views expressed are
those of the author and do
not necessarily represent
those of Colonial Group
International or any of its sub-
sidiary and/or affiliated com-
panies. Please direct any
questions or comments to
Larry.Gibson@atlantic-
house.com.bs

BTC deal to help unlock
small business potential

BY SIMON COOPER
RES SOCIUS

When Alexander Graham Bell
finally transmitted voice down the
wire on March 10, 1876, the Scots-
man’s first words to his assistant,
Thomas Watson, were: “Watson,
come here. I want you.” Thus began
the modern telecommunications era
in which bosses could summon



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Benefits for business include
implementing high-speed data net-
works to promote more effective
use of existing deep-sea fibre optic
cables. This will improve connec-
tivity across the Caribbean sea and
further beyond. Local business cus-
tomers will be able to call in more
effectively, too, thanks to the roll-
out of 3G/4G and smart phone
technology.

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stenographers from the comfort of
their offices without having to get up and
shout.

In no time at all manual telephone
exchanges were connecting people between
buildings and across cities, too, as more and
more people discovered the sheer convenience
of virtual meetings. That last bastion of male
freedom — forgetfulness — was overcome when
the first “honey don’t forget to buy more milk”
was transmitted thanks to Alexander Graham
Bell.

These days, Bahamian businesspeople would
have difficulty surviving or even compre-
hending continuing to exist without the tele-
phone and its more modern spawn. When
Bahamian telecommunications systems fail — as
they do from time to time — it is as if somebody
turned off the sun. The announcement tabled
in Parliament on Tuesday, February 8, 2011,
that the new owners of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC), Cable and
Wireless Communications, are on the expan-
sion trail could not have come at a better time
as small to medium Bahamian businesses
search for new ways to shake off the reces-
sion.

The potential benefits of these
technical upgrades for small to medium
Bahamian businesses are huge. In this modern
era, more and more customer relationships
are virtual, and depend on the quality of a sig-
nal to succeed. Better connectivity means a
better shop window on the Internet, and we all
know that window dressing works.

As a business broker with many years busi-
ness experience I know that the best time to
start a new business or buy an existing one is
when markets start ticking up. The Bahamas is
tracking progress made by leading western
nations, and the announcement of improving
Bahamian telecommunication facilities is
exceptionally well timed.

NB: Res Socius was founded by Simon
Cooper in 2009, and is a business brokerage
authorised by the Bahamas Investment
Authority. Mr Cooper has extensive private
and public SME experience, and was former-
ly chief executive of a publicly traded invest-
ment company. He was awarded an MBA with
distinction by Liverpool University in 2005.
Contact him on 636-8831 or write to
simon.cooper @ressocius.com.

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Minister heads Business Outlook speaker line-Un

DR. SIDNEY MCPHEE

Minister of State for Finance,
Zhivargo Laing, will lead the pre-
senters for the upcoming Grand
Bahama Business Outlook, which
is scheduled for February 24.

Ten speakers, several drawn
from key sectors of the Grand
Bahama economy, will address the
theme “Grand Bahama Game
Plan 2011: Review, Re-strategize,
Reposition” in terms of the out-
look for their individual sectors.
In addition to the Minister, the
speakers include David Johnson,
director-general of tourism; Alger-
non Cargill, director, National
Insurance Board; Kathleen Riv-
iere-Smith, director, policy and
regulations, Utilities Regulation
and Competition Authority
(URCA); Dr Pamela Etuk, Md,
Lucayan Medical Centre; Dr
Marikis Alvarez, representative,
Inter-American Institute for Coop-
eration on Agriculture (IICA);
Paul Crevello, chief executive,
Bahamas Petroleum Company;
Jeffrey B. Butler, chief executive,

TradelInvest Asset Management Ltd.

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Butlers Food World; Greg Ebel-
har, chief operating officer, Poly-
mers International, and Dr Sidney
McPhee, president, Middle Ten-
nessee State University.

Mr Johnson, whose topic is
‘Options for Tourism's Growth in
Grand Bahama’, hinted at how
the island might own an important
market segment:

“Grand Bahama, within the
Caribbean and even the Bahamas,
can ‘own’ that wide middle of the
market, value-searching customer,
given its proximity to Florida that
enables access by sea (cruise or
fast-ferry) and air.

“The destination’s proximity
should likewise assist in driving
down costs, making it the low-cost
leader in the islands of the
Bahamas,” Mr Johnson said.

“Grand Bahama's size and
diversity, which delivers that
unique ‘drive to a Family Island’
experience, is yet another differ-
entiating asset that is today not
being mined but can, and should,

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be leveraged along with the desti-
nation's other aforementioned
attributes.”

Mr Cargill said of his presenta-
tion: “Grand Bahama has been
much challenged over the decade
by unemployment, owing to the
hurricane strikes, a decline in
tourism receipts and an extended
recessionary business climate over-
all.

“This is of particular concern to
the National Insurance Board,
which manages the country’s social
security system.

Value

“Fortunately, National Insur-
ance has been able to lend a help-
ing hand to many of those out of
work.

“The new Unemployment Ben-
efit was instituted at just the right
time to give added value to our
assistance programme.

“At the upcoming Grand

Invites applications from suitable qualified persons for
the following position

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Bahama Business Outlook, I plan
to share this and information on
the key new benefits among those
approved by Parliament with the
passage of the 22 amendments to
the National Insurance Act. I also
plan to appeal for an increase to
the critical partnership between
the Grand Bahama community
and NIB to increase sustainability
of the National Insurance Fund.”

Mrs Riviere-Smith will explain
how the advent of a new regulato-
ry framework in 2009 has already
brought about needed evolution.
“By URCA’s estimates, the size
of the sector in 2009 was approxi-
mately $460 million or 6.2 per cent
of the country’s Gross Domestic
Product or GDP. Access to high-
quality electronic communications
technologies and services at com-
petitive prices are essential for
GDP growth and the competitive-
ness of Bahamian businesses,” she
said.

Dr Pamela Etuk will present her
unique vision for the future devel-



DR. PAMELA ETUK

opment of Grand Bahama, while
Dr Sidney McPhee will explore
the relation of education to eco-
nomic development.

He added: “The educational
attainment of a nation’s citizens
correlates directly to its economic
growth and development. Strategic
investment in education at all lev-
els is one of the critical compo-
nents to achieve significant
progress in nation building.

“ Another component is forging
good relationships with local busi-
ness/industry in order to meet their
needs and to ensure employment
of skilled residents in the work-
place.”

Registration for the Grand
Bahama Business Outlook may be
made by contacting Mercynth Fer-
guson at the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce (tel: 352-
8329) or Hazel McKinney at
Deloitte (tel: 373-3015). Registra-
tion may also be made on-line at
the website: www.tclevents.com

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FROM page 1B

between 15-16 per cent in
2009.

It estimated, though, that
the unemployment rate in
the Bahamas peaked last
year, hitting between 18-19
per cent, with a decline for
this year to a projected 16-17
per cent - but still slightly
higher than 2009 levels.

These findings are some-
what consistent with gov-
ernment pronouncements
that unemployment in the
Bahamas has peaked, as evi-
denced by unemployment
benefits claimant data, but
there is nothing to show a
dramatic rebound.

Still, the start of the $2.6
billion Baha Mar project,
together with the Bahamas
Telecommunications Com-
pany (BTC) privatisation
and other economic devel-
opments, seems likely to
turn the Bahamian econo-
my around more swiftly

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than other Caribbean
nations. The Kouame/Reyes
study, though, showed
through its unemployment
data just how vulnerable the
Bahamas is to external
shocks that impact its major
industries.

In 2008, only Trinidad &
Tobago and Barbados (mar-
ginally) had a lower unem-
ployment rate than the
Bahamas’ 8 per cent.

Come 2009, and the
Bahamas was tied equal-
third for unemployment
with Suriname, with only
Belize and St Lucia having
higher rates. The Bahamas
took sole possession of third
place in 2010, and is pro-
jected to jump to second
place in 2011 as Belize’s
unemployment falls.

“As output in the
Caribbean has slowed down,
unemployment is estimated
to have risen with no signs
of recovery in 2010, while
some countries will still see
increases in unemployment
during 2011,” the study
warned.

“With the global slow-
down, unemployment rates
are likely to increase as the
decrease in external demand
affects the production indus-
tries and therefore employ-
ment generation.”

Noting that the Bahamas
had experienced “a very
slow increase in tourist
arrivals” from the 2009 low,
when they led _ the
Caribbean with a more than
15 per cent decline, the
study warned that English-
speaking economies such as
this nation would “lag sig-
nificantly” behind the rest
of Latin America and this
region when it came to
recovery.

With Baha Mar and other
developments in the
Bahamas’ favour, this
remains to be seen, but the
study said: “Average growth

after the crisis will likely be
lower for the English-speak-
ing countries during the next
five years than it was just
before the crisis.

“While the rest of the
Caribbean, South America
and Central America will
likely recover during the
medium-term to a similar
growth path as that experi-
enced on average before the
crisis, the English-speaking
Caribbean countries will
remain lagging significantly
behind its dynamic growth
of approximately 5 per cent
per yea during 2003-2007,
with an estimated annual
growth rate of 2.5 per cent
per year during 2011-2015.

“With this, the crisis
seems to have halved the
medium-term growth
prospects of the English-
speaking Caribbean coun-
tries.”

The Bahamas is project-
ed to be in line with that 2.5
per cent growth estimate for
the next several years,
notwithstanding Baha Mar.

The study revealed that
the Bahamas’ economic
growth rate during the past
decade has lagged even that,
this nation’s GDP growing
at a 1.3 per cent average
between 2001-2005, and just
1.1 per cent between 2006-
2008.

This was well below the
5.1 per cent annual GDP
growth rate that the
Bahamas achievsed between
1996-2000, when the US
economy was booming and
it enjoyed the fruits of
Kerzner International’s first
two Atlantis phases and oth-
er assorted hotel industry
investments.

In fact, the Bahamas’ eco-
nomic growth rate this
decade has lagged the 3.3
per cent average attained
between 1981-1985, and 1.9
per cent between 1986-1990.

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‘moderate effect’
on CWC’s debt

FROM page 1B

telecom incumbent, Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC), should not
result in a significant increase in the group’s
leverage, proforma, for the planned trans-
action.”

The two S&P analysts, though, warned
that CWC’s “adjusted leverage could
increase somewhat” during its upcoming
fiscal year that ends in 2012 due to a num-
ber of factors, including “potential signifi-
cant restructuring charges linked to its
planned acquisition of BTC” - a reference
to the voluntary redundancy and early
retirement exercise that CWC will have
to undertake in reducing the workforce to
300-400 persons.

CWC has pledged to reduce prices for
telecommunications services by up to 36
per cent within the first three years post-
privatisation, even though experience in
other Caribbean jurisdictions suggests it
could lose 30-40 per cent market share
once its cellular monopoly expires in three
years.

The details were unveiled in Cable &
Wireless Communications (CWC) five-
year business plan for BTC, which also
outlined the company’s plan to expand
BTC’s "retail footprint” from 26 to 56 loca-
tions via "a mix of flagship, retail and store-
in-store" locations.

Stating that the Family Islands and
Bahamian small and medium-size enter-
prises would "especially benefit from this
expansion”, CWC added that top-up loca-
tions would increase to more than 5,000,
with "improved methods of Top-Up".

And, outlining the rationale for BTC's
privatisation, CWC said: "BTC’'s overall
revenue is projected to decline at 1 per
cent per annum over five years, driven
mainly by the reduction in roaming rates,
voice services (price reduction), counter-
acted by growth in the take-up of mobile
data, enterprise and carrier and fixed
broadband, TV and Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP).

"Absent the rapid deployment of new,
largely data-based services which CWC is
able to deliver, the projected decline would
be significantly greater, and BTC would
be unprepared for competition in three
years."

Addressing the projected business per-
formance of BTC, CWC projected that
the staff restructuring - details of which
still have to be worked out - would lead to
operating expenses falling by 20 per cent

"We want to build
BTC to a world class
operator offering
broadest coverage,
most advanced fixed,
mobile and a new era
of communications
services at more com-
petitive prices, benefit-
ing the Bahamian peo-
ple and economy."

over the five years to 2015, falling from
almost $200 million at present to around
$160 million.

Pledging that "significant capital expen-
diture” would be invested in information
technology, cellular and broadband net-
works over the next five years, CWC
promised: "We want to build BTC to a
world class operator offering broadest cov-
erage, most advanced fixed, mobile and a
new era of communications services at
more competitive prices, benefiting the
Bahamian people and economy."

Getting there, though, will not neces-
sarily be easy. CWC acknowledged that
Caribbean benchmarks and experience
elsewhere showed that cellular liberalisa-
tion in 2014 would see BTC’s market share
in that category drop by 30-40 per cent,
while average revenue per unit (ARPU) in
the fixed-landline business "could be as
great as 40 per cent four to five years after
liberalisation".

And, while roaming rates were likely to
fall after the Bahamian communications
market was liberalised, CWC said oppor-
tunities abounded, with new operators,
mobile data and smart phone growth
increasing market size by up to 10 per cent.

And, with the growth in data services,
ARPU growth in this segment, aided by
the introduction of 3G/4G and smartphone
technology was "likely to increase by as
much as 80-90 per cent"

"Roaming data usage per visitor is like-
ly to grow by 130-150 per cent within the
next five years,” added CWC.



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SEAGRAPE PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Insurance regulator must
he more than ‘policeman

FROM page 1B

sion with respect to the selection process and type of indi-
vidual we want to see in the role.

“We believe it should be someone with experience, exper-
tise in the insurance business, and type of regulatory back-
ground with the gravitas to be forward-looking and making
progress in the industry.

“We're beyond the position of the regulator being a traf-
fic director and policeman, with the role being more to
facilitate the growth of the industry domestically and inter-
nationally.”

Mr Cooper acknowledged that the Insurance Commis-
sion’s staffing and expertise levels had been ‘beefed up’ in
recent times, with accountants and lawyers now employed,
along with a new Head of Supervision “who seems to bring
a wealth of international experience to the equation”.

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business

Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of February, 2011. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,

P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of February, 2011. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

Improvement

NOTICE GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY

EINIETED “The up-staffing and resource improvement will no doubt

not only improve the efficiency, effectiveness and respon-
siveness of the office but will also improve our competi-
tiveness, not only on the domestic side but in captives and
the external insurance industry as well,” Mr Cooper added.

“The industry is very strong and rather robust. As an
industry, we have not done a good enough job of telling our
own story.

“We protect the lives, dreams and assets of Bahamian res-
idents.

“In life insurance we create estates for regular people to
ensure the maintenance of quality of life after the demise of
a provider, so that future generations can be better off. If the
many stories were told of a prompt payment and recoveries
after hurricanes, mobilising of re-insurance to protect against
potentially catastrophic events, or the living examples of lives
saved because the person had health insurance, or the annu-
ity clients who amassed a comfortable nest egg to maintain

DELANO ARANHA quality of life when retired, it would be astounding.
at “If we quantified the impact of these things, plus the
LIQUIDATOR thousands of well-paying jobs we create for Bahamians,
GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED ce the millions of dollars we pay in taxes relative to banks,
or example, I believe we'll have a very powerful illustration
of the impact of the insurance industry.”

GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY
LIMITED

(in Voluntary Liquidation) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an
Extraordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders of
GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED
is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office of the
Company, Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay
Street in the City of Nassau on the 28" day of March, 2011
at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon. The object and purpose
of said meeting is to have laid before the Shareholders of
the Company the accounts of the Liquidator, DELANO
ARANHA, showing the manner in which the winding up
of the Company has been conducted, the property of the
Company distributed and the debts and obligations of the
Company discharged, and also to hear any explanation that
may be given by said Liquidator.

Dated the 10“ day of February, 2011.



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box SS-19084,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before the 4" day of March,
2011. In default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 10 day of February, 2011.

DELANO ARANHA
LIQUIDATOR

GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED

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=) =
Bay Streetis Government invests

‘over $100m’ in Bay

taken ‘back to
Ground Zero’

PHOTO: Jessica Robertson
HAZE: Smoke fills downtown Nassau as firefighters tackle the blaze.

FROM page 1B

nomic recovery.

with East Street and the immediate vicinity going east - that had

and shop owners.

“It’s a setback,” Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. “We’ve yesterday’s blaze, which gut-

ea ; : : ? ted the Betty K freight termi-
ting it to where it needed to be from an investment perspective. : nal and warehouses, plus left
i surrounding retailers such as
? the Bristol Cellars-operated
? Bacardi store and Green Par-
i rot pub severely damaged at
Apart from the Betty K freight terminal and warehouse, | cr nad a ae

i their short-t Is.
businesses were either destroyed or damaged by smoke/fire, } a eae a ee ein rm
including the Bristol Cellars-Operated Bacardi store and the } and companies who had
Venue clothing shop. Apart from causing a multi-million pound i imports on the dock at Betty
K waiting to be cleared are
i likely staring at multi-milli

Mr Rolle told Tribune Business that the fire-gutted block, } i nae calibcively.
will probably run into the tens

image perspective”, since in the short-term it will be the last ? of millions. The insurance

impression of Nassau for many cruise ship passengers, who : Gjaims and payouts are likely
i to be substantial, while supply
? chains may be disrupted for
? those who import via Betty K
i until the company finds new
i premises.

The loss of that block at the junction of Bay Street/East }
Street going north is also a blow to efforts to revitalise the i
section of Bay Street directly east of that location. Efforts to that }
end had started to bear fruit, through new investment by prop- }
erty owners and businesses such as Bacardi/Bristol Cellars, :
i together and see how best we
? can redevelop this side of Bay

been making some progress on revitalising Bay Street and get-
At one point, everything east of East Street was derelict and
there was no activity going on in that area for quite a while.

“We started to see some investment progress there - the
Green Parrot pub, the Bacardi store, and on the main Bay
Street a couple of new stores that came about.”

which was gutted by the fire, numerous other properties and

loss to property owners, businesses and Betty K customers, the
blaze has also impacted jobs likely to total in the three figures.

which will likely have to be torn down, “doesn’t help from an

will drive past it as they return via taxi to Prince George’s
Wharf.

Blow

with the Klonaris brothers investing $14 million in the Elizabeth
on Bay plaza (which was undamaged by the fire).

The loss of these buildings, and the traditional Bahamian }
architecture they represented, together with retail and other i
businesses, effectively takes the drive to revive ‘Bay Street }
i described yesterday’s fire as
once again have challenges in attracting tourists and local i “a big blow”, at least in the
shoppers alike, given that its attractions menu - at least in the
i talise downtown Nassau

east of east of East Street’ back to square one. The area will

short-term - has been substantially reduced.

“Bay Street is our living room, and if your living room isn’t i
clean and impressive and reflective of something that’s com- }
fortable, it sends a negative message,” Mr Rolle said. “I feel for
the business owners in that area, especially the new businesses.”

While many companies were covered by insurance, such as }
property, inventory and business interruption insurance, Mr }
Rolle said this would not compensate those affected for the loss i
i they’re going to do. How

of returns on invested capital.

“Somebody made the comment: ‘I hope they have insur- }
ance’,” Mr Rolle said of the companies impacted by yesterday’s i
fire. “If you have a business, and have invested capital in oper- }
i These are important ques-

ating costs, insurance does not take that into consideration.

“Many business owners just take out property insurance on i

the assets.

“There is another impact, and if you have capital invested in }
the operating aspects of your business, that’s a substantial :
i erty owners have to get
? together. It’s all dependent
? on the property owners on

cost.”
Asked about the overall impact of yesterday’s blaze on Bay
Street and efforts to revitalise downtown Nassau, Mr Rolle said:

“Tt takes you back to Ground Zero. If you recall the original }
Bay Street fire, the Straw Market fire, how far on are we since }
the fire in getting back to normal and being in a comfortable }
i redevelopment, and how it’s

position?

“Tt [yesterday’s fire] is something we can ill afford. That is not }
the type of event that we need for this recovery to really take }

place.”



FROM page 1B

i repairs.

“With respect to the Gov-

i ernment road paving and
i Water & Sewerage Corpora-
? tion main replacement, that
i will begin in the next couple
? of weeks and take place over
i a six-month period,” Mr
i Roberts said. “That’s going
? to get going very soon.

“In addition to that, the

i Government has approved
? some of the plans advanced
? around pedestrianisation.
i Some of the streets - two
i small streets - that we asked
i to be pedestrianised they’ve
i agreed should be done.”

Mr Roberts identified the

? streets involved as Charlotte
i Street north between Bay
i Street and Woodes Rogers
i? Wharf, and Marlborough
i Street between Cumberland
i and George Streets.

Charles Klonaris, co-chair

? of the DNP, which is a pri-
i vate-public sector partnership
i featuring the Government,
? yesterday confirmed the
i pedestrianisation goal for
? 2011, although he cautioned
i that the details - especially the
i financing - still had to be
? worked out with the Govern-
i ment.

Groundwork

“The last couple of years

i have set the groundwork for
i bringing physical changes to
i the city,” Mr Klonaris told
i Tribune Business. “We’re
? looking this year to pedestri-
i anise three of the side streets.
i That should be the short-
? term, low-hanging fruit pro-
i ject that brings some confi-
? dence to the downtown area.

“But it’s still early. We still

have to deal with the Gov-

Khaalis Rolle said the blaze that took out the Betty K ship- : gpyment on the issue in terms

ping company’s offices and warehouse, plus the entire block ; og funding. Things are moving

around them, had impacted an area of Bay Street - the junction ! quickly, and you're going to
i see physical changes this

just started to recover with new investment by both property | year.”

He warned, though, that

Property owners, retailers

“T don’t know how our pri-
orities will be affected,” Mr
Klonaris said of yesterday’s
events. “We have to let the
dust settle, put our heads

Street. We’re going to be
clearing a lot of property.”
The DNP _ co-chair

short-term, to efforts to revi-

“because a lot of what was
impacted is retail, and now
it’s gone”.

He added: “A lot depends
on the property owners them-
selves going forward, what
they’re thinking and what

quickly these buildings are
demolished, how we bring
traffic east of East Street......

tions.

“Short-term I think it’s
going to have an effect. Long-
term, the DNP and the prop-

how quickly they want to
redevelop those properties,
how we co-ordinate their

going to work. Those are
some important issues.”
Mr Klonaris said the fire

: potentially “changes every-

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VAUGHN ROBERTS

thing in terms of what we had
in mind” for developing and
re-investing in the Bay Street
area east of the East Street
junction.

“The old Betty K ware-

EMPLOYMENT OPPORT

house was very historic and
had a lot of charm in terms
of anyone wanting to pur-
chase that,” he added. “They
could have kept that, the
essence of the old architec-
ture, and that would have
been really nice.”

Betty K was among the
downtown-based shipping
companies due to relocate to
the new Arawak Cay port
when its construction is com-
pleted this summer, and the
company yesterday said no
jobs would be impacted by
the fire.

It was seeking to move
immediately to new premis-
es, adding that it would supply
clients with contact details as
soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Mr Roberts
told Tribune Business that
once the new Straw Market
was opened and the vendors

Street redevelopment

relocated, the current tent site
would be transformed into a
‘Green Space’, funded from
both private and public
sources.

Explaining that legislation
to provide the framework for
the city’s redevelopment was
currently taking second place
to the need for “physical
improvements that build
momentum” in the revitalisa-
tion efforts, Mr Roberts said
the Government had to date
invested “in excess of” $100
million in downtown Nassau
upgrades.

This, he added, was spread
between the $44 million Nas-
sau Harbour dredging, the
Arawak Cay port, the new
Straw Market, the Water &
Sewerage works and road
repaving, and improvements
to the likes of Parliament
Square, the Supreme Court
building and the Hansard
building.

“That’s all totalling up in
excess of $100 million,” Mr
Roberts told Tribune Busi-
ness. “The Government cer-
tainly feels it’s moving ahead
and doing its part, and the pri-
vate sector is doing its thing,
so we will see new investment
and continue to build momen-
tum.”

Describing downtown Nas-
sau’s redevelopment as “very
significant”, Mr Roberts
added: “I’ve been saying from
day one that it’s a national
priority........ What happens in
downtown very much defines
what goes on in the Bahamas,
and how we connect with the
environment and our civili-

ty.”

ITY

Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in
providing financial solutions, seeks to identify surtable candidates for the

position of

TRAINING COORDINATOR

Key responsibilities:
* Identifies training and development needs based on information
regarding achievement of strategic objectives, job requirements,

operational problems, and uses this information to plan and
forecast training programs.
Salishes training and development needs through researching,
designing, delivering, and selecting training programs.
Evaluates training and development effectiveness, assesses
trainees’ performance, conduct feedback surveys, and site visits

to all branches.

Conducts reviews of performance evaluations, analyze results,
and recommend courses of action.
Review employees’ personal development plans and monitors
to ensure the result assures effective people development.
Evaluates the adequacy of “on-the-job” training/development
programs to ensure delivery of desired results.

Designs and coordinates leadership development and mentoring

programs and develops appropriate testing tools to determine

the effectiveness of these programs.
Oversees all activities and equipment related to the Training

Center,

Position requirements:
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degree is a plus

Recognized Training certification/designation

Sor more years HR and Training work experience

Ability to conduct training needs analyses and drive the creation
of relevant soft skills and technical training

Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.

Commitment to people development.
Ability to work independently & as part of a team

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Proficient in Microsoft Office

Competitive salary and benefits package offered including group
health insurance. Interested persons should apply no later than 22nd

February 2011 to:

Emaik bbhrjobs@ gmail.com







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INES SC
PRESIDENT AIMS TO BRING DEFICITS UNDER CONTROL THROUGH SPENDING CUTS AND TAX INCREASES

Obama sends Congress
3.73 trillion budget



MARTIN CRUTSINGER,
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama
sent Congress a $3.73 trillion
budget Monday that holds out
the prospect of eventually
bringing deficits under control
through spending cuts and tax
increases. But the fiscal blue-
print largely ignores his own
deficit commission's view that
the nation is imperiled unless
huge entitlement programs like
Social Security and Medicare
are slashed.

Obama called his new budget
one of "tough choices and sac-
rifices," but most of those cuts
would be held off until after the
next presidential election.

Overall, Obama proposed
trimming the deficits by $1.1
trillion over a decade. The
administration is projecting that
the deficit will hit an all-time
high of $1.65 trillion this year
and then drop sharply to $1.1
trillion in 2012, with an expect-
ed improvement in the econo-
my and as reductions in Social
Security withholding and busi-
ness taxes expire.

Obama's 2012 budget would
actually add $8 billion to the
projected deficit for that year
because the bulk of the savings






INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

he would achieve through a
freeze in many domestic pro-
grams would be devoted to
increased spending in areas
Obama considers priorities,
such as education, clean energy
and high-speed rail.

"We have more work to do
to live up to our promise by
repairing the damage this brutal
recession has inflicted on our
people,” Obama said.

The president went to a mid-
dle school outside of Baltimore
to highlight the education ini-
tiatives in his budget and told
the crowd, "We can't sacrifice
our future."

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CARLO SIFFRARD of GARDEN
HILLS, P.O. BOX SS-6582, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
8" day of February, 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





























5S2wk-Low

4.42 Bank of Bahamas.

0.18 Benchmark
2,0 Bahamas VWaste
2.14 Fidelity Bank
9.62 Cable Bahamas
2.36 Colina Holdings

Securit_y
0.97 AML Foods Limited
9.67 Bahamas Property Fund

ROYAL FIDELITY

Moray at Wiaerk

Republicans, who took con-
trol of the House in the Novem-
ber elections and picked up
seats in the Senate in part
because of voter anger over the
soaring deficits, called Obama's
efforts too timid. Lawmakers
are set to begin debating on
Tuesday $61 billion in cuts for
the remaining seven months of
fiscal 2011. “Presidents are
elected to lead and address big
challenges," said Republican
House Budget Committee
Chairman Paul Ryan of Wis-
consin. "The big challenge fac-
ing our economy today and our
country tomorrow is the debt
crisis. He's making it worse, not
better."

Senate Republican Leader
Mitch McConnell said the pres-
ident's investment plans missed
the simple point that "we don't
have the money" to finance
Obama's vision of "trains and
windmills" in the future.

"After two years of failed
stimulus programs and Democ-
rats in Washington competing
to outspend each other, we just
can't afford to do all the things
the administration wants,"
McConnell said.

Even some Democrats com-
plained that Obama needed a
more vigorous attack on future
budget deficits.

"We need a much more
robust package of deficit and
debt reduction over the medi-
um- and long-term. It is not
enough to focus primarily on
cutting the non-security discre-
tionary part of the budget,” said
Senate Budget Committee
Chairman Kent Conrad, D-
N.D., who called for a budget
presentation matching the
ambition of Obama's deficit
commission.

Jacob Lew, the president's
budget director, told reporters
that the president's budget was
a "meaningful down payment"
in attacking the deficits that
would get the country's
finances headed in the right
direction. The $14 trillion
national debt — the cumula-
tive total of deficits — would
grow to $16.7 trillion by Sept.
30, 2012, Obama's budget pro-
jects. Much of that debt is owed
to China.

Obama's deficit commission
made a host of painful recom-
mendations including raising
the Social Security retirement
age and curbing benefit increas-
es, eliminating or sharply scal-
ing back popular tax breaks,
reforming a financially unsound
Medicare program and almost
doubling the federal tax on
gasoline. Obama included none

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YYONNE SANON of Malcolm
Road, P.O. BOX N-356, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 8" DAY
of February 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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1.04
10.63
4.42
0.18
2.70
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10.214
2.40

5.40 Commonwealth Bank (31) 6.85
1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.06

1.40 Doctor's Hospital
5.47 Famguard
7.23 Finco

1.40
5.47
6.51

8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9,39.

3.75 Focol (S)

5.48

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EJ EG CAPITAL MARKETS
, 7 cG= BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES
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cte7v ca wT A T.

Div $ P/E
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Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest
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Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 5 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 5 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB1S5 100.00 Prime + 1.75%
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid & Ask Last Price Daily Wa.
5.01 Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.01
0.40 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55

1.207 8.3.

S2wk-Hi S2wk-Low Maturity
20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013

29 May 2015

EPS $
-2.945
0.001

Div & P/E
0.000
0.000

Yield
0.00%
0.00%]

CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

30.13 31.59 29.00

0.45 0.55, 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV
1.5179
2.9527
1.5808
2.7049
13.4164
114.3684
106.5528
1.1465

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

0.00%
0.00%

S2wk-Low
1.4076
2.8300
1.5114
2.8522

13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund

99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund

1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund

FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal

Protected TIGRS, Series 1

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal

Protected TIGRS, Series 2

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal

Protected TIGRS, Series 3

Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

YTD%
5.51%
0.18%
0.43%
-0.56%
0.44%
9.98%
4.75%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.550241

NAV GMTH
1.475244
2.910084
1.533976

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
1.61%
4.59%

-15.54%
-0.10%
12.49%
7.18%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

30-Nov-10
31-Jan-11
28-Jan-11
31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
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109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543

1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

1.1185
41.1491
9.7950 4.85% 5.45% 30-Nov-10
10.0000
10.6417 -1.20% 0.50% 30-Nov-10
9.1708
10.1266 1.27%
8.4510 0.72%
MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
ASk $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
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NAV - Net Asset value
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FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

1.27%
9.95%

31-Jan-11
4.8105 31-Jan-11
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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

HARD COPIES: Copies of President Obama's 2012 bud-
get are delivered to the Senate Budget Committee, Mon-
day, Feb. 14, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

SHAKE ON IT: President Barack Obama reaches to
shake hands with 8th graders as he speaks at Parkville
Middle School and Center of Technology, in Parkville,

Md., Monday, Feb., 14, 2011.

of these proposals in his new
budget. The deficit panel called
for savings by making these
politically tough choices of $4
trillion over a decade, four-
times the savings that Obama is
projecting.

The Obama budget plan,
which is certain to be changed
by Congress, would spend $3.73
trillion in the 2012 budget year,
which begins Oct. 1, a reduc-
tion of 2.4 percent from what
Obama projects will be spent
in the current budget year.

Of the $1.1 trillion in deficit
savings that Obama is project-
ing over the next 10 years, two-
thirds would come from spend-
ing cuts, including $400 billion
in savings from a five-year
freeze on domestic programs
that account for one-tenth of
the budget. The other one-third
of deficit savings would come
from tax increases such as lim-
iting the tax deductions taken
by high income taxpayers, a
proposal that Obama put for-
ward last year only to have it
rejected by Congress. Obama
also proposes raising taxes on
energy companies.

The president's projected
$1.65 trillion deficit for the cur-
rent year would be the highest
dollar amount ever, surpassing
the $1.41 trillion deficit hit in
2009. It would also represent
10.8 percent of the total econo-
my, the highest level since the
deficit stood at 21.5 percent of
gross domestic product in 1945,
reflecting heavy borrowing to
fight World War II.

The president's 2012 budget
projects that the deficits will
total $7.21 trillion over the next
decade with the imbalances
never falling below $607 billion.
Even then that would exceed
the deficit record before Oba-
ma took office of $458.6 billion
in 2008, President George W.
Bush's last year in office.

Administration officials pro-
ject that the deficits will be
trimmed to 3.2 percent of GDP
by 2015 — one-third of the pro-
jected 2011 imbalance and a
level they said would not harm
the economy.

However, to achieve the low-
er deficits required the admin-
istration to assume the costs of
the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan would plummet to
$50 billion annually after 2012.

The budget also fails to pay for
the cost of keeping Medicare
payments for doctors from
being cut after 2013. Obama's
budget also makes assumptions
about economic growth that are
more optimistic that those
offered by many private econ-
omists.

While cutting many pro-
grams, the new budget does
propose spending increases in
selected areas of education, bio-
medical research, energy effi-
ciency, high-speed rail and oth-
er areas that Obama judged to
be important to the country's
future competitiveness in a
global economy.

In the energy area, the bud-
get would support Obama's
goal of putting 1 million electric
vehicles on the road by 2015
and doubling the nation's share
of electricity from clean energy
sources by 2035.

The budget proposes pro-
gram terminations or spending
reductions for more than 200
programs at an estimated sav-
ings of $33 billion in 2012. Pro-
grams targeted for large cuts
included Community Develop-
ment Block Grants, trimmed
by $300 million. A program that
helps pay heating bills for low-
income families would be cut
in half for a savings of $2.5 bil-
lion. Another program sup-
porting environmental restora-
tion of the Great Lakes would
be reduced by one-fourth for
$125 million in savings.

The biggest tax hike would
come from a proposal to trim
the deductions the wealthiest
Americans can claim for chari-
table contributions, mortgage
interest and state and local tax
payments. The administration
proposed this tax hike last year
but it was a nonstarter in Con-
gress. Obama's budget would
also raise $46 billion over 10
years by eliminating various tax
breaks to oil, gas and coal com-
panies. While Obama's budget
avoided painful choices in enti-
tlement programs, it did call for
$78 billion in reductions to Pen-
tagon spending over five years.
That would be achieved by
trimming what it views as
unnecessary Weapons programs
such as the C-17 aircraft, the
alternative engine for the Joint
Strike Fighter aircraft and the
Marine expeditionary vehicle.

NOTICE is hereby given that DORIAN BRENT FOYIL of
Caves Point, West Bay Street, P.O.Box AP-59225, Nassau
Bahamas, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 15" DAY of February 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN CLAUDE JOESPH of
Malcolm Road, P.O. BOX GT-2842, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 8" DAY of February 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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Eurozone agrees funding
for future bailout fund



(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EXCHANGING WORDS: From left, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, European Commissioner for the Economy Olli Rehn and Lux-
embourg's Finance Minister Jean Claude Juncker share a word during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Council building in
Brussels on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. European ministers face a potential flare-up in the euro's debt crisis when they meet Monday as investors
increasingly worry they might not deliver on their promise of a comprehensive solution.

GABRIELE STEINHAUSER,
AP Business Writer
BRUSSELS

European finance ministers
decided Monday to provide
2500 billion ($674 billion) for
a new crisis fund that will
come into force in 2013, but
continued to fight over the
best way to combat the cur-
rent debt crisis that has crip-
pled the eurozone over the
past year.

The ministers "agreed on
the provisional volume of
2500 billion , which will be
revised every other year," said
Jean Claude Juncker, the
prime minister of Luxem-
bourg who chairs the regular
meetings of the 17 eurozone
finance ministers.

Additional financing for the
so-called European Stability
Mechanism will come from
the International Monetary
Fund, which is already con-
tributing one third of the
region's existing ?750 billion
crisis fund.

While Juncker did not say
how much money will come
from the IMF in the future,
the European Union's Mone-
tary Affairs Commissioner
Olli Rehn said it was an
"unwritten understanding"
that the fund would provide
50 cents for every euro spent
by the eurozone members.

The European Stability
Mechanism will succeed the
European Financial Stability
Facility, the eurozone's ?440
billion contribution to the
overall fund, in 2013.

While the decision on the
new mechanism is a big step
in showing that the currency
union is prepared to stick by
its weaker members, immedi-
ate investor concern centers
on the eurozone’s ability to
deal with the existing crisis.

Ministers didn't reach a
decision on boosting the size
and powers of the exciting
facility, which at the moment
can only give about ?250 bil-
lion ($336 billion) in loans
because of several capital
buffers required to make the
bonds it issues to raise money
attractive to investors. Junck-
er said that the ?500 billion
promised to the new mecha-
nism will constitute its effec-
tive lending capacity and
won't be diminished by capi-
tal buffers.

Monday's meeting came
amid renewed jitters on Euro-
pean bond markets. The
interest rates on Portuguese
government bonds were near
euro-era highs, heightening
speculation that the country
might soon have to follow
Greece and Ireland in seeking
international help to service
its rising debts.

"The situation on sovereign
debt markets remains dis-
turbing,” Juncker told
reporters. That statement
echoed earlier comments
from Luxembourg's finance
minister Luc Frieden, who

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said Portuguese yields have
been rising "probably because
we are too slow in taking the
relevant decisions."

His German counterpart
Wolfgang Schaeuble, howev-
er, cautioned against rushing
into new measures. "At the
moment financial markets are
so stable that it is probably
better if we don't disturb
them with unnecessary dis-
cussions," Schaeuble said.

Eurozone officials have
promised to present a "com-
prehensive response” to the
debt crisis by the end of
March.

The European Commis-
sion, the European Union's
executive, and some member
states have been pushing gov-
ernments to give the Euro-
pean Financial Stability Facil-
ity new powers — such as
buying government bonds on
the open market, stabilizing
their prices — and increasing
the facility's funding so it can
actually lend out the full ?440
billion.

On top of that, the Com-
mission has suggested lower-
ing the interest rates Greece
and Ireland have to pay for
their bailouts.

Yet, no decisions were tak-
en Monday on more immedi-
ate crisis measures. "Nothing
is agreed until everything is
agreed," said Juncker.

At the center of this all-or-
nothing debate is Germany,
the biggest contributor to the
EFSF. Berlin has said it will
only back new powers and
money for the existing facility
if in return the region's strag-
glers commit to making their
economies more competitive.

That demand, backed by
France, has created discord
among eurozone govern-
ments, with some complain-
ing that the demanded mea-
sures distract from plans to
enhance economic gover-
nance in the currency union
already tabled by the Com-
mission. France and Germany
say that the concrete mea-
sures to be included in their
so-called "pact for competi-
tiveness” are still up for
debate, but according to doc-
uments circulated a few weeks
ago they could contain
demands to raise retirement
ages, add limits to public debt
to national constitutions and

come up with a common base
for corporate taxation.

"I'm not sure that the Fran-
co-German proposal is the
best way" to improve com-
petitiveness, said Jyrki
Katainen, the Finnish finance
minister.

He suggested that it might
be more efficient to tag some
of the suggested measures
onto the Commission plans
that are already more
advanced.

The debate comes as cracks
appeared in the willingness of
political decision makers in
bailed out Greece and Ireland
to go along with the tough
requirements of their rescue
programs.

The Greek government
over the weekend issued an
angry statement, accusing the
European Union and the
International Monetary Fund
— responsible for a large por-
tion of the bailout — of over-
stepping their role and inter-
fering in its internal affairs.

They are unhappy about a
new requirement for the
Greek government to sell off
250 billion ($67 billion) in
state assets by 2015, far more
than previously agreed.

In Ireland, the two parties
likely to win general elections

scheduled for Feb. 25 have
said they want to renegotiate
the terms of the countries’
bailout program and signaled
that they are unwilling to
inject much more money into
Ireland's struggling banks.

OIL FALLS AS US SUPPLIES

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NEW YORK



The price of benchmark crude fell to its lowest level in 12
weeks Monday as oil traders weighed growing U.S. oil supplies
against unrest in the Middle East.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 77 cents to
settle at $84.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
USS. supplies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products
remains tepid. "The U.S. market is not reacting to anything
because it's just so oversupplied," said Tom Bentz, analyst at
BNP Paribas Commodity Futures.

Meanwhile, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08 a
barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London, with traders
concerned that unrest in several Middle East countries may dis-
rupt oil supplies in the region. Brent is used to price oil in
Asia and in Europe. It also goes to some U.S. East Coast
refineries to produce gasoline.

There were anti-government protests in Iran, Bahrain,
Yemen and Algeria following the resignation of Egypt's Pres-
ident Hosni Mubarak last week. The military said it will guide
Egypt through a democratic transition, but labor protests over
wages and working conditions continue around the country.

Concerned

Traders are concerned that the unrest could interfere with
shipments of oil from OPEC countries such as Iran, analysts
said. The 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries, of which Saudi Arabia is the de facto leader, supplies
over a third of the world’s crude.

"The entire region's production comes into question,”
PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. "The risk is still very, very
high."

"The reactions that we're seeing in the markets over what's
going on in the Middle East are quite startling,” Bentz said. "I
know there's potential for problems there, but it's not like
there's been one drop of lost oil from the Middle East."

China's reported that exports rose almost 38 percent in Jan-
uary to $150.7 billion. That's more than double the rate in
December. It also had near-record imports of crude oil. China
is the world's second-largest economy after the U.S. and the sec-
ond-largest consumer of oil, according to the Energy Infor-
mation Administration.

That demand has helped drive oil prices higher in recent
months. While China's economy is robust, growing at a pace of
nearly 10 percent at the end of last year, the government is wor-
ried about inflation and has taken steps to try to slow growth
and rising prices. If China's economy slows, so will its demand
for oil, and that could affect prices of oil and other commodi-
ties, Bentz said. In other Nymex trading in March contracts,
heating oil rose 5.46 cents to settle at $2.7504 a gallon and
gasoline gained 5.22 cents at $2.5174 a gallon. Natural gas rose
1.5 cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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Clothing prices to rise
10 pct starting in sprin

ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,
AP Retail Writer
NEW YORK

The era of falling clothing
prices is ending.

Clothing prices have dropped
for a decade as tame inflation
and cheap overseas labor
helped hold down costs. Retail-
ers and clothing makers cut
frills and experimented with
fabric blends to cut prices dur-
ing the recession.

But as the world economy
recovers and demand for goods
rises, a surge in labor and raw
materials costs is squeezing
retailers and manufacturers
who have run out of ways to
pare costs.

Cotton has more than dou-
bled in price over the past year,
hitting all-time highs. The price
of other synthetic fabrics has
jumped roughly 50 percent as
demand for alternatives and
blends has risen.

Clothing prices are expected
to rise about 10 percent in com-
ing months, with the biggest
increases coming in the second
half of the year, said Burt
Flickinger III president of
Strategic Resource Group.

Brooks Brothers’ wrinkle-
free men's dress shirts now cost
$88, up from $79.50. Levi
Strauss & Co., Wrangler jeans
maker VF Corp., J.C. Penney
Co., Nike and designer shoe
seller Steve Madden also plan
increases.

More specifics on price
increases are expected when
clothing retailers such as J.C.
Penney Co. and Abercrombie
& Fitch Co. report financial
results this month.

"All of our brands, every sin-
gle brand, will take some price
increases," said Eric Wiseman,
chairman and CEO of VF
Corp., whose brands include
The North Face, Nautica,
Wrangler and Lee. Cotton
accounts for half the produc-
tion cost of jeans, which make
up about one-third of VF's
sales, he told investors in

»



(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

COTTON PRICES UP: In this Feb. 4, 2011 photo, customer Brian Begay looks at a Levi jeans at a store in
Hayward, Calif. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, reaching the highest since the
Civil War and the price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped almost just as much as demand for alternatives

and blends has risen.

November. Higher costs also
will affect how clothes are
made. Clothing makers are
blending more synthetic fabrics
like rayon and designing jeans
with fewer beads and other
embellishments. Shoppers also
will have fewer color choices.
Retailers are trying to figure
out whether consumer demand
that gave them strong holiday
sales will last. The fear is high-
er prices will nip that budding
demand. Stores that cater to
low- and middle-income shop-
pers will have the hardest time
passing along price increases.
"We have been so used to
deflation for years and years,"
said David Bassuk, managing
director in the retail practice of
AlixPartners. "Customers are

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF VIK-
TOR ALEXANDER SCH-

WEIZER,

(a.k.a

VICTOR

ALEXANDER SCWEIZER),
late of Pinta Avenue 2, Bahamia,

going to be surprised.”

Janice Mignanelli of Wash-
ington Township, N.J., doesn't
want any surprises.

"I'm not going to spend any
more than $50 for a pair of
jeans,” said Mignanelli, a stay-
at-home mom shopping at The
Garden State Plaza in Paramus,
N.J., last week. "I'll just have
to cut back on the extras.”

Even affluent shoppers,
whose spending has rebound-
ed, may bristle.

"It does give me some
pause,” said Jimmy Franco, a
47-year-old publicity executive
and fan of Brooks Brothers’
shirts. "Instead of buying two, I
may just get one and a pair of
socks. There's a certain amount
of money that I'm prepared to
spend.”

Cotton has jumped to a 150-
year-high, hitting $1.90 per
pound on Friday. That's more
than double the price a year
ago and just ahead of the $1.89
record during the Civil War,
according to the International
Cotton Advisory Committee.
But the Civil War-era price isn't
adjusted for inflation, and the
cotton group says it doesn't
have an adjusted figure avail-
able. The government inflation

calculator only goes back to
1913, but at that point $1.89 had
the same general power buying
power as $41.63 does today.

Cotton prices began soaring
in August of 2010 after bad
weather cut harvests in major
producing countries including
China, the U.S., Pakistan and
Australia.

Restrictions on exports from
India, the world's second-
largest cotton exporter behind
China, have also produced cot-
ton shortages. On top of that,
worldwide demand for cotton
has risen as the global economy
improves.

Raw materials account for 25
percent to 50 percent of the
cost of producing a garment.
Labor ranges from 20 percent
to 40 percent, depending on
how complicated it is to make,
Bassuk said.

On the production side,
many Chinese factories that
shut down temporarily in the
depths of the recession still
haven't returned to capacity.
As they ramp up, they're find-
ing they have to pay workers
more because of labor short-
ages, said John Long, retail
strategist at consulting firm
Kurt Salmon.

on the Island of Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas, de-
ceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims against the above-named
Estate are required on or before the 10th day
of March, A. D., 2011 to send their names, ad-
dresses and particulars of their debts or claims,
to the undersigned, and if so required by notice
in writing from the undersigned to come in and
prove such debts or claims, or in default thereof
they will be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution AND NOTICE is hereby also
given that all persons indebted to the said Es-
tate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the date herein before mentioned AND
NOTICE is hereby given that at the expiration
of the date hereinbefore mentioned, the assets
of the Estate of the said late, VIKTOR ALEX-
ANDER SCHWEIZER, (a.k.a VICTOR AL-
EXANDER SCWEIZER), deceased, will be
distributed among the persons entitled thereto
having regard only to the claims of which the
President and Executor of the Nelly and Viktor
Schweizer-Huber Foundation shall then have
had notice.

DATED the 4th day of February, A.D., 2011

Roland Rochat

President and Executor of the
Nelly and Viktor Schweizer-Huber
Foundation

C/o Gibson, Rigby & Co.
Chambers

Ki-Malex House,

Dowdeswell Street

Nassau, The Bahamas



Legal Notice

NOTICE
MARISTELLA, S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

This notice replaces the publication of 9th October
2009 in this Gazette wherein the name MARISTELLA
S.A. was incorrectly referred to.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of
2000), the Dissolution of STAR LIBRIS LIMITED has
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was _ the
28th day of December 2010

Michella Callendar
Liquidator

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(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File
LOADING UP: In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, containers are
loaded onto a cargo ship at the Tianjin port in China. A Chinese
state news agency said on Monday Feb. 14, 2011, the country’s
trade surplus in January narrowed sharply to $6.5 billion. The fig-
ure reported Monday by the Xinhua News Agency was down 54
percent from a year earlier. No details of imports and exports were
immediately reported.

NEW YORK

Copper prices rose
Monday after China
reported a jump in
imports of the metal
used largely in manufac-
turing.

China's copper
imports rose 6 percent
from December and 25
percent from February
2010. China's overall
exports jumped nearly
38 percent last month.

The report bolstered
expectations of stronger
demand for commodi-
ties such as copper, oil
and agriculture products.

China's trade data can be distorted by the Lunar New
Year, which resulted in one extra work day in January.
Even taking that into consideration, analysts said both
exports and imports were stronger than expected.

"Our market balances suggest that given the growth in
underlying demand, in fact China's monthly import will
have to rise further over the next few months," Barclays
Capital wrote in a note to clients.

China, which is the world's second-largest economy,
accounted for about 37 percent of the total global demand
for copper in 2009.

Inflation

The country has taken several steps in recent months to
try to curb inflation and keep its economic growth at a
more sustainable pace. China's economy was growing
at arate of about 10 percent at the end of 2010.

If China is able to slow down its economy, any impact
on copper would be cushioned by stronger demand in
emerging markets such as India and South America,
Lind-Waldock senior market strategist Phillip Streible
said. U.S. manufacturing also is growing, which will
increase domestic use of copper. The metal is used in
everything from consumer electronics to car batteries
and construction materials.

Copper for March delivery rose 9.25 cents to settle at
$4.6285 a pound.

Other metals also settled higher.

In March contracts, silver rose 53.9 cents to settle at
$30.534 an ounce and palladium added $18.10 to settle at
$832.80 an ounce. April gold gained $4.70 to settle at
$1,365.10 an ounce and April platinum rose $14.10 to
settle at $1,827.60 an ounce.

The price of benchmark crude oil fell to its lowest lev-
el in 12 weeks as traders weighed growing U.S. oil sup-
plies against unrest in the Middle East.

West Texas Intermediate crude lost 77 cents to settle at
$84.81 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. U.S. sup-
plies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products
remains tepid.

In London, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08
a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Brent is used to
price oil in Asia and Europe.

In other Nymex trading, heating oil rose 5.46 cents to
settle at $2.7504 per gallon and gasoline futures gained
5.22 cents to $2.5174 per gallon. Natural gas added 1.5
cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In other trading, agriculture products were mixed. In
contracts for March delivery, wheat rose 5 cents to settle
$8.72 a bushel, corn fell 10.75 cents to settle at $6.9575 a
bushel and March soybeans fell 13.25 cents to settle at
$14.0275 a bushel.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
No. 45 of 2000

GOODFORT INVESTMENTS CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of GOODFORT INVESTMENTS CORP.
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the company has therefore been struck off the
Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was the 7th
December, 2010.

ra i. Sen S
t

sis a John B. Foster
Liquidator

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

AQUEL Bowe knew something was
wrong when her baby girl trembled

very time she took a breath.

Another symptom that had Ms Bowe worried was the
unusual paleness of her daughter Skye’s skin.

Skye Bowe was born April 21, 2010 and 12 days later her
medical nightmare began.

“After she came home from the hospital she was pale and
whenever she breathed her head would tremble and I said
to myself something just isn’t right with my child. I know
when babies are first born they are usually pale, but Skye
was more pale than normal,” Mrs Bowe told Tribune Health.

“T carried her back to the maternity ward at the Princess
Margaret Hospital and I told the pediatrician that something
was wrong with her. And the pediatrician said to me that it
was normal for my baby to look like that. But I said to
myself, ‘no, something is definitely wrong with her’,” she
said.

It was only a short time after that doctors discovered that
Skye had a severe heart defect.

She had been transferred to the Pediatric Cardiology
Service at PMH where a diagnosis of critical coarctation of
the aorta was made. (A coarctation of the aorta is a con-
genital condition whereby the aorta narrows in the area
where the ductus arteriosus inserts.)

URGENT INTERVENTION

This required urgent surgical intervention.

“The doctor said that without the surgery she would not
have made it. And this was such a scary experience for me.
I didn’t know what to think or what to do because you think
you've born a healthy child and you end up finding out that
your child is not healthy. I do not know how to explain it all
but my heart was racing, I was panicking and I couldn’t stop
crying because I thought I was going to lose my child.”

With the assistance of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation, Skye underwent immediate surgery at
PMH with excellent results.

Her post-operative course was uneventful and subse-
quent follow-ups at the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic at PMH
showed that the surgery had been successful.

“Tam so thankful to the Heart Foundation for what
they have done for me and my daughter. Throughout the
surgery doctors never mentioned once about any fees. I
kept asking them what my fees will be and they ignored me.
They didn’t give me any answer,” she said.

Skye is now eight months old and is in excellent health.
She does not have any residual effects from her condition.
“She is doing well, she is in excellent condition. She has
more energy than ever and her three siblings love her so
much,” her mother said.

Mrs Bowe said she encourages all those who can to
donate to the Heart Foundation, “because they help to
save little lives.”

“T encourage all to donate because you never know
when it will be your time to get help. I didn’t know how
hard it was until it was my child. I also didn’t realise the
struggle that the Heart Foundation has to go through either
to raise funds. I will do anything for the Heart Foundation
because they saved my child’s life.”

CELEBRITY AID

For the past ten years, the renowned Bahamian tennis
player Mark Knowles has hosted a celebrity tennis event in
aid of Bahamian children’s charities.

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational has been
the largest donor to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart
Foundation, which assists children with heart disease.

Mrs Bowe told Mr Knowles that had it not been for the
immediate surgery Skye received thanks to the Heart Foun-
dation, she knows her daughter would not have had long to
live.

She thanked the Sassoon Heart Foundation and Mr
Knowles for their support and help in saving Skye.

The Foundation’s major fundraising event, the Annual
Heart Ball, will be held this Saturday at the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort.

Tickets for the gala event are available at the Heart Foun-
dation’s offices on Cable Beach or by calling 327-0806.

UN health agency sous alarm on alcohol abuse

GENEVA
Associated Press

ALCOHOL abuse is
killing 2.5 million people
each year and govern-
ments must do more to
prevent it, the World
Health Organisation said
last Friday.

Some four per cent of all
deaths worldwide are attrib-
utable to alcohol, the UN

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body said.

The main causes of alco-
hol-related deaths are
injuries incurred when
drunk, cancer, liver cirrho-
sis, heart disease and
strokes.

"It's a killer and it's not
good from a public health
point of view," Melvin
Freeman of South African's
Ministry of Health and a
contributor to the report,

told reporters in Geneva.
Worldwide, over six per
cent of male deaths are
related to alcohol, but only
just over one per cent of
deaths in women. Almost
one in 10 deaths among
young people aged 15-to-29
is from alcohol-related
causes — about 320,000
each year — WHO said.
The global body's first
report on the subject in sev-

en years recommended that
governments raise alcohol
taxes, restrict sales, pro-
mote alcoholism prevention
and treatment programs,
and ban some alcohol
advertising.

WHO declined to pro-
vide a specific recommen-
dation on the acceptable
limit of alcohol consump-
tion, saying setting such a
level was up to member

states.

Shekhar Saxena, the
director of WHO's mental
health and substance abuse
department, said the effects
of alcohol use also differ in
ethnic groups. Populations
in Asia, for example, are
more susceptible to throat
cancer from alcohol abuse.

But he added "in WHO's
perspective, no drinking is
entirely safe."

Heart disease No.
1 cause of death
in South Asia

MARGIE MASON
AP Medical Writer

HEART disease has
become the top killer in
South Asia, and people are
likely to suffer heart attacks
earlier in life than in the rest
of the world, a World Bank
report said Wednesday.

It said chronic illnesses
such as heart problems, can-
cer, diabetes and high blood
pressure have now replaced
infectious diseases as the
region's largest health prob-
lem.

Life expectancy in the
region is currently 64 and is
rising, thanks to poverty
reduction. But many South
Asians will face health chal-
lenges in their twilight years
because of the cost of chron-
ic disease treatment and the
long-term impact of impov-
erished childhoods when they
did not have enough to eat,
according to the report on
tackling noncommunicable
diseases in the region.

"Gestational and child-
hood under-nutrition rates
are very high in South Asia,
increasing the susceptibility
to heart disease/diabetes at
older ages," Dr. Michael
Engelgau, co-author of the
report, said in an e-mail.

He said it's not entirely
understood why South
Asians face heart attacks ear-
lier in life — whether genet-
ics or environmental factors
play the bigger role. But the
World Bank highlighted a
separate 2008 study that com-
pared 52 countries world-
wide, finding that people in
Bangladesh, India, Nepal,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka are
likely to experience their first
heart attack at age 53, ver-
sus 59 elsewhere in the world.

Engelgau said part of the
problem hinges on differing
lifestyles. South Asian diets
are typically high in choles-
terol and salt and contain
fewer vegetables, especially
in urban areas. People tend
to have higher blood pres-
sure and have become more
inactive, resulting in obesity.

Heart disease, the No. 1
killer of South Asians aged
15-69, has long been a prob-
lem in developed Western
countries where fatty, sugary
diets are combined with a
lack of exercise. It is the lead-
ing killer of both men and
women in America, where
someone dies roughly every
minute from a heart attack,
according to the U.S. Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention.

"It took almost 200 years
for the U.S. and the U.K. to
reach this high state of car-
diac disease, which we are
reaching in 40 or 50 years or
so because of the rapid eco-
nomic transition that's occur-
ring, and all the other
changes that are happening
within one's life span,” said
Dorairaj Prabhakaran, direc-
tor of the Center for Chron-
ic Disease Control, a non-
profit research organization
in India.

But South Asia also is
home to the world's largest
number of poor people, with
more than 1 billion — some
two-thirds of the population
— living on less than $2 a
day. And while chronic ail-
ments are now the region's
largest health problem, infec-
tious diseases such as tuber-
culosis and malaria, along
with deaths linked to mater-
nal, child and nutrition,
remain a dual problem in
many countries.

Chronic diseases are more
expensive to treat and can
drag on for years, which
many developing countries
with poor health systems are
ill-equipped to handle.
Patients often pay for treat-
ment out of their own pock-
ets, driving already-poor fam-
ilies into extreme poverty.





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Green smoothies to contribute to the detoxification process

WHAT does it mean to detoxify?

Detoxification (cleansing) is the
process of the removal of mucus,
toxins and waste materials that
have accumulated in the body over
a period of time (usually years).

Detoxification can be accom-
plished in a number of segmented
ways, however, as we have stated
previously, wellness should be
approached in a holistic manner,
thus detoxification should be
approached the same way so as to
cleanse oneself not only physically,
but also emotionally, mentally and
spiritually.

This will ensure that you are
cleansing the whole you — mind,
body and spirit.

Let’s take a general look at
cleansing referring to information
taken from an article written by
traditional naturopath Shanishka
Bain, ND, of Living Well Naturally,
on cleansing for health and longevi-

ty:

“Regaining health and maintain-
ing vitality takes effort and deter-
mination. The stresses, ‘inconve-
nient conveniences’, and misinfor-
mation in life sometimes make it
challenging to care for our bodies in
the most appropriate manner.
Unveiling the truth for oneself
requires diligence and persistence if
one is to avoid the ill-consequences
of toxins, mucus, and acidity.

“Today, we live in what is
described by some as a ‘toxic soup’.

To believe that one can escape the
effects of toxins, mucus, acidity and
parasites through proper cating
alone would be deceiving oneself.
Most people do not fully grasp the
importance of internal hygiene and
cleansing, and those that do many
times do not have a holistic view of
what is required. With so many
detox programmes, gimmicks and
naysayers on the market, how does
one know what is effective and what
is not? Self-education is the key.

“What are the factors and sources
of my toxicity?

Holistically it must be understood
that we are spiritual, physical, men-
tal, and emotional beings. Any
imbalance in one of the bodies will
affect the whole. For example,
stress, anger, hostility, sadness,
depression, and guilt stemming
from the mental, emotional or spir-
itual will acidify and increase the
toxic load in the physical body.
Environmental toxins such as those
in the air, food, plastics, personal
body care products, and pharma-
ceutical drugs should also be con-

sidered, and of course, the acid-
alkaline balance of your eating sys-
tem.

“What is necessary for a proper
cleanse? In society much emphasis is
put on colon cleansing only. It is
true that the colon is considered the
‘sewer system’ of the body, so of
course it must be kept clean, how-
ever, what about the liver, kidneys,
skin, blood, lymphatic fluids, lungs,
joints, brain, nerves, parasites,
mucus, and the acids?

Intra-cellular cleansing is a
process of cleansing the internal
environment of the cells as well as
the fluids surrounding it. This
process requires proper nourish-
ment, and herbal compounds with
the ability to break down calcifica-
tion, toxins, acids, and mucus build
up in the body. Due to build-up of
toxicity, cleansing requires time and
determination. Don’t expect an
entire lifetime or years of accumu-
lation to be released in a matter of
days or hours!”

So, while we cannot escape tox-
ins, as we can be exposed not only
via our food, but also in our air, our
water or our negative
attitudes/energy toward each oth-
er or after a long hard day at work,
all of it registers as “toxins” in the
body.

If you're taking in more toxins
than the liver can comfortably
process, the whole body will feel it
and you'll start to experience an
array of possible side effects ranging

from body odour, fatigue,
headaches, disease, and the list goes
on and on. Yes, toxins may be
unavoidable, however, by giving
your body the best chance possible
to resist and remove them, you can
restore your good health.

This is where consuming green
smoothies also becomes beneficial.
Detoxification is one of the direct
results you will experience when
consuming large quantities of
greens. Some of the contributing
factors being the high fiber and
chlorophyll content, not to mention
the dense nutritional value (which
varies from green to green, resulting
in clearer, more positive thoughts,
improved digestion and assimila-
tion (no more gassy, bloated bel-
ly), improved bowel elimination and
liver, kidney and purification.

So, ensure to add consumption
of greens (smoothies) as part of
your initial or ongoing detoxifica-
tion programme.

Enjoy this green smoothie detox
recipe as featured on ABC News:

11/2 cup of cold water

1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely
chopped (may substitute any leafy
green vegetable you have on hand)
3 large stalks of celery

2 apples, cored and chopped

1 banana

1/3 bunch of cilantro (may double the
parsley if you don’t like cilantro)
1/3 bunch of parsley

Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon



DIRECTIONS:

Combine water and romaine lettuce
in blender, and blend on low speed
until smooth. Add celery, apples, and
herbs, while gradually moving to high-
er speed.

Add banana and lemon last and
blend thoroughly until smooth.

Pour into tall glass and enjoy.

Join the Love Yourself team on
Tuesday, February 22, for the next
Let’s Talk Wellness Tuesday forum
where Shanishka Bain will address
detoxification in more detail.

It will be held at the Ardastra
Gardens at 6:30pm. The forum is
open to the general public and is
free to attend.

To get more details on these and
other events of the campaign,
befriend us on Facebook:
seedlingsplace or Love Yourself &
Your Health Campaign, or call us at
361-6314.

¢ DISCLAIMER: The information
enclosed in this article does not
replace medical advice. Please see
your medical practitioner for guidance
before you begin or make any adjust
to your current wellness plan.

Contribution by: Traditional Natur-
opath, Shanishka Bain, ND

Resources:

www.ahealthyrealitynow.com
www.greensmoothiequeen.com



to the dental visit and sometimes will
advise that you use it before the pro-
cedure starts.

It is also paramount for you to tell
your dentist that you are an asthmat-
ic and what medications you are tak-
ing, so that they can avoid using cer-
tain medications in your mouth that
can make you very sick. There is
medication the dentist may use to
make your mouth go numb, that
could react in a bad way with the
medication you are using to con-
trol your asthma. Do not let this
happen to you.

Dentists commonly work closely A
with your medical doctor to deter-
mine the best way to manage your
asthma if you are experiencing mouth _
side effects.

One common practice is to use an
aerosol-holding chamber attachment
for your inhaler. Another is using a
metered dosed inhaler, along with
rinsing your mouth out after every
inhaler usage.

It is important that you manage
your asthma and it is equally as impor-
tant that you manage your mouth
health.

The two things should be done
at the same time. Please visit
your health providers to ||
ensure your mouth and your «_
lungs remain healthy.

























Asthma and ra health

ASTHMA is a chronic disease of
the bronchial air passages.

The trachea (wind pipe) divides into
the two bronchi, one for each lung.
When these bronchi are not as healthy
as they should be, the individual may
experience recurrent attacks of breath-
lessness and wheezing, which vary in
severity and frequency from person
to person. This is known as asthma.

The individual may have symptoms
that occur several times in a day or
week.

These symptoms are known to
sometimes become worse during phys-
ical activity or at night. When an indi-
vidual has an asthma attack, the inside
of the bronchial tubes become
swollen. This swelling causes the air
passages to narrow and reduces the
flow of air into and out of the lungs.

Recurrent asthma symptoms fre-
quently cause sleeplessness, daytime
fatigue, reduced activity levels and
school and work absenteeism.

Although asthma cannot be cured,
appropriate management can control
the disease and enable people to enjoy
a good quality of life.

It is important to avoid asthma trig-
gers, which irritate and inflame the
airways. In addition, it is common for
short-term medications to be used to
relieve intermittent symptoms.

If the symptoms are persistent, the
individual must take long-term med-
ication daily to control them. The
medications reduce the underlying
inflammation and prevent symptoms
and exacerbations.

It is important that persons realise
these medications have effects on their

| Why dogs eat
| their feces

AS terrible and revolting
as it is to humans, eating fae-
ces is fairly common among
dogs.
¢ Horse manure and cat poop

_ is considered a tasty snack.
Some dogs like to eat dog fae-
ces, be it their own, their
friends or their neighbours.

Coprophagia (the official
term for eating faeces) is not
usually a sign of illness, in fact
it is a vice that dogs have. It is
similar to kids sucking their
fingers, or people rocking
themselves to sleep.

Also, mother dogs normal-
ly eat the faeces of their
young pups.

Once in a great while it can
be a symptom of malnutrition,
in a dog that is having trouble
digesting and absorbing her
_ food or one who has been
_ starved.
| If your dog’s coprophagia
| was caused by malnutrition
you would probably see other
symptoms. Loss of weight and
energy, a poor hair coat, or
greasy loose stool.

But most of the time, eating
faeces is simply a bad habit. It
is also unhealthy, it can trans-



the Candida fungus, which normally
lives in many people's mouths) and
blood filled blisters in the mouth.
Beta-2-agonist (Ventolin) and iprat-
roprium bromide (Atrovent) can
cause dry mouth.

In addition to these, it is accepted
that anti-asthmatic drugs may lower
the pH (increase acidity) of saliva and
this will favour the development of
cavities.

Research has also told us that gum
disease is greater in persons with res-
piratory (breathing) diseases like asth-
ma than those without. There is also
an association between asthma and
gastro-esophageal reflux disease
(GERD) with occasional tooth ero-
sion. If they occur, these mouth
changes can be managed by ensuring
a good oral hygiene at home and by
visiting your dental healthcare pro-
fessional as many times as the profes-
sional advises. It is important to tell
your dental healthcare professional if
you have asthma when you attend a
clinic appointment.

The healthcare provider knows that
anxiety from dental procedures can
occasionally precipitate an attack and
will try to reduce the chance of this
occurring.

Approximately 15 per cent of asth-

e This article is for information-
al purposes only. It is not intended
and may not be treated as, a substi-
tute for professional medical/dental
advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Always seek the advice of a physician or
dental professional with any questions
you may have regarding a medical/dental
condition. Never disregard professional

matics undergoing routine dental medical/dental advice or delay in seek- 9 : mit intestinal parasites, con-
oe BSE TGS SOUR: AEE, a eaten experience a significant ing it because of a purely informational tribute to tooth decay, and
Corticosteroid inhalers occasional- T@“ustiom in how well their lungs func- publication. cause stomach problems.

ly cause thrush (for example mouth
infection caused by an overgrowth of

tion during the treatment.
The dental healthcare provider may
ask you to bring your asthma inhaler

- Dr André R Clarke, DDS, MBBS
Special Care Dentistry



FDA sees possible cancer risk with breast implants

MATTHEW PERRONE
AP Health Writer

FEDERAL health officials
said Wednesday they are
investigating a possible link
between breast implants and a
very rare form of cancer, rais-
ing new questions about the
safety of devices which have
been scrutinised for decades.

The cancer, known as
anaplastic large cell lym-
phoma, attacks lymph nodes
and the skin and has been
reported in the scar tissue
which grows around an
implant. The Food and Drug
Administration is asking doc-
tors to report all cases of the
cancer so the agency can bet-
ter understand the associa-
tion.

The agency has learned of
just 60 cases of the disease
worldwide, among the esti-
mated five million to 10 mil-
lion women with breast
implants. The agency
reviewed the scientific litera-
ture going back to 1997 along
with information provided by
international governments
and manufacturers.

Most of the cases were
reported after patients sought
medical care for pain, lumps,



FEDERAL health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form
of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, raising new questions about the safety of devices which
have been scrutinised for decades.

update the labeling for their
products to reflect the can-
cer reports.

A handful of researchers
have published papers on
instances of the lymphoma
in breast implant patients
over the last three years,
prompting FDA's review.
Some research suggests bits
of silicone can leak into cells
around the implant, trigger-
ing the cancer. Even saline
implants include trace
amounts of silicone to help
them maintain their shape.

The lymphoma is an
aggressive form of cancer
though it is often curable,
according to experts. Treat-
ments include radiation,
chemotherapy and a bone
marrow transplant, if the dis-
ease returns.

Some people recommend
sprinkling a faeces-eater food
with veterinary products like

| ‘For-Bid@’ or ‘Deter’, a flavour

enhancer like ‘Accent’ or a
meat tenderiser like ‘Adolph’.
The monosodium gluta-
mate in these products sup-
posedly makes a dog’s own
stool less appealing. Pouring
pepper sauce on dog faeces is
another favourite tactic.

To prevent opportunities to
eat faeces is a more sensible
idea. For one thing, if Deter
discourages your dog from
eating his own faeces it won’t
make her less interested in
another dog’s faeces. To
break the faeces eating habit
do the following:

Always clean up after your
dog — get the faeces before
she does.

Keep her on a leash during
this training period, and if she
makes a beeline for a pile of
poop, say ‘leave it’ in a stern
voice and move her away.

Be patient. If your dog is a
puppy, coprophagia may be
a passing phase. However, lets
hope this passing phase does-
n’t become a persistent habit.

swelling and other problems
around the surgical site.
"We are very interested in
trying to understand more
specifically which patients
may be at more risk and
which breast implants may
present a higher risk,” said Dr
William Maisel, FDA's chief
scientist for devices, on a call
with reporters. The agency
saw no difference in cancer
rates between patients with
saline versus silicone implants.

There was also no difference
between patients who got the
implants for cosmetic reasons
versus those who underwent
reconstructive surgery after
breast cancer.

Because the disease is so
rare, FDA researchers sug-
gested the issue may never
be completely resolved.

"A definitive study would
need to collect data on hun-
dreds of thousands of women
for more than 10 years. Even

then, causality may not be
conclusively established," the
agency said.

Still, the FDA said it is
working with the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons
to register patients with the
cancer and track them over
time.

Breast implants are mar-
keted in the US by Allergan
Inc and Johnson & Johnson's
Mentor Corp. Those compa-
nies will be required to

Reports of the cancer
among women with breast
implants have been reported
anecdotally for years, accord-
ing to Dr Jasmine Zain, a
lymphoma specialist at New
York University's Langone
Medical Center.

"We've seen it from time
to time over the years, but
this is the first time the FDA
actually looked at all the case
reports and made a state-
ment," Dr Zain said.





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know when she left home

to start her studies at the
University of Tampa that she
would soon be invited to
become a member of one of the
United States’ most prestigious

honour societies.

Paige, 21, who is the granddaughter of
SuperValue owner and president Rupert
Roberts, has been invited to the Phi Kap-
pa Phi honour society which only accepts
the top 7.5 per cent of students who per-
form well academically.

An excited Paige told Tribune Woman
that she was honoured to receive the invi-
tation and will be attending the banquet
meeting for her membership certificate in
March.

“Last week Wednesday, the president
of the society came into my management
class and announced that two students had
been selected for an invitation to join the
Phi Kappa Phi honour society. I was
shocked when my name was the first of
the two names called,” she said.

Phi Kappa Phi is the US’ oldest, most
selective, and most prestigious all-disci-
pline honour society. Membership is by
invitation only to the top 7.5 per cent of
juniors, seniors and graduate students at a
university. Its chapters are on more than

Lior did Paige Waugh

A spotlight on the talented

women in our community

300 campuses in the US, Puerto Rico, and
the Philippines. Each year, approximately
30,000 members are initiated.

Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly selec-
tive, membership is considered an achieve-
ment of excellence that is recognised by
graduate and professional school admis-
sions committees and employers alike.

Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to
apply for numerous scholarships and
awards valued at more than $700,000 annu-
ally.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi-has
initiated more than one million members
into its ranks. Its roster includes doctors,
lawyers, politicians and soldiers, educa-
tors, administrators, scientists and
researchers, athletes, bankers, business
people, writers and performers, and: pro=
fessionals in just about every other discr
pline imaginable.

Phi Kappa Phi members receive jacade-
mic recognition, career assistance, awards
and scholarships, partner discounts and
services, publications, and training and
leadership opportunities that allowsthemt6
network with top scholars and profession=
als around the world.

A soon-to-be full Phi Kappa Phi meme
ber, Paige is a senior at the Universifyier
Tampa.

She is majoring in business management
with a minor in exercise science.

“Tam doing a fitness internshipetiis

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semester where | assist in training students -

through a weight loss exercise programme
that helps them change and develop a
healthy lifestyle. I enjoy bringing about a
positive change in people’s lives and appre-
ciate the opportunity to fulfill my person-
al interest and hobby in fitness and health.
It is going very well although I have to
stay organised to balance my school work
and internship,” she said.

Paige said she has decided to continue
her studies and attend graduate school at
the University of Tampa to get her Masters
in Business Administration.

“When my grandfather asked about my
reasons behind grad school, I told him,
“because I love to learn and will take
advantage of every educational experience
that comes my way.’ I’m not quite sure of
plans after that but later I will contribute
my knowledge to help my grandfather with
Super Value,” she said.

Paige said she has enjoyed her time at
university, “making new friends and getting
to know and learn from some great teach-
ers that have helped and inspired me along
the way.”

“With my final round of classes and an
internship I must say, I have been quite
busy.”

Prior to moving to Florida for her stud-
ies, Paige lived in Nassau all her life. She
was graduated from St Andrews School
in 2007.













































FASHION from the Fall 2011 collection of Luca
Luca is modelled in New York last Thursday. (AP)

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
AP Fashion Writer

FASHION Week injected some
colour into a city drowning in gray
slush, waking up the basic-black
fashion crowd on opening day with
shades of neon pink and poppy
orange.

Pantone, which sets professional
colour standards, reported last
Thursday that the most requested
shades for the Fall collections being
previewed at New York Fashion
Week include bamboo, deep teal,
an eggplant purple called phlox, and
the melon-like honeysuckle.

Based on that, Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone
Color Institute, predicts a painterly
feeling to the clothes shown over the
next eight days, with a balance of
bright colours against staple neu-
trals.

Max Azria’s BCBG collection bal-
anced flashes of yellow and cobalt
against fall classics like navy and
gray. Jenni Kayne used a neon pink,
with models in bright pink lipstick.

Retailers, editors and stylists get a

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preview of more than 100 runway
collections over eight days in New
York, which kicks off the catwalk
season that will then move on to
London, Milan, Italy, and Paris.

LUCA LUCA

Luca Luca creative director Raul
Melgoza brought the deep woods to
centre stage, previewing looks that
mimicked nature's seasonal gifts.

"This season was inspired by the
adventures to be discovered in the
deep woods — the beauty, the color,
the fantasy,” he told The Associated
Press.

Of course, Mother Nature is full of
contradictions, he added, and that's
where the juxtaposition of lace and
wool, or feminine sheers with tough,
bark-like fabrics come in. There also
were opposing silhouettes of slim,
pencil skirts versus exaggerated A-
lines. Trousers moved back and forth
between skinny and wide-leg.

Melgoza captured the colors of
the season with rich shades of
orange, olive and fuchsia, and a
creamy white pleated skirt paired
with a delicate silk-inset blouse was

A MODEL walks the runway in a see-through ruffled
gown at the Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show a the
Lincoln Centre in New York during Fashion Week.

Nature inspired colours dominate at New York Fashion Week 2011

York. (AP)

the calm after the big, early-season
storm.

The best moments of the show
were the quiet, delicate ones — a
leaf-print sheath or the silver "bird-
seed" cocktail dress with a black
beaded overlay.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

With a collection inspired by the
moody, dramatic orchid, Christian
Siriano showed how much he has
blossomed as a designer since his
novice days on "Project Runway."

Sure, there was the giant pouf of
a ruffled ball gown as his finale, and
a misguided cocktail dress that
seemed an explosion of fabric
petals, but most of the outfits
showed restraint and, in turn,
sophistication.

Black was the dominant color,
but to keep things interesting, Siri-
ano mixed textures. A cashmere
and leather double-lapel coat worn
with a slim knit turtleneck and skin-
ny silk trousers was an example of
how he mastered the multiple medi-
ums.

The silk draped sheath dress with

THE Fall 2011 collection of designer BCBG Max
Azria is modelled during Fashion Week in New — Tadashi Shoji Fall 2011 collection modelled during



THIS photo courtesy of Tadashi Shoji shows the

Fashion Week in New York. (AP)

just a hint of a leather underskirt
was user-friendly yet fashion-for-
ward, and the zip-front shawl collar
jacket could be the workhorse of a
wardrobe.

BCBG

Max Azria's BCBG fall collection
revealed many layers of the layered
look with nary a chunky piece, vin-
tage-like silhouette nor — heaven
forbid — anything messy on the run-
way.

Almost every single outfit, from
the opening taupe coat dress with
reversible black flap front to a pop-
py red strapless gown, was built on a
whisper-thin white turtleneck.

The silhouette was long and fluid,
with some delicate details but noth-
ing frilly. The palette featured the
fall classics of navy, wine, gray and
chocolate brown, but flashes of yel-
low and cobalt were used most effec-
tively on colour-blocked pieces.

Azria shares design duties with
his wife Lubov, often the most effec-
tive spokesmodel for the brand, tak-
ing her bow in one of the drop-waist
navy numbers.

TADASHI SHOJI

Tadashi Shoji relied on neutral
hues and rich jewel tones for flowing
silk chiffon dresses.

The Japanese designer included
hand-cut floral organza detailing and
showcased one-shoulder, off-the-
shoulder and strapless dresses in pur-
ple, green and deep navy blues.

Shoji said he found inspiration in
ancient moss gardens of the Far
East. The collection had an airy, wil-
lowy feel. Some pieces were
trimmed with feathers or had tiered
fringe.

"T've always loved the simplicity of
the design,” said figure skater and
reality TV star Johnny Weir, who
sat in the front row and wore a long
lynx fur coat. "Classic, clean and
simple, and easy to wear for any
woman."

Shoji also featured separates for
the season. An ivory feathered top
was paired with a black floor-length
skirt embellished with floral detail-
ing. A black pleated strapless gown
had a ruffled train and a purple, off-
shoulder gown offered peaks of red
under tiered fringe.










THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011

SECTION Be HEALTH: Body and mind




AGE AIN'T NOTHIN’
BUT A NUMBER

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

than her husband Ashton

Kutcher, 32, doesn’t bother
Demi Moore, 47. Nor does Mari-
ah Carey, 41, seem to lose sleep
over being almost 12 years older
than her husband Nick Cannon,
30; in fact, the singer is now
expecting twins with the televi-

sion host.

And while the marriage between Madon-
na and Guy Ritchie reportedly had several
problems, her being his senior by 10 years
didn’t seem to be one of them.

Men being older than their female part-
ners — sometimes significantly so — is some-
thing we as a society have come to expect
and accept.

But times are a-changing. As women con-
tinue to become more empowered and inde-
pendent they are also becoming freer in the
pursuit of their romantic interests.

Unlike in the 1990s novel “How Stella
Got Her Groove Back” and the movie of
the same name in which the older
woman/younger man relationship was
frowned upon, women dating younger guys
are today increasingly seen as sexy,
“mature” vixens on the prowl.

These women have even earned their own
name: Cougar.

First used almost exclusively in connection
with celebrities, the term ‘cougar’ is these
days becoming the accepted description of
all older women who choose to pursue
younger men.

Exploring the ‘cougar phenomenon’, T7i-
bune Woman spoke to a few Bahamian
ladies who shared their views on dating
younger men.

While some of the women said the age dif-
ference doesn't matter once the man is over
18, others said they were not to sure how a
relationship would work with a partner who
was younger than them.

One woman who has experience being
the older woman with a younger man is
Alia Shaw*. But after that relationship failed
she vowed never to date a younger man
again.

“When I first met him I knew he was a bit
a younger than I was. But he lied to me
about his age. He was 24 years old at the
time and he told me that he was 26. And it
wasn't until after a few months of being in a
relationship with him that I found out that
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ing after hanging out with his boys all
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turned out that he was dating someone
younger and he left me for that person,"
Ms Shaw said.

Finicha J said a man’s age doesn't mat-
ter to her, it is his level of maturity which
is important.

“T don't have a problem with dating a
younger man. To put it bluntly, it's not
his age that would be a problem for me,
it's his frame of mind. There are so-called
older men that act and think like teenage
boys. So I would date a guy younger
than me once he’s over the age of 18,”
she told Tribune Woman.

Phillice Russel said that she would
have to think once, twice, and then a
third time before dating a younger man.

“T do not think women should date
younger men because women are already
more mature than men. Dating a
younger guy would mean he is proba-
bly not as mature as you. I would date
someone ten years older than I am, but I
wouldn't date someone ten years
younger than I am,” she said.

Another lady interviewed by Tribune
Woman, Paula Bootle, had this to say
on the subject:

“T feel if you date a younger man the
age difference should not be more than
five years so that there can be some com-
patibility in the level of experience and
maturity.”

Monique Gibson said she is a bit wary
of going out with younger guys because
she does not want to feel as though she is
dating one of her children.

“First of all, if you have children in
the same age bracket you will feel like
you are looking at your son and so they
are looking for someone to take care of
them.”

She said when she chooses a partner
she wants someone who is capable of
being a good father.

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responsibilities. Not someone who will
come to eat my children’s corn flakes,
play his PS3 games and wear his tennis,”
she said

Marion Hinds said this: “Eighteen is
the legal age so I wouldn’t mind dating a
younger guy, but I would still have in the
back of my mind that he would prefer
someone in his own age range, but if I
knew that he truly loved me and he is
responsible, trustworthy and we take care

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SOCCER
GSSSA RESULTS

+ HERE’S a look at the
results from the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association’s soccer action
held last week:

JUNIOR GIRLS:
LW Young and TA Thomp-
son played to scoreless
draw.
TA Thompson and AF
Adderley played to scoreless

draw.

JUNIOR BOYS:

SC McPherson 2, HO Nash 0.
Goal scorers were Franzly
St Lue and Akeem Nancoo.
SC McPherson and HO
Nash played to scoreless
draw.

SENIOR GIRLS:

Anatol Rodgers High
played to Dame Doris John-
son 1-1 tie.

Goal scorers were Tah’nee
Thurston (AHA); Sarah
Rolle (DDJ).

CI Gibson and CR Walker
played to scoreless draw.

SENIOR BOYS:

CR Walker 2, CV Bethel 0.
Goal scorers were Charles
Djorkensen and Lheyintz
Vincent.

CR Walker and Dame Doris
Johnson played to scoreless
draw.

TRACK

CLUB MONICA
MEET

+ AFTER taking a break
this weekend to accommo-
date the North Andros Invi-
tational Track and Field
Classic, the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Associa-
tions’ calender of events will
continue this weekend at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.

The Club Monica Track
Club will stage their 8th
annual Club Monica Sthlet-
ies Track and Field Classic
on Friday, starting at 6 p.m.
and continue on Saturday,
starting at 1 p.m.
ROAD RACE
RACE

JUDICATA 2011

+ THE Eugene Dupuch
Law School Students’ Asso-
ciation will hold their 7th
annual Race Judicata 2011
will take place on Saturday,
starting at 6 a.m. from the
Bahamas Tourism Training
Center at the College of the
Bahamas campus on
Thompson Boulevard.

‘The event will feature run
and walk for adults and chil-
dren, Moms and dads and
baby push events will also
take place.

Trophies will be presented
to the overall winners.
Breakfast will be on sale and
free health check-ups will be
conducted.

Interested persons are
urged tro call 326-8507/8 or
326-8867 for further details
oremail:
admin@edls.edu.bs.

St
EXUMA SOFTBALL

LEAGUE

+ THE Exuma Church
Softball League continued
its regular season action
over the weekend with the
following results posted:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Church of God def. Gilead
15-11
Mt. Carmel def, Bethel Bap-
tist 10-9,

St. John’s det. St. Peter’s 26-8.
St. Margaret’s def. Church
of God 17-4,

+ The winner of the
Homerun Derby was Brian
Strachan.

+ This weekend’s schedule
are as follows:

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE

6:30 p.m. St. Peter's vs
Church of God.

7:30 p.m. Soul Winners vs
Palestine.

8:30 p.m. Church of God
of Prophecy vs Bethel Bap-
tist.

9:30 p.m. Mt. Ebenezer vs
Ebenezer Farmer’s Hill,

















CADOT
REGAINS
FORM

IN LOSS

See story pg 2E

Top seeds take early lead in GSSSA

haskethall championship series

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Idorsett@tribunemedia.net

DAY one of the GSSSA
basketball championship
series in each of its four divi-
sions tipped off yesterday at
the D.W Davis Gymnasium
with each of the top seeds tak-
ing early one game leads in
their respective matchups.

SENIOR GIRLS
RM BAILEY PACERS — 29
CR WALKER - 24

In what is expected to be
the most closely contested
series, the teams that split the
season series continued their
heavyweight slugfest in the
playoffs with the Pacers’ hus-
tle ‘and edge on the boards
providing a distinctive differ-
ence.

Ariel Stuart finished with a
double double and was the
game's sole player in double
figures with 11 points and 13
rebounds to lead the Pacers.

Stuart shot just 3-9 from the
field, but was 5-8 from the
free throw line.

Both teams began the game
painfully slow on the offen-
sive end of the floor as they
struggled to find an offensive
groove early on,

Each team started the game
with three consecutive
turnovers before the Pacers'
Raunice Butler broke the
drought for both teams when
she made one of two at the
free throw line.

After the teams traded free
throws, Jonetra Kelly, who
finished with eight points
scored the game's first field

goal with a mid range jumper,
nearly eight minutes into the
first half,

Stuart gave the Pacers an
early lead with a three point
play for a 6-3 advantage and
out her team ahead for good
in the remainder of the con-
test.

After Stuart scored on
another jumphook, Latasa
Amnbrister finished a fast-
break layup to give RM Bai-
ley a 10-3 lead with 3:44 left
to play in the half.

Kelly's score would be the
lone field goal of the second
half, as they managed just for
free throws the rest of the
half,

Shanell Frazier, who fin-
ished second in scoring for the
Pacers with seven points, end-
ed the half with a three point-
er to give R.M Bailey a 13-6
lead at intermission.

The Pacers lead reached
double figures for the first
time when Stuart made a pair
at the line for a 22-12 with
5:17 left to play in regulation.

‘A jumper from Lakeisha
Smith gave the Pacers their
biggest lead of the game, 25-
13 with just under three min-
utes left to play.

The Pacers maintained a 10
point lead when Frazier made
a pair at the line for a 27-17
advantage with 1:30 left to

play.

‘The Knights managed a
late rally, ending the game on
a7-2 ran, but it would fall just
short.

The Pacers shot 41 percent
in the first half, but struggled
in the second with just 16 per-
cent to finish the game at 26.

The Knights shot just five

percent in the first half and
shot 0-4 from beyond the arch
and just 30 percent from the
free throw line.

JUNIOR BOYS
DW DAVIS PITBULLS — 77
TA THOMSPON SCORPIONS — 43

‘The undefeated season con-
tinues for Coach Mark Hanna
and his perennial powerhouse
program as they cruised to a
seemingly effortless win in
game one.

The Pitbulls’ high powered
offence placed four players in
double figures, led by Nigel
Rolle who finished with 20
points.

Rohan Adderley finished
with 18 points, Wilton John-
son added 12 and point guard
Shakwon Lewis chipped in
with ten,

The Pitbulls scored the
game's opening basket on a
layup from Adderly and nev-
er looked back a3 they led
wire to wire,

Lewis' fastbreak layup gave
the Pitbulls their first double
figure lead of the game late
in the opening quarter for a
20-9 advantage.

A vanuted D.W Davis half
court trap netted turover
after tumover which lead to
easy baskets on the offensive
end of the floor.

Lewis would end the quar-
ter with a baseline jumper to
give the Pitbulls a 24-13 lead
at the end of the first quar-
ter.

‘The Scorpions failed to pro-
tect against the fastbreak and
paid for it all night long asthe

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THROW DOWN: Wilton Johnson of DW Davis Pitbulls dunks the
ball during their game against TA Thompson Scorpions. The Pitbulls

won 77-43.



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Giants bring down
QC Comets 42-33

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER getting off to a
slow start, the St. John’s
Giants picked up their inten-
sity and the Queen’s College
Comets were left trying to
chase them down.

In game one of the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools’
senior girls’ best-of-three
championship series yester-
day at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium, the Giants pow-
ered past the comets 42-33.

Their victory came about
an hour after Queen’s Col-
lege junior stayed unbeaten
by knocking off the defend-
ing junior boys champions St.
Augustine’s College Big Red
Machine 55-38.

And in the opening game
of the day, St. Augustine’s
College stunned the Temple
Christian Suns, handing their
first loss of the season, with
a 38-35 decision in overtime.

The results of the senior
boys game between the
defending champions West-
minster Diplomat and St.
John’s that closed out the
night was not available at
press time.

Here’s a summary of the
games played:

Giants 42, Comets 33:
Taneka Sandiford had a game
high 23 points, including nine
with a three-pointer in the
second quarter as St. John’s
broke away from a slim 10-8
deficit at the end of the first
quarter to snatch a 21-16 mar-
gin at the half and she added
six in the third when they
extended their margin to 39-
22 at the final break in the
third,

The Giants also got 11 from
P Pickstock as they easily

took the opener of the senior
girls championship series.

Queen’s College got a fad-
ing buzzer beating three-
pointer from Alexandria Mar-
shall to cut the deficit to 10-8
at the end of the first quar-
ter.

Marahall finished with 16,
while Shana Adderley con-
tributed seven and Carlinique
Bastian chipped in eith six.

Comets 55, Big Red
Machine 38: Queen’s College
got three consecutive three-
pointers — one from Daejour
Adderley and a pair from
Tyrone Burrows to break
open the junior boys game
against SAC.

Burrows ended up with
eight points in the period to
finish with a game high 23
points as the Comets man-
aged to surge from a 37-31
lead at the end of the third.

Dominique Bethel hadsev-
en and Adderley was joined
by Gerrio Rahmjing and D.
McKenzie in scoring five
points apiece in the win as
Queen’s College remained
undefeated.

“Tt was good. We knew
they were going to come out
tough. That’s the type of team
they are,” said Queen’s Col-
lege coach Dwayne Smith.
“We still pulled it off in the
end.”

Smith said if they can just
concentrate on their game
and not worry too much
about the officiating, they
could wrap up the series and
the perfect season in their
next game.

While the Comets got hit
with a couple of technicial
fouls, the Big Red Machine
saw their leading scorer
Davon ‘IP Adderley Jr. sit-
ting on the bench for the

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PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011

TRIBUNE SPORTS





By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tnbunemedia net

THE National Tennis Cen-
ter will be repaved and
Kerzner International has
come on board as a major
sponsor to cement the efforts
of Ty Olander in bringing the
first Women’s Professional
Tennis Tournament to the
Bahamas.

Plans were officially
revealed yesterday at a press
conference in the Adonis
Room at the Coral Towers
at Atlantis where Olander
said the nine-day event will
definitely be a historic one
as some of the top players
from around the world will
be coming here to compete
for some $100,000 in cash
prizes.

Scheduled for March 11,
Olander said when the Inter-
national Tennis Center came
to inspect the facilities, they
advised him that the courts
needed to be repaved,

“Today, thanks to the gen-
erous support of the Ministry
of Sports, which is headed by
Charles Maynard, a local
contractor was contacted to
pave the courts at the
requested standard of the
International Tennis Federa-
tion,” Olander said.

“Once the courts are
repaved, the Bahamas will
have a world class venue,
capable of hosting the best
in the world.”

And with the facilities
upgraded, Olander said that
would enable his group to go
after the hosting a ATP
Men’s and WATP Women’s
tournament next year.

“Hopefully our only men’s
touring pro Mark Knowles
will get to win the first open
championship for men’s dou-
bles in his own home before
retiring,” Olander said.

After thanking Maynard
for his commitment to
improving the facilities,
Olander turned his attention
to Kernzer Intemational,
who through George
Markantonis, the CEO and
General Manager.

SPORTS

Plans revealed for Bahamas to host
first pro women’s tennis tourney



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HISTORIC: In attendance at the press conference: Mickey Williams- Technical Advisor, Bahamas Womens Open; J. Barrie Farrington- Sr. VP



Administration, Kerzner International; Hon. Charles Maynard- Minister of Sports & Culture; Ty Olander - Tournament Chairman, Bahamas Wor-
ens Open; Tyrone Sawyer- Sports Director, Ministry of Tounsmt, Wellington Miller- President, Bahamas Olympic Association and Stephen Turn-
quest- President, BLTA. (Photo courtesy of Wendell J. Cleare)

Olander said when he was
contacted by Markantonis,
he thought it was a dream
when he asked him what
could “Atlantis do for them”
in sponsoring the tourna-
ment.

“Based on our conversa-
tion, our last hurdle has been
realised,” Olander said.
“Once the courts are paved,
we can now host this presti-
gious event with the spon-
sorship of Atlantis,”

Kernzer International,
through Atlantis, now joins
the Ministry of Sports and
the Ministry of Tourism,
through their Sports Tourism
programme; Graycliff, Burns
House and Kalik, Orange
Creek and Fritz Stubbs and
Chico’s with Willie Mays
Francis as some of the major
sponsors,

ATLANTIS
SPONSORSHIP

J. Barrie Farrington, a
Senior Manager at Atlantis,
said the Bahamas has
achieved some much success
over the years that they are
happy to come on board and
assist Olander and his organ-
isation,





Farrington, a former out-
standing player and executive
of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association, said the tourna-
ment will provide the oppor-
tunity to build on that suc-
cess,

‘At one point, Farrington
organized a men’s profes-
sional tournament that was
held on Paradise Island for
many years and he’as hoping
that this women’s tournament
will be the impetus for fur-
ther events.

MINISTRY OF
SPORTS

In response, Maynard said
his ministry is very pleased to
be partnering with the event
for two reasons — Sports
Tourism, which brings the
sporting personnel to the
Bahamas and because events
like this help to inspire young
ople.

“We expect that as a result
of this event, this would
become an annual event and
ot will cause a cadre of young
people to be inspired to go
on and participate and refine
their skills and go on to con-
tinue their success on the
international scene,” Maynard

said.

MINISTRY OF
TOURISM

Tyrone Sawyer, who is in
charge of the Sports Tourism
department at the Ministry of
Tourism, commended Olan-
der for his vision in taking on
such a mammoth task and
overcomingit.

“We intend Ty to give you
the best possibie advise’ we
can,” he said, speaking on
behalf of Minister of Tourism,
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.
“We look forward to the
many people coming and fill-
ing up our hotle rooms.”

BAHAMAS OLYMPIC

COMMITTEE

Wellington Miller, the pres-
ident of the BOC, said the
tournament issuch a vital part
of the development of sports
in the country that they can’t
help but support the tourna-
ment.

“Last year, tennis made a
break through at the CAC
Games where they won a gold
medal and a bronze medal,”
Miller said. “Larikah Russell
and Nikkita Fountain won a

gold medal in the women’s
doubles, I believe that was the
first time that the Bahamas
won a medal,

“I believe that shows the
growth and development of
the sport, With this tourna-
ment coming here, I believe it
will show the improvement
that they have made.”

TOURNAMENT

FORMAT

In charge of the officiating
of the tournament, Mickey
Williams said they are expect-
ing an eight-man team of
international chair umpires
coming from all over the
world, including the one who
did the Wimbledon women’s
singles final.

“We will have quite an
established group of officials
officiating at the tournament,
a long with a lot of Bahamian
linesmen and ball persons,
some of whom are undergo-
ing training as we speak, lead-
ing up to the event,” Williams
confirmed.

During the course of the
eight days of competition,
Williams said there will be
two days of qualifying on
March 12-13, followed by the

main draw that starts on
March 13.

Four players will advance
from the qualifying round to
the field of 28 players who
will play directly out of the
field of 32, culminating with
the single final on March 19,
while the women’s doubles
will be contested on Friday,
March 18,

Of the $100,000 in prize
money, the winner of the sin-
gles match will pocket
$15,000. The rest of the mon-
ey will be distributed through-
out the field in singles and
doubles.

It’s not certain just exactly
who will be participating in
the tournament as yet. But
Williams said they are looking
at the possiblity of allowing
some of the Bahamian players
to participate in the qualifying
round and even one or two
getting a wild card in the main
draw.

Each evening around 6
p.m., there will be one fea-
ture match on the stadium
court to accommodate those
persons who are working and
probably won’t have the
opportunity to get off during
the day,

BAHAMS LAWN
TENNIS

ASSOCIATION

When contacted about the
sanctioning of the event,
BLTA president Stephen
Turmquest said it was a “no
brainer.”

He noted that there are so
many benefits that the associ-
ation could derive from the
hosting of the event at the
national tennis center, which
will eventually be upgraded.

“Tt opens up avenues for us
to get more exposure to those
players around the world who
would like to come here to
play,” Turnquest pointed out.

‘AS a regional power in
junior tennis in the Junior
Davis and Junior Fed Cup,
Turnquest said the event will
enable the local players to see
what the top notch level of
competition is all about right
in their backyard.



Cadot regains form in loss

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Idorsett@tibunemedia.net

AFTER nearly a month of
struggling to regain his offen-
sive prowess, JR Cadot got his
season back on track with one
of his highest scoring perfor-
manees of his inaugural NCAA
season.

Cadot, came off the bench
and posted a team high 16
points to lead the Texas Chris-
tian University Horned Frogs
in a losing effort against the
Wyoming Cowboys, 77-67, Sat-
urday night at the Arena-Audi-
torium in Laramie, Wyoming.

Cadot shot an efficient 6-8
from the field and 4-5 from the
free throw line to go along with
four rebounds and one steal.

He was one of three Horned
Frogs in doubles figures along-
side Garlon Green and Greg
Hill who finished with 12 points
apiece.

Amath M'Baye led the Cow-
boys and all scorers with 21
points, while Desmar Jackson
and Fransico Cruz finished
with 15 and 12 points apiece.

The win snapped an eight-
game losing streak for the
Cowboys and gave new coach
Fred Langley his first Division
Thead coaching victory.

Cadot scored five points in
the first half to help keep the
Horned Frogs in contention.
His layup with 2:25 left to play
in the half was the Horned
Frogs final field goal of the
quarter and trimmed the defect

27-24,

Wyoming went on to take a
32-26 lead into the half.

Trailing 37-31, Cadot scored
the next nine points for TCU
with a quartet oflayups includ-
ing one three point play to pre-
vent the Cowboys from pulling
away until late in the fourth.

TCU dropped to 10-16, 1-10
in Mountain West Conference
play, while the Cowboys
improved to 9-16, 2-9 in con-
ference play.

The Horned Frogs began the
season at 9-4, but have since
dropped 12 of their last 13
games, including an eight game
losing streak.

Their last win came against
the same Wyoming team, 78-
60, January 12th.

Cadot's last double digit
scoring effort came December
28th at home against Chicago
State when he totaled 19 points
and 10 rebounds.

Since that contest he aver-
aged just 4.7 points per game
over the course of the next 11
games and was plagued with
foul trouble throughout while
the Homed Frogs were mired
in the losing streak.

TCU's next game will be
against Colorado State,
Wednesday at 8pm.

At 65", 200 pounds, the high
flying junior leads TCU in
rebounds with 5.6 per game.
He is also amongst the team
leaders with 7.3 points per
game while shooting a team
Teading 67 per cent from the
field,

Cadot started 15 of the
Horned Frogs' first 19 games
with an average of 23.9 min-
utes on the floor per contest
before returning to a reserve
role.

Other noteworthy perfor-
mances include: an 11-point,
10-rebound performance in an
81-77 win over Texas Tech 11
points and 9 rebounds in a 79-
63 win over Houston; 15 points
and nine rebounds in a 78-61
win over Prarie View A&M;
15 points and six rebounds in a
win over Northwest State and a
seven point 12 rebound per-
formance in a loss against San
Diego State.

Cadot starred at CV Bethel
Senior High where he led the
team to a GSSSA title. He was
named to several junior and
senior national teams before
taking his game to the US at
Sheridan College.

Cadot posted impressive
numbers at the junior college
which garnered the attention
of many D Ischools across the
country.

In his freshman season, he
averaged 15 points and 6.6
rebounds per game but sur-
passed all expectations in his
sophomore campaign.

As a sophomore, Cadot
averaged 17 points, 7.8
rebounds and 2.4 assists per
game. He was named to the
NICAA Third Team All-
American and First Team All-
Region IX. He posted eight
games of 20 points and led the
Generals to a27-7 record over-



JR Cadot

all.

Cadot's highlight game of his
young career came just hours
after learning of the passing of
his father on February 23,2010.
He managed to find the forti-
tude not only to play, but to
produce a 32-point effort which
included the game-winning bas-
ket to give the Generals the
North Sub Regional Champi-
onship.

Heading into the D Iranks,
he was ranked 64th overall and
27th amongst guards by Juco-
Tunction.com, the foremost
recruitment website for junior
college prospects.

Cadot was a member of a
six-man 2010 class which also
included Andre Clark, Sammy
Yeager, Jarvis Ray, Armic
Fields and Virginia Tech trans-
fer Hank Thorns.



Giants

FROM page 1E

majority of the game because
of foul trouble.

In fact, Adderley was held
to just two points as he tried to
avoid fouling out. SAC was
led by Kwasi Dames with 12
points, despite leaving the
game at least twice with an
injury. Ethelbert Harrison had
eight, Donovan Pickering had

seven and Dylan Peet five.

The Big Red Machine never
led in the game. They trailed
24-16 at the halt.

“They only beat us in the
last two minutes,” SAc’s coach
John Todd stated. “I think
those three-pointers they hit
made the difference down the
stretch.”

But Todd said as the
defending champions, the
Comets can look for his Big
Red Machine to come back
fighting in game two.

Big Red Machine 38, Suns

38: Lashae Rolle and Dawn
Dean hit back-to-back lay-ups
to push SAC ahead for good
37-35 in the extra three min-
utes as they held on for the
win,

The game was tied 33-33 at
the end of regulation.

Sheyanne Thompson scored
12, Lashae Rolle had 10,
Taryn Buther seven and Dawn
Dean six in the win.

“Tt was what I expected and
a whole lot more. This is the
level that the junior girls
should be playing,” said SAC’s

coach Anastacia Moultrie,
“Both teams stepped it up and
played the way everybody
expected this game to go.”

‘Antenique Young scored a
game high 14 and Sheryl
Evans had eight in the loss.

“We just fell short as far as
keeping the bodies on the
court. We had too many play-
ers who fouled out,” said Tern-
ple Christian’s coach Sharel
Cash, “We just have to go
back to the drawing board in
practice and come ready for
SAC”

Dr Michael Krop High School win
Varsity Boys 6A Championships

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Idorsett@tribunemedia.net

WITH legal battles in the
court still pending, a contro-
versial Bahamian basketball
player in the state of Florida,
helped achieve success on
the court for the time being.

Brian Delancy and the Dr
Michael Krop High School
Lightning claimed the 2011
Varsity Boys 6A Champi-
onshiop with a thrilling 57-
55 win over Hialeah-Miami
Lakes.

With just seconds left to
play, Angel Rodriguez came
up with a crucial steal and
nailed the game winning shot
to win the title after nearly
two weeks of media focus on
Delancy's immigration sta-
tus..

The Lightning will
advance to host a regional
quarterfinal game in the
state playoff tournament,
February, 17th at 7pm
against Miami,

Rodriguez led the Light-
ning 32 points in a semifinal
win over Carol City and fol-
lowed with the game winning
basket against Hialeah.

As the legal challenge
moves forward for the
school, there is a possibilty
the team could be stripped
of its wins this season.

Krop is number one team
in the Class 6A division in
the state and is expected to
make a formidable run at the
state title.

FHSAA officials initially
declared Delancy “unfit to
participate in the athletics
programme due to a lack of
immigration paperwork."

‘A Florida judge ruled that
the Lightning would be
allowed to compete in the
tournament after they were
granted a temporary injune-
tion to the FHSAA ruling.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court
Judge Spencer Eig said that
it would be “fundamentally
unfair not to let these kids

play basketball," according
to reports from local station
WSVNin Miami.

The Association suggest-
ed that paperwork for inter-
national student-athletes that
should have been filed with
the organisation were never
filed by Krop on Delancy's
behalf, which initially
deemed the 19-year old
guard ineligible.

Eig ruled that the FHSAA
is permitted to continue its
investigation and the associ-
ation is allowed to revisit the
issue and decide if Delancy is
ineligible, according to
reports from the station.

The FHSAA plan to
appeal Eig’s decision.

If he is ineligible, Krop
would be forced to forfeit
the 19 games which Delancy
appeared in and would also
be eliminated from playoff
contention.

Delancy and a pair of
Lightning teammates filed a
lawsuit against the FHSAA,
claiming their “constitution-
al right to an education
afforded to all children in
Florida should extend to ath-
letics as well."

His lawyers will argue that
the decision is a violation of
Delancy's Civil Rights as
federal law prohibits school
districts from requesting
immigration status,

The official FHSAA posi-
tion is that the matter
regarding immigration status
applies only to the right of
an education,

However, taking part in a
varsity sport is a privilege
and thus requires the filing
of the proper paperwork by
the school.

Delancy moved to Florida
three years ago when he
applied for a student visa
and lived with an aunt and
uncle in Miami.

The former R M Bailey
Pacer originally went to
school at Choice Academy
but transferred to Krop for
his senior season.



TRIBUNE SPORTS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 3E







SPORTS



ALL STARS: The Dancing with the Stars Cheerleading Competition hosted and co-sponsored by Bahamas Star Gymnastics (BSG) )and Bahamas Gymnastics Booster Club was a star studded affair.

Shockers shine at Dancing with the
Stars Cheerleading Competition

THE DANCING with the
Stars Cheerleading Competi-
tion hosted and co-sponsored
by Bahamas Star Gymnastics
(BSG) and Bahamas Gym-
nastics Booster Club was a
starstudded affair. The event
was held on February 5, 2011
at BSG’s training facility at
the Source River Centre (for-
merly Bacardi Plant) and was
indeed a star studded affair.
Mr. Evan Wisdom, Director
of Sports Unit at Ministry of
Education was on hand and
brought remarks on behalf of
Minister Desmond Bannister.

The three primary school
teams competing were St.
Annes’ Blue Waves, Mount
Carmel Preparatory Cavaliers
and St. Francis Joseph Shock-
ers. The Blue Waves started
the evening of with a dynam-
i¢ performance and impres-
sive stunts. Bringing a repu-
tation as a crowd favourite,
the Cavaliers stepped,
stomped and chanted their
way into the hearts of the
audience. The final team to
perform was the Shockers
who brought energy, excite-
ment and exuberance to the
stage. The Shockers were the
only team to include male
participants.

After an explosion of tal-
ent glittered the floor from
the participating teams, the
tough task of choosing a win-
ner was bestowed on the
three judges for the evening.
The judges’ panel was com-
prised of Vernon Roders (cer-
tified gymnastics coach), Tini-
ka Saunders-Pinder (Hal
Jackson’s Talented Teen
Bahamas’ committee mem-
ber) and Halnika Bodie
(Cheerleading Coach, C. H.
Reeves). Coach Monique de
Swanton served as official
Time-Keeper and Tally Mas-
ter. The competing teams’
performances were inter-
spersed with gymnastics rou-
tines from BSG’s Twinkles,
Sparklers and Star Achiever
squads

Clean Sweep

When the final tally was
handed over, the Shockers
swept the awards. They cap-
tured the first place trophy
and the laptop for the team
with the highest average
GPA. The laptop was donat-
ed by Physicians Alliance.
Mount Carmel walked away
with second place trophy and
St. Anne’s were the recipients
of the third place trophy. All
participating schools received
books for their respective
school libraries proudly
donated by Book World and
100% Bible Book Store. Two
sets of awards will be deliv-
ered to each school upon
completion of final ticket
audit. Custom Computers
donated an i-pod which will
be awarded to the student

who recorded highest ticket
sales. All finalist teams are
eligible for the cash prizes of
$1,000 for first place, $500 for
second place and $250 for
third place.

Positive Attitude

Mr. Wisdom congratulated
the organisers and committed
the support of the Ministry of
Education (MOE) to the
growth of cheerleading in the
country. Commencing in
2011, the MOE will begin to
pay spirit coaches in the same
manner that they pay coaches
of other sporting disciplines.
Mr. Wisdom also congratu-
lated the participating teams
and predicted that a larger
number of teams, particularly
from the government schools,
will compete next year and
beyond.

Principal of St. Francis
Joseph, Mrs, Goffe, told how
close her team came to throw-
ing in the towel and with-
drawing from the competi-
tion. She noted that the
school has witnessed several
occasions when it appears
hopeless and the students pull
off an amazing feat in the end.

Junior Coaches Tenille
Thompson and Toneka John-
son demonstrated the four
basic positions termed “lay-
out”, “tuck”, “straddle” and
“pike”, Demonstrators for the
event were Sydney Wells,
Rachea Knowles, Athalia
Swann and Toni Johnson.

The girls were divided into
4 groups of approximately 10
girls each under the guidance
of BSG’s Jr Coaches Tenille
Thompson and Toneka John-
son as well as Volunteer Par-
ent Coaches Nicola Thomp-
son and Andrea Knowles.
The demonstrators for the
aftemoon were Sydney Wells,
Rachea Knowles, Sydney
Wells, Rachea Knowles,
Athalia Swann, Toni Johnson,
Zoe Rolle and Dayna Pratt.

The blossoms where in full
bloom as they dangled on the
uneven bars and maneuvered
themselves across from one
end of the uneven barsto the
other and gently lowered
themselves to the ground for
a proper dismount. Then it
was on to the balance beam
where they held colorful balls
above their heads while bal-
ancing on the 4” square
shaped beam giving a an occa-
sional leg left while maintain-
ing their balance as they
gained confidence, Rotating
on to the third station, the lit-
tle budding flowers show-
cased their world class speed
as they ran down the 80 plus
foot vault runway as their L
shape arms alternated swiftly
as they ran as hard and as fast
as they could while maintain-
ing a constant focus on the
vault springboard as their tar-
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Finally the girls completed
basic flips and tumble moves
on the large 40 ft by 40 ft reg-
ulation spring based padded
floor while learning the ele-
gant ballet positions such as
Pirouette and Demi plié.
The coaches also stressed the
importance of maintaining a
positive attitude, developing
good listening skills, giving
your best 100% of the time,
celebrating the success of oth-
ers and just having fun, The
girs will be testing on what
they leamed at their meeting
next week with the hopes of
achieving their agility badge

and based on what the coach-
es and chaperones saw, they
should have no trouble
achieving their requirements.

Unique

At the end of the day, the
girls felt a unique sense of
accomplishment once com-
pleting the four basic stations
and before gathering for a
brief talk and a group photo,
they were able to walk the
walk of a gymnast with confi-
dence and pride: Head held
high, chest out, arms straight,
palms back and with a gentle



glide on the balls of their feet.
‘When it was all over the aro-
ma of smiles and laughter
filled Bahamas Star Gymnas-
tics 5000 square foot gym facil-
ity as the little angels walked
away shouting “Stick It and
Present” which by default
became the unplanned reoc-
curring theme of the day.
Many of the girls left chatting
about coming backto the gym
again to refine and further
develop their skills about
attending the clubs next major
event “Dancing with the
Stars”, a Primary School
Cheerleading Competition

scheduled at the facility on
February 5th at 6PM where
some of them may now decide
tohelp their respective school
take home the first place tro-
phy and cash prize of $1,000.
For more information on
BGPBC and BSG’s gymnas-
tics programs and activities
you can go to: www. bahamas-
gym.com or call 242-677-3125.
BGPBC and BSG wishes all
girls of St Ambros Sunflowers
and Girls Brigade future suc-
cess as they strive to fulfill their
requirements and progress in
their development. Remem-
ber...”Stickit and Present.”



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BLAZE: Firefighters tackle yesterday’s fire which gutted
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Historic building gutted
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As fire workers laboured for hours to bring the
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A SUPREME Court judge ruled that ©(BCPOU) and the Bahamas Public Man- poration. The unions contend that the
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In his ruling Justice Neville Adderley
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BCPOU, the BCPMU and the Trustees
lack the legal capacity to institute and
maintain the action in their own names
for the declarations sought. Hence the
action is a nullity and so the granting of
an injunction pending its hearing does
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has not disclosed that any of their private
legal rights are being infringed or threat-
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as they have not established an interest
recognized by law as being direct and
substantial enough in the subject matter

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

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

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

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I t saddens me and Im sure it does the same to other residents to see the way the dorms are often neglect-e d by administration for m onths and months, semest er after semester. T he College of The B ahamas does not like criticism in the public media, hence we beg of you to publish this short piece in your daily. This would certainly get their attention and cause w orks to be carried out. As of this past week, some repairs were done tot he dorms. However, I feel like this was only done due to thet hreat of residents of the dorms going to the media. This should not be the case. The college is very slow in responding to issues at the dorms. T he residents really and t ruly want to see the conditions at the dorms improved.I n order for this to happen, administration has to step up and renovate the college dormitories immediately. Also repairs must be carr ied out in a timelier manner. We practically have to b eg to get results; e-mails after e-mails are being ignored. T his certainly is unfair and an injustice to the residents of the dorms who are payingt heir money to live comfortably in a clean and safe envir onment. Residents and guests alike agree that as soon as theys tep into the gate of the dorms, it brings on instant d epression. The dorms are dirty, the hallways are dirty, the buildings need to bep ainted, the wall needs to be painted, the garbage n eeds to be moved, and the bathrooms always look dirty because of the poor mason-r y work done in repairing shower stalls. The college would allow t wo months to pass before fixing a simple clogged sink. T he residents do not have any faith in the administration of the college of The Bahamas. At this stage, I would not recommend the dorms to any student. Dorm life s hould contribute to stud ents growth, maturity and e ase some of the stress of being a student away from home; presently C.O.Bs d orms are doing the oppos ite, it brings on depression a nd stress. As I write this, I am sadd ened to know of the physical state of the dorms. I joined COBUS because of the dorm residents, I certainly will make good on my p romise to them to push and keep pushing until our living conditions are improved. CHANING ADDERLEY College of the Bahamas Union of Students Senator for Dormitories N assau, February, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. While driving to work recently along the newly built Bethel Avenue highway I witnessed something that I thought was not only very horrifying but also very disturbing. I n the distance I could see a mother with her t wo young children on their way to school attempting to get to the other side of the high way. They proceeded to step over the concrete curbing and ran across four lanes of fast mov ing traffic. Although it was horrifying to think about what could have happened that day, it was equally disturbing to think about what did not happen. It was obvious that there was not sufficient thought applied during the highway design process to make it more pedestrian friendly which could have helped to avoid a situation like this. Part of the problem is that we often blind ly adopt foreign design solutions without fully understanding why they have worked in other countries and to be able to appropriately adapt them here. Firstly, similar highways in the US or Europe have been built through rural or commercial areas, but rarely through residential communities. Secondly, if they are built through residen tial communities, traffic calming techniques are commonly used to slow the traffic down in areas where there is heavy pedestrian movement, as well as strategically placed pedestrian crossings or bridges that help to move peoples afely back and forth. G ood design planning should be proactive, not reactive and fortunately such solutions can still be implemented to lessen the dangers to pedestrians that need to cross these highways and prevent the loss of life. Likewise, if we are simply attempting to copy what has been done before in other places, we should ensure that what we are copying are the basic principles that can be adapted to work in our small island communities, where people still walk to the corner store or with their children to school. While we know that building these highways play an important role in our coun trys infrastructural development and signi fies progress, they should also be built in har mony with the environment, and as a benefit, not a detriment to the community and its citizens. DIRK K B SAUNDERS Nassau, January 27, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm AS THE new straw market nears comp letion to replace the old market that was destroyed by a devastating Bay Street fire on September 4, 2001, another costly fire swept a section of Bay Street yesterday reducing e ven more of this islands commercial history t o ashes. The Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC vert the more than 90-year-old Kelly Lumber Y ard building into a national museum, once the shipping operation had been transferred t o the new port at Arawak Cay. Yesterdays fire will make that move a lmost immediate. It is fitting that the Betty K office should now be established at Arawak Cay, which when that spit of land was reclaimed it was named Kelly Island after Charles Trevor Kelly, who built his f athers small lumber yard into Kellys Lum ber Yard and the Betty K offices. Its on our list of historical sites, said Mrs Orry Sands, chairman of the AMMC. Its a major loss because it's the history of the Kelly people that goes along with it. Trevor Kelly and the places he was connected with. It is very sad because even with them moving the actual operations (to A rawak Cay) the building itself could have been preserved and been a museum of somek ind." The lumber yard became one of Nassaus l eading merchant houses in the early twenties, providing mortgages for Bahamians before the banks entered the lending business. This enabled many Bahamians to own t heir own homes. Mr Kelly also built the first Paradise Island bridge and constructed A rawak Cay Kelly Island from the fill dredged up to deepen Nassaus harbour. H owever, in this group of historical build ings, there is one building that the public would like to see either restored, or removed, but despite being encircled by adversity, it remains standing. N ot so long ago a building to its immediate east burned down, singeing, but in no w ay damaging the dilapidated relic. Yesterdays fire demolished everything near it, but it remained standing. Several years ago the Kenning family Mr Kellys daughter tried to get this eyesore r emoved, but the Antiquities committee turned thumbs down, claiming that it was of historical value. It was once owned by the late Austin Levy, who established thes uccessful Hatchet Bay Farms, at Alice T own, Eleuthera. The Kellys bought the Bay Street property from Mr Levy with this old building on it. When permission to demolish it was r efused, it was painted with Xs and Os, thus acquiring the name: The tick-tack-t oe house. It was hoped that it was now so offensive on a Bay Street, which was trying t o improve its image, that government would condemn it and order it removed. No such thing happened. It was eventually painted white and left standing. It has had fire threaten it on three s ides, but while all around has crumbled, it still stands in all its shabby dignity. Yesterdayw as the same. It remained untouched. If persistence is the test, it should remain on B ay Street of course it must be spruced up and a small plaque should be embedded to tell its story. We do not know its significance. It prob ably had something to do with the Board of T rade and the Imperial Lighthouse Service from which site the Firebird left on its regu-l ar tour of the islands to keep the lighthouses burning to guide mariners through our s hallow waters. Since then many of the lights, instead of having lighthouse keepers, have been automated. For example, the father of A D Hanna, former governor general, was a lighthouse k eeper, we believe stationed at the light house on tiny Bird Rock. T he Imperial Lighthouse Service located in Trinity House, London, covered lighth ouses in all parts of the British Empire. At one time, however, the Bahamas was the area that received most attention because of the late Richard Langton-Jones who headed the services here in the 1950s and pub l ished a book about the work that was done throughout the islands, telling the story of h ow the lights were kept burning. If this little building is all that remains of that great Empire story, then it deserves to stand and have its story told. Adapt not adopt foreign design solutions LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Another fire devastates Bay Street EDITOR, The Tribune. Crime and what we can do to prevent it. It is the job of the Police to fight crime, but we can all help to bring it down. Most crimes are against property, not people and not many crimes are carefully planned. Many are committed by oppor tunists at the spur of the moment when they see the chance. We leave possessions exposed in our cars and we leave the doors and windows to our homes open or insecure. We can reduce the risk by securing our cars and homes, this will also help the police, by giving them more time to tackle serious crimes against the person. In spite of the police major crime prevention efforts there was over 500 thefts from cars during the year 2010. Police Departments in the USA are now targeting vehicles in which items are left that are visible to thieves. The owners of vehicles parked with doors unlocked and valuables in clear view are being sent crime prevention let ters asking for their support to reduce such crimes. The letters from the police warns the owners of vehicles to Hide It, Lock It or Lose It. The theft of cars in the USA is on the decline. It is stated that this may be due to cars being built to be increasingly theft resistant and the modern efficiently alarm systems not available to car owners. But the technology does not stop a thief seeing valuables in a car from smashing a window, which cost more to repair than the value of the stolen item. The Police Crime Prevention Unit may wish to consider implementing the written warning system here to persons who leave valuables in their cars and the cars insecure. Sometimes motorists need a reminder on what should be commenced. If we can get rid of the opportunity, we can make a dent on this type of crime. We served with honour we remember with pride. PAUL THOMPSON Sr Nassau, February 4, 2011. Sending crime prevention letters to vehicle owners may be worth considering COB residential campus in state of disrepair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON P resident Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillionb udget Monday that holds out the prospect of eventually b ringing deficits under control through spending cuts and tax increases. But the fiscal blueprint largely ignores his own deficit commission's view that the nation is imperiled unless huge entitlement programs likeS ocial Security and Medicare are slashed. O bama called his new budget one of "tough choices and sac rifices," but most of those cuts would be held off until after the next presidential election. Overall, Obama proposed trimming the deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade. The administration is projecting that t he deficit will hit an all-time high of $1.65 trillion this yearand then drop sharply to $1.1 trillion in 2012, with an expect ed improvement in the economy and as reductions in Social Security withholding and business taxes expire. Obama's 2012 budget would a ctually add $8 billion to the projected deficit for that year because the bulk of the savings he would achieve through a f reeze in many domestic pro grams would be devoted to increased spending in areas Obama considers priorities, such as education, clean energy a nd high-speed rail. "We have more work to do t o live up to our promise by repairing the damage this brutal r ecession has inflicted on our people," Obama said. The president went to a middle school outside of Baltimore to highlight the education ini t iatives in his budget and told the crowd, "We can't sacrifice o ur future." Republicans, who took con trol of the House in the November elections and picked ups eats in the Senate in part b ecause of voter anger over the soaring deficits, called Obama's efforts too timid. Lawmakers are set to begin debating on T uesday $61 billion in cuts for the remaining seven months off iscal 2011. "Presidents are elected to lead and address big c hallenges," said Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wis consin. "The big challenge fac ing our economy today and our c ountry tomorrow is the debt crisis. He's making it worse, notb etter." Senate Republican Leader M itch McConnell said the pres ident's investment plans missed the simple point that "we don't have the money" to finance Obama's vision of "trains and windmills" in the future. "After two years of failed s timulus programs and Democrats in Washington competing t o outspend each other, we just can't afford to do all the things the administration wants," McConnell said. Even some Democrats complained that Obama needed a more vigorous attack on future b udget deficits. "We need a much more robust package of deficit and debt reduction over the medi-u mand long-term. It is not e nough to focus primarily on cutting the non-security discretionary part of the budget," said Senate Budget Committee C hairman Kent Conrad, DN.D., who called for a budgetp resentation matching the ambition of Obama's deficit c ommission. Jacob Lew, the president's budget director, told reporters that the president's budget was a "meaningful down payment" i n attacking the deficits that would get the country'sf inances headed in the right direction. The $14 trillion n ational debt the cumula tive total of deficits would grow to $16.7 trillion by Sept. 30, 2012, Obama's budget projects. Much of that debt is owed to China. Obama's deficit commission m ade a host of painful recommendations including raising t he Social Security retirement age and curbing benefit increases, eliminating or sharply scal ing back popular tax breaks, reforming a financially unsound Medicare program and almost doubling the federal tax on g asoline. Obama included none of these proposals in his new budget. The deficit panel called for savings by making thesep olitically tough choices of $4 t rillion over a decade, fourtimes the savings that Obama is projecting. The Obama budget plan, w hich is certain to be changed by Congress, would spend $3.73t rillion in the 2012 budget year, which begins Oct. 1, a reduct ion of 2.4 percent from what Obama projects will be spent in the current budget year. Of the $1.1 trillion in deficit savings that Obama is projecti ng over the next 10 years, twothirds would come from spend i ng cuts, including $400 billion in savings from a five-year f reeze on domestic programs that account for one-tenth of the budget. The other one-third of deficit savings would come from tax increases such as limiting the tax deductions taken by high income taxpayers, a p roposal that Obama put forward last year only to have it r ejected by Congress. Obama also proposes raising taxes on energy companies. The president's projected $1.65 trillion deficit for the current year would be the highest dollar amount ever, surpassing t he $1.41 trillion deficit hit in 2009. It would also represent 1 0.8 percent of the total econo my, the highest level since the deficit stood at 21.5 percent of gross domestic product in 1945, reflecting heavy borrowing to fight World War II. The president's 2012 budget projects that the deficits will total $7.21 trillion over the next decade with the imbalances never falling below $607 billion. Even then that would exceed the deficit record before Oba ma took office of $458.6 billion in 2008, President George W. Bush's last year in office. Administration officials project that the deficits will be trimmed to 3.2 percent of GDP by 2015 one-third of the projected 2011 imbalance and a level they said would not harm the economy. However, to achieve the lower deficits required the administration to assume the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would plummet to $50 billion annually after 2012. The budget also fails to pay for the cost of keeping Medicare payments for doctors fromb eing cut after 2013. Obama's b udget also makes assumptions about economic growth that are more optimistic that those offered by many private econ o mists. While cutting many prog rams, the new budget does propose spending increases in s elected areas of education, bio medical research, energy efficiency, high-speed rail and oth er areas that Obama judged to be important to the country's f uture competitiveness in a global economy. I n the energy area, the budget would support Obama's g oal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and doubling the nation's share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. The budget proposes program terminations or spending r eductions for more than 200 programs at an estimated savi ngs of $33 billion in 2012. Pro grams targeted for large cuts included Community Develop ment Block Grants, trimmed by $300 million. A program that helps pay heating bills for lowincome families would be cut i n half for a savings of $2.5 billion. Another program sup p orting environmental restora tion of the Great Lakes would be reduced by one-fourth for $125 million in savings. The biggest tax hike would come from a proposal to trim the deductions the wealthiest Americans can claim for chari table contributions, mortgage interest and state and local tax payments. The administration proposed this tax hike last year but it was a nonstarter in Con gress. Obama's budget would also raise $46 billion over 10 years by eliminating various tax breaks to oil, gas and coal companies. While Obama's budget avoided painful choices in entitlement programs, it did call for $78 billion in reductions to Pen tagon spending over five years. That would be achieved by trimming what it views as unnecessary weapons programs such as the C-17 aircraft, the alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and the Marine expeditionary vehicle. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.42Bank of Bahamas4.424.420.000.1530.10028.92.26% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.856.850.004510.4880.26014.03.80% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2.062.080.020.1110.04518.72.16% 2.551.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.995.47Famguard5.475.470.000.3570.24015.34.39% 10.207.23Finco6.516.510.000.2870.00022.70.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.485.480.004,0000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.405.00ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.82J. 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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-11 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.533976TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Jan-11 28-Jan-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 -($1 &/$8'(-2(63+RI 0DOFROP5RDG3%2;*71$66$8%$+$0$6 &$5/26,))5$5'RI*$5'(1 +,//63%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 <9211(6$121RI0DOFROP 5RDG3%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 '25,$1 %5(17 )2<,/RI &DYHV3RLQW:HVW%D\6WUHHW31DVVDX %DKDPDV (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster SHAKEONIT: President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with 8th graders as he speaks at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology, in Parkville, Md., Monday, Feb., 14, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite HARDCOPIES: Copies of President Obama's 2012 budget are delivered to the Senate Budget Committee, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama sends Congress $3.73 trillion budget P RESIDENTAIMSTOBRINGDEFICITSUNDERCONTROLTHROUGHSPENDINGCUTSANDTAXINCREASES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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GABRIELE STEINHAUSER, AP Business Writer BRUSSELS European finance ministers decided Monday to provide ?500 billion ($674 billiona new crisis fund that will come into force in 2013, but continued to fight over thebest way to combat the cur rent debt crisis that has crip pled the eurozone over the past year. T he ministers "agreed on the provisional volume of ?500 billion which will be revised every other year," said Jean Claude Juncker, the prime minister of Luxem bourg who chairs the regular m eetings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers. Additional financing for the so-called European Stability Mechanism will come from the International Monetary Fund, which is already contributing one third of the region's existing ?750 billion crisis fund. While Juncker did not say how much money will come from the IMF in the future, the European Union's Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said it was an "unwritten understanding" that the fund would provide 50 cents for every euro spent by the eurozone members. The European Stability Mechanism will succeed the European Financial Stability Facility, the eurozone's ?440 billion contribution to the overall fund, in 2013. While the decision on the new mechanism is a big step in showing that the currency union is prepared to stick by its weaker members, immedi ate investor concern centers on the eurozone's ability to deal with the existing crisis. Ministers didn't reach a decision on boosting the size and powers of the exciting facility, which at the moment can only give about ?250 billion ($336 billion because of several capital buffers required to make the bonds it issues to raise money attractive to investors. Juncker said that the ?500 billion promised to the new mecha nism will constitute its effective lending capacity and won't be diminished by capi tal buffers. Monday's meeting came amid renewed jitters on European bond markets. The interest rates on Portuguese government bonds were near euro-era highs, heightening speculation that the country might soon have to follow Greece and Ireland in seeking international help to service its rising debts. "The situation on sovereign debt markets remains disturbing," Juncker told reporters. That statement echoed earlier comments from Luxembourg's finance minister Luc Frieden, who said Portuguese yields have been rising "probably becausew e are too slow in taking the r elevant decisions." His German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble, howev er, cautioned against rushing into new measures. "At the moment financial markets are so stable that it is probably better if we don't disturb them with unnecessary discussions," Schaeuble said. Eurozone officials have promised to present a "comprehensive response" to the debt crisis by the end of March. The European Commission, the European Union's executive, and some member states have been pushing governments to give the Euro pean Financial Stability Facility new powers such as buying government bonds on the open market, stabilizing their prices and increasing the facility's funding so it can actually lend out the full ?440 billion. On top of that, the Com mission has suggested lowering the interest rates Greece and Ireland have to pay for their bailouts. Yet, no decisions were taken Monday on more immedi ate crisis measures. "Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed," said Juncker. At the center of this all-ornothing debate is Germany, the biggest contributor to the EFSF. Berlin has said it will only back new powers and money for the existing facility if in return the region's stragglers commit to making their economies more competitive. That demand, backed by France, has created discord among eurozone governments, with some complaining that the demanded measures distract from plans to enhance economic governance in the currency union already tabled by the Com mission. France and Germany say that the concrete measures to be included in their so-called "pact for competitiveness" are still up for debate, but according to doc uments circulated a few weeks ago they could contain demands to raise retirement ages, add limits to public debt to national constitutions and come up with a common base for corporate taxation. "I'm not sure that the Fran co-German proposal is the best way" to improve competitiveness, said Jyrki Katainen, the Finnish finance minister. He suggested that it might be more efficient to tag some of the suggested measures onto the Commission plans that are already more advanced. The debate comes as cracks appeared in the willingness of political decision makers in bailed out Greece and Ireland to go along with the tough requirements of their rescue programs. The Greek government over the weekend issued an angry statement, accusing the European Union and the International Monetary Fund responsible for a large por tion of the bailout of overstepping their role and interfering in its internal affairs. They are unhappy about a new requirement for the Greek government to sell off ?50 billion ($67 billion state assets by 2015, far more than previously agreed. In Ireland, the two parties likely to win general elections scheduled for Feb. 25 have said they want to renegotiate the terms of the countries' bailout program and signaled that they are unwilling to inject much more money into Ireland's struggling banks. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Have you heard the good news? You CAN save money!If you need a lower premium,low deductibles,generous benefits and a fast claims service,pick up the phone and ask NIBA for a great insurance deal.Its time to pay less for insuring your car! Tel.677-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am2.00pm (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo EXCHANGINGWORDS: From left, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, European Commissioner for the Economy Olli Rehn and Luxembourg's Finance Minister Jean Claude Juncker share a word during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. European ministers face a potential flare-up in the euro's debt crisis when they meet Monday as investors increasingly worry they might not deliver on their promise of a comprehensive solution. N EW YORK The price of benchmark crude fell to its lowest level in 12 weeks Monday as oil traders weighed growing U.S. oil supplies against unrest in the Middle East. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 77 cents to settle at $84.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. U.S. supplies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products remains tepid. "The U.S. market is not reacting to anything because it's just so oversupplied," said Tom Bentz, analyst at BNP Paribas Commodity Futures. Meanwhile, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London, with traders concerned that unrest in several Middle East countries may disrupt oil supplies in the region. Brent is used to price oil in Asia and in Europe. It also goes to some U.S. East Coast refineries to produce gasoline. There were anti-government protests in Iran, Bahrain, Yemen and Algeria following the resignation of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak last week. The military said it will guide Egypt through a democratic transition, but labor protests over wages and working conditions continue around the country. Concerned Traders are concerned that the unrest could interfere with s hipments of oil from OPEC countries such as Iran, analysts s aid. The 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting C ountries, of which Saudi Arabia is the de facto leader, supplies over a third of the world's crude. "The entire region's production comes into question," PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. "The risk is still very, very high." "The reactions that we're seeing in the markets over what's going on in the Middle East are quite startling," Bentz said. "I know there's potential for problems there, but it's not like there's been one drop of lost oil from the Middle East." China's reported that exports rose almost 38 percent in January to $150.7 billion. That's more than double the rate in December. It also had near-record imports of crude oil. China is the world's second-largest economy after the U.S. and the seco nd-largest consumer of oil, according to the Energy Information Administration. That demand has helped drive oil prices higher in recent months. While China's economy is robust, growing at a pace of nearly 10 percent at the end of last year, the government is wor ried about inflation and has taken steps to try to slow growth and rising prices. If China's economy slows, so will its demand for oil, and that could affect prices of oil and other commodities, Bentz said. In other Nymex trading in March contracts, heating oil rose 5.46 cents to settle at $2.7504 a gallon and gasoline gained 5.22 cents at $2.5174 a gallon. Natural gas rose 1.5 cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet. Eurozone agrees funding for future bailout fund OIL FALLS AS US SUPPLIES OUTWEIGH MIDEAST TENSIONS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Historic

Millions of dollars of
merchandise destroyed

THE historic Betty K Build-
ing was gutted by fire early yes-
terday, leaving behind a charred
shell of what was once a relic
of the City of Nassau, tem-
porarily displacing hundreds of
workers and destroying millions
of dollars worth of merchandise.

The company was planning
to move its operations to the
new centralised shipping facility
at the new Arawak Cay Port
this summer. The company
issued a brief statement yester-
day afternoon assuring its
employees that their jobs are
secure.

"Betty K Agencies Limited
would like to inform the public
that following yesterday’s mas-
sive fire which destroyed their
offices on Bay and East Streets,
their staff will continue to be
employed. New contact num-
bers will be made available
shortly, and the company will
announce the relocation of its
offices and freight services with-
in the next few days," said the
statement.

Company president Jack
Sands was on site yesterday
morning but was shielded from
the press by an employee. All
he would say is, "Everyone is
okay."

The value of the contents
stored in the company's ware-
house was not known up to
press time. A source close to
the company speculated that the
building and its contents are
likely to be insured and added
that the company will contact
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The building, erected in the
1920s, was a part of the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and Muse-
um Corporation's list of histor-
ical sites. AMMC chairman
Orry Sands said officials hoped
the structure could have been
converted into a national muse-
um of some sort once the ship-
ping operations were trans-
ferred to the new port. She
called yesterday's fire a major
historical loss.

"It's on our list of historical
sites and the building period
dates back to the 1920s. It is a
major loss because it's the his-
tory of the Kelly people that
goes along with it, Trevor Kelly
and the places he was connected
with. It is very sad because even
with them (planning on) moving
the actual operations (to
Arawak Cay) the building itself
could have been preserved and
been a museum of some kind,"
she told The Tribune.

The company, named “Bet-



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A BETTY K EMPLOYEE’S 2006 Hyundai Tucson was crushed when debris fell from the roof. The historic building was destroyed in the fire.
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ty K” in honour of the daughter
of late founder C Trevor Kelly,
is a full service shipping com-
pany which transports freight
between Miami and Nassau,
Nassau and Abaco, and Jack-
sonville and Nassau.

The operation first began as a
means to transport lumber for
the Kelly family but has flour-
ished into one of the largest car-
riers serving the Bahamas,
according to its website.

The blaze began around
7A5am, according to witnesses
on the scene, inside an office of
the shipping company on Bay
and East Streets and quickly
spread through the structure to
adjacent shops aided by the
combustible material inside and
heavy wind.

An employee at Betty K

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Agencies Ltd said the employ-
ees detected smoke coming
from the back of the building
at around 8am and staff in the
front office and warehouse were
evacuated immediately.

One employee said her 2006
Hyundai Tucson was parked in
front of the building in East
Street and was crushed by
falling debris from the roof.

She told The Tribune: "I
couldn't get back in to get the
keys so I couldn't move it. I just
heard this boom, and it just
crumbled."

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unfold yesterday.

THE Churchill Build-
ing, where Cabinet meets
weekly, was evacuated
yesterday as a precau-
tionary measure.

The adjoining Adder-
ley Building, which is a
condemned building that
was not occupied, caught
fire amid the blaze, but
firefighters were able to
contain the fire before it
reached the Churchill
building.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said there was
no concern about gov-
ernment records housed
inside the building, as
most of the government’s
records are digitally
archived or housed exter-
nally.

Cabinet was not in ses-
sion at the time of the
fire, however, Prime
Minister Ingraham, Min-
ister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest, Min-
ister of State for Finance

MINISTER OF STATE ZHIVARGO LAING, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and Minister Tommy Turnquest watch events

Cabinet Building is
evacuated amid blaze

Zhivargo Laing and Min-
ister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux were on
the scene, receiving
reports on the emergency
response.

While the Churchill
building did not suffer
any significant damage,
the downtown fire com-
pletely destroyed the
office and warehouse
complex of Betty K
Agencies Ltd, and
caused major damage to
Bay Street buildings,
from Bacardi on East
Street to Venue, a cloth-
ing store near Elizabeth
Avenue.

“We know that we
have a very well trained
fire department and we
are just hoping the fire is
able to be contained. It
is obviously a very seri-
ous fire, with the wind
blowing the way it is, we
are very concerned,” said
Mr Turnquest.





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ANGLICAN officials issued a statement informing the
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Claim that firefighters
arrived ‘with no water’

Criticism from employees
and bystanders, but praise
from Assistant Commissioner

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

BETTY K shipyard employees, by-
standers and a downtown shop owner
criticised the actions of firefighters yes-
terday accusing the initial team of arriv-
ing on scene "with no water" and taking
too long to contain the raging flames.

However Assistant Commissioner of
Police Hulan Hanna praised the efforts
of the firemen, saying that while some
mistakes were made, the officers per-
formed "gallantly". Head of Fire Ser-
vices Jeffrey Deleveaux said a major
hurdle for the firemen was that they
could not find "the seat of the fire’
quickly enough.

"The building is a maze, fire services
went in multiple times and due to the
smoke they couldn't find source of the
fire," Mr Deleveaux said.

Jimmy Berdanis, owner of the Venue
clothing contained in the Betty K com-
plex, arrived on scene around 8am. He
claimed that fire trucks came promptly
but did not begin to address the building
until 10.30.

Begged

"No one has put any water on it, they
must mean to burn it down — no one has
gone to save my building,” he yelled,
claiming that he was repeatedly begged
firemen to douse his building but they
"did nothing”.

He told The Tribune that the building
is made of concrete blocks and cement,
which do not burn easily, and theorised
that a plastic rain gutter must have
caught fire. He complained that if the
issue was addressed sooner, the flames
would not have spread from the Betty K
offices to adjacent storefronts.

An irate Betty K employee said: "I
reach here from 8 and it was on fire but
it was just in the Betty K building but
they (the firefighters) just workin’ so
slow. It didn't have to get in the ware-
house."

JIMMY BERDANIS, owner of the Venue clothing, complaining to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham



at the scene. Mr Berdanis claimed that fire trucks came promptly but did not begin to address the

building until 10.30.

Another employee lamented: "The
fire engine came here with no water, it
was on time but with no water in it.”

"They need more water," shouted
another by-stander.

ACP Hanna explained that three units
responded to the initial fire alarm
around 8am but thick plumes of black
smoke barred them from getting to the
source of the massive blaze. This pre-
vented the firefighters from immediate-
ly dousing the flames.

The flames quickly spread onto the
adjacent shops south of the Betty K
building and dangerous flames crept
south towards the Green Parrot Pub and
the Bacardi Liquor store.

Shortly after 9am the flames spread
west to the vacant Adderley Building,
adjacent to the Cabinet Office, but were
soon extinguished.

Mr Hanna also dismissed claims that
trucks arrived on site without water, not-
ing that every fire truck is equipped with
800 to 1,000 gallons but must first secure
an external water supply before using
its onboard reservoir. By 10am, about 60
to 70 firefighters and emergency per-
sonnel were on scene.

Mr Hanna explained the firefighters’
method of addressing the mammoth fire.

"There is a strategy, some reasoning

Photo/Jessica Robertson

behind the madness. Was it a perfect
fit? Were there some mistakes? Yes.
But given the enormity (of the fire) and
the congestion, our guys rose to the
occasion and saved the day,” he said.

Smoke

"The (company's) manager actually
was there at the location when they
started to smell smoke and they saw
smoke. They quickly alerted the fire
department and evacuated the building.
Initially three units arrived on the scene,
when they came in they hosed the bot-
tom floor. There was a lot of smoke but
they could not find the seat of the fire.

"The smoke was increasingly thick,
eventually they were able to gain access
to the top floor where they found the
northern portion of the building
(engulfed). You must appreciate that
this is an old building, a lot of com-
bustible materials inside. The external
top walls collapsed, eventually there was
a concern that other areas, the fire would
spread to those areas. It happened (but)
we were able to soak down a significant
amount of the buildings on the northern
front side of the Bay Street part of this
complex".



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Old colonial buildings ‘burn like tinder boxes’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

OLD colonial buildings on
Bay Street burn like “tinder
boxes”, although new build-
ings are required to adhere to
strict fire regulations, said
Earl Deveaux, Minister of
Environment.

“Tt is required in any new
buildings that you have an
evacuation system, a sprinkler
system, and a fire prevention
system built into the struc-
ture. That is a fundamental
requirement,” said Mr
Deveaux.

“Unfortunately all of these
buildings in the downtown
area, except the Saphry Build-
ing (where Gucci is located)
are very, very old buildings.
The colonial structures that
we have here, the way these
buildings were built and the
way the infrastructure was set
up, they are like tinder boxes.
That is why we are on a mis-
sion to improve and renovate
downtown,” he said.

A massive fire destroyed
the office building and ware-
house of Betty K Agencies
Ltd yesterday, as well as the
row of neighbouring busi-
nesses east of Parliament
Square.

Almost every store on the
north side of Bay Street from
Bacardi on East Street to
Elizabeth Avenue was
destroyed.

While the Saphry Building
on the southeast corner of
Parliament Square is the most
modern building in the
square, there are other newly
renovated buildings on Bay
Street that have experience
with the new fire code.

Two of the Klonaris broth-
ers, Nicholas and Charles,
owners of the newly devel-
oped Elizabeth on Bay plaza,
as well as other Bay Street
properties, said they believe
the fire code is “very, very,
strong”. Their belief was not
shaken by the massive fire
that destroyed a major block
of Bay Street businesses.

“Tf they are as strict with
any other building as they
were with us I would be very

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confident,” said Charles.

The Elizabeth on Bay plaza
is fitted with its own pump
system that draws water from
the ocean to assist in fire
fighting. To meet the full
requirements of the fire code
the cost was close to $250,000,
Charles estimated. The cost
of the pump alone was about
$100,000, said Nicholas.

“Tt is expensive but in the
long-run if we have a prob-
lem there won’t be any prob-
lems with water,” he said.

The fire department used
their own ocean pumps to
help control yesterday’s blaze.
This practice was instituted

after the 2001 straw market
fire, when the emergency ser-
vices were criticised for their
inability to use the abundant
supply of water in the ocean.

Each restaurant in Eliza-
beth on Bay has a sprinkler
system and fire hoses
installed.

There are also fire hoses in
the courtyard. All of the 16
shops in the plaza have at
least two strobe lights that
flash when there is a fire,
smoke detectors, and an
alarm system.

There is concern amongst
business owners about the
older buildings, but there is
an understanding about the
limitations.

“T think the older buildings
should be inspected to see
what requirements they will
be able to fit in. You won’t
be able to reach the level of
new buildings, but certainly
some of them could be
upgraded,” said Charles.

The Mike’s Shoe Store
building, where BTC also
operates, is also owned by the
family. It is one of the older
colonial buildings. Nicholas
said the buildings are
equipped with “proper and
accessible fire extinguishers”.

“For the older buildings
what we do is, when we reno-
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out. The Mike’s building has
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Another fire devastates Bay Street

AS THE new straw market nears com-
pletion to replace the old market that was
destroyed by a devastating Bay Street fire on
September 4, 2001, another costly fire swept
a section of Bay Street yesterday reducing
even more of this island’s commercial history
to ashes.

The Antiquities, Monuments and Muse-
um Corporation (AMMC) had plans to con-
vert the more than 90-year-old Kelly Lumber
Yard building into a national museum, once
the shipping operation had been transferred
to the new port at Arawak Cay.

Yesterday’s fire will make that move
almost immediate. It is fitting that the Betty
K office should now be established at
Arawak Cay, which when that spit of land
was reclaimed it was named Kelly Island
after Charles Trevor Kelly, who built his
father’s small lumber yard into Kelly’s Lum-
ber Yard and the Betty K offices.

“It’s on our list of historical sites,” said
Mrs Orry Sands, chairman of the AMMC.
“It’s a major loss because it's the history of
the Kelly people that goes along with it.
Trevor Kelly and the places he was con-
nected with. It is very sad because even with
them moving the actual operations (to
Arawak Cay) the building itself could have
been preserved and been a museum of some
kind."

The lumber yard became one of Nassau’s
leading merchant houses in the early twen-
ties, providing mortgages for Bahamians
before the banks entered the lending busi-
ness.

This enabled many Bahamians to own
their own homes. Mr Kelly also built the
first Paradise Island bridge and constructed
Arawak Cay — Kelly Island — from the fill
dredged up to deepen Nassau’s harbour.

However, in this group of historical build-
ings, there is one building that the public
would like to see either restored, or
removed, but despite being encircled by
adversity, it remains standing.

Not so long ago a building to its immedi-
ate east burned down, singeing, but in no
way damaging the dilapidated relic.

Yesterday’s fire demolished everything
near it, but it remained standing. Several
years ago the Kenning family — Mr Kelly’s

daughter — tried to get this eyesore
removed, but the Antiquities committee
turned thumbs down, claiming that it was
of historical value. It was once owned by
the late Austin Levy, who established the
successful Hatchet Bay Farms, at Alice
Town, Eleuthera. The Kellys bought the
Bay Street property from Mr Levy with this
old building on it.

When permission to demolish it was
refused, it was painted with X’s and O’s,
thus acquiring the name: The “tick-tack-
toe” house. It was hoped that it was now so
offensive on a Bay Street, which was trying
to improve its image, that government would
condemn it and order it removed. No such
thing happened.

It was eventually painted white and left
standing. It has had fire threaten it on three
sides, but while all around has crumbled, it
still stands in all its shabby dignity. Yesterday
was the same. It remained untouched. If
persistence is the test, it should remain on
Bay Street — of course it must be spruced up
and a small plaque should be embedded to
tellits story.

We do not know its significance. It prob-
ably had something to do with the Board of
Trade and the Imperial Lighthouse Service
from which site the Firebird left on its regu-
lar tour of the islands to keep the lighthous-
es burning to guide mariners through our
shallow waters. Since then many of the
lights, instead of having lighthouse keepers,
have been automated.

For example, the father of A D Hanna,
former governor general, was a lighthouse
keeper, we believe stationed at the light-
house on tiny Bird Rock.

The Imperial Lighthouse Service located
in Trinity House, London, covered light-
houses in all parts of the British Empire. At
one time, however, the Bahamas was the
area that received most attention because
of the late Richard Langton-Jones who head-
ed the services here in the 1950s and pub-
lished a book about the work that was done
throughout the islands, telling the story of
how the lights were kept burning.

If this little building is all that remains of
that great Empire story, then it deserves to
stand and have its story told.



COB residential
Campus in state
of disrepair

EDITOR, The Tribune.

It saddens me and I’m
sure it does the same to oth-
er residents to see the way
the dorms are often neglect-
ed by administration for
months and months, semes-
ter after semester.

The College of The
Bahamas does not like criti-
cism in the public media,
hence we beg of you to pub-
lish this short piece in your
daily.

This would certainly get
their attention and cause
works to be carried out.

As of this past week,
some repairs were done to
the dorms.

However, I feel like this
was only done due to the
threat of residents of the
dorms going to the media.
This should not be the case.
The college is very slow in
responding to issues at the
dorms.

The residents really and
truly want to see the condi-
tions at the dorms improved.
In order for this to happen,
administration has to step
up and renovate the college

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



dormitories immediately.

Also repairs must be car-
ried out in a timelier man-
ner. We practically have to
beg to get results; e-mails
after e-mails are being
ignored.

This certainly is unfair and
an injustice to the residents
of the dorms who are paying
their money to live comfort-
ably in a clean and safe envi-
ronment.

Residents and guests alike
agree that as soon as they
step into the gate of the
dorms, it brings on instant
depression. The dorms are
dirty, the hallways are dirty,
the buildings need to be
painted, the wall needs to
be painted, the garbage
needs to be moved, and the
bathrooms always look dirty
because of the poor mason-
ry work done in repairing
shower stalls.

The college would allow
two months to pass before

fixing a simple clogged sink.
The residents do not have
any faith in the administra-
tion of the college of The
Bahamas.

At this stage, I would not
recommend the dorms to
any student. Dorm life
should contribute to stu-
dents’ growth, maturity and
ease some of the stress of
being a student away from
home; presently C.O.B’s
dorms are doing the oppo-
site, it brings on depression
and stress.

As I write this, I am sad-
dened to know of the physi-
cal state of the dorms.

I joined COBUS because
of the dorm residents, I cer-
tainly will make good on my
promise to them to push and
keep pushing until our liv-
ing conditions are improved.

CHANING
ADDERLEY

College of the

Bahamas Union

of Students

Senator for Dormitories
Nassau,

February, 2011.

Adapt — not adopt -
foreign design solutions

EDITOR, The Tribune.

While driving to work recently along the
newly built Bethel Avenue highway I wit-
nessed something that I thought was not only
very horrifying but also very disturbing.

In the distance I could see a mother with her
two young children on their way to school
attempting to get to the other side of the high-

way.

They proceeded to step over the concrete
curbing and ran across four lanes of fast mov-
ing traffic. Although it was horrifying to think
about what could have happened that day, it
was equally disturbing to think about what

did not happen.

It was obvious that there was not sufficient
thought applied during the highway design
process to make it more pedestrian friendly
which could have helped to avoid a situation

like this.

Part of the problem is that we often blind-
ly adopt foreign design solutions without fully
understanding why they have worked in other

Secondly, if they are built through residen-
tial communities, traffic calming techniques

are commonly used to slow the traffic down in
areas where there is heavy pedestrian move-
ment, as well as strategically placed pedestrian
crossings or bridges that help to move people
safely back and forth.

Good design planning should be proactive,
not reactive and fortunately such solutions

can still be implemented to lessen the dan-

gers to pedestrians that need to cross these
highways and prevent the loss of life. Likewise,
if we are simply attempting to copy what has
been done before in other places, we should
ensure that what we are copying are the basic

principles that can be adapted to work in our

small island communities, where people still
walk to the corner store or with their children
to school. While we know that building these
highways play an important role in our coun-

try’s infrastructural development and signi-

countries and to be able to appropriately adapt —_zens.

them here.

Firstly, similar highways in the US or Europe
have been built through rural or commercial
areas, but rarely through residential commu-

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PLUMES of smoke on Bay Street posed health risks.

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Fire workers say
response was ‘slow
and unorganised’

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Photo/Noelle Nicolls

Health risks from
thick black smoke

THE THICK black smoke
which choked the downtown
area yesterday posed numer-
ous health risks.

Officials urged pedestrians
and bystanders, especially those
with pre-existing respiratory
conditions, not to congregate
at ground zero.

A health worker said: “In
terms of exposure, just being
here puts you at risk for respi-
ratory problems or respiratory
burns.

“Smoke is super-heated gas,
so it’s hot and then there are
particles inside of it. The chem-
icals inside the materials are
burning.

“We don’t know what’s
burning in there.”

The health worker added:



“In terms of exposure, just
being here puts you at risk
for respiratory problems or
respiratory burns.”



Health worker

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FIRE WORKERS called for
greater accountability with
regard to fire management
plans following the fire which
consumed an entire block of
Bay Street yesterday.

Describing the response from
the Fire Services to blaze, which
began on the second floor of
Betty K Agencies and spread
to adjacent storefronts, as “slow
and unorganised”, firemen
expressed their frustrations to
The Tribune.

One fireman said: “They
need to start holding people
accountable. Every fire taking
place in the downtown area has
been a castastrophe — the Straw
Market, Dowdeswell Street —
there has to be some kind of
accountability.”

The concerns of fire workers
were also mirrored by shipyard
employees, by-standers and
downtown shop owners who
accused the initial team of arriv-
ing on scene “with no water"
and taking too long to contain
the raging flames.

The fireman added: “This
was a small fire, it did not have
to come to this. It did not have
to get so out of control. Airport
fire services were not called
until after 9am — this fire started
from 7am. It did not have to
spread like this. There needs to
be a better plan, it shouldn’t
always be like this.”

At the early stages of the fire,
officials explained that a lot of
the resources were directed at
the stores on East Street, espe-
cially the Bacardi building. Due
to high southwest winds, the
area was made a priority to pre-

A FIREFIGHTER tackles
the blaze yesterday.



vent the blaze reaching build-
ings in Parliament Square,
including those which house the
Cabinet, the courts and the
House of Assembly.

Officials said that it was also
important to contain the fire at
Bacardi due to the large supply
of alcohol in stock.

Additional challenges to
resources arose shortly after
10am, when two units had to be
redirected for nearly an hour to
extinguish a fire at a two storey
building near C R Walker.

Responding to the criticisms,
Fire Chief Jeffrey Deleveaux
said: “We did the best that we
could have with the equipment
that was available. Earlier we
had a very high wind and that
contributed to the fire spreading
so rapidly. In these old struc-
tures, some have wooden shin-
gles on the roof, it doesn’t take
anything much to really set
them off.”

Some 250 persons from vari-
ous government agencies assist-
ed fire workers as they fought to
extinguish the wind swept blaze.

In addition to fire services
from the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport and Lyford
Cay, officers from the Royal



Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Bahamas Police, Defence
Force, and employees and
trucks from the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation, were also
at the scene, which spanned
from the Bacardi building on
the corner of East and Bay
Streets to the Kelly Dock yard.

Mr Deleveaux added: “Just
basically the high wind and ini-
tially when we responded here,
to find the actual seat of the
fire, that is what caused all of
this. We did not find the seat of
the fire in a timely fashion and
the reason being the fire was on
the second floor of the Betty K
building. It’s a maze in there,
officers went in on several occa-
sions and were not able to find
the seat of the fire because of
the construction of the build-
ing. That really contributed sig-
nificantly to the spread of this
fire.”

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open air, its not a confined to
an area so the risk is not as
great. For the people who are
passing by, its like second hand
smoke escalated times 100 due
to the amount of smoke you’re
inhaling.

“There are different types of
masks with filters being used

FIREFIGHTERS in action as smoke billows from the fire.

by workers to minimise risk to
all those working here. Persons
who are not working or prop-
erly outfitted should not hang
around.”

Symptoms associated with
smoke inhalation were short-
ness of breath, chest pains, and
in extreme cases, hypoxia (oxy-
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LOCAL NEWS



THE NATIONAL
DEMOCRATIC
PARTY 10 HOLD

THE National Democ-
ratic Party has invited all
its members to attend a
meeting today, where
party leaders will discuss
a number of issues of
vital national impor-
tance.

The NDP asked all
members to gather at the
old City Market shop-
ping centre across from
the Southern Recreation
Grounds at 9.30am.
From there, they plan to
march to Rawson Square
“in solidarity”, where
they will hold a press
conference.

The topics to be cov-
ered include:

¢ Bahamian ownership
of our economy — why it
is important.

¢ Call to action — why
Bahamians must stand
up now.

¢ The BTC sale.

¢ The NDP’s telecom-
munications policy — the
future.

After the press confer-
ence, party members will
hand out flyers on Bay
Street, then return to the
Southern Recreation
Grounds.

YOUTH FOCUS
GROUP T0
SUPPORT CRIME
WITNESSES
AND VICTIMS

THE Bahamas National }
Youth Council announced }
yesterday that it is partner- }
ing with the Attorney Gen- }
eral’s Office to host a youth }
focus group on improving }
support for witnesses and vic- }

tims in criminal trials.

The featured speaker will }
be Simon Deacy, a consul- }
tant in the Office of the }
Attorney General who spe- }

cialises in witness care. He is

from the United Kingdom
and is a former police offi- }

cer.

people.

“However, it is not solely i
up to the government of the }
day to ensure it is successful }

in meeting its mandate.

“The church, private ‘

community and society in

general, must all contribute i
and assist in helping to sus- }
tain an efficient judicial sys- }

tem.”

ry must also play a role.

“Therefore, in an effort in i
fulfilling its mandate to the }
Bahamian youth, the BNYC }
has joined forces with the }
Office of the Attorney Gen- }
eral to host a focus group on }
supporting witnesses and vic- }

tims.”
Attending the focus group

session will be officials from :
the Office of the Attorney }
General, including the direc- }

tor of public prosecutions.

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from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
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In a statement issued yes- }
terday, the BNYC said: “The
judicial system of the }
Bahamas presents its chal- }
lenges and obstacles in ful- }
filling its obligation of ensur- }
ing justice to the Bahamian

“It is understood that the }
government must ensure the :
system operates with effi-
ciency to meet the demands }
of the Bahamian public, how- }
ever, the Bahamian citizen- }



Dr Keva Bethel ‘alive,

MEETING TODAY

though gravely il?



THE family of Dr Keva Bethel
has moved to assure the public that
rumours of her death are unfound-
ed.

The former College of the
Bahamas president’s children, Nico-
lette Bethel Burrows and Edward
Bethel, issued a statement yester-
day affirming that contrary to
reports published in local tabloids
yesterday morning, “our mother
remains alive, though gravely ill.”

The statement said: “We find it
regrettable at this time, when we
should be focusing our attention on
commemorating the passing of our
uncle in the way most befitting to
him and his contribution to the
nation, we should be distracted by
premature condolences on the pass-
ing of our mother as well.”

They were referring to Dr

Bethel’s brother, Anglican Bishop
Michael Eldon, the first Bahamian
Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas
and the Turks and Caicos, who died
last week after a long illness.

The statement continued: “We
further find it regrettable that, given
our mother’s life of dignity, humili-
ty and service, she should be sub-
jected to such sensationalism at the
end of it.

Privacy

“We have done all we can to cor-
rect the error. However, we know
that it will persist despite all our
efforts. We regret this deeply, and
trust that the public will respect our
privacy at this difficult time.”

Dr Keva Bethel served as presi-
dent of the College of the Bahamas

for 16 years, the culmination of a
celebrated 50-year career as an edu-
cator.

Since retiring, she has served as
chair of the National Advisory
Council on Education in the
Bahamas, and chair of the Educa-
tion Committee of the government's
Student Loan Programme.

She has also served as a board
member or senior advisor on a num-
ber of committees and organisations,
including the Lyford Cay Founda-
tion, the Finance Corporation of the
Bahamas and Doctor’s Hospital.

Dr Bethel has received many pres-
tigious awards, including the Out-
standing Businesswoman Award of
the Business and Professional Wom-
en's Association and the Chamber
of Commerce Award for Govern-
ment.

Nine bishops set to attend the
funeral of Bishop Michael Eldon



im.



BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON died last week.

THE Anglican Diocese
has confirmed that nine
Bishops will be in atten-
dance at the funeral service
for Bishop Michael Eldon,
led by Primate of the West
Indies Dr John Holder, who
is also the Bishop of Barba-
dos.

Other visiting Bishops will
include:

¢ Alfred Reid — Bishop of
Jamaica and the Cayman
Islands

¢ Leopold Friday - Bish-
op of the Windward Islands
(which include the islands
of St Lucia, St Vincent and
Grenada)

e Philip Wright - Bishop
of Belize, Central America

¢ Cornell Moss - Bishop
of Guyana, South America

¢ Clive Abdullah -
Retired Bishop of Trinidad
and Tobago

Bishop Cornell Moss is a
Bahamian who, before
being consecrated as Bishop
of Guyana, served as
Archdeacon of the north-
ern Bahamas, and Rector of
the Church of the Ascen-
sion, Grand Bahama.

ATTENDING BISHOPS IN
ORDER OF PROTOCOL

DR JOHN HOLDER - Primate, West Indies

LAISH ZANE BOYD SR - Bahamas

ALFRED REID = Jamaica, Cayman Islands
LEOPOLD FRIDAY - Windward Islands

PHILIP WRIGHT - Belize, Central America
CORNELL MOSS - Bishop of Guyana, South America
DREXEL GOMEZ - Primate, West Indies, retired
CLIVE ABDULLAH - Trinidad and Tobago, retired
GILBERT ARTHUR THOMPSON - Suffragan Bish-

op, Nassau, retired

He is the third Bahamian
to serve as Bishop outside
the Bahamas. The others
were: the late Bishop Don-
ald Knowles, who served as
Bishop of Antigua, and
Archbishop Drexel Welling-
ton Gomez, who served as
Bishop of Barbados.

The visiting bishops will
be joined by Bahamian
bishops:

¢ Laish Zane Boyd, Sr -
Bishop of the Bahamas and

the Turks and Caicos
Islands

¢ Drexel Wellington
Gomez — Retired Arch-
bishop of the West Indies,
Bahamas; Assistant Bishop
of the Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos Islands

¢ Gilbert Arthur Thomp-
son — Retired Suffragan
Bishop of Nassau, Assistant
Bishop of the Bahamas and
the Turks and Caicos
Islands.

Two Sunday night stabbings investigated by police

POLICE are investigating two
stabbings which took place on Sun-
day night.

The first happened at Eden Street
off Farrington Road, after two men
got into an argument. One of them,
a 19-year-old, was stabbed multiple
times and had to be rushed to hos-
pital in a private car.

His condition could not be con-
firmed before press time last night.

Police say they are following sig-
nificant leads.

A few hours later, officers were
called to the scene of the second
stabbing, which took place on Arm-
strong Street off Dowdeswell Street.

Again, it was reported that two
men got into an argument which
ended with a 23-year-old being
stabbed several times at the 3 A’s
Club.

The victim was taken to hospital
in a car and is said to be in stable
condition.

A 36-year-old man is being ques-
tioned in connection with this inci-
dent.

Police are also investigating sev-
eral armed robberies, the first of
which took place at around 6.30pm
on Sunday.

The incident took place on Wilton
Street off Mackey Street.

Responding officers were told that
the male victim was approached by
two men, one of whom was armed
with a handgun.

The men made off with his silver
Honda and some jewellery.

Police say the vehicle was recov-
ered a short while later and that
their investigations are continuing.

Then, at around 1.15pm on Mon-
day, police received information of
an armed robbery at the Budget
Meat Mart in Coral Harbour.

An employee was at the rear of
the store when she was approached
by two masked men, one of whom
was armed with a handgun.

The robbers forced the employ-
ee into the store, and stole an unde-
termined amount of cash.

The culprits fled the area in a gold
Honda and headed in an unknown
direction.

About half an hour later, another
armed robbery took place on East
Street South.

The victim, a female phone card
vendor, was approached by two
masked men in a gold Honda, both
of whom were armed with hand-
guns.

Police confirmed that the woman
was robbed, but did not say what
the culprits made off with.

RUDY CARROLL and Lauren Higgs



2010.

tion.

This is the third straight year that Mr
Carroll has won the prestigious designa-

It places him in the top eight per cent
of the 96,689 agents in Coldwell Banker’s
global network.

Mike Lightbourn, president of Cold-
well Banker Lightbourn Realty, attrib-
uted Mr Carroll’s success to his numerous
professional and personal contacts, drive
and personality.

“He stays focused on his goal and is a
proven sales leader. With his pleasing
personality, infectious good humour and

Coldwell Banker
wins sales award for
third straight year

RUDY CARROLL has captured the
Coldwell Banker International Sterling
Society Award for sales performance in

positive attitude, he is a true asset to our
company,” he said.
Mr Lightbourn also singled out Lau-

ren Higgs, another top producer, who is

based in Great Harbour Cay in the Berry
Islands.

Great Harbour Cay has a small market
with many of the properties being sold
directly between owners.

Mr Lightbourn said Lauren works hard
to bring clients together to make sales
happen. Her lively personality and
knowledge of the island are a winning
combination.

“Despite the challenges of the 2010
market, our agents displayed tremendous
determination and dedication... [am very
proud of them,” Mr Lightbourn added.

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LOCAL NEWS

The Independent Iruckers Association
protest contractors Baha Mar prices

MAN ACCUSED
OF STABBING
HIS BROTHER
TO DEATH

A YOUNG MAN is in
police custody

munity.
According to the police,

they were first alerted to the }
scene on the corner of }
Blenheim and Lincoln :

Roads at about 10am.

However, some neigh- :
bours who had gathered at }
the scene insisted that police ;
were called about a domes- :
tic disturbance at 7am, but :

failed to show up.

It was not until the broth- }
ers were fighting in the front ;
yard that the police actually }
showed up, another neigh- :

bour claimed.

Describing the scene ini- }

tially as a “regular scuffle,”

a neighbour, who spoke on }
the condition of anonymi- }
ty, said they did not realise }
the seriousness of the event }
until they saw the knife and }
one of the brothers drop- }

ping to the ground.

It is claimed that the
brothers were fighting over }

their apartment.

“It’s so sad. They fighting
like that and in front of peo- |
ple. There’s an old lady }
right there next door. She }
had to see all of this,” he }

said.

of the year.

MOTHER OF
DISCOVERED

NEWBORN GOES.

TO THE POLICE

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - An Eight }
Mile Rock woman who gave }
birth to a newborn that was }
discovered in a vacant build- }
ing has come forward to }

police.

ey said an adult woman,

accompanied by family
members, came into the }
Eight Mile Rock Police Sta- }

tion on Sunday evening.

Ms Mackey said the
mother was taken to the }
Rand Memorial Hospital }

for medical treatment.

At around 5.45am on Sat- :
urday, police received a }
report of a baby crying ata }
vacant building on Bayshore }
Road in Hanna Hill, Eight }

Mile Rock.

When police arrived at :
the location, they found a }
newborn baby girl who had }
just been born. The infant }
was taken by ambulance to }

the hospital.

Ms Mackey said the baby
is said to be in stable condi- }

tion.

She said police are con- i
tinuing their investigations }

into the matter.

FIREFIGHTERS
TACKLE BLAZE
AT ABANDONED
BUILDING

FIREFIGHTERS were
called to extinguish a blaze
at an abandoned building
next to the Masonic Hall
on Baillou Hill Road yes-
terday.

The fire, which erupted
at about 10.15am, was
brought under control and
finally extinguished at
about 11am, a spokesper-
son for the Fire Services
said.

No one was injured in
the fire.

A survey of the building
conducted a few hours lat-
er revealed that the entire
roof was completely
destroyed, with some fire
and smoke damage to the
interior of the structure.

The Masonic Hall direct-

ly to the north of this build- }

ing received slight scarring
from the blaze, but was
otherwise undamaged.

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today }
accused of stabbing his }
brother to death following a }
heated argument in the :
Stapeldon Gardens com- }

This is the 15th homicide }

Asst Supt Loretta Mack-

THE INDEPENDENT
Truckers Association staged a
demonstration yesterday on
Cable Beach, calling for better
prices from contractors work-
ing on Baha Mar.

According to the associa-
tion’s chairman, Gus Outten,
Island Site Development
wants to offer his members $45
to haul a load from Cable
Beach to Arawak Cay, or from
Arawak Cay to the dump.
Such a trip, Mr Outten said,
should not be undertaken for
less than $75 — considering all
the other costs included in the
operation of their vehicles.

Jimmy Mosko of ISD was
on hand to listen to the con-
cerns of the group and
promised that he would review
the contract figures and get
back to the association that
afternoon.

Returning later on that
evening, Mr Mosko reported-
ly offered an improved price
per load, however the offer
was declined by the associa-
tion.

“We are not happy with that
price,” said Cedric Curry of
Bee Trucking and Bobcat Ser-
vice. “We are looking for at
least $70 per load.”

According to Mr Outten, 25
years ago, dump truck opera-
tors were being paid $50 a
load.

“Presently, the government
pays us $80 to haul from
Arawak Cay to the hot mix
plant. And these mega com-
panies want to pay us $45 per
load.

“That is not going to work
during these economic times.
And that is why we are here
today,” he said.

Mr Outten said that he and
his 60 drivers were not going
to leave the demonstration site
next to the Cable Beach Police
Station until some resolution
had been reached.

One of the association’s pro-
testers, Richard Johnson, car-
ried a sign which read: “Your
PM said $75, so why are we
being paid $45?”

Mr Johnson said that he is
there in solidarity with his
brothers.

“We have been waiting on
Baha Mar and we thought it
was a godsend. We are not
prepared for $45 a load and I
have been suffering for the
past couple of years, just trying
to get a good job. . . These dri-

ABOVE: Gus
Outen speaks
to ASP Bur-
rows at the site.

ABOVE RIGHT:
ASP — Elaine
Sands speaks
to a colleague
at the demon-

stration.
RIGHT: Union
members
speak to the
media last
night.






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ABOVE: Members of the
Independent Truckers
Association hold their
demonstration yesterday.

RIGHT: Jimmy Mosko of
Island Site Development
addresses the Independent
Truckers Association at the
site.

Photos/Azaleta Ishmael-Newry

vers have families to feed, rent
or mortgages to pay,” he said.

Mr Johnson added that the
high price of diesel and the
cost of wear-and-tear to trucks
means it would not make good
business sense to accept the
rate ISD is offering.

Mr Outten said that he and
his supporters are prepared to
wait things out and have
another 100 trucks on standby.

“We are prepared to stay
here as long as is deemed nec-
essary, until we get the price
we want and we will be here as
long as the job goes on. We
waited for Baha Mar to get
here. What’s another day or
two or three?

“This is a big project. And
all we are asking for is a fair
share of the pie. The funds
haven’t trickled down to the
small man and we are brothers
and we are here to get things
rolling,” he said.

The truckers eventually left
last night, but vowed to return
this morning.


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Coliseums, teachers
and ‘moving them out’

OPINION

By RALPH J MASSEY

AT one point on a drive down
JFK Boulevard toward the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, one can look
up and see the new Chinese Sports
Stadium on the skyline, a truly
dominating edifice. Proceeding a
little further, one notices the new
Harry Moore Library; it dominates
the intersection. They, along with
the equally spectacular new Nas-
sau International Airport, suggest
national progress.

Nevertheless, one is left won-
dering about the nation, particu-
larly the deplorable academic
record of public education and
what school leavers actually know
and can do on leaving school.
Yes...other countries have the
same learning problem; and one
may take refuge in the recognition
that even the U. S. has this prob-
lem in spades.

However, an incredible amount
of work has been done in the past
twenty years, literally hundreds of
education research studies. This
article will review one by Eric A.
Hanushek, “The Economic Value
of Higher Teacher Quality”, pub-
lished by the National Bureau of
Economic Research in December
2010.

Knowns and Unknowns

Eric Hanushek contends that —

1. Teachers are important; and,
in fact, no other element in the
education equation rivals it in
importance.

2. Teachers vary greatly in their
ability to impart knowledge and
skills to students. “The magnitude
of differences is truly large, with
some teachers producing one and a
half years of gain in achievement in
an academic year while others with
equivalent students produce only a
one-half year gain.” Briefly stat-
ed...with the same students some



teachers are three times more pro-
ductive.

3. However, at this point in time
we don't know what type of person
will be a highly productive teacher
in the classroom. Even after hun-
dreds of studies, social scientists
like Hanushek, have not identified
a Statistically valid causal relation-
ship between “specific teacher
characteristics” and the likely gains
teachers will “produce” in student
achievement.

Specifically...

¢ Class size reduction does not
affect student achievement except
for the very earliest grades, “and
then the expected results are
small.”

¢ Masters degrees “bear no con-
sistent relationship with student
achievement” as does experience
in the classroom after the first few
years on the job.

¢ “Conventional teacher certifi-
cation requirements, source of
teaching, or salary level are not
systematically related to the
amount of learning that goes on
in the classroom.”

e “Even very intensive profes-
sional development to help teach-
ers become more effective after
they are already in the classroom
has shown little impact on student
achievement.”

These insights should strip the
educator of the traditional
panaceas employed in reform pro-
posals.

The social scientist in this case
concentrates on what he
knows...namely, that poor teach-
ers can inflict a near permanent

learning impairment on their stu-
dents and this impairment will per-
sist throughout their lifetime. This
adversely affects their likely earn-
ings, their economic contribution
to the nation and the welfare of
the nation itself.

The author then did a “what if”
exercise, a bit of “economic mod-
eling.” He starts with —

¢ What is known about the rela-
tionship between cognitive skills
and earnings; and then asks —

¢ “What if a series of outstand-
ing teachers had a class of students
through the primary and secondary
school years?”...and...““What would
be the aggregate lifetime earnings
of this lucky group relative to a
similar class that had uniformly
poor teachers?

¢ The difference is enor-
mMOous...approximately $1.4 million
in today’s dollars for a class of 30
students (approximately $467,000
of extra income per student) and
significantly less for much small-
er Classes. Hanushek contends that
these future economic gains should
be considered as the economic val-
ue of quality teachers.

But...one may view the analysis
with scepticism. Yes...the author
documents the causal elements and
the mathematical relationships.
However, the sceptic is uncom-
fortable in even forming an opin-
ion about such “theory” and finds
comfort in anecdotal evidence,
“out feel” and well-used panaceas.

However, the author bolsters
his argument by referring to the
real world and the threats posed to
countries like the Bahamas by the
economic powerhouses of Asia.



Eric Hanushek's bottom line is -

¢ Substantial economic gains can
be realized by identifying the most
ineffective teachers and moving
them out of the classroom.

¢ The more effective teachers
should be assigned larger classes
and the less effective smaller ones.

¢ If teacher salaries reflected
teacher effectiveness more closely,
then much higher salaries would
be economically justified.

¢ “Without that linkage, we
should expect our schools to
underperform, and we might also
expect teacher salaries to lag those
in the general labour market.”

A Courageous Strategy
In popular democracies gov-
ernments like to build monuments,
mortgage futures, court key inter-
ests groups, offend no one and get

re-elected. In our times this
dynamic motivated both US. polit-
ical parties and the Government
itself to produce the housing bub-
ble and the Second Great Depres-
sion.

Managing this dynamic is essen-
tial if the Bahamas wants to con-
quer its public education problem.
It has a student testing and evalu-
ation system with decades of expe-
rience.

It must be put it on
steroids...changes have to be made
so that it will track student achieve-
ment year by year and appropri-
ately relate the data to specific stu-
dents and teachers. The results
must have consequences; and
“moving them out of the class-
room” is a courageous Bahami-
an strategy that needs the support
of an informed electorate.

Chileans deny book's claims about miners’ rescue

PCCC PRESS RELEASE

The Physically Challenged Children’s Committee (formerly The Crippled Children’s
Committee) held their annual raffle on December 18th 2010 at Kelly's Home Centre,
Marathon Mall.

Thursday January 20th 2011, the grand prize, a 2011 Suzuki Swift was accepted by
Mr. Peter Jones on behalf of the 1st place winner, St. Cecilia Parish, The Grove. This
event took place at Quality Auto Sales Ltd.

In photo from left to right: Terrance Bain-pccc treasurer, Velma Burrows- pccc
administrator, Bismark Coakley- pccc president, Peter Jones- representative for St.
Cecilia Parish and Euriel Gibson- salesman at Quality Auto.

The other winners include:

Second Prize - 7 days Csribbean Cruise for two donated by Arawak Homes,
Freeport Oil & Bahamasair. Peter Whitehead, P.O. Box SS 6208, #3513
Third Prize - A Ladies Gold Watch donated by Coin of The Realm. Willard

Hutchinson, P.O. Box N9460 #06630

Fourth Prize - $250 Gift Certificate donated by Kelly's Home Center,
Saunders , Tel:457-2129 # 05596

Fifth Prize - Round trip ticket for 1 donated by Bahamas Ferries Co. Ltd, Laurel
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CHILEANS directly involved
in saving 33 trapped miners last
year rejected claims on Monday
that the men seriously consid-
ered suicide and cannibalism, or
that the government fooled the
world by transmitting previous-
ly videotaped scenes to cover up
a potential disaster during the
rescue.

Reinaldo Sepulveda, who
directed the live television feed
that broadcast images of the res-
cue around the world, told The
Associated Press that there was
never any attempt to hide what
was going on by repeating parts
of the feed, as Jonathan Franklin
alleges in his book, "33 Men."
The book claims that at one
point, a cable was cut by a rock-
slide, and previously broadcast
images were transmitted to cov-
er it up.

"A billion viewers around the
world were ... tricked," Franklin
wrote.

"This is absolutely false. I can
show you the 38 or 40 hours of
transmission — they were never
cut," Sepulveda told the AP. "I
guarantee that everything was
live and direct. ... the transmis-
sion was never cut, never."

It is true that at one point ear-
ly in the rescue, Chilean engi-
neers worked furiously to dis-
mantle a fiber optic cable that
they had planned to use with the
rescue capsule so that the miners
could communicate during their
half-mile journey to the surface.

The delay wasn't immediately
explained at the time, but res-
cue workers later said the com-
munications system added
unnecessary complexity to the
rescue, and that the miners did-
n't want it.

Omar Reygadas, one of the
rescued miners, added another
detail on Monday — he told the
AP that a rock slide had cut the
fiber optic cable just before he
was pulled out — and that this is
why his entrance to the capsule
wasn't filmed.

Reygadas also denied in an
AP telephone interview that any
of the miners had considered sui-
cide or cannibalism while stuck
down below — dismissing both
ideas as examples of Chilean
dark humor — which is particu-
larly apparent in extreme situa-
tions — that shouldn't have been
taken seriously.

"We didn't reach that
extreme,” Reygadas said.

A fellow miner, Victor Zamo-
ra, told the CBS "60 Minutes"
show that during the first 17
days after the mine collapsed,
before they were discovered
alive, they had considered clos-
ing themselves in with a running
engine so they could die peace-
fully of carbon monoxide poi-
soning.

But Reygadas said "I never
thought about or talked about
that," and said Zamora was
probably joking.

"You can't tell when Victor
speaks seriously or is joking. It's
the first time I've heard of it,"
Reygadas said.

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IS THE WEST INDIES ‘WEST INDIAN"¢

PART II

(This is the second part of a
three-part series delivered by
Sir Shridath Ramphal at the
eleventh Sir Archibald Nedd
Memorial lecture given in
Grenada on January 28. His
subject: Is the West Indies
West Indian?)



By SIR SHRIDATH
RAMPHAL

NOTHING speaks louder
of CARICOM’s current
debilitation than our sub-
stantial denial of the
Caribbean Court of Justice.

The Bar Association of
Grenada is host to this Lec-
ture Series which is a memo-
rial to a great West Indian
lawyer. It is poignant that
the Inaugural Lecture in this
series delivered in 1996 was
entitled: Essentials for a
West Indies Supreme Court
to replace the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council
as the final Appellate Court
for Commonwealth
Caribbean States and Ter-
ritories.

Fifteen years later, it is
still apposite that I address
this issue when we talk of
being West Indian.

In 2001, twelve CARI-
COM countries decided
they would abolish appeals
to the Privy Council and
establish their own
Caribbean Court of Justice
serving all the countries of
the Caribbean Community
with both original jurisdic-
tion in regional integration
matters and appellate juris-
diction as the final court of
appeal for individual CARI-
COM countries. As of now,
only Guyana (which had
abolished appeals to the
Privy Council on indepen-
dence, believing it to be a
natural incident of “sover-
eignty”), Barbados and now
Belize — have conferred on
the CCJ that appellate juris-
diction

Constitutional amend-
ment is required for the abo-
lition of appeals to the Privy
Council. In practical terms,
this means bipartisan politi-
cal support for the CCJ. In
Jamaica and Trinidad and
Tobago (where the Court
has its much sought after
location) that political con-
sensus does not exist —
because the political party
now in office in each of
those two major regional
jurisdictions has turned its
back on its regional court.
In St. Vincent and the

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A Caribbean Court of Justice

Grenadines, a referendum
last year rejected the trans-
ference of appeals to the
CCI.

The situation has been
complicated by the issue of
the death penalty on which
the Privy Council, reflecting
contemporary English (and
EU) mores and jurispru-
dence has been rigorous in
upholding Caribbean
appeals in death sentence
cases. Someday, the
Caribbean as a whole must
accept abolition of the death
penalty; I believe we should
have done so already; but,
in a situation of heightened
crime in the region, popular
sentiment has induced polit-
ical reticence. Even so, how-
ever, the Privy Council’s
anachronistic jurisdiction
persists; and the Caribbean
Court of Justice remains
hobbled in pursuing its
enlightened role in
Caribbean legal reform.

Tradition

It is almost axiomatic that
the Caribbean Community
should have its own final
Court of Appeal in all mat-
ters — that the West Indies at
the highest level of jurispru-
dence should be West Indi-
an. A century old tradition
of erudition and excellence
in the legal profession of the
Region leaves no room for
hesitancy. As a West Indi-
an I despair, as a West Indi-
an lawyer I am ashamed,
that the West Indies should
be a major reason for the
unwelcome retention of the
Privy Council’s jurisdiction
within the halls of the new

Supreme Court in England.
Having created our own
Caribbean Court of Justice
it is an act of abysmal con-
trariety that we have so sub-
stantially withheld its appel-
late jurisdiction in favour of
that of the Privy Council -
we who have sent Judges to
the International Court of
Justice, to the International
Criminal Court and to the
International Court for the
former Yugoslavia, to the
Presidency of the United
Nations Tribunal on the
Law of the Sea (from
Grenada); we from whose
Caribbean shores have
sprung in lineal descent the
former and current Attor-
neys General of Britain and
the United States respec-
tively.

As I recall this register of
West Indian legal erudition
let me pause to pay tribute
to the memory of Prof
Ralph Carnegie who left us
this month — a veritable icon
of learning in the law and of
service to it — and always a
West Indian. As CCJ Judge
Winston Anderson acknowl-
edged at his funeral service
last week, he died sadly
without attainment of his
vision of a fully functioning
Caribbean Court of Justice,
and fearful of the prospects
for the legal monument he
strove so hard to build. We
owe him a more lasting
memorial.

This absurd and unworthy
paradox of heritage and hes-
itancy must be resolved by
action. In law, as in our-
selves, the West Indies must
be West Indian. Those coun-
tries still hesitant must find
the will and the way to end



Argentina, US tangle
over military material

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Associated Press

ARGENTINA is accusing the U.S. military
of trying to sneak guns and spy equipment
into the country under the guise of providing a
routine police training course — a charge dis-
puted Monday by U.S. officials.

Argentine authorities say they seized near-
ly 1,000 cubic feet of undeclared equipment,
describing it as machine guns and ammuni-
tion, drugs and spy equipment. It was on a
U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane that landed
Thursday with material for a training course
that a U.S. Special Forces team had been invit-
ed to provide to Argentina's federal police.

"Argentine law must be complied with by
all, without exception," Foreign Minister Hec-
tor Timerman told Arturo Valenzuela, the
assistant U.S. secretary of state for Western
Hemisphere affairs, when Valenzuela called
him to complain about how authorities han-
dled the cargo, the ministry said.

Timerman also said Argentina would file
an official protest in Washington and ask for a
shared investigation into why the U.S. Air
Force would try to violate Argentine law, the
ministry said.

The seized material includes equipment "for
intercepting communications, various sophis-
ticated and powerful GPS devices, technolog-
ical elements containing codes labeled secret,
and a trunk full of expired medicine,” the min-
istry said.

An Argentine federal judge is demanding a
full accounting from the foreign ministry, and
some lawmakers vowed to hold investigative
hearings.

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State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley
said he could not confirm if a protest had been
filed, but he called on Argentina to return the
U.S. equipment.

"We are puzzled and disturbed by the
actions of Argentine officials,” he told
reporters in Washington.

Crowley called the search of the plane
“unusual and unannounced" and said minor
discrepancies in the manifest "were the kind of
thing that could have been cleared up on the
ground by customs officials."

The plane arrived at a sensitive time for
Argentine-U.S. relations. Since the White
House announced that President Barack Oba-
ma would visit Chile and Brazil but skip
Argentina in his first trip to South America,
Timerman has complained about U.S. mili-
tary policies — in particular, training that the
USS. provides to Latin American police and
military at the International Law Enforcement
Academy in El Salvador.

The academy replaced the U.S. military's
School of the Americas, where critics contend
many Latin American military figures learned
torture techniques that served the region's
dictatorships in decades past. Human rights
is a main thrust of the academy's curriculum,
but Timerman has focused on the darker his-
tory.

A USS. State Department official with
knowledge of the events told The Associated
Press that all the key material in the shipment
was properly declared and authorized by
Argentina, describing the undeclared equip-
ment as a minor problem with the plane's
manifest that could have been resolved pri-
vately.



this anomaly, and perhaps
it will be easier if they act
as one. The truth is that the
alternative to such action is
too self-destructive to con-
template. The demise of the
Court itselfis not an
improbable danger when in
both Jamaica and Trinidad
and Tobago the creation of
a local final Court of Appeal
is being canvassed. Loss of
the CCJ will almost certain-
ly frustrate progress on a
Single Market and Econo-
my — the vision of Grand
Anse. We will have begun
tearing up the Treaty of
Chaguaramas whose Pre-
amble recites “that the orig-
inal jurisdiction of the CCJ
is essential to the successful
operation of the CSME.” If
West Indian lawyers, in par-
ticular, remain complacent

about this absurdity much
longer — and I am afraid
some are — we will begin to
make a virtue of it, and in
the end dismantle more than
the Court.

So grave and present is
this danger that in August
last, five West Indians to
whom the Region has given
its highest honour, the
Order of the Caribbean
Community, took the
unprecedented step of warn-
ing publicly “with one voice
of the threat being posed to
the Caribbean Court of Jus-
tice and the Community’s
goals more generally.” I was
among them.

Warning

“We warn against these
developments” we wrote,
“which, as in an earlier era,
could bring down the struc-
tures for advancing the inter-
ests of the people of CARI-
COM ... carefully con-
structed and nurtured over
many decades by sons and
daughters of all CARICOM
countries.” We were warn-
ing of the mire of despond
we would stumble into if in
this matter the West Indies
ceased to be West Indian.

But let me add what we
all know, though seldom say:
to give confidence to our
publics in their adoption of
the CCJ as the ultimate
repository of justice in the
West Indies, our Govern-
ments must be assiduous in
demonstrating respect for all
independent West Indian
constitutional bodies (like
the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions) lest by transfer-
ence, Governments are not
trusted to keep their hands

off the CCJ. And Courts
themselves, at every level,
must be manifestly free from
political influence and be
seen to be sturdy custodians
of that freedom. In the end,
the independence of West
Indian judiciaries must rest
on a broad culture of respect
for the authority and inde-
pendence of all constitu-
tional office holders — for
the Rule of Law.

We must not forget that
the structure of the CCJ
goes further than does that
of any court in the Region,
and most courts in the Com-
monwealth, in securing inde-
pendence from political
influence, much less political
control. It is at least as free
of such local control as is the
Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council; and freer
than any national or sub-
regional Court. West Indi-
an people who want such a
Court that is beyond the
reach of politics must under-
stand — and must be helped
to understand — that they
have it in the CCJ.

The question, therefore,
cannot be avoided: is a
regional political leadership
that conjures with rejecting
the CCJ doing so because it
is beyond political reach? I
cannot believe that; but. in
my own judgment, with the
Privy Council no longer a
realistic option, the CCJ is
the most reliable custodian
that West Indians could
have of the Rule of Law in
the region. Despite this, will
we once more, with the
gains of oneness in our
grasp, forego being West
Indian?

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Egypt echoes

across region:

Iran, Bahrain
and Yemen

DUBAI,
United Arab Emirates
Associated Press

THE possible heirs of Egyp-
t's uprising took to the streets
Monday in different corners of
the Middle East: Iran's belea-
guered opposition stormed
back to central Tehran and
came under a tear gas attack
by police. Demonstrators faced
rubber bullets and birdshot to
demand more freedoms in the
relative wealth of Bahrain.
And protesters pressed for the
ouster of the ruler in poverty-
drained Yemen.

The protests — all with crit-
ical interests for Washington
— offer an important lesson
about how groups across Mid-
dle East are absorbing the mes-
sage from Cairo and tailoring it
to their own aspirations.

The heady themes of
democracy, justice and
empowerment remain intact
as the protest wave works it
way through the Arab world
and beyond. What changes,
however, are the objectives.
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tion.

Kd Mousavi, however, have
compared the unrest in Egypt
and Tunisia with their own
struggles. Mousavi said all
region's revolts aimed at end-
ing the “oppression of the
rulers."

A new USS. State Depart-
ment Twitter account in Farsi
took a jab at Iran in one of its
first messages Sunday, calling
on Tehran to "allow people to
enjoy same universal rights to
peacefully assemble, demon-
strate as in Cairo."

U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton
expressed support for the Iran-
ian protesters, saying theyto
have the same rights that they
saw being played out in Egypt
and are part of their own
birthright."

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day, demanding political reforms and the ouster of the U.S.-allied president in demonstrations inspired
by the upheaval in Egypt. Arabic reads on the banner ‘No for damaging the national line’. (AP)

Egypt and Tunisia against their
own leaders who had been in
power for decades: "The peo-
ple want the regime to step
down."

Protesters in the tiny Gulf
nation of Bahrain are not look-
ing to topple its monarchy. But
their demands are no less lofty:
greater political freedom and
sweeping changes in how the
country is run.

The next possible round of
demonstrations gives a similar
divide.

A coalition in Algeria —
human rights activists, union-
ists, lawyers and others — has
called protests Saturday to
push for the end of President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's 12-year
rule. Kuwait's highly organized
opposition, including parlia-
ment members, plans gather-
ings March 8 to demand a
wholesale change of cabinet
officials, but not the ruling
emir.

"We are experiencing a pan-
Arab democratic moment of
sorts," said Shadi Hamid,
director of research at The
Brookings Doha Center in
Qatar. "For opposition groups,
it comes down the question of,
‘Tf not now, when?'"

But he noted that the new-
found Arab confidence for
change will go in various direc-
tions.

"The Arab opposition are
using the Egyptian model as a
message that anything is possi-
ble," Hamid said. "Then they
interpret that into their local
context."

In Yemen, more than 1,000
people, including lawyers in
their black courtroom robes,
joined a fourth consecutive day
of protests in the capital of
Sanaa — a day after police
attacked anti-government
marchers with sticks and dag-
gers. Human Rights Watch
said police on Sunday also used
stun guns and batons to dis-
perse protesters.

"We will continue our
protests until the regime falls,”
independent lawmaker
Ahmed Hashid said.

Police separated the opposi-
tion rally from a dozen gov-
ernment supporters holding
pictures of the president.

Bahrain was more violent.
Security forces fired tear gas,
rubber bullets and birdshot
pellets at thousands of anti-
government protesters heed-
ing calls to unite in a major ral-
ly and bring the Arab reform
wave to the Gulf for the first
time. At least 25 people were
injured, and one man died
after suffering severe head
trauma.

Police later used vans and
other vehicles to block main
roads into the capital of Man-
ama to prevent a mass gather-
ing that organizers intended as
an homage to Egypt's Tahrir
Square.

Social media sites have been
flooded with calls by an array
of political youth groups, rights
activists and others to join
demonstrations Monday, a
symbolic day in Bahrain as the
anniversary of the country's
2002 constitution that brought
pro-democracy reforms such
as an elected parliament.

But opposition groups seek
deeper changes from the coun-
try's ruling dynasty, including



AN UNIDENTIFIED Bahraini woman waves a Bahraini flag yester-
day, during an anti-government demonstration in the village of
Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. (AP)

transferring more decision-
making powers to the parlia-
ment and breaking the monar-
chy's grip on senior govern-
ment posts. Bahrain's majority
Shiites — about 70 percent of
the population — have long
complained of systemic dis-
crimination by the Sunni rulers.

The nation — no bigger in
area than New York City —
is among the most politically
volatile in the Gulf. A crack-
down on perceived dissidents
last year touched off riots and
street battles in Shiite areas.

Some protesters carried
mock Valentine's Day greet-
ings from a prominent Bahrai-
ni blogger in custody, Ali
Abdul-Imam.

"Arabs have been inspired
by Egypt and empowered to
believe that their voices must
be heard and respected,” wrote
James Zogby, president of the
Arab American Institute, in a
commentary in Abu Dhabi's
The National newspaper. "It
will make life more complicat-
ed for Western and Arab pol-
icy makers.”

Monday's unrest touched on
two key points of Washington's
Mideast constellation.

Bahrain is home to the U.S.
Navy's 5th Fleet, one of the
Pentagon's main counter-
weights to Iran's attempts to
expand influence in the Gulf.
Yemen's militant networks
offer safe haven for al-Qaida in
the Arabian Peninsula, which
has planned and launched sev-
eral attack against the U.S.,

including the attempted airlin-
er bombing on Christmas Day
2009 and the failed mail bomb
plot involving cargo planes last
summer.

The U.S. military plans a $75
million training program with
Yemen's counterterrorism unit
to expand its size and capabil-
ities in the nation's difficult
mountain terrain. Last month,
the U.S. also delivered four
Huey helicopters to Yemen
and has been training the avi-
ation units.

"What has happened in
Tunisia and Egypt has terri-
fied pro-Western Arab rulers,”
said Fawaz Gerges, a profes-
sor of Middle Eastern politics
at the London School of Eco-
nomics.

"One of the lessons that the
U.S. will take from current
unrest is that the status quo is
no longer sustainable," he
added.

"There are huge cracks in
the Arab authoritarian wall.
It's the end of an era and the
U.S. must make very tough
choices and decisions."

Turkish President Abdullah
Gul, who is visiting Iran, urged
governments in the Middle
East to listen to the their peo-
ple.

"When leaders and heads of
countries do not pay attention
to the demands of their
nations, the people themselves
take action to achieve their
demands," the official Islamic
Republic News Agency quoted
Gul as saying.

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tamination and the plaintiffs’ attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed the
ruling but not the amount of the fine. (AP)





Chevron Corp.
fined $8 billion
over Ecuador oil

contamination

QUITO, Ecuador
Associated Press

AN ECUADOREAN
judge ruled Monday that
Chevron Corp. was respon-
sible for oil contamination
in a wide swath of Ecuador's
northern jungle. The plain-
tiffs’ attorney says the com-
pany was fined $8 billion.

Chevron confirmed the
ruling but not the amount
of the fine. The company
said in a news release that
it would appeal, and called
the judge's decision “illegit-
imate and unenforceable."

The high-profile case,
fraught with intrigue, cor-
porate espionage and
geopolitics, had been wind-
ing its way through U.S. and
Ecuadorean courts for 17
years.

Chevron invested tens of
millions of dollars in its legal
defense, seeking relief in a
half-dozen U.S. federal
courts and requesting bind-
ing arbitration in an inter-
national tribunal in the
Netherlands.

Just last week, a US. fed-
eral judge in New York took
the unusual step of pre-emp-
tively blocking any judgment
for at least 28 days after con-
cluding that attempts to col-

lect assets could seriously
disrupt the business of a
company vital to the global
economy. He took the
action at the request of
Chevron's lawyers.

The plaintiffs’ lead lawyer,
Pablo Fajardo, called the
187-page judgment "a great
step that we have made
toward the crystalization of
justice” but "we are not
completely satisfied" with
the amount of the fine. He
told The Associated Press
that the plaintiffs would
probably appeal.

The ruling was issued by
Judge Nicolas Zambrano
from a ramshackle court-
house in the provincial city
of Lago Agrio. It specifies
damages for "the cleanup of
soil, subterranean water,
health, indigenous commu-
nities,” Fajardo said.

The suit was originally
filed in a New York federal
court in 1993 against Texaco
and was refiled in Ecuador
after Chevron bought the
company in 2001. It sought
damages on behalf of 30,000
people, including indigenous
groups, for environmental
contamination and illnesses
that allegedly resulted from
Texaco's operation of an oil
consortium from 1972 to

Small commercial plane
crash kills 14 in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras
Associated Press

A SMALL Honduran commercial airliner crashed Monday
near the capital, killing all 14 people aboard, including a senior
government official and a top union leader, authorities said.

The Central American Airlines plane was flying to the Ton-
contin international airport in Tegucigalpa when it crashed
Monday morning in the town of Las Mesitas, about three miles
(five kilometers) south of the airport.

The cause of the crash is being investigated, but there was fog
in the area at the time. Tincontin airport is considered dan-
gerous because of its short runway and surrounding hills.

The Let L-410 Turbolet was carrying two pilots and 12 pas-
sengers, including Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodol-
fo Rovelo, United Workers Federation of Honduras leader
Jose Israel Salinas and former Economy Secretary Carlos
Chain, said airline manager Felix Pacheco.

"I'm destroyed, in shock, because of what happened,"
Pacheco said, adding that it was a regularly scheduled daily
flight.

The government declared three days of national mourning in
honor of the government officials killed.

A pilot survived the crash but died on the way to a hospital,
firefighters spokesman Jaime Silva said.

The National Service of Civil Aviation said the accident
happened a little after 8 a.m. (8 a.m. EST; 1300 GMT), minutes
after air traffic controllers instructed the pilots to land.

Jorge Deras, mayor of the town of Santa Ana, near Las
Mesitas, said he heard an explosion and ran to the crash site.

"We found many ... bodies strewn about," Deras said. "It's a
tragic vision."

At least 10 planes have crashed in and around the Toncon-
tin airport since October 1989, when a Honduran commercial
jet went down, killing 131 people.

Toncontin's short runway, old navigation equipment and
neighboring hills make it one of the world's more dangerous
international airports. It was built on the southern edge of
hilly Tegucigalpa in 1948 with a runway less than 5,300 feet
(1,600 meters) long.

1990.

Chevron has long con-
tended that the court-
appointed expert in the case
was unduly influenced by
the plaintiffs. In its state-
ment Monday, it called
Zambrano’'s ruling “the
product of fraud (and) con-
trary to the legitimate sci-
entific evidence."

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ees expressed their bereavement
for not only the merchandise and
memorabilia lost to the fire that
ravished a downtown block yes-
terday morning but also the his-
tory destroyed by it.

Co-chair of the Downtown
Nassau Partnership (DNP),
Charles Klonaris conveyed his
sadness in losing the historic
buildings located on East Bay
Street and the importance of
insuring that future architecture
reflects that history.

The DNP was formed in 2009
as a joint venture of the private
and public sectors to achieve a
progressive redevelopment and
restructuring of the City of Nas-

“The Betty K building is very
historic. The old John Bull was
also located here and now those
buildings are gone — this block
had a nice historic feeling and it
is a serious loss”

He said: “It will be the issue of
how to recapture the essence of
our culture in the architecture”.
General manager of Green
Parrot Crew Pub, Craig Boor-
man arrived on scene around 10
yesterday morning and was very
emotional as he begged officers
to let him near the fire so he
could remove valuable contents
from the store, which he said
could not be replaced.

He said: "I'm worried about 30
years of collecting all my para-
phernalia — Heineken and Kalik
flags that I can't replace. My

said Mr

Shortly after his arrival, Mr
Boorman was seen in the square
behind the Cabinet Office and
seemed more relaxed, as it did
not appear that the flames were
inside the store.

He said: “It looks like good
news now the firemen are on the



GENERAL MANAGER of Green Parrot Crew Pub Craig Boorman at the scene.
Photo/Jessica Robertson

building. The building is insured
but I'm more concerned about
what's inside.”

“T have flags, the Old Nassau
Chickcharney Rum, old Burns
House Rum - they don't make
them anymore" said Mr Boor-
man.





CRUISE SHIPS can be seen through the haze of smoke from yesterday’s fire.

Tourists assured
fire was not a
errorist attack

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

TOURISTS were assured
that yesterday’s downtown
fire was not a terrorist
attack, even as cruise ship
passengers were told to
remain on their ships and
staff at the Port Authority
were evacuated, according
to the police.

Commander Patrick
McNeil, head of the Port
Department, said three ships
were docked in the harbour
when the fire broke out at
the office and warehouse
complex of Betty K Agen-

cies Ltd.

One ship had a scheduled
2pm departure time and left
the harbour without inci-
dent, according to Nassau
Harbour Control.

Commander McNeil said
despite the order for pas-
sengers to remain onboard,
there seemed to be “no dis-
ruption” to the usual inflow
and outflow of passengers.

The other two ships were
scheduled for departure at
5pm and 6pm.

“We are trying to keep
the port area good and clear
of pedestrian traffic in the
event that the wind shifts
and starts blowing the fire

to the port building, so we
would be in a position to be
safer than had we not evac-
uated,” said Commander
McNeil.

“We are looking after pas-
sengers who were already
on shore to give them safe
passage back to the ship,”
he said.

Evacuations also occurred
at the Churchill Building,
where Cabinet meets on a
weekly basis and some gov-
ernment records are housed.

Boats in the harbour were
told to stay clear of the area
to prevent a cluster of ves-
sels in the emergency area,
said Commander McNeil.

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FROM page one

the Kelly’s Dock Yard would be
unsalvageable.

The fire also damaged the Adder-
ley Building, the condemned com-
plex adjourning the Churchill Build-
ing which houses the Cabinet Office.

Initially 16 firefighters were
deployed to fight the fire, but as cir-
cumstances became more difficult,
officers and fire- engines as far as the
Lynden Pindling International Air-
port and Lyford Cay were called to
the scene.

Trucks and employees from the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation and
the Bahamas Telecommunications
Company were also employed by fire
workers.

At its height, the fire was fought
by at least 25 fire officers and 15 air-
port authority fire service officers
who were assisted by 100 officers
from the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force and 100 officers from the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force.

There were seven trucks on the
scene.

Fire officials said that they learned
many lessons from the disastrous
Straw Market blaze in September of
2001 and were able to harness sea
water from the harbour at Kelly's
Dock.

“We have noted that this time the
fire engines are pumping water from
the ocean. The water that was going
into Betty K helping to suppress fire
is coming from the ocean. The ade-
quacy of the response is far superior
than we have ever had before.

"One of the big complaints when
the Straw Market went up (in flames)
was that they could not get water
from the ocean to suppress the fire
and protect the surrounding build-
ings. When I came today they were
pumping from the ocean. It has a lot
to do with the way the firefighters
were able to mobilize their equip-
ment and put it in place and their
response was pretty quick,” said
Environment Minister Earl Deveaux.

While persons complained that it
appeared that fire trucks arrived on
the scene without water, Port Depart-
ment Commander Patrick McNeil
said this was not the case.

"Fire trucks always have water on
board. When one truck goes down it
needs to refurbish. The good thing
about this fire is that it is on the water
so there is an abundance of water,
so water isn’t a challenge. You also
have to take into consideration the
fuel side of the trucks. You have to
keep the fuel up so that they contin-
uously operate and the battle against
the fire is relentless and unbroken,"
said Commander McNeil.

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photographer

released from hospital

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

TRIBUNE photographer Felipe
Major was released from hospital
last night after being injured when
he fell from the balcony of the Bac-
ardi Building on East Bay Street.

Mr Major entered the building
with firefighters yesterday morn-
ing to get better shots of the blaze
which was consuming the Betty K
building next door.

As he leaned over in an attempt
to pass some equipment to a fire-
man on the adjacent rooftop, the
railing gave way and tumbled into
the street, taking him with it.

Mr Major said he landed “face-
first” in the street and according
to doctors, was lucky not to have
suffered more severe injuries.

“Tt all happened so fast, I didn’t
have time to know what was going
on. If I wasn’t in shape, the doctor
said I could have broken my back,”
he said.

Mr Major was conscious when
he was transported to Princess
Margaret Hospital by paramedics.

The photographer was treated



ABOVE: Felipé Major is taken to hospital afc his accident.
RIGHT: Mr Major after being released yesterday evening.

for injuries to his face and back, a
chipped bone in his arm, and was
put on a ventilator to alleviate the
effects of smoke inhalation.

Mr Major said that although the

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

experience was painful, he does
not intend to stop taking calculat-
ed risks in an effort to get the best
possible photos to Tribune read-
ers.

FIREFIGHTERS at the scene of yesterday’s blaze. They worked for hours to bring the wind

swept blaze under control.



Photos/Farreno Ferguson



Court blow for unions’ bid to block BTC sale

FROM page one

of the action to give them
locus standi to commence the
action or to claim the reme-
dies set forth in the writ.”

The unions commenced
litigation against Batelco, the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Limited, its Executive
Chairman Julian Francis and
the Attorney General on
January 11 applying for an
ex parte injunction to block
the sale for 51 per cent of
BTC until the determination
of the substantive hearing.
According to Mr Glinton,
there is a pending applica-
tion for leave to appeal the
judge’s decision.

BCPOU President
Bernard Evans described the
outcome yesterday as a
“bump” in the road. “This is
a small bump in the road.
We are not going to stop and
we are prepared to continue
on. We are still confident.
We are going to fight until
we win.”

Attorney Maurice Glin-
ton who represents the
unions said that there is a
pending application for leave
to appeal the judge’s deci-
sion.

In a press release the
unions also stated, “It is evi-
dent from what the Prime
Minister disclosed in the
course of his communication
to the House of Assembly
about the non-binding Mem-
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It was further stated, “The
issues that this lawsuit raises
are significant to the rule of
law. Whilst their importance
to the plaintiffs and bargain-
ing unit employees con-
cerned could not be more

obvious, they also touch and
concern the public interest
in a great and important way
that should become increas-
ingly obvious as the case pro-
ceeds from here.”

Batelco and the Attorney

General’s Office were rep-
resented by Loren Klein and
Deidre Clarke-Maycock.
Philip Dunkley, QC, and
Tara Cooper Burnside
appeared for BTC and Mr
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* ‘Critical’ for Bahamian industry's
erowth and competitiveness that
Superintendent appointment got
right

* Advisory Committee chairman
says post needs ‘gravitas’ and to be
‘more than traffic director’

By NEIL HARTNELL

The newly-appointed
Insurance Advisory Com-
mittee will advise the
insurance regulator over
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also president of BAF

Financial & Insurance, told

this newspaper that it was
“crucial that we get this

right” in selecting the right

man to replace Lennox
McCartney, adding: “The
Insurance Commission of

the Bahamas and its Super-

intendent are absolutely
critical in the further
enhancement of the indus-
try, and its regional and
international competitive-
ness.”

work since he took the
post in 2008, Mr Cooper
said: “The committee
intends to offer some sug-
gestions to the Commis-

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Bahamas No.2 in region
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Jobless rate peaked at 18-19% last year, study for IMF

! conference revealed, dropping to 16-17% for 2011

Recession has ‘halved growth rate’ for English-speaking

i Caribbean nations like Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor ;

Nation’s growth rate over past decade well below that

The Bahamas has gone

i from having the third-low-
? est to second highest unem-
? ployment rate (around 18
i per cent) among a sample
} group of Caribbean nations
? over a four-year period, a
? study presented at an Inter-
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: By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

With the Government hav-

: ing invested “in excess of $100
? million” in upgrades to down-
? town Nassau, it has given
? approval to the pedestriani-
? sation of two side streets off
: Bay Street as efforts to revi-
: talise the city “continue to
i build momentum’.

Vaughn Roberts, managing

? director of the Downtown
? Nassau Partnership (DNP),
? told Tribune Business in a
? recent interview prior to yes-
? terday’s blaze at the Betty K
: offices and warehouse, which
? took out an entire Bay Street
? block, that the pedestrianisa-
? tion was intended to take
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? road repaving and water main

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A paper presented by
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and Maria Ivanova Reyes,
entitled The Caribbean
region beyond the 2008-2009
global financial crisis,
showed that only St Lucia
suffered a sharper - and
greater - increase in unem-
ployment levels than the

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Bahamas during the period
2008-2011.

The study, unveiled late
last month at a Caribbean
conference, showed that
while the Bahamas had an
unemployment rate of
around 8 per cent in 2008,
this almost doubled in per-
centage point terms to

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the

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
and Employers Confederation’s
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PEOPLE POWER IN EGYPT



BY LARRY GIBSON

n Friday past,
we witnessed
the ultimate
manifestation
of ‘people power’ when, after
18 days of continuous protest,
Hosni Mubarak finally “got
the message” and resigned as
president of Egypt. Power
was ceded to the ‘Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces,
a committee of high-ranking
military officers. Since the
early 1950s, the military has
effectively run Egypt.

The danger of writing about
an event that is so fluid is that
by the time you read this arti-
cle on Tuesday, the whole sit-
uation could be vastly differ-
ent.

There are so many aspects
of this whole saga that one
can question and, hopefully,
learn from.

How is it that a man can
rule for 30 years under emer-
gency powers? How is it pos-
sible for a political leader to
amass an obscene fortune
estimated at $50 billion to $70
billion? What will be the
socio-political impact of
Mubarak’s departure on
Egypt and the broader Arab
world?

(AP Photo/Ahmed Ali, File)
STONE-THROWING: In this Feb.2, 2011 file photo, stones fly through
the air as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, foreground , fight
with anti-Mubarak protesters, rear, standing on army tanks in Cairo,
Egypt.

(

AP Photo/ Egypt TV via APTN, File)



TELEVISED STATEMENT: In file image taken from Associated Press
television News, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes a televised
statement to his nation which aired Feb. 10, 2011. He later stepped

down.

(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File)



CELEBRATION: In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Egyptians celebrate
the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who hand-
ed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in

downtown Cairo, Egypt.

overnments have
to ensure fairness

What will be the role of the
armed forces in the new
Egypt?

Is democracy the right med-
icine for every country?

Notwithstanding the above,
the million dollar question is:
“Will the Egyptian virus
mutate, and if so, how far will
it travel? The leadership in
neighbouring countries such
as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen,
Tunisia, Jordan, Syria and
Lebanon must be watching
and wondering.

As I have been moved to
write this column on Friday
afternoon “in the moment”
of unfolding events, it is far
too early to address the ques-
tions that are emerging, which
I will revisit in the future. I
have been blessed to witness

Financial

By Larry Gibson

the landing of a man on the
moon, majority rule at home,
the fall of the Berlin Wall, the
end of apartheid, the election
of a black president of the
United States, and now the
start of transformation of the
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ly short lifetime.

However, today I will focus
on the role of technology in
this particular manifestation
of the will of the people.

Global Village Factor

I would argue that the vic-
tory in Tahrir (Liberation)
Square is equally a triumph
for democracy as it is a tri-
umph for technology. Prior to
the launch of Cable News
Network (CNN) on June 1,
1980, most cities were restrict-
ed to 30 minutes of local news
and thirty minutes of national
news in the evening. Taking
out advertisements, a 30-
minute program is actually 23
minutes of on air time.

CNN pioneered 24 hour
news programming, which
was soon copied by other
organisations and now, in
addition to CNN, we have
Fox, MSNBC, BBC and
many more 24-hour news
organisations across the globe.
The net result of this is that
news is no longer rationed,
filtered or controlled. Pre-
CNN, it would have taken
months for the rest of the
world to grasp the magnitude
of the demonstrations against

Mubarak. Egyptian Ambas-
sadors abroad would have
been able to give the impres-
sion that only a handful of
persons were demonstrating
in the square, and that
Mubarak was the most appre-
ciated leader in the world.

Now the whole world could
see security officers carting
off demonstrators, military
planes flying low over Tahrir
Square, the thugs on horse-
back and the mowing down
of peaceful demonstrators
with vehicles...all live and in
real time.

When the Egyptian regime
tried shutting down the Inter-
net, within hours there was a
‘technology patch’ to keep the
world connected. It did not
take the Egyptians long to fig-
ure out that a country that is
heavily dependent on foreign
aid simply cannot offend the
moral scruples of its principal
donors.

It was in June 1989 when
the Chinese government bru-
tally opened fired on its citi-
zens in Tiananmen Square,
sent in tanks, banned the
press and controlled all news
and propaganda.

Now, with the proliferation
of cell phones, the advance-
ment of the Internet and
social networking sites, it is
doubtful that even the Chi-
nese could suppress another
Tiananmen-type uprising
today.

While I believe the Chinese
would still have the audacity
to attempt to respond with
brutality, I believe they would
quickly come to their senses
once major trading partners
respond by restricting Chi-
nese imports.

Against all odds, the people
of Iran took to the streets to

drive out the regime of the
Shah in 1979. If conditions are
no better today, they will do it
again.

Equal access to
opportunities

The real point is that coun-
tries must ensure they sup-
port a system that provides
fair and equal access to
opportunities within one’s
country. This is often easier
said than done, as it does not
take long for ‘ruling elites’ to
emerge - even under the
Westminster model - as polit-
ical parties tend to reward
‘the boys’ with contracts and
privileges for which they are
very often not qualified for
or deserving of.

The people’s tolerance for
this insidious practice is run-
ning thin all around the world.
In the case of Egypt, the
majority of the people had to
endure 30 years of injustice.

We have just over a year
before elections have to be
called.

This is commonly referred
to as ‘the silly season’. All
political entities are fully
aware that ‘the people’ pos-
sess the ultimate power when
it comes to determining who
will govern the Bahamas.

I believe we are moving
away from pure ‘political spin’
and more towards record,
vision and facts. Surely this
must be a pleasing develop-
ment for the deepening of
democracy.

Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president - pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.

The views expressed are
those of the author and do
not necessarily represent
those of Colonial Group
International or any of its sub-
sidiary and/or affiliated com-
panies. Please direct any
questions or comments to
Larry.Gibson@atlantic-
house.com.bs

BTC deal to help unlock
small business potential

BY SIMON COOPER
RES SOCIUS

When Alexander Graham Bell
finally transmitted voice down the
wire on March 10, 1876, the Scots-
man’s first words to his assistant,
Thomas Watson, were: “Watson,
come here. I want you.” Thus began
the modern telecommunications era
in which bosses could summon



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SIMON COOPER

Benefits for business include
implementing high-speed data net-
works to promote more effective
use of existing deep-sea fibre optic
cables. This will improve connec-
tivity across the Caribbean sea and
further beyond. Local business cus-
tomers will be able to call in more
effectively, too, thanks to the roll-
out of 3G/4G and smart phone
technology.

Supenntendent of Prisons
Her Majesty's prisons
PO Box N 504

Fox Hill Road

NASSAU N P Bahamas

Tender ojfer clases at 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 25" February 2011 and
no bid will be accepted after this date,

Superintendent of Pnsons



stenographers from the comfort of
their offices without having to get up and
shout.

In no time at all manual telephone
exchanges were connecting people between
buildings and across cities, too, as more and
more people discovered the sheer convenience
of virtual meetings. That last bastion of male
freedom — forgetfulness — was overcome when
the first “honey don’t forget to buy more milk”
was transmitted thanks to Alexander Graham
Bell.

These days, Bahamian businesspeople would
have difficulty surviving or even compre-
hending continuing to exist without the tele-
phone and its more modern spawn. When
Bahamian telecommunications systems fail — as
they do from time to time — it is as if somebody
turned off the sun. The announcement tabled
in Parliament on Tuesday, February 8, 2011,
that the new owners of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC), Cable and
Wireless Communications, are on the expan-
sion trail could not have come at a better time
as small to medium Bahamian businesses
search for new ways to shake off the reces-
sion.

The potential benefits of these
technical upgrades for small to medium
Bahamian businesses are huge. In this modern
era, more and more customer relationships
are virtual, and depend on the quality of a sig-
nal to succeed. Better connectivity means a
better shop window on the Internet, and we all
know that window dressing works.

As a business broker with many years busi-
ness experience I know that the best time to
start a new business or buy an existing one is
when markets start ticking up. The Bahamas is
tracking progress made by leading western
nations, and the announcement of improving
Bahamian telecommunication facilities is
exceptionally well timed.

NB: Res Socius was founded by Simon
Cooper in 2009, and is a business brokerage
authorised by the Bahamas Investment
Authority. Mr Cooper has extensive private
and public SME experience, and was former-
ly chief executive of a publicly traded invest-
ment company. He was awarded an MBA with
distinction by Liverpool University in 2005.
Contact him on 636-8831 or write to
simon.cooper @ressocius.com.

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Minister heads Business Outlook speaker line-Un

DR. SIDNEY MCPHEE

Minister of State for Finance,
Zhivargo Laing, will lead the pre-
senters for the upcoming Grand
Bahama Business Outlook, which
is scheduled for February 24.

Ten speakers, several drawn
from key sectors of the Grand
Bahama economy, will address the
theme “Grand Bahama Game
Plan 2011: Review, Re-strategize,
Reposition” in terms of the out-
look for their individual sectors.
In addition to the Minister, the
speakers include David Johnson,
director-general of tourism; Alger-
non Cargill, director, National
Insurance Board; Kathleen Riv-
iere-Smith, director, policy and
regulations, Utilities Regulation
and Competition Authority
(URCA); Dr Pamela Etuk, Md,
Lucayan Medical Centre; Dr
Marikis Alvarez, representative,
Inter-American Institute for Coop-
eration on Agriculture (IICA);
Paul Crevello, chief executive,
Bahamas Petroleum Company;
Jeffrey B. Butler, chief executive,

TradelInvest Asset Management Ltd.

A private Wealth Management Company and



ALGERNON CARGILL

Butlers Food World; Greg Ebel-
har, chief operating officer, Poly-
mers International, and Dr Sidney
McPhee, president, Middle Ten-
nessee State University.

Mr Johnson, whose topic is
‘Options for Tourism's Growth in
Grand Bahama’, hinted at how
the island might own an important
market segment:

“Grand Bahama, within the
Caribbean and even the Bahamas,
can ‘own’ that wide middle of the
market, value-searching customer,
given its proximity to Florida that
enables access by sea (cruise or
fast-ferry) and air.

“The destination’s proximity
should likewise assist in driving
down costs, making it the low-cost
leader in the islands of the
Bahamas,” Mr Johnson said.

“Grand Bahama's size and
diversity, which delivers that
unique ‘drive to a Family Island’
experience, is yet another differ-
entiating asset that is today not
being mined but can, and should,

medium-sized Family office



be leveraged along with the desti-
nation's other aforementioned
attributes.”

Mr Cargill said of his presenta-
tion: “Grand Bahama has been
much challenged over the decade
by unemployment, owing to the
hurricane strikes, a decline in
tourism receipts and an extended
recessionary business climate over-
all.

“This is of particular concern to
the National Insurance Board,
which manages the country’s social
security system.

Value

“Fortunately, National Insur-
ance has been able to lend a help-
ing hand to many of those out of
work.

“The new Unemployment Ben-
efit was instituted at just the right
time to give added value to our
assistance programme.

“At the upcoming Grand

Invites applications from suitable qualified persons for
the following position

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

KATHLEEN SMITH

Bahama Business Outlook, I plan
to share this and information on
the key new benefits among those
approved by Parliament with the
passage of the 22 amendments to
the National Insurance Act. I also
plan to appeal for an increase to
the critical partnership between
the Grand Bahama community
and NIB to increase sustainability
of the National Insurance Fund.”

Mrs Riviere-Smith will explain
how the advent of a new regulato-
ry framework in 2009 has already
brought about needed evolution.
“By URCA’s estimates, the size
of the sector in 2009 was approxi-
mately $460 million or 6.2 per cent
of the country’s Gross Domestic
Product or GDP. Access to high-
quality electronic communications
technologies and services at com-
petitive prices are essential for
GDP growth and the competitive-
ness of Bahamian businesses,” she
said.

Dr Pamela Etuk will present her
unique vision for the future devel-



DR. PAMELA ETUK

opment of Grand Bahama, while
Dr Sidney McPhee will explore
the relation of education to eco-
nomic development.

He added: “The educational
attainment of a nation’s citizens
correlates directly to its economic
growth and development. Strategic
investment in education at all lev-
els is one of the critical compo-
nents to achieve significant
progress in nation building.

“ Another component is forging
good relationships with local busi-
ness/industry in order to meet their
needs and to ensure employment
of skilled residents in the work-
place.”

Registration for the Grand
Bahama Business Outlook may be
made by contacting Mercynth Fer-
guson at the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce (tel: 352-
8329) or Hazel McKinney at
Deloitte (tel: 373-3015). Registra-
tion may also be made on-line at
the website: www.tclevents.com

PUBLIC NOTICE
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To Pay

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Lid. (BTC)

The successful applicant will be a professionally qualified
accountant or certified financial analyst with at least 10
years’ experience in the financial sector and a solid
foundation in business management. A proven acumen
for financial management including audit, preparation of
financial statements, investment analysis, budgetary
assessment and human resources is required. An
understanding of the application of information technology
to enhance productivity and the ability to work effectively
as the leader of a small team Is vital.

The successful candidate will report to the President of
TradeInvest in the management of the financial aspects
of complex investment and private fiduciary arrangements.

The position offers an attractive compensation and benefits
package.

Applications may be delivered by hand or faxed to:

The President
‘TradeInvest Asset Management Ltd.
Lyford Manor (West Building), Lyford Cay
P.O. Box N-7776 (slot 193)
Nassau, 6.P., The Bahamas
Facsimile (242) 702-2040)

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Bahamas No.2
in the region for
unemployment rate

FROM page 1B

between 15-16 per cent in
2009.

It estimated, though, that
the unemployment rate in
the Bahamas peaked last
year, hitting between 18-19
per cent, with a decline for
this year to a projected 16-17
per cent - but still slightly
higher than 2009 levels.

These findings are some-
what consistent with gov-
ernment pronouncements
that unemployment in the
Bahamas has peaked, as evi-
denced by unemployment
benefits claimant data, but
there is nothing to show a
dramatic rebound.

Still, the start of the $2.6
billion Baha Mar project,
together with the Bahamas
Telecommunications Com-
pany (BTC) privatisation
and other economic devel-
opments, seems likely to
turn the Bahamian econo-
my around more swiftly

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than other Caribbean
nations. The Kouame/Reyes
study, though, showed
through its unemployment
data just how vulnerable the
Bahamas is to external
shocks that impact its major
industries.

In 2008, only Trinidad &
Tobago and Barbados (mar-
ginally) had a lower unem-
ployment rate than the
Bahamas’ 8 per cent.

Come 2009, and the
Bahamas was tied equal-
third for unemployment
with Suriname, with only
Belize and St Lucia having
higher rates. The Bahamas
took sole possession of third
place in 2010, and is pro-
jected to jump to second
place in 2011 as Belize’s
unemployment falls.

“As output in the
Caribbean has slowed down,
unemployment is estimated
to have risen with no signs
of recovery in 2010, while
some countries will still see
increases in unemployment
during 2011,” the study
warned.

“With the global slow-
down, unemployment rates
are likely to increase as the
decrease in external demand
affects the production indus-
tries and therefore employ-
ment generation.”

Noting that the Bahamas
had experienced “a very
slow increase in tourist
arrivals” from the 2009 low,
when they led _ the
Caribbean with a more than
15 per cent decline, the
study warned that English-
speaking economies such as
this nation would “lag sig-
nificantly” behind the rest
of Latin America and this
region when it came to
recovery.

With Baha Mar and other
developments in the
Bahamas’ favour, this
remains to be seen, but the
study said: “Average growth

after the crisis will likely be
lower for the English-speak-
ing countries during the next
five years than it was just
before the crisis.

“While the rest of the
Caribbean, South America
and Central America will
likely recover during the
medium-term to a similar
growth path as that experi-
enced on average before the
crisis, the English-speaking
Caribbean countries will
remain lagging significantly
behind its dynamic growth
of approximately 5 per cent
per yea during 2003-2007,
with an estimated annual
growth rate of 2.5 per cent
per year during 2011-2015.

“With this, the crisis
seems to have halved the
medium-term growth
prospects of the English-
speaking Caribbean coun-
tries.”

The Bahamas is project-
ed to be in line with that 2.5
per cent growth estimate for
the next several years,
notwithstanding Baha Mar.

The study revealed that
the Bahamas’ economic
growth rate during the past
decade has lagged even that,
this nation’s GDP growing
at a 1.3 per cent average
between 2001-2005, and just
1.1 per cent between 2006-
2008.

This was well below the
5.1 per cent annual GDP
growth rate that the
Bahamas achievsed between
1996-2000, when the US
economy was booming and
it enjoyed the fruits of
Kerzner International’s first
two Atlantis phases and oth-
er assorted hotel industry
investments.

In fact, the Bahamas’ eco-
nomic growth rate this
decade has lagged the 3.3
per cent average attained
between 1981-1985, and 1.9
per cent between 1986-1990.

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‘moderate effect’
on CWC’s debt

FROM page 1B

telecom incumbent, Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC), should not
result in a significant increase in the group’s
leverage, proforma, for the planned trans-
action.”

The two S&P analysts, though, warned
that CWC’s “adjusted leverage could
increase somewhat” during its upcoming
fiscal year that ends in 2012 due to a num-
ber of factors, including “potential signifi-
cant restructuring charges linked to its
planned acquisition of BTC” - a reference
to the voluntary redundancy and early
retirement exercise that CWC will have
to undertake in reducing the workforce to
300-400 persons.

CWC has pledged to reduce prices for
telecommunications services by up to 36
per cent within the first three years post-
privatisation, even though experience in
other Caribbean jurisdictions suggests it
could lose 30-40 per cent market share
once its cellular monopoly expires in three
years.

The details were unveiled in Cable &
Wireless Communications (CWC) five-
year business plan for BTC, which also
outlined the company’s plan to expand
BTC’s "retail footprint” from 26 to 56 loca-
tions via "a mix of flagship, retail and store-
in-store" locations.

Stating that the Family Islands and
Bahamian small and medium-size enter-
prises would "especially benefit from this
expansion”, CWC added that top-up loca-
tions would increase to more than 5,000,
with "improved methods of Top-Up".

And, outlining the rationale for BTC's
privatisation, CWC said: "BTC’'s overall
revenue is projected to decline at 1 per
cent per annum over five years, driven
mainly by the reduction in roaming rates,
voice services (price reduction), counter-
acted by growth in the take-up of mobile
data, enterprise and carrier and fixed
broadband, TV and Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP).

"Absent the rapid deployment of new,
largely data-based services which CWC is
able to deliver, the projected decline would
be significantly greater, and BTC would
be unprepared for competition in three
years."

Addressing the projected business per-
formance of BTC, CWC projected that
the staff restructuring - details of which
still have to be worked out - would lead to
operating expenses falling by 20 per cent

"We want to build
BTC to a world class
operator offering
broadest coverage,
most advanced fixed,
mobile and a new era
of communications
services at more com-
petitive prices, benefit-
ing the Bahamian peo-
ple and economy."

over the five years to 2015, falling from
almost $200 million at present to around
$160 million.

Pledging that "significant capital expen-
diture” would be invested in information
technology, cellular and broadband net-
works over the next five years, CWC
promised: "We want to build BTC to a
world class operator offering broadest cov-
erage, most advanced fixed, mobile and a
new era of communications services at
more competitive prices, benefiting the
Bahamian people and economy."

Getting there, though, will not neces-
sarily be easy. CWC acknowledged that
Caribbean benchmarks and experience
elsewhere showed that cellular liberalisa-
tion in 2014 would see BTC’s market share
in that category drop by 30-40 per cent,
while average revenue per unit (ARPU) in
the fixed-landline business "could be as
great as 40 per cent four to five years after
liberalisation".

And, while roaming rates were likely to
fall after the Bahamian communications
market was liberalised, CWC said oppor-
tunities abounded, with new operators,
mobile data and smart phone growth
increasing market size by up to 10 per cent.

And, with the growth in data services,
ARPU growth in this segment, aided by
the introduction of 3G/4G and smartphone
technology was "likely to increase by as
much as 80-90 per cent"

"Roaming data usage per visitor is like-
ly to grow by 130-150 per cent within the
next five years,” added CWC.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

SUTTON PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LID.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

SEAGRAPE PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Insurance regulator must
he more than ‘policeman

FROM page 1B

sion with respect to the selection process and type of indi-
vidual we want to see in the role.

“We believe it should be someone with experience, exper-
tise in the insurance business, and type of regulatory back-
ground with the gravitas to be forward-looking and making
progress in the industry.

“We're beyond the position of the regulator being a traf-
fic director and policeman, with the role being more to
facilitate the growth of the industry domestically and inter-
nationally.”

Mr Cooper acknowledged that the Insurance Commis-
sion’s staffing and expertise levels had been ‘beefed up’ in
recent times, with accountants and lawyers now employed,
along with a new Head of Supervision “who seems to bring
a wealth of international experience to the equation”.

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business

Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of February, 2011. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,

P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of February, 2011. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

Improvement

NOTICE GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY

EINIETED “The up-staffing and resource improvement will no doubt

not only improve the efficiency, effectiveness and respon-
siveness of the office but will also improve our competi-
tiveness, not only on the domestic side but in captives and
the external insurance industry as well,” Mr Cooper added.

“The industry is very strong and rather robust. As an
industry, we have not done a good enough job of telling our
own story.

“We protect the lives, dreams and assets of Bahamian res-
idents.

“In life insurance we create estates for regular people to
ensure the maintenance of quality of life after the demise of
a provider, so that future generations can be better off. If the
many stories were told of a prompt payment and recoveries
after hurricanes, mobilising of re-insurance to protect against
potentially catastrophic events, or the living examples of lives
saved because the person had health insurance, or the annu-
ity clients who amassed a comfortable nest egg to maintain

DELANO ARANHA quality of life when retired, it would be astounding.
at “If we quantified the impact of these things, plus the
LIQUIDATOR thousands of well-paying jobs we create for Bahamians,
GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED ce the millions of dollars we pay in taxes relative to banks,
or example, I believe we'll have a very powerful illustration
of the impact of the insurance industry.”

GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY
LIMITED

(in Voluntary Liquidation) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an
Extraordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders of
GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED
is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office of the
Company, Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay
Street in the City of Nassau on the 28" day of March, 2011
at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon. The object and purpose
of said meeting is to have laid before the Shareholders of
the Company the accounts of the Liquidator, DELANO
ARANHA, showing the manner in which the winding up
of the Company has been conducted, the property of the
Company distributed and the debts and obligations of the
Company discharged, and also to hear any explanation that
may be given by said Liquidator.

Dated the 10“ day of February, 2011.



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box SS-19084,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before the 4" day of March,
2011. In default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 10 day of February, 2011.

DELANO ARANHA
LIQUIDATOR

GLOBO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED

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=) =
Bay Streetis Government invests

‘over $100m’ in Bay

taken ‘back to
Ground Zero’

PHOTO: Jessica Robertson
HAZE: Smoke fills downtown Nassau as firefighters tackle the blaze.

FROM page 1B

nomic recovery.

with East Street and the immediate vicinity going east - that had

and shop owners.

“It’s a setback,” Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. “We’ve yesterday’s blaze, which gut-

ea ; : : ? ted the Betty K freight termi-
ting it to where it needed to be from an investment perspective. : nal and warehouses, plus left
i surrounding retailers such as
? the Bristol Cellars-operated
? Bacardi store and Green Par-
i rot pub severely damaged at
Apart from the Betty K freight terminal and warehouse, | cr nad a ae

i their short-t Is.
businesses were either destroyed or damaged by smoke/fire, } a eae a ee ein rm
including the Bristol Cellars-Operated Bacardi store and the } and companies who had
Venue clothing shop. Apart from causing a multi-million pound i imports on the dock at Betty
K waiting to be cleared are
i likely staring at multi-milli

Mr Rolle told Tribune Business that the fire-gutted block, } i nae calibcively.
will probably run into the tens

image perspective”, since in the short-term it will be the last ? of millions. The insurance

impression of Nassau for many cruise ship passengers, who : Gjaims and payouts are likely
i to be substantial, while supply
? chains may be disrupted for
? those who import via Betty K
i until the company finds new
i premises.

The loss of that block at the junction of Bay Street/East }
Street going north is also a blow to efforts to revitalise the i
section of Bay Street directly east of that location. Efforts to that }
end had started to bear fruit, through new investment by prop- }
erty owners and businesses such as Bacardi/Bristol Cellars, :
i together and see how best we
? can redevelop this side of Bay

been making some progress on revitalising Bay Street and get-
At one point, everything east of East Street was derelict and
there was no activity going on in that area for quite a while.

“We started to see some investment progress there - the
Green Parrot pub, the Bacardi store, and on the main Bay
Street a couple of new stores that came about.”

which was gutted by the fire, numerous other properties and

loss to property owners, businesses and Betty K customers, the
blaze has also impacted jobs likely to total in the three figures.

which will likely have to be torn down, “doesn’t help from an

will drive past it as they return via taxi to Prince George’s
Wharf.

Blow

with the Klonaris brothers investing $14 million in the Elizabeth
on Bay plaza (which was undamaged by the fire).

The loss of these buildings, and the traditional Bahamian }
architecture they represented, together with retail and other i
businesses, effectively takes the drive to revive ‘Bay Street }
i described yesterday’s fire as
once again have challenges in attracting tourists and local i “a big blow”, at least in the
shoppers alike, given that its attractions menu - at least in the
i talise downtown Nassau

east of east of East Street’ back to square one. The area will

short-term - has been substantially reduced.

“Bay Street is our living room, and if your living room isn’t i
clean and impressive and reflective of something that’s com- }
fortable, it sends a negative message,” Mr Rolle said. “I feel for
the business owners in that area, especially the new businesses.”

While many companies were covered by insurance, such as }
property, inventory and business interruption insurance, Mr }
Rolle said this would not compensate those affected for the loss i
i they’re going to do. How

of returns on invested capital.

“Somebody made the comment: ‘I hope they have insur- }
ance’,” Mr Rolle said of the companies impacted by yesterday’s i
fire. “If you have a business, and have invested capital in oper- }
i These are important ques-

ating costs, insurance does not take that into consideration.

“Many business owners just take out property insurance on i

the assets.

“There is another impact, and if you have capital invested in }
the operating aspects of your business, that’s a substantial :
i erty owners have to get
? together. It’s all dependent
? on the property owners on

cost.”
Asked about the overall impact of yesterday’s blaze on Bay
Street and efforts to revitalise downtown Nassau, Mr Rolle said:

“Tt takes you back to Ground Zero. If you recall the original }
Bay Street fire, the Straw Market fire, how far on are we since }
the fire in getting back to normal and being in a comfortable }
i redevelopment, and how it’s

position?

“Tt [yesterday’s fire] is something we can ill afford. That is not }
the type of event that we need for this recovery to really take }

place.”



FROM page 1B

i repairs.

“With respect to the Gov-

i ernment road paving and
i Water & Sewerage Corpora-
? tion main replacement, that
i will begin in the next couple
? of weeks and take place over
i a six-month period,” Mr
i Roberts said. “That’s going
? to get going very soon.

“In addition to that, the

i Government has approved
? some of the plans advanced
? around pedestrianisation.
i Some of the streets - two
i small streets - that we asked
i to be pedestrianised they’ve
i agreed should be done.”

Mr Roberts identified the

? streets involved as Charlotte
i Street north between Bay
i Street and Woodes Rogers
i? Wharf, and Marlborough
i Street between Cumberland
i and George Streets.

Charles Klonaris, co-chair

? of the DNP, which is a pri-
i vate-public sector partnership
i featuring the Government,
? yesterday confirmed the
i pedestrianisation goal for
? 2011, although he cautioned
i that the details - especially the
i financing - still had to be
? worked out with the Govern-
i ment.

Groundwork

“The last couple of years

i have set the groundwork for
i bringing physical changes to
i the city,” Mr Klonaris told
i Tribune Business. “We’re
? looking this year to pedestri-
i anise three of the side streets.
i That should be the short-
? term, low-hanging fruit pro-
i ject that brings some confi-
? dence to the downtown area.

“But it’s still early. We still

have to deal with the Gov-

Khaalis Rolle said the blaze that took out the Betty K ship- : gpyment on the issue in terms

ping company’s offices and warehouse, plus the entire block ; og funding. Things are moving

around them, had impacted an area of Bay Street - the junction ! quickly, and you're going to
i see physical changes this

just started to recover with new investment by both property | year.”

He warned, though, that

Property owners, retailers

“T don’t know how our pri-
orities will be affected,” Mr
Klonaris said of yesterday’s
events. “We have to let the
dust settle, put our heads

Street. We’re going to be
clearing a lot of property.”
The DNP _ co-chair

short-term, to efforts to revi-

“because a lot of what was
impacted is retail, and now
it’s gone”.

He added: “A lot depends
on the property owners them-
selves going forward, what
they’re thinking and what

quickly these buildings are
demolished, how we bring
traffic east of East Street......

tions.

“Short-term I think it’s
going to have an effect. Long-
term, the DNP and the prop-

how quickly they want to
redevelop those properties,
how we co-ordinate their

going to work. Those are
some important issues.”
Mr Klonaris said the fire

: potentially “changes every-

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thing in terms of what we had
in mind” for developing and
re-investing in the Bay Street
area east of the East Street
junction.

“The old Betty K ware-

EMPLOYMENT OPPORT

house was very historic and
had a lot of charm in terms
of anyone wanting to pur-
chase that,” he added. “They
could have kept that, the
essence of the old architec-
ture, and that would have
been really nice.”

Betty K was among the
downtown-based shipping
companies due to relocate to
the new Arawak Cay port
when its construction is com-
pleted this summer, and the
company yesterday said no
jobs would be impacted by
the fire.

It was seeking to move
immediately to new premis-
es, adding that it would supply
clients with contact details as
soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Mr Roberts
told Tribune Business that
once the new Straw Market
was opened and the vendors

Street redevelopment

relocated, the current tent site
would be transformed into a
‘Green Space’, funded from
both private and public
sources.

Explaining that legislation
to provide the framework for
the city’s redevelopment was
currently taking second place
to the need for “physical
improvements that build
momentum” in the revitalisa-
tion efforts, Mr Roberts said
the Government had to date
invested “in excess of” $100
million in downtown Nassau
upgrades.

This, he added, was spread
between the $44 million Nas-
sau Harbour dredging, the
Arawak Cay port, the new
Straw Market, the Water &
Sewerage works and road
repaving, and improvements
to the likes of Parliament
Square, the Supreme Court
building and the Hansard
building.

“That’s all totalling up in
excess of $100 million,” Mr
Roberts told Tribune Busi-
ness. “The Government cer-
tainly feels it’s moving ahead
and doing its part, and the pri-
vate sector is doing its thing,
so we will see new investment
and continue to build momen-
tum.”

Describing downtown Nas-
sau’s redevelopment as “very
significant”, Mr Roberts
added: “I’ve been saying from
day one that it’s a national
priority........ What happens in
downtown very much defines
what goes on in the Bahamas,
and how we connect with the
environment and our civili-

ty.”

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INES SC
PRESIDENT AIMS TO BRING DEFICITS UNDER CONTROL THROUGH SPENDING CUTS AND TAX INCREASES

Obama sends Congress
3.73 trillion budget



MARTIN CRUTSINGER,
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama
sent Congress a $3.73 trillion
budget Monday that holds out
the prospect of eventually
bringing deficits under control
through spending cuts and tax
increases. But the fiscal blue-
print largely ignores his own
deficit commission's view that
the nation is imperiled unless
huge entitlement programs like
Social Security and Medicare
are slashed.

Obama called his new budget
one of "tough choices and sac-
rifices," but most of those cuts
would be held off until after the
next presidential election.

Overall, Obama proposed
trimming the deficits by $1.1
trillion over a decade. The
administration is projecting that
the deficit will hit an all-time
high of $1.65 trillion this year
and then drop sharply to $1.1
trillion in 2012, with an expect-
ed improvement in the econo-
my and as reductions in Social
Security withholding and busi-
ness taxes expire.

Obama's 2012 budget would
actually add $8 billion to the
projected deficit for that year
because the bulk of the savings






INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

he would achieve through a
freeze in many domestic pro-
grams would be devoted to
increased spending in areas
Obama considers priorities,
such as education, clean energy
and high-speed rail.

"We have more work to do
to live up to our promise by
repairing the damage this brutal
recession has inflicted on our
people,” Obama said.

The president went to a mid-
dle school outside of Baltimore
to highlight the education ini-
tiatives in his budget and told
the crowd, "We can't sacrifice
our future."

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CARLO SIFFRARD of GARDEN
HILLS, P.O. BOX SS-6582, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
8" day of February, 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





























5S2wk-Low

4.42 Bank of Bahamas.

0.18 Benchmark
2,0 Bahamas VWaste
2.14 Fidelity Bank
9.62 Cable Bahamas
2.36 Colina Holdings

Securit_y
0.97 AML Foods Limited
9.67 Bahamas Property Fund

ROYAL FIDELITY

Moray at Wiaerk

Republicans, who took con-
trol of the House in the Novem-
ber elections and picked up
seats in the Senate in part
because of voter anger over the
soaring deficits, called Obama's
efforts too timid. Lawmakers
are set to begin debating on
Tuesday $61 billion in cuts for
the remaining seven months of
fiscal 2011. “Presidents are
elected to lead and address big
challenges," said Republican
House Budget Committee
Chairman Paul Ryan of Wis-
consin. "The big challenge fac-
ing our economy today and our
country tomorrow is the debt
crisis. He's making it worse, not
better."

Senate Republican Leader
Mitch McConnell said the pres-
ident's investment plans missed
the simple point that "we don't
have the money" to finance
Obama's vision of "trains and
windmills" in the future.

"After two years of failed
stimulus programs and Democ-
rats in Washington competing
to outspend each other, we just
can't afford to do all the things
the administration wants,"
McConnell said.

Even some Democrats com-
plained that Obama needed a
more vigorous attack on future
budget deficits.

"We need a much more
robust package of deficit and
debt reduction over the medi-
um- and long-term. It is not
enough to focus primarily on
cutting the non-security discre-
tionary part of the budget,” said
Senate Budget Committee
Chairman Kent Conrad, D-
N.D., who called for a budget
presentation matching the
ambition of Obama's deficit
commission.

Jacob Lew, the president's
budget director, told reporters
that the president's budget was
a "meaningful down payment"
in attacking the deficits that
would get the country's
finances headed in the right
direction. The $14 trillion
national debt — the cumula-
tive total of deficits — would
grow to $16.7 trillion by Sept.
30, 2012, Obama's budget pro-
jects. Much of that debt is owed
to China.

Obama's deficit commission
made a host of painful recom-
mendations including raising
the Social Security retirement
age and curbing benefit increas-
es, eliminating or sharply scal-
ing back popular tax breaks,
reforming a financially unsound
Medicare program and almost
doubling the federal tax on
gasoline. Obama included none

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YYONNE SANON of Malcolm
Road, P.O. BOX N-356, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 8" DAY
of February 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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1.207 8.3.

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1.5808
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114.3684
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FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

YTD%
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0.18%
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-0.56%
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5.20%
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NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.550241

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1.475244
2.910084
1.533976

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CFAL Money Market Fund
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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

HARD COPIES: Copies of President Obama's 2012 bud-
get are delivered to the Senate Budget Committee, Mon-
day, Feb. 14, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

SHAKE ON IT: President Barack Obama reaches to
shake hands with 8th graders as he speaks at Parkville
Middle School and Center of Technology, in Parkville,

Md., Monday, Feb., 14, 2011.

of these proposals in his new
budget. The deficit panel called
for savings by making these
politically tough choices of $4
trillion over a decade, four-
times the savings that Obama is
projecting.

The Obama budget plan,
which is certain to be changed
by Congress, would spend $3.73
trillion in the 2012 budget year,
which begins Oct. 1, a reduc-
tion of 2.4 percent from what
Obama projects will be spent
in the current budget year.

Of the $1.1 trillion in deficit
savings that Obama is project-
ing over the next 10 years, two-
thirds would come from spend-
ing cuts, including $400 billion
in savings from a five-year
freeze on domestic programs
that account for one-tenth of
the budget. The other one-third
of deficit savings would come
from tax increases such as lim-
iting the tax deductions taken
by high income taxpayers, a
proposal that Obama put for-
ward last year only to have it
rejected by Congress. Obama
also proposes raising taxes on
energy companies.

The president's projected
$1.65 trillion deficit for the cur-
rent year would be the highest
dollar amount ever, surpassing
the $1.41 trillion deficit hit in
2009. It would also represent
10.8 percent of the total econo-
my, the highest level since the
deficit stood at 21.5 percent of
gross domestic product in 1945,
reflecting heavy borrowing to
fight World War II.

The president's 2012 budget
projects that the deficits will
total $7.21 trillion over the next
decade with the imbalances
never falling below $607 billion.
Even then that would exceed
the deficit record before Oba-
ma took office of $458.6 billion
in 2008, President George W.
Bush's last year in office.

Administration officials pro-
ject that the deficits will be
trimmed to 3.2 percent of GDP
by 2015 — one-third of the pro-
jected 2011 imbalance and a
level they said would not harm
the economy.

However, to achieve the low-
er deficits required the admin-
istration to assume the costs of
the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan would plummet to
$50 billion annually after 2012.

The budget also fails to pay for
the cost of keeping Medicare
payments for doctors from
being cut after 2013. Obama's
budget also makes assumptions
about economic growth that are
more optimistic that those
offered by many private econ-
omists.

While cutting many pro-
grams, the new budget does
propose spending increases in
selected areas of education, bio-
medical research, energy effi-
ciency, high-speed rail and oth-
er areas that Obama judged to
be important to the country's
future competitiveness in a
global economy.

In the energy area, the bud-
get would support Obama's
goal of putting 1 million electric
vehicles on the road by 2015
and doubling the nation's share
of electricity from clean energy
sources by 2035.

The budget proposes pro-
gram terminations or spending
reductions for more than 200
programs at an estimated sav-
ings of $33 billion in 2012. Pro-
grams targeted for large cuts
included Community Develop-
ment Block Grants, trimmed
by $300 million. A program that
helps pay heating bills for low-
income families would be cut
in half for a savings of $2.5 bil-
lion. Another program sup-
porting environmental restora-
tion of the Great Lakes would
be reduced by one-fourth for
$125 million in savings.

The biggest tax hike would
come from a proposal to trim
the deductions the wealthiest
Americans can claim for chari-
table contributions, mortgage
interest and state and local tax
payments. The administration
proposed this tax hike last year
but it was a nonstarter in Con-
gress. Obama's budget would
also raise $46 billion over 10
years by eliminating various tax
breaks to oil, gas and coal com-
panies. While Obama's budget
avoided painful choices in enti-
tlement programs, it did call for
$78 billion in reductions to Pen-
tagon spending over five years.
That would be achieved by
trimming what it views as
unnecessary Weapons programs
such as the C-17 aircraft, the
alternative engine for the Joint
Strike Fighter aircraft and the
Marine expeditionary vehicle.

NOTICE is hereby given that DORIAN BRENT FOYIL of
Caves Point, West Bay Street, P.O.Box AP-59225, Nassau
Bahamas, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 15" DAY of February 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN CLAUDE JOESPH of
Malcolm Road, P.O. BOX GT-2842, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 8" DAY of February 2011 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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Eurozone agrees funding
for future bailout fund



(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EXCHANGING WORDS: From left, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, European Commissioner for the Economy Olli Rehn and Lux-
embourg's Finance Minister Jean Claude Juncker share a word during a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Council building in
Brussels on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. European ministers face a potential flare-up in the euro's debt crisis when they meet Monday as investors
increasingly worry they might not deliver on their promise of a comprehensive solution.

GABRIELE STEINHAUSER,
AP Business Writer
BRUSSELS

European finance ministers
decided Monday to provide
2500 billion ($674 billion) for
a new crisis fund that will
come into force in 2013, but
continued to fight over the
best way to combat the cur-
rent debt crisis that has crip-
pled the eurozone over the
past year.

The ministers "agreed on
the provisional volume of
2500 billion , which will be
revised every other year," said
Jean Claude Juncker, the
prime minister of Luxem-
bourg who chairs the regular
meetings of the 17 eurozone
finance ministers.

Additional financing for the
so-called European Stability
Mechanism will come from
the International Monetary
Fund, which is already con-
tributing one third of the
region's existing ?750 billion
crisis fund.

While Juncker did not say
how much money will come
from the IMF in the future,
the European Union's Mone-
tary Affairs Commissioner
Olli Rehn said it was an
"unwritten understanding"
that the fund would provide
50 cents for every euro spent
by the eurozone members.

The European Stability
Mechanism will succeed the
European Financial Stability
Facility, the eurozone's ?440
billion contribution to the
overall fund, in 2013.

While the decision on the
new mechanism is a big step
in showing that the currency
union is prepared to stick by
its weaker members, immedi-
ate investor concern centers
on the eurozone’s ability to
deal with the existing crisis.

Ministers didn't reach a
decision on boosting the size
and powers of the exciting
facility, which at the moment
can only give about ?250 bil-
lion ($336 billion) in loans
because of several capital
buffers required to make the
bonds it issues to raise money
attractive to investors. Junck-
er said that the ?500 billion
promised to the new mecha-
nism will constitute its effec-
tive lending capacity and
won't be diminished by capi-
tal buffers.

Monday's meeting came
amid renewed jitters on Euro-
pean bond markets. The
interest rates on Portuguese
government bonds were near
euro-era highs, heightening
speculation that the country
might soon have to follow
Greece and Ireland in seeking
international help to service
its rising debts.

"The situation on sovereign
debt markets remains dis-
turbing,” Juncker told
reporters. That statement
echoed earlier comments
from Luxembourg's finance
minister Luc Frieden, who

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said Portuguese yields have
been rising "probably because
we are too slow in taking the
relevant decisions."

His German counterpart
Wolfgang Schaeuble, howev-
er, cautioned against rushing
into new measures. "At the
moment financial markets are
so stable that it is probably
better if we don't disturb
them with unnecessary dis-
cussions," Schaeuble said.

Eurozone officials have
promised to present a "com-
prehensive response” to the
debt crisis by the end of
March.

The European Commis-
sion, the European Union's
executive, and some member
states have been pushing gov-
ernments to give the Euro-
pean Financial Stability Facil-
ity new powers — such as
buying government bonds on
the open market, stabilizing
their prices — and increasing
the facility's funding so it can
actually lend out the full ?440
billion.

On top of that, the Com-
mission has suggested lower-
ing the interest rates Greece
and Ireland have to pay for
their bailouts.

Yet, no decisions were tak-
en Monday on more immedi-
ate crisis measures. "Nothing
is agreed until everything is
agreed," said Juncker.

At the center of this all-or-
nothing debate is Germany,
the biggest contributor to the
EFSF. Berlin has said it will
only back new powers and
money for the existing facility
if in return the region's strag-
glers commit to making their
economies more competitive.

That demand, backed by
France, has created discord
among eurozone govern-
ments, with some complain-
ing that the demanded mea-
sures distract from plans to
enhance economic gover-
nance in the currency union
already tabled by the Com-
mission. France and Germany
say that the concrete mea-
sures to be included in their
so-called "pact for competi-
tiveness” are still up for
debate, but according to doc-
uments circulated a few weeks
ago they could contain
demands to raise retirement
ages, add limits to public debt
to national constitutions and

come up with a common base
for corporate taxation.

"I'm not sure that the Fran-
co-German proposal is the
best way" to improve com-
petitiveness, said Jyrki
Katainen, the Finnish finance
minister.

He suggested that it might
be more efficient to tag some
of the suggested measures
onto the Commission plans
that are already more
advanced.

The debate comes as cracks
appeared in the willingness of
political decision makers in
bailed out Greece and Ireland
to go along with the tough
requirements of their rescue
programs.

The Greek government
over the weekend issued an
angry statement, accusing the
European Union and the
International Monetary Fund
— responsible for a large por-
tion of the bailout — of over-
stepping their role and inter-
fering in its internal affairs.

They are unhappy about a
new requirement for the
Greek government to sell off
250 billion ($67 billion) in
state assets by 2015, far more
than previously agreed.

In Ireland, the two parties
likely to win general elections

scheduled for Feb. 25 have
said they want to renegotiate
the terms of the countries’
bailout program and signaled
that they are unwilling to
inject much more money into
Ireland's struggling banks.

OIL FALLS AS US SUPPLIES

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NEW YORK



The price of benchmark crude fell to its lowest level in 12
weeks Monday as oil traders weighed growing U.S. oil supplies
against unrest in the Middle East.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 77 cents to
settle at $84.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
USS. supplies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products
remains tepid. "The U.S. market is not reacting to anything
because it's just so oversupplied," said Tom Bentz, analyst at
BNP Paribas Commodity Futures.

Meanwhile, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08 a
barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London, with traders
concerned that unrest in several Middle East countries may dis-
rupt oil supplies in the region. Brent is used to price oil in
Asia and in Europe. It also goes to some U.S. East Coast
refineries to produce gasoline.

There were anti-government protests in Iran, Bahrain,
Yemen and Algeria following the resignation of Egypt's Pres-
ident Hosni Mubarak last week. The military said it will guide
Egypt through a democratic transition, but labor protests over
wages and working conditions continue around the country.

Concerned

Traders are concerned that the unrest could interfere with
shipments of oil from OPEC countries such as Iran, analysts
said. The 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries, of which Saudi Arabia is the de facto leader, supplies
over a third of the world’s crude.

"The entire region's production comes into question,”
PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. "The risk is still very, very
high."

"The reactions that we're seeing in the markets over what's
going on in the Middle East are quite startling,” Bentz said. "I
know there's potential for problems there, but it's not like
there's been one drop of lost oil from the Middle East."

China's reported that exports rose almost 38 percent in Jan-
uary to $150.7 billion. That's more than double the rate in
December. It also had near-record imports of crude oil. China
is the world's second-largest economy after the U.S. and the sec-
ond-largest consumer of oil, according to the Energy Infor-
mation Administration.

That demand has helped drive oil prices higher in recent
months. While China's economy is robust, growing at a pace of
nearly 10 percent at the end of last year, the government is wor-
ried about inflation and has taken steps to try to slow growth
and rising prices. If China's economy slows, so will its demand
for oil, and that could affect prices of oil and other commodi-
ties, Bentz said. In other Nymex trading in March contracts,
heating oil rose 5.46 cents to settle at $2.7504 a gallon and
gasoline gained 5.22 cents at $2.5174 a gallon. Natural gas rose
1.5 cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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Clothing prices to rise
10 pct starting in sprin

ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,
AP Retail Writer
NEW YORK

The era of falling clothing
prices is ending.

Clothing prices have dropped
for a decade as tame inflation
and cheap overseas labor
helped hold down costs. Retail-
ers and clothing makers cut
frills and experimented with
fabric blends to cut prices dur-
ing the recession.

But as the world economy
recovers and demand for goods
rises, a surge in labor and raw
materials costs is squeezing
retailers and manufacturers
who have run out of ways to
pare costs.

Cotton has more than dou-
bled in price over the past year,
hitting all-time highs. The price
of other synthetic fabrics has
jumped roughly 50 percent as
demand for alternatives and
blends has risen.

Clothing prices are expected
to rise about 10 percent in com-
ing months, with the biggest
increases coming in the second
half of the year, said Burt
Flickinger III president of
Strategic Resource Group.

Brooks Brothers’ wrinkle-
free men's dress shirts now cost
$88, up from $79.50. Levi
Strauss & Co., Wrangler jeans
maker VF Corp., J.C. Penney
Co., Nike and designer shoe
seller Steve Madden also plan
increases.

More specifics on price
increases are expected when
clothing retailers such as J.C.
Penney Co. and Abercrombie
& Fitch Co. report financial
results this month.

"All of our brands, every sin-
gle brand, will take some price
increases," said Eric Wiseman,
chairman and CEO of VF
Corp., whose brands include
The North Face, Nautica,
Wrangler and Lee. Cotton
accounts for half the produc-
tion cost of jeans, which make
up about one-third of VF's
sales, he told investors in

»



(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

COTTON PRICES UP: In this Feb. 4, 2011 photo, customer Brian Begay looks at a Levi jeans at a store in
Hayward, Calif. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, reaching the highest since the
Civil War and the price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped almost just as much as demand for alternatives

and blends has risen.

November. Higher costs also
will affect how clothes are
made. Clothing makers are
blending more synthetic fabrics
like rayon and designing jeans
with fewer beads and other
embellishments. Shoppers also
will have fewer color choices.
Retailers are trying to figure
out whether consumer demand
that gave them strong holiday
sales will last. The fear is high-
er prices will nip that budding
demand. Stores that cater to
low- and middle-income shop-
pers will have the hardest time
passing along price increases.
"We have been so used to
deflation for years and years,"
said David Bassuk, managing
director in the retail practice of
AlixPartners. "Customers are

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF VIK-
TOR ALEXANDER SCH-

WEIZER,

(a.k.a

VICTOR

ALEXANDER SCWEIZER),
late of Pinta Avenue 2, Bahamia,

going to be surprised.”

Janice Mignanelli of Wash-
ington Township, N.J., doesn't
want any surprises.

"I'm not going to spend any
more than $50 for a pair of
jeans,” said Mignanelli, a stay-
at-home mom shopping at The
Garden State Plaza in Paramus,
N.J., last week. "I'll just have
to cut back on the extras.”

Even affluent shoppers,
whose spending has rebound-
ed, may bristle.

"It does give me some
pause,” said Jimmy Franco, a
47-year-old publicity executive
and fan of Brooks Brothers’
shirts. "Instead of buying two, I
may just get one and a pair of
socks. There's a certain amount
of money that I'm prepared to
spend.”

Cotton has jumped to a 150-
year-high, hitting $1.90 per
pound on Friday. That's more
than double the price a year
ago and just ahead of the $1.89
record during the Civil War,
according to the International
Cotton Advisory Committee.
But the Civil War-era price isn't
adjusted for inflation, and the
cotton group says it doesn't
have an adjusted figure avail-
able. The government inflation

calculator only goes back to
1913, but at that point $1.89 had
the same general power buying
power as $41.63 does today.

Cotton prices began soaring
in August of 2010 after bad
weather cut harvests in major
producing countries including
China, the U.S., Pakistan and
Australia.

Restrictions on exports from
India, the world's second-
largest cotton exporter behind
China, have also produced cot-
ton shortages. On top of that,
worldwide demand for cotton
has risen as the global economy
improves.

Raw materials account for 25
percent to 50 percent of the
cost of producing a garment.
Labor ranges from 20 percent
to 40 percent, depending on
how complicated it is to make,
Bassuk said.

On the production side,
many Chinese factories that
shut down temporarily in the
depths of the recession still
haven't returned to capacity.
As they ramp up, they're find-
ing they have to pay workers
more because of labor short-
ages, said John Long, retail
strategist at consulting firm
Kurt Salmon.

on the Island of Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas, de-
ceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims against the above-named
Estate are required on or before the 10th day
of March, A. D., 2011 to send their names, ad-
dresses and particulars of their debts or claims,
to the undersigned, and if so required by notice
in writing from the undersigned to come in and
prove such debts or claims, or in default thereof
they will be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution AND NOTICE is hereby also
given that all persons indebted to the said Es-
tate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the date herein before mentioned AND
NOTICE is hereby given that at the expiration
of the date hereinbefore mentioned, the assets
of the Estate of the said late, VIKTOR ALEX-
ANDER SCHWEIZER, (a.k.a VICTOR AL-
EXANDER SCWEIZER), deceased, will be
distributed among the persons entitled thereto
having regard only to the claims of which the
President and Executor of the Nelly and Viktor
Schweizer-Huber Foundation shall then have
had notice.

DATED the 4th day of February, A.D., 2011

Roland Rochat

President and Executor of the
Nelly and Viktor Schweizer-Huber
Foundation

C/o Gibson, Rigby & Co.
Chambers

Ki-Malex House,

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
MARISTELLA, S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

This notice replaces the publication of 9th October
2009 in this Gazette wherein the name MARISTELLA
S.A. was incorrectly referred to.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of
2000), the Dissolution of STAR LIBRIS LIMITED has
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was _ the
28th day of December 2010

Michella Callendar
Liquidator

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(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File
LOADING UP: In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, containers are
loaded onto a cargo ship at the Tianjin port in China. A Chinese
state news agency said on Monday Feb. 14, 2011, the country’s
trade surplus in January narrowed sharply to $6.5 billion. The fig-
ure reported Monday by the Xinhua News Agency was down 54
percent from a year earlier. No details of imports and exports were
immediately reported.

NEW YORK

Copper prices rose
Monday after China
reported a jump in
imports of the metal
used largely in manufac-
turing.

China's copper
imports rose 6 percent
from December and 25
percent from February
2010. China's overall
exports jumped nearly
38 percent last month.

The report bolstered
expectations of stronger
demand for commodi-
ties such as copper, oil
and agriculture products.

China's trade data can be distorted by the Lunar New
Year, which resulted in one extra work day in January.
Even taking that into consideration, analysts said both
exports and imports were stronger than expected.

"Our market balances suggest that given the growth in
underlying demand, in fact China's monthly import will
have to rise further over the next few months," Barclays
Capital wrote in a note to clients.

China, which is the world's second-largest economy,
accounted for about 37 percent of the total global demand
for copper in 2009.

Inflation

The country has taken several steps in recent months to
try to curb inflation and keep its economic growth at a
more sustainable pace. China's economy was growing
at arate of about 10 percent at the end of 2010.

If China is able to slow down its economy, any impact
on copper would be cushioned by stronger demand in
emerging markets such as India and South America,
Lind-Waldock senior market strategist Phillip Streible
said. U.S. manufacturing also is growing, which will
increase domestic use of copper. The metal is used in
everything from consumer electronics to car batteries
and construction materials.

Copper for March delivery rose 9.25 cents to settle at
$4.6285 a pound.

Other metals also settled higher.

In March contracts, silver rose 53.9 cents to settle at
$30.534 an ounce and palladium added $18.10 to settle at
$832.80 an ounce. April gold gained $4.70 to settle at
$1,365.10 an ounce and April platinum rose $14.10 to
settle at $1,827.60 an ounce.

The price of benchmark crude oil fell to its lowest lev-
el in 12 weeks as traders weighed growing U.S. oil sup-
plies against unrest in the Middle East.

West Texas Intermediate crude lost 77 cents to settle at
$84.81 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. U.S. sup-
plies of oil are rising, while demand for energy products
remains tepid.

In London, Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.08
a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Brent is used to
price oil in Asia and Europe.

In other Nymex trading, heating oil rose 5.46 cents to
settle at $2.7504 per gallon and gasoline futures gained
5.22 cents to $2.5174 per gallon. Natural gas added 1.5
cents to settle at $3.925 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In other trading, agriculture products were mixed. In
contracts for March delivery, wheat rose 5 cents to settle
$8.72 a bushel, corn fell 10.75 cents to settle at $6.9575 a
bushel and March soybeans fell 13.25 cents to settle at
$14.0275 a bushel.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
No. 45 of 2000

GOODFORT INVESTMENTS CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of GOODFORT INVESTMENTS CORP.
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the company has therefore been struck off the
Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was the 7th
December, 2010.

ra i. Sen S
t

sis a John B. Foster
Liquidator

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

AQUEL Bowe knew something was
wrong when her baby girl trembled

very time she took a breath.

Another symptom that had Ms Bowe worried was the
unusual paleness of her daughter Skye’s skin.

Skye Bowe was born April 21, 2010 and 12 days later her
medical nightmare began.

“After she came home from the hospital she was pale and
whenever she breathed her head would tremble and I said
to myself something just isn’t right with my child. I know
when babies are first born they are usually pale, but Skye
was more pale than normal,” Mrs Bowe told Tribune Health.

“T carried her back to the maternity ward at the Princess
Margaret Hospital and I told the pediatrician that something
was wrong with her. And the pediatrician said to me that it
was normal for my baby to look like that. But I said to
myself, ‘no, something is definitely wrong with her’,” she
said.

It was only a short time after that doctors discovered that
Skye had a severe heart defect.

She had been transferred to the Pediatric Cardiology
Service at PMH where a diagnosis of critical coarctation of
the aorta was made. (A coarctation of the aorta is a con-
genital condition whereby the aorta narrows in the area
where the ductus arteriosus inserts.)

URGENT INTERVENTION

This required urgent surgical intervention.

“The doctor said that without the surgery she would not
have made it. And this was such a scary experience for me.
I didn’t know what to think or what to do because you think
you've born a healthy child and you end up finding out that
your child is not healthy. I do not know how to explain it all
but my heart was racing, I was panicking and I couldn’t stop
crying because I thought I was going to lose my child.”

With the assistance of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation, Skye underwent immediate surgery at
PMH with excellent results.

Her post-operative course was uneventful and subse-
quent follow-ups at the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic at PMH
showed that the surgery had been successful.

“Tam so thankful to the Heart Foundation for what
they have done for me and my daughter. Throughout the
surgery doctors never mentioned once about any fees. I
kept asking them what my fees will be and they ignored me.
They didn’t give me any answer,” she said.

Skye is now eight months old and is in excellent health.
She does not have any residual effects from her condition.
“She is doing well, she is in excellent condition. She has
more energy than ever and her three siblings love her so
much,” her mother said.

Mrs Bowe said she encourages all those who can to
donate to the Heart Foundation, “because they help to
save little lives.”

“T encourage all to donate because you never know
when it will be your time to get help. I didn’t know how
hard it was until it was my child. I also didn’t realise the
struggle that the Heart Foundation has to go through either
to raise funds. I will do anything for the Heart Foundation
because they saved my child’s life.”

CELEBRITY AID

For the past ten years, the renowned Bahamian tennis
player Mark Knowles has hosted a celebrity tennis event in
aid of Bahamian children’s charities.

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational has been
the largest donor to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart
Foundation, which assists children with heart disease.

Mrs Bowe told Mr Knowles that had it not been for the
immediate surgery Skye received thanks to the Heart Foun-
dation, she knows her daughter would not have had long to
live.

She thanked the Sassoon Heart Foundation and Mr
Knowles for their support and help in saving Skye.

The Foundation’s major fundraising event, the Annual
Heart Ball, will be held this Saturday at the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort.

Tickets for the gala event are available at the Heart Foun-
dation’s offices on Cable Beach or by calling 327-0806.

UN health agency sous alarm on alcohol abuse

GENEVA
Associated Press

ALCOHOL abuse is
killing 2.5 million people
each year and govern-
ments must do more to
prevent it, the World
Health Organisation said
last Friday.

Some four per cent of all
deaths worldwide are attrib-
utable to alcohol, the UN

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body said.

The main causes of alco-
hol-related deaths are
injuries incurred when
drunk, cancer, liver cirrho-
sis, heart disease and
strokes.

"It's a killer and it's not
good from a public health
point of view," Melvin
Freeman of South African's
Ministry of Health and a
contributor to the report,

told reporters in Geneva.
Worldwide, over six per
cent of male deaths are
related to alcohol, but only
just over one per cent of
deaths in women. Almost
one in 10 deaths among
young people aged 15-to-29
is from alcohol-related
causes — about 320,000
each year — WHO said.
The global body's first
report on the subject in sev-

en years recommended that
governments raise alcohol
taxes, restrict sales, pro-
mote alcoholism prevention
and treatment programs,
and ban some alcohol
advertising.

WHO declined to pro-
vide a specific recommen-
dation on the acceptable
limit of alcohol consump-
tion, saying setting such a
level was up to member

states.

Shekhar Saxena, the
director of WHO's mental
health and substance abuse
department, said the effects
of alcohol use also differ in
ethnic groups. Populations
in Asia, for example, are
more susceptible to throat
cancer from alcohol abuse.

But he added "in WHO's
perspective, no drinking is
entirely safe."

Heart disease No.
1 cause of death
in South Asia

MARGIE MASON
AP Medical Writer

HEART disease has
become the top killer in
South Asia, and people are
likely to suffer heart attacks
earlier in life than in the rest
of the world, a World Bank
report said Wednesday.

It said chronic illnesses
such as heart problems, can-
cer, diabetes and high blood
pressure have now replaced
infectious diseases as the
region's largest health prob-
lem.

Life expectancy in the
region is currently 64 and is
rising, thanks to poverty
reduction. But many South
Asians will face health chal-
lenges in their twilight years
because of the cost of chron-
ic disease treatment and the
long-term impact of impov-
erished childhoods when they
did not have enough to eat,
according to the report on
tackling noncommunicable
diseases in the region.

"Gestational and child-
hood under-nutrition rates
are very high in South Asia,
increasing the susceptibility
to heart disease/diabetes at
older ages," Dr. Michael
Engelgau, co-author of the
report, said in an e-mail.

He said it's not entirely
understood why South
Asians face heart attacks ear-
lier in life — whether genet-
ics or environmental factors
play the bigger role. But the
World Bank highlighted a
separate 2008 study that com-
pared 52 countries world-
wide, finding that people in
Bangladesh, India, Nepal,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka are
likely to experience their first
heart attack at age 53, ver-
sus 59 elsewhere in the world.

Engelgau said part of the
problem hinges on differing
lifestyles. South Asian diets
are typically high in choles-
terol and salt and contain
fewer vegetables, especially
in urban areas. People tend
to have higher blood pres-
sure and have become more
inactive, resulting in obesity.

Heart disease, the No. 1
killer of South Asians aged
15-69, has long been a prob-
lem in developed Western
countries where fatty, sugary
diets are combined with a
lack of exercise. It is the lead-
ing killer of both men and
women in America, where
someone dies roughly every
minute from a heart attack,
according to the U.S. Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention.

"It took almost 200 years
for the U.S. and the U.K. to
reach this high state of car-
diac disease, which we are
reaching in 40 or 50 years or
so because of the rapid eco-
nomic transition that's occur-
ring, and all the other
changes that are happening
within one's life span,” said
Dorairaj Prabhakaran, direc-
tor of the Center for Chron-
ic Disease Control, a non-
profit research organization
in India.

But South Asia also is
home to the world's largest
number of poor people, with
more than 1 billion — some
two-thirds of the population
— living on less than $2 a
day. And while chronic ail-
ments are now the region's
largest health problem, infec-
tious diseases such as tuber-
culosis and malaria, along
with deaths linked to mater-
nal, child and nutrition,
remain a dual problem in
many countries.

Chronic diseases are more
expensive to treat and can
drag on for years, which
many developing countries
with poor health systems are
ill-equipped to handle.
Patients often pay for treat-
ment out of their own pock-
ets, driving already-poor fam-
ilies into extreme poverty.


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Green smoothies to contribute to the detoxification process

WHAT does it mean to detoxify?

Detoxification (cleansing) is the
process of the removal of mucus,
toxins and waste materials that
have accumulated in the body over
a period of time (usually years).

Detoxification can be accom-
plished in a number of segmented
ways, however, as we have stated
previously, wellness should be
approached in a holistic manner,
thus detoxification should be
approached the same way so as to
cleanse oneself not only physically,
but also emotionally, mentally and
spiritually.

This will ensure that you are
cleansing the whole you — mind,
body and spirit.

Let’s take a general look at
cleansing referring to information
taken from an article written by
traditional naturopath Shanishka
Bain, ND, of Living Well Naturally,
on cleansing for health and longevi-

ty:

“Regaining health and maintain-
ing vitality takes effort and deter-
mination. The stresses, ‘inconve-
nient conveniences’, and misinfor-
mation in life sometimes make it
challenging to care for our bodies in
the most appropriate manner.
Unveiling the truth for oneself
requires diligence and persistence if
one is to avoid the ill-consequences
of toxins, mucus, and acidity.

“Today, we live in what is
described by some as a ‘toxic soup’.

To believe that one can escape the
effects of toxins, mucus, acidity and
parasites through proper cating
alone would be deceiving oneself.
Most people do not fully grasp the
importance of internal hygiene and
cleansing, and those that do many
times do not have a holistic view of
what is required. With so many
detox programmes, gimmicks and
naysayers on the market, how does
one know what is effective and what
is not? Self-education is the key.

“What are the factors and sources
of my toxicity?

Holistically it must be understood
that we are spiritual, physical, men-
tal, and emotional beings. Any
imbalance in one of the bodies will
affect the whole. For example,
stress, anger, hostility, sadness,
depression, and guilt stemming
from the mental, emotional or spir-
itual will acidify and increase the
toxic load in the physical body.
Environmental toxins such as those
in the air, food, plastics, personal
body care products, and pharma-
ceutical drugs should also be con-

sidered, and of course, the acid-
alkaline balance of your eating sys-
tem.

“What is necessary for a proper
cleanse? In society much emphasis is
put on colon cleansing only. It is
true that the colon is considered the
‘sewer system’ of the body, so of
course it must be kept clean, how-
ever, what about the liver, kidneys,
skin, blood, lymphatic fluids, lungs,
joints, brain, nerves, parasites,
mucus, and the acids?

Intra-cellular cleansing is a
process of cleansing the internal
environment of the cells as well as
the fluids surrounding it. This
process requires proper nourish-
ment, and herbal compounds with
the ability to break down calcifica-
tion, toxins, acids, and mucus build
up in the body. Due to build-up of
toxicity, cleansing requires time and
determination. Don’t expect an
entire lifetime or years of accumu-
lation to be released in a matter of
days or hours!”

So, while we cannot escape tox-
ins, as we can be exposed not only
via our food, but also in our air, our
water or our negative
attitudes/energy toward each oth-
er or after a long hard day at work,
all of it registers as “toxins” in the
body.

If you're taking in more toxins
than the liver can comfortably
process, the whole body will feel it
and you'll start to experience an
array of possible side effects ranging

from body odour, fatigue,
headaches, disease, and the list goes
on and on. Yes, toxins may be
unavoidable, however, by giving
your body the best chance possible
to resist and remove them, you can
restore your good health.

This is where consuming green
smoothies also becomes beneficial.
Detoxification is one of the direct
results you will experience when
consuming large quantities of
greens. Some of the contributing
factors being the high fiber and
chlorophyll content, not to mention
the dense nutritional value (which
varies from green to green, resulting
in clearer, more positive thoughts,
improved digestion and assimila-
tion (no more gassy, bloated bel-
ly), improved bowel elimination and
liver, kidney and purification.

So, ensure to add consumption
of greens (smoothies) as part of
your initial or ongoing detoxifica-
tion programme.

Enjoy this green smoothie detox
recipe as featured on ABC News:

11/2 cup of cold water

1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely
chopped (may substitute any leafy
green vegetable you have on hand)
3 large stalks of celery

2 apples, cored and chopped

1 banana

1/3 bunch of cilantro (may double the
parsley if you don’t like cilantro)
1/3 bunch of parsley

Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon



DIRECTIONS:

Combine water and romaine lettuce
in blender, and blend on low speed
until smooth. Add celery, apples, and
herbs, while gradually moving to high-
er speed.

Add banana and lemon last and
blend thoroughly until smooth.

Pour into tall glass and enjoy.

Join the Love Yourself team on
Tuesday, February 22, for the next
Let’s Talk Wellness Tuesday forum
where Shanishka Bain will address
detoxification in more detail.

It will be held at the Ardastra
Gardens at 6:30pm. The forum is
open to the general public and is
free to attend.

To get more details on these and
other events of the campaign,
befriend us on Facebook:
seedlingsplace or Love Yourself &
Your Health Campaign, or call us at
361-6314.

¢ DISCLAIMER: The information
enclosed in this article does not
replace medical advice. Please see
your medical practitioner for guidance
before you begin or make any adjust
to your current wellness plan.

Contribution by: Traditional Natur-
opath, Shanishka Bain, ND

Resources:

www.ahealthyrealitynow.com
www.greensmoothiequeen.com



to the dental visit and sometimes will
advise that you use it before the pro-
cedure starts.

It is also paramount for you to tell
your dentist that you are an asthmat-
ic and what medications you are tak-
ing, so that they can avoid using cer-
tain medications in your mouth that
can make you very sick. There is
medication the dentist may use to
make your mouth go numb, that
could react in a bad way with the
medication you are using to con-
trol your asthma. Do not let this
happen to you.

Dentists commonly work closely A
with your medical doctor to deter-
mine the best way to manage your
asthma if you are experiencing mouth _
side effects.

One common practice is to use an
aerosol-holding chamber attachment
for your inhaler. Another is using a
metered dosed inhaler, along with
rinsing your mouth out after every
inhaler usage.

It is important that you manage
your asthma and it is equally as impor-
tant that you manage your mouth
health.

The two things should be done
at the same time. Please visit
your health providers to ||
ensure your mouth and your «_
lungs remain healthy.

























Asthma and ra health

ASTHMA is a chronic disease of
the bronchial air passages.

The trachea (wind pipe) divides into
the two bronchi, one for each lung.
When these bronchi are not as healthy
as they should be, the individual may
experience recurrent attacks of breath-
lessness and wheezing, which vary in
severity and frequency from person
to person. This is known as asthma.

The individual may have symptoms
that occur several times in a day or
week.

These symptoms are known to
sometimes become worse during phys-
ical activity or at night. When an indi-
vidual has an asthma attack, the inside
of the bronchial tubes become
swollen. This swelling causes the air
passages to narrow and reduces the
flow of air into and out of the lungs.

Recurrent asthma symptoms fre-
quently cause sleeplessness, daytime
fatigue, reduced activity levels and
school and work absenteeism.

Although asthma cannot be cured,
appropriate management can control
the disease and enable people to enjoy
a good quality of life.

It is important to avoid asthma trig-
gers, which irritate and inflame the
airways. In addition, it is common for
short-term medications to be used to
relieve intermittent symptoms.

If the symptoms are persistent, the
individual must take long-term med-
ication daily to control them. The
medications reduce the underlying
inflammation and prevent symptoms
and exacerbations.

It is important that persons realise
these medications have effects on their

| Why dogs eat
| their feces

AS terrible and revolting
as it is to humans, eating fae-
ces is fairly common among
dogs.
¢ Horse manure and cat poop

_ is considered a tasty snack.
Some dogs like to eat dog fae-
ces, be it their own, their
friends or their neighbours.

Coprophagia (the official
term for eating faeces) is not
usually a sign of illness, in fact
it is a vice that dogs have. It is
similar to kids sucking their
fingers, or people rocking
themselves to sleep.

Also, mother dogs normal-
ly eat the faeces of their
young pups.

Once in a great while it can
be a symptom of malnutrition,
in a dog that is having trouble
digesting and absorbing her
_ food or one who has been
_ starved.
| If your dog’s coprophagia
| was caused by malnutrition
you would probably see other
symptoms. Loss of weight and
energy, a poor hair coat, or
greasy loose stool.

But most of the time, eating
faeces is simply a bad habit. It
is also unhealthy, it can trans-



the Candida fungus, which normally
lives in many people's mouths) and
blood filled blisters in the mouth.
Beta-2-agonist (Ventolin) and iprat-
roprium bromide (Atrovent) can
cause dry mouth.

In addition to these, it is accepted
that anti-asthmatic drugs may lower
the pH (increase acidity) of saliva and
this will favour the development of
cavities.

Research has also told us that gum
disease is greater in persons with res-
piratory (breathing) diseases like asth-
ma than those without. There is also
an association between asthma and
gastro-esophageal reflux disease
(GERD) with occasional tooth ero-
sion. If they occur, these mouth
changes can be managed by ensuring
a good oral hygiene at home and by
visiting your dental healthcare pro-
fessional as many times as the profes-
sional advises. It is important to tell
your dental healthcare professional if
you have asthma when you attend a
clinic appointment.

The healthcare provider knows that
anxiety from dental procedures can
occasionally precipitate an attack and
will try to reduce the chance of this
occurring.

Approximately 15 per cent of asth-

e This article is for information-
al purposes only. It is not intended
and may not be treated as, a substi-
tute for professional medical/dental
advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Always seek the advice of a physician or
dental professional with any questions
you may have regarding a medical/dental
condition. Never disregard professional

matics undergoing routine dental medical/dental advice or delay in seek- 9 : mit intestinal parasites, con-
oe BSE TGS SOUR: AEE, a eaten experience a significant ing it because of a purely informational tribute to tooth decay, and
Corticosteroid inhalers occasional- T@“ustiom in how well their lungs func- publication. cause stomach problems.

ly cause thrush (for example mouth
infection caused by an overgrowth of

tion during the treatment.
The dental healthcare provider may
ask you to bring your asthma inhaler

- Dr André R Clarke, DDS, MBBS
Special Care Dentistry



FDA sees possible cancer risk with breast implants

MATTHEW PERRONE
AP Health Writer

FEDERAL health officials
said Wednesday they are
investigating a possible link
between breast implants and a
very rare form of cancer, rais-
ing new questions about the
safety of devices which have
been scrutinised for decades.

The cancer, known as
anaplastic large cell lym-
phoma, attacks lymph nodes
and the skin and has been
reported in the scar tissue
which grows around an
implant. The Food and Drug
Administration is asking doc-
tors to report all cases of the
cancer so the agency can bet-
ter understand the associa-
tion.

The agency has learned of
just 60 cases of the disease
worldwide, among the esti-
mated five million to 10 mil-
lion women with breast
implants. The agency
reviewed the scientific litera-
ture going back to 1997 along
with information provided by
international governments
and manufacturers.

Most of the cases were
reported after patients sought
medical care for pain, lumps,



FEDERAL health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form
of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, raising new questions about the safety of devices which
have been scrutinised for decades.

update the labeling for their
products to reflect the can-
cer reports.

A handful of researchers
have published papers on
instances of the lymphoma
in breast implant patients
over the last three years,
prompting FDA's review.
Some research suggests bits
of silicone can leak into cells
around the implant, trigger-
ing the cancer. Even saline
implants include trace
amounts of silicone to help
them maintain their shape.

The lymphoma is an
aggressive form of cancer
though it is often curable,
according to experts. Treat-
ments include radiation,
chemotherapy and a bone
marrow transplant, if the dis-
ease returns.

Some people recommend
sprinkling a faeces-eater food
with veterinary products like

| ‘For-Bid@’ or ‘Deter’, a flavour

enhancer like ‘Accent’ or a
meat tenderiser like ‘Adolph’.
The monosodium gluta-
mate in these products sup-
posedly makes a dog’s own
stool less appealing. Pouring
pepper sauce on dog faeces is
another favourite tactic.

To prevent opportunities to
eat faeces is a more sensible
idea. For one thing, if Deter
discourages your dog from
eating his own faeces it won’t
make her less interested in
another dog’s faeces. To
break the faeces eating habit
do the following:

Always clean up after your
dog — get the faeces before
she does.

Keep her on a leash during
this training period, and if she
makes a beeline for a pile of
poop, say ‘leave it’ in a stern
voice and move her away.

Be patient. If your dog is a
puppy, coprophagia may be
a passing phase. However, lets
hope this passing phase does-
n’t become a persistent habit.

swelling and other problems
around the surgical site.
"We are very interested in
trying to understand more
specifically which patients
may be at more risk and
which breast implants may
present a higher risk,” said Dr
William Maisel, FDA's chief
scientist for devices, on a call
with reporters. The agency
saw no difference in cancer
rates between patients with
saline versus silicone implants.

There was also no difference
between patients who got the
implants for cosmetic reasons
versus those who underwent
reconstructive surgery after
breast cancer.

Because the disease is so
rare, FDA researchers sug-
gested the issue may never
be completely resolved.

"A definitive study would
need to collect data on hun-
dreds of thousands of women
for more than 10 years. Even

then, causality may not be
conclusively established," the
agency said.

Still, the FDA said it is
working with the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons
to register patients with the
cancer and track them over
time.

Breast implants are mar-
keted in the US by Allergan
Inc and Johnson & Johnson's
Mentor Corp. Those compa-
nies will be required to

Reports of the cancer
among women with breast
implants have been reported
anecdotally for years, accord-
ing to Dr Jasmine Zain, a
lymphoma specialist at New
York University's Langone
Medical Center.

"We've seen it from time
to time over the years, but
this is the first time the FDA
actually looked at all the case
reports and made a state-
ment," Dr Zain said.





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know when she left home

to start her studies at the
University of Tampa that she
would soon be invited to
become a member of one of the
United States’ most prestigious

honour societies.

Paige, 21, who is the granddaughter of
SuperValue owner and president Rupert
Roberts, has been invited to the Phi Kap-
pa Phi honour society which only accepts
the top 7.5 per cent of students who per-
form well academically.

An excited Paige told Tribune Woman
that she was honoured to receive the invi-
tation and will be attending the banquet
meeting for her membership certificate in
March.

“Last week Wednesday, the president
of the society came into my management
class and announced that two students had
been selected for an invitation to join the
Phi Kappa Phi honour society. I was
shocked when my name was the first of
the two names called,” she said.

Phi Kappa Phi is the US’ oldest, most
selective, and most prestigious all-disci-
pline honour society. Membership is by
invitation only to the top 7.5 per cent of
juniors, seniors and graduate students at a
university. Its chapters are on more than

Lior did Paige Waugh

A spotlight on the talented

women in our community

300 campuses in the US, Puerto Rico, and
the Philippines. Each year, approximately
30,000 members are initiated.

Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly selec-
tive, membership is considered an achieve-
ment of excellence that is recognised by
graduate and professional school admis-
sions committees and employers alike.

Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to
apply for numerous scholarships and
awards valued at more than $700,000 annu-
ally.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi-has
initiated more than one million members
into its ranks. Its roster includes doctors,
lawyers, politicians and soldiers, educa-
tors, administrators, scientists and
researchers, athletes, bankers, business
people, writers and performers, and: pro=
fessionals in just about every other discr
pline imaginable.

Phi Kappa Phi members receive jacade-
mic recognition, career assistance, awards
and scholarships, partner discounts and
services, publications, and training and
leadership opportunities that allowsthemt6
network with top scholars and profession=
als around the world.

A soon-to-be full Phi Kappa Phi meme
ber, Paige is a senior at the Universifyier
Tampa.

She is majoring in business management
with a minor in exercise science.

“Tam doing a fitness internshipetiis

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 11B

semester where | assist in training students -

through a weight loss exercise programme
that helps them change and develop a
healthy lifestyle. I enjoy bringing about a
positive change in people’s lives and appre-
ciate the opportunity to fulfill my person-
al interest and hobby in fitness and health.
It is going very well although I have to
stay organised to balance my school work
and internship,” she said.

Paige said she has decided to continue
her studies and attend graduate school at
the University of Tampa to get her Masters
in Business Administration.

“When my grandfather asked about my
reasons behind grad school, I told him,
“because I love to learn and will take
advantage of every educational experience
that comes my way.’ I’m not quite sure of
plans after that but later I will contribute
my knowledge to help my grandfather with
Super Value,” she said.

Paige said she has enjoyed her time at
university, “making new friends and getting
to know and learn from some great teach-
ers that have helped and inspired me along
the way.”

“With my final round of classes and an
internship I must say, I have been quite
busy.”

Prior to moving to Florida for her stud-
ies, Paige lived in Nassau all her life. She
was graduated from St Andrews School
in 2007.













































FASHION from the Fall 2011 collection of Luca
Luca is modelled in New York last Thursday. (AP)

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
AP Fashion Writer

FASHION Week injected some
colour into a city drowning in gray
slush, waking up the basic-black
fashion crowd on opening day with
shades of neon pink and poppy
orange.

Pantone, which sets professional
colour standards, reported last
Thursday that the most requested
shades for the Fall collections being
previewed at New York Fashion
Week include bamboo, deep teal,
an eggplant purple called phlox, and
the melon-like honeysuckle.

Based on that, Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone
Color Institute, predicts a painterly
feeling to the clothes shown over the
next eight days, with a balance of
bright colours against staple neu-
trals.

Max Azria’s BCBG collection bal-
anced flashes of yellow and cobalt
against fall classics like navy and
gray. Jenni Kayne used a neon pink,
with models in bright pink lipstick.

Retailers, editors and stylists get a

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preview of more than 100 runway
collections over eight days in New
York, which kicks off the catwalk
season that will then move on to
London, Milan, Italy, and Paris.

LUCA LUCA

Luca Luca creative director Raul
Melgoza brought the deep woods to
centre stage, previewing looks that
mimicked nature's seasonal gifts.

"This season was inspired by the
adventures to be discovered in the
deep woods — the beauty, the color,
the fantasy,” he told The Associated
Press.

Of course, Mother Nature is full of
contradictions, he added, and that's
where the juxtaposition of lace and
wool, or feminine sheers with tough,
bark-like fabrics come in. There also
were opposing silhouettes of slim,
pencil skirts versus exaggerated A-
lines. Trousers moved back and forth
between skinny and wide-leg.

Melgoza captured the colors of
the season with rich shades of
orange, olive and fuchsia, and a
creamy white pleated skirt paired
with a delicate silk-inset blouse was

A MODEL walks the runway in a see-through ruffled
gown at the Christian Siriano Fall 2011 show a the
Lincoln Centre in New York during Fashion Week.

Nature inspired colours dominate at New York Fashion Week 2011

York. (AP)

the calm after the big, early-season
storm.

The best moments of the show
were the quiet, delicate ones — a
leaf-print sheath or the silver "bird-
seed" cocktail dress with a black
beaded overlay.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

With a collection inspired by the
moody, dramatic orchid, Christian
Siriano showed how much he has
blossomed as a designer since his
novice days on "Project Runway."

Sure, there was the giant pouf of
a ruffled ball gown as his finale, and
a misguided cocktail dress that
seemed an explosion of fabric
petals, but most of the outfits
showed restraint and, in turn,
sophistication.

Black was the dominant color,
but to keep things interesting, Siri-
ano mixed textures. A cashmere
and leather double-lapel coat worn
with a slim knit turtleneck and skin-
ny silk trousers was an example of
how he mastered the multiple medi-
ums.

The silk draped sheath dress with

THE Fall 2011 collection of designer BCBG Max
Azria is modelled during Fashion Week in New — Tadashi Shoji Fall 2011 collection modelled during



THIS photo courtesy of Tadashi Shoji shows the

Fashion Week in New York. (AP)

just a hint of a leather underskirt
was user-friendly yet fashion-for-
ward, and the zip-front shawl collar
jacket could be the workhorse of a
wardrobe.

BCBG

Max Azria's BCBG fall collection
revealed many layers of the layered
look with nary a chunky piece, vin-
tage-like silhouette nor — heaven
forbid — anything messy on the run-
way.

Almost every single outfit, from
the opening taupe coat dress with
reversible black flap front to a pop-
py red strapless gown, was built on a
whisper-thin white turtleneck.

The silhouette was long and fluid,
with some delicate details but noth-
ing frilly. The palette featured the
fall classics of navy, wine, gray and
chocolate brown, but flashes of yel-
low and cobalt were used most effec-
tively on colour-blocked pieces.

Azria shares design duties with
his wife Lubov, often the most effec-
tive spokesmodel for the brand, tak-
ing her bow in one of the drop-waist
navy numbers.

TADASHI SHOJI

Tadashi Shoji relied on neutral
hues and rich jewel tones for flowing
silk chiffon dresses.

The Japanese designer included
hand-cut floral organza detailing and
showcased one-shoulder, off-the-
shoulder and strapless dresses in pur-
ple, green and deep navy blues.

Shoji said he found inspiration in
ancient moss gardens of the Far
East. The collection had an airy, wil-
lowy feel. Some pieces were
trimmed with feathers or had tiered
fringe.

"T've always loved the simplicity of
the design,” said figure skater and
reality TV star Johnny Weir, who
sat in the front row and wore a long
lynx fur coat. "Classic, clean and
simple, and easy to wear for any
woman."

Shoji also featured separates for
the season. An ivory feathered top
was paired with a black floor-length
skirt embellished with floral detail-
ing. A black pleated strapless gown
had a ruffled train and a purple, off-
shoulder gown offered peaks of red
under tiered fringe.







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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011

SECTION Be HEALTH: Body and mind




AGE AIN'T NOTHIN’
BUT A NUMBER

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

than her husband Ashton

Kutcher, 32, doesn’t bother
Demi Moore, 47. Nor does Mari-
ah Carey, 41, seem to lose sleep
over being almost 12 years older
than her husband Nick Cannon,
30; in fact, the singer is now
expecting twins with the televi-

sion host.

And while the marriage between Madon-
na and Guy Ritchie reportedly had several
problems, her being his senior by 10 years
didn’t seem to be one of them.

Men being older than their female part-
ners — sometimes significantly so — is some-
thing we as a society have come to expect
and accept.

But times are a-changing. As women con-
tinue to become more empowered and inde-
pendent they are also becoming freer in the
pursuit of their romantic interests.

Unlike in the 1990s novel “How Stella
Got Her Groove Back” and the movie of
the same name in which the older
woman/younger man relationship was
frowned upon, women dating younger guys
are today increasingly seen as sexy,
“mature” vixens on the prowl.

These women have even earned their own
name: Cougar.

First used almost exclusively in connection
with celebrities, the term ‘cougar’ is these
days becoming the accepted description of
all older women who choose to pursue
younger men.

Exploring the ‘cougar phenomenon’, T7i-
bune Woman spoke to a few Bahamian
ladies who shared their views on dating
younger men.

While some of the women said the age dif-
ference doesn't matter once the man is over
18, others said they were not to sure how a
relationship would work with a partner who
was younger than them.

One woman who has experience being
the older woman with a younger man is
Alia Shaw*. But after that relationship failed
she vowed never to date a younger man
again.

“When I first met him I knew he was a bit
a younger than I was. But he lied to me
about his age. He was 24 years old at the
time and he told me that he was 26. And it
wasn't until after a few months of being in a
relationship with him that I found out that
he wasn't the age he said he was,” she said.

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still wanted to be out late at night and
waltz in the house at three in the morn-
ing after hanging out with his boys all
day; and I just couldn't deal with that. It
turned out that he was dating someone
younger and he left me for that person,"
Ms Shaw said.

Finicha J said a man’s age doesn't mat-
ter to her, it is his level of maturity which
is important.

“T don't have a problem with dating a
younger man. To put it bluntly, it's not
his age that would be a problem for me,
it's his frame of mind. There are so-called
older men that act and think like teenage
boys. So I would date a guy younger
than me once he’s over the age of 18,”
she told Tribune Woman.

Phillice Russel said that she would
have to think once, twice, and then a
third time before dating a younger man.

“T do not think women should date
younger men because women are already
more mature than men. Dating a
younger guy would mean he is proba-
bly not as mature as you. I would date
someone ten years older than I am, but I
wouldn't date someone ten years
younger than I am,” she said.

Another lady interviewed by Tribune
Woman, Paula Bootle, had this to say
on the subject:

“T feel if you date a younger man the
age difference should not be more than
five years so that there can be some com-
patibility in the level of experience and
maturity.”

Monique Gibson said she is a bit wary
of going out with younger guys because
she does not want to feel as though she is
dating one of her children.

“First of all, if you have children in
the same age bracket you will feel like
you are looking at your son and so they
are looking for someone to take care of
them.”

She said when she chooses a partner
she wants someone who is capable of
being a good father.

“T want someone that can take on
responsibilities. Not someone who will
come to eat my children’s corn flakes,
play his PS3 games and wear his tennis,”
she said

Marion Hinds said this: “Eighteen is
the legal age so I wouldn’t mind dating a
younger guy, but I would still have in the
back of my mind that he would prefer
someone in his own age range, but if I
knew that he truly loved me and he is
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SOCCER
GSSSA RESULTS

+ HERE’S a look at the
results from the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association’s soccer action
held last week:

JUNIOR GIRLS:
LW Young and TA Thomp-
son played to scoreless
draw.
TA Thompson and AF
Adderley played to scoreless

draw.

JUNIOR BOYS:

SC McPherson 2, HO Nash 0.
Goal scorers were Franzly
St Lue and Akeem Nancoo.
SC McPherson and HO
Nash played to scoreless
draw.

SENIOR GIRLS:

Anatol Rodgers High
played to Dame Doris John-
son 1-1 tie.

Goal scorers were Tah’nee
Thurston (AHA); Sarah
Rolle (DDJ).

CI Gibson and CR Walker
played to scoreless draw.

SENIOR BOYS:

CR Walker 2, CV Bethel 0.
Goal scorers were Charles
Djorkensen and Lheyintz
Vincent.

CR Walker and Dame Doris
Johnson played to scoreless
draw.

TRACK

CLUB MONICA
MEET

+ AFTER taking a break
this weekend to accommo-
date the North Andros Invi-
tational Track and Field
Classic, the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Associa-
tions’ calender of events will
continue this weekend at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.

The Club Monica Track
Club will stage their 8th
annual Club Monica Sthlet-
ies Track and Field Classic
on Friday, starting at 6 p.m.
and continue on Saturday,
starting at 1 p.m.
ROAD RACE
RACE

JUDICATA 2011

+ THE Eugene Dupuch
Law School Students’ Asso-
ciation will hold their 7th
annual Race Judicata 2011
will take place on Saturday,
starting at 6 a.m. from the
Bahamas Tourism Training
Center at the College of the
Bahamas campus on
Thompson Boulevard.

‘The event will feature run
and walk for adults and chil-
dren, Moms and dads and
baby push events will also
take place.

Trophies will be presented
to the overall winners.
Breakfast will be on sale and
free health check-ups will be
conducted.

Interested persons are
urged tro call 326-8507/8 or
326-8867 for further details
oremail:
admin@edls.edu.bs.

St
EXUMA SOFTBALL

LEAGUE

+ THE Exuma Church
Softball League continued
its regular season action
over the weekend with the
following results posted:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Church of God def. Gilead
15-11
Mt. Carmel def, Bethel Bap-
tist 10-9,

St. John’s det. St. Peter’s 26-8.
St. Margaret’s def. Church
of God 17-4,

+ The winner of the
Homerun Derby was Brian
Strachan.

+ This weekend’s schedule
are as follows:

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE

6:30 p.m. St. Peter's vs
Church of God.

7:30 p.m. Soul Winners vs
Palestine.

8:30 p.m. Church of God
of Prophecy vs Bethel Bap-
tist.

9:30 p.m. Mt. Ebenezer vs
Ebenezer Farmer’s Hill,

















CADOT
REGAINS
FORM

IN LOSS

See story pg 2E

Top seeds take early lead in GSSSA

haskethall championship series

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Idorsett@tribunemedia.net

DAY one of the GSSSA
basketball championship
series in each of its four divi-
sions tipped off yesterday at
the D.W Davis Gymnasium
with each of the top seeds tak-
ing early one game leads in
their respective matchups.

SENIOR GIRLS
RM BAILEY PACERS — 29
CR WALKER - 24

In what is expected to be
the most closely contested
series, the teams that split the
season series continued their
heavyweight slugfest in the
playoffs with the Pacers’ hus-
tle ‘and edge on the boards
providing a distinctive differ-
ence.

Ariel Stuart finished with a
double double and was the
game's sole player in double
figures with 11 points and 13
rebounds to lead the Pacers.

Stuart shot just 3-9 from the
field, but was 5-8 from the
free throw line.

Both teams began the game
painfully slow on the offen-
sive end of the floor as they
struggled to find an offensive
groove early on,

Each team started the game
with three consecutive
turnovers before the Pacers'
Raunice Butler broke the
drought for both teams when
she made one of two at the
free throw line.

After the teams traded free
throws, Jonetra Kelly, who
finished with eight points
scored the game's first field

goal with a mid range jumper,
nearly eight minutes into the
first half,

Stuart gave the Pacers an
early lead with a three point
play for a 6-3 advantage and
out her team ahead for good
in the remainder of the con-
test.

After Stuart scored on
another jumphook, Latasa
Amnbrister finished a fast-
break layup to give RM Bai-
ley a 10-3 lead with 3:44 left
to play in the half.

Kelly's score would be the
lone field goal of the second
half, as they managed just for
free throws the rest of the
half,

Shanell Frazier, who fin-
ished second in scoring for the
Pacers with seven points, end-
ed the half with a three point-
er to give R.M Bailey a 13-6
lead at intermission.

The Pacers lead reached
double figures for the first
time when Stuart made a pair
at the line for a 22-12 with
5:17 left to play in regulation.

‘A jumper from Lakeisha
Smith gave the Pacers their
biggest lead of the game, 25-
13 with just under three min-
utes left to play.

The Pacers maintained a 10
point lead when Frazier made
a pair at the line for a 27-17
advantage with 1:30 left to

play.

‘The Knights managed a
late rally, ending the game on
a7-2 ran, but it would fall just
short.

The Pacers shot 41 percent
in the first half, but struggled
in the second with just 16 per-
cent to finish the game at 26.

The Knights shot just five

percent in the first half and
shot 0-4 from beyond the arch
and just 30 percent from the
free throw line.

JUNIOR BOYS
DW DAVIS PITBULLS — 77
TA THOMSPON SCORPIONS — 43

‘The undefeated season con-
tinues for Coach Mark Hanna
and his perennial powerhouse
program as they cruised to a
seemingly effortless win in
game one.

The Pitbulls’ high powered
offence placed four players in
double figures, led by Nigel
Rolle who finished with 20
points.

Rohan Adderley finished
with 18 points, Wilton John-
son added 12 and point guard
Shakwon Lewis chipped in
with ten,

The Pitbulls scored the
game's opening basket on a
layup from Adderly and nev-
er looked back a3 they led
wire to wire,

Lewis' fastbreak layup gave
the Pitbulls their first double
figure lead of the game late
in the opening quarter for a
20-9 advantage.

A vanuted D.W Davis half
court trap netted turover
after tumover which lead to
easy baskets on the offensive
end of the floor.

Lewis would end the quar-
ter with a baseline jumper to
give the Pitbulls a 24-13 lead
at the end of the first quar-
ter.

‘The Scorpions failed to pro-
tect against the fastbreak and
paid for it all night long asthe

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ball during their game against TA Thompson Scorpions. The Pitbulls

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Giants bring down
QC Comets 42-33

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER getting off to a
slow start, the St. John’s
Giants picked up their inten-
sity and the Queen’s College
Comets were left trying to
chase them down.

In game one of the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools’
senior girls’ best-of-three
championship series yester-
day at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium, the Giants pow-
ered past the comets 42-33.

Their victory came about
an hour after Queen’s Col-
lege junior stayed unbeaten
by knocking off the defend-
ing junior boys champions St.
Augustine’s College Big Red
Machine 55-38.

And in the opening game
of the day, St. Augustine’s
College stunned the Temple
Christian Suns, handing their
first loss of the season, with
a 38-35 decision in overtime.

The results of the senior
boys game between the
defending champions West-
minster Diplomat and St.
John’s that closed out the
night was not available at
press time.

Here’s a summary of the
games played:

Giants 42, Comets 33:
Taneka Sandiford had a game
high 23 points, including nine
with a three-pointer in the
second quarter as St. John’s
broke away from a slim 10-8
deficit at the end of the first
quarter to snatch a 21-16 mar-
gin at the half and she added
six in the third when they
extended their margin to 39-
22 at the final break in the
third,

The Giants also got 11 from
P Pickstock as they easily

took the opener of the senior
girls championship series.

Queen’s College got a fad-
ing buzzer beating three-
pointer from Alexandria Mar-
shall to cut the deficit to 10-8
at the end of the first quar-
ter.

Marahall finished with 16,
while Shana Adderley con-
tributed seven and Carlinique
Bastian chipped in eith six.

Comets 55, Big Red
Machine 38: Queen’s College
got three consecutive three-
pointers — one from Daejour
Adderley and a pair from
Tyrone Burrows to break
open the junior boys game
against SAC.

Burrows ended up with
eight points in the period to
finish with a game high 23
points as the Comets man-
aged to surge from a 37-31
lead at the end of the third.

Dominique Bethel hadsev-
en and Adderley was joined
by Gerrio Rahmjing and D.
McKenzie in scoring five
points apiece in the win as
Queen’s College remained
undefeated.

“Tt was good. We knew
they were going to come out
tough. That’s the type of team
they are,” said Queen’s Col-
lege coach Dwayne Smith.
“We still pulled it off in the
end.”

Smith said if they can just
concentrate on their game
and not worry too much
about the officiating, they
could wrap up the series and
the perfect season in their
next game.

While the Comets got hit
with a couple of technicial
fouls, the Big Red Machine
saw their leading scorer
Davon ‘IP Adderley Jr. sit-
ting on the bench for the

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TRIBUNE SPORTS





By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tnbunemedia net

THE National Tennis Cen-
ter will be repaved and
Kerzner International has
come on board as a major
sponsor to cement the efforts
of Ty Olander in bringing the
first Women’s Professional
Tennis Tournament to the
Bahamas.

Plans were officially
revealed yesterday at a press
conference in the Adonis
Room at the Coral Towers
at Atlantis where Olander
said the nine-day event will
definitely be a historic one
as some of the top players
from around the world will
be coming here to compete
for some $100,000 in cash
prizes.

Scheduled for March 11,
Olander said when the Inter-
national Tennis Center came
to inspect the facilities, they
advised him that the courts
needed to be repaved,

“Today, thanks to the gen-
erous support of the Ministry
of Sports, which is headed by
Charles Maynard, a local
contractor was contacted to
pave the courts at the
requested standard of the
International Tennis Federa-
tion,” Olander said.

“Once the courts are
repaved, the Bahamas will
have a world class venue,
capable of hosting the best
in the world.”

And with the facilities
upgraded, Olander said that
would enable his group to go
after the hosting a ATP
Men’s and WATP Women’s
tournament next year.

“Hopefully our only men’s
touring pro Mark Knowles
will get to win the first open
championship for men’s dou-
bles in his own home before
retiring,” Olander said.

After thanking Maynard
for his commitment to
improving the facilities,
Olander turned his attention
to Kernzer Intemational,
who through George
Markantonis, the CEO and
General Manager.

SPORTS

Plans revealed for Bahamas to host
first pro women’s tennis tourney



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Administration, Kerzner International; Hon. Charles Maynard- Minister of Sports & Culture; Ty Olander - Tournament Chairman, Bahamas Wor-
ens Open; Tyrone Sawyer- Sports Director, Ministry of Tounsmt, Wellington Miller- President, Bahamas Olympic Association and Stephen Turn-
quest- President, BLTA. (Photo courtesy of Wendell J. Cleare)

Olander said when he was
contacted by Markantonis,
he thought it was a dream
when he asked him what
could “Atlantis do for them”
in sponsoring the tourna-
ment.

“Based on our conversa-
tion, our last hurdle has been
realised,” Olander said.
“Once the courts are paved,
we can now host this presti-
gious event with the spon-
sorship of Atlantis,”

Kernzer International,
through Atlantis, now joins
the Ministry of Sports and
the Ministry of Tourism,
through their Sports Tourism
programme; Graycliff, Burns
House and Kalik, Orange
Creek and Fritz Stubbs and
Chico’s with Willie Mays
Francis as some of the major
sponsors,

ATLANTIS
SPONSORSHIP

J. Barrie Farrington, a
Senior Manager at Atlantis,
said the Bahamas has
achieved some much success
over the years that they are
happy to come on board and
assist Olander and his organ-
isation,





Farrington, a former out-
standing player and executive
of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association, said the tourna-
ment will provide the oppor-
tunity to build on that suc-
cess,

‘At one point, Farrington
organized a men’s profes-
sional tournament that was
held on Paradise Island for
many years and he’as hoping
that this women’s tournament
will be the impetus for fur-
ther events.

MINISTRY OF
SPORTS

In response, Maynard said
his ministry is very pleased to
be partnering with the event
for two reasons — Sports
Tourism, which brings the
sporting personnel to the
Bahamas and because events
like this help to inspire young
ople.

“We expect that as a result
of this event, this would
become an annual event and
ot will cause a cadre of young
people to be inspired to go
on and participate and refine
their skills and go on to con-
tinue their success on the
international scene,” Maynard

said.

MINISTRY OF
TOURISM

Tyrone Sawyer, who is in
charge of the Sports Tourism
department at the Ministry of
Tourism, commended Olan-
der for his vision in taking on
such a mammoth task and
overcomingit.

“We intend Ty to give you
the best possibie advise’ we
can,” he said, speaking on
behalf of Minister of Tourism,
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.
“We look forward to the
many people coming and fill-
ing up our hotle rooms.”

BAHAMAS OLYMPIC

COMMITTEE

Wellington Miller, the pres-
ident of the BOC, said the
tournament issuch a vital part
of the development of sports
in the country that they can’t
help but support the tourna-
ment.

“Last year, tennis made a
break through at the CAC
Games where they won a gold
medal and a bronze medal,”
Miller said. “Larikah Russell
and Nikkita Fountain won a

gold medal in the women’s
doubles, I believe that was the
first time that the Bahamas
won a medal,

“I believe that shows the
growth and development of
the sport, With this tourna-
ment coming here, I believe it
will show the improvement
that they have made.”

TOURNAMENT

FORMAT

In charge of the officiating
of the tournament, Mickey
Williams said they are expect-
ing an eight-man team of
international chair umpires
coming from all over the
world, including the one who
did the Wimbledon women’s
singles final.

“We will have quite an
established group of officials
officiating at the tournament,
a long with a lot of Bahamian
linesmen and ball persons,
some of whom are undergo-
ing training as we speak, lead-
ing up to the event,” Williams
confirmed.

During the course of the
eight days of competition,
Williams said there will be
two days of qualifying on
March 12-13, followed by the

main draw that starts on
March 13.

Four players will advance
from the qualifying round to
the field of 28 players who
will play directly out of the
field of 32, culminating with
the single final on March 19,
while the women’s doubles
will be contested on Friday,
March 18,

Of the $100,000 in prize
money, the winner of the sin-
gles match will pocket
$15,000. The rest of the mon-
ey will be distributed through-
out the field in singles and
doubles.

It’s not certain just exactly
who will be participating in
the tournament as yet. But
Williams said they are looking
at the possiblity of allowing
some of the Bahamian players
to participate in the qualifying
round and even one or two
getting a wild card in the main
draw.

Each evening around 6
p.m., there will be one fea-
ture match on the stadium
court to accommodate those
persons who are working and
probably won’t have the
opportunity to get off during
the day,

BAHAMS LAWN
TENNIS

ASSOCIATION

When contacted about the
sanctioning of the event,
BLTA president Stephen
Turmquest said it was a “no
brainer.”

He noted that there are so
many benefits that the associ-
ation could derive from the
hosting of the event at the
national tennis center, which
will eventually be upgraded.

“Tt opens up avenues for us
to get more exposure to those
players around the world who
would like to come here to
play,” Turnquest pointed out.

‘AS a regional power in
junior tennis in the Junior
Davis and Junior Fed Cup,
Turnquest said the event will
enable the local players to see
what the top notch level of
competition is all about right
in their backyard.



Cadot regains form in loss

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Idorsett@tibunemedia.net

AFTER nearly a month of
struggling to regain his offen-
sive prowess, JR Cadot got his
season back on track with one
of his highest scoring perfor-
manees of his inaugural NCAA
season.

Cadot, came off the bench
and posted a team high 16
points to lead the Texas Chris-
tian University Horned Frogs
in a losing effort against the
Wyoming Cowboys, 77-67, Sat-
urday night at the Arena-Audi-
torium in Laramie, Wyoming.

Cadot shot an efficient 6-8
from the field and 4-5 from the
free throw line to go along with
four rebounds and one steal.

He was one of three Horned
Frogs in doubles figures along-
side Garlon Green and Greg
Hill who finished with 12 points
apiece.

Amath M'Baye led the Cow-
boys and all scorers with 21
points, while Desmar Jackson
and Fransico Cruz finished
with 15 and 12 points apiece.

The win snapped an eight-
game losing streak for the
Cowboys and gave new coach
Fred Langley his first Division
Thead coaching victory.

Cadot scored five points in
the first half to help keep the
Horned Frogs in contention.
His layup with 2:25 left to play
in the half was the Horned
Frogs final field goal of the
quarter and trimmed the defect

27-24,

Wyoming went on to take a
32-26 lead into the half.

Trailing 37-31, Cadot scored
the next nine points for TCU
with a quartet oflayups includ-
ing one three point play to pre-
vent the Cowboys from pulling
away until late in the fourth.

TCU dropped to 10-16, 1-10
in Mountain West Conference
play, while the Cowboys
improved to 9-16, 2-9 in con-
ference play.

The Horned Frogs began the
season at 9-4, but have since
dropped 12 of their last 13
games, including an eight game
losing streak.

Their last win came against
the same Wyoming team, 78-
60, January 12th.

Cadot's last double digit
scoring effort came December
28th at home against Chicago
State when he totaled 19 points
and 10 rebounds.

Since that contest he aver-
aged just 4.7 points per game
over the course of the next 11
games and was plagued with
foul trouble throughout while
the Homed Frogs were mired
in the losing streak.

TCU's next game will be
against Colorado State,
Wednesday at 8pm.

At 65", 200 pounds, the high
flying junior leads TCU in
rebounds with 5.6 per game.
He is also amongst the team
leaders with 7.3 points per
game while shooting a team
Teading 67 per cent from the
field,

Cadot started 15 of the
Horned Frogs' first 19 games
with an average of 23.9 min-
utes on the floor per contest
before returning to a reserve
role.

Other noteworthy perfor-
mances include: an 11-point,
10-rebound performance in an
81-77 win over Texas Tech 11
points and 9 rebounds in a 79-
63 win over Houston; 15 points
and nine rebounds in a 78-61
win over Prarie View A&M;
15 points and six rebounds in a
win over Northwest State and a
seven point 12 rebound per-
formance in a loss against San
Diego State.

Cadot starred at CV Bethel
Senior High where he led the
team to a GSSSA title. He was
named to several junior and
senior national teams before
taking his game to the US at
Sheridan College.

Cadot posted impressive
numbers at the junior college
which garnered the attention
of many D Ischools across the
country.

In his freshman season, he
averaged 15 points and 6.6
rebounds per game but sur-
passed all expectations in his
sophomore campaign.

As a sophomore, Cadot
averaged 17 points, 7.8
rebounds and 2.4 assists per
game. He was named to the
NICAA Third Team All-
American and First Team All-
Region IX. He posted eight
games of 20 points and led the
Generals to a27-7 record over-



JR Cadot

all.

Cadot's highlight game of his
young career came just hours
after learning of the passing of
his father on February 23,2010.
He managed to find the forti-
tude not only to play, but to
produce a 32-point effort which
included the game-winning bas-
ket to give the Generals the
North Sub Regional Champi-
onship.

Heading into the D Iranks,
he was ranked 64th overall and
27th amongst guards by Juco-
Tunction.com, the foremost
recruitment website for junior
college prospects.

Cadot was a member of a
six-man 2010 class which also
included Andre Clark, Sammy
Yeager, Jarvis Ray, Armic
Fields and Virginia Tech trans-
fer Hank Thorns.



Giants

FROM page 1E

majority of the game because
of foul trouble.

In fact, Adderley was held
to just two points as he tried to
avoid fouling out. SAC was
led by Kwasi Dames with 12
points, despite leaving the
game at least twice with an
injury. Ethelbert Harrison had
eight, Donovan Pickering had

seven and Dylan Peet five.

The Big Red Machine never
led in the game. They trailed
24-16 at the halt.

“They only beat us in the
last two minutes,” SAc’s coach
John Todd stated. “I think
those three-pointers they hit
made the difference down the
stretch.”

But Todd said as the
defending champions, the
Comets can look for his Big
Red Machine to come back
fighting in game two.

Big Red Machine 38, Suns

38: Lashae Rolle and Dawn
Dean hit back-to-back lay-ups
to push SAC ahead for good
37-35 in the extra three min-
utes as they held on for the
win,

The game was tied 33-33 at
the end of regulation.

Sheyanne Thompson scored
12, Lashae Rolle had 10,
Taryn Buther seven and Dawn
Dean six in the win.

“Tt was what I expected and
a whole lot more. This is the
level that the junior girls
should be playing,” said SAC’s

coach Anastacia Moultrie,
“Both teams stepped it up and
played the way everybody
expected this game to go.”

‘Antenique Young scored a
game high 14 and Sheryl
Evans had eight in the loss.

“We just fell short as far as
keeping the bodies on the
court. We had too many play-
ers who fouled out,” said Tern-
ple Christian’s coach Sharel
Cash, “We just have to go
back to the drawing board in
practice and come ready for
SAC”

Dr Michael Krop High School win
Varsity Boys 6A Championships

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Idorsett@tribunemedia.net

WITH legal battles in the
court still pending, a contro-
versial Bahamian basketball
player in the state of Florida,
helped achieve success on
the court for the time being.

Brian Delancy and the Dr
Michael Krop High School
Lightning claimed the 2011
Varsity Boys 6A Champi-
onshiop with a thrilling 57-
55 win over Hialeah-Miami
Lakes.

With just seconds left to
play, Angel Rodriguez came
up with a crucial steal and
nailed the game winning shot
to win the title after nearly
two weeks of media focus on
Delancy's immigration sta-
tus..

The Lightning will
advance to host a regional
quarterfinal game in the
state playoff tournament,
February, 17th at 7pm
against Miami,

Rodriguez led the Light-
ning 32 points in a semifinal
win over Carol City and fol-
lowed with the game winning
basket against Hialeah.

As the legal challenge
moves forward for the
school, there is a possibilty
the team could be stripped
of its wins this season.

Krop is number one team
in the Class 6A division in
the state and is expected to
make a formidable run at the
state title.

FHSAA officials initially
declared Delancy “unfit to
participate in the athletics
programme due to a lack of
immigration paperwork."

‘A Florida judge ruled that
the Lightning would be
allowed to compete in the
tournament after they were
granted a temporary injune-
tion to the FHSAA ruling.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court
Judge Spencer Eig said that
it would be “fundamentally
unfair not to let these kids

play basketball," according
to reports from local station
WSVNin Miami.

The Association suggest-
ed that paperwork for inter-
national student-athletes that
should have been filed with
the organisation were never
filed by Krop on Delancy's
behalf, which initially
deemed the 19-year old
guard ineligible.

Eig ruled that the FHSAA
is permitted to continue its
investigation and the associ-
ation is allowed to revisit the
issue and decide if Delancy is
ineligible, according to
reports from the station.

The FHSAA plan to
appeal Eig’s decision.

If he is ineligible, Krop
would be forced to forfeit
the 19 games which Delancy
appeared in and would also
be eliminated from playoff
contention.

Delancy and a pair of
Lightning teammates filed a
lawsuit against the FHSAA,
claiming their “constitution-
al right to an education
afforded to all children in
Florida should extend to ath-
letics as well."

His lawyers will argue that
the decision is a violation of
Delancy's Civil Rights as
federal law prohibits school
districts from requesting
immigration status,

The official FHSAA posi-
tion is that the matter
regarding immigration status
applies only to the right of
an education,

However, taking part in a
varsity sport is a privilege
and thus requires the filing
of the proper paperwork by
the school.

Delancy moved to Florida
three years ago when he
applied for a student visa
and lived with an aunt and
uncle in Miami.

The former R M Bailey
Pacer originally went to
school at Choice Academy
but transferred to Krop for
his senior season.
TRIBUNE SPORTS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 3E







SPORTS



ALL STARS: The Dancing with the Stars Cheerleading Competition hosted and co-sponsored by Bahamas Star Gymnastics (BSG) )and Bahamas Gymnastics Booster Club was a star studded affair.

Shockers shine at Dancing with the
Stars Cheerleading Competition

THE DANCING with the
Stars Cheerleading Competi-
tion hosted and co-sponsored
by Bahamas Star Gymnastics
(BSG) and Bahamas Gym-
nastics Booster Club was a
starstudded affair. The event
was held on February 5, 2011
at BSG’s training facility at
the Source River Centre (for-
merly Bacardi Plant) and was
indeed a star studded affair.
Mr. Evan Wisdom, Director
of Sports Unit at Ministry of
Education was on hand and
brought remarks on behalf of
Minister Desmond Bannister.

The three primary school
teams competing were St.
Annes’ Blue Waves, Mount
Carmel Preparatory Cavaliers
and St. Francis Joseph Shock-
ers. The Blue Waves started
the evening of with a dynam-
i¢ performance and impres-
sive stunts. Bringing a repu-
tation as a crowd favourite,
the Cavaliers stepped,
stomped and chanted their
way into the hearts of the
audience. The final team to
perform was the Shockers
who brought energy, excite-
ment and exuberance to the
stage. The Shockers were the
only team to include male
participants.

After an explosion of tal-
ent glittered the floor from
the participating teams, the
tough task of choosing a win-
ner was bestowed on the
three judges for the evening.
The judges’ panel was com-
prised of Vernon Roders (cer-
tified gymnastics coach), Tini-
ka Saunders-Pinder (Hal
Jackson’s Talented Teen
Bahamas’ committee mem-
ber) and Halnika Bodie
(Cheerleading Coach, C. H.
Reeves). Coach Monique de
Swanton served as official
Time-Keeper and Tally Mas-
ter. The competing teams’
performances were inter-
spersed with gymnastics rou-
tines from BSG’s Twinkles,
Sparklers and Star Achiever
squads

Clean Sweep

When the final tally was
handed over, the Shockers
swept the awards. They cap-
tured the first place trophy
and the laptop for the team
with the highest average
GPA. The laptop was donat-
ed by Physicians Alliance.
Mount Carmel walked away
with second place trophy and
St. Anne’s were the recipients
of the third place trophy. All
participating schools received
books for their respective
school libraries proudly
donated by Book World and
100% Bible Book Store. Two
sets of awards will be deliv-
ered to each school upon
completion of final ticket
audit. Custom Computers
donated an i-pod which will
be awarded to the student

who recorded highest ticket
sales. All finalist teams are
eligible for the cash prizes of
$1,000 for first place, $500 for
second place and $250 for
third place.

Positive Attitude

Mr. Wisdom congratulated
the organisers and committed
the support of the Ministry of
Education (MOE) to the
growth of cheerleading in the
country. Commencing in
2011, the MOE will begin to
pay spirit coaches in the same
manner that they pay coaches
of other sporting disciplines.
Mr. Wisdom also congratu-
lated the participating teams
and predicted that a larger
number of teams, particularly
from the government schools,
will compete next year and
beyond.

Principal of St. Francis
Joseph, Mrs, Goffe, told how
close her team came to throw-
ing in the towel and with-
drawing from the competi-
tion. She noted that the
school has witnessed several
occasions when it appears
hopeless and the students pull
off an amazing feat in the end.

Junior Coaches Tenille
Thompson and Toneka John-
son demonstrated the four
basic positions termed “lay-
out”, “tuck”, “straddle” and
“pike”, Demonstrators for the
event were Sydney Wells,
Rachea Knowles, Athalia
Swann and Toni Johnson.

The girls were divided into
4 groups of approximately 10
girls each under the guidance
of BSG’s Jr Coaches Tenille
Thompson and Toneka John-
son as well as Volunteer Par-
ent Coaches Nicola Thomp-
son and Andrea Knowles.
The demonstrators for the
aftemoon were Sydney Wells,
Rachea Knowles, Sydney
Wells, Rachea Knowles,
Athalia Swann, Toni Johnson,
Zoe Rolle and Dayna Pratt.

The blossoms where in full
bloom as they dangled on the
uneven bars and maneuvered
themselves across from one
end of the uneven barsto the
other and gently lowered
themselves to the ground for
a proper dismount. Then it
was on to the balance beam
where they held colorful balls
above their heads while bal-
ancing on the 4” square
shaped beam giving a an occa-
sional leg left while maintain-
ing their balance as they
gained confidence, Rotating
on to the third station, the lit-
tle budding flowers show-
cased their world class speed
as they ran down the 80 plus
foot vault runway as their L
shape arms alternated swiftly
as they ran as hard and as fast
as they could while maintain-
ing a constant focus on the
vault springboard as their tar-
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Finally the girls completed
basic flips and tumble moves
on the large 40 ft by 40 ft reg-
ulation spring based padded
floor while learning the ele-
gant ballet positions such as
Pirouette and Demi plié.
The coaches also stressed the
importance of maintaining a
positive attitude, developing
good listening skills, giving
your best 100% of the time,
celebrating the success of oth-
ers and just having fun, The
girs will be testing on what
they leamed at their meeting
next week with the hopes of
achieving their agility badge

and based on what the coach-
es and chaperones saw, they
should have no trouble
achieving their requirements.

Unique

At the end of the day, the
girls felt a unique sense of
accomplishment once com-
pleting the four basic stations
and before gathering for a
brief talk and a group photo,
they were able to walk the
walk of a gymnast with confi-
dence and pride: Head held
high, chest out, arms straight,
palms back and with a gentle



glide on the balls of their feet.
‘When it was all over the aro-
ma of smiles and laughter
filled Bahamas Star Gymnas-
tics 5000 square foot gym facil-
ity as the little angels walked
away shouting “Stick It and
Present” which by default
became the unplanned reoc-
curring theme of the day.
Many of the girls left chatting
about coming backto the gym
again to refine and further
develop their skills about
attending the clubs next major
event “Dancing with the
Stars”, a Primary School
Cheerleading Competition

scheduled at the facility on
February 5th at 6PM where
some of them may now decide
tohelp their respective school
take home the first place tro-
phy and cash prize of $1,000.
For more information on
BGPBC and BSG’s gymnas-
tics programs and activities
you can go to: www. bahamas-
gym.com or call 242-677-3125.
BGPBC and BSG wishes all
girls of St Ambros Sunflowers
and Girls Brigade future suc-
cess as they strive to fulfill their
requirements and progress in
their development. Remem-
ber...”Stickit and Present.”
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maintain the action in their own names
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